Friday, October 31, 2014

In My Veins (Albion's Circle) Review


Today I'm happy we're apart of the 2 Americans and a Canadian, Eh Blog Tour with a Review of Jessica Jarman's latest release: In My Veins (Albion's Circle, Book Two).


Blurb: 
Anna is his. Merlin has failed. The Circle is broken. After being defeated in every lifetime, Mordred believes he’s finally won.

Even though Anna has little hope of gaining Merlin’s forgiveness for believing Mordred over him and the rest of the Circle, she isn’t giving up and vows to set things right. When an offer of help comes from an unlikely ally, Anna must trust her instincts—the very thing that got her into this mess in the first place.

Because more than just her survival hangs in the balance. Mordred took her for a reason. Anna is the key. The key to completing the Circle. The key to preventing unthinkable death and destruction at Mordred’s hand. They key to destroying the heart of a wizard whose love has followed her through the ages.

But Mordred has forgotten exactly what’s he’s up against—Arthur and his Knights. The most powerful Magical to ever walk the Earth. And a love a thousand years in the making. 

In My Veins is the second book in the Albion's Circle series, so you'll be lost if you don't read Deepest Cut, the first book located in the Anthology: If Ever I'd Leave You (Amazon Buy Link) that being said...

I enjoyed the story immensely, the characters are captivating. Anna has been a pleasure to read as she struggles to get a hold of her magic, keeps getting visions, and just tries to cope with Arthur, Merlin, the circle and everyday friends. Additionally, I felt as though this book was a great stepping stone for Anna and Merlin relationship wise, clearing up a lot of their communication issues and getting on the same page.  I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next between those two and what they pull off with their magics.

What stole the book for me however was Will and Galahad (Galahad is one of Arthur's knights and Will is Anna's brother). I absolutely adored the chemistry between those two. Now I know that I've got no shot to get between them because they are gay... and that small detail of them being fictional... but they have the HOTTEST sex scene I've read I'd say all year. I'd pay to be a fly on the wall to see their parts acted out. My fingers are crossed we get to see a lot more of them in the next book.

I can't really think of anything that I wasn't a fan of while reading this book. Ms. Jarman leaves it off at another great cliff hanger but, I think it just pikes my curiosity of what is going to happen next and how they are all going to deal with this last revelation of Anna's.

Over all I think if you liked King Arthur as a kid you'll enjoy & should check out Ms. Jarman's mystical fairy-tale in the 21st century setting.


Contact Jessica Jarman at 
Buy In My Veins Amazon, ARe, Smashwords

Before You Go... If you are free Nov 17, 2014 swing by facebook to participate in an end of Blog Tour. Try for a chance to win some prizes & chat with the authors:  https://www.facebook.com/events/513909265379107/

Blog Tour Line Up:
10/20- Ebooks Galore- promo
10/21-Undercover Book Reviews- promo
10/22- A Book Addicts Delight- promo
10/23-Shelly's Books- promo
10/24-Spreading the Word- promo
10/25-Dreamer Talks books- promo
10/26-A Bit Bookish- Review (3)
10/26- Sassy Mom Says Read Romance- promo
10/27-Midnight Angel Book Heaven- promo
10/28-To Snog or To Blog- promo
10/29-Jen's Reading Obsession- promo
10/30-Bronwyn Green's Random Thoughts- Interview (3)
10/31-Authors After Dark- review (IMV)
11/1-101 Ways to Make Love to a Spoon- promo
11/2-Sapphyria's Steamy Books- promo
11/3-2 Bibliophiles- promo
11/4-My Bookshelf Book Review- review (Mated)
11/5-Barbara Book Reviews- review (3)
11/6-Trout Nation- promo
11/7-Be My Book Boyfriend- promo
11/8-Author Sandra Love- Interview (3)
11/9-The Color of Ink
11/10-Butterflies Books Dreams- promo
11/11-Spitfire Reviews- review (mated)
11/11-Indie Book Fairy- promo
11/12-Literature Litehouse- promo
11/13-Shannan's World of Books- review (3)
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11/17-Wicked Reads- review (3)
11/18-Carpe_Diem- review (R, M)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

City Lights by Julie Morgan

Author Julie Morgan has published the next installment in her Southern Roots series! Come check out City Lights!


Music brought them together. A gamble with love could break them apart. 
Blaine has reached rock and roll stardom. After surviving an overdose, Blaine was forced into a decision; change and be a better person, or continue down the dangerous path and lose everything he has worked for. Making the decision to change, he turns his focus and attention to writing and producing music in an effort to keep the bright lights of live performances and potential drugs at an arms distance.
Bassist to the band Blaine is producing, Penelope knows all too well who he is. He’s the sexy as hell, but also drug addicted singer of the mega band, Deep Ember. As excited as she is to get her band signed, she’s none too thrilled to find out her producer is Blaine. Leaving her boyfriend back home to follow her dreams, Penelope will find herself in uncomfortable situations with Blaine. He’s expressed a genuine interest in her and she feels drawn toward him in return. Unfortunately, knowing who he is and what he’s done puts up an invisible wall between them.
Emotions will be on the line and chords will be played… but can Blaine win over the heart of a woman who’s made it clear she wants nothing to do with him? Will Penelope be able to trust her emotions and will Blaine be able to prove he is not what his reputation says he is?

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Eternal Neverland: Steps Before the Fall Review

This weeks awesome read was Eternal Neverland: Steps Before the Fall by Natasha Rogue. It was a quick paced, drama filled tale; a bit of a modern vampire West Side Story if you will.

Here's the blurb:
Helena K. Sharpe was raised by a man who had sympathy for supernatural creatures, for the vampires his bloodline hunted for centuries. She was too young to understand how he tried to help them, but she knew it was important. Her father made her promise never to hunt them and she would do anything to keep that promise.

Until he is murdered by the very things he dedicated so much of his life to.

Orphaned and alone, Helena takes to the street, afraid for whatever's left of her life. Without her family, she doesn't know how--or even if--she can go on. Until a vagrant takes her under his wing and gives her a purpose. Revenge.

For six years she learns about the monsters, studies their habits, until, at 15 years old, she feels she's ready to find the ones responsible for her parent's death. All she has to do is become one of them. She's cute, young, innocent...

They'll never see her coming.
I enjoy when authors use pop culture and literary references. When used well, to me, it is a personal endorsement that the person has got great style and taste. Ms Rogue nailed it numerous times cause seriously any Buffy reference in a vampire tale just plain rocks, not to mention all the other references she pulled off.

Despite not being a fan of Helena/Kitt (the main character) the book still worked for me.  Half the time I wanted to punch Kitt in the face. I am hoping that in future books she grows up and matures a lot more. That being said I was really intrigued by her powers, I'm hoping those will come up more in future books. I was a huge fan of the guys (all of them & there were a lot),  Raven, and the triplets. I adored the Triplets and Raven for all their spunk and potential to the overall story line. I hope there is more of them in future installments.

If I had to sum up Eternal Neverland I'd use the final fight scene of the last Twilight (the movie, not book) as a starting point but caveat it with: more plot twists, edgier characters, more drama, and a more complex back-story.

I was really surprised by the ending, without giving away too much, I'll definitely read the next book to find out what happens next since it was left on such a cliff hanger.


Contact Natasha at: FacebookTwitterWeb
PreOrder at Amazon (Releases 10/28/14)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Eventide Review

This past weekend I had the immense pleasure to read a new Young Adult book entitled Eventide by Chris Allen-Riley and it was amazing!

Blurb:
The driver in a tragic car accident that killed her best friend, Devon Greer is consumed by guilt. When powerful hallucinations convince her that she’s seeing Rachael everywhere, Devon thinks she’s going crazy. But her friend isn’t truly gone. To save Rachael from the faeries who stole her, Devon must pit herself against the Court of the Sidhe. Once she witnesses the true form of the fey, Devon’s life is in danger—and so are the lives of everyone she loves. Now, Devon must not only protect herself, but also Jonah Seafort, Rachael’s cousin and the only person Devon can trust to help her. While the Sidhe walk among them, no one is safe…
OR you can watch a kick-ass book trailer on youtube.

What I enjoyed most about Ms. Allen-Riley's work was her characters.  To me all her characters were relate-able and enjoyable with the exception of the traditional villain and high school bitch that everyone hates, but even those were well written. My favorites besides the main H/h was the little sister, I really enjoyed the sibling dynamics and antics throughout the story.

Another thing I enjoyed was her ability to be descriptive without the story dragging on or having lulls.  There were no lulls at any point that I noticed. I literally read it through in one sitting only taking moments to jot notes down.  Now this was partially because I had to find out what was going down in Iron Falls, as I couldn't even begin to guess, and also because I was slightly spooked.  Look with all legends there's a grain of truth so I get a pass for being creeped out by the evil fae!  I adored that Ms. Allen-Riley took the evil fae route, even though I was sure I wasn't going to be able to sleep and questioned my ability ever to go camping again! I enjoyed every moment of suspense she put me through.

I was utterly enamored with the whole story. After completing it I was very pleased to hear she plans to write at least two more in the series. I think it is a wonderful read for anyone who enjoys suspense, the fae, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, or series in general ~Eventide is a fantastic start and I look forward to reading about what happens next in Iron Falls!

I will be buying this in paperback to add to my keeper shelf, not to mention I will be using it as a stocking stuff-er this holiday season!

Contact Chris Allen-Riley at: 
Buy for Kindle (Releases 10/20/14)
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Five Santinis for less than a BUCK!


So, hi, everyone! I know I have been absent the last few months and I really apologize for that. I have been fighting some health issues and they are continuing, but we know what the problem is now. But, it doesn't mean I haven't been hard at work! We have Santinis coming and to celebrate, I have The Ultimate Santini Novella Collection! It is already up for preorder at AMAZON and will be available through Barnes & Noble and Kobo. And the best news: Until Oct 31st, it will be only .99! Get it now if you missed out on any of the books to be caught up before A Santini in Love releases on November 4th!


All FIVE novellas available for a limited time in one book! Special pricing during preorder and through the first week. Sale ends Oct 31!!! 
Get everyone's favorite military family for one low price just in time before the release of the highly anticipated A SANTINI IN LOVE! 

LEONARDO 
Joint Base San Antonio Army Medic Leo Santini doesn’t know what hit him when he runs into prickly physical therapist Maryanne Johnson. 

MARCO 
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Quiet and thoughtful Navy SEAL Marco Santini doesn’t realize love is right under his nose, but once he does, nothing will stop him from capturing Alana Kailikea’s heart. 

GIANNI 
Moody AFB PJ Gianni Santini finds the woman of his dreams the day before a deployment. When he returns, he has one mission on his mind, conquering professor Kianna Jones. 

VICENTE 
Quantico MCB Vicente sees himself at the last Santini standing when he comes up close and personal with the one woman he has always loved, Jules Andrews. Now all he cares about is being that last man standing—as long as he’s her man. 

A SANTINI CHRISTMAS 
Join the Santinis as they gather together not for the joy of the season, but in crisis. One major event throws everything they hold dear into jeopardy, rallying the Santini brothers to support them mother and thrusting Joey back to the memories of when she and Papa first fell in love. 


Melissa Schroeder doesn’t disappoint as she continues to unleash her sexy Santini brothers on us. –Ms Romantic Reads 

Includes the first chapter from A Santini in Love! 

COMING SOON 
Book Six: A Santini in Love (NOV 4TH) 
Book Seven: Falling for a Santini (early 2015) 

And, don't miss out on the Johnson Brothers: 
Semper Fi Marines 
Book One: Tease Me 
Book Two: Tempt Me 
Book Three: Touch Me

Saturday, September 27, 2014

TRUTHS ALL AUTHORS NEED TO KNOW... OR REMEMBER.




Okay, so here is some straight, real talk, from a 10 year veteran of this industry. You might not like me, or how I do things, but trust me when I tell you that the following information is NEED TO KNOW. Yes, it should be all a no brainer, but sadly some people need stuff spelled out to them… and I’m not one for sugar coating. So read on… and realize--- I might be a bit crass, but it’s all the truth.

This is a marathon. This isn’t a sprint.  It’s a CAREER. Remember that when you are looking down on or snubbing others.

Remember where you are today may not be where you are tomorrow. Mean people suck.

Hitting a list doesn’t make you accomplished. It is 99% luck. Hitting the lists consecutively? Yeah that makes you accomplished. And it makes it less of an accomplishment hitting with a bundle or anthology.
Push for your own accomplishments, with your work alone. Might take longer, but it means MORE.

And remember List Hitters… Don’t be an asshole after you do. Remember your friends, and the people that stood by you from the beginning, because when you slip down those ladder rungs (and you will… its inevitable) those are the people that you are going to have to deal with on the way back up… and people don’t forget asshole behavior.

As with everything else in life, PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS. Writing something because its popular and you have no love for it? Yeah… no.

If you’re writing solely to make money, readers will know.

This is a hard fucking job. Take it seriously. Events are not places for you to get hammered, hit on cover models, and then run around begging people to delete incriminating photos off your phone. Have some fucking decency… You’re out there representing your brand.

Professionalism in your book dealings--- online parties, events, and in person appearances--- is key.
Readers know when you are disingenuous. The difference between a reader supporting a bitch that treats them well and an author that pretends to be nice at their table then doesn’t acknowledge the reader later? The bitch might be a bitch, but they are a real person, and they aren’t being an asshole to who matters most--- the reader.

The READER is the ONLY thing that matters. Not your relationship with who you think is cool, or the friends you have or the cliques you are a part of. THE READER IS THE ONLY ONE THAT IS GOING TO KEEP YOU WRITING BECAUSE THEY BUY YOUR BOOKS. Without the reader, you shouldn’t be publishing because it’s pointless. If you’re not interested in the reader, write and put it in a drawer.

DON’T send your street team to willfully attack other authors via reviews and goodreads because you see them as competition. If you are that stupid and childish, you have no business in this business.

As an author your focus at events should be YOUR BOOKS, not the piece of man candy you bring with you. Remember one thing, THEY DON’T HELP YOU SELL BOOKS… they look pretty and get pictures taken, but for every ONE book sale you’re looking at 3-10 pictures. WHY bring these guys along and pay for them when you’re not making the $ back in sales? You know what’s going to keep them coming back to read you? THE STORY. Focus on that… because that’s what it’s really about.

BE GOOD TO YOUR STREET TEAM. They are spending their time to help make YOUR dreams come true on a volunteer basis. An active street team is gold and they support YOU… so treat them with respect.

Remember something: WHAT WORKED FOR OTHERS WILL NOT necessarily work for you. There is no short cut to success… and if there is, its fleeting.

Attending events for any other reason than that there are readers to sell at (Except writer events, which is a totally different story) defeats the purpose of trying to sell at in person events. Just because someone on that event is popular doesn’t mean you are going to get ANY of their sales… and attending because you wanna be close to “greatness” and get into that person’s inner circle? Yeah, you’re not an author, you’re a goddamn lacky---- Care about the product you are putting out, not the “names” you can drop. In the long run, those people aren’t going to give a shit about you OR your career.

You know there’s a ton more out there, but with everything that’s going on these days… these are the most important. And remember, if your offended by ANY of these truths, maybe you should take a step back and ask yourself WHY it offends you, and what you can do to change it in your own career.

Friday, September 26, 2014

September Books Read

Hey Folks, 

I hope everyone's September is going well!

This month has been a slow book month for me with being back in classes but here's what I've checked out this month: 

Men of Calder County: Boxed set of 13 Untamed, Unleashed, Unforgettable Tales of Love
       It has works by Tilly Green, Heather Long, Gayle Donnelly, and others
Buy it at Amazon (Bargain price of 2.99)

Light Me Up: Seven Steamy Series Starters
     It has works by Lorelei James, M. Malone, Roxie Rivera, Vivian Arend, Elle Kennedy, Kit Rocha, Eliza Gayle, Alisha Rai.  I was already a huge fan of half of these ladies but it was such a good buy I couldn't help support my favorite authors and I discovered a couple new-to-me authors in the process. 
Buy it at Amazon (Waaaay under priced at .99) <-Seriously if you've never read these authors you've gotta get this box set to get introduced to them.

I finally got a chance to read the last story in the July Anthology Release: If Ever I Would Leave You: Arthurian Stories For A New Generation
      It has works by Jessica Jarman, Bronwyn Green, & Abigail Barnette.
Buy it at Amazon  (.99)

Sci-fi Nights: Alpha bad boys & wild girls of futuristic romance
     It has tales by Bianca D'Arc, Jessa Slade, & others
Buy it at Amazon  (.99)

Outfoxed by Love by the amazing Eve Langlais
    Loved the comedy styling of Ms. Langlais' latest shifter & who doesn't love a Moose?!
Buy it at Amazon (3.99)

I also checked out  Fly Guy Next Door (Freefall Book 2) by Brandy Walker
     Cute addition to her series about the 'Boy-Next-Door'!
Buy it at Amazon (2.99)

What I'm still looking forward to in a few days is the Anthology:  Hometown Heroes: Hotter Ever After (Pets for Vets Charity Bundle)
    It has ~16 different authors including works by: Melissa Schroeder, Hildie McQueen, and others. 
Buy it at Amazon (1.99)


Now of course there have been a few more than this that I've wanted to check out & they're in my pile but alas I don't have any house elves to help with my homework or housework so I've just run out of time. 

What have you read that you've enjoyed?  
What releases are you looking forward to? 

All the best & be sure to keep taking your vitamins to avoid the colds that get passed around with schools being back in session. 
xoCarolline