Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Blog Tour: The Girl in the Castle

Girl in the castle

Her academic career in tatters, Dr Henriette Bruar needs somewhere to lay low, plan her comeback and restore her tarnished reputation. Fate takes her to a remote Scottish castle to auction the contents of an ancient library to pay the laird's mounting debts. The family are in deep mourning over a tragedy which happened years before, resulting in a toxic relationship between the laird and his son, Keir MacKenzie. Cue a phantom piper, a lost Jacobite treasure, and a cast of characters who - with Henri’s help, encourage the MacKenzies to confront the past and move on. However - will the Girl in the Castle be able to return to university once her task is completed, and leave gorgeous, sexy Keir MacKenzie behind?


Book Review:

*Girl in the Castle* is such a fun tale by Mozzie Lamb. It is about finding your mojo after you have been derailed.
Dr. Henri was forced to take a leave of absence from her teaching job. She ends up hiding away in a Scottish castle. She is hired to determine the value of the library. She seems such a likeable fun character. I wish we were friends she is that fun. As she arrives at the castle, i could just feel the cool misty settle on my skin. The author does an amazing job transporting her readers to Scotland. The scenery and dialect is just wonderful. Henri learns that not everything is as it seems when she meets  the son. Will she take the easy road or will she learn to love and follow her heart?

Thank you to the author for this book. This is my honest opinion.

Author Bio:

After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided to pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted (2012), quickly followed by Boot Camp Bride. Although much of her time is taken up publicising her novels she published Scotch on the Rocks, which achieved Best Seller status within two weeks of appearing on Amazon. Her next novel, Girl in the Castle, reached #3 in the Amazon charts. Lizzie is a founder member of indie publishing group – New Romantics Press - and has co-hosted author events at Aspinall, St Pancras and Waterstones, Kensington, talking about writing and the research which underpins her novels. Lizzie hopes to publish her next romance Sweet Little Lies Summer 2018, and has more Scottish-themed romances planned. As for the years she spent as a teacher, they haven’t quite gone to waste as she is building up a reputation as a go-to speaker on indie publishing, and how to plan, write, and publish a debut novel. Lizzie lives in Leicestershire (UK) with her husband and a naughty parrot called Jasper. 

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Blog tour: The Warrior with the Pierced Heart


The Warrior with a pierced heart

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Synopsis:

In the second book in the exciting and atmospheric Shadow of the Raven series we rejoin novice monk turned warrior, Matthew as he marches ahead of King Alfred, to Exeter to herald the King's triumphant return to the city, marking his great victory at Edington.
It should have been a journey of just five or perhaps six days but, as Matthew is to find to his cost, in life the road you're given to travel is seldom what you wish for and never what you expect.

In this much-anticipated sequel Chris Bishop again deposits the reader slap-bang into the middle of Saxon Britain, where battles rage and life is cheap. An early confrontation leaves Matthew wounded, but found and tended by a woodland-dwelling healer he survives, albeit with the warning that the damage to his heart will eventually take his life.

Matthew faces many challenges as he battles to make his way back to Chippenham to be reunited with King Alfred and also with the woman he wants to make his wife. This is an epic tale of triumph over adversity as we will the warrior with the pierced heart to make it back to those he loves, before it is too late.


The Warrior with a pierced heart

Book Review:

*Warrior with the Pierced Heart* is the second in the series. It is a gripping tale of a young Saxon warrior trying to survive among Vikings.

Matthew was escorting a group of men to prepare the way for Lord Alfred. They decided to take a short cut through the forest where they were ambushed by Vikings and left for dead. He was the only one to survive. How? He doesn't know as there is an arrow lodged in his chest next to his heart.

A beautiful pagan healer comes along and nurses him back to heal. All this is done in exchange for something that only Matthew can provide. All is going well until he is captured by Viking slavers. This is just the beginning of his troubles. Will he be able to survive his time with the Vikings? Will he ever see his home or the pagan healer, again?

The story is wonderfully crafted. The plot is not your typical plot. It is more of a long journey with setbacks and resolutions. The descriptions of the scenery and men are intricate. Matthew grew as a character throughout the book, which is good as he was pretty naive in the beginning. I think this series would make a fantastic movie.

This is my honest opinion. Thank you to the author and Love Books for this copy.


Friday, June 22, 2018

Blog Tour: Mercy Brown Part 2

Mercy Brown

Title: Mercy Brown Part 2
Series: Mercy Brown
Author: Tiki Kos
Genre: YA Horror/Dystopian/Paranormal
Release: June 20, 2018
Cover Design: Yvonne at Ammonia Book Covers
Mercy brown

Blurb:
Humanity is on the brink of extinction.

One month after the events in Goodsprings, Mercy Brown is welcomed into the wasteland that is now the United States. The vampire virus has run rampant across the world. What is left of humanity is scattered.

Separated from Sebastien and Amanda, Mercy must navigate this new world by herself, embarking on a journey to find her friends, stop the vampires, and save the world.

As she fights for survival, Mercy discovers who she can trust. Will she ever be safe again?

For fans of The Walking Dead and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tiki Kos presents the second part of the YA horror/dystopia saga, Mercy Brown.

Buy Links: Kindle Unlimited

In the Series (Kindle Unlimited):
Mercy Brown: Part 1



Book review:

This novella picks up right where Mercy Brown Part 1 ends. Mercy wakes up from a month long coma. She discovers that the world has been drastically changed as vampires wage war on humans. She goes on a journey to find her friends from the first book. Along the way, she makes new friends and discovers herself.

The novella is fun to read. It has a quick pace that left me turning the pages to the very end. I enjoyed how she renewed old friendships and made new ones. She has to determine who she can trust before it is too late!

If you like fun and intense vampire stories, this is the one for you!

Author Bio:
I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I started working on my first YA novel Daughter of The Night in 2016. The first book in the trilogy.I have been married to my husband Joel since 2015 but together since 2008. I am a  mother of two wonderful children, Aiden (5) and Scarlett (2).  When I'm not working on stories, you can find me drinking copious amounts of coffee and eating sushi. In my very rare moments of spare time, I enjoy baking/canning, reading fantasy books, gardening and playing video games.

Social Media Links:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/zombiiki


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Monday, June 18, 2018

Blog Tour: The Hanging Women

The hanging women
Book Blurb:


A historical crime thriller set in 1886 Chicago; the
power house of America, a sink of corruption and
vice which is haunted by riots and gangland killings.
 A story of weak men and strong women.
Jack Stevens discovers the bodies of two women,
Philomena Blackstaff and Mary Walsh, tied together
and hung by their ankles in a position resembling the
symbol for treachery as depicted on tarot cards.
Though retired and now wealthy, Stevens is an
ex-sheriff and involves himself in the subsequent
investigation.
As a result of Jack `stealing' Philomena's diary and
his association with the Pinkerton detective agency,
it is discovered that Mary Walsh worked undercover
for the Pinkertons, investigating the Knights of
Labour (the fastest growing workers' rights
movements in America of the late 1800's). The
women had been working together, tracing the man
who was selling guns and dynamite to the more
extremest factions of the workers movement. This
led them to Ruby's, a secret `nightclub for deviants',
where Stevens and Inspector O'Leary believe the pair
fell foul of the man they were looking for, gang leader
Joseph Mannheim.
With the May 4th Haymarket riots and bombings
looming, Stevens must uncover the truth about The
Hanging Women before it's too late.



Author Bio –
John was born in the mid-fifties in Dagenham, London, on
part of the largest council estate ever built, and was the
first pupil from his local secondary modern school to
attend university. He has now taken early retirement to
write, having spent the first part of his life working in
education and the public sector. He was the director of
a college, a senior school inspector for a local authority,
and was head of a unit for young people with physical and
mental health needs. When he is not travelling, going to the
theatre or the pub, he writes.

His inspiration for his debut novel came whilst attending a
lecture in Denver about the history of the American
midwest, describing a time and place that was very
different from that espoused by popular culture, which
started him thinking this would make a excellent period in
which to set a crime story.  

His book describes how Chicago was a prototype of much
that we consider both good and bad in the current age, it
had a vibrancy and decadence that allowed a few
enterprising individuals to prosper whilst violence and
intolerance held back many others. The situation for some
African Americans and women was improving but it was
still a time when to be anything other than white and male
made you a second class citizen.  The city was the
manufacturing and transport hub of America, the vast
influx of immigrants swelling its already booming
population brought great wealth but also corruption and
criminality. The midwest and Chicago typified a way of life,
the ‘gun culture’ which is a euphemism for individualism,
from which much of modern American social values have
grown.


John is currently working on a trilogy of novels set in
modern day London. These police procedurals examine the
darker side of modern life in the East End of the city: a
Whitechapel noir.


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Friday, June 15, 2018

Cover Reveal: Wilt

Wilt

Release Day: June 30, 2018
Genre: Dark Contemporary Erotic Romance
Pages: 130

Synopsis:
When she was sold to Master Elliot Lyon of House Chimera, Fawn could have never imagined he was the same person as Elliot, the man beneath a well placed mask.  A victim. Just like her. She would have never thought he was grooming her for the Wolf she’d already escaped once. That he planned to deliver her to the beast’s jaws in exchange for his wife. Master Jager will stop at nothing to have her—even if that means using others as collateral. With more than just their lives on the line, Fawn must become someone else, and Master Lyon distances himself further from Elliot as her transfer looms.
 The roots of the Order run deep within them, but Fawn is beginning to realize another bond has formed between her and her Owner, a man she vowed to destroy along with the rest of their tangled branches.
 In a world where trust is just a tool and love isn’t meant for people like them, Fawn is determined to beat the powerful at their own elaborate games of make-believe. Even the man who Owns her. 
Wilt

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Book Review: A Beautiful Acceptance

A Beautiful Acceptance  (a NYC series, #2)

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

A notorious flirt and private investigator.
A broody ex-fighter unable to step into the ring again.

Alexa Tanner lives her life alone.
Never knowing what it was like to be loved.

Tapper Low misses the ring, and is having a hard time accepting his new life.

Alexa and Tapper have a past. 
A past that comes back to interrupt their lives, making them both think about their futures.

Can they get over what happened in the past and start new, or will their tempers and independent 
ways make them go their separate ways?





Book Review:

Beautiful acceptance

This is the second book in the NYC series by Alora Kate. We reviewed A Beautiful Heartbreak a couple weeks ago. The second picks up where the first one left off. I would recommend reading them in order.

In A Beautiful Acceptance, we get to read about Alexa, Ki's roommate and business partner. Alexa is more confident and flashy than Ki is, but outward appearances can be deceiving. Alexa had a rough childhood as her mother is a druggie. It has left her with feelings of worthlessness and trouble trusting others. 

That is until she runs into Tapper. The one man that she had feelings for and walked out on him. He was a professional fighter that sustained a paralyzing injury. Since then he is having trouble believing any one would want him.

Can these two overcome their own doubts to give their relationship another go? Or are they both damaged beyond repair?

Alora Kate writes a fun, entertaining tale. It not only has romance. It also contains drama and excitement. Alexa's druggie mom makes an appearance. Can she deal with the drama that brings? Tapper has a feisty grandmother who is absolutely adorable. And, there is still the unresolved issue with Ki's mob boss father. 

I enjoyed this read. It had great pace, kept my interest, and had loveable characters!


I received this as a gift from the author. Thank you Alora Kate! This is my honest opinion.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Author Interview with Kari Holloway


Today, we have something different on the blog. Tank and I read and reviewed the Laughing P series by Kari Holloway. They are about a couple of brothers and the family ranch, and the everyday struggles they endure.



Author Bio from Goodreads:

Kari  Holloway
Kari Holloway is an American writer who grew up in Leesburg, Georgia. She dabbles in southern romances filled with iconic components of sexy cowboys and firefighters, explored the unexplained in her paranormal series, found her way to the battlefields of the Civil War, and to love's first kiss under the weeping willow through various anthologies.

Unsure of what her future holds, Kari enjoys writing what captures her attention in the evenings. During the day, she chases her kids around, laughing at their sassy ways and the depths of their curiosity.

Her motto in life: Show the world the best version of you, for our actions of today make tomorrow.

Author Interview:

Questions about the book:

1. Where did you get the inspiration for the basis of this trilogy?

Not a clue. After I had written it, I  realized I had fictionalized the alcohol abuse of my mom in the internal trials of Damien. It wasn't until the scene in Mistwood kitchen that I realized it was not going to be the typical romance novel. During the editing phase, it was suggested that it could be a duology or a trilogy. It didn't take long before the next two were penned.



2. Who was your favorite character to create?

It's a toss up between Maw-Payne, Miss Thomas, and Red.



3. How long did it take you to finish? Did you have any unexpected obstacles arise?

Approximately 3-4 months per book.



4.  Did you have to cut out any material?

A couple of paragraphs, but nothing major.



5. What kind of research did you do for these books?

The ranch experience is first hand experience. I grew up on a farm, and the town I'm from is so small it only has a single caution light.



6. How long did it take you to finish the trilogy? Was is going to be a trilogy at the beginning?

About 9-12 months total. Didn't realize it would be a trilogy until the editing phase of Cracked But Never Broken.



7. How did you come to create Damien? Was it a personal experience?

He's a mix of all the negativity of my mom, and all the hopes that her demons could be overcame.



8. Will you continue the trilogy? Will we find out what happens to Alice?

It's not off the table, but my next two years are dedicated to the Devil's Playground. There's also a handful of short stories that show some of what happened before, during, and after the trilogy. Those stories are found in the Laughing P collection Vol. 1. I hope to eventually return to the Laughing P, but at this time, I don't know where that journey would lead.



9. How many unpublished/half finished works do you have? Do you have anything going to be published soon?

As of 06/05/2018, Mark of Cain, book 3 in my paranormal/urban fantasy series the Devil's Playground goes live. I've currently have two books ready to be released in the second half of 2018. The Howling King is book 4 in the Devil's Playground, and in October, the sweet/clean contemporary romance set in Charleston, South Carolina. I haven't officially released the title of it yet, but that will happen in August when it goes on preorder.
I'm working on book 5 in the Devil's Playground, and I hope to have a draft completed by the end of June or mid July. As far as half finished, I tend to be focused on one story at a time, and if I'm not working on a long work, I'm working on short stories for various anthologies.




Personal questions



1.  When did you know that you wanted to write?
It fell into my lap. I wrote as a kid, but for various reasons hid it and ultimately stopped writing in high school/college. When my second kid was born, I became a stay-at-home-mom. Not used to being bored, I began to write again, and I haven't stopped since.



2. How much time/day do you spend writing?

I'd love to say it's the only thing I do. But between Facebook Groups that I am an admin in, the formatting I do for others, and trying to stay ahead on marketing, I spend about 3 hours a day on actual writing... until I hear "momma, Thing 2 did...". LOL.



3. Who's your favorite author? What's your favorite book?

Brent Weeks did the Night Angel Trilogy. He's my favorite. I also am a huge fan of Louis L'amour and his Sackett series.



4. What's your favorite favorite color and why?

I like anything other than red. My favorites tend to rotate between blue, gray, green, purple, and black. Colors can inspire in so many ways. Some colors are calming. Some are exciting. Others are warm and inviting, and some just want to swallow you whole... and some days, I want that.



5. What do you do to get yourself in the creative mood to write?

I don't think I have an off switch. My mind's constantly turning over my current work's plot as the characters decide what they are going to do in the current chapter.



6. Are you a coffee or tea drinker?

Sweet tea. I don't like coffee.



7. What do you do for fun besides writing?

I play video games. Current favorites are Hearth Stone, Dragon Merge, Pokemon Go, Smite and Monster Hunter World.


Cracked but Never Broken (Book 1) Book Blurb from Goodreads:
Cracked But Never Broken (Laughing P #1)
Marine. Rancher's son. Twin.


Damien returns from duty as a Marine, thinking he would slip right back in on the Laughing P and fill the shoes that Granddaddy once did. His family and the small town he calls home have moved on without him though, and there's no easy position for him to fill, not even Granddaddy's.

Lexi, the quiet girl next door, has held his heart since high school. Stepping in and taking the burden that was once Granddaddy's, she's now the ranch manager with rustlers and secrets of her own, leaving little time to entertain a high-school romance.

When secrets Damien thought were safely buried rear up, he can no longer tell friend from foe.

A stranger in a town that should be home, with no one on his side, can love save him, or will he be consumed by his demons?

The first in the Laughing P trilogy will leave you wanting more as we discover the strength of family, the strong women who hold it all together, and the incredible lengths one woman will go to have her happily-ever-after. A twist on the classic western romance, Kari Holloway spins the ties of love in the pine-filled woods and mountains of the south, leaving us with southern charm and small-town secrets.

Warning: For Adults. Contains one (1) scene of graphic violence; just skip chapter 5.

Book Review:

Thank you to the author for a copy of her book. This is my honest opinion.

When Kari Holloway approached me to read her Laughing P Ranch series, I said yes right away. I love to read about ranching and westerns. Part of it is because I will read anything that has anything about horses in it. The other part is because Tank and I live on a small ranch. It's fun to read how life on a ranch is portrayed to others!

*Cracked but Not Broken* was billed as a  contemporary romance. It was not what I expected at all. I have read a lot of ranch romances, and I expected it to be the usual guy likes girl but there is some trouble preventing them from being together. Then, the problem gets solved, and they live happily ever after with lots of babies. Sounds about right?

*Cracked but Not Broken* threw me for a loop. The story is told through Damien's POV. Damien is a marine that had ended his career in the military and is coming home to the ranch. He is ready to step back into the life he had before he left, but it is no longer there. The ranch is no longer the same, Alexa is guarded, and there are things happening he doesn't understand.

The most fascinating thing about this book is how the reader gets to see inside of Damien. We get to see him fight his inner demons, battle alcoholism,  and come to the realization that only he can save himself. It was heart wrenching to watch him struggle. Even though I didn't agree with his decisions, I can see how he came to his conclusions.  Will his actions prevent him from getting his girl? Can he pull himself together to find love again?


We give this a 4 paw review because it was an intense read. I do wish there was more romance and ranching in it though.

Cracked But Never Broken
Amazon: mybook.to/LPCracked
Kobo: https://books2read.com/u/mBMJPD?store=kobo
Google Play: https://books2read.com/u/mBMJPD?store=google

Behind the Lens (Book 2) Book Blurb from Goodreads:
A single moment. A lifetime of waiting.

This year would make one hell of a scrapbook, if Lexi was into that sort of thing. She's been stalked, held hostage, tortured, had a shootout that would rival the OK Corral, and to top it off, she turned over the reins of the Laughing P.

Needing space, she saddles up for her annual hunting trip, but nothing seems to be going as planned. An all too familiar man with eyes the color of topaz, a smile as charming as his wit, and a body more sinful than chocolate invites himself along.

Trapped in the high country with a man who branded her soul before, will she take a chance on their future while knowing their past?

Book Review:

In this second book of the series, the reader gets to see things from Lexi's POV.  Lexi is stuck between the two Payne brothers, Damien and Darien. In the first book, Damien and her have grown apart. Lexi decided to end it between them so Damien can focus on controlling his demons. Damien is not happy about letting her go. Then she has to figure out her feelings towards Darien and if he feels the same way towards her.

Lexi's character really grew in this book. She was able to see that living life is not about just getting by. It is about LIVING and treasuring the special moments. This is my favorite part about this book.

The plot itself wasn't as physically oriented.  It was more centered around her growth as a person. There wasn't the danger as there was in book one. Instead, the story showed more of every day ranch work, riding horses, camping in the line cabins, and hunting in the beautiful wilderness.

As stated with in the previous review of Cracked but Not Broken, Kari Holloway has an unique way of  telling her story. I have read authors that would have made this a dual POV with Lexi and Darien. I am just dying to see things from Darien's POV. I guess I will just have to read the next one as it is written from Darien's POV.

Tank and I give this a 4 paw rating. The story was great. It really drew me in.

Behind the Lens

Never Too Late (Book 3) Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Love knows no bounds. 

Darien Payne's been in love with the girl-next-door since he first seen her sitting on the swing hanging from the oak's branches. Determined to win her heart till death do they part, he sets a plan in motion that could make it or break it for their friendship and his family's legacy. 

But a death hangs over the happiest day of his life, his brother is missing, and some unsettling news about a certain blonde has him worried that the two are intertwined. 

Can he carry the weight of what it means to finally fill Granddaddy's shoes and become the patriarch of the Payne family?

Book Review:

This is the third book in the series. In this one, the reader gets to see things through Darien's eyes. It was pretty interesting as it started from the same spot that the second book did except through a different POV.

I am having a hard time deciding how I feel about this book. I skimmed the beginning 1/3 as it covered the same ground the second book did. I enjoyed the character development as each person had growth and learned about themselves. Yet, they were realistic. They each had their flaws.

I felt that this book was a nice conclusion to the trilogy. Most of the problems were resolved, but there is enough left of every day life for the author to write spin offs. I enjoyed the way she approached the characters and how she made them realistic.

Never too Late

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