Monday, January 16, 2017

Review and Book Tour for Hunt of the Fallen





Ralin is an outsider among outsiders. The dominant Users, who can manipulate their souls to create unique and powerful abilities, shun him for his lack of inborn talent. And even among his fellow exiles, he must hide his past. On the very day that he finds a lasting purpose for his life, everything is turned completely upside down.

Wanted by the government, pursued by monsters and mercenaries, and plagued by strange nightmares, the young man must travel beyond everything he has ever known to discover what is so important about him to cause such powerful people want him as an ally, or want him dead. To survive, Ralin and his allies will be pushed to the limit as they battle rock monsters, traitors, the undead, and even Ralin himself.







This Author did a great job of creating a world that is absolutely all his own. Creatures came to life from his imagination, to the page, and into my mind as I read. It was easy to get sucked in once the world building was set down, giving us a place to run into the adventure. I loved the twists and the ability of the author to keep us guessing. This was not a predictable plot and it was fun to discover along the way. I felt the characters were relate-able and easy to like.
I did find it interesting to discover this darkness in the main character - not in a bad way, but rather in the way that in all stories we know that there is good and bad inside people, and in stories like this - when you expect the character to come into their magic abilities -  you expect it to be good. In this story, we are not sure that his abilities will make him good. So there is that question of "do we want him to gain his abilities ... or don't we?" And I love that question. It's so unique.
I do love that the author tied up this stories but left the wider, overall story line open for the next installment of the book. And I am excited to read that next book too. I do recommend this. It is  probably more of a YA book - even though it starts tame it does get more detailed for battles & danger and it's not always pretty. But I really liked it!


R.A. Zaugg (1982-still kicking) was born in Ogden, Utah, to long-time Utahan parents as the first of their brood. His childhood was filled with fun, friends, and family values that have made him who he is today. His first novel "Hunt of the Fallen" began on sticky notes as he worked in a gas station, and was the spark that lit the fire of storytelling. With a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing, he is now working on his master's degree. He currently lives in Washington State with his wife and step-son.


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Review for Chasing Her Heart



Wasn’t it enough that he crushed her heart, did he have to be her only hope also.


Shane was ready for a change from his demanding and dangerous job. Just as he finished his final assignment in Europe, he received a request from his best friend back home asking him to use his skills and chase down his wife’s flighty friend. Once he located her, he found himself attracted and feeling protective when troublesome incidents kept occurring around her.

Liz’s desire for love and fulfillment took her to Ireland to explore the land of her ancestors. Little did she know she’d walked right into a dangerous situation that could put her life in jeopardy. Now the sexy, arrogant Shane has inserted himself into her life. Confused and irritated by her attraction to him, she knew she could trust him to keep her safe. She just wished she could trust him with her heart.


Snippet:

So this was the infamous but elusive Shane? What a Neanderthal. Deciding to give as good as he was dishing out, she pushed against his hard chest to get him to move. Unfortunately, that was like trying to swat a brick wall and expect it to tumble.

I actually really enjoyed this book. It was a perfect story of a vacation/getaway gone wrong and in a situation that was completely realistic and fun. The tension, the romance, the adventure, etc all added together for a perfect story mix. The book does get a bit heated and a bit descriptive but is not erotic or graphic by any means. I enjoyed the characters being so like able. There were several times that i hitches while trying to figure out who and what and when and where - it definitely pulled me in and was fun to read. I'm interested in reading her other work too. I know this was part of a collection but it absolutely readable as a stand alone. I didn't feel like I missed anything for not reading the others but I am interested in reading them and hearing the stories of the other as well.




J. L. Petersen lives in Denver with her husband. She finds inspiration in her adopted state of Colorado and her belief love is the most powerful positive emotion we can experience.



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Friday, December 23, 2016

Review for The Soulstealer's Child




Can a human heart overcome a demon soul?




When soul-eating demons overrun his world, Kaelis, a young seraph warrior, uses the Queen’s ring to open a portal in space and flee with the infant heir to the throne, landing on earth. Unbeknownst to him, the demon leader, Nsark, follows through the portal, determined to devour the soul of every last seraph, especially the Queen’s heir. After Kaelis hides the baby, Nsark creates the ultimate weapon by fathering a half-human, half-demon: a soul-stealer’s child. 



Sixteen years later, an awkward teen named James struggles to fit in with his peers. In a last-ditch effort, he joins the school play, where he meets Lucy. Something deep draws them together, and their friendship reveals their hidden pasts: one is an angel, one is half-demon. Lucy and James find themselves pulled into an age-old war between their peoples. Hunted by relentless enemies, and grappling with deep-seated instincts and strange new powers, they must fight for their lives, their souls, and each other.






I honestly adored this story. I was completely sucked in from the first words and every time I had 2 seconds I went back to it to read even a couple more lines or a paragraph (More if I could get away with it). I loved the conflict and the energy of the piece. And I loved not knowing who was the angel and who was the demon for a while. I was back and forth not knowing and then knowing and then not knowing again until it all came out. That captivated me and I was dying to know but am not one to skip ahead - so I read on. The story was unique and fun, the setting was perfect and the conflict so high that i found myself completely involved. When the book ended I was completely floored and am so eager to read the next book! Thanks Brandon for an amazing story and please hurry with the next one! I Highly recommended this book.





Brandon Gray is the pen name of Braden Bell (Brandon writes YA fiction; Braden writes for middle grades). Braden holds a Ph.D. from New York University. He and his family live on a quiet, wooded lot in Tennessee, where he teaches middle school theatre and music. An experienced performer, Braden enjoys reading, gardening, and long summer afternoons writing in his hammock. His most notable skill is being able to eat a full rack of BBQ ribs with one hand on long drives.



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Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Countdown Day 7!





Railyn Stone, author of The Christmas Tree Guy, A Secret to Keep, Restored Hearts and Lest We Aren't Forgiven, lives in North Carolina with her husband. When she's not behind the screen of her laptop, she's usually enjoying time with her family. The only child of two educators, she learned early on just how magical words can be.

Q & A With The Author:
4. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
            My largest unfulfilled dream is to vacation in Bora Bora and stay in an over the water bungalow. I am trying to save money to get to my destination, but it’s not happening as fast as I want it to.

5. What is the hardest thing you've ever done?

            At this point in my life, the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do was to hit ‘send’. When it comes to writing, I’ve gone through many emotions and feelings, but the most nerve-wracking feeling was pushing ‘send’ to send my query letter to a literary agent, knowing there was a chance I would be rejected. And what was harder than that was receiving rejection after rejection and still having the courage to push send to other agents.


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EnVee McAlister just bought a house. It’s an old Victorian home that needs a lot of work, especially if she wants to get into it by Christmas.

Logan Edwards is the contractor she’s hired to help her. Unfortunately, he’s not like any man she’s ever encountered and his arrogance and crass demeanor is making it hard to deal with him. Both she and Logan hold no punches and their terribly blunt personalities clash like oil and water.

But when she finds out about Logan’s tragic past, it forces her to deal with her own insecurities and emotions she’s desperately tried to forget. And instead of a house for Christmas, EnVee receives something she never expected.




Snippet:

EnVee was not happy. How could this happen to her? Here she was excited to be working on her dream house. The house she’d always wanted. She’d found the perfect one and now somehow she’d ended up hiring some arrogant, crass man that was going to be a nightmare to work with to restore it. She could hear him mumbling something as he opened the door for her to enter. Walking across the threshold, her frustrations with him subsided and she smiled at the old house’s charm. It needed work, but she didn’t care. It was perfect. Logan’s deep voice broke her trance.
My brother says you have some things you are requesting. I wanted to go ahead and get those from you so I can work on the blueprints. If there are major structural changes, we need to plan for those up front so there are no surprises later in the job.”
She turned to see him staring at her and she felt a little intrigued. She wasn’t quite sure why this man had her feeling this way. She’d dated outside of her race before, so she had no problems with the cultural differences, but he wasn’t anything close to the clean cut, expensive suit types she’d ever been out with before or was usually attracted to. His dark hair lapped at his collar, but was still neatly coiffed and that was a plus. The eyes, she’d initially assumed were brown, were actually a deep sapphire hue and they were sheltered by rows of dark lashes. His strong jawline was covered by rugged but well-groomed stubble. Shaking her head, she reached into her briefcase and pulled out a list. “Here.”
Logan stepped forward and took the list from her manicured hand and she watched him skim the list before she turned to inspect the fireplace and mantel.
Wow. I’m kind of impressed.”
EnVee turned on her heel, wiping dust from her fingers. “Excuse me?”
Well, I figured a hoity toity like yourself would want to modernize everything about this house. You’d be wanting an elevator installed and all other fancy accouterments.”
Are you this rude with all of your clients? I’m no hoity toity and I happen to believe this house is perfect the way it is. It just needs some refreshing. It doesn’t need too much modernization in its structure, just maybe needs life breathed into it again.” She’d gotten so caught up in her daydream of the house and all it could be that when she placed her eyes back on Logan, he was staring at her in shock. “Look, I don’t really care what you think of me.”
Obviously.”
I just want the job done. Can you do it? Or shall I call your brother and tell him I can’t work with you and I need to find another company that’ll do the job right?” She crossed her arms in front of her, tapping her Jimmy Choo on the hardwood. She’d just about had it with his holier than thou attitude.
I can more than do this job.” His eyes never left her face and he added. “You won’t find anyone better suited for this and who can handle this the way you want it.” His eyes were so intense, EnVee felt a spark of electricity shoot down her spine, settling in the pit of her stomach and she cleared her throat.
Well, fine. I’d like to see the rest of the house if that’s not a problem for you.”

Logan slightly bowed and with a flourish and twist of his wrist, he smiled. “After you Princess.”



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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Soulstealer's Child Blitz




Brandon Gray is the pen name of Braden Bell (Brandon writes YA fiction; Braden writes for middle grades). Braden holds a Ph.D. from New York University. He and his family live on a quiet, wooded lot in Tennessee, where he teaches middle school theatre and music. An experienced performer, Braden enjoys reading, gardening, and long summer afternoons writing in his hammock. His most notable skill is being able to eat a full rack of BBQ ribs with one hand on long drives.



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Can a human heart overcome a demon soul?



When soul-eating demons overrun his world, Kaelis, a young seraph warrior, uses the Queen’s ring to open a portal in space and flee with the infant heir to the throne, landing on earth. Unbeknownst to him, the demon leader, Nsark, follows through the portal, determined to devour the soul of every last seraph, especially the Queen’s heir. After Kaelis hides the baby, Nsark creates the ultimate weapon by fathering a half-human, half-demon: a soul-stealer’s child. 



Sixteen years later, an awkward teen named James struggles to fit in with his peers. In a last-ditch effort, he joins the school play, where he meets Lucy. Something deep draws them together, and their friendship reveals their hidden pasts: one is an angel, one is half-demon. Lucy and James find themselves pulled into an age-old war between their peoples. Hunted by relentless enemies, and grappling with deep-seated instincts and strange new powers, they must fight for their lives, their souls, and each other.






Top Ten List:

1. My wife
2. My kids
3. My students
4. Dr. Pepper
5. BBQ ribs
6. Amazon gift cards
7. Old Christmas movies
8. Turner Classic Movies
9. My new Amazon Firestick (love this!!!)
10. My job--teaching choir and theatre at a middle school.



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