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Thursday, 22 August 2019

BOOK REVIEW - Screamcatcher: Web World by Christy J. Breedlove

Screamcatcher: Web World
Author: Christy J. Breedlove
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2019

Book Description:
When seventeen-year-old Jory Pike cannot shake the hellish nightmares of her parent’s deaths, she turns to an old family heirloom, a dream catcher. Even though she’s half blood Chippewa, Jory thinks old Indian lore is so yesterday, but she’s willing to give it a try. However, the dream catcher has had its fill of nightmares from an ancient and violent past. After a sleepover party, and during one of Jory’s most horrific dream episodes, the dream catcher implodes, sucking Jory and her three friends into its own world of trapped nightmares. They’re in an alternate universe—locked inside of an insane web world. How can they find the center of the web, where all good things are allowed to pass?

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MY REVIEW

Jory Pike has been suffering nightmares since the death of her parents. To help her sleep, her grandfather gives her a dream catcher. One night, while having a sleepover with her three friends, a storm arrives. The next morning, the gang find themselves in a parallel world where nothing is what it's supposed to be. Chaos reigns everywhere, and Jory and her friends must find the centre of this web world in order to escape before it's too late.

A fast and exhilarating journey through a world of wonder and tribulation with relatable characters who make you feel their presence from start to finish. I like a good mythology, so delving a little into Native American lore was rather exciting. I got a real Alice in Wonderland vibe from this book. While I wasn't too fond of Darcy and Lander, as they didn't add much in the way of progress, I did engage well with Jory and Choice - Albert too (can't forget granddad) - and the dynamic of their relationship. Their bond felt organic and authentic. Jory really pulled me into her world - no pun intended. She was a likeable and engaging character who carried the story well.

From time to time, I did find it hard visualising this chaotic world. The writing wasn't as visually description as I would have liked for a story like this. The characters came alive but the world didn't come alive as much for me, and that's what I was most looking forward to experiencing.

It was a quick and enjoyable read.

VERDICT


Award: Silver
Rating: 3 Stars
Source: Author

Monday, 19 August 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Shayn by Kate Rudolph

Shayn
Authors: Kate Rudolph, Starr Huntress
Publication Date: August 13th, 2019
Genre: Adult Romance / Science Fiction

Book Description:
Shayn NaZade is looking for answers…

A Detyen father and Oscavian mother have left Shayn wondering whether he and his brothers will be forced to pay the Denya Price. Unamted Detyens die on their thirtieth birthdays, but will that hold true for someone with Oscavian blood? His question brings him to Oscavia where he finds his mate… and a whole lot of trouble.

Naomi’s a psychic, but she didn’t see this one coming…

Orphaned as a child and raised by scientists, Naomi’s mind is opened to all the secrets of the universe. But she can’t see the lies and betrayals standing right in front of her, and when experiments to control her powers take a dark turn she knows she’ll have to run. It’s just her luck that her instincts push her towards a charming blue alien.

A dangerous escape, a daring rescue, and scorching heat send Shayn and Naomi tumbling together as the denya bond ties them ever closer. But when the forces against them get too close, that bond will be tested to the breaking point.

Read Shayn today for fated mates, a heart-melting hero, and adventures that are out of this world! 

Shayn is the seventh book in the Mated to the Alien series about a race of aliens doomed to die if they don’t meet their fated mates. The series can be read in any order and there are no cliffhangers!

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Friday, 16 August 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Healing Heather & Accepting Aerin by Tinsley Sellers

Healing Heather
(Beckley’s Daughters Romance #1)
Author: Tinsley Sellers
Publication Date: July 20th, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
She’s going 120mph in a 65 zone—and if driving even faster could change history, Professor Heather Harris would floor it. She’s on a collision course with Sergeant Brian Daniels, a state trooper determined to enforce the speed limit and slam the brakes on his own heartache. Can a fast-moving physicist find love with a laid-back law officer, or will ghosts from their pasts keep driving them apart?

“All relationships come with an expiration date. All of mine just happened to fall on the same two days.” —Heather Harris

After a long year of tragedy and loss, Dr. Heather Harris is finally ready to come to terms with the deaths that have left her devastated and alone in the world. Spending summer break at the lake cottage she inherited from her grandparents is the first step in coping with her crushing grief, but she soon finds herself on a collision course with Sergeant Brian Daniels, a police officer whose passion for classic cars won’t stop him from enforcing the speed limit.

Brian Daniels embraces his small-town, laid-back, lakeside life. After years of heartbreak at the hands of his first love, he’s finally free—and a fast-driving, karaoke-singing physics professor offers an exciting diversion. Opposites attract, but the sudden appearance of a blonde on a Harley threatens to throw a monkey wrench in the works. Will the pull of his past be stronger than the promise of his future?

Welcome to the small-town world of Beckley, Michigan. The two-lane roads are long and winding, the many lakes are cool and blue, and the dense forests are green and shaded. Summer days are warm and sunny and summer nights are clear under the glittering stars. The people are warm, friendly, smart, funny–and very, very real. When you need a place to call home, Beckley welcomes you—and sometimes the family you choose is as strong as the bonds you’re born with.

Only 99¢ each for a limited time!

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Midnight by J.V. Speyer

Midnight
Author: J.V. Speyer
Publication Date: August 14th, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary / LGBTQ+ / Romance

Book Description:
Brandon loved Adrian, so when Adrian abruptly moved out of their apartment Brandon was devastated. Six weeks later Brandon is ready to start to ease his way back into life again, but a chance encounter leaves him questioning everything he thought he knew – about Adrian, their relationship, and himself.

His friends are there to see him through it, especially his best friend Greg. Greg wants what’s best for Brandon. He’s always wanted what’s best for Brandon, even when it’s not necessarily what’s best for Greg. As Adrian’s true nature is revealed, Greg starts to wonder if maybe what’s best for both of them wouldn’t be each other.

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Monday, 12 August 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - I Stalked Him Back by Jessica Frances

I Stalked Him Back
(Love at First Crime, #7)
Author: Jessica Frances
Publication Date: August 12th, 2019
Genre: Adult Romance / Suspense

Book Description:
He stalked her from afar for years, so now she’s returning the favor.
I haven’t always been the best person.
I’ve rarely made the right choices.
I have a past which is painful and dark,
One I didn’t think I would survive.
But I was saved.
And finally, after going through hell,
Things are beginning to change.
I’m becoming independent again.
I’m getting stronger.
No one but I can see this.
He certainly can’t.
He’s been stalking me for a long time.
It’s his way of keeping me protected.
And I’ve let him do this.
But now it’s time the tables are turned.
Now it’s time for me to protect him.
I’m about to become the savior,
And I won’t let him down.
I can’t.
Because if I fail, then I’ll lose everything.
Stalking to save a life doesn’t sound ethical…
Then again, as some people say: there is nothing quite like love at first…crime.

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Saturday, 10 August 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Bane of Tenebris by Blaise Ramsay

Bane of Tenebris
(Wolfgods #2)
Author: Blaise Ramsay
Published by: FyreSyde Publishing
Publication Date: July 20th, 2019
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Book Description:
Alexander Kain has been through hell. For centuries, torture, bloodshed, war and living in the shadow of a powerful father have haunted his every dream. Born to die in the place of another due to an ancient pact, he has resigned himself to isolation to wait for death’s sweet embrace. Everything changes when a young woman – a hybrid; both vampire and lycan – arrives beaten and left for dead at his doorstep.

He couldn’t have known that saving her would lead him down a twisting, winding road. One filled with old rivals longing to settle a score, former lovers of a bygone, taboo past or an unlikely alliance with the monsters he fought during centuries of war.

The dark god who tortured Kain disappears, his methods and plans unsettling. He must come to grips when his past if he is to survive. However, unlike the loneliness he once knew, Kain falls in love with the woman he found naked in the woods.

A love that just might be what he needs to put the ghosts of his past to rest.

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Thursday, 8 August 2019

BOOK REVIEW - Aru's Balcony Garden and Likes and Dislikes by Arundhati Nithiyanandhan

Aru's Balcony Garden
Author: Arundhati Nithiyanandhan
Genre: Picture Book
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2018
Publisher: White Falcon Publishing

Book Description:
Arundhati who lives in an apartment community of a metro city is used to a small garden at her home balcony that is full of blooming plants that she loves. Every morning she likes to spend a moment before leaving to catch her school bus, in the garden looking at the flowers. This story is inspired by this habit of hers and how she likes to water the plants with her parents.

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MY REVIEW

While visiting her balcony garden, a young child finds her plants aren't blooming quite as she'd hoped they'd be.

This is a charming tale, but I did wish there had been a little more to the story. I suspect talking to plants could be a cultural element Aru is familiar with but as there was no hint to this, I may have been led to wonder why the plants were talking back to Aru. Clearly, Aru care's greatly for her garden, which did come across well. Wonderful illustrations. It was a short and sweet read that I would recommend for kids aged between 5-7.

VERDICT


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


Likes and Dislikes
Author: Arundhati Nithiyanandhan
Genre: Picture Book
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2018
Publisher: White Falcon Publishing

Book Description:
Arundhati and Tanisha are sisters who are also each other’s best friends and spend most of their time together. They play, sing, dance and a considerable amount of time together after school. Knowing their likes and dislikes with respect to objects and correlating them with the five senses help them understand each other better. This story is inspired by random conversations between the two sisters playing at the terrace.

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MY REVIEW

Two young girls bond over their likes and dislikes.

This was certainly an engaging story that incorporated imojis and illustrations effectively to allow the readers to feel as though they were a part of Aru and Nishu's story. Although I suspect the girls were sisters, an acknowledge would have been nice to establish the dynamic of their relationship. Utilising the senses as a means of expressing one's likes and dislikes is a fun and effective learning tool for children. Great illustrations. It was shorter than I would have liked, but it was a great read nonetheless.

VERDICT


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

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Cover Reveal - Dorothy In the Land of Monsters by Garten Gevedon


Dorothy In the Land of Monsters
(Oz ReVamped, #1)
Author: Garten Gevedon
Publication Date: October 11th 2019
Genre: YA Fantasy / Paranormal

Book Description:
Shifters, Zombies, and Vampires? Oh my!

My name is Dorothy Gale, and I think I might be dead.

When my dog Toto and I got swept up in a twister, we landed in hell. A very colorful hell. Like a rainbow dripping in blood. Now it looks as though this dreadful underworld plagued with vampires, zombies, and shifters will be the site of my eternal damnation.

They say this terrifying land called Oz isn’t hell or purgatory and escape is possible, but first I must survive the journey down the blood-soaked yellow brick road to the only place in Oz where vampires dare not tread—The City of Emeralds.

With enchanted footwear and the help of my three new friends—a friendly zombie, a massive shifter lion, and a heartless axe murderer of evil night creatures (who also happens to be the hottest guy I’ve ever seen)—Toto and I have a chance to make it to the Vampire Free Zone. When we get there, I must convince the most powerful wizard in this magical land of monsters to send us out of this radiant nightmare and back to the world of the living. They say he’s just as frightening as this monstrous land, that he detests visitors, and even the most horrifying creatures cower in his presence. But I must seek him out. And when I find him, I’ll do whatever it takes to make him send me home.

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About the Author
Garten Gevedon lives in New York City with her family. She's a sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal author who loves taking fairy tales and turning them inside out. You can visit her online at www.gartengevedon.com.

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Monday, 5 August 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Love Repaired by Deanna Birch

Love Repaired
Author: Deana Birch
Publication Date: July 30th, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Attorney Amee sets aside her own needs to juggle the broken pieces of her life and family until mechanic Ben repairs her heart.

Divorce attorney Amee Benton—who has an ex of her own—is pretty sure she’s a #MomFail. Showing up late on a Friday night to retrieve her car from the shop and finding the pink frosted cupcakes she forgot to leave at her daughter’s ballet camp confirms it.

When mechanic, Ben Mathis, confesses to stealing one of the confections and asks who is taking care of Amee, she knows he’s a unicorn—a magical, beautiful beast who surely only exists in fantasies. And she tells him just that. With an f bomb for good measure.

Amee has three things Ben finds irresistible in a woman—brains, a family, and a serious potty mouth. At a chance run-in at Ben’s own personal hell, AKA the mall, he summons the courage to ask her out. Though Amee is leery of dating a younger man, and Ben is more than aware of their social gap, the two take a chance.

But Amee’s life isn’t like his. And when her ex returns and the doubting divorcée blunders, all of Ben’s insecurities are piqued anew. Now, Amee must prove to Ben his worth is much more than stand-in dad and rebound boyfriend or she’ll watch magic gallop off into the forest forever.

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Friday, 2 August 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Kingdom of Mirrors & Roses Boxed Set




Kingdom of Mirrors & Roses: A Limited Edition of Beauty and the Beast Retellings
Publication Date: August 1st, 2019
Genre: NA Fairy Tales / Fantasy

Book Description:
Beauty and the Beast, but not how you remember it

Deep in the forest, a castle hides. No one knows who lives there, but rumors of a beast keep people away.

Cloaked in shadows, hidden from view, a prince destroyed by a curse shuts himself away from the world, ashamed of the beast he’s become.

And in the village, a beautiful girl with her nose in a book, yearns for something more.

True love is the only thing that can break his curse. True love is the one thing she’s looking for, but how can they find true love when neither knows the other exists?

Find out if love really can defy all odds in this set of thirteen captivating retellings of the classic fairytale, filled with love, hope and the strength of two people willing to do whatever it takes…

One click now for your happily ever after.

Other books in the Kingdom of series…
Kingdom of Glass and Ashes (Cinderella retellings)
Kingdom of Salt and Sirens (Little Mermaid retellings)
Kingdom of Sand and Wishes (Aladdin retellings)
Kingdom of Mirrors and Roses (Beauty and the Beast retellings)
Kingdom of Thorns and Dreams (Sleeping Beauty retellings) coming soon

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Thursday, 1 August 2019

Cover Reveal - His Smile by Katerina Winters


His Smile: A Mafia Romance
Author: Katerina Winters
Publication Date: August 30th, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Roman Mashir was the man that stepped out of shadowed corners wearing a smile. Cruelty and laughter were synonymous in his world. Roman was the devil who caught your gaze and grinned back at you in your nightmares.

Fear was what he liked to see, expected even–bright eyed infatuation was not.

Rahina Chopra was persistent, annoying, naïve, and beyond foolish. While she danced happily in moonlight he was the devil who aimed his sights and pulled triggers.

She had no business fluttering carelessly into his world, he had made too many enemies, laughed in the face of one too many dying men to be allowed the luxury of her beauty.

But she recklessly fell in love with the madman, despite everyone’s warning–despite his warnings.

So, she stepped closer. Further into the psychopath’s hands sliding around her throat and closed her eyes to his grip fastening tightly close. Rahina didn’t want Roman’s status, his power, or his wealth the only thing she wanted was–his smile.

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About the Author
"Her writing is a lot like chocolate, dark and very sweet."

From contemporary to fantasy, Katerina Winters weaves dark tales of romance together with strong possessive men and sexy rendezvous.

Katerina lives in a tiny brick house surrounded by trees in Texas with her husband and their dog. When she isn't writing, Katerina is usually catching brunch with friends or curled up on her window seat with a good book.

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Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Cave by Amanda McKinney

The Cave
(A Berry Springs Novel)
Author: Amanda McKinney
Publication Date: August 1st, 2019
Genre: Adult Romance / Suspense

Book Description:
After getting trapped in a remote cave, two strangers must work together to survive while being hunted by a ruthless killer… 

Life is full of surprises, rescue swimmer Owen Grayson knows that better than anyone, especially when he’s forced to take an indefinite military leave and return home to pick up the pieces of his dad’s latest mistake. As Owen struggles to settle back into his roots, he is called to a remote cave where he discovers the mysterious death of his uncle wasn’t an accident at all. As the clues begin to unravel, it becomes apparent that the cave is hiding secrets worth killing for… and everyone on site has a target on their back.

Coming off a bad break up and an even worse few days, Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Sadie Hart is brought in to excavate human remains found deep in the treacherous mountains of Berry Springs, in a cave rumored to be haunted, nonetheless. When her team stumbles upon a dead body before they even reach the cave, Sadie quickly realizes this is going to be no ordinary job—especially when she meets a particularly bull-headed Adonis who claims to be related to the victim.

A storm hits, trapping Sadie and Owen inside the cave with nothing but a flashlight and a small backpack with provisions… and someone who wants them dead. As the odds stack up against them, Sadie begins to fear she and Owen will become the next pile of bones found deep in the catacombs of Crypts Cavern…

THE CAVE is a standalone romantic suspense novel.

Only 99¢ for a limited time!

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Guest Post - Mahoney by Andrew Joyce

Mahoney
Author: Andrew Joyce
Genre: Historial Fiction
Publication Date: May 19th, 2019
Publisher: William Birch & Assoc.

Book Description:
In this compelling, richly researched novel, author Andrew Joyce tells a story of determination and grit as the Mahoney clan fights to gain a foothold in America. From the first page to the last, fans of Edward Rutherfurd and W. Michael Gear will enjoy this riveting, historically accurate tale of adventure, endurance, and hope.

In the second year of an Gorta Mhór—the Great Famine—nineteen-year-old Devin Mahoney lies on the dirt floor of his small, dark cabin. He has not eaten in five days. His only hope of survival is to get to America, the land of milk and honey. After surviving disease and storms at sea that decimate crew and passengers alike, Devin’s ship limps into New York Harbor three days before Christmas, 1849. Thus starts an epic journey that will take him and his descendants through one hundred and fourteen years of American history, including the Civil War, the Wild West, and the Great Depression.

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Saturday, 27 July 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - A Divided Mind by M. Billiter

A Divided Mind
Author: M. Billiter
Published by: Tangled Tree Publishing
Publication Date: July 27th, 2019
Genre: Adult Psychological Thriller

Book Description:
Sometimes that little voice in your head isn’t always yours. 

What if the only friend you have isn’t real? When the voices in his head begin to make sense, high school senior Branson Kovac turns to the one friend he’s still got… only to discover he’s not really there.

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Thursday, 25 July 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Defying Gravity by K.K. Allen

Defying Gravity
Author: K.K. Allen
Publication Date: July 25th, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Our greatest risk was the one we never took …

It was an accidental spring fling three years ago—one week spent in the mountains of Big Sur and no one was the wiser. Ignore the fact that Tobias James was my neighbor and my best friend’s older brother. Or that upon our return his hoop dreams were waiting for him, robbing us of any potential future we could have shared.

Now, I’m fulfilling my own dreams in L.A. and my biggest dream of all is about to come true. The last thing I expected was for my past and my present to collide.

Not now. Not here. Not him.

But he struts back into my life like he never even left. Unfortunately, I’ll never forget what happened after he did.

The ball is in my court, but Tobias isn’t below stealing—my power, my resolve, my heart… When he wants a second chance to reignite our connection, my answer is simple. We can’t.

Not unless we defy the rules our dreams were built on and risk everything.

*Defying Gravity is a STANDALONE sports romance in an interconnected series. You can check out Center of Gravity here ➞ smarturl.it/centerofgravity

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