Thursday, August 21, 2014

Just Desserts by Tawdra Kandle - Review

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JustDessertsSWCover   When her friend Julia needed help forming a revenge plan against her ex-boyfriend, Ava was happy to lend a hand. She never expected that in the course of making Liam pay, she'd be the one to fall hard. . .for the one person who was absolutely off-limits. Crushing on the guy who humiliated her best friend is definitely against the girl code. Besides, Ava has goals. Her life is all about graduating with honors and landing the perfect job. And Liam Bailey—sweet-talking, complicated son of a well-known local politician—isn't part of those plans. But Liam doesn't give up easily. And he doesn't intend to let their friends' opinions, his parents' disapproval or Ava's past get in the way of what he wants--Ava's heart.

My Thoughts: I love Tawdra Kandle's books, so when she wrote Ava's story I was excited, and maybe a little skeptical. I did not see how she could redeem Liam after how he treated Julia. I was also hoping for a glimpse into Julia and Jesse's relationship.

Ava is an amazing character. I think I love her more than Julia. Ava is strong, motivated, smart, and very family oriented. I think some of the bests parts, next to parts with Liam, were as she spent time with her family. The entire vibe of the Italian family and how they all showed so much love and support was beautiful.

Liam turned into something wholly unexpected. I hoped for the best, because Tawdra has always delivered a happy ending, but I couldn't picture him as anything other than how he was in Best Served Cold. Getting to see the Liam behind the scenes, so to speak, was amazing. Seeing him through Ava's eyes as she struggled with their possible relationship was even better.

If you read Best Served Cold, don't miss out on Ava and Liam's story. If you haven't read it, then read them both. You won't regret it. Just Desserts is an awesome college love story and I didn't want it to end. Limoncello even made an appearance, which made me smile. I can't wait for whatever Tawdra writes next!

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Tawdra Kandle has been a writer since the invention of the pen. Her first published work appeared in Child's Life magazine when she was 13. After a brief, thirty-year hiatus, she published a young adult quartet, The King Series. More recently, she's released contemporary and paranormal romances in both the adult and New Adult genres. Tawdra lives in central Florida with her husband and children, of both skin and fur types. And yes, she has purple hair.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Panic by Ryan Ringbloom - Review

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PANICcover3Robin fell in love with Kent, the boy next door, a long time ago. Once their romance is rekindled, getting married and starting a family seems like the obvious next step. But fate throws a wrench in that plan. Now Robin is tempted to walk away from their relationship rather than settle for anything less than perfect with the man she loves.
Bailey is certainly not the boy next door, yet Shayna fell for his well-played act. But real love only exists in the movies. When a chance encounter binds them together, Shayna finds herself relying on Bailey more than she could ever have expected. And while their resources are slim and their circumstances are far from perfect, she and Bailey slowly discover that they do have something special to give…. When things don’t go exactly as planned, it’s hard not to PANIC. MATURE CONTENT Strong Language/Sexual situations

My Thoughts: I always enjoy books that cause me to react, whether with anger, sadness, or happiness. In all the books I have read lately, I have never been so emotional while reading. I honestly cannot recall a book that made me cry more. Panic is both heartbreaking and miraculous. My biggest warning to readers is to be ready for it.

I thought the characters were well written, and incredibly easy to relate to. I could feel their pain and joy in the words that Ryan Ringbloom wrote. I became so involved in the outcomes of both couples that I was desperate for a happy ending. Each couple had their own struggles and the way they worked to overcome them was amazing to read.

I can't begin to do this book justice in a review. I read the entire book in less than a day and I hated to put it down. I think this is a very heartfelt story full of a lot of painful issues and beautiful romance. This is a story that could change your way of looking at life.
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Ryan Ringbloom lives for anything Romance. The passion, love, angst, awkwardness... she loves all of it. When Ryan needs a break from reality she sneaks off to read a romantic story or write one of her own. Drinking coffee, reading Tweets and hugs from her five year old are the best part of her day. You can follow her on Twitter: @RyanRingbloom or visit her website at www.RyanRingbloom.com. You can also find her on Goodreads and Facebook Feel free to contact her, she would love it!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Jaded by Michelle Bellon - Book Blast

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Jaded_highTo what lengths will a man go for the woman he loves? Reed Dartmouth will learn the answer to those questions time and time again throughout his relationship with Jade Montgomery. When he first meets her as a young, gentle boy the heartache from losing his mother only a year before is still fresh and painful. Jade is different from anyone else he’s ever met; tough, sassy, and even a bit cruel. But she’s also the same as he is: she knows what it’s like to lose a parent. Their friendship begins and a bond like no other is formed. Time passes and Reed learns that not only are Jade’s parents dead, they were murdered and she’s made an oath to one day bring them justice. No matter the price. As they grow older their love evolves but for Jade, old habits die hard and she can’t stop hurting those she loves the most. Even in the midst of searching for her parents’ killers, passion ignites and jealousy burns as Jade tests Reed’s devotion for her. Will she push him too far?

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Michelle Bellon lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their four children. She drinks ungodly amounts of coffee and has an addiction to chapstick. She works at a surgery center as a registered nurse and in her spare time writes novels. She writes in the genres of romance suspense, young adult, women’s fiction, and literary fiction. She has won three literary awards.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dream Killers Season One by S.M. Blooding - Graveyard of Dreams Review

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DK S1 CoversThe Sea of Dreams spat me out with no memories, no idea of who I was or what my purpose might be. When Captain Bo, dream killer extraordinaire, arrived, I took a chance to explore. On the road of discovery, I tripped upon dreamplanes floating dead in a graveyard, scared children attempting to survive their dreams turned nightmare, strange guardians, rogue Dreamlanders, and ships with hearts of silver. I learned more about Dreamland than I ever thought possible. But people are dying. They're disappearing. Dreamland is twisting, shifting, ripping. I don't know how best to help, how to save those I've met, who have wormed their way into my heart. If only I knew who I was, what I'd been born to do. Then I found out. I know who I am. I wish I didn't. Dream Killers is geared for fans of Once Upon a Time. The first season (Spring 2014) consists of 3 novellas called episodes. It follows River as he discovers who he is and his role in Dreamland. Dream Killers is to Dreamland Stories what Agents of Shield is to the Marvel movies. Dreamland is an intense, rich, fascinating world with lots going on. If you like fairy tales, are looking for something new,try this one.

My Thoughts: The first episode in this season is Graveyard of Dreams. Without knowing anything about Dreamland, I jumped into this first episode. I was hooked fast and I hated to stop reading long enough to write my review before I start episode two.

The world is so intricate and I was amazed at the connections between each new level that was revealed. I loved the vivid descriptions. The world sounded terrifying and absolutely breathtaking. I really enjoyed the brief looks at the different people.

I loved what I've read so far of River's journey. He is discovering himself and it just keeps getting more interesting. I'm excited to move on to the next episode. This is a... series that I will be following closely. I can't wait to see what else the Dream Killers will bring! This is a perfect book for people who enjoy fairy tales.
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SM “Frankie” Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and Jack the Bird. Jack has refused to let her to take up the piano again, but is warming to the guitar. It might help that Frankie has learned more than two strings. She’s added a few more Arabic words to her vocabulary, but don’t invite her into conversation yet—unless, of course, you’re willing to have a very . . . slow . . . conversation. She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories. She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Steampunk Bundle Promo & Giveaway

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"What is steampunk?"

The easy answer is that steampunk stories are set in the 19th century Victorian era when steam-driven technology was primary, corsets were tight, and tea was a formal affair. But that's like saying science fiction is about spaceships… when the genre is much broader, deeper, and more amazing than that. (And yes, steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction.) With a thriving real-life steampunk culture that is very do-it-yourself in inventing characters, costumes, and gadgets, the real answer is that steampunk can be virtually anything you want it to be. It's this tremendous devotion to creativity that actually drew me in to writing steampunk in the first place (along with the gorgeous costumes!). In this steampunk bundle, we have an east-Indian fantasy romance, a Asian-flavored pirate love story, a Shakespearean retelling, two stories set in a common world with a floating island, a young adult adventure about a lightning invention, and a story that uses Arcane Science in the modern world. These stories are perfect examples of the truly rich diversity of steampunk stories… while each also portrays a world where steam technology shifts the ground under their character's feet. We think of the Victorian era as being somewhat repressed, but it really was a time of tremendous change: class divisions, and the aristocracy it supported, were being challenged by the everyday men and women who were bringing about amazing technological advances. Science was on the rise! And the beautiful costuming and formal traditions of the past were coming into conflict with those first hints of the modern world. Steampunk stories in general resonate with readers not just because of their fun, escapist fantasy—a flight into the past when things were simpler, adventures were fought with sword and gun, and social strictures brought some order to the world—but because the upheaval wrought by technological change still resonates with our real lives today. What is steampunk? It's a story like any other story: a chance to escape the world for a few hours, to live in the wilderness of an author's imagination, to adventure, to fall in love, to die for one's friends. It's classic storytelling in a visually rich, emotionally gripping era that still resonates with us today. Plus you get to rollick about in corsets and top hats, inventing gadgets and saving the world from the villains who turn that fantastic steam technology to their own dastardly purposes. Strap on your goggles and prepare for the ride! – Susan Kaye Quinn The initial titles in the bundle (minimum $3 to purchase) are:
  • Black Mercury by Charlotte E. English
  • Zelda Pryce by Joseph Robert Lewis
  • The Machine God by MeiLin Miranda
  • A Midsummer Night's Steampunk by Scott E. Tarbet
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  • Lumière by Jacqueline E. Garlick
  • Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn
  • Fall of Sky City by S.M. Blooding
The bundle is available for a very limited time only, via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub, and .mobi) for all books, but after the three weeks are over, the bundle is gone forever! It's also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle. Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.
  • Get quality reads: We've chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $3): You decide how much four fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that's fine! You'll still get access to four thrilling titles.
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StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com. For more information, visit our website at storybundle.com, Tweet us at @storybundle, Like us on Facebook, and Plus us on Google Plus. For press inquiries, please email press@storybundle.com. Promotional Book Tours is giving away 10 Steampunk Bundles from Author S.M. Blooding ( be sure to like her on Facebook) Fill out the form below to enter! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Vanished From Dust - Shea Norwood - Book Blast & Review

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Vanished from Dust - Kindle CC A CHILL RUNS THROUGH HIS SKIN AS THE PHANTOM APPEARS. HE SEES THEM EVERYWHERE . . . Eric Stark is not insane. Or at least he doesn’t think so. He wishes everyone in Dust, Texas, felt the same way. But that’s not going to happen since the whole town thinks he’s crazy. Why didn’t he keep his mouth shut? No one understands. Eric is alone as he battles his sanity in a town of tormenters. Suddenly a new friendship emerges after the new kid, Kyle Barrett, moves to town. Eric reluctantly reveals his secret. Is it a curse or a gift? He isn’t certain, but with Kyle by his side he finds the courage to seek the truth. They soon realize that something sinister is descending on the residents of Dust. Is it caused by Eric’s phantoms or is it something else? Is it connected to the mysterious death of hundreds of townspeople over sixty years ago? One thing is certain—only Eric and Kyle can save them. They set out on a heart-pounding adventure and find themselves transported to a disturbed and deserted version of their small southern town. They quickly discover that this new world has mysteries of its own to uncover. What they find could prove more than they bargained for, and it only leads to more questions. Eric and Kyle must face a horrifying fact—they may never get out alive.
“We’re gonna die here,” Kyle muttered.
“I don’t believe that,” Eric said. “And neither do you.”
Will they survive their encounter with these dark and mysterious beings? Will they find a way back home? Or will they be lost forever? The Vanished from Dust series is perfect for anyone who craves a hair-raising thriller packed with mystery and suspense. This paranormal story for young adults can be compared to Stand by Me, mixed with Odd Thomas, and a twist of The Dark Tower.

Review: Having only read Odd Thomas in the above listed book comparisons, I was still very interested in reading Vanished From Dust. I was disappointed as I was quickly pulled into a story about a boy who could see something no one else could. The small town setting with small town gossip was perfect to build up Eric's need for answers. I loved how realistic the characters were for the time that the book was set. Parts of the book made me smile as I could relate them to my own childhood.

Vanished From Dust is an exciting and fast paced book full of suspense. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what would happen next. The characters were well written and relate-able. I think young adult readers will love this book. I know I am ready to find out what happens next. I wasn't ready for the end.
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shea profileShea Norwood is an American writer that lives in Texas with his family. Recently, he published his debut novel, Vanished from Dust, on Amazon in September 2013. He was raised in the small rural community of McCamey, Texas and lived a short year in Odessa prior to moving to Snyder to complete high school. He attended Angelo State University for his undergrad and graduated with a BBA in 1999. Many years later he graduated with a MBA from the University of Texas - Pan America and is currently pursuing a second masters from Texas Tech. He has spent most of his professional career in healthcare but has never given up his love of writing.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Just Desserts by Tawdra Kandle - Promo

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JustDessertsSWCover   When her friend Julia needed help forming a revenge plan against her ex-boyfriend, Ava was happy to lend a hand. She never expected that in the course of making Liam pay, she'd be the one to fall hard. . .for the one person who was absolutely off-limits. Crushing on the guy who humiliated her best friend is definitely against the girl code. Besides, Ava has goals. Her life is all about graduating with honors and landing the perfect job. And Liam Bailey—sweet-talking, complicated son of a well-known local politician—isn't part of those plans. But Liam doesn't give up easily. And he doesn't intend to let their friends' opinions, his parents' disapproval or Ava's past get in the way of what he wants--Ava's heart.

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Tawdra Kandle has been a writer since the invention of the pen. Her first published work appeared in Child's Life magazine when she was 13. After a brief, thirty-year hiatus, she published a young adult quartet, The King Series. More recently, she's released contemporary and paranormal romances in both the adult and New Adult genres. Tawdra lives in central Florida with her husband and children, of both skin and fur types. And yes, she has purple hair.

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