Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Halves of Us by Sydney Paige Richardson RELEASE DAY BLITZ + GIVEAWAY!









Title: The Halves of Us (The Halves of Us Trilogy #1)

Author: Sydney Paige Richardson

Pub. Date: October 9, 2018

Publisher: The Parliament House


Twin Sisters: one destined to rule, one cursed to destroy.

Some say blood is thicker than water. But for twin sisters, Adie and Aura, their connection runs even deeper than blood. After investigating a surprise attack carried out by dark souls controlled by the Wicked Willow, an evil residing in a neighboring region, Aura uncovers a family secret: she is the fulfillment of a curse placed upon her family centuries ago.

While Aura is destined to destroy their planet, Thindoral, Adie is fated to follow in their mother’s footsteps and become Ruler, but even Adie’s path comes with revelations. Dangerous premonitions plague her dreams, all depicting Thindoral’s demise at the hand of her sister.

As darkness takes control of her mind, Aura must determine whether defying fate and time is the choice that will seal her destruction, or if self-sacrifice will save all she holds dear. Meanwhile, Adie is faced with an impossible decision: save her sister, or protect their world?

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Author Bio

Even before I could hold a pencil in my hand, I was making up stories in my head. I wrote my first book in the second grade, Girls [sorry Lena Dunham], about me and my best friends in college [because college was super cool when you were 8] who went on treasure hunts and fought bad guys with our super powers. My second grade teacher was so impressed with me, she laminated a cover and bound it. That will forever be the moment I dreamed of holding a copy of my own book and placing it on a shelf.

Now all grown up, my head still stays in the fantasy world, fashioning worlds where the power of a star can be harnessed and used for time travel, flying is just as easy as walking here on earth – and my best friends are fairies. My characters are dark and lost individuals, but your love for them will grow when you realize not everything is black and white. I am represented by Rebecca Angus at Golden Wheat Literary.

I have a three book deal with The Parliament House with Book One of my current
trilogy, The Halves of Us, scheduled to be published in 10/9/2018.

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                           1 winner will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.



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Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves BOOK REVIEW!!!





Title: The Girl He Used to Know

Author: Tracey Garvis Graves

Published: St. Martin's Press

Release Date: April 2, 2019


Annika has never been very social and the thought of just being around strangers is enough to send her into a panic. The time has come for Annika to leave the comfort given to her by homeschooling to venture off to college. College turns Annika into a whole mess of emotions as it becomes even more obvious that she is not like most people her age and she even comes off acting more like a small child at times than an young adult. One day while hiding underneath her covers reading a book Annika overhears her roommates friends quietly making fun of her for being so strange. Falling into a panic Annika makes a desperate phone call to her parents to come pull her out of college. Pretty sure that she would be leaving college behind for good Annika's roommate pressures her to come down to the common area of the college. Reluctantly Annika agrees and follows her roommate through the grounds to the common area where other students were engrossed in conversations, food, and a chess. Annika's eyes fall on the group of students playing chess together. Her interest peeked at the thought of playing the game that she loves to play at home with her father and she is greatly encouraged by her roommate to join the Chess club. That simple act saved Annika from dropping out of college. She also begins to get close to her roommate even though they are both very different people.

Not long after Annika joins the club a handsome fun loving guy named Jonathan joins the Chess club and is quickly paired up with Annika. That one simple decision altars both of their lives forever as Jonathan and Annika slowly become friends then quickly to relationship status.

Jonathan loves everything about Annika right down to her odd quirks that come off as a bit child like and timid. The two were inseparable for what seemed like forever until graduation got closer. Jonathan wanted a future with Annika and had everything planned out for her to follow him to New York after she graduates. Then one simple accident causes everything that they both built between one another to come crashing down and their future together to come to a halt.

After a decade of lost contact Annika finds herself face to face with the man she loved so long ago in college. Everything about Jonathan is the same though many years have passed. The strong love they both had for each other was still there but a bit damaged over the years. When their broken love for each other begins to come back together something bigger than anything they have faced before happens that could bring their love to a permanent halt. Everything is left to Annika to trace the clues and put the puzzle pieces back together or lose Jonathan and her future with him forever.

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Thoughts:  First off I must give praise to the BEAUTIFUL artwork on the cover, it seems so simple yet has a lot of meaning once you have read the story. Now some praise for this AMAZING novel! I love this book so much and it has now become a permanent resident on my bookshelf for future readings. The characters are so well written about that you feel their pain and love for each other on every page. The book is written from their time in college to their adult lives and the narrative for the story switches back and forth between Annika and Jonathan which gives you a closer look at their lives and love instead of it just being one dimensional. I will warn you though that the ending for this book is very tense at times and may upset/trigger some people due to a certain topic in history. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes contemporary romance but long for a deeper story line, I assure you that this book will give that to you. Good luck ever getting this beautiful story out of your head after reading it. 





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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Chained by Night by Larissa Ione BOOK REVIEW!




Title: Chained by Night (The Moonbound Clan Vampires book 2)

Author: Larissa Ione

Published: Pocket Books

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Hunter is a clan chief of the Moonbound vampire clan who is at war with an enemy clan with larger numbers. In a last ditch effort Hunter makes a deal with the enemy clans chief to save his clan and valued members from slaughter. The deal is that Hunter a valued pure blood vampire to the vampire race would mate with the other clan chief's daughter not only to have powerful purebred children but also to make the chief's daughter a queen of an up and coming clan.

After everything is agreed upon the chosen daughter is sent with her twin sister in tow to Moonbound's headquarters to way for the full moon in which the mating ceremony will take place. Everything seems set in stone until it is brought to the two sisters attentions that the first born of every pure blooded vampire couple is to be give as a sacrifice to the demon responsible for the creation of the vampire race. The only way to keep this from happening is to compete in the demon's challenge that he has put together in his own realm. If the challenge is completed then the vampires are allowed to keep they child. The challenge consists of three parts and is highly dangerous and is seldom won. Hunter and his mate must compete in the challenge together but Hunter's chosen mate is to afraid to risk her life for the life of a child even if it is her own. The second sister who is a spitting image of the chosen mate sister offers to compete in the challenge in place of her twin sister in an effort to not only save their future child but also the life of the only person that seems to care for her.

As Hunter and Aylin dive head first into the trials of the demon realm it quickly becomes clear that the challenges may look easy from afar but are very cruel and difficult once started. In the midst of their bodies being pushed to their limits Hunter and Aylin must also work together and stay sane in a world were everything seems out of the ordinary. Even with everything happening around them something seems to be changing between Hunter and Aylin. Feelings for each other begins to surface between the two as they fight for their lives and it is quickly becoming hard to ignore, but once out of the demon realm they can't be together for fear of breaking the contracted deal causing the death of Hunter's clan. The line has now been drawn and Hunter must face the hardest choice he has had to make. Stay with Aylin and be happy risking the death of his clan family or continue the mating to a female Hunter doesn't love and sacrifice his happiness. Two choices, love or duty. Choose wisely.



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Thoughts: I literally flew through this book, I am not even kidding I num num nummed this book all the way up. I am loving this series so much they are extremely good paranormal romance novels with really good plots. Normally I don't read a whole series of books back to back but I will admit that I have now read all three books in this series in less than two months. I will be doing a review for the third book in the series later on. These books don't feel like you're reading the same story line over and over like most book series do. Each book focuses on a different characters with chapters being split up between the point of view of the two chosen characters. The whole method of this type of writing makes it feel like you are getting way more story than you normal would by just reading from one character's point of view. I am officially intrigued and I will be checking out Larissa Ione's other books in the future.






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Friday, August 31, 2018

Drakon Unchained by N.J. Walters BOOK TOUR + GIVEAWAY











Title: DRAKON UNCHAINED

Author: N.J. Walters

Pub. Date: August 27, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Amara)

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Victoria Marshall is living a lie. She works for a member of the Knights of the Dragon, a
secret society that traps and uses dragons for their own gain. As a child, she made an
unlikely friend—a drakon. He went missing, and she’s spent the past twenty years
searching for him. The only thing distracting her from her mission is Luther Henderson,
her boss’s new head of security.

Luther is also living a lie. One, if discovered, could lead to a fate worse than death. He’s
attracted to Victoria, but can’t fully trust her, doesn’t know if she’s truly innocent or a
true member of the Knights. It’s not only his life at stake, but those of the people he
loves.
As they’re thrust deeper into the dangerous dealings of the Knights, they each have to
share their secrets in order to survive.





Author Bio

Once upon a time N.J. had the idea that she would like to quit her job at the bookstore,
sell everything she owned, leave her hometown, and write romance novels in a place
where no one knew her. And she did. Two years later, she went back to the bookstore
and her hometown and settled in for another seven years.
One day she gave notice at her job on a Friday morning. On Sunday afternoon, she
received a tentative acceptance for her first erotic romance novel and life would never
be the same.
N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been
a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires,
werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors
with smoldering good look will vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got
to live it.  

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1 winner will receive a $15 Amazon Gift Card, International.





Tour Schedule


8/27/2018 - Feedmeinbooks - Review

8/27/2018 - Don't Judge, Read - Review
8/27/2018 - Mythical Books - Spotlight
8/27/2018 - Sinful Swag And Sass - Spotlight


8/28/2018 - One Way Or An Author - Review

8/28/2018 - To Be Read - Review
8/28/2018 - Becky on Books - Spotlight
8/28/2018 - Cindy's Love of Books - Spotlight


8/29/2018 - Book Briefs - Review

8/29/2018 - Smada's Book Smack - Spotlight

8/29/2018 - Fall Into Books - Spotlight

8/29/2018 - Spilling Words - Spotlight


8/30/2018 - Reese's Reviews: My Addiction to Fiction - Review

8/30/2018 - Angel's Guilty Pleasures - Spotlight

8/30/2018 - BookHounds - Spotlight

8/30/2018 - Dazzled by Books - Spotlight


8/31/2018 - books are love - Review

8/31/2018 - Adventures in Literature - Spotlight

8/31/2018 - Tales of the Ravenous Reader - Spotlight

8/31/2018 - Dorky Girl and Skeletor - Spotlight



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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Bound by Night by Larissa Ione BOOK REVIEW!



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Title: Bound by Night

Author: Larissa Ione

Published: Pocket Books


Nicole Martin's family is the founder and owner of the Daedalus Corporation. Unbeknownst to Nicole all through her childhood the lab in which her father is responsible of has been secretly torturing and enslaving vampires. When Nicole was eight years old an vampire uprising occurred which ending in the death of most of Nicole's family and almost Nicole herself. Now as an adult Nicole has taken over as CEO of Daedalus but still doesn't know about all the horrors that the lab has caused and is still causing the vampire population. Nicole being super naive has gone through most of her life not knowing the full truth of anything that had/has been going on in the Martin house but her life living under a rock changes when she is kidnapped by a handsome vampire in an attempt to stop the corporation. Even though she was taught to fear rogue vampires she can't help but be fascinated by the vampire that is holding her captive. The longer her life in captivity becomes the closer and more in love she falls for the handsome vampire.

Riker has spent his entire vampire life hating the humans, his hatred becomes pure rage when his female mate is captured by the humans and forced into slavery at the Martin house. The death of Rikers mate on the same day of the uprising catapults him deeper and deeper into the workings of Daedalus. In an attempt to put a stop to the corporation that has caused the death of many Riker kidnaps Nicole bringing her with him back to the clan that he calls home. The fall of a huge corporation is easier said than done and things take an unexpected turn causing Nicole to become stuck with Riker and the clan. The longer Nicole stays with the clan, the more knowledge of Daedalus is learned for the clan and Nicole. To make matters even worse Riker can feel himself coming to enjoy Nicole's company and begins to fall in love with a member of the species he has grown to hate.

Love and companionship alone will not be enough to save them or the clan from the fallout that is to come.




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Thoughts: I received this book for review after winning the second book in this series in a contest. I wasn't even sure I was going to read the series but I am so glad that I did! Larissa Ione has managed to create a world of vampires with abilities and weakness that aren't found in a traditional vampire. Being so used to reading books with traditional vampires it was a breath of fresh air to begin this series. The intimate scenes at times became a bit cheesy but I have noticed that they got better as the story went on and they are even better in the 2nd book. I love this book so much that I will be investing in a physical copy for future rereading. HIGHLY recommend to any who loves vampires, paranormal romance, or just romance. This book doesn't disappoint.





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Embracing the Dragon by K.L. Bone SPOTLIGHT POST + GIVEAWAY!










Title: EMBRACING THE DRAGON

Author: K.L. Bone

Pub. Date: August 2018

Publisher: K.L. Bone


Can a human heart withstand the flames of a dragon’s soul?
For centuries, the dragons of Kalleen have ruled the skies. Blessed by the goddess of
fire, those born of her power are destined to exist within two worlds, while fully
belonging to neither.
As the youngest daughter of the dragon queen, Amelia has always been torn between
her humanity and winged form. In meeting Stephen, she found a blossoming love that
gave her hope of finding balance.
A dream destroyed when her sister, and future queen, sets her sights upon the same
man.
Forced from her lover’s side, Amelia embraces a self-imposed exile, taking refuge in the
northern mountains. In this new life of solitude, she banishes painful memories by
retreating to her dragon form, sheltering the wounded girl within.
Yet it is an isolation that cannot last, as the new dragon queen’s cruelty bears down
upon the kingdom, allowing an ancient enemy to rise. Drawn from her banishment by
the pleas of friends, Amelia must choose. Will she embrace the destructive beast
within? Or draw upon the frail humanity that lingers dimly in her soul, in a desperate
attempt to help her people, and mend a broken heart?

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About K.L:


K.L. Bone is a bestselling author of dark fantasy and paranormal romance. Her works include the bestselling Black Rose Guard dark fantasy series. The bestselling Flames of Kalleen paranormal romance series. The Rise of the Temple Gods fantasy series. And a stand-alone science fiction novel, The Indoctrination. 

Bone has a master’s degree in modern literary cultures and is working toward her PhD. She wrote her first short story at the age of fifteen and grew up with an equally great love of both classical literature and speculative fiction. Bone has spent the last few years as a bit of a world traveler, living in California, London, and most recently, Dublin. When not immersed in words, of her own creation or studies, you’ll find her traveling to mythical sites and Game of Thrones filming locations.

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1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card, International.





TOUR SCHEDULE



Week One:

8/13/2018- Writer of Wrongs - Spotlight
8/13/2018- Bookish Revelations - Spotlight


8/14/2018- Miss Shanza - Spotlight
8/14/2018- Spilling Words - Spotlight


8/15/2018- Brandi’s Book Reviews - Review
8/15/2018- The Cozy Reading Corner - Spotlight


8/16/2018- Finding Magic In Books - Review
8/16/2018- Adventures Thru Wonderland - Review


8/17/2018- Adventures in Literature - Review
8/17/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader- Spotlight


Week Two:

8/20/2018- Vesper Dream - Review
8/20/2018- Daily Waffle - Spotlight


8/21/2018- Such A Novel Idea - Review
8/21/2018- BookHounds - Spotlight


8/22/2018- Smada's Book Smack - Review
8/22/2018- Book Briefs - Spotlight


8/23/2018- Don't Judge, Read - Review
8/23/2018- Dorky Girl and Skeletor - Spotlight


8/24/2018- Read It & Weep Girls - Review
8/24/2018- Nerd Girl Official - Spotlight




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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier BOOK REVIEW!


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Title: Wolfskin

Author: Juliet Marillier

Published: Tor Books



Eyvind never wanted much from life, the only thing he had his heart and eye on was to become a great warrior like his brother and to die in battle. Such was the life of Vikings, to die in the rages of battle would mean a warm welcome to the great feast in Valhalla.
As long as Eyvind could remember he had been slowly training himself to become a great Wolfskin (Viking warrior) until the arrival of a boy about Eyvind's age unexpectedly shows up putting a damper on Eyvind's training. Eyvind was tasked with taking care of the boy who's name was Somerled and teach him the ropes around the family farm. Somerled who was an outcast wasn't well liked by the other kids even though he was well spoken. Because Somerled was the brother of Ulf who was a friend of Eyvind's older brother, he had access to good schooling which gave Somerled an ego bigger than himself. Somerled being cast out by the other kids led to Eyvind taking him under his wing. Eyvind taught Somerled the training he knew while Somerled taught Eyvind how to better communicate with others and how to spell his own name. 

As years went by Eyvind and Somerled became good friends but their time together was cut short when Somerled was retrieved by his older brother so he could go to royal court were his talents would be better suited working with the king. The separation between the two was short lived though since Eyvind became a Wolfskin requiring him to work with the king. 

People change over time and sometimes not for the good, Eyvind could see that change in Somerled at the royal court but with so many people it was easy to look him over. Travel, battles, and the love of a local lady seemed to be a good simple life for a young warrior but his simple routine was taken from him by Somerled when he offered Eyvind up as a traveler to a new land Ulf had seen in his dreams. The deal was to find this new kingdom, get a small kingdom started then the Wolfskin warriors that were still on call would return. Things were horrible from the moment the small group of people and warriors set sail for the new land and it seemed they were doomed to drift into oblivion. 

When hope for a new kingdom was almost gone land was spotted. The Island though mostly devoid of trees was a nice place for Ulf to build his kingdom. The only thing that was not in the plan was the people who already call the new found land home. Two different languages and two different religions made the locals very nervous of the new comers but things seemed to meld into a perfect partnership with the leader of the locals and Ulf. 

The time for the on call Wolfskins to go back to their kind was quickly approaching much to the phrase of Eyvind who missed his routine life at the royal court. Things seemed to be going as planned until the suspicious death of Ulf rocks the locals and Wolfskins to their core. The only people that were with Ulf the time of his death weren't talking and Somerled got everyone worked up in his grief. Who is to blame for the death of their leader? With the Vikings blaming the locals and the locals blaming the Vikings war was quickly approaching the people of the island. A war so massive it could wipe out half of the people on the island. The answer to the mystery and the possible savior to the people falls on a local girl who isn't ready to lead her people let alone fight a war. Eyvind crosses paths with the local girl intertwining their lives together on the brink of war. With Eyvind and the girl together things start to come full circle and people begin to show their true evil that was kept hidden for so long.  




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Thoughts: I am going to be honest here and say that I struggled through this book. It was so slow for me as far as plot that I thought about putting it down more than once. Things didn't start to pick up until well after the middle. The small love story is surprisingly what kept my interest in the story as I was becoming more and more irritated with some of the main characters. If you are going into this story expecting a good Viking story then you should probably look else were since this book seems to focus more on the characters relationship than battles and Vikings. I will try the next book in the series but I can't promise that I will finish it. It's worth a try though. 






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