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Elle Casey’s New Release – Duality (Melancholia – Volume 1)


Duality (Melancholia – Volume 1)

The first book in Elle Casey’s Melancholia series is out today. The title is Duality and the book is (in my opinion) one of her best. I was happy to devour the book in just a few hours as I was given an ARC yesterday. I’m not going to give a long, detailed review because I simply don’t want to spoil this book for anyone and it is going to be really hard not to post spoilers. I’m going to try though.

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Synopsis:

Malcolm’s had a problem for as long as he can remember. No matter where he goes or what he does, he leaves misery in his wake. Sadness and negativity are his constant companions, influencing others around him until they cannot bear to live.

But then Rae shows up in his life, and everything changes. Darkness cleaves to light. Anger yields to joy. The question is whether she’ll be his salvation or his destruction.

My Review:

Duality switches back and forth between the point of view of Malcolm and Rae. The two are as different as night and day but both want the same thing—a normal life. Malcolm is known as a ghost in his school, the boy that never talks to anyone or participates in anything. Something about him brings misery to people in a way that causes harm. And then Rae comes into his school as a new girl and everything changes. Rae is different too, but not like him. She has had just a hard of life as he has though. Coming into the new school, she is shocked to make a few friends in Kootch and Jasmine and to be so drawn to Malcolm. Full of Miserables, Rainbows, and Neutrals (Got you wondering now, huh?), Duality is a book that will have you turning the pages as quickly as you can, alternating between laughter and tears and back again.

Elle shocked even me, a die-hard Elle fan girl, with this book. It was so unlike her others, but kept with her same style. I loved Malcolm, Rae, Kootch, and Jasmine. Malcolm instantly hit the book crush equation and Kootch had me rolling on the floor laughing. He was so funny. Rae was unlike any of Elle’s other heroine’s and yet she was exactly what the book needed. Jasmine reminded me of someone and I definitely liked her vibe. The high school antics and even the unbelievable situations seemed believable. I believe that Elle hit a home run with this book and that this is one that nobody wants to miss. It was so original, refreshing, and funny—while at the same time tugging at your heartstrings and having you aching inside for them all. Don’t miss this one! I give Duality 5 STARS and would give it so much more if I could.

One of my favorite quotes from the book:

“You’ve got two seconds to get your head out of your colon before I twist your scrotum off and make earrings out of your beanbags.” Jasmine

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Go Buy This Book Link:

 Duality: Vol 1, Melancholia (A New Adult Paranormal Romance)

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Review of Word and Breath by Susannah Noel


REVIEW BY CASSIE HOFFMAN

Word and Breath by Susannah Noel

What would you do if your life was turned upside down and your sister was kidnapped, how far would you be willing to go? That is what Riana will find out in Word and Breath.

Riana Cole a twenty-two-year-old reader who stays to herself and takes care of her handicapped sister and lives a quiet life. A life she prefers to stay just like that. She had to learn the lesson the hard way by watching her family killed, because they were too rebellious by challenging the Union. So she tries to not bring any attention to her and that is the way she likes it.

Riana is a “Reader”. What is a Reader you ask? Since the world we have known is now changed after the Cataclysm a few centuries ago. With the new society came the Union, which provided stability the people were craving. With everything changed, reading was discouraged with other things and that is how the Union likes it. Only a few can read and with that talent Riana is a few of the people who shuffle through papers to find clues that the “Front” have put in them. It could range from a menu, card, newspaper you name it. You just never know where the clue might be and that is Riana’s job to find them.

After a bad day at work, it only gets worse for Riana when she is mugged—thankfully there was someone to help her and that person is Mikel. There is a reason he was there just at the right time. Mikel was sent to sniff out if she is a trader to the Union. Will he decisive and betray Riana, to top it off Mikel is a Soul-Breather, but Riana doesn’t know that fact yet. Trying to get information from Riana, by touching her skin and every time he touches her, she feels a spark. Finally she is opening up to someone of the opposite sex, well anyone at all since her friend Conner disappeared and now Mikel was hired to pretend to like her….Or will he fall for her??

Soon one of Riana’s colleagues, Jenson, confides in Riana and lets her know he is a part of the Front and ask if she wants to join since she is mainly the only one left who knows the Old Language. Is he crazy!? She has lived a quiet life and stayed under the radar. Will she take the opportunity Jenson has offered her, or turn him in?

Everything Riana has known will be turned upside down and shaken, when her sister Jannie disappears, without a trace. There is no clue to what happen to her. Who would do this and why?

With her life possibly in danger, Riana has to go in hiding and hopefully she will be able to find her sister and figure out why this has all happen? I know why but you will have to wait. Tee hee hee!

If not having to worry about finding her sister isn’t enough, Riana gets a HUGE surprise when she finds out her friend Connor is alive and well. He went underground and is a big part of the Front. Connor has been gone for years; will she be able to forgive him? 

Mikel is also battling his own self, because he is now falling for Riana and will do anything he possibly can to protect her from the people who hired him to go after her.

Will Riana be able to rescue her sister with the help of both Mike and Connor and what will she do with the new knowledge she has discovered she possesses? In the end will a Soul-Breather and Riana fall in love and for once in her life will she have more than her sister in it? I guess you will just have to see 

Word and Breath is a great read. It’s in the genre of Dystopia, plus a little romance and maybe a bit Paranormal and I usually don’t prefer these kind of reads, but this book sucked me right in from the beginning. I wanted to know what was going on and find out FAST! The author knows how to write and spin a story that will keep her readers wanting more. I loved all the characters in the book,, they each brought their own little spice to the book and I enjoyed how she had it where it wasn’t coming just from one person’s point of view, that part I thought was really neat. Plus throw in there a love story and you got a great book. I am excited to see where she goes in the next, you will understand once you’ve read it…I don’t want to give too much away. I give this book 4 STARS!!!

 Quotes from the Book:

“She deserves to know the truth. It’s not just politics and cover maneuverings. We’re talking about the difference between truth and lies. I don’t like seeing her every day, talking to her, and being forced to keep her in the dark about something so important.”- Jenson

 “I don’t want you to be that person. I just want you to be you.”- Riana

 “You have no idea what my life was like before. I’m not a good man, and I can’t be like Connor, always trying to make the world better. But, if you want to help him, if you want to do something good, then I want you to do that. I’m not about to let you go. The only good in my life—the only good I’ve ever known—is you.”- Mikel

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AMAZON LINK

Word and Breath (Wordless Chronicles)
Word and Breath (Paperback)

Susannah Noel on Facebook:

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Review/Rafflecopter Giveaway of Deadly Kisses


*REVIEW BY DELIA REMINGTON*

Deadly Kisses by Kerri Cuevas

Aiden Grant is a seventeen-year-old Grim Reaper, and he’s pretty satisfied with the job, ferrying souls in his gondola and answering to his boss, former President Abraham Lincoln. But when his next assignment is to reap the soul of Bee (Beatrice), the only girl he ever loved, his entire afterlife plan is turned upside down.

Unexpectedly, his fatal kiss doesn’t work, leaving their souls linked. Bee turns out to have some special powers, including being able to see grim reapers, making Aiden’s job even harder. Plus, there are his lingering feelings for her getting in the way. And to top it off, the ancients want to use Bee’s powers for themselves.

Aiden has seven days to sort things out, and he’ll have to choose between her soul and his own.

As a paranormal YA book, Deadly Kisses was refreshing, full of surprises, poignant, and at times laugh-out-loud funny. Kerri Cuevas has created strong and fascinating characters, and her narrative style is captivating. As I read,I was reminded of the television show, Dead Like Me, but the attention to detail and deep understanding of human nature made this novel much more engaging. This book has the right balance of love story and action, making it a killer combination.

I give this book five stars!

Quotes from the Book:

“Hope you enjoyed your ride on my rig of death. Please exit on the right and have a golden lovely day. Don’t come back now.”

“I just wanted to get her death over with, but when I saw how she looked bundled up in a rose blanket with her black hair framed against her face, she wasn’t any girl. She was Sabrina’s cousin, and the girl I had always loved.”

“Let’s get one thing straight, death boy.” She poked me in the chest and jabbed a rib bone. “I’m going to set the rules here. Got it?”

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Kindle Link: Deadly Kisses

About the Author:

Kerri Cuevas was born and raised in Rhode Island. She moved to New Hampshire with her husband, three kids, cats and a rabbit named Hercules in 2005. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing chickens on her small farm or searching for the ultimate mac-a-cheese recipe.

Kerri went to college for Early Childhood Education but now writes books for young adults full-time. Her storytelling stems from watching too many horror flicks as a teen, but she no longer needs to sleep with the lights on.

Author Website: http://www.kerricuevasbooks.com 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KerriCuevasbooks

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REVIEW/GIVEAWAY OF ‘WANDER HOME’


REVIEW BY MARLENA FEIN

Synopsis of Wander Home by Karen Wyle-
Death is what you make it. . . 

Eleanor never wanted to leave the daughter she loved so much. The overpowering urge to wander — to search, without knowing what she sought — drove her away. She left little Cassidy in her family’s loving care. But Cassidy and the others died in an accident before Eleanor could find her way home.

Now, they are all reunited, in an afterlife where nothing is truly lost. Places once loved may be revisited; one may be any age suitable to the mood and moment; memories may be relived and even shared. Surely this is a place where they can understand and heal. And yet, the restlessness that shaped Eleanor’s life still haunts her in death. Somehow, she must solve the mystery of her life — or none of them will be at peace.

My Review-

Have you ever wondered what life after death would be like? I know I have. This is one glimpse into someone’s imagination as to what happens when our living days on earth are over. What if we are able to be reunited with our loved ones and have a chance to make up our past wrongs? Would we grasp at that chance or lose it? Here is Eleanor’s chance to find herself with her family there to support her. I enjoyed this book even though it strayed out of my normal genre of reads. The afterworld she created sounded amazing and sucked me in to find out more. I wanted to know what they could do and how they could do it. The twist in the book is hard to explain without giving too much away. Basically, Eleanor never felt peace in her human life. She always feels unsettled and never able to be happy with one person. She left her daughter behind with her parents and grandma to help find the cause of her unrest. They all passed away (although we never find out how) and go to their afterlife. Eleanor follows not too long after. Once in her afterlife she starts having flashes and dreams of things that do not make any sense. She continues to delve into them until the mystery is clear.

What I LOVED-

I loved the idea of her world when we move on from our earthly form. If only we knew that it would be that way, I think it would take the fear out of passing on for most people.

What I LIKED-

Her writing style. It flowed very nicely and was edited amazingly well for a self-published book.

What I didn’t LIKE so much-

We never learned how the accident that caused Eleanor to lose all her loved ones in one moment occurred.  Some were quite young, so I think if that had been cleared up, it would have appeased my curiosity.

Favorite Quotes-
“For now, she would be with the people she loved, and enjoy the day, until she had to dream again”

“He could stand like this forever, and never ask for anything better or more”

“She’d thought she believed it before, but now she felt the difference. This was the woman who had wanted her, wanted her to live; wanted it so badly that she had left the man she loved. left her own mother and father, left behind her memory and even her face in the mirror”

Overall Rating: 4 Stars.

I feel this book could be made into a Novella without sacrificing the story and make it a little more enjoyable read.

Would I purchase this book?

Probably not since it isn’t my normal genre

Did I enjoy it?

Yes

Would I recommend it to a friend?

Probably if they enjoy this genre

AUTHOR BIO:

Karen A. Wyle was born a Connecticut Yankee, but moved every few years throughout her childhood and adolescence.  After college in California, law school in Massachusetts, and a mercifully short stint in a large San Francisco law firm, she moved to Los Angeles, where she met her now-husband, who hates L.A.  They eventually settled in Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University.

Wyle’s childhood ambition was to be the youngest ever published novelist.  While writing her first novel at age ten, she was mortified to learn that some British upstart had beaten her to the goal at age nine.

Wyle has been a voracious and compulsive reader as long as she can remember.  Do not strand this woman on a plane without reading matter!  Wyle was an English and American Literature major at Stanford University, which suited her, although she has in recent years developed some doubts about whether studying literature is, for most people, a good preparation for enjoying it.  Her most useful preparation for writing novels, besides reading them, has been the practice of appellate law — in other words, writing large quantities of persuasive prose, on deadline, year after year. 

Wyle and her husband have two intensely creative daughters, the older of whom introduced Wyle to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), for which she will be forever grateful.

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BUY LINKS: 

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GIVEAWAY:

KAREN HAS OFFERED TWO  BOOKS FOR GIVEAWAY! TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY, ASK KAREN A QUESTION. IT CAN BE ABOUT THIS REVIEW, BOOKS, WRITING…

FOR AN EXTRA ENTRY, PLEASE FOLLOW HER ON FACEBOOKMAKE SURE THAT YOU TELL ME THAT YOU DID. 

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REVIEW/GIVEAWAY of B.C. Johnson’s ‘DEAD GIRL’


Review by Cassie Hoffman

REVIEW OF ‘DEAD GIRL’ BY B.C. JOHNSON

Going on you very first day with the boy of your dreams shouldn’t end with you being killed. Right?!?

Lucy Day a fifteen-year-old sophomore at Atlanta High school and is your average teenager. She has a massive crush on a boy name Zack and has two best friends, Morgan and Wanda.

Lucy is finally going on her first date EVER and with her dream boy, Zack. Her date should have ended the textbook way. Boy walks you to your door, and gives you a goodnight kiss that makes you have butterflies in your tummy. Well that didn’t happen with Lucy.

Her first date she ended up being killed, or did she?

Getting separated from her friends, Lucy finds herself being chased by three-four guys and gets stuck at a dead-end of an alley. Lucy will not go down without a fight and that is what she gives him. With his friends looking on Lucy does her best to protect herself, but when he pulls out a revolver there is only so much you can do. Trying to wrestle her way from him, the gun goes off with a deafening sound.

Waking up the next day, YES waking up after being shot, Lucy has no scratch on her and is reeling from the night before. She will never be the same girl she was, a lot has changed in the last twenty-four hours. Noticing new things in the next few days as not having an appetite, to being freezing cold and not being tired. What is going on with her? Is she dead?

On top of everything Lucy is trying to figure out, there is a car that she keeps seeing and when she feels it, she gets a sense of something wrong and hides or runs. Who is in that car and what do they want with her. Lucy soon finds out who’s been following her. It is her own Grim Reaper coming to right the error that happen the night in the alley, and his name is Abraham.
Lucy learns there is a price of coming back from the dead, what is this price? Being forced to make one of the hardest decisions of her young life; a decision that could save the ones Lucy loves or could kill them.

What will Lucy choose? What will happen to Lucy? Will Abraham do what he is here for? Can Lucy go back to who she was before that faithful night? All those questions will be answered in Dead Girl.

I loved this book; Dead Girl is such a great read. At first it’s kinds of confusing, but soon you will get sucked into Lucy’s crazy world of the living on a thin line of being alive and dead. You will fall in love with Lucy; her character is a really snarky, comical girl. There are a lot of other characters in Dead Girl that helps make the book. The author keeps you guessing of what will happen next and have you asking, “What is going on”. This is definitely a book I would re-read again. It is such a great read and you will not be let down. Just give it a chance, because like I said in the beginning you will be a bit confused, but soon you will be saying “Ah ha”! I think you will be pleasantly surprised to read in the ending that the author is a man. I was. I just seen a man writing about a 15-year-old girl and he did a great job venturing into the world of us girls. I give ‘Dead Girl’ 4 stars and it’s such a great debut novel, BRAVO!!!

QUOTES FROM THE BOOK:

“You couldn’t go one week without becoming another Unsolved Mystery?”-Morgan

“I just walk around with a red cup filled with soda and act drunk.”-Lucy

“I can’t help it. That high you felt the last time I kissed you wasn’t just my incredible technique. I could hurt…I could make you forget everything you’ve ever…just, no, okay? Not until I figure it out?”-Lucy

“Takes all kinds, Lucy, you think you’re the only freak out there? I’ll tell you what I am. I’m your friend. Now let’s go upstairs and see if we can’t get a pillow fight started.”-Daphne

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Dead Girl (Kindle)
Dead Girl (Paperback)

THE GIVEAWAY
B.C. Johnson has been kind enough to offer a paperback (USA only) and a digital (International) copy of Dead Girl for giveaway. To enter this giveaway you MUST like B.C. Johnson’s Facebook page and leave a comment on this blog post with a question for him. Remember to click follow replies so that you can see the answer to your questions. Giveaway ends Dec 22, 2012 at 8 am CST.
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Project Ele and Finding Ele (2 Reviews & Giveaway)


Today I am going to be doing a double review on the Ele Series by Rebecca Gober & Courtney Nuckels. These books rocked my world, combining my love of paranormal with my recent passion of post-apocalyptic/dystopian. That is one combination you can’t beat. If you haven’t read the books only read the first review, that way I don’t spoil anything for you. The first book is FREE on Amazon and Smashwords and TWO lucky people will win a signed bookmark!

PROJECT ELE

The book starts off with fifteen year old Willow waiting in a huge line with her family. Why? To be screened to see if they eligible to get into a shelter. Willow lives in a post-apocalyptic world which came from a “virus brought forth from a cure”. In trying to rid the world of disease they brought forth a super virus that has been killing people off at an alarming rate. Life as they knew it stopped, children were home schooled and people were afraid to leave their homes. The government implemented Project Ele, which is raising the temperature of the earth to exceedingly dangerous degrees in hopes that it will kill off the virus. The shelters were set up to protect human life, but you have to be healthy with no latent disease in you, and you have to pass rigourous screening to be let inside. Once inside the screening, Willow learns that her and her father are accepted…but the rest of the family is not. With her family torn apart, Willow enters the shelter. Inside life is totally different. Forced to work, Willow meets many kids inside that she connects with, one being her boss. Connor, Claire, and Alec become Willow’s rocks. Together the four of them decide to explore theirselves out of their boredom, finding WAY more than they baragained for. This book is filled with emotion, suspense, action, and a good dose of unique paranormal. I read this book in a day and was SO thankful that I already had book two in my hands. The cliffhanger at the end will have you begging for more. I’m not gonna say much more because I dont want to spoil it. Lets just say that I was suprised at the way the book turned out and that I have found a new pair of authors to love. The small grammatical errors did not detract from the story in my opinion. The book is just too good to care…and this is coming from an editor!

FREE ON AMAZON AND SMASHWORDS:

Amazon:

Project ELE (ELE Series #1) (The ELE Series)

Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/210068

PAPERBACK: (NOT FREE)

Project ELE (Volume 1)

FINDING ELE: BOOK 2

If you have not read book 1 DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW! This is gonna be a short review as I don’t want to spoil it for anybody. The cliffhanger from book one finds Willow on the outside, with more powers than one teenager should have, and a suprising reunion with a mother that is now a warrior. Life on the outside is full of danger. The Reapers are out to take lives and take powers. Stuck searching for her friends, not knowing if they are alive or dead, worrying that her mother’s people won’t accept her, learning how to protect herself in this new, scary world, and getting a hot bodyguard that wants to be more, has Willow’s head spinning. This was the perfect sequel to Project Ele. It had me on the edge of my seat, though I finished it in just a couple of hours. Left with yet another cliffhanger, I am dying for more!

AMAZON: ($2.99)

Finding ELE (ELE Series #2)

SMASHWORDS:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/243180

PAPERBACK: ($9.99)

Finding ELE (Volume 2)

Also check out their Night Marchers Series:

http://www.facebook.com/Nightmarchers

GIVEAWAY:

Today I have two beautiful, signed bookmarks to offer up for giveaway. They are double-sided, one side The Ele Series and one side The Night Marchers Series. To win one of these bookmarks all you have to do is LIKE the authors facebook page AND leave a comment telling me that you did ALONG WITH a question for Rebecca and Courtney. Extra entry for liking the Night Marchers (above) page as well.

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/EleSeries

Remember to follow the comments (a box you can check) to be notified to the answers to your questions!

Ends: 11/9/2012 @ 8 am CST

A Review of J.L. McCoy’s ‘Blood of the Son’


REVIEW BY CASSIE HOFFMAN

If someone told you they were a vampire would you believe them, could you work for them, or fall in love with them? These are the questions Skye Morrison will face in J.L. McCoy’s Blood of the Son.

Skye Everleigh Morrison is a 23-year-old free spirited young woman, who loves to paint, read, dance and do Krav Maga and is REALLY good at it. She has a great house, kick-ass friends, the best dog ever, a miniature Bulldog Styvi Nix, who she loves more than anything. To top it off she has the most wonderful best friend, Nikkie St.James. Plus she lives in the most beautiful and free spirited city of Austin, Texas. But, some things are fixing to change for Skye, maybe for the worse or for the best. You will just have to see.

Skye has just broken up with her cheating boyfriend, Jesse Prescott, who has now turned into a stalker. Skye is a server at Drop Kick Dan’s and has been working there for the last four years. She has just graduated college with a degree in Ancient History and Classical Civilization. She is now finding herself in debt up to her eye balls from student loans; she’s $ 70,000 in debt. Though she loves working at Drop Kick Dan’s and her boss Dan is awesome, she is going to have to find something else that will pay more.

While at a coffee shop, Afterburner’s, her ex shows up and puts on a show, thankfully a strange man helps Skye with her stalker. This gorgeous knight in shining Prada’s helps her and this chance meeting will forever change Skye’s life. Archer Rhys is a stunning, thirty-something breathtaking man. They talk for a minute and he gives Skye a red card for his grand opening of his club so she can come join him. When he learns Skye is looking for a job he offers her an interview for the next day. Could she get any luckier?!

Skye nails the interview and is offered the position of executive assistant to help with the daily club operations at The Mausoleum, the next big thing to hit Austin. Not only will Skye be an executive assistant, but she will be making $85,000 a year plus a raise in six months. This is what she has needed; she can pay off her student loans in no time. The Mausoleum is going to be a Goth/industrial night club.

Still working at Drop Kick Dan’s for the next week, Skye ends up passing out at work. When she comes to she sees Jameson Doyle the lead singer of The Mankey Langer, her crush. Just her luck! Jameson helps her and when he touches Skye she feels tingling, his touch sets her on fire, electriyifing her. She has NEVER experienced anything like that in her life; it set’s her hormones on fire. Jameson offers to drive her home since her ankle and knee isn’t in very great shape. They find their selves making out in the employee parking lot. Making out with her crush, SCORE!

Skye soon finds out that Jameson and Archer are brothers. These two guys she is crushing on are related. She has feelings for both brothers, each offers something different, and each has a secret. Skye learns that Archer and Jameson are vampires, vampires! Who would have thought they were actually real? Well now she knows, they aren’t just myths.

Having to get the club ready for the opening and feeling a pull towards each of the brothers, Skye tries to not pay attention to her feelings. How can she come between a maker and his child? It will just make everything complicated. She really likes Archer, but of course she doesn’t know if it’s his pheromones or him. Can she ever really know, and does he just want her for her blood running through her veins?

With the opening of The Mausoleum, and it being a complete success and a big hit with the humans and vampire customers, everything is looking up, until one of Archer and Jameson’s own are found brutally murdered when the club is closed at the end of the night. Greyson Mead is found completely gutted, entrails scattered about, head ripped off his body, eye’s removed and there is a messaged carved in his torso “THE BLOOD OF THE SON SHALL PAY FOR THE SINS OF THE FATHER.”

Could it have been a Dark One that has done that, or another vampire? Is Archer, Jameson and the rest of their vampire friends safe, or will more turn up dead and butchered like Greyson?

With now trying to figure out if she can let Archer in and with the worry of who killed their friend, and the worry if more will get hurt, Skye has a lot to figure out and a lot to take in. She is now living in a new and totally different life then she was a few weeks ago. Will she miss that life, because no matter what she will never go back, or forget what she has found out?

I could not put this book down; I devoured it and wanted more. J.L. McCoy is freaking fabulous and now has a forever follower. Skye is a character that you just fall in love with and can relate to and you will probably wish you had her closet for yourself, lol. She is someone I would love to be, not to mention she has two gorgeous vampire brothers wanting to be with her. All the characters are well written and you root for all of them. I laughed so hard throughout this book with some of the quotes. It was well written, flowed just right, and kept you interested and at the end you will find yourself saying “Oh man!” J.L McCoy leaves us with a cliffhanger. There are so many different characters that bring different things into this book, including a gay vampire, SCORE! Is it sad that I wish I had a Skye Morrison’s life? Hey, I would be happy just to have it for a day. I give this book 5 Gothic stars!!!

QUOTES FROM THE BOOK:

“I’m not suggesting you run off and marry him, Skye! I’m merely suggesting a few games of ‘Slap and Tickle.”- Nikki

“Bite me and I’ll shove a clove of garlic up your ass, fang boy.”- Skye

“It will be okay, Skye. Jameson and I will not allow anything to happen to you. You are part of our family now and we take care of our family.”- Archer

“Stupid damn vampire and his stupid damn vampire pheromones.”- Skye

If Cassie has talked you into reading this book, please leave a review where you bought it. Every review helps the author.

$2.99 on AMAZON:  Blood of the Son (Book #1 in the Skye Morrison Vampire Series)

J.L. McCoy on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJLMcCoy

Review of ‘Saving Marilyn’ by Christy Cauley


REVIEW BY LAURA PRICE

SAVING MARILYN

At first glance, an average middle-class household, Claire and Auggie Callahan of Brentwood, California are typical DINKs (double income, no kids).  They live in one of the oldest homes in town first belonged to her grandparents, then to her parents. The house was obtained by them when her parents opted to sell. Auggie and Claire wanted to save it from becoming just another teardown so they purchased it. 

Claire is an insurance claims investigator who hopes to sink her teeth into a big juicy claim with more substance; like a murder for hire. Her true passion is her favorite blond bombshell, movie star Marilyn Monroe.  Auggie is a total tech geek who works for the government, is always paranoid about big brother watching, and can create any gadget with the right stuff.  Both are huge fans of science fiction, from home décor to the books and movies on their shelves. 

Auggie, not being just the average nerdy geek, drafts plans to create a time machine.  Claire decides to use the machine to her best advantage. It could not hurt anything to save her idol from killing herself since the world would be so much better with a little more Marilyn. Will she save Marilyn? Will messing with the past have disastrous consequences? You will have to read it to find out!

I found this book to be a fun read. At first glance, I did not find that the story was piquing my interest but by the time I was a few pages in, I found it difficult to have to put it down to do real life stuff.  It was a bit predictable in the way that most time travel into the past stories are but I did not foresee some of the events as the author has them unfold from main character Claire’s several journeys back in time. I highly recommend Saving Marilyn and rate it * * * * stars.

If this review has talked you into reading Saving Marilyn, please leave the author a review where you bought it. Every review helps the author. Amazon buy link beneath the cover.

AMAZON BUY LINK:
Saving Marilyn

Quotes from the book:

Marilyn Monroe was an idol to Claire, but more than that she was a way of life.  To Claire, Marilyn Monroe represented all that was beautiful in the world and everything that Claire always wished she could be.

“It’s not a time machine, it’s a temporal displacement system,” Auggie replied, sounding exasperated, as though he had explained this many times before.

“Please, don’t be alarmed, Miss Monroe, I’m not a nut or anything. I won’t hurt you.”

Tartarus: (West of Hell Book 2) Review and SERIES Giveaway


(Giveaway details below: Please read review first)

Journeying back to the wild west…cowboys, prostitutes, and zombies (oh my). Tartarus starts off exactly where Gehenna left off. McCall and Karen boarded a train to escape the hell of Gehenna, which was full of “moaners”. Moaners are the living dead, infected people that are eating other people…zombies. Once aboard the train they learn that some of the moaners have made it on and are infecting the other passengers. Throw in a couple of outlaws trying to get to the Tartarus River and a trainload of passengers, and you have the makings of a huge ‘fustercluck’. They exit the train (not that it was really that easy but I am not going to give you all the details!) after finding out that the moaners are everywhere outside, that nowhere is safe. McCall, Karen, and surprisingly, a little boy take off on foot with no food or water. Their continued journey takes them through hell and back…with an ending that will have your mouth falling open in shock.

Tartarus was an excellent addition to the West of Hell series. It was a quick but anticipation filled read that had you dying for more when you finished. Gehenna (Book 1) broadened my horizons since I have never been a big fan of zombie books, but Tartarus opened my eyes. I am a huge fan of character interaction and getting to know the people I am reading about. In Tartarus you finally get the chance to get to know Karen and McCall. Gehenna was action packed from the start to the finish and Tartarus slowed it down a bit. I went through a myriad of emotions while reading. I laughed, cussed, and even teared up a time or two. McCall ended up being just the sort of hero that women love and Karen is one of those kick ass chicks that you root for till the very end. You see a much softer side of the outlaw McCall and even a spark of romance. Of course the ending will kick you in the teeth and leave you wondering what the hell is going on in Jason Brant’s mind! He’s a bit twisted but that twisted part is what makes his books so addicting…you never know what to expect. I give Tartarus 5 stars and I CAN’T wait to see how the West of Hell trilogy ends. I bet I couldn’t imagine the ending even if I tried.

If I have talked you into reading this book, please leave the author a review where you bought it. Every review helps the author.

Quotes from the Book:

“Didn’t you hear what the kid said? I’m Mad Dog McCall. I do what I want, when I want.”

(McCall) “Remind me not to piss you off.  (Karen) “Yeah, well, I don’t like being called a bitch.”

“Judging by the redwood you have there, I doubt it.”

Amazon Buy Link: Tartarus (West of Hell #2)

B&N Buy Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tartarus-jason-brant/1112951571?ean=2940015681116

Smashwords Buy Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/237359

***THE GIVEAWAY!***

Up for giveaway today is the first two books in Jason Brant’s West of Hell series: Gehenna and Tartarus.  These will go to one lucky person. To enter this contest all you have to do is tell me why you want to read these books and/or ask Jason a question. This is MANDATORY.

For EXTRA entries you can Like, Follow, Fan/Friend, and add books to your TBR list on Goodreads. Make sure you let me know what you do so I can count it. If you have already done something, let me know as well. It still counts 🙂 Contest ends 10/5 at 8 am CST.

Click HERE to like Jason on Facebook.

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Click HERE to friend/fan Jason on Goodreads and add his books to your TBR list.

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Also, Check Out Jason’s Other Books
Gehenna (West of Hell #1): Kindle Edition
Gehenna (West of Hell #1): Paperback

Echoes: Kindle Edition
Echoes: Paperback

The Gate: Kindle Edition
The Gate: Paperback

BEST VALUE: 3 books in 1 (Gehenna, Echoes, and The Gate)

3 Supernatural Thrillers: Kindle Edition

Nexus Blog Tour (CL Parker) Review/GIVEAWAY


Today we are hosting a blog tour review of Nexus by CL Parker: Review by Cassie Hoffman

Nexus is the final book in the Supernova Saga (it actually comes out TODAY) and I’m so glad I got the pleasure to read these books and I’m also quite sad that it is over. To know about Nexus, you should read the previous books first. Be aware that this book is the THIRD in a series and if you have not read the previous two books there will be some spoilers in this review.

Nexus is about the daughter of Kerrigan and Dominic Grayson, Victoria Milena Cruz-Grayson, better known as Tori. Tori are a 21 year old woman who is a carrier of a mixed bloodline. She carries the Guardian of light from the Cruz side and the Guardian Angel bloodline from her father’s side as well as blood of a demon incubus. The carrier of a mixed bloodline, she was the key. Foretold by her great-grandmother Availia Cruz, Tori’s destiny would be to carry out something monumental, something that might affect the future of mankind. She is the Guardian of Mankind. What does that mean? She has no clue, to what is in store for her. Will she stay light or will her dark peek its ugly head out?

The family along with uncle Colton and Aunt Gabe decided to go to London on summer vacation to stay with longtime friends Drew, Sinclair and Dante Dickens. Drew is also a Guardian of Light. Tori will soon find out the Dickens’s son is a Guardian of the Guardian which means he’s Tori’s Guardian. His job is to protect Tori no matter what so she can fulfill her destine, which is still unknown to what it entitles. While getting to know Dante, Tori and he feels a pull to each other, and their relationship starts to flourish. Could they be soul mates, are they destined to be together forever? While trying to figure out what is going on with the feelings she is having for Dante, she is keeping a huge secret from everyone she knows.

Tori has faced horrible nightmares all her life, but when she turned eighteen they got worse. Demons inhabit these dreams and wreak havoc and kill everyone in her dreams. Soon not only is she seeing these demons while she is sleeping, but also while she is awake. Is she going crazy, losing her mind? What is wrong with her? There is also another man in Tori’s life, which only she can see and has been seeing since she can remember. They have grown up together, but during all these years she still doesn’t know his name, he will not tell her. Who is this unnamed man and what is his motives? Soon Tori will have her questions answered about why he wants her so bad.

 Tori is facing questions she has no answers to. What was right and what was wrong? Which way was she supposed to go? Which was the lesser evil and what would be best for all those involved? Will her dark side take over and will she lose her light and goodness? The final battle between light and dark wouldn’t be fought on earth, no light and dark resides inside Tori, and that is where it will make its final stand. Will she prevail and choose the right side? Will her love concur all? What is her future with Dante. What is her future period?

Nexus is an amazing read, full of secrets, horror, and romance. The relationship between Tori, Angle (as Dante calls her) and Dante is a whirlwind romance, full of ups and downs. I was rooting for them the whole time and wanting them to finally get the deed done, lol. While I started this series, I was thinking I would be reading a book for teens, well that wasn’t the case. These books are full of adult content and I loved it. The author keeps up the pace with this book just like the previous ones. I thought I would miss seeing the relationship with Kerrigan and Dominic, but I didn’t because the relationship with Dante and Angle was just as hot and sweet. You get little snippets into the other during the read as well and see their point of view. I got sucked into Nexus and I absolutely loved it. I laughed, got pissed, angry and even shed a few tears. I will warn you the ending is heart breaking, but there is also a BIG surprise you will not be expecting. I give this book 5 stars!

If you decide to pick up this book, please leave a review for the book where you bought it. Every review helps the author.

Quotes from the Book:

“I swear, I’m dealing with some geniuses. Cooter….it’s right next to your pooter, which sometimes doubles as a tooter, duh! Ha! Lookie, snookie! I’m a poet and didn’t know it. I can also connect the pooter and roto-rooter if you want me to.”-Aunt Gabe

“I’m the Guardian of the Guardian, Angel. I believe you’ve underestimated exactly what that means. Partly my fault, of course. I must have failed to mention that besides the circumstances of our births and our markings, there was another reason my father figured me to be your protector. I can do things no other Guardian can.”-Dante

“No, I don’t just care. I bloody love you! And I’m not about to give up on you or us. I intend to fight for you, not because I’m destined to, but because I believe in what we have.”-Dante

Links for the first two books in the Supernova series:
Supernova (Supernova Saga)
Cataclysm (Supernova Saga)

Link to buy Nexus (Supernova Saga)
Nexus (Supernova Saga)

Author Links:

Website: http://www.cl-parker.com/#!
Place to buy her books: http://ph.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/authors/detail/20
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4831114.C_L_Parker
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theclparker

THE GIVEAWAY!

Giveaway of one e-book of Nexus! To enter simply comment on this post telling why you want to read Nexus. This comment is MANDATORY! For extra entries please Friend CL Parker on Facebook or Fan/Friend her on Goodreads. Make sure you tell me what you do so that your entries can count. Ends 10/1

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