Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Red Winter Book blog tour stop


A New Series from Amazon Best-Selling Author Annette Marie, RED WINTER is coming…





“Soon all her human fears would become meaningless. Her future had been written by the kami, and her destiny awaited her.”



In the enchanting new fantasy RED WINTER by Annette Marie, Emi Kimura has been preparing her entire life to become the mortal host of a goddess. When she discovers the lies surrounding her true fate, she makes a dangerous bargain with a fox spirit to seek out the truth. As her final days as a mortal approach, she must choose whether to bow to duty ... or fight for her life.







                                                




Synopsis:



Emi is the kamigakari. In a few short months, her life as a mortal will end and her new existence as the human host of a goddess will begin. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess—and not once has she doubted her chosen fate.

Shiro is a yokai, a spirit of the earth, an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can’t match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command—whether she wants him or not.

On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate—but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope … and hope is all she has left.



Release Date: October 21, 2016.



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Excerpt for RED WINTER (Red Winter Trilogy Book 1)

The yokai didn’t move, just held her in place with a strength she couldn’t fight. She tipped her head back to see his face, to gauge his intent. His gaze traveled across her room, intent and analyzing. Then his eyes flicked down and he appeared almost surprised to see her staring up at him. His mouth curved into a sly grin, flashing pointed canines.

His amusement at her terror sparked a tiny surge of anger. “Let me go!”

“Ah, little miko, didn’t anyone ever tell you not to run from yokai?” His deep, purring voice sent a shiver across her skin. He leaned down as his hand on her throat forced her head back. He brushed his nose along her jaw, from her chin up to her ear. “It’s the surest way to make us pounce,” he whispered, his breath tickling her ear.

Goose bumps raced down the back of her neck and she clenched her jaw. “Get your hands off me.”

He hummed as he pushed his face into her hair, inhaling through his nose. “But didn’t you put your hands on me first?”

“I was treating your wounds.” She summoned her most commanding tone, desperately hoping her voice wouldn’t quaver. “You’re proving that your kind’s reputation is well deserved with such disrespect and ingratitude toward the person who saved your life.”

His head came up and fear shot through her that she’d offended him, that he would surely kill her now. Instead, he made a thoughtful noise, and his hands fell away, releasing her.

She almost leaped out of his lap but remembered his comment about running from yokai. With more self-control than she’d thought she had, she carefully stood, walked four steps, and turned to face him. He stayed where he was, lounging on the bed with his feet on the floor, casually propped up on one arm. His head tilted to one side as he watched her, and that slight, knowing grin played about his lips.

She sank down to kneel on the floor, mostly because her legs were shaking so badly she was afraid he’d notice. As nonchalantly as possible, she slid her hands into the opposite sleeves of her kimono and pinched her hidden ofuda between two fingers, ready to pull the paper talismans out.

“No need for that, little miko,” he remarked, each word almost caressing her. How could he have such an otherworldly yet still human voice? “I will not harm you.”

She flushed, embarrassed she’d been so obvious, but didn’t let go of the ofuda. “What was that—that assault then?”

“Assault, you call it? That little embrace?”

“You—” She broke off with a small shake of her head. If he was determined to ignore the inappropriateness of forcefully holding a woman against him and rubbing his face on her, nothing she said would change his mind. “You have the manners of a dog.”

“What did you expect? The ritual greetings of the imperial court?”

“Some respect for the person who saved your life would have been welcome.”

“Ah, yes, you did save me, and I am very grateful.” He idly tugged at a lock of his hair as his gaze slid down her and back up again. “I am in your debt. Tell me your desire and I will fulfill it.”

“My—my desire?” she choked.

He smirked again. “A favor, little miko. I am saying I owe you a favor.”

My Review: I felt this was a very engaging read that nicely blended modern day society with rich cultural traditions. I was engaged with all the characters and had a hard time putting down the book. I read some manga and this story felt like an advance version on those story lines. There were even some illustrations included that I thought enhanced the story line. The two main characters Emi and Shiro have a very give take relationship. In that that both have to overcome preconceived notations. I cant wait to see what the next book has in store for these two characters.



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Author Bio:

Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, which includes the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night. Her first love is fantasy, a limitless realm of creativity where she can break all the boring rules of real life, but fast-paced urban fantasy, bold heroines, and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has politely inquired as to whether she intends to include them in every book.

Annette lives in the frozen winter wasteland of northern Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad). She shares her life with her remarkably patient, comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

To find out more about Annette and her books, visit her website at www.authorannettemarie.com
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Monday, August 1, 2016

August Reviews


A mermaid’s supernatural beauty serves one purpose: to lure a sailor to his death.

The Massacre is supposed to bring peace to Eriana Kwai. Every year, the island sends its warriors to battle these hostile sea demons. Every year, the warriors fail to return. Desperate for survival, the island must decide on a new strategy. Now, the fate of Eriana Kwai lies in the hands of twenty battle-trained girls and their resistance to a mermaid’s allure.

Eighteen-year-old Meela has already lost her brother to the Massacre, and she has lived with a secret that’s haunted her since childhood. For any hope of survival, she must overcome the demons of her past and become a ruthless mermaid killer.

For the first time, Eriana Kwai’s Massacre warriors are female, and Meela must fight for her people’s freedom on the Pacific Ocean’s deadliest battleground.



Review: This definitely a different take on mermaids with a bit of the old lore thrown in. The main characters are a group of girls that are being trained to kill the mermaids that have been attacking the islands ships. However, Meela has a hidden past that will affect her voyage to hunt mermaids. The story progresses through the girls training to there maiden voyage to hunt mermaids. It is out at sea we see some craziness from the girls and we discover more about Meela mermaid past encounter and the true motive behind the mermaid attacks. I feel like even though the girls are all on the boat there was enough action and dialogue to keep the story moving. I think this book sets up a potentially good series.




Eirik Baldurson—son of Baldur, God of Light—failed living as a Mortal. He lost the girl of his dreams and nearly got his friends killed. Now, he's gone to the underworld to meet the mother he’s never known. Torn between his duty to her and the man he used to be, Eirik struggles to find himself, until a witch appears in his world. Feisty and stubborn, she is a reminder of everything good he left behind.

Celestia Devereaux proudly attends a charter high school for “gifted” teenagers who embrace magic. Witches. However, she keeps a terrible secret—a prediction that she would one day be responsible for massive destruction and death. Though Celestia uses her clairvoyant abilities to help people, she worries that it is just a matter of time before she goes over to the dark side.

Her world changes when she unexpectedly astral projects to a place she didn’t believe existed and meets a tortured man who needs her help. Will helping him cause her fears to come true, or will he sacrifice everything to save her?

Review: First off, I would like to state I dislike this author because I had to buy book 2 and 3 when I have already blown my book budget. (very unhappy face) So, this book is a "stand alone" series within a different series. I honestly haven't read the other part of the series. I liked Eirik and Celestia story though, and thought it developed very nice. I love how open and caring her father is about supernatural and others are just as open. I mean they even have a school for witches. It just nice to have a story that has a little openness about witches and such.  *spoiler* However, I was very upset in the ending being a cliff hanger (another angry face).

Sunday, July 3, 2016

July Book Reviews



What if Beauty was cursed, and the Beast was the only one who could save her? Don't miss WITHERING ROSE, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Beauty & The Beast.

"As the heat finally disappeared, I felt the bloom blossom in the very core of my soul, a rose just like my name--a ticking clock hidden behind a fa├žade of beauty. From that moment on, my life would become a countdown, and all I could do was wait and watch as the petals of time slowly started to fall."

Omorose Bouchene has a secret--magic. There's only one problem. At the age of seven, an earthquake struck, catapulting her into a new world. A land made of skyscrapers and cell phones. Fast cars and fluorescent lights. A land where magic isn't supposed to exist and anyone who wields it is the enemy.

But after ten years of hiding, she's desperate to find a place where she can be free. Because all magic comes with a curse, and her curse is time--every ounce of power she uses strips days off of her life. The clock is winding down, and the only option left is to escape to the realm of the Beast. But the king of monsters isn't what he seems. And the more Omorose opens her heart, the more she comes to realize that the only person she may need to fear is herself.


Review: This book was fine if it had been a stand alone but I actually enjoyed the  predecessor story more. I did applaud the author for having the stories be in the same time line but not entirely intertwined, so, Omorose was able to have her own story with the beast without to much interference from the main characters in the previous story. However, I just did not feel the same spark as the previous story. I felt that Omorose grew as a character and it was great that we learned through this story more about the magic and where it originated. I enjoyed Omorose and the Beast relationship, but there was some plot twists that I thought were, weird, and kind of hindered my ability to really get immersed in the story. I believe this is a good follow up story, and expect the next book to be even better then this one.



Her late night radio show was just supposed to keep her sane in small-town Nebraska. But it could be her ticket to romance, and her last chance to escape.
“Welcome to midnight, my fellow Niteowls…”

No one would ever suspect that responsible, ugly-sweater-wearing Ingrid North is the incognito radio deejay known only as Niteowl. Finally a high school grad, she can't wait to get out of her tiny hometown of Steadfast, Nebraska (population three hundred and forty-seven) to chase her dreams. Thankfully, her three best friends—Billie, LD, and Micah (who she is definitely, absolutely, not in love with)—are more concerned with spending one last epic summer together than finding out where Ingrid slinks off to every weekend.

But for that one glorious hour every Saturday night, Iggy shucks her own skin to become Niteowl—a infamous and daring deejay with the answers to everyone’s love life but her own. There is one caller in particular—Dark and Brooding—whose raspy laugh and snarky humor is just sexy enough to take her mind off the fact that Micah is rapidly falling for a Mean-Girls-worthy nightmare. But when Ingrid lands an interview in New York City for the internship of a lifetime, her secret life begins to unravel. It’s her chance to follow her heart, but she'll have to leave everything behind—her ailing grandmother, her friends, her radio show...and a chance at her very own happy ending.

Torn between her dreams and her home, Iggy begins to realize that to get what she wants, she has to give up the things that mean the most to her. But letting go could lead to a summer of sunflowers, rockstars, and the show of a lifetime.

And Iggy might just find that her real life begins when Niteowl goes off the air.

Review: This was a great YA story. Nothing was prefect and it very much resembled how a teenager would actually handle situations. I thought the premise was intriguing and enjoyed that the character was self conscious but learns to deal with it, without some ugly duckling makeover. Iggy never really gets over being a little self conscious  but she did become more confident in herself and did not let it get in her way. I love that about this story. I highly recommend this as a read, especially early teens.



My name is Bianka, and I live in a world a lot like yours. Or at least, I used to.
Then I got harvested.
Taken into eerie darkness underneath the surface of my world, I’ve learned that cities like mine—Hidden Oaks—are just places that the vampires keep humans until it’s time to drink their blood.
Now it’s my turn. They’re harvesting me.
But I’m fighting hard, and the vampires have noticed. A sponsor is buying me. A handsome, mysterious vampire with piercing eyes, who wants me to fight other humans in The Vampire Games. If I lose, I’ll be harvested. If I win, I’ll join my sponsor, Phillip, as one of them.
I’ll be turned into a vampire.
All I must do to spend an eternity with Phillip is sell my soul.
The scary part? I’d do a lot worse for him than that...






Review: I really got into this book, so much so, that I read it twice. I want to describe it as a not so corny vampire diaries meets hunger games meets HG Wells the time machine. There were twists, there was a developing relationship, and there was fighting. Sounds like a good plot right. Bianka is a badass female character even though sometimes I want to say fail when she holds a grudge to long. I love that she was super resilient. Then you have McBroody (aka Phillip) watching/protecting her and asking her to make decisions. You can tell he cares and is trying to let her make her own choices even if he doesn't like the choice.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

His Undercover Princess (Tempt Me #1) by Avery Flynn Tour Stop + giveaway







Protecting her is his job…whether she wants him to or not.

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Title: His Undercover Princess
Series: Tempt Me #1
Author: Avery Flynn
Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 2, 2016
Format: Digital
ISBN: 9781633756137

Blurb: Stylist Elle Olsen lives in fear of someone discovering her secret identity as Princess Eloise. But the men who killed her entire family in a bloody coup have done just that and now they’re coming for her. All Elle wants is to disappear into anonymity again, but the panty-melting billionaire who kidnaps her isn’t about to let that happen.



On the society pages, smoking hot financier Dominick Rasmussen is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors, but there’s more to him than meets the eye. As a secret resistance fighter, his one goal is to get Princess Eloise on the throne and restore the monarchy. The biggest problem? His stubborn and sexy undercover princess has no interest in ever wearing a tiara again.



Their goals couldn’t be more opposed, but neither Dom nor Elle can deny the attraction bringing them closer together. As the stakes rise and danger increases, they are forced to choose between love and country…



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About Avery Flynn:
Award-winning romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

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Excerpt

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“Dom—”



The rest of the sentence was smothered by the white cotton cloth he held in his free hand and forced against her nose and mouth. Shock froze Elle to the spot. She couldn’t blink. She couldn’t breathe. All she could do was feel the banging of her heart as panic sent it into overdrive. The people who killed her family had found her.

“This is for your own good,” he said as he looked down at her. “I couldn’t take the chance you’d fight me, and there isn’t time to explain.”

Too damn bad for him, because her fight-or-flight response zinged into action. Whatever was in the cloth, she didn’t want to breathe it in. Adrenaline clawed at her, demanding life-giving oxygen, but she refused to give in. They might have murdered everyone she loved and sent her into hiding, but she wouldn’t go down without a fight. She grabbed his arms, yanking and stabbing her nails into the sliver of his wrists not covered by his shirt. He didn’t flinch.

Dom kept his cold gaze on her, a icy determination making them even bluer somehow. “Just relax and breathe.”

Fat fucking chance. Holding on to his forearms for leverage, she slammed her knee upward, aiming for his most vulnerable spot. He deflected the move with an ease of a natural athlete or a man trained to do whatever it took to force the world to do his bidding.

She fought against him, kicking and hitting, but he kept the cloth pressed against her nose and mouth. Her lungs burned with the effort not to breathe as she struggled in his iron grasp, but it didn’t do her any good. Blackness ate around the edges of her vision, the lack of oxygen taking its toll. She didn’t have long before she’d pass out, with or without the help of whatever chemical was in the cloth.

Ten years. She’d made it a decade without anyone finding her, without her secret coming out. Foolishly, she’d thought she was finally safe. Now she’d pay the price for a crown she’d never worn and a kingdom she’d never ruled. Dom pulled her close to his hard chest so she wouldn’t fall to the cold marble floor, holding her tight but without cruelty. No doubt that would come later.

“Everything is going to be okay, Princess Eloise,” he whispered against her ear. “I promise.”

But it wouldn’t. She knew better than to ever trust a man who promised happy endings in the middle of a kidnapping.

Review: I thought this story was very interesting take on a royal romance. Both lead characters were strong willed and Eloise was no typical damsel in distress. The only thing I thought was a little strange is how quickly they wanted to shag, but hey if the sparks are flying I say inginite that fire. Overall it was a good romantic read with a very interesting twist.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Demon Princess Book Review



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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Unleash the Storm Blog Tour Stop + Review + Giveaway



Visit the World of the Steel & Stone Series by Annette Marie in the Highly Anticipated Finale, UNLEASH THE STORM



Piper started out as a magic-less apprentice only to become the wielder of the most powerful weapon in existence, but the cost of that power has been blood and pain.  As she and Ash retreat into the Underworld to escape the coming daemon war, he’s all she has left – but if she can’t find her strength, she’ll soon lose him to dangers in his world that even he can’t fight. Read the exhilarating conclusion to the Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series in UNLEASH THE STORM by Annette Marie…



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I could not put it down! It had everything I want to read in a UF – action, great characters, awesome world building, diverse species, secrets and lies, twists and turns and a smidge of romance…. Now I want more! – Book Passion For Life


Review: Unleash the Storm is the fifth book in this series and can I say what a bitter sweet ending to this story arc. First off I highly recommend you read the other books before this one or you will be lost. From Chase the Dark (book 1) to Unleash the Storm (book 5) the growth from all the main characters is amazing. I felt like everyone finally matured and most of the lose ends were tied up. I also loved the blending of the old with the new. There was so many new characters to keep us engaged but the old characters blended in nicely and I felt like everyone had know each other forever. I am not going to lie, sometimes, I felt like there were no breaks for Piper and Ash, also, I won't even discuss the ending.  This book was great though, there was romance, battles, finding oneself, mysterious pasts come to light, and sacrifices. I highly recommend this series, it was engaging and entertaining and I am sad that I wont get to ship Piper/Ash anymore.
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Review of Dove Antiperspirant

I recently received Dove Men and Women's antiperspirant in conjunction with Influencer to review. I though with V-Day around the corner what could be a better gift then not smelling like B.O. The man in my life and myself recently wore the spray out to go to dinner. I didn't smell or have those white deodorant marks on my dress. All he said was "yeah it works." Guy huh! Right now target is carrying both of the products below, so if you want to get your own head to your nearest one.

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