Saturday, September 30, 2017

BOOK BLITZ for "Shopping for a CEO (Shopping for a Billionaire, #7)" by Julia Kent

Shopping for a CEO
(Shopping for a Billionaire, #7)
by Julia Kent
Publication date: 
September 29th, 2015
Genres: 
Comedy, New Adult, Romance
I’m thrilled to be the maid of honor in my friend’s wedding, but the best man, Andrew McCormick, is a chauvinistic pig with a God complex. 
And I can’t stop kissing him in closets. (Don’t ask.)
He’s the brother of the groom and the CEO of my biggest mystery shopping account, but suddenly he’s refusing to be in the wedding. He won’t talk about it. Won’t see reason. 
He’s such a man
And he still won’t stop kissing me in random closets. (Thank goodness.) 
I’m a fixer. That’s what I do. I can fix anything if given the chance. But when the game is fixed there’s only so much I can do. 
The ball’s in his court now. 
Game on. 
* * *

Shopping for a CEO is the 7th book in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Shopping series. When CEO Andrew McCormick and mystery shopper Amanda Harrington find themselves in the unlikely position as maid of honor and best man in the Boston society wedding of the year, an undeniable attraction and dual stubborn streaks add fuel to the fire in this romantic comedy from Julia Kent.
*Also available as a 12-hour audiobook (with Whispersync)!
99¢ for a limited time only!


EXCERPT:

It’s Andrew McCormick.
Oh, sweet holy hell.
I haven’t seen him in months. Haven’t kissed him since we were in the emergency room after my best friend, Shannon, swallowed the engagement ring his brother, Declan, gave to her as he proposed.
(A tip: don’t bury a three-carat diamond ring in a piece of tiramisu at a fancy restaurant as a way of proposing to a woman. Any woman. Why ruin the dessert like that?)
I’m the maid of honor for the wedding. Andrew is the best man. We’ve managed to avoid each other so far, but the wedding is three months away. I knew this day was coming.
But I didn’t expect it to be today.
My heart starts skipping beats as I take him in from afar, shielded by the angle of my bench. He has no idea I’m watching him. Thick hair, cut short and with the kind of layered sophistication that only comes from a stylist who charges three figures. Shaded eyes that I know are sharp and smoldering, a blend of brown and honey that makes you melt inside. He’s in a full suit, tie still snug against his neck, the moonlight reflecting off a white shirt. His grin is contagious, making my own smile widen as I tilt my head and let myself get lost in wondering.

Author Bio:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men's room toilet (and he isn't a billionaire). She lives in New England with her husband and three sons in a household where the toilet seat is never, ever, down. 
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Friday, September 29, 2017

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Janice Jones for "By Blood Sworn (The Dagger Chronicles, #2)"

By Blood Sworn 
(The Dagger Chronicles, #2)
by Janice Jones
Published by: Amberjack Publishing
Publication date: August 22nd, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Supernatural
As the Dagger, Alex Stone hunted down supernatural threats on covert ops team, Night Command. After the capture of a particularly bad-ass vampire, Tristan Ambrose, Alex gets out of the game. In the years following her departure, Alex started a hot new clothing line and moved on with her life. She was happy pretending the supernatural didn’t exist, but, with Tristan’s escape, she’s pulled back into the game. 
Alex is hired to continue guarding the very tempting body of Jason Stavros – up-and-coming vampire politico – alongside her new team, The Trackers. Stavros is scheduled to head to an international conference of the supernatural community in Bucharest, and Alex and her new team must keep him safe while investigating new threats, and ghosts from the past. 
When the conference is interrupted by betrayal and sabotage, Alex must pull her weakened team together to bring the saboteurs to justice–and get some well-deserved revenge. 
Suddenly, she’s not just back in the game, she’s all in.

By Blood Sworn is the thrilling, psychological, and sexy sequel to In Her Blood , the first book in The Dagger Chronicles series by Janice Jones.

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Janice Jones~

1)    What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?

I was a devoted Buffy fan, so having a strong female lead was very important to me. And, having her be rich and independent too. Sort of a female Bruce Wayne.   

2)    Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

This world is filled with all kinds of people. We’re stronger together.

3)    Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

Esmeralda and Fallon, who you meet in Book 2, are based on people I know.

4)    Who has influenced you most as a writer?

Anne Rice and L.A. Banks. They both really opened up the vampire genre and did some things that were fairly new at the time they were writing their respective series. Also, Octavia Butler. Her characters were always strong and human. I loved her vampire novel, Fledgling. I wish she had lived to continue the series. 

5)    If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?

Atticus Finch, Lestat de Lioncourt and any character from Octavia Butler. We’d play Pictionary because Lestat likes to show off. I’d have to serve something unique to the 21st century just to see what they thought. Maybe, like microwave popcorn (Charlie Brown Thanksgiving style).    

Author Bio:
Graduating with a Masters in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University, Janice's first novel, In Her Blood, is the first book in her vampire adventure series The Dagger Chronicles. This series introduces you to the world of Alexa "Alex" Stone, ex-vampire hunter and assassin turned fashion mogul. Hiding in plain sight, Alex must return to the world of the supernatural in order protect a handsome vampire and her own secrets. Janice is looking forward to readers of New Adult Fiction and Vampire lore to embrace a new kind of action adventure hero, a woman with many secrets and many stories to tell.

(Author photo courtesy of Omar Ramos Photography www.omarramosphotography.com / Makeup by LaChandra Middlebrooks. 
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BOOK BLITZ for "Red Dagger (Reaper Born, #1)" by H.G. Lynch


Red Dagger
(Reaper Born, #1)
by H.G. Lynch
Publication date: August 24th, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Ruairidh is a Demon Hunter, like his father. But when his father is murdered by a demon he was hunting, Ruairidh must move back to Scotland to live with his mother and brother.

He vows to kill the demon who murdered his father, but he struggles to balance Hunting with college, and his hostile brother makes it clear he wishes Ruairidh had never come back.

Doesn’t help that Ru is falling for the girl his brother is crushing on.

Life is going to get very tricky for Ruairidh, but as long as he has his sword and his wits, he’s ready to take on whatever comes at him.
On sale for $1.99 for a limited time only!

The tie-in novella – Poison Arrow (A Reaper Born Novella) – 
 releases September 29th, 2017 and is only 99¢ for a limited time!

EXCERPT:

Slowly, he pulled back, and I let out a long breath, feeling like my chest might explode. His eyes were burning emerald as he looked at me, his lashes lowered and his expression serene, like he’d been carrying a huge weight on his shoulders and he’d just let it go. My lips felt damp and a little tender, and when I touched them, I felt a small dent from where his lip-ring had pressed into my skin. Oh God, I was trembling all over. Christ. This man had some insane power over me.

      Ruairidh smiled slowly, licking his perfect lips, and my breath hitched in my throat on a sound embarrassingly close to a whimper. His voice, when he spoke, was low and husky, and the deep timbre made the butterflies in my gut kick up wildly. “I’ve been dying to do that for weeks. It was so worth the wait.”


Author Bio:
H.G. Lynch is a Paranormal Romance author from Scotland. She is an avid reader, and cat-lover. She spends most of her days writing, while wrestling her cat off her laptop. She loves horse-riding, Star Trek, and snow.

Her books are dark paranormal romances. 
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

BOOK BLITZ for "Beyond the Mist (Lake Lanier Mysteries, #2)" by Casi McLean

Beyond the Mist
(Lake Lanier Mysteries, #2)
by Casi McLean
Published by: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: September 15th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Time-Travel
Piper Taylor concedes she’ll never fall in love, until a treacherous storm spirals her into the arms of the handsome Nick Cramer. 
Unrelenting remorse over a past relationship haunts Nick, but he can’t deny the mysterious connection and hot desire Piper evokes. 
The allure of a secret portal hidden beneath Atlanta’s Lake Lanier tempts him into seizing the opportunity to change his mistakes. But his time slip triggers consequences beyond his wildest dreams. 
Can Piper avoid the international espionage and terrorism of 2001 New York, find Nick, and bring him home before he alters the fabric of time, or will the lovers drift forever Beyond The Mist?

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You can request a review copy here!


EXCERPT:

A soft mist hovered over the moonlit lake, beckoning, luring him forward with the seductive enticement of a mermaid’s song. Rhythmic clatter of a distant train moaned in harmony with a symphony of cricket chirps and croaking frogs. Spellbound, Nick Cramer took a long breath and waded deeper into the murky cove. Dank air, laden with a scent of soggy earth and pine, crawled across his bare arms. The hairs on the back of his neck bristled, shooting a prickle down his spine that slithered into an icy pool coiled in the pit of his stomach. He clenched his fingers into a tight fist, determined to fight through the emotion consuming him. Fear sliced through his belly like icy shards until he finally heaved, forcing rancid bile to choke into his throat.
I have to do this––he inched forward––only a few more steps and––
A sudden surge swirled around him, yanking him into a whirling vortex, where a violent blue streak dragged him deeper, deeper beneath the lake into the shadowy depths. Heart pounding, he battled against the force, twisting, thrusting toward the surface with all of his strength but, despite his muscular build, he spun like a feather in wind into oblivion. When the mist dissolved, Nick Cramer had vanished.


Author Bio:
Award winning author, Casi McLean, pens novels to stir the soul with romance, suspense, and a sprinkle of magic. Her writing crosses genres from ethereal, captivating shorts with eerie twist endings to believable time slips, mystical plots, and sensual romantic suspense, like Beneath The Lake, WINNER: 2016 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence for BEST Romantic Suspense. WATCH THE TRAILER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwOqm8DUUfA
Casi's powerful memoir, Wingless Butterfly: Healing The Broken Child Within, shares an inspirational message of courage, tenacity, and hope, and displays her unique ability to excel in nonfiction and self-help as well as fiction. Known for enchanting stories with magical description, McLean entices readers in nonfiction as well with fascinating hooks to hold them captive in storylines they can't put down. 
Her romance entwines strong, believable heroines with delicious hot heroes to tempt the deepest desires then fans the flames, sweeping readers into their innermost romantic fantasies. Ms. McLean weaves exceptional romantic mystery with suspenseful settings and lovable characters you'll devour. You'll see, hear, and feel the magical eeriness of one fateful night. You'll swear her time travel could happen, be mystified by her other worldly images, and feel heat of romantic suspense, but most of all you'll want more. 
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

BOOK BLITZ for "The Chosen Knights (The Angel Knights, #1)" by Mary Ting

The Chosen Knights
(The Angel Knights, #1)
by Mary Ting
Publication date: March 19th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
SOME BOOKS AREN’T MEANT TO BE OPENED

Urban fantasy lover’s dream! Demons, vampires, angels, witches, and fallen angels all set to the back drop of high school in Hawaii, and astral travel to the past to Knights Templar era.
When teens go missing in Hawaii, a group of demon-hunters—half human and half angel—disguised as high school students, must leave Crossroads, the place where they reside. In a race against time, they uncover the mystery connecting the missing teens, which dates back to the era of the Knights Templar. However, when they discover one of the Templars passed down a book containing all the secrets and codes to finding a particular treasure, they soon realize this forbidden treasure needs to be found before Cyrus, the lord of the possessor demons, acquires it—a treasure which been safeguarded and hidden from him. 
There is only one problem: the pages containing the clues leading to the treasure is missing. When the first page is found, Cyrus threatens to kill more descendants of the Knights Templar if it is not given to him by Friday the thirteenth. In the midst of threats and discovery, the demon-hunting angels find they are not alone when supernatural beings begin to reveal themselves. Can they put their differences aside and work together to solve the Knights Templars’ cipher? As they astral travel to the past, they witness a lot more than they have bargained for. And some things are better left unseen.

Book trailer: http://bit.ly/2t0cOKF 

"A page turning mystery with a supernatural twist that entertains to the last page!"  
~InD’tale Magazine 

(It is HIGHLY recommend to read the prequel - "The Angel Knights" - first!)


**FREE for a limited time only!**

Excerpt:

Eli willed his sword away. It disappeared behind his back, just the way I would have done it. “You know nothing. Nothing about me is human. I won’t be a part of something that could kill any one of you.”
“How could it kill us if—?” Then I had a thought, recalling the first time I’d seen him in the cafeteria. I had no evidence but it was worth the shot. “You can astral travel, can’t you? You’ve done it before, when you first saw me in the cafeteria. You can travel in the present too. That’s why you took off.”
“I have no idea what you’re talking about. Do you even know what that is?” His jaw clenched.
I knew he was lying. “Out-of-body experience.” I followed behind him when he started walking away.
“You have no idea of the consequences when you travel. Astral travel.”
“Then let it be my consequence.”
Eli whipped around. His face was just a breath away from mine. “You have no idea what you’re talking about.”
“Then show me.”
Eli pierced his eyes into mine. His heart drummed a mile a minute. “You want to feel pain, Lucia? You want to know what happens to people when they astral travel?”
“I-I—” I didn’t know what to say. I certainly didn’t expect him to say the things he did.
Eli extended his arm to me. “Take my hand.”
“No.”
“Take my hand, Lucia.” His tone was stern.
I shook my head.
“Last warning.”
“Last warning for—ELI.” I screamed. My stomach dropped, along with my body. Eli’s arms embraced me as we plunged through multiple layers of clouds with my back facing down. Hair whipped my face and the force of gravity made me dizzy.
“You didn’t heed my warning, Lucia,” Eli grumbled.
“So you’re trying to kill me?” The normal reaction for someone in this situation would be to fight back, but my instincts told me I wasn’t in danger. “What are you doing?” The clouds got smaller as we plummeted faster by the second. I began to have second thoughts. Wanting to believe so badly I could get through to him, I’d let it possibly cost my life.
He ignored my plea. Looking squarely in my eyes as air rushed against us, he said nonchalantly, “Get ready to die.”


Author Bio:
International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed. 
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COVER REVEAL for "The Rogue's Fate" by Missy De Graff

The Rogue’s Fate 
by Missy De Graff
Publication date: Fall 2017
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
If your life hung in the balance, would you choose to make your own destiny or leave your life to fate? 
Lucinda Raven is being hunted by her ex-lover, a controlling rogue Alpha, who is determined to perform the sacred mating ritual that will bind them together forever. Knowing nothing will keep him from carrying out his ruthless plan, Lucinda is on the run and seeks refuge in the territory of an old friend. 
Caidan Moone, cursed Alpha of the Blood Moone Pack, has a tortured history that haunts him daily. He sees the arrival of this beautiful and alluring nomad as a chance at redemption from his prior failures and invites her to stay, despite the danger it brings to the entire pack. 
As Caidan and Lucinda grow closer, her two worlds collide and Lucinda must face the events of her dark past in order to save the future. Will Caidan be able to protect her without sacrificing his pack? Or will she end up bearing the mark of her psychotic ex?
Author Bio: 
Missy has always been an avid reader and lover of all things that go bump in the night, but it wasn’t until 2009 that she was inspired by a friend and coworker to begin putting pen to paper. She began weaving together worlds of romance and intrigue, mixed with paranormal elements, suspenseful storylines, and addicting characters. 
In 2014 she discovered the wonderful world of Wattpad and that is when her writing took on a new meaning. She first posted fanfiction for the outstanding community of Wattpad to read. And after a welcoming response, she began sharing her own work to include short stories, flash fiction, and contest entries. You can also find Missy on Radish Fiction under the name @Dream_Craziness, where she posts a New Adult Fantasy story with Paranormal elements, as well as on Inkitt. Be sure to stop by and say hi, she loves hearing from her readers. 
Missy reside in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, she is a bohemian by nature & a Gemini by birth.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

BOOK BLITZ for "Charm (Reverse Fairytales, #1)" by J.A. Armitage

Charm
(A Cinderella reverse fairytale) 
(Reverse Fairytales, #1)
by J.A. Armitage
Publication date:
September 26th, 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult
You all know the story of Cinderella... 
The kingdom needs an heir and Princess Charmaine is quite aware that the job rests solely upon her shoulders. The problem is, she has no intention of ever getting married, let alone pushing a child out of her ladyparts. When her elder sister dies, Charmaine has to take her place at the ball designed to find her a husband. The problem is, she doesn’t want to choose between a hundred eligible bachelors. She just wants to live her life in peace and find love in her own time. 
Cynder knows about the impending war between the people of magic and those of his masters, but working as an underpaid servant in the palace kitchens leaves him with little power to do anything about it. On one hand, he’s a staunch supporter of equal rights for his own kind, but he can’t deny the attraction he feels for the daughter of the king and queen he works for. 
When the two meet, sparks fly and not just the magical kind... 
Charm is the first in the Reverse Fairytale series by USA Today bestselling author J.A.Armitage. Take everything you think you know about fairytales and turn it on its head.

Author Bio:
Born in a small town, J.Armitage longed for adventure and travel. 
Age 20 she moved to Dublin, then to San Diego, then Sydney and back to California where she did a brief stint working at Universal Studios being a minder to Sponge Bob. 
Once back in Britain she got married, had babies and decided to write about the adventure she was now missing out on. She works full time, is a mum to three kids and has had a surrogate baby. 
She has skydived twice (and survived), climbed Kilimanjaro and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. She has also worked as a professional clown and banana picker amongst other jobs.  
Somehow she finds time to write. 

COVER REVEAL for "Murder Feels Awful (Empath Detective, #1)" by Bill Alive

Murder Feels Awful
(Empath Detective, #1)
by Bill Alive
Publication date:
October 10th, 2017
Genres: Mystery, New Adult
He can feel people’s emotions. And murderers feel awful. 
Mark Falcon can “vibe” other people’s emotions... and they’re usually super painful. So he hides out in rural Virginia, making websites for clients he never has to meet. It’s a not-terrible life, sort of... until he vibes the final panic of a woman’s murder. 
The last thing hermit Mark wants to do is go out and investigate, vibing which suspect is seething with secret hate. Even with me along, his trusty new sidekick/housemate. (I’m so cheerful that I double as an emotional air freshener.) 
But Mark has no choice. He has to act, because our local cop detective is convinced that there’s no killer and the woman killed herself. Unfortunately, our cop’s also got the overall presence of a Viking goddess, and the last thing she wants is some delusional “psychic” website guy playing amateur sleuth. (Not to mention hitting on her.) 
With the cops threatening jail, small-town secrets threatening Mark’s sanity, and a crazy-gorgeous doctor suspect threatening my heart, time’s running out for Mark and I to catch the killer... 
Before the killer catches us. 
Murder Feels Awful is the very first Empath Detective novel, a new cozy mystery series that totally really happened, but is officially fiction. If you like Janet Evanovich, M. C. Beaton, Deb Baker, and long lists of famous author names, you’ll love this new series that has it all — amateur detectives you’ll love, zany small-town characters, sparkling wit, and a cold-blooded killer you’ll never even suspect.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

BOOK REVIEW for "The Hero (Hunter Circles, #4)" by Jessica Gunn

****(4) out of 5 stars!
SYNOPSIS:

I’m Krystin Blackwood, and six months ago I almost killed everyone I cared about. 

I’ve been on my own ever since, watching my back for my team to exact revenge. But when the world I left comes knocking, I have no choice but to run back to my team… and deliver heart-breaking news. 

Apparently, Lady Azar has turned Riley into a demon and she’s moving up her plans to use him as a path to the City of Alzan. Unfortunately for the Fire Circle, without my help and destined magik, Alzan doesn’t stand a chance. And neither does Riley. 

So, despite my team’s hatred for me and my near-criminal status in the Fire Circle, they’ll have to trust me if we have any hope of stopping all planes of existence from imploding. Assuming we can all be civil long enough to do so. 

Somehow, I think that might be an issue.


REVIEW:

Once again, things look pretty hopeless at the beginning of this volume, and even more so at the end.  But there is a lot that occurs in between that both moves the action along, and reveals quite a bit about the various players, as well as the world in which they are ensnared.  New characters are introduced, some of whom may or may not be who they seem, and others who may or may not prove important to the final narrative.

Everyone seems to be fighting each other, and not just on Ben and Krystn's team.  Things between all of the Hunter Circles are tense, and it isn't really apparent what is going on with the players on the oppposing team.  No one is very willing to give much ground to work together and advance the main cause of either side.  Things are basically a muddled mess all the way around.  

However, it is becoming obvious that the final battle is near at hand in the story.  Hopefully, the next volume (the last in the series!) will provide all of the answers we've been waiting for.

I received a free eBook copy of this novel from the author, 
and have willingly provided an honest review.  
~

"The Power
the 5th and final book in The Hunter Circles series,
releases Monday, Septemer 25th, 2017!
And it is on sale for the limited-time price of just $2.99
(for release week only, thru Fri Sept 29th)
or FREE with Kindle Unlimited!
 ~
Read my review of prior volumes in the series:
"The Hunter (Hunter Circles, #0.5)"
"The Hunted (Hunter Circles, #1)"
("The Hunted" is on sale this week only for just 99-cents!)
"The Traitor (Hunter Circles, #2)"
"The Changed (Hunter Circles, #3)"
here on the So Few Books blog!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

BOOK REVIEW for the "Fragments of Darkness" anthology

***(3) out of 5 stars

Fragments of Darkness
An Anthology of Thrilling Stories

Stories included in this anthology:
Dorothy Dreyer - Under the Surface
C.L. Campbell - Reckoner
Lisa M. Basso - Heart and Bone
Pat Esden - Black as a Dark Moon, Scarlet as Sumac
E.M. Fitch - Between Shadows
R.A. Gates - The Collector
Jessica Gunn - The Ghost
Debra Jess - Blood & Armor
Melanie McFarlane - The Transgressions of Faithe Eileen
Daphne RenĂ© - Story of the Unknown Soldier

Published: September 13th, 2017

SYNOPSIS:

From between the cracks of imagination, among the splinters of the unknown, and upon the winds of mystery, lurk the Fragments of Darkness. With legends of killer mermaids to tales of Civil War era ghosts, ten passionate story-tellers come together to bring you yarns of fantasy, paranormal, and chills and thrills that will entertain, intrigue, and enchant young adult and new adult readers.

REVIEW:

As always seems to happen with such works, there was quite a wide variety in styles and talents among the various authors.  Some were much darker than others; and a couple were a bit too sinister for me.  Various stories were somewhat believable, while others were way far out there.  A few had definite outcomes to the storyline, while others ended on a cliff-hanger.

“The Ghost” by Jessica Gunn was definitely my favorite of the tales.  This may have had a lot to do though with the fact that it was placed within her Hunter Circles world, from which I have read other stories.  But the characters were all knew and quite intriguing, especially Lincoln, and I’m hopeful that they may make an appearance in future stories. 

 “Story of the Unknown Solder” by Daphne RenĂ© was sweet and interesting.  It had moments of definite intrigue, mystery and tension, but nothing too scary. 

“The Transgressions of Faith Eileen” by Melanie McFarlane was also a story that I quite enjoyed, but I was very disappointed in the ending as it was one of those cliff-hangers that I mentioned earlier.  This is one, however, that I might be willing to follow-up for some resolution.    

Overall, I’d say it was a fun read, especially if you are into things a bit on the darker side.

I received a free eBook copy of this title from one of the authors,
and have willingly provided an honest review. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

OFFICIAL RELAUNCH & COVER REVEAL for the "Sleeping Dragons" series by Ophelia Bell


Sleeping Dragons Series
by Ophelia Bell

Publication date: October 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance 
Erika’s spent her entire post-graduate career searching for it. The elusive dragon stronghold her archaeologist professors scoffed at as being only a myth. Now she has the perfect team and has led them into the deepest reaches of the Sumatran jungle. At the edge of the discovery of the century, she’s finally about to prove to everyone how wrong they were. 
But when the seven intrepid explorers pass through the doors, they’re barely prepared for the conflict of lust versus logic they’re faced with on the inside. Ages-old magic lingers in the stronghold, dictating that they perform a ritual to awaken the long-slumbering beasts within. And beasts that beautiful only awaken to one thing: the unbridled release of their fated mates in the throes of ecstasy. 
The Sleeping Dragons Omnibus is a series of six novelettes. It includes all kinds of fun kinks involving shapeshifting mythical beasts who breathe magic smoke and have very long, prehensile tongues.


Author Bio:
Ophelia Bell loves a good bad-boy and especially strong women in her stories. Women who aren't apologetic about enjoying sex and bad boys who don't mind being with a woman who's in charge, at least on the surface, because pretty much anything goes in the bedroom. 
Ophelia grew up on a rural farm in North Carolina and now lives in Los Angeles with her own tattooed bad-boy husband and four attention-whoring cats. 
If you'd like to receive regular updates on Ophelia's publications, freebies, and discounts, please subscribe to her mailing list: http://opheliabell.com/subscribe/. 
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with K. Ferrin for "Across the Darkling Sea, Book #1"

Across the Darkling Sea 
by K. Ferrin
Publication date: Nov 12th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Across the Darkling Sea is the first book in the new serial fantasy series Magicfall, by K. Ferrin! 
Magic is forbidden in Brielle, but that never stopped Evelyn. Until Now. Because Evelyn has discovered she is magic, and now she is running for her life. 
Her only hope is on an island cloaked in shadow, an island of dark magic and even darker beasts. An island warlocks call home. 
Evelyn’s friends have turned against her, her own mother tried to kill her, and the place she calls home has banished her. Hidden away in the belly of a riverboat, a stowaway, her journey begins.

Across the Darkling Sea is book one in a serial series. Each book is roughly 50,000 words or about 150 pages. To emphasize, this is a serial series, meaning it’s one story that stretches across multiple books.

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with K. Ferrin~

1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?  

Story births, for me at least, are always strange and somewhat inexplicable.

Across the Darkling Sea, and the entire Magicfall series, started as a single line of dialogue that popped randomly into my head one day. A young woman asking “Witch, what am I?”, and an old woman replying “Child, why do you call me such after all these years? I don’t call you changeling, though indeed you are one.”

The idea stuck in my mind, so I sat down and began fleshing out the story. It’s interesting to consider that one line of dialogue grew into the five books of the Magicfall series. That line is still in the story by the way, at the end of chapter two.

2) Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

I’m not sure how hidden they are, but there are several themes at work in the books. The idea of knowledge being power is definitely in there. And of course the idea of friendships having the most powerful sort of magics, and that being different is a strength, not a weakness or something to be ashamed off is in there. These are common themes in my books… I was something of a brainy nerd growing up, so I’ve got a soft spot for those folks who see the work differently or otherwise don’t fit the ‘normal’ mold. They always find a place in my books.

3) Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

I am an avid people watcher. Humans are fascinating and complicated and behave in ways impossible to predict… and that makes for excellent fiction! I definitely pull inspiration for my characters from the people around me, both people I know and people I just happen to encounter while I’m out and about in the world. But none of my characters are based fully on anyone I know. 

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

First, I would have to say my mother. She infected me at a very early age with a love of books and reading and without that I certainly never would have become a writer.

Mr. Stough and Mr. Houser had a big influence on me as well. While the curriculum of most high school english classes at the time focused on classic literature, both Mr. Stough and Mr. Houser were staunch advocates for all forms of literature (much to the dismay of the principal at the time!). They both encouraged my penchant for stories with magic in a way that I hadn’t really encountered earlier.

Authors who have influenced me include Robin Hobb (still one of my absolute favorite authors), of course Tolkien (of Lord of the Rings fame), and early on books like Stewart Little or A Wrinkle in Time.

5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?  

Interesting question! Since I’m a fantasy author, I’m going to answer this question without regard to practical considerations like whether or not a ship could fit in my living room!

The first would be Ophelia, one of the Liveships from Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders books. She is the living figurehead of ship, and she is a fascinating character with some seriously interesting stories to tell.

Next I’d invite Luna Lovegood, one of my favorite characters from the Harry Potter books. In modern American culture hero’s are always the people at the front lines of battle, but the truth is that heroism takes many forms. Luna is kind and gentle, but a force to be reckoned with, and I love that!

I’m going to cheat a little on this third one and say Lettie Hempstock, her mother, and her grandmother. Maiden, Mother, and Crone of Neil Gaiman’s Ocean at The End of The Lane… quirky, and with access to some of the deepest and most timeless powers of the universe, how could you not invite them to dinner?

Author Bio:
K. Ferrin spends her days surrounded by engineers, technology, and humming machinery, but her evenings are steeped in magic, myth, and adventure. She writes fantasy, loves gardening, and eats way too much pie. She lives at the foot of the Colorado Rockies with her husband and two pooches. 
Her novels include the stand alone YA fantasy novel Magicless, as well as Across the Darkling Sea, and A Dying Land, the first two books of a series. You can find her online at www.kferrin.com. 
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