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. 


Available at Amazon 




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.

www.alyxandraharvey.com
www.twitter.com/AlyxandraH
https://www.facebook.com/AlyxandraHarvey


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.







October 1 Guest blog
Jill Archer
www.jillarcher.com

October 2 Interview
Fang-tastic Books
www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com

October 2 Spotlight
Triquetra Reviews
http://www.triquetrareviews.blogspot.com

October 3 Interview
Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
http://melissaseclecticbookshelf.com/

October 3 Spotlight
Book Purses & Reviews
www.bookpurses.blogspot.com

October 6 Spotlight
Roxanne's Realm
www.roxannerhoads.com

October 6 Spotlight
Paranormal Book Club
http://www.paranormal-bookclub.com

October 7 Guest blog
Suzanne Johnson
http://suzannejohnsonauthor.com

October 8 Spotlight
Share My Destiny
http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com

October 9 Guest blog
Marsha Moore
http://marshaamoore.blogspot.com/

October 10 Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! 
 http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com

October 13 Guest blog
Book Briefs Book Blog
http://bookbriefs.net

October 14 Spotlight
Book Liaison
http://www.bookliaison.net

October 15 Interview
Mom With A Kindle
http://momwithakindle.blogspot.com/

October 16 Spotlight
Kristy Centeno
http://booksbycenteno.com/

October 16 Spotlight
Soaring Eagle Publicity
www.soaringeaglepublicity.com

October 17 Interview
Shut Up & Read
http://shutupandreadgroup.blogspot.com/

October 20 Spotlight
Lisa's World of Books
www.lisasworldofbooks.net

October 20 Spotlight
Read It Woman
http://readitwoman.weebly.com/

October 21 Guest blog
Books & Tales:
http://booksandtales.blogspot.co.uk/

October 22 Spotlight
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
www.creativelygreen.blogspot.com

October 22 Spotlight
Not Tonight I'm Reading
http://nottonightimreading.co.uk/

October 23 Spotlight
Imagine a World
http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspot.com

October 24 Spotlight
Geeks In High School
http://www.geeksinhighschool.com

October 27 Interview
Urban Fantasy Investigations
http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blogspot.com/

October 27 Spotlight
Fantasy Book Lane
http://www.fantasybooklane.com/

October 28 Spotlight
SBM Book Obsession
http://sbmbookobsession.blogspot.com/

October 29 Interview
Author Karen Swart
www.authorkarenswart.blogspot.com

October 29 Spotlight
Kayl's Krazy Obsession
www.kaylskrazyobsession.blogspot.com

October 30 Interview
Pembroke Sinclair. 
www.pembrokesinclair.blogspot.com

October 31 Interview
My Book Fairy
http://mybookfairy.blogspot.com/

October 31 Spotlight
CBY Book Club
http://cbybookclub.blogspot.co.uk/

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction by Amy Metz + Giveaway

 


Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction

by Amy Metz 

Kindle Edition, 320 pages

Published September 6th 2014 
by Southern Ink Press 

Murder & Mayhem In Goose Pimple Junction is a humorous southern mystery that will keep you laughing and guessing until the very end.

 








Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction thinking she’s moved to a quiet little burg. Curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder, and suddenly she’s learning the foreign language of southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle.

A bank robbery, murder, and family tragedy from the 1930s are pieces of the mystery, which Tess attempts to solve. As she gets close to the truth, she encounters danger, mystery, a lot of southern charm, and a new temptation for which she’s not sure she’s ready.

 




Amy Metz is the mother of two sons and is a former first grade teacher. When not actively engaged in writing or enjoying her family, Amy can usually be found with a mixing spoon, camera, or book in her hands. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky and can be found at http://amymetz.com

Email:
 amy@amymetz.com
Twitter: @authoramymetz
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorAmy Metz

Website:  http://www.amymetz.com/


Praise for Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction:

Amazon Best seller lists:

Top 100 in Books & Kindle Women Sleuths
Top 100 in Books & Kindle Mystery
Top 100 in Author ranking Books & Kindle Mystery

Review summary:
Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon from 125 reviews
"The author has created a cast of characters that are quirky and lovable. Their southern charm, crazy antics and hysterical dialogue will keep you in stitches."
--Kathleen Anderson, Jersey Girls Book Reviews

"This book will soon be a favorite for all southerners. Very rarely do you find an author who can respectively capture the essence of the south and that quaint southern charm, but Amy Metz has done just that."--Jennifer, of Southern Belle

"Enticed by a mystery, riveted to the swoon-worthy romance and tickled by the “countrified” life, I was thoroughly entertained on all levels."--Carmen Pacheo, The Reading Cafe



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Cover Reveal: Simple Beginnings by Janelle Stalder

 
Simple Beginnings
by Janelle Stalder


Ella Page planned to spend her summer before college like most girls her age - shopping, tanning, swimming, repeat. Instead she finds herself helping out on her grandma's farm, where she is forced to work side by side with her ex-best friend, Gage Hunter. Despite her attempt to stay cool around the boy she no longer feels like she knows, the heat in the summer air just won't stop rising. And with it, old feelings she's not so sure were forgotten after all.




Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. Since then she has released an Adult Dystopian Romance series, the New World Series, hitting the best sellers list on Amazon. She has also released a Mature YA/NA novel, Brush Strokes, that stayed on the best sellers list for contemporary romance for sixteen straight weeks. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she's not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, her little bun in the oven that is on the way, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in a small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.


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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Knossos by Laura Gill



Knossos
by Laura Gill

Genre: Historical Fiction – Ancient Greece
Published: August 12, 2014

Knossos. 


The legendary Labyrinth.

Go back millennia to a time when Knossos was the jewel of Crete, center of commerce and pilgrimage. A Neolithic sea captain is driven to find a new homeland for his people when the neighboring tribes turn against them. Proud, ambitious priests and priestesses rule Crete through its many gods. Daidalos, a wronged architect, builds the Labyrinth after a devastating personal tragedy; his successors, the priest-architects of Daidalos, are charged with expanding and glorifying his master work. A dutiful scribe attends the dead after a natural disaster of world-changing fury. A dynasty of Mycenaean conquerors changes Crete, for good or ill. And a crazed girl’s passion and the mysterious bull-man of the Labyrinth will change history. 

In these ten stories of Minoan Crete, spanning a period of five thousand years, Knossos is at the heart of it all.


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About the Author:
I have a passion for Minoan and Mycenaean culture. I hold a Master's Degree in English Literature from California State University, Northridge, and have worked as a teacher, florist, and administrative assistant. I enjoy painting, dollhouse miniatures, jewelry making, and needlework as well as writing and spending time with my two cats, Molly and Ru.

Author bio site on Amazon is at: http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Gill/e/B0...

I have my own blog with posts on the Mycenaean and Minoan world at http://helens-daughter.livejournal.com. I'm also on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/oresteshighking
 
 


 
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The King's MistressThe King's Mistress by S.D. Grady

The King's MistressThe King's Mistress by S.D. Grady
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The King's Mistress is an entertaining, seductive story about a second chance at love. Bethina had been the king's mistress for twenty years. Now with him gone, she must find her own place in the world, someplace to belong. When Arthur comes to Bethina for help, he gets a lot more than he bargained for.

I really liked Bethina. She was not afraid to be herself and did not necessarily conform to what others thought she should be. She had a sharp mind and knew how to use it to get what she wanted. Bethina and Arthur were a great character match. There was a lot of fun between them as they matched wits, as well as a few steamy moments.

I'll be the first to admit that the historical romance genre is fairly new to me, or the historical genre in general really. However, in my very humble opinion Ms. Grady did an excellent job building her story…from the setting to the language, to the dress, everything came together in perfect harmony to create a complete picture that complemented her storytelling. The story itself had a great plot and was engaging.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The King's Mistress by S.D. Grady: Review + Giveaway





The King's Mistress
by S.D. Grady


Genre: Historical Romance/Fantasy/Erotic Romance
Publisher: Purple Sword Publications
Number of pages: 200
Cover Artist: Traci Markou


Bethina Lydia Fortescue, the Lady Godwin, adored her king as no other for twenty years. But the king is dead, and as his mere mistress she is no longer welcome at court.

Sir Arthur Jeffries, newly appointed to Princess Meredith's Regency Council, needs help. He begs the legendary Lady Godwin to return to the palace as the princess' tutor, hopefully to lead the gawky teenager through the political and romantic minefield of suitors and hidden assassins invited to attend her Debutante Ball.

Bethina and Arthur fight the undeniable surge of attraction between them. Bethina cannot bring herself to put aside the love she had for her king, and now concern for his heir. Arthur knows that he will only be able to serve the princess if he continues his life of solitude. Now is no time to take a courtesan to bed.
Brought together as servants to Rushton's crown, but joined through a lifetime of bitter and shrewd experiences, Bethina and Arthur discover that when the princess finally takes a husband, and all the enemies of the land are vanquished, they will have only one thing left to live for: love. 

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S.D. Grady is a lover of men, music, movies and fast machines. A beautiful gown stirs her blood as quickly as a NASCAR race. An author of historical and fantasy romance, she never hesitates to switch gears and plunge into the real world of sports commentary.

She lives in her house on the hill with her husband of 20 years and their cats. During work hours she runs a movie theatre and, when not writing, enjoys crocheting yet another colorful afghan. Several times a year you can find them at the track in their RV.

http://sdgrady.info
http://twitter.com/laregna
https://www.facebook.com/Author.SDGrady
The S-Curves blog http://thescurves.blogspot.com/


4 out of 5 stars 
The King's Mistress is an entertaining, seductive story about a second chance at love.  Bethina had been the king's mistress for twenty years.  Now with him gone, she must find her own place in the world, someplace to belong.  When Arthur comes to Bethina for help, he gets a lot more than he bargained for.

I really liked Bethina.  She was not afraid to be herself and did not necessarily conform to what others thought she should be.  She had a sharp mind and knew how to use it to get what she wanted.  Bethina and Arthur were a great character match.  There was a lot of fun between them as they matched wits, as well as a few steamy moments.

I'll be the first to admit that the historical romance genre is fairly new to me, or the historical genre in general really.  However, in my very humble opinion Ms. Grady did an excellent job building her story…from the setting to the language, to the dress, everything came together in perfect harmony to create a complete picture that complemented her storytelling.  The story itself had a great plot and was engaging.  And check out that gorgeous cover!



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Follow S.D. Grady along on her Bewitched Blog Book Tour during the month of October to help her celebrate the release of her historical fantasy romance The King's Mistress.

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October 6 Guest Post
Mythical Books
http://www.mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/

October 7 Interview
Roxanne's Realm
www.roxannerhoads.com

October 8 Spotlight
book purses & reviews
www.bookpurses.blogspot.com

October 9 Spotlight and review
Shut Up & Read
http://shutupandreadgroup.blogspot.com/

October 10 Guest blog
Fang-tastic Books
www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com

October 13 Spotlight
Sapphyria's Steamy Book Reviews
http://saphssteamybooks.blogspot.com

October 14 Guest blog
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
www.creativelygreen.blogspot.com

October 15 Spotlight
Lisa's World of Books
www.lisaworldofbooks.net

October 16 Guest blog
Untamed Spirit
www.toristclaire.com/Blog/

October 17 Top Ten List
Darkest Cravings
www.darkestcravings.blogspot.com

October 20 Character Interview
Eclipse Reviews
www.totaleclipsereviews.blogspot.com

October 21 Spotlight
Share My Destiny
http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com

October 22 Interview
Author Karen Swart
www.authorkarenswart.blogspot.com

October 23 Spotlight
Booklover Sue
http://bookloversue.blogspot.com

October 24 Interview
Pembroke Sinclair
www.pembrokesinclair.blogspot.com

October 27 Spotlight
Flutey Words
http://authoraubrie.blogspot.com

October 27 Spotlight
SBM Book Obsession
http://sbmbookobsession.blogspot.com/

October 28 Spotlight
Sizzling Book Blog 
http://chelssizzle.blogspot.com/

October 28 Spotlight and review
Lissette E Manning
http://www.simplistik.org/lissetteemanning/

October 29 Spotlight
Deal Sharing Aunt
www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com

October 30 Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! 
http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com

October 31 Review
Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
www.pratr.wordpress.com

November 3 Spotlight
Books Direct
http://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com.au/
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