Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare BOOK REVIEW!!!

Title: Lady Midnight

Author: Cassandra Clare

Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books

A murderer is on the loose in the LA area leaving a trail of Shadowhunter and downworlder bodies in their wake. Though this matter is concerning their are much more pressing issues at hand causing the murderer to slip through the cracks. Among other things the Dark War has happened turning Shadowhunters against the Fairies. As a result of the war the Shadowhunters made new laws forbidding the aid to any Fairy in need of assistance even in dire situations. The war cause a lot of pain and struck the Shadowhunters hard but the pain was greater for the Blackthorn family due to the loss of their parents. Also because of the new no fairy law, Mark and Helen Blackthorn are forced from their home and the rest of their family due to their mixed Fairy blood. Left with two less siblings and no parents Julian is forced to take the place of a parental figure to his younger siblings but he won't be doing it alone as Emma quickly becomes even more of a part of their family when Julian becomes her parabatai. The two grew up together so it wasn't such a far fetched idea that they become bonded but with the new attachment Julian is finding it harder and harder to hide his feelings for Emma, there is only one problem.....it's forbidden. There are many secrets held in the LA institute and Julian is one of the only few in the house that know them but when things start to fall apart he finds it harder and harder to keep the secrets kept.

Emma Carstairs has been on the search for the murder of her parents ever since the death of her parents. The Clave accused the man who caused the Dark War for their deaths since it happened around the same time but Emma isn't buying it and she isn't the only one. The Clave has closed the case in the deaths of her parents and because of that Emma must find the real killer on her own or risk the murderer continuing to murder without conviction

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Thoughts: As always Cassandra Clare has done it again. I love this book just as much as I have loved the others that I have read. I love the fresh new faces in the Shadowhunter world as well as the old favorites. I will be continuing on with this story line! <3 

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Joined by Mara Gan BOOK BLITZ + GIVEAWAY!

Title: Joined

Author: Mara Gan

Published: Inkspell Publishing

Publication date: September 12th 2017

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Duty and prophecy get in the way of everything.

All I ever wanted to do was read my books, play my sports, and help people. Life and prophecy had other things in mind.

Helping people is what I do; as an empath and semi-frequent telepath, I can easily sense and understand people’s needs and emotions. Sometimes even before they do. Being able to read everyone’s thoughts and feelings all the time can drive me crazy with anxiety, but that moment when I can finally make someone’s life better makes everything worth it.

Unfortunately, I’m also the next in line to rule the galaxy, I’m the only diplomat most planets will listen to, assassins try to kill me on an annoyingly regular basis, and a much-vaunted Prophecy has decreed that I’m going to die. Oh, and someone blew up my home planet.

Kind of a lot to deal with, right?

Too bad I just got another problem: a big, irritating, overbearing bodyguard with serious anger management issues.

And I think I’m falling for him.

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A Pacific Northwesterner by birth and disposition, Mara has lived in Washington DC, Oregon, Japan, and most recently the beautiful Pacific Grove, California, before returning to her roots in Seattle. By day she teaches history to unsuspecting teenagers, and by night she writes books and travels to far-flung places. She loves to be with animals, read, play sports, and drink more London Fogs than is likely good for her.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Ashes to Memories by Annie Anderson BOOK BLITZ + GIVEAWAY!

Title: Ashes to Memories (Ashes to Ashes #5)

Author: Annie Anderson

Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

What she doesn’t know just might kill her.

Nicola is having trouble settling into her new life.
Memories assault her at every turn – even in her dreams. When a friend comes to her for aid, Nicola is once again thrust into a dangerous world – a world she still cannot remember.

Kyle thought the worst was over.
Sure, his wife can’t remember their beginning, but even with a few bumps, having her is better than not. But keeping Nicola alive is a full-time job even he might not be able to fulfill – especially when his darling wife decides to jump into the fray.

It turns out the worst has only just begun.

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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, and old man of a dog.

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

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                                                    ~ Book Excerpt ~

There are too many people here. Too many chances for me to be touched by these
strangers. I don’t want their memories or lives or future on my soul.

I don’t want this. Am I supposed to save them? Should I change their lives? I did
with the sorority girl, but was I right to do so? Did I do the wrong thing? What right do I
have to change their circumstances? Isn’t that what Iva was doing – changing the
position of the players on the board until all she could see was how she could move

My breaths come fast and shallow. Even though I can’t see a single thing, I’m dizzy
in a way that I know I’m about to pass out on the pavement.

Panic attack. This is a panic attack.

But I’m saved again when the warm, safe touch of Kyle’s fingers thread with mine
before another person can steal my sight – before I have to see how awful their deaths
will be.

“Jesus. I looked back, and you were gone. What the fuck, Nicola, you started walking
the other way,” he growls in my ear, but he must sense that I’m hanging on by a thread
because he wraps an arm around me, protecting me from the crowd. Even in the heat,
his warmth is a balm to my tattered nerves. I claw at him, burrowing into his chest as I
grip the fabric of his shirt.

“I can’t see, Ky. Too many visions. You have to get me out of here,” I whisper,
trembling so bad I have trouble getting the words out. I know he hears me fine when he
sweeps me up into his arms and moves us. Cool air conditioning caresses my face, the
scent changing drastically once we get inside.

“Can I help you? Oh my god, is she okay?” a young yet smoky female voice calls.

“Yeah, it’s the heat. We’re from up north, so she’s not used to it,” Kyle replies.

“I have some bottled water in the employee fridge. I’ll be right back,” the woman
offers and her footsteps float away.

Information comes to me faster than I can help. Her name is Grace. She’s twenty-
nine and single. Her only real companion is a German Shepherd named Joe who hides
out in the back room of this boutique until she can close up for the day and moves to her
apartment upstairs. She owns this shop, scraping together everything she saved and the
inheritance from some long dead grandmother to buy it. Grace is also nearly a full-
blooded Witch and has absolutely no idea. She was adopted at birth to a lovely, healthy,
close-knit human family.

Fabulous – well, I sort of mean that one. Honestly, believing she’s human might be
the best thing for her in this climate, but right now that helps us precisely nil. Except for
maybe the bottle of water she’s holding in her hand as she passes it off to Kyle. I guzzle
the cold liquid, letting it cool the burn in my throat – allowing it to quiet the scream
brewing there. I hate that I can only see her in my head and not with my eyes.

While I may be happy Grace – as sweet as she is in my mind’s eye – isn’t mired in
the violence that is coming, we came to New Orleans for answers, and she doesn’t have

Or at least I don’t think she does.

“Y’all aren’t even close to human. The way she’s lighting up like a Christmas tree and
the cast of your eyes, I’m gonna go ahead and bet on it. Let me turn my sign to closed,
and you can tell me what in the blue hell you think you’re doing here in my shop. The
coven knows they aren’t welcome and if you’re here to start trouble, you aren’t either,”
Grace informs us in her smoky southern drawl. The slide of the deadbolt and slither of
the sign against the glass door makes me shiver a little. 

“We aren’t here to cause trouble, but it does seem to follow us around like a magnet.
We were getting out of the foot traffic,” Kyle assures her, but I do the exact opposite of
what I’m supposed to do. I do the exact opposite of what he wants me to do, too.

I cause trouble. 



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Thursday, August 24, 2017

How to Teach Your Cat About Gun Safety by Zachary Auburn BOOK REVIEW!

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Title: How to Teach Your Cat About Gun Safety

Author: Zachary Auburn

Published: Three Rivers Press

This book is a very funny and cute satire that makes fun of the pamphlets that we all remember from school. It is just like reading one but it is rewritten in a way that puts cats in the place of children. This book covers many things, gun safety, satanism, abstinence, drugs, and many many more. This book is sure to make you laugh and you never know you might even learn something.


Thoughts: Though this book was a short one it wasn't short of the humor. The cover alone should be enough to make anyone crack a smile. It would seem that all the learning principals are still there but they are altered a bit to fit the feline community. Though I don't agree with some things in this book I do take it for what it is which is pretty much a joke book.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ariella’s Escape by Carolee Croft BOOK TOUR!

Title: Ariella’s Escape

Author: Carolee Croft

Genre: Epic Fantasy Romance

Ariella had always believed that the life of a warrior should include indulging in wine and men whenever they were on offer… And in Chaldea, the capital of the old empire, they certainly were.

Especially the man she finds in her bedchamber, a slave provided by her hosts to entertain her
in any way she wishes.

But when betrayed and surrounded by enemies in a strange land, there is only one man she
can trust—the slave who was meant only for her pleasure but is much more than he seems.

Demetrius had been captured in a battle at the age of fifteen, and slavery was all he had
known in his adult life. When his chance for freedom comes along, his fate is bound to the
noble warrior maiden whose voice and body he cannot resist. Duty calls him to return to his
kingdom, but the journey will take him places that will change him forever.

Together, they make their way through a den of thieves and an enchanted elf forest, but the
biggest danger of all may be their fiery attraction to each other and the secret that will draw a
dividing line between them.

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Enchanted by romance on page and screen, I have always tried to write my own versions of the
perfect fairytale. As for real life, I believe I may have already found the man of my dreams, but I still
haven’t found the dog of my dreams. Currently, I’m obsessed with Italian greyhounds. I can usually
be found enjoying the outdoors or relaxing with a good book on the west coast of Canada.

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                                                      ~ Book Excerpt ~

It was strangely reassuring to know that he was not Chaldean, judging from his sun-bronzed
skin, fine eyebrows and long brown hair, a shade so dark it was nearly black. And his eyes…
like two pieces of a summer sky. She had always been a fool for a blue-eyed man. Judging by
his elegant speech, very likely, he came from a noble lineage but was held here as a hostage to
ensure peace with another kingdom.

“Then what is it, my lady?”

He sat down beside her on the bed, the scent of some innocent field flower with something
more heady and musk-like tempting her to get closer to his bronzed body. She tried to discern
his age… late twenties perhaps. His forehead was unlined, but there was something about him
that made him appear older, a world-weariness perhaps behind his charming and carefree

There had been one or two times when she had bedded a man after less conversation than this,
but this was strange territory with too many possible complications, and she could not afford
to indulge herself on a whim. There was also his status to consider. As a slave, he was
obviously not free in his choices, and she could sympathise with that. Ariella knew she would
loathe being ordered to “entertain” guests in this manner were she in his place.

“Do my looks please you?” she asked tentatively.

“Yes,” he replied, a slight hoarseness in his voice
His eyes scorched her, and she had to look away.

“It’s just that… I do not wish you to do this merely out of a sense of duty…” she said softly,
“that is… if you did not want to…”

“My lady, I want to,” he said.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Seven Threads by Jason Atkinson LITTLE BOOK TOUR!

Title: Seven Threads

Author: Jason Atkinson

Genre: Short Story Collection

Seven Threads is a book of 7 short stories full of twists and turns. A girl on the run, a man accused of murder, a homeless man who finds his way, and much more. While each story is unique, they all offer the same human compassion that is sometimes lacking in today's world. The reader is sure to find each story a page turner full of emotions, and left wanting more!

Author Bio

Jason Atkinson is a 32 year old, married man with one adorable toddler. With Seven Threads being
his third book, he certainly enjoys writing and also spending time getting to know new people.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Scent of the Past by Erin Marie Bernardo BOOK TOUR!

Title: Scent of the Past

Author: Erin Marie Bernardo

Genre: Historical Fiction

A secret diary. A forgotten past. Another time.

​​When people think of time travel, they think of the clichéd manufactured kind. Of giant electronic machines with flashing lights and buttons calibrated to shoot you into the past with one press. But it doesn’t work that way. You need a reason, a connection, and—most important—a link. But you can’t choose when and why you go. That would be too easy, and we’d all be snapping our fingers in hopes of seeing lost treasures of yesteryear. It must choose you.

Close cousins Addison and Elissa live in present day New York City and lead somewhat ordinary
lives. When uncertain circumstances surrounding a set of antique perfume bottles sends them
back to eighteenth-century France, they must uncover the truth behind their travel.

Disaster strikes when Addison finds herself in a nearly identical situation to a mishap she
experienced in the present—the witnessing of a murder and release of a secret. Only this time the
truth could destroy the entire French monarchy. With Addison’s head on the line, the young
women search for answers before Addison suffers her unlucky fate twice. It is only when they
discover the haunting connections to life in the present, that they understand why they both were
sent, and why a repeating past...may not always be such a bad thing.

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Erin Marie Bernardo is an American writer of historical fiction. She has a degree in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota, and is the author of the time-travel novel, Scent of the Past. A lover of historic places, Erin's novels connect the past with the present.

Erin is currently at work on her second novel, Blackbird's Bounty, set in the bayou of Louisiana – and is actively seeking a home for her children’s collection, Beautiful and Extraordinary Barnyard Stories, based on true events from on her farm.

Erin lives in Tennessee, but has roots in both Minnesota and Washington State. She is married with two young children.

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                                                    ~ Book Excerpt ~

Just before seven, as the invitation requested, Léopold knocked on Addison’s door. She
answered, showing little enthusiasm. For all she knew this could possibly be her death march.
Elissa had told her not to show fear. She must act like her same exuberant self, otherwise she
would give herself away even before dinner. She promised herself she would escalate her energy
level once she met with the king. Léopold didn’t know her well enough to notice the difference in
her attitude.

They walked across the grounds and through the palace. Léopold said nothing. He was
simply her escort. Addison looked up at his face. He didn’t look cruel. In fact, he had a very kind-
looking face. But she understood that it was his job to obey the king of France, and all guards
took their oath seriously. Léopold was only following orders.

“We are here,” he said, opening a door for her. “Enjoy your evening with His Majesty.”
He bowed and slowly closed her in. She was in the dining room. It was an expansive chamber
normally set up with a long table to host dozens of people. Tonight, however, the space looked
relatively empty. The arrangement for her meal was more private. A small circular table and two
chairs. It would be a very intimate dinner.

Addison thought back on the choices she had made in life. Since coming to Versailles,
she had wanted nothing more than time alone with the king. Now she had it and didn’t want it.
She felt sick to her stomach. Why had she been so stupid? Why did it matter whether or not she
could say she had been with the elite? Kings, company executives, men of high society. None of
those relationships had ever brought her happiness. Madame Zarina was right about so many
things, and what she wouldn’t give for a little more of that protection the old gypsy had wished
on her.

If she was to die tonight, at least she had learned her lesson. The thought of dying made
her sad. She wasn’t ready to die. She wanted to go back to New York, to follow her heart this
time around and pursue fashion design, find a nice young man, and start over fresh. She wasn’t
going to carry anymore past baggage into her new life. All she needed was a second chance.

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