Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cover Reveal - Tainted Kiss by Sharon Kay

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Tainted Kiss
Watchers Kiss, book #1
by Sharon Kay

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About the Book
Tactical, lethal, resolute.
Haunted by a centuries-old tragedy, there’s no room in Arawn’s life for softness. Every action he takes is for the betterment of his race and the good of the realm. He leads his elite band of warriors the same way he lives his life: full on, without compromise, determined. Except for one sexy female who happens to be his subordinate.

Tenacious, passionate, tough-as-steel.
Ria relishes the duties Arawn assigns her as much as she respects the deadly combatants on her team. And she has a secret: her formidable boss is also her deepest fantasy. Years of working under his authority haven’t dulled the spark she feels, yet her passion is tempered by the hints of loss she gathers about him. His dark and sexy moodiness draws her, but he’s a hard man to approach as he keeps the world at emotional arm’s length.

Secrets laced in blood burn his battle-hardened soul.
When Ria is gravely injured in the line of duty, Arawn can no longer fight his own long-simmering feelings. But a secret, more heinous and ugly than anyone could imagine, prevents him from surrendering his heart. Despite his intentions, he and Ria forge a connection both fiery and unexpectedly tender. Yet every day brings them closer to shocking facts. Evil stirs in his blood, and hiding the truth from her will be the ultimate betrayal.
About the Author
Sharon Kay was bitten early by the writing bug. At age twelve, she wrote a short story about a magic ring that won a statewide contest. With her nose always in a book, she read the most novels for her age group in her local library’s summer reading program.  
In her teens, writing took a backseat to fashion, as she was determined to find clothes different from what everyone else bought at the mall. And what she couldn’t find, she created. She learned to sew, worked in a fabric store after school, and spent her spare time with a needle in hand. Her black and orange prom dress is still one of her favorite creations.
Sharon lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son, and didn’t expect to write again. But Wicked Wind and the Solsti series formed in her head one weekend and refused to stay quiet until she put pen to paper. Her characters tend to keep her up at night, as they banter, fall in love, and slay endless varieties of power-hungry demons.

Sharon Kay
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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Book Review - The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

The Good Girl 
by Mary Kubica
Published 2014
355 Pages

When Mia, the black sheep daughter of a prominent Chicago judge, goes out one evening to meet her on again/ off again boyfriend, she does the unthinkable. Realizing she has been stood up she begins to chat with a seemingly nice guy, Colin, and ends up in his bed. What she doesn't know is that Colin has been watching her, learning about her every move, and preparing for this very evening... and with sinister intensions. Colin's crime boss plans to hold Mia hostage for ransom. But in carrying out his bosses orders Colin veers from his original plan, setting the stage for suspense and intrigue.

Detective Gabe is the lead investigator assigned to Mia's missing persons case. As he attempts to uncover details about the case he meets Mia's mother, Eve, a lovely woman who has allowed her domineering husband to dictate her judgment and parenting. Gabe has battled his own demons, and thinks about his son, as he begins to bond with the grieving mother.

The story is told in a first person narrative, beginning before and after the abduction, from Detective Gabe, Eve, and Colin's perspectives. It delves into the past, and helps the reader to understand what led these complex characters to this juncture. As each event unfolds, from past and present, we discover just how far each character has come... and how much further they will need to go on this emotional journey.  


The writing style reminded me of Chevy Stevens (one of my favorite authors), and had a similar theme to Gone Girl, but with different plot twists that kept me guessing! I couldn't put down this book until I had all the answers I was craving. Suspenseful, exciting, and heartbreaking, this story takes a hard look at human relationships, how they form our interactions, and the manner in which our decisions impact our lives. A really great read. 

Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Andrea


4.5 STARS

Monday, May 18, 2015

Book Review - Revenant by Larissa Ione

Revenant 
(Demonica #11, Lords of Deliverance #6)
by Larissa Ione
Published 2014
416 Pages

Starting off at the intersection between two series, I was hoping I could keep up with the story, and not feel lost. I was eager to see why the fallen angel, Revenant, was beyond redemption, and what led to his downfall. And the author did not disappoint! There was enough back story so that this enchanting tale felt complete on its own. So, if you haven't read the other books in the series, don't let that stop you! Still, it's so well written, and such a fantastic tale, I recommend starting at the beginning.

Revenant believed he was alone in the world. But now that he has discovered the truth he is caught between heaven and hell, and must decide if his desire for revenge outweighs his desire for the mysterious false angel, Blaspheme. But there are no easy choices in matters of love and revenge, heaven and hell... one decision could mean the difference between salvation or destruction. 


Revenant is a handsome and fearsome fallen angel, with a violent past. He is torn between past and present loyalties, and soon finds his twin brother to be the biggest barrier to a life he was denied. On Earth, Blaspheme has her own internal battles to overcome. She and Revenant are unlikely allies. But their chemistry is undeniable, and their sizzling hot romance is off the charts. Revenant knows something is different with the mysterious female who he can't get out of his head. But the secret she is keeping isn't anything he could imagine... and it's about to be uncovered.

I was impressed with the fearlessness of the scenes, and the manner in which the author described the heavens and other scenes that other books seem to tiptoe around. This is exactly what I wanted in a book about good and evil: A detailed account of what it really looks like behind the curtain, blurred boundaries between what it really means to be good or evil, and a story filled with enough magical elements to allow the reader to draw their own conclusions.

A truly spellbinding tale! I am eager to see what will happen in future installments. But there was enough of a conclusion to this story to make it stand alone in a satisfying way. One of my new favorite books! Not only will I be continuing on with one or both series that connect to this story, but I am eager to read the earlier installments to find out the history of the many other charming characters in this book. I was thoroughly immersed in the world the author created, and didn't want it to end!


Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Stephanie
5 STARS

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Book Review - Perfect World by Shari Sakurai

Perfect World 
by Shari Sakurai
Published 2014
332 Pages 

In the year 2115 the world is drastically different. Natural disasters, climate change, and war has transformed the landscape into a vast wasteland, scattered with super cities. Set in a futuristic England, we meet Eric Rawlins, a well-trained, intelligent, genetically engineered man who was created by the London Security Agency (L.S.A.) to protect the innocent. 

Eric seems to have it all -- good looks, skills, and a perfect life -- until he finds himself up against Adam Larimore, the son of a billionaire, who is on a mission of his own. Eric's quest for peace is challenged as he embarks on a journey into the mind and secrets of the enemy, stumbling upon a discovery that will test his loyalties and cause him to question the very foundation of his beliefs... and his ideas as to who the enemy really is. 

This is a well written story. And while the intricate details of the technology, and life in a futuristic England helped to illustrate the scenes, there was a lack of explanation as to how the technology came about, and how it was being funded in a world of global devastation. It left me feeling bewildered. 

A romance between the main characters never overshadowed or distracted from the main plot. And although I would have liked to see more romantic elements, it was well paced, with complimentary themes. Despite the few minor issues, the story flowed, with vivid descriptives, enjoyable passages, and a cliffhanger that left me wanting to continue on with the journey! 

Available on Amazon

Review
ed by Andrea

4 STARS

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Cover Reveal - Shadow Fires by Catherine Spangler

~ Cover Reveal ~

Shadow Fires
The Shielder Series, Book Five
by Catherine Spangler

Now Available for Pre-order!
Amazon

About the Book:

Jenna dan Aron, a Shielder, lives a solitary existence, shunned by her people because she has visions and can see the future. She’s even foreseen her own destiny: to be a human offering, a mate for a savage Leor warlord. When two Shielder colonies need to be rescued, the Leors who are their only hope demand a bride for their leader in return. Knowing she can’t deny fate, Jenna steps forward.

The Leors are a hybrid race and only part human. Arion of Saura finds mating outside his race abhorrent, but he has no choice, as his kind faces extinction. His life is ruled by hard logic and physical prowess, with no room for softness or emotion. Bound to him, Jenna faces a life of barbarism with a mate who seems more beast than man. In the relentless heat of the wild Sauran desert, Jenna and Arion wage a battle of wills, until they discover that the heart is mightier than any weapon—and that love can forge shadow and fire together.

Excerpt:

He stood in the command center, his powerful legs braced as the ship began its descent toward Candest. He maintained his balance with one large hand gripping the edge of the main console. Like his legs, his chest was bare, with well-delineated muscles beneath golden skin. Silent and majestic, he waited. Suddenly his head turned, and his unblinking midnight gaze fixed unerringly upon her.

Terror jolted through Jenna, momentarily disrupting the vision. He couldn’t possibly see her. She was inside her modest quarters in Shamara; he was on a Leor warship, still on the outer edges of Candest’s stratosphere. She gasped for breath, her chest heaving, as she tried to dispel the vision, to break its insidious hold on her. But like a nightmare that would not end, the images resumed, sucking her into a clairvoyant vortex she could not evade. . . .

He was still standing there. His face was clearly recognizable, even though it had been more than four seasons since she’d seen it—just that one time; even though she’d never actually met any Leors. But she knew him. He had high, bold cheekbones; a powerful, square jaw; a prominent, wide forehead; all creating the frame for surprisingly sensual lips, a starkly chiseled nose, and black-hole eyes so dark, no pupils were visible. No facial hair or eyebrows softened his harsh features; no hair of any sort covered his gleaming head.

She’d always sensed the thoughts of those in her visions, and his were no exception. Determination, edged by desperate need and utter ruthlessness. Cold, logical analysis of obstacles to be overcome and the most direct methods of doing so, without compunction or mercy.

Again he looked directly at Jenna, and her heart battered against her chest. A staggering energy snaked between them, a treacherous snare. The command center faded from sight, and everything around them ceased to exist. No ship, no Shamara—only the two of them, in the vastness of the universe.

The vision ended abruptly, and Jenna lurched out of her chair. She felt the inundating chill and the sick sensation in the pit of her stomach that always followed a vision. Even with the link severed, and even though the Leor’s ship must still be several hundred kilometers away, his powerful presence lingered in her chamber, a brutal reminder of her future. She wanted to run, fast and far. But she knew it was useless. She couldn’t escape him, no matter how hard she might try.

She also knew, with absolute certainty, why he was here. Just as she knew what would happen next. Her fate was sealed. She had foreseen it in a vision on Liron over four seasons past, and had long ago learned the futility of trying to alter the course of destiny. Her visions were never wrong and could not be changed.

She’d never had any other discernment of her own future, either before or since that fateful cycle of the pink moon; the same cycle that Ranul san Mars, the great Shielder leader, had passed on. Not that it made any difference. Her fate had been decreed by Spirit. She sank back into the chair, willing her heart to stop racing and air to return to her lungs. She couldn’t let panic take hold. It would accomplish nothing.

The roar of an overhead ship drew her attention. She rose and went outside, looking skyward. A huge, glittering black and red warship passed overhead, dropping lower as it approached the landing pads. The Leor had arrived.

And with him came the end of her existence. Dread clawed at her, and Jenna pressed a trembling hand against the panel frame to steady herself. She wanted to scream out in protest, to rage against the forces orchestrating this cruel turn of events.

But it did no good to curse the reality, or to resist it. Her life, as insignificant and drab as it was, had never been hers to command. She’d always been at the mercy of her visions, guided by the will of Spirit, or so she’d always fervently insisted. She couldn’t—wouldn’t—accept the possibility that her ability might come from dark spiritual influences. Just as she couldn’t avoid fate.

Slowly, Jenna turned and went inside. She knew what she must do now. Since there was no way she could alter the destiny hurtling head-on toward her, she would face her fate with dignity and make the best she could out of her situation. She slipped on a cape to protect against the chill of the morning, raising the hood to avoid being recognized and shunned.

Because of her clairvoyance and her uncanny ability to predict the future, the other Shielder colonists had always maintained a wary distance. Superstitious, forced to expend every micron of energy to survive, they found it simpler to avoid her than deal with their fears.

There was nothing for her in Shamara. Nor did anyone care that her destiny was that of mating with the leader of a barbaric and cruel race.

Her life here, and her freedom, had just come to an end.

About the Author:

Catherine Spangler is a bestselling and award-winning author of the Shielder series (futuristic romance) and the Sentinel series (urban fantasy). She is a two-time Golden Heart finalist and a RITA finalist, and has received numerous other awards and honorable mentions.

She is an active member of Romance Writers of America and her local chapter, Dallas Area Romance Authors. A frequent speaker at writers’ groups and conferences, Catherine has taught workshops on the creative process, writing techniques, writing paranormal romance, and goal setting. She lives in north Texas with her husband and a menagerie of critters. She loves reading, taking naps on the sofa with a good football game for background noise, eating chocolate, and playing poker!


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