Friday, September 21, 2018

Review: Aphrodite's Tears @fieldinghannah

TITLE: Aphrodite's Tears
AUTHOR: Hannah Fielding
RELEASE DATE: January 25th, 2018 
PUBLISHER: London Wall Publishing
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

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In ancient Greece, one of the twelve labours of Heracles was to bring back a golden apple from the Garden of Hesperides. To archaeologist Oriel Anderson, joining a team of Greek divers on the island of Helios seems like the golden apple of her dreams. Yet the dream becomes a nightmare when she meets the devilish owner of the island, Damian Lekkas. In shocked recognition, she is flooded with the memory of a romantic night in a stranger’s arms, six summers ago. A very different man stands before her now, and Oriel senses that the sardonic Greek autocrat is hell-bent on playing a cat and mouse game with her. As they cross swords and passions mount, Oriel is aware that malevolent eyes watch her from the shadows. Dark rumours are whispered about the Lekkas family. What dangers lie in Helios, a bewitching land where ancient rituals are still enacted to appease the gods, young men risk their lives in the treacherous depths of the Ionian Sea, and the volatile earth can erupt at any moment? Will Oriel find the hidden treasures she seeks? Or will Damian’s tragic past catch up with them, threatening to engulf them both? 

Hannah Fielding is an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: writing full time at her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean.

To date, Hannah has published five novels: Burning Embers, ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya; the award-winning Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’ set in Italy; and the Andalucian Nights trilogy (Indiscretion, Masquerade and Legacy), set in sultry Spain.

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Hannah has done it again, she wrote a book that got me hooked from the beginning. She created a book of more than 500 pages that feels short for all the emotions it contains. Drama, romance and beautiful scenarios, mix to create one incredible story.

Oriel gets a position in a dream job any other archaeologist would love. Excited by the opportunity she arrives in Greece only to meet Damian Lekkas. An encounter years before still haunts her and the attraction is undeniable. They will have to put their professional priorities before their chemistry even though it is really difficult for them. Their relationship is exciting, intriguing and emotional. It's easy to get lost in the reading and you want more and more of them.

As all books by Hannah, this one is full of drama, secrets, and tension. The past always comes to disturb the present and we have to learn how it affects the characters.

The writing is magnificent, the descriptions are vivid and colorful. It's easy to picture the scenarios and the beauty of it.

If you like romance, this one is a MUST. Another great addition to Hanna's list of excellent books.



Monday, September 17, 2018

Review: Bitten

TITLE: Bitten
AUTHOR: Alan Moore
RELEASE DATE: February 7th, 2018
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

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In the not-too-distant future, Italy is in disarray. It has voted to leave the EU in an attempt to regain control of its laws, finances and commerce. Even so, the country's economy is shrinking and its national debt rising. There is a marked escalation, too, in unemployment, bank loans and immigration. Production and service companies are in difficulty. The only thriving business areas are the black market and organised crime. There is discontent and protest on all sides. In Florence, the local Mafia boss, more accustomed to gunrunning and trading in plutonium, is involved in organising a silent auction for the sale of one of the world's most valuable lost paintings - a sixteenth-century masterpiece, which was appropriated in World War II by Stalin's Trophy Brigade. A British art expert is set to buy the picture on behalf of his client, a South American billionaire - yet surprisingly two Italian undercover intelligence agents, acting as antique dealers, submit the winning bid. All the while, human beings continue to harm the Earth by destroying land, sea, air, animals and trees. Global climate change, polluting the atmosphere, depleting the ozone layer: these are some of man's crimes against Nature. But time is running out. Nature has lost patience with humans. Unless something is done immediately to reverse the destruction of the ecosystem, Nature will retaliate by deploying the terrifying forces at her command. And as a first step in wreaking her revenge, she instigates a reign of terror by the deadliest creature on Earth.




Mosquitoes are a worldwide problem, even here in Uruguay they are a threat in certain seasons. These little devils bring chaos in fear when people start to get sick by their bite. Now, imagine a future Italy where on top of economical problems you start to witness the consequences of global warming and all the damage we have done to Earth. Huge mosquitoes and mayhem start to happen and Claudia is the one that could have all the answers. And.. also add a stolen piece of art of invaluable price, the mafia, black market, betrayal, blackmail, violence, and death...  I mean, we have a varied mix. 

I don't know why but somehow the different themes and plots work together to create an intriguing and fascinating story. It seems that the only thing linking the stories is that the characters are all connected or related. But still, the story feels as one despite the fact that we have a story about nature and global warming on one side and a story about the mafia, stolen art and the black market on the other. 

The characters are really great. I loved Claudia, she is really smart, real and human. Her personality is amazing, a totally independent woman who knows what she wants. The mobsters are really violent and cruel, totally believable. The rest of the characters are also really great.

I have to mention that some scenes are a bit strong, not only some that involve sex, there is a lot of violence too. Of course, if the mafia is involved you can expect some hard moments.

I enjoyed Alan's writing, is easy to read, interesting and solid. The book is something different and was very enjoyable.




Saturday, September 8, 2018

Cover Reveal: Beast @lisaedward01




Title: Beast
A Twisted Tale Series
Author: Lisa Edward
Genre: Fairytale/Romance
Cover Design: Robin Harper, Wicked by Design
Release Date: October 10, 2018



Blurb

Life had always been good to me, and I made sure to keep it that way. My mom had given me the only tool I’d need to succeed—manipulation. Add to that the fact I was beautiful, confident, and rich, and I was on my way to having it all.

My name is Annabelle, and I was the stereotypical head cheerleader, dating the star quarterback. The school was mine, and I couldn’t wait to be crowned prom queen.

One night, my world changed forever. All I believed my future would hold was ripped from my grasp in a ball of flames. I lost my identity, my boyfriend, and my friends. Suddenly, I was the monster nobody wanted around.

A scarf hid my true identity, and I was left staring at the beast in the mirror. My appearance now matched the ugliness I once had inside, but I’d do everything I could to prove I still had some beauty buried deep within.

Sometimes, you have to lose who you are to become who you were meant to be.







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Lisa Edward is the author of the Songbird trilogy, the novels Ripped and Broken, the novella Duty of Care and a contributor to the collation of short stories in Hook & Ladder 69, and Bleed Blue 69.

While Lisa has called Melbourne Australia home for her entire life, she has lived and worked in England, and travelled through most parts of Europe and the United States. She loves nothing more than spending time with her beautiful daughter, or curling up into the early hours of the morning with a great novel.

By day, Lisa works in the analytical IT field, so relishes the opportunity to foster her creative side through writing. Her deep appreciation for literature was nurtured from a young age, being taught to respect books and get lost in their stories. She enjoys reading honest and realistic novels that are relatable, thought provoking, and leave a lasting impression. She can't write without music playing, using the emotions from different songs to invoke those of her characters. Lisa takes inspiration from her own life experiences, the people around her and those she has met in her travels.


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Monday, September 3, 2018

Blog Tour: TEN REASONS TO STAY @CandaceKnoebel


We are thrilled to be sharing with you the release of TEN REASONS TO STAY by Candace Knoebel. TEN REASONS TO STAY is the first standalone in the Risky Hearts duet and fans of contemporary romance won't want to miss this one! Be sure to grab your copy today!


About TEN REASONS TO STAY

One day a week—Thursdays—my husband and I could do whatever or whomever we pleased. Protection was non-negotiable. And no matter what, we had to be home by midnight. Jack was the one who wanted an open marriage, but we were supposed to keep things simple. No strings. No commitments. It seemed so easy…until it wasn’t. Devilishly handsome Cole Blackwater was only supposed to be a fling, but everything about him made me feel alive. Wanted. Seen. When I realized he was my husband’s boss, I should have broken things off right then…but I didn’t. One day a week, I could pretend that I was his and he was mine…until Cole wanted more. But how could I decide between the man I’d promised to love, honor, and cherish, and the man who tempted me to break every single vow I’d made?

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Candace Knoebel is a hopeless romantic with an affinity for whiskey and good music. Her love of words began when she met the boy who lived in the cupboard under the stairs. She's a self-proclaimed Lost Girl. Words are her mirror. With two completed series, her work ranges from paranormal to contemporary, all centered heavily around romance. Currently she lives in Florida with her husband and two children, and has just completed her thirteenth novel, The Taste of Her Words.

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