Thursday, July 25, 2013

2013 Summer Splash Blog Hop

Yay! I've been super-stoked for this blog hop to start so that I could share the news! As a thank you for stopping by, I've made my short story collection SKIN *free* on Amazon for the first day of the blog hop! You can snag your copy here be sure to check the price first! (It should go free around midnight 7/26 Pacific time or 3am EST.)

There are some fabulous grand prizes that you can enter to win on the main hop hub-page:  AND each participating author has giveaways on their sites as well. So that's a whole 'lotta swag to be had, my friends.

BUT wait! Before you go a' hopping... don't forget to enter my giveaway below! 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Summer Reading - Part Two

It's that time again... to show everyone what I've had my nose buried in this summer. Here are some of the books I've read this summer, along with the reviews I posted at GoodReads. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you've read the same books, or even if you have suggestions about what I should read next!

The Wrong Girl (The 1st Freak House Series, #1)The Wrong Girl by C.J. Archer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's no secret that I'm a paranormal freak, so when I saw there was a series titled Freak House I was all over it. True to its description, this Gothic tale is chock full of mystery, intrigue and freakish unnatural powers. As a side note, I adored the historical type details and found myself easily transported to another time and place while reading it.

It's well-written and the characters are perfectly developed. The Wrong Girl is a great choice if you want to spend the afternoon fully engrossed in a Gothic mystery with hints of a budding romance and more plot layers than an onion.

I'll certainly be reading the next book in the series!

Witch Bound (Twilight of the Gods, #2)Witch Bound by Eleri Stone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although this novel is the second in this fantasy series, it stands alone well enough that I didn't feel lost. I will certainly go back and read the first one now, so that I can wallow in the details that were hinted at in this book.

Now, I'd call this fantasy with a historical (mythology) bent, with the added bonus of a neatly set-up love triangle. It's also the story of a young woman coming into her self and her power, so as such the novel has an uplifting quality to is as well.

Witch Bound is well-written and compelling. I loved the magic system and mythological details that were sewn into the story line. The romance bits weren't half-bad either. Especially the chemistry between the the ones who weren't supposed to be attracted to each other.

It's a must read!

The Angel Stone (Fairwick Chronicles, #3)The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The product description is apt-- fans of Deborah Harness will enjoy this book because of it's multi-layered tapestry of magic, love and time travel. Not to mention that the heroine in both series has a scholarly profession. From there though, I'd say the similarities end.

Once again, I've read a series book without reading the prior books, but my lack of knowledge didn't hamper my enjoyment while reading this book. I didn't get too lost along the way, though I'm sure I would have been a little more emotionally invested in the central love story if I'd read the other two books first.

I truly enjoyed the Scottish/ Fae / Historical aspects of this novel, especially in relation to the "olde tales" discussed throughout. The magical elements were well done and creative, and the writing was seamless. It's safe to say I was sucked into this novel fairly quickly, and once I was done I was done (several hours later- I'm fast like that)I was sad, like the end of my favorite series had come and gone.

Now, to go back and read the first two books!

(ARC received via Netgalley for review purposes.)

We Are Made of Stardust (Peaches Monroe, #1)We Are Made of Stardust by Mimi Strong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brilliant, just brilliant.

This book is Purr-fect, with a capital P of course. It's been a long time since I've read something that was the perfect amalgam of steamy, witty, humorous, blush-worthy and charismatic. I can't even come up with the right words to describe how much I loved this novel, and the characters within. I'm most certainly Team Peaches now, and probably Team Dalton, depending on how the next book plays out.

Above all, I'm a fangirl of Mimi Strong's now too.

That dame can write.

(And am I the only one who sees this book becoming a mega-bestseller and a featured film?)

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Hot New Release-- Crow: The Prequel (and get the first 3 episodes free today!)

It’s live! Crow: The Prequel is now available on Amazon. While the rest of the Crow episodes are modern-day and told from both Beylin & Pia’s viewpoints, the prequel goes back in time by about a hundred years– to one of Pia’s past lives– and is told solely from Beylin’s perspective so that you can get to know him better! <3

(Keep reading to see how you can get the Prequel, plus Epi's 1 & 2 Free today!)

He’s loved her for thousands of years, but in this lifetime she doesn’t remember him… yet.
This prequel to the first episode of the Crow series is focused on giving readers a glimpse into one of Pia’s past lives and to show Beylin hard at work as a Memory Stealer and Soul Bearer.

Cassiopeia “Pia” Alexander is floundering. She can’t pick a college major, her love life is virtually non-existent and the only thing good in her life seems to be her job as an Animal ER Nurse. Even that doesn’t feel like enough, though.
Beylin Callaghan belongs to the Brotherhood, who give souls a winged-ride from one life to the next and remove the memories from each soul so that they have a fresh slate in their new incarnations.
But he’s keeping a secret– a secret that when exposed, will bind Pia’s fate to his own. For better or worse.
***On a side note, I’d recommend reading this one first before going on to the first few episodes that are already available :-)

P.S. For two days only (7/14 – 7/15) the first three installments will be FREE on Amazon. That’s right, you can grab the new Prequel, as well as Episodes One and Two. Feel free to spread the word too!! :-) 

Amazon Links:
Crow: The Prequel
Crow: Episode One
Crow: Episode Two

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

New Adult Romance Giveaway (Amazon Gift cards and 15 BOOKS!)

I'm bringing good news to everyone today. There's a big New Adult Romance Author Giveaway going on right now, and by entering you could win one of three grand prizes (Including Amazon Gift Cards and 15 NA novels)

So what are you waiting for? Enter today!

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer Reading - Part One

It occurred to me that I love seeing what other authors are reading... It gives me a glimpse into the personalities behind the books, so to speak. Keeping that in mind, I decided to offer a sneak-peak into myself by showing you all while I've been reading this summer.

So here's a sampling of my Goodreads lists (Part One)!

Dark Child (Omnibus Edition)Dark Child by Adina West

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Overall, a well-paced, cleanly written paranormal/ fantasy with all sorts of "other-worldy" goodness. I actually started reading the first installments of this (Episode One) before I realized there was an omnibus (i.e.full novel) edition. As soon as I finished reading the first installment, I upgraded to the full edition knowing I wouldn't be able to read it in piece-meal.

The legends and lore of Dark Child were intricate and creative, and I like how details are revealed over time, rather than in large info-dumps. Despite the fact that this book was written by a non-US citizen, it has been Americanized almost fully. (Note that I don't read books written with foreign dialects, etc., but as an American myself it helps me fall into the book more if I can relate-- you know?)

I was hoping for a bit more in the romance department, as the book has all the necessary characters for a love triangle, and there is obvious attraction between the parties... but I'm guessing I'll have to wait for the second book to see where that leads. Please, let there be a second book!

Soul Stripper (Soul Stripper, #1)Soul Stripper by Katana Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not sure how to label this one-- part paranormal suspense, part steamy romance, with a smidgen of historical romance is the best way I can think to describe it. The characters are super-complex and most are not-quite what they seem, which kept me guessing right to the very end.

Despite the fact that the main character is a succubus (and thus steals part or all of a human's soul to fuel themselves) I still found myself rooting for her. And like all good series, readers are given a few good men that she could possible end up with over the course of this series. So who will it be, the human with the pure soul, the Elemental Detective, or the Angel who has a hard time staying away?

Either way, I'm along for the ride after reading this first book. I can't wait to read the next one!

Along Came a Spider (Transplanted Tales, #3)Along Came a Spider by Kate SeRine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book doesn't come out until the first of August, but I'm likely to forget to review it then, so I'll do it now!

I really like the world-building and the characters in this novel. The Tales (that's fairy tale folk, for you guys not in the know) have been transplanted from their realm to our world full of Ordinaries (you and me) and are just trying to fit in and fly under the radar.

Add some power-tripping jerks with badges, a psychotic vampire, fairy-dust trafficking, and a few other familiar surprises, and you have all the makings of a great paranormal read, even without the hotter-than-hot chemistry between the Spider and lil' Miss Muffet!

I definitely recommend this book for fans of paranormal action/romance!

**I received a review copy of this book via NetGalley for review purposes. No monies were exchanged.**

Passion PotionPassion Potion by Mary Beth Daniels

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I rather enjoyed this book. It was fresh, inventive and didn't take itself too seriously. Other than a few vague references to some steamy stuff (and one actually blazing-hot scene)the rest of this novel felt light and YA-ish.

I was hooked into the mystery and magic fairly quickly. The ferret was a trip and I loved his "character" instantly. For the most part, overall characterization was well done. The players in this novel did have their moments though... Dad was okay with his daughter doing something extremely dangerous, Jet was a little too flippant about the bad men chasing her, and the resolution was a little too convenient and easily committed.

Overall though, I enjoyed this book and the world of magic that the author built. I'll read more of her work for sure.

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Cover Reveal for Crow: The Prequel

I wanted to pop in here over the holiday weekend to wish everyone safe travels and to show off the cover for my upcoming release Crow: The Prequel.

I've also put together some pretty new covers for the episode collections too, but I'll share those another day. Enjoy the rest of the holiday!