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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Virtual Release Party + Giveaway: Blood Shadows by Tessa Dawn

Welcome fellow Vagabonds! Today is the official release date for book 4 of Tessa Dawn's Blood Curse series, Blood Shadows. I am a huuuuuuge fan of this series and I am more than glad to be a part of its release. So I will be giving away 2 Kindle/Nook copies of book in the Blood Curse series. Tessa Dawn is also giving away an autographed copy of Blood Shadows, mouse pads, and an ebook copy of Blood Shadows as well. So be sure to drop by here:

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Synopsis from Tessa Dawn

Nachari Silivasi is a bright light in a Dark World. As the youngest vampire in a family of warriors, he has studied Magick for four-hundred years and acquired a rare mastery of the universe around him. He is beloved by his family; legendary for his good-looks; and known for his uncommon valor. Unfortunately, he has just made the ultimate sacrifice – he has traded his immortal life for the life of the Vampyr King.

Deanna Dubois is as talented as she is independent, but she has developed a strange and terrifying habit: Night after night, day after day, she sketches one horrifying scene after another -- the body of a gorgeous male being tortured in hell by demons. Disturbed by her ever growing obsession, she sets out to Dark Moon Vale to uncover the truth. Only, what she finds is a web of danger, destruction, and deceit.


Separated by space and time, yet drawn together by fate, Nachari and Deanna find themselves in an epic battle against evil: Nachari is forced to forge a path in a world of shadows, where torture and lust rule the night; while Deanna struggles to decide between two polar opposites – to flee from the truth or trade her mortal soul for the possibility of a stranger’s salvation.


The stakes could not be higher.
The enemy could not be more lethal.
And the only way to reach the light is to, first, enter the Blood Shadows.

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Indie Book Review: The Lens and the Looker (The Verona Trilogy #1) by Lory S. Kaufman

Author: Lory S. Kaufman
Series: The Verona Trilogy
Number in Series: 1
Format: ePub
Release Date: August 1, 2012
Pages: 336
Publisher: Fiction Std.
Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction/ Dystopian/Historical Fiction/Romance













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Synopsis from Pump Up Your Books


THERE’S HOPE FOR THE FUTURE, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE PAST?

It’s the 24th century and humans, with the help of artificial intelligences (A.I.s) have finally created the perfect post-dystopian society. To make equally perfect citizens for this world, the elders have created History Camps, full sized recreations of cities from Earth’s distant pasts. Here teens live the way their ancestors did, doing the same dirty jobs and experiencing the same degradations. History Camps teach youths not to repeat the mistakes that almost caused the planet to die. But not everything goes to plan.

In this first of a trilogy, we meet three spoiled teens in the year 2347. Hansum almost 17, is good looking and athletic. Shamira, 15, is sassy, independent and an artistic genius. Lincoln, 14, is the smart-aleck. But you don’t have to scratch too far beneath the surface to find his insecurities.

These three “hard cases” refuse the valuable lessons History Camps teach. But when they are kidnapped and taken back in time to 1347 Verona, Italy, they only have two choices; adapt to the harsh medieval ways or die. The dangers are many, their enemies are powerful, and safety is a long way away. It’s hardly the ideal environment to fall in love – but that’s exactly what happens. In an attempt to survive, the trio risks introducing technology from the future. It could save them – or it could change history.

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      The Lens and the Looker takes place in the 24th century. We start things off with a guy named Hansum. He likes to start trouble and give his professors a run for their money. His professors think he needs to learn a lesson. The kids of this generation have it way too easy. No real responsibilities and no real work. So they send him to History Camp. History Camp is where they send kids to learn how things were back in the past. While at the camp Hansum, he meets two other kids named Lincoln and Shamira. The camp is just full of actors who want to teach the kids something. But the kids have a few things up their sleeve so they could be sent home early. Hansum's mom works for the History Camp, so he knows how to play the game. They sneak in technology into the camp (which isn't allowed) and trick the actors. So while the actors are trying to figure out what to do with the troublesome kids, they meet someone that wants to take them on a real adventure. They may have been sent into the past for real and they have to figure out how they will cope while waiting to be sent back to the future.

      This book really took me by surprise. The concept was great. I love the mixture of dystopian meets history. It was brilliant. Hansum and his new found friends are all given jobs in the history camp. Hansum and Lincoln are being taught how to make glasses or “discs for the eyes”. But after their prank, they are taken back into 14th century Italy. They notice things will not be as easy as they thought. I love all things they had to face while stuck in the past. There skills with creating lens makes a huge impact in the past. While there, Pan (the technology genie) tells them to create the telescope. The telescope isn't to be created until hundreds of years from now. So this would force the History Camp makers to bring them back to the 24th century. It is quite a mystery wondering if the History Camp makers will show up or whether they will stop them. Their inventions could change the fabric of history completely.

      We also have the story of the kids and the family they are living with. They are brought in as orphans to serve a family that is a bit down on their luck. All three of the kids have their own special talents. Their talents earn them much love amongst the family, but jealousy and greed amongst others. The kids have to team together to not only save the family, but each other.

      I had a lot of fun with these characters. Hansum, Lincoln, and Shamira were a blast together. I liked them more and more as the book went on. Hansum was suppose to be the rebellious teenager. I wasn't 100% on board with that. I just didn't get why he was that way. It is never really explained. Same thing goes for the other kids. But I love how close they became. We also have Ugilino, he is in love with the Master's daughter, Guilietta, and he hates that she has taken notice of Hansum and not him. I felt really sorry for him in this book. He was treated so badly because of his looks and I think that is why he acted the way he acted. I hope to see more of him in the other books and that he can be redeemed. I wish I can tell you guys the whole story, but this is a book that can be easily spoiled.

      Overall, I say check this book out. It does start off quite slow and it can be a bit verbose in parts. But it really picks up by Book 3 (the book is split up into books or sections). Section 3 is definitely the best part. This book is full of mischief, laughs, and adventure. It also has its fair share of gross out moments which were sometimes quite funny. I love this idea of mixing science fiction and history. I know sometimes time travel reads can get a little crazy and confusing, but this did a good job. Kaufman has a great writing style and I am looking forward to reading his other works. This book is imaginative and fun. Definitely worth reading.


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About Lory S. Kaufman

I write Post-Dystopian fiction. After society’s collapse, which is imagined in so many great dystopian stories, humans will either fade into history, with the dinosaurs, or, if it learns the right lessons, society will go on to construct a civilization to last tens of thousands of years. History Camp stories are the exciting adventures of young people doing the latter." -Lory Kaufman 

On the artistic side of my career, I've written, acted and directed children’s theatre and musical theatre. I enjoy art, especially sculpture. I love science fiction and historical fiction and have been deeply involved in the green movement all across North America. I think all these thing show through when you read my work. I have three grown children and work and live in Kingston,


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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Book Review: The Prince (The Original Sinners #3) by Tiffany Reisz

Author: Tiffany Reisz
Series: The Original Sinners
Number in Series: 3
Format: ARC PDF (Netgalley)
Release Date: November 20, 2012
Pages: 407
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Genre: Erotic Romance/Contemporary Romance/BDSM/Literary Fiction/GLBT/Mystery












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Synopsis from Goodreads

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer...preferably in bed. That's always been Kingsley Edge's strategy with his associate, the notorious New York dominatrix Nora Sutherlin. But with Nora away in Kentucky, now it's Kingsley's chance to take her place at the feet of the only man he's ever wanted -- Søren, Nora's on-again, off-again lover -- until a new threat from an old enemy forces him to confront his past.

Wes Railey is still the object of Nora's tamest yet most maddening fantasies, and the one man she can't forget. He's young. He's wonderful. He's also thoroughbred royalty and she's in "his" world now. But Nora is no simpering Southern belle, and her dream of fitting into Wesley's world is perpetually at odds with her dear Søren's relentlessly seductive pull.

Two worlds of wealth and passion call to her and whichever one Nora chooses, it will be the hardest decision she will ever have to make... unless someone makes it for her....

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      The Prince is the third installment into Tiffany Reisz's The Original Sinners series. This time around we follow Kingsley Edge, the owner of the Underground and the go-to guy for information on anyone in the world of S&M. Kingsley and Soren have a lot on their plates this time around when someone manages to break into Kingsley's home and steal a file about Nora. They know she is in danger, but the danger doesn't stop there. Someone also knows about Soren and Kingsley's past and what they meant to one another. They must find whoever it is before the culprit ruins their lives for good.



      OH MY GOD!!!!!! Reisz has done it again! Wow what a ride this was. All of our favorite characters are back and boy do we get even more about their lives. Now like Soren, I was afraid of Kingsley, but after hearing his story, I like him. Not as much as I like Soren, but still. Kingsley definitely had his own demons and most of them stem for his love for Soren. No, not even love, obsession. We hear a lot of Kingsley's inner turmoil and learn about how much he loves Soren and hates Nora for being the one he chose. There was even a point when he talked about what life would be like without her and her death. Despite their past, you can tell he loathes her. He also still struggles with his sister's death. He feels responsible and he can't forgive himself. And then on top of all of that, the fact that someone is stalking him, Soren, and Nora is scary. Someone knows about their lives and their past and they don't know what they will do with that information.



      Then we finally got Nora and Wesley together. They were adorable really. I loved when they were together in The Siren and seeing them together in this again was like old times. I love their friendship and what they finally became. But I do have an issue. I have read other reviews where people weren't 100% on board with their get together. I do understand why though. During their first few sex scenes, they were always talking. Why?! Nora's mind would start wandering off and all. We do see why though and it made sense, but goodness, I didn't expect that. But I still love the scenes because Reisz made them sweet and sort of funny. I love how much she points out the difference between book-sex and reality-sex. I couldn't stop laughing. But they do get better and better. Wesley the Wallbanger, that is my new name for him. He has earned it, oh boy did he earn it.



      I love both the plots in the book. We have Kingsley and Soren revisiting their Catholic school to get to the bottom of who would want to destroy them. I love how Reisz splits the chapters. In one chapter we would be in the past and in the other in the present. We learn about how Soren and Kingsley met and how close they became. We also see learn about Kingsley sister who tragically died and he feels responsible. When you find out how, your eyes will bulge out of your head. It was crazy. We also have the story of Nora and Wesley at his farm. Since Wesley is the Prince of Kentucky, he is very popular in the racing scene. He just so happens to know someone Nora is familiar with...very familiar with. A man named Talel loves Nora and his horses. He is also super rich as well. He names a horse specifically for Nora. But after the race, something tragic takes place. Nora and Wesley have to get to the bottom of it when evidence shows up that it may not have been an accident.



      You all know of my love for this series. The Siren and The Angel both made my number one spot for Best Books of 2012. It just blows my mind. I said it once and I will say it again, this is the series everyone should be talking about. Well, adults anyway. It is intense, intelligent, and grabs your attention from beginning to end. Reisz doesn't hold back. Finally learning the relationship between Kingsley and Soren was definitely a sight to see. And now knowing who is behind trying to ruin Nora and Soren is insane. Wow, that was epic. I am dying for the fourth book, The Mistress. Man that ending was killer. If you still haven't started this amazing series, you have to. You just have to. It is downright amazing, there is nothing else to say. Put this on your must buy list, let it take the number one spot. An absolute must read!
  
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Book Trailer + Indie Book Review: Luminaire (Florence Waverly #2) by Ciye Cho

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Author: Ciye Cho
Series: Florence Waverly
Number in Series: 2
Format: ePub
Pages: 250
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: July 1, 2012
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Paranormal Romance













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Synopsis from Goodreads


Being the only human in a world of merfolk... isn't easy. Florence Waverley chose to stay in Niemela, but things have gone awry. Secrets have risen and the prince she cares about has pulled away. All the while, dark dreams warn her of a tragedy that only she can stop. But in order to save the merman she loves, Florence will have to enter the Life Path tournament: a brutal test of fear and madness.

The tournament is a rite of passage--a maze where young mermaids and mermen battle to find their purpose. It is also a place where Florence will face grave danger: mermaids with evil magic, tunnels filled with sea fire, and guardians who wish to use her as a pawn in their secret plans. But will Florence be strong enough to survive the tournament... or will she perish inside it?

Everything hangs in the balance: her life, her world, and her love.


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     Luminaire is the sequel to Florence. We continue to follow Florence in her adventure in the underwater world of Niemela. Florence is trying to adjust to her new life as a mermaid. Still recovering over the battle to save Niemela from Rolan's brother, Kiren, Rolan and Florence have grown distant. Florence has no idea what is wrong and is hurt by Rolan's actions. Things are even more terrible when Florence starts to get dreams about something that will destroy Niemela and it all starts with the tournament. Every Niemela must take part in a tournament to stay in Niemela. The pressure is on for Florence who is already an outcast, so she has to fight to find her place or risk leaving and not stopping the coming danger to Niemela.

     I had a blast with this. I love this just as much as I love the first book, which made my Top 11 Books of 2012 list. I loved the growing friendship between Florence and Yolee, Rolan's sister. They were sort of in the same boat and I loved how much they helped each other. I am a huge Rolan fan, but I wanted to strangle the hell out of him in this book. The way he ignored Florence for most of this book pissed me off. I guess I can understand the why, but still that was mean. He thinks that if a human were to fall in love with a merperson, that human would lose their soul. So he is doing it to protect her, but goodness man, it is her decision, not yours. Nonetheless, I still love him. You'll see why. Another character I felt like slapping was Marilenna. Man she was quite the bully, but considering her dad, it is no surprise. The girl likes to win and will do anything to get to the top. But I like where her story goes. And Wynn...oh how I love Wynn! He was adorable. He was a scholar, but he always felt like he has something to prove. You will be rooting for him a lot in this book. Trust me.

     I love the idea of giving Florence these dreams about what will happen to Niemela. It was a scary future for sure. I love the mystery of finding out who was behind it. It was crazy. I especially love when they are in the actually tournament. I will never look at a starfish the same way again. That was very creative along with the Mermidors. Seriously, that would be a great scene if it were a movie. Could have used these chicks in the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie instead of the mermaids they had. But I won't give away how it all came about though, but it was amazing and action packed.

     This was an amazing read. I loved the ending. We actually learn something pretty interesting about Florence near the end as well. I hope we get more in the next book. This book was full of action, suspense, and mystery. I loved the characters and, like in the first book, the world building is still amazing. This book was just a lot of fun. Highly recommended!


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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Release Day Review: Wicked Kiss (Nightwatchers #2) by Michelle Rowen

Author: Michelle Rowen
Series: Nightwatchers
Number in Series: 2
Format: ARC PDF (Netgalley)
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Pages: 443
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy













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Synopsis from Goodreads

MY KISS CAN KILL.

I used to be ordinary Samantha Day, but that's changed. Now, after one dark kiss from a dangerous boy, I can steal someone's soul...or their life. If I give in to the constant hunger inside me, I hurt anyone I kiss. If I don't...I hurt myself.

Bishop is the one whose kiss I crave most, but if I kiss him, I'll kill him. Then there's another boy, one I can't hurt. One whose kiss seems to miraculously quell my hunger. They're both part of a team of angels and demons that's joined forces in my city to fight a mysterious rising darkness, an evil that threatens everyone I know and love. I just wonder if I'll be able to help Bishop-or if I'm just another part of the darkness he's sworn to destroy....

NIGHTWATCHERS

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

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          Wicked Kiss picks up right after Dark Kiss ended. Samantha is dealing with her new soulless life and it is difficult for her to say the least. Her best friend is lost in the Hollow, she found out she is a nexus (a mix of demon and angel, which angels do not like at all), she needs to suck on souls to survive, and the angel she has a crush may have to kill her. But she teams up with both the angels and demons that were sent to Earth to get rid of her kind, the grays. With so many soulless people in their area, no one can leave unless they are human, so more help is on the way to eradicate the problem. A new female angel named Cassandra comes into play. She seems to have a lot of secrets, so Samantha is trying to figure out what her agenda is. That or if Cassandra wants Bishop. Samantha’s trying to figure out how she can save her best friend’s life and she wonders if she is bound to be the monster everyone believes she will become.


            I enjoyed this book much more compared to Dark Kiss. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but I wanted a little more. I got it here.  There was so much more action and “Holy crap, I didn’t see that coming” moments. I was sort of missing that in Dark Kiss as well. Wicked Kiss more than makes up for it though.



            I really liked Samantha a lot more this time around. I think she has matured a bit since the first book. She still has her moments though.. For instance, her irrational feelings towards Cassandra were so ridiculous. Samantha knows how it is like to be on the receiving end of girls-that-don’t-like-you-just-because. She instantly has a dislike towards Cassandra due to her looks and because she seems too close to Bishop. I just didn’t get it. It was a bit annoying and if she was paying attention like I was, you could see exactly who Cassandra would have had her eyes on. I was right. I also really enjoyed Bishop. He did have some hot and cold moments, but given who he is and what he was sent to do, you can understand why he was so odd towards Samantha. Then we have Kraven. I love what we learn about both him and Bishop. There is much more to Kraven hate toward his brother and we learn it all. Finally! That was one of my biggest questions from Dark Kiss and we got the answers here. It was depressing as hell, but man what an impact that had on me.



            Another addition to this book I enjoyed was Jordan. Jordan is Samantha nemesis. Jordan can’t stand Samantha. She hates her more since she believes her boyfriend Stephen (the one that took Samantha’s soul in the first place) broke up with her because of Samantha. They are put into some very dangerous situations together which I found infuriating at times. Jordan is the uber-b***h. But after a while, I actually started to enjoy her antics. She also becomes an important part of the story when we find out she has some abilities of her own which was awesome.



            I loved this story. It was just amazing. So much is revealed and there were some amazing surprises. The story about the grays becomes more intense in this book when the gang finds out about stasis. Stasis is a stage that a gray comes to after not feeding for too long. Now if you survive stasis, that gray becomes impossibly strong and hard to kill. That is what Samantha is in danger of becoming. She will either die or become a true monster. There is also something lurking around the city that no one can see. They don’t know what it is, but it is stealing people’s lives and they don’t know how to stop it.



            I absolutely loved this book. It was a great sequel. Now I found out that this is the last book in the series which now makes sense after reading it. The plots were very complex and flowed well…for the most part. This book could have easily been split into two books. The story with the entity was great, but didn’t fit perfectly into the story at times. There was also the background of Kraven and Bishop. I think I said this in my review for Dark Kiss, they should have been given their own book. Their story is just too good not to have its own story. The things we learn about their past was a great addition, but there are some questions I still have. I am just saying, I feel there story could fill an entire book, well at least give me more Kraven. That goes for all the demons in the book actually. We see they are not as awful as one would think especially Roth who I thought was a lost cause from Dark Kiss. Can we get some more on him? I really liked where that was going. So unfair.



            I loved the ending to this book. It definitely dropped quite the bombshell and kept the adrenaline up. This story was fast paced and packed a lot of punch. Like I said, I loved Samantha this time around. She has quite the backbone and does all she can to help those protect those around her. This was definitely a step up from Dark Kiss. I recommend this to YA fans looking for a complex and exciting read. Rowan really knows how to tell a story. Her world building is incredible. I love her take on angels and demons. I have already added her other series to my library queue and you should too. Highly recommended!


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Monday, February 25, 2013

Indie Book Review and $25 Amazon/Paypal GC Giveaway: Purgatory Reign by L. M. Preston

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Author: L. M. Preston
Format: ARC PDF
Release Date: February 16, 2013 (Paperback: May 18, 2013)
Pages: 296
Publisher: Phenomenal One Press
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance/Mystery













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Synopsis from Tribute Books

Something evil this way comes...sadly for it, Peter Saints awaits.

Peter Saint's life stinks. But things are about to get much worst. First, his parents are murdered in front of him. Then another victim dies in his arms. Visions plague Peter with warnings that something wants him for a sinister cause. It desires the one thing that Peter refuses to give—his blood. Peter carries within him the one gift or curse that could unlock a secret to destroy the human race. On the run with Angel, a scruffy kid, Peter starts to unravel the mystery. It's the one treasure the heavens sought to hide from the world. Unfortunately, when Peter finds the answer that he hopes will save the girl he loves, he opens the door to a great evil that happens to be salivating to meet him.

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      Purgatory Reign is a story that follows a guy name Peter. He has terrible nightmares that started after seeing his parents killed in front of him. He has been living in an orphanage ever since. He doesn't take crap from anyone and does what he wants no matter what. One night after he sneaks out of the orphanage (against the rules), tragedy strikes and he doesn't know what to do. But the tragedy causes something to change within Peter and now he is on the run for his life. While on the run, he runs into another guy named Angel. Angel has no where to go and has been on his own, so Peter helps him. But they soon find out that maybe they were meant to find each other. While on their journey, they find that they are special and that Peter is the key that could help...or destroy the world completely. They are on a race to uncover the truth before it is too late.

      Goodness, this book was like Harry Potter meets Indiana Jones, but with angels and demons. It was freaking awesome! So much action and mystery, I blasted through this book. Seriously, this needs to be a movie. What the hell Hollywood? We don't need another remake.

      I really liked Peter. He was a great hero. He was definitely a tough shell to crack, but his story was understandable. He is still very much heartbroken over his parents' death. I was rooting for him from the beginning and I know you guys will too. I also enjoyed Angel and the secret he was hiding. I was shocked, but it made the story even more enjoyable. It put a smile on my face for sure. Then we also have Kyle. Kyle could be a bit of an annoying smartass, but he will have you cracking up. I love how much him and Peter clashed in the beginning. They still clash, but it was a fun bromance to say the least.

      The story was such an adrenaline rush. Every chapter added something new and explosive. We get to follow Peter, Angel and Kyle. They are trying to discover sanctuaries before the demons get to them because they hold secrets that the demons will take full advantage of. Then we also follow the villain, Gavin and his minions. The guy was beyond the evil. He scared the living mess out of me. He wants power. He wants ultimate power. His plan uses and abuses everyone. There are no exceptions; women, children, his own brother Lucien, everyone feels his wrath one way or the other. Lucien was an interesting character in this book as well. I had the feeling he was different from his brother. He is bad, but it seems more as though he has no choice. I hope we see more of him. I think he can redeem himself.

      I am trying my best not to spoil you guys with this one. The twists in this book are jaw-droppers. The book gets more and more exciting. The characters have a great dynamic. They were entertaining and helped each other well even if they were arguing. The story is imaginative and fast paced. I would also say this is more of a mature YA read. There are some pretty dark scenes in this book. There isn't any sex, but it is mentioned quite a few times. This book is exciting, full of mystery, and full of surprises. I highly recommend this book to YA and UF fans.


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L.M . Preston Bio:
LM. Preston was born and raised in Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge she attended college at Bowie State University, and worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. Her first published novel, Explorer X - Alpha was the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing. 

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February 15
A Diary of a Book Addict (review)
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February 19 
Reading to Penguins (review)
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February 20
Walking on Bookshelves (review)
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February 22
Sara's Organized Chaos (review)
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February 25
Offbeat Vagabond (review)

February 26
Romancing the Book (interview)

March 1
Write Here, Write Now (review)
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Bookworm Lisa (review)

March 4
Lynn Thompson Books (review)

March 5
Moonlight Gleam's Bookshelf (guest post)

March 6
The Nook Users Book Club (review)

March 7
Simply Sensational Book Fanatics (review)

March 8
Cocktails and Books (review)
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Novel d'Tales (review)

March 11
Sarah Butland (review)

March 13
Kelly Hashway (review)

March 14
Kindred Dreamheart (review)

March 15
The Musings of a Book Addict (review)

March 17
The LUV'NV (review)
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Book Lover Stop (review)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Book Vixen's 2013 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

2013 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge hosted by The Book Vixen
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Since my love for contemporary romance has expanded, I am so signing up for this. I am loving these books and know I will put a nice little dent in this challenge. The goal is 10, but I am going to aim for more. Here we go :)
My List:
10. Passion and Pain (Dancers and Divas #1) by Kathy Petrakis
11. He Belongs To Me by Theresa Rizzo
12. If Only by Lisa M. Owens
13. Take Me Now (Take Me Now #1) by Faith Sullivan
14. Unexpected by Faith Sullivan
15. Kiss Me in Paris (Kiss Me #1) by Kimberly Kinrade and Dmytry Karpov 
16. The Prelude (A Musical Interlude #1) by KaSonndra Leigh
17. Beneath the Surface‏ (Reluctance #1) by M.A. Stacie
18. Losing Virginity by Ava Michaels
19. Being Me (Inside Out #2) by Lisa Renee Jones
20. Revealing Us (Inside Out #3) by Lisa Renee Jones  
21. Yours, For Now by Siren Allen
22. Rekindled Dreams by Linda Carroll-Bradd  
23. Easter's Lilly (The Easter's Lilly Series #1) by Judy Serrano
24. Awakening (The Chrysalis Series #1) by Elene Sallinger
25. Guilty Pleasures (The Food and Fornication Fables #1) by Manuela Cardiga
26. Desire (The Seductors Series #1) by B. L. Wilde
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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Indie Book Review and $100 Amazon GC Giveaway: The Last Keeper's Daughter by Rebecca Trogner







Author: Rebecca Trogner
Format: ARC PDF
Release Date: February 15, 2013
Pages: 322
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance/Mystery














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Synopsis from Goodreads


Born into old money, Lily Ayres lives at Waverly, her family’s estate situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Paris, Virginia. She is a strange, small, almost mute, young woman who has no idea that her father has given her to the Vampire King Krieger. Walter Ayres is the King’s Keeper and part of a secret society of historians who unearth, preserve, and attempt to understand relics of long forgotten civilizations.

Lily has never felt comfortable in the human world, but after she suspiciously falls down a flight of stone steps, and is healed and claimed by Krieger, she realizes there is another world. In this Other Realm she feels a sense of belonging, and begins to untwine the mysterious event which left her mentally and psychologically damaged. When Walter disappears in England, Lily works with human and supernatural beings to uncover his whereabouts. With each new discovery, she is pulled deeper into the vortex of magic, intrigue, and dark desires that permeates the supernatural world. The revelations revealed unfold a story of deception and betrayal that threaten to tear the thin veil between the supernatural and human world asunder.


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      The Last Keeper's Daughter follows a woman named Lily. Her family is very rich and live in a mansion, but that doesn't mean that Lily's life has been easy. She isn't like other people. She can remember everything she has seen and heard, so she keeps contact with other people to a minimum. Her childhood was difficult since she was very sick and would have died. But there are parts of her past she can't remember and she doesn't know exactly why. She also doesn't know that her father Walter is a keeper for a vampire. Keepers are a vampire's right-hand man. They keep track of their history and do their bidding. Walter asks the vampire, Krieger, for a favor. He wants Krieger to protect Lily while he is gone. But neither Lily or Krieger are fully aware of what Walter is into and Lily will have to pay for it.

      Instant favorite! That is it. This book was just plain awesome. I loved absolutely everything about this book. The characters, the story, the plot, the mystery, everything fell into place beautifully. I couldn't put this bad boy down.

      Something bad happened to Lily and Krieger must save her. Krieger had no intention of protecting Lily himself, he was just going to have people watch over her, I love how quickly that changed. I actually thought Krieger was a villain when we first see him and Walter together, but that quickly changed. I love him. He is what I always imagine a vampire to be. He can be bossy and scary, but he was pretty amazing when you get down to it. I loved Lily and Krieger together. Lily was extremely shy and fragile, but I love that with Krieger, she had quite the backbone. The longer she is with him, the stronger she gets. They balanced each other out very well. The way they met actually reminded me of when Bill and Sookie first met. It made me love it even more (I don't know why, but that really is one of my favorite scenes ever, in the book and on the show). I am hoping Lily comes to her senses in the next book. There were times when she got mad at him and I just wanted to punch her. She had some immature moments. But to be fair, I think it is more because she doesn't really know who she is especially in this new world she has been thrust into.

      We even have Merlin. Merlin! Well he says he is a Merlin, not THE Merlin. But I think he is lying given all the things he can do. Merlin is Krieger's advisor and he was awesome, a little cold, but awesome! I also loved Hunter. Hunter is the detective that was brought on to investigate the murder that took place at a church. Until an agent shows up and takes the case from him. He knows the case is huge, so he continues his own investigation against orders. But Hunter knows he is in the case of his life when every one he works with starts disappearing. He ends up in the vampire world. They want him to help them with the investigation. I really enjoyed Hunter, he made me laugh and had a lot of guts. I don't know if I would have had the balls to take on a room full of vampires that wouldn't hesitate to kill me. I am huge fan of the Vantors, werewolf/vampire hybrids, specifically Liam. He was Lily's main guard. I loved the friendship between them much to Krieger's dislike. But out of all these characters, I love Lucien. I want more Lucien! I get the feeling he will play a bigger part in the next book especially given the ending. At least I hope so. Goodness, I hope there will be another book.

      This story was just epic. I love the amount mystery that Trogner puts in this story. This is way more than a romance. I think fans of mystery would be into this story. We slowly uncover things about Walter and the things that he has been hiding from his family. We also have the mystery of the phantom that seems to be stalking Lily. No one can sees him except Lily. With the killings taking place, this phantom is the number suspect, but no one knows who or what he is. But when we get to the end and find out exactly who has been behind the murders, you will be shocked. It really is only the beginning. We also find out what Walter has been hiding. It was beyond creepy. I definitely got shivers.

      I highly recommend this story to anyone who likes a little romance and a dark fantasy. I hung on every word with this book. Trogner oozes talent and I am definitely a fan. The story will have you hooked from the first page. It is sexy, suspenseful, and full of twists and turns. An absolute must read, add this to your wishlist right now. 


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Rebecca Trogner Bio:


Rebecca Trogner lives in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia, and frequently crosses the Blue Ridge Mountains that were the inspiration for Krieger’s home. She always dreamed of being a writer, but got sidetracked by the day-to-day adventures of life. With the encouragement of her family, she has finished her first novel and is currently writing the next book in The Last Keeper’s Daughter series. Rebecca lives with her husband and son, and a rescue dog named Giblet. To find out more about the author visit www.rebeccatrogner.com.

 
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