The Coveted ~ Laura Thalassa

 

18682615“In places that know more about heaven and hell than we do, you have a reputation, Gabrielle. To them you are known as the devil’s consort.”

When a body shows up near Peel Academy, all signs indicate the killer is a vampire. Ravaged throat, body drained of blood. At least that’s all it appears to be when the Politia, the supernatural police force, assigns Gabrielle to the case. Now it’s Gabrielle’s job to figure out who did it. 

But after a second body turns up with the same lethal wounds, it’s clear that a serial killer is stalking the island. The murders have compromised the truce between the Politia and vampires, and as long as the killer roams free, it is in danger of dissolving. If that happens, no vampire is safe from persecution, not even Gabrielle. 

Now Gabrielle must team up with Andre, her soulmate and the one person she’s tried to stay away from, to investigate the murders before the truce dissolves. And keeping her distance is proving to be impossible.

But Gabrielle has a bigger problem. The world of the dead know about her, and their whispers hint that something is coming for her. And it’s coming soon.

 
5 Amazing Stars
 
The Coveted picks up where the first book, The Unearthly ended…full of action and intrigue.  A vicious murder creates problems for the new vampire: Gabrielle. Because she being a vampire automatically makes her a suspect. *rolls eyes* Moving on… So, since being part of a supernatural task force, Gabrielle is assigned to investigate the murder, and she thinks if she can figure out who the culprit is, she can clear her name. Only more murders pile in and Gabrielle is suspended in order to keep peace in the community. She is also ordered to contact the head vampire in her coven…Andre. Okay, so I was jumping for joy here. I so wanted Gabrielle and Andre to find their way back to one another. I mean, they’re soul mates for crying out loud!
 
 
Gabrielle does end up caving and her first conversation with Andre—after being separated from him for so long—is just super sweet. So, with their relationship on the mend you’d think everything would be hunky—dory. No, that’d be way too easy. The devil is determined to make Gabrielle his. Add more murders, Leanne’s (best friend) really odd mood changes, Caleb still wanting something more than friendship with her, and Oliver’s (nether best friend) funny commentary on ‘Everything Gabrielle and Andre,’ and you’ve got one hell of a hard book to put down. In fact, I ended up reading The Coveted in one sitting…but now I want more. Of course 😉 Laura Thalassa’s follow up is just as, if not more thrilling to read than the first book. 

Review: Starting Over (Starting Over, #1) Evan Grace

20614785**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.

Bellamy Carmichael’s finally come home after staying away for six years. There’s just one problem, Luke Carter…

Six years ago she seduced him, but a realization had him turning his back on her and became the cause of her long exodus. But with her brother’s imminent deployment Bellamy knows she’s bound to see him.

Luke Carter made the mistake of crossing a line he never should’ve crossed six years ago…

He knows he’s the reason why Bellamy avoids home, and with her coming back home he’s hoping to make things right. He just wasn’t expecting her to look so damn beautiful.

However, there’s one more problem, Bellamy’s been keeping a secret from Luke for past six years. When passion builds between them she knows that she must tell Luke the truth, but will it bring them closer together?

Or will it drive them apart for good?

4.5 Stars

Starting Over is sexy new adult romance you won’t want to miss! The characters story tugged at my heart until the end. I simply wanted more and can’t wait to sink my teeth in the next story, Second Chances. Firstly, I read Starting Over in one afternoon. Secondly, The sex was hot, and the tension between these characters left me breathless from one page to the next. In the end, I found Luke’s ‘hesitancy’ to be a bit over-the-top, but over all this was a fun, quick read.

*SPOILER ALERT*

So, a quick run through: Bellamy, an adoring little sister falls hopelessly in love with Luke, her big brothers best friend.  As much as he hates to admit it, Luke has watched Bellamy grow into a beautiful woman and one mind-blowing night together changes everything…

Years later, Bellamy finds herself back in the same town with the only man she’s ever loved. Bellamy’s life was never the same after they made love for the first and only time that night. His rejection, along with her broken secret continues to haunt her, still.

Luke thought after seeing Bellamy one last time he’d be able to get her out of his system, only he finds he can’t let her go instead. A push and pull relationship built on broken hearts, secrets and fear threatens their happily ever after.

Can Bellamy trust Luke again and in the end, will Luke be able to forgive her?

 

Lady Amber’s Tours~Jen Wylie’s Tales of Ever~Book Review and Promo

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Review

Fans of Suzanne Collin’s series, Hunger Games, or J.K. Rowling’s, Harry Potter will thoroughly enjoy Jen Wylie’s, Tales of Ever. Tales of Ever is a constant death thrilling adventure until the very end, AND there is a freaking love interest in the mix, which made reading it more kick @ss.

In a place where nothing is as it seems, sixteen year old, Misha is propelled into a world where survival is the only way to live.

Misha learned to deal with the loss of her father at a young age, and when tragedy comes around again by the death of her mother, she is left as a ward of the state…until an unknown relative discovers her. The story really picks up here when Misha’s long lost uncle takes her to the safety of her new home.

Of course, safe is relative and her uncle learns why Misha and her mom were hidden for so long. Misha is told that her father is in alive…but in a different world? Since she was born with the full power to wield fire like her parents, Misha is labeled as wild, unstable. So, with a quick, forceful push through a portal into another world, Misha finds herself in Ever. Shit just got real.

Falling into a near deathtrap, Misha discovers plants, creatures, the sky and other means of ‘normal’ have transformed into a living nightmare. Giant, poisonous spiders, killer ducks, dragons and more fill the pages with constant worry. However, she’s determined to find her dad…and stay alive.

Soon enough, Jadus, a human-ish (swoon worthy) guy swoops in, saving Misha before certain death (of course!).

Still, hell has no ending while in Ever and the adventure only grows more troublesome.

Hunky Jadus and Misha are separated, forcing Misha to find her way to safety alone and also to search for her dad without Jadus’s capabilities to exist, survive in Ever. Crap, I just wanna tell you all what happens, but I can’t. That wouldn’t be fun, right? The story takes off from page one and before you know it, you’re finished with the entire book. I’d love to read more about Ever and by that I really mean—read more about Misha and Jadus! I really heart him, or whatever he is. Great job, Jen! Continue scrolling down to read special excerpts and find out how to stalk, I mean follow, this fabulous author 😉

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Tales of Ever

(Volumes 1-6)

By

Jen Wylie

January 10, 2014 by Untold Press www.untoldpress.com

Fantasy/Paranormal, YA 10+

(84 000+ words, 250pages)

~Tales of Ever is suitable for readers 10 and up. Originally written as a novella series, it has been reworked and is now available as a complete novel~

Blurb 

A few months ago, I was a normal girl. Life sucked, and just like everyone else, I took the simple things for granted. At least until I got this new power, a “gift” mom called it. Apparently, I’m a firestarter. I didn’t want to be. I didn’t ask to be. It would be cool if it wasn’t so dangerous and I knew how to control it. When an uncle I’d never heard of showed up to take care of me after my mom died, I should have been grateful. As it turned out, my whole family isn’t normal and more than a little bit crazy. I thought things couldn’t get any worse. I was wrong.

They banished me to Ever.

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Welcome to Ever.

Ever; a deadly realm where feared, powerful, and dangerous magical beings are banished. It’s not a world, but a magically created prison you can never break out of. Who, or what, made Ever? I’ve no idea. They were powerful, and cruel. That is all I can tell you.

Ever is like, and unlike, every other world. Nothing is safe. Safety is a dream. Ever is a nightmare. Few survive their first day. Nothing is what it seems. If something appears safe, it isn’t. If something appears dangerous, well it is, but probably more than you think.

Ever has no sun, no moon, and no stars at night. Time is told by the ever changing color of the sky where portals open, dropping new inhabitants or new terrors. Time does pass. Don’t worry, you won’t get old. You won’t live that long.

The landscape changes without reason from desert to jungle. The flora isn’t safe at any time. There is food, if you can find it without getting eaten yourself. Most plants and animals are poisonous. So is the water.

Are you afraid? You should be. This is the end. It gets worse of course. Remember the portals? Do you think angels come through? Innocent people rarely do. Mostly, it is evil people, people too powerful to kill. Their magic works here. The creatures are worse.

Do you understand? Well, you will eventually, or you’ll die. There is no escaping Ever.

Ever.

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ASIN: B00HSCHK3I

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20498455-tales-of-ever

~Available at all Amazon stores~

US: http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Ever-Volumes-1-6-Wylie-ebook/dp/B00HSCHK3I/

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00HSCHK3I

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Bio:

Jen Wylie resides in rural Ontario, Canada with her  two boys, Australian shepherd and a disagreeable amount of wildlife. In a cosmic twist of fate she dislikes the snow and cold.

Before settling down to raise a family, she attained a BA from Queens University and worked in retail and sales.

Thanks to her mother she acquired a love of books at an early age and began writing in public school. She constantly has stories floating around in her head, and finds it amazing most people don’t. Jennifer writes various forms of fantasy, both novels and short stories.

My website: www.jenwylie.com

My blog: http://jlwylie.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @jen_wylie

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4499919.Jen_Wylie

Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Wylie/151266004895266

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Jen-Wylie/e/B004HQ9XD8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

~Excerpt 1~

Fire.

I see it everywhere.

It started a year ago, maybe more. I don’t remember. Images of fire appear more now than they did before.

Flames always dance just out of sight. They flicker on school lockers, in windows, anywhere. Everywhere.

Now they hover over the road as I run. If I didn’t know better, I’d think they were only mirages from the heat. They aren’t real. They never are. Nothing burns, there is no heat. I hate seeing them. Every time they appear, I wonder if I’m crazy.

Glaring at my watch, I round the block. School sucked today, as usual. I’ve run farther and faster than I normally do, trying to push all my stupid problems away while trying to ignore the fire.

The last year I’ve been unsettled. Sometimes I get uncomfortable hot flashes. I don’t understand why. Mom gets them sometimes, too. She says not to worry about it. I wish I could, but I know I’m too young for such things and they have been coming more often.

I can’t tell her about seeing the fire, or about the dreams. She wouldn’t believe me and I don’t want to put more stress on her.

We do Yoga and that helps. So does running. I’ve done a lot of both as the months pass and things only get worse.

It hasn’t been the best year. Mom lost one of her jobs. She found another, but it doesn’t pay as much. Lack of money really stresses her out.

I hope she’ll let me get a decent job soon. Something other than yard work and babysitting. I want to help. Mom looks so tired lately. She’s really starting to worry me.

In a few months, I’ll be sixteen. I haven’t asked about getting my driver’s license. I’m sure Mom won’t bring it up either. We don’t have money for a car, anyway. We don’t even have money for lessons or the stupid license test.

What would I do if something happened to Mom?

I have no idea. We don’t have any really close friends. A few people we sort of talk to, like our old neighbor, Mrs. Green. No family either, at least none that Mom ever talks about.

I don’t have any friends at school. Even though I go to a public school, most of the kids there have money. We don’t, and it shows. People can be so fickle. Of course, I don’t really try to make friends. I fall into the quiet and shy group. Years ago I gave up trying. Too many times I thought I’d found a friend and then got stabbed in the back.

Of course seeing fire sets me apart, too. The fear of someone finding out how weird I am forces me to keep my distance. I know normal people don’t see fire like I do, but some seem obsessed with it. I watch them play with matches and lighters outside at school and I only shake my head.

I’m not obsessed. What I see scares me. If I could, I’d choose to never see the flames again.

~Excerpt 2~

I squeeze my eyes together tightly, trying to bring the fire under control. I can do this, I can…

The fire roars around me. Not good.

I feel cool fingers on my face and my eyes snap open. Jadus stands right before me, his face set and intense.

Certainly he knows how dangerous it is to touch me? No, he doesn’t. He doesn’t know…oh god…

“Think of water, rivers, ice, snow,” he whispers, staring into my eyes.

I do as he asks; terrified I’m going to kill him. Amazingly the fires die. Letting out a shuddering breath I squeeze my eyes closed again for a moment. “Sorry.”

He chuckles. “Powerful gift you have there.”

“Dangerous.”

He shrugs. “You’ll figure it out.”

“I hope so,” I mutter, looking around the large charred area surrounding us in a little bit of horror and a little bit of awe.

He gives me a moment to silently collect myself before gesturing for me to follow him. “Come on, I want to show you something.”

We head up the path, higher and higher. Finally reaching the top, he leads me over to the edge. My eyes grow wide as I stare out at the landscape before me. I can see the pink desert in the distance. The rainbow jungle spreads out in a line below. I can see a huge river too, and beyond it another kind of forest. The more I look the more I see.

“That’s a whole lot of Ever.”

Jadus points off to our right and I see a portal open high in the sky. That can’t be good.

Turned out height doesn’t matter. Not this time.

Something huge flies out.

My mouth drops open. Is that a dragon? The beast roars and flies off as the portal closes.

Jadus looks over at me and chuckles at the look on my face. He spreads his arms wide. “Welcome to Ever.”

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Book Review for A Zebra Like Me by Amy Maurer Jones

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A Zebra Like Me is such a sweet story about a brave girl who has had to live with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. EDS is a complex disease affecting a persons entire body, but the mental aspect is a hard burden to carry. Not only does the main character, Maybelle struggle with injuries and frequent illnesses, she constantly battles with depressive tendencies. She wants to be normal, whatever that is. To her, going to school without the risk of breaking a bone from a simple fall is it. Or being able to walk down the hall without being in excruciating pain. She wants to fit in, not have people look at her with pity pouring from their wondering gazes. She wants….a regular, teenage life. So, she sends a little note heaven bound…a note gracefully falls the sky, and the story begins. You are not alone, Maybelle.

The character, along with any person dealing with chronic conditions, YOU are not alone.

As a nurse, seeing, dealing with kids who have EDS and other illnesses made this book a bit more personal for me. These kids endure the unthinkable, every single day of their lives and for the most part, they keep going just as Maybelle does. Amy did a fantastic job writing this story so, as a lay person, you can easily understand what’s going on in the characters life. Man, I just cried while reading this book. If you know of anyone struggling with an illness, regardless of what it may be, A Zebra Like Me can help them. Just, READ THIS BOOK! I can’t encourage you enough. Even if you’re wanting to read a book about a girl who likes the guy next door, then read this book. Family issues, first love, first kisses, first date, first dance, first EVERYTHING are all part of this great book, are you catching on? Read and enjoy!

Book Review of: A Long Time Coming (Perfect Timing, #2) by Heather Van Fleet

A Long Time Coming (Perfect Timing, #2)

by

Heather Van Fleet

New Adult, Romance

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Blurb: 

Abigail Orson has a problem. A love problem to be precise; and she has absolutely no idea how to go about fixing it.

For years now, she has been chasing her best friend’s brother—demanding things from him that he’s never wanted to give. For one? A real relationship that surpasses well beyond that dreaded ‘just friends’ zone. You see, David Anderson is her idea of perfection to a T. The one and only guy who has ever had the ability to make her heart beat faster; make her toes curl with the simple blink of his long, girly lashes. But David is also a recovering amputee, and the only thing he really wants from Abigail is to be left alone. Abigail is a fighter though, and losing the one guy who has ruined her for every other is no longer an option.

A guy with one leg who has lost his motivation to live—to love—to actually be a man. David believes he’s a waste of space. If only the beautiful girl of his unattainable dreams would get that through her perfect, blonde, stubborn head! He’s not the right guy for Abigail. He’ll never be worthy of what she deserves. However, staying away is almost impossible, especially when he’s just as in love with her as she is with him. But Abigail has a life ahead of her, one that’s definitely livable without a nineteen–year–old gimp like him holding her down. What makes her want to stick around is beyond questionable to David’s mind.

Choices will be made. Lines will be drawn. And together, they will face challenges that nobody saw coming. David and Abigail may have had almost fourteen years to fall in love, but the thing is, timing and love have never exactly worked in their favor. 

It has been years in the making, and definitely A Long Time Coming for David and Abigail. Let’s hope they don’t screw it up before they actually have the chance to get it right.

Review:

Before we start, you need to listen to this song: All of You by John Legend. This song is PERFECT! Okay, now on to my review. 

A Long Time Coming is a great read! A push-pull relationship, A Long Time Coming ensures you a nice roller coaster of emotions….have a glass of wine and box of tissues handy 😉 

Abigail: Stubborn, honest, strong and completely in love with her best friends twin brother. Oh, she’s also a great gal. 

David: Stubborn, hot, stubborn, strong-willed ( needed a different word), STUBBORN (incase you missed it the first time), sweet and swoon worthy. 

Abigail is the girl next door, David’s twin sister’s best friend and both are head-over-heels in love with the other. One unforgettable night of passion changes their lives…forever. David lost his leg in a hurried attempt to save his twin sister…that night changed him. His life will never be the same. 

Close but still too far away explains these two perfectly. I yelled at the screen, begging them to open up and express how they felt to the other. UGH! Did I say David was a stubborn ass? Well, Abigail isn’t much better (making them a perfect pair) and her secret blows David’s stubbornness out of the water. However, the amazing author raises the element of emotion even higher…David’s mom. OH. My. Goodness. I lost it. Yup, I cried like a dang baby. 

Finally, bruised egos are mended and passion ensues (about damn time, right). Scorching, sensual and perfect bliss follows…enter my glass of wine…okay, it was near a bottle 😉 Just when you think the ride of emotion is over, the author pushes the envelope further and your heart aches. Then you scream, “how much more shit can these two take?” *sigh* 

The end

Just kidding 😉 Lessons are learned and life changes for everyone. David’s and Abigail’s long time coming finishes perfectly.

The End (for real)    

 

Wanna learn more about Heather? Follow the links below:

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorheatherpowell

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6870087.Heather_Van_Fleet?from_search=true

Website: http://www.heathervanfleet.com

 

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Holiday E-book Giveaway Author Spotlight: Katy O’Dowd

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The fabulous Katy O’Dowd is just awesome and is one of our many authors who have generously donated to the pile,The Lady Astronomer. The Lady Astronomer graces our book giveaway with its spunky characters and witty dialogue. Wanna read this steampunk masterpiece? Click >>>here<<< and sign up. Don’t forget to like Katy’s page as well!

Also, if you’ve read Katy’s work before and loved it, she’ll have a new story out in the spring/summer of 2014! See below for a sneak peak 😉

YAY! Congrats, Katy! Much love to ya this holiday season. Thank you so much for adding to my pile of books to giveaway 😀 

~BREAKING NEWS~

MEMENTO MORI

Take tea with the Victorian Mafia – organised crime has never been so civilised

They say revenge is a dish best served cold – in the Lamb residence it is more likely served out of a fine bone china cup.

The untimely demise of Thaddeus Lamb (murdered, poor fellow) leaves his son Riley in charge of Assam and Earl Grey, prostitutes and extortion. Under the watchful eyes of a street philosopher who prints everything he hears, Riley and his family grieve for Thaddeus in the best way possible – retribution.

To make matters worse, the assassin O’Murtagh is leaving a trail of bodies behind, which pave their bloody way to the Lamb’s highly glossed front door.

Through a series of informants who, unfortunately, have to be disposed of; a nasty turf war over brothels and dollymops; and somebody who is depleting the coffers, life in the Lamb household falters but does not crumble, and retains its genteel veneer of calling cards, tea shops and chocolate sponge – all the social niceties, etiquette and manners that come as part of being in the upper echelons of London Victorian society.

Riley slowly starts to unravel the terrible deception that has been carried out against the Lambs, but betrayal, murder and heartbreak make for uneasy bedfellows, and he and his family can never truly rest easy, even when the Lambs have carried out their own law. 

And when the cadavers start piling up, Riley and those he loves find themselves in more trouble than they could ever have anticipated.

Honestly, it’s enough to drive anyone to drink – one lump or two? The matrons of Regent’s Park will never be the same again.  

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Another Day, Another Author Spotlight for the Holiday E-book Giveaway: Joanne Wadsworth

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Joanne Wadsworth is such a sweetheart and I’m so glad to have her as a friend. Aside from creating one of my favorite YA romance series, Joanne is busy shuffling 4 kiddos from here to there while working in the day….I wonder when the woman finds time to write such wonderful, no-sleep-because-you-have-to-finish-reading-her-book stories 0_o? Joanne has donated Warrior, the second book in the Magio-Earth series. Warrior picks up where Protected (book, 1) finished, but this time starring Hope, Faith’s twin sister. Just as in Protector, soul-bound mates hook you in the early pages and leaves you wishing for MORE in the end. Enchanter (book, 3) is set to come out in the next year and I’m sure the story will be just as, if not more wonderful than the first two. Below is a quick blurb as well as where to find more of her books! Don’t miss out on your chance to win this fantastic book in the giveaway.

~Merry Christmas and Happy New Year~

Warrior Book Two in the Magio-Earth series.

To love and protect…across worlds.

Eighteen-year-old Hope Wincrest calls the Outback of Australia her home away from home. She is a princess of Dralion from the planet Magio, where the two leading nations are at war. While in the Outback, Hope is warned by her warrior father–who holds the prophetic ability of forethought–that she is about to meet an enemy protector. She doesn’t expect him to be her soul-bound mate, a man she must now work with to piece together her unknown mother’s lost heritage.

Peacio’s Silas Carver follows the calling of his soul to Australia, only not all goes as planned. Discovering Hope is his mate has him demanding his release from their bond. She agrees, but only if he first helps her learn about her mother.

Hope must lay her life in Silas’s hands during a journey which takes them deep into foreign lands. Waging a battle of the heart, and of the land, can the young mated pair find their place with each other?

A Lyrical Press Young Adult Romance

Book One: PROTECTOR
Book Two: WARRIOR
Book Three: ENCHANTER

VISIT JOANNE WADSWORTH AT: http://www.joannewadsworth.com

Buy WARRIOR at:
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Warrior-Magio-E…
B&N Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/warri…
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/warr…
Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/warrio.

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