Sunday, 30 September 2012

BLOG TOUR!! Forsaken by Kristen Day

Forsaken (Daughters of the Sea, #1)At the Other End:

Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…

Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.

Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.

Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendents of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.

But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.

She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesized to be a part of. The fate of all the descendents will forever depend upon it.

First Impressions Last:

Gods and Goddesses take a new turn in Forsaken. An orignal take on a topic so often used and rewritten.


Behind the 268 Pages:


We first learn about Anastasia as Hannah, a troubled orphan girl trying to battle her own monsters and fears. Yet from this we learn more about who she actually is and what has already happened to her. Minor things we see from her past foster families shows us how strong she is. Instantly we feel sorry for her and feel defensive of her as an orphan, wanting for her to find her true self, the girl we know she is and who she will be.

We get to know Stasia and her life little by little. It makes it seem like she has trouble opening up to us. It's a different way to connect us with her and, yes, it works. It gives us time to understand her conflicting feelings on everything, as well as have time to take in everything.

The people in her adopted life, like her step-mum for one, is snobish and very stuck up. Oh reputation is everything my dears (well in this case it is). She cares more about her reputation than Hannah/Anastasia, and tries to make herself look above the rest. What better way to do that than to adopt a girl?

As she gets to the Island and to the school, we are instantly crowded with mystery. Mystery on who all these people are, what's so important about this school? and why do they all start to get nervous about Stasia's name and about who everyone is.

Everyone trying to protect Stasia from the truth gets annoying beause we too are left in the dark and want to know who she is and what's so special about her. Not telling her about herself has put her in more danger, as she would be learning to use her powers instead of trying to find answers that anyone else can give her. It puts her more at danger, because she doesn't know what she is getting into most of the time and she doesn't know that either.  She needs to be able to defend herself in some way and the secrets that everyone is keeping from her (even if they are just a hunch).We know as much as Stasia does throughout the whole novel, which develops our relationship with her.

Ahh Finn. Hello sexy man ;) the secrets he keeps towards Stasia, sounds like they could jeopardise their developing relationship, which means that ultimately they will hurt each other by delaying the truth for too long. Is it really too good to be true? Luckily we start to see Finn slowly letting out his secrets as the time comes and as their relationship blossoms.

So much of the book focuses on Finn and Stasia's dreams as well as their relationship and the mystery surrounding Stasis'a past that when she mentions one name at the start of the book, and they pop up as just a name or are in a little scene that is easily forgotten, when we see them again as part of a major event we are clueless to who they actually are.



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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Review: The Forgiven Duke (ARC) by Jamie Carie

The Forgiven Duke: A Forgotten Castles NovelAt the Other End:
Tethered by her impulsive promise to marry Lord John Lemon - the path of least resistance - Alexandria Featherstone sets off toward Iceland in search of her parents with a leaden heart. A glimpse of her guardian, the Duke of St. Easton - the path less traveled by - on Dublin’s shore still haunts her.

Will he come after her? Will he drag her back to London, quelling her mission to rescue her treasure-seeking parents, or might he decide to throw caution to the wind and choose Foy Pour Devoir: “Faith for Duty,” the St. Easton motto. The Featherstone motto Valens et Volens: “Willing and Able,” beats in her heart and thrums through her veins. She will find her parents and find their love, no matter the cost.

The powerful yet wing-clipped Duke of St. Easton has never known the challenge that has become his life since hearing his ward’s name. Alexandria Featherstone will be the life or the death of him. Only time and God’s plan will reveal just how much this man can endure for the prize of love.


First Impressions Last:

The second novel in the Forgotten Castles trilogy does not disappoint our need for action or romance. Leading us straight for the final novel.


Behind the 320 Pages:

Straight away we continue on from where, The Guardian Duke left off. As we start to read, in the first few chapters we get brought back to speed with a little information to refresh our memory about the ending of the first book and where we left off. It's not too much information, just enough to get us back on track. Saying that, we hardly even realise it, so even if you are a reader that came straight from reading, The Guardian Duke you don't get overwhelmed with information you already know.

Throughout the book the pacing is good at times, then sometimes the pace drops and picks back up again. This happens throughout the book, we get full on action and mystery and puzzles, then the next minute everything dies down quickly and in comparison to what we just experienced, nothing much happens. We mostly get this happening as we change perspectives from Alex to Gabriel. On one side it's action and mysteries, and on the other side it's calm and relaxing. Action returns to both sides however, as the two get closer to each other. There is continuous on-the-go action.

We get more action from this book than the first, especially as the books "connect," this is the part where the plot thickens. When you look at the Forgiven Duke as a whole, you come to realise that the majority of the book is filled with action, then the end is all romance. Sigh worthy, swoon worthy romance.

When Alex is with John (Lemon), she forgives him too easily and fails to see exactly who he is. Selfish and greedy, not to mention these $$ in his eyes, his "love" for her is fake and her leading him on and easily forgiving him also makes her a little selfish.

Alex and Gabriel's constant battle with their own truths and exposing them to one another annoys me. No one is perfect and their struggles and battles are something that they both need to share and overcome together to be able to make their connection with each other stronger. Alex's affliction on who to choose throguhout the book makes me want to shake some sense into her about John. Yet she does learn her lesson with him. But with Gabriel, he had me at 'emerald green eyes' *sighs*. Alex as a character starts to take its toll on us, she gets annoying and, to be honest, blind to what's in front of her and exactly what she needs to do.

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The Guardian Duke: A Forgotten Castles NovelAt the Other End:
Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the King to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt. But Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment, believing her parents are still alive and duly following clues that may lead to their whereabouts. Gabriel, pressured by what are actually the King’s ulterior motives, pursues her across windswept England and the rolling green hills of Ireland but is always one step behind.

When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.
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Behind 320 Pages
A Duke's Promise: A Forgotten Castles NovelAt the Other End:
From the Land of Fire and Ice back to England’s shores, Alexandria Featherstone finds herself the new Duchess of St. Easton. Her husband has promised a wedding trip to take them to the place where her imperiled parents were last seen -- Italy and the marble caves of Carrara -- but a powerful Italian duke plots against Alex and her treasure-hunting parents.

Hoping to save them, Alex and Gabriel travel to Italy by balloon. Fraught with danger on all sides and pressured by Gabriel’s affliction to the breaking point, they must learn to work and fight together. The mysterious key is within their grasp, but they have yet to recognize it. This journey will require steadfast faith in God and each other -- a risk that will win them everything they want or lose them everything they have.

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Featuring: If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones

At the Other End:
The steamy first installment in the Inside Out erotic romance trilogy by Lisa Renee Jones, in the bestselling tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey. When Sara McMillan finds a stack of journals in a storage unit, she’s shocked and enthralled by the erotic life the writer led. Unable to stop reading, she vicariously lives out dark fantasies through Rebecca, the writer—until the terrifying final entry. Certain something sinister has happened, Sara sets out to discover the facts, immersing herself in Rebecca’s life. Soon she’s working at the art gallery Rebecca worked at and meeting Rebecca’s friends. Finding herself drawn to two dangerously sexy men, the manager of the gallery and a famed artist, Sara realizes she’s going down the same path Rebecca took. But with the promise of her dark needs being met by a man with confident good looks and a desire for control, she’s not sure anything else matters. Just the burn for more.


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Booklist says: Jones' suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann. Alpha, military, and paranormal romance readers will want Jones' entire series. (About the Zodius Series -- Storm that is Sterling)

In 2003, award winning author Lisa Renee Jones sold her Austin, Texas based multi-state staffing agency and has since published over thirty novels and novellas across several genres. Her staffing agency LRJ Staffing was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Her debuts with Blaze and Nocturne hit Bookscan's Top 100 list and her Blaze Hotzone trilogy made a showing on the list in 2011 also. With a new Blaze trilogy, a short story for Spice, the third book in her Zodius series published with Sourcebooks, as well as an rapidly growing indie following, 2012 will bring many new stories to her readers.

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Shhh....... Don't Tell:



It all began when my neighbor thrust a key to a storage unit at me. She’d bought it to make extra money after watching some storage auction show. Now she was on her way to the airport to elope with a man she barely knew, and she needed me to clear out the unit before the lease expires. 

Soon, I was standing inside a small room that held the intimate details of another woman’s life, feeling uncomfortable, as if I was invading her privacy. Driven to find out by some unnamed force, I began to dig, to discover this woman’s life, and yes, read her journals—-dark, erotic journals that I had no business reading. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I read on obsessively, living out fantasies through her words that I’d never dare experience on my own. I read onward until the last terrifying dark entry left me certain that something had happened to this woman. I had to find her and be sure she was okay. 

The dark, passion it becomes… 

Now, I am working at a prestigious gallery she’d worked at, where I have always dreamed of being, and I’ve been delivered to the doorstep of...him. He is rich and famous, and dark in ways I shouldn’t find intriguing, but I doI don’t understand why his dark side appeals to me, but the attraction between us is rich with velvety promises of satisfaction. He is damaged beneath his confident good looks and need for control, and in some way, I feel he needs me. I need him. 

All I know for certain is that he knows me like I don’t even know me, and he says I know him. Still, I keep asking myself — do know him? Did he know her, the journal writer, and where is she? And why doesn’t it seem to matter anymore? There is just him and me, and the burn for more.


Sunday, March 7th, 2012

For months I’ve had dreams and nightmares about how perfectly he personifies the word. Sleep-laden, alternate realities where I can vividly smell his musky male scent, feel his hard body against mine. Taste the sweet and sensuous flavor of him-–like milk chocolate with its silky demand that I indulge in one more bite. And another. So good I’d forgotten there’s a price for overindulgence. And there is a price. There is always a price. I was reminded of this life lesson on Saturday night. And I know now, no matter what he says, no matter what he does, I cannot--will not--see him again.
It started out as any other erotic adventure with him. Unpredictable. Exciting. I barely remember where it all went wrong. How it took such a dark turn.
He’d ordered me to undress and sit on the mattress, against the headboard, my legs spread wide for his viewing. Naked before him, open to him, I was vulnerable and quivering with need. Never in my life had I taken orders from a man; most certainly I had never thought I would quiver with anything. But I did for him.
If Saturday night proved anything, it was that once I was with him, under his spell, he could demand anything of me, and I’d comply. He could push me to the edge, to unbelievable places I’d never thought I would go. Exactly why I can’t see him again. He makes me feel possessed, and what is so disconcerting about this feeling is that I like it. I can hardly wrap my mind around allowing such a thing, though I burn for it. But when I saw him standing at the end of the bed Saturday night, all broad and thick with sinewy muscle, his cock jutting forward, there was nothing but that need.
He was magnificent. Really, truly the most gorgeous man I’ve ever known. Instant lust exploded inside me. I wanted to feel him close to me, to feel him touch me. To touch him. But I know now not to touch him without his permission. And I know not to beg him to let me. 
I’ve learned my lesson from past encounters. He enjoys the vulnerability of a plea far too much. Enjoys withholding his pleasures, until I am nearly quaking with the burn of my body. Until I am liquid heat and tears. He likes that power over me. He likes full control. I should hate him. Sometimes, I think I love him.
It was the blindfold that should have warned me I was headed toward a place of no return. Thinking back, I believe it did. He tossed it on the bed, a dare, and instantly a shiver chased a path up and down my spine. The idea of not being able to see what was happening to me should have aroused me-–it did arouse me. But for reasons I didn’t understand at the time, it also frightened me. I was scared and I hesitated.
This did not please him. He told me so, in that deep, rich, baritone voice that makes me quiver uncontrollably. The need to please him had been so compelling. I put on the blindfold. 
I was rewarded by the shift of the mattress. He was coming to me. Soon, I knew I would come, too. His hands slid possessively up my calves, over my thighs. And damn him, stopped just before my place of need.
What came next was a shadowy whirlwind of sensation. He pulled me onto my back, flat against the mattress. I knew satisfaction was seconds away. Soon he would enter me. Soon I would have what I needed. But to my distress, he moved away.
It was then that I was sure I’d heard the click of a lock. It jolted me to a sitting position, and I called out his name, fearful he was leaving. Certain that I’d done something wrong. Then relieved when his hand flattened on my stomach. I’d imagined the sound of the lock. I must have. But I couldn’t shake the subtle shift in the air then, the raw lust and menace consuming the room that didn’t feel like him. It was a thought easily forgotten when he settled heavy between my thighs, his strong hands lifting my arms over my head, his breath warm on my neck--his body heavy, perfect.
Somehow, a silk tie wrapped around my wrists and my arms were tied to the bed frame. It never occurred to me that he could not have done this on his own. That he was on top of me, unable to manipulate my arms. But then, he was manipulating my body, my mind, and I was his willing victim.
He lifted his body from mine, and I whimpered, unable to reach for him. Again silence. And the whisk of fabric. More strange sounds. Long seconds ticked by, and I remember the chill that snaked across my skin. The feeling of dread that had balled in my stomach.
         And then, the moment I know I will die remembering. The moment when the steel of a blade touched my lips. The moment that he promised there was pleasure in pain. The moment when the blade traveled along my skin with the proof he would be true to his words. And I knew then that I had been wrong. He was not dangerous. Nor was he chocolate. He was lethal, a drug, and I feared…

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Friday, 21 September 2012

RELEASE DAY! The Star Child by Stephanie Keyes

At the Other End:

The world is about to be cloaked in darkness.
Only one can stop the night.

Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning  tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.
Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?


Stephanie KeyesAuthor Bio:
Stephanie Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems as well as a Master’s in Education. A seasoned, facilitator, Mrs. Keyes worked in Training and Development for an international telecommunications corporation for twelve years; spending the first eight years of her career as a Software Trainer and Technical Writer and the last four working in Human Resources and Employee Development.

In May of 2012, Mrs.Keyes left the corporate world to focus on her family and her writing full-time. She also operates a freelance graphic and instructional design business, Sycamore Road Design.

Inkspell Publishing will release her first novel, The Star Child, on September 21, 2012. She is now currently at work on the second book in The Star Child Trilogy, The Fallen Stars.

Keyes lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and Riley the dog.

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“I won’t leave you, no matter what the damn prophecy says. Others have controlled me for far too long. Now it’s time to make my own choices and I choose you."
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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

BLOG TOUR!! Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

At the Other End:
A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly.

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating--Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they're directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they're playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?

Debut author Jeanne Ryan delivers an un-putdownable suspense thriller.

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WOW! Talk about fast paced! Nerve leaves you on the edge of your seat, craving for more.


Behind the 304 Pages:

 Instantly we get a connection with Vee. We also get the feeling of being backstage (ironically). Her personality and her connection to the other characters leaves her out a bit, which then brings us closer to her and her character.

Speaking of her friends, is it just me, or do you all not like Syd? She seems like the stuck up one (as well as acts like it too) and not Vee, like what everyone calls her already. In this case opposites attract or Vee is just friends with Syd so that Syd stands out and get more attention, especially from standing next to and being friends with plain old Vee.

We don't realise how much of a friend Syd actually is until the end. Throughout the book we feel she is all about herself. Especially from the way Vee talks about Syd, is more like an obsession. Espcially from some of the things she does as well as how much Vee takes care of Syd.

We learn so much more about Vee throughout the novel. About who she actually is while in the games. We see the true side of her that the games brings out, we see the will and determination she has as well as the strength to stand up for what's right. These qualities are hidden at the start of the novel, through the book we realise that she is more than what she is believed to be, not just the shy girl hidden in the back behind everyone elses shadow. She thinks about both sides of the dare and the consequences to both sides before she acts, unlike the other players who believe that there will be no side effect on anyone else because it is 'just a dare'. Yet does everyone know that it is just a dare?

Tommy is someone who completely surprises us. The end makes us think about the kind of friend he actually is. Ian still ends as a mystery, we finish the novel still not knowing too much about him. Pssshhtt, boys. Seriously?

In the end, we look back and realise that we too are Watchers. Even though we start dispising them throughout the novel, we really end up being just like them, hanging onto every word, their every movement. We are the ones with the front seat to Vee and Ian's dares.

Both the prologue and ending leaves us craving more. We don't find out what happens after the prologue, even after we've finished the novel. But from the ending we might be able to guess because of the final dare.

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