Monday, December 11, 2017

Love Garage by Liz Crowe Promo & #Giveaway

LOVE GARAGE
The Love Brothers, Book 1
by Liz Crowe

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen Pre-Release #Giveaway

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Ends December 18, 2017


The Wife Between Us
by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: St. Martin's Press (January 9, 2018)
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Genre: Mystery | Psychological Thriller
Print Length: 352 pages


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A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love. 

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing.
 
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

The Wife Between UsIt isn’t often that a book has the power to leave me speechless, or better yet, in awe of the complexity and the brilliant delivery that appears to be the unraveling of a woman scorned but turns out to be that woman’s quest or mission as she unravels the truths behind the calculated lies that shattered the woman she once was and created a Picasso-like rendering of who she has become.

He swept her off her feet, gave her the world, and treated her like a prized possession and that began her fall from marital grace. That is when the “other woman” came in and that is when Vanessa knew she had one mission in life and it became her obsession, even as the rest of the world moved on, even as her world was imploding around her. And. Nothing. Would. Stop. Her.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is dark, mysterious and heavy with atmosphere. It is riveting, it is gut-wrenching and it will show both the worst of mankind and the best. It will leave you speechless. It will leave you in awe of the complexity of this tale, the complexity of relationships and power and control. It will leave you raw, witnessing human frailties, human cruelties and manipulations. It will leave you in awe of the sheer power of human determination and the will to survive, damaged, flawed and a little broken.

Each page will hold another revelation, another piece to the puzzle and yet, until you have that last piece, nothing will fit. But after that final page, after that final piece is in place, you will have the truth, warts and all.

Powerful, powerful reading, worth re-visiting again and again, because there will be something you missed the last time around, because no one is as they seem.

I received an ARC edition from St. Martin's Press!



 
 

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Beauty and Beastly by Melanie Karsak Blitz and #Giveaway


Beauty and Beastly: Steampunk Beauty and the Beast
Melanie Karsak
(Steampunk Fairy Tales)
Publication date: December 6th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales, Steampunk
In this tale as old as time, Isabelle Hawking must tinker a solution to a heartbreaking mystery.
When Isabelle Hawking and her papa set out from London on a sea voyage, Isabelle is thrilled. Visiting foreign courts, learning from master tinkers, and studying mechanicals is her dream. And it doesn’t hurt that the trip also offers Isabelle an escape from her overbearing and unwanted suitor, Gerard LeBoeuf.
But Isabelle never arrives. Swept up in a tempest, her ship is lost.
Isabelle survives the storm only to be shipwrecked on a seemingly-deserted island. The magical place, dotted with standing stones, faerie mounds, and a crumbling castle, hints of an ancient past. Isabelle may be an unwilling guest, but her arrival marks a new beginning for the beastly residents of this forgotten land.
See how NY Times bestselling author Melanie Karsak puts a steampunk spin on the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale.
EXCERPT:
“Hello? Is anyone there?”
The sky overhead darkened, and in the distance, I heard the rumble of thunder.
Oh no. No, no, no.
I looked up at the sky. My head swam.
I needed to find shelter.
I turned to go back to the path, but when I did so, I didn’t see the path, nor the ring of mushrooms, nor anything else vaguely familiar.
Once more, the sky rumbled.
I felt the first of the raindrops on my head, but luckily, the thick leaves overhead sheltered me somewhat. As the storm rolled in, the forest grew dark.
I cast a glance around.
It didn’t matter which direction I went. Eventually I would find the shore once more.
Turning to head out, however, I spotted a bluish colored light in the distance. A house? A fire? A lantern? A…something.
“Hello?”
No reply.
Turning, I followed the bluish glow. I headed deeper into the forest, chasing after the light, but soon found its source. It was a mushroom. The glowing mushroom had been sitting on a rise. It had played a trick on my mind. Then I spotted another glowing fungus, then another, and another, all of which held an incandescent blue light. They grew in a straight line. Without a better recourse, and feeling half suspicious of the supernatural, I followed the glow of the blue mushrooms as the rain pattered overhead, the sky rumbling. I followed the blue lights deep into the ancient woods, aware that I was passing other sacred rings. I walked past a mound of earth, a barrow, the final resting place of some ancient person—and some said a passageway to the Otherworld—as I hurried deeper into the woods. Surely I would find the shoreline soon.
Lightning cracked overhead.
Then, on the horizon, I saw golden light. A fire? I squinted my eyes, trying to make out the shape through the trees, but my head ached miserably. Leaning heavily against my staff, I moved toward the golden colored light.
The forest thinned. The glowing mushrooms led me onward toward the glow of the yellow light in the distance. Praying to find someone—anyone—I followed along, well aware that my quick exertion had my stomach rolling. Black spots wriggled before my eyes. The line of mushrooms ended. To my shock, I’d blundered to the center of the island and found myself standing outside the gates of a castle.
I gazed up at the enormous structure. It towered over me, a black silhouette on the horizon. Light glowed through one of the windows in the upper floors. It was raining in earnest now. Not waiting a moment longer, I pushed the gate. It swung open with a creak.
It was pouring.
I leaned my walking staff against a metal bench in the perfectly manicured garden, then grabbing my skirts, I ran for the castle door. As I rushed, lightning flashed. It created an odd illusion on the bushes and flowers around me. For a moment, they all seemed to glimmer like metal under the bright light.
My temples pounded. My stomach rolled. I raced through the heavy rain to the castle door.
Hoping whoever was at home would forgive me for letting myself in, I pushed open the castle door and crept inside.
The place was eerily silent.
“Hello?” I called. “Is anyone here?”
Breathing deeply and quickly, I realized the moment I stopped that I was not well.
I cast a glance toward a roaring fireplace nearby. A chair was seated before the hearth, a glass of something dark sitting beside the seat. I heard a strange clicking sound.
“Hello?” I called again, but this time, my head began to spin. I put my hands on my hips, trying to catch my breath. I closed my eyes. Everything was twirling.
Footsteps approached.
“I-I’m sorry I let myself in but…” I began then opened my eyes.
Standing before me was a massive automaton, its silver eyes staring coldly at me.
A nauseous feeling swept over me, and my head swam. Black spots danced before my eyes.
“Pardon me. I think I’m about to—”
Faint.
But the word was lost.
And so was I.


Author Bio:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, The Burnt Earth Series, The Celtic Blood Series and Steampunk Fairy Tales. A steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

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Disney’s Belle Funko Pop
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Writing Journal
Beauty and the Beast Light-up Rose Cup from Disneyland


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A Shine That Defies The Dark by Jodi Gallegos Blitz and #Giveaway


A Shine That Defies The Dark
Jodi Gallegos
Published by: Changing Tides Publishing
Publication date: December 5th 2017
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance
Gripping, romantic, and evocative of its time— A Shine that Defies the Dark is a spellbinding story of one woman who will stop at nothing to survive during a tumultuous time in American history.
After a six-year exile, Ophelia Breaux and her mother are overjoyed to return to the Louisiana bayou. But it seems the ghosts of the epic feud that drove them away still haunt Plaquemines Parish, and with the Great Depression sweeping the nation, the two soon find they can’t make ends meet.
Seeing no other option, Ophelia’s mother takes the drastic step of sharing her bed with the town judge in exchange for a reduced rent. The judge has had a life-long obsession with Momma, and Ophelia is desperate to end this arrangement and get her away from him.
When Remy Granger shows up, Ophelia knows it could mean more trouble—and that’s the last thing they need. Handsome and dangerous, he’s the first boy she ever kissed, and a member of the most notorious family in southern Louisiana—but he’s also got an opportunity for fast money in rumrunning. Ophelia goes all in, and it turns out she may have a knack for the business. But she’s going to have to run even faster if she wants to save Momma… dodging the cops, rival gangs, and her traitorous heart at every turn.
EXCERPT:
The air was dense with the heat and moisture of late spring in the bayou. Crickets chirped, frogs croaked nearby, and the gentle slush of water slapped against the shore.
The trail was uneven and difficult to traverse in the dark. Dixie and I grasped at each other to keep from falling. The T-strap shoes I’d worn didn’t have a terribly high heel, but my ankles threatened to roll with every step nonetheless. I was sure Dixie’s higher heels would be the end of her if we didn’t find even ground soon.
I lifted the hem of my trumpet skirt, the material thin and ragged. It wouldn’t stand many more repairs. I didn’t want to risk it being snagged by the loose twigs that swiped at us as we followed the dark trail.
The faint sounds of zydeco music drifted on the air and made its way through the trees. A happy chirping melody from an accordion and fiddle filled the night. The tension I’d been carrying floated away with the buoyant melody. My heart began to beat in time to the scratching tempo of the frottoir, and I might have begun dancing right there had my ankles not threatened to roll yet again.
Just as I was about to declare that no moonshine was worth a forced march through gator-infested swamps, the trees opened up and I saw a barn at the edge of a pond. Yellow light seeped through the open doors and between the weathered slats. There were a few cars parked along the structure, as well as in the clearing behind it, and two horses were tied to the low-hanging branches of a tree near the door.
The Granger boys hadn’t so much set up a speakeasy as they’d taken possession of an abandoned barn and opened the doors for anyone willing to take the risk along with them.
“Look, Ophelia, it’s perfect!” Dixie laughed. She grabbed my hand and pulled me through the line of people streaming toward the doors.
I stopped short and pointed to the roof of the barn. “That boy has a gun.”
Simon Carre ambled past me. “There’s two in the trees and one over there, too.” He pointed toward the field, but didn’t stop walking.
Dixie pulled on my hand. “Claude Moret’s gang beat Tully Bishop near to death for settin’ up his own business,” she said. “The Grangers ain’t about to take that chance. Besides, the danger’s what makes it fun.”
Dixie’s enthusiasm was infectious. My reluctance was serving no purpose. As cautious as I’d intended to be during our illegal escapade, apprehension melted away as soon as I passed through the open doors. For the first time in five months, I felt like I was just a girl again. Tonight there was no sadness. My only responsibility was to enjoy life back in the most vibrant place on earth.


Author Bio:
Jodi is a YA writer, black belt, registered nurse and case manager for a busy home health agency. She lives with her husband, three sons and an evolving herd of undisciplined animals in Colorado. She has a well-earned fear of bears, but tolerates the Teddy and Gummy variety. She has been obsessed with books, both reading and writing them, for most of her life and prefers the written word to having actual conversations. The most current projected completion date of her To Be Read book collection is May 17, 2176.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Lightning Crimes by Chrys Fey (Disaster Crimes, #2.5)

Lightning Crimes
by Chrys Fey

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Disaster Crimes - Book 2.5
Publisher: Chrys Fey (December 12, 2016)
Publication Date: December 12, 2016
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 22 pages
Available from: Amazon
*Lightning Crimes is a short story between Seismic Crimes and Tsunami Crimes.

A freak lightning storm unleashes its energy on Central Florida. Bolts of lightning crash to the ground. Torrential rain soaks everything within seconds. And the power goes out, casting Beth and Donovan’s apartment into darkness. Beth is already on edge after receiving a menacing phone call several months ago, and this storm doesn’t help with her nerves. 

Donovan tries to distract her from Mother Nature’s tantrum, but someone else has other plans. When they find the front door to their apartment wide open, they soon realize it isn’t an accident. Someone is in their apartment with them.

What crime can happen as fast as lightning?

Lightning Crimes by Chrys Fey (Disaster Crimes, #2.5)

Lightning Crimes (Disaster Crimes #2.5)If you have ever been in a lightning storm, you know how scary they can be. If you have experienced a Florida lightning storm, you REALLY know how unnerving they can be, because sure enough, most of the time the power goes out. That is exactly what happened to Beth and Donovan, but while the thunder was crashing, the lightning was arcing across the sky and they were pitched into darkness, Beth noticed something was not quite right. Someone chose that night to break in and make their escape, leaving both Beth and Donovan realizing just how vulnerable they are, because this was more than a random guy trying to get out of the rain, this could be their past coming back to haunt them.

Short, tense and a perfect way to test out a new romantic suspense series, LIGHTNING CRIMES by Chrys Fey is a quick escape with an electric charge in the air!


Heart of Thorne by Maggie Way

Heart of Thorne
by Maggie Way

# MIA WINTERS is a down-on-her-luck young woman, trying to chase her dreams in Chicago. Her life is thrown to the wind when a man from her past arrives unexpectedly.
ROMAN THORNE. Best friend. College sweetheart. Passionate lover. Once upon a time, he was everything to her. This is however is not a pleasant reunion – they were unexpectedly torn apart two years ago and have not spoken since.
Not to mention he’s now engaged. So why is he back? Why does he still look at her like he used to? Why are the sparks between them are hotter than ever, the emotions deeper, the love intensified?
Filled with shocking revelations, intrigue and a heart-stopping twist, Heart of Thorne is a sizzling romance that captures the beauty of love and the pain of losing it.
If you were given a chance at true love but it meant loosening your morals, would you take it?

Heart of Thorne by Maggie Way

Would your “true love” ask you to compromise your morals for sex-filled, secret rendezvous while his public façade benefits his wealth, status and corporate goals?  Mia Winters faced that dilemma when Roman Thorne walked back into her life two years after they were “torn apart.”

Mia has tried to pick up the pieces of her life and move on, she has admirers, friends, but she still pines for the one man who once was her best friend, her lover, her everything, until his family’s wealth, position and corporate dreams became his or he became their puppet to manipulate at will. 

Was Mia living in a dream world? Was the real Roman a figment of her heart’s imagination?
Now he is back, he wants her, but he is also engaged to marry into more power, a corporate merger, so to speak, for show, for his family, for his wealth.  He has also given Mia an “opportunity” to be in his life, because he loves her, but not enough to stand up to his family, to be a man.

Either Mia becomes his dirty little secret, his kept woman or he is out of her life for good.  

There is no denying that Maggie Way knows how to spin a tale that is intriguing, mesmerizing and repulsive at the same time. HEART OF THORNE is a tale of love, heartbreak, power and manipulation.  It is a story of sending one’s moral compass into the Bermuda Triangle of Fantasy. 

I found Mia to be weak, caught up in a fantasy she has been building since she lost Thorne, failing to thrive or to move on with life. Thorne clearly hasn’t the spine to be the man Mia thinks he is. 

Maggie Way’s quality of writing isn’t in question, she scraped every one of my nerves to the bone! She has left me reeling with the lack of integrity within her characters, their moral weakness and particularly Mia’s lack of self-respect, her blinders, even when confronted with the fiancé, (whose dark truths are being protected by Thorne - hmmmm). 

Good writing that evoked emotion, weak characters that raised my ire, a little too convenient “marriage arrangement” with the fiancé, there was only one adult in this tale and he is the one Mia rejected.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Maggie Way specifically for review purposes. This is my honest review.

The Billionaire’s Secret by Mika Lane Blitz and #Giveaway


The Billionaire’s Secret
Mika Lane
Publication date: December 6th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
He’s straight as an arrow on the outside. And crooked as sin on the inside.
By day, Varden Gallagher goes to work at One Market Street, where he’s manager of a big, successful hedge fund. He’s powerful, wealthy, and can have any woman he wants. But at night he slides into a secret world. One where wealth and power count for nothing, and all that matters are your desires, and how you control them. Or don’t.
When he sees his business associate’s daughter—fresh out of college reporter Saffi Bartlett —at the secret Club Silk, he decides to have some fun. Little does he know, the joke’s on him, and it looks like his sinful ways won’t be hush-hush for much longer.
After all, isn’t it the straightest arrow that eventually breaks?
EXCERPT:
Why the mask? Well, it wasn’t for style. I could give a crap about looking like I was a refugee from Carnivale. No, it was to disguise my identity. No one, and I mean no one, in the club knew who the hell I was. And I planned to keep it that way. The twelve hours a day I worked my hedge fund firm were not exactly relaxing. But the few hours a night I spent at the most secretive sex club in San Francisco allowed me to be a different person, something I craved the way a man needs air. Here at Club Silk I had no responsibility, no fortune, and no celebrity as San Francisco’s wunderkind financial brain. I didn’t even have a goddamn name. For a few miraculous moments, Varden Gallagher didn’t exist. And it was fucking amazing.
But like the saying went, you gotta keep your dick out of the company inkwell. Of course, Silk wasn’t my company, per se, but it was my home away from home. I wasn’t about to risk any drama with the one person who could keep me away from it. I’d seen her pissed before, and rain down her wrath on some dumb fuck who didn’t mind his place.


Author Bio:
Writing has been a passion of Mika’s since a young age (her first book was "The Day I Ate the Milkyway"), but erotic romance is now what gives purpose to her days and nights. She lives in magical Northern California with her own handsome alpha dude, sometimes known as Mr. Mika Lane, and an evil cat named Bill. A devotee of the intelligent and beautiful, and lover of shiny things, she’s a yogi, hiker, traveler, thinker, observer, and book worm. She has been known to drink cheap champagne and has way too many shoes.
A National Reader's Choice Awards finalist, Mika always deliver a hot, sexy romp, often with imperfect characters, and a promised happily ever after (or at least happy for now).
She LOVES to hear from readers, and can be found at www.mikalane.com, and facebook.com/mikalaneauthor, when she's not dreaming up naughty tales to share.

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Ends Dec 14, 2017
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Wild Whispers by Ryan Jo Summers Pre-Order Tour & #Giveaway

WILD WHISPERS
by Ryan Jo Summers
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The Storm by Amanda McKinney Blitz and #Giveaway


The Storm
Amanda McKinney
(Berry Springs Series)
Publication date: December 5th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
The snow is dropping in Berry Springs… and so are the bodies...
On a pitch-black wintry night, Detective Dean Walker finds a man in the middle of an icy road, with a bullet between his eyes—a murder that is eerily similar to his father’s, which was never solved. Coincidence? No, Dean doesn’t believe in coincidences. He also doesn’t believe in love at first sight, until he meets the victim’s wife.
Psychologist Heidi Novak is hardly settling into her new mansion in the small, country town of Berry Springs, when she receives a late-night visit by the handsome Dean Walker. Seconds after learning that her husband has been murdered, gunshots explode around her and it becomes apparent that she is the next target.
With a massive winter storm looming, Dean races to find the killer and keep Heidi safe, while facing a long a list of suspects, including Heidi’s arrogant sister-in-law and a local, crusty cowboy. As the evidence mounts, Dean becomes more convinced than ever that his father’s murder is connected to the death of Heidi’s husband.
And he can’t help but think . . . will Heidi be the second love he loses to the ice-cold killer?
EXCERPT:
Dean pulled Dusty from the pen, saddled him up and jumped on.
“Alright buddy, let’s go.” He guided the horse out of the barn and into the dark night. He inhaled the cool winter air as Dusty leisurely stepped into the field.
He loved riding horses—something about it made him feel free; free of worry, free of stress. He closed his eyes for a moment and listened to sounds of the woods around him—the wind whispering through the tall pine trees, the sound of Dusty’s hooves crunching on the icy grass beneath him and the night calls of the thousand different critters that call the Ozark Mountains home. The faint smell of a fire burning somewhere in the distance tickled his nose.
Despite the picturesque surroundings, he looked into the woods and tensed. Usually, being alone on his land cleared his head and gave him a calmness that only the outdoors could provide. But, not tonight. Tonight, the woods seemed ominous in the dark night, with long shadows stretching across the field like fingers reaching to grab a hold of him.
Like someone watching him from the darkness, waiting to grab hold.
He thought of his mother, and the look in her eyes when she asked about Clint Novak. Although it wasn’t said, there was no doubt that she had been thinking the same thing he had been since he looked down at Clint’s body. Could it be the same person? The same person who killed his father six, now seven, years ago?
The thought seemed inconceivable. What was the connection between his father and Clint, and why wait seven years?
It wasn’t just the location of the bullet hole, it was just something in his gut that made him on edge about it. A sixth sense. And, obviously, something in his mother’s gut felt the same way, too.
He pulled Dusty to a stop where just seven years ago—to the day—he and his father were burning brush, right before his father was shot and killed.
He sat still for a moment. His eyes scanned the tree line in the distance—as he had done a million times—trying to put a face to the murderer who killed his father. Was it someone who knew him? Or, was it just pesky trespassers who got a little too trigger happy?
He took a deep breath and slid off the horse.
Flashbacks of holding his dead father in his arms shot like lightning through his head. His fists clenched as he paced the area.
As if Dusty knew what was going on, he bowed his head in grief, and respect for the dead.
Dean tilted his head to the sky, letting the light of the moon wash over him.
He whispered, “I’ll get him, Dad. I’ll get him.”
As tears threatened to sting his eyes, he reached into his pocket, pulled out the bottle of whiskey and took a sip. And, poured a little out for his father, as he did every year on this day.
Anger washed over him, and a renewed determination to catch the bastard that killed his father had him seething. He inhaled deeply, took another swig and looked into the woods.
He’d get the son of a bitch.
As he turned to mount Dusty, something in his gut twisted. A foreboding of something to come.


Author Bio:
Amanda McKinney, author of Sexy, Suspenseful Mysteries wrote her debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, after walking away from her career to become a writer and stay-at-home mom. When Amanda isn’t tending to her two beautiful boys, she’s hidden behind her computer screen crafting page-turning murder mysteries, peppered with titillating love scenes. Having been born and raised in the south, Amanda’s books are set in small, country towns and reflect southern culture at its finest.
Amanda’s debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, was released in January 2017, followed by the first two books in the BERRY SPRINGS SERIES, THE WOODS and THE LAKE. The third book in the series, THE STORM is scheduled to be released in the Winter of 2017.

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A signed copy of The Storm 
and $50 Amazon gift card
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Venus Shining by Jennifer Alsever (Trinity Forest, #3)

Venus Shining
Trinity Forest Book 3
by Jennifer Alsever

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Trinity Forest - Book 3
Publisher: Sawatch Publishing (December 4, 2017)
Publication Date: December 4, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 376 pages
Available from: Amazon
TRIUMPHANT at last, Ember has fought her way back from the evil witch’s curse and reclaimed her identity, her sense of self. Now she must stop Xintra from hurting the boy she loves, even as she uncovers the truth behind her mother’s dark, twisted past. 

REJOICING in her power over the human race, Xintra is closer than ever to achieving her father’s dream—a dream she sacrificed her own life to realize. But when key members of her team defy her, she must scramble to enact her plan before obedience gives way to anarchy. 

BREAKING free from the chains that once bound her to a life of wickedness, Zoe must face the past she once sought to escape in order to save the futures of those she doomed. Will she make amends with the dead in time to save the living?

Venus Shining by Jennifer Alsever (Trinity Forest, #3)

Venus Shining: Trinity Forest Book 3 (Trinity Forest Series)This is it! The battle to save humanity and it will be fought on a plane of evil and magic. Few will know, but it will change the fate of the world, winner take all. Jennifer Alsever has raised the bar, once again and VENUS SHINING is a shining testament to her imagination and creative prowess.

Ember has returned to herself, she is awakened and now she will do everything in her power to save Tre and all of the other rebirthers that are under Xintra’s spell, but first she must take a journey through the past her mother lived, she must reconnect with a woman gifted with knowledge Ember needs. What Ember discovers through her mother’s journals is both unbelievable and undeniably exactly what Ember knows, Xintra is real, her evil is real and she has been growing her army for decades. Even Xintra’s lieutenants are awakening, all because of the magic held in stones, but can they be trusted? Hurricanes, the virus, and other “unnatural” occurrences will converge to destroy the world, leaving it ripe for Xintra to overpower and rule, unless she is stopped by Ember and the army of rebirthers she hopes to awaken in time. She can only wait and see if she stands alone against a crazed Xintra who carries on her father's ghoulish dream.

Will they come from around the world? Will they follow the messages they have been sent? Will the precious stones work their own Earth magic against the dark magic of witchcraft?

Every thread, every character, every action is leading to the final showdown into the unknown and Jennifer Alsever does not let up as she ratchets up the tension, the intrigue and pours it all out into the pages of VENUS SHINING. Ember will learn there IS no place like home, that her own quest for happiness was self-destructive and that she has little time to make amends. She is the key, but is Ember ready to take the mantle of power? Is she ready to believe in herself, her true self?

This series has gotten better with each addition. Whether you are a young adult reader or just love great writing that transports you into another place and time, filled with rapid-fire action, stress levels through the roof and terror of the unknown, this series is highly recommended for that great escape!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Jennifer Alsever!