Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Review: Unsettled Spirits @torncashmere


Unsettled Spirits
Title: Unsettled Spirits
Author: Shopie Weeks
Release Date: May 30th 2013
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher: Booktrope
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

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Sarah Markham always assumed that the Ivy League was her ticket to a new life. But after graduating from Harvard at the height of the Great Recession, she finds herself with no job offers and not much hope. That all changes when she enters a bookshop owned by Samuel, an eccentric intellectual who offers her not just a job, but also a place to stay. Sarah soon discovers a small catch though: her room is haunted by Lucy Larch, an opinionated and strong-willed ghost from the 1940s.
As Sarah tries to help Lucy move on, she meets handsome Irishman Ian Flynn and falls in love, but her insecurities soon threaten every relationship she’s built.
As Sarah grapples with questions of faith, love, and identity, she must learn to embrace not just the spirits of the present, but the haunting pain of the past. Can she accept her past, and more importantly herself, in order to let love in?

 
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Sophie Weeks received a Masters degree in English Literature from Mills College in 2006 and completed her PhD in Victorian Literature at Rice University in 2013.
Sophie resides in Payson, Arizona with three furry miscreants, who are wanted in multiple states for criminal adorableness. She is also the author of Outside the Spotlight and Unsettled Spirits
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Unsettled Spirits is the story of a young woman trying to grow up and deal with the adult world while dealing with a simpatic-sometimes-annoying ghost.

Sarah has just graduated college and needs money to pay her loans and to live. She ends up working and living at a bookshop. There the owner, Samuel will become a friend and confident. However, the room comes with a surprise, Lucy, a ghost from the 1940s. And to make things even better, enters Ian, a handsome, smart Irish man who will change her life forever.

The story is sweet, simple and fast. Sarah is a twenty-five-year-old woman with a sincere heart and profound fears. Her childhood was not ordinary, daughter of missionary parents, she grew up living in places like Peru. She is afraid of a lot of things and doesn't know how to handle with things that most twentyish people face everyday. I totally understand her and for me is a lovely, real and despite all strong character.

She has never been kissed so Ian brings unknown feelings and emotions into her world. Their relationship is sweet, fast and mature despite her inexperience.

Lucy is a funny character and helps her in ways you cannot imagine. However, for moments she seems less than a secondary character and I was wondering how the ghost was relevant to the story. But the author surprise me and gave her a key part to solve the bigger picture.

There were a lot of things I loved. For example, she graduated from Harvard and still couldn't find a proper job. Genius and real, in todays world you can't only rely in a diploma from an excellent college. Another point, she smokes weed, which is a total contradiction if you remember where she grew up. But when you think about it is no so strange because a lot of people her age does it.

The writing style is good, the dialogues are entertaining and the characters are well described.

Overall, this is a book about a young woman finding herself and helping a ghost along the way. It's about healing and learning to trust your heart.

I totally recommend this book to lovers of light and sweet romance.




Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Distractions @BiancaDeanInk + Giveaway

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Distractions by Bianca Dean Distractions #1  
Publication Date: January 27, 2015  
Genres: Contemporary, Romance 

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Synopsis:

Red has been trying to move on with her life. She really has. Her first real relationship ended in disaster and she can’t muster the energy to leave the house. Her brother Brenden and their best friend, Gavin, are sick of it. Guilting her into a night out, Red reluctantly agrees only to see her ex having the time of his life with another girl. Small town living would have it no other way. On the verge of a full blown panic attack, Gavin steps in to provide Red the distraction she needs to forget all about her ex. But as things quickly spiral out of control, will Red be able to keep her feelings for her best friend a secret in order to save their friendship?
*This book contains sexual situations and explicit language. This is Book 1 of the Distractions Series.
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Bianca Dean, author of Quarterback Sneak and Wanna Play? is a native of New Jersey now living in NYC. Working on her PhD, Bianca loves good food, great movies and stimulating conversation. She's a huge sports fan, and can be found, during the appropriate season, screaming at the television, beer in hand, trying to make people that can't hear her run faster. In the off-season she can be spotted walking her dog or grabbing dinner with friends.
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Review: Omniverse by Liam Parker

Omniverse: Book I of the Omniverse Chronicles
Title: Omniverse: Book I of the Omniverse Chronicles
Author: Liam Parker
Series: Book I of the Omniverse Chronicles
Release Date: December 14th 2013
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.

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What if you were haunted by strange and terrible dreams in the night? But what if they were not dreams, but preludes of the truth? What if you met the woman of your dreams in a nightmare? What if you learned that you were doomed to a terrible destiny, and that there was nothing that you could do to escape it?
This is the fate that befalls Jack Thornton, a former Marine lieutenant who served with the famed "Walking Dead" in Vietnam and who is now a lawyer in San Francisco. His quiet, ordered life begins to unravel, however, when his nightmares begin to shape his waking hours. The grim images that haunt Jack's sleep are not of Vietnam, but of things and beings not of this earth. Foremost among them is an adversary older than time and evil beyond imagining: the Yarvaak Golu, The-God-Who-Waits.
Jack comes to realize that he is something far more than human. He is a Hero, an undying servant of the Absolute, doomed to an endless cycle of violent death and rebirth. Jack Thornton finally accepts not only what he is, but that his very soul and our world are in more than merely mortal danger. Jack's journey of discovery leads him down a dangerous and uncharted path to a deadly meeting with his eternal enemy, Heinrich Kuhl; who, like Jack, is also more than merely human. Kuhl is a Servant of Death: a willing pawn of far greater and vastly more malevolent entities than himself. But Jack Thornton will find friends as well as enemies.
He will meet the hauntingly beautiful Aiyanna, whom he encounters in a terrifying dream; and Brighid, the fiery red-haired goddess who loved him in a far-off time and place where he bore a storied name. He will also meet Sean Plunkett, once a feared IRA gunman and soldier of fortune, and now his guide on the Way of the Hero.
This then, is the beginning of Jack Thornton's tale, the first book of The Omniverse Chronicles.

Liam Parker has been a busboy, a bank messenger, a bartender, an editor, a history teacher, a trial lawyer, and a United States Marine. A lifelong martial artist, he holds the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt in Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate. He lives in the Pacific Northwest, where he is currently at work on the sequel to Omniverse.

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First of all I have to say that after three failed attemps of reading this book, I made one of my goals for 2015 to finish this book. This last time after reading the first chapter I couldn't put the book down. I don't know what went wrong the other times but I'm so glad I read this book.

Now... the review.

Jack Thornton has been having strange dreams, nightmares that leave him with a feeling of unease. When he starts to look answers he discovers that the threat is real but not from this world.

A really complex character, Jack is a strong and powerful man. He is an ex Marine and now works as a lawyer. Having fought in Vietnam he is haunted by the past and sometimes daily life seems a burden.

Once the bad guys make an apparition, things go out of control. There is a lot of action, bullets, blood and danger. Despite having more than 400 pages the book moves quite fast.

I really liked that the book was set in 1973, the scars of the war are still fresh. The protagonists are still alive (or at least those who survived). They have to live with the horrors repeating in their minds. It creates an interesting scenario for the story.

I feel like the explanation of the bigger picture, the whole Omniverse concept and all takes a long to take place. Let me be clear the plot is solid and it's well built. However, Jack takes too long to discover all even his true identity.

The book has a lot of secondary characters. They are a group of people from all over the world, which is totally smart given that there are bigger forces that move the strings of the universe. My favorite was the Irish guy, he is a real kick-ass.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. The cover is really beautiful (the main reason why I picked up the book).



Friday, January 23, 2015

Review: The Last Superhero by @artistikem

The Last Superhero
Title: The Last Superhero
Author: Astrid "Artistikem" Cruz
Release Date: December 18th 2014
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher: Artistikem
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.

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Even heroes have the right to bleed...
Everybody knows that Steven S. Waldorf, the last superhero to roam the Earth, died twenty-eight years ago. What everyone ignores is that not only is he still alive, but being kept under the protection of the United State's government.
That is until, one night, he finds himself saving a young woman from getting mugged.
Giana is no ordinary twenty-nine year old, though. She's witty, badmouthed, and once she's set her focus on something nothing can make her stray from her goal.
Even if that means putting her life on the line to save the man she's come to know and love from the nightmares that torment him.
Literally.





I always wondered how people would react if superheroes were real. Would we be friendly with them? or as usual would we be afraid of these people with superpowers? who might seem so different from us but equals in essence.

In this world created by Astrid, the last superhero walking on Earth saves Giana from a dangerous situation and from then on a chaotic, romantic, intense and why not exciting story starts to develop.

Giana is a twenty-nine-year old woman, who owns a bookstore (my dream job) and to be honest has a lot to figure out about life. Like most thirtyish people she still needs to decide where she is going professionally and her personal life is a disaster. Here enters Steven S. Waldorf, a superhero with a shady past.

Once she meets Steven, curiosity wins and she decides to take a leap of faith and gives him a chance. The relationship between those two is really good. It goes from innocent and sweet, to hard and intense.

I really like Giana because she is like a walking disaster but still manages to be the heroin of the story. She has a real and believable personality and of course she makes mistakes. I love characters with flaws because I can relate to that. Despite her doubts, her hesitating moments and all, she is everything I want in a character and more.

Steven is hard to describe. There a shadows in his personality but his loneliness and despair is really well described. This dark character was perfect to create such a story.

The plot was flawless and easy to understand. The author creates a solid world, with explanations for all the questions you might have. It´s not only a story about love, there is also a lot of action and adrenaline going on. The whole deal with the government is outstanding. There are moments that really blown up my mind because of the consequences of some choices.

Now, I have to mention the dream land (or the nightmares world). The human imagination is powerful and can create things beyond our wildest dreams. So everything that happen in this place is fantastic. The scenes were written in a way that made easy to picture each moment. They were vivid, colorful and full of action.

The story was so gripping that made me impossible to stop reading. Each word dragged me more and more into a world where feelings and emotions were palpable and real.

Another thing I loved was Giana´s voice. The author gave her the power and she became a living entity. This is the result of the writing style. The way the character talks to herself and describe the events for her is original and refreshing . It seems like she has forgotten that the reader is there observing her life.

Overall, this is an excellent book, very recommendable. If you like superheroes, love and fantasy you should read this one.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Giveaway by @RoanePublishing


 
The great people at Roane Publishing is giving away 3 eARCs of Accidental Valentine, a Romance Anthology!



Accidental Valentine

A Romance Anthology by Various Authors
Publisher: Roane Publishing

Release Date: February 13, 2015

Guiding Hearts by Claire Gillian
Is a lonely woman's GPS sentient or is her subconscious taking her by the hand to help heal a scarred heart?
When Jemma Ernst's GPS malfunctions and sends her to the home of handsome and engaging Gabriel Nash, she writes it off as a fluke. But she can't seem to reprogram him out of her thoughts nor her GPS.

Better Latte Than Never by Katrina Sizemore

Single and cold on Valentine’s Day, Hailey Merritt is not looking forward to working all day at the coffee shop while everyone around her is cheery with romance and she’s stuck trying to figure out her next step in life.
But, when a special bouquet arrives for her from a secret admirer, she decides to reserve judgment on this holiday and find whomever sent the flowers.
Maybe Cupid has a plan to make this her favorite Valentine’s Day ever.

Dream Architect by S.L. Hughson

Taylor and Sons Custom Design keeps ASHLIN TAYLOR at arm’s length from her dream job. If only she were a son, she could follow her architectural dream. In the Taylor creed, girls get married and boys have careers. DYLAN CUTRIGHT focuses on finishing college and landing an architectural engineering job in a large firm. Minus emotional ties.
After their accidental encounter, their attraction is amplified during their work interaction.
Unlike her family, Dylan encourages Ashlin to pursue her dream by enrolling in college. He even argues her case with Uncle Mike. All of this support confuses Ashlin because when she moves closer to him, he rebuffs her for reasons she can only speculate about.
Valentine’s Day might be the perfect opportunity for Ashlin to make him notice her. They are working together - alone - on the most romantic day of the year. Dylan builds her dream of career, but will he ever lower his walls and become more than just the man IN her dreams?

One Hot Angel by Jaylee Austin

Oblivious to Tiffany Jenkins in three short weeks her life will end—unless she makes the perfect choice. Will she chose revenge and expose her ex-husband? Or chose love and surrender her heart to the only man who can save her?

Rock My Bones by Wendy Sparrow

Jared has been eyeing the sexy mural painter from inside the museum’s paleontology lab, but she’s way out of his league. He can’t let her paint that obviously misplaced fern, though…even if it means initiating contact. You could call her a paleontology groupie, but Shay Meyers is interested in a more modern specimen. An adult male Homo Sapien to be exact—one who needs to be dragged out of his lab for a practical course in mating rituals. If she’s lucky, this will be the Valentine’s Day she rocks his bones.

 
Roane Publishing is giving away THREE ARC copies to three lucky winners!

You don’t even have to be a blogger.
If you are willing to leave an honest review between the dates of February 13th and February 27th, you are eligible to enter.
How? Simply fill out the form!
You have until Midnight of January 24th when three winners will be chosen by random drawing.





Monday, January 19, 2015

Review: Feeling Lucky by @kathybryson2

Feeling Lucky
Title: Feeling Lucky
Author: Kathy Bryson
Release Date:
June 18th 2013
Format: E-book
Publisher:
Soul Mate Publishing 
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.

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So, Megan O’Malley gave in to drunken temptation and pinched a cute guy’s ass at her cousin’s wedding. Who’d have thought a perfectly normal guy—okay, a bit short—was a leprechaun or that he’d have such a bad attitude about giving away his money?! Now that she’s captured him, Megan may be five million dollars richer, but she’s also got an angry leprechaun camped out on her sofa, doing his best to prevent her from becoming the business mogul of her dreams! Fergus O’Reilly cannot figure out what he’s done to upset the Queen of the Fairies. He was working hard to rebuild his family’s honor when he took one small break to help friends play a wedding. Then some drunken lady pinched his ass, the Queen declared him caught, and now he’s broke, homeless, and hustling to stop the lovely lady with the wandering fingers from spending his money! This would be so much easier if she wasn’t cute and caring and determined to help with his so-called money addiction!

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Kathy BrysonKathy Bryson knew she wanted to be a writer when she finished reading through her school and local children’s libraries. She spent 20 years honing her writing skills on marketing brochures, websites, and several unfinished manuscripts before going into teaching and finishing a book with all the stuff she enjoys most – from coffee to love to Shakespeare! Kathy lives in Florida where she caters to the whims of two spoiled cats and wonders what possessed her to put in 75 feet of flower beds.

Her first book, Feeling Lucky, won the 2014 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award for Best First Book.

 
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Feeling Lucky is a funny, light romance with a lot of fantasy involved.
After trashing her cousin's wedding, Megan finds herself surrounded by magical creatures who will turn her life into a crazy rollercoaster. And to make things even better, she gets stuck with an angry but cute leprechaun and his five million fortune. Yes... a recipe for disaster and fun.

Megan is a forty-year-old woman who enjoys life by partying, drinking and having fun. Don't get me wrong, I think she is fantastic and her personality is really likeable. She does whatever she wants despite what people thinks but without being reckless or hurting people (of course the incident at the wedding is the only exception).

Fergus O’Reilly (the cute but temperamental leprechaun) is an interesting but simple character. He is not easy to figure out and his personality is like all over the place. He is supposed to have this money addiction and for moments is sweet but for others acts like crazy. I couldn't really like him, despite he has some hilarious scenes.

There is a lot of fantasy in the story which I really liked. I think is amazing to think of a world where fairies and other creatures are real and coexist with us. They make the world more surprising.

The plot is good, the story moves on naturally and it's enjoyable.

Overall, this is a good romance with doses of humor and good characters.




Friday, January 16, 2015

Author Interview: Mariah E. Wilson @MariahEWilson

Today I welcome author Mariah E. Wilson. I want to thank her in advance for taking the time to answer my questions. 
Now... keep reading and find out more about this lovely author.
Hello and welcome!


Ruty –  Your book ‘We Walk Alone’ “is about the struggle to connect with people and the world around us” according to the Goodreads description. 
What was your inspiration behind the poems?
Mariah: While each poem has its own separate inspiration, the inspiration for the collection as a whole was the need us humans have to connect with people, to feel that we belong somewhere and that our lives somehow matter.

Ruty – How was the process of choosing which poems to include in the book?
Mariah: It was surprisingly hard. There were some pieces that I wanted to include, but that simply didn’t fit the theme. It was hard to see them excluded, but in the end I know I made the right decision.

Ruty – So... you have a fiction novel coming on. Can you tell us what it is about?
Mariah: I can tell you that The Demon in Him is a little darker than your usual contemporary romance. It’s about a girl’s struggle to do the right thing for herself, while feeling pressure to do the right thing for other people.

Ruty – What are you currently working on?
Mariah: I am currently working on several projects. I have a couple of poetry collections on the go. One that I’m fine tuning, another that I’m still writing material for. I also have two books that I’m working on. One is a Romantic Suspense novel and the other is a Contemporary Romance. I wish I could say more but it’s too early yet.

Ruty – Which would be the most important advice you’d give to future authors?
Mariah: Finish what you start. There is nothing that will hone your craft better or faster than having a finished piece to work on. The revision process can sometimes be the hardest thing to learn because of the magnitude of it. What advice do you take? What do you change? Will things work better if you do it a different way? It can feel really daunting, but it is so worth it.

Ruty – What is your favorite writing scenario?
Mariah: I like to write in the quiet of the early morning before anyone else is awake, but I also like to write with music after everyone else is gone for the day. I’m flexible like that. I can also write with kids playing in the background, but I cannot write with my husband staring over my shoulder. It makes me nervous.

Ruty – If you have to choose only one genre to write, which one it would be?
Mariah: Romance. I love love, what can I say.
  
Now tells us a bit about yourself:

Favorite book: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Mongomery. There’s about fifty other books that I’d like to also put here.
Favorite author: Dean Koontz
Coffee or Tea: Coffee
Paperback or E-book: Both. But since I use it more, ebook. 
Write with or without music: With. Or without. But I prefer with.

Thank you for your time!!!

Mariah E. Wilson is a writer from beautiful British Columbia. She has been published in Thin Air Magazine, Every Day Poets, The Kitchen Poet, Literary Orphans and The Corner Club Press, for which she is also now the Poetry Editor. Her first poetry collection, We Walk Alone, was published by Writers AMuse Me Publishing.

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We Walk Alone

We Walk Alone
We each are but a grain of sand on a beach, a cog in a great time piece. We are surrounded, yet solitary, wanting to be part of the whole while aching to be individual.
We search for those special connections, reaching out with hope but holding back with trepidation, our hearts wanting one thing when our minds are saying something different. Yet within this battle, despite the scars, we somehow manage to find love, hope, companionship, and purpose, ultimately without surrendering our ability to find that necessary peace within ourselves.
We Walk Alone examines the journeys we take in our head. It's about the struggle to connect with people and the world around us.




Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Review: Robin in the Hood @DianeJReed

Robin in the Hood (Robbin' Hearts Series #1)
Title: Robin In The Hood
Author: Diane J. Reed
Series:
Robbin' Hearts Series #1 
Release Date: October 1st 2012 
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher:
Bandits Ranch Books, LLC 
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.

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“Is it any wonder I became a bank robber?”
But she never dreamed she’d fall in love…Wealthy high school student Robin McArthur thinks she has it all figured out when it comes to bilking her wealthy dad for guilt money as a substitute for his genuine affection. Until one day he suffers a stroke, and she learns the brutal truth:They’re broke.Her stepmom has skipped the country.And everyone from bankers to bookies has lined up in her dad's hospital room to collect on the millions he's racked up in debt.Panicked and desperate, Robin figures she has two choices. Either surrender to the pestering caseworker and live in a skanky foster home, or take a chance and sneak her dad out of the hospital to make a run for it. Little does she know that stealing a car and hitting the road means that before the day is through, she will rob her first bank. Now an outlaw, Robin finds a backwoods trailer park to hide her dad from authorities. There, she encounters Creek, a local bad boy who also commits crimes to provide for their motley neighbors. Realizing she could use Creek’s help, Robin proposes an ingenious plan—they should team up to rob banks together. But when their partnership leads to a romance that turns Robin’s world upside down, she soon begins to discover that people are more precious than pocketbooks, and real love means opening your heart to the kinds of treasures money can’t buy…

Diane J. ReedDiane J. Reed is a mutli-award winning author who has a lifelong passion for books—both popular, forgotten & literary—as long as they touch her soul & make her want to tuck them under her pillow at night to remember them in her dreams. She writes novels that are infused with enchantment, where characters dare to break through boundaries and believe in true love. She also has a soft spot for artisans & outlaws of the heart, those who burn brightly to live each day as a gift—because it is! She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to visit her website at www.banditsranch.com or message her here to share the whispers of your spirit.  

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What if someday your world falls into pieces and you have to escape into the unknown? And, What if doing things you never thought you will do is the only way to move on? Robin in The Hood is a story about answering questions like those. It's a sweet, breathtaking, magical and loving story about a girl who really discovers who she is while living in an unexpected place.

Once her father suffers a stroke and they find themselves broke and with no place to go. She decides to run away and ends up in a trailer park. There she will meet the craziest, interesting, loyal and amazing people. Of course she also meets Creek, a bad boy with a soft spot. He is a young man that will help her during this new adventure.

Turtle Shores hides more than the eye can see. Robin will discover a lot about her past, her family and none of it will be easy to digest.

I love every single one of the folks at Turtle Shores. Each one of them is unique in their own way and each one has a lesson for Robin. They become the family she never had by simply being there. I could say thousands of words about them but you have to read the book to truly understand what I'm talking about.

The love story between Robin and Creek is incredible. It's not only him who will help her heal, she does a good job helping him to be more complete. Their relationship is honest, sweet and strong. It grows step by step until it becomes an unstoppable force.

I really like the magic in the story. The visions and the feathers made it more extraordinary. I wasn't expecting this but I love it.

The book has a fast rhythm, the words flow naturally and the dialogues are amazing. The writing style is engaging and the author creates a solid world with believable characters.

Just so you know, there's a lot of action in the book. There were moments full of adrenaline and tension. Just to say one thing: there are things blowing up into the air!

Overall, I love the book. I can't wait to read the next book and just to know there is a third makes my day even better.


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