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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Book Review: Chained by Night (The Moonbound Clan Vampires Book 2) by Larissa Ione

Chained by Night (The Moonbound Clan Vampires Book 2)
By: Larissa Ione
416 pages
Paranormal Romance
THE FUTURE OF HIS TRIBE
Leader of the vampire clan MoonBound, Hunter will do what he must to save his people from extinction—or worse, a torturous eternity as vampire slaves and subjects of human experimentation. To keep his enemies at bay, he has agreed to mate a rival clan leader’s daughter in return for peace between the clans and an ally in the looming war with the humans.

THE LOVER OF HIS SOUL
But survival comes at a price. First, Hunter must break an ancient curse by successfully negotiating three deadly tests. Then he must resist the searing passions of the gorgeous vampire warrior he despises but is bound to mate. Will Hunter stay true to his word? Or will he risk everything for the woman he really loves: the vampire seductress’s identical twin sister?


The second book in this new series by PNR author Ione should have been the first! I was so heartbroken after reading the opening story to this new world, it just didnt match up to anything she has written in the past. BUT now we are getting into the swing of this thing!

If ever there was a daytime soap opera that could take notes, I would recommend their writers grab this book. The clan chief who's betrothed to a rival clan's daughter, but falls for the twin sister. Yes, twins! It was a page right out of any good drama book. Sure, paint by numbers twists but it was enjoyable!

I loved all the Native American lore elements that are brought into this unique world. It's paranormal with a tomahawk twist and that just brought it all back to great writing by a gal who knows how to see some drama!

Some fun action and adventure scenes are thrown in, helping to sew our couples growing bond. Some characters in the shadows are giving sneaks to what's coming, and the drama is building to a nice boil. Back stabbing and a major jaw dropping twist at the end will keep it all moving along.

This is a super fun read with steam, angst and hot vampires!

Getting 4 Sheep








KD

About the Author:
Air Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She has since published dozens of books, hit several bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today, and has been nominated for a RITA award. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Book Reviews: GIFTED TRILOGY by Erin Manbeck Blog Tour

The Gifted Trilogy by Erin Manbeck

Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published February 27th 2014
Feisty, smart mouth Regan thought that breaking up with her boyfriend Sam was going to be the start of her independence. Instead, she is manipulated and dragged into a world where sharp, sarcastic wit isn't going to save her. Turning to her Gram for help, the only remaining relative she has, Regan is upset to find out that her grandmother has been keeping family secrets of her own all these years.

With a vengeful goddess using people to try and bring Regan to the Underworld, Gram brings in three Guardians to protect her. Given the short version of what is expected of her, loaded with a lot of expectations for her future, Regan knows first-hand that life is too short. She isn't letting anyone make life-altering decisions for her despite finding out that the vengeful goddess has placed a price on her head.

This book will make you laugh, feel connected to the characters, and leave you wanting more.

Warning: Adult language and sexual situation.


Gift of Power (Gifted Trilogy #2)
ebook, 220 pages
Published April 22nd 2014
Power equals responsibility.

Despite declaring to those closest to her she will take her position as Queen, Regan’s first priority is not to rule, but to find her parents. With Jake at her side, she is determined to learn how to use her new powers and hide from her destiny, as well as the Council, a little while longer.

Unfortunately, someone has been watching and reporting every move Regan makes. She is disheartened to find out the Council is already eagerly awaiting her arrival in Ireland and have apparently started to plan her future. One that does not include Jake.

Regan must decide just how much she is willing to sacrifice to protect her people from a vengeful goddess, while also weeding out the traitor among them. With what feels like the weight of the world on her shoulders, will Regan withstand losing any of them?



Gift of Prophecy (Gifted Trilogy #3)
Kindle Edition, 238 pages
Published May 31st 2014
Regan’s arrival in Ireland may have heightened her powers, but it has also given Agrona and her minions more cause to make sure she never makes it to her coronation. With every attack and the harsh welcome she receives from the council, Regan is more determined than ever to prove why the deities have chosen her to be the Queen.

Although, part of her has accepted that she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice, it isn't until Regan finds herself in the Otherworld being handed over to Agrona that the reality hits her. Will Jake and her family survive without her?

REVIEWS
Very Entertaining! Regan’s boyfriend Sam couldn’t seem to take the hint when she broke up with him. His final attempt to get her back turned into something much more than Regan bargained for. She called her Grandmother, her only living relative for help but Gram was not who she thought she was. Gram has kept the family secret from her for all these years.

Gift of Sight book one took you on the journey of Reagan finding out for the first time who her family is, and what was expected of her from birth. Regan has a choice to make but she is surrounded by lies, mistrust and no idea of who she is or her family is along with a vengeful goddess who has placed a price on her head. Her parents were taken away from her at such a young age that Regan is not taking this lightly, she is not about to make a life alternating decision without the facts.

Gift of Power book two takes us on the journey of announcing she will be queen and all that will come with it which includes the powers she must now learn. Will she learn them in time to save her family and her people? They stand by her and many more that meet her. She’s the true queen her destiny. Regan has also just found out that it is not just Angora behind this. Oaky helped her see what truly happened the day her parents were taken. Now Angora is not the only one with a vengeance, will it over take Regan?

Gift of Prophecy book three takes us on the journey of Regan proving she is destined to be queen not only to herself but her people. The problem is Angora the vengeful goddess will stop at nothing to make sure Regan does not make it to her coronation. Regan has to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her people and seek vengeance.

All along the way Regan has also met her soul mate who has been waiting for her for a very long time. Now that he has her he will do everything it takes to ensure her safety not to mention it was also his job.

The story was mesmerizing and very well written. You unveiled the mysteries and dangers at same time the characters did because Manbeck did a fantastic job keeping you involved in the story taking care of every detail. It was not just the story that kept me hooked but the characters themselves. They were funny, smart and badass you had to laugh at the things that came out of their mouths especially Regan’s. Each character was unique and had their own story not just the main characters, everyone that had a part. You felt their pain and their hearts especially that of Regan and Jakes, they became one literally. There was no second guessing their love you just knew it.

All in all to me the book was about freedom. Freedom to make choices and your make your own decisions on how to live your life no matter what other people may think or what they expect of you or from you. I highly recommend the Trilogy.

5 Freedom Sheep






Tammy K

About the Author:
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Between work and spending as much time with my son and husband, life has been an awesome adventure. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't also exhausting.

Besides family and friends, I love to laugh. It may be at the expense of those I love, but they get me, so I usually don’t offend to much.

Honesty…I can’t help it. I usually say what I feel, but with a little guidance I’ve learned to be more tactful.

I’ve worked in plenty of environments (a trucking company, corrections, and I was in the military to mention a few) so I guess you can say that’s where my mouth and attitude come from. Either way, as long as I get my morning cup of coffee people are safe.

I love reading and sharing books with my friends. Making progress on my goal so far of reading 50 books this year, and that’s in between writing. LOVE IT!

If I'm not writing you can definitely find me reading. I'm not much of a sleeper so I get a lot done when the rest of the house is snoring. I love fantasy books and fairy-tails with a twist. I enjoy dystopian books, especially the ones where you get so attached to the main character and then they are killed off. It's sick I know but it's more because I love when I recommend the book to my friends. Watching how mad they get when it happens...LOL. Anytime I recommend a book now a days their first question is "Who dies?"

Fright Night Blog Hop Sheep Style!


Welcome to I Smell Sheep's stop on the Fright Night blog hop! Katie has put together a cool prize pack for you. But first we need to talk scary sheep stuff. Stop laughing, sheep can be scary-ish.

I really don't get scared reading stories. When I was younger Stephen King made me sleep with the lights on many times, but as I got older not so much. I can be creeped out or disturbed. Here are two authors who can do that.

First is Scott Nicholson (waves to Scott) He's such a nice guy. Anyway...he has a series called Solom. About old NC mountain legends that turn out to be real in this small town. The horseback preacher rides at night in The Narrow Gate and the Scarecrow hunts for his next victim in The Scarecrow.  I'll throw in his novel McFall too.
Total creep fest going on. 

Then there is Jeff Strand's book Dweller. WTF? Disturbing, but you can't stop reading the horror unfold. The wonderful author Terri Garey (waves to Terri) turned me on to this. She even helped make the trailer for the book, which is pretty funny by the way. Be sure to listen to the words about the book...monster-bromance, ha!

Honestly I haven't picked up another Strand book since...but I want to...once I get over this one! <G> Seriously, it is a fabulous horror story questioning who the real monster is.

yeah, who's laughing now? Mwahahaha...

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Comic Review: Battlepug: Sit, Stay, Die! Volume 3

BATTLEPUG, Volume 3, “Sit, Stay, Die!”
Writer:Mike Norton

Artist:Mike Norton
Colorist:Allen Passalaqua
Cover Artist:Mike Norton
Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Humor
Dark Horse Comics
Publication Date: October 29, 2014
Format:FC, 72 Pages; HC, 12" x 8.5"
Price:$14.99
Age range:14
ISBN-10:1-61655-594-7ISBN-13:978-1-61655-594-8
The Last Kinmundian and his trusty Battlepug have survived many trials on their way to confront the evil beast mage known as Catwulf, but their encounter with the Dead Walker may be their last. The third installment of this Eisner-award winning-webcomic sees our heroes climbing to the very brink of death. Will they slip over the edge?

Battlepug Volume 3: Sit. Stay. Die! collects the entire third year of the webcomic hit, Battlepug, and includes exclusive bonus material!

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Guest Reviewers Toby the Pug and Queenie the Pug, co-owners of author Dani Harper (who may or may not get a word in edgewise)


QUEENIE – “First off, I’d like to express our appreciation to I Smell Sheep for having the good sense to bring in experts to review this book. As pugs ourselves, we’re able to provide readers with the ultimate perspective on the latest volume of BATTLEPUG.”

TOBY – “I wanted to say that! I’m the one who’s done a review before, so I should get to talk FIRST!”

QUEENIE - “Pfft! I’m more than twice your age, so I have seniority. Plus we’re in a hurry, because it’s HALFTIME, people! This is already the THIRD of five planned books.”

TOBY – “Five? Only five?” *counts on his front toes* “Um, um, Volume 1 was “Blood and Drool”, and, um, Volume 2 was “This Savage Bone”. And so this one makes, um, three – OMIGOSH THERE’S ONLY TWO TOES LEFT!” *runs in panicked circles*


Dani Harper*clears throat* “Mike Norton is Battlepug’s creator, writer and artist. And he’s won both an Eisner Award and a Harvey Award for this webcomic.”

QUEENIE – “That’s because there are pugs in the story, of course. You’d think more writers would take the hint. Why, if a pug had been written into the script for The Lone Ranger, it would have pushed the movie into Oscar territory.”

TOBY – “I’ll bet the awards don’t matter to Mr. Norton. He probably created Battlepug because it’s FUN.”

Dani Harper – “He’s certainly very talented. The story keeps rolling out zany surprises as it reveals more about the characters. And the quality of the artwork continues to be amazing.”

QUEENIE – “Pugs are excellent subjects. Including them elevates practically anything into an art form and—”

TOBY – “I have a Battlepug t-shirt!”

QUEENIE – “I keep telling you it’s for people – that’s why it doesn’t fit right. And stop interrupting me.”

TOBY – “Stop being bossy. I told you, I’m the one who’s reviewed before, so I get to talk! Battlepug is about a barbarian on a quest to find the villain who destroyed his people. And instead of a horse, he rides a giant noble pug –

QUEENIE – “Did you notice that nobody knows the name of the warrior?”

TOBY – “But we know the name of the pug! That’s the important part. He’s big and brave and his name is Sprinkles! And he has a mighty battle cry: BRAP! BRAP! BRAP! BRAP!” *leaps wildly across the furniture*

QUEENIE – “And we know the names of the friends that the warrior and his pug have made along the way – “

TOBY*still bounding along the top of the couch* “BRAP! BRAP! BRAP!”

QUEENIE – “There’s the old man, Scribbly, and the little girl, Bryony, and the swordmaster, Black Sasha.”

TOBY*panting* “And the best thing of all? The BESTEST thing? Sprinkles isn’t the only pug!”

Dani Harper – “That’s true. The whole story is being woven by a voluptuous girl named Moll who seems to be a prisoner in a high tower. She never wears anything except her henna tattoos and her only companions are a French bulldog named Colfax, and a pug named Mingo.”

TOBY – “I like Mingo. Colfax is a meanie.”

QUEENIE – “You said that last time. I read your review.”

TOBY – “Well, it’s even more true now. But there’s way cool stuff in this book too. The Warrior and his faithful Battlepug are up against this guy with a whole army of skeletons, and then the monster weasels come! And you’ve got to see the Skull Monkey!“

QUEENIE – “Let’s not forget there are some truly profound lessons in this story about magic and the importance of keeping the balance.”

TOBY – “And then we learn about PILLOWS! I had no idea they were so dangerous!”

QUEENIE – “Riiight.” *hides a pillow behind her back* “But let’s not give everything away – we don’t want to spoil it for the readers.”

Dani Harper – “I think it’s safe to say this book contains a critical turning point for the Warrior. He suddenly realizes that his desire for revenge isn’t the most important thing anymore.”

TOBY – “And then there was the gigantic – and then, BAM, the— the— fuzzy…wanna…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.”

QUEENIE *removes pillow from Toby’s face* “I SAID we weren’t going to give away the story!”

Dani Harper*confiscates pillow* “Ahem. We need to tell people that they can Like Battlepug on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Battlepug-The-Web-Comic/123886081014933. And if they want to read the strip as it’s created, they can check out Mr. Norton’s commentary and maybe even shop in the Battlepug store at http://battlepug.com/*shakes Toby awake*

TOBY – “Wha – what? Where were we?”

Dani Harper*whispering* “It’s time for the rating, give the rating!”

TOBY – “Four thumbs up!”

QUEENIE – “I knew he wouldn’t do it right. We’re on I Smell Sheep – they don’t use thumbs! And why isn’t it five? The book’s got TWO pugs! That puts it practically off the scale.”

Dani Harper – “Sorry, but we’ve had this conversation before. It’s not fair to non-pugs, and we want to be known as balanced reviewers.”

TOBY – “Yeah!” *sticks tongue out at Queenie* “So it gets four ‘who’s a giant dead skull monkey killer?’ sheep!” *whispers* “But pugs will know it’s really worth a five, right?”

Dani Harper and QUEENIE – “Right!”

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Review: Reckoning: A Fallen Siren Novel #2 by S.J. Harper + giveaway

RECKONING
The Fallen Siren Series, Book 2
by S. J. Harper
Join Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.

She’s sacrificed. He’s suffered. They’ve both been betrayed.

Now it’s time for a reckoning.

Special Agent Emma Monroe has a secret. She’s a Fallen Siren, cursed by the gods and banished to Earth for her failure to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone. As an FBI agent she saves the lives of others believing redemption could be one rescue away.

Her partner Zack is a werewolf and former Black Ops sniper who once carried out a string of questionable assignments. Now he’s determined to atone for his past. Ironically, there’s a portion of his past Zack doesn’t remember—an affair with Emma. Giving into their attraction for one another almost led to their undoing. Now it’s back to business as usual.

While trying to unravel the mystery behind a series of kidnappings in Southern California, Emma and Zack become entangled with political tensions in the vampire and Were worlds. Not to mention the struggles they face in their relationship with one another. With so much uncertainty, they come to realize the only thing they can really count on is one another…or can they?


I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up book one Cursed a while back. The idea of a siren (Emma) who pissed off Demeter when she let her daughter Persephone get taken by Hades, and forced to eternal life on Earth helping find lost girls until Demeter thinks she has atoned. And clever Emma became a FBI agent to achieve this. Being a goddess and quite vengeful, Demeter also denies Emma the chance to love. If she does fall in love, Demeter kills the man and gets great joy from watching Emma suffer the loss. There is a sexy vampire, Kallisto (love this name by they way), and her werewolf FBI partner (the man she loves), Zack. In Reckoning we get to learn more about Kallisto.

The books are well written with great pacing. Props to the editing department. It is a mix of urban fantasy, crime mystery and paranormal romance. The UF element is very...UF and the PNR element is very...PNR. Now this will make sense to those who love these two genres. The thing is, if you lean more towards one side or the other, you might walk away from this book frustrated. PNR peeps like their angst and HEAs, UF peeps don't want a lot of romancy stuff like triangles diluting the groove. If you are a middle of the road kinda reader then you will be in heaven 'cause you get the best of both worlds.

I lean to the UF side and I like a romance drama, but this book had me wanting to throw my kindle across the room at the very end. I get that Emma can't get a HEA cause that is the whole idea behind her character, but the way her heart was broken at the end of this book felt a little insulting to the hero for some reason. The whole "you lied to me and I will leave you without getting an explanation even though I love you beyond all reason" After all they went through I wouldn't expect him to act like an a**hat. I couldn't swallow it. It may be at the beginning of book three he does listen to her explanation and they come to an understanding. They can still be a tortured couple because they can't be together, but at least he won't be acting out of character.

Review: CAPTURED The Fallen Siren Series, Prequel #0.5
Review: Cursed by S. J. Harper (Fallen Siren #1)


3 1/2 Sheep. It would have been a 4 if the ending had been more believable.




Sharon Stogner


Excerpt
“You think you’ve come to terms with it. But you haven’t.”

“Come to terms with what?” I’ve busied myself by gathering up the coffeepot and empty cup. By the time Kallistos answers, I’ve made it as far as the dining table.

“Not being able to have who you really want. Armstrong.”

It’s not said in anger or recrimination, but once the words spill from his lips I can’t seem to walk any farther. The delicate china cup begins to rattle against the sau- cer. I look down. My hand is shaking. He takes the cup from me along with the pot and sets them on the table. “Talk to me,” he says, pulling me back over to the sofa. “I can’t. Not about this.”

“Are you afraid you’re going to hurt my feelings?” “You have no feelings.” As soon as I speak the words, I regret them.

“Don’t mistake control for lack of passion. I know the rules. I know how to play the game. I’m not some naive, idealistic boy. I was once. Not anymore.” He places my hand over his heart. “I am devoted to you. I will forever remain so. Demeter is the only one who could jeopardize that, and her ability to do so, her power to do so, is extremely restrictive.”

“As long as I live without love,” I whisper. “As long as I don’t give my heart.”

Kallistos drops my hand. “Just stick with me, kid.” “You sure that what we have is enough?”

“I am.”

I smile. “But what if that changes? You know, I’ve been told I can be pretty irresistible.”

Kallistos gets up, walks over the bar, and despite the fact that the sun has just risen, he pours himself a drink. “You may be irresistible. But I’m not. At least not where you’re concerned.” He swallows the scotch, then sets the glass down. “I can walk in the light, but I’m not of it. I’ve done things, had to do things, will continue to do things. Do you understand?”

I’m not sure I do. His back is to me. Heaviness bows his shoulders. “I’m not the hero, Emma. I’ll never be the hero. I can’t be redeemed.”

Kallistos straightens, draws a breath, continues. “Will you come to me tonight?”

The uncertainty in his voice is wrenching. I nod, then find my voice. “I will.”


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S. J. Harper is the pen name for the writing team of Samantha Sommersby and Jeanne C. Stein, two friends who met at Comic- Con in San Diego and quickly bonded over a mutual love of good wine, edgy urban fantasy, and everything Joss Whedon.

Samantha Sommersby left what she used to call her “real- life” day job in the psychiatric !eld to pursue writing full- time in 2007. She is the author of more than ten novels and novellas including the critically acclaimed Forbidden series. She currently lives with her husband and terrier pup, Olive, in a century- old Southern California Craftsman. Sam happily spends her days immersed in a world where vampires, werewolves, and demons are real, myths, and legends are revered, magic is possible, and love still conquers all.

Jeanne Stein is the national bestselling author of The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles. She also has numerous short story credits, including most recently the novella Blood Debt from the New York Times bestselling anthology Hexed. Her series has been picked up in three foreign countries and her short stories published in collections here in the U.S. and the U.K. She lives in Denver, Colorado, where she !nds gardening a challenge more daunting than navigating the world of mythical creatures.


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