ARC Review: DELIVERED (The Devil’s Duet Book 2 ) by EVA CHARLES! @evacharles37

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Gabrielle Duval belongs to me.
I’ve made sure of that.

Now it’s time to eliminate the man who kept us apart.
My father.
The devil himself.

His reign of terror ends here.
On my terms.

Delivered, Book 2 of The Devil’s Duet, is not a standalone. It should be read after reading Depraved. Those who are triggered by dark storylines, please proceed cautiously!

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ARC Review + Giveaway: DEPRAVED (The Devil’s Duet Book 1 ) by EVA CHARLES! @evacharles37 @LWoodsPR

REVIEW:

Well I think Eva Charles has done a wonderful job creating this dysfunctional family, and the world they live in. My god it makes you go cold when you think a man like DW could end up president. 

This duet has the perfect balance of hell and happy, even though Julian was living in hell trying to work out how to save his family. The sex was dark and dirty just as you expect, but as hot as hell my fingers still singed from my kindle.


Julian and Gabrielle have both in their way had been to hell and back. Julian’s childhood was a nightmare as we learn what happened to have made Julian arrange to have Gabrielle sent away to boarding school her away for her own safety.


This is an addictive read, and you can’t help but be invested in the characters wellbeing. I loved Julian having to hide his soft heart to survive the world he had to live in. Gabrielle was perfect for JD she loved and understood in the end. So all is well as we look forward to the next book in this world.

5 stars

 

About Eva

A confirmed city-girl, Eva moved to rural Western Massachusetts in 2014. She found herself living in the woods with no job, no friends (unless you count the turkey, deer, and coyote roaming the backyard), and no children underfoot, wondering what on earth she had been thinking. But as it turned out, it was the perfect setting to take all those yarns spinning in her head and weave them into steamy love stories.

A romantic at heart, Eva looks forward to date night all week. The perfect evening includes well-crafted cocktails, a fabulous perfume, Cherry Garcia ice cream, and her husband, of course. If you add good friends, live jazz, and impossible shoes, she will follow you anywhere.

Eva holds a BA from Boston College, and a JD from the Washington College of Law. She spent a career working in domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and civil rights. Aspects of this work often find their way into her books.

When she’s not writing sexy stories, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons, or playing with the two cutest dogs you’ve ever seen, Eva’s creating chapters in her own love story.

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ARC Review: MALUM PART ONE ( The Elite King’s Club book 4 ) by AMO JONES!

 

Malum Part One (The Elite King’s Club book 4), an all new dark romance by Amo Jones is NOW LIVE!

“Love is savage, love is blind, love is something they may not find…”
Once upon a time, there was a young girl who lived in a battered trailer, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks.
One day, she fell down The Elite Kings’ rabbit hole. Sucked into a dark vortex of lies, hate, and deceit, and spat out by money, glitz, and power.
There were things this little girl didn’t know, things she was about to find out and secrets that have been kept from her. Those secrets were guarded by the boys that were about to smash her world open and tear it all apart…
He may be a Malum, but she is a Stuprum, born into this world but neglected by the choice of her mother. Her eyes may not glisten with stars, but they roar with fire, and when she finally reaches her peak, it’s that same fire that will burn.
Them.
All.
Down.
My name is Tillie Stuprum, and my story is not like the rest.
Everything she thought she knew is a fabricated version of the truth. I’m Nate Riverside-Malum, the one your girl whispers about to her friends and whose initials are scratched down your back. Her story is not like the rest of them, because her story is dead.


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REVIEW:

This is Book four in the Elite Kings Club and part one of Malum, and concentrates on Tillie and Nate and baby Micaela. As always nothing is simple and always expect the unexpected with an Amo Jones book.
We visit with the old gang, who are plaining to rescue Tillie and Nate’s baby girl who is being held by her older sister Peyton.

Well it was my misfortune to visit with the Kings and as I have a somewhat warped taste I enjoyed my trip immensely. I am now salivating for part two to find out what happens.
I have say I would recommend reading the first three book in the series, otherwise you will be lost. Also this is not suitable for under 18 years old, even then they may triggers.

4 star review

About Amo Jones

Amo Jones is a small country girl totally winging this author thing (she’s probably doing it all wrong). She likes cake, loves wine, and her religion is magic. She’s a profound work-a-holic, but when she’s not writing, you can find her chilling with her kids & partner at the nearest beach, with a cocktail in her hand.

New Zealand is not a state of Australia and rugby is the best sport ever played.

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Review Blitz: FRAUD, A Romantic Suspense written by R.C. STEPHENS!@rcstephensbooks

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From best selling author R.C. Stephens comes a steamy, suspenseful new standalone romance about a British alpha hero and the one woman he can’t seem to forget.

Eleven years together and today I find out . . .

I don’t know the first thing about the man I’m sleeping beside every night.

My marriage is built on a bed of lies . . . Nothing is real.

Each day I’m barely surviving, falling deeper into despair and loneliness.

Meeting Hayes Taylor is not in my plan.
Younger, beautiful and broken—just like me. I feel a connection with him I’ve never experienced before. But I am a married woman, and cheating isn’t in my DNA. I ignore the sexual tension between us and push him away.

And like most women, I stay in my marriage for my kids.

But my husband not only manipulates, he keeps secrets I’m not prepared for. Secrets that may destroy me . . .

This is not only my fight song, this is my journey to discover love.

Fraud is for a mature audience only. It is a full length standalone with a sexy alpha hero. There is no cheating and a guaranteed HEA that will leave you swooning.

REVIEW:

I have read quite a few books written by this author and I’ve loved everyone. In this one was more gritty, and a strong intelligent women is made to almost apologise for asking her husband to be supportive and take responsibility for anything in her marriage. Luckily Natalia had good friends and family. Natalia meets Hayes when he was saying with his cousin and his wife Immy. Hayes had left the Royal Navy, and was going back to Uni because he wanted to be a doctor who specialises in Therapy for ex- service or anyone with trauma.
I digress this book hooked me and kept me there, I kept waiting for Natalia to wise up and leave her husband who was manipulated and used the children and her fears against her.
This was an unusual book and I am glad I read it. This so much more than you realise. A Romantic suspense feel definitely. We follow for years and know there is no hope for the marriage.

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About R.C. Stephens:

As far back as R.C. Stephens can remember she was a sucker for a good romance. Of course there had to be a prince charming even if he ultimately was a dark knight and there had to be a happy ending.

She watched the movie Dirty Dancing way too many times growing up and Jean Claude Van Damme movies too. Go figure!

After years of saying she would write a book one day, she finally put pen to paper and carved out the plot line for what would eventually become the best selling Twisted Series. Now R.C. is just finishing up her tenth book and can’t seem to stop the stories running through her mind. Visit R.C. on her Facebook page to find out what’s new in her life and what releases she has coming up.

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ARC Review + Giveaway: DEPRAVED (The Devil’s Duet Book 1 ) by EVA CHARLES! @evacharles37 @LWoodsPR

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I’m J.D. Wilder, and it takes a lot to shame me, but we’re about to see where you draw the line.

Gabrielle Duval once belonged to me.
And like it or not, she’ll be mine again.
In a world where money, power and corruption rule, I’m prepared to do whatever it takes.
Although nothing with that woman is ever easy.
But believe me when I tell you, I’ll enjoy every minute of the fight.

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REVIEW

Wow I’m impressed I’m sitting all worked up after finishing Depraved. It’s one of those books that pulls you in with Hot dirty sex and a plethora of red herrings.
We meet Gabrielle and J.D or Julian when J.D blackmails Gabrielle into their arrangement .See how I throw out a few details to get you interested. It’ so much more, but I want you to enjoy it the way I did.
It very hard to know what to write about without giving to much away. So I will say it had everything I enjoyed, kinky sex one on one , great chemistry all leading me to an agitated mess because I have wait until March to find out what has happened. So in other words a excellent piece of romantic suspense with a cliffhanger. I have no idea who is responsible for all the trouble but I still loved it. Told from both povs so it felt I know more than you anyone Ha Ha.I thing I’ve gone funny thank you Eva Charles.

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About Eva

A confirmed city-girl, Eva moved to rural Western Massachusetts in 2014. She found herself living in the woods with no job, no friends (unless you count the turkey, deer, and coyote roaming the backyard), and no children underfoot, wondering what on earth she had been thinking. But as it turned out, it was the perfect setting to take all those yarns spinning in her head and weave them into steamy love stories.

A romantic at heart, Eva looks forward to date night all week. The perfect evening includes well-crafted cocktails, a fabulous perfume, Cherry Garcia ice cream, and her husband, of course. If you add good friends, live jazz, and impossible shoes, she will follow you anywhere.

Eva holds a BA from Boston College, and a JD from the Washington College of Law. She spent a career working in domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and civil rights. Aspects of this work often find their way into her books.

When she’s not writing sexy stories, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons, or playing with the two cutest dogs you’ve ever seen, Eva’s creating chapters in her own love story.

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ARC Review: THE PRINCESS (The Filthy Trilogy Book 2 ) by New York Times Bestselling Author LISA RENEE JONES!@LisaReneeJones

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Title: The Princess
Series: The Filthy Trilogy #2
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Release Date: January 22, 2019

 

ABOUT THE PRINCESS

The second book in the Filthy Trilogy – Eric and Harper’s story continues…

He’s the bastard of the empire, a savant, a genius, and a self-made success. He left it all behind, but he came back for her.

Their passion is a flame that ignites more than their bond. It ignites secrets, lies, and a puzzle that once solved, will shake them to the core.

You know one deep, dark secret, but you do not yet know anywhere near everything.

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EXCERPT

I forget everything but him. How can I not? He owns me. That was my fear, but I don’t feel fear now. No fear at all. But there are other emotions, a swell of unnamed emotions overwhelming me. We’re in his territory, his home, the danger and darkness of this night, driving confessions and intimacy to a whole new level. “I’m not just going to fuck you, Harper,” Eric promises. “I’m going to make love to you.”

Love.

I spoke that word to him, so hearing it on his lips shouldn’t send shockwaves through me, but somehow it does. It shouldn’t make my chest expand with fear that I didn’t feel moments before, but it does. I both want him to love me and fear the moment he does. With love comes real pain when he tells me to walk away and gives me a shove when he doesn’t really follow, because he decides the bastard and the princess can’t survive.

My walls erect. I need to protect myself. “What happened to fucking the princess and leaving her behind?”

“We just had this conversation. I’m not leaving you again.”

“And yet you told me to leave.”

“I did,” he says. “But I’m a bastard, remember? And not just any bastard. I’m the one who wants you too damn much now to do what’s right. You run. I’ll run faster. I’ll come for you.”

Heat rushes up my neck. “Fucking me is safe,” I whisper. “Fucking me is—”

“Fucking you is perfect,” he says. “And I will fuck you, Harper. Every way I can think of and every day, but right now, I’m going to show you more than the bastard. I’m going to make love to you.” His lips part mine, his tongue stroking deep, stroking long, exploring, and the demand I’d felt in him when he’d snapped is nowhere to be found. There is just this sultry, sexy, caress of his tongue that seduces me and tears down my walls.

I am his to do with as he pleases. I am his to please or otherwise. I think he really will break my heart. I think he knows it, too, but it’s too late to turn back. We’re on a path together that must be traveled, no matter where it leads.

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REVIEW:

Lisa has done it again left me all worked up with no where to go until Empire. The Princess started where The Bastard finished, straight into to danger and action from the start.
We find out some more of whats happening and who’s behind all the attacks we still aren’t sure. The love and affection heat up between Eric and Harper, high octane all the way.

We all know Lisa writes strong women and big sexy alpha’s that fall hard for their woman. The sex was super-hot between the two when they finally get to Eric’s home. They both fall much deeper for each other.

There is so much going on I had to read through the night and couldn’t put it down. So again, I feel cut off and having withdrawal symptoms until Empire in March.

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ABOUT LISA

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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: MICADEN’S MADNESS by V.F. MASON is Now LIVE! @Author_VFMason

Micaden’s Madness by V.F. Mason is NOW LIVE!
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If madness has a name…it’s hers.

She is an artist seeking solace.
He is a serial killer seeking vengeance.

She doesn’t remember.
He remembers it all.

She is broken.
He is obsessed.

She wants truth.
He wants revenge.

One of them is guilty.
One of them is innocent.

Both of them want to win.
And for that one of them has to die.

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REVIEW:

Well I loved Lachlan’s Protégé, but this was unputdownable. We are still with the dark subject matter, so you have been warned.

When I starting to read the book, I thought I start to read a little bit before bed. Then I started this compelling and gripping read, and the next thing I notice is that its light outside and I had read all night.

What starts out as teenagers falling in love for the first time intense and passionate. The perfect summer on the Island and then Emerald parents suddenly visit the Island and they put into motion a nightmare that lasts 10 years.

I not saying any more except this is a dark read with distressing storyline that compels the reader hoping for their luck will change. This had it all, a story that won’t let you go, but written with alternate points of view and some of story is told with flashbacks. This is a dark read intense read, if  that’s what you enjoy this is your cup a tea. I can’t wait for the next book, I’ll just have read this again while I wait.

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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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ARC Review: FINDING MY FIGHT by R.G. CORR is Now LIVE!@RGCorr1 @InkslingerPR

 

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Title: FINDING MY FIGHT

Author: R.G. Corr

Genre: Romantic Suspense

About FINDING MY FIGHT:

A perfect marriage? A beautiful home? Things are not always as they seem.

To everyone they knew, Ginny’s life with Blake Daniels was perfect. When Blake’s job takes them away from home and the friends Ginny has known since childhood, things start to change. On their own, in an isolated house, the man who held Ginny up through her mother’s passing is no longer the kind, supportive man she thought she’d married. In his place now resides a cruel beast whose only desire is to control her. Ginny’s life as she knows it, becomes indelibly marked with every bruise he leaves on her, and every callous word he sends her way.

When the unthinkable happens, Ginny is forced to find the strength she needs to leave and rebuild her life without Blake. Yet nothing could have prepared her for what was still to come. Ginny believed the nightmare was over, but it was only just beginning. Her husband is back, and there’s only one reason he’s here.

For her.

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REVIEW:

Well the first thing I have to say is My God What A Book, I’m still trying to calm down. This is not a pretty romance, for most of it the heroine was suffering at first physically and then what seemed worst mentally. R.G Corr’s attention to detail when approaching the subject is superb carrying the reader all through the story and Ginny’s circumstances, leaving me feeling the fear and the feelings of hopelessness with her.
All in all, I think this was a story of hope, but with realism because anyone going through what Ginny went through wouldn’t heal overnight and them walk into the sunset with a new man. That’s all I’m saying I’m trying not to add any spoilers.
I would like a Nate waiting for me, giving Ginny hope for the future. A superb and realistic story of Ginny and Nates family recovering and having a positive outcome.

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Exclusive Excerpt:

I glance down to the faded and weathered-looking wood panels of the bench I’m sitting on. From a distance, you don’t notice the beaten, worn appearance. It’s only when you get closer you see the extent of the damage. The colour stain on the wood lifts in various places. One slat is cracked and brittle to the touch. It even feels damp underneath my legs due to the coldness of the day. It’s damaged, but it’s still here, providing what it promises. A respite.

Some would choose not to sit on this bench, instead preferring the modern shiny versions further down the road. Yet for me, this bench is a flicker of hope. Sitting here means I’m one step closer to talking to somebody. One step closer to proving that the situation I’m in is not normal or right.

My focus rests on the alley across the road where today I had hoped I would find the courage to walk. But uncertainty lingers in my heart and mind like a dead weight, holding me down.

To passers-by, you’d be forgiven for believing I possess courage. I appear well groomed and in control. How can I be anything else? Why would I want to admit that I’m ashamed of the person I’ve become? I’m so used to faking a smile that at one time, I wondered if it was fixed permanently on my face. Now I know it isn’t. My smile no longer presents itself freely. It’s displayed as an act. A performance.

My hands jitter in my lap, the only physical indication of the fear and uncertainty that racks my body. If I go in there, I admit I’m that person, that woman who allows herself to be beaten. Only allowing isn’t really the right term. I don’t give permission. I beg for him to stop. I plead like a helpless child. How can I still love him, when I hate what he does to me? With each word and every shock of pain, I fear the love I have for him is lessening and the hatred growing. But the loathing isn’t solely for him, it’s for me too.

Walking away from Blake requires a strength that I don’t hold. Take now. I’ve been here for over half an hour, only occasionally daring to glance at the building I should be walking into. I sit, surrounded by high-rise buildings and impressive monuments, emphasising how small and insignificant I truly am. So full of self-pity, Ginny. I curl my lip up at the truth of my thoughts.

Company arrives on the other side of the bench, surprising me. On the four times I’ve been here, I’ve not seen one person even come near the bench. I don’t look up to acknowledge whoever it is. Instead, I move even closer to the armrest on my right, increasing our distance and feeling that little bit safer with the wood by my side. I shift my attention to the brick built buildings in front of me. There are a number of offices, some shops, but it’s down the wide alley where my focus lies. A trail of shops and offices lead to an alcove with the blue door that holds my attention. It’s only just visible from where I’m sitting.

I clasp my hands together in my lap in a bid to cease the shaking, but the movement causes my sleeve to ride up slightly, and the edging of the bruise on my wrist comes into view. Immediately, I tug on my jacket pulling the cuffs into my palm. My cheeks heat with shame, I dip my head and retreat further into the back of the bench, hoping for whoever it is sitting near me, not to have seen.

About the Author:

R.G. Corr is a mum of three who has had an overactive imagination for many years. A discussion with a friend at a soft play area, amidst the noise and mayhem of toddlers, finally convinced her to put pen to paper and create her first novel.

R.G. lives in Nottinghamshire, England and although Sherwood Forest is just down the road, she prefers the sight and sounds of Holywell Bay in Cornwall to provide the inspiration she desires. It has become one of her most loved places.

When R.G. is not working or writing, you’ll find her nose deep in her kindle swooning over her latest book boyfriend.

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Audiobook Blog Tour + Review: ARIES RED SKY ( Vergassy Chronicles Book 1 ) by JAMES YOUNG ,Narrated by Jennifer Jill Araya! @youngblai @JenniferJAraya

Author: James Young

Narrator: Jennifer Jill Araya

Length: 16 hours and 21 minutes

Series: Vergassy Chronicles, Book 1

Publisher: James L. Young Jr.

Released: Aug. 27, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction; Space Opera

“[S]pace opera that plays out on a grand scale, and Young conduct[s] it with aplomb.”–Pop Cults, the website of Geek and Alternative Culture

For over seven hundred years, theSpartan Republic’s citizens have known one truth: Terra is coming. Descendants of exiles who dared to defy an emperor,the star nation’s 70 billion citizens spent the centuries training, arming…and waiting.

In 3035, Lt. Ian Campbell, Spartan Defense Forces (SDF), discovers a strange anomaly on his corvette’s sensors…and realizes the wait is over. The Spartans must convince the Terrans of the cost of subduing their nation. If they succeed, the Republic survives. If not, the SDF will be forced to paint the stars red with their enemies’ blood.

The Confederation of Man was born in the terror of the Harran Empire’s death throes. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, humanity now spreads from its cradle on Earth to hundreds of stars across the Milky Way, and seeks out new worlds to add.

Captain Marcy Cochran was hoping to find a habitable planet; she didn’t expect the system to already have hostile humans. Now a captive, Cochran must contend with a crew proving to be as dangerous as their enemies, and prevent what has started out as a misunderstanding from becoming a full-fledged interstellar war.  For Terran law is quite clear: All humanity will answer to the Confederation. For the Spartans, that makes the government on Earth no different than the empire it supplanted…and they would rather die on their feet than subjugate themselves once more.

Aries’ Red Sky is the newest novel in James Young’s Vergassy Chronicles universe. A prequel to An Unproven Concept, it is the first in the Spartan Trilogy. If you like space opera with compelling characters, military sci-fi with high body counts, and capital ship battles on a galactic scale, pick up the the latest work in a series whose previous entry was recommended Amazing Stories, Pop Cults, and The MidwestBook Review.

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James Young is a Missouri native who left small town life to attend a small, well-known Federal institution in upstate New York. After obtaining a degree in military history from West Point, Dr. Young spent six years repaying his education via military service in various locations (both foreign and domestic). Along the way he collected a loving, patient, and beautiful spouse (Anita C. Young)…and various animals that only fit those descriptions when it suited them.

Upon leaving the Army, James returned to the Midwest to obtain his Ph.D. in U.S. History from Kansas State. When not tormenting his characters, Dr. Young spends his spare time reading Anita’s first drafts, finishing that pesky dissertation, and trying to figure out how book eating shelter animals keep ending up in his office. Outside of Amazon, he can be found at conventions throughout the Midwest selling books and merchandise as James Young, Slinger of Tales.

In addition to his positive fiction reviews, Dr. Young is also the winner of the United States Naval Institute’s 2016 Cyberwar fare Essay Contest and runner up in the 2011 Adams Center Cold War Essay Contest. He has also had multiple articles published in Proceedings and the Journal of Military History since 2010.

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Jennifer Jill Araya has been listening to audiobooks since she was a young child, and the fact that she now gets to narrate audiobooks for a living is a dream come true. Jennifer’s training as an opera singer and orchestral cellist lend a musicality and depth of understanding to her narration that help bring her authors’ stories to life. She loves nothing more than giving life and breath to the printed word.
When she’s not narrating, Jennifer can be found hiking, biking, running, or generally exploring her home city of Cincinnati with her husband Arturo (aka “Partner in Crime”) and their two children.

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I have to say this a long audiobook, and at first you must concentrate to make sure you don’t get names and ships in a muddle. The human world as we know is now Known as The Confederation as we have planets in many systems.
We also have the Spartan Empire who left earth 700years before to escape a dictatorship called the Harran Empire, as they wanted to have religious freedoms. All this time they have been preparing for a war with the Terran Empire.
All this wonderful space opera is the good and the bad on both sides. How a like normal people and terrible war crimes committed by both sides. This is a long Audiobook, but you begin to know the characters involved, and you begin to root for them.
The narration is superb when you consider all the different voices. When I was listening, I was on the deck of a spaceship listening to what was going on. I was lucky as I was on many ships and planets. When I’m really in the action I don’t like to be pulled out of the action. That is the mark of great narrator, and this narrator really sent me on a wondrous journey

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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 James Young. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Top 10 List

Author James Young’s Top 10 Literary Inspirations

#1 Alas, Babylon

I read this book as a child and it’s always stuck with me.  Frank does a very good job of dealing with disaster without sinking into the proverbial “grimdark” of later works.

#2 Dies the Fire

Another disaster book.  This one really highlights S.M. Stirling’s writing style and his ability to make ordinary people into heroes.  If I won the lottery and never had to work again in my life, this would be a series I would catch up on with my newfound spare time.

#3 Red Storm Rising

Another influence when I was young.  I’ve always liked Clancy’s decision to go with the omniscient third person when necessary to convey the chaos that is unfolding across an entire engagement.

#4 Robotech Series

When I’m doing my elevator pitch for the Vergassy series, I tell people it’s like “Battlestar Galactica, Aliens, and Robotech thrown into a blender.”  A small, niche fandom, the novelizations were written by multiple people under the pseudonym “Jack McKinney.” Regardless of who was doing things, this was a huge influence on me with regards to how I conceptualize space combat.

#5 The Big E

Although Barrett Tillman’s Enterprise takes advantage of a broader interview base on scholarship, this is a book that I consider the “gold standard” for recounting a vessel’s history.  As with all my books, there are elements of it that interweave individual ship’s actions and discussion of their crews.

#6 The Girl With the Silver Eyes

I liked this one for the way that Willo Roberts got us into the character’s mind and motivation.  A good example of an outsider feeling so different…then realizing it’s a big world out there and that means there’s lots of other folks like oneself.

#7 Bridge to Teribithia

This was one of the first books I remember ever making me cry.  In that way, it taught me the proper method for conducting a character’s demise, i.e., it serves the plot and cuts the reader.

#8 The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861

A grim, somber walk through as to how the United States went from a nation with minor friction to folks actively shooting at one another in less than a decade.  Does a very good job of showing how the majority of the country did not want a no kidding Civil War…yet the nation got one just the same. This helps to understand how people can so demonize and mischaracterize the other sides’ actions that it’s almost impossible to reconcile without a major defeat.

#9 This Kind of War

This book lays out the price of unpreparedness versus having a combat mindset.  With regards to Aries’ Red Sky, I do model some of the Confederation Fleet’s unpreparedness off of the same issues the United States Army had in 1950.  Preparedness is a mindset.

#10 Team Yankee

This is another “World War Three” novel.  Unlike Red Storm Rising, it is very focused at the small unit level.  I loved it in high school before I even left to join the Army. After I became an officer, I realized Harold Coyle really did have a good grip on small unit interactions and craziness.

Honorable Mention– When Worlds Collide / After Worlds Collide  (Toss up so I just added both)

This is the go to book for “The world is ending.”  While it’s somewhat dated (from the 1930s), it’s somewhat prescient in how it foresees the horrors that the “European fascists” are capable of.  While it’s down the road, one of the prequel novellas for my series will have several homages to these two books.

Author James Young’s Playlist for Aries’ Red Sky

So I have different playlists for different needs.  Aries’ Red Sky is a pretty gritty work, so my playlist for it was pretty dark.  Without further ado:

  1. “Bottle of Pain”–Combichrist

This is basically a “Things are hopeless, we’re all about to die, but we want some company crossing the Styx”-song.  In some ways, it sums up the Spartan Republic’s desire to die fighting rather than submit to expected tyranny.

  1. Look Up! The Sky is Falling”-Michael Bradley

I’m not afraid to let me geek flag fly, and Robotech is a guilty pleasure.  I always thought the grimness of this song also applies to a sci-fi setting.

  1. “Barbarian”–The Darkness

In addition to being a huge geek, I’m also a historian.  The tempo and lyrics of this song just suit well to writing fight scenes, especially those involving boarding actions in space.

  1. Hear Me Now”–Bad Wolves (feat. Diamante)

There are a couple of relationships that develop during Aries Red Sky.  In addition to being another good tempo song, this one discusses two people who are gradually falling in love.

  1. “The World Is Not Enough”-Garbage

I’m not saying this is the Du family theme song…but I’m not saying it isn’t either.

  1. Resurrection Hub”–Bear McCreary

This song will pretty much serve as a stand in for the numerous Battlestar Galactica original soundtrack recordings I listened to while crafting Aries’ Red Sky’s combat scenes.  The reboot version of this series, as well as David Weber’s Honorverse, are two huge influence on how I envision space combat in most of my books.

  1. “I Am The Hammer.”–Eternal Champion

Written from the perspective of a leader whose land is being beset on all sides by enemies, this song has just the right mix of confidence, malice, and declared intent in its lyrics.  

  1. “Angels of Death (Space Marine Theme)”–Doyle W. Donehoo

Although I’m more “familiar” with the 40k universe than a fan, this is a stirring song where one can imagine a sci-fi military parade passing in review.

  1. “No Leaf Clover”–Metallica

Another old standby that I’ve always said, “If I had to fly the trench run in Star Wars, this is the song I want playing over the speakers.”

  1. “Even In Death”–Evanescence

Without spoiling anything, there’s a lot of loss in Aries’ Red Sky.  This song and what is says about mourning has always resonated with me since I first heard it back in ‘03.

Bonus Songs:

Light of the Seven”–331 Erock Metal Cover /  Ramin Djawadi

Rains of Castamere” Serj Tankian / Ramin Djawadi

For those occasions where I needed to capture the utter savagery and hopelessness of carnage being inflicted upon characters, these were two of my go to YouTube selections.  Fans of Game of Thrones will understand the reasoning for this, and I think these two versions are especially compelling.

Star by Star–The Kovenant

In listening to the lyrics, I think the reasons for my listing this as a bonus song will become clear.  

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ARC Review: THE PRINCESS’S DUTY ( Of Fire and Frost #1 ),A New Dark Fae Romance from SLOANE MURPHY@sloanemurphybks

 

The Princess’s Duty (Of Fire and Frost #1), an all-new Dark Fae Romance by Sloane Murphy is NOW LIVE!

Synopsis:

Bestselling author Sloane Murphy presents the first book in a new paranormal Fae series, A Princess’s Duty.

Emilia Daarke has wanted to escape the Summer Court her entire life. She’s not brutal like the other Fae. She’s not savage. But they are.

When the boy she loves, Cade Vasara, Crowned Prince of the Winter Court, kills Emilia’s twin, they are torn apart and Emilia’s love for Cade dies just like her sibling did.

Years later, she has fallen in love with a Hunter – a forbidden love that goes against all that she has been taught. A man her father will never approve of. When her secret is outed, her father captures her Hunter and gives Emilia an ultimatum.

If she succeeds, she’ll lose the one she loves. But if she fails, he will die, and she will never be able to forgive herself…

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REVIEW

What a great start to a new series, in book one we follow Emilia a princess of the Summer Court. Emilia’s life is unbearable after her twin gets killed after the King of the Winter Court encourages the darkness inside him, and Cade kills him to save his younger brother Rowan’s life. Emilia thought the entertainment at the Winter court was bad, but that his nothing compared to the way her parents start to behave after her twin’s death. Emilia has wanted no part in the blood sports that her father thought was entertainment.
To escape the Court, she begins to see one of the Hunters Oberon and they plan to escape somewhere peaceful and away from the war and bloodshed. Only this is just the beginning  after witnessing things that she couldn’t imagine. Emilia will never trust anyone ever again. This book has everything you would expect from a book about the Dark Fae, it kept me on gripped from beginning until the end and now I can’t wait for book two. Emilia is a strong woman even though among her own she is considered weak. It very hard to do this book justice without spoilers, but I am addicted and an on edge until I read the next book. This book is only suitable for 18+

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About Sloane Murphy

My name is Sloane, but people call me a variety of names, particularly after they read my books. If you’ve read them, I’m sure you can use your imagination to work them out. I was born in England and have lived in small towns and cities ever since.

My husband, Chris, is the most supportive person in my life. Without his love, help and patience I wouldn’t be where I am today. Living my dreams, with him by my side and our crazy fur baby creating chaos.

At school I drifted through, achieving average grades. I fell into administration and sales jobs, thinking that I couldn’t really do anything else, despite always wanting more.

I’d been writing poetry and song lyrics since the age of about 11, but my love of reading has always been strong. In 2012, I got my first kindle and discovered the works of Samantha Young, Addison Moore, Amanda Hocking, Tijan, A.E Murphy and many many more.

In 2015 I stumbled into the indie world by accident. I emailed a certain indie author after falling head over heels for her books, and she became one of the best friends I will ever have. She’s a gladiator! But she pulled me in, and took me to my first book signing. She encouraged me to start my blog. She encouraged me to put my art out into the world, first with teasers & covers.

Then when I finally told her about my stories, she encouraged me to put them out there. Between her and the one I love the most – thank you, Lauren Rowe – (my twinnie, and my best friend) I found the confidence to put myself out there, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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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.”
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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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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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