Release Day Party Tree of Ages

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About the Book

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Author: Sara C. Roethle

Genre: Epic Fantasy

“The seasons are changing. The lines are faltering, undoing the old and bringing life to the new. Trees will fall, and changed earth will be left in their place. A storm is coming.”

Finn doesn’t remember much about her previous life, and in a world that has been changed by the wars of the Tuatha De, where trust is hard to come by, answers are even more difficult to find. Little does she know, an unknown evil tugs on the strings of fate, and the answers she so desperately seeks may be more important than she could have ever imagined.

 

Author Bio

profileSara C. Roethle is a full-time author, and part time unicorn. She published her first book Xoe in late 2009. Since then she has published three more books in the Xoe Meyer’s series, and numerous shorter works. Sara’s new release Falling Betwixt is the first novel in her new dark romance series. Sara resides in the land of enchantment, as far away from civilization as possible (while still having internet).

Links

Website: http://saracroethle.com/tree-of-ages/

Amazon: http://amazon.com/dp/B00V9524XG

ibooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tree-of-ages/id980368231?mt=11

 

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Book Review: Normal by Graeme Cameron

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Author: Graeme Cameron
Genre: Thriller, Psychological Thriller
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 2 stars

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

This is a love story. No, really.
He lives in your community, in a nice house with a well-tended garden. He shops in your grocery store, bumping shoulders with you as you pass him and apologizing with a smile. He drives beside you on the highway, politely waving to let you into the lane ahead of him.
What you don’t know is that he has an elaborate cage built into a secret basement under his garage. And the food that he’s carefully shopping for is to feed a young woman he’s holding there against her will–one in a string of many, unaware of the fate that awaits her.
This is how it’s been for a long time. It’s normal…and it works. Perfectly.
Then he meets the checkout girl from the 24-hour grocery. And now the plan, the hunts, the room…the others. He doesn’t need any of them anymore. He needs only her. One small problem–he still has someone trapped in his garage.
Discovering his humanity couldn’t have come at a worse time.

I’ll be honest. I’m not sure what to think of Normal. Usually, when that happens, I browse through other reviews to find points I can relate to, and things I see differently. But with this book, the opinions are so divided I still don’t know whether I like it, or I hate it.

At its core, Normal is a book about a serial killer who blends in completely with his surroundings. However, he’s adept at kidnapping young girls, putting them in a cage and eventually killing him. So he’s a monster, in a way. But when this serial killer, who doesn’t get a name during the book – which works surprisingly well – meets a girl at the checkout from the 24-hour grocery and falls in love with her. He doesn’t want to kill anymore, he doesn’t want to hunt people anymore, all he wants to do is love this girl. But he has a few problems. Like the girl he has hidden in his basement. The girl he just killed. The police right on his heels.

So, I like the premise. A serial killer who suddenly doesn’t want to kill anymore. I like it, but I’m not buying it. Especially not the way it’s written here, with the whole falling in love thing (which happens way too fast, and is unrealistic). The book reminded me of the final seasons of Dexter, when he falls in love with this female murderer. Things went downhill fast after that storyline was introduced, and the same thing happens in this book. The plot sets out for an excellent psychological thriller on the first few pages, but then turns into a laughable chase between the killer and the police, and him suddenly befriending not one but two women, and then having a third seemingly attracted to him as well. I’m sorry, but finding so many people attracted to a serial killer is almost impossible. And then the way the police handles things? That was laugh out loud hilarious. I’m all for dark humor, but it needs to be realistic, and that’s what this book is lacking.

We also never get a back story into the killer’s mind. Why does he kill these women? Why hold them in a cage for so long? Nothing is ever explained, and since we spent the entire book firmly in the killer’s mind, we should get an explanation as to why he does the things he does.

The characters are dull. Their behavior is erratic. The women never reach beyond the personality of a cardboard figure, especially not the love interest. The behavior of the characters kept contradicting itself, which was just plain annoying.

On the other hand, I did enjoy the writing style, and I felt like, although we got no back story, I got a good impression of what went on in the killer’s mind. However, the story was just too unrealistic and the characters’ behavior too out of place for me to truly enjoy it.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (55)

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. It’s where book bloggers gather to talk about what books they read and reviewed last week, what books they’re currently reading and what books they’re planning to read. This is a great way for me to plan my reading week, and to take a sneak peek at what others are reading.

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Book Review: Lioness of Kell by Paul E. Horsman

lioness_ebookTitle: Lioness of Kell
Author: Paul E. Horsman
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon

The lioness Maud is at eighteen already a black powerhouse of brawn. When she is ordered to fetch a young thief from a pirate town, she thinks it an easy task. Until she and Jurgis the thief find themselves running for their lives.

Young warlock Basil sees his life threatened by a summons from the Warlockry Council, to prove his beauty. He knows his lame foot will betray him and escapes on the first ship out of town. On board he meets Yarwan, a handsome midshipman, who awakens feelings he never knew existed.

When the four young people meet, Basil learns of a spell that could repair his foot. Only the spell’s creator, the infamous Black Warlock, disappeared nearly a century ago. As the four decide to go looking for him, they start on a path leading to an old war and unsolved mysteries that will change their world. Or kill them.

I have to applaud Lioness of Kell for having one of the most diverse casts I’ve ever come across in a fantasy book. Often, fantasy novelists stay stuck in the typical fantasy set-ups, as if there are no disabled people or people of color in fantasy settings, and if they are, they only get to play a minor role. Here we see a female person of color in the role of the protagonist, and instead of jumping to stereotypes, Maud is realistic, genuine, a regular person, with flaws and troubles. She’s part of a society of strong warrior women. Think of what it would be like if Xena, Warrior Princess joined a group of other Xena-like women. It works well, and it adds a lot of extra layers to the plot. While strong and independent, Maud faces issues too. She’s still only eighteen, and she acts like a teenager sometimes, which I enjoyed and thought made her seem more realistic.

The pages are filled with a great cast of varied characters, and they really make the plot come alive. One of my favorites was Basil. I liked his wit and humor. But really, all characters are three-dimensional, come with a back story, and each brings something interesting to the plot.

The fantasy setting is amazing, adding in so many original elements. The author obviously spent a lot of time building this fantasy world, and it shows in its rich details.

Fantasy fans who enjoy great world-building and a diverse cast of characters, will definitely enjoy this book.

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party for Rendered

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I’m hosting a starter day party today for the book tour for dystopian romance “Rendered”. The tour runs from March 30 to April 13.

Tour Schedule

March 30th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

April 1st: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

April 2nd: Book Excerpt @ Literary Musing

April 4th: Book Excerpt @ Nat’s Book Nook

April 6th: Author Interview @ Karen Writes Stuff

April 8th: Book Excerpt @ Undercover Book Reviews

April 9th: Book Review @ Tome Tender

April 10th: Book Excerpt @ Sunshine Book Promotions

April 12th: Book Review @ PRATR

April 13th: Book Excerpt and Author Interview @ Indy Book Fairy

About the Book

rendered-web-copyTitle: Rendered

Author: Amy Boyles

Genre: Dystopian Romance

Ten years ago, Drian Becker underwent the Rendering, a humiliating body exam imposed upon the masses by her father, a commander in the Patriot Army. Being a high ranking official’s daughter, Drian thought she was safe from the practice—not so. Her father’s betrayal left her emotionally scarred and dishonored.

It’s now 2098. Drian hasn’t thought about the Rendering since she became leader of a rebel faction—mostly because she’s an expert at hiding her feelings behind a thick outer wall of badass attitude.

All that changes when Colvin Hinton walks into her camp. With his easy swagger and even easier demeanor, Colvin makes being a rebel look good enough to taste. But when Drian finds herself tangled in his charms she lets down her guard, giving an old enemy the chance to take her out once and for all.

If loving a man is this dangerous, would Drian have been better off remaining in the clutches of her father and living with the scars of being RENDERED?

Author Bio

Amy bio picAfter living in Chicago, Louisville and New York, Amy finally settled in North Alabama with her husband. Along with writing, she has a passion for cooking ridiculously fattening food and complaining about weight gain. She loves to connect with readers.

Connect with Amy Online:

Website: http://amyboylesauthor.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/amyboylesauthor

Facebook: http://facebook.com/amyboylesauthor

Email: amyboylesauthor@gmail.com

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Links

RENDERED – A Dark Revolution Novella – Book 2 – can be purchased here. Here’s the actual link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UB8I4UE

UNLIKELY REBEL – A Dark Revolution Novella – Book 1 – can be purchased here.

Here’s the actual link: http://www.amazon.com/Mistaken-Identities-Highlander-Remembering-Unlikely-ebook/dp/B00SUDGSPU

Book Excerpt and Giveaway for Blood Orchid

Blood Orchid“So what do you intend to do?” Hugh asked Emily as he sank into the soft cushioned chair with a sigh of gratitude. They had returned to Emily’s current home and were sitting in comfort within a large parlour. “Now you’ve openly declared your colours.” A quiet servant brought over a tray of drinks and pastries and retreated quietly from view.

Emily waited until the parlour door shut behind the maid before she settled herself on the chair opposite Hugh and rearranged her skirts. “I fancy I shall have to watch out for John.”

“Well that is rather obvious.” Hugh replied as he picked up his quizzing glass and began to polish it with a finely embroidered handkerchief. “But I’m interested in your more immediate concerns and plans.” He breathed lightly on the lens and regarded the blonde steadily. “Your actions this night will not have found favour with Justin. I fancy he will be upset with you.”

“As I’ve already said Hugh.” She reached out and picked up a pastry from the table beside her. “I don’t care if I have made friends or not.” Biting into the flaky confection, she chewed carefully, ignoring Hugh’s exasperated tut. “Justin needed the De Vire girl,” She announced as she brushed the crumbs from her skirts. “And not just for companionship, if it were only sex I wouldn’t be going to the trouble.”

“Would that be because you serve as his lover from time to time?” Hugh returned the handkerchief to his pocket and flourished his quizzing glass with the other hand.

“Don’t be a bore Hugh.” Emily replied with a petulant twist to her lips. “Yes Justin and I have been lovers over the years. We are not in love.” She stood and walked over to the fireplace. She poked the embers with the nearby poker and stared into the glowing coals, a faraway look on her face.

“Then what is it between you two?” Hugh asked as he leant forward, trying to see the expression on her face. “Don’t forget how long I’ve known you.” He reached out for a glass of brandy and took a small sip. “If you aren’t in love with him, then why are you so bitter towards the De Vire girl?” He didn’t miss the tension in her body as she listened to his words. Emily liked to think that people could not see her emotions, but he could read her like a book. The silence lengthened as she stared into the fire, trying to avoid answering his questions. With a sigh, he pulled himself from the chair and walked over to her. As he reached her side, he caught hold of her arm and slowly turned her to face him. “and why would you change her if you would prefer to keep Justin for yourself?” Hugh watched her expressive blue eyes change with interest and waited for her to speak.

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Book Review: A Thistle Beyond Time by Jennae Vale

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Author: Jennae Vale
Genre: Time Travel Romance
Age Group: Adult (18+)
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Cormac MacBayne wants a wife and the witch, Edna Campbell, has the perfect woman in mind.  The only problem is they’re separated by five hundred years and thousands of miles.

Fresh from a bad marriage, Jenna Sinclair has sworn off men – that is until a handsome highlander comes out of the fog and into her life.  He’s a mystery and possibly part of an elaborate practical joke concocted by her cousin.  Jenna’s had enough deception in her life.  Can she risk everything to be with a man who is so obviously lying to her?

In A Thistle Beyond Time, main character Jenna just said goodbye to her jerk of an ex-husband, and went through a horrible divorce. Just when she thinks things can’t any worse, a mysterious fog appears, revealing a handsome highlander who comes from an era five centuries ago. He introduces himself as Cormac, and he’s convinced Jenna is the perfect wife for him. But Jenna has other ideas. She worries Cormac’s appearance might be part of a practical joke by her cousin, and she doesn’t want anymore deception. His story sounds too ridiculous to be true, and Jenna has trouble trusting him.

I liked Jenna. I didn’t mind she was wary of Cormac at first – it fit with her personality, and with the bad things she went through. Jenna is an engaging character, and she has a strong personailty, which sometimes clashes with Cormac’s beliefs and how he thinks women should act. Nevertheless, I liked Cormac too, though. For a sixteenth-century highlander, he was surprisingly modern.

The story is enjoyable, and there’s plenty of romance, so romance fans will love it.

Book Review: Witches, Voids and Other Sanity Suckers by Kara Thorpe

Witches, Voids, and Other Sanity Suckers2Title: Witches, Voids and Other Sanity Suckers

Author: Kara Thorpe

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Alpha of the only Shifter pack in Houston, Rick Haskell has his hands full.  When the Mage of New Orleans calls for a favor – a favor that pays $400,000 – Rick can’t refuse.  Even if that favor means adopting the Mage’s daughter into his ragtag pack.  Az Vardan is beautiful, smart, and takes frequent vacations from sanity.  Before Rick can learn how to handle the blonde kiss-and-run firecracker, wolfsbane appears in the local coven’s garden, witches mysteriously die in police custody, and a rash of centaur murders rocks Houston’s Paranormal Community.  Az’s knowledge of magic may be all that saves Rick’s pack when a new, powerful threat moves in to take over his city.

First person, present tense
Warning: language, violence, and irreverence (and Oxford commas)

Witches, Voids and Other Sanity Suckers is a delightful, original read with so many surprises and twists you just can’t put it away. It’s one of the best paranormal romances I’ve read since I started blogging. The world-building is impressive, especially the part about Voids, and the characters are intriguing.

Let’s start with Rick Haskall. He’s a wolf shifter, and a private investigator of sorts. As the alpha of a pack of misfit shifters, he has his hands full. But when he’s hired to take care of Az Vardan, the daughter of the Mage of New Orleans, he can’t refuse, especially not with the price tag attached to this job. But Az is nothing like he expected.

Az is a Void, which means she can absorb magic, but doing so makes her temporarily insane. From the moment Rick and Az meet, there’s sparks. Tension rolls off the pages, and it’s so much fun to read their dialogue and flirty banter. Az was my favorite character of both of them: she’s strong, smart and resourceful, yet she’s flawed too, and I liked that.

Even more than the characters, the plot drives the book forward. Witches die in police custody, centaurs are being murdered, and someone seems to be after Rick and his pack, a threat more powerful than anything he’s ever faced, and he’ll need Az’s skills and knowledge to help defeat it.

It’s a fast-paced, highly entertaining book, and I can’t wait for the sequel.

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Book Review: Amongst the Killing by Joe Compton

ATK Final Cover (3)Title: Amongst the Killing

Author: Joe Compton

Genre: Crime Thriller

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

For as long as he could remember, Detective Charles Street wanted to be a police officer, moreover a detective. He wanted to be knee-deep in the action, working the biggest cases, and reaping the biggest rewards. But he didn’t think when his dream job came calling that it would ever turn into his nightmare.
For as long as he could remember, Jack Casey just wanted to be free, his own man to do what he pleased, when he pleased. He too craved action, and when his dream life came calling, he didn’t think he would meet anyone who was his equal, and definitely didn’t think he would ever have difficulty leaving behind the world he loathed and mocked.
Amongst The Killing documents both of their stories, told in their own words, as the moments unfolded when their paths first crossed and their lives intersected. How could two men, with two different philosophies, be so different and yet so connected?
As the ultimate cat and mouse game unfolds, each has to deal separately with the other’s decisions and the effects they have in turning their lives sideways and upside-down. Will one of them crack? Will one of them succeed?  Ultimately, the journey may mean more than the game, and show both of them the outcome neither was ever expecting.

Amongst the Killing is an interesting book offering two perspectives, that of Detective Charles Street, and that of Jack Casey. Both men couldn’t be more different, yet in some aspects, they’re eerily similar. Jack Casey is a serial killer, a man who longs to be free, free of the rules society pushes upon all of us, free to do what he wants to do and when he wants to do it. Detective Street is the man hunting him, the man who always wanted to be a detective and saw his dream job turn into a nightmare after meeting Casey, after doing everything he could to catch him.

The book starts out promising, with a first chapter that opens up straight into the action. Then the book races on, and in the next chapter we first meet Jack Casey. I found him the most interesting of both characters, especially since he acts unlike other human beings, yet one can relate to him sometimes as well. Detective Street was interesting too. The chapters switch from one character’s POV to the other, but I didn’t mind – it felt that, if anything, it made the book even more suspenseful.

Thriller fans will love this book. I enjoyed the writing style, the characters, and the plot.

Release Day Party Tarthian Empire Companion

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About the Book

Tarthian Empire CompanionTitle: Tarthian Empire Companion

Author: Kayelle Allen

Genre: Non-Fiction, Science Fiction

For the writer of science fiction, and the writer who wants to create a science fiction series, this volume teaches you how to build believable worlds, track details of your story, organize your writing, and lay out your story bible. Novice or experienced, you will pick up tricks and tips here. The Companion reveals the worldbuilding magic that makes Kayelle Allen’s Tarthian Empire tick. This EPIC eBook Award winning writer shares 10k years of future history, offers peeks at scene and character creation, lays out a quick tour of the Empire, and dishes up a surfeit of secrets for fans, all in one illustrated volume. Provides organizational tips, links to marketing sites, groups supporting writers, science fiction groups, and more. Material from the author’s 90+ page website is included. Original art by Jamin Allen and Kayelle Allen.

Author Bio

Kayelle Allen is a best-selling, multi-published, award-winning author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr. She makes a promise to every reader: “I will immerse you in an exciting tale and provide unexpected action in settings so real you’ll swear you’ve been there.” Kayelle is the founder of Marketing for Romance Writers, and the owner of The Author’s Secret, a support company for writers.

Links

About the book http://kayelleallen.mobi/companion/tarthian-empire-companion/

Amazon http://bit.ly/companion-az

Smashwords http://bit.ly/companion-sm

Goodreads http://bit.ly/1DtIrOR

Coming soon in print

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