Thursday, September 20, 2018

Siren's Calling by Piper J. Drake - Spotlight, Excerpt, and Giveaway




Amae Waters is a mermaid blending in with humankind. Her mission? Prepare the oceans for the return of her people. But a new predator has entered the Puget Sound, defying human understanding, and Amae must face it and darker dangers lurking in the deep.


Siren’s Calling, The Sea King’s Daughters IV, An urban fantasy novella by Piper J Drake.






Book Description:

Amae Waters will never live up to her father's expectations--she's not a leader and she's not a soldier. Rather than live with his disappointment, she's left his realm and built a life for herself in Seattle, a mermaid blending in with humankind. Her mission? To prepare the oceans for the return of her people. But she's not sure she's cut out to accomplish that either.

A new predator has entered the waters of the Puget Sound, ravaging orcas and leaving their carcasses to wash ashore for humans to find. Whatever is killing them is beyond human understanding and Amae must find it before it irrevocably damages the complex balance of the ocean ecosystems.

But a greater danger lurks in the deep. Amae is done evading traps. She'll defend her territory and prove she needn't be a soldier to be a warrior or become the sacrifice used to end her people
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Excerpt from Siren’s Calling:

I tasted blood in the water.

Changing course with a flick of my tail, I swam against the fast-moving ocean current toward the source. There were no vibrations in the water to indicate the thrashing of a living thing in distress and the seas were quieter than usual. Not surprising, with this much blood carried on the currents. Predators would be drawn to it and prey would be wise to leave the area or hide.

Curious, I’d come to investigate, thinking one of the killer whale pods had taken a baleen whale. It wasn’t unheard of, though it didn’t happen often. A big kill like that would draw plenty of ocean denizens, and I hadn’t tasted whale in a long time. I wouldn’t kill one, not when I couldn't finish consuming it myself and not when so many whale species were endangered, but I wouldn’t let it go to waste, either.

When I didn’t find anything in open water, I’d pulled myself up onto the rocky outcropping between islands and found it. The body. But it wasn’t a humpback or gray whale, not a mink or fin whale, either. It was an orca, a killer whale, and that didn’t make any kind of sense.

Before I could take a closer look, the sound of a powerful motor cut through the morning calls of seabirds. Harbor seals lifted their heads and looked around from where they lay on another rock outcropping. A lone Steller sea lion grunted and scratched his head with a huge hind flipper. He turned to stare at me and I met his gaze, unconcerned. He was a prime specimen of a bull, the largest I’d ever encountered, but he posed no threat to me.

The waves slapped against the rocks around my tail fin in a changed cadence. A boat was approaching, and with it, humans. They were probably whale watching, which meant every one of them would be on the lookout for wildlife. Most of them would have binoculars. I couldn’t let them see me in this form.

I dove back into the water, darting through forests of kelp and berating myself for lingering past dawn. There was too much light and I had to dive deep to be sure nothing on the surface caught sight of even a tail flick from me.

As far as humans were concerned, I didn’t exist. I was a myth, a fairy tale.

If they saw me, they might not even believe what they’d seen. In their dreams or after too many drinks, they might whisper, “Mermaid.”

And they’d be right.


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Trouble in Hell by Alex Grayson - Cover Reveal and Giveaway

Today we are sharing the cover reveal for the upcoming romantic suspense title by Alex Grayson. TROUBLE IN HELL is the first title in her Hell Night Series and it will be releasing on October 18th. 

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Book Description:

Four men, irrevocably bound together by their horrifying past…

Trouble and his brothers escaped from Malus, Texas as kids. In the dead of night, they left behind a Hell so ominous, it made National news.

When they returned as adults, it was to seek revenge and justice. Malus is theirs now. They own it, they rule it, and they protect it. By any means necessary.

Trouble carries demons inside him. The need for blood and vindication runs deep in his veins, and nothing will stop the darkness within him from shining its evil eyes.

When Remi arrives, pregnant and in need of help, she has no idea she’s come to the one place she should have stayed far away from. Something dark surrounds the town. A malevolence she has no hope of surviving.

Will Trouble drag Remi into the dark pits of Hell? Or will she be the ultimate downfall of the devil himself?


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Alex Grayson is the bestselling author of heart pounding, emotionally gripping contemporary romances including the Jaded Series, the Consumed Series, and three standalone novels. Her passion for books was reignited by a gift from her sister-in-law. After spending several years as a devoted reader and blogger, Alex decided to write and independently publish her first novel in 2014 (an endeavor that took a little longer than expected). The rest, as they say, is history.

Originally a southern girl, Alex now lives in Ohio with her husband, two children, two cats and dog. She loves the color blue, homemade lasagna, casually browsing real estate, and interacting with her readers. Visit her website, www.alexgraysonbooks.com, or find her on social media!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Restless Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan - Review

Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Publication Date:  18 September, 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Series:  Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs, book 2
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, suspense
Age Recommendation: 17 and Up
Rating: 4 Stars

~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 


Book Description:

The Montgomery Ink series continues with the so-called sensible sister and the one man she never should have fallen for.


For Thea Montgomery, baking isn’t only therapeutic, it’s also her dream job. She’s worked countless hours keeping her bakery afloat, and now that it’s where she wants it to be, she’s ready to expand and take the next step. When it comes to work and her family, she’s on top of her game. Her personal life, however, is a different story.
When Dimitri Carr isn’t teaching and hiding his ink under long sleeves to keep the bosses happy, he’s trying to be the best brother and friend he can be. After his divorce, he’d thought he would lose Thea from his life forever because she’s his ex-wife’s best friend. But now that he’s free, and the two of them realize they want to keep their friendship. Then he finally sees what he’s been missing all this time.
But there are more problems than the fact that Dimitri is Thea’s best friend’s ex. And when accidental touches and flirtations aren’t enough for either of them, and they’re finally ready to take the next step, they’ll find out exactly what that cost is for crossing that line. And will need to find the strength to face it.

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My Review:

Oh Carrie Ann Ryan, how I love you and your Montgomery's!  Restless Ink is book 2 in the spin off series, Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs.  I was so happy when she started this spin-off up because I really did not want to leave the family I had grown to love, the Montgomerys.

I throughly enjoyed this couple together and separately.  Dimitri and Thea are both just two incredibly kind and sweet people who deserve all the love and happiness they ultimately get.  Of course Carrie Ann can't make it a smooth ride, oh no!  This couple goes through some pretty traumatic moments, like most of the Montgomery's have, but this one felt even more twisted and psychological thriller-is than usual to be honest and I LOVED it. I adored their kindness, their consideration, the steaminess...HELLOOOOOO TWISTER!  I also really LOVE that the puppy was never in peril, I don't know what I would have done if he had been.  I think it could have turned into the most difficult Montgomery book ever, but Carrie Ann spared me and I am ever so grateful.  Yes, the puppy was a major factor for me, it is what it is, haha.

As with all the Montgomery books these characters are a part of a tight knit family and I adored getting to see them have their game nights and girls/guys night, just like what we have been accustomed to.  Carrie Ann is bringing me back into the family fold and just giving me more to love and I am thrilled with that.  I am very anxious to get my hands on book three, because I am so worried about those two characters.  There's something really sad happening between Roxie and Carter and my heart is in my throat with all the possibilities.

This is just another great addition to the whole Montgomery Ink world and if you are a fan of the Montgomery's or just love a good Romance grab u this book, you will not be disappointed!  <3


~ HAPPY READING ~






About Carrie Ann Ryan
Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

Survive by Stephen Llewelyn - Review








Author: Stephen Llewelyn
Publication Date:  18th September 2018
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Series:  The New World Trilogy, book 1
Genre: Sci-Fi-Historical-Adventure 
Age Recommendation: Advanced Young Adult Readers (12ish) and UP!  
Rating: 4 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 


Book Description:

A young man and his mother fight to leave tragedy behind. Striving for a new life on Mars has cost Tim and Patricia everything, but as even their future is taken from them, their past is just beginning.

Earth: population 50 billion. Pollution, crime and scarcity are out of our control. Instantaneous travel provides hope for the terraforming of another world.

A terrorist attack. An explosion at the event horizon of a wormhole. A murder. A trail of clues, misinformation and sabotage. Nothing is as it seems as an old enemy returns from the shadows. 100 years from now, the 100 souls aboard the USS New World are thrown back 100 million years to the deadly Cretaceous Period. From there, an epic fight to save humanity begins; but first, they must survive.

A multi-national, eclectic crew; among them the good, the not so good and the no damned good at all. Loss, courage, genius and sheer bloody-mindedness bind them. NASA Captain, James Douglas, and his first officer, Jill Baines, expected a taxi run to Mars. Now they must escape a fearsome Mapusaurus pack, survive natural disasters, brutal discoveries and treachery.








My Review:

So if you know my family at all you know that dinosaurs play a large part in our daily life.  My oldest daughter is  completely fascinated with the science of Paleontology and could rival most Paleontologist in her knowledge of dinosaur science, ha.  Sufficed to say that when this came across my desk I jumped at the chance to read it even though Sci-Fi is not my typical go to for a genre preference.  I really wanted to read it in hopes that maybe it would be a book that would interest my daughter and would be appropriate for her 12 year old age.  What I can say is an absolute YES to both of those things. 

Survive starts out by giving us a look at a few of the cast, their social and home lives and the reasons that place them on this journey.  I really liked getting this little glimpse inside these characters heads, this main cast of characters are young adults who are about to embark on the journey of a life time with their families. Some are excited by the prospect and others reluctant tagalongs being forced into a situation because of family ties.  I immediately fell in 'love' with Tim Norris, which I think will be the case for everyone and expected since he ends up playing quite the role in this saga.  I loved him for his quietness, for his pessimism but still positive  (quite the conundrum I know but it's true)
outlook.  I loved him for the fact that he's this nerdy kid, who is a bit of a social recluse, and what I imagine to be a lanky somewhat awkward kid (reminds me of my oldest, lol) who is the bravest of the bunch.  I love that Stephen takes the perception that the nerdy kids aren't as good as the athletic/rich/beautiful, etc ones and turns it on it's head.  He proves that every one is a hero when a hero is needed.  I also really enjoyed meeting the character that becomes Tim's best friend Woodsy, even when Woodsy grates on my nerves, haha.  He is the antithesis of Tim, outgoing, bubbly, a tad wild, a trouble maker but yet still pure of heart.  He will drive you a bit batty with his brashness, but her brings a much needed humor in to lighten the drama.  

With that said I am going to walk away from some of the characters for a bit only because there are a LOT of players in this book and I could spend three days talking about them all before ever telling you who everyone is and what their role in the story is.  I also am not a fan of spoilers, I actually bore them, so I don't want to go much more in to detail about who's who and all that, but I had to tell you about Tim and Woodsy.  

So what's this book really about you may be wondering.  Well, it's fairly simple and terribly complex all at the same time.  The world as WE know it is gone.  The earth is over populated, resources are dying out, crime is on the rise...the only hope, MARS.  Travel to Mars has become fairly easy, though not easy enough for the whole planet to just pick up and go, and groups of people have slowly been going over and transforming the Mars we know today into a world that can be inhabited by humans.  Our cast of characters the we met in the first pages have all been selected as a group of 100 to take the quick and easy journey and begin to create a new settlement for future inhabitants.  Things aren't always what they seem of course and their quick journey turns into a "3 hour Gilligan Style tour" that places everyone in peril and 100 million years in their past!  DINOSAURS! 

I thoroughly enjoyed the way that Stephen Llewelyn set up this book, the little snips in each chapter the kind of bounce between the characters and the action.  It gives the feel of multiple stories in a continuous line if that makes any sense at all.  It read to me like a movie script might so one minute you might be calm and hanging with the 'kids' and the next you're discovering a dinosaur and running for your life.  It kept the action at a fast place and keeps the reader actively turning pages and not wanting to set the book down for fear of what you might miss.  

The only two things that I could have wished were different were that there is a HUGE cast and sometimes I'd loose track of who is who and I just wanted more Dinos.  Now the great thing about this book is that it is only the beginning so I look forward to seeing where Stephen is going to take us on this journey.  We've been left with a bit of a cliffhanger, like literally, I have images of some of the case standing on the edge of the cliff as they watch....well, I can't tell you that, I guess you will have to read it yourself. ;-)

If you are a fan of Sci-Fi and dinosaurs grab this book.  The dinos aren't as a factor in this book but the science fiction aspects are all there and we have two more books to go, with no telling what is coming for this cast around the corner!  


~ HAPPY READING ~


Author Information:

Originally from Dudley in the West Midlands, Stephen Llewelyn works in construction. Years spent digging into the foundations of ancient buildings, steeped in a vivid sense of the past, inspired his research into palaeontology and, in turn, shaped his inventive science fiction trilogy. Llewelyn lives with his wife and their four dogs in the mountains of Snowdonia, North Wales. The cover design for Survive features a line drawing of a Giganotosaurus skull by Hannah Armstrong, a young artist who died in tragic circumstances; Llewelyn plans to donate a percentage of royalties from the sale of Survive to the charity, MIND, in Hannah’s memory.

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It Began With A Lie by Michele Pariza Wacek - Spotlight, Excerpt, and Giveaway








Book Description:


A fresh start. That was what Becca hoped the move from New York to Redemption, Wisconsin, would be for her troubled family—a way to get her crumbling marriage back on track, and to bond with her difficult 16-year-old stepdaughter.

But instead of a new beginning, Becca is thrust into a mysterious past she barely remembers … a past that includes complications from interacting with her teenage crush, Daniel, as well as living in her aunt's old house (aka "The Witch House," according to locals).

But is the house really haunted? Or is there something far more sinister out to destroy them
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Chrissy gave me a withering look as she furiously pounded on her iPhone. I opened my mouth to say something—I had no idea what … something to bridge the gap that yawned between us—but Mia's voice interrupted me. "Daniel! Look who's here! It's Becca!" 

I closed my mouth and turned to look. A police officer was standing at the counter watching Mia fill up a to-go container with coffee. Could that be Daniel? I searched the room, but only saw only a handful of people finishing up their breakfast. It had to be him. 

I looked back at the cop. Broad shoulders and dark blonde hair—Daniel. Mia glanced at me and winked. I made a face back at her. 

He turned. He was older of course, but yes, it was most definitely Daniel. He wouldn't be considered traditionally handsome—not like Stefan with his almost pretty-boy looks. Daniel's face was too rugged, with sharp cheekbones and a crooked nose. But his lips were still full and soft, and his eyes were still the same dark blue. I found myself suddenly conscious of my appearance. I hadn't taken a shower in two days, and I was wearing an old, faded New York Giants tee shirt. I had scraped my unruly mass of reddish, blondish, brownish hair back into a messy ponytail in preparation for a full day of cleaning and organizing. But I quickly reminded myself that I was being silly. I was a married woman, sitting with my stepdaughter, and he was engaged. 

Besides, he had made it more than clear years ago he wasn't the slightest bit interested in me. 

"Becca," he said coming over, his face friendly, but not exactly smiling. "Welcome back to Redemption." It didn't sound much like a welcome. 

“Thanks," I said, mostly because I couldn't think of anything better to say. Instinctively, I reached up to smooth out my hair, since as usual, a few curly tendrils had escaped and hung in my face. "Not much has changed." 

He studied me, making me really wish I had taken an extra five minutes to jump in the shower and dig out a clean shirt. "Oh, plenty has changed." 

"Like you being a cop?" 

He shrugged slightly. "Pays the bills." 

I half-smiled. "There's lots of ways to pay the bills. If I remember right, you always seemed more interested in breaking the law than upholding it." 

"Like I said, things change." He lifted his to-go coffee cup and took a swallow, dark blue eyes never leaving mine. "I take it you're still painting then." 

I dropped my gaze to his chest, feeling a dull ache overwhelm me—the same pain I felt when I heard the name Becca. "As you said, things change." 

"Ah." I waited for him to ask more questions, but instead, he changed the subject. "So, how long are you staying?" 

I shrugged. "Not sure. We've actually moved here." 

His eyebrows raised slightly. "To Charlie's house? You aren't selling it?" 

“Well, yes. Eventually. That’s the plan. But, at least for the foreseeable future, we’ll be living in it.” I sounded like an idiot. With some effort, I forced myself to stop talking. Why on earth did I share so much detail? How was this any of his business? 

He looked like he was going to say something more but was interrupted by a loud snort. The two pant-suited women both scraped their chairs back as they stood up, glaring disgustedly at all of us before heading to the cash register. 

"What's with them?" Chrissy asked. I had forgotten she was there. 

I shrugged, before remembering my manners and introducing Chrissy to Daniel. I made a point of gesturing with my left hand to flash my wedding ring. 

His head tipped in a slight nod before looking back at me. "Will you be around later today? I'd like to stop by and talk to you." 

There was something in his expression that made me uneasy, but I purposefully kept my voice light. "What on earth for? I haven't even unpacked yet. Am I already in trouble?" 

The ends of his lips turned up in a slight smile, but no hint of warmth touched the intense look in his eyes. "Should you be in trouble?” 

I let out a loud, exaggerated sigh. "Why do cops always answer a question with a question?" 

"Occupational hazard. I'll see you later." He dipped his chin in a slight nod before walking away. I noticed he didn't give me the slightest hint as to what he wanted to talk to me about. That sense of unease started to grow into a sense of foreboding.


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About Michele PW:

Michele Pariza Wacek (also known as Michele PW) taught herself to read at three years old because she so badly wanted to write fiction. As an adult, she became a professional copywriter (copywriters write promotional materials for businesses, nothing to do with protecting intellectual property or putting a copyright on something) and eventually founded a copywriting and marketing company. She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and currently lives with her husband and dogs in the mountains of Arizona. You can reach her at MicheleParizaWacek.com. She’s published two novels, “The Stolen Twin” and “Mirror Image,” both psychological thrillers/mystery/suspense books.



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I Bet You by Ilsa Madden-Mills - Cover Reveal

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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills returns with an all-new swoon-fest of a novel about what happens when you look beyond labels and take a chance on love.

 

I Bet You, an all-new sexy college romance standalone is coming October 29th, and we have the hot new cover!

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Cover Designer: Shanoff Designs
Photographer: Wander Aguiar
Model: Steven

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Sexy Athlete: I bet you…
Penelope Graham: Burn in hell, quarterback.

The late night text is random but Penelope knows exactly who “Sexy Athlete” is. And why she shouldn't take his wager.
Ryker Voss.
Football star.
Walks on water and God's gift to women.
Just ask him.
His bet? He promises Penelope he’ll win her the heart of the nerdy guy she’s been crushing on. His plan—good old-fashioned jealousy. Once her crush sees her kissing Ryker, he'll realize what he's missing. Sounds legit, right? The only question is…why is Ryker being so nice to her?
Penelope Graham.
Virgin.
Lover of sparkly vampires and calculus.
His mortal enemy.
Penelope knows she shouldn’t trust a jock, but what’s a girl to do when she needs a date to Homecoming? And Ryker’s keeping a secret, another bet, one that could destroy Penelope’s heart forever.
Will the quarterback score the good girl or will his secret mean everyone loses at this game of love?
Cover Designer: Shanoff Designs
Photographer: Wander Aguiar
Model: Steven
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date: October 29, 2018



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Ilsa Logo.jpg Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She's best known for her angsty, heartfelt new adult college romances.  A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.  She's also addicted to frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Diaries, and any kind of book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. 
 
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Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco. It’s a big deal. When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning. What she isn’t…is married. It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want. Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty. Even Queens. Especially them. ** Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home. And a sacred promise keeps him there. To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure. ** Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever. Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story. This is theirs. 

ROYALLY YOURS will be available on October 30th


           



 Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.