Friday, December 30, 2011

Kiera's Quest: Awakenings by Kristy Brown

Kiera's Quest: Awakenings

Synopsis:
Meet Kiera, a pretty, intelligent, and talented girl, brought up by her uncle, and abandoned by her parents. Life is as normal as she believes it to be, apart from the deep ache inside her, telling her she’s different. For years, Kiera had dreams where she ventures into a different reality. She’s not alone; a presence is always there, keeping her safe, yet she feels vulnerable, and hunted.

Zakk, Prince of Zantar, is under the Witch Queen’s spell as she tries to take over his world. He crosses paths with Kiera, and their fates are entwined.

As their journey unravels, she learns that she is not the only one affected by this prince. Who is on her side? Will she find out why she has been chosen? How can someone so young, defeat such evil? Will she find the strength to save the ones closest to her? Will this be Kiera’s only Quest?

My thoughts:
I would like to start this review by saying this is an amazing start to a series!! I've been debating for a couple of days on what to write without having spoilers... And I've finally decided to just tell you how great this short introduction is! I literally sat down and read it in about an hour and loved it from page one! I can't wait to read the next part of Kiera's story :)

You can purchase the book here:
http://www.amazon.com/Kieras-Quest-Awakenings-ebook/dp/B005WXN1RE
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/98412
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kieras-quest-awakenings/id478076147?mt=11
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kieras-quest-kristy-brown/1107079984

You can find out more about the author here:
http://museituppublishing.com/musepub/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=152&Itemid=82
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5290332.Kristy_Brown
http://twitter.com/#!/KierasQuest
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001711051445

The Slab by Jeff Mariotte



Cover for 'The Slab'



In the grim days following 9/11/2001 three veterans of different wars, whose lives have been intersected by magic, find themselves thrown together in California's cruel desert - while a group of serial killers ply their deadly trade, and an ancient evil grows beneath them.


I absolutely LOVED this story! It was one of those on the edge of your chair, locking your doors and windows at night type of reads!! Reading this book has made me definitly want to read more from the author. And I will never be able to think about "Dove Hunting" in the same way again! If you want to know what I'm talking about you HAVE to get this book!! This is a must read for all horror/thriller lovers :)


You can purchase the book here:
http://www.amazon.com/Slab-Jeff-Mariotte/dp/1932382070
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/64598
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/slab-tommy-lee-edwards/1006014904


You can find out more about the author here:
http://www.jeffmariotte.com/slab.htm
http://www.facebook.com/JeffreyJMariotte

The Vampire Hunter's Daughter Part 1 by Jennifer Malone Wright



The Vampire Hunter's Daughter (The Vampire Hunter's Daughter #1)


Synopsis:
Fourteen-year-old Chloe witnesses her mother’s murder at the hands of a vampire. Before the vampire can kidnap her, there is an unexpected rescue by a group of vampire hunters. Overwhelmed by the feeling of safety, Chloe passes out and they whisk her away to their small community.


When Chloe wakes, she comes face to face with the only other living relative, besides her mother, whom she has ever met: her grandfather. Chloe’s mother kept her hidden from the family; now, Chloe tries to unveil the family secrets.


Through her grandfather, she learns her mother was a vampire hunter. In fact, her entire family is descended from the powerful bloodlines of vampire hunters. Chloe agrees to join the family she has never known for one reason only: Chloe vows to kill the vampire responsible for her mother’s murder.


With vengeance in her soul, Chloe is even more determined to follow through on her vow when she discovers the true identity of her enemy and how he is connected to her


The Vampire Hunter's Daughter is the first in a series of short stories by Jennifer Malone Wright.


My thoughts:
I really enjoyed this first segment in this series. The author skillfully pulled you in and told you a great story. I was hooked from page one and honestly would have gone crazy if I didn't have part two to follow up with. This segment has a ton of suspense, action, and downright crazy fight scenes. I recommend this book to all who like a bit of a twist on the normal vampire/hunter story :)


You can get this book for FREE here:
http://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Hunters-Daughter-Part-ebook/dp/B005GSS26K
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/80583


You can find more on the author here:
http://www.facebook.com/thevampirehuntersdaughter
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4824985.Jennifer_Malone_Wright

War within Two Worlds: A Warrior's Spiritual Journey by Maxime Antoine


War within Two Worlds: A Warrior's Spiritual Journey

Ountam was a warrior. He had spent his life engaging in battle. This made it very hard for him to accept the teachings of his Maat priestess, who encouraged him to live by the principles of love and peace.


As a defender of the Temple, he sought to protect this way of life. Yet when faced with a difficult encounter in battle, he lets his anger get the better of him. He fights to kill rather than to paralyze and hopefully rehabilitate his opponents. It is this rage that leads to his demise and his journey to the next plane.


Now Ountam must learn to control his emotions so he can lead his community in the ultimate battle against the Dark Deceased. It is a monumental challenge, but the power of love must prevail in order to bring peace to the next plane and light to its inhabitants.


I received a complimentary copy of War within Two Worlds: A Warrior's Spiritual Journey by Maxime Antoine as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team.  Visit dorrancebookstore.com to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team.


This was an inspirational book to read. Throughout the book you can't help but want to join Outnam on his journey. The format of the author's writing makes the book very easy to read. I recommend this book to anyone that needs an uplifting read :) 




You can purchase this book here:
http://dorrance.stores.yahoo.net/warwitwowowa.html
http://www.amazon.com/War-within-Two-Worlds-Spiritual/dp/1434902153

My Zombie Body by Mario Lurig



Cover for 'My Zombie Body'



Imagine your body no longer listened to you. You were trapped, experiencing the world in a new way: without any control over your actions. It's a world filled with sleep deprivation, mind games, and unthinkable acts.

Welcome to my world.
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"My Zombie Body" is a first person zombie novella for the reader who enjoys a twist on a new classic genre. 50% of author royalties will be donated to Child's Play Charity.

I received this book from the author, who is in no way reimbursing me for my review.  I absolutely loved the first person point of view that the author writes with in this book. It's a refreshing twist to an ordinarily mundane topic for me. I could totally see this book becoming a full length novel. I recommend it to everyone because A. It's zombies! and B. Proceeds go to Child's Play Charity. Why wouldn't you buy it after those reasons??


You can purchase the book here:

You can find out more about the author here:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2725149.Mario_Lurig

Oceans of Red Volume Two By Willow Cross

Cover for 'Oceans of Red Volume Two'


Synopsis:
Remy's saga continues as she comes to terms with who she is and what she will become.

My thoughts:
I really loved this continuation of Ocean's of Red Volume One. Without saying any spoilers, all I can tell you is that there is a lot suspense, action, and adventure being had by Remy and her sister, Shane. They are definitely on the right track, in my opinion, and I can't wait to see what happens in Ocean's of Red Volume 3. This is definitely a series so you must read Volume one to understand what's going on. It's a good thing you can get it for FREE by going here (http://thecoverbybrittany.blogspot.com/2011/10/oceans-of-red-volume-one-by-willow.html) ;) I recommend this series to all that like a little twist on the whole Zombie apocalypse scene :)

You can purchase the book here:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/110129
http://www.amazon.com/Oceans-Red-two-ebook/dp/B006GWZ1KK
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/oceans-of-red-volume-two-willow-cross/1107971535?ean=2940032904274
http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Oceans-of-Red-Volume-Two/book-0lzcBT9J8Uia4q22n7IAgA/page1.html
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/oceans-of-red-volume-two/id490052763?mt=11


You can find out more about Willow here:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4889188.Willow_Cross
http://www.facebook.com/willowcrossbooks
http://willowcrossbooks.weebly.com/index.html
http://willowcross.blogspot.com/

Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink by Jane Goodall, Thane Maynard (Contributor), Gail Hudson (Contributor)




At a time when animal species are becoming extinct on every continent and we are confronted with bad news about the environment nearly every day, Jane Goodall, one of the world's most renowned scientists, brings us inspiring news about the future of the animal kingdom. With the insatiable curiosity and conversational prose that have made her a bestselling author, Goodall-along with Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard-shares fascinating survival stories about the American Crocodile, the California Condor, the Black-Footed Ferret, and more; all formerly endangered species and species once on the verge of extinction whose populations are now being regenerated.

Interweaving her own first-hand experiences in the field with the compelling research of premier scientists, Goodall illuminates the heroic efforts of dedicated environmentalists and the truly critical need to protect the habitats of these beloved species. At once a celebration of the animal kingdom and a passionate call to arms, HOPE FOR ANIMALS THEIR WORLD presents an uplifting, hopeful message for the future of animal-human coexistence.

I purchased this audiobook after hearing about the author in one of my Anthropology classes. This book is definitely an eye-opener as to HOW involved one can be in nature and how "easy" it could be to reverse the effects of our "footprint"...if only we would try... It is a good read (listen) for all that are interested in the topic, conservation of our wildlife, and in Anthropology in general.

You can purchase this book here:
http://www.janegoodall.org/product/hope-animals-and-their-world


You can find more by the author here:

Deadly Defiance (A Stan Turner Mystery #10) by William Manchee




A young mother complains to Stan that she’s been abandoned by her husband, left penniless, and deeply in debt. Maureen Thompson is livid with her husband and suggest she’d be better off if he were dead, so she could collect on his sizeable life insurance policy. Stan cautions her not to think in those terms and, before she leaves, promises to develop a strategy for effectively dealing with her seemingly unsurmountable problems. Several weeks later Maureen calls Stan from the City Jail where she’s been arrested for the alleged murder of her husband. Since Paula is between murder cases, Stan assigns the case to her. She is elated with the assignment until she finds out Rodney Thompson isn’t her first husband to fall victim to a seven-inch ice pick.

While Paula is busy trying to prove Maureen Thompson isn’t the Ice Pick Killer, Stan and Jodie try to help an illegal Hispanic woman obtain redress for the murder of her husband at the hands of a sweatshop owner with ties to a Mexican drug cartel. It’s a dangerous case so Stan and Jodie team up with the Dallas Police and the FBI to attempt to bring the abusive employer to justice. But just when they think they have Icaro Melendez on the ropes he strikes back with a vengeance making Stan and Jodie wish they’d never taken on the case. But there is no going back now, so they press on, praying they’ll survive a final confrontation with the ruthless cartel.

I won this audiobook on Goodreads First Reads. I didn't think that I would be able to get into this book being that it was #10 in a series, but it was very easy to associate with. The characters were very well developed and the story line was so well written that I would definitely be interested in reading the others in the series and recommend reading at least this one to all who love a good murder mystery :)

You can purchase this book here:
http://www.theaudiobookstore.com/william-manchee/deadly-defiance-stan-turner_bktopp000015.aspx
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deadly-defiance-william-manchee/1102856317?ean=9781929976768&itm=1&usri=deadly+defiance


You can find more about the author here:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/William-Manchee/71990984430

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Soul's Sonata by Rachael Wade


At only twenty-five years old, Emily has lost her sense of worth and her identity has faded into a distant chasm. Abused, isolated, and a former shell of herself, she is trapped in her mind and in her music. Yet she has a dream—the only thing that reminds her she is still alive.


I absolutely LOVED this short story. It shows that if you have the strength to let a wonderful distraction take you away, you can. Emily's use of music and gardening as her escape from reality is a way that hits close to home. This story definitely gives hope to those in similar situations!! I can't wait to read more from the Author :)


You can get this book from the Author by emailing her at:
FreeEbookShort@gmail.com

Leibster Blog Award..

This Blog has been awarded the Liebster Blog Award!!!

Yesterday I received the Liebster Blog Award from the Lovely Willow Cross!!!
Thank you Willow!!



You can find Willow's Blog here.

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So, as per the rules for this award (copied from Willow):

In accepting the Liebster Blog Award, the recipient agrees to:

Thank the person who gave them this award and link back to that persons blog.

Copy and paste the award to their blog.

Reveal the 5 blogs they have chosen to award, commenting on their blog to break the news.

Hope those people in turn pay it forward by accepting and awarding "the Liebster Blog Award" to bloggers they would like to honour.

This award is for anyone with fewer than 200 followers :)

Sofia Day  Sofia Day's Pen

Kymberlee Burks-Miller  Kymberlee's Compulsion

Katie Seco  Paraholic's Preview

Melissa Ringsted  There for you

Paranormal Reads  Paranormal Reads Reviews








Monday, December 12, 2011

Muse: A Short story By K.W. McCabe

I really liked this short story. The author gave you just enough to intrigue you into reading the story. She definitely left you longing for more! Definitely a make-you-think type of reading. Great job :)

You can get this story for FREE here:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/113013

Escape: A Short Story Ebook By K.W. McCabe

The author definitely captures the essence of a "ghetto" neighborhood and portrays it well through the eyes of a well meaning, but disturbed young girl. Everyone hopes for a way out but doesn't have the opportunity like Aisha. Definitely a great read that I hope gets expanded into a longer story :)

You can get the story for FREE here:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/113012

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Wicked Little Lies Part 2 by Tanya Contois


Jocelyn has just turned 18 but instead of having the big celebration she was looking forward to for so long she finds out that not only is she not fully human but the people who raised her aren’t her real parents. Instead of staying to listen to her parents’ explanation she takes off and ends up going to live with her biological parents Jacoby and Adeline. Jocelyn quickly makes new friends and gains a potential boyfriend named Sonny but things are far from safe when Kane, another cambion makes his presence known. Now Jocelyn is left with many questions but few answers. What does the future hold for her and will she end up with Sonny? Only time will tell.


I received this book from the author, whom I met through Bee's Knees Reviews (http://beeskneesreviews.blogspot.com/). After finding out that not only has her whole life up until her 18th birthday has been a lie, but also finds out that she is betrothed to a major jerk of a guy! Kane keeps pulling her into his dreams in a horribly failed attempt at winning Jocelyn over.  I don't think Kane knows what he has gotten himself into. This another great part and I can't wait to read the next part of the book!!! 


http://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Little-Lies-2-ebook/dp/B006HH9G2S/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323281469&sr=1-2
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wicked-little-lies-volume-2-tanya-contois/1107866951?ean=2940013479357&itm=2&usri=tanya+contois


More info on the Author:
http://www.facebook.com/tanya.contois

Wicked Little Lies: Part 1 by Tanya Contois


Jocelyn has just turned 18 but instead of having the big celebration she was looking forward to for so long she finds out that not only is she not fully human but the people who raised her aren’t her real parents. Instead of staying to listen to her parents’ explanation she takes off and ends up going to live with her biological parents Jacoby and Adeline. Jocelyn quickly makes new friends and gains a potential boyfriend named Sonny but things are far from safe when Kane, another cambion makes his presence known. Now Jocelyn is left with many questions but few answers. What does the future hold for her and will she end up with Sonny? Only time will tell.


I received this book from the author, whom I met through Bee's Knees Reviews (http://beeskneesreviews.blogspot.com/)I don't know how I would feel being raised as a human my whole life and then having my parents tell me that I'm not human and not their child. Talk about an 18th birthday present that one would never want to have. After moving to her new house and new school, Jocelyn starts making friends (and enemies) quickly and is able to settle in well in her new life...This a GREAT start and I can't wait to read the next part of the book!!! 




You can purchase her book at the following locations
http://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Little-Lies-ebook/dp/B0068553DA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323281469&sr=1-1
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wicked-little-lies-tanya-contois/1107444598?ean=2940013460751&itm=1&usri=tanya+contois


More info on the Author:
http://www.facebook.com/tanya.contois

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The Spirit Box by JH Glaze






When Walt Turner's mother died, he inherited her apartment and the antique shop below. After losing his job due to the treachery of a co-worker, The Spirit Box calls to him from the darkness of the shop with an offer of revenge.


Lured by the promise of ultimate power and eternal life by the prisoner inside the box, Walt agrees to help it gather the final spirits it requires to return to human form.


John Hazard is investigating a series of murders and missing persons in this otherwise quiet town. His perceptions of reality are about to be altered in a life changing confrontation that will force him beyond the boundaries of darkness and ancient evil.


It is a spiraling descent into madness, where you may have everything you desire, if only you are willing to sacrifice all that you believe.


When you look into The Spirit Box, be prepared to have more than your breath taken away.


I won this book in a giveaway and received it from the author. I have to say that this is one of the most interesting books I have read to date. Walt finds The Spirit Box in his departed mother's antique shop after having several dreams about where it was located. He is unable to open it himself but soon the box starts talking to him and convinces him to help the box finish his quest. After an unfortunate incident at work, Walt has no guilt in bringing a co-worker to the box. He is required to bring more people after that and with the final person is accepted by the box, Walt turns on it and tries to destroy it to no avail. Unfortunately (or fortunately...however you want to look at it...) John Hazard is assigned to the cases of the missing persons and comes upon Walt at a most inconvenient time! you will have to get a copy of this book to understand what I'm talking about ;) This is truly a great read and I can't wait to read the author's next book, NorthWest. I recommend The Spirit Box to everyone that has had a co-worker that has done something you didn't like. This is definitely the ultimate revenge book :)




You can get the book at the following locations:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-spirit-box-jeff-glaze/1032502344?ean=9780983906902&itm=4&usri=the+spirit+box
http://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Box-JH-Glaze/dp/0983906904/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323224612&sr=1-1


More info on the Author:
http://www.facebook.com/thespiritboxbook?ref=ts
http://www.facebook.com/JHGlaze.author

Lifting the Wheel of Karma by Paul H. Magid




Lifting the Wheel of Karma


Joseph Connell is a gifted high school athlete from Montana, loved deeply by his family, yet tormented by nightmarish visions he can neither explain nor escape. 


He believes the answer to what threatens to crush him can be found in the knowledge possessed by a mystical old wise man, who lives deep within the remote Himalayas of India. 


If Joseph is ever to find the peace he so desperately seeks, he must get this wise old man to reveal what he truly knows, but that will not be easy…for this sage knows far more than he admits.


I received this book from the author, whom I met through Bee's Knees Reviews (http://beeskneesreviews.blogspot.com/). I really enjoyed reading this book. It definitely shows that you can reverse the effects you have had on people by just showing them a little compassion. I was truly moved by how the book ended and will definitely be buying it to give as gifts. I recommend this book to anyone that needs an uplifting book to read. I definitely left this book with a better outlook on life :)


You can get the book at the following locations:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/94159
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lifting-the-wheel-of-karma-paul-h-magid/1033979520?ean=9780984016068&itm=1&usri=lifting+the+wheel+of+karma
http://www.amazon.com/Lifting-Wheel-Karma-Paul-Magid/dp/0984016066/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323220730&sr=8-1


More info on the Author:
http://www.paulhmagid.com/
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5269021

The Coffee Shop by Lauren Hunter




Cover for 'The Coffee Shop'


Twice fate has brought Derrick Sloane and Annie Maddock together in the same place, but will fate now be the one to tear them apart.


From the moment Derrick Sloane and Annie Maddock met there was an instant connection. They date for five months, growing closer every day.


Only Derrick wakes up to discover the entire five month relationship was nothing more than a dream. Or was it? For when he goes to the coffee shop who should be there but Annie, just as in his dream. Derrich soon realizes he was seeing a relationship with Annie five months into the future. That night the dream continues right where it left off, five months in the future, but his meeting with Annie that day has altered the timeline. Every day he spends with Annie, he continues to alter the timeline of his future. Although Derrick tries desperately to put everything back to the way it was in his dream, every attempt just makes it worse.


And when he is shown two alternate timelines, he must now make the most difficult decision of his life.


I won this book in a giveaway and received a copy from the author. The Coffee Shop was definitely a tear jerker in some spots. After Derrick's 2nd or 3rd dream I was super happy that the book hadn't ended. But the ending was definitely not what I had expected! This is a great read and I can't wait to see what Lauren comes out with next :) I would recommend this book everyone that needs a good reason to be thankful for the people that they have in their life! Truly a great book :)


You can get the book at the following locations:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/99898
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-coffee-shop-lauren-hunter/1107218124?ean=2940032835868&itm=1&usri=lauren+hunter
http://www.amazon.com/The-Coffee-Shop-ebook/dp/B005VRZ1EM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323219985&sr=8-1


More info on the Author:
http://www.amazon.com/Lauren-Hunter/e/B005ZEJTJ4/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

My Brother's Keeper by Brian Bowman


I received a complimentary copy of My Brother's Keeper by Brian Bowman as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team. Visit dorrancebookstore.com to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team.


In the criminal underworld of Detroit, power is the most sought-after currency. The three Martin brothers, Tony, Mike, and Dennis, know how to play the game and appreciate their position in the drug world. Their bond as brothers – the only family they have left – is unending; however, one night alters their lives beyond their wildest imaginations, changing everything in a major way.


On that one night, Mike, thinking he can handle a routine drug deal alone, finds himself attacked and mauled by three gigantic dog-like creatures. Barely escaping with his life, the next morning he learns Tony experienced a similar experience when attacked by his date, a famous rapper, whom he swears transformed into Satan himself. Although Mike’s wounds heal surprisingly quickly, Tony is not so lucky, and his passing brings about an unexpected transformation in the brothers’ lives.


As unexplained deaths mount and sightings of Tony, whose body has disappeared from the morgue, are reported, the remaining brothers start to come under pressure both by the cops and their rivals. Will the brothers survive their newfound existence, or will they prove to be their own worst enemies? In a world where nothing is quite as it seems, this otherworldly tale of murder, revenge, and brotherly love questions whether there is room for loyalty in the quest for money, power, and respect.


I actually enjoyed this book a bit more than I probably should have. It was a fast paced book that kept my interest very easily. Sure there are a few typos and slang terms that a few may not be accustomed to, but that did not detract from the reading in my opinion. I would definitely recommend this book if you want a quick read.


You can get the book at the following locations:
http://www.amazon.com/My-Brothers-Keeper-Brian-Bowman/dp/0805976930/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1323219521&sr=8-2
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-brothers-keeper-brian-bowman/1009153770?ean=9780805976939&itm=1&usri=my+brother%27s+keeper+brian
http://dorrance.stores.yahoo.net/mybrke.html


More info on the Author:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2791887.Brian_Bowman

Setiana's New Life Part 1 By Beth Wright


One advantage to waking up and going with my mates to morning training, is to see them all train together. Come on now, what woman alive would not want to see built male bodies, glistening with sweat as the move around like some kind of wild erotic dancer. 


I received this book from the author. This is yet another wonderful short story by Beth. She definitely has a knack for writing additive series. Setiana is put under a spell, wakes up and finds herself in yet another dungeon of some sort. Only this time she is put in with one of the most beautiful women she has ever seen...but what she finds out about said woman will knock your socks off. Definitely a great read :) I can't wait to see what Beth comes up with next!!!


You can get the book at the following locations:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/98538
http://www.amazon.com/Zoctornyia-Setianas-Life-Part-ebook/dp/B005YN8KWS/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2


More info on the Author:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zoctornyia-by-Beth-Wright/203724263022821
https://www.facebook.com/notifications#!/profile.php?id=100000095308518
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3974614.Beth_Wright

A Soul To Steal by Rob Blackwell




Rob Blackwell


You Are What You Fear
Something is stalking the citizens of Loudoun County, Va.
Is it the return of the notorious serial killer known as Lord Halloween? Or is it something worse—a figure that can cloak itself as your worst nightmare?
Kate and Quinn, two community journalists, rush to uncover the truth before a promised bloodbath on Halloween night.
The debut novel from award-winning journalist Rob Blackwell, A Soul to Steal balances suspense, horror, action and humor, building to a gripping and unforgettable conclusion. For readers who enjoy Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and Jim Butcher, A Soul to Steal is the perfect autumn novel. 


I received this book from the author, whom I met through Bee's Knees Reviews (http://beeskneesreviews.blogspot.com/). First off I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was a great rendition of the traditional "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and was a great book to read around the Halloween time. I was completely hooked on the book and was able to read it very easily. I'm super impressed with the writing style of the author and can't wait for him to publish more stories :) This is definitely a must read for those that are addicted to twists of classic "fairytales."


You can get the book at the following locations:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-soul-to-steal-rob-blackwell/1105546995?ean=2940013024366&itm=1&usri=a+soul+to+steal
http://www.amazon.com/A-Soul-To-Steal-ebook/dp/B005JVEXX0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323217275&sr=1-1


More info on the Author:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12478564-a-soul-to-steal
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4040749
http://www.amazon.com/Rob-Blackwell/e/B005L3UD6M/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Dark and Light: A Small Collection of Poetry Ebook By K.W. McCabe

Dark and light poems of inner reflection. 


This was a collection of some very reflective poems. Some I could relate to from events in my past. My favorite has to be "Butterfly" as I believe it pertains to my life right now. This is a very short read (4-5 pages) so I recommend that everyone read through them :)


http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/102566

Siren: A Short Story By K.W. McCabe

This is a short story about Kara and a male siren that calls to her, beckoning her to join him in the Sea. At the beginning her mother prevents him from calling Kara to him, but in the end the male siren wins Kara over and she succumbs to his incessant singing.

You can get the book for FREE here:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/111586

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Frustrations relieved....

After about a month long hiatus from posting reviews, I am glad (ecstatic!!) to announce that I have FINALLY figured out the formatting errors that have been plaguing me from the start!! A very AWESOME friend (WILLOW!!!!) helped me out tonight and without her I probably wouldn't have been posting any reviews for MANY more days (weeks).... Now with that said... I will be updating past posts, as well as adding new posts that should have been added over the past month. So be prepared for A LOT of changes in the next day or so... I will post another update once all of the changes are made :)
<3 Brittany

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Nine Frights : Stories of Terror and The Supernatural by Jeffrey J. Mariotte



Nine Frights



Synopsis:
Janey in Amber: A woman visiting her mother’s house encounters some uncomfortable realities about her own life.


Santos del Infierno: In a tale set in the world of Clive Barker’s “Hellbound Hearts” (Hellraiser), a man loses his family and gains a new friend—one with a dark agenda.


The Strip: At the edge of a city plagued by zombies, a small community gathers to try to watch out for one another’s humanity. But when it goes, it’s gone...


Nine short works of terror by award-winning novelist and comic book writer Jeffrey J. Mariotte (The Slab, The Devil’s Bait, the Dark Vengeance Quartet, Missing White Girl, River Runs Red, Cold Black Hearts, four 30 Days of Night novels, and more). Some of these stories have appeared in Hellbound Hearts, The Stories in Between, and Zombie Cop, while others are published here for the first time. 


My thoughts:
I really liked the format of this book. You were introduced to 3 short stories that were intermittently weaved throughout 9 sections of the book. My favorite short story was Santos del Infierno, although Janey in Amber reminded me of a few people I know... Overall this was a great book. It was an easy shorter read, but definitely kept you on your toes. I recommend this to all who like a good horror read every now and again :)


You can buy the book here:
http://www.amazon.com/Nine-Frights-ebook/dp/B005FAKL90
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/77683


You can find more by the author here:
http://www.jeffmariotte.com/books.htm
http://www.facebook.com/jeff.mariotte

Friday, November 04, 2011

Oh! What God Can Do! By Gertie Max




Oh! What God Can Do!


Gertie Max has lived a life of service to others. A dedicated wife, mother, and award-winning teacher, she credits God with providing her the strength and balance she needs to make a difference in the world. The power of prayer has enriched her life and the lives of those she meets, both in and out of the classroom.
In Oh! What God Can Do! Gertie shares some very personal memories from her uniquely successful life. From her youth to her professional life and beyond, Gertie sees God's hand at work, and she shares the lessons she learned from her experiences.
Join Gertie as she remembers those pivotal moments in her life when God's presence was felt, clear and strong. Her stories will make you laugh, shed a tear--and will inspire you to reflect on God's influence in your own life.


I received a complimentary copy of Oh! What God Can Do! By Gertie Max as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team. Visit dorrancebookstore.com to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team.
This short book consists of 10 short stories that inspire and uplift you in your everyday life. Each story is well written and makes you feel as if she wrote the book with you in mind. My only complaint is that it is a VERY short book. I really hope she comes out with another book sometime in the near future!


You can buy the book at the following locations:
http://www.amazon.com/Oh-What-God-Can-Do/dp/1434908585/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322973540&sr=8-1
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/oh-what-god-can-do-gertie-max/1100212190?ean=9781434908582&itm=1&usri=gertie+max
http://dorrance.stores.yahoo.net/ohwhatgodcando.html

Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Knight to Remember (Blood Sword Legacy #3.5) by Karin Tabke

Promised to the cloister, the free-spirited Lady Mercia returns home before her final vows for her sister Rowena’s wedding to a Welsh prince. But fate intervenes when she finds a badly wounded man washed up upon the shore.

Unable to resist his fevered pleas for her help, she hides him amongst the caves she played in as a child. And there, as she nurses the handsome stranger back to health, she discoverers a passion for him she cannot resist. Knowing she is promised to God and will never know the touch of man, Mercy gives in to her heart’s desire and her body’s craving.

On his way to his betrothed, Lady Rowena, Prince Rhodri of Dinefwr is shipwrecked and badly wounded, with no memory of who he is. But he does not care; an angel of Mercy has come to claim his mind, body, soul, and--soon--his heart.

Yet fate intervenes again when Rhodri regains his memory and realizes his one true love is the sister of his betrothed. Though honor bound to marry a woman he has never met, Rhodri’s heart belongs to Mercy.

Can Mercy and Rhodri find a way to be together without sacrificing their honor...?

This was a nice quick read that I found for free on Amazon. When I downloaded it I did not realize that it was part of a series, but that did not detract from the story line in my opinion since the author did a very good job of describing the characters and story line. This historical romance kind of reminds me of Cinderella with a few twists and turns. It was too short to get fully invested in the characters but had a good enough story line to keep me hooked for the duration of the book. The rest of the series will be going in my "to read if I have time" pile.

You can get the book at the following locations:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/knight-to-remember-karin-tabke/1100985930?ean=2940012411235&itm=2&usri=karin+tabke
http://www.amazon.com/Knight-Remember-Blood-Legacy-ebook/dp/B004K1EVZK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1323216301&sr=8-2

More info on the Author:
http://www.amazon.com/Karin-Tabke/e/B001JRVRF0/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
http://www.karintabke.com/blog/2011/10/truth-is-stranger-than-fiction/
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/75497.Karin_Tabke

Zoctornyia's Training Grounds By Beth Wright

Would you ever agree to go to another world's school? How would you react finding out you have a soul mate? Even better yet, what would you do if you had more than one? Could you accept a male mate who looks female? Leaders of five worlds came together to build this school. Making it the most unigue school ever designed. All the races of all five worlds may join and learn together as one.

Yet another amazing short story by the Author! This series is about Tiffany and her brother Marcus and best friend Violet going to the school that Tiffany and Marcus' dad teaches at on another planet. There are MANY twists and turns including the introduction of a new race of characters. Another series that I can't wait for the author to finish :)

You can get the book (for FREEEEE!!!!!) at the following locations:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/zoctornyias-training-grounds-beth-wright/1107395759?ean=2940032833482&itm=2&usri=beth+wright
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/99336

More info on the Author:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zoctornyia-by-Beth-Wright/203724263022821
https://www.facebook.com/notifications#!/profile.php?id=100000095308518
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3974614.Beth_Wright

Battles of the Heart By Beth Wright

Vollians appear to be sexy, hot, slightly buffed warrior women. Do not be miss lead for they are not as they appear. Watch, learn, and enjoy as humans explore this new world. What will happen to them? Will these erotic warriors bring joy or pain to their lives? How will the humans survive the dangers of this untamed world?

This is definitely a genre of books that I don't read too often. I have read several other books by the author so I was intrigued to see what she had come up with this time. Her imagination is incredible and her writing is addictive. This book has some explicit scenes but they draw you into the story line and keep you reading. The characters are amazing yet again and so well described that you feel like you know them personally. Definitely a good read if you are into the erotic genre.

You can get the book at the following location:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/99675

More info on the Author:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zoctornyia-by-Beth-Wright/203724263022821
https://www.facebook.com/notifications#!/profile.php?id=100000095308518
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3974614.Beth_Wright

Sorceurian Dragonier Blackthorn Part 1 By Beth Wright

A new race is created by evil Sorceurians to kill their enemies in the world of Zoctornyia.
Two young sisters end up walking through a portal into another world. They soon learn to not trust these new men. Thrown into the dungeons and waiting for some way of escape. What will become of them? Who will help them? What future awaits them?
This is a short prequel of this series.

This short story series by the author has had a very good beginning. It is VERY short but the writing is such that you are hooked from page 2. After getting lost in the woods, the girls find a portal that transports them to a castle. They are captured and held among other prisoners, each with a different fate chosen for them. I definitely can't wait for the author to finish this series so I can find out what happens to Rebecca and Steph.


You can get the book at the following locations:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95981
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sorceurian-dragonier-blackthorn-beth-wright/1106964052?ean=2940032813651&itm=1&usri=beth+wright
http://www.amazon.com/Zoctornyia-Sorceurian-Dragonier-Blackthorn-ebook/dp/B005IGA4O8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323223266&sr=1-1

More info on the Author:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zoctornyia-by-Beth-Wright/203724263022821
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Zoctornyia (Malver Part 1) by Beth Wright


Malver turns to his father."You must stay hidden son. For if she sees you, she will be frightened off," his father says as both of them divert their eyes back to the young female sitting by the river.
His heart sings out to hers. A longing he has never felt before. He feels the need to touch her. It builds as her face turns more his way. 
His father lightly taps his shoulder. He turns and notices the leader guards walking towards them. 
The one stops beside Malvar.
Did you mate her yet?
He drifts his eyes back to the young beauty. His sigh tells the guards his answer.
You have been coming here for four months now, yet you have not sedduced her to mate you.


This is another short story series that I received from the Author. The story line is great! It has some of the same characters as Vultar's series but the author introduces new characters as well as the usual twists and turns that make her stories so much fun to read!! Definitely can't wait for her to finish this series :)


You can get the book at the following location:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95984


More info on the Author:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zoctornyia-by-Beth-Wright/203724263022821
https://www.facebook.com/notifications#!/profile.php?id=100000095308518
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3974614.Beth_Wright

Zoctornyia (Vultar's Heart, Body and Soul Mate Series One Collector's Edition) by Beth Wright


This is Vultar's Heart, Body and Soul Mate Parts one through four of series one combined. It also has some descriptions at the end of it.


Elizabeth was a normal 18yr old female. With a very boring live, till she got kidnapped and taken to a whole new world. Zoctornyia appears to look like Earth in many ways. But in the end they are different in lots of ways. She meets the love of her life. Then is placed into all kinds of trouble. Meeting friends, new family, and enemies, this story has surprise after surprise thrown into her lap.What will become of this young human? Who will she be able to trust in the long run? Why are all the men of this world so sexy and buff? Explore the world of Zoctornyia through her eyes. Learn as she learns, feel the pain, happiness, and laughter come out of the book and into your own thoughts. 


First off I have to say that this is not usually a type of book that I would get "into" since the whole "other worlds" thing doesn't really float my boat, but holy moly!  I was hooked from the beginning lines so I'm so glad I was lucky enough to receive this short story ebook from the Author after reading Part 1 of the series.
It starts out with Elizabeth going in the basement after hearing noises and being knocked out cold by the 3 guys down there. She ends up in a dungeon where she meets Vultar (swoon!!!) and his son Tronarc, whose "people" end up breaking all of them out of the jail. In the process Vultar completely mesmerizes Elizabeth (and me!) and tells her that they are soul-mates, that his name for her is Setiana, and that he will never let any harm come to her. There are many twists and turns, including Setiana's pregnancy/childbirth and many battles. It is action packed from start to finish! This short story is definitely an amazingly unique find :)


You can get the book at the following locations:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/96555
http://www.amazon.com/Zoctornyia-Vultars-Heart-Collectors-ebook/dp/B005VW8A9U/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1


More info on the Author:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zoctornyia-by-Beth-Wright/203724263022821
https://www.facebook.com/notifications#!/profile.php?id=100000095308518
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3974614.Beth_Wright

DANCING WITH A VAMPIRE: A Paranormal Romance by Anthony Auriemma, Carolyn Chambers Clark


In this young adult paranormal romance, a spunky teen, forced to enter a national dance contest must avoid the temptations of her vampire partner and the pressures of being on weekly TV if she hopes to survive.


Seventeen-year-old Delilah Jones doesn’t know a steamy tango from a sensual rumba. She's never competed with outrageous teen couples desperate to win a competition and willing to do anything to survive, or dealt with the weekly pressure of knowing she could be eliminated at any moment. She’s never had to dance in front of anyone, let alone before a live television audience of millions or live in a Gothic castle where she's sure her dance partner is a vampire. When she meets handsome Hendrik Court, she has no idea what she's in for. Dancing against his gorgeous body day after day leaves her no option but to want more of him.


Hendrik Court tries to conceal his attraction for the virgin, Delilah. When he suggests they become voyeurs and peek at the liaisons of their dance teachers, both of them become aroused. This old soul has had many lovers in his many lives, but Delilah offers a fresh and untouched flower complete with her nectar of love. When an old flame of Hendrik's uses all her tricks to drive them apart, he reaches across all the centuries of knowledge to choose whether lust or love will win. 


I'm not sure how to describe this book. The beginning story line was great. I really got into the book with the author's descriptions of events. But once the competition started it kind of went downhill from there. I do have to admit that there were several parts that I just skimmed through since it was pretty much the same lines over and over. There were quite a few grammatical and spelling errors but it didn't really detract from reading too badly. Overall it was an okay story. Just could use less of the "fluff" during the competition.


You can find out more about the Authors here:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/74096.Carolyn_Chambers_Clark
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4457753.Anthony_Auriemma
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=Carolyn%20Chambers%20Clark
http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/CarolynChambersClarkandAnthonyAuriemma
http://freeandbargainebooks.blogspot.com/


You can purchase the book here:
http://www.amazon.com/DANCING-VAMPIRE-Paranormal-Romance-ebook/dp/B005955FGA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323212619&sr=8-1
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/83064
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dancing-with-a-vampire-carolyn-chambers-clark/1105860530

Haunted by Willow Cross

Cover for 'Haunted'

Have you ever heard something go bump in the night and wondered if someone was there? Only to go looking for the cause of the noise and find nothing at all. Or how about unexplainably feeling like you’re being watched when you’re completely alone? Things disappearing for no reason or strange ghostly footsteps in the hall?

This book is a collage of short stories about a few of the otherworldly experiences I’ve had. Although they are not movie worthy, you may find them interesting. All the stories are %100 true. Nothing has been added for dramatic effect.

After reading Oceans of Red Volume 1, I could not help but jump towards this book! Willow has a way of writing that makes her books totally addicting! Each of these short tales of hauntings were "spooky" yet hilarous at the same time. I love how she incorporated stories where she was completely at ease with the "others" and stories where she was actually afraid herself! My favorite was the last story about the "Blue Girl" in the older house. Every time I move I am always curious to find what was left behind, although I have never found anything as fun as that painting! This is definitely a fun read for the Halloween holiday.


You can buy the book FOR FREE!!!! at the following locations:
http://www.amazon.com/Haunted-ebook/dp/B005Z53TA8/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/haunted-willow-cross/1107079946?ean=2940032827771&itm=1&usri=willow+cross
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/98948

More info on the Author:
http://www.facebook.com/willowcrossbooks
http://willowcrossbooks.weebly.com/index.html