Thursday, July 20, 2017

First Words: Final Lesson by Shakyra Dunn

First Words: Final Lesson
by Shakyra Dunn
Publication Date: July 12, 2017
Publisher: Shakyra Dunn
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 85 pages
Available from: Amazon

A recently-crowned princess with a thirst for magic accidently destroys her home. A simple youthful rebellion grows into a lifelong friendship. A young woman meets reliable allies. And a young boy is dealt a harsh hand when he sets out to make his own path.

Four tales. Four parties. All intertwined to set the stage for a bigger event. The sense of adventure builds as lessons prepare to be learned.

First Words: Final Lesson by Shakyra Dunn

First Words: Final LessonShakyra Dunn has set the stage for some fascinating fantasy reading with FIRST WORDS: FINAL LESSON by brilliantly weaving four lives together with the events that will lead them to their destiny.

What a prequel! A young girl is made “princess” in a land who opposes magic, yet she is given a grimoire filled with lessons in just that. Encouraged by a mysterious stranger to try out her ability, she destroys her home, her people and in turn, destroys her mind. It is her older brother who takes her away to learn to control her powers, even as he prepares for his own magical journey in the world.

As a young prince in another land steals away in a childlike act of harmless rebellion, he befriends a young stranger in tears, a boy lost, yet with a fiery passion and loyalty that will build a bond between them.

These are just a few pieces of the puzzle that Shakyra Dunn has begun putting together for her readers, and it will whet the appetites of readers perfectly! Short, yet filled with vivid characters, all youthful and untried, I couldn’t help but think that we will be reading of their personal and magical coming of age as this series progresses! Colorful, emotionally charged and wonderfully written, even the dialogue felt like it was spoken by young adults! I am looking forward to more from this gem of an author!

I received this copy from Shakyra Dunn in exchange for my honest and voluntary review.

Cristin Harber's DELTA: REDEMPTION Excerpt Promo

We're just days away from the release of DELTA: REDEMPTION by Cristin Harber, but we couldn't wait to share a sneak peek! Check out an excerpt below and preorder your copy today!



"My name's Victoria--No last name. Don't ask."
That was all that the woman would share when Delta team's expert trigger man, an Australian named Ryder, pulled her from the pits of a human trafficking nightmare and took the gun from her hand.
He didn't mean to steal her revenge but survival was the priority. Now that Victoria's home? She had a past he was trying to understand while keeping a secret from her that might tear her apart.
But he's not the only one. When she goes missing, Delta team discovers that Victoria No Name was a one-woman vigilante force, taking on whoever crossed her path, from gun runners to a drug pushing motorcycle club.
She was exactly who Ryder thought she might be, and now he was coming in to help--whether she wanted backup or not.
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The tears came. She couldn’t stop them, and she hated the path they burned down her cheeks, hated that Ryder was witness to her unraveling, just like he’d been in Russia. He rested his hand on her back, not speaking, and he didn’t move to shush her. His palm simply rested there. “Ryder.” She fell against him, and he wrapped his arm around her. “Easy, love,” he whispered. “Take a breath.” “I can’t.” His chin touched the top of her head, and the arms that she knew could hug her like all hell did the job, wrapping her away from the world until the tears stopped. “Feel better?” Nodding, Victoria drew in a deep breath, wiping under her eyes. “Could you hand me a tissue?” He was already halfway off the bed as if reading her mind and handed her the box. Again, Victoria wiped her face. With another fresh tissue to cover her eyes, she could barely look at him. “This can’t be what you signed up for,” Victoria mumbled. “Sorry.” “Stop apologizing.” She balled the tissue up and hazarded a glance in his direction. “Why did you come here?” “I was worried about you.” Ryder tilted his head back to the bed. “Can I sit again?” Victoria’s eyes squeezed shut, but she nodded. “I don’t have to. Never mind.” She blinked and refocused on him. “What?” “I didn’t mean to invade your space.” Her head dropped. Ruined. He saw nothing but a ruined woman who was so fragile he misread what she meant with a simple look. “I didn’t—I wasn’t… I made a face. Or I didn’t mean to make a face.” She cringed. Such a mess! She couldn’t even get her words right. “I sound like an idiot!” “You don’t.” “I do. I’m not someone people worry about. Ever. I worry about people. That’s what I do. Did! I took care of people, and now look at me. I’m broken.” A sob caught in her throat. “I thought I was strong, and now, I’m this.” He came to her bedside, swooping next to her. “Victoria.” “Something happened to me. Over there.” She sucked a breath as she collapsed against the pillows. “And I can’t.” He put a careful hand on her forearm. “Listen to me.” He ducked down close. “I don’t know what’s the right or wrong thing to say now, so I’m just going to say this.” He came closer so their eyes met. His head was almost level with hers on another pillow, but he held her gaze and didn’t let go. “Please don’t tell me to get up,” she whispered. “To get back to my life.” “I wouldn’t dream of it.” Ryder shifted so his weight was semi-on the bed, but he didn’t break their stare. “We brought everyone home, and every girl said you were their savior, that you put yourself in front of guards for them, that you made sure they had food. If nightmares struck, you coaxed them back to sleep. You were their guardian angel in hell.” Her eyes burned again with tears, but she wouldn’t look away from his emerald ones. “Whoever you are, love, wherever you’re from, you take as long as you need to get back the strength it took to become you, and I will stay by your side to help you if that’s what it takes.” “Why?” Her voice broke along with a stray tear. “Because I admire warriors.”


Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

#Cover Reveal - André by Sybil Bartel

Sybil Bartel
(Uncompromising #3)
Publication date: October 16th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
The Marines trained me to set my sights and wait for the shot. For eight years, I guarded my brothers and defended my country. Now I protect my clients. My personal security firm is the best in the business because I leave nothing to chance… until a dark-haired, hazel-eyed spitfire crosses my path.
She and her sexy-as-hell striptease were supposed to be a one-night distraction. But too late I noticed the branding on her back and my blood ran cold. This woman wasn’t a distraction—she was a death sentence.
Knowing who she was left me no choice. I took her on as my client. But running from her past wasn’t an option.
The Marines didn’t train me to retreat. They taught me to engage.
One shot. One kill.
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Author Bio:
Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.
Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…
But Seriously?
Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.
She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.
To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.


Jo Richardson's Cookie Cutter Release Tour & #Giveaway

Title: Cookie Cutter
Author: Jo Richardson
Publication Date: July 20, 2017
Publisher: Enchanted Publications
Iris Alden & Carter Blackwood couldn’t be more different. Recently divorced, newly-employed, cookie-baking, PTA super mom Iris likes her life neat & organized, while house-flipping Carter’s itchy feet means he never stays in the same place for very long. When Carter purchases the home across from Iris to renovate it for a quick sell, he has no intention of putting down roots. He certainly doesn’t plan on getting involved with the local community, let alone the town committee mom. But life doesn’t always coincide with what we think we want. When an unexpected family crisis pulling Carter back to the city, & Iris’ ex-husband doing his best to sabotage anything resembling a new life for her & their teenaged daughter, Iris & Carter soon find, love isn’t always sweet.
A movie fanatic, a writer of stories, a lover of life. I grew up in Maryland with four siblings, three parents and an endless number of cousins within the vicinity – but it was too cold up North for this thin blooded girl. Today, I live in Florida with my two girls and a husband who shares my same sense of humor and basic take on life as we know it. Life is too short to put dreams on the back burner. I write both contemporary and paranormal stories that include mystery, suspense, humor, action, romance, and anything else I can think up.
Author Links
Goodreads - Website - Facebook - Twitter - @JoFictionFreak
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Simple Man by Ashley Hampton Blitz and #Giveaway

Simple Man
Ashley Hampton
(Southern Rock Lyrics Series #4)
Publication date: July 19th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Will Jenkins had an ideal life as a teenager until his parents were killed in a car accident. His two best friends, Nate and Finley, became his family. A few years later, Hannah breezed her way into town and became the sister Will never had but always wanted. Through Hannah, Will found Stacy, a woman he could not avoid as she was unlike all the others. Stacy was full of mystery and hiding something secretive behind her gorgeous smile. It was only a matter of time before Stacy gave in to Will’s advances, despite their close friendship. Will their budding relationship have a chance to grow? Or will Stacy’s secret past ruin everything?

Author Bio:
Ashley Hampton works as a Licensed Psychologist in private practice during the day. When she leaves work, she puts on her writer and photographer hats and enjoys living in the worlds created in her mind. She lives near her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama with her cat, Gemma. Ashley wanted to find a creative way to meld her love for music and psychology with writing, and the Southern Rock Lyrics series was born. With other series planned, Ashley wants to write in the romance, erotica, and psychological thriller genres.


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Cindy Skaggs' Survive By The Team #Giveaway

Survive By The Team

By Cindy Skaggs

The wild ride continues in this highly addictive series.

Mandi Gault never met a man brave enough to openly date a mortician, so when a good-looking man with twelve-pack abs invites her to dinner, she's not asking any questions. Too bad he's trying to kill her.

Danny Gault died in a conspiracy threatening Team Fear--his defunct military team--so when Gault's sister winds up in the hospital, former teammate Stills is forced to leave the safety of the team's compound. He recognizes her attacker as a member of a rogue military unit with orders to eliminate Team Fear. Now they're on the run while they unravel why Team Echo wants her dead.

As the danger escalates, they share a wild night of down and dirty fun that would put a blush on a corpse, but Stills made it clear it was one and done. Now he must decide if he's brave enough to forget about vengeance and live.

Military trained, medically enhanced, designed to kill. The surviving members of Team Fear are out of the military and in a world of secrets, lies, and cover-ups in this fast-paced romantic suspense series by Cindy Skaggs.

Teaser #1
From the first date to her last, she’d always chosen the wrong man. The charming doctor with the perfect smile did nothing for her. Not even the good-looking deputy. This man, however? Butterflies on steroids. Attraction to the deadly soldier was foolhardy. Stupid, even. He was a stone-cold killing machine, and the cracked lip that was starting to scab gave him that devil-may-care appearance that lit her hormones on fire.

Teaser #2
For twenty-four hours he’d lost himself in the glow of her beautiful soul. He’d die remembering that day. One day when he’d almost had the American dream. He meant the kiss to be light, but the moment their lips collided, his plans went to hell. She sparked something in him and he went deep, not letting up until they were breathless and she was leaning on him for support.

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They met in the middle. He lowered until his breath brushed her lips. She levered up and tilted to the right. One tiny move until their lips would touch. Day-old scruff teased the nerves in her right cheek. The arms he wrapped around her flexed like a bodybuilder’s. So damn sexy. The pulse in her neck ticked faster as delicious anticipation warmed her belly.

He groaned even as he trailed his lips along her soft skin. “You’re a sister. There are rules against this kind of thing.”

“My brother’s not here to object.”

“Then I have to object on his behalf.”

“Do you really think he’d rather I ended up with someone like that deputy than one of his teammates?”

“In a heartbeat, sugar.”

His lips captured hers. Toyed with her, kissing along the edges until breath panted from her lungs, yet he maintained iron control. Slow, the pace killing her and freeing her to simply experience. Nips at her bottom lip tugged an invisible string to her core. Dips and feints as he teased, giving her a taste here, a brush there, the barest whisper of his lips on hers before he slipped away to attack from another angle. The man kissed like he had a lifetime. Or maybe that he wanted one.

Author Bio:

Cindy Skaggs grew up on stories of mob bosses, horse thieves, cold-blooded killers, and the last honest man. Those mostly true stories gave her a lifelong love of storytelling and heroes. Her search for story took her around the world with the Air Force before returning to Colorado where she’s turning her lifelong love of storytelling into fast-paced romantic suspense. She has an MFA in Creative Writing, three jobs, two kids, and more pets than she can possibly handle. She also plays the flute, makes crazy-good sculptures out of tortilla dough, and can wrangle the neurotic dog without getting mauled. Find her on Facebook as Cindy Skaggs, Writer, @CLSkaggs on Twitter, or to sign up for her newsletter.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Being Human by Patricia Lynne

Being Human
by Patricia Lynne

Publication Date: December 17, 2013
Publisher: Patricia Lynne
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy | Vampire Coming of Age
Print Length: 302 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

For Tommy, there is only one thing he needs to do: survive. Only surviving isn't that easy. The hunt for blood can be tricky when humans know to fear the night. Desire sits on the edge of his mind, urging him to become the monster humans think he is. Vampire Forces, a special branch of police, is determined to turn every vampire to ash. Tommy included.

The only human Tommy can trust is his twin brother. A bond connects them, and with Danny's help, Tommy starts to understand the human world he struggles to survive in. He'll learn what friendships means and feel the sting of betrayal, find that sometimes the worst monsters are very human, and come to understand that family means more than blood.

Tommy just wants to survive and he knows what he needs to do. But with the number of humans that mean more to him than a meal growing, he'll learn there's more to life than simple survival. He'll discover being human doesn't mean being a human.

 Being Human by Patricia Lynne

Being HumanThis one is a MUST must-read! You will NEVER read a more original vampire book, EVER!

From three pages in, I was a goner for BEING HUMAN and young Tommy had my heart completely. To say this is something different or unique is almost an understatement and Patricia Lynne’s presentation is spellbinding in both the innocence of its characters and the empathy for a young soul it invokes. Far from the nightmare inducing bloodbaths of other vampire novels, call this one a softer, gentler tale that will most definitely leave an impression and tug on your heartstrings.

Imagine being a young teen and having your life taken from you, only to become a reviled creature of the night, a vampire and to rapidly lose the humanity and the memories that made you, you. Tommy only felt one thing when he awoke as a newly turned vampire, he wanted to survive and he would need to become the monster of legends to do so- forget that he was a victim, himself.

Tommy had a bond that called to him through the haze of his mind, the bond he shared with his twin, Danny, the only human he knew he could trust. It was that trust that gave Tommy a sense of belonging, even as Danny ages and marries while Tommy remains fifteen. It will also be that bond that could cost Tommy his vampire life.

Patricia Lynne’s BEING HUMAN is as much of a tale of family bonds, acceptance and the special connection twins share with each other as it is another unveiling of the vampire myth. It is learning boundaries, re-learning the meaning of emotional ties and stumbling through the awkward teen times while living as a shadow in a world that only accepts the vibrancy of living colors. Follow young Tommy as he struggles to stay alive, understand what he has lost and learn what young love could have been for him, even as he discovers that no sacrifice is too great to protect those you love.

Is this the best storytelling I have ever read, maybe not, but it is certainly one of the most creatively touching ones.

I received this copy from Patricia Lynne in exchange for my honest review.

A Mind to Kill by John Nicholl

A Mind To Kill 
by John Nicholl
Publication Date: August 5, 2017
Publisher: John Nicholl
Genre: Thriller
Print Length: 227 pages
Available: Amazon

They kill innocence. She wants revenge.

When Rebecca’s childhood abuser escapes justice it sets her on a path to revenge. Revenge on any man who preys on the innocent.

A Mind to Kill by John Nicholl

A Mind To KillTo a child, they are monsters who bring pain, steal their innocence and shatter their cocoon of security. Rebecca was a victim of child abuse and molestation and the man who would haunt her nightmares the rest of her life dodged the justice he deserved. Rebecca is all grown up now and her mind still rages for the injustice she suffers.

Now someone has become an avenger and lulls the monsters into their web and a deadly bloodbath of pain, torture and finally death. Justice will be swerved to the abusers. The children will be avenged, but will this vigilante stop at the monsters or is the legal systems and its puppets also to blame?

DI Gareth Gravel is the quintessential hard-boiled cop. Gruff, a little crude, plowing through legalities like a bull in a china shop, he must find the common denominator for the grizzly murders and mutilations that are terrorizing the citizens. What Gravel uncovers will take him back to his days as a young officer and the little girl he failed, but in doing so, not only will he solve the case from hell, it may cost him his life.

John Nicholl’s A MIND TO KILL is a taut detective thriller built around an emotionally charged nightmare and one of society’s most reviled crimes. Follow the clues, witness the slow implosion of one killer’s mind as they seek their own brand of justice for all the innocents.
Gritty, dark and often gruesome, Mr. Nicholl holds no quarter against telling his tale with brute force and blunt prose. Brilliant, emotionally charged story telling that will leave readers on their edge of their seats until the very last page.

I receive an ARC edition from John Nicholl in exchange for my honest review.

#Cover Reveal - Monsters & Angels by Anne Marie Andrus, designed by Magali Frechette

Monsters & Angels
Anne Marie Andrus
Publication date: October 2017
Genres: Historical, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Fledgling nurse Sorcha Alden knew she had the skills to save lives, but she never dreamed that her own life would be the one in danger.
Driven by tragedy to honor her family name, Sorcha embarks on a journey that takes her from the bleak but familiar streets of New York, through the sultry and seductive city of New Orleans, and into the brutal jungles of Nepal. Forging friendships and carrying on her mother’s mission of healing was her dream. Plunging into a love affair with the mysterious Dr. Ashayle could have been a fairytale.
Being murdered and waking up as a blood-thirsty monster—became her living nightmare.
Torn away form a life that had just begun, Sorcha returns to New Orleans as a newborn vampire, forced to start over in a cutthroat underworld of devilry and decadence. Complicated politics, bitter rivals and jealous ancestors stand between her and the promises she’s still determined to keep.
In a realm where the boundary between good and evil is as murky as the Mississippi River and immortal does not mean invincible, will Sorcha ever risk her shattered heart and love again? Can the magical harmony of the Crescent City give her enough courage to fulfill her eternal destiny?

Author Bio:
Anne Marie has been an equestrienne, chorale singer, candy-striper, EMT, and baseball fan. Roaming the back roads of New Jersey with her family, she found great respect for antiques, historical locations and the stories they hold. Her current list of favorite pastimes include coffee, bourbon, and Les Miserables--which requires more bourbon. She has been known to attend sporting events just for the flyover. The boat she and her husband christened Glory Days, is her escape from the chaos of everyday life.
The inspiration for Anne Marie's debut novel, Monsters & Angels, is her fascination with vampires and her passion for everything New Orleans. When she isn't writing, she can be found working nights with the critical care team in a busy trauma center.


Hunger by Jacquelyn Frank (The Energy Vampires #2)


My Rating:

Written by: Jacquelyn Frank
Series: The Energy Vampires
Sequence in Series: 2
Print Length: 256 pages
Publisher: Loveswept (August 8, 2017)
Publication Date: August 8, 2017
Sold by: Random House LLC
Genre: Paranormal

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Two strangers—one warm and human, the other deadly and craving—become pawns in an all-out vampire war as this series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightwalkers saga heats up.

As an energy vampire, Halo enjoys the chase for human blood—if it’s pure and consensual. But Halo goes from hunter to hunted when he is knocked unconscious and taken hostage by vicious sycophants. As he comes to, he realizes that he’s naked, starving, and trapped in a sealed room. With him is a deliciously human female, tempting him to feed—except her blood is heady with the scent of poisonous drugs. Never has nourishment been so near, yet so far . . . and it’s all part of the sycophants’ sick game.

The last thing Felice Mendoza remembers is everything going black. She awakens stripped, drugged, exposed, and alone—with a vampire. Halo is at once savage and tender, terrifying and alluring. Felice senses that her only chance to escape depends upon his survival. Given the choice between Halo and his enemies, Felice surrenders to his ravenous hunger. It’s a calculated risk—and a delirious pleasure. As Felice is ushered into a world as dangerous as it is desirable, their fight for deliverance is only the beginning.

Hunger (The Energy Vampires #2)Hunger by Jacquelyn Frank

Halo lives his life full tilt with a ton of women in his wake. When he is captured he is forced to share his captivity with Felice, a person who has made some really bad love connections.

Their captors want to poison Halo with “tainted” energy from Felice so that is why they are imprisoned naked together. Damaged souls, imprisoned and naked…can it get any worse?

Hunger has a great premise but after reading this, the second book in this series, I’m not thinking this series is for me. Like I said, the premise is there but zero reader connection because I just couldn’t buy into the situation(s) presented with a slow progression as well. Overall, it just fell flat, somewhere in between an Okay to kind of like it for me so I’m giving it 2.5.

I received this ARC copy of Hunger from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept. This is my honest and voluntary review. Hunger is set for publication August 8, 2017.