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Review: Draculaville by Lara Nance

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written by Lara Nance
published by Lara Nance

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Why did I pick this book: I was asked by the author to review this book. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book:
I’ll be honest.  I agreed to review this book because I thought the title was silly and because I was fairly certain it was going to be awful.  I expected sentence fragments, grammatical errors, and the rambling storylines that often accompany self-published books.

I. Was. Wrong.

I loved it.  I finished it in a night.  It was cute, and romantic, and if I were a teenage girl I’d consider hanging a poster.  Nance doesn’t take the whole “vampire” thing too seriously, and I think that’s what makes this book work.  Instead of groaning when she dresses her vampires in black, sexy outfits, I found myself giggling.  When the leading man-vampire (manpire?) likes to cook and has a soft spot for orphans and preppy clothes, the dark, sexy vampire underworld seems just a bit silly, and I liked that.  The story’s common enough (I mean, girl-who-falls-for-vampire isn’t exactly a novel idea), but Nance made it feel new, and in a world of TwilightTrueBloodVampireDiaries, that’s saying something.

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Would I recommend it: Sure!  Get yourself a glass of wine, tune your Pandora station to “Seven Devils Radio,”  and read away.

Will I read it again: I’m excited to read the rest of the series.

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About the book:
When Advertising Executive Talia Quinton takes on the unwelcome job of promoting the country of Romania, she has no idea it will involve rescuing a real vampire and being thrust into a conflict among warring vampire factions in New York.

She and her rescued vampire, Drake, must fight for their lives to protect their growing love for each other and escape capture in time to present Talia’s campaign to the Romanians.
For Talia’s groomed Drake to become Dracula, the spokesperson for a multi-billion dollar project to build an adult fantasy theme park/resort in Transylvania called….DraculaVille.

 

 

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Blog Tour: Woman on Top by Deborah Schwartz (spotlight, excerpt, giveaway)

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written by Deborah Schwartz
published by Laudan Press

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About the book – from Goodreads: Kate after the heartbreaking loss of her husband, falls prey to a very wealthy Wall Street banker who tries to acquire her heart as he has successfully completed all of his other deals-pouncing on the vulnerable and taking control.

This is the captivating story of how Kate struggles with the heady lure of the enormous money, excitement, glamour, greed and power of life in New York and whether she can ultimately rescue herself. Will she allow her heart to be reclaimed by a good man?

While following her quest for reaffirmation of life and love including a surprising adventure, Kate’s story touches on the unexpected pleasures, detours and decisions we face throughout our lives.efcexcerptOctober

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eonard told me that it was his mother’s fault, a result of the fact that she smoked throughout her pregnancy with him, that he would grow to a mere five feet five inches. Since I never saw a picture of her, I never knew if it was also her fault, although hardly preventable, that no woman on the streets of New York would ever turn her head if he walked by.

He had married a beautiful woman, his high school sweetheart, and considered their union as one of “Beauty and the Beast”. He had all the trappings of the little man, the Napoleon, who was to succeed grandly and existed to control those around him.

His wife had died after twenty-four years of marriage, although her cancer allowed her to linger for the final eighteen torturous months. But Leonard was not one to linger over anybody. Two months after her death he was reading the personal ads in New York magazine. It was there that he found mine.

Beautiful lawyer, 40 year old winsome widow in Ct. with two kids looking for love and laughter with a kind, professional man. Photo available.

Over the course of three weeks, I received forty letters in response to my ad. I threw away thirty-nine. The man who sent a picture of himself in a Speedo bathing suit with his muscular hairy chest bursting left nothing to my imagination. Several women failed to realize that a beautiful widow is a woman and sent me pictures of their cleavage. And, of course, the man incarcerated in Alabama who read New York magazine and sent a salacious letter was not what I had in mind when I placed the ad. Leonard’s letter arrived last, just when I had nearly given up all hope that a widow living in a small town in central Connecticut could ever find her next love.

The envelope was marked with the insignia from the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

Dear Young Widow in Ct.

I read your ad on the plane going to a business meeting in Arizona. I am a young 50-year-old widower who lives in New Jersey. I am a very personable, warm, kind, very intelligent, loyal, romantic, energetic, very athletic, emotionally and financially secure person with a great sense of humor and a high degree of integrity. Women generally describe me as ‘very cute’.

I love kids and enjoy family, friends, travel, sports, music, and theater. I have never responded to an ad before but I was struck by your being a widow and a lawyer (describing yourself as beautiful also helped). I am a real estate investment banker with a large U.S. based company. I have three great children, a son who is in medical school, a daughter who is a teacher and a son at Cornell.

I am interested in meeting a person who is refined, very sweet, warm, intelligent, articulate and very attractive – a woman who I can admire and who is comfortable in jeans or black tie.

While you will meet men who are better looking (and who have better handwriting) you will not meet anyone who is more personable, or a nicer, higher quality person.

Since I have not responded to ads I do not have stock pictures to send. I therefore am sending a passport photo type picture I had taken – which honestly does not do me justice even though I do not claim to be Robert Redford.

If my letter merits your interest call me at the following number. The best time to reach me is between 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. during the week – anytime on the weekends (although I frequently travel to watch my son play college football). I am an early riser so you may call me after 6:30 a.m. – if I do not answer I am either traveling on business or out jogging.

I am a non-smoker. I hope to hear from you.

Sincerely,

Leonard

Deborah SchwartzAbout the author: Born and raised in New York, Deborah Schwartz graduated from Tufts University and then obtained her Masters in History at Columbia University where she wrote a thesis on “Feminism in Eighteenth Century England.” She received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Today, Deborah’s passion is writing and she incorporated her achievement of having reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2011 into her debut novel. A New Yorker to the core, Deborah is most grateful to be the mother of her two grown children. 

Find Ms. Schwartz here: webFacebook, Twitter, Goodreads

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Book Blitz: Reap by Christina Channelle (spolight, excerpt, giveaway)

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Reap Book CoverReap
written by Christina Channelle
published by Christina Channelle

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About the book – from Goodreads: Foreign, or rather unfamiliar, would be the word I would use to describe how I felt.

Faintly, I could hear the glimmer of voices surrounding me in this dark haze, caressing my ears like skin against silk. I felt like I was in a cocoon of sorts, protectively enveloped, quietly drifting in some far-off place. I wanted to stay that way forever.

But we all know that what you want never really seems to happen in the real world.

Something’s not right in Mia’s head.

The first thing is that her name isn’t Mia. In fact, she has no clue what her name is—who she is. All that she knows is that she’s not like the ones who found her: Dante with his kind blue eyes, Amy with her child-like demeanor, James with his questioning gaze.

And Briggs.

The one she cannot decipher no matter how hard she tries.

As Mia tries to fit in with these people, a strange occurrence is amidst outside. And as she finally remembers who she is …

Well, let’s just say that things get a little more complicated.
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I opened my eyes but had to squeeze them shut against the harsh lights. My lids felt swollen, heavy with fatigue. My eyes burned, tears leaking from their corners.

It was the most uncomfortable of feelings.

I must have been dreaming.

“Hello?”

Although the word seemed alien to me, almost as if I had never heard it before, I instantly understood its meaning. The voice that had spoken was warm, making me feel as if I were suddenly sitting in front of a fireplace, wrapped in a heavy blanket, flames crackling. The heat of the word practically licked my skin.

Again, I tried opening my eyes, this time a bit more cautiously. Blinking, I slowly adjusted to the artificial lights, now able to see.

I found myself staring back into a pair of bright blue eyes, a look of wariness in their depths. For a brief moment I couldn’t look away as I stared up at him. Then he cleared his throat and glanced away, as if uncomfortable with my gaze. With the spell of his eyes broken, it was then that I noticed I was lying on the ground—no, on hardwood floor.

And with not one, but three interested faces peering down at me.

I sat up, then winced at the abruptness of my movement, bringing my hand to the back of my head.

Pain, my mind whispered.

“Careful now.”

I directed my eyes toward the person who had spoken such kind words. It was the first person I had noticed, the one with the blue eyes and the warm voice. His voice was deep and calming, and as I sat there I tried to think of the emotion I should be experiencing. Inhaling softly, I closed my eyes, ignored the painful throb in my head, and waited for the proper term to flutter into my mind.

Gratitude.

“Where did you come from?”

Satisfied I had found the correct word, I opened my eyes again to the voice speaking to me. It was a pleasant voice, reassuring to say the least, and immediately captured my attention.

At that moment, I didn’t notice the black hair atop his head, a striking contrast against his blue eyes that looked like I was staring into an ocean. I didn’t notice that the corners of his eyes crinkled up when he smiled kindly at me, complementing the single dimple in his right cheek. By just looking at him, anyone could tell that he was someone who knew how to laugh. But I didn’t notice any of that.

All those things I would notice later.

 

About the author: A dreamer, Christina Channelle holds two degrees in health sciences but has always had a passion for writing. You will find her reading other young adult novels, or typing up a new story on her computer. When not writing, Christina spends her free time at the movies, listening to music, or eating sushi. She’s a reality TV junkie and has a close relationship with many characters on TV that have been a topic of many heated discussions among friends. She resides in Ontario, Canada.

Books by Christina Channelle:

  • Blood Crave Series: Dahlia, Fallen Tears-A Blood Crave Novella, Rowan
  • Novellas/Short Stories: “Dealing With It,” “Those Four Letter Words,” “Reap”

Find Ms. Channelle here: webFacebook, Twitter, Goodreads

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Review: Consonance by Lisa Malabanan

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written by Lisa Malabanan
published by Lisa Malabanan

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Why did I pick this book: I participated in the book blast hosted by Literary Quill Promotions. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book:
It was okay. I stuck with it until the end but I skimmed quite a bit of it.

When I received the invite for this blog tour, I was intrigued by the blurb. I wanted to read this book. It sounded exciting and fun. I love books about musicians. I play the piano. I went to college. It sounded right up my alley. And Consonance had some good parts but I was bored by most it. And a lot of the book seemed forced.

Elle is the narrator of this book. She is 18 years old and going to college in 1990. She seemed to have a good head on her shoulders and some wonderful friends. Her best friends, James and Drew, are like brothers to her. They grew up together and are now at the same college. I thought James and Drew were too overprotective of Elle. In fact, I found them to be rather controlling of her. I didn’t like it and it was uncomfortable.Their relationship was too much. Elle was constantly telling us that the brothers had her back and she had theirs. Their dialogue constantly said the same thing. I can’t imagine 18 and 20 year old boys being as emotional and devoted to a girl. They were constantly telling each other how much they cared for one another. It just didn’t jive with me.

Elle rooms with her best friend Tiffany and her boyfriend Sean lives nearby.Tiffany is dating James. She was pretty down to earth. Sean was a sweetheart. But, again, I don’t know how many 19 year old guys would stick around for a girl who is obviously infatuated with two other guys and doesn’t seem to care that much for her boyfriend. He also makes her dinner all the time. In college. Not real to me. She joins James and Drew’s band with Kevin and Ryan. They all get along wonderfully, and Kevin and Ryan soon become great friends with Elle. She is a bit swoony over each of them. No, she is overly swoony. So swoony that she apparently freezes and can’t breathe every time she sees them. I thought Kevin was cocky and Ryan was a bit to sure of himself. Neither of them respected Elle all that much. And Elle was fake around all of the boys. She tried too hard to hang with them. So hard that it was rather annoying, and I felt like she thought she was better than everyone else.

The main problem I had with this book was that the  narration and the dialogue did not match. For an 18 year old, the narration is too formal and unrealistic. Ms. Malabanan has a wonderful way of expressing what is going on and the feelings of the characters. But the expression is not appropriate for an 18 year old. The language was too old. I don’t know many 18 year old girl who discuss what “attire” they will be choosing for an event, or who would state how “savory” a meal is. The dialogue was forced. Yes, the usage of slang was correct for 1990. I remember saying “Wassup” and people being tight. BUT … when you put quotation marks around the slang in the dialogue, it makes is sound like that person is trying to hard to be “down” with it. (See what I did there. It doesn’t sound right, does it?) Honestly, it would have read better without the quotation marks. The dialogue would have been more realistic.

There’s potential here. The base story is good and interesting. The delivery is what bothered me.

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Would I recommend it: I don’t think that I would actively recommend this book. Would I discourage someone from reading it? Absolutely not! But I wouldn’t tell everyone and anyone to read it.

Will I read it again: I will not.

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About the book:
Elle Martins is a gifted musician ready to start her first year at College. She is not alone. Elle has the security of her best friends and boyfriend nearby, attending the same University. Everything seems new and exciting, but the moment she joins a rock group, her life changes. The band becomes a favorite among the college crowd. Their performances are a hit thanks to Elle’s musical genius, and the band garners recognition from a major record label.

Throughout the school year, Elle struggles over music, decisions, insecurities, and most of all, love. She is grateful for many amazing opportunities, yet the chance of a lifetime is within her grasp. Can she choose the ultimate dream or leave the people she loves behind?

Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

 

Book Blitz: Drawn by Cecilia Gray (spotlight, excerpt, giveaway)

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written by Cecilia Gray
published by Gray Life, LLC

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About the book: Take a journey into the gritty world of political espionage through the eyes – and lies – of one extraordinary girl. A wholly original tale of friendship and betrayal from the author of The Jane Austen Academy series….

Sasha has a secret – that she can make you spill your secret with nothing more than a question. Her strange gift makes her a burden to her foster family and a total freak of nature. Not that Sasha cares. Why should she when no one cares about her?

Then the CIA knocks on her door. They want to give Sasha a new identity and drop her into a foreign country to infiltrate a ring of zealous graffiti terrorists. They want to give Sasha something to care about.

To survive a world where no one is who they seem, Sasha needs to make people trust her. But when that trust blossoms into love, Sasha is forced to decide between duty and friendship, between her mind and her heart, and whether to tell the truth or keep her secrets.efcexcerpt

After a lifetime in orphanages, research labs and assignment to the FBI, Sasha has been transferred overseas. She’s alone and just off the plane…

Zaventem National Airport, Brussels, Belgium

I’m herded through a swinging door into a crowded pickup zone. Waiting families shuffle back and forth, vying for a glimpse of us past the barrier. Every searching gaze brushes over me, as dismissive as the disembodied female voice whispering from above.

Please report any suspicious activity to the nearest airport official.

S’il vous plaît signaler toute activité suspecte à la fonctionnaire le plus proche.

Meld verdachte activiteiten aan de politie.

First time out of the country. Don’t know a soul. Working for the CIA, surrounded by all this foreignness—and not just the languages. What have I gotten myself into?

The surge of bodies at my back carries me toward the open lobby. Chelsea had said he would find me, but as I keep walking I’m struck with this vision of running outside to the street. Not stopping until I’m swallowed by the city. No job, no ties. I whip my head back and forth, hoping for something familiar, and I find it in the crowd of eager faces—my name, written in black marker on a piece of cardboard.

Holding the sign is Porter Jennings, fresh from Clark Kent’s Smallville: salt-and-pepper hair, weathered skin, and a blue and white checkered shirt. He looks so normal that my relief at not being abandoned at the airport is tempered by a flare of disappointment. No James Bond tuxedo for this Company NOC.

At second glance, I concede he’s clever. He’s been assigned to Brussels for over a decade but hasn’t shed his Midwestern vibe. A perfect anti-spy disguise. No one would pick him out of a lineup unless it was for a tractor driver. I’d packed and unpacked my pinstriped suits a half-dozen times before finally leaving them hanging in the closet. The decision that had at first felt petty now feels smart.

Porter spots me, folds the sign into halves, and shoves it in his back pocket. As I approach, he grabs my hand for a vigorous shake but never breaks stride, forcing me to keep up.

“Welcome aboard, Sasha.”

“I’m glad to be here, sir.” Simple. To the point. Pretty close to what I’d practiced on the plane.

“Quick, quick. I’m hoping we can make it home for dinner.” He makes for the automatic glass doors, leaving me to break into a jog, canvas bag and all. What kind of spy cares about being home for dinner, I don’t know. Maybe he’s not very good at his job after all. Maybe that’s why he needs a teen misfit to do his dirty work.

cecilia-bioAbout the author: Cecilia Gray lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case.

Cecilia has been praised for “instilling a warmth and weight into her characters” (Romancing The Book Reviews) and her books have been praised for being “well-written, original, realistic and witty” (Quills & Zebras Reviews).

Her latest series of young-adult contemporary Jane Austen retellings was named a What’s Hot pick (RT Book Reviews magazine) and is a Best of 2012 pick (Kirkus Reviews) where it was praised for being a “unique twist on a classic” and offering “a compelling mix of action, drama and love.”

She’s rather enamored of being contacted by readers and hopes you’ll oblige.

Find Ms. Gray here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

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Review: Sportuality: Finding Joy in the Games by Jeanne Hess

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written by Jeanne Hess
published by Balboa Press

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Why did I pick this book: I was asked by the publicist to review this book. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book:
Not really.

Mrs. Hess seeks to add a spiritual context to sports and competition. She does this by redefining words and attitudes typically associated with athletic matches into more cooperative, compassionate terms.

This book is well-organized, well-written, and thoroughly researched. On each page she includes copious quotes and examples from every imaginable source from Lao Tsu to Jimmy Buffett.

For me, it just didn’t work. Imagine a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Ben Roethlisberger . . .  yeah, doesn’t fit. I really wanted to like this book. Her ideas are so idealistic. But I couldn’t reconcile all that “higher consciousness” with the daily doping and sex scandals on ESPN.

I’m not suggesting that sports offer no redeeming lessons in life; they can. But let’s be honest, the most exciting part of NASCAR racing is the crash. In hockey, the crowd goes nuts when two players pummel the daylights out of each other. And don’t even get me started on football.

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Would I recommend it: Sorry, I just can’t imagine a good target audience for this book.

Will I read it again: I will not.

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About the book – from Goodreads: Sportuality is an examination of sports at all levels from a Western perspective, focusing on how it reflects our cultural belief in separation and dualistic thinking, as well as how sports can grow peace, understanding, and joy. Sportuality crosses disciplines of sports and spirituality to help readers-athletes, coaches, parents, and fans-evolve a higher consciousness within sports and competition. Using a journal and questions for self-reflection-called a “box score” and “time-out” -readers can reflect upon and create their own sportual stories. By examining words traditionally used within sports, Sportuality helps the reader think critically about competition, community, communication, spirit, humor, enthusiasm, education, religion, holiness, sanctuary, sacrifice, and victory. Sportuality can also expose our learned beliefs in war and violence so we might be willing to choose the alternatives of joy and peace.

 

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Blog Tour: Dangerous Depths by Karen Amanda Hooper (spotlight, guest post, giveaway)

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written by Karen Amanda Hooper
published by Starry Sky Publishing

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About the book: Hell hath no fury like a selkie separated from his true love.

The gate to the sea creature realm is finally open. Rownan assumes the worst is behind him when he returns home after years of waiting to be reunited with his wife, Vienna. Only to find out that Vienna didn’t wait for him. She traveled to the evil realm of Harte years ago, hoping the legend of another gateway to Earth’s realm was real, but she was never heard from again. Rownan claimed he’d go through hell to be with Vienna, and now he must prove it.

Yara wanted to bask in the glow of her happily ever after in the magical realm of Rathe. She planned to explore Medusa and Poseidon’s world and dive deeper into her relationship with Treygan, but as the new leader of Rathe, her powers are needed to save more than one member of her own kind. Treygan vowed to always be Yara’s guardian, but long ago he also swore to go any lengths to protect his brother Rownan. Now, he must fulfill his promise to both of them.

Rownan, Yara, and Treygan are about to put their lives and souls at risk by traveling to the most dangerous realm of the worlds. Love should conquer all, but no one has ever conquered Harte.

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DANGEROUS DEPTHS PLAYLIST

Song list in chronological order of when they take place in the story.

WARNING: Some vague spoilers!

1.) Waves of You– Eric Turner (Rownan to Vienna beginning of book)

2.) Sail– AWOLNation  (drunk Rownan in his dark place on the beach)

3.) Drifting– Plumb feat. Dan Haseltine (Yara & Nixie to Rownan–another way)

4.) If I Lose Myself– One Republic (Treygan to Yara the morning of their trip)

5.) The Sea– Morcheeba (Traveling and arriving)

6.) Storm– Lifehouse (Rownan to Vienna when he’s alone in Harte)

7.) I Want You Here– Plumb (Vienna on her beach with the driftwood)

8.) Waves– Blondefire  (Yara and/or Vienna)

9.) Little Talks– Of Monsters and Men (Yara & Treygan in the last half of the book)

10.) Together Again– Evanescence (Yara when she becomes separated from Treygan)

11.) Hazy– Rosi Golan feat. William Fitzsimmons (Vienna & Rownan duet)

12.) Down– Jason Walker feat. Molly Reed  (This one tugs ta my heartstrings. I picture each character: Rownan, Yara, Treygan, and Nixie, on their own singing this song. It flashes between each of them during seemingly hopeless times during their fight to get out.)

13.) My Last Breath– Evanescence (Nixie & Yara)

*BONUS SONG: Hero– David Crosby & Phil Collins (This was a song from my TANGLED TIDES playlist. It’s an oldie, but it was so perfect as a song that Rownan would sing about Treygan. Right down to the “when the hero kills the maiden with his kiss” line. This song still gives me goose bumps when I listen to it.)

About the author: Karen was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years, and is currently sunning and splashing around Florida with her two beloved dogs. She’s addicted to coffee, chocolate, and complicated happily-ever-afters.

Karen has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. Due to her strong Disney upbringing, she still believes in fairy tales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all of her novels.

Find Ms. Hooper here: Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Website

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Blog Tour: Bitter Like Orange Peel by Jessica Bell (spotlight, giveaway)

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written by Jessica Bell
published by Vine Leaves Press

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About the book: Six women. One man. Seven secrets. One could ruin them all.

Kit is a twenty-five-year-old archaeology undergrad, who doesn’t like to get her hands dirty. Life seems purposeless. But if she could track down her father, Roger, maybe her perspective would change.

The only problem—Roger is as rotten as the decomposing oranges in her back yard according to the women in her life: Ailish, her mother—an English literature professor who communicates in quotes and clichés, and who still hasn’t learned how to express emotion on her face; Ivy, her half-sister—a depressed archaeologist, with a slight case of nymphomania who fled to America after a divorce to become a waitress; and Eleanor, Ivy’s mother—a pediatric surgeon who embellishes her feelings with medical jargon, and named her daughter after “Intravenous.”

Against all three women’s wishes, Kit decides to find Roger.
Enter a sister Kit never knew about.
But everyone else did.

 

jessica bellAbout the author: If Jessica Bell could choose only one creative mentor, she’d give the role to Euterpe, the Greek muse of music and lyrics. This is not only because she currently resides in Athens, Greece, but because of her life as a thirty-something Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist, whose literary inspiration often stems from songs she’s written. Jessica is the Co-Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal and annually runs the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca.

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Blog Tour: Freeing You, Freeing Me by Kailin Gow (spotlight, giveaway)

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FYFMCoverFreeing You, Freeing Me (You & Me Trilogy #3)
written by Kailin Gow
published by The Edge Books

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About the book: Sam (Samantha) Sullivan has had a perfect life. On the outside, she is the girl who had it all… top grades, a scholarship to her chosen college, a perfect beautiful family consisting of a well-respected father and model mother, and an exquisite beauty which seems to draw guys to her like bees to honey.

It all comes crumbling down…

When she meets billionaire bad boy Collins McGregor, who pulled himself out of the streets and became a self-made media mogul, an irresistible attraction has her breaking all the rules.

But one bad boy is not enough to take her down…it was when she became a peer counselor at the little non-profit young adult crisis center, helping teens to new adults, help deal with issues from dating and relationships to abuse, Sam falls hard…for the very troubled Daggers, who pulls her into a world…dark, decadent, and dangerously sexy.

With one twist after another, when the past comes to confront the present, and the present threatens the future; Collins, Daggers, and Sam’s lives collide in such an explosive way, that there is no going back. Only forward on a path towards freedom…from the past and from their demons.

There will be no regrets.

Reading Order of the You & Me Trilogy:

  • Saving You Saving Me 
  • Finding You Finding Me 
  • Freeing You Freeing Me

 

KailinAbout the author: Kailin Gow uses her author platform to bring awareness to issues affecting young adult and women. She has appeared on national radio as a regular guest on topics such as body image, self-esteem, dating and sexual relationships, bullying, and more; often brought up in her fiction books for young adults and women.

She is a graduate of the Annenberg School for Communications Masters in Management program in journalism, marketing and publishing at the University of Southern California.
Find Ms. Gow here: web, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

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Review: The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter (Vol. I – IV) by Jennifer Malone Wright

The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter (Vol. I – IV)
written by Jennifer Malone Wright
published by Jennifer Malone Wright

Why did I pick this book: I was asked by the author to review these books. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book:
I did!  I was looking for a low-intensity, fun little read, and I found it!  Wright sent me the whole series at once, but I love the idea of publishing a book bit by bit – it’s a nice little reminder of the days when authors published things piecemeal in magazines.  There were a few little editing issues, but nothing so major as to distract.

Chloe’s great – I’d have written her a few years older, but she’s a weird, funny little thing, and it works.  She’s got a great sense of humor about her own hunter-vampire-demigod status, and I love her snark. The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter has all the ingredients for a delicious little end-of-the-evening reading snack: the ever present love triangle, a meanie-pants father, some kick-ass fight scenes, and, of course, teen angst.  I finished the whole thing in an evening.

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Would I recommend it: For Sure!  Since I’m, um, ::ahem:: 29  ::ahem:: and the heroine of the series is only 14, it’s one of those fun little books I’d probably hide under my bed if other grown-ups came to visit, but hey.  I liked it, and if you’re into the whole vampire trend, I bet you’ll like it too.

Will I read it again: I’m definitely going to finish the series!

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About the books – from Goodreads:

 

vamp daughter 1The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter #1 – Fourteen-year-old Chloe witnesses her mother’s murder at the hands of a vampire. Before the vampire can kidnap her, there is an unexpected rescue by a group of vampire hunters. Overwhelmed by the feeling of safety, Chloe passes out and they whisk her away to their small community.

When Chloe wakes, she comes face to face with the only other living relative, besides her mother, whom she has ever met: her grandfather. Chloe’s mother kept her hidden from the family; now, Chloe tries to unveil the family secrets.

Through her grandfather, she learns her mother was a vampire hunter. In fact, her entire family is descended from the powerful bloodlines of vampire hunters. Chloe agrees to join the family she has never known for one reason only: Chloe vows to kill the vampire responsible for her mother’s murder.

With vengeance in her soul, Chloe is even more determined to follow through on her vow when she discovers the true identity of her enemy and how he is connected to her.

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vamp daughter 2The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter #2 – In the second installment of The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter, Chloe Kallistrate’s life has been turned upside down. After witnessing the vampire attack that left her mother dead, she’s adopted by her grandfather into a community of vampire hunters. Although she is directly descended from ancient, powerful vampire hunters, the rigorous training schedule begins to break her down. All she wants, all she has ever wanted, is to be a normal teen.

Chloe finds renewed motivation from an unexpected encounter with a fledgling vampire, the first she has seen since her mother’s death. Staring into the glowing red eyes of the vampire, Chloe freezes, forgetting all her training. After the vampire is vanquished by her friend and mentor, Drew, Chloe resolves to train harder, to be the best, and to kill the vampire who had her mother killed. Finally mourning her mother, Chloe allows her revenge to drive her, accepting that her life will never be normal.

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vamp daughter 3The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter #3 – In the third installment of The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter, Chloe Kallistrate’s first Christmas without her mother is difficult. As part of the grieving process she visits her mother’s grave for the first time and there, she is visited by Sostrate, the immortal demi-god from whom she is descended.

As she comes of age, Chloe is changing and developing the gifts unique to her heritage. She discovers a new power she must learn to use and control, as if being a teenager wasn’t difficult enough. During this emotionally chaotic time in her life, the community is attacked, her grandfather injured and hunters are killed. After almost losing her only remaining family, Chloe questions whether her continued presence in the community will sacrifice everyone she has come to care about.

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vamp daughter 4The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter #4 – In the fourth installment of The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter, Chloe and the other vampire hunters are suffering the aftermath of the vampire attack on their community. Many hunters were injured, and loved ones were murdered. More than that, there is a loss of security and peace since the hunters’ safe haven was breached and invaded. Chloe and Drew struggle just to get along and understand each other without Luke there to guide them.

During this period of uncertainty, Chloe and Drew both try to live a normal life as teenagers by going to the New Year’s bash, she with Gavin and Drew with Christina, Chloe’s recent rival. Chloe is, once again, reminded that nothing is ‘normal’ in her life any more, when she begin to show signs she’s developing supernatural gifts from her father’s bloodline, too.

The bash does little to lift her feelings of guilt and responsibility for the attack on the community, because she knows it’s her presence there that caused the vampires to attack the hunters. This attack nearly took the life of her only remaining family member from her mother’s side. She doesn’t want to put anyone else she loves at risk.

Before she has time to put any plans into action, a surprise phone call from someone unexpected sets the wheels in motion. Chloe now knows what she must do…

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