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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Review: When Twilight Burns (Gardella Vampire Chronicles #4) Colleen Gleason

When Twilight Burns
The Gardella Vampire Chronicles
book 4
Colleen Gleason

Historical Paranormal Romance





After narrowly escaping from Rome, she returns to London, where not even sunrise can stop a vampire’s carnage…

Ruining Victoria’s homecoming, a vampire stalks the streets of London – during the daylight. Not only is Victoria unable to detect the vampire with her heightened senses, but she’s being framed as the prime suspect behind the killings.

Meanwhile, her heart is still divided between the enigmatic Sebastian Vioget and her fellow slayer Max Pesaro. The battle is made even more difficult by the legacy of a vampire’s touch – a vampire who left in Victoria’s veins boiling blood that forces her to fight evil on two fronts: against the new breed of undead threatening London, and against the darkness within herself.



** Spoiler Alert **
If you have not yet read the previous books in the series, this review will spoil quite a few surprises. You can find links to reviews of the first 3 books at the bottom of this post.


Review

With each book comes a new evil. In this case the greatest evil has come back for more.

Victoria once again finds herself facing off against Lilith, the Vampire Queen. This time however, it's personal.

With Beauregard's blood still coursing through her veins, Victoria finds herself full of rage and seeing red, literally. Not only is she fighting the change, the return of George Starcasset along with Sara Regalado, and worrying with the appearance of the new Marquess of Rockely, but there are now daytime vampires roaming London and a Bow Street Runner determined to pin the mysterious deaths on her!


As if all of that wasn't enough, Victoria is coming to terms with how her future effects the future of the Venators - and dealing with matters of the heart. Sebastian continues to be smitten with Victoria, and now that his loyalties are no longer torn between his vampire grandfather and his calling for duty, he's a constant companion.
Max finds himself back in London, he's no longer a Venator and no longer feels the thrall of Lilith, but he can't seem to stay away from Victoria, as much as he tries to deny it.

This is probably the most action packed book in the series so far, and with lots of plot twists and surprises to keep you on your toes! Definitely a page turner!


...another 5 stars from Colleen Gleason




 You can find it here: 
http://www.amazon.com/The-Bleeding-Dusk-Gardella-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00122HEXG/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0JXGZXCHYK30YT3BM43Ehttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bleeding-dusk-colleen-gleason/1100314716?ean=9781101211649https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1041706.The_Bleeding_Dusk 
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Review: The Bleeding Dusk, Gardella Vampire Chronicles #3, Colleen Gleason

The Bleeding Dusk
The Gardella Vampire Chronicles
book 3
Colleen Gleason

Historical Paranormal Romance 



To gain access to the secrets of a legendary alchemist, Rome's vampires have allied themselves with creatures as evil and bloodthirsty as they are. The new leader of the city's vampire hunters-Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy-reluctantly turns to the enigmatic Sebastian Vioget for help, just as Maximilian Pesaro arrives to aid his fellow slayers, no matter what the sacrifice. 
Desire puts her at the mercy of Sebastian, while loyalty binds her to Max, but she does not know if she can trust either. Especially when a seductive vampire begins luring her into the shadows...

** Spoiler Alert **
If you have not yet read the previous books in the series, this review will spoil quite a few surprises. You can find links to reviews of the first 2 books at the bottom of this post. 

Review: 

The Bleeding Dusk, book 3, starts off with Max seeking out none other than the evil queen herself, Lilith. She offers him a choice, remain under her thrall, or remove her marks forever, taking with them his Venator powers and all his memories of the paranormal world. He would be a mere mortal free to live out the rest of his life in ignorance.

What choice will he make, and how will it effect the rest of the Venators after recently loosing their leader?

Victoria, still struggling with the loss of her aunt, is also learning how to be Illa Gardella, leader of the Venators. She is the youngest of the bunch, but her blood calls her to the top. To make matters worse, she once again has to juggle her duel lifestyle when she is surprised with a visit from her mother and friends. How will she keep her family safe from the vampires?

Add to all the stress she's already feeling with her passionate, yet confusing feelings for Sebastian. He's been leading his own duel life, balancing his loyalties between Victoria and his vampire grandfather, Beauregard. He will eventually have to make a choice... which side will he choose?

This book is an absolute page turner. It will keep you up into the early morning hours. This is not my first time reading the series and I was still pulled into the plot and struck by the brilliance that is Colleen Gleason's writing! 



 You can find it here: 
http://www.amazon.com/The-Bleeding-Dusk-Gardella-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00122HEXG/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0JXGZXCHYK30YT3BM43Ehttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bleeding-dusk-colleen-gleason/1100314716?ean=9781101211649https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1041706.The_Bleeding_Dusk 
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Spotlight: Love And series by Mary Kate Kopec

Love And Series by Mary Kate Kopec
 


Love and Bullets
Love And Series
Book One
Mary Kate Kopec
 
Genre:  Romantic Action Suspense
 
ISBN: 978-0615968957
ASIN: B00AP54YTS

Book Description:  

Three years ago Giffin Reese fell for the man of her dreams. But it wasn't meant to be. She was already married to a good man. A man who believed in her. Needed her. Loved her. Sometimes in life we do what it calls upon us to do.

It wasn't your everyday protection detail of a Senator plus trophy wife. First, she was no trophy. She came with brains and an attitude. Just what he liked. And two, the case was all kinds of screwed up. A threat with no name on it. Maybe even a leak. And it all turned to hell when the Senator got taken down by a sniper shot.

Devon Monroe still doesn't know what the hell went wrong that day. But he's not going to let it happen again. Someone's serious with an itchy trigger finger, and this time the target is squarely pointed at a certain Senator's beautiful widow. But not if he can help it. It'll take everything he has to set things right, clear his conscience, and prove himself to her. Even if it means dying, trying.

Love and Bullets is an action packed steamroller of mystery, suspense, and rekindled desire. Come join Devon and Giffin as they race against the clock, explore their hearts, and dodge bullets in this story of secrets, deception, betrayal, and love.

Sparks fly and so do the bullets!


Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/MTrON4X1yl0 

Available at Amazon

Love and Leaving
Love And Series
Book Two
Mary Kate Kopec
 
Genre:  Romantic Action Suspense
 
ISBN: 978-0615988610
ASIN: B00BH51P4W
 
Book Description:

Emma June Carter’s life is as normal as can be. All except the part where once upon a time she was Miss Michigan and a finalist for the Miss American Sunshine pageant. She's a baker and a co-owner of Delectable Delights, a sweet treats bakery that she loves. She has good friends. A best friend. And it was all going so well - until her boyfriend dumped her. The boyfriend that had hinted at love and a life together - and then disappeared.

Detective Jack Haley is good at his job, likes life, and knows how to laugh. Poker and his luxury ride with perfect performance and buttery soft leather seats take the edge off of the grit and grime of his work in property crimes.
For them, it was any other day. Until he got the call. And she went out for one last drink to shake off the breakup. A chance meeting in a bar, and neither gets what they came for. They get so much more. Neither know it, but danger is trailing Emma's footsteps, and her life is about to go from normal to hell in six seconds, flat. It doesn't take long before their paths cross again, and this time it won't be so easy leaving.

Love and Leaving is a story about nothing being safe, but in life, having everything to gain . . . at a cost. Jack and Emma will have to decide what is worth it and what isn't.

He's coming, and she's leaving!


Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/QpzL4FJwSWY 

Available at Amazon

Love and Revenge
Love And Series
Book Three
Mary Kate Kopec
 
Genre:  Romantic Action Suspense
 
ISBN: 978-0692212103
ASIN: B00K7J85EM

 
Book Description:

Maddie Monroe has had better days. And made better choices. When she wakes up kidnapped--used for bait--and in more danger than she could have ever imagined, it's all she can do to hope that she'll live to regret telling Seamus no.

Ex-Navy Seal Seamus Kincaid knows that the only easy day was yesterday. And in his line of work, enemies happen. He just never thought anyone would use Maddie to get to him. And now her life is on the line.

Maddie's dimples bring hard men to their knees, and her smoothies make them beg for more. She's smart, funny, and just one of the guys. She wields a computer like Seamus wields a knife. And she's a spunky ray of sunshine in skinny jeans and a bop-tail who gives his serious, get-it-done attitude the adjustment it needs. She's happiness in his life, until he scares the hell out of her on a mission gone bad, and she can't deal. Letting her go won't be easy, but losing her forever is unacceptable

Love and Revenge is a story about facing your fears, fighting for what's important, and learning that you can't control life--you can only decide which life you want to live.

Fight for love - die for revenge!


Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/dZ-vxUx3qlU

Available at Amazon
 


About the Author:

Mary Kate Kopec creates steamy character driven stories of hopeful love. She thinks love and life are worth fighting for and that at times both are filled with hard bits and messy emotions. She likes a good mystery, lots of action, and a heavy dollop of humor to lighten the mood. She writes what she loves and wishes you great enjoyment in everything you read.

Website: http://www.marykatekopec.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/marykate.kopec
 
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4353265.Mary_Kate_Kopec



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Spotlight: Witch's Bane (The Witch Chronicles #2) Ann Gimpel


Witch’s Bane
The Witch Chronicles
Book 2
Ann Gimpel

Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance
 
Publisher: Taliesin
Release Date: 8/7/14
Word Count: 65,000

Two stubborn people—a witch and a mage—come together with a fierceness borne of desperation. Can passion trump their intense need for independence? Will they live long enough to find out?


Book Description:

Roz, Jenna, and Colleen are the last of the demon-stalking witches. So far, they’ve escaped disaster, but their luck is running low. When demons strike in the midst of Colleen’s wedding, Roz launches desperate measures because she and her sister witches are Earth’s only hedge against being overrun by Hell’s minions. As she shape-shifts to keep one step ahead of the demons, at least it takes her mind off her other problems. Personal ones. She burned through a couple of marriages with a string of loser men before, after, and in between. Though she wants to be happy for Colleen, the jealousy bug bit deep and hasn’t let go.

In Roz’s secret heart she’s attracted to Ronin, one of the Daoine Sidhe. He’s so profanely beautiful she can barely breathe around him, but he’s also headstrong and arrogant. Not good partner material, she tells herself, unless she wants to end up dusting her heart off one more time.

Ronin set his sights on Roz when she was at his home in the U.K. for a strategy meeting and he can’t get her out of his mind. Unfortunately, she’s so prickly getting close to her requires scheming. He casts an enchantment to lure her at Colleen’s wedding, but she senses the spell and rebuffs him.

Roz is used to calling the shots. So is Ronin. Sparks fly. Tempers run hot, right along with an attraction too strong to be denied. Roz and Ronin come together with a fierceness borne of desperation, but demons are determined to rid themselves of the witches for good, no matter what it takes.




 About the Author:

Ann Gimpel is a mountaineer at heart. Recently retired from a long career as a psychologist, she remembers many hours at her desk where her body may have been stuck inside four walls, but her soul was planning yet one more trip to the backcountry. Around the turn of the last century (that would be 2000, not 1900!), she managed to finagle moving to the Eastern Sierra, a mecca for those in love with the mountains.

It was during long backcountry treks that Ann’s writing evolved. Unlike some who see the backcountry as an excuse to drag friends and relatives along, Ann prefers solitude. Stories always ran around in her head on those journeys, sometimes as a hedge against abject terror when challenging conditions made her fear for her life, sometimes for company. Eventually, she returned from a trip and sat down at the computer. Three months later, a five hundred page novel emerged. Oh, it wasn’t very good, but it was a beginning. And, she learned a lot between writing that novel and its sequel.

Around that time, a friend of hers suggested she try her hand at short stories. It didn’t take long before that first story found its way into print and they’ve been accepted pretty regularly since then. One of Ann’s passions has always been ecology, so her tales often have a green twist.

In addition to writing, Ann enjoys wilderness photography. She lugs pounds of camera equipment in her backpack to distant locales every year. A standing joke is that over ten percent of her pack weight is camera gear which means someone else has to carry the food! That someone is her husband. They’ve shared a life together for a very long time. Children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out their family.

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