Thursday, October 23, 2014

Enough by Matthew J. Metzger

UFI welcomes Matthew J. Metzger Author of Enough. Thanks for Joining us!!

This or That Interview 
Character: Ezra Pryce of Enough. Ezra is a full-time teacher, most-of-the-time boyfriend, and not-any-more Catholic. It can be a toss up which is more challenging - dealing with his boyfriend's demons, or his students' ferocity.

Angels or Demons 

Demons. Angels are a false ideal - and in any case, my partner isn't one and I wouldn't trade him in for one regardless of that. So angels can't be all that good, can they? Whereas demons are more variable - and can be overcome, if you try hard enough.

Vampires or Shifters

Oh, neither! A shifter would scare the cats, and my boyfriend would probably get jealous if I showed an interest in anything too tall, dark and mysterious. But if forced, I would vote shifter. Purely because no shifter story as yet has made the girls in my classes bring in glitter to throw at the boys. Makes a right mess of the lab.

Left or Right 

Left. The Latin is sinistra, and there's something a little appealing about living up to being as sinister as your sister thinks you are for being gay, isn't there?

Up or Down 

Depends entirely on what we're doing up or down, doesn't it?

Pizza or Pasta 

Pasta. Pizza is only every once in a while, and pasta's better for you. You don't stay athletic and flexible by having a loyalty bonus at the local Domino's Pizza restaurant!

Coffee or Tea 

Coffee in the morning and at work, tea in the evening. And mugs of tea to keep Jesse sweet. Man's addicted, I swear.

Coke or Pepsi 

Either, neither. I'm not bothered, as long as it's diet. And as long as Jesse hasn't gotten his hands on it and spiked it with vodka. He gets ideas when I get drunk, you see.

YA or Adult 

Oh, definitely adult. I'm a secondary school teacher - I see quite enough of teenagers at work without reading about them at home.

Knives or Guns 

For a time, the school I work at had a metal detector to prevent the little darlings bringing knives to school. Do I vote knives because they can kill less people with a knife, or guns because they're less likely to have one? In truth, I wouldn't pick either of these. The kids already think they're hard, they don't need to be handed weapons and start challenging each other to prove it!

Reading or Writing 

I'm a chemistry teacher, so my reading material would probably bore most people to death, but it is reading. I've never been a writer of any kind. Setting fire to grass and causing explosions was more my thing growing up, and I pursued a career which encourages it. It's probably just as well that I'm dating a firefighter.

Facebook or Twitter 

Twitter - it takes up less of the students' time, and I have to deal with less tears and tantrums over Twitter bullying than Facebook bullying.

Follow Jesse and Ezra's story in Enough, now out in print format.
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Matthew J. Metzger is the front for a twenty-three-year-old British author writing on the side of a demanding day job, and not wishing to be fully out of the closet just yet. Matthew is as much a creation as the characters in his books, and was invented in time for the release of his debut young adult novel, Our Last Summer.

Since then, Matthew has contracted four more novels in the gay romance and young adult genres, with his work focusing on the grittier contemporary issues such as disability, illness, mental health, domestic violence and conflict in relationships. His trilogy on music and depression, beginning with Vivaldi in the Dark in December 2013, has been billed as both heartbreaking and intense. His fifth novel, published here at Breathless Press, is by far the most light-hearted so far.

When he's not writing, Matthew is sleeping or working. Most of his time is spent thinking about writing or actually doing it. He can be stalked on Twitter and Facebook, as well as his Wordpress blog, and welcomes contact from readers and fellow authors alike.
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Enough
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 Jesse can do the math: Ezra's perfect, he isn't, and this relationship is doomed. Until the accident forces Jesse to recalculate.

Jesse has never had a real boyfriend before. He's a firefighter, and that's all that anyone's seen before—a quick and thrilling screw, and a story for the future. So when he lands Ezra Pryce, the most beautiful man in the whole of Brighton, Jesse can't quite understand why Ezra is still here eight months down the line.

Not that he's going to complain. Ezra's sexy, sarcastic, and doesn't treat Jesse like he's stupid, but Jesse can do the math. Ezra is nothing short of perfection; and Jesse falls a very way short of it. Jesse isn't going to be enough for someone like Ezra in the long run, and he is living—and loving—on borrowed time. When a disastrous weekend in Norwich introduces Jesse to the staunch disapproval of Ezra's family and the six-pack of his ex-boyfriend in one fell swoop, Jesse's fate is sealed. He cannot hope to live up to an ex who has every intention of getting Ezra back, and all the looks and charm to do it too. Jesse is not enough for Ezra and he's never going to be.
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Excerpt:

Jackie's was a loud cross between a bar and a club, with a sticky dance floor populated by both straight and gay couples, and a tiny LGBTQ flag above the bar with a sign declaring it to be a "safe space." Jesse had no idea what that meant, but he grasped that it was okay to be gay in here, and slid an arm around Ezra's waist at the bar. 

"You're clingy," Ezra said lightly, but tucked his head briefly against Jesse's neck in a kind of half-hug pose. "You okay?" 

"Yeah," Jesse said, and slapped Ezra's hand down. "I'll get this round. I want you to get tipsy, and you'll never do that if you stick to your bloody lager." 
 
"Mr. Dawkins, are you trying to get me drunk?" 

"Yes," Jesse said, handing over a twenty to the bored bartender. In the pause as the guy wrestled with the till, he twisted to kiss Ezra soundly, transmitting his exact intentions with his tongue and his hand possessively low on Ezra's hip. 

"Mm," Ezra hummed as he pulled back, and his eyes were just a little darker. "Maybe I'll get a little bit drunk." 

"You do that," Jesse said, and pressed the glass into his hand. 

Jackie's livened up a little as the bar slowly filled and the money kept changing hands. Jesse kept Ezra on the vodka, relishing the chance to be able to get him drunk. Ezra didn't like to get drunk if Jesse couldn't, and Jesse often couldn't drink because of the risk of being called to an emergency at work, so it was nice to get to let go a little, to drink a bit more than the two-pint maximum, to feel the first fuzzy edges of poor coordination and disjointed thinking take over his brain. The music was kind of shitty – late nineties stuff he hadn't heard in years – and the bartender was stingy with the doubles, but it was fairly cheap and it was nasty enough to work, and when that wide, beautiful smile bloomed across Ezra's face when a tiny little lesbian and her girlfriend dragged him to dance with them, insisting they knew him as insistently as he said that they didn't, Jesse felt happy. Despite Mrs. Pryce, despite Audrey Hepburn being a lesbian, despite the crucifix on the gatepost, he felt happy. 

He drained his glass and went to the bathroom, relieving himself clumsily in a definitely nasty bathroom with the telltale streaks of sticky white powder on the counter that said that at least one part of the sex, drugs and rock and roll was going down in here on your average evening. Rinsing his hands off, he wondered if another round was called for, or another bar. Obviously they'd keep going a bit longer. He could still think, for one. And thinking was counterproductive for later, when he'd get Ezra's long legs wrapped around his waist and try and suck all the alcohol back out through his mouth. Or his neck. Or other places. 

Then he left the bathroom, and saw him. 

Ezra had escaped the tiny lesbians, and was leaning very precariously against the bar, a fresh drink in hand, and smiling—beaming—at a man who was just offensively good-looking. He looked like one of those underwear models or something. Tall in a too-tight-T-shirt, with spiky dark hair in a style that could have been achieved with an electric razor but he'd probably paid fifty quid for at a salon aimed at women. A waxed chest, judging by the naked v of skin that was visible below his neck. He was flashing a chiseled, perfect, cologne-ad smile at Ezra. People could model cologne and underwear, right? Because this guy definitely did. 

Jesse hesitated at the bathroom door, and felt a shaky warmth bubbling up in his stomach as the underwear model reached into his back pocket and passed Ezra a thin bit of card. His number, maybe? Why the hell was some underwear-cologne model giving Ezra his number? 

Why the hell was Ezra putting it in his pocket? 

Ezra turned from the bar, eyes scanning the room, and that placid, drink-smudged smile widened when he locked eyes with Jesse. He leaned back against the sticky wood, weight on his elbows, and beckoned with one long finger, and it was like an invisible rope reeling Jesse in. The underwear model glanced Jesse's way and melted back into the crowd on the dance floor and Jesse's anger went with him. He planted his hands on either side of Ezra's waist, bracing himself against the bar, and crowded Ezra against it to kiss him and taste the drunken want on his tongue. 

"You ran away," Ezra accused, tugging on Jesse's hair lightly. 

"You started talking to other guys," Jesse murmured, and yet with Ezra's hand playing with his ear and the wide, blissfully peaceful expression he wore when he was drunk, it somehow didn't matter. 

"Only because you ran away," Ezra teased, and bumped his nose against Jesse's clumsily. 

"Can we go?" Jesse whispered, dropping a hand to slide it around Ezra's hip and down to the top of his leg, rubbing against the denim of his jeans lightly. "Back to the hotel? I have designs." 

"On what?" 

"On you and the bed and being bendy." 

Ezra grinned, and downed the rest of his glass in one expert motion, his back and neck flexing like liquid in suspension. "I knew you got me drunk," he accused, and Jesse laughed, putting a hand into Ezra's back pocket to hook him in and guide him out. The night air was cold after the heat of the bar, and the underwear model had vanished like an ugly, sexy mirage. 

"You shouldn't talk to underwear models," he blurted out, and Ezra laughed too loudly in the street.
"I only talk to your underwear," he retorted, and then all the sense of it was slipping away, and Jesse simply forgot in favor of other things. 

For the moment.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Guest Blog & Giveaway: The Asylum Tales by Jocelynn Drake

UFI welcomes Author Jocelynn Drake. Thanks for Joining us!!

Is this your first time in Low Town – the setting of the Asylum Tales series?  I asked Gage Powell, local tattoo artist, to give you a quick tour of the city so you know all the great spots you need to visit.

Low Town Tour Guide
By Gage Powell & Jocelynn Drake 

I talked to that author I work with, Jocelynn Drake, recently and she mentioned that people were interested in visiting Low Town.  My first reaction was naturally, “You’re kidding, right?” but she was dead serious.    She suggested that I supply a quick guide to out-of-towners wanting a little adventure.

First, Low Town is in the Midwest, which means we get more snow than Florida and less snow than Montana each winter (unless the Winter Court decides to come to town and then you’re just better off vacationing at the South Pole because there’ll be less snow there).  In the summer, it’s hot.  Fry an egg on the sidewalk hot.  And no, it’s not a dry heat.

If you happen to be a shape-shifter, you’ll need to check in with the local packs to get approval to come into their territory.  Jackson Wagnalls is the alpha for the Low Town werewolf pack.  He’s an okay guy, but I wouldn’t mention my name since he’s not a fan of mine.  (I still think he’s blowing that whole Chihuahua thing out of proportion.)    Of course, if you’re a vampire, you’ll also need to swing by one of the local nests for approval as well.  We have two nests in town.  There are also several troll-friendly hotels in the area if you’re the type that’s extremely allergic to sunlight.

Low Town is like any medium-sized city.  We’ve got skyscrapers (the tallest being Lindner Tower).  We’ve got a zoo, theaters, and sports arenas, but you want the off-the-beaten path, 50-cent tour, right?

First, if you’re looking for something sweet, on the south side of town, there’s a little pastry and sweets shop called Brownie Delights.  I’ve been told that the things they do with chocolate are worth killing for (though they haven’t reported any deaths in over three years).  I don’t stop at the shop because I don’t trust the fey when it comes to food.

On the more adult end, there is a great tapas bar called Warm & Toasted.  The place has an excellent selection of wines, coffees, and empanadas.  Also, the place has become quite popular with vampires since they recently set up an agreement with local blood bank to keep in stock a few types of blood each night.  Just be sure to have your BBC (Blood Bank Card) on hand if you wish to order.  (Keep in mind this is the more slacks and collared shirt crowd.)

If you’re looking for more of the vintage rock T-shirt and jeans crowd, head over to Cock’s Crow.  The bar is wall-to-wall awesome with rock music blasted over the speakers when there isn’t a live band in the back.  The owner Dolan caters to all types.  He’s even set up some smaller tables on ledges near the ceiling for the pixies and faeries, but I wouldn’t advise sitting under them as they tend to spill their drinks as the night wears on.  The other nice thing is that since Dolan is a minotaur, the fights are kept to a minimum (except on Wednesday night – half-price shots and domestic beers for ogres and trolls).    

If you’re a fan of good beer and German food, head over to Strauss Haus Restaurant and Bier Garten.  They have the best imported beer selection on tap in the city and Tuesday night is half-priced sauerkraut balls.  (But watch out for Fridays, there’s a wandering polka band.  Also, don’t mention my name to the seating hostess.  She’s a siren and doesn’t like me much at the moment either.)

For a real adventure, or maybe just a wild bachelor/bachelorette party, I suggest Miss Holly’s Hot House.  Hidden in a quiet neighborhood, the succubus-run brothel employs only succubi and incubi, and caters to nearly every fantasy.  (Don’t worry, they are regulated by the health department.)

And what visit to Low Town would be complete without a new tattoo to show your friends when you get home?  Asylum Tattoo Parlor is just down the street from Strauss Haus.  Get Trixie, Bronx, or me to give you some fresh ink.  Want to forget about this vacation completely?  I’ve got the right potion that can help with that too.

You’re going to have a great time in Low Town.  If not, I can help you forget!

Gage Powell, tattoo artist and owner of Asylum Tattoo Parlor

[Dear Gage, Are you trying to scare people away? Also, this is a family-friendly site. I don’t think you need to include a BROTHEL in your highlights. Thanks, Jocelynn] 

[Dear Jocelynn, I think most people need a trip to a brothel while on vacation.  I’m keeping it in. Thanks, Gage] 

Low Town is a wild and strange place filled with the dangerous and unexpected.  Follow tattoo artist Gage Powell on his adventures through Low Town in the Asylum Tales with his friends Bronx and Trixie. 
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By day, Jocelynn Drake is a clean-cut financial editor, picking apart stories about Wall Street and the global markets. But in her free time, she writes about a dark underworld where vampires and warlocks rule.

The author of Dark Days and Asylum Tales series, she lives in Florida with her husband, dog, and cat. When she's not working on her next book, she's usually hiding from the sun by playing video games.

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Demon's Fury
The Asylum Tales #3.1
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 Jocelynn Drake continues her successful urban fantasy series, Asylum Tales, with Demon’s Fury, set in a world where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires walk free among humanity.

Powerful warlock and tattoo artist Gage has managed to escape the magical Ivory Towers who terrorize the rest of humans and monsters – but at a price. Now he must join forces with his nemesis Gideon to stop an unknown entity who is using old magic to commit gruesome murders. And if that’s not keeping him busy enough, an investigator recruits Gage to help her track a killer … who might be targeting tattoo artists.

Demon's Vow
The Asylum Tales #3.2
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 Bestselling author Jocelynn Drake continues her urban fantasy series with the second installment of the Final Asylum Tales, Demon’s Vow.

Tattoo artist and warlock Gage is having a rough week. He’s trying to track down a mysterious murderer in Low Town while also chasing a powerful entity using forbidden Death Magic across the nation. When Gage discovers the two forces may be trying to unite, the stakes get even higher. With Gideon’s help, Gage is determined to stop the murderers before anyone else gets hurt – including his girlfriend, Trixie.

Inner Demon
The Asylum Tales #3.3 
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Gage is a powerful warlock in Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, goblins, and vampires walk free among humanity. But there are two dangerous entities murdering families and children, and Gage needs to stop them before anybody else gets hurt.

When Gage discovers a demon locked away it offers him access to dark magic in exchange for its freedom – a dangerous opportunity, but one that could save his loved ones. Gage must choose between what is right and what is easy … except he’s running out of time.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones

Seventh Grave and No Body
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: St. Martins Press
ISBN:   1250045649
ISBN13: 9781250045645
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Publisher
Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancĂ© who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.

I'm always really impatient and excited to get my greedy little hands on the next Charley Davidson book, so when my request for a review copy was granted I did a little happy dance and stalked my mailbox until my pretty new book arrived in the mail.

We were hit with some major news at the end of SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE. Thankfully we don't have to wait long to learn more about that news in SEVENTH GRAVE AND NO BODY. It was interesting to witness all the feelings that the news brought out from not only Charley, but also Reyes and their friends/allies. I was a little curious how everyone would protect her now and if she would LET them and was glad to see this was addressed quite a few times throughout the book and especially at the end.

As with all the other books in this series some heavy stuff happens in SEVENTH GRAVE. I'm an emotional reader and it always seems to surprise me how easily I can go from laughing to crying with books in this series. Each book has brought out both in me and SEVENTH GRAVE is no exception. The book ends on a pretty heavy moment that left me with a box of kleenox, a "NO, it can't end like that" coming out of my mouth and lots of open strings to bring us into book 8.

Let's talk about the humor. LMAO is what I do for a good portion of each book. Charley is super snarky and finds a way to make a smart ass comment at every turn. She also happens to name EVERYTHING no matter how inappropriate it is, which happens to be hilarious.  Each chapter starts off with a t-shirt quote, or funny saying. Not sure where Darynda finds all of these, but I would definitely buy and wear most of them. So, if our looking for some humor with your action, hot romance and emotional roller coaster this series is for you!

I find it really hard to write reviews for books in long series because I usually have already said everything about the characters or the writing and world in previous reviews so I will leave my review at that. SEVENTH GRAVE AND NO BODY was another fantastic addition with another ending that left me salivating for more. Darynda Jones will continue to have a prominent spot on my bookshelf.

I gave it 5/5 stars

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

New Releases: 10/19-10/25


Mon. Oct. 20th

 Soulfire (Nightwing #1) by Juliette Cross

Tue. Oct. 21st

 Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
 Loop (Loop #1) by Karen Akins
 This Is Your Afterlife by Vanessa Barneveld
 The Vines by Christopher Rice

Happy Reading!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Interview & Giveaway: Tainted Blood by Karen Greco

UFI welcomes Karen Greco Author of Tainted Blood. 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? 

I am desperately afraid of heights, so the scene in Chapter 1 of Tainted Blood was a tough one for me to get through. Also, I am a Libra!

What do you enjoy doing on your down time? 

Is it bad to say that I love watching TV? We are really in a new Golden Age of television and there are some really wonderful shows out there.

What is your Favorite part of writing?

I love living with my characters -- sometimes when I am thinking about them and the story line, I will actually say something out loud to them. I also love the research phase. I am working on a new novel now that sent me to Trulio.com looking for an old Victorian house as a setting. Real estate porn is so much fun.

Do you have any certain routines you must follow as you write? 

Because my schedule is pretty crazy, I don't follow any routine, or else I would never write. I write, or outline, or jot down ideas on buses, subways, while waiting on line. There never seem to be enough hours in the day, so I cram it in wherever and whenever.

What are some of your Favorite books or Authors in the Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Genres? 

There are loads! I love Richard Kadrey. Michael Carey, Kim Harrison. Of course, Ann Rice and Laurell K. Hamilton, who I think of as mentors to all who write urban fantasy/paranormal. Chris Ward is an indie writer that I absolutely adore. His Tube Riders series is terrific.

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

Someone called the Hell's Belle series "Buffy for grown-ups," which is not entirely inaccurate! It's about a half vampire/half witch who is coping with a very real supernatural threat that, more and more, looks like only she is the key to extinguishing. She is dealing with loads of family issues, too, wrapped up with issues of trust. What makes a family? Does family have to be blood related? Can you trust your family? What does it mean if that trust is destroyed?

Can you tell us a little bit about the world that Tainted Blood is set in? 

Tainted Blood, and Hell's Belle, are set in the not-too-far future. The idea is that supernatural creatures walk amongst us, and the government agency that Nina and her crew works with—Blood Ops—is around to make sure it's kept that way. They are kind of like a secret police force.

Do you have a favorite scene in Tainted Blood

Wow. This is a tough one. I love the opening scene. I love action, I love writing action, and Hell's Belle (the first book in the series) had a ton of it. There is a bit less action in this one, so I find I gravitate to the scenes where Nina's kicking someone's ass.

Which one character out of all your books was your favorite to write about? What about the hardest to write about? 

I love Nina, and I adore writing for Frankie. Those are my favorite characters to write. And they are really great together. I can't say what the hardest one was to write in this book, because it's a major spoiler. But there is one chapter that I still choke up when reading.

What Other Projects can we look forward to reading from you? 

I am jugging three (OMG!) book projects right now, including the third book in the Hell's Belle series. I am also working on a stand alone paranormal romance, and I have another stand alone urban fantasy in the outline phase. There are a lot of stories I am aching to tell!
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Karen Greco has spent close to twenty years in New York City, working in publicity and marketing for the entertainment industry. Originally from Rhode Island (she loves hot wieners from New York System, but can't stand coffee milk), she studied playwriting in college (and won an award or two).

After not writing plays for a long time, a life-long obsession with exorcists and Dracula drew her to urban fantasy, where she can decapitate characters with impunity.

Her first novel, Hell's Belle, was released in 2013. Tainted Blood is the second book in the best-selling Hell's Belle urban fantasy series.

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Tainted Blood 
Hell's Belle #2
After surviving a vampire assassin (not to mention an awkward affair with a hot FBI agent that ended worse than she could have imagined), witch/vampire hybrid Nina Martinez is reunited with the full Blood Ops team in Providence, Rhode Island. Her Aunt Babe is tutoring her in all things witchcraft, and her vampire partner Frankie is enjoying the benefits of daywalking, courtesy of a demon spell.

When a segment of the Rhode Island vampire population is marked for death by a tainted blood supply, Nina and her team race to find Patient Zero before the local vampire population is wiped out. But when a demon infestation threatens to take control of the city, Nina must join forces with newly elected mayor—and closet demon— Ami Bertrand before the city falls into ruin.

Filled with fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat action, Nina and her group of supernatural misfits battle a surprising new enemy that threatens their very existence.

No wonder she still can’t get a date.
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Week in Review: 10/12-10/18


Books I've Bought/received

-Worlds Collide by S.M. McEachern

Books I've Read

Worlds Collide by S.M. McEachern
Dog with a Bone by Hailey Edwards
Sunset Rising by S.M. McEachern
Archangel's Shadows by Nalini Singh
Bewitching the Enemy by Dawn Chartier

Reviews Posted

Armageddon by Christina Bauer
Cipher by Aileen Erin
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raash

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* Wednesday- Guest Blog & Giveaway for The Silver Pear by Michelle Diener

* Thursday- Guest Blog for Sanguinary by Margo Bond Collins

* Friday- Interview for Point of No Return by Torie James

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Review: Armageddon by Christina Bauer

Armageddon
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Ink Monster
Angelbound Book #3
ISBN13: 9780996086400
Genre: Young Adult
Review Copy Source:NetGalley
Five years have passed since Myla Lewis last fought gladiator-style in Purgatory's Arena. Now, she’s fighting again, only this time in Hell. And the stakes have never been higher. The King of Hell, Armageddon, has kidnapped Myla and Lincoln’s young son, Maxon.

In the wake of Maxon’s abduction, all the after-realms calling for war, and no one shouts louder than Lincoln. Myla knows that a war against Hell will cost millions of lives, so she devises her own plan, involving a small attack team and a secret entrance to Hell. Will Myla save Maxon, or will her child and all the after-realms fall to Armageddon?

I wasn't really sure I would enjoy ARMAGEDDON seeing as so much time has passed since the ending of SCALA and they're now parents. I was worried I wouldn't be able to get into the new setting. I was wrong. I was instantly able to reconnect with both Myla and Lincoln and fell in love with their little man, Maxon.

ARMAGEDDON felt a lot shorter than the previous 2 books. There was a lot of action, but the pages really flew by. The major happenings involved Maxon, their son, getting kidnapped by The King of Hell. I really enjoyed the way everything played out. I enjoyed the additional characters that were introduced and ended up being instrumental in the story. It was great seeing how Myla has grown, but also seeing how she managed to stay herself at the same time. I was really shocked with the revelations that came out involving Lincoln's Dad. I didn't see that coming at all. The ending did a great job of finishing off the storyline that started in ANGELBOUND.

Book 4, MAXON, will feature Maxon as the main character and it sounds like he will fall in love with someone that sounds just like Myla. lol. Can't wait to see where Christina Bauer takes him.

I gave it 4/5 stars

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