Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lost Souls Bonus Scene Blitz + Giveaway

About the author:
Eliza Freed graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks and her neighbors began to talk; her mother told her to find a job.

She settled into Corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It's during this time she became an avid observer of the characters we meet and the heartaches we endure. Her years of study have taught her laughter is the key to survival, even when it's completely inappropriate.
She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. An avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she'd rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she has always been a sucker for a love story...the more screwed up the better.

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Annie reaches down and touches my hair with one hand and covers her eyes with the other. Her breathing deepens as she fights for air and I fight for her orgasm. I need to see her come. I continue with my tongue and she arches away from me. I pull her back to my mouth, not letting her go. She will be mine forever. She writhes and presses her thighs against the sides of my head and I lick her swollen lips one last time as she succumbs. I’m sure I could keep her here, on this kitchen table, for the rest of our lives. Her chest rises, her eyes still covered, and I can barely recall how angry I was at her a few days ago.

"Let’s take a bath," I say, wanting to forget the past few weeks, and her trip to New Orleans…and her complete unwillingness to value her safety. "It’ll make you feel better."

I take her hand and help her off the table. She follows me to the bathroom without a word. She’s always so tranquil after she comes—serene, not questioning a thing, not remembering what’s lost. I turn on the hot water and plug the tub. There’s a jar labeled "bath salts" with a scoop on the shelf. It smells like vanilla. I toss the scoop on the counter and pour a shot of salts into the water.

"Where’s your lighter?" she asks.

"You gonna start smokin’?" I tease, but stop short of making a crack pipe comment.

"To light a candle," she says, exasperated.

"I’ll do it. You get in while it’s hot."

I line the candles up on the counter and light them one-by-one. Annie doesn’t move from the mirror. She runs her hands across her bruised skin until she shudders. It’s the evidence of a thousand needs only she can satisfy. Usually it’s my fault. No matter how many times I tell myself to be gentle, as soon as she’s near me I lose control. This time though, these bruises are her doing. I wanted to talk. She wanted this.

Her eyes follow her hands over her breasts and down to her waist. I drop the lighter and turn off the lights. Her skin glows ethereal in the candlelight, but she still stares in the mirror, gliding her fingertips across the bruises on the inside of her thighs. I cover her hand with my own.

"Get in the tub," I whisper in her ear.

She climbs in. Sometimes, when she listens without arguing, I forget how stubborn she is, how she can infuriate me more than anyone else walking this earth. Annie lowers herself until she touches the water and then pulls back up.

"Too hot?"

"I just need a second to get used to it," she says. She rests her arms on the sides and sinks in, laying her head on the edge. I watch until the peace returns to her face and then undress myself.

I reach to change the music. Her taste is abysmal. But the lyrics grab my attention. They hint at a love affair with the devil. I drop my arm to my side and turn back to Annie. She looks like an angel, but she drags me through hell.

"I feel beautiful when you look at me." Me, and every other man on the planet.

"You are beautiful, Annie. Surely you know that. I’ve heard you told a hundred times before."

"Understanding the way others view my appearance and the way I feel when you look at me are two totally different things." I climb into the tub and rest her legs on each side of my waist. I run my hands up and down them. My dick’s hard in the water and I force my mind to concentrate on the fact that she’s sore, that her body needs a break.

"What else do you feel when I look at you?" I’ve never had to ask before. Annie couldn’t hide a thing from me, but these last few weeks my misery has replaced assuredness. If she can hop in a car to Mardi Gras without telling me, I’m no longer sure what she’s capable of.

"I thought you didn’t want me to think about us," she says, reminding me of the weeks following her parents’ death. She tortured herself with her mind. Every waking hour, every moment of sleep.

"That was then." Now I need to know everything. I lean forward and run my hand up the inside of her thigh and she closes her eyes and surrenders to my touch.

"Transparent," she says, and I swear her voice is inside my head. "Alive. Condemned." She opens her eyes, waiting for some response, but I have only understanding. When she called from New Orleans, it was like a life sentence—incapable of finding her, waiting to hear she was safe, wanting to kill her myself. If something happens to her...

"Wanted. Safe." Her words pull me from the horror. "I feel like nothing bad can happen to me if I’m with you." Which is why you should be with me. I rest her foot on my shoulder and wash her leg with a sponge.

"It scares me, the control you have over me." At this I laugh out loud. How ironic.

"That’s interesting because it’s the complete lack of control that keeps me awake at night," I say, wishing she didn’t drive me so insane. I place her leg back in the water and raise the other one. Her legs should be wrapped around my neck every day. The familiar need mixed with anger and frustration returns and I bury it down deep. This can’t become an argument.

"What are you going to do after graduation?" I ask. On my list of things I’m not leaving Cedar Creek Lake without settling, the end of her Rutgers career is at the top. I run the sponge down her calf with my lips following it, reminding her of where her future is.

"I’m just getting used to the idea I’m back in school. I haven’t considered after. It’s common to have a Masters in Statistics. Maybe I’ll do that."

"So common."

"Probably not as common as Philosophy majors." She smiles and watches my lips return to her leg. "What are you going to do?" she asks, and the smile drains from her face.

"I won’t graduate for another year."


"Light credits, especially in the spring. Makes it easier to miss four days a week at rodeos." The statement separates us, even in this tub. The rodeo is like a curse word she hates to use.

"Do you ever think it would be easier to date a girl from Oklahoma?"

"Every day you’re away I think it." And every minute you’re doing drugs, and every time I see the way guys look at you, and every walk home late at night you take, and every mile you drove to New Orleans. But the thought of another girl is ridiculous. I half-laugh as I say, "They’re close. I could have them every day. They understand rodeo."

"They have dirty shoes," she plays along.

"They listen to good music." Annie lowers her eyes to the bubbles and I lose her for a second. Her green eyes filled with doubt, hidden from the one person who’s incapable of hurting her. I slide forward and lift her head. "No matter what, I can’t get past they’re not you. You’re in my blood and I’ll never let you go."

"Condemnation." Oh, you have no idea.

I turn her around and pull her back to my chest. The sponge in my hand runs down her neck and around her breasts. Here, in this tub in the middle of Texas, it’s impossible to think we can’t make this work.

"Close your eyes and, if you promise not to use it against me, I’ll tell you why I love you," I say in her ear. Her head falls back on my shoulder and I kiss her neck.

"I promise."

"I love you, Annie, because when most girls would fall apart, you get pissed off. You don’t understand the concept of surrender." She smiles at my words and floats up, arching her back at my touch. "And you can’t be tamed." I pull her back to me. "And yet I’ve never met someone with a greater ability to see the good in people. You are the perfect mix of courage and mercy." I stop. Unsure of how far I should take this, but the question has been pounding in my head since I left Stillwater. If we’re going to make it, we’ll have to be together. I run the sponge to her belly button and back up. My lips graze her neck and slide to her ear.

"Come to Oklahoma, Annie." She stiffens in my arms. I should regret asking her, but I don’t.

"Haven’t we been over this?" Steady…

"Not now. Spend the summer there with me and then move there after you graduate. Spend my senior year with me." She’s silent, searching her mind right in front of me. I know it’s not where she belongs, but it’s where I need her to be. And I’m selfish enough to ask her, knowing she’s generous enough to come.

"I’ll go. I’ll spend the summer there and if it works, I’ll move there after graduation."

"You will?" I yank her around. Her answer shouldn’t surprise me the way it does. I realize now, a part of me feared this might be our last weekend together. A part of me I don’t allow myself to hear.

"On one condition." She’s strong, and bold, and I stop breathing. Fuck.

"I would say anything, but it’s you so I’ll just ask what the condition is."

"You’ve got to back off of me for the next year." I’m a scolded child. One who doesn’t think they’re wrong. "Trust my instincts. Believe that I’m surrounding myself with good people. Give me some credit."

"Annie, you have to admit your behavior is a little scary." I plead with her to hear some reason.

"I live smack dab between Philadelphia and New York City. If I want a tranny hooker dressed as a nurse to deliver an eight ball of cocaine to me, I can get it in an hour." God, I hate her sometimes. "I’m fine. I will get high. I might try ’shrooms. I’ll most definitely stay up too late and possibly not drink enough fluids, but I’m going to be okay. You have to trust me."

I say nothing. A million contentions flying through my mind. She’s a danger to herself in an unsafe city. Backing off is not possib—

"You make me want to lie to you about what I do," she says, and it could not have felt worse if she punched me in the face…again. She’s never lied to me.

I lean back in the tub shaking my head in defeat.

"All right. I’ll try."

The thing he loves most in the world will kill him. It's only a matter of time . . . 
College student Charlotte O'Brien is lost and she can't find her way home. Devastated by her parents' tragic deaths, she aches for any kind of connection . . . and finds it in a man who is all wrong for her. Jason Leer is a rough-hewn steer wrestler from Oklahoma-and the hottest thing Charlotte has ever laid eyes on. Yet he has his own dark secrets . . .

Burying herself in Jason, Charlotte soon discovers that life doesn't have to be so painful. When they're together their passion eclipses everything-and Charlotte can finally begin to see a way out of the darkness of her past. Fighting for a future with Jason won't be easy, but for the first time since her parents' deaths, this lost soul might have finally found a place that feels like home.

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REDEEM ME by Eliza Freed (February 3, 2015; Forever Yours E-Book; Lost Souls Book #2) 
Charlotte O'Brien desperately needs redemption. Torn apart by her parents' tragic deaths, Charlotte has no one to turn to after she alienates herself from everyone and everything. Fate sends her a lifeline when she runs into a childhood friend. Now all she sees is Noble Sinclair-tall, gorgeous, with a body made for sinning. But Charlotte knows better than anyone how quickly the things you hold dear can be taken away-and though loving Noble feels like it could be her salvation, Charlotte knows it could also destroy her.

Noble Sinclair has always loved Charlotte. Now seeing how far she has fallen, Noble vows to be the man who can make her happy and bring her out of the darkness that has haunted her for far too long. But to save Charlotte, he must make her learn to forgive everyone who has forsaken her . . . starting with herself. a Rafflecopter giveaway

At Home in Last Chance

What happens when the life you're running from won't let go of your heart? Kaitlyn Reed and Steven Braden have always had a similar philosophy of life: when the going gets tough, they get going--out of town and away from the problem. Now they are both back in Last Chance, New Mexico, and trying to start over.

Kaitlyn is working to reestablish a relationship with the seven-year-old daughter she left behind six months earlier. Steven is trying to prove to his family that he is not the irresponsible charmer they have always known him to be. As Kaitlyn and Steven find themselves drawn to one another, one big question keeps getting in the way: How will they learn to trust each other when they don't even trust themselves?

With emotional depth and characters who leap off the page and into your heart, Cathleen Armstrong invites you to return once more to the dusty and delightful town of Last Chance.

Review by Blanche Mancuso

I have read several books in this series and enjoyed every single one of the stories. Each one can be read as a stand alone novel. I have grown to love the town of Last Chance and the people in it. Mrs. Armstrong has become one of my favorite authors after having read several of her books. Mrs. Armstrong guarantees to always bring a great plot with strong characters of family and friends through prayer.

I don't usually comment on the romance in stories but the romance between Kaitlyn and Steven was really good. It had just the right amount of romance without being over the top or distracting from the story as a whole. A quick read and one that I would suggest to others to check out.

Cathleen Armstrong lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Ed, and their corgi. Though she has been in California for many years now, her roots remain deep in New Mexico where she grew up and where much of her family still lives. She is the author of Welcome to Last Chance, winner of the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award for Women's Fiction, and One More Last Chance.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The City Beneath Cover Reveal

Title: The City Beneath (The Night Blood Series)

Author: Melody Johnson

Publisher: Kensington Books

As a journalist, Cassidy DiRocco thought she had seen every depraved thing New York City’s underbelly had to offer. But while covering what appears to be a vicious animal attack, she finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed. Her exposé makes her the target of the handsome yet brutal Dominic Lysander, the Master Vampire of New York City, who has no problem silencing her to keep his coven's secrets safe…

But Dominic offers Cassidy another option: ally. He reveals she is a night blood, a being with powers of her own, including the ability to become a vampire. As the body count escalates, Cassidy is caught in the middle of a vampire rebellion. Dominic insists she can help him stop the coming war, but wary of his intentions, Cassidy enlists the help of the charming Ian Walker, a fellow night blood. As the battle between vampires takes over the city, Cassidy will have to tap into her newfound powers and decide where to place her trust...


  • The City Beneath is available at Amazon 

  • Melody Johnson is the author of the Night Blood series. She graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College with her B.A. in creative writing and psychology. While still earning her degree, she worked as an editing intern for Wahida Clark Presents Publishing. She was a copyeditor for several novels, including Cheetah by Missy Jackson; Trust No Man II by Cash; and Karma with a Vengeance by Tash Hawthorne. Book #1 of the Night Blood series, The City Beneath, is her debut novel. When she isn't writing, Melody can be found hiking the many woodsy trails in her Pennsylvania hometown or sunning and swimming at the beach.

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      Monday, January 26, 2015

      Almost Perfect Blog Tour + Giveaway

      Book Details:Book Title: Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning
      Category: Adult fiction, 319 pages
      Genre: General Fiction
      Publisher: Beltor
      Published: January 2013
      Available in: Print
       Content Rating: G

      Book Description:

      Two unlikely friends, an old woman and a boy with special needs, take an aging champion to Westminster Dog Show, and heal their troubled families.

      Seventy year-old Bess Rutledge has fantasized about winning the Westminster Dog Show all her life, but now she has decided she is too old to follow her dream.   She meets Benny, an angry fourteen year-old with mild autism and ADHD, who has a dream of his own: to impress his self-absorbed mother.  He becomes convinced that winning Westminster with McCreery, Bess’ aging champion standard poodle, will finally make his mother proud of him.  Getting Bess to go along with his plan, however, is not going to be so easy.

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      My Review
      When I read the book summary about this book I thought it would be good. However I did not expect it to be this "good". I am so glad this book is one to be read. Share it with your friends and especially dog lover friends. They will enjoy this book and thank you for introducing them to it.

      Bess and Benny are both wounded souls that found the true meaning of love and friendship. Although the rest of the characters in this story were just as good like Bess's sister and her son. In fact, no one seemed like a character but friends that I would want to have and get to know. You have to have patience, an open heart, not afraid to stand up and not have others tell you "No", and of course the right dog does not hurt either. Which speaking of dogs, McCreery and Breaker were just as great as Bess and Benny. They both are stars as well. I can not pick a favorite. Ok, I lied. I did have a favorite and it was McCreery and Breaker. They both brought something different to the story. McCreery for his knowledge and patience. Breaker for his joyous attitude and willingness to learn. You can teach an old dog new tricks. Overall, I had such an enjoyable time reading this book and would recommend it to others. It is a quick read and one that you will cherish for a long time afterwards.

      Please note: Raising puppies are a lot of hard work so please don't get one unless you are ready to fully commit 100%.

      Westminster Dog Show and this year that show takes place from Feb 16-17​

      Meet the Author:

      Diane Daniels Manning is the co-founder and director of The New School in the Heights, a therapeutic school in Houston, Texas which helps children dealing with social-emotional challenges find success in school and life. She has a Ph.D. in Education and a post-doctoral M.P.H from Harvard and is a practicing child psychoanalyst certified by the American Psychoanalytic Association. Formerly, she was the Director of the Reading and Learning Disabilities Clinic at Tufts University, Lecturer and Research Associate in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Harvard, and Chair of the Department of Education at Tulane University. She learned the inner workings of dog show kennels by writing an authorized oral history of a lifetime President of the Poodle of Club of America. Her writing awards include the Faulkner-Wisdom Novella Prize and the Women in Film and Television Short Script Competition.

      When not at The New School, Diane and her writing partners, a Standard Poodle named Misty and a rescue cat named Elvira, convene at the keyboard to share great thoughts and plan the dinner menu.

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      Q1. What made you want to write about the character Benny, a boy with an anger problem as well as ADHD and mild autism?
      I am the founder and executive director of a special education school in Houston called The New School in the Heights. Children with issues similar to Benny’s are part of my every day world.

      Q2. Is the character of Benny a real child?
      Benny exists only in my imagination. He is an amalgam of many children I have had the privilege to know as a therapist and as the director of a school for special children. Actually, the children in my school usually do not have Benny’s learning difficulties, just his emotional needs.

      Q3: The other main character, Bess, is a seventy year-old woman. What made you pick her to become Benny’s friend?
      I am interested in women who do unusual things for their generation. The real-life model for Bess was like that. Although it doesn’t come out in the book, she was an early graduate of Columbia School of Architecture and when she graduated, the only job she could get was being a secretary.
      Most books have an old man as mentor. I thought we could use a change!

      Q4. The dogs in the book help both characters grow, especially the boy. What makes a good therapy dog?
      Benny comes to see himself as having a special gift for the first time in his life as he masters the art of showing dogs, but, technically, the dogs in the book are not therapy dogs. Therapy dogs need to be gentle, calm, and able to handle surprises. Some breeds tend to have these characteristics more than others, but almost all breeds (and many mixed breeds) have some dogs who can qualify. Official therapy dogs must go through a vetting process.

      Q5. The Town of Redding, Connecticut, where you grew up is featured strongly in ALMOST PERFECT. How did it influence your writing career?
      Putnam Park, The Mark Twain Library and Gallows Hill in Redding, Connecticut, are places I knew as a child. Even back as a child reading my book on the floor of the library founded by Mark Twain, I dreamed of being a writer. Living on Gallows Hill Road also undoubtedly sparked my young imagination.

      Q6. How do you handle writer’s block?
      Fingers crossed, that is not a problem that has plagued me. Of course, I do get stuck briefly once in a while, and then I find the cure is to just keep typing. Almost anything will do, and the next thing I know, my next chapter is on its way.

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      Sunday, January 25, 2015

      Forgotten Superfoods Magic: The Ultimate Shortcut to Increase Longevity, Look Younger, Burn Fat & Supercharge Your Brain

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      I have heard of superfoods but never really gave the idea too much thought. This is probably because I don't know much about this subject matter and I am not really a diet person. Yet after reading this book, I am more familiar with superfoods and will start incorporating some of them into my food lifestyle.

      I thought the author was very knowledgeable about this subject matter but wrote this book in a very easy and understandable way. I was thanksful for this. THe only word that I was not really familiar with was Spirulina. It is a sea-green alga. The author did take the time to explain what it is and how it is beneficial to me.

      Some other ideas that the author shared are:

      Pumpkin oatmeal. Yum and super easy to fix. It consists of pumpkin puree, cinnamon, milk, and whatever toppings you want like blueberries, almonds, etc.

      I love to eat breakfast casseroles. So going to try this one. Leeks, spinach, goat (I like goat chesse) and cottage cheese. Combine all of the ingredients into a dish and bake for twenty minutes.

      I can still eat my dessert with candy apple wedges. Apple slices with dark chocolate and walnuts. Or the Rain Berry cake. The crust is made out of crushed walnuts. The filling is just Greek yogurt, mushed blueberries (although I would probably eat them whole) with cardamon and honey. Super easy to make and good for the heart and digestion.

      I like that I don't have to make a drastic change in my food habits and can start right away with making a new start.

      My only bad word that I have to say about this book is that I wished the author would have told me like what temperature to set my oven to and for how long for the baked dishes.

      Cold, Cold Heart

      #1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag delivers a shocking new thriller

      Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until a notorious serial killer tried to add her to his list of victims.  Nearly a year has passed since surviving her ordeal, but the physical, emotional, and psychological scars run deep.  Struggling with the torment of post-traumatic stress syndrome, plagued by flashbacks and nightmares as dark as the heart of a killer, Dana returns to her hometown in an attempt to begin to put her life back together.  But home doesn’t provide the comfort she expects.

      Dana’s harrowing story and her return to small town life have rekindled police and media interest in the unsolved case of her childhood best friend, Casey Grant, who disappeared without a trace the summer after their graduation from high school.  Terrified of truths long-buried, Dana reluctantly begins to look back at her past.  Viewed through the dark filter of PTSD, old friends and loved ones become suspects and enemies.  Questioning everything she knows, refusing to be defined by the traumas of her past and struggling against excruciating odds, Dana seeks out a truth that may prove too terrible to be believed…

      My Review

      This was a good book. Also a fast read. Despite the fact that I found the intensity level lacking some. I thought it would have been higher. The characters were middle of the road. Nothing too special about them. Also not too many twists or turns in the plotline. Fans of mystery stories will probably figure out the whole story fairly early into the story. The obvious choice had too many clues pointing at them to make you really believe it was them.

      I was really interested in Dana and what she had survived with her ordeal. Yet I was saddened when I realized that it had nothing to do with the story. Although I was greatful that Dana had a story behind her. It did make her a strong character and added depth to her. Besides the intensity that I talked about, if the rest of the characters had been more engaging I would have liked this book better. Still I am happy with it and do look forward to reading the next book by this author.

      Saturday, January 24, 2015

      The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over

      From a former FBI Special Agent specializing in behavior analysis and recruiting spies comes a handbook filled with his proven strategies on how to instantly read people and influence how they perceive you, so you can easily turn on the like switch.

      The Like Switch is packed with all the tools you need for turning strangers into friends, whether you are on a sales call, a first date, or a job interview. As a Special Agent for the FBIs National Security Division;s Behavioral Analysis Program, Dr. Jack Schafer developed dynamic and breakthrough strategies for profiling terrorists and detecting deception. Now, Dr. Schafer has evolved his proven-on-the-battlefield tactics for the day-to-day, but no less critical battle of getting people to like you.

      In The Like Switch, he presents these techniques for how you can influence, attract, and win people over. Learn how to think and react like your favorite TV investigators from Criminal Minds or CSI as Dr. Schafer shows you how to improve your LQ (Likeability Quotient), spot the lie; both in person and online, master nonverbal cues that influence how people perceive you, and turn up or turn down the intensity of a relationship.

      Dr. Schafer cracks the code on making great first impressions, building lasting relationships, and understanding others &; behavior to learn what they really think about you. With tips and techniques that hold the key to taking control of your communications, interactions, and relationships, The Like Switch shows you how to read others and get people to like you for a moment or a lifetime.

      My Review

      I had so much fun reading this book. Which may be surprising that I am saying this. Because when you think of self-help books, you don't always think "fun". Yet, this book really did won me over. Right from the start it took my a long time to get through the first chapter. The reason is because I kept putting the book down to run to my co-workers to show they a paragraph a had just read and wanted them to read. I learned so much from this book.

      To be honest I had picked up this book because I thought it would be interesting reading material to learn from an ex-FBI agent. Yet, again as I said prior that I learned a lot from this book than just reading it. Very practical skills that everyone needs to navigate through today's world. Especially in the technological world that we reside in. We have gotten away from face to face encounters and therefore no one knows how to effectively communicate with one another. It is so sad. Therefore if people knew the signals that they came to others then they could communicate even without words. You have to check this book out.

      Wednesday, January 21, 2015

      The Vampire of Vancouver Cover Reveal

      Title: The Vampire of Vancouver (Lovers and Liars #2)

      Author: Liz Meldon

      Series: Lovers and Liars

      Genre: Paranormal Romance

      Cover by: Humble Nation

      Release Date: February 10, 2015

      ~ Synopsis ~
       The Vampire of Vancouver (Lovers and Liars, #2)

      Aphrodite, goddess of love and lust, is not impressed. After giving up her penthouse suite in trendy Manhattan to go monster hunting around the world, she finds herself in a sad hotel room in Vancouver with a decidedly distracted Loki. She hadn't expected this job to be so serious, and her Norse partner isn't exactly bowing to her whims these days. What was the point in coming with him if they weren’t beneath the sheets all hours of the day? It seems like such a waste of sexual compatibility. Humph.

      Meanwhile, Loki, Norse trickster, is equally unimpressed. He hadn't thought taking a beautiful partner along would make his work so difficult. Her unfocused energy grates on his nerves, and his lust for her is only surpassed by his desire for more godly power. He will complete this job, whether she likes it or not, and he’ll walk away one step closer to regaining his old abilities. Now, if only he can get his partner to focus on the task at hand, not seduction. Ridiculous woman.
      Aphrodite and Loki, an unlikely team if there ever was one, find themselves in the City of Vancouver hunting vampires. The job is pretty straightforward: rescue the damsel, kill the monster. Unfortunately, even the easiest of jobs hardly ever go according to plan.

      About the Author

      About the Author: Liz is a Canadian author who grew up in the Middle East. She has a degree in Bioarchaeology from Western University, and when she isn’t writing about snarky characters of her own, she is ghostwriting romance novellas, working on her fanfiction, loitering on social media, or selling tickets at a theatre.
      In the past year, she has written six romance novellas as a ghostwriter. Three have been published and are doing well. She loves writing realistic characters in fantastical settings.

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      Tuesday, January 20, 2015

      Carly Phillips – Dare to Love Kindle Worlds Release

      Carly Phillips – Dare to Love Kindle Worlds Release

      New York Times bestselling author, Carly Phillips has licensed her Dare to Love world to Amazon so that other authors can bring you stories that are extensions of her DARE TO LOVE world. You’ll see familiar faces, maybe even characters you met on my pages and wondered what happened to them.

      As the world is licensed to Amazon, the books are available on Amazon only. If you aren’t a Kindle user, no worries! You can still read the stories on the FREE Kindle APP that you can download on your computer, smart phone or tablet. Check out the 9 books releasing today below!

      Hot Dare – Avery Flynn

      He shows some of his best moves off the field.

      Hell is a Miami Thunder fan cruise to the Bahamas—at least, that’s how Colt "45" Butler sees it. But with his job as the team’s starting linebacker in question, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to prove he’s a team player. Plus, the prospect of having his one-night Vegas fling, Angie Diaz, as his VIP liaison for the cruise just might make the whole ordeal tolerable. All he needs it to get her back in his bed for some Vegas-rules fun on the high seas. 

      Cheap wine and expensive ice cream, that’s how anyone fool enough to get involved with a Thunder football player always drowns their sorrows after getting dumped. Angie Diaz isn’t about to become one of the many—no matter how close she got to the look-but-don’t-touch line with the hot linebacker. Mixing business and pleasure with Colt is one dare her heart can’t afford to take…but being with him day and night is making is a dare she can’t resist.


      Dare Me – Kelly Jamieson

      Love hurts…even when you don’t believe in it…

      Interior designer Micki Arnott is anticipating her boyfriend’s marriage proposal with excitement. She and prominent businessman Garrett Caulfield have been seeing each other for over a year and they’re in love. Okay, maybe Garrett hasn’t actually said those three little words, but Micki knows he feels them. But instead of a diamond ring, Garrett hands her a contract...

      Garrett wants Micki to move in with him, to commit to him and only him, but he doesn’t believe in love and marriage. After watching his parents cheat and hurt each other all while proclaiming their love, that’s not what he wants his life to be. A contract seems like the perfect way to make sure he and Micki both understand the parameters of their relationship.

      When Micki throws Garrett’s contract in his face and tells him to never call her again, he’s shocked and confused. He’s not a quitter, but he’s not going to fight with Micki like his parents did. Micki knows she’s doing the right thing—she deserves to be loved and isn’t going to waste her life on a man who doesn’t even believe in love. Garrett blames his misery on too much scotch...but what if that pain isn't really the mother of all hangovers...what if it’


      Truth or Dare – Allie K Adams

      From the USA Today bestselling author of the Roadhouse series…

      He truthfully believes he’s better off alone. She challenges him to live up to the Dare family name.

      Adam Dare has never asked for anything from his biological father. Robert Dare lives in Florida with not one but two families. While the rest of his half brothers and sisters grew up surrounded by family and eating from a silver spoon, Adam was an only child in Montana, living off the land and struggling to survive. Now a respected vet with his own practice, he’s facing an insurmountable task, one where he needs all the help he can get. Discovering a pretty, yet troublesome stowaway in the bed of his truck only adds to the mounting chaos. Adam doesn’t have time to deal with her during branding season, yet can’t deny the overwhelming draw to her. A litter of Dares are on their way to the luxury ranch he’s working at, and he can’t afford any distractions—especially one with golden blonde hair and pretty cornflower blue eyes.

      Amber Bigsby has lived on her own since the day after graduating from high school. After a disastrous date takes a dangerous turn, she hides in a pile of hay in the back of a truck, only to awaken to find herself at a ranch in Montana, searching for the cowboy who saved her. When she spots Adam, she’s drawn to him to like a moth to a flame. Discovering he’s a Dare has her torn between running away and giving in to temptation. Maybe it’s time to play a little truth or dare…

      If she wins, he’s forced to face what it means to be a Dare. If he wins, the truth comes out. The two may not be exclusive. All bets are off when love is on the line, especially when playing…


      This story can be enjoyed without prior knowledge of the "Dare to Love" world created by Carly Phillips. However, it’s best served with a healthy dose of the other Dare stories on sale now. 



      I Dare You – Leslie Kelly

      A Leslie Kelly story set in New York Times Bestselling Author Carly Phillips' "Dare To Love" Kindle World!

      Marcus "Big" Bigsby is retiring after a successful NFL career, ready for a quiet, simple life on a ranch in Oklahoma. But his plan to forget the past is rocked when he comes face-to-face with his high school dreamgirl, the one who got away...the one he never forgot. 

      Blair Tremaine has heard Marcus is living in tiny little Caribou, but she's done her best to avoid him. She'd been crazy about him in high school, but they'd always seemed miles apart--her the bookish rich girl, him the football-playing farmboy. 

      Now they're thrown together again, and this time nothing will stop them from finally getting what they've always wanted: each other!


      Daring Masquerade – Alannah Lynne

      When a hired heartbreaker falls for her target, both their hearts are at risk…

      For the past five years, Becca Irving (aka Carmella Jones, aka Karma) has worked as a

      hired heartbreaker, seeking revenge and justice against men who thoughtlessly hurt the

      women who love them. She expects her next mark to be just as callous, but Jon isn’t

      her typical target. He’s a good man with a loving nature and dominant streak that

      crushes her walls and tempts her into believing love can be real and lasting.

      From the moment he lays eyes on the beguiling redhead, Jonathon Ridgeway is

      hooked. When a sensuous dance leads to an erotic weekend aboard his boat, he

      realizes he needs more than a brief affair with the complex and tantalizing woman.

      But neither Jon nor Becca are who—or what—they seem. Will he be able to forgive her

      past actions? Can she overlook his? Or will they both be left brokenhearted by the

      secrets of their past?


      Daring Attraction – Melanie Shawn

      When it came to star athletes, it didn’t get any hotter than Cole Carson. The starting quarterback for the Miami Thunder had game both on and off the field. But when he met Julianna, he knew that he’d have to bring more than just the status quo to the stunning, single mom’s already-hectic life if he had a chance of winning her heart.

      Life had tackled Julianna Perez with some pretty harsh hits, but she’d take them and more if it meant providing her ten-year-old with a safe and stable environment. Living by her to-do lists and focusing on Anthony’s needs, the breathtakingly beautiful single mother never acknowledged her own until they were brought to the surface by a sexy football player.

      A commanding captain on the football field, Cole knew how to take the lead in every situation and he wanted to be the solution and more for his newfound love. But will he be able to navigate through the complexities and realities of being with a single mom, no matter how badly he wants to right her world? Will Julianna trust Cole enough to let him into the stable life she created and protected for Anthony and for herself?

      With love on the line, Cole and Julianna will both be forced out of their comfort zones in…Daring Attraction



      Dare Me Once – Marquita Valentine

      All police detective, Bryce Sinclair, wants is two weeks away from it all, and his grandparents’ cottage on the Chesapeake Bay shore fits the bill. A fridge full of beer and blue crabs is all he needs. Though, the hot, little waitress at the pier would be a welcome addition. He’s not looking for forever, just a good time.

      Kayla White doesn’t have time for tourists who try to buy her personal time instead of her award winning crab cakes. She’s too busy trying to start over after the last man stole her heart…and cleaned out her bank account. But, when a sexy, smooth talking stranger catches her attention, will she dare take a chance on him?



      The Billionaire’s Dare – Lauren Hawkeye


      From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Hawkeye/ Lauren Jameson...

      What happens in New York...

      Evangeline Wyatt, the brand new "team behaviour manager" for Miami Thunder, doesn’t have time for a relationship. At least, that’s what she’s told herself since being burned by one of the Thunder’s biggest playboys. It’s the height of humiliation when she finds herself stuck accompanying said ex to a New York kink club to keep him out of the tabloids. But when she meets a sexy, slightly familiar looking stranger with whom chemistry instantly sparks, she finds herself letting go... only to be reminded why her rules were there in the first place.

      Nick Aitken is the star rookie of the New York Vikings, a team with a longstanding rivalry against Miami Thunder. At first he approaches the admittedly delectable woman only because she’s with one of his biggest opponents. But what ignites between them is more than he can resist...

      Evangeline is certain that they’re all wrong for one another. Nick’s not so sure. But he’ll do anything for a second taste...

      Anything. "Evangeline, I dare you..."


      Daring the Player – Robin Covington

      Raised by a pro football legend, Miami Thunder wide receiver Rep Grissom has a career most would envy.  A toxic marriage with a party girl almost put him on the sidelines, but now he keeps his head down and makes the moves on the field that leave younger players in his dust. Now all he has to do is maintain the status quo and he’s guaranteed a lucrative new contract at an age when most guys are retiring.

      Lola Corbin is used to leaving all the big boys in her rearview mirror. The lead singer in the worlds biggest rock band she fills up arenas and closes down the clubs but with the group on the brink of breaking apart her future is uncertain. Years spent on the road has left her with nothing at home except platinum records on the walls, an empty fridge and a cold bed. For the first time, she’s looking for something and someone beyond the spotlight.

      When Lola’s first night in her condo ends with Rep breaking up a fight he realizes that temptation has moved in next door. Lola doesn’t usually go for the strong and serious type, but the more she sees of her neighbor, the more she wants. When a thank you dinner turns into dancing and a hot tryst in the back of the club their attraction cannot be denied. But when Lola-induced trouble results in a front-page-career-ending spectacle the player must decide if he’s going to be as daring with his heart as he is on the field.


      Buy links:

      Kelly Jamieson Dare Me   Avery Flynn Hot Dare   Allie K Adams Truth or Dare Melanie Shawn Daring Attraction Robin Covington Daring the Player Alannah Lynne Daring Masquerade Leslie Kelly I Dare You Marquita Valentine Dare Me Once   Lauren Hawkeye The Billionaire's Dare COMING SOON!*

      Sunday, January 18, 2015

      All That Burns

      In this thrilling sequel to All That Glows, the worlds of magic and mortal are colliding as London celebrates its new king, marking an era of unity between the Faery realm and the human one. Emrys, the Faery guard to the British royal family, sacrificed her powers to be with King Richard, choosing love over immortality. But now, as Emrys struggles to navigate her place between the Faery queen’s court and London’s lavish galas, danger looms beyond the Thames.When a prisoner with dark, strange magic breaks out of Queen Titania’s labyrinthine prison, endangering Emrys's king and sparking an uprising, Emrys must make the hardest decision of all.

      Will she reclaim her magic to save Richard’s life and lose him forever? Or stay powerless as the kingdom goes down in flames?

      Paperback, 464 pages
      Expected publication: February 10th 2015 by Harper Teen

      My Review

      I never read All That Glows. Yet this fact did not have any effects on me reading the second book and enjoying it. I was able to jump right in and start reading it. I had a really good idea of what transpired in the first book. Even having just started this book and not being that familiar with Emrys and Richard's relationship, I knew it was real and could feel the love they shared for each other.

      While I did like the world that the author built, I did feel it was lacking some in the magical element that I was hoping and craving for. I thought that it would be more showy in the way that I would see characters using their powers. I say others because I knew that Emrys had lost her's. Also, the story was fine but lacking in the action. Which did not happen until about the last third of the way and even than it was mild. Then there is the ending. Which was good but to read all the way to get this ending was a little bit of a let down. Still I will check out the first book and am interested in seeing what the author comes out with next.  

      Saturday, January 17, 2015

      Shady Cross is worth your time and money to read.

      In one hand, small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else's money -- three hundred and fifty thousand dollars of it.

      In the other hand, Stokes has a cell phone, which he found with the cash. On the line, a little girl he doesn't know asks, "Daddy? Are you coming to get me? They say if you give them the money they'll let you take me home."

      From bestselling author James Hankins comes a wrenching story of an unscrupulous man torn between his survival instincts and the plight of a true innocent. Faced with the choice, Stokes discovers his conscience might not be as corroded as he thought.

      Expected publication: February 24th 2015 by Thomas & Mercer

      My Review

      Stokes would have been a plain Joe if this story had just been about a small time crook but the author infused life and a good heart into Stokes. So that as soon as I heard the little voice say "Daddy? Are you coming to get me? I knew instantly that Stokes would do the right thing and come out the hero. I just did not know how far he would go to save someone else's life that held no monetary gain for him what so ever. As the story progressed I grew closer to Amanda as well. I found myself cheering for Stokes. He was a bit of a surprise as he had brain smarts. This book was good from start to finish. I look forward to reading more books by this author. Shady Cross is worth your time and money to read. You won't be sorry.

      Tainted Blood Spotlight + Giveaway

      Title: Tainted Blood

      Author: ML Brennan

      Series: Generation V (book 3)

      Publisher: Roc

      Release Date: Nov 4, 2014

      Page Count: 318

      Genre: Urban Fantasy

      In the third Generation V novel, Fortitude Scott proves that working with family can be deadly…
      Former film student Fortitude Scott is finally gainfully employed. Unfortunately, said employment happens to be with a group of sociopathic vampires—his family. And as much as Fort is loath to get too deep into the family business, when his brother, Chivalry, is temporarily unable to run the territory, it’s up to Fort to keep things under control. So when the leader of a powerful faction of shifters turns up murdered, Fort finds himself tracking down a killer while navigating dangerous rivalries, longtime grudges, and hidden agendas. Even with the help of his foxy kitsune sidekick, Suzume, he’ll need to pull out all the stops to hunt for the paranormal assassin. But as he calls on fairies, witches, and ghouls for help, he discovers that the problem is much bigger than a single dead werebear. The supernatural community is preparing for a massive shift in power within the Scott family leadership—and Fort has landed right in the middle of the gathering storm.…

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      My first novel, Generation V , was published in 2013 from ROC Books, and is a work of urban fantasy. Its sequel, Iron Night , was published January 7, 2014. The third book in the series is  Tainted Blood and will be published on November 4, 2014 — and is now available for pre-order!

      I cut my baby bibliophile teeth on my older brother’s collection of Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert, but it was a chance encounter with Emma Bull’s War For The Oaks as a teenager that led to genre true love. Today, I’ll read everything from Mary Roach’s non-fiction to Brandon Sanderson’s epic fantasies, but I’ll still drop everything for vampires and werewolves in the big city.

      I hold an advanced degree in the humanities, and I am an adjunct professor at several New England colleges. I am currently hard at work on the fourth Fortitude Scott book.

      You can check out my full list of books at my Amazon Author Page .

      Website Link:



      Where are you from?

      I’m a born and bred New Englander. I grew up on the coast of Connecticut, but I did spend my first year of college in Newport, Rhode Island, which is where I have set my series. I have a lot of fun peppering the books with little bits of New England – for example, I think a lot of people wonder what on earth Moxie is, but it’s probably what Rhode Island natives always get the most excited about seeing in the books. (Moxie is actually a regional soda that a friend of mine once described as tasting like the essence of mothballs and cats)

      What was your life like before becoming an author?

      I got an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing, then an MFA in Fiction, so I was earning pretty bad money teaching college courses as an adjunct, supplemented now and then by fairly crummy jobs in retail. The whole time I was writing away, hoping to get that breakthrough book. I had written one literary fiction book that had gotten to the point where I was signed with an agent, but the book never sold and I was pretty heartbroken. That summer I didn’t pick up extra work during the lag between semesters, and instead I wrote something different – mostly, I think, just to cheer myself up. That was Generation V, and that was the one that sold.

      How long have you been writing?

      Since I was very young, but I wasn’t serious about it for a long time. When I first went to college, my plan was to dual major in writing and political science, and become a speechwriter. That was probably due to all the West Wing that I was watching back then. I ended up getting a little more cynical about politics and a lot more interested in writing, but I still didn’t think it was something that would be my focus. I actually was in my first semester at law school when I finally realized that this was what I really wanted to do – so I dropped out of law school and got a master’s degree instead. For me, the start of my master’s program is when I became serious about writing.

      Why did you begin writing?

      Writing was always something that I enjoyed doing as a hobby – I liked the act of storytelling, of creation, of making people laugh or react based on what I’d created. Ultimately, that’s still why I love doing it, even after discovering that it’s fairly hard work.

      Do you have a specific writing style?

      I tend to ride the line between what’s funny and what’s dark a lot. I love making jokes and having lines that make my readers laugh, and I want there to be a silliness and a sense of fun, but at the same time I need there to be a danger to the world. Just because someone is nice in my world doesn’t mean that I’m going to keep them safe, and just because someone is cruel or nasty doesn’t mean that what they say is wrong.

      Where did you gleam the inspiration for your story?

      A lot of times I’ll come up with an image or an action that I fall in love with, and everything else ends up hanging on that. With Generation V, it was actually the climactic battle scene that was the first thing I had in mind, with Suzume’s return and Fortitude’s evolution. Sometimes it comes down to plotting out various elements and deciding where I want things to go, and then putting those pieces together like a puzzle. But most importantly, I’m always trying to figure out how to challenge my characters and force them into new directions.

      Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

      Oh, of course. I don’t think any author could say no to this. I have an ongoing prank in Tainted Blood that is directly based on a prank that was pulled by some friends of mine – that went straight into the manuscript. The feeling and experience of working at a sucky, low-wage job came from the experiences of both me and a lot of people I knew in the years post-college. Fort’s frustration and confusion at where he is in life, and the feeling of almost betrayal at the uselessness of a degree despite big promises – that’s definitely something that came from life. Even smaller things – Fort’s crummy car was based very much on cars that I knew and drove. A lot of the details and texture of real life (the feeling at a breakup, or the longing for a particular person, or the way you feel about a sibling) filter in and become part of the world.

      Can you share a little of your current work with us?

      Right now I’m in edits on the fourth American Vampire book, Dark Ascension. I’m really excited about where I’m taking the series, because in a lot of ways this is going to be the book where I pull off the main road and start going into the wilderness.

      What is your writing routine? What’s then one thing you can’t write without (besides pencil and paper ;])?

      When I was in grad school, I was a very fussy writer. I could only write at night, and when I was in the right mood. To a large extent, that was when I had the luxury to do that. Once I started having to actually hold down a real job, I suddenly couldn’t do that anymore. And then I sold Generation V, and I was suddenly on deadlines to turn in later books – waiting for the muse to show up just didn’t become an option anymore.

      What I can’t live without, though, is my home office. I can close the door to the rest of the house, and then it’s just me, my keyboard, and my piles of notes. I’m not one of those people who can sit in the middle of a coffeeshop and write – I don’t do well with distractions. Frankly, just having the bird feeder outside the window is sometimes a little too much outside stimulation.

      Which comes first: The character's story, or the idea for the novel?

      With Generation V, it was the idea for the novel. Since then, because I’m working in a series, the character’s story has taken on an equal footing, but my guess is that I’ll always be an idea person first, since when I’ve outlined other concepts I always do start with an idea and a world, then create a character that’s going to inhabit it.

      What is your favorite part of the book?

      One portion of the book just really excited me – the first was showing more about Fortitude’s brother, Chivalry. He starts the series as all these noble, sexy things that are stereotypically vampire-y in our media – he’s brooding, emotionally devoted, old-fashioned – and then I start taking them apart. Tainted Blood was when I got to finally get really messy with Chivalry, and show that he wasn’t nearly as simplistic as he was initially presented – there’s a real darkness there.

      Similarly, I loved having Fort’s older sister, Prudence, be the one to give him his first primer in how vampires interact with human blood. For one thing, researching that scene was very fun (I read a wonderful book on obligate sanguivores to learn about the digestive needs of blood feeders), but I also just had so much fun writing it. I love Prudence’s finickyness about her white sofa, contrasted with her complete nonchalance with slicing open someone’s vein.

      What was the greatest obstacle you faced while writing this book and how did you overcome it?

      Hm. One thing was the Fortitude/Suzume relationship. When I started the series, my focus was for the two of them to be friends who respected, understood, and learned from each other. That was definitely there. But when I made the decision to allow a romance to develop, I never wanted to lose that primary friendship that was at the core of that. I spent a lot of the planning of Tainted Blood trying to be very mindful of that balance, that the heart of this relationship isn’t sexiness, but friendship.

      This was also my first who-done-it mystery – the first two books were fairly straightforward when it came to tracking down murderers, so it was definitely a new experience. I always knew who was the murderer, but I spent a fair amount of time working backwards and trying to cover up my tracks, but at the same time also trying to make sure that I was leaving enough clues for Fort and Suzume to follow a trail to the conclusion without requiring them to be hopelessly stupid and ignore evidence that was painfully obvious to the reader. That was tricky.

      Will the series end at book 3 or can we expect more Fort?

      Oh, it’s definitely still going. In a lot of ways, I’m finally getting to really play out some of the ideas I had waiting from the very first book. People will get to see more of Fort in August 2015 with Dark Ascension.

      Any chance of a spin off from the series?

      It’s hard to say. I think the publisher would definitely need to see more excitement and sales in this series before they were willing to let me work on anything else in this world – urban fantasy is a pretty packed genre right now, and I think that a lot of publishers are getting cautious. I do have a few other irons in the fire, though, but can’t talk about those quite yet. I’ll say this much – don’t expect this to be my only fantasy series.

      Coffee or Tea?


      What are you currently reading?

      I’m just finishing up The Creation of Anne Boleyn by Susan Bordo – really fabulous look at not just Anne Boleyn’s life, but how she’s been presented in different incarnations over the centuries in everything from serious history to plays to TV shows like The Tudors, and what it says about society’s view on women. I’m absolutely loving it.

      Do you have a favorite line in Tainted Blood?

      My personal favorite is when Suzume says to Fort, "After all, your milkshake brings all the boys to the yard." I’d been trying to find a spot for that line for several books, and it just makes me laugh every time.

      What are you concept or theme are you hoping your readers will grasp while reading Tainted Blood?

      I really want readers in this book to be engaging with the idea of justice versus realpolitik. There’s been a big rise in grimdark lately, in both epic fantasy and urban – I enjoy a lot of it, and I’m always in favor of worlds that aren’t syrupy and filled with easy choices and color-coded dragons. But at the same time, I think readers have gotten used to heroes and heroines who go down that realpolitik track really easily. Something that I like about Fort is that he’s an idealist and a populist, and he’s not going to give up on those things easily, and I can never quite picture him going the way of Michael Corleone in The Godfather. At the same time I don’t want that to be his easy out, or why he should get his way, but I think there is a real question of what is actually the right decision in terms of morals and justice and what is the right decision in terms of political expediency and longevity of rule. I don’t expect everyone to agree with Fort’s choices, but I hope that they interest people and spark some conversation.

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      Tuesday, January 13, 2015

      The Afrika Reich

      1952. It is more than a decade since the Dunkirk fiasco marked the end of Britain's war and an uneasy peace with Hitler. In Africa, the swastika flies from the Sahara to the Indian Ocean. Gleaming autobahns bisect the jungle and jet fighters patrol the skies. Britain and the Nazis have divided the continent but now the demonic plans of Walter Hochburg - architect of Nazi Africa - threaten Britain's ailing colonies.

      In England, ex-mercenary Burton Cole is offered one last contract. Burton grabs the chance to settle an old score with Hochburg, despite his own misgivings and the protests of the woman he loves. If Burton fails, unimaginable horrors will be unleashed in Africa. No one - black or white - will be spared. But when his mission turns to disaster, Burton is forced to flee for his life. His flight takes him from the unholy killing ground of Kongo to SS slave camps and on to war-torn Angola, finally reaching its thrilling climax in a conspiracy that leads to the dark heart of the Reich itself.

      Guy Saville has combined meticulous research with edge-of-the seat suspense to produce a superb novel of alternate history.

      My Review

      Another book that surprised me. I did not actually expect to like this book. In fact, all I had to go off of was the back cover. I do not like to really read reviews of others before I have read a book as I don't like to be have preconceived thoughts about a book until I have made up my own. So thus the reason that I picked up this book many times and put it back down. I kind of wondered what I was thinking back than that made me want to read this book. I finally gave in to picking up this book to read. I really enjoyed Mr. Saville's take on the Nazi's and the "what if" regarding the continent of Africa.

      Plus Burton turned out to be a really likable guy. He was someone that you could stand behind and see as the hero. The battle scenes between Burton and Hochburg were thrilling, especially the last one. There was so much action to keep me intrigued and happy. Yes, I agree with other readers that the scenes at times seemed way over the top in regards to Burton seemed like he had nine lives and had lots of luck on his side to escape every time but still sometimes over the top is a good thing.

      Sunday, January 11, 2015

      There was no suffering reading this book.

      Kate Freeman opened the front door of her vacation villa to a wolf in sheep's clothing. A few moments later, fifty thousand paralyzing volts shot through her body. Her world went dark; and when she awoke, her family was torn apart forever.

      After months of agonizing physical therapy to heal the vicious wounds to her body, the Kate who emerged was no longer the loving mother, sister, and friend from before. The Kate who survived was something much different. Something much darker.

      Without hesitation or remorse, she will hunt down the men who destroyed her life, even if it means sacrificing her last shreds of humanity. She will make them suffer.

      My Review

      Where have I been? I mean Mr. Borton is my type of author. I could not stop reading this book. The story was not so much about the gruesome acts of the murders; although the ordeal that Kate survived is horrible. So if you are weak in the stomach than this book may not be for you especially since it does talk about a child being murdered as well. Also there is some foul language used.

      Another reader commented on how cold and distant the character felt. This is part of why I liked this book. Kate did feel cold but it is understandable after what she experienced. I thought this quality made her stronger. I was cheering for her the whole time. The way she and  the rest of the character drew out the killer was great. Justice was served. This book ended on a high note. It indicates that I might see Kate again in the future. I really hope so. There was no suffering reading this book.