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Friday, November 30, 2012

Indie Book Review: A Demon Lies Within by Tony Hubbard

Author: Tony Hubbard
Format: ARC PDF
Release Date: November 12, 2012
Pages: 402
Publisher: Two Harbors Press
Genre: Horror/Paranormal/Thriller/Suspense
















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Synopsis from Goodreads

The powers of hell that lie within are very real… 
Following his murder, Andrew McMurray finds himself transported to the depths of hell. There he is indoctrinated as an apprentice to a demon master, Sonneillon. Exposing Andrew to the dark reaches of his evil powers, Sonneillon demonstrates a demons’ ability to posses, torment and control the thoughts and actions of the living. Andrew’s ultimate goal following his apprenticeship? Revenge on his wife, Katelyn and young son, Joshua, both of whom he holds responsible for his murder. 

As Katelyn rebuilds her life, following her husbands’ death, she meets Michael Gordon, a recent escapee from Corporate America, who has his own troubled, tragic past. As their relationship grows, they realize they share something more than their burgeoning love for one another — the powers of hell have deeply impacted their pasts. Evil continues to insinuate itself into the pair's lives, bringing with it haunting and unspeakable horrors. 


Andrew's plan of revenge begins to materialize once he inhabits Joshua, having him act out in often violent and disturbing ways. With possession of Joshua’s mind and body complete, will hell's ultimate evil goals come to pass, or can the local priest of a small Maine town exorcize Father from Son? At stake, doom-laden repercussions for all involved…and perhaps the world as a whole.

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     Thank you so much Samantha from JKS Communications for introducing me to this book. I told you I love Horror reads and boy did you give me a good one. This is a read that had me on edge from the very first sentence. I knew I was getting a horror read, but I wasn't sure how in depth this would be. This book gave me everything I could ask for and more. A Demon Lies Within is definitely one of the best books I have read this year and I dare anyone not to agree.

      I love how Hubbard gives us all these great intertwining stories. You don't know how they will connect and he does a great job keeping you fully enveloped in the characters' lives. The story follows a little boy named Joshua who is trying to stand up to his father. Joshua's father, Andrew, is a drunk, abusive man who takes out his anger on his wife Katelyn. One night where Andrew is cheating on his wife with another woman and Katelyn catches him, things turn out for the worst for Andrew. He is sent to Hell (where he belongs), but that isn't the end of the torment for Joshua and Katelyn. Little do they know, their torment has yet to begin when Andrew formulates a plan beyond the grave that will rip their lives apart. No one is safe.

      This will be a difficult review for me because any little thing I say could spoil this book. You have no idea how far this book goes. The plot is superb. It is an amazing showcase of what someone can do when they can't seem to erase their hate and anger. As I have said, there are multiples stories to follow and they connect in a wonderful way. We have Joshua and his mother. They are dealing with the aftermath of what they did to Andrew. We also have a cop named Michael and his fiancee Elizabeth who have their own hurdles they must leap over. Then Andrew with his demon mentor, Sonneillon, who is showing him the ropes. Andrew wants revenge on who killed him I can't say more because the way this plays out is so amazing. If this was a Horror film (done correctly), it would be worthy of an Oscar.

      Now I must warn you now, this is a very tough read. There are parts I had to take a break from a few times because they were just so morbid. My goodness, if Horror isn't your thing, but you want to know the story, I suggest you read this book with caution. There are scenes that are very intense, disgusting, and just pure evil. Even with all of that, you are very invested into this story. You want to know what Andrew plans to do and how everyone will play a role in his deception. The catastrophic actions that take place are overwhelming Goodness, I wish I could tell you guys more, but trust me, it is epic.

      A Demon Lies Within is a journey you have to have some guts to read. It is dark, vile, scary as hell, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Fans of Stephen King and The Exorcist will be drooling over this. It is that good. It is Horror, Paranormal, Thriller, and a Drama all mixed in a beautiful package. If you are looking for an unforgettable gruesome journey, look no further. 

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*This book belongs to the following challenges*
BCC's Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge 2012

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About Tony Hubbard:


Tony Hubbard grew up like most boys in Massachusetts during the 1980’s, wanting to emulate basketball star Larry Bird and one day play for the Boston Celtics. Quickly realizing that a future as a professional athlete was something he would not achieve, he did the next best thing – became a sportswriter. As a long-time sportswriter, Tony covered high school, collegiate and professional sports, most notably covering the death of Boston Celtics’ star Reggie Lewis for The Patriot Ledger.

Growing up and reading the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King, he one day aspired to publish a novel in the horror genre as his ‘writing heroes’ were famous for. After many years away from writing, leaving his professional writing career behind to make a move into the production and advertising side of the publishing business, Tony makes a return with his debut novel. Eighteen years in the making, A Demon Lies Within, releases November 2012 from Two Harbors Press.

A follower of Greek Mythology, he sees himself in the same vein as the Greek God Dionysus, the Greek God of wine, parties/festivals, madness and merriment. Dionysus not only represents the intoxicating power of wine, but also its social and beneficial influences. According to Tony, we should strive to be like Dionysus.

Massachusetts born and bred, Tony has lived all across the state throughout his life. Today he is settled in Dracut with his wife and son.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Indie Book Review - Victim Of Shame: Why Me, God? by Mian Mohsin Zia

Author: Mian Mohsin Zia
Format: ePub
Release Date: November 2, 2010
Pages: 138
Publisher: Createspace/Self-published
Genre: Contemporary

















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Synopsis from Goodreads

In a world of lightning fast communication, one mistake can transcend time; destroy lives....or save your soul.
Deception, resentment, madness, and vengeance -- Ryan Campbell may be famous, but his life is a living hell.
Ryan Campbell is a tireless champion of women's rights. His dedication unquestioned; his deeds exemplary. There is only one problem. In his inmost heart of hearts, Ryan Campbell hates women. Every battle for gender equality is a battle against his own resentments and ingrained prejudices. The greater his deeds, the deeper his shame. Confused and full of unrest, Ryan has only one question he can ask: "Why me, God?"
Sarah was a normal young woman. She was almost through with her degree and was engaged to be married. With the simple click of a button, her life changed forever. Now, abandoned by those whom she once called friends, she can only ask the question: "Why me, God?"
With insight, compassion and an acute sense of human drama, Mian explores the delicate balance between hypocrisy and redemption. Compelling, gripping, and filled with mystery, 'Victim of Shame' will spark endless conversations, arguments, and discussions.

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      Victim of Shame is a tragic story about a man named Ryan Campbell. Ryan has done something that has ruined the life of another - his wife Sarah. Something horrible happened in his life and that one accident changed him for the worst. He writes about women's rights, but it is a way to relieve his overwhelming guilt. He is trying to redeem himself for what he has done, but it seems someone might do that for him.

     I enjoyed this read a lot. I don't like this more than Once though. While it does have a few similarities, I found that world to be a bit more believable. Our main character Ryan drove me nuts. He was good at first, but he was a downright jerk most of this book. His attitude sometimes was just awful and for no particular reason. Take his job hunting for example. He “resigned” from his job and needed a new one soon or else he would be homeless. When he does get the call, his reaction was just so insipid and sort of clipped with his answers. He didn't care that he not only got a job, but a new apartment. But just the day before he was anxious about the new job and always running to the phone when it rang. Where did the attitude come from? Why isn't he happy that his life is getting better? Just doesn't make any sense.

      Kim was Ryan's fiancee who treated him like crap after his accident. This was something I also thought was so weird. They were going to get married in a couple of days and his accident instantly switches her b**** mode on. Her and her new fiancee force Ryan out of work and leave him behind. How can someone go so soulless in less than a week? Then again, I think Zia did that on purpose to show how easy it is to go over the edge. But one character I did love was Maria. She was so full of wisdom and spirit. She instantly put a smile on my face. I really liked Sarah as well. I wish we got more of her specifically before the incident.

      The story was very emotional and heavy. Ryan suffers from the accident he had. He is now impotent and can't have children. His fiancee pretty much kicks him aside and insults him and his manhood. Ryan no can't trust women. In fact, he hates them. His hate grows and grows unless he is talking to Maria. His hate gets him to do something truly despicable. He humiliates Sarah and she might be beyond repair. Ryan is trying desperately to get rid of his guilt and to change his views.

      Now I do have complaints about this book. As I said before, the attitudes were just awful. Another thing was that the book does get a tad bit preachy specifically about religions. There were times when religion was thrown and it didn't seem to fit. For instance, Maria approaches Ryan at his new job about covering a story about a girl who has been mutilated. Ryan asked her why she is helping when the girl is Christian and she is Muslim. How is that a relevant question? Maria isn't a heartless woman. Why would did he have to ask that? Then there was how Ryan was talking about how boisterous Sarah was before they were together, But he never took the time out to get to know her before everything happened. He was very rude towards her, so that didn't make sense. Then there was what had happened after the accident. Ryan never asks about the other people that were in the accident as well. Are they okay? Who were they? I have no idea and I would have liked to have known that.

      Overall, I did enjoy this book a lot. It was very human, but it had its moments where it straddled the line of being angry and being downright soulless. Ryan was a hard character to like and a hard character to hate. But as I said, he was very human. I was very invested in this story. The journey was amazing. It was full of sadness, anger, guilt, redemption, and forgiveness. This is a read that will stick with me especially the end. The book was beautifully written and I loved the scene at the end between Ryan and Sarah. I am very happy I read this. I definitely recommend it.
  
 
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye

Rhiannon Frater is at it again. This time around we have a YA Paranormal read by the one and only Rhiannon Frater! Frater has teamed up with author Kody Boye this time around to write her first Young Adult book. I am so excited to present you with The Midnight Spell. Thank you so much for having me again Rhiannon Frater. I cannot wait for this!


Cover designed by Phatpuppy Art

Synopsis from Goodreads

Best friends since kindergarten, Adam and Christy have always been the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas.  The other kids call Adam gay and Christy a witch.

On both counts the bullies are right.

Their junior year in high school seems destined to be the same old same old until Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam at the midnight hour. The next day an alluring and mysterious boy enrolls at school and sets hearts a flutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome football player Ian seems to be going nowhere fast and her witch puberty is making her life miserable.

When a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, the best friends realize that finding a boyfriend is the least of their worries. Soon Adam and Christy will have to battle a force of darkness that has killed in their town before, and will again.

  Release Date: February 2013

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About Rhiannon Frater

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege,) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called ‘one of the best zombie books of the decade.’ Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency. You may contact her by sending an email to rhiannonfrater@gmail.com.

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About Kody Boye  

Kody Boye was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho. Since his initial publication in the Yellow Mama Webzine in 2007, he has gone on to sell nearly three-dozen stories to various markets. He is the author of the short story collection Amorous Things, the novella The Diary of Dakota Hammell, the zombie novel Sunrise and the dark fantasy novel Blood. His fiction has been described as ‘Surreal, beautiful and harrowing’ (Fantastic Horror,) while he himself has been heralded as a writer beyond his years(Bitten by Books.) He currently lives and writes in the Austin, Texas area.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Release Date Guest Post with Faith McKay


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Welcome to Lacuna Valley

     There's a place where you can't get radio signals. Where the nearest stoplight is an hour's drive away. Where cowboys tip their hats, and tumbleweeds actually blow across the road. With hippies, and hunters, and.... other things. Welcome to Lacuna Valley! I hope you have an earthy disposition, but if you don't.... you will soon enough. 

     Lacuna Valley is the setting for Prophecy Girl. While many different things changed while writing Prophecy Girl, the valley wasn't one of them. Lacuna Valley is an isolated place, with very defined seasons, and a tourist town at the heart of it all. The tourist town, Liberty, is a western themed tourist trap that gains most of its visitors in the hot summer months. All of these factors were absolutely essential for some folks that I don't want to spoil for you, because you will meet them in Prophecy Girl. I created some mythical beings, and Lacuna Valley is the way it is for them. 

     While Liberty and Lacuna Valley are fictional places, I actually based them off of a real place where I once lived. In fact, most of the things mentioned in the fictional Lacuna Valley are places you can actually go visit. 

     This is funnier if you read Prophecy Girl, because it will lead you to a bunch of questions about "Okay, so does ____ actually exist?" So, before you ask, I'm here to confirm! 

+ Yes, there was a NO HUNTING sign in front of a high school, and a cross walk that led to a field full of cows. On google street view, it doesn't look like they're there anymore, but they were ten years ago. This is one of the advantages of simply basing it off a real place—I can keep things that aren't there anymore and create other places. 

+ Yes, there was a mountain lion skin in the entryway of the high school. 

+ Yes, there is mini golf next to the ice cream shop. Because cowboys played it? 

+ Yes, there is a red school house that is a brewery. 

+ Yes, there is a westernization committee. 

+ Yes, there are cowboys. Yes, there are hunters, and yes there are hippies. (Of course, not everyone is so obviously one or the other, but they were prevalent). 

+ There are no radio signals, and it is an hour drive to the nearest town.  

+ There is a sign that says "Next Services: 74 Miles". 

+ It really is surreal. 



     After reading Chapter Three, I can't look at the picture in this collage of the mini golf sign without smiling. 

     Of course, there's a lot more to Lacuna Valley than all of this, but these are some of the quirky little touches that make Lacuna Valley a pretty odd place. With snow covered mountains, the isolation that treacherous mountain passes gives you (especially with a little magical help), wooden sidewalks, and some pretty quirky characters, Lacuna Valley is the perfect setting for Prophecy Girl, because it can be a very dark place, and a pretty quirky and unbelievable one at the same time. 

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About Faith McKay
Faith McKay writes stories about characters with real world struggles in otherworldly settings. She is the author of PROPHECY GIRL, a story where characters struggle with the idea of having a destiny. In comparison, she feels really lucky that her destiny was to struggle with comma placement and be that awkward lady who points out puns at parties. 

Other things to know about Faith… She wears two different colored shoes. She is a survivor of child abuse. She has lived with chronic illness for over a decade. A lot of people don't like her because she laughs too much. It's also the reason a lot of other people do like her, so go figure. She listens to more music than people are probably supposed to. She's a nomad. The word sounds really cool, so a lot of people say it, but she actually lives in an RV with her husband and their pet bunny rabbit, Dorian Gray. 

If you'd like to know more about Prophecy Girl and Lacuna Valley, or Faith McKay, visit her website at FaithMcKay.net


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Monday, November 19, 2012

Book Review: Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1) by Michelle Rowen

Author: Michelle Rowen
Series: Nightwatchers
Number in Series: 1
Format: PDF (Netgalley)
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Pages: 348
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy














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Synopsis from Goodreads


I don't do dangerous,  Smart, ü ber-careful, ordinary Samantha-that's me. But I just couldn't pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me...something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It's like part of me is missing-and I don't know if I can get it back.

Then there's Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he's keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he's what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me....

NIGHTWATCHERS

When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising...


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     Dark Kiss is about an ordinary teenage girl named Samantha. She loves to dance and go out with her best friend Carly. So while out with her friend one night, she is approached by the guy of her dreams...or so she thought. They share one kiss and that kiss has changed her irrevocably. She is now a gray. Grays are led by demons and they have a very specific appetite. While wondering what has happened to her, Samantha stumbles on someone she thinks is a homeless teen. But come to find out, he is an angel and she finds out from him that she just stumbled into a war.

      Angels and demons plus a gorgeous cover? You bet I grabbed this book up. I liked this story a lot. Samantha was an okay character. I can't say she was a favorite. There are times when I felt she didn't do as much as I thought she should. For instance, something happens to her best friend Carly and I didn't think she put in enough effort to help her at times. I liked Bishop and his brother Kraven. There is a definite love-triangle brewing here. Well, at least it is hinted at. I am looking forward to this because I would have liked to have gotten more from these guys specifically Kraven. I thought he had more personality out of the two and he is more memorable. Either way though, we don't get much of a back story on either of them. But we get snippets and I want some elaboration because I am very curious.

      The story was good. I do like the idea of an impending war. But this book was mainly about setting up the world. I did like the search for the other random angel and demons who showed up to Earth like Bishop and Kraven. When they come to Earth, they have no memory of what they were until Bishop kills them first (they come back). I liked this idea a lot. I thought Rowen did a good job doing something a bit different with the old angel vs. demon war.

     I definitely had some issues with this book though. I didn't really feel any chemistry between Bishop and Samantha. Maybe because I couldn't get a clear picture of either of them. She says she shoplifted once and ran away to a shelter so she can connect with troubled kids. Okay, but what about you. That sounds like interesting character development, yes? But it is never discussed again. She doesn't sound like some troubled teenage girl, she has no real personal problems period until she got that kiss. I was disappointed by this because this could have made her a bit more interesting, but we didn't get anything. The book kept saying she was “special”, but make me believe that. Give me a girl overcoming some kind of adversity, someone who is fighting some personal demons. This would give me a heroine to root for, someone that I think is special not just you constantly telling me she is when I don't feel it yet. I am just saying, she has no identity of her own. All we know is that she is “special”.

      Another issue I had was our main villain. We meet the villain near the end and I can't say exactly how evil she is. I expected someone who went out of their way to actually try and take away the souls of people on Earth to be diabolical, but I didn't get that feeling. I do believe there is more than what we have learned...a lot more. The book does pick up when we get to this point though. Her plan is a bit flawed and we do get a bit more reveal about Kraven and Bishop which made me want the story to revolve around them a lot more. Again, more Kraven.

      Overall this isn't a bad read. I wasn't bored or anything. I just need character development and it was really lacking in this book. I love my “angels vs. demons” reads and this did a great job on that idea, but some other parts need some work. The end definitely showed promise and that is why I will read the next book, Wicked Kiss, set to come out February 26th. There is room for improvement. This is my first Michelle Rowen read and I have every intention on reading her other works to compare and contrast specifically the Nightshade series. Can't wait to see where Rowen will take this.


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Indie Book Review: Satin Sheets in Space (1Night Stand Series) by Jessica E. Subject

Author: Jessica E. Subject
Series: 1Night Stand
Format: PDF
Pages: 31  
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Genre: Erotic Romance/Science Fiction















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Synopsis from Goodreads 

Danyka's unusual height and radiant red hair earn her the cold shoulder from any guy she approaches, unless he wants to experiment with a giant. So when her boss sets up on a one night stand, she hopes for a prince but expects the usual toad.

As a captivating stranger whisks her away from the ball and introduces her to his equally gorgeous brother, she fears her fantasies have become a nightmare. Has she finally given into impulse only to become a lab rat in an unknown world?

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     Madame Evangeline is at work yet again and this time she has gone way out of the ordinary for the lovely Danyka. Danyka is the modern day Amazon woman. She is very tall with gorgeous red hair, as endearing as she sounds, men are intimated by her. She can never find a date because she is too much for them. So one night her boss sends her an invite to a ball. She wants Danyka to have the night of a lifetime. Danyka may get more than she bargained for times two.

      I really enjoyed this story. It was easy to connect with Danyka. She was very likeable and easy to relate to. I loved the connection between her and Galan. He is looking for a human woman to spend the rest of his life with. He has signed up for Madame Eve's service and hopes to find the right woman he can travel across the galaxy with. Danyka and Galan immediately hit it off. Danyka can barely believe he exists because technically he doesn't. He is a sexy alien. He is smitten with Danyka and wants her and he has no problem sharing her with his brother Volan. I loved them altogether, but this was mainly between Danyka and Galan. And I loved every second of it.

     The story is short and sexy. It was an amazing rendezvous. The characters were so steamy. I love Sci-fi. I have been a fan since I was a child. So finding a story fulfilling a fantasy of steamy sex on a spaceship with not one, but two sexy aliens made my day. Warning: bring a fan.

      I did have a problem or two with this story though. One: I got a feel for Danyka, but not for Galan and Volan. I loved them all, but I wish I got more on them personality wise. Although, I am very curious about Volan because he sees what is brewing between Galan and Danyka and he craves that too. I hope to find his story. Another problem, well not a problem but just odd, was Danyka's lack of reaction to Galan. She talks about Galan's skin and how it has a blue tint and she is not the least bit suspicious. I mean, I would be at least shocked by a sexy, blue alien talking to me. Just saying.

      Overall this was yet another fun and sexy read by Jessica Subject. I always know I will get a great read from her. The characters are great and loveable especially Danyka. She is someone I would like to be friends with. The sex scenes are mind blowing. I had a lot of fun with this read. Make sure to get a copy, but don't read it at work.


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*This book belongs to the following challenges*
BCC's 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2012
 

Indie Book Review: Time Out (Foolish Games #2) by Leah Spiegel and Meg Summers

Author: Leah Spiegel and Meg Summers
Series: Foolish Games
Number in Series: 2
Format: ARC PDF
Release Date: September 22, 2012
Pages: 276
Publisher: Createspace/Self-Published
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary Romance/Mystery












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Synopsis from Goodreads

Joie and her friends are continuing to follow the Grimm Brother’s Band across their countrywide tour. They thought the worst was behind them but they had no idea that things were just getting started. Terrorists’ bombings call for all entertainment venues to be on high alert. With all of the new staff and crew members, the band finds it hard to know who to trust. Meanwhile things begin to heat up between Joie and Hawkins in and out of the bedroom when an ex-fiancé suddenly shows up on the scene but the real surprise has yet to come. If the band wants to continue on the tour, they must figure out who is really behind it all before time runs out…


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      Time Out is the sequel to Foolish Games. We continue to follow Joie and her friends who are on tour with the band, the Grimm Brothers Band. Joie and Hawkins have gotten even closer after their major brush with death. Joie thinks the worst thing she has to worry about now is how to convince people she and Hawkins are a couple and she isn't just some plain-Jane fan. And she has to deal with Hawkins' ex-fiance. On top of all that, terrorists attacks are hitting way too close to home and it seems they are getting too close to the band.

      Wow, what a sequel this was. This was even better than the first one. Joie and Hawkins have grown so well together in such a short amount of time. I love them together. Oh how much I love Hawkins. He is book boyfriend worthy. Joie has great taste. Then we have Riley who still is the best character ever. I love the relationship brewing between him and Harlow. Harlow is slowly breaking out of his shell because of Riley since he isn't officially out of the closet yet. Most shocking of all was Lizzie. I couldn't her in Foolish Games. She wasn't just self-absorbed, she was the queen b***h. I mentioned how I couldn't even understand how Joie was friends with her so long. But Lizzie was actually great in this book. She does have her moments for sure though, nothing like how bad it was in the first book. But she makes up for it when we meet Gwen. Gwen is Hawkins ex-fiance and she has come to stir a lot of stuff up. A lot more than you could imagine really. Lizzie does a great job sticking up for Joie when Gwen is around.

      The plot in this book was just amazing. I love how much bigger Spiegel and Summers made this story. In Foolish Games, we had someone terrorizing the band. This time around, things are much worse. Terrorists have been attacking venues that would be normally used by the Grimm Brothers Band. When an attack hits close to home, they are visited by the FBI. But something may or may not be wrong concerning agent Vance. And the immense danger of what is happening threatens to drive a wedge between Joie and Hawkins.

      I enjoyed this book so much. The only complaint I have is that there were times when Joie's insecurities made me mad. She lets Gwen's spitefulness drive her crazy and over the edge at times. One of the things I loved about Joie was how at ease she was with herself. She let the success of Gwen drag her down. So she was a bit annoying at times in that aspect. But she still has a lot of backbone. We see that after the grocery shopping scene. I can't say what happens, but she is a smart girl and it shows.

      This was a great sequel. I am so in love with this series. The story is out of this world. I love the climax at the end, I did not see that coming at all. It was epic to say the least. The very end of this book was very shocking. Oh, I want to know where this is going. Joie and Hawkins have a lot of work to do, but I love that they will do it together. If you want an exciting and thrilling YA series, this is the perfect choice.


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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Phantom Dreams Blog Tour - Excerpt: Phantom Dreams by T. K. Harris




Excerpt from T. K. Harris:


Prologue

      The dim light of the fading sun filtered through the dense pine trees, making it difficult to tell which of the four was the one he sought.  Anger surged through him and he worked to control it.  He was close.  He closed his eyes, raising his head slightly as he drew in the strong, decaying scent of the forest.  He could smell her.  So close.  So very close.  But, which one?
     Can't we just kill her and go home?
     He gritted his teeth, ignoring the whining voice in his head.
     One of the women rose and started toward where he lay hidden.  Silently, he backed up as she found a bush and squatted.  Moments later, the air filled with the sharp scent of ammonia.  He moved as close as he dared, ignoring the rocks and branches biting into his hands.  When she was close enough for him to touch, he peered into her face.  But it wasn't her.   He watched the woman return, waiting for the group to set up and go to sleep.  Then he would move closer.
     A loud crashing sound to his left alerted him to the approach of other people.  As he watched, the small group of women was joined by three other hikers, all male.
     The whore!
     He wasn't sure if it had been the voice or him that thought it, but he agreed.
     Just like Mama.  Kill her now!
     His teeth ground painfully together against the urge to confront her.  But he had to wait.  He could not screw this up like he had with the last woman.  That imposter had deceived him into thinking that she was the one.
     The men introduced themselves and asked if they could join the group.  The women seemed happy, even eager to have them there.
     No doubt the whole meeting had been planned in advance by her.  The adulterous tramp!
     The amiable group chatted about the mundane details of the trail and weather before moving onto other topics.
     Kill her so we can go home!  I wanna go home.
     God he hated that voice.  Shut up!
     He waited until he was sure the voice would remain silent.  Then continued to wait and watch.
     Hours more passed as the night darkened to pitch black beneath the canopy of trees.  One of the men reached for the kindling pile and began to feed the fire.  Sparks flew as the flames fed greedily on the dry twigs and brush.  For an instant, the fire flared to life, and in that moment, he saw her.
     His breath quickened.  He wanted her.  Even as his rage burned him, he wanted her.  The voice screamed, but he would not answer.  He had to be patient.
     The fire died back down, casting only red and black shadows.  Occasionally, the night was punctured by the group's laughter as the hikers continued to talk, showing no signs of sleeping anytime soon.  Angry and tired, he slowly turned and headed back to his own camp.  He would follow the women in the morning.
     That night, his dreams were filled with fleeting images of her.  Flashes of bare, olive-skinned arms and white linen taunted him.  He reached up a hand to free her long, thick brown hair from its confining pins, reveling in its glory as it spilled across her shoulders.  He looked into her eyes...her laughing, deceitful eyes...laughing at him, even as she reached for another man.

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About T. K. Harris:
 

T.K. Harris, who currently lives in Colorado, is a Solutions Architect, teacher, and full-time mother. She has been a story teller since she could talk and has had several short stories purchased by professional magazines such as Woman's World. She is excited that her first novel - Phantom Dreams - has now been published. 

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Synopsis from T. K. Harris:
A scorned serial killer on an old vendetta.

An FBI agent who has been chasing monsters for too long.

A woman whose nightmares start invading her waking life.

FBI Special Agent Jack Matthews finds himself on yet another serial killer case, having barely recovered from the last disastrous hunt. Still stiff from a gun shot wound in his leg, under investigation for a botched job, and having lost his fiancée when she walked out on him, Jack is beginning to wonder if it isn’t time to move on to something new. But, for Jack, these cases are personal and he can’t say no.  
 
Marketing specialist Kathy Gilliam leads a fairly boring life. If she’s not working or caring for her ailing father, then she is doing whatever it takes to avoid going anywhere near crowds of people. Her few distractions include her friend Margo Longfellow, occasional hiking trips, and her increasingly alarming dreams of women dying.     
As her nightmares cause her to begin to doubt her sanity, the media releases news of the “Coast-to-Coast Killer” and Kathy discovers her dreams may be related. In a moment of panic, Kathy does something that places her on the FBI’s “persons of interest” list. Suddenly, her life is set on a collision course with Jack who must decide if Kathy is the killer or destined to become a victim.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

First To Find Blog Tour - Book Review + Giveaway: First To Find (Caching Out #1) by Morgan C. Talbot

Author: Morgan C. Talbot
Series: Caching Out
Number in Series: 1
Format: PDF
Release Date: October 22, 2012
Pages: 216
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Genre: Mystery/Suspense














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Synopsis from Goodreads


Death is the hardest puzzle to solve.

Margarita Williams escaped death at a young age, but its shadow has followed her all her life. Now, amidst the chaos of a new Australian roommate and mysterious, menacing neighbors, Death has set the puzzlemaker a puzzle of her own. Someone is killing her fellow geocachers, one by one.

Supersmeller Bindi Ryan left Australia to marry a man who abandoned her the minute her plane landed in Oregon. When thieves steal a local sculpture and a teenage friend is blamed, Bindi and her nose must prove him innocent and find the real culprits. But are she and Margarita working on two mysteries, or one?

If they can’t solve the final puzzle, the killer will strike one final, deadly blow.


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      Geocaching? What the hell is geocaching? That was the first question that popped in my head when I started this. But man, I am glad I found out about it. It is such an interesting hobby. It is actually a treasure hunt. People use cell phones/GPS to locate hidden containers that are called geocaches. First To Find (aka FTF-a term of when you are the first to find a cache) is about a woman named Margarita who is a geocacher (is that what they are called, I have no idea). One night she gets the coordinates to a cache from an anonymous member and stumbles on the body of a fellow friend. Margarita and others don't believe it is the accident some claim it to be. So it is up to Margarita and her best friend to find out who and what killed their friend.

      I had a blast with this book. It was such a fun read. This is a murder mystery I know I will be reading again. Margarita was a great lead character. She was a very clever woman. She knows how to create puzzles for the caches and she reads in between the lines. My favorite character though was Bindi. Bindi is Margarita's close friend and roommate. She has a condition (I say superpower). Her nose is extremely sensitive to smells, she can only handle so much and she knows people by their scents. But Bindi's sense of humor nearly killed me in this book. You never know what she will say next. If she were real, I would instantly become friends with her. Her and Margarita were quite the duo in this book. Very memorable characters.

      The story was a lot of fun to read. I was invested very quickly. By the end of the first chapter, I was at the edge of my seat. Graham's murder reveals so much about those around town. Everyone and no one had a reason to kill a sweet and nerdy 60-something year old man. I love that we also have a mystery about the missing statue. I love how Talbot adds in that plotline to the murder. I am so good at pinpointing who the bad guy is way before they are revealed. This book had me stumped.

      This book is just full of memorable characters and memorable scenes. First To Find is not your typical mystery read which made me love it more. Even if geocaching is brand new to you (like it is to me), you will love this story. And anyone who is a Doctor Who fan definitely deserves my stamp of approval (loved the jagrafess bit). This book just had all the right elements for me. It was exciting, suspenseful and funny. I can't wait for more. Highly recommended. 


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*This book belongs to the following challenges*
BCC's 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2012
BCC's Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenege 2012

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About Morgan C. Talbot:

 
Morgan is an outdoorsy girl with a deep and abiding
love for the natural sciences. Her degrees involve
English and jujitsu. She enjoys hiking, camping, and
wandering in the woods looking for the trail to the
car, but there isn’t enough chocolate on the planet to
bribe her into rock climbing.

When she’s not writing, she can be found making
puzzles, getting lost on the way to geocaches,
reading stories to her children, or taking far too
many pictures of the same tree or rock.

She lives in Eastern Washington with her family.

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