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Going Through The Change by Samantha Bryant Review

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

 

 

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Going Through The Change

Date of Release: April 2015

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Description:

Going through “the change” isn’t easy on any woman. Mood swings, hot flashes, hormonal imbalances, and itchy skin are par for the course. But for these four seemingly unrelated women, menopause brought changes none of them had ever anticipated–super-heroic changes.

Helen discovers a spark within that reignites her fire. Jessica finds that her mood is lighter, and so is her body. Patricia always had a tough hide, but now even bullets bounce off her. Linda doesn’t have trouble opening the pickle jar anymore…now that she’s a man.

When events throw the women together, they find out that they have more in common than they knew–one person has touched all their lives. The hunt for answers is on.

My Review:

Samantha is an awesome writer. It’s a great book. I couldn’t put it down. The characters are great. I love the plot. It has some great twists and turns. There are a few fun things as well. Readers will be drawn in from the very first page. It is one that people will enjoy reading. Add it to your TBR list you won’t be disappointed. I look forward to reading more of Samantha’s books.

About The Author:
Samantha is a middle school teacher by day, and novelist by night. She writes speculative and women’s issue fiction with a feminist bent.
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Posted by on 03/31/2015 in Reviews

 

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A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal!

A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal

Here we are again. Time for another A to Z challenge and to reveal my theme for it. Last year my theme was supernatural creatures and it was fun. This year my theme is going to be about my favorite books/movies: The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings. There will be posts about my favorite characters and locations and some of my not so favorites. I’m going to try and make each one as much fun as possible. The characters may be taking over the post for that day or there might videos to go along with some posts as well as pics.  There might even a few things about my toons from the LOTRO game. You never know. So tune in during April to find out. Look forward to meeting new people and hearing from ones already here. 🙂

 
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Posted by on 03/23/2015 in blog hops

 

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Untaken by J.E. Anckorn Review

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

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Untaken, by J.E. Anckorn

Genre: young-adult, science-fiction

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Re-Release­­: March 23, 2015

Cover Artist: Amy Chitulescu

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Description:

It turns out that a real alien invasion is nothing like the Sci-fi shows 14-year-old Gracie loves. Not when it’s your own family who are swallowed whole by those big silver ships. Not if it could be you next.

In her search for her family, Gracie meets Brandon, a high school dropout who would never have been caught dead hanging out with a dork like Gracie before the world ended. Gracie isn’t too crazy about Brandon either, but he has one thing she doesn’t: A plan.

Brandon’s uncle has a cabin up in Maine, and If Gracie and Brandon can survive long enough to get there they can hide out until the Space Men pack up their ships and leave.

Until the army guys come to rescue them, says Brandon. Brandon is big into army guys. Gracie has to admit that Brandon’s Awesome Plan probably would have worked out great if wasn’t for Jake.

They found 5-year-old Jake, laying half-dead under the remains of someone’s ranch house. He’s a good kid, even if he won’t-or can’t- talk. But Jake has a secret, and when Gracie finds out what it is, the fragile new life they’ve started to forge looks set to break apart.

When the people you’ve been counting on to put the world back together start hunting you down, alien invaders are the least of your worries.

My Review:

Great book. Love the characters and the world that has been created. The plot is awesome. It has great twists and turns. Readers will be drawn into the story from the first page. Young adults and adults alike will love to add this one to their TBR list. Look forward to reading more of J.E.’s books.

 

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About The Author:

J. E. Anckorn has been an artist and writer ever since she began to surreptitiously doodle on school supplies instead of learning about practical things, like osmosis and mathematics.

After barely surviving a freak mathematical osmosis disaster, she set out to travel the world, living in New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong before returning to her native Britain- just in time to marry an American and leave for the U.S.A. She still failed to learn anything about osmosis, but did manage to cultivate an accent that is unintelligible to almost everyone. (It happened through a mysterious net movement of information from the outside environment into her brain. If only there was a word for that!)

This led to her development of a new language, based almost entirely on polite yet uncomprehending nods. In between these adventures, she has worked as a toy designer, copywriter, and freelance illustrator. She lives in Boston, with a small grumpy dog, and a large, slightly less grumpy husband.
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Posted by on 03/18/2015 in Reviews

 

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The Curse Servant by J.P. Sloan Review

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The Curse Servant, by J.P. Sloan

Genre: urban-fantasy

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Re-Release­­: February 26, 2015

Cover Artist: Conzpiracy Digital Arts

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Description:

The one person standing between Hell… and an innocent girl… is a man without a soul.

A regular life isn’t in the cards for Dorian Lake, but with his charm-crafting business invigorated, and the prospect of a serious relationship within his grasp, life is closer to normal than Dorian could ever expect. In the heat of the Baltimore mayoral campaign, Dorian has managed to balance his arrangements with Deputy Mayor Julian Bright with his search to find his lost soul. Dorian soon learns of a Netherworker, the head of a dangerous West Coast cabal, who might be able to find and return his soul. The price? Just one curse.

Sounds easy… but nothing ever is for Dorian. A dark presence arrives in the city, hell-bent on finding Dorian’s soul first. Innocents are caught in the crossfire, and Dorian finds it harder to keep his commitments to Bright. When the fight gets personal, and the entity hits too close to home, Dorian must rely on those he trusts the least to save the ones he loves. As he tests the limits of his hermetic skills to defeat this new enemy, will Dorian lose his one chance to avoid damnation?

 My Review:

Great book. I couldn’t put it down. I really like the characters and the world that J.P. has created.  There are some great twists and turns that will keep the reader turning the page.  The story draws readers in from the very first page. Readers who love urban-fantasy will want to add this one to their TBR lists. I look forward to reading more of J.P.’s books.
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About The Author:
I am a storyteller, eager to transport the reader to strange yet familiar worlds. My writing is dark, fantastical, at times stretching the limits of the human experience, and other times hinting at the monsters lurking under your bed. I write science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, and several shades in between.
I am a husband and a father, living in the “wine country” of central Maryland. I’m surrounded by grapevines and cows. During the day I commute to Baltimore, and somehow manage to escape each afternoon with only minor scrapes and bruises. I am also a homebrewer and a certified beer judge. My avocations dovetail nicely!
Find J.P. Sloan Online:
Website http://jp-sloan.com/ | Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000439460903&fref=ts | Twitter https://twitter.com/J_P_Sloan | Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6569197.J_P_Sloan

 
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Posted by on 03/06/2015 in Reviews

 

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#IWSG: March Goals

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Thanks to Alex for hosting this each month. Here is the complete list of participants.

Another month gone and the writing is going better than I thought it would. Have several things I’m working on. Hope to announce a couple of things in the next month or so. It is a lot easier to write now that I don’t have 4 or 5 projects going on at one time. I do still have 2 or 3 projects going on at a time. Though what I work on depends on my mood/muse that day.

One of the big goals I have for March is finish up the A to Z challenge posts and get the theme reveal post ready. Have finished one short story and will finish another this month. I’ll also be starting on rewriting the blood and water series, and  doing outlines and such for other future projects.

Goals for the blog for March are to have posts by Cody and some of the characters posted soon along with the start of a story I plan to post here. I just need to set up the schedule for all the posts.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned. 🙂

 

 

 

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Irrevocable by Skye Callahan

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Sometimes when you can’t go back, the only way out is to descend into the darkness.
my Captor
When I woke in that place, I just wanted to survive. But survival came at a cost, for which they demanded my will and body.
my Master
With pain came acceptance. Fully-dependent on the man who claimed me, I learned to appreciate what I had-life and relative safety.
my Protector
I watched him spill blood and tend my injuries. With betrayal came a revelation.
The only way out was to bring them all down or die trying.

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Copyright 2014, Skye Callahan

My head ached and I slumped against the wall, rubbing my temple. Between the pain and swelling in my body and the fog threatening to reclaim my mind, each breath and thought became more and more of a struggle.

“Do you remember what happened?” Kirk asked, keeping his voice low—almost calmingly low. A misleading façade to hide whatever beast he locked inside.

I shook my head, unwilling to give into his mock concern.

The elevator halted and my stomach slammed into the lungs, adding to my nausea. I feared I’d lose its contents for a moment, but I managed to swallow as Kirk dragged me out of the elevator and down a hall.

“What is this place?”

“Quiet,” he hissed, wrenching my arm.

“Please, just—”

He hauled me around to face him, lifting me by my upper arms. “Not listening is a good way to get yourself killed here, which is exactly what would have happened if I hadn’t come downstairs to see what trouble our resident dipshits had dragged in. You have yet to be ripped to pieces or to be removed of your ability to speak. If you want to keep it that way, I suggest that you learn to obey simple commands. Shut up.”

I clenched my jaw. I didn’t want to admit the truth in what he said, but with every breath I took, my ribs sent a sharp reminder of what could happen. Regardless of that warning, my brain didn’t stop screaming. All I wanted to do was go home, where neither of us would have to worry about my body parts being ripped off. But, I nodded, and he pulled me forward so quickly I tripped over my own feet and wouldn’t have stayed upright if not for his grasp.

Reviews:

You HAVE to read this book. It really is one of the best that I have read in a while, and definitely one of the best of 2014. It has everything I look for in a dark read. The twist that the author throws in is, just wow. I just cannot emphasis just how much I love this book!”
★★★★★ Alicia, Mean Girls Luv Books

“Not only did Irrevocable gut me, it took me on a roller coaster ride full of emotions that I usually don’t experience while reading romances…. You start to hate, you start to sympathize, and you begin to fall in love in every way. Ms. Callahan has turned my world upside down with her writing. Dark, sensual, and at times overwhelming, Irrevocable will bring you on a dark journey that you will never forget..” (read more…)
★★★★★ Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads TOP PICK of 2014!

99cent-2“Finally a good DARK read, that has it ALL!!
The characters are well developed and believable, the story-line is intriguing, the “dark” factor was HIGH but at the same time there were “light” points…. This is really a story of survival and overcoming obstacles. It’s a story of trust and safety and honor and ultimately, love.
Overall – the characters drew me in, the situation jangled my nerves, the sexy scenes were HOT, and the story just blew me away.” (read more…)
★★★★★ Shelby, Wicked Reads

“Beautifully written! Great characters and story line. Skye made me a fan of dark reads. A must read for all who dare to step out of the light and into the darkness!” (read more…)
★★★★★ Summer’s Book Blog

 

 
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Posted by on 03/03/2015 in Book Blitz

 

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