Friday, 24 October 2014

Eighteen Months to Live by Rachele Baker + Giveaway

Eighteen Months to Live
by Rachele Baker

Kindle Edition, 149 pages
Published November 30th 2012 by Rachele Baker

In the spring of 1990, Midge Rylander rushes to the hospital because of a persistent cough, chest pain, and shortness of breath. She believes she has pneumonia but her diagnosis turns out to be much worse. Malignant pleural mesothelioma. Lung cancer from prior exposure to asbestos.

Midge’s doctors advise her that she has less than eighteen months left to live. While recuperating at home, Midge begins a daily journal to document her experiences during her final months. Eighteen Months To Live is the transcription of Midge’s handwritten journal as well as letters that Midge wrote to her daughter Rachele during that time. Midge writes about her emotional struggles, her physical pain, and her search for answers.

After reading Eighteen Months To Live, E.D. Brady wrote in her review on Goodreads that this true story “shows a woman who handled herself with grace, poise, and dignity, as she tells of her daily trials and tribulations, her refusal to go down without a fight, and finally, her acceptance of the inevitable. It highlights the beauty of the human spirit, the vulnerability of life, and the need to remember that every day is precious. I found myself quickly bonding with Midge and commend Ms. Baker for putting this beautiful book out in the world for those who may be facing similar struggles. One word of advice: have a tissue or two ready for the epilogue.

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Dr. Rachele Baker is a veterinarian and author living in California. She published Eighteen Months To Live in 2012. Eighteen Months To Live is the real life story of Rachele's mother, Midge Rylander, in Midge's final months of life. Eighteen Months To Live contains the daily journal Midge kept as well as letters she wrote to Rachele after her diagnosis with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Rachele wrote the heartfelt prologue, epilogue, and narration. It is a heart-wrenching yet heart-warming and inspirational story.

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Soulfire (Nightwing #1) by Juliette Cross: Review + Giveaway

Soulfire (Nightwing #1)
by Juliette Cross

Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press
Date of Publication: October 20, 2014
Number of pages: 109
Cover Artist: Renee Rocco

In a world divided by prejudice and hatred, only love can bridge the chasm.

Tensions are rising in the Gladium Province. The boundary between humans and Morgons has begun to blur. While the human aristocracy strives to maintain distance between their daughters and the dragon-hybrid race, fate has other plans.

As the daughter of the corporate king, Jessen Cade is duty-bound to honor her arranged marriage to a man she detests. Feeling trapped by family duty and a loveless future, she longs for more, straying to the Morgon side of the city.

Lucius Nightwing is the eldest son of the powerful Morgon clan, and the greatest enemy of Jessen’s father. When a bar-room brawl thrusts Jessen into his arms, his dragon roars to the surface, craving to sate his carnal hunger in the brown-eyed beauty. The beast in Lucius recognizes her as his own, even if the man refuses to admit the truth.
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 Juliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories.  

She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. 

  Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance--brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes.

 Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.  



Thousands of years ago, Radomis, the dragon king of the Nort
h, took flight on the last full moon of winter. Beating great, black wings, he soared away from his mountainous kingdom, lured by some unknown force to the sultry lands in the west where humans dwelled. Dragons and humans had always lived apart.

On this same night, Princess Morga honored the fertility rite of bathing under the full moon the night before her wedding. As she stepped from the natural steaming pool, rivulets of water glistened over milk-pale skin, ebony hair slicked over her breasts and down her back. The dragon king saw her. Instant desire ensnared his beastly heart. He descended.

Shifting into human form, a man of might and beauty, he murdered her guards and handmaidens. Horrified, Morga could do nothing when the dragon king took her in his arms, hard lust in cold eyes. The moment his tongue licked into her mouth, she felt the burning of soulfire—the dragon elixir meant for his one and only mate. Golden heat melted through blood and bone, filling her with euphoric pleasure, bonding her to him forever.

Radomis took her on the ground among bloody bodies and moon-shadows, intent to sate his hunger. One night would never be enough. Shifting into dragon form, he carried her in his claws back to his kingdom. She would be his queen, trapped in a gilded cage of opulence as the object of his endless desire.

From their union, a child was born—an abomination. A human body with dragon wings and dragon strength. The boy, Larkos, was outcast among dragonkind, including his father. Only Morga showed him any love.

When Larkos reached manhood, he wielded his rage with an avenging sword, tracking and killing all of dragonkind. Even in beast form, his father could not match him, finally falling to the forgotten son’s sword. What Larkos did not know was that soulfire bonded his loving mother to the beast in such a way that when his dragon-heart stopped beating, so did hers.
This is the tale I’d been told when my body began changing from child to woman, a warning for young girls to beware of Morgon men.

“Never stray from your own kind, Jessen,” my mother would say, “or you could end up like Princess Morga, a slave and outcast to be abhorred.”

The problem was, I’d never been a very obedient daughter. Never the one to do exactly as I was told. And fairy tales have no meaning when the stars align and Fortune spins her wheel, weaving her own story for your heart.

4 out of 5 stars!
Dragon hybrid?  Yes, please!  Anyone who knows me knows that I love anything dragons, shifters, Hades, or any combination thereof.  I'm sure that's not an exhaustive list, but it's good for the time being.  Soulfire, the first book in the Nightwing series, is the story of Jessen and Lucius.  Lucius, beautiful, sexy Lucius, being a dragon hybrid.  How fabulous is that?  

 Jessen, human, is the kind of female role I love.  She is spirited and lively.  Seen more as a commodity than as a daughter to her father, she did not seem to have much say in her own life.  However, she takes control and does what makes her happy, despite the consequences. 

Lucius, the dragon hybrid (did I mention that awesome tidbit?), tries to stay away from humans, for reasons that become clear within the story.  But he meets Jessen and cannot stop thinking about her.  He is very protective of her, but tries to fight it.  He tries and tries…Between the two of them there was a lot of chemistry, right from the first meet. 

There was also a lot of prejudice in this book for the characters to overcome, humans hating the Morgon, the Morgon wanting nothing to do with the humans.  It makes it complicated to live in proximity to one another…or to be in love.  But sometimes, that love is worth all the troubles. 

Of course, having the privilege of being the opening of a new series, this book was also required to give us some backstory.  What we got here was a relatively short story (just a little over 100 pages), but the author did a great job creating a believable and well-developed world for her characters.  The story was unique and well written.  I'm looking forward to more in this series.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Divided by Elsie Chapman

Divided (Dualed, #2)Divided by Elsie Chapman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC provided via Netgalley in exchanged for an honest review.

I have a confession to make. I did not read Dualed which is the first book in the Dualed series, but after reading the premise for Divided I knew I had to read it. This book was a little slow and confusing at the beginning. It didn't take long for the pace to pick up and the confusion to become clear. If you are a dystopian or sci-fi fan, then give this book a try.

West Grayer was born in a world where everyone has an Alternate. Who deserves to live? You or your Alternate? It is a fight to the death. West has defeated her Alternate and is ready for a life without killing. The Board offers West something to good to pass up, but it will require her to kill again. This mission quickly becomes more than what West was prepared for. What is the Board hiding?

Elise Chapman has created a fascinating world and an interesting cast of characters. West knows what it takes to be victorious and is willing to get the job done. She is a strong female lead who still struggles with some of the choices she has made. Those struggles make West a more likeable character rather than a stone cold killer. Despite the slow start , I really enjoyed this read. It had me on the edge of my seat anxiously wanting to how the story ends.

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Whisper the Dead (The Lovegrove Legacy #2) by Alyxandra Harvey: Interview + Giveaway

Whisper the Dead 
(The Lovegrove Legacy #2)
by Alyxandra Harvey

Genre: YA, YA historical paranormal, witches
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Date of Publication: Oct 7,2014

Gretchen is struggling with her newfound gift as a Whisperer; the constant buzzing in her ears from detecting spells is more frustrating than fun, especially when she is spending time with one of the Order of Iron Nail’s Keepers, the icy but strikingly handsome Tobias Lawless.

But while Gretchen tries to hide the truth and resolve her feelings for him, London fades from beautiful and bustling to deathly silent …Something evil is once again menacing Mayfair, and Gretchen and her cousins must use their powers to prevent a horrible sacrifice. 

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Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream.

Q & A with Alyxandra Harvey 

Tell us a little bit about your main characters
Gretchen is a Whisperer, meaning she can hear spells being cast. All the time. It makes for black headaches and confusion, until she learns to control it. It also gives her the ability to know when a spell is wrong, or when someone is lying to her.

Enter, Tobias Lawless, an icy, proper Keeper with the Order of the Iron Nail and several secrets of his own. He's sent to watch Gretchen since the Order doesn't trust her or her cousins, and she feels it is her duty to evade and annoy him as much as possible. 

Describe your ideal writing spot.
Over lattes with Tom Mison.

Or, more realistically: a quiet spot with lots of tea and books and blustery autumn or snow at the window.

How do you keep busy when you're not writing?
I read a lot of books, of course. I also take long walks with my dogs, draw mandalas, and do terribly useful things like embroidering the Tardis. I'm also determined to make my own bread this winter. You know, practical stuff.

If you could have any superhuman ability, what would you choose and why?
Time travel!  With or without the Tenth Doctor. Or Jamie Fraser.

Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
I prefer paperbacks because they aren't as heavy as hardcovers and less likely to cause a concussion if I fall asleep reading. That said, traveling with an E-reader has taken pounds off my luggage. Pounds and pounds. And, above all, I like books - anywhere, any format.

What book are you reading now?
I am halfway through Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan and loving it. She always makes me laugh out loud.

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