Sunday, February 19, 2017

Week in Review: 2/12-2/18



Books Received for Review

Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein
Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron

Books I've Read

Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller
Burn by Suzanne Wright
Blaze by Suzanne Wright
Here Be Sexist Vampires by Suzanne Wright

Reviews Posted

Midnight Cursed by Melissa F. Olson

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* New Releases for the week. Was there anything you were looking forward to reading?

* Monday- Cover Reveal + Giveaway for Exiled by Amanda Carlson

* Wednesday- Promo + Giveaway for His Fake Alien Fiancee by Patricia Eimer

* Thursday- Interview + Giveaway for Poison My Pretty by Amity Allen

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Review: Midnight Curse by Melissa F. Olson

Midnight Curse
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: 47North
ASIN:   B01JGIOO3A
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: NetGalley


Scarlett Bernard is used to cleaning up messes. As a human who cancels out any magic around her, Scarlett’s job is to keep the supernatural world hidden—at any cost.

On the eve of the Vampire Trials, a two-day tribunal that allows the otherworldly community to air their grievances, Scarlett receives a blood-soaked message from Molly, her estranged former roommate. Molly, a vampire, had been living with twelve human college students…and in one terrible night, she slaughtered them all.

Scarlett believes Molly’s been set up, but no one else in the Old World agrees with her. And the true perpetrator is determined to make sure Molly goes on trial for the massacre—the penalty for which is death.

With less than two days to prove her friend’s innocence, Scarlett calls on former LAPD detective Jesse Cruz to help her dig into Molly’s past. But no one—Molly included—wants Scarlett and Jesse to bring the terrible truth to light.


I don't know if I'm the only one, but I was so confused when I read the blurb for Olson's new Disrupted Magic series. The main heroine, Scarlett Bernard, already has a series, but now she's the voice in MIDNIGHT CURSE, book one, of the Disrupted Magic series? It felt more like it should be Scarlett Bernard #4.  You can read this series without reading the 3 books in the Scarlett Bernard series, but why would you want to? There is so much backstory, you won't know you're missing, but it makes the book so much better. While you are at it, you might as well read the Boundary Magic series before diving into MIDNIGHT CURSE too. Both worlds intersect and the characters have history.

I was so excited dive back into Scarlett's world. MIDNIGHT CURSE takes place 3 years after the end of HUNTERS TRAIL and it was crazy to see how much the characters have changed. Scarlett is living with her werewolf boyfriend, her ex-vampire roommate isn't in her life and is in fact living as a coed—although not anymore as we soon find out—, and Jesse—the man I wanted Scarlett to end up with—got married, and divorced, has even written a book, and is now a depressed shadow of his bad-ass self. There are more characters, but these three have always been my favorites.

I don't want to get into the plot, but MIDNIGHT CURSE is a fast paced, easy flowing story with lot's of mystery, action and suspense. Characters and their relationships are tested quite a bit, some in more ways than others and getting to see Lex, from the Boundary Magic series, was an added bonus.

The ending kind of throws things on it's head again after a book that works to smooth things out, but it did it's job of getting me to want to read more. Book two, BLOOD GAMBLE, has a release date of July 25, 2017, so at least we don't have to wait to long to find out what happens next.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Interview + Giveaway: Poison My Pretty by Amity Allen

UFI welcomes Author Amity Allen. Thanks for Joining us!!


What can you tell my readers about yourself that they might not know from looking on your bio or reading in another interview?  
I was an alpaca breeder for fifteen years.

What do you enjoy doing on your down time?  
My son plays basketball so we travel around with that. About seven months of the year I’m a “basketball mom” which is like being a soccer mom without the inconvenience of the weather. (Thank goodness basketball is always indoors where it’s climate controlled!)

What is your Favorite part of writing? 
The idea phase. There’s nothing more exciting than coming up with plans for a new book.

Do you have any certain routines you must follow as you write? 
I am a very visual person so I like to put something on my big TV to have in the background while I think. Netflix has some of my favorite videos in their Moving Art series. I watch waterfalls, flowers, underwater scenes, even a fireplace. It gets me in the perfect mood to write.

What are some of your Favorite books or Authors in the Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Genres? I’m a big Charlaine Harris fan. I love her Sookie Stackhouse and Aurora Teagarden books.

How would you pitch Poison My Pretty to someone who has not heard of it before? 
When a beauty pageant director face plants into her potato salad, former TV witch detective Poppy Parker vows to hunt down her killer.

Can you tell us a little bit about the world that Poison My Pretty is set in?  
The setting is the small town where I live – Fairhope, Alabama. It reminds me of an upscale, updated version of Mayberry. When people think Alabama a lot of people think “hickville,” but Fairhopers consider themselves quite cultured. Their dedication to beautification and public art makes it a lovely place to live, plus it’s on the water. I love that!

Do you have a favorite scene in Poison My Pretty
Yes. I love the scene where Poppy has to figure out how to get into a suspect’s house and snoop around. She figures out a great way to insert herself into their home.

Which one character out of all your books was your favorite to write about? 
My main character and sleuth – Poppy Parker. I love her because she’s a Hollywood actress come home to try to cope with her new supernatural powers. It was fun taking her through her journey.

What Other Projects can we look forward to reading from you? 
I am writing two more books in this series this year. The second one, Gunshots My Girl, is coming in late Spring, and the third one will release this fall.
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Amity grew up reading every mystery she could get her hands on, burning through everything by Agatha Christie in record time and wanting to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. After writing books in other genres for the past few years, she's finally come home to her true love - cozy mysteries.
Amity and her husband live in L.A. (lower Alabama) with a houseful of teenagers and a half dozen pets. Besides books, Amity's favorite things are football, needlepoint, fried shrimp, and sweet tea.

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Poison My Pretty
Amazon
As soon as Poppy Parker turns 21, the star of a popular TV show about witch detectives discovers she has supernatural powers off the set as well as on. When the show is canceled, she returns home to figure out how to harness the magic brewing inside her.

Freaked out by these recent paranormal gifts, Poppy just wants to fit in, so when she’s asked to serve as a judge for the annual Bloomin’ Belles youth beauty competition she readily agrees.

But when the pageant’s snooty director drops dead and Poppy’s friend is arrested,
the former TV sleuth sets out to uncover the real killer, only to find…

the business of beauty can be deadly.
 Excerpt:

Skylar’s twin sister Mads called while I was driving to the convention center. “Are you really going over there? I can’t believe they’re going to continue this pageant.”
“So you heard about the murder?”
“Yeah. Skylar told me last night when she got home. It’s awful.”
“Yes, but you know how it is. The show must go on! Surely you can’t be that surprised.” I was only beginning to understand the importance of these competitions to their participants, and I could picture pageant moms dragging their glitzed-up toddlers over the dead bodies of fallen competitors. The way zombies climbed over each other to get to the top of the pile in movies—only prettier.
“Are they sure it was a murder? She didn’t just have a heart attack or something?” I could hear the anxiety creeping into Mads’ voice, and I didn’t blame her. Our little town was supposed to be safe. Murders didn’t happen here. That was the sort of thing that happened in the city across the bridge, not in our sleepy little bedroom community.
“That’s what they said, Mads, but I don’t think you need to worry. If it was a murder, you can bet it was personal. Certainly not the doin’s of a mad man or a serial killer. If Heather Morgan was murdered, it was by somebody who knew her and had something to gain from her death. This was no a random act of violence.”



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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Promo + Giveaway: His Fake Alien Fiancee by Patricia Eimer

 

His Fake Alien Fiancee
Out of This World #2

 Princess Perripraxis not only has to find a fiancé—and fast—she’s got to find one who doesn’t mind that her “no makeup” face has green and purple scales. Otherwise, Daddy Dearest has plans that don’t include Perri’s compliance. Candidate Number One: Her sexy human best friend, Brandt.

Bartender Brandt Turner didn’t need all those years in the army to teach him never to leave a man behind. Or an alien princess in need of a pretend fiancé. If she needs someone to play the lovesick fool to convince her dad to let her stay on Earth, well then, he’ll let the world think Cupid finally took him out.

But Perri’s father has no intention of playing nice—and he’s not above cruel and unusual alien torture to make things go his way. But Brandt is willing to complete the mission…however far he has to go.
 
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Patricia Eimer is a suburban mom who has days where she feels like she’s barely hanging on. She currently lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her two wonderful kids and a husband that learned the gourmet art of frozen pizzas to give her more time to write. When she’s not writing—or shuttling her children to a hundred different places a day– she can be found trying to cook (and sometimes blowing up hard boiled eggs), reading and arguing with her dogs about plot points. Most days the Beagle wins but the Dalmatian is in close second and her mastiff puppy is making a break for the inside. Patricia meanwhile is a longshot fourth. When she’s not writing she can be found on Facebook, at her website (www.patriciaeimer.com) or blogging about her attempts at cooking and her complete inability to craft as a contributor to the Suburban Flail Blog (www.suburbanflail.com). She is also a connoseiur of really bad science jokes.  
 
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Exiled by Amanda Carlson


Exiled 
Phoebe Meadows #3
Release Date: TBA

Phoebe Meadows is on trial for her life.

After freeing her half-brother, Baldur, Phoebe is set to stand before the Council in Asgard to answer for her actions. The threat of exile if she’s found guilty looms, not to mention the added stress of meeting her real father for the first time.

Upon entering Asgard, Phoebe discovers new allies in a half-brother she’s never met as well as an oracle who is in possession of valuable information. A little added help couldn’t have come at a better time, because when Phoebe is tossed into an unknown realm, she’s armed only with Gundren, a jewel, and her wits.

When Loki shows up, all bets are off. The trickster god throws a wrench in Phoebe’s plans and kidnaps Fen, her only ally. And just when she thinks she sees the light at the end of the tunnel, Phoebe finds she has to defeat one last obstacle: The Norns.

And they aren't planning to go down without a fight…
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Amanda Carlson is the author of the upcoming Jessica McClain series. The first book, Full Blooded, will be released by Hachette Book Group, ORBIT US & UK SEPT 2012. She’s been writing for over ten years. Full Blooded is her first novel. She lives in Minneapolis, with her husband and three kids.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Week in Review: 2/5-2/11



Books Received for Review

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves
Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller

Books I've Read

Vice by Genevieve Jack
Flashfall by Henny Moyer
Redux by A.L. Davroe
Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eve

Reviews Posted

The Turn by Kim Harrison

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* New Releases for the week. Was there anything you were looking forward to reading?

* Monday- Promo for First Witch by Jane Hinchey

* Wednesday- Guest Blog + Giveaway for Bound by Jen Colly; Guest Blog for Secrets: In Wolf Lake by D.K. Davis

* Friday- Promo + Giveaway by Wolf Moon by Lisa Kessler

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