Category: New Adult

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KeyboardOver the last month, I’ve been busy editing my latest book Coveted. The book is off to the editor, the blurb has been written, and the cover art has been requested. Some books are easy to write, the words just flow.

 

This was not one of those books. It fought me ever step of the way, but Aiden and Shayla insisted the story be written their way. I can’t wait to get it back from the editor and make it shine!

 

Born of myths and legends, guardian wolves protect the world against evil. After centuries without their destined mates, their race is nearly extinct. Someone is determined to prevent their return and harness all their power for themselves. Watch the sparks fly when a woman born with a touch of magic stumbles upon a Scottish werewolf imprisoned in a thousand-year-old dungeon, and how running from danger leads them toward each other and a love of a lifetime.

 

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The next book I’m going to write is book three of the Raven’s Investigations series called Electric Heat. Witches, vampires and werewolves, oh, my! Immediately after, I’m planning to write a short story for Raven and her pack. They’re going on vacation when trouble finds them. I have it all plotted out (mostly), I just need to work on a name. Any suggestions?

 

 

If that wasn’t enough, I’ve been plotting a Dystopian New Adult novel called Citadel where we learn what really happens when humans discover paranormal creatures are real. This release will most likely take place early next year, but I’m hyped to get started.

 

Now, I have to find enough time to just sit down and write!

 

 

Kindle & Nook Freebies #78

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link:

Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance: Kindle & Nook Freebies #78.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I was on the fence about it, but I ultimately picked up Barely Alive (a zombie romance) (Barely Alive Series) by Bonnie R. Paulson.

 

 

I selected two cheap reads this week: Darkness Of Light (Darkness Series) by Stacey Marie Brown & Dark and Deadly Anthology. I’m curious about all the good reviews on the first book. I might have to give that one a try. I own a number of books in the anthology, so I’m going to pass.

 

 

Review: Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl) by Aileen Erin

I passed this book up when I first saw it. I’m not really into YA too much. There has to be something special about it. Then I ran across a review for Becoming Alpha that really captured my attention. Curiosity got the better of me, and I hunted down a copy.

 

 

Title: Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl)

Author: Aileen Erin

Genre: Paranormal YA Romance

Publisher: Ink Monster, LLC via NetGalley

Release date: December 2013

Pages: 406

ISBN: B00EQFUNSE

Rating:

 

 

DESCRIPTION:

One stupid party. One stupid boy. One stupid kiss. And my life was virtually over.

 

Tessa McCaide has a unique talent for getting into trouble. Then again, it isn’t easy for a girl with visions to ignore what she sees. Luckily Tessa and her family are leaving California and moving halfway across the country, giving her the perfect opportunity to leave her reputation as “Freaky Tessa” behind.

 

But Tessa doesn’t realize that kissing the wrong guy in her new Texas town could land her in far more trouble than she ever imagined. Like being forced to attend St. Ailbe’s Academy, a secret boarding school for werewolves.

 

Even if the wrong guy did accidentally turn her into one of “them” and doom her to attending the weirdest high school ever, Tessa can’t help her growing attraction to the mysterious Dastien Laurent.

 

When vampires attack St. Alibe’s and her visions pinpoint an enemy in their midst, Tessa realizes that boy drama and her newfound canine tendencies might just be the least of her problems.

 

 

REVIEW:

I had my reservations about Becoming Alpha. The first page didn’t really grab me, and I struggled with the YA voice. Then we’re introduced to her gift, and the story became more interesting. Add a new school, a hot boy, and a forbidden kiss that turned wrong, and I was hooked. I loved Tess. All her life, Tess had to keep her distance from people or learn their most intimate thoughts. Then we meet a boy who was maybe even more messed up than her. One touch, an accident, changed their world forever.

 

Dastien was a golden boy. Smart, sexy and…a werewolf. And though he might have accidently turned her, Tess can’t get him out of her mind. If being the only human-turned werewolf on campus wasn’t hard enough, things at school took on a dangerous turn where the mean girls have sharp teeth and claws. Only a few female werewolves were born each year. They were treated as royalty by the males vying for their attention and no human would ruin it for them. As Tess struggled to fight the baser instincts of her wolf, something sinister had begun to work its way into the werewolves ranks. Tess must learn about the paranormal world, her own alpha tendencies, and her heritage before it kills her.

 

Something about the way that Aileen Erin wrote Tess made her feel so very real that I just sank into her thoughts. The YA voice that I disliked in the beginning became my favorite part of the book. I liked that Tess didn’t instantly fall for Dastien, instead, she wanted to figure out her messed-up life before adding more drama. The paranormal world fascinated me. The twists and turns weren’t really surprising, but written in a way that I found totally absorbing. By the end of the book, I didn’t want it to end. I can’t wait for book two, Avoiding Alpha, coming in May.

 

Review: Halo (Blood and Fire Series) by Frankie Rose

There are certain books that I naturally gravitate toward. Dark paranormal, urban fantasy and now dystopian is gaining in my favorite lists. When I ran across Halo, I was immediately grabbed by the premise. A story of a girl, a trained killer, that can’t feel…then everything changed. Oh, shiny!

 

 

Title: Halo (Blood and Fire Series)

Author: Frankie Rose

Genre: YA Dystopian

Publisher: Amazon via NetPrint

Release date: Nov 2013

Pages: 355

ISBN: 1483945154

ASIN: B00CKBJR2E

Rating:

 

DESCRIPTION:

She has no name.

 

She has her knives. Her training. Her halo.

 

The first and second give her the ability to defeat the opponents she is pitted against each month. The third frees her from pain and fear. From any kind of emotion at all. Everything is as it should be. Everything is as it should be, until…

Fear…Pain…Anger…Happiness…Desire…Guilt…

 

Love.

 

When a newly named Kit escapes the Sanctuary after killing her best friend, the last thing she needs is another knife in her hand. Or Ryka, the damaged, beautiful blond boy, whom she refuses to let save her. The sights and sounds of Freetown are new, yet one thing is familiar: the matches. The only difference? Where the blood in the Sanctuary landed only on the Colosseum floor, Kit will quickly learn that a river of red runs through Freetown’s very streets.

 

Without her halo, the inhabitants of Kit’s new home consider her saved, but is that really the case? The reality of her old life is paralyzing. Would she be better off free of the guilt associated with all the blood on her hands, or is the love of one boy worth living through all the pain?

 

Raksha is the call of the dead. It is the rumbling chant for fresh blood from the other side, the demand for sacrifice. The Colosseum is behind Kit. The fighting pits await.

 

 

REVIEW:

Emotions were dangerous. Volatile. Better saved for the privileged. Kit was the best fighter in the Colosseum, one of the few who’d never lost a match. Fortunes were won or destroyed on the blood soaked dirt floor. Then her world fell apart when she killed her best-friend in a match. He wanted only one thing for her. Freedom. He gave his life to release her from the Halo controlling her. Bombarded with emotions that she had no control over, Kit barely escaped with her life. She was worth too much to the founding families to ever be released from service.

 

The world outside the walls was terrifying. As she struggled with guilt, fear, and pain, Kit stumbled upon Ryka. He’s a warrior like her, only it’s his killer smile, not his blades, that leave her floundering and off-kilter. Submerged into the new culture of Freetown, Kit battled to overcome her old life. As each day passed, it became clear that she doesn’t fit into this new society. They were too soft. She can’t forget. But when danger approached, it’s her fighting skills that could protect her friends and her new life.

 

This new dystopian world sucked me in from page one. The last thing I expected was to feel so much for a character who started off with no emotions. Halo was action-packed, full of adventure, and contained such heart-break that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out if there could ever be a happy-ever-after for these characters. It hurt to watch Kit fight her best friend, watch him die to ensure her survival. Then we meet Ryka. I loved his confidence, his fierceness, but I adored his vulnerability. Kit and Ryka were the perfect couple. They fought, struggled to even like each other at times, but they built a solid foundation where they would do anything for each other. *sigh* Warning: This book ended on a slight cliffhanger. I immediately searched for book two, only to be disappointed to find no information. Can’t wait to find out more! Well worth the read!

 

Review: Cast In Sorrow (The Chronicles of Elantra)

I chose Cast in Sorrow, having impatiently been waiting for the new release since last year.

 

Title: Cast in Sorrow (The Chronicles of Elantra)

Author: Michelle Sagara

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Harlequin Luna

Release date: August 2013

Pages: 480

ISBN-10: 0373803567

ISBN-13: 978-0373803569

Rating:

 

DESCRIPTION:

THE END OF HER JOURNEY IS ONLY  THE BEGINNING…

 

The Barrani would be happy to see her die. So Kaylin Neya is a bit surprised by her safe arrival in the West March. Especially when enemies new and old surround her and those she would call friends are equally dangerous…

 

And then the real trouble starts. Kaylin’s assignment is to be a “harmoniste”—one who helps tell the truth behind a Barrani Recitation. But in a land where words are more effective than weapons, Kaylin’s duties are deadly. With the wrong phrase she could tear a people further asunder. And with the right ones…well, then she might be able to heal a blight on a race.

 

If only she understood the story…

 

 

REVIEW:

I’ve been an avid follower of The Chronicles of Elantra series. There is something about the writing that submerges a reader fully into the story. The world-building is captivating. Kaylin grew up as a street rat. Through hard work and a bit of magic, she worked her way up to a respectable position in the Halls of Law. She’s a famous Hawk. Because of her unique abilities, she becomes involved in the most unusual crimes.

 

I adore the dragons, the magic, and the unique characters. They are so real, I’ve become attached to them. Unfortunately, this book had the same issues as the last. While the story was great, the description tended to slow the action a little too much for my taste. I enjoyed getting to know more of the characters, but I wanted more Kaylin and her love interest. I will continue to read this series and hope.

 

 

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