Book Review: Nightsiders by Gary McMahon

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Author: Gary McMahon

Genre: Horror, Supernatural Horror

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 1,5 stars

Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Keep repeating, it’s only a story, it’s only a story, it’s only a story…

Welcome to Number One Oval Lane, the last house at the top of the hill. Robert Mitchell thought he lived there with his wife and children, but he doesn’t. Not anymore. A new family—the Corbeaus—has taken up residence, and they are on a deadly mission for mischief.

Soon Robert will understand the true nature of ownership, and he will discover that real life is nothing more than a story…a horror story.

We’re playing games now. We’re just beginning.

I don’t get this book. There, I said it. I don’t get it. It’s not scary – it’s disgusting. It’s not frightening – it’s weird. And not in a good way. It’s like a writing exercise gone wrong, and it feels unpolished and unsophisticated, like something thrown together in a day.

The book starts out promising enough with Robert Mitchell, our main character, and his family coming home from a short trip. The family tried to escape the big city after something happened to Robert’s wife, and they want to start a new life in a quaint little town. But when they return to the house they purchased, it’s inhabited by another family, the Corbeaus, a strange, darkly unsettling, violent family. When Robert threatens them, they call the police and an officer shows up, escorting the Mitchells from the premises. Robert is forced to take his family to a motel, but the Corbeaus aren’t done with him yet. They stalk him, they threaten him, and their kids start hanging around with his kids. Robert begins to suspect something is seriously wrong with the Corbeaus, and that’s when things get even weirder…

There’s a graphic sex scene somewhere in the middle of the book, and there’s some violence toward the end. I actually thought both scenes were hilarious – probably not the mindset the author was going for. The violence is so surreal and over the top that it’s hilarious, and the sex awkward and clumsy. As a whole, this book is awfully clumsy, and it made no sense, at least not to me. There’s no brilliant conclusion, no truly amazing reveal of who or what the Corbeaus are, and nothing makes sense. There are no rules.

The writing was promising, and the story had potential if it hadn’t been so plainly bizarre. I’m willing to give the author another shot, but this story didn’t work for me.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Ancient Guardians #1: The Legacy of the Key

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I’m hosting a starter day party today for YA Fantasy Romance novel Ancient Guardians #1: The Legacy of the Key. This book sounds like a great read! I’ll be reviewing it on May 10th. Stay tuned for my review! Oh, and meanwhile, visit the other tour stops. 🙂

Tour Schedule

April 30: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

May 1st: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings

May 2nd: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

May 4th:  Book Review @ Forever Book Lover

May 6th: Book Excerpt @ Kristy Centeno

May 7th: Book Review @ Books, Books and More Books

May 8th:  Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

May 10th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

May 12th: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers

May 14th: Book Review and Excerpt @ A Penny for Them

About Ancient Guardians #1: Legacy of the Key

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Author: S.L. Morgan
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

No matter where you are, facing your reality with passion and purpose will always lead down the path you were intended to go

Reece Bryant was able to pick up the pieces of her broken life after the sudden death of her father. Though emotionally draining, she found the courage to move on, which would have made her father proud. After finalizing the last of his estate, and returning to pursue her degree in medical school, she has never felt so confident.

While making her way through this world on her own, she is suddenly confronted with the truth of her existence, and the reality of her future. It is when she encounters two alluring and mysterious men, that a series of extraordinary events takes place, putting Reece’s life in grave danger. With her life in the balance, Reece must blindly trust the two mysterious strangers; and when she does, she is brought into an enchanting world that is beyond her logical comprehension.

This captivating land reveals new worlds and new dimensions to which her existence is paramount. But it is once she falls in love with the stunning Levi Oxley that everything will change, and Reece’s life will be in more danger than ever before.

Forced to return to Earth and face a Council of Worlds, Reece discovers there is more to this enchanting dimension than she could have ever imagined.

At a moment’s notice, even thru the fog of our denial, our journey can become crystal clear. And within the revelation, once our fear subsides, we can find contentment and purpose if we focus on the things that matter most. Trust—Courage—Love.

Author Bio

61177_1477000238092_2227080_nS.L. Morgan was born and raised in California. After 29 years of living in the Sierra Nevada Mountains there, she and her husband began their journeys of moving throughout the United States. She currently lives in Texas, where she and her husband are raising their three children.
In October of 2011, S.L. Morgan became inspired to write her new novel series, “Ancient Guardians.” With her passion and love for Jane Austen and other classic romance novels, she was motivated to write a novel series of her own. The Legacy of the Key is the first book in her novel series, taking readers not only into a new magical dimension—but giving them a feeling that they have been transported back in time—into England’s seventeenth century.

With her second novel in this series nearing its release date late this summer, S.L. Morgan is currently writing in the third novel of the Ancient Guardians series, and excited to bring her readers on more adventures and journeys, with these characters.

Links

Website/Contact Link: www.slmorganauthor.com

Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Guardians-Legacy-Guardian-Book/dp/0615736742/ref=la_B00ARXKAL4_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358357978&sr=1-1

Barnes & Noble Buy link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ancient-guardians-s-l-morgan/1114216839?ean=9780615736747

Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17161768-ancient-guardians-the-legacy-of-the-key

Book Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/AncientGuardiansLegacyOfTheKey

Author Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/slmorganauthor?ref=hl

Email: ancientguardians2012@gmail.com

Twitter: slmorgan1

Book Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2DdKCL3Bjs

Book Review: The Arrival (BirthRight Trilogy #1)

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Author: Nicole McDonald
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Cat, Kassie, Sian and Loi are anything but damsels in distress.
Fed up with a lack of decent male specimens they cast a love spell in the hopes of finding their soul-mates. And inadvertently land themselves on another planet. Oops.

The Arrival, follows the girls’ adventures as they stumble through a foreign and often hostile world where humans are NOT at the top of the food chain.

Friendships are forged and love teeters on the horizon while the threat of civil war looms thanks to the girls’ very unexpected ‘gifts’.
Will the girls master these gifts in time to survive a war in which, not only are they the ultimate weapons, but also the ultimate prize?

Download The Arrival for free at www.damselinadirtydress.com

Cat, Kassie, Sian and Loi are fed up with not having any men in their lives, so they decide to cast a love spell. Instead of uniting them with their soul mate, the spell transports them to a different planet where nothing is at seems. Oh, and their cat and dog are tagging along as well for good measure. A bit in “Alice in Wonderland” fashion the four girls have to find their way through the mystical island to get back to their home.  The only one capable of bringing them back is the powerful sorceress Elena. But the girls’ unexpected magical powers in this foreign world causes them to be pawns of a civil war, and their chances of survival slim with every passing second. And amidst all this madness, they may even find true love as well.

The book is told from the point of view of all four girls, and that’s basically what annoyed me the most. It’s not obvious right away who’s doing the talking. I wouldn’t mind switching POVs every chapter, telling the story like that, but here the POV switches just about every other page. I can’t stay in one girls’ mind long enough to make up my mind about her or the situation at hand. I would’ve preferred it if the POV-switches were less frequent. The upside of the switches was that I got to know all four girls quite well. While they’re similar in a lot of aspects, like best friends tend to be, they’re also quite different. Once I got used to the switching POV (around halfway through the book), the action and tension had picked up, and I began to be able to differentiate all four girls, this story was a lot easier to read.

Plot-wise you’d think it wouldn’t be very original. The premise reminded me of Alice and Wonderland, the Neverending Story, Narnia. And it starts out very similar, but goes in a lot of different directions from there. Nicole McDonald has two extraordinary writing gifts: she has an almost unlimited imagination, which she displays in this book, and she has the ability to paint a lot of detail in a few short sentences. I enjoyed the girls’ magical journey, their coming-to-terms with the new powers they had, and how they’re not willing to give up no matter what life throws at them.

Halfway through, the unstoppable amount of action starts making up for the somewhat-clumsy start with the different POVs, and I got so sucked into the story that I forgot to be concerned with the POVs. The story really picked up, throwing me right into some kick-ass awesome scenes, and I loved it. The girls aren’t afraid to stand their ground when something goes wrong, which was great as well. I hope I find the time to read the second book in this trilogy soon, because this story left me yearning for more!

Book Review: A Witch at Midnight by Cindy Keen Reynders

smaller witch at midnightTitle: A Witch at Midnight (Wysteria Hedge Haven Clan #2)
Author: Cindy Keen Reynders
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age Group: Adult (18+)
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon, Goodreads, B&N
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for honest review.

Spirited away by a demon on the eve of her wedding, Cassie Rose, high witch of the Wysteria Hedge Haven Clan, finds herself trapped in the dark Underworld realm of Hades. Determined to return to Wysteria and her husband-to-be, the powerful warlock Viceroy of Oregon, she manages to escape.

While running for her life, she encounters Nik Zaros, a man so handsome she swears he would put a Greek statue to shame. Strapped to a plow being pulled by the mighty Marathonian Bull, Nik has been tortured and is near death. Cassie’s heart goes out to him, and she feels compelled to take him along with her.

Upon recovering, Nik is immediately attracted to the charming sorceress. Though she stirs his blood, he can’t help but suspect her of being in league with the demon, Prince Drakon. He soon discovers Cassie wishes to be free from the demon’s control, just as he does, and only love’s magic can save them.

Demons? Check. Witches? Check. The Underworld? Check. Hot, sizzling romance? Check.

Cassie Rose has six sisters, and together they form the Wysteria Hedge Haven Clan. On the eve of her wedding, Cassie gets kidnapped by a demon and transported to the Underworld. The demon, who’s called Prince Drakon, makes a habit of kidnapping white witches and locking them in mirrors where they’re forced to stay for all eternity. The Underworld is a replica of Hades’ hell of Greek mythology, with a prison called Mount Tartarus Prison. Cassie enchants a broom to fly her out of the mirror-prison and narrowly manages to escape the demon’s clutches. But her journey through hell hasn’t finished yet. Fleeing for her life, she runs into Nik Zaros, another person to be tormented by Prince Drakon. Cassie frees Nik and together they try to escape from the Underworld.

What I liked most about this book were the quirky little sentences Cassie uses every now and then that remind me she’s a witch and not a regular person, like ‘blazing witch balls’ or ‘Holy mother of Lilith’. I liked this, it added to Cassie’s personality. Apart from that, it took a while – a good twenty pages – before we began to see glimpses of Cassie’s personality. I actually didn’t mind because the book starts out with some intense scenes, like Cassie being kidnapped, then her escape from Prince Drakon. It’s only when the action calms down a little that Cassie’s personality comes forth. She’s an interesting person, a little stubborn but definitely very brave.

The world Cindy Keen Reynders created in this book is very rich and detailed. She mixes Greek mythology with the familiar things we know about witches, warlocks, demons and the likes. She has a vivid imagination and shows us just that while we follow Cassie on her journey through the underworld. I liked how some things were new yet familiar – always kept me on the edge of the toes.

Nik is a great character as well, although I would’ve liked him to be a bit more trusting of Cassie. He was a bit paranoid about her being in league with the demon, and while I understand why, paranoia isn’t the greatest personality trait.

And then there’s Cleo, who is…wait for it…a baby broom. Hah. I loved that. Cleo was so delightfully funny and innocent, and made some much-needed humorous comments to lift the tension every now and then.

I enjoyed A Witch at Midnight, and I’d recommend it to fans of paranormal romance. The book is well-written, it has an interesting main character and it has a baby broom. If a baby broom doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will.

Book Review: Afterlife Academy by Jaimie Admans

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Author: Jaimie Admans

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon

Even being dead isn’t enough to get you out of maths class.

Dying wasn’t on sixteen-year-old Riley Richardson’s to-do list. And now, not only is she dead, but she’s stuck in a perpetual high school nightmare. Worse still, she’s stuck there with the geekiest, most annoying boy in the history of the world, ever.

In a school where the geeks are popular and just about everything is wrong, Riley has become an outcast. She begins a desperate quest to get back home, but her once-perfect life starts to unravel into something not nearly as great as she thought it was. And maybe death isn’t really that bad after all…

Welcome to Afterlife Academy, where horns are the norm, the microwave is more intelligent than the teachers, and the pumpkins have a taste for blood.

Afterlife Academy is one of the most original young adult novels I’ve read in a long while. Riley Richardson dies in a tragic accident caused by her boyfriend Wade. She isn’t the only person to die that day though – Anthony, the school’s outcast and the person Wade was trying to harm that day. Riley wakes up in a strange, foreign place near a school that looks like hers but isn’t. This world is devoid for color, save for Riley, but Anthony is completely gray. A prefect shows up urging them to go to the school. But their school has transformed into the Afterlife Academy, a place where students who passed away linger on until they graduate.

Riley and Anthony have a lot to learn in this new, foreign world. For Riley, the school’s most popular girl, the journey is all the more complicated because here, she is the outcast. She misses her family and Wade, convinced he’s consumed by guilt, whereas Anthony is of course, a lot less concerned about Wade’s supposed guilt. Anthony, math genuins and overall geek, adapts nicely into the new school, even finding a group of friends, but for Riley the place brings loneliness and time to reflect upon all the things she did to torment Anthony in the past.

Riley was  bit obnoxious at first, but her behavior suited the story. She went through amazing character development through this book. At first she behaves like a typical brat, and it annoyed me endless that she was more worried about Wade – who KILLED her, by the way, because of the accident – than about losing her parents. She complained about anything, constantly looked for a way out. And not just for herself, no, but to get back to Wade freaking Wade. I don’t get that, but either way, she gradually began to change. She became friends with the demon lady who worked in the school’s cafetaria, she began to treat Anthony better.

I really liked Anthony from the get-go. He’s serious and studious but he can also be fun and entertaining. I thought he and Riley would be a great match – if only she stopped whining about Wade. Wade was the giant idiot in this whole book, who didn’t even show any remorse, and who deserved nothing but bad things.

The best part about Afterlife Academy is the originality and the setting. Jaimie Admans combines an academy for the deceased and interesting lectures like Haunting or on how to be a poltergeist or on how to watch one’s family from the afterlife, with demons and other supernatural events. My hope is that she comes up with a sequel to this book – I would love to read it. This book is a great choice for all fans of YA Paranormal Romance looking for something original.

Book Tours: Book Excerpt from The PureLights of Ohm Totem

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I’m happy to host an excerpt from fantasy novel “The PureLights of Ohm Totem” today. This book sounds like a great read, and I’m a little sad I won’t get to read it during the tour, but maybe I’ll find some time after. Anyway, I loved the excerpt and I hope you enjoy it as well!

Book Excerpt: Prologue

It was nightfall. The snow leopard walked toward a split in the river. The wind howled against her body and fur clung to her skin. She leaned into heavy gusts, digging her claws deep into the earth, keeping herself upright. Her eyes were mere slits, protecting her from flying dirt and ash swirling violently in the air. The once lush, sacred land was now burnt to black cinder. Smoke rose from the ground, wildly spinning in harsh wind. The old dwellings, formed from earth and fallen branches, were mostly gone—turned to embers.

She stopped near the river’s edge, facing the mountain range to the west. The mountains stood like black silhouettes amidst dark gray clouds. She turned her head to the north, sensing a group of eyes hidden behind a shadow of trees. They were watching her.

The snow leopard closed her eyes, then took a deep breath. A flicker of light flashed above, casting shadows from clouds, trees, boulders, and smoke across the land.

Opening her eyes, she sat down on her hind legs, folding her long tail over her paws. She stared patiently ahead. More than just instinct had led her here.

Another strong gust of wind lashed against her body, making her grip the earth even deeper. She closed her eyes again. An instant later the wind calmed, allowing her to let go of the charred earth. She looked at the night sky as the gray clouds parted—one half flowed north, the other half south—revealing a star-filled canopy above.

Suddenly she winced. A large comet raced across the sky, painting a crystal-blue streak among the stars above the mountains. Her eyes intently followed the blue comet as it slowly vanished into the western horizon. Then she nodded to the sky, as if communicating with it in some mystical way.

The snow leopard dropped her gaze, eyeing the ground in front of her paws. A rolled up scroll, which wasn’t there a moment before, lay in front of her. Placing her paw on one end of the scroll, she nudged the opposite end toward the river with her nose. It rolled out, revealing gold paper thickly outlined in black.

She stared into it. A word formed, then more, until the scroll was filled with words. It read:

Two children from a forgotten land, ancestors of the Island of Ohm Totem, one being of the night walkers and the other of the sacred heart, will purify the energies, bring back the old ways, and unite the PureLights once again, putting an end to the coming Shiver.

~ Windstorm Prophecy

She removed her paw from the scroll, nosing one end closer to the other, and rolled it up. She gently grasped it between sharp teeth, then stood on all fours. She sniffed the air. Danger was near.

A burst of wind buffeted against the snow leopard, slightly unbalancing her. Closing her eyes, the wind slowed to a slight breeze. Opening her eyes, she turned and slowly walked to the east, passing several mounds still smoldering from the fires that had once engulfed them.

She looked north, feeling a group of dim eyes burning deeply into her snowy pelt. She knew they’d killed before. She knew they wanted to kill again.

Continuing to walk eastward, she came to a large dwelling mound half-burnt to the ground. It gave off heat, but little smoke. She sniffed. It was empty of life. She glanced once more at the ruined land and a pain of sorrow sank deep within her. Everything around her was dead. Her friends. Her family. Everything.

Lifting her head, she stared to the north once more, narrowing her eyes as she studied a thick fog hovering in a stand of sparse trees in the distance. Still clutching the scroll, she gave a loud moan and watched the fog for several more moments, waiting for a reply.

Nothing.

Turning to leave, she noticed something on the ground. Something important. Fresh tracks. She sniffed intently—panther scent. Her head jerked, her eyes widened. He’s alive and he was here only moments ago. Why didn’t she sense him?

Just then she heard several yelps. She turned to face six white wolves walking cautiously toward her. Their fur bristled and their ears were pulled back. They advanced toward her with low growls. It was a display to induce fear, one that was wasted on the snow leopard.

Backing up slowly, the snow leopard moved her head from left to right, studying each wolf as the group began to surround her. The closer they came, the tighter she held the scroll. Suddenly she stopped, surprising and confusing the pack. Their usual slaughters involved a chase.

A flash of light appeared silently above. The pack looked up as the light changed from white to crystal blue, sending a hue of color against the land, then it slowly faded away. Something about this omen told the pack that tonight’s prey was different, something they’d never encountered before.

The pack leader glared at the snow leopard as he let out a loud, throaty growl, saliva dripping from both sides of his mouth. The wind from the north picked up just as the leader crouched and leaped at her with bared teeth.

She easily side-stepped the attack. The leader landed directly on the spot she’d just occupied, swiping in vain at empty air. Another wolf sprang. Her back was to him, but she spun out of the way and swatted his backside, sending him further along his planned course. His outstretched paws gripped the earth as he landed, stopping him just inches from a burnt tree.

The snow leopard sat down, calmly looking back at the leader, then exhaled as she placed the scroll on the ground. She licked her paw, wiped her forehead, and picked the scroll back up. She blinked softly, purring. She seemed content with the situation.

The leader pulsed with adrenaline as he jumped at her again, thrusting his feet outward, hoping to knock her over at the shoulders. She crouched, twisted toward him, deftly moving directly under his body just as he was at full height. She flipped on her back, facing her belly to his, briskly planting her feet on his stomach, pushing firmly in the direction he had jumped.

The wolf, surprised, landed much further away than intended, and lost balance, somersaulting head over heels as he yelped with pain. When he stopped tumbling across charred earth, he shook his head, flinging dirt and ash from his fur, then sprang to his feet. He gave a high-pitched growl, signaling the pack to form a line in front of the snow leopard. Growling in unison, they obeyed. The leader barked an order and one by one they attacked her.

And one by one they missed.

The snow leopard shook her body like a wet dog, then sat back down on her hind legs, waiting for the next attack.

The leader signaled for the pack to regroup. They formed another line, standing to the east of her, blocking a throng of trees that formed the outskirts of an enormous forest.

She stared longingly beyond the pack to the forest’s edge. They knew it was her only escape.

She looked up to the night sky as a thin set of clouds whisked by, uncovering a full moon. Her brow crinkled in worry. She must find the panther. The wolves crouched low, ready to attack. This time it was the whole pack all at once.

The snow leopard had had enough. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath. Instantly, the growls stopped and six thuds echoed through the air. She opened her eyes. In front of her, the wolves lay on their sides, breathing deeply, looking as if they were sleeping comfortably in their dens.

She bowed her head, and then with a flick of her tail sped off toward the wall of trees to the east. Just before entering the forest, she stopped and put down the scroll. She nudged it open, peering into it again. She glanced over her shoulder. The wolves were still asleep. She closed and picked up the scroll and looked up to the night sky. Blinking softly, she purred in gratitude for the scroll held in her jaws. A moment later she leaped forward into the thick forest, vanishing into shadow.

About The PureLights of Ohm Totem

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Author: Omon Hart

Genre: Fantasy

Zoey has a dream, one that feels far more real than it should. A strange wolf with a beautiful, violet crystal embedded in his forehead visits her. “Please help us,” the wolf implores with sad eyes. “Remember, Zoey, who you truly are.” Zoey wakes up, dismissing it as a silly dream. However, she soon realizes that it was far more real than she could’ve ever imagined.

Coda is Zoey’s older brother. Like many boys his age, he has a craving for adventure and a loathing for his younger sister. He can’t stand it that she constantly gets in his way, joining in on all his fun, and ruining it in the process. The worst, according to Coda, is that Zoey gets all the attention from their parents. A big drag in his mind.

Then destiny arrives, one that Zoey and Coda must face together – if they want to survive.

Together, they journey to a place deep in the Cornell Forest, beyond the Snow Tree, through a patch of blackberry bushes concealing a secret portal that leads them to an ancient world called Ohm Totem – to the place of the PureLights, the race beckoning for their help. There, Zoey and Coda discover something so unique, so magical, and so sacred within themselves, that even those who called for them could not have known how powerful these two children really are.

Caught between an age old war and finding their way back home, Zoey and Coda go on an amazing adventure, taking them beyond the veils of everything they once knew, and into the terrifying grasp of the unknown.

Author Bio

brandonwaterfallprofileOmon Hart was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up on the outskirts of the city in a little town known as Gladstone, where he graduated high school and moved on to college. After studying Therapeutic Bodywork at East-West College of the Healing Arts, he excelled in his field, becoming one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading Therapeutic teachers and bodywork professionals. After several years, the love for writing tugged at his heart so much that he decided to put things aside and live his passion – write. He’s now fashioning story after story, creating imaginative worlds of inspiration and art.

Purchase from Amazon

Website: www.thepurelights.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/omon.hart

Twitter: @thepurelights

Guest Post Deadly To Love Book Tour

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I’m hosting a guest blog post today for the “Deadly To Love” Tour. I loved reading the guest post and hope you enjoy it as well!

Hitting Publish

I don’t know whether it is the same for other self-publishing authors but for me, hitting publish on Amazon is one of the most nerve-wracking things in the whole process. I hover over that minute button for ages, just trying to build up the courage to send the book into review.

When it comes to pressing that button all of my confidence goes and suddenly I am questioning things I would not under normal circumstances, for example my form filling in skills are suddenly under scrutiny as I check, double check and most probably check a further three times to make sure I have filled everything in correctly. Even the spelling of my name is brought into question. I mean how hard can it be to spell “Mia?” It only has three letters in it, but as soon as it comes to clicking that button my mind starts to doubt things I have done all of my life.

Pressing that button is the culmination of months of hard work. It is the final hurdle for authors and even after all the work that goes into writing the novel itself, I still find pressing that button harder. My head is full of ideas I am hoping to turn into novels, I enjoy the planning and seeing the ideas unfold on paper and I love the writing process, especially watching the pages/word count slowly increase. The editing process I don’t like so much but more time goes into re-drafting and editing than writing it the first time. So after all that it seems silly to worry about pressing a tiny button doesn’t it? I mean, I’ve put the effort into writing something and getting it ready for the public to see so shouldn’t I be excited about the prospect of it being available to buy?

Well of course I am, I love seeing my work out there but every time I go to press that button saying “finish and publish” nothing seems as good anymore.  I automatically think I have uploaded the wrong draft of my novel or my computer has a mind of its own and has done something it shouldn’t – which did happen once, Chrome auto fill put my name as ‘Mia Hoddell Hoddell,’ luckily I noticed it before in one of my many checks.

Combined with this there are also the nerves caused by people being able to see and read my work. Questions form in my head like “is it really good enough?” or “are people going to like it?” as I doubt myself. Sadly, this feeling never goes away and I don’t think it ever will. Authors have a personal connection to their work and getting any kind of feedback will always be nerve-wracking  as each book is a little piece of us.

I still find that little button the biggest hurdle though. Once I’ve clicked it my mind goes into overdrive, screaming at me “What did you do?!” and that fact that I have to wait 12hrs to change anything I may have got wrong only increases this feeling. However once I get the email through from Amazon saying my book is live and I can see everything is fine the whole drama of clicking that button seems just slightly over the top.

Thanks to I Heart Reading for hosting me on their brilliant blog and remember to check out Deadly to Love and the rest of the tour stops here: http://miahoddell.blogspot.co.uk/p/tour-schedule.html!

About Deadly To Love

Title: Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)

Author: Mia Hoddell

ASIN: B00BDQ3QGA

ISBN: 9781291319170

Genre:YA/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Romance

There is a love that is so dangerous, so powerful, so intoxicating that it embraces your heart and smothers your mind until it leaves you defenceless.

Serena knew that but still, it didn’t stop her. His name was Kai. He was the most beautiful, irresistible man she had ever encountered. Their attraction was too compelling to fight and she knew she would go to the end of the world beside him. That is love.

However behind the allure was hidden a deadly secret – a secret that threatened her fragile life… But secrets best left unsaid never remain hidden forever. When Kai reveals his true identity, she is exposed to a frightening world she had no idea existed. Controlled by powerful Elemental forces her life is placed in mortal danger.

Unbeknown to them, their lives have been entwined from the beginning and it leads her to discover an even greater secret about who she really is. As the pieces begin to unravel and death becomes a reality, Serena is forced to decide what is more important…her love or life.

Buy Links:

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Paperback (Lulu) and will be available on Amazon soon

About the Author

Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and her preferred genre is Young Adult, Paranormal Romance. Before 2009, Mia wouldn’t even pick up a book and was more interested in sports. However she finally found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of both reading and writing. Mia began with poems and after getting two published in separate anthologies she moved on to short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series The Wanderer Trilogy and from there other ideas have emerged which she hopes to turn into novels as well. Elemental Killers is her second series and book two will be out soon.

Blog: http://miahoddell.blogspot.com

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mia-Hoddell-Author/421368247889610?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiaHoddell

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/miahoddell

Book Review: The Rose Red Reaper by Kristi Loucks

The-Rose-Red-Reaper-ebookTitle: The Rose Red Reaper
Author: Kristi Loucks
Genre: Romantic Suspense / Mystery / Thriller
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon (Paperback), Amazon (Kindle)

Lt. Commander Mason Cole never intended to follow his brother into law enforcement, but the murder of a loved one gave him the motivation needed to take a position as the head of Chicago’s Serial Crimes Unit. Along with his brother, Detective Devon Cole, former FBI Profiler and Technical Analyst Melinda Kade and Detective Piper Torello, Mason is tasked with finding some of the cities most prolific serial killers.

As a former Navy SEAL, Mason has seen some of the worst the world has to offer, but nothing could have prepared him for his initiation into the world of a serial killer.

Their first case came with a gruesome introduction from a man who has given himself his own press ready moniker. Known for his macabre signature and the white rose he leaves at the scene with a calling card signed in blood,

THE ROSE RED REAPER

Mason and his team will pursue the killer through the vast streets of Chicago, across the affluent suburbs of the North Shore following cryptic clues left at each crime scene and pointing them to a web of violence dating back to The Reaper’s own childhood.

Complications begin to arise when The Reaper makes a connection to the woman that Mason loves. Dakota Rose Shelton. The stunning, raven-haired beauty that has carefully salvaged Mason’s broken heart may also be the key to ending The Reaper’s bloody reign. Left blind by a childhood illness, she must help them to assemble the pieces of the Reaper’s past with no visual memories to aid her.

Can Dakota help the team put the pieces together before The Reaper targets one of there own? And will she be able to fight off a killer that she cannot see?

The Rose Red Reaper is a chilling suspense novel that combines a horrific serial killer story, one man’s personal tragecy and a blossoming romance into one story. Mason is a detective in the homicide unit, who decided to join the force after his girlfriend, Jill, got murdered by a serial killer calling himself The Rose Red Reaper. Now, a year later, the same killer resurfaces and starts his killing spree again. He leaves a white rose, dipped in blood near or on his victim’s bodies, and as of late he’s started to leave envelopes with clues as well. Mason and his brother Devon and their police force will have to find out the killer’s identity before he causes any more murders. But the killer is always one step ahead of them, and when he starts targeting Dakota, Mason’s new girlfriend, things become personal.

I liked how the author managed to make everything so personal here. There are thousands of books about serial killers out there and about police officers trying to stop them, but what makes The Rose Red Reaper so unique is how involved the officers are. They’re targets of the killer themselves, or in the case of Mason, his ex-girlfriend was murdered by the Reaper, and his current one is the target. It’s like their lives are so interwoven with the killer’s, and because of that you instantly get the feeling there’s a lot more on stake than just another Jane or John Doe getting killed.

Mason was a good main lead, the tragic, tormented hero personalized. He had a sharp, analytical mind, and the co-operation between him, his brother Devon, and the rest of their team went smoothly. The one thing I didn’t like was how fast his relationship with Dakota developed. Dakota seemed a bit like a Mary Sue – she’s so nice and friendly and everyone instantly likes her. She’s like a saint with no evil thought about her. And she’s oh so in love with Mason although she barely knows him. I would’ve liked to see a bit more personality here – a bad side, or even just a bad habit, something that would make her be less of a saint. Also, I would’ve been mostly okay with it if it weren’t for how everyone liked her. Not just Mason, but also Devon, and well, the entire team – like they’re instant best friends. This was my major pet peeve about the story.

The serial killer storyline was great though. I kept trying to wrap my head around who the Rose Red Reaper could be, and although I had a faint suspicion, I only knew for certain toward the end. I loved how connected everything was, and it was obvious a lot of thought went into putting this storyline together.

The writing was good, and the pacing was fast enough to keep me entertained. I liked the search for the killer and the brief view into the killer’s past and what made him become a murderer. The background story was well-developed and the characters were, for the most part, likeable. Like I mentioned above, my only pet peeve was with Dakota and how everyone seemed to instantly love her, and how Mason, even though they were only dating for a short while, was somehow deeply in love with her. That seemed mostly odd because Mason, having lost his girlfriend just about a year ago, easily opened up to someone else – something I’d personally think would take a lot longer in real life.

If you’re looking for a suspenseful thriller with a truly disturbing serial killer and a heavy dose of romance, The Rose Red Reaper is a good choice. I certainly enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to the release of the next book in the series, The Blue Line Bone Collector.

 

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Witch at Midnight

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I’m hosting the book tour starter day party for paranormal romance “Witch at Midnight” today. I’ll also be reviewing the book later this week.

Tour Schedule

April 22th : Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

April 23rd: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

April 24th: Book Review @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

April 25th: Book Excerpt @ Regina May Ross’ Blog

April 26th: Book Excerpt @ Enchanting Reads

April 28th : Book Review @ I Heart Reading

April 29th: Author Interview @ Bianca2B

About A Witch at Midnight

smaller witch at midnightTitle: A Witch at Midnight

Author: Cindy Keen Reynders

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Spirited away by a demon on the eve of her wedding, Cassie Rose, high witch of the Wysteria Hedge Haven Clan, finds herself trapped in the dark Underworld realm of Hades. Determined to return to Wysteria and her husband-to-be, the powerful warlock Viceroy of Oregon, she manages to escape.

While running for her life, she encounters Nik Zaros, a man so handsome she swears he would put a Greek statue to shame. Strapped to a plow being pulled by the mighty Marathonian Bull, Nik has been tortured and is near death. Cassie’s heart goes out to him, and she feels compelled to take him along with her.

Upon recovering, Nik is immediately attracted to the charming sorceress. Though she stirs his blood, he can’t help but suspect her of being in league with the demon, Prince Drakon. He soon discovers Cassie wishes to be free from the demon’s control, just as he does, and only love’s magic can save them.

Relentlessly pursued by Prince Drakon, Cassie and Nik begin a dangerous journey across the Underworld. Dodging perils at every twist and turn, they develop a profound love for one another, and discover only a sacrifice of the heart can keep them together.

Author Bio

CindyReynders web photoCindy lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming with her husband, Rich, and her little dog, Ewok. A Witch at Midnight is the second book in her Wysteria Hedge Haven Clan series about seven witch sisters with a talent for magical adventures. The first book is 7 Year Witch, and the series is published through Angelic Knight Press.

You can contact her through her website, www.cindykeenreynders.com. She loves to hear from her readers!

Links

www.cindykeenreynders.com

http://saucylucywisdom.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @littlewing1959

Purchase from Amazon

Purchase from B&N (Paperback) or Get eBook from B&N (Nook)

Book Tours: Starter Day Party The BirthRight Trilogy

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I’m hosting the starter day party for “The BirthRight Trilogy” today. The BirthRight Trilogy is a fantasy series. I’ll be reviewing the first book during the tour and hosting excerpts from the other two books.

Tour Schedule

April 21st: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

April 23rd: Book Excerpts @ The DayDreamer

April 25th: Book Excerpts @ Bookaholic Ramblings

April 27th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

April 29th: Book Review “The Arrival” @ I Heart Reading

May 1st: Guest Post @ Marsha Moore’s Blog

May 3rd: Book Excerpt “Awakening” @ I Heart Reading

May 5th: Book Review “The Arrival” @ Books, Books and More Books

May 7th: Author Interview, Promo and Giveaway @ The Wormhole

May 9th: Guest Post @ Brenda McCreight’s Blog

May 12th: Book Review “Awakening” @ Books, Books and More Books

May 13th: Book Excerpt “Feel The Burn” @ I Heart Reading

May 14th: Book Review of “The Arrival” and Guest Post @ Jessica Loves Books

May 15th: Book Review of “Awakening” and Giveaway @ Jessica Loves Books

May 16th: Book Review of “Feel the Burn” @ Jessica Loves Books

May 16th: Book Excerpts @ Muse Unleashed

May 18th: Book Excerpt, Guest Post and Giveaway @ Krystal’s Enchanting Reads

May 20th: Book Excerpts @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

May 21st: Book Review “Feel the Burn” @ Books, Books and More Books

About The BirthRight Trilogy

the arrival version 4 (3)Title: The BirthRight Trilogy

Author: Nicole MacDonald

Genre: Fantasy

The Arrival

Cat, Kassie, Sian and Loi are anything but damsels in distress. Fed up with a lack of decent male specimens they cast a love spell in the hopes of finding their soul-mates. And inadvertently land themselves on another planet.
Oops…

The Arrival, follows the girls’ adventures as they stumble through a foreign and often hostile world where humans are NOT at the top of the food chain. Friendships are forged and love teeters on the horizon while the threat of civil war looms thanks to the girls’ very unexpected ‘gifts’. Will the girls master these gifts in time to survive a war in which, not only are they the ultimate weapons, but also the ultimate prize…

Awakening

awakeningBe careful what you wish for…
A seemingly innocuous love spell caused Catherine, Sian, Laura, and Kassandra to cross worlds in search of their soul mates. But more than love drew them to Gar’nyse. Truths are revealed and lives forever altered after an attack at the castle. An age old feud between two archaic families threatens to tear the world they’ve arrived in apart. As the ultimate weapons in such a war the four girls are the only hope for peace.
But one of them lies unconscious from the attack, and the destiny that awaits her when she wakes will change everything.

Feel the Burn

Cover attempt 4The battle to save Gar’nyse is upon them and already the costs are insurmountable.
With no other option but to knowingly sail into a trap, the girls, the Griffon Guard, and the gathered forces set forth to reach the castle and destroy Jenviet. However the loss of Alek means the task sits fully on the four girls’ shoulders and with only one of them at their full Elemental abilities, the risk of death, or worse—failure—is high. Now with nothing to lose, Catherine refuses to link with the other girls, hoping that she alone will be able to take Jenviet. But the malevolent Sorceress of Vo’Arum has other plans…

Author Bio

Nicole MacDonald is a thirty something year old Kiwi who loves to read and moonlights as a novelist. From a young age she fantasized about being the heroine in the books and/or movies she watched and credits the series ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ for really inspiring her. Writing only occurred to her a few years ago after reading an abysmal tale with silly useless females where upon she decided to write a tale solely for herself where the girls got to kick butt without the usual sob story—betrayed/abused/abandoned etc. That little tale eventuated into the BirthRight Trilogy.

Nicole’s current daydream is that Joss Whedon (aka the genius of film) will discover the BirthRight Trilogy and demand the film rights to it. Until then, she’s working on several other writing projects and aiming to explore the world with her partner.

Links

The first book, The Arrival, is FREE everywhere.

Amazon US

http://www.amazon.com/The-Arrival-BirthRight-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B004HD5WAE/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_3_KMFR

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Arrival-BirthRight-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B004HD5WAE/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1_B4EK

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/arrival-nicole-macdonald/1100093005

Smashwords (available in any format)

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/34874

Kobo

http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Arrival/book-fW1uiT1a2U27zweXd_D9jw/page1.html?s=I03r4l8FH0aHhVh3VsLVbw&r=2

Sony

https://ebookstore.sony.com/author/nicole-macdonald_199421

iTunes US

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-arrival/id431517784?mt=11

iTunes UK

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/the-arrival/id431517784?mt=11

Wattpad – where The Arrival is now available

http://www.wattpad.com/11296258-the-arrival-book-one-of-the-birthright-trilogy