Thursday, August 27, 2015

Early Review: Summit of the Wolf by Tera Shanley

Summit of the Wolf
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Press
ISBN:   161650580X
ISBN13: 9781616505806
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: NetGalley
An Unbreakable Bond

Morgan Carter is a claimed werewolf. Only her mate, Greyson Crawford, has the right to protect her, and to love her. But that hasn’t stopped rival packs from challenging Greyson’s claim. Morgan is the last silver wolf—the only female with the ability to produce werewolf offspring, which means there are many who would defy pack law to make her their own.

An Unstoppable Evil

When war comes to the Silver Wolf Clan on the eve of The Summit, Morgan and Greyson have no choice but to fight for their kind. With the arrival of an ancient enemy, the two realize that the war has only just begun, and to survive the greatest threat they have ever faced, they must learn to trust each other again…

If you have been following my reviews for this series you know that each and every book has fallen short for me in one way or another. I am happy to say that SUMMIT OF THE WOLF was as good as I wanted it to be.

I want to start with some of the things that stuck out to me in SUMMIT OF THE WOLF. Morgan and Grey are finally on the same page and sticking together against others that are trying to take Morgan away. I LOVE that Morgan is willing to fight off the challengers alongside the guys and she is pretty bad-ass. There was a ton of suspense from beginning to end. Between The Summit and the crazy amount of challenges that keep coming in Morgan and Greyson, along with the Dallas pack, have a lot on their shoulders.

I just HAVE to get a few things off my chest .... To the Old Ones and the other wolves that suggested and want Morgan to be bred by multiple males against her will, you're a bunch of douche bags. I wanted to jump into the book and punch you all. And to Alexis, get over yourself, Greyson doesn't want you and never will. You suck. OK that is all.

My fingers are crossed hoping that the next book is as good or is better than SUMMIT OF THE WOLF. I really enjoyed this installment of The Silver Wolf Clan series and I am looking forward to the next book.

I gave it 4/5 stars

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

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Promo: On the Hunt Paranormal Romance Anthology


On the Hunt
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Four of today’s most intriguing paranormal authors entice readers deep into the shadows, where vampires, immortals, and other supernatural creatures heat up the night...

ON THE HUNT by Alexandra Ivy
Mika Tanner has loved Bailey Morrell, a beautiful Healer, since childhood. But his duty as a Sentinel, a supernatural guardian of an ancient race, clashed with her rebellious spirit. Now a dangerous new anarchist group not only threatens life as they know it—but any chance of their being together again...

SCORPIUS RISING by Rebecca Zanetti
While searching for a meteorite, Nora Mendina is arrested by her sheriff ex-husband—who's only gotten hotter than the Nevada desert since she last saw him. When the meteorite breaks open, the few survivors gain extraordinary powers, unleashing a crazed super genius killer. Can Nora and her ex stop the murders…while igniting a new love affair?

PHANTOM EMBRACE by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, yet he's never seen one as lovely as Cat Seddon, the woman who haunts his home and his dreams. But amid their star-crossed love, a new danger may have Yuri facing a different kind of eternity.

STAKE OUT by Hannah Jayne
Vampire fashion designer Nina LaShay has a lot on her plate—just two days until fashion week and the model who was flirting with her photographer boyfriend is now a corpse in her studio. But when dead turns into undead and dangerous, Nina must find out who’s responsible…before the beautiful baby vamp takes too many bites out of the Big Apple.

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Like most writers, I was born with an avid love for reading. Growing up in a small town in the Midwest, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a book in my hand or wasn’t dreaming up wild stories in my head. And when I stepped into my local library for the first time I thought it was paradise. There were so many books on the shelves I didn’t know where to start! 

Still, I didn’t plan to grow up and become a writer. I was much more interested in a glorious career as an actress on Broadway.

I followed my dream by acquiring a degree in theatre and performing for several years in summer-stock productions, but after I married my college sweetheart I decided to put the career on hold while we started a family. After the arrival of my two sons, Chance and Alex, I found myself seeking a new creative outlet and decided to turn my occasional scribblings into a genuine effort to get published.

I’d like to say that I was an overnight success, but the truth is that it took years before I finally got ‘the call’. The rejections were painful, but now I’m relieved. All those manuscripts that I thought were the next Great American Novel are now exactly where they belong…gathering dust under my bed.

They did, however, help me learn my craft, and just as importantly, they gave me the opportunity to enjoy writing in a wide variety of genres as I searched for my voice. Which no doubt explains why I started writing traditional regencies under the name Debbie Raleigh and then moved to steamy historicals under the name Deborah Raleigh before transforming into a contemporary paranormal writer as Alexandra Ivy. Now my career spans everything from erotica to romantic suspense.

When I’m not writing I love to travel, it doesn’t matter where I’m going as long as it doesn’t include any cooking or cleaning. I also love to spend time with my family who continue to be my greatest source of inspiration. And since some things never change…when I have a few minutes, you can still find me with a book in my hand!

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Rebecca Zanetti wrote her first story when she was six – a romance between a princess and neighboring prince.  The princess fell out of her castle and the prince rescued her. A happily ever after was had by all.

This theme of romance has been carried through Rebecca’s works until present time.  While today’s heroine may have a medical degree, black belt in Karate and her own 401K, she’s still after that happy ending.  And today’s prince may have fangs and wear a black hat, but hey, a modern princess likes a guy who bites.

Rebecca attended Pepperdine University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a Political Science emphasis.  While there she worked as the Editor-in-Chief of The Graphic newspaper, a member of the Pi Phi Sorority and an intern for President Reagan, who still gave 3-5 speeches a week, even though he was no longer president.

After college, Rebecca worked as an art curator and a Senate aide before heading to law school, where she received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho.  She married Tony Zanetti in the middle of her second year of law school and became pregnant with their first child during the third year.  She graduated law school, gave birth three weeks later, and took the Bar Exam three weeks after that.  All she remembers about the bar exam is that it was so quiet in the testing room, she thought about taking a quick nap.  But she continued on, passed the bar and became a lawyer.   She worked for a large firm, then a small firm, then the county while also teaching legal classes at her local community college.  Now she writes  romances about vampires, cowboys, and soldiers.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories.  She resides there with her husband, children and extended family who inspire her every day.  Rebecca has completed several manuscripts, winning award throughout the writing industry for her work.  She is currently writes the Dark Protector series for Kensington Publishing, the Maverick Montana series for Entangled Publishing, and the Sin Brothers series for Grand Central Publishing.

For More Information
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Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series and The Gifted Ones series. Her books have twice been nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and/or Night Owl Reviews. Reviewers have called Dianne’s books “fast-paced and humorous” (Publishers Weekly), “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews), “extraordinary” (Long and Short Reviews), and “wonderfully imaginative” (The Romance Reviews). 

Dianne’s acclaimed Immortal Guardians books have all appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and/or Amazon Bestseller lists. The first book in Dianne’s new series The Gifted Ones, A Sorceress of His Own, will be released on June 2, 2015. A prequel of sorts to Darkness Dawns. A Sorceress of His Own is a medieval romance with paranormal elements that won awards in the Lone Star, Where the Magic Begins, Southern Heat, Picture This, Book of Your Heart and Suzannah national writing competitions. The second book in the series, Rendezvous With Yesterday, will be released in 2016 and is a time travel romance.

In addition to writing romance, Dianne has completed a one-act play (comedy) and teamed up with an award-winning screenwriter to write a spec script for a new situation comedy. Several of her poems have also been published in anthologies.

When she isn’t writing, Dianne is very active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she loves to create in her books.

For More Information
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Hannah is the author of the UNDERWORLD DETECTION AGENCY CHRONICLES from Kensington books and the young adult thrillers TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY, SEE JANE RUN and THE DARE available from Sourcebooks, Inc. When she’s not battling the demons of the Underworld or tackling a murderer at Hawthorne High, Jayne kicks her feet up in her San Francisco bay area home and attempts to share couch space with two enormous cats.

Now that you’re here, kick up your feet and stay awhile…

For More Information
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Connect with Hannah: Twitter  Facebook

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Promo + Giveaway: Even Vampires Get the Blues by Sandra Hill



Even Vampires Get the Blues
Deadly Angels #6

New York Times bestselling author Sandra Hill delivers a sizzling new entry in her Deadly Angels series, as a Viking vangel's otherworldly mission teams him with a Navy SEAL who's more than his match— she's his predestined mate . . .

The fact that vampire angel Harek Sigurdsson was a Norseman in his mortal life doesn't make thawing out after exile in Siberia any easier. But things heat up when his search for evil Lucipires connects him with Camille Dumaine, a human who thrums with sensual energy that can mean only one thing: she's the mate Harek's been seeking for centuries . . .

The SEALs call her "Camo" for her ability to blend into a crowd—yet Harek's intense blue gaze singles Camille out like a white-hot spotlight. The security wiz was hired to help bring down a ruthless band of international kidnappers, but Camille senses an unspoken agenda—besides Harek's bold declaration that she's his "destiny." Just Camille's luck that the sexiest man she's ever met may also be . . . a vampire!
Excerpt #2:

“Harek Sigurdsson!” a male voice yelled out of the mist, so loud that Harek jerked into a sitting position on the pallet in the alcove of his enclosed space and almost rolled off to the floor. He blinked and tried to see the hazy blur standing in the open doorway leading to the longship’s deck. The only light came from the full moon outside.
He stood, and at first he was disoriented. Who wouldn’t be with a head the size of a wagon wheel, with what felt like a battle-axe imbedded in his skull?
A man … He could swear it was a man he saw standing there, and yet at the same time, there was no one there. Just a swirling fog.
“Who goes there?” he yelled out, thinking it must be one of the crew stationed on board overnight.
Silence.

Now he was starting to be annoyed. “Present yourself, man, or suffer the consequences.”

No one answered. Good thing, because he realized he had no weapon in hand. Should he grab a knife? What kind of weapon did one use with a ghost? Would a blade even suffice?
He shook his head to clear it, to no avail. He was still under the influence of ale. Or something.
He could see clearer now, and it was a tall, dark-haired man wearing a long gown in the Arab style who beckoned him outside. The gown in itself was not so unusual but the broadsword he held easily in one hand was, especially since it was his own pattern-welded blade. Then, there were the huge white wings spread out from his back.
What? Wings? Huh? It couldn’t be possible. He closed his eyes and looked again. Definitely wings.
Was it even a man? Or some kind of bird?

He had heard of shivering men suffering from wild dreams of writhing snakes or even fire-breathing dragons, but usually it was men trying to wean themselves away from years of the addictive brews or opium. Harek rarely drank to excess and never had an interest in the poppy seed.
But Harek had a more important issue at the moment. His bladder was so full he would be pissing from his ears if he didn’t soon relieve himself. Making his way through the now empty doorway, he staggered over to the rail. Undoing the laces on his braies, he released himself and let loose a long stream of urine. When he was done—shaking his cock clean, then tucking it back into his braies—he breathed a sigh of relief, then belched. Which was a mistake. His breath was enough to gag a maggot.
Which cleared his head enough to let him know he still had company. The man-bird stood there, scowling at him with contempt. The wings were folded so that he could scarce tell they were there.
“Who … what are you?”

“Michael. The Archangel.”
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Sandra Hill is a graduate of Penn State and worked for more than 10 years as a features writer and education editor for publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Writing about serious issues taught her the merits of seeking the lighter side of even the darkest stories. She is the wife of a stockbroker and the mother of four sons.


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Monday, August 24, 2015

Early Review: Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

Mechanica
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Clarion
ISBN:  0547927711
ISBN13: 9780547927718
Genre: YA/Science Fiction/Steampunk
Review Copy Source: Edelweiss

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

I feel like I have to start this review by saying that MECHANICA is NOTHING like CINDER by Marissa Meyer because let's face it, people are still commenting on it being a rip-off of that story. If you're thinking that by reading the blurb, I can honestly tell you that they are nothing alike, so go ahead and grab a copy and enjoy Cornwell's take on Cinderella.

We all know the story of Cinderella, but MECHANICA gives it a new little spin. Nicoletta has lost both of her parents and is at the mercy of her evil stepmother. She yearns to follow in her mother's footsteps and finding her mothers secret workshop on her sixteenth birthday makes her dreams possible. She is very strong willed, willing to get her hands dirty and very determined to become self-sufficient so she can leave her stepmothers home and do what she loves. I really loved that Nicolette's happily ever after was her own and not what everyone was expecting. Nicolette was 100% her own person and she followed her dreams the way she saw them happening.

MECHANICA was a smooth and easy read with very likable characters. I did find that some parts of the story were a little dull which made it hard to get excited about the things that were happening. I also wasn't into the romance part of the book. It wasn't anything really big, but I wasn't buying the insta-love. If you love Cinderella re-tellings, I think you will probably enjoy MECHANICA, if you're just not that into them, I would probably skip it.

I gave it 3/5 stars

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

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Week in Review: 8/16-8/22



Books Received for Review

Too Far Gone by K.C. Stewart- eCopy- Pure Textuality PR

Books I've Read

Autumn Thorns by Yasmine Galenorn
Tempting Danger by Eileen Wilks
Mortal Danger by Eileen Wilks

Reviews Posted

Beauty and the Werewolf by Kristin Miller
Shadows Strike by Dianne Duvall
Torn Sky by Tracy Banghart

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Early Review: Beauty and the Werewolf by Kristin Miller

Beauty and the Werewolf
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Covet
ISBN:  1633753069
ISBN13: 9781633753068
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Publisher via NetGalley
This lone wolf falls hard...for his enemy.

Unmated werewolves don't normally live past three hundred years old...and billionaire Jack MacGrath is cutting it close. Sure, he has almost everything-the respect of his peers, a mansion in San Francisco, a private jet, and fast cars. But without a mate, Jack's in trouble. Then he sees her. Gorgeous, proud...and his enemy.

Isabelle Connelly is good at hiding things from her father. Like her success as a painter, or the incredibly intense attraction she has to Jack MacGrath. After all, she's royalty and falling for anyone lesser-to say nothing of a rival pack-would be, er, unseemly. Now she must choose between her duty to her family and her pack...or her perfect fated mate.

Looking for something short and sweet with werewolves? Look no further than BEAUTY AND THE WEREWOLF.

Jack is at the end of his life, unless he finds his mate. Isabelle loves to paint and wants nothing more than to make her father proud of her, but when she heads to San Francisco to find her paintings she ends up falling for the enemy and she isn't quite sure what her father will think of that. Both characters were easy to like on their own and I thought the couple had a good connection, but I wasn't totally attached to them like I have been with the previous couples in Miller's stories. Also, Jack wasn't actually part of the San Francisco Pack so I thought that was a bit odd.

BEAUTY AND THE WEREWOLF was an easy read with lots of romantic drama. It can definitely be read as a standalone, so don't worry that it is part of a series. I enjoy Kristin Miller's stories so I will be on the lookout for her next book.

I gave it 3/5 stars

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