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Wednesday, 25 December 2013

See You In 2014

Well, that's it folks.  My last blog of 2013 as I'm off visiting friends and family over the holiday period.  Don't worry though, I'll still be reading and taking notes so I can do reviews when I'm home.  Thank you for your support since starting my blog two months ago, although I still feel like I'm talking to myself.  Perhaps next year one of you might actually comment and make me feel like I'm not insane ;) 

So all that's left to say is to all my friends and family, on this side of the pond or the other, no matter how far away we may be, you're always in my heart.  Whatever holiday you celebrate, may you find peace, love, and joy around your hearth and home this year!  From my hearth to yours.  

I hope you had a wonderful 2013 and here's to an even better 2014!

Friday, 13 December 2013

$10 Amazon Voucher - Lucky Me

WOOHOO!!! I said today would be a good day! Didn't I?! Didn't I?!? Well it's just got off to a brilliant start! Through leaving a review for Julie Farrell - Author on Story Cartel, I've won myself a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

It managed to burn a hole in my pocket for a few hours but I've done it! I've gone and blown it! I'm now a happy bunny as I've got lots of books to read now that I wouldn't have had the chance to do for quite a while so a big THANK YOU to Julie.  

I got:

The Werewolf Society Box Set
A witch after his secret. A wolf after her pleasure.

Nico Moore is the leader of of The Werewolf Society's elite Royal Guard. Aylia Richardson is the witch who calls to the beast in Nico, but destiny has also made her the keeper of a gift that threatens the very existence of his race. To destroy this gift will destroy this woman...the only one he has ever dared to call 'mate'.

Wicked Werewolf Secret
Kole's Story
Kole Smith will soon become the leader of his pack, and not just any pack. He will lead the Royal Guard of the Werewolf Society. Before he accepts his role, he has unfinished business and her name is Sarah.

Sarah's family ran the Casino Operation used as a front for The Werewolf Society, until the greed of the rebels trying to overthrow their government led to her families murder. Kole saved her life, gave her the opportunity to live, and to deliver the vengeance she craves against the rebels.

Wicked Werewolf Passion
Shi's story 

Shi is a wolf whose been shunned by the Royal Guard he once fought for, the head of a mercenary team that does the jobs too dirty for everyone else. His newest job is to find, and kidnap, the gorgeous daughter of a high ranking member of the council, and make him confess he's working for the enemy.Dirty work, but someone has to do it. Only this gorgeous wolf isn't about to believe her father is on the bad side of the fence, nor does she have plans to be anyone's captive. In fact...she might just make Shi her captive.

Keridwen (The Druids of Keridwen) 
Caitlyn Brady had never heard of druids, and certainly didn’t know she was one, until the summer before her sophomore year of high school. Hidden in an oak chest in her attic, a collection of photos of her parents reveal a secret she couldn’t imagine in her wildest dreams. She can manipulate earth, she is going to Keridwen - a school for druids - for training, and she is about to develop physically practically overnight from the length of her hair and nails to boobs she thought weren’t ever going to happen.

Once at Keridwen, she makes friends with other druids who possess vastly different natural abilities including one who can shape shift into a grizzly bear and another who can heal any wound. With a war brewing between the druids, Caitlyn must learn mastery of her blessing in order to protect a scroll that holds the key to the druids’ existence before the rogues (enemy druids) ruin it all by destroying the ancients and all they stand for. Caitlyn didn’t want to be special, but now she’s that and more and faced with acting 200 times her age with the weight of the druid world on her shoulders.  

Tall, Dark & Heartless: A Pyte/Sentinel Series Novel
He should have left her and never looked back…....

That's not how things played out for Caine, a nearly one thousand year old Pyte, who should have known better. Instead of walking away years ago, he has been watching over the only human who has touched his heart. He stays to protect her, at least that is what he tells himself. When trouble finds her, he knows that he should just cut his losses and walk away, but there is no fighting the hold the child, who has become a woman, has on him. Now they are both paying the price.

Danni knows that she isn’t technically a Sentinel and is putting her life in danger every time she goes out on patrol. She isn't worried, she has a job to do. It is the only thing that matters to her anymore and she isn’t going to let it go without a fight. Unfortunately for her, she didn’t foresee her ex-boyfriend selling her out to a Master, being captured, getting locked up and stuck in a room with the cranky Pyte. The same Pyte that broke her heart years ago and wont stop glaring at her as if their little predicament is all her fault.

Without Regret (Pyte/Sentinel Series) 
Chris Williams is used to making sacrifices. For years he's done his duty by his family and his calling as he awaited the one person that was meant for him. When she finally came into his life she was nothing like the woman he'd expected. Instead of being the warrior ready to help him protect his family and the humans under his care he got.....

A computer geek named Isabella, who somehow managed to get her name on every Master's hit list. One minute she admits that she'd made a foolish mistake and the next she's kidnapped, held hostage by a crazy cult who steals her chocolate and she's sure is after her program, a program she has no plans on giving up anytime soon. As she tries to keep her wits about her the sexiest man she's ever seen claims her, only he doesn't seem to happy about it. It's clear that he doesn't want her, but the stubborn man just won't let her go even when it's clear that he may not have a choice. 

The Bend-Bite-Shift Box Set 
˃˃˃ Witch Way Bends (Book 1)
Devan Stowe has only one thing on her mind”"shutting down her father’s child trafficking business. Her determination sets her on a journey to discover her true strength and the one man she was destined to love.

In his arms, she’ll learn the meaning of trust, honor, and courage. She will unlock an amazing gift that will free her from her past and open up a future full of magic, faeries and more things than she ever imagined possible.

But no good deed goes unpunished, and Devan’s quest may have deadly consequences not only for her, but for those she cares most about.

˃˃˃ Bitten Shame (Book 2)
Jill Prescott returned from self-imposed seclusion to help save her best friend Devan’s life. Throwing herself into Devan’s problems and bringing an evil organization to its knees might just be the distraction she needs to keep living without the only man she’s ever loved.

Her life changed forever when she was hired to spend a week with Doc Massey. On the day she became a vampire her youthful innocence ended, but Doc’s love rescued her from being consumed by the darkness. The shadow of that former life continues to loom over her, keeping her from realizing her own self-worth. Running from her past only brings her closer to a destiny that is inextricably connected to what she is trying to escape. . .

Every gift has both a reward and a price, because All of it fits. . .

˃˃˃ Tell A Soul (A Bend-Bite-Shift Story - Previously published in the Cupid Painted Blind Anthology)
He’s the dependable one. The strong and steadfast one. Still, there’s one woman who has always turned his firm resolve on end. Langston is surprised beyond belief to find Kristana again, and this time without a husband. Has fate finally given them the chance to be together? Kristana can’t escape her intense attraction for the strange giant Langston, but the murmuring voices in her head are threatening to drive her mad. Can she find a way to trade one torment for another and thereby find true love?

˃˃˃ Shifty Business (Book 3)
Gerry Hinton thought she had the perfect career as an operative for the Company. Her next assignment should have been another "mission accomplished", but hell was delivering hand baskets that day.

When a little girl gives a mysterious silver box to Gerry, her world self-destructs. Suddenly under constant mental attacks, the only person who can save her is her partner, Nicky--but nothing comes without a cost.

Secrets buried deep in the past begin to rise, threatening everything she holds dear.

˃˃˃ By Blood and Benevolence (A NEW Bend-Bite-Shift Story)
Viktor has battled the darkness his entire vampire existence. His wife and the life they made together manage to keep him from the brink of despair, but it’s always near the surface.
A strange and dark encounter at a party unleashes his repressed past, overwhelming him with memories of his cruel maker and lost love. His sanity is challenged when a mysterious dhampir arrives on his doorstep with information that will cause him to question everything he thought he knew.

Sacrifice of Love, (Book 7 The Grey Wolves) (The Grey Wolves Series) 
As one evil falls, another rises in its place. The powerful witch, Desdemona, has finally been killed by an alliance of wolf, elf, and fae. But Reyaz, brother to Cypher the warlock king, has vowed retribution for a life that was taken from him. Now Cypher must decide not only how to protect his newfound mate and his people, but also how to destroy the only family he has left. 

Meanwhile, Jen’s pregnancy progresses and the fateful due date draws ever nearer. The thought of losing Decebel’s child constantly threatens to overwhelm her. With each passing day, Decebel grows more distant, causing Jen to wonder what toll the impending loss of their child is taking on him. Unbeknownst to Jen, in an act of desperation to protect his unborn child and mate, Decebel strikes a deadly bargain with the Great Luna—his life in place of his child’s. There is only one way for that to happen; the bond between he and Jen must be broken. 

As Jen as Decebel struggle through their darkness, another kind of darkness is infiltrating Fane’s heart. Doubts and questions linger as he tries to cope with the emotions brought on in the aftermath of Desdemona’s curse. He knows what happened wasn’t real, but still he can’t rid himself of the terrible images seared into his memory. Jacque is his light, the one who keeps the darkness at bay, yet he won’t let her inside to do just that. 

Sally continues to learn what it means to be a gypsy healer and Costin struggles to protect her as she runs full speed ahead to help her wolves, heedless of her own safety. She sees her best friends struggling, each enduring their own trials. She’s desperate to help them, but can she keep them safe? 

With all of these things hanging heavy over the heads of the Serbia and Romania packs, their attention is divided. The wolves do not even realize a threat has slowly infiltrated their midst. Will they recognize the threat in time to save the lives that precariously hang in the balance?

Against this backdrop of darkness, choices will be made, fears will confronted, and the ultimate sacrifice will be made. Will the wolves stand together to defeat the threats arrayed against them, both from within and without? Will love conquer all? Or will the beleaguered wolves finally succumb to their demons? 

Not a bad little selection, even if I do say so myself.  BUT WHICH DO I READ FIRST????? Oh, the trauma! I'm not used to having so many to choose from  lol.
I'm going for book 7 of The Grey Wolves, fantastic series which I've got and this is the last book which I haven't read yet so review to follow

Tuesday, 10 December 2013


if you act now! Sign up for the mail list ( and we will gift you the entire Black Swan Saga, all six books, all 533,000 words, through Saturday the 14th. 
This offer will NEVER come again. 
Must be 17+. 
Email or after you've signed up, and they'll send you the gift right away! 
If you prefer to pay, you can buy it at any online retailer for $.99 through Saturday.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Say Forever (Something More #3) by Tara West

It's nearly here.  The final book in the trilogy is set for release on  

19th December 2013

Here's the book blurb:

I love Andrés so much, more than anyone I’ve ever loved before, yet there are days when I don’t know if I want to scream, swear, or fall to pieces. We’re trying to plan a future together, but our families won’t leave us alone. What’s worse is I can see Andrés is not happy.
They say love trumps all hurdles, but some days I wonder will “our” love trump “our” hurdles? Then I look into Andrés’s sensual smile and passionate gaze and I fall in love all over again. 

When I told Christina I would love her forever, I meant every word. The nightmares are back, and I don’t know how to stop them, but I have to be strong for her. This pressure from my family and my job feels like a noose around my neck, but I will do whatever it takes to give Christina the life she deserves. She’s everything to me, and I won’t lose her.

Don't forget, it's released on 19th December 2013 but you can add it to your Goodreads list now!  Follow this link to do so -

Wednesday, 4 December 2013


Hey everyone

Remember when I said that I wouldn't just do book reviews but would also post out offers, new releases etc?
Well, there's a new release coming up for The Secret Of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel.  You can pre-order the new book, get it as an audio book or even watch the book trailer. 

Jen is also doing a giveaway so if you do pre-order, you'll be in with a chance to win.
Pre-order ISOBEL from any eBook retailer you choose.  Hang onto your receipts (Jen will need proof from the winner), but for now, just go buy the book and click the Rafflecopter giveaway to enter. 

 3 lucky winners will receive a fun swag pack (with signed goodies)!

1 grand prize winner will score a vintage Celtic kilt pin, graciously donated by Belmont and Bellamy.

So why not take a look at the trailer and then go and pre-order yourself a copy ;o)

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Victoria Danann's Black Swan Series

Now this is something I do have to share.  Victoria Danann's Black Swan Series is available as a box set in December, complete with the new sixth book, at an unbelievable price.  I have read all of these (I'll leave reviews in a while) but trust me when I say that I LOVED THEM!!!  Now, this box set isn't showing on Amazon UK yet but as soon as it is, I'll let you know.

Black Swan Collected Tales (Volume 1, Books 1-6) Preorder now for .99!

Kobo (For those of you with Kobo readers or Kobo Apps)

Smashwords (Click Add To Library, you will be billed on December 8th)
(All Smashwords books can be put onto another ereader, find out how in their FAQ.

The Order of the Black Swan is a serial saga including My Familiar Stranger, The Witch’s Dream, A Summoner’s Tale, Moonlight, Gathering Storm, and NEVER BEFORE RELEASED Book 6, A Tale of Two Kingdoms.

Once upon a time a girl lost everything familiar. She escaped death by being forced into an experiment that left her in another world where modern day knights, elves, vampires, werewolves, witches, demons and fae became her allies, friends and family. She discovered a place where adventure intersects fairytales, where honor is more than an ideal, and she learned that love can find you in the strangest places, when you're least expecting it, even when you're far, far from home. This is the story of Elora Laiken's strange and wonderful journey. It is also the story of those whose lives she touches along the way.

If you love romance, paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, contemporary, this series is right for you. 17+

ISBN: 978-1-933320-94-6, 523,000 words

The entire box set, which will retail after December 15th for $18.99, will be available during release week for $0.99 and can be preordered at that price from either Smashwords or Kobo. Buy links to Amazon, B&N, and Apple (iBooks, iTunes) will be available release week. Subscribe to the mail list for a reminder.

Be Gentle With Me!

Welcome to my very first blog and as the post title says, be gentle with me!  My name is Merissa and I am an avid reader and book hoarder.  I have been so far throughout my life and I have no intention of changing it anytime soon!

This is a place for me to leave my reviews on the multitude of books that I have read or anything else book-wise, whether that's a special deal that's going on, an event by one of my favourite authors or... well, you get the idea.  If it's book related and of interest to me and I think it will be of interest you, I'll blog about it.

Some of you may know me from Facebook or Goodreads.  I run the "For The Love of Books" page on FB and I am on Goodreads as myself.  Here are the links, just in case you're curious:

For The Love of Books -

Goodreads -

I love reading but I'm afraid there is one genre that I just can't read because it gives me the heebiejeebies and I just can't sleep at night.  If that isn't clue enough, I'll tell you that it's horror.  However, I have read some paranormal and fantasy books that have been classed as horror by Amazon and have thoroughly enjoyed them.  So I try to keep an open mind but if it does look like it's full-blown horror, then you'll find me hiding behind my cushion.

All the reviews I post will be my own personal opinion and I will always be fair, even if it wasn't completely my thing.  There will be no bitchiness or hate here.  I'm sorry but it's just not on.  The amount of work that goes into writing these books, which are then put out there for all to see, well, I don't think I could do it.  I'll stick to being a reader and reviewer.

So, that's a bit about me and what this blog will be about.  Reviews, events, deals, anything book-wise.  Please feel free to leave your comments so I know I'm not here alone ;)

Until next time.