[Review] Against The Dawn by Amanda Bonilla

~ Against The Dawn by Amanda Bonilla ~

(Shaede Assassin #4)
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Date of Publication:
May 20th 2014 by NYLA
Source: Gift from the author

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Synopsis:

Six months can feel like just a couple of weeks when you’ve been away in another realm. Literally.

Now that Darian is back in Seattle, she’s ready to face the life—and the man—she left behind. But it’s not going to be easy when a ghost from her past shows up looking to wreak havoc on Seattle’s supernatural crime scene.

Darian isn’t as careless as she used to be, though. She and Tyler, her sexy Jinn protector, have come a long way in the trust department. And it’s a good thing too—because when Ty contracts her to assassinate a wickedly powerful supernatural who goes by the name of Mithras, it will take all her faith in Ty, and herself, to get the job done.

While Darian does whatever it takes to get to her mark, Xander, the Shaede King is busy making plans of his own. With Darian’s attention divided between Lorik’s secrets and her mission she might not be able to stop Xander from doing anything in his power to separate Darian from her sworn protector and in the process, destroy his own kingdom…

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[Review] Pucked Up by Helena Hunting

~ Pucked Up by Helena Hunting ~

(Pucked #2)
Genre:
Contemporary, Romance
Date of Publication:
October 25th 2015
Source:
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Synopsis:

Miller “Buck” Butterson has been banging his way through life ever since a puck to the face fixed his messed up front teeth, and he was drafted into the NHL during his first year of college. After five years of deflecting goals on the ice and scoring them with puck bunnies across the Continental US and parts of Canada, Miller is ready for a girlfriend. A real girlfriend of the non-bunny variety. One he takes on dates and doesn’t jump into bed with after five seconds of conversation.

Miller thinks he’s found that woman in his teammate’s sister. Except, unlike Alex Waters, center, team captain and all round nice guy—who happens to be dating his step-sister—Miller’s manwhore reputation is well earned, and not blown out of proportion by the media. Beyond that minor detail, Miller doesn’t know the first thing about having a girlfriend. But he’s determined to make it happen.

What he doesn’t take into account is the amount of time and effort relationships require, or that constantly letting bunnies take selfies with him to post all over social media isn’t going to win him any points in the boyfriend department. Miller learns—not so quickly—that if he wants to make Sunshine “Sunny” Waters fall for him, he going to have to do a whole lot more than show her his stick skills in the bedroom.

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Interview with Candace Havens, author of Baby’s Got Bite.

1. Tell us something about your latest book. Is it your debut? What genre does it belong to? + 2. Is your book part of a series or can it be read as a stand-alone?

I’m going to answer questions one and two together. That’s how I roll. “Baby’s Got Bite” is part of a series, but you don’t have to read the first book to understand what’s going on. Each book stands alone. And this one is what happens after a wedding “hookup.” (Smile) Linc and Bennett are great with the banter and super hot together. It’s a funny book and super romantic. So if you’re in the mood for that sort of thing…

3. Which character of your book was the hardest to write?

The character that was hardest to write was Linc. It’s funny, he’s the best friend in the first book. He’s laid back and kind of protective and intense at the same time. It was hard finding that balance. When he loves, he loves hard (pardon the pun). And that makes him kind of bossy. But that’s also what I love most about him.

4. If you’re not writing, what do you love to do?

When I’m not writing, I’m editing. I’m an editorial director at Entangled Publishing and I run six of the lines Embrace (new adult), Select Contemporary (Single Title), Select Otherworld (Single Title), Covet (Paranormal romance, category) and Indulgence (cont. romance, category). I’m also a TV and Film critic and radio personality. I still write three or four columns a week about television, and talk about movies on the radio. I don’t sleep a lot.

5. Did anyone inspire you to start writing or did you always knew you just had to write?

Did anyone inspire me to write? It’s just something I’ve always done. I’ve been a journalist for a really long time. That was my dad’s idea. I’d been a dancer and hurt my back in college. Dad mentioned over dinner one night that I’d always written for school papers and magazines, and that I should check out journalism. My friend Paulette suggested I write romance novels. So I came home from L.A. one summer and wrote one. I’m inspired by everything. Music, art, television, film, conversations I overhear.

6. Any advice/tips for newbies?

My advice for newbies is to hone your craft. Take classes and write every day. You probably aren’t going to be the world’s best right out of the box. It takes practice, education and work to be a good writer. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t be a writer. You can. Finish what you start. It’s easy to give up. It’s much harder to see a project through.

7. Are you already writing a new book? Can you tell us a little bit about it?

I am always writing the next book. (Smile) I’ve got a single title for Samhain I’m finishing up, that is tentatively called Branded. Then I have the second in a new series for Harlequin to finish. That first book comes out in February 2016. I think, in all, I have five books out next year? Maybe six? A lot of writing ahead. Oh, and as Mackenzie McGuire, we’ll have the second in that series, as well.

8. A word that you use way too often? (Mine are “quite” and “probably”)

Truth? My words that I use to often change with every book, and with every feature story. But I seem to love the word “thing.” I use it a lot.

9. Last but not least: What’s your favourite type of candy, if you don’t mind me asking?

My favorite kind of candy? That’s like choosing a favorite child. I’m fond of milk chocolate in just about every form. Oh, and Nerds. I don’t know what it is about Nerds, but I just love them.

*Emalie casually inserts review to Baby’s Got Bite >>>>*

Author Bio:candace havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous, Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes.

She has also written four books for Harlequin’s Blaze line, including Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. Candace’s work is also featured in Spirited, an anthology, and all its proceeds go to help literacy. Take It Like A Vamp, her latest work, launched a line of light paranormal romances for Entangled Publishing, called Covet.

Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion, Reader’s Choice, and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies.

She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country.

Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 1800 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.

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TT + FPTI #2

The LilypadI decided to combine the Teaser Tuesday, hosted by MizB from A Daily Rhythm, with the First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Bibliophile By the Sea.

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Hello, hello there! It’s once again Tuesday, can you believe a whole week is already over? What the heck?! Where is the time going? It’s christmas in less than 2 month again! Wasn’t the last one like a week ago?

Anyway, here’s what I have for you this week.

Opening:

Kell wore a very peculiar coat.
It had neither one side, which would be conventional, nor two, which would be unexcepted, but several, which was, of course, impossible.

 

Teaser from 9%:
Some thought magic came from the mind, others the soul, or the heart, or the will.
But Kell knew it came from the blood.

 

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Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London – but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.

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[Review] Passion Ignites by Donna Grant

~ Passion Ignites by Donna Grant ~

(Dark Kings #7)
Genre:
Paranormal, Romance
Date of Publication:
November 3rd 2015 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Source:
NetGalley

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Synopsis:

He consumed her with that kiss, leaving no question that whatever was happening between them was meant to be—that it had always been meant to be…

HE LOVES FOR ETERNITY

Thorn is the bad boy of the Dragon Kings, a gorgeous, reckless warrior whose passions run wild and fury knows no bounds. When he sees the brave, beautiful Lexi being lured into the Dark Fae’s trap, he has no choice but to rescue her from a fate worse than death. But by saving this tempting mortal, he exposes himself to his fiercest enemy—and darkest desires. As the war between Dragons and Fae heats up, so does the passion between Lexi and Thorn. And when love is a battlefield, the heart takes no prisoners…

SHE LIVES FOR VENGEANCE

Lexi is on a mission of justice. Every day, she searches for the monster who murdered her friend. Every night, she hides in the shadows and plots her revenge. But the man she seeks is more dangerous than she ever imagined. He is one of the Dark Fae who preys on human life, who uses his unearthly power to seduce the innocent, and who is setting a trap just for her. Nothing can save Lexi from a creature like this—except the one man who’s been watching her every move…

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Interview with Jamie McLachlan, author of Mind Of The Phoenix

1. Tell us something about your latest book. Is it your debut? What genre does it belong to?

Mind of the Phoenix is my debut novel and is a dark historical fantasy thriller. My main character, Moira, has been imprisoned for murdering her master. In exchange for her freedom, she must use her powers as an empath and work alongside Detective Keenan Edwards to solve a series of mysterious murders. The serial killer, known as the Phoenix, has been planting suggestions in his victims’ minds, forcing them to commit murder and suicide.

2. Is your book part of a series or can it be read as a stand-alone?

It could be read as a stand-alone, but Mind of the Phoenix is only the first installment in a trilogy.

3. When does your book release?

It was released September 28.

4. If you’re not writing, what do you love to do?

When I’m not writing, I love to read and work on my various other crafts. I pretty much dabble in anything that is artsy.

5. Did anyone inspire you to start writing or did you always knew you just had to write?

When I was younger, I would write songs and poems. But it wasn’t until I finished high school that I became interested in writing novels.

6. Any advice/tips for newbies?

Keep writing and reading. Make an effort to acknowledge criticism, but also know when to keep true to your story. And write what you’re passionate about.

7. Are you already writing a new book? Can you tell us a little bit about it?

The second book, Pawn of the Phoenix, is already making its way to publication, so I’m currently writing the third novel in the series. I also have a few other novel ideas circulating in my mind.

8. A word that you use way too often? (Mine are “quite” and “probably”)

Perhaps.

9. Last but not least: What’s your favourite type of candy, if you don’t mind me asking?

M&M’s

Author Biojamie mclachlan

Jamie McLachlan is a graduate from Grant MacEwan University with a major in English and a minor in Philosophy. She decided to put her day dreaming to good use by weaving tales of speculative fiction. Avid reader and lover of all things creative, she lives in Canada with her family.

Website: http://www.jamiemclachlan.com/

Twitter: @JamieMcLachlan8

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TT + FTPI #1

The LilypadI decided to combine the Teaser Tuesday, hosted by MizB from A Daily Rhythm, with the First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Bibliophile By the Sea.

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I’m bringing the Teaser Tuesday + First Paragraph Tuesday back!! Can you believe I haven’t done one of those since early August!?! I mean, SERIOUSLY? How could I not do one? I don’t get it. What was wrong with me?

Anyway, I’m back – or more so the TT & FPTI is back 😀

(Also I decided to start my counting number at 1 again 😉 )


Opening:
Asgard, Afterworld of the Norse Gods
1213 AD
Pain tore through Loki’s chest, burning through every vein in his body. He roared, his muscles straining against the chains that bound him to the rock. Despite his godly strength, he could not break them. Above him, the great snake draped over a limb tree, drippin venom onto his chest. Its yellow eyes gleamed, watching him as the fluid seeped from its fangs.

 

Teaser from 11%:
She’d already done so much for him. And lost so much because of it.
She was an idiot. There was no question.

 

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A god in disguise

No one in the Prison for Magical Deviants knows that prisoner Logan Laufeyson has secret identity. He is the ancient trickster god Loki, in magical disguise on a mission of his own. A mission that will come to a sudden and disastrous end…

The woman he’s never forgotten

Demi-goddess Sylvi has spent eight hundred years trying to forget her long-ago affair with Loki, which destroyed her dreams and got her banished from her home. When Loki escapes from prison and stumbles through her door with a problem that threatens both their lives, she must set aside her anger while trying to resist a passion she’s never forgotten. The fact that her magic can be enhanced by sex makes ignoring Loki even harder—especially when they must utilize her rare talent.

A threat of ultimate evil

Thrown together, Loki and Sylvi must foil a masterful plot that threatens not only their lives, but every god in existence. It will take all of their power, and all of their long-buried love, to face the ultimate danger – or vanish and be forgotten forever…

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Interview with Miriam Pia, author of The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead

1. Tell us something about your latest book.

http://sbpra.com/miriampia/ The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead is an urban crime fiction novel. This is my debut novel. It is about a mysterious white collar criminal suspected of holding a respectable day job while also being a drug king pin in the big city of Indianapolis, Indiana. For those who do not know, Indianapolis is a big city but is ‘quaint’ and ‘town like’ compared to the Megalopolis of NYC, Chicago, London England etc..

The novel is great for those who love strong plot lines with vivid characterization. If you love to know what the characters are thinking, this novel is definitely for you. If you like the traditional presentations of good and evil ala the Hollywood movies, you will also love this story. This novel is also excellent for those who enjoyed the combination of brain work and leg work ala Sherlock Holmes but who also like the crime tV shows in which teams are more important than any individual character. Like many of you I have worked in real world offices that have posters of the slogan: TEAM – together each achieves more. The characters and plot reflect that kind of wisdom and sensibility.

2. Is your book part of a series or can it be read as a stand-alone?

At present the novel is a stand alone item, but a strong reaction by a large enough fan base could change that. I have authored other works like a nonfiction self help philosophy booklet, and intend to release a series of science fiction novels in the future.

3. When does your book release?

It came out earlier this year. You can buy it here: http://sbpra.com/miriampia/

4. Which character of your book was the hardest to write?

Thomas. You have to read the novel to find out why.

5. If you’re not writing, what do you love to do?

Oh, that depends on multiple factors. I am effected by how much money I have, what location I am in and who I am with. Some years it is about walking in the woods or riding bikes. I have painted so much that I decorate my own residence with framed paintings I made myself. I have dabbled in music. I like museums. I played fantasy role play games. I searched for games that my son and I could do together for about 18 years, and did a lot due to that. I like some travel and the theatre. Sometimes just chatting or learning online or reading books is enough. I have also worked other jobs – like most authors, and sometimes I even like my work. I even have experience doing volunteer work – sometimes officially in a group and other times just as a lone individual.

6. Did anyone inspire you to start writing or did you always knew you just had to write?

Like Jesi Lea Ryan told you in her interview: I read a lot as a child and sort of grew into it as a natural progression. We are quite different but we are both born 13 January and are American women novelists. I don’t have a naughty cat, tee hee. Seriously though, I read avidly as a child. My mother always encouraged me to write but I think she may have felt embarrassed when I did it so much as an adult but am not rich from it yet, nor famous.

7. Any advice/tips for newbies?

If you thought it would be easier than just getting a day job I’ll tell you right now, that it isn’t.

8. Are you already writing a new book? Can you tell us a little bit about it?

I have two complete drafts of more right now. The second one may get divided into two and filled out with more detail. If that happens then what I have is that science fiction novel series I mentioned earlier. I aim to get the first one out later this year or in 2016 at the latest. Maybe all them in 2016 or 2016 & 2017.

Eventually, I hope to write other nonfiction books as well, including at least a little more philosophy.

9. A word that you use way too often? (Mine are “quite” and “probably”)

I don’t know, but I can tell you that I have a tendency to complain a lot. I complain more when something in my life is really bothering me but I think that even if and when my life became perfect I would have weird moments in which I felt like I had lost something because I had no real reason to complain.

10. Since you told me that you live in Germany as well, what’s your favourite german phrase/word/saying?

Moin.

11. Last but not least: What’s your favourite type of candy, if you don’t mind me asking?

These days chocolate but don’t expect it to be that way all the time.

Author Bio:

Writer’s Bureau Certified in Creative Writing 2005, Middlesex U. PD/MA offered 1999 Modern European Philosophy, 4 MBA courses 2009, German Integration Course KVHS 2011, Intermediate German Zertifikats 2013, 2011.
47 Year old American woman who defies gender laws by giving her real name despite being a woman. This is acceptable in Germany but not in the USA. (That’s a 1/2 true joke, by the way). She is the mother of a binational American & German. She has written professionally for over 10 years but has worked to become a professional writer and author for more like 35 of her 47 years. There’s an international feeling: she has lived in the USA most of her life and loves her country but believes in ‘broad mindedness’ and has had ‘foreign friends’ and spent 5 years living in England and now is in the beginning of a 6th year of living in Germany.

[Review] Pucked by Helena Hunting

~ Pucked by Helena Hunting ~

(Pucked #1)
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Date of Publication:
May 3rd 2015 by Helena Hunting
Source: Bought

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Synopsis:

With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. She’s smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captain—Alex Waters.

Violet isn’t interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s previous misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes more than just a hot body with a face to match.

In what can only be considered a complete lapse in judgment, Violet finds out just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. But what starts out as a one-night stand, quickly turns into something more. Post-night of orgasmic magic, Alex starts to call, and text, and e-mail and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts, making him difficult to ignore, and even more difficult not to like.

The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.

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Interview with Suzanna Linton, author of The Bookwyrm Series

1. Tell us something about your latest book. Is it your debut? What genre does it belong to?

Well, I just finished a short fiction series called The Bookwyrm Series. It’s an urban fantasy that came in three parts. Actually, during the month of October, I’m running a contest on Mondays for people to win all three of those parts!

Before that, I published my second novel, Willows of Fate, which is also an urban fantasy. My debut was the more “traditional” fantasy and it’s called Clara.

2. Is your book part of a series or can it be read as a stand-alone?

​As the name suggests, The Bookwyrm Series is a series. I originally wrote it meaning for it be an episodic series. However, it became something different, almost like a serialized novel but not quite. I’m not sure what to call it!

3. When does your book release?

​The Bookwyrm Series just wrapped up! The last story hit electronic shelves on 30 September. My next novel, the sequel to Clara, won’t come out until next year, possibly in the spring.

4. Which character of your book was the hardest to write?

​In The Bookwyrm Series, I would have to say​ ​Gabriel, who is the bounty hunter. Men are difficult for me to write and I’m not very good at mysterious men. I’m always worried they come off as a cliche.​

5. If you’re not writing, what do you love to do?

​I love to read, binge watch Netflix, and work in the garden. We’ve recently moved into a new home but I haven’t done anything with the flower beds yet. Oh, the shame! LOL

6. Did anyone inspire you to start writing or did you always knew you just had to write?

​I think writing is something I’ve always wanted to do but I didn’t feel really inspired until I read Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern Trilogy. The women in those books are so strong and complex that it made me think, “These are the kind of women I would like to write! They can be written! I bet I can do this, too!”

7. Any advice/tips for newbies?

​Don’t give up. Unlike other careers, a career as a writer takes a long, long time to turn over much, if any, success. At some point, you have to ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” If you can’t think of an answer that will keep you going despite disappointment and failure, then you need to find something else to do.

And no matter what, you have to remain true to your voice. You can’t be a good writer if you aren’t honest in your voice.

8. Are you already writing a new book? Can you tell us a little bit about it?

​I am currently working on the sequel to Clara. So far, I’m calling it Clara’s Return. It picks up the title character’s story as she goes on a personal quest to discover her past. But it also follows the story of another character who has been thrown into a situation where he’s way over his head. And there are consequences from the last book that need to be dealt with! And there’s love, danger, and a rampaging giant!

9. A word that you use way too often? (Mine are “quite” and “probably”)

​I use “just” a lot. I don’t know why. I just do! Haha!

10. Last but not least: What’s your favourite type of candy, if you don’t mind me asking?

​Right now, I have the biggest love for those peanut butter Snickers. My brother and I used to eat so many Snickers as kids that I, personally, got sick of them. But these peanut butter ones are amazing! Pretty much any time peanut butter and chocolate are combined is a winning combination for me.

Author Bio:

I began writing when I was a little girl, feeling as if I was filling up with worlds and ideas. I needed to share them before they poured out of my eyes and ears.

At first, I wrote poetry before moving to fiction. Growing up in rural South Carolina meant I had to find my own ways of entertaining myself. I could often be found either reading or scribbling away in a notebook. Not much has changed since then.

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