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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Book Review of Angel Lover, The Angel Assassins, Book 2

Book Review of The Angel Assassins, Book 2



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Publication date: June 30th

ANGEL LOVER BY TRICIA SKINNER

Series NameThe Angel Assassins #2

Publisher: 
Entangled Publishing

Imprint: Select Otherworld

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Romance


Tagline

There's no danger greater than falling for your enemy…

Cover Quote

"Tricia Skinner's angels make a woman think about sinning. Angel Lover is a great read!" 
-- Jaye Wells, USA Today bestselling urban fantasy author
Book Cover Blurb

The Nephilim are bound. Their powers cursed. But half-angel Kasdeja will do anything to free them from Heaven's tyranny. When Kas is approached by a striking, mysterious woman, she tells him his greatest enemies hold the key to his freedom.

Mariel keeps herself shrouded in secrets, using them to hide her true self. For she is not just employed by the Renegades--enemy fallen angels—she is a double agent, working on the sly for Heaven. Her directive is to seduce the gorgeous Nephilim—despite her insecurity about such sensual acts.

For Mariel is playing a dangerous game, and falling for Kas could only cause trouble; her assignment isn't just seduction. It's destruction.

Short Book Cover Blurb

The Nephilim are bound. Their powers cursed. But half-angel Kasdeja will do anything to free them from Heaven's tyranny. When Kas is approached by a striking, mysterious woman, she tells him his greatest enemies hold the key to his freedom. Mariel’s directive is to seduce the gorgeous Nephilim. But her assignment isn't just seduction. It's destruction.

AUTHOR BIO

Tricia Skinner

Tricia Skinner is an author of passionate dark fantasy. She is a features writer for Fresh Fiction and a project manager for Short Fuse. She began her writing career as a business reporter and wrote forThe Detroit NewsInvestor’s Business DailyMSN, and The Houston Chronicle.

Raised in Detroit, Tricia graduated with a BA degree from the nationally acclaimed Journalism Institute for Media Diversity at Wayne State University. She earned a Masters of Liberal Studies – Creative Writing degree from Southern Methodist University and will obtain a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2017.

Diversity in genre fiction is dear to Tricia’s heart. She is represented by Laurie McLean, co-founder of Fuse Literary Agency. When not writing, Tricia can be found reading, lifting weights, or geeking out over games, movies, and music. She has a Tom Hiddleston obsession, and she is Team Vader. Her family includes three Great Danes (so far).
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Excerpt

He traced his fingers under her tank top and made small circles against her back. A soft sound escaped her lips, then she relaxed.

“Mariel.” He barely recognized his lust-blown voice.

She answered by renewing their passionate kiss, full and open and bone melting. She kissed him thoroughly, drawing the oxygen from his lungs as she twisted her fingers into his long hair.
Kas lowered her on the comforter with care, never breaking their kiss. He eased back, and with his gaze on hers, he pulled his shirt over his head and dropped it.

Mariel’s gaze made several passes over his body.

What did she feel for him? Admiration? Uncertainty? He’d never hurt her. No one would ever hurt her again, not if they expected to live.

Then Mariel’s gaze fell away. “You are...beautiful.” Her shoulders drooped, and she pulled back.

“You don’t believe you are.”

She didn’t reply, except for the stubborn jut of her chin. Kas smoothed his thumb over her cheek then gently raised her head. She wouldn’t look at him. He wouldn’t allow her to withdraw from him, from them.

He touched her shirt at the waist, and her hands clamped over his, her eyes wet. Her fearful expression tore him apart.

“Trust me as I trust you,” he said gently.

Kas waited until her grip loosened, and her hands fell to the side. He infused a smile with warmth and then eased the material up in torturous increments. Time she could use to stop him.
Her flat stomach and tight abs were revealed. He smothered his reaction, afraid Mariel would mistake a groan for disapproval. Smooth, golden skin fed his hunger an appetizer.

“You have control,” he told her. “If you tell me to stop, I’ll stop.”

Mariel peeked through her lashes and nodded.

He lifted the shirt higher, stared at her breasts, and bit back another sound. God of All, they made him salivate, but he tapped more of his self-control.

Finally, the shirt was over her head and joined his on the floor. Mariel’s arms stayed locked at her sides like a soldier at attention.

Kas moved around her and climbed onto the bed next to her. “Lie on your side, facing me.”

“I do not know,” she said, whisper light.

Again his chest felt as if it had crushed inward. No woman should be made to believe she was ugly. None should feel shame about her body. He wanted to beat bloody any man who’d ever looked at her wrong.

Mariel expelled a long breath as if she’d resolved herself to do what he’d asked. She stretched out alongside him, chest to chest, her right arm pillowing her head.

He leaned over and planted a soft kiss on her cheek and lips. “Touch me.”


Review: 

Fun, sexy, filled with twists and turns.  This is a great second book in this series.  I loved the interplay between the characters and how real they seemed.  The fact that it has plausibility due to the characters and their interactions makes this a superb book.

While this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone.  This is something I appreciate.  I have fibromyalgia and sometimes my memory is significantly faulty.  When a book is dependent upon the previous book, I end up having to read it again before I can read the book I started to read.  So I love that while things carry over, it is not necessary to read the first book to be able to enjoy this one.

I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds and look forward to more from this author.  The writing just keeps getting better.


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Book Review of Earclaw and Eddie

Book Review of Earclaw and Eddie
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About the Book

Title: Earclaw and Eddie

Author: Daniel Jude Miller

Genre: Children’s Books

Eddie is just a regular guy trying to get by in his boring life, when out of nowhere he finds himself underneath a very unwelcome visitor. Earclaw is the unwelcome visitor and exists as nothing more than a crushing weight on Eddie's head. Faced with this permanent guest, Eddie must learn to endure, accept and possibly trick Earclaw in leaving once and for all.





Author Bio

Dan’s story is a simple story. He grew up in a rugged logging camp of the great northwest. His father wished him to be a skilled tree-splitter but Dan didn’t have the stomach for it. Instead he headed east at age 9 with a pad of paper and 12,000 fresh, wooden pencils. The next 30 some odd years were mostly uneventful, filled with family, growth and other uninteresting stuff. Then, recently, those 12,000 pencils finally started getting put to good use.

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Review: 

            This is a very short story, but it had a lot to teach.  Eddie finds himself with things he doesn’t like living in/on his life.  These things draw all the joy out of Eddie’s life and isolate him because he thinks he is all alone.  Then he learns he isn’t.  What a great concept to teach kids. 

            It would be a great teaching tool for accepting others and yourself as you are.  It would also be good to teach anti-bullying.  If only everyone could accept people as they are, wouldn’t the world be a more wonderful place.

            I give this book 5 out of 5 clouds.  I can’t wait to share it with my 9 year old niece 4 year old nephew, and 2 and 1 year old nieces.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Book Review of Forbidden Darkness



Book Review of Forbidden Darkness
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About the Book
 
Title: Forbidden Darkness

Author: Alec John Belle

Genre: YA Paranormal / Fantasy


Being a sixteen year old Monster Hunter sucks. That’s what Heather Hawkins learns just days before her sixteenth birthday. After dealing with her best friend, Kristen’s, attempted suicide, the last thing Heather wants is any more drama. When the realistic dreams of Heather being haunted by a guy named Kadin begin, she learns the truth. She is a Monster Hunter, and on her birthday, she will undergo a change that will make her stronger, more powerful, and nearly invincible to Monsters.

Along with having a hot new trainer named Philip, she believes that this will be a new beginning for herself. Unfortunately, Monsters aren’t the only thing Heather needs to worry about. With someone stalking her dreams, she realizes there may be more than just Monsters in the world, and that Kadin will do anything to stop her from helping the Monster Hunters. Even if that means unleashing an entity that was locked away by his people thousands of years ago. In this all-new paranormal young adult series, romances will be formed, evil becomes unleashed, and everyone Heather loves will soon be at risk. Because in a world where Monsters walk the earth, anything is possible.

Author Bio

Alec John Belle is an online high school student that resides in the state of Massachusetts. At the age 
of 16 he wrote his first novel, Before I Break. His hobbies include reading, writing, and obsessing over Pretty Little Liars. He writes about tough topics that many are too afraid to talk about like suicide, homosexuality, self harm, cyberbullying, anxiety disorders, addiction, among other teenage issues, and he often blends these ideas with the paranormal.

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Review: 

            I love paranormal books and finding new mythos to explore is great.  In this story there are Monsters, with a capital M, and monster hunters....and maybe something else.  This story introduces us to Heather the next monster hunter, but she is just a normal kid, right?  Well that seems to be the question of the day.
           
            In this story Heather finds out that her mom and her best friend have been keeping secrets and she is really angry.  However that’s not all that happens.   You seriously have to read it for yourslef.  I cannot wait to find out what happens next, and I hate waiting for the next book to come out.

            I give this book 4.5 out of 5 clouds and eagery await book 2.



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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Book Review of The Stones of Caron

Book Review of The Stones of Caron
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About the Book


Title: The Stones of Caron

Author: R. Ann. Greene

Genre: Fantasy

        Earia, queen of the elves, has long fought against an enemy she believed she created: a man, Niren, who she raised as her son, over four hundred years ago and he will see every man, elf, and dwarf killed unless they bend a knee to him. The dragons already have, willing or not, and Earia is forced to fight them as well as Niren’s soldiers.

            Fillip is a seventeen year old, raised in the woods and seashores of the small country of Niss, and he has managed to find the one thing which can give the elves hope against Niren and his dragons.

            Pursued by assassins, Earia is desperate for Fillip’s help and he is aching for adventure, even danger. Fillip’s younger brother is not so inclined, but what is a brother for, if not to help chase monsters and throw down kings?

            Earia’s age old companions are quick to accept the youngsters and teach them a thing or two. Fillip soon discovers that he is not the farmer he thought, but a bold adventurer, willing to take mighty risks to see the world and to fight for his new friends.
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Author Bio
R. Ann. Greene grew up in Idaho with four siblings. She was home-schooled all twelve grades and was thirteen when she began writing, inspired by such fantasies as C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien could weave. She was a little closer to fifteen when she started working to make writing her career. It took five more years, endless refining edits, and a lot of will-power to reach her first publication of The Stones of Caron.

Now, she lives in the Boise Mountains of Idaho and volunteers as a firefighter in her community. She spends her days writing, blogging, and splitting firewood to keep the house warm in the winter time, but mostly writing.

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Book Excerpts

            Their muscles burned in effort against the cold water, and the waves slapped them in the mouth. The chill of the snowmelt was enough to almost paralyze their bodies, except their willpower refused to let them give up and they never stopped kicking at the water as it closed its icy hands around them. At last they reached the other side where the boys could touch the slick bottom. The bank was slippery and they almost had to be tossed up the muddy slope. Langen and Earia dug their feet into the steep bank and gripped at clumps of grass and bushes while guiding the pair up to the dryer grass.

            Footing was almost impossible to find for the dwarfs. Using their knees and lying flat on the ground, they wriggled up the slope to a place more level. They then lay on their backs, panting and trying to calm their freezing nerves. The elves walked barefoot up by them and slipped their shoes on. In spite of the swim, the two didn’t seem affected by the piercing chill, though either of them would have said differently had the dwarfs asked.
 
            Langen led the way among the thick underbrush and grass out of sight from the ferry. He led them with obvious knowledge of the path he took, and when they finally stopped, the dwarfs were thoroughly exhausted.

            “Take a breather. We will stop for five minutes,” Earia said and glanced skyward at the blackness above them. The moons were hidden entirely and not a star could be seen anywhere.

            Lightening suddenly rent the sky and brightened the dark night for an instant. The earth seemed to shudder when it was struck and thunder vibrated in the rocks around them. Every fiber of their bodies quivered and rain poured from the sky in great sheets.

            “Lets get out of here and up higher. Hurry!” Earia stood with some difficulty in the already gummy mud. It was an even more challenging task for the leg-weary dwarfs.

Review: 

            This is a fun story of elves, dwarves, men, wizards, goblins, giants, and more.  In this story there is magic, family trechery, lost tribes, and impending war.  It is also the story of learning about your inner strength.

            Unfortunately it just ends, right in the middle of an important part of the story.  Now I have to wait for the next book.  I hate that because I worry about the people in the story (yes I know they are fictional, but I still worry for them....just let it go).

            I give this story 4 out of 5 clouds for leaving me hanging.




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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Book Review of The Twiceborn Queen


Book Review of The Twiceborn Queen
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About the Book

 Title: The Twiceborn Queen

Author: Marina Finlayson

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Kate O’Connor’s had a rough week. Thrown into the middle of a war of succession between the daughters of the dragon queen, her introduction to the hidden world of the shifters almost proved fatal. Now, because of Kate and her new powers, that hidden realm has been revealed to the world, which hasn’t exactly won Kate any popularity contests.

Still, it’s not all bad news. After all, it’s not every day someone you love comes back from the dead. Throw in a hot new boyfriend, and suddenly Kate’s got a lot to live for—which is bad timing, because now the queen’s set a bounty on her head and every shifter in Sydney is trying to collect it. 

Kate may have defeated a dragon already, but there are plenty more where that one came from. As her enemies close in and the body count mounts, Kate begins a desperate search for allies. The deadly game of the proving continues. If Kate is to save the people she loves, failure is not an option. The rules are simple: win or die. 

The Twiceborn Queen is 
the second book in the urban fantasy trilogy The Proving.

Author Bio

 Marina Finlayson is a reformed wedding organist who now writes fantasy. She is married and shares her Sydney home with three kids, a large collection of dragon statues and one very stupid dog with a death wish.

Links

Books page on author’s website: www.marinafinlayson.com/books/
Facebook: Marina Finlayson


Book Excerpts
  
We stood in front of Elizabeth’s massive mahogany desk like naughty children called before the headmistress. It was impossible to think of her as our mother. Dragons didn’t do motherhood, not in the way that humans and other shifters understood it.

Her cold blue gaze travelled across each of us in turn. By coincidence, or perhaps unconsciously, we’d lined up in order, oldest to youngest. Valeria stood with her arms folded across her blood-spattered chest, chin lifted in challenge. That pale blue satin would never be the same again. Most people would trash it, but it wouldn’t surprise me if she kept it as a souvenir of her first kill. Because, despite her denials, I was one hundred per cent certain she was responsible for the bomb blast.

Next to her stood Alicia, her stark black-and-white ball gown still pristine. She’d been way across the other side of the room when the bomb went off. Ingrid, closest to me in age, was next in line and similarly unruffled. Now that Monique was dead, she was the only brunette among us. I looked a wreck compared to her, with a scrape across my cheek and raw patches on my hands and elbows where I’d been thrown to the stone flagging of the terrace. My chiffon skirts were sadly torn but I’d had a lucky escape, thanks to Luce’s quick reactions.

Monique, who should have been standing on my other side, hadn’t been so lucky. It was her blood that stained Valeria’s dress and coated the broken walls and floor of the throne room. Plus a few other people’s outfits, which were going to need epic dry-cleaning. There wasn’t much else left of our youngest sister, and Elizabeth was seriously unamused.

Oh, not because Monique was dead. We were expected to kill each other off. Last woman standing got to inherit our dearest mother’s throne. She just didn’t appreciate the battle beginning in her own throne room, with such destructive results. Not to mention the possible risk to her precious person.

An ornate grandfather clock in the corner ticked solemnly as Elizabeth let the silence lengthen, each swing of its massive pendulum reproaching us for disturbing the peace of the queen’s domain. I stared down at the carpet beneath our feet, following the intricate swirls and flowers of its design, and tried not to draw our mother’s attention. She disliked me enough already.

“The Presentation Ball is intended to introduce the candidates to the domain,” she said at last, her voice as icy as her gaze. “It is not meant to host the outbreak of hostilities. Such breaches of etiquette are not to be tolerated.”

Trust Elizabeth to label the murder of one of her own daughters as a “breach of etiquette”.


Review: 




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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Book Review of The SEAL's Angel

Book Review of The SEAL's Angel




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About the Book

Title: The SEAL’s Angel

Author: Petie McCarty

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Military

Navy SEAL Sean MacKay's teammate is murdered after stealing a deadly nerve-gas formula from Syrian terrorists. Naval Intelligence believes MacKay's teammate was a traitor and shipped the stolen formula to his sister in the states for safekeeping. MacKay is given orders to find the sister before the terrorists do and to retrieve the stolen formula at all costs.

Foreclosure looms for Cory Rigatero as she fights to keep her rustic resort near Mt. St. Helens afloat after her brother deserted her to join the SEAL Teams. Cory's whole world dives into a tailspin when Sean MacKay shows up at her resort with the news of her brother's death and the wild suspicion her brother may have sent her traitorous classified documents. No way will Cory trust MacKay -- the man who once seduced her and then vanished into the night without a trace.

Author Bio

Petie spent a large part of her career working as a biologist at Walt Disney World -- "The Most Magical Place on Earth" -- where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night. She eventually said good-bye to her "day" job in order to write her stories full-time.

Petie is a member of Romance Writers of America, and she shares homes in Tennessee and Florida with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel addicted to pimento-stuffed green olives, and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue.

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Book Excerpt
Excerpt
Cory hesitated so long, Mac wondered if she'd tell the truth or fabricate some tale. He knew the Bel Tesoro legend like the back of his hand, having heard the tale numerous times over the years of his friendship with Blue. Usually when Blue got good and drunk -- and homesick for his little sister.
Blue thought the sun rose and set just for Cory and had always said the worst part of the Black Ops work they did wasn't the danger, but leaving her behind. He'd felt forced to cast her out of his life for her own safety, settling for a half-dozen covert trips back to town to check on her. Mac had always come along -- and regretted it afterward, for he could never get the little spitfire out of his mind.
She stared at him briefly as she slowed for an approaching curve. His heart hammered out a couple beats. Had she recognized him? She returned her gaze to the road, and he blew out a silent sigh of relief.
He decided to prod. "So what about the beautiful treasure. If it wasn't the lake..."
He watched her shoulders go back, and she took a deep breath.
Here we go.
"Brock expanded to ten cabins with the extra business, but Benny and Salvatore didn't come back for a while due to run-ins with the law back in New York."
"What sort of run-ins?" he dutifully asked.
Cory smiled then, and Mac felt a wave a relief knowing she trusted him with the truth. He could've dug up the legend from anyone in town, but it meant more coming from her.
"By that time, Salvatore had changed his name to Charles Luciano -- Charles "Lucky" Luciano -- and Benjamin went by the nickname of Bugsy. Meyer was always Meyer."
He hoped the appropriate amount of shock showed in his expression. "You can't be serious. You mean Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano, and Meyer Lansky?"
"Exactly the same."
He gave a low whistle.
"Guests wanted to rent Lucky Luciano's cabin even back then."
"But that doesn't explain the treasure."
She slid him a sultry sideways glance and maneuvered more switchbacks. "Patience, Mac. I'm telling this story."
He put his head back and hooted with laughter. The smart remark was all Cory. The sexy glance was not.
"So tell it already."
"Lucky and Bugsy had become too powerful for their mob boss Joe Masseria, and they set up his assassination, so they could steal his rackets. Lucky stole everything in Masseria's safe and hid the stash from their rival boss Maranzano. Legend has it that Lucky put the stash in a trunk and brought it here on vacation shortly after the assassination to keep it safe."
"And people think the trunk is buried at Bel Tesoro?" Mac scoffed.

Review: 

            Oh, I do love a man in uniform, even if it’s on paper.  Mac turns up to protect his best friend’s sister, or does he.  Problems start as soon as he arrives, and things just get worse and worse.  Is he the good guy she thinks or is he there to destroy her life?

            Not telling the answers because it would spoil the magic, and this book is magic. 

            I give this book 5 out of 5 clouds.


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Monday, June 15, 2015

Book Review of Cade and Anna


Book Review of Cade and Anna

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Blurb: 

When Dr. Marjorie schedules an ultrasound for Anna, Cade begins to go into paranoid meltdown. Something must be wrong! He’s sure of it.

     Seeing his Daughter on the computer screen larger than life sets Cade onto a path of foolish, well-meaning choices. In a state of panic he instigates a series of disastrous projects with the Help of Simon, Stefan, and Thomas.

     The final disaster lands Cade and Anna stranded on the family’s island with Anna in labor and no help in sight.

Author Information: 

url  https://www.goodreads.com/VADold


twitter username VADold


influences Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, J.R. Ward


About this author

V.A.Dold is the author of the Le Beau Brothers series, New Orleans wolf shifter novels. A graduate of Saint Cloud University, she majored in marketing. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a publicist to the authors, owning Innovative Online Book Tours and ARC Author & Reader Con's (ARC NOLA) (ARC Phoenix). Still is. The companies mesh so well together, much like PB&J.
Her idea of absolute heaven is a day in the French Quarter filled with nothing but her computer, her coffee mug and the Brothers, of course.
 
A Minnesota native with her heart lost to Louisiana, she has a penchant for titillating tales featuring sexy men and strong women. When she's not writing, she's probably taking in a movie, reading or traveling.
Her earliest reading memories are from grade school. She had a major fixation with horses, and the Black Stallion was a favorite. Then junior high came along and teenage hormones kicked in. It became all about the Harlequin Romances. She has been hooked on romances ever since.

Connect with V.A.Dold
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Review: 

            Sweet shifter romance.  Being Alpha is nothing compared to becoming a daddy.  Can this alpha surived his mates pregnancy and birth of his daughter, or will he crumble?

            This is a sweet story about love trimphing and how family is important.  I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds.



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