Saturday, February 28, 2015

Inevitable by Inger Iversen BOOK BLITZ + KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY & MORE!

Inevitable by Inger Iversen 

Publication date: February 28th 2015

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A Love and War stand Alone
These DO NOT NEED to be read in any order

I crashed and opened my eyes . . . there you were, fierce and protective, and I knew . . . I just knew it was you all along.

Ex-Marine Trent Reed has been shot at, in a coma, and placed in war zones, but when his best friend calls in a favor, he is faced with the most dangerous situation yet—to be the best man. Trent’s turbulent past with races other than his own taints his view on the interracial marriage, and he’s none too happy to deal with the ill-tempered maid of honor. To accept the position means understanding that his friend is soon to be out of his life—for good.

Tough-girl Teal Lofton has struggled all of her adult life, from her weight to the color of her skin holding her back in work and love. When she agrees to be the maid of honor in her friend’s wedding, a hormonal bride and a jerk of a best man who she is strangely, yet wildly, attracted to, amplify those struggles.

As tensions and tempers rise, Trent disappears with the wedding rings and Teal braves a snowstorm to bring them back, determined to fix yet another problem. But a tragic accident brings together the unlikely pair, forcing them to face the prejudices of their pasts. In doing so, Trent and Teal embark on an inevitable course of self-discovery and passion like they’ve never experienced before—until a secret from Trent’s past threatens to destroy it all.

Inger Iversen was born in 1982 to Anne and Kaii Iversen. She lives in Virginia Beach with her overweight lap cat, Max and her tree hugging boyfriend Joshua. She spends 90 percent of her time in Barnes and Noble and the other ten pretending not to want to be in Barnes and Noble.

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Author Interview! 

Welcome, tell us a little more about yourself?

A. My name is Kristen Anne Inger Iversen and I’m from Virginia Beach. My day job is at a chainsaw
      factory! It’s sounds like hard work, but it’s actually rather easy and fun.

Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

A. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but when I was younger I wanted to be a veterinarian!

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

A. It took FOREVER for me to actually change my job to Author.

Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?

A. My publisher is CHBB, Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly. I LOVE this company! I also self-publish.

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?

A. I’ve been writing for a couple years now, so I’ve gotten faster. It takes about four to five months for me to finish the novel. Then you add a month of editing and proofreading and I can finish a book in five to six months.

What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

A. YES! I have a new Adult Contemporary Romance I am working on soon! I can’t wait to release it.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

A. Normally when I write, I get my laptop and go outside with my headphones. The most comfy place is in my bed, but when I’m there, my cat always jumps on my laptop for nap.

What genre of books do you enjoy reading?
A. I love paranormal romance, but lately, I’ve been reading a bunch of contemporary romances.

If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go and why?

A. I wouldn’t travel to the past. The past is where it belongs in the past, but I would LOVE to visit the future!


Friday, February 27, 2015

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Manga Classics Edition MINI BOOK REVIEW!

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Title: The Scarlet Letter : Manga Classics Edition

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Published: Diamond Book Distributors

I am not going to go into details about the plot since I plan to read the original story in the future but I will let you know how I felt about this edition of the story.


Thoughts: I went into this just know a bit about the plot because I have never read any version of this story. I was surprised at how great the story was and I almost found it to be a bit romantic in a way. Hester was so brave and took her punishment with a sense of pride that you rarely saw in this time in American history. The artwork was also very well done and I was able to get the emotions of each of the characters without all the words describing how they felt. This manga will capture your heart even if you have already read the story I would give this a try! Love ,Love ,LOVE this edition!

Dark Secrets: Edge of Evil by Shea Berkley COVER REVEAL!

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Dark Secrets: Edge of Evil by Shea Berkley 

Publication date: March 3rd 2015

What if nightmares, best kept in the dark, refuse to stay hidden?

Dr. Maya Kelbeck believes no matter how unusual her patients’ delusions, she can help. When billionaire Alden Caldwell seeks her counsel to escape a controlling relationship, she’s intrigued by his unusual diagnosis, lycanthropy—her patient actually believes he is over 400 years old and a werewolf.

Alden Caldwell’s life is not his own and hasn’t been since the middle ages, not since he was transformed into a werewolf. The once noble knight now finds himself no more than a slave to a female vampire who is without morals, without conscious, without a soul.

Maya promises Alden she can help him, and at first it looks like she can, until the supernatural world in which he lives wants him back. Can Alden convince Maya his delusions are real in time to save her, or has he just sentenced a woman who cares for him despite his past transgressions to a fate worse than death?

Shea Berkley started out writing nonfiction (not so fun) and quickly moved into fiction (totally fun), and knew she'd found her calling. (Her family was thrilled she'd found friends to play with even if they weren't technically real.) She's still pleasantly surprised people are willing to pay to read her stories. Besides writing, her many diversions include kickboxing, reading awesome books and hanging out with her loud and rambunctious family. With five kids (all girls), her biggest job is to make sure the little darlings don't harass the neighbors and then play dumb when the cops come knocking on her door.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Trees: In Shadow Vol.1 by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard BOOK REVIEW!

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Title: Tree: In Shadow Vol. 1

Author: Warren Ellis

Published: Image Comics

It's been 10 years since the tall structures resembling trees appeared on Earth's surface. Since then they have done nothing but stand there and expel acidic like liquid from their roots ever so often killing those below.... It's been 10 years since the people or Earth found out that there is intelligent life in space and since then the people of Earth have slowly started to die from mass extinctions of their own making. The world as we know it has been thrown into chaos pinning people against each other in the search for power, while far away from the chaos scientists are trying to figure out what the trees are and there purpose for coming to Earth. Everything begins to seem much larger than the people....the trees.....even the planet, the trees are just the we must figure out what they are trying to tell us.


Thoughts: This graphic novel jumped around quite a bit between different characters which was a bit confusing at times. With all the flip flopping around between the different characters you didn't really get much of a handle on what was going on until almost the end. I will warn you though that this graphic novel is violent and had parts with nudity and adult themes. I would recommend this to people that love science fiction / dystopian type stories.

Quote:  "In the poverty and meagerness of their art, call hills, and motionless trees, and unmarked stone by the name of gods, though in no way nearer to gods than is their form."

Monday, February 23, 2015

Alone Forever: The Singles Collection by Liz Prince BOOK REVIEW!

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Title: Alone Forever: Singles Collection

Author: Liz Prince

Published: Top Shelf Productions

Anyone who has ever been single will understand how hard it is to find the right one. Some of us don't have trouble finding someone while some of us who are odd balls had a harder time.

This book is written in a comic strip type of format and it follows Liz Prince and her Ok Cupid dating adventures as well as other dating excursions. Come with Liz on her many dates and watch as they fail over and over again in every comedic way possible.


Thoughts: This is a book for someone with a since of humor and the reason I say that is because this book could be offensive to the light hearted. I liked this book and found it to be quite funny, I even found myself laughing out loud at Liz's shenanigans and the the awkward situations she got herself into.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

New On The Dorky Shelf for January and February 2015!

Birthday Gifts from Skeletor!

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan 

Fireblood by Jeff Wheeler

Banished Spirits: My Demonic Ghost by Jacinta Maree

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Knight Awakened by Coreen Callahan

Compulsion by Martina Boone

 Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

 The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness 


The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


Ms. Marvel  No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

For Review! 

Mama Cried by Talia Haven 

If You Were Me and Lived In... Scotland by Carole P. Roman

If You Were Me and Lived In... Peru by Carole P. Roman


The Rake to Ruin Her by Julia Justiss

The Rake to Redeem Her by Julia Justiss


Ever Darkening by Janeal Falor

The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett 

Soul Crossed by Lisa Gail Green

Trees by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard

Alone Forever: The Singles Collection by Liz Prince

Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

The Emperor, His Bride and the Dragon Robe by Lisa Sankar - Zhu

Friday, February 20, 2015

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness BOOK REVIEW!

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Title: A Monster Calls

Author: Patrick Ness

Published: Walker Books

Conor has the same nightmare every night, ever since his mother became sick. It's hard for him to remember a time before the doctors and hospital visits. Conor would give anything for things to be the way they were before all of this happened and to be treated like something other than a kid with a sick mother at his school.

 Even though his mother tries to carry on as if nothing is wrong Conor knows that her treatments are failing, but he still has hope that one day she will get better. Then one night at 12:07 pm a large beast made up of a Yew tree appears at Conor's bedroom window. Since Conor was sleeping the only thing he could think was that this was a dream or nightmare some sort.  The monster assures him that this is not the case much to the disbelief of Conor who almost taunts the beast in way. The monster didn't come to scare Conor though he brought with him stories of the misfortunes of life and assures Conor that after a few of his own life stories it will be Conor's turn to tell his.

"You really aren't afraid, are you? "

"No." Conor said. "Not of you , anyway."

The Monster narrowed its eyes.

"You will be," it said "before the end."

The next morning Conor wakes up to a room filled with leaves from a Yew Tree. The monster had to be a dream such a thing couldn't exist could it? Life for Conor is about to come crashing down as his worst fears begin to be come a reality and the worst of all is a monster.....who wants the truth.


Thoughts: I found this book very interesting and I love the monster in the story who appeared very wise and told stories or truths that aren't always what they seem. This book was a bit depressing but it  struck a cord with me since I have had people in my family become sick and slowly waste away while doctors rushed around trying to find a cure. The book itself is a quick read with very short chapters that can be easily tackled even if you are a busy person. This books comes with a message that things aren't always as they appear to be and I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to know what that message means.

Quotes From The Book:

"And then one day the invisible man decided, the monster said, its voice ringing in Conor's ears, I will make them see me."

"You do not write your life with words, the monster said. You write it with actions."

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mama Cried by Talia Haven BOOK REVIEW!

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Title: Mama Cried

Author: Talia Haven

Published: Sheehan and Haven

Jenny never really thought about why she was at  the playground with many other children. She never really thought about why she can no longer see her mother or the reason why each child on the playground has a set of black puppies each with their own set of red eyes. Things are different about this playground, no one is sad or in pain, everyone is just having fun playing. Guardians watch over the playground as she children play, then Jenny starts to notice that some of the Guardians take some of the children away from the playground, the Guardian always comes back but the children do not.

A Guardian comes for Jenny one day and it's Jenny's turn to leave the playground with her two pups in tow. The Guardian asks Jenny if she remembers what happened the day she came to the playground. Jenny said the only thing should could remember was Mama cried the day she came. The Guardian now tells Jenny it is her turn to make a powerful choice to forgive.....or punish.


Thoughts: This is a short story, only 12 pages long. Though the story was a sad one, I like the idea behind it. I wish there were more to the story as far as description, I would have loved to know what the little girl saw after her choice was made and she moved on.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks BOOK REVIEW!!!

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Title: Of Poseidon

Author: Anna Banks

Published: Square Fish

Even with her violet eyes Emma never really thought she was different... that is until a near drowning experience in which catfish came to the rescue of her distress call. Ever since then Emma has noticed that fish and other sea life tend to love her and listen to her but not just that Emma notices that she also knows what they are feeling. If that weren't strange enough Emma also runs into a handsome stranger while on vacation. What catches her attention about this stranger is his bright violet eyes just like hers. Such a rarity should be harder to find but Emma not only notices his eyes but also the strange pulling sensation she feels towards the handsome stranger almost like they were meant to find each other....

Galen is the prince of the Syrena and is on land searching for a girl who has the gift of Poseidon that can make her able to communicate with fish. It's been years since anyone with the gift has been seen so Galen wasn't expecting that a person with such a gift would be the one girl that crashes into him on the beach. Galen knows that once the person with the gift is found they must be taken to his brother Grom who is the king of the Syrena so they can be mated. The future of his people depend on the match but after finding Emma it takes everything Galen has just to keep himself from falling in love with her. Now the question is what would happen if being with Emma means the death of his species.

What would you do if you had to choose between keeping the one thing you can't live without, or let them go to save everyone.....


Thoughts:  I wasn't really a fan of this book for many reasons, one reason is the fact that there isn't really any explaining at the beginning of the book you are just sort of thrown into the the story in a very confusing manner. I also found Emma to be quite annoying at times when she wouldn't do something just because someone wanted her to, not because she didn't want to but just because that person said no. My not liking the attitude of one of the main characters made getting through this story take longer than it should have. At some point I found myself no caring anymore about Emma's side of the story and I just wished that the book would have focused more on Galen. Regardless of my opinion if you like ocean stories/ mythological creatures from the sea then I would recommend you check this one out.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Ms. Marvel No Normal by Marvel Comics BOOK REVIEW!!!

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Title: Ms. Marvel  No Normal

Author: Marvel Comics

Published: Marvel

Fan girl Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City. She is obsessed with Marvel superheros and even writes fanfiction about the Avengers.  Though Kamala always wondered what it would be like to be a superhero she never thought the day would come when she could be.
One night Kamala snuck out of the house to go to a late night party. Things at the party were fine until Kamala realized that people were getting drunk at this party and some were even trying to pressure her into drinking until her friend Bruno stepped in pulling her from the party. Kamala started walking home when a strange mist started to blanket the city. Kamala began to get dizzy before passing out on the sidewalk. The next thing she knows the Avenger's are standing before her with Ms. Marvel speaking. Kamala tells her that she would give anything to be like her because everything is so perfect. Ms. Marvel tells her that if that is what she wishes then she will get what she wished for....

After Kamala wake to find herself with a new ability to Heal and  shapeshift into Ms. Marvel. Now comes learning....learning how to use her abilities and learning how to be a superhero which comes in handy when a new villian called the Inventor begins to cause trouble.

Life for Kamala just got more interesting as she learns to be the superhero she always wanted to be.


Thoughts:  I love this new version of Ms. Marvel and I can't wait to read the next volume! If you like graphic novels then you will love this.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Revelations by Jennifer Carole Lewis BOOK BLITZ + WIN A $20 GIFTCARD!

Title: Revelations
Author: Jennifer Carole Lewis
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance

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For millennia, the lalassu have existed at the fringes of society, hiding in the shadows. But someone is determined to drag them into the light.

Dani has spent years fighting against her family’s urges to take on the mantle of High Priestess for the lalassu. Stronger and faster than any ordinary human, she has no interest in being a guide for her people. She likes being independent and enjoys her night-job as a burlesque dancer. But a darker secret lurks inside of her, one which threatens everyone around her.

Isolated and idealistic, Michael works as a developmental therapist for children, using his psychometric gifts to discover the secrets they can’t share with anyone else. When one of his clients is kidnapped, he will do almost anything to rescue her. The investigation leads him to a seedy little performance club where he is shocked and thrilled to discover a genuine live superhero.

Michael and Dani must join forces to save those they care about from becoming the latest victims of a decades-long hunt. But the fiery chemistry between them threatens to unlock a millennia-old secret which could devour them both.

The clock is ticking and they will be faced with the ultimate hero’s choice: save the world or save each other?

She is a devoted comic book geek and Marvel movie enthusiast. She spends far too much of her precious free time watching TV, especially police procedural dramas. Her enthusiasm outstrips her talent in karaoke, cross-stitch and jigsaw puzzles. She is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction and always enjoys seeking out new suggestions.

Jennifer Carole Lewis is a full-time mom, a full-time administrator and a full-time writer, which means she is very much interested in speaking to anyone who comes up with any form of functional time-travel devices or practical cloning methods. Meanwhile, she spends her most of her time alternating between organizing and typing.
She is a devoted comic book geek and Marvel movie enthusiast. She spends far too much of her precious free time watching TV, especially police procedural dramas. Her enthusiasm outstrips her talent in karaoke, cross-stitch and jigsaw puzzles. She is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction and always enjoys seeking out new suggestions.

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