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Monday, 31 August 2020

Cover Reveal - Black Witch Magic by Mila Nicks

Black Witch Magic
Author: Mila Nicks
Publication Date: October 30th, 2020
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Book Description:
Selene Blackstone spends her days camped out in library corners with her nose glued to books. In a town like Brimrock, where she’s an outcast, she prefers her book friends to her real-life enemies. They’re a lot less judgmental. The rest of town believes she descends from a family of witches—including her evil witch grandma, Luna. In this case, the truth is stranger than fiction. She is a witch, and she’s cursed for all of eternity. Good thing her to-be-read list is pretty long…

Prickly Paranormal Investigator Aiden O’Hare speaks two languages: sarcasm and more sarcasm. He travels the country—and sometimes even the world—investigating strange phenomena with his best friend, Cory. Their investigations bring them to a cozy New England town called Brimrock, home to fabled evil witch Luna Blackstone. Armed with his dry wit, his bibliophilic love for books, and far too much free time, he’s determined to find out just what happened to Luna…

When Aiden meets Selene, he decides he must get to know her. When Selene learns Aiden is in town investigating her grandma, she knows she must stop him. He’s out to expose the truth. She’s out to keep it a secret. Neither expects to fall under each other’s spell, but sometimes love is supernatural.


About the Author

Mila Nicks has a thing for romance. Chick lit, chick flicks, you name it, she’s there. She’s all about basking in a quality, well-told love story. It’s why she’s decided to use her passion for writing to pen love stories featuring women of color.

When she’s not engrossed in all things romance, she’s probably out shopping, sampling food off of someone else’s plate, or hanging with her feisty and dangerous pet chihuahua, Zayden.

For more on Mila, including upcoming releases and story freebies, check out her website and subscribe to her newsletter: https://www.milanickswrites.com/

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Sunday, 30 August 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Dear Summer by Santana Blair

Dear Summer
Author: Santana Blair
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance / Coming of Age
Publication Date: 12th November 2017

Book Description:
Parker Reeves has had a really bad year.

Trouble at home, trouble at school… pretty much trouble in general.

On top of everything else wrong in his life, he’s sent away to the small town of Concord where he knows no one and is set to have a nonexistent social life.

Just when he thought his life couldn’t get any worse, he met her.

The girl next door is about to teach Parker that sometimes a summer can change your life..

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MY REVIEW

I'm not one for contemporary romance novels, but I've been trying to broaden my horizon this year, so I decided to try some of the contemporary romance novels on my kindle, and by a random selection, I chose Dear Summer, a story about seventeen-year-old Parker Reeves, who's had a rough year at school and had to stand by and watch as his mother chose her new hubby over him. Now stuck for the summer with his estranged father, Luke, he can't think of anything worse than staying in Concord with nothing to do but stare at the walls. That's until he peers out the window one day and spots his next door neighbour, Summer Raines, but Summer doesn't want to get too close to Parker in fear he will literally break her heart.

Generally speaking, this was a decent read. Two teenagers falling in love over the summer, both completely different in character, dealing with completely different dilemmas in their lives, yet somehow managing to balance each other out. It was fun seeing how they each tried to make alterations in their lives to make room for the other. Characterisation was great. I could picture these characters, which I find difficult to do most of the time, but here it wasn't difficult. They were well-drawn characters. Summer, who I favoured among the others, was like a child experiencing everything for the first time (riding a bike, playing in the rain...). She's a character that will make you want to pay attention to the things we ignore because we think we have enough time to deal with them later, when in reality, life really is too short to plan too far ahead. She lives life in the moment, a complete opposite outlook to Parker, who feels so abandoned and neglected by his parents, he's too hurt to acknowledge that the only person suffering from his guarded and stubborn nature is himself. As much as Summer lived life to the fullest, she also puts her guard up when it comes to expressing her feelings for Parker, believing it would be a waste of time due to her current condition.

The story deals with a lot of real life issues that readers will be able to relate to. It was very much grounded in reality, which I think made it so easy to engage with the characters and their stories. It was predictable from start to finish, but for once, I didn't mind the fact that I knew what was around the corner, because this story wasn't about solving a mystery and inciting suspense to create excitement. This story is about how the simplest things in life, like human interaction and communication can have a huge impact in the outcome of people's lives. Just being present and available can alter the course of someone's life and open up a world of wonder they never imagined. That's what Parker and Summer did for each other. One needed hope, the other needed inspiration.

The only real issue I had with this book was that it dragged on for too long. There were moments where literally nothing was happening in the way of progressing the story forward. I could cut out a lot of things and not change the story or affect it in any way, so I didn't feel it needed to drag on for so long. Apart from that, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

VERDICT:


GOLD

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

Saturday, 29 August 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - To The Bone by J.R. Johansson

To The Bone
Author: J.R. Johansson
Publication Date: August 25th, 2020
Genre: NA / YA Thriller

Book Description:
Seventeen-year-old Harley Martin has been obsessed with Paris for years. Between her passion for studying architecture and wanting to spend time with her cousin, Gretchen, there’s nowhere on Earth that she’d rather go. So when Harley’s parents feel guilty enough about their constant fighting to offer to send Harley to visit her cousin, Gretchen, she doesn’t hesitate.

But Gretchen and Harley have both changed in the years they’ve been apart. In an effort to rekindle their friendship, Harley agrees to Gretchen’s suggested activity, even though it’s outside her comfort zone: a tour with Gretchen and her friends through the off-limits section of the Paris Catacombs. Miles and miles of tunnels deep under the city, filled with the remains of more than six million people.

When a cave-in kills their guide and leaves the group injured, terrified, and lost with limited supplies, they must search for a way out from the endless maze beneath the city of light. But surrounded by shadows, it’s hard to tell friends from enemies. Harley doesn’t know if she can trust anyone, including her own cousin. If they ever want to get back to the surface, they’ll have to fight for everything they hold dear–for their sanity, their humanity, their very lives–in a place that only embraces death.


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Friday, 28 August 2020

Cover Reveal - Bewildered Heart by Ellie Pond

Bewildered Heart
(Dark Wing, #3)
Author: Ellie Pond
Publication Date: September 18th, 2020
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Book Description:
With a fragile peace between their families, he will either destroy his fated mate’s heart or wreck his pack…

Spencer Larsen is desperate for a mate to help him control the Hundsburg pack. He’s finally found her, but her dad killed his uncle in the war over twenty years ago. Tensions are high enough without disturbing the truce.

Lauren’s not the greatest witch, not unless you’re looking to dry your hair or start a campfire—then she’s got you covered. She didn’t expect to find a fated mate, but there’s something special about the hunky Spencer. She’s intrigued . . . until he discovers who she is and storms out of her bed. Now she’s come to her senses. Even if he comes crawling back, she’s not taking him.

So what’s it going to be—love or family?

Bewildered Heart is the third book in the magical world of the Dark Wing paranormal romance series and the conclusion to the Pennsylvanian Wolves Trilogy. If you like fated mates, undeniable attraction, and magical intrigue, you’ll love Ellie’s entertaining Happily Ever After romance.

Buy Bewildered Heart to set sail for shifter passion today!

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About the Author
Ellie lives in New England with her husband and children. When she's not writing you'll find her traveling or dreaming about her next trip. visit her at elliepond.com

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Thursday, 27 August 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Scandal’s Promise by Pamela Gibson

Scandal’s Promise
Author: Pamela Gibson
Publication Date: August 19th, 2020
Genre: Adult Historical Romance

Book Description:
Haunted by questions and her own insecurities, Lady Emily Sinclair longs to discover why her betrothed abandoned her and married another. Seven years have passed, but the pain of his betrayal still lingers, buried beneath layers of humiliation and mistrust. When he returns after the Napoleonic Wars, she vows to avoid him. If only her foolish heart felt the same. 

Broken and addicted to his medication, widower Andrew Quimby, Lord Cardmore, rattles around his ancient manor, oblivious to his deteriorating health and state of mind. When he learns the woman he was forced to abandon remains unmarried, he vows to try to win her back, even if it means returning to a society he despises.

But Andrew soon discovers he has a secret enemy. Threatening notes appear and sinister accidents put those in his inner circle in danger. Can he overcome his demons in time to keep them safe or will everyone and everything he loves disappear forever.

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Monday, 24 August 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - A Chip on Her Shoulder by R.J. Blain

A Chip on Her Shoulder
(Magical Romantic Comedies #11)
Author: R.J. Blain
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

Book Description:
After a deal with loan sharks sours, Darlene’s brother is permanently transformed into a chipmunk. Not one to accept impossibility as a good excuse for failure, she’s determined to rescue her brother and secure revenge against those who’d poisoned him with grade-a transformatives.

If she wants to perform a miracle, she’ll need to join forces with a divine, but the man upstairs and his angels refuse to help.

None of the other so-called benevolent divines are willing to help her, either.

Running out of time and options, Darlene prepares to storm the gates of hell for her brother.

She never expected to fall in love with the Devil.

Warning: this novel contains a woman with a chip on her shoulder, humor, and one hell of a hero. Proceed with caution.

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Sunday, 23 August 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Moshe Comes to Visit by Tehila Sade Moyal

Moshe Comes to Visit
Author: Tehila Sade Moyal
Genre: Picture Book
Publication Date: 14th October 2017
Publisher: Simple Story

Book Description:
"I find it funny when mother says

There is no need to fear monsters

But she herself is afraid of poor Moshe…"

In each of us there exists a fear that others are unafraid…

Night after night Ethan wakes up with "noises of monsters." Until one night his father finds a creative way to calm his fears.

However, when Moshe comes to visit their home, Ethan discovers that his mother is afraid of Moshe. Despite her fear, Ethan actually likes Moshe.

Ethan suggests using the same creative solution to calm his mother’s fears.

This book deals with coping with fear, and shows that everyone is afraid of something that another person is not.

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MY REVIEW

Our young protagonist (no identification provided) swears there are monsters lurking in his room at night, waiting to attack him. His parents, on the other hand, assure him he has nothing to worry about and comes up with an action plan to overcome any monster should they appear. This plan is written in the form of an agreement entitled "Agreement with Fears". The story takes a shift from the protagonist's fear to the parents' fear in the form of a talking cockroach, who the protagonist quickly befriends, calling his new friend Moshe. To help his parents overcome their fear, the protagonist creates an Agreement with Fears just as his parents had done for him.

Cute is the adjective that comes to mind when I think of Moshe Comes to Visit, mostly because of Moshe, but the story overall was adorable. I must admit, after reading this book, I felt bad about all the insects I have squashed over the years. I don't know how well the message will go over with children as the protagonist's fear wasn't fully explored, thus we don't necessarily see how he overcame his fear. It was sort of brushed under the rug, the focus shifting instead to his parents, which isn't necessarily irrelevant as it's good to highlight that it's not only children who exhibit fear. However, as this story is supposed to be targeted at children, the focus should have been on how he learned to overcome his fear. Why Moshe was able to communicate verbally with the main character was beyond me, but kids have a very vivid imagination, so I'm sure it won't throw them off completely, and Moshe is just the cutest cockroach ever.

It was a good read. It definitely put a smile on my face. I wouldn't say I was sold on the message, but I acknowledged the author's intention.

VERDICT


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

Friday, 21 August 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Promise Kept by Maggie Mae Gallagher

The Promise Kept
(Echo Springs, #2)
Author: Maggie Mae Gallagher
Publication Date: August 19th, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Cybil Roe gave her heart away thirteen years ago only to have it wind up shattered. With painstaking determination, she has rebuilt her life into something to be proud of today. Yet all her future plans are upended when the only man she has ever loved returns to Echo Springs. Nor does it help that he seems bound and determined to draw her back into his life. Cybil vows to stay away from him, no matter what seeing him all the time does to her resolve.

Miles Keaton wiped the dust of his hometown off his shoes years ago, never expecting that life would lead him back to the place where he had begun. Coming home to Echo Springs, to Cybil, to start a new law practice and a new life is a risk he never thought he’d take. She hates him – with good reason. Years ago, he walked away when she needed him the most. But now is he back, and intends to argue the case of his life, one more important than any he has debated in a courtroom, because she is the one woman he cannot live without.

Can Miles convince Cybil to take a second chance on him, or will a secret she has kept all these years destroy any future they might have?

PLUS! Book 1 - The Fixer Upper - is only 99¢ for a limited time!

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Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Six Month Lease by Melanie Munton

The Six Month Lease
Author: Melanie Munton
Publication Date: August 18th, 2020
Genre: Adult Comedy / Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Never have I ever…moved in with a guy after dating him for only three weeks.

Just kidding. That’s exactly what I did.

And like most of you are probably thinking, it inevitably blew up in my face when we broke up two days after signing our lease.

Now, I’m stuck living with my ex. The same man who turned my life completely upside down in record time.

For. Six. Whole. Months.

It doesn’t matter how many times he flashes those abs at me after a shower, or how close his bedroom is to mine. I will resist him because he’s simply not the right guy for me.

But if I thought he’d done a number on me before, that’s nothing compared to what happens after I finally learn the secret he’s been keeping from me this entire time.


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Monday, 17 August 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Shameless by Sybil Bartel

Shameless
(Alpha Bodyguard #8)
Author: Sybil Bartel
Publication Date: July 17th, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Bodyguard.

Shadow.

Warrior.

The Marines trained me to be a weapon. Tactical warfare was in my blood. I didn’t think twice when I was deployed for the fifth time because I was born battle ready. Then a mission went south and left me with a medical discharge.

Too many years downrange, I didn’t fit in the civilian world. Taking a job with the best security firm in the business seemed like a solid plan…until I was assigned babysitting duty for a spoiled little rich girl. The only thing worse than the assignment was the client’s smart mouth. She thought she could run it—all over me—and not suffer the consequences. She was wrong.

Now she was about to find out how shameless a bodyguard could be.

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Sunday, 16 August 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Other Side of the Looking Glass by Kathleen Harryman

The Other Side of the Looking Glass
Author: Kathleen Harryman
Publication Date: June 29th, 2020
Genre: Adult Romance / Suspense

Book Description:
She wakes up to a life she doesn’t recognize…

And to a husband she can’t imagine loving.

Kate find herself in a hospital with no memory of who she is or anything about her life. Everything is blank.

An attractive, well dressed and obviously wealthy man stands there claiming to be her husband. Yet, as she first looks into his cold eyes, she wonders how she could have loved and married the man.

As Kate is taken home to her luxury mansion. she realizes her ordeal is just beginning. Life with the controlling Liam, her husband, is more than she bargained for.

Then, her memory starts to come back and the truth emerges…

“A well written, thought-out, intriguing and beguiling story by the author, as told by the characters involved.” ~ Goodreads Review ~

“The Other Side of The Looking Glass by Kathleen Harryman was intense, intriguing, well paced and an absolute pleasure to read.” ~ Goodreads review

Read this romantic suspense thriller from the author of Hidden Danger and When Darkness Falls, The Other Side of the Looking Glass is a tale of subterfuge, mystery, mistaken identity and true love.

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Friday, 14 August 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Booked for Murder by R.J. Blain

Booked for Murder
(Vigilante Magical Librarians #1)
Author: R.J. Blain
Publication Date: August 18th, 2020
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

Book Description:
Life as a bodyguard and driver for the rich, famous, and powerful is dangerous on a good day, and after sustaining a crippling injury while on duty, Janette’s left with few options. Having signed a ‘for life’ contract but unable to work, she uses her skills to disappear.

Her new life as a librarian suits her. Nobody cares she limps and sometimes requires a cane to walk. She’s wanted for her knowledge, not her lethal magic. She’s surrounded by books, a woman’s best friend.

But when her former employer’s best friend is murdered on the steps of her library, old loyalties and secrets might destroy her—or set her free.

Teaming up with her co-workers to find the killer might keep her from being booked for murder, but unless she’s careful, she’ll find out exactly how far her ex-boss will go to reclaim what is rightfully his.

Her. For life.

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Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Fall Changes by Marie McGrath

The Fall Changes
(Honey Cove , #1)
Author: Marie McGrath
Publication Date: August 11th, 2020
Genre: YA Romance

Book Description:
Change where you live.

Change your parents being married.

And maybe, change who you are.

At 16 years old, Riley Mills has had more change than she ever wanted. A new high school would be daunting for most teens, but between getting attention from the most popular girl and being paired with a boy for her class project, she is navigating many situations she never could have imagined.

With homecoming fast approaching and rumors about her swirling, Riley must confront her true nature. Is she a popular girl at heart? Could someone actually like her?

With no clear answers, Riley may just find some answers from the most unexpected sources.

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Monday, 10 August 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Witch & Wolf: The Complete Series by R.J. Blain

Witch & Wolf: The Complete Series
Author: R.J. Blain
Publication Date: December 18th, 2018
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

Book Description:
Life is never easy for those with the strength to change the world.

These are their stories.

Inquisitor

When Allison is asked to play Cinderella-turned-Fianceé at a Halloween ball, the last thing she expected was to be accused of murder. She has to find the killer or she’ll be put to death for the crimes she didn’t commit. To make matters worse, the victims are all werewolves.

On the short list of potential victims, Allison has to act fast, or the killer will have one more body to add to his little black book of corpses.

Winter Wolf

When Nicole dabbled in the occult, she lost it all: Her voice, her family, and her name. Now on the run from the Inquisition, she must prove to herself—and the world—that not all wizards are too dangerous to let live.

Blood Diamond

The world is full of corpses, and Jackson knows them by name. When a group strives to destroy the Inquisition, his powers may be all standing between the supernaturals and extinction.

Silver Bullet

Finished with being a victim, Vicky will do everything in her power to put an end to Basin once and for all, even if it means she must make the ultimate sacrifice and bite a silver bullet for the sake of her family, her friends, and the rest of the supernatural world.

This collection also contains Tales of the Winter Wolf Vol. Six.

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Saturday, 8 August 2020

Cover Reveal & Giveaway - Arcadia Saga by Al Stone


All Three Books in the Arcadia Saga Arrives in Paperback
for the First Time!

Grab Your Copy on Amazon
August 12th!


Talisman Of El
Series: Arcadia
Author: Al Stone
Publisher: Centrinian
Publication Date: 12th August 2020

Book Description:
WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE?

One Planet.

Two Worlds.

Population: Human ... 7 billion.
Others ... unknown.

When 14-year-old Char­lie Blake wakes up sweat­ing and gasp­ing for air in the mid­dle of the night, he knows it is hap­pen­ing again. This time he wit­nesses a bru­tal mur­der. He's afraid to tell any­one. No one would believe him ... because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago - the day before his dad died.

Char­lie doesn't know why this is hap­pen­ing. He would give any­thing to have an ordi­nary life. The prob­lem: he doesn't belong in the world he knows as home.

He belongs with the others.

Friday, 7 August 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - I Am Here Now by Barbara Bottner

I Am Here Now
Author: Barbara Bottner
Published by: Macmillan
Publication Date: August 4th, 2020
Genre: YA Coming of Age

Book Description:
Set in the 1960s, Barbara Bottner’s I Am Here Now is a beautiful novel in verse about one artist’s coming of age. It’s a heartbreaking, powerful and inspiring depiction of what it’s like to shatter your life—and piece it all back together.

You can’t trust Life to give you decent parents, or beautiful eyes, a fine French accent or an outstanding flair for fashion. No, Life does what it wants. It’s sneaky as a thief.


Maisie’s first day of High school should be exciting, but all she wants is to escape.

Her world is lonely and chaotic, with an abusive mother and a father who’s rarely there to help.

So when Maisie, who finds refuge in her art, meets the spirited Rachel and her mother, a painter, she catches a glimpse of a very different world—one full of life, creativity, and love—and latches on.

But as she discovers her strengths through Rachel’s family, Maisie, increasingly desperate, finds herself risking new friendships, and the very future she’s searching for.

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