Saturday, April 19, 2014

URBAN FANTASY - PATRICIA BRIGGS - SPOTLIGHT SATURDAY # 3 - ACE BOOKS

SPOTLIGHT SATURDAY # 2


PATRICIA BRIGGS


I'm a quite the fan girl for Patricia Briggs and her Mercedes Thompson series. I started reading them back in February 2011.

I was hooked.

Total Urban Fantasy heaven for me.

Mercy and Adam, Stefan and all the other sub characters, totally rock the world that Patricia has written.

Mercy is one of my fave kick ass urban fantasy female characters. She is smart, independent, rocks at being a mechanic and she has a good heart.

Adam is very growl worthy. He and Mercy have a very memorable scene or three from the third book, Iron Kissed, which I personally think is the best book in the series.

I would say River Marked is my least favorite, but still very enjoyable. 

Pop over to Patricia's Web page. Her husband Mike writes articles which I find interesting.





You can have a read of how the cover model for the earlier covers, came about. How the artists found her. It is a very interesting article.





ALPHA & OMEGA SERIES



Cry Wolf, the first book in the Alpha & Omega series, is set between Moon Called and Blood Bound, the first two books in the Mercy Thompson series.

I have not read this series yet. I need to. 

This is Charles and Anna's stories along with other characters who you will meet in the Mercedes Thompson series.

On The Prowl is the anthology that has the #0.5 prequel novella for Alpha & Omega series in it, which looks like it should be read before Cry Wolf. Sometimes prequel novella's are written after the first book has been written, but not in this case.

Goodreads have put a numbering system on these two series, where they have merged them together. Take a look.

If you are looking for a great urban fantasy series to get addicted to, then pick up Patricia Briggs and give her a whirl. Writing this posting made me realize how much time has flown and I should be cracking open Alpha & Omega, myself.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Taken from Goodreads

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.



Michelle

BOOK REVIEW - HIGH STAKES by CHLOE NEILL - CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES # 8.25 - KICKING IT ANTHOLOGY - NOVELLA

By: Chloe Neill

Published By: ROC

Released: Available Now

Details: Paperback from the library, 353 Pages



High Stakes = 40 Pages

RATING : 4 THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR... STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Featuring stories by FAITH HUNTER * KALAYNA PRICE * RACHEL CAINE * CHLOE NEILL * ROB THURMAN * SHANNON K. BUTCHER * LUCIENNE DIVER * CHRIS MARIE GREEN * CHRISTINA HENRY


New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine has modern-day potions witches Holly and Andrew facing off against a firebrand politician who wears literally killer boots in a Texas-sized rodeo of trouble.

Boot-loving Cadogan vampire Lindsey must team up with off-again, on-again vampire partner Luc when a woman from her past is targeted by supernaturals in New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill’s all-new adventure.

And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman features Trixa Iktomi from her Trickster series dealing with magical vengeance and magical footwear.

Taking kick-ass urban fantasy literally, USA Today bestselling authors Kalayna Price and Faith Hunter bring together the best of the genre to once again prove when you’re fighting supernatural forces, it helps to keep your feet on the ground.




HIGH STAKES - LUC AND LINDSEY'S NOVELLA

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

This was a great, short read into a little of Lindsey's past. It is short and sharp. Lindsey's past has come back to haunt her. 

Lindsey isn't sure of where her relationship is at with Luc. Luc is sure, but Lindsey is still not quite there one hundred percent. She has her fears.

Luc has a pair of bitchin' boots he just wants to give her and see her wear, with little else.

Will he get his wish?

Lindsey's niece ,Rachel, in a matter of speaking, needs her Aunt's help. Somebody is trying to lure Lindsey to a meet.

Will Luc let her go by herself?

Will Lindsey get to wear those boots?

I love Luc that little more after reading this short insight into Luc and Lindsey.

He ran a hand through his curls. "I can't shake you, Linds. As much as you push me away, I can't shake you. I don't want to shake you. I want you - all of you. If I can't have that, then I don't know..."


Michelle 



Friday, April 18, 2014

FRIDAY GIVEAWAYS - LILI ST GERMAIN - SIGNED SWAG - GYPSY BROTHERS

FRIDAY GIVEAWAYS # 4


The Gypsy Brothers is a very addictive novella series, with grit, suspense and murder on the mind.

They are quick reads that pack a punch.

My reviews : Seven Sons & Six Brothers

Time for this Friday's giveaway with a couple of the signed items from the Indie Author Down Under event, I went to in late March 2014.





FOUR SCORE


Love and hate aren’t all that different.

Two sides of the same coin, the yin and the yang.

Once upon a time, Jason Ross loved me. And now that he knows what I’ve done, I see the love and the hate warring within him.

I see the way he looks at me.

The way he wonders how I could do the things I’ve done.

I hear it in the way he begs me to stop, to leave this life and run away with him.

But there’s only one way I’m leaving LA.

And that’ll be when Dornan and the rest of his sons are dead and buried.

Jase might forgive me for what I’ve done.

But will he forgive me for the crimes I’m yet to commit?


Due For Release

26th May 2014

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GIVEAWAY TIME

Here's what you can win.

2 x WINNERS!!

2 x SWAG PACKS


International



Prize 1
1 x Signed print of Seven Sons & Six Brothers

Prize 2
1 x Signed Post Card - Seven Sons
Signed on front and back


BOOK REVIEW - SIX BROTHERS by LILI ST. GERMAIN - GYPSY BROTHERS # 2 - CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE SUSPENSE - NOVELLA

By: Lili St. Germain
Published By: Lili St. Germain
Released : Available Now
Details: Kindle, 100 Pages

RATING: 4.5 SHIZ IS GETTING REAL STARS!!

Blurb: Goodreads

I have lied.

I have cheated.

I have given my body and my life to the man who destroyed my family and left me for dead.

I have killed, I have sinned, and worst of all, I have enjoyed the misery of others.

I have licked the salty tears of a father mourning his firstborn son, and nothing has ever tasted so sweet.

I have died, and I have been resurrected, a phoenix from the ashes.

I know I’m going to hell. I’ll burn in the fiery pits alongside Dornan and his sons for the things I’ve done, and for the things I’m about to do.

But I don’t care. It will be worth every lick of the devils flames on my guilty flesh to destroy Dornan Ross.

One down, six to go.



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

* click*

That was me removing my safety belt from the ride that Six Brothers, was.

Wow!

That was another fast, gritty, dangerous, bloody read with Sammi at the helm. She is intent on seeing this through to the end and then some. Sammi has a set of balls, I’ll give her that.


Bleeding tears instead of blood, but it is all the same in the end. I will take every tear he has, every son, and then I will start letting blood.


Sammi is back and she is joyful on the inside, but must put her wall up and put on an Academy Award winnning performance.

Her life depends on it.

One son is dead. Dornan’s favorite son, Chad.

The next one is about to go down.

But who will she pick?

Before this happens, Sammi finds herself in a frightening situation with Dornan. We get a much clearer viewing of what evil lies within Dornan, what he is capable of doing to women.

Holy mother of pearl!
Oooouch!!

I still worry about the toll all this revenge is going to have on Sammi’s soul. She is all gungho now, but suspicions have got to start flying, sooner or later, the timing of Sammi’s arrival, must eventually compute with Dornan. For now he is convinced of others.

What can I say, I am a suspicious reader. I win Cluedo more than I lose.

Just plotting out the deaths of the sons must be exhausting, to make sure she doesn’t get caught, her alibi tight. Having to constantly watch her back for any slip ups that could cost her life, before her mission is complete.


I look at Sammi as an undercover agent who must do whatever it takes to end the lives of those that did her wrong.

But this is no game to Sammi.

And she ain't no undercover agent.

This is revenge.


I love Elliott. He is a sanity outlet for Sammi. He knows what she is up to and he can be there for her. He also knows there is no stopping her. She needs to do this. She just can't walk away from it.


He’s the one person who’d know to come looking for me if I went missing in a sea of treachery, leather, and Harley Davidsons.

He’s the only person in the world who actually cares about me.





Jase is letting us inside and we can see how hard it is being a part of this family. He drew the short straw when it came to this life. He is not like them. He isn’t evil. He suffers knowing what he knows.

He must stand by and watch what Dornan and his sons do to those that get in their way.

I do wonder if Jase will flip.

“She was my girl,” he says, and I can feel myself breaking apart inside under the weight of his words. “She was my everything.”

I like watching Jase trying to work Sammi out and why the hell a woman would want to be near his family.  

I can’t imagine him not trying to find a motive for her appearance in their lives. But, then the women that are with these guys seem to accept them for who they are.

This is a very clever, addictive series of novella sized reads. They are quick to read, and Lili is quick to release the next one.

Up next is Five Miles, already released and Four Score is coming 26th May 2014.

The countdown is on. Two sons are dead, four to go. 

Then there will be Dornan.

I just hope Sammi doesn’t get caught before she finishes.

I definitely wouldn’t want to be in her shoes if that happened. I've seen Dornan on a bad day, imagine what he is like on a very bad day.



Michelle


BOOK COVER REVEAL - FALLEN ANGEL by TRACIE PODGER - CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE




Title: Fallen Angel, Part II
Author: Tracie Podger
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Cover by: Crackstone Designs
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

~Synopsis~


When Brooke Stiles had said, “It was in a small room in an office block in Washington, DC, that my life changed, forever,” she had no idea of the enormity of that statement. Just a few short months ago, Brooke, had lived a quiet suburban life in the UK. She now owns a closet of clothes she could only dream about and has been swept off her feet by trouble with a capital T. Once Robert Stone came to terms with the fact that he was in love with Brooke, he knew he could never let her go. Not letting her go means introducing her to his life, past and present. However, when Robert’s past and present collide, Brooke does the one thing that Robert begs her not to. Does it change her? Has that light that he sees in her eyes been extinguished? This is a story of an ordinary girl who finds the strength to become the extraordinary woman, and keeps her promise to the man she owes her existence to.

Add to your Goodreads To Be Read List

 

~ About the Author ~




Tracie Podger currently lives in Kent, UK with her husband and a rather obnoxious cat called George. She is a Padi Scuba Diving Instructor who has a passion for writing. Tracie has been so fortunate to have dived some of the wonderful oceans of the world where she can indulge in another hobby, underwater photography. She likes getting up close and personal with sharks.


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

SWAG GIVEAWAY - DEEP by KYLIE SCOTT - STAGE DIVE # 4 - NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - PAN MACMILLAN - ST. MARTIN'S GRIFFIN - BOOK COVER REVEAL

Don't miss a beat with the fourth and final novel in theUSA Today bestselling Stage Dive series from Kylie Scott.

One by one, the members of Stage Dive are falling in love. David, Mal, and Jimmy have all taken the plunge, and now it’s Ben’s turn—only he refuses to fall into that trap. The sexy bassist enjoys his no-strings-attached lifestyle. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he's always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay there.


DUE FOR RELEASE

23rd December 2014

Giddy Up!!



I feel like having a giveaway, because that cover is just so darn stunning, of the last of my swag from the Indie Author Down Under event. And I photographed the bookmarks up the right way too. 

Booyah!

GIVEAWAY TIME

2 x winners

International

3 Easy steps to enter!



Prize 1 :  Kylie Scott bookmark
1 x Lick Magnet

Prize 2: 1 x Kylie Scott Bookmark

BOOK REVIEW - EMPOWER by JESSICA SHIRVINGTON - VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS # 5 - HACHETTE AUST - YA PARANORMAL ROMANCE

By: Jessica Shirvington
Published By: Hachette Aust
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from publisher for honest review, 441 Pages

RATING: 5 MEMORABLE END OF SERIES STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

It has been two years since Violet Eden walked away from the city, her friends, her future and - most importantly - her soulmate, Lincoln. Part angel, part human, Violet is determined to stand by the promises she made to save the one she loves.

Living in the perpetual coldness of a broken soul she survives day to day as a Rogue Grigori in London.

But when an unexpected visitor shows up at her door, the news he bears about someone she swore to protect leaves Violet with no choice.

Even worse, she fears that this might all lead back to the night she tries hardest to forget. And what was taken without her permission.

Violet is going back to New York ... and she knows exactly who is going to be there.

With Phoenix in her dreams and Lincoln in her heart she knows it is only a matter of time before the final choice must be made.


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

This was a most fitting end to the Violet Eden Chapters.

I got all girlie and teary. I’m sitting in my car down the beach, trying not to notice Mr Fitness taking the mums and babies class.

Anyhoo, I am swallowing lumps and casually doing that slow finger under the sunnies tear wipe, trying not to be noticed by the joggers and walkers, trying not to pull the ugly cry face.

Where’s a tissue in the hand bag when you need one.

Yes, Jessica gives us ‘feels’ in her last installment and I am not ashamed to say, they got me a bit blubbery.

Dang. When a book can do that to me.

Two years have past and Violet is living in her own personal hell and trying to keep ahead of Lincoln. She is fighting hard for what she believes in. What she believes is best for Lincoln.

Lincoln had me all... ‘feels’, with how Violet left him.

Standing close and breathing hard, he spoke in a low voice. “Am I so insignificant to you that you won’t answer a few simple questions?”


He was still yelling. “But you’re not fixed at all, are you? We’re still us in all the terrible ways and none of the good!”


Awww. Poor Lincoln. Sometimes I wanted to shake Violet. The guy is wearing his heart on his sleeve.

“Violet, I ... I breathe you. I live you. I love you.”

If every girl heard those words from her beau... wow! 

We meet a bunch of Rogues and get to spend time with Gray who is a lovely lad. He has such a great soul and so loyal and nice to Violet.

“Oh, and by the way,” Gray said. “You were right. This is definitely a trap.”

“Gotta love being popular,” I said. 



Carter is the funny bone with his snark among the Rogues. I like him.

“Can we please go and kill some exiles now?” Carter called out gruffly. “No wonder I never wanted to work with you people. It’s like a bloody soap opera.”

Then we have the brilliant Steph, who doesn’t back down from anything.

Steph is such a wonderful , loyal friend who makes it onto the wrong side of Lincoln, but she sticks to her girl power loyalty, no matter how hard it is for her to do it. She also speaks her mind. She is the reality check that Violet needs.

“Oh, stop being a martyr!” Steph said, stealing my description of Lincoln yesterday, along with the croissant I was still holding, before she spun and stormed down the corridor as I watched after her, blinking.

Yeah. Steph has gumption.


“Everything is so huge with you. Big moments. Life-threatening sacrifices. World changing triumphs. But love isn’t like that. Love is all the small moments. It’s what fills the quiet. She sat up suddenly, looking down at me. “Do yourself a favor and just sit in the quiet for a while, and hear what fills it.”


Yeah. Steph. Rocks.

The bald headed, briefcase toting villain gets a name and he is one bad ass villain.

Phoenix...man, Jessica had me all teary for him. He just wants love. We really see how lonely and tough his life is for him in this last installment.

Jessica really did crush my heart.

I really do personally need a Phoenix spinoff. He just needs...someone.

“You always worried you were becoming a new kind of angel, but can you finally see?” he called out. “You were always becoming the best kind of human.” His eyes met mine, and for a few magical beats all the mayhem around us went away and his calm brown eyes met my hazel ones and understanding passed between us.


I feel like a part of my heart will always be waiting for Phoenix to be happy and complete.

I know this is a fictional book, but, Phoenix needs someone. Then I can stop worrying about him.

Onyx, you are still such a fun sidekick character who I adore. You have landed on your feet in more ways than one.


“What?” I asked sharply.

“Honestly?”

I narrowed my eyes. “Yes.”

“I’m just giddy with excitement,” he said, his eyes alight. “It’s as if someone has rebooted my favourite movie just for me and I get to sit back and watch all over again.”

“Still a bastard, then,” I mumbled.

He laughed openly. “Why fight what works?” He leaned a little closer, and dropped his voice. “But I’m sure you’ll find that not everything has remained quite the same.”



I can’t help smiling when Onyx is talking.

“Anyone tried to kill you?” he asked.

I rolled my eyes. “Not yet,” I replied.

He shrugged. “Blow anything up?”

“Not yet,” I said again, fighting the urge to smile.

“Eh. Still early days.”




“Shouldn’t you be working?” I asked Onyx.

He threw back a shot. “I am. Customer relations. Are you enjoying yourself?”

A waitress came over and placed a number of drinks on the table. One in front of me. I raised an eyebrow.

“See?” Onyx said. “Don’t say I’m not looking after you.”



Man, I want to see that tv show eventuate for this series. Just watching Phoenix and Lincoln in action and hearing their declarations of love... wow! All the sub characters who make this series so much fun and interesting, and those fighting scenes. I would sit and watch it.

A wonderful heart felt ending to a really cool YA series that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

I highly recommend The Violet Eden Chapters. Once you start this ride, you will find yourself very addicted.



Michelle



USA Release Date

May 6th 2014

Sourcebooks

BANG by E.K. BLAIR - THE BLACK LOTUS # 1- COVER REVEAL - SUSPENSE ROMANCE


We are excited to present the cover for book #1 in E.K. Blair's (author of the Fading Series) new Black Lotus Series, BANG! Filled with suspense, sexiness and romance, this is sure to take us on an indescribable thrill.


FINALcoverphoto-2


TITLE: Bang

SERIES: The Black Lotus Series (book #1)

GENRE: Psychosexual Suspense / Romance 

RELEASE DATE: May 22nd, 2014




brick synopsis


They say when you take revenge against another you lose a part of your innocence.
But I’m not innocent. I haven’t been for a very long time. My innocence was stolen from me. Taken was the life I was supposed to have. The soul I was born with. The ruby heart embedded in a life full of hopes and dreams. Gone. Vanished. I never even had a choice. I mourn that life. Mourn the what-ifs. Until now. I’m ready to take back what was always meant to be mine. But every plan has a fatal flaw. Sometimes it’s the heart.

**Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only as some scenes may be particularly disturbing.**



brick excerpt


In an instant, he's crouched down before me, hands spreading me open wider before dipping his tongue inside me. I continue massaging myself as he laps me up like I’m the only one who can quench his thirst. He sickens me, and as soon as I feel the swirl of hate manifest, I turn every part of me off and simply go through the movements I know he likes. I’m a well-oiled machine at this point, flawless in my performance. He has no idea that I’m the poison in his bones, making my home in his soul. I’ve crept under his skin, and he never suspected a thing other than everything I’ve wanted him to, but he’s made my life a hell, and payback is a wicked bitch that comes in the form of me. I’m the devil seeped within the cracks of him. What he doesn’t know, is that it’s because of him that I am what I am, and he’s fallen into the cobwebs of my lies like a fool. I guess I should love him for that, because when he least suspects it, he’s going to give me everything I’ve been seeking—vengeance.




COVER REVEAL - HAPPENSTANCE by JAMIE MCGUIRE - NOVELLA SERIES - NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY

#1 New York Times Bestseller Jamie McGuire returns to self-publishing with this page-turning YA account of Erin Easter, one of three Erins in the small senior class of rural Blackwell High School who not only share a first name, but also their birthday. Erin Easter, raised by a neglectful single mom, keeps to herself and admires Weston Gates from afar. The other Erins, Erin A. and Erin M. are the darlings of the community: daughters of the two wealthiest families in town, best friends, cheerleaders, and everything Erin Easter isn't--and they never let her forget it. Erin A. has even claimed Weston since the 8th grade.

Weston is a well-liked star athlete, and the son of two prominent attorneys. He struggles daily with the pressures of living up to his family name and secretly empathizes with Erin Easter's feeling that she belongs somewhere else; in a different life. Not until he begins sneaking nights out with Erin does he gain the courage to buck expectations and acknowledge his feelings ... both for his future, and for her.

But when a shocking tragedy rocks the tiny town, Erin's life is turned upside down in the best way possible. But when the truth is revealed and everything Erin thinks she wanted falls into her lap, life only becomes more complicated.


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Releases : 9th May 2014
Novella series
New Adult Contemporary
Happenstance : 100 Pages

Beautiful cover. You can pre order now on Amazon.

Michelle

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY # 13 - SISTER'S FATE by JESSICA SPOTSWOOD - THE CAHILL WITCH CHRONICLES # 3 - YA PARANORMAL - PUTNAM



WAITING ON WEDNESDAY # 13


16TH APRIL 2014


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at:








Spotlights upcoming releases.


SISTER'S FATE 

JESSICA SPOTSWOOD

THE CAHILL WITCH CHRONICLES # 3

Release Date : 14th August 2014

Published : Putnam Juvenile



A fever ravages New London, but with the Brotherhood sending suspected witches straight to the gallows, the Sisters are powerless against the disease. They can’t help without revealing their powers—as Cate learns when a potent display of magic turns her into the most wanted witch in all of New England.
To make matters worse, Cate has been erased from the memory of her beloved Finn. While she’s torn between protecting him from further attacks and encouraging him to fall for her all over again, she’s certain she can never forgive Maura’s betrayal. And now that Tess’s visions have taken a deadly turn, the prophecy that one Cahill sister will murder another looms ever closer to its fulfillment.




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I really loved Born Wicked and meeting Finn and Tess. I haven't read Star Cursed yet, just a matter of getting it from the library. I am looking forward to Sister's Fate , so hopefully I can read them both together. 

I'm looking forward to what surprises await me in Star Cursed and Sister's Fate.

I loved the trailer for Born Wicked.




I look forward to seeing what WOW's are around this week.

Don't forget to enter my Friday Giveaways, signed swag I have. 
The current one is for Jessica Shirvington.
They start and end on Fridays.

Happy Reading!

Michelle