Blog Tour: Descent by Sloane Murphy

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Release Date: August 19, 2016

synSix hundred years after The Outbreak, the human population stand side by side with the Fae & the Vampyrs to stop the Demon King from starting a second Dark War. 

Seventeen year old Adelaide Tate is in her last year of the Academy, with her eyes set on becoming part of the Red Guard. 

Who cares that no female has ever joined? 

When a dark force develops an unhealthy liking for her, Adelaide needs to fight for her life and figure out what makes her so different from the others. 

Betrayal. Fear. Anger. 

She must overcome it all in order to turn her world the right way around again. 

Adelaide has one choice. Accept the help offered to her by Xander Bane, or face the Demon Hoard alone. 

One thing is for sure. The descent will be bloody.

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ExcerptThat’s when I first felt it. That’s when she stole a part of me. I’ve tried to distance myself as much as I can from her, her entire life. More for her, so that she can experience the life she deserves, before her other life is thrust upon her. But to allow her in the guard, would be putting her in the very danger I vowed to keep her from. She needs to learn the truth about herself, the truth about our world rather than the ‘truth’ she has been taught. The need to do what is best for her, battles against the vow I made inside me. She has already been exposed.

authBy day, Sloane Murphy works full time as an account manager and by night writes escapism in the form of Paranormal Romance, all while looking after her fur baby & Mr M. She was born and raised in England along with 2 sisters, 2 brothers and a plethora of cousins, and comes from a REALLY big family!

Sloane is currently working on the Immortal Chronicle series, alongside some other Top Secret projects too. She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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Cover Reveal: Unseen Lies-Sarah J. Pepper

Title: Unseen Lies (Fate Trilogy, #3)-Sarah J. Pepper
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Release Date: September 13, 2015
Genre: Young adult fantasy romance
 
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Through blind eyes, I witnessed Jace’s death as the Prophet had foreseen it. Even though I refused to share the prophecy, he saw the secret burning in my eyes. Yet he didn’t press me to share, not verbally. His methods were much more inhuman, even for a god.

He chipped away at my resolve kiss by bitter-sweet-kiss. My guilt escalated as ahis lips lingered on mine. Wrapped in his embrace, I couldn’t lie, not to him. If he knew of his Fate, our lives would unravel. His demise would be certain. That was why I had to flee now…that was why I fled from him centuries ago. I would go one place only mortals could endure.

 
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 I specialize in dark, paranormal romance – think “happy ever after” but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn’t only filled with hugs, kisses, unicorns, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It’s in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of – both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn’t always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn’t mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit?
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Cover Reveal: Infinite Harmony-Tammy Blackwell

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Ada Jessup lives for the moment, knowing the promise of tomorrow can be all too easily broken.

Joshua is an Immortal, a heavenly warrior who will still be fighting long after the rest of the Alpha Pack have turned to dust.

When a gunshot wound forces Joshua to tell Ada the truth of what he is, there is more at risk than the safety of the Alphas he’s sworn to protect. For Joshua, the real danger is the way he feels drawn to the human girl. After all, what can the future hold for a girl whose days are numbered and a boy whose life has no end?

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Maggie McCray has worked her whole life for the opportunity to attend Sanders College. It’s her one chance at becoming a world-renowned artist, and she’s determined nothing will get in her way. But when a murder brings Maggie and her powers to the attention of the Alpha Pack and the tragically handsome Charlie Hagan, her carefully planned future hangs in jeopardy.

Charlie Hagan isn’t happy when the Alpha Female assigns him as Maggie McCray’s personal bodyguard. Just being near the Thaumaturgic threatens to unleash the primal instincts he’s been suppressing for so long. Charlie knows if the coyote is uncaged, then the person he’ll most need to protect Maggie from is himself.

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ARC Review & Giveaway: Creatura-Nely Cab

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TITLE: Creatura

AUTHOR: Nely Cab
RELEASED: August 6, 2013
LANGUAGE: English
PAGES: 346
“I was so stupid to think she would have me. I loathed her with a passion, yet my heart yearned for her a million times more. Her wicked emerald stare bewitched me every time; I held no cure to her curse. She was the most incomprehensible human being I had ever met. I didn’t understand her quick to change moods, or why she gazed at me in a way that made me think she held feelings for me.
She must see me as a fool, and a fool I must certainly be to continue with this obsession. I can’t endure her apathy for me any longer. A dying leper would be more likely than me to receive pity from her. And yet, with all of her coldness, she pulses through my veins like wildfire.”

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Isis can control her dreams. Or she could—until recently. The creature in her nightmares has been haunting her for months. As if being dumped wasn’t bad enough, now she dreads going to sleep. She decides to confront the creature and win back some of her peace; only, she finds that he’s not a monster and he’s not a dream.
A sacrifice for love, a shocking discovery and a jealous ex-boyfriend blur the lines between reality and dreams, making it hard to tell who the real monsters are.
Who would’ve known…that sometimes love is lethal?
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                        Isis is suffering from severe insomnia, the kind that is an all-consuming battle waged between sickness and health. Isis would kill to sleep but it haunted by the shadowed creature that plagues her nightmares, growing ever closer, eager to devour her. She’s so sick and extremely tired of what the insomnia is doing to her life, she decides to confront the demon lurking in the shadows and conquer her fears. What she finds there is not at all what she expected. In place of what she could only assume was a snarling monster is a beautiful, winged creature that appears to be about her age. The creature insists that Isis has done something nefarious, that she has crossed the line in her dreams to a forbidden realm and threatens her life is she refuses to leave. Isis can’t believe the boy, that would be crazy so they strike a wager. If the boy can prove to Isis that he’s real, she will never return to that magical place in her dreamworld, the one that sparks her insomnia. With that, the deal is sealed and Isis can only hope that her sleepless nights are over.
                      Isis finds that her dreams are far more real than she ever could have imagined when the boy from her nightmares enrolls in her school. Unsettled and scared out of her mind, Isis is forced to accept the truth, the boy, David, is real and he doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. Isis is swept up into a world of myth and magic as she and David grow closer and secrets are revealed. A crazy ex-boyfriend, ill-fated love, and a mystery you’ll never see coming, Creatura is a mythological adventure. 
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3.5/5 Stars
PROS:
  • The mythology is beautifully written, almost like a whimsical bedtime story. Full of wonder, love, enchantment, and breathtaking imagery.  The story of the star and Deus is sigh-out-loud, giddy romantic and so passionate. ❤
  • Galen and Eryk are hilarious troublemakers. They are feisty, composed of so much life and vivacity that they’re irresistible. They’re complex and completely different despite their role as inseparable twins. My only critique is that  I would have loved to see more of them.
  • The violence is terrifying, superbly written, and the sort of heart-racing hysteria and uncertainty that accompanies a great suspense. 
  • David and Isis are adorable together. As much Isis tries to push David away, his persistence counters it ten-fold. They fit so well together, they compliment and calm each other but their emotions are so volatile that everything is in big gestures of heat and longing or vehement resistance. 
  • The overall storyline is wickedly creative and well beyond simply reimagining mythology. Little tidbits and magical powers about each character brings them to life in a very real, contemporary way that almost transports them through time. 
  • What really struck me about Creatura is that there was not a single perfect character, every one had their faults and made mistakes that brough the godly down a notch. 
  • Isis’ journal entries are compelling and a powerful insight into her emotions, ones that she doesn’t want to admit even to herself.
  • A twist you won’t see coming and a mystery that will have you yearning for the next book in the series. 
CONS:
  • David’s poetry is sickly sweet and so cheesy. All of his little notes to Isis, while romantic are a bit much and detract from David’s overall mystique. On one hand, David is possessive, courteous, an absolute gentleman, but on the other he’s overwhelmed by emotion to the point that he’s reckless and says things that will make even the sappy cringe. 
  • The secondary plot shifted the focus from the main story, the mythological aspect to something that really didn’t seem to fit except in regards to much later in the story. 
  • Isis makes some of the stupidest decisions EVER. For a girl who is so smart, she seems to forget all the drama that happened and makes idiotic choices that result in devastating consequences. 
  • There were a couple typos here and there. 
 
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Nely Cab has lived and resided in a small, quiet South Texas town most of her life. She worked in banking for several years, before she relocated to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 2001, where she dedicated time to the study of culinary arts and the art of oil painting. After her return to the U.S., Nely resumed her employment in banking and later transitioned to the field of Social Work.

Today, Nely Cab writes from the comfort of her home, where she lives with her husband and son. Her life goal is to check-off Bucket List Item No. 95,623,351: To Conquer the World. While she aspires world domination, Nely can be found lost in other fantasy worlds in front of her computer, sipping coffee.

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ARC Review: In the Shadows-Kiersten White & Jim Di Bartolo

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4/5 Stars

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Release Date: April 29, 2014

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley and Scholastic. 

The words charged through her like lightning, a physical sensation she felt to her fingertips. She stood on her tiptoes and pulled his face down, meeting his lips with her own in a kiss so longed and hoped for it was more an act of desperation than passion.

One of Kiersten White’s many talents is her wonderful ability to find the perfect words and combine them into sentences of such flawless simplicity that it’s almost magical. In the Shadows combines Kiersten’s uncanny ability of straightforward, precise writing with Jim Di Bartolo’s dark and gritty artwork. Reminiscent of Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockheart series, In the Shadows is a time machine into the past, incorporating a brilliant Gothic atmosphere, a Penny Dreadful-esque tale of woe and mystery, and illustrations that transition from the past to present. If you’re looking for something unique, a sublime twist on a graphic novel with intersections of haunting artwork, In the Shadows will immerse you in the old world and chill you to the bone. 

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Sister’s Cora and Minnie live in a seaside town, daughters to the local boarding house owner, Cora and Minnie are constantly looking for adventure and in a town like theirs, quiet and small, it’s hard to come by. Cora and Minnie live through stories, tales of a witch, of haunted caves, and a ghostly church. Starved for fun, the girls are prone to dares and rash behavior. One day, while racing around the witch’s house, Cora is determined to beat her sister. Going where no one has gone before, Cora climbs the witch’s house, never expecting to be met with the woman herself. A horrible incident later, Cora is a changed girl, no longer the carefree, rambunctious dreamer she use to be.When a random supposed relative lands on their doorstep without explanation, Minnie is immediately obsessed with unveiling the truth. Who is Arthur, how are they related, and does his heart beat as quickly as hers does when she looks at him?

Arthur arrives at an address unsure of his purpose with a suitcase full of documents that tore his family to pieces. Shaken, lost, and alone, a green beetle colors his nightmares and his waking hours.

Minnie yearns for the sister she use to know and love but can’t seem to find a way to bring her out of her shell. So, when two new lodgers, boys close to their own age come to stay, Minnie sees this as the perfect opportunity to get Cora to loosen up. 

Charles and Thomas were shipped off by their father to this sleepy seaside town under the pretense of Charles’ health but Thomas knows better. Having overheard a strange conversation between his father and a woman in the dead of night, Thomas is certain their lives are in danger and their father is hiding something from them. 

When the woman who Thomas heard with his father confronts him on the street, Thomas knows that they’re in grave peril. Who are these people, how powerful are they, and what business do they have with Minnie, Cora, and Arthur?


From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White comes a spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures.

Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch.

Thomas and Charles are brothers who’ve been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it … but they can’t.

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PROS:

  • Pay attention. Every clue matters, even the smallest. The story is meticulously plotted, each element links with another forming a chain of tidbits that combine to make a shocking and horrific revelation.
  • The story is eerie. The hints of wickedness, the sinister uncertainty of characters, their intentions, and the general atmosphere is enough to put anyone on edge. The secrets and the unknown cross the line between a twisted reality and an even more grotesque supernatural. The fact that you can never be certain puts the reader in a precarious situation, increasing the suspense and the thrill of each new bit of information. Like the characters, the reader won’t know what to believe.
  • The artwork is to die for. It’s creepy, full of cold colors, shadows, and malicious faces. It’s off, like a nightmarish dreamscape in a fiery Hell. The notes are puzzling, adding to the overall mystique of the pictorial storyline. There are some seriously, hideously horrific and beastly images.
  • There are three story lines that intersect and merge into one. Cora and Millie’s story, Thomas and Charles’, and Arthur’s. Each is linked with something so evil and ancient that binds them together in their plight to triumph over their adversaries. The sheer intersectionality of the subplots with the master story is genius. The way they seamlessly merge into one is incredible. You’ll never see the climax coming. When all the cards are played out, the truth is so unexpected and nefarious that it will leave you dazed, struggling to recover. When I finished this book, I had to mull over it for a few days just to process what happened.
  • Arthur’s story is by far the most intriguing. Arthur is that character that you’re not sure if you can trust. He seeps into the shadows, purposely places himself on the sidelines, ever watching, ever listening. Conflicted about his past, guarding terrible secrets, and heart darkened by images that can’t be unseen, Arthur is a complex character. Beneath this hazy outer visage is a heart filled with deep protectiveness for Minnie and Cora, and striking resolve to combat the forces that destroyed his family and threatened these pure souls.
  • The cult-like, malevolent presence of the antagonists is extremely scary. Their ability to randomly appear, to pervert and mar, threatening the main characters and killing on whim, takes away all measure of safety. The hopelessness couples with genuine fear to make a truly frightening enemy.
  • Minnie is a golden burst of sunshine, she’s bold and loveable. She’s flirty and teasing in a charming and endearing way that is sure to win over some hearts. Her fierce heart allows her to make risks and fight without wavering. She’s a firestarter and survivor.
  • Charles’ story is incredibly sad but beautifully done in a soulful, heartwarming way akin to Louisa May Alcott’s style in Little Women. He’s so full of light and laughter, and that quiet resolve to live his life to the fullest and to not be taken down by his circumstances. He’s hardy in his soul.

CONS:

  • At first, the pictures are really confusing, they don’t seem to make sense or have anything to do with the story at all. Be patient. It will make sense at the end.
  • The alternating perspectives and character voices can be a little overwhelming and easy to mix up so that the story feels a bit scattered at times but the pieces are woven closer together as the story progresses. Think of them like pieces in the same puzzle that when complete make a clearer picture.
  • Some sections are slow. If you’re not used to Gothic this might frustrate you.

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Release Day Blitz: Surrender the Sky-Meradeth Houston

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“I wish I didn’t know. I wish my heart hadn’t been seared black in my chest. I wish everything were different.” – Surrender the Sky

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Surrender the Sky by Meradeth Houston

Gabby lives by two unbreakable rules: don’t expose her kind, the Sary, and don’t fall in love—too bad some rules are made to be broken.

When Gabby’s most difficult charge accidentally shoots her in front of a class full of students, the event exposes her carefully hidden identity. She shifts from looking like a normal teen to her secret Sary form, revealing her wings and the existence of her kind—immortals who try to keep people from committing suicide. Her incident attracts the attention of the next leader of the Sary, Jassen, who offers her an impossible bargain: she can keep her wings if she makes amends with those who know the truth. Things get more complicated when a rebel Sary, intent on exposing them to the world, starts interfering with Gabby’s work. And there’s no denying her attraction to Jassen, who is torn between his duties and his heart. With threats at every turn and her immortality on the line, Gabby has to find a way to save the Sary or surrender the sky forever.

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” I knew the day was not going to end well as soon as I saw the gun. It bulged in the outside pocket of his backpack, hidden unless someone looked for it. Of course, I had to be the one looking for it.

Chad kept his head down in class, his pen scratching dark lines of some doodle across his paper. I couldn’t drag my gaze away from him.

He’d brought a gun. Damn it. He was going to follow through with his plan.

I was focusing so hard on the knot of guilt in my stomach and the tangle of plans to stop Chad that Bea had to kick my chair to alert me class had started. Of course, Bea had to be in this class with the homicidal kid who was my responsibility.

I did a quick head count. It was Friday, half-day schedule, last period, with spring break starting next week. Most everyone had ditched already, and only thirteen people remained, including our teacher.

Unfortunately, just enough of the students on Chad’s list stayed for the last class. “

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meradethI’ve never been a big fan of talking about myself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about me:

>I’m a California girl. This generally means I talk too fast and use “like” a lot.

>I have my doctorate in molecular anthropology. Translation: I sequence dead people’s DNA and spend a whole lot of time in a lab, which I love.

>I’ve been writing since I was 11 years old. It’s my hobby, my passion, and I’m so happy to get to share my work!

>My other passion is teaching. There’s nothing more fun than getting a classroom of college kids fired up about anthropology!

>If I could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because I’m terrified of heights.

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Cover Reveal: Missing Pieces-Tiffany Flowers

For my YA crowd, this post contains explicit excerpts, so please 18+.

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Gabby survives her ex-boyfriend’s brutal attack, only to be ripped away
from her life by a complete stranger. She is thrown into the world of
Immortals, where every nightmare out there exists and walks free. She can’t
deny her attraction to this stranger, Neeko, but he must earn her trust before
she will ever let him into her heart. Can she learn to love again? Will love be
enough, or will everything come crashing down?
Neeko sees Gabby and immediately knows she is someone
special. He makes a rash decision to kidnap her, because he can’t stop thinking
about her. Now he must somehow prove to her that she is his mate and his soul’s
other half. How can he have a human for a mate? Can he keep her safe from
Demons? Or is he her biggest threat?
When the missing pieces fall into place to reveal all
their secrets, will they stand together or apart?
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 “Just sit on the bed and watch.”
He grins but doesn’t get up. I quickly run into the bathroom and strip of my shirt and pants. I have on a black and purple lace corset and a black thong with a garter belt attached to fish nets. And to set it off with a bang 6 inch spiked high heels. The purple goes great with my tattoo. I lean forward head bent and brush my hair to give it the full volume look. You know the just fucked look. I take a deep breath I have never done anything like this before. I slowly open the bathroom door and step out. I hear him take a sharp breath. His eyes have turned dark with desire and are watching my every step. His muscles become rigid and hands gripping the edge of the bed. I let him take in the outfit and then walk to the iPod and hit play. Giving him a nice view of my ass.  Shush by Rachele Royal starts up. I walk right in front of him and start singing the words while dancing erotically.
She’s singing about giving it to her good. I walk up to him and place my hand on his shoulder and lean in to whisper while my knee is placed on his erection. I put a little pressure on his bulge and she says something about 3 in a row. I hold up three fingers and then rub them on top of my panties. Then place them on his lips. He nips at my fingers. He slowly takes one of my fingers in his mouth and sucks.  I turn and bend over and rub my ass on his jeans, right over his dick. His body stills and he growls. He reaches his hand from behind and rubs on my clit ,with a finger, through my thong. I twist back around and grab his hand and stick that finger in my mouth and gently suck down to his knuckle then back up to the top swirling my tongue around his finger.  She sings about shushing and making no noises so I hold his finger to my mouth shushing. I turn and sit on his lap and I grind on him.
I feel his breath on my neck right before he leans in and kisses it. Nibbling and sucking. He is driving me wild. I have to stand up before I loose myself in him. I want to drive him wild not the other way around. I turn and have my back to him I bend down and touch my ankles to give him a nice view of my ass and slowly start to slide my hands up my legs and begin to stand. I hear him growl and the next thing I know I’m lying face down on the bed with him on top of me. He leans down and whispers in my ear. “You drive me wild.” His hot breath on my neck and his erection pressing into my ass is almost too much. He rips my thong right off my ass. Well he did buy them. He leans down and bites my ass and slaps right where he just bites.
“Fuck Neeko.”
“That’s right say my name baby.”

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