Friday, May 25, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Crossing in Time (Between Two Evils #1) by D.L. Orton

Author: D.L. Orton

Narrators: Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard

Length: 10 hours 17 minutes

Publisher: Rocky Mountain Press⎮2015

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance

Series: Between Two Evils, Books 1

Release date: Oct. 7, 2015

If someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back?

When offered a one-way trip to the past, Isabel sacrifices everything for a chance to change the rapidly deteriorating present - and see her murdered lover one last time. When she arrives 20 years in the past, buck naked and mortally wounded, she has 24 hours to convince a stunned but enraptured 19-year-old to change their future. Definitely easier said than done, as success means losing him to a brainy, smart-mouthed bombshell (her younger self), and that's a heart breaker, save the world or not.

This offbeat tale is about falling madly in love when one is too cynical for such things, letting go of pessimism when it's the last life jacket on a sinking ship, and racing against the clock when one doesn't have the proper footwear. It's a coming-of-age story for old fogeys, a how-to-make-love guide for diehard celibates, and a laugh-out-loud tragedy with a hopeful twist.

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR D. L. ORTON lives in the Rocky Mountains where she and her husband are raising three boys, a golden retriever, two Siberian cats, and an extremely long-lived Triops.

In her spare time, she's building a time machine so that someone can go back and do the laundry.

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Narrator Bio

Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard are Audie Award-winning narrators who have recorded over 40 titles together. They are passionate about acting and, in particular, the medium of audiobooks. The two love working together and have a ridiculous amount of fun playing off each other in the recording booth. Erin is deeply involved in the Audio Description community, translating visual images in media into aural pictures for people with low or no vision. She also performs Shakespearean text with The Strange Bedfellow actors troupe. Noah is a recovering 80s rock musician and an ardent home chef. Both Erin and Noah hail from the beautiful Hudson Valley Village of Nyack—and both are proud members of the Stage Actors Guild.

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Review: Luminous (Dragon's Creed #1) by Katie French & Ingrid Seymour

Book Blurb:

Three sexy dragon shifters and a fierce heroine in a young adult reverse harem full of adventure and romance…

Lila McCarty used to see dragons.

That was before they killed her mother, before she told everyone what happened and people stamped the “crazy” label on her head. Now, as a senior in high school, she has no time for dragon legends or the tourists who putter around her lighthouse. She just wants to graduate and get the hell out.

But when twelve of Lila’s classmates, including her best friend, mysteriously vanish during the town’s dragon festivities, she tracks down the three mysterious guys who seem to know more than they let on. They’re sexy and infuriatingly charming, though that has nothing to do with why she’s enlisting their help.

It turns out Lila wasn’t crazy. Dragons are real. Not only that, the three dragon shifters have answers: her past, her role in their hidden world. It’s Lila’s duty to save her friends, whether she likes it or not.

When her classmates start turning up dead, she’s on a race against the clock--find the killer, or lose them all.

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My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Reverse Harem, Supernatural, Suspense, Teen--

"It's just an ancient hole in the ground, Lila. What could possibly go wrong?"

Lila will do anything to make sure she and her father aren't forced to move out of their home, even if it means doing her father's job of lighting the lamp in the tall historic lighthouse twice a day since his illness means he can't. While making the trek to the lighthouse one night during a storm, Lila swears she sees something rise from the lake, almost dragon like. But she must be seeing things, the dragon legends are just that- Legends... right?

I absolutely loved Lila right from her first appearance in the book. She was independent, caring, and resilient, and her affinity for rescuing wild life was endearing. Then when she went ahead and interfered in a mean girl getting potentially date raped I knew that Lila and I would have a long lasting love. I read someone else's review of the book and they mentioned that Ingrid is know for having strong, tough female characters so if Lila is an example of that, then I need to read more from Ingrid.

Mercedes, Lila's best friend, was my second favorite character in the story, even though her role in the plot was unfortunately cut short due to the whole going missing thing, but still her personality was big enough to win me over regardless of our short time together. She was fun, outrageous, fearless as well as supportive and protective over Lila. The interactions between her and Lila were hysterical. For example:

"For me, I'm on the prowl. Mama needs to get herself a date for prom- one who is da bomb."

"Since when did you start to refer to yourself as mama, and can I also call you that?"

"Do it at your own peril."

​I found this more to be a paranormal mystery than a love story (or the typical RH where romance is key, plot maybe comes in second...if at all), which I very much appreciated. The plot was the focus of the book and little tiny pieces of truth kernels were dropped along the way to hook the reader and lead Lila to answers- and more questions about herself. Sure there were three attractive and very different guys introduced in the story, but they did not take center focus, instead we care about Lila, her friends, the truth...and about dragons. We always care about dragons!

​"The first rule of Dragon Club," Santiago said, smirking, "is you don't talk about Dragon Club."

But anyway, I really enjoyed this fast, engaging, completely different read and without out a doubt I will be reading the rest of the book in the series as soon as they are available!​

​I am voluntarily reviewing an advance, complimentary copy of this book. ​

Review: The Mermaid's Escape (The Siren #1) by Kellie McAllen

Book Blurb:

Four shipwrecked divers, one mermaid princess who longs for the freedom to choose... or not.

Destined to marry the gorgeous, high-ranking Kai and inherit the throne from her grandfather, Princess Coral is the envy of every mermaid in the shoal. But all she really wants is the freedom to decide her own fate.

When Coral runs away from her own wedding and escapes to the land, she knows the clock is ticking. She has five days before her human body will succumb to the curse that binds all mermaids to the sea. Overwhelmed by the harshness of a deserted island, Coral is ready to accept her fate and return to the shoal, but with the arrival of four shipwrecked divers, Coral starts to understand why her mother was lured away by the human world.

When Coral is given the choice she always wanted, will she make peace with her destiny, or risk everything to forge her own path in a whole new world?

If you like the myth, adventure, and romance of fantasy stories by authors like Jaymin Eve, Bella Forrest, and Amy Bartol, you’ll love The Mermaid’s Escape.

This is a reverse harem paranormal romance series appropriate for ages 18+.

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My Review:

3.5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Fairytale, Mystery, Reverse Harem, Royal-Court, Supernatural, Survival--

Coral's mother left her behind to go live with the humans and Coral was raised by her strict grandfather, the King. On the day of her forced unwanted mating, Coral can't take it anymore and escapes to spend her 5 days walking among man like most mermaids gets the chance to. She just wanted a taste of freedom, a chance to experience the world before returning to take her place as the ruler of her people. Little did she expect to find a deserted island and a ship wreck with four men who need her help.

Guys! Guys, look, I found a mermaid reverse harem to listen to- a mermaid love quad, we will call it! And we all know my feelings on reverse harem stories recently? I found myself using a lot of movie references to the world the author created, maybe because that is where my mermaid knowledge comes from.At times the book reminded me of one of my favorite movies Splash, where a mermaid is thrust into the strange and terrifying human world, eating raw fish , hiding her tail from everyone, being mistaken for a "foreigner" instead of an entirely new species. I did enjoy the correlations between the Little Mermaid fairytale, such as coming ashore for just a few days before losing her tail forever, being mute so no verbal communication used- as Ursula the sea witch stressed in the Little Mermaid movie, body language is the number 1 form of communication for Coral (and when I say body language, I mean some sexy time!).

I found Coral to be an odd mix of over sexualized desire with the single-mindedness of a horny 18 year old boy and the sweet innocence of a child learning new things to try and understand the world, wanting to please her caregivers (cough cough, man-harem).

​I thought the narrator did a great job of showing Coral's wonder and frustration​ at her new situation, her learning how to speak to the guys was perfectly done. This was my first listen by this narrator but I would listen to her bring more stories to life in the future.

The budding romance (romances?- is it plural if one person is the same in each romance??) was like 75% of the plot and the mystery, supernatural and logistics of the world were the remaining part of the story. I enjoyed the level of heat the author brought to the story, steamy enough but without going over the top and making me (probably not others, but I like minimal steam in my books- we have some sexy time, but not super detailed, leaving something to the imagination) perfectly content and not even a little bit uncomfortable. The ending was a little abrupt, but I think that just made me more curious as to how this unique relationship will continue and what new challenges will Coral face next.

​ I am voluntarily reviewing a complimentary copy of this book.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cover Reveal: Awakened by Dot Caffrey

Awakened
Dot Caffrey
(The Power Trilogy, #1)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: August 31st 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Power and Prophecy!

Seventeen-year-old Regnaryn grew up in an idyllic land among mythical beings. She believes she is the last surviving human.

Her world begins to shatter when Evil invades her dreams, demanding she relinquish unknown powers foretold by her long-deceased mother. When Graeden, a young human male, arrives, he further disrupts her once-orderly life. Her emotions in chaos, Regnaryn flees the only home she’s ever known, only to be captured by the servants of Evil from her dreams. Now she must take a stand, confronting her late mother’s prophecy while also attempting to survive and protect those she loves.

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I was born and raised in New York, mostly on Long Island not “The City”. After high school, I moved to California and then did a three-year stint in the Navy before going to college and getting a Microbiology/Medical Technologist degree.
According to my Dad, I’ve been a storyteller from the time I began talking (which was at a very young age). But, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I decided to take my passion for writing and my love for all things magical or mythical seriously and set out to write fantasy novels.

When I’m not at my day job or writing, I enjoy creating and wearing costumes (cosplay), playing video games (though, I’m not very good at it) and watching NHL hockey and assorted other things many of which are merely time wasters. Of course, hanging out with my friends and my cats also pleasantly fills my time.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Midnight Moss by Carissa Ann Lynch

Midnight Moss
by Carissa Ann Lynch
Genre: YA Fantasy

Fresh out of high school and stalling on college, all Dorothea wants is a little freedom. So when she's offered the opportunity to move into her late grandmother's house in Black Cat Springs, she simply can't refuse the deal. Cheap rent and distance from her parents is exactly what she's always wanted...and a handsome new neighbor seals the deal.


But as soon as she moves in, she's drawn to a mysterious fence in the woods. Despite her better judgement and dark stories beyond, she sneaks inside, learning that some things from her past are better left contained...


A twisted town with a mind-boggling past is about to become Dorothea's future. And one thing is certain–she cannot trust her instincts.




My Review:

3.5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural--

Dorothea has wanted nothing more but to move out of her mom's house and be independent, so much so that she spent all her time and money in high school purchasing and organizing boxes full of supplies she will need to be on her own. When her mom gives her the abandoned house her grandmother owned, Dorothea is over the moon to have her independence so soon. But there is something strange in the backyard, a fence she does not remember, one that must be hiding something important...

​Let me just put it out there that Dorothea is an odd bird- and I don't mean that in the paranormal sense either, but in the regular strange people way. What high schooler works as much as she possible can to purchase and hoard her very own home furnishings, ranging from appliances and furniture to cleaning supplies​, organized neatly in well labeled boxes? Ans who is obsessed with Costco and mentions it every few paragraphs (I love Costco too, but I am an adult and just happen to love a good deal, but I don't think about the store very often)? Yeah, not so much. It makes her quirky I guess, but it was so completely unrelatable and impractical I was thrown off when I started the book. I still liked her as a character but found her to be so unrealistic as a recent high school graduate. The only reason I know she was a recent high school graduate was due to the book spelling it out for me a few times, never by Dorothea's actions or attitude- she seemed much older, was pretty mature (except around Adam) purchased alcohol, owned a home... yeah, nothing that screamed teenager to me, making me confused. I know I sound super gripey, but that was my only complaint about the book, the lack or realistic description of Dorothea, but overall I enjoyed her character once I could get over the over stuff nitpicked about (sorry for the tangent!).

I did not expect this to be a romance story based on the synopsis, but the romance aspect of the book was just as important as the mystery. Dorothea's lust and attraction towards Adam was almost instant. She met him in the store and found him attractive, saw him talking to a pretty girl she is convinced he is in a relationship with, he shows up at her house being a good Samaritan/neighborly and tells her they played when they were young, and then the next night she gets drunk and call him for a booty call. Wait, what? I feel like that came out of nowhere based on the characters, but oh well. I was a little surprised at how intense the connection and relationship was so fast, but the relationship ended up developing as the book went on and being so important to the character development of Dorothea.

​Ok, now that that is off my chest, let me tell you that I blew through this book in just a few hours! It was a very fast read​ with enough personality and a different plot than I have ever read before making me intrigued to find out what would happen next. If you are looking for a romantic mystery with lots of different supernatural flair, then this is the book for you.

​I am voluntarily reviewing a complimentary copy of this book.

Carissa Ann Lynch is the USA TODAY Bestselling and award winning author of the Flocksdale Files trilogy, Horror High series, Dark Legends, Searching for Sullivan, Things Only the Darkness Knows, Shattered Time, 13, Grayson's Ridge, and This Is Not About Love. She resides in Floyds Knobs, Indiana. 


When she's not writing, she's reading and collecting books. She has a background in psychology and corrections.




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