Monday, July 29, 2013

Blog Tour: Blossom by Jennifer Martinez

Title: Blossom
Author: Jennifer Martinez
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: July 5, 2013

Synopsis:
My name is Maia. I'm a princess, a fae princess to be exact. But I don't want to be. See, my whole life, I've always been the center of attention, and I've never understood why. Give me boring, ordinary, and simple any day. It's hard enough trying to work my way through high school. Add running a kingdom to that? Yea, not so much.
Magic, mystery, fairies. I just want to pass driver’s ed.

Review Pending...
Being that Jennifer recommends Blossom for anyone 9 years of age and up, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for my eleven year old daughter to read and review a book for my book blog, since she is curious about the book blogging process. She hasn't completed the book yet. I want her to read on her own free will and enjoyment, and I feel as though putting a time restriction on her is not fair, and would likely take the enjoyment out of reading for her. So, I haven't pressed her or rushed her to finish. She's reading it at her own pace, and once she's finished, I will post her review for all to read. Thanks for your understanding. :)

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Author Bio:
One day while slaving away at her monotonous day job, Jennifer Martinez found her true calling. Like a firefly in the night, the pages called to her. Once she caught the bug there was no stopping it. Her fingers flew furiously across the keyboard winding tales of love, mystery and anger. She snapped out of her reverie to find herself still behind the desk but at least she knew who she was… Author Jennifer Martinez.
I like to think of myself as a beautiful conundrum. When I am not writing, I can be found surrounded by my amazing family and 4 dogs or volunteering at a local animal rescue. I love who I am and don’t mind at all when I get strange looks from people. I am a tattoo covered, child and animal lover who looks forward to destroying peoples preconceived notions of what “someone like me” would be interested in. You only live life once… you may as well make it interesting.
I love to get lost in a good book and hope that everyone will get lost in mine.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & More: Impyreal Illusions by Jake Bionsignore


Title: Empyreal Illusions
Author: Jake Bonsignore       
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Thriller
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours

Synopsis

Fourteen-year-old Breena Taljain’s dreary existence in the slums of Purgaire comes to a sudden end when a chance encounter with a criminal mastermind known as the Patriarch goes horridly wrong. His assault on her for refusing to pay for her mother’s addiction leaves her comatose and teetering on the edge of life and death.

Galbrecht Atalir is a washed-up doctor struggling to overcome his inner demons through alcohol and aggression. He never quite recovered from the unsolved murder of his family seven years prior. When he discovers Breena as his newest patient, he knows at once that the Patriarch is the one who eluded him for almost a decade.

The medicine Galbrecht gives Breena draws her into a heavenly paradise. When it ebbs away, though, the recurring trauma plunges her into treacherous hinterlands. There, Breena must learn to find power in courage, hope, and love to overcome fiends of hatred bent on permanently ending her existence.

With justice burning in his heart, Galbrecht begins a race against time to seek out the Patriarch in the underworld before Breena loses her struggle against the ever-darkening terrors of her mind…. 

Review by Teresa (Guest Reviewer) 5 Stars!:

This is the first time I have ever read the Fantasy genre and I have to tell you I love it after I was asked to read this amazing book by Jake Bonsignore.

I fell in love with this book and could not put this down from the very first page and experiencing the turmoil and pure emotions that Breena experienced with having a mother who was a drug addict, along with her pain, anger, and loss. Then the nightmare of Galbrecht Altair's loss of his family was truly a nightmare that no one should ever have to endure. The evil monster that changed their lives forever enveloped me with pure darkness that seemed to fill my entire being as I read about him.

I would recommend this book to anyone who would love fantasy novels. Jake is an amazing up in coming author that writes with some imagination that draws people in and becomes a part of the story in unimaginable ways. I am so looking forward to reading more of Jake's writing as well as more of this series.



Author Bio: 

Jake Bonsignore is the author of Descendant of Strife, Empyreal Illusions, and Awakening the Fire. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida with magna cum laude honors. Outside of his literary pursuits, he enjoys playing sports and is a fitness enthusiast. He is currently working on his next novel.

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Purchase Links:

Amazon (US) --> (Paperback or E-Book) - http://amzn.to/13pwBNX

Amazon (UK) (Paperback or E-Book) - http://amzn.to/16dsYzQ

Barnes and Noble (E-book for Nook)http://bit.ly/19rm6Ca

Excerpt:

Breena tilted her head upwards and glared at him as best as she could. How had she ever been scared of him? She understood him perfectly. Everything made sense now. She had found strength in her weaknesses. The compassion that had made her vulnerable in her former life was now invaluable.
“You’re wrong, Mulciber. I’m only fourteen years old. I’m not as strong as you…but at least…at least I can admit my faults. That takes true power. I know I can’t…I can’t do everything alone.” She coughed again and whimpered from the dull throbbing in her abdomen. “Life is all about g-give and take. I need others to catch me when I fall. There’s nothing…nothing wrong with that. I need my friends and they…they need me.” She huffed and wiped the sweat from her brows. “There’s more to strength than…than raw might. You just don’t want to accept the…the truth. You’re too scared. That’s…that’s why….” She hacked up spittle and heaved wildly. She could no longer make out anything but blurs of incandescent light. “That’s why I’m stronger than you, Mulciber.”
What? That…that doesn’t…that doesn’t…!
“It’s your turn to prove your strength to me. Break…break free of Izanami and join me. You need me and I…and I need you. Don’t…don’t be a coward.”
No more…no more, human!
Mulciber let out his fiercest shriek yet. One curt glance to his left halted Veku and Lilim in their tracks. Even Leinth stopped her relentless advance.
You…Mulciber hissed. You would call me a…a coward? Me? You are wrong! How…how dare you underestimate me? I am Mulciber, King of the Ifrits!
“Then…then show me the worth of a king’s pride.”




Title: Awakening the Fire (book 2)
Author: Jake Bonsignore       
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Thriller
Release Date: August 30, 2013







Saturday, July 27, 2013

A Review of Empyreal Illusions (The Inferno Unleashed) by Jake Bonsignore


Review by Teresa (Guest Reviewer) 5 Stars

This is the first time I have ever read the Fantasy genre and I have to tell you I love it after I was asked to read this amazing book by Jake Bonsignore.

I fell in love with this book and could not put this down from the very first page and experiencing the turmoil and pure emotions that Breena  experienced with having a mother who was a drug addict, along with her pain, anger, and loss. Then the nightmare of Galbrecht Altair's loss of his family was truly a nightmare that no one should ever have to endure. The evil monster that changed their lives forever enveloped me with pure darkness that seemed to fill my entire being as I read about him. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who would love fantasy novels. Jake is an amazing up in coming author that writes with some imagination that draws people in and becomes a part of the story in unimaginable ways. I am so looking forward to reading more of Jake's writing as well as more of this series.

Book 2: Awakening the Fire (The Inferno Unleashed)  Released August 30th


Author Links:
Blog-----> http://jakebonsignore.wordpress.com/
Twitter:--->http://www.twitter.com/jakebonsignore
Facebook:-->http://www.facebook.com/jakebonsignoreauthor

Purchase Links:
Amazon---->http://www.amazon.com/Jake-Bonsignore/e/B00CMWVY0Y/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Goodreads---->http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17841328-empyreal-illusions

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Review of: 'Life Altering Beautiful' by T.A. Hardenbrook


Review by Debra: 

Seven is trying to leave her painful past behind by going half way across the country to college. She is sure she can invent herself where no one knows who she really is.
Seven's roommate is Tammy a beautiful blond determined to party & screw her way thru her freshman year, & take Seven with her. 

Enter sex on a stick senior Stone, Tammy's brother. He is a loner interested in keeping his distance from everyone. His screw 'em & push 'em out the door, cage fighting, dirty little secret ass is putting a serious roadblock in Tammy's way! 

His only interest is to get & keep her and her roommate Seven away from his frat brothers.

That is until he meets Seven. 

They both have some secrets & broken places in their lives that have caused them to build some pretty sturdy walls around their hearts to keep others out. But the attraction & need for the connection that they feel for each other draws them closer. 

This is one of the best first books I have read this summer. T.A. Hardenbrook really has a gift for drawing you into the emotions & minds of the characters. She has the ability to make them your neighbors, friends, people you know! She lures you into their world & you cry, laugh, rage, and sigh right along with Seven & Stone. I can't wait to read more from her. She has a true gift with words.

I give this a solid 4 stars!

Get your copy now while it's on sale for just .99 cents! 

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Facebook--> https://www.facebook.com/TaHardenbrook


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Blog Tour, Giveaway, Excerpt: More than a Maid by Reeni Austin


Blurb:
Ramon Barboza loves two things: his ranch and his freedom. An occasional drunken fling is all he needs to satisfy his desire for a woman.
Marcy Cameron never wanted to be a live-in maid, but her cleaning business is falling apart. When her friend offers her an overpaid position as housekeeper for a month, it's an offer she can't refuse. Marcy packs her bags and heads to Texas. But the house comes with a grumpy, secretive, and obstinate occupant: Ramon, who thinks his life and his house are fine just the way they are. The sassy, headstrong Marcy quickly butts heads with the master of the house. But is the tension between them merely anger, or something more?
As Cara and Victor plan their wedding at the ranch, Henry's secrets cast a shadow. Ramon has his suspicions, but refuses to discuss them with anyone.
What made Henry run off? Why is he living off the grid? Why has he still not returned? Victor and Armando are determined to uncover the truth, but will the answers be more than they bargained for?

In the conclusion of the Barboza Brothers trilogy, all of these questions will be answered.

Excerpt:
With her eyes still shut, she heard him stand up in front of her. A subtle, masculine fragrance filled her nostrils. He let go of her arm and she felt his palm cup her cheek. His other hand went to the small of her back.
Ramon breathed in her ear before whispering, “You’re all I’ve been able to think about since last night.”
“I am?” Marcy asked in a breath, biting her lip and nearly losing her balance.
He moaned, nuzzling her cheek. Then he whispered, “You didn’t think you could go around flauntin’ all this in front of me without me doin’ somethin’ about it, did you?”
Marcy smiled, memorizing his words. Loving the way his accent changed to a heavier drawl when he whispered in her ear.
Ramon’s hand in the small of her back slid further down, his fingertips lightly grazing her butt through her thin cotton shorts. His other hand moved from her cheek to her hair as the volume of his breathing increased.
She let out a quiet moan. Her body needed more, and he probably knew it. Her intuition told her he was trying to get her worked up enough to make her beg.
And if not for her rebellious nature, she probably would have.
Instead, Marcy simply put her arms around his waist.
Ramon drew closer, gently kissing her cheek, tightening his embrace.
Pressing his erection against her stomach.
Marcy almost laughed out of sheer relief. She convinced herself earlier that his lack of arousal meant he was lying. But there was no mistaking his attraction now.
She slid her hands under his T-shirt, her fingers digging against his back. Pulling him closer, she let her stomach slowly rub against his hard member, determined to beat him at this game.

Ramon chuckled, then nibbled her earlobe, giving it a soft bite before he let it go. Both of his hands were now cupping her ass. In a deep whisper, he said, “You gonna take those clothes off for me now?”

About Author:
Reeni Austin loves to write lighthearted romances with a little spice. More than a Maid is the latest installment in her Barboza Brothers Series.

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Blog Tour brought to you by The Celestial Book Divas. Blog tour button designed by Dana Zalesky. http://celestialbookdivas.org

Sunday, July 14, 2013

A Review of: No Second Chances by R.J. Greer


Review by Debra (guest reviewer):

Not real sure how to review this book. When I started it I thought it was going to be just another book about bdsm with no plot or story behind it. Boy was I wrong!! The farther I got into the book the more it hooked me. 
Now I am breathlessly waiting for the next book.

   Aaden MacGregor is a self-proclaimed tech geek with an active imagination. He gets a look at his fantasy wet dream while waiting for an elevator when he goes to apply for a job. 

When he gets the chance to whisper his random thoughts in her ear he "seizes the day", and actually does it. His dream women turns out to be a V.P. in the company he is trying to get a job with, and she is intrigued by this man who has dared to be so forward with her. She makes sure he is hired and things move along at break-neck speed from there. 

Destiny opens business and career doors for Aaden that would have taken him a life time to open on his. 

Aaden opens Destiny's closed heart and becomes her safe place. But they still have secrets that could destroy the fragile relationship they are building, and may even bring their careers down too. 

   It starts out with some kinky fuckery, but the further into the book you go the more you see how they break down emotional and physical barriers to find something truly amazing and special between two broken people. Hopefully they can protect it from the storm that is about to descend on their heads.
 
It was a breath of fresh air to read an erotic love story written by a man. I truly enjoyed No Second Chances by R.J.Greer. I give it 3 stars and can't wait for the sequel.

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A Review of: Falling Into Infinity by Layne Harper


Review by Debra (guest reviewer) 4 Stars!

Layne Harper rocks this sports themed love story!
  Charlie & Collin are two young career driven young people who are so inside their own heads. They can't handle the epic emotions they have for each other. 
  Decisions are made. Lives and hearts are torn apart.
  Separate lives begin and careers are made, milestones are reached. But it all feels empty without someone special to share it all with. Lonely years pass. 
  When their lives cross paths after all the years they discover the feelings are still there and even stronger. 
But what happens now? 
Will they be willing to compromise this time? 
Will they face the hardships together, walk through the fire for each other this time? 
 You just gotta get this book & read it to see.......trust me it will not disappoint!

I really enjoyed this book (can't wait for the next one)! It has epic lust, love, anger, pain, soul-wrenching tears (oh wait that was me!), redemption & second chances. Everything you want in a memorable love story!


Book 2, From Now Until Infinity release in August!

Author Links:
Website--> www.layneharper.com
Facebook--> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Layne-Harper-Author/384782861629645

Purchase Link:
Amazon--> http://amzn.to/1boB3UJ


Friday, July 12, 2013

Double Cover Reveal & Giveaway: The Darkride Chronicles by Laura Bradley Rede



~ About the Author ~
Laura Bradley Rede grew up as the oldest of nine kids in a small town on the coast of Maine. She now lives in Minneapolis, MN with her partner, their three kids, one great dane, and six city chickens. She is a Writers of the Future award winner and author of the YA paranormal romance series The Darkride Chronicles (DARKRIDE and CROSSFIRE) along with numerous YA short stories. Her new NA paranormal romance KISSING MIDNIGHT will be released fall 2013.

~ About Darkride ~
Title:  Darkride
Series: The Darkride Chronicles book 1
Author:  Laura Bradley Rede
Published:  Dec. 9, 2011
Word Count:  160,000
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Age Restriction: 12+
Synopsis: Ander McNair used to be the favorite son of a great monster-hunting family – until he was bitten by a werewolf and the hunter became the hunted. Now anything that makes his pulse race, even a kiss from his girlfriend Cicely, is enough to turn him into a monster. When he finally has his chance to earn his cure by killing a vampire prince, Ander finds he has to choose between his own past and the future of the girl he loves. Can a guy who’s not even human learn what it means to be a man?

Luke Marianez used to be an immortal vampire prince – until the witch he loved betrayed him and cursed him with the ability to die. Now he lives in the world of vampire blood bars where the waitresses are the drinks, and dreams about killing the last of the witch’s line so he can live forever. But revenge doesn’t just mean breaking the curse. He wants to break the girl's heart, too. Can Luke seduce Cicely without falling in love himself?

Cicely Watson doesn’t believe in werewolves or vampires. She’s not even sure she believes in true love. But she’s about to discover what every werewolf knows: People change.


~ About Crossfire ~

Title:  Crossfire
Series: The Darkride Chronicles book 2
Author:  Laura Bradley Rede
Published:  Jan.14, 2013
Word Count:  100,000
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Age Restriction: 12+
Synopsis: It’s hard to move on when someone you love dies–especially if that someone is you. But that’s exactly what Cicely Watson is trying to do: move on, away from the sunlit life she knew and into her life as a vampire. It’s the only way to protect her friends, and her only hope of getting close to the guy she loves. Now that Ander can control the wolf inside him, Cicely is determined they will finally be together–even if their natural instincts tell them to tear each other apart.

But when Ander meets a new girl with a power he can’t resist, Cicely fears she saved his life only to lose his love. And what about her own feelings for Luke Marianez, the handsome vampire prince? She always claimed dark, brooding Luke simply wasn’t her type, but can she still deny the fire between them now that she’s his kind? When the enemy captures someone she loves, Cicely is forced to choose. Can a heart that stopped beating start loving at last? Or will true love be caught in the crossfire?


~ Giveaway ~
There is an event wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • GRAND PRIZE: One set of signed paperbacks (DARKRIDE and CROSSFIRE) with signed swag bookmarks
  • Five ebook copies of DARKRIDE
Giveaway is International.



Thursday, July 11, 2013

Spotlight: The Innocence Series by Helen Johnston

The Innocence Series
By Helen Johnston
Innocence Lost (book 1)
Innocence Reclaimed (book 2)
Innocence Reborn (book 3) Releasing July 30th!

Synopsis (Innocence Lost):
Blake is an Elder vampire, meaning he was born that way and not made into one.

Being an Elder, he is one of the Council members that governs their world, his word is law. He has been searching for his Queen all his life, and being over four hundred years old, that's a pretty damn long time. He thinks he has no hope of ever finding her, until he is foretold he will meet her.

And they do meet, but she is cruelly snatched from his arms by his enemies.

When she is kidnapped, she is kept in a veritable fortress and is awakened to the sensual and carnal pleasures that should have been taught by Blake. Instead it is by strangers.

Craving and wanting his touch, she longs for him to rescue her.

Blake is able to send in a couple of people from his Order to protect her while he is unable to. Unbeknown to him, his brother is still alive and where she is being kept, Blake wrongly thought he had died long ago. But he has turned into a very mean and controlling vampire.

But Blake's love for her never dims.

After everything Siobhan has been through she is worried that he couldn't love her still. Siobhan loves Blake and he is her only true love, as he is hers.

The story unfolds and continues in:

Book Two: Innocence Reclaimed
and
Book Three: Innocence Reborn.

Amazon Purchase Links:
Innocence Lost- http://amzn.to/15zPLFA
Innocence Reclaimed- http://amzn.to/12qADtE
Innocence Reborn, releasing July 30th!



Monday, July 8, 2013

Cover Reveal: More than a Maid by Reeni Austin

Cover Reveal
More than a Maid 
(Barboza Brothers, book 3)
By: Reeni Austin
Isn't it gorgeous?! I love it!

Book Three of the Barboza Brothers series.
Ramon Barboza loves two things: his ranch and his freedom. An occasional drunken fling is all he needs to satisfy his desire for a woman, or anything that might resemble a relationship.
Marcy Cameron never wanted to be a live-in maid, but her cleaning business is falling apart. When her friend offers her an overpaid position as housekeeper for a month, it's an offer she can't refuse. Marcy packs her bags and heads to Texas. But the house comes with a grumpy, secretive, and obstinate occupant: Ramon, who thinks his life and his house are fine just the way they are.
The sassy, headstrong Marcy quickly butts heads with the master of the house. But is the tension between them merely anger, or something more?
Learn the answers to all these questions and more in the conclusion of the Barboza Brothers series.
Meanwhile, Cara and Victor are planning their wedding. All the while, the Barboza family secrets lie just under the surface, threatening to turn the proceedings upside down.
What is Henry hiding? Or better yet, what is Ramon helping Henry cover up? Victor, Armando, and Tom are determined to uncover the truth. But will the answers be more than anyone is prepared to deal with?

Purchase Links:

Fresh Temptation (book 1) is FREE!

Armando Returns (book 2) just $2.99!

More than a Maid (book 3) Coming Soon!
Be on the look for it between July 12th - 16th!