Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Interview: Revelations by Pam Daniell

UFI welcomes  Pam Daniell. Thanks for Joining us!!

What can you tell my readers about yourself that they might not know from looking on your bio or reading in another interview?
That I’m a huge fan of the TV show Supernatural. I’ve been watching since season one, episode one and I’ve never missed an episode.
What do you enjoy doing on your down time?
If and when I do manage to get some downtime I enjoy reading.
What is your favorite part of writing? 
My favorite part of writing is being able to escape the real world for a little while and create a world all my own.
Do you have any certain routines you must follow as you write? 
I don’t really have a routine, but my best ideas seem to come at night.
What are some of your favorite books or Authors in the Urban/Fantasy/Paranormal Genres? 
Right now I’m reading Surrender, the third book in the Haunting Emma Series by Lee Nichols. I also enjoyed The Guardian of Bastat by Jaqueline M. Battisti and The Shadow Sport Series by Ethan Cobb.

How would you pitch Revelations to someone who has not heard of it before?

Jenna’s mother always told her the truth… except about who she really is?
Can you tell us a little about the world Revelations is set in? 
Revelations is set in real time.
Do you have a favorite scene on Revelations? 
I would have to say my favorite scene was when Jenna and Dylan are roasting marshmallows.
Which character was your favorite to write about? What was the hardest to write about?=
My favorite and hardest was Jenna herself, because I had to show her coming to terms with her true heritage while struggling with being a teenager and having to create her own unique path in life.
What other projects can we look forward to reading from you?

I am currently working on Defiance, book two in the Revelations Series.

Pamela Daniell was born and raised in Little Falls, New York. After graduation she moved to Long Island with her high school sweetheart and they were married shortly after. They soon added three biological children and adopted two through the foster care system to complete their family

As a child Pamela loved books, and with the urging of her grade school teacher to Keep on writing, has been writing ever since. Even with her crazy work and family schedule she finds the time to bring her stories to life so others can enjoy them.

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 Jenna Morgan is just like any normal teenager. That is until she turns seventeen. In a matter of a week Jenna is kidnapped, meets a mysterious young man named Alex and learns the shocking truth about her true heritage, which is the reason both demons and the angels are hunting her. 

Just when she comes to accept her new identity the unthinkable happens leaving Jenna devastated. She soon meets Dylan, a small town homeboy who quickly heals her heart. But when his life is threatened by the same monsters who had already torn her world apart will Jenna be able to save him…or will she die trying?

Review: Blood Moon by Lisa Kessler

Blood Moon
Author: Lisa Kessler
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Select Otherworld
Moon Book #3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Publisher
One bite can change you.
And one kiss can change your destiny...

Nadya Dalca has been handed a death sentence. She's been bitten by the last living genetically enhanced werewolf―part of the Nero Organization's disastrous Moonlight project. With the poisonous blood now coursing through her system and pushing her to the limits, it is only a matter of time before Nadya's fate is sealed...

Gareth Takoda told himself he couldn't get involved. Caught up in a maelstrom of grief and bitterness, he has been isolating himself from his Pack. But when he is charged with watching over Nadya's first transformation―or bear witness should it go horribly wrong―Gareth is torn further by unwanted desire and the need to protect what is his.

One kiss changes everything. One shattering, all-consuming kiss. And with it, Nadya and Gareth face either salvation...or death.

We know of both Nadya and Gareth from the previous two books in the Moon series, but BLOOD MOON brings their story to the front as they find out they're mates and fight to find a way to save Nadya from the death sentence that the bite in book two cursed her with.

I ended up liking Nadya quite a bit. The strength that she shows while going through what she is going through was absolutely inspiring. Her determination and stubbornness shines through in pretty much every chapter of BLOOD MOON. Gareth is still in a lot of pain over the loss of his twin brother. He has isolated himself from his pack and is ready for a fresh start. As soon as he touches Nadya he knows that she is his mate, but he can't stand the thought of losing one more person in his life. I really enjoyed how Nadya and Gareth fit together. They both end up healing each other and growing stronger together, but there is a lot of struggle to get there. 

I was able to read BLOOD MOON pretty quickly. It didn't seem to involve as much as the previous books in the series did, but it was still enjoyable and i felt like I knew the characters pretty well by the end. I liked the addition of Gareth's ancestral stories and they way that they played into the book. I would have liked to see there story fill a few more pages, but I was happy to get what I got. I'm excited to see who's story is next and to hopefully see them make a dent in Nero and the troubles they are causing the pack.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Guest Blog & Giveaway: Stolen Fate by Linsey Hall

Stolen Fate
 The Mythean Arcana #4
 Fiona Blackwood is losing her mind
Fiona is an Acquirer, an immortal who uses magic to hunt for ancient artifacts. Ever since she failed to live up to her fate and find the Book of Worlds, she’s been shunned by those around her. Worse, she’s slowly losing her mind as her subconscious keeps trying to accomplish her fated task. When she’s presented with one last chance to find the Book of Worlds and thus save her sanity, she’ll stop at nothing to accomplish her goal.

Ian MacKenzie has been in hell
For more than one hundred years, Ian has been locked in a nightmarish prison. An accomplished thief, he was thrown into hell for failing to maintain the secrecy of his magical race. When Fiona presents him with an opportunity for escape, he’ll do anything it takes to ensure that it’s permanent, even if it means betraying the woman he’s grown to care for.

A dark force could tear them apart
As Fiona and Ian get closer to finding the book, they learn that there’s more at stake than they ever imagined – like the fate of the world. When their task threatens to tear them apart, they’ll have to make the ultimate decision: life, or love?

Linsey Hall is the author of the Mythean Arcana, a sexy paranormal romance series. Before becoming a romance novelist, Linsey was an underwater archaeologist who studied shipwrecks in all kinds of water, from the tropics to muddy rivers (and she has a distinct preference for one over the other). Her books draw upon her love of history, travel, and the paranormal elements that she can't help but include.

Several of her books may or may not feature her cats.

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Review: Strayed by Amber Lynn Natusch

Release Date: December 16, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Caged Book #6
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Author
Reunited at last, Ruby and Scarlet have tried to mend their fractured relationship. But Scarlet's unwillingness to share what she did during her three week expedition has Ruby frustrated and Sean seething. When Ruby starts to remember events she never witnessed, it becomes clear that Scarlet's days of secrecy were far more nefarious than she let on.

As though that weren't enough, an enigmatic note and key entangle Ruby in an off-the-book murder investigation. Detective Alan Beauchamp will stop at nothing to uncover the truth surrounding the death of his mentor. But when he and Ruby attempt to retrieve the evidence necessary to solve the case, they soon find themselves in the killer's sights.

With unknown assailants after her and Scarlet's dark deeds surfacing, can Ruby survive long enough to find a way out of death's path, or will events already set in motion lead to her ultimate demise?

As the author mentions, it's a really good idea to re-read both FRACTURED AND TARNISHED. I usually don't read novellas, but I would have been totally lost for a lot of STRAYED without the back story on Sean that TARNISHED provides. If you have not read any of the other books in this series please start from book 1. You will be lost, and you won't enjoy STRAYED like you should. If you are someone that doesn't read things from self-published authors, make an exception, you won't be sorry you did.

There is just something about the characters in this series. I feel like I know them personally and my life would be lacking without them in it. Weird I know, but it's so true. I didn't cry AS MUCH as I have with other books in the Caged series, but I still had a few moments where the tears were leaking out my eyes and I had to hurry and wipe them away before my husband noticed.

As usual, Ruby has a plate full in STRAYED. The UK boys have joined her pack and are in her space while her upstairs studio is converted into new bedrooms for them. We get a surprise from Cooper's past and I rather liked this surprise and see great things coming in the future. Scarlet's memories are starting to bleed through to Ruby and she is as determined as ever to find out what happened when she was missing. Lots happens with her relationship with Sean, but you will have to read to find out what.

This book felt REALLY long. So much happens in the many pages. There are lots of answers given to pretty much every question you have ever asked yourself in the previous books and I honestly can't tell you about any of them. OK I CAN, I just won't. Trust me, you will thank me later. The last pages make it clear that the crap is about to hit the fan once again. I hope that Amber doesn't take too long to write book 7 because I want to know what will happen next.

I gave it 5/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.

New Releases: 12/14-12/20

Mon. Dec. 15th

 Blood Moon (Moon #3) by Lisa Kessler
 Mind Tamer (Network One #1) by Moriah Densley

Tue. Dec. 16th

 Storm Fall (Rebel Wing #2) by Tracy Banghart
 Strayed (Caged #6) by Amber Lynn Natusch

Happy Reading!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Guest Blog: The Witch Within by Jacqueline Paige

UFI welcomes Jacqueline Paige. Thanks for Joining us!!

Witches in Fiction
By Jacqueline Paige

Witches in fiction now seem to be the least written about.  The paranormal genre has been flooded with the now more popular shape-shifters and vampires but I still prefer to write about the fantastic characters that can do any variety of magic.

Release Day Blitz: Debt Collector by Susan Kaye Quinn

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What's a Serial and Why Would I Read One?  
 by Susan Kaye Quinn, author of the urban fantasy serial, Debt Collector

A serial is a series of episodes - or short stories - that are connected to tell a larger story.

Must Read TV 

Serials are actually a lot like a TV series, which themselves vary a lot in type. Series like Law and Order and House are more self-contained, with only a few character storylines carrying over from episode to episode. Series like Lost or Heroes would be difficult to watch out of order because the storylines carry more strongly, sometimes with cliffhangers, sometimes not.

Some readers like the week-by-week suspense of Must Watch TV; others would rather wait until the season is done and get it from netflix so they can watch it back-to-back. Likewise, some readers enjoy the suspense of reading a serial episode-by-episode as they're released. Others would rather wait until the entire serial is complete and read it all at once. Either is fine!