Saturday, November 18, 2017

Shatterbones by Robert Brown

by Robert Brown

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Severed Press; 2 edition (February 16, 2017)
Publication Date: February 16, 2017
Genre: Science Fiction | Post Apocalyptic | YA on up
Print Length: 258 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

The first day of The Shattering nearly becomes an extinction level event when the hope for humanity’s future mutates into ancient monsters of folklore. Size, strength, and speed are among their abilities. A hunger for human flesh or blood are among their needs. 

Rounded up and placed in camps, the survivors of the apocalypse are helpless against the abilities their captors now possess. The choice to allow humans their freedom or keep them enslaved and used as cattle is made independently by mutants around the globe. 

A vampire called The Angel, decides she will not allow the world to remain a place where the slavery of mankind is permitted to exist. Gathering like-minded mutants to her cause, The Angel goes to war to free humanity. If she is successful in saving humans from their oppressors, how will she and her kind be able to coexist with man? If she fails, what future remains for the human race? 

Shatterbones by Robert Brown

ShatterbonesHumanity as we know it ended when the earth was bathed in a blue haze from the skies. The future of our world, adolescents facing the already mind-boggling effects of puberty are mutated into creatures of fantasies, nightmares and science fiction. The transformation began with their bones shattering and rebuilding, it ended with their need for flesh and blood and the clock is ticking to the demise of the human race. How can teens, already chomping at the bit for independence handle what Fate has thrown at their feet? Even their parents are fair game. Governments will collapse and battle lines will be drawn, not only between human and mutant, but mutant against mutant as young minds in superhuman bodies will battle for supremacy, and what little time remains for humanity.

SHATTERBONES by Robert Brown is a fast-paced post-apocalyptic tale that spans the events of a world in crisis, with little idea on how to deal with what has happened. Youthful heroes will rise, as will evil, and for once, adults do not have all the answers.

Robert Brown has created an intriguing young adult read that doesn’t get bogged down in the details, but allows us to use our own imaginations to fill in any blanks we may or may not find. I found myself impressed with the maturity of some of these “mutants,” as well as their ability to maintain self-control over their need to feed. There will be villains, fierce battles, conflict and revelations. Mr. Brown has done a good job or bringing out the worst and the best in his characters without becoming dark. An interesting read that held me from the start through the twists and hair-raising turns to the very end.

Pranks and Poodles by Amy Gettinger

Pranks and Poodles
by Amy Gettinger

My rating: 5 stars
Publisher: Raucous Eucalyptus Press (September 29, 2017)
Publication Date: September 29, 2017
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Print Length: 116 pages
Available from: Amazon

A novella for people who like April first and all the pranks and fun of the day. It features pranksters and dogs and love and a Volkswagen in the living room and lost money and a pink house and the healing of old wounds and … yes, more dogs. Lots of dogs. Hey, when a prank has been done, who better to blame than the family dog? And when deep forgiveness is required, who better to rely on than a few dozen canines? It’s their specialty.

So join Xenia Marcks and her five trickster sons (Huck, Puck, Loki, Ferris, and Harpo) and their handsome neighbor Kris and a couple dozen dogs for a whirlwind story about romance past and future that will give you new ideas what to do when April Fools’ Day (and maybe Valentine’s Day) rolls around again. Woof!

Pranks and Poodles by Amy Gettinger

Pranks and PoodlesToday, Amy Gettinger went shopping with me. Okay, PRANKS AND POODLES went shopping with me and I am pretty sure, as I walked down the aisles, earbuds in and chuckling out loud, people cleared a path. If you have read any of Ms. Gettinger’s books, you know what I am talking about. It is impossible to be anything but in a good mood after one of her romantic comedy reads!

April Fool’s Day at the Marcks house has been the highlight of this wacky family’s year and NO prank is too crazy, too over-the-top or too big to pull off. Xenia’s five sons have done their late father proud this year, but fun and games was not at the top of Xenia’s list. Money is tight, and her husband left them nothing. Okay, he hadn’t planned on dying, but there should have been some money to help raise her boys and where could it have gone? Xenia despairs when she realizes all of the possibilities and a crazy hunt to find the lost funds will take her far out of her comfort zone and cause her to doubt the crazy prankster she loved. To make things worse, this April first she would have to make one of the most heart-wrenching decisions ever and it is no joking matter.

Life must go on and what Xenia finds causes her to open her eyes and her heart to the truth, but not until her boys have turned her house and then her heart into a pink, frothy mess.

Feel the ups and downs of love and loss, change and the joys of coming out better than okay! If you had a tail, I guarantee it would be wagging!

I received a complimentary review copy from Amy Gettinger!

Heart & Dagger by Holland Rae #Release Tour & #Giveaway

The Ships in the Night series, Book 1
by Holland Rae

The House That Adelia Built by Mya O'Malley #Release #Giveaway

by Mya O'Malley
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Bad Reception by S.C. Wright (Sanctuary, #1)

Bad Reception
by S.C. Wright

My rating: 4.5 Stars!

Series: Sanctuary - Book 1
Publication Date: May 31, 2017
Publisher: Shannen C. Wright
Genre: Paranormal - YA
Print Length: 189 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Listening to your parents is hard work. As a teenager, you're always right, of course, but to them everything you do comes up short. Kana is nearing the end of her teenage years and is already a young woman. With no career prospects, no goals in life, she just can't seem to attain her family's expectations. On her nineteenth birthday, an accident caused by her own shortcomings causes a domino effect of chaos turning her life from boring and mundane to terrifying and supernatural. Kidnapped by a vampire and her chauffeur, she ends up the hostage of a host of strange creatures: Chloe, a mild mannered Cajun vampire. Vincent, a Welsh werewolf with a penchant for piracy and a history of drug abuse. Gabriella, a Spanish immortal who cannot die, and her daughter, a shapeshifter.

Will she finally find her way back home to her family? Or is family more than blood and kin?

Bad Reception by S.C. Wright (Sanctuary, #1)

It was bad enough that Kana broke her leg, but it was even worse when her mother’s need to “get to an important meeting” found her stranded at the hospital in a wheelchair with a cast that was barely dried. The young thief who crashed into her while stealing a bag of blood made a craptastic day even worse, until said girl picked her up and carried her at a full run to the awaiting getaway car and Kana would discover creatures that really do go bump in the night, and you know what? These “creatures” treated her more like family than her own did.

BAD RECEPTION by S.C. Wright is a light and often humorous tale of what it means to be family, the good, the bad and the supernatural and she does so with a light touch, fabulously realistic characters and some unexpected twists that kept me turning the pages with rapt attention.

So, what is so clever about being kidnapped? Kana is taken by a “family” consisting of a vampire, a werewolf, and even a shapeshifting salamander. They all live together in a supernatural bed and breakfast and when the sparks fly, they are explosive! Yet, when push comes to shove, they have each other’s backs, tolerance and loyalties, even if some of them may be a bit anti-social. Kana is the only human in the lot, but, of course, they can’t let her go, because really, could you keep this kind of secret? But something will happen that will destroy their little hideaway and that will take us to the beginning of this tale, years later as Kana and her young son journey to a faraway place and the time has come for her story to be told…

S.C. Wright tells a great story without the weight of angsty characters. This is fantasy, the sky is the limit, but family is what you make it and this group of misfits makes for a completely entertaining family filled with diversity. Need something a little different in the fantasy/paranormal genre? Tired of dark and brooding tales? Sit back and enjoy the ride!

I received a complimentary review copy from S.C. Wright!

Midwife in Behruz by Judy Meadows

Midwife in Behruz
by Judy Meadows

My rating: 4 fun stars

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (November 1, 2017)
Publication Date: November 1, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Number of Pages: 234
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Lay​la's trip to Behruz, her father's country and home of her early years, is meant to be one last adventure before she joins her dreamboat fiancĂ© in Texas. But Behruz casts a spell on her. Her knowledge as a midwife is needed there. Serving women's health in a country where no one talks about "such things" presents interesting challenges.

Majid, an American-trained doctor, is back home in Behruz serving his people.​ He's ready to settle down, but because of an old family ​bias, American women are forbidden to him. That's no problem until Layla walks into his clinic with a sassy smile, a jar of semen, and her T-shirt proclaiming "Midwife at Your Cervix."

Midwife in Behruz by Judy Meadows

Anyone who knew Layla would never call her a Shrinking Violet and when this American midwife lands in the land of her birth with its restrictive customs and blushing sensibilities, she will bring about a whole new level of International understanding, even if it is only with a tiny group of people.

MIDWIFE IN BEHRUZ by Judy Meadows is a humorous and light-hearted look at one woman’s brief stay in a fictional Middle Eastern country. Follow Layla as she meets a man who will change her life over a jar of royal semen, yep, really. (Shhhh, whose it is, is a secret!)

Layla was caught between two worlds, the land where she grew up and the land she was born in, so it only seemed right to have one last adventure before settling down with her All-American, blonde fiancé. Little did Layla know that her journey to Behruz would capture her heart in more ways than one!

Follow Layla as she delivers babies, helps one Royal attempt to conceive and endears herself to one family by simply shopping for them at a local pharmacy! That Layla may have found the magic her heart was missing back in the United States is like the frosting on this light and fluffy romantic tale.

Judy Meadows avoids the pitfalls of high angst and feeling alienated in a strange country through her feisty and endearing character, Layla. Definitely a fun read that still holds some thoughtful tidbits about the differences between cultures around the world, not to mention some great T-shirt logos that few could say were not pretty funny!

I received a complimentary review copy from Judy Meadows!

Mistletoe Fantasies by Stacy Eaton Release Tour & #Giveaway

Pleasure Your Fantasies Series: Book 1
by Stacy Eaton
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Prize: two US winners - signed paperback of Mistletoe Fantasies by both Author and Cover Model Chris Mayo  
Ends Nov 22, 2017 

Mister Big Stuff by Weston Parker Blitz and #Giveaway

Mister Big Stuff
Weston Parker
Publication date: November 14th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
I’m a billionaire bad ass.
A military man who’s given up dreams for family.
A loner of sorts.
My father built an empire and left it and every bit of the shit that goes with it in my lap when he died. And I’m in desperate need of a personal assistant.
Someone who will speak straight, man up, take me on head-to-head. Force me to walk the line. Fuck me.
I just never expected it to be her. She’s a single mother. The girl from across the street when I was growing up. My little sister’s best friend. The one I lost my virginity to on a drunk night my senior year. But she’s perfect for the job and honestly, the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
She cripples me just by walking in the room.
I want her more than I want my next breath, but does she feel the same? And would it stop me if she didn’t? Fuck no. After a long year of loses, I’m ready for a win. And I’m gonna start with her.
Cause she’s always been mine and we both know it.

Author Bio:
I'm a former firefighter/EMS guy who's picked up the proverbial pen and started writing bad boy romance stories. I co-write with my sister, Ali Parker, as we travel the United States for the next two years.
You're going to find Billionaires, Bad Boys, Mafia and loads of sexiness. Something for everyone, hopefully. I'd love to connect with you. Check out the links below and come find me.
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V.K. Torston's Defiant Attraction Playlist Reveal

V.K. Torston's debut novel, Defiant Attraction is finally available on Amazon! In celebration of the release, Tome Tender is revealing the official Defiant Attraction playlist.

Official Defiant Attraction Playlist


About the Book

DefiantAttractionFrontCoverDan might be the enemy of my enemy, but I’m not sure that makes him my friend. He’s definitely not my ‘step brother’, no matter what everyone at school says. Honestly, I don’t know what he’s supposed to be to me. Or what he’s becoming… Fact: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In the yearbook, I’ll be Sophia Ramos: Valedictorian. Years of honor roll certificates, AP classes, and lugging around an obnoxiously large cello case are about to finally pay off. If everything goes according to plan, I’ll escape these decaying suburbs for a top university across the country. The problem? A few years ago, my mom met someone just as broke, just as drunk, and just as impulsive as she is. Approximately five seconds into their relationship, they decided it would be an excellent idea for him—and his son, Dan—to move in with us. (Spoiler alert: it wasn’t). Now I share a house with none other than Daniel Cole. Even though Dan dropped out two years ago, he’s still the tattooed, bad boy, heartthrob, legend of St. Anthony’s Academy. He and I aren’t supposed to have anything in common. Living together means war. First, Dan and I were at war with each other. Now, our rivalry is giving way to an unlikely alliance—two opposing sides teaming up against a common enemy: our respective parents. Which is to say, we’ve been hanging out. Question: What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Here’s the thing: My brain is a complex organ. One hundred billion neurons, each with an average of seven thousand synaptic connections to other neurons. My brain is my ticket out of here. My heart, by contrast, is a pump. It moves blood around. I know Dan is off-limits. I know I shouldn’t do something I’ll regret. And I know how much is at stake (my family, my future). So why can’t I stop thinking about him? Those inscrutable jade eyes. The smile that can say a thousand different things at once. That tattoo curving across his abs… Even though I know better, I feel that pounding in my chest. And it’s getting harder to ignore. But if I follow my heart, I can never go back. Answer: There is no such thing as an immovable object.

About the Author

vkheadshotV.K. Torston is a millennial and ‘cool aunt’ to a brood of nieces and nephews. She was born and raised in San Francisco, attended university in New York City, and aspires to one day live in London. A veteran of the independent music scene, she began writing nonfiction in her late teens. Then she realized that making up stories was way more fun than coming up with endless synonyms for ‘frenetic’ and ‘danceable.’ Her hobbies include drinking too much coffee, making up stupid songs, and ranting about current events. Defiant Attraction is her first novel.
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