Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Shadow Weave by Annette Marie



Title: The Shadow Weave
Series: Spell Weaver #2
Author: Annette Marie
Publication date: January 12th 2018
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy


Clio might be a nymph living in exile among humans. And she might possess the rare ability to mimic any magic she sees. And she might have just seriously ticked off the most powerful family of spell weavers in the Underworld.

But she is not in love with an incubus.

Lyre is the rebellious black sheep of said weaver family, and he's the only reason she survived her recent Underworld "vacation." He's also the sexiest thing she's ever seen. Together, they have to track down a catastrophically dangerous magic—a magic he created, she sort of stole, and they both lost—before his family gets their hands on it. And that means fighting alongside him in a desperate attempt to avert complete disaster.

But she is definitely not in love with him. At least, she's pretty sure she's not.

Mostly sure. Maybe sure? ...Crap.


Excerpt:

As though summoned by her thoughts, the sex fiend himself breezed into the room. Hair damp and tousled, the kind of face that made women’s hearts skip, broad shoulders that tapered to a toned torso. His tattered clothes should have ruined the look, but they added an extra edge—dangerous and exotic.

The others in the kitchen noticed his arrival, but they dismissed him just as quickly. Unlike most daemons, incubi were easy to recognize even in glamour. No other caste possessed that stunning combination of golds—white-gold hair, warm golden skin, vibrant irises like a dark patina over rich yellow gold.

Yes, they recognized him as an incubus—and they didn’t bother to hide their curling lips and wrinkling noses. Lyre either didn’t notice or didn’t care as he swept over to her, his expression brightening for the first time in two days.

“Clio,” he purred, voice too low for even keen-eared strangers to hear, “your powers of seduction would put any succubus to shame.”

She blinked at him, the bowl of whisked eggs in her hands and a hot pan sizzling in front of her. His mood was so different from earlier that she couldn’t quite grasp it.

“Huh?” she managed. How articulate.

“This is entirely unfair. I have no power to resist such tactics.” He waited a beat. “Are you planning to do something with those eggs?”

She blinked again, trying to unscramble her brain. Scramble. Right, the eggs. She dumped the mixture into the hot pan. “What are you going on about, Lyre?”

“Bacon,” he sighed dreamily. “Pancakes. Scrambled eggs. You slay me, my love.”

On the words “my love,” her heart screeched to a stop so fast it might have left skid marks on her ribs. It kicked back into gear at three times its previous speed and she concentrated so hard on the spatula that she almost went cross-eyed. “You—you can’t be that excited about my cooking. You don’t even know if it’s any good.”

“I can tell already. It’ll be delicious.”

She shivered. The way he said that word should be illegal. As she hurriedly stirred the eggs with a spatula, he stood so close he was almost touching her, his body angled toward her as though she held his entire attention. But his gaze, sliding coolly from one watching daemon to another, was distinctly unfriendly.

She scraped the eggs off the pan, then rescued the bacon from the oven—triggering a stir among the waiting daemons. With her bottom lip caught between her teeth, she pulled a plate from the cupboard, loaded it with food, and held it out to Lyre. She’d cooked an elaborate late-night breakfast to cheer him up, but now second thoughts were crowding her brain. Too late to change her plan now.

His smile only fueled her blush as he fished a fork out of a nearby drawer, loaded it with eggs, and scooped them into his mouth. She held her breath. The entire room went silent.

His eyes rolled back in ecstasy. “So good,” he moaned.

Bang.

She jerked around. The female daemon had dropped her heavy book on the floor. As everyone looked over at her, pink tinged the woman’s cheeks. She snatched up her book and beat a hasty retreat out of the room.

Clio swallowed hard, envious of the woman’s ability to flee. Lyre’s moan had been so sensual it had been downright scandalous, and if Clio didn’t put space between them soon, she was going to start swooning like a complete fool.


Previous book in the series:

(Spell Weaver Book 1)




Author Bio:


Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling Steel & Stone series, which includes Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night, and fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it's not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat— Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.







Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Unbound by Kimberly Derting






Title: Unbound
Series: The Men of West Beach, #2
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publication date: February 11th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


Emerson Monroe McLean is a true Texan through and through. But she’s never wanted to be like the other girls she grew up with, the ones who view debutante balls and sororities as stepping-stones to landing the perfect husband.

Yet everyone underestimates Em. When they look at the leggy blonde, all they see is a serial-dater who leaves a string of broken hearts in her wake. What people don’t realize is that keeping guys at arms length is more than just about having a good time; it’s a deep-rooted defense mechanism.


Lucas Harper is California born and bred. The product of his wealthy upbringing and an overbearing mother, Lucas has always been told where to be and when to be there. But after his older brother’s death, Lucas is tired of being a puppet.

Taking a break to figure out what he wants out of life, he moves to West Beach to spend the summer surfing. It’s there that he meets Emerson McLean, the free-spirited beauty who lures him into her bed. Refusing to be tied down, she’s unlike any girl he’s every known.


Their chemistry is undeniable. There’s only one hitch: Lucas already has a fiancĂ©e. And when she lands on his doorstep, Emerson realizes that for the first time in her life, she has genuine feelings for a guy.

With her heart on the line, Emerson discovers that, win or lose, she isn’t the kind of girl to play by the rules.




Author Bio:

Kimberly has been in love with LOVE since the first grade, when she would make “boyfriends” hold her hand during recess . . . whether they wanted to or not. In high school, she discovered romance novels and she’s been hooked ever since!

She is the author of the award-winning THE BODY FINDER series, THE PLEDGE trilogy, THE TAKING trilogy, and UNDRESSED (her first book in The Men Of West Beach series). She's also co-written the soon-to-be-released picture books about a girl who loves science! Her books have been translated into 15 languages, and both THE BODY FINDER and THE PLEDGE were YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selections.

These days, she spends entirely too much time ordering stuff off the Internet, binge-watching Netflix, and holding hands with a guy who doesn’t have to be forced (her husband).






Six Tinder Weeks by Bena Roberts

A quick and quirky read from Bena Roberts.

I rarely read romance books, but the author says this is “not the usual sappy romance”, so I thought I’d give it a chance. I’m glad I did!

Meet Helen, she’s middle-aged and recently single after a long and boring marriage. Join her on her journey to re-invent herself, with the help of online dating, as seen through her eyes, her sister’s eyes and those of her ‘dates’.

Six Tinder Weeks is not a soppy romance, it’s a humorous, saucy, entertaining and enjoyable read.







Synopsis:

Forty-something scientist Helen leaves her husband after twenty uninspired years of marriage. Plagued with making the wrong decisions she looks towards holistic therapy and the universe to guide her choices. She meets hairdresser Alex and takes his advice to download the dating app SPRK.

Helen embarks on a voyage of self-discovery, paganism, hedonism and desire. What could go wrong? Well for one secret agent CJ is convinced that Helen is part of a notorious Romanian smuggling gang.

Six Tinder weeks is not the usual romantic novel; it is realistic fiction full of twists, turns that will make you laugh out loud. If you like something different, then you will enjoy this Pandora’s box of love, action and the unexpected.




The Author:

Bena is an expat British woman living with her family in Germany. She was a journalist, blogger and analyst as well as CEO of quite a few geeky companies. She is a bookworm, gym bunny and partial to dry Italian red wine.

Bena’s passion for writing began as a child in the cosy corner of her parent’s bookshop in London. She grew up reading Sidney Sheldon, Judy Blume, S.E. Hinton and Marian Keyes. Six Tinder Weeks is her debut novel and is realistic fiction that will appeal to women, mums and especially those just divorced.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Touch by Camille Picott


Title: Touch
Series: Sulan, Episode 4
Author: Camille Picott
Publication date: February 1st 2018
Genres: Cyberpunk, Dystopian, Young Adult


Synopsis:

From a young age, Gun has trained in the way of Anderson Arms. He learns to manipulate, steal, blackmail, and kill—whatever it takes to accomplish the mission set by his father. But Gun despises the work he does and the wreckage it leaves behind.

His newest assignment is to befriend a Virtual High student and infiltrate Global Arms. His target is Sulan Hom, the daughter of a renowned Global scientist. Gun approaches the mission with detached coldness, the same method he uses for every assignment.

But it isn’t long before he finds a budding friendship with Sulan. The more time he spends with her, the more he begins to care for her. Soon, Gun avows that Sulan will not become one more mission casualty.

The more he delves into Global Arms, the more Gun realizes the true danger that awaits Sulan. Determined to keep her safe, Gun works behind the scenes to protect her. Will it be enough to keep Sulan safe? And will he ever be able to win her trust after deceiving her?

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Previous books in the series:


Author Bio:

Camille Picott is a fifth-generation Chinese American. She writes science fiction and fantasy books with Asian characters and/or Asian settings. Camille grew up reading speculative fiction stories largely devoid of Asian characters and culture. This, coupled with a passion for her heritage, is the reason she strives to bring some aspect of Eastern myth, legend, culture, and ethnicity to all of her writings.






Monday, 15 January 2018

The Caging at Deadwater Manor by Sandie Will

An intense thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat, rooting for the protagonist to make it safely through to the end, and what an ending!! I didn’t see that coming!

Jeannie’s dad hates her and after years of mentally abusing her, contrives with the staff at Deadwater Manor, psychiatric hospital, to have her locked away.

What she suffers at their hands is harrowing, and almost breaks her, but she doesn’t give up hope, and with the help of another ‘patient’ they plan their escape.

This debut novel from Sandie Will is well written and engaging. It draws the reader in to share in Jeannie’s terror and frustration.

Knowing that this is a fictional story doesn’t stop the feeling that this has possibly happened, or could happen, to someone, somewhere!


Synopsis:

SHE KNEW HER DAD WAS ANGRY, BUT SHE NEVER EXPECTED THIS!

A dad with a vendetta. An unsuspecting daughter. A psychiatric hospital known for questionable acts. And staff who keep secrets in the attic.

2017 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARD – HONORABLE MENTION – YA HORROR


On a cold, January evening, fourteen-year-old Jeannie Kynde is told that her beloved mother drowned in the murky waters along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Her distraught father turns on Jeannie, no longer the caring father she once knew. Four years later, Jeannie is finally old enough to escape her father’s clutches, but he has different plans. He imprisons her at Deadwater Manor, a psychiatric hospital with an unscrupulous past. Between endless psychiatric treatments and a hospital staff up to no good, Jeannie faces insurmountable odds as each day ticks away. Will she be locked away forever? Or can she fight against the nightmare that has now become her world?

If you like suspenseful shockers, you’re sure to love this psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and stay with you long afterward. Check out the great reviews on this novel that debuted on the #1 Hot New Releases bestseller list.

Note: This book is intended for mature young adult, new adult, and older audiences due to profanity and sensual content.


BACKGROUND:

The inspiration for the story came from Sandie’s beloved father who worked in various psychiatric hospitals during short periods of his career. In the attic of one such hospital, he made a disturbing discovery – one that bothered Sandie so much, she had to create a story around it. Though fiction, many parts of the book intertwine the patient routines, treatments and outbursts that she learned from her father and other research in a way that makes the story vivid through Jeannie’s perspective.



The Author:

Sandie Will is an award-winning young adult novelist who lives in Tampa Bay, Florida and works as a manager and geologist by day. She has written two novels and is currently working on her third. Her first novel, The Caging at Deadwater Manor, is a young adult psychological thriller/horror that was the recipient of a 2017 Readers’ Favorite Book Award in YA Horror. Her second is a YA historical time travel series called Time Lands. The first book of the series is titled, The Hunger, and will be released in 2018. She has been married to her husband, Charlie, for 30 years and they have two sons. Her favorite place to write is in her back room “treehouse” in the arms of an old oak.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Magic Runes by Devyn Jayse


Title: Magic Runes
Series: Magic Runes #1
Author: Devyn Jayse
Publication date: November 28th 2017
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy


Meet Carmen Rebello – Rune Witch, owner of the best magic store in Barcelona, and black sheep of her family.

When Carmen successfully removes a spell from a bewitched human, she never thought she would get ensnared in an ongoing Supernatural Bureau of Investigation case. Her life is already complicated by trying to stay hidden from her powerful family members, Carmen can’t afford the attention of joining the investigation but the SBI insist on her involvement. Add an annoying (but hot) SBI agent and her life is getting more difficult by the day. Can she help the SBI without exposing her identity?



Excerpt #1:

      “What are your plans for the week?” Mateu asked me.
      “Nothing much. Business has been slow, so I’m thinking of giving a class.” Usually I supplemented my income by giving classes in various forms of magic. I taught runes, potion making, and other activities. Sometimes it was struggle to keep things afloat and earn enough to pay for rent, but my store served a purpose in the community and I enjoyed the work. I also liked being in charge of my own work hours. Like many of the other specialty stores in El Born, I opened and closed my store whenever I wanted. And my customers were okay with it. Most of them had my phone number and I left a note on the door for those who didn’t. If I was nearby, I could return to the store and help them with what they needed.
      “Do you want me to tell the other gargoyles to talk up your services? Give you a small marketing push?”
      I shook my head. “No, that's okay, I kind of need this week to prepare. I have a speaker visiting the store next week. It’s going to require a lot of coordination and work. I’ve told the local covens but I’m going to have to send out reminders.”
      “Whatever you like. If you change your mind, let me know.” Mateu returned to people-watching.
      To drum up work and business, I had put together a little event for witches and wizards. I had invited many of the nearby covens to sign up. I had ordered a lot of inventory and had to send out a newsletter letting them know what was in the store. I hoped that would help increase sales.
      “In fact…” My voice trailed off. Mateu’s shoulders had stiffened and his body was on alert as he stared out the window. I tensed. “What's wrong?”
      “Come over here,” Mateu said, still focused on whatever he saw outside the window. I walked around the counter and made my way to him. He got to his feet and stared intently at the street. As soon as I was within arm’s length of him, he asked me, “Do you see that woman?”
      “Which one?” I searched among the people outside the store. Locals walked past us going about their daily lives while tourists gawked at everything they saw. Across the street was a larger group of tourists. They were focused on the tour guide who held a cane and pointed at various landmarks around them.
      “The one in the red T-shirt. She’s part of the group.”
I resumed my search and spotted the woman he was talking about. She stood across the street, her body turned away from us. She gestured at the same buildings the tour guide did and talked to her companion who appeared to be bored from the restless way her head darted around looking at anything but the building in question.

      “Yes? What about her?” Before the words had left my mouth, the woman turned slightly towards us and I immediately saw the problem.
      A mark over her eye pulsed with a faint blue glow.
      “Do you think she knows someone’s cast a spell on her?” Mateu asked me.










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Excerpt #2:

“What's this?”
      Greta let out a sound of alarm. “What’s wrong? Why are you holding my hand?”
      I stared at the marks on her wrist. They were similar to the marks I had seen on Thora. However, unlike Thora, these marks were pulsating with a green light and not blue. I wondered what the change in color meant.
      My eyes raised to meet Adrian’s. He appeared as taken aback as I was. What were the odds of me finding two bewitched women on the same street?
      “When did this appear?” I asked her.
      “I don't know.”
      She looked scared so I eased my grip on her arm and softened my tone. “Think about it, when did you first notice it?”
      She touched the mark with her other hand. “I don't know. I think maybe a week or two ago…maybe three?”
      “Are you sure?”
      “Is this the same one you saw on the girl?” Adrian asked.
      “Yes, I think so.” I confirmed. I squinted but the dim light made it difficult to be completely certain.
      “You’re scaring me,” Greta said. “Tell me what’s going on.”
      I let go of her wrist. “Is there a place we can go for more privacy?”
      “We can go to Miguel’s office if he says okay, but I have to find someone to cover my tables.” Greta looked back and forth between me and Adrian. “I’ll go ask him.”
      She took off in a hurry. I turned to look at Adrian. His customary frown had settled back on his face as he watched Greta leave. Adrian picked up the phone and dialed a number. He raised the phone to his ear. “Hi. It’s me. You need to come to Miguel’s. We’ve got a live one. Let Rafael know too. No, that’s not necessary, she’s with me.” He gave the person on the other end the address and hung up.
      “Think you’re up for a live demonstration on how to remove the rune marks?” Adrian asked me.













Author Bio:


Devyn Jayse is the author of the Dare Valari and Magic Runes series.








Saturday, 13 January 2018

Polarity of Us by K.B. Ladnier



Title: Polarity of Us: A Northern Lights Novel
Author: K.B. Ladnier
Publication date: December 29th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance


My name is Daisy Lennox.
Life has been on the fast track to hell for me lately. Between my fiancĂ© cheating on me just weeks before walking down the aisle, and my career as an author going down the drain from lack of inspiration; I’m a hot mess. When it starts to feel like nothing will look up, my best friend Hannah comes to the rescue with a vacation in mind. One that involves leaving the city life of Chicago, for a more secluded one in a small town called White Hemlock in British Columbia, Canada. I thought nothing could bring back my inspiration to write, or my ability to feel so strongly for someone again.

That is, until I met him…

My name is Bastian Urso.
I’m not completely human and my life has been a mess for as long as I can remember. My wife was taken away from me by hunters for being what we are, leaving not only a gaping hole in my heart, but also leaving me to raise our daughter Addylin alone. We left our home in Alaska not long after for this secluded city called White Hemlock for a fresh start. Here, we found the peace we needed to move on with life, Addy being the only thing holding me together. But the pain and bitter loneliness of losing my wife only seemed to get worse with every passing day.

That is, until I met her…

Two people. Two different worlds. More than two hearts at stake. Daisy and Bastian are polar opposites in almost every way, but one; loving each other more than they feel they deserve to.

***This is a standalone novel and is recommended for ages 16+ due to language and some sexual situations***









Excerpt:

      When he stopped, I walked around him to see where we were. I couldn’t have been more surprised.
      A small shack sat next to a pool of water that was steaming. The snow around the water was completely melted away with grass growing around it, making the spot look like it didn’t belong here. The shack looked newly built and only large enough for maybe two people to walk around comfortably without feeling claustrophobic. Behind it all was a backdrop of the mountains.
      The place looked magical.
      Bastian sauntered over to the pool and dove in. He flipped around in the water a few times then came back up. When he surfaced, he was no longer a bear. He was a very wet, sexy, naked man. The water was only deep enough to barely cover him from the waist down, showing off that glorious V-shape in his hips.
      “What do you think?” He asked with his arms raised up.
      “Uh…” What did he ask? Oh! The spot. “It’s beautiful. What is this place?”
      “It’s one of the spots I camp at when I decide to hunt as a bear. I discovered the hot spring while chasing a moose one day and knew I had to come back. I built the shack in case Addy came with me or if I decided to change back into my human form. I can sleep in the cold as a bear, but just as a human is pushing it.”
      “It’s amazing,” I replied, though I was looking at his body while I said it. I honestly wasn’t sure if I was talking about the spring anymore.
      He laughed and held out a hand for me. “Yes, it is,” he said, obviously pretending I was talking about the spring. “Now, undress that beautiful body of yours and join me.”




Author Bio:

K.B. Ladnier is from a small city in Southern Mississippi. She has one daughter and three cats who she claims are stealing her soul in only tiny doses so she won't notice. She is a cyborg and spends most of her time hiding from her tiny human so she doesn't have to share her snacks as she reads her favorite books. She hates the beach yet lives only ten minutes away from it and daydreams of mountains and snow. She is married to a hot nerd and loves him dearly even though he hordes cookies and occasionally hides her prosthetic leg from her when she's mad, so he can get a quick escape. She plans to write as long as people continue loving what she does, otherwise she's going to say screw it and do her second dream of owning a coffee shop. Though, she may still do both.