Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: Souls by Ednah Walters



SOULS




WARNING: This is CORA'S story: This book may be considered NA (new adult) because it contains some swearing, violence and sex scenes: Suitable for ages 17 and up. A Clean Version will also be available on Amazon.

Eighteen-year-old Cora Jemison knows what it’s like to date a soul reaper. There are no Friday night movies, no school dances, and no stolen kisses between classes. It totally sucks! What makes it even worse, souls pop up when she least expects it. The last one is not her fault, but it all adds up to zero quality time with her super hot, scythe-carrying boyfriend, Echo.

Since Cora was etched with special runes by an evil Immortal, she understands why souls are drawn to her. She makes the best of it by helping souls find closure while Echo escorts them to the realm of the dead. Perfect partners, until a dark soul visits Cora in the dead of the night and Echo decides her soul-helping days are over.

Cora can either listen to Echo or follow her instincts. To make matters worse, other reapers start stalking her, demanding she hand over the soul. Even her Valkyrie friends think she’s gone too far. But something sinister is coming their way, and the soul is the key to saving her town, her friends, and her relationship with Echo. Can she convince Echo to see things her way before it’s too late?

Review
This book was just as awesome as the first!!  It was so engaging and I couldn't put it down until I finished every word!  I loved how persistent Cora is, in defending those souls she chooses to help and in Echo.  I can't believe what happened in this installment!  Some books you can predict what's going to happen, but not this one!!! It'll leave you hanging and wanting more, trust me!!



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EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, was released March 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN. Visit her at www.ednahwalters.com.

Ednah also writes YA paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series and there are currently three other books published in this series. SOULS (Grimnir book 2 a side story to the RUNES series) and WITCHES book 4 will release 2014.  Read more about this series and the world she's created here www.runestheseries.com.

Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published five more books in this series. She's presently working on book seven. You can visit her online at or www.ebwalters.com.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review and Guest Post: Monarch by Belle Whittington



Monarch by Belle Whittington
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Genre:  Paranormal YA

The Story: Blair Reynolds was born to rule. Worlds, that is. Destined to reign over an ancient intergalactic race, it may seem her fate is written in the stars. But she’s willing to risk it all for another chance to spend forever with her true love – even if it means traveling through time and space to the other side of the universe.

As far as Ash is concerned, Blair's happily-ever-after involves him, not the mere mortal with whom she seems so infatuated. She was bequeathed to him by her fatherand Ash will go to any lengths to keep Blair and her true love apart.

And Ash isn’t the only one.

Deep in the jungles of Brazil, where tribal drums call to Blair and her true love, other forces carry out dangerous secret plans.

However, Blair has secrets of her own … secrets so lethal she dares not even remember them.
Secrets so painful they could ruin everything.

Because some secrets kill.

My Review: I can't believe this story is done.  Just not possible!  It's been great reading about Blair and the obstacles she's had to overcome.  And those secrets?!  WOW, totally wasn't expecting them!  

You can tell that Belle Whittington puts a lot of emotion and research into her books.  All three books: Cicada, Firefly and Monarch have been such great reads!  I'd highly recommend reading this series!  Especially if you love paranormal!




About the Author: Belle was raised in deep East Texas.  She now resides somewhere north of Houston, Texas in a small inconsequential town with the smallest, most inconsequential name.  There, in the shady reaches of the pines, elms, and oaks, she daydreams adventures and secrets she weaves throughout her stories.  She’s the author of CICADA, FIREFLY, and MONARCH, a Young Adult/New Adult cross-over trilogy with excellent reviews.  She studied literature and history at University of Houston where Beowulf, Shakespeare’s works, and the history of the Vikings were her favorite topics.  Belle is positive her readers and fans are the best in the universe.

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Guest Post: When Nicole submitted the question for this guest post, I must admit I was so happy that someone finally wondered why Blair’s mom chose the site of “the building” for the new Sprinkles bakery!  For a long time now, I’ve been asking myself the same question – “don’t they wonder why she chose that spot?”


I set out to answer Nicole’s question.  However, I found myself at a bit of a loss in how to explain why Blair’s mother, Renee, chose such a location for her new bakery.  Therefore, it only seemed logical that I asked Renee to explain it for my readers.  Here’s the interview I had with her.

“Hi, Renee!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by and help explain why you chose that specific location for the new Sprinkles bakery.”  I poured her a glass of sweet iced tea and led her to the dining room where golden autumn sunlight shone through the windows.

“Hey, Belle,” she smiled.  The happiness that had once sparkled in her eyes was replaced with a hint of sorrow.  She ran her hand through bangs that now hung long over half over her face. The other side of her hair was shaved close to her head, revealing the tell-tale tattoo of members of The Resistance.  “Glad I could be of help,” she took a sip of iced tea and glanced out the window for a moment before speaking.

“I’d been surprised to meet Luke,” Renee began.  “He’d claimed to have met my late husband while training in The Resistance.”  A frown tugged at the corner of her lips … the sort of frown the spoke of equal parts of sadness and regret.  “It was a mistake to get involved with him.  But I was lonely, and I missed my husband so much.  I thought he’d make me feel safe again.”  She shook her head, and her bangs slipped back down and covered part of her face again.  “He ended up making me feel the exact opposite.”

“So, Luke had something to do with the new location?” I asked.

“Oh, yes,” Renee nodded.  “He’d said we’d prove we’d won the battle against the Hunters by taking over their lair … it was hogwash, of course.”  Her nostrils flared, and I remembered what Luke had hidden in the secret basement beneath the bakery.  As if she could read my thoughts, she said, “He was going to use those weapons to kill my daughter, my entire family, everyone I love.”

“I know,” I answered, placing my hand on her arm.  “But I know how strong you are … I know you didn’t just follow him blindly into rebuilding your bakery there.”

“Well,” she blushed.  “I admit I wanted to show the Hunters I wasn’t going to cower down to them and let them kill Blair.  It was my pride that drove me to build the brightest, shiniest bakery right on top of where they’d been hiding for several years.”  She smiled, “Each month, I’d pay the bills and then send the rest of the sales to support The Resistance.”

“How did Luke like that?” I asked.

“I never told him.  It wasn’t any of his business.  Besides, at the time, I thought he would’ve liked it.  Then I found out what he really was when he became obsessed with my daughter.”  Renee’s hand clenched into a fist.  “I’d already started seeing someone else at that point,” her face softened a bit.  “My new fella tried to help me kill Luke and his entourage of Hunters.  I’d set a trip line, wired to the explosives Luke had hidden in the basement.  But they’d ambushed us, and knocked my new boyfriend out.”  She took a sip of tea and glanced back out the window.  “I was out for days.  I woke up back in South America.  I don’t want to talk about that, though.”

“No, that’s okay.  You don’t have discuss that.” I patted her hand.  “So, the reason you built the new Sprinkles where the building had once stood was because – “

“Because I wanted to show those bastards they weren’t going to win.  I wanted to show them I’d take back everything they’d ever stolen from me.  I wanted to claim a victory over them!”  She sat up high in her chair.

I nodded and smiled.  I’d had a feeling that had been her motivation.  But I’d wanted her to explain it.  We spent the rest of the afternoon talking about her plans for her upcoming nuptials.  When she drove away, I had to wonder how she’d been coping with what had happened with Andrew …

But that’s another story.

And so, now we know why Blair’s mother built the new Sprinkles where “the building” had once stood. 


Many thanks to Nicole for having me on her lovely blog and for featuring my book, MONARCH. <3 font="" nbsp="">

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cover Reveal: Fall with Me by Jennifer L Armentrout

It's time!!! Jennifer L. Armentrout's FALL WITH ME cover is here! And you are going to love it! This New Adult Contemporary Romance in Armentrout's With You Saga is the 4th book in the series, and is being published by Avon Romance, an imprint of HarperCollins. You should definitely add it to your Goodreads now.

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  About FALL WITH ME: Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice. Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already. But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

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Author Photo  About Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Whispers from the Past by Elizabeth Langston


Book Blurb:

...that's not freedom at all. 

With the dangers of the past behind them, Mark and Susanna are reaching for what the future holds. As Mark's final year of high school draws to a close, his focus shifts to choosing a college and moving on. For Susanna, it's time to set down roots and realize dreams of her own. 

Yet the whispers from the past continue. A glimmer in the waterfall reveals messages from a dear, old friend. As she fights to resist their call, Susanna must finally confront the consequences that her choices have made across two centuries.

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Book Information:
Paperback: 368 pages
Expected publication: October 7, 2014 by Spencer Hill Press
ISBN: 9781939392213

Author Bio:
Elizabeth Langston lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two teen-ish daughters and one husband (a geek like her). When she's not writing software or stories, Elizabeth loves to travel with her family, watch dance reality TV shows, and dream about which restaurant ought to get their business that night.

Elizabeth's debut novel WHISPER FALLS released in November 2013. Its sequels, A WHISPER IN TIME released in April 2014 and WHISPERS FROM THE PAST released in October 2014. Learn more about her at www.elizabethlangston.net.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Review: Blood Wars by Brenda Pandos

Blood Wars by Brenda Pandos
Published Date: April 2014
Publisher: Obsidian Mountain Publishing
Genre: YA paranormal

The Story: After just having died while saving all of humanity, Julia wakes up to a world where no vampires exist. Unexplainably, she and Nicholas are the only ones who remember the past. Julia’s wish to be a normal teen has come to pass, and like a gift, they can start their happily ever after. 

That was until a new teacher showed up. To everyone else, Mr. Cruor is just a good looking guy with a voice that makes everything sound exciting, including stories of a bunch of dead guys. However, Julia knows Mr. Cruor. Stuck in his class, Julia is afraid that he’s not here to teach her history. He’s here for something else and there’s nothing she can do about it. 

Following the Onyx Talisman, OUT FOR BLOOD is volume 1 of a spin-off series of serials, each at 20,000 words. Start here, or immerse yourself with The Talisman Trilogy to get the drama first hand.

My Review: I loved reading the Talisman Trilogy, and was sort of sad that I didn't get to know what happened after everything went back to "normal".  Well, Brenda Pandos gave us readers and fans a continuation of Nick and Julia's story!!  And man, its just as awesome as the first series!!  Nothing is as it seems, and Brenda Pandos keeps you guessing!  You don't have to read the first trilogy to start Blood Wars, but I would recommend it, as it helps to know why Nick and Julia and Phil all act how they do!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cover Reveal: Four of a Kind by Kellie Sheridan

Four of a Kind by Kellie Sheridan
Published Date: November 4th, 2014
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Genre: YA

The Story:
The odds of giving birth to identical quadruplets: 1 in 13 million.

The population of Fairview, a town so small that all anyone talks about is the Fairview Four returning after fourteen years: 7208.

The chance of Reagan blending in with the crowd after a boy in her new town starts to see her for who she really is: zero.


Following in the footsteps—and all too often, the shadows—of her sisters was nothing new to Reagan. But after fifteen years of fading in to the background, she’s finally finding her own way. Amidst all the gossip and assumptions, one person sees Reagan for what she’s always wanted to be. One of a kind.
Finally feeling like she belongs, Reagan wants to enjoy every possibility her new life has to offer, but things aren’t going as smoothly for her sisters. How can Reagan possibly let herself be happy—or maybe even fall in love—when her family is finally turning to her for support?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FREAKS OF NATURE Cover Reveal and Giveaway

FREAKS OF NATURE Cover Reveal and Giveaway






Book Information:
Paperback, Spencer Hill Press
Expected publication: May 5, 2015


Book Blurb:
The global Ebola-X pandemic of 2022 lasted five months, two weeks and six days before a cure could be found. In its wake, it left a generation of psionic freaks who can turn a single thought into a weapon… or worse.
Fifteen-year-old Devon McWilliams is one of those freaks, but instead of some awesome ability like telepathy or telekinesis, he talks to plants. Yes, plants. In other words, Devon rates a big fat zero on the scale of kick-ass psychic abilities. But when Devon escapes from his psionic detainment facility, the United States Military intercepts him before he can rendezvous with the Psionic Underground Network. Regaining consciousness, Devon finds himself securely fastened to his seat aboard a military airship headed to Washington DC, where he will either be incarcerated for life or killed.
However, there are six other psions aboard this one-way flight to doom… and one of them, a telepath named Bai Lee, claims to have the means to escape, but they have to convince her, one by one, that they’re worthy of freedom.This is not good news for Plant Boy. The last thing he wants is to relive his nightmare escape from the psi-facility that left his best friend dead, especially since he’s made the acquaintance of the lovely, blonde healer, Alya du Roumanie, sitting beside him. Worse than that, he wouldn’t be able to bear the look in her eyes if she ever found outhow truly pathetic a psion he really is.
They say there are no keeping secrets from a hell-bent telepath, but Devon McWilliams is determined to do just that, risking everything not to be left behind.
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Wendy Brotherlin is a screenwriter, music enthusiast and all around geek-goddess. She earned a Masters in Screenwriting at the University of Southern California and went on to write for children’s television including Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Today, she lives in Manchester, Maine with her husband and two little super-heroes-in-training. Freaks ofNature is her first novel.
Learn more about her at http://wendybrotherlin.com
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To say I am excited to read this book would be a SERIOUS understatement! This cover alone is making me crazy! SO EXCITED!! Another AMAZING book coming from Spencer Hill Press!!!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review: Catacombs by Devon Ashley

Catacombs by Devon Ashley
Published Date: August 2014
Publisher: Self
Genre: New Adult

The Story: No one will hear her scream.

More than five years have passed since Emily was accidentally infected with the blood of a pure vampire. Now a member of this elite secret organization, it’s time for her to run her trials and determine her place within the hierarchy. After an awkward evening with her leader Gaius, she wants nothing more than to get back to teaching at the Warrior school for demon hunters. But before she even has the chance to leave, she, Noel and Abby are all summoned to deal with the organization’s dirty little secret. Something deadly has been trapped within the catacombs beneath their headquarters for centuries, waiting for the day to wreak vengeance. That day has finally come – and the horror of what lies beneath may destroy them all.

My Review:  Sigh, I can't believe all that happened in Catacombs, and the series still isn't done!!!  Emily get's to find out where she's at in the order of the vampires (the highest ranking one is the leader, which is currently Gaius).  But she already has a head up on the others because it was Abby's blood that turned her and not the same source they use for every other vampire that's turned.  

But that isn't all!!  We find out more about Emily, and she's not all she seems to be. Make that Abby, Noel AND Gaius!  I loved hearing how the twins Abby had are doing, and their story I'm betting will play out more in the next book!!  Devon Ashley hasn't let her readers down!  If you've started The Immortal Archives, you need to read Catacombs ASAP!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: Vision by Lisa Amowitz




Vision by Lisa Amowitz
Published Date: September 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: YA

The Story: The light is darker than you think… 


High school student Bobby Pendell already has his hands full—he works almost every night to support his disabled-vet father and gifted little brother. Then he meets the beautiful new girl in town, who just happens to be his boss’s daughter. Bobby has rules about that kind of thing. Nothing matters more than keeping his job.


When Bobby starts to get blinding migraines that come with scary, violent hallucinations, his livelihood is on the line. Soon, he must face the stunning possibility that the visions of murder are actually real. With his world going dark, Bobby is set on the trail of the serial killer terrorizing his small town. With everyone else convinced he’s the prime suspect, Bobby realizes that he, or the girl he loves, might be killer's next victim.


My Review:  The start of the book was hard for me to really get going.  BUT after the first two chapters, it really grabbed me.  This was a MUCH different story than anything I've read before.  Sort of like CSI meets high school.  Lisa wrote a very neat crime story for YA.  I mean, there is gore, don't get me wrong, but this is something I would let my teens and maybe preteens read!  It gave me the shivers, but that may be because I was reading it at night!!


About Lisa:
Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.

Lisa has been a professor of graphic design at  Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly eighteen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.
BREAKING GLASS which was released July 9, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014 along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future. So stay tuned because Lisa is very hyper and has to create stuff to stay alive.
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Cover Reveal: Crow's Rest by Angelica R Jackson

Book Blurb:
Avery Flynn arrives for a visit at her Uncle Tam's, eager to rekindle her summertime romance with her crush-next-door, Daniel.

But Daniel’s not the sweet, neurotic guy she remembers—and she wonders if this is her Daniel at all. Or if someone—something—has taken his place.

Her quest to find the real Daniel—and get him back—plunges Avery into a world of Fae and changelings, where creatures swap bodies like humans change their socks, and magic lives much closer to home than she ever imagined.

Author Bio:

Angelica R. Jackson, in keeping with her scattered Gemini nature, has published articles on gardening, natural history, web design, travel, hiking, and local history. Other interests include pets, reading, green living, and cooking for food allergies (the latter not necessarily by choice, but she’s come to terms with it). Ongoing projects include short fiction, poetry, novels, art photography, and children’s picture books.

In 2012, she started Pens for Paws Auction, which features critiques and swag from agents and authors to raise money for a no-kill, cage-free cat sanctuary where she volunteers, Fat Kitty City.

She’s also been involved with capturing the restoration efforts for Preston Castle (formerly the Preston School of Industry) in photographs and can sometimes be found haunting its hallways.

Title: Crow’s Rest
Author: Angelica R. Jackson
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press 
Release Date May 2015
Formats: Paper, e-book

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