Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: Rarity from the Hollow

TITLE: Rarity from the Hollow
AUTHOR: Robert Eggleton
RELEASE DATE: November 3rd, 2016
PUBLISHER: Dog Horn
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook 
SOURCE: complimentary copy 


Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn't great. But Lacy has one advantage -- she's been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It's up to her to save the Universe.
Will Lacy Dawn's predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?
Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children's story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.



Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. He is best known locally for his nonfiction: investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997; nationally distributed models of serving disadvantaged and homeless children in the community instead of in large institutions; research into foster care drift involving children bouncing from one home to the next -- never finding a permanent loving family; and statistical reports on the occurrence and correlates of child abuse and delinquency in West Virginia. Dozens of his works have been archived by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. 


Today, he is a recently retired children's psychotherapist from a mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome physical and sexual abuse, and other mental health concerns. Two of Eggleton's poems were published in the 1970s and another won first place in 2015 international poetry competition managed by the WSC Science Fiction & Fantasy Club/WillyCon. His debut novel, Rarity from the Hollow, was named one of five best reads in 2015 by a Codices, has been awarded Gold Medals by Awesome Indies and Readers' Favorite, and has been so well received by prominent book critics and reviewers that it is scheduled for republication by Dog Horn Publishing, a traditional small press, in 2016. Three of Eggleton's short stories have appeared in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. 



Author proceeds from Eggleton's Lacy Dawn Adventures project have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. http://www.childhswv.org/ Robert continues to write adult literary science fiction with new adventures based on a protagonist that is a composite character of children that he met when delivering group therapy services. The overall theme of his stories remains victimization to empowerment.






I really don't know how to talk about this book because I ended up with a mix of feelings. And what it's funnier I don't know if this is a good or a bad thing.

Lacy has a difficult childhood but despite all it's quite special because her best friend is a robot (yes, a robot or some sort of). She wants to "fix" her parents and while doing so they live a rare adventure.

There were moments of the book that were hard to read, child abuse and other forms of suffering are exposed and they created damage characters with rich stories. And there were other moments where fantasy and sci-fi elements were the main subject.

As the title says for me this one is a rare book. I enjoyed it for moments (it has a really good writing style so it's easy to do so) and for others, I felt a bit lost.




Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: The Sire of Humellis

TITLE: The Sire of Hummellis
AUTHOR: Aditya Prakash
RELEASE DATE: July 18th, 2015
PUBLISHER: Champanzi
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy 


An accident changed Adam's life. He believed that destiny was in his hands, but he was not aware that what this destiny might bring him in the future. 
It is a story of a courageous man and his passion for cycling. This love brings him to India to explore the unexplored Himalayan trails. The y plan for it and execute it very well. But there is something missing in the plan of his life which was decided years back at the time of the creation of humans that Adam is also not aware of. 
He is selected to start again and to build hope for the future. Be the part of Adam's journey of courage and see Himalaya, mystery village, dark places, extraordinary creatures, and lands.


Aditya Prakash is a new age writer in India. His interest is writing science fiction and adventure.

He was born (1985) in Delhi, India, to Indian parents, and raised to be an Engineer graduate and Management post graduate.

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'The Sire of Humellis' is a good book that helps you think about life in a different way. It's hard to define the story because it is a bit spiritual, a bit sci-fi and we can add adventure to the list.

Adam's life is quite the journey. An accident turns upside down his life and his dreams. What starts as a journey to know new places, cycle again and share with friends soon becomes a race to save humanity and a master plan to change the future.

The story has some surprises and like I said you never know where the story is heading. The writing is good and the reading is not too heavy.




Monday, March 13, 2017

New Release - No Place to Hide @meganlowe87


Author: Megan Lowe
Title: No Place to Hide
Series: Rocking Racers, Book 2
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: March 11, 2017
Designer: Claire Smith
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What happens when the one person you truly hate is the one person who really sees you?

After McKnley Rhodes’s family fell apart, she struck out at Cole Matthews, her then best friend. Over twenty years later, she’s never forgotten the hurt she endured or the hate for the boy she believed caused it.

Cole Matthews hasn’t seen his childhood friend, McKnley Rhodes, for twenty-two years, and what he finds shocks him. She’s tired and beaten down, and he wants to fix that, just as he used to when they were kids. Cole’s the only one who can see she’s putting on an act by embracing her rock star persona. His new goal is to determine why and put an end to her torment.

Will McKnley let him in or will he leave her with no place to hide?

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Rocking Racers, Book 1
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Megan Lowe is a lost journalism graduate who after many painful years searching for a job in that field, decided if she couldn’t write news stories, she would start listening to the characters whispering stories to her and decided to write them down.  She writes primarily New Adult/Contemporary Romance stories with Sport and Music themes. She is based on the Gold Coast but her heart belongs to New York City. When she’s not writing she’s either curled up with a good book, travelling or screaming at the TV willing her sporting teams to pull out the win.



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Monday, March 6, 2017

Review: First Comes Desire @tinadonahue


TITLE: First comes Desire
SERIES: Pirate's Prize #1
AUTHOR: Tina Donahue
RELEASE DATE: February 7th, 2017
PUBLISHER: Lyrical Press
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


On a lush, secluded island, one passionate adventure leads to another….Diana Fletcher means business. The beautiful, innocent, reverend’s daughter has traveled all the way to a tropical island off Madagascar on a mission: To find her brother—and to punish the man who drove him to a life of piracy. But when she comes face to face with the enemy in question, the handsome, powerfully seductive man is not at all what Diana expected…
Tristan Kent never intended to harm Diana’s brother. A man of humble origins, Tristan claims he tried to save him from another ruthless captain. Diana is desperate to believe he is telling the truth…and that the intoxicating desire that escalates between them is true as well. But can she trust him? Or is Tristan’s story—and his heart—nothing more than fool’s gold? Amid the haze of sensual delights and soaring ecstasy Tristan has in store for her, all will be revealed…


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I’m an Amazon and international bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for traditional publishers and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised my work. I’ve won Readers’ Choice Awards at The Romance Reviews for three books (Freeing the Beast, Come and Get Your Love and Wicked Takeover) Three of my erotic novels (Adored; Deep, Dark, Delicious; Lush Velvet Nights) were named finalists in the EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger was chosen Book of the Year (erotic category) at the French review site, Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for my erotic romance Lush Velvet NightsDeep, Dark, Delicious (erotic romance) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. Take Me Away (erotic romance) captured second place in the NEC-RWA contest. And The Yearning (erotic paranormal) was honored with an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. I’m featured in the Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market. Before my writing career, I worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company. Outside of being an admitted and unrepentant chocoholic, I’ve flown a single-engine plane, rewired an old house using an electricity for dummies book, and have been known to moan like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally whenever I’m eating anything Mexican or Italian.

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'First Comes Desire' is the first in a new series by the lovely Tina Donahue. 

Diana wants to rescue her brother from the claws of the evil pirate. But nothing is what it seems. She gets involve in a life she didn't expect. Set in a beautiful island her life becomes a marvelous adventure. Of course, there will danger around the corner and jealousy threatening her life but it all add to the story.

As usual, the intensity is too much. There are passion, sensuality, and lots of chemistry. Whenever Diana and Tristan are together the pages burn and your heart starts to bit too fast.

The writing is very good and you cannot stop reading once you begin. I loved it and can't wait to read more books by Tina.




Friday, March 3, 2017

Blog Tour: Still You @AmythaMcclung


Title: Still You (Trade Me Collection)
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: February 11, 2017
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Artist: Soxsational Cover Art
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For Eden, life revolves around making sure his sister and niece are taken care of while building his landscaping business. Love certainly hasn’t been a priority. From the moment he meets his new client, his outlook on what’s important changes.

For Adam, the last two years have been spent helping his best friend, Maggie, grieve for her late husband while helping take care of her kids. Between his work at the hospital, and supporting his friend, finding time for himself has not been his priority. When Eden knocks on his door one summer morning, he knows life will never be the same.

Mistakes and misunderstandings are always difficult to navigate. Can Adam convince Eden he’s still the only man for him before it’s too late?


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Strolling back into the kitchen, I stopped in my tracks as the sexy gardener stood in front of the window with his tank top raised enough to give a glimpse of his rock-hard abs. Fuck. The man was losing all the water in his body, and all I wanted to do was watch him wash the grime off and see water cascade over those taut fucking abs.

I grabbed a water bottle from the fridge, then opened the back door and whistled to get Eden’s attention. “Want some water, man? You look like you’ve lost yours.” Eden cocked his eyebrow at my rather lame joke. It made me wonder for a moment what his full name was. And I needed to tone back the immaturity a bit with him. Maggie and I acted like kids when we were together, but I didn’t want to look like a complete tool around this man.

“Thanks, I appreciate it. I usually keep a cooler in my truck, but I was running late this morning and forgot it.” He raised the bottle, and I watched with awe as he wrapped his beautiful pink lips around the opening, mesmerized as his Adam’s apple bobbed up and down as he drank. Adam’s apple? Fuck yeah, I could totally claim him right now and devour him like a sweet, succulent apple. Damn. It’d been too long since I’d had sex.

Taking a look around at the work he’d done, I was amazed at how different the yard looked in comparison to the last time I tried to fix it up for Maggie. “I’m positive Mags is going to want you back. It looks amazing out here. Did you do that?” I pointed toward a birdbath in the yard, previously covered in filth with weeds grown all around it, now gleaming in the sun with fresh water and surrounded by tiny purple flowers.





Amy McClung was born in Nashville, TN. She is the second oldest of four girls and occasionally suffers from middle-child syndrome. She met the love of her life online in August of 2004, on his birthday of all days, and married him in September 2005.

Currently they have no human children, only the room full of colourful robots that transform into vehicles and the large headed Pop Funkos who represent their favorite characters. Collecting movies, shot glasses, Pop Funkos, and dust bunnies are some of her favourite pastimes.

Amy began writing in September of 2011 and independently published her first YA novel, Cascades of Moonlight, Book one of the Parker Harris series the following May. Her first book was a means of therapy for her, enabling her to escape reality for a while during a difficult transition in her life.



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