Sunday, April 28, 2013

Review of Free Kobo Exclusive - Sins of Temptation by J.F. Penn

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Sins of Temptation by J.F. Penn

Goodreads blurb:  When the mutilated corpse of a wealthy author is found within the grounds of a stately home, the police officer sent to investigate finds a curious diary amongst the occult objects that dominate the scene. Will he uncover the author’s secret at the ruined chapel that lies across the wasteland, and does he really want to pay the price of such knowledge?

My Thoughts - 3 out of 5 unicorns - I liked it!!
The cover at this point has nothing to do with the story that I can tell, but it looks like some type of cat or dog creature.  This is a very short story.  It is very gross in the description of the dead body, but yet intriguing.  It is like a car wreck; you know you shouldn’t stare but you keep on looking.  It leaves you wondering what the deal is exactly that the author made and that the cop now wants. I won’t tell you anymore because you just need to experience it yourself.   I'm not much into horror type stuff, but I want to see what happens so I will keep reading.  

I stumbled onto this story because Kobo is having a contest.  This story is free, and you too can join this contest here!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Iron Gate Book Blast & Giveaway

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$25 Amazon Gift Card, Tote Bag, Rubber bracelets (2), Handmade beaded necklace and earrings set, Keychain, Autographed postcard and bookmark, Magnets, Series trading cards

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In the year 1845, before the mystical land of Fallada was separated from the realm of men forever, the two worlds coexisted in harmony. Man could mingle freely in the world of the Elves and Faeries at will and peace reigned.

In the hills of Shropshire, England, just miles from the gate separating the village of Ludlow from the world of mystical creatures, farmer’s daughter Zara Wells longs for answers. It is not only the golden hair that trail feet behind her, or the strange hue of her violet eyes that separates her from the other girls her village. There is something inside of her, something touched by magic that longs to know more about what lies on the other side of the gate.

In Fallada, darkness has begun to spread. As the youngest and most beautiful girls of her village begin to disappear, Zara comes closer to discovering the true circumstances surrounding her birth. Little does she know, that the closer she comes to the answers she so desperately desires, the closer she will come to being ensnared in the dark queen’s web of growing treachery.

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About the author:
Ever since she first read books like Chronicles of Narnia or Goosebumps, Alicia has been a lover of mind-bending fiction. Wherever imagination takes her, she is more than happy to call that place her home. The mother of two and wife to an Army sergeant loves chocolate, coffee, and of course good books. When not writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, shopping for shoes and fabulous jewelry, or spending time with her loving family.

Alicia can be found on the web at any of the following links:
Follow her at Twitter: @fantasybyalicia

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Review - A Novel Obession by Jeff Joseph

A Novel Obsession
by Jeff Joseph

Goodreads blurb:  What could be more peaceful than a small town nestled in the plush and picturesque Appalachian foothills along the Ohio River? Seemingly nothing unless you actually live in such a place and experience the incestuous nature of the meddling, gossip, and desire that can fester there.

Abby Lane has cornered the market on virtue in her small town, yet there are forces that want to take that innocence away from her. Unfortunately, the depths of deception, often undetected by the pure of heart can be harmful to the unsuspecting soul.

As an English teacher, dreamer and hopeless idealist Abby immerses herself in romantic fiction to fill the void in her reality. There is one author in particular who speaks directly to her heart and she foolishly makes him the model lover by whom all suitors are to be judged. When others try to bridge that gap, idyllic small town America becomes a mysterious place to be.

A Novel Obsession is a great mix of Mystery, Suspense, Intrigue, and romance. It will answer the question:

Is it possible for two people to fall in love having never met?

Find the author on twitter

My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 unicorns - I really liked it!!
Okay, the author gifted me this book, and it is not my usual genre because it is realistic fiction.  I get enough of real life but it was romance which is fantasy in my! 

Okay first impressions, the blurb sounded interesting, but not usually my type of book, and it had a teacher as the main character.  I don't usually think of men as romance writers even though I know they do; I'm used to female authors.  The prologue jumped right into adult material, so I was wondering if the whole book would be sex rather than plot.  After the prologue with the exception on one date, the whole book was plot and I liked it. :)  I was sucked into Abby and Daniel's world and wondering if they would ever actually meet.  I loved the journey this book took me on and I will definitely read the next book to see what happens to Abby next.  This book is one of those books that is refreshing to read and gives you hope, but it has its real world problems, and you see Murphy's Law at work.  And this book reinforces the idea that even though it might not be the type of book you usually read, doesn't mean you can't be pleasantly surprised, I look forward to the author's next book in the series.

**gifted me to by the author

Interested?  Find it at:  Amazon, Amazon UK, B&N, Smashwords

Monday, April 22, 2013

Cover Reveal for The Return by Nicole R. Taylor

Look at this cover!!!

The Return (The Witch Hunter Saga #2)
by Nicole R. Taylor

Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
Age group: New Adult / Adult (17+ some language and violent situations)

I've wandered my afterlife believing that I was the monster my maker told me I was. It was the only thing I knew. Not even my brother, Sam, could convince me otherwise.
Not until her. Not until Aya. She walked into my life like a hurricane of destruction and nothing would ever be the same again. None of us could have known what would happen next. What fate had in store...
I finally grew a heart, only to have it ripped out.
Now, I will stop at nothing for revenge.

Zac's afterlife is just going from bad to worse. He grew a heart only to have it torn out by the founding vampire, Arturius.
Nobody is sure what he wants, but Zac doesn't want to know. He's more interested in finding a way to end him for good. But, it might just be that he's after Gabby, who's harbouring a secret of her own, one that Arturius would do anything for.
Aya's past will come back to haunt Zac in ways he never thought possible and what he finds out will alter everything he ever knew about her. He will uncover a deadly secret that should have remained buried. A secret Aya has fought to keep for thousands of years. One she has killed for.
In the end, who's secrets will betray them to the one man who wants them all dead? Aya's or Zac's?
They'll need to figure it out sooner rather than later, because death is not an option.

Ok, I have not read this series yet, but it is on my list to read.  I love the cover and those mesmerizing green eyes!!  Please let the author know what you think by leaving a comment or contacting her at one of her links :) Maybe she will pay us a visit to respond :)

The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter Saga #1)
by Nicole R. Taylor 


Nicole R. Taylor is an Australian born paranormal, fantasy and contemporary fiction author. She is a graduate of the University of Ballarat Professional Writing and Editing programme and is a former music memorabilia sales person and grocery merchandiser.

She currently lives in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia with a two year old rescue cat named, Burger. She enjoys reading, writing (of course!),  traveling and a little too much chocolate. One day she hopes to sky dive, but has to work up the courage first.

The first in her new paranormal fantasy series, The Witch Hunter Saga is available in e-edition and print from March 20th 2013

Author links:

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Books Galore!!

In the Mail:

Won from Goodreads Giveaways:

Desires by R. Rose
Goodreads blurb:
What if your entire race were created by the ancient Celtic God, Dagda to please his beloved daughter, Brighid, who gifted your maternal bloodline with a spark of her soul? Now you’re given the task of living in the mortal realm to bring the gift of the Arts to the mortals she loves; while being relentlessly hunted by the Goddess of the Killing Rage to satisfy a deadly desire for Otherworldly vengeance.

Just before Eléan’s seventeenth birthday, the Goddess of Lust & Rage, along with the Immortal she created, destroyed her sheltered life. Now, an object of possession by mortals and immortals alike; Eléan must learn to control her legacy and, with the two warriors that love her, save the Goddess Brighid by protecting the small flame of Immortal soul that lives within her.

Liam and James have been friends…brothers…since they were children. Now the Otherworld has been released into the Mortal Realm leaving a bloody path of terror in its desire for vengeance. It’s coming for Eléan, a woman they both love and would die to protect. Will the Otherworld destroy their bond…or will their love for Eléan give them the strength to fight what’s coming?

Forced into the service of the Goddess Morrigan and made immortal, Greagoir must be the vessel for the Goddess’ uncontrollable lust and killing rage. Eléan is the key. After all these centuries, all that stands in his way are two mortal warriors gifted by a goddess and a young woman’s desire to survive.

Blood Trade (Jane Yellowrock#6)
by Faith Hunter

Goodreads blurb:
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who’s always up for a fight—even if it means putting her life on the line... 

The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires—those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted—are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets. 

But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill—even for a pro like Jane. Now, her simple job has turned into a fight to stay alive…and to protect the desperately ill child left in her care.

Won from Seeing Night Reviews blog giveaway:

Immortal Trust (The Curse of the Templars#3)
by Claire Ashgrove

Goodreads blurb:
When archaeoloist Chloe Broussard acccepts the contract to lead a dig in Ornes, France, she has no idea she will uncover the Veil of Veronica. When she does, she discovers a danger far greater than the demons she's confronted since childhood. Azazel wants her, as well as the Veronica, and his chosen minion is her brother. Her hope lies with immortal Templar Knight Lucan. Her life depends on oaths she knows nothing about.

For countless centuries, Lucan of Seacourt has lived with the knowledge that his brother killed their family. Now, as Azazel's darkness eats away at his soul, old betrayal stirs suspicion. He trusts no one. Not even the seraph who can heal his dying spirit.

With the fate of the Almighty hanging in the balance, Lucan must find faith in something more terrifying than the dark lord's creations. He must learn to believe his heart.

I also won great Aurora Sky swag from Nikki Jefford!!

Won from I am a Reader blog giveaway:

A Thousand Suns by Jim Haberkorn

Goodreads blurb:
Every six months a Russian agent arrives at the Rockin’ Rooster saloon in Twin Falls, Idaho to fight local cowboy and laid-off spy Rulon Hurt. To the locals it’s great fun and even to Rulon and his punk wife Yohaba, it’s not a bad way to spend a Wednesday night. But when Rulon saves Boris, the latest Russian, from a gang of local skinheads, a feud ignites that quickly escalates out of control. Eventually an assassin is brought in from Germany, and Rulon is shot and left in a coma. Yohaba and Boris are now alone together. Great minds think alike. They back track the assassin to Zurich with the intent of settling the score.

Parenting with Spiritual Power
by Julie K. Nelson

Goodreads blurb:
I wish children came with an instruction manual! How many times have we heard this lament? Julie Nelson examines the lives of mothers and fathers in the scriptures (the best instruction manual) and the parenting principles we can learn from them. Discover powerful parenting examples and suggestions for personal application in this essential book.


Won from A.L. Davroe blog giveaway:

Astarte's Wrath by Trisha Wolfe

Goodreads blurb:
A tragic love story.

Two thousand years before Dez Harkly developed her secret powers, Guardian Astarte was vowed to protect by the binds enslaving her to the Egyptian pharaohs. Discover the prophecy that originated from a very different time, and spans generations to link two very different girls.

This is the beginning. 

Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Actium, in the city of Alexandria, Star struggles with her guardian duties as her feelings for the newly named pharaoh of Egypt grow deeper. Not only is Caesarion her duty, he’s the son of Cleopatra, and he’s human. All of which makes their love forbidden. 

But when a conspiracy linked to Caesar creeps into Alexandria, Star must choose between helping her fellow Kythan free themselves of their servitude, and protecting her charge—the last pharaoh—while Egypt burns around her.

New Adult/Mature YA: sexual content, drinking, drugs, violence, language, death, and other mature content intended for readers 17 and older. Astarte's Wrath is a companion novel to Destiny's Fire, but can be read as a standalone novel.

Won from Darker Passions blog giveaway:

Breaking Her Rules (Red Stone Security#6)
by Katie Reus

Goodreads blurb:
Iris Tarango is a small-town girl from the wrong side of the tracks; she’s also a decorated former Marine who fought hard to become one of Red Stone Security’s most respected agents. But her perfectly ordered life is turned upside down when she’s assigned to guard the sexy, dominating tycoon she shares a secret history with. The instant Iris walks back into the billionaire’s diamond-studded orbit, the wild attraction flares between them…and her reputation, objectivity, and heart are in trouble.

After an attempt on his life, business magnate Wyatt Christiansen calls in major favors to hire Iris as his bodyguard. He knows she’s the best, though he has another motive too. He sees this as his final chance to win her heart. But when danger spins out of control, all Wyatt can think of is getting Iris out of harm’s way—even if it means losing her love in the end.

Unfortunately, the killer seems to know their every move. If Wyatt and Iris don’t figure out who put out the hit, they’ll lose more than their chance at happiness together.

Bought from Amazon:

Raphael/Parish (Bayou Heat#1 & 2)
by Alexandra Ivy / Laura Wright

Goodreads blurb:

The brilliant and dangerous diplomat of the Pantera shapeshifters, Raphael has devoted his life to discovering the key to the infertility that is threatening the extinction of his puma race. Creating a vast network of spies worldwide, he never expected to discover that the answer might be beneath his very nose. But when Ashe, a beautiful human female, crosses his path, his most primitive instincts are stirred. Unable to resist, he takes her to his bed, and is shocked when she becomes pregnant with his child. It’s a miracle that might prove to be the salvation of his people, but only if he can keep her safe from the mercenaries determined to kill her.


Untamed and undeniably sexy, Parish, leader of the Pantera hunters, rarely leaves the magic of the Wildlands to deal with the humans he despises. But with the prized and risky Pantera birth on the way, puma shifter, Parish must travel to New Orleans to find and bring back a human doctor. The moment he sees the lovely, talented and all too human Dr. Julia Cabot he cannot resist the wild, potent drive to make her his. Betrayed and destroyed by love, Julia will not let her heart choose her path again. But as she and Parish fight to save the life of an unborn child, a fierce and overwhelming bond develops between them, threatening her frozen heart with the secret hope and ultimate temptation of love and family.

Bayon & Jean-Baptiste (Bayou Heat#3 & 4)
by Alexandra Ivy / Laura Wright

Goodreads blurb:
The fight continues in the Wildlands. Facing extinction, the Pantera have been given a miracle. A child. The first one in over fifty years. But even as they prepare to celebrate, the enemy strikes, putting at risk the fragile female who carries the hope of their people.

Charming, drop-dead gorgeous Hunter Bayon is thirsting for revenge on the enemies who slipped into the Wildlands and attacked Ashe and her vulnerable child. Pledging to track down the cowards, Bayon goes on the hunt, pursuing the humans to a nearby town. But searching their shabby hideaway, he makes a discovery that shocks him to his very soul and might very well destroy the heart of the Pantera.

Tattooed and pierced, sexy Nurturer Jean-Baptiste has been living in utter isolation. His cat is out of control, and the only thing that soothes the beast is a rare mineral he keeps inking into his skin. Until he meets her: Genevieve Burel. The beautiful and buttoned-up female puma is unlike anyone he’s ever met. She makes his cat purr, and he knows he must possess her, mate with her. But the secret she's keeping might threaten not only their unbridled passion for one another, but the very future of the Pantera race.

I won't get to read them though until school lets out, and I have more time :)  Thanks to all the wonderful bloggers with awesome giveaways!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Moon Spirit Release Blitz

Moon Spirit
by Beth Ann Masarik

About Moon Spirit

Raoul Blackoak's world is tossed upside down one evening when he stumbles upon a damsel in distress. What he wasn't expecting was that his life would be changed forever by her. Because he risks his own life to save her, he is caught between two worlds; the world to which he belongs, and the human world. Will he be able to balance being in both worlds? Or will he have to give up one to be happily ever after in the other?

***this is the revised and edited edition. Moon Spirit was originally published by Otherworld Publications in 2011, and is now represented by Hydra Publications.

You can now purchase Murderous Regrets(Amazon, AmazonUK, B&N & Smashwords), Hell Bound(Amazon, AmazonUK, B&N & Smashwords), and Hell’s Captive(Amazon, AmazonUK, & Smashwordsfor only .99 cents!

For more information about The World Among Us, please visit the series website at
Also, I am setting up a two week blog tour to further promote these short stories with Megan over at Reading Away the Days. The tour will run from May 29-June 9. As far as I know there are plenty of spots still open, so please go and sign up :) Fill out the form on her blog. She's a sweetheart, and I am open to any kind of post you'd like me to do!

About Beth Ann Masarik
Beth Ann Masarik was born on Long Island, NY in the year 1984 with an over-active imagination. She used to love playing make-believe games, and now loves creating her own fantasy worlds. Masarik has been writing since she was 15 years old, and had her first newspaper article published in her high school newspaper in her sophomore year. She has taken several creative writing classes, and started writing her very first novel in college, and is currently searching for the right literary agent. Aside from writing novels, Masarik enjoys bowling, gaming, and role playing online. She enjoys reading fantasy novels written by Richelle Mead, L.J. Smith, and J.K. Rowling, and looks to them for role models.

Beth is recently married, and when she isn’t writing or role playing, she is found volunteering down at her church.

Masarik is also the founder of Literary Lunes Magazine/Literary Lunes Publications, a bi-monthly zine that is dedicated to promoting authors.  You can find out more about Literary Lunes by going to its website at

You can find Beth at the following places:

Twitter: @theworldamongus and @literarylunes

My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!
The more I read about Beth’s new world, the more I love it :)  This story about Kylie’s intro into this new world and Raoul certainly didn’t disappoint, and it brought shifters into the world I already love(always makes me happy)!  This was very short, but told a great tale.  Beth has a way with words and you get sucked right into the story.  I cannot wait for to read the novel this is leading up to Prince of Darkness.  I definitely recommend this story to anyone who loves the paranormal genre.

Review - The Undead Heart by Tate Jackson (Blood Thirst1)

The Undead Heart
Blood Thirst series Book 1
by Tate Jackson

Goodreads Blurb:
Rebecca Stockdale had enough issues in her life; parents that hated her for the strange abilities that she had been born with, she was about to move away from her sister and only friend, Bev, and she had had a really bad date that would change her forever. 
Just when she was about to escape the drama that she had always lived in, Richard, a vampyre, walked into her life and shattered her reality with one request; travel back in time to 1888 to stop a psychopathic vampyre bent on revenge and save the family she never knew she had. 
She would be joined on her journey by a band of vampyre hunters. Hunters who, centuries ago, had vowed to slay all vampyres. A vow they set aside to protect the family that they had come to love, knowing that the outcome of that decision would be an eventual battle. A battle of decapitation and blood; a battle they may not survive.
She was leaving a life she would kill to get away from for a family she would gladly die to protect, but could she do it? Could she make it back alive? Did she possess the strength and courage it would take to change the past and save their future?
She was about to find out.

The Undead Heart is a tale of love, life, horror, humor and family and is the first novel in The Blood Thirst Series.

My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I absolutely loved this book!! 

If you are a paranormal romance reader, this book is a must read!!  The only thing I couldn't stand was not having enough time due to working to read it straight through!!  I can't wait to start the next book in this series.  This book of course has romance but it also was funny, had sadness, time traveling, serial killer, crazy people, vengeance, fights, vomiting, adoption of adults, weddings, and did I mention funny and romance.  This book was an awesome surprise like waking up without an arm that was there when you went to sleep kind of surprise.  I can't even begin to put into words why I loved it so much because it would ruin your journey, and I wouldn't want to take that from you.  I absolutely love Beck and Richard and their entire family :)  This author just hit my favorite list, and I will read all her PNR books :)  Definitely worth the read and recommended to all PNR fans!!!   

Get it here:  Amazon, Amazon UK, B&N or Smashwords

**This book was gifted to me for an honest review 

Friday, April 19, 2013

By My Side Book Blast & Giveaway

By My Side 
by Stephanie Witter

Talk about an intense, in-your-face, emotionally charged read! By My Side by Stephanie Witter is that and more!
~ Dianne, Tome Tender

I absolutely loved this story of love, loss, heartache and so much more.  
~ Melissa Ringsted,

Lily Saunders sees her family falling apart. Her father is deserting her, and her mother is drinking more and more. Even sarcasm can't help Lily. When she thinks her best friend, Andy Green, will help her, she discovers how his blinding jealousy will mess everything up.

And then Gabe Green comes back home. She thinks it'll be like always between them—sarcasms and curses thrown at each other—but she's mistaken. He's different, and understands right away the problems she's trying to keep for herself. 

But even if he's there for her, making her fall hard, they both know it'll end soon. Because at their age, you can't expect forever. Right?

About the Author:  

Stephanie Witter is a french dreamer. She started english at four and fell in love with the language.

Always with a book - or two - close by, she soon started reading in english when she couldn't wait to see Harry Potter translated in French.

After a while, reading wasn't enough and she started writing young adult and new adult contemporary novels always filled with drama.

Now she hopes to translate english novels in her mother tongue as her everyday job.
By My Side is her debut novel.

Author Links:
twitter @StephanieR76

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Kindle Fire Giveaway!!!

Kindle Fire HD 7" Giveaway

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