Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Review: Fighting Mad @kathybryson2

TITLE: Fighting Mad
SERIES: The Fayetteville Fairies #3
AUTHOR: Kathy Bryson
RELEASE DATE: December 23rd 2015
PUBLISHER: SoulMate Publishing

Laid off from her job at the bank, Carla turns to her friends for support only to find they’re more concerned about their jobs. The one person she can count on is local bartender Murphy, but what kind of example is that to set for her daughters? Having learned the hard way, Carla’s not depending on any man, even if he is cute, charming, very kind, and some kind of leprechaun?
Murphy is used to sneers. Clurichauns are the redheaded stepchildren of the leprechaun world and then there are the late-night throw-downs at his bar. What he wants, however, is to protect the dainty little mom who ogles him when she thinks no one’s looking. He knows she’s fighting overwhelming odds, but she’ll need more than bravery when the conflict between the King and Queen of the Fairies becomes outright civil war! 

Kathy Bryson is the award-winning author of a series of leprechaun romances as well as the adventures of a hapless med student. She has degrees in both advertising and literature as well 20+ years in business that came in handy for exposing leprechauns. The zombie stuff she’s making up out of research – mostly. A recent transplant to Texas, she also runs a college writing center and caters to the whims of spoiled cats.

The Med School Series follows the adventures of Giovanni through 8 semesters of dealing with B-movie monsters in the real world. Uncover the hidden secrets where the twisted worlds of the supernatural and medical science collide!

The Fayetteville Fairies series - Feeling Lucky, Restless Spirits, Fighting Mad - Shakespeare may have brought a long-standing feud to light in 1590 , but it's heating up today on a small town in the Midwest. How will the ladies of Fayetteville cope while managing jobs, families, and love lives?!

Carla is fired from her job, has sort of a car accident and Murphy seems her best option for help, however with two teenage daughters she doesn´t want to give them a bad example. She has to deal with everything by herself, especially when everyone seems to have gone crazy talking about a war between magical creatures. 

The story is easy to read, the plot is simple and the characters are all likable. The romance is sweet and engaging. I really like how funny, light to read and entertaining the fairies are. In the three books, the pages flow by quickly and you have a pleasant time reading the stories. Kathy is a great writer and also, I love, how she adds the always present Shakespeare into her stories.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Review: Bright @writerblack

TITLE: Bright:  The Story Of A God Who Wishes He Was Human 
SERIES: The Last of the Gods #1
AUTHOR: E.B. Black
RELEASE DATE: April 28th 2017

The worst thing to happen to Bright was being born a god. Bright is expected to use his powers to protect the world from the moment he takes his first breath. He raises himself, learning how to control his powers at the same time as he takes his first steps. 
He isn't allowed to be a weak child: to cry, to grow, and to change because gods must always be perfect. He must not have needs or desires, his duties must rule over all his actions. 
His family members are more like rivals than people who care for him. Humans worship him, but their fear keeps them all at a distance. 
He is always alone, forced to live a life where the fate of his world weighs down on him. There is no rest or joy. 
Until he meets a raven-haired witch named Adonya with power over fire. She turns his world upside down. He has been having visions of this woman and the love the two of them will share. He knows he'll never be the same once he gets to know her. It's dangerous to get close to a woman who is too strong to fear of the wrath of a god. 
He knows she can destroy him, but Bright is tired of always doing the right thing. It is time for him to be selfish for once, even if the world and everything he knows falls apart around him because of it.

E.B. Black was raised by her imagination. She was bullied a lot of growing up, but thanks to daydreaming and books, she always had a friend around, even if most of those friends were imaginary at the time. She was raised on books like Little House On The Prarie, The Boxcar Children, and eventually Sweet Valley High, the last of which was where her love of romance novels came from. But eventually, as she got older, she also read and fell in love with the Harry Potter series and an affection for both romance and fantasy novels grew to make her the writer she is today. Often times, she would read instead of doing homework as a teenager and sometimes read instead of sleeping. Now that she makes her own worlds, she hopes to captivate other people in the same way all her favorite writers have always captivated her. She lives in Southern California with her husband and dog who both love her and respect her love of both them and her writing.

Bright is the son of gods which makes him a god too. Born to rule over the suns, Bright only wants to be loved by his mother and be human. After a life of being asked to be strong and perfect, a brother who kind of hates him and discovering some family secrets, Bright´s story is full of hits and misses. 

It was an amazing experience to rediscover the world through Bright´s eyes. He has this innocence and unknowledge of the world because he is not human so we get to see everything for the first time, it´s like being a kid again and learning how the world works. Those first chapters are well written and the experience is worth reading. 

Then we have Bright´s encounter with humans and human feelings. Passion will play trick with his head and the search for love will drive him a bit crazy. We read about this mysterious raven woman who hunts Bright´s dreams but she appears really late in the book. Adonya is an interesting character.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. Like I said this God who wants to know the world, his brother (OMG, that guy is rare), the humans and the ending are worth trying.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Review: A Different Kind of Lovely: A Novel

TITLE:  A Different Kind of Lovely: A Novel
AUTHOR: Petra March
RELEASE DATE: May 23, 2017
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

“A man with a damaged soul fell in love with a ballerina with a broken body.”

When Neal Medwin glimpses Mina Automne for the first time, he's a man whose soul is darkened with memories of a painful past, whereas Mina is a vibrant, strong, young woman. She's a determined ballerina who's carefully planning and painting her life.
Neal steps into her existence and threatens to shatter Mina's plans with an impossible request.
Mina can't help the fragile man who's invading her home, even though their parents used to be close friends and she knows of Neal's hurtful background. She allows him to linger within her lovely and artistic world, however, hoping he might find some peace and solace.
Slowly, their conflict turns into friendship, and eventually into love, until a terrible discovery ruins Mina's projects and forces her to let go of all her dreams, and of her sweet, damaged man.
Neal is unable to fight for Mina and for the unripe love they share, because he's not ready to leave his past behind. He's not strong enough – not yet.
(Ages 18+)

Petra March is the Award Winning Author of the A Touch of Cinnamon Series and of the stand-alone novel, A Different Kind of Lovely.

Her book, All the Skies I will not See, is a Library Journal SELF-e Selection. The book won the 2016 Pacific Book Awards for Best Short Story, and was a Gold Medal Winner (Fiction - Short Story) in the 2016 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards. In 2015, the book was a Finalist in the 2015 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best Novella, earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, and received a 5-Star Review Seal from Readers' Favorite. The literary magazine Shelf Unbound listed All the Skies I will not See amid the 2015 Top 100 Notable Books.
The multi-award winning All the Skies I will not See features characters from Petra March's other works: A Veil of Glass and Rain(Special Edition), A Dream of Lilies:A Novella, and A Different Kind of Lovely:A Novel.
A Veil of Glass and Rain(Special Edition) was a Finalist in the 2016 I Heart Indie Contest (New Adult), organized by the Las Vegas Romance Writers of America, and was featured in the June 2015 issue of the literary publication InD'tale Magazine.
Petra March graduated summa cum laude in Theater and Cinema Studies at the University of Rome 3, and earned a MA degree from the Catholic University of Milan. She studied Screenwriting and History of American Cinema at UCLA and NYU, and worked as screenwriter in Italy and France, where she also taught Creative Writing in elementary schools and junior high schools.
Presently, she keeps traveling and dreaming through her novels and stories; just like Petra, her characters are deeply in love with Europe and the USA.

Neal is a broken man, after losing his brother nothing has been the same. He arrives at Mina´s home only to meet a sweet, fragile and loving young woman who has her eyes set on dancing. Both of their worlds collide and plans are shattered to create new ones. Mina tries to heal him and wants to be loved. Neal doesn´t want to ruin her but love comes in between and there´s nothing these two can do. However, his family and some cruel revelations will do their best to separate them.

This is a story about love, life and grabbing our destiny with our hands and do what comes best. I have totally forgotten how deeply emotional and draining Petra´s books are. I loved the anguish, the despair and the love itself. I felt all the feelings running through me as I was reading and I ended up emotionally drained. I don´t regret it because it only means the author did an excellent job creating characters and a story that comes to life as you read it, that feels like more than just words on paper (or a reader).

I absolutely loved this book. And just so you know the warning of +18 in the blurb is only because the book has some sex scenes that could be too graphic for young readers.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Review: The Dean Machine by Dylan Lee Peters @dylanleepeters

TITLE: The Dean Machine
AUTHOR: Dylan Lee Peters
RELEASE DATE:  December 3rd 2015
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

Meet Dan Delacor, an utterly boring citizen of Yellow City. Every day he puts on his yellow shoes, yellow shirt, yellow pants, and yellow tie, and catches a ride on the Tunnel Runner from the suburbs into downtown. He has a job, a home, and a girlfriend, and he never wonders what waits beyond the giant glass wall that surrounds Yellow City.Except… Dan isn’t as boring as he seems. He often wonders why everything in Yellow City has to be yellow. He wonders why he suffers frequent anxiety attacks, and why he can’t help himself from strolling through dangerous neighborhoods, or running wildly through the fields that separate downtown from the suburbs. Mostly though, Dan wonders why he can’t remember how he lost his right arm, or anything that happened before five years ago.So, when Dan’s mundane yellow world is interrupted with the seemingly impossible presence of a little red dog named Dean, he quickly finds out there are answers to his questions, and that everything he knows is a lie.Follow Dan as he learns the secrets of his true identity, the scope of the world beyond the wall, and the true intentions of Yellow City’s mysterious leader, Chancellor Elgrey Vinsidian. Meet Wendy, the twelve-year-old girl on a rescue mission, Echo Valkzdokker, the woman with a love for danger, James Perkins, the wily pilot who has a way with words, and Bianna Kensington, the cold-mannered rebel with a cause. Look through the cracks of this new world with Dan as he learns why his little friend is nicknamed The Dean Machine, what special bond they share, and why the dog deserves a legacy that should live on forever.
He lives to love.He would die to protect.His heart is a machine.

Inspired by his dog, Dylan Lee Peters wrote a wonderful sci-fi story where love and protecting your loved ones beat all the evil in the world. I have to say that the preface had me in tears I couldn´t stop, but please don´t let this discourage you. The author only explains why he wrote this book and we get to know a wonderful and loving dog. Then, when we get to the story is all sci-fi and fantasy so don´t worry, no more tears.

We met a man living in a monotone and yellow city (yes like the color) who feels a bit out of place. When a strange girl and dog sort of kidnap him and tell him the truth about his world we jump into a story of action, danger, and many breathtaking moments.

We discover a cruel world and the people who want to save it. however, chapter after chapter we encounter more and more surprises. The plot is well thought because revelation after revelation you have to rebuild the world you know so the new makes sense.

The book has lots of elements of fantasy and sci-fi, all well exploited and enriching the story.

I´m so glad I´ve read this book not only as a dog lover but also because it touches our humanity, it makes us think about how we treat each other.

A really good, very recommendable book.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Review: Goldenfire by A.F.E. Smith @afesmith

TITLE: Goldenfire
SERIES:  Darkhaven #2
AUTHOR: A.F.E. Smith
RELEASE DATE:  January 14th, 2016
PUBLISHER: HarperVoyager
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

In Darkhaven, peace doesn’t last long.
Ayla Nightshade has ruled Darkhaven for three years. With the help of Tomas Caraway, her Captain of the Helm, she has overcome her father's legacy to find new confidence in herself and her unusual shapeshifting abilities.
Yet three years ago, a discovery was made that could have profound consequences for the Nightshade line: a weapon exists that can harm even the powerful creatures they turn into. And now, that knowledge has fallen into the wrong hands.
An assassin is coming for Ayla, and will stop at nothing to see her dead.
I'm a full-time editor, a part-time daydreamer and a constant scribbler. I have a three-year-old son (known to the internet as Small) and a baby girl (known, perhaps predictably, as Tiny). Things I like include snacks, books, complex maths problems, snacks, animated films and snacks. Send me chocolate and I'll be your forever friend. I also happen to be a robin some of the time, but you shouldn't let that bother you.

My debut novel, DARKHAVEN, is out now from Harper Voyager. It's a fast-paced fantasy whodunnit featuring love, murder and obsession, carriage chases, duels to the death and a very angry Wyvern, set in a unique city in the throes of industrial revolution. Coming soon to an ebook reader near you :-)


In this sequel, we get to see how Ayla has grown to be a mature ruler for Darkhaven but know she has to deal with a new threat and with a new weapon that can kill her kind.

AS the first book this one is a dark fantasy with sub-plots and characters well developed. We get to see much of the training the guards have to endure especially because we have a strong and decide young woman who becomes a key player in the story.

There is suspense and intrigue through the all story as we read the letters sent by the "bad guy" and as we tried to figure who is the one threatening Ayla. I think the Incognito is maintained throughout the chapters and the reader keeps hooked to the book at all times.

One of the things I liked about the first book and this one is the writing, the language is excellent. The descriptions are wonderful and the words flow naturally.

Overall, I will read the third book to see how the story unravels. Another great book in the series.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Book Promo: Broken Rules @HanleighBradley

Aurora Stone knows what it means to keep the rules. She's lived with the expectations of the people around her. The only person who's expectations aren't met? Hers. On the spur of the moment, Aurora decides to break the rules. Only the list seems endless and Aurora is a little overwhelmed by it. When she sees Landon sat at the bar watching her, she makes a split second decision that might just change her life, one broken rule at a time. The list of broken rules quickly exceeds the number of rules they keep as they embark on this whirl wind adventure of control and chaos

Hanleigh is a British author. She was born in Scotland but has lived near enough her whole life in the South of England. Hanleigh loves reading books more than nearly anything in the world; whether it’s reading them or writing them, Hanleigh just can’t get enough. She relishes in the way authors can create whole worlds with the words they put in their books. She wishes that being an author really was magic, just like in Once upon A Time. Hanleigh absolutely adores Romantic fiction. She first fell in love with literature as a small child reading Dr Zeus. She then fell in love with romance as a genre when she first read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. She checks every five-pound note for Austen’s face but has yet to find her £50,000 five-pound note. Shame. Hanleigh is about as English as it’s possible to be, which is highly ironic as she isn’t English at all. She sometimes wishes she could live inside the world that she can create inside her mind, but since that isn’t possible she puts pen to paper and shares that world with this world instead.

Broken Rules be read for free when you sign up to my mailing list – 

Enforced Rules

Revised Rules 

Repeating History 

Deleting History

Forging History 

Damaged Intimacy 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Book Promo: Whispers in the Wind

Whispers In The Wind

Title: Whispers In The Wind
Author: S.M. Stryker
Release Date: March 1, 2017

I was in love with Drayton Clay. 

Dray was my everything, the boy that grew into an amazing man. 

The day that he proposed to me, was not only the most wonderful day of my life but the most tragic as well. I died that night with him. 

Maison Keller walked into my life and flipped it on its axis. He didn’t teach me how to live, but he showed me that there was more to live for. Until that night, and once again, my life came crashing down around me. 

Kai was there to catch me, to help me pick up the shattered pieces of my heart, and even though there were missing pieces, the heart he gave back wasn’t glass or crystal that would shatter again, it was gold, pure and strong. 

Callie Bailey is in love with her high school sweetheart, Drayton Clay, quarterback for the Cougars. It wasn’t love at first sight, but their friendship grew into an invincible bond, a bond that could only be broken by one thing. The day was amazing; he had it all planned out, they were going to get married and she would have a family again. She never expected that amazing day would end like this. 

Every day was the same for her, she is just existing, it had been almost two years. That is until Maison Keller walked into her office turning her world upside down. He was fun, caring and loving. He told her of his dream to build the best night club around and with her help Saber Elite was born. 

Maison made Callie feel again, she once again opened her heart, but Maison had a dark secret, and before he had the chance to tell Callie about his demons, the nightmare had started. 

Kai Sterling knows he shouldn’t get involved, but can’t help himself. After seeing her that first night, he knew he wanted more. There was something about the woman sitting in the mud puddle in the middle of a rain storm that pulled him to her. Callie was something he never thought he would have, but deep down always wanted. 

Callie soon realized what she needed to do. Her spiritual quest showed her just how precious and fragile life is and one of these men possessed the heart of gold she had lost years ago, and this time she wasn’t letting go. 
Book one of two.

***AUTHOR'S NOTE*** Due to strong language, sexual content & physical abuse, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18 or have triggers with child abuse or physical abuse.

*****THIS IS BOOK ONE OF A TWO BOOK SERIES...Some would consider this having a cliffhanger***** 

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SM Stryker, writes adult contemporary and suspense Romance Novels. Growing up in a small country town, SM Stryker escaped from her home after years of abuse at as soon as she turned 18, running from a taboo life into another tragic situation as she tried to find her place in the world. 

She believed that things happen for a reason and knew that one day she would understand why. She finally found her solace when she found her husband and was blessed with her four daughters.

Although she never thought she would start writing, she knew her life would make for one hell of a story... or soap opera. She thought about writing years prior but finding and or making the time to write was always the issue. 

In April of 2014, she sat down in front of her computer and started to write. Through lots of tears, she wrote her first book; that book was Stolen Innocence. 

She started to write Stolen Innocence as a way to exercise the demons of her past and from there she was hooked. She has shared more of the events of her life in many of her other books. Titles include: Stolen Innocence, Never Forgotten Love, Loving Redemption, Anchored To Love, Never Expected Love, Sacrifice of love and coming soon, The Locket.

Now she finds that she has to write, this is her outlet her sanctuary, and in every book, she writes there is always part of her life written into it.

When not writing, she is with her photographer husband or with her children and grand kids. She loves the outdoors and being one with nature. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Promotional Post: A Beautiful Kind of Hope

TITLE: A Beautiful Kind of Hope
AUTHOR: Cathy Johns
RELEASE DATE: August 1st, 2017
PUBLISHER: Independently Published

Taylor;I have lived my life without distraction, building a name and an empire in this competitive world, becoming a billionaire as I stayed true to my late mother’s wishes. But all that changed the moment I laid my eyes on her… 
That's what they called her. The woman I couldn’t tear my eyes from as she captivated the crowd, swaying her curvy hips, her nude lingerie leaving nothing to the imagination. The one woman who made me want to break a few wrists when they tried to touch her beautiful mocha skin. I didn’t know her, and all it took was one taste of her intoxicating scent and I knew I’d never get enough of her.
I needed her in my life to be that ray of sunshine.
To be my beautiful kind of hope.

Cathy Johns- Author

Writer Erotic Romance with a spice of sass & a dash of Hella heat

Cathy Johns is a daughter, sister, aunt to three nephews and three nieces who I love so dearly. My family means the world to me, without them I don’t know what I’d do.
•  She’s a Kenyan based writer who resides from one of the most beautiful stunning part of this fantastic world. Africa, Nairobi, Kenya. A small village where she learned life the hard way but still taught her how to face it and take it with an open mind
•  She had a remarkable childhood with people who are still by her side diving into her world of crazy and with a Mom who has no idea what her daughter has been working on.
•  Her writing started as a healing process when her doctor gave her a pen and notebook and asked her to make use of them as a way to express her inner feelings. Reading and getting lost in the world of words and peoples remarkable thoughts has always been the greatest form of escape and the most magical journeys for her.
•  There will be happily ever after’s as well as intense stories that will leave you hopeful and longing for one true love.
•  This is going to be an epic journey through my mind so I hope you enjoy the chaos oh and the voices you’ll get used to them.

Cathy Johns

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