Friday, April 17, 2015

Author Maggie Mae Gallagher Release Party and $50.00 Amazon Gift Card Contest @ BBB

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Review: The Unleasing by Shelly Laurenston

The Unleashing (Call of Crows, #1)The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


4 1/2 stars




WINGING IT

Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn’t for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.

In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life—but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.

But Vig can’t give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera’s discipline, Vig’s loyalty… and the Crows’ sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.


First things first let me just say that I am so freaking glad the Crows and Ravens are back!!!. I first read Hunting Season which was the very first Crow book and I fell in love with it. Periodically I would request more crows but the author was busy with other projects so I had to wait. And I loathe waiting with a passion of a thousand suns so when this book was announced I was happy dancing in my chair.
I was not disappointed. I first received this book from Netgalley to review and I read it but I needed my own proofed and edited version so I bought that and reread it. Let me start off by saying that Crows are the executioners of the Norse gods and the ravens are the search, rescue and destroy if needed team. This story is mainly about Kayla and Vig. I love Kayla. She is a Crow but she has to be shown that these folks needed killing and I agree with that but after she is on board she is amazing. And Vig is a contradiction in every way. He’s a shy, protective, loving, stalkerish in a good way, and a stone cold killer. See definitely a contradiction. I love that he that even though he couldn’t save Kayla he got her another life with the crows. Also all the old and new crows and ravens are freaking hilarious. I was snorting and smiling through the entire book.
This book leaves some questions and issues unresolved but it wasn’t a cliff hanger so I was pleased. And I hope that we don’t have to wait as long for the next book in this series. Because yes there will have be at least another book hopefully more. My only little problem I had with this book was that there were so many folks and the Author switched too much from first to last names and vice versa. But in the final version there seemed to be less of this than in the ARC. All in all I give this book 4 1/2 stars because any book that has me laughing out loud and smiling is stand out book IMO.





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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Excerpt: The Dead Room by Stepanie Erickson




Post Apocalyptic 
Date Published: March 11, 2015

322 years after the apocalypse, the world has changed, but her people have not. Secrets, lies, and manipulations endure among a small group of survivors taking refuge on an island in the Northern Pacific.   

 No one knows what claimed so many lives over three centuries ago, and no one asks, except Ashley Wortham. She can feel the secrets all around her, begging to be uncovered.  
 
But the nine elders who govern the island guard their secrets jealously. They believe the islanders know what they need to, and they hide their secrets behind a ruse of peace. But when Ashley, and her best friend Mason, go down the rabbit hole, no one is prepared for truths they uncover. What will they do when they discover the downfall of humanity lies within their own island, deep inside the dead room?
 

The body lay on a two-piece metal pyre in the center of the clearing.
Nothing more than the skeleton of a table, the pyre was simply used for the display and transport of the bodies. Burning the dead was a custom from the time before.

The corpse’s blue cotton, long-sleeved shirt was buttoned all the way to
the top to hide his injuries, and the matching navy slacks had recently been pressed.
With his hands folded over his abdomen, Wesley looked rather dashing. Ashley wished her match had actually been dashing in life.

She wondered who would wear that outfit next. Nothing was ever wasted on
the island.
Not even the clothes of a dead man. She herself had worn the clothes off a
dead woman’s back. Squeamishness was a luxury no one could afford.

Although “new” clothes were made on the island, from animal skins and the
cotton grown in the farmlands, they were typically reserved for the higher
ups—elders, doctors, and the like. Cotton was difficult to grow in the cold climate, and the clothes were made entirely by hand. Once it had been worn and patched a few times by those with power, new clothing was eventually passed down to the lower branches of society,

But, it wasn’t just clothing that moved on after an islander died. All of
their belongings were redistributed among those in need. The dead’s family
wasn’t allowed to keep anything they didn’ t need. Sentimentality was a lost emotion to the islanders. Reusing everything was essential, even if the previous owner was a dead man.

It had only bothered her once—the first time she’d seen one of her
father’s outfits on another man. Even then, at the tender age of ten, she’d understood it was bound to happen eventually. She just hadn’t expected it to happen so quickly. Only a week after his funeral, she’d spotted one of her neighbors walking down the road in her father’s clothes. She ran to him, hoping her father’s scent might still linger on his shirt. But the man neither embraced her nor offered her any sympathy. He only looked at her with wide eyes,the horror and disgust plain on his face.

Death on the island was such a strange thing. She’d lost track of how many
funerals she’d been to in her lifetime—at least one a month. Unexpected deaths,
like that of her match, added to the average.

Only three of the losses had actually meant something to her—her mother,
her father, and now Wesley. Her father’s funeral was, of course, devastating, made more so by the fact that they’d shared the same first name. Everything the elders said about him could have also been applied to her. How they were thankful for “Ashley’s life,” how they wished “Ashley peace.”It sent shivers down her spine.

Once, she’d asked him why they shared a name. His mother’s name had been
Ashley, he’d explained, as had her mother, and her father before that. On and on, down the line, the name had traveled, until it had reached Ashley. And one day, as was their tradition, it would go to her own child.

The funeral for her mother, who had been taken by a simple cold that
escalated into something much worse, was nothing more than a hazy memory. Still, Ashley missed her mother terribly and felt incomplete without her. She searched for her whenever the jasmine got caught on the wind, because her mother had loved to wear the flower behind her ear.

Wesley’s funeral was a problem. She wasn’t entirely sure how she felt
about it. The loss of her parents had left her feeling completely alone. She’d hoped to find love again with her match, but he’d left her terribly disappointed.

Now that he was gone, her emotions warred with themselves. Relief was the
biggest player fighting for space in her mind. Relief to have escaped the abuse
and the pressures of being the next elder’s wife. Guilt came in at a close second,
but not because she regretted killing her match.

It was because her best friend was being blamed for it.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Release Day Broken by Cynthia Eden

“Broken” By Cynthia Eden




Broken

(Lost Series, Bk #1)

By Cynthia Eden



Blurb:
The first novel in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden’s sizzling LOST series introduces the Last Option Search Team, an elite unit that must protect the only surviving victim of a serial killer.


Ex-SEAL and LOST founder Gabe Spencer is accustomed to the unusual in his job. But when knockout Eve Gray steps into his office, he’s rattled. For the mysterious woman is a dead ringer for the heiress thought to be the latest prey of the serial killer who goes by the name Lady Killer.

When Eve awoke in an Atlanta hospital, her past was a blank slate. Then she recognized her own face in the newspaper and vowed to learn the truth. Determined to confront the nightmares hidden in her mind, she never expects to find a partner in Gabe.

As Gabe and Eve work together, their explosive attraction becomes irresistible. Gabe knows that his desire for Eve is growing too strong, bordering on a dangerous obsession, but nothing pulls him away from her. And when another Eve lookalike disappears, Gabe vows to protect Eve at all costs. While Eve may have forgotten the killer in her past, it’s clear he hasn’t forgotten her.



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 Excerpt


“Do you think I’m a con artist or a victim?”



“I think you’re a woman who has been hurt.” No denying that. “One of my team members, Wade Monroe, is contacting the Montgomery family. We’ll get DNA from them and find out—”



“If I’m Jessica.” There was hope in the words. Enough hope to break his heart.



Gabe nodded.



“When will we know?”



It would take a few days, even with the strings that he could pull. “As soon as possible,” he said, not wanting to give her a specific timetable.



“Thank you.” Then, just like that, she was across the car, giving him a tight hug. “Thank you.”



His arms wrapped around her, an instinctive response. She smelled faintly of flowers, a sweet scent that teased his nose, and her body was soft against his.



She tried to pull away, as if realizing what she’d just done.



For an instant he was tempted to hold her, to keep her close.



She’s a client. Focus.



He let her go, but his body ached.



“I … um … I should get inside.”



Yes, she should. While he was still clutching tight to his control. The control that said he shouldn’t push her. Shouldn’t want her so much. Not when she’d already been hurt so badly.



Her fingers reached for the door.



“Let me,” he said, voice rumbling, and Gabe climbed from the Jag. In seconds he was on the passenger side, opening her door for her. She rose, and her body brushed against his.



He stepped back. Distance. He seriously needed to put some distance between then. But even with some fast steps back, he could still smell that light and sexy scent that clung to her body. 



And he still wanted her.



“Your shrink asked me a lot of questions about you,” Eve told him as she stood temptingly close.



Gabe inclined his head. “I’m sure—”



“I think she wanted to know why I respond so much to you.”



Oh, hell, she’d just said … He cleared his throat even as part of his body surged in quick response to her. “It’s a tense situation, you’re—”



“You don’t look at me as if I’m a victim.”



He stopped talking.



“I mean, you know what I am, but you still look at me and seem to just see me … as a woman.”



“Others see you the same way.” Doc Tyler sure did. Bastard.



“It’s different with you,” she murmured as she stepped even closer to him. Her head had tilted back so she could look into his eyes. “I don’t know what I’ve felt for other men before.”



Why did the idea of others have his body knotting with tension?



“But I know that when I see you, I want.” A hushed confession. “I just … I needed to tell you that.”



And he needed to make his self-control a hell of a lot stronger. Her lips were just inches from his, and he wanted her mouth beneath his. Wanted her lips open. Needed to taste her.



“You’re the first man I’ve wanted since I opened my eyes in that hospital.”



He could actually feel his control splintering. Client. Cli—



“You probably don’t want me. I—I might not be your type.”



Now her gaze had fallen, as if in embarrassment. Had she really just asked if she was his type? 



She was probably every damn man’s type.



“But you make me feel normal again, so I had to tell you—”



His fingers curved under her chin. “Eve …”



Her smile was a little too big. Too bright. “I don’t think I can handle anything else right now, I’m …” She pulled away. Stumbled onto the sidewalk. “I just wanted to tell you how I felt,” she told him again.



Then she walked into the shelter, her steps hurried. As if she were running.



From him.



He stared after her. She wanted him.



And she was so beyond his reach.




About the Author

USA Today Best-selling author Cynthia Eden has written over twenty-five novels and novellas. She was named as a 2013 RITA® finalist for her paranormal romance, ANGEL IN CHAINS, and, in 2011, Cynthia Eden was a RITA finalist for her romantic suspense, DEADLY FEAR.
Cynthia is a southern girl who loves horror movies, chocolate, and happy endings.  She has always wanted to write (don’t most authors say that?), and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters–vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters that populate her romantic suspense stories.

Cynthia’s foreign sales for her books include translations to Japan, Germany, Thailand, Greece, and Brazil.
(Back in the day…) Cynthia graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama where she studied Sociology (because people interest her) and Communication (because she likes to write about said people).  Cynthia has worked as a college admissions counselor, a teacher, and as an editor. But now, Cynthia is thrilled to be spending her days making up stories.




          


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Monday, March 30, 2015

Review: Rock Addition by Nalini Singh

Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss, #1)Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

I don't read a lot of contemporaries but I've come to the firm conclusion that I'd read tech manuals if Nalini wrote them. I was given Rock Hard for a review and I liked it so much I went and bought the other novel and novella in this series. I wasn't disappointed. I believe this was better than Rock Hard. If you love emotional stories with hot men and tougher than they think heroines you need to read this series. But fair warning if you buy one you might as well buy the rest.



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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Review: Figure of Speech by Dana Marie Bell

Figure of Speech (Halle Shifters, #4)Figure of Speech by Dana Marie Bell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When two hearts speak as one, no words are needed.

Chloe Williams has waited four long years for her mate to acknowledge her. Time and again he has turned her away for being too young, even when she was hospitalized, recovering from a beating that left lingering after effects. Now that he’s been turned into a Wolf, his mating instincts are kicking in big time. Chloe has to decide if it’s worth risking her heart yet again.

Ten years older than Chloe and dealing with issues she knows nothing about, veterinarian James Woods is about ready to howl in frustration. He’s been drawn to Chloe since she was a radiant nineteen-year-old college student, but the age difference held him back from making a move on her. Now his Wolf wants what’s his, and Jim is finally in a place where he can claim her.

Between meddling mothers, Hunter brothers, and a mystery that threatens to end Chloe’s life, they might find an opportunity to tell each other just how they feel. Or find themselves separated by more than just misunderstood words.

Warning: This book contains explicit sex, graphic language, and two people who finally get their damn act together

I love this series. And this one was no exception. If you like sassy heroines, loving alpha males, zany humor, with a huge heaping helping of paranormal this series is for you. So go grab this this book and if you not read the others get them too. You won't be disappointed.


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