Sunday, August 25, 2019

Week in Review: 8/18-8/24



Books Received for Review

Nothing this week!!

Books I've Read

Hidden by Rebecca Royce
School of Broken Souls by C.R. Jane
School of Broken Hearts by C.R. Jane
Death of Darkness by Dianne Duvall
Unwanted by May Dawson

Reviews Posted

Rise Against by Hailey Edwards (@HaileyEdwards, @PiatkusBooks)
Rebel by Debbie Cassidy (@amoscassidy)
Dead End by Debbie Cassidy (@amoscassidy)

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* Friday- Promo + Giveaway: Prison Princess by KC Cross (@JAHuss, @XpressoTours)

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Promo + Giveaway: Prison Princess by KC Cross (@JAHuss, @XpressoTours)


Prison Princess
Harem Station #5
THE BOYS OF HAREM STATION ARE KEEPING LOTS OF SECRETS!
Valor joined up with Tray after Beauty’s sacrifice because he knew Luck was destined to be with Princess Nyleena. There was no room in that relationship for a third wheel. But when he teamed up with Tray he had no idea that he’d be the third wheel in that partnership too.
Tray has been keeping ALCOR’s secrets since the day he arrived on Harem Station. Not just one or two… ALL of them. But he’s also been keeping one of his own.
His secret is a girl. Not a Cygnian girl. An Akeelian girl. A beautiful, mysterious, scheming secret girl that Tray has been in love with ever since she first turned up in his Pleasure Prison virtual reality asking him for help.
Except she’s not virtual.
She’s real.
She’s in danger.
And before Valor came along all he wanted to do was break her out of her prison and keep her for himself.
But now… he might have to learn to share.
Prison Princess is an erotic MMF ménage featuring double-endowed alien men, a girl who shouldn’t exist in a virtual Paradise, a love-struck sentient ship, two all-powerful AI’s willing to fight for her, and an entire book about LEARNING TO SHARE *wink-wink*.

Excerpt:

TRAY
I kiss her. Hard. My body blocks her in, pressing her against the wall so there’s no possibility of escape. My knee slips between her legs and then I kick her feet open. My cock grows harder against the soft skin of her inner thigh and I can’t wait to be inside her.
My fingers slip up into her hair and I pull it until she gasps and lets out a small squeak that will surely make me insane if she does it again. “Did you fuck him?” I ask.
“No,” she says softly. “But I wanted to.”
I laugh. And then I kiss her again. “Fuck, I’ve missed you,” I say, thinking about how warm her mouth will be on my cock.
She smiles, still kissing me back. Coy and teasing now, she says, “I really did want to fuck him. But he’s your brother and that’s kind of gross.”
“Not my real brother,” I say, nibbling at her neck. I want to eat her up. “And he might be interested.” I stop nibbling and pull back just a little. “But we can talk about that later. Right now you’re just mine and I’m not willing to share.”
My other hand squeezes her breast and I hold her there. My little captive. My secret prisoner. Staring into her dark eyes as she looks up at me with longing.
No one has ever looked at me this way. Only Brigit.
“I love you,” I say.
“Doesn’t seem like it,” she quips. “You left me for several eternities this time. I’m not happy. You need to make it up to me.”
“Do I?”
She nods, shyly. Trying not to smile.
I twirl her around, push her face up against the hut wall, and bite her shoulder as my cock slips between her legs. “Like this?” I ask, my fingers already playing with her ass.
“Like that,” she whimpers back. “Right now.”
“Better get yourself wet, princess. And you better do it quick. Because I’m not in the mood to wait and I don’t care if it hurts.”


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JA Huss is the New York Times Bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today Bestseller's list 21 times in the past five years. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings.

Her new sexy sci-fi romance and paranormal romance pen name is KC Cross and she writes novels and teleplays collaboratively with actor and screenwriter, Johnathan McClain.

Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017. Her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018. Five of her book were optioned for a TV series by MGM television in 2018. And her book, Total Exposure, was nominated for a RITA Award in 2019.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Review: Rise Against by Hailey Edwards (@HaileyEdwards, @PiatkusBooks)

Rise Against
Release Date: August 22, 2019
Publisher: Piatkus
ASIN:  B07NDK38D3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: NetGalley

Welcome to the ferocious world of The Foundling, set in a bayou town where men are men - except when they are also dragons, kitties with wings, alligators and . . . well, Miller.
Apocalypse? It must be Tuesday
The four horsewomen of the apocalypse came to Earth - and only two survived. Now it's time for the real battle to begin . . .
Luce has come, literally, through hell, and now she's trying to pick up the pieces. Earth is getting ready for the war to end all wars: it's angels vs demons and Luce is the only one who seems worried about humanity, hapless pawns who are stuck in the middle of the battlefield. Between building an army and running for her life, she's got a lot on her plate - and that's not to mention her beloved Cole.
As angels drop dead and violent forces begin to gather in the city, the final pieces of an ancient war fall into place, and it's time for Luce and her loyal coterie to face an enemy like no other. In order to survive, they'll need to team up with those they've considered enemies, and try to decide who, if anyone, they can trust. And Luce must decide how much she's ready to risk in the name of peace - and whether she'd be prepared to sacrifice her very soul . . .
Discover why readers are OBSESSED with Hailey Edwards

DEATH KNELL wasn't my favorite installment of The Foundling series so I was a little worried that RISE AGAINST would fall along the same lines. I had nothing to be worried about.

Luce is continuing to learn about herself and her allies. I enjoy each and everyone on her team. I love the slow release of details, but am glad that by the end of RISE AGAINST it seems that Luce is finally in the know about all the things that have been kept from her and some revelations have cleared up some of the lingering questions I have had since book one.

Luce's relationship with Cole is finally strong. They are both on the same page and work really well together. We learned that they had a child (well, Cole and Conquest specifically) in DEATH KNELL and I wasn't really sure how I felt about it. I'm still not totally sure, but by the end of RISE AGAINST, I was more excited about it.

I totally loved the developments having to do with Rixton. I don't want to give anything away, but I was really excited about how that particular portion of the storyline played out in RISE AGAINST.

After I was done reading RISE AGAINST I only wanted to read more.

I gave it 4/5 stars

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

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Review: Rebel by Debbie Cassidy (@amoscassidy)

Rebel
Release Date: Aug 13, 2019
Publisher: Self-Published
Survivor's Heart Book #2,  
Planet Athion Book #14
ASIN:  B07SPTGKSQ
Genre: RH Sci Fi
Review Copy Source: Author

When death stalks the night, the only way to survive is to become the hunter...
Things aren’t what they seem with the guys. But when lies threaten to pull us apart, fate decides to test us...
Stranded on a strange planet on unfamiliar terrain, there’s no choice but to work together. No choice but to trust in one another. No choice but to give in to passion!
But we’re not alone, because something lurks in the dark. Something ancient and hungry...
The lights are about to go out...
Don’t make a sound...

A Sci fi adventure with a Why Choose Romance and part of the Planet Athion world.


I enjoyed REBEL a bit more than ROGUE. In Rogue, I felt like I was missing something as I had not read anything in the Planet Athion world and I felt like we could have used more information. REBEL felt like it was part of it's own world.

The characters are all interesting so far. They all have their issues and struggles which make them more likable to me. The harem gets some traction in REBEL. It seems this harem is moving along faster than some of Debbie's other series, so if you like a little bit of a faster burn you are in luck.

The books in the Survivor's Heart series are very short and move at a fast pace. Things happen quickly with not a whole lot of build up or detail. I didn't feel the lack of detail as much in REBEL which was nice, but I still feel like we would benefit from just a little bit more. I'm still enjoying the storyline and I will continue to read this series. 

I gave it 3.5/5 stars

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

Monday, August 19, 2019

Quick Thought Review: Dead End by Debbie Cassidy (@amoscassidy)

Sometimes I read a book where I just don't have a lot to say about it. Hence the name quick thought reviews. This will be short and sweet.

Dead End
Release Date: August 6, 2019
Publisher: Self-Published
ASIN:  B07SKCDHBS
Genre: Fantasy RH
Review Copy Source: Author

When death starts taking liberties, it’s time to fight back.

The council’s word means nothing to me. Their refusal to open their eyes no longer matters. I have a job to do and no one will get in my way.

Lie, cheat, deceive, I’ll do what it takes to save the people I love, and avenge the ones I’ve lost. I won’t be doing it alone. My guys are with me; by my side every step of the way.

No more excuses.

No more waiting.

We have a window to bring Genesis down. One shot. And I’m going to take it.

To heal a broken sword, you’ll have to forge it in fire. Bring on the flames.

A Post-Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy World with a slow blurn Whychoose Romance

Although short, each book in this series has been quickly paced and full of action.

I enjoyed the characters and storyline of this series. DEAD END ends things and leaves us content with the series ending. The harem is full of different men that work well together, but the romance isn't a main part of the storyline.

Why not a full 4 or 5 stars? There was something throughout the series that I had issues with and mentioned in previous reviews. It bothered me that it was never taken care of and I couldn't help think about it in each book when it wasn't resolved. DEAD END does address it a bit which was nice, but it still felt like an afterthought.

If you enjoy Cassidy's previous books, I would definitely give this series a shot.

I gave it 3.5/5 stars

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

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Week in Review: 8/11-8/17



Books Received for Review

Mirror Bound by Monica Sanz
Realm of Knights by Jennifer Anne Davis

Books I've Read

Rise against by Hailey Edwards
Sharpest Sting by Jennifer Estep
Shattered Bonds by Faith Hunter
Wicked Gods by Michelle Hercules

Reviews Posted

A Pack of Love and Hate by Olivia Wildenstein (@OWildWrites)

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

* Monday- Promo + Giveaway: Zinnia by Christina Bauer (@CB_Bauer, @XpressoTours, @MyMonsterHouse)

* Wednesday- Promo + Giveaway: Taken by the Beast by Conner Kressley & Rebecca Hamilton (@InkMuse, @ConnerKressley, @XpressoTours)

* Thursday- Interview + Giveaway: Altered by Vicki Stiefel (@VickiStiefel, @XpressoTours)

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Review: A Pack of Love and Hate by Olivia Wildenstein (@OWildWrites)

A Pack of Love and Hate
Release Date: July 30, 2019
Publisher: Twig Publishing
ISBN:  1948463105
ISBN13: 9781948463102
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Author

ONLY ONE CAN WIN.

Volunteering to duel alongside Liam Kolane against the ruthless Creek Alpha could get Ness killed, but the alternative, leaving her hot-headed Alpha to die alone in the dueling ring isn’t an option. Not even when he places ridiculous conditions on her, like not spending time alone with August, her intended mate.

Ness didn’t want a mate, but that was before August stepped back into her life, before he picked up the scattered pieces of her heart. Between their shared history and the magical tether that binds them, Ness finds herself falling dangerously hard for the sexy shifter.

But Liam’s heart is on the line. A heart that still beats for Ness.

Only one man can win her love, the same way only one Alpha can rise from the duel.

Let the fight begin...

Ok, so if you read my review of A PACK OF VOWS AND TEARS you know that I hated the ending. I was honestly scared to start A PACK OF LOVE AND HATE. Thankfully my dislike of the situation Ness put herself in didn't last long into the final book of the series.

Even though I think Ness doesn't always make the best decisions I LOVED how A PACK OF LOVE AND HATE progressed. It was everything I hoped it would be, but was scared to hope for. My biggest worry had to do with the romance. Thankfully I was worried for nothing. Book 3 was full of drama, romance, suspense and action and I enjoyed everything about it.

The Boulder Wolves series ended on a great note with everything tied together and resolved by the end of it. It was my favorite installment of the series.

I gave it 5/5 stars

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

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Interview + Giveaway: Altered by Vicki Stiefel (@VickiStiefel, @XpressoTours)

UFI welcomes Author Vicki Stiefel. 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 the first person in my extended family to get a tattoo. I now have seven—I get them because I love them and also for each book published. The tattoo on my hand—my most popular—is often remarked upon by strangers. love it, but who knew others would?


What do you enjoy doing on your down time? 

Climbing mountain peaks and soaring in hang gliders. In my dreams. Rather, I read, play with my pup, knit, fly fish, drink wine while watching Stranger Things, and occasionally scuba dive (this one’s real).


What is your favorite part of writing? 

I love to edit because because the words I need to massage and refine are already on the page. All of which is easier than creating words from thin air. And yet, if truth be told, my favorite part of writing is my first draft. Why? Because I get to meet new people and explore new worlds, even if that sometimes feels harder than lifting the Titanic from the ocean floor. Yup, first drafts are both terrifying and thrilling. And who doesn’t want to be terrified and thrilled?

Do you have any certain routines you must follow as you write? 

I write every day. Even if the writing’s lousy. Even if I stumble over every other word. Even if it’s frustrating as hell. Because just like with tennis or skiing or golf, muscle memory comes into play. The routine keeps me writing-fit. And, yes, the discipline works, even if occasionally I have to toss a bunch of words away.

What are some of your Favorite books or Authors in the Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Genres?

 Number one fave is Grace Draven’s Radiance. I love all her writing, in fact. I also love books by Ilona Andrews, Amy Harmon, Thea Harrison, Patricia Briggs, Jeaniene Frost, and many others. Add to the pile Nalini Singh, Anne McCaffrey, and many more.

How would you pitch ALTERED to someone who has not heard of it before? 

Mashup Pitch: ALTERED is a combination of Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series (for the romance and symbiont animal/human relationships) and Anne McCaffrey’s Pern/Dragon series (mistrals fly, though they don’t breathe fire), with a healthy dose of Outlander travel (parallel world travel) and romance (Rafe and Kit sizzle).

Can you tell us a little bit about the world that ALTERED is set in? 

Eleutia is Earth, but not. Rather it’s a parallel world unknown to Earthly humans. Though much is similar to our Earth—weather, topography, etc.—humans, creatures, and lifestyles on Eleutia evolved very differently. Clans exist throughout the world, ones that are human, but with their respective animal counterparts or symbionts.

Scientists (Alchemics) control Eleutia, but that control is near invisible unless someone steps out of line. So laseblasters, hovercraft and other high tech gear exist, but so do flying horses (mistrals), a Clan of cast outs, and semi-human goddarts with delay arrows within a society that’s primarily agrarian/trade. Only the Alchemics are allowed to invent technology, and they parse it out in small doses, while they forbid the use of any but Small Magics.

But darkness is slowly blanketing Eleutia—but 20 percent of all births are female—the human species on Eleutia dying out.

Do you have a favorite scene in ALTERED?

Gosh, I have so many favorites, but if I have to pick, I’d say the climax. Kit chooses, and I’m hoping Kitlyn’s choice pleases, surprises, and thrills readers.

Which one character out of all your books was your favorite to write about? 

I’ve got seven other novels. As I write a novel, their characters are my favorites. But looking back, I’d say Kitlyn because of her circus days and her premise—how does a middle-aged woman react to being in her own new and younger body? Kit’s pretty together, but she’s also a stranger in a strange land. Kit challenged me in many ways, and the more complex she became, the more I loved her.

What about the hardest to write about?


Rafe, Kit’s love in Altered. I’m always most comfortable writing brooding, isolated, and tortured heroes. While Rafe has his problems, he’s a man who fits his life and is comfortable with it. He’s a good guy, and the test for me was making him as fascinating as my broody-moody heroes. I figure readers will tell me if I’ve succeeded.

What Other Projects can we look forward to reading from you?

Many! I’m currently writing Changed, the second book in the Made Ones Saga. I’ve said it will be out in 2020, but if I get it done sooner… I’m also mind-mapping the third book in the series, as well as writing a novella for the saga. Last, but definitely not least, I’m working on Chest of Fire, the fourth book in my Afterworld Chronicles.

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Vicki's fantasy romantic suspense series, The Afterworld Chronicles, launched with Chest of Bone, followed by Chest of Stone and Chest of Time. She is currently pounding the keys on her series' fourth novel, Chest of Fire, and the first in a new series, The Made Ones Sags: Altered.
Her mystery/thrillers include Body Parts, The Dead Stone, The Bone Man, and The Grief Shop, a Daphne du Maurier prize winner. All feature homicide counselor Tally Whyte. All are available as ebooks.
She co-wrote (with Lisa Souza) and photographed the 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters. With her late husband, William G. Tapply, she ran The Writers Studio workshops in creative fiction.
Vicki taught fiction writing and modern media writing at Clark University.
She loves both a well-crafted sentence and unlocking the doors of a student's imagination.
She grew up in professional theater and planned to become an actress, with a bent for song and dance. She didn't. Instead, she's been a professional photographer, a high-school teacher, a hamburger slinger, a scuba-shop manager, and an editor.
She's Blake's and Ben's mom, her favorite role of all.
Her passions include scuba diving and fly fishing and knitting; photography and movies; vinho verde and bourbon (not together!); Maine lobster and chocolate (also not together!); and musical comedy scores, which she sing in the shower, unfortunately not an Equity venue; and a fascination with people in all walks of life. .

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Altered
The Made Ones Saga #1

    The Eleutians are dying out, one female at a time. To save their species, the powerful Alchemic Clan conscripts women from parallel worlds, altering them into the perfect breeding stock.

    Kitlyn, a retired circus equestrian broken in both body and spirit, awakens on a strange world in her own much-younger body. She has been transformed into a Made One, but the gift of youth and the promise of a new life come at a terrible price.

    Rafe, the Wolf Clan’s warrior champion, vows to find the cause of the species’ decline. He’s certain the Alchemics’ bid to save the Eleutians is but a thin veneer masking a dark purpose.

    That vow becomes hard to keep with the threat of an inter-clan conflict and the arrival of the proud Made One named Kitlyn.

    To save herself and those like her, Kit must carve a dangerous path in this new reality and make a choice that may cost her her freedom, her life, and the life of the Eleutian warrior she’s come to love.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Promo + Giveaway: Taken by the Beast by Conner Kressley & Rebecca Hamilton (@InkMuse, @ConnerKressley, @XpressoTours)



Taken by the Beast
 Conduit #1

It’s not until a missing girl is found chained up in Abram’s home that this beauty realizes one of her romantic interests is a beast.
When I took this job at New Haven’s first ever Night Club, it was just to try to get on my own two feet. I hadn’t expected to fall for my boss.
Now, I can’t seem to stay away, despite all the warning signs he’s hiding something from me. It’s not until I find a missing girl chained up in his home that I realize he’s a beast. And by then, it’s too late.
Magic is real, and I’m really in trouble. My boss might chain me up next, and I think I’d like it.
This hot alpha male shifter is sure to be your new favorite book boyfriend in this scorching hot beauty and the beast retelling! See what fans of Celia Kyle, Ilona Andrews, and J.R. Ward are calling their latest paranormal romance addiction.
Excerpt:

I shook my head. I didn’t want to stay here, in some place where they spun tales tall enough to make your best friend sleep with a gun under her pillow.
I didn’t want to be that person, not for anything. And something told me that if I stayed here long enough, I wouldn’t be able to help it.
No, I would go to sleep, wake up, collect the supplies I needed from town, and fix the stupid fence. Then I would get a job, save up like crazy, and make a break for it. Maybe I could call my (former) agent and beg him to take me back.
Hell, the Sears Catalog always needs models.
I punched my pillow, trying not to think about this ridiculous place, about all it had seen me lose.
“Idiots,” I muttered, climbing into bed. “They turn their town into a pressure cooker and then they make monsters out of thin—”
A sudden howling cut off my words.
Tensing, I threw off my covers and lurched for the window.
The sound was nothing. A dog, or something. I would prove that to myself.
I glared out into those goddamn woods. See, nothing. Absolutely—
A shadow moved between the trees, hulking and burly, but also tall. Too tall to be an animal.
I blinked hard, once, and then again. When I looked back, there was nothing there.
Stop it, Char.
This place would drive me crazy if I let it. It was nothing. An animal.
I got back in bed, trying to feel more New York and less New Haven.
But somewhere in the back of my mind, I couldn’t let go of the howl…or the markings…or the dead girl who looked just like me.


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    New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Hamilton writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance for Harlequin, Baste Lübbe, and Evershade. A book addict, registered bone marrow donor, and indian food enthusiast, she often takes to fictional worlds to see what perilous situations her characters will find themselves in next.

Represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA, Rebecca has been published internationally, in three languages: English, German, and Hungarian.

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Conner Kressley is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author. He is an avid reader and all around lover of storytelling. He's been obsessed with mythology, magic, and all the things that go bump in the night since he could remember. Also, pizza. But who isn't obsessed with pizza?
When he's not writing (or even when he is), Conner can be found in the western Texas watching old movies, geeking out over books (comic and otherwise)He loves hearing from his fans. So please, feel free to reach out on Facebook or through his website at connerkressleybooks.weebly.com

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Promo + Giveaway: Zinnia by Christina Bauer (@CB_Bauer, @XpressoTours, @MyMonsterHouse)


Zinnia
Angelbound Offspring #3
As the last dragon shifter, I live alone, hiding in one of Earth’s sacred deserts. My human handlers tell me that I have no parents, no name, and no purpose other than to train for battle and one day become a vessel for the reincarnation of Chimera, the greatest dragon shifter of all. Sadly, Chimera’s rebirth will mean my own death. But my handlers say this sacrifice is a noble fate that will rebuild the dragon shifter world.

I shall die on my seventeenth birthday. That’s five days from now.

Then I hear music thumping across the desert. I take my mortal form, follow the sound, and find humans dancing in what they call a rave. There is a stage and a rock band. One thing quickly becomes clear: Unlike the audience, the musicians are dragon shifters, just like me. And one of them, the guitar player Rhodes, makes my knees turn watery. The lead singer, Kaps, has something strangely familiar about her.

It all adds up to one conclusion: My handlers lied to me. I’m not the last of my kind. Memories reappear. I had parents once. Portia and Tempest. I even had a name. Zinnia. Perhaps I have a reason to live as well. I step past the dancing humans to confront the players.

I will find out the full truth, no matter what.


Excerpt:

Zinnia – Age Nine

Chapter One

Tucking my unicorn comforter under my chin, I come to a big decision.

Naptime is for losers.

I may only be nine—well, almost ten—but I know one thing: there are way too many rules for dragon princesses like me. For starters, we’re supposed to take naps every bleeding afternoon. No way. Napping is for babies. That’s why I’m sneaking out today to see my best friend, LT.

Twisting under my covers, I check out my bedroom. There are pink curtains, white furniture, and the royal crest of Furonium over the door. My parents rule all the dragon shifters, so that crest-thingy hangs everywhere. My sisters, Kaps and Huntress, lie in their bunk beds across the room. So you know, my family stays in human form most of the time. No dragon caves for us, thank you very much. Those places have bats.

Squinting, I look at my sisters more closely. Are they really out of it? Can I sneak away? Like always, Kaps lays half-off the top bunk. Wisps of brown hair hang over her mouth, blowing in and out with her snores. I shake my head.

Even asleep, my twin is noisy.

Meanwhile, Huntress rests curled up on her side. Her shoulders rise and fall silently. Huntress never lets out a sound, even when she’s snoozing.

That settles it.

Both my sisters are totally zonked.

Time to go.


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Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Week in Review: 8/4-8/10



Books Received for Review

Rise Against by Hailey Edwards
Shattered Bonds by Faith Hunter
Sharpest Sting by Jennifer Estep

Books I've Read

Blazing Petals by Aster North
Sinister Wizadry by Eva Chase
Shadow of Doubt by Hailey Edwards

Reviews Posted

None this week!

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

* Monday- Guest Blog + Giveaway: Death of Darkness by Dianne Duvall (@DianneDuvall, @AuthorsTaproom )

* Wednesday- Guest Blog + Giveaway: Perfect Pitch by Alex Hayes (@AlexHayesAuthor, @XpressoTours)

* Thursday- Promo + Giveaway: Bane of Tenebris by Blaise Ramsay (@bramsayauthor, @sydefyre, @XpressoTours)

* Friday- Promo + Giveaway: Something Wicked by Emma Dean (@XpressoTours)

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Promo + Giveaway: Something Wicked by Emma Dean (@XpressoTours)


Something Wicked
University of Morgana: 
Academy of Enchantments and Witchcraft #1
If she could make it through her first semester without killing anyone…that’d be great.
San Francisco Bay Coven has been torn apart and no one feels this more than Mika Marshall. Kenzie Kavanagh exposed her father and brother’s betrayal.
So Mika is starting at the University of Morgana a semester late and praying to the Fates that she’ll be able to catch up and graduate with her class. But as a witch with an undeclared specialty she’s trying not to bring too much attention to herself.
Because Mika has a secret and if she doesn’t learn to control her powers, people will die.
**This is a slow burn reverse harem academy series. All paranormal books by Emma Dean exist in the same world – the Council of Paranormals.
Excerpt:

“Mika!” her sister called up. Claire’s voice echoed in the empty mansion. “Are you ready to go? We’ve got to get you settled today!”
There was so much to take care of…it felt like they’d just barely gotten everything turned in after winter solstice and yule.
Starting in the spring semester…Mika wasn’t looking forward to it.
Instead of responding she grabbed her things and dragged them down the stairs.
Claire grabbed the trunk from her when Mika hit the main floor. Her sister tried to smile. “Don’t worry. You’re going to love the university. It’s like high school, but a thousand times better.”
Mika gritted her teeth together and still didn’t say anything.
She’d hated high school and everything about it. If Selene was a prodigy, then Mika was the most mediocre, average witch to ever attend their high school. She was the same age as Selene and lightyears behind her in magical skill.
It didn’t really matter though in the long run. She’d just barely passed the entrance exams to the University of Morgana. At least she hadn’t completely tarnished her family’s name.
Mika had gotten a perfect score on the theory of magic. It was so unprecedented they’d tested her again with a proctor watching every move she made.
The test had been completely different, and she’d still aced it.
But the practical? Ugh, she didn’t want to think about that. Actual magic had always been meh for her. Lighting a candle took concentration on her part. A three-year-old could do it with barely a thought.
“The door to the university is in the coven building,” Claire explained as they made their way through the foyer. “I’ll go with you, but you’ll have to cross on your own. Someone needs to look after Grandma until she decides to rejoin the land of the living.”
“She’s still alive,” Mika murmured. “That’s more than we can say for our parents and brother.”
“That’s not fair,” Claire snapped, letting the driver open the front door for them. “Dad and Jacob are still alive. They’re just stripped of their powers and shunned.”
Mika popped open her umbrella and glared up at the never-ending rain. Where she was going would be colder, but at least it wouldn’t be raining. “Dad and Jacob are dead to me after what they did to us and Mom. Let’s not pretend we’d ever have them over for dinner.”
Her sister didn’t say anything to that, and Mika didn’t expect her to.
It wasn’t fair on Claire, but she was still so angry. Mika lived that moment over and over and had been all fall and winter. Then sitting at her mother’s side for months and simply watching her waste away…
No matter how much she loved her mother, Mom hadn’t loved them enough to fight and live and…just be around. She’d given up on everything even though Mika had been right there every, single, day.
Claire followed after her to the fancy black car without an umbrella, letting the rain mess with her perfect hair. She let the driver take Mika’s trunk from her and stood there in the rain. Mika knew in that moment she should say sorry, but she was just so angry and bitter and devastated. It would only rip her apart even more to apologize for saying what she felt.
Once everything was loaded up, Claire kissed Mika on the cheek gently and stepped back. “On second thought I should stay with Grandma. Who knows what an empty mansion will do to her. I wish you the best of luck, baby sis. Write home and all that.”
Mika held her sister’s gaze and it was like looking in a broken mirror. They both had the same nearly white-blonde hair that was their family signature, ice blue eyes, and skin so smooth and creamy people often stopped them and asked them what their secret was. Their next question was if they were twins.
Claire was only an inch taller than her, but she had the better tits.
“If you need anything or…” Mika trailed off. She almost couldn’t say it out loud. “If anything else happens, call me. My phone is always on.”
Her sister nodded and Mika got in the car. Claire didn’t slam her door closed, but it was forceful just the same. Mika flinched and regretted those words she couldn’t take back, even if she wanted to.
The last six months had exacerbated everything she’d been hiding for the last three years and now…
It felt like everything she’d shoved down and ignored was all frothing to the surface, ready to boil over and she couldn’t pretend anymore.
Mika didn’t know how to pretend to be happy, or how to be…normal.
What was normal in the witch world anyway?
Kenzie was a void witch after spending most of her life a pariah – an abomination.
And up until she’d announced it to the coven no one had even known void witches existed or what a void was exactly – a witch who didn’t have powers, but could take them. Something the universe had created for balance no doubt. Mika didn’t know the details of a void’s skills, but knowing someone could take her magic…
Things were changing. She just had to get through this and onto the other side.
It would get better. It had to.
“Take me to the coven building, please,” she asked the driver, words barely above a whisper. Speaking out loud always seemed so harsh in the sudden quiet that had befallen her family the moment her mother had fainted in that fateful meeting.
As soon as Mika got settled on campus she would call her sister and apologize. But right now she was still pissed and the only thing that would come of her calling her sister was an argument. Claire didn’t deserve that – not with everything she had to deal with now.
Claire was going to be the next Marshall matriarch, and thank the Fates.
Mika didn’t want it.
She didn’t deserve it.





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Emma Dean is the aspie author of Draga Court and the Council of Paranormals. Juggling work, life, higher education, and a rambunctious toddler leaves little room for much else, but when she gets the chance she dives into a good book and likes to re-read the Black Jewels series by Anne Bishop every year during Christmas.

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