Release Day Blitz: Snake Eyes-Melissa Pearl

cooltext1790897456 copyCaitlyn Davis expects her sophomore year at UCLA to be perfect…until she walks into her dorm room to find Special Agent Zoey Kaplan of the FBI waiting for her. In that instant, she knows her idyllic year with new best friends, Nicole and Dale, along with her super hot boyfriend, Eric, is about to fall apart.
Having been forced to work with the FBI months earlier, Caity accidentally gave away her special ability to read people’s emotions and know whether they were telling the truth. Now, Kaplan wants Caity to go undercover again for a secret operation that will bring her close to the sadistic Diego Mendez, a man believed to be involved in human trafficking.
Eric Shore is not a man who trusts easily. Having been burned multiple times, it’s hard for him to open up completely, but his love for Caity makes him want to try. Yet, her sudden withdrawal worries him, particularly when she chooses to spend time with her new roommate, Quella Mendez, over him. When Caity’s behavior begins to match that of her wild roommate, Eric wonders if their relationship is as strong as he believed.
As Caity struggles to maintain her relationship and do her job, she finds herself pulled further into a dangerous world that could take away everything she holds dear. Will Eric learn the truth in time to save her? Or will the man with the eyes of a snake destroy their perfect romance?

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books, ranging in genres from Fantasy to Contemporary Romance. She loves the variety and is excited about the books she has coming up in 2015.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

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Promo: Hook-K.R. Thompson

Title: Hook
Author: K.R. Thompson
Genre: Fantasy/Fairytale/Adventure
Hosted By: DRC Promotions

cooltext1807812709 copyArchie Jameson sat in the dark corners of the print shop, dreaming of adventure. Today, it found him. Caught in a chilly October storm, he ducked into a tavern, hoping to escape the rain. What he found, was a room teeming with pirates. Shanghaied by the most elderly of the lot, Archie found himself serving on a ship captained by the fiercest pirate ever to sail the seven seas–the man known as Blackbeard. Through a series of thrilling twists, Archie finds himself captain of another of Blackbeard’s ships, the Jolig Roger. In an attempt to flee danger, his ship becomes lost under stars never before seen. Determined to save both his crew and the woman he loves, Archie will make decisions that will forever seal his fate. Discover the untold story of the man who became Captain Hook.

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K.R. Thompson was raised in the Appalachian Mountains. She resides in Bland County with her husband, son, three cats, and an undeterminable amount of chickens.

An avid reader and firm believer in magic, she spends her nights either reading an adventure or writing one.

She still watches for evidence of Bigfoot in the mud of Wolf Creek.

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ARC Review: Tear You Apart-Sarah Cross


cooltext1889161239 copyAn edgy fairy tale retelling of “Snow White” set in the world of Kill Me Softly for fans of Once Upon a Time and Grimm.

Faced with a possible loophole to her “Snow White” curse, Viv goes underground, literally, to find the prince who’s fated to rescue her. But is life safe in the Underworld worth the price of sacrificing the love that might kill her?

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & EgmontUSA

Please Note: I have not read Killing Me Softly, the first installment in this Beau Rivage world so all of my perceptions are based on the idea that this is the first and/or a stand alone. 

Tear You Apart is a dark and gritty journey into authentic fairy tales. The kind that aren’t made of rainbows and butterflies but revenge, envy, murder, and twisted curses. In the style of The Brothers Grimm, Tear You Apart is gritty, sinister and full of danger. The tension is high and the future is bleak. Happily ever after is far from the horizon for these ill-fated teens. 


  • Beau Rivage is quirky and creative. The idea is that in this world, people are cursed with fairytale fates and not the Disney kind. From a prominent birthmark, citizens know their future and have to take matters in their own hands to achieve a happy ending. Full of giant slayers, fae, mischievous witches, and dark Princes, Tear You Apart is a magical wonderland of invention that plays on urban fantasy. The characters may look like Snow White or Sleeping Beauty but their personalities are their own and sometimes, it’s startling just how much they contrast with expectations. 
  • Characters are multidimensional, they’re both good and bad. There aren’t true villains because each person is governed by choice within the confines of their fairy tale. Secondary characters are packed with personality and charm. I adored the spoiled princess who survived the Goldilocks curse. She’s a constantly complaining nuisance. I appreciated that Sarah Cross included lots of diversity, from different races and cultures to LGBTQIA. 
  • The Underworld is wickedly cool. It’s made for illicit activities, partying, and like a giant costume party full of chic clothes and themes. The boats to the castle, the ferrymen, the 12 Princesses curse and the Underworld Princes, it’s enthralling, the sort of cleverly crafted scenery that sucks you in and makes you want more. The details are all there and vibrant. 
  • The King of the Underworld is vile, evil, and sadistic. When his sins come out it’s sickening how seriously he took his curse and the damage he’s done. The lack of care for human life is dreadful. The secrets hidden in the Underworld castle are a consistent addition to the plot and fuel for Viv’s hunger to escape her alternate fate.
  • Henley is a chivalrous, lovable, loyal friend and love interest. He’s there for Viv even when she verbally attacks him and does everything in her power to make him think she doesn’t want him. He comes to her rescue consistently and gets her out of trouble at his own peril. Despite everything, he never gives up. His heart is pure and even if he wasn’t attractive, his personality is golden.
  • The wedding scene. OMG. Rivals the “Red Wedding”. Horrifying.
  • Bouts of genuine horror and helplessness resonate through the story. The tone is dark and made of anticipation of when the next ax will drop of their miniscule moments of happiness.


  • Viv is antagonistic. She pushes people away and is kind of self-absorbed. She cares more about her own feelings than others until reality harshly slaps her in the face. Viv is so rude to Henley, her so-called best friend and Huntsman. She insults him, instigates fights, and then gets mad when he doesn’t fall at her feet and beg for forgiveness. Viv doesn’t know what she wants and is guided by crippling fear of her own mortality. She didn’t have many redeeming qualities but I did sympathize with her situation. She grew up dreaming of a happily ever after and was brutally hit with fate when her love interest became the hand that may or may not kill her. All Viv wants is to be loved and because of the curse, she had a sickly mother, an absent father, and a wolf in sheep’s clothing of a step-mother. 
  • There wasn’t enough of many characters. There are brief tidbits that have lots of promise to enhance the story but then disappear. Jasper, Minuet, the sisters, their emotions and personalities, how the feel towards their fates and father would have made it easier to get why they behaved the way they did. 

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Release Blast: Dark Shadows-T.G. Ayer

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cooltext1889161239 copyMy name’s Ella Raimi. Until last week, my life was pretty normal for a sixteen-year-old. Until I spent that awful night trapped in the janitor’s closet in utter darkness. Until the dreams began — suffocating, panic-filled dreams. My best friend Kyla stays with me, but the dreams still continue. And I wake each morning with cuts & burns on my skin. I don’t recall inflicting them.

And then there is the blood on my hands and my sheets when I wake up. I’m afraid of myself and what I’ve done. And I’m beginning to be more afraid of Kyla. And what she will do.

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I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.
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ARC Review: Bridges Burned-Chris Cannon

cooltext1790897456 copyDon’t just fight the system…burn it.
     Since discovering she is a shape-shifting, fire-breathing dragon on her sixteenth birthday (surprise!), Bryn McKenna’s world has been thrown into chaos. Being a “crossbreed”—part Red dragon and part Blue—means Bryn will never fit in. Not with dragon society. Not with the archaic and controlling Directorate. And definitely not when she has striped hair and a not-so-popular affection for rule-breaking…
     But sneaking around with her secret boyfriend, Zavien, gets a whole lot harder when he’s betrothed to someone else. Someone who isn’t a mixed breed and totally forbidden. And for an added complication, it turns out Bryn’s former archnemesis Jaxon Westgate isn’t quite the evil asshat she thought. Now she’s caught between her desire to fit in and a need to set things on fire. Literally. Because if Bryn can’t adapt to the status quo…well, then maybe it’s time for her to change it.
cooltext1790896132 copy 3.5/5 Stars
***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author and Mark My Words Publicity.
Bridges Burned is a quick, fun read with lots of sass and heart. 
  • Bryn is magnetic. She’s saucy, bold, courageous, has a solid moral compass and believes in fighting her hardest for rights for those who refuse to fight for themselves. Bryn is antagonistic, playful, and has the wittiest comments. At the same time, Bryn, despite her unique circumstances as an outsider and dragon, has the same issues as a normal teenage girl. Her troubles with boys, confusion over where she stands in a relationship and if she’s worth the effort of tackling the system for places her on a playing field that’s relatable and extremely likeable. 
  • Valmont is a sweetheart, he’s loyal, masculine, and the warm arms Bryn needs to comfort her when no one else seems to understand. Bryn is searching for someone that will stay, to love her for her faults as much as her assets and Valmont is super attentive to her needs. Valmont is soft and compassionate one moment and hard, threatening lines the next. He’s a definite contender for Bryn’s heart.
  • The relationship between Jaxon and Bryn has come a long way. It’s almost amicable and there might be some sexual tension brewing beneath the surface, no matter how hard they try to resist. Jaxon is a jerk. He’s blunt, doesn’t spare Bryn her feelings and let’s her have it when she’s being too cocky. Jaxon is surprisingly nice when he wants to be. He has quite the heart hidden deep within him and a giant soft spot for the women in his life.
  • The sheer extent of the Directorate’s reign and corruption is revealed and it’s horrifying just how far they go to maintain an image of perfection and order. The difference between humans and dragons is outlined, those with imperfections are disregarded and hidden from sight like an ugly piece of furniture. Women are subservient and told not to speak up but their voices are there and it’s wonderful to finally hear their side. 
  • A substantial portion of the plot was overwhelmed by the relationship drama between Zavien and Bryn. Her constant sulking and the run around detracted from the serious threats made to the school. 
  • The battle scenes were viewed from the outside. Secondhand word of the carnage was not nearly as suspenseful and it was hard to really gage the extent of the damages and threat. 
  • Zavien. I can’t remember the last time I was so disappointed in a character. 

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Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures. Going Down In Flames is the first book in Chris Cannon’s shape-shifting dragon series.


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Release Day Blast & Giveaway: A Cold Legacy-Megan Shepherd

Pub. Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins
Pages: 400
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After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.
Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.
With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity. 
Montgomery stopped the horses outside a tavern. He came to the carriage door, opening it just a crack to keep the rain from drenching us. “I’m going to ask directions. We can’t be far now.”
We watched him saunter over the muddy street as though he didn’t even feel the bite of freezing rain. A face appeared in the tavern window. The door opened and he spoke to a woman in a wool dress for a few moments, then stomped back through the mud. “This village is called Quick,” he told us. “The manor’s only five miles from here.”
“Did you hear that?” Lucy murmured to Edward, still stroking his hair. “We’re almost there. Just hold on. Everything will be all right once we arrive.”
Montgomery’s eyes shifted to me. Neither of us wanted to remind Lucy that the prospect of Edward’s fever breaking—and the Beast’s reappearance—was almost more frightening than the fever itself. Delirious, he was less of a threat.
“Let’s go then,” I whispered to Montgomery. “And quickly.”
He closed the door and in another moment we were moving again, passing through the rest of Quick. Then all too soon the village was nothing but fading lights. The storm grew and the road became rougher, and all the while Edward’s eyes rolled back and forth beneath shuttered lids.
Thunder struck close by, and Lucy shrieked. Montgomery whipped the horses harder, pulling us along the uneven road impossibly fast, trying to outrun the storm. I twisted in the seat to look out the back window at the pelting rain. A stone fence ran alongside us.
“We must be getting close,” I said.
“Not soon enough,” Lucy breathed. “We’re going to crash if he keeps driving like this!”
The road widened, straightening, letting us travel even faster. Lightning struck close by, blinding me. The horses bolted. Lucy screamed and covered her eyes, but I couldn’t tear mine away. The lightning had struck an enormous oak tree, twisted from centuries of wind. The oak took flame, blazing despite the rain. A smoking gash ran down the trunk—the lightning’s death mark. I watched until the rain put out most of the flames, but it still smoldered, billowing hot ash into the night.
The horses pawed the earth, and I grabbed the window to steady myself. At this wild speed, just hitting a single rock at the wrong angle would send the carriage shattering to the ground. It was madness to go so fast. Couldn’t Montgomery calm the horses?
Just when I feared the carriage would careen out of control, it stopped short, throwing me against the opposite wall. I tangled in Lucy’s limbs as the chains around Edward’s body clinked. Balthazar grunted, jerking awake at last. We scrambled in the bottom of the carriage until the door flew open.
Montgomery stood in the pelting rain. I feared he’d say we’d broken another strut or the horses had gone lame or we’d have to spend the night in the harsh storm.
But then I saw the lights behind him, and the night took shape into a turreted stone manor with bright lamps blazing and gargoyles on the roof vomiting rain into a stone courtyard.
Montgomery’s eyes met mine beneath the low brim of his hat.
“We’ve arrived,” he said.
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Hello!  I’ve been many things, like a professional exchange student, park ranger in Montana, and LOST enthusiast, but what I am now is a writer.
I think it’s fair to say I was born into it. I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, raised behind the counter of my parents’ independent bookstore, Highland Books in Brevard. Ah, so many free books. But I never thought being a writer could be a real career. After college I thought I’d end up as a foreign service officer somewhere dashing and exotic, like Canada. I studied French, Spanish, German, and Russian and still speak a few of those. Then I joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Senegal, where I learned a few more languages I’ll never speak again and lived in a mud hut with no electricity or running water. You can probably imagine how that experience went, but if you’re curious, here are the dirty
It wasn’t until a chance aquaintance read something I wrote and said, “have you ever considered being a writer?” that something clicked and I realized it was possible. My husband encouraged me, and I quickly fell head-over-heels in love with writing and children’s literature in particular. I started out writing articles, which have appeared in Faces, Appleseeds, and Calliope magazines, and stories for younger children. I soon realized I wasn’t sweet enough to write fiction for that age and found myself writing young adult literature instead, which doesn’t require nearly as many tender moments and includes a lot more cursing.
When I’m not writing, I can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. I love to hear from readers, so please drop me a line!
I am represented by Josh Adams of Adams LiteraryAuthor Photo by Kristi Hedberg Photography
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Cover Reveal: Okay-Danielle Pearl


Expected Publication Date: Feb 24, 2015

cooltext1712921505 copyAfter the horrors she’s survived over the past year, Rory never expected to find the one thing she certainly wasn’t looking for – love. But after the painful realization that her past has left her a dangerous liability to the person she cares for the most, she finally understands that for Rory and Sam, love means letting go.

Can two people hopelessly in love with one another ever revert back into just friends? Neither Rory nor Sam know for sure. But the one thing they do know – it’s the only choice they have.

As Rory recovers from a devastating assault, Sam will do anything to make sure it never happens again. But how far will he go to keep her safe? Their choices will change everything, and they will either bring them back together, or destroy them irrevocably.

OKAY is the follow-up to NORMAL and Book 2 of the Something More series. It is NOT meant to be read as a standalone novel.

Normal, the first book in this series, was one of my top reads of 2014 and one of my most highly anticipated releases of 2015.

For my review of Normal –>Normal Review

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