Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Americans! And for those of you who don't celebrate, Happy Thursday! Lol. I just want to take a moment to wish you all a blessed day, full of family, food, and fun. 

Also, don't forget that the Thankful For You blog hop is still going on, so come enter for your chance to win a $5 Amazon GC!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Future Winds Book Blast

Set in a science fiction setting with elements of twisted horror, Future Winds is a strange yet wondrous tale of species self preservation and the all out moral cost of survival. Forced to leave earth, humanity discovers a planet capable of supporting life and hatches an audacious plan that will warp them across the universe to settle and begin anew. There is a darkness that resides below the planet's surface, but with no option to turn back, humanity must find a way forward.

Excerpt from Ch. 4:
Here we have two brothers who are being transported to their new home. They are nervous and afraid.

Ness wasn’t sure of the correct answer, so he lied. Way he saw it, he had a fifty/fifty shot of getting it right anyway. “Na, we aren’t slaves Lucas. You think Ma would have let us get on this ship if that were the case?”

The younger boy began to quietly weep. “I miss Mom,” he reminded his older brother, just as he had the day before and the day before that.

“Yea me too buddy, but we will see her soon.” Ness lied once more.

Author Bio and Links:
My name is Kevin Laymon. My passions are space exploration, music, sailing, snowboarding, wildlife, and of course writing. I have been writing for some time but the focus has been primarily on short stories and dark poems strictly for personal use. Future Winds is the first of a handful of novels I am working on for publication. I grew up in upstate New York and have lived up and down the east coast. New York is a location that holds a very special place in my heart. After working a wide range of jobs that I hated for far too long, Sara my significant other, and I decided earlier in 2015 to make some dramatic changes and travel. We scraped together some cash, I quit my job, and we moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where we live a libertarian life as vegetarians. We share our desertscape living quarters with an aquatic turtle named Taz and a rabbit named BunBear. On October 9th 2015 Sara & I got married in Las Vegas, Nevada. The sunshine in New Mexico has helped immensely in illuminating a greater perspective as to who I am and what I was placed on this planet to do; that is to teach and inspire. I have a hunger to awaken humanity so that we may break away from our programed way of thinking. Our minds are powerful and I encourage everyone to open them up, exercise them, and tap into the potential I know every living man woman and child has. Though my stories at times can be very dark there is a reason for everything I do. Perspective, perception, and relativity are everything in the world of literature.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Ecology of Lonesomeness Review Tour

Kaleb Schwartz isn't interested in the Loch Ness Monster. He'd enough cryptobiological speculation about Bigfoot while studying the Pacific Northwest forests. He's in Scotland's Great Glen to investigate aquatic food webs and nutrients cycles; if he proves there's no food for any creature bigger than a pike, then so much the better.

Jessie McPherson has returned to Loch Ness after finishing university in London, hoping to avoid the obsession with its dark waters she had when younger and first discovered lonesomeness. She knows any relationship with a scientist studying the lake is a bad idea, but something about Kaleb makes her throw caution to the depths.

When Kaleb discovers Jessie's lonesomeness refers not just to the solitude of the loch, he's faced with an ecological problem of monstrous proportions. Can he find a way to satisfy both the man and the scientist inside himself, and do the right thing?

10% of the author's royalties will be donated to WWF, the World Wildlife Fund.

"What?" she asked. "What're you shakin' your head at?"

He didn't know how to answer. "Just amazed at how words I never used before, back in the States, keep popping into my head, though I've only been here less than a month."

"Oh, aye?" She raised an eyebrow. "What words?"

"Just words. Words you use here that we don't." He tried to evade. Lovely... fancy... He tried to think of another word, but these two kept coming back into his brain like it was caught in a short circuit.

"We're good at getting into your brain," she replied, smiling broadly.

Again he thought of the word lovely as he saw her lovely mouth, her soft, red lips. Christ...

"For sure, you do."

"So, go on.... what words do we always say?"

"Um..." The words would not let him go. It was like Schrödinger's cat again. "Things like 'lovely' and 'fancy'." He said the words in a fake Scottish accent, hoping it would make them sound funny rather than serious, which was how he suddenly thought of them; too serious to say to a girl he hardly knew on a different continent, where he'd only stay a short time. He should leave her to get on with her life.

Jessie chuckled, but seemed to blush deeper as she turned back towards the lake. She'd finished her food and crumpled the wrappers and drank from the bottle of water.

Kaleb was silent too, yet again unsure how to continue the conversation without broaching a subject he was trying to avoid.

Jessie seemed to let the subject drop, staring out at the end of the canal. Then she turned back to Kaleb, peering at him with those blue eyes as if she was seeking to find something in his own.

"Aye. We do use them quite a lot," she said. A smile played around her mouth as she continued, "It's a lovely day. D'you fancy a walk?"

My Review:
4 stars

I liked this story, as it was a fun twist on the Loch Ness monster. I enjoyed the author’s writing style, and I thought he did a particularly good job with his characters. The characters were well written and likable (Arab and Malcolm were two of my particular favorites) and I liked the build up of Kaleb and Jessie’s relationship.

My biggest complaint was the heavy focus on science in the story, which I was not expecting as it was primarily marketed as a romance novel. I don’t have a problem with the science being in the book; I didn’t like that the science would crowd out the romance. This book was supposed to be a romantic novel that featured science, not a scientific novel that featured some romance. And while the science angle was interesting and added to the story, there were times were I felt like I needed a degree in ecology to understand and track what was going on. 

I think this would be a great read for those who like a little romance in their stories, but want more than just the romance. This would also be a great book for those who might not normally like reading romance novels, as it’s a great way to wet your “romance” feet while still reading an interesting suspense/science-y novel.

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November 10: Unabridged Andra's
November 10: Our Families Adventure
November 17: One Book Shy of a Full Shelf
November 17: Romorror Fan Girl
November 24: Sharing Links and Wisdom
November 24: LibriAmoriMiei
December 1: Hope. Dreams. Life... Love
December 1: Romantic Fanatic

Author Bio and Links:
David is a writer, ecologist and teacher from Dublin, Ireland, now living in Pamplona Spain. He has a degree in environmental biology and doctorate in zoology, specialising in deer biology and is still involved in deer management in his spare time. 

As an avid wildlife enthusiast and ecologist, much of David's non-academic writing, especially poetry, is inspired by wildlife and science. While his stories and novels are contemporary, they often seek to describe the science behind the supernatural or the paranormal.

His novels, Leaving the Pack and Five Days on Ballyboy Beach are available at Tirgearr Publishing. His YA novel, The Soul of Adam Short and Children's novel Peter and the Little People will be published soon by MuseitUP Publishing. He writes erotic romance under the pen name J.D. Martins.

A long-time member of The World Wildlife Fund, David has pledged to donate 10% of his royalties on all his hitherto published books to that charity to aid with protecting endangered species and habitats.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Eclipsing Apollo Review Tour

Apollo is fond of many things. Music, poetry, physical prowess, truth, and love. The Pythian Games are held in his honor and he attends, as a mere mortal, to enjoy the competition... and the women. Meeting the fair Coronis offers him his greatest delight. Her strength, her beauty, and her fearlessness clasp his heart with an irrevocable hold. But she wants none of him.

Coronis' duty is to marry, but she yearns for so much more. She is a fierce competitor, a hunter, skilled in strategy and reason. Those that would court her lack both the mind and the body to rival hers - she will settle for no less. As a mortal, Apollo was both infuriating and tempting. But Apollo the Olympian is terrifying. She fears giving him her heart might destroy her soul.

Demeter's need for revenge pits Olympian against Olympian, forcing Apollo into a darkness the God of Light must fight if he ever hopes to see his Coronis again.

He sat in a metal tub, one leg dangling over the side. He was talking, of course. The man seemed to think his every word a gift from the Gods. Erato, who was on her knees washing his foot, laughed as if she agreed. Stupid cow.

Khloris appeared then, pouring water over his shoulders from a large earthen jug. He sighed, shivering slightly, as Khloris set the jug aside and began to scrub his neck and shoulders. Her pale fingers clasped a thin rag against his gilded skin, sliding it over the impressive curve of his shoulder.

Coronis swallowed again, her hands fisting inexplicably.

He looked at her then, startled. But instead of looking ashamed, his brows rose, his lips curved in that smug grin, and he waited.

She wanted to yell. She wanted to hit him, to slap that look from his all-too-handsome face… To demand his apology for putting his baser needs before the respect he owed her father. He should not sit, smug and waited-upon, when she’d been sent to fetch him. She was not a common servant. She was certainly better than the two serving him. Oh, how she longed to tear the cloth from Khloris’ pudgy fingers and knock Erato aside...

She stopped then, stunned by rage twisting her insides.

She was a fool, too, to waste time expecting more from the likes of him. He may be named after Apollo, but was a man. An irreverent, lustful, peacock of a man…

She cocked a brow in return, not bothering to hide her disdain as she spoke. “I will inform my father that you’re too busy for his company this evening.” Erato gasped, Apollo’s foot sliding from her hands, while Khloris dropped the rag in the dirt at her feet. With mumbled apologies, they both hurried from the tent, scurrying past Coronis into the night.

He dared laugh. “Stay, awhile, fair Coronis. These maids were simply attempting to make me fit to visit your father’s home.”

“I fear it would take far more than a… bath to make you fit company for my father.”

My Review:
4 stars

This is book three of the series, and I would recommend starting with book one, since this story would have made a lot more sense if I had read the first two.

I enjoyed seeing Apollo and Coronis interact. They made a great couple and I could feel their chemistry. I also liked the twist of seeing Apollo being the one who was doubting the relationship. Usually, it’s always the woman who is overly anxious, consciously doubting her relationship, so I enjoyed seeing the flip side of that. I also liked how Coronis made him work for her heart, instead of just falling head over heels for him like in typical romance novels.

There were quite a few sex scenes in the book, some that made sense and enhanced the story and others that I felt the story could go without, especially since this was not categorized as an erotic romance. However, it wasn’t too over the top, so I didn’t mind too much.

I thought this was a very interesting story. The only issues I had with the story were all the grammatical errors I kept finding (though I received a review copy, so I’m not sure if they were fixed in the published version) and the ending. The ending was more of a bittersweet ending than a HEA (maybe a HFN), which I was not expecting. Other than those two things, I enjoyed the story.

November 2: The Reading Addict
November 9: Unabridged Andra's
November 9: Romorror Fan Girl
November 16: Reading Romances
November 16: One Book Shy of a Full Shelf
November 23: LibriAmoriMiei
November 23: Sharing Links and Wisdom

Author Bio and Links:
Sasha is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, romance, history, and travel. Her first play was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She's been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she's doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Case No One Foretold Blog Tour

Two men engage in an altercation in a movie lobby. Later one of the men turns up dead in a New York City alley. But this is no ordinary murder. The deceased is a sex demon and his fellow combatant was the werewolf, Jean-Claude Roué, fiancé of Mark’s shape-shifter secretary. Now the werewolf is accused of his murder and faces a trial by before a supernatural tribunal. If Jean-Claude is convicted for causing this death it will mean his execution. This time however, Mark Julian is away on a personal investigation in Kenya so Tortego, the crafty vampire chief, goes to an unusual source to secure help. Using his powers as head of New York City’s supernatural community he appoints Mark’s human partner, Detective Vincent Pasquale, to be one of the three judges for Jean-Claude’s trial. Now Vinnie must not only fight to clear his friend, Jean-Claude, he must deal with his supernatural co-jurists: the werewolf Viola Lupa and the sex demon Dale Carter. Both of his companion judges are on record as sworn enemies of “any mixed supernatural mating.” Throw in a shifty shape shifter named Andelan Clarke, Ja-ne the original Oracle of Delphi and, a sexy TV newsman from the island of Guernsey who appears to be more interested in bedding Vinnie than nailing a story and it truly becomes “The Case No One Foretold!” 

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More in the Mark Julian, Vampire P.I. Series:
While each individual mystery can be read as a stand-alone, there are storylines that continue from one book to another, so we recommend you use the series in order. 

I am also reviewing each book, and will post the review links for each book as well.

Book One – The Case of the Choirboy Killer
My Review

Book Two – The Case of the Strega’s Touch
My Review
My Review

Book Four – The Case of the Vampire Hunter
My Review

About the Author:
L.G.Fabbo-Gonnella is a resident of NYC. He has often said Manhattan is the underlying unspoken character in many of his books. "I guess its a love affair that I have with her," he once said. "I could live here forever and yet still find magical things about her that I never knew existed.

When not seeking out interesting new locales for his books he can be found dinning with friends and enjoying all the city he adores has to offer.

Though he has not yet met the supernatural denizens of NYC, he does hope too one day. And yes, there is a "letter Lounge" albeit under a different name.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Thankful For You Blog Hop

It’s that time of year again (at least for those of us in the States). Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we are thankful for, and as part of that, I am participant in the Thankful For You Blog Hop hosted by The Herd Hops.

I am thankful for quite a few things when it comes to my blog. I’m thankful that even after 3 years, I’m still able to keep blogging. And not only am I able to continue doing something I love, but I’ve had even more opportunities come to me through my blog. Whether it’s winning gift cards through hosting tours (as well as entering them) to getting the opportunity to review awesome items for free when I might not otherwise be able to afford buying them myself. Plus, I have found an awesome community of authors, reviewers, and readers who I get to not only communicate with, but meet up with at conventions. I’ve even been able to be a panel participant at RainbowCon this year due to my being a blogger. I’ve been able to do great things that I had never imagined when I first started blogging…and it’s due to people like you. 

Yes, you, the person reading this post. Whether you are a first time visitor or one of my loyal followers, you are the reason why I am able to keep doing this. It’s true that I do a lot of the things I do because I want to. But having people read and follow what I post gives me a reason to do so. By reading, commenting, liking, and following, you have not only helped me build my blog up and made it noticeable, you have also encouraged me. 

I’ll admit, there were many times along the way when things got tough and I considered quitting. In the past few months alone, I’ve considered it since going back to school made spending time on my blog difficult. Yet seeing people comment, seeing that people actually read and cared about what I said is simply amazing. Knowing that I have loyal followers who have stayed with me through 3 years of trying to figure out what the heck I was doing is a huge confidence booster. You’re the reason I keep going. 

I know that sounds corny, but while I started this blog just for me, it has since grown to so much more than I could have ever imagined. I am truly thankful to all of you for sticking with me, as I couldn’t have done this for 3 ½ years without your support. And if you are just now visiting for the first time…I hope you consider sticking around and supporting me to year 4 and beyond. Thank you so much, and may you all have a peaceful week and a Happy Thanksgiving (for those who celebrate).

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All of his life, Caden DeMott’s mismatched eyes have made him the target of superstition and scorn. Though he is the son of a nobleman, he’s been allowed to run free over the hills and moors, mostly ignored by his family. No one ever thought to inform him that he had been betrothed since infancy, until the day his fiancé, Prince Rhys Gwyther arrived to marry him.

Rhys is the prince of the small island country of Mauritania, a land rich in gems, rose oil, and pearls, but poor in skilled artisans and seeds to grow crops. In order to further cement the trade route to the mainland, he’s been sent to marry a man he’s never met, and bring him back to Mauritania. Unfortunately, an accident years before has left Rhys with a lot of emotional baggage and very little trust in strangers.

But trust is exactly what Caden and Rhys are going to need if they are to make a life together, and help unravel the mystery of who’s been smuggling valuable gems and pearls off the island. Add in the realization that Caden’s stepmother, Mildred and her island representative, Maxwell, have been importing inferior goods for years, forcing Mauritania to become more dependent on them, and trust becomes even more difficult.

Caden possesses the knowledge to finally allow Rhys’ father to unravel the plot to ruin Mauritania, but only if the king and his son are willing to put their faith in Caden’s loyalty to his new home. Something that is difficult to do after Caden is accused of cheating on his marriage vows to Rhys with his guard, Luc. Will Rhys believe him innocent? Or will their marriage be over before it truly has a chance to begin?

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Jackson growled with hatred in his eyes as he pushed past his wife. His steps were heavy with anger as he ascended the stairs to the second floor, fists clenched so tightly that half crescent indents were forming on his palms. Outside his eldest son’s chamber, he paused and took several deep breaths, desperately seeking some small measure of calm before delivering the life-altering news. If only there were a way to be certain Rhys would be kind and understanding of Caden’s odd, distracting behaviors, but sadly, few had ever truly given the young man a fair chance. If he could, Jackson would have spared his son the kind of bitter, miserable marriage he himself endured, but he held little hope that Rhys would be any different from those who had ridiculed Caden in the past.

Knocking on the door, Jackson mentally prepared his speech while waiting for Caden to answer. When he did not, Jackson pushed open the door and let his eyes drift around the dimly lit chamber until they came to rest on the figure curled upon the bearskin rug by the hearth, two large hounds on either side of him. Jackson couldn’t help but smile at the sight of the trio before a sudden thought abruptly wiped the smile from his face.

Would Rhys allow Caden to keep the animals, or would his son be forced to leave his two closest companions behind? Jackson crossed the chamber quietly, stopping near the hearth. When one of the hounds growled low and raised his head, the white splotch of fur around his left eye identified him as Titus. When Titus saw that it was Jackson he laid his head back on his paws and closed his eyes again while the other hound, Brutes, snored on.

With a sigh, Jackson knelt and placed a hand on his son’s shoulder, gently shaking him awake. Caden blinked sleepy, mismatched eyes up at his father, and as his son sat up, Jackson wondered what Rhys’ reaction to seeing Caden’s eyes would be and whether the prince was yet another superstitious fool who believed Caden’s one green eye and one white were a sign that he was devil-touched.

Fools, Jackson through to himself as Caden reached out and placed his hand on Brutes’ head, rubbing the dog’s ears. Caden’s head was cocked to one side, and he made a soft, clicking sound with his tongue that let Jackson know he was listening. While his son could speak, Caden used words sparingly and only after careful thought. It was one of the many things that made the boy so endearing in his father’s eyes. In another’s eyes, however, Jackson knew it was just another sign that Caden was different from others his age.

“I’m sorry I had to wake you. Were you up late wandering the moors again?”

Caden grinned and nodded, mismatched eyes lighting up and darting to the heavy curtains that were blocking out much of the sun and the moors that lay just beyond the window.

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About the Author:
LAYLA DORINE lives among the sprawling prairies of Midwestern America, in a house with more cats than people. She loves hiking, fishing, swimming, martial arts, camping out, photography, cooking, and dabbling with several artistic mediums. In addition, she loves to travel and visit museums, historic, and haunted places.

Layla got hooked on writing as a child, starting with poetry and then branching out, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes its aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap.

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