Archives for October 2016

EFC Promotions Blog Tour: Watcher and Firebird

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written by Orren Merton
published by Darkling Books, 2016

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy it: I did. Mr. Merton assured me I’d have no problem jumping into the middle of a series, and I didn’t. Well, I mean, not the problem you’d expect. Merton does a great job filling in relevant details from the first four books, but I still sort of felt like a jealous girlfriend most of the time. It’s my own issue, of course, so I can’t fault Mr. Merton. How was he to know I consider myself to be in a relationship with the characters I read? I mean, really. I can’t be jealous of Alex’s first four books . . . all that happened before we even MET. And yet . . .

Well, perhaps you can see where this is going.

I’ve given it a lot of thought, and I’ve decided to add the first four books  in the Sedumen Chronicles to my Reading List. I’m giving Alex another chance (well, four more chances, actually), to make this thing work. *grin*

 

3.5 stars

 

Would I recommend it: Sure, but you really ought to read the first four books, well, first.

 

Melissa

 

About the book – from Goodreads: Firebird Alex didn’t know much about the Nephilim until they assassinated her friend in the United States government, kidnapped the man she considers her uncle, and tried to murder her—twice. Now she’s learned that they, and their leader “the Watcher,” will stop at nothing to kill her, everyone she loves, and every Seduman on Earth.

Alex must stop their murderous plans even if it means compromising the heroine she’s become.

 

OrrenReillySpring2015About the author: Orren Merton started writing fantasy and science fiction at an embarrassingly young age. In high school, he picked up guitar and start playing up and down California in a few bands, culminating in his industrial rock band Ember After.  During that time, magazines, developers, and corporations began to pay him to write and edit music software related articles, manuals, and  books. Since then he has written the urban fantasy novel The Deviant and the science fiction novel Skye Entity before working on The Sedumen Chronicles, his current series of urban fantasy YA novels. He lives in Southern California with his family, pets, collection of sci-fi/fantasy memorabilia, and curiously large stuffed animal collection.

Find Mr. Merton here: web, Facebook, Twitter, InstagramGoodreads

 

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Tour Stops

Oct. 31 – Every Free Chance (kickoff review)

Nov. 1 – Deborah Jay Author (review)

Nov. 2 – A Page to Turn (spotlight/excerpt)

Nov. 3 – A Good Book Can Change Your View For Life (spotlight)

Nov. 4 – Romantic Escapes (spotlight)

Nov. 5 – WS Momma Readers Nook (spotlight )

Nov. 5 – Dalene’s Book Reviews (review)

Nov. 6 – 3 Partners in Shopping (spotlight)

Nov. 7 – Cover2Cover  (spotlight)

Nov. 8 – Sip, Read, Love (guest post)

Nov. 9 – Second Run Reviews (guest post)

Nov. 12 – Bound 2 Escape (spotlight)

 

 

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Fall Reading Challenge: The Witch House of Persimmon Point by Suzanne Palmieri

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The Witch House of Persimmon Point
written by Suzanne Palmieri
published by St. Martin’s Griffin, 2016

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I can’t wait to read this book. I’ve read Ms. Palmieri’s other books, The Witch of Bourbon Street and The Witch of Bella Donna BayI enjoyed those reads, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one as well!

About the book – from Goodreads: When Byrd Whalen returns to her family’s ancestral home to uncover secrets threating to destroy a legacy she holds dear, she gets more than she bargained for. Over the course of one harrowing weekend, the dark haunted histories of the Amore women reveal themselves, leading Byrd to question everything she’s ever believed about herself.

In 1890, Nan, the Amore family matriarch, was sent away to America with little more than a baby and a rocking chair, quickly finding work on the sprawling estate of the wildly eccentric Green family. This new life is one she wanted: loving and free with a family that understands and shares in her magic. But when tragedy strikes, destroying the mansion and the precious lives inside, Nan is left alone and pregnant with Reginald Green’s child. With nothing more than the deed to the property, she builds a house from the rubble and a new, pragmatic life. It would become a haunted life that would lead to other haunted lives. It would become a house both terrible and wonderful. It would become known as “The Witch House.”

An unforgettable family saga in the Gothic tradition, Suzanne Palmieri’s The Witch House of Persimmon Point is her most powerful novel yet.

Suzanne PalmieriAbout the author: Suzanne Palmieri is the author of The Witch of Bourbon Street, The Witch of Belladonna Bay, and The Witch of Little Italy. She is also the co-author (as Suzanne Hayes) of Empire Girls and I’ll Be Seeing You. Writer. Lost Witch. Mermaid.

Find Ms. Palmieri here: web, Twitter, Goodreads

 

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Melissa’s Review: Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision


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Threats of Sky and Sea
written by Jennifer Ellision
published by Createspace, 2014

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
It’s one of those lovely little books I like to keep hidden under my bed for days when I want to escape the real world. It’s a re-telling of the familiar “princess raised as commoner doesn’t know she’s a princess” story, and it’s lovely. It’s a comfortable tale, and I found myself looking forward to Bree and friends falling in love with people they shouldn’t only to discover it’ll probably be all right in the end. Like I said: it’s a hide-under-the-covers and drink hot tea little book. Perfect for a rainy Sunday.

3 stars

Would I recommend it: Sure! The weather is getting colder now. You need an excuse to stay in.

 

Melissa


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Sixteen-year-old Breena Perdit has spent her life as a barmaid, innocent to her father’s past and happily free from the Elemental gifts that would condemn her to a life in the Egrian King’s army. Until the day that three Elemental soldiers recognize her father as a traitor to the throne and Bree’s father is thrown in jail—along with the secrets from his last mission as the King’s assassin. Secrets that could help the King win a war. Secrets he refuses to share.

Desperate to escape before the King’s capricious whims prove her and her father’s downfall, Bree bargains with him: information for their lives. It’s a good trade. And she has faith she’ll get them both out of the King’s grasp with time.

But that was before the discovery that she’s the weapon the King’s been waiting for in his war.

Now, time is running out. To save her father’s life and understand her own, Bree must unravel the knot of her father’s past before the King takes his life– and uses her to bring a nation to its knees.

 

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DNF: The Keys of Cobolt by D. K. Roman

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The Keys of Cobolt 
written by D. K. Roman
published by D. K. Roman, 2016

find it here: (affiliate links) Amazon, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Where I stopped reading: Page one.

Why I stopped reading: There is a typo in the first paragraph of the first page. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Also, is it just me, or is the TITLE misspelled on the cover page?

<sigh>

 

Melissa

What others have rated this book: There is one 4-star rating on Goodreads. The book is not listed on Barnes & Noble’s website. There are no reviews listed on Amazon.

 

About the book – from Goodreads: Forced into the questionable world of gods and mythical creatures by a psychotic Egyptian immortal and a mysterious Norse god, detached teenager David Cobolt suddenly finds himself dealing with the trials of locating a long lost god. With a demonic god pressing a knife to David’s foster family’s throat, David must face demons, the undead and other morally ambiguous immortals in order to awaken a god many call a tyrant. Along with a demigod who harbours deep rage and a dark secret , he travels across Europe and Africa in order to handle a civil war amongst the gods that he’s becoming increasingly trapped into.

David slowly realises his trust in others is beginning to fade along with his confidence in his own morality in the face of the war he is thrown into and actions he is exposed to…

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Lost in Hollywood by Cindy Callaghan

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written by Cindy Callaghan
published by Aladdin, 2016

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Did I enjoy this book: It was cute. However, it was not my favorite in this series of books.

The other books moved and held my interest. This one just didn’t quite move like the others. It was cute, and the adventure was interesting. But I got lost in the friend speak (the two main girls finished each other’s sentences), the niece, the alien, and the burrito car. For me, there was just too much and the story got lost. Will the middle grade girl enjoy the story? Yes, I think she will. But if you want her to be hooked on Ms. Callaghan’s books, start with Lost in Ireland (formerly known as Lucky Me) and go from there.

3 stars

 

Would I recommend it: It’s okay, but it shouldn’t be your first “Lost in . . .” book.

 

Chrissy


About the book – from Goodreads: 
Ginger is on a mission to find her family’s missing fortune in glamorous Hollywood in this M!X novel from the author of Lost in London, Lost in Paris, Lost in Rome, and Lost in Ireland (formerly titled Lucky Me).

Thirteen-year-old Ginger Carlson feels like she is the only normal one in her family. Her father is an inventor who sells his gadgets online, Mom is obsessed with classic movies, and her brother Grant thinks he is from outer space. Luckily, Ginger has a totally normal BFF, Payton, and they have big plans for the future—they plan to become doctors and open a practice together in a big city. But first, they’re partnering on the state Science Olympics where they’re sure to take home the gold for their eighth grade class with their model of the brain.

The Olympics training is interrupted when the Carlson family gets an urgent call that their eccentric Aunt Betty, a former actress who lives in Hollywood, is in serious trouble. The bank is going to take her house unless she can give them the money she owes. The Carlsons head to LA to sort things out for Aunt Betty, along with Payton, who tags along for the West Coast adventure.

In a moment alone with the girls, Aunt Betty tells them what’s really going on. Because she didn’t trust banks, Aunt Betty stashed her money in a secret hiding place. Only problem—it’s so secret, she can’t remember where that hiding place is! That’s what she’s been doing all around town—looking for her fortune. Can Ginger and Payton help find the money—and give Aunt Betty the Hollywood ending that she deserves?

 

 

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Release Week Blitz: Three & Out by Laura Chapman (spotlight, excerpt, giveaway)

New from Laura Chapman, the third installment of her fantasy football romantic comedy Queen of the League series . . .

 

 

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After rushing to the altar and moving across the country, Harper Duquaine (or is it MacLaughlin, now?) is in uncharted territory. What once seemed like a promising opportunity to advance her husband’s career while giving her some much-needed independence and adventure has proven to be a bust. By the time fall rolls around again, she’s back in a boring job by day and overstocking her inventory of crocheted scarves by night. Not even the prospect of a new football season holds much excitement.

At least that’s what she thought. Harper suddenly finds herself the manager of not one but two fantasy football teams—each with its own set of drama. Between the added pressure of her new marriage, an unexpected career prospect, and the hiccups created by people from her past and present worlds, Harper quickly finds herself going from bored to overwhelmed.

Can she hold up under the pressure, or will Harper learn the hard way that the turf isn’t always greener on the other field?

 

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Brook waits for J.J. to take his turn drafting before turning his eyes back to me. He taps his chin three times but says nothing. His blue eyes pierce mine.

I cave in ten seconds flat.

“Okay, J.J. is right. I’m drafting a team of dicks. I’m sure this seems juvenile. Or crazy. It’s probably both, but I’m doing it this way. For fun.”

I gulp and finally raise my gaze to his. Sheesh. Our future kids are in for some serious trouble. If I ever suspect them of lying or sneaking around, I’ll just have Brook stare them straight.

“Why dicks?” J.J. asks.

“Between the names and personality types, I figured the NFL would have more than enough to give my team a full roster.”

“Not all football players are dicks.” J.J.’s tone takes on a sharp edge.

“I agree. Just the ones I’m drafting.”

Brook’s eyes crease around the edges, and his shoulders shake. My stomach instantly settles. Good. I’m glad he found his sense of humor.

“Whatever.” J.J. sighs. “I’m not going to stop you. It’s in my best interest for you to draft a crappy team. But as league commissioner, I needed to make sure you were cleared of any wrongdoing. For all I know, you’re helping your husband secure a playoff spot.”

“I assure you, my intentions are entirely pure.”

For some reason, this sets Brook off, and I disconnect the call before J.J. can take offense to Brook’s laughter.

“I’ve got to hand it to you, babe,” he says, once he finally regains some control. “When you decide to throw the game in the pre-season, you don’t mess around.”

My jaw drops, but I pause to draft my next player—Arney Walker, a known jerk who is constantly in trouble for attitude problems—before addressing his comment.

“Why would you think I’m throwing the game?”

He gives me his “let’s be serious” look, before pointing out the lack of consistency with most of the players I’ve already drafted. I again tap my fingers on the desk impatiently while he rattles off every reason my team won’t succeed until I’ve had enough.

“I have complete faith in my team. In fact, I’m guessing my pack of boners will outperform your so-called talent.”

“Want to place a side bet?”

“What are the terms?” I have to know what’s at stake because I don’t actually think my team will come close to beating his. This is probably the finest roster I’ve seen him draft, and he’s right about my team. They suck.

“That’s up for negotiation.”

Brook rips a Post-it off of a pad and hands it to me along with a pen. He grabs a second one and scribbles on it, motioning for me to do the same. I write “get a dog” above “wins head-to-head.” We fold our pieces of paper. I hand mine over and reach for Brook’s, but he pulls it out of reach.

“Do you actually want to know what’s at stake or just discuss the terms?”

Pursing my lips, I consider the possibilities. Knowing Brook, he probably wrote something like “try my world-famous steak,” which he still hasn’t convinced me to do in the two years we’ve known each other. He respects my pescetarianism, but he still talks about the steak ad nauseam. Plus, I’d rather he not see my terms. He’s told me we can’t get a dog. Several times. He claims our apartment is too small and that our cat, Blitz, would probably traumatize any poor pup.

With steaks and dogs on the line, maybe it’s better if we don’t know what’s at risk until the last possible moment.

“Let’s go for the surprise. You hold on to your terms, I’ll hold on to mine, and we’ll reveal the prize later.”

He nods and tucks his piece of paper into his wallet. “Want to go for most wins or something else?”

“How about whoever wins when we play against each other in week six?”

“I like it. So we have a wager?”

I thrust my hand across the desk. “We have a deal.”

To his credit, Brook doesn’t gloat over his inevitable victory. He doesn’t even smirk. Instead, we shake hands and withdraw into our respective rosters as our league goes round after round in the draft.


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In Laura Chapman’s Queen of the League series, Harper Duquaine joins a fantasy football league to prove she can hang with the guys. Only problem: she doesn’t know a sleeper from a keeper (or any of the other lingo thrown her way). Her competitive streak soon emerges, and she catches the interest of her top two competitors. With a slew of conflicting advice in her real and fantasy worlds, Harper must figure out how to play the game and come out a winner.

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About the Author : Laura Chapman is the author of First & Goal, Going for Two, Three & Out, and The Marrying Type.  Her holiday novellas Making Christmas and What Happens at Midnight will be released on November 8, and are now available for pre-order. A native Nebraskan, she loves football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Connect with her online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube and on her website at www.laurachapmanbooks.com.
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Fall Reading Challenge: London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton (spotlight)

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written by Jacquelyn Middleton
published by Kirkwall Books, 2016

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I’m really looking forward to reading this book. It sounds like a great read!

About the book – from Goodreads: A New City A New Start. Same Old Demons.

Alex Sinclair couldn’t jump on a plane fast enough. Broken from an unexpected betrayal, the twenty-one-year-old flees sunny Florida for the Britannia cool of London—home of her favourite TV shows, plays, and fangirl heroes. Alex believes London is where she belongs, where she’ll heal old wounds, and chase her dream of writing for the theatre. Staying with her British friend Harry with barely a year’s rent money in her pocket, the clock is ticking.

But when a wealthy rival fueled by ambition and jealousy threatens her career and a fledgling romance, Alex once again questions her self-worth—and is left wondering if London is where she truly belongs.

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Boost It Tuesday! – October 25, 2016

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free Chance BooksIf These Books Could Talk, and Between My Lines.

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

Here are some tips for Boosting. A big thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk for the image!

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We will be featuring one blogger or author on the Boost It Tuesday post. We hope that you will visit that blogger or author and give their page a bit of extra BIT attention!

 

 

This week’s featured blogger is our very own Kate from If These Books Could Talk! Visit her Facebook page and give it an extra Boost!

 

If you would like to be featured one week, please fill out the form below.

Click Here to Sign Up to Be a Featured Booster!

Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!



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Release Week Blitz: Mixing It Up by Tracie Banister (spotlight, giveaway)

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written by Tracie Banister
published by Tracie Banister, 2016

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I’m currently reading this book, and I’m really enjoying it! It’s also making me very hungry!! Stay tuned for my review. It will be up soon.

About the book – from Goodreads: Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Manhattan upper-cruster Cecily Sinclair now uses that pricey utensil to dish up fancy French fare on her cooking show, Serving Romance. When there’s an executive shake-up at the network, she’s not worried. Not much anyway. Her show’s a hit after all. Why would the new CEO want to mess with success?

The driving force behind several buzzed-about networks, Devlin Hayes is considered to be a wunderkind in the television industry. Although his plans to rebrand CuisineTV and make Serving Romance more Millennial-friendly don’t thrill Cecily, her charming, blue-eyed boss is a hard man to say “no” to and she really wants to keep her job—even if that means sharing screen time with a loathsome blast from her past.

Mercurial Italian chef Dante Marchetti a.k.a. “Il Duce” was once Cecily’s boss, and she has the PTSD to prove it. Now the owner of one of the hottest restaurants in town, Dante’s egomania knows no bounds and his constant attempts to provoke and upstage Cecily make her want to conk him on the head with a sautééé pan. She thinks they’re toxic together, but viewers love their chemistry and clamor for more.

As Cecily battles to maintain the integrity of her show, she finds herself scheming and manipulating right along with Dante and Devlin. Is she fighting a lost cause? Does she really belong on TV, or would her culinary talent be better served elsewhere? And could one of the men who makes Cecily’s blood boil ignite a passion in her for something other than food?

rsz_smauthorheadshotAbout the author: An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)

Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Mixing It Up is her fourth Chick Lit release, and in it Tracie finally got to live out her fantasy of being a Cordon Bleu-trained chef.

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Purchase a copy of Mixing It Up between October 19th, 2016 and October 25th, 2016 and you could win this fantastic prize pack inspired by the book’s heroine and her love of French food!

This prize pack includes:

  • Garnier-Thiebaut Oh, La La, Chéri French-themed 4-piece Kitchen Linens Set (Apron, kitchen towel, pot holder, and oven mitt.)
  • Kate Spade Deco Dot Recipe Box with 8 tabbed dividers and 40 recipe cards
  • The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano

To enter this giveaway, simply e-mail the author at traciebanister@gmail.com with your proof of purchase. Entries will be accepted until midnight on October 26th, 2016 when a winner will be selected via random drawing. This is an international giveaway, so anyone who buys Mixing It Up within the allotted time frame is eligible to win. Good luck!

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Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

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I’m excited to participate in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop! This is EFC’s first year participating. I have three books for one winner: The Devil and Winnie Flynn by Micol Ostow, Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics, and The Spawn by Ken Nolan.

 

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