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Keely and Jonah drop everything to fight for what matters, including each other.
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Blog Tour: After the Dark by Cynthia Eden, Now Available!

In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's gripping new series, a disgraced FBI profiler must save her reputation by stopping a sadistic killer she knows all too well.
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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Lori Foster returns with the second installment in her explosive new series featuring sexy bodyguards who’ll do anything to protect the ones they love.
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tour Review: Seduced by Power by Kimberly Kinrade

Forbidden passions.
Deadly secrets.
A love that will stand against it all.

In Seduced by Power, the final book in Rose's Trilogy, Rose and Derek face the greatest threat to their love, and lives, as they are forced to make painful choices to save those they love the most.

They give everything they have to end the battle against Rose's mother and retrieve that which was stolen from them. But will it be enough to save them?
I would say that the third installment in Kimberly Kinrade's Seduced series is surely explosive! The action continues to steadily pick up as Rose learns startling truths about her powers and she travels to the darkest depths to save her love.

Kinrade's writing style is just as expressive as ever and it will give reader so much to look forward to when reading Seduced by Power. The emotions are so tangible: the passion, fear, anger, and desperation all glue minds to the story. I do have to admit that I thought some of the plot lines were ended rather too easily or just too unimpressive. Some scenes did make me wonder how well they meshed with the story as a whole, but the overall enjoyment of the story still remains on a high level.
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Seduced #3
March 2013, Daring Books

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Christian Schoon on Zenn Scarlett's Exoveterinarian Dream!

Welcome to the Zenn Scarlett blog tour stop on Lovey Dovey Books! Please enjoy Christian Schoon's awesome post on Zenn and her dream to become an exoveterinarian. Learn what's involved in this out-of-this world job and why Zenn wants to get up close and personal with alien animals!!
 
Zenn grew up behind the mud-brick walls of the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic and Training Facility. So, from the very start, she was surrounded by alien animals. Mostly big, often dangerous but always intriguing. She followed her mother, Dr. Mai Scarlett and her Uncle Otha, the clinic’s medical director, as they made the rounds of the clinic’s exotic patients, treating their illnesses, healing their injuries, fulfilling their varied dietary needs and generally caring for them. So, for Zenn, alien animals weren’t at all “alien,” they were familiar friends and acquaintances, with distinct personalities and fascinating behaviors. Like 200-foot-long Tanduan swamp sloos that use their sticky, 30-foot tongues to lick giant insectoid prey out of their subterranean hives. Or Zenn’s little pet rikkaset, Katie, who is able to communicate with Zenn using sign language, and whose refractive fur allows her to “blend” with her environment and vanish from sight.

And, while Zenn occasionally had visitors her own age from the nearby town of Arsia, she basically grew up as the only child within the sprawling cloister compound. This too caused her attention to be focused on the animals at the clinic, as opposed to an “average” child’s interaction with peers.

From an early age, Zenn was able to appreciate that her mother and uncle held the clinic’s animals in high regard. She also directly witnessed the process of how Mai and Otha brought sick animals to a healthy state, how they reduced or prevented an animal’s suffering, and how these animals then responded to the human beings who were so intent on healing them. For a young girl in this situation, it was a natural progression for her to go from affection for these animals to a desire to help them the way she’d seen her mother and uncle do. In fact, from the time that Zenn was old enough to understand that there was such a thing as an exoveterinarian, she was determined that one day she would become an exovet like her mother. This determination went beyond being a dream for Zenn, and became a firm expectation.

Added to this is the attitude of others toward the exoveterinarian profession in general. While it’s true that most Martian colonists, and almost all Earthers, are deeply suspicious of alien races and their animals, even the most xenophobic person understood that an exovet endured rigorous medical training to reach the status of a fully licensed exoveterinarian master, and in most people, this engendered at least a grudging level of respect.  Even a young girl would appreciate the sort of status accorded to an exovet.

As for what’s involved in exovet training at the Ciscan Cloister, it’s somewhat similar to schooling that the more familiar Earther-animal veterinarian schools provide, but with a few… interesting additions.   Besides the standard core-curriculum of courses in alien animal biology, anatomy, neuroscience, pathology, clinical examinations, anesthesia, surgery and other requirements, Zenn’s exovet training would involve in-depth courses in the planetary ecologies on the dozen inhabited worlds of the Local Systems Accord. Understanding the diverse environments in which various alien animals evolved is a vital part of any exovet’s schooling and provides the foundation for any further specialization in treating the life forms of a specific planet. Then there are the species-specific tools of the exovet profession. Like the in-soma pod, for instance. Roughly seven feet long and three feet wide, and streamlined for ease of passage, the in-soma pod is a diagnostic vehicle that the exovet pilots through the interiors of the largest alien species. These species would include the swamp sloo mentioned above, and other mega-fauna such as the 700-foot-long Lithohippus indra, or Stonehorse. Once inside the animal’s digestive tract or certain fluid-filled body cavities or ventricles, the exovet is then able to deploy the in-soma pod’s various outboard manipulator arms and other tools to diagnose ailments or injuries and to conduct therapeutic procedures, all without the need for surgical interventions conducted from the outside.

So, as noted above, that Zenn would commence her novice year of exovet training at the Ciscan Cloister was, for her, predetermined. There was simply no other path she could envision her life taking. The fact that her mother Mai had been lost during an in-soma pod insertion into an ailing indra when Zenn was young only reinforced this passion, and in fact most likely contributed to Zenn’s near obsession with ascending to the position of a  full master exovet.

Of course, the initial year of exovet training is considered the most difficult of all the years that follow.  As Zenn begins her own novice year of school at the cloister, it’s safe to say she’ll find herself tested in ways she cannot even begin to imagine.

About the author:
Born in the American Midwest, Christian started his writing career in earnest as an in-house writer at the Walt Disney Company in Burbank, California. He then became a freelance writer working for various film, home video and animation studios in Los Angeles. After moving from LA to a farmstead in Iowa several years ago, he continues to freelance and also now helps re-hab wildlife and foster abused/neglected horses.  He acquired his amateur-vet knowledge, and much of his inspiration for the Zenn Scarlett series of novels, as he learned about - and received an education from - these remarkable animals and the awesome veterinarians who care so deeply for them. (Website)

About Zenn Scarlett:

When you're studying to be exoveterinarian specializing in exotic, alien life forms, school... is a different kind of animal.

Zenn Scarlett is a resourceful, determined 17-year-old girl working hard to make it through her novice year of exovet training. That means she's learning to care for alien creatures that are mostly large, generally dangerous and profoundly fascinating. Zenn’s all-important end-of-term tests at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic on Mars are coming up, and, she's feeling confident of acing the exams. But when a series of inexplicable animal escapes and other disturbing events hit the school, Zenn finds herself being blamed for the problems. As if this isn't enough to deal with, her absent father has abruptly stopped communicating with her; Liam Tucker, a local towner boy, is acting unusually, annoyingly friendly; and, strangest of all: Zenn is worried she's started sharing the thoughts of the creatures around her. Which is impossible, of course. Nonetheless, she can't deny what she's feeling.

Now, with the help of Liam and Hamish, an eight-foot sentient insectoid also training at the clinic, Zenn must learn what's happened to her father, solve the mystery of who, if anyone, is sabotaging the cloister, and determine if she's actually sensing the consciousness of her alien patients... or just losing her mind. All without failing her novice year....


May 7, 2013, Strange Chemistry Books
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tour Review: Games of Fate by Kris Austen Radcliffe



Rysa Torres misses information. Loses concentration. Her attention problems randomize her life but she pushes forward anyway, doing the best she can—until monsters activate a part of her she didn’t know she had.

As visions of the future whip inside her head, Rysa realizes the truth: She’s a Fate.

And she will set fire to the world.

All her options explode. Her family ripped away, what little control she had destroyed, Rysa is left with one choice: Will she die to stop the coming flames, or will she allow the man and the dragon she loves to die in her place?
Kris Austen Radcliffe took me by surprise with the first novel of her Fate, Fire, Shifter, Dragon series. Games of Fate has such an interesting plot line that I found myself not wanting to stop reading for anything much other than sleep. 

The first noticeable aspect of the story line was how Rysa's ADHD ties in to her past-present-future seeing ability. Even though further along in the story Radcliffe makes it seem as though her newly emerging powers mirror her ADHD condition, I don't think translated well enough. The imagery didn't always give me that impression. On the other hand, Rysa's bond with Dragon and Ladon was pretty sweet and I loved that sign language was a bonding point for them. It really made up for some of the confusion stemming from the writing style as it opened the way for understanding in certain scenes and in the story as a whole.

The fantasy aspect is very imaginative but the execution could have been a little less focused on imagery and language and more on plot progression and characterization. By the end of the story I didn't feel so connected to the characters as people. The bits and pieces of their life before all the non-stop action didn't paint such a stable picture for me. I also didn't feel that this novel was really 'new adult'. With all the drawn out scenes of running and fighting, readers do not see a woman transitioning from teen to adult. Just because a character is college age does not mean the story should be labeled new adult. I didn't feel a connection to this story because Rysa's in the same age group as me, I just really wanted to understand her unexpected powers as much as she wanted to.

I can see myself diving back into this world, especially because I can tell that there's so much left untold. I would recommend this novel because Radcliffe brings something new to the fantasy genre, but I would just hope the writing is more condensed and  more to the point.
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Fate, Fire, Shifter, Dragon Series #1
February 2013, Six Talon Sign Media, LLC

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Range & The Magpie Bridge by JA Huss: Excerpts & Giveaway


Read my reviews of Clutch, Fledge, Flight, Range, & The Magpie Bridge!
 

 
Two years have passed since Inanna stole Junco away from Lucan. Two years of unimaginable pain. Two years of isolation, mutilation and torture. Two years of fear and loneliness in a morph tank. And that's not something you just get over, even if you are psycho-assassin, Junco Coot. Now Junco has to learn to live with the consequences. Her Siblings are suspicious and angry, half her team is dead, Tier is wreaking death and destruction, Lucan is holding his secrets close, and she is spiraling out of control. There is only one partnership that matters anymore - only one person she will trust and take direction from - and only one way out of the Hell she's been sentenced to. Junco is tired of fighting and death. She's had enough and this time she means to end it - once and for all. Junco is tired of fighting and death. She's had enough and this time she means to end it - once and for all.
This is an excerpt from Range, I Am Just/Not Junco #4. It's the beginning to one of my favorite scenes. The tension and high emotions running through it will send you clicking to an online bookstore for your own copy! Enjoy!!

I gulp some air and pace, getting very nervous again. The trembling starts and I count my own heartbeats.

Tier appears in front of me and his hands are on my shoulders. I swat them off and push past him. "Take me back! Please, just take me back to Gideon. I don't want to be here." He simply stares as I point to the drawer that contains the demon Bible. "Is that who you guys worship? Some vampire thing with metal claws?"

Tier's laugh startles me and I step back so fast I trip over the edge of the bed and fall backwards. His dark imposing figure hovers over me, wings lifted and extended slightly, as his eyes glow green with—something. He grabs my arms and slides me towards the center of the bed, then crawls up, his knees on either side of my legs, until he's poised above me.

"Worship him? Darlin', he is High Order—he is coming to kill us. We don't worship him. We flee from him. We take flight like starlings. And if you're quite done stomping around like a baby, I'm going to enlighten you about exactly who I am and what we're doing here and then maybe—unlikely, but maybe—you'll stop your incessant whining and pouting and screaming and think of someone other than yerself for once."

He stops, maybe to see if I'll object to his insults, but I don't. Not because I agree with him, but because I just can't think of anything to say. He's wiped my mind of everything but his body, which at this very moment is lowering down on top of me. His uniform shirt rides up a little and I catch a glimpse of skin. It takes every molecule of willpower to pull my gaze back up to his eyes.

"Because this is not a fucking game I'm playing." His weight settles across my stomach, his face coming closer and closer until he's a breath away. His words come out as a whisper. "We're done playing, Junco." His hands are on either side of my head now, leaning on the bed, forming little impressions in the mattress so that the palms are brushing alongside my cheeks. I try to watch his eyes but all that registers is how with each passing fraction he is closing the distance between us. "We're gonna set it straight, right now." His mouth dips down and caresses mine.

My eyes close as I respond, but he pulls back almost immediately.
I lie there. Waiting to see what he'll do next, not even caring that he just blamed that whole fight on me, because this man is heating me up in a way that makes me powerless to resist.

Purchase the entire I Am Just/Not Junco Series online today!!

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Raubtier Aves, 039-1, a.k.a TIER Son of Lucan Ranking Officer of the Avian military Powerful Ruthless And devoted to Junco, no matter what
Tier was left with one specific order and he's not about to screw it up. He might lose all his allies, his brothers, his shot at defeating the High Order, and his own Eternal Salvation - but he's willing to risk it all to keep one small girl alive. Tier reveals his part in the epic tale of The Seven Siblings, spilling secrets and motivations that will leave you breathless and wanting more. The Magpie Bridge paves the way for the final installment in the new adult Series, I Am Just Junco. The final book in the Junco Epic, RETURN, will be released on December 2, 2013.
This excerpt from The Magpie Bridge is partly why I loved this novella so much. Tier's point-of-view in any story would be excellent, but this one took the cake! Hope it makes you smile as much as it made me. :)

"I'm hun-gry!"

Ash and I wince together as we help each other up off the floor.

"Who is that?" Lucan asks.

"Junco's HOUSE."

"Hmmm. She does not look like a house, Ashur."

"I'm a girl!" she squeals. That little voice—incessantly asking for things like food, and drinks, and trips to the beach—is really grating on my nerves.

"What are you doing with her, Raubtier?"

"Babysitting for Junco," Ashur answers.

"Would you shut the fuck up? I've had enough of you. I made a promise to get her out of Peaks before the earthquakes."

"What earthquakes?"

"Exactly," Ash answers.

"I'm hun-gry!"

Lucan walks over to her and bends down. "You are not hungry, you're an AI. I'm quite versed in AI engineering and maintenance, and they do not require food. So, why don't you keep quiet over here and watch something stupid on the screen so we don't have to listen to your mouth as it flaps up and down and spews things we do not care about?"

Ash smiles at me. "He's got a way with kids, right? Brings back all those awesome memories of being little in Lucan's house."

"Was he an asshole?" the little voice says.

I turn on my heel, fuming and pointing. "I already warned ya once, girl!"

"Junco never cared if I said asshole."
"Say it again," I growl down at her. "I dare ya."

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label). She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really-Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master's degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.
                   




























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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tour Review: The Baby Bargain by Jennifer Apodaca



Seeing Adam Waters is the last thing veterinarian Megan Young expects. Ex-Marine. Ex-boyfriend. And still extremely dangerous territory. But Adam doesn’t know the secret Megan has been keeping from him. The secret that was created three years ago, after their last night together...

Adam returns to Raven’s Cove to sell his home in a final break with the town and memories that haunt him. The problem is that his attraction to Megan is as blazing hot as it ever was. But when a vicious smear campaign against Megan turns ugly, Adam learns the truth he never knew—he has a son.

Now the only way Megan can protect her child is to strike a bargain with Adam. And it’s a bargain that looks a lot like blackmail...
The Baby Bargain is an awesome romance of a determined mother who will do whatever it takes to do right by her child. According to Jennifer Apodaca, even if doing whatever it takes involves Megan Young, a successful young veterinarian, telling her son's ex-Marine, and absolutely against commitment, father that he has a son, well then...she'll do it.

This Once A Marine novel may be set in the small town of Raven's Cove, but it's packed with a variety of characters and touching experiences. Apodaca makes it so easy to feel involved in both Adam and Megan's lives, their choices and consequences of their actions. The hint of suspense that threads through the plot enhances the emotional aspect and draws us further into their story.

I can't imagine someone reading The Baby Bargain and just completely hating it. It has a mildly heated romance and a relatable theme. With its cozy feel, I recommend it for a rainy summer day when you can just curl up inside and take your time reading it. It's an absorbing read that will definitely take you away!
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Once a Marine Series #1
March 2013, Indulgence (Entangled Publishing), 184pp, ebook

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tuff Girl Legion Presents Astarte's Wrath by Trisha Wolfe (Review/Giveaway/Excerpt)

A tragic love story.

Two thousand years before Dez Harkly developed her secret powers, Guardian Astarte was vowed to protect by the binds enslaving her to the Egyptian pharaohs. Discover the prophecy that originated from a very different time, and spans generations to link two very different girls.

This is the beginning.

Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Actium, in the city of Alexandria, Star struggles with her guardian duties as her feelings for the newly named pharaoh of Egypt grow deeper. Not only is Caesarion her duty, he’s the son of Cleopatra, and he’s human. All of which makes their love forbidden.

But when a conspiracy linked to Caesar creeps into Alexandria, Star must choose between helping her fellow Kythan free themselves of their servitude, and protecting her charge—the last pharaoh—while Egypt burns around her.
Astarte's Wrath started out as a full blast of tension: war, fear, uncertainty. However, Trisha Wolfe lightens the story with a beautiful romance like no other, filled with hope and strength.

Astarte is a Kythan guardian, charged with the protection of the Queen of Egypt's son, Caesarion. While Cleopatra is overseas fighting the King Octavian's Roman forces, Astarte wars within herself. Her race, along with the Naroclym, have been slaves to Pharaohs for centuries. It's in her blood to obey every command even when it comes from her best friend. As Astarte struggles with her forbidden feelings for Xarion and her determination to loyally protect and serve him, she learns of a new foe against Egypt.

As Astarte's Wrath continues in Wolfe's flowing and passionate writing style, the story comes alive with meaning and purpose. Though I have yet to read Destiny's Fire, another Kythan Guardians novel, I can feel that I won't be lost when I finally delve into it. The whole dynamic between Egypt and Rome, the Shythe, Narcolym and Kythan people becomes clearer as Astarte's story takes off. The intro was a very intriguing starting point to introduce one of the main concerns of the plot, but I felt so lost jumping into so much of the history of the story so quickly. I really didn't understand at first, but I loved that Wolfe kind of breaks down the situation further along so as to not keep readers confused.

Astarte and Xarion's romance was every bit of tragic, but I would not ask to have anything about it change. It had all the emotions of a classic forbidden love but with a twist stemming from the story's mythological set up. Do not hesitate to jump into the Kythan Guardians series at this point! I truly believe that readers will experience a world that will leave them begging for more!
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A Kythan Guardians Novel
March 2013, 179pp, ebook

Sneak Peek: Bath Scene from Xarion's POV
Star narrows her eyes at me, her full, bottom lip puckering out the way it does when she's in serious thought--and though I'm listening to her words, all I want to do is trap that bottom lip between my teeth. Nip it and caress it with my tongue.
“I knew you'd say that,” she says. “And that is precisely why I didn't want you to know.” She raises her hand from my chest and swipes the wet hair from my forehead. Her body subtly moves against me with this action, and it drives me wild. “A possible retaliation by the guardians is just one more weighted burden on top of the many you already carry. You don't need the added strain. Let me deal with Candra and the Kythan. They're my kindred. As long as I'm their equal--in both power and status--I can protect you.”
This woman--the woman I've loved my entire life--is my protector. She not only guards against physical threats, but watches over my mental wellbeing. But I cannot allow her to carry all my problems alone anymore. I want to be her guardian, to be the one to comfort her when she's fearful, and protect her against this world.
I tilt my head and suck in a deep breath. “This is why you won't be with me.” I want her to admit it. If she finally confesses that our titles and her battle with the right course of action have been the only reasons for her kept affections, then by Gods…help me from laying her out on this tile and taking her--making her mine. I won't stop.
She nods.
“This is the only reason.” She nods again, and that is all the conformation I need. “Then I refuse to let them keep us apart for one more moment.” I grasp her face between my hands and claim her lips with mine.
Her lips are soft and warm as I achingly coax them into a fevered kiss, unable to hold back my desire for her. I had planned for our first kiss many times, imagined it over and over. The way I would caress her lips slowly and lovingly, conveying my affections. But every emotion I have ever felt for Star rushes to the surface all at once, and I can't slow. I won't. I won't allow her a moment to question our actions, to reconsider us. I'm going to kiss her senseless--kiss the reason right out of her infuriatingly rational head.

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Trisha Wolfe is the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), the NA Historical/Supernatural ASTARTE'S WRATH, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. Her NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.

She's the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies. Check out www.TrishaWolfe.com for more on her books and bonus material. Follow Trisha on Twitter @TrishWolfe and like her Facebook page for updates. 

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Review: The Survivor by DiAnn Mills

Kariss meets Dr. Amy Garrett, who survived a brutal childhood attack in which the assailant was never found. Now Dr. Garrett wants her story written in a novel. Kariss wishes she could seek the advice of Special Agent Tigo Harris, but she broke off the relationship a few months prior and seeing him again would be too painful. She interviews Amy and conducts her own research, stepping unaware into a viper’s pit of danger.
Tigo misses Kariss and wants her back, but he understands why she broke off their relationship. Instead, he concentrates on solving a car bombing and bringing the killer to justice. As Kariss’s new story attracts an onslaught of danger that she never expected, can Tigo save the woman he loves and find who wants her dead for writing about an unsolved cold-case?
The Survivor is a heartening suspense novel that will draw readers in with a quick snap. Those two qualities may surprise you at how well they work together, but DiAnn Mills perfectly meshes a hopeful romance with a daring mystery.

Kariss Walker, a best-selling mystery author, is approached by a survivor from a brutal attack from years ago who wants Kariss to write her story. Amy is a psychologist who counsels abused women while battling the fears of her unresolved case. She thinks Kariss is the key to successfully getting her story out there for abused women to find encouragement. When the story idea goes public, Kariss is victimized, once again. Tigo Harris, an FBI agent working on a case involving a family torn apart by a car bombing, jumps to Kariss's rescue. Especially when Amy's attacker begins stepping out of the shadows.

Mills keeps readers engrossed with the many plot lines, even at times when it seems like none of them add up. The tentative relationship between Tigo and Kariss is the sweet distraction readers will look forward to when it seems the special agents and Houston police forces get no closer to finding the violent culprit. Even when Kariss's life gets more dangerous than ever it's simply impossible to actually lose all hope for her future. Mills somehow mixes in so much encouragement and very faith-conscious characters who know how to add a few words here and there to keep readers uplifted.

The Survivor will no doubt draw back fans of the Crime Scene: Houston series and attract new ones!
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Crime Scene: Houston
March 5, 2013, Zondervan, 384pp,Paperback, ebook, audio

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Review: Rush Me by Allison Parr

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When post-grad Rachael Hamilton accidentally gatecrashes a pro-athlete party, she ends up face-to-face with Ryan Carter, the NFL’s most beloved quarterback.

While most girls would be thrilled to meet the attractive young millionaire, Rachael would rather spend time with books than at sporting events, and she has more important things to worry about than romance. Like her parents pressuring her to leave her unpaid publishing internship for law school. Or her brother, who’s obliviously dating Rachael’s high school bully. Or that same high school’s upcoming reunion.

Still, when Ryan’s rookie teammate attaches himself to Rachael, she ends up cohosting Friday night dinners for half a dozen football players.

Over pancake brunches, charity galas, and Alexander the Great Rachael realizes all the judgments she’d made about Ryan are wrong. But how can a Midwestern Irish-Catholic jock with commitment problems and an artsy, gun-shy Jewish New Englander ever forge a partnership? Rachael must let down her barriers if she wants real love–even if that opens her up to pain that could send her back into her emotional shell forever.
Allison Parr's debut new adult romance is absolutely amazing! Rush Me is a refreshing contemporary novel that will have readers immediately wrapped up in the lives of its characters. Rachael is a saucy lead with a determined outlook on life. She wants to make it in the publishing industry and she has plans to stick with her unpaid internship until she finds her dream job. Ryan is is the misunderstood and underestimated pro football player that gets under Rachael's skin and will charm every reader.

I enjoyed every second of reading Rush Me. The plot is realistic and at the same time it's a storyline that will make you think it could only happen in dreams. Parr manages to bring Rachael and Ryan together even after their relationship started on rocky grounds. With a pacing smooth as butter and a high emotional drive, Parr has created a very engaging and entertaining story.

Between the characters with quirky characteristics and vulnerabilities and the fantastic romance, Parr will gain fans something to talk about. Many stories have been published under this newly popular genre but not all of them have that spark of connection, like Rush Me. It's officially one of my favorites so far and I'm also hoping to read more from Parr in whatever genre!
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April 8, 2013, Carina Press, ebook
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Shudder by Samantha Durante







 Release Date: June 15, 2013
It's only been three days, and already everything is different.

Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa's life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she'd counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she'd thought she'd tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she's discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.

And then there are the visions.

The memory-altering "stitch" unlocked something in Alessa's mind, and now she can't shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers - and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world's sorry history - will soon leave Alessa reeling...

The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante's shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.
In honor of the recent cover reveal for Shudder this month, Samantha Durante is hosting an awesome giveaway for 1 Print ARC of Shudder, open internationally!
Enter the Giveaway HERE!!!

Since there's still a couple of months until Shudder releases, I suggest checking out book one in the Stitch Trilogy, Stitch! See my review and get your copy ASAP!


Samantha Durante, Author of the Stitch Trilogy
Samantha Durante lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. The Stitch Trilogy is her debut series. Learn more about Samantha at www.samanthadurante.com.


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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Review: The Space Between by Kristie Cook


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After a month-long dance tour through Italy, 20-year-old Leni Drago returns to Georgia to care for her great-uncle, only to find him gone, the home they shared empty and any evidence he ever existed wiped out. All that’s left is a journal she can’t open.

Jeric Winters has been searching for a piece of his past for over a year, only to reach a dead-end in Georgia. When an urgent and magnetic pull draws him out of his hotel room, he comes face-to-face with the beautiful dancer who’s been haunting his dreams day and night.

Jeric’s one to stay away from—a bad-boy, hit-it-and-quit-it type—but Leni can’t escape the fervent feelings between them. As their own existences begin to crumble around them and shadowy forms that are more monsters than men attack, they realize there’s more to the connection between them than physical fascination.

To solve the riddle their lives have become, they must embark on a journey that requires them to face their pasts and release their true souls. And they must do it fast—dark ones from another world are closing in, intent on killing them. Permanently.
Kristie Cook spices up the popular subject of souls, romantic reincarnation, of love that spans lifetimes. The first in her all new Book of Phoenix series, The Space Between, is another addition to the new adult genre that the world will embrace with willing arms.

Leni's last day in Italy, when her dream of dancing on stage comes to a close, she comes face to face with Jeric Winters. Their meeting seems like fate but the connection is instant. When Jeric and Leni part ways they never expect to see each other again, especially not in Leni's hometown in Georgia. When life starts getting weird for them both they find that they only have each other, a locked journal, and mysterious tattoos.

The Space Between is more contemporary romance with supernatural elements than an all out adventurous fantasy. Though the story takes readers back to the past, to show the connection between Leni and Jeric's past lives as Jacey and Micah, it didn't feel like the story took off until the last ten to fifteen chapters. Reincarnation can be a tricky storyline to get into more so when readers have to relive the same story twice. Even with tweaks and differences, it takes the edge off the excitement of the plot. I really had a hard time getting through Jacey and Micah's chapters, especially knowing that I was reading something completely similar to what I'd just read about Leni and Jeric or what would be coming.

Despite the structure of the story, there are elements of characterization that spoke volumes about the uniqueness of Cook's writing style. Jeric and Leni have tough pasts, tragic and complex. Cook's characters have depth that shows in their actions as well as their thoughts and feelings. I loved that the most solid aspect of their connection was sign language. Jeric had to learn to sign because of hearing loss and Leni learned to better communicate with an older family member. It's not often that I get a chance to find a story like The Space Between that presents characters with physical challenges or some other aspect that's makes them more relatable as real, every-day people.

Cook is an author that charms her readers with thoughtful plots and tantalizing characters. The Space Between is especially perfect for readers who strongly love stories about souls and reincarnation.
*eARC provided via author in exchange for an honest review*

The Book of Phoenix #1
April 5, 2013, Ang'dora Productions, LLC, 393pp, ebook

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Review: Reaper's Legacy by Tim Lebbon


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*Read my review of London Eye*
Heroes and monsters clash with government forces in an apocalyptic London.

Two years after London is struck by a devastating terrorist attack, it is cut off from the world, protected by a large force of soldiers (known as Choppers), while those in the rest of Britain believe that their ex-capital is now a toxic, uninhabited wasteland.

Jack and his friends know that the truth is very different. The handful of survivors in London are developing strange, fantastic powers. Evolving. Meanwhile, the Choppers treat the ruined city as their own experimental playground.

Jack's own developing powers are startling and frightening, though he is determined to save his father, the brutal man with a horrific power who calls himself Reaper. Jack must also find their friend Lucy-Anne, who went north to find her brother.

What Lucy-Anne discovers is terrifying-people evolving into monstrous things and the knowledge that a nuclear bomb has been set to destroy what's left of London. And the clock is ticking.
Tim Lebbon set the stage for Lucy-Anne and Jack's frighteningly supernatural version of London in London Eye. He drew us in with a chilling premise and excellent execution of a city come undone. Fans of the Toxic City series will revel with its latest installment, Reaper's Legacy!

Reaper's Legacy is a grand extension of the first novel. The plot presents so many changes in the characters and the city itself. Lucy-Anne is following the enigmatic Rook to the North in search of her last familial connection. Rook, a mysterious character who also has a story of deep loss, fits in perfectly. I'm actually quite excited about Lebbon expanding his character because he adds a dark intensity to an already attractive set of characters. On the other side of London, Jack faces his own moving challenges along with Sparky and Jenna. The effect of Jack having been touched by Nomad begins to reveal that he's physically changing. Jack is coming into his own supernatural power, more than one it seems. While the Irregulars are dying from a suspicious sickness, Jack is bent on reaching out to his Superior father, Reaper, to implore that he join forces with Irregulars. The main goal is to save his mother and sister while bringing peace to the toxic city.

Lebbon has truly outdone himself. The pacing, tone, and style of the novel is consistent, but the plot will truly captivate readers. Lucy-Anne's prophetic dreams are brought into greater focus while Lebbon begins setting up a very explosive future for the series. While Lucy-Anne's side of the story is left clouded in obscurity, readers will end the story with something to ponder over until the third book in the series, Contagion. The fate of Lebbon's destroyed London is going to be even worse, but there's no predicting the events to come. Reaper's Legacy proves itself to be just as ingenious and intense as London Eye, perhaps even more so! No doubt, every reader who picks up this series will be gripped by it's adventure and dark mystery.
*ARC provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Toxic City #2
April 9, 2013, Pyr, 210pp, Hardcover, ebook
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Monday, April 1, 2013

Review: Emilie & the Hollow World by Martha Wells

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While running away from home for reasons that are eminently defensible, Emilie’s plans to stow away on the steamship Merry Bell and reach her cousin in the big city go awry, landing her on the wrong ship and at the beginning of a fantastic adventure.

Taken under the protection of Lady Marlende, Emilie learns that the crew hopes to use the aether currents and an experimental engine, and with the assistance of Lord Engal, journey to the interior of the planet in search of Marlende’s missing father.

With the ship damaged on arrival, they attempt to traverse the strange lands on their quest. But when evidence points to sabotage and they encounter the treacherous Lord Ivers, along with the strange race of the sea-lands, Emilie has to make some challenging decisions and take daring action if they are ever to reach the surface world again.
Martha Wells introduces the newest fearless heroine in teen literature: Emilie. Wells takes readers on an adventure that braves a new world and rivals the Journey to the Center of the Earth!
 
Emilie is running away from her Uncle Yeric and Aunt Helena to Silk Harbor when she accidently boards the Sovereign, a ship designed to travel on aether currents. In the midst of the ship’s attack she finds that even the passengers are out of this world. Emilie meets Kenar, a creature called Cirathi, who was sent to lead Vale Marlende and her hired crew to find her father. Emilie has always favored reading adventure stories, but when the Sovereign’s rescue mission to the Hollow World gets underway she decides that she could actually get used to living the life of adventure.
 
Emilie and the Hollow World is steep with action and adventure that’s not distracted by pointless drama. It’s one aspect of the novel that increased my opinion by the end. Another was Emilie’s character. As the story progressed Wells’ writing style seems to loosen and each character’s characterization became either more impressive or simply more defining. When the plan to rescue Dr. Marlende quickly falls apart and the crew on the Sovereign encounters danger after danger, Emilie steps up. She takes her role as rescuer with stride and puts her own fears aside to save the lives of others. By the end of the novel, Emilie is a walking, talking confidence machine.

The pace of the novel is a little slow at first, but once you warm up to the subject and the characters it seems to move a bit faster. The science-fiction and magical elements of the novel are unique, but the explanations sometimes went over my head. Maybe it was the technical wording, but my eyes kind of glazed over on scenes that referenced how the aetheric engines ran. Even so, the plot was overall easy and fun to follow.

Emilie and the Hollow World is worlds different from most stories currently on YA shelves, but it’s the beginning to an exciting series that I wholeheartedly recommend!
*ARC provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Emilie #1
April 2, 2013, Strange Chemistry, 287pp, Paperback, ebook
 
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RANGE
THE MAGPIE BRIDGE
I Am Just/Not Junco
J. A. Huss
Published: March 27, 2013
Genre: New Adult Science Fiction
 
RANGE INFO
Two years have passed since Inanna stole Junco away from Lucan. Two years of unimaginable pain. Two years of isolation, mutilation and torture. Two years of fear and loneliness in a morph tank. And that's not something you just get over, even if you are psycho-assassin, Junco Coot. Now Junco has to learn to live with the consequences. Her Siblings are suspicious and angry, half her team is dead, Tier is wreaking death and destruction, Lucan is holding his secrets close, and she is spiraling out of control. There is only one partnership that matters anymore - only one person she will trust and take direction from - and only one way out of the Hell she's been sentenced to. Junco is tired of fighting and death. She's had enough and this time she means to end it - once and for all. Junco is tired of fighting and death. She's had enough and this time she means to end it - once and for all.
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MAGPIE BRIDGE INFO
Raubtier Aves, 039-1, a.k.a TIER Son of Lucan Ranking Officer of the Avian military Powerful Ruthless And devoted to Junco, no matter what
Tier was left with one specific order and he's not about to screw it up. He might lose all his allies, his brothers, his shot at defeating the High Order, and his own Eternal Salvation - but he's willing to risk it all to keep one small girl alive. Tier reveals his part in the epic tale of The Seven Siblings, spilling secrets and motivations that will leave you breathless and wanting more. The Magpie Bridge paves the way for the final installment in the new adult Series, I Am Just Junco. The final book in the Junco Epic, RETURN, will be released on December 2, 2013.
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EXCERPT
"They're haunting me!" I scream it as they remove me from the meeting room, my feet dragging on the dirty tiles. "They'll never leave me alone now! They're here to make me crazy!" Ashur and Gideon have a tight grip on my upper arms and I can feel the bruises forming. "Junco!" Gid yells down at me. "They're not real! Listen, Junco. This is just a side effect of the Archer morph, OK?" I look behind us to see if they're following, but they're not. Ashur whooshes open a door with a wave of his hand and they drag me into a bedroom and push me down on the bed. "Junco," Ash starts, his voice calm and deep. "Look at me, Snowbird." I look up into his eyes. They are glowing so bright they are almost fluorescent. "You're hallucinating. Understand? This is a consequence of the unsanctioned Archer morph Inanna put you through. You're hallucinating." I consider it for a moment, I really do. Try and see it from both perspectives like Lucan taught me. But that was not a hallucination. "No, Ashur, I saw them. They were each standing behind us Seven. Like they picked us or something." Sera pops onto my vision screen as a video feed. You're going to ruin everything. Just calm down, Junco. Your doing? This is your doing? You bring these ghosts to me and then you tell me to calm down? "Junco"--it's Gid now--"here, take this." He shoves some water at me and I take the glass. "Drink it, Junco." I do without even thinking and then hand him the glass back. What are you doing, Sera? Why are you doing this? Junco, this is part of the plan. Tier's plan involves raising the Djed Pillars, and that part is my plan as well. But the Seven of you need proxies. Those ghosts are your sacrifices, remember? Sacrifices? "Oh, God!" My head falls into my hands as this new horror hits me.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label). She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really-Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master's degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.
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