Archive | January 2013

Long Road Full Speed Ahead by Emily Walker Review

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Synopsis 

A young girl struggles with abuse, addiction, and abortion
all while trying to go to school. Somehow she hits rock bottom and
finds an unlikely love story.

Blurb

Grace finds herself with a toxic friend and a brand new hobby
when she discovers meth. She had a promising future before Grayson
came into the picture. A wolf in sheep’s clothing he soon shows his
true colors and they are painted with black and blue. The drugs cause
more problems than they fix, but lost in the intoxicating world of
numbness she must find herself through abuse, addiction, and abortion.
Will she let the drugs take her out of the world, and be forever numb,
or will an unlikely love pull her out and make her feel again?

My Review

This was a great and addicting read.  (No pun intended)  From page one I was quickly pulled into the crazy life of Grace.  It was almost as if I was reading a real life journal as I followed along in Grace’s life.  I felt as though I was sitting on the sidelines watching Grace struggle through her abusive relationship and as she bounced from one addiction to the next.

The emotions felt throughout this story are real and raw.  Walker did a fabulous job of capturing something that most authors would be scared to write about.  Walker bravely dove into the darker side of life and I believe that this is a book that a lot of women could relate to.  This is a book that can make you take a step back and evaluate and appreciate what you have in your life.

I fell in love with Grace’s character.  I felt for her, and rooted for her when things got tough.  I found it incredibly easy to hate Grayson and I was hoping the best for Miranda.

The ending snuck up on me.  It wasn’t really what I was expecting but it was definitely realistic.

I would definitely recommend this book for people over the age of 18.  The subject matter is not appropriate for the younger crowd, in my opinion.

Emily Walker has definitely gained a new fan.  I will be following along and look forward to reading more of her work as it becomes available!

Author

About the Author

I live in the mountains of North Carolina and am writing between going
to Graduate School and working full time as an Office Manager at my
alma mater. I am a writer and editor with Midnight Hour Publishing. I
also write as Lyra Mcken for GMTA Publishing and Jewels Moss for
Midnight Fire! I am also a Self Pubbing Maniac! My favorite author is
Heinlein, but I also have a weak spot for Jane Austin.

My recent novels include The Reluctant Succubus with Midnight Hour
Publishing, Why Yellow Jackets Can’t Find the Hole with Midnight Fire
Publishing and then a self published release Long Road Full Speed
Ahead.

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Buy links’

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Long-Road-Speed-Ahead-ebook/dp/B00AX3EXCA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1357511458&sr=1-1&keywords=long+road+full+speed+ahead
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This entry was posted on January 30, 2013. 1 Comment

Cover Reveal of Flame: A Fireborn Novel by Mari Arden

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BOOK BLURB:
Some secrets change your life forever.
Have you ever felt invisible? I do. Everyday. I can’t get close to anyone, and people can’t get close to me. Everytime I feel a friendship beginning, something inevitably happens, and I become invisible again. Unseen. Ignored. It’s been a part of me for so long that it’s hard to imagine anything different.
Then the Saguinox arrive, and my life is forever altered. People are fascinated by these beautiful creatures who look and talk like us. They’re alluring. Seductive. Intoxicating. And two of them are going to my school. Rhys is everything I shouldn’t want, but his eyes are like something from a memory. I can’t help but be intrigued. He’s the only one who can really see me.
Some secrets you’re better off not knowing.
I had been found on a cold winter night with nothing but a blanket, and ashes covering my skin. My mother saved me from death, and took me in with love. But she couldn’t save herself. I didn’t think heroes were real anymore until the day Kaiden saved me. I couldn’t believe in miracles until the day he revealed I was the miracle they had all been hoping for. Deep inside I always knew my past mattered.
I just didn’t know my life would depend on it.
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AUTHOR BIO:
My name is Mari Arden (Mari- rhymes with safari). Teacher by day, author by night. I love my double life. You can also catch me at the gym attempting to sweat out all the sweets I eat when I write. Key word: TRY. I adore sushi and Chipotle burritos, and wouldn’t it be paradise if they could be combined somehow?…. Well on second thought, maybe not. I’m one class away from my masters in education, and feel so fortunate to do two things I’m passionate about: teaching and writing. Adventurous? Come join my double life!
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The Unraveling of Avery Snow (Past Lives #2) Review

I loved, loved, loved The Past Lives series! Sloat did a fabulous job at bringing the series to a close.

When we last saw Avery, she was figuring out her life. Her life with Dallas, her life with Ianni in human form, and her life without Landon. She was having a hard time knowing that he didn’t remember her.

Not much has changed since we last saw Avery. She is still working with Kerri and living with Ianni. She is still dating Dallas. She still can’t help but wonder what it would be like if Landon remembered her.

It seems like things are falling apart around her. Dallas has just opened his restaurant and it is taking up a lot of his time. Kerri is getting married, Ianni has a boyfriend and Landon seems to be bringing home every girl he can. Just when it seems that things can’t go any more wrong, there is news of another Dark Guide.

How will Avery deal with all of this? Will everyone be there for her like they were last time. What will the future hold for Avery? Does she even have a future?

I said it before and I will say it again. I loved this book and you definitely must read it. The characters were so easy to relate with and fall in love with. I loved Dallas and Avery’s relationship, they are so good together! It was great to see Ianni’s life develop beyond what it was before. Maybe she can enjoy her human life after all. It was sad to watch Landon though. Even though his memory was shaved, it seems that he knows something is missing from his life. While I am sad that this is the last one, atleast I got some closure. I will miss these characters tremendously though!

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17233708-the-unraveling-of-avery-snow?auto_login_attempted=true

Review of Losing Connor by Amanda Alberson

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Blurb:

When Cassie finds herself pregnant at 17 she has a choice to make, ruin her own life or the lives of those she loves. Years later, when her past and present collide will she have the strength to lose everything again? Follow Cassie on a rollercoaster ride through her past and present and into her future as she battles regret and heartbreak.
My Review:
The story presented in Losing Connor by Amanda Alberson was definitely an emotional roller coaster ride.  I loved the writing style of the book.  While you learned more things about the present story, you also learned everything you need to know about the past.
Losing Connor had me laughing and crying along with Cassie and Declan.  I would recommend this book.  Cassie’s character is very easy to relate to.  It was a great look at how one decision can impact a persons life forever.
Make sure you have your tissues ready when you read this book!
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This entry was posted on January 23, 2013. 1 Comment

When Silver Moons Rise (The Lost Immortals 2) by KaSonndra Leigh Release Day Blitz

Title: When Silver Moons Rise (The Lost Immortals 2)
Author: KaSonndra Leigh
Release Day: January 20, 2013
Genre: Young Adult
Blitz Host: Lady Amber’s Tours

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Book Description: Facing an unstable future, Chela Prizeon leaves Castle Hayne and crosses over to enemy territory in pursuit of Faris–the boy of royal blood who is cursed by a bitter rival. But soon Chela learns that he has been taken deep into the treacherous frozen prisons–a majestic, but deadly place where people enter and are never seen again. To find the boy she loves, Chela must join forces with one of her greatest enemies. And even though she pulls strength from the good in her powers, she finds herself drawn to the dark side’s temptation as well.

Narrated from both Chela’s and Faris’s point of view, this enchanting sequel to When Copper Suns Fall will take them on a voyage into unknown lands, where the dark, twisted, and revengeful wait to make this their most dangerous journey ever.

Please Note: This book contains mature content including profanity, drug/alcohol use, and sexual situations/language.

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Author Bio: I live in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina. I write about people doing fantastical things in magical worlds. Sometimes they fall for each other and make sacrifices for their friends. Oh, and sometimes they love music and nature too. I live with my two sons,a guinea pig, a cat, and two dogs. Now that I have completed my MFA in creative writing, I find that I have a little extra time to play CLUE more often. I live in an L-shaped house dedicated to my grandmother. It has a secret library complete with fairies, venetian plastered walls, and a desk made out of clear blue glass.

The Lost Immortals: When Copper Suns Fall is my debut novel.

Links: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/KaSonndra-Leigh/e/B0066W7GY4/ ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_2 GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5137209.KaSonndra_Leigh Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KaSonndraLeighBooks?ref=ts&fref=ts Twitter: https://twitter.com/kasonndraleigh Blog: http://www.kasonndraleigh.com

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This entry was posted on January 21, 2013. 1 Comment

Sliding Beneath the Surface by Doug Dillon Blog Tour Review and Giveaway

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Are you looking for a great read that has history, ghosts, romance, dopplegangers, suspense and humor?  If so, look no further, Sliding Beneath the Surface by Doug Dillon is for you!

The St. Augustine Trilogy   (Book 1)

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My Review

In the book we meed 15 year old Jeff Golden, or “Golden Boy” as some like to call him.  His life started to fall apart when his mom moved their family from Orlando to St. Augustine.  Lately some really strange things have been happening.  He keeps having a horrible nightmare that seems to real for comfort and the number 28 seems to be showing up everywhere he looks.  His friend Carla, a 15 year old native american girl, says she has a friend that may be able to help with his problem.

Carla takes Jeff to meet Lobo, and he is definitely not what Jeff was expecting.  Jeff is told he must do things Lobo’s way, or he won’t help.  Jeff will be introduced to a whole new world he could never believe even existed.  How will Jeff handle all of this?  Are the signs around him really as dangerous as Lobo claims?  Will he be able to overcome and solve all of the puzzles around him?

I enjoyed this book from the first time I opened it.  I loved Jeff’s character.  I think Dillon did an awesome job of capturing the mind of a 15 year-old boy.  I loved reading the scenes and laughing out loud while Jeff was freaking out.  I enjoyed the friendship between Jeff and Carla.  I also enjoyed learning about Lobo.

Dream Cast as I see it:

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Carla

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Lobo

Lobo

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This entry was posted on January 17, 2013. 3 Comments

Allusive Aftershock by Susan Griscom Blog Tour

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Allusive Aftershock by Susan Griscom was an awesome book.  I am so happy that I had the chance to read it!  I have read many armageddon like books recently, but this one was a breath of fresh air!  While others are far fetched, this one was easy to relate to because it could actually happen!

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In the book, we meet seventeen year-old Adela Castielle.  She has a pretty awesome life.  Her parents are amazing and she loves her younger twin brother and sister Ambrosia and Aaron.  She has her best friend Max Wendell who lives nearby, and little does he know he will be her husband someday.  She also has a gorgeous horse named Big Blue and he is her whole world.

One morning, Adela’s perfect life begins to come crashing down as an earthquake strikes her home.  There is a lot of damage, but atleast it is repairable.  Adela’s father calls in Courtland Reese, the local “animal whisperer” or freak as everyone at school describes him, to check out the horses.  While Adela is not too keene on the idea of him coming to calm her horse, it is a very good thing he was there that day.

As the aftershocks continue to rip Adela’s life apart, how will she handle it?  Who will be there to help her through it?  Are the aftershocks ever going to stop?  And just what is a “megathrust” earthquake?  Well ladies and gents, you will just have to read this awesomesauce book to find out!

Again, let me just reitterate that I loved this book.  The characters were easy to fall in love with.  And some of them were very easy to dislike.  Griscom has done a wonderful job of capturing how a natural disaster could affect a small town.  We have all wondered what we would do in that case, and now you can live it through Adela’s eyes.  This book had everything, suspense, drama, heartbreak and love.  I will definitely be reading more of Susan Griscom’s work as soon as I can!

Excerpt:
“I’m so sorry, Adela. I’m so sorry.” His soft voice barely registered in my ear while he stroked his hand over my head, trying to comfort me. I didn’t want comfort. I wanted to find my mom. I wanted her arms around me, rocking me the way she did whenever I became upset or sick. My legs buckled under me, and I collapsed to the ground. Max held on and sank down with me. We sat on the pile of my broken home. “I’m pretty sure she’s not here.” He continued, “I think she went to Sacramento with your dad.”
I sniffled, hoping Max was right. I knew we couldn’t search through this on our own. I just wanted to try.
I don’t know how long we sat there while I leaned against Max’s chest—could have been a few seconds, could have been a few minutes. It felt like hours. I dried my cheeks with the sleeve of my sweater but couldn’t lift my head from the comfort of Max’s embrace.
I thought about how I’d just used my sweater to wipe my tears and nose and sighed as I sniffled.
Speaking softly into Max’s shirt, I said, “My mom would cringe if she saw me do that. She’d say, ‘Adela, stop, get a tissue. You’re going to ruin your sweater.’”
“Ah, you’re right, she would. Are you going to be okay?”
“No, but what choice do I have? I can only pray she’s with my dad and they’re okay—and hope Ambrosia and Aaron survived. We need to find them.”
“Right. First let’s find something for your hand.”
“My hand?”
“Yeah, look.” He placed his fingers around my wrist, turning my hand over; blood covered my entire palm. I stared at my blood-soaked hand as if it belonged to someone else. “When did I do this?”
“You fell when you were running toward the sweater.”
“Oh yeah, right, I fell.” I shrugged. “There’s a lot of blood, but it doesn’t hurt.”
“It will once the shock wears off.” He found a small dishtowel under the ramshackle pile of debris in the kitchen area and wrapped the soft cloth around my hand, tying a knot at the backside. “That should be tight enough to stop the bleeding. Let’s go to my house. My folks can help us.”

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A note from Susan:

I daydream often and sometimes my daydreams interrupt my daydreams. So I write to remember them. If I didn’t write, I think my mind would explode from an overload of fantasy and weirdness. To the annoyance of my friends and family, my characters sometimes become a part of my world. During my childhood, I would frequently get in trouble in school for daydreaming. Eventually, my vivid imagination paid off and I had the privilege of writing and co-directing my sixth-grade class play—a dreadful disaster, though not from my writing, of course, I must blame it on the acting.

I love writing about characters living in small quaint towns and tend to lean toward the unusual and spooky.

My paranormal playing field delves into a different milieu, abandoning vampires and werewolves, but not discounting them. Someday I might like to write a novel about vamps and those furry creatures. But for now I like the bizarre mixed with romance. A strong hero or heroine confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and capabilities gets my blood running hot.

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