Book Review: Winter Shock by Sally Dubats

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Author: Sally Dubats

Genre:  Paranormal Fantasy

Rating: 4 stars

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“Trenton drugged and kidnapped me. I was powerless.”

Cassie’s neighbors have secrets, and she is one of them.

A Witch taken against her will to an isolated, frozen wilderness on an impossible quest, Cassie defends herself against Trenton who has gone over to the dark side. One minute he’s adorable and charming, and the next weird, uncaring, and hostile. And now, Cassie fears for her life.

Winter Solstice draws near, and Cassie performs magical spells to gain clarity. Instead she is shocked by visions and mind jumps into the lives of strangers on the brink of disaster.

Why is she in a hostile, threatening wilderness? What is causing the horrific visions? Cassie discovers there is much more at stake than her own survival. To survive, she must overcome impossible odds.

Book two in “The Grimoire Chronicles” series, “Winter Shock” is a paranormal fantasy novel that you’ll never forget! If you love paranormal romance, urban fantasy, Witches and Wicca, paranormal mystery, paranormal horror, action and survival, “The Grimoire Chronicles” series is definitely for you!

I have to begin with a confession. I haven’t read the first book in this series. Nevertheless, I didn’t have too much trouble following what happened in this book. It starts off with Cassie, who is taken to a desolate island by Trenton, who has gone over to the dark side. But the longer we spend with Cassie and Trenton, the more obvious it is that Trenton hasn’t gone completely dark. And even in his darkest moments, he’s still sexy, enchanting, and everything you could look for in a love interest…with a good dose of ‘bad boy’ behavior of course.

I liked the storyline. It was something different. Cassie is stuck in this hostile world, and on top of that she also gets terrifying visions. She must go to great lengths to survive, and that’s when her true strength shows. She was a little whiny at the beginning, but I actually liked that. All right, since I’m an adult, I had some ‘grrr’ and ‘why would you do that, girl?’ But then I imagined myself being fifteen or something again, and what she said and did made a lot more sense.

The story has plenty of fantasy and originality. The plot itself was great as well, in my opinion. Trenton could’ve been a bit more developed, but overall, he was all right. I’m looking forward to reading more about Cassie’s adventures! She’s a cool heroine, and I liked her sense of humor.

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Release Day Party The Promise

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We’re happy to celebrate the release day party for “The Promise” today, a steamy  paranormal romance novel by author Kim Carmichael.

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He tilted his head. “You look older.”

She forced herself to blink and to remember her goal. “Then I assume I am at last old enough to be a fit for a demon.” She stepped forward, stopping less than a foot away from him. The back of her throat dried out, and she swallowed.

He put his hand to his chin, his gaze taking her in. “This old song and dance. When will you use the brains you have and leave it alone?”

His words hit her, but rather than retreating, she moved closer. The energy, the tingle, the wafts of spice encompassed her and lured her toward him. “Never.”

“You were smart last time. Why don’t you release me so I can do what I came here for.” He glanced down at her and then shifted his focus beyond her. “I have needs as well.”

“Tonight I am the one you came here for.” The mention of his last visit stung, but she willed herself to keep going. She ran her fingers up the buttons of his shirt. “You always told me to take control.”

He shook his head. “A lesson you learned well.”

She reached up and clenched his collar in her fist. “I let you go last time, but tonight I am the one you need.”

He grabbed her wrist. “I spared you before. Never forget that.”

She stared right into his eyes. No weakness was allowed tonight. “It’s me, Dolan. Me, or you can be celibate until the decade I do you the favor of dying. I don’t care about your pain.” She tensed, preparing herself for his retaliation.

“I thought I taught you better than to make demands of a demon.” He pressed his palm to the side of her face.

Heat radiated through her body, sending a warning to every one of her nerve endings. “A demon who comforts a child is a failure of a demon in my book.”

His jaw tightened. “That was a mistake. An oversight.”

About The Promise

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Author: Kim Carmichael

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Demon Dolan Ciar exists on three simple words: desire, denial, and destruction. Every four years, he is allowed one night of earthly passion to punish a deserving female. By the time he is finished, his victims are left as willing receptacles for demons yet to come.

Since she was four, a demon has been the only constant in Leora Desmond’s life. He taught her how to seize control, to never give up, and to take whatever she wanted. At twenty-four, her self-centered existence is focused on one thing. She wants Dolan, and she won’t be dissuaded.

A mistake brought Dolan to Leora. A promise bound him to her. Returning once again to ask for his freedom, he is faced with Leora demanding to be his next conquest. The ultimate retribution would be to take from her the ultimate symbol of her selfishness.

Now, Dolan must decide if he can doom her to life in living hell or face his own set of unearthly consequences, while Leora must choose between her pleasure and her heart.

The Promise blurs the line between good and evil, desire and love, and promises and commitment.

Author Bio

Kim Carmichael began writing eight years ago when her need for graphic sex scenes and love of happy endings inspired her to create her own.  She has a weakness for bad boys and techno geeks, and married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep her all her gadgets running.  When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.

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Book Review: Eighty-Eight Keys by Catherine Lavender

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Author: Catherine Lavender

Genre: Romance/Suspense

Rating: 4 stars

Leah is a young woman who is trying to break free from a strict religious background and pursue her dream as a pianist in the world of show business. While trying to find her independence her heart is held captive by Jason Rowe a local basketball star who established an organization to help troubled youth. When Jason is found murdered in his home, Leah is determined to get answers from a closed investigation. During her state of emotional turmoil, Leah finds comfort not only in the melody of her music, but in the arms of a married man named Calvin. With her dreams at her fingertips, Leah is tangled in a web of lies and deceit. Despite the fear of learning the truth, Leah has to realize that only the truth can set her free.

A dead lover, with a trail of broken hearts…
A married man, with a double-life…
A dream chaser, with a killer at her heels…
A piano, with eighty-eight keys…

As a lifelong mystery lover, I’m always in the mood for some romantic suspense, so I was eager to start reading Eighty-Eight Keys. The book definitely doesn’t disappoint, both in the romance and the suspense department.

Main character Leah is struggling to cope with Jason’s death. She loved him with all her heart. Now he’s gone, and his murderer still hasn’t been found. But Leah’s life is a tad more complicated than that, as was Jason’s. Jason had to stay with Rosa, a woman he didn’t love, but the mother of his child. If he ran away from her, Rosa would take his son and run. So he was tied to the woman, and unable to be with Leah. This broke Leah’s heart, but now she’s finally realized that she has to pick up the pieces and move on. She meets Calvin and starts dating him, oblivious to the fact that he’s married. When she finds out, she has to make a choice: will she continue dating him, going against everything her parents every taught her, or will she move on and work on herself first? It’s always been her dream to play the piano, and now is the ultimate moment to make that happen. But with Jason’s killer on the loose, more urgent matters might need her attention, especially when she gets attacked herself…

This book was a lot more complicated than it let on, and I liked it. The character dynamics were interesting as well. I liked Leah, although she’d never be my favorite heroine. She seemed like a normal person struggling with several issues. I also liked most of the secondary characters, especially Quincy and Leah’s upstairs neighbor, Ms. Jacobi. I didn’t like Calvin though. He’s a giant toad, and that’s putting it nicely. Especially toward the end I wanted to kick him down the stairs or something. He has no dignity or respect for others, and I kept on wishing Marla would just dump him and get it over with. He’s the kind of person who can never make up his mind. Gah. I hated him.

It took me a while to find out who was behind the murders, and it was a pleasant surprise. Usually I’m quite good at catching the culprit early on, but it was a well-hidden secret here. The pacing was rather slow, but it suited the genre. Murder mysteries don’t have to be fast-paced or thrilling like well, thrillers. I like it when they take their time to get to the solution. I liked the plot, the settings, and the writing itself, although I wasn’t impressed with the editing. There were a lot of run-on sentences, awkward phrasing, and even grammar issues that distracted me from reading.

I received a review copy from Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Release Day Party A Slower, Lower Leap

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We’re celebrating the release for contemporary romance novel “A Slower, Lower Leap”. Purchase your copy today from Amazon, ARe     or Nook

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“I didn’t mean to scare you.” He handed her the cup she’d been looking for. “And Colby’s with Mom. He’s safe. I wouldn’t do anything to hurt that little guy. I wanted to talk to you, away from all those little rows of corn.”

“About what?” Lizzy popped the capsules in her mouth and chased them with a healthy swallow of tea.

“You must be joking. About what? About whatever it is I feel when I’m within spitting distance of you. And you just admitted you feel it, too.” Slowly inching toward her, Logan backed her into the door frame until she had nowhere left to go.

“Feeling things and doing something about those things are two different things,” she said, her heart rattling in her chest as her eyes landed on his lips.

“Oh, believe me, woman, I’m aware of the difference.” With his blue eyes blazing, he curled one hand around her nape and descended on her mouth before she could protest.

But where Lizzy would have expected Logan to be fierce and demanding, she found he was tender and questioning, for all of two seconds. When she acquiesced, because God help her she couldn’t deny him, he took the kiss deep, delving between her lips as if he were a man starved. Running her arms around his neck and leaning into him, Lizzy let that kiss run clear to her toes and back, heat settling in every minute hiding place along the way to simmer and tease. His hand shifted to her jaw, his other cradling her head and she took what he gave with greed. How long she’d needed, how long she’d been without this, the human connection between two people with mutual desires. And Lizzy wanted so much more. If Logan had pushed for more she feared she’d have given in right there and freely turned over whatever he asked for.

“Logan?” she whispered when he pulled away and touched his forehead to hers.

“Shhh…” He placed his thumb over her lips. His breath came in short gasps matching hers. “No. Let it be.”

About A Slower, Lower Leap

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Author: Lila Munro

Genre: Contemporary Romance

When you’re the last man standing…

Not only was Logan Delaney the last of his siblings to remain unmarried and unsettled, his entire family believed he’d never find a wife. The baby of eight, he’s been dubbed an irresponsible player and told he’ll never amount to a hill of beans. And at one time, Logan may have been okay with those descriptions, but no more. On a quest to prove his worth, he’s spent the entire summer learning the family business, staying in at night, and saving his money. And if his family would stop meddling in his affairs and trying to dictate who he should and shouldn’t be seeing, he might just show them he’s found the one, Lizzy Jenkins.

And have a bad reputation to blame…

Elizabeth Jenkins had always known Logan Delaney existed, but he’d never so much as turned one glance her way until she handed him his butt on a silver platter in three sentences or less over the phone. After that it seemed at every turn there he was and the more she resisted the heat building between them, the bigger the fire got. Until his family interfered. And why wouldn’t they? Between Logan’s legacy and her baggage, they were a disaster in the making.

Can you be trusted with a fragile heart?

But Logan doesn’t run when he finds out about Colby. In fact, he embraces Lizzy’s special needs son and defies the advice of everyone urging him to leave Lizzy alone. But after one moment of weakness, Logan finds himself knee deep in a marriage complete with the little boy whose father bailed before his birth and Lizzy’s grandfather, who needs constant care as well.  Then there’s the man who just might be the demise of it all.

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Author Bio

Lila Munro currently resides on the coast of North Carolina with her husband and their two four-legged kids. She’s a military wife with an empty nest and takes much of her inspiration for her heroes from the marines she’s lived around for the past fifteen years. Coining the term realmantica, she strives to produce quality romance in a realistic setting. Her genre of choice is contemporary romance that spans everything from the sensual to BDSM and ménage. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, trips to the museum and aquarium, taking field research trips, and soaking up the sun on the nearby beaches. Her works include The Executive Officer’s Wife, Bound By Trust, Destiny’s Fire, Salvation, Three for Keeps, the Force Recon series, the Slower Lower series, and the Identity series. She’s a member in good standing of RWA.

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Guest Post for Chasing The Witch Tour

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I’m hosting a guest blog post today for the “Chasing The Witch” Tour. Chasing The Witch is a paranormal romance novel by author Jessica Gibson. Now I’ll leave the stage and hand my blog to Jessica for the day!

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Thanks so much for having me on your blog today Elise! Today we’re going to talk about book crushes 🙂 Here is my top 10 list of very swoon worthy guys.

1      Bones from the Night Huntress series~ He is beyond swoon worthy, he’s a vampire, with an accent….enough said lol.

2      Dorian from the Gwen Sparks series~ The sexy angel of death. He has looks, and a killer sense of humor….pretty much the whole package right?

3      Mason from the Mystic Wolves series~ Can you say Alpha??? Yowza, he’s a whole lot of hotness wrapped up in a bow for you. He takes care of his own, that right there makes me sigh.

4      Barrons from the Fever series~ I love his wit. He was such a mystery to me in the first book. I couldn’t get a handle on him, and it made me like him so much more.

5      Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series~ I think I have read all the books in this series at least 3-4 times just to swoon over Jaime. He’s a highlander, so accent, and his love for his wife Claire is sigh worthy.

6      Matthew Clairmont from the All Souls series~ Vampire, accent, book smarts. I liked him almost immediately in the first book. Very swoony.

7      Eric from the True Blood series~ He’s a badass. What girl doesn’t like a hunky bad boy? We might say we don’t, but we totally do lol.

8      Damon from the Vampire Diaries~ I will say that I watched the show before reading the books, so when I read them, I totally pictured Ian Somerhalder as Damon. He’s another bad boy, although he for sure has a good side to him, it just takes a while to see it.

9      Hades from the Spellbound series~ Are you noticing a trend? Hades isn’t really a bad boy though. He’s just sort of misunderstood. He is a romantic at heart, once you read the books you’ll understand.

10   Harry Potter from well, Harry Potter~ I have a nerdy sort of book crush on him. He enticed the young girl in me who always wanted to believe in magic.

Tell me, who is your book crush????? Thanks again for having me Elise!

About Chasing The Witch

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Author: Jessica Gibson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

After the events of Mark of the Witch, Jilly at last begins to breathe easier though her powers are still growing. But can she harness them in time to confront a new chain of events that threatens to change everything?

Caroline has finally accepted her life as a witch, but when a stranger comes into her life she’s forced to question her family loyalty.

The sisters are thrown together to protect a young girl from the enemy determined to hunt her down. Can they save her — and themselves?

Author Bio

154629_10151235773585896_198368657_nJessica Gibson is a recovering bookaholic, she’s down from four books a week to a more reasonable one. It was that love of words and creativity that made her dream about writing her first book. That dream was hidden for years, always put on the back burner, filed away in the “someday” section, until her husband Matt gave her the kick in the pants she needed to actually get off her butt and write.
Jessica and Matt live in Southern California and have a serious addiction to reality tv shows like Pawn Stars and American Restoration. They have one son and hope to add to the family in the near future.
Aside from writing, she runs an online event planning business called the Release Day Diva. In addition to novels, Jessica writes and maintains the blog Book on the Bright Side. Keep up with Jessica and her latest releases and events on her blog.

Website: www.releasedaydiva.com

Book Blog : www.bookonthebrightside.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-Gibson/120212814747940
Twiter: @jessicajgibson

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Witch-Boston-Witches-ebook/dp/B00A98WS7G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359023692&sr=8-1&keywords=chasing+the+witch

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Book Review New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer

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Authors: John and Annette Gisby

Genre: Travel/Memoir/Humor

Rating:  4 stars

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What should you do if your spouse becomes addicted to the Lord of the Rings movies and swoons at the very mention of Orlando Bloom’s name? (Thud. Quick, fetch the smelling salts.) How about taking the advice of a strange apparition that reveals itself in a dream? An apparition that looks remarkably like the director of the movies, Peter Jackson, but not quite remarkably enough to prompt legal action. An apparition that recommends touring New Zealand in an effort to prove that its sheep pastures aren’t really filled by frolicking Hobbits. Just sheep and the occasional zorbing local. This is the hilarious tale of such a tour, featuring snow capped mountains and turquoise lakes, flightless birds and flying cattle, bungy jumping grannies and the carrot mafia, strange yellow eyes peering up from a road map and hotel receptionists always desperate to know win you are living.

I’m sorry this review is up rather late. I just finished reading. I had a blast, and I didn’t want to take up the pace to finish sooner. If you’re looking for a book about travelling to New Zealand, then this is it. The book is humorous and quirky, fun and exciting. I never longed to go to New Zealand as badly as after finishing this book.

What makes this original and entertaining is the focus on hobbits, the conversations John has with a weird, tiny little man in his head, the funny nicknames and terms like ‘hobbit botherer’. I’m a big fan of Lord of the Rings – who isn’t? and where are they, so I can burn them? – so the hobbit-locations are definitely on my to-visit list if I ever make it to New Zealand. But even if you’re not a die-hard LOTR fan, there are plenty of places the Gisby’s describe in this book that are worth visiting.

The writing is at times hilarious. Sometimes I thought it was a little too hilarious, as I kept on laughing and couldn’t keep up with what was being said. But all in all, I had great fun, I learned lots of new things about New Zealand, and I met a fellow hobbit botherer in the book.

Release Day A Hot Mess

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I’m hosting a release day post for “A Hot Mess” today. I’m hosting an excerpt, blurb and author bio. There’s also a giveaway for an eBook copy of “A Hot Mess” below.

Book Excerpt

“Flight seven seven seven to Vegas is now boarding.”

Caitlyn Myers grabbed her faux Louis Vuitton bag and nudged her fiancé, who dozed in the uncomfortable plastic chair beside her. “Wake up, Simon. They’re calling us.”

Simon stirred, and two bleary eyes blinked up at her. “Caitlyn? What is it?”

Cait snapped her fingers together in front of his face. “The plane, Simon. It’s time. We can board now.”

Sunlight poured through the glass at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Cait reached for her shoes, but she paused to admire the sparkles given by the huge diamond solitaire on the ring finger of her left hand.

It had come as a complete surprise when Simon popped the question early that morning. She’d suspected he would ask, but not until Valentine’s Day which wasn’t until tomorrow. The biggest surprise had been Simon’s decision to elope. Cait had said yes, and they’d headed straight to the airport after a frenzied packing session.

Two non-refundable coach tickets were booked. Now, they prepared to board the plane that would take them to their happily ever after. Cait wanted to squeal in delight but didn’t.

Simon got to his feet and lazily stretched. The hem of his shirt lifted, and a small strip of tanned, muscular skin appeared.

Cait sighed with happiness. She couldn’t ask for a better fiancé. Simon was sexy and successful, and best of all, he wanted to marry her despite her many flaws.

Simon reached for his expensive leather satchel and slung it over his shoulder. Cait slipped her feet into pink high heels and then straightened. Simon waited with a strained smile as she tugged the hem of her tight miniskirt back into place.

“Are you ready, honey?”

Cait’s insides melted at the sound of Simon’s deep voice. She stopped fiddling with her clothes and gave him an adoring smile. “Yes, I’m so excited!”

Simon chuckled and slipped an arm around her waist to lead her to the gate. When she wore heels, which was pretty much every day, Simon was not much taller than her. Cait felt protected in his embrace nonetheless.

They boarded the plane with no trouble at all and claimed their seats on the wing. She’d once read the wing was the safest part of the plane, and since she was a nervous flier, she was not taking any chances. She’d picked out the best seats she could find. Simon had argued about having to fly coach, but Cait had finally convinced him.

Caitlyn fastened her seat restraint while Simon put away their bags. Once the strap was tightened, and she was safe as she could be, she turned to gaze out the window at a clear blue sky.

It was a beautiful February day, a perfect day to elope. She pushed the niggling thought that she was rushing into the wedding out of her mind. This is what she wanted. Wasn’t it?

A Hot Mess

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Author: Christy Gissendaner

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Caitlyn Myers elopes to Vegas on a spur of the moment decision, but once there she is abandoned by her heartless fiancé. With no money, and her luggage lost at the airport, she calls the one person she knows will help her.

Dylan Russell has known Caitlyn since she was a scruffy tomboy. He’s watched her mature into a ravishing woman and has kept his desire for her a secret … until now. Valentine’s Day in Vegas provides the dazzling backdrop for seduction as Dylan shows Caitlyn that not all loves are messy.

Author Bio

ChristyChristy Gissendaner is a romantic comedy author and believes that laughter and love should go hand in hand. She lives in Alabama with her husband and three sons and is always hard at work on her next novel. In her spare time, Christy loves blackjack, karaoke, and anything resembling a vacation! Find out more about her at http://christygissendaner.webs.com.

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