Audiobook Review Blog Tour: BORDERLINE ( Lassiter/Martinez #1 ) by JOSEPH BADAL, Narrated by Pamela Almand @JoeBadal @CaptPamvoice

Author: Joseph Badal

Narrator: Pamela Almand

Length: 8 hours and 40 minutes

Series: Lassiter/Martinez Case Files # 1

Publisher: Suspense Publishing

Released: May 17, 2016

Genre: Police Procedural; Mystery

Barbara Lassiter and Susan Martinez, two New Mexico homicide detectives, are assigned to investigate the murder of a wealthy Albuquerque socialite. They soon discover that the victim, a narcissistic borderline personality, played a lifetime game of destroying people’s lives. As a result, the list of suspects in her murder is extensive.

The detectives find themselves enmeshed in a helix of possible perpetrators with opportunity, means, and motive – and soon question giving their best efforts to solve the case the more they learn about the victim’s hideous past.

Their job gets tougher when the victim’s psychiatrist is murdered and DVDs turn up that show the doctor had serial sexual relationships with a large number of his female patients, including the murder victim.

Joseph Badal is the author of 13 suspense novels: Borderline & Dark Angel (Lassiter/Martinez Case Files series); Evil Deeds, Terror Cell, The Nostradamus Secret, The Lone Wolf Agenda, Death Ship, & Sins of the Fathers (The Danforth Saga); The Motive & Obsessed (The Curtis Chronicles); and stand-alones The Pythagorean Solution, Shell Game, & Ultimate Betrayal.
All of his books draw on personal experiences and historical events. Joe has been judged “One of the 50 Authors You Should Be Reading” and has received 3 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals from the Military Writers Society of America, and The Tony Hillerman Award for Best Fiction Book of the Year in 2014 and 2016. He also writes a blog titled Everyday Heroes. See past postings at http://www.josephbadalbooks.com
You can read more about Joe at http://www.josephbadalbooks.com and email him at josephbadalbooks@aol.com

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Narrator Bio

The daughter of a cattle rancher, Pam Almand grew up in the tiny town of Brush, Colorado. Her dad, a former Air Force fighter pilot, sparked her interest in flying, and after graduating Colorado State University in 2 1/2 years with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Pam took a flying lesson “just for fun.”

That first lesson turned into a lifelong passion, and one month later she had her Private Pilot’s License. Though there were no female pilots in the airline industry at that time, she set that as her career goal. In 1976, Pam started a small aircraft ferry service to build flight time and in that capacity, delivered new and used aircraft all over the world, including two-seat Cessna 150s she flew solo across the Atlantic!

Pam was the first woman flight test pilot for Cessna Aircraft Company’s multi-engine turbo-prop and jet division and eventually became the company’s national spokeswoman for their Learn To Fly programs.

Her dream was finally realized when she was hired by Northwest Airlines and began a career which spanned the globe, on aircraft from the Convair 580 all the way to captain of the Boeing 747 flying Asia and Europe routes. Pam had over 25,000 hours of flight time at retirement two years ago.

She is a past director of the International Society of Women Airline Pilots and organized conferences for that group in Bangkok and Fort Worth. She is a member of the Ninety-Nines, Experimental Aircraft Association, and the Air Line Pilots Association.

When arthritis and multiple joint replacements curtailed her flying, she started a company as a professional voice actor. Appearing in a national Tylenol commercial in 1995 sparked her interest and The Captain’s Voice was the result. She is now an award-winning SAG/AFTRA narrator and voiceover talent and has done commercials, videogames, e-learning, audiobooks, and phone messaging for clients including Microsoft, Brilliance Audio, Johnson & Johnson, Audible, La Costa Resort, Jet Blue, Delta Airlines, Dell, Blackstone Publishing, the American Red Cross, Canadian Realtors…all the way to being the English voice for The Hotels and Casinos of Monte Carlo!

She was nominated for an Audie Award for her 5th audiobook narration (Come To Me Alive, by Leah Atwood) and went on to also earn a Voice Arts Award for non-fiction for In Movement There Is Peace, by Elaine and Joseph Foster; another Voice Arts nomination for Cyber Crisis: It’s Personal Now, by William Kieper; and recently was awarded an Earphones Award by AudioFile Magazine for Husbands and Other Sharp Objects, by Marilyn Simon Rothstein for Brilliance Audio.

She has served on the board of several charities, including Patrons of the HeArts and local Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministries (BEAM) and lives with her husband Amos in Atlantic Beach. Pam plays piano for her local church, still returns to Telluride, Colorado every summer, loves biking, golf, hiking, and-though she’s been all over the globe!- she still counts world travel among her most-loved hobbies.

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I really enjoy police procedurals, and this one is a doosey. We follow two police detectives Susan Martinez and Barbara Lassiter as they try to find the murderer of vicious Victoria who must be the most unsympathetic victim I ever read about. I didn’t take me long to become part of the action, and I was following with Barbara and Susan tracking down the clues. There is lots of action in this book, including the private lives of the two detectives. If you love a good murder mystery this a great one, and can’t recommend this enough.
I have to say I never guessed who murdered vicious Victoria, the only thing is I didn’t want the person found. As the Barbara and Susan investigates the murder the more suspects they uncover.
The narrator did a marvellous job, making each characters voice very distinctive. Considering the large cast of characters

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Pamela Almand. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Q&A with Author Joe Badal

  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • I don’t believe that one genre is more or less conducive to being translated into audio format. The key to a quality narration is the narrator. I’ve listened to self-help books on audio where only one voice was required and to thrillers where the narrator had to address dozens of characters. The books in each genre that were satisfying were entirely dependent on the quality of the narrator.
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • We auditioned a couple dozen narrators. I personally listened to each of the submissions and eliminated those who didn’t seem to “get it.” That left us with four possible narrators. We selected the one who had done her homework and knew how to pronounce a couple Spanish words.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • The narrator and I established a working relationship right from the beginning. I was amazed at how little input I had to contribute because the narrator seemed to understand my characters and the plot from page 1.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • I buy at least 25 audio books a year. New Mexico is a large state. Traveling around New Mexico involves long stretches of wide open spaces. Audio books make these extensive car trips enjoyable.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • As much as I inject emotion into my stories, nothing can compare to the emotion conveyed by a narrator.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • When I finished Borderline, I celebrated by starting on the sequel.
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
    • I currently have three different series going on. What I like to do is write a stand-along between books in a series because it tends to clean my literary palette. Both stand-alones and series books should have strong characterization. A good character will carry a good story. In a series, however, the author must be able to have the characters grow in complexity, which is obviously less of an issue when writing a stand-alone. not
  • Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
    • I keep a notepad next to my bed in case I dream about something I am currently working on. I frequently dream about contradictions I inadvertently put in a manuscript.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • It’s not enough to tell a good story. There are technical aspects to writing that should not be ignored. Learn what they are and then edit, edit, edit.
  • Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
    • Don’t settle for just any narrator. There are many terrific narrators out there. Pick the one that best conveys your story and your voice.
  • What’s next for you?
    • I am almost finished writing the first draft of the third book in the Lassiter/Martinez Case Files series.

Q&A with Narrator Pamela Almand

  • When did you know you wanted to be an audiobook narrator?
    • After the first time I went out on a limb and challenged my comfort zone… and had a great time doing it!
  • How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
    • I’ve been a full-time voice actor and voiceover professional for about 15 years, but had always shied away from audiobooks since I did not have an acting background. I was busy doing tv and radio commercials, e-learning, voice messaging…but I have been an avid reader my entire life, so I decided to try it, with a cozy mystery and characters I could really have fun with. I found a book with a stipend and royalty-share on ACX and although I didn’t make the money I would make in voiceover gigs, I really enjoyed it!
  • Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?
    • I used ACX to find titles that offered a stipend plus royalty-share. As a full-time professional, I just couldn’t justify doing anything for royalty-share only but the stipends were what got me started!
  • A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
    • I do think it is an advantage to an audiobook narrator. It enables you to get deeply into a character with acting techniques. What I had to bring to the table without the benefit of acting training was the ability to get into my books that reading voraciously gave me! Books have always been an escape for me and to truly escape… you need to bury yourself in the story and the characters and somehow it shows up in narration!
  • What type of training have you undergone?
    • I try to do training with various coaches every year and I have benefited from all! I’ve studied with Scott Brick, Paul Ruben, Carol Monda, Pat Fraley, and many other top narrators and I will always try to keep improving my craft.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?
    • I just love books! And I learn so much by doing varied genres!
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • I love to listen when I’m driving or working out, but I’ll have to admit, I’ve driven past a number of exits listening to a particularly exciting title!
  • What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?
    • The computer setup and tech aspects are not my cup of tea, and I sometimes feel a little irritated at doing punch and roll when I make a mistake. It is an indulgent joy to have a sound guy working the DAW. And I hate to have to stop and research a pronunciation, but most of the time, the publishers have already done so for me and that is a treat!

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ARC Review: MORE THAN CRAVE YOU, An All-new Sexy Standalone from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author SHAYLA BLACK is LIVE!Shayla_Black

 

Logical. Rich. Driven. And he wants her. . .

More Than Crave You, an all-new sexy standalone from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shayla Black is LIVE!

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I’m Evan Cook—billionaire tech entrepreneur and widower. Professionally, I’ve got it all. But since my wife died, my personal life has fallen apart. Remarrying seems like the obvious answer, so I place an ad. I’m not asking for much. The ideal woman only needs to be smart, organized, pretty, and helpful—both in and out of bed—without expecting romance. I never thought to look right in front of me…but it turns out that Nia Wright, my sexy, sassy assistant, just might be the perfect candidate.

After an unexpectedly hot night together, I’m ready to stop interviewing strangers and simply marry her. On paper, she ticks every box on my list. Best of all, she’s far too sensible to fall for me. I didn’t see the flaw in my logic until it was too late. I never thought I’d lose my heart for the first time. And I definitely never imagined Nia could consume me. But she’s harboring a secret that could tear us apart. Can I prove I more than crave her before it’s too late?

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REVIEW:

This is the story of another Reed sibling, this time a half-brother named Evan Cook who has built a company from the ground up, and always with his assistant by his side. He hired Nia straight from college and never regretted it. Since losing his wife in a car accident, his now ready for a new wife to sort his personal life which has been a disaster.
Always being an analytical person he decides to place an ad and Nia can get him a short list. Bas and Nia who are close to him can’t believe that’s what he wants. So Nia goes around to help sort out his flat, and show him the basics.
This is a love story that at times is so sad, especially with Evan growing up in foster care has no idea how to deal with real emotions. At other times a story with great hope for the future. This is the story of a man who discovers what love is, when he has never been showed love. Nia has always loved Evan and she tries to show him what love is.
This is told from mostly from Evan’s POV, and how he learns about himself and how he learns to recognise love. This is a unusual love story, as the man in question has always lived in his brain, he learns all about his heart.

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About Shayla:

Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than sixty novels. For nearly twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eight years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

 

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ARC Review: THE GOOD SAMARITAN by R.C. BOLDT is Now LIVE! @RC_Boldt

The Good Samaritan by RC Boldt is available now!

  • “A thought-provoking and powerful romance between a man who lost his soul and the woman who brought him back to life.”
  • –Kate Stewart, Best Selling Author

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The biggest story of her life is the one he wants to hide.

I’m homeless by choice.
I have no intention of returning to my former life after what I’ve done.
This—living among the filth and discarded remnants of others—is what I deserve.
As atonement for my sins, I give back; I help those who cannot help themselves. But it’s always under the guise of anonymity.
Newspaper headlines throughout the city are clamoring to discover my identity. Including the beautiful woman who manages to see through my “armor.”
She has the capability to put my entire life at risk.

REVIEW:

The Good Samaritan is a powerfully written romance, there is so many great characters in this book, it a treat for the senses. It also highlights real problems so many people suffer from.
Jude is great guy, struggling after tragedy he feels guilty about, and tries to atone by living on the streets and helping others in need. Nothing seems to help until he meets Faith and Father James who runs the homeless shelter.
The only person to pierce his darkness is Faith a reporter who volunteers at the shelter.
Faith just sees a man in pain, not a bum who lives on the street. They become friends, Faith the only woman to interest him in five years. One night after work Faith is attacked and nearly raped fortunately Jude stops the rapist and gets Faith to the hospital in time. It makes them both realise what they feel for each other.
Alas the road to true love is paved with obstacles. This is a heartwarming and at times heartbreaking read. This book actually blew me away, and I admit tears were shed when I got to the end.

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About the Author:

RC Boldt is the wife of Mr. Boldt, a retired Navy Chief, mother of Little Miss Boldt, and former teacher of many students. She currently lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you’re in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can’t recall the lyrics to a particular 80’s song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she’s your girl.

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ARC Review: UNLOCKING SHADOWS ( Keys to Love #4 ) by USA Today Bestselling Author KENNEDY LAYNE @KennedyL_Author @InkslingerPR

 

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About UNLOCKING SHADOWS

Gwen Kendall spent ten years in the Navy and used the last four to create a life for herself she could be proud of away from the confines of her overprotective family. Being the only woman in the Kendall clan tended to be a bit overwhelming at times.

Chad Schaeffer had been hired on to help restore an old farmhouse for one of the returning Kendall siblings. He’d heard about the trouble the family had encountered and honestly didn’t want to go anywhere near their properties. He had a change of heart when he saw the most recently returned Kendall sibling stepping out of her car with a key in her hand.

Gwen had waited a very long time to have a place to call her own, just as she had waited for the right man to share her life. One night of seduction convinces her she’s found both, but someone wants to take it all away. It’s been said that old houses retain a piece of each person who has lived there, but she never counted on the dark shadows wanting a piece of her.

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REVIEW:

In this exciting instalment of the Keys to Love Series as we are getting closer to the killer. This time its super-efficient Gwen Kendall that comes home to Bythe Lake, and gets the keys to her homestead.
The difference with Gwen is that she left the Navy four .years previously, and has a successful business in the city which she is now opening her in Blythe Lake now she is home.
Now her brother Noah is in construction, they have been using Chad Schaeffer to work on Gwen’s new house. Immediately the attraction is there, Gwen can’t believe how Chad is changed from the skinny teenager she remembers.
The FBI has taken over the investigation, after 15 bodies of young women were found in the lake. There is a lot going on in the book in every way. I still don’t know who the killer is, and the residents of Blythe Lake are coming to the conclusion that it someone they trust or maybe a friend.

Time is running out for the killer, as the FBI swarm the tiny community, you can’t miss Gwen finding her soul mate in an unlikely place. I thoroughly enjoy visiting Blythe Lake and catching up with the Kendalls.

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Gwen Kendall sure as hell didn’t belong in Blyth Lake.

Shiny black hair that resembled the luminous color of a raven was flawlessly cut to frame her sculpted face. Her porcelain skin surpassed the most beautiful porcelain doll, while her full lips were smoothly covered with red lipstick that basically begged to be worn off. She also had a figure that rivaled that of any obsolete hourglass.

Gus and Noah’s abrupt manifestation by Gwen’s side was a wakeup call, and Chad had to clear his throat so that he could call out a greeting. That last thing he needed to do was act like an imbecile in front of Gwen while Noah and their father looked on.

He was a grown ass adult, but even he agreed the word ass should be emphasized considering his reaction.

One would think he’d never seen a beautiful woman before.

Chad discreetly rubbed his eyes as he leaned against the white pillar of the wraparound porch that had been painted to draw in buyers, though that time was well over a few years ago. The previous owners only had so much discretionary income to put into the house, so they had chosen mostly surface elements to polish the curb appeal, as they called it. Which was a great reminder that the external shell didn’t always represent what was on the inside. For all he knew, Gwen’s time away had stolen her shy demeanorand she was hell on heels— not that she was wearing heels out here today.

“Chad, it’s been a long time.”

He was so fucked.

Gwen smiled brightly as she looked up at him from the sidewalk, her melodic voice like honey being slowly dripped down his skin. Fortunately, she waited until she’d taken the two steps to be by his side to hold out her arm in greeting. He now had a better rein on his responses and didn’t even let on that the faint scent of vanilla enveloped him as her fingers ever so slowly closed around his.

“It’s good to see you back, Gwen.”

Chad was grateful for an excuse to release her hand, extending his arm to Gus. The older man was friends with Miles and had been for years. It was good that there didn’t seem to be any animosity between the two regarding Clay’s recent stupidity. Their families were now too connected and entwined for there to be any residual hostility… or so Chad kept telling himself that on a daily basis.

“Are you here by yourself?”

Gwen’s question threw him a bit, but he caught himself before showing his surprise. He didn’t miss Noah’s wince, though. There had apparently been a conversation about Clayton’s recent lapse in judgement, and of course, Wes and Chad were guilty just by association. It didn’t matter that their older brother made his own choices.

Gwen had clearly made up her mind about the Schaeffer men.

If that’s how she wanted to play it, then that was fine by him.

“Yes,” Chad replied, letting her know in no uncertain terms by his steel tone that he was capable of keeping this professional moving forward from this point. “I was going to be the one handling your project, for the most part. If you’d prefer someone else heading up the renovations, I’m sure Noah can make a good recommendation.”

Gwen Kendall was the prime example of how one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. He should have known better, too. Well, he got her message across loud and clear.

Chad would do them both a favor and stay far away from wherever she showed her pretty face in town.

About the Keys to Love Series

Their homecoming wasn’t so welcoming. Four brothers and one sister each gave twelve years of their lives to serve their country and fulfill their family’s legacy of service. As each of them return to their home of record, they weren’t prepared for what awaited them—an unforgivable sin that has been hidden for twelve long years. Secrets and lies are concealed in the dark shadows of the very town they were raised in, and the Kendall family will have no choice but to rely on one another to unravel the sinister evil that they all hold the keys to unlock.

 

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About UNLOCKING FEAR

A chance mishap with a sledgehammer was the sole reason a chilling nightmare was unleashed in Blyth Lake.

Noah Kendall’s grisly discovery left him in the middle of a murder investigation and a neighbor who knew more than she was willing to say. Reese Woodward had returned to town with dark secrets, and he was determined to unravel them. While evil lurks in the darkness, seduction burns between them…only time was their enemy.

Will her secrets destroy what they’ve built, or can he earn her trust before the killer strikes again?

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About Kennedy Layne

Kennedy Layne is a USA Today bestselling author. She draws inspiration for her military romantic suspense novels in part from her not-so-secret second life as a wife of a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He doubles as her critique partner, beta reader, and military consultant. They live in the Midwest with their teenage son and menagerie of pets. The loyal dogs and mischievous cats appreciate her writing days as much as she does, usually curled up in front of the fireplace. She loves hearing from readers–find out how to connect with her at www.kennedylayne.com.

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Audiobook Review Tour: SEMESTER ABOARD ( More Than Magic #1 ) by ELIZABETH KIRKE, Narrator by Starla Huchton @more_than_magic

Author: Elizabeth Kirke

Narrator: Starla Huchton

Length: 14 hours and 34 minutes

Publisher: Elizabeth Kirke

Released: July 4, 2018

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy

Jen Maddox is a few days into her summer study-abroad program and has loved every moment on her cruise ship turned college campus. Everyone tells her the experience will change her life, but none of them realize just how right they really are.

One night, Jen goes out on deck and encounters five other students. She knows Charlie from one of her classes, and he’s a funny, friendly, regular guy. Picture-perfect Dani and his gorgeous wife, Mariana, live right down the hall from Jen, and she has seen TS, who’s built like a truck, around the ship, and recognizes the cute but quiet Thomas as well.

Then Jen sees something that isn’t humanly possible. Jen would have thought that it was all a dream if not for the fact that Charlie, Dani, Mariana, TS, and Thomas are making every effort to cover it up. Suddenly, the five of them are everything but normal, and Jen is determined to figure out what they’re hiding.

When she does, her life really does change. Jen expected to spend her summer studying the cultures of Latin America; she never dreamed she’d learn about a magical culture instead.

But Jen’s childhood fantasy come true is about to turn into a nightmare; there’s something on the ship. Something dangerous. Suddenly, everyone on board is threatened by a creature that Jen never even believed existed. Jen and her new friends might be the only people who can stop it!

Now Jen has to learn everything she can about her new world before it kills her. And her friends. And maybe everyone on the entire ship.

Elizabeth Kirke lives with her husband, two young sons, a hound-mix, and two turtles. She wanted to be an author before she even knew what an author was. She used to say that she wanted to be an artist, but that was only because she was too young to write and had to tell stories with pictures instead. She hasn’t stopped writing since she learned how. It wasn’t long before she dreamed of becoming an author and couldn’t be happier now that that dream is a reality.

If she isn’t writing, she’s probably doing something involving books, baking, gardening, or yarn.

Like most slightly-nosy, avid readers, Elizabeth can’t resist trying to catch a peek at books she sees people reading when out in public to see if she can figure out what it is. While doing just that one day, she realized that it would probably be the coolest-thing-ever if she caught a complete stranger reading one of her books. That’s her new dream.

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Since debuting her narration skills in 2009, Starla Huchton has lent her voice to many podcasts and audiobook productions. She has read both character parts and main narration for authors such as Tee Morris, Philippa Ballantine, and Lindsay Buroker, and her work spans across both fiction and non-fiction in multiple genres.

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Jennifer is having the time of her life spending a whole Semester aboard a ship sailing down the South American Coastline stopping for trips and excursion as well as taking classes to keep up with their syllabus.
One night needing fresh air Jennifer witnesses something that shouldn’t be possible. To keep Jennifer from saying anything that tell her all will be explained at the next port. So for next couple of days she followed and becomes friendly with the most fascinating group on the boat.
No one is more surprised than Jen to find she is a witch. So Thomas starts training her, Jen is over the moon. Unfortunately as this is a first in a series there is a lot of magic world building. This is a fun paranormal adventure on board ship with great locations. The narration was excellent with all the voices that had to be done. A great start to a new series, and can’t wait to see how Jennifer progresses with her magic.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Elizabeth Kirke. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Never in a million years. When I originally wrote the book I was actually posting it, chapter by chapter, in the Original Works section of a fanfiction website! Back then, ebooks were hardly even a thing. Merely publishing Semester Aboard was a pipe dream and having an audiobook never even crossed my mind. I hardly even expected to be where I am now, with three (plus a short story collection) books in the series and three more on the way. Not to mention having Semester Aboard win an award for Best YA Paranormal!
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • Sheer luck! Starla and I were already Facebook friends thanks to the networking power of the author world. We actually sort-of worked together before, when she made a wand for me. (Actually, she made the top half of a wand to fit onto the bottom half of my existing one. The top broke off and I buried it with my beloved cat, but hated to have a broken wand just sitting around.) Anyway, I posted on Facebook asking my friends if they know any narrators and briefly described what I was looking for. Starla replied and sent a link to books she had already done. I knew she was the perfect fit right away, and the rest is history!
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process?
    • Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
      I gave Starla an absurdly detailed document with pronunciation, bios, and even descriptions and pictures. It was probably above and beyond what she needed, but since she brought it to life, it was worth it! We chatted back and forth a lot for the first couple of chapters, but after she had the characters down I just let her do her thing!
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • Big yes! I was part of the Semester at Sea program back in college. I spent a summer on a cruise ship, operated (at the time) by the University of Virginia. I took college courses with UVA and visiting professors, while touring Latin America on the ship. I strongly encourage college students to do it! That experience inspired this book, in which the main character is a student in the same program. As she navigates magic and vampires, her voyage takes her to the same ports that I visited. While a lot more magic is thrown in, the characters do have many of the same experiences in different countries and on the ship that I did.
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
    • Interesting question. I think each pro and con play off each other. A con of plotting a series is that you need to plot out multiple books, and come up with character development and arcs that span more than one book. So, the pro of a stand-alone is that you can wrap it all up with a bow. However, it could also reverse! A con of a stand-alone is that you have to keep everything succinct enough to be contained in one book, but exciting enough to keep readers interested. Likewise, a pro of a series is that you can get really in-depth and intricate, and you have room to grow. I think it all depends on your strengths and weaknesses as a writer.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • I think it all benefits from Starla’s amazing performance. That said, I’ve gotten some negative feedback in the past regarding how slow some of the portions in the ports go. As you just read, they were based on my real experiences, so I think I got a bit too wordy and nostalgic as I describe them. But, Starla brings them to life and you really feel the excitement through the main character’s eyes as she reads. I think it really picks up the dragging parts. She also adds a wonderful sense of urgency to the fight scenes!
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • I would head straight to 1797 and visit George Washington. I worked for several years as a historical interpreter on his estate and would love to pop in and see it in its prime. Not to mention catch some time alone with the General to talk to him.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • People say that!? Ugh, people will complain about anything for the sake of taking enjoyment away from someone else. 100% disagree. First, there are numerous medical reasons to listen to audiobooks, and that alone should be worth something. Vision impairment, arthritis, dyslexia…The list goes on. Heck, even a nasty migraine that makes opening your eyes torture, but you can’t fall asleep. And who doesn’t want to read a book while stuck in traffic? Why not listen? And, most importantly: people enjoy them. That should be enough. We should be rallying against people who want to censor or limit access to books, not people making them more accessible.
  • What’s next for you?
    • Phew! The very next is Wrought-Iron Roses, the 2nd book in my paranormal romance series, The Curse Collectors. The first book opens with three sisters who inherit their aunt’s antique shop. Upon arrival, they discover that she was a rune-caster, and was in charge of breaking the curses cast upon all of the antiques in her shop. One of the sisters gets cursed, so they have to learn how to cast runes to save her.
      After that, I’m working on the fourth (fifth if you count Danio’s Prelude) book in the More than Magic series! I’m also hoping to get the audio for the next one lined up.
      Lastly, I’m working on the outline for a brand new series! This one is a paranormal cozy mystery series. I’m quite looking forward to writing it.

Jennifer Maddox

  • Height: 5’ 4” and slim
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Hair: Brown
  • Favorite Food: Pizza
  • Favorite Movie: Twilight
  • Birthday: June 17
  • Born: Oregon
  • Occupation: College student

In this book: Jen thinks the only “magical” thing about her summer on a cruise will be the cruise itself, little does she know, some of her new friends are quite a bit more magical. In fact, they aren’t even human. Learning about magic seems like a dream to Jen, but it quickly turns into a nightmare; something is on the ship with them. Something dangerous. Now, the lives of Jen, her new friends, and everyone on the entire ship are threatened by a creature Jen never even believed existed. And it’s up to Jen to stop it.

Thomas Clark

  • Height: 5’ 8” and borderline too thin
  • Eyes: Green
  • Hair: Brown
  • Favorite Food: Teppanyaki
  • Favorite Movie: Journey to the Center of the Earth (the original)
  • Birthday: October 8
  • Born: New York
  • Occupation: Special Agent with the Magical Enforcement and Secrecy (MES) agency

In this book: Taking time off for college is encouraged by MES, although Thomas and his friends are pushing the limits by signing up for a college cruise. Nevertheless, he’s ready for a fun summer of cruising and a three-month break from his job as the Resident Magic Coordinator with MES. In spite of all of his experience welcoming magical beings to town, he’s never seen anything like Jen. He’s never felt this way about anyone either. But, when a dangerous magic sneaks aboard the ship, Thomas knows it’s his duty as a Special Agent to stop it, and the lives of everyone on the ship may depend on what he can, or can’t, do.

Char Smith

  • Height: 5’ 6” and stocky
  • Eyes: Red
  • Hair: Red, orange, and yellow
  • Favorite Food: Anything spicy
  • Favorite Movie: The Shop Around the Corner
  • Birthday: June 7 (shared with twin sister, Callie)
  • Born: Arizona
  • Occupation: MES Agent, Magic-Owned Business Liaison Department

In this book: Charlie is less than thrilled to spend a summer surrounded by water; he’s out of his element, literally. But, as long as the ship doesn’t sink, he supposes he can give it a whirl. With the power of fire at his beck and call, he makes a powerful ally for Jen and the others. But, if he loses control, he could sink the very ship they’re trying to save…

Tethys Conall

  • Height: 6’3” and broad
  • Eyes: Dark brown
  • Hair: brown
  • Favorite Food: Meat
  • Favorite Movie: The Shining
  • Birthday: February 10 (shared with four siblings)
  • Born: Ireland
  • Occupation: MES Senior Field Agent

In this book: The only downsides to spending the summer on a ship, as far as TS is concerned, are his seasickness and monthly problem. A potion for the seasickness is easy enough. As for his other issue… well, he’ll just have to spend full moons in his cabin. Of course, it’s also annoying to speak seven languages and find yourself in a country that doesn’t speak any of them. For a Senior Field Agent, thinking on his toes is exactly what TS excels at. Handling a rogue magic on board should be a piece of cake. Of course, he’s also used to having back-up, weapons, and a wider field to work in.

Danio Pelagos

  • Height: 6’ 4” and lithe
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Hair: Blue
  • Favorite Food: His mother’s cooking,  not that he’d admit it
  • Favorite Movie: The cheesier the better
  • Birthday: November 14
  • Born: Off the coast of Greece
  • Occupation: MES Special Agent, Secrecy Breach Cover-Ups

In this book: Prank-loving Dani was, naturally, the mastermind behind pulling some MES strings to get an all expenses paid vacation. The icing on the cake is being on a ship. Had he known the danger lurking, however, he would’ve taken a rain check. Dani’s no stranger to threats on his life, but he prefers to face them without the people he loves along for the ride.

Mariana Bar

  • Height: 5’ 10” or 7’2”
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Hair: Blonde or Green
  • Favorite Food: Fish
  • Favorite Movie: The Little Mermaid
  • Birthday: April 2
  • Born: Maine
  • Occupation: MES Intern

In this book: Mariana is eager to go along on a cruise with her friends, even if her bestie couldn’t make it. She’s ready for sun, sand, and (mostly) the depths of the ocean. There’s plenty of exploring to do with Dani by her side. But take her out of the water, and she’s not nearly experienced enough to take on the creature hunting them. Mariana feels more like a liability than a future MES agent. Nevertheless, she’s ready to do whatever it takes to defend herself and her friends.

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Blog Tour + Review: PARALUCIDITY ( The Memortality Saga ) by STEPHAN H. PROVOST @sprowriter @XpressoReads


Paralucidity
Stephen H. Provost
Publication date: July 15th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance

Somebody wanted Minerva Rus dead. They succeeded. But Minerva isn’t letting a little thing like death stop her.

After the dangerous adventure that killed her in Memortality, Minerva Rus has reconciled herself to being dead. She and her also-dead boyfriend Raven share an amazing gift that allows them to bring the dead back to life―including each other. Now that Jules, their most dangerous enemy, has been banished from reality and trapped inside her own mind, Minerva and Raven plan on enjoying the eternity of their unnatural lives.

But immortality isn’t safe. Minerva and Raven’s life-giving powers mysteriously fade, forcing them to take refuge in The Between, a shadowy realm of memories that lies between life and death. What’s more, their old adversary Jules is on the loose, partnered with a resurrected Nazi scientist planning a monstrous experiment that will change the destiny of the human race. And now it’s up to a 21-year-old dead girl to save the world―again.

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REVIEW:

I loved this book, it is amazing and unlike any storyline I have read in ages. I mean it is really not every day that the “undead” walk among us in non-zombie form. I love anything with originality and this had plenty of that. This is actually book two, but after a bit of confusion I picked up what was happening. The first book is called Memortality, and I must go back and read it.
I loved the main characters Minerva and Raven and even Carson. No spoilers and if you read the blurb, I don’t want to repeat myself  except to say if you want read something with plenty of action with a nasty baddie, then this is for you. I would advise reading Memortality first to get the full effect. I can’t praise this book enough I rarely give 5 stars, but I’m willing to give this one 6 stars if available. I loved every minute of reading it. Now I’m waiting for book 3.

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Author Bio:

Stephen H. Provost is a veteran editor, reporter and columnists with more than 30 years of experience at daily newspapers in California. He’s currently the managing editor of The Cambrian on the Central Coast, as well as a columnist and assistant city editor for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo.

As an author, he has written historical nonfiction (“Fresno Growing Up” and “Highway 99: The History of California’s Main Street”), novels (“Memortality” and “Identity Break”), while also exploring the realms of mythology, fable and ancient history.

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ARC Review: YESTERDAY IS GONE by USA Today Bestselling Author H.J. BELLUS @HJBellus

Title: Yesterday Is Gone

Author: HJ Bellus

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 11, 2018

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

 

They say going home is easy, and in all reality, it should be. Just not for me.
The small, one-horse town that gave me my roots, that made my soul thrive, is also the
place I never wanted to set foot in again. I left everything behind and never looked back.
Until now. With the death of the man who raised me, I’m forced to return to Boone.
Old wounds resurface, and heartache and loss trump everything once more.
Seeing the man who shattered my world the night of our high school graduation almost
brings me to my knees. Jessie, my once best friend and love of my life, ruined it all for
me…for us.
I’m back in Boone…and my secret is about to rattle the tiny town.

 

 

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This is story of second chances, and one mistake and how one mistake at eighteen can impact on your life.
Jessie and Jules has been best friends since children which turned to love as they got older. Jessie made a big mistake and loses Jules for many years.
This is a great story Jules is an author and Jessie is now a football Coach. When Jules comes back to town when her Papa dies and to support her Nana.
Jessie meets his lively daughter Whit who steals the show. This is a great entertainment, much more than usual second chance romance. I would say its warmhearted and it was a pleasure to read. We have dual narration, which always my favourite way to read. A great romance that kept me glued to the pages with great and funny entertainment. I can’t recommend this book enough. I also pleased to have a new author to put on my must buy list.
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HJ Bellus is a small-town girl who loves the art of storytelling. When not making readers laugh or cry, she’s a part-time livestock wrangler that can be found in the middle of Idaho, shot gunning a beer while listening to some Miranda Lambert on her Beats and rocking out in her boots.
 

ARC Review: WOUND TIGHT ( A Rough Riders/ Blacktop Cowboys Crossover Novella ) by New York Times Bestselling Author LORELEI JAMES @loreleijames @InkslingerPR

 

 

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lorelei James, comes WOUND TIGHT, a new crossover novella in her Rough Riders/Blacktop Cowboys® Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

 

About WOUND TIGHT:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lorelei James comes a crossover story in her Rough Riders/Blacktop Cowboys® series…

A May-December romance hotter than the 4th of July…

Bull rider Justin Donohue spent his youth hell-bent on winning world championships. After hitting the big 4-0, Justin takes a job at the Grade A Ranch and Rodeo School, where he immediately locks horns (and lips) with the sexy, sassy Callie—a 22-year-old cowgirl set on seducing him. Discovering their age difference doesn’t deter Callie; neither does Justin’s warning that she deserves more than a busted-up former rodeo cowboy.

From the moment Callie Morgan encounters the hot-as-fire new ranch hand, she knows his gruff manner is an attempt to mask his attraction to her. But she’s never backed down from a challenge, especially not when Justin’s actions speak louder than his denials. Callie doesn’t give a damn that he’s older than her or what others might think of their relationship. The uptight cowboy needs to relax and she’ll do whatever it takes to loosen him up, proving there are no age restrictions when it comes to lust…or to falling in love.

 

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REVIEW:

Wound Tight is one hot sexy romance, with Cowboy Hottie Justin and Callie a hardworking girl were perfect together. Justin is in a bad way disillusioned with life and women general he doesn’t know what to make of the sexy bartender. Callie may only be 22, but after looking after herself since she was 16 has made her very mature in her outlook.
When Callie first looks at Justin she is a goner, and lets him know her intentions. Justin may have been forty, but Callie was more mature. I loved this Novella it held all the ingredients for one beautiful romance when Justin and Callie least expected. I great read, it was pleasure to read. It may have been a Novella, but it packed a big punch.

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EXCERPT:

“Have you seen the new ranch hand?” Callie gushed to her coworker Svetlana.

Svetlana—aka Lana—took a break from mopping and looked at Callie. “I cannot keep up with all of the new hires,” she said with a sniff.

“Oh, come on. How could you have missed him? I swear his hotness even made Mrs. Gradsky blush—and she’s been surrounded by good-lookin’ cowboys her whole life.”

“Did our boss lady catch you drooling over this man?”

“God no. I was literally hiding in the bushes outside the office as I picked up trash.” Callie sighed. “I had to stay still even when I wanted to break the damn branches to get a better look at that killer ass of his.”

“You were checking out his…?”

Her mind supplied “package” but virgin Lana would blush ten shades of crimson if Callie admitted that. Instead she said, “Behind? Of course. Such a hardship, watching that perfect cowboy butt sauntering away from me. But he did me a solid before he disappeared inside the office. He turned around and his frontside was just as delicious as his backside.” She whistled. “The man has it going on. Dark blond hair, vivid green eyes, great smile.” Amazing smile. Even from thirty feet away the man oozed charisma.

“You are what my mama used to call boy crazy,” Lana said.

“I’m not interested in boys. I’m interested in men.” Not that a man like him would take interest in her, especially not when she was covered in dust after a full day of doing grunt work.

“You are certain this new ranch hand is not married?” Lana asked.

“I assume not since he’s living in the bunkhouse with the rest of the hired hands.”

“How do you know that?”

Because curiosity had gotten the better of her. Despite Lana’s claims there were too many new hires, there actually weren’t. The Gradskys paid their employees very well, so employee turnover at the rodeo school or the ranch associated with the school was nearly nonexistent. When a new school session started there was an influx of students and parents, but the local staff only increased by two or three. And in the year she’d worked there, none of the hires had looked like him.

“Cal-lee,” Lana accused, stretching out her name. “You followed him.”

“I noticed him and another guy hauling some stuff from the parking lot into the bunkhouse.” She frowned. “He didn’t have much, now that I think about it.”

“Probably because he got kicked out of wherever he was living before. If he’s that good looking the guy’s probably a major player.” Her eyes took on a mean glint. “I hope if he cheated on his wife she took him for everything and he has to start over with nothing.”

Lana assumed the worst about everyone—men especially. Which made zero sense since she’d never had a boyfriend.

 

 

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About Lorelei James

 

Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary erotic western romances set in the modern day Wild West and also contemporary erotic romances. Lorelei’s books have been nominated for and won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s choice Award, as well as the CAPA Award. Lorelei lives in western South Dakota with her family…and a whole closet full of cow girl boots.

From Lorelei: “Why do I have a particular fondness for all things western? Well, I’m a fourth generation South Dakotan, living in the Black Hills, which is chock-full of interesting characters, including cowboys, Indians, ranchers, and bikers. The geographical diversity of the surrounding area showcases mountains, plains, and badlands. Living in and writing about rural settings gives me a unique perspective, especially since I’m not writing historical westerns. Through my fictional world, I can show the ideals and the cowboy way of life are still very much alive.”

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ARC Review: A FIREFIGHTER’S GIFT ( Heart Fall Book ONE ) by New York Times Bestselling Author VIVIAN AREND @VivianArend

 

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A FIRFIGHTER’S CHRISTMAS GIFT

HOLIDAYS IN HEART FALLS

This firefighter has the perfect gift for a single mom and her little girl – if they’ll take him.
A holiday story from New York Times bestselling author Vivian Arend.
All Bradley Ford wants this holiday season is a date or three with sweet Hanna Lane. He’s the new fire chief, recently returned to Heart Falls to help his father after an accident. And while he wasn’t expecting to find someone like Hanna so soon, Brad’s certain that Hanna—and her adorable daughter, Crissy—are perfect for him and his plans to settle down.
Hanna’s been taking care of herself since she became a single mom at sixteen. The only pure, honest love she trusts is her little girl’s, but for the first time in eight years, her libido flares to life. Something about Brad draws her like a moth to a flame—which is always a bad idea for the moth.
When a fire leaves Hanna and Crissy homeless, Brad offers them shelter at his family’s homestead. Crissy insists they’ve moved in with Santa. Hanna’s not sure how she keeps ending up under the mistletoe with Brad. And Brad? He’s hoping for the best Christmas gift of all…

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REVIEW:

So I’ve been on trip to Heart Falls, and I enjoyed every minute. On this trip we went to visit Hanna, a single mother with a daughter named Chrissy. The new fire Chief Brad who has come back to  Heart Falls look after his father.
When he first saw Hanna and her beautiful daughter he realised he was looking at his future.
Hanna has had no one, and had been on her own since her parents disowned her when she became pregnant at sixteen. Hanna is nervous of men, so Brad was so patient with her. This is a wonderful love story, and it was a magical Christmas story. It was great to celebrate the holiday with the residents of heart falls. Vivian Arend really knows how to create great community. I just loved Brad with Hanna it was so sweet and it was great meeting some more of the local community.

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ARC Review: BLOCK SHOT ( A Hoops Novel ) by Bestselling Author KENNEDY RYAN @KennedyRyan1

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“Kennedy Ryan’s writing continues to amaze and inspire. She is a genius wordsmith and a prose poet. And in Banner Morales, she has created the perfect heroine for this day and age. Don’t miss this read. It’s everything.” — Emma Scott, Bestselling Author

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JARED

If I had a dollar for every time Banner Morales made my heart skip a beat…

The heart everyone assumes is frozen over.

Her anger is…arousing.

Every glare from those fire-spitting eyes, every time she grits her teeth,

gets me…well, you know.

If I had a dollar for every time she’s put me in my place, I’d be an even richer man.

I’m a successful sports agent because I assume “no” means you’ll think about it.

I’m sure what you meant to say is “Coming right up.”

They say even rich men don’t always get what they want,

but those men don’t know how to play the game. The trick is to keep them guessing.

Take Banner. She assumes she’s winning, but this game?

She doesn’t even know how to play.

BANNER

If I had a dollar for every time Jared Foster broke my heart, I’d have exactly one dollar.

One night. One epic fail. One dollar…and I’m out.

I’ve moved on.

I’ve found success in a field ruled by men.

Anything they can do, I have done better.

They can keep the field while I call the shots, blocking them when I have to.

And Jared has the nerve to think he gets a second chance?

Boy, please. Go sit down. Have several seats.

I’ll just be over here ignoring the man carved from my fantasies with a lust-tipped chisel.

Oh, I didn’t say the struggle wasn’t real.

But I’ve got that one dollar, and Jared won’t have me.

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Kennedy Ryan never writes just a romance novel it’s always much more. This is the story of Jared, who is August’s stepbrother from Long Shot, but this completely standalone.
Jared and Banner meet at College, both studying Sport management, when Jared sees Banner in a debating class and she decimates him with her brilliance and he is hooked. Unfortunately after believing lies about Jared’s intensions, due to her self-image problems. Their careers take them to different cities. They only see each other in passing over the years.
Finally they are in the same city, but Banner is dating someone else, but Jared has never stopped missing her, now he sees this confident and brave woman and knows he must have her.
Kennedy takes your emotions, and pulls you in the story and takes along for the emotional journey. The journey is never easy, but all the more rewarding. Kennedy never fails to face any unpleasant subjects the more heartbreaking better. This more than five stars in anyone’s book.

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A Top 30 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes about women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine and Frolic, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta Autism families, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

 

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ARC Review: STYX’S STAND ( Men of Lakeview ) by F.G. ADAM @authorfgadams

 

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Pete “Styx” Fuller is sworn to fight a war far from home. His orders are simple: defeat the enemy, protect his brothers-in-arms, and live to see tomorrow. But when a spirited beauty saunters into his sights, Styx knows she’ll be a guest in his bed. The hunger between them is as powerful as any directive from his command.

Savannah Brushard isn’t shy about feeding her eclectic taste in men, but there are rules. Never the same man twice, and never get involved. And while her current assignment as a nurse isn’t complicated, her desire for the devastatingly sexy soldier threatens both her career and her heart in ways she never imagined.

What happens when hunger, desire, and need control your every thought, your every action?
A hunger so powerful it consumes them both—until the unthinkable happens and she disappears.

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REVIEW:

Styx’s Stands is another great book in the Men of Lakeview Series. In this book we follow Peter Styx Fuller and Savannah Brushard.
After being left at the altar, Savannah decides to join the military as a nurse, where she meets her best friend Ella. Those of you who have read Grayson’s book know some of what happens from a different POV.
Savannah and Styx are in what she thinks, is purely a sexual relationship. Styx is crazy about her and trying to get her to see that. When the unthinkable happens, and Styx determined to shows her he wants a lot more.
This is another great novella in the Men of Lakeview series. This is quick, but full read with so much feeling and emotion packed in with so much action. I’m loving it!

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F.G. Adams writes contemporary and paranormal romance about sexy alpha heroes and feisty-mouthed heroines. The wonder twins forming F.G. enjoy a healthy obsession of reading that started at a young age. Their books reflect an avid imagination that was cultivated by their grandmother who taught them the mind has no limits and to use both hands when reaching for the stars. Partners in writing, they both thrive on creating unique storylines for you, the reader to enjoy.
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ARC Review: MESS ME UP ( Bear Bottom MC #1 ) by USA Today Bestselling Author LANI LYNN VALE @LLVtwitter @InkslingerPR

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When Rome Pierce moved to Bear Bottom, Texas, it was his intention to lay low. To not be seen. To find a way to heal his body and soul—as well as his son’s.

Nobody would know by looking at him that he used to play professional football. Not with the Bare Bottom MC cut covering his back, and definitely not with his friendly smile completely obliterated.

No longer is there charm in each smooth word that comes out of his mouth. What’s left is an angry, bitter, scared man that’s terrified one day he’s going to wake up and his entire world is going to be gone.

Nobody knows what drove him to leave the game he loved—nobody but her.

She’s the one person that has helped him make it through the dark days and even darker nights. She’s the bright and shining star in his pitch-black sky.

And he doesn’t even know her name.

He should be afraid that she knows things that not anyone—not even his best friend—knows.

Yet, with each encounter, he gives what little bit of his soul remains, and before he knows it only two people on this earth—one dying, and one too afraid to live—make his life worth living.

Until one day he has to choose—the love of his life, or the life he brought into this world.

Two impossible situations. One decision that would change him forever.

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I really loved this book it had everything, with one proviso get the tissues out. My god the emotions and the feelings this book pulls from you. This book is so intense, you can’t put it down.
This has got to be one of my favourite books I‘ve in the last few months. Rome and Isabel were great together. This the first in the Bear Bottom Series. Rome was a professional football player who retired due to family reasons. The Bear Bottom MC rallies around him in his time of need.
I just loved Izzy she was great, just perfect for Rome. Even with all her own tragic family she was with him every step of the way. I not giving anything away, but this is a must read for me. This is a heartbreaker, so thank you Miss Vale for all my heartache and tissues. A Great read.

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MEET LANI LYNN VALE

Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.

When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.

Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.

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ARC Review: VOW OF ATONEMENT( The Vow Series #2 ) by EMMA RENSHAW @ERtwitter @InkslingerPR

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Today we have the Blog Tour for the much anticipated second standalone novel in the Vow Series. Check out VOW OF ATONEMENT by Emma Renshaw and get your copy now!

Title: VOW OF ATONEMENT

Author: Emma Renshaw

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release: September 5th

About VOW OF ATONEMENT

A bossy Army vet determined to atone for his mistakes with the only girl he’s ever loved. A sassy boutique owner trying to shield her broken heart.

Roman stole every part of Harper’s heart and soul over a decade ago and left without giving her back the pieces. She’s spent the past decade trying to forget him and everything he made her feel.

When a mysterious figure shows up, changing her life with just a few sentences, she does the unthinkable—calls the man who left her shattered all those years ago.

Roman storms back into Harper’s life with a vengeance, determined to prove he is worthy of a second chance. He vows to keep her safe from the danger that has darkened her door.

But they’re both pawns in someone else’s game. And this vow might just be broken before the game is over…

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What a great story this is, so heartbreaking and beautiful in places, especially when Roman and Harper  are together. Harper’s new landlord wants more than she is willing to give. After a call to the love of her life Roman, even though they have been separated for 10 years. Roman arrives in Texas to help find out whats happening.
This book had it all, murder, corruption, love and great friendships.

Harper is lucky she had a great support system with friends, as her family was murdered. I loved James and her great group of friends. I would love to get inside his head. This is written with dual narration allowing us inside Roman and Harper’s head, as I said before my favourite way to read.

 
I haven’t read Emma Renshaw, that’s going to change as I love plenty of action in a well written story. So I’m looking to read more of the vow series. I must admit I do love the separated lovers that still love each other. As soon as they see each other you can feel it in the air the love and passion that they can’t hide.

Since I wrote my review I have found out the next book in the series is going to be Vow Of Honor and the hero is James, as I already said I’m dying to get inside of his head. I can’t wait!

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Emma loves to write, just don’t ask her to write about herself. If she isn’t writing, you can find her lost in a book or trying to get her doggo to take a selfie with her. He usually refuses. At the end of the day, you can find Emma at the closest Mexican restaurant eating queso and sipping on a margarita. She lives in Texas with her husband and dog.

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Blog Tour + Review: THE RIP VAN PROJECT by KARRI THOMPSON @KarriThompson @InkslingerPR

Today we have the blog tour for the entire VAN WINKLE PROJECT Series by Karri Thompson. The series is an amazing YA Dystopian series you NEED to check out!

 

About MIRROR X (Book 1)

 

I was born more than a thousand years ago.

Put into a cryogenic tube at age seventeen, forgotten during a holocaust that decimated the world, I’ve finally been awakened to a more serene and peaceful future.

But things at the hospital are new and strange. And it’s starting to scare me.

Everyone is young. Everyone is banded and tracked. And everyone is keeping secrets.

The cute geneticist Michael Bennett might be the only good thing in this crazy new world where “life is precious” but no one seems free to live it. The problem is, I don’t think he’s being totally honest with me, either.

When I’m told only I can save the human race from extinction, it’s clear my freeze didn’t avoid a dreadful fate. It only delayed the horror…

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I’ve been lied to, deceived, and manipulated—again. You’d think I’d be treated with dignity and respect. I’m the one who’s supposed to save humanity, right? I’m the one with the power to re-populate this dying world. But the clones want to control me, force me to give birth over and over again. And my daughters will face the same fate—unless I change it.

My awakening into this future should have been a chance for a new life, but it just promises a living death. With Michael on my side, though, maybe I can save us. He’s the only person I can trust.

I hear rumors of others… A secret society is growing. Tension is building.

A rebellion is imminent.
 
 

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The end is near—and I’m fated to save humanity.

I’m feared, yet revered. The presidents are leery of me, but I’ve read the files. And I know the truth—at least, I think I do. And I’m the one who is going to tell the clones. They deserve to know.

Michael and I have been forced to fight, to kill. We’ll do anything to keep our daughters safe and free. But we can’t do it alone. There’s a rumor about a secret society eager for battle… and we’re going to find them. Help them end the government’s corruption.

It’s my duty, my calling as the first mother of the new world I want to create.

This started with me, and that’s where it’s going to end.
 
 

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REVIEW:

I afraid you will have to excuse me, I just emerging from the future after reading the three books in the series one after another. First we have MirrorX where Cassie a seventeen year old was killed in a helicopter accident 2022. Cassie’s grandfather believed in cryogenics and placed Cassie in the company specialist S.T.A.S.I.S in Los Angeles.
So poor Cassie is awakened in 3022, we memories of just before the accident. Helpless in a bed with a body so wasted she cannot move. It doesn’t take long for Cassie’s real personality come peeking out, but she knows she can’t do anything until she is fit enough. This book finishes a story arc as they escape to Tasma to complete there project.

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You just so know the perfect peaceful world is not all it seems ,and after being betrayed they get ready to implement the project in Tasma.
I not going to give to much away except to say I could see these books in a film format in my head as Michael and Cassie move through regions not knowing who to trust after being let down after Cassie finding out the truth of what happened to her.

In this brave new world a plague decimated the population 500 years before. One side effect left all women infertile, so for the last 500 years they have used cloning. Unfortunately the female clones are infertile. So all the populations left are all clones, and he who has the technology has the power.

This is a great trilogy as we watch the world trying to change and to be free. Let me say I enjoyed this immensely and I still firmly trapped in the 3020s. I hope these come in an Audio format, and these are written for YA market so we have plenty action, underhanded behavior. The only unpleasant things that happen is what is in context to the story. This old bird thoroughly enjoyed my trip to the future.

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About Karri Thompson

Award-winning author Karri Thompson, a native of San Diego, California, grew up hanging out at the beach, playing sports, and eventually attending San Diego State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in education. When she’s not nerding out at San Diego Comic-Con or watching Star Wars and The Lord of the Ring’s movies for the umpteenth time, she can be seen doing normal people stuff like cooking delicious meals for her family (she attributes all her culinary skills to the Food Network) and watching her son’s football games. In her spare time, she writes young adult and new adult fiction (new adult under the name Kalli Lanford) and loves listening to hard rock music and going to concerts. She hopes to live long and prosper, and that you will, too.

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ARC Review: FLIRTING WITH FOREVER by New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author KENDALL RYAN@KendallRyan1 @InkslingerPR

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I’ve waited years for the perfect girl, yet she was right in front of me all along.

My best friend, Natalie, has been by my side through everything. Leaning on my shoulder, borrowing my sweatshirts…and making my pants too tight when she flashes me that sassy smile that drives me crazy.

But she has no idea about that last part. She doesn’t have a clue I’ve felt this way about her for years.

Until one night after too many cocktails, we fall into bed together.

I’m flirting with my forever…she just doesn’t know it yet.

This book is a sexy, slow-burning best-friends-to-lovers romance with a guaranteed HEA and no cheating. Dive in, and get ready to melt for Cam!

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REVIEW:

This is fun sexy easy read. Cam and Natalie were so perfect for each other, once they realised how they felt there no stopping them.

Natalie met Jack and Cam when they were sixteen, and they have always been best friends.

Cam and Jack had a pact that they made when they were first met Natalie that she was off limits

I loved this book and I loved the couple especially when Cam started seeing Natalie in a different light. All good fun watching everything play out, seeing two people who are meant to be together trying to figure everything out.

So if you enjoy a read where suddenly you see your closest friend in a new light. The one person you can’t live without, then this for you.

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Audiobook Blog Tour + Review: ZACH ( Hell’s Handlers MC ) by Award Winning Author LILLY ATLAS, Narrated by Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard!@lillyatlas @BadNoah @Erindeward

Author: Lilly Atlas

Narrators: Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard

Series: Hell’s Handlers, Book One

Length: 8 hours 24 minutes

Publisher: Lilly Atlas Books LLC

Released: Jul. 23, 2018

Genre: MC Romance

Toni’s no stranger to making mistakes. She has experienced firsthand how walking down the wrong path can send life spiraling out of control. Fortunately, she had someone to drag her from the gutter and help set her on the right track. As penance for the poor choices of her past, she pledges to suppress her baser desires and focus on finding a steady, dependable man, even if that means embracing a boring lifestyle.

The last thing anyone would call Zach is dull. As Enforcer for the Hell’s Handlers MC, he embodies the outlaw lifestyle. When Toni moves in next door, Zach can’t resist the possibility of a quick, hot fling. But he soon discovers she’s not the easy conquest he’s used to.

While Zach works to convince Toni she belongs in his bed, a tenuous relationship with a local gang disintegrates and threatens his MC family. Zach’s world is turned upside down when he’s unable to keep the danger from touching his club.

As Toni fights to resist Zach’s pull, her own peace is shattered by demons from her past. With enemies both old and new barreling down, she throws out her rules and turns to Zach for aid. Soon, she finds herself firmly entrenched in Zach’s dangerous world.

Is it possible for her to curb her desires, or is she doomed to repeat the mistakes of her past?

None of it will matter if Zach can’t keep their enemies at bay.

Lilly Atlas is the contemporary romance author of the award-nominated No Prisoners MC series. She’s a proud Navy wife, mother of two spunky girls, and one crazy pug. Every time Lilly downloads a new EBook, she expects her Kindle to tell her it’s exhausted and beg for some rest. Thankfully that hasn’t happened yet, so she can often be found absorbed in a good book.

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Noah Michael Levine is an Audie Award-Winning audiobook narrator and producer living in beautiful Nyack, NY. His over 180 titles include almost every genre. While he loves his work completely – and collaborating with all kinds of different authors, he does not love writing about himself in the third person.

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Erin deWard is an Audie Award-Winning narrator with over sixty titles in genres ranging from Spirituality to Young Adult to Adult Contemporary and others. She’s worked on stage, screen, and behind the mic for over thirty years. She is beyond grateful to have come to this place in her life and thanks all of the people and organizations that sped her on her way.

In addition to her love of acting, Erin is passionate about her work as an audio describer, translating visual images in media and performance into aural pictures for people who have low or no vision. She studies and performs Shakespearean text and can most frequently be seen cavorting onstage with The Strange Bedfellows, the adult troupe of the Children’s Shakespeare Theatre of New York.

Erin lives in lovely Nyack on Hudson, New York with her husband, daughter, sometimes her college-aged son, and two ill-behaved but loveable dogs, Annie and Benevolio.

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This is an amazing audiobook is narrated by Noah and Erin, and this is a duet narration
To the story, Toni comes back to her home town when her parents are killed, only coming back to arrange their funeral. Toni decide to stay for the summer and meets Zach her next door neighbour who she always a crush when she was younger.
Zach is a great character who is an enforcer for Hells Handlers, but a decent guy who fell for Toni after seeing around. This is definitely an adult story and being the first in the series we are introduced to all the characters.  I know this going to be a great series. There is plenty of hot sex and some violence, but this only pertains to the story. I loved Zach and Toni together, this is a spellbinding story that for me and going to be one of my favourites.
A pair of my favourite narrators keeping me in this spellbinding story, and I’m looking forward to the next in the series.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lilly Atlas. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • I’ve worked with Noah and Erin for all of my books, so I think we have it down to a science by now. The set-up is all done through the ACX website. Then I send the manuscript and character notes on any accents, voice requests, a general description of the characters and their personalities. After that, my part is done until they send me files to listen to. I listen to the entire book, just to make sure everything flows well and I like what they’ve done with the characters—I always do. After any changes are made, the audiobook disappears into the world of Audible until it pops up for sale!
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • I suppose a textbook on Physics would be pretty dry and tough to listen to, but as far as fiction, and even most non-fiction, I think any book can be made into a quality audiobook. To me, it seems less the subject matter and more the quality of the writing and engagement of the narrators. Any book can be read in a monotone voice without much feeling and be underwhelming as opposed to read by narrators who are very engaged with the story and really feel the characters.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Absolutely. I have all my books on audio, so it’s a no-brainer by now.
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • Originally, back when I wrote book one of the No Prisoners MC series, I listened to quite a few auditions from narrators. Noah’s was by far my favorite. He really captured the essence of my bad boy bikers. So, Striker is a solo narration by Noah. A bit later, I’d heard Noah and Erin’s duet narration of Curing Dr. Vincent and I just loved the duet narration. It takes the story to an entirely new level, so Erin was brought in for the rest of the series and beyond!
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”? 
    • I say, “Booo!” Audiobooks are amazing and just a different form of entertainment. I love how the medium is growing and expanding so rapidly. It’s a different experience than reading a book and so many people really enjoy listening to the narrators embody the characters. Also, there are so many people who are unable to read a book the traditional way for various reasons. Audiobooks gives those with visual impairments and other disabilities the chance to enjoy the works of millions of authors!
  • What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump? 
    • Usually if I’m in a total slump and the ideas aren’t flowing, I step away from the computer and just go about my day. Then I let my mind wander and most of the time something will come to me. I’ve also found that if I’m struggling with a scene and not liking how it’s turning out, I need to just push on through it and get something written. For me, it’s much easier to come back later and edit something to my liking than to abandon mid chapter and try to pick up where I left off later. Facebook usually helps me out of a reading slump. I belong to so many author/reader groups, I’m always finding great recommendations.
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
    • I love writing series because as I am writing a book, I tend to give each ancillary character their own story in my head. Writing a series gives me the ability to expand on the universe I’ve created and give my secondary characters a voice and story. I love reading series for the very same reason.
  • Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams? 
    • I’m more of a daydreamer than a night dreamer. I’ve had stress dreams about releases, but usually my characters don’t come to me in my dreams. During the day, however, I’m constantly drifting off, plotting, and imagining scenes to write.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Write, write, write! It’s the only way to grow and improve. Hire a professional editor. Beyond polishing and improving my books, I have learned so many tips and tricks from my editors about character development, plot development, and writing in general. It’s always a good idea to have outside professionals critique your work.
  • What’s next for you? 
    • The second book in the Hell’s Handlers’ series, Maverick, released on Aug 14th. Noah and Erin are in the middle of recording Maverick so it shouldn’t be too much longer before the audio releases. I’m currently working on the third book, Jigsaw.

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Blog Tour + Review: STORM OF GODS ( An Areios Brothers Novel ) by AMY BRAUN @amybraunauthor @XpressoReads


Storm of the Gods
Amy Braun
(An Areios Brothers Novel)
Publication date: August 27th 2018
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

The first in a brand new urban fantasy series where gods roam and mortals fight, STORM OF THE GODS follows two brothers who are caught in a conspiracy revolving around ancient artifacts, and find themselves siding with their supposed enemies rather than the Olympian who demands their loyalty…

Thirty years ago, the gods of Greek legend returned to the world. Their return restored their powers, which had been spent in a cataclysmic battle with the Titans. With the ancient deities imprisoned in Tartarus, the Olympians now reside in Néo Vasíleio, formerly known as California.

Twenty-four-year-old Derek Aerios is a war scion, a descendent of Ares, the God of War. He and his brother, eighteen-year-old Liam, capture mythological creatures and rogue scions as part of Ares’s elite military force. As he struggles to cope with his violent powers and the scars of a traumatic childhood, Derek tries to keep the two vows he has made: protect his brother, and never kill a human again.

But when Ares forces him to hunt and kill four rogue scions under Athena’s control—by threatening Liam’s life—Derek chooses to go after the scions in order to save his brother and keep his promise to himself.

Yet the closer Derek gets to the scions, the more he realizes that his orders are part of a deeper conspiracy that put him at odds with his mission and his conscience. Athena may not be the enemy, a traitor could be in their midst, and the Titans could be closer to freedom than ever before.

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This is an action packed start to a new urban fantasy Series. I will say quickly this an adult series, as some of the situations and violence is quite extreme, but totally in proportion when dealing The Olympians, especially Ares who happen to be Derek and Liam’s boss. As they have his diluted bloodline It entitles him to treat them worse them slaves.
I loved the brothers Derek and Liam and how they stick together. Derek is very protective of those he cares about. This is a fascinating read Amy Braun gives you a handy prefix to go through their elements. So if your mythology is a big rusty this is a good reminder. As we meet Scions from different gods it’s a helpful reminder.
As this is book one there is the world building, but don’t worry it still has plenty of  action. I enjoyed reading this a lot and devoured in one go. Now I’m waiting for book two.

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Author Bio:

Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action.

When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction, and diving headfirst into danger in Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.

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ARC Review: MEMENTO MORI ( Masters and Mercenaries #1 ) by New York Times Bestselling Author LEXI BLAKE @authorlexiblake @InkslingerPR

 

 

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Six men with no memories of the past

One leader with no hope for the future

A man without a past

Jax woke up in a lab, his memories erased, and his mind reprogrammed to serve a mad woman’s will. After being liberated from his prison, he pledged himself to the only thing he truly knows—his team. Six men who lost everything they were. They must make certain no one else gets their hands on the drugs that stole their lives, all while hiding from every intelligence organization on the planet. The trail has led him to an unforgiving mountainside and a beautiful wilderness expert who may be his only hope of finding the truth.

A woman with a bright future

River Lee knows her way around the Colorado wilderness. She’s finally found a home in a place called Bliss after years lost in darkness. The nature guide prefers to show her clients the beauty found in the land, but she also knows the secrets the mountains hold. When she meets Jax, something about the troubled man calls to her. She agrees to lead him to the site of an abandoned government facility hidden deep in the forest. She never dreamed she was stepping into the middle of a battlefield.

A love that could heal a broken soul

Spending time with River, Jax discovers a peace he’s never known. Their passion unlocks a side of himself he didn’t even know he was missing. When an old enemy makes his first move, Jax and River find themselves fighting for their lives. But when his past is revealed, will River be caught in the crosshairs of a global conspiracy?

 

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REVIEW:

Wow what a start to a new series, you read the blurb. Six men are rescued from a lab they have no memories. The only people they can rely on are each other and the man that rescued them.
After many months of help and trying to learn to live in the normal world.
They know there is one place they may get answers. Posing as documentary makers .a couple of the man go to find a woman and have a drink, they don’t even know what they drink. The drugs whitewashed everything from the brain.

This is a fantastic new series, as this was the first in a series there is lots of background information, as we get to know the guys who still learning how to behave. When Jax meets River on his first night out with one of the guys. They hit it off and go back to her place for the night not realising that it will be River’s company is leading them into the wilderness.
Jax and River fall in love, but there is so many enemies out to stop reaching the old government facilities. This has everything sex, love, villains or baddies. This is an absorbing story, and a brilliant series. This was a great read and I loved Jax and the guys. River loved Jax and he deserved it. I’m not giving anything else away excerpt to say this was a gripping start to a new Series.

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NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

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ARC Review: YOU PROMISED ME FOREVER ( Forever Series Book 1 ) by New York Times Bestselling Author MONICA MURPHY@MsMonicaMurphy

 

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You Promised Me Forever by Monica Murphy
Series: Forever Yours Book 1

Publication Date: August 29, 2018
Genre: New Adult Romance

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SYNOPSIS:

I’ve got it all, they say. I’m the starting quarterback for the best NFL team in the league. I’m rich. I’m famous. I can have any woman I want, any time I want.

Yeah, I’ve got everything—except for the one who got away. How do you move on from loving the same girl since you were in the seventh grade? She promised me forever until forever got too hard and at nineteen, she dumped me.

By text message.

Now she’s walked back into my life. Just as beautiful. Just as sweet. Just as smart. More grown up and incredibly sexy…

We’re older now. Supposedly wiser. This time, I’m going to fight for what I want, no matter how hard it gets.

This time, I’m going to make her mine.

Forever.

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REVIEW:

It was a real pleasure to read this book, as I have had a soft spot for Amanda and Jordon after meeting then in More Than Friends.
So meeting a mature Tuttle was pure pleasure, he had everything he wanted in life, but it was empty without Amanda. Amanda thought she was okay until she saw him being interviewed, and messaged him.
So if you have followed their romance this is a must read, but if you haven’t followed the couple from high school, this is a wonderful well written second chance romance. To feel the love read the first 2 books. Then you can approve of the adult Mandy and Jorden and there forever. For me this was a real pleasure, a must read for fans of Tuttle and Amanda.

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Meet Monica:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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Audiobook Review Blog: THE SECRET CHORD (The Conor McBride Series Book 2 ) by KATHRYN GUARE, Narrated by Wayne Farrell @KGuare

Author: Kathryn Guare

Narrator: Wayne Farrell

Length: 10 hours and 26 minutes

Publisher: Kathryn Guare

Series: The Virtuosic Spy, Book 2

Released: Feb. 20, 2018

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Those who love romantic suspense and thrillers with heart have found their new literary crush.

An Irishman on the run. He’s left a lot of things behind him…but they’re not far enough back.

Conor McBride has lost everything, and if he can’t find a way to disappear in a hurry, the next thing he loses could be his life. Running from enemies he’s never met and haunted by his own destructive actions, Conor needs a refuge secure enough to hold his secrets. A farmhouse inn tucked amidst the green mountains of Vermont seems ideal, but when his past catches up with him, Conor discovers the beautiful young innkeeper has secrets of her own, and hers are more likely to get them both killed.

Author of the award-winning Conor McBride Series, Kathryn Guare’s character-driven novels are all somewhere on the spectrum between romance and suspense, and some are even perfectly balanced between the two. She has a passion for exploring diverse cultures and cuisine, Classical music and all things Celtic, and has a habit of mixing these into her stories along with other topics and enthusiasms that capture her interest. Formerly, as an executive with a global health advocacy organization, she traveled extensively throughout the world. Currently, as a native Vermonter, she hates to leave home during foliage season.

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Internationally acclaimed voice actor Wayne Farrell began his professional career at The National Theatre of Ireland, where he met the legendary Irish seanachai Eamon Kelly and became fascinated with the art of storytelling. Using skills learned during this time, Farrell has worked extensively in both documentary and audiobook narration and is widely admired for the rich clarity and versatility of his voice. His credits include award-winning authors such as Donal Ryan, whose debut novel The Spinning Heart won The Guardian’s First Book Award as well as Irish Book of the Year; and New York Times and USA Today bestsellers such as Morgan Rice, author of the fantasy epic The Sorcerer’s Ring.

Well what can one say after 10hours and 25 minutes of nonstop intrigue and deception.
We follow Conner McBride after he sells the farm and property after the death of his mother. Conner is world class musician and plays the violin. He leaves Ireland and goes to Vermont to work on a farm and old Inn that his employee and friend introduced him too via internet.
Conner can’t believe his luck when he meets Kate, his boss. They start to full in love, but before they can start enjoy life. Unfortunately both their pasts comes back to haunt them. Once we find out Conner had worked with MI6 in the past, and they need his help again.
This is a book full of spies, and bad men that need to be behind bars. There is love between Kate and Conner and I was absorbed and listened in one go and now need the next one. This book had everything, and it had to be listened to carefully in case you miss something.
I really enjoyed listening to the narrator’s voice, and his Irish lilt was pleasure to listen to. I kept me so focused on the action the time sped to fast.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kathryn Guare. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook and how you selected your narrator.
    • I used “ACX”, which is an audiobook platform offered by Amazon to match up authors with narrators. It’s great, because all the technical bits and bobs that I know nothing about are taken care of. All I had to do was upload a script for the auditions and agree on the contract with the narrator to get it all started, then upload an audiobook cover and description for the Audible and iTunes listings. There was a process for giving narrators an opportunity to audition, using the script I’d provided. I was beyond thrilled to have Wayne Farrell agree to take on the work. He’d narrated one of my all-time favorite books (“The Spinning Heart”) and I could hardly believe my luck!
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you? What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • Yes, I love audiobooks. I once had a job with a 1-hour commute both ways and I went through dozens of audiobooks. I love having someone tell me a story. It can be captivating in a way that’s different from reading it on the page, and I don’t think it’s cheating at all. It’s just a different sort of experience, and I just read a news story that science suggests listening to a book is a more emotional experience than seeing a movie based on it!. There are so many books and so little time! I’m happy to use anything that helps me get through more of them and I always have a paperback and an audiobook going at the same time (Well, not at the same time, but you know what I mean!)
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • I’m sure that’s true. Probably books that are strong on plot, action and dialogue work the best, but whatever the genre, the things I find tedious when reading a book are the same things I have trouble with when listening to one. If there is too much exhaustive description of setting, or facts and figures, and too little language that pulls me into the story or subject matter, I start to get impatient. But for me, the narrator is key more than genre. If I am enjoying the voice, and the storytelling skills of the person narrating, I can put up with almost anything else.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • I think I probably had a movie more in mind than the audiobook. Not because I really wanted to see the book made into a movie, but because I could see the movie in my head as I wrote it. Some readers have mentioned that the book feels “cinematic” and they can also easily picture a movie.  However, I recently read a news story that scientists believe an audiobook can be a more emotionally involving experience for a reader than seeing a movie based on the book!
  • If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles?
    • Oh, I’ve had this conversation with so many readers and friends! He’s probably a little too old for the role now, but I’ve always said I’d be happy with Hugh Jackman as Conor. The role he played in the film “The Fountain” struck me as closest to the appearance and personality of Conor. And I think Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) would do a great job as Sedgwick. And for Kate, hmmm, maybe Alexis Bledel?
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • I did provide some brief descriptions of how I viewed the characters, but I thought it best to let the narrator develop his own approach, rather than asking him to adopt an accent or particular vocal style he may not be comfortable with. For me, it was most important that Conor McBride sound authentically Irish, which is why I was determined to have an Irish narrator. There were a few corrections when the UK/Irish pronunciation of a word slipped into an American character’s dialogue, but not often. Wayne has a remarkable range and facility with accents, and by the time I was listening to the chapters he’d already done his own editing and correcting.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • This book is mostly set in Vermont, and I am a native Vermonter, so there are a lot of settings drawn from my own experience. The setting for the Rembrandt Inn was inspired by my cousin’s gorgeous house in Greensboro, VT, which does overlook a gorge that has a brook running through it. My heritage is Irish, so the scenes in Ireland were also drawn from my experiences visiting the places on the Dingle Peninsula.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • Well, I have to admit that ever since I wrote the book, I was looking forward to having the romantic chemistry between Kate and Conor brought to life. I almost think hearing it in audio is better than the movie, because it is still the book the way I wrote it rather than an adaptation, and it was really a treat for me to hear!
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • Probably with a little “happy dance” and an ice-cold cocktail.
  • Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
    • Yes, and it was fantastic. I’ll say no more. 😉
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • The standard advice to writers is “write what you know” and I think that is very limiting and intimidating. My advice is “write what you want to know” because that opens up the world for you. Take the time to do the research to learn what you need to, then just go at it and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t or shouldn’t do it.
  • Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
    • After you’ve found a narrator who has the voice and skill that you want, and you’ve given them some basic guidelines, you have to let it go and let them do the work. It’s like turning your screenplay over to the director and actors. If the narrator is focused on responding to your detailed direction it means they aren’t developing their own relationship with the story and the result will be less than it could have been.
  • What’s next for you?
    • I’m working on writing the fourth book in the series, and the audio version of the 3rd book, City Of A Thousand Spies is in production so it will be available on Audible and iTunes before too long. Stay tuned!

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ARC REVIEW: TALL, DARK & IRRESISTIBLE, A Fun , Flirty Standalone Romance from USA Today Bestselling Author ERIKA WILDE @erikawilde1

 

TALL, DARK & IRRESISTIBLE, an all-new fun, flirty, standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author Erika Wilde is available NOW!

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When it comes to love and happily ever after, Leo Stone is a disbeliever. Having been left at the altar by the one woman he thought he’d spend the rest of his life with, he’s vowed to keep his heart to himself and enjoy the one thing he knows won’t affect his emotions . . . hot, dirty sex. Except, what’s a guy to do when a gorgeous woman asks him to be her stand-in boyfriend for two weeks—with benefits? Sign him up, please!

A drunken night one year ago, Peyton Bishop used Leo Stone’s name and photograph to convince her overprotective parents that she was safe living in New York City—in part thanks to a boyfriend she adored. Except Leo, the hot guy she’s had a secret crush on since college, has no idea he’s been cast in the role of her lover. With her cousin’s wedding coming up, and her parent’s expecting to meet this mysterious boyfriend, Peyton is forced to come clean and ask Leo a huge favor.

Leo agrees to be her stand-in boyfriend, but what’s a pretend couple to do when their fake feelings start to become oh-so-real?

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REVIEW:

I couldn’t resist a book with the title Tall, Dark and Irresistible and I was right, I loved it.
Peyton lives in New York and to keep her overprotective parents of her back, she told them that  Leo Stone her boyfriend looks after her, and not to worry.
Peyton was madly in lust and had big crush on Leo in Chemistry at college where they were lab partners.
Of Course her cousin is getting married and her parents expect her boyfriend to come and stay for the week.
Things I enjoyed about this book is Leo is a nice guy as well as being swoonworthy. Peyton is a great girl, being an only child she wanted save her parents worry
When they meet up and Leo agrees to the ruse he realises the chemistry between them is off the charts.
A Hot sexy funny romance and I loved it. The narration was duel, so we hear from both Peyton and Leo. I always dual with a romantic comedy. You really do feel like a fly on the wall. So this is a must read for fans of pretend boyfriends who are so hot you must really want to know what happens and how they get there.

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The two of them reached Leo’s vehicle, and the doors unlocked with a chirp as he pressed the key fob in his free hand. But instead of opening the passenger side for Peyton, he instead turned her around to face him . . . trapping her between the unyielding metal surface of the car behind her and the tall, muscular man standing less than two feet away.

He casually placed a hand on the door beside her and leaned a few inches closer. “Before we go, I have one more question for you,” he said, his tone serious.

She inhaled the warm, masculine scent of his cologne mingling with leather from his jacket and tried not to let that intoxicating fragrance distract her. “Okay.” She figured it couldn’t get any worse than everything she’d already admitted.

“So, usually, when a person gets propositioned, they get something out of the deal,” he said, his heavy-lidded gaze dropping to her mouth. “You’d be getting a devoted boyfriend out of the arrangement. What would I get?”

She didn’t miss the suggestion in his eyes or the playful curve of his smile. “What do you want?” she asked, unable to hide the breathless quality of her voice.

“Well, for starters, how about a show of good faith, like a kiss?” His free hand came up and gently cupped the side of her face, while his thumb skimmed along her damp bottom lip. “I think it’s important to know what I might be getting myself into and if we’re compatible enough to pull off this whole pretend boyfriend/girlfriend thing. I mean, what if we kiss and we realize that there’s just no spark there? Then this whole farce is doomed for failure.”

He was teasing her. She could see the mischievous glimmer in his eyes, and it provoked a smile from her, even as her breathing escalated with every second that passed with the temptation of finally having Leo’s lips pressed against hers dangling like a carrot in front of her.

“Then kiss me so we can find out,” she whispered.

His thumb dipped down beneath her chin to tip her head back as he lowered his mouth to hers. His lips were surprisingly soft as they found hers for the first time, his teeth gentle as they nibbled at her bottom lip. She couldn’t hold back the needy moan that escaped her throat, or the way her hands instinctively lifted and settled against his solid chest even as he pressed closer to her, his hard thighs and hips pinning her against the car.

“Jesus,” he breathed against her lips in shock, clearly feeling the heat between them that was a spark on the verge of becoming an undeniable blaze.

Sliding both of his hands into her hair, he held her head steady as he came back for another taste, and this time, there wasn’t an ounce of gentleness in the way he swept his tongue inside and plundered her mouth—boldly, deeply, greedily. She made a wild, desperate sound as she fisted her hands in his cotton T-shirt and matched him kiss for kiss, turning that blaze into an inferno that was so hot it threatened to singe them both. And in the moment, neither one of them seemed to care.

She felt the unmistakable ridge of his erection nudging against her belly, and a new hunger spiraled tighter inside her. Desire made her knees weak, her nipples excruciatingly hard, and her panties wet. Everything about Leo Stone was sensation overload to every part of her body, and if there was any worry in either of their minds about pulling off a believable attraction, this kiss eliminated any and all concerns.

By the time Leo finally lifted his mouth from hers, they were both breathing hard from all the heightened sexual tension between them. His dark eyes glittered with lust as he gazed down at her, looking as dazed as she felt.

Somehow, someway, she found her voice. “Was that convincing enough for you?” she asked huskily.

His low, sexy chuckle made her shiver. “Oh, yeah . . . it was definitely a good start.”

Meet Erika Wilde

Erika Wilde is a New York Times Bestselling author. She is best known for her super sexy Marriage Diaries series and The Players Club series, and has also co-written the Dirty Sexy Series and the Book Boyfriend Series with Carly Phillips, her best friend and writing buddy for the past twenty years. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two daughters, and when she’s not writing you can find her exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. For more information on her upcoming releases, please visit website at http://www.erikawilde.com and sign up for her mailing list for updates and news!

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Audiobook Review Tour: THEIR VAMPIRE PRINCESS by Harlow Thomas & Anastasia James, Narrated by Lacy Laurel

Authors: Harlow Thomas & Anastasia James

Narrator: Lacy Laurel

Length: 7 hours and 10 minutes

Publisher: Harlow Thomas

Series: Their Vampire Princess, Book 1-4

Released: Apr. 19, 2018

Genre: Paranormal Romance; Reverse Harem

This is a bundle of all four of the episodes of the Their Vampire Princess series with never before published material.

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Chosen
Crowned
Turned
Mated

As the vampire princess of the Night Court, it’s my duty to choose my prince from four human men, willing to be mine.

All I have to do is choose one to crown.

I never expected to fall in love.

Not with one.

Certainly not with all of them.

Do I abandon my destiny in order to keep my men, or do I risk it all and rewrite the rules?

Harlow Thomas loves reading and writing steamy romance about sexy men who love the same woman. Why choose when you can have them all?

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Lacy lives the life of a full time wife, mother and household manager. Needing a temporary escape from time to time Lacy returned back to her first love – reading! After devouring everything she could get her hands on she thought, -what if she could mix her love of performance and literature in a professional capacity? Once getting involved in the world of book narration she quickly became hooked and when not with her family you can find her in her studio working hard to grow in her own storytelling abilities.

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This is a one audiobook, but contains the following novellas Chosen, Crowned, Turned, Mated each novellas is quite short. This is about a young Vampire Princess who has to choose a human consort from 4 young hunks from the human world.
As this a Reverse Harem, Felicity can’t make a choice, so all four go back to palace with her. There is plenty of sex, and plenty intrigue to try to keep Felicity from taking the crown.
If you enjoy a reverse harem with plenty action in the bedroom, and plenty of angst before everything falls in place
The narration by Lucy Laurel is very fast, and sounds almost breathless. It more a reading than the narration with different voices.
It was a quick listen, but no less enjoyable for it.

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Audiobook Series Review Tour: HOW WE FOUND YOU ( When Tomorrow Calls Book 2 ) by J.T. LAWRENCE, Narrated by Roshina Ratnam! @pulpbooks @Roshinaratnam

Author: JT Lawrence

Narrator: Roshina Ratnam

Length: 9 hours 19 minute

Publisher: Author’s Republic⎮2017

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: When Tomorrow Calls, Book 2

Release date: Dec. 12, 2017

There’s something different about Kate’s four-year-old son. He wasn’t created the old fashioned way. Now a violent cult wants him dead and Kate will do anything to protect him – until they take her daughter.

In tomorrow’s world, Kate is haunted by a brutal past. Struggling to navigate a life that seems like an experiment in virtual reality, her paranoia threatens to consume her. But when someone tries to kidnap Mally, she realises she was absolutely right to be afraid.

With only hours to go before the cult’s prophecy is to be fulfilled, Kate and Seth face more danger than they’ve ever imagined, desperate to keep him safe. However, the charismatic leader of the cult has other ideas, which puts Kate in an impossible position. Who will she choose to live, and who will she have to sacrifice?

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Roshina Ratnam is actress, puppeteer, voice artist and lover of dumplings.
She has performed around the world mostly notably playing Opelila in Janet Suzman’s production of Hamlet which toured to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Other highlights include For Colored Girls which received a Fleur Du Cap. Her puppetry work has seen her work with Handspring Puppet Company as well as the award winning political satire TV series ZAnews. She is currently a producer and performer with Pillow Fort Theatre which creates art focused for children aged 18 months to 4 years. Her work as a voice artist has seen her record several books and radio commercials over the years. Roshina Ratnam is a graduate of UCT drama school.

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Each book in this series gets better and more exciting. We have all our protagonists back together for exciting slice of life in 2024.
Kate is having a hard time conquering her fear that the twins will be kidnapped. Seth has to go away for a job and makes sure Kate has a nanny to help and lots of security measures in place.
Keke is on jury duty and meets a handsome and charismatic man named Zac who helps with the unauthorised investigation into all the toddlers’ deaths.
That’s how we start, and anything that can wrong, does go wrong. As all our heroes try to cope with is happening, but come up against the fanatical Resurrentionists. As they realise all is lost until help from an unlikely source appears.
This is an addictive 6 star listen for me and I listened in one go. I was there will them all time crying one minute and smiling the next.Shoshina was magnificent bringing this glimpse into 2024 to live with her usual talent.

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Review: EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN by International Bestselling Author JESSICA REDMERSKI @JRedmerski @XpressoTours

EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN BY JESSICA REDMERSKI

Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Suspense

Publication date: August 28th 2017

 

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SYNOPSIS:

Thais Fenwick was eleven-years-old when civilization fell, devastated by a virus that killed off the majority of the world’s population. For seven years, Thais and her family lived in a community of survivors deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. But when her town is attacked by raiders, she and her blind sister are taken away to the East-Central Territory where she is destined to live the cruel and unjust kind of life her late mother warned her about.

Atticus Hunt is a troubled soldier in Lexington City who has spent the past seven years trying to conform to the vicious nature of men in a post-apocalyptic society. He knows that in order to survive, he must abandon his morals and his conscience and become like those he is surrounded by. But when he meets Thais, morals and conscience win out over conformity, and he risks his rank and his life to help her. They escape the city and set out together on a long and perilous journey to find safety in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Struggling to survive in a world without electricity, food, shelter, and clean water, Atticus and Thais shed their fear of growing too close, and they fall hopelessly in love. But can love survive in such dark times, or is it fated to die with them?

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REVIEW:

The first thing I have to say before I start writing my review. I am waiting for me to stop my tears even though the book it finished on promising note.
This is a long but addictive read about what happens after the crash of civilisation. When we meet Thais its seven years after the fall, she lives with her father and her sister Sosie. They appear to be surviving until her father is killed and the sisters are captured and sent to Lexington where civilisation has devolved to an alarming degree.
It’s in Lexington is where she meets Atticus and they escape and start their journey to Shreveport where it’s a good and fair place to live. Lexington was worse than the old west.
The things made this such a good book is how realistic everything felt and unfortunately it rang too true.
How far would you go to survive and how it changes you on the inside if you let it. Atticus struggled everyday with what he had to do, and it was Thais that kept him going. Sometimes people are made stronger and learn to survive.
This is Atticus and Thais journey to civilisation, and a long and arduous journey, where meet a lot of different people some good and some bad. It was how they both changed into good and strong people who can survive in this new world. I loved this book every page of it. Be prepared for your emotions be very involved and get tissues ready. 

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Author Bio:

Jessica Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and award winner who juggles several genres of fiction.

She also writes as J.A. Redmerski.

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ARC Review: DIRTY RICH OBSESSION New York Times Bestselling Author LISA RENEE JONES is Now LIVE! @LisaReneeJones

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A MAN OF CONTROL. A WOMAN WHO’S ABOUT TO TAKE IT.

Reid Maxwell is one of the top corporate attorneys and one of the most eligible bachelors in New York City. He likes his wins big, his women beautiful and in bed, not out, and most importantly the deep burn of his past buried. Until one woman, a most unexpected woman, challenges him in ways that might just destroy the invincible Mr. Maxwell.

Carrie West is captive to Reid Maxwell and a debt between their families she doesn’t know exists. It should be so simple for Reid Maxwell. Claim the company that is now his. The problem: he’s now obsessed with Carrie, the daughter of the man he’s destined to destroy.

Now who’s captive to who?

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Why am I here, Reid?”

I drag her onto my lap. “Because I want you here. Because I can’t seem to stop breaking my own fucking rules with you.”

Her hands plant on my shoulders. “And you’re mad at me again? You’re blaming me.”

“Yes. Stop making me break my rules.” I cup her head and kiss her, my tongue pressing past her lips, stroking us both into a needier place, where rules don’t matter.

She moans and sinks into the kiss, and damn it, I love those moans, I’m addicted to those moans. I’m addicted to this woman, and all my good intentions to sate that addiction, fail. I pull my T-shirt over her head and toss it, my gaze raking over her. My hand slides between her shoulder blades, and I mold her close. “This is definitely your fault.”

“Is this where you decide to kick me out again?”

“No,” I say. “This is where we fuck.” I drag her mouth to mine, and kiss her, telling myself that fucking is all this can be, reminding myself of the debt and the secret I legally cannot share. The secret that she’d never stay silent over if she knew.

I tell myself to get lost in the taste of her, defiant and yet submissive at the same time, in that way that defines this woman. I tell myself to just enjoy the moment, and I do. I waste no time getting naked and pulling her down the throbbing length of my cock. I waste no time driving into her. I waste no time getting lost in her touch, her kisses, her moans. And later, much later, when I’ve laid us down and pulled her next to me on the couch, I hold her, listening to her breathing slow and even out. I’m acutely aware that she is a woman caught in the middle of a debt that has to be paid, destined to hate me. It’s why this has to stay just sex. It’s why no matter how deep I go with her, I cannot get too close.

Romantic evening of a young couple.

REVIEW:

Well Lisa has done it, has me hooked and in love with a Dirty Rich Asshole, Reid Maxwell. I loved the chemistry right from the beginning between Carrie and Reid. Even if they both did not want to feel it.
Reid was fascinated with Carrie as she bested him at his own game. Handcuffs certainly piped his interest, and for that moment on Carrie was going to be his. Unfortunately for both of them working together to rebuild her family’s company causes them to respect each other.
This is a hot sizzling romance between two people who don’t believe in relationships. The thing I love about Lisa’s books is the female characters are always strong-minded and give the men a run for there money. Carrie is no different, but she can’t resist Reid even if she wants too.
I can’t recommend this book enough, if you love hot strong men with a heart of gold, and the women who can’t help loving them, enough sparks to start a fire then this is for you.
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DIRTY. RICH. AND UNDENIABLY SEXY.
Each book in the Dirty Rich series features a couple that’s ready to fight dirty for their love.

There are currently three books available now, and FIVE upcoming books available for pre-order!

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series.

In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is also the author of the bestselling WHITE LIES and LILAH LOVE series.

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

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ARC Review: TOUCH OF ICE (Dawn of The Dragons Book one ) by MARY AUCLAIR is Now LIVE!@mauclairauthor

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He is as cold as ice. She is the salvation that will melt his heart.

When Endora is faced with her daughter’s terminal illness, she takes the only chance she’s got. She braves the potential risks and signs a mating contract with the Delradon Draekon Lords, intent on using the payment to buy the aliens’ cure to save her daughter’s life.

Lord Aldric Darragon rules over his land with an iron fist until one day the only woman who is genetically compatible with him agrees to his offer of mating. As his all-consuming passion for Endora explodes, an ancient threat looms heavy over humans and Delradons alike. With the lives of everyone he cares about hanging in the balance, Aldric has to fight the demons of his past if he wants to defeat the enemies of the present.

Publisher’s Note: This gripping sci-fi alien romance has it all: dragons, passion and tension. It also contains explicit themes and is intended for adults only.

REVIEW:

I so love getting involved in a series from the beginning. So I jumped at the chance to review a new paranormal sci- fi with hot sex thrown in. It’s a win win for me!
This series is based on earth, which is ruled by an alien race that have a problem with fertility, and only women with certain genetic match are chosen. Endora has always known she was a match but never consider the idea.
Unfortunately Tallie, Endora’s daughter has leukaemia and is fading fast. The only thing that can save her is the Alien technology, and that costs money she doesn’t have.So Endora does the unthinkable and leaves her daughter with her grandmother and goes to report in.
High Lord  Aldric Darragon rules what was America and one of the strongest of lords. What Endora doesn’t know is that Aldric had seen her years before when she was with Wilmer Tallie’s father. Aldric was enchanted, but since then he had closed his heart down.
I really enjoyed this book with action all the way. Great romance, lots of action, cute kids and nasty bad guy , all mixed together gives my an action packed adventure with great world building so we have a base for book two. I loved this book and read it in one go, So for me this series is going on my must buy list.
I’m looking forward to book two as I loved the dragons.

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About Mary

Mary grew up in the quiet peace of a small rural village in the heart of Quebec, Canada.

She spent her childhood chasing butterflies and catching frogs, playing in the mud and generally being as unladylike as she could. Her love of science led her to complete a mechanical engineering degree at the Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal, where she met the love of her life.

​Years later, as she enjoyed the role of full time mom to her two wonderful children, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer.

​She now write as much as her busy schedule allows to bring to life her inner world, filled with exotic planets, mysterious creatures and off course, hot, alpha heroes and the women who melt their hearts.

When she’s not writing, she can be found in the garden, walking her dogs or playing with fire in her kitchen as a part time hit-or-miss chef.

She loves to hear from her readers, so don’t be shy and drop her a line!

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ARC Review: BLOOD CURE ( Blood Type Series #3 ) by USA Today Bestselling Author K.A. LINDE @AuthorKALinde @InkSlingerPR

 

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The stunning conclusion to the Blood Type series finds the world in chaos and turmoil with one final battle left to determine who will survive—humans or vampires.

She had the world on her shoulders. Now she has nothing.

Reyna Carpenter was twenty-one when she became a live-in blood escort for the ruthless and darkly handsome vampire Beckham Anderson. She thought this was just a small price to pay for feeding her brothers back home.

But nothing went as planned. Not even her tumultuous relationship with Beckham. And now she wonders if anything will ever be the same again.

As she finds herself in the midst of a losing rebellion, she and her trusted friends must flee from a city conquered by the vampire elite. With their plans blown to pieces and everything they knew and loved gone, their future hangs in the balance.

Despite all she has lost, Reyna must rise from the ashes, reclaim the life that was stolen—and complete her mission, once and for all.

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Wow what a finale to a great series, after the end of the last book I thought all was was lost. This book is an action packed with so much happening, especially with Reyna. At the end of the Blood Match the resistance was in disarray, after so many killed with others missing. Reyna comes into her own, her confidence and her ability to take charge and find many of the members of Elle.
This is a great book with Beckham and Reyna growing even more in love. The shocks and disappointment and the treatment of the human population keep coming. Something happens that no one could predict that give Elle an advantage.
If you have read the first two books in the series this is a must read, if you haven’t I can’t recommend this trilogy more, especially for lovers of paranormal romance with an action packed kick.
Great series I have loved it every step of the way, so for me this is a 5 star read to finish this addictive trilogy.

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A startling new vision of paranormal romance: When a human ventures into the world of vampires—a decadent milieu of blood-bonds and betrayal—she discovers that not all is what it seems.

For Reyna Carpenter, giving up her body isn’t a choice. It’s survival.

In a civilization laid waste by poverty and desperation, Reyna accepts a high-paying position with the wealthy and hungry vampire elite. Her new job is as the live-in blood escort for the intimidating, demanding, and devilishly handsome Beckham Anderson. He’s everything she expected from a vampire, except for one thing—he won’t feed off her.

Reyna soon discovers that behind Beckham’s brooding, wicked façade lies a unique and complex man. And that, in a dark and divided world, she is more valuable than she ever would have believed.

For with each passing night, Reyna can’t shake the sensation that it’s Beckham who’s afraid of her.

Note: Reyna and Beckham’s story continues in Blood Match.

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REVIEW: BLOOD TYPE By USA Today Bestselling Author K.A. LINDE @AuthorKALinde @Inkslingerpr

 

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As the provocative, sensual Blood Type series continues, the rare bond between Reyna and Beckham is threatened by betrayal, greed, and twisted secrets.

A desperate human. A powerful vampire. A world divided.

Reyna Carpenter was promised paradise. She was delivered into hell.

Giving up her body for money was supposed to be the hardest part of becoming a blood escort. She never expected to lose her heart to her dark, enigmatic boss, Beckham Anderson. After being taken by a depraved captor who plans to rule the world, Reyna will do anything to return to Beckham.

She just has to find the will to survive this game.

From the pawn, rises a queen.

Note: Reyna and Beckham’s story begins in Blood Type and continues in Blood Cure.
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K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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She never knew nightmares.
Until she became mine.

She was a ballerina.
He was a serial killer.

She ran away from him.
He caught her.

She begged for mercy.
He gave her none.

She was an angel.
He was a monster.

She wanted to escape.
He wanted to destroy her.

They were at war.
And only one of them would win.

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REVIEW:

My god Lachlan’s protégé is a compelling, but dark read. This is no fluffy romance, it is psychological torture. The story is told a dual pov which works very well for this story. Also we see plenty of flashbacks as we learn about Lachlan and Valencia stories.
This starts as a normal romance, but quickly moves into something much darker. No one is who you think they are, as we the author leads you down a darker road.
V.F Mason has wove a dark but compelling read, Valencia is a loving and kind person and had a almost perfect childhood. As soon as she meets Lachlan she knows what she feels is something stronger than she has felt before. Valencia has never been in love, but with Lachlan the sex is hot. Lachlan’s childhood was barbaric and someone has to pay.
This is not a book for the faint hearted, but if you like a psychological thriller with some hot sex you have been warned. If you like things darker then what are you waiting for?

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About the Author:

V.F.Mason always loved reading books and had quite a few fights with her momma over the genre she liked (romance, duh!) She studied filmmaking and thought that would feed her desire for stories, but that didn’t happen. Finally, when she was tired of all those voices in her head, she sat down and wrote a book. It was a huge decision to make and she thanks her friends and family for supporting her in it. When she is not writing, she can be found with her friends doing all sorts of crazy things or reading recent romance books that were written by her favorite authors.

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Audiobook Series Blog Tour: WHY YOU WERE TAKEN ( When Tomorrow Calls Book 1 ) by J.T. LAWRENCE, Narrated by Roshina Ratnam! @roshinaratnam @pulpbooks

Author: JT Lawrence

Narrator: Roshina Ratnam

Length: 8 hours 49 minute

Publisher: Author’s Republic⎮2017

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: When Tomorrow Calls, Book 1

Release date: Aug. 7, 2017

In tomorrow’s world prowls a creative and ruthlessly efficient assassin who won’t stop until Kirsten is killed.

A troubled woman approaches Kirsten with a warning and a key and is later found dead. Was the woman just another victim of the Suicide Contagion, or is there something more sinister at play? The key leads Kirsten to the Doomsday Vault and a hit list of seven people – and her barcode is on it.

Edgy and original, Why You Were Taken is a dark cinematic thriller that will keep you guessing till the last.

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Roshina Ratnam is actress, puppeteer, voice artist and lover of dumplings.
She has performed around the world mostly notably playing Opelila in Janet Suzman’s production of Hamlet which toured to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Other highlights include For Colored Girls which received a Fleur Du Cap. Her puppetry work has seen her work with Handspring Puppet Company as well as the award winning political satire TV series ZAnews. She is currently a producer and performer with Pillow Fort Theatre which creates art focused for children aged 18 months to 4 years. Her work as a voice artist has seen her record several books and radio commercials over the years. Roshina Ratnam is a graduate of UCT drama school.

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This book starts as the prequel ended, when we find out Kristen, one of Keke friends is in danger.
Kirsten is a photo Journalist and has lived with James for 13 years and is trying to get pregnant
So at the beginning of this book, Kirsten is mourning her parent’s murder. When going through their stuff she starts looking at photo albums, and realises there is no baby photos. Nothing under the age of three.
So Keke is investigating why there is no trace of her birth. Never realising the hornets’ nest she opens. I not going through the whole story. All I’m going to say is this a phenomenal series, I thought the prequel was great, but this knocked it out of the park. This is book one in the series and is action packed the more you listen the more you want.
When Kirsten realises that everyone on the list before her code is dead she finally begins to believe her life is in danger, and she is going to get to bottom of it. In this book you really get a feel for the world they live in. one where the people will never believe what is happening . That’s what Keke and Kirsten are there for, they make a great team. This action packed sci-fi with our heroes tackling an evil corporation and winning. This is told from Kirsten’s pov, so we really feel for and the strength she has to show to survive
The narration was superb, with a cast of many that fills this story never faltered. No once was I pulled from the story thinking about a dodgy voice.

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The President of the United States has been assassinated.
Grace Coolidge is now a widow.

She will never forget the horror of that day.
Or the betrayal of those who were sworn to protect the president.

But she’ll also never forget John Marin, the Secret Service agent who carried her to safety and saved her sanity.
Now she is forced to accept protection in order to fulfill her public duties, and he is the only man she can trust to protect her.

After the President was assassinated on his watch, John sold everything he owned and left town. He wants no part of that life, and is perfectly content with good rum and willing women.

But when Grace tracks him down and begs him to protect her, he finds it hard to resist the beautiful, haunted woman. He knows there is more to this than leading her through crowds with his hand on her back. She is hiding something, and he will stop at nothing to get to the truth.

Whatever her past, she is a lady first, and he will protect her with his life, no matter the cost.

It was only two weeks, she said. But he knows better.
A lifetime wouldn’t be enough with this woman.

REVIEW:

What a great idea for a romance, the widowed first lady and the Secret Service agent who looked after you when your husband is assassinated in front of her.
When Grace the former first lady needs protection she doesn’t feel like she can trust the secret Service agents, and begs John to come out of retirement to protect her.
Wow what chemistry between Grace and John, what can I say I love big men I think we all loved to think we want to be the center of a hunky hot alpha’s attention.
I felt like a fly on the wall watching everything, the politics, gossip, and the alpha male teaching Grace who is in charge. If you want to read a romance with a difference then this is for you.
Intrigue, hot sex and an did I say a protective alpha male. All with dirty politics as a background what more do you want.

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About the Author:

Jade Cary wrote elaborate fantasies in her head from the time she was a small child. The fantasies included strong men and strong, loving relationships. She discovered romance novels quite by accident, once she’d devoured everything by Stephen King and Joseph Wambaugh. Desperate for something new to read, she picked up The Other Side of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon. After that, she found Scruples, by Judith Krantz. A whole new world opened up, and she buried herself in everything these authors wrote. She was fascinated with how the stories were able to capture her and take her to another place. But, more than that, she paid attention to how the words, the writing, made her feel.

She discovered a talent for writing later in life, after careers were had and kids were moving about on their own. She falls in love on a daily basis with her characters, and hopes readers will do the same.

Her first novel, The Point of it All, is the story of two people brought together under extraordinary circumstances. An unapologetic alpha hero who will stop at nothing to keep the woman he loves safe, and a strong, intelligent heroine who finds his supercilious, high-handed ways trying at best, find each other as both fight for freedom, independence, and ultimately love.

A Southern California girl born and bred, her travels to exotic locales inspire rich storytelling, her husband inspires the romance, and her kids inspire the laughs. Jade lives in SoCal with her family.

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Audiobook Review Tour: FALLEN STAR by ALLISON MORSE, Narrated Christie Lewis @LiquidBelles

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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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.

 

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My god what a great story, I loved every minute of this 10 hours story.
This is really the story of Gloria a forties screen goddess who was brutally murdered many years before Kate was born. Kate is determined to find her grandmother’s murderer.
This is set in the late sixties, early seventies when Kate is a Film student and a fierce feminist. While going through her dead mother’s garage, Kate finds some missing footage from the last film Gloria made. This is the start of a wonderful crime adventure, as we watch Kate blossom from a tortured fearful young woman into a confident well balanced human being. This was one of the best crime thrillers I’ve listened to this year.
I have to say this is a mesmerising and addictive listen. Christa is amazing with all the different voices. Keeping me glued to this amazing adventure.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Allison Morse. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Author Allison Morse’s Dream Cast for Fallen Star

Kate/Gloria –             Scarlett Johanson/Allison Williams/ Emilia Clarke

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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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Title: The Last Lie She Told

Series: Lies and Misdirection Book 1

Author: K.J. McGillick

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Published: July 20, 2018

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Lies and misdirection rule the game.

To some, Fiona O’Dell is clever and manipulative. To others, she is a dangerous sociopath. One thing is certain – she’s trouble wherever she goes. Now she has vanished from her job at a cutting-edge genetic technology firm, but not before being seen leaving a motel room where one man is found dead, another on the edge of death. When a genome-editing tool of incredible potential also goes missing, the CEO is convinced that Fiona has it. Millions of dollars are at stake. His fear—she will auction it off on the Dark Web.
After the devastating loss of his wife, Lee Stone leaves the Chicago homicide unit to search for a new career opportunity in the private sector. Things go smoothly, and he is comfortable at the firm until he is assigned the case of Fiona O’Dell. In a race to find her, he tracks her across four states in an attempt to obtain the gene-editing tool. Fiona continually eludes his grasp and leaves a trail of dead men in her wake. With little information and even less evidence, each new crime scene brings more questions than answers. 
 
It is not until Lee teams up with the bright and forthright NYPD detective, Belle Hughes, that he connects the dots. As their personal relationship heats up, the pair encounters a growing number of potential suspects including the CEO himself. But are the murders and theft connected?
While secrets are revealed, Lee and Belle can draw only one conclusion: Fiona controls the game, the players, even the course of the investigation. As the danger to their own lives escalates, they must master the game or fall victim to it.

Benjamin gave us a rundown of the crime scene. “The pictures were nauseating, Jackson,” Benjamin said. “Dennis’s ankles looked like barbequed pulled pork. The blood-crusted handcuffs had dug so far into his skin I’m positive the metal met bone. The handcuffs had chunks of skin and hair embedded in the small wells; they had rubbed his wrists raw and had cut into the tendons.”         
Mary made a face of disgust while Benjamin paused to collect his thoughts. He sounded exhausted, but he pushed on.
“I don’t understand how people stomach the savage destruction people do to each other. What the hell is wrong with people?”
           “You’d be surprised how desensitized our civilization has become,” Lee, the new member of my team, said. “When I worked Chicago’s gang division and then homicide it felt like I was in the middle of some tribal war.”
           Benjamin let that sit and continued. “The crime scene photos showed three stab marks inflicted without hesitation at points that would cause the most damage. I’m not a blood splatter expert, but it looked like someone had straddled Dennis at the hips and plunged the blade from a back overhead reach into his stomach until the blade hilt fully sank into his stomach. The attacker ripped the blade upward and then tore it out. Think of the brutality it took to cut him open like that—gutted like a deer. The stab penetrated his aorta and killed him.
           “But from what the report indicated, the punctures in his femoral arteries triggered the gusher-like blood spray, which was easy to visualize pulsating in rhythm with each heartbeat. Jackson, I swear, the room looked like Pollock had risen from the dead just to put his signature splatter and drip marks on the cream-colored walls,” Benjamin said, taking a deep breath through his nose.
           “They found Ryan passed out next to Dennis. His chest was smeared with dry blood, and his face was painted with blood in a war paint manner. He had no visible injuries but was in a coma. They transported him to the hospital.
           “A long blade, like a hunting knife, was found on the floor. Part of the handle was still sticky with brown, crusted blood. The sheets were soaked with whatever blood hadn’t hit the walls. The report said the room had a metallic and urine smell.”
           Benjamin’s voice wavered, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he bolted to puke. I suppose that visual of all that blood burned into your brain would haunt you forever.
           “So, what makes you think this Fiona person was with them?” Lee asked as he jotted notes on his short yellow pad.
           “There aren’t any cameras at the motel. But when the police took statements, one witness said she’d seen a woman matching Fiona’s description knock on the door ten minutes after the men entered. However, the witness appeared inebriated, so they’re taking what she said with a grain of salt. There’s no physical evidence placing her in the room,” Benjamin said.
           “What a mess,” Lee said.
           “But I don’t understand why you need us,” I said. “You need to let local law enforcement handle this mess. This is a job for them.”
           “I need you to find Fiona. The police are treating this case as a murder. Ryan’s in the hospital with high levels of ketamine. If he wakes up, he might not remember anything, and there’s no physical evidence he murdered Dennis. But I believe they feel strongly that Ryan is the main suspect in the murder. The police aren’t going to look for Fiona. They’re going to focus on the murder, and unless Fiona becomes a person of interest or she’s dead too, she’s not on their radar. Fiona is an adult, and the police said our only option was to file a missing person report, if warranted.
           “Here’s my dilemma, Jackson. Ryan, Fiona, and Dennis were working on a sensitive project. Someone in that department stole the entire research project and wiped the server and cloud of all data.” He hesitated.
           “So why not alert the FBI or local law enforcement?” Mary interjected, raising an eyebrow and leaning forward to get closer to the speaker on the table.
           Benjamin cleared his throat. “We acquired the project from a lab in Berlin. Berlin found a mechanism that allows the alteration of DNA at the base level. The implications are enormous. Upon completion of the project, our price to sell it would be in the neighborhood of half a billion. It could be used for good, to cure disease, or for bad, to alter existing DNA after someone committed a crime. Whoever stole the project, wiped all the servers of the information after they completed the transfer to an external drive. On the dark web, it could be sold for billions. We wanted to sell it to one entity, so that party could fully develop it and market it. On the dark web, however, it could be sold again and again. So where is it? Either Dennis hid it, or Ryan or Fiona have it. I need you to find out which one of them has it, or where they hid it.”
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Wow what a great crime thriller with a side dose of love. Lee has just become a private investigator after becoming burnt out as a homicide detective.
The first case he has, is with Mary who looks like everyone’s grandmother, so he is shocked by her quick brain and perceptions when interviewing someone. They are  tracking down young woman called Fiona who seems to leave a trail of destruction in her wake.
This is an interesting thriller that takes you round the country following Fiona. So many weird and wonderful people. One of the wonderful is Belle a detective who is following Fiona, who is now a suspect for murder. As soon as they meet Belle, Mary decides to do some matchmaking. So we follow our merry band of detectives, and we pick up clues as we go.
I think what made this so enjoyable was we heard from the three detectives, and at times Fiona. So it made for a rounded an enjoyable read. As this is a spoiler free review that’s all for now. I have to say the name of the series says it all ( Lies and Misdirection )
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Blog Tour + Review: WHEN TIME STANDS STILL by SARA FURLONG BURR! @sarafurlong @XpressoReads


When Time Stands Still
Sara Furlong Burr
Publication date: June 15th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

It’s been nearly a decade since Elle Sloan last saw Luke Hutchins. Close to ten years since she broke up with him over a single phone call, providing him with little explanation. Since the end of their relationship, Elle has done everything she could do to move on, marrying, proceeding forward with her life, almost allowing herself to completely forget about Luke.

Almost.

Out of nowhere, Elle receives a phone call from Luke’s mother. Luke has been in a horrific car accident and, a month later, has just awoken from a coma. However, instead of celebrating, his family is stunned to learn that Luke is suffering from amnesia and only remembers his life as it was before his breakup with Elle. Not wanting to tell Luke that he and Elle aren’t together anymore for fear it may compromise his recovery, Elle is asked by Luke’s family to come to the hospital to see him. Their hope is that she will slowly be able to jog his memory and cushion the blow.

Guilt-ridden over how their relationship ended, Elle readily agrees, finding herself transported back in time with Luke to the life they once shared and the future they could have had together.

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This is an inventive second chance romance with a difference. To receive a phone call ten years after the end of a relationship, and to drop everything and to come running proves the feelings are still there.
Poor Luke woke up after being in a coma, with retrograde amnesia taking him back ten years to when he was happy and in love with Elle. Elle finds the feeling are still there, but it was her fault they broke up.
This is a story where love does finally conquer all, both Elle and Luke are still in love and were meant to be. Even with the obstacles standing in their way. This is a loving romance that perhaps Elle didn’t think she deserved Luke, especially with her upbringing and her mother’s manipulations.
Now ten years later and wiser, love is as strong as ever. So sometimes love does conquers all.

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Sara “Furlong” Burr was born and raised in Michigan and currently still lives there with her husband, two daughters, a high-strung Lab, and three judgmental cats. When she’s not writing, Sara enjoys reading, camping, spending time with her family, and attempting to paint while consuming more amaretto sours than she cares to admit.

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A romance that will break your heart and stitch it back together again…

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I didn’t break her heart, and she didn’t break mine — we broke each other’s.

I never stopped loving her, but time and distance played its cruel role in ripping us apart three years ago when she moved halfway around the world. Now after all those endless miles away, she’s returned . . . but I’m not the guy I was before.

Beautiful, kind, and loving, she’s the same — my hope. The only one who can make a day better, who can make me feel again with one kiss, one touch, one night.

There’s so much I have to put back in place now that I’m alone and on my own. Things I never wanted at the age of twenty-five. When I receive an unexpected letter that might hold the clues to everything I desperately need to understand about my family, I’m sure I have to follow it. But that means leaving her once more.

She says she’ll come with me, and having her by my side will unbreak my heart . . . or destroy it.

That’s the chance I have to take.

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This is a very different romance than what I’m used to from Lauren Blakely, as the love between Andrew and Holland was strong and not in much doubt. Andrew had a family tragedy  that had  left Andrew  a broken man, and this is his path to Unbreak and repair his heart.
This really pulled on my heartstrings, I couldn’t put it down . This is a beautiful book, and Andrew’s brother had left all the tools for him to recover.
Andrew and Holland was madly in love, but had to separate three years previously when Holland had no choice but train in Tokyo where her family was. Andrew was at Law school in America. His brother travelled to Tokyo so much he had an apartment there. When he was ill Holland came back to the states to nurse him.This is Andrew’s journey, and Holland is there every step of the way, I was a blubbering mess as I was gripped in this wonderful story.

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Audiobook Series Review Tour: THE SIGMA SURROGATE ( When Tomorrow Call Prequel # 0.5 ) by J.T. LAWRENCE, Narrated by Jean Ann Douglas @pulpbooks @jeaniusann

Author: JT Lawrence

Narrator: Jean Ann Douglass

Length: 4 hours 1 minute

Publisher: Fire Finch Press⎮2018

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: When Tomorrow Calls, Book 0.5

Release date: Jul. 3, 2018

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Mr. Robot in this smart, sexy, cyberpunk thriller.

2021. A tribe of surrogates. A terror cult. A deal struck in desperation.

Keke is a biopunk journalist who won’t stop till she exposes the truth. Will her reckless ambition help the surrogates, or harm them?

Join Keke on her mission to uncover the biggest story she’s ever encountered. You’ll meet Jasmine and Marko and get pulled under with Kirsten, who’s on the cusp of her own nail-biting story.

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Jean Ann Douglass is an actor, playwright, producer, and voice artist living in Brooklyn, NY. She has recorded regional and national commercials, and numerous apps that assist kids learning how to read. She performs and co-creates work with Eric John Meyer for Human Head Performance Group, an internationally touring theater company. As a writer, her work will be seen at Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe this August.

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We are introduced to a brave new world where the infertility crisis is at an all-time high. So young women who are fertile join the order of surrogates, and live in cloisters to keep them safe and healthy.
So when Joan is a young surro who gets a booby trapped Easter egg, and ends up burned and dying. Keke is a bio journalist, and gets a tip and gets into see Joan.
Keke uses all her talents to undercover whats going on. This is a great intro this world, a fast paced techno thriller. Keke is a great character, strong principled, and she really cares about people. Keke undercovers much more than is healthy. A great introduction to the series, it definitely got me hooked. This is told from Keke’s point of view. We are introduced to Keke’s friends and contacts who I hope to meet again. A mesmerising listen.
The narrator is excellent, she brings Keke alive, and make everything so normal. Everything feels real every strange thing that happens.

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Title: That Guy

Author: Belle Brooks

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: August 8, 2018

A modern way of finding love. One deserted island of luxury. Two people. Three out cards. And a whole lot of possibilities.
 
Melinda takes the advice of her best friend, Chris. She signs up to a new dating service that pairs you statistically to the one you’re supposed to love. Finding it — love that is — using the more conventional methods, has not been a successful venture for Mindy, and with her biological clock ticking, she uses a more desperate method and takes the plunge into a possible happily ever after.
 
The thing is, when she boards the boat to a secret location, she doesn’t realise the man waiting for her is someone she’s previously met.
Chance encounters occur more frequently than we realise. Being blind to them is part of a bustling world. But, being faced with them can lead to a hilarious three weeks between two opposites who might just attract.

 

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This is an unusual romantic comedy from Belle Brookes, told from the point of view of the female lead Mindy. Mindy is an attractive woman, with curves to die for. Mindy lives in Melbourne with only her best friend Chris and her cat fletcher for company. Mindy is a disaster around men, she is always so nervous she babbles.
Sometimes I wanted to say get a grip, she was a lost cause. Then she meets Arlie who Mindy feels he is so hot he can’t possibly be interested. This starts a comedy of epic proportions as their relationship starts its dance.
This is a feel good fun loving read once it gets going. I do think making Mindy such a clutz was slightly overdone for me. I did love Arlie, he was a great bloke. Watching them falling in love was entertaining. I not saying anymore because I don’t want to spoil it.
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Born in Australia, Belle Brooks has always had a passion for books and creative writing. She loves exploring the different ways stories can be told through the use of text and in-depth characters. Since she was a child her strong talent and interest in creative writing was evident, explaining that her favourite class in school was English. Despite her love for all things books, she decided the world of advertising and marketing was where she could put her talents to use in the business realm, well that is until now. Belle enjoys creative writing and creating fictional stories that leave a valued message inside the pages.



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ARC Review: A PILGRIMAGE TO DEATH ( A Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery #1 ) by ALEXA PADGETT is Releasing August 14th! @AlexaPadgett @InkslingerPR

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They murdered her sister. They threatened her church. Their day of reckoning is at hand.

Cici Gurule is a freewheeling, progressive reverend who’ll stop at nothing to protect her flock. When she finds the dead body of a parishioner in the nearby Santa Fe National Forest, she’s horrified to realize the victim bears the same stab wounds that ended her twin sister’s life one year earlier.

Together with her detective friend and loyal pair of Great Pyrenees, she vows to hunt down the killer before she’s forced to officiate another funeral. Soon, however, Cici discovers her sister was on the trail of a deep-rooted criminal operation… and her death was no random act of violence.

Now that the criminals are out for Cici’s blood, the pastor must catch the wolf by the tail before it goes in for the kill.

A Pilgrimage to Death is a high-octane mystery thriller. If you like motorcycling sleuths, fast-paced action, and a dash of humor, then you’ll love Alexa Padgett’s edge-of-your-seat novel.

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The eerie feeling expanded as they turned the last corner back toward her house. Out front was a large, black pickup. It was wedged between Justin’s police car and a compact sedan. Cici’s steps slowed when Justin cursed, low and vicious.

“Do you know who that is?” she asked, trying to keep her voice level. Hard to do with the adrenaline dump that now pumped through her veins. She didn’t need that spot in her head pinging danger! for Cici to realize the black beast of a truck growling mere feet from her doorstep meant trouble.

Justin shook his head as he half-stepped in front of her, causing the hairs on Cici’s arms to rise. He might not know the person in the truck—hard to see through the dark tint—but the vehicle clearly upset him as much as her.

Mona backed up against Cici’s leg while Rodolfo tugged at the end of his leash, his snarl deep and guttural.

The driver’s side window rolled down about three inches. Cici squinted, but all she made out was a dark beanie pulled low over the person’s eyebrows, and large, black plastic sunglasses.

The person threw something out the window. Rodolfo leaped forward, tugging the leash from Cici’s hand as she flinched back. The dog sprinted toward the truck.

“Rodolfo, heel!” Cici called. The dog quivered to a halt, whining, as the truck’s engine roared. Within seconds, it sped down the street.

Cici’s breathing remained labored as she hurried forward, snatching up Rodolfo’s leash. The dogs whined again and nuzzled against her, bumping her hips with their heads.

Justin snatched the paper from the street. He stood there, at the curb, scanning the message.

“Did you get the license plate?” Cici asked.

Justin shook his head, still staring after the truck. “Covered in mud or something.” He swallowed, glanced down at the paper in his hand.

“What does that say?”

“I’m not sure you should read it.”

“Not really your choice.” Cici switched the dog leash to one hand and held out her free one. “The person came to my home. The message is clearly for me.”

Justin handed it over with obvious reluctance.

Your sister didn’t know when to stop snooping.

REVIEW:

It’s been my pleasure to read Alexa Padgett’s A Pilgrimage to Death, which is book one in The Reverend Cici Gurule mysteries. This has set the scene and standard for future adventures. This is a spoiler free as the book isn’t released yet.

Rev Cici has come back to her home town to takeover at the Local church. Cici’s twin sister was killed and the murderer never caught. Cici and her twin’s friend Sam a Detective returned to solve the case. Unfortunately is a year later when a body is found dead with the same knife wound as her sister.

Suddenly after a year things start happening, all being connected to Anna Carmen. I loved Cici and Sam, they had a real partnership together. Cici was real, with same fears as anybody else. A modern woman trying to make a difference. I

grew up on Agatha Christie, and love a good mystery. This was a good murder mystery with a lot going on. I was glued to the pages, when I got my surprise at the end. I wanted to read another one. So book two please, as I’m impatient for the next one.

 

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Advance Praise:

“Vivid, alluring, and heart-wrenching, Alexa Padgett’s A Pilgrimage to Death is every reason I love mystery. A breathtaking tale.”

–Darynda Jones, NY Times Bestselling Author

 

About Alexa Padgett:

With a degree in international marketing and a varied career path that includes content management for a web firm, marketing direction for a high-profile sports agency, and a two-year stint with a renowned literary agency, award-winning author Alexa Padgett has returned to her first love: writing fiction.
Alexa spent a good part of her youth traveling. From Budapest to Belize, Calgary to Coober Pedy, she soaked in the myriad smells, sounds, and feels of these gorgeous places, wishing she could live in them all—at least for a while. And she does in her books.

She lives in New Mexico with her husband, children, and Great Pyrenees pup, Ash. When not writing, schlepping, or volunteering, she can be found in her tiny kitchen, channeling her inner Barefoot Contessa.

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ARC Review: AGAINST THE RULES by M.E. MONTGOMERY is Now LIVE! @me_montgomery

Against the Rules by M.E. Montgomery is available now!

“Against the Rules is the perfect combination of spicy heat and sweet romance!”

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Jaxson Carter

My life, my rules:
1. My business is my life and vice versa.
2. Vulnerability is not an option.
3. Relationships are too distracting (see rule 1 and 2.)

Hard lessons learned at an early age made me the success I am today, and I would never yield having the upper hand. Then Grace swept into my life. She’s beautiful, funny, and has a big heart that could only be broken by a guy like me. But I want her. She might be the biggest risk I’ve ever encountered, with the biggest stakes.

Grace Hart

My life, their rules:
1. My business is their business.
2. Smile – someone is always watching
3. Forget having a sex life. (see rule 1 and 2)
Life in a fishbowl isn’t easy, especially when it comes to dating. I attract a lot of losers simply because I’m nice. And if a better prospect comes along, there’s my dad, ready to send them running with just a look. Until Jaxson. He’s bold and sexy. But I can tell he’s withholding a piece of himself from me, and I’m an all or nothing kind of girl.

He wants me on his terms. I want him without terms. To get what we want, we might both have to go against the rules.

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Wow what a wonderful romance, Jax is sitting in his cousin’s wedding feeling remote from the whole experience. Then suddenly his is mesmerised by the beauty walking down the aisle. Grace was standing beside the second bridesmaid when she felt someone looking at her. Jax for the first time in his life couldn’t stop looking at the beautiful angel.
This is was a slightly different romance where the Girl with principals usually gives in to the smoking hot guy straightaway. This was more of slow burner, but felt more real. As Grace and Jax grow together as they fall more in love. Jax has more than Grace to impress, her father is the town pastor who is a hard nut to crack.We also were introduced to a great bunch of characters, which I hope to read about in the future. A great read, I couldn’t put it down, I read straight threw the night.

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About the Author:

M.E. Montgomery has been an avid reader her entire life, and after falling in love with so many characters created by other authors, a new one began to form in her head. With the support of her family, she decided to to write it.

She is the homework queen to her four school aged children who think she is a genius in math, science, history and spelling. Fortunately, her biology and elementary school teaching background help her to keep up the expert façade, at least for now.

Although born and raised in the Washington DC metro area, she has considered many places to be called home since she left to attend college in North Carolina. She is a proud Navy wife, setting up a home wherever the Navy sends her husband. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves to go camping with her family, drink wine on the deck, and be swept off to romantic getaways.

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Blog Tour + Review: CRADLED ( Beholder Epilogue Novella #4.5 ) by CHRISTINA BAUER @CB_Bauer @XpressoTours

CRADLED ( Beholder Novella #4.5 ) by CHRISTINA BAUER

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Cradled
Christina Bauer
(Beholder #4.5)
Publication date: July 31st 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

An Epilogue Novella

At last, Elea and Rowan are settling in to their new lives. Trouble is, Rowan is spending a lot of time cleaning up messes from his childhood. And considering the nightmare that was his mother, those are some ugly messes indeed. In fact, the experience is enough to make Rowan vow that he never wants children of his own.

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I loved the Beholder Series, and thought it was finished, and then Cradled was advertised in Christina’s newsletter.
As always Christina Bauer did not disappoint, reading this was like the cream on top of a chocolate cake, delicious. We all love a happy ending to a series, but this was as action packed, with visitors popping in from different dimensions all added to the entertainment. A Great ending for a great Series.

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Author Bio:

Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Their first chance at love ended in heartbreak

Wade Rycroft fell in love with Geneva Harris when she was the smartest girl in his class. The rodeo star and the shy academic made for an odd pair, but their chemistry was undeniable. They made plans to get married after high school. Those plans changed when Genny broke his heart. Joining the Army gave him a chance to leave that life behind. News that Genny married the town’s golden boy let Wade know that he could never go home again.

A chance encounter rekindles an old flame

Fifteen years later, he’s found his place in the world and tried to forget the woman who left him standing in the rain. After leaving the Army he forged a new life as a bodyguard at McKay-Taggart, but he still feels incomplete. When his brother’s wedding brings him home to Broken Bend, Texas, he walks into a storm of scandal. Genny’s marriage has dissolved, the town has turned against her, and someone is making threats. Seeing her again reawakens feelings he thought were long gone, and he worries that staying close enough to help her could be too much to bear.

Their reunion just might kill them both

After an attempt is made on Genny’s life, Wade can’t refuse to help her. Watching over her day and night, it’s clear that having her back in his life could be the thing to finally make him whole. When the danger follows them back to Dallas, their second chance at love could be over before it even begins.

 

 

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Another emotional romance from Lexi Blake, Wade and Genny were childhood sweethearts and madly in love. Until Brock Howard from the town’s wealthiest family decides Genny is going to marry him. So after the break up Wade has managed to avoid Genny each other.
Fast forward fifteen years and Wade see’s Genny for the first time in 15 years. Wade is shocked at the changes in Genny since her divorce. Still very bitter over the break-up Wade is not happy when his brother asks him to protect Genny and her son Asher.
Genny has suffered all through her marriage, now the only thing she needs is protection for her son.
This is a novella with the punch of a full length novel. Wade takes them to his home in Dallas and to his fellow team members of McKay-Taggart security and his 2nd family.
This is not a pretty tale, but it felt so real and Lexi Blake had me hooked right from the beginning to end. I love Asher, so old for his age, looking out for mother at all times
Abused women need to learn to live for themselves, before they can start a happy relationship. Wade was lovely supporting Genny all the way
Loved Asher great kid, brought into the protective family of McKay-Taggart when his mum starting working there. This was a heartfelt story that I loved, and can’t wait to read more from the members of McKay-Taggart.

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“There’s no reason for you to be jealous of Hutch. He gave me a few kisses, that’s all.”

He dropped her hand, turned, and started back toward the office. Hutch’s truck was still here. He would kill the little fucker and that would teach him. He would torture him first. Hutch liked computers. Wade would see how much he liked them when they were shoved hard up his ass.

“Wade.” Genny ran after him, her laughter a musical sound he didn’t want to hear right now. “Wade, come on. I was joking. He let me raid his desk for chocolate. Those kind of kisses. Please don’t murder him.”

He stopped, completely embarrassed. He hadn’t been thinking. She was used to being around a man who took out his temper on her. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to scare you.”

She grinned up at him, her hand on his arm. “You didn’t scare me. Why would you… Wade, I know you’re not Brock. I’ve always known that. I’m not terrified of all men. Hell, I’m not afraid of Big Tag. He’s kind of funny once you let him know where the boundaries are.”

“You gave Tag boundaries?” He’d been afraid to leave her alone with Ian. Not because he thought Ian would hurt her, but because he could be intimidating at times. Now that he thought about it, Big Tag was actually perfect for Genny to start practicing her newfound sass on because he would like her more if she gave him hell.

“Very firm ones, but I also offered him something in exchange. We’re going to get along fine, Tag and I. And Hutch and I are only ever going to be friends. He talks way too much about Game of Thrones, but he does have a lot of candy so it evens out to a nice friendship.” She moved her hand up to his shoulder. “I’m not interested in Hutch, but there is this guy who works in the office I am interested in.”

His whole body went on full alert. He had things to tell her, things that were important, but was here really the place to do that? Here was the place to talk about work things and who she was interested in. Interested in seeing? Interested in spending more time with? “Who might that be?”

Her eyes met his, heating up. “He’s in the bodyguard unit and he told me once that if I ever want a real kiss, I should ask him.”

He could feel the erection coming on like a runaway locomotive. He’d spent the last few months going without. The scene at Sanctum had gotten boring for him. At first it had been filled with excitement, but watching all his friends settle down had made him look at his life in a different way. Having Genny back in it made him absolutely sure he didn’t want casual sex. He wanted a woman who belonged to him, who he belonged to. He wanted disgusting, nasty, utterly committed sex. “Then you should definitely ask.”

“Wade, will you kiss me?”

 

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NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

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Audiobook Review Tour + Giveaway: UNCANNY VALLEY by C.A. GRAY, Narrated by Melissa Williams! @AuthorCAGray @voiceflo16

Author: C.A. Gray

Narrator: Melissa Williams

Length: 8 hours and 45 minutes

Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing

Released: Mar. 27, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

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?

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Melissa lives with her family, including two dogs and a cat, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Denver, Colorado.

After having a corporate job for most of her life, and as a self-proclaimed introvert, she decided to leave corporate America to work from home. Voice overs had always tugged at her heart as something she would like to explore, so she attended some classes and landed with a company that taught her how to break in to the industry.

Loving to read, she explored the fast growing world of audiobooks and fell in love with it. She has ten audiobooks under her belt and is currently working on the 11th. Understanding that she should always be learning how to improve her skills, she is currently working with Sean Pratt.

When not talking to herself in a padded room, she can be found walking her dog, singing or fishing the Arkansas River.

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Uncanny Valley is a Sci-Fi aimed for Young Adults, but it was eerily close to what we can see the future. I not going to repeat the blurb which is very detailed, so forgive me if I repeat any.
We have Rebecca who is researching about to replicate human feeling or senses for robots or Ai.
The senator has charged the research labs to replicate human emotions in robots. In this world where holographic communication is the norm. Rebecca starts out not believing the conspiracy theories. As more facts come to light, Rebecca begins to believe her father was killed for his views.
Rebecca is very immature in some ways, with Madeline her companion Bot as her only close friend. So in this future where most jobs have been taken by bots, only people with money can enjoy life. Most have no jobs, and not enough to eat.
So this brave new world is not as it seems. This is a very interesting future that the Renegades are trying to stop the end of the human race.
This is definitely book one of a series, as it sets the scenes for the world set in this future world. The Worlds Republic leader William Halpert’s worldwide challenge for researchers to develop synthetic creativity will lead not to the promised utopia, but to the end of the human race.

Melissa was excellent as the narrator, all the different voices were superb, especially the Madeline Bot. I wasn’t pulled out of the book once with bad accents. So for me that was a win.

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ARC Review: DR STRANGE BEARD ( Winston Brothers #5 ), by USA Today Bestselling Author PENNY REID is LIVE! @ReidRomance

 

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Dr. Strange Beard, an all-new standalone in the bestselling, romantic comedy Winston Brothers Series by Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Penny Reid, is LIVE!

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Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak

Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe Winston remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second—and the last thing he needs is another memory of Simone.

Unfortunately, after one chance encounter, Simone keeps popping up everywhere he happens to be . . .

Ten years after Roscoe Winston dropped out of her life, all Simone Payton wants is to exploit him. She’d also like some answers from her former best friend about why he ghosted her, but if she never gets those answers, that’s a-okay. Simone let go of the past a long time ago. Seriously, she has. She totally, totally has. She is definitely not still thinking about Roscoe. Nope. She’s more than happy to forget he exists.

But first, she needs just one teeny-tiny favor . . .

Dr. Strange Beard is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a stand-alone, and is the fifth book in the USA TODAY bestselling Winston Brothers series.

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Another triumph for Penny Reid as I fell in love with Roscoe, and all his quirks. Simone was perfect for him, and watching them circle around each was hilarious. Penny’s book have everything, a great storyline, wonderful characters and for the reader fulfillment.
Roscoe and Simone were inseparable as children, up to the age of sixteen. When they were drunk, Roscoe had confessed his love, and Simone brushed him off. Unfortunately she doesn’t remember, so she was heartbroken when Roscoe started to avoided her. That was TEN years ago, so when Roscoe pulls up at her mother’s doughnut bakery to buy a box to take home. He sees Simone, who is not usually there when he comes home to visit.
This book has everything, as Simone is undercover for the FBI, so one of their informants can pass info she is working for her mother instead of her Lab in DC. As Roscoe spends his time avoiding her he turns to go without. When sudde