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Wiccan Lies by DJ Shaw Review

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

Wiccan Lies

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MacKenzie just realized the bogeyman is real and he lives right next door. The only problem is she doesn’t know if she’s a part of his life, or he’s a part of hers. After the death of her father, MacKenzie discovered a letter that changed her life forever. Now with the knowledge she is Wiccan, she embarks on a journey to discover her true self. On that path she meets Damion, a man she is drawn to on a primal level. Since their chance encounter she has strange life-like dreams and tries to keep him at arm’s length. Not trusting her reaction to him, she relies on her instinct to lead her through their time together.

 

Review:

DJ is a great writer. I started reading and couldn’t put the book down. We are introduced to MacKenzie and Damion. As they try to start a relationship Mac learns some things about herself and her mom. She is a Wiccan and she learns that not everyone are who they seem to be. That includes Damion, her best friend’s husband, and her own father.  The book draws you in from the very beginning.  If you haven’t added it to your TBR list yet you need to. I look forward to reading more of DJ’s books.

Author Bio

Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1977, DJ Shaw was 17 before she was able to see most of the United States. When she was 17, she decided to join the fair, traveling with them to Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Once the fair arrived in Lake Charles, DJ had decided it was time to go home, that she had had enough of traveling with the fair. She much rather preferred to sit around writing, or even telling, the lives of the people who lived in her head. She had been good at story-telling from the time she was about ten, when she scared herself so bad with her story of the Boogey-man that she couldn’t move off her bed. Her siblings would come to her for their scare fix, because they knew she could come up with something on the spot.

Having found what she loved to do at an early age, she continued to write down her stories and any poetry that came into her head. She had stacks upon stacks of notebooks filled with her work. Her love of horror movies made her stories that much more chilling.
When she’s not writing, she’s listening to music, supporting her favorite adopted brother and his band “Traveler in Pain”, playing with her five children, spending time with her husband of seven years or watching horror movies in the middle of the night just for the scare factor.

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Posted by on 03/29/2014 in A Creative Mind Blog

 

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A Time for Hope by T Gephart Review

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

A time for hope

A Time for Hope by T Gephart

Synopsis:

Lexi Reed was unstoppable, or so she thought. As the PR manager of international rock band, Power Station and living in New York, she was a long way from her old life in Melbourne, Australia. Having captured the heart and married one of the sexiest men alive (Power Station’s guitarist, Alex Stone) Lexi was living beyond any fantasy she could have ever imagined. Having finally allowed the walls from her past to fall, Lexi had not only learnt to trust again but had given herself completely to Alex, her one true love.

Lexi happiness was short lived when heartache and trauma throw everything she knew into turmoil. Her world came crashing down around her, and now Lexi is struggling to regain her sense of self. Unable to regroup and heal under the scrutiny of the media and her well-intentioned loved ones, she can’t seem to find the road back to the old “Lexi.”

Alex is devastated. His beautiful, intelligent and once confident wife is now distant and guarded, the product of the brutality she has suffered. He feels powerless but is determined not to lose her.

With her gorgeous rock star husband by her side and her eclectic but devoted circle of friends, Lexi starts over. In order to find a way to reconcile the past and build a future, she must let go of all her safety nets and trust those around her.

In this final installment of the Lexi series, we join Lexi and Alex on their journey of rediscovery. Relationships are tested, terms are renegotiated and lives are irrevocably changed. With the hope that their love for each other is strong enough to carry them through, Lexi and Alex gamble everything in search of their happily ever after.

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Review:

Great book. This is the final book in the series. I started reading and couldn’t put it down. Lexi has to confront her past in order to rebuild her life and relationship with Alex. She and Alex are a great couple. With the help of Alex and their friends Lexi is able to start healing. The story is very powerful. If you haven’t added to your TBR list you need to.  I look forward to reading more of T’s books in the future.

 

 

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About The Author

T GephartT Gephart is an indie author from Melbourne, Australia.

T’s approach to life has been somewhat unconventional. Rather than going to University, she jumped on a plane to Los Angeles, USA in search of adventure. While this first trip left her somewhat underwhelmed and largely depleted of funds it fueled her appetite for travel and life experience.

With a rather eclectic resume, which reads more like the fiction she writes than an actual employment history, T struggled to find her niche in the world.

While on a subsequent trip the United States in 1999, T met and married her husband. Their whirlwind courtship and interesting impromptu convenience store wedding set the tone for their life together, which is anything but ordinary. They have lived in Louisiana, Guam and Australia and have travelled extensively throughout the US. T has two beautiful young children and one four legged child, Woodley the wonder dog.

An avid reader, T became increasingly frustrated by the lack of strong female characters in the books she was reading. She wanted to read about a woman she could identify with, someone strong, independent and confident who didn’t lack femininity. Out of this need, she decided to pen her first book, A Twist of Fate. She enjoyed the process so much that when it was over she couldn’t let it go.

T loves to travel, laugh and surround herself with colourful characters. This inevitably spills into her writing and makes for an interesting journey – she is well and truly enjoying the ride!

Based on her life experiences, T has plenty of material for her books and has a wealth of ideas to keep you all enthralled.

T self-published her first novel through Smashwords, is about to release her second novel on the same platform and is currently writing the third book in the Lexi Trilogy.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/T-Gephart/412456528830732

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tinagephart

Website: http://tgephart.com/

Giveaway

One winner will receive a signed paperback of A Twist of Fate and the entire series in eBook. Two runners up will both receive $5 Amazon Gift Cards.

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A Navigator’s Tale: The Arcane Map of West by D. Martin Review

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A Navigator’s Tale: The Arcane Map of West
by D. Martin

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March 24, 2014
Entranced Publishing
Sci-fi Romance
Blog Tour Dates: March 24, 2014 – April 7, 2014

Blurb:

A dangerous man and an unbelievable offer—she should have run….

Starship navigator Hanna Baskira is entangled in a job contract with a hostile merchant-trader who doesn’t trust women pilot-navs. Captain West has hidden agendas. He’s also the commander of an elite military crew. They’re the intersystem government’s secret weapons—and the captain is the most dangerous weapon of all.

He plans on using Hanna in his espionage against an intersystem rebel network, but the captain has a thing about sharing plans…. And she has trust issues with the military.

If she wants to survive her new job, Hanna must trust the unpredictable captain of secrets and resist her attraction to him.

Great book. It has a very interesting story line. There are a few twists and turns that make it one of those you can’t put down because you want to find out what happens next. Hanna has some decisions to make whether right or wrong. She knows Captain West can’t be trusted but she falls for him and must trust him whether she wants to or not because it will lead to her survival while with him. I would highly recommend it to others.  I look forward to reading more of her books. 

About the Author:

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D. Martin likes science and finding out how things work. She has a science degree from Eastern Illinois University, where modern dance and creative writing also caught her interest. Her professional career as science researcher has ranged from biochemistry to industrial chemistry applications. She retired to pursue a lifelong dream to write.

She believes a person can never have too many books. She reads everything, but is fond of Sci-Fi fantasy and romance. She’s a sporadic gardener, who’d rather write than pull weeds. World cultures and their foods fascinate her. She loves Sci-fi movies. She once wanted to be an astronomer and adores the NASA app on her phone.

She lives in the Midwest with her husband and daughter, who are both very understanding when she’s off the planet writing.

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Twitter – @DorisDmartin
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Deceptions of Night by Virginia Cavanaugh Review

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Deceptions of Night

Author: Virginia Cavanaugh

Series: Order of Night Book 2

Genre: Fantasy

Heat Level: 3 Flames

Deceptions of Night

Release Date: March 25th

Tempers run hot through the members of the Order of Night as Lex tries to settle in as the new Triad vampire. But when a jaguar attacks him in his bed, his life gets turned upside down, and he discovers a new meaning to keeping your friends close and your enemies closer.

Kill the triad vampire or your brother dies. Shayla grudgingly accepts the assignment. But she soon realizes that success is easier said than done as she lies prone, trapped against the floor and secured by the body of one pissed off sexy leech.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Lex wants answers, and Shayla wants her brother returned alive. They form a shaky truce as they seek out the man who has both. Fierce attraction pushes them closer as mistrust tears them apart. Deception lays in wait around every corner as they struggle to find the mastermind behind the traitors to the Order of Night. As the tension rises, desire begins to burn with an intensity that threatens to consume, leaving them to question whether they can find what they seek with their lives and hearts intact.

This the second book in the Order of Night series. Just like with the first one I really enjoyed reading it.  I like the series. The use of the different supernatural creatures like vampires and shifters is great. It has some great twists and turns to it. The ending was very interesting. The world and characters she has created are amazing. I look forward to reading more of the series. 

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War’s Passion by Lia Davis Review

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War’s Passion

Author: Lia Davis

Series: Sons of War Book 1

Genre: Paranormal RomanceFantasy

Heat Level: 4 Flames

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After losing her parents in a brutal attack from a monster straight out of her nightmares, Gwendolyn Preston tries to pick up the shattered pieces of her life. Along with her best friend, she moves to a small fishing village on the coast of Maine to find a new life away from the nightmares that haunt her. Just when she believes her life could go back to normal, the deliciously dark and handsome Markus Sullivan disrupts her hopes to grieve in peace.

Markus drew the short straw when it came to being the liaison between his father, Ares—God of War—and his brothers. When he discovers that the earth bound demi-gods, known as the descendants, have banded together to start another rebellion against the gods, it becomes his number one priority to stop them.

That is until he meets Gwen, the granddaughter of Aphrodite, and the next target of the descendants. Together, their path is rife with passion and danger. It might take more than the son of War to win this battle…Gwen herself.

Absolutely loved this book. It has everything I love to read about. I love the use of mythology and the characters being family members to Ares and Aphrodite.  There are dragons as well. Lia has a great writing style. The world and characters she created are wonderful. Markus and Gwen are great together.  We are pulled into their world immediately and go along with them as they deal with the matter at hand which is to stop the descendants and keep Gwen alive. It has some great twists and turns.  I look forward to reading more of Lia’s books. 

Author Bio

Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, a paranormal romance author, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very active imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing is stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

Check out her site here.

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Cover Reveal! Look After You by Elena Matthews

Today is the cover reveal for Look After You by Elena Matthews.
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Title – Look After You
Genre – New Adult
Publication date – 5th April 2014
Authors notes – Recommended for ages 18+ due to heavy subject matters of rape, violence, explicit language and sexual situations.

Synopsis:

The birth of your firstborn child is supposed to be the best day of your life, a joyous occasion. Well that’s what twenty-eight year old Ava Jacobson thought. That is until her life takes a drastic turn for the worse and her daughter is born three months earlier than planned, weighing only two pounds, two ounces.

A distraught Ava is thrown into the deep end of motherhood and instead of being able to hold her baby like other moms, she has to sit back and watch her daughter fight for her life in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, while her fiancé, Sebastian Gilbert is in the midst of a messy war in Afghanistan. Ava is left to pick up the pieces with the help of her only friend, Caleb Summers.

When her vulnerable state hits an all time high, she finds solace in an unexpected pair of intense green eyes. Eyes that belong to her daughter’s doctor, Ashton Bailey, and she falls, like she has never fallen before. However, for the sake of Sebastian she desperately tries to fight against her newfound feelings for Ashton, but eventually the pull between the two is so strong that it is impossible for her to stay away.

Then when Ava is convinced things can’t possibly get any worse, a cloud of blackness closes in on her as the secret demons of her past come back to haunt her, with news that will irreversibly shake her entire world forever.

As Ava’s roller coaster ride she calls life begins to circle the drain, she quickly learns that even through the darkness of evil, there is always that one person who will look after you and have the ability to pull you away from the brink of no return, when nobody else can.

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Excerpt:

Two pounds, two ounces. That’s how much my baby girl weighed when she was born.

That was ten hours ago.

This wasn’t supposed to happen yet. I was supposed to have another thirteen weeks of pregnancy before I gave birth to my baby. I was supposed to have her nursery painted in pink with teddy bears surrounding the walls, her crib assembled with gorgeous soft blankets. I was supposed to have a baby shower, being showered with gifts and guessing the size of my baby. I was supposed to have time to come up with a name or at least discuss the possibility of names with my boyfriend. I was supposed to work up until my maternity leave, have at least a month of waddling around like a penguin and complaining about back pain or Braxton Hicks contractions.

I wasn’t supposed to give birth to her by C-section ten hours ago without my birthing partner and my boyfriend, without any warning, without understanding why my body had decided it wasn’t fucking good enough to carry my baby full term, without having her in my arms like most other moms do the minute their baby is born, without…without…without…fuck!

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About The Author:

Independent author Elena Matthews was born in Manchester, United Kingdom, where she lives with her other half, but even after eight wonderful years, she is still waiting for that epic proposal. Elena enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family, especially her four-year-old niece, who is the apple of her eye. (A little monkey too!) Elena is positive she is the love child of Jekyll and Hyde. Thankfully, the joys of being an auntie, means she can hand her back to her mum and dad when she’s all tired out! (Elena, not her niece.)

Elena spent three years of her life at Salford University studying media production, to decide at the end of her degree she no longer wanted to pursue a career in the media. Instead, it took her another two and half years to realise her calling. Writing. Now she lives and breathes her writing. She even had to tell her colleagues at work whenever she is found daydreaming at her desk, it’s because she is conversing with her characters.

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Website – www.authorelenamatthews.co.uk

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Posted by on 03/22/2014 in Cover Reveal

 

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#AtoZreveal: Theme Reveal

This is so much fun. Looking forward to April 1st. You can find the list of Theme Reveal participants here.

What to talk about in 26 posts that are tied to the letters of the alphabet. Well, my theme is fantasy, horror and the paranormal. There’s going to be posts about haunted places, supernatural beings (angels, demons, fairies, shifters, etc), the paranormal, supernatural (tv show), my favorite books and movies, may have a character interview or two with some of the characters from my books.

I believe you will find them to be very entertaining as I have had fun coming up with the posts and making them fun and memorable. So tune in starting April 1st to see what they are all about. 🙂

I look forward to visiting as many of you as I can during April and make some new friends along with the way. 🙂

 
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Release Day Blitz: A Time for Hope by T Gephart

A time for hope

A Time for Hope by T Gephart

Release: 20th March 2014

Synopsis:

Lexi Reed was unstoppable, or so she thought. As the PR manager of international rock band, Power Station and living in New York, she was a long way from her old life in Melbourne, Australia. Having captured the heart and married one of the sexiest men alive (Power Station’s guitarist, Alex Stone) Lexi was living beyond any fantasy she could have ever imagined. Having finally allowed the walls from her past to fall, Lexi had not only learnt to trust again but had given herself completely to Alex, her one true love. Lexi happiness was short lived when heartache and trauma throw everything she knew into turmoil. Her world came crashing down around her, and now Lexi is struggling to regain her sense of self. Unable to regroup and heal under the scrutiny of the media and her well-intentioned loved ones, she can’t seem to find the road back to the old “Lexi.” Alex is devastated. His beautiful, intelligent and once confident wife is now distant and guarded, the product of the brutality she has suffered. He feels powerless but is determined not to lose her. With her gorgeous rock star husband by her side and her eclectic but devoted circle of friends, Lexi starts over. In order to find a way to reconcile the past and build a future, she must let go of all her safety nets and trust those around her. In this final installment of the Lexi series, we join Lexi and Alex on their journey of rediscovery. Relationships are tested, terms are renegotiated and lives are irrevocably changed. With the hope that their love for each other is strong enough to carry them through, Lexi and Alex gamble everything in search of their happily ever after.

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About The Author

T GephartT Gephart is an indie author from Melbourne, Australia.

T’s approach to life has been somewhat unconventional. Rather than going to University, she jumped on a plane to Los Angeles, USA in search of adventure. While this first trip left her somewhat underwhelmed and largely depleted of funds it fueled her appetite for travel and life experience.

With a rather eclectic resume, which reads more like the fiction she writes than an actual employment history, T struggled to find her niche in the world.

While on a subsequent trip the United States in 1999, T met and married her husband. Their whirlwind courtship and interesting impromptu convenience store wedding set the tone for their life together, which is anything but ordinary. They have lived in Louisiana, Guam and Australia and have travelled extensively throughout the US. T has two beautiful young children and one four legged child, Woodley the wonder dog.

An avid reader, T became increasingly frustrated by the lack of strong female characters in the books she was reading. She wanted to read about a woman she could identify with, someone strong, independent and confident who didn’t lack femininity. Out of this need, she decided to pen her first book, A Twist of Fate. She enjoyed the process so much that when it was over she couldn’t let it go.

T loves to travel, laugh and surround herself with colourful characters. This inevitably spills into her writing and makes for an interesting journey – she is well and truly enjoying the ride!

Based on her life experiences, T has plenty of material for her books and has a wealth of ideas to keep you all enthralled.

T self-published her first novel through Smashwords, is about to release her second novel on the same platform and is currently writing the third book in the Lexi Trilogy.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/T-Gephart/412456528830732

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tinagephart

Website: http://tgephart.com/

Giveaway

One winner will receive a signed paperback of A Twist of Fate and the entire series in eBook. Two runners up will both receive $5 Amazon Gift Cards. a Rafflecopter giveaway

 
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Adultery by Rod Kierkegaard Jr. Review

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

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Big Love meets Manhattan in Adultery, a darkly ironic contemporary comedy about love, sex, and polyamory on New York’s Upper East Side. Professor Orlando Plummer, philanderer and drunk, first meets the Fliedermans–billionaire Roger and the exotic and neurotic Arabia–at an intimate orgy arranged by his own bored and wealthy wife Valeria. After that disastrous night, Orlando blunders his way through a dizzying sequence of academic back-stabbings and sexual musical chairs until he meets his personal Armageddon: his teaching assistant, Jun Mei, announces she is having his child–and his shaky polyamorous house of cards comes crashing down. Wicked, mordantly funny, and wise, Adultery teaches us a great many things about love, a literary life misspent, and the consequences of too much money.

“Throws sex at the bookish–and books at the sexish…”

It was a very entertaining book. I couldn’t put it down. Rod has a unique writing style. We are introduced to Orlando Plummer. We follow along with the character as he gives us a look into his life and the situations he goes through. I look forward to reading more of his books. 

Author Bio

Rod Kierkegaard Jr. is a writer and cartoonist best known in the US for his comic strip, “Rock Opera“, which ran as a regular feature in Heavy Metal Magazine during the 1980s.

He is the author of two French graphic novel collections, “Stars Massacre“, (released in the US as “Shooting Stars“) and “Rock Monstres“, both published by Editions Albin Michel, Paris. His first novel, “Obama Jones & The Logic Bomb“, is published by Dogma Press.

The Department of Magic” and “Family Cursemas” are Rod’s first published works through Curiosity Quills Press during the 2011 Holiday season, followed by “The God Particle” in early 2012.

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Alpha’s Strength by Rebecca Royce Review

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Alpha’s Strength

Author: Rebecca Royce

Series: Fallen Alpha Book 1

Genre: Paranormal

Heat Level: 4 Flames

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Cyrus runs Manhattan with an iron fist. He will keep his pack safe whether they want him to or not. But something is missing and lately he is more on edge than ever. With his pack at risk and the Alphas of Philadelphia and Boston breathing down his neck, he doesn’t anticipate the arrival of his true mate, particularly when he finds her in a coffee house across the street from his office building. She’s not only identical to the mate of the alpha of Philadelphia but has no idea that werewolves even exist, let alone that she’s one herself. Cyrus is determined to protect her while he solves the mystery of her life.

Betsy, strong, smart, and determined, has been suffering for months trying to keep her parents alive. She doesn’t know where the werewolf who followed her home came from and she doesn’t care, he just needs to leave her alone. But as Betsy gets to know Cyrus, she will discover things about herself that she’d never believed possible. She’s the only one who can help Cyrus keep his pack safe—especially when the true believers are out to destroy them.

Great book. I love books that involve werewolves. Rebecca has become one of my favorite writers. This is the first book in the Fallen Alpha series. Cyrus and Betsy are great characters.  She is learning how to be a wolf while Cyrus tries to protect her from a situation that involves her and her human family. They start to build their relationship as they deal with her facing her past. It’s fast paced and action packed. I would highly recommend it to others. I look forward to reading more of the Fallen Alpha series. 

Author Bio

Author of science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal. For more information on her and her books check out her site here.

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Posted by on 03/17/2014 in Reviews

 

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