Tuesday, July 17, 2018

New Review! An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir 5 Cranky Stars

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars


I loved this book! It is a story about 2 entirely different people who each have a common theme; freedom.


Elias is a Martial soldier against his will. Laia is a Scholar who becomes a slave to try to save her brother after being taken from the Martial soldiers. Laia shows a ton of mental strength (aka badass in the making!) who will stop at nothing to try to free her brother. Elias struggles with his loyalty to the Empire as he questions right from wrong.


This book is quick paced with lots of action and a little bit of romance. It tells the story from Elias’ and Laia’s perspective and I think that helped keep me on the edge of my seat! I liked that the author wrote this way. Some of the chapters ended in cliff hangers and you had to wait until you read the chapter in between to find out what was going to happen next. This was a really well written book that will make you want more and more from the author. I would highly recommend this book if you like different perspectives, action, love triangles, and otherworldly characters.


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New Review! Young Love by Alyson Santos 5 Cranky Stars

Young LoveYoung Love by Alyson Santos
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars


8 hours I was lost in this world
7 the number of times I sighed and rooted for them
6 the number of times I called her mom some unsavory names
5 the number of times my heart broke
4 the number of times I was raging angry
3 the number of times I wanted to really punch her ex (probably more)
2 the number of times I said darn I want to learn Karate
1 day was all it took me to read the story of Sienna and Jace


Sienna is a divorcee whose mother and ex-husband really did a number on her mentally. She forever doubts herself and gives up her art for numbers because numbers don’t lie. Forever told she’s not enough. Not pretty enough, not good enough and her personality just isn’t enough. She maintains the worst friendship ever with Karen (that witch) just to say she has a friend. She’s now 38 and living the safest life possible until Jace enters and rocks her world. The only thing holding her back is the nagging voice in her head and the 15-year age difference between the two. When she finally succumbs, her world is rocked on its foundation and she starts to take risks.


Jace is just trying to get by and shield his baby brother from the wrath that is Louis and from seeing his mother slowly fall into mental insanity. He becomes the target for Louis and earns his place in Aidens life by essentially being a slave for him. He has so many hopes and aspirations and his only outlet is karate and his music but he’s barely treading water. Jace wasn’t looking for anyone especially Sienna but she gives him hope and someone to stand by him despite it all. He doesn’t see the age difference he only sees all the beauty and intelligence that Sienna possesses.


Sweet puppies this book. Once again Alyson Santos takes such heavy topics and gives you hope. Hope that if you keep pushing you’ll end up on the other side a better wiser person. I’m the same age as Sienna and I kind of feel it is an age that can be like purgatory. Too old for one thing but too young for others. Sienna is the kind of woman we need. She gives us hope that we are NEVER too young to achieve something and take a risk. Jace is just everything. I don’t have words for him and seriously that’s a first for me. He’s wise beyond his years and oh so sexy but honest and hardworking. Karen well I spotted her a mile away because I once was in that spot. Holding onto a friendship for the sake of the fact we had been friends forever. Also, can we talk about karate?


I mean Alyson had me wanting to try my hand at it which wouldn’t be wise with my condition but nonetheless I wanted to be a karate chopping kick butt mofo. Ms. Santos in the immortal words of that song from the Karate Kid…..you’re the best around nothings gonna ever keep you down.



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Release Blitz! Seeking Sanctuary (Shelter Me #1) by Annie Anderson




SEEKING SANCTUARY by Annie Anderson
Shelter Me - Book 1
Release Date: JULY 17, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense




SYNOPSIS:

One broken girl. Two brothers. One small town with a big secret.

Planning to escape her controlling boyfriend, Isla’s getaway hits a snag when a pair of pink lines show up on a pregnancy test.

Levi just needs an accountant. Someone smart, dependable, and someone who won't blow town and leave him in the lurch. When a pretty but battered woman falls into his arms, he can't help but offer her the job. If only he can convince her to take it.

As an unexpected death rocks this small Colorado town, Isla can't help but wonder if her past somehow followed her to the one place she's felt like home.

Some sanctuaries aren't as safe as they appear...





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EXCERPT:


“You hungry, Sugar?” Levi’s voice broke into my thoughts and stilled my fingers on the keyboard. They had been working on autopilot as my brain ran over last night’s kiss. Every detail, every single sensation, everything – all on a loop, playing over and over again. 



There were a million reasons to talk myself out of a relationship – or whatever this was – with Levi. Possibly a billion if I were being honest. But I was having a hard time making myself give him the ‘that was a mistake’ talk. I didn’t want to have that conversation at all, but the reason part of my brain really wanted to be heard. The emotional – and probably horny – part of my brain was beating reason back with a stick.

But still, the bitch had some good points.

Those points were vast, far-reaching, and possibly devastating for all parties involved. I should totally not go any farther into whatever the hell this was with Levi, but every time I thought I could muster up the courage to talk to him, he’d call me ‘Sugar’ or he’d smile at me, and I’d watch his lips pull in that half grin of his. That same half-grin that made my belly dip, and then the belly dip would take me back to how good his lips felt on mine. How I’d never, ever felt like that before, and then I’d be back where I started. 

Not knowing what the fuck to do.

“Always,” I answered, saving my work and logging out as I yanked my jean jacket from the chair. 

We headed to the diner, Levi’s shoulder brushing mine with every step. I didn’t quite know if he was holding himself back from me, or maybe he was taking baby steps, but I liked that even if he was wary of holding my hand, he still touched me somehow. Levi was decidedly in my space, just like in the kitchen. He stole the air and space in my little bubble, but somehow he gave it back to me too.

I felt greedy for it – the warmth of him being so close to me. But my greed made me feel guilty because it didn’t matter that I was starved for him – he didn’t know who I was. 

Or what I’d done to get free.





About the Author:




Annie Anderson is a military wife and United States Air Force veteran. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she is a southern girl at heart, but has lived all over the US and abroad. As soon as the military stops moving her family around, she’ll settle on a state, but for now she enjoys being a nomad with her husband, two daughters, an old man of a dog, and a young pup that makes life… interesting.


In her past lives, Annie has been a lifeguard, retail manager, dental lab technician, accountant, and now she writes fast-paced romantic thrillers with some serious heat.





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Blog Tour! Once Upon a Summer Anthology by Multiple Authors


Once Upon A Summer
A Contemporary Romance Anthology
With Stories By:
Brooke Moss, Liz Ashlee, Clara Winter, Tammy Mannersly, Sarah Vance Tompkins, Kitsy Clare, Mark Love, Melissa Kay Clarke

Beaches, boyfriends and danger…summer is certainly hot! Grab a hold tight as these eight authors wow you with stories from sweet to sizzling! After all, every day can have some summer fun!

Breaking Girl Code by Brooke Moss
Aubrey is having the perfect evening out, with the perfect guy, on a perfect summer night. The problem is… Preston’s not her date. His real date is her B.F.F., and she’s passed out in the backseat.

Wishing on Water by Liz Ashlee
After watching everyone’s else’s lives hit huge milestones, all Hope wants is to escape to her boring, unchanging, single life. So, where’s the one logical place to escape to? A retirement home.

Art with a Pulse by Clara Winter
Artist Alice finds herself rescuing a seal on the sands of Laguna Beach with screenwriter Elijah. Can Alice put her past behind her and give Elijah the chance he deserves? 

A Natural Passion by Tammy Mannersly
How will marine biologist, Dylan O'Day, solve the illegal poaching problem threatening the ecosystem he loves and protects when the gorgeous, new intern, Kyra Shine, is occupying his every thought?

You Had Me at Aloha by Sarah Vance Tompkins
Social media guru Vivienne Parker's dream trip to Hawaii turns into a nightmare when her roommate in the luxurious surf shack is the hot Olympic athlete who just got her fired.

More Than Puppy Love by Kitsy Clare
Fireworks spark when Arianna, a city girl with an elite pet portrait business is in a wreck and asks Dave a country auto mechanic for help, but can these two beagle owners from different worlds see eye to eye?

Stealing Haven by Mark Love
Sand, sun, romance and a mystery to solve. Sounds like a perfect vacation for Jamie.

Harmony in the Key of Murder by Melissa Kay Clarke
Summer in the South can mean a different type of heat when a newly appointed investigator and a mechanical genius cross paths leading to murder and love.







"I write because if I don't...my head will explode, and ruin the drapes." ♥


Brooke Moss writes complex, character-driven stories about kismet, reunited lovers, first love, and the kind of romance that we should all have the chance at finding. She prefers her stories laced with some humor just for fun, and enough drama to keep her readers flipping the pages, and begging for more!


When Brooke isn't spinning tales, she spends her time drawing/cartooning, reading, watching movies then comparing them to books, and, of course, wrangling five kids, mugging on her hubby she lovingly refers to as her "nerd", and attempting to conquer the Mount Everest of laundry that is the bane of her existence.







Liz Ashlee is a romance novelist who recently graduated from Northern Kentucky University her B.A. in English and B.S. in Library Informatics. She has been published in Loch Norse Magazine and The Pentangle, and has won the Miller Award for Outstanding Fiction Writing. She currently lives in Independence, Kentucky, with her family and dog-daughter, Hero






Clara Winter is the writing name of Amy Rugg.
Amy Rugg grew up reading Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, and Alice in Wonderland, while watching Buck Rogers, Star Trek, and Doctor Who. Writing her own stories naturally ensued. She is a wife, mother, and former school counselor, with a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Amy is from Colorado Springs, Co and currently resides in Mission Viejo, Ca.









Tammy Mannersly is an Australian author based in Brisbane, Queensland. She loves writing romance, has a fondness for animals, is crazy about movies and enjoys a great Happily Ever After. Her passion for writing started from a very young age and led her to complete a Bachelor Degree in Creative Industries majoring in Creative Writing at Queensland University of Technology.










Sarah Vance-Tompkins was born in a small town in northern Michigan. She spent every summer exploring the sugar sand beaches near Sleeping Bear National Park. She left her heart behind when she moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. She received an MFA in Film Production and went on to work in feature film development in Hollywood. She has worked as a reporter for a weekly entertainment trade publication, and been paid to write obituaries, press releases, the directions for use on personal lubricant bottles, and breathless descriptions of engagement rings for an online jewelry store. She lives in a small town north of Los Angeles with her husband and three cats.








Kitsy Clare hails from Philadelphia and lives in New York. A romantic at heart, she loves to write about the sexy intrigue of the city, and particularly of the art world. She knows it well, having shown her paintings here before turning to writing. Model Position, her new adult novella is about artist Sienna and her friends. Living in a Bookworld says: “Beautifully written! We get to learn things about art & painting, which is refreshing. A colorful story from a promising new adult author.” The next in her Art of Love series, Private Internship launches in September with Inkspell.

Kitsy loves to travel, draw, read romance, speculative fiction and teach writing workshops. She also writes YA as Catherine Stine. Her futuristic thriller, Ruby’s Fire was a YA finalist in the Next Generation Indie book awards. Fireseed One, its companion novel, was a finalist in YA and Sci-Fi in the USA News International Book Awards, and an Indie Reader notable. Her YA horror, Dorianna, launches fall 2014 with Evernight Teen. She’s a member of SFWA, RWA and SCBWI.






                                                                      Mark Love
I am a Michigan native, who up until recently lived in the Metro Detroit area, where crime and corruption always seem to be at the top of everyone's news. So there's always the chance to find something that can trigger a story idea and enough interesting characters to jump start your imagination.



While I have worked in many industries and career paths over the years, one of my passions has always been writing. I was even able to parlay that passion for a while, working as a freelance reporter for a couple of newspapers in the Detroit area. Writing features and hard news helped me hone my talents. But while newspaper work was interesting and paid a few bills, it was a far cry from the fiction writing that I enjoy the most.

I've always been drawn to mysteries and thrillers, the kind of stories that have a fast pace, that keep you moving and keep you guessing as to what's going to take place next. Mix those in with some elements of crime, perhaps a glimpse of the seedier side and you've got me. So it's always been one of my goals to write stories like that. 




Melissa Kay Clarke was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and raised in Houlka, a small rural town forty-five minutes southwest down the famous Natchez Trace. She found a love of reading very early and quickly devoured everything she could. Told repeatedly that she had a wonderful imagination, she turned to scribbling her musings and wrote her first novel while in college. It was never published and has since vanished. The death of a close friend who aspired to become an author reawakened her own desire resulting in penning her first book, Shattered Dreams, published in 2013.


Melissa now resides in Meridian, Mississippi with her supportive family – husband, Robert and daughter Rebecca, two cats, and two dogs. When she isn't writing, she spends way too much time with her online friends and feeding her ravenous appetite for the written word.





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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Cover Reveal! Bring Me Back Here by A.M. Guilliams




Title: Bring Me Back Here
Author: A.M. Guilliams
Genre: Cowboy Romance/Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Annelle Willard, MadHat Books
Release Date: August 15, 2018



Blurb

Four years ago, I left my heart behind in Colorado, the place I thought I’d always call my home. 
My arms ached to hug my parents and siblings. 
My mind bled with the possibilities that I’d left behind. 
My heart hurt with the reason I had to leave in the first place. 

Who knew coming back home would be so hard?

I did. 

Which is why I hadn’t returned until my mother insisted on throwing me a graduation party. 
The memories were too much to bear. 
The heartache still weighed heavy on my heart. 
One man caused my life to tilt on its axis and never to regain its footing. 
Now that I was home, I had one more tough choice to make. 
If only he would allow me that opportunity. 
If only he knew how to leave well enough alone. 
If only he didn’t insist on finding a way to bring me back here. 
If only…







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Author Bio
A.M. Guilliams is a romantic suspense and women’s fiction author who currently resides in Virginia with her husband, three children, and fur babies. Books, flip flops, coffee, chocolate, The Walking Dead, and Chicago Fire are just a few of her obsessions. Her love of books began with novels by Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, and the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. When she’s not writing, you can find her down by the river with her family, curled up on the couch with a good book, or watching her favorite movies and television shows.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Blog Tour! The Wicked Woods Omnibus Books 1-6 by Kailin Gow


Wicked Woods Omnibus Books 1-6
Kailin Gow
Publication date: February 28th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult
The Wicked Woods Omnibus contains 6 Full-length novels in the Wicked Woods Series.
“Ms. Gow has written a great story, but not only that, she captures real-life subjects and has her characters handle situations with maturity. It’s almost like she wrote simple life lessons within those pages.
Don’t miss out on this spectacular story. ” – Amber Reads
“Ms. Gow has written an amazing series, and I was sad to see it end. However, I know that I will reread this series many many times. The world Ms. Gow had created is so unique and original, and I applaud her for that!” – Cassie C. Goodreads Review
“Amazing Series!” – Sherri
“I seem to have a intense fascination with this author, Kailin Gow. I really enjoy her writing style. This is a YA , horror series… but tends to veer I believe toward a more adult audience. I had instance’s of a laugh out loud moment. I think there is a great story here with many twists…
Bring your silver, crossbows, holy water and knives , because the slaying has begun !” – Tanya Blog
DESCRIPTION
It started when Briony had to move to Wicked Woods, Massachusetts to live with her Great Aunt Sophie after her family disappears on vacation. The woods at the edge of Aunt Sophie’s inn is filled with secrets and inhabitants both seductive and deadly. Among them is a beautiful boy name Fallon who saves her one night in the woods. As Briony gets closer to Fallon, she learns he has a secret, as do most of the residents of Wicked Wood.


Author Bio:
Kailin Gow loves things that are edgy, cool, bright, exciting, hopeful, glittery, and jaw-droppingly awe-inspiring. She loves writing, reading, and filming stories about people whose journeys take them beyond their boundaries – physically, psychologically, intellectually, and emotionally to arrive a point and a place of inspiration and hope. Her works have been recognized by the leaders in the industry in book publishing and entertainment to be “innovative” and “disruptive”, earning her awards from ALA, The IBPA, and festivals.

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Blog Tour! Catching Dragos by Gail Koger


Catching Dragos
by Gail Koger
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Everyone calls Mariah Smith the Judge. No, she doesn't wear a black robe or sit on a bench. She provides a unique service to those who have been wronged. She's an expert in paybacks both psychic and magical.


Mariah's next target is the famous supermodel Fabian. Smoking hot body, the face of an Italian sinner and dumb as a rock. His crime? Sticky fingers. The man whore makes millions of dollars a year, but can't resist seducing elderly women out of their jewelry? How does she resist all that tanned, male perfection and unmask Fabian as the gigolo he truly is?

Mariah soon discovers Mister Sticky fingers isn't quite as dim-witted as he acts. He's actually the Dragos clan's top demon hunter who is stealing back magical artifacts that open gateways to hell. Now that she's attracted Fabian's attention, he's determined to possess her and her magical abilities.  




How do I come up with my stories? Being psychotic helps. I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for way too long. All those years of wild requests, screwy questions, bizarre behavior and outrageous demands have left me with a permanent twitch and an uncontrollable craving for chocolate. Don’t get me wrong. Working as a 9-1-1 dispatcher can be very rewarding. BUT - some days I felt like the entire world was nuts. I mean, c’mon, who in their right mind calls 9-1-1 for the winning lottery numbers? To keep from hitting myself repeatedly in the head with my phone, I took up writing.


I made the Night Owl's Awesome Paranormal Romance Authors List.





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