Monday, December 31, 2018

Review: WHITE KNIGHTS & KNIGHT MOVES

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37483069White Knights

(White Knights #1)

Geek Girls Rule!

My name is Angel Sinclair. I’m the youngest senior at Excalibur Academy for the Technologically Gifted and Talented in Washington, DC. I was pushed ahead a year because of my high IQ and considerable prowess behind the keyboard, making me an outcast even among my own peers. I’ve been looking for my dad all my life. A brilliant mathematician and cryptographer, he disappeared under mysterious circumstances when I was eighteen months old. Although my mom tells me I must put him in my past, it only makes me more determined to find out what happened to him. When weird accidents start happening at my school and the vice principal is involved in a deadly incident, I don’t see it as a coincidence. After launching my own investigation, with the aid of an unexpected set of allies calling themselves the White Knights, I discover a threat far greater than I ever could have imagined. I could take my discoveries to the authorities, but my own investigative methods would be at risk. Can anyone say hacking? No, it’s up to me to set things right. My objectives are straightforward: clear the name of the vice principal, learn the truth about my father, and stay alive. In other words, save the day and try not to look too much like a dork while doing it.

If you enjoy spy and mystery adventures, you will like the White Knights series by Julie Moffett, YA/NA Mystery and Mayhem Award-winning author and writer of the popular geeky Lexi Carmichael mystery series. Try out Julie’s fun, young adult series today!

Review:*I received a digital copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

Such a fun read! I don’t often read books with a lot of humor, but I really enjoyed reading this one. It’s funny, but in a relatable way, and I loved the ‘spy/special agent’ theme of the series. Angel is a not so typical teen, or so she thinks, but readers quickly realize that she has a lot in common with others who struggle to fit in.

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Knight Moves

(White Knights #2)

When U.S. intelligence agencies invite teen geek and ace hacker, Angel Sinclair, and her friends to try out for a highly competitive school for government operatives, will she wash out or step into a future she never expected?

My name is Angel Sinclair and I’m the youngest senior at a high school for technologically-gifted students. School bored me until my friends and I were unexpectedly tapped to try out for a top-secret spy academy. I’m not sure I have what it takes to be an operative for the U.S. government, but my friends and I are going to give it our best shot.

But first I have to go up against uber-skilled candidates who can do a thousand push-ups, kill a person with a fingernail file, and make handcuffs out of paper clips. My only defining skills are my mad hacking abilities and extreme awkwardness. I don’t know what kind of spy that would make me, but I’m not going down without a fight.

With my loyal friends by my side, we’re in a race to finish at the top of the class. Together we have the smarts…but we’ll have to battle our insecurities and work together or miss out on an adventure of a lifetime.

If you enjoy spy and mystery adventures, you’ll like the White Knights series by Julie Moffett, YA/NA Mystery and Mayhem Award-winning author and writer of the popular geeky Lexi Carmichael mystery series. Try out Julie’s fun, young adult series today!

Review:
In this second book, we continue to follow Angel as she strives to prove herself and earn her place in a prestigious spy school. As with the first, this one was filled with drama, action, and humor. Even though this is written in the more familiar YA fashion where the characters are actually teens (16-18) and actually act their age. (for the most part XD) I really love reading this series! It’s just the right balance of funny and exciting.

Friday, December 28, 2018

ARC Review: The Silent Noisy Night

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The Silent Noisy Night

Publisher: B&H Publishers
Publication Date: Dec 18, 2018
Links: Goodreads and Amazon
It may have been a silent night
when Jesus came to earth. OR…
It may have been a NOISY night
to celebrate His birth.
The night Jesus was born is frequently referred to as a silent night. But how could it possibly have been silent if Jesus was born in a manger, with cows and sheep and donkeys and probably chickens and mice and birds all celebrating His birth? How could these creatures keep quiet?

The Silent Noisy Night takes on a new twist to the Christmas story by exploring what the night may have been like if all the creatures and people celebrated the birth of Jesus in their own God-given, special ways. With cows mooing and donkeys braying, it may have been a very noisy night.

This B&H Kids book includes a Parent Connection, an easy tool to help moms and dads (or anyone else who loves kids) discuss the book’s message with their child. We’re all about connecting parents and kids to each other and to God’s Word.

Review: *I received a complementary copy from the Publisher for review. This does not affect my review.*

While I can believe in a silent night, considering that Jesus is God, and with Him anything is possible, and silent animals can be a sign of respect and sovereignty. Still, I’ll admit, a noisy night it something anyone around animals will be familiar to. My one thing is that, while I live in the US so I only know what animals are around me, I wonder if raccoons and some of the other animals mentioned are in the Middle East, and if so, were they 2000 years ago? Still, I also know that as a children’s book, many children are in the United States so they would be more likely to recognize the animals they see outside or at park around them.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Release Blitz: THE DATING ALTERNATIVE

I am so excited that THE DATING ALTERNATIVE by Jennifer Woodhull is available now and
that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by
Author Jennifer Woodhull, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon
Gift Card, International, courtesy of Jennifer and Rockstar Book Tours. So if
you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this
post.
Title: THE DATING ALTERNATIVE

 

 

Author: Jennifer Woodhull
Pub. Date: December 26, 2018
Publisher: Jennifer Woodhull
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 288
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&N

Brie picked the wrong guy—gave him the
wrong finger. 


When her fiance walks out three weeks before their wedding, she slowly picks up
the pieces with the help of her friends. A serial monogamist, she’s not quite
ready to start dating again. There are some things she misses about having a
boyfriend, though. Her friends convince her to try something more casual.
Random hookups have never been her thing. When a guy she has flirted with for a
while offers his services to solve her dilemma, she can’t help but be
intrigued. Now she’s trying to keep things casual, but when she’s wrapped in
his arms, it’s hard to remember she’s not supposed to be falling for him. 


Max has had a few hookups since he split with his last girlfriend. Lately,
though, he feels like something is missing. He has crushed on the girl he
affectionately calls Cheese for years, but the timing was never right. When he
finds out they’re finally single at the same time, he is poised to make his
move. Unfortunately, she’s only looking for something physical. Of course, Max
is happy to oblige, but the more time they spend together, the more certain he
becomes that she’s the perfect girl for him. 


He pulls out all the stops, and just when he’s about to make his move from the
friends-with-benefits zone to serious dating, Brie completely ghosts on him.
Now he has to figure out if she has really walked away, or if something more
serious is keeping him from the girl of his dreams. 


Funny, sexy, and satisfying, The Dating Alternative is a standalone new
adult/contemporary romance. 

 

Chapter
1 Excerpt – Sabrina
As
I lay on the bed, wearing my ex-fiancé’s t-shirt and remembering the night he
left me six months ago, I realize that tears are slipping silently down my
cheeks.
I’ve
done reasonably well, too. The first week, I was catatonic. The first month, I
was practically a zombie. In those days, even showering on my day off had been
a challenge. Within a couple of months, though, I was doing better. By the
ninety-day mark, I could be mistaken for someone who hadn’t been virtually left
at the altar.
Now,
lying on the bed six months after Grant had thrown away our life together, I
was almost indiscernible from a normal girl. Looking at me most days, you would
never know that my life had been ripped apart by an exotic Olympian named
Isabel and my former fiancé, Grant.
I
sit up, realizing how far I’d come since that night. I put the back of my hand
up to one cheek, then the other. No more.
That asshole doesn’t get another single tear from me. Control-G-Delete.
Chapter
1 – F*CK
YOU
by Cee Lo Green
Chapter
2 – We All Want Love
by Rihanna
Chapter
3 – I Don’t Need A Man
by Pussycat Dolls
Chapter
4 – I Want You To Want
Me
by Cheap Trick
Chapter
5 – Me Without You
by Gwen Stefani
Chapter
6 – Closing Time
by Semisonic
Chapter
7 – Pocketful of
Sunshine
by Natasha Bedingfield
Chapter
8 – Every Little Thing
She Does is Magic
by The Police
Chapter
9 – Sex On Fire
by Kings of Leon
Chapter
10 – Toothbrush
by DNCE
Chapter
11 – After You by Meg Myers
Chapter
12 – Anything Could
Happen
by Ellie Goulding
Chapter
13 – Time To Get
Closer
by Foster the People
Chapter
14 – Bonfire Hearts by James
Blunt
Chapter 15 – Damn I
Wish I Was Your Lover

by Sophie B. Hawkins
Chapter
16 – Waiting for the
Weekend
by The Vapors
Chapter
17 – Isn’t It Ironic
by Alanis Morrissette
Chapter
18 – In Between Days
by The Cure
Chapter
19 – Stronger by Kelly
Clarkson
Chapter
20 – It’s My Life
by No Doubt
Chapter
21 – Freedom
by George Michael
Chapter
22 – Halo by Beyoncé
 
About
Jennifer:

 

Jennifer Woodhull is based in the Southern United
States, spending time in her second home of England, and traveling as often as
she can. Her love of travel permeates her work, and her characters often find
themselves exploring new and foreign surroundings.
A keen observer of human behavior, Jennifer often
draws inspiration from something as simple as a fleeting connection, or the
glimpse of a unique trait or characteristic. Her favorite place to write is on
airplanes.
“The drone of the engine, the scores of people,
all traveling to something or from something, and being disconnected from
digital distractions are a combination that provide the perfect place to
write,” she says. “If you see a woman in seat 9F who is balancing her
Macbook on her lap because it’s time to close your tray table, please have
patience. I’m just trying to finish one more sentence.”
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lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.

 

Blog Tour: Court of Memories

Title: COURT OF MEMORIES Why Choose Fantasy Romance (Forbidden Queen #2)
Author: Dyan Chick
Pub. Date: December 24, 2018
Publisher: Illaria Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 202
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED!!!

Magic comes with a price. If Cassia wants a happily ever after in the Fae realm, she’ll have to join a brutal fight for a crown she doesn’t even want.


Cassia is so close to the life she always wanted. A changeling who was always out of place in the human world, she is on her way to finding love, magic, and happiness with four Fae princes. The monster threat against her life has been contained. For now. But they are attracted to her power and her untrained magic, and it’s a race against time before they break through again.

And the monsters aren’t the only ones trying to kill Cassia. The Queen’s Trial is approaching, and her power makes her a target and a threat to the other noble houses vying to be queen.

With her enemies piling up and only Four Fae Princes on her side she’s running out of options. There’s only one rule in Queen’s Trial: Survive.

About Book 1

Title: COURT OF SECRETS Why Choose Fantasy Romance (Forbidden Queen #1)
Author: Dyan Chick
Pub. Date: October 15, 2018
Publisher: Dyan Chick
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 216
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED!!!

Four Sexy Fae Princes. A Changeling Fae. A Secret that could end them all.
When Cassia’s wedding is ruined by a monster attack, her whole life changes. Destined for the dull and uneventful life of a Baron’s wife, Cassia always dreamed of more. She never thought it would come in the form of three sexy fae princes.
When she accidentally uses magic, Cassia discovers that she’s not human. She’s a changeling, a fae hidden in the human world. She no longer belongs in the human realm, but she won’t survive on her own in Faerie.
Now, her only hope is the three sexy fae princes who saved her life on her wedding day. On the run from the monsters that attacked her, Cassia must help the princes hunt them down. Her life depends on them, and by the time this is over, they might need her as much as she needs them.
Court of Secrets is a full-length Reverse Harem Fantasy Novel
Book 1 of 4

Review: This series! I loved the first book, and while I am always drawn to a series since in my mind, it allows me ‘more time with my favorite characters’ but as with any new series, the past books don’t always promise the next books will meet expectations. Yet, there’s always that chance that a series not only delivers on the first book(s), but that is continues to deliver, and this series is one that I’m excited to see where it goes from here! I loved the first book, but the second was even better, and at the half-way with 2-4 books out, I’m so excited to see where this series goes!


About Dyan:

My story is probably similar to a lot of other writers out there. As a kid, I was creative, imaginative, and loved to write. I’d write scripts for plays and make my sisters act them out. I got excited about the writing prompts for standardized tests in elementary school. I started writing my first (unfinished) novel in 5th grade. Then started another one in middle school. For a long time, I was a closet writer. I didn’t tell anybody that I had a hard drive full of abandoned stories. After years of not finishing anything, I finally took the plunge and started taking writing, and myself as a writer, seriously. My first novel, Heir of Illaria, published January 23, 2017. Book 2 is right around the corner. It’s gone from closet hobby to full on addiction. Thankfully, I have a wonderfully supportive husband who doesn’t look at me like I’m crazy when I talk about my characters as if they’re real.

Sign up for Dyan’s Newsletter!

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Giveaway Details:

1 Winner will receive a $10 Amazon GC, International.

Rafflecopter Code:

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

12/24/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

12/24/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt

12/26/2018- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

12/26/2018- Burgandy Ice– Excerpt

12/27/2018- BookHounds– Excerpt

12/27/2018- Good Choice Reading– Spotlight

12/28/2018- Texan Holly Reads– Excerpt

12/28/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Spotlight

Week Two:

12/31/2018- Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Review

12/31/2018- Bookbriefs– Excerpt

1/1/2019- Sweet Things– Excerpt

1/1/2019- Jaime’s World– Excerpt

1/2/2019- To Be Read– Review

1/3/2019- Oh Hey! Books.– Excerpt

1/3/2019- Parajunkee– Excerpt

1/4/2019- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt

 

Monday, December 24, 2018

Release Day Blitz: COURT OF MEMORIES

I am so excited that COURT OF MEMORIES by Dyan Chick is
available now and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet
heard about this wonderful book by Author Dyan Chick, be sure to check out all
the details below.
This blitz also
includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International, courtesy of Dyan
and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the
Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
About the Book:

Title: COURT OF
MEMORIES Why Choose Fantasy Romance (Forbidden Queen #2)

Author: Dyan Chick
Pub. Date: December 24, 2018
Publisher: Illaria Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 202
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon
Magic comes with a price. If Cassia wants a happily
ever after in the Fae realm, she’ll have to join a brutal fight for a crown she
doesn’t even want.


Cassia is so close to the
life she always wanted. A changeling who was always out of place in the human world,
she is on her way to finding love, magic, and happiness with four Fae princes.
The monster threat against her life has been contained. For now. But they are
attracted to her power and her untrained magic, and it’s a race against time
before they break through again.

And the monsters aren’t the
only ones trying to kill Cassia. The Queen’s Trial is approaching, and her
power makes her a target and a threat to the other noble houses vying to be
queen.
With her enemies piling up
and only Four Fae Princes on her side she’s running out of options. There’s
only one rule in Queen’s Trial: Survive.
 About book 1:

 

 

Title: COURT OF SECRETS Reverse Harem Fantasy (Forbidden Queen #1)
Author: Dyan Chick
Pub. Date: October 15, 2018
Publisher: Dyan Chick
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 216
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon
Four Sexy Fae Princes. A Changeling Fae. A Secret that
could end them all.
 


When Cassia’s wedding is ruined by a monster attack, her whole life changes.
Destined for the dull and uneventful life of a Baron’s wife, Cassia always
dreamed of more. She never thought it would come in the form of three sexy fae
princes. 



When she accidentally uses magic, Cassia discovers that she’s not human. She’s
a changeling, a fae hidden in the human world. She no longer belongs in the
human realm, but she won’t survive on her own in Faerie. 



Now, her only hope is the three sexy fae princes who saved her life on her
wedding day. On the run from the monsters that attacked her, Cassia must help
the princes hunt them down. Her life depends on them, and by the time this is
over, they might need her as much as she needs them. 



Court of Secrets is a full-length Reverse Harem Fantasy Novel



Book 1 of 4 

Excerpt:
The door swung open, making the decision for me. Tristan stood at the
doorway, completely naked. Head to toe, nothing covered, naked.
“What are you doing?” My voice came out shrill and squeaky.
He smiled. “I’m in my bedroom, preparing for bed. The question is,
why are you outside of my bedroom at this hour?”
“At this hour?” I asked. “It’s barely past dinner, it’s a
perfectly respectable hour.” My eyes drifted downward, exploring Tristan’s
chest, defined abs, and surprisingly large manhood. My cheeks heated.
Forcing my eyes to return to his face, I tried to remember why I was
here. “You are awful. Why would you taunt Cormac about his sister on her
birthday?”
“I didn’t taunt him,” he said. “You were there. He
attacked me.”
I blew out a breath of frustration. “You’re a child.”
“As you can clearly see,” he gestured to his now slightly erect
member, “I am not a child.”
“Can’t you put on some clothes?” I asked.
“I thought you were here to live out that vision you had. Or is it
not time for that yet?”
My jaw dropped open. “That is not going to happen.”
Turning on my heels, I spun away from Tristan and walked toward the door.
“Any time you’re ready, Cassia,” he called after me.
Shaking from embarrassment and anger, I walked back down the steps and
back to the sitting room where I found Dane waiting for me. “Where’s
Ethan?”
“He went to see to the horses since Cormac is disposed.”
“Good,” I said. I walked over to Dane and tugged on his tunic,
forcing him to lower his face. Then, I pressed my lips against his.
Dane wrapped his arms around me sliding them down my hips and under my
butt until he picked me up and pulled me closer against his chest.
I wrapped my legs around his waist and pressed my lips harder into his.
He walked forward, carrying me while he matched my kiss with hungry pressure. I
nipped playfully by his lower lip and he growled, then pinned me against the
wall.
He broke the kiss and stared at me. His breaths coming out shallow.
“You sure you want to do this? Because this time, I’m not going to be able
to stop. I’ve wanted you since we first met.”
My breath came out quick and shallow and I stared hungrily into his
hooded eyes. I could tell the same desire that had turned my blood boiling was
rising in him. “I don’t want you to stop. I want everything.”
Dane pressed his mouth against mine again, finding a rhythm with my lips.
As he adjusted his grip on me, he pressed me closer as he pushed me harder
against the wall. I could feel the bulge in his trousers pressed against my
rear and it sent a thrill through me.
I was hungry, starved for physical attention, and tonight it seemed only
Dane could satisfy me. I ran my fingers through his hair and he caught my
wrist, pinning it against the wall. He pulled back leaving my lips wanting,
while his intense icy blue gaze bore into my very soul. I whimpered, wanting
nothing more than to feel the heat of his mouth on mine again.
One corner of his mouth turned up in a smirk and a second later he had me
in his arms again, carrying me like a bride toward one of the closed doors in
the hallway beyond. He hesitated a second at the door shifting my weight so he
could reach the handle.
As soon as we crossed into the room he threw me onto the bed. The room
was dark, curtains drawn and no lamps lit. The only light was from the crack
underneath the now closed door. I heard the rustle of fabric and I knew Dane
was stripping his clothes. I reached for the ties on my tunic and wondered if I
should take my clothes off to be ready for him; but before I could make my
decision Dane was on top of me.
About Dyan:

 

My story is probably similar
to a lot of other writers out there. As a kid, I was creative, imaginative, and
loved to write. I’d write scripts for plays and make my sisters act them out. I
got excited about the writing prompts for standardized tests in elementary
school. I started writing my first (unfinished) novel in 5th grade. Then
started another one in middle school. For a long time, I was a closet writer. I
didn’t tell anybody that I had a hard drive full of abandoned stories. After
years of not finishing anything, I finally took the plunge and started taking
writing, and myself as a writer, seriously. My first novel, Heir of Illaria,
published January 23, 2017. Book 2 is right around the corner. It’s gone from
closet hobby to full on addiction. Thankfully, I have a wonderfully supportive
husband who doesn’t look at me like I’m crazy when I talk about my characters
as if they’re real.
Giveaway Details:
1 Winner will receive a $10
Amazon GC, International.

 

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Blog Tour: Hidden by @morgan_romance

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Hidden (Fire and Iceland #1)
Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
Date Published: October 31, 2018
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
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After a breathtaking journey through Iceland, Vanessa Evanston finishes her dream vacation with her two best friends in the capital city of Reykjavik—and wakes up the next morning on the ground, on a tiny island 250 kilometers north, with no memory of how she got there.
Luckily, handsome and kind-hearted local Gunnar Heimirsson stumbles upon her—unluckily, he can’t explain her mysterious journey either. Nor can anyone explain why Vanessa soon discovers “last night” actually happened a year ago, and everyone thinks she’s dead.
Iceland is known for its folklore, but beyond the elves and mountain trolls, there are other creatures: beautiful, powerful, and vengeful, known as the huldufólk. Gunnar has been alive for a century, trapped by their curse after angering them. From the far flung Westfjords to the black sands of Reynisfjara, the answer to Vanessa’s missing year might be connected to Gunnar’s punishment—as well as his long-lost wife, Hera—but the truth lies somewhere in the realm of magic, myth, and love, and Vanessa has only just discovered fairy tales are real.
Review: I was excited about the chance to read this one, since it sounded different than other books I’ve read, and I don’t see many books set in Iceland, especially that mention mythology of any kind. This book is definitely a slow-burn, and seems to be building up for an interesting series, but by itself there’s still some pretty big unanswered questions. I’d be interested to see what happens as the series progresses!
About the Author

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Megan Morgan is an award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance author from Cleveland, Ohio. A mild-mannered airport bar supervisor by day and purveyor of things that go bump in the night, she lives on the often-wintry shores of Lake Erie with her spoiled cat and adult son, both of whom shed too much.
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Friday, December 21, 2018

Blog Tour: Uncanny Valley

Uncanny Valley
Uncanny Valley Book 1
by C.A. Gray
Genre: YA Dystopian, Coming of Age
**Dystopian coming-of-age with superintelligent A.I.**
Rebecca Cordeaux knows exactly what her future will hold: she will marry
Andy, her crush of the last five years. Once Andy is ready to settle
down, she’s sure he will discover that she is his soulmate. After
several small parts on stage, Rebecca knows she can become a renowned
actress. Her writing also shows promise as a future author. Robots
perform most human jobs that can be automated, leaving many free to
pursue their personal creative interests.
But Rebecca’s mother Karen fears the new world of robots, and insists her
brilliant daughter join a university research team, studying the
hazards of a complete robotic economy. Rebecca’s father Quentin was
obsessed with the subject to a degree that even her mother considered
absurd, prior to his untimely death. So long as she can reserve
enough of her time to pursue her true passions on the side, Rebecca
half-heartedly agrees to join the research team, if only to please
her widowed mother. There she joins a post-doc named Liam, whose
conspiracy theories rival even those of her late father. Liam is
convinced that world Republic leader William Halpert’s worldwide
challenge for researchers to develop synthetic creativity will lead
not to the promised utopia, in which every kind of human suffering
has been eradicated, but rather to an apocalypse. Rebecca, whose best
friend is her own companion bot Madeline, writes Liam off as a
bot-hating conspiracy theorist, just like her father was… until she
learns that her father’s death might not have been due to mere
happenstance.
With Liam’s help, Rebecca learns of an underground organization known as
The Renegades, where Quentin Cordeaux was considered a legend. While
Liam attempts to stop Halpert’s challenge if he can, Rebecca tries
to unravel the mystery of what happened to her father. Did he and
many of his contemporaries die for something they knew? Who is the
mysterious informant who calls himself John Doe, and only seems to
want to drive her out of harm’s way? And if Halpert’s challenge
is answered, will it usher in a brave new chapter in humanity’s
history… or were Quentin Cordeaux’s dire predictions right all along?
The Silver Six
Uncanny Valley Book 2
What is it that makes us truly human?
Rebecca Cordeaux’s entire world has been turned upside down. In a single
day, she’s learned that Senate Leader Halpert and his Board of
Advisors are actually illegal humanoid robots created underground
twenty years ago—and they tried to have her killed. Her mother
Karen, whom she always believed to be passionately against the cause
of the Renegades, turns out to be their leader. And Liam, a man she
never thought she cared for, is now fighting for his life—and she
finds that she cares desperately.
Fortunately Karen, known to the Renegades as M, has planned for exactly
this sort of eventuality. Using Rebecca’s father’s blueprints, Karen
patiently built an underground compound in an abandoned part of the
Americas where they can regroup and plan for the coming war. The
compound becomes an unlikely oasis as their number grows, both on
accident and on purpose. In attempting to recover her best friend and
companion bot Madeline, Rebecca gets what she thought she’d always
wanted: Andy arrives at the compound too, along with her friends Jake
and Julie. But with the sudden addition of an old flame from Liam’s
past, Rebecca discovers just how little acquainted she has been with
her own heart.
Meanwhile, the Silver Six are running a worldwide campaign of indoctrination
to ensure that the people are on their side. In the name of peace, they
want nothing more than to wipe out every shred of resistance, while
pursuing their ultimate goal of robotic superintelligence. With the
assistance of a neuroscientist who helped to build the Silver Six
decades ago, Rebecca attempts to understand how synthetic minds work,
hoping this information can be used against them. She’s sure that
the mysterious, brilliant, and beautiful Alessandra Russo is the key
somehow, but Alex’s hatred for the Silver Six is only matched by
her hatred for the Renegades. Can the Renegades find and exploit the
weakness of the Silver Six before synthetic intelligence passes the
point of no return?
Jaguar
Uncanny Valley Book 3
The Silver Six have blown the Renegades’ underground compound to bits,
killing several of Rebecca’s best friends in the process—and to
her horror, the boy Rebecca had convinced herself she loved for all
these years was the one to betray them all. At the same time, General
Specs, the company Liam was once slated to inherit, has developed a
superintelligent robot called Jaguar which is quickly becoming
godlike in her omniscience. As the remaining Renegades flee to their
last bastion of safety in the Caribbean, Liam makes his way back to
London, in a last ditch effort to convince his father to destroy
Jaguar before it’s too late.
Rebecca, meanwhile, finally understands her own heart: she never loved Andy.
He was merely a ‘safe’ choice who would never require anything of
her. Liam, on the other hand, exasperating as he was, had seen past
her defenses. All of his teasing and provoking had been his attempt
to get her to be real with him—but the more he made her feel, the
further she had retreated. She had even substituted her companion bot
Madeline for real, deep human friendships, and for the same reason:
she’d been avoiding love to protect herself from another loss like
the one she had experienced when her father was killed for the
Renegades’ cause. Ironically, she only realizes this once Liam is
on his way to a similar fate. But she’ll be damned if she lets him
go without a fight.
This high stakes conclusion to the Uncanny Valley Trilogy envisions a
world not too far off from our own, in which superintelligence is a
reality, humanoid bots have supplanted human power and influence, and
there are eyes watching and reporting our every move. If humanity is
to survive, the Renegades will have to galvanize support across the
globe, under the radar—and it will require every last bit of
ingenuity they possess. But is attempting to outwit a
superintelligent being really the answer? Or will it require
something much more fundamentally human?
Review: I enjoyed reading this series! Sci-fi isn’t my usual genre, and I tend to be super picky, but I found this one easy to follow, and really enjoyed the characters! This series deals with some hard truths and a dose of futuristic speculation as it looks at an explosion in the number of Artificial Intelligence, and how there can be too much of a ‘good thing’ and that sometimes pretty lies are more attractive than painful truth.
C.A. Gray is the author of three YA Amazon bestselling trilogies:
PIERCING THE VEIL (magic and quantum physics meet Arthurian legends),
THE LIBERTY BOX (dystopian metaphysics and mind control technology),
and UNCANNY VALLEY (dystopian coming-of-age with neuroscience and
super intelligent A.I). She starts with some scientific concept that
she’s interested in learning more about herself, and then creates
lots of epic chaos and high-stakes action to go along with it. Her
stories are free of gratuitous violence, language, and sexual
content, and she abhors depressing endings… but they’re not all
kittens and rainbows either! She also listens to and reviews
audiobooks on her website, here on Goodreads, on Instagram, and on
her podcast, Clean Audiobook Reviews, where she also
occasionally interviews other authors.
By day, C.A. Gray practices naturopathic medicine, podcasts, and writes
medical non-fiction under her maiden name (Dr. Lauren Deville). She
lives in Tucson, AZ with her husband Frank, and together they
maintain an occasionally contentious film review blog (under her real
name: Lauren Baden. Three names. Yes.) She’s kind of the queen of
multitasking—so in her spare time, she creates whatever meals or
crafts she found most recently on Pinterest, drinks lots of coffee
(Aeropress btw) and occasional wine (reds—and she saves the corks
for craft projects), works out (while listening to audiobooks), and
studies the Bible—about half of the podcasts on Christian Natural
Health are scripture meditations.
She does sleep, too. Promise.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Blitz: Kingdom of Glass and Ashes: A Limited Edition Collection of Cinderella Retellings

Kingdom of Glass and Ashes: A Limited Edition Collection of Cinderella Retellings
Publication date: December 18th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales, Fantasy

A classic fairy tale- but not how you remember it…

What if the stepmother wasn’t the only one who was wicked and Prince Charming wasn’t what he seemed? What if your favourite princess didn’t make it home by midnight?

Be transported to far away lands where fantasy and magic come together and pumpkins and princes are joined by shifters and stepsisters in this captivating collection of one of the greatest love stories ever told.

From the imagination of our authors, prepare to meet Cinderella as you’ve never read before. Kingdom of Glass and Ashes is a spellbinding collection of retellings, written by multiple USA Today and bestselling authors telling their own version of the beloved tale.

Get ready for romance, excitement, enchantment and more than just a glass slipper.

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Excerpt from Holly Hook:

I’m Ellia, Syndie’s ugly stepsister. Mother knows this, so she works Syndie to the bone, but this whole time, she’s been waiting. Planning. Syndie wants us on the streets, and despite my kindness, I’m no exception.

Following her to the Courts lands me in the hands of a handsome guard, Jasper. Literally. And he doesn’t seem to notice my corset or frizzy hair. Nervous and secretive, Jasper wants to stop cruel Prince Calvin from becoming King, which he’ll do when he chooses his wife at the royal ball. And now I’m key to a plan that can save my family and the entire Kingdom.

Our weapons? Two magical slippers. One gives false beauty–but only until midnight. Then the other shows the wearer’s true nature. If Prince Calvin even holds the hand of his chosen when the clock strikes twelve, the spell hits him, too. Everyone will see the truth and he’ll never become King.

He and Syndie deserve each other.

I must make her dreams come true. But Mother, my sister, and a kingdom of jealous girls will do anything to stop Syndie from snagging the Prince. But what terrifies me the most is that trapped slipper. I can’t let Jasper see how ugly I am, but if it all goes wrong, I’ll have to give myself to its magic.

The Kingdom must be saved at all costs, even if I must sacrifice my happily ever after.

Blurb from Emma Savant:

Hidden in the city of Portland, Oregon, is a shimmering world of magic—one faerie Olivia Feye doesn’t want to touch with a ten-foot wand. She’d rather study biology, or garden, or floss her teeth, or do literally anything except pay attention to the Glimmering world and her internship at Portland’s premier faerie godparent agency.

But when her supervisor is hospitalized after a flying pumpkin carriage accident, Olivia is thrust into the middle of a case. And this one won’t be easy: Her client is Elle, a barista whose plans don’t include an enchanted prom or Prince Charming.

The reward for a happily-ever-after is enough gold pieces to get Olivia out of the Glimmering world forever. But as she comes face-to-face with the complexities of faerie godmothering, she’s forced to wonder: How much is she willing to sacrifice for her own happy ending?

Blurb from D.L Pitchford:

A modern day Cinderella with a twist…

High school seniors Noah Barton and Eden Prince have competed for top of their class since age seven. When their academic rivalry ruins a thermodynamics demo, their physics teacher decides to help them get along. By forcing them to be lab partners.

As graduation approaches, Noah and Eden are too busy figuring out college to deal with each other. Noah’s football-loving dad sabotages his chance to win a big scholarship. Eden’s traditional mother cares more about finding her a husband than encouraging her dreams.

Winning big at the regional science fair is their last hope.

Will Noah follow in his mother’s footsteps? Can Eden show her parents the environment is more important than a boyfriend? Will Noah and Eden finally learn to work together?

Follow Noah and Eden’s budding romance in this emotionally charged, gender-swapped retelling of Cinderella.

Blurb from Cate Dean:

Sometimes, you have to create your own happily ever after…

Elle Summers spends her days taking care of her stepmother and stepsisters, but she is secretly working on her escape. With the help of her best friend, she plans to act her way to freedom.

When she auditions for a local production, her life is turned upside down by entrepreneur and producer Henry Winters. He needs a new leading lady for his Broadway production, and he wants her. He sweeps her off her feet and to the Great White Way, where she finally has her chance to shine.

But in the whirlwind of her new life, she forgets one thing – her stepmother and stepsisters.

While she starts to live the life she’s always dreamed about, they are plotting a way to bring her home. And if their plan works, Elle will fail – in a way that not even a fairy godmother can fix.


 

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

New Release Review: When Stars Come Out

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When Stars Come Out
by Scarlett St. Clair
Publication date: October 31st 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Description:
Anora Silby can see the dead and turn spirits into gold coins, two things she would prefer to keep secret as she tries to lead a normal life at her new school. After all, she didn’t change her identity for nothing.

As it turns out, hiding her weirdness is just one of many challenges. By the end of her first day, she’s claimed the soul of a dead girl on campus and lost the coin. Turns out, the coin gives others the ability to steal souls, and when a classmate ends up dead, there’s no mistaking the murder weapon.

Navigating the loss of her Poppa, her mother’s unpredictable behavior, and Roundtable, an anonymous student gossip app threatening to expose her, are hard enough. Now she must find the person who stole her coin before more lives are lost, but that means making herself a target for the Order, an organization that governs the dead on Earth–and they want Anora and her powers for themselves.

Review: *I received a digital review copy from the author through Xpresso Book Tours. This does not affect my review.*

I loved reading this! The cover and blurb intrigued me, but there’s always a risk in reading books from authors who are new and/or unknown. I’ve found many amazing books by reading from authors that are just starting out, or who have reached out to me in some way, but as with anything else, it’s hard to know when you’ve found something special until you’ve really looked at it.

I love the story and Anora can hold her own with the best of them! Somehow this story felt like a blend of current YA/Paranormal trends, and those of 10+ years ago, and it ended up giving a delicious nostalgic story that seemed both familiar and yet completely new. I loved reading this, and am excited to see more from the author! The paranormal/supernatural blended beautifully with our world, and I loved how the MC tries to act normal and keep them separate, since it makes her more relatable. Who hasn’t noticed something that has become a ‘pet-peeve’ and yet no one else seems to have any idea? That’s how I read Anora’s first reactions to ‘yet more ghosts’, making me like her from early on in the story.

Blitz: Once Upon the Longest Night

Once Upon the Longest Night
Publication date: December 21st 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

The longest night. A vampire’s delight.

The winter solstice, a time of birth and rebirth, life and death, waning light and rising darkness. A time when those who flee the sun and crave the taste of blood find their greatest solace.

But one never knows what the longest night might hold.

Once Upon the Longest Night, a collection of adult paranormal romances, features eight novelettes of lovers and their battles against one of the greatest legends of our time: the vampire. A 15th-century seaman and the love of his life come face to face with a vengeful manjasang. In ancient Rome, a hunted priestess captured by a loyal centurion offers her aid to the enemy. With the help of a handsome Royal courier, a reluctant Romanian princess braves the curse flowing within her noble blood. Danger awaits when a vampire in the far reaches of North Dakota must endure the lethal cold to protect the woman she loves. And in a future New York, a broken general returns home for the Longest Night Ball where he meets a young male witch who might change his life forever.

This anthology combines vampire mythos and affairs of the heart with the sacred symbolism and magic of the winter season.

Sit back and let us tell you a tale. Welcome to the Longest Night.

Heat levels: Sweet to erotic.

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From His Last Battle by Sara Dobie Bauer:

Story Blurb:

Suffering from PTSD, vampire general Devlin Frost returns home from the war on Lycans and attends the historic Longest Night Ball. Here, royal witch Elijah Crow must choose three immortal suitors to compete for his love and power. When Devlin is shockingly chosen as one of the three, his immediate attraction to the young witch coaxes him into entering the fray, but this battle is for more than Elijah’s love. The broken general might also win back his ruined heart and bruised soul—if he survives the night.

Excerpt:

Everyone knew Westwyck Coven threw the best Longest Night Ball. Devlin had been there before, six years prior, before heading off on another successful tour to battle the Lycans in Africa. Ever since they’d butchered all the humans on that continent, the werewolves had been trying to invade upon the rest of the world.

He’d only been home for a matter of weeks and had yet to remember how to be normal, although “normal” was difficult to quantify within the bounds of fae high society. As a soldier, the aristocracy frustrated Devlin. He’d spent hundreds of years fighting bloody battles with wolves, yet it was the wealthy that scared him most—with their passive-aggressive posturing and sickly sweet smiles. At least werewolves came at him with teeth bared. Now that he was back in New York, it was impossible to know who wanted to be a friend and who wanted him dead.

And, there was the matter of the posadh.

Some royal witch had apparently just turned eighteen, and as per custom, she was forced to choose three possible vampire mates to compete over her for the duration of December twenty-first’s darkest hours. Deflowering a virgin witch gave vampires increased power—whether that be physical, influential, or financial. That power could last upward of one hundred years, so competition was famously fierce. At least one of the three “suitors” usually ended up dead. It was a disgusting business but part of fae high society. The union benefited vampires, but it also granted witches a vampire’s immortality, ensuring the secrets of magic lived on and on, all part of the treaty’s give and take. Devlin wanted nothing to do with it. Already, he missed the war.

To rectify his unease, he had wandered away from the grand ballroom an hour before. He now perused the quiet back hallways of Westwyck Estate, far from the sound of an impressive all-witch orchestra that played Christmas carols arranged as waltzes and tangos. He sipped a rich mixture of blood and sweet red wine from a crystal goblet as he strolled, taking in the mansion’s interior. In homage to ancient tradition, electric lights had been dimmed for the night, replaced by tall, gilded torches standing at intervals down the endless hall. Their dancing flames cast flickering shadows on the walls, creating what he assumed should be a sensual mood. Instead, he thought of battles long past, bloody fangs in firelight. As opposed to terror, the memory afforded perspective. He would much rather have been at a twilight fight than surrounded by the cultural complexities of a fancy ball.

On the walls, papered in forest green, hung massive portraits of Westwyck witches who’d come before—men and women who’d probably died long before the treaty. For all he knew, vampires had killed some of them. Magic and blood fae hadn’t always been buddy-buddy.

He was leaning forward, almost nose-to-nose with the painting of an ugly witch named Galahad, when a hidden door sprang open to his right. A blood-soaked Lycan lunged with jaws wide.

Devlin vaguely heard his wine glass shatter. He punched the monster once in its gaping jaw, twice beneath its hairy ribs, then unleashed his own fangs, prepared to tear the monster’s throat. But a bright green light flashed through the hall, momentarily blinding him. He didn’t notice the pain until his back slammed against a wall, and he melted to the floor.

He curled in on himself, moaning. He hadn’t been hit by a spell like that in… Never. He had never felt such power in his long, long life. He tried to stand, ready to fight more and more—fight forever if he had to—but a tall, dark shape pointed a glowing finger in his face.

Eyes unfocused, Devlin at first thought the tall creature looming above him a phantom until it said, “General Devlin?”

He blinked and tried to swallow around the lingering pain rising from his gut. He tasted blood, but at least pain allowed a little clarity.

Devlin sought his werewolf adversary but saw nothing more than a heavyset thug with a bloody nose, groaning on the floor ten feet away. And the phantom wasn’t a phantom at all but a man.

Though young, he held the bearing of someone who knew how to own a room. Despite being thin and in possession of such delicate features as to appear feminine, he held his shoulders up and back, his chin high—like a soldier bracing for battle. In an all-black suit, the witch was all the more ominous due to his glowing green pointer finger, still directed at Devlin’s nose.

“I’m sorry.” Devlin pressed the heel of his hand to his throbbing temple. “I thought…” The words solidified in his throat. War had followed him home.

After his last tour—when he’d started seeing imaginary enemies everywhere—he’d been forcibly sent home to New York. The doctors said the delusions would stop once away from combat. They said to give it time. Get married. Get settled. Find happiness. But what did doctors know about being a soldier?

The phantom lowered his glowing hand and spoke over his shoulder. “Jesus, stop moping, Lucius. Some bodyguard you are. Clean yourself up.”

The injured “bodyguard” swore and shoved to his feet before disappearing through the door hidden in the wall, leaving Devlin alone with the witch.

Devlin stood slowly—no sudden moves with this witch around—and eyed the man warily. “You don’t seem like you need a bodyguard.”

With a cocked brow, the witch shrugged a slender shoulder. “I don’t, but my mother insists.”

Hand no longer glowing, he reached up to touch the long scar on Devlin’s cheek.

Devlin caught his wrist and squeezed, feeling a powerful pulse radiating into his palm. It tempted him far more than it should have. “Don’t be rude,” he said.

The witch smiled, and Devlin instantly read the question glittering in his eyes: Or what?

Hand still in Devlin’s grip, the witch’s dark eyes drifted over him, taking in the navy blue uniform and cornucopia of medals over his heart. “The great general.” A hint of admiration warmed his voice. “My grandfather used to tell stories about you. But you’ve been gone.”

Devlin still held the witch’s hand. He couldn’t seem to let go—or, perhaps, he didn’t want to. He swallowed hard, realizing how long it had been since he’d stood close enough to smell desire in someone’s blood. He smelled it now. “Only six years,” he said.

“That’s a long time. To me.”

“It would be.”

Devlin couldn’t keep from studying the witch more closely. He had the tender skin of innocent youth, the unbridled passion of a boy on the cusp of manhood, and the eyes of a fearless soul. It was almost too much. Too tantalizing.

Finally, Devlin forced himself to let go. He busied his hands with straightening his suit. “Are you even legal?”

The witch touched his wrist where Devlin’s grip had been, as though he’d felt the heat between them, too. On an exhale, he pushed black curls behind his ear and stared at Devlin, who found such scrutiny unnerving. He would have sworn the witch saw straight to the depths of his dead, empty heart. Based on Devlin’s reputation, the witch should have been scared; instead, he tilted forward, closer. He was recklessly confident for a man his age. But more than that, this magic fae carried something akin to fire beneath his skin.

And Devlin wanted to be burned.

 

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