Friday, November 28, 2014

Adelita’s Secret - Review

Title: Adelita’s Secret
Author: Christopher Cloud
Genre: young adult fantasy romance
Release Date: June 4th 2014 
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher:
Createspace 
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

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Lost in a superficial world of materialism and social status—and ashamed of her Latino heritage—seventeen-year-old Adelita Noé is loved by two men, two men separated by a hundred years and vastly different stations in life. One man owns little more than the shirt on his back. The other, a poet at heart, is heir to a vast fortune.
Their love for Adelita serves as the backdrop for the Latino girl’s quest to better understand herself and her Mexican roots.

Award winning author Christopher Cloud began writing fiction full time after a long career in journalism and public relations. He writes middle-grade and young adult novels. 
Cloud graduated from the University of Missouri in 1967 with a degree in journalism. He has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist at newspapers in Texas, California, and Missouri. He was employed by a Fortune 100 company as a public relations executive, and later operated his own public relations agency.
Cloud attended high school in Japan, and lives in Joplin, Missouri. 

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Adelita’s Secret is the story of a seventeen-year-old girl who is ashamed of being Mexican (even though she is technically a Mexican descendant because I’m sure she was born in the USA). The new girl at school is trying to fit in and being part of a community where appearance is everything. But suddenly the past comes to show her that she should be proud of her name and her roots.

The book has not a steady rhythm. Up to the 30 percent of the book, the story was slow, Adelita was really annoying and I was thinking about giving up. However, the book has a huge breaking point, Coronela. Her apparition makes the book take an unexpected turn. She is a great, powerful woman who brings places and scenarios which changed the book. She is the reason I ended up enjoying it so much. I don’t want to give much up but Coronela takes Adelita to a place that will give her a new perspective. She will witness evil in its cruelest form. Death, suffering and love will show Adelita that the world is bigger than she knows.

The descriptions of the event are very detail and it’s easy to imagine the tension and even the calm. The dialogues are good; especially I think the teenagers’ words sound natural and real.

Like I said, at first I didn't like Adelita but once the story moves on, she starts to grow in so many levels that I ended up waiting the best for her. There are other relevant and special characters as her BFF (a funny and loving girl).

As the blurb says, there are two boys that love Adelita. Each one of them is unique, handsome and smart. Is up to you to choose your favorite.

There are only two more things I would like to mention:
One: the author deserves a round of applauses for bringing to the table a subject so fascinating. The Mexican revolution and the Soldaderas are a topic worth studying.
Two: Adelita’s Secret is one of those books whose cover doesn’t do justice to the story. I still don’t like the cover for this book. Trust me it has nothing to do with the story.

Overall, a great YA romance with elements of paranormal in it. If you can read past the first chapters you will find an educational, inspirational, emotional story about a girl discovering who she is.



Thursday, November 27, 2014

Blog Tour: His Desire by @Sheila_Kell (Guest Pos& Giveaway)

How long would it take for him to turn into an ass again? She caught Jesse’s gaze and found herself momentarily mesmerized by his golden-brown eyes. What the hell?

HIS Desire (An H.I.S. novel) is a romantic suspense, stand-alone novel in the H.I.S. series releasing Nov 5th.

Can Jesse Hamilton, the head of H.I.S., protect his client when his past and his heart have put them both in jeopardy?
When FBI Special Agent Kate Ross is injured in a drive-by shooting, Hamilton Investigation and Security, Inc. (H.I.S.) leader Jesse Hamilton, believing she is the target of a killer seeking revenge against him, pulls the full force of H.I.S. into action to protect her.
Kate doesn’t believe Jesse, the only man to make her seethe one minute and lust after him the next, when he approaches her with a note from the Facilitator stating someone he loved would die shortly, and he knows in his gut it’s Kate. After a second attempt on her life, she can no longer fight his protection or her attraction to him.
After making a mistake that cost his wife her life, Jesse vowed to never love again, but Kate stirs something in him that puts his protective instincts into overdrive. Keeping her alive and out of his heart is more difficult than he expected. Then he makes a decision that could cost Kate her life. Is history due to repeat itself?


http://smarturl.it/HISDesire


Jesse Hamilton - Joe Manganiello
Kate Ross - Megan Fox
Ariana Ross - Victoria Justice
AJ Hamilton - Bernando Velasco
Emily Hamilton - Carmeron Diaz
Devon Hamilton - Orlando Bloom
Brad and Matt Hamilton - Maybe Mark Wahlberg - they make look alike, but they are so different I'd like to find two characters to fit their personalities
Trent McKenzie - Matthew McConaughey
Ken Patrick - Chris Hemsworth






Sheila has been an avid reader since she was young, believing in fantasy worlds, women sleuths and happily-ever-after. Instead of writing as a career, she followed in her father’s footsteps and joined the U.S. Air Force. After 12 years, she left the military as a disabled veteran then spent 12 year in higher education executive leadership. 
After reading her first romantic suspense novel, Sheila finally knew what she wanted to write. She has since retired to fulfill that dream. When not writing, she reads or spends time with her family.  
She lives in Batesville, Mississippi with three rescue cats.



2 signed HIS Desire paperbacks
5 ebooks of HIS Desire
2 swag packs
2 keychains
2 purse clips
5 bookmarks
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Blog Tour: Cover Him With Darkness (Review) @TemptedRomance



Title: Cover Him With Darkness
Author:
Janine Ashbless
Series:
The Book of the Watchers #1

Release Date: October 14th 2014 
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher: Tempted Romance 
Source: complimentary copy from the publisher.
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If You Loved an Angel... How Far Would You Fall with Him?

What happens when the daughter of the village priest falls in love with an archangel banished from heaven? Milja’s heart is struck when she catches a glimpse of the preternaturally beautiful prisoner her father keeps captive beneath his church’s altar. Torn between tradition, loyalty and her growing obsession with the fallen angel, will Milja risk losing her family, and her eternal soul, for the love of this divine being? Janine Ashbless will transport you to a world where good and evil battle for true love.


Janine Ashbless is a writer of fantasy erotica and steamy romantic adventure – and that’s “fantasy” in the sense of swords ‘n’ sandals, contemporary paranormal, fairytale, and stories based on mythology and folklore.  She likes to write about magic and mystery, dangerous power dynamics, borderline terror, and the not-quite-human.

Janine has been seeing her books in print ever since 2000, and her novels and single-author collections now run into double figures. She’s also had numerous short stories published by Black Lace, Nexus, Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, Harlequin Spice, Storm Moon, Xcite, Mischief Books, and Ellora’s Cave among others. She is co-editor of the nerd erotica anthology Geek Love.

Her work has been described as: "hardcore and literate" (Madeline Moore) and "vivid and tempestuous and dangerous, and bursting with sacrifice, death and love."   (Portia Da Costa)




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Cover Him With Darkness is a sexy, dark, intense and powerful story about a simple girl and a mysterious archangel. Set in a rustic Europe, this story has a good doses of sexiness, danger, action all packed in a book that you won't be able to put down.

Milja and her father live in a remote place until her father fears her daughter has fallen under the prisoner's spell and sends her to USA. Suddenly, fate and her father's health bring her back home which will cause a series of events that are far from boring.

Milja is a woman divided between family and desire. Her humanity takes her to choose a side that most people will see as the evil one. She is a likeable character but sometimes she can come as too doubtful or naive even. Azazel is hard to describe. The author makes an incredible work creating a being so unique and interesting. He has a human form but sees the world from a different perspective. Of course he is undeniably sexy and handsome but her personality is a bit disturbing. I had a love-hate relationship with him.

There are other great secondary characters. Each one has a defined role and their actions mark breaking points in the story.

Eroticism is always present. The author creates an atmosphere that is almost toxic. The attraction between Milja and Azazel is almost too much for moments. The roughness of their encounters can be shocking for the light hearts but they are not disappointing.

The language is outstanding. The words flow naturally with a steady rhythm that goes faster when the actions requires it. The religion is a good background for the story and the author chose the right elements to create a believable world.

Overall, this is an adictive, seductive and intense read. It has all the paranormal elements necessary to be a recomendable reading. I can't wait for a new installment about the fallen angels.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Review: Evernight @CandaceKnoebel

Title: Evernight
Author: Candace Knoebel
Series: (Night Watchmen #2)
Release Date: October 31st 2014
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.

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Synopsis:
The stunning sequel to the thrilling paranormal romance novel Everlasting!
One lie will change everything.
Faye Middleton has secured the Dagger of Retribution for the High Priesthood, but in doing so, she’s opened the door to more demands set by them. She now has to break the Holy Seal, and soon. Trapped in the alluring Ethryeal City, Faye is pushed to the breaking point trying to discover just what she is truly capable of, even if it means destroying herself in the process.
With the clock ticking down to the war between both Covens, and the truth about her parent’s mysterious disappearance within her reach, Faye is faced with tough choices that will forever change her. Will Faye be able to handle the demands from the Priesthood, and still be able to continue her search for her parents?
But more importantly, can she survive the truth she finds?
Candace Knoebel is the award-winning author of Born in Flames-book one in a young adult fantasy trilogy. She discovered in 2009 through lunch breaks and late nights after putting her kids to bed, a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. And an outlet for all the voices residing in her head.

Published by 48fourteen in 2012, Born in Flames went on to win Turning the Pages Book of the Year award in February of 2013. In January of 2014, the last book in the trilogy, From the Embers, was released, thusly completing the trilogy. She now works on the Night Watchmen Series, while guzzling Red Bulls and pretending to be a ninja on Heelys.

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Evernight brings a new dimension to the Night Watchmen world. This time in the Ethryeal City, things will be more exciting, dangerous, bloodier and even hotter. Faye grows up to be the Everlasting everyone is waiting for and during that process she becomes a bold woman with nothing and all to lose at the same time.

This time the enemies have many faces and some of them are familiar. Faye will have to deal with more than any normal person should handle. Secrets will be revealed and the pain should be too much. However, Faye proves once more that she can be a great heroin. With all her flaws, indecisions, power and strength she is real and very human.

The relationship with Jaxen takes a new level and the sexual tension is electrifying to say the least. Jaxen and Faye are perfect for each other, the way electricity flies when they are together and the love you can feel in the author's words is stunning. I think the temperature rises in the perfect moments; it reaches high peaks and is never too low.

Unlike the first book, this time the adrenaline is always pumping. You can feel the action, the excitement, the fear. The author makes a really good job creating a world where danger is real, the threat is always present and the characters are always on the edge. The rhythm is constant and it traps you into the reading.
The language is engaging. The dialogues are entertaining. Overall, the writing is amazing.

This sequel really shows why this series is so addictive. The author took all the good she did in book one and in the prequel (Jaxen's story) and created an excellent book. I can’t wait for the next book, those preview chapters at the end of the book killed me.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Blog Tour - Spooktacular Seductions @roanepublishing





Spooktacular Seductions
Publisher:  Roane Publishing
Release Date:  October 31, 2014
Key Words:  Romance, Short Stories, Halloween, Paranormal




Bewitching Gypsy by Linda Carroll Bradd
Fiona Mikolas is an outcast, branded by her fiery red hair and a purple birth mark—both signs of the devil. Two years earlier, she survived an influenza outbreak that claimed her peddler husband, Gregos, and her baby son, Tito. Now she lives a solitary life, traveling a circuit of southern states in America and selling healing potions. Until the night of All Hallow’s Eve, when her lonely life is changed by the arrival of two strangers in her camp.
Beaten and robbed, rancher Hagan Fletcher stumbles toward the light of a campfire in south Texas, intent on finding a way to retrieve his stolen stallion. When he awakens, he’s forgotten his name and how he came to be in the company of an exotic beauty. Fiona’s ways are a mystery but when her quick-thinking saves his life again, he looks deeper beneath the surface to who she really is.
Garden of Souls by Michelle Ziegler
Something, or someone, pulled Miranda to purchase the old carriage house.  It was a great deal, most likely because of the cemetery or the unexpected resident, Thomas. The ghost she finds within the sanctuary of her new home should have scared her. Instead she finds herself falling in love with him. 
Now, a few days from Halloween, Thomas continues to push her to live her life.  He wants one night though; the one night of magic for the dead.  Torn by her love for Thomas and her need for reality and human contact, Miranda takes a chance with Sean. Someone who’s alive. The guilt is eating away at her. Sean’s nice and he hasn’t run off yet, pushed away by her craziness. Miranda knows she can’t split her herself. 
Choosing her heart’s desire doesn’t seem possible, but living and loving another seems like a life riddled with pain.
If This Be Madness by Echo Shea
Don’t let me go…
Those are words that break her. When the person you love most is gone, how do you let go?
And, more importantly, who will you be once you do?

Ghost of a Chance by Lily Carlyle
After years of having her college boyfriend Sean as an ex with benefits, Julie believes he is finally, irrevocably out of her life. Forever. And it breaks her heart.
Until one night he shows up at the neighborhood hangout—with a mysterious job, luxurious car, and fabulous digs. Not to mention a new determination to woo Julie.
Even as her mind says no, her heart—and other parts of her body—is saying yes, yes, yes!
Do You Believe in Ghosts by Anne Higa
Jeff Austin-LeGrange has been fleeing from the remnants of his dark and haunted childhood his entire life. The past always catches up to us, and his is no exception.
Alice Hopkins, Jeff's high school sweetheart, has tried to forget him and tried to move on. You never forget your first love.
When Jeff's mother dies and Alice's father falls ill, the two are forced to confront their mutual history and their deepest desires. One thing is sure: neither of their lives will ever be the same again. Perhaps, the past can be overcome. Perhaps, it is not too late to believe in miracles. Perhaps, more than one couple will be reunited this Fall.
Who can say? With a little magic, anything is possible.
Encantado by Havva Murat
Spending Friday night in an abandoned amusement park sounded like an awesome idea to motherless, teenage track star, Remy Bordeaux—empty rides with no queues, and time alone with his best friend’s alluring sister, Rafaela, was sure to make for a memorable night.
But Friday night at Six Flags became memorable for all the wrong reasons when the park turned out to not be so abandoned after all. Rafaela goes missing after getting cozy with Remy, and everyone thinks that Remy is responsible, even his best friend.
It will take another trespassing trip to Six Flags for the truth of Rafaela’s disappearance to be revealed and for the riddle of Remy’s birth to be unraveled.
Where Angels Tread by Christy Thomas
Loralei takes extreme measures to prove her cheating husband has forsaken their bows by seeking confirmation from a fortune-teller. The truth revealed is that she’s been unfaithful in a six hundred year old spiritual marriage.
Samael, the Angel of Death must assist a young girl’s soul in ascending to heaven. An unexpected encounter with his estranged wife distracts him and the precious soul is lost.
Working together to save the endangered soul, they find the price to reach her is higher than they both anticipate.
Spooky Hollow Café by Lisa A. Adams
Aggie Pierce owns a quaint little spot, the Spooky Hollow Cafe'. Tourist come from all over the nation to her confections diner for the entertainment. Real live interacting ghosts make appearances once a day, you just don't know when.
But, when a ghost's crush becomes an obsession, just how far will a hero have to go to save Aggie's life?

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Spooktacular Seductions is the perfect anthology not only for the Halloween time but for every time you want to read a story with a little bit of terror in it.

Composed by eight stories that will blow your mind in different ways, this is a set of unique stories. Each one has its element of paranormal, ghosts, death, angels or just spooky in it. The writings styles are really different one from another so it's hard to say something about it. However, I will say that the authors did a great job creating palpable worlds, likeable and real characters. They achieve the task of making the feelings and emotions real and what's more important the language and use of words is superb. The book has an excelent quality and there are no flaws to mention.

There are some stories I enjoyed more than other, I won't lie, but I found something good in all of them. In Bewitching Gypsy there is a fantastic witch and a good ending. In Garden of Souls the ghost was too gentle and human and it was impossible not to love him. If This Be Madness is really creepy and the perfect example of terror. Ghost of a Chance is sweet, addiction and it's full of action and the ending is breathtaking. Do You Believe in Ghosts is a really good story about forgiveness and moving on. Encantado was one of my favorites, the outcome is espectacular and the characters are great. Where Angels Tread is a story about endless love and angels. This one is really good because you can feel sadness and pure love through the words. Spooky Hollow Café is really entertaining, full of adrenaline and action and of course romance.

Overall, an excellent anthology. Very recommendable for lovers of paranormal and short stories.


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