Friday, June 8, 2018

Review: The Sea Was a Fair Master @CalvinDemmer

TITLE: The Sea Was a Fair Master
AUTHOR: Calvin Demmer
RELEASE DATE: June 5th, 2018
PUBLISHER: Unnerving
SOURCE: complimentary copy


The world’s fate lies with a comatose young girl; an android wants to remember a human she once knew under Martian skies; men at sea learn that the ocean is a realm far different from land, where an unforgiving god rules; a school security guard discovers extreme English class; and a man understands what the behemoth beneath the sea commands of him.
The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, riding the currents of fantasy, science fiction, crime, and horror. There are tales of murder, death, loss, revenge, greed, and hate. There are also tales of hope, survival, and love.
For the sea was a fair master.

Calvin Demmer is a dark fiction author. His debut collection, The Sea Was a Fair Master, was released in June 2018. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night and the sciences of our universe.

The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, each one is just a few pages long but each one has its uniqueness and is worth reading. We have different genres: horror, mystery, fantasy, sci-fi, crime but they all have a common line, they have a dark aura and provocative themes. Each one of them caused some impact on me, either for the horror (I mean it wasn't scary but kind of creepy) or the shock, or a different emotion.

It was surprising to read 23 stories (about all kind of subjects) and not finding any repetition, each one is so unique that could have been written by a different author. This speaks about Calvin's writing talent, it's hard to tell a good story in 2 or 3 pages, and he managed to do it 23 TIMES!!

I had to take a couple of minutes after each story to go back to a neutral spot and read the next story without any interferences, I had to do this because each story really caused something in me.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Blog Tour: All The Pretty Girls @RileyEdwardsrom

All The Pretty Girls 

A Next Generation Novel

"All the Pretty Girls keeps you on the edge of your seat. Mystery and romance twisted together in one great book."

MEADOW. The road was long, it was painful, and it was raw. It has taken me four years to come to terms with my new reality. A life in which I live with the daily reminders of a vicious attack that has left me scarred both emotionally and physically. Years of recovery and acceptance were torn apart and obliterated the day Special Agent Nick Clark barges into my life. He says the person who attacked me and left me for dead is back. He says I was the first victim – the one who got away. He promises to protect me. But he can’t, no one can. Nick is relentless in his pursuit and promises me the things I can’t afford to have – like hope for a future with the sexy FBI agent. But hope and love and promises can’t protect me, not when I’m next on the killer's list. NICK. Meadow Holiday is the missing piece, the woman I’ve been searching for. And it has nothing to do with her being a witness in an unsolved serial killer case I’ve had sitting on my desk for the last four years. I had no business falling in love in the middle of a murder investigation but she’s the one. I feel it deep in my bones. I knew the first time I laid eyes on the shy, beautiful woman that she was mine. Now I'm left with the daunting task of convincing her I'm enough. Can Nick save Meadow in time and prove his love can heal all wounds, or is he already too late to fix what a sadist serial killer has broken?

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A serial killer is the cause for Nick and Meadow to know each other, one is trying to catch this cruel and bloody person who torments women and the other is the first victim. She is the only one with enough clues to help Nick and the FBI to finally put evil behind bars.

The book has a fast rhythm and the relationship between them evolves super fast but given the circumstances, it sounds quite understandable. We have the constant threat of a new murder and Nick is running against the clock. Of course, reviving all the horror from four years before has its toll on her and Nick will have to really decide if helping her and being with her are worthy. Helping someone to heal can be exhausting, and tricky because we might think we know what the other person needs but maybe we are wrong. Here, we have a man decided to be with a beautiful woman who is not sure of herself and needs to feel loved.

The story contains a strong sexual component, which is good and it helps the story. The writing is simple and clear so it's easy to read a good amount of chapters without getting boring.

My main problem with this book (I wouldn´t call it a problem but it's the reason why I gave it three stars) is how easy was to spot the "bad guy". The only thing missing was a lighting arrow over his head to tell you "hey, here is the bad guy".

Friday, June 1, 2018

Review: An Authentic Experience @kellywittbooks

TITLE: An Authentic Experience
AUTHOR: Kelly Wittmann
RELEASE DATE: February 12th, 2018
PUBLISHER: Sara Camilli Literary Agency
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


Fifteen-year-old Silver Abelli’s life has been as tumultuous as the punk rock she was raised on. Her divorced parents just don’t get along, even though they’re both musicians who stubbornly spurn the mainstream but secretly crave the limelight. Silver has always lived with her mom, Nicola, but when Nicola is diagnosed with a brain tumor, she must go to live with her obnoxious, hard-partying father, Renz. It’s a really bad time to fall in love, so you can pretty much bet that Silver will. Enter Jake Sullivan… 

Silver's mom is sick and she had to undergo a serious surgery so now, fifteen-year-old Silver has to go and live with her father. She is far from the typical teenager, homeschooled by her parents choice she has a personality and interests that are the product of her upbringing. Her parents were both in rock bands, her grandparents own a bakery where she works and she never attended a regular school. However, she still knows who the popular kids are so she knows who Jake Sullivan is.

I enjoyed reading about a not so typical teenager that still has all the drama and angst that characterize girls and boys of her age. Silver has a great personality, she is not afraid of being herself and is quite mature for her age and despite the chaos her life is right now she handles things well enough. Of course, falling in love or having a boyfriend for the first time is a whole new experience. Jake is an interesting character, you would expect a handsome teenager to be a bit cocky but he is really a great boy. His relationship with Silver is amazing to read and both grow from it.

The story is filled with music as a key element, Silver got her name from a song for example. And for a music lover like me, I can totally relate to a life that revolves around music and where someone musical taste can define how you see him or her.

There are other great secondary characters, each one brings something to the mix in order to create a wonderful story.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Review: Sophie's Secret

TITLE: Sophie's Secret
SERIES: Whispers Book 1
AUTHOR: Tara West
RELEASE DATE: December 6th 2012 
SOURCE: Free on Amazon


After shedding 30 pounds of baby fat, Sophie Sinora has grown into a pretty, but insecure, teen in bloom. To make her life more complicated, Sophie can sometimes read minds.
Sophie's BFFs, AJ and Krysta, are also 'gifted' with paranormal abilities. Keeping their gifts secret proves difficult, as their powers are strengthening, making them feel more and more like freaks.
When Sophie falls for Jacob, she hopes he'll ask her out to the Freshman Formal. But when she's forced to cheat and lie for him, she wonders how far she'll have to go to make him like her. Add to her growing list of problems - her teacher's suicidal thoughts, a locker bully who wants to kick her butt, the hot school flirt who won't stop teasing her, her pregnant sister who boots Sophie out of her room, and the growing tension between Sophie and her best friends.
Sophie's got issues. Hopefully, she can fix them in time to save her teacher's life and her social life.

Tara West writes books about dragons, witches, and handsome heroes while eating chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate. She's willing to share her dragons, witches and heroes. Keep your hands off her chocolate.

Tara West's young adult and new adult romances have been Kindle bestsellers. A former high school English teacher, Tara is now a full-time writer and graphic artist. She enjoys spending time with her family, interacting with her fans, and fishing the Texas coast.


I've had this book on my reader for years (yes! YEARS) and I started to read it accidentally and it was great! It was a nice surprise, Sophie's Secret is an entertaining and fast to read story.

After losing some weight Sophie is now a pretty teenager who has the ability to read minds (the paranormal aspects of her and her friends was the only thing that could have been erased and still made a good story). The story is about her experience with bullies, friends, starting dating and big sisters.

The story is super fast to read with simple languages and good characters. If you are looking for something to clear your mind and read just for fun, this one is a good choice. And if you enjoy it there are more books in the series.

Monday, May 28, 2018

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Review: Uncanny Valley @AuthorCAGray

TITLE: Uncanny Valley
SERIES: Uncanny Valley Trilogy#1
RELEASE DATE: December 11th 2017
PUBLISHER: Wanderlust Publishing
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


Have you ever sensed that something isn't quite right, even if you can't explain why?
Rebecca Cordeaux knows exactly what her future will hold: she will marry Andy, her crush of the last five years. Once Andy is ready to settle down, she’s sure he will discover that she is his soulmate. After several small parts on stage, Rebecca knows she can become a renowned actress. Her writing also shows promise as a future author. Robots perform most human jobs that can be automated, leaving many free to pursue their personal creative interests.
But Rebecca's mother Karen fears the new world of robots, and insists her brilliant daughter join a university research team, studying the hazards of a complete robotic economy. Rebecca's father Quentin was obsessed with the subject to a degree that even her mother considered absurd, prior to his untimely death. So long as she can reserve enough of her time to pursue her true passions on the side, Rebecca half-heartedly agrees to join the research team, if only to please her widowed mother. There she joins a post-doc named Liam, whose conspiracy theories rival even those of her late father. Liam is convinced that world Republic leader William Halpert’s worldwide challenge for researchers to develop synthetic creativity will lead not to the promised utopia, in which every kind of human suffering has been eradicated, but rather to an apocalypse. Rebecca, whose best friend is her own companion bot Madeline, writes Liam off as a bot-hating conspiracy theorist, just like her father was… until she learns that her father’s death might not have been due to mere happenstance.
With Liam’s help, Rebecca learns of an underground organization known as The Renegades, where Quentin Cordeaux was considered a legend. While Liam attempts to stop Halpert’s challenge if he can, Rebecca tries to unravel the mystery of what happened to her father. Did he and many of his contemporaries die for something they knew? Who is the mysterious informant who calls himself John Doe, and only seems to want to drive her out of harm’s way? And if Halpert’s challenge is answered, will it usher in a brave new chapter in humanity’s history… or were Quentin Cordeaux’s dire predictions right all along? 

C.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD), with a primary care practice in Tucson, Arizona. She has always been captivated by the power of a good story, fictional or otherwise, which is probably why she loves holistic medicine: a patient’s physical health is invariably intertwined with his or her life story, and she believes that the one can only be understood in context with the other.
Her favorite fictional tales have always been epic battles of good versus evil, with a strong tendency towards parable. An idealist herself, she has always been convinced that these stories have something deeply true to tell us about the human condition, and that is why we love them so much… or at least that’s why she does.
She still wants to be everything when she grows up. She moonlights as a college chemistry teacher (she has a degree in biochemistry, with minors in Spanish and Creative Writing), does theater when she gets the chance, sings, plays piano, was once a personal trainer and in coffee shop management. She is blessed with exceptionally supportive family and friends, and thanks God for them every single day!

In a world where robots have taken over most human jobs, Rebecca can focus on trying to be an artist, participating in musicals and writing a novel (studying theater and Creative Writing at college). However, she not only develops the artistic side she also studies cognitive neuroscience. When the leader of the world decides that people should investigate and try to find a way to give robots the possibility to have CREATIVITY of their own, her world gives a 180-degree turn after her co-worker Liam presents Rebecca with a group called The Renegades. A group of people who believes in conspiracy and wants to unravel what really goes on with the leaders of the world.

The story has a solid background and the plot is well though. This world where technology has evolved and you can communicate with people just by a chip in your head is quite engaging. There are lots of sci-fi elements and each one is ok.

The main character: Rebecca has some attitudes that will make you want to scream at her but ok, she is not perfect but I still like her. Liam is this handsome, intelligent and protective guy who of course is in love with her but doesn't want to admit it. Their interaction makes the story move on and is easy to read.

There were a few revelations that didn't cause the desired effect because for me they were too obvious. If you are paying attention you can predict what will happen. But the book is still good despite this fact.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this story, the characters were good and I would really like to read the next book.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Review: The Substitute Wife @CherylYeko @char_chaffin

TITLE: The Substitute Wife

SERIES: Brides of Little Creede Book 1
AUTHOR: Cici Cordelia
RELEASE DATE: May 9th, 2018
PUBLISHER: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
SOURCE: complimentary copy


Once his fortune in silver mining is secured, Harrison Carter finally sends back home for his fiancĂ©e. It’s been four years since he’s seen Jenny.
But it’s Retta Pearce, Jenny’s sister, who arrives by stagecoach with young daughter Adeline in tow. When this lovely, soiled dove brings devastating news and a written plea from Jenny to marry and care for Retta and little Addie, what’s a good man to do?
RETTA . . .
Fulfilling her dying sister’s request, Retta travels across dangerous territory to marry a man she barely remembers. But the hard miner who meets her at the stagecoach surely isn’t the same one her sister claimed was kind and honorable, a gentleman who’ll embrace her and her daughter as if they were his own. Has she made a mistake she’ll pay for, the rest of her life?
Thrown together in shared sorrow, Harrison and Retta struggle to forge a life in the brand-new state of late-nineteenth-century Colorado

CiCi Cordelia is the pen name for the writing team of BFFs Char Chaffin and Cheryl Yeko.
Published authors in their own right, they share a love for well-written stories infused with their favorite romantic genres: paranormal, suspense, and erotica. Both are fans of Alpha Men and the women they’d lay down their lives for.
As a writing team, they bring a solid know-how for accomplishing the foundation of what makes a great romance read: a strong story, a passionate romance, fascinating characters, and a happy-ever-after ending.

CiCi can be found at: WEBSITE GOODREADS

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Retta and her daughter will travel to live and begin a life with a man who was waiting for her sister. After four years, marrying her fiancee's sister is not what Harrison was expecting but he will follow her last wish. And so a story about learning to love and protecting your family begins.

The Substitute Wife is an enchanting, easy to read and sweet love story. The tension between the main characters is understandable, neither of them wanted to marry the other but life is not always what we want.

Retta's loves for her daughter is admirable and she is a strong and likable character. Harrison is the typical gentleman, with a sense of honor and respect that makes him totally attractive. Their relationship seems quite natural and given the circumstances it flows and grows into something special. And of course, the little Addie is extremely sweet.

The plot has all the elements of a historical romance, the setting is well portrayed and the bad guys have fun messing with other people's lives.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Review: Racer (audiobook) @authorkatyevans

TITLE: Racer
SERIES: Real #7
AUTHOR: Katy Evans
RELEASE DATE: September 28th 2017
PUBLISHER: Simon Schuster Audio
FORMAT: Paperback, Ebook & audiobook
SOURCE: Audible


A bad boy with something to prove. A woman with a mission. The race of their lives. The love of a lifetime.
I don’t think his parents expected him to live up to his name—Racer Tate—but once he felt the adrenaline rush behind the wheel, he was addicted.
He’s the fastest, fiercest driver around.
Scouting new talent brings me to his doorstep...but his smile sends me to my knees.
The sexy, mysterious Racer Tate is not the kind of man a girl like me falls for. He’s secretive, reckless, elusive. But his proximity pushes me beyond reason, and his kiss....
This is our last chance to win, and he is our only hope. I’m supposed to watch him—make sure he doesn’t get into trouble. But it’s an impossible task. And now the one in heart wrenching, toe-curling, soul-crushing trouble is me. Because when your heart belongs to someone, their truths become your own, and their secrets become your salvation...or your curse.
He says he wants me. He says I’m the One. But he also thinks he’ll break my heart, one piece at a time until it’s gone. 

Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 10 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world. 


I wanted to love it, I wanted to crave more and more but above all, I wanted to read it fast (or hear it in my case). I'm so sorry it wasn't what I expected, I'm sorry Racer didn't live up to his father's expectations. I loved the first two books by Katy Evans but then I lost track of the series, but I know you can read the books as standalone so I decided to give it a chance to Racer, and besides it was about Remy's son, come on... it had to be sexy.

It took me too long to hear it, even though the guy who reads it has a really sexy voice. My problem was the story it felt like a repetition of another story and there wasn't any big surprise. The characters sounded fake and shallow. And also he being Remy's son we can expect some mental illness throw into the mix but still, it sounded forced.

I do have to clarify that the sex scenes and the chemistry between the main characters are quite hot but not even that could save the book for me.

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