Monday, March 27, 2017

Blog Tour: Treacherous Deceit (Review & Excerpt)


Treacherous
Deceit
By
Zola Blue
Genre:
Adventure, Thriller, Mystery

In
the Yukon, nothing is more important than family. Loyalty to her
family is what Mona must face when her Grandfather, who rescued her
from death as a child and raised her as his own tells her she must
return to the Yukon from New York to go into the mountains and search
for the ancient village of gold that is her legacy.
Convinced
that the ancient village exists, her grandfather sent his team on
ATV’s to find it while commissioning his adopted son Jonas to lead
the others, including his cherished granddaughter.

Jonas is happy to lead the
expedition while planning on somehow getting Mona alone. His plan
goes astray when they are forced to team with four other unexpected
seekers, including Bryan, a geologist who immediately falls for Mona
and becomes an interference for Jonas. The team overcomes severe
obstacles, setbacks, and loss of lives while traveling through water
filled caves and treacherous mountain passages.
Review: An exciting adventure story! Ms. Blue did her research, and it shows! Extremely life-like, and easy to imagine, join this rag-tag group of characters in their hunt for gold!
Excerpt

After the meal they rested, and at least for now everyone appeared calm. Mona was glad for that. While they sat around a small fire burning in the hibachi, an enchantment she could not explain had seized her. “This area has always been known for its abundance of caves and caverns. That is why my people settled here in the first place my Gee-pa told me; the grottos were great protection and shelter for the women and children,” she said, tranquility and peace with her surroundings satiated her.
“Yes, I read that too,” Bryan replied. “I am assuming these caverns were once safe havens in the rock cliffs. They said the village buried itself beneath the ground when it disappeared.”
“Yes, we were cliff dwellers,” she said smiling.
Bryan smiled back at her, reached over, and took her hand in his; she moved closer to him.
“What are cliff dwellers?” asked Sean.
“Well, my Gee-pa told me, in the village of Goldum all the houses were built within the cliffs; the only way out was through passages built within the mountains,” she answered.
“Oh I bet that was fun to live in,” giggled Tracy, she felt lightheaded and blithe; she leaned her head against Willie’s shoulder.
“Oh this is very exciting I am sure,” Willie said, his words reeking with sarcasm, “but I didn't come all this way for a history lesson. Did he tell you how much gold was there?”
“That what I want to know too Willie,” Sean laughed.
“Oh Willie, you are so funny,” Tracy giggled playfully throwing her arms around his neck. “It does not hurt to know about the mountains, after all, we are beneath them.”
“Anything for you baby,” Willie replied and kissed Tracy on the nose. “Anyone want a drink?” Willie asked holding up a bottle of brown Bacardi rum.
“I do,” answered Sean.
The blue haze surrounding the stalactites hanging from the ceiling gave him migraines. The intimacy of the room had a different reality and made Jonas feel confined; his only point of sanity was the sound of rushing water running through the river behind him. The mugginess of the cavern, accompanied by the feeling of being trapped and the presence of more people than he was accustomed to, created an uneasiness within him. Jonas’ recluse lifestyle never afforded him much socialization with others, and except for the occasional chat with his prey, and the dinners at Hattie’s, he never spent time listening to others. Jonas made it a point to isolate himself; he found people, and their pathetic ways uninteresting and superfluous.
The redhead’s playful giggling taunts and the girly man’s unintelligible slang made no sense to Jonas; they seemed to speak in a language he did not understand. For her obnoxious silliness all Jonas could think of was stuffing her mouth with one of the ball gags he kept in his workroom. Jonas rarely gave his prey the ability to communicate. He glared scornfully at Mona then Bryan; watching the two of them chat like old friends made him angry.


When
I allowed God to take over my life, over the years, he healed my
heart and with the guidance of his Holy Spirit, a new life developed
within me. God put a new dream in my heart. Over the years, I spent
several years in the US Air Force, and later achieved a BA in
Psychology and the academic level of Master’s Degree in Business
and currently work as a professional in the insurance industry.
Married, I live with my husband and sweet puppy Tomasina. I have two
books currently published, Porcelain Doll and Treacherous Deceit and
I am currently finishing my third, a fantasy series called "The
Kingdom of the Mejuar."









Friday, March 24, 2017

Review: Kingdom Family Devotional: 52 Weeks of Growing Together

30896308 Kingdom Family Devotional: 52 Weeks of Growing Together by Tony Evans
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(I received a complementary copy from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!)

Blurb:
This new devotional from Dr. Tony Evans and his son Jonathan Evans will provide both single and married parents with a resource tool to maximize those family devotional times, such as the dinner hour or bedtime. The family virtues?based devotional provides 52 separate topics, one for each week of the year, and five devotionals within each topic that will guide devotional times Monday through Friday. This is a wonderful way to build a spiritually strong family week by week, day after day?a perfect way to head into the weekend. Topics range from the basics of the faith 'such as salvation, spiritual warfare, prayer, forgiveness, and discipleship' to essentials of living as followers of Christ: money, prayer, family, friends, and priorities. The subject matter is simplified so even young children can grasp important concepts. This is a perfect resource for busy families.


Blog Tour: The Truth Will Out (Review & Giveaway)












The Truth Will Out by Karen J Mossman
Genre: Thriller, Suspense




Kelly needs to escape from her abusive and controlling boyfriend, but she's terrified to leave. She’s then given a chance to start a fresh, but is the cost for her freedom too high?

Sarah is happy in her life. She has a dream job and a perfect roommate. But when a brick is thrown through the window, followed by a letter containing razor blades, her life starts to spin out of control. Detective Ryan Andrews is on the case and the two quickly form a close bond.
Will Kelly pay that price for freedom? Can Sarah's secret past be kept from Ryan?
In the end The Truth Will Out.



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Review: I really enjoyed The Truth Will Out! I loved the characters, and the suspense was just right! This one kept me guessing, and I read it in one big gulp! While I would of loved more scenes with Sarah and Ryan, for they type of story this is, their relationship flowed smoothly and they worked well together. I loved how the story unfolded, and the plot was well paced.











Karen J Mossman comes from a family of journalists with her grandfather and uncle having been newspaper editors. Further back a 2x grandfather wrote for his local paper and also published a book based on those articles. Karen is the only one to go into fiction.
 
Two of her novels are romantic suspense and one is a thriller. She also has three themed short story collections.
Karen is also an avid blogger and book reviewer, "It's especially important to me to have feedback from my readers, so please leave a review when you have read one of my books."

Karen lives on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey off the North Wales coast with her husband and elderly Yorkshire terrier. She has two grown up children, who were both born on the same day, two years apart.

"I enjoy writing in different genres and you can see some of my shorter stories on my website."
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Blitz Tour: Halayda


We’re scheduling a release blitz for mythology / steampunk “Halayda” on March 23.
Please let us know if you’d like to participate.

About the Book

Title: Halayda
Author: Sarah Delena White
Genre: Mythology / Steampunk
A mortal alchemist. A faerie king. A bond that transcends death.
Betrayed by a trusted mentor, Sylvie Imanthiya hides on the fringes of society, caring for half-fae orphans and trading her alchemical creations on the black market. She lives for the one night each season when she can see her dearest friend—a man whose destiny is far above hers.
King Taylan Ashkalabek knows better than to exchange halayda vows with a mortal. Even their friendship is a risk; love is an impossible dream. Then a brutal alchemical attack poisons his realm, unearthing a dark power within him—and leaving Sylvie with the ancient mark of Faerie’s savior.
Manifesting unpredictable abilities and aided by allies with their own secrets, Sylvie and Taylan journey into the wilds of Faerie to heal the damage and confront Casimir, an invincible star-fae determined to claim the realm as his own. But only their enemy knows Sylvie’s true capabilities—and Taylan’s weaknesses—and how to use them in his vicious schemes.
Her fate is life. His fate is death. With Faerie in the balance, Sylvie and Taylan must stand together before reality as they know it is destroyed.

Author Bio

Sarah Delena White writes eclectic speculative fiction that reworks mythology with a fine balance of poetry and snark. She’s an experienced world traveler who loves to weave world folklore and ancient concepts into vibrant, original story worlds. She is the Benevolent Firebird (acquisitions editor) for Uncommon Universes Press. When she’s not writing or editing, she can be found making jewelry, singing Irish ballads, drinking tea, and working a variety of odd jobs. She can be bribed with dark chocolate.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Blog Tour: The Perfect Tear



The Perfect Tear
by Connie Lansberg
Genre: YA Fantasy Release Date: November 11th 2015



Summary from Goodreads:
Eleanor, a timid orphan, is a Singer. Her songs keep nature in balance, but when they are stolen from her the grey mist descends, and her world fails to thrive. This timid orphan is forced into a course of action she never asked for, nor envisioned. Eleanor grapples with crippling self-doubt and fear until she learns these are far more perilous than the physical dangers she faces moment to moment on her terrifying, puzzling and often funny search for The Perfect Tear, a crystal which contains the Third Vibration and able to heal the land. She is horrified to discover that she must defeat an inter-dimensional being or become his accomplice in the destruction of she loves.


But Eleanor is no savior, just a simple girl with strong instincts and she must learn to trust them. Just like the notes of a song must form connections to create a melody, Eleanor must discover the connections needed to create the harmony required to truly save her world.

 

 Except:
The new soldiers, fresh off the ship, marched into the men’s camp. They looked
lean and mean, and carried with them several barrels of rum. The youngest was a skinny lad who’s ill-fitting uniform made him look like he was playing dress-up. He had a snarl on his lips, but his eyes betrayed him as they darted to and fro. Charles rested his hands on his hips and tried to ignore the knots in his stomach
. The original four, who had become slack over the years, had finally earned their passage home. What would they find when they returned? And why were he and these men still here, separated from their families and the home they loved?
He shifted his gaze to the small group of bedraggled conscripts. His chest felt tight and something inside him broke. These unfortunates would share this ongoing nightmare with him and it wasn’t fair. A flood of rage burned his throat and threatened to overwhelm him. He gritted his teeth. He must try something, anything to get these men back home, to find their families.
Charles forced himself to calm down. An idea flashed through his mind, not fully
formed, but he could work out the details later. Charles stepped forward and saluted the soldiers. The soldiers stuttered to a stop in front of him.
“Sir,” Charles said to the lieutenant,“I am charged with keeping your fires burning and the rum flowing. Do you wish for me to continue?”
He heard a murmur from the men behind him, for they knew the second half of this statement to be untrue. He hoped they wouldn’t give him away.
The soldiers looked at each other before the lieutenant barked at him.
“Yes. Continue. Now step back in line.” Charles obeyed, looking straight ahead. A young soldier approached the lieutenant with a question. Charles used the distraction to lean toward the man next to him. He lowered his voice to a whisper. “Back me up in all I say and do,” he said.“I have a plan.”
 
Review:
Characters - I liked most of the characters for the most part. I often felt confused when introduced to new characters, but soon figured out where they fit in the story. While I didn't 'love' any of them, I did enjoy reading about Eleanor and her friends. 
 
Plot - This is what I enjoyed the most about this book. I loved how unique and unusual the plot was! As an alternative creation story for humanity, it drew me in, and kept me wanting more! While much more sci-fi that I had expected going in, I still enjoyed it, and loved how it unfolded! 
 
Overall - While not what I expected from the blurb, I did enjoy this story, and plan to read the next one! It was a nice change of pace, and refreshingly different! My one ... well two complaints. First it did take me a while to get into this one. I reach about 20% before things started to pick up at all, before that a lot happened, but didn't really fit together, that was the point when things started making sense to me. Second, there are some errors that make reading difficult in places. While I understand they happen, the combination of the slow plot and the grammer error made it difficult to follow in a few places. Other than those two things, it was a great story, and I an interested to see what happens in the next book!




About the Author
Connie Lansberg is a singer/songwriter and now author based in Melbourne Australia. She's had her original songs placed in some of Australia's best loved TV shows that play around the world and The Connie Lansberg Quartet is a fixture in the Melbourne jazz scene. Her most recent original musical project is Tsera’s Gift, written especially for The Perfect Tear and she performs these songs throughout Melbourne. This is Connie's first novel and the movie is coming. The record will be out soon.
Connie has received several grants from the Victoria Council of the Arts for the development of mobile phone games that she created.
Connie joined the Melbourne Writers Group in 2010 to work on ideas and scripts and during this time the idea for The Perfect Tear began to develop and take shape. She continued her education by taking scriptwriting classes at the Australian Film and Television School in Melbourne. She has two more stories to complete The Perfect Tear Trilogy and is hoping to have the second book finished in 2017
"The first thing anybody tells you about this business is to say what makes you unique and different, but I couldn't and the very idea of it never sat well with me and after much deliberation, I finally realized why.
Because, I'm not unique or different-I'm exactly like you and I love that. We each have a unique filter through which we interpret the world, and with this filter in place, I write stories and songs and you might find them surprising or intriguing or confronting, you may relate or you may not. They may make you laugh and sometimes, even cry.
You may or may not understand what I'm trying to say and you may not understand me, however, rest assured, once we get past the filters, at our core, we are wonderfully and beautifully, exactly the same."
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review: Ruby in the Water

33916133 Ruby in the Water by J.P. Sterling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb: A musical prodigy's search for his true identity . . . And the mystery woman who holds the life-saving key.

When Peter Arnold, a teen-age musical prodigy, collapses on the biggest night of his career, he receives crippling news and the prognosis is grim.

While in a coma, Peter experiences dream-like flashbacks revealing his journey to piano stardom, the people who have impacted his life and that of his family’s, including Peter’s strange connection to a mysterious woman who lives behind his church. Peter’s life changes forever when the mystery woman steps forward with a secret that could be the key to his recovery.






Saturday, March 11, 2017

Review: Empire of Storms



Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb Kingdoms will collide.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
 



Friday, March 10, 2017

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kindlefire_600x1024Magic divides the human and faery realms, yet love may be a power strong enough to break any bonds... but in the process it could destroy them all.
Pain, joy, death,life, magic. All of it fits…

In this collection you'll get:
Witch Way Bends
Devan Stowe has only one thing on her mind: shutting down her father's child trafficking business. Her determination sets her on a journey to discover her true strength and the one man she was destined to love. In his arms, she'll unlock an amazing gift that will free her from her past and open up a future full of magic, faeries and more things than she ever imagined possible.
But no good deed goes unpunished, and Devan's quest may have deadly consequences not only for her, but for those she cares most about.
Bitten Shame
Jill Prescott returned from self-imposed seclusion to help save her best friend Devan's life. Throwing herself into Devan's problems and bringing an evil organization to its knees might just be the distraction she needs to keep living without the only man she's ever loved. Her life changed forever when she was hired to spend a week with Doc Massey. On the day she became a vampire her youthful innocence ended, but Doc's love rescued her from being consumed by the darkness. The shadow of that former life continues to loom over her, keeping her from realizing her own self-worth. Running from her past only brings her closer to a destiny that is inextricably connected to what she is trying to escape...
Every gift has both a reward and a price, because All of it fits. . .
Tell A Soul
He's the dependable one. The strong and steadfast one. Still, there's one woman who has always turned his firm resolve on end. Langston is surprised beyond belief to find Kristana again, and this time without a husband. Has fate finally given them the chance to be together? Kristana can't escape her intense attraction for the strange giant Langston, but the murmuring voices in her head are threatening to drive her mad.
Can she find a way to trade one torment for another and thereby find true love?
Shifty Business
Gerry Hinton thought she had the perfect career as an operative for the Company. Her next assignment should have been another "mission accomplished", but hell was delivering hand baskets that day. When a little girl gives a mysterious silver box to Gerry, her world self-destructs. Suddenly under constant mental attacks, the only person who can save her is her partner, Nicky--but nothing comes without a cost.
Secrets buried deep in the past begin to rise, threatening everything she holds dear.
By Blood and Benevolence
Viktor has battled the darkness his entire vampire existence. His wife and the life they made together manage to keep him from the brink of despair, but it's always near the surface. A strange and dark encounter at a party unleashes his repressed past, overwhelming him with memories of his cruel maker and lost love.
His sanity is challenged when a mysterious dhampir arrives on his doorstep with information that will cause him to question everything he thought he knew.

About the Author

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When Olivia Hardin began having strange movie-like dreams in her teens, she had no choice but to begin putting them to paper. Before long the writing bug had her and she knew she wanted to be a published author. Several rejections plus a little bit of life later, and she was temporarily “cured” of the urge to write. That is until she met a group of talented and fabulous writers who gave her the direction and encouragement she needed to get lost in the words again.

Olivia’s attended three different universities over the years and toyed with majors in Computer Technology, English, History and Geology. Then one day she heard the term road scholar and she knew that was what she wanted to be. Now she “studies” anything and everything just for the joy of learning. She's also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and she’s sometimes accused of being artistic.

A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband, Danny and their puppy, Bonnie.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Review: The Foundling Fairy

34267388 The Foundling Fairy by Flick Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thank you Pegasus Publishers for the review copy!




Blurb: Kicky is an abandoned fairy who never had the chance of being given a name or a title as to what her particular vocation was in order to fit in with the fairy clans. Whilst sleeping beneath an oak tree, little did she know that this was the turning point in her life.
Discovered by Sessile the Tree Fairy, Kicky is introduced to the other fairies, most of whom accept and help her... except one or two. Orabelle, the Water Fairy, is nothing but a troublemaker. As are the Pixies who have their own way of creating mischief.
Our little Foundling Fairy soon finds her wings and, with new friends, finds her feet as well.





 

Review: Elmo's Christmas Tail

31373788 Elmo's Christmas Tail by Tammy Johnston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you Olympia Publishers for the review copy!

Blurb: Elmo's Christmas Tail is an enchanting children's story, based around the magic of Christmas. With beautifully illustrated pictures, it is the perfect Christmas read for any child and parent.



Review: James And The Dragon

34353637 James And The Dragon by Andrew Powell-Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thank you Olympia Publishers for the review copy!

Blurb: James is a boy who lives with his fellow townspeople in a happy and friendly town.
When a dangerous dragon threatens their peaceful way of life, who will save the day?




Review: Gaston's Tale

31753063 Gaston's Tale by Celeste K. Ramirez
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Thank you so much to Olympia Publishing for the review copy! ( I really hate doing this, but I promise honest reviews, below is my review)

Blurb: A different and slightly modern approach to an already well documented fairy tale, Celeste Ramirez follows her fascination with this genre and yet still provides the necessary ingredients to retain the expected magical mystery aura.
Christine, our heroine, and her brother, Gaston, enter into the world of the Beast with an added sprinkling of the arch rival, LeFou. With castles in the air and magical inventions the plot unfolds. As Celeste Ramirez reminds the reader, this is not the sweetest tale and there is no happy ending... just two sides to every story.






Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper

28962906 Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.










Review: Shadow and Bone

10194157 Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy