Monday, August 20, 2018

Review: Day Dreamer @Aaron_Speer

TITLE: Day Dreamer 
SERIES: Undeadly Secrets #2
AUTHOR: Aaron L. Speer
RELEASE DATE: May 30th, 2016
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

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Alex Hensley thought that discovering vampires existing in Sydney was as dangerous as her life could possibly get, but she was wrong. Her very survival still depends on her ability to keep the secret. Just when Alex believes she has a grip on her new life, Nicholas, the teenage son of her estranged cousin shows up unannounced and gives her a chilling note from his mother, begging for help; the boy is in grave danger.
Nicholas, though kind and mild mannered is not forthcoming and Alex senses something is dreadfully wrong. The more Alex delves, the closer she is to igniting a war more personal for her than she ever dreamed. Though she cannot turn the boy away, something perhaps even worse than vampires has been unleashed in Sydney. The vampire nation scrambles as tensions rise. Their hold over the city has never been challenged like this, and they would rather destroy Sydney than relinquish it.
How can Alex hope to protect Nick, when the entire city is under threat and Alex can warn no one?
Ideals will be shaken. Friendships will be tested. Allegiances will be questioned.
The streets of Sydney will shatter as a bloodthirsty battle, once thought to exist only in myth, rises at the full moon.


I've been writing since I was around 11, and have rarely been seen without staring off into the distance or with a pen in my hand ever since.

Whatever my genre I happen to be writing at the time, I am passionate about bringing this beautiful country I live in, Australia, to light. (Hint hint...even if that includes epic fantasy and vampires)

2014 saw the release of Night Walker, book 1 of the Undeadly Secrets series.
2016 saw book 2 Day Dreamer released along with The Independents; a short thriller about self publishing gone horribly wrong.
2017 saw both the third book Shadow Chaser released alongside Independents II and the news Night Walker had won the Golden Stake Award at the Transylvania International Vampire Film and Fiction Festival.

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Day Dreamer continues the story of Alex and Dante, but it also brings new characters for example Nicholas. For me, he took over the story and presented us with a new side of the paranormal world. Now, it's not all about vampires.

Nicholas is more than a sweet, foreign young man, he has a secret that not even him know about. His story and his relationship with Nicole adds action and drama to the plot. This time the threat is not made up of paranormal beings (who continue causing chaos in Sydney) but also bullies are in the middle. There is a lot of "teenage" drama and people wanting to hurt others. There is also, a good quota of love, it was a good addition and make the story more complete.

The story continues growing and evolving. The characters keep adding layers to their personalities. The plot is solid and the writing is really good. There is lots of action and it's easy to read one chapter after the other.






Friday, August 17, 2018

Let's go shopping!

Literary Book Gifts is a small company that specializes in bringing books to life on t-shirts and bags. A few titles include works by Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Edgar Allan Poe. Here are some examples:






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Also, the shipping sounds really fast:

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Europe and Australia
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International
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Here it is: BOOKSAREMYWAYOFLIVING20

GO!!! and buy something cool today! For you or a loved bookworm.




Monday, August 13, 2018

Review: Old Enough @CharmainePauls

TITLE: Old Enough
SERIES: The Age Between Us #1
AUTHOR: Charmaine Pauls
RELEASE DATE: July 17th 2018
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy



I’m old enough to drive a car, buy alcohol, and enter a club.
I’m old enough to take responsibility for my actions.
I’m old enough for her.
No matter what her middle-aged friends or society says.
No matter she’s the age of my mother.
No matter why or how I met her.
I’ll take those secrets to my grave.
And her with them.
If those secrets don’t ruin us first.


Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a degree in Communication at the University of Potchestroom, and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, photography, graphic design, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions.

After relocating to Chile with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published nine novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles. Two of her shorts have been selected by the International Literary Society for an anthology from across the African continent.

When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and rescue cats. Charmaine currently lives in France with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mélange of Afrikaans, English, French and Spanish.

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Jane and Brian story couldn't be further from conventional. A twentyish young man, a fortyish divorce woman with a teenager daughter and lots of baggage. A man offering money to seduce the woman just for revenge and a man who likes dark, hard and passional sex, ok... let's see how all of this works.

Jane has a perfect life, a husband, a daughter, her lovely house and a solid job. But when it all starts to crumble little by little, she meets Brian. They have a weird a first encounter, with him breaking into her house to use her pool. Litlle by little he starts to enter her life, offering help she much needs and then waking up a part of her that she thought was dead. 

Their chemistry is undeniable, whenever they meet the tension becomes too much and fire threats with breaking in. Brian is a dominant and possessive man who will stop at nothing to make Jane his. The sex scenes are full of passion, desire, and lust. 

Jane and Brian have to face many obstacles in their relationship, not only because of the age gap but because Jane wants it to be a secret and for now it works. 

The book ends leaving you waiting for what's next, so you definitely need to read the second book. I love Charmaine writing, she is really good at creating amazing characters and solid plots. This one is just another proof that she is an excellent writer. 





Friday, August 10, 2018

Review: The Unstoppables: Food Police

TITLE: The Unstoppables: Food Police
AUTHOR: Demetrius Sherman
RELEASE DATE: August 11, 2018
FORMAT: Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy



When the government bans foods people crave, it creates a world wilder than ever. A gangster producing decadent grub rules Chicago. And a special force of young men assemble to battle the mobster : The Unstoppables.
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Growing up, Demetrius Sherman read Hammett, Chandler, Conan Doyle and other masters of hard-boiled detectives. These works were excellent seeds in the creation of the fast-paced Sheridan Hope Thrillers and the vampire thriller Dark Hunger. 
His latest work is a suspenseful horror tale titled The Hunters.




Imagine a world where fast and fatty food is banned... can you??? I think it would be crazyyyy. And I think Demetrius Sherman does a good job creating a funny and believable world where this sounds real.

Of course that when you banned something there will be people trying to take advantage of the situation and all kind of crazy events will take place. Here we have gangsters, the police trying to catch them, regular people who crave fatty food and all kinds of wackos.

The chapters are super short so it's easy to read and Demetrius has a writing style that catches you and never feels too hard to follow. If you are looking for a book with an interesting and original topic this one is a good choice.



Monday, August 6, 2018

Review: Dare, Lies & Geminis @katharinealex

TITLE: Dare, Lies & Geminis
AUTHOR: Kat Alexander
RELEASE DATE: May 29th, 2018
PUBLISHER: Self-published
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

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Two women, different as night and day.
Tristana likes to keep to herself, devotedly working all day so she doesn’t think about all she is missing in life.
Seraphina, shrouded in mystery, hunts at night, surreptitiously looking for someone good, noble, and honest, while proving to herself they don’t exist.
Two men who won’t succumb to failure.
After his brother’s death, Peter spends his days trying to build a life as far away from the accusatory eyes of his hometown.
Nathan has a nightly obsession—Seraphina.
The truth that everyone is afraid to whisper.
As Peter starts to chip away at Tristana’s walls, one dare unknowingly releases something he thought he lost long ago.
And as Nathan moves in on Seraphina, one lie breaks apart the foundation of everything he thought he knew.
Meet the Geminis.

*** Warning: This book contains sexual violence that may be a trigger for some readers. This is a work of fiction and not meant to offend or misrepresent any situations. ***


"Literature is my passion. I like to challenge myself and grow in my writings. I have many unfinished books and some that have been published under a different name. Why I chose to do this is because of my writing growth and the differentiation in genre. I don't want my future books to be judged by the inexperience of my past writings. Though I love those books, they came out of nowhere and it's apparent in the writings they were a first draft from someone with no experience.

My passions include the arts--music, photography, writing, dance, painting, films, architecture, anything that is creation. There is not much I don't like; and if I don't like it, I at least appreciate the process that took place to create it. This is something incorporated in all my books. I've known so many talented people, and truly believe no one is without a talent. Everyone has something ingrained in them; just naturally gives them the ability to create new life in the form of art. 

In my spare time, which is basically non-existent between my day job and writing, I enjoy being out in nature, traveling, spending time with family, and reading. I read everything, from contemporary to paranormal, from historical romance to erotica, from history to science. Learning is something very important to me. I really do learn something new every day, my brain storing so much useless to life-saving information. My brain, the sponge." 




Rating: 4.5 stars

There is always a book that contains a story that follows you around once you have finished it. This book is one of those, the story is so powerful and emotional that it takes your mind and soul on a journey from where is hard to come back. "Dare, Lies and Geminis" is not only a really dark and tormented, it's also a beautiful and human story about broken souls.

I think I cannot write about the story without giving something away so I will only say that the plot is well thought, it's solid and perfect. It gives you surprises at the right moments, it has flashbacks when needed and the reader builds the world around the characters without any effort.

And now about the characters, they are all amazing. Kat writes about human and loveable people, it's easy to fall for them, you want to protect them from their demons and help them any way you can. Their flaws and past make them the pillar of the story.

Everything the author put in the warning is true, the book contains sexual scenes and also violence (not only sexual) but is part of the story and was necessary to create this powerful book.

If you are looking for an emotional ride you should read this one.



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