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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review: Night Betrayed (envy Chronicles #4) Colleen Gleason

Night Betrayed
Envy Chronicles
Book 4
Colleen Gleason

Post Apocalyptic

The Change that devastated the earth made Theo Waxnicki something more than human-eternally young and beautiful...but not immortal. 

When he dies on a mission against the Strangers, he is lost to the darkness...until a miraculous healer brings him back.

Born as the world fell to ruins, Selena has dedicated her life to easing others' pain. Her tender touch awakens new life in Theo-and new desire. 

But joined together in a world of terrors, the lovers' secret pasts make them vulnerable to danger. And love is the deadliest trap of all.



I loved this book. In book four, we learn how the smaller communities outside of Envy live, and it focuses our attentions on Theo. There is very little mention of the other main characters in the series until the last few chapters.

At the end of book 3 Theo was shot and then his body disappeared when his friend went to get help. He turns up at the house of the infamous death lady, but instead of helping him to the other side, she miraculously cures him. He finds her intriguing and after discovering a room full of computers upstairs he decides to stick around for a while.

This book is comical at times and I found myself laughing out loud more than once. With references to things from before the change (farmville, disney, geocaching, and the princess bride!), which is actually now, I find it interesting to think what it will be like 50 years from now when I look back on my life.

The few mentions of Waywren, the character from Colleen's Gardella Vampire Chronicles, was awesome! I wasn't expecting that, but I love that most of her work connects in some way or another. Waywren is truly magical it seems, as she appears in Regency London and again in 2060'ish.

I'm really enjoying this series and can't wait to start the next book.

Review: Abandon the Night (Envy Chronicles #3) Colleen Gleason

Abandon The Night
Envy Chronicles
book 3
Colleen Gleason

Post Apocalyptic

The third installment in a brilliantly dark, unique paranormal world by Colleen Gleason, writing as Joss Ware.
From the raging fires, five men emerge with extraordinary new powers. They are humankind's last hope…but they cannot survive this dark, ravaged world alone…

Quentin Fielding had everything. Money. Power. Women. But now that civilization is all but annihilated, Quent wants only one thing: Revenge. Harnessing a strange new “gift”; he embarks on a deadly mission to find the man responsible for the chaos and destruction, the man he should have killed years ago: His father. Only one thing stands in his way--a mysterious, arrow-wielding beauty…

Zoë Kapoor is on her own quest for vengeance, searching for the monstrous fiends who murdered her family. Soon she and Quent join together, journeying through the ruins of the world they once knew as a desperate desire builds between them. Drawing closer to an enemy they never imagined, Zoë and Quent must abandon all fear, abandon all regret, abandon the night…


In this book, the third in the series, we finally begin to understand the inner workings of the strangers, and who they are. 
It turns out that the ring leader so to speak, is Quent's father. Once he discovers this, he wants nothing more than to hunt him down and kill him... well, aside from holding Zoe's arrows hostage so he can get a little time between the sheets with her! 

This book was a little slower and harder to get into than the previous two - but once you get about halfway it picks up and the action returns. With this particular couple, I enjoyed the fact that Colleen switch it up a bit and sort of made Zoe the heroin, instead of all the books following the same stereotypical male hero. 

Less action, but a huge addition to the storyline. Totally worth the read, as the next book is even better! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Giveaway: Vampire in Paradise by Sandra Hill

Vampire in Paradise
Deadly Angels Series
Book 5
Sandra Hill

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Avon/Harper Collins
Date of Publication: 11/25/2014

ISBN: 9780062210487
Number of pages: 352

Book Description:

It’s been centuries since the Norseman Sigurd Sigurdsson was turned into a Vangel-a Viking Vampire Angel-as punishment for his sin of envy, but he’s still getting the hang of having fangs that get in the way when seducing women. Slaying demon vampires known as Lucipires and using his healing gifts as a cancer research doctor, Sigurd is sent to Florida’s Grand Keys Island as a resident physician where he encounters the most sinfully beautiful woman.

The only hope Marisa Lopez has of curing her five-year-old daughter of is a pricey experimental procedure. When she meets the good-looking doctor, Marisa is speechless. Then Sigurd tells her he believes he can help her daughter. Could this too-hot-to resist Viking doctor be an angel of some sort sent to bring a miracle for her daughter? Or is he just a vampire bent on breaking Marisa’s heart?

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About the Author:

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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The Norselands, A.D. 850…
Only the strongest survived in that harsh land…

Sigurd Sigurdsson sat near the high table of King Haakon’s yule feast sipping at the fine ale from his own jewel-encrusted, silver horn. (Many of those “above the salt,” held gold vessels, he noted.) Tuns of ale and rare Frisian wine flowed. (His mead tasted rather weak, but mayhap that was his imagination.)

Favored guests at the royal feast (He was mildly favored.) had their choice amongst

Monday, November 17, 2014

Giveaway: Hellish Haven by L.K. Below

Hellish Haven
L.K. Below

Genre: Dystopian Romance

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.,
Lyrical Press Imprint

Date of Publication: November 17, 2014
ISBN: 9781616506254
Number of pages: 72
Word Count: 33,718
Cover Artist: Renee Rocco

Book Description:

Two lives. Two realities. But only one truth.

The Senator reigns all-powerful in a manifested picture-perfect world. No worries. No wars. Only the unspoken threat of oblivion if you step a toe out of line. On the other side of the divide, the rebels face a debilitating war against an invulnerable robotic army. Every day is a struggle to earn back their freedoms. Freedom to feel. Freedom of speech. Freedom of thought.

Sergeant Grant Baker is pivotal to the war effort. But ever since his wife’s abduction, he’s been walking around in as much of a daze as the Senator’s brainwashed citizens. Then Eva reappears—without memories of him or their son. And he’s willing to do anything to keep her. Even if it means jeopardizing the war.

Eva doesn’t know which side to believe. Her predictable life as a single nurse, or the man claiming to be her husband. All she knows is she needs to discover how to end the war, quickly. If she doesn’t choose sides soon, she may lose the man—and the life—she never knew she wanted.

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 About the Author:

L.K. Below wrote Hellish Haven to bring her love of Orwell’s classic 1984 into the modern day…or near future, as it turns out.

She reads as obsessively as she writes and likes to Tweet about both at @LBelowtheauthor.



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Acting as vanguard for the injured squad, Grant turned a corner and froze. A hulky man carried a limp woman over his shoulder.
Grant automatically reached for his gun. Even if they weren’t yet across the divide, he couldn’t stand idle as a man accosted a woman. Or worse. He aimed the rifle at the criminal. “Set her down nice and easy.”
The man froze. He glanced over one meaty shoulder, his unshaven mouth set in a scowl.
“Set her down, or I’ll shoot.”
A gold tooth flashed as the criminal grinned. He hurled the small woman at Grant and dashed for the slim space between two buildings.
Grant moved without thinking. His gun clattered to the ground as he lunged forward to catch the woman before she split her head open on the sidewalk. He grunted as he caught her with her weight against his bruised forearms. He shot a flickering glance her way. A riot of brown curls obscured her face. He set her gently on the ground.
He dashed for the opening the shady figure had disappeared into, but saw no sight of the man. The delinquent was long gone.
Ashland panted as he jogged to Grant’s side. “What happened?”
If Grant never heard that question again, it would be too soon. He shook his head wearily. “Mugging, I guess.”
“They still have those here? I thought the Senator brought an end to violence.” Ashland drew sarcastic quotes in the air as he spoke.
Grant didn’t bother to answer. He turned to the woman and where his squad was now gathered. A horrified private glanced from the woman to Grant and back again. “What do you want us to do with her…sir?”
If they left her, the Senator’s people might find her and stick her back in the pen with the rest of their brainwashed sheep. Then again, that same goon might double back to continue what he started.
He crossed to the woman and crouched to lift her into his arms. Her tangled hair fell away from her face. He nearly dropped her. “Eva?”
Frantically, he pressed his ear to her chest. Her breathing was shallow, but her heartbeat steady and strong. He clutched her tighter. He couldn’t believe it.
He’d found his wife.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Venom: The Reawakening by Daniele Lanzarotta

VENOM – The Reawakening Series 
book 1
Daniele Lanzarotta


Things have always been complicated for Sarah. She was one of the few forbidden vampires who were turned as a child. She was a vampire for over 300 years, until the day she was given angel blood.

She is now mortal, but her life is far from normal.

Sarah lives with two vampires: Harvey, and her brother Nicholas. Together, they do what they can to keep her hidden from their kind.

But between her desire to live a normal human life and her brother's inability to truly let go of his past, it's only a matter of time until they are found.


Daniele Lanzarotta is the author of YA and NA paranormal/fantasy novels, including the Imprinted Souls Series, Academy of the Fallen, and Mermaid's Curse.

She has a bachelor's in business and finance and a MBA. With only a few semesters left in school, Daniele started writing as a hobby, but it didn't take long for her to be consumed by her stories. That is her passion, and she now has several projects under way.

She enjoys reading and writing young adult novels with just about any sort of paranormal or supernatural bent...vampires... ghosts... She also enjoys watching hockey, playing rock band, guitar hero and spending time with the family.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Spotlight: Dorianna by Catherine Stine

Catherine Stine

Genre: YA paranormal/horror

Publisher: Evernight Teen
Date of Publication: October 24, 2014
Word Count: 91K
Cover Artist: Sour Cherry Designs

 Book Description:

Internet followers, beauty, power. It all sounded good.

Until it transformed into a terrifying reality Dorianna couldn’t stop

Dorianna is a dark twist for the Internet generation on A Picture of Dorian Gray.

When her father is jailed, her mother ships lonely, plain Dorianna to her aunt’s. There, Dorianna yearns to build a new identity, but the popular Lacey bullies her—mostly for getting attention from her ex, Ander.

Ander takes Dorianna to Coney Island where Wilson, a videographer, creates a stunning compilation of her. She dreams of being an online sensation, as she’s never even had a birthday party, and vows she’d give anything to go viral. Wilson claims he’s the Prince of Darkness and warns her the pledge has downsides.

Dorianna thinks he’s joking. She has no idea of how dire the consequences might be.

About the Author:

Catherine Stine’s novels span the range from science fiction to paranormal to contemporary. Her futuristic thriller, Fireseed One won finalist spots in YA and Sci-Fi in the 2013 USA News International Book Awards and an Indie Reader Approved notable seal. Its companion novel, Ruby’s Fire was a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Awards. Her paranormal YA, Dorianna launches with Evernight Teen in October. She also writes new adult fiction as Kitsy Clare. Her new adult Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She loves all things spooky, exotic and edgy, including travel to unusual locations. She also loves hearing from readers.

Website: http://catherinestine.com
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Review: Unlocked (the Alpha Group #3) Maya Cross

The Alpha Group
book 2
Maya Cross
Adult, Light BDSM
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The Alpha Group
book 3
Maya Cross

Adult, Erotic

The breathtaking conclusion to the USA Today best selling Alpha Group Series.

Who is Sebastian Lock?

The heart can lead you to dangerous places. Abandoned by the man she loves, with nothing more than sweet words and riddles for an explanation, Sophia Pearce felt like her life was crumbling before her eyes. And then they came for her. Now, things will never be the same.

Confronted with the truth about Sebastian’s identity, she’s thrust into a high stakes world beyond anything she could have imagined. A world that threatens much more than just her feelings. Sebastian’s enemies will stop at nothing to get what they want, and they want her.

Their passion for one another consumes them, but as the danger mounts, and loyalties are tested, Sophia must answer one simple question. What is she willing to risk for love?

**This book is approximately 55,000 words, or about 200 printed pages. It contains erotic content and a dominant man who always gets what he wants in the bedroom. It is intended for readers aged 18 and over.**


  I'd give the third book in the series 3.5 stars.

While the story is good, this book lagged in places. There is plenty of action, but unlike the first two books, very little of the action is in the bedroom.
I did like that it switched between Sophia and Sebastian's point of view. It gave a better perspective on the storyline. As with the transition from book one to two, Unlocked picks exactly where the previous book ended. This book has a lot more mystery to it. Now that Sophia knows what shes gotten herself into it's too late to back out - she's the center of attention, and it's not all good.

In the end there are some surprises and they get their happily ever after.

It's a decent series for a quick read.


Review: Lockout (The Alpha Group #2) Maya Cross

The Alpha Group
book 2
Maya Cross

Adult, Light BDSM

Who is Sebastian Lock?

Sophia had never felt attraction like that before. Raw. Electric. Irresistible. Swept off her feet by the dashing, enigmatic billionaire Sebastian Lock, she was taken on a journey of self-discovery, taken to places she never dreamed she’d go.

But things are never as simple as they appear. Sophia’s trust is a fragile thing, and Sebastian seems insistent on testing it. He has his own demons to battle, and nobody has brought them to the fore like she has.

As their relationship deepens, and Sophia begins to break down his walls, all that greets her are more questions. Why is Sebastian fighting so hard to keep her at a distance? Who is the girl on the background of his phone? And why does the strange tattoo on his chest seem so familiar?

These puzzles plague her, but as Sebastian’s mysteries begin to unravel, she must face an entirely different truth. Staying in the dark may be painful, but finding the answers could be deadly.


Lockout picks up exactly where Locked ends - it's almost as if all three books were written as one and then split apart at a perfect moment to create huge cliff hangers.

This book is just as hot, possibly even more so, than the first and creates a whole new set of problems for Sebastian and Sophia as they begin to admit their feelings for each other. After Sebastian takes Sophia to a work party, her curiosity grows and she becomes increasingly suspicious about his work causing tension between them. As they attempt to work out their relationship, Sophia is also dealing with a stressful work environment, which in turn makes her life crazy all the way around!

Again we are left with a massive cliff hanger causing a must read situation for the third book.

Plenty of action, real world drama, and emotional situations.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Review: Embrace The Night (Envy Chronicles #2) Colleen Gleason

Embrace The Night 
The Envy Chronicles
book 2
Colleen Gleason
(Joss Ware)

Post Apocalyptic
Post Apocalyptic

Simon Japp's violent past will haunt him forever. But when he somehow travels through time to a dark future where civilization is all but destroyed, he sees an opportunity for redemption.

As he becomes familiar with this new, overgrown world of jungle-like cities and overgrown shopping malls, Simon is determined to help the Resistance movement against the immortal Strangers--the repressive, controlling race that has taken over civilization. He can't afford to be distracted, even by the beautiful, soft-spoken woman who haunts his thoughts.

Sage Corrigan is the product of a rigid cult that has militant initiatives to repopulate the world in order to rebuild civilization. She's learned not to trust, but there's something about Simon and his empty, haunted eyes that tug at her heart.

When they must pose as husband and wife to infiltrate the cult, they find that their staged affection is only hiding the real heat boiling beneath the facade....and when Simon must confront his past once again, he must make a decision between what's right...and what his heart desires.



I really enjoyed this book. Again, this surprises me as I'm not usually into post-apocalyptic genres.

For me, this book had a complete storyline to it; We not only see into each of the main characters pasts, but they are each confronted with it in different ways.
Throw in a sort of love triangle to create more tension and possible future scenarios, a wild trip into a crazy cult like settlement and a run in with the mysterious strangers, and you've got yourself another great book! Not to mention the added twist of random powers the men developed after emerging from the cave!

As the characters continue to dig for information, we find out a little more about what happened 50 years ago. 

In this book you can actually get a feel for the characters emotions and find yourself invested in the storyline. I can't stop reading now, because I MUST find out what actually happened 50 years, and how the world will turn out!

Review: Book 1 - Beyond The Night

Spotlight: Paper Souls by Allie Burke

Title: Paper Souls
Author: Allie Burke

Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Dark Literary Fiction
Publisher: Booktrope
Release Date: Sept 9 2014
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print


From the author of the bestselling genre-defining Enchanters series, comes a new literary tour de force about Emily, a young woman balancing two worlds between her fingertips: the one that is real to her and the one that is real to everyone else…

The question is: which one will she choose?
Never romanticizing what it means to be a twenty-something schizophrenic in a world broken by normalcy and half-baked fairytales, Allie Burke’s latest novel unites Emily and her world at large spanning from the streets of Russia, to the sheets of her bed, to the idiosyncratic comfort she gets from worlds that don’t exist at all.

Woven with angst and darkness, bursting with heartache, Paper Souls tells of the irreparably damaged and broken, and how they survive.

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Author Information

An American novelist, book critic, and magazine editor from Burbank, California, Allie Burke writes books she can’t find in the bookstore. Having been recognized as writing a “kickass book that defies the genre it’s in”, Allie writes with a prose that has been labeled poetic and ethereal.

Her life is a beautiful disaster, flowered with the harrowing existence of inherited eccentricity, a murderous family history, a faithful literature addiction, and the intricate darkness of true love. These are the enchanting experiences that inspire Allie’s fairytales.

From some coffee shop in Los Angeles, she is working on her next novel.

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Emily was four when the universe yanked her childhood from her grasp.
She was in a room in a location she didn’t remember. Her mother, Karla, had moved her around too much after she had left Emily’s father for her to remember every house they lived in, every school she went to. It was every year, sometimes twice or three times in a year.

Emily was lying in bed. It was dark—her mother didn’t believe in night lights for four year olds, apparently. She wasn’t scared of the dark at that time, just as she didn’t fear it now. Her life had been a sandwich of fear. With all the bad parts trapped on the inside.

She couldn’t sleep when she was a child. From those corners of fear, amongst the photos on the walls, the wall paint, the walls themselves, emerged shadows. Dark, strange, mysterious, bizarre, horrific shadows. They clawed at the walls, crawling downward and inching towards the floor. Beneath her bed was a pool of blackness that looked to her like the sticky pools at the La Brea Tar Pits. Except, the carpet in her childhood room was white.

They spoke to her. They still do. It’s in a language that doesn’t exist, in a tone that no person trying to get the message across would ever use. A dark, deep man’s voice whispers the words Emily cannot understand. At four years old, his imaginary lips were right next to her ear, whooshing the words at her like a violent wind, threatening to dry out her skin until it cracked open and let him inside.
Emily couldn’t remember what she did at the time; how she reacted. She didn’t remember being scared, but she was four. And she used to have these panic attacks in the middle of the night, so . . .  who knows.

She had told Seth about them once. She was twenty-three. He was scared. He shook his head and told her to stop talking because she was freaking him out. She told her mom, too, in her early twenties. Karla, Emily’s mother, couldn’t believe that she didn’t notice what her daughter was going through. She kind of laughed, then. It was strange to Emily how a conversation about her hearing voices at four years old turned into a conversation about Karla being a shitty mother and inevitably earned a giggle. Even stranger is the fact that she would think it was strange, since that’s the only kind of behavior Emily had ever known from a mother.

Now, the voices just irritated her. Not when she’s home, she doesn’t care about sleep; she’ll sleep when she’s dead. But in public, in broad daylight? When she was in college, or at Danielle’s, at Shore? She struggled. To be normal. To appear normal. But she wasn’t scared of the voices now.
She connected the comfort her own insanity brought her with the warm sensation she felt in her chest when she looked at Brendan. He didn’t scare her. People, in general, scared her, but Brendan Tanner didn’t.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

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