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Thursday, 30 April 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Someone To Kiss My Scars by Brooke Skipstone


Someone To Kiss My Scars: A Teen Thriller
Author: Brooke Skipstone
Publication Date: October 17th, 2019
Genre: YA Thriller

Book Description:
First Place Pencraft Award in Young Adult Abuse
Readers’ Favorite International Contest: Silver Medal in Young Adult Thriller
“Powerful. Original. Deeply felt and convincing.” — Kirkus Reviews

Hunter needs to remember. Jazz needs to forget. They need each other to heal in this teen thriller of survivor love.

Hunter’s past is a mystery to him, erased by a doctor at the direction of his father. But memories of the secret trauma begin to surface when Hunter sees other people’s memories–visions invading his mind with stories of abuse, teen self-mutilation, rape, and forbidden sex.

His best friend Jazz has dark and disturbing memories of her own that she hides behind her sass and wit. Hunter discovers he can rescue the victims, even though he risks adding their suffering to his own.

Hunter and Jazz kiss each other’s scars and form a bond of empathy no two teens should ever need.

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Cover Reveal - Hasty by Julia Kent


Hasty
(Do-Over Series, #4)
Author: Julia Kent
Publication Date: July 28th, 2020
Genre: Adult Comedy / Romance

Book Description:
AN ALL-NEW STANDALONE FROM NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JULIA KENT

I never thought my perp walk would lead to true love.

Then again, I never thought I’d be arrested on RICO charges and hauled away in zip ties on camera for the world to see, minutes after closing the most amazing deal of my career.

And all of it in front of my biggest rival, billionaire wunderkind Ian McRory.

I am broke.

I am disgraced.

I am alone.

I am a sucker.

But the worst part? I have to go back to my hometown and live in my bedroom filled with relics from my childhood.

Lisa Frank never made me so mad before.

Just when I needed a rescue, I got one — in the form of help from my biggest rival.

He can’t bring back my money.

He certainly can’t bring back my reputation or my pride.

But there’s one thing he can bring back to me.

A sense of hope.

Maybe even love.

Ian sees something in me no one else does, and he’s relentless about making me see it, too. As we grow closer, I’m starting to see that while my entire life used to be a lie, the truth is staring me in the present — and it’s a truth I like very, very much, hot eyes and gorgeous smile and all.

But I have to be careful.

I can’t be too —

That’s right.

Hasty.

The final book in the USA Today bestselling Do-Over Series (Fluffy, Perky, Feisty), as Mallory’s sister, Hastings “Hasty” Monahan gets her turn at a happily ever after that starts off with an arrest.

Hers.


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About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men's room toilet (and he isn't a billionaire). She lives in New England with her husband and three sons in a household where the toilet seat is never, ever, down.

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Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Running from Demons by M.K. Theodoratus



Running from Demons
Author: M.K. Theodoratus
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: September 2018

Book Description:
Pillar Beccon travels across Andor to discover her mother's mysterious past. But danger is never far away as a demon seeks to destroy her.

An orphaned null without a hint of magic, Pillar can't remember ever belonging anywhere, especially not in the Freemage commune where she grew up. After she graduates from high school, she jumps at the chance to learn why her mother ran away from her family.

During an accidental encounter, Grylerrque, a surviving commander from The Demon Wars, recognizes what Pillar is and decides to feed the girl's life force to her clutch. The demon sends her minions to capture the girl. Pillar escapes with a help of an unexpected allay, only to learn she was pulled out of the frying pan and thrown into the fire.

Running from Demons tells the story of Pillar's search to find a place to call her own. The book continues the chronicles of Andor, a land where the mundane world clashes with one of magic and demons from another plane prey. If you love paranormal stories of discovery and mayhem, this is the story for you."

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Monday, 27 April 2020

Book Blitz - Veiled by Michelle Areaux



Veiled
Author: Michelle Areaux
Genre: YA Fantasy/Supernatural/Romance
Release Date: March 4th, 2020

Book Description:
Audrey is supposed to be attending the exclusive performing arts academy she has dreamed of attending her entire life. However, one wrong click landed her at the exclusive House of Shadows a… vampire academy.

Once Audrey discovers the truth of where she is, it is too late to leave without an entire coven of vampires realizing she is human and their next meal. Forced to remain at the academy, Audrey finds herself fitting in a world unlike any she had ever imagined. As she settles into her new role, a dark secret emerges and Audrey is now in danger...again.

Only, one boy can save Audrey from a dark secret lurking within the House of Shadows. But, will his desire to save her withstand the hunger he feels for her? Discover this exciting new academy series today!

Fans of the House of Night and Twilight will adore this new series.

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Sunday, 26 April 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Death Warden by C.J. Stilling

Death Warden
Author: C.J. Stilling
Publisher: Fantastically Minded
Publication Date: 15th November 2019
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Description:
A teenage assassin. An impossible choice. The fate of everything hangs in the balance…

Sixteen-year-old Reen swore she’d never take another life. Divinely selected to assassinate a few in order to save many, she learned to jump from shadow to shadow and claim her victims without question… until she was ordered to kill the boy she loved. But when an ancient plague returns threatening to infect everyone she knows, she is forced to resume her deadly duties.

Battling a disease that turns people into nightmarish monsters, Reen must track down and terminate those responsible before the city falls, and the evil spreads beyond its borders. But the closer she gets to the source, the more she uncovers sinister secrets that will shake the foundations of her world and everything she believes.

Can Reen defend her realm without losing her soul?

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MY REVIEW

Wow. This was a pleasant surprise. I didn't have any expectations, but whatever little I did expect, it certainly wasn't this. The YA fantasy genre had long waned in attaining my undivided attention, and then, boom, Reen and her deadly squad of misfits comes along and gives me hope. This was definitely the kind of original, ass-kicking, supernatural adventure I was looking for.

Reminiscent of the biblical story of Lucifer and his banishment from heaven, Death Warden takes readers on a pilgrimage where there is no abolute barrier between good and evil. After being banished from the Haven Isles by the Life Giver, the Custodians (fallen angels) seek revenge upon discovering the Life Giver's plan to send the Celestials to unleash a deadly plague known as the Scourge to end human life. After imprisoning the Celestials and stopping the Scourge, the Custodians did the unthinkable and formed soul-bonds with humans, transforming the average human into a Death Warden, a person with an ability to see things most people can't see - a world hidden from normal eyes.

Sixteen-year-old Reen is a Death Warden, chosen to save the world at the tender age of fourteen after a hopeless life as a homeless thief living in the attic of a blacksmith. Finally feeling worthy, she embraces her new life. This gift, however, comes with a price, one that bears a heavy burden on her conscience. To save the world, Reen must kill. Reen has seen her fair share of gruesome deaths over the past two years, most of which she is to blame for. Distraught at the catastrophe she has caused, even if it is deemed for the better of the world, she decides enough is enough. She will kill no more. There's a problem with her plan, however. There's someone killing Death Wardens, and if Reen intends on staying alive and saving the lives of her loved ones, she has to decide whether saving her soul is more important than saving the lives of those she holds dear to her heart.

This is one of those books I can pictue being adapted for the big screen. It would work really well as a movie - full of action, adventure, mystery and a handful of deaths. Oh, and not to mention the fantastic supernatural element. The world building was amazing. The story really came to life. I could picture everything, from the characters to the scenery and the fight scenes. It was very cinematic, which I loved as my mind easily drifts when stories start to drag and characters start to become impassive. Thankfully, that wasn't the case here. Death Warden features a plethora of colourful characters whose worlds were nicely intertwined. Reen carried the story like a true warrior. She was badass and bold. Even though she hated being a Death Warden for the simple fact that her conscience couldn't tolerate all the killing, I liked that she was unapologetic in the way she went about her life. She knew what she was and hated what she'd become, but she didn't wallow in self pity. She just got on with it and didn't make any excuses. The only thing I wasn't too much of a fan of was the obvious similarities between Bastian and Erend. It was hard to separate them. At one point I even wondered if Erend's soul had transferred to Bastian's body and perhaps that was the real cause behind Bastian's memory loss. Yes, I have given much thought to it, but it's only because I see Erend every time Bastian comes into the picture.

Aside from that minor issue, I loved the book. Loved the cover also. This was an all-round great read, and I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to read it. I loved the writing style. Stilling is cetainly one to watch.

VERDICT



Award: Platinum
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Source: Author

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Sea Child by LaVerne Thompson

Sea Child
(Children of the Waves #4)
Author: LaVerne Thompson
Publication Date: April 23rd 2020
Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance

Book Desciption:
Land or sea, he was her world.

Shawnah had a decision to make. Sea born but land raised, she now knew the truth of her birth and how far some would go to steal her powers. There was only one man she trusted to protect her while she learned how to protect herself. But what happens if she decides to flaunt destiny and not remain in the sea? Would she risk losing him? The children of Poseidon are fated to have one mate.

Cyrus didn’t think that applied to him, since he was a hybrid born of both land and sea. He never searched for a bride. But fate had other ideas, and once he held Shawnah in his arms, Cyrus had no intention of letting her go. When she is once again threatened, Cyrus is willing to take on the gods of the sea, or even her father of the land, to protect her and remain at her side.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Who Will Save Your Soul by Skye Warren

Who Will Save Your Soul: And Other Dangerous Bedtime Stories
Author: Skye Warren
Publication Date: April 14th 2020
Genre: Adult Romance

Book Description:
Features four novellas by New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren. Each standalone story ends in a happily ever after.

WHO WILL SAVE YOUR SOUL
Emily’s a pathological liar. When her life is at stake, will anyone believe her?

MAFIA CINDERELLA
One dress. One dance. Lucia has one chance to change her life—and the lives of her family.

BEDTIME STORY
Jessica is on the run when her car breaks down. A small town sheriff can’t be her knight in shining armor.

HEAVY EQUIPMENT
Cold. Rough. Merciless. The foreman of the construction crew is going to make her pay every last cent.

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Saturday, 18 April 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Blood Always by Jill Ramsower

Blood Always
(The Five Families #3)
Author: Jill Ramsower
Publication Date: April 15th, 2020
Genre: Adult Romance

Book Description:
It was supposed to be business.
Two families, one wedding, zero emotion.

My father’s mafia outfit had saved my life.
I owed them everything.
An arranged marriage was hardly a sacrifice when I would have already been long dead had it not been for them.

I would give up my independence for the Lucciano Family.
I would bind myself to the man whose family tore my life to pieces.

Matteo De Luca was vicious claws sheathed in refinement and class.
He saw my untamed independence as a challenge.
I saw his alluring authority as a threat.

There was a ruthless storm that raged in his oceanic gaze. A majestic tidal wave of temper and domination looking to break on my rocky shores.
He would annihilate me.
Rip open my layers until all my pretty secrets were scattered at his feet.

The worst part? I wanted to experience whatever it was Matteo had to offer, and I hated myself for it.
I wanted to launch myself at him.
To kiss him. To kill him.
To end the debilitating torture of the unknown.

The moment our paths collided, our lives were altered irrevocably.
Taking us from enemies allied by a strategic marriage to something dark and consuming.
Something that tasted like obsession.

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Thursday, 16 April 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - I Would Never...But If I Did by Maria Ann Green

I Would Never…But If I Did
Author: Maria Ann Green
Publication Date: April 10th, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Taryn Sams doesn’t believe in love. Period. Every time she’s gotten close, her happiness has been ripped from her, proving once again the only thing worth believing in is the inevitability of her own – and others – screw ups.

For Austin Wright, Taryn is the one who got away. But really, if he’s honest with himself, he pushed her away, with one hard shove. He did the one thing he told her he never would do, and shattered both of their hearts. But it’s been years since then, and somehow Austin and Taryn found a way to be friends, albeit dysfunctional ones.

Theo Evans is the other man in Taryn’s life. He’s also Austin’s best friend. But, to be fair, he’s been in love with Taryn longer. He accepts Taryn as she is, broken, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to be the one she chooses in the end.

Taryn isn’t the only one with someone else in her life. Austin has a girlfriend he’s trying to see a future with even though she can’t live up to those that came before. Yet they keep coming back together like magnets, unable to resist the pull to each other. Taryn continues her relationship with Theo while starting up again with Austin, willing to give him one more shot though not willing to let go of Theo just yet. While juggling the two men, she’s hoping that her once-bitter heart will eventually open up and tell her who to choose, hoping that she isn’t deluding herself yet again about what’s real and what’s possible.

Can love win Taryn over, or will she screw up her own life yet again, and the lives of at least three others in the process?

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Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Cover Reveal - Beauty is the Beast by D. James McGee


Beauty is the Beast
(Caligula, #1)
Author: D. James McGee
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication Date: July 15th, 2020
Genre: Adult, Fantasy

Book Description:
It’s 1985. Lady Laura Lacy of Britewood is beautiful and graceful, a celebrity in her own right. She is cousin to Her Majesty The Queen, and her father is the well-respected Earl of Britewood, honorary commander of the Army’s elite reserve special forces unit. Laura seemingly has it all. She should be happy.

However, due to unspeakable acts committed against her as a child, she’s developed a blood lust for revenge. Secretly trained by her father’s regiment in the arts of war, Laura begins to target men who prey on the innocent and helpless. As her skills sharpen, Laura becomes a formidable force against evil.

That’s when she uncovers a transatlantic child trafficking ring led by an elite group within British society. With the help of commanding officer and police inspector Billy Smythe, her mysterious family attorney Arthur Mosely, and an unorthodox group of American allies, Laura sets out on a vengeance-fueled quest to stop them. She is determined to save as many innocents as she can.

It’s a mission that will put her very life and sanity at stake, making her question everything she’s ever believed in. But to make things right, Beauty must become the Beast.




About the Author
Domnic “DJames” McGee was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire. A sickly child, he was raised in a council estate to a single mother. At school, he was a poor student and failed dismally.

He developed a passion for martial arts, so in his teens, he moved to Ireland where he trained full-time while working in menial jobs to survive.

A chance encounter then gave him the opportunity to work as an Executive Protection Agent for some of the most influential figures in European society.

He came to the US in 2001 to further his studies of martial arts. He decided to stay and earned his citizenship by serving in an Army infantry unit and later with a reserve Military Police unit.

He currently lives in Huntington Beach, where he works as an Executive Protection Agent and trains and writes as much as he can.

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Monday, 13 April 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Edge Of Darkness by Freya Barker

Edge Of Darkness
(Arrow’s Edge MC #2)
Author: Freya Barker
Publication Date: April 9th, 2020
Genre: Adult Romance / Suspense

Book Description:
Road rash and Jack meets handcuffs and street smarts.

I am a wandering disaster.

A hedonist, a lover, a son, and a rebel.

My name is Yuma.

I’m sober enough to see the need for redemption, but too blind to realize I already found it.

I am an independent seeker.

An overachiever, a friend, a misfit, and a cop.

My name is Lissie.

I’m determined enough to find acceptance, but too stubborn to see all I need is my own.

We shouldn’t get involved—all the odds are against us—but when bodies turn up on common ground and lines between duty and purpose get blurred, our future becomes clear.

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Sunday, 12 April 2020

BOOK REVIEW - Moore Zombies: Blood Moon by Wendy Knuth

Moore Zombies: Blood Moon
Author: Wendy Knuth
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publication Date: 1st August 2015

Book Description:
 Moore Zombies Chapter Book #1

When Broheimer tells his siblings there is going to be a blood moon, they are excited. Gothina decides to make a picnic out of it, but finds they don’t have enough tomatoes. With Baby Zom and Kamper tagging along, the kids take the Moorevette out for a ride. What follows is a fun adventure including a quest for tomatoes, an encounter with a scarecrow, and an empty campsite which might belong to zombie hunters. Thanks to Broheimer, the kids come to understand how and why the blood moon occurs. Grab a tomato slushy and find out if the Moores will be able to view this amazing sight without being discovered by humans!

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MY REVIEW

I totally geek out on all things physics, so this was right up my street. Another fun adventure with the Moore family, who are on a mission to witness the phenomenon that is the Blood Moon. Although this is the first book in the Chapter Book series, I actually read in non-sequential order, as I read book two (Zombie World) prior to reading this one, however, I found that there was no confusion whatsoever, meaning that these books can be read as standalones. While it has taken me a while to get into the Moore Zombies series, I must say that I'm really starting to connect with the series, especially since started on these chapter books, but this book in particular has made me feel a connection with the characters. The individuality of each character is well portrayed and the adventure they go on is always so enlightening.

What I really liked was the jutaxposition between the normal and the abnormal. For instance, when Broheimer gets into his teacher mode, explaining the blood moon phenomena to his siblings, the focus deviates momentarily to Kamper's nose that he keeps in his backpack. Little moments like this is a good reminder that these are zombies and not humans, which you can easily forget because they are so relatable.

It's another wonderful read from Knuth. I certainly am a fan of the series, and I would recommend it as a family read.

VERDICT


Award: Gold
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Source: Own copy

Friday, 10 April 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Jane's Team by Janie Marie

Jane’s Team: A High School Reverse Harem Romance
(Bizarro Universe Books, #1)
Author: Janie Marie
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2020
Genre: YA Sports Romance

Book Description:
When you’re in love with your best friend, life is complicated.

When he’s also your stepbrother, it’s a nightmare.

Jane’s apparently a magnet for chaos.

Because now she’s agreed to tutor her stepbrother’s enemy, and that sexy bad boy might have a thing for her. She might also love that a tingle surrounds her soul whenever he’s close.

Throw his two brothers into the mix, dangerous rivals looking to destroy every one of them, and parents controlling her love life. It’s safe to say she’s wandered into the apocalypse.

At least being torn between four hot guys isn’t the end of the world.

Just kidding. It totally is.

But they’ll all realize something.

Jane’s the ruler of her life. No one else.

Long live the queen . . . and her kings.

JANE’S TEAM 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗺 High School Romance and Alternate reality for the Gods & Monsters trilogy.

*strong language, sexual assault, sex, stepbrother romance, reverse harem romance. Guaranteed HEA. No Cliffhanger*

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Thursday, 9 April 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Alien Minds by Christina Bauer

Alien Minds
(Dimension Drift #3)
Author: Christina Bauer
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication Date: June 5th, 2019
Genre: YA Science Fiction

Book Description:
DIVERGENT meets OCEAN’S EIGHT in this urban fantasy heist!

On my seventeenth birthday, I wake up in the hospital to find I just survived a sketchy but terrible accident. My parents stand by my bedside—both are beautiful, wealthy, and super-nice. They tell me that once I leave the hospital, I’ll attend the prestigious ECHO Academy, where I’ll churn out equations for the government along with my mega-smart peers.

So, I’m living the perfect life. 

Then why does everything feel all wrong? 

My parents, my house and even ECHO Academy…none of it fits. Plus, what’s up with Thorne, my brooding yet yummy classmate who keeps telling me I need to remember my true past, which seems to have included a lot of us kissing? That’s one thing I’d really like to remember, except for the fact that I’m pretty sure Thorne is hiding a ton of nasty secrets of his own, including the fact that he may not be from this world. But considering how my own past seems alien to me, it’s not like I can judge. Plus, Thorne has dimples. That’s a problem.

And worst of all, why does it feel so yucky to work on these calculations for the government? It’s all supposed to be part of ECHO, but my heart tells me that I’m helping something truly terrible come to pass. Thorne seems to think that kissing him again will release my real memories. 

Maybe it’s time to pucker up.

“Appealing and engaging. Love the strong female character!” – Arlene’s Book Reviews

This new series is perfect for: fans of urban fantasy, action & adventure, cool science, evil corporations, forbidden romance and hot new classmates who may or may not be aliens.

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Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Cover Reveal & Giveaway - On Mission by Aileen Erin


On Mission
(Off Planet, #3)
Author: Aileen Erin
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication Date: December 1st, 2020
Genre: YA Dystopian

Book Description:
“Declan’s been captured.” Ahiga’s strained voice carried through the recording and Amihanna knew without seeing him that he must be hurt. “SpaceTech is shooting us dead in the street and we can’t run or hide fast enough. I’m not sure how long we can stay in Haden’s hideout. We need your help. I know it’s a lot to ask, but please. I’m begging. We’re all going to die without you.” Ahiga’s message was everything Amihanna feared would come true. She was on a convoy to meet with the Aunare’s allies.

“Wait!” Amihanna screams. Her mind is racing, and she needs to make a decision. Keep going. Meet Lorne on the neutral planet to broker an alliance as planned. Or change course. Jump across the universe as quickly as she can, and pray it’s fast enough to save her Earther family. Amihanna knows what it’s like to be abandoned, fighting for her life, and hoping that someone would come. No one helped her except for the Crew, Declan, and Ahiga. Sometimes debts can’t be repaid, but Amihanna is a di Aetes. She won’t give up. Not ever.

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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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