Monday, October 24, 2016

Review: The Delivery Girl

TITLE: The Delivery Girl
AUTHOR: Tony McAndrew
RELEASE DATE: May 28th, 2015
PUBLISHER: Wild Wolf Publishing
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review

"Tough, uncompromising and yet also enchanting and deeply moving."
In a run down burnt out city, if you need drugs, money, a gun, nine year old Anna Ramanova is The Delivery Girl. Foreign, precociously bright, abused by all around her she is the one all the other children hate. Hers is a world of casual brutality, gangsters and goons, drugs and booze, prostitutes and paedophiles, where the ugly sisters of self-harm and suicide wait to show her the only road out of a miserable existence. That is until a grotesque but strangely endearing old hunchback enters her life. As impeccably gracious as he is ruthlessly violent, deliverance, it seems, comes in many forms.

'The Delivery Girl' is one of those books that is hard to read but addictive at the same time. Anna's life is a mix of horror and suffering. An abusive step-father, a couple of bullies at school, awful step-brothers and being part of a drug scheme is not the best scenario for a nine-year-old girl. We witness a tormented soul who contemplates suicide at a really young age until a mysterious figure comes into the picture.

Reading this book was difficult, and worst knowing that this kind of stuff happens in the real world. Anna is sweet and somehow innocent despite her surroundings and wakes up in the reader emotions and feelings that shake your body. 

The writer created a solid and believable world where cruelty is as normal as breathing. The writing is really good and the characters are well built. The action is non-stop and the rhythm is intense.

Friday, October 21, 2016

The 12 Days of Single by Christmas Blog Tour (Giveaway) @RosaT_Author

TITLE: Single by Christmas
AUTHOR: Rosa Temple
RELEASE DATE: October 3rd, 2016
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review


You’ve heard the saying, ‘opposites attract’ haven’t you? Well meet 27 year old Alex Marshall, a party girl with a penchant for free flowing Prosecco, and her devilishly handsome scientist boyfriend, Charlie, who loves jazz and dinner for two.Alex and Charlie are together for 11 blissful months until Alex goes out of town and does something she will later regret. Was she drunk? You bet. Does she want Charlie to know? Well what do you think?With the couple about to spend their first Christmas together will Charlie be the forgiving kind or will Alex be Single by Christmas?
This is a feel good, Christmas novel with very few mince pies, not much snow and absolutely no mistletoe – just a couple of best friends, a sociopathic nemesis and a lot of drinking.

Rosa Temple began writing romantic comedies and chick lit because of her passion for what she calls the 'early chick lit films', like: Sabrina, Barefoot In the Park and Breakfast at Tiffany's. She honed her skills as a ghost writer, gaining experience writing romantic novellas, both sweet and on the slightly steamy side. In her notebooks, she constantly jotted down story ideas of her own and she eventually completed her first novella Sleeping With Your Best Friend and now, the full length novel, Natalie's Getting Married.
Rosa Temple is a Londoner and is married with two sons. She is a reluctant keep fit fanatic and doer of housework and insists that writing keeps her away from such strenuous tasks. She spends her days creating characters and story lines while drinking herbal tea and eating chocolate biscuits. 


My Favourite Christmas Rom Coms
Guest Post by Rosa Temple

When it comes to Christmas and romantic comedies, I can’t get enough of the genre in book or film formats. There’s nothing better than getting snuggly with a good Christmas rom-com on the television, a glass of your favourite drink in hand and a box of tissues at the ready, even when you know there’s going to be a Happy Ever After. The same could be said for a good book at Christmas. Bring on the love and bring on the comedy, that’s what I say.

So what are my favourite rom-coms to get snuggly to at Christmas? Well the list was so long, I whittled it down to a top 5 – but even that was a hard decision.
So here goes:

No. 5 – The Holiday
This one stars one of my favourite actors, Jack Black. I absolutely adore this guy’s talent. It didn’t hurt the film to have the handsome Jude Law in a lead role either. But the best thing about this film is that there are two happy endings – you can’t get better than that!
Favourite Quote: “Iris, in the movies we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason, you're behaving like the best friend.”

No. 4 – Matchmaker Santa
Now this one was not on at the cinema. It’s one of a billion “made for television” films that for me was above average and could have given some of the blockbusters a run for their money. It has a touch of magic in it and sees an engaged couple being kept apart and finding that they each fall in love with someone else! Sounds weird but you  have to trust me on this one.
Favourite Quote: “ [Man on Plane]‘Did you ask Santa for something special?’ [Melanie] ‘I asked for true love.’”

No. 3 – While You Were Sleeping
One of my favourite actors for rom-com is in this one – Sandra Bullock. Love her. And I love this dreamy film – excuse the pun. But I love films with a twist of fortune; falling in love with one guy who doesn’t know you exist only to find the one for you is right under your nose. It’s a common theme in this genre but I don’t care. No matter how contrived, this well acted film has to be seen to be believed.
Favourite Quote: “And who are you, Jack, the happiness guru?”

No. 2 – Sleepless in Seattle/You’ve Got Mail
Excuse the double up but by cheating I get to have 6 films on my top 5! These films both star a great pairing of actors who work so well together. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are great in straight films as well as comedy. I am just in a state of heavenly bliss as I watch either of these films and they are the ones I have the tissues out for, just waiting for that Happy Ever After to arrive. Great stuff.
Favourite Quotes: “That’s your problem! You don’t want to be in love. You want to be in a love movie!” “People are always telling you that change is a good thing. But all they're really saying is that something you didn't want to happen at all... has happened.”

No 1. – Serendipity
One of the best themes a writer can work with is the one of Fate and that’s what this film is all about. It begins in New York as two people, already in separate relationships, meet while Christmas shopping and both want to buy the same pair of gloves. Years later, will they meet again? There are some films you can just watch over and over again, even if you know what’s coming next, and this is one of them for me. Such a beautiful story – I can’t get enough of it and that’s why I made it No. 1!
Favourite Quote: “I first came in because of the name: Serendipity. It's one of my favourite words.”

Now you tell me, what’s your favourite romantic comedy Christmas film?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Review: Necromancist @CharmainePauls

TITLE: Necromancist
SERIES: Seven Forbidden Arts #6
AUTHOR: Charmaine Pauls
RELEASE DATE: October 11th, 2016
PUBLISHER: Satin Romance
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

Nine years ago he took her virginity. Now he’s back for revenge.
Alice Jones has loved one man only–the man who stripped her from her clothes and defenses to leave her vulnerable and cold, the man who took her virginity and went downstairs for ‘a glass of water’ never to return. After nine years the once poor and shamed Ivan Kray is back in London, now a world-famous rock star. He is wealthy, successful, surrounded by millions of fans, and built like a machine while she is struggling, single, overweight, and has to borrow affection from her neighbor’s cat. To make matters worse, he blames her and her family for driving him away. This time round, Ivan doesn’t come to her with gentle caresses and roses. He comes with vengeance and thorns that will either purge or destroy her.
A malnourished toddler barely kept from starving by a nursing dog, Ivan Kray grows up into a hard and emotionally scarred man with a golden voice and a cursed art. Suffering from visions and voices in his head, he finds peace in Alice Jones’ heart and naked arms, only to be knocked down once again. When she chooses her upper-class family over him, he slaves for nine long years to climb to the top of the ladder with one purpose only–to take revenge. He swore he’d be her first and last, and he isn’t a man to break his promises. His plans of submitting Alice to his will are hampered when someone tries to kill him. The sinister attempts on his life are more than the actions of a fan gone fanatic. When his hunter uses Alice to achieve his ominous goal, Ivan must acknowledge his true feelings and put his skills as necromancist to the ultimate test. Will his unusual ability be enough to save Alice before it’s too late to tell her the truth?

South African born Charmaine Pauls is a gypsy at heart who likes to look at the world from the lens of her camera. She writes dark and paranormal romance novels. The author currently resides in Chile with her husband and children.

Just when you thought this series couldn't get any better, Charmaine surprise us and bring us a darker and more twisted book. 'Necromancist' has one of the hottest but most complicated male characters and set the bar higher for future books. As usual the story flows naturally, it's fast to read given the really good writting style and the temperature reaches unreachables highs.

This time we meet Alice and Ivan, their relationship is based on something that happened nine years ago, when he took her virginity and she thought he walked away breaking her heart. What begins as revenge becomes an intense play between two broken souls. Little by little we get to know them and understand their past, we discovered two people who are afraid to love and be loved due to their past.

The romance is too strong, their relationship is intense, hot and full of fire. This book has a darker tone and Ivan enjoyes a kind of sex that can be a little too much for some. However, is hard to stop reading once they are together, the passion is almost palpable and your eyes get glue to the pages.

I was waiting to see what was their conection to the characters from previous books and was mind blown when I found out how they are conected. The plot is solid and each chapter brings a new surprise.

Overall, I loved this book and is a great addition to the series. Charmaine has a gift to write this kind of books and I can't wait to see what's next.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Blog Tour: Wreck You @randiperrin

Intense and delicious M/M romance
Author: Randi Perrin
Title: Wreck You (Trade Me Collection)
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Artist: Soxsational Cover Art
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Mechanic for Hard and Fast, Mike Davis has an intense crush on the parts delivery driver, Blake. For the sake of the business, he keeps his distance, not acting on his wanton desires. What Mike doesn’t realize is Blake is crushing equally as hard on him.

Just as love and life appear to take shape for Mike, his old demons take hold and drag him under, leaving him spiraling out of control.

Will Blake push Mike further into the abyss or will he be the one to finally pull him free?
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His shaggy, sandy-blond hair covered his eyes, and a deep tan highlighted his sharp cheekbones. He had a baby face; hell, compared to me he was a baby. Still, that silky-smooth face called out to be kissed without mercy.

I wanted to be the one to do just that.

He pushed the hair out of his eyes. The chocolate-brown pools that hid underneath were visible for a brief moment before gravity won the battle, and his hair fell right back to where it had started. 

His constant battle with his hair was one of those things I had always adored about him. Every time he ran his hands through his hair, I couldn’t help the twinge of jealousy I felt. I wanted to be the one to unearth those eyes that matched the shade of my morning coffee. 

I was pretty sure Blake didn’t know anything about my feelings for him, and that was for the best. For the sake of both our jobs, I kept my emotions in check, burying those feelings as deep as I possibly could. The last thing I wanted to do was have my way with him and then have things go south. They always went south for me—and then I’d be stuck having awkward encounters with him every day, or even worse, he’d leave, and I’d have to get used to a new delivery driver. Neither situation was appealing, so I did what I had to do to maintain the status quo. I even kept my thoughts about him secret from my best friend, Lydia, the manager of Parts and More. I already knew my obsession with her employee was taboo; I didn’t need to give her the chance to mock me for it, too.

Randi has spent her entire life writing in one form or another. In fact, if she wasn't writing, she'd likely go completely and utterly insane. Her husband has learned to recognize when the voices are talking in her head and she needs some quality time with an empty Word file (the key to a successful marriage with a writer).

She lives with her husband, daughter, and four-legged children—all of which think they are people too.

A pop culture junkie, she has been known to have entire conversations in movie quotes and/or song lyrics.
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Monday, October 10, 2016

PreOrder Book Launch & Giveaway @CynthiasRomance

Cynthia Robert is releasing a new book next month and to celebrate it she is hosting a fantastic giveaway... keep readign and find out more about it.

Book Description

Does an ex-cop ever lose his "nose" for investigating? Freshmen Senator, Bryon Gallagher, certainly hasn't, when the love of his life, Jessica, is kidnapped by a mad man. No stone is left unturned, as he plays the role of senator by day and rogue detective by night, calling in favors and working his past snitches to the bone to find her. The only problem is, who does he focus his efforts on ... her deranged, former father-in-law who lusts after her, a crazed felon hell-bent on revenging the execution of his brother put to death under the Senator's newly passed Death Penalty Bill, or an unknown psycho, looking for his "moment of fame"?
Pawn for Malice is a thrilling and passionate love story that is a blend of crime action, suspense, and self-discovery, or one could even say, a cross between Safe Haven meets Criminal Minds.

Pre-Order TODAY at Amazon ~  Smashwords ~  Kobo ~ Barnes and Noble ~ and Apple iBooks 

About Me

My love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I was raising a young family. It wasn't until much later in life I actually took up the pen to write my first historical romance, Wind Warrior . I really don't fit into one specific niche.  Once a story starts to flow, it's only then I know what genre/sub-genre it will fit under.
I have only one regret, and that is not getting to this point in my career much sooner, rather than later.  Life has a way of setting up road blocks, which for me, was supposed to work out that way.  Because of those detours, I have become a more passionate and expressive writer, allowing me to create the kind of raw human emotion I want my readership to feel.
It is my hope you walk away with not just an entertaining read, but the importance in knowing, "Without imagination & dreams, we lose the excitement of wonderful possibilities."

Go directly to her website read the first two chapters and join her email club for a chance to win one of (2) $25 Amazon Gift Cards.  

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