Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating. In my case not so patiently waiting for the new releases, which I lack.

I'm in love with the cover for this week's book as well as the synopsis. It sounds amazing and I can't wait to see the retelling. 

My Choice this week is
by - A.G. Howard
Expected Publication - January 10th 2017
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In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera. 

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

A. G. Howard brings the romantic storytelling that Splintered fans adore to France—and an entirely new world filled with lavish romance and intrigue—in a retelling inspired by a story that has captivated generations. Fans of both the Phantom of the Opera musical and novel, as well as YA retellings such as Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, will devour RoseBlood.

What are you waiting on?

Cover Reveal: Secrets

Alice Ward
(Lords of the City, #2)
Publication date: September 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Life is good in Chicago for Blaire Daniels, thanks to the arrival of spring and her new job volunteering at a local orphanage… And thanks to the new man in her life, Cristiano Leventis.
With his dark and mysterious good looks, Cristiano and Blaire connect in a way she never thought possible. As their whirlwind romance takes off the Mediterranean god brings new pleasures to behold both in the outside world and between the sheets.
Blair can’t shake a growing feeling though. Someone is following her, tracking her every move. Sure that it has something to do with Cristiano, she sets out to uncover the truth about her new boyfriend’s past.
What she discovers shocks her and puts her in danger—not just with outside forces, but also with the one man she’s ever really loved.

Author Bio:
Alice Ward is the bestselling author of dozens of hot and steamy contemporary romances. She’s an amazingly prolific writer, releasing a new book almost every single month. Her books are widely read, especially by women and any other lovers of the romance genre. My Stepbrother, My Lover, was her first smash hit.
Alice lives in Miami with her hunky husband. The beach is her all time favorite place to relax with her laptop and write.
She might or might not have a thing for Gerard Butler (it’s the accent).
To find out what Alice is up to currently, visit


Book Blitz: Consumed

Elizabeth Miceli
(Barren, #2)
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: August 31st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Stacey Lorenzo has finished treatment, but is still devastated by her past as she enters college. With drugs and alcohol so readily available, so much freedom, and barely any supervision, Stacey falls back into old habits. Soon it’s a daily dose of partying, self-medicating, and having sex with lots of different guys. As her relationship with Eli destructs, she falls for Jesse, who just so happens to be a drug dealer. Every time she starts to fall back into the memories of her past, Jesse makes it easy to snort away the pain.
But she snorts too much one night; it forces her to question the man she loves and acknowledge her mental and emotional instability. In the second installment of The Barren Series, Stacey must overcome her addiction and make peace with her past if she is ever to be truly happy again.
“Your nose is bleeding.”
I brought my hand to my nose and nodded.
Ugh. I snorted coke last night.
My whole body contorted and I ran to Derek’s bathroom as quickly as I could. I made it just in time. Blood and acid trickled from my nostrils, vomit spewed violently from my mouth, and tears poured from my ducts.
Eli caught up with me, closed the door, and pulled my hair back into a neat bun. His soft hands rubbed my back gently until finally, after what seemed like years, my body stopped betraying me and calmed. The stress Eli felt was written all over his face; he couldn’t imagine the idea of me being hurt, sick, under his watch. He handed me some tissues for my nose and held me to his chest on the tile floor. He didn’t say a word but I knew that he was worried; he felt betrayed by my choices. I hated that I had let him down again. I cried so hard I threw up again.

Author Bio:
Elizabeth hails from the smallest state with the biggest heart. She started off at The University of Akron and then transferred to the University of Rhode Island. She is a majoring in Human Development and Family Studies and minoring in Psychology. Although she loves writing- she also has a passion for helping others which is why she is studying to become a sex therapist/couples counselor. Elizabeth loves spending time with her family and friends, singing, eating everything Italian, and baking cookies. She is “in love with love” which is probably why the driving force in almost everything she writes is romance. When she’s not getting lost in her characters she can be found waiting for her prince charming in her North Kingstown, Rhode Island home.


Book Blitz: Flesh and Blood

Flesh and Blood 
Cynthia Rayne
(Dixie Mafia Series, #1)
Publication date: August 29th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Sometimes it takes a bad guy to catch a killer…
Belle Nunn is a desperate woman. Someone’s following her, watching her—to make even matters worse, she was fired six months ago and hasn’t been able to get a job since. Belle’s down to her last ten bucks has no idea how she’ll make the rent when she’s abducted by Dixon Wolf’s henchman. Belle’s estranged father, Emmett, borrowed money from the Dixie Mafia for his latest get rich quick scheme and—big surprise—Emmett skipped town, leaving her holding the proverbial bag.
Dix is a loan shark and launders dirty Dixie Mafia money. Since his wife died, he’s devoted all his time and energy to the organization—and being bad pays damn good. Belle hasn’t seen Emmett in years and she’d like to keep it that way.
The mob boss is taken with her and offers Belle a job, her empty wallet won’t allow her to refuse—mob mistress. When Belle’s life is in danger, Dix steps into the unlikely role of hero.
Can Dix save her? And can they have a real relationship, one that isn’t based on sex and commerce?
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Author Bio:
Cynthia Rayne is a USA Today bestselling author and co author of the Amazon bestselling Four Horsemen MC series. Cynthia Rayne's first erotic book was written when she was thirteen. Of course, the most risqué scene involved kissing, but it was the talk of her middle school! In her spare time, she enjoys dating, shopping, reading way too many romance novels, and drinking a truly obscene amount of coffee.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday 
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of Book and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

~Grab your current read
~Open to a random page
~Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on the page
~BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! ( make sure that what you share doesn't give away too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)

~Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

I've been in a reading funk for a while. 

Lost Wolf
by Stacy Claflin
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Beads of sweat broke out along my hairline. I wiped them away, tightened my ponytail, and ran faster along the dirt trail, jumping over exposed roots and ducking under low-hanging branches. Pine trees, firs, and alders turned my path into more of an obstacle course than a trail. 

She’s hiding a dark secret. It already killed her once. 

Victoria can’t wait to start college, but there’s a hitch—she can’t remember anything before arriving on campus. Her memories finally spark when she sees her ruggedly handsome math professor, but she senses something terrible happened. The shock on his face affirms her fears. 

Toby is an alpha wolf who never thought he’d see his true love again—not after she died in his arms. Nothing could have prepared him for her walking into his class. But to his dismay, not only has she forgotten the past, she doesn’t even know who she is. 

He’s determined to do whatever it takes to restore what they’ve lost. Can Toby help Victoria recover her memories, or will he lose her forever? 

USA Today bestselling author, Stacy Claflin, brings you Lost Wolf, the first book in the Curse of the Moon series. It’s a paranormal romantic suspense saga that features gripping supernatural drama, surprising twists, dynamic characters, and heart-pounding romance. 

Read Lost Wolf today to satisfy your craving for a fast-paced paranormal tale.
What is your teaser this week?

Book Review: Chasing Magic

Title - Chasing Magic
Author - Gena D Lutz
Genre - Urban Fantasy 
Format - Kindle 
Published - Published 2014
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Anika Webb is an extremely talented witch with certain goals in mind; pass the final hex-trial at Mystic Manor, and spend the rest of her free time tussling beneath the sheets with her hunky-warlock lover, Drake. 

But with all good intentions, evil will fatefully intercede. 

After a jealous foe unleashes a hailstorm of mischief onto an unsuspecting small-town, Anika finds herself battling a volatile spell; where all bets are off, and magic will fly.

Anika is a witch creating the spell that will allow her to practice on her own. It’s while casting her spell her rival sister witch showed up ruining her spell and sending darkness into the town. Determined to stop is Anika and her boyfriend head off after it armed with a magical spelled broom. Together the duo battle against large snakes, killer trees and even a magical bull. Will Anika be able to make it out alive and finish off the magic that is determined to cause havoc? What will happen when she reveals what happened with the spell? 

I like Anika but it’s hard not to like her since she has a pocket dragon that has the ability to shrink or grow large enough for her to ride them. Anika is a sweet character with a good heart who just happens to have a sexy warlock boyfriend. We also have a little insight into Drake as well as Ginger her new friend. I like the chemistry between Anika and Drake it works well and they complement each other well. 

I picked up Chasing Magic purely based on the cover it’s stunning so I knew I had to read it after I saw it. I love the world that Anika lives in a unique world of witches among the human and other supernaturals. The story is well written it’s beautifully done and easy to get lost in the story. I loved the authors writing style she’s a talented story teller and Chasing Magic is no exception. I enjoyed the characters they are easy to connect with and you can’t help enjoying them. The story is perfect for a fast paced action packed read that is easy to fit in one sitting. My only complaint is that I want more of Anika and her world I’m secretly hoping to see more in the future. 

Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday!
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke And The Bookish. Who doesn't love lists. They make life easy! And fun!! It's always a never ending topic.

This week's topic: 

Required Reading for Paranormal fans. 

This one was hard to keep at 10 but I did it. 

1. Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs - A must in the paranormal world she's an auto buy drop everything series for me.  ( had to share the new cover)

2. Baba Yaga series by Deborah Blake - A unique series that takes the concept of Baba Yaga and breathes new life into her. 

3. Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy - Is the starting point of her Pteron world. From here she's branched out to other creatures living in her world. It keeps expanding and finding new characters to love. 

4. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas - This is one of my favorite new series. 
5. The Accidentals series by Dakota Cassidy - This series each book has a paranormal creature that get's a Happy ever after. 

6.  Shifters series by Rachel Vincent - Love this series of cat shifters. 

7. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - I love this series. It's a must for any vampire fan. 

8. Monster Haven Series by R.L. Naquin - a unique spin into the monster and supernatural world. 

9. Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford - Must have a vampire slayer on the list and Aurora is the best at that. 
10. Coveted by Shawntelle Madison - Always need a hoarding werewolf on every list. 

 I worked hard to keep it to ten. All are amazing series and I high recommend them all some are my favorites.
What's on your top ten list this week?  

Cover Reveal: A Double Shot of Bourbon

A Double Shot of Bourbon
A.C. Land
(Bourbon Series #2)
Publication date: October 18th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Lonna Stuart is proud to be the most beautiful girl most people have ever seen. But on the inside she’s dying. Her mother’s grating comments and her boyfriend’s obsessive control are suffocating her.
There’s only one person who sees the real Lonna.
Son of the infamous Bourbon Butcher, Collin toes an invisible line of perfection; he’s a football prodigy; a hard working employee; and, what Lonna’s boyfriend considers, a retard. A slight stutter keeps Collin back from making too many friends, but he observes better than anyone, and he sees things most people miss. He sees the pain in Lonna’s eyes and the sadness in her frown. When she nearly drowns, Collin’s the only one willing to sacrifice himself to save her.
Inspired by Collin’s overwhelming kindness and drawn to the sheer greatness of him, Lonna begins to pull away from her asphyxiating life. But unbeknownst to both of them, Collin’s father, busy planning an epic escape from prison.
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Author Bio:
Author of the Bourbon series, A. C. Land has been a lover of stories since she first read about Peter Pan giving Wendy an acorn and teaching her to fly. She always dreamed of telling big stories about small towns.
Residing on a cattle farm in Missouri, A. C. loves playing with her rambunctious Jack Russell, Riley, making decorative cakes, taking pictures, drinking pumpkin spice coffee, and hanging out with her nephews.


Book Blitz: Vienna Sky & Remember the Maelstrom

Vienna Sky

Release Date: 9/1/15
Eternal Press

Summary from Goodreads:
A Spy-Fy, YA, Thriller. When Archie, a poor kid from New Jersey stumbles on a ring of spies working on a secret experiment, he ends up with a dead spy in his brain and the image of a girl he's never met haunting his dreams. When he goes halfway around the world to finish the spy's final mission he finds out just how much he can handle and just how far he's willing to go in the fight for love, honor and justice.

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Archie thought making it out of New Jersey was a long shot. That was before an Eastern European mobster wanted to crack open his head to get the secrets inside, put there by a dead spy he barely knew.

Remember the Maelstrom
Release Date: 10/13/14
TWB Press

Summary from Goodreads:

They say if you move a single grain of sand on the shore you change the history of the world. Then what happens if a time jumper takes a little girl hostage and she gets killed in the crossfire with time cops? The Domino Effect would create a maelstrom of biblical proportions. Wounded in the gun battle, T.I. Agent Amanda West races back to a future she doesn’t even know exists anymore. Time warps, and her ship is falling apart, but she’s determined to live long enough to find out if her husband is gone, if they ever met at the Academy, or if the world she once knew had been irrevocably changed. 

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A botched investigation into the past triggers a domino effect, thrusting T.I. Agent Amanda West into a race to get home to the man she loves in a future that may no longer exist.

About the Author

I do both serious articles and some artsy fartsy stuff, 2010 and 2011 Creativity Media Award winner. Check out my recent work a

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Monday, August 29, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Welcome to It's Monday! is a weekly event hosted by Book Date to share with others what you've read the past week and are planning to read the next.

Currently at 122 out of 250 but I have a long way to go. 

Last week

I'm out of the funk and school is in full swing at last. 

Magic Edge by Ella Summers - Review
Love by Alyssa Rose Ivy - Review

Up Next 
Ghost by A Zaverelli

Rest of the week 

The Last Valkyrie by Jennifer Sage (Goodreads)

No idea lots of reviews options

What are you reading?