Sunday, July 27, 2014

Release Day: Darkness Unleashed (Mystic Wolves, #6) by Belinda Boring


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The Mystic Wolves #6 - Darkness Unleashed

Nothing is as it seems. Alliances will be forged and broken. Friendships will be tested. The bitter sting of 
betrayal cuts the deepest ... prepare your hearts for the DARKNESS UNLEASHED. 

As the startling truth behind Darcy's strange behavior is revealed, the race begins as time runs out for Mason to save his beloved mate. Fighting against an unknown enemy, he must rely on instinct and powerful magic to uncover the devious plot to destroy the woman he loves. Just when Mason thinks he understands and has everything under control, the true mastermind behind recent attacks steps forward to claim authority over the Supernatural community. As the Master releases his cruelty and malice on those who dare to defy him, it will take everything the Mystic Wolves Alpha has to protect those he's pledged to serve.


About the Author:


A homesick Aussie living amongst the cactus and mountains of Arizona, Belinda Boring is a self proclaimed addict of romance and all things swoon worthy. When she's not devouring her latest read, you can find her celebrating her passion for books on her blog The Bookish Snob.

With all that excitement, it wasn’t long before she began writing, pouring her imagination and creativity into the stories she dreams. Whether urban fantasy, paranormal romance or romance in general, Belinda strives to share great plots with heart and characters that you can’t help but connect with. Of course, she wouldn’t be Belinda without adding heroes she hopes will curl your toes.

Surrounded by a supportive cast of family, friends and the man she gives her heart and soul to, Belinda is living the good life.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Review: Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin, Book 2) by Jennifer Estep


CURIOSITY IS DEFINITELY
GOING TO GET ME DEAD ONE
OF THESE DAYS.
PROBABLY REAL SOON.

I'M GIN BLANCO.  You might know me as the Spider, the most feared assassin in the South.  I'm retired now, but trouble still has a way of finding me.  Like the other day when two punks tried to rob my popular barbecue joint, the Pork Pit.  Then there was the barrage of gunfire on the restaurant.  Only, for one, those kill shots weren't aimed at me.  They were meant for Violet Fox.  Ever since I agreed to help Violet and her grandfather protect their property from an evil coal-mining tycoon, I'm beginning to wonder if I'm really retired.  So is Detective Donovan Caine.  The only honest cop in Ashland is having a real hard time reconciling his attraction to me with his Boy Scout mentality.  And I can barely keep my hands off his sexy body.  What can I say?  I'm a Stone elemental with a little Ice magic thrown in, but my heart isn't made of solid rock.  Luckily, Gin Blanco always gets her man...dead or alive.

Book Details:

Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books; 1 edition (May 25, 2010)
ISBN-10: 143914799X
ISBN-13: 978-1439147993
Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches

Kindle File Size: 3501 KB
Print Length: 432 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books; 1 edition (May 25, 2010)
Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
ASIN: B003KN3M6S

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Saph's Review:

My review of Book 1, Spider's Bite can be found here:

My review of Book 2 may have Book 1 spoilers - You have been warned.

Making good on Fletcher's final wish for her to retire finds Gin hanging out and running the Pork Pit after Fletcher's death.  For some people, however, retirement just is not an option.  Gin, aka the Spider, is one of those people.  It doesn't matter if she's sitting at her counter, reading a book, watching her customers at the Pork Pit, or sitting at her counter, reading a book, and collecting payment from a customer - Gin finds herself in a boat load of trouble in Web of Lies.

Jake McAllister, the son of Mab Monroe's personal attorney, chooses the Pork Pit as his own personal fun house in an attempt at robbery, murder, and general mayhem.  He doesn't come alone either.  Jake is assisted by his fire magic and he brought a friend along for the ride.  He apparently doesn't realize in who's establishment he's attempting to be a badass.  

Later, after Johan McAllister (Jake's father) puts the fear of death, dismemberment, and/or torture into the hearts of anyone that dare step foot inside the Pork Pit, a hired hitman takes aim at the restaurant.  Gin discovers, with the aid of her talents, that the shooter isn't aiming for her but, instead, the lone customer inside.  Violet Fox came to request the aid of Tin Man, instantly piquing the curiosity of both Gin and Finn, Fletcher's son.  

The local mining tycoon, a dwarf named Tobias Dawson, is making trouble for Violet and her grandfather, Warren.  He wants their land in a bad way, resorting to threatening anyone who enters the store, along with threatening both Warren and Violet.  The game gets ugly when Dawson strikes, sending his brother to harass Violet and then kill her.  Gin steps in just in time.  Now she has 2 humans to protect, a miner to investigate, and Jake and Jonah McAllister to worry about.  Plus, Fletcher has left a folder of compiled data regarding Gin's family for her to sort through and figure out.  

As if Gin's life isn't complicated enough, the sparks between her and Donovan Caine are as bright as ever, he's as standoffish as much as he possible can be, and the brother to one of the girls in Gin's restaurant at the time of Jake's attack has a special interest in Gin.  What ever is a girl to do?  Well....Caine actually helps her make that decision and honestly, I'm glad things go they way they do.

Web of Lies is a rollercoaster of action, deceit, and double-crossing.  Everyone has ties to Mab Monroe, the elite fire elemental and Queen of Ashland, so Gin has to tread carefully.  She's not entirely convinced she can take the red head down on her own.  Assassinating anyone that Mab has in her back pocket is dangerous and requires that no strings be left that can point to Gin or anyone close to her.

Gin is a very feisty heroine. She's a kick ass - take names later, type of character. Her dedication to those she loves is a huge character bonus that takes a paid killer and reminds us that she still has feelings. 

Donovan is a very devoted detective. He doesn't tolerate corruption or illegal activities so it's very hard for him come to terms with the fact . His attraction to the Spider is strong and believable even though hatred for her also runs through his veins.

The continuation of the series' world building is fantastic. The entire novel engages the reader and it's easy to get lost inside the pages.  Never a dull moment!

Review copy courtesy of:  My library.

Saph's Rating:



Friday, July 25, 2014

Burdened (A Burdened Novel, Book 1) by Peiri Ann Featuring Excerpt & GIVEAWAY #BewitchingBookTours @peiriann



Tracey Warren has everything an eighteen year old girl should. She lives a life of expectancies; go to school, please her parents, party with friends, and revel in life as a young adult.

That is until she experiences an unexpected life changing accident caused by Nathan Newcomb; an illegally attractive yet perplexed guy who has her fumbling over her words and cracking her head on the concrete. In being enthralled by his overwhelming existence, Tracey neglects his promise of death (which never falls short of Nathan) and in ignoring his guarantee, she chooses to give into love over sanity and risks her life for the opportunity of being with him.

Nathan, knowing the risks gives into this want to have Tracey presuming it may be better to jeopardize their possible ending, than to allow her to endure the pain of his devoid. Nonetheless, with him being a burdened Sephlem, not only are they burdened by their adversaries who will risk everything but the exposure of their existence to see Nathan fall. But Nathan and Tracey come to find that their most sinister enemies lie under their same roof and regrettably share the same bloodline.

Book Details:


Burdened
A Burdened Novel, Book 1
Peiri Ann

Genre: Paranormal Romance

ISBN: 9780991381104
ASIN: B00JYOLZA2

Number of pages: ebook (381)
Number of pages: paperback (423)
Word Count: 142K

Excerpt:

I wake up on a bed, in what seems to be the nurse’s office. It smells of rubbing alcohol and those blue, hockey puck-looking tablets that are thrown in the toilet and turn the water blue. It doesn’t stink, but it is not helping my headache any, either. My ass hurts and my head is pounding.

Pushing myself to sit up, the room begins to spin. It adds a nauseous feeling to my problems. Moving with more precaution, I slowly reach for my head. Stopping when I see a figure moving in my peripheral vision.

I want to look, but out of fear of what I might see, I will not, because if it’s him—the hot guy that hit me in the parking lot—and I barf, this situation could get a whole lot more embarrassing.

Without turning my head, I peek out of the corners of my eyes.

There they are—those masculine, broad shoulders even a concussion cannot make you forget. Clearly!

Wait—is he sleeping? His shoulders are moving steadily and calm. He can’t be just staring at me and not saying anything. I question turning my head, not only because I don’t want him to see me look at him, but also because I fear my worsening headache.

Unable to not look, I turn my head, taking less than a second. Maybe even a millisecond.

“What are you doing?” Busted! “Practicing for the exorcist?” he retorts sarcastically.

I’m caught. What type of an excuse can I use for this? Trying not to turn my head fast to look at you, in case you were looking at me. NO!

“Um, I was, um, trying to…stretch…my…neck slowly…to avoid, making my head hurt worse,” I say stupidly, taking one word at a time, just to implicate I was saying each word as it came into my head.

He gets up from the chair and walks in my direction.

That walk. He seems to sway across the floor, his shoulders moving with each step. Left foot, right shoulder, right foot, left shoulder. I quickly peek at him, hoping he doesn’t see. I notice that he doesn’t slouch and his jaw is tight.

I look away as he gets closer. I have no idea what he is going to do or say. I do know he’s close and I want him to touch me again. As long as I don’t pass out…again.

His hands are in his pockets as he approaches the bedside. “Would you like to go get some ibuprofen for your head?” he asks, bending over, looking at my forehead. Well, I assume he’s looking at my forehead. “The nurse is still here, and she has been waiting for you to come to.” Hands still in his pockets. “You feeling okay?”

I must be looking foolishly, because he said that as if it was the second time he’d asked me. “Umm, yeah, I think so.”

“Okay, let’s go see what the nurse has for you. Maybe she can do something about your headache.” With his hands still in his pockets, he offers me his arm to grab.

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About the Author:

A love for reading transpired into an admiration for writing at a young age for Peiri Ann. Starting off in writing poetry and short stories she indulged in the possibilities of creating new worlds and lives to live within them opening a window of unanticipated possibilities. In high school a pin and notebook never left her grasps and in college the pin was replaced by a keyboard and the notebook replaced by a computer screen. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and certified in business management.

When Peiri Ann is not writing, reading, doing homework, or working in the downtown of Chicago she enjoys spending time with her little girl, watching action flicks, and spooning peanut butter from the jar as a midnight snack.

Find the Author Online:

Web – www.peiriann.com

Blog - http://peiriannslifesloves.blogspot.com/

Twitter - @peiriann

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/aburdenednovel

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7728917.Peiri_Ann

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Book Blast & Giveaway: Uriel's Fall by Loralie Hall (Presented by Goddess Fish Promotions)


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Loralie will be awarding $10 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via the rafflecopter at the end of this post. Please click on the banner to see the other stops on this tour.

Please note: This book is on sale for $0.99 until August 8, 2014.

Ronnie has the job any entry-level angel or demon would sell their soul for—she's a retrieval analyst for the largest search engine in the world. Ubiquity is a joint initiative between heaven and hell. Because what better way to track all of humanity's secrets, both good and bad, than direct access to their web browsing habits.

She might appreciate the position a little more if a) she could remember anything about her life before she started working at Ubiquity, b) the damn voice in her head would just shut up already, and c) her boss wasn't a complete d!ckhead.

As she searches for solutions to the first two issues, and hopes the third will work itself out in performance reviews, she uncovers more petty backstabbing than an episode of Real Housewives, and a conspiracy as old as Lucifer's descent from heaven. On top of all that, if she forgets the cover sheet on her TPS report one more time, she's absolutely going on final written warning.

Now Ronnie’s struggling to keep her sanity and job, while stopping the voice in her head from stealing her life. She almost misses the boredom of data analysis at Ubiquity. Almost.

Book Excerpt:

Every inch of me wanted to close the distance between us, to rest my hands on his still heaving chest, to see what it would be like to kiss him. Was I even allowed to do that? Michael was one of the holiest of holy. Was he above that kind of thing?

A flicker of memory flashed through my thoughts. Gabe hadn’t been. This felt different though, more subtle, but at the same time more alive.

Something clattered behind me. Michael had dropped his practice weapon. His palms glided along my arms until he reached my fingers. He loosed each one, and the wooden blades fell to the ground.

He rested one hand on the back of my neck, eyes searching mine for a moment. He dipped his head in and pressed his lips to mine. My pulse raced in response, and I leaned into the gesture. This was different than last night. It was safe, and gentle, and all consuming. I could lose myself in this sensation.

I kissed him back, nipping at his bottom lip. My hands slid along his chest, memorizing every inch of definition through his thin shirt. He groaned and tangled his fingers in my hair.

His lips parted, and I darted my tongue into his mouth. My skin burned with need, and my chest clenched with something achingly familiar I couldn’t quite grasp. I shifted my weight against him, sighing at the friction. His free hand rested at the small of my back, fingertips grazing my spine. I trailed down his chest and tugged the bottom of his shirt.


About the Author:

Loralie Hall is a full time corporate geek and a fuller time writer. Her spouse is her muse and their cats are very much their children. When they’re not spending way too much time gaming, they’re making the world more good by vanquishing one fictional evil at a time.

Find the Author Online:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoralieHall

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/aszreal

Blog: http://blog.apathyshero.com

Website: http://urielsfall.com

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Amazon.com: Uriel's Fall (Ubiquity Book 1)

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About the Book: 

Will Shakespeare is a young lad, happy to work at school, but happier really when he is writing long love poems and short plays. Unfortunately, his father, having fallen on hard times has to send Will out to earn his own living. 

Eventually managing to convince his family that his pen and education will provide a better living than by making gloves in his father's shop, Will sets off for London and the new and exciting world of the theatre. 

Elizabethan London is like no other place in the world, with its sights, smells, opportunities and constant danger. While Will is forging his career and making new friends in the theatre, including the alluring Dark Lady of the Sonnets, he must also be very careful of those he mixes with. The Tudor capital is a treacherous place at the best of times, and there are ever-listening ears everywhere. William Shakespeare has to be on guard at all times, especially when he is forced to become a government spy. 

Based on a wide range of sources, D. Lawrence-Young has written a fascinating novel that helps us answer the question: What was Shakespeare doing during his so-called “Lost Years?’

About the Author:


D. Lawrence-Young has been teaching and lecturing on drama, history and English for many years. He is happiest when researching Shakespeare, English and military history. He has written Communication in English, a best-selling English language textbook as well as a dozen other historical novels. These include three based on the life of Shakespeare. 

He contributes regularly to Forum, a magazine for English language teachers and has also written several articles for Skirmish, a military history journal. He is a member of the local history club and is the Chairman of the Jerusalem Shakespeare Society. He is also a published (USA) and exhibited (UK and Jerusalem) photographer. He plays the clarinet (badly) and is married and has three children.

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