Sunday, August 19, 2018

Blog Blitz & Giveaway: Dark Opius by Dariel Raye & Muffy Wilson

Dark Opius
Dariel Raye & Muffy Wilson
(Watchtower #11)
Publication date: July 31st 2018
Genres: Adult,Paranormal, Romance

One passionate decision can behell for an archangel.

Gabriel’s mission from God was simple. At least that’s what he thought, until Helen Warner, his charge, loses her husband in the cataclysmic disaster perpetuated by Asmodeus, the ruthless demon of lust. Unable to stand by and watch while Helen plummets, Gabriel plunges to earth with no regard for the consequences.

Problem? Intervening without God’s permission sets him on a dangerouscourse rife with deadly distractions and pitfalls, including the mesmerizing affection of a witch—NarsaĆ©. Pitted against Asmodeus and his army of demons, unexpected human emotions threaten his most basic beliefs. Gabriel must protect those he has come to love, while controlling the foreign emotions that torment him.

Can Gabriel save their home, all the besieged residents, and Watchtower 11, sending Asmodeus and his army of demons to a fiery Hell? Will he risk Heaven, immortality, and his very soul for the love of NarsaƩ?

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EXCERPT:

Helen noticed James, her husband of thirteen years, glance lovingly in her direction.He was the strong silent type, a big man, even for Helen’s five-foot-eleven, admittedly large-boned frame. He watched the road ahead as he leaned forward to change the radio station back to the original soft rock.

Shaking her head, Helen smiled. She knew he wouldn’t tolerate her new favorite gospel station for long. This time she had timed him, and he’d made it all of…she glanced at the digital hologram on her arm…approximately five-and-a-half minutes. Her thick black cropped hair shifted slightly with the force of the wind as the car moved along. She never wore much makeup—always making do with a subtle tint to her full, well-shaped lips. Her clothes were understated and easy because she hated frills and fuss of any kind.

Few people owned or drove their own vehicles anymore. Most made their commutes through air shuttles, free transportation services for people who worked at least twenty-hours a week. The air shuttles zipped through the air on hidden railways, commissioned and supported by the national government’s alliance with major advertisers.

“We interrupt this broadcast with an emergency message from—” The announcer’s voice was abruptly cut off by more static, heavier this time.

“Wonder what’s going on now?” James asked.

“No telling. Always something. I don’t know what this world is coming to.”

Helen closed her eyes, unconcerned about the interruption. Enjoying riding with the top down in their long, antique Chevy convertible, she reminisced about her life with James. It seemed only yesterday they had met at the small teachers’ college in Gainesville. She had been in the middle of a heated argument with a chauvinistic male classmate who did not believe a woman should be head of the athletic department. Her classmate was slowly backing down, but she would never forget the way James stood beside her with his muscular arms folded, quiet yet protective.

Her smile broadened as she considered the many changes that had taken place in her life. Once married to James, she had set yet another precedent by opening her now-successful sports bar that doubled as a homeless shelter. James assisted her every evening after work except Fridays in the fall and winter months. His Fridays were usually filled with coaching high school football games. It was hard to believe thirteen years could pass so quickly.

The couple had been accompanied by static for the last five minutes, but Helen didn’t mind. She was so happy James had suggested the country drive, no destination in mind. She opened her eyes, enjoying the breeze and the closeness of her James, feeling like the luckiest woman in the world. Better yet, she knew she had to be one of the most blessed.

Closing her eyes again, she immersed herself in her own private praise session, butin the middle of her silent prayer of thanks, she heard James’ voice louder than she’d ever heard him yell before. His alarm registered inside her, and a heart-wrenching scream began to explode between her ribs before she could open her eyes to witness what appeared to be Hell opening to devour them. Debris flew at them full force, seemingly in slow motion and from every direction.

Overtaken by dark, violent clouds, she saw the air shuttles and rails fall from the sky, the heavy metal train cars flying helplessly through the air like paper on the wind just before the sun completely disappeared, abandoning them to complete and utter darkness.

Helen heard rubber fighting to maintain position as their large vehicle screeched and turned, trapped in the sudden, ungodly storm. James’ voice crescendoed to summon non-existent assistance, lost in the howling wind, and metal clashed to meld and change form as the car skidded, levitating on a heavy dark cloud. Finally, the car rolled aimlessly, colliding with everything in its path. The last thing she remembered wasreaching for James as she called out, “Oh, Lord, please have mercy!”

Helen tried to open her eyes, but they seemed to be welded shut by some unknown force. She could no longer hear James, nor could she feel him. A powerful sense of foreboding overtook her, causing her normally strong heart to palpitate wildly. Someone else was there, had been there through the storm. She heard the whispers that seemed to emanate from a source connected to her heart. “Be quiet. Be still. It is out of your control, and all will work out as it should.” The voice was not one, but two—male and female speaking as one—as if unsure which would comfort her most.

Author Bio:

Dariel Raye is an animal lover, animal rights activist, musician, and award-winning author of powerful paranormal romance and dark urban fantasy withIR/MC (Interracial/Multi-cultural) alpha male heroes to die for, and strong heroines with hearts worth winning. She is a mezzo-soprano who fell in love with books and started reciting stories at the age of 3. She also plays over 11 musical instruments.

Her stories tell of shifters, vamps, angels, demons, and fey (the Vodouin variety). Dariel is currently writing two series: "Dark Sentinels" (wolf shifters), and "Orlosian Warriors" (Vampire-like Nephilim).

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Muffy, a USA Today, International and Amazon Bestselling Award Winning Author, likened in style to one of the Bronte sisters and Anne Rice, is an author of provocative romance about love, sex, hope and passion.An American author of the popular Shadow Seduction Series (a paranormal love story) and the Ribbons of Moonlight Series (a contemporary romance), she has penned several dozen other books and anthology collections.

Muffy was born in Texas to traditional parents. With two older brothers, she was the youngest, the family "princess," indulged and pampered. Her father was a career Colonel and pilot in the U.S. Air Force which required the family to travel extensively. Muffy spent her formative years in Europe and 'came of age' in France which forged her joie de vivre and love for books and writing. Married and living in the tropical paradise of SW Florida along the Gulf Coast, Muffy writes and enjoys life in the sun with her husband and wee Havanese pups, Buddy and CoCo.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Review: The Warrior Queen (The Hundredth Queen #4) by Emily R. King

Book Blurb:

In the final volume of The Hundredth Queen Series, Kalinda will risk everything to save the man she loves.

Kalinda has brought peace to the Tarachand Empire, at least for now. Bhutas no longer need to hide their gifts. The last of the rebels have been banished. And Prince Ashwin is set to take over as rajah.

But for Kalinda, this all came at a great loss. Her childhood home. Her best friend. The love of her life.

Deven is still trapped in the Void, although he is able to find his way to Kalinda each night. He has been lucky so far — mortals are not meant to last in the Void for long, and Deven has lasted longer than most. But when he doesn’t visit her one night, Kalinda knows that his luck has run out.

She will do whatever it takes to save the man she loves, even if it means convincing a god to guide her through the Void. Freeing a mortal from the Void is nearly impossible, but Kalinda has never let those odds stop her before…

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My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Heart-Wrenching, Historical, Romance, Royal-Court, Scary, Supernatural, Suspense, Teen--

Spoiler alert- do not read my review or The Warrior Queen if you have not read The Rogue Queen. You have been warned.

After the events of the last book, the kingdom is slowly being rebuilt and the opinions of Bhutas a delicate situation. Kalinda has a small joy in the fact that Deven visits her from the Void during the darkness of night. But each night his visits become less and he is diminishing, in both body and mind. Kalida realizes that she will do whatever she can to save Deven, even if it means going into the Void herself.

The thing I realized about Emily's books while reading this story was how immersive they are. I lost track of time because I became part of the story, completely enmeshed in the world and the character's struggles. Emily is able to create such a vivid description without being super verbose or over the top and it is exactly what I want. This was actually a pretty spooky story too, you know with the Void and its inhabitants and all, and the description of the world gave goosebumps. I do think the title of this book, The Warrior Queen was the best choice for this story too- it was non-stop action, adventure, battles- a whirlwind conclusion, with Kalinda being the warrior she always should have.

Hands down best part of the story is Kalinda's gift from Tinley and her grandmother. I was probably more excited about that than Kalinda, but she had a lot going on already so I forgive her. Where can I get myself one??

My favorite line in the book was:

"Brac blinks as he digests that feast of catastrophes. I pat his shoulder and dash out."

I just love how Emily strings her words together, this little passage was a perfect description of everything that this book was. Kalinda just powers on through, where another character may have broken or you know, given more of an explanation, she is ready to jump into the next disaster waiting for her, almost unfazed by the chaos her life is now.

This is the end, guys. After four books of action, love, danger, horror, sisterhood and battle, The Hundredth Queen has completed. At Emily's book launch party she mentioned the potential for a spin off and I would absolutely love that. Kalinda has had her story and battles and I am completely ok with her having a rest, but the side characters I have come to know and root for, I would love to know more (hint hint- Tinley or Brac!). Whatever comes next from Emily I know I will read because I love the worlds she brings to life. Oh and women warriors and fire dragons are also appreciated!

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Fallen Star by Allison Morse

Author: Allison Morse

Narrator: Christa Lewis

Length: 10 hours 17 minutes

Release date: May 30, 2018

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Who killed 1940s screen goddess Gloria Reardon? Her unsolved murder hypnotized the public with its scandalous details and shocked two generations.

Avid feminist and aspiring filmmaker Kate Bloom discovers long-lost footage that holds the key to who murdered her grandmother. Legendary movie star Gloria Reardon may be dead, but friends and lovers from the Golden Age of Hollywood’s heyday are still very much on the scene, and it seems everyone has something to gain or lose from Kate’s discovery.

Enlisting the youthful and brash film restorer Dylan Nichols as her closest ally, Kate becomes haunted by Gloria’s glittering past. Caught between glamorous Old Hollywood and the gritty, exciting New Hollywood of the 1970s, Kate is determined to find out what really happened to her grandmother and in the process becomes the killer’s new target.

Allison Morse is the author of two novels: The Sweetheart Deal and Fallen Star. Both published by The Wild Rose Press. She lives with her wonderful husband in a house in the hills that’s filled with books.

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Narrator Bio

Christa Lewis has been awarded 6 of the coveted Earphones Awards since 2015 for her narrations. She is an Audie Nominee 2018 in the Original Work category and a Listener's Choice Awards finalist 2018 in the Short Story/Collections category. She has narrated over 100 audiobooks and works for Audible Studios, Blackstone Audio, Blunder Woman Productions, Brilliance Audio, DAW Books, Inc., Dreamscape Media, Hachette Book Group, Harper Audio, HighBridge Audio and Tantor Media, as well as for noted boutique audiobook publishers & independent authors.

Christa speaks accent-free German fluently, has been featured in AudioFile Magazine and her narrations have become Audible bestsellers in Young Adult and Literary Fiction. She is a classically trained actress and graduate of Boston University’s 4 year actor training program.

Dream Cast

Author Allison Morse's Dream Cast for Fallen Star

Kate/Gloria - Scarlett Johanson/Allison Williams/ Emilia Clarke List of Suspects

Dylan Nichols - Matthew Lewis/Henry Cavill

Lillian Baker- Glenn Close/Jessica Lange

Jarvis Benjamin - Gary Oldman/Tim Roth

J.B. Sutton - Anthony Hopkins/Jeff Bridges

Prudence Sutton Margot Robbie

Beatrice Talbot- Emma Thompson/Helen Mirren

Det. Robak Russell Crowe/John Goodman

Natalie West - Aja Naomi King

Peter Mallick - Matthew Gray Gubler/ Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Winston Nash- Christian McKay

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Blog Blitz & Giveaway: Angel Blue: Episode One by Jennifer Silverwood

Angel Blue: Episode One
Jennifer Silverwood
(Seven Deadly Sins, #1)
Publication date: August 17th 2018
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

All Eanna wants is to forget the night she lost everything, but fate has other plans. A lifetime ago, the cursed burned her home and everyone she loved. Now, she’s haunted by a dangerous legacy.

Her guardian, Etlu, is determined to make Eanna into a queen, even if it means sacrificing his happiness. He pursues her into a human bar, but he’s too late to save herfrom herself.

Wil and his sister, Isabol, have been searching for the chosen princess. Wil finds more than he bargained for in Eanna, especially once her powerful guardian shows up. There can only be one outcome when chosen and cursed collide: a world bathed in fire and blood.

(Angel Blue is a serialized adult urban fantasy novel consisting of three episodes. This is season one of the Seven Deadly Sins series.)

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A GAME OF HOUSES

For ten generations our people have been called the Chosen.

The first chosen were like gods to humans. We were the rulers, and kings among men. The world changed after what man called the Dark Ages. Power was shifting. Once we were leaders among the humans, heroes of old andmen of renown, a vast sprinkling among the stars that I love. The world it seemed, was our own, to watch over and do with as we pleased.

We are a dwindling race now. Unlike the cursed, we are unable to blend in with the humans any longer, and for the past three centuries have remained in hiding. We live bythe old ways and survive. Here, in the isolated northern forests of the new world, we thrive. Much has changed since then. Eleven hundred human years later, I still feel the pain of that night that changed the course of my destiny forever.


The Last Seven Houses

KURGAL – House of theMountain
Led by NINURTA – Lord Who Completes the Foundation

The Kurgal live deep in the Himalayas. Here they are still revered by neighboring humans who make effort to protect them. The chosen keep the outside world from coming in. Etlu brought Eanna here a century after fleeing the Carpathian Mountains. It was a place familiar to them both with its impossible peaks but far more dangerous and foreign. Ninurta taught Eanna how to inflict pain and then heal it, he taught her self-control for her rage. Etlu meanwhile learned all he could of the cursed movements in the countryside. He built allies and led their armies for a time to prevent the giant beasts from destroying human villages. He began to realize that his House did not have far-reaching enough abilities of control and began to grow discontent even more with the Sarrum.

SHIIMTI – House Wherethe Wind of Life is Breathed in
Led by NINLIL – Lady of Airspace

The Shiimti, live deep in the jungles of India. There they still live, where they began a lost civilization man has yet to unravel. Their palace holds many of India’s treasures and clues that might possibly be directed back toward the chosen. Here Etlu and Eanna come to visit after they leave the Kurgal, to find a far larger House. Yet even more secretive. The only reason theyare allowed inside is that both are considered pure blooded, but Ninlil sees secrets in Eanna’s heart. She is the first to have any inkling of just who Eanna is.

Among the Shiimti, women rule over the men, and there are three layers to every member. The first, is the outer persona they show strangers, welcoming but aloof and cool. The second, to those in the inner circle, the secrets deemed worthy to share. The third is kept guarded above all else, the soul. Shiimti is the only House that believes they all lay claim to their own souls. Because they face the present darkness every day in their jungles.


EBABBAR – House of the Rising Sun
Led by NINGISHZIDDA – Lord of the Artifact of Life

It lies hidden in a small oasis within Iran, where Sumer, the society the Watchers created, began. It is an underground city mostly, beginning from the base of a lost Ziggurat. The underground world is actually a paradiseand a world of beauty. It is here that the Ebabbar keep most of the old relics and scrolls. It is the best defended and considered a safe haven by others of their society.

EKUR – House Which isLike a Mountain
Led by NINHURSAG – Lady of the Mountainhead

The Ekur are the most numerous of the Houses. They are also the proudest, for most lesser come from this house, and serve the “pure-blooded” chosen. To the Ekur, to serve is the greatest honor. Most of the soldiers and weaponsmiths also come from this House. Ninhursag, their Lady, is a proud warrior herself, and of extremely high stature, eight feet in height. Their base of operation is in Siberia and extends far into the north in lands that man deemed inhabitable.

EMEURANNA – House of ANU’s Hero
Led by The Sarrum

The Emeuranna are led by the Sarrum himself, and his people. This is the only surviving chosen castle in the Carpathian Mountains, sheltered far from the outside world. The old ways are kept mostly intact here, as is custom for the High Lord’s seat. Here the Council of Seven makes overall decisions for the rest of the chosen. They now have the best defense against the cursed.

ERESH – The Scented House
Led by NINIGIKU- Lord Bright Eyed

One of the last new world Houses left in power, hidden deep in the Amazon rainforest, and source of the legends of El Dorado. The richest of all the Houses by far. They are bronze-skinned and every one of them black-eyed. They have not intermarried with the humans hardly at all, there is no need. Unique to all other houses save the rumored lost eighth House, their memories are shared collectively if they desire, their movements always calculated. Any time they intermarry with other Houses it is a very chess-like move, to bring back strength to their kind. While staying among them, Eanna learns she is closely related to them.

GISNU – House Causing Light
Led by NINMULMULLA – Lady of Many Stars

The Gisnu were the first of the thirteen houses to journey across the lands to the ever growing and developing new world. They were also the first beings to settle there, after the Native Americans. Once based in the Northlands among the Vikings, the Gisnu set up their home in the north of what is now Canada. It is here that they have remained, and for a thousand years protected the forests, and peoples around them as best they could. They are more advanced thanany of the other Houses, keeping themselves updated with the latest technology.


Author Bio:

Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time, she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it's the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador, or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of three series--Heaven's Edge, Wylder Tales and the Borderlands Saga--and the stand-alone titles Stay and She Walksin Moonlight. She plans to release her first serialized Urban Fantasy, Angel Blue in August 2018.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Echoes by Alice Reeds

Book Blurb:

Echoes by Alice Reeds

Genre: YA Thriller

Release Date: August 7th 2018

Entangled Teen

"Fast-paced and thrilling. ECHOES is a heart-pounding and addictive love story."—Mia Siegert, author of Jerkbait

They wake on a deserted island. Fiona and Miles, high school enemies now stranded together. No memory of how they got there. No plan to follow, no hope to hold on to.

Each step forward reveals the mystery behind the forces that brought them here. And soon, the most chilling discovery: something else is on the island with them. Something that won't let them leave alive.

Echoes is a thrilling adventure about confronting the impossible, discovering love in the most unexpected places, and, above all, finding hope in the face of the unknown.

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My Review:

4.5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery, Survival, Suspense, Teen--

“There’s something you have to know. They’re watching you. They’re behind this.” Another pause. “Trust no one.”

Fiona is on the way to Berlin Germany, one of two students chosen by the pharmaceutical company Briola for an internship based on the results of an aptitude test- which Fiona found shocking she was selected due to her abysmal performance in her science classes. On the down side is that the other student chosen is Miles, her arch-enemy, the boy who is the bane of her high school experience. Once on the expensive private plane left for them, Fiona is enjoying her small taste of freedom from the stress and training of her life with competitive kickboxing. But pretty soon her exciting internship takes a turn and she wakes up in a plane crash...on an island...

Echoes kind of reminded me of the show Lost, in the amazing way the show kept you on your toes guessing, completely uncertain what was real (not in the crazy what am I watching kind of way). I loved the delivery of the story, the back and forth between "worlds" that don't really seem to tie together yet you are 100% invested in both. We have the life on the island with unknown dangers, and then we have the teens in Berlin with real life threats they have to escape. I was kept trying to predict possible outcomes and falling short, and I loved that about the book. If you are looking for something unpredictable, look no further.

“Survival won’t mean shit if we don’t get off the island.”

"Getting off the island won’t mean shit if we’re dead.”

The tension built as the story progresses and so did the questions and the mystery. The story alternated chapters between "Berlin" and "The Island", two very different locations and problems, but both narrated by Fiona with Miles present. Can I just tell you how impressed I am by Alice weaving in the same or similar conversation pieces or physical items in each location, but making it relevant to the situation? It was so cool to see the parallels pop up in the most unique of ways.

As a side note, I really feel like Fiona's hatred of Miles was slightly unfounded. Sure we get a flashback of one of their first encounters where he saved her with a teacher and then gave her a mean comment in passing, and then a few other stations over the years that were annoying but not evil- but I don't think that warranted 4 years of burning rage and hatred. Just saying. I did like how both character realized they did not know the truth about the other and this forced time together really helped them get to know each other. This story is kind of similar to the enemies to lover concept (without the focus on romance, more of partnership), but with way more at stake then a just a relationship.

I do not want to give anything away with my review so it is pretty brief but I will say that if you like YA mysteries, with emotions running high and a dose of angst, that keep you on your toes then you need to pick up Echoes asap! Most certainly worth the read.

I received this title for reviewing purposes.

Author Bio:

About the AuthorAlice Reeds was born in a small town in Germany but spent her first eight years in Florida, USA. Later on, she moved back to Europe, where her family moved around a lot. She was raised trilingual and has a basic understanding of Russian, read and spoken. After getting her International Baccalaureate Diploma, Alice is studying English Language and Literature atUniversity. In her free time Alice mostly writes, reads, figure and/or roller skates, or watches countless let's plays and figure skating videos.

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