May 17, 2016.

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I finally did it and signed up for Facebook. I’m in a little shock yet myself. lol
 
I’m still poking around and learning things, but if you’re curious, you can now check me out here: Facebook

 



May 14, 2016.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

What I purchased last week:

 

All of these books were $0.99, except The Cage and Rook which were $1.99 and $2.99 respectively. Damn sales and my phenomenal lack of control. lol

 

Here are some free books that are still free:

 

Edits on my book have been slow, but I’m making progress. I ended up being sick twice in the last week where I wasn’t able to work. Very frustrating. Weather has been in the fifties and raining and fit my mood perfectly. On a good note, I finalized my latest book cover with my cover artist yesterday. I can’t wait to show you!
 
What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?

 



May 13, 2016.

I’ve been hooked on the Black Blade series from the start. Not only are the covers gorgeous, the writing is top notch. If you enjoy young adult urban fantasy, check out this series – You won’t be disappointed!

 

Title: Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade Book 3)

Author: Jennifer Estep

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Kensington via NetGalley

Release date: April 2016

Pages: 368

ASIN: B0138NHG02

 

Rating: ★★★★★ 

 
 

DESCRIPTION:
Bad Things Always Come In Threes. . .
 
As a thief, I’m good at three things: hiding in the shadows, getting in and out unseen, and uncovering secrets. I put these skills to work for the Sinclair Family, one of the magical mobs that run the tourist town of Cloudburst Falls.

 

Everyone knows Victor Draconi wants to take over all the other Families–and kill every last Sinclair. What they don’t know is that I’m on to him, and no way will I let the man who murdered my mom get away with hurting all the other people I care about. Especially when I’ve got places to break into, stuff to steal, and Devon Sinclair fighting right by my side…

 
 

REVIEW:
Lila Merriweather has had a hard life, forced to live on the streets after her mother was brutally murdered, stealing to put food on the table. Things changed when she met and fell in love with Devon Sinclair, the son and heir to the powerful Sinclair Family. Now she lives in luxury, spending her days protecting Devon…only it turns out to be a full-time job to keep him alive. Victor Draconi wants to own Cloudburst Falls. The only way that will happen is by killing the other Families and destroying everything Lila holds dear. Not going to happen. Lila is determined to do whatever it takes to keep her new family alive…even if she has to sacrifice herself to do it.

 

I’ve been enchanted by the Black Blade series from the first book and not just because of the beautiful covers. The characters are so well-developed, I could easily imaging them as real people with real problems. Even the quirky secondary characters were a hoot. I love the innocent romance between Lila and Devon. You can actually see them falling in love on the page. Devon is a sweetheart and really adores Lila. He’s strong enough to let her be herself, even if it means that she has to save him at times. I adored the monsters and their unique personalities. Lila’s connection to the beasties made them so very real that they jumped off the page. You would think with all that going on – great world building and romance – that the urban fantasy part would suffer. Do not fear, there was still enough action for me to get my violence fix. Bright Blaze of Magic is a very innocent, very nice young adult urban fantasy, proving that Jennifer Estep is a master at her craft. I’m sorry to see this series end. I liked how Estep wrapped up the series, and I sighed in pleasure and sadness when I closed the book on these wonderful characters and beautiful world.
 
These books should be read in order for maximum enjoyment.

 
 

Previous books in the series:

 
 



May 07, 2016.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

What I purchased last week:

 

I was doing really good at the beginning of the week – I purchased only two books, but then my willpower went to hell. lol
 
Most of these books were on sale for $0.99 or $1.99, except for two at $2.99.
 
Re-writes on my next book are going slowly. I think I used a little retail therapy to feel better. 🙂

 

Here are a few books I picked up that are still free:

 

It’s been a tough busy week with re-writes on my latest book, so I didn’t get any reading done.
 
If you’re looking for a good sci-fi romance, be sure to check out Ruby Dixon’s Ice Barbarians. I’ve fallen in love with this super sexy series!
 
I’m excited to start reading again! What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?
 
 


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April 30, 2016.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

What I purchased last week:

 

While all these books were on sale, I did purchase a few over my normal sale price. I mean, look at some of the beautiful covers, not to mention all the great reviews!

 

I did manage to restrain myself a little on the free books.
Here are a couple of books that are still available:

 

What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?

 
 



April 26, 2016.

I adore Diana Pharaoh Francis’ Horngate Witches Series, so I jumped at the chance to read her new Diamond City Magic series. And, boy, do the books live up to my expectations! Urban fantasy mixed with magic, romance and adventure…what’s not to love!

 

 

Title: Whisper of Shadows (The Diamond City Magic Novels)

Author: Diana Pharaoh Francis

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Bell Bridge Books

Release date: April 2016

Pages: 218

ASIN: B01DLGC7OQ

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

 
 

DESCRIPTION:
War is coming . . .

 

When the FBI uses an anti-magic law to arrest and torture Riley’s boyfriend, they have no idea what hell they are about to unleash. If Riley can’t rescue Clay before he breaks, the result will be a disaster of epic proportions.

 

With time running out, Riley and her family must rely on two people more likely to stab them in the back than actually help. And, even if Riley manages the rescue, she’s still got to deal with two kidnappings and the return of her dad from the dead–the same dad who’d been willing to see her dead to protect his secrets.

 

What’s a girl to do? Kick ass, take names, and protect those she cares about at all costs.

 
 

REVIEW:
Whisper of Shadows begins where book two ended, right in the middle of Riley confronting her mobster-like father for abandoning her as a child…or about how he set a magical trap in her brain that nearly killed her. But things become sidetracked when the FBI raid the house and arrest her boyfriend Clay on suspicions of having some fictional magical talent that could put the whole city at risk if triggered. The law has a week to file charges, during which time they will use any means they deem necessary to discover Clay’s hidden talent and pry out his every secret. Unsure if they were truly after Clay or trying to bring down his brother’s criminal dynasty, Riley and her family are determined to rescue him, but they never excepted the pure hell they’d have to endure just to survive.

 

Diana Pharaoh Francis has a talent for crafting an intricate world of magic and mobsters. The non-stop action kept me at the edge of my seat, and I absolutely loved the pure grittiness and violence of the story. While I enjoyed learning about the many fascinating magical talents, things became a little convoluted as Riley tried to figure out the limits to her gift. I applaud Riley’s never quit attitude, but it left me with mixed feelings…there didn’t seem to be anything that she couldn’t fix. That said, the storyline was just so good, I didn’t mind. While I enjoyed this book, it wasn’t as strong as the previous two. Whisper of Shadows ended on a cliffhanger, where only part of the mystery was solved. It left me feeling that the book was unfished…or maybe I just desperately waited to find out what happens next!?! These books need to be read in order.

 

Previous books in the series:

 


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April 23, 2016.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

What I purchased last week:

 

All of these books were $0.99 or $1.99 with the exception of The Player ($3.82 – only a couple of pennies discount, but I still grabbed it), Hidden Huntress and Rescuing the Bad Boy (both on sale for $2.99).
 
I failed horribly at restraint this week. 🙁 I blame it on procrastination and all those good sales! lol

 

I managed to be a little more selective when choosing free books this week.
Here are a couple of free books that are still available:

 
I’m really excited to read these books! Lots of great reviews on them. What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?
 
 



April 19, 2016.

I read the first book in The Scorpius Syndrome and loved the mystery of a virus that swept over the world, consuming the human population and either killing them or making them something…else. When I saw book two available, I snatched it up, wanting to see more from this world and author.

 

 

Title: Mercury Striking (The Scorpius Syndrome)

Author: Rebecca Zanetti 

Genre: Dystopian Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Zebra

Release date: January 2016

Pages: 384

ISBN-10: 1420137948

ISBN-13: 978-1420137941

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

 

DESCRIPTION:
With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynne Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He’s more than muscle and firepower—and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynne is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury…

 

Danger has never looked quite so delicious…

 

REVIEW:
Lynne Harmony worked as the head for the CDC when a viral infection took over the world. Those infected either die or turn into a sociopath. Lynn survived the infection with an experimental cure, but never imagined that would be the easy part. On the run from the new government (and her psychotic ex-boyfriend), Lynne flees to the one place that means safety and possibly a way to create a viable cure…and right into the arms of Jax Mercury. He is stubborn and sexy and the only hope people have for a future fee of the virus. They just have to survive the end of the world first.

 

Sparks fly between Jax and Lynne the instant they meet. I enjoyed their banter and attraction, but when the romance became the focus of the story, their connection felt a bit forced. In a number of places, the action completely stopped while they where in their own world. I could set the book down without feeling anxious to rush back to it, which is a shame because it was such a great story. Rebecca Zanetti creates a fascinating dystopian future. I really enjoyed the virus, the graphic violence and the psychotic bad guys. While Lynne was brilliant, brave and a resourceful character, it was Jax who held the focus of the story for me. Talk about dominate alpha male! He is definitely the guy you want with you during the apocalypse. Not to mention super sexy! Overall, Mercury Striking is a good book that turned out to be equally parts sexy and dystopian…a bit of a distracting combination. I would suggest reading the books in order.

 
 

Previous books in the series (The first book is part of this anthology):

 
 


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April 16, 2016.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 
What I purchased last week:

 

I managed to contain myself this week and purchased only three books. Apparently, reading cures the need to purchase new books. Go figure!
Two were $0.99, while one was $3.99 – I couldn’t resist getting Ink and Bone.

 

I did pick up a few free books. The books below are still available for free:

 

It’s back to writing for me this week. It’s been about a week, and I’m surprised at how much I missed it! What books did you find? Have you read any of these? Curious minds want to know. 🙂

 



April 11, 2016.

I have a couple books from Jenna Black in my library, but I haven’t had a chance to read them yet. When I learned she was starting a new YA Horror series, I jumped on the chance to find out more. Just look at the creepy-beautiful cover! Horror is right up my alley…a city that comes alive with magic—how could I resist?!

 

 

Title: NightStruck

Author: Jenna Black 

Genre: Young Adult Horror

Publisher: Tor Teen via NetGalley

Release date: April 2016

Pages: 303

ASIN:B010M278AU

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

 

 

 
DESCRIPTION:
The night is the enemy, and the city of Philadelphia is its deadliest weapon.

 

Becket is an ordinary teenage girl, wrestling with the upheaval of her parents’ divorce. A studious high school senior, her biggest problems to date have been choosing which colleges to apply to, living up to her parents’ ambitious expectations for her, and fighting her secret crush on her best friend’s boyfriend. But that all changes on the night she tries to save an innocent life and everything goes horribly wrong.

 

Unbeknownst to her, Becket has been tricked into opening a door between worlds, allowing a dark magic into the mortal world. As the magic trickles in, the city begins to change at night. Strange creatures roam the streets, and inanimate objects come to life, all of them bloodthirsty and terrifying. The city returns to normal when the sun rises in the morning, and no one can capture the strange changes–such as potholes turning into toothy mouths and wires turning into strangling vines–on film, which prompts the government to declare that the city has been infected with some kind of madness and must be quarantined. Meanwhile, venturing out of one’s house at night has become a dangerous proposition, and the moment the sun sets, most of the citizens of the city shut themselves up in their houses and stay there even in the case of dire emergencies.

 

The magic is openly hostile to most mortals, but there are some individuals it seems to covet, trying to lure them out into the night. While Becket struggles to protect her friends and family from predatory creatures of the night, she is constantly tempted to shrug off all her responsibilities and join them. Joining the night world means being free of not just responsibility, but conscience, and it means no longer caring about the fate of others.
 
 

REVIEW
Becket is a loner, struggling through her senior year of school, when she began to notice odd things happening around her. It all started when she’d tried to help a stranger, and they vanished before her eyes. With one drop of blood, she’d accidently opened a portal between worlds and allowed dark magic to escape. Now, magic has infecting the city, turning it deadly. Anyone who ventures out at night is at risk of dying or worse…being turned into one of the creature of the night. In order to save the boy she’s falling in love with, Becket must decide what she is willing to sacrifice…or loose everything.

 

The book started off slowly, the mystery taking a long time to develop as we’re dragged step-by-step into Becket’s mundane life. When I read this book was horror, I was really excited, but Becket didn’t really work for me—she was just too young and naïve to carry the weight of the story to do it justice. While she did display a few sparks of courage, there was nothing daring or kick-ass about her to keep me interested. Once the creepy-crawlies of the night word came to life, I found my interest peaking. I loved the imagination, but just when it felt like we were getting somewhere, the tension vanished with Becket’s lack of courage. The city has been under siege for months, but Becket seemed to be a bystander in her own story, only taking action when forced and not even then. Major disappointment. When it looked like the book might turn around, the story ends abruptly in a big cliff-hanger. So, while I really enjoyed the unique horror ambiance, I’m not sure I care enough about Becket to read book two. *bummer* Wonderfully creep world! Too bad the characters failed to live up to the adventure…