Sunday, May 24, 2015

Review @AlexisKadeBooks - Witch Sense Part One by Alexis Kade




Witch Sense
Part #1
by Alexis Kade

Goodreads blurb:  All witch Lara O'Connell wanted to do was dump her neglectful boyfriend and get on with her life. But thanks to a show of power he thought would charm her, her ex is stuck in wolf form. And until she turns him back, she’s stuck with him shedding all over her stuff.

The local Alpha werewolf, Stephen, will help her turn her ex back into a human—for a price. He needs Lara’s sensitivity to magic to figure out who is killing his people.

But with the FBI looking into Phillip’s disappearance, an Alpha trying to make kissy face with her, and a killer who can’t be too happy to have her on his trail, Lara’s problems are just getting started.

Witch Sense: Part One is the first part of the witch sense serial. Please note that parts may contain foul mouthed witches, sexy werewolves, and cliffhangers. All parts will be available through Kindle Unlimited. Happy reading!


About the Author:  Alexis loves all things fantasy, and has had her head buried in one book or another since she was old enough to read. When she's not writing or reading, she's playing with her cats, bothering her husband, or plotting new ways to eat cheesecake as often as possible. To be informed of Alexis Kade's new releases, join her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/bjy01f


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My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!

***Received a copy of the ebook for an honest review via StoryCartel, but it is also FREE on Amazon so I picked up my own copy :)

The cover definitely looks witchy and has an awesome wolf :)  It is what attracted me to look at the book.

This is a serial novella series.  For those who do not know what that means, it is one book that is published in parts to get it out to the readers quicker, so all the parts together make one full story or book.  This means that each part ends like a cliffhanger.  Some people wait until the serial is complete before reading because they do not like cliffhangers, but I’m not patient enough to wait that long if it is something I want to read :)  This serial is not complete at this time, and I’m not sure how many parts it will have.

Okay Lara is definitely nicer than me because I wouldn’t be working so hard to change him back if he neglected me.  This is what makes her a better person than me :)  I love her spunky personality.  I’m not sure what to think of Stephen yet, but I like that he is protective of Lara though I’m not sure if they will date or what. 

I love all the suspense and drama that Alexis has built into her story, and she has definitely made sure I’m going to continue reading this serial and keep up with her work.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, but it was over way too quick because I loved it.  Now I’m waiting for part 2 which comes out next month in June.

I recommend this serial to paranormal fans who want a new world in the form of a serial series :)  I can’t wait for more!!!!

Interested in reading???

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Early Review @TamaraHoffa - Bear Hearts by Tamara Hoffa (Animal in Me #2)

RELEASES May 27th, 2015




Bear Hearts
Animal in Me #2
by Tamara Hoffa

Goodreads blurb:  Fate brought them together. Lies keep them apart. Love could set them free. All they need is to trust in Bear Hearts.

Fate has dealt bear shifter Martin Kruger and rotten hand. His destined mate, Dr. Elizabeth Montrose, is the enemy and suffers from a fatal illness. He‘s waited over two hundred years for a mate he might never have the chance to claim.

Elizabeth has long ago given up dreams of love, marriage and children. Her life is her research and now that is gone in a puff of smoke, thanks to the bears of Honey Corners. A tiny spark of hope blooms in her heart when the handsome bear tells her they are mates, but will that instinctual bond be enough to overcome all that stands between them? 


About the Author:  Tamara Hoffa lives in central Tennessee, with her husband of over 30 years, her three grown children, two grandchildren, 4 dogs and 2 cats. Tamara started reading when she was four years old and has rarely been seen without a book at hand since. At home you will usually find her in “nana’s chair” with her kindle, her laptop or one of her precious, precocious grandson’s in her lap. Tamara is a reviewer, an editor, an avid reader and can now add author to her repertoire. Tamara is proof positive that it’s never too late to reach for your dreams.

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My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!

***Received the ebook for an honest review

The cover is intense because Martin does look….well scary, but I love the fierceness :)

This is book 2 in the Animal in Me series, and I couldn’t wait to read it.  I fell in love with all the characters and their loyalty to each other in the first book and couldn’t wait to return to Honey Corners for more.  Tamara again WOWed me with her awesome sense of humor that she infuses into her books.  She impressed me even more with her NCIS reference which I adored because she used the same threat I make with my son all the time though I call it a DiNozzo.  Her writing style is humorous and so easy to love.

This story is about Martin and Dr. Montrose.  This story starts before book 1, but quickly catches up to book 1’s timeline though gives you another perspective of what happened from Dr. Montrose’s point of view.  Before I started reading, I wasn’t sure I was going to like Dr. Montrose because I thought she was basically a horrible person.  In this book, you learn so much more about who she is.  Of course all the characters I learned to love in book 1 are in this book, so it was just awesome all around.

I highly recommend this book and series if you haven’t read it yet to all who love a great shifter read especially if you like Shelly Laurenston and her sense of humor in her books, then you will love Tamara Hoffa’s style too :)

See my review of Hers to Bear (Book 1)!!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Reveal @Month9Books & Giveaway @cindypon - Serpentine by Cindy Pon

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Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!

This week, we are revealing the cover for

Serpentine 
by Cindy Pon

presented byMonth9Books!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

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SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.
Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.
When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.

 What readers are saying!!!
Vivid worldbuilding, incendiary romance, heart-pounding action, and characters that will win you over--I highly recommend Serpentine.Cinda Williams Chima, best-selling author of the Seven Realms and Heir Chronicles fantasy novels
"Serpentine is unique and surprising, with a beautifully-drawn fantasy world that sucked me right in! I love Skybright's transformative power, and how she learns to take charge of it." ~Kristin Cashore, NYT Bestseller of the Graceling Realm Series
"Serpentine's world oozes with lush details and rich lore, and the characters crackle with life. This is one story that you'll want to lose yourself in." ~ Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend and The Young Elites
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Serpentine
by Cindy Pon

Publication date: September 8, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.


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Cindy Pon
Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association's Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. Serpentine, the first title in her next Xia duology, will be published by Month9Books in September 2015. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Visit her website at www.cindypon.com.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Review - Forbearance 2 by Claudia M. Farwell (Forbearance #2)





ForBEARance 2
Forbearance #2
by Claudia M. Farwell

Goodreads blurb:  Bouts of rage and wild lust are hard to handle – especially when you’re a brand new bear shifter!

Mary’s having a tough time gaining control of her newly-emerged inner bear. Once she shifts, her bear takes over and causes trouble – like the time nearly the whole clan got caught on tape because of her.
With the video all over the news, Mary’s security and safety can’t be guaranteed. As if that wasn’t bad enough, an old associate of Jackson’s rudely shows up unannounced on their doorstep – with his own erratic set of shifters. 

Is Mary’s secret out for good? Can Jackson protect Mary amidst all the chaos?

Warning! This book contains steamy romance scenes between a curvy woman and her protective, hunky bear shifter. It also contains scenes of violence. 


About the Author:  Claudia M. Farwell loves to write – especially sexy romance. Her favorite writing pastimes include creating sweet, sexy guys with a secret furry side, and the girls who adore them. She has a special preference for cats, but is willing to branch out and explore all kinds of shifter styles.
She loves reading paranormal books, as well! Her Kindle is her best friend.

Claudia enjoys hot tea, watching the rain fall, and shopping for boots.

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My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!

***Received a copy of the ebook for an honest review

The cover is definitely intriguing to anyone who likes shifter reads :)  It would make me pick it up off a shelf :)

This is the second book in the serial novella shifter series Forbearance.  Just in case in do not know what a serial is, it is a like a book that is published in parts or episodes which means it takes all the parts to get the whole story.  Some people like serial and others not, you have to make up your own mind, but make sure you read the parts in order :)  This serial is not complete, so that means that waiting is involved in between each part, and it usually entails a cliffhanger at the end of each part.  If this bothers you, wait until the serial is complete before reading it :)  Also this is for adults only due to the steamy scenes and violence.

I really like this serial because it has all sorts of action and drama to keep you engaged throughout the read.  Mary is having trouble keeping her bear in check being a new shifter.  Mary and Jackson have a very steamy relationship.  We have all the brothers in this part, plus some new shifters to get to know.  I do have to admit that I was screaming at the end of this book where it left off.  I hope I don’t have to wait long to see what happens next.

I recommend this series to those of us who love a good bear shifter read and to those who don’t mind it in the form of a serial :)  Off to find something new to read :)

See my review of ForBEARance 1!!!!

Interested in reading???

See my other reviews of this author’s work!!
See my review of Lover’s Purr (Lover’s Purr #1)!!
See my review of Lover’s Pounce (Lover’s Purr #2)!!
See my review of Fur for Her (Fur Real Shifter Escorts #1)


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

T4T Blitz #T4T @Month9Books & Giveaway @janicebashman - Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel and Predator by Janice Gable Bashman

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Hello and welcome to this week’s 
Two for Thursday Book Blitz #T4T
presented by Month9books/Tantrum Books!

Today, we will be showcasing two titles 
that may tickle your fancy,
and we’ll share what readers have to say about these titles!

You just might find your next read!

This week, #T4T presents to you:
Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel 
and
Predator by Janice Gable Bashman!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

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Witches must choose the path they will follow, and Darlena Agara is no exception. She’s been putting it off long enough, and in her case, ignoring it has not made it go away. In a moment of frustration, Darlena chooses to follow Red Magic, figuring she had outsmarted the powers that be, since there’s no such thing as Red Magic. But alas, Darlena’s wrong (again) and she becomes a newly declared Red Witch.

Her friends are shocked and her parents horrified by the choice Darlena has made. As a Red Witch, she now governs one third of the world’s chaos. She is the walking personification of pandemonium, turmoil, and bedlam, just as the patrons of Red Magic would have it to be.
But Darlena believes there must be more to Red Magic than chaos and destruction, and she sets out on a journey to achieve balance. Only doing so puts her at odds with the dark goddess Hecate, who simply will not allow Darlena to quit. She encourages Darlena to embrace who and what she is and to leave good magic to the good witches. If only Darlena could, life would be simple, and she would not be the Daughter of Chaos.

DAUGHTER OF CHAOS is the first in a YA paranormal trilogy.
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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:

At the beginning, this novel is reminiscent of other popular fantasy novels like the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling and the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, but it quickly takes on a life of its own that will appeal to science fiction, fantasy, and young adult fans alike. Darlena’s struggles mirror issues that many teens face, making her a relate-able and likable main character. This is a title with wide appeal that will fly off the shelves.” – Voya Magazine


“Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel is a refreshing twist to the YA paranormal genre!”Dianne, Tome Tender


“Witches and Greek gods! This seriously couldn't get any better.” – Kelly Hashway, Author
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Jen McConnel
Jen McConnel now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches writing composition at a community college. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

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The hunt is on! Sixteen-year-old Bree Sunderland must inject herself with an untested version of her father’s gene therapy to become a werewolf in order to stop a corrupt group of mercenaries from creating a team of unstoppable lycanthrope soldiers.

When Bree went with her scientist father to Ireland, she thought it would be a vacation to study bog bodies. She never expected to fall in love with a mysterious young Irishman and certainly never expected to become the kind of monster her father said only existed in nightmares. Dr. Sunderland discovers that lycanthropy was not a supernatural curse but rather a genetic mutation. When they return home, her dad continues his research, but the military wants to turn that research into a bio weapons program and rogue soldiers want to steal the research to turn themselves into unstoppable killing machines.
Bree’s boyfriend Liam surprises her with a visit to the United States, but there are darker surprises in store for both of them. As evil forces hunt those she loves, Bree must become an even more dangerous hunter to save them all.

Bree will become the thing she hates, to protect those she loves!

'Predator' gives the werewolf legend a couple of new spins by introducing the Benandanti (an actual folkloric belief that certain families of Italy and Livonia were werewolves who fought against evil), as well as a modern scientific approach to mutation and the science of transgenics.

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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:

“Predator is a fast-paced, creepy page-turner! Bashman had me at the opening sentence and she's still got me. I want more!”Nancy Holder, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Rules


“Every twist and fascinating revelation fell into place smoothly, with an ending that will leave readers wanting more. With this kind of originality on the page, it is exciting to speculate at the surprises Bashman will unveil next.”Suspense Magazine


“Predator" by Janice Gable Bashman is clean-teen fiction at it's best. It's smart, scary and suspenseful. The main character Bree is a super positive role model for teen girls--no mater what shape she takes” Jennifer, Author
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Janice Gable Bashman
Janice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker nominated author of Wanted Undead or Alive and Predator. She is managing editor of the The Big Thrill (International Thriller Writers’ ezine). Janice lives with her family in the Philadelphia area, where she at work on her next novel. Visit her at janicegablebashman.com.

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Cover Reveal @ShanAshleeT23 - Death Before Daylight by Shannon A. Thompson (Timely Death #3)

Letter from author,  Shannon A. Thompson

It’s here!  It’s here!  The final cover of The Timely Death Trilogy has finally been released.  A special thank you goes out to Clean Teen Publishing and this lovely Member of the Dark who is helping share this message today.  Minutes Before Sunset, book 1 of The Timely Death Trilogy, re-releases on July 28 – with an all new interior and exterior – and both are beautiful.  Seconds Before Sunrise follows on August 25, and Death Before Daylight (the only novel of the trilogy to never see the shelves before) is finally getting it’s day . . . hehehe . . . Well, it’s releasing September 15.  Even more exciting?  You can win prizes throughout all of these events and more by becoming a Member of the Dark . . . or a Member of the Light.  Check out the details below!  I look forward to speaking with you!

Shannon A. Thompson (a.k.a. SAT)


Death Before Daylight
Timely Death #3
by Shannon A. Thompson

Synopsis:

Two eternities. One ending.

"Harmony would only come with destruction."

The moment Eric and Jessica are reunited, they are torn apart.  After the appearance of a new breed of shades and lights, the powers shift for the worse, and all three descendants find themselves face-to-face in the Light realm.  When Darthon is in control, the last thing everyone expects is to finally hear the truth.

While Jessica learns the reason of her creation, Darthon's identity is exposed to Eric—and only Eric—and Eric can no longer defend himself.  With the eternities of the Light and the Dark resting on Jessica's shoulders, she must choose who she will be—a light or a shade.

In the end, someone must die, and the end is near.

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Become a Member of the Dark (or Light) by emailing  ShannonAThompson@aol.com.  Your email will never be given out, and you are not required to do anything, but you will win more prizes the more you participate. 



Win a paperback of Minutes Before Sunset via Goodreads!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Audiobook Review @camphalfblood - The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2)





The Sea of Monsters
Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2
by Rick Riordan

Goodreads blurb:  The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan's amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a "half blood" whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan's series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book's drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come. 


About the Author:  Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children's fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over forty million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.  (Get more info HERE!!!)

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Narrated by Jesse Bernstein, see more of his work here!!!

My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!!

***Borrowed the audiobook from the local library and I have a copy in paperback of the whole series :)

There several covers that have been released for this book, and I think they are all pretty cool and attract people to pick up the books :)

My son and I listened to this book in the car together on our daily drive to and from school.  I love that the same narrator was used for this book because he really does a phenomenal job with all his voices, tones, and the animation that he gives every character just makes it come alive. 

This book is soooo much better than the movie especially Tyson’s character, but I do not want to give anything away.  Of course, there is a ton of action and adventure for Percy, Annabeth, and Grover.  There are always lessons of morality, honor, and integrity built in that makes me love this series even more.  Rick Riordan has amazing creativity and his writing skills are awesome because his words create an instant movie in my mind with his descriptions and complex plot lines.  There is also so much going on that keeps you sucked into the story that you never want to stop reading or listening.  This is a great book for all ages. 

I highly recommend if you and your family go on a road trip that you listen to this series while you drive because it is sooo much better than listening to music and might help your kids see how awesome books can be and that reading them is not the only way to enjoy them.  On to book 3 for my son and I!!!

See my review of The Lightning Thief (Book 1)!!

Interested in Reading????