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Cursed by Ann Mayburn Review

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

Cursed

Series: The Chosen Book 1

Genre: Fantasy

Heat Level: 5 Flames Heated Desires

Coming Dec 31st, 2013

Locked in a demonic curse, Carmella Ramirez has lost the will to love. Once she was the star of the Ramirez Samba School and lived a charmed life. Now, thanks to an old enemy’s thirst for revenge, she’s the school’s reclusive seamstress and living in the dangerous ghetto of Rio de Janeiro. But that’s the least of her problems. When the sun sets, a succubus overtakes Carmella’s body and uses her beauty to lure men to their death. As the corpses pile up, those controlling Carmella plan to sacrifice her to their demonic god and blame her for the killings.

Her only hope is Sean Kalmus—a world famous musician and warrior of the Celtic god of Music, Maponus. While in Brazil to work the Carnival, Sam’s orders by Maponus to find and rescue Carmella turn into something more than they ever could have imagined when Carmella captures Sean’s heart.

With Sean’s help, Carmella will have to call on her strength, his magic and their love to break herself free before she becomes known as Brazil’s most notorious serial killer.

Ann Mayburn is a great writer. I couldn’t put it down. It has everything a reader would want in a book. It has romance mixed with a bit of magic and some demons. This is the first book in the series. I look forward to reading more of Ann’s books. I highly recommend it to those readers who enjoy reading fantasy that includes romance and magic. 

Author Bio

Ann is Queen of the Castle to her wonderful husband and three sons in the mountains of West Virginia. In her past lives she’s been an Import Broker, a Communications Specialist, a US Navy Civilian Contractor, a Bartender/Waitress, and an actor at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. She also spent a summer touring with the Grateful Dead(though she will deny to her children that it ever happened).

From a young age she’s been fascinated by myths and fairytales, and the romance that often was the center of the story. As Ann grew older and her hormones kicked in, she discovered trashy romance novels. Great at first, but she soon grew tired of the endless stories with a big wonderful emotional buildup to really short and crappy sex. Never a big fan of purple prose, throbbing spears of fleshy pleasure and wet honey pots make her giggle, she sought out books that gave the sex scenes in the story just as much detail and plot as everything else-without using cringe worthy euphemisms. This led her to the wonderful world of Erotic Romance, and she’s never looked back.

Now Ann spends her days trying to tune out cartoons playing in the background to get into her ‘sexy space’ and has learned to type one handed while soothing a cranky baby.

Her site is here.

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Posted by on 12/30/2013 in Reviews

 

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The Charge by Sharon Bayliss Review

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The Charge

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When the King of the Texas Empire kidnaps Warren’s brother, Warren embarks into a still Wild West to save him. On his journey, he makes a discovery that changes his life forever—he and his brother are long-lost members of the Texas royal family and the King wants them both dead.

He gets help from an activist Texan named Lena, who’s itching to take on the King and happens to be a beautiful firecracker Warren can’t stay away from. Convincing her he’s not one of the bad guys becomes harder when a mysterious energy stirs in his body, turning his brain into a hive of emotions and memories—not all his own.

A legacy of violence is not all he inherited from the brutal Kings of Texas. The myth that the royal family possesses supernatural powers may not be myth at all.

Gone are the days when choosing a major was a big deal. Now Warren must save his brother and choose whether or not to be King, follow a King, or die before he can retire his fake ID.

I couldn’t put it down. It’s fast paced and entertaining. It has mystery  and suspense. The characters are well written and interesting. They each have a unique situation that they bring to their interactions with each other. They are not what they seem to be when we are introduced to them. Makes for a very interesting read. I highly recommend this one to others. 

Author Bio

Sharon Bayliss is a science fiction and fantasy author. Her debut novel, The Charge, was released on 3/2/13 by Curiosity Quills Press. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living in her happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening).

Her site is here.

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Posted by on 12/22/2013 in Reviews

 

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Want to start sharing my novels with all of you. Want your opinion on which you would prefer. Will keep the poll up until Tuesday morning. 🙂

 
 

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Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle by Amy Fecteau Review

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Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle

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Matheus Taylor didn’t ask to be murdered.

To be fair, the percentage of people actually asking to be murdered is probably small enough to be safely ignored, but he felt it was worth stating regardless.

His life might have been ordinary, but it was his life and he wasn’t done with it yet. Quin didn’t care. A seventeen-hundred old Roman, Quintus Livius Saturnius had a different view of morality than most people. Killing Matheus and hijacking his undead existence seemed perfectly acceptable to him.

Now, Matheus spends his nights running for his life, questioning his sexual orientation, and defying a mysterious new threat to the vampires within his city. Not that he set out to do any defying; he just wanted to be left alone.

Unfortunately, that was never going to happen.

Absolutely loved reading this one. It had wit, humor, and sarcasm. Matheus decides not to play by the rules of being a new vampire which makes for some very interesting situations and conversations that involve him as well as Quin.  I would highly recommend this book to others. 

Author Bio

Amy Fecteau grew up in the wilds of suburbia, along with a younger sister and brother. As a child, Amy wanted to be a doctor-farmer-princess, but unfortunately the market for doctor-farmer-princesses just isn’t what it used to be. Also, Amy was born in the United States, severely limiting her chances to become royalty.

Amy wrote her first story at age twelve, the stirring tale of friendship and witch burning. She was cruelly robbed of first place in the district writing contest by April C., whose story of a handicapped girl overcoming her disability was nothing but a blatant grab for the judges’ sympathy. Fifteen years later, Amy would like to say, “Suck it, April,” but that would be petty and childish, so she will refrain.

Amy lives in southern Maine. She collects keychains, owns a cat (named CAT) and creates eclectic art in her spare time. Currently, she is studying computer science. She blames her love of sarcasm and snark on her large, strange, wonderful family.

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Posted by on 12/19/2013 in Reviews

 

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The Serendipitous Curse by Aiden James and Lisa Collicutt Review

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

The Serendipitous Curse

The Serendipitous Curse: Reborn, by Aiden James & Lisa Collicutt

In the heart of Savannah Georgia, lies Solomon Brandt Plantation, a spanking piece of suburban sprawl with a sordid past. When an amnesiac bearing this cursed name stumbles into town, he’s immediately drawn to the haunted antebellum, and also to a Hoodoo practitioner who converses with spirits, and her gorgeous green-eyed niece. Desiree McClinton, a descendent of the Brandt slaves, sparks emotions in Solomon, the likes of which he’s never known. But curses run deep, and Solomon’s crippling nightmares, seeping into real life, soon threaten their budding love. Will Solomon be able to save Desiree from the evil that has followed him through time? Can a tainted soul truly be redeemed?

 Great book. I couldn’t put it down. Aiden James teams with Lisa Collicutt on this one. We are introduced to Solomon and Desiree. They cross paths while Solomon is trying to figure out who he is. They start a relationship that finds them fighting to stay alive. He wants to protect her while she doesn’t want to believe the things she saw are real. Anyone who loves reading books that involve demons, ghosts, and witches will enjoy this one. 

Author Bios

As an author fascinated by Gothic history and the supernatural, I have presently authored twenty-four books with many more to follow, including a brand new witch and warlock series set in the Deep South (coming in 2014). I reside in a small, quaint town in Tennessee with my wife, Fiona.

Fiona and I have been avid researchers of all things paranormal for nearly twenty years. To that end, we still spend time investigating haunted locales throughout the Deep South.

To learn more about me and my latest books, please visit my website: www.aidenjamesfiction.com

Cheers,

Aiden

Lisa Collicutt

Lisa likes to write dark and twisted tales of magic and romance. She has a passion for Young Adult and New Adult Paranormal.

When she’s not conjuring tales about witches, demons, and other magical beings, she can be found leathered, and bound to the back of her husband’s Harley, touring her homeland of Nova Scotia, Canada.

Enter Lisa’s imagination where light ends and fantasy begins. But heed these warnings . . . it’s dark, it’s magical, you may experience tingles.

Her site is located here.

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Posted by on 12/17/2013 in Reviews

 

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The Gathering Darkness by Lisa Collicutt Review

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

The Gathering Darkness

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They say “third time’s the charm”, and for sixteen-year-old Brooke Day, they had better be right. She’s been here before, twice in fact, and an evil demon-witch wants her dead a third time.

When Brooke is forced to leave Boston for the small town of Deadwich, she thinks her life is over. Before long, her new friends start acting strange—downright evil. But worse than that, nightmares she’s had her whole life become reality.

Enter Marcus Knight; popular, hot, and the only person Brooke can trust. Not to mention, they’ve shared the same nightmares.

With the discovery of an ancient Celtic amulet, Brooke and Marcus unravel the secrets of her past, which reveals the key to her future.

As the equinox approaches:

Darkness and light merge for the first time in a century.

Soul-mates reunite.

Magic awakens.

Another great book by Lisa. I couldn’t put it down. Brooke and Marcus are in the fight of their lives. Not only do they need to save themselves but others around them. They learn about their past lives along with learning about the past lives of others in the town and how everyone’s lives are interwoven. The end of the book was great. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves paranormal books that are dark.  

Author Bio

Lisa Collicutt

Lisa likes to write dark and twisted tales of magic and romance. She has a passion for Young Adult and New Adult Paranormal.

When she’s not conjuring tales about witches, demons, and other magical beings, she can be found leathered, and bound to the back of her husband’s Harley, touring her homeland of Nova Scotia, Canada.

Enter Lisa’s imagination where light ends and fantasy begins. But heed these warnings . . . it’s dark, it’s magical, you may experience tingles.

Her site is located here.

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Posted by on 12/15/2013 in Reviews

 

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Blood Redemption (Angel’s Edge #3) by Vicki Keire Review

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Blood Redemption (Angel’s Edge #3)

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Trapped in the Dark Realms, Caspia finds herself the unwitting leader of a growing Nephilim rebellion. Plagued by strange dreams and intrigue, she learns to master her Azalene abilities when all she wants is to find her way back home.

To Whitfield. To Ethan.

When they meet in the Dreamtime, Caspia can tell something is wrong. Whitfield seems increasingly militarized. Ethan is agitated; Asheroth makes less sense than ever; and the Blackwood witches are teaching Logan deadly gifts. Most disturbing of all is Belial, who is as charismatic as he is cruel.

But Belial isn’t the only one threatening Whitfield. To avoid another Nephilim war, the Realms of Light decide to attack their ancient enemy first. Caspia, her hometown, and everyone she loves happens to be in the way. With the Light poised to strike from one side, and the Dark Realms on the other, she and Ethan must fight their way back to each other and try to protect the life they’ve built.

If you’re not reading this series yet you should be. It’s been a great series to read. The last book was just as good as the first two. I’ve enjoyed reading all of them. In the last book we find Caspia in the fight of her life and trying to save herself, her town, and the people around her. Caspia must make a lot of hard decisions along the way. Her relationship with Ethan gets a bit more complicated. The ending was a surprise not at all what I was expecting as I was reading it. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who loves paranormal books with angels, demons, and a few other supernatural type characters. 

Author Bio

Vicki Keire grew up in a 19th Century haunted house in the Deep South full of books, abandoned coal chutes, and plenty of places to get into trouble with her siblings. She holds degrees in English Literature with specialties in the 18th Century, Romanticism, and Postcolonial Theory. She spent the last decade teaching writing and literature at a large, football obsessed university while slipping paranormal fiction in between the pages of her textbooks.

When not reading and writing about all things paranormal, she indulges in her eclectic musical tastes, enjoys other people’s cooking, keeps vampire hours, and adds to her massive stockpile of quirky t-shirts and blank but designer notebooks. She’d rather burn the laundry than fold it. She believes that when an author wins the Newberry, he or she gets a secret lifetime pass to Neverland. She still lives in the Deep South with her husband, two children, two dogs, and three cats, but is pretty sure her house isn’t haunted. A person can’t be so lucky twice.

Gifts of the Blood is the first of a trilogy set in the mythical town of Whitfield, where she has several other paranormal series planned. Whitfield is a compilation of all she loves about her upbringing with a sprinkling of the things she doesn’t. She spends time there when stymied on other projects, but also because it’s an interesting world in its own right. Even though she created it and the people who live there, it still has the power to surprise her. She hopes you enjoy it as much as she does. You can learn more about it and her other projects at:
Website: http://vickikeire.com/
Blog:http://vickikeire.blogspot.com/

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Posted by on 12/13/2013 in Reviews

 

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Cover Reveal! Almost Married by Roe Valentine

Today is the cover reveal for Almost Married by Roe Valentine

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Title: Almost Married
Author: Roe Valentine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 27 January 2014

Blurb:
Realist, Dr. Carla Harris, believes that people create their own fate, through hard work and careful planning. She believes in playing things safe. But, while preparing for her upcoming nuptials she’s forced to confront the most reckless thing she’s ever done, her estranged husband, Jacob.
Idealist Jacob Moreau believes in soul mates, as much as he believes in saving endangered companies. When his long lost wife reenters his life seeking a divorce, he is convinced more than ever they are meant to be together. And he will do—and lose—anything to have her again.
She thought she had her life planned to perfection. He thought they made perfect sense together. Would marrying Jacob be the craziest thing she’s ever done, or divorcing him?

You can add Almost Married to your to-read list on Goodreads

About the Author:

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Roe Valentine was born into the right family. Not only does the name Valentine suit her, but her grandmother, unknowingly, introduced the young Ms. Valentine to her first romance novel. She hasn’t read anything else since. She calls herself a romantic at heart and believes that love conquerors all.

The San Antonio native, who now lives in Houston, attempted to write her first contemporary romance novel when she was nineteen years old. That attempt didn’t take, but her story has a happy ending. She kept pursuing the dream until she landed her first publishing contract. Almost Married is her debut novel.

When not busy writing or reading love stories, Roe can often be found in a yoga class or chatting with friends at her favorite coffee shop. Enjoying margaritas with some girl-talk isn’t unusual for her either. For a night in, she watches reruns of her favorite TV shows and, of course, romantic comedies on her Roku, usually with a glass of wine.

Roe Valentine also LOVES talking to readers. You can contact her in the following ways:

Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Website
– Email: info@roevalentine.com

 
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Posted by on 12/12/2013 in Cover Reveal

 

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Darkness in the Blood (Angel’s Edge #2) by Vicki Keire Review

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

Darkness in the Blood (Angel’s Edge #2)

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Caspia Chastain is finally coming to terms with the carefully buried secrets of her hometown and bloodline. Life is returning to what passes for normal. Ethan is learning to live with life in Whitfield. Her brother is so healthy it’s mildly terrifying. She hasn’t drawn the future in ages, her school schedule is creepy professor free, and her job as Whitfield’s only Coffee Goddess remains secure.

But someone is kidnapping Nephilim descendents and using them to build an army. An unpredictable new gift threatens to consume her. With it comes a persistent dream: a strange young man with gifted blood who may hold the key to her ancestry. Whitfield has enough buried secrets to protect its residents, though, even if that protection comes with a price.

Ethan has secrets, too. He’s never spoken of his long life before meeting Caspia. When his past catches up with him, it could tear their relationship and the Realms apart. Soon, Caspia and Ethan must discover if the light and life they’ve built together can withstand the gathering darkness.

Great book. I absolutely love this series. I couldn’t put it down. In this one, Caspia is faced with more challenges. Ethan has issues of his own to deal with while trying to help her.  The bad guys this time threaten the whole town not just Caspia to try and get what they want. Whitfield isn’t the place it seems to be either. There is more to the people living there than meets the eye. I highly recommend this series to readers who paranormal books that involve angels, demons, witches, and other assorted characters. 

Author Bio

Vicki Keire grew up in a 19th Century haunted house in the Deep South full of books, abandoned coal chutes, and plenty of places to get into trouble with her siblings. She holds degrees in English Literature with specialties in the 18th Century, Romanticism, and Postcolonial Theory. She spent the last decade teaching writing and literature at a large, football obsessed university while slipping paranormal fiction in between the pages of her textbooks.

When not reading and writing about all things paranormal, she indulges in her eclectic musical tastes, enjoys other people’s cooking, keeps vampire hours, and adds to her massive stockpile of quirky t-shirts and blank but designer notebooks. She’d rather burn the laundry than fold it. She believes that when an author wins the Newberry, he or she gets a secret lifetime pass to Neverland. She still lives in the Deep South with her husband, two children, two dogs, and three cats, but is pretty sure her house isn’t haunted. A person can’t be so lucky twice.

Gifts of the Blood is the first of a trilogy set in the mythical town of Whitfield, where she has several other paranormal series planned. Whitfield is a compilation of all she loves about her upbringing with a sprinkling of the things she doesn’t. She spends time there when stymied on other projects, but also because it’s an interesting world in its own right. Even though she created it and the people who live there, it still has the power to surprise her. She hopes you enjoy it as much as she does. You can learn more about it and her other projects at:
Website: http://vickikeire.com/
Blog:http://vickikeire.blogspot.com/

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Posted by on 12/11/2013 in Reviews

 

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Soul Cutter by Lexa Cain Review

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Soul Cutter

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The Soul Cutter is hunting again.

Seventeen-year-old Élan spends her free time videoing psychic scams and outing them online. Skepticism makes life safe—all the ghosts Élan encounters are fakes. When her estranged mother disappears from a film shoot in Egypt, Élan puts her medium-busting activities on hold and joins the search.

In Egypt, the superstitious film crew sucks at finding her mom. When a hotel guest is killed, whispers start—the locals think their legendary Soul Cutter has come back from the dead. Élan’s only ally is Ramsey, a film-crew intern, but he’s arrogant, stubborn—and hiding dangerous secrets.

When Élan discovers the Soul Cutter is no scam, she finds herself locked in a deadly battle against a supernatural killer with more than her mother’s life at stake.

Élan is fighting for her very soul.

Looking for a great horror book to read. This is the one for you. I couldn’t put it down. It’s got everything you want in a book. Characters who don’t trust each other and try to kill each other along the way. It has action, suspense, drama, a few demons and other supernatural type beings. There are unexpected plot twists which are great. I can’t wait to read more books by her. 

Author Bio

As a child, Lexa Cain used to sneak into the living room after everyone was asleep to watch horror movies on TV. On vacations, she let others romp in the sun and preferred to curl up on the couch with a good book. Now a full time writer, she hopes her novels will keep other people up past their bedtimes.

She lives on the Red Sea in Egypt, enjoying the sand and sun she ignored as a child. Her short stories have appeared in many ezines and print publications.

Repped by Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency.

Readers are welcome to find out more about her here:
Blog: http://lexacain.blogspot.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/lexa.cain.1
FB Author: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lexa-C…

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Posted by on 12/09/2013 in Reviews

 

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