Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review: Hunt @lilaspam

TITLE: Hunt
SERIES: Freya Snow: Book One
AUTHOR: L.C. Mawson
RELEASE DATE: September 27th, 2015
PUBLISHER: self-published
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy



When the Earth is reduced to a smoking crater, the only thing left to do is turn back the clock.
Lily Snow, granddaughter of Death and one of the most powerful magical beings on Earth, knows that her daughter most likely won’t survive in this timeline, so she gives her life to create another.
No one remembers the war between humanity and magical beings, and humanity has become altogether blissfully unaware of magic.
Freya Snow, now a sarcastic, awkward, probably-autistic teenager, has spent her whole life moving from foster home to foster home, wanting nothing more than to start living her life, rather than being stuck in the stasis of high school.
But when the ghost of her mother’s mentor appears to protect her from the demons hunting her, she finds that she should have been careful with her wish for change.
The world is a dangerous place, and a pup without a pack is nothing but prey.
HUNT is a YA urban fantasy novel with a dash of sci-fi. It is the first book in the Freya Snow series.
AMAZON (book one is free)

L.C. Mawson is an autistic author and blogger. When she’s not writing, she’s studying autism from a sociological standpoint. And when she’s not doing that, she’s blogging about how allistic writers can better write autistic characters, and about her life as an autistic woman in general. She also reviews current examples of autism in media on YouTube.



With an intriguing prolog that promises a lot of action, we meet Freya. After her mom decided to change the course of time, she was left alone to survive. An awkward and smart kid, Freya is a sweet teenager who only wants a place to belong. Growing up from foster house to foster house she is always afraid to do something wrong. She is a lovely character and it's easy to fall in love with her.

When a ghost appears we discover she is no regular teenager and we enter a world where magic is real. Litlle by little we learn about the different factions in an ancient war and why Freya was left alone. To accompany her we have the sweet/crazy Alice and Damon, both of them are great on their own. Of course there is a little of teenager tension between Freya and her male best friend but it's innocent and cute.

The book is easy to read, the language is simple and understandable. The dialogues are good and the pace is steady. I liked the action in the final chapters 

Overall, I think is a good and entertaining book. The story has a lot of potential and I think most characters have a long way to go.






Monday, July 24, 2017

Blog Tour: The Duchess and the Highwayman

The Duchess and the Highwayman
By Beverley Oakley

Beverley is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Certificate and an ebook

 The Mysterious Governess.to randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour. Please use the RaffleCopter below to enter. Remember you may increase your chances of winning by visiting the other tour stops. You may find those locations here


BLURB: 
A duchess disguised as a lady’s maid; a gentleman parading as a highwayman. She’s on the run from a murderer, he’s in pursuit of one… In a remote Norfolk manor, Phoebe, Lady Cavanaugh is wrongfully accused by her servants of her brutal husband’s murder. There’s little sympathy in the district for the duchess who’s taken a lover and made clear she despised her husband. The local magistrate has also vowed revenge since Lady Cavanaugh rebuffed his advances. When Phoebe is discovered in the forest wearing only a chemise stained with the blood of her murdered husband, she persuades the noble ‘highwayman’ who rescues her that she is Lady Cavanaugh’s maidservant. Hugh Redding has his own reasons for hunting down the man who would have Phoebe tried and hanged for murder. He plans to turn ‘the maidservant with aspirations above her station' into the 'lady' who might testify against the very villain who would see Phoebe dead. But despite the fierce attraction between Phoebe and the 'highwayman', Phoebe is not in a position to admit she's the 'murderous duchess' hunted across the land. Seizing an opportunity to strike at the social and financial standing of the man who has profited by her distress, Phoebe is drawn into a dangerous intrigue. But when disaster strikes, she fears Hugh will lack the sympathy or understanding of her unusual predicament to even want to save her a second time.





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Chapter One 
It was an evening like any other: dull with a hint of menace and tension so thick Phoebe imagined slicing a neat hole in it and disappearing magically into a new life. Any would do. The company had retired to the dim, close drawing room, gentlemen included, following a gluttonous dinner. By the fireplace Phoebe worked at her embroidery, glad to be ignored though she knew that wouldn’t last for long. The reprieve was even briefer than she’d anticipated. Brutus exhaled on a shuddering snore truncated by a yelp as he chased rabbits in his dreams; this caused James the footman, who was stooping over Ulrick in the act of offering his master a drink, to jump in fright and deposit a snifter of brandy upon her husband’s waistcoat. Not that it would concern Ulrick who was snoring more loudly than Brutus and whose waistcoat was already stained with drool. The footman cast the mistress a sideways glance as he unwound his lordship’s stock and dabbed at the sticky mess but Phoebe held her tongue and made do with a dispassionate look. She’d never liked James. She was certain he’d conspired with Ulrick on more than a few occasions to put her on the back foot and to tarnish her name below stairs. Despite her obvious disdain, she was afraid of the power he wielded. “That will be all, James.” She rose with a dismissive wave and the rustle of silken skirts. “I’ll attend to my husband. Please see Mr Barnaby and Sir Roderick out.” Sir Roderick, that most unwelcome of neighbours, appeared before her, bony and wraithlike; malevolent as ever. “I believe your dog that needs more attention than Lord Cavanaugh.” His thin mouth turned up in a parody of amusement as he wafted a fastidious hand about his nose, indicating Brutus’s greater guilt than his master’s snoring. Phoebe offered Sir Roderick a cold smile. On the other side of the room Ulrick’s two other guests conversed in low voices by the window. She inclined her head as she ignored his attempt at levity. “Good night, Sir Roderick.” Sir Roderick straightened his spare, weedy frame, which she saw trembled with supressed outrage at being so summarily dismissed by the lady of the house. Phoebe refused to turn away from his challenging gaze. Sir Roderick was another who couldn’t wait until the doors of Blinley Manor were closed against her the moment Ulrick breathed his last. She’d offended his honour, having bitten his lip and kneed him in the groin six months before when he’d accosted her in a dimly lit corridor and suggested in lewd terms how he might assist in the creation of an heir for the already ailing Ulrick. An heir that would ensure Phoebe kept a roof over her head. 

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Beverley Oakley was seventeen when she bundled up her first her 500+ page romance and sent it to a publisher. Unfortunately drowning her heroine on the last page was apparently not in line with the expectations of romance readers so Beverley became a journalist.
Twenty-six years later Beverley was delighted to receive her first publishing contract from Robert Hale (UK) for a romance in which she ensured her heroine was saved from drowning in the icy North Sea.
Since 2009 Beverley has written more than thirteen historical romances, mostly set in England during the early nineteenth century. Mystery, intrigue and adventure spill from their pages and if she can pull off a thrilling race to save someone’s honour – or a worthy damsel from the noose – it’s time to celebrate with a good single malt Scotch.
Beverley lives with her husband, two daughters and a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy the size of a pony opposite a picturesque nineteenth century lunatic asylum. She also writes Africa-set adventure-filled romances tarring handsome bush pilot heroes, and historical romances with less steam and more sexual tension, as Beverley Eikli.
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Review: The Watchers of the Night Sky @RachelPudsey

TITLE: The Watchers of the Night Sky
SERIES: The Aronia Series #1
AUTHOR: Rachel Pudsey
RELEASE DATE: June 12th, 2016
PUBLISHER: Pronoun
FORMAT: Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Abigail Crumble makes the biggest mistake of her life. She wishes on the stars for love. 
Abigail soon finds her simple life in chaos as princes, men, and mysterious creatures appear at her door, each adamantly in love with her and refusing to leave her side. 
Mixing fantasy, humour and romance, The Watcher of the Night Sky begins the tale of one girl’s journey to rid herself of a curse that was definitely more than she wished for.


AMAZON | B & N
Rachel has been writing stories since as long as she can remember. An obsession with Point Horror books led to her first novel being written at the age of ten. Truth be told, it wasn't very good. 

The following years were spent writing, dreaming, reading thrillers, romantic comedies, fantasies, occasionally playing guitar, and dabbling in song writing.

Rachel was born and raised in Scotland. A graduate of psychology, she now resides in South Korea. She has dabbled in teaching children, but after a few blessed years has succumbed to teaching business English to adults in Seoul.

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Sometimes you get more than you wished for. This is what happened to Abigail, tired of the boys mistreating her she wishes love upon the stars but she gets more than she was waiting for. What begins as a simple wish unveils family secrets, magical creatures, and dark curses.

Abigail is a sweet character, she sounds like an innocent teenager but with a strong personality. The rest of the characters are all great, some funnier than others. I like the mystery behind one of them, despite some of it was a bit predictable.

The whole book has an aura of innocence, it's simple and easy to read and the story is easy to understand. If you are looking for something light to read you should read this one.

I do have to say I was really angry at the end, I know it is supposed to be a series but please that was a huge cliffhanger, I was screaming at my e-reader.



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Review: Days of Desire @tinadonahue

TITLE: Days of Desire
SERIES: Pirate's Prize #2
AUTHOR: Tina Donahue
RELEASE DATE: July 4th, 2017
PUBLISHER: Kensington Publishing Corp.
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy



In a pirate’s lair, nothing is as it seems . . .
Shipwrecked! When Royce Hastings is found washed up on the shore of a verdant tropical island, he tells the natives he is a merchant headed for Mozambique. The truth, however, is far more mercenary. Noble by birth, the once favored Royce has lost his fortune and family; now he is a hired henchman on the trail of an elusive pirate. His “shipwreck” was a fake. He’ll stop at nothing to infiltrate the island and capture his prey. His mother and sisters’ lives depend on it.
The last thing Royce expects is to be captured himself. But the lovely young woman who tends to his wounds in the tropics quickly takes hold of his heart. Simone is the island’s healer, and her skilled ministrations not only awaken his soul but disturb his conscience. His path has been predetermined; his identity must remain concealed at all costs. Yet the passion he feels in Simone’s sultry, loving arms cannot be denied. With his loyalties torn, Royce must make an agonizing, unthinkable choice. . . .


Tina Donahue is an Amazon and international bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Kensington, Samhain, Ellora’s Cave, Siren Publishing, Decadent, Luminosity, and indie.Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic novels (Adored; Deep, Dark, Delicious; Lush Velvet Nights) were named finalists in the EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic romance, 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 her 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. She’s featured in the 2012 Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, she worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.


Days of Desire is the story of Royce a man willing to do anything to save his mother and sisters. However, it all changes when he arrives at the island and meets Simone. He wasn't counting with the exotic woman to change his plans and rock his world.

In this second installment of Tina's pirates, we meet Royce, a strong and handsome man. He his captive by Simone's beauty and good heart. Their relationship is simple at first but the tension keeps growing and growing. They tried to deny it but it is too strong. The story has some strong sexy scenes with a passion that burns the pages.

If you have read the first book you will see some of the previous characters, they all play major roles in the story. There is intrigue, danger and a lot of action to solve the story.

Another great book written by the awesome Tina.





Monday, July 10, 2017

Review: V-Day @dtdyllin

TITLE: V-Day
SERIES: M-Day #4
AUTHOR: D.T. Dyllin
RELEASE DATE: March 24th, 2016
PUBLISHER: Tilk Tok Press
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy



The clock is ticking and only Vivienne Moore knows when things are set to implode. Knowledge can be power… or in Vivienne’s case, a burden. Since the fateful day that has come to be known as M-Day, she’s been frantically searching for her brothers. Only she knows the truth and will be able to save her family–if she can find them before the countdown hits zero.
But all is threatened when a man from Vivienne’s past interferes with things he doesn’t comprehend. Will she be forced to sacrifice a second chance at love to rescue her brothers? Or will she figure out a way to save everyone.


D.T. Dyllin is a bestselling author who writes both paranormal and contemporary romance. Anything with a love story is her kryptonite. Her obsession with affairs-of-the-heart is what first drove her to begin twisting her own tales of scorching romance. 

D.T. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) She now lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband and two spoiled German Shepherds.


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We finally came to the conclusion of this sexy series. V-Day is the book that has all the answers or most of them. Ater M-Day the world has not been the same and Vivienne knows why it all began. Litlle by little we get to witness scenes from her past and we know who was behind the virus that changed the world.

The book brings a good closure and it does not disappoint. Of course she the sister of two of our favorites characters and when she finally meets them, and the rest of the group, it feels like the circle is complete.

This time we lack some of the tension we had in the previous books I think that she and the man from her past jump quite fast in the 'relationship' or whatever you want to call it, but it's understandable as she says all the time this new world has different rules.

There are some scenes which are too hard and rough and they are the perfect example of the danger and adrenaline we had through all the series. Again, D.T. Dyllin wrote a great book to complete a fantastic series.



Friday, July 7, 2017

Review: Love Connection @camillaisley

TITLE:  Love Connection
SERIES: First Comes Love #1 
AUTHOR: Camilla Isley
RELEASE DATE: October 8th, 2016
PUBLISHER: Pink Bloom Press
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy 

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Have you ever wondered what might have been?Gemma Dawson is at the airport, staring at two plane tickets to two different cities. Two different weddings. Two possible futures. She’s at a crossroads.Be maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding or crash her ex’s?Gemma’s decision, unknown to her, hinges on a delayed flight and a chance meeting. Now her life is about to go down two parallel tracks—will Gemma fly toward a life with her first love or a future with a man she’s not even met yet?
Love Connection is a feel good Romantic Comedy about one woman, life’s infinite possibilities, and the destiny that lies beyond two different choices. 

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Camilla was born in 1984. She's an engineer that has always had a vivid imagination and a more creative approach to life. After working in a corporate job for some years, she left everything to follow her husband around the world in a new adventure. Upon finding herself with loads of free time for the first time in a long while, she decided to begin pouring some of her fantasies into words...






It all begins with Gemma and two plane tickets, each one leads to a different story. Once she makes the choice a story unravels, and we get to read about the results of each choice. It was great to read these two stories inside one book. The book is fun, easy to read and quite entertaining.

Gemma is a sweet character, she is real, funny and loyal, and her search for real love is totally understandable. I enjoy seeing her in both stories because despite being the same, Gemma changes in each version of her story.

The book has all the ingredients of a good chick-lit, there is romance, tears and good doses of laughs. It won´t take you too much time to read it and you will enjoy it for sure.





Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Blog Tour: Girl Unseen @AthenaDaniels11 @HotTreePromos


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Title: Girl Unseen
Author: Athena Daniels
Series: Beyond the Grave, Book 3
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 9, 2017

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Some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried… 

Pia has made a dead girl a promise. One that she is determined to keep. But is she prepared for the nightmare that’s about to be unleashed?

When Pia Williams, a gifted psychic medium, is contacted by the traumatized spirit of a young girl, her search to uncover the truth begins. The more Pia learns about the girl’s gruesome fate, the more determined she is to bring those responsible to justice. But is she prepared for the shocking truth of what she’s about to expose?

With more questions than answers, one thing becomes clear to Pia: the girl’s spirit is uniquely powerful, and she’s killing from beyond the grave. Who—or what—is the girl now? A victim, or a demon with murderous intentions? What really happened to her? And how far will Pia go to help her get revenge?

Accused of a murder the spirit commits, Pia reaches out to the only man who can help her: ex-Special Forces detective Nate Ryder. A man who is as dangerous to her heart as the situation she seeks his help with. Nate would move mountains for the woman he loves, but how can he protect her against forces he can’t even see?

As Pia and Nate are swept into an unpredictable situation brimming with dark, evil intent, they soon discover they have more to fear from the living than they ever did from the dead… 

***Girl Unseen is Book 3 in the award-winning Beyond the Grave series, but can be read as a standalone.


Amazon: US | UK | AU | CA



He took a step toward her, closing the distance she’d put between them. “I don’t understand the problem,” he repeated.

“Look, Nate.” Pia began. Swallowed. Calm down, you idiot! He’s just a man. “I don’t want to sound rude, or appear ungrateful—”

“It’s okay. I’m used to it.”

Pia inwardly winced at his reference to their conflict six months ago, but she caught a hint of humor in his eyes. “I’m sorry. Truly. And I’m sorry about that last time I saw you as well. There’s just something about you that…” Pia broke off, searching for the right word.

Nate’s lip twitched. “Yeah. There’s something about you too.”

Pia glanced up, and their eyes held a moment. It was nice to think Nate might be just as confused about her as she was about him.

“I appreciate you coming, Nate. For getting me out of there.” She waved her hand in the direction of the station. “But I really want to go to Mark and the team.”

To the familiar. To where she could breathe and get her thoughts under control.

“They’ll be as worried about me as I am about them,” she added.

He eyed her, released a breath. “If that’s what you want.”

It was what she needed. “It is.”

“Then that’s where we’ll go.” He paused, then grinned. “You know, you’re still as frustrating as you always were.”

A smile kicked at the corners of her lips. “Likewise.”

Across the street, a young girl was watching them closely. Pia saw her out of the corner of her eye, but when she turned to look, the girl was no longer there.

She’d gotten only a glimpse of pale skin, a black vacant stare. But then she heard a familiar voice in her mind.

Why won’t you help me? Why won’t anyone help me?

Pia shivered.

It was the entity. And it seemed to have fixated on Pia. It was following her.

Who—or what—was Sarah? And what did she want?....

Other Books in the Beyond the Grave Series

The Seer's Daughter
Book 1
 Available HERE

The Alchemist's Son
Book 2
Available HERE


Athena Daniels is the award-winning author of the Beyond the Grave paranormal romance series and the romantic thriller Desperate. In 2016, Athena was nominated for Author of the Year and Best New Author in AusRom Today’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

Her novel The Seer’s Daughter was the solo Medalist Winner in the Suspense/Thriller category of the 2016 New Apple Annual Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing. 

The Seer’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite® International Book Awards. The Seer’s Daughter was also nominated for 2016 Book of the Year and 2016 Cover of the Year in AusRom Today’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

The Seer’s Daughter was a Top Pick at The Romance Reviews and was featured in AusRom Today’s January 2016 top-twenty list of “Lust-Have Sci-Fi, Paranormal, and Fantasy Novelists.”

Athena has a natural curiosity about the “more” there is in life, and holds several qualifications in metaphysics and natural therapies. She is a neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) practitioner, life coach, and feng shui specialist.

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