Monday, September 29, 2014

It's Monday, What Am I Reading?

 
Midnight Kiss: Four New Adult Paranormal RomancesTitle: Midnight Kiss: Four New Adult Paranormal Romances
Authors: Sarra Cannon, Juliana Haygert, Alyssa Rose Ivy, Jennifer Snyder
Summary:
 
This Halloween, prepare to be haunted by a kiss…

Midnight Kiss is a limited edition collection of four BRAND NEW, NEVER RELEASED novellas, all set in New Orleans on Halloween night.


AFTER MIDNIGHT by Sarra Cannon
From the outside, Becca Goldberg looks like any normal freshman girl at Tulane, but she’s been keeping a terrible secret. She’s really Allison Moore—a young witch from Peachville hiding out from an evil coven of witches known as the Order of Shadows. She thinks she is safe until an unexpected accident occurs. Now, she only has until midnight on Halloween until her identity is discovered.

She must turn to the hottest, most elusive guy on campus for help. Will he help save her? Or will her life come crashing down around her after midnight?


THE MIDNIGHT TEST by Juliana Haygert
Being the weakest witch of her generation, nineteen-year-old Hazel is convinced she’s supposed to live a normal, human life—except for the occasional ghost hunting. When Hazel moves to New Orleans, the most powerful witch coven in the world grants her a chance to join them, but only if she passes a dangerous test on Halloween night. Everything is going fine until mysterious Sean steps in Hazel’s way, putting her entire test at risk.

Will she be able to ace the test and keep them both alive at the same time?


SEDUCTION’S KISS by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Never agree to a road trip to New Orleans with your roommate. At least not when your roommate is dragging you along while she reconnects with an ex boyfriend. Possible consequences of failing to take my advice:

1) Unknowingly going out with a vampire stripper.
2) Getting kidnapped by said vampire’s nest mates.
3) Falling head over heels for your winged hero.

Believe it or not number 3 is the worst one, especially when no one believes you that he exists.


KISS OF AWAKENING by Jennifer Snyder
With one kiss, everything will change…

When a mysterious letter arrives from her estranged mother, twenty-one year old Kenna Blake and her best friend, Bree, make a trip to New Orleans hoping for a little Halloween fun and to get away. The mystifying Crescent City has something else in store for her though.

Cryptic messages, a hot tour guide, and a new sense Kenna can’t seem to explain are just the beginning of this eye opening trip. Will Kenna accept what awakens with in her or will she crumble under its reality?
 
 
 
My Thoughts So Far:
 
Is that I'm actually quite surprised how much I enjoyed Sarra Cannon's story, After Midnight. I've read some of her previous work and they just didn't sit well with me. Completely cliché but After Midnight has definitely changed my mind on her so I might be going back and trying to read Beautiful Demons again. Last time, in 12', I couldn't get past 33%. Hopefully with this new light on her I'll be able to get through it and enjoy it, because I was quite disappointed when my high expectations didn't get met. 
 
Right now I'm currently reading, The Midnight Test by Juliana Haygert and to say the least, she's one of my favorite! I'm enjoying it, as usual from her, and I can't wait to see where it goes. I'm definitely loving Hazels style, it's definitely what we see more of now a days and I haven't read many female characters that look like her so I'm excited!
 
I have yet to read anything from Alyssa Rose Ivy and Jennifer Snyder. I've help promote a few books from Alyssa and hear a lot of good things from her works so I'm excited to finally have a chance to see what she's all about. Jennifer Snyder is definitely an unknown one to me so I have no idea what to expect haha. But I can't wait!
 
 
    
 
 
 


{Cover Reveal} Bound by Rapture (Rapture #3) by Megan D. Martin

Bound by Rapture (Rapture #3) by Megan D. Martin
Publication Date: October 27th 2014
Genre: Erotic Romance
 
 
~Summary~
 
The third and final installment in the Rapture Trilogy.

I’m in love with him.
My stalker.
He isn’t perfect. He’s something dark. Something broken.
He’s mine, but someone wants to take him from me.

They tried to kill me.

I bled out onto dirty, cracked pavement, and something changed inside me.
They can't have him.
Not Elaine. Not his mother. Not anyone.
And when they come for him… I’ll be waiting.
 
 
~Sequel To~
 
Drowning in Rapture (Rapture, #1)Clinging to Rapture (Rapture, #2)
 
 
 
~About The Author~
 
Megan D. Martin
 
Megan D. Martin is a multi-published author, mother, student and editor. In her spare time she enjoys decorating her house with strange things that do not match, playing her old school Nintendo Entertainment System, and buying fish for her many fish tanks.
 
 
 
 
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Books for Nothing (9) Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic & Trouble in Mudbug

 
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
 
Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (The Dowser, #1)
Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (The Dowser #1)
Publication Date: January 9th 2014
Genre: Adult Paranormal
 
 
~Summary~
 
If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it.

That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.

Note: 68,000 words
 
 
 
 
Trouble in Mudbug (Ghost-in-Law, #1)
Trouble in Mudbug (Ghost-in-Law #1) by Jana Deleon
Publication Date: January 27th 2009
Genre: Adult Paranormal Cozy Mystery
 
 
~Summary~
 
Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law’s death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana.

Unfortunately, death doesn’t slow down Helena one bit.

DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into – especially as it seems someone wants her dead. Keeping his secrets while protecting Maryse proves to be easier than fighting his attraction for the brainy beauty.
 
 
 
Sweet Readings Everybody!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Book Spotlight: Silver Bullet (Preternatural Affairs #2) by S.M. Reine

 
Silver Bullet  (Preternatural Affairs, #2)
Silver Bullet (Preternatural Affairs #2) by S.M. Reine
Publication Date: February 4th 2014
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
 
 
~Summary~
 
 USA TODAY Best-Selling Author SM Reine presents a new series for fans of The Dresden Files and The Iron Druid Chronicles...

Former private investigator Cèsar Hawke has one rule: He doesn't deal with dead bodies. That's why he enlisted with the Magical Violations Department in the Office of Preternatural Affairs. He's happy tracking down witches that commit petty crimes, but he leaves the homicides to other agents.

Except that he's been assigned to a new team--a team that handles special investigations--and the job has suddenly changed. Now Cèsar has to deal with dead bodies. He also has to deal with necromancers, murderous cults, and demons that can stop a man's heart with fear.

This isn't the job he signed up for, but it's the job he needs to do.

If he survives the first week.
 
 
 
~Excerpt~
 
If you saw me sitting down in the old Soup Express building that Wednesday morning, you’d think that the spineless piece of shit stool pigeon that I was interviewing was human. You’d be right about the spineless piece of shit part. The human part? Not so much.

You could have passed Connie on the street corner with no information about her but the shifty-eyed way she watched the world, and you’d instantly know she was the type to spill the beans for enough money. She looked as slimy as her personality: greaseball face, a wig likely styled with canola oil, damp patches at her groin and underarms. The chunky gold watch and necklace she wore were the kind of jewelry owned by CEOs and high rollers, not assholes with Sharpie eyebrows and Juicy sweats.

If Connie had been smart, she would have sold that watch for whatever the pawnshop would give her and headed for the border. Not to a country without an extradition agreement, but a country without an overlord.

Connie wasn’t smart, so she was in an empty, condemned building with me.

She was regretting it.

“We haven’t met before, have we?” she asked, mopping at her forehead with a fistful of dusty napkins from the counter. Before the economy crashed, Soup Express had been one of those places where you ordered at the register and got your food delivered to your table—an uncomfortable mix of fast food and sit-down—and they’d left behind a lot of detritus.

I fought the urge to lean back as Connie sat in the chair across from me, arranging her long, narrow limbs into the pretense of a casual posture. Slouched back, ankles crossed, arms behind her neck. Might have been convincing if she’d held still like that longer than two seconds. She couldn’t stop fidgeting.

Jesus, she didn’t smell right. I expected someone that looked like her to reek of body odor and cologne. Instead, she smelled like rot.

“No, we haven’t met,” I said. Fortunately. “How many contacts do you feed information to, if you can’t remember them all?”

Connie shrugged. It was a short, twitchy gesture, more like someone was tickling the back of her neck and she was trying not to look back to see who it was. “You know how it is. Drop some lethe, lose a year.”

I didn’t know how “it” was. I didn’t even know what “it” was.

I casually lifted the cover of my manila folder and skimmed the top page. Fritz had left me a sticky note about lethe. It said, “Street drug for demons. Stimulant. Subcutaneous insertion via intake bracelet or inhalation via sinuses.”

My eyes flicked up to Connie. Her watch had slid down her bony wrist, revealing an iron band on her forearm. The intake bracelet.

I pretended that I hadn’t noticed it, or at least, that it didn’t surprise me. I wanted Connie to think this was a normal day of the week for me. Like it was part of my morning routine to squeeze information out of spineless piece of shit stool pigeons.

It wasn’t. My job was not so much intimidation and hexes and shooting guns as much as pushing papers from one side of my desk to the other, and occasionally tracking down non-violent perps.
At least, that’s what my job used to be, before I had a bounty put on my head by the incubus mafia. One thing had led to another, I’d gotten promoted to a special team, and the status quo had changed in kind of a big way.

Now here I was, working with demon informants.

A demon. Jesus.

This part definitely wasn’t normal for me.

I had one demon contact. One. And Monique was an artisan, a shut-in, someone who presented no real threat to humanity. And even though a skinny chick like Connie was as unintimidating as I could imagine, I didn’t know what kind of demon tricks she might be able to pull.

These days, frankly, it felt like I didn’t know anything about…anything.

Not that I could let Connie catch on to that.

“We need to talk about the infernal energy event that we detected this weekend,” I said. The words came out smooth. Infernal energy event. Those were three words I’d never put together before in my life, but I thought I made it sound pretty natural.

Connie’s face crumpled like she was about to start crying. “Oh man.”

I let the manila folder drop closed. “So you know about it.”

“Don’t need to ask me about this one. Find someone else. Anyone else.”

I was mostly new to demons, but not new to dealing with informants. There were two kinds of them: the kind that needed intimidation to loosen up, and the kind that needed money. I thought Connie might snap if I tried to intimidate her. Couldn’t imagine pulling the “look at how big and scary I am” moves on a lady anyway, even if she was a demon-lady.

Sliding my wallet out of my pocket, I set it on the table in front of me.

“Let’s take this nice and slow,” I said. “Start from the beginning. Where do you work, Connie?”

Her fidgeting stopped when she spotted my wallet. She swallowed hard. “I hold down a job at Craven’s Casino. Part-time. Janitorial work’s a good way to get info. It’s like I’m invisible in the uniform, you know? You’d be surprised what people say around the staff, like we’re not even there.”

Now she was talking. That was good.

“Craven’s Casino is owned by demons, isn’t it?” I asked.

“Uh, yeah. Obviously. John Ascuaga’s not going to serve long pig ribs on Thanksgiving.”

Who the hell John Ascuaga? What the hell is long pig?

If there was any way to make an investigation more difficult than throwing me at my first demons, it was throwing me at my first demons in an unfamiliar city. But I kept my face smooth as I jotted down the notes to look up later. Just had to look good, look confident, keep Connie talking. My Steno pad already had a full page of notes about this investigation and I’d been working on it for less than twenty-four hours.

“Were you at work when the event occurred, Connie?”

She stiffened. Gave a jerky shrug. Gnawed on a fingernail. “I don’t know.”

Time to rephrase.

“What were you doing on Sunday night at ten o’clock?”

“Working,” she said.

Okay. We were getting somewhere. “Did you notice any strange behavior in the casino that night?”

“It’s always strange in Craven’s, amigo.” Connie tore her thumbnail off, spit it onto the floor. “Our cocktail waitresses wear assless chaps and they let people fuck them. They encourage it. But anyone who fucks them turns up dead. And you don’t need chips to gamble on the floor; you can toss anything valuable on one of those tables and play. Or you can put down nothing at all and let the dealer figure out what you owe. The dealers are happy to take blood or flesh half the time. So you wanna talk strange? At Craven’s?”

She painted an ugly picture. I was starting to feel a little hot. I caught my hand loosening my tie and made myself stop.

It was easy enough to imagine what a demon-owned casino might be like. Helltown, in Los Angeles, played by similar rules—the trade of flesh and blood and souls. Demons liked money, but they liked organic currency much, much better.

I’d been quiet too long. I tried to remember what we were talking about.

“Did you see anything stranger than usual? You know what I mean.”

“David Nicholas was irate,” Connie said. “Normal levels of irate, but…” She stopped. “I don’t know. I just—I don’t know.”

David Nicholas? I flipped through the dossier. No way to make the search look casual now—his information was toward the back. We had no photo, no information on aliases or species. All it said was that David Nicholas was the name of the manager running Craven’s Casino.

I doubted that he was human. Hard to imagine a human that could keep charge of that kind of hellhole.

Pun intended.

“Did you speak with the manager? Do you know what was bothering him?” I asked.

Connie shook her head. “No. I avoid him. Everyone smart avoids him.” Her fingers crawled across the table, toward my wallet. I resisted the urge to put it away and instead opened it. Green paper poked up on one side. Connie’s glassy eyes brightened. “I heard him laughing.”

“Laughing?”

“Cackling,” she said. “David Nicholas was storming around, biting heads off like usual, and then he went into his office for a while. I felt the—this event thing—and when he came out of his office again, he was happy. Happier than I’ve ever seen him.”

I made note of it. “When did he go into his office?”

“Dunno. I was busy mopping the first floor shitters.”

“Is that early in your routine at work, or late?” I asked.

“First thing.”

So David Nicholas’s momentary disappearance probably coincided with the infernal energy event.
It wasn’t much information. It was barely anything at all. I drummed the end of my pen on the table, frowning hard at Connie. She shriveled under my gaze, so I made myself stop. Didn’t want to intimidate her. Hated seeing fear in a woman’s eyes.

“I want to pay you, Connie. If you can tell me anything about what caused the event—including rumors you may have heard—you can walk out of here two hundred dollars richer.” Fritz had actually given me a thousand dollars in cash before sending me into Soup Express for the chat, but I didn’t think Connie was that tough a nut to crack.

“It’s because of her,” Connie whispered, staring fixedly at the floor.

I followed her gaze. She was watching a spider skitter across the dusty concrete. It was a harvestman, a daddy long legs. Connie looked petrified by it.

“They’re not venomous,” I said, bending down to scoop the harvestman up in my fingers.

Connie jerked back, shooting to her feet, sending her chair crashing to the ground.

“Oh man,” she said again, rubbing her hands over her face, raking furrows through her greasy hair.
I went to a cracked window. “There you go, buddy.” I ushered it off of my hand. It delicately stepped off of my fingers and vanished outside. Snow aside, it was a pretty warm night in Reno, Nevada—the harvestman would be fine.

When I turned back to Connie, she had plastered herself flat against the wall. She was shaking harder. Didn’t look like fear anymore. It looked like she might be having a seizure.

“It’s her,” she said again. “She saw me. She knows I’m talking. I’m dead.”

“Who is ‘she?’”

“She wants to find it—she—she knows that it’s there, down in my nest. She’s been asleep for so long and now she’s trying to wake up and she’ll come for me down there.” Tears rolled down her sweat-slicked cheeks. “I said too much. She knows that I said too much. She’ll kill me.”

My heart folded in on itself. “I can protect you. Let me help.”

There was something in Connie’s hand—something velvety black. For a moment I thought she’d snagged my wallet while I was distracted, but it was still on the table.

Whatever she was holding, it had shiny parts.

A knife.

“I need backup!” I shouted, drawing my gun, moving to take cover behind the stairs.

The informant moved too fast for me to stop her. But she didn’t attack me.

She dragged the blade across her throat.

It wasn’t sharp enough to cut with a single swipe. She hacked at her own neck, mangling the flesh. Black blood gushed over her hands. She cut herself open from ear to ear and exposed shining meat under the skin.

I forgot my gun and rushed to stabilize the wound.

“Connie—”

She sagged in my arms.

The back door to the restaurant exploded open. Agent Suzume Takeuchi ran in, gun drawn but aimed at the floor. “What happened?” she asked, scanning the surroundings.

Connie’s blood was stinging my skin. I dropped her and tried to wipe my hands clean on my jacket, but the blood started burning a hole through the breast. I took the whole thing off, swiped my hands dry, and dropped it.

“Jesus,” I said.

Suzy nudged Connie with the toe of her shoe. She didn’t move.

Our informant had killed herself.


~Sequel To~
 
Witch Hunt  (Preternatural Affairs, #1)
 
 
~About The Author~

S.M. Reine

Hi everyone! My name is Sara, and I write urban fantasy and paranormal novels as SM Reine. I collect swords, cat hair, and typewriters (which I do use for writing!). It's a good day when those three things have nothing to do with each other.

If you would like to know the instant my next book is available, you should enlist in my Army of Evil! We have a wicked cool secret handshake, but you'll have to sign up to learn it. ;) Check it out -- http://smarturl.it/armyofevil


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashley's Mini Review: Dead is a Killer Tune (Dead Is #7) by Marlene Perez

Dead is a Killer Tune
Dead is a Killer Tune (Dead Is #7) by Marlene Perez
Publication Date: September 4th 2012
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Mystery
Pages: 204
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Read: September 17 to 20, 2014
 
 
~Summary~
 
High school freshman Jessica Walsh is a Virago—a woman warrior who must protect her hometown from danger. And in Nightshade, California, trouble is always lurking. At the town’s Battle of the Bands, Jess’s boyfriend, Dominic, and his band, Side Effects May Vary, are up against Hamlin, a band so popular, their fans follow them everywhere. Soon, the competing musicians are doing risky, illegal, and even fatal things—and claiming that they heard strange music that compelled them to do it. Can Jess and her friends track down the tuneful tyrant before it’s too late?
 
 
~My Thoughts~
 
Dead is a Killer Tune is a fun quick read with little talking dolls and a pied piper looking for revenge.
 
Honestly, this spin off series is fun but that's all it is. There's no real storyline that connects the books together in this trilogy. The only thing is that Jessica is a Virago and she's learning her way with it. Other than that, there's not much for me to fall head over heels like I did with Daisy's story. Actually, whenever Daisy or her sisters came into the scene they definitely stole the light from Jessica and I was pining for them to return with their own book again.
 
The characters are okay, no one really stands out except for all the ones from the original series. The newer ones are just, I don't know. Maybe it's cause it's been two years since I've read Dead is a Battlefield but even though it's been a while I was able to fall into this story because Ms. Perez is able to remind you about what happened in the past without dragging it alone or making you feel overwhelmed.
 
Overall it's just an average read. I went back to my review of Dead is a Battlefield and some of the points in that one continue to this one. I wished Jessica's story was a little bit stronger. There's nothing in here that makes me feel like Ms. Perez just had to tell us her story because there's not much of a story here. Jessica is just solving mysteries, that's all it is. And though I never see the twist coming, which is what made me give it a four star rating, there's just nothing in her that's mind blowing or have me craving to see what happens next with Jessica. I might come back because, yeah, it's a fun quick read and the world is a bit exciting but the characters are just flat to me. They don't have anything to make them solid and that's what they need.
 
 
 
 
 
 Sweet Readings Everybody!


{2x Cover Reveals + Giveaway} Fix Up & Change Up (Patch Up #2 & #3) by Stephanie Witter

 
 
Fix Up (Patch Up #2) by Stephanie Witter
Publication Date: October 14th 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
 
 
~Summary~
 
Saying “I love you'' doesn’t erase the old scars and fears. 

"I love you to insanity. I'm not even sure if it's a good thing.'' — Duke

Skye is trying to overcome what happened with Sean. Now that she’s slowly healing, both physically and mentally, she’s determined to do something she should have done sooner. 

She’s meeting twice a week with a new, very young therapist, Dr. Marshall. 

There, she’s able to talk freely, unwind, and question things. Most of the sessions she talks about herself and her hangups, along with her relationship with Duke, which is still on rocky ground. 

"I want to taste his sweat. I want to hear his groans. I want to feel him inside of me.'' — Skye

But while Skye is slowly getting back on her feet, Duke feels like he's drowning. He’s afraid of pushing her too much, of initiating intimacy, and it’s weighing between them. Moreover, knowing that he's not the one she’s talking to anymore is making him feel things he never thought possible. 

"It’s a matter of when I’ll stop fighting." — Duke

As days pass, Duke is showing over and over how vulnerable he truly is and how Skye has more power over him than she ever imagined.

When Skye sees how they keep hurting each other, she’s determined to do everything in her power to make things right, no matter what the cost. But one thing is still sure; she can count on Duke whenever she needs him, even if they disagree and fight. When Duke loves, he loves with everything he’s made of, the good and the bad. 
 
"Loving her is confusing, making me afraid of myself and what I can do ... because I can break us both." — Duke
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Change Up (Patch Up #3) by Stephanie Witter
Publication Date: November 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
 
 
~Summary~
 
In Patch Up and Fix Up you had Skye and Duke’s story. Now, it’s time for Derek and Kate to find their path.

He fights for the people he loves.

She fights against love. 

Kate Andrews is starting her second year of college in Seattle. She is happy to leave Chicago and her dysfunctional family behind to be with her friends again. Growing up she thought that her parents' loveless marriage was all her father’s fault, but that summer she discovered that things are so much more complicated in life and love. 

Her mother is bipolar. That doesn’t mean her father isn’t unfaithful, nor does he support her and her choices. Additionally, he isn't a great father or husband, but it brings a new perspective in her life; the way she envisions love. 

Derek Williams graduated college a few months ago, and while he moved back in again with his single mother and teenage brother, he never thought that he would be struggling with two crappy jobs. He is not succeeding in either of his jobs or in his countless plans for the future. 

Instead, he’s trying to bring back his brother and set him on a straight path, while trying to avoid the wrong crowd hounding him, thanks to his brother. Together with fighting his mother on her lack of support in their family, this all has caused chaos.

“Yes, my life is a fucking mess. I have nothing for that girl who deserves everything, and yet I still can’t just sit on my ass and wait for the next asshole to pursue her.‘' — DEREK

Both of them are very different. Their upbringing is opposite; their vision of love and life contrast, and yet …

“I want to open up to it, open up to the possibility of heartbreak even if I’m scared to death. I’m ready to change up.'' — KATE

They’re both still hung up on each other. 

They can’t forget that one night they shared months ago, can’t ignore their attraction and quickly maturing love. They match in every way that matters, but time and time again their respective families are getting in the way. 

"He’s the commitment kind while I’m anti-commitment." — KATE

Are they willing to fight for each other? Is Kate ready to risk her comfort and everything else for love? Is Derek prepared to chose which battles are worth fighting for?

 “It’s never been friendship, and it’ll never be.’’ — DEREK
 
 
 
 
~About The Author~
 
Stephanie Witter
 
Stephanie Witter is a French dreamer. She started learning English at three, and fell in love with the language. Always with a book, or two close by, she started reading in English when she couldn't wait any longer for Harry Potter to be translated in French. After a while, reading wasn't enough. She started writing Young Adult and New Adult Contemporary novels and PATCH UP is her first New Adult Contemporary novel.
 
 
 
~Giveaway~
 
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

{Book Blitz + Cover Reveal + Giveaway} Block & Status (Soical Media #3 & #4) by J.A Huss

 
 
Block (Social Media, #3)
Block (Social Media #3) by J.A Huss
Publication Date: September 24th 2014
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
 
 
~Summary~
 
Grace @FilthyBlueBird
@VaughnAsher #YouAreCaredFor So the movie star says. But his idea of cared for isn't the same as mine. Obviously a #Douche.

MovieStar @VaughnAsher
@FilthyBlueBird #BehindTheScenesIsMyScene The Blue Bird has trust issues. And tantrum issues. And commitment issues.

Grace @FilthyBlueBird
@VaughnAsher #SaidTheKettleToThePot

MovieStar @VaughnAsher
@FilthyBlueBird #YouAreMine and I won't let you forget it.

Grace @FilthyBlueBird
@VaughnAsher #YouMustShitUnicorns that's how delusional your fairy tale is. #GetAGripOnReality I'm outtie.

MovieStar @VaughnAsher
@FilthyBlueBird You're an #Innie #Sweetheart :) My tongue licked all your #CuteLittleButtons.

#ForTheLoveOfFilth

Why is he so damn sexy? How will I ever get out from under Asher's thumb if I can't stop thinking about his tongue on my buttons? #HottiesNeedToPlayFair
 
 

 
 
 
 
 ~Excerpt~
 
Hes gone. And what did I figure? That Id be the girl to change him? That Id be the girl he falls in love with? That Id be the girl who could claim his heart, even though countless others have tried and failed?

Im an idiot.

For years, my Dirty Heaven was Vaughn Asher. I lived and breathed for those Saturday nights and ever since I met him in person, my fantasy faded away, one disappointment at a time.

Hes a jerk.

Hes a sexual deviantand even though I did like that date we had, a BDSM relationship was never part of my perfect fantasy. I didnt exactly dream of wedding bells and diapers, but it was a monogamous partnership kind of dream. I would live in Denver and build my career, flying out to see him in Hollywood every weekend for parties and fun. Then hed fly back with me on Sunday nights to fuck me in ways that did not involve kneeling at his feet or having bite-sized morsels placed on my tongue. Hed kiss me goodnight on my doorstep like the perfect Prince Charming and fly home for a week of hard work and Id do the same here in my own little corner of the world.

And although I think he might be on board with the distance that I prefer in a relationship, his unique sexual requests are not part of my long-term plan. That is vacation sex. That is one-night-stand sex. That is not partnership sex.

So its better this way. Im perfectly happy like this. Im going to find myself a new fantasy prince and give him all my Dirty Heaven attention. Maybe a younger one this time. Someone more my age. Someone who doesnt need to prove his sexual prowess with games.

"Earth to Grace?"

Im going to forget all about Vaughn Asher, wipe him right out of my life.

"Hello?"

Which is easier said than done when those stupid fucking Invisible Man 2 posters are all over this fucking airport.

"See something you like up there? Because thats my soon-to-be husband."

"What?" I look over at Kristi who is handing me a cup of coffee from the Starbucks while stuffing her face with a blueberry muffin. "No!" I laugh. "No, I was looking at the IM2 poster next to Johnny Blazens Broncos."

"Oh, yeah, that Vaughn Asher is a dream. Id do him." She chuckles as we drag our luggage onto the moving sidewalk that will take us down to the end of the concourse to the gate. The Blazens have hired a jet to shuttle Denver friends and family over to Vegas and they keep all the small airlines on the very edge of the concourse, making the walk a long one.

Hmmm. "He’s OK, I guess. Not quite my idea of a dream though.

 
~Sequel To~
 
Follow (Social Media, #1)Like (Social Media, #2)
 
 
~Cover Reveal~
 
Status (Social Media, # 4)
Status (Social Media #4) by J.A Huss
Publication Date: October 8th 2014
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
 
 
~Summary~
 
MovieStar @VaughnAsher
@FilthyBlueBird #DirtyHeaven is mine tonight.

Grace @FilthyBlueBird
@VaughnAsher I own #DirtyHeaven, bitch. #VaughnAsherIsMyBitch

MovieStar @VaughnAsher
@FilthyBlueBird #FlashbackTime Get ready.

Grace @FilthyBlueBird
Come here and take off my lip gloss @VaughnAsher #OnMyKneesWaiting

MovieStar @VaughnAsher
@FilthyBlueBird #Flashback to last night. Oh, you weren’t wearing lip gloss. But you are now. #GetOnYourKneesAndWait

Grace @FilthyBlueBird
@VaughnAsher - Dabbing lips with a napkin. #ThatAllYouGot?

Finally... Grace sees me in a different light. The banter is flirty, the sex is fun, and the future looks fabulous.I just hope she feels the same way when she finds out what I did.
 
 
 



~About The Author~

J.A. Huss

J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.
 


~Giveaway~
 
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

{Cover Reveal} Tempting Fate (A Serendipity Novel #2) by Brinda Berry

Tempting Fate (A Serendipity Novel #2) by Brinda Berry
Publication Date: October 1st 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
 
 
~Summary~
 
When two worlds collide, it can only be fate.

Collin knows trouble when he sees it. A beautiful girl crashing into his car? She should be flashing a neon DANGER sign. He knows better than to get involved with a fresh-faced babe who could break his already-tattered heart. After graduating from college, he's on track to start over in a new place. He's discovering what he wants from life, away from the shadow of his overbearing father and the betrayal of his cheating ex-fiancé.

Veronica's home life morphs from trailer park to homeless after a bloody fight between her brother and her ex. She's on the run from a situation that promises to be deadly. Without a home, money, or friends, she's at Collin's mercy.

Fate brought them together. Will a secret from her past tear them apart?
 



~Sequel To~
 
Chasing Luck (A Serendipity Novel, #1)
 
 
 
~About The Author~
 
Brinda Berry
 
Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She's terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality.  She doesn't mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she's not working the day job or writing a novel, she's guilty of surfing the internet for no good reason. 
 
 
 
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Ashley's Review: Patriotic Duty (Duty & Desire Series #1) by C.J. Pinard

Patriotic Duty (When Riley Met Cara #1)
Patriotic Duty (Duty & Desire Series #1) by C.J. Pinard
Publication Date: July 28th 2013
Genre: Adult Romance
Pages: 206
Format: Kindle
Source: Free on Amazon
Read: September 14 to 18, 2014
 
 
~Summary~
 
Newly divorced party girl Cara Reid just wants to have fun. Much too young to even be a divorcee, she and her bestie, Miranda, set off to have fun and maybe a few casual hookups and live life. One night at a military bar, Cara meets Riley Forrester, a hot Army soldier who makes her melt with one look of his deep ocean blue eyes. But Riley is only staying the summer in California and then has to go back to Colorado when it's over.
 
Cara tells herself he’s just a summer fling and is determined to enjoy herself and let him go once the summer is over. But when Riley receives orders he wasn’t expecting, she’s forced to make a decision on whether she’s going to be there for him when he gets back, or move on with her life. What she wasn't expecting was to fall so hard for the beautiful soldier boy, and now she's faced with accepting her feelings or letting him go.

For readers 18+. Contains adult content.
 
 
~My Thoughts~
 
Knowing that the second one, Tour of Duty, is actually told from Riley's point of view makes me wish I read that one instead of this one! No offense to Cara, it's just that I didn't really connect to her and I much rather see it from Riley's side. I'm a sucker for military stories, as you should all know.
 
There's many reasons why I just couldn't connect to Cara and the main one was that she was a party girl. I wouldn't mind that if she wasn't a mother of a young child and had pretty much full custody of him. Every weekend she was out getting drunk, she felt a hangover from Saturday on a Monday, and I don't remember her ex having their kid every weekend but that's how it was. And apparently she's one that is used to one night stands, at her place. Even if your kid isn't there, why would you bring total strangers to your place? I sure hell wouldn't but that's cause I'm not a party girl that's up for one night stands.
 
I also didn't like how the child was like nonexistence, Cara talked about him (barely) but he wasn't there physically. If he was, it was for small parts. I get this is a romance and so the story should be surrounded by the love interests but if the main character is a full time parent, then put that in the story more. Make it feel real and not like she's a bad parent. When the  kid was around you can see she's a great one but when this book is mostly on the weekends, the child is apparently away and she's able to be with Riley. It just didn't feel balanced to me. Because of this she felt like a party girl and not gonna lie, she was with a little slut on the side.
 
It's instant attraction between Cara and Riley. Not many words are said before they're making out and Cara takes him home. Really? Her friend brings home his friend and after giving him a blow job she finds out he's married and tells Cara. You'd think Cara would ask Riley if he's married before sleeping with him? But she doesn't. I just couldn't connect with her. The story and Riley is what held me. 
 
And when Riley got deployed, Cara wasn't sure what their status was. Okay, I get she's new to this and all, but when he asks her to wait for him it would have been nice to not see her make out with other guys. I get she was in denial, I get she was still telling herself that what she had with Riley was just a summer fling, and that she was finding herself but it made me cringe when she was trying to get back to her old ways. I'm happy she didn't sleep with anyone after he left, so there's a bright side. And I'm glad at the end she finally found her way and they both lived happily ever after.
 
Overall, it was okay but I just couldn't connect or get behind Cara. Finding out what happened to Riley just tore at my heart strings and won me over at the end. I so badly want to read the second one, I think it might be more romantic from being behind Riley's eyes. No, I'm pretty positive it will be. I'm so dying to read Tour of Duty, when I get a gift card later this year I'm so getting it!
 
 
 3.5

 
Sweet Readings Everybody!


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Books for Nothing (8) Into the Darkest Fire & The Witchling Grows Up

 
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


Into the Darkest Fire
Into the Darkest Fire by Juliana Haygert
Publication Date: September 3rd 2014
Genre: Paranormal
Goodreads
 
 
~Summary~
 
In early 1500s, seventeen year-old Arianna founded the White Sisterhood, a powerful coven for the good witches hiding from the Brotherhood. But the Brotherhood doesn’t want any witches alive, not even good ones. Since she’s the most powerful of all, Arianna is high on their list.
While the witchhunts burn through Europe, Arianna works with a king, helping him to make his kingdom peaceful and strong again. In return, he promised to protect her against the Brotherhood.
Into the Darkest Fire is a short-story about the Arianna’s death.

The Midnight Test is a novella featured in the collection Midnight Kiss: Four New Adult Paranormal Romances, releasing October 1st.
The Midnight Test is set 500 years after Into the Darkest Fire.

Being the weakest witch of her generation, nineteen-year-old Hazel is convinced she’s supposed to live a normal, human life—except for the occasional ghost hunting. When Hazel moves to New Orleans, the most powerful witch coven in the world grants her a chance to join them, but only if she passes a dangerous test on Halloween night. Everything is going fine until mysterious Sean steps in Hazel’s way, putting her entire test at risk.

Will she be able to ace the test and keep them both alive at the same time?

Amazon / BN / Kobo
 
 
The Witchling Grows Up (Family Pendragon Book 1)
The Witchling Grows Up (Family Pendragon #1) by Mary Moriarty
Publication Date: July 30th 2014
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Goodreads


~Summary~
 
Dylan Pendragon is not what she appears to be. She looks like a twenty something, hippy, new-age follower… When in fact she is a ninety year old witchling from one of the oldest families connected with witch craft.

She has yet to get any powers so to speak. But she is destined to be the most powerful witch of them all…

And she is a virgin.

Justice is a seven thousand years old Vampire. He is the oldest friend to his former king of their kind, Cormac O’ Heachthanna. There are three things that vampires love. Blood, fighting and sex and not necessarily in that order. Justice lost his wife about six thousand years ago so he has devoted his life to keeping man kind safe… and he has had no sex in that many years.

The Dark One has one thing on his mind. Capture Dylan Pendragon and take what he thinks is his… her virginity and her power which will blossom like a rose once she is taken. He will do anything to get her and that power or die trying.

In the course of one night under a full moon two become connected and set into motion events that can’t be stopped that will ultimately bring victory for some or one and the rest will be cast into a void less underworld.

Can Justice show Dylan he wants to protect her without touching her? Will he listen to his heart where love that has been dormant for so long is waiting to be released.

Will Dylan allow Justice to protect her so she can figure out how to get her powers and be strong enough to fight the Dark One? Or will she fall and be the sacrifice that the Dark One intends her to be.

Amazon / BN / Kobo


Sweet Readings Everybody!