Waiting on Wednesday (55)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases bloggers are eagerley anticipating. These can be debut novels, sequels, eBooks,…as long as they aren’t released yet.

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Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

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I can’t wait for the next book in the Thorns and Roses series! I loved book one, devoured book two, and NOW I CAN’T WAIT FOR BOOK THREE! This is like my most anticipated book for next year. Can’t wait!!!

What is on your WoW list today?

Book Review Lizard Queen Series Volume Three

lq_v3_coverTitle: The Lizard Queen Volume Three

Author: H.L. Cherryholmes

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

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

300 years ago, in a nameless world, a prophecy passed unfulfilled. A secret society that formed to prevent its occurrence believed it was their doing, while the secret society created to ensure that the prophecy came to pass wasn’t certain it had been stopped at all. Eventually, the prophecy of Lacáruna, a female from another realm and the only being who can read the Lizard Queen’s language, fell into legend.  What no one realizes, however, is that Amy Darlidale is just a tad late.

TIME GOES ROUND

With all of the Extiguos now in their possession, Amy and her friends feel they are close to discovering the truth, but hope they aren’t running out of time. They become aware that both opposing factions behind the Lacáruna prophesy are convening while the militaries of the surrounding nations converge. Aided by a powerful new weapon, Amy’s protectors feel more empowered to overcome any remaining obstacles. But everyone has changed and each must struggle to accept the truth of their evolving principles. Despite the set backs and the struggles Amy, however, grows more confident that they are on the right path because she’s found a way to see her surroundings in a new light.

WE ARE THE WAKING

Although she’s unable to finish reading the final Extiguo to determine her role in bringing about the New Morphósis, Amy Darlidale quickly learns that Runakopolis puts her and her friends on the threshold of another major discovery. A new mystery seems to hold clues to the origins of the Trotéjo and the Arañalianza. Beginning to sense that the ideologies at conflict have been preserved not only by clergy and government but also by culture, Amy is drawn into an enigmatic society of scholars. At first, pages missing from library books and a new theory about the first Morphósis don’t seem to be connected to the Lacáruna prophecy, but the lines of military, church, and academia continue to intersect and familiar faces and adversaries reemerge. Rumors of war are spreading quickly, and whispers that La Arañota will soon rise again are amplifying. This world seems on the verge of shrinking much faster than anyone anticipated.

ROOT OF THE RULE

The surrounding nations are gathering for a war against Pliada, the Trotéjo and the Arañalianza are assembling before the mountain upon which La Reina’s castle sits, and stakes have never been higher. The quest to learn how Amy Darlidale must bring about the New Morphósis has brought her full circle and the truth about her destiny as Lacáruna finally seems within reach. But much blood continues to be shed as all sides race toward the inevitable conclusion of the journey. Amy must summon forces from deep within if she is to save this world—or is it too late?

The last installment in the Lizard Queen series is no doubt the most spectacular of all three volumes, offering a climax of events that was very impressive and kept me on the edge of my seat. The Lizard Queen Series Volume Three is the crowning glory of this epic saga that stretched across nine books, three volumes, and offered a vast, expansive fantasy world that I will always remember.

In the first part of the book, Time Goes Round, Amy has returned to her own world to pull herself together and regain some of her strength. Meanwhile, she discovers a few clues in her own world that could help her in the other world she has grown fond of. More than the other books, I thought this one focused on characters, as we now see Amy spend a lot of time in her own world too, but nevertheless, the plot made some progress too. Besides, focusing on characters isn’t bad – bringing Amy back to her own world helps show how much she’s grown and changed.

Then, in the next part, We Are The Waking, Amy and her friends are back on track to find out more about the prophecy and how exactly it will unfold. You can feel the end is near, that all dots are being connected, the mystery is close to being solved, loose ends are tied up. The action slowed down a little in this book, though, but this picked back up in the final installment, Root of the Rule.

I don’t want to spoil things, but book nine really pushed this volume from a 4 star to a 4,5 star read. It was epic. This whole series was epic.

I would definitely recommend fantasy fans check out the Lizard Queen series. You’ll be in for quite a few surprises, and you won’t be dissapointed at all. More like amazed.

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Promo Blitz Life, Liberty, Pursuant To

15046311_216236185470646_1836622789_nSanapia Jones and Marcus Brand have it all. Their crazed stalker is finally in custody. They have a lovely home, wonderful friends, amazing careers, and, most importantly, each other. That is, until the unthinkable happens and a devastated Sana must pick up the pieces of her heart and carry on for the sake of her son. Two years pass and Sana is ready to take her new relationship to the next level when a fire at the studio interrupts her plans. What happens next will change all their lives in ways they couldn’t imagine.

Author Bio

Piken Sander lives among sprawling oak and aspen in Northern California to where she escaped from colder climes many years hence. Her randy Auntie asked her to ‘tell her a story’, demanding that there be strong women and steamy passion, and this began the writings of Piken as she crafted stories of girl meets boy, girl and boy go through the torture of life and beyond, with at the very least hopeful endings. When her Auntie passed, she left her niece a one sentence note in her will: “Now publish the damn things.” Piken’s day consists of writing and social media, and such difficult decisions as which of her dizzying array of wildly colorful pajamas she should wear on a given day. She loves a perfectly steeped cup of good tea. She has few she calls friends, but those in this cadre are cherished and fostered. A political liberal since preteens, she tolerates no racism or bigotry or inequality of any kind, especially in her stories.  Social Media:

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Teaser Tuesdays (59)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Books and a Beat. In this meme, we grab our current read, open it to a random page and share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page with our readers.

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Here is my teaser:

“She’s not an enemy, Jeff. She’s a friend. Or at least she can be.”

“Do you even want to be friends with her? Until yesterday, you seemed perfectly happy having nothing to do with this Final Girls stuff. So what’s changed?”
“Other than Lisa Milner’s suicide?”

~ p. 67 Final Girls by Riley Sager

What’s your teaser for this week?

Cover Reveal Blitz Sunset Reads: Damian & Layla

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About The Book

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Title: Sunset Reads: Damian & Layla

Author: D.C. Triana

Genre: Romantic Suspense

One year.

It’s been one year since Agent Damian Trent left for Washington without a word.

One year since he’s seen her beautiful face.

One year since he’s heard his name on her lips.

He’s been recently called back to New York City on assignment, to catch a criminal who’s trying to infiltrate Sunset Reads. The last thing he expects is to work side by side with the woman he turned his back on.

Having her close is an unwanted distraction that he’s more than willing to ignore, if only she wasn’t so damn tempting.

Everything seems under control, until a night of feverish passion has him abandoning all thoughts of reason. Now, he will do everything in his power to get her back, and even more so to protect her.

Layla Reece wants nothing to do with the man who left her a year ago.

The man who took her heart with him, leaving her broken.

After a year of trying to forget Damian Trent, she is finally ready to move on.

But trying to forget him becomes a tedious task when he suddenly reappears in her life.

Although she fights to stay away, his magnetism is too strong and she finds herself giving into the deep timbre of his voice, and the strength and safety of his arms.

Staying away from Damian turns out to be futile, especially when his kisses consume her and his heart shatters the walls she spent so much time building.

Finding herself in danger, she now has to turn to the only man she trusts to keep her safe, but can she trust him enough to give him her heart once again?

Author Bio

D.C. Triana is a new romance author and novelist. She was born in raised in New York  and is currently residing in Florida. Last March, Her dream of publishing a romance novel came true with, Sunset Reads: William & Cristina. The novel is currently holding a 4.5 star rating on Amazon as well as GoodReads. She is excited to announce her second novel in the series, Sunset Reads: Damian & Layla, releasing on December 26, 2016.

When she is not delving into her hopeless romantic thoughts, she is expanding her experiences and travelling around the world. She also will not miss an episode of the Walking Dead, has an obsession with Superman, and has watched Pride and Prejudice at least ten times. An avid fan of all types of music and dancing; she enjoys cuddling up with her puppy Obi, and helping new authors like herself. You can visit her at http://www.dctriana/com, or be part of her newsletter where you can take part in giveaways, receive updates on upcoming storylines, and get reviews on hot new titles. Sign up for her Newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bXH-P9

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Book Review In The Line of Duty by Carolyn Arnold

coverTitle: In The Line of Duty
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Genre: Mystery
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

He devoted his life to seeking justice. But would she get any for him?

 It was an ordinary day for police officer Barry Weir. It was the end of shift, he was tired, and he just wanted to get home to his wife and kids. But someone had other plans for him—shooting him down and forcing him to make the ultimate sacrifice.

 When news of Weir’s murder reaches the precinct, it leaves Detective Madison Knight and every cop in the Stiles PD itching for revenge. It cuts Madison’s boyfriend, colleague, and Weir’s childhood friend, Troy Matthews, deepest of all, driving him away from everyone he loves, just when they need one another the most.

With evidence pointing to a gang-related drive-by, Madison and her team investigate the town’s seedy underbelly in search of justice for their fallen brother. But the deeper they dig, the more convoluted the case becomes. Now they need to figure out if this was a random shooting as part of a gang initiation, a straight-up hate crime, or a targeted kill. But with the Stiles PD under attack, they have to do it fast…before more people pay with their lives.

Carolyn Arnold is an excellent author. I discovered that much from reading her previous books. But from all her books I’ve read so far, In The Line of Duty, is hands down my favorite.

Detective Madison Knight is the protagonist in this series, and this is the seventh book so far. But even without reading the previous books, you can just pick up this one and enjoy the story. It does make it tougher to keep the characters apart and figure out how they’re all connected than if you’d start from book one, in my opinion, but it’s definitely doable.

Anyway, on to the story. Barry Weir, police officer, gets shot. Detective Madison Knight and her team are itching to catch Barry’s murderer. The one must devastated about Barry’s passing is Troy Matthews, Madison’s boyfriend and Barry’s childhood friend.

Evidence points to a gang-related drive-by, but the deeper Madison and her team dig, the more convoluted the case becomes, and the less likely that Barry Weir was shot in a random shooting…

I don’t want to spoil the story, but there were some clues I picked up on, and others I completely missed. The author did a fabulous job describing the inner workings of a police station and police proceedings.

Madison Knight is an intriguing protagonist. She’s independent, strong, capable, intelligent, and overall, a very realistic character.

This was a gripping, suspenseful story, and highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good mystery read.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (88)

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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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I’m in the mood for some thrillers and suspense. What are you reading this week?

Book Review: The Whizbang Machine by Danielle A. Vann

whizbangmachinebook1_Title: The Whizbang Machine
Author: Danielle A. Vann
Genre: YA Mystery
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

After years of running from his tragic past, Jack Yale books a flight home. With him is a typewriter that is intended to be a gift for his granddaughter, Elizabeth. The minute Elizabeth’s fingers cradle the large black and cream keys the machine responses: popping, sizzling, and roaring to life with a Whiz-Whiz-BANG!

Elizabeth quickly discovers the typewriter has powers beyond anything she has ever seen. The more she types, the more the machine spells out guarded secrets. Each secret leads them deeper into a haunted past. Each secret must be revealed in order to set history straight and remove a curse that has been on their family for centuries.

To solve the mystery, Elizabeth Yale, alongside Jack, will have to crack the code of the Whizbang Machine. What they find challenges their most basic assumptions of their family, the history of the typewriter, and even Elizabeth’s father’s death. The ultimate goal is to remove the curse.

The question is: will Jack and Elizabeth be able to carry out their mission?

The Whizbang Machine is an intriguing, mysterious YA novel about Jack Yale, a grandfather in the possession of a very special typewriter, and his granddaughter, Elizabeth. After years of running from the past, Jack heads home, bringing with him a typewriter intended to be a gift for his granddaughter, Elizabeth. But the typewriter is so much more than that – when she types, the machine spells out secrets from the past, and each secret must be revealed if Elizabeth wants to set history straight, and remove a curse that has been tormenting her family for centuries.

What I really liked about this book, was the focus on the relationship between Jack and Elizabeth – grandfather and granddaughter. This was one of the first YA books I read that focuses on this, and it’s an unique focus that made me like the book all that more. The mystery worked very well too, and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

Blending mystery, fantasy, and history, this is one of those timeless stories a reader won’t forget any time soon.

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Book Review: The Travelers by K.L. Kranes

travelers-cover-finalTitle: The Travelers
Author: K.L. Kranes
Genre: YA Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
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Dagny lives a dangerous life. Pursued by an unknown enemy, Dagny and her family are always on the run and must use magic to stay hidden and safe. When Dagny meets Marc, everything changes. For the first time, she can imagine a future that doesn’t involve constantly changing her life. Despite the risk, Dagny vows to stop running. But as their enemies start closing in, Dagny wonders if she can ever really live a normal life and if she can actually trust Marc.

In The Travelers, protagonist Dagny lives a dangerous life. Dagny and her family are always on the run, using magic to stay safe and “travel” from one body to another, in an attempt to escape the enemy who is always just one step behind them. But then Dagny meets Marc, and dares to imagine a future: a future where she’s no longer running, where she’s living a normal life.

When her enemies start closing in, Dagny starts to wonder if she can ever have a normal life…and if she can really trust the boy she’s fallen in love with.

The writing was excellent, and Dagny and her family behaved very realistically, almost like real people. I particularly liked Dagny, but all the characters had something to offer, and brought an unique perspective to the table. The story unfolded nicely, one clue at a time, and kept me thoroughly entertained until the end.

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Author Interview with Adam LeBor

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  • How long have you been writing?

I have been a journalist for thirty years and I published my first non-fiction book in 1997. That year I started to seriously write fiction, and produced the early drafts of what would eventually become The Budapest Protocol, my first novel, which was published in 2009.

  • What is your favourite genre to write?

Thrillers and crime.

  • Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

 I quite like the idea of writing a sprawling family saga. I always enjoy the interaction between my characters and try to keep the cast fairly small and as inter-connected as possible. A family saga would be a more intense version of that.

 Please tell us about your book.

The Reykjavik Assignment is the third volume of a trilogy featuring Yael Azoulay, a former Mossad agent who is the covert negotiator for the United Nations secretary-general. Yael now has her deadliest mission yet: to broker a meeting between the presidents of the United States and Iran. Meanwhile, her ex-boyfriend Eli is on her trail, with orders to bring her back to Tel-Aviv, by force if necessary. And part of Yael is still drawn to him, like a moth to a flame…

  • Which character was your favourite, and why? Which character was your least favourite, and why?

Yael is my favourite character. She is determined, even ruthless when necessary, but also vulnerable and very human. She has a complex back-story and remains haunted by some events from her past, events which shape her present. My least favourite – I won’t say the name because it would be a plot spoiler – who turns out to be a traitor and who takes several lives before he meets a bloody end.

  • What was the hardest part about writing your book?

The Reykjavik Assignment is the third volume in a trilogy, so it was a challenge to make each of the books work as a stand-alone, for readers coming to the series for the first time, but also not have too much back story for readers who have read the other volumes.

  • What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

I try to be at my desk by around 9.30 to 10.00am and work through until lunchtime. I switch off the internet while I am writing and I tell myself (not always successfully) not to have a sneaky email check on my telephone. I drink a lot of tea and also break around 11.30am for some dark chocolate and a biscuit. An apple too, if I am feeling virtuous. I like to write to music, jazz usually, or Harold Budd or Brian Eno, but nothing with vocals because then I cannot concentrate. Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue is a great way to start the day.

  • How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

About a year – that also includes time for journalism, teaching and other projects.

  • Can you tell us about your editing process?

 I read the manuscript out loud to myself, slowly. That gives me a sense of the rhythm of the sentences and the weight of the words.

  • Is this book part of a series? If so, how many instalments do you have planned?

The Reykjavik Assignment is volume three in a trilogy. The previous books are The Washington Stratagem and The Geneva Option. I am not planning any more adventures for Yael at this stage, but the way is absolutely open for her return.

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

 Be prepared for an immense amount of rejection and a steep learning curve. Have plenty of self-belief, a core of steel and a coating of teflon. Bounce back from obstacles. Persevere. You will get there.

  •  Why should everyone read your book?

It’s an exciting, multi-layered story that will make you think about how the world really works.

  • If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

George Orwell, John Reed (author of Ten Days That Shook The World, about the Russian revolution) and the author of the Book of Esther, in the Bible.

  • What inspired you to write your book?

 Firstly, I wanted to tell an engrossing, exciting story. But I also wanted to explore the hidden world of secret diplomacy and make people think about the world in which we live.

  • Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

I am working on a new detective series set in Budapest, where I have lived, on and off, for more than twenty years. The Yael Azoulay series was very global and international, based around the United Nations. The new series will be much more local, drilling deep into the hidden, secret sides of the Hungarian capital. The twist is that the protagonist is a Gypsy. Life’s tough for a Gypsy cop – his fellow Gypsies don’t trust him because he is a policeman. And his police colleagues don’t trust him because he is a Gypsy. It’s not a classic police procedural, as he operates off-the-books, and will be a mix of crime and thriller.

 

THE REYKJAVIC ASSIGNMENT

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Publication Date: November 3rd 2016

Price: £18.99

A lone agent. A terrifying enemy. UN negotiator
Yael Azoulay uncovers a people-trafficking ring with
links to Iran… and Washington.

 ‘A strikingly well-informed, smartly plotted thriller.’ DAILY MAIL

‘Gripping and atmospheric.’ CHARLES CUMMING

‘A page-turning thriller.’ IRISH TIMES

International thriller from renowned political journalist Adam LeBor, taking us behind the scenes in the corridors of power.

UN covert negotiator, Yael Azoulay, has been sent to Reykjavik to broker a secret meeting between US President Freshwater and the Iranian president. Both parties want the violence to stop, but Yael soon realises that powerful enemies are pulling the strings. Enemies for whom peace means an end to their lucrative profit streams.

In this gripping, intelligent thriller, Adam LeBor uses insights gained from twenty-five years of frontline reporting to show us who really has the upper hand in the international game of politics.

The Author

Adam LeBor lives in Budapest and writes for the Economist, Newsweek, New York Times, The Times and other publications. He is the author of a number of nonfiction books, including the Orwell Prize shortlisted Hitler’s Secret Bankers.