Saturday, October 3, 2015

Blog Tour: Shifted @hottreepromos

~10 of Today's Hottest Authors Tell You 10 Shifted Stories~
J.L. McCoy - Brandy L. Rivers - Morgan Jane Mitchell - Emily Walker - Katie Salidas - 
V. Cantrell - Alexia Purdy - Magen McMinimy - J. Rose Alexander - Dicey Grenor
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Blood Moon (SMVS, #5.5) by J.L. McCoy
Numb…I was numb. I didn’t know where I was being taken, but I didn’t much care at the moment. I was far away from the horrors the last five days had afforded me and anything was better than that…than them. Bruised, bloodied, beat to shit, and my soul utterly crushed, I walked away from that middle-of-nowhere airstrip in Podunk Purgatory a complete shell of the person I once was. I had experienced hell on earth and was shocked I’d lived through it. The things those monsters did to me…well, I was sure I’d have nightmares about my first night in captivity for the rest of my life. Certain experiences can change a person and I knew without a doubt that I would never be the same again. You could only take so much away from a person before there wasn’t anything worthwhile left.
This amazing anthology includes:

Blood Moon (SMVS, #5.5) by J.L. McCoy

Pretty Little Werewolf by Katie Salidas
Wolf's Fire by Dicey Grenor
Primal Hunger by Magen McMinimy
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Moonlight Calling by J. Rose Alexander 
In Too Deep by Brandy L Rivers 
The Shift by Emily Walker
More Than Survival by V. Cantrell 
Ardent (The ArcKnight Chronicles) by Alexia Purdy 
Twice Bitten by Morgan Jane Mitchell 

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin @jonandaaron

TITLE: The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin
AUTHOR: Jonathan L. Ferrara 
RELEASE DATE: December 5th 2014
PUBLISHER:  Dragonwell Publishing
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review


Seven deadly sins have been unleashed, and the only one who can defeat them is the boy who set them free. Nicholas Blackwell has no idea he is supposed to fulfill a destiny. All he knows is that he draws trouble like a magnet. Orphaned at seven when two demonic men killed his parents, he copes with the strict rules of his new home, St. Christopher’s academy, unaware that he has been the real target for the killers and that his guardian angel has saved him in the nick of time. And now, his problems are only beginning when a mysterious serpent lures him into the woods and tricks him into a demonic ritual that will unleash the Seven Deadly Sins to destroy the humankind. Nicholas has no choice but to correct his mistake--or die trying.Aided by Amy, a shy but determined girl who seems to know more about his task than she should, Nicholas's quest is to travel into the City of Demonio and defeat the Seven Guardians of Sin. To succeed, he must confront demons, monsters, and lost souls, learn the mysteries of the Chapel of Dreams, discover the true meaning of friendship and love, and face the darkest secret of all: the Blackwell Family Secret.

Jonathan L. Ferrara was born in San Pedro, California to an Italian fisherman and a mother from New York. Growing up with one older brother, Jonathan had several hobbies: finding the best hiding spots to jump out and scare his mother, discovering new fantasy book series, and imagining outrageous, whimsical worlds full of magic. He is now happily married, residing in California in the City of Angels. He has two wonderful children-his dog Koda and cat Merlin.

After witnessing his parents' murder and been sent to St. Christopher’s Academy, Nicholas Blackwell has grown up to be a normal teenager that has a tendency to get into troubles and is popular with the ladies.

The story is basically the fight between good and evil. It's the story of a boy that has to face the seven sins and its protectors to avoid bigger dangers. The story uses a lot of biblical elements and they are well combined. The evil snake, the forbidden fruit and the angels stuff are all in there. In general, all the elements create a solid plot, with a fast passing and believable outcomes.

Nicholas is of course the perfect hero, with flaws that make him more human and always making the right choice. Amy is his companion and aids him trough the journey. They are both great characters with a few obvious aspects but entertaining nonetheless.

Overall, I liked the story because it is easy to read, simple to understand and there are scenes with good doses of action. I have to say that there passages of the book that reminded me a lot of Alice in Wonderland.

I only gave it 3 and a half start because there wasn't really any moment that truly blown up my mind. It's a good read but I still needed a WOW moment.

If fantasy-paranormal is a genre you enjoy you could give it a chance remembering the strong catholic element behind the plot.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Release Day Party (+Giveaway): Devil and the Deep @megantayte

TITLE: Devil and the Deep
SERIES: The Ceruleans #4
AUTHOR: Megan Tayte
RELEASE DATE: September 30th 2015 
PUBLISHER: Heaven Afire

STORM CLOUDS ARE GATHERING, AND THEY WILL RAIN BLOOD. Scarlett is living her happy-ever-after, back in the real world. Only the ‘happy’ part is proving problematic.For starters, there’s the isolation. Being a Cerulean among humans is fraught with risk, so her time with people can only be fleeting. Which means being with Luke but not being with Luke.Then there’s her Cerulean light, her power over life and death. Less awesome talent, as it turns out, and more overwhelming responsibility. And it comes with rules – rules that are increasingly difficult to obey.But what’s really pushing Scarlett to the precipice is something much bigger than herself, than her life in the cove. A force to be reckoned with:Blood.When long-buried truths are exposed, will Scarlett keep her head above water – or will she drown in the blood-dimmed tide that is unleashed?

Once upon a time a little girl told her grandmother that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer. Or a lollipop lady. Or a fairy princess fireman. ‘Write, Megan,’ her grandmother advised. So that’s what she did.

Thirty-odd years later, Megan is a professional writer and published author by day, and an indie novelist by night. Her fiction – young adult romance with soul – recently earned her the SPR’s Independent Woman Author of the Year award.

Megan grew up in the Royal County, a hop, skip and a (very long) jump from Windsor Castle, but these days she makes her home in Robin Hood's county, Nottinghamshire. She lives with her husband, a proud Scot who occasionally kicks back in a kilt; her son, a budding artist with the soul of a palaeontologist; and her baby daughter, a keen pan-and-spoon drummer who sings in her sleep. When she's not writing, you'll find her walking someplace green, reading by the fire, or creating carnage in the kitchen as she pursues her impossible dream: of baking something edible.

You can find Megan online at:

It began with screaming. Shrill, ear-piercing, horrified screaming.

A girl shrieked, ‘Blood! Look, look – it’s everywhere!’ and pressed her hand to her mouth.
A man shouted, ‘Good grief!’ and another, ‘Great Scott!’
An old lady swooned gracefully and would have tipped over the balustrade of the riverboat had a lanky lad not caught her.
The cause of the excitement – a woman lying slumped on the long table on deck, cheek on her bread plate, headdress in the butter dish – twitched a little.
‘She’s alive!’ cried a lad beside her delightedly. ‘She moved!’
‘Did not,’ argued another.
‘Did too!’
‘Gentlemen,’ interjected a short, portly man with a twirly black moustache, ‘if you will forgive my intrusion, it must be noted that this woman has a bullet hole in her head and is logically, therefore, quite definitely deceased.’
Another old dear folded to the deck with a prolonged ‘Ohhhhhh’ and her husband grabbed a feathered fan and began wafting cool evening air in her face while calling, ‘Smelling salts – does anyone have any?’
I tried to keep a straight face. Really I did. I bit my bottom lip until I tasted my cherry-red lipstick. I pinched my leg through the cream satin of my gown. I dug my long cigarette holder into the sensitive flesh of my arm.
But it was no good.
The ‘What ho, chaps’ posh accents.
The buxom woman sagging in the arms of an elephant hunter wearing Converse All Stars.
The production of smelling salts in a bottle whose label read Pepto-Bismol.
The corners of the little round man’s moustache coming looser with his every word.
The fast-pooling puddle of pinkish blood on the bread plate, buffeted by the steady in-and-out breaths of the corpse.
Take it from a girl who’s really died – death on the River Dart, Devon, is hilarious.
‘Dear me, Ms Robson here appears to be quite overcome with shock,’ said the guy at my side suddenly, and he slipped an arm around me and turned me away. ‘Come, madam. Let us get some air.’
I smiled at him. Then grinned. Then choked back a guffaw. Thankfully, by the time full-scale hilarity hit me I’d been led to the rear of the boat, away from the rest of our party, and could bury my face in the bloke’s chest and shake mutely with laughter.
The gallant gentleman rubbed my back soothingly as I let it all out and said loudly, for the benefit of any onlookers, ‘There there, pignsey, there there.’
‘Pigsney?’ It was the final straw. My high-heeled sandals gave way and I melted into a puddle of mirth on the deck.
‘I’ll have you know, Scarlett Blake,’ hissed Luke, my boyfriend a.k.a. gallant gent, hoiking up his too-tight corduroy trousers so he could squat down beside me, ‘I Googled “old-fashioned terms of endearment” and pigsney’s a classic.’
I wiped tears from my eyes, dislodging a false eyelash in the process, and tried to catch my hiccupping breath as Luke went on.
‘Means pig’s eye. No idea why that’s appealing, but apparently in the seventeenth century, calling a lady pigsney was the very height of courting.’
Through his fake specs Luke’s blue eyes fixed me with a stare so earnest I almost managed to stop laughing.
‘But this is a Death on the Nile-Stroke-Dart murder mystery night, Luke,’ I managed to get out. ‘Set in the nineteen thirties, not the seventeen thirties.’
‘Ah,’ he said, ‘but my character tonight, Mr Fijawaddle, is a historical fiction writer, isn’t he? So as well as dressing like a brainy recluse – and I’m warning you now, I won’t hear another slur against this tweed jacket – he’d know all kinds of obscure terms. Like ginglyform and jargogle and nudiustertian and bromopnea and farctate and quagswag and philosophunculist.’
His showing off sobered me just enough to control the giggles. ‘You made those words up,’ I accused, poking a crimson talon into his mustard-yellow shirtfront.
He blinked at me innocently. ‘Did not. I told you before we left the house, I did my homework.’
I narrowed my eyes. ‘All right then, Mr Fijawaddle, what does that last word you said mean?’
‘Yes, that.’
‘Er…’ Luke gave me a sheepish grin.
‘Spill it,’ I said menacingly. As menacingly as a girl dressed up as a vintage Hollywood starlet with cute little pin curls and rouge aplenty can be, that is.
‘Philosophunculist,’ recited Luke. ‘Noun. A person who pretends to know more than they do in order to impress others.’
I threw my head back and laughed. ‘Busted!’
Luke slipped an arm around me and pulled me close. Really close.
‘Bet you like it when I use long words,’ he said huskily, eyes fixed on my too-red lips.
‘Bet you like it when I wear a clingy nightgown as a dress,’ I replied, eyes fixed on his too-kissable lips.
‘Brazen hussy,’ he growled at me.
‘Randy boffin,’ I murmured back.
Then neither of us said another word for quite some time.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Review, Interview & Giveaway: Sapient @jkaczmarowski @BookPubServices

TITLE: Sapient
AUTHOR: Jerry Kaczmarowski
RELEASE DATE: April 2015
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.

Abandoned by her husband after the birth of their child, Jane Dixon’s world is defined by her autistic son and the research she does to find a cure for his condition. She knows her work on animal intelligence may hold the key. She also knows that the research will take decades to complete. None of it will ultimately benefit her son.
All that changes when a lab rat named Einstein demonstrates that he can read and write. Just as her research yields results, the U.S. government discovers her program. The army wants to harness her research for its military potential. The CDC wants to shut her down completely. The implications of animal intelligence are too dangerous, particularly when the previously inert virus proves to be highly contagious.
She steals the virus to cure her son, but the government discovers the theft. She must now escape to Canada before the authorities can replace her son’s mental prison with a physical one.

Jerry Kaczmarowski lives in Seattle with his family. He writes techno-thrillers that explore the benefits and dangers of mankind's scientific advancement. His first book, Moon Rising, was released in June 2014.  His second book, Sapient, was published in April 2015.

Jerry spent the first twenty years of his professional life in the consulting industry on the West Coast. His fascination with technology is matched only by his love of stories. His books intertwine action with a keen insight into how technology will shape our lives in the coming years.

First of all thanks for agreeing to this interview.
Let’s start with your book Sapient…

Ruty: Describe the book in one sentence. 
Jerry: Sapient is a young adult book that shows how our ability or inability to trust others can impact our lives.

Ruty: How did you come out with the idea for it?  
Jerry: One of the most damaging things I’ve seen in the workplace is an inability to trust others.  The people that I’ve met who are most challenged to be successful in life are those that always assume that people are out to get them.  Those that can show some faith in others often seem to thrive.
Beyond the weighty theme of trust, I always loved the Planet of the Apes movies when I was a child, even with all their awful 1960s/1970s acting.  I wanted to write a book that covered important themes while weaving in animal intelligence.

Ruty: Did you have to do a lot of research to create a believable plot?  
Jerry: A ton.  A large part of my research focused on autism—it’s causes, symptoms, the effect it has on other family members, etc.  I wanted to be particularly sensitive to writing a book with a character with special needs as it is very easy to alienate an audience if poorly handled.  The research on animal intelligence and animal intelligence testing was also fascinating for me.  Much of the setting was familiar for me, so it required less research.  I’ve spent years working in the Bay area, and I’ve lived in Seattle for over a decade now.

Ruty: Did you have any special reason to choose a woman with an autistic child for the main character?  
Jerry: My mother went to college to be an occupational therapist to work with children with special needs in part because she had a younger brother who fit this category.  I’ve always been inspired by her decision, so I wanted to weave this into Sapient.

Ruty: How long took you to write it?  
Jerry: It takes me about three months to get a decent rough draft completed.  I then have to put the book aside for a month so I can create some distance between myself and it.  If I don’t, I get too enamored with bad ideas that need to go.  After the month passes, it takes me another two to three months to edit the book.  All told, it is about half a year per book.

Ruty: While I was reading Sapient I could imagine it as a movie. Would you like to see the book turned into a movie?  
Jerry: Yes.  I imagined Sandra Bullock as the mother in the story.  I never quite found a good child actor that could play Robbie.  I would be interested in any recommendations you or your readers have!

Now let’s talk about your writing process…

Ruty: What’s your favorite writing scenario?  
Jerry: I’m most creative and energetic in the morning.  I grab a cup of coffee and sequester myself in my office which is downstairs in our house.  I can generally get a solid 4 hours of writing in during the morning hours after which my creativity starts to wane.  My office is also where I work out.  When I get really jammed up, I pause and do pullups on my pullup bar until a good idea comes to me.  Needless to say, I can now do a lot of pullups.

Ruty: With or without music?  
Jerry: Definitely without.  I need almost complete silence to think. 

Ruty: Who is the first person you talk about when you have a new idea? 
Jerry: My wife.  She often sees the world through a very different lens than I do.  I find it very helpful to speak with people with different perspectives than mine rather than people who will just parrot back thoughts to me that are already my own.

Ruty: What are you working in right now?  
Jerry: I just finished a book called The Black Rose which is a young adult book set in Nazi Germany.  It is loosely based on the real world teenagers who formed a group called the White Rose in Germany to protest Nazi policies.  Sadly, they were all captured and executed.

The next project I am starting is a departure from fiction.  I want to write a non-fiction book on personal finance aimed at young adults who are just getting out of high-school or college.  It’s a large gap in our high-school and college curriculums.  I’m writing it in part for my own children to help them get prepared for the world as they leave home in the coming years.

Sapient is a fantastic science-fiction story that shows us how far we could go to help those we love and how the consequences of our actions can have a worldwide effect.

Jane is a researcher whose ultimate goal is to find a cure (or something similar) to help her autistic child and the autistic community. Her job consists in experimenting with animals and this is how she helps Einstein and Bear to become more than a rat and a dog. It all starts to go down the road when the CDC and the US military get involve.

It’s easy to imagine this book as a movie. Its fast rhythm, the sense of movement that the words create and the action that never stop, create a story that catches your attention and never lets you go. The reading is super easy to follow but it still has a solid, complex and realistic plot. There are no holes in the story, because everything is taken care off. Another great thing was the changing POV, it allows to follow the story from all the perspectives.

Jane is a great character as well as her son Robbie. I think that anyone who has children or a kid in their life will understand her actions. She is an admirable woman, strong and brave. I enjoyed reading about Robbie and the world inside his head and how he evolves along the story.

The author did a magnificent job including the autistic world to the story. You can see that he did an intense research to create a believable character.

I absolutely loved Einstein and Bear, I’m an animal lover so imagine them as beings with an intelligence equal or superior to ours was amazing and very entertaining. They're super funny and essential to the story.

Overall, Sapient is a book with great characters, solid plot and a good outcome. It gives us the chance to think about our actions and how much they affect the world. It also brings to the table the impact that a simple change in any animal DNA could have on the environment.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Review: Pyromancist @CharmainePauls

TITLE:  Pyromancist
SERIES: Seven Forbidden Arts  #1
AUTHOR: Charmaine Pauls
RELEASE DATE: March 19th 2015
PUBLISHER: Melange Books, LLC
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

When you play with fire, you get burned.
At the same time as mysterious fires commence to rage through Clelia d’Ambois’ home village in Brittany, France, she starts sleepwalking. Daughter of a Japanese orphan, Clelia’s heritage is riddled with dark secrets that threaten anyone she loves. In a recurring nightmare she sees Josselin, the haunted man who abandoned their village nine years earlier, come for her, but she doesn’t know why. All she knows is that she has to run. As fast as she can. 
Leader of a paranormal crime taskforce, Josselin de Arradon is called back to his hometown with a mission–find and kill the firestarter responsible for Larmor-Baden’s blazing destruction. Sensing that Clelia is the key to solving the crime, Josselin kidnaps her to use her as bait. The battle doesn’t turn out quite as he expected. Nothing could have prepared him for the truth, or the depth of his desire for his prisoner.
This is Book 1 of the Seven Forbidden Arts series, but reads as a stand-alone. It contains adult content with explicit language and consummated love scenes. Suited for an adult audience.

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.

Pyromancist is an intense paranormal romance with a strong tension between the main characters and a solid plot.

It all begins when a series of fires threats the village and Clelia is afraid of being the one behind them. Add the return of the sexy, mysterious Josselin de Arradon. With his long hair, killer body and a macho alpha personality, he comes to rock her world and present her a new reality.

Clelia is not the typical heroin, not only for her personality but also physically. A Japanese descendant, she has all the features of the Asian people and she's beautiful. Growing up in a small village, always surrounded by the same people she has a naive personality. At the beginning she is like a child who hasn't seen the world. Of course the story leads her to grow up fast and face some danger situations.

There were various elements I enjoyed about this book. Number one: the setting, the small village in France with its ancient buildings and the entire paranormal element was the perfect scenario for the story.
Number two: the sexiness. OMG! The tension was too much for moments. Clelia and Josselin have a turbulent relationship. The spark flies all the time, the energy between them is almost suffocating and whenever they are alone the temperature goes wild.
Number three: the writing style and the dialogues. It’s true that the dialogues were out of this era, Josselin talks like a man from the middle age but I don’t care. This is fiction and his talking sounded sexy and that’s what’s important. The writing was flawless and engaging.

The plot was solid as I said, everything was connected to the bigger picture, the outcome sounded believable and I can see other books in the future.

I do have to say that I would have chosen a different name from Josselin or used a short like Joss (which he hates) but it’s ok this fact didn't make the book any less good.

Overall, if paranormal romance with good sexual tension is something you enjoy, trust me you should READ this one.