It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (65)

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by BookDate. 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 Tours: Starter Day Party Beastly Manor

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for LGBT fantasy “Beastly Manor”. The tour runs from February 29 to March 29. Enjoy the tour and stay tuned for my review on March 27!

Tour Schedule

February 29th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

March 1st: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

March 3rd: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

March 5th: Book Excerpt @ The Single Librarian

March 6th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Mythical Books

March 7th: Book Excerpt @ Maari Loves Her Indies

March 9th: Book Review @ Books are Forever

March 10th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

March 11th: Book Excerpt @ Compelling Beasts Blog

March 13th: Book Excerpt @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

March 14th: Book Excerpt @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

March 15th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Howling Turtle

March 17th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily

March 18th: Book Review @ So Totally Not Addicted

March 20th: Book Excerpt @ VampyreLadys Face Books, Reviews & Other Loves

March 21st: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings

March 23rd: Book Excerpt @ Literary Musings

March 25th: Book Review and Giveaway @ Book Nista

March 26th: Book Excerpt @ Bedazzled Reading

March 27th: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

March 29th: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers

About the Book

beastlycoverTitle: Beastly Manor

Author: Alex Hall

Genre: LGBT Fantasy

Once upon a time in a faraway land a very wealthy merchant lived on a good piece of land just west of the hamlet we now call Littleton. The merchant was blessed with luck and guile, strong bones and sharp eyes, a pretty wife of gentle spirit, and four healthy children whom he called Faith, Hope, Beauty, and Corbin.

An LGBT twist on the classic love story.

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Author Bio

Alex Hall writes LGBT speculative fiction for Madison Place Press. Find out more about Alex, Beastly Manor, and Alex’s forthcoming dystopian M/M romance, The Stranded, at www.sarahremy.com

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Her Trusted Highlander

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for historical romance “Her Trusted Highlander”. The tour runs from February 29 to March 29. I’ll review the book on March 23 – stay tuned for my review and in the mean time, check out the tour stops below.

Tour Schedule

February 29th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

March 2nd: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

March 4th: Promo Post @ Maari Loves Her Indies

March 6th: Book Excerpt @ VampyreLadys Fave Books, Reviews & Other Loves

March 10th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

March 12th: Promo Post @ The Single Lirarian

March 14th: Book Excerpt @ Bedazzled Reading

March 16th: Book Review @ Books, Books & More Books

March 17th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Leigh Anderson Romance

March 20th: Book Excerpt @ Kate Hill’s Blog

March 23rd: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

March 25th: Book Excerpt @ Paranormal Romance….And Beyond

March 28th: Book Review and Giveaway @ Blushing Reads

March 29th: Book Review @ Fanatical Paranormal Romantical

About the Book

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00073]Title: Her Trusted Highlander, The Mackalls of Dunnet Head: Book One

Author: Jennae Vale

Genre: Historical Romance

Katriona Hughes has no idea how she’s managed to find herself in 16th century Scotland, but she’s beginning to think the gigantic emerald gem she picked up on an archeological site may have had something to do with it.  Wanting nothing more than to return to her own time, Kat is betrayed by the first person she meets and forced into a marriage with a loathsome stranger. Now running for her life, Kat meets the one man who deserves her trust, but can she give it to him.

Nick Mackall is happy to finally be back in his beloved Scotland after accidentally being transported to twenty first century San Francisco and spending the last two years of his life there.  His home and family are calling to him, but things are not about to go smoothly for the handsome highlander as he meets a young woman fleeing her husband and an old foe returns from the dead.  Two things are certain – he must gain the woman’s trust in order to save her and he must stop his foe from unleashing the power of an imprisoned sorcerer.

Author Bio

Jennae Vale is the author of romance with a touch of magic. Her Scottish Medieval time travel series The Thistle & Hive, Books One through Four, is available in print and ebook versions from Amazon. The first book in her new series, The Mackalls of Dunnet Head has been released, with more to come throughout 2016.

Jennae started life in Massachusetts as part of a large extended Irish and Italian family of imaginative story tellers, but now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, her dog, two cats and four chickens. She also has a horse, but since there’s no room in her backyard, he lives at a nearby stable. Storytelling is her passion, but Jennae is also an avid quilter, who loves to cook, read and craft in her spare time.

Links

www.jennaevaleauthor.com
facebook.com/jennaevaleauthor
twitter.com/jealil

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Book Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)

23599075Title: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Incredible. Amazing. Superb. No amount of superlatives would do this story justice.

Celaena Sardothien is the most notorious assassin of Ardalan. She is kick ass awesome, trained under the King of Assassins, and managed to become the stuff of legend by the time she was a young adult. Then she spent a year in the mines of Endovier, and now the Crown Prince shows up with an offer she can’t refuse. If she goes to the glass castle and participates in a contest of assassins, one of which will be chosen as the King’s Champion, she will win her freedom.

The plot was hands down amazing. The writing was beautiful. From the moment I started reading, I couldn’t stop. I had no idea where the story would go next, and even in the spots where I did, it still managed to surprise me. I also liked some of the more mythical/magical elements that got added as the story progressed.

Celaena is easily my favorite heroine ever. She’s sassy, arrogant, vain, but somehow it all connects and in her heart, she’s actually quite a decent person – which is a weird thing to say about an assassin but is true all the same.

The love triangle was the best ever. Seriously. I usually end up having a slight preference, but here? Nope. I love Dorian. I love Chaol. Both are decent men, and both are awesome in their own way. Dorian has that allure because of being a Crown Prince and thus a relationship with him would be almost impossible. But Chaol is mysterious and charming… I can’t choose! How the heck will Celaena ever choose?

If you enjoy fantasy, I totally, wholeheartedly, utterly recommend Throne of Glass. It is the best fantasy book I’ve read in years. In fact, I just finished it and already want to reread it, AND I ordered my copy of the sequel late last night, that’s how addicted I am to this series.

Release Blitz Off Duty in Puerto Rico

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About the Book

Off_Duty_in_Puerto_RicoTitle: Off Duty in Puerto Rico

Author: Bo Noir

Genre: Erotic Fiction

By day, Secret Service Agent Will Bender protects the President of the United States from the forces of evil. But by night, his gun and badge come off and so do his pants in his pursuit of the hottest ladies the free world has to offer. On this trip, the port of call is San Juan, Puerto Rico. The night is going to get muy caliente as he makes it his mission to get acquainted with the local gals’ ways of sex and vice. Off Duty in Puerto Rico is the first stop in the Off Duty series where pulp master Bo Noir will take you to exotic locals with the craziest Secret Service agent ever!

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Author Bio

Bo Noir HeadshotBo Noir is an American Author of erotic, weird and pulp fiction.

www.bo-noir.com

Instagram: @bonoirbooks

Book Review The Child of War – A God is Born

01finalfrontcoverTitle: Child of War – A God is Born

Author: Lisa Beth Darling

Genre: Adult Paranormal / Mythological Contemporary

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

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

Do you remember Damien? Raven makes that kid look like an angel.

In book #2 of the OF WAR Series, Ares settles down with his wife, Alena, to await the birth of their son, Raven. As Alena struggles to enjoy what should be a blessed event, prophetic visions of an adult Raven haunt her dreams. Are they true visions or false ones implanted by Cernunnos who told her the boy would bring glory to Ares but only pain and agony to her? The strong but delicate Fey is relentlessly bombarded by hostility from the Olympians making her yearn to be back on Ares’ secluded island home, far away from all the bickering and backstabbing that makes up Life on mighty Mount Olympus.

Before Raven is even born, Zeus outwardly despises him for his Fey blood given to him by his filthy Celtic mother. With no way out and no way to keep his family safe from his father, Zeus the God of Gods, Ares enters into a blood pact that could cost the God of War everything he holds dear.

After a harrowing birth wherein mother and son are nearly lost to Ares, it quickly becomes clear that Raven may be the most powerful and cunning Olympian ever born despite his muddled bloodline.

As Zeus, Apollo, and Aphrodite plot against the new family by carefully planting the seeds of rage and doubt in Raven’s mind, they turn son against mother. It appears as though Alena’s visions and Cernunnos’ prophecy are coming to life as Raven grows to be a very angry young man.

As the true past between the Olympians and Celts is revealed, the battle for Ravens’ mind and the ultimate control of Olympus begins. Before it’s over, the white snows of Olympus will run red with blood.

Focusnig on the Olympian Gods but while providing sufficient original elements to keep the story wholeheartedly entertaining, Child of War – A God is Born starts with Alena’s difficult pregnancy. She’s married to Ares (yep, the God of War), and the pregnancy is anything but blissful. She’s haunted by terrible visions of her son, Raven, and what he will do as an adult. Alena also has to deal with the elitist behavior from the Olympians who look down on her simply because she’s not like them – she’s Fey.

Meanwhile, Zeus hatches a plan to get rid of Raven, and Alena, all in the same breath. To protect them, Ares must enter into a Blood Oath with Zeus, an oath that could cost him everything…

I felt sorry for Alena, who went through a horrible pregnancy and then had to continue being strong, for the sake of her son, and herself. The gods were intriguing and they all acted the way I thought they would based on what mythology tells us. Ares and Alena were my favorite characters. The plot was the best part about the book, though. I was never sure what would happen next, and could only keep guessing.

An entertaining mythological fantasy.

Outrageous Book Blast

02_OutrageousOutrageous: The Victoria Woodhull Saga, Volume I: Rise to Riches
by Neal Katz

Publication Date: October 1, 2015
Top Reads Publishing
Hardcover, Paperback, Ebook; 344 Pages

Series: The Victoria Woodhull Saga (Vol I)
Genre: Historical Fiction

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Historical fictionalized account of Victoria Woodhull’s rise to presidential candidate and wealth, coming from poverty and abuse.

What compels a woman and her youngest sister to overcome abject poverty and violent abuse to grow up to defy convention and obliterate every barrier to become the first women to own and operate a Wall Street brokerage firm and publish their own newspaper?

How did Victoria Claflin Woodhull (1838 – 1927) become the first woman invited to speak to the United State Congress, and then the first female to run for president. What made Tennessee Celeste Claflin (1845 – 1923) so beguiling that the richest man in America, Cornelius Vanderbilt, fell completely in love with her?

What caused the sisters to live out their long lives as royalty and peerage in Europe. Victoria living as landed gentry outside of London, and Tennessee in a huge castle like a queen? Why aren’t these empowered and independent women iconic in our culture?

Volume One of The Victoria Woodhull Saga tells the poignant, lascivious, and compelling inside story of how the sisters worked closely with Cornelius Vanderbilt, who at age 74 fell in love with the beguiling 24-year old Tennessee. Victoria provided the titan of industry “Inside Her Information” gathered through the soiled sisterhood, the ladies of the evening working at the top seven brothels servicing the rich and famous of New York City.

This relationship resulted in the great lion of industry having his last public roar as together they manipulated the financial markets and created the impending collapse of the U.S. economy in the gold scandal of 1869. To avert the crash, President Ulysses S. Grant provides the richest man in America insider information on the gold market and telegrams Vanderbilt that his railroad company is “Too Big To Fail!” Vanderbilt was proclaimed “The Savior of the American Economy” for intervening in a crisis he helped create.

View Victorian America through the eyes and thoughts of one of its leading heroines., Victoria Woodhull. Watch as the infighting and elitism of the earliest suffrage women denigrating, castigating, and denouncing other passionate suffrage rights women delayed woman suffrage and equal legal standing for five decades. Learn wonderful anecdotes of the origins of products and phrases used today. Learn the story of Reverend Henry Ward Beecher, the most popular man in America, who transformed Christianity from his father’s “fire and brimstone” theology to one of a compassionate and loving Jesus, who will redeem all who turn to salvation with complete confession of their sins. The reverend’s personal life did not imitate his lofty and popular theology of his weekly sermons at Plymouth Church. He was a notorious womanizer, often bedding, and sometimes impregnating the wives, sisters, and daughters of his most ardent trackers and deacons of the church.

Written in the first person from Victoria’s viewpoint, Neal Katz weaves a compelling page-turning story that cleverly unfolds history while providing a wonderfully entertaining ride. Katz has pledged one half of book sale proceeds to charities dedicating to the empowerment and sustainable economic improvement of women, especially single mothers.

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Praise

“Victoria Woodhull is one of the most fascinating but forgotten characters in American history. She deserves to be better known by anyone who cares about gender equality and the ongoing fight to make America a more tolerant and just country–kudos to Neal Katz for bringing her story to life for a new generation of readers.” -Debby Applegate, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher

“I can’t believe this is Neal’s first book. Incredibly well written, this is an important work. I see a National bestseller and a long running series.” -Victor Villasenor, National bestselling author of Rain of Gold,Three time Pulitzer Prize nominee, and author of Revenge of a Catholic Schoolboy

About the Author03_Neal Katz

Neal Katz is a semi-retired, serial entrepreneur, CEO with a passion for women rights. He lives a life based on self-awareness and Love. He practices Yoga, meditates daily, has taught A Course in Miracles, produced Oregon wines, enjoys being a gourmet chef, recites Vedic sutras, and writes his own inspirational poetry.

The saga of Victoria Woodhull appeales to Neal, as it serves three purposes. First, the story provokes public awareness of the historical and continuing denigration and subjugation of gender prejudice. Second, the tale exposes the historical basis for the manipulation of the free markets of stocks, bonds and commodities. Third, the story shows how existing financial and political power structures used prison and seizure of assets to prevent innovation and social change. Victoria Woodhull overcame all these obstacles in a remarkable life.

Neal chose to write in first person using Victoria s words, thoughts, and point of view to tell the tale, inviting the reader to see through her eyes. The style is magic realism along the lines of Allende, Marquez, and Kathleen McGowan (The Magdalene Trilogy). This is an expression of the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality championed by Emma Watson, and Neal proudly proclaims himself a male feminist!

Neal has pledged fifty percent (50%) of his author’s royalties from book sales and all ancillary revenues, including foreign print distribution and Hollywood rights to a foundation formed in tribute to Victoria Woodhull and her passion for woman rights. The foundation will promote and prove programs for the empowerment and sustainable economic improvement of women, especially single mothers.

For more information visit http://outrageousthebook.com/. You can also follow the author on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Just One More Chapter
The Never-Ending Book

Wednesday, February 24
Back Porchervations

Thursday, February 25
I Heart Reading

Friday, February 26
Beth’s Book Nook Blog

Saturday, February 27
With Her Nose Stuck In A Book

Monday, February 29
Book Nerd

Tuesday, March 1
The Book Connection

Wednesday, March 2
Boom Baby Reviews
Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Thursday, March 3
CelticLady’s Reviews

Monday, March 7
A Holland Reads

Tuesday, March 8
A Literary Vacation

Friday, March 11
I’m Shelf-ish

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party Daughter of Ravenswood Series

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for urban fantasy / paranormal suspense “Daughter of Ravenswood Series”. The tour runs from February 25 to April 25.

Tour Schedule

February 25th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

February 25th: Promo Post @ Stormy Night Reviewing

February 25th: Promo Post @ Tome Tender

February 26th: Book Excerpt @ Leigh Anderson Romance

February 26th: Book Excerpt @ Bibliophile Mystery

February 29th: Promo Post @ Illuminite Caliginosus

March 2nd: Book Excerpt @ Archaeolibrarian

March 5th: Book Review “Path Unchosen” @ Books, Books & More Books

March 8th: Promo Post and Giveaway @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

March 11th: Character Interview @ Kate Hill’s Blog

March 16th: Book Excerpt @ Dark Treasury

March 17th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

March 20th: Promo Post  and Giveaway @ The Single Librarian

March 23rd: Book Review “Truth Unveiled” @ Books, Books & More Books

March 24th: Character Interview @ Blue Books

March 28th: Book Review “Truth Unveiled” and Giveaway @ Mythical Books

March 30th: Book Excerpt @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

April 1st: Book Review “Path Unchosen” @ So Totally Not Addicted

April 4th: Book Excerpt @ Literary Musings

April 6th: Book Review “Path Unchosen” @ PRATR

April 8th: Guest Post @ Illusions of Intimacy

April 8th: Book Review “Truth Unveiled” @ So Totally Not Addicted

April 10th: Book Review “Truth Unveiled” @ PRATR

April 13th: Promo Post @ Maari Loves Her Indies

April 17th: Book Review “Path Unchosen” and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

April 19th: Promo Post @ Books are Forever

April 22nd: Book Excerpt @ Bedazzled Reading

April 25th: Book Review “Truth Unveiled” and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

About the Books

Book One: Path Unchosen

dfw-kc-pu-cover-medal-ebookWhen eighteen-year-old Judy Hudson discovers she’s a necromancer and sees firsthand the pain her powers can cause the dead, she wants to deny who she is. The zombie plague is long over. She wants to find a more normal life, a challenge when a beautiful, otherworldly man who claims to be her guardian saves her life.

But as Judy tries to set right the harm she inflicted on the spirit she raised, new zombies attack–zombies raised from among the long-time dead. Someone else just like her is out there, and he’s not trying to set anything right.

Now, to save her own life and protect the innocent inhabitants of the nearby town who’ve become her friends, Judy must figure out who’s raising the dead and why. She must also learn to control the darkness inside her–a seductive darkness that promises her power beyond her wildest dreams.

Book Two: Truth Unveiled

dfw-kc-dor2-cover-ebookMeagan Greystone, a new necromancer who grew up orphaned and homeless, has finally discovered a community where she belongs. But as she settles in at Ravenswood Manor, her ancestral home, a strange voice in her head unravels her newfound peace.

The source of the unsettling communication is Quintus, Meagan’s distant ancestor, known for his brutality and incredible power. When she attempts to enlist her father’s help by raising him from the dead, it’s Quintus who regains a foothold in the land of the living. Now reborn, he vows to obliterate everything Meagan treasures unless she joins him in his quest for power.

Meagan must overcome the heartbreak of unimaginable betrayal and fight in the face of a seemingly hopeless situation. Will she find the strength she needs to defeat the power of darkness and save the people and home she has grown to cherish?

Author Bio

newauthorheadKim Cleary is the award-winning author of Path Unchosen, the first title in the Daughter of Ravenswood series, which earned a bronze IPPY award in 2015. She grew up in Birmingham, United Kingdom, studied medieval history and psychology at Adelaide University in Southern Australia, and has worked all over Australia and in London.

Forced to leave a successful career in marketing after multiple sclerosis damaged her hands and prevented her from typing, Cleary learned how to write using voice software.

A self-described chocoholic, Cleary loves writing, gardening, cooking, playing with her dogs, and spending time with friends. She lives with her husband and two dogs, an adorable cocker spaniel and a mischievous moodle, in Melbourne, Australia.

Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KimClearyWriter
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimclearywriter
Blog: http://kimcleary.com
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/kimcleary

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Path Unchosen on Amazon

Truth Unveiled on Amazon

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Big Mike and Minnie On The Run

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for romantic suspense “Big Mike and Minnie On The Run”. The tour runs from February 25 to March 25.

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Tour Schedule

February 25th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

February 25th: Promo Post @ Stormy Night Reviewing

February 27th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

February 29th: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

March 1st: Promo Post @ The Single Librarian

March 2nd: Guest Post @ Mythical Books

March 4th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

March 6th: Promo Post @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

March 8th: Guest Post @ Plain Talk BM

March 10th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily

March 12th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

March 14th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

March 16th: Promo Post @ Maari Loves Her Indies

March 19th: Book Review @ Bedazzled Reading

March 20th: Character Interview @ Kate Hill’s Blog

March 24th: Book Review @ Romantic Fanatic

March 25th: Book Excerpt @ Books Direct

About the Book

ON THE RUN1410x2250Title: On The Run

Author: Susan Amanda Kelly

Genre: Romance / Adventure / Comedy

Minerva Coolidge, a top east coast lingerie model, has been ordered home to the west coast by her over-protective, occasionally psychotic family. Daddy’s outlaw motorcycle club is embroiled in a war and Minnie is too valuable a pawn to leave in play. But Minnie refuses to give up her new life. She’s about to star in the biggest fashion show of her career. Her brother asks an old army friend, Big Mike, to guard her until they can fetch her home. Minnie thinks Big Mike is too big, too muscled, too tattooed, too tough… too everything. He’s exactly the kind of man she moved across country to escape; the kind who thinks he knows what’s best for her; the kind who doesn’t belong in her glossy, perfect, new life; the kind she shouldn’t want…

Big Mike thinks keeping a nitwit fashion model safe long enough to hand her over to her family should be easy for an ex-biker, ex-Special Forces commander who outweighs his charge by at least one-hundred-and-fifty pounds. Except the pretty nitwit isn’t a nitwit. Each time he takes his eyes off her, she flees, plunging headlong into trouble. Big Mike quickly realizes he doesn’t want to take his eyes – or his hands – off Minnie Coolidge…

Author Bio

SusanKellyB&WCroppedMediumSusan Amanda Kelly loves making up stuff in her head. She drives her husband to distraction by suddenly stopping, mid-conversation, and staring off into space. She once spent five hours at sea, on a boat, muttering: “Where would he hide the body?” She hopes the video footage of that trip has been wiped. She finally decided to put the characters that inhabit her head, onto paper. It was like opening the door on a lunatic asylum… glorious bedlam. She hopes her readers come to love her characters as much as she does. She writes funny romantic adventures. And her husband is convinced her male leads are based on him. Not the body-hiding psychopath, of course.

 

Links

AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.susanakelly.com

NEW RELEASE MAILING LIST: http://eepurl.com/bIb7G5

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Book Review: Sanctum (Asylum #2) by Madeleine Roux

18812716Title: Sanctum (Asylum #2)

Author: Madeleine Roux

Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Mystery

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 2 stars

Purchase: Amazon

In this haunting, fast-paced sequel to the New York Times bestselling photo-illustrated novel Asylum, three teens must unlock some long-buried secrets from the past before the past comes back to get them first. Featuring found photographs, many from real vintage carnivals, Sanctum is a mind-bending reading experience that blurs the lines between past and present, genius and insanity, perfect for fans of the smash hit Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Dan, Abby, and Jordan remain traumatized by the summer they shared in the Brookline asylum. Much as they’d love to move on, someone is determined to keep the terror alive, sending the teens photos of an old-timey carnival, with no note and no name. Forsaking their plan never to go back, the teens return to New Hampshire College under the guise of a weekend for prospective students, and there they realize that the carnival from the photos is not only real, it’s here on campus, apparently for the first time in many years.
Sneaking away from sample classes and college parties, Dan and his friends lead a tour of their own—one through the abandoned houses and hidden places of the surrounding town. Camford is hiding a terrible past, and the influence of the asylum runs deeper than Dan ever imagined.

I’m not sure how I feel about Sanctum. I enjoyed the first book in the series, and was eager to read more about Dan and his friends, and their weird connection to the insane asylum. I honestly expected the largest part of the book would happen in aforementioned asylum.

However, it seems like the author grabbed some creepy ideas at random and threw them all together. No problem with that, except that it ended up making the book not scary at all. At some point, it mentions creepy clowns, but then never really goes anywhere with it. We see all these amazing, haunting black and white pictures of people working at a carnival, and there is mention of a carnival, but it ends up being a significantly smaller part of the book than I thought it would, and it doesn’t really become creepy. On top of that, I wonder in how much the carnival was actually necessary. It ends up leading to a weird, confusing storyline that takes away a lot of the suspense building up during the first book.

Then there’s the brainwashing/CIA angle, and I thought that was completely out of place. In book one, we got a madman trying to brainwash people for his own sadistic purposes. That’s creepy. When you add in brainwashing/CIA, it just turns ridiculous. You can’t have crazy doctors, carnivals, the CIA and creepy cults in one book without it becoming laughable at some point. I loved the ghost story unfolding in the first book, but now it turned out to be something more psychological, and it lost my interest almost completely.

When I picked up this book, I expected it to be another creepy paranormal read, in the same vein as its predecessor. Unfortunately, it’s not. Parts of it are boring, some parts are totally random and don’t have any connection to previous events. It almost felt like I was reading a completely different series. The worst part? It wasn’t scary at all. A dissapointment. I bought the third book on a whim (I bought book one, loved it, and then purchased two and three) so I’ll read it just for the sake of finishing the series, and hopefully it’ll be a better read than this one.