April 19, 2014

RETRIBUTION by T.G. Ayer Blog Tour {Excerpt/Giveaway}



RETRIBUTION (Chronicles of the IRIN, Book #1)
Genre: NA Urban Fantasy

Publication Date: 14th March 2014
Publisher: Infinite Ink
Pages: 220

Her name is Evangeline and she is Nephilim.

Evie belongs to the Brotherhood Irin and together with all the other Nephilim of the world she is protector to humanity, protector against evil. But evil has found its way into the Brotherhood. Someone has murdered her guardian and Marcellus, the New Master makes demands of the warriors that go against all they stand for. Demands Evie just can’t carry out.

Evie uncovers Marcellus’ plan to collect a set of special seals, but when a high-level demon reveals the truth behind the Seals of Hades, Evie know there is no way she can allow the Master of the Irin to get his hands on them. But will keeping the Seals from Marcellus cause her to sacrifice more that she should? Will vengeance for her guardian’s death be enough or will she need more to satisfy her Immortal soul?


The hand at her throat didn't allow her to defend herself. Or speak in her defense. So drastic action was required or she would be dead before she got any information from her captor.
Evie shut her eyes and concentrated.
A fullness spread along her back. Her shoulder-blades rose and pressed against the skin of her back as her wings poked through the glamored slits in her upper back. In an instant, both Evie and Baa'ruk were enveloped by a pair of shimmering white and silver wings. Foot-long feathers sent wisps of silvery white dust floating around them.
She had hoped for a strong reaction. Perhaps the fear of God? Or maybe shocked, awed reverence. Certainly not an ear-shattering fit of sneezing.
The Head Demon now stood, hands over his nose, mouth slightly open, eyes scrunched up in silent expectation of the next bout of ground-shaking sneezes. Little blades of grass peeked out from between the flagstones, shivering in the wake of the thunderous sneezes.
Evie flapped her wings, which was unavoidable when folding them up behind her, and in a blink, both magnificent silver-tipped wings were gone.
Of course, she felt bad that she'd now started another fit of sneezes with a second breeze of wing dust. And of course, the whole thing wasn't really that funny especially when she'd so recently almost met her maker. But Evie couldn't help it. The first giggle that escaped her was tentative, mild. The next second she was having a full-blown giggle-fest.





I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each other's loves – it works wonderfully…


My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.

Mini Review: SOME LIKE IT HOT by M. Leighton

Title: SOME LIKE IT WILD

Author: M. Leighton

Source: ebook from kindle


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First was The Wild Ones. Now, the next book in M. Leighton's Wild Ones series...

How far will a good girl go for the bad boy she loves?

Laney Holt is a preacher’s daughter. A good girl. Her only goal was to get married, have babies, and live happily ever after, just like her parents. Only that didn’t happen. The two people closest to her betrayed her, and Laney’s dreams came crashing down. Now she’s left with an empty space she doesn’t know how to fill. Until she meets Jake Theopolis, a daredevil with a death wish who has heartbreaker written all over him.

Jake has no interest in thinking beyond the here and now. All he wants out of life is the next rush, the next “feel-good” thing to keep his mind off the pain of his past. His latest rush? Showing Laney there’s more to life than being a good girl—and that going bad can be so much fun. Her only concern now is how she can ever hope to satisfy the wild side of a boy like Jake. She’s looking forward to trying. And so is Jake.

If you love The Wild Ones, you'll be just as wild for M. Leighton's Bad Boys series which includes Down to You, Up to Me, and Everything for Us.

My mini take...
Even now, I smile when I think about her. But it’s bittersweet. It’s like having the most precious thing in the world, but yet not really having it at all.
And then losing what you didn’t have.
How’s that for a conundrum?
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I quickly devoured this book by Leighton in a matter of hours. It is one of those books that once you get going, you can never quite find a stopping place. So you keep reading until you’re done. The characters call to you to hear their story, so of course you give them your attention, letting them get it out. Now, while it wasn't the most daring of Leighton's or even had the most exciting of twists....it was still a fabulous read that absolutely loved. Leighton's writing and stories are ones that are sure to please, entertain, and bring on the hot. And yes, this one brought the hot. So. Much. Hot.

I read it. I loved it. I recommend it. I can't wait to see what the next book in the series holds for us. I have a feeling that it will be a bit more "wild" seeing as this one is about Jet. And to that I say BRING. IT. ON. 5 Awesomely Awesome Stars!


April 18, 2014

Review: LOVE AND DECAY: Season 2, Episode 6 by Rachel Higginson

Title: LOVE AND DECAY: Season 2, Epi 6

Author: Rachel Higginson

Source: eARC from author


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Zombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.

Reagan and Page are still trapped with Kane in the cabin in the woods and they have no idea if help is coming or if anyone will be able to find them. Besides the utter boredom and eerie solitude, they have to deal with Kane’s crazy mom and the danger Kane poses to Reagan, in more than just the physical sense.

When Feeder activity picks up, Kane is kept busy sweeping the property to make sure their human presence doesn’t attract unwanted attention. But is that even possible in the Zombie Apocalypse?

Reagan’s sympathy for Kane reaches a new level while she is also forced to make the toughest decision of her life. All of her conflicted feelings reach a boiling point in this episode and the consequences will stretch far and wide in her fight for survival.

Can she keep it together long enough for Hendrix to find her? Or is her relationship with him already in jeopardy?

Love and Decay, Episode Six is the sixth episode in Season Two of a novella series in a Dystopian Romance about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.

This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks. Approximately 20,000 words.


My take...

Reagan and Page are still stuck in the woods with Kane and his senile mother. Reagan still holds out hope that Hendrix and his brothers are going to save them any day now. But when an ambush by a horde of zombies takes them by surprise, desperation takes over Reagan and she about loses it. Her world has just went out of control. All hope has now up and fled. And it has taken her future right along with it...

I had to put this episode down at a most crucial part. It would be several hours before I could find out what happened. I warned Rachel that our friendship was in jeopardy if it happened to play out the way I was assuming it would. A little heads up...Rachel is not to be trusted and will not be very well liked half way through this episode. Though she may be partially forgiven in the end. It’s all a matter of opinion. For me? She is safe. For now.

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I realized then that even if these unnamed feelings I had for Kane originated with a mental disorder- and let’s be honest, I wasn’t exactly in the greatest state of mind ever- they had grown into something more, something I couldn’t ignore or deny.
There was something between us. He was right about that.
I breathed out a long sigh. There was freedom in admitting that to myself. I had been tangled up in denial and self-doubt, but getting it off my chest felt liberating.
**

This episode was hard for me. No, it wasn't the horrid scene from before I mentioned. No, this was all on Reagan. She is so utterly conflicted throughout the whole book. With good reason. I'm sure I would have been the same way. She says one thing...does another...and her emotions and thoughts are all over the place. It was like watching a person with two personalities in a constant struggle. And I hurt for her as she was put through all this. This girl needed time to cope with these feelings and emotions and work through it. But as we all know by now, time is something she never going to get.

Even so, I enjoyed this episode. Reagan's inner struggle was something that at the time I was reading I thought was off putting. But now that I look back at it, I see where she is coming from. And I hurt for her even more. It wasn't my favorite episode by any means. But I felt like I understood Reagan a little more after thinking on it some. And something huge happens in this book that is a game changer for the entire series. I am stoked to see what Higginson has up her sleeve and all the possibilities this could mean. Yet, I am fearful too.

Review: THROUGH GLASS, Episode 3 by Rebecca Ethington

Title: THROUGH GLASS, epi 3

Author: Rebecca Ethington

Source: ebook for kindle


goodreads...
*Episode Three in the Through Glass Novella Series*

I thought I had lost everything when I watched the monster fly away, taking with it the only thing that mattered.
I knew I was alone when I took the life of the monster, the monster with eyes that I recognized.
But I was wrong.
Because I wasn’t alone.
There were others, and they found me.
But they weren’t who they said they were. Now, I will be lucky if I can get out of here alive.

***This is book three of a novella series. Books one-three are out now – book four comes out in January 2014***

It is a Clean New-Adult Paranormal, Dystopian, Romance with Creepy and Un-Dead Themes.
Language: Low to None
Violence: Moderate
Sexual Content: Low to None


My take...
This is usually where I add a short blurb about the book I am reading. Well, not today. I just can't find the words without giving so much away. We are getting in too deep now. Too much is happening that will blow your mind anyway. One thing is clear though...Alexis is no longer alone. But that is not necessarily a good thing. In fact, it is downright deadly.

Ooooh the goodness that came out of this little bitty novella. Packed to the gills with action, suspense and shivers galore. Yes, it was absolutely explosive! Yes, it was almost too much for my head to wrap around. But I inhaled it. I craved it. I loved it.

And yep, you guessed it...I will be moving on to episode 4 now. But after that ending, I need to give myself a little delay. My heart is aching, hurting. I won’t give myself long though. I need to keep these feelings fresh. So keep an eye out for that review soon. 5 Magnificent Stars!

April 17, 2014

SEARCH by Alyssa Rose Ivy RDL {Review/Excerpt/Giveaway}

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We are so excited that Alyssa Rose Ivy's SEARCH is now available! SEARCH is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and  is a part of Alyssa Rose Ivy’s The Empire Chronicles Series. You do NOT want to miss this series. Enter to win then go grab your copy!

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*New Adult Paranormal Romance*

Casey isn't human. The revelation should terrify her, but it doesn't. Instead it excites her. Too bad not everyone is as excited as she is.

Torn between two lives, the only one she's ever known and her life as a paranormal princess, Casey has to decide whether she can trust the man she loves.

Sometimes being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be.


**Do not read if you have yet to read SOAR (book 1). My review may contain spoilers for that book! You have been warned!**

 At the end of SOAR, Casey finds out she is Pteron by being thrown off The Empire State building. How's that for discovering your part bird? Not only that but she is royalty. And now she has to deal with Jared rejecting her for also being Petron. If you remember correctly Pterons are not to mate with other Pterons. It’s a pesky unofficial rule of their kind. And he isn’t about to put his family through that again. So she turns to the only other person she can trust: Toby.

Man o’ man! I flew through this book like no other. I wanted to take my time with it but I couldn’t help myself. I had to know what was going on and who Casey would end up with. Yeah, so we thought she has chosen Jared at the end of SOAR. Well, things are not that simple. Lots of things come into play and we have to really wonder what feelings were real and what were brought on by outside forces. What am I talking about you may ask? Oh goodness…you’re just going to have to read to find out. It is crazy all that happens in such a short amount of time.

I do like Jared, so don’t get me wrong when I say he was a bootie head (and that is putting it lightly…Amazon has sensitive ears when reading our reviews). We all know he is a bootie head, but he was definitely more so in this book. The things he says made me want to throat punch him. I get that he is hurt and that is how he deals, but come on!

Sometimes it is too much. Now as for Toby. Wooo boy. He definitely has changed in a short amount of time. Fearing he lost Casey to Jared, only to learn he actually didn’t…he amps up his game and is out to win her over. Yes, he actually got better in this one. And I loved him in SOAR, so that is saying something.

I am still sitting here a day later wondering about that ending. I mean seriously…what just happened here? What the flip just happened? I am having to mentally go back through the book and wonder about some people and things that were said. I am flabbergasted by it all. Most of our favorite characters are in trouble and I am so nervous for them and what is to come.

So here is the deal…I loved it, I couldn’t put it down, and I inhaled it rather quickly. So yes I recommend it to anyone and everyone. It is a no brainer that if you read SOAR you are going to want to read this one. How could you not, right? So, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts as soon as you read it.





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“Don’t take this the wrong way, but my place or yours?”

He got a twinkle in his eyes. “What way would I take that, Casey?”

I shut my eyes tight. I wasn’t supposed to get that shiver when he said my name. Not after what Nelly told me. Not after Jared. Not after finding out the truth. But I did. I reluctantly opened my eyes again.

“Let’s go with mine. It’s more spacious.” His eyes studied me, waiting for my reaction.

We had memories at his place. Recent memories I’d been trying to forget.

“All right.” I tore my eyes from his face. He’d gotten a far off look, and I knew he was thinking about the first kiss. The one that felt more like perfection than any other kiss before or since.



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Alyssa Rose
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Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.