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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review - Biker Bear Love by Harper Ashe




Biker Bear Love
by Harper Ashe

Goodreads blurb:  You're Invited to Take a Romantic Ride With Destiny!

An Alpha Bear Who Must Find His Mate...

When his small clan of bear shifters is murdered, Alex Andreas embarks on a quest to find more of his kind. But before the lone Alpha can begin his search by heading to the Colorado Rockies, he must lose the band of Hunters that are pursuing him and find his mate: a curvy, brunette beauty who isn't even aware that a touch of bear blood runs through her veins.

A BBW Who Takes a Chance on Fate...

Nina Parks is having a lousy night. First, her ex-boyfriend's new fiancé ruins Friday night happy hour. Then she finds a crashed motorcycle in her driveway. Not only that: the hunky, leather-wearing rider is injured and refuses to go to the hospital. Nina agrees to help the sexy biker, only to find that his injuries aren't from his crash and now they're both in danger!

Will They Take a Ride with Destiny?

Pulled into Alex's world, where nothing is quite what it seems and she isn't sure who to trust, Nina finds herself torn between the man of her dreams and the life he wants her to leave behind. When the truth is finally revealed, will she follow her heart and join Alex on a romantic ride with destiny?

This paranormal novella is a BBW shifter romance featuring a smoking hot, motorcycle-riding were-bear and the beautiful, curvy brunette who is destined to become his mate. It is a complete story with a fateful beginning, an exciting middle, and a steamy HFN ending. (No cliffhangers!)


About the Author:  Harper Ashe writes the kind of romance she loves to read: mostly sweet, sometimes spicy, always delicious. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her handsome husband, almost-grown children and very naughty cat.

A Note from Harper Ashe:

I first realized that I wanted to be writer when I landed a gig as co-author of my high school newspaper. Once I saw my words in print (yeah, that was a long time ago!), I was hooked!

After a long and winding career in marketing and copywriting, my kids are mostly grown and I have finally have the time to write what I love most: romantic fiction.

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My Thoughts - 3 out of 5 Unicorns - I liked it!!!


The cover is a sweet scene of a couple on a bike and a bear.  It is okay.

This is a novella and it is around 90 or so pages.  It is a quick read.  Parts of it for me were rushed or missing details, and I think this story line could have easily been developed into a full novel.  You just don’t know enough about the Guardians and the Council, and you really didn’t get much of a background on Nina.  All this being said it was still a great read.  I hope to see this world return so it can be more fully developed in my mind :)  I love shifter worlds. 

Oh if you don’t know the acronym HFN, used in the blurb, it means Happy For Now.  I hate not knowing acronyms that are being used, so I always try to share this info.

Nina & Alex are great characters as well as Hannah.  There is a good mix of action and drama too.  With novellas, it seems to take me more than one in a series to get connected to the characters and world. This is just me though, and there is so much potential for this new shifter world. I’m not sure if this is a series, will it follow Nina & Alex or Hannah & the Council?

This is my first Harper Ashe book, but I know she has a story in a couple of the bundled sets I’ve bought….though I don’t think they are shifter stories.  I will definitely read more by Harper especially if this becomes a series because I want to know more :)

I think if you like quick shifter reads, you will enjoy reading this book.

Interested in reading???

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Cover Reveal @Month9Books & Giveaway @JenniferMEaton #M9BFridayReveals - Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton

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Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

Fire in the Woods 
by Jennifer M. Eaton

presented by Month9Books!

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When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel.
But her father runs their house like an army barracks, and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere. Ever. So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met?
Hiding him in her room probably isn’t the best idea. Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David. That doesn’t mean she won’t do it. It just means she can't get caught.
Helping David get home while protecting her heart—that’s gonna be the hard part. After all, she can't really fall for a guy who’s not exactly from here.
As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But all is not what it seems. David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both in handcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she's to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it.
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Fire in the Woods 
by Jennifer M. Eaton

Publication date: September 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.

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Jennifer M. Eaton
Corporate Team Leader by day, and Ranting Writer by night. Jennifer M. Eaton calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle.
Jennifer hosts an informational blog “A Reference of Writing Rants for Writers (or Learn from My Mistakes)” aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be.
Beyond writing and motivating others, she also enjoys teaching her dog to jump through hoops—literally.
Jennifer’s perfect day includes long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but her greatest joy is using her over-active imagination constructively… creating new worlds for everyone to enjoy.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review - The Waves by Jen Minkman @JenMinkman (The Island #2)




The Waves
The Island #2
by Jen Minkman

Goodreads blurb:  The first memory I have of my grandfather is of a moment that we share together.
I’m sitting on his knee looking out over the harbor. Grandpa is smoking a pipe. He points at the horizon. “Look, Walt. Our ships are out there. And one day, another even more beautiful ship will appear at the horizon. A mighty ship to take us all away. And Annabelle will be at the front deck with open arms, inviting us all to join her on board.”
“Why don’t we sail to her ourselves?” I want to know.
“Because she promised she would come,” granddad replies. “And in that promise we trust. It’s only the Unbelievers who think they can do everything themselves. They have no faith in the Goddess.”

Walt lives in Hope Harbor, an island community that has put its trust in salvation from across the sea. The townspeople wait patiently, build their ships to sail out and welcome the Goddess, and piously visit the temple every week. Horror stories to scare their children are told about the Unbelievers on the other side of Tresco.
But not all is what it seems. Walt has questions that no one can answer, and when his best friend and cousin Yorrick is killed in an accident, he digs deeper to find out the truth about the origins of Hope Harbor’s society… and the secrets of the temple.

Return to the world of The Island and discover what Walt's life was like before and after he met Leia!


About the Author:  Jen Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English and Dutch at a secondary school in The Hague, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!). She is a published author in her own country, and translates her own books from Dutch into English for self-publication.
In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack.

'I have always been drawn to writing. My first book was a sci-fi novel at the age of eight, which I painstakingly typed out on my dad's typewriter and illustrated myself. Nowadays, I stick to poetry, paranormal romance, chicklit and/or fantasy. In my home country, I am the first-ever published writer of paranormal romance, and I will gradually make my books also available in English (seeing I have to re-write and translate the books myself, this will take some time!).

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My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!

***Received the trilogy ebook via Story Cartel for an honest review

The cover is looks awesome and water seems to be a theme in the covers.  I love the lighthouse and birds in the background.  It is sort of like he is lost and trying to find his way since that is what lighthouses are for :)

I really enjoyed this book, and I’m really starting to connect with Walt and Leia now as well as a few others too.  I think it is amazing how Jen created very different views of history in this two sets of peoples on the same island.  I never read the blurb for this book, so I was surprised that it wasn’t about the journey across the water but instead Walt’s prospective.  I usually like a lot more action, but I enjoyed exploring the other side of the island :)

This is a cool world that I think my high school students would like to read because a lot of them like dystopian societies especially when they are realistic.  I’d like to eventually add this trilogy to my classroom library to share with my students.  I wonder what they would think like Walt or relate better to Leia.  

I recommend this series to those who like dystopian YA societies and more realistic fiction. 

See my review of The Island (Book 1)!!!

Interested in reading???



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Book Spotlight - The Reach of the Banyan Tree by Mark W. Sasse




The Reach of the Banyan Tree
by Mark W. Sasse


Goodreads blurb:  Chip Carson intends to marry a young Vietnamese woman named Thuy until a tragic accident lands him in prison, forever altering the outlook of their relationship. As he struggles to cope with their strained love, a mysterious stranger appears, bearing a journal about Chip’s grandfather who parachuted into French Indochina at the end of World War II. As the words of the journal reveal a life that Chip never knew, he begins to understand the depth of love and sacrifice needed in order to have a second chance with Thuy.

Part historical fiction, part contemporary love story, The Reach of the Banyan Tree explores the effects of war, love, culture, and family obligation in twentieth century Vietnam through the eyes of three generations of American men, who each lost their soul in the tangled reach of the banyan tree.
  


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About the Author:  Mark W. Sasse currently lives in Malaysia teaching drama and history. He lived in Vietnam for ten years which provided the rich background of modern day Vietnam in his first novel "Beauty Rising" released in December 2012. His second novel, "The Recluse Storyteller" will be released in October 2013. He just finished writing his third novel with a release date of 2014.

When he is not writing novels, his other passion comes out: live theater. He has published a series of plays of different genres including "Grandparents' War", "Spy Blue", "Take Two: Who Directs Your Life", and "Life with Stewart". He also produced and directed all of these as original stage productions.

Sasse grew up in western Pennsylvania as a huge baseball fan. He loves to cook and spend time with his family.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review - Alpha's Last Fight by Aubrey Rose @TheAubreyRose & Molly Prince @MollyPrinceRom




Alpha’s Last Fight
A Paranormal Shapeshifter  BBW Romance
by Aubrey Rose and Molly Prince

Goodreads blurb:  You can’t hide from the monster when the monster is inside you.
More than anything, Natalie wants to keep her secret hidden. Locked away. She’s too scared to love, scared that the unthinkable will happen again.

Five years ago, the monster got out. And the one person she cared about will forever carry the scars she gave him. She vowed then that she would never let her wolf come out of hiding again, and she’s not about to break that vow for some guy she met at a crazy underground shifter fight.

Especially if that guy is an arrogant, asshole alpha male.

Cocky, tattooed, and sexy as hell, Hutch runs his pack by his own rules. He fights, he wins, and he can take his pick of any of the screaming girls who cheer him on. He has everything he could possibly want.

Except a sweet, sassy, curvy mate.

But Natalie isn’t the only one with a past, and when a lifetime of lies and broken promises begin to catch up with him, Hutch is given one chance to make things right. A last fight with no rules, no limits and next to no chance of survival. Hutch is willing to risk everything to redeem himself in the eyes of his pack… but can he risk the love of the only woman who has given him a reason to live?

***Note: This is a full-length paranormal romance novel with NO cliffhanger! Includes many scenes with violence and/or explicit sex scenes!***


About the Authors:  Aubrey Rose lives in sunny San Diego, where she likes to lay around in a hammock reading her favorite romances. When she’s not writing steamy stories, she can be found dancing naked in front of the mirror to Abba while her cat watches disdainfully.

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When Molly Prince isn't writing about big girls, bad boys and the trouble they can get into she's looking after her young son, husband and dog... and wondering why the men in her life need so much looking after!

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My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!


The cover is yummy!!  Hutch is looking sexy!!

I received this book from the author for an honest review, but as soon as it was out I bought it :)

I really liked this book and enjoyed it.  I do want to warn that some people may not like all the fighting sort of like a combination of dog fighting and gladiators.  The language could also be more than some readers are looking for.  Lots and lots of steamy scenes too!!  I like to put this out there because reading is your enjoyment.  This world is different than other shifter books, but it is hard to describe without giving too much away.  Shifters struggle to maintain balance is all I will say.

Hutch is a typical bad boy.  He’s an a$$ a lot mixed in with moments of sweetness.  Natalie is sweet, terrified of what she is because she’s never been around anyone like her, but she grows so much in this book.  Gina is awesome and funny.  There are some things that happen that I just didn’t see coming.

I recommend this to people who love werewolf shifters and fighting and don’t mind that Hutch can be an a$$, but a sexy one :)

Interested in reading???
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New Release @MarkMyWordsPR - Hearken by Kristen Day @kris10_day (Daughters Of the Sea #4)

Hearken ( Daughters Of the Sea #4 ) 

Now Available!
7/22/14






Haven't read the first 3 in the series?! 
"The rights to The Daughter's of the Sea Series is in the process of being reverted back to Kristen Day. Because of this, Forsaken, Awaken, and Chosen will no longer be available to purchase through the major online retailers until Sept 22nd. On that date, they will be available again for purchase To find out more information about The Daughter's of the Sea series please sign up for her mailing list or feel free to email Kristen's publicist at rachel@mmwpr.com "
Available for Pre-Order on Smashwords!
Daughters of the Sea Series! 

When the evil you fear is born from within, who will save us…from ourselves?
Sometimes our souls hear what our minds and hearts refuse to accept. It will whisper its continuous cadence until we're strong enough to glimpse the truth. But when the soul's whispers morph into screams, we're forced to gaze into the mirrors of time and see ourselves for who we really are.

 Grappling with her newfound leadership position, Stasia begins to experience a recurring nightmare of murder, as well as curious reveries about a violet-eyed girl who can control the moon. When tragedy grips the Tydes and several important relics are stolen from the Sons of Daimon, Stasia’s Council leaves for the forgotten island of Atlantis. Unfortunately Atlantis harbors its own secrets, and they are all calling to Stasia. As her nightmares become worse and she begins to lose control of her mind, those around her must find a way to reach her…and fast.

 Olivia Campbell is used to getting what she wants, when she wants it. But destiny never asked Olivia what she wanted. Being Chosen to be a Paladin at birth had not been something she wanted, and she definitely hadn’t wanted her charge to be Anastasia. Unfortunately their irritatingly persistent Atlantean guide, Sebastian, seems to know all about her and the secrets she’s been hiding. As she fights to protect Stasia from an unknown force, Olivia’s own courage and loyalty will be tested in ways she never imagined. Will she be able to tell Stasia the truth before it’s too late for them both.    



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About Kristen Day

 
  I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I've been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).  When I'm not writing I'm making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review - The Island by Jen Minkman @JenMinkman (The Island #1)




The Island
The Island #1
by Jen Minkman

Goodreads blurb:  I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look.

Our world is small. We are on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us, as taught to us by our forefathers.

If I were to walk westward from here, I would come across a barrier – the Wall. Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that’s what everyone says.

I have never seen one.


Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason – they believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.

But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true?

Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool?


About the Author:  Jen Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English and Dutch at a secondary school in The Hague, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!). She is a published author in her own country, and translates her own books from Dutch into English for self-publication.
In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack.

'I have always been drawn to writing. My first book was a sci-fi novel at the age of eight, which I painstakingly typed out on my dad's typewriter and illustrated myself. Nowadays, I stick to poetry, paranormal romance, chicklit and/or fantasy. In my home country, I am the first-ever published writer of paranormal romance, and I will gradually make my books also available in English (seeing I have to re-write and translate the books myself, this will take some time!).

Connect with Jen:

My Thoughts - 3 out of 5 Unicorns - I liked it!!!


The cover is ominous looking, but that’s why you want in a dystopian series.  I look at it and think a shark is going to eat her….lol

I picked up this book for free.  This is a novella about  130 pages.  I liked this book, and see the possibilities for it getting better as a series.  This first book for me was a little slow and some part did bore me, but you have to these parts to understand the world.

It has references to Star Wars which I was a little slow on the uptake especially considering her name was Leia.  She is a very strong character, but also very naïve.  You really see her grow throughout the story. Parts of it reminds me of Lord of the Flies where kids rule.  This is the first time I’ve read a book by Jen Minkman, and I’m continuing on with the rest of the trilogy.  I will let you know how it goes :)

I think someone who enjoys Star Wars mixed with the Lord of the Flies will really enjoy reading this book.

Interested in reading???