Friday, April 28, 2023

Promo: The Forgotten Keychains

 Welcome to the book tour for The Forgotten Keychains by Julian Kennedy! Read of for more details!


The Forgotten Keychains (The Forgotten Series #1) 
Publication Date: August 4, 2022 
Genre: Suspense/ Thriller/ LGBTQ Rep 

Buckle up for a gripping suspense novel with an ending that will leave readers curious, creeped out, and looking over their shoulders.

Dannie, a real estate photographer, finds something intriguing at a photoshoot. At first, it leaves them curious, but soon after, they become thrust into a nightmare they’ll never forget. 

 They have dreams that frighten them, and massive anxiety to contend with. But they’re compelled to push forward by circumstances that are out of their control, fighting a battle against their own mind, all while trying to protect the person they love the most. The keychains are more horrifying than they could have even imagined.

 Does Dannie find out the meaning of the keychains? Order your copy of this creepy suspense thriller now, or download it for free on Kindle Unlimited, to find out.

 (Bonus: Tons of lgbtq representation)

 The Forgotten Keychains is the debut suspense novel by Julian Kennedy and is the first novel in The Forgotten Series. 

(TWs for dark content including references to rape, violence, substance abuse, and LGBTQ family issues) For people who find themselves unable to put down creepy psychological thrillers and stories that keep them up at night, this is the perfect book. Add to Goodreads


I could have smelled it from a mile away, the scent of death mingling with that of the wildlife and mucky water winding its way through the river. It haunts the area, and I know I’ll go home smelling like it, same as I always do. There’s no amount of body wash, detergent, or scent beads in the world that can rid me of it, because I carry it in my heart even more than I do on my clothes. The surrounding area is clustered with police, crime scene personnel, and a handful of rubberneckers. That’s not unusual. Murders especially seemed to draw out a bunch of true crime obsessed lurkers. I can’t blame them. Curiosity about death is what leads a lot of people like me into working in homicide in the first place. I wonder if any other local jurisdictions have come across anything as horrifying as this. As soon as I get back, I ought to put out some feelers. Other cops tend to keep things pretty close to the chest about this sort of thing, but you would think a decomposed body of yet another young woman would be enough to get them to share some info. Especially with such similar circumstances to the body we found several months ago. This poor angel washed up a couple of days prior, I’m guessing, and based on the amount of insect and wildlife damage, that wasn’t when she died. Decomp looks like probably about a month or two’s worth, but I need to wait to see what the medical examiner says. My heart cries for these young women, and I try to not let my eyes do the same. I wear a flat expression so that other cops feel better. It’s hard to do your job when you’re busy dealing with a lead detective who’s in tears. According to one of our crime scene techs I talked to by the yellow tape, there’s nothing apart from the strangulation marks and petechial hemorrhaging in both eyes. So far, no hint of DNA, but the tech had only been there an hour or so at the time. No identification, or wallet. Her clothes show normal wear and tear given her current condition. The lack of personal items is odd. It’s the same as the last case. Who leaves the house without at least their phone these days? People in their twenties and thirties use their phones like another appendage. I can also remember many, many teenage lectures from my dad about remembering my license when I went out. “You never know what kind of creeps are out there. And you can’t always trust the other drivers.” Always the optimist. I smile, but then I start to wonder what kind of families were missing these women, and I instantly deflate like a balloon. I approach the body and squat down, careful to not let my booties knock around any potential evidence. I think for a couple of minutes, my eyes scanning for any obvious clues. “Anything stand out?” I ask, already predicting the answer. This tech just joined the squad and is eager to prove himself. Police precincts can be a bit like dick measuring contests, and new hires get a little insecure. He clears his throat, “Okay, well, nothing yet, ma’am. Just the signs of strangulation. It sucks, doesn’t it? When these bastards cover their tracks so well. I hope the ME comes back with better news. Just about done with my pictures and then I’m gonna head back to the lab to take a look at a couple of skin samples.” I nod, knowing he’s doing the best he can. “Good work, Aaron. Keep it up.” He grins. “Thanks, boss.” I return the grin. “I’m not your boss. Just trying to solve a mystery, same as you.” I head back to the group of officers clustered next to their squad cars, Phil holding court with his newfound confidence. It’s good to see him finding his footing. They stop talking as soon as I get there, and Phil holds his hand up to me as if to say, Chill. I know for damn certain what the uniforms all thought. It’s not too hard to guess. I’m a black female cop who passed them all up for a promotion. What they seem to forget is that the promotion involved scoring well on exams and being able to run more than a tenth of a mile without getting winded. They’re supposed to stay in shape, too, but it’s easier for them to slack the lower they are on the food chain. “Make sure the scene stays blocked off, and keep the press away. Until we know what we’re dealing with, the last thing we need is the media fucking this all up for us. You know how they are.” I spot a couple of vans approaching in the distance. “Vultures. Let’s head back, you two.” I indicate a couple of the cops. “Phil, I want to talk this over with you.”

About the Author

 Julian Kennedy is a debut author who lives in the Midwestern United States with their family (a partner and three wonderful kids). They’ve wanted to publish a book ever since they were a kid, and are psyched to finally realize that dream. In their spare time, Julian is an avid true crime fan
and can be found listening to “their murders,” as their skeptical partner always says. They’ve also been a bookworm since they could walk. They enjoy a wide range of books—from classic literature, to fluffy rom-coms, to true crime, to creepy mysteries. Just about anything with pages will do. 

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Thursday, April 27, 2023

Book Review: Hades' Shadow

Title -
Hades' Shadow
Author - Ember-Raine Winters 
Series - Halfling Academy #2
Genre - Urban Fantasy 
Format -  Kindle Review Copy
Published - April 20th 2023
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Welcome to Halfling Academy where the Greek Gods are real and danger lurks behind every corner.

The gods are weakening, and Hades is no exception. The gates to the underworld are open, and Beth and her friends are thrown into a quest to stop demons from feasting on humans.

Few of the living have ever made it back from the Underworld alive, and even fewer have taken on what Beth and her friends must face: an evil that even the gods themselves fear.

Beth and Jayden must traipse across the Underworld to find Hades' helm and stop an even bigger threat from destroying the world.

Fans of Zodiac Academy and Half-blood Academy will love this fast-paced Urban Fantasy academy romance.


I received Hades’ Shadow in return for an honest review from the author. 

Hades’ Shadow is the 2nd installment in the Halfling Academy series. The gods are still at war with an unknown forcing them to hunt their items of power to return so they can be returned. In this installment they are hunting for Hades helm of power which has been taken by someone he trusted but still remains in the underworld. 

As the underworld slowly falls apart the demons are appearing causing destruction in the human world. Together with the help of Adrian son of Apollo they set off across the underworld on a quest for the helmet. Finding unlikely friends among some of the most dangerous of the underworld. Fighting monsters that aren’t even part of Greek mythology.  

I love the characters they each bring something to the group. Adrian was a perfect companion to add to the crew. I admit I have moments when I want to strange Jayden but it’s only because he’s so hot and cold when it comes to Beth. I’m sure he will be able to figure his stuff out by the end of the series. 

I loved this installment it was fast paced action packed and even had a little steamy mixed in. The story is beautifully written it captures the heart as well as the imagination. I found it hard to put down because I wanted to know what would happen next to Beth and her friends. I can’t wait to see which item of power they will be hunting for next. 

RELEASE BLITZ - Savage Truth by Isla Vaughn

Title: Savage Truth
A Dark High School Bully Romance
Series: Hidden Valley Elite #2
Author: Isla Vaughn
Genre: Contemporary Dark Romance
Tropes: High School Bully Romance
Release Date: April 27, 2023

Rejected by a teenage god.
Lies so dangerous our lives are at stake.
A game worth playing.

Cole Savage doesn’t hate anyone as much as he hates me… or the fact that he wants me just as much.

We all have issues, and the less he knows about me, the better. I just have to keep him unbalanced, which is harder than I thought it would be.

Yeah, he wants me.
But I want him just as much.
And that’s a secret I’ll kill over.

Until I overhear Cole saying “she’s not my type.”
Game on, pretty boy.
Because the kiss that seared me to my core told a different story.

Let’s see how tall and proud he walks when I put him in his place—which is hands-off of me.

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Isla Vaughn is the author of the Hidden Valley Elite series. Her romance books are full of complex characters, strong alpha males, and the fierce women who bring them to their knees. When not writing, she can be found daydreaming about owning a beach house, reading, or drinking too much coffee. You can find her at


RELEASE BLITZ - Manic Mayhem by Nikki Landis

Title: Manic Mayhem
A Royal Bastards MC Series Crossover
Author: Nikki Landis
Genre: MC Romantic Suspense
Tropes: Mobster/Age Gap/Forced Proximity
Release Date: April 27, 2023

A protection assignment gone horribly wrong.

When a vicious threat is made against mob boss Alaric Huber's granddaughter, my club is assigned the task of keeping Bianca alive. Specifically, me. There's just one tiny problem with that—actually, two.

Bianca doesn't believe she's in trouble and doesn't want my big, scary ass following her around, especially when she's attending a romance book signing. I can't think of a worse assignment than chasing her across several states, keeping the hitmen after her from collecting the massive price on her head. She's a spoiled, determined, icy princess who's used to getting her way. Life's about to teach her a hard lesson.

When she's almost killed, I go off-grid, forcing her to follow my orders. All I have to do is keep Bianca safe and deliver her to the dropoff point, where Alaric's men will escort her to an undisclosed location, out of danger and hidden away from the world. Except I'm not so sure that's what I want anymore. This curvy temptress has sunk her claws in deep. I'm feelin' things I can't act on . . . until she presses her lips to mine.

Now, we're both screwed.

A twist on the classic The Phantom of the Opera.

Manic Mayhem is a standalone MF motorcycle club/mobster romance with an age gap, forced proximity, violence, and dark themes. Contains a feisty heroine and her brutal, ruthless biker anti-hero. Not suitable for readers under eighteen. Heed the CWs. A dirty and delicious read with a little kink and a hint of taboo. Part of the Royal Bastards MC Tonopah/Las Vegas, NV world.

Motorcycles, Mobsters, and Mayhem author event proudly presents The Mayhem Makers Series. These standalone novels are brought to you by several bestselling authors specializing in writing twisted chaos. You'll get all the bikers, mobsters, and dark romance your heart can handle.

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Nikki Landis is the USA Today & International Bestselling, Multi-Award-Winning Author of over 50 romance novels in the MC, reverse harem, paranormal, dystopian, and science fiction genres. Her books feature deadly reapers, dark alpha heroes, protective shifters, and seductive vampires along with the feisty, independent women they love. There's heart-throbbing action on every page as well as fated mates and soul bonds deep enough to fulfill every desire.


RELEASE BLITZ PACKET - Royal by Andi Rhodes

Title: Royal
Series: Soulless Kings MC #10
Author: Andi Rhodes
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: April 27, 2023

My patch is everything to me. It signifies all that I’ve sacrificed for, all that I did as a prospect, everything I’ve ever wanted. Not only was I voted into the Soulless Kings MC as a patched member, but I’m now in charge of recruiting new prospects. And I’m damn good at it… until one night, one bad decision threatens my world.

Fortunately, I have someone looking out for me. No, it’s not who you’d expect, but it’s someone far better than I could have hoped for. Paige isn’t the chick who caught my eye, but she is the one who saves me from myself. As much as I don’t want to believe what she tells me, I don’t seem to have a choice. Because every time I turn around, the object of her warning is always there, waiting, watching, planning. And I vow to do whatever it takes to keep Paige, and my club, safe from their destruction.

I’m not exactly what you’d call a hot commodity. I’m not the woman who catches a man’s eye or even one who drunks hook up with for one night of fun. No, all of that’s reserved for my best friend. The problem with that is she’s not single. She doesn’t care who she hurts in the process, as long as she gets what she wants.

But I’m done protecting her, lying for her. Her latest mark is someone who could easily cause a lot of damage to all involved, but there’s something about his eyes that draws me in, makes me see him for more than what he flashes on the outside. He’s not a bad guy, just a horny one. He may have had his sights set on my friend, but once I tell him the truth, I’m the woman he sinks his fingers into, literally and figuratively. I can only hope he doesn’t eventually deem me guilty by association.

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Andi Rhodes is an author whose passion is creating romance from chaos in all her books! She writes MC (motorcycle club) romance with a generous helping of suspense and doesn’t shy away from the more difficult topics. Her books can be triggering for some so consider yourself warned. Andi also ensures each book ends with the couple getting their HEA! Most importantly, Andi is living her real life HEA with her husband and their boxers.

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PRE-ORDER BLITZ - Beauty and the Bruiser by Josie Blake

Title: Beauty and the Bruiser
Series: Philadelphia Tyrant Hockey #1
Author: Josie Blake
Genre: Contemporary Hockey Romance
Tropes: Single Dad/Nanny, Grumpy/Sunshine
Release Date: May 26, 2023

Nanny for a professional hockey player? Please. More like beauty for the beast.

The job is straightforward. Single dad Duke York needs a caretaker for his seven-year-old daughter during the hockey season, bonus if that person can help her with her school work. His team is rebuilding, and he plans to retire at the end of the year. This is his last chance to make a run at the cup. Right now, I have the time and the education to do this work.

Except there should be a disclaimer in the job description about Duke. He’s hot as sin, and the grizzled hockey veteran takes brooding to the next level. I need the cash, though, and the job offers housing as part of its compensation. Since I have nowhere to live—again—it’s the perfect situation. But I didn’t expect to find such a fascinating man under Duke’s gruff exterior, and the more I get to know the father and daughter duo, the more I risk losing my heart to them both.

My real life has never included any fairy-tale endings. But maybe this temporary job could be the beginning of all of our happily ever afters…

BEAUTY AND THE BRUISER is a full-length, sexy hockey romance with a happily ever after. If you like Beauty and the Beast vibes, a grumpy cinnamon roll single dad hero, and slow burn chemistry, you should try this first book in the Philadelphia Tyrant Hockey series!

The Philadelphia Tyrant books contain mild adult language and open-door sexual scenes/situations. Every story can be read as a standalone.


Josie Blake writes college-set, hockey romance with sass and emotion. Originally from a small town in western Pennsylvania, she now battles traffic in southern New Jersey where she lives with her hero husband and their happily-ever-after: two very energetic sons. When she isn’t writing, she can be found next to a hockey rink or swimming pool, cooking up something sweet, or hiding from encroaching dust bunnies with a book.


RELEASE BLITZ - Rezoned by Danah Logan

Title: Rezoned
The Davis Order Prequel
Author: Danah Logan
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Tropes: Hate to Love/Second Chance Romance
Release Date: April 27, 2023

Ten years ago, I watched my life go up in flames.
No one tells you how easy it is to die. Here one moment, gone the next.
All because I fell in love with Ethan Davis. He took everything from me.
After nearly a decade of hiding, Ethan stands before me, more handsome and dangerous than ever.
But this time, there is no escape—for either of us.

I've heard people say they lived through hell.
They never met the devil who raised me—Marshall Davis.
He took my remorse. Trained me to be ruthless, feared by the most dangerous men.
I didn't understand what it meant to love. Until Jules.
She made me feel. Something I didn't believe my blackened soul was capable of.
When she was sentenced to burn, my humanity turned to dust with her.

Rezoned is a dark, (love-to) hate-to-love, second-chance, standalone novel and prequel to The Davis Order.
This book is intended for MATURE (18+) readers. Rezoned is labeled dark due to the themes that may be considered TRIGGERS for some. Reader discretion is advised.

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Born and raised in Germany, Danah moved to the U.S., where she met her husband, eventually trading downtown Chicago’s city life for the northern Rockies.

She can be seen hanging with her twin girls and exploring the outdoors when she’s not arguing plot points with the characters in her head.

But it’s that exact passion which has originally produced The Dark Series and continues to keep her glued to her laptop, following her dreams.