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BLITZ: Closing the deal - Hayley Oakes

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Book: Closing The Deal
Author: Hayley Oakes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Charlotte Blake. Cut throat business woman and a powerhouse professional. Her interpersonal skills could use some work but her career comes first.

Everything she has, she has worked for.

Luke ‘Dex’ Dexter. Her adversary at work with the face of an angel and the charm of the devil. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he’s everything that Charlotte resents.

Everything he has, has been handed to him.

He’s a self-entitled arrogant playboy. She’s an uptight work-focused bore.

Two opposing colleagues forced together in small-town America through decisions beyond their control. Charlotte and Dex must find a way to make it work and close the deal a thousand miles from home.

Charlotte can’t remember how it feels to be young and carefree and Dex doesn’t know what it means to be an adult.

When the sworn enemies unwittingly find themselves becoming a finely tuned team, neither of them are prepared for the outcome.

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The characters are written with so much complexity that I feel like I know them in and out. Some books have difficult backgrounds thrown in for good measure, but their backgrounds were pivotal in the story line. ~ Laura Barnard Author

This is the first book I have read by Hayley Oakes, it will definitely not be the last. You can’t help but fall in love with her characters from the off. They are both well written and you get drawn to them, you can feel the emotional battles they have as if they were happening in front of you. ~ Goodreads Reviews

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I have been writing stories from a very young age. My very first tool, at the age of ten, was an electric typewriter that my Dad saved from being thrown away at work. I tapped away on that for hours and hours.
I have always told stories and written stories and my favourite ones are the ones that people have told me. I collect peoples’ lives in my head, storing the most interesting and wacky anecdotes that I utilise without even realising.
I also collect mannerisms and when I’m with someone for long periods of time I start copying their facial expressions and habits. It’s a curse but I am a natural mimic.
I love life and love making people laugh.

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The Lost Heir Allison Whitmore (with Erin Virginia & Grace Arden) BOOK BLITZ

The Lost Heir
Allison Whitmore (with Erin Virginia & Grace Arden)
Published by: Booktrope Publishing
Publication date: December 8th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Isabella Foxworthy was just another girl…until she learned she was an empath, able to read the energy of others. A secret world known as the Violet City lies beneath her family’s hotel in Los Angeles. Through this discovery, Isabella is catapulted into a whirlwind of magic, adventure, and danger. The Violet City holds the key to protecting her stability; her family hotel, her friends, and her very sanity.

With morphlings, empaths, and fair folk also comes a powerful entity that twists her mind into knots, threatening everything she loves. Now, Isabella and her new friends—a guitar-playing jock, his gifted but neurotic brother, and a set of over-indulged twins—have until her 16th birthday to save her world with the help of someone who’s been lost for a very long time…the lost Foxworthy heir. But will they find him in time? And will he be a friend or foe?

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EXCERPT:

The sun was beginning to set and the bright day had begun to dissipate as dusk slowly fell over the Culver Hills village center, if one could really call it a village in the middle of Los Angeles. The air grew dense and musty. All the street lamps were off except one, which flickered in a slow, steady beat. Only a small number of cars cruised the road as the kids walked down Main Street toward where the Foxworthy Hotel was perched at the top of the hill. This dark stillness was not usual for this time of day. Something was off.

“Get off me!” The voice filled Isabella’s ear a block away from the hotel trolley stop. Her gut tore in two with fear. ”Give that back.”

Isabella slowed down to see Cleo marching back toward the same two bullies she’d rescued Pythian from the other day, one of whom had Xander by the shirt collar as the other was rummaging through Xander’s backpack. Cleo’s shoes lay in a clump.

“There are so many goodies in here. Gum drops. Chocolate snatches. Debbie cakes. And my personal favorite—this camcorder. Oh, wait… no. There’s a little digital camera, too. Looks like Christmas came early for us. Isn’t that right, Sloane?”

“Put my brother down, or you’ll be sorry,” Cleo shouted.

As requested, the boy shoved Xander, sending him tumbling into a nearby thorn bush. “Ahhrrk!” Cleo went straight to his side.

It looked like the kid with Xander’s backpack might consider going for Cleo’s purse, but before that could happen, the other boy, Sloane, said, “Dude, let’s get outta here.” Seth, who was bigger and taller than both of them, and Isabella, whose nostrils flared like a lion, hustled after them.

“I know those guys,” Isabella told Seth.

“Go back and stay with Cleo,” he said.

“Watch me, Superman.”

They looped around the corner as the bullies flew up the service road that led to the back of the hotel. Before they could get too far, four figures in black appeared; from where, Isabella could not tell. Two grabbed the boys. Another took Xander’s backpack. Seth and Isabella both stopped. Cold licked Isabella’s heart. Not an eerie cold, but like a soothing glass of cold lemonade on a scorching day in July.

“What do we do?” Isabella whispered.

“I would tell you to go back, but you’d just make too much noise arguing with me, so I say just shut up.”

“If you tell me to shut up one more time…”

“Not now.”

“Right.”

The two figures holding the boys seemed to melt into the darkness of the trees.

“Where the hell did they go?” Seth asked, protectively pushing Isabella behind him.

She did not fight it. She was starting to become frightened, less of the situation and more of herself. Things had been off more than usual today. For the first time since her parents’ death, she’d felt completely protected, and she wasn’t sure it was all due to the necklace she had been wearing. It was so bizarre.

She was attuned to Cleo and Xander, who were usually never around at the holidays because, like her friend Lana, their parents traveled at that time. She’d felt everything from them: Xander’s exhaustion; Cleo’s boredom and overprotectiveness of her brother. The Logan brothers, however, were different. One minute, she felt Micah’s agitation with Xander, but the next, it would grow cold. And Seth—that boy, she couldn’t get a handle on at all. The only thing she got a sense of was fierce protection, particularly for Micah, but for her as well. She really did not know why.

That was never part of it; she had never felt the direction of a person’s emotions until now. She’d never felt so hot and cold about it. The five of them, connected by a string. It made no sense. Why would she be connected to these random kids?

The two figures in black who had stayed behind whispered to each other. Seth stepped to the side, taking Isabella with him. ”We should go back.”
But he was too late. The men had spotted them and were heading their way. Neither Seth nor Isabella dared to move. In an instant, the tallest of the figures, a young man of about twenty, stood before them. His skin was a beautiful caramel color, his eyes a startling green, and his hair—Isabella saw, as he pushed the hood off his head, he had a nest of shiny curls. He wore a goatee, and his eyes drooped with intellect.

“Declan Timothy. This is Max.” He thumbed at the guy behind him. “Just wanted to give this back to the kid.”

He pushed the backpack into Isabella’s arms. Her vocal cords decided to twist into a knot, so she was unable to say thank you.

“And to tell you to be careful. Tonight is going to change things for you.”

That did it. No more evil cats holding her tongue hostage. “What the heck does that mean?”

“You’ll see. If you need us, ask Theophilus where to find us.”

“Wait a minute,” Seth said, pinning Declan with a heated gaze. “Who are you guys?”

“The Midnight Brotherhood. Be careful, Isabella. And you—make sure she listens.”

“Sure,” Seth replied.

Then they, too, faded into the night.

Seth and Isabella looked at each other, not saying a word. For some reason, words did not seem appropriate at that moment.

When they returned to their friends, Seth spoke quietly as Isabella returned Xander’s backpack to him. “Let’s go home.”

The trolley was nowhere in sight, which was more evidence to Isabella that something was not right. From the bottom of the hill, the hotel was as dim and desolate as it had appeared from the center of the village. With heavy legs, they began up the hill. They climbed the front steps and walked into the lobby. Candlelight dotted the room. Elyse was the first person to approach them; her waitress apron was undone, her hair out of place.

“Thank God you’re all right.”

“What’s going on?” Isabella asked.

“I…” Elyse burst into tears.

“Elyse, tell us now! What happened?”

Elyse wiped her face. “I don’t really know. Everything blacked out for a while. It went cold, and I got really tired. It almost felt like I fell asleep for a while, but then when I woke up, I was standing in the same place I had been before. Right inside the Lily Field ballroom. And then—”

 

Author Bio:

Allison Whitmore was born in Los Angeles and loves to tell good coming-of-age stories with a hint of romance. You will find her characters going on an adventure or two as well. Outside of writing, Whitmore enjoys classic films, hiking and spending time with family and friends. She loves it when fans reach out to her. You can reach her at allisonwhitmoreauthor@gmail.com, follow her on Twitter: @alli_whitmore or join her on Instagram @allisonwhitmoreauthor.

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Cover reveal: In The After by Elisa Dane

Borrowed Magic
In the After
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: February 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Sadie Reynolds is a liar with secrets. At school, she’s part of the popular crowd known as AE, despite being broken inside. She hides it well. She has to. The slightest bit of imperfection will land her in the same shoes as her Geeky neighbor named Ian.

Ian and his only friend are the object of Sadie’s friends’ ridicule, ire, and entertainment. The AE rule the school with intimidation and retribution against anyone who would dare question their supremacy.

Sadie steers clear of most of it, terrified someone will find out her secret. She isn’t the least bit perfect. In fact, she suffers from PTSD stemming from the murder of her mother right before her eyes when she was a child. She can barely cope from day-to-day, hiding her truth and trying to fit in. But she knows it’s only a matter of time.

Hayden is a “Waverly,” a kid with the misfortune of living in the small farming town of Waverly that borders the very affluent Lexington Parrish. The AE doesn’t mix with “Waverlies.” Ever.

Desperate to get away from her oppressive friends, Sadie crashes into Hayden at a bonfire and the attraction that sparks between them is nothing short of electric. But Hayden’s an outsider and when things heat up, Sadie will be forced to choose between her friends and her new boyfriend.

Only Queen Bee Britt isn’t having it. She will not allow Sadie to cross her. Sadie can either do what Britt wants her to do or she will reveal Sadie for the PTSD freak that she is.

Sadie does some soul searching about who she is and who she wants to be. She can’t live her life like this. Not any more. One fateful night will help her see how much things have to change.

She’s determined to no longer allow the AE to rule her life. She will be strong, stand up for Ian and love who she wants in Hayden. Determined and invigorated, Sadie goes to school feeling hopeful for the first time in forever.

But, the unthinkable happens.

Shooters attack dozens of students before the two eventually take their own lives, leaving the school a decimated shadow of what it once was.

Suddenly who lives where, wears what or loves whom seems like the least of Lexington Parish’s problems as everyone and everything changes forever in the after.

IN THE AFTER by Elisa Dane is a hard-hitting and heart-warming story of tragedy, love, loss and redemption. It is recommended for readers 14+.

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Author Bio:

ELISA DANE is a self-proclaimed book junkie. A lover of handbags, chocolate, and reality television, she's a proud mother to three All- Star cheerleaders. Writing is her absolute passion, and it's her mission to create stories that will not only take you on a romantic journey that will warm your heart, but help you find a new respect and interest in the sport of All-Star cheerleading.

Elisa is no stranger to the publishing world. She writes steamy paranormal romance under her real name, Lisa Sanchez. Her adult works include the Hanford Park series (Eve Of Samhain, Pleasures Untold, and Faythe Reclaimed), Obsessed (an erotic suspense), and a paranormal novella, Cursing Athena. Elisa lives in Northern California with her husband, three daughters, and a feisty Chihuahua who stubbornly believes she's human.

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Blog Tour (excerpt+Giveaway): WitchWar Release Tour

 

Book: WitchWar
Serie : WitchBlood #5 
Publication date: January 8th 2016.
Author: Emma Mills
Genre:Paranormal, Vampires.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blurb:

 

In the final book of the Witchblood series we find Jess and her friends ten years on, about to battle with enemies on all sides, as the supernatural world crashes into the human domain.

With everybody’s lives on the line Jess will need to work out who she can trust before a deadly witch hunt threatens to uncover them all. Death and love will once again consume her life, but only one side can win.

*If you haven’t tried the WitchBlood Series the first book, ‘WitchBlood’ is free to download.

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt: (Prologue to the WitchBlood series - WitchFire)

Brooke looked about her. The trees were mainly evergreen firs, tall and
skinny, with prickly trunks and branches that deterred even the most
desperate climber, but the forest floor was softer, covered with dry pine
needles that clung to her clothing. Remembering the fall, she tentatively
touched her head where it felt tender and found a small bump. She looked
down at her now filthy hands, where she confirmed that her skin had indeed
been grazed badly by the bark. Wincing as she pulled herself upright, she
decided to explore a little, and that was when she noticed the trees were
letting much more light in from one side of the forest than the other. A
little way behind her the trees began to spread out, meadow grass and
bluebells beginning to encroach upon the shadows.

Cautiously she moved towards what seemed to be the edge of the forest,
stopping every few steps to listen, but everything was still and silent, too
silent. She found a dense bit of thorny shrub enclosed by a couple of firs
right on the edge of the meadow and crawled in, so she could check out her
new surroundings in relative safety. Moving a couple of spiky branches, she
peered through the forest line and into a small meadow which was totally
enclosed by woodland. She could hear the babbling of a stream somewhere
close, and as she scanned the farthest edge of the meadow she realised that
tucked into the shadows of the wood stood a small log cabin.

As her attention was drawn to the cabin, a blonde girl of what must have
been a similar age to herself opened the door, furtively glancing about. She
seemed to look directly at Brooke before shooting out from the doorway and
darting around the back, disappearing into the woods behind. She appeared to
be dressed in a strangely old-fashioned grey nightdress of some sort, yet
that seemed odd in the middle of the forest. There was something
recognisable about the girl, with her mid-length wavy hair, but she couldn’t
quite place it and she’d only caught a fleeting glimpse. 

The door had slammed behind the girl and a couple of minutes later, just as
Brooke considered leaving her hiding place and venturing over to the
cottage, she once again heard a rustling in the forest behind her. She
crouched lower in the bush, feeling the thorns stabbing her bare arms and
neck. Just as she flattened herself out and held her breath, men dressed in
a familiar black appeared on either side of her.

 

 

 

Review & Previous Praise:


~~ 1 ~~ Read it, read it now!

~~ 2 ~~ 

I only recently discovered Emma Mills and decided that since we share the
same name I'd give her books a try. I went through the Witchblood series and
Flying with Fire within a matter of days. Emma writes in a way that draws
you in from the opening sentences. Her books are full of action and the
addition of a brooding hero always adds to the attraction.
Flying with Fire is a prequel to the Witchblood series, but you do not need
to have read them to know what's going on (although I highly recommend
them).

 

 

About Author:

 

 

 

 

Emma Mills is a stay-at-home mum. She shares her home with her husband, two children, a dog, 3 cats, a house rabbit and a tankful of fish. Once her youngest child started school she began to write.

 

WitchBlood was published in January 2012, swiftly followed by WitchCraft and WitchLove. Emma published what she had intended to be the finale of the series, WitchHunt, a week after moving her family south to Somerset, in November 2013. A prequel to the series, WitchFire, followed in 2014.

 

However, after fans began asking for more, a plan began to develop. The Witchblood Series didn’t feel finished, so WitchWar was born. Emma says now that she has written WitchWar, she feels that the series is complete. WitchWar is set ten years after WitchHunt. It has everything you want from a supernatural final book: fear, heartbreak and resolution.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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Sex,Snow & Mistletoe By Laura Barnard

Sex, Snow & Mistletoe - Laura Barnard
Book: Sex,Snow & Mistletoe
Publication date : October 27th, 2015
Author: Laura Barnard
Edition: Kindle, 34 pages


 
Summary

 

Melinda is already having a crappy Christmas. Forced to attend some snotty bitch's wedding is not the way to start out the holidays. But when a car crash pushes her into the path of a handsome stranger she's glad to follow his snowy, sexy and seductive path. But is he too good to be true? And will she make it to the wedding before her best friend loses her mind with worry?

 

 

 


Review

“I received this eCopy from the author in exchange for an honest review. As Always This is in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.”

 

 

I deeply enjoyed this short story; I’m still chuckling over the silliness of it.


It’s not about how predictable this short story is (because it is) but about the sweetness of it, the humor, sarcasm, and probably the passion between the two main characters.

Gaah, I’m still recovering, now I want more of Melinda and mysterious sexy guy.

If you’re looking for something Christmassy, short, passionate…then this little story is your perfect fix.

Trust me; it’ll leave a long lasting smile on your face for the rest of your day!

 

 

Now the reason why I haven’t given this a 5 STARS is because it was (at times) a little bit exaggerated, but enough to exasperate me. Otherwise I liked it very much.

 

 


About Author

Laura Barnard lives in Hertfordshire, UK and writes romantic comedy or 'chick lit' as its so often described. In her spare time she enjoys drinking her body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of her face and drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio.

She enjoys wearing yoga pants and reading fitness magazines while sitting on the sofa eating chocolate. She's a real fan of the power nap and of course READING!

She writes not to get rich or famous, but because she LOVES writing. Even if one person tells her they enjoyed her book it makes the midnight typing worth it!

          

 


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Oblivion by J.L.Armentrout

Oblivion - Jennifer L. Armentrout
Book: Oblivion
Serie : Lux #1.5
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Upper YA Paranormal Romance
Edition:Kindle Edition, 1005 pages


Angry rant/ Review

 

Truthfully I was pretty excited when I heard that JLA was going to release a new book on the lux series, and when I heard it was from Daemon point of view I might’ve pierced my brother’s ear drums from screaming and squealing loudly. Because guys, this is Daemon Black we’re talking about the hot sexy alien living next door, the tragic asshole that stole my heart at 16 years old, my first book boyfriend EVER!

But….. but……. BUT……

I thought that this would have something refreshing, have something I didn’t already know.  Maybe new freaking scenes!!

God I’m disappointed, probably a little pissed.

 

 It’s not that I didn’t like it. The first book was pretty decent. Those Katy-Daemon scenes were everything that I remembered and loved, funny, snarky, hot…. I really missed them. But by the end of the first I realized that there was nothing, absolutely nothing interesting happening and when I got the  2nd and 3rd book I pretty much was like (read a couple of pages, then skip. Skip. Skip. Read a couple more then skip. Skip. Skip…..) To the point where I finished them in mere hours!

 

Maybe to someone else who did not read the series before they might’ve appreciate this book more, I honestly don’t get why this book was published if it was just to make the exact same replica of Obsidian, this is….. *no offense to the author* but the general idea is pretty dumb.


Overview

This is a waste of money and energy AND time for the author and readers who already read the lux series.

 

 

I can’t decide for those who haven’t read the serie.

 

But if you want to try this serie then I advise you to start with the original one, obsidian. There’s more mystery and excitement over there than this one.

 

Again, I don’t get why this book was published. Who freaking approved of this?!

 



NOTE TO PUBLISHERS: this is wrong and those covers are F***ING UGLY!!!

Dragon marked by Jaymin Eve

Dragon Marked - Jaymin Eve

Book: Dragon Marked
Serie : Super Natural Prison #1
Author: Jaymin Eve
Genre: Upper YA/NA Paranormal Romance



Synopsis

 

There are supernatural prisons hidden across the globe. Contained within these fortresses are some of the deadliest criminals from the five supernatural races: vampire, shifter, fey, magic users and demi-fey.
Jessa Lebron, twenty-two, has spent her entire life in Stratford, Connecticut, one of the gateway towns adjoining these prisons which protect the fortified borders. She’s a wolf shifter, and her father leads the town council. She learns that much of her life has been hidden from her, secrets which threaten to tear apart the very fabric of her world. Especially the biggest secret of them all.
She is dragon marked.
Jessa only knows what she’s been told about the dragon marked, that they are dangerous and must be eliminated to prevent the rise of the dragon king, the powerful warmonger who had his head removed a thousand years ago. So now Jessa's on the biggest hit list of all. Dragon mark hunters are lethal and her only hope to evade detection is to keep the energy contained.
As more secrets unfold she finds herself locked up in Vanguard, the notorious American supernatural prison. Thankfully she’s not alone. Braxton, the dragon-shifter has her back. Together they must survive long enough to free themselves and the other dragon marked.
Because it’s time for the dragon marked to rise.

 

Review
“I received this from netGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.”

 

 

I’ve read too many paranormal books, and I’ve seen all kind of them. That’s why it’s hard for one to impress me in any way. However this one exceeded my expectation, I’m literarily in love, and very pumped to pick up the next one!

 

This book has that touch of originality in it, it’s hard to gather all the supernatural in one book and give them enough balance that no one would shadow the other.

 

I found the plot twists very interesting, even unexpected at times, by mid story I found myself on the edge of my seat and Impatient for what’s next.

 

As for the love interest in this one, love triangle... quadrangle? it might even be in every angle .I can’t decide. But it’s so humorous that you can’t get annoyed by it.

I don’t ship that often but I stand with the dragon and I’m committed.

 

Guys READ IT!! You’ll understand!

Overview

 

Overall, There’s Humor, snark, love, betrayal, drama, friendship, family, Odd attraction. You’ll be constantly entertained.

 



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Beautiful Imperfection - Hayley Oakes
Book: Beautiful Imperfection
Author: Hayley Oakes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Failure wasn’t what Cassidy Sinclair expected when she got married … but that’s exactly what she got.

 

Instead of getting her happy ever after she is struggling to adjust to living back with her unconventional parents and the chatter of small town gossip.

 

Desi Cardwell was never known for his interpersonal skills and being back in small town Tolvey, sending the rumour mill into overdrive, was not what he wanted for himself.

 

Both forced home after a decade away, Cassidy and Desi begin an unlikely alliance when she agrees to train with him at his newly opened gym.

 

Desi is mysterious, guarded and borderline rude but what he lacks in charm he more than makes up for with his hard body and devilish good looks.

 

Desi does not need anything to keep him in Tolvey longer than necessary.

 

Cassidy needs something mind-numbing to help her forget her ex.

 

Both beautifully broken can they find in each other a light in the dark?




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Previous Praise:

 

Hayley Oakes again writes a beautiful story with characters that you'll find are easily loved even with all of their dark spots. I highly recommend this to everyone! 

~ Amazon USA review

The twists and turns along the way made sure this wasn't your run of the mill romance novel. Highly recommended.

~ Amazon UK review

 

You put these two together and they fit perfectly - they're two beautiful persons just a little broke. Add in an average new age family including a wacky sibling, some fun friends and your set for a great story and I have to say loved callain!
Beautiful writing and a story that will keep you turning pages ❤

~ Goodreads review

 

 It tugged at my heartstrings, made me smile, made angry and made me cry. A enjoyable roller coaster read - just simply amazing! Highly recommended.

~ Amazon UK review


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Hayley Oakes is a wife to a Manchester United fan and a mother to a young daughter both require patience and a sense of humour. She enjoys reading angst ridden romance and writing stories that she would love to read. She loves post-apocalyptic movies, TV and anything 80’s.

      


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Crystallum by Laney McMann 
(Primordial Principles #1) 
Published by: Booktrope Publishing
Publication date: October 25th 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Summary:

Kadence Sparrow wasn’t born a devil’s child—she was turned into one. Now, she’s hiding from the truth, and running for her life.

For years, Kade’s true nature has lurked behind an illusion, so when her dad gets another job transfer, she knows the drill: no close friends, no boyfriends, and most importantly: don’t expose what she is. Ever. Keeping secrets is easy. Lies are second nature. So is the loneliness—and the fear, but when the Shadows attack, and Kade meets Cole Spires, she could expose everything she’s trying to hide.

As one of the Celestial Children, Cole lives by an oath: defend the Ward, protect the Primordial race, guard the gateways, and stick to his own. Everything else is a distraction, and besides, he’s lost enough. Cole’s job is clear, and no one his age does it better. So, when he meets Kade in a club downtown, he assumes she just wants his attention. Most girls do, but Cole soon realizes … Kade isn’t like most girls.

The children of heaven and hell are living among us, fighting an age-old war. And falling for someone from the opposition is not an option. But a chance encounter between Kade and Cole will blur the rules, as Kade’s journey to keep her truth hidden catapults them together and into a web of lies, forcing her to not only face the demon inside her, but to answer the hardest question of all.

Which is thicker—blood or water?

 

 

 

Excerpt:

PLUMB STOOD in the driveway, hands on her hips, a piece of bright yellow paper in her hand. Cole groaned, exhausted, as he made his way toward her. The only light was a dim one above the door on the Brotherhood's front porch.

Plumb waved the paper in the air. "It's four fifteen in the morning, and I'm afraid to even venture why I received a notice for you to appear in front of the Warden later today. And Danny has nothing to say, which could only mean one thing—" Plumb looked him up and down. "With the condition you're in, I'm not sure I want to know where you've been."

"You probably don't." Cole held his hand out for the summons.

Plumb handed the paper over, scowling, and Cole slipped it, unopened, into his pocket.

"Are you going to tell me where you've been?"

"Thought you didn't want to know." He walked toward the porch. There was a time, when Cole was much younger, that he never would have spoken so bluntly to his Lead, but those days, buried by all of his new responsibilities within the Ward, had faded. They were close to equals now, even though Plumb was about fifteen years older.

“Cole."                                                                           

"I'm tired as hell. I've been up all night." He turned to face her. "Okay? I need to get some sleep."

"What were you doing in the middle of the night that the Principals couldn't handle?"

"A girl."

"Excuse me?”

"No...I, no, I wasn't doing a girl. She just...never mind." He headed for the door, flustered. The last thing he needed to do was think about Kadence like that. His brain already went into some kind of jumble every time her name was mentioned, and it was bad enough that she'd had her hands all over him.

“You were with Tiffany? Until four in the morning?" Plumb sounded like a disapproving mother. "Cole, I understand you're seventeen, and boys—"

"I was with Kadence." He wished she would shut up.

 

 

 

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About Author:

Laney McMann is the author of The Fire Born Novels (TIED, TORN, & TRUE) and The Primordial Principles series (CRYSTALLUM, book #1 ~ Fall 2015).

She is the product of very creative parents and the most imaginative grandmother ever. With an untapped passion for the supernatural and all things magical, her voracious appetite for reading fantasy started really young ~ and so did her love of words. 

She writes young adult dark urban fantasy novels mixed with a spike of romance, a hint of history, a dash of mythology, and lots of paranormal. 

On the non-writing side of life, Laney is a former classical dancer, music snob, chef, and a right-brained thinker to a fault. When she's not dreaming up new dead ends to torture herself with, she spends her time running. 

Laney is published by J. Taylor Publishing and Booktrope Publishing

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Stupid cover idea...

Cover Issue

 

I don't know why publishers/cover designers think if they put an eye on the cover, it would make the book much more appealing. And not just any eye, but one big CREEPY shadowed eye staring straight at your soul

 

 

 

This is wrong, I mean just look at it!

 

 

 


And you know what? The cover was NOT traumatizing enough, but they felt the "need" to add it to the spine. Like WHY?

 

 

Now how am I going to enjoy looking at my shelf with these devil's eyes tracing my EVERY move? Just How?

 

My shelves whould be like:

 

 

Legend Audible by Marie Lu

Legend - Marie Lu

Author: Marie Lu

Narrator: Mariel Stern (as June) , Steven Kaplan (as Day)

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Edition: Audio CD, Unabridged Retail Edition

Published: November 29th 2011

 

 

OMG, why am I always late to these fandoms ??!!

 

« Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.»

 

WHY HAVEN’T I READ THIS BOOK EARLIER??!! (Listening to this, is waay much better)

Day’s voice while flirting or having that devil may care attitude is…. Gaah No appropriate words (looked up the narrator, and he’s about 50-60 yrs old O.o better not describing it) *blush*

 

Anyway this book is amazing, like it had such an epic concept, oh my I’m still on withdrawal I need to listen to the next now (already started it).

 

This is a dystopian trilogy set on this futuristic world where America is divided into two the Republic of America (supposedly the good guys) and the colonies (which are the rebellious guys and supposedly bad). And it’s told from a dual point of view : Day the most wanted criminal in America and June the prodigy, she is being groomed for success in the Republic's highest circles. 

 

Now, when I started listening to this book I didn’t read the synopsis, I just knew the general idea above.

And I guess I should have, so I wouldn’t be affected on Matias's death. OMG that killed me.

I wasn’t even 10% in the book and I already started aching and crying like a baby.

 

The narration and writing was soo good that I couldn’t help but get unvested in the story.

This book would make such an incredible movie; it’s perfect, not too long and visually exciting.

 

The none stop action; break out scenes, leaps, stunts, the whole book is exciting.

And not only that, but it had the most strong, intelligent, logical main characters. I’m looking forward to prodigy, and what it has in store for me. *EXCITED*

Earth’s End Cover Reveal by Elise Kova (+Book/Swag Giveaway!)

 
 
 
I've been waiting for this cover since forever !! 
 
Omg can't believe my eyes it's so beautiful. usually Kova's covers give us readers some insight on what's going to happen on the next book or at least a little teaser to appease our frail heart.
 
but this one reveales NOTHING but at the same time it's revealing EVERYTHING.
 
JUST LOOK FOR YOURSELVES!
 
if you are not familiar with this serie than you will not be spoiled
but those of you who have read it, aren't you just torn...?
She's holding the damn watch, I want to cry.
 
NOTE to artist (like a french artiste lover):
Ma cher Meril Chan votre Art est impeccale et magnifique!
BRAVO *clap*
 
 
Earth's End Cover Only

Info:

Title: Earth's End, Book Three of Air Awakens

Publication Date: February 11th, 2016

Author: Elise Kova

Summary

 

A woman awoken in air, a soldier forged by fire, a weapon risen from blood.

Vhalla Yarl has made it to the warfront in the North. Forged by blood and fire, she has steeled her heart for the final battle of the Solaris Empire’s conquest. The choices before Vhalla are no longer servitude or freedom, they are servitude or death. The stakes have never been higher as the Emperor maintains his iron grip on her fate, holding everything Vhalla still has left to lose in the balance.

 
 

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Meril’s Q&A:

    What program do you use to create your artwork?

I use various tools to create artwork. When starting out with ideas I prefer making them on my sketchbook first, not minding specific details and just having fun with idea generation and doodling. This is the stage we call ‘thumbnails’. The next step I usually use the digital media to finalize the thumbnails, but sometimes I go straight out and sketch my favorite thumbnail to turn into a finished linesketch. As such, all my finished artworks are painted and done in Adobe Photoshop (CC 2014, currently), along with my old and trusted Wacom Intuos 4.

 

What’s your background? Did you study art in school?

I finished university in 2014 with a degree of Bachelor of Finearts, Major in Advertising Arts. My Alma Mater is the University of Santo Tomas here in Manila, Philippines. The course I took focused on graphic design, branding and marketing for agencies, which is a very good background to have in any art industry. During our 3rd year to 4th year we had special classes we called ‘Electives’, which are basically specialized classes, this was the time I decided on focusing more on digital painting and illustration, rather than going into graphic designing, so I took electives related to my chosen field. By the time I got to the thesis phase, which is the final requirement before finishing the course, I decided to take on Book Illustration. I’ve learnt many things from my background that if it weren’t for it I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do the same things I’m doing right now.

 

What attracted you to doing the covers for the AIR AWAKENS series?

The AIR AWAKENS series was my very first book cover series. I’m not going to lie that I first took interest on the project because it was an opportunity for me to finally work on the book industry. Any artist starting out would be uncontrollably excited when offered a project as such. And THEN I read the story, read about the characters, got to know an amazing client and author, a friend, and so there lies my true answer. It was the perfect project for me, I loved the world, I loved the characters and I loved the idea behind it all. And so I wanted to make sure that I make it very special.

 

What is your favorite cover so far?

That’s hard to say. I loved all of it so far! (Or I’m being extremely biased, because well, I worked hard on all of them! haha) But if I’m being asked as an artist I would probably say the first cover. It was simple, straight to the point, saying, ‘Hey, this is Vhalla, the Heroine for this amazing world/story’. I like covers that has that iconic, unique feeling to it and so I would say that the first cover definitely did it for this series.

 

(Without any spoilers) What did you like about the third book in the AIR AWAKENS series: Earth’s End?

Earth’s End is my favorite of the 3 books so far and my main reason is that it felt like everything was coming down together, finally! Especially for Vhalla. I loved the Vhalla in this book. The character has developed into something much more and although she’s still probably transitioning, she’s finally getting there. In general what I liked about Earth’s End is that there’s more action, more storyline focused on Vhalla and her world, there were more things learned about the other characters too such as Baldair, among many others. Elise has outdone herself with this one.

 

What’s one thing that you think would surprise people about the process of creating the AIR AWAKENS covers? Or, one thing people may not know?

Elise has always told me that she and her author friends never expect their artist to read the whole manuscript. And I read the whole thing because well, I just couldn’t help it. I have become very attached! She says I make the most ‘official-est’ fanart ever and I agree.

 

 

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Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.

Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) andFacebook.

 
 

Fire Falling by Elise Kova eARC Review Tour stop (+Giveway)

Fire Falling (Air Awakens Series Book 2) (Volume 2) - Elise Kova

Info:

Title: Fire Falling, Book Two of Air Awakens

Publication Date: November 19th, 2015

Author: Elise Kova

 

 Summary

 

Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?

 

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Holy mother Sun! I'm starstruck. This is what I'd like to call a gorgeous sequel. Dare I say it, it might even top Air Awakes


This was an exceptional sequel. I loved it so much! I feel like the series has more of a direction, which is exciting. I'm still processing what happened in this book, because THINGS HAPPENS.

 

THE ENDING. OH MY GOSH. MIND BLOW.

 

Review

“I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. As Always This is in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.”

Air Awakens series is a YA fantasy written in 3rdPOV from the perspective of  Vhalla Yarl, prior librarian and newly discovered sorcerer, but not any sorcerer.

 A windwalker.

 An air controller.

 A creationist of illusion and disguise.

She is considered a powerful asset in the war, rare but also feared and envied.  With that comes enimie. And many wants her death.

After unfortunate events and deception in the first book Vhalla was brought before a trial that sentenced her for life. Oh not death, it would’ve been too merciful

 

Vhalla is property of the Emperor now; he’s favorite pawn and ultimate weapon at gaining the war

. A killing machine.

 

In this sequel the story was pretty predictable compared to the first one; there was some minor twists and death. However it contained more magic and fights. And we got to see new places in the empire and meet new personage.

 

Basically the book was divided in three parts which I like to call first the journey then the rest/preparation and finally the war.

It started off as slow but the pace picks up right after the journey, interesting matters start happening, and OH BOY it happens!

 

I loved how characters were put out of their comfort zone. some where forced out of it and others did it out of pure devotion, love and friendship (Larel and Fritz, I love them both to no end)

 

Vhalla’s growth was exceptional; in the first book she started out like any other normal character but by the end of fire falling it’s hard to believe that they are the same person..

"She'd wanted to become someone the Senate would fear, why not shatter the sky?"

She truly kept her promise; she is the second most who amazed me on this sequel.

 

As for the first, you would be surprise that I would say its Baldair, yes HIM. I was never his fan probably never will be but what a thoughtful guy! And Sweet. I’m weary about his motives, he’s just so darn perfect, and perfect guys don’t exist I’m still waiting for the shoe to drop. Seriously.

 

 

Aldrik on the other hand is very unique. I love the mystery he projects, his unnerving composure, wide knowledge and infinite wisdom. The dormant power he harness is so enthralling that (and I know this is bad to say) but I want him to just snap and show the extent of his instability.

 

Now there was some characters I was very annoyed with. Which made question why were they even there? but of course it just adds to the plot line. *caugh-whispers* Elicia 

 

We also get more insight on that unbreakable magic bond Vhalla and Aldrick share, usually I’m dismissive of bonds as a cliché attempt on forging relationships but Elise just thrown that fact out of the window, honestly I’m both excited and TERRIFIED of this one.

It doesn’t just affect them on a psych/emotional level but further, I noticed some drastic changes, some are good and beneficial but others are just terribly bad, it makes me so nervous.

 

 

The love interest is very clear from the first book; I love how it’s solidified and defined in this one. We know where everyone stands and who Vhalla chooses.

« I don't want your brother, my dear Prince Aldrick C. Solaris. Not every creature with breasts thinks Prince Baldair is a god among men.»

I second THAT.

 It makes me very contempt about the outcome.

 

Overview

 

It's very engaging and exciting. It's a mix between Poison Study by V.E. Snyder and Throne Of Glass by S.J. Maas. If you love either of these then you should definitely check this one out!!

 

Overall, this book had more action, more magic, more adventure,more surprises and secrets, no love triangle, stupendous character development and a well placed twist at the end no one could have expected .

 

 

About Author:

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Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.

Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) andFacebook.

 
 

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Reading progress update: I've read 135 out of 290 pages.

Heir to the Crown - Ember Shane

This part cracked me up, the character mentioned Twilight so I had to share it!

 

"Are you watching Twilight?" His lips twitched with a hint of a smile. "Addy, am I not monster enough for you? You know he sparkles, right?"

Still smiling :D ! ---------'

 

The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts (The Unbelievables Book #1) - K.C. Tansley

Synopsys:

 

 

 

Kat Preston doesn’t believe in ghosts. Not because she’s never seen one, but because she saw one too many. Refusing to believe is the only way to protect herself from the ghost that tried to steal her life. Kat’s disbelief keeps her safe until her junior year at McTernan Academy, when a research project for an eccentric teacher takes her to a tiny, private island off the coast of Connecticut.

The site of a grisly mystery, the Isle of Acacia is no place for a girl who ignores ghosts, but the ghosts leave Kat little choice. Accompanied by her research partner, Evan Kingsley, she investigates the disappearance of Cassie Mallory and Sebastian Radcliffe on their wedding night in 1886. Evan’s scientific approach to everything leaves Kat on her own to confront a host of unbelievables: ancestral curses, powerful spells, and her strange connection to the ghosts that haunt Castle Creighton.

But that’s all before Kat’s yanked through a magic portal and Evan follows her. When the two of them awaken 129 years in the past with their souls trapped inside the bodies of two wedding guests, everything changes. Together, Kat and Evan race to stop the wedding-night murders and find a way back to their own time—and their own bodies—before their souls slip away forever.

 

 

 

Review:

 

 

“I received this from netGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.”

 

 

The story is quite enjoyable, intriguing in some aspects.
But as interesting the plot was I still had issues with the book, it was soo frustratingly slow, it lost it focus on the main cause and drifted off to tell other events without any results. It was implied that Kat could’ve done something many times, Or at least improvised. But she did nothing; she just cowered behind her search partner Evan and just waitedwined her death.
And how the hell could Evan have that much control whilst the other (as it was told many time that she was strong) loose it every single time?

As for the character,in my opinion were not well harmonized, it’s like watching a movie where the story is interesting but unfortunately played by bad actorscharacters.
I can’t follow their conversation, attitude…ect, I’m always rolling my or puffing my irritation with them.

Overall, I'm Glad we got more insight on the murder, to know the victims, main suspects, their heritage, unraveling all the mystery. But the drama was too much for my liking.

 

 

 

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Winter’s Bride By Nellie C Lind

Winter's Bride - Nellie C. Lind

Synopsys:

The Winter Lord is a man like no other. He rules the world together with the Summer Lady, thThe e Autumn Lord and the Lady of Spring. That alone says that the Winter Lord is the wrong man to fall in love with, but Dawn loves him anyway.

The last thing Dawn expects is to be placed inside the Winter Lord's prison because of a minor dispute. When he visits her and asks her to marry him, Dawn knows that nothing will ever be the same again. Her entire world is put into a spin, but soon, she realizes that things aren't as they should be. The Winter Lord is hiding something, and when the truth is revealed, she understands that only one thing can save her life ...
Love.

 

 

Review:

I really enjoyed this one, I love happy endings and a book full of romance!

 

"I was sent an E-Copy directly from the author; this has in no way affected my review or its content."

 

This is an adult fantasy romance, winter’s Bride book one in The Elders of the Seasons 

 series.

I finished this book a week ago, I really can’t find time to sit and actually write instead of constantly daydreaming about my reads shakes head college really isn’t an easy step in life… trust me (especially for future engineers ;) )

Moving on, I was warned by the author, and it’s my turn to warn you that this is in fact a hot steamy romance, but in my opinion it wasn’t that explicit, instead (intimate interaction aside) I found it really cute .

Dawn is a very honest character, her innocence is shown from the very first page so you can’t get annoyed by her decision nor her feeling (yes they are a bit over the top but still understandable) but it’s clear she’s not dumb but ruled by her feelings for the big bad lord. Still adorable.

 

The most intriguing and confusing character in this book was the Autumn lord, I can’t decide if his action/ thinking is sane or if he was faking it. Like, WHAT ? (O.o)

He seems to understand but doesn’t act on it or do it in a complete unlogical dumbest way possible…. (but* whispers* he’s hot, and has the attitude so I want to know more) the guy is difinitly something and I’m glad his story is next. It’s going to be better than this one I can tell.

 

The story had a steady pace, nothing was rushed but was presented event after another, there isn’t much to the story but you still get attached to these characters. it was beautifully written that even if you see it coming it still hurts, like really bad, It got my heart aching for a couple of chapters and some others got it to almost burst from happiness.


About author:

Nellie C. Lind

Nellie C. Lind was born in Poland and moved to Sweden when she was 5 years old. Today she lives in Stockholm with her son. She runs a publishing house for a living, makes book covers and writes paranormal romance, fantasy and sci-fi books for adults. It's all about hot angels, gods, cyborgs and a lot of love!

Website: http://nellieclind.com/
Blog: http://nellie-c-lind.blogspot.se/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nellieclind
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nellieclind

 

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