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Memories of Murder by Yolanda Renee Review

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Memories of Murder

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Decades ago, the seeds were planted …
Today, dark, fathomless eyes rake the image before him. One final task and the transformation is complete. Steady fingers screw intricately carved horns on each side of a stiff brow, and a gargoyle suitable for Notre Dame scowls from the smokey mirror in satisfaction.
A jagged smile rips through his smooth, hairless face, and inked, reptilian scales caress his naked body.
A laugh of hideous resonance emanates from his gut as the demons of hell welcome Lucifer into their fold.
In a dungeon-like chamber, his Lilith awaits. The kidnapped daughter of a nun, groomed to fit the final piece in the complex puzzle for world domination. Will Lucifer marry his bride, on the summer solstice?
Only two things stand in his way …
His greed …
And …
Detective Steven Quaid.

Now to my review. This is the second book in the series. I must say it was just as good as the first one. The story of Steven and Sarah is one I love to read about. I loved the plot for this book. It was very interesting.  The characters remain strong and we learn just a little bit more about them. Their relationship is tested once again as they deal with a new enemy that wants to tear them apart.

I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.  I would highly recommend this one to others.

Author Bio

I really wanted to be a drummer, or a race car driver. Obviously I’m neither, but they are on my bucket list, that and owning my very own fire breathing dragon!

I’ve always loved books and it was through books that I escaped and experienced all the things I’d only been able to dream about – through the stories, the characters, and the places created by talented authors. From Caroline Keene, Judy Bolton, Agatha Christie, Harold Robbins, Danielle Steele, and my all time favorite Stephen King. Now I read K J Larsen , Jennifer Hillier, Joanie McDonell, Maryann Miller, J D Robb, well, pretty much everyone and anyone who gets their words in front of me! I LOVE BOOKS!

I’ve always been a writer, always loved making things up – a crazy imagination is a good thing – or is it just being crazy?

You decide!

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Posted by on 10/30/2013 in Reviews

 

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Murder, Madness, and Love by Yolanda Renee Review

Disclaimer: I own this book.

Murder, Madness, and Love

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Sunlight blazes on an empty canvas.

Arctic winds gather snowflakes on a frosty window ledge as a statuesque form appears. She moves past a table littered with papers. Headlines splash news of murder, but it’s the photo of another young woman with features mirroring her own that draws her attention.

A different headline peeks from underneath the Anchorage Times.

Wealthy Businessman Dies in Car Crash … BLACK WIDOW SUSPECTED!

Graphic images swirl through her head and a tear rolls down her cheek. She drifts toward an easel and a trembling hand dips a sable brush into a palette of paint.

The Westminster doorbell chimes. The brush slips and blood-red paint stains the floor.

Detective Steven Quaid waits. His Tlingit, Indian features carved from granite, mask his Irish passion …

Will he arrest her this time?

All fingers point to her guilt.

But, is she guilty of this cunning plot? Or, just a victim of circumstantial evidence?

The door opens …

His eyes lock on hers …

His heart races …

Hers skips a beat.

Now to my review. I couldn’t put it down. It was well-written. The plot was interesting. We are introduced to Steven and Sarah.  Steven is a detective who meets Sarah because of an investigation he is involved in. Sarah is the widow of the victim.  We are taken along with them as they explore their relationship and deal with the obstacles that are thrown their way. It has all the suspense a good mystery novel is supposed to have.

I love reading a good mystery novel. It was a good change from what I normally read which is fantasy, horror, and paranormal. I would highly recommend it to others.

 

Author Bio

I really wanted to be a drummer, or a race car driver. Obviously I’m neither, but they are on my bucket list, that and owning my very own fire breathing dragon!

I’ve always loved books and it was through books that I escaped and experienced all the things I’d only been able to dream about – through the stories, the characters, and the places created by talented authors. From Caroline Keene, Judy Bolton, Agatha Christie, Harold Robbins, Danielle Steele, and my all time favorite Stephen King. Now I read K J Larsen , Jennifer Hillier, Joanie McDonell, Maryann Miller, J D Robb, well, pretty much everyone and anyone who gets their words in front of me! I LOVE BOOKS!

I’ve always been a writer, always loved making things up – a crazy imagination is a good thing – or is it just being crazy?

You decide!

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Posted by on 10/30/2013 in Reviews

 

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Five-Out of the Dark by Holli Anderson Review

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Five-Out of the Dark

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Five teenagers who’ve recently discovered they have magical powers and are living in the Seattle underground feel it’s their responsibility to protect unsuspecting humans from otherworldly foes. Things are going well until Johnathan, their unofficial leader and the boy sixteen year old Paige is in love with, is bitten by a changeling – the venomous saliva causing him to metamorphose into a ravening beast with each full moon. Paige vows that, no matter the cost, she will find a way to cure Johnathan of the evil that has embedded itself in his soul.
Johnathan’s monthly transformation and daily personality roller coaster isn’t the only problem they have to deal with. The Five are also gearing up to face their toughest and most dangerous enemy yet—a powerful and ruthless Warlock who will go to any means, including high school, to build his Dark Army.

Holli puts a new twist to werewolves and other things that go bump in night. I couldn’t put it down. She is becoming one of my favorite writers. We are introduced to Paige, Johnathan, Seth, Alec, and Halli. Each of them has a special ability that they bring to the group. They learn to work together as a team to take on the things that people don’t want to believe exist.

Favorite line:

“I know what I’m doing. Everyone relax.”

I would highly recommend it to readers that love paranormal-romance, and urban fantasy books. I can’t wait to read the next book.

Author Bio

Holli Anderson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing—which has nothing to do with writing, except maybe by adding some pretty descriptive injury and vomit scenes to her books. She discovered her joy of writing during a very trying period in her life when escaping into make-believe saved her. She enjoys reading any book she gets her hands on, but has a particular love for anything fantasy.
Along with her husband, Steve, and their four sons, she lives in Grantsville, Utah—the same small town in which she grew up.  Find out more about her here.

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Posted by on 10/28/2013 in Reviews

 

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Darkness Watching By Emma L. Adams Review

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Darkness Watching

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Eighteen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.

Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.

All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life – but demons still stalk Ash, and their interest in her has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The demons want something from her, and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is.

In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be…

Emma is an amazing writer. She has become one of my favorites. I couldn’t put Darkness Watching down. The main character, Ashlyn takes us on the ride along with her to find out why she’s different from others around her.  We are introduced to other characters such as David who aren’t what they seem to be either. David, especially isn’t what he puts himself out to be. This makes for a very interesting relationship or lack there of between he and Ashlyn.

My favorite line: 

“Nothing,” I said. “I don’t know a damn thing. I just know I can see things that aren’t there.”

I would highly recommend the book to the others.

Author Bio

Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing fantasy and paranormal novels for young adults.

She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also wrote various novels and short stories. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, Emma can usually be found in front of her writing desk. Her debut novel The Puppet Spell, published in 2013 by Rowanvale Books, is a fantasy tale for young adults and the young at heart, inspired by her lifelong love of the fantastical, mythology, and video games. Emma also writes urban fantasy/supernatural novels for older teens and adults. Her next book, Darkness Watching, is the first in the upper-YA/New Adult Darkworld series, and was published in 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press.

Visit her blog at http://throughthegateway.blogspot.co.uk/

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Posted by on 10/24/2013 in Reviews

 

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Release Day Blitz: Fractured Legacy

Can Kaylyn figure out how to stop a spirit that has been looking for her since she was a child?

Available October 21

Fractured Legacy

by Skye Callahan

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Kaylyn Anderson’s fascination with abandoned places and dark creatures kindled her work as a paranormal investigator. But when dreams begin to distort reality, she questions what is real and pulls away from everyone she trusts. The opportunity to investigate the Teague Hotel–a long-abandoned landmark that has always piqued her curiosity–provides a chance to redeem herself. Unraveling the hotel’s secrets won’t be easy, but Kaylyn soon finds herself the target of a dark entity that has been trapped in the building for decades.

If Kaylyn stands any chance of defeating the spirit, she’ll have to accept that her fears are real and convince fellow investigators that she hasn’t lost her mind.

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About the Author: Skye Callahan

Skye Callahan was born and raised in Ohio and has seen enough unbelievable stuff to feed a lifetime of paranormal stories. When not writing or working at the dayjob, she hangs out with her ethnomusicologist husband and pet ferrets, reads, and takes long walks through the cemetery.

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Posted by on 10/21/2013 in Book Blitz

 

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Fractured Legacy by Skye Callahan Review

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Fractured Legacy

Available on Amazon, October 22, 2013.
Fractured LegacyKaylyn Anderson’s fascination with abandoned places and dark creatures kindled her work as a paranormal investigator. But when dreams begin to distort reality, she questions what is real and pulls away from everyone she trusts. The opportunity to investigate the Teague Hotel–a long-abandoned landmark that has always piqued her curiosity–provides a chance to redeem herself. Unraveling the hotel’s secrets won’t be easy, but Kaylyn soon finds herself the target of a dark entity that has been trapped in the building for decades.
If Kaylyn stands any chance of defeating the spirit, she’ll have to accept that her fears are real and convince fellow investigators that she hasn’t lost her mind.
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Skye’s book is amazing. I couldn’t put it down. We are introduced to Kaylyn and Jonah along with other characters like Kaylyn’s sister Cole.  Jonah has a strong need to protect Kaylyn but at the same time is infuriated with her. Kaylyn is one of those people that doesn’t go looking for trouble but it seems to find her anyway.  Their interactions with each other and Kaylyn’s penchant for getting into tight posts makes for a very entertaining read.

My favorite lines in the book are:

“His job is to be a condescending jackass in suit pants? Who does he think he is? He’s barely older than me. And his last name is Troyer. He must be Nathan Troyer’s son. ” Kaylyn’s rant after meeting her new boss Jonah.

“I’m guessing you’d like to return to my office to continue your rant.”  Jonah’s reply to her after hearing everything she just said.

These two lines for me set up the type of relationship they’re going to have throughout the rest of the book.

I highly recommend it to anyone who loves to read paranormal stories. I know I can’t wait to read the second book in the series.

About the Author: Skye Callahan

Skye Callahan was born and raised in Ohio and has seen enough unbelievable stuff to feed a lifetime of paranormal stories. When not writing or working at the dayjob, she hangs out with her ethnomusicologist husband and pet ferrets, reads, and takes long walks through the cemetery.
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Posted by on 10/14/2013 in Reviews

 

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IWSG

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Thanks to Alex for hosting this each month. Here is the complete list of participants. Alex has another big announcement this morning. It can be found here.

The exciting news I can now let you in on is that I’m now writing a column and doing book reviews over at The Peasants Revolt.  Want to give a shout out to Fel and the other ladies I’m working with over there.  Go check it out and learn more about each of us. 🙂

My writing is going great again. I had a few hard weeks in September where nothing was going right with the novel I’m working on. I hope to have chapters ready for my crit partners soon. I finally made a breakthrough on the issue I was having with the first chapter of the book.

I started taking a class called Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative as well.  I love the class because we are playing The Lord Of The Rings online, reading Fellowship Of The Ring, and watching Fellowship Of The Ring.  The class can be found here. If you like or love The Lord Of The Rings then you definitely want to check the class out and the coolest thing about it is the class is free.

This month my writing goal is to get ready for NaNo. Not sure if I’m participating this year with I have going on writing and personal wise. Maybe, I’ll use NaNo to start the new horror book that I’ve been taking notes on. Speaking of horror, I’ll be posting Halloween related goodies soon like favorite books and movies among other things.

 

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