Monday, August 31, 2015

Three Days to Forever + Giveaway

In this latest Mac Faraday Mystery from best-selling mystery author Lauren Carr, readers will embark on a rollercoaster adventure with old friends (including the Lovers in Crime team of Prosecutor Joshua Thornton and Homicide Detective Cameron Gates), but also meet new ones as Mac Faraday’s daughter Jessica Faraday and Joshua Thornton’s son Murphy Thornton join the team in the race to get the love birds to the altar!

With three days left to the year, Deep Creek Lake is hopping with holiday vacationers and wedding guests pouring into the Spencer Inn for Mac Faraday and Archie Monday’s huge wedding ceremony which is being touted as the social event of the year.

But droopy flowers and guests who failed to RSVP are the least of Mac’s and Archie’s problems when a professional hit squad hits Spencer Manor to send the groom, Joshua Thornton, Archie’s mother, and Gnarly running for their lives.

With time running out to the big day, Mac Faraday and Spencer’s small police force have to sort through the clues to figure out not only who has been targeted for assassination, but also who is determined to stop everything … FOREVER!

My Review

This is the second book I have read by this author. Although, it originally was going to be my first book. I picked this one up first and started reading it, however I found myself really struggling to connect with the characters in this book, despite the rapid body count. So I put this book aside and picked up the other book I had by this author of Kill and Run. The first book in the author's new series, A Thorny Rose Mystery. Which the lack of instant connection with the characters in this book might have to do with the fact that this is book nine in the series. However with Kill and Run being the first book it was nice to see Jessica Faraday featured in this book from Kill and Run. Even though this is only the second book that I have read by this author's I do have to say again that I shared an instant connect with the characters in her new series that I did this one. Although, I don't want to blame the fact that I never read any other books in the Mac Faraday series prior to this one as to a reason that I did not share the instant connection with the characters in this book. I thought the ending was fine.

Author's Bio:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Open Season for Murder is the tenth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.

In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder.

Three Days to Forever introduced Lauren Carr’s latest series detectives, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Look for Kill and Run, the first installment in this series, to be released September 1, 2015.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. Visit Acorn Book Services’ website for more information.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Edgar and The Tree House of Usher

"It was a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year ... " when the mischievous raven Edgar heads to his friend Roderick's house to work on their tree house. Edgar dashes his sister Lenore's hopes with the ever-popular phrase "sisters are not allowed," until a storm starts to brew and the two boys realize that sometimes the best things happen when you decide to stick together. The third picture book in the popular Edgar series is sure to warm the hearts of kids and parents alike.
JENNIFER ADAMS is the author of more than two dozen books, including titles in the Baby lit series, which introduces children to the world of classic literature. She lives in Salt Lake City. Visit her website at

RON STUCKI is a graphic designer and illustrator of Edgar Gets Ready for Bed and Edgar and the TattleTale Heart. Ron lives in Utah and Idaho. Visit him at

My Review

I have always been a fan of Mr. Poe's. I kind of remember the Fall of the House of Usher's but not as much as I can recall the Tell Tale Heart and the Raven, two of my favorite stories by Mr. Poe. I was inspired to go back and watch the original movie and this book is similar to the original. 

This is a fun book to read. It is one that I would read again and again. I love Edgar, his friend Roderick, and his little sister, Lenore. This book is a cute, fun take on a classic story. Although I can't believe I am using the words "cute and fun" to describe a Poe story. For young readers this is a book that they will enjoy.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Summer by Summer

When Summer took a job as a nanny for a couple vacationing in Belize, she imagined it would be a fresh start before starting college in the fall. And while she adores her charge, Josh, she can’t say the same for her employers’ oldest son, Bray. He’s cocky, inconsiderate, and makes her feel she’s a chore he has to put up with. In short, he’s everything she dislikes in a guy.

Bray had a plan for the summer: party, hang out with friends, and forget all the responsibilities waiting for him back home. But every time he’s forced to be around Summer, her dour, serious mood sets him off. Not to mention she has a habit of picking up on what he already knows is wrong with him.

Then the two find themselves on a dive trip gone wrong, stranded on a remote island. As they focus on survival, their differences melt away, and they find being together may be what both needed all along.

My Review
To be honest if you asked me to put this book in a category I would never say Christian Romance or anything Christian related. Not to say that this is a wrong thing to say a book is Christian as I am one and have read many books in this category. I just would never think this about this book. This is because usually when I think Christian I am looking for the story to give me a message or to have some mention of faith, God, etc. None of this was found in this book. Again not a bad outcome as I still enjoyed reading this book. In fact, it was a quick read. 
I was pleasantly happy that Summer and Bray were charming. In the beginning I was not sure about Bray. I thought he was just going to walk around with a chip on his shoulder the whole story. Then Summer I thought would be just a love interest but would not bring much to the story. I was wrong. Bray was charming but also a sweetheart. Summer was strong. The romance between them was sweet. This book kind of made me think of the Blue Lagoon but for the modern day.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Blackjack Book Tour

Title: BlackJack
Author: Christine Donovan
Publisher: Christine Donovan Books
Pages: 336
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback/Kindle/Nook

Cole Jackson spends fifteen years in prison for a murder he did not commit, the murder of his wife, Lindsey.

His talent as a songwriter and an avid reader save him from the loneliness of the cold, dark and unforgiving prison walls. But as he joins the world of the free again, he struggles with his once again fame, because of his rock-n-roll band, of being a convicted killer and the fact that his self-esteem and self-respect were lost years ago. Prison will do that to you, not to mention drugs, alcohol and an unfaithful wife. He no longer has the drugs, the alcohol or the unfaithful wife. What he has is a tarnished reputation and the determination to find the true killer and restore his life.

Shannon Gallagher's hard work as a writer has finally paid off. She believes her life is complete living in her dream home on the ocean until she meets Cole Jackson. She idolized him at sixteen, cried at twenty-one when he went to prison. Now at thirty-six she meets him and falls instantly in love. But as Cole gets closer to his wife's killer, he puts Shannon's life in danger. Can he expose the murderer and keep Shannon safe?

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My Review

Christine Donovan is a new to me author. I love discovering new authors, especially ones that can write and deliver a good story. Right from the beginning I was hooked. The further I read, the more I was invested in Shannon and Cole. Wow, Cole is sexy as sin but with a heart of gold. The way that he just fit in and respected Shannon's son, Cameron was nice.

The chemistry that Shannon and Cole shared was real. Also, it was grown up. I had to point this out because when Shannon first met Cole, she was giddy like a school girl who's dream of meeting her crush let her speechless.

As much as I did really enjoy this book, I did feel that the part regarding the truth about the death of Cole's wife was painfully drawn out. The mystery surrounding it did not come out until the last few chapters and it seemed rushed. This book did have a happy ending. I got to read a brief excerpt in the back of this book for book two and I liked what I read in this book to want to read the next one.

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Book Excerpt:

Groping the wall blindly, hoping to steady his rubbery legs, Cole Jackson swore as he realized he was totally wasted. The hotel hallway seemed to sway violently like a ship caught in a serious gale—the kind small boats don’t survive intact.

"Shit," he yelled as he collapsed to one knee then slowly raised himself up and continued shuffling toward the room he shared with his wife, Lindsey.

From a distant haze, voices pummeled through the buzz surrounding his brain. Faces blurred and flashed in and out and around the black spots plaguing his eyesight.

One person asked, "How’d the show go tonight, Mr. Jackson?"

"Great, just great," Cole thought he replied. The words formed in his brain—he just wasn’t sure they managed to escape his mouth.

Another man remarked, "Do you need any assistance?"

"Hell no," Cole muttered aloud this time as he tripped along mumbling to himself. Why did everyone assume he needed assistance just because he had a damn good buzz on? It was his life, wasn’t it? And if he chose to blur it with alcohol it was his business and nobody else’s.

Cole slid the stupid plastic key card in the door for the third time. "Damn, damn, damn." He pounded the door with his fist. "I need sleep. All I want to do is crawl into bed. Come on, fourth time’s the charm."

As he turned the knob, he prayed Lindsey slept alone. He’d stayed away as long as he could without passing out in the hotel bar. Not like he’d never done that before.

"What the hell," he swore as he shoved the door open, banging it into something. Once inside with the door shut, he looked down, blinked several times, forcing his eyes to focus, and saw Lindsey lying on the floor. A deep red stain encompassed her chest and a potent metallic smell suddenly floored his senses. Cole swayed and tried to steady himself as blackness descended, swallowing him up. The last thing he remembered as he collapsed next to Lindsey was his hand landing in something warm, wet and sticky.

About the Author

Christine Donovan is an International Bestselling Author and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. She lives on the Southeast Coast of Massachusetts with her husband, four sons, one granddaughter and four cats. In addition to writing Contemporary Romance, she writers Regency and Paranormal Romance. When she is not writing or reading, she is either painting or gardening.

Her latest book is the contemporary romance,   BlackJack .

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Book Description:

This book documents the strong ties that bind generations together. When the author poses the question to her Irish Granny, "If you were so poor why did you have ten children?" Says she, "To be certain, there was no poverty between the sheets!" This sassy saga of a large family that is half Irish and half French Canadian captures hilarious voices and comical antics of a vibrant family that is cloaked in love. A horse theme and song lyrics are neatly knitted throughout the layers of generations.

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Author's Bio:

Pauline Kiely has been an avid student of Creative Writing her entire life. This author has consistently taken various courses and workshops offered at University of Toronto and Trent Universities. A year long memoir course with Susan Reynolds brought out this witty honest voice that shoots straight from the hip aiming for the heart.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Lola's Money + Giveaway

Book Details:Book Title:  Lola's Money by Rosanna Rae
Category:  Adult fiction, 236 pages
Genre:  Contemporary women's fiction with romance
Publisher:  CreateSpace
Release date:  February 18, 2015
Available for review in:  Print, ebook, mobi (for Kindle), PDF
Will send books:  Internationally
Tour dates: Aug 17 to 28
Content Rating: PG

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Book Description:

Lola French is stunned when she wins millions on the Lottery, and she is sure all her dreams are about to come true. However, right from the start, before she even claims her winnings, things begin to change and she separates abruptly and acrimoniously from the man she has been living with.

Lola’s colleagues are initially pleased for her, but eventually begin to resent her new status. One of them, Tom, whom she really likes, asks her out; but he does it on the day that news of her win spreads through the office and she sadly turns him down. She decides to leave her job as a Financial Adviser in Edinburgh and explore the limitless possibilities of her new lifestyle.

When Lola and her mother excitedly set off on a Mediterranean cruise, it’s not long before they both meet men they are interested in. However, their holiday of a lifetime catapults them into a life-changing sequence of dramatic and terrifying events that neither of them will ever forget. When she has to return to reality, Lola unexpectedly finds herself involved with Tom again! But the storm clouds are looming overhead, and as the recent past catches up with her and forces her to confront violence and danger once more, Lola risks losing Tom forever.

My Review

Rosanna Rae is a new to me author. I found this book to be a sweet, charming, quick read. I was glad that someone like Lola won the lottery jackpot. She was an ordinary person like me. However there were times when I found her behavior and the way that she kept doubting herself and just not listening to her instincts to be annoying. Like the many times that Lola had reservations about some of the people and situations she encountered yet she would speak about them and still do it anyways. Then talk some more about how she was unsure of the situation.

The other events that took place in this book were not big dramatic events. Plus they happened very quickly. So there was no high levels of excitement. In addition, the romance was mild. However, overall, did have a good Saturday afternoon reading this book.

About the author:

Rosanna Rae is married with three grown-up sons and lives in Livingston, Scotland. She has a B.A. (Open) in Social Science subjects and also took a writing course with The Writers Bureau some years ago. She spent 16 years at home raising her family and then returned to full-time secretarial employment in Edinburgh.

Rosanna has wanted to write fiction since she was ten years of age, after reading an abridged version of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. She is delighted to be now fulfilling that early ambition.

'Lola's Money' is the author's fifth novel; she is currently writing her sixth book.

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Q. What is the last great book you’ve read?

A. I recently read Dan Brown’s novel ‘Digital Fortress’, which I really enjoyed. I have read several rather scathing reviews of this work. It has been slated as being poorly written and unrealistic. I generally like realistic stories, but this is not meant to be realistic or scientifically correct. It is science fiction. I found it interesting, thought-provoking and above all, difficult to put down! It’s fast-paced and dramatic, although slightly unbelievable at times. I believe it was his debut novel. His writing skills have obviously improved since then, but I actually enjoyed it more than his later Robert Langdon novels, although I enjoyed those, too.

Q. If you were stuck on a desert island, which three books would you want with you?

A. If I were stuck on a desert island, I would want to have three books with me which I haven’t read before! One would be by Nora Roberts, one by Angela Marsons and one by Jeffrey Archer. They all write very well and in different genres, and I think the variety would be very welcome in a situation like that!
Q. Do you write every day?
A. I don’t write every day. In fact, I quite often have long spells when I’m busy getting on with other things, like decorating the house; and sometimes I want to give some thought to the next section of my story, and I’m trying to decide how to start it – or how to finish it. I’m lucky enough to be a freelance writer, so I don’t have to work to deadlines or produce the finished article within a certain time. I try not to leave it too long in between writing sessions, though, because the longer you are away from it, the harder it is to get back into it again. You start to put it off and that can become a habit.
Q. Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?
  1. I do sometimes get a mental block that is serious enough to stop the writing process for a while. I always know roughly what’s going to happen next in my stories, but there can be a bit of difficulty getting from one scene to the next. I do tend to think of my stories as a series of dramatic scenes, like a play or a movie. I often feel as though I’m watching and listening to a play when ideas come into my head. But if the transition from one scene to the next is difficult, sometimes I simply leave off writing for a time, hoping that the solution will come to me (usually last thing at night or first thing in the morning). If it doesn’t, I may sit and write two or three different sketchy notes with alternative ways of moving into the next section of the story. Also, there can be practical issues and dilemmas with events in the story, which I resolve by doing a spot of research; or sometimes I have a chat to one of my family about it. I might not go for what they have suggested, but their thoughts can steer me in a different direction from the dead end I’ve been stuck in.

Q. What is your next project?
A. I am currently working on my sixth novel. It’s called ‘Hazel’s Home’ and is about a young woman who works as a copy writer within an advertising company. She lives in Scotland but travels to New York to present some of her work to the boss of the company. They fall madly in love with each other. The problem is that he wants her to stay and live with him in Manhattan and she wants very much to go back home. She has a great many trials and tribulations to face and a substantial learning curve ahead of her before her problems can be resolved.
Q. If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you, what would it be?
A. I wouldn’t particularly want readers to remember anything about me personally; the thing that would please me most is if there was an event or a character in one of my novels that stayed with them and that they found memorable or helpful. I know that people are often interested in writers and the writing process, but to me it is the books that are important – they’ll still be around long after I’m gone. If some readers remember things contained in them, then that would make me very happy.

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Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.

Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all “acted. ”

After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother’s home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother’s newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs around the studio, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that’s tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought.

Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.

My Review

I have read every book in this series. While this series is a good example of the new genre that is picking up steam "New Adult", I have to say that my favorite book and still is book one, Boomerang. There were many moments in the first book that had me laughing besides the characters were awesome. In the latest book Skyler and Grey make a cute couple. However I did not feel the heat steaming off the pages. Like I said cute. Nothing too exciting but a fun, quick read. I did miss the humor that I loved form the first book. I should clarify that you don't need to have read book one or two prior to reading book three. Each book does feature different characters. Although, I found this book just alright, I can not wait to see what the team of Noelle August comes out with next.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dream Casters Light

Mr. Sandman, send me a dream, ta da da da…..Seventeen year old
Chastity Blake knows the Sandman is just a silly children’s story parents tell their children to get them to sleep. At least she thought it was, until the day a mysterious, light golden sand appeared in her hands during a high school prank that went horribly wrong. A sand that has the power to send anyone it touches into a deep, sound sleep.

Fearing she had lost her mind, Chastity soon discovers the shocking
truth of her heritage – she is a Dream Caster. Chastity was never supposed to be raised on the Domain, or what humans call Earth and she is forced to return to her true birth place, Revera – the world of Dreams.

However, in Revera there is no balance between good, the Light
Casters, and darkness, the Shadow Casters, and Chastity is caught square in the middle. She soon learns that there is no place for anyone containing both the light and the darkness within them, and the shocking truth that if anyone in Revera ever discovered her shadow self, Chastity would be thrown into the Oblivion – the world of Nightmares.

Dreams are always more than they seem, and this time Chastity is
going to discover just how different they can be.
My Review
This book is a good start to this series. I like that it was different and refreshing form the typical "vampires, werewolves, zombies, and fairies" to name a few. Although I had a hard time getting a jump start on this book. I found myself slowly progressing through it in the beginning. For my it was not until about the third of the way into the book when the story really started and picked up in other words when Chastity was kidnapped. The world that the author built was cool. I liked learning about the different between a light and dark caster. There are some stumbling steps as Chastity learns and develops her talents. At times she really shows and acts her young age. Which was a good thing but also grew old too. The ending left a good lead up to book two.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Never Said

Annie and Sarah are fifteen-year-old fraternal twins who only spend time together because they're under the same roof. Annie's life has long been focused around her appearance and the beauty pageants that celebrate it, whereas Sarah's interests are sports and her runner boyfriend, Jeremy.

Then Annie begins to gain more and more weight, and all she seems to hear from her mother is, You used to be so pretty, followed by the latest diet to try.

Things begin to unravel for Sarah as well. Jeremy her boyfriend of more than a year decides to see if he and Sarah are "right" for each other, dumping her in order to get his head on straight.

Sarah is devastated. Her family is crumbling. The love of her life is dating other people. Her sister is getting heavier and more depressed. When Sarah learns, through gentle questioning, that a neighbor and very good family friend has been sexually abusing her sister, she knows she must act and help the sister who seemingly always had it all.

Told in alternating points of view, Never Said is the story of a family that has been caught up in what doesn't matter and about two sisters who realize that their relationship no matter how different the two of them are is most important."

My Review

I agree with other readers that the subject matter featured in this book is a serious topic that affects not just women but guys as well. People need to be able to have a voice and know it is ok to speak out and ask for help. Luckily, I have not encountered this situation that Annie dealt with. However as I have said before when it comes to these types of books, empathy goes a long way. I did not really feel this for any of the characters except for a tiny bit for Annie. Otherwise for the most part the rest of the characters in this story got on my nerves. Sarah for her "poor me attitude", Sarah and Annie's parents for being "clueless or uncaring", Garrett for trying to be the "knight in shiny armour", all of Sarah and Annie's class mates for being "snobbies".

Although the alternating voices and view points was nice. I like the way that the author scripted Annie's voice. It was written in poem format or just a few words on a page. So you might wonder how I was able to read this book so fast if I did not like most of the characters. It is because the chapters were short...only a few pages long. I do want to say however that everyone pulled together in the last few chapters of this book. However for me I still did not feel the family connection. Plus, the ending was alright.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Looney Experiment

Atticus Hobart couldn't feel lower. He s in love with a girl who doesn't know he exists, he is the class bully's personal punching bag, and to top it all off, his dad has just left the family. Into this drama steps Mr. Looney, a 77-year-old substitute English teacher with uncanny insight and a most unconventional approach to teaching. But Atticus soon discovers there's more to Mr. Looney's methods than he'd first thought. And as Atticus begins to unlock the truths within his own name, he finds that his hyper-imagination can help him forge his own voice, and maybe just maybe discover that the power to face his problems was inside him all along.

My Review

I was looking forward to reading this book because I was in the mood to laugh. I did not find laughs with this book. In fact, I had to check about three times to the back of the book on the reference for the age group/category that this book was listed for. It is listed as Juvenile Fiction/Social Issues/Adolescence. This is a good thing as there was the use of swear words and lots of bullying. With the current issues of bullying in the world I would suggest only older, mature readers read this book.

Although again, I have to say that for me, I did not find anything funny about this book or the characters that interesting. I stuck it out to about half way because I wanted to see how Mr. Looney lesson to teach Atticus would relate to the book, How to Kill a Mockingbird. however between the swearing and my lack of connection with the characters I could not finish this book.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Blood Rose Blog Tour + Giveaway

There's no wrath like that of a witch scorned.

Avah Taylor has been given a death sentence: as one of the only spirit users in her coven, Avah has been chosen to wield The Power, the ultimate weapon against the immortal vampire species witches have been at war with for centuries. The Power, given by the gods to one witch of each generation, is considered a great honor, but every witch before has died trying to master this all-too-powerful gift, one that the shell of a mortal can’t contain for long.

On the night of her birth rite, Avah’s coven is attacked, and Avah is left for dead. Confronted with a terrible choice, Avah must decide to either die or save herself by becoming like her enemies. Forced to seek refuge among the very beings she has sworn to kill, Avah vows revenge on those who took her former life from her. 

As Avah slowly transitions into a life of blood and war and battles her own feelings for a man she is supposed to hate, she realizes everything she’s been told is a lie.


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Blood Books Series

Blood Rose (Blood Books 1) – August 2015

Blood Bound (Blood Books 2) – December 2015

Blood Books 3 – June 2016

Blood Books 4 – December 2016

Blood Books 5 – June 2017

Blood Books 6 – December 2017

**Novels to possibly continue based on story arc.

My Review

I thought that this was a good first book in this series. The author, Danielle Rose is a good writer. She did infuse life into Avah, Jasik, and the rest of the characters in this book. I got a nice sense of the vampires. Which in this case they were not the evil ones. Just the ones that they fought were the evil ones.

Danielle did a wonderful job of taking me the reader through the progression of Avah's transformation from a witch to a newly formed vampire. The urges, fear, loss, and strength. There was also the chemistry shared between Avah and Jasik. The romance slowly built up but was not overly sexual. With each new battle Avah's powers and strengths grew. Not just as a vampire but as a witch as well. If you liked the Twilight series or any other vampire or witch themed series then you should check this book out.
Author Bio:

Danielle Rose is writer of fiction and travel, as well as the owner of Narrative Ink Editing LLC. Danielle currently resides in the Midwest, where she spends her days at a local coffee shop planning her next vacation or plotting her next novel.
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A black, wrought-iron fence loomed before us. The tips pointed like deadly daggers. Two large gargoyles stood beside the wide entrance. Their menacing glares stared back at me. Witches had often used gargoyles for protection against evil entities, and I found it odd that vampires did, too.

“They’re spelled,” Jasik said.
I met his eyes, confused. “Witches live here?”
“No, but we’ve made allies,” he replied.
I couldn’t help gawking at him. Had he really just suggested that witches had helped vampires?
“There is much for you to learn,” he said, his British accent thickening the words. He smiled, turned, and walked away. The other vampires had already left us behind.

I realized then that I could run. By the time they had realized I wasn’t there, I could be to Montana or back home in Wisconsin. I knew I could never run back to Shasta. They’d find me there. But I could be free. Free of my Pagan expectations. Free of the vampire curse. And then I shook my head and kicked twigs at my feet.
I could never be free of the vampire curse, and it was time to face it: I needed Jasik. I wasn’t very good at being a vampire.
I followed the vampires across the threshold. I had almost expected to burst into flames upon entrance, like an evil being entering holy grounds. I laughed inside at the thought. Comparing a vampire coven to holy ground? I must have lost my mind.

The overgrown grass made it difficult to navigate the stone walkway. A small cemetery sat to my right. I found myself stopping to pray for the lost souls. The headstones were stacked one after the other. I wondered how the dead fit in such close quarters.
The carvings on the front stones were dark, new. The stones in rows farther back were dirty and chipped, and the ground around them was covered in weeds. I wondered how long the oldest grave had been there. One hundred years? Five hundred? I thought back to our cemetery. Ancestry played a bigger role in the vampires’ lives than I had realized.
The similarities between the two species, witches and vampires, left a bad taste in my mouth. Why, in all of my teachings, had I never learned of this side to them? Why had I never learned of Hunters, of vampires who seemed to protect me more than my own coven?
The overhanging trees were without bloom. I imagined how cold it must be. It was December, and we were in Washington. There was a light layer of snow beneath my feet. The crunch of it beneath my heels brought me home. I smiled as I remembered the long winters in Wisconsin. They seemed never-ending.

Each season brought a blizzard, and each blizzard brought games. I would play outside for hours. Only during Wisconsin winters did I learn how to control my magic, because only then did I need to call upon fire’s warmth.
I lifted my arm, palm to the sky. I didn’t feel cold, though I felt the breeze. I suppose I only knew it was cold because the human in me still beckoned to me. The witch wasn’t letting go, after all.

I dropped my arm and slowly backed away. As I turned, I collided with Jasik, who wrapped his hands around my arms to keep me from losing my balance.

“I was just…” I said, looking over my shoulders. Only then did I see them. They glinted as the moonlight hit them just right. Runes. Runes of protection, of strength.
“We must get inside,” he said, breaking my trance.

“Who’s buried here?” I asked, pulling away from him. The runes spelled on the tombstones were powerful. They were meant to keep something out.
Or something in.

He said nothing.
“Jasik, who is buried here?” I asked again. I made a point of asking in a tone that made him understand he didn’t have a choice. He would tell me, or we’d stay outside until the sun rose.

“Our dead,” he said. His answer annoyed me. He gave me a simple, and obvious, answer—one he knew I knew was technically correct.
“Jasik,” I said, breathing slowly, choosing my words wisely. “These stones are spelled. I know this, because I have used these very same spells on the graves of our dead. Why are these particular stones spelled, and if you lie or give me a stupid answer, I’m going to sink my fangs so deeply into your throat your healing powers wouldn’t be able to fix it before the sun rose. Understand?”
He smiled. In truth, his reaction didn’t surprise me as much as mine had. I had just threatened a seemingly very powerful vampire, and I wasn’t worried. I knew I could take him.

I took a step forward and linked my arm with his. He tensed under my show of affection. I found it odd that my proximity always made him nervous. Vampires were used to blending in with humans, and in order to successfully blend in, you had to become comfortable. When I agreed to leave with them, I thought I would be the one having a difficult time transitioning into a new life with new rules. But in reality, we both were having a difficult time accepting the change.
“I want to trust you,” I said. “You’re all I know now, Jasik. As much as I hate the thought, you’re all I have.”

I smiled. I gave him the most sincere smile I could muster. I didn’t want to fight with him. I needed him to see that he could trust me, too.

There was no space between us. My body rested against his. His heartbeat rose as I met his eyes. As much as I wanted to play the friend game, I still didn’t like how comfortable I was becoming with him. I tried to tell myself that I had to remember who I was—even if I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to remain that same girl. But I knew my survival rested in his hands, and I needed to know that I could count on him when it mattered most. I needed to know that he wouldn’t pounce the moment my back was turned.

“The tombstones imprison those of us turned Rogue. They’re no longer living, but we take extra precautions. Thus, the stones and graveyard are spelled.”

“How do we turn Rogue?” I whispered. I barely heard my own words, even with my heightened senses, but it was all I could say.
“By giving into the blood lust, by feeding from humans to the point where you consume their essence. It triggers a change—one from which you cannot return.”
I looked back over my shoulder, staring at the tombstones. I hadn’t noticed the mausoleum hidden in the corner. I wondered what was in there. Most of the dead seemed to be buried in the ground. Who was important enough to be buried behind what I assumed to be a locked door?
I unlinked my arm and walked beside him in silence. Within minutes, a large, dark building emerged from the smoky air. A Victorian mansion. Its wraparound stone porch and stained-glass windows would spook even the strongest heart. More gargoyles sat beside the entrance to the porch and were perched on the roof. Figures stood in the windows of the upper floors, watching us. I swallowed hard. I knew more vampires were inside. I was just getting used to Jasik and the Hunters. How was I to live in a house full of them?

“Everything will be okay,” Jasik said as he squeezed my hand.

I realized he’d promised that twice tonight, and I was beginning to wonder if he was actually trying to reassure himself.
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People that feel bullied just need to toughen up. That’s what Margo Rios used to think. Margo is pretty, popular and unsympathetic to just how intense bullying can get. As a counterfeiting plot sweeps through the city of Oak View however, life for Margo changes dramatically.

With the mystery unfolding, an unlikely group of heroes emerges. Bullied teens love them, the police hate them and bullies fear them. Together they will try to get to the bottom of the counterfeiting mystery while ingeniously teaching a few bullies a lesson or two along the way… that is, if the police don’t catch them first.

“Mind Over Bullies: A MOB Forms” follows the lives of several teens chronicling the emotional and psychological changes they experience as a result of their encounters with bullying. The lives of the characters play out while an elaborate counterfeiting mystery unfolds making for a fast paced, action-packed read.

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My Review

I was not in love with this book but I did like it. The message that the author made about anti-bulling was good. I like how he turned it into a positive by incorporating the fun superhero aspect into this book. However I could not find myself attaching to any one character. I tried and even thought that Margo would be that leading lady for me but no such luck. Which I read that the author wanted to feature many different races of characters and genders so that people could relate. Again I did not relate but to see so many different unique characters featured in one book had both good and bad effects for me. Good because of the different diversity but bad because there were so many characters to try to remember and connect with. Sometimes less is more.

The superhero counterfit ring operation part of this book was cool. Quite an operation that has a few surprises. The ending did leave a nice lead into the next book.

Author's Bio:

A 38 year old native of Los Angeles, Mr. Smith began his writing career after getting news that he would soon become an uncle. Wanting to create stories and characters for his expected niece, he created the children’s book series “Sock n Boots Adventures.” The two characters (three year old Sock and five year old Boots) began to make names for themselves, generating downloads in countries around the world.

When asked about his motivation to tackle the subject of bullying in a 108,000 word novel Smith said, “One day I came across a story in the news about a young girl that jumped in front of a subway train after weeks of bullying. As I investigated further, I was shocked at the number of similar stories I encountered. Bullycide, the news was calling it. I thought, wow, what if these young people had been shown that the pain of bullying can be handled without hurting themselves or someone else.”

Ultimately it was thoughts of his now four nieces and three nephews dealing with bullying as they get older that weighed heavily on the decision for Smith to write the story about bullying. “I recognize that the characters and situations in the book may not represent every bullying situation and that realistically the book won’t change the world, but I do sincerely hope that it sends a subtle message about there being life after bullying. We’ll just have to see how the public receives it,” Smith said.

A lover of mystery and espionage stories, Smith is a fan of everything James Bond. A favorite scenario is to see a character in an impossible situation get out of it at the last second or have the odds against them and see he or she turn the tables. Acting on the love of espionage and mystery, Smith has a new novel in the works centering on a James Bond-type character of his own creation.

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  1. Tell the readers who D.K. Smith is.
  2. A quiet guy from Los Angeles. I keep a small circle of friends, mainly my family. I enjoy quiet time alone, but I love to be around crowds when something big is happening. I love to see crowd reaction. I don’t know why, but I do. I like to see people cheer or let their natural disappointment show in response to an event; whether it’s a movie, a sporting event or a street show.

  1. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
About five years ago. I was 33 years old. It’s never too late to start.

  1. What genre are your books?
I like to say that I am a multi-genre writer. Mind Over Bullies is YA, but I will be releasing a sci-fi thriller and then there is an espionage spy novel that I am currently working on. I think a storyteller tells stories and lets the story define the genre, not the other way around.

  1. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to just see where an idea takes you?
My mother asked me the same question. My answer is that I let the character’s dictate the story. Each character has their own personality, so when an event happens in the story, I try to visualize how each character would naturally respond to what just happened based on their personality traits. That creates a natural flow to the action I say.
For example, if a character loses someone are they inclined to become sad or angry? Are they already dealing with another unrelated issue in the story? How will their feelings about their loss affect how they deal with their other circumstances? I ask myself questions like that, and it leads the story in all sorts of directions as I begin to write.
I try to stay true to that process even when a character develops new personality traits in the story. I think the main character in Mind Over Bullies is a good example of that.

  1. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
No. Like I said earlier, I try to let the character’s reactions lead the story. It’s almost like they’re talking to me. When they stop talking, I stop writing. Some people call that writer’s block, but I like to place the blame on the characters. When the thoughts stop flowing that’s when I stop writing, and not a moment sooner.

  1. How do you stay motivated when writing?
I try to visualize the story as I am writing. As things evolve, I take on the role of a director and try to develop the scenes in a way that I think is exciting. I try to create scenes that I would like to see in a movie. That keeps me excited throughout the writing process.

  1. Anything else that you would like to say to the readers?
Yes. I want to thank everyone that has shown interest in Mind Over Bullies. I appreciate the readers and look forward to hearing and reading their thoughts.
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