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.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Free book: Capering on Glass Bridges @jessy_marie77

Free book from 18 April 2016 – 22 April 2016

The book can be downloaded at 
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.

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.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Review: Masquerade @fieldinghannah

TITLE: Masquerade
SERIES: Andalucian Nights #2
AUTHOR: Hannah Fielding
RELEASE DATE: August 6th 2015
PUBLISHER:  London Wall 
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE:complimentary copy

A young writer becomes entangled in an illicit gypsy love affair, pulling her into a world of secrets, deception and dark desire. 
Summer, 1976. Luz de Rueda returns to her beloved Spain and takes a job as the biographer of a famous artist. On her first day back in Cádiz, she encounters a bewitching, passionate young gypsy, Leandro, who immediately captures her heart, even though relationships with his kind are taboo. Haunted by this forbidden love, she meets her new employer, the sophisticated Andrés de Calderón. Reserved yet darkly compelling, he is totally different to Leandro but almost the gypsy's double. Both men stir unfamiliar and exciting feelings in Luz, although mystery and danger surround them in ways she has still to discover.
Luz must decide what she truly desires as glistening Cádiz, with its enigmatic moon and whispering turquoise shores, seeps back into her blood. Why is she so drawn to the wild and magical sea gypsies? What is behind the old fortune-teller’s sinister warnings about ‘Gemini’? Through this maze of secrets and lies, will Luz finally find her happiness… or her ruin?
Masquerade is a story of forbidden love, truth and trust. Are appearances always deceptive? 

Hannah Fielding is an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: writing full time at her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean.

To date, Hannah has published four passionate, evocative novels: Burning Embers, a ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya; the award-winning Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’, set in Italy; and books 1 and 2 of the Andalusian Nights trilogy, set in sultry Spain, entitled Indiscretion and Masquerade. She is currently working on her fifth book, Legacy, which will publish this spring.

The second book in the “Andalucian Nights’ trilogy follows Luz, Salvador and Alexandra's daughter, after she returns to Spain. She is a writer whose next job is to write the biography of a famous artist. Her life will become an exciting adventure once she meets an enchanting gypsy and later her attractive 'boss'. Both men will haunt her dreams and will awake her deepest desires.

'Masquerade' has more than 400 pages but you never feel like is a long book. The writing is beautiful and excellent. The author describes the scenarios with such power that is easy to get lost in the reading. Spain continues to be a perfect place to romance and forbidden passion. The story is solid and every aspect has been planned in detail. There are many surprises and each chapter has its magic.

Luz is a great character, as a Spanish woman educated in London she has more liberal ideas about women behavior and love. Still her Spanish roots make her a passionate and strong woman. There are many traits of Luz that reminded me of her mother or father. The author created a lovely woman, faithful to her heart and brave. Both, Leandro and Andres are handsome men with a fire inside that calls Luz. Each one brings a new ingredient to the story and I could love them both.

Unlike the first book, this one has a more relevant sexual component. The tension is suffocating and the relationship between Luz and Andres is burning hot. Their encounters are steamy and sensual, their attraction is electrifying and you can almost feel and touch the passion.

If you have read any book by Hannah you will love this one. If romance is your genre of choice, you MUST read ‘Masquerade’. I'm counting the days to read the next book.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Promo: The Blood on My Hands @AuthorShannonO

The Blood on My Hands is an autobiography by Shannon O’Leary. It was published in Feburary 2016 and is available for sale on Amazon.

Set in 1960s and ‘70s Australia, The Blood on My Hands is the dramatic tale of Shannon O’Leary’s childhood years. O’Leary grew up under the shadow of horrific domestic violence, sexual and physical abuse, and serial murder. Her story is one of courageous resilience in the face of unimaginable horrors.

The responses of those whom O’Leary and her immediate family reach out to for help are almost as disturbing as the crimes of her violent father. Relatives are afraid to bring disgrace to the family’s good name, nuns condemn the child’s objections as disobedience and noncompliance, and laws at the time prevent the police from interfering unless someone is killed.

The Blood on My Hands is a heartbreaking—yet riveting—narrative of a childhood spent in pain and terror, betrayed by the people who are supposed to provide safety and understanding, and the strength and courage it takes, not just to survive and escape, but to flourish and thrive.
The Blood on My Hands is an autobiography by Shannon O’Leary. It was published in Feburary 2016 and is available for sale on Amazon.

Set in 1960s and ‘70s Australia, The Blood on My Hands is the dramatic tale of Shannon O’Leary’s childhood years. O’Leary grew up under the shadow of horrific domestic violence, sexual and physical abuse, and serial murder. Her story is one of courageous resilience in the face of unimaginable horrors.

The responses of those whom O’Leary and her immediate family reach out to for help are almost as disturbing as the crimes of her violent father. Relatives are afraid to bring disgrace to the family’s good name, nuns condemn the child’s objections as disobedience and noncompliance, and laws at the time prevent the police from interfering unless someone is killed.
The Blood on My Hands is a heartbreakingyet rivetingnarrative of a childhood spent in pain and terror, betrayed by the people who are supposed to provide safety and understanding, and the strength and courage it takes, not just to survive and escape, but to flourish and thrive.

"The Blood on My Hands is a powerful, dark memoir… O’Leary tells how she and her family suffered at the hands of an abusive father with a multiple personality disorder. O’Leary actually witnessed her father murder people and animals. No one, not even the authorities, would help O’Leary and her family. This is O’Leary’s story about how they eventually got away from her father, but never truly escaped him or his heinous acts… parts of the book are so graphic that you do not want to believe that these things actually happened. Parts like these made it hard for me to put the book down. I knew what was about to happen, but I could not force myself to look away… This is a story that is going to remain in my mind for a long time."
- 4 Stars, Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite


Shannon O’Leary is a prolific writer and performer. She is the author of several books of poetry and children’s stories, and she has won many awards for song-writing.
Shannon has acted and directed on the stage and on Australian national TV, and she runs her own production company.

She has numerous graduate and post-graduate degrees in education, music, and science. She is a teacher and academic, has five children with her deceased former husband, and lives with her longtime partner in Sydney, Australia.

Her memoir The Blood on My Hands was published in February 2016 and is available for sale on Amazon and Createspace.

Readers can connect with Shannon on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads.


I have felt the cold steel of a gun in my mouth and against my temple.
I have tasted warm blood on my lips and witnessed horrific scenes of mutilation, where nameless people took their last breaths. In my life, I have experienced poverty, met people who had plenty, and lived through fire, floods, and drought. I have befriended the intellectually challenged and physically impaired and have known the mentally ill and misfits who were geniuses. I also assumed anonymity with my mother and brothers without people realizing we had disappeared.

In my youth I was exposed to many facets of raw emotion.

I’ve seen a living heart, beating and pulsating for its last time; seen broken fingers tossed in the wind; and watched a severed head dance. Tormented by recurring memories, I have chosen to write this book and put these ghosts to rest.

I first contemplated suicide at the age of four.

I devised my death plan down to the very last detail but never had the courage to see it through to completion. Instead, my mother’s face would keep interceding, begging me to stay alive. Faced with the fact that I could not inflict my death upon her, I’d pray for miraculous intervention. During hysterical bouts of entreaty, I would beg Jesus to strike us dead at exactly the same moment so that neither of us would feel the pain of enforced separation or the prolonged agony of death.

As a child, I dreamed of better things to come and lived in spiritualistic hope that one day my world would change. I thought my trauma was normal and didn’t know what other families experienced. I thought fear, sad- ness, and horror were just the by-products of a barely tolerable childhood. My self-esteem was nonexistent, and after a while I sought approval through the creative arts. I loved to sing, and as my voice was strong, I sang to cover my feelings of inadequacy and desolation. To me, music represented true happiness, a make-believe world where I could cling to melodious sounds instead of the tortured screaming of my nightmares.

As an adult, I have felt exhilaration when audiences clapped and called my name. At the same time, I have felt myself torn in two, experiencing the immobilizing fear of personal exposure when not protected by the proscenium arch of a stage. When I present myself without camouflage or without a scripted character to protect me, my gut wrenches itself into a catatonic knot, an all-enveloping state of fear. If I feel I am being examined on a personal level, my arms and legs become frozen, and I feel my soul moving toward automatic pilot. I smile and behave in the correct manner, but I’m mentally blank and devoid of all feeling.

I know what it’s like to be branded, to be labeled, and to work within the confines of a title. As a child I was called brilliant, genius, a child prodigy, and a precocious little troublemaker. I was also called an actress, liar, and evil. My teachers admitted they didn’t understand me and often left me to myself. As an adult, I experienced national fame as a children’s TV personality. I have brought joy to thousands of children by teaching them the elements of performance.

It brings me great fulfillment to see children experiencing happiness. It puts my own life in perspective.

I cannot find the words to describe my childhood. Words such as "passionately naive," "emotionally lacerated," and "holistically experiential" all pale in significance, in the shadow of living itself. My childhood was so creatively textured that it carried into adulthood without allowing me to become consumed by the insanity playing havoc around me. I am sane and strong, and for that I am eternally grateful. I have felt and seen extreme emotion. I have smelled my own flesh burning. I know what it feels like to have baby snakes wriggle across my body, to smell decay, and to see an eyeball popped between someone’s fingers. Alone, I have spent what seemed like hours in a blackened hole, a makeshift grave with a steel curtain, waiting for death.

Through all this, I stayed courageous and strong.

I treasure the power of love and the absurdity of shock, and I deal with these emotions on a day-to-day basis.

This is the story of my childhood.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Cover reveal: Infinite Dolls @EmalynneWilder


Cover Designer: Ashley Byland with Redbird Designs
Author: Emalynne Wilder
Publisher: Booktrope
Release Date: May 2, 2016

Born to be the best.
Head of his class.
No strings attached.
The third year of medical school is supposed to be the hardest, but Callum Trovatto has no idea what he's about to face when Everly Anne Brighton stands between him and a passing grade, shaking up his world with her secrets, and digging into his dark past.
Trapped by her father's rules.
Longing for freedom.
Expected to die before her twenty-first birthday, at the hands of a rare medical condition, Everly Brighton begins to defy the carefully crafted routine her father enforces to keep her alive, despite the fact that it could kill her. 

INFINITE DOLLS is an emotionally charged love story about finding faith, coping with loss, and living in the preciousness of Now.

Emalynne Wilder is the voice of the Broken Hearted. The Forgotten. The Unheard. Painfully shy in person. Unapologetic on paper. She's the girl listening to your dirt from the corner of the room, as she plots turning tragedy into triumph. 

"The voices in my head are shadows." - Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros

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