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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

RELEASE DAY: Jaded by Michelle Bellon

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Jaded_highTo what lengths will a man go for the woman he loves? Reed Dartmouth will learn the answer to those questions time and time again throughout his relationship with Jade Montgomery. When he first meets her as a young, gentle boy the heartache from losing his mother only a year before is still fresh and painful. Jade is different from anyone else he’s ever met; tough, sassy, and even a bit cruel. But she’s also the same as he is: she knows what it’s like to lose a parent. Their friendship begins and a bond like no other is formed. Time passes and Reed learns that not only are Jade’s parents dead, they were murdered and she’s made an oath to one day bring them justice. No matter the price. As they grow older their love evolves but for Jade, old habits die hard and she can’t stop hurting those she loves the most. Even in the midst of searching for her parents’ killers, passion ignites and jealousy burns as Jade tests Reed’s devotion for her. Will she push him too far?

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About the author:

Michelle BellonMichelle Bellon lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their four children. She drinks ungodly amounts of coffee and has an addiction to chapstick. She works at a surgery center as a registered nurse and in her spare time writes novels. She writes in the genres of romance suspense, young adult, women’s fiction, and literary fiction. She has won three literary awards.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

REVIEW: Wicked Wind by Sharon Kay

Title: Wicked Wind
Series: Solsti Prophecy #1
Author: Sharon Kay
Published Date: July 23, 2013
Format: ebook
Pages: 297
ASIN: B00E3CDUZS
Genre: paranormal romance
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Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: SHE GREW UP THINKING SHE WAS HUMAN
Born with the ability to command the wind, Nicole Bonham spends her life hiding her gift. Deciding to take control of her power, she dispenses her own brand of vigilante justice in Chicago’s worst neighborhoods. Stealth and surprise are always on her side.
UNTIL A CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH A WARRIOR DEMON
Lash demon Gunnar prowls Earth and several supernatural realms to help maintain peace among the immortal species. His chance encounter with Nicole creates a hurricane of sparks between them, and he can’t let her out of his sight until he discovers her true identity. In his two hundred years, he has never seen a creature like her.
PLUNGES THEM BOTH INTO A FIGHT FOR HER LIFE
Nicole and Gunnar race to discover who - or what - is stabbing the city's most destitute residents and stealing their blood. The fire that forged their bond explodes into white-hot passion, weaving their souls together on an unexpected level. Haunted by the past, Gunnar's fiercely protective instincts battle with her need to defeat the creatures she was born to fight. As they track the mastermind behind the attacks, will Nicole’s unique talent unwittingly send her straight into his lair?

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, what an exceptional start to a new paranormal romance series.

The characters, Gunnar and Nicole were both strong, and fresh, and absolutely likeable. Gunnar is a kick butt demon whose Alpha characteristics make him butt heads with Nicole, the human with special abilities, as he tries to protect her.  Nicole is a stubborn, family-centered woman, all about protecting her family secret and her sisters, and not about to give into his macho character, until she finds out the truth about who she and her sisters really are.
I am infatuated with the new world the author introduces us to, full of different types of demons, nymphs and other supernatural creatures. It's beautiful and vicious. The way the author writes kept me on my toes the entire time I was reading this book. The action was well-paced, and kept the tension at the same level throughout.
The romance between Nicole and Gunnar is hot, magnetically attracting each other as they both try to stay individuals. The physicality of their growing relationship was completely sexy. One of those books that you really shouldn't be reading in public.

I am looking forward to reading the next in this series, Wicked Waves, as she delves into the story of Nicole's younger sister. And however will they get Gin on board?

BLITZ and GIVEAWAY: Current Impressions by Kelly Risser

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Title:  Current Impressions
Series:  Never Forgotten #2
Author:  Kelly Risser
Published:  July 18th, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count: approx. 82,000
Genre:  NA Paranormal Romance
Recommended Age: 13+
Synopsis:
After an emotionally draining year, Meara Quinn is not the same carefree and innocent girl. Graduation is over. Taking a leap of faith and temporarily separating from her one love—Evan—Meara joins her father on a journey to learn more about who she is.
Too bad life is not all starfish and seashells. Meara gains magical abilities, but she’s forced to undergo intense training so she knows what to do with them. Her father chooses her aunt and Kieran as her trainers. And Kieran—a powerful male who’s not from their clan— has the unnerving ability to infuriate and intrigue Meara at the same time.
While Meara begins her new life, Evan endures with her memory and the knowledge that he will see her in July when his internship begins. Although excited about gaining real world experience, it’s the thought of seeing Meara that really drives him. Unfortunately, Evan finds it hard to focus on anything when he’s suffering from vivid nightmares and screaming headaches.
When Meara and Evan reunite, everything seems to fall back into place. The summer appears to be perfect. Then two of her father’s guards are found dead, and foul play is suspected. The façade melts away. Someone is targeting them, and Meara must discover who it is and why. She turns to Evan to help her, but when he gives her the hot and cold treatment, she’s left feeling alone and confused.
As the puzzle pieces move into place, will Meara be able to solve the mystery in time to save her clan and her relationship?
Current Impressions Excerpt  – Evan’s Dream
Bits of blue flashed in the corridor as she ran. The rest of her dress blended into the shadows. She’s fast, Evan thought and struggled to keep up with her.
“Meara, wait!”
She turned a corner. When he lost sight of her, the walls began to close in and pain pierced his brain. He clasped his head and ran. She was here. He would find her.
He turned the corner and once again caught the flash of blue ahead. He sped to catch up. She was quicker than he remembered. She ran with a strength and grace he never noticed. Still, he was faster, stronger. She glanced back over her shoulder as the distance closed between them. He reached out with a hand to grab her arm. His fingers grew into talons and cut angry, red strips into her flesh.
“Get away from me,” she screamed. She sunk to the floor and wrapped her arms protectively around herself. Thin, red trails coursed down her arm. With the realization that it was his fault, his veins frosted over. He did that. Hurt her. Hadn’t meant to. Hands. What happened to his hands?
He held them out. They shook, but they were only hands, not talons. Had he imagined the whole thing? No, or her arm would be fine.
“I’m sorry,” he said. “I didn’t mean to hurt you.”
“Just go away,” she cried. She hung her head, her hair falling in a riot of curls. It couldn’t hide the tears that shone on her cheeks or the fear in her eyes.
“Meara, it’s me.” He moved to crouch before her. She shot up and pressed herself against the wall, turning her face away from him.
“I said get away from me!” she screamed.
“Meara—”
Her scream cut through him, doubling the piercing pain in his head. What the hell was the matter with her? Why was she afraid of him?
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About the Author:
Kelly Risser knew at a young age what she wanted to be when she grew up. Unfortunately, Fairytale Princess was not a lucrative career. Leaving the castle and wand behind, she entered the world of creative business writing where she worked in advertising, marketing, and training at various companies.
She’s often found lamenting, “It’s hard to write when there’s so many good books to read!” So, when she’s not immersed in the middle of someone else’s fantasy world, she’s busy creating one of her own. This world is introduced in her first novel, Never Forgotten. Never Forgotten, a YA/ NA Fantasy, will be released by Clean Teen Publishing in the Summer of 2014.
Kelly lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two children. They share their home with Clyde the Whoodle and a school of fish.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

REVIEW: Dilemma: A Priest's Struggle with Faith and Love by Fr. Albert Cutie

Title: Dilemma: A Priest's Struggle with Faith and Love
Series: none
Author:  Father Albert Cutie
Published Date: Jan 4, 2011
Publisher: Celebra Publishing
Format: hardback
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780451232014
Genre: nonfiction, memoir
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Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis: He was a Roman Catholic priest whose love affair became headline news. Now, he shares his explosive story-in his own words...
In this deeply personal and controversial memoir, Father Albert Cutié tells about the devastating struggle between upholding his sacred promises as a priest and falling in love. Already conflicted with growing ideological differences with the Church, Cutié was forced to abruptly change his life the day that he was photographed on the beach, embracing the woman he would later call his wife.
Once a poster boy of the Roman Catholic Church-loved and admired by millions-Cutié found that he was not happy and able to live as a celibate priest, especially having to defend the number of positions he was no longer in agreement with. For years he kept his relationship a secret, while he soul searched and prayed for answers. The love that he deemed a blessing was bringing him closer to God, but further from the Church. In Dilemma, Cutié tells about breaking that promise, reigniting the very heated debate over mandatory celibacy for Catholic priests, beginning a new way of life and discovering a new way of serving God.

My Review: I went into this book, trying to understand why a Catholic priest would switch to the Episcopal Church. All of the Catholic priests I've known, and I've known quite a few, seem to be very content with Catholicism. And in this book, I saw that some Catholic priests are not happy with the rigid demands of the Mother Church, some truly can't handle them psychologically. They sometimes turn to alcohol or sex. Some hide their relationships. I enjoyed reading from the human perspective of a priest, and seeing the human side of other priests. Too often do we put them on a pedestal, expecting super-human things from them, when they are just humans, struggling with their own issues.
What I didn't like about this book was that the author kept tooting his own horn, telling all about how wonderful of a priest he was, how hardworking, how welcoming, in spite of all the rigidity of the Catholic Church. I am sure he was....15 hour days don't sound fun, and doing them year uponm year sounds mentally and physically exhausting. Reading it once made me wish the Catholic priests I knew were like him. Some of them were, some of them were about as flexible and welcoming as a 10 foot thick brick wall. Reading it for the 10th time through the book, it was a little much.

BOOK TRAILER: River of Bones by Angela J Townsend

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Title:  River of Bones
Author:  Angela J. Townsend
Published: October 30th, 2013 by Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count:  approx. 50,000
Genre:  YA Horror
Content Warning:  Light gore
Recommended Age:  12+
Synopsis:
When seventeen-year-old Dharma Moore moves to Bayou country so her scam artist mother can work as a Paranormal Investigator, she discovers that more than ghosts haunt the abandoned plantation they now call home.
Centuries ago, a voodoo curse was placed on the swamp waters surrounding the old plantation by a murdered slave. This terrible curse ensnares Dharma with its deadly effects. To save herself, she must face the terror of the haunted waters, find the dead woman’s skull, and convince the slave’s soul to release her from its torments. When Dharma discovers an ancient secret that links her to the property—a secret kept from her by her own family—she realizes that the curse is more personal to her than she ever imagined.
To survive, Dharma must accept the help of the locals, and put her trust in the handsome gardener, Wolf Bodine—who is the only one crazy enough to come near the plantation. With his help, Dharma must learn to embrace the truth and accept that magic is not only real... but that it can be very, very deadly!



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Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana. As a child, Angela grew up listening to stories told by her grandparents, ancient tales and legends of faraway places. Influenced by her Irish and Scottish heritage, Angela became an avid research historian, specializing in Celtic mythology. Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full time career in historical research and writing. A writer in local community circulations, Angela is also a published genealogical and historical resource writer who has taught numerous research seminars. Currently, Angela divides her time between writing, playing Celtic music on her fiddle, and Irish dancing.
Angela’s first novel, Amarok, was published through Spencer Hill Press in 2012. Her newest novel, Angus MacBain and The Island of Sleeping Kings, was signed for publication with Clean Teen Publishing and released in September 2013. Her most recent young adult horror novel, River of Bones, is scheduled to release late October 2013.
Angela resides on a ranch, in rural Northwestern Montana, with her two children Levi and Grant.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

PROMO: Embracing My Submission by Jenna Jacobson

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Haunted for years by dreams of a savage, amber eyed Dominant with lips so enticing my soul ached in frustration and lust. None of the Dominants at Genesis, my local BDSM club ever stirred me in such blistering ways. While I tried to fill my submissive desires vicariously through interactions at the club, I attempted to convince myself it was enough. But it wasn?t. My dream Dom made certain I hungered for more. 

Forced beyond what I could bear, my passion and frustration exploded. I threw in the towel, determined to stop chasing a dream and gave up completely on finding submissive surrender. But fate intervened when two gunshots split the night. Forced to confront my desires and insecurities, I was shocked to realize that my dreams may have held a deeper meaning. Were they compelling me to finally embrace my submission?
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Jenna Jacob is married and lives in Kansas. A lover of music, cooking, camping, and riding Harleys on the open country roads. When she was thirteen she began writing--and not on a stone tablet, as her youngest son often teases. There is always a plot bubbling inside her head that has to be written.
With four grown children, she finally has time to paint the pictures of her twisted mind with words. Outgoing with a sassy sense of humor, she's never once been accused of being shy. With nearly twenty years of experience in the dynamics of the BDSM lifestyle, she strives to portray Dominance and submission with a passionate and comprehensive voice.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

REVIEW: Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

Title: Kiss of Deception
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
Author: Mary E Pearson
Published Date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
Format: ebook
Pages: 496
ISBN: 9781627792189
Genre: fantasy
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Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

The Kiss of Deception is the first book in Mary E. Pearson's Remnant Chronicles.

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I truly loved this book. The first few chapters where Lia was a princess was a little slow, but as soon as escape happened, the story took off like a racehorse at the starting gate. It  kept me continuously guessing, wrongly. But in the end I was so happy I read this book. I will definitely be on the lookout for the next in the series.
I loved Lia, and enjoyed watching her grow from a princess who wanted to run away from her destiny, to a woman who was determined to get back to it and face it down on her own terms. It was interesting to see how deep her own faith was when faced with a moral issue, and how she handled it. The two men, I couldn't figure out which was which, and I was left guessing up until the end. Just when I thought I had it nailed, the author showed me how wrong I was.
It wasn't just the main characters I loved, but all of them. The author has done such a wonderful job of writing you couldn't help but be pulled into even the side stories.
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