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Reap What You Sow by A.R. Von Review

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

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Reap What You Sow
SERIES (& Book #) – (Reap Book 1) (each book is a stand-alone read)
AUTHOR – A.R. Von
GENRE – Paranormal romance
PUBLICATION DATE – November 10, 2015
LENGTH (#Pages/# Words) – 168 pages/32.330 words
PUBLISHER – Dream Z Dragon Publishing
COVER ARTIST – Wicked Muse Productions

Reap What You Sow.jpg 2BOOK SYNOPSIS

Isolated her whole life, talking only to the animals only she can communicate with, Melanie’s life changes dramatically when she meets Tim. Little does she know that Tim has secrets of his own. He understands her pain, because as a Reaper, he often delivers pain to others. But Melanie is different, and she makes him long for things that a Reaper shouldn’t…like love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Review

It was a great read. I like the characters and world that A.R. has created with this book. It has some great twists and turns to keep readers interest. Anyone who loves paranormal romance will want to add this to their TBR list. I look forward to reading more of A.R.’s books.

 

 

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A.R. is an animal lover who was born and raised in Bronx, NY and is the oldest daughter of two girls. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science and Information Technology, which was only briefly used. She’s a mother of two entertaining teen boys (as well as a lovely fawn Chihuahua, whom she considers her furry daughter.) She’s also a wife to a delightfully handsome and amazingly funny man-beast. She loves anything dragon and fantasy related. In her free time she enjoys exercising, listening to music, hiking, cooking, dancing and writing. She also loves a great adventure in and out of a book!

She writes to free her mind of its constant wondering and priceless clutter. She thrives on the fact she can share some of it with readers that have the same passion for a great story.

She also loves to hear from her reader’s and chat away, so feel free to reach out to her any time.

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Posted by on 06/30/2016 in Reviews

 

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The Part that Doesn’t Burn by Sam Poling Review

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Welcome to another exciting tour with Novel Publicity. This time with Author Sam Poling and his novel, The Part that Doesn’t Burn!

This tour is a review only tour, and features a rafflecopter with signed copies of the book & $25.00 Amazon gift card as well as special blogger only prizes for the best, most creative review! Check out this great trailer Sam had created for his book!

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My Review 

I couldn’t put it down. It was great. Love the characters and the world that have been created. Readers will be drawn into the story from the beginning. I look forward to reading more of Sam’s books.

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About the Book

ThePartThatDoesntBurnbySamPoling-200In an overpopulated city-state where technology and magic are forbidden by the corrupt church, young witch, Mirabel Fairfax, plots the creation of a deadly plague to cull the burdensome rabble.

That is, until she falls in love with the very alchemist she has been deceiving.

Now, with soul-hungry geists flooding the city, the church scrambling for their prey, and her own mind at war with itself, Mirabel must decide what she’s fighting for before she loses everything to the evils of Autumnfall.

 

About the Author

Sam PolingSam has been writing fantasy and science fiction for the thrill of his entire life, from short stories to screenplays. His love for each of the sub-genres led to his dedication to writing genre-skirting fiction with all the elements that make up the human condition. Sam holds a strong enthusiasm for medical studies and currently work as a medical assistant in a large clinic while taking classes for nursing. He also serves on a Health and Safety committee, including disaster preparedness and infection control. His interests in epidemiology and medical science tend to spill over into my writing.

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Posted by on 06/24/2016 in Reviews

 

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Cover Reveal: Busy Mom’s Cheat Sheet by Lilly Cadoch

 

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Busy Mom’s Cheat Sheet
AUTHOR – Lilly Cadoch
GENRE – Parenting Self-Help
PUBLICATION DATE – July 2016
LENGTH (#Pages/# Words) – 153 pages / 31,181 words
PUBLISHER – Picki Beli Publishing
COVER ARTIST – Eli Hershko

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

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Finally! A book that makes it easy to understand how to feed your kid’s body, mind, and spirit for ultimate health and success.
• Do you have the desire to feed your kids healthy food but don’t know where to begin?
• Are you a modern parent struggling to find balance for your children in a busy lifestyle?
• Do you worry that your kids may not have all the necessary tools to reach their full potential?

Then this book is for you!
In this book you will learn how to teach your children to:
• Make healthier food choices including 18 tips for foods to avoid
• Have a battle-free and enriching bedtime routine
• Integrate regular exercise into your kid’s weekly schedule
• Incorporate time management skills to allow more free time
• Reprogram their mind for success to handle life’s inevitable challenges
Includes 45 bonus recipes that are quick, easy, and delicious!
Lilly Cadoch, certified health coach, award-winning author and mother of two boys, explains in a simple and understandable way, body, mind and spiritual lessons to teach your kids. She learned these lessons the hard way over many years and vowed to change that when she had her children. After witnessing first-hand the tremendous results this has had in her family, she wrote this book to share these lessons with all caregivers and their children. This book is a quick guide aimed at simplifying a lot of information into a very accessible and easy to understand way.

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AUTHOR BIO

Lilly Cadoch is a certified Integrative Nutrition health coach and award-winning author living in New York with her husband Eli, her two boys Natanel and Itai, and her dog, Angel. She has spent the last few years learning about nutrition and mindful living for both herself and her family while working full time.

Being a very busy working mom, she was determined to find a way to feed her kids healthy and teach them the tools to have a healthy body and mindset so that they could successfully face the ever growing expectations kids face today. She learned these lessons the hard way over many years and vowed to change that when she had her children. After witnessing first-hand the tremendous results this has had in her family, she wrote this book to share these lessons with all caregivers and their children. This award-winning book is a quick guide aimed at simplifying a lot of information into a very accessible and easy to understand way.

Lilly has a passion for food and cooking and loves spending time in the kitchen experimenting with different recipes with her kids. She spends her time educating herself on various different aspects of food and nutrition, creating life memories with her kids, going to spin class with her husband, and playing in her backyard garden.

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Posted by on 06/24/2016 in Cover Reveal

 

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Kings by Kim Headlee and Patricia Novak Review

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – KINGS
SERIES (& Book #) – N/A
AUTHORS – Kim Iverson Headlee and Patricia Duffy Novak
GENRE – Fantasy (Sword & Sorcery)
PUBLICATION DATE – 3/16/2016
LENGTH (#Pages/# Words) – 10K words
PUBLISHER – Pendragon Cove Press
COVER ARTIST – Natasha Brown


Kings - Book CoverBOOK SYNOPSIS

A funny thing happened on the way to the battlefield.

Arthur, High King of Brydein, must fight the last of the rebel kings to acknowledge his right to govern them all: his old nemesis, King Urien of Dalriada. Before he can lead his army to where Urien’s forces sit ensconced, however, a fey man appears from the midst of a sudden, eerie storm to block the way. The man claims to be the high king of an altogether unknown land… and he wields uncanny power the likes of which Arthur has never seen.

Garrin, High King of Helvar, steps into a patch of mist. A breath later, he’s standing toe to toe with a man claiming to be the high king of an altogether unknown land… and this warrior-king is leading an army into Helvar, wielding a sword that resists Garrin’s magic. Only, the man insists that his sword isn’t enchanted and that Garrin isn’t in Helvar anymore.

What the bloody hell—or five hells, in Garrin’s case—is a high king to do?

Their encounter reeks of an enemy mage’s dark arts, and no one is laughing.


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Something prickled in Arthur’s awareness, and he felt the hair of his arms lift. He glanced up to see a massive thunderhead boiling across the sky. Heat lightning flared within the cloud, blue tinted and alien.

Can this be Morghe’s doing?

It was no secret that his sister practiced the forbidden arts, and she seemed to take perverse delight in directing her petty spells at Arthur. She had never forgiven him for forcing her to marry Urien, even though the match had made her a queen, but Arthur had never perceived her magic as a serious threat.

Had she learned how to control the weather? Was this why Urien had chosen to leave his citadel and go on the offensive rather than digging in and letting Arthur come to him as the other rebel kings had done?

The knot in Arthur’s stomach gave its answer.

 

My Review

This was a very interesting read. I couldn’t put it down.  The world and characters that have been created are great. It has great twists and turns. Readers who love fantasy will want to add this to their TBR lists. Kim Headlee and Patricia Noval are great writers. I look forward to reading more books by them as a team and individually.

 


CHARACTER BIOS

Arthur is a warrior-king, military strategist, diplomat, and great in the sack with his wife, Gyan. They have three children. He loves a good friendly bout with swords, blunted or otherwise, and can hold his own in a verbal duel too.

Garrin is a mage-king and warrior, not so great with diplomacy but is willing to learn, and you’ll have to ask him how good he is in the sack with his significant other, Kaitlyn. If you dare. He is well versed in herbal lore and makes a terrific camp stew.


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AUTHOR BIOS

Kim Headlee lives on a farm in the mountains of southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, fish, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet. She has been an award-winning published novelist since 1999 (Dawnflight, first edition, Simon & Schuster) and has been studying the Arthurian legends for nigh on half a century.

Patricia Novak lives in Alabama with her husband, Jim, two dogs, and more cats than she wants to count. Her short fiction has appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Realms of Fantasy, Daily Science Fiction, a number of the Darkover anthologies, and several volumes of the Sword and Sorceress anthologies.

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Posted by on 06/20/2016 in Reviews

 

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The Howling Heart by April Bostic Review

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – The Howling Heart
SERIES (& Book #) – N\A, Standalone
AUTHOR – April Bostic
GENRE – Adult Paranormal Romance
PUBLICATION DATE – 8/8/2013
LENGTH (#Pages/# Words) – 244 pages
PUBLISHER – Eternal Press
COVER ARTIST – Elena Dudina


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BOOK SYNOPSIS

Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father’s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldn’t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River.

Soon, she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv—wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.

Now, she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.


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When I finally opened my eyes, they felt swollen. The pain in my head spread throughout my entire body. Dim light surrounded me in this strange room. I lay on a bed and looked up at the ceiling. I tried to speak, but my throat was dry. Only a quiet wheeze escaped. A low groan followed as my headache pounded against my temples. I still felt hot and sweaty. Layers of blankets covered me, and I wanted to yank them off. When I touched my abdomen, I wore nothing but my bra and panties.

My eyes darted around the unfamiliar room. On the wall, I noticed a shadow of something next to me. What the hell is that? I turned my head and saw a candle in the window, but what cast the shadow scared me to death. A large, white wolf lay on the floor beside me. There was no mistaking it for a dog. The bed was low to the floor, and its head was close to mine. I opened my mouth wide, prepared to scream, but wheezes and weak gasps escaped, instead. I thrashed my head against the pillow, as if the motions would turn up the volume in my voice. Finally, a shriek pushed through my sandpaper throat. It was a high-pitched squeal at first, but then, it burst forth and filled the room. I sat up quickly. Aching pain tore through my body, and I heard my bones crack.
The wolf awoke with a start. It jerked its head up, and glowing, yellow eyes blinked until they settled on me. I shrank away from it, nearly falling off the bed, screaming until I went hoarse and gasped for breath. The wolf stood on all fours, its size definitely that of a Great Dane. Our gazes locked for a brief moment before the animal ran out the room. I sat against the headboard, clutching the blankets against my chest. I was alone and terrified. Within seconds, tears trickled down my cheeks.


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Dead by Sunrise – Give Me Your Name
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Fransisca Hall – Until It Hurts
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CHARACTER BIOS

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Paige Donovan is the narrator. She’s a 23-year-old graduate of New York University, and was born and raised in New York City. She’s 5’7” with long brown hair and blue eyes. She loves designer clothes, glamour, and can’t live without modern technology. She’s thrilled to work for Elle magazine in the city, and all her hard work earned her a promotion from Assistant to the Creative Editor to the prestigious role of Creative Designer. Working around beautiful models all day, she’s become insecure about her looks and weight. The added pressure from her overbearing mother to succeed doesn’t help matters. Since her father’s sudden death, she only has few people to turn to for help. She thinks it’s the end of the world when all the luxuries she usually enjoys are taken away from her. Life gives her a much needed lesson when she ends up in Black River, a small secluded town in the Colorado Rockies, without cable, Internet access, or her smartphone. She’s still a tough city girl, and tries her hardest to adapt to this new environment. She’s also not afraid to back down from a confrontation with a human or a werewolf.

RILEY BIO:
Riley Gray is the lead male character and the sole beta male his werewolf pack. He’s 24 years old, six feet tall with sandy blonde hair and light green eyes. He grew up in a small, isolated village inhabited by his kind—Varulv—in North Yorkshire, England. After his father, Aidan, committed several crimes to avenge his murdered wife, they were on the run from authorities for over a year, along with Riley’s twin sister, Quinn. He first met Paige a year after his family settled in Black River, Colorado, thanks to a tip from a fellow werewolf and friend. Being a wolf, he loves the outdoors and usually has a year-round tan except in winter. Although his first encounter with Paige was brief, it was the first time since his mother’s death that he experienced true happiness. Since he’s the pack beta, he does odd jobs around Black River; anything his father asks of him. Sometimes he asserts his authority over other pack members, even Quinn although she has the same rank. Males typically dominate their female counterparts in pack society, so Riley feels he has authority over her too. He’s loved Paige since they were children, and would do anything to spend the rest of his life with her. Riley is fearless, and the only one in his pack brave enough to disobey the laws and challenge his father, the alpha male.


My Review

It was a great read. I couldn’t put it down. I love the characters and the world April has created. It has some great twists and turns. Readers who love paranormal romance with a mixture of werewolves and Norse gods will love this one. I look forward to reading more of April’s books.

AUTHOR BIO

April Bostic is a New Jersey-based, Adult Romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled “A Rose to the Fallen”.

Her first short story, “Right Here, Right Now”, released in January 2012, is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories: a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled “Eros, My Love”, and a sexy romantic comedy entitled “Love Addiction”.

After five years, she released her second novel, “The Howling Heart” in August 2013, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods. To end her busiest year in publishing, April also released her fourth short story in December 2013, a historical paranormal romance entitled “A Dark Scandal”.

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Posted by on 06/06/2016 in Reviews

 

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My Soul To Keep by Jackie Sonnenberg Review

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It is a great book. I couldn’t put it down. It was very interesting. There was some great twists and turns. Readers will be drawn into the story right away. Readers who like horror will definitely want to add this to their TBR list. I look forward to reading more of Jackie’s books.

 

 
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Posted by on 06/05/2016 in Reviews

 

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#IWSG: Changes and more

 

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

Near the end of May I decided to change up the theme and layout of the blog. I’m wanting to have it look a little more professional. So I looked at some of the themes that are out there and changed it around a bit. I think I’m getting it to where I want it to be.

What do you think about it? Should I go back to the posts being the first thing people see when they come to the blog or leave it like it is with a home page being what they see first? Suggestions are welcome. 🙂

One of the things I would like to hear about from everyone is should I put a page up for the game or games I want to create and if I did what would you want to see on the page. Updates as I go, maps, snippets of the story line, etc. Let me know. 🙂

June is going to busy for me. I’ll be working on the fantasy novel and rewriting the vampire series as well being an editor for a small publishing company. Now, I can say I’m a beta reader, critique partner, and an editor. 🙂

There is also something else in the works behind the scenes once I get the all clear to talk about it I’ll update everyone. 🙂

That’s it for now. Look forward to reading your comments and suggestions. 🙂

 

 

 

 

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