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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Disappointmentville: Demons Unleashed Series, Book 2

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 418; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1425 KB | Expected Release Date: December 1, 2011 | Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca | Obtained: NetGalley

"Demons Like It Hot" [Demons Unleashed Series, Book 2] by Sidney Ayers

My Book Summary : Matthias recently decided that he was going to stop being a mercenary and start working on the good side for a change becoming a Paladin. His first mission however he is not happy about since it means protecting Serah, a feisty independent chef who he can't get his mind to stop thinking about ever since he met her a few months back. Nevertheless, he will not mess up this mission and he will do anything within his power to keep Serah safe, even if that means keeping her safe from himself.

Last year Serah and her best friend, Lucy, found out about a whole world they never knew and found out how Lucy is a part of that world. However, even though she recently has had a few run-ins with "things" from that world she still sticks to the saying that she is completely a human and she has no plans to be anything other than a great chef.

Now it's up to Matthias and Serah's friends to protect her and prove to her how wrong she is .... before it's too late.

My Book Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars. This novel is full of suspense, witty commentary, and brooding glances. So, all in all I thought it was an okay book to read. I liked the characters and the plot had a lot of potential to make this into one addicting series. However, it probably would have been easier if I read the first novel in this series, "Demons Prefer Blondes." Yet I didn't so I was lost throughout this book and I didn't really get into it until about a little over halfway through.

The reasons I liked and finished the novel even though I gave it a low score:
• the camaraderie of the characters
• the few twist in the plot that I didn't see coming
• the relationship between Matthias and Serah

So, I would only recommend this book to those of you who have finished and enjoyed reading "Demons Prefer Blondes" as I think this could be a fun series and I don't want you to miss out on what could be something good.

Author Book Trailer :

Book Teaser(s) :
Teaser #1
Kalli plunked the pendent from his hands and looked down at the pendent. She traced the carvings with a gentle fingertip. "I like simple things, Ambrose. Is that a crime?"
"Could have fooled me."
"A medieval pendent goes perfectly well with my Goth attire."
"Still, I'd like to know where you obtained it."
"If I said Sotheby's, would that help ease your tension?"
This wasn't the time for sarcasm, not when his mission only held on by a single thread. ~ within Chapter 28
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Sidney, then please check out her website.

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Her Answer :: I would love an Amazon gift card so I could buy books for my Kindle. Thanks for the great contest! The Naughty List sounds awesome!


Congrats Stacie!!! You just won an E-COPY of "The Naughty List" by Jodi Redford!! You should be receiving an email from me soon.

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Have a good day all!!

Take care, Jess

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Getting Over Garrett Delaney

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "Getting Over Garrett Delaney" by Abby McDonald
    Expected Publication Released Date: January 24, 2012

    Author's Book Description:
      Seventeen-year-old Sadie is in love: epic, heartfelt, and utterly one-sided. The object of her obsession — ahem, affection — is her best friend,Garrett Delaney, who has been oblivious to Sadie’s feelings ever since he sauntered into her life and wowed her with his passion for Proust (not to mention his deep blue eyes).

      For two long, painful years, Sadie has been Garrett’s constant companion, sharing his taste in everything from tragic Russian literature to art films to ’80s indie rock — all to no avail. But when Garrett leaves for a summer literary retreat, Sadie is sure that the absence will make his heart grow fonder — until he calls to say he’s fallen in love. With some other girl! A heartbroken Sadie realizes that she’s finally had enough. It’s time for a total Garrett detox!

      Aided by a barista job, an eclectic crew of new friends (including the hunky chef, Josh), and a customized self-help guide, Sadie embarks on a summer of personal reinvention full of laughter, mortifying meltdowns, and a double shot of love.

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

    IBC's Bestseller for a Day [November 30th]: Soul Search by Amber Scott

    Don't forget to check out Indie Book Collective's Bestseller for a Day :: "Soul Search" by Amber Scott on November 30th [tomorrow]!!!

    Amber's book is available all week for 99¢ through Amazon.com!!

    "Soul Search" Book Description:
      Three years ago, one horrific night changed his life forever. And now the wolf soul that was invoked to save him is taking over his body, day by day.

      Can he master his animal instincts in time to discover who is stealing children's souls before the delicate balance we all depend upon is shattered?

      Or will he reject the one woman who can help heal his body and his soul?

    More Books For Just 99¢!!!
    To celebrate Soul Search’s big day, these authors are dropping the price of their amazing titles to just 99¢!!!!

    Anyone who buys one or more of these books can enter the draw to win a kindle AND have their purchase price for the bonus buys rebated!! To do this, the purchaser simply goes to the Bestseller for a Day website and fills out the form found on the right hand side. If you look at the form in advance you can see the info that you'll have to fill in, you'll need to enter the confirmation code for Soul Search and enter the first 5 words from a paragraph in the other books. To stress again – the possibility of 5 books and a Kindle for 99¢! It's a great deal so please check it out!!

    My Review(s) for Amber Scott : Fierce Dawn | Soul Search

    Teaser Tuesdays: Demons Like It Hot


  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here


  • "Demons Like It Hot" [Demons Unleashed Series, Book 2] by Sidney Ayers

    Book Teaser:
    "If I'm so pure, why do you keep looking at me like I'm a zombie ready to eat your brains?"
    His face filled with alarm. "You've seen a zombie?"
    "Dude, this is the twenty-first century. Ever heard of a thing called a movie?" ~ within Chapter 3

    Monday, November 28, 2011

    Idolizing In: Royal House of Shadows Series, Book 4

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 268; Kindle Edition - File Size: 481 KB | Expected Release Date: November 15, 2011 | Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne | Obtained: NetGalley

    "Lord of the Abyss" [Royal House of Shadows Series, Book 4] by Nalini Singh

    My Book Summary : Micah's life changed forever 20 years ago when he got thrown to the Abyss where he now lives and rules. However, he has no recollection of his past before the Abyss. So, the only woman who knows how to get him to remember and who is also the daughter of his enemy, Liliana, makes her way the the Abyss beaten-up, bruised, but plans to inform Micah of his past so he can kill her father and make Elden (Micah's home) a great place to live.

    Her task will be harder then she first suspected when she meets the man/Lord Micah has become and realizes that the curse her father put on him might be harder to brake then she first thought. One thing that does help her get through to him is the friendship forms between them over the time she's there. However, will the friendship be enough once Micah remembers everything her father has done, and will they be able to get back to Elden before time runs out??

    My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!!! This is the BEST book in the series!! Micah and Liliana are stubborn, kindhearted, loyal, and a wonderful couple, which makes this book a very intriguing read!! I love the authors take on this book as it's basically The Beauty and The Beast with a different background, of course, but with a unique twist where The Beast is actually the beautiful one and The Beauty is not that pretty at all (at least to everyone but The Beast).

    If you have liked the other books in this series then you definitely won't be disappointed by this book!! I also recommend this series to anyone who likes reading knew takes on fairytale or Disney novels!!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1 | Book 3

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "My Lord."
    Oh, she wanted to--- "My Lord."
    "You don't mean it."
    Smiling because it wasn't her imagination---he was teasing her---she finished off the bread, then dropped into a ludicrously ornate curtsy. "Oh, my lord," she simpered, fluttering her lashes. "What would you have of this poor wee maiden?"
    A rusty sound, harsh and rough. Startled she looked up---and realized the Guardian of the Abyss was laughing. ~ within Chapter 6
    He'd never felt such a rage of emotion. "Who did this?"
    She flinched at the ice of his tone. "No one."
    "You will tell me." And then he would drag the monster into the Abyss.
    Her spine went rigid. "He is no one to me. Do you understand? No one."
    He heard her anger, the pulsating ribbon of it threaded through with pain. "You won't speak his name."
    "No." A hesitation. "Not until I need to." ~ within Chapter 13
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Nalini, then please check out her website. To find out more about the Royal House of Shadows Series then click here.

    Friday, November 25, 2011

    Disappointmentville: A Vampire for Christmas by Laurie London, Michele Hauf, Caridad Piñeiro, & Alexis Morgan

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 378 | Release Date: October 2011 | Publisher: HQN Books | Obtained: Harlequin’s Paranormal Romance blog - Giveaway

    "A Vampire for Christmas" by Laurie London, Michele Hauf, Caridad Piñeiro, & Alexis Morgan



    "Enchanted By Blood" [Sweetblood Series, Novella 2] by Laurie London

    Pages: 115

    My Story Summary : Trace takes his role to the community (the Governing Council of vampires) that he's a part of very seriously, especially after promising his father that he would do whatever it takes to make sure his family's name would be upheld. However, it's really hard to follow the rules of the community when that means giving up the one woman that makes him feel complete, Charlotte. A year ago, though, he did give up Charlotte and erased all of her memories of their relationship so he could pursue his necessary place on the Council and so she wouldn't get caught up in his community and possibly hurt. After he runs into her again and saves her from some evil vampires, he's not sure if he wants to or can get her out of his life anymore. However, is she more important than promises that he's already made to his family?

    My Story Review : 3 out of 5 stars, it's a charming story about two people who are undeniably drawn together but because of old laws should ultimately stay apart. I liked the way the story flowed and was intrigued by the characters. However, my favorite character in the story was Victoria (Trace's grandmother)!!

    Story Teaser :
    "It really is lovely to see you..." Her voice trailed off and she hesitated. Trace held his breath. She wasn't about to say again, was she? "No wonder Trace is so enamored," she continued, spinning a gnarled finger in the air. "Turn around, dear. Let me look at you."
    "This isn't a fashion runway," he growled, his mood darkening. "Miss Grant is here to do the decorating, not to be a decoration herself. That is, if she'll even take the job." ~ within Chapter 5
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Laurie, then please check out her website.



    "Monsters Don't Do Christmas" [A Part of the Beautiful Creatures World] by Michele Hauf

    Pages: 81

    My Story Summary : Last year (during the Christmas holiday) Daniel's life completely changed when he got turned into a vampire and now, even though he's still learning to deal with the changes to himself, he is thrust into the world of the supernatural dealing with feuds he wants nothing to do with. While in the middle of a fight with a werewolf (because of those feuds) is where Daniel meets Olivia, who claims to be a monster too (at least in her mind). Olivia and Daniel are really attracted to each other and soon want nothing more than to be together, but would it really work out and be the best thing for them to be together? They'll soon find out.

    My Story Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars ... it was a cute story with sweet characters but it didn't intrigue me as much as it could have. Which is really to bad since I was really hoping to like this one more then I did. =0/

    Story Teaser :
    "I'm harshing your Christmas spirit," he said. "Vampire Scrooge doesn't play into your dreams of sugarplums and stockings hung by the chimney with care."
    She had to smile at his attempt at lightening the mood. "Come here." She held out her arms. "You need a hug." ~ within Chapter 3
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Michele, then please check out her website.



    "When Herald Angels Sing" by Caridad Piñeiro

    Pages: 77

    My Story Summary : Angelina has been trying to save Damien (and his soul) from himself, an evil vampire named Captain Pedro Ramierz, and the Devil two previous times but each time she either gets in the way or is part of the problem. This time though she is determined to save him. However, when others get in the way and change her plans drastically, what will she do to follow fulfill her goal?

    My Story Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars. This story definitely takes a different spin on the Christmas Carol story, by doing so I find this story very clever. I do wish that I could have found this story more interesting then I did, but I didn't. I had to push myself to read it so I could find out how it ended.

    Author Story Trailer :

    Story Teaser :
    From the present, his voice quavered with realization. "I didn't know. Didn't see what he was," he explained to his lover as she stood beside him, her hand on his shoulder, trying to offer comfort. Although she seemed to know his inner heart better than he did. Or at least, she knew there was more that he was unwilling to admit.
    "Would it have mattered back then? Would you have refrained from challenging him had you known he was a demon?" she countered. ~ within Chapter 4
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Caridad, then please check out her website.



    "All I Want For Christmas" by Alexis Morgan

    Pages: 89

    My Story Summary : Eagan is a vampire who's an undercover cop and recently got a case of teenagers who have gone missing. The area he's been staking out is centered around a little diner that Della owns. They meet because of Eagan's case but immediately they find that they can't get enough of each other. However, Eagan is scared of letting his secret come out to Della, thinking that she'd have a bad reaction about it, and tries his hardest not to get too close. Nevertheless, staying away might be the hardest risk to take when Della tries to help out one of her employees and finds herself in the middle of Eagan's case. Will he be able to save her before it's too late?

    My Story Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars!!! This was a fun and entertaining story, centered around the mystery of what is going on within Eagan's case, Della's motley crew of friends/diners, and the steamy relationship that evolves between Della & Eagan!! I'd recommend this story to those who like a hot paranormal mystery romance book!! =0)

    Story Teaser :
    "Ahem!"
    Someone nearby cleared her throat and then did it again. No doubt Lupe. Eagan broke off the kiss long enough to glare at the woman before picking up right where he'd left off. But then he gentled the kiss, slowly banking the fire, leaving only a few softly glowing embers when he stepped back at last.
    "I guess we showed them," Eagan said for the benefit of their audience. ~ within Chapter 5
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Alexis, then please check out her website.



    My Book Review : For the full book I give it 2.88 out of 5 stars. Too bad .. I hoped to like this book but I just couldn't get into it. There were some good parts, but just not good enough for me.

    I hope you'll enjoy it more so than I did. =0)

    Thursday, November 24, 2011

    Top 5 Books I'm Thankful For (so far) in 2011

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!

    Since today is Thanksgiving Day I decided to make a list of my top 5 books that I've read so far and that I'm Thankful for this year!! So, here you go:
    1. "Hard Bitten" [Chicagoland Vampires Series, Book 4] by Chloe Neill: 5 out of 5 stars!!! ::::WARNING----THIS BOOK HAD ME IN TEARS BY THE END OF IT:::: I loved Merit as always! Her relationship with Ethan takes some major turns ... some I loved and some I royally hated especially since I really want them to end up together in the end. And WOW .... the ending has a twist I NEVER expected! [Read more of Jess' Review for this book HERE]

    2. "Beautiful Disaster" by Jamie McGuire: 5 out of 5 stars!!!! THIS WAS A WONDERFUL NOVEL!! The author put together a story full of romance, friendship, and the links some would go to just so they could be a part of the person they love’s life. Abby is an intriguing character who had a great back-story, and the author took that story into turns that I never expected. But I absolutely LOVED the friendship and respect that Travis and Abby shared for each other, no matter what happened between them, they were there for each other no matter what. [Read more of Jess' Review for this book HERE]

    3. "The Iron Knight" [The Iron Fey Series, Book 4] by Julie Kagawa: 5 out of 5 stars!! "The Iron Knight" wraps up this wonderfully awesome series, and I was captivated and entertained so much in this story that I didn't want to put it down!! This book kept me jumping from the beginning from all of the twists that the author throws in it!! I was SOOO surprised with how it gives you multiple endings, in a way, that leave you reeling because your not sure if that's definitely going to happen or not. [Read more of Jess' Review for this book HERE]

    4. "Until There Was You" by Kristan Higgins: 5 out of 5 stars!!!!!! Oh My Goodness!!!! This is a wonderful, funny, and sweet novel that I could not get enough of!!! It is by far the best novel I have read of Kristan's, just topping out my old favorite of hers "Too Good To Be True!"

      This is the FIRST novel of Kristan's where you get to read from both points-of-view of the main characters, Posey & Liam, and I have got to say I was SOOO Happy about that!! As I love to be able to see what the guy thinks! [Read more of Jess' Review for this book HERE]

    5. "Raised By Wolves" [Raised by Wolves Series, Book 1] by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: 5 out of 5 stars!! I have to agree, completely, with Melissa Marr when she said, "Quite simply, the most compelling YA werewolf book out there." And Ms. Marr is soo right! This novel/series takes on a new meaning in and of itself. Even though I've only read the first novel, thus far, but it was so heart-warming, intriguing, and mysterious that I didn't want to put it down even when I had too! [Read more of Jess' Review for this book HERE]

    Wednesday, November 23, 2011

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: Redwood Bend

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "Redwood Bend" [A Virgin River Novel, Book 18] by Robyn Carr
    Expected Publication Released Date: February 28, 2012

    Author's Book Description:
      CAN CHANGING A TIRE CHANGE YOUR LIFE?

      Katie Malone and her twin boys’ trip along the beautiful mountain roads to Virgin River is stopped short by a tire as flat as her failed romance. To make matters worse, the rain has set in, the boys are hungry and Katie doesn’t have the first clue about putting on a spare. As she stands at the side of the road pondering her next move, she hears a distinct rumble. The sight of the sexy, leather-clad bikers who pull up beside her puts her imagination into overdrive.

      Dylan Childress and his buddies are on the motorcycle trip of a lifetime. But the site of a woman in distress stops them in their tracks. And while the guys are checking out her car, she and Dylan are checking out one another.

      In one brief moment, the world tilts on its axis and any previous plans Katie and Dylan might have had for their futures are left at the side of the road.

      WELCOME BACK TO THE RIVER.

    Tuesday, November 22, 2011

    Teaser Tuesdays: Soul Search


  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here


  • "Soul Search" by Amber Scott

    Book Teaser:
    “A peace offering, huh? I didn’t realize we were at war.”
    Offering him the bread basket, she quirked an eyebrow. “You’re as friendly with everyone as you have been with me?”
    “These days, even less friendly.” He took a crusty roll. “But I accept. Peace it is. After today, I’d know better than to tangle with you, anyhow.”
    “Scared I know your secret and that I’ll run to the nearest ear willing to hear it?” she said, glancing at Beatrice and Nick a few feet away, engrossed in conversation
    themselves.
    “Nah. No one would believe you.” He gave her a crooked grin. ~ within Chapter 9
    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Fierce Dawn | Soul Search

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Made the Grade: Soul Search by Amber Scott

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 345 KB | Release Date: September 2011 | Publisher: Tholden Press | Obtained: Amber Scott

    "Soul Search" by Amber Scott

    My Book Summary : Based in the 1930 ...

    Leigh is hoping to use her talents as a medium to help Beatrice and Beatrice's brother, Grant, find Beatrice's son, Tristan, who got kidnapped over three-years-ago and also as a way to get back home (in California) from a disastrous situation in Paris. Grant has been searching for his nephew ever since he was kidnapped and that night when his life changed by him being turned into a wolf shifter. However, he doesn't like his wolf-side since he always loses control and is unsure what happens when he shifts into it. That is until he meets Leigh, as something about her calls to his wolf-side.

    Now they are all heading back to California, to where the kidnapping took place, in hopes they'll find out something helpful at the location and with Leigh. Nevertheless, during the journey, Leigh's life turns upside down when her "angel" begins a fascination to Grant and so does she (in a different way). Will this fascination get the better of her and throw off the investigation?? Or could it help them all in the long run?

    However, it seems there is more to the kidnapping and Grant turning into a shifter then he originally thought. Will they be able to find Tristan before it's too late?

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars!! This is an intriguing story with a new twist on the "shifter" theme. Clever, mysterious, and captivating!! I really enjoyed reading about Grant---his past, the wolf inside him, his dealings with the supernatural world---and how deals with all of the changes to him and the things around him. Jacob is an interesting character because you barely know anything about him, and yet he is in the whole story as more of a main character than anyone else is, so you can never quite tell what he'll do next. The relationship that Leigh and Grant share is definitely unique for the time period, or at least it seems that way to me, which makes it all the more interesting.

    I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of paranormal books based in an earlier time setting and/or to those who are fans of authors like: Amber Scott, Dana Marie Bell, or Sandra Edwards.

    My Previous Review(s) for these Author : Fierce Dawn

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Teaser #1
    He’d killed that man. No question there. No man could survive that bite. No matter how many times he remembered the stolen soul he’d set free, he’d killed a man. He’d ripped his throat out. Grant was a murderer. An animal. Maybe he’d saved that woman, too. Maybe two rights were worth the single, terrible wrong.
    Jean-Paul had acquiesced.
    This man hadn’t.
    Grant didn’t even know his name. ~ within Chapter 13
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Amber, then please check out her website.

    Sunday, November 20, 2011

    Made the Grade: You Against Me by Jenny Downham

    Format: Hardcover | Pages: 413 | Release Date: September 2011 | Publisher: David Fickling Books | Obtained: Pasquotank-Camden Library

    "You Against Me" by Jenny Downham

    My Book Summary : If you were told that your sister was raped you would do anything to protect her and get revenge for her, wouldn't you?

    If your brother was accused of raping that girl you would do anything to defend him, right?

    Those are the questions that Mikey & Ellie are dealing with now, while each of their worlds are falling apart. Both try to find out the truth of what happened between their siblings --- whether by looking into the others family with plans to hurt the man who did it or trying to look into ones self and go through their memories.

    When Mikey & Ellie meet their worlds collide and nothing that they once believed will be the same.

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! This story is intense, thought-provoking, and endearing while having a romantic edge. It definitely makes you think about people in those situations. Also, it makes you wonder about what you might want to do if it were you. However, the situation in the book surrounds this merging love between two people that, in the eyes of their families and the law, should have nothing to do with each other but can't seem to stop being a part of each others lives.

    I recommend this to whoever it a fan of YA contemporary romance novels!

    Author Book Trailer :

    Author Book Interview(s) :





    Book Teaser(s) :
    Another said, 'How's your brother?' And when Ellie told him Tom was fine, he said, 'Shame.'
    Three girls who would never acknowledge her any other day came up.
    'How's Tom managing?' they asked, all soft-voiced and concerned, as if he had many wives.
    'Um, he's OK.' ~ within Chapter 10
    'So, you're called Tyler?'
    He looked down at himself and frowned. 'It's not my real name.'
    Tom said Karyn McKenzie was a liar. Obviously the whole family was, since everything about this boy was fake. He'd targeted the party, rather than stumbled across it, he'd deliberately chatted her up because he knew who she was. Even now, as he looked her up and down, his eyes warm and flirtatious, it was only an act. ~ within Chapter 18
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Jenny, then please check her out on the Goodreads' website.

    Friday, November 18, 2011

    Made the Grade: Hearts of the Anemoi Series, Book 1

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 234; Kindle Edition - File Size: 803 KB | Expected Release Date: November 1, 2011 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing | Obtained: NetGalley

    "North of Need" [Hearts of the Anemoi Series, Book One] by Laura Kaye

    My Book Summary : It's been two years since Megan's husband passed away, and she is still grieving for him along with dealing with the guilt she holds involving his death. This year Megan decides to stay at her cabin (that has always meant a lot to her husband and her) during the anniversary of his death (which happened on Christmas), thinking spending it there will give her some of the tranquility she lost since his death. However, tranquility is the last thing she gets, especially after building a snowman family in front of the cabin, everything that she went through bottles up, spills out, and she has a breakdown outside on her snowman.

    Owen is a God of Winter who comes to earth to help Megan, which he does in flying colors. From their snow antics, to their igloo picnics, to their happy chatter with each other and more, Megan is the happiest she’s been in the past two years. Nevertheless, even with everything going so well for them, their time together is cut short when the snow starts to melt. Now Owen just has a few days left to prove to Megan that they need each other and that they are good together, before there is no snow left, because if Megan can't give her heart to Owen before the snow melts, then he won't be able to stay with her. However, is Megan willing to face her fears and give her heart to Owen before it's too late?

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! After just reading a few chapters of North of Need it reminded me of the movie Jack Frost, even though this book has a different story line, I think it was the whole snowman-coming-to-life thing that made me think it. Anyway ...

    This is a wonderful book!! Also, I say that while admitting that at first glance I was a bit skeptical of it but I am sooo happy that I choose to read it!! It's endearing, sizzling, and a fun novel! Not long after starting this book you get wrapped up in Megan's past and then even more so with Owen's happiness about everything!

    There is only a few chapters about 3/4's of the way in when I wanted to smack Megan upside the head for how she acted. However, I did like the way the author took the storyline from that part and made the book even more interesting!!

    I wonder if all the gods in this series will be as captivating?? Well, keep a lookout for West of Want in March 2012 and we'll both find out! =0)

    Book Teaser(s) :
    She smiled. "Well, come on."
    He frowned, winced.
    "You're going to join me, aren't you?"
    He knelt down next to the tub and rested his arms on the edge. "I can't."
    She scooted closer, the water carrying her weight to where he was. "Why?" Then it hit her. "It's too warm for you."
    He nodded. "Yes, for now. It's cold showers for me." He winked. ~ within Chapter 14
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Laura, then please check out her website.

    Thursday, November 17, 2011

    When & Where Are You? Thursdays: North of Need

    When & Where Are You? Thursdays is a weekly meme, hosted by Jess from From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. This is open for anyone & everyone!! To participate here's what you need to do:
    • Based on the book your currently reading -- tell us when and where you are in your book, and possibly what your doing or who you are with.
    • It doesn't have to be long, just two sentences or so.
    • Try not to include spoilers!!!
    • Be sure to share the book information [title, author and/or book cover] so if someone likes what you write they can add that book to their TBR list.

    Here is 'When & Where...' I am this week :
    Right now ...

    Owen and Megan are at a local ski resort enjoying the snow and as much time together as possible. During that time Owen is still trying to prove to Megan how good they would be in a relationship together, if only Megan can get past her fears.

    In: "North of Need" [Hearts of the Anemoi Series, Book 1] by Laura Kaye


    Now ....

    When & Where are YOU??

    Want to participate? Grab the logo, post your own 'When & Where...' entry on your blog, and leave your link below**!



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    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: Catch Me a Cowboy

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "Catch Me a Cowboy" [Deep in the Heart of Texas Series, Book 3] by Katie Lane
    Expected Publication Released Date: March 27, 2012

    Amazon.com's Book Description:
      Shirlene Dalton has it all: a dream marriage to a man who spoils her rotten and the most outrageous mansion Bramble, Texas, has ever seen. But when her husband unexpectedly dies, Shirlene finds herself right back where she started-in a rundown trailer on the wrong side of the tracks. Never the type to let a little bad luck and a whole heap of heartache get her down, Shirlene is ready to prove to the local gossips she can make it on her own . . . until she ends up living next door to the most tempting cowboy in town.
      Billy Wilkes has a score to settle and a plan to wipe Bramble right off the map. But when his sexy, redheaded neighbor figures out what he's up to, his good ol' boy charm won't be enough to save him. With the town on his tail, Billy will have to come clean quick-or kiss Shirlene goodbye.

    My Previous Review(s) for these Author : O Little Town of Bramble

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    Made the Grade: Children of the Undying Series, Book 1

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 242 KB | Expected Release Date: November 29, 2011 | Publisher: Samhain Publishing | Obtained: Moira Rogers

    "Demon Bait" [Children of the Undying Series, Book 1] by Moira Rogers (aka Bree & Donna)

    My Book Summary : The world has changed ... the apocalypse has happened (years ago) and now demons roam the earth and most people (humans) blame it on those people who have summoner blood (magic in their blood).

    Marcelle (Marci) just happens to be a summoner who has been trying to hide herself by living among humans in different underground compounds throughout most of her life. Soon she is found out during the compound's lockdown by a man who is visiting, Gabe, and says that he can protect her from the demons. Therefore, during their time together in lockdown Gabe tries to convince Marci to leave the place she's at to go to another compound that would allow her to live without fear. Only there is a catch... since he is a halfblood demon himself she would have to be marked by Gabe, which would make her vulnerable to him for the duration of their escape from the compound their in to the one they are heading to. However, will Marci be able to trust him enough to be marked by him and put her life in his hands??

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars. Adventurous, seductive, and sweet are the three words I would choose to describe this unique apocalyptic romance book!! Marci has grown up believing she has to hide who she is, even though her magic is just simmering under her skin wanting to get out. Gabe is fierce and sweet, and just the type who you'd love to be seduced by!! I could not get enough of this book!!

    My only problem with this book was what happened once they were found. I mean I understand the necessity for what happened but it seemed to mess up the flow of the book for me, I guess. Otherwise, I like how the book did wrap up at the end!

    I recommend this to whoever is already fans of Moira Rogers and to those who like adventurous paranormal romance books!!

    My Previous Review(s) for these Author : Crossroads | Moonshine | Sabine

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Teaser #1
    Gabe sighed. “How would volunteering the information have helped? I could have let you out into the unprotected hallways and...what? Pried open another door so everyone on the other side would know I wasn’t human?”
    “And ruin how hard you worked to get me stuck with you in the first place, right?”
    His jaw clenched, and he looked away.
    Trip didn’t. “If there’s something going on...”
    “There’s not,” Gabe snapped. ~ within Chapter 5
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Moira (aka Bree & Donna), then please check out her website.

    Teaser Tuesdays: Demon Bait


  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here


  • "Demon Bait" [Children of the Undying Series, Book 1] by Moira Rogers (aka Bree & Donna)

    Book Teaser:
    She didn’t have time for pleasantries, so she snatched one bag and shoved him into the room. “Stay clear of the outer doors. Network connections should still work. I’ll---”
    His hands closed on her arms and dragged her inside. “I know what you are.”
    He’d grabbed her before, and she’d been oddly calm. Panic surged this time, and not just at his unshakable grip. “Let go of me.”
    “I’m sorry.” He took a step back, pulling her with him—deeper into the lounge and away from the door. “You’ve got summoner blood. With the ADS down, you’ll call to them.”
    Her secret, the one thing her mother had tried so damn hard to hide, laid bare. “Who are you?”
    The voice announced thirty seconds left. His hand slid to her stomach, holding her body tight against his chest. “I’m someone who can keep you safe from demons.” ~ within Chapter 1
    My Previous Review(s) for these Author : Crossroads | Moonshine | Sabine

    Monday, November 14, 2011

    Feasted On: Small Town Christmas by Jill Shalvis, Hope Ramsay, & Katie Lane

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 463 KB | Expected Release Date: November 1, 2011 | Publisher: Grand Central Publishing : Forever | Obtained: NetGalley

    "Small Town Christmas" by Jill Shalvis, Hope Ramsay, & Katie Lane



    "Kissing Santa Claus" [A Lucky Harbor Novella] by Jill Shalvis

    My Story Summary : Logan has come back to Lucky Harbor after being away for the past five months and after the scorching weeklong affair he shared with Sandy. Before Sandy saw Logan, again she would have sworn to anyone who asked her that she had gotten over him. Now, however, she knows that's not true, she's still in love with him. Nevertheless, the last thing she wants to be another booty call for him so she plans to have nothing to do with him, while all Logan wants is to be with her but this time make it forever, but will he be able to prove that to Sandy??

    My Story Review : 3 out of 5 stars. It's a sweet story of love, Christmas wishes, and a Santa suit. Sandy is very friendly and always trying to give a helping hand to those who need it, while Logan is charming and willing to do anything to prove himself to Sandy.

    The only thing I did wish for was that this story was a bit longer and I got to read more about the main characters. Otherwise, it was very cute!

    Story Teaser :
    "What was what?"
    "Why weren't you supposed to find me a Santa?" Sandy asked with what she felt was remarkably calm, even though she wasn't calm. Not even close to calm.
    "It's a secret," Kali said; then with a softly uttered apology, she whirled and ran off. "See you at the parade in an hour!" she yelled back.
    She turned and stared at the costume in the corner chair. She was wearing her favorite emerald-green wraparound dress, but that was about to change. "Great. I'm going to be merry and fat for Christmas." ~ within Chapter 3
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Jill, then please check out her website.



    "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Hope Ramsay

    My Story Summary : Matt comes to Last Chance, SC to give the grandmother of his dead best friend's last Christmas gift to her once he gets out of the army. However, when he gets there he finds that the grandmother is in a nursing home, a little lost kitten, and a woman who helps him celebrate the holidays in a way he was never able to before. Last Chance is starting to look like a place he'd want to call home, but will the people who live there be as welcoming??

    My Story Review : 4 out of 5 stars!! This story has the holiday spirit shining though it from beginning to end! Matt is a solitary solider trying to find out what and who he will be now that he's out of the army. Annie is trying to find herself since now that her mother has passed away she has the freedom to be who she wants to be without judgment. Together they help each other and come to realize that love at first sight might be a true occurrence.

    Story Teaser :
    For some reason, the angel, even with her bent wings and broken halo, looked beautiful up there. Once, a long time ago, Annie had thought the angel was the most beautiful Christmas ornament ever. How had she forgotten that?
    Matt turned back to her, his eyes filled with joy. "I love doing this," he said. "I haven't had much experience trimming trees. My folks used to put a little fake tree on the kitchen table when I was a kid. We always lived in a pretty small apartment."
    Annie turned away, suddenly overcome by emotions she couldn't name. ~ within the story as there isn't any chapters
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Hope, then please check out her website.



    "O Little Town of Bramble" [A Deep in the Heart of Texas Novella] by Katie Lane

    My Story Summary : Sam comes home to Bramble, Texas after being away at college for the past 7 yrs. She loved her life in New York but she never realized how much of a small town girl she still is until she came back home, especially when she finds that her crush on Ethan (her longtime best friend) hasn't lightened up one bit. However, since she has grown use to his friendly nature but knowing that he isn't interested in her, she wants to stay around in Bramble for as short a timeperiod as possible.

    Sam just doesn't realize that Ethan has a crush on Sam too. Nevertheless, he just doesn't know how to win her over. So, that's when the town tries to give them a helping hand before Sam decides to take off again.

    My Story Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars, two best friends finding out what they really mean to each other after being years apart!! I couldn't get enough of Ethan and Sam, they were just sooo sweet!! My only complaint is I wish their story was longer so hopefully they might be good secondary characters in the next novel in this series, "Catch Me A Cowboy," maybe??

    But this story was definitely one that latched me onto the Deep in the Heart of Texas series so I might just have to read the others!!

    Story Teaser :
    "So I guess Darla is responsible for your Joseph's outfit?"
    "I wish," Colt grumbled. "If Darla had made it, I could've gotten out of it. But how do you tell your wife of two weeks---your pregnant wife, no less---that you aren't going to wear the costume that she went to all of the trouble to make for you?"
    "Well, I have to admit that the purple yarn belt is a little flashy," Ethan teased. "But other than that, it's not so bad." ~ within Chapter 3
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Katie, then please check out her website.



    My Book Review : For the full book I give it 3.83 out of 5 stars. All of the stories are really sweet. Plus, they have a good amount of romance and holiday spirit to enjoy this book on a cold winter night.

    Sunday, November 13, 2011

    Feasted On: ...and the Beast Series, Book 1

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 211 KB | Release Date: May 2011 | Publisher: Samhain Publishing | Obtained: Moira Rogers

    "Sabine" [...and the Beast Series, Book 1] by Moira Rogers (aka Bree & Donna)

    My Book Summary : Ciar returns to his palace after being away at war for three years to find his love, Sabine, not there and to find that no one knows who she is, so he sets out to find her. Once he finds her, he's told that while he was away his mother, the Queen, cursed her so he would forget about her. However, the cursed backfired so now anyone who touches her or is around her for a long period of time will forget they ever knew her (even her own family).

    Now, with little time to spear, Sabine & Ciar try to find a way to break the curse and bind themselves to each other before it's too late.

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! This is a sweet, spicy, and touching story of how far a couple would go to keep each other in their lives. Sabine is a feisty character struggling to be who she is while dealing with a curse that makes her become an outsider to everyone she knew and meets. Ciar is an arrogant King now hardened by the war he was in but still missing his love desperately that he'll do anything for her.

    My only problem with it is I WISH IT WAS A BIT LONGER!! However, even as I wish that .. I don't know how they could have made it any better.

    I recommend this to those who like Paranormal Romance books that are a bit erotic!!

    My Previous Review(s) for these Author : Crossroads | Moonshine

    Book Teaser(s) :
    The depth of the grief that seized her was surprising. “You’re forgetting.”
    “Slowly,” he said, voice firm. “But I’m making new memories too. I won’t forget all of you. I’ll never forget all of you.”
    Some things shouldn’t be slow. A quick end was preferable, one slash of the executioner’s blade instead of being left to bleed and linger. “Of course.”
    The growl that tore free of him sounded frustrated. “Why do you have no faith in me?”
    “It isn’t---” Three years, and she didn’t know how to talk to anyone anymore, even Ciar. “You have a strong spirit, and I know you loved me. If anyone can wade through this spell, this curse, it’s you.”
    “I can, and I will. Believe in me.” ~ within Chapter 3
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Moira (aka Bree & Donna), then please check out her website.

    Saturday, November 12, 2011

    Feasted On: Desolation Series, Book 1

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 344; Kindle Edition - File Size: 374 KB | Expected Release Date: November 11, 2011 | Publisher: Ninjas Write Publishing | Obtained: Indie Book Collective: Blog Tour de Troops

    "BECOME" [Desolation Series, Book 1] by Ali Cross

    My Book Summary : Desolation (Desi) lives in Hell with her father, Lucifer, trying to not Become (turn into her true self) for as long as she can remember as it's exactly what her father wants. In addition, even though she is the daughter of Lucifer there is a part of her she has hid away from him and his minions (a part that's good) so they couldn't use it against her. However, even though she isn't the same as her father, she likes Hell a lot more then Earth. Therefore, when she is sent back to Earth to face the good she fears and the evil she's grown up around there is nothing more that she'd like to do then find a way to get back home.

    Not long after being back on Earth, Desi is forced to Become. Soon afterwards, her life and everything she thought she knew about herself changes, making her question everything she knows. However, when she finally finds out everything is she going to want to become something better then she once was?

    My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars!! This is a wonderful YA novel that takes on the typical theme of angels vs demons (or good vs evil) and turns it into something new, then throws in a girl who's right in the middle of the fight and has the ability to decide which side will win. It's an addicting novel and I can predict it'll be an addicting series too. There were tons of twists that I didn't expect, especially since I never knew where this book would go.

    Desi is a great character who I'm curious to see how she'll grow within this series. I wish there was more of Michael in this novel, but hopefully there will be more of him in the second novel. The rest of their "gang" I'm curious about since they could really go either way.

    I recommend this for anyone who really enjoys YA paranormal (possible romance) books!!

    My Review(s) for Blog Tour de Troops : Cinderella's Secret Diary (Book 1: Lost) | Scent and Shadow | BECOME

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Staring at the mirror, I concentrated on sticking my unruly hair into a ponytail with shaky hands.
    Not good, not good, not good. This was so not the way I foresaw my first day of school.
    Late, no makeup, stupid hair, and with the smell of James all over me.
    With one last glance at the full-length mirror, I saw all I needed to see—I wasn’t just a normal girl, after all. Everything I’d Become radiated as if I had a blinking neon sign above my head.
    Murderer.
    Harlot.
    Depraved.
    Remorseless. ~ within Chapter 9
    I knew the second Michael entered the room. The air grew heavy, warm, maybe even a little sultry. Noise faded away until the voices of the students sounded like a distant hum, and all I could hear was my heart beating. Though I kept my eyes glued to the desktop, I knew he stood at the front of the class for a moment, likely staring at me, waiting for me to look at him. But I didn’t. I wouldn’t. ~ within Chapter 14
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Ali, then please check out her website. If you'd like more information about the Blog Tour de Troops then click here.

    Thursday, November 10, 2011

    Disappointmentville: Fools Gold Series, E-novella 2

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 192 KB | Release Date: November 1, 2011 | Publisher: HQN Books | Obtained: Amazon.com

    "Only Us: A Fool’s Gold Holiday" [Fools Gold Series, E-novella 2] by Susan Mallery

    My Book Summary : Rina has been in love with Cameron for over a year now but has never had the nerve to tell him, hoping instead that showing him through what he does for him (by helping him out around his vet office and with his young daughter) he'll take notice and put him into action. However, over a year has passed and they are still just good friends.

    So, when an opportunity opens up to show him of her affections and (possibly) take their relationship up to the level will she have the guts to follow through with it? And if she does follow through, will Cameron even return her affections or will it completely change everything between them?

    My Book Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars. Ever since Cameron was mentioned in Only Yours I was curious if he was going to have a story of his own, and this book is it! Sad to say I was disappointed. Its a cute story and I loved the characters but this story rushes through it's plot and that is what spoils it for me. If it was a bit longer it probably would have been better.

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1 | Book 4 | Book 5 | Book 6

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Tempting | Accidentally Yours | Falling For Gracie | Having Her Boss's Baby

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "I told Daddy he could help with the cookies," Kaitlyn said, walking to the sink to wash her hands without being asked.
    Rina grinned. "Did you? Do you think he'll do a good job?"
    "I have some creative skills," Cameron told her, shrugging out of his jacket.
    "Maybe you could audition," Rina told him. "Do one and if we think it's all right, you can do a second."
    His daughter burst out laughing. ~ within Chapter 2
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Susan, then please check out her website. To find out more about the town of Fools Gold then click here.

    When & Where Are You? Thursdays: Only Us: A Fool’s Gold Holiday

    When & Where Are You? Thursdays is a weekly meme, hosted by Jess from From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. This is open for anyone & everyone!! To participate here's what you need to do:
    • Based on the book your currently reading -- tell us when and where you are in your book, and possibly what your doing or who you are with.
    • It doesn't have to be long, just two sentences or so.
    • Try not to include spoilers!!!
    • Be sure to share the book information [title, author and/or book cover] so if someone likes what you write they can add that book to their TBR list.

    Here is 'When & Where...' I am this week :
    Right now ...

    Cameron just realized the reason he was disappointed by Rina telling him her feelings for him. Therefore, now he's decided he needs to find a way to make it up to her before their friendship/relationship becomes even more strained.

    In: "Only Us: A Fool’s Gold Holiday" [Fools Gold Series, E-novella 2] by Susan Mallery


    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Tempting | Accidentally Yours | Falling For Gracie | Chasing Perfect | Having Her Boss's Baby | Only Mine | Only Yours | Only His


    Now ....

    When & Where are YOU??

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    Wednesday, November 9, 2011

    Feasted On: Scent and Shadow by Mercy Loomis

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 506 KB | Release Date: October 2011 | Publisher: Rookery Creek Media | Obtained: Indie Book Collective: Blog Tour de Troops

    "Scent and Shadow" [An Aether Vitalis novel] by Mercy Loomis

    My Book Summary : Amanda has felt like someone has been watching her for a while now, and she would be right. However, she doesn't know until it's too late, or so she thinks.

    Gabriel has been feeling the urge to turn someone for a while now, and the someone he's chosen is Amanda. After he attacks her, turning her into his fledgling, she learns that if she can hold out about a month without killing someone then she will be able to be human again. Gabriel isn't going to make it that easy on her though, as he's planning on luring her into being a vampire if it's the last thing he does. Will Gabriel be able to lure Amanda into becoming a vampire or will her freedom and humanity be more preferable?

    Unbeknownst to them, though, Amanda becomes a pawn in a scheme that could not only hurt Gabriel but Amanda and the city they live in too. Will they be able to work together long enough and find out about the treat before it's too late?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Dark, exotic, and intriguing are just some of the words I would use to describe this unique take on a paranormal novel. Before I read this book I took what this book was called an 'urban paranormal' as to mean 'paranormal romance,' why I don't really know, but I will say if you make that mistake too you still won't be disappointed! I say that because even though this book does NOT romanticize what a vampire is, it DOES talk about the connections Gabriel (the main vampire in the book) has with those he cares for and digs into what it means to be a vampire (based in the world the author has created).

    I loved the characters and finding out their back-stories. However, the author bounced around a lot from different characters POVs during the first quarter of the book that it was somewhat hard to find (pinpoint) where the plot was heading. Thankfully though by the middle of the book the plot evens out a bit and you get swept away in the many new twist and turns never quite sure which way the story will lead you. Then the ending just wraps everything up very nicely!! I was very happy about Paul & Cecelia, and I'm curious as to how the new situation between Amanda & Gabriel will work out.

    I recommend this for those who like reading the darker type of paranormal books. FYI -- sexual content (hot and steamy) is in this book.

    My Review(s) for Blog Tour de Troops : Cinderella's Secret Diary (Book 1: Lost) | Scent and Shadow | BECOME

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Teaser #1
    Gabriel was quiet for the first few minutes of their trip back into town. Finally he said, glancing at her quizzically, “I hadn’t expected you to give in about the blood so quickly.”
    “Oh?” Amanda kept her thoughts carefully blank.
    “What made you change your mind?”
    She shifted uncomfortably. “Well, I mean, you already had it on your lips, and, well... I wanted to kiss you, damn it. So I did.”
    He laughed, low and deep. “What did you think of it?”
    “The kiss or the blood?”
    He gave her an amused glance. “The blood.”
    She raised a hand to her lips. “Too brief,” she said at last.
    “That I can fix.”
    “Gabriel...” ~ within Chapter 15
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Mercy, then please check out her website. If you'd like more information about the Blog Tour de Troops then click here.

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: Undeadly

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "Undeadly" [The Reaper Diaries Series, Book 1] by Michele Vail
    Expected Publication Released Date: February 28, 2012

    Author's Book Description:
      Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath.

      Within days, shes shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath. Who seems to hate her guts.

      Rath will be watching closely to be sure she completes her first assignment--reaping Rick, the boy who should have died. The boy she still wants to be with.

      To make matters worse, students at the academy start turning up catatonic, and accusations fly against Molly. The only way out of this mess? To go through hell. Literally.

    Tuesday, November 8, 2011

    IBC's Blog Tour de Troops (November 11 - 14, 2011)



    Did you know that over 300 overseas troops have requested books?

    And the Indie Book Collective is going to make sure they get them.

    This Veteran's Day weekend, November 11th-14th 2011, any reader can participate in the charity that gives back to the troops!

    Over 50 authors will be giving away free eBooks, one for each person who leaves a comment on their blog and one for a soldier or veteran.

    The purpose: To give away as many books as possible to the soldiers and veterans who request them.

    Just visit the Indie Book Collective blog from November 11th-14th to see each day's authors and join in on the blog hop. You're guaranteed to get tons of books and so will our brave men and women who serve our country with honor!

    My Review(s) for Blog Tour de Troops : Cinderella's Secret Diary (Book 1: Lost) | Scent and Shadow | BECOME

    Teaser Tuesdays: Scent and Shadow


  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here


  • "Scent and Shadow" [An Aether Vitalis novel] by Mercy Loomis

    Book Teaser:
    Gabriel continued to watch her from under half-closed lids, his gaze holding hers, ignoring James just as she was. Maybe it was the light, or those color-shifting irises, but his eyes glittered in a way that was beginning to make the hairs on the back of her neck rise.
    A finger of unease crept up her spine, and she looked down at her glass. An image flashed before her mind’s eye: a snake coiled and motionless, staring at a mouse.
    You’re imagining things, she told herself. She’d talked to Gabriel several times before now and never had the slightest cause for concern. ~ within Chapter 1

    Monday, November 7, 2011

    Made the Grade: Cinderella's Secret Diary (Book 1: Lost) by Ron Vitale

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 196; Kindle Edition - File Size: 957 KB | Release Date: August 2011 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Indie Book Collective: Blog Tour de Troops

    "Cinderella's Secret Diary (Book 1: Lost)" by Ron Vitale

    My Book Summary : Have you ever wondered what happened to Cinderella after she married her Prince? Had it occurred to you that there might be more to her story (and how her life got the way it did) then what we were first told?

    Well, now you can read the events that are happening in her life a few years after she married the Prince, and you'll find her happily-ever-after didn't play out like we were told. As Cinderella writes during the time of Napoleon's rise to power in the 1700's, we read how she deals with the politics in her new life, how she hopes for love in her life, and how she wishes for a better life. Nevertheless, over the time, reading her diary you'll see that Cinderella definitely learns the meaning of being careful for what you wish for ....

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, this story/diary sets Cinderella in a mix of the "real world" for that time-period (the 1700's) and fantasy (as she has fey after her). It's truly a well-written story and if you like reading in a historical diary format with a little bit of magic in it then this is the book for you!!

    The only real reason that I gave this book 3 stars is because this book wasn't for me. I choose to read it because of the fairytale aspect of it but I'm so use to reading books from multiple points-of-view that this book wasn't as interesting to me as it should have been.

    However, I will freely admit the reason I finished reading this story is because of how the plot laid out, as once I began reading the story I had to find out what happened to Cinderella. The intrigue in this story pulled me in and wouldn't let go. Therefore, with that being said, if you like the mysterious novels you might enjoy this book because of that reason as well.

    My Review(s) for Blog Tour de Troops : Cinderella's Secret Diary (Book 1: Lost) | Scent and Shadow | BECOME

    Book Teaser(s) :
    I have told her my story of meeting with the Queen and of my promise to see the mysterious woman in France. Clarissa thinks that she might be a midwife who uses herbs and other natural remedies to aid women unable to bear children. I have remained silent about you. Clarissa and I are close friends, but I want to keep my relationship with you private for now. The secret that we share is a personal bond between us, and I desire to keep our correspondence solely between us, for now.
    Clarissa is often judgmental, and I wish her not to color my fondness for you, as she would ask question upon question about why you were not by my side to help me. I can trust her, but I do not wish to reveal my thoughts to her yet. ~ within 'March 27'
    Fairy Godmother, I realized at that moment as I closed my eyes that my decision would set me on a path from which I could not easily return. I listened to my heart and thought about what decision to make, and I felt a tingling in my left hand, and the moment froze in time. I imagined my future and that of my child’s and how happy we would be together and how simple the path could be. ~ within 'Late in the day on June 17'
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Ron, then please check out his website. If you'd like more information about the Blog Tour de Troops then click here.
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