Friday, October 31, 2014

{Trailer Reveal} The Casquette Girls (The Casquette Girls #1) by Alys Arden

The Casquette Girls (The Casquette Girls, #1)
The Casquette Girls (The Casquette Girls #1) by Alys Arden
Publication Date: October 31st 2013
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Seven girls tied by time.
Five powers that bind.
One curse to lock the horror away.
One attic to keep the monsters at bay.
After the Storm of the Century rips apart New Orleans, Adele Le Moyne and her father are among the first to return to the city following the mandatory evacuation. Adele wants nothing more than for life to return to normal, but with the silent city resembling a mold-infested war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal will have to be redefined.

Events too unnatural – even for New Orleans – lead Adele to an attic that has been sealed for three hundred years, and the chaos she unleashes threatens not only her life but everyone she knows. Mother Nature couldn’t drain the joie de vivre from the Big Easy, but someone or something is draining life from its residents.

Caught suddenly in a hurricane of eighteenth-century myths and monsters, Adele must quickly untangle a web of magic that links the climbing murder rate back to her own ancestors. But who can you trust in a city where everyone has a secret, and where keeping them can be a matter of life and death – unless, that is, you’re immortal.

~About The Author~
ALYS ARDEN grew up in the Vieux Carré, cut her teeth on the streets of New York, and has worked all around the world since. She still plans to run away with the circus one day.
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{Cover Reveal} Lost Blood (Chancer #1) by Emma Raveling

Lost Blood (Chancer #1) by Emma Raveling
Publication Date: TBA
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
 They are the Strange, those born of magic, myths, and legends. Beings who defy scientific explanation, whose physical and mental abilities far surpass the limitations of the human body.

When they first appeared, the world resisted, frightened by their powers. But after decades of bloodshed, humanity finally accepted that the Strange were here to stay.

A tenuous peace exists. For now.

Seventeen-year-old Delaney Corbeau is one of the Skilled. As a Chancer, she uses her magic to help humans find everything from misplaced keys and hidden heirlooms to lost pets.

She can find anyone and anything…except the two people she needs the most.

Liam Connelly is an Earth Shifter and son of Brannigan City’s Alpha. When his older brother goes missing, he must turn to his former childhood friend for help. Delaney’s the only person who can locate him.

The problem is they haven’t spoken in four years.

When a reclusive art collector hires Delaney to locate a stolen antique Japanese book, her path crosses with Liam once again. Soon, the simple retrieval job becomes something much more terrifying.

An old evil is stirring and it’s determined to punish every living being in Brannigan City, both Strange and human.

Delaney and Liam will have to work together if they want to survive.

Lost Blood is the first book in Emma Raveling’s new Chancer series, featuring two unlikely allies and a mysterious, thrilling adventure set in a dark world full of monsters and magic.
~About The Author~
Emma Raveling writes a wide variety of fiction for teens and adults. She is the author of the young adult urban / contemporary fantasy series, the Ondine Quartet, and Lost Blood, the first installment of the forthcoming young adult urban fantasy series, Chancer. She’s also working on the first book in her new Steel Magic series for adults.

An avid traveler hopelessly addicted to diet coke and coffee, she currently resides in Honolulu, Hawaii with her husband and German shepherd.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays (79)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB from Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.--BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS. Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away. You don't want to ruin the book for others.
  • Share the title & author, so others can add to their TBR list if they like your teasers.
Our Teasers This Week. . .
Booker started toward them, but stopped when he heard metal creak again.
Turning back, he saw the bus pitch forward once more and fall nose-first into the raging water below.
Elray then spoke the first words Booker had ever heard him say: "I don't think that was part of the plan."
-from page 101, Play Dead by Ryan Brown
Play Dead
All I have to say is that this is one intense read and you get more than what the summary tells you, very unexpected read....we'll see how I feel by the end of it haha.
Happy Teasing Everyone!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ashley's Review: The Sleepwalker (Fear Street #6) by R.L Stine

The Sleepwalker (Fear Street, #6)
The Sleepwalker (Fear Street #6) by R.L Stine
Publication Date: August 1st 1991
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Pages: 164
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Read: October 24 to 25, 2014

One week after she starts her summer job on Fear Street with old Mrs Cottler, Mayra Barnes begins to sleepwalk, waking up in the dead of night not knowing where she is. Mayra becomes even more terrified when she discovers Mrs Cottler may be a witch...

Is the old woman casting spells on Mayra? To add to Mayra's horror, she is being followed by a menacing stranger who seems to recognize her - but she's never seen him in her life!

Mayra's sleepwalking is leading her into more and more peril. She soon realizes she must take action. She must find out what is happening to her - or she may never leave Fear Street alive!
~My Thoughts~
The Sleepwalker was more of a suspense mystery than a horror like the rest of R.L Stine Fear Street series. And though it had me hooked and interested, I still feel like things were missing for me or the book wasn't really moving along but dragging even though this is a very quick read like usual with Mr. Stine's books. I don't know, I just wasn't fully satisfied.
Perfect for Halloween, witch's are brewing in the night and Mayra believes her boss Mrs. Cottler is behind the reasoning why she's all of a sudden sleep walking. Though all signs point to her, I knew it would be too easy, there just had to be a logical reason behind her character. Mayra thought so too but with her mind not quite there, thanks to the lack of sleep (nightmare of elm street anyone! Though she's not fighting a razor clawed burned murderer, but something that's hidden deep within her), all logic was shot out the window. It didn't help that her mom made fun of it at first, making her feel just a bit crazy. Girl, I know the feel. Nurses are just like that, especially if they've been doing it most of their life. I felt bad Mayra didn't really have anyone to talk to, I mean she talked to people but they just weren't quite believing her that something was truly wrong.
When pieces of the puzzle started to come together I knew it was going to be that certain person. Though why they did it I thought it was going to be way worse. Even though what they did was horrible, what I was thinking was twice as horrible and with the character being crazy, I wouldn't doubt they're capable of what I was thinking truly happened. I wasn't blown away because I already had a feeling it was this person but why they did it, it was a shock and totally an sitting on the edge of your seat kind of moment. Mr. Stine is great at creating intense, panic scenes along with hooking you to start another chapter when you should be doing something else haha.
Overall I enjoyed it and I devoured it for sure but something was just missing for me. It wasn't the typical slasher type horror he writes but it helped me with my reading craving and it was an enjoyable mystery. So if you're not into the bloody, serial killer type horror, more the suspense type then this book is for you! Your mind will be just as confused as Mayra's and it's one sinking scary feeling to go through. I'm surprised she didn't go crazy haha.
3.5 Bats
Sweet Readings Everybody!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Books for Nothing (13) The Accidental Demon Slayer & Fashionably Dead

Books for Nothing is where I’ll be updating you guys on free Kindle reads.
I download tons of Freebies weekly and sometimes I’m too lazy to let you guys know about the tons of books I get on I am a Book Hoarder, so I decided to create this! That way you guys can enjoy the awesomeness too as who doesn’t love the word free!
*Note: If some aren't free they became non-free after I scheduled this post
The Accidental Demon Slayer (Demon Slayer, #1)
The Accidental Demon Slayer (Demon Slayer #1) by Angie Fox
Publication Date: December 18th 2012
Genre: Adult Paranormal
It's never a good day when an ancient demon shows up on your toilet bowl. For Lizzie Brown, that's just the beginning. Soon her hyperactive terrier starts talking, and her long-lost biker witch Grandma is hurling Smuckers jars filled with magic. Just when she thinks she's seen it all, Lizzie learns she's a demon slayer-and all hell is after her.
Of course, that's not the only thing after her. Dimitri Kallinikos, a devastatingly handsome shape-shifting griffin needs Lizzie to slay a demon of his own. But how do you talk a girl you've never met into going straight to the underworld? Lie. And if that doesn't work, how dangerous could a little seduction be...?
Fashionably Dead (Hot Damned, #1)
Fashionably Dead (Hot Damned #1) by Robyn Peterman
Publication Date: September 2nd 2013
Genre: Adult Paranormal
Vampyres don’t exist. They absolutely do not exist.

At least I didn’t think they did ‘til I tried to quit smoking and ended up Undead. Who in the hell did I screw over in a former life that my getting healthy equates with dead?

Now I’m a Vampyre. Yes, we exist whether we want to or not. However, I have to admit, the perks aren’t bad. My girls no longer jiggle, my ass is higher than a kite and the latest Prada keeps finding its way to my wardrobe. On the downside, I’m stuck with an obscenely profane Guardian Angel who looks like Oprah and a Fairy Fighting Coach who’s teaching me to annihilate like the Terminator.

To complicate matters, my libido has increased to Vampyric proportions and my attraction to a hotter than Satan’s underpants killer rogue Vampyre is not only dangerous . . . it’s possibly deadly. For real dead. Permanent death isn’t on my agenda. Avoiding him is my only option. Of course, since he thinks I’m his, it’s easier said than done. Like THAT’S not enough to deal with, all the other Vampyres think I’m some sort of Chosen One.

Holy Hell, if I’m in charge of saving an entire race of blood suckers, the Undead are in for one hell of a ride.
Sweet Readings Everybody!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

{Cover Reveal + Giveaway} Withering Hope by Layla Hagen

Withering Hope by Layla Hagen
Publication Date: January 19th 2015
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Aimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiancé, and the location—the idyllic holiday ranch in Brazil—are perfect.

But all Aimee’s plans come crashing down when the private jet that’s taking her from the U.S. to the ranch—where her fiancé awaits—defects mid-flight and the pilot is forced to perform an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

With no way to reach civilization, being rescued is Aimee and Tristan’s—the pilot—only hope. A slim one that slowly withers away, desperation taking its place. Because death wanders in the jungle under many forms: starvation, diseases. Beasts.
As Aimee and Tristan fight to find ways to survive, they grow closer. Together they discover that facing old, inner agonies carved by painful pasts takes just as much courage, if not even more, than facing the rainforest.

Despite her devotion to her fiancé, Aimee can’t hide her feelings for Tristan—the man for whom she’s slowly becoming everything. You can hide many things in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.

Withering Hope is the story of a man who desperately needs forgiveness and the woman who brings him hope. It is a story in which hope births wings and blooms into a love that is as beautiful and intense as it is forbidden.
~About The Author~
My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult Contemporary Romance author.
I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.
I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.
And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough 

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Ashley's Review: Delirium (Debt Collector #1) by Susan Kaye Quinn

Delirium (Debt Collector 1)
Delirium (Debt Collector #1) by Susan Kaye Quinn
Publication Date: December 30th 2013
Genre: New Adult Dystopia
Pages: 42
Format: Kindle
Source: Free on Amazon
Read: October 23, 2014
Delirium - EPISODE 1 of the nine-part, first season of the Debt Collector serial.

What's your life worth on the open market?
A debt collector can tell you precisely.

Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat, jackboots, and the black marks on his soul that every debt collector carries. He's just in it for his cut, the ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, the people who will make the world a better place with their brains, their work, and their lives. That hit of life energy, a bottle of vodka, and a visit from one of Madam Anastazja's sex workers keep him alive, stable, and mostly sane... until he collects again. But when his recovery ritual is disrupted by a sex worker who isn't what she seems, he has to choose between doing an illegal hit for a girl whose story has more holes than his soul or facing the bottle alone--a dark pit he's not sure he'll be able to climb out of again.
~My Thoughts~
Looking for a quick read because I haven't really been reading much lately, I go through my kindle and find this, remembering the hype for this series. So looking up the summary, I was instantly drawn to it!
Delirium took me for a ride! The debt collecting is intense! Having the power to take someone's life when they're ready to go and then giving it to someone younger who's going to do something good with the extra time added to their health is an intriguing concept and truly a scary world to live in. Especially when a ten year old girl that's supposed to be getting new treatments for her cancer is being left behind by this society.
In this short I couldn't exactly connect to Lirium however I enjoyed learning about him, watching him go through his routine of collecting and his way of medicating himself after he collects as he truly doesn't have much of a soul himself. Being a collector can take a lot out of someone and it seems that depression isn't uncommon in their lives, so trying to keep himself sane he likes to drink from a bottle but not alone. He always hires a sex worker to get lost but the one that shows up this one time is looking for something in return. Lirium is unsure at first and very angry, however not wanting to be alone he goes along with it. Getting swept into this mysterious girl, he learns all is not what it seems in this world and I wasn't shocked that the society might be hiding a few things here and there.
Overall, I too got swept into this world and can't wait to continue this series by Mrs. Quinn. She's able to paint a picture perfectly and it's an intense one!  
Sweet Readings Everybody!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ashley's Review: How (Not) to Play with Magic (Cindy Eller 0.5) by Elizabeth A. Reeves

How (Not) to Play With Magic (Cindy Eller, 0.5)
How (Not) to Play with Magic (Cindy Eller 0.5) by Elizabeth A. Reeves
Publication Date: March 18th 2013
Genre: Adult Paranormal
Pages: 25
Format: Kindle
Source: Free on Amazon
Read: October 17, 2014
A Cindy Eller Short story.

Cindy Eller is a witch and a baker. She is making a name for herself in the world of desserts with her new and unique flavor profiles.

But juggling her weird family and trying to keep her magic a secret from her roommates is a daily challenge.

And her twin sisters, Starrie and Rainey Skye won't hesitate to bring the trouble right to her door.
~My Thoughts~
How (Not) to Play with Magic is the perfect taste of the Cindy Eller world Mrs. Reeves has created. In just a few pages you get to see the adventurous life Cindy lives and sometimes the most fun is caused by trouble.
In the middle of the night her twin half-sister's pop into her apartment she shares with two mortal women, her friends, and as her sisters drag her into their latest disaster Cindy tries so badly to hide it from her roommates. To her surprise, later on, she's not doing a very good job after all haha.
Overall, this was a fun short that completely hooked me! Got me craving for How (Not) to Kiss a Toad and for Cindy's other bakery creations. I've got such a major sweet tooth and when a book centers around the subject of desserts I can't help but get drawn into it. Witchy adventures is just the cherry on the top! Cindy is spunky and doesn't mind speaking her mind and I can't wait to read more about her. With her curse I so badly hope she'll be able to break it because I'm such a hopeless romantic and not being able to be in love in fear of turning the guy into a toad is heart breaking! How (Not) to Kiss a Toad is definitely going on my wish list! And the ending of this one was absolutely brilliant! Had me laughing haha.
Sweet Readings Everybody!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (41)

Welcome to Waiting on Wednesday! Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. This week I am anxiously awaiting:
This Spells Trouble (Lynlee Lincoln, #3)
This Spells Trouble (Lynlee Lincoln #3) by Olivia Hardin
Publication Date: December 14th 2014
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
It took some work, but Lynlee Lincoln has finally found balance between her life as a witch and her relationship with Beck Hale. A human boyfriend with two kids wasn’t something she ever planned, but their new arrangement lets her have her cake and eat it, too. Just when she’s getting comfortable, puzzling visions of impending danger at home begin to haunt her dreams.

And if personal issues aren’t troubling enough, Lynlee and the entire organization of Neutralizers go on alert when a phantom creature begins staging magical episodes on live television. If they can’t put a stop to the sensational events, all hell will break loose in the human world. Can Lynlee keep both her new family and the world safe without getting swallowed up in the process?
Why I'm Waiting:
Because I absolutely love this world Mrs. Hardin has created! I've read both Trolling for Trouble and Tangled Up in Trouble, one and two in the series, and fell head over heels with these books! At the end of Tangled Up in Trouble was a perfect opening for a third book and just finding out ones already planned to come out soon, I'm super excited!
This series is charming, magical, entertaining, and one world I don't mind getting sucked into! Lynlee is like a Fairy Godmother as she has charges and takes care of other mythical creatures in the real world and it gives off this warm and fuzzy feeling as your reading!
Here's a few words from my reviews:
"I absolutely loved and enjoyed this! Trolling for Trouble is charming, humorous, and completely original. Olivia has presented us with such a sweet and exciting storyline, with great detail into Lynlee's world in just 66 pages."
"Overall, I enjoyed this short! It completely captured me this morning and when I was done, I was smiling from ear to ear. It will make your heart melt, along with painting a great new world that will mesmerize you."
"Lynlee Lincoln is such a fun character to read about! She’s sassy, tough, magical, and someone that has a big heart, a heart that can get her into trouble sometimes."
"Tangled Up in Trouble, just like the first in the series Trolling for Trouble, sucked me in and wouldn’t let me go. All I wanted to do was read this charming novella."
"In Tangled Up in Trouble Lynlee discovers more of herself and finally lets the power flow through all the while trying to have a second chance with a man she has always loved!" 
Can't wait to see what other trouble Lynlee gets herself into!
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{Cover Reveal} Uncross the Stars by Janell Rhiannon

Uncross the Stars by Janell Rhiannon
Publication Date: TBA
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Fiona Lavender is the new girl at school. She has a chip on her shoulder and a pension for poetry. Dario Martinez is the star quarterback, and the most unattainable guy on campus. Their stars cross when they are paired to study Romeo and Juliet for a senior English project. Their connection is fragile and undeniable. But, Dario is afraid of what love will do; and Fiona is waiting for love to claim her.
Will they uncross the stars and find the love they both need to heal their pasts?
~About The Author~
Janell Rhiannon
Janell has been writing since she was in grade school. In high school, her 9th grade English teacher suggested she consider a career in writing. After a decade in college and a Master's degree in history, she settled into teaching.

Writing never stopped. Stories never stopped. READING fiction never stopped. Now, she writes and publishes on-line. Invisible Wings is her first YA novel, a compilation of short stories centered on teenage life triumphs and tragedies. She believes being a teenager is difficult and wrote Invisible Wings to let teens know they aren't alone. That they matter. That even though life is rough, they can still find beauty and love.

Beside the YA stories close to her heart, she adores Mythology and Fairy tales. Anything magical and mystical. And dragons. And gargoyles.

She currently lives in CA.

Visit her at Facebook @Janell Rhiannon Author. If you want to see what projects are in the works or find out more about the her, visit

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Monday, October 20, 2014

{Book Blitz + Excerpt + Giveaway} Depths of Lake (The McCain Saga #3) by Keary Taylor

Depths of Lake (The McCain Saga, #3)
Depths of Lake (The McCain Saga #3) by Keary Taylor
Publication Date: October 14th 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
It was another day at the ranch, training horses and working fifteen hour days. And then the last person I ever expected showed up. Lake McCain: a Marine, tall, ripped—and the best friend of my dead fiancé. Cal died to save Lake, and now Lake claims that he carries a debt to me that he can never repay.

I wanted to brush him off. But then my mom, the manager of the ranch, went and hired him. We spend hours working together with the horses. Lake doesn’t say much. He’s layered and dark and he tries to seem shallow and simple. But he isn’t. There are things under his surface that matter. He works, quiet and strong, and never once lets me down.

Until he confesses that he may be falling in love with me. I can’t deny that there is something between us. But a relationship? I just can’t. I’ve used up all my chances at love. My past relationships have ended in death or disaster, and now I have to live with all of that.

I’m Riley James, and there are depths to Lake—depths to myself—that I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand.

The McCain Saga
PLAYING IT KALE (January 20, 2014)
“Thank you for this,” I say, my voice small and quiet.  “This was all you.  You didn’t have to, and no one asked.  But you did it.  And for that, I’m grateful.”
Lake slides his hands into his pockets and takes a few slow steps toward me.  His eyes drop to the ground at our feet.  “You know, for a long time, I’ve felt like I didn’t really matter.  If that makes any sense.  Being in the Marines helped some.  But you know that feeling of emptiness?” he looks up at me, his eyes opening up in a way that I can see.  And I do know.  “It was always there.  But being here lately?  It’s changed that.  I love what we do here.  I love working the ranch and the long days and the feeling that I’m doing something good.  That I’m doing something important.”
He takes two more steps toward me.  He’s close enough that I can smell him now.  The sweat of the day.  The scent of his shampoo from this morning.  And something that is so Lake that it sends my head spinning.
“But it’s not just the ranch and the work, Riley,” he says quietly.  His voice is low and warm, just like the day outside.  “It’s you, too.  When I’m around you, I feel like I matter.”
Something builds inside of me, something that resembles a thousand hooves beating across the fields at sunrise. 
One slow, carefully thought out step at a time, he closes the space between us.  He places a hand on the wall on either side of my head, boxing me in.  His eyes study my face.  My cheeks, my nose, my lips.  His face is so close.   
Something in my blood jumps to life, and I’m staring at his mouth.
“What’s holding you back, Riley?” he finally says.  His voice is low and rough.  And there’s a mountain of unspoken words behind it.  “Why won’t you let yourself go?”
~Sequel To~
Ever After Drake (The McCain Saga, #2)
~About The Author~

Keary Taylor

Keary Taylor grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now resides on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two young children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night. She is the author of THE EDEN TRILOGY, the FALL OF ANGELS trilogy, and WHAT I DIDN'T SAY. To learn more about Keary and her writing process, please visit

Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads
This is definitely on my Birthday/Christmas Wish List, I'm dying to read this! I promise I won't be too picky towards the Marine element, I'm sure Mrs. Taylor did loads of research, but being a Marine Fiancé and been there since the beginning of boot camp, MCT, MOS, and him being stationed the last year and a half, and the year it took for him to get shipped off to boot camp, I just can't help but be a little picky.....I don't mean to be, I promise haha. But nonetheless, I'm so excited for this one! I absolutely love The McCain family, read all of them so far, so I can't wait to read about Lake! ;)
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Books For Nothing (12) Easy Bake Coven & How (Not) to Play with Magic

Books for Nothing is where I’ll be updating you guys on free Kindle reads.
I download tons of Freebies weekly and sometimes I’m too lazy to let you guys know about the tons of books I get on I am a Book Hoarder, so I decided to create this! That way you guys can enjoy the awesomeness too as who doesn’t love the word free!
*Note: If some aren't free they became non-free after I scheduled this post

Easy Bake Coven (Easy Bake Coven, #1)
Easy Bake Coven (Easy Bake Coven #1) by Liz Schulte
Publication Date: January 4th 2013
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
For Selene Warren being a witch is no big deal. She dabbles in harmless magic with her friends and never thinks much about it. However, when a stranger who seems to know her shows up at her studio and her grandmother is brutally attacked, her simple life becomes complicated.

A world of elves, half-elves, fae—and one peculiar Sekhmet named Femi open up to her. She will discover that fairy tales are real, politics are ugly in any world, and there is a lot more to her life than she ever dreamed possible.

This new reality threatens swallow Selene whole, but with a forgotten past beating down her door, she will have to dive in to save her future.
How (Not) to Play With Magic (Cindy Eller, 0.5)
How (Not) to Play with Magic (Cindy Eller #0.5) by Elizabeth A. Reeves
Publication Date: March 18th 2013
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
A Cindy Eller Short story.

Cindy Eller is a witch and a baker. She is making a name for herself in the world of desserts with her new and unique flavor profiles.

But juggling her weird family and trying to keep her magic a secret from her roommates is a daily challenge.

And her twin sisters, Starrie and Rainey Skye won't hesitate to bring the trouble right to her door.
Sweet Readings Everybody!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Book Spotlight: Burning Down the House by Allie Gail

Burning Down the House
Burning Down the House by Allie Gail
Publication Date: March 17th 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
This book contains strong language and sexual content and is intended for ages 17+.

Rob Kensington is just your typical high school senior. Athletic, intelligent, handsome. Sees a therapist once a week. Because his parents just died in a house fire of questionable origin. And he doesn’t seem to care.
Maybe he isn’t so typical.

Sara Marsh had no clue when she returned to live with her divorced father that the bedroom down the hall would be occupied by a stray with a major attitude problem. The last time she saw Rob, he was a brooding goth who could have passed as Marilyn Manson’s love child. But at some point during her three years away, Creepy Kensington managed to evolve into a sizzling hot star running back with smoldering hazel eyes.

The attraction is undeniable. The temptation is irresistible. And soon they’re sharing more than just an address. But with another life lost in a deliberately set blaze, Sara’s trust is faltering. Has she lost her heart to a serial arsonist? He’s already shown her the allure of playing with fire.

And someone’s about to get burned.

Amazon / Barnes

“Hellooo, baaaa-by!
Startled, I floundered to cover my boobs while splashing water over the side of the tub and all across the floor in the process. “What the hell! What are you - get out of here!” I threw a loofah at him but in my haste I missed.
Ignoring my demand, Rob moseyed over to kneel beside the bathtub, propping his arms on the edge and smirking at my compromising position. There weren’t any bubbles left to hide under, so I quickly drew my knees up to my chest and wrapped my arms around them. “What are you, deaf? I said get out!
“I heard what you said.” To my amazement, he dipped his fingers in the water and swirled them around. “Water’s getting cold.”
“Then take your hand out of it!” I snapped, my cheeks flushing pink.
“I think we should let it out.” He reached underwater for the drain stopper, and his grin slowly spread as my eyes widened.
“Don’t you dare.”
“See…payback’s a bitch, now isn’t it?”
“Don’t touch that drain. I mean it.” To my horror, I felt an overwhelming urge to laugh and I pressed my lips together to suppress a smile. For some idiotic reason, whenever I get nervous I start giggling like a deranged person. I have no idea why. It’s very annoying, especially because it happens at the most inopportune moments.
“I thought we were playing You-Show-Me-Yours-And-I’ll-Show-You-Mine.” He lifted the edge of the stopper just enough to tease me, allowing a small amount of water to escape. “Well, you had your go and now it’s my turn.”
“I think you’ve had one too many beers!” That probably wasn’t even far from the truth. After all, I’d never seen him acting this cheeky before.
“Whoops. Oh my goodness - what do we have here?” He plucked the stopper completely out and held it up, just out of my reach. The water began to rush down the drain. To me it seemed to be disappearing ten times faster than usual.
“It’s not funny!” I protested, even though I was struggling not to giggle at that point. My shoulders were shaking.
“I’m not the one laughing,” he reminded me.
“All right - fine, you got me back. Ha, ha, you’re so clever. At least hand me a towel.”
“Mm…I don’t think so.”
“Hand me a freaking towel!” The water was getting perilously low, and I shoved one foot over the drain to try and diminish the flow.
“You didn’t say please…” he sang softly.
“Rob…” I looked straight at him then, directly into those hazel eyes, and something I saw in them squashed my impulse to laugh. I don’t know what it was, but all of a sudden the only impulse I felt anymore was the overpowering urge to kiss him. And not only that. I had the craziest compulsion to wrap my arms around his neck and pull him on top of me and let him do me six ways to Sunday, right there in the bathtub.
My expression must have been transparent because his smile inexplicably faded. He hesitated for a moment, his eyes searching mine. For what, I can’t say. But I guess he didn’t find what he was looking for there. Straightening, he tossed me the drain stopper and walked out without a word.

~About The Author~
Allie fell in love with the written word from the moment she was issued her very first Sally, Dick and Jane book. Born and raised in Alabama, she now resides in the panhandle of Florida with her own blue-eyed Prince Charming and three obnoxious cats. When she's not working on her latest literary project, she can usually be found watching B-movie horror (the cheesier, the better), reading or playing online computer games while indulging her unhealthy Pepsi addiction.
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{Book Blitz + Excerpt + Guest Post + Giveaway} Zoe + the Demon Slayer by Neel Kay

Zoe + the Demon Slayer
Zoe + the Demon Slayer by Neel Kay
Publication Date: October 6th 2014
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
Twenty-four year old book worm and blogger Zoe Graves was looking forward to the fourth and final instalment of her favourite book saga – The Augustin Chronicles. The evening was meant to be spent in line at the local bookstore with hundreds of other fans, getting the book, maybe even meeting the author, and ultimately spending the night with the dreamiest hero of them all, Lucien de Forest and the love of his life Noomi Augustin.
But somewhere someone thought otherwise.
Confused and hurt after a mugging by the bookstore, Zoe is somehow transported to another world, and suddenly finds herself in a snow-covered landscape witnessing a bloody fight far away from the English summer, and is left to rely on the help from the rather reluctant Matis, who just happen to be out to kill none other than Zoe’s favourite hero and heroine, Lucien and Noomi.
Although convinced she might be in some sort of limbo or maybe even in a coma, Zoe figures that her role in the story is to prevent Matis from killing her all-time favourite fictional couple.
His eyes were dark, so very dark, and the equally dark hair, although some of it was braided, didn’t look girly or weird at all. Well, maybe a little weird, seeing as men like him usually only existed in the fantasy books Zoe read and not in the real world. She gaped at the sort of Mohawk the tight braids along the sides of his head and the loose hair on top created.
He squinted. “Stop following me,” he said, practically biting at her. “I don’t have time to save odd damsels in distress.” He picked up a couple of dead rabbits from the ground, turned back around and walked away.
Zoe didn’t move. She could hardly feel her feet anymore. “But what about your cloak?” she yelled after him. “Don’t you need it?”
“Keep it.” He waved a hand in the air and kept up a determined walk on the path that led up to the top of a small hill.
Behind Zoe there was a small piece of forestland. Although she couldn’t be sure, she didn’t imagine anyone lived there. Besides, she wasn’t going back to those dead soldiers, not even to just walk past them. She couldn’t stomach the smell. Everywhere she looked, all that she saw were big black mountains far away in the horizon and the big orangey white sky sending down all that snow.
It was then that Zoe realised that she’d continued her pursuit of the man. She didn’t have any choice really. She’d never been much of an outdoor person, and she wouldn’t last an hour under these conditions.
“You’re still following me,” the man suddenly said. His back was still turned, but he had stopped at the top of the hill. “Even if you’re keeping your distance, you are still following me.” He turned his head and looked at her over his shoulder. “Like a damn cat,” he added, sending her a tired glance.
“But maybe my home is in that direction,” Zoe argued. She was out of breath and her dry throat was killing her. “You did tell me to go home. Maybe that is what I’m doing?”
“But it isn’t, though, is it? You said you were lost.”
“Why won’t you help me?” She’d finally climbed the hill, panting like she was completely out of shape, which she actually wasn’t thanks to Jason. Down there, by the foot of the hill, there was a small cluster of houses that didn’t exactly warrant the description of a village. It was just a few houses pretty much in the middle of nowhere. Wherever that was?
The man glanced at her casually and then suddenly did a double take. The brow curled up and suddenly without any warning, he grabbed her cheeks with both hands and tilted back her head.
Zoe tried to pull away, but found that she didn’t have the strength to fight. Instead, she felt a burning sensation behind her eyes, the very eyes that the man kept staring into.
“Your eyes are green?” he said, looking at her accusingly.
She didn’t know how to respond to that. Her nostrils flared and the cold tore at the insides of her nose. What she wouldn’t give for some warm clothes, a roaring fireplace and some hot chocolate. Oh, and that man out of her face. There was a strange familiar charm to his face, but still, he was a cold-blooded killer who was staring at her funnily.
“Is that a common thing where you’re from?” He let go of her while eyeing her suspiciously.
“I-I guess it’s not that uncommon. Why?”
He shook his head. “What’s your name?” He turned around and started to walk down the hill as if he didn’t really care about the answer to his question. But he kept peering back over his shoulder, his eyes squinted, exuding something resembling surprise.
“Zoe. What’s yours?” She followed him, feeling accepted somehow, and it was such a relief that her chin started to wobble.
He nodded and then stopped peering over his shoulder. “I’m Matis,” he said.
Zoe swallowed and fought hard to keep the tears at bay. “It’s nice to meet you, Matis.”
He stopped abruptly and turned. “Is that it?” he said. But before Zoe had a chance to say anything, he made a low grumbling sound, something resembling an ironic scoff, and then continued marching away.
Zoe was confused. “Um, does that mean you’ll help me?” She had to yell it after him, his long strides making the gap between them grow quickly.
“I’ll get you thawed up,” he yelled back, sounding annoyed again. “And get you into some other clothes, something a bit more seasonally appropriate.”
“Oh my god, you don’t know how happy that makes me.”
“You do know that I’m a killer, don’t you? You saw me kill those soldiers. If I were you, I wouldn’t be so fast to rejoice.”
“It’s either death by you or by hypothermia, and I figured you’d have killed me by now if you wanted to.”
Matis scoffed and then shrugged as if she had a point.
“Besides, I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m already dead and in some sort of purgatory or limbo. Or maybe I've just lost my mind.”
“Wonderful,” Matis exclaimed sarcastically, apparently not really paying too much attention to her. Zoe couldn’t be sure, but he actually seemed offended somehow.

~About The Author~
Neel Kay
Introvert, creative, awkward.

Neel Kay lives with her husband and two kids in rural surroundings in the south of Denmark, not far from the German border. She’s a trained milliner, studied English at university, and now works a day job as a web editor. But she’s been writing always.

Love coffee, scarves and sea views. Oh, and butt-kicking heroines who know how to swing a sword and aren’t afraid to get a little dirty.
~Guest Post~
Ten random thoughts while writing Zoe + the Demon Slayer
1.   I’ll have this book ready by July, of course I will.
2.   I love this story. I want to live in this story. This story is so freaking awesome.
3.   Yeah, no, this probably won’t be ready before August. August 6th – yes, August 6th. Definitely August 6th.
4.   Oh hey, look! What a pretty *insert distraction*.
5.   Wait a minute…! Was that another deadline that just whooshed by? Hey, where do you think you are going?
6.   What the hell is this? I can’t publish this. I suck like no one has ever sucked before, maybe even worse than that.
7.   September?
8.   You know, this might not be half bad. I think. Maybe.
9.   I love Zoe and Matis so much! I should write a book about their son. He’d probably have gorgeous dark hair and the most dazzling green eyes ever.
10.                Fine! October it is. I’m booking a blitz, damn it!

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