Friday, May 24, 2019

Review: Destroyer's Blood @woodheat

TITLE: Destroyer's Blood
SERIES: Blood Series, #1
AUTHOR:  Michael Lynes
RELEASE DATE: November 5th 2018
PUBLISHER: Michael D Lynes
FORMAT: Ebook & audiobook
SOURCE: Complimentary copy

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Dev shook his head, spitting out dust and rock chips. The last rays of the setting sun stained the ground crimson. “Betrayer,” he murmured, ears still ringing from the terrific explosion, “we have a problem.”
The cryptic message from Olympus changes everything... One moment Devcalion and Betrayer are free, climbing up Half Dome without a care in the world, the next they are dragged into battle with the Destroyer, Zeus’s ancient foe.
The Dark Power is merciless, and time is running out. It’s up to Dev and Tray to try to stop him, or the world of men and gods is doomed.


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Mr Lynes is a serial entrepreneur who enjoys dry red wine and single malt scotch. When not occupied with arcane engineering projects he spends his time playing with his two grandchildren, baking bread, feeding seasoned hardwood into his ancient Timberline woodstove, working on his various cars, bird watching and taking amateur photographs. His current menagerie includes one short-haired turtle shell cat and a pair of actual turtles. 
His first book, There Is A Reaper: Losing a Child to Cancer, was an Indie B.R.A.G. Gold Medallion Honoree in January 2017, a silver-medal winner of the 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards for Memoir, a medalist in the 2015 New Apple Book Awards for Memoir, a winner of the 2015 TISBA (The Indie Spiritual Book Awards), and a finalist in both the Independent Author Network 2015 Book of the Year award and the Beverly Hills Book Awards for 2015.
He published a collection of short stories, The Fat Man Gets Out of Bed in 2016 which won the New Apple Book Award for Best Summer Indie in the Short Story category. The novella It’s In the Blood was released as an independent work and the beginning of the this year as a prequel to his latest fantasy novel, Destroyer’s Blood which was released on November 6th of 2018. Destroyer’s Blood is book one of a planned trilogy – the BLOOD Series
Mr Lynes was awarded a BSEE degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and currently works as an embedded software engineer. He has a consuming interest in the science of emotion as promulgated by Dr. Paul Ekman and has made a comprehensive study of his Face and Emotion courses. 
Mr Lynes has four sons, has been married for over thirty years and currently lives with his wife and youngest son in the beautiful secluded hills of Sussex County, NJ.






This is a fantasy story about a young Greek demi-god, Devcalion, who is the illegitimate son of Prometheus and has a special relationship with his sword. It all stars quite normal but then a series of discoveries and choices will put him on the spotlight.

A well-written book, full of action and with high doses of Greek mythology, this one is a solid story.
My problem is that I'm having a hard time enjoying fantasy books, despite how good they are written. However, I think that fantasy lovers and those who are into Greek gods and goddesses will enjoy this one.




Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Review: Once Upon A [Fallen] Time @samauthorcanada

TITLE:  Once Upon A [Fallen] Time 
SERIES: Stolen Series II
AUTHOR: Samreen Ahsan
RELEASE DATE: May 21st, 2019
FORMAT: Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

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2015...
All her life, Myra Farrow has been obsessed with medieval castle-and the kings and princes who once inhabited them. When Steve Bernard, a wealthy videogame designer offers her to model for a princess character in his new game, Myra can't resist his offer to enter the mysterious, colourless, and cursed Hue Castle. But unknown to Myra, her soul is bound to it by blood and sorcery. When she enters the castle's doors, she awakens dark powers, time travelling through a cursed mirror, torturing her present, and rewriting her future, leaving Steve Bernard with millions of questions.
1415...
Edward Hue, the last of the Hue royal bloodline, has never stood in the sunshine, nor felt the rain, or held a living flower. Cursed from birth to live in darkness and bring death to all he touches, he is at the mercy of his cruel, tyrannical father King Stefan, who will not rest until he shatters Edward's soul and makes his son into a diabolical copy of himself. Edward's one hope is the mysterious woman, who walks into his life through a cursed mirror, out of his dreams, and introduces him: love.
Will Myra break Edward's curse and bring him out of the darkness, or destroy him utterly? Will Steve ever be able to finish his game without Myra? Past and future collide in a tale of love, obsession, betrayal, and the hope for redemption.




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Myra has been obsessed with fairy tales and medieval times, and by some strange curse, her life is tied to the past. And by the end of book one in the series, she is finally in the place she always dream off. Now, after Myra traveled to the past her fiancé is having a hard time explaining what happened to her and figuring out how to bring her back. Present and past dance around broken souls and love.

Myra has always been in love with Edward, even before knowing him and now has to help him save himself. But, she is engaged with Steve who has a hard time accepting that maybe she is not the one for him. And to add more, Edward's father has dark motives behind his actions. Intrigue, twists and turns, ulterior motives, surprises, and unexpected outcomes, makes this one a really good book.

The author creates a world that trespasses the pages and becomes real. It catches the reader and doesn't let go. The story has a dark tone, and you can feel sort of an aura of anguish and sadness around it. The emotions and feelings are palpable and more than words.

I really enjoyed the book and I hope there is another one in the future.


Friday, April 12, 2019

Review: Sold Innocence: A Dark Bad Boy Romance @AuthorSkyCorgan

TITLE: Sold Innocence
SERIES: A Dark Bad Boy Romance
AUTHOR: Sky Corgan
RELEASE DATE: January 26th 2017
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook

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VASH
It was supposed to be just one night. One last sin before I went back on the straight and narrow. The worst kind of sin, taking an innocent girl and unleashing all of my darkest fantasies on her. No safety word. Completely confidential.
AUBREY
He wore a mask, but I still remember so many things. The color of his eyes. The scent of his cologne. And the two gun tattoos on his hips pointing straight at his d*ck.
He was the devil incarnate, devastatingly handsome and making me crave things that had always been forbidden to me. I wasn't supposed to like it. I was supposed to loathe his touch and hate that I sold myself to such a wicked man.
But I didn't... 






I currently write under four different pen names: Marla Braziel, Scarlet DeLorne, K. Matthew, and Sky Corgan(USA Today bestselling author). My most active and successful pen name is Sky Corgan. I write mainly contemporary romance, and I strive to publish something at least once a month to keep readers engaged. I have been on the USA Today bestseller list three times now, and I hope to one day hit the New York Times bestseller list.


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Aubrey has decided to do something drastic to get the money for Art School. Vash wants to get off some steam before getting his life back on track. A hot, sexy, passional and dark night together is all they need but life has a way of messing with your plans. Some secrets are hard to stay buried.

This one is a twisted and dark love story. Aubrey is just eighteen and quite mature for her age despite acting a bit impulsive from time to time. Vash is the typical bad boy we love in this type of books. He is dark, sexy, handsome and rich. Of course, he has some baggage that makes him broken and afraid of what might happen. I enjoyed the tension between them, it was quite electrifying and was a constant in the story.

The book has some cliches in it but it is good anyway. The writing is good and easy to read.






Monday, April 8, 2019

Review: The Side Job

TITLE: The Side Job
AUTHOR: Don Lubov
RELEASE DATE: August 10th 2018
FORMAT: ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

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This is the story of Maggie Gomez — an unwed, unskilled mother of a sickly daughter. She lives a hardscrabble life on the underside of Las Vegas. As her daughter’s health deteriorates, Maggie's need for money for an operation skyrockets. Maggie was vulnerable and defeated early in life. Her long-suppressed strength blossoms and Maggie becomes “La Femme Nikita”. As Maggie gets more involved with her loan shark boss and his crew, her world begins to spiral out of control. Her simultaneous involvement with a gangster and the detective investigating him turns her life into a soap opera of emotions. She must figure out how to escape her underworld life, protect her daughter, and live happily ever after.





Don has been happily married since 1976. He was an artist for 34 years and exhibited his artwork at 3 New York City Art Galleries and the Heckscher Art Museum. 

He spent 8 years teaching Art & Design at East Carolina University, McNeese State University, Suffolk county Community College. 

He was a guest lecturer at Stony Brook University on “Hyperspace—A Visual Introduction to the 4th Dimension”.

He received a grant from The Vogelstein Foundation for his work combining art & mathematics, with his “Quantum Pictures”.

He has written about spirituality and stress relief since 1971. He is the author of 9 books. 10 years successfully teaching his “Six-Step Path” at College of Central Florida Sr. Center, MTP College, and The Lifelong Learning College in The Villages, FL. He has taught his unique brand of meditation to over 2,000 people, who subsequently achieved a level of inner peace.

Don has written for Yahoo Voices, Beliefnet.com, and Kinja.com. His writings have been published in various magazines and books.

He has 3 YouTube videos: “The Grassroots Manifesto”, “Creativity Manifesto”, and “Spirituality Manifesto”.

He created and developed “Pyramoids” – an energy-efficient building system. He taught this system at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA.

One of his “Pyramoid” designs was accepted and juried in The World Trade Center Memorial Competition. 

He has taught his "Six-Step Path" for stress reduction for the past 12 years, at Del Webb and 3 local colleges.

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'The Side Job' is the story of a mother willing to do anything for her daughter, it could be as simple as that but the author added a lot more to the story. I really liked the plot and the idea behind the book, I think that it could work as a Tv show and all. The only issue is how it is written, it sounded like an article in a newspaper or a magazine. It was too cold or technical for my taste, but I did enjoy it nevertheless.

Maggie has suffered a lot, pregnant just out of high school, dumped by the father of her unborn daughter and kick out by her parents. All of that plus some traumatic events in her childhood, make her the woman she is. It is easy to understand her actions and why she decides to do what she does. Throw the mob, gangsters, the police and getting paid to kill people, and you got quite the story.

I like some of the turns of events, there were many surprises and it was easy to read it very fast.




Review: Assassins Of Riaz

TITLE: Assassins Of Riaz
AUTHOR: Michael Drakich
RELEASE DATE: October 24th 2018
PUBLISHER: Self-published
FORMAT: Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

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In Riaz, the profession of assassin is an honored one. Hired throughout the other eight realms, their use of powerful magic to complete assignments makes them a valuable commodity. When a regional trade negotiation is scheduled in their capital city of Lymos, the demand for the skills of the assassins is sure to change the dynamic of the meetings. Caught in the maelstrom of political intrigue is young Kero, the ward of the assassin lord. He’s joined by Darlee, a girl from Sechland with her own magical powers, and Prince Brumaine of Morica, as each of them struggle to navigate the affair in their own way. Will old animosities prevail, or can new alliances alter the path toward all-out war.



A new and exciting author in speculative fiction, Michael brings a repertoire of science fiction, fantasy and thrillers to readers everywhere. Michael lives in the quaint neighbourhood of Olde Walkerville in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Father to three, the family home is an historic Albert Kahn design built in 1895. 
When not writing, you can find Michael walking down the majestic trees lined streets. Writing is a passion of his that has led to the books you see featured here. It is his hope you enjoy his works.

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'Assassins Of Riaz' is about magic and fantasy,  with a dose of politics, action and different characters.  It has all the elements of classic fantasy: magic, warriors, assassins, alliances, people betraying each other and more. But somehow I got lost in the plot and had to re-read some parts to follow the story.  My problem was that I couldn't connect with the characters, I don't know exactly why nut for some reason I founded hard to think of them as real people. And it was hard to follow who was who and what were they doing.

I think fantasy readers can enjoy it, especially being a standalone book.




Friday, April 5, 2019

Review: Kingdom Cold

TITLE: Kingdom Cold
AUTHOR: Brittni Chenelle 
SERIES: Kingdom Cold #1
RELEASE DATE: February 14th, 2019 
PUBLISHER: Not Avail
FORMAT: paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

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Attempted murder, that's how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte's engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.
When her kingdom's attacked, Charlotte's parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom's future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart?
One must fall. 




10 FUN FACTS ABOUT BRITTNI CHENELLE

1. She lives in South Korea.
It's true. She does most of her updates in the morning or at night to account for the time difference. She also infuses most of her novels with her observations about Korean culture.

2. She's a Type 1 Diabetic.
She uses an insulin pump for survival and refers to her diabetes as "Beetie" which is what inspired her children's book "Life with Beetie". When she wants something from her parents she tells them, "My Beetie hurts." It's a trick that has never failed her.

3. She doesn't really BELIEVE in fiction.
Despite all the; Dragons, Elves, and Magic present in her novel "Involuted the Tale of the Red Ribbon Tree", Brittni INSISTS that it's a true story. I wouldn't normally believe it but when browsing some of her old pictures, you can find pictures of her with a mysterious red ribbon tied to her wrist.

4. She's OBSESSED with dark chocolate.
She made me put that in and would also like me to inform you (on an unrelated note) that her birthday is in May.

5. She loves video games, anime, and cosplay.
Favorite games: League of Legends, Stardew Valley, Pokemon. Favorite Anime: Avatar the Last Airbender, Your lie in April, Full Metal Alchemist. Cosplay: She once dressed as Korra from Legend of Korra. She's hoping there will be more brown characters for her to cosplay in the future.

6. She has a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and a Master's in Creative Writing.

7. She's working on a Manga/Anime style novel with about 100 images included.

8. Sorry guys, she's married.
If you ask her, she'll tell you her husband saved her life but everytime someone asks "how" she gives a different reason. I've overheard her give about 4 different reasons, but I bet she has more. He must be an amazing guy.

9. She posts awesome travel pictures on her Instagram.
Her username is @brittnichenelle. You're here because you love her unique way of seeing the world, now you can see it in picture form! This is especially good if you have an interest in Asia since that's where most of her pictures are taken.

10: Brittni, why did you become a writer?
"I write because I would go crazy if I didn't. The body is limited but the mind is free to roam among dragons and fairies, it can soar through the air, and breathe underwater, and hold onto love in even the worst conditions. I guess that's why, because books are not bound by the rules of reality and I am addicted to the freedom-- seduced by the possibilities." -Brittni Chenelle

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Charlotte is a sixteen-year-old princess whose marriage has been arranged by her parents but she doesn't want to get married without love. However, on the night of her engagement, an attack on her kingdom will change her life forever. Prince Young, the one who is supposed to marry Charlotte is at first just a bystander in the story but soon he becomes a great main character with a lovely and real personality.

The book has many turns and surprises, the bad guys have detailed plans that put into action a really grasping and exciting story. I enjoyed so much reading it that knowing there is a second book only makes me happy. I won't tell much about the story but it's flawless and well thought.

I loved the writing style, it's so easy to read and get lost in the story that only took me a couple of days to read it. The chapters fly one after the other, the story has a steady flow and the action never diminishes. I also loved the multiple POV, each chapter starts with the name of whose side we are reading about, this helps us to have a better and more complete view of the story.



Monday, April 1, 2019

Review: The Way We Fall @AuthorCassiaLeo

TITLE: The Way We fall
SERIES: The Story of Us #1
AUTHOR: Cassia Leo
RELEASE DATE:  February 18th, 2015
PUBLISHER: Gloss Publishing LLC 
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Five pages. A letter holding a secret buried for more than five years. A secret neither of them wanted to know.
Five years after their messy breakup, Houston and Rory are forced to work together opening up a new wine bar. Despite their tragic past, they find themselves once again drawn to each other, unable to deny their potent attraction.
But the secret of the letter hangs like a guillotine over their heads. And soon, Houston finds himself in the same position he was in five years ago, choosing between the truth and the only woman he’s ever loved.





New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo grew up in California and now lives in Portland, Oregon with her daughter (who doubles as her rock star assistant) and her two German shepherds, Bentley and Pippa. She loves to travel and her dream is to one day score a record deal based on her awesome shower singing skills. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Shattered Hearts series and Black Box, and the USA Today bestselling series The Story of Us, Luke, Knox, and Unmasked.

In the years since Leo published her first novel in 2011, she’s published more than forty titles, hitting the bestseller lists more than a dozen times. She’s been traditionally published in dozens of countries, had her work translated in multiple languages, and is self-published all over the world. Her writing influences are Jodi Picoult, Gillian Flynn, George Orwell, Lauren Oliver, and Markus Zusak.


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After a while sitting on my reader I finally read 'The Way We Fall', a story about two people who shared a tragic past and love each other even after years apart.

Houston and Rory have known each other since they were kids, she used to be his sister's best friend and once in college and after a tragedy, they start to be together but their love doesn't have a happily ever after. Now, five years later their paths cross again and feelings will mess up with their heads, hearts, and lives. Houston is now married and Rory has had a hard time moving on, so when they have to work together nothing good comes out of it. It's clear their feelings are still strong and tension is all around the story.

The writing is very good and the writer uses flashbacks to explain what happened in the past. They really help to understand the characters and the outcome.

Overall, I enjoyed the emotional side of the book, there are lots of tears and hard moments, sadness and years of accumulated resentment create an interesting setting for the story. My problem was Houston, he is not a good man. I tried to understand him but he is not my favorite guy in the world. I would have screamed at him more than once. Rory is a likable character, and it's easy to relate with her.

Overall, I enjoyed the emotional side of the book, there are lots of tears and hard moments, sadness and years of accumulated resentment create an interesting setting for the story. My problem was Houston, he is not a good man. I tried to understand him but he is not my favorite guy in the world.




Monday, March 4, 2019

Gentlemen Prefer Unicorns @DTDyllin

TITLE: Gentlemen Prefer Unicorns
SERIES: Team Unicorn Talia #2
AUTHOR: D.T. Dyllin
RELEASE DATE: February 14th 2019 
FORMAT: Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

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Talia White got a happily-ever-after with her favorite broody dragon warrior …
Or did she?
With her secret identity as a unicorn blown, everyone is either trying to kill or court her. And when old enemies … and ex-boyfriends resurface, Talia finds it difficult balancing the scales of duty and romance. Gentlemen may prefer unicorns, but Talia just wants Bryn. If only the universe would cooperate …





D.T. Dyllin is a bestselling author who writes paranormal, sci-fi, and contemporary romance. Basically, 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 Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, and two spoiled dogs.

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Now that her secret is out in the open, Talia has to face new threats of different "people" trying to use her powers. Her happily-ever-after will be put to test with the appearance of a crazy sex-driven ex. The story is full of funny moments, sarcastic characters and quite an amount of action. 

I love Talia, she is a thirtyish young woman and acts like a brat sometimes, and trust me I love this, because I can totally relate with her, I'm almost 30 and it's easy to act like a spoiled child from time to time especially with your loved one. 

The book is easy to read, it has the writing style we Dara's fans love and the romance is excellent.






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