Saturday, July 21, 2012

GIveaway and Review of Ella Bella

Book Review of Ella Bella

Ella Bella
By Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons
Set in 2001, Ella Drake has just experienced two terrible losses: her father's death and her brother going overseas to fight the war against terrorism.
Just when things start to calm down in her life, her mother's job is outsourced to India.
Frightened, Ella tries to find security for herself and her mother. The search for security leads to a children's bookstore, a new friend, and her first kiss. And possibly, it paves the way for healing to begin.
From the bestselling author of I Woke Up In Love This Morning, Ella Bella explores loss and how lives can be changed.

Short Excerpt:
Everything changed that autumn.
I know that sounds like such a cliche, but it was true. I started high school, and I was trying to become someone else. This was incredibly stressful, reinventing yourself. I had no idea how Madonna did it every year.
Gone was the girl who wore pink barrettes and chewed gum. I braided my hair in dozens of braids. Mom took one look at it and she declared, "Your hair looks like a rat's nest." I didn't care. It was my hair. I even thought about going by real name Eleanor, but realized that for better or worse, my name was Ella. Or if you asked my brother Derek, Cinderella.

About the Author:
Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons is the author of  the Smashwords bestseller I Woke Up In Love This Morning and  the essay collection I Woke Up In Love This Morning. She lives in Lafayette California and is working on a novel.
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My twitter name is: @jenniferkate

Book Review:

            It is hard to lose someone, either by leaving or by death.  In Ella Bella, Ella loses her dad, to death, and her brother, leaving to the military.  She is angry, sad, and scared and not even really aware that she is feeling all these things.
            This book looks at loss and grief through the life of Ella and, to a smaller extent, her mother.  I really enjoyed reading this book, although at times I felt it was probably most appropriate for middle school or middle grade students, except for a few adult themes that would not be appropriate for that age.
            I give this book 3 out of 5 clouds.

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Review of Kade’s Dark Embrace

Book Review of Kade’s Dark Embrace Sponsored by Bewitching Book Tours

Kade's Dark Embrace
By Kym Grosso


After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective, Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him. Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective. As he attempts to protect her from a very real murderer, Kade grows concerned that the beautiful, but very human detective, could easily end up dead should she tangle with supernatural forces that are beyond her control.

The investigation leads them into a dark and dangerous world, deep in the heart of New Orleans, where together, they search for the perpetrators of the Voodoo killings. Sydney soon becomes the target of the killer and ends up fighting for her life and love in the Big Easy. If she makes it out alive, will she give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade? 

74,000 Words, Novel Length, Spicy Romance

About the Author

Kade's Dark Embrace is my debut paranormal romance novel. I have also written and published several articles about autism. I developed a late interest in writing after my son was diagnosed with autism and started advocating on his behalf. Three years ago, I started my own website, and now blog and write articles for

I live in Pennsylvania with my husband, two children and our dog, Ace. My hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba and traveling. New Orleans is one of our favorite places to visit with its rich culture and unique cuisine. But we also love traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow covered mountains.

I love reading mysteries, romances and about all things vampires, werewolves and other supernaturals. I hope readers enjoy Kade's Dark Embrace. I have already started writing the next book in the series, about Luca, due out Fall 2012.

Twitter: @KymGrosso

Book Review:

            Vampires, Shifters, and Voodoo, oh my!  It’s like an evil Oz, where all the supernatural bad guys come out to play.  Kade, hot bad-ass Vampire, falls in love with Sydney, a spunky and hot headed Detective in Philadelphia.  Someone is killing people by draining their blood, only there are no teeth marks and plenty of torture marks.  Her partner is a shifter, and there is an evil Vampire, a voodoo priest, a witch, and a few more bad apples.

            Sexy, hot, funny, tense, thrilling, sad, hot…did I say hot?, and romantic, this story has all the best parts of a detective story, a romance, a mystery, and a haunting.  Too much fun to read.  I give this story 4 out of 5 clouds and a chili pepper rating of 6, just a little spicy.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Review of NETHERWORLD The Samsara Chronicles Book 9

Book Review of NETHERWORLD The Samsara Chronicles Book 9
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Join Gabriella Bradley and Diana Kemp as they tour the blogosphere June 1 – August 31 2012 with their The Samsara Chronicles series! Diana and Gabriella have agreed to give away not only a Kindle Fire but also a $50 Gift Certificate (payable by Paypal) to the person who comments the most on their 3 month blog tour. If there is a tie, the winner will be chosen through

TITLE: Netherworld
AUTHOR: Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley
ISBN: 978-1-77111-149-2
PRICE: 1.99
GENRE: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Futuristic, Romance
The Samsara Chronicles Book 9
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Seeking answers regarding the kidnapping of her parents, Aislinn and Dylan follow one of their Earthly guides to the mysterious Overlap, a temporal rift situated within an ancient castle. There they experience past events that reveal the nature of the rival Nirvanan bloodlines as well as the identity of the traitor in league with the Klatrians.

Author Information:
About Diana Kemp

Toronto native Diana Kemp is a multiple award-winning screenwriter and author with one hundred and thirty film festivals and screenwriting competition awards/placings to her credit. She is the co-writer of an NRL (Naval Research Lab) documentary ( produced by David Bellino of Second Wind Films.

Graduating with honors from Cal State Long Beach, she began a writing career at the age of seven that culminated in a diversely prolific collection of science fiction, horror and fantasy short stories, numerous short and feature screenplays and three science fiction novels, two of which include The Samsara Chronicles co-authored with Gabriella Bradley.

In addition to serving as Executive Producer and Producer on a variety of projects with Michael Gianfriddo, her credits include Blink Black Ops ( and her 3-D science fiction show, Trapezoid, (, which is in pre-production.

Diana founded Shadowland Productions and Edge Media with producing partner Michael Gianfriddo and holds positions as CEO and Chairman in addition to serving as an executive for Dominant Entertainment. She oversees all development, production and management for each company.

She is represented by industry veteran Sherry Robb of the Robb Entertainment Group.

About Gabriella Bradley

Gabriella Bradley lives amidst rugged mountains. She more than often has a grizzly in her backyard searching for food. Other critters that visit on a regular basis are cougars, coyotes, squirrels, raccoons.

She has been a writer all of her life, though only ventured into erotic works in 2003. The Samsara Chronicles was born through psychic channeling. Many of the scenes in these books were inspired by David—possibly a writer during his life, a guide from beyond that visited Gabby. During the course of his visits, he told her to involve Diana.

Gabby’s hobbies include hiking, gardening, swimming, sewing, embroidery. Favorite movies are old timers like Gone with the Wind, Spartacus etc. Favorite music is Abba. Besides all that, she owns and directs a busy company and its staff.

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Tuesday, July 24
Book Review & Giveaway at Book Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf (Nivana)
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Book Spotlight & Giveaway at The Book Faery Reviews (Netherworld)
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Book Review & Giveaway at Bunny’s Reviews (Nirvana)
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Book Review & Giveaway at Books Books and More Books (Bloodline)
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Book Review & Giveaway at Books Books and More Books (Entity)
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Tuesday, August 7
Book Review & Giveaway at Reader Girls (EOS)
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Book Review & Giveaway at Reader Girls (Nadir)
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Book Review & Giveaway at Bunny’s Reviews (Netherworld)
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Book Review & Giveaway at Books Books and More Books (Kindred)
Tuesday, August 14
Book Review & Giveaway at Bunny’s Reviews (Bloodline)
Wednesday, August 15
Book Review & Giveaway at Book Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf (Entity)
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Book Spotlight & Giveaway at The Book Faery Reviews (Kindred)
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Book Review &  Giveaway at Bunny’s Reviews (Entity)
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Book Review & Giveaway at Books Books and More Books (Nexus)
Tuesday, August 21
Book Review & Giveaway at Bunny’s Reviews (Kindred)
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Book Review & Giveaway at Book Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf (Kindred)
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Book Spotlight & Giveaway at The Book Faery Reviews (Nexus)
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Book Review & Giveaway at The Paperback Pursuer (EOS)
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Book Review & Giveaway at Books Books and More  Books (Equilibrium)
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Book Review & Giveaway at Bunny’s Reviews (Nexus)
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Book Review:

            Aislinn and Dylan are back on the road.  They are trying to find out about their enemy.  Their animal guardians are back and lead them to two places of flux.  At the first one they see the past and learn who the traitor is by seeing the traitor from the past.  Still they wonder how her parents, who had the powers of the skull could be caught off guard. 

            I love this series.  I give part 9 of the Samsara Chronicles 4 out of 5 clouds.

            If you have been reading along, or want to read the books, tell me what you think.

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Interview with Author Cera DuBois, Giveaway, and Book Review of A Hunter’s Angel

Interview with Author Cera DuBois, Giveaway, and Book Review of A Hunter’s Angel
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 A Hunter's Angel
by Cera DuBois

Blurb : 

The serial killer stalking Clayton, Pennsylvania, isn’t all that has Chief of Police Grace Wallace worried. For a year, she’s tried to forget Special Agent Ian McHenry and now he’s the expert the FBI sent to catch the killer. She can’t stay away from him, but something primal is telling her to run to save much more than just her heart. 

Despite the strict code of ethics Ian vowed to follow as a vampire hunter, he craves Grace’s blood above all others. If he chooses to stay, Ian risks losing his chance at divine forgiveness. 

But if he leaves Grace unprotected from the evil he’s hunted for over a century, he loses more than just his soul…

About the Author:

Cera duBois has a strong belief in never giving up on your dreams… Although Cera was unable to read due to dyslexia and a learning disability until she was in the fourth grade, she always had a story to tell. She wrote her first novel in eleventh grade when she had to keep a journal for her academic English class. 

Since her life was far from exciting growing up as a farm girl in West Central Pennsylvania, she decided to rely on her imagination to give her something to write about. Over the course of the school year, she wrote a tangled romance set in the Deep South during the Civil War. 

Becoming an author was her ultimate dream. Despite holding a BS in secondary social studies education from Penn State University, she currently works full-time as a medical secretary. 

A mother of a teenage son and pre-teen daughter, she lives near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband of nearly 20 years. If she isn’t sitting in a quiet corner with her laptop, warm days will find her in the English garden surrounding her house. Cera loves to read and is interested in history, romance, science fiction and the paranormal. 

She also writes contemporary Westerns under her real name of Sara Walter Ellwood.


“I’m in love with the man inside the vampire.”  Grace moved her hand to thread through his silky hair. When she rested the other over his heart, a soft sigh escaped his lips. Underneath her palm, the slow beat was barely noticeable.
His thumb grazed her cheekbone and slowly trailed down to the hollow of her throat. Her breathing quickened at the zinging anticipation as he caressed the pulse point where he’d claimed to have taken blood from her. He glanced at the spot with eyes as haunted as he sounded. “I’m not a man.”
                “But you were once.”
                He met her gaze again. “Yes, once.”
His fingers lingered over her pulse. Her heart raced under his touch. She tilted her neck as if his touch awakened some base instinct to offer the sacrifice. “Do you still want my blood?”
Ian stepped away and locked his wide-eyed gaze onto hers. At last, he rasped, “No, I don’t want your blood. Oh, God, I still crave it. You have the sweetest I’ve ever had, but I will never hurt you again.”
                She didn’t know what possessed her to do so, but she whispered, “You can take...some of it.”
                He closed his eyes, and when he opened them, he acidly said, “No, Grace. I can never taste your blood again. It would kill you.”
                Fear of what she’d wanted him to do tumbled through her. She stepped away, and for a moment, she considered telling him to leave. How did she know any of this was real? She couldn’t imagine she’d ever freely offer a vampire her blood. Did she really believe him? He was sucking her into his insanity. But if this was true and he could make people do things against their will, maybe he could control her feelings.
                “Maybe I should go?” Ian backed away another step and headed toward the counter where he’d left his dagger. He turned back to her with the sheath in his hand. Her heart shattered with the knowledge that, if he walked out the front door, she’d never see him again. “Goodbye, my sweet angel.”
His jagged murmur ripped at her soul as his eyes took on a blazing intensity and snared hers. She felt a pressure in her mind, and she knew what he intended to do. He wanted to erase her memories of him.

Author Interview:
We are fortunate to have author Cera duBois with us today to answer some questions.  Thank you so much for visiting Books, Books, and More Books.

Dreamer2229(Drm):  I appreciate your taking the time to visit with us today.

Thanks for having me today!

Drm:  1.      What inspired this particular novel/book?

“You’d be surprised, Bella, at how often my kind are the source behind the horrors in your human news.” Edward from Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer, page 25. This line inspired the book and eventually the whole series.

Drm:  2.      What character was your favorite to write for in this story? Why?

Ian was my favorite to write. I enjoy writing tortured heroes and he is one of my favorites.

Drm:  3.      Which was your favorite scene to write?

I loved writing about Grace finding the Irish history book with Ian’s mortal picture in (it was painted in 1600), and the hilarity of when she tells her best friend and Lieutenant Ben Anders that Ian is a vampire.

Drm:  4.      What was the hardest thing about writing this story?

Honestly, this book was one of the easiest I’ve ever written. If anything was hard about writing it, it was working in the info that was important to the story that had originally come out in the scenes I had cut when I removed the villain’s POV.

Drm:  5.      What Are Your Writing Quirks & Must-Haves To Write?

I don’t really have any. Although I do enjoy having coffee or tea while I’m writing.  And when I’m in the mood, music.

Drm:  6.      What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I can write anywhere. I don’t have to be in the quiet or even not around other people to write. I get a lot done this way.

Drm:  7.      Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like?  If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?

I wish I could write full-time! I work as a medical secretary for the Army. My writing time/social media/blog reading/blog writing/critiquing/RWA duties are shoved in a 3 to 5 hour window in the evenings after work and on weekends and days I have of.  I’ve learned a long time ago to multitask, and I try hard not to procrastinate on anything.

Drm:  8.     As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I used to bug my older cousins, who were all ten to fifteen years older than me to play school. Of course, I wanted to be a teacher. The joke had been that my little brother, who was six years younger than me, was in school from the time he woke up to the time he went to bed when he was still little enough to be bossed around by me.

I became a secondary social studies teacher but couldn’t find a full-time job and actually discovered that I HATED IT!! If anyone wasn’t meant to be a teacher, it was probably me. I still do teach some. I’m the lead CPR instructor for my clinic.

I went back to school and eventually became a medical assistant. My long term goal then had been to become a nurse, but when I got pregnant before I graduated my training program with my son, who turns sixteen this fall, that plan never materialized.

Drm:  9.      When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I had to keep a daily journal in eleventh grade English. I had a pretty boring life as a farm girl and wasn’t into sports or had a boyfriend, so I asked if I could write a story. My teacher didn’t care what we wrote, as long as we wrote every day.  Over the course of the school year, I filled up three notebooks with this tangled romance based in the South during the Civil War. I received a 100% on the project every marking period and as much as extra credit he could give me.  He gave me the extra credit for the research on the Civil War that I included in the story. He also said that the story was very well thought out. I knew before the end of that book I wanted to be a writer someday.

Drm:  10.  Where do you find your Inspirations?

A news event, a song, a line in a book, as with A HUNTER’S ANGEL, or from something as unlikely as watching metamorphous of a butterfly when a caterpillar made its home on some parsley I had planted, can inspire me.

Drm:  11.  What do you like to read? Who is your favorite author?

I read mostly paranormals and contemporary Westerns, not surprising since these are the two genres I write. But I do read a lot of other things, too. I’d have to say my favorite straight contemporary romance author is Rachel Gibson. Second would be Linda Lael Miller’s contemporary Westerns. Oh, and I recently became a fan of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. And I love Amanda Ashley’s paranormals. Outside of the romance genre, I love the Star Wars books—Timothy Zahn, Mike Stackpole, Aaron Allston and Matt Stover are probably my favorites. I love John Jakes in the historical genre.

Drm:  12.  Please let readers know where they can connect with you and purchase your books...

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Drm:  13.  Anything additional you want to share with the readers?

To find out more about A Hunter’s Angel, check out my website ( for a schedule of my blog stops over the next month. I will be presenting a series of short stories called The Vampire Encounters. Follow me as I interview Ian McHenry, Master Vampire Lucas Pomeroy, Vivian van Dyke Pomeroy, and have a scary run-in with Shane Chamberlain. Hope to see you along the way.


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Drm:  Thank you so much for chatting with us today.

Thank you for having me!

Book Review:

            A vampire hunter who is a vampire?  Now there’s an oxymoron for you.  And if that’s not odd enough his mate is human… a frail, short lived human.  But that isn’t the worst of his problems.

            A former big city detective, she helped find a serial killer that thought he was a vampire and drank human blood.  After all the drama of the big city, with a broken heart, she returned home to care for her father when he was ill and now she’s the Chef of Police.  She was never going to see him again…. Until he walked in to her serial killer case and turned her life upside down.

            This is a fun romance about two people who are perfect for each other, but fight it every step of the way.   Would you give up your love if you thought that you were bad for them?  I don’t know if I could.

            I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds.

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