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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - Smoke City by Keith Rosson

Smoke City 
Author: Keith Rosson
Published by: Meerkat Press
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2018
Genre: Adult Magical Realism

Book Description:
Marvin Deitz has some serious problems. His mob-connected landlord is strong-arming him out of his storefront. His therapist has concerns about his stability. He’s compelled to volunteer at the local Children’s Hospital even though it breaks his heart every week.

Oh, and he’s also the guilt-ridden reincarnation of Geoffroy Thérage, the French executioner who lit Joan of Arc’s pyre in 1431. He’s just seen a woman on a Los Angeles talk show claiming to be Joan, and absolution seems closer than it’s ever been . . . but how will he find her?

When Marvin heads to Los Angeles to locate the woman who may or may not be Joan, he’s picked up hitchhiking by Mike Vale, a self-destructive alcoholic painter traveling to his ex-wife’s funeral. As they move through a California landscape populated with “smokes” (ghostly apparitions that’ve inexplicably begun appearing throughout the southwestern US), each seeks absolution in his own way.

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Book Blitz & Giveaway - Fury Frayed by Melissa Haag

Fury Frayed 
(Of Fates and Furies, #1)
Author: Melissa Haag
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2018

Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Description:

Megan’s temper lands her in Girderon Academy, an exclusive school founded in a town of misfit supernatural creatures. It’s the one place she should be able to fit in, but she can’t. Instead, she itches to punch the smug sheriff in his face, pull the hair from a pack of territorial blondes, and kiss the smile off the shy boy’s face. Unfortunately, she can’t do any of that, either, because humans are dying and all clues point to her.

With Megan’s temper flaring, time to find the real killer and clear her name is running out. As much as she wants to return to her own life, she needs to embrace who and what she is. It’s the only way to find and punish the creature responsible.

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Right Kiss. Wrong Guy. by Natalie Decker

Right Kiss. Wrong Guy.
Author: Natalie Decker
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2018
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
You’d think a girl with the most romantic name in the world would have her pick of boyfriends.

But Valentine’s Day sucks when you’re single. Just ask Juliet Valentine, whose last name happens to also be the name of the most dreaded made-up holiday ever.

A romantic at heart, this year is especially hard on Juliet. Her sister, Layla, is in a new relationship, her mom’s match-making business is doing great, and her school’s new fundraiser is “Love-Grams.”

Juliet’s miserable, a little jealous, and lonely.

Quarterback Jared Black is the most popular guy in school. A star athlete, Jared tops the most-eligible bachelor list year after year. But to Juliet Valentine, he’s all but invisible. She isn’t impressed.

Jared’s never had to work hard to get the attention of a girl before. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and he’s determined to ask Juliet out. After all, if Tyler can win over Layla, Jared ought to have a shot with Layla’s sister.

Unlike Tyler and Layla, charm, flattery and good looks won’t work on Juliet. So with the V-Day dance coming up, Jared uses the school’s Love-Grams to let Juliet know how he feels. Should be simple enough, right?

Wrong. Each attempt ends up either in the trash or thrown in someone’s face. Juliet won’t play his game.

Now, without a date to the dance Jared realizes it’s going to take a Hail Mary to win the girl of his dreams.

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Monday, 22 January 2018

Blog Tour Spotlight - Secret Baby, Second Chance by Jane Godman



Secret Baby, Second Chance
Author: Jane Godman
Publisher: Harlequin 
Pages: 288
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Description: 
She’s alive! Vincente Delaney has finally found his girlfriend, Beth Wade, who disappeared a year and a half ago, alive. But he’s shocked to discover someone with her: their child, a little girl he never knew about! Once upon a time, lone wolf Vincente never expected forever with Beth, but now he must put everything on the line to protect her and their family.

Beth was forced to leave Vincente to protect everything she held dear. But now the threat to her loved ones’ lives has reared its ugly head again. As danger approaches, she and Vincente must delve into her past to cast out the darkness jeopardizing their future.

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Release Blitz - Screams You Hear by James Morris



Screams You Hear
Author: James Morris
Genre: Horror
Date Published: January 22, 2018

Book Description:
Murder and madness infect a small town

For sixteen-year-old Ruthie Stroud, life on tiny Hemlock Island in the Pacific Northwest is an endless sea of boring green, in a place where everybody knows everybody’s business and nothing ever happens. Then her world is ripped apart when her parents divorce and a new man enters her mother’s life. But worse is yet to come.

When she drifts ashore on the mainland, hideously burned, Ruthie has a harrowing tale to tell. It begins with the murder of a family. It ends with her being the sole survivor of a cataclysm that sweeps her little island. As a detective attempts to unravel Ruthie’s story of murder and madness, only one horrifying conclusion can be drawn: whatever was isolated on remote Hemlock Island may now have come to the mainland. Is Ruthie safe? Is anyone?

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Book Blitz - Warwick's Mermaid by Ellie Gray



Warwick's Mermaid
Author: Ellie Gray
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date Published: 11th October 2017
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing

Book Description:
Having escaped an abusive relationship, Chloe MacGregor is determined to put the past behind her. The little cottage high up on the cliffs overlooking the beautiful North Yorkshire town of Whitby is her safe haven, somewhere she is free to be herself.

When the arrival of her new neighbour and boss, Luke Warwick, threatens her peaceful, sheltered life, Chloe is forced to confront her past and to re-evaluate who she really is. Falling in love with Luke is not part of her plan but, to her surprise, Luke is falling for her too. The only thing preventing their happy ever after is Chloe herself. Will she ever truly learn to leave the past where it belongs?

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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - Insatiable Darkness by LM Preston



Insatiable Darkness
Author: LM Preston
Genre: Urban Fantasy, YA, Romance, Novella
Date Published: March 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Phenomenal One Press

Book Description:
EmVee didn’t know what to think about this new town her father’s passion for boxing lured them. It was an unlikely location for her to pursue her dream of going semi-pro. Just when she started getting used to the school with gorgeous jocks and strange cheerleaders, the depth of the danger her father’s choices dangled them in front of became clear. EmVee hoped Silas and Kayson will be able to help her uncover the mystery identity of the person who is threatening her family. The question is, will she survive to expose the mystery.

[Prequel, Vigilant Series, Caged Fire Book 1: Coming Fall 2018]

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Saturday, 20 January 2018

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Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - Caressed by the Edge of Darkness by Amanda J. Greene



Caressed by the Edge of Darkness
Author: Amanda J. Greene
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date Published: 10/10/17

Book Description:
Hardened by centuries of torture, former blood slave, Gabriel Erhard, is driven by an insatiable need to destroy his enemies. Violence darkens his battered soul, leaving no place for mercy in his world. Gabriel’s only desire is vengeance—until he finds her.

Seized by vampires, bound as a slave, and placed on the auction block, Jordan Culver is instantly entranced by the dangerous male who claims her. Jordan’s new captor vows to set her free, but his haunted gaze burns with savage desire and his wicked kiss makes her crave his touch and...complete surrender.

While Gabriel battles his enemies, he will break every sacred law to achieve his ultimate goal—uniting the Outcast Society and creating a new vampire Clan. But the distracting human with mesmerizing violet eyes jeopardizes his plans. With very soft whisper she evokes his tormented memories, testing his sanity and challenging his every boundary. Can Jordan help him overcome the miseries of his past and find a future with her?

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Friday, 19 January 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway - On the Edge by Dani Collins

On the Edge
(Blue Spruce Lodge, #1)
Author: Dani Collins
Published by: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: January 16th, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
When Glory Cormer’s father introduces her to ‘their’ new business partner, she’s appalled. Viking-like Rolf Johansson exudes the same alpha-intimidation that jocks used to torment her through high school. After nursing her mother the last several years, she’s trying to break out of her shell and secretly pursue a writing career, but Rolf insists she go through with the rotten deal her father struck with his brother to renovate an old chalet.

Rolf envisions this mountain as a world-class resort for elite athletes and other jet setters. As a downhill champion and owner of a world-renowned sports equipment empire, he knows what it takes to get what he wants. Nothing will stop him, especially not a hotheaded wallflower who turns the ice in his veins to lava.

Bonus Story! This book contains Glory’s novella Blessed Winter, a no-room-at-the-inn Christmas romance.

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - Stolen Secrets by L.B. Schulman



Stolen Secrets 
Author: L.B. Schulman
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7th and up
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (September 19, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1629797227
ISBN-13: 978-1629797229

Book Description:
After an abrupt move across the country to San Francisco, sixteen-year-old Livvy discovers a grandmother who she believed was dead. Suffering from Alzheimer’s, Adelle shouts out startling details, mistakes her own name, and seems to relive moments that may have taken place in a concentration camp. When Livvy and her new friend Franklin D. find journal entries from the Holocaust in Adelle’s home, Livvy begins to suspect that her grandmother may have a shocking link to a notable figure Anne Frank.

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Book Blast & Giveaway - Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce



Ellie, Engineer 
Author: Jackson Pearce
Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Series: Ellie, Engineer
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (January 16, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1681195194
ISBN-13: 978-1681195193

Book Description:
The hilarious and smart start of a series about a girl who loves to build—STEM-powered, creative fun for girls.

Ellie is an engineer. With a tool belt strapped over her favorite skirt (who says you can’t wear a dress and have two kinds of screwdrivers handy, just in case?), she invents and builds amazing creations in her backyard workshop. Together with her best friend Kit, Ellie can make anything. As Kit’s birthday nears, Ellie doesn’t know what gift to make until the girls overhear Kit’s mom talking about her present—the dog Kit always wanted! Ellie plans to make an amazing doghouse, but her plans grow so elaborate that she has to enlist help from the neighbor boys and crafty girls, even though the two groups don’t get along. Will Ellie be able to pull off her biggest project yet?

Illustrated with Ellie’s sketches and plans, and including backmatter with how-tos, this is full of engineering fun!

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Heir of Zion (The Zion Series, Book 2) by Brittany Lewis

Heir of Zion
(The Zion Series, Book 2)
Author: Brittany Lewis
Genre: YA Christian Fiction
Publication Date: September 1st, 2017

Book Description:
Michael felt like his life ended the day his family left. In a way, it did. While he struggled to remain composed when he was in the company of others, he allowed his thoughts and anxieties to consume him when he was alone. Though the life that he had always known had ended, a new one quickly emerged, one that had been suppressed by the Elders for far too long. While Michael struggled to wrap his brain around the information he was learning about his true identity and the community he had grown up in, his heart continuously pulled him toward a young girl and his new found romance, while it simultaneously ached for the family he lost.

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MY REVIEW

Heir of Zion was much more engaging a read than its predecessor. In this book, we get to follow Michael's journey as he tries to adapt to a life without his family while at the same time learning about a family secret he had no knowledge of. Feeling both torn about his family's departure and determined to remain strong and be a proactive member of his community, he's left feeling uncertain about his future. Will he choose to remain at Zion or will he follow his family's path and escape the confines of his oppressive community?

I really enjoyed the sequel, a lot more than I thought I would. I engaged with the characters a lot more, though I would have liked them to have been a little more developed. There was a stronger sense of struggle in this book. The readers really get to feel Michael's turmoil. He's a likeable and relatable character. At just 17, and having his twin sister and his parents leave the only place they've called home, Michael Martin is left feeling ostracised by his family and his community. The people of Zion are forbidden to mention Michael's family, as if they no longer exist. Michael cannot understand how they could just up and leave him, and worse, he can't vent his frustrations in fear of further isolating himself. Deciding to repress his feelings, Michael sets his sight on gaining a high position in the church. When the Chief Elder of Zion learns of this, he decides it's time to tell Michael the truth about his heritage. As it turns out, Michael isn't who he thought he was nor is his family who he thought they were. Having discovered that his whole life has been a lie, Michael starts to feel as though he doesn't belong anywhere. To add insult to injury, he starts to learn the truth about Zion that makes him wonder whether or not he should to remain at Zion. Was Katie and his parents right in leaving when they did?

With all the revelations that Michael discovers, he thinks up a plan to change the way Zion functions. First, he has to get the people of Zion to follow him in making their community a better place. The story certainly depicts a totalitarian society that controls and brainwashes the populace to adhere to its system, so Michael has quite a mission ahead of him.

I found the story rather intriguing. I admire Michael's strength and his ability to keep fighting even when it seems there's nothing left to fight for. There were still head hopping issues present and a lot of repetition to contend with but the heart of the story won me over. I am definitely looking forward to seeing how Michael's and Katie's journeys interlink in the next book.

VERDICT


Award: Silver
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Source: Review copy via author

Cover Reveal - Covet by Micalea Smeltzer


Covet
(Enchanted #2)
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Publication Date: TBA
Genre: YA Fantasy

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Blog Tour Spotlight & Giveaway - Storm Crossed by Dani Harper



Storm Crossed
Grim Series
Book 4
Author: Dani Harper
Release Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance
ISBN-10: 1503948943
ISBN-13: 978-1503948945

Book Description:
The latest stand-alone novel in Dani Harper’s Grim Series will delight old and new fans alike, transporting them to the ancient fae realm beneath the modern human world, where magic rules and menace abounds . . .

Heir to a noble fae house, Trahern is forced to watch helplessly as his twin brother is cruelly changed into a grim—a death dog—as punishment for falling in love with the wrong person. Trahern doesn’t believe love exists, but he will do anything to keep his brother alive—even join the Wild Hunt and ride the night skies of the human world.

Lissy Santiago-Callahan believes in love but has no time for it. She’s busy juggling her career as an academic and her home life as a single mom to a young son with Asperger’s. Her hectic life in sleepy Eastern Washington is made even more chaotic with the sudden arrival of a demanding fae and his unusual “dog.”

Mortal and immortal have nothing in common, and the attraction between Lissy and Trahern surprises them both. But when their desire places Lissy and her child in the path of a deadly faery feud, will the connection last, or will their separate worlds prove too great a divide?

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