Friday, April 29, 2016

Being Lovers @rcarrington2004

TITLE: Being Lovers
SERIES: Discovering Emily #2
AUTHOR: Rachel Carrington
RELEASE DATE: December 18th 2015
PUBLISHER: Rachel Carrington
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

Escaping my past has become a full-time job for me. Ever since my boyfriend died, I’ve been running from something—his father, a hired hitman, the truth. If I didn’t have Adam, I don’t think I would have survived. He’s become my lifeline.
It only took us weeks to fall in love. Yes, it was quick, but love doesn’t tell time. At first, it might have been two desperate people coming together, but now, I know it’s real. I wish I could say we’ve lived happily ever after since. But there’s a price on my head.
Protecting me from a sniper has become Adam’s sole purpose in life, and I hate that our relationship is surrounded by guns, blood, death, and lies. Add betrayal to the mix, and I begin to wonder if what we’ve found, this unique bond we share, will last.One thing is certain. Someone is trying to kill me, and losing Adam will do just that.
I spent seventeen years working as a paralegal before I left work to focus on my writing career. Working in the legal field gave me plenty of fodder for writing suspense which I didn't really do until 2006.

For the first part of my writing career, I focused on fantasy and paranormal romances, mostly wizards. I still love my wizards, and every now and then I get a desire to bring one to life again, but in 2006, romantic suspense caught my attention. And that's where I'm happy right now, although I have branched out into a couple of other genres.

If you've read my book Burning Reflections, you'll know I go for the seriously creepy villains, much like one you might see on Criminal Minds if you watch that show. (I'm addicted!) 

My love for writing suspense is fueled by my love for crime dramas on television, and I'm so thankful I stepped into the 21st century and finally got a DVR. Otherwise, my writing might suffer! :-)

Emily has been running from her past and now is being threatened by a mysterious sniper. Adam will do everything he can to protect her and find out who is trying to kill her.

The book jumps right into the action and from then on is a non-stop ride. There are shootings, dead and lots of blood. There is also some romance as we see how Adam and Emily are still getting to know each other.

Emily is a nice character. For what we can tell, she was in an abusive relationship and got to escape and now her ex is dead. There is a lot of mystery because his ex and his father were shady people. There are secrets to be revealed and suspense is always there. I loved the final chapters because the adrenaline got to a point where is was like watching a movie and the energy made the book even better.

I have to say that despite being book two I had no issue following the story. So if you haven't read the first book (like me) you can read this story and enjoying it. There will be minor issues where you will feel at lost. But once some events are explained vaguely you can understand why everything is happening.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Review: Graveyards of the Banks @NylaNox

TITLE: Graveyards of the Banks
SERIES: Graveyards of the Banks #1: I did it for the Money
AUTHOR: Nyla Nox
RELEASE DATE: March 6th 2015
PUBLISHER: Athens Publishers
SOURCE: complimentary copy

How does it feel when you spend night after night in an iron chair with no toilet breaks and fear of being fired at the end of your shift? Hundreds of bankers roam the notorious Seventh Floor of the Bank with its filthy kitchen and flea infested carpets, forced to fight each other for survival, deliberately kept in a state of anger and frustration by their superiors who are grooming them for ruthless leadership (and the big money). Their shouting resembles constant gunfire. Predators to a man, and Nyla is their prey. But almost all of them will fail. How do you live, how do you love? Can confident Peter, who kisses Nyla in Cobblemaker’s Lane, fulfill his dreams of leaving for a Better World? How far will shift leaders Claire and Ethan, who rule the graveyard with absolute power (no breaks, no backtalk - in fact, no talking at all - and only one ear phone in!) go to prove their supremacy? And what about the inscrutable bank-wide institution of S&I whose representative survey the Center on their elevated platform, forcing Nyla nightly to recite her mistakes in public before she is sent home without pay?
After a life time frittered away in the unprofitable humanities, Nyla needs the money. And as hope and dignity are stripped away, night after gruelling night, a mental fog descends on her. Is there even a world left outside the Most Successful Bank in the Universe?
And how can you find sleep in the day time while the Monsters are Arising? 

Nyla Nox leads an exciting double life.
She writes novels and articles about the secret lives inside the Big Banks in the City of London, the dark heart of capitalism.
Her trilogy 'Graveyards of the Banks' is based on Nyla's personal experience of seven years of working on the night shift inside the Most Successful Banks in the Universe, a hell of broken dreams where jobless humanities graduates work zero hours contracts next to the best paid bankers on earth. But Nyla knows all their secrets...

"Graveyards of the banks' is an intelligent story with a loud message against the foundations of the system we live in. However, somewhere along the story I got lost and couldn't enjoy the book as much as I would have liked.

Let me summary the story. Nina is an anthropologist who is forced to work the night shift in a cold and strange place. She will suffer the consequences of working at night when the rest of the world is sleeping, in a place where human interactions are ruled by the positions each one has in the power rank. While working with heartless people in the Most Succesful Bank in the world she will learn the power a few have over the real world. There are rules to follow, little time to rest or think and a graveyard is part of the setting.

Let's start with the good. The book talks about some important topics, such as the capitalist system and how it forces young people to work at jobs they don't enjoy only to pay bills or have any money. I enjoyed its criticism and believe it's important to hear what Nyla has to say.

Now, the writing was the main reason I couldn't enjoy the book. It sounded like reading a newspaper or a magazine, what I mean is that chapters didn't sound the way I like it. It felt as cold as the offices of the Bank.

I did like the main character. Nyla has a rich interior world, and her inner conversations are quite entertaining.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Blog Tour: The Howling Heart @hottreepromotions

Author: April Bostic
Title: The Howling Heart
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Eternal Press
Designer: Elena Dudina
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Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father’s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldn’t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River.

Soon, she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv---wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.

Now, she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.

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My eyes darted around the unfamiliar room. On the wall, I noticed a shadow of something next to me. What the hell is that? I turned my head and saw a candle in the window, but what cast the shadow scared me to death. A large, white wolf lay on the floor beside me. There was no mistaking it for a dog. The bed was low to the floor, and its head was close to mine. I opened my mouth wide, prepared to scream, but wheezes and weak gasps escaped, instead. I thrashed my head against the pillow, as if the motions would turn up the volume in my voice. Finally, a shriek pushed through my sandpaper throat. It was a high-pitched squeal at first, but then, it burst forth and filled the room. I sat up quickly. Aching pain tore through my body, and I heard my bones crack.

The wolf awoke with a start. It jerked its head up, and glowing, yellow eyes blinked until they settled on me. I shrank away from it, nearly falling off the bed, screaming until I went hoarse and gasped for breath. The wolf stood on all fours, its size definitely that of a Great Dane. Our gazes locked for a brief moment before the animal ran out the room. I sat against the headboard, clutching the blankets against my chest. I was alone and terrified. Within seconds, tears trickled down my cheeks.

April Bostic
April Bostic is a New Jersey-based, Adult Romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled "A Rose to the Fallen".

Her first short story, "Right Here, Right Now", released in January 2012, is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories: a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled "Eros, My Love", and a sexy romantic comedy entitled "Love Addiction".

After five years, she released her second novel, "The Howling Heart" in August 2013, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods. To end her busiest year in publishing, April also released her fourth short story in December 2013, a historical paranormal romance entitled "A Dark Scandal".

Monday, April 18, 2016

Free book: Capering on Glass Bridges @jessy_marie77

Free book from 18 April 2016 – 22 April 2016

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One need only click on "Buy" and enter the code AJ86C at checkout.

The Utdrendans have spoken, and everything has changed as a consequence. People normally avoid the fog surrounding the cursed Kingdom of Mar, but now they are asking sixteen-year-old Kaia Stone to venture into it. The Utdrendans implied that there is something special about Kaia. They claimed that she could help free the land; she need only carry out their instructions and deliver a message to the Marian king. 
Mar, however, is a land in which dark secrets abound, and many will stop at nothing to ensure that it remains forever cursed. Determined to work against Kaia, unfriendly forces have already begun to gather. 
Will Kaia choose to abandon the only life she’s ever known—perhaps indefinitely—in pursuit of the greater good…in pursuit of her purpose?

Friday, April 15, 2016

Review: The Light Side of the Moon @E_Guizzetti

TITLE: The Light Side of the Moon
SERIES: Other Systems #2
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Guizzetti
RELEASE DATE: July 27, 2015
PUBLISHER: 48Fourteen
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

Due to overpopulation, lack of natural resources, no public education, and a surplus of political bickering, Earth is a cesspool and our solar system’s colonies have failed. Nevertheless, outside our solar system, exploration has thrived. 
Encouraged by the conquest of Kipos, idealistic dreamers look beyond Earth to build a utopia from the abandoned Lunar Colony Serenitatis. Industrialists reconstruct the colony, but struggle to turn a profit while encouraging scientific discovery. 
Brimming with hope despite intense uncertainty and physical hardship, the impoverished Ella Sethdottier follows rumors of plentiful jobs on the moon. On roads fraught with danger, she discovers Earth is a bigger place than she ever imagined, but Serenitatis is little more than a prison colony. Ella forges unlikely friendships with corrupted androids and the quixotic prison doctor, Ian Whitlatch, who champions equality and rights for inmates. Amid corruption and nobility, tragedy and victory, the fate of the colony hangs precariously in the balance. 

Elizabeth Guizzetti currently lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and two dogs. When not writing, she loves hiking and birdwatching.

'The Light Side of The Moon' is a much-awaited sequel for 'Other Systems', however, this is a different story with different characters in a different scenario but it still a really good sci-fi story.

Here we meet Ella, who at the beginning is a sweet and innocent little girl who dreams of going to the Moon. A series of events make her run away from an unwanted marriage. She has to endure lots of danger, cruelty and more on her journey to the Lunar Colony. She meets a group of androids who will be her companions and protectors. On another place, we have Ian, a doctor who has dreams of building an utopic place. Once their stories connect we have an exciting and fast story.

Chapters have a fast rhythm and the writing is excellent. We read multiple sides of the story from different characters and they all intertwine at one point or another.

I love how the author creates a book that tells us life stories, this is not a story about a single moment or a short period of time. In this book, characters grow up and evolve. We see them change, make mistakes, we see all kinds of human emotions and they create a colorful tapestry of humanity, even in a place far away from Earth.

Elizabeth does an excellent job creating a solid universe, taking care of every detail to create a believable lunar living space. She uses all the sci-fi elements and we can see she knows what she is doing. Her book is magical, futuristic but at the same time real.

I do have to mention the length of the book. It might seem a bit long but I think is necessary and it doesn't get boring. The book needs space to capture the rich story.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Review: Geomancist @CharmainePauls

TITLE: Geomancist
SERIES: Seven Forbidden Arts #5
AUTHOR: Charmaine Pauls
RELEASE DATE: April 12th, 2016
PUBLISHER: Mélange Books
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

All is fair in love and war, especially when the loot is HIS woman. Sean Rivers lives with a dangerous secret. He possesses a forbidden art. As geomancist, it is in his power to destroy landscapes with earthquakes and volcanoes. Knowing his kind is hunted by forces of both good and evil, Sean’s job as mixologist in Cartagena, Colombia is the perfect cover. Until Asia, a zesty beautician walks into his life and wrecks the very law of physics. When Sean and Asia compete for the premises where Sean intends to open his cocktail bar, he pulls out all the stops to wins the challenge … to Asia’s detriment. Together they end up catering for the guests of a drug baron who rented Isla del Pirata for a week-long birthday celebration, and the kingpin has no intention of letting Asia leave. Ever. If Sean is to rescue her, he’ll have to use his art, blow his cover, and maybe even his life.

* This book contains adult content with explicit language and consummated love scenes, including anal sex and elements of sexual punishment. Reader discretion is advised.

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.

'Geomancist' puts the bar higher than any book before it. It's a story about forgiving yourself, finding love and kicking the bad guy ass. OK.. maybe is a bit more than that but let me tell you 'Geomancist' is a hot story that will burn your reader (or your hands).

The story takes place in Cartagena where Sean has been planning to buy a place to open a cocktail bar and fulfill his late sister's dream. Enters Asia, a beautiful Danish woman who wants to open a spa on the same place. Here begins a run for money that will drag both of them to a drug lord's island. Working for dangerous man will change their lives. Juan is the typical cartel guy, he takes notice of Asia in a special way. Long story short (without spoiling anything) their lives will be in danger as they work to uncovered a bigger threat.

Unlike the other book in the series, Sean doesn't work for Cain's team but of course, he makes an apparition and through his classical manipulation he makes and offer Sean cannot refuse. The other characters also appear on the book wich is great because I love to read what happened in their lives.

Sean is a Geomancist (he can manipulate the Earth) but his power is dormant so at first the paranormal element is no so present in the story. He is a sexy Scottish man, I have a thing for the Highlands so Sean is perfect for me. Asia is a strong and brave woman and some of the things she had to endure were too much but she never gave up. Juan is a sexual sadist... he is too evil and I couldn't have hated him more.

Sean and Asia are perfect together, their relationship is raw, primal and addictive. The sex scenes were off the chart, the fire was consuming and the trust they have each on other brings us scenes that are recorded in our brains forever. Sean is dominant in bed but still puts her pleasure first. I never read sex scenes with so much love and passion at the same time.

Anyway, I absolutely loved Geomancist. Charmaine is an incredible storyteller with a gift to create complex characters with sexy stories. I can't wait to read more about them.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Book Tour: Bright's Passion @writerblack

Title: Bright’s Passion
Author: E.B. Black
Genre: Fantasy Romance

Bright wishes he wasn't the god of the suns.
Every day is the same: he makes the suns rise and then they set. He looks down at humanity's corruption. He watches wars, people starving, and thieves stealing.
He can't help. Every time he tries, the humans take something from him. They've destroyed his family and he has no doubt that they'd like to destroy him, too.
Adonya is a raven-haired witch with powers that make her as close to a goddess as a human can be. He's wondered what it was like to be with a woman, but all the goddesses are dead.
He can feel it when he touches her--she's as dangerous as all the rest of the humans. Can the power of love join their races together? Or will one of them wind up dead in the end?

E.B. Black is the annoying author who lives in the head of a nerdy housewife named Elizabeth. Elizabeth tries to live out her days by walking her dog, spending time with her husband, doing housework, and watching television, but E.B. Black makes her drop everything to type out weird fantasy stories. Elizabeth is asking anyone who read this to please send help.

My husband and I are proud geeks. We met years ago when I sat in on a game of Dungeons and Dragons. We play video games together and go to Comic Con whenever we can. 

Which is why my favorite mythology isn’t greek mythology or Egyptian or Norse. It’s the mythology we’ve created now: comic books. Some comic books have a direct correlation to mythology like Thor with Norse mythology and Wonder Woman with Greek mythology. Others are less obvious, like Superman and the way he’s like a modern day Hercules. Because telling tales didn’t end with the ancients, we continue to create fantastic stories to this day. 

I think one of the greatest things about mythology is that they are stories we have passed down. They are stories that can stand the test of time. We tell them over and over again, each time in a new and different way. Each time we try to improve upon them How many times have you seen a Batman movie? Or the origins of Spiderman on screen? Comic books take the same story and retell it to all of us, until it’s a story we know by heart, until it’s something that we love. 

I have a book series where I rewrite greek mythology. It’s called the Fate of Eros series. I believe that we are meant to retell myths every day and that the way we choose to retell them says a lot about the person telling the story and society as a whole.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Review: The History Major @michaelpcash

TITLE: The History Major
AUTHOR: Michael Phillip Cash
RELEASE DATE: December 17th, 2015
FORMAT: paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review

After a vicious fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of heavy partying, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room to find things are not the same as they were yesterday. She can't quite put her finger on it. She's sharing her room with a peculiar stranger. Amanda discovers she's registered for classes she would never choose with people that are oddly familiar. An ominous shadow is stalking her. Uncomfortable memories are bubbling dangerously close to her fracturing world, propelling her to an inevitable collision between fantasy and reality. Is this the mother of all hangovers or is something bigger happening?

Michael Phillip Cash
Born and raised on Long Island, Michael has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films. He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, Brood X. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. 

He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.


'The History Major' is an easy to read story, short and good. It has a steady rhythm and the writing is good. However, it never really fully stands out. There is no breaking point besides the ending. It's a book you will read fast and forget even faster.

The plot is this, Amanda wakes up with a terrible hangover and nothing is the same around her. Her roommates are gone, her classes are different and a mysterious History professor talk to her in riddles. With the help of some time jumps, story moves on until we figure out what is going on.

Amanda is a good character. For what we can read she had a traumatic childhood and it was really good from the author to warn about some of the topics of the book.

The story uses historical facts and elements to make parallelisms and comparisons, I liked this but it still didn't make the book great.

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