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Monday, 20 February 2017

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - As You Lay Sleeping by Katlyn Duncan

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As You Lay Sleeping 
by Katlyn Duncan
Published by: HQ Digital
Publication date: February 20th 2017
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

Synopsis:

I did it all for you…

Cara’s boyfriend is dead.

When fingers start pointing at her, she knows she’s in more trouble than she originally thought. Because Cara can see that something isn’t right.

As her carefully constructed life begins to crumble, Cara isn’t sure who she is anymore.

But maybe that’s exactly what someone wants her to think…

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3 out of 5 (good)


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I liked the way the book was written for the most part. It was clever, pacy and twisted around and it was not at all obvious as to who the mysterious other person was or what their motives were. 

The thing that stopped the flow, but just a bit was the other persons voice. This is confusing if the book is written in first person throughout. 

That said Cara was a fairly typical teen girl and her portrayal was very good and honest of how girls do act. I kind of liked her and her gutsy , sometimes sensitive and others not so, character. 

Overall, a very good read and it's well worth your time if you enjoy coming of age and mystery stories.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

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  • 1st prize: $25 Barnes & Noble egift card
  • 2nd prize: ecopy of Soul Taken, This Summer, or Darkest Dawn
  • 3rd prize: ecopy of Elixir Bound by Katie Carroll
  • 4th prize: ecopy of Cruel Summer by K.R. Conway
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    • 1000 entries will unlock: paperback copy of That Moment When: An Anthology of Young Adult Fiction (Katlyn's short story 'Reflection' is included among 40 other stories from YA authors in all different genres)
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Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her ever since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them. 

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.

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BLOG TOUR, REVIEW, & #GIVEAWAY - Jared's Family by VS Morgan


Title: Jared’s Family
Series: Sequel to The Gift and Sam’s Temptation (can be read as a standalone)
Author: V.S. Morgan 
Genre: m/m, Interracial, Contemporary, Western 
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Cover Designer: Tibbs Design
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“I would definitely read more from this author and recommend it to anyone who likes M/M with kids. Super sweet, lovable D will win your heart as much as the lead men will.” - HappilyEverChapter


“Jared's Family is a really cute sweet book. I loved the characters, even the supporting characters brought light to the book.” - Goodreads Review


“I liked this book, like really liked it. It is a sweet sweet m/m romance novel with a wonderful HEA.
Thank you V.S. Morgan!! 5 Stars because: " Love conquers all.” - Goodreads Review







After witnessing his mother’s death, a once outgoing preschooler is now a quiet shadow of himself. The little boy suffers nightmares and rarely speaks, choosing to use the basic sign language he learned in daycare. Desperate to help his little nephew, Virge Stevens takes a leave of absence from the LAPD to bring Donovan, known as D to Montana for the therapy he needs.

A chance meeting at the library changes Virge and his nephew’s lives forever.

Jared Malone is one of five brothers, right smack damn in the middle. He is the peacemaker and the one who gets shit done. When his younger brother gets sick, Jared fills in reading to small children at the library. There he encounters a tall, dark, and handsome stranger and his cute little boy. Jared is immediately drawn to Virge but is still dealing with the betrayal of an abusive ex.

As the Malone family welcomes them to the ranch and into their lives, Virge’s instant attraction for Jared grows, but the cowboy is fifteen years younger than him. Will he be rejected?

Both men have secrets. Secrets that could destroy the connection between them. Can they overcome the odds and find happiness together?


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4 out of 5 (very good)


Jared's Family is a sweet M/M romance, set in Montana. Virge goes there to try and help his nephew, and gets more than he bargains for when he sees Jared filling in for his brother as the Reading Wrangler. The attraction is instantaneous for both of them, although they both have baggage from the past, so neither act on it immediately.

This is a well-paced and smooth story, that will keep you turning the pages as D wins over more than a little piece of your heart. Of course, it helps that Jared and Virge are steamin' hot too! Well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, this is a wonderful book, and I would love to read more about the Malone family. Definitely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
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Another blond cowboy stood in the middle, working with a horse. He had a long rope around its neck, guiding it around the ring at a quick clip. The shirtless cowboy spoke in a firm yet quiet tone. Virge nearly choked on his tongue, eyeing the golden skin and muscles on display. This was their cowboy.

The man whistled, and the horse stopped. He rubbed its shoulder, his back to them, as they reached the ring’s split-rail fence.


“Daddy!” D shrieked, and the horse whinnied and shied, bumping into the man as it swung around.


“Whoa, easy, Spike,” the cowboy soothed.


Virge struggled to prevent his nephew from launching out of his arms while the cowboy calmed the large, skittish animal. He’d never been near a horse and was struck by its size and power, which the other man skillfully controlled. As the cowboy turned, Virge saw a tattoo on his chest. A redwing blackbird with a rainbow-hued ribbon dangling from its beak. His heart beat a little faster seeing the colorful ink. Could he be gay? The cowboy handed the rope to a dark-haired man before pulling on a T-shirt that stretched tight over those muscles. He suppressed a disappointed sigh.


Nate chuckled. “You’ve got some explaining to do, bro.”


“Hi, I’m Jared. I remember you from the library.” He approached with a rolling gait Virge found extremely sexy and offered his hand after wiping it against his denim-clad thigh. Damn, he was built all over and tall, just an inch or two shorter than his own height.


Virge shook his hand, hyperaware of the firm grasp of warm, work-hardened skin. “I’m Virge, and this is Donovan. He goes by D.”

“Glad you could make it out—”


“Why did he call Jared daddy?” Nate interrupted.


“He calls all men daddy and women mommy. If he especially likes someone, he adds their first names. D doesn’t talk much, so he must like Jared.” What about this cowboy had inspired his nephew to talk?




V.S. Morgan has lived all over the US but calls Minnesota her home now. Her family includes her hubby, teen son, and a menagerie of pets.

She's been writing stories since she could hold a pencil and dreams of happily-ever-afters - even for two hot men - because love knows no boundaries. V.S. writes IRMC contemporary, paranormal, and suspense m/m and m/f with heart. 

V.S. is a GLBT ally and a lifetime contributor of The Trevor Project.






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REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - Asmodeus: The Legend of Margrét and the Dragon by Brooks Hansen

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Romantic Historical Fiction

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…Here again, his natural figure crouched beside her in the dank darkness of the cave, watching her in silence as she slept, struggling with cravings which were new to him, both tender and violent, and which he could only really compare to hunger… (from ASMODEUS)

On the cusp of the Great War, an even more pitched battle is waged in the furthest corner of the Nordic highlands, the final chapter of a centuries-old rivalry, pitting a troubled bloodline of thieves, journeyman, and politicians against the last and greatest dragon of the hemisphere, Asmodeus.

Until now, the source of this antagonism has been a single gemstone, the fabled shamir, whose history traces to the coffers of King Solomon. The present clash, however, has been sparked by the emergence of an even more desirable, more defiant, and more powerful force than that.

Inspired by the golden legend of St. Margaret, Brooks Hansen’s Asmodeus is a masterfully woven tapestry of history, myth, and fantasy, in the tradition of J.R.R.Tolkien, Bram Stoker, and C.S. Lewis. By turns a romance, an adventure, and the darkest imaginable Gothic, his tale is also, as seen through the eyes of the maiden Margrét, an unflinching exploration of our divided nature — what makes us beasts, what makes us human, and what makes us divine.


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So in she'd go and spend the whole day filling her bowl – that was how she thought of it, and of herself. Whatever there was to taste, she would; whatever there was to touch, she would. Or smell, or hear or understand. Again, she spent most of her time in the library, going from book to book, or jar to jar. She discovered that if she took the jars into the music room and simply put them to her ear, she could hear stories as clearly as if she were reading them to herself. She heard them all, and often if she was so inspired she'd go straight to the dressing room and find whatever she needed – the gown, the tunic, the turban or the suits of armor. She would take up the bows and swords and stand before the mirrors, and the mirrors would reply with villains and muses and nemeses, courtiers, paramours, challengers and fiends. And it wasn't long before she realized the mirrors were not mirrors at all, but frames and thresholds leading into deeper tunnels, dungeons and catacombs. All she had to do was step through and she could slay knaves, dance Orientales, escape dark dungeons. She could be all things: a queen, a maiden, she could be king, scientist, alchemist. Each garment set off another world, another past and future, filled with her in its guise. She could conclude the war; dress the wound; finish out the sentence; remove the head or have her head removed; she could starve or gorge, fly (as she already knew how to do); but swim the deepest oceans too; command, obey, chisel, play, pray, betray; everything a human could, or any beast had ever done, she could do.

Or almost everything.

No wonder, then, that every day should end with sheer exhaustion. Finally she would be so tired she'd lose all track of where she was. How could she know, with all these doors and halls and little corridors she followed? She'd try retracing her steps back on through the picture frames or mirror frames and jars, but sometimes she would simply lie down where she was, right there on the rug or in the nearest chair, and that was fine. That worked too, because no matter where she fell asleep, she always woke up back in her bed again, and in her room, where there would be a new light coming in, a new blanket, and new flowers on the bureau, waiting to greet her.

And he'd have done that too.

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3 out of 5 (good)


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*apologises for short review, I sometimes find the three star reviews the hardest to write*

A gift is stolen from Modo, and he wants it back. It means rising from his centuries slumber, and joining a fight he has no knowledge of.

Different, for me, is usually good. Not so much here. It is high fantasy, and not usually my thing. I also got a little lost in places, several characters have more than one name, similar names, and I struggled to keep up. Now, this could just be me, being full of a nasty cold and having my concentration shot. Still, needed to mention it. I was a little confused by the ending, too.

It is, however, very well written, and I did not spot any spelling or editing. Some people will love this, I have no doubt, it just didn't work for me.

The title says, The Legend of Margret and the Dragon. But I'm not sure where to legend bit comes into play. It's more telling the STORY of Margret and the Dragon, rather than telling of a legend, if that makes sense?? Struggling to word what I need to say, and you know how I hate that.

A good, solid 3 star read, just not one for me.

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BROOKS HANSEN is an author, screenwriter, essayist, and teacher. His novels – THE MONSTERS OF ST. HELENA, PERLMAN’S ORDEAL, THE CHESS GARDEN, and BOONE (co-authored with Nick Davis) were all New York Times Notable Books. THE CHESS GARDEN was also selected as a PW Best Book of the Year in 1995. He has written one book for Young Readers, CAESAR’S ANTLERS, which he also illustrated. In 2009 he released his first memoir, THE BROTHERHOOD OF JOSEPH, and in 2005 he received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for his most recent book, JOHN THE BAPTIZER, which was published in 2009 by W.W. Norton. More recently, his fiction appeared in CENTRAL PARK: AN ANTHOLOGY (Bloomsbury USA, 2012), and he has an essay slated to appear in another upcoming anthology THE GOOD BOOK (Simon & Schuster, 2015).

Brooks Hansen is the critically acclaimed author of The Chess Garden and 7 other books, most recently Asmodeus: The Legend of Margret and the Dragon. He has recently launched his own imprint, Star Pine Books. He lives in Carpinteria, California with his wife and children.

Website link is brookshansen.com

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Friday, 17 February 2017

RELEASE BLITZ, REVIEW, & #GIVEAWAY - HIS Chance by Sheila Kell

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Title: His Chance

Series: HIS Series #4 - Stand-alone
Author: Sheila Kell
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Photographer: Eric Battershell


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One night in Vegas will change everything

Devon Hamilton, the HIS eyes and ears, hasn’t taken off his headset since joining his brothers. But, when Rylee Hawkins may be in trouble, the radio waves fall silent as he steps away from the command center and into the field. He soon discovers she is on a dangerous quest to find two girls who disappeared on her final FBI op.

Making a bargain, Devon agrees to help Rylee to get what he wants—her. He’ll do anything necessary to keep her safe while using all the tactics he knows to win her over. When danger comes knocking and the threat against Rylee becomes real, Devon gears up for a fight, and like their one hot night in Vegas, all bets are off.

HIS CHANCE is the fourth book in the HIS romantic suspense series. If you like thrilling, edge of your seat reading with sizzling sex scenes, then you’ll love each installment of Sheila Kell’s best-selling series.

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4 out of 5 (very good)

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This is book four in the HIS series, centred around the Hamilton brothers and their security business. This is Devon's story. You don't NEED to have read the other books before this one, but it would give you a better picture how the three older brothers have come before met their ladies, their matches. There is some overlap/follow-on but you'd pick that up really quickly. But I think you SHOULD read them, simply because I tell you to!

10 months ago, on a trip to Vegas, Devon married Rylee, ex FBI agent, in an Elvis chapel. Neither, however can remember much about it. When Kate (HIS Desire) gets a call from Rylee, Devon jumps at the chance to get to know his wife. But someone else is after Rylee, someone from her last FBI case, and it's up to Devon to keep her safe. 

This is a really good read, but for me, not quite as good as HIS Choice(book 2) or HIS Return (book 3) which were both 5 star reads. 

Don't get me wrong, Ms Kell's skill continues to grow with each and every book, and it SHOWS! It's just Devon's STORY didn't quite grab me. The way it's TOLD is brilliant, delivered and executed extremely well.

It's only a matter on time, for me anyway, when a book in a MUCH loved series lets me down. It just happens to be poor Devon who drew the short straw. 

All the brothers make an appearance, and there is a very nice tie-in to Brad's book, who is NOT next. I'm waiting, waiting waiting so impatiently for the next one, for THAT brother has a story to tell. 

Still, a really good read, and I'd highly recommend the whole series. 

4 stars

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW, & #GIVEAWAY - Me Tarzan — You Jane by Camelia Miron Skiba

Book & Author Details:

Me Tarzan — You Jane
by Camelia Miron Skiba
Publication date: December 6th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance


Synopsis:

2015 DREAMS Awards Finalist 
2015 RONE Award Finalist
Moving on doesn’t always have to mean goodbye.

Widowed makeup artist Jane Sullivan is more comfortable keeping her husband’s memory alive than dating a pool full of sharks. Ella, her 4 year-old daughter, is her whole world.

When Jane meets Lucas Oliver, famous cover model, it’s hate at first sight. His playboy persona rubs her the wrong way.

Accustomed to every woman fawning over him, Lucas is drawn to the shy, uncompromising single mom and completely melts at the sight of Ella. He is determined to convince Jane that sometimes a second chance can mend a broken heart.

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4 out of 5 (very good)


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I'm blown away by this book. At first I struggled to get the what was happening but as I read on it made a lot of sense. 

Jane is a widowed mum of one to 4 Year old Ella she is such a sweetie Jane is also a make up artist for the rich and famous after Jane meets Lucas Oliver she hates him from the moment she sees him. 

Lucas is a cover model and he's so up himself he does not care about anyone but himself so Jane thinks. After Madame v brings Ella and Jane to Paris and who should they bump into Lucas. Lucas falls in love with Ella straight away she is so cute and Ella takes to Lucas but Jane is still living in the past and can't bring herself to actually love anyone else apart from her husband who died. 

I am not going to spoil it but the fact wrist and turns in this book work well I can't believe how the characters work so well together I am going to give this book 4/5 and please everyone read this I was blown away

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Ever since I began writing and publishing books I’ve been on the run, always trying to write the next page, the next chapter, the next book. Every story was another journey, another discovery of what I could do and another evolution. All these years my motto was it doesn’t matter who I am or where I come from, but what I leave behind is. I thought I have it all figured out.

Socrates, one of the biggest philosophers to ever grace humanity once said, “I am talking a crock of s***.” I had no idea this expression dated hundreds of years ago and belongs to him, but who am I to argue with him? Needless to say, after some soul searching I realized my motto was a . . . pot of smelly stuff. I had a meltdown because, if you think about it, why would what I leave behind matter more than who I am here and now in this very moment? How will I ever know if what I left behind mattered with no way of seeing it? How am I gonna enjoy it? Think Socrates; does he know how much he touched humankind? Does he know people still remember him centuries later? And if he knows, does it make a difference?

I’m not sure. Frankly I doubt with all my heart it makes any difference to him. He’s gone, like I’ll be gone one day and instead of beating myself up to leave something behind me, I’m going to learn how to live here, now and totally enjoy it. No more worrying about tomorrow, but live today. No more five-year plans, but rather let the sun soak my skin, the air fill my lungs and the grass touch my feet. After all, I only live once.

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