Friday, March 31, 2017

Review: Better than the Best @amabel_daniels

TITLE: Better than the Best
AUTHOR: Amabel Daniels
RELEASE DATE: November 2nd, 2015
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


A new beginning. Turning a leaf. All that crap. 
After her divorce and the death of one of her patients, an ER nurse, Kelly Newland, searches for a fresh start in the little town of Churchston. As she learns to accept her failures in life, she befriends some of the locals, except for one disgruntled man, the hero everybody loves to hate. 
He could feel their stares on his back, their judgments hovering over their heads. 
Will Parker suffers from PTSD, and as the black sheep of the sleepy lakeside community, he struggles to get back up on his feet. Initially, Kelly and Will mix like oil and water, but as a series of dangerous incidents strike the people closest to them, their antagonism turns from cool to hot. It is only when they realize it is impossible to resist each other that a killer closes in on them, threatening the love they've dared to find. 

Amabel Daniels lives in Northwest Ohio with her patient husband, adventurous toddler, smiley baby, and a collection of too many cats and dogs. Although she holds a Master’s degree in Ecology, her true love is finding a good book. When she isn’t spending time outdoors, she’s busy brewing up her next novel, usually as she lets her mind run off with the addictive words of “what if…”

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When you start reading and the first thing you read is about Kelly trapped in the bathroom while her husband is cheating on her, you expect to sort of romance where the main lady rediscovers herself. Well ... this book is far from that.

Yes, Kelly moves to this lovely little town and tries to start over and forget about the past. There is some tension with this guy, Will who is not so bad. But somehow people around here have strange accidents. At the same time, we read the POV of a really strange woman who is after Kelly and we do not know why.

Overall, the mystery is really good. You keep turning the pages trying to guess what's going to happen. The writing is really good. And the characters are great. There were some sex scenes which I thought were also a good addition.




Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: Rarity from the Hollow

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


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



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


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



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






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

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

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

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




Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: The Sire of Humellis

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


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


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

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

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

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

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




Monday, March 6, 2017

Review: First Comes Desire @tinadonahue


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


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


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

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

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

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

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




Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Review: The Orb of Wrath @NicWeissman

TITLE: The Orb Of Wrath
SERIES: The Merchant's Destiny Book 1
AUTHOR: Nic Weissman
RELEASE DATE: June 17th, 2015
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


The Orb of Wrath combines fantasy, intrigue and adventure, while transports the reader into a world where almost nothing is what it seems. Plots, counterplots, mysteries, blossoming relationships, disappointments, betrayals, dangers and successes, are combined in this fun cocktail. Erion is a skilled looter who runs the kingdom of Bor with his "brother" Mithir, performing dangerous commissions for wealthy clients. Mithir helps with his long trained magical abilities. One day, when they are doing one of their assignments, they encounter another group of adventurers, with whom they are forced to cooperate. The plot runs in the World of Oris which consists of 12 kingdoms and includes elves clans, dangerous monsters, dwarf kings, rich desert emirs, strange beasts, hospital halflings, ferocious orcs, ingenious gnomes, powerful wizards, brave knights, merchants, terrible vampires, etc. Recommended for the permanent library of all fantasy readers.
Do you dare to accompany Erion and his friends in their adventures?




Nic Weissman is an Amazon Best-Seller and a fast growing name in Fantasy fiction landscape. Nic is the creator of the saga The Merchant's Destiny and The World of Oris. Nic was born in 1974 in mystical place where the sea ends. 
His first novel The Orb of Wrath and its sequel The White Lady are now available through multiple channels both in ebook and paperback, both in English and Spanish. The books have been already acclaimed by multiple authors and bloggers like Jordan Elizabeth, Peg Glover in Write-Escape and Tome Tender. 
Over the past 16 years, Nic has lived in 14 different addresses across 3 different continents. He has traveled to 30 countries and speaks 4 languages. As you can imagine, Nic loves travelling. 
You can follow Nic through his web nicweissman.com or Social Media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Slideshare.net and Linkedin among others. 

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The Orb of Wrath is a fun adventure book with lots of action, lots of emotions and surprises in every chapter. The writing style is really good and the characters are quite good.

The passing is quite steady and despite I have a hard time getting into the story once I get to the middle of it I couldn't put it down.

I liked that the author included many mythical creatures, we get to read about vampires, monsters and more. Each one comes to add more magic to the story.

Overall, is a good fantasy and if you like the genre you should add it to your TBR list.







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