Thursday, January 30, 2014

Review "Give Me Desire" by Zoey Derrick

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VIVIENNE CALLAHAN, discharged from the hospital after surviving a near-fatal attack from Riley, her abusive ex-boyfriend, has come to the safety of Mikah’s protection. As she continues to heal physically and mentally from her ordeal, she begins to have strange dreams...dreams that follow her into waking life and hint at a fate she never could’ve foreseen and dangers far greater than Riley.
Meanwhile, MIKAH BLAKE has some ideas about her future, too, and the more she considers his proposals, the weaker her resistance to him becomes. His recent actions have taught her to respect and trust him, but soon her feelings for him threaten to deepen into something more, something she may not be ready for.
In the third book of the Reason series, Vivienne will discover who and what she and the people around her really are.
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My Review:
What an awesome third book in the series.
Please be advised you must read this series in order. That being said, book 1 Give Me Reason is FREE the first two books Give ME Reason and Give Me Hope can be purchased as a set for only $2.99. Super easy and cheap to get up to speed.
Mikah and Viv have each grown as characters in the first two books and now we get to see them learning the new paranormal aspects of themselves.
PLUS they grow together as they build a loving, trusting relationship.
Viv is out of the hospital and learning to lean on others and trust Mikah. The growth is so fun to watch.
I am an Offical team Mikah member :)

Amazon Best Selling Angels, Demons & Devils and Paranormal Author of Give Me Reason - The Reason Series Book One comes from Glendale, Arizona. Zoey, was a mortgage underwriter by day and is now a paranormal, romance and erotica novelist full-time. She writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.

Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true.
 Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it. 

The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Authors Guest Post ARV-3 By Cameo Renae

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The beginning of the end. The Apocalypse.
A nuclear fallout wiped out every living thing on the planet, except for a few thousand of us who took shelter in underground bunkers across the globe. Now, after thirteen long years, we were finally able to return to the topside to begin to rebuild.
We thought we were alone. We were never more wrong.
Before the fallout, scientists had worked on creating an anti-radiation vaccine (ARV). The first two attempts failed, but despite the incomplete tests and results, the government approved and distributed the third serum to the masses in an effort to aid those who had no shelter.
It worked, keeping those who remained on the topside alive, but it also altered and mutated them. This new and infectious threat had completely outnumbered us. Now, we not only had to rebuild our planet. We would have to fight for it.
My name is Abigail Park. I'm seventeen, and this is my story.
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Recently, with all of the close calls for disasters we’ve had, and weren’t really told about, I
wondered what it would be like if something really did happen to the earth which set the apocalypse in motion. I did a lot of research, and tried to put together a scenario which I thought could possibly happen.
My post-apocalyptic, earth-ending combination was a solar flare, large enough to take out the power grid, which made most of the nuclear power plants on the planet, ticking time bombs.
ARV-3 is my version of what I think would happen, and follows a seventeen year old girl and her family as they make their way out from an underground bunker, thirteen years after the nuclear fallout.
It’s a story with a little of everything. Mystery, romance, suspense, horror, and adventure.
The beginning sets up the characters and the story, but from then on it is a nail biting quest to get to a safe zone. The group knows that going to the top will be rough, but they quickly realize it is much deadlier than they expected.

Cameo Renae was born in San Francisco, CA, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved with her husband and children to Alaska.
She loved reading from as long as she can remember, and it was C.S. Lewis' - Chronicles of Narnia - which sparked a fire in her soul and made her want to create her own wondrous, magical worlds and awesome characters to go on adventures with.
In My Dreams & Hidden Wings were both recently published through Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing earlier this year. Descent (A Hidden Wings novella) was released May 15, 2013, and Broken Wings (Book 2 in the Hidden Wings Series) was released June 1, 2013.
Her most recent release is ARV-3. A YA Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian novel with a new twist on zombies.
She is currently working on the next Hidden Wings Series book titled: Tethered Wings. No release date yet. :)
One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe, and ride away on her magical unicorn... Until then... she'll keep writing!
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Friday, January 17, 2014

On the Inside by Kim Cano

When Kristen is sentenced to seventeen years for committing a white collar crime, she’s forced to leave her husband and two sons behind.
Life in prison is a shock. She discovers that people aren’t always what they seem, love wears many faces, and friendship can make life worth living.

But as she struggles to survive on the inside, Kristen must face something even more frightening than her fellow inmates. . . herself.

5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful story of love, hardship, devotion, sorrow, and forgiveness
By Clare Chu
Kristen is the main character. She's in jail for bilking her employer out of a huge sum of money. In the process, she lost the trust of her husband and children and virtually bankrupted them. They are bitter and wary of her, but she continues to send letters to her husband telling him how sorry she is. The only family member to write back is her sister-in-law, Olivia, who extends a lifeline to her with family pictures and events.
We also meet an array of colorful characters from the flashy inmate, Lupe, to the prison psychiatrist, Megan, the warden, Laura, Kristen's antagonist, Jess, and many others. Each person has their story, their trials, and triumphs, and you'll find yourself rooting for all of them.
Ms. Cano expertly weaves in multiple points of view to make you understand and empathize with all of these people. Each has his or her own pain and sorrow as well as aspirations for a better future. Necessarily, some of the stories end tragically whereas others move on as best they can. But Kristen and the others learn to take happiness in small places and to accept what can't be changed.
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Kim's characters were just so real to me! This is the closest I have ever come to actually being in jail, and believe me it is not a place I strive to be. But as I read and was drawn in by her amazing writing abilities I felt like I was actually there. 
I just couldn’t put it down. The visuals created and emotions I felt were amazing. After I finished it I took a good look at everything I am blessed with and the people in my life and felt so thankful.
Only a great book and incredible writing can touch the readers this deeply.

Kim Cano is the author of For Animal Lovers, a short story collection for kids ages 9 to 12. It also appeals to adult readers who are young at heart. 10% of the sale price is donated to the ASPCA® to help homeless pets.
A Widow Redefined is Kim's debut women’s fiction novel. It's a story of a young woman's journey through grief and the transformational power of friendship.
Kim has also written Dogschwitz. A novella about Rory, the dog that cheated death. It’s been described as “a little book with a huge impact.”
Kim is an animal activist and lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and cat.
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Charred Heart by Lizzy Ford

A modern day retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”
***Recommended for ages 18+ due to multiple, creative, detailed, steamy, sexy-time adult situations.***
For a thousand years, Chace has searched for a way to break the curse placed on him by a jilted lover. He’s a dragon shifter, one who can’t control when the magic will force him into a different form. He’s already lost everyone he ever cared about a few times over and doesn’t know how much longer he’s meant to suffer.
At his wit’s end, he makes a deal with a mysterious figure that offers him what he wants most – an end to his misery – in exchange for everything that’s his: His life, his power. His heart.
The next day, he meets Skylar, a modern day dragon slayer whose mission is to cage him – or kill him. Sexy, witty and brave, she is the yin to his yang, the woman destined to break the curse, balance his magic and make his broken heart whole.
Except it’s too late. Not only has he sealed his fate, but an innocent one-night-stand with Skylar has dragged her into the middle of a deal with the devil, one she won’t escape, if he can’t convince her that dragon shifters aren’t her enemies.

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Lizzy made me chuckle, get angry at the bad guys, sad over the loss of friends and family, curious about newly found family (can't say more without busting out the plot), Scratching my chin over the mystery of the Slayers, and heat my blood (a lot)

Perfect, just perfect

There is something for every reader in this book and if you can't find as aspect of this novel to interest you keep reading it is coming.

Ok I am off to read Charred Tears (#2, Heart of Fire) Shhhhh I'm reading

Lizzy Ford is the author of over twenty books written for young adult and adult paranormal romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series” and the “War of Gods” series. Considered a freak of nature by her peers for the ability to write and release a commercial quality novel in under a month, Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring.
Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat.

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Seasons in the Sun by Kristen Strassel

Summer has finally arrived, along with a boy who will forever change the life of fourteen-year-old Callie. After growing up hearing stories about Tristan Trevosier and his famous family, Callie finally meets him when he spends the summer on Martha's Vineyard. Seventeen-year-old Tristan is a hurricane of destruction and rebellion, and he quickly blows a hole right into Callie's sheltered life. Callie sees a side of Tristan that he doesn't show anyone else. She's determined to make everyone see what she sees in him.
Callie defies her parents by leaving the island with Tristan. But when his ugly habits rear their head, Callie realizes maybe she's the one who's wrong about him. He's beyond her help. But it's too late for her to walk away. This summer, she learns that love can be stronger than reason.
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Kristen Strassel is a new favorite author for me but she is a new author all the way around. 

This is a great companion to Because the Night, You get a good look at what makes the main characters tick and why they do what they do in the second book.  Well technically this is the second book but the characters are younger and I like it better as the first book.

I totally understand both Tristan's point of view and behavior as well as Callie's.

The old adage opposites attract is really played out in this series and it works.

Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She's worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world's worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author. Kristen is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Because the NIght by Kristen Strassel

Immortal Dilemma is the hottest band in the Las Vegas vampire rock scene. They draw insatiable fans from around the globe, thanks to a supernatural attraction called Bloodlust. Tristan craved such an opportunity to fill his empty mortal life, and now he has eternity to earn his place along the legends of rock n roll debauchery.

Callie always feared that Tristan’s excesses would get him into trouble, but she never thought they’d lead him to immortality. To reconnect with him, she must weave her way through a world not only she had no idea existed, but does not welcome her.

Blade turned down a spot in Immortal Dilemma after learning what he must sacrifice for that lifestyle. He finds Callie a refreshing change from the girls in the vampire rock scene. When Callie drags Blade back into the world of Immortal Dilemma, his resistance drives her into the waiting arms of Tristan, who shows her the true meaning of Bloodlust.

But the very things that Callie fights so hard to save are the very things that fight to destroy her.

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This story is sometimes sweet, many times raw, with drugs, sex and rock and roll all in one.
Callie is a green wet behind the ears daughter of hippies, Tristan is a very rough around the edges Vegas vampire rock super star. So how the heck do these two come together you ask? They know each other from 4 years ago which seems and feels like another time and another place with 2 completely different people. They were both young and innocent (although Tristan was starting to get into drugs then). Callie was the only person who ever “got” Tristan. He was comfortable with her, a feeling of acceptance and understanding that he has never gotten from anyone else. They had a teen age romance and then he suddenly is living in Vegas and not returning her calls.
My favorite lines are:
“Why did you invite me here, Tristan?”
“I want to feel real,” he whispered, still not sounding like my Tristan. Unable to hold his eyes open, he swayed under my touch. “You make me feel real.”
Sums it up so well.

Callie and her cousin plan a weeklong vacation to Las Vegas so that Callie can try to talk to Tristan and try to get some closure. The plan sure was not to stay in Vegas and never go home, but that is what Callie does. She wants to explore her new romance with Blade and save Tristan at the same time. Yep, you can see how well that is going to fly.
You will meet Blade, a super nice guy who falls hard for Callie and her for him. You will also meet a variety of vampires, some decent and some pure evil.
There are plots hatching all over the place in the vampire world and Callie is in the thick of one. A few times I looked at my kindle and said “damn girl, what were you thinking”, I cheered, I got angry, all hallmarks of a well written book. When a book can pull me in like that it is a winner.
There is a great cliff hanger/shocker at the end and I loved it! Normally I hate a cliff hanger but this one is great! I actually read it and said “SNAP!” out loud.

Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She's worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world's worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author. Kristen is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.

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Don't Feed by Jennifer Martinez

Welcome to my review of Don't Feed by Jennifer Martinez
What do you do when the man of your dreams is murdered right in front of you?  For Kenna, vengeance is not an option.  Trapped in a prison on a desolate island, she's forced to endure the promise of an eternity of pain, mourning the one person she
could always count on.

And it gets worse.

The war is not over.  With the threat of the Sirens looming over New Orleans, the coven is going to have to fight to keep what's theirs.

My Review:
Vampires, Sirens, and witches Oh my!
This cover is awesome, I love it.
Be sure to read don’t kill dinner first this second book continues right where the first book left off. It was fascinating to watch Kenna come back from her devastation of the first book. Poor Kenna is really put through the ringer in this book of the series.  But if you want someone who can kick ass and take names Kenna is your girl.
Jennifer did a great job writing the bad guy who is the Siren King. It is really easy to hate this guy. I felt sorry for the Siren women. I can’t tell you what happens with the Sirens because it would just ruin the story.
In this new book you get to know the characters better that you met in the first book don’t kill dinner. Jennifer really makes the characters come to life and it was so easy to visualize what was going on in the scenes of the book.
Yes there were a few errors throughout the book. And one more pass through editing and this could be a great novel I really am hooked on this series and cannot wait to read the next book.
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One day while slaving away at her monotonous day job, Jennifer Martinez found her true calling. Like a firefly in the night, the pages called to her. Once she caught the bug there was no stopping it. Her fingers flew furiously across the keyboard winding tales of love, mystery and anger. She snapped out of her reverie to find herself still behind the desk but at least she knew who she was… Author Jennifer Martinez.

I like to think of myself as a beautiful conundrum. When I am not writing, I can be found surrounded by my amazing family and 4 dogs or volunteering at a local animal rescue. I love who I am and don’t mind at all when I get strange looks from people. I am a tattoo covered, child and animal lover who looks forward to destroying peoples preconceived notions of what “someone like me” would be interested in. You only live life once… you may as well make it interesting.
I love to get lost in a good book and hope that everyone will get lost in mine.


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Out From Under by Selene Chardou

"I have always been strong, independent and wanted a life that belonged to me. It's the very reason why I chose to attend Stanford because it is away from the small-town life that seems more Twin Peaks than charming. Secrets are a dangerous commodity and Pine Bluff has them in spades. So do my parents, and the dirtiest secret of all is my brother, Trey. Sergeant at Arms for the Demon's Bastards, a criminal, a felon, and perhaps the catalyst for the tragedy that destroyed my life just days before I was supposed to leave for college.
"Now I am on the run because my life is in danger and I could be next. I don't want to live my whole life looking over my shoulder and I don't want to live my life shrouded in despair. Anxiety has me in a death grip, unable to let go. I pop Xanax to get through the day and were it not for my famous cousin, I would probably be dead already.
"My name is Trista Lennon, and I am tired of being afraid."
Linx Carter never thought he could help anyone when he could barely help himself. He is hanging on by a thread after a tough, six-month Gods of Rock Tour with his band, Winter's Regret, and Scarlet Fever. He has a greedy ex-wife, two sons and all he wants is to put the pieces of his life back together.
Linx knows there is something special about Trista from the moment they meet. She's wounded, in desperate need of a friend yet feminine, feisty and no one's charity case. She is the strongest woman he has ever known.
Through their friendship, they will find the strength to heal themselves and love one another but a feud between two gangs is brewing. Trista is caught in the crossfire, and by proxy, so is Linx. What they discover might not only cost them the love they have for one another but their lives too.
Due to mature subject matter, explicit language and adult situations, this novel is recommended for those over the age of 17.
My Review:
This is like SOA (Sons of Anarchy) mixed with  a Rock Band  Romance book. Out Form Under is the first book in the Lovers Duet series.

(SOA)This story is about bikers, MC clubs, family, and sudden mysterious deaths. I have read a bunch of Rock Band romance books both contemporary and Paranormal but never one with a huge MC side story.  
The majority of Trista's family are in deep with the MC.  Her parents are the Accountants, (Key title for chief book cookers)  Suddenly 2/3 of the family are dead in a car crash. Suspicious Hmmmmm. 
About half way through the book you meet Trista's cousin (lead singer of the band) who gets her to work for her as an assistant. That is where Trista meets Linx is the base player and love interest. Linx is damaged goods from a bad marriage. a rock star who doesn't believe in love or happily ever after since his first marriage ended so bad. 
This is an interesting pot of dysfunctional people leaning on each other and finding their way, new lives, and new love.

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Selene Chardou is a world traveler and the alter-ego of Elle Chardou.
Ms. Chardou's writing is all about hot romance and exciting times with the wild, damaged, out of control and/or rich and famous set in the New Adult realm.
She is currently working on Rock My Heart, the first novel in the Scarlet Fever Series, which concludes the story of Kasper "Kaz" Gillian and Sydney Lundvik; she is also working on In Too Deep, the conclusion to The Lovers Duet. She also has a pop stars series planned and an MC series planned that chronicles the issues between Lucifer's Saints and Demon's Bastards motorcycle clubs.
Ms. Chardou has lived abroad in Stockholm (Sweden), Manchester (England), Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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