Happy Book Birthday Unseen w giveaway!!!

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 Ok, let me make you guys laugh at my blonde moment. So, when I sign up for tours, I normally don’t read anything but the book description. I wanna know about the book, nothing else. giggle. then I check the dates to make sure I can do it. ok, well I was all excited about this book, thinking it sounded so interesting for a new series. Well, it is good, but then I about smacked my head off my shoulders, when I realized who the AUTHOR was… An author I actually love and hadn’t even read the name. hahaha she writes the Hyde series I liked so much. So, I am even MORE excited to show you this one, because this series is going to be EPIC! It’s awesome. 🙂 Now, lemme show you some goodies so I can prove to you how much fun it is. 

Unseen (The Heights, #1)

Unseen

The Heights

Volume 1

Lauren Stewart

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Off the Hook Publishing

Date of Publication: May 29, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9881701-9-3

ASIN: don’t have one yet

Number of pages: ~386

Word Count: ~100,000

Cover Artist: Amanda of Pixel Mischief Design

Book Description

An invisible wall built from the tears of those touched by death

An impossible love as divided as the world around them.

After Addison finds a nearly-dusted vampire in the garbage outside her building, her ability to stay off the supernatural world’s radar is deader than the vamp. Almost as dead as she’ll be if anyone thinks she put him there. Should she finish the job somebody else screwed up or move him somewhere humans won’t find him? To keep the Heights hidden, she may have shoved a stake into her own chest. Just when she thinks her life couldn’t possibly get any more dangerous, she finds out who he is.

As vampire king and Prime to all supernatural beings in the North American zone, Rhyse is accustomed to getting what he wants without asking. But he neither wanted nor asked to be wounded in an ambush, waking up chained to a bed with a hole in his chest. Unfortunately, he needs help to discover who tried to kill him. But worse than that, his only ally is his captor, someone unaware she has the power to destroy their entire world.

As a prophesized war brews in the Heights, Addison and Rhyse must decide which carries more risk—trusting someone who could destroy you or trusting someone who could love you?

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Excerpt:

Addison backed up until she hit the counter. It was over. It had been over ever since those chains came off. Ever since she brought him into her apartment. Into her life.

“I saved you. I could’ve left you outside until the sun came up.”

“I imagine you wish you had.”

“Can you…can you not kill me? Just take some, but not all?”

Rhyse brushed her hair behind her shoulder and curled his fingers around the nape of her neck, whispering, “Do you trust me that much?”

“I don’t even trust you a little.” She felt the sting of tears. “I don’t want to be turned. If you drain me, let me die.”

He ran his other hand up her shoulder, to her throat and slowly closed his fingers around it. One move and her neck would break. “To drain you I would have to drink from you. And that, my pet, I will not do.”

She didn’t know what he meant but now seemed like a bad time to argue.

“Did you know what you are? How many of you exist?”

She didn’t answer. Partially because speaking required the air he was cutting off. Then his hands were gone, just like the rest of him.

Was it over?

When one of the women behind the counter moaned, Addison went to make sure they were alright.

Rhyse was on top of one of them, his fangs obviously burrowed in her neck. The woman moaned again, her legs wrapping around him. One hand clutched his shoulder and the other slapped the wall, searching for a hold.

It had to have been shock that made it impossible to look away. Or run away. The woman’s moans got louder, then crested, and her body went limp. Not in a dead way, but in an I-just-had-the-best-orgasm-of-my-life way.

Get out of here.

“Leave and they will die.” His voice stopped her after only two steps. “Stay and they will wake up from a very pleasant, very erotic dream.”

She grinded her teeth when she heard another moan. He must have moved on to the other woman. With two to feed from, there was less of a chance he would drain them, but… “Why should I trust you?”

The woman’s moans stopped and she whined, “No.”

“I do not care if you trust me,” he said. “Only that you obey me.”

“Fuck you.” But she didn’t move. “Are they alive?”

“Of course. It is against the law to kill humans.”

“Then let me go.”

“You are not human, Addison.” His voice came from just over her shoulder.

“I am. I promise. Totally human.” Somehow he’d missed the fact that seers were human, despite her telling him at least five times.

She heard the shuffling of fabric and looked down to see him wrapping his already-bloody shirt around the arm she’d cut. He tied a knot with the sleeves and pulled it tight. There was no part of this that she understood.

She sucked in a breath when he put his hands on her hipbones. Then another as they slid to her belly and down, pressing her back into him. She felt his heat and a vibration on her back as he made a sound similar to a cat’s purr but scarier. Clenching her eyes shut, she waited for death.

“You should thank them.” His voice was all sex. Dangerous, risky, awesome sex. “They just saved your life.”

They did? “Thank you,” she called out with a shaking voice. “Now that your belly’s full, how about you back off a little?”

“I should kill you, Addison.”

“I’m going to have to disagree with you about that.”

After a moment he stepped away, sighing as if he just made a really tough decision and wasn’t sure it was the right one.

“So,” she said, heading for the door, “it seems like you’re feeling better which is great. I’m really happy for you. Since you don’t need me anymore, I’m gonna go now. I’ll see you around.”

“Come to me, Addison.” His eyes were back to their original inhumanly beautiful color. Though he didn’t quite look calm, he looked satisfied.

“No.”

“Come to me or I will snap your neck.”

“Okay.”

“If you had simply brought a human to me, this all could have been avoided.”

“I was just thinking the same thing.” Total lie—she wasn’t thinking a goddamn thing besides, “Shiiiiit!”

“You and I have things to discuss, and a few memories to alter along the way back to your home.”

Damn it on many counts. “Alter or wipe?”

“Alter, of course. Although my strength has returned, wiping that many minds would still be highly taxing. I prefer to save my power for other activities.”

Like…? Nah, she didn’t want to know.

He opened the door and gestured for her to go first. Which he’d probably never done before. Minions opened doors for him and she doubted chivalry ranked high on his list of valuable traits. But she went because when you gotta go, you gotta go.

“Did you know?” he asked.

What was it with that question? “Know what? That your victims come while you feed? Yeah, I heard it happens occasionally.”

“Always. They always come while I feed. If it were possible, I would show you.”

“I just heard more proof than I wanted to, thanks.”

“I have no doubt that it would be far more enjoyable to feel you come than to hear her do it.”

 My Review

Shall we talk about the fact that even I like the vamper in here. DAMMIT! I hate when that happens hahahaha 🙂 No seriously. This is an amazing start to a new series. It’s fantastic wrapped up in a side of bacon. Yep, we get food analogies again 🙂 It was that good. I could not put it down, I could not let go, and even though I didn’t know what was going to come, my heart broke when it did. This one is going to cause some emotions to run high for a lot of you. And it’ll make you grab your seat and hold on for dear life, while you scream and cheer and get all crazy! 

Ok, our main lady is Addison, who is stuck. She’s stuck being a pawn for the vampires. They suck, pun intended. And it’s not just vampers, there’s all kind of supernatural characters in here. So what happened is that all the “higher” races, the shifters, vamps, etc., now run things, and “seers” like Addy are the bottom of the totem pole. Now, let me explain, and no it’s not a spoiler because it’s told right in the beginning. A “seer” is not magical, they are the humans who have the ability to “SEE” those more than human. So the big wigs decided to round up all those seers and make them their slaves basically. Bully for them, as I will not invest in Addy’s dusting powder and some serious stakes to carry around 🙂 Anyways, back to Addy, who is really cool. She isn’t kick ass in the beginning, but becomes awesome. She starts as a disposer, you know, those who “dispose” of the bodies before the humans see things. And she accidentally finds a big vamper dying in her trash and she is seriously stuck with him. Well, she learns some things, he learns some things, and hot damn we have some serious tension going on, as well as some serious line crossing. She is brave, and courageous, and caring, and loyal, and a little nuts, and willing to sacrifice herself to help others. She’s my new hero, though I don’t think I wanna hang out with her, because she has some scary people floating around. And people like to make her bleed, alot. 🙂 

And then there’s Rhyse. Well big bad kind vamper has a little tiny human who’s gunna knock him on his ass. It was AWESOME!!! 🙂 And, not to mention in the beginning, he wants to kill her, and eat her, and by then end, he wants to keep her and love her. Let me just say that this book has the best romance plot line. I’m normally allergic to that part, LOL, BUT, this author made that vampire work so damn hard to get her, only he doesn’t in the way he wants. There’s no love at first site, OMG I am gunna fall over myself to be with him. His powers of persuasion don’t work on her, and she has a power over him that’s gunna blow his mind. It’s a back and forth, and most of the time, I swore they were gunna kill each other. It was definitely one of the best anticipations I’ve read in a very long time. 

Ok, the world building is probably the best I’ve read in a while, because it’s not just your modern day world, but the way the others govern themselves, and the way things fall, and how the humans really don’t know about it all. It’s amazing, and it’s complex, and it’s so enriching. It’s definitely a cool place to be in. And of course there’s like 80 twists that will blow your mind. Every time I would think something normal would happen, BAM, there’s another twist that makes me yell or drop my jaw. Seriously, the ending made me cry, because I felt HORRIBLE. But I understand. Yep, be prepared for a thorough jaw dropping scenario. And not to mention, cold heartless vampires get a heart, bitter, crazy girls gain a vampire as well as something that can’t be said due to spoilers, and her best friend gains his life, which I cheered for the entire book. I totally thought her bestie Logan wouldn’t get to see something great! So, if haven’t given you at least SOMETHING that sounds interesting, than you suck like the vampers. We can’t be friends anymore. LOL 🙂 Seriously, I am routing for this one, and I will be the first to get my paws on book two, no matter who I have to bribe LOL 🙂 5 AMAZING, FANTG-TASTIC, BLOODY WOLFY PAWS! PS, Ms Stewart could you give me a nice little wolfy in book two, maybe Noah has a friend LOL 🙂 
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About the Author:

 lauren stewart

Lauren Stewart lives in Northern California with two of the most amazing children that the world has ever seen. She reads almost every genre so, naturally, her writing reflects that. With every book, every story, you’ll find elements of other genres–fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, suspense, YA, women’s literature, all with a touch of humor because what doesn’t kill us should make us laugh.

www.ReadLaurenS.com

@ReadLaurenS

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www.goodreads.com/LaurenStewart

Tour giveaway

5 ebook copies of Unseen
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Ms Lauren, thank you once again for giving me excellent books. I will need to get my hands on the last of the Hyde trilogy because I totally missed that it came out! I am so excited for you because this one is GREAT! Really 🙂 I wish all of you guys good luck on the giveaway because you totally want to win this one!!! Happy reading and later gators!! I’m gunna leave you guys links for her Hyde trilogy in case you wanna see that awesomeness too!!! 

Hyde (Hyde, #1)

 

Jekyll (Hyde, #2)

 

Strange Case (Hyde, #3)

dammit I seriously love these covers! Like I think some of my all time forever cover favorites, and if you only read these stories to know why they mean something 🙂 ok click on the covers to take you over to check them out! 

Love After Dark Cover Reveal!!!

Love After Dark features nine bestselling authors who create worlds and love within them.

Not only will you find love between the pages but new content relating to their fabulous series!

This bundle will include:

Brina Courtney, Ella James, Melissa Andrea, A.O Peart, Alivia Anders, Heather Hildenbrand, Julia Crane, Melissa Pearl and Beth Shelby

COVER REVEAL

Release Date: June 25th, 2014

Reveal by Brina Courtney ( Ignite Novella included )

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Shay could be the key to ending a war that humans don’t know exist. Of a race of beings that aren’t real, or are they?

Shay Tafford’s childhood has been fatherless, filled instead with memories of speaking to the dead. She is forced to hide her unique ability from those living around her. That’s why it’s been comforting to have Jeremy, a child ghost, as her confidante. But recently he’s been absent, perhaps lost as her father is. When Shay meets Hugh, the guy she’s had a crush on for weeks, and finds he can speak to ghosts too she’s just starting to find a normalcy in her life.
But as Hugh reveals the truth to Shay, about who she really is and about what it is she can do, he erases all chances she had at a normal existence. Turns out talking to ghosts is just scratching the surface of her genetically engineered gifts. Shay learns she may be part of an age old prophecy that could save the entire race of cryptids. But can she?

Here by Ella James

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Milo Mitchell’s life used to be charmed, but that was before her family dissolved, she went a little crazy, and her best friends started acting more like strangers. Spending Saturday morning in a treehouse with a stun gun for company and a herd of deer for friends is the only exciting thing in her life…until she shoots a fawn and finds her dart stuck in a guy.

Her gorgeous victim is dressed in a Brioni tux and armed with a hanky. He has no idea who or where he is. Afraid her dart caused his amnesia, Milo takes him in, names him Nick, and vows to help him solve his mystery. Soon the pair find Nick’s face in a newspaper obituary, and Nick beings to have strange, ethereal memories of Milo–who is sure she’s never met him. Suddenly Nick knows things he shouldn’t know and is doing things he shouldn’t do. When the Department of Defense shows up, Nick and Milo run–toward a shocking conclusion that could destroy both their worlds.

Illumine by Alivia Anders

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For the past five months Essallie Hanley has been trying to forget about the frightening murder of her boyfriend. Haunted by vivid nightmares and hallucinations of the event she does anything she can to pretend she’s like every other normal girl in High School.

Only Essallie is far from normal. Able to conjure blue fire and a shimmering silhouette of wings from her body, she seeks the only known solace left to her name; her first home in Belfast, Maine.

But she soon realizes that her return home is only the beginning of a long and twisted road taking her as far from her humanity as possible, with Kayden, the demon originally summoned to slaughter her, leading the way. Unable to touch her but oddly curious, he joins Essallie in her search to find out just what she is. But neither of them were prepared for the secrets they’ve begun to unravel, secrets that will change Essallie and everyone around her forever.

Flutter by Melissa Andrea

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Sara
Sara’s life is forever changed –
Waking up, buried & hidden deeply in the last place anyone would want to be, will do that. She is determined to find out how she ended up there & why, but when the only person who can help her, continuously lies to her, she finds herself forced to suffer alone. She can’t ignore the strange things that begin to happen to her nor can she hide from the nightmares that haunt her sleep. And when her world collides with Adan – the mysterious boy whom she can’t seem to stay away from, literally – she is consumed by the familiar flutter that sparks whenever he is around and she is desperate to discover the reason why.
But the biggest discovery will come from the secret of what she is…

Adan
Adan’s mission to find Sara has finally approached –
It seemed simple: bring her back to the enchanted world that lives, breathes and survives because of her, but he quickly finds himself faced with an entirely new challenge. Immediately, Adan realizes that staying unknown to Sara is a task he will fail before even attempting. The pull to her is far too strong to refuse, and being with her will defy the very reason he existed. He was the key to her survival and loving her was not part of the plan that he had been born to follow. Can he find it in himself too resist the urge to be with her and follow through with their destiny or will he destroy everything that had been left to Sara to protect and defend –
And the kingdom she is unaware she rules…

Flutter
As Sara and Adan struggle to overcome their own separate battles –
There is a far more determined evil that is stalking the shadows and waiting to annihilate them both.
Sara will figure out that not everything is what it seems and knowing what she can and can not trust will be the key to finding out the truth to what happened to her, the reason why she had been buried alive and who she really is…

Sara and Adan will discover the hidden meaning to why she was the reason he existed and why he would be the reason she survived & together they will fight to change the rules and rewrite their fate.

 

Dirty Blood by Heather Hildenbrand

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I killed a girl last night. I did it with my bare hands and an old piece of pipe I found lying next to the dumpster. But that’s not the part that got me. The part that scared me, the part I can’t seem to wrap my head around and still has me reeling, was that when she charged me, her body shifted – and then she was a wolf. All snapping teeth and extended claws. But by the time I stood over her lifeless body, she was a girl again. That’s about the time I went into shock… And that was the moment he showed up.

Now, all I can do is accept the truths that are staring me in the face. One, Werewolves do exist. And Two, I was born to kill them.

Anna by Julia Crane – Spin off of The Keegan Chronicles

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Follow Anna from Keegan’s Chronicles on her own adventure!

Seventeen-year-old Anna is an unskilled, natural witch still seeking a way to access her magick. When she moves to Seattle for college, she encounters two powerful witches who need her as much as she needs them. For the first time, Anna believes she’s found someone who can help her explore her own magick.

Her dream quickly turns into a nightmare.

Creatures of the Light have gone missing, and the witches she admires so well are a part of the mystery.

Before she knows it, Anna is knee deep in the disappearances and trying to forge a relationship with a certain soldier named Tommy, all while trying to find her way. Will she have time to save the creatures of the light or will she become the next victim?

Forged by Greed by A.O. Pert

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Two Seattle 16-year-olds, Jatred and Jasmira, are not your typical star-crossed lovers. They are not even your typical Shape Shifters. Sure, they try to live an ordinary life. At least, as ordinary as the Prince and the Princess of the rivaling ancient Races–the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards–can live. But eventually they learn that not much about their existence can be normal. Especially when the Races’ two commanding Goddesses are involved.

One of the Goddesses is on a quest to tilt the scale of power to her side. The other will never let it happen, even if it means kicking Jatred and Jasmira’s love to the curb. Nothing is off limits, including removing Jatred’s memories of Jasmira.

To complicate things even more, there are the Universe’s powers to consider. They are trapped in an ancient Amulet in order to protect the stability of the world. But the Universe has a mind of its own, and when the powers are unleashed, the forces of nature are disturbed; earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions shake the Earth. All Shifters of both Races are summoned by their respective Goddesses to fight in the name of, or against, the normalcy of the world.

Set In Stone by Anna Cruise

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Fifteen year-old Valerie is used to losing things–she lost her dad to his job ages ago and her best friend moved with no warning…and hasn’t been heard from since. During a weekend camping trip with her emotionally distant parents, she stumbles upon a hidden, mysterious stone and she finds herself desperate to keep it, to possess it. Two strange and beautiful boys have other plans, however. They follow her home–Leo, warm and seductive, who covets the stone and will stop at nothing to get it; and Noel, dark-haired and wise, who pledges to protect her and keep her safe.

As she delves deeper into the magic of the stone and the Celtic lore that surrounds it, Valerie realizes that she’s losing. Again. But this loss might involve more than a magical stone – this time, she just might lose her heart.

Golden Blood by Melissa Pearl

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Gemma Hart never knows when her father is going to whisk her back in time. Her toes start tingling and she has a few minutes to find a secret haven where she can disintegrate and appear in another time and place. While “across the line,” her training and skills are put to the test as she completes a mission that will change history for the lucky few her father has selected.

Gemma’s parents are adamant that secrecy is paramount to her family’s safety. If people knew what they were capable of, they could be “used and abused”, as her mother always says. Afraid she might accidentally utter the truth and break the ancient oath of her people, Gemma spends her school days as a loner. Only one thing can throw her sheltered life askew… Harrison Granger.

Harrison never expected to talk to the strange Hart girl, but after a brief encounter he can’t stop thinking about her. He begins a campaign to chisel away her icy veneer and is met with unexpected consequences. As he slowly wins this girl over, he enters a surreal world that has him fighting to keep his newfound love and his life.

I will be having a tour spot in the tour coming in June and July, and I’ll be sharing the release day as well, so keep watch. MY STALKEE has my favorite book, the first, Dirty Blood, in here, so I think I am going to read the whole thing to make sure Dirty Blood is in excellent company! LOL Happy reading and later gators!! 

Thereafter Blog Tour w Giveaway!

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Hello everyone! I am thrilled to have Ms Terri Bruce over today!! She’s worked so hard on these two books, so today you get to see my reveal, and a guest post from the author, and some goodies!! Here we go! 

Thereafter (Afterlife #2)

Thereafter

Afterlife

Book 2

Terri Bruce

Genre: Contemporary fantasy/paranormal

Publisher: Mictlan Press

Date of Publication: May 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9913036-2-5 (print) /

ISBN: 978-0-9913036-3-2 (ebook)

Number of pages: 318

Word Count: 99,000

Cover Artist: Artwork by Shelby Robinson;

cover layout by Jennifer Stolzer

Book Description:

When recently-deceased Irene Dunphy decided to “follow the light,” she thought she’d end up in Heaven or Hell and her journey would be over.

Boy, was she wrong.

She soon finds that “the other side” isn’t a final destination but a kind of purgatory where billions of spirits are stuck, with no way to move forward or back. Even worse, deranged phantoms known as “Hungry Ghosts” stalk the dead, intent on destroying them. The only way out is for Irene to forget her life on earth—including the boy who risked everything to help her cross over—which she’s not about to do.

As Irene desperately searches for an alternative, help unexpectedly comes in the unlikeliest of forms: a twelfth-century Spanish knight and a nineteenth-century American cowboy. Even more surprising, one offers a chance for redemption; the other, love. Unfortunately, she won’t be able to have either if she can’t find a way to escape the hellish limbo where they’re all trapped.

Author’s Note:

I am THRILLED beyond all measure to finally be able to bring you Thereafter, and I want to thank all the fans who have waited (more or less patiently) an extra year for this book to finally come out. Thereafter would not have been possible without your support—thank you all! I hope you love this beautiful new cover as much as I do, and I hope you find Thereafter to be worth the wait.

Author Guest Post

A Horse in the Afterlife

Hello everyone! I am so, so, so excited to be back visiting Maghon’s blog and all her fabulous readers! I always have the best time when I visit with you, and I saved this blog post especially for Maghon. J Today, I’m here to talk a bit about my newest book, Thereafter, the second book in my Afterlife series. I wanted to share with you my absolute favoritest (it’s a word!) scene from Thereafter.

Her hand touched a rock, one of the flat beach stones she’d seen on graves. She picked it up, laying it flat in her palm. She didn’t remember picking this up. In fact, she had been careful not to take any. It had seemed disrespectful and too much like stealing to remove them, and while she’d seen a few here—both loose and piled in cairns—she hadn’t picked any of them up. There had been no point. What would she do with a rock?

No wonder her bag was so heavy.

She tossed the rock over her shoulder and heard it hit the ground with a satisfying thud some distance away. It felt good to be rid of something, to make a decision and be sure it was the right one.

She surveyed the pile again and then grabbed a small handful of paper animals. She picked one up between a finger and thumb. It was a horse. Irene had been in Chinatown during Chinese Ghost Festival, a holiday in which the living left offerings for the dead. These offerings included paper replicas of things people thought the dead would need in the afterlife—money, clothes, television sets, and even animals. Irene had admired the precise and delicate folds of the Origami figures and had picked some up to admire them more closely. Without thinking, she had dropped them into her bag and apparently been carrying them ever since.

Well, even Jonah couldn’t argue with her on this—there was no way she was going to need a paper horse on her journey through the afterlife. Plus, these didn’t hold any sentimental value. She cast the horse onto a nearby fire and watched as the paper curled and blackened in the low-burning flames.

The fire leapt and seemed to glow blue for a moment. Irene tensed—what was happening?

Thick black smoke began to rise slowly from the flames, spiraling upward in a thickening column. The smoke grew denser and then elongated sideways. Irene leapt to her feet and backed away, her heart pounding. Something was forming in the fire.

The smoke was taking shape now; there was purpose and design in its movements. She could see a long, horizontal back, four legs, a neck, and finally a head and a tail. The smoke swirled with a final flourish and then shuddered into the solidity of a smoke-colored horse. The animal blinked passively. Then it violently shook its head, blew out a breath, and delicately picked its way forward out of the fire. It immediately put its head down and began to lip the ground, looking for food.

Irene stared stupidly at it. “Are you shitting me?”

Irene gets a horse!  😉

I have long been fascinated with the Chinese custom of sending gifts to the dead by burning paper effigies of those things, such as paper money known as “ghost money.” Apparently, there is an entire market for these paper “ghost” items, and I even read an article not too long ago about the inflation that has affected the price of ghost items because of an increase in “high-end” ghost items—paper televisions, cell phones, and the like!

I’ve always thought this was an interesting custom to begin with, but when I started writing the Afterlife series, I knew this custom would play a central part of my story. In the series, all the afterlife myths are actually true. In this case, burning paper items would really send them to the dead. I actually planned this scene from even before I wrote Hereafter, the first book of the series; that is, I planned for Irene to acquire the paper horse in Book #1, knowing that it would turn into a real horse in Book #2 (one of the reasons this is my favorite scene in the book is because I’m actually pretty proud of the fact I managed to plan this whole bit out across books so well). In Hereafter, there is very purposely a scene where Irene picks up a bunch of “ghost items” during Chinese Ghost Festival in Boston’s Chinatown. The scene is interesting but doesn’t seem to really have much of a purpose; only, it does! Irene and the reader just don’t know it yet. The importance of that scene isn’t revealed until Book #2 in the scene I shared above. The next big question, of course, is what other paper items did Irene acquire during Ghost Festival and how might they come into play in later books? 🙂

Now, I could have had Irene acquire any kind of animal, but I knew I wanted it to be a horse precisely because Irene would be horrified. She’s a city girl and a horse is the last thing she knows how to deal with. Well, and because…HORSE! 🙂 I love horses and since I don’t have a real one of my own, by writing one into the story I could at least have one virtually.

Irene stared at the horse. After a moment, she crept forward, ready to run if the horse decided to attack her. It lifted its head, watching her with a wary eye, and then returned to nibbling the ground.

Irene poked its shoulder. The horse snorted, shook its head, and moved a few steps away.

Okay, so not a hallucination, either.

She frowned and bit her lip, at a loss as to what to do. The horse didn’t seem terribly interested in her, so she retreated back to the rock. Her eyes absently roamed over the pile of items from her bag, as if the answers she sought lay there.

Her gaze fell on the words “So You’re Dead” emblazoned on the cover of a thin black book. She snatched it up, dropping the paper items, all thoughts of the horse instantly shoved aside; she’d forgotten she had this. She’d gotten the snarky self-help book from Madame Majicka before leaving the land of the living—gone through a lot of trouble, in fact, to get it, including attempted breaking and entering.

She cracked the book open but was prevented from reading it by the sudden appearance of a large velvety nose in the middle of the page. The horse, apparently bored, had wandered closer and now stuck his nose in the middle of the book, sniffing wetly at it as though hoping it might be food.

Irene sprang up. “Shoo!” she cried, flapping the book at the horse. “Go on. Get away from me.” The horse snorted, put its head down and began nuzzling the pile of items from Irene’s bag. “Get!” she cried. “No! Bad! Bad horse! Sit! Stay! Uh…” She flailed wildly, at a loss what to do. She was a city girl—what the hell did she know about horses?

The horse responded by sticking its nose into her hand and snuffling, leaving a trail of thin, clear snot behind.

“Ugh!” she cried, wiping her hand on its neck. “God, you’re a disgusting creature. Get! Yuck! Go on!” The horse was unperturbed by the chastisement and wandered off with a flick of its tail to graze a few feet away.

Anyone who has spent any time around horses knows how very typical of a horse this scene is. 🙂 But we love them anyway, right? Even when they slobbering and wipe snot on us. 🙂

And so there you have it—a pet horse in the afterlife. The last thing I’ll say about the horse is that anyone who has read my books knows that I put a lot of hidden puns and jokes into them. How many of you know what the joke here is?

Irene looked at the horse, which was hanging back, gazing at her with a hopeful look. Irene sighed. “Come on, Trigger,” she said, sarcastically calling it the only horse name she knew, and even that one she wasn’t sure about—was Trigger the Lone Ranger’s horse or John Wayne’s?

 Maghon says THANK YOU for letting me be special!! 🙂 

My Review

Ok, I am going to say that I am still not a major fan of Irene, she is still a bitch, just different LOL and dead. 🙂 She’s not fighting the dead part anymore. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like the book. Not everyone likes every main character, and I think that’s what makes this series so fascinating. Most of the time when we love a book, it’s a lot of us loving the characters, and then we just follow their adventure along the way. Well, Irene is someone I want to punch in the face, hard, alot, and then gag her so she can’t even open her mouth HAHAHAHAHA And oddly, I know people just like her. Which is the other thing, she is so damn flawed that she’s real. She is a very believable character. You will know people exactly like her in your real life. 

So, in the first book, which is mainly Irene first trying to prove that she’s not dead, then trying to figure out what to do about it. This one is she now knows she’s dead, and she needs to figure out how to get out of  this stuck place. And it’s going to cost her. Irene still thinks she can bully her way to getting what she wants. When she figures that won’t work, she’s going to hard ball it. LOL She’s still a very ungrateful, sometimes mean, very vain, and angry. She is seriously angry. I’ma have to send her some of my food, maybe she’ll shut up while she eats hahahaha She definitely wasn’t expecting what she got here. 

The two guys in here, I feel a little for them. They kind of treated her like a princess, and that seriously made her think she could treat them badly. And she still has a drinking problem hahahaha. Andras is different. He’s old fashioned, and doesn’t get the modern thing, and is very stuck back in the day. And he still follows her, even though they don’t seem like they like each other much. Ian, well, I don’t like Ian, and I think Irene is STUPID STUPID STUPID for her choices with him. Boy oh boy, let me just say that she has terrible choice in picking men. I don’t wanna give away spoilers. LOL. And though he seemed like the nice guy, he wasn’t.

Now as for the story line, I think it’s completely cool how in the first book she delves into all the ways people honor their dead, and the significance it has on the afterlife. In this one, she finally, seriously it took her forever, realizes she could help so many people’s suffering. And thought she bitterly does help, it feels like she was so mad about it. But she encounters so many people in the “dead” and I think I understand why so many of them are angry like her. They are stuck, and have everything they’ve ever known taken from them, and they can’t even reach the peace they need in death. I loved this part, because it’s such a unique view on the afterlife. The world building is fantastic, and if you took out me not liking Irene, the writing is great. It’s amazing how much research was put into this to have all the different culture takes. And it definitely has the gothic gloomy feeling about being ghostly as you read.  It’s quite an interesting thing, and I will say, I do hope after all this, in the next book, Irene gets her act together and starts acting like a person. LOL Seriously, if she’d just shut up and stop throwing around child like temper tantrums, she’d be a very interesting character. But I think that’s the point. Who wants to be happy about being dead and stuck. So I’m looking forward to seeing where this will go in the next book. 4 CREEPY GHOSTLY PAWS!! 

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Book 1:

Hereafter (Afterlife #1)

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Hereafter (Afterlife #1) by Terri Bruce

369 pages 
ISBN13  9780991303601
Why let a little thing like dying get in the way of a good time?
Thirty-six-year-old Irene Dunphy didn’t plan on dying any time soon, but that’s exactly what happens when she makes the mistake of getting behind the wheel after a night bar-hopping with friends. She finds herself stranded on earth as a ghost, where the food has no taste, the alcohol doesn’t get you drunk, and the sex…well, let’s just say “don’t bother.” To make matters worse, the only person who can see her—courtesy of a book he found in his school library—is a fourteen-year-old boy genius obsessed with the afterlife. Unfortunately, what waits in the Great Beyond isn’t much better. Stuck between the boring life of a ghost in this world and the terrifying prospect of three-headed hell hounds, final judgment, and eternal torment in the next, Irene sets out to find a third option—preferably one that involves not being dead anymore. Can she wipe the slate clean and get a second chance before it’s too late?
My Review
Well, this one is very unique. And let me say right up front that I seriously do not like the main character, but I actually really like the story. 🙂 This one takes you on a journey about all the different aspects people and cultures have for the afterlife. What really happens to you when you die? The amount of effort and research put into here was amazing. I learned so many things. It really does make you think.
So Irene is a bitch, times 5, with really stupid decision making skills and a totally alcohol problem to go with it. So, when she literally kills herself on accident, I say it like that because if you are stupid enough to drive around that drunk, and you know better, you chose to do that to yourself. 🙂 Yes, yes, I know, I’m harsh, but wait til you meet Irene LOL. Irene causes me to have anger issues, because I want to cause her violence. She doesn’t know she’s dead, so she causes crap, like mean poltergeist things. Then when she meets a young boy who can see her, and tries to help her, by God she is the meanest woman on earth to him. Seriously, he was just trying to help, and many times, I wanted to stab her in the eye with an unsharpened pencil. Badly. I was hoping after all he did for her, poor Jonah, she would turn into the nice lady…. Yeah no, that doesn’t happen. But anyways. Irene finally realizes that she’s good and dead. Really dead. And then she’s stuck here, and needs to figure out what’s next. She doesn’t want to be stuck here, so she decides to find “the light” or the “tunnel” or something to get her onto the next plane, like say Heaven. She drags poor Jonah around making him help her, meanly hahahaha. 

Jonah is quite a child. He’s full of information, and his fascination with afterlife and how each culture treats their dead. I wanted to beat up Irene for him. He still after all she does, help her. And continue to help her. He sacrifices for her. There are some other side characters, like her lovely dead neighbor, and the cool psychic who tries to help her. They definitely made the story lines fun!
The world building is cool because it’s the modern world, but there are a few little difference. I will be looking for blue glowy light 🙂 And though I don’t like Irene, I understand her a little. She had a good life, which she ruined, but still, and it was taken from her, and she can still hear, and see, and be present for things, but can’t “be” with them. She can’t have her house, or her things, or her conversations, nothing. And though she was rude in her alive life, it’s only made it worse which has left her bitter, angry, and ugly, and now she wants out. The writing is done very well. I actually liked where things went, and how the dead interacted with things and live people. It’s a unique great concept on the afterlife, and I hope for the next book Irene realizes how much she needs to get that giant boulder of a chip off her shoulder if she wants anything good to happen. 4 GHOSTLY PAWS!
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About the Author:

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Terri Bruce has been making up adventure stories for as long as she can remember. Like Anne Shirley, she prefers to make people cry rather than laugh, but is happy if she can do either. She produces fantasy and adventure stories from a haunted house in New England where she lives with her husband and three cats.

Website/Blog: http://www.terribruce.net

Goodreads Profile: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6450132.Terri_Bruce

Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Terri-Bruce-Fan-Page/325830544139030

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@_TerriBruce

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/terribruce

 Tour giveaway details

 Launch Party Blog Tour – May 1st – May 31st

2 $50 Amazon gift cards

5 signed paperback copies of Thereafter (U.S./Canada Only)

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I wanna thank Ms Terri, she is pretty awesome, right!!!! I hope you guys check out this series.I am definitely looking forward to seeing where Irene can go from here. ! GOOD LUCK on the giveaway! Happy reading and later gators! 

The Uprising Cover Reveal!

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The Uprising

Mackenzie Duncan Series

Book 3

Adrianne James

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Star Bound Books

Date of Publication: June 30, 2014

Cover Artist: Gonet Design 

Book Description:

Ever since Mackenzie Duncan watched her skin knit together after being ripped apart by a blood thirsty Werewolf, her life has been anything but normal. After being part of a pack with more secrets than the FBI, Mackenzie left and tried not to look back.

Her old pack leader Margaret, a Royal wolf hungry to regain the throne and rule over all the world’s Werewolves, made that impossible. Figuring out who to trust was full of heart break, but moving forward left her with a clear path ahead.

After Mackenzie found out that she, too, is part of the Royal blood line and that she had inadvertently endangered every pack she came into contact with, she feels that it is her duty to help stop Margaret at all costs before any more blood was shed or another life was lost.

Despite traveling the world with Liam, the man she loves, her life is in danger at every turn in her hunt for other Werewolves willing to stand against Margaret. Who better to fight then the blood line that shunned the role of power centuries ago?

Bloody battles surround her at every turn and when Mackenzie thinks all is lost, she has to find a way to embrace her past and accept her future.

About the Author:

Growing up, Adrianne couldn’t get her hands on enough books to satisfy her need for the make believe. If she finished a novel and didn’t have a new one ready and waiting for her, she began to create her own tales of magic and wonder. Now, as an adult, books still make up majority of her free time, and now her tales get written down to be shared with the world.

During the day, Adrianne uses her camera to capture life’s stories for clients of all ages and at night, after her two children are tucked in bed; she devotes herself to her written work. Adrianne is living the life she always wanted, surrounded by art and beauty, the written word and a loving family.

As a young adult and new adult author, Adrianne James has plans to bring stories of growing characters, a little romance, and perhaps a little magic and mythology down the line for her readers to enjoy.

www.AdrianneJames.com

www.Facebook.com/AuthorAdrianneJames

www.Twitter.com/Adrianne_james

www.Goodreads.com/AdrianneJames

Ok, so I haven’t read this series yet, but I’m so about to. I am not sure if it will still be, but you can check, because book one was FREE on AMAZON HERE a few days ago, so of course I got it so I could start reading this series 🙂 I’ll let you know how it goes, because if book one is good, I’ll have to get book two and wait for book three! LOL You know I can’t help myself when it comes to werewolves!! Have a great week everyone! Happy reading and later gators!! 

Happy Book Birthday Brush Strokes!! w giveaway!

BS Release Day Blitz

My Stalkee has a new book coming out!!!! For once, I haven’t read it yet, but no worries, I promise to let you know how awesome it is as soon as I do! But I am still going to show you all the goodies including the giveaway! ! Ok, let me just show you before I get all crazy!! 

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Synopsis:
Art student, Olivia Banks, was living her dream at an exclusive school when everything came crashing down around her. Now back in the small town she grew up in, she’s forced to spend her senior year at her old school where she’s known as the ‘freak’, all because she’d rather focus on her painting than the trivial drama of high school. But things aren’t the same as they were when she left. And the one thing that is turning her life upside down the most just happens to be the resident bad boy, Colt Morgan. Her senior year was supposed to fly by so she could pack up and leave again, but what happens when there’s suddenly a reason to want to stay?

*This book contains strong language and some sexual content. For mature audiences. Mature YA/New Adult

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About the Author!

 

Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. The second book, Eden-West, was released in July of 2012, and the third book, Eden-South was released in March of 2013. The fourth book of the Eden Series, Eden-East, will be release at the end of 2013. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she’s not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in a small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.

Author Contact Information:
Facebook: Janelle Stalder
Twitter: @jmstalder
Website: http://www.janellestalder.com
Email: jmstalder@gmail.com

Publications:
THE EDEN SERIES

Eden (Eden, #1)

Trapped within the cruel world of hormones and bullies, fifteen-year-old Aiden is convinced life has more to offer him. His instincts are proven correct on the night he is awakened by a voice calling to him from outside his window. As he sleepily peers into his yard, his eyes slowly focus on a woman who says she is there to take him to Eden. Aiden is about to fulfill the life purpose he never knew he had.

It is in Eden, a land on the brink of war, where Aiden will finally learn to trust himself and those around him. Accompanied by Wolf, his sidekick Logan, and the beautiful archer, Elisa, Aiden is soon thrust into a battle to save Eden. Meanwhile Elisa, the only girl in the King’s Army, is in the midst of her own struggles. Betrothed to a man she has no intention of marrying, Elisa is caught between the need to prove herself and her desire for true happiness. And now that she has met Aiden, she is more confused than ever.

In this action-packed fantasy tale, romance, adventure, and intrigue surround Aiden as he learns just what he is capable of when he discovers confidence and courage.

Eden-West (Eden, #2)

New beginnings, new conflicts, and new adventures arise in the second installment of the Eden Series, Eden-West.
Months after his initial journey to Eden, Aiden is learning to cope with his own transformation. His social status has changed, his friendship with his best friend Ethan is in jeopardy because of it, and worst of all, he has heard absolutely nothing from his new friends in Eden. What has become of the world he fell in love with? Are his friends safe? Is the war over? With no answers, and no hope for contact, Aiden decides to focus on his life in his world. Just as he makes this decision, he encounters a familiar bright light and thinks he knows exactly what it means. Except the light isn’t at all what he expects and neither is the person behind it. When Aiden returns to Eden, it is to a whole new part of that special world, and a whole new set of adventures.
Weeks after Aiden was returned to his own world, Elisa is sent to Nysa, the revered Southern city, to retrieve the one thing she’d rather avoid – Wolf. Captain Turk instructed her to get in and get out – but that is easier said than done. When she finds her missing friend, she also stumbles upon a great deal of trouble. This trouble goes by one name – Markus, the leader of the Sun People.
Follow all your favourite characters as they ready themselves for battle and fight for a world threatened to be destroyed.

Eden-South (Eden, #3)

The betrayal that tore a family apart. Two brothers bent on destroying the other. A whole world on the brink of war.

Aiden has been through his second battle in the magical world of Eden. The victory is short lived and Aiden is sent racing toward his friends in the Capital. After being back in Eden with the Riders, he is eager to reunite with Wolf, Elisa and Logan, although he doesn’t realize just what he’s returning to. Surprises await him when he arrives in the Capital; his close-knit group of friends is slowly falling apart. On top of it all, another battle is just around the corner, one that will change everything.

Rain has made her choice, and now she is in some unknown fortress with the feared sorcerer, Aziz. She wants nothing more but to please him, but being his Queen isn’t as easy as she thought. While trying to learn sorcery, and dealing with Aziz’s advances, Rain is finding her new life a bit overwhelming. Just when she thought it couldn’t get worse, she discovers a secret of Aziz’s, and it is nothing she could have expected.

Rose has supported Callum throughout their journey, but now that the final battle is just around the corner she is faced with a hard reality. Everything she has gained with him could be taken away. Is she willing to live the rest of her life without him? Can she just stand by while he destroys everything, including himself? Will he ever be able to find peace? Will she?

In the third installment of the Eden Series fates will be decided, and the battle between brothers that has been a decade in the making will finally come to an end. Only one of them can be High King.

The battle starts now.

Eden-East (Eden, #4)

New life, new deaths, and truths revealed. Everything ends now.

In the final installment of the Eden series, the King’s army prepares for their biggest battle yet. Aiden and his friends set out to find Aziz in his hidden mountain fortress and bring the war in Eden to an end. But secrets are being discovered along the way, and the weight of them could ruin lives. Aiden is coping with loss and the need for vengeance, as well as changes in himself he doesn’t quite understand. Thousands of lives are depending on him to stop Aziz once and for all, and this time Aiden is more than ready and confident he’ll be the one to do it. The stakes are higher than he ever anticipated on his journey east.

Elisa is embarking on a new phase of her life. She has the man she loves beside her, their group of friends have become stronger, and the end of war is in sight. Now she just needs to see it through so she can finally have her happily ever after. But she knows the truth that the others don’t, and it will test her loyalty and friendship more than anything ever has.
With two brothers side by side, and an army ready for war, the only thing left to be seen is who will live and who will die.

Welcome to the thrilling conclusion of your journey into Eden.
THE NEW WORLD SERIES

Switch (New World, #1)

All’s fair in love and war.

Two thirds of the world’s population has been wiped out, devastated by the worst war earth has ever seen. Still standing amongst the ruins is a mind reader who finds herself on the wrong side of the war. Everyone does what they must to survive. When the rebels bent on bringing down the New World leader start to rise up, it is her job to make sure they stay down where they belong. That is, until one rebel sneaks past her defences and into her heart. Love will blossom from the ashes, but will it be enough to save them, or will it mean the end of them both?

Masked (New World, #2)

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.

New Berlin, 2040. Rebels prepare to fight against the New World Order, bent on bringing down the world’s greatest tyrant. One girl wanted nothing to do with it, content to keep her head down and make the best of this new world. That is, until she has no choice but to work with the rebels and infiltrate the NWO headquarters. Every moment she spends there puts her in danger, especially when one man, the second in command to the New World leader, continues to make his way into her every thought. She must stay focused and protect not just her mind and body, but also her heart. Will she be able to complete her task without being unmasked? Or will the one man standing in her way ruin it all?

 

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Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

Faced with the scariest decision of her life, Missy is going behind enemy lines to save the rebel that seems to haunt her every dream. Finding courage is one of the hardest things she’s ever done, especially when she comes face-to-face with a terrifying reality. The green eyes that have fascinated her, no longer gleam with recognition. Now Missy must find a way to not only get them out alive, but to save the mind of the man who is quickly capturing her heart. And she must do it all without getting caught. Put to the test, will Missy be able to rise above her fears and find love, or watch it all blow up in smoke?

*This book is for mature audiences due to sexual situations, violence and strong language*

Release Date: Tentative Date of June 24, 2014

Add to your TBR! Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20982523-tested
Upcoming Projects:
Tested (Book Three, New World Series) – Spring/Summer 2014
Elysium (YA Fantasy Spin-off of the Eden Series) –Fall 2014

Simple Beginnings (Contemporary Romance) – Fall 2014

Giveaway!

there will be 5 winners each getting an ebook copy of this one! SO GO AND ENTER!!! 🙂 

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YAAAAAYYYYY!!!! Ms J, I am so excited for you with this one. It’s a new genre and it’ll be so great for you! I am thrilled for this one. Congrats!!! And no worries, I’ll be buying this one with the rest of your fans!! 

Good Luck everyone!!! 🙂 Happy reading and Later gators!! 

Happy Book Birthday Creator of Shadows!!! w FREEBIE!

I am so excited! Today another book of great is released and by no one better that the lovely Miranda Stork. She is so much fun and I and thrilled to share this day with her! So Creator of Shadows is the third book in the Scarlet Rain Series  and it continues the journey of the immortals, as they battle against Feoran and the darker forces behind him. Read on to find out more! ALSO, I will be doing a special double review with some goodies, because I can 🙂 LOL so, let me show you the goodies! 

Creator of Shadows (Scarlet Rain Series, Book 3)

Blurb

When Lorenna is kidnapped by Feoran, the head of the vampyric Clan, it’s a dent in the Resistance. While she was expecting his twisted advances to her, she didn’t expect to feel something for him in return.

But that’s the least of her problems.

The city is more in ruins than ever, the Cuans being cut off one by one to prevent the rebellious humans taking over any part of New London. And after the discovery made at the Factory, armies of clones now walk the streets, ready to kill and trained viciously by their vampire masters.

The rebels must band together in full force, both to rescue their beloved witch from Feoran’s clutches, and to give the final push against the Clan. But a traitor in the heart of their inner circle is plotting with a vampire who wants more than they have, threatening to bring everything they have worked for tumbling down around them.

Can Lorenna gain her freedom to help her friends, and can they finally cut the head off the serpent that is the Clan? Or will humanity forever remain in its iron grip?

Where can I get a copy?

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Creator-Shadows-Scarlet-Rain-Book-ebook/dp/B00KJNKMNS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1401048525&sr=1-1&keywords=9781909816657

 My Review:

Well shit! The good guys are turning bad, the bad guys are turning good, and hot damn if I’m not totally stunned at this one. It’s all coming. I know book 4 is going to be the last of this series, and my jaw is still hanging open with the ending. It’s not a cliff hanger per se, but woah, it’s close. You are going to be spinning after this one. I must say, even though the characters of book two were my favorite, the action, the fight scenes, the amazing emotional ride of this one may not be able to be topped. I am almost at a loss of words to say exactly how great this book is. So let me try not to spoil things and give you the goods. 

So, Lorenna was taken by stupid Feoran. Yes I will call him stupid, because the path of good intentions still leads to hell! But I’ll save that for later. Anyways, Lorenna is trying her hardest to escape and get back to her friends. She knows she’s needed, but it’s almost impossible. And she almost makes it, twice. And then, Feoran is almost nice to her. And then he is nice to her. And then he spills his guts about why he did all those things he did, and what he wants, and then I am just dumbfounded. She’s a strong woman, and a powerful witch, and I’m still a little bit disappointed, because I need him to suffer, but you really can’t help who you fall in love with right? And all I gotta say is he has a whole HEAP LOAD of forgiveness begging to do. And a whole lot of people’s lost lives to make up for. But Lorenna sure makes him work hard, and she sure puts him in his place when he goes all scary. I admire her a little bit, cuz I woulda peed my pants if he came at me like he did her, and she doesn’t back down. And now, she’s going to get him to help them all stop the Clan from their evil. 

Feoran just confuses me. He’s created monsters, literally, and I know why he did it now, and I almost want to take his side. He is a bad guy, but you almost wanna love him like a good guy. He’s smart, and insightful, and loyal, and he’s willing to fight for what he needs or wants. And now, he’s placed his trust and heart in Lorenna’s hands. It’s a very interesting turn of events LOL. And he also now has much bigger worries than that with the Clan having release a very powerful thing. And like I said, good guys are turning bad, and this is a huge blow to the resistance. And they need all the help they can get to over come this horrible event and take down the bad guys. Yes I have to say good guys and bad guys because people keep changing their minds hahahaha! 

This one will definitely keep you on your toes, will definitely make you cry, as some major players  won’t make it to see book 4. You will also see some people just can’t be trusted, no matter what they say or do. And some people’s hatred goes far beyond anything repairable. And once a bad guy, always a bad guy, no matter what. Hmm, I just can’t wait to see what’s going to happen. Now that I know the author will kill people, I am terrified someone special to me is going to lose their lives. It’s totally stressing me out. 🙂 And the plow and writing in magnificent. It’s building to the perfect ending, and though I have no idea how it’s going to end, I just know that book 4 is gunna blow my mind, just as much, or more that this one did. Serious, I’m still tearing up. And saying bad words that are best not repeated. And still thinking that I’m not sure what I’m gunna do when this series ends, because it’s just so good! All I can say is WELL DONE! BRAVO!! MAGNIFICENT! 5 PAWS, like every kinda paw 🙂 

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Keeper of Shadows, book 2

Keeper Of Shadows

 

The year is 2038.

Feoran has followed through on his promise to enslave humanity, and humanity is being crushed under his oppression. Anyone who rebels is sent to the Factory.

Until one woman, Psyche Tawton, decides to run.
And she will prove his undoing.

Psyche leads an everyday life—well, for someone alive in the era of the Clan’s long shadow. A single event involving her best friend and her friends’ vampire master puts her on a road to rebellion, causing a ripple that will change the course of history, and the lives of those she comes into contact with.

Then she meets Torolf.

A werewolf with a chequered past, Torolf is instantly intrigued when he lays eyes on the violet-eyed beauty, but the wolf within him cannot accept a human as his mate. But deciding whether they should give in to their desires is the least of their troubles, as Feoran sets them firmly in his sights and makes them the centrefold for his newest horrific campaign. Starting with her best friend sent over to the Factory.

With the help of Torolf, the other immortals, and the Human Rebellion, Psyche will be the catalyst for the most important change in human history since the Clan took over. But she will also be the catalyst for her own fate, unlocking a secret about herself that is so destructive…

…it may kill her.

My Review
Let’s start with the fact that I phenomenally loved book one, but this one is my favorite, and I’m writing this review after book three, and it’s still my favorite so far. Alot of that has to do with Torolf being a very sexy, very awesome werewolf. 🙂 Another is the fact that Psyche has had a really rough life and she is very willing to stand up for herself, her friends, and fight back. She’s been the best heroine so far. 🙂 But now. Let me also say that this book takes place 20-25 years after the first book, the war has devastated everything, and it’s a dystopian world of things no longer the same. It was done so very well. You get to see what actually happened as a result of the war to everyone, the humans, the immortals, and all the crap those damn vampers have caused. 🙂 LOL high five for the vampers being the bad guys… except they don’t all stay that way. hahaha I know, me and my vampire aversion. Don’t fret, there’s some lovely vampires on the good guys team. 
Now, let’s start with Psyche. She’s a young woman, who works so hard. She watched the vampires kill her parents in front of her eyes to keep her in line all these years. Except now, she’s had enough, and when her best friend gets into trouble, she’s willing to try to find a way to help her. And boy oh boy, does she become the most wanted kind in the land. 🙂 But she is found by Torolf before the big bad vamps can skewer her alive. And that’s where the fun begins. You know she’s scared, but yet she still is willing to put up a fight against him, and tell him things that will piss him off, even when she knows he could snap her neck in less than a second. I love her spunk, and sometimes, she’s a little too spunky getting herself into trouble, but it’s what makes her, her. She’s been one of the best additions to the series and I am seriously hoping she gets to do some serious damage with her little “specialty”. 
Torolf is still helping Aodan and the rest of the immortals, who are part of the “resistance” and when he stumbles across Psyche running for her life, he decides to help. And then also figures out that she’s his mate, and he’s all about fighting that part at first, but then he came to his senses later. LOL And he’s willing to fight for his life, not just for the others now, but for Psyche too. And he’s going to help her help her friend. He wants to “Clan” to lose their reign of terror, and with Psyche on their side, things are looking up. 
You still get to see the characters from book one, and now there’s some new ones there too as well. You’ll meet some extra cool humans who are part of the resistance, you’ll meet some crazy ass vampires who I hope die extremely painfully, and you’ll get to see the inner workings of the Clan and their terror of the humans. Boy was this one a thrill ride. I kept thinking I knew where it was going, and then I’d be surprised, or speechless in shock. LOL And the writing is fantastic. I started on page one, and the next thing I knew, I was finished because I couldn’t put this one down.  And I had a big shock at the end of book one, and a few heart attacks in between. Damn it if Ms Stork doesn’t like to put her characters through some pain before we can have a little break. 🙂 This one is fantastic and I can’t wait to jump into more. I know I have to wait a little while before book 4 comes out, and book three will completely blow your mind, so I recommend you go for it, and start reading this series!!! Of course this one gets wolfy paws, but we can’t forget the witches, and vamps, and demons, goddesses, and scary monsters too… But 5 AWESOME AWE INSPIRING WOLFY PAWS it’s going to be for me 🙂 
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Soundtrack from the author 🙂 Which Maghon says is AWESOME AGAIN!!! 
1. When I started writing Keeper of Shadows, it opens on a pretty gloomy, desolate scene. This is the music I used for the intro, to get myself into the right frame of mind.
2. I continued on with looking into the main protagonist’s life, Psyche Tawton. It’s still kind of sad, and there’s a lot of heartbreak in it, so I then listened to this…
3. But Psyche isn’t all sadness and gloom – she’s a fighter, a strong, fiery woman who is willing to gain the freedom she know she deserves.
4. Then she meets Torolf – our male protagonist, and one hell of a sexy werewolf. He’s pretty rough around the edges, and he’s not afraid to let it show, but he hides an inner softie. 😉 But when he needs to protect Psyche, he doesn’t hold back…
5. And of course, we still have the villains – the vampires, otherwise known as The Clan. Feoran steps up his campaign of terror, and holds New London in his iron grip…
6. Things get weird when Psyche finds out she has a hidden talent (no spoilers here! Hehehe), that could potentially save everyone…
7. Eventually, Psyche and Torolf have a moment *waggles eyebrows*….YOU all know what I mean. Hehehe. But it’s more passionate than tender, so here’s the music I had on while typing it out… (warning: this is kind of a rude song. you’ve been warned! 😛 )
8. Without giving anything away….there’s another exciting battle scene towards the end. This one had to really pull some punches, as Feoran is so much stronger than anyone else they’ve gone up against…
9. And of course, it ends on another cliff-hanger! Sorry, guys, had to be done. 🙂 But someone in their inner circle gets kidnapped by the vampires – I know, right?! So here’s what I’m choosing to end this playlist on. Thanks for having me, Maghon! 😀
Vigilate of Shadows book 1
Vigilante of Shadows (Novel 1 of The Scarlet Rain Series)
Aodhan clutched uselessly at his head, groaning. He knew it was useless, because the voice was not inside his head. It followed him, skimming across buildings and land. It had followed him since he was sixteen, and it still followed him today, like a memory too horrific to be forgotten…

Aodhan is a shadow-demon, hardened and cold after years of being alone, after his love, his Entwined, was cruelly taken away from him. He has closed his heart to the world, and now spends his life ridding the world of men like those who took his beloved away, an immortal hit-man…

Arianwen Harris is a young DCI, working for York City Police. When a known criminal is found viciously killed, she finds herself trailing a hit-man who has seemed to escape clutches again and again…but she begins to find herself drawn to his dark charms and roguish good looks…

As their two worlds collide, Aodhan and Arianwen find themselves coming together to escape a far greater enemy, one that threatens to create a world far worse than the one they live in. As they battle to hold back the oncoming forces, fate has another plan; one to draw them together and heal their broken pasts together…

Now for those of you interested, Book one is FREE right now!! I recommend you jump on this one, because books two and three are AWESOME and book 4 will be out at the end of this year! And you should read them in order so you know what’s going on 🙂 LOL You’re welcome! you can grab it here—> http://www.amazon.com/Vigilante-Shadows-Scarlet-Rain-Book-ebook/dp/B00AFHIO06/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1401051276&sr=1-1
About the Author

Miranda Stork

I’m Miranda Stork, and I’m addicted. Addicted to writing and reading books, anyway. And chocolate, but that’s another issue – no interventions, please.

I live in the middle of a forest in North Yorkshire, spending my spare time as the wild woman of the woods, scaring small children and upsetting the sheep. On the days that I feel like being civilized, or I haven’t got any unicorns to ride, I sit down and pour the tumbling thoughts in my head out onto digital paper. Mainly the thoughts and characters come out in paranormal form, with a good smattering of romance, because everyone likes a good cuddle. But you can also find strong elements of thrillers, myths, and even dystopia amongst the pages of all my novels. I’ve wanted to write books ever since I first realised that fairytales were not the newspapers of the fairy kingdom, but the imaginings of actual people who wanted to tell fancy made-up stories to other people. From that moment, I was hooked.

Why do I write? Good question. It might be easier to just keep the stories in my head, or even just to write them for myself. But I want to share them. There is no greater delight for a writer than when a reader devours your book, and declares, “Something in that novel resonated with me. And I want MORE.” So grab your lucky clover and a baseball bat (there’s some nasty paranormal creatures where we’re going), eat the cookie with ‘eat me’ tagged on it, and enter through the tiny door into the world of Miranda Stork…

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I hope you enjoyed today! I am so excited for this series and I can’t wait for the next one! Thanks Ms Miranda for always letting me share your goodies!! 🙂 don’t forget to go grab book one while it’s a freebie!!! You will want it, trust me! 🙂 You only have a few days left to get it cheap! Thanks for hanging out with us! Happy reading and later gators!! 

Havoc’s Cry Release Day Review w Giveaway!

Hello everyone. You know I love to find new goodies, and this lovely author sent me an email asking if I’d like to review her new book. Now it’s already out in ebook, but she is releasing the paperback now too! And let me just say, I love to say yes because I find amazing books like this one. Those little hidden gems. Now let me show you some goodies!! 🙂

  Havoc's Cry (Victoria Novak: Paranormal Division)

Havoc’s Cry (Victoria Novak: Paranormal Division)

by Loren Weaver (Goodreads Author)
The only living Sorceress, Victoria Novak, finally earned a peaceful, normal life. But with one howl on a full moon, her whole life crashes back into paranormal chaos. The FBI show up to recruit her to the Federal Paranormal Division, the very first all paranormal police force and she can’t decline. Tori must train a new team of special agents in paranormal etiquette in the middle of solving a crime that’s leaving ravaged bodies twisted into grotesque shapes. Caught in the middle of a werewolf fight for dominance, Tori can’t let personal emotion interfere with solving a crime. Until the crime becomes personal. With her life spinning into chaos, the real question is how far is she willing to go to answer Havoc’s Cry.
My review:
Dude I am totally PUMPED UP about this new series! Seriously, think Anita Blake, in the beginning when she was totally bad ass, meets Rachel Morgan. HA!!! Totally powerful and bad ass in both ladies right, except that Tori has a serious mouth on her, and people can’t say her name because it’s cursed, and she can literally kill you quicker hahahaha, and she dies, several times, but it’s ok, because she doesn’t stay dead, and no she doesn’t turn vamper or zombie. HEHE! See, you totally wanna read this one. 
Ok, so Tori has been hiding who and what she is for ages. She went into hiding and even had her powers hidden and bottled up because she wants it that way. But, something happens and her powers come back in a flood and she needs them to help save lots of folks. She is recruited by a new FBI division to help police the paranormals, and she’s going to need all the help she can get. These people have no idea what’s really going on. And when weres start getting savagely murdered and shredded, she’s the only one who can help, and she brings her new team along the way. 
Tori is hilarious, she has a mouth on her that will make you giggle then make your jaw drop. She’s a fighter, literally, because she had to be, she was seriously raised by vamps, which sucks to be her right. 🙂 But, now, she doesn’t want to be the scary big bad executioner everyone knows her as. She also wants to help people and paranormals live together like normal people do, peacefully, and if she needs to fry your ass to make an example she will. I seriously love this character. Like, surrounded by dudes, but she’s stronger and faster than half of them, and can hold her own, but not just that, she is the knowledge bank, so she has the brains too. And some of those guys are just awesome. AND NO, there will be no love triangle, or even a romance thing, at least not right now. Not even a hint, because she has ass kicking to do 🙂 
The writing is amazing. I started on page one, and didn’t put it down until I was finished, and let me say that this one is a longer book, but I still couldn’t put it down! I loved it. Yes there are a few things that maybe could be fixed, but not nearly anything big enough for me to mention, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes a strong heroine, some crazy supernaturals, a bunch of them, and a great urban fantasy, because romance didn’t get in the way around here 🙂 I am thrilled to say that this is a new favorite, maybe one of the best I’ve read so far this year, maybe even before that. So, go get your copy!!! 5 WOLFY, SCARY, ASS KICKING, TOTALLY ROCKING PAWS!! 
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About the Author
Loren Weaver
twitter username ReadLorenWeaver

Loren Weaver is an engineer for an oil company as her day job. She loves crazy sports and has her black belt in Tae Kwon Do, master SCUBA diver certificate, and motorcycle license. Although engineering pays the rent, she writes because she loves to hear and to tell a good story.
Giveaway!!
So, the author is going to come back in a week or so, so I can interview her… and she says I can do an ebook giveaway until then. 🙂 YAY!!! So leave me a comment, and I’ll pick a winner! 
GOOD LUCK!! Trust me you want to win this one! 😉 Ms L, I love you!!! I love your book!!! Please and thank you in advance for book two hahahahaha! I can’t wait to do this again with you! 🙂 Happy reading everyone and later gators!