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Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Blast: Accidentally Yours (Coyote Bluff Series) by Lea Barrymire + giveaway

Accidentally Yours
Book 1 ~ Coyote Bluff Series
Erotic/Hot paranormal romance
70K words
Self pubbed
Release date: 9/10/2014
Cammie has had one hell of a night. Her long-time abusive boyfriend pushed her to the limits and then a freaking wolf hit her car. While clutching a bag of frozen peas to her swollen eye she manages to rescue the animal and make it home. But what’s she do with it after that?

Ian can’t believe his luck. After a stupid decision he’s been run out of every shifter territory he’s entered. Hoping Coyote Bluff would be different seems to have been his downfall. After a bunch of coyotes chase him through the night he finds himself being coddled by a tempting woman. His canine half is already in love with her.

Cammie’s ex comes calling, Ian’s found out by the local Alpha and the town seems bent on keeping them apart. Can they fight against everyone at once to find happiness together? Better question would be will Cammie accept Ian once he admits to being the wolf she so readily confided in and nursed back to health?

Series Teaser:
Coyote Bluff is a small, quaint town in the mountains of Virginia. With its diner run by Mama, the police force of one and a single stop light it's much like every other small town in America. Well, until you take a closer look.

Feel free to come visit Coyote Bluff... but keep an eye on the wildlife.

“Do you want me to kiss you? Is that why you’re staring at me, Cammie?” He shifted slightly on the seat and a zing of lightning shot up her leg when his brushed hers. He breathed his next words across the small distance between them. “I want to kiss you. I want to taste you on my tongue. Will you let me do that?”

Did she want to kiss him? Yes. Should she? That was a completely different question. She knew this was a dream, accepted it as truth. If she woke with a lingering affection for her dream man she’d be a depressed pile of goo for days. Keeping her distance was probably the right thing to do, but she really, really, didn’t want to do the right thing. She wanted to climb into his lap, and dig her fingers into his hair while sucking on his lower lip. She wet her lips in anticipation and almost groaned as the tingling intensified. Screw it, live in the now.

A moment after her tiny nod she was wrapped in strong, warm arms. She hadn’t seen him move, hadn’t felt his body shift, but both must have happened for her to be on his lap, straddling his thighs. Her eyes closed and she tilted her head back in acceptance. She’d force her mind to not dwell on the kiss she was going to get. She could do that, it was her dream, right?

About the Author:
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Lea lives in Western New York with her hubby, three children, and miscellaneous critters. Before the rug rats, she lived a life of adventure, following her husband all over Europe with the US military. She's slept in a car outside Paris, drove six hours just to see tulips in the Netherlands, and knocked ash from her shoes at Pompeii. Now she spends her time in life's adventures at soccer games, PTA meetings and school plays.

Lea has loved reading from a very young age, spending many sleepless nights devouring books. Science fiction and paranormal were her favorite genres to read as a teenager, and that love bled into her adult life. She started writing during a bout of insomnia, to fill time, and found it filled a creative void. Now she communes regularly with the characters in her head and tries not to laugh out loud when they say something funny.

When Lea isn't reading, writing or corralling kids, she enjoys watching movies and sciencey shows, or just kicking back and listening to some music.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Official Re-launch of The Gardella Vampire Hunter Series by Colleen Gleason

Colleen Gleason is relaunching her PNR series The Gardella Vampire Hunters with all new covers! And ain't they pretty! Yes, yes they are. Book one The Rest Falls Away is only $.99 this week then goes up to $1.99 Friday and Saturday. This is a great time to give this series a try.
*just a little tidbit, Colleen also writes under the name Joss Ware and has an amazing dystopian series, Envy Chronicles

Book One: The Gardella Vampire Hunters

The first in the international bestselling saga of Victoria Gardella, Vampire Hunter.

Beneath the glitter of dazzling 19th-century London Society lurks a bloodthirsty evil…

Vampires have always lived among them, quietly attacking unsuspecting debutantes and dandified lords as well as hackney drivers and Bond Street milliners. If not for the vampire slayers of the Gardella family, these immortal creatures would have long taken over the world.

In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake.

But as she moves between the crush of ballrooms and dangerous, moonlit streets, Victoria’s heart is torn between London’s most eligible bachelor, the Marquess of Rockley, and her enigmatic ally, Sebastian Vioget.

And when she comes face to face with the most powerful vampire in history, Victoria must ultimately make the choice between duty and love.

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Victoria Gardella
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Book Two: Rises The Night
Book Three: The Bleeding Dusk
Book Four: When Twilight Burns
Book Five: As Shadows Fade

About the Author:
Colleen Gleason is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author who can’t seem to decide what type of book to write…so she writes a lot of different genres!

So far, Colleen has written everything from vampire hunters to dystopian romance, to steampunk,historical romance, and mysteries with a supernatural flair. One element, however, that appears in all of her stories, is that of partnership…whether it be professional, romantic, or both.

All of Colleen’s books feature strong heroines experiencing fast-paced adventures, danger, mystery, and of course, romance. But at the core of each story is the belief that every woman deserves a partner who accepts her for her strengths as well as her weaknesses—and vice versa.

Colleen lives in the midwest United States with her family and two dogs, and is always working on her next book.

Sunday Swag: Tilly Greene

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Today's feature author: Tilly Greene

About the Author:
Tilly Greene was born into the easy folds of a sleepy beach town and embraces the laid back mindset she grew up with. Life took a turn one day while sitting in the back of the school bus with her friends: she was introduced to the joys of romance novels and has never looked back. Now, every day she looks forward to writing about women who are independent and confident, the men who love them, and their twisting passionate path to each other.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sheep Book Review: Revelation by Randi Cooley Wilson

Revelation (The Revelation Series Book 1)
By: Randi Cooley Wilson 
314 Pages
Mature Young Adult/New Adult Paranormal Romance.

Eve Collins starts her freshman year at college blissfully unaware that one revelation will challenge everything she’s believed to be true about her family, life, and future, and right in the midst of it all is Asher St. Michael. Mysterious and aloof, Asher is appointed to protect Eve at all costs. Bound by his oath of loyalty to mankind, loving her is forbidden. Dark and enigmatic, Gage Gallagher may be even more dangerous to Eve than the demonic army that hunts her. Caught in the middle of a centuries old war, Eve must choose sides knowing that the wrong choice will cost more than just her life. Can Asher and Eve fulfill their destinies or will their love destroy everything? Revelation is a journey of self-discovery, love, and sacrifice. 

This one is most definitely a young adult book, I didn't feel it even crossed into the new adult realm at all. The romance is sparse and PG rated, younger girls can read this one for sure. 

I'm not a hugh fan of soft PNR and it showed while reading this one. There are some elements I really did like, but overall the world was too soft and not nearly dark enough to keep me really wanting to read what happened next. 

Some overuse of the same phrasing of words got a tad annoying, the main character Eve is supposed to be heavily guarded by her gargoyle buddies. As someone who holds a lot of power in a good vs evil war, you would think this is a key element to the story. But the author takes adventure and throws the bad guys in her face every time one of the guards turns around. 

Things get worse when an archangel comes down to tell Eve she can't hook up with her sexy guard man Asher. He's a bit whiny at times and a little too emo for me, but he sounds like he's got a great body. So...points for that and we can look over all the rest! Yes, that was shallow to say. However, all of this "He can't be with you, he's here to only protect you" was very predictable. 

The only real twist happens at the very end, and I can't even tell you about it without spoiling the whole thing! Overall, I recommend this one to folks who like YA or the younger reading crowd

3 'is that a stone in your pocket?' Sheep 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Series Review: The Dark Forest books #1 and #2 by Michelle Diener

The Golden Apple (The Dark Forest #1)
by Michelle Diener
Kayla's world has been turned upside-down . . .

Her father has made her the prize in a deadly, impossible tournament, and Kayla has retaliated in the only way she knows how; by choosing her champion beforehand. But taking control of the outcome changes the game completely, and when the real reason behind the strange test becomes apparent, Kayla realizes not just her life, but her entire kingdom is at stake.

Rane's honor is torn in two...

In order to save his brother, Rane will do whatever he has to--including deceive and betray a princess. He knew nothing about this tournament would be easy, but when it turns into a deeper, far more sinister game, Rane is forced to see it through to the end, or leave his brother at the mercy of their enemy.

Now their fates are entwined, and they must venture into the deep, dark forest together.

Kayla and Rane are bound to one another by an enchantment and Kayla's actions. But the sorcerer forcing them to do his will may have miscalculated, because no-one comes out of the Great Forest unchanged. No-one.

The Golden Apple is loosely based on the fairy tale The Princess on the Glass Hill.

For a while now there has been an influx of fairy tale retellings, some good, some okay, and some, well, we won't mention them. So when this series came across my path I thought okay let's see what's in the offering. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The Golden Apple opens with Princess Kayla royally ticked off at her father who has offered her and her virtue up on a platter when she decides to take control of her destiny, at least the extent she can. Rane is an angry and desperate man who will do anything to accomplish his goal, even if it means using Kayla to get the job done. 
On their quest they will discover new magics, can I just say balls of magic, fun characters including creatures up from the water controlled by the evil doers, and unbelievable cruelties all to be bested and outfoxed. 

The world building was great and vividly plotted and a real treat to read. The characters were well crafted and while annoying at times in their behaviors I found myself emotionally invested in the outcome and wanting more and more. The ending does offer some resolution; however, it is a bit of a cliffhanger - not of the "throw the book at a wall" severity, but the tale is obviously not over. Fortunately the second book in the series The Silver Pear is available and I was able to jump right in and continue the journey. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of fairy tales with the caveat that you might just want to be sure you have book two handy. I received this book with a request for my honest review without any compensation whatsoever, other than the joy of reading a new book.

4 sheep


The Silver Pear (The Dark Forest #2)
by Michelle Diener
An unlikely princess . . .

Kayla is determined to master her new-found abilities as a wild magic witch. She's learning everything she can so she and her betrothed, Rane, can put a stop to the sorcerers who are recklessly gathering their power, building up their magic to take each other on in a war that will destroy the countries of Middleland.
An even more unlikely sorcerer . . .
Mirabelle's father was one of the greatest sorcerers in Middleland, but when he used the magic in the silver pear to bespell his pregnant wife to give birth to the greatest sorcerer who would ever live, he never thought that child would be a girl. Mirabelle is nothing like a usual sorcerer, confounding every expectation, and when she comes to the rescue of Rane's brother, Soren, she makes a decision few sorcerers would. She saves him, rather than herself, losing the silver pear in the process.
And using magic always exacts a price . . .
With war not just a possibility but simply a matter of time, there are no neutral parties and no fence-sitters in Kayla and Mirabelle's new world. Everyone is either an ally or an enemy and there is a price to pay for everything. The question is, how high will it be?

The Silver Pear picks up right where book one, The Golden Apple, left off and one of the really awesome things the author did with this installment was provide a prologue that gave a great recap of book one and what has happened so far in the tale. However, I would still recommend reading book one first as there is so much more to the tale, but that is just how I enjoy reading a series.

Kayla and Rane continue their quest and are out to beat the baddies. In this installment we are also introduced to Mirabelle, who encounters Soren, and is drawn into the adventure. Mirabelle is a sorcerer unlike any other; for one thing she is female and another, her magic does not act as expected. At times she seemed to me to be a bit wimpy, but it all fit with the tale and she does get her gumption on when it counts. Mirabelle was given the silver pear by her father to help with the control of her magic and like the golden apple the silver pear is believed to have been gifted by the gods and assists with powerful magics. Well of course everybody wants the pear and the apple, well who wouldn't I've already put my order in.

In this installment we also meet some new characters and learn more about those who had already been introduced. As with The Golden Apple this tale is full of action, magics, magical creatures, intrigue, and betrayals with oodles of baddies that have you gritting your teeth waiting for them to get what is coming to them. The world building continues to be wonderful and the characters again well crafted sucking you into the story wanting to know what is going to happen next. This is the second installment and adding this to book one makes the tale feel complete with an ending like the little red cherry on the top of the sundae for dessert. If the two books had been combined it might have been too long, but with The Silver Pear jumping right in at the conclusion of The Golden Apple makes it feel just right. I don't know if there will be more stories featuring these characters, but there is room for the tales to continue with new adventures and quests without this being a cliffhanger. I received this book with a request for my honest review without any compensation whatsoever, other than the joy of reading a new book.

4 sheep


About the Author:
Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. Her Susanna Horenbout & John Parker series includes IN A TREACHEROUS COURT, KEEPER OF THE KING’S SECRETS and IN DEFENSE OF THE QUEEN. Set in the court of Henry VIII, it features the real historical figures of artist Susanna Horenbout and Henry’s Keeper of the Palace of Westminster and Yeoman of the King’s Robes, John Parker.Other historical novels by Michelle Diener include THE EMPEROR’S CONSPIRACY andBANQUET OF LIES, both set during the Napoleonic Wars in London. DAUGHTER OF THE SKY is set in Zululand during the Victorian era.Michelle’s first fantasy novel MISTRESS OF THE WIND is set for a December 23rd, 2013, release. It is a retelling of the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa, and now lives in Australia with her husband and two children.