April 01, 2015.

The fifth and final book in the Weird Girls series came out in March. I loved the first books in the series, so of course I need to find out how things end.

 

 

Title: A Curse Unbroken: A Weird Girls Novel

Author: Cecy Robson

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Random House LLC via NetGalley

Release date: March 2015

Pages: 296

ASIN: B00P54ZO5W

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:
The preternatural world is changing. After a massive magical throwdown tore apart the established order, the dark elements are rebuilding their ranks unopposed. Celia Wird’s world is changing, too. She’s the mate of the pureblood were Aric, and his Warriors are honor-bound to protect her family as she and her sisters recover from unimaginable horrors.

 

Celia hesitates to reveal the true extent of the Wird sisters’ trauma, but they aren’t the only ones keeping secrets: Aric and the werewolf Elders are tracking a stone that grants limitless power. So is a tough coven of witches. Then Misha, a master vampire with his own plans for the stone, sends Celia after it. Can she and the vamps beat both the weres and the witches to the treasure before it falls into the wrong hands?

 

Fearing for Celia’s safety, Aric begs her to stay out of the hunt. What they don’t realize is that they’re the ones being hunted. But Celia’s ready to prove that she’s not easy prey.

 

 

REVIEW:
Celia and her sisters have been through hell and back, leaving their lives in utter chaos. Friendships are broken, while new enemies are forged. Just when Celia and Aric start to put things back together, they are attacked, and a strange new affliction leaves the group at odds with each other. With the paranormal world on the brink of war, they learn a stone of limitless power can tip the balance between good and evil. As everyone scrambles to claim the stone, Celia and Aric must overcome their fears and start working together to find it first or the fragile future of their race will crumble.

 

I adore all the world building that went into the Weird Girls series. This book resumes right after the last book, with plenty of action and angst to keep me flipping the pages. Unfortunately, the strong characters that started the series became so eroded in the last two books, they passed beyond the point of return for me. Though I still liked them, they’ve been through too much. Instead of pulling them closer, they didn’t feel like friends anymore. I love the lore in this series, but it became a bit lost in all the personal drama. By the end of the book, the relationship between Aric and Celia felt rocky, the big reveal so forced, it pulled me right out of the story. So, while I was a bit disappointed in this book, there was enough magic left that I will pick up the spin-off series.

 

 

Previous books in the series (Aren’t the covers gorgeous!!):

There are also a number of novellas available as well.

 



March 30, 2015.

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. I’m excited to start reading! What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?

 



March 22, 2015.

 

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Bad Bird Reads: Kindle & Nook Freebies #123

 

Lots of good books this week! Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I already owned Priceless (A Rylee Adamson Novel, Book 1), The Mind Readers, Chosen and Falling Into You. I pick up Ink Inspired (Montgomery Ink)and Fighting Temptation (Men Of Honor Book 1).

 

I also found four good deals this week. A Breath of Frost has been on my wish list for a while. Rebel had such good reviews, I had to check it out. Grave Intentions was a pure impulse buy. Talons is a dragon book that I’ve finally caved and purchased. So, what did you pick up this week?

 

 

 



March 16, 2015.

SunYesterday, the weather reached close to seventy degrees. All the snow has officially melted. I know it hasn’t been a long winter, but I’m ready for it to be over. It’s not green here yet, but I can feel it in the air!

 

Then, I looked at the weather for the week. The high temperatures all week are in the low 30’s and 40’s, dipping in the teens during the nights. And snow. *whimper*

 

What are you doing to stay warm? Reading anything good that I should add to my kindle?

 



March 11, 2015.

What does it say about your day when the first thing that comes to your mind when you wake up is when you can sneak in a nap? *eye-roll*

 

Max 9-2014Spring is finally here! Dog loves the new weather. He was outside the other day and knocked on the door to be let into the house. (Yes, we taught our dog how to knock. Doesn’t everyone?) Anyway, I didn’t think anything of it. I let him in the house, sat down on the couch, and covered myself up in a blanket. A little while later dog joined me on the couch and brought me a present. (Yes, those of you who have pets, you know what type of present I mean.) He dropped a dead mouse on my blanket, right in front of my face, all but bursting with pride at his prize!

 

This thing was HUGE!

 

The Godzilla of mice.

 

I might have screamed. I can’t be sure. I was too busy trying to untangle myself from the blanket, not drop the mouse, making sure puppy didn’t eat it in one gulp, and not touch it all at the same time.

 

Needless to say, puppy was excited that I was so excited, and didn’t seem to understand why I put his toy away instead of using it as a ball to play catch with him. *shudder* So how was your day? :)

 


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March 08, 2015.

I read the first book in The Last Bastion Series last year and loved the unique world and beautiful writing. When I saw book two was available, I had to read it.

 

 

Title: The Last Mission of the Living (The Last Bastion Book 2)

Author: Rhiannon Frater

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Amazon via NetGalley

Release date: August 2014

Pages: 295

ASIN: B00N349JSE

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

 

DESCRIPTION:
Vanguard Lindsay Rooney has faced the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge and lived to tell the tale, but she has also suffered horrible losses. Like millions of other civilians, she had hoped that The Bastion would recover after a team of modified soldiers eradicated the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge that infested their valley. Yet the city still crumbles around them, along with any chance of survival.

 

Lindsey’s growing friendship with Torran MacDonald, an officer with the Science Warfare division, is her only solace as the decline of the city continues. When food riots fill the streets, martial law is enacted, and the upper echelons of government battle for control of the city, Lindsey is conscripted by her superiors to embark on a dangerous mission into the dead world beyond The Bastion. To add even more complications, Torran and the SWD join the squad.

 

Soon, Lindsey realizes that her mission is more than what it seems, and there are secrets that could both destroy The Bastion and take her life.

 

REVIEW:
Thanks to the sacrifice of the modified soldiers, the number of Inferi Scourge has been drastically reduced. The Bastion has two missions: gather food stores to keep from starving and find the survivors of the Inferi Scourge. Lindsey volunteers for the mission to protect her friends, but when it is discovered the survivors are now immortal, the leaders will do whatever it takes to capture them, including using her as bait. Lindsey can only trust one person to guard her back, the handsome Torran MacDonlad. Now they are both on the run from the Bastion and Inferi Scourge, where they must make the ultimate decision of who lives and dies to ensure the last Bastion remains standing.

 

Rhiannon Frater has a way with words that immediately drew me into the story. I really enjoyed being pulled back into the world of the Bastion. The characters felt very real, but as the story progressed, their day-to-day life slowed down the pacing some. While I liked both characters, I didn’t really get the feeling of a wild romance between them. Although there was a few great action scenes, there was a lot less excitement and action than what I was expecting. So while I enjoyed the story, I missed the twists and turns of the first book.

 
Previous books in the series:

 



March 06, 2015.

Icicles 2-2015It’s been so cold at the beginning of the week, the icicles froze sideways! This is a picture that I took outside my bathroom window. If you look closely, you can see the tilted icicles.

What makes me feel better about the shitty crappy weather? It’s supposed to hit 40 degrees this weekend! I’m psyched!

 

Electric Heat ARCs
A day later, I received the first printed copies of my latest book! Yay, so excited.

 

In case you’re interested, I am giving away three signed copies. Just click below to enter.

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Electric Heat by Stacey Brutger

Electric Heat

by Stacey Brutger

Giveaway ends April 02, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

I have four goals for this weekend:

  • Read a book. (I buy way too many. I need to start reading them!) -Note, I didn’t say stop buying them. *eye-roll*
  • Watch a movie. (There are so many movies I want to watch, but never seem to get the time! Dracula and Mockingjay Part 1 are first on the list.)
  • Get outside and enjoy the weather. (Dog is going to slaughter me. I don’t expect to make it out without a mud fight with him! lol )
  • Start writing my next book. (I have two books plotted. I just need to sit down and start writing!)

Do you have anything fun planned?

 



March 01, 2015.

 

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Bad Bird Reads: Kindle & Nook Freebies #120.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I looked at a few of them, but ended up getting only one. Rise of the Dragons (Kings and Sorcerers–Book 1) by Morgan Rice

 

There are two book deals running right now. I was missing one book in each series. This will complete my series. Yay!

 

 

I thought you might find these books interesting. I couldn’t resist buying them. :)

 

 

 



February 25, 2015.

Electric Heat

New Release!!

 

I’m thrilled to announce my newest release:  Electric Heat – book 3 in the Raven Investigation Series.

 

If you enjoy Urban Fantasy, be sure to check out the next book in my Raven Investigation Series.

 

It’s dark. It’s gritty.

A totally addicting adventure you won’t want to miss!

 
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Ancient magic has been unleashed into the world. It’s willing to do anything to survive, even if it means war. Only one woman can kill it…or set it free.

 

 

Blurb:

The local witches’ coven offers Raven a trade: Surrender herself to them for one week or give up a member of her pack. She thought they wanted to study her, but Raven discovers something far worse—murder. To save her pack, Raven must make the ultimate sacrifice…her freedom.

 

Witches are being drained of power and killed using a wild magic that’s been dormant for centuries. Tasked with locating the one responsible for releasing it, Raven soon finds herself the prey rather than the hunter. The more lives the magic claims, the stronger the killer becomes. As she and her pack scramble to unravel the secrets of the coven, her own beast starts to wake, and she’s not sure which is more dangerous…the killer or her beast. But one thing is sure, if the coven and pack don’t learn to work together, none of them will survive the coming storm.

 

 

Excerpt:

Raven followed Durant’s example and filled her plate. As they walked toward an empty table, she noticed there wasn’t any available space on his dish, the food piled so high it spilled over onto the tray. They barely sat down when a small group of girls walked into the room and grabbed their food.

 

They giggled, rudely staring at Durant as they neared, then one of the girls stopped, forcing the rest to halt as well.

 

Raven stilled, instantly on alert.

 

“He doesn’t belong at the table.” The girl smirked as she removed a bowl from her tray and set it on the floor. “Here, kitty-kitty.”

 

Raven went taut, ready to lunge across the table. Durant gave a tiny warning shake of his head. He bent, scooped up the bowl and smiled, flashing his fangs. “Thanks.”

 

A couple of the girls squealed and leapt back, but the one in charge narrowed her eyes at the challenge before she led her small band of stuck-up princesses away.

 

Raven’s blood boiled at the insult, and she barely resisted following to teach them a lesson. They headed toward a table at the front of the room. As they neared, the occupants scrambled to vacate, but one boy wasn’t fast enough. The leader of the group leaned over and shoved the poor guy’s tray of food to the floor while her friends laughed.

 

“Don’t do it.”

 

Raven blinked innocently. “Do what?”

 

The girls were fools if they thought she was helpless. Raven reached for her core before she remembered there was nothing left. The reminder was an annoyance. She might not be able to use her own power, but that didn’t mean she was defenseless. She noted the plug-ins behind the main table, and drew down hard and fast.

 

Electricity forked through the room, and she directed it toward the lead table.

 

Sparks arched up the metal legs.

 

Within seconds, the girls launched to their feet with a collective squeal, rubbing their asses while they scurried away, dumping trays of food over themselves in their haste.

 

Raven smothered her smile and dropped her gaze to her food. Durant snorted and continued to eat. The room grew eerily quiet. Some of the kids smiled, a few others snickered.

 

Much to her surprise, the creature gave a snort as well, seemingly to approve of her petty revenge.

 

The girls marched past them, heads held high, humiliation burning in their cheeks as they headed out the door…all but one.

 

The lead girl stopped at their table, hatred fizzing around her like the buzz of an annoying insect. “You did this.”

 

The whole room fell silent, all eyes on them.

 

“Prove it.” Magic swelled around Raven, the air turning overly sweet until her teeth ached.

 

“They’re guests of the coven.” A young male, probably just short of graduating, strolled boldly up to their table, tossing an apple in the air before catching it. He was thin, his blond hair short in the back and styled longer in the front. There was something gregarious about the boy that made Raven want to smile and invite him to sit with them. “You’re already pushing the boundaries, Paige.”

 

The girl spun to face him, wrath darkening her eyes, her long blonde hair whipping out in her agitation. “Mind your own business, wizard.”

 

“Of course.” He bowed, then his eyes lit with mischief. “You have something on your dress.” Then with a perfectly straight face, he pulled a noodle off her skirt.

 

A scream of rage escaped behind the girl’s clenched teeth. Magic rippled in the air, knocking the boy on his ass.

 

Raven shot to her feet, but the girl had already turned, storming across the room toward the door. By the time Raven reached the kid’s side, he was already on his feet, a little wisp of smoke curling up from his chest where the stuck-up princess had struck him with a hex.

 

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You can find the rest of the story at Amazon.com. I hope you enjoy!!

 



February 20, 2015.

I’m excited to finally show you the cover for my next urban fantasy Electric Heat. Isn’t it great?! Raven kicks some serious *ss in this book.

 

I’ll be posting a few excerpts when we get closer to the release date.

 

Electric Heat

 

Here is the much awaited blurb:

 

ANCIENT MAGIC HAS BEEN UNLEASHED INTO THE WORLD. IT’S WILLING TO DO ANYTHING TO SURVIVE, EVEN IF IT MEANS WAR. ONLY ONE WOMAN CAN KILL IT…OR SET IT FREE.

 

The local witches’ coven offers Raven a trade: Surrender herself to them for one week or give up a member of her pack. She thought they wanted to study her, but Raven discovers something far worse—murder. To save her pack, Raven must make the ultimate sacrifice…her freedom.

 

WHEN DARKNESS IS UNLEASHED…NO ONE IS SAFE.

 

Witches are being drained of power and killed using a wild magic that’s been dormant for centuries. Tasked with locating the one responsible for releasing it, Raven soon finds herself the prey rather than the hunter. The more lives the magic claims, the stronger the killer becomes. As she and her pack scramble to unravel the secrets of the coven, her own beast starts to wake, and she’s not sure which is more dangerous…the killer or her beast. But one thing is sure, if the coven and pack don’t learn to work together, none of them will survive the coming storm.