Monday, 24 November 2014

Made for You by Lauren Layne

Made for You (The Best Mistake, #2)Made for You by Lauren Layne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Made for You is book two in The Best Mistake series. What a follow up to Only with You! Lauren Layne continues to deliver with a fun, heart-warming romance.

Brynn prides herself on being the perfect daughter, sister and career woman. Her to-do-lists have made her what she is today so why isn't Brynn happy. Maybe her perfectly planned life isn't what she needs? Will Thatcher has been part of Brynn's family since their high school years as her sister's best friend, but he has always been a thorn in her side. He has made it his mission to chip at the walls Byrnn has built up. Can Brynn throw aside her lists and need for perfection to give spontaneity and Will a chance?

The chemistry between Byrnn and Will sizzles through the pages of this book. The sexual tension is a slow burn that comes to a blazing fire only to be doused with a cold wet blanket. Why? Evidently it is to torment me! The ups and downs of their relationship had me laughing, screaming and crying. I enjoyed the wild ride and look forward to the next adventure.

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Hunters (Demon Series #1) by Aoife Marie Sheridan: Giveaway + Interview

Hunters (Demon Series #1) 
by Aoife Marie Sheridan

Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Cover Artist: Airicka’s Mystical Creations

, 185 pages

Abigail is nineteen, her job she hunts demons.

Her life so far has been tough, having witnessed her family’s death and her mother’s suicide she’s taken in by a priest, who believes her when she says she sees ghosts. Father Peter trains her as a demon hunter with three other members, one being Daniel, who isn’t what he seems.

But when a possession goes wrong, and ghosts start to attack Abigail, the tight rope she had on her emotions soon starts to loosen.

Abigail draws the unwanted attention of the Vatican, and she finds out a lot more then she was willing to learn.

Knowledge is power, but for Abigail it’s her undoing, and the only thing keeping her together is Daniel.

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Aoife Marie Sheridan has loved reading from a very young age, starting off with mills and boon's books, given to by her grandmother her love for romances grew, by the age of 14 she had read hundreds of them.

Aoife had a passion for writing poetry or in her eyes her journal entries. It was something she did throughout her teens and into her twenties. Aoife won first place for two of her poems and had them published at a young age of just nineteen. Realising she needed to get a real job (What writing isn't) she studied accountancy and qualified working in that field for many years, until her passion for reading returned and she found Maria V Snyder. Poison study one of her favourite books has been read and re-read countless times.

Aoife's first book Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy) came to be after a dream of a man and woman on a black horse jumping through a wall of fire and the idea of Saskia was born. Now with her first novel published and taking first place for Eden Forest with Writers Got Talent 2013, Aoife continues to write tales of fantasy and is currently working on her third book for the Saskia Trilogy amongst other new works.

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Q & A With Author Aoife Marie Sheridan

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
A:  My main Character in Hunters is Abigail Thornton and she is a tortured soul. Abigail is only nineteen and she has a drink problem, it helps her function on a daily basis. Her life so far has been sad, as she lost her family at a young age. Abigail now keeps everyone at arm’s reach including Daniel/Zee the guy she loves but will never tell him for fear of losing anyone else she loves.

Being a demon Hunter is something Abigail is good at, that’s until they start to attack her, her life takes a downward spiral and she can’t stop it.

Q:  Describe your ideal writing spot.
A:  Really wherever I am comfortable, it could be my bed a couch, a seat on a bus, really anywhere, I’m not fussy as long as I can write.

Q:  Who designed the covers for your book and what was that process like for you as the author?
A:  The cover was designed by Airicka's Mystical Creations. To be honest the process was easy and Airicka did a great job, I was very impressed with her ability to understand what I wanted and I will use her in the future for more of my books.

Q:  What is the best advice you have been given?

 A:  “Write a story that you always wanted to read”. I hold this close to my heart, it may not impress everyone but I write stories that I would love to read.

Q:  How do you keep busy when you're not writing?

 A:  I work unfortunately and I also review books so time is rare and precious for writing.

Q:  If you could have any superhuman ability, what would you choose and why? 

A:  I would love to be a mind reader, but I would also love an on/off switch with it.

Q:  Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
A:  I always loved paperback but now since I have a kindle it would be e-books. But still I love the smell of a new book.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Karma by Donna Augustine: Review + Giveaway

Karma (Karma #1)
by Donna Augustine 

Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Publisher: Strong Hold Publishing  
Number of pages: 344  
Cover Artist: Donna Augustine

People say karma's a...well, you know. Personally, I don't think I'm that bad. It's not like I wanted this job. I wasn't even in my right mind when I accepted it. 

Now, I'm surrounded by crazy coworkers like Lady Luck, who's a bit of a tramp, and Murphy's Law, who's a bumbling oaf.  

But the worst is Fate. He's got a problem with transfers like myself and I have to see him constantly. It's unavoidable, since we're hunting the same man, my murderer.

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About the Author
Donna Augustine’s lifelong ambition was to become the crazy cat lady. Unfortunately, when family allergies cut short her dream of living in a house full of furries, she turned her ambitions toward writing. Combining her love of fantasy, scifi, horror and romance, she tries to string together interesting twists on urban fantasy.

A native of New Jersey, when she isn’t writing, or overdosing on caffeine, she can occasionally be spotted in disguise at the local dog park.

4 out of 5 stars
Karma is searching for her murderer.  How many people can say they were given that opportunity?  A lawyer in life, after her death she is given the opportunity to work helping others...or rather bringing down Karma on others.  Things don't always turn out quite as she planned, though, and as she learns her new position she must also deal with the hardships of it.

Karma is a great character.  She is spirited and tenacious, never backing down from what she believes, all the while grieving for her lost life.  During the course of this story we meet a great cast of characters, including (but not limited to) Murphy, Luck, Cupid, Death and of course Fate.  Karma and Fate...What can go wrong?  There is a lot of tension between the two of them, in a most delicious way.

The pace of the story was great and the plot original and fun.  I will be looking for more from this series and this new to me author. 

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Snow Blood by Carol McKibben: Interview + Giveaway

Snow Blood Season 1 
Snow Blood Series, Episodes 1-6
by Carol McKibben 

Genre: Paranormal Romance  
Publisher: Troll River Publications  
Number of pages: 240 pages  
Cover Artist: Truenot Dreams

Snow Blood Season 1 by Carol McKibben is the first in a series of short novels retelling the modern day adventures of the first vampire.  

When Brogio must turn Snow, a beautiful white husky, in order to save the dog, a series of events is unleashed that reveal a sinister plot against the father of all vampires.  

As life and true death experiences bond the master vampire and his newly transformed vampire canine together, they unravel a conspiracy that when resolved may return Selene, the love of Brogio’s life, back to him and set him free from the lonely existence that has plagued him for thousands of years! From the author of Luke’s Tale, follow Snow Blood, an epic story of the first vampire as told through the eyes of his kindred dog.

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 About the Author
Carol McKibben graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Secondary Education and a minor in Journalism. She went on to earn a Master’s of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Rollins College. After teaching English and Journalism for a decade, she was offered the opportunity to join Miramar Communications, the 8th largest publishing house west of the Mississippi in Los Angeles.

Working her way up from editorial and then as Director of Market Development, she became the publisher of Special Events magazine (a trade publication for all those working in the events industry) that she helped launch in 1984. In addition, she created a companion trade show, The Special Event, for which she was also the director for a decade, planning every aspect – from exhibits to educational conferences and events.

During that time, she earned her Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation and helped found the International Special Events Society (ISES) of which she was international president from 1999-2000. She co-authored The Dictionary of Event Management for ISES and helped write the study guides for the CSEP exam.

She was a magazine publisher for both consumer and trade magazines for 20+ years. She has written numerous articles and conducted a myriad of seminars, often speaking to large audiences for both The Special Event and ISES. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the special events industry in 1999.

In 2007, she began a freelance writing and editing career, working with other authors to help them realize their dreams. She has published Luke’s Tale, Riding Through It and Snow Blood Season 1. Luke’s Tale and Snow Blood are targeted to a YA market. Luke’s Tale was included in the Summer Solstice Top 12 Book Pick List. Carol writes from the heart of a dog’s eyes. Her books help support her dog rescue efforts and focus on unconditional love.

Carol is married to Mark McKibben, a broadcast engineering sales professional and experienced airplane pilot, and they have two grown children, Rett and Stephanie, and three grandchildren, Lauren, Diesel and Slater. Their current “babies” are Neo, their 117-lb. Labradoodle, a trained therapy dog, and Binks, a black Labrador Retriever rescue. Together Mark and Carol work with the Los Angeles Animal Rescue and Wings of Rescue to save the precious lives of endangered dogs.

Carol is a firm believer in Maya Angelou’s quote:” I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” She believes that angels were her inspiration for Luke’s Tale – a Story of Unconditional Love and feels that even though the Snow Blood Series is about the original vampire and his kindred dog, that theme carries through. “There’s a method to my madness,” she states. “The world is waiting for love to overcome hate. I feel that my purpose is to show others how to love unconditionally, just as dogs love us we should love each other.”

Carol’s other favorite quote is one that her husband taught her. “I love myself more when I am with you.”

Carol ,Neo and Binks are currently working on Snow Blood Season 2.

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Q & A with Author Carol McKibben

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters.

A:  My main characters are Snow Blood, Brogio, Selene and Kane.

Snow Blood is a beautiful white husky turned vampire by the original, the first vampire, Brogio. Resistant at first, Snow Blood become the loyal companion and best friend to his master. He is the embodiment of unconditional love. Snow Blood is the narrator of his story, and we see the other characters through his eyes.

Brogio is the very first vampire. Powerful and closed-off, Brogio isn’t the monster he appears to be at first. Snow Blood uncovers Brogio’s tragic story as a series of events are unleashed that reveal a sinister plot against the father of all vampires. Life and true death experiences bond the master to his newly transformed vampire canine. Together they unravel the conspiracy that when resolved may return Selene, the love of Brogio’s life, back to him and set him free from the lonely existence that has plagued him for thousands of years.

Selene is the love of Brogio’s life. Once his human wife, Selene has been ripped away from Brogio by Artemis, a jealous god, and then inexplicably returned to him. Is she part of the sinister plot to destroy Brogio?

Kane is Brogio’s first vampire progeny. Handsome, witty, a flirt and a wanderer, he is the opposite of Brogio in appearance and dress. Flamboyant and a lover of history and detail, Kane was Brogio’s best friend and confidante after Brogio returned to Italy as a vampire. Longing for immortality, Kane convinced Brogio to make him kindred and thus becomes the first son of the vampire race.

Q:  Who designed the covers for your book and what was that process like for you as the author?
I am so in love with my covers.

Troll River Publications is my publisher. Stephanie at Troll River designed the cover for Luke’s Tale – A Story of Unconditional Love. She was very collaborative with me. She asked me for my vision, and I told her I wanted to play on the title Luke’s Tale and focus somewhat on a Labrador retriever’s tail. Every pun intended. Then, we had volunteers vote on a variety of covers. We actually came up with two different covers, one for the Kindle version and another for the paperback.

Troll River hired Truenotdreams Design to create the cover for Snow Blood Season 1. Again, I was asked for my vision. I wanted Snow Blood’s face and emphasis on his blue eyes. They came back to me with the art, and I was immediately in love. Then, they gave me about 8 versions of the different graphics. We all wanted the fonts to drip with blood and to have a winter background scene. We picked the “blood” font with the most of that! It was a great experience.

Q:  What is the best advice you have been given?
Love what you write. Believe in your abilities. Write every day – the more you write, the better you will become.
 Q:  How do you keep busy when you're not writing?
Laughing at that one. I run a writing/editing business. I’m always writing. I work with other authors to complete their dreams. I work with businesses to produce all their written products … so that, plus my own writing. And then … I compete in classical dressage with my horse. I’ve been at that since 2002. By the way, he’s a 1,600-pound. Black Friesian. His name is Aramis. 
Q:  If you could have any superhuman ability, what would you choose and why?
Psychic abilities so I would know if people are going to love what I write before I write it!!!! I hate to disappoint people.

Q:  Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
Paperbacks. They’re easy to take with me, and I still love to hold a book in my hands when I’m reading.

Q:  What book are you reading now?
I am reading A Big Little Life by Dean Koontz and A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny.

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