Monday, April 29, 2013

Interview with Mimi Sebastian, author of Necromancer's Seduction

Title: The Necromancer’s Seduction, Book One
Series: The Necromancer Series
Author:
Mimi Sebastian

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: ImaJinn Books
Cover Artist: Patricia Lazarus

Book Description

She has never feared the walking dead. It’s the power required to reanimate the dead that startles her, seduces her. The power that dwells inside her…and is growing.

For Professor Ruby Montagne, being a necromancer has brought her nothing but heartache, and she walked away from that part of her life long ago. However, her quiet existence in San Francisco is shattered when she stumbles upon the body of a slain witch, and the supernatural community insists she transform him into a revenant to track the killer. But his murder was just the beginning, and Ruby soon realizes that the stakes are higher than anyone can imagine—and that revenants have nasty minds of their own.

Now demonic creatures have escaped into the human world, and zombies once again walk the streets. For humanity’s sake, Ruby forms an unlikely alliance with a witch, a zombie, and Ewan March, a demon warrior who sets her senses on fire.

She’s always distrusted demons and Ewan is no exception, but circumstances push them closer together, and Ruby not only finds it harder to resist him, she isn’t sure she even wants to. But she suspects his job of patrolling the portal separating humans and demons conceals a dark and deadly past that may consume them both.

With events spiraling out of control, Ruby unravels a plot that not only threatens the human and demon realms, but puts Ruby’s very soul in jeopardy. Because when the dead walk, no one is safe. Especially Ruby.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tortured Hero Hop: Lots of Prizes!



I'm excited to be a part of the "Tortured Hero" Blog Hop today.

I'm giving away One Ebook Copy Of Araya's Addiction to one person. Simply enter using the Rafflecopter below. Also, don't forget to enter the main contest for more prizes!


Yes. Tortured heroes do it for me. When I saw the title of this blog hop, the first tortured hero who popped into my mind was Zsadist, the hero in J.R. Ward's book Lover Awakened from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

His past is filled with torture, guilt and humiliation that he covers up by making everyone think he's the worst kind of mean, nasty mother fucker on the planet. Of course, he's not though. He just has a tortured soul and I admit to getting emotional when he got his happily ever after. Note to self: Put Lover Awakened on my TBRA (to be read again) list!


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Monday, April 22, 2013

Review of Touched by A.J. Aalto, Urban Paranormal Fantasy

Touched
The Marnie Baranuik Files, Book One
A. J. Aalto

Genre: paranormal fantasy
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
ISBN: 978-1935961574
ASIN: B009NIE5S8
Number of pages: 454
Word Count: 158k
Cover Artist: Greg Simanson

Book Description

The media has a nickname for Marnie Baranuik, though she’d rather they didn’t; they call her the Great White Shark, a rare dual-talented forensic psychic. Twice-Touched by the Blue Sense--which gives her the ability to feel the emotions of others, and read impressions left behind on objects--Marnie also has a doctorate in preternatural biology and a working knowledge of the dark arts. She is considered without peer in the psychic community. 

Then her first big FBI case ended with a bullet in one shoulder and a chip on the other, a queasy heart and a serial killer in the wind, leaving her a public flop and a private wreck. When the FBI’s preternatural crimes unit tracks her down at a remote mountain lodge for her insight on a local case, her quiet retirement is promptly besieged by a stab-happy starlet, a rampaging ghoul, and a vampire-hunting jackass in tight Wranglers. Marnie figures the only real mystery is which one will kill her first. 

Too mean to die young, backed up by friends in cold places, and running with a mouth as demure as a cannon’s blast, Marnie Baranuik is about to discover that there’s no such thing as quitting time when you’re Touched.

Review
Holy shit balls! I debated for hours on whether or not to read Touched and I'm SO glad I ultimately chose to! 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Review & Giveaway of Creatures of Fire by J.B. Brooklin


Creatures of Fire
Sariel Baldwin Series

J.B. Brooklin

Genre: Fantasy
ISBN: 1230000109442
Number of pages: 212
Word Count: 69836
Cover Artist: J.B. Brooklin (Cover copyrights: Ring of Fire © dvarg #34150031 – Fotolia.com, the dancer © Alexander Yakovlev #34413982)



She is a half demon, oblivious to her true nature.

He is a demon set out to avenge murder.

Together they are hunted by the one person she thought she could trust.

Separate they may be able to save each others lives.


“Creatures of Fire” a tale about power, ambition, responsibility and trust.
New York – Paris – Dschinnanya (the world of the demons)



Review
I had a little trouble getting into Creatures of Fire at first and feel the dialogue and description would have flowed better for me if there had been more contractions used, but as it went along, the more I liked it. My favorite part of the story was when one of the

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Review of Winged by LM Pruitt



Title: Winged
Author: LM Pruitt

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 410 pages
Release Date February 5
*Book Two Uprising Coming in April


I fell from the Talmadge Bridge the week before I turned thirty.

I was given a choice: Go to Heaven. Go back to my life in Savannah. Or spend eternity fighting evil under the direction of the archangels.

I chose the demons--and the angels.

I chose the Winged.


Review
Wow! I really liked Winged even though I was a little mad at the author for tricking me! I won't spoil it but I thought things were going one way and then they went the other. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Awaken the Demon by Shiela Stewart


Awaken the Demon (Demon Series #1)
by Shiela Stewart
Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 167 pages

Running from an abusive Fiancé, changing her name, Missy Green is looking for a new life. Taking temporary refuge in a group called The StarrGazers, she does her best to blend in. Problem is, the owner, Draco Starr has put his sights on her.

Born and raised in the pits of hell, Draco was sent to earth to collect souls for Satan. Having served his time he starts his own business. When word gets out that a child born from demon and human is alive, he is determined to find her and make her his own.


Discovering who Draco really is terrifies Missy, but it’s nothing compared to finding out she too is a demon. Coming to terms with who she is, dealing with her attraction to Draco, Missy begins to embrace her new life. Until her fiancĂ© enters the picture and changes her life forever.

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

Review
I really enjoyed this story! Awaken the Demon had just about everything I like in a paranormal romance. Demons, sexual tension, fun characters, a story that focuses on the hero and heroine rather than breaking off into a bunch of side stories, a little danger and more. I would have liked to hear more about Draco's past considering he lived in hell and collected souls for Satan and definitely want to see more of Troy in future books. I read this story during a few trips to the gym and I totally credit it with helping me break my record on the elliptical because I didn't want to stop reading it! Thanks for that. :-) 


Excerpt

“I wanted to ask you a few questions.”


She turned her head to face him and the room began to swim before her. “Questions, always questions with you. Let me ask you one for a change. Why are you looking for a mate?”


“To share my life with, of course.”


“Why me?” Her vision was beginning to blur. Was this what being drunk was like? She’d never been before.


He blinked several times before responding. “You’re the only one of your kind.”


“And that’s it? You want me because I’m rare?"

“I did. Before I knew you. Where is this going, Missy?”

“I’m just curious if love played any part in this search for a mate. See, when I accepted Ronald’s proposal, I believed I was in love. I figured we would have a long, happy life together, have a few children, grow old and die together.” She looked over at Draco. “Well, that didn’t exactly work out, so I was just curious what your idea of happily-ever-after is?”

“I’ve never really given it any thought.”

“Well, I would think that would be something to think about when choosing a mate. However, I really don’t know what you feel, being a direct descendent of Satan and all. Can you feel?” she slurred.

“How did you find that out?”

“I have my ways,” she responded slyly. “Can you?”

“I didn’t come here to be grilled by you.”

“I wasn’t grilling you. I was just asking questions. What’s the matter, Draco? You don’t like being questioned?”

He got to his feet. “I think I’ll come back when you’re in a better mood.”

“Oh, don't go. I’m in a perfectly fine mood now, Draco.” She swaggered toward him.

“You’re drunk.”

“Yep, yep I am. Why is it I get the strangest urge to rip those clothes from your body and see what's hidden beneath all that black?” She ran a finger along his lapel. “Yet, at the same time, I want to vomit at your feet.”

“What sort of response were you expecting from that question? Or was it a rhetorical one?”

“Yeah, the last one,” she slurred.

“This is all new to you. It will take time for you to adjust.”

“Oh, I’ve grasped it all. I’m now a demon who craves flesh and blood and my future is filled with uncertainty, but one thing remains.” The tears came up and flooded her eyes despite her fight to withhold them. “I can never go home again.”

“Missy.”

“No.” She waved him off. “Leave me be. I need some time alone.”

“You keep pushing me away, yet it’s me you need.”

“I don’t need you.” She stepped away and was shocked when he yanked her back toward him. Before she knew it, his mouth was covering hers. She felt the heat scorch her from the middle of her belly and down. Something inside of her beckoned her to surrender.

“I have never wanted a woman’s lips before.” He ran his thumb over her lips. “Yours tempt me beyond reason.” With that said, he vanished.

She slumped to the floor, her eyes flooded with tears.

Now why did he have to do that.

Other Reviews
To start off, let me tell you I was very excited to get this book from Decadent Publishing for review - YEEEEEE! Shiela Stewart is a "new to me" author, and I LOVE those first reads, the first "aww's," the first "laughs" and the first "what the hells?" After reading Awakening the Demon I am happy to report that this was a win for me and I absolutely recommend Shiela Stewart!”--Day Dream Reviews (link to full review: http://daydrmzzz.blogspot.ca/2012/07/awaken-demon-shiela-stewart-review.html?zx=cfb9efe7b2862c37)

“Awaken the Demon is a nice short read. Draco is my favorite character in the book; he has all the charm, style, and attitude you would expect from a centuries old Demon. The dynamic between Draco and Missy is amusing and was fun. I also unexpectedly found myself charmed by a few of Draco's employees, Troy and Hunter, as they were both able to give me several laughs.”--Bitten By Books (link to full review: http://www.bittenbylovereviews.com/2012/05/awaken-demon-by-sheila-stewart.html)

About the Author
Raised on a rural farm in Saskatchewan, Shiela Stewart relied on her vivid imagination to fill her days. Never did she realize that her need to tell a story would someday lead to becoming a published romance author. In the fall of two thousand and six, Shiela published her very first book and hasn’t stopped since.

When not writing, Shiela spends time with the love of her life, William and their three children. She has a strong affection for animals which is evident in the five cats, one dog, three turtles and ten fish she owns. Some of her passions aside from writing are drawing and painting and proudly displays her artwork in murals in her home.

Her favorite time of day is sunset and loves to stargaze.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Remember the Stars by Natalie-Nicole Bates




Title: Remember the Stars
Author: Natalie-Nicole Bates
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 40
For Leah Rhodes life as she knows it has just changed forever.

Waking in a gutter in the dark surroundings of her distant past, a familiar man stands out in her confusion.


But Remy Moreland has been dead for years.


It soon becomes apparent to Leah that both she and Remy are trapped in a hell of their own making.


Can one night together not only lead to the way out, but to love as well?


About the Author

Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author.

Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian and Edwardian era photography and
antique poison bottles. Natalie contributes her uncharacteristic love of hockey to being born in Russia.

She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of19th century post-mortem photos.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Mini Interview & Review of Hidden Depths by Aubrianna Hunter PLUS Giveaway

Aubrianna is giving away an ebook copy of Hidden Depths to one person. Please comment with  your email address to be entered.

Title: Hidden Depths
Series: Hidden Series - Book 1
Author: Aubrianna Hunter
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance     
Publisher: Writer's Edge Publishing
ASIN: B00B09852A
Pages: 236 Word Count: 74,384

She is pierced, dyed and tattooed born on the wrong side of the tracks. He is a traditional white knight born of the proverbial silver spoon. Their meeting was an accident, the fact that they became even the most tentative of friends, an anomaly. The only real thing they had in common... chemistry. Lots of chemistry. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough and Gia knew it. Now, if only she could convince her body...

Josh had always walked the line, lived the life he was expected to live. He had, by all accounts, the perfect life; a corporate lawyer, a beautiful home, a family empire to run, and the perfect fiancee. He was well on his way. The only question he had... was that really where he wanted to go? Plagued by dreams, Josh fought all his natural instincts, denying not only what he truly wanted but who he was deep down inside. Until one crazy night when he gave in to his desires...


Could these two polar opposites have more in common than even they realize?

Mini Interview
Q: Do you have a favorite quote or line from Hidden Depths? If so, please share.
A: What would you say if I told you... that I dreamed of tying you up, spanking you... then fucking you until you couldn't even remember your own name?
A quote from Josh and a turning point for him... Plus it's just hot!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Review of Message from Viola Mari


Message from Viola Mari
by Sabrina Devonshire
Contemporary Erotic Sci-Fi Romance
Publisher: Extasy Books
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Heat Level: Sizzling
Length: 157 pages

Blurb


World-renowned oceanographer and meteorite specialist Marissa Jones uncovers evidence that a comet cloud will soon destroy Earth. When aspiring writer and her best friend Jennifer begs her to take a Saturday morning sci-fi writing class, Marissa reluctantly agrees. Writing her real-life story as fiction gives her an astonishing new perspective on the anomalous set of craters she discovered off the La Jolla Coast.
But this favor for her friend stirs up more than scientific results…writing teacher Justin Lincoln goads her constantly and taunts her with his irresistible curly blond locks and steely physique he knows only too well make women drool. Marissa teeters on the edge of anger and raging attraction for this irritating man. But it’s a terrible time to let lust call the shots when the world’s about to end and Marissa’s the only one who can save everyone.

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations and adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.


Review
The heat between the hero and heroine, Marissa and Justin, was believable and Marissa's blunt comments in the writing class, her best friend dragged her to, are funny. She made me laugh a couple times. Knowing this story was supposed to have sci-fi elements was the determining factor for me reading it so I was disappointed that the sci-fi elements didn't evolve until later in the story. It was more sci-fi lite. However, the writing was solid, the characters and romance believable and the ending a surprise. Worth a read. :-)

Other Reviews
5 Stars from Ellen Cross—“Marissa Jones is a young Oceanographer and Metorite specialist, with a poor track record with men. Driven by her best friend, Jennifer, to join a sci-fi writing class, Mari is forced to suffer the frustratingly personal attention of her beyond mouth-watering, yet insanely irritating teacher, Justin Lincoln. One look at Justin, and Mari doesn't know whether to follow her body's desire to kiss him, or satisfy her mind's urge to punch his lights out. Mari's research into the mysterious craters on the ocean floor, leads her to the discovery that the earth's end is approaching in a cataclysmic event that will claim all life. With no-one willing to believe her research, Mari is left with not only the fate of all mankind in her hands, but a best friend to keep happy, a sexy man to figure out, and a book to finish writing. Simple huh? Sabrina Devonshire has exploded into the sci-fi genre with "A message from Viola Mari". Her beautifully descriptive style with the delicious splashes of witty humour throughout, are a delight for the senses. “Message from Viola Mari” will keep you guessing right up until the very last page.”

5 Star from Dean C. McMillin—“Marissa Jones is an oceanic geologist specializing in studying ancient meteorite impacts. She's tough and serious with little need for anything else in her life ... But, when her best friend talks her into enrolling in a creative writing course, she falls hard for the instructor, Justin Lincoln, much to her embarrassment. Marissa can't believe that she's so attracted to the hunky writing guru. She has to get over her own insecurities and accept the truth of his love ... At the same time, she is uncovering an ancient secret that might mean doom for humanity ... Unless she can find a solution and decipher what she believes is an alien message of hope. Investigating ancient underwater meteorite impact sites with Justin, Marissa becomes involved in life-threatening intrigues in a conflict that leads to an action-packed climax. This was an offbeat novel which I found to be a quick and easy read. The characters were sympathetic and relatable, and writing was clear, the story briskly paced. The story veers quite heavily into science fiction territory near the end, which is set up very well earlier in the book. Overall, a fun, light read.”


About the Author

Sabrina Devonshire, an avid swimmer most of her life, can usually be found near or immersed in a body of water. If she's not seeking an endorphin rush in a pool, lake or ocean, she's often encouraging people to work out or writing a book or magazine article. She also loves traveling to off-the-beaten-path places where phones and electronic devices tend not to work well. Peru and Belize are two of her favorites. Sabrina lives in southern Arizona with her husband, two children, and fluffy dog, Sugar.


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