Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cat Love by Sunniva Dee


Author                           Sunniva Dee 
Publication Date          5 October 2015
Genre                              New Adult Paranormal Romance 


A sexy thriller about the animal in all of us.

Aidan uses his superpower to stabilize minds at the Hollyreed Specialist Hospital. Ulani uses hers to chase rats on rooftops. Until she’s caught and deposited in Aidan’s care.

At the hospital, Aidan finds Ulani's room empty—save for a cat, whose fur retracts in favor of silky skin and a vamp-gorgeous femme fatale.
Aidan’s obsession with Ulani grows—
While patients at the hospital go missing.
 




I read the first half of this book in "Beneath the Cape Superhero Anthology" and was smitten with Aidan and Ulani. Compelled by curiosity, I am rather pleased to get the opportunity to read the whole story. 

Aidan works in a Psychiatric hospital and uses his gift to help the patients. 

Ulani is admitted for "streaking" on a roof and ending up falling on the street. Aidan is fascinated by her and whilst talking to her, he ends up with a cat. No Ulani. He takes her under his wing and tries to help her. 

In the meantime patients are disappearing from the hospital.  

Having discovered the reasons for the disappearances of some of the  patients, Aidan and Ulani set out to find a way to put a stop to this outrage. It's quite a difficult endeavour. 

I like the way Aidan interacts with Ulani and Mina the cat!  Their relationship had me cringing one minute and laughing the next. It's a well written romance novel with an interesting paranormal twist which I would fully recommend. 

I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.


Originally from Norway, I moved to the United States twelve years ago. I hold a Master’s degree in languages and taught Spanish at college level before settling in at the Savannah College of Art and Design as an adviser.

I write New Adult fiction, sometimes with a paranormal twist—like in “Shattering Halos,” published by The Wild Rose Press in February 24th 2014 and in “Stargazer,” released November 2014. The first book I’ve self-published was the New Adult Contemporary novel “Pandora Wild Child,” which made me a proud indie author in October 28th 2014.


I specialize in impulsive heroines, bad-boys, and good-boys running amok. Then, there’s the intense love, physical and emotional attraction beyond reason—sensory overload for the reader as well as for the characters. Like in real life, I hope you’re unable to predict what comes next in my stories.


Yes, so I write what I love to read, and depending on the reader, you’ll find my books to be a fast-paced emotional rollercoaster—or disturbing because the struggles of love aren’t your thing. Here’s to hoping you have the same reading vice as me!  







Sunday, September 27, 2015

Man Up Playboy by Danielle Sibarium


Author                     Danielle Sibarium 
Publication Date    25 September 2015 
Genre                       New Adult Romance 18+


No one knows the man behind the face.

Cooper Sutton loves nothing more than to live up to his reputation as a playboy. That is until he meets Selene Davis in a coffee shop. Unlike the girls he's known before, she doesn't fall for his good looks and witty charm. She makes him work for every bit of her time and attention.

Haunted by memories of his childhood sweetheart, Cooper doesn't believe in love, marriage or monogamy. And much to his delight, neither does Selene. She appears to be his perfect match. Until she changes the rules of the game. And he finds himself knee deep in a committed relationship.

When the stakes are raised, Cooper's faced with a decision. Can he put the past behind him and move forward with Selene, or will he push love and happiness beyond his reach forever?
 

Cooper was introduced to us in "Man Up Party Boy" and in some ways, he was responsible for Noah's and Lexi's story. There was enough background information about his parents without giving the full impact of the situation to Cooper's undesirable behaviour but all is revealed in Man Up Playboy. 

Cooper doesn't believe in long term relationships and his behaviour towards his conquests is atrocious. He is self centred and selfish. 

This book starts with Cooper behaving badly at a reception until he gets some disturbing news which takes him back to the time he met Selene. There is quite a lot of flashbacks in this story but very nicely done. 

Selene is an independent and strong character and like Cooper, she doesn't believe in long term relationships because of parental issues. When they meet they both admit that they don't believe in monogamy and here begins the emotional rollercoaster. 

Cooper's despicable behaviour towards those who care for him makes it hard to warm up to him even in his good moments,  until what he went through as a teenager is revealed. He lives with constant guilt, insecurities and fear of loss. At this point, tissues might be required but is it too late to redeem himself with Selene and salvage their relationship? 

I like the way Noah, Lexi and Cooper's father stand by him when most would turn their backs on him. 

It's hard to get to grips with the constant changes in behaviour but the further the story goes the more intense it becomes. I would recommend this New Adult Romance to those who like to be kept on tenterhooks and  taken on an emotional rollercoaster. 

Danielle Sibarium YA and NA author grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her childhood, she transported herself into a fantasy world full of magic and wonder. Books were the gateway between her play world and reality. On any given summer afternoon she became Snow White sweeping and cooking for the dwarfs, or Cinderella waiting for her prince.

In 2004 Danielle won Honorable Mention in the Southern Heat contest. In 2007 she collaborated with Charlotte Doreen Small to write songs for her CD More. Danielle wrote the lyrics for Take My Hand, and Goodbye, while Charlotte contributed the melody.

Danielle graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with honors, and currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and three children.

In October 2011 Danielle released her debut novel For Always. She has since released And Forever, the sequel to For Always, The Heart Waves Trilogy, To My Hero: A Blog of Our Journey Together, Into You, Regret Me Not, Man Up Party Boy, and Man Up playboy.













Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sand Dollar Cove by Nancy Naigle


Author                          Nancy Naigle 
Publication Date         1 July 2015 
Genre                            Contemporary Romance 


Growing up, Elli Eversol spent nearly every summer in Sand Dollar Cove at her grandparents’ beach house, working at their shops on the old fishing pier. After a hurricane and a Nor’easter damage the pier and the shops nearly beyond repair, Elli returns to town to help rebuild. She even launches the Buy-A-Board campaign to raise funds for the plight. Holden Moore is back in Sand Dollar Cove, too. He broke Elli’s heart years ago, but he’s pulling every Romeo trick in the book to win her back now. Yet there’s more to Holden’s agenda, and it doesn’t include saving the pier. 

Brody Rankin is eager to scout the location for his company’s new mega-warehouse near a quaint North Carolina beach town. The online request for handyman assistance for the Buy-A-Board campaign in Sand Dollar Cove gives him the perfect reason to head to the east coast, check out the area, and contribute to a good cause. He’d only have to leave half of his playboy-surfer lifestyle behind for a little while—there are plenty of waves in the Atlantic. But when he meets Elli Eversol, she really gets the surf up, and he’s tempted to toss his playboy ways out with the tide.
 




This is my first encounter with this author and I like her articulate writing style and the concept of Sand Dollar Cove. 

Elli is a realtor who returns to Sand Dollar Cove to oversee the work required to repair the damages sustained by the pier during a storm. She has fond memories of the time spent with her grandparents but she has some not so nice memories too. It turns out that the situation is worse than she expected. There are some underhanded plans taking place and these could be detrimental to this close knitted community. 

Brody offers to help and when he arrives, he finds that he has a lot in common with Elli and they get on really well.  Holden is Elli's ex boyfriend who happens to be in back in town. Despite not having seen each other for a long time, he tries to worm his way back in Elli's life but has he changed for the better? 

Brody and Elli work together to come up with a solution which will work to everyone's advantage. Will they succeed or is it too late? Elli also finds out that Brody is not who she thinks he is. Is this going to have an adverse effect on what was becoming a comfortable relationship? 

I like the way the community is portrayed and how they all support each other, no matter what. Nana is a lovable character with a good sense of humour too. 

I would fully recommend this sweet and easy to read romance with detailed description of Sand Dollar Cove and its inhabitants. 


I received this ebook from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  

USA TODAY Bestselling author, Nancy Naigle, writes love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense. 

With a career spent on the cutting edge of technology in the banking industry, she never let go of her dream to write. Now she works full-time writing stories that are a calming blend of community, family, and the simple things in life. She writes the kind of stories she hopes will provide an escape from the hectic day-to-day in the make believe worlds she creates.

Look for Nancy's titles in the Adams Grove series. 
Sweet Tea and Secrets
Out of Focus
Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes 
Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies 
Mint Juleps and Justice 
Barbecue and Bad News
~coming in 2016 Porch Swings and Promises

Nancy also has co-written books with:
Phyllis C. Johnson ~ inkBLOT
Kelsey Browning ~ The Granny Series
Book 1- In For A Penny
Book 2 - Fit To Be Tied
Book 3 - In High Cotton 

Her latest single title, LIFE AFTER PERFECT, comes out on May 19th.

Aside from writing she enjoys hunting for treasures in junk and antique shoppes, and getting crafty no matter what the medium from painting and digitizing embroidery designs, to weaving pine needle baskets. 

A Virginia native, and spending most of her life in the Tidewater area, she now calls North Carolina home.








Friday, September 25, 2015

Release Day Blitz for Man Up Playboy by Danielle Sibarium


Author                     Danielle Sibarium 
Publication Date    25 September 2015 
Genre                       New Adult Romance 


The Blurb

No one knows the man behind the face.

Cooper Sutton loves nothing more than living up to his reputation as a playboy. That is until he meets Selene Davis in a coffee shop. Unlike the girls he's known before, she doesn't fall for his good looks and witty charm. She makes him work for every bit of her time and attention.

Haunted by memories of his childhood sweetheart, Cooper doesn't believe in love, marriage or monogamy. And much to his delight, neither does Selene. She appears to be his perfect match. Until she changes the rules of the game. And he finds himself knee deep in a committed relationship.

When the stakes are raised, Cooper's faced with a decision. Can he put the past behind him and move forward with Selene, or will he push love and happiness beyond his reach forever?

Due to language and sexual content, this book is intended for mature audiences.

Excerpt 


My sister lunges for me, but Noah grabs her around her waist and keeps her from making contact. I'm not sure what she'll do if she gets her hands on me. Maybe that's why I’m taunting her. I want to feel something, anything but the emptiness that has taken residency in every fucking cell of my body since I walked out on Selene. 

"Enough of this. I've worked too hard to get her to leave the past where it is. Get your head out of your ass, Coop." Noah says with my sister wrapped in his arms as he walks away.

"Where are you going?"
"To our room," Noah says looking back over his shoulder. "I suggest you do the same."

I flip him the bird before they stop short and Lexi pulls her phone from her clutch purse.
"Selene?"
My heart leaps from my chest into my throat. I don't move. The world is standing still, the red head forgotten. I listen to my sister talk to the girl I lost. To the girl I hurt so bad she won't take my calls; to the girl that left me empty and stole what little of a heart I had left.

"Oh my God. I'm in California, but I'll be home as soon as possible. Please, call me if anything changes."

I can't help myself, I rush at my sister and grab her by the shoulders as if my life depends on the information she just got, and it very well may.
"That was Selene?"

Lexi glares at me. Her green eyes are filled with tears. Fuck, this isn't good. I can feel the emotion pouring out of her. Why isn't she saying anything? I need to know what's happening with Selene.

"Is she okay? What's going on?"
Lexi doesn't answer. She stares me down.
"What Lexi? What the fuck is going on? Tell me!" I'm in her face, yelling, ordering her to tell me. I don't want to wait another second to know. The anticipation has me freaking out like a fucking teenager.

"Like you give a fuck about her, about anyone but yourself."
I'm breathing hard and heavy. "Don't fuck with me, Lexi. Not about her."
"Fine. You want to know? She's in the hospital, Cooper. She went to pick up her prenatal vitamins from the pharmacy and some punk was looking for a fix. He had a gun . . ."

My fingers squeeze tight around my sister's shoulders because I can't breathe. I can't fucking breathe! The air just left my lungs. It left the whole fucking room. Maybe even the whole planet. I have a mass growing in my stomach of nerves and anxiety. My throat is constricting because I still don't think I'm breathing. I dig my fingers into her flesh, because I'm holding on for dear life. It's the only thing I can do. I'm fucking helpless. Selene needs me right now and I'm no fucking use to her. Instead, I'm thousands of miles away when I should be at her side. I'm here, and here is too fucking far.

"Did he hurt her? Please, let her be okay."
"She's not okay, Coop."

I had to have heard wrong. "But that was her on the phone just now, right? RIGHT?" My heart is pounding a mile a minute. Why is my sister torturing me like this? Why isn't she just spitting it all out?
After what feels like forever Lexi answers.

"She's not conscious. I don't have the details."
"Please, No!" The words leave me in a whisper. I'm not even sure I can speak until I hear a gut wrenching cry. It takes a minute before I can make out what's being screamed. I reach up and hold my head as the realization dawns on me that it's me, screaming into the nothingness of the night. It's me screaming the only word my mind will process. "SELENE!" 

I drop to my knees and call out for her again. I yell out as if doing so might magically make her open her eyes, or better yet, make me appear at her side and shove all the bad stuff away, like it's been nothing more than a dream.
Noah pulls me back to my feet and wraps his arms around me, pulling me into a guy hug. "It's okay. She's going to be okay."

I don't answer because I can't. I can't formulate words. I can't breathe, and I'm scared shit it's never going to be okay again. I hold on to Noah and nod. It's all I can do, and I'm afraid if I let go my knees are going to cave in. I hold him tight. Tighter than I ever held onto anything, including Selene. I stay there, holding him, allowing my emotions to keep their strangle hold on me, because I can't breathe, and I can't move. I want to rush to her side, but I'm across the country, which at this moment is as good as the opposite end of the world. 

About the Author 


Danielle Sibarium YA and NA author grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her childhood, she transported herself into a fantasy world full of magic and wonder. Books were the gateway between her play world and reality. On any given summer afternoon she became Snow White sweeping and cooking for the dwarfs, or Cinderella waiting for her prince.

In 2004 Danielle won Honorable Mention in the Southern Heat contest. In 2007 she collaborated with Charlotte Doreen Small to write songs for her CD More. Danielle wrote the lyrics for Take My Hand, and Goodbye, while Charlotte contributed the melody.

Danielle graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with honors, and currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and three children.

In October 2011 Danielle released her debut novel For Always. She has since released And Forever, the sequel to For Always, The Heart Waves Trilogy, To My Hero: A Blog of Our Journey Together, Into You, Regret Me Not, Man Up Party Boy, and Man Up playboy.


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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Crossing the Whitewash by Nick Rippington


Author                     Nick Rippington 
Genre                       Fiction Thriller Suspense 
Publication Date    1 August 2015 


Gangland London collides with rugby-crazy Wales in a suspense-filled tale of two friends torn apart by circumstance. Football prodigy Gary Marshall and best mate Arnie Dolan spend their teen years battling adversity together on the rundown east London estate where they live. Then a series of life-shattering events intervene to split them apart. 

Eight years later Arnie sets out on a mission to track down his old sparring partner, keen to impart a shocking secret he has harboured for most of his life. So why is Gary now working in Wales as a sports writer under a false name? And why is he so keen to leave the past in the past? As the world's biggest rugby tournament approaches the mysteries start to unravel, leading to a gripping climax at the temple of Welsh rugby - the Millennium Stadium. 



When I read this book's description, I expected the focus to be mainly sports, specifically Rugby and Football but it's so much more and the storyline had me glued to the pages. 

It's 1996 and Gary is 13 years old. He is a bright lad with good future prospects. He has already set his goal of where he wants to be when he is older. He works hard towards this goal with the encouragement and support of his father and his peers. 

Arnie is of similar age to Gary but they don't really interact with each other, that is until Gary is threatened by a group of boys and Arnie comes to the rescue. Although they live in the same environment, their family lives and personalities couldn't be more different. They become very close friends from then on and Arnie decides to name his gang the Boxer Boys. 

When disaster strikes Gary's family life, he is devastated as this is the last thing he would have expected. Arnie persuades him to go on a night out to cheer him up but unfortunately the sequence of events leads to disaster which in turn shatters Gary's dreams. 

The boys' journey continues to the present day and there are many twists and turns along the way. There is fun and laughter, drug dealing along with other crimes. I didn't like the violence so much but as part of the story, it only highlights the reasons for the behaviour of some of the characters.

There is a love story amongst the chaos and the revelations of what were well kept secrets come as a shock to all parties. 

I would fully recommend this book to those who like a good thriller, full of drama, action, suspense and laughter. 

I received this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 



Nick Rippington is one of the silent victims of the News of the World phone hacking scandal. As the paper's Welsh Sports Editor he was informed at 48-hours notice that it was closing, and had to collect the contents of his desk from a colleague in a Wapping car park, never being allowed back into the building. His response was to write his first novel, the thriller Crossing The Whitewash. Nick, 55, lives with wife Liz in London and has two daughters, Olivia and Jemma. When he's not writing he works for the Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday.



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A Fighting Chance (#3 Chances Are) by C.D Taylor


Author                         C.D Taylor 
Publication Date        27 October 2015 
Genre                            Adult Contemporary Romance 


Sequel to Stay With Me: Tyler Bradford never dreamt that he would be injured in the line of duty for the Marine Corp, but when that happens he is shipped back to his home state of Texas. Upon arrival he is faced with the facts that things are not the way they used to be. He crosses paths with a sexy stranger,and sparks fly. Can they find peace in each others arms before she goes home to Chicago?



I received this ARC from Pembroke Publishing in exchange for an honest review. As it has clearly been pointed out that there might be errors since this is not the finished product, these will not be reflected in this review. 

Tyler is a recently discharged Marine who is still getting used to being back in the Civilian "world". 

Tiffany is well known Broadcaster in Boston and on her way to sort out family business in Texas, she literally "bumps" into Tyler. As far as she is concerned, it's going to be a short visit. She doesn’t have good memories of her hometown and has done her best to stay away and she intends to keep it that way. 

There is an instant attraction between them but nothing is straightforward and Tiffany's past comes crashing back threatening her and those she gets close to. 

I like the ease with which Tyler and Tiffany relate to each other even when the going gets tough. It's an interesting storyline and an easy to read romance. 

There were enough twists along the way to keep and hold my interest. I found the ending to be a little abrupt but an interesting read nonetheless. 

This novel is suitable for 18+ readers due to the explicit sex scenes. 

C.D. Taylor began writing as an item to check off her bucket list. She resides in the southernmost part of Illinois, right on the mighty Mississippi river. She enjoys the quiet country life with her husband, son and the many farm animals that make up the rest of the family. C.D. decided that farm life was just a little too mundane, so she started writing erotica to spice things up, so far so good. C.D. entered cosmetology school right out of High School and practiced the art of hair styling for 12 years. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found sitting around a table making people laugh. She has always wanted to be a standup comic. She loves pulling practical jokes, dresses up in a costume every Halloween and believes that dancing is the key to a happy life (even if you aren’t a good dancer). She believes that life shouldn’t be taken too seriously, we will never get out alive anyway. More than anything, C.D. is a kid at heart, she doesn’t believe in bedtimes, eating everything on her plate, or having ice cream only for dessert. Her favorite quote is by Dr. Seuss…”Why fit in, when you were born to stand out.”




To be added when available 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Cover Reveal for Dragon Master by CP Bialois

Hello everyone! Today I'm happy to share the cover for the fifth Sword and the Flame novel, The Dragonmaster. It'll be available for pre-order September 20 and released on November 1.

And here it is...

The Dragonmaster


Blurb

When the Gods call, mortals answer.

Reaching Solava Proper seemed like the end of their journey, but fate and the Gods have other plans for Gilliam and his friends.

Old friendships are rekindled and strained as the friends are forced to find a way to prevent an upcoming war and protect an innocent princess tied to the heart of it all.

Through their adventures, the Phoenix watches as he prepares for a possible conflict between the Gods. When a single move could mean failure, will his efforts succeed or be for naught?
Excerpt

Without a word, Fauna nudged her horse toward the portal with Mern at her side. The usual floating and light-headed sensation swept through them as they traveled the roads of magic. Once they stepped through, the portal closed, but not before a smaller shape hurried into the opening behind them. With its use completed, the portal closed as though it had never been there.

Stepping through into a strange forest was bewildering at first, but Mern and Fauna’s previous use of such traveling methods gave them the knowledge that the feeling would pass. For the one following them, it proved something else entirely.

Reh Venata was many things, but a dabbler in the ways of magic wasn’t one of them. The magical portal had looked like a doorway, but once inside she found it difficult to navigate. Countless voices called to her from every direction, and images of places she had wished to see again appeared all around her.

The only thing she could so was try to follow the magus further, but her feet couldn’t find a purchase on the swirling ground. She was about to scream for help when the pair disappeared. The swirling whiteness of the portal shifted and started to shrink. Without thinking, Reh let out a squeal of fright and dove toward the first image she saw of a chamber room.
She closed her eyes and prayed the image she saw was in her father’s castle. The next thing she knew, she landed on her stomach with a thud among a series of shouts and curses. It took her a moment to realize she was laying on someone.

“Get off me, blast you, or I’ll send you to the Abyss!”

At hearing the shouting, Reh expected to be back with the Goblins, but when no one grabbed her, she forced her eyes open and found herself in a dining hall. It took her less than a second to understand she wasn’t in her father’s castle, but it looked familiar. When she looked down to see a Dwarf with a gray-touched red beard beneath her she let out a gasp.

“Oh, I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to… I mean, I did, but I… Oh, dear.” Reh tried to push herself from her perch on top of the Dwarf, but her hand slipped and she drove her knee into him. The Dwarf’s eyes crossed, his face turned red, and tears poured down his cheeks.

“Blasted… Gods…” The Dwarf rolled over and spilled Reh onto the stone floor.

Reh pushed herself to her knees and looked around at the faces staring at her. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean anything.” Gentle hands took hold of her shoulders and helped her to her feet.

“It’s all right. No one is blaming you.” The man holding her smiled.

About the author

CP Author Pic
CP Bialois’ love of words began as a small child when his father bought a stack of comics to teach him the reading skills he wasn’t mastering in class. Before long, he was reading at an advanced level and teachers were shaking their heads over the unconventional method.

Growing up in the ‘80s, Bialois was exposed to even further inspiration through the popular cartoons of the day. Transformers, in particular, sparked his imagination and led to him put his first stories on paper. After a decades-long break, Bialois began getting back into the world of writing by joining some role-playing groups. These groups taught him about fleshing out characters and building worlds that stuck with him as he began writing short stories for fun.

To his surprise, Bialois would end up completing his first full-length novel, Call of Poseidon, in 2007. Armed with a finished product, Bialois began working on another book, The Sword and the Flame, unsure of what he would ultimately be doing with either. As with many others in the later part of the first decade of the 2000’s, he found himself out of work and looking into new options. Over the next two years, he would spend most days at the library, completing an additional half-dozen works.

Twelve books later, Bialois is planning for the release of many more and enjoying the feedback he receives. The up-and-coming author takes inspiration from favorites such as Steven King, Tom Clancy and Sue Grafton. His love of history, fantasy and old monster movies has also served as a muse.

When he’s not busy writing or chatting on his social networks, Bialois enjoys watching hockey and football as well as Metallica DVDs. He currently lives with his wife- a fellow writer- and their fur children. CP Bialois is also active in several South Florida writing groups, as well as the online writer community, and the Florida Writers Association.
You can find CP through his 


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