Thursday, October 18, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie

Three Mages and a Margarita
Annette Marie
(The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1)
Publication date: September 14th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

Broke, almost homeless, and recently fired. Those are my official reasons for answering a wanted ad for a skeevy-looking bartender gig.

It went downhill the moment they asked me to do a trial shift instead of an interview—to see if I’d mesh with their “special” clientele. I think that part went great. Their customers were complete dickheads, and I was an asshole right back. That’s the definition of fitting in, right?

I expected to get thrown out on my ass. Instead, they…offered me the job?

It turns out this place isn’t a bar. It’s aguild. And the three cocky guys I drenched with a margarita during my trial? Yeah, they were mages. Either I’m exactly the kind of takes-no-shit bartender this guild needs, or there’s a good reason no one else wants to work here.

So what’s a broke girl to do? Take the job, of course—with a pay raise.


Note: The three mages are definitely sexy, but this series isn’t a reverse harem. It’s 100% fun, sassy, fast-paced urban fantasy.

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My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery, Supernatural, Suspense, Urban Fantasy, Witches--

"Keeping a job involves a few simple rules:

Arrive on time. Work hard. And don't assault customers."

Well, Tori is having a hard time following those rules- as seen by the fact she has just been fired. Again. Desperate for work, yet apparently blacklisted from all waitress jobs due to her reputation for being fiery, Tori finds herself interviewing for a bartender position at the Crow and Hammer. Tori has almost no experience bartending but figures she can wing it, what's the worst that can happen? That is the perfect question for the only human who happens to find herself in a bar owned by a magical guild.

"When you're a hammer, Everything's a nail!"

I am a huge sucker for anything Annette writes- seriously, I am madly in love with her three previous series and at this point I will read whatever she wants to come up with. But the synopsis for this, the first book in the Guild Codes series really stood out to me and I loved the cover (it is so bright and colorful and appeals to my inner love of everything shiny!) so of course I wanted to read it! I did enjoy the multiple disclaimers from Annette about this not being a romance or a reverse harem (which happens to be one of my new obsessions) just one girl and three male friends in an interesting urban fantasy series. All 100% true- this was such a cool world, fun relationship dynamics, witty banter and snark, and a great action/mystery underlying plot. I was hooked from the first chapter of meeting the mess that was Tori and I could not put the book down until it ended.

"Guild rule number one: Don't hit first. But always hit back."

Tori is our main character, a human who inadvertently finds herself in over her head in a new job at a supernatural bar/guild. She knows nothing about this world, yet her innate personality refuses to let her back down to pretty much anything and her role with the punches attitude makes bar tending a success. I liked Tori's spunk and the fact she does not give in, ever. Add in her impulsive bravery (I mean an umbrella is not the first choice in weapons when it comes to a supernatural brawl, but whatever) when she is so outmatched. She was the perfect protagonist and I rooted her on.

I really enjoyed meeting "the guys"- the three mages that seem to gravitate towards Tori. There is outgoing, boisterous and fun Aaron who controls fire. Electricity controlling manwhore Kai who has women throwing themselves at him at every chance. And scarred, reserved, calming Ezra who controls the air. The three are the best of friends, you can see the bond between them so easily from their banter to their bounty hunting. In this book we got to know Aaron the best and touch a little on Ezra, but Kai is still very unknown. I would love to learn more about all three in the next book. There was an interesting dynamic between the guys and Tori- part attraction, part big brother, part friend, part comrade- there was a little bit of everything rolled into the mix which completely intrigued me.

"Guild rule number two: Don't get caught. Can't get in trouble if you don't get caught."

I liked that while Tori was a human with no gifts, the guys did not underestimate her- she was their equal, they even end up teasing Aaron that he needs to have Tori as his bodyguard. And yes, this was not even a little bit of a romance...but I did spend a fair amount of time determining who I think Tori should end up with... and I do not have an answer! I liked them all in different ways and just will attempt to patiently wait for more books in the series to see if anything progresses. To be fair, I would be ok if there was no romance at all just the same dynamic as now.

"Good thing I wasn't a mythic. Just a bartender. For a guild. Of mythics. Okay, it was a fine line, but whatever."

I really loved this book and would not change a single thing. Three Mages and a Margarita was so much fun to read and took me out of the reading slump I have been stuck in recently! It was really nice too that this could potentially be a standalone book since the main mystery and conflict was resolved within the pages. But don't you worry, with this cast of characters it is only a matter of time until they get into more mischief to come. That being said, can I pretty please have book 2 now??

Author Bio:

Annette Marie is the author of Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, and romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it's not quite that bad) with her husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: How To Steal A Highlander by Olivia Norem

Author: Olivia Norem

Narrator: Greg Patmore

Length: 8 hours and 55 minutes

Publisher: Olivia Norem

Released: Aug. 31, 2018

Genre: Historical Fiction; Mystery

A modern thief

Katherine Goldman is a professional with world-class skills, but the expertise of the family firm doesn't lie within the scope of legitimate commerce. Goldman & Associates steals priceless treasures and delivers them to the highest bidder - and business is good.

When Katherine lands in Scotland to boost some relics, nothing in the experience of this notorious thief prepared her for a collision with a dark, rakish man wearing plaid...who happens to be trapped inside an ancient mirror.

A man imprisoned in time

Centuries before, Simeon Campbell had no idea the woman he charmed was a witch of unspeakable power. When Simeon refuses her gift of immortality, he quickly learns there is no wrath like a woman scorned.

Cursed to spend eternity within the bonds of her enchantment, Simeon is lost time and nearly bereft of hope. Until he's accidentally released by a lass with questionable motives, in a century he could never have imagined....

One wicked curse

As the pair plunge into a journey where danger trails them at every turn, this man of honor is determined to stop at nothing to save the woman he's sworn to protect. But Katherine stubbornly knows better than to clash with an enemy face to face. If Simeon is determined to defeat ancient evil at its source, he's going to need help. He's going to need a thief.

 

Dream Cast

When I’m in character development for my books, I begin my process with extensive research of actors and roles, looking for inspiration to guide me in gestures, body language and expressions. Of course, I think every author dreams of seeing their work on the screen one day, so here is my dream cast for How To Steal A Highlander.

It goes without saying we have an unlimited production budget and every actor is able to bypass nerve-wracking negotiations and scheduling conflicts, and simply says “Yes!”

Hey, it’s a “dream.”

Main Characters

Simeon Campbell - Aaron Taylor Johnson would be my top pick for Simeon, our alpha male highland hero. From first being introduced to him in the Kick Ass movies, I saw unlimited potential for this very talented actor. I can absolutely see him bring dynamism to an expressive and emotive performance dressed in a kilt.

Katherine “Kat” Moira Goldman - Yvonne Strahovski for Kat, our world-class jewel thief. I fell in love with Yvonne’s performance as Sarah Walker in the Chuck television series and confess she was largely an inspiration for Kat’s character.

Supporting Characters

Ian Goldman - James Franco. Ian adds levity and expressiveness to even the most tense situations. James would rock this role, just as Ian does in his appearances.

Murray Campbell - Michael Parks. Murray’s character was largely based on Fagan from Oliver Twist and I harken back to Kill Bill vol. 2, where Michael Parks played dual roles of Earl McGraw and Esteban Vihaio, which blew me away when I read the credits. He has amazing range.

Sofia Campbell - Hayley Atwell. I believe Hayley would bring just the right amount of tough and sweet in her performance of Sofia, who should be stealing screen time in her appearances.

Isobel - our evil witch. I’ve wrestled with this one. While Helen Bonham Carter seems a likely choice, I’d love to see Zoe Saldana in this role.

In our initial meetings between myself and narrator Greg Patmore, his impression of Isobel’s voice was evil, chocolate, sex. I couldn’t have described her better. When I first previewed the audiobook of How To Steal A Highlander, Greg brought a nuance to Isobel which reminded me of the witches in Macbeth. Zoe hasn’t played this type of role yet and I believe it would be an unforgettable performance - along with the advanced pyrotechnics at the climax of the book.

Uncle Alastair - Kristofer Hivju. He’s the perfect man for our burly 17th century Scottish warrior.

Gerhard Bernd - Greg Patmore. Yes, he’s our narrator, but he is also an accomplished actor. He’s amazing at accents (the audiobook will attest) and he looks wonderful in a suit.

Brice - James McAvoy. It’s a small role, but he’s a sexy wedding guest bent on seduction. Who wouldn’t want to be seduced in an authentic Highland castle by James McAvoy?

Since Olivia is old enough to remember, she devoured books and stories and became enchanted with the worlds the authors created. Imagination, unforgettable characters, and the swoon-worthy, alpha males have made a huge impact on her writing style.

Olivia is known for strong, sassy characters who are always ready with a quip of humor, despite their situations. Born in the Chicago area, Olivia moved to the sunny shores of the Tampa Bay more years ago then she cares to admit. Olivia writes full-time, and enjoys her "C" hobbies: cats, cigars and classic cars.

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Narrator Bio

Greg became an actor in his mid 40s, fulfilling a lifelong ambition when he trained at Arts Educational Schools, and has enjoyed a varied career on stage, screen and in the voiceover studio ever since.

As a Voice Artist, Greg is an accomplished narrator of audiobooks, a regular in audio dramas made by the award-winning Big Finish Productions and has appeared as a voice artist in major movie and TV productions including The Gunman and Ripper Street, not to mention appearances in main roles such as Good 'Lias Hatfield in Hatfields & McCoys.

He has also voiced E-Learning projects including the instructional guide for Amazon's Kindle Fire.

Greg specialises in accents being expert in regional British, regional American and European. He is an accomplished musician and when not working is happiest of all on a boat!

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Cover Reveal: Piper Prince by Amber Argyle

Piper Prince
Amber Argyle
(Forbidden Forest #2)
Publication date: April 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

All magic is light. If that light be darkened, shadow and punishment come.

Long ago, a curse fell upon the land—a curse of forgetting and wraiths, acurse that ensured no daughters were born to the pied pipers in over three centuries. The pipers were all that stood between the humanity and utter destruction, so they did the only thing they could: they stole the daughters of the nearby kingdom with their hypnotizing melodies. With the sons born from those unions, they continued to defend against the wraiths and fight the curse, even though they were slowly losing.

Larkin was one of those daughters. Stolen by Denan and married against her will, she found herself falling in love with the very man who had taken everything from her, the man who had made her a princess. Together, they discovered that she was the first woman in three centuries to possess the magic of the pipers, and therefore, the only person capable of breaking the ancient curse.

But breaking the curse means unraveling the very past the curse is intenton keeping secret. The answer lies buried in the crypts of the Black Druids, men who consider Larkin a traitor they’ll kill on sight. Embedded in the intrigues of their court, she unearths a dark conspiracy destined to hasten the destructive power of the curse—a conspiracy aimed at destroying her piper prince.

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Author Bio:

Bestselling author Amber Argyle writes young-adult fantasies where the main characters save the world (with varying degrees of success) and fall in love (with the enemy). Her award-winning books have been translated into numerous languages and praised by such authors as NYT bestsellers David Farland and Jennifer A. Nielsen.

Amber grew up on a cattle ranch and spent her formative years in the rodeo circuit and on the basketball court. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with adegree in English and physical education, a husband, and a two-year-old. Since then, she and her husband have added two more children, which they are actively trying to transform from crazy small people into less-crazy larger people. She's fluent in all forms of sarcasm, loves hiking and traveling, and believes spiders should be relegated to horror novels where they belong.

To receive her starter library of four free books, simply tell her where to send it: http://amberargyle.com/freebooks/

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Neron Rising by Keary Taylor

Neron Rising
Keary Taylor
(Neron Rising Saga, Episode 1)
Publication date: November 27th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction

“I…am nothing.”
He takes a step forward, shaking his head twice, with absolute conviction. “You’re not nothing, Nova.”

In the Eon galaxy, Dominion controls any planet with solid Neron deposits, and Nova just found out they’re coming for hers. Korpillion isn’t supposed to have any Neron—the galaxy’s purest form of energy—but Nova Ainsley has been working with the owner of a secret mine for months, building highly illegal weapons that can wield Neron.She wants off Korpillion, and selling these weapons will buy her and her father a ticket to another planet in the galaxy.

Neron is incredible on its own, but there are those who can wield it to their will, granting them the ability to read minds, see the future, and destroy worlds—the Nero. But this is a galaxy where they are ceasing to exist, and Dominion owns the last one in the known universe, using him to take over and destroy billions of lives.

An encounter with the last Nero shows Nova her future: it’s with him. She will stand by his side one day, her fingers laced through his, love and adoration in both their eyes, a dark queen to his evil, pawn king.

Fate or destiny, Nova will do whatever it takes to change their future, and that of thegalaxy.

The Neron Rising Saga is a series of episodes. Episode One is 30,000 words. Neron Rising is a slow-burn space-fantasy romance.

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Author Bio:

Keary Taylor is the USA TODAY bestselling author of over twenty novels. She grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now splits her time between atiny island in the Pacific Northwest and Utah, with her husband and their two children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night.

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