Saturday, July 23, 2016

#Book #Review...The Last One




ABOUT THE BOOK

Survival is the name of the game as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself in Alexandra Oliva’s fast-paced novel of suspense. She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far.

It begins with a reality TV show. Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens—but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it man-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of them—a young woman the show’s producers call Zoo—stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game.

Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life—and husband—she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skills—and learn new ones as she goes.

But as her emotional and physical reserves dwindle, she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways—and her ability to parse the charade will be either her triumph or her undoing.

Sophisticated and provocative, The Last One is a novel that forces us to confront the role that media plays in our perception of what is real: how readily we cast our judgments, how easily we are manipulated.

REVIEW:


Let me first discuss what I loved about this book. Oliva really knows her Reality TV. She most definitely did her homework and passes with flying colors. What she demonstrated is what I’ve always said about Reality TV, that it’s not so real after all. Because let’s face it, in real life, there aren’t any do over buttons, editing tools or delete functions. Oh sure, there are many times we’ve all said we wish we could change something horrible that has happened in life, but the fact remains, that’s an impossible feat. No matter how difficult an unfortunate incident is to process, you just can’t change what happens in real life. But, when on a supposed reality show, you have editors and producers who spin the story the way they want their viewers to see it to keep those ratings going and to keep that bottom line in check.

Zoo and eleven other contestants signed up for this new reality show. Their sheer will power and faith will be tested to the limits, as the producers of this show literally brought these people to hell and back again. Why would anyone subject themselves to cruel and highly unusual punishment? Money, of course! Each of them has their own personal reasons for signing up for several weeks of hell in the wilderness. Make no mistake, for each of them, no matter how small or large their personal beliefs in what they were doing, it all boiled down to having the title of having survived the tests of the outdoors and that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Oh, but wait a damn minute, will there be a pot of gold and accolades waiting for them at the end?

What Zoo eventually finds out as she embarks on her hellish journey isn’t exactly what she initially thought she signed up for. The contestants begin to turn on one another as they use all their faculties to outwit their component. But, what exactly are they really doing? Strange occurrences begin to happen, as the reader views Zoo’s world through her eyes. And the picture that eventually comes into focus will leave you wondering. The one problem I had with this story is that Oliva brings the fear, and then while you’re reading, stretching your eyes and heartbeat elevating with each word, somehow you’re let down. I love horror stories! And to me, she kept scaring me and then when I thought something major was about to happen, she yanked the fear back leaving me numb. That began to aggravate me. The story left me with too many questions and not enough answers, or at least answers that satisfied me. I kept waiting for explanations, but was left feeling empty. 

Oliva is an amazing writer and she wrote a dynamic story, but I’m wondering if this is what she going for? I’m sort of on the fence with this one. I don’t feel the story gave the explanations I was looking for. She had a good story going and really brought you to that ecstasy of fear and then you get there and she let you go. That’s not exactly what I was expecting. It got to the point where I no longer cared about the characters, except for Zoo. I did care for Zoo and I was rooting for her, but then she sort of made me angry with her stupidity. For as smartly as she played the game, some of her actions made her appear dumb, and I didn’t like that much. 

Mello & June gives The Last One five stars for the writing, but with all things considered, gives three stars as a whole. It’s a fast-paced story and will keep you engaged, but I leave it up to the readers to decide if you agree with my assessment on the fear factor? The book is on sale now wherever books are sold. This is a believable story, however, I just wish there was a stronger explanation. I encourage you to read it. I’d be interested to hear others’ opinions on this story.













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Friday, July 22, 2016

#Book #Spotlight...Piper, Once & Again...#BookBoost #Promo

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Piper, Once & Again
By Caroline E. Zani
Genre: Paranormal Romance


Book Description

Longing for something just beyond her grasp... A successful equine insurance agent living in 21st century Massachusetts, Piper struggles with relationships, patience, scents, and living in 19th century France. Follow Piper on a journey. . . through time, unconditional love, unbearable loss, unbelievable discovery, and a question of forgiveness, as she intuitively learns to see, smell, and feel the messages all around her. Only through tragedy does she begin to learn the lesson she needs to help her uncover the truth. After a teary confession from her elderly father she sets out on a quest to find the one man who can help her understand the reason she is Piper, once and again.



Author Bio

Caroline E. Zani is a spirit medium and author quite by chance. After experiencing a life-altering event she realized that there is more to life than she ever learned in school or church. She loves nothing more than to work with people who come to her feeling lost and broken and showing them the amazing gift of intuition they didn’t know they had. Through readings, workshops and classes she walks a path that allows her to guide others as they walk theirs. Her debut novel Piper, Once and Again was written just prior to the experiences that led her to this path and for that she is eternally grateful. She resides in Massachusetts with her husband, daughter and many four-legged friends.





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#Book #Blitz. . .I Have Faith. . .#BookBoost


We're thrilled to be hosting Davin Whitehurst today!  Davin is the author of the new children's book, I HAVE FAITH.  Please leave a comment to let him know you stopped by!


Title: I Have Faith 

Author: Davin Whitehurst
Publisher: Childlike Faith Publishing
Pages: 26
Genre: Children

Are you ready to get your child excited about faith? “I Have Faith” puts your child right in the footsteps of Danny as he begins to learn about faith. Danny and his older brother have been wanting a dog, but both know their parents don’t think they are ready for a dog. When Danny’s mom begins teaching him what the bible says about faith, he puts his faith into action. After praying and releasing his faith for a dog, doubt and even his best friend keep telling him that he will never get a dog. Over time Danny never loses his faith in the promises of God and finds that God is faithful and that faith works. Come along on this journey that is a real life event that took place in the author’s life as a child.

This book has great illustrations that support a wonderful story about finding faith in God. As you are teaching your child about principals in the bible; this book will help you teach faith. What a wonderful experience it is when we can see our children begin to develop their faith in God, and grow from a tiny mustard seed to a firmly planted tree. The back of the book has a parent/child discussion which will help children gain understanding in faith and some scriptures that Danny’s mom used to get him excited about faith.

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“Hi! My name is Danny.” This is how I learned to trust God and believe His word.
It’s called faith, and you have faith too.


About the Author





Davin Whitehurst lives in the beautiful high desert of Southern Arizona with his wife and son. He is releasing his first book "I have Faith" in May of 2016 but has so many more that are in the making. The motivation behind the books are deeply rooted from in his own past. He is a living testimony of Proverbs 22:6. Growing up in Southwest Kansas and in a Christian household, he was trained up in the way he should go. By the time he became a teenager, Davin turned away from God and left church. Fast forward into his late twenties and God brought him back with a powerful calling. He and his family have been faithfully serving at Seed of Abraham Christian Center International for over seven years now. Proof that when we teach our children the way they should go. When they get older, they know where to turn and will not depart from God. Davin wants each book written to be a resource that parents have to help train their children in the way they should go. He writes stories in a simple way that will be fun and practical for every child. He wants children to get excited about faith and the things of God.



His latest release is the children’s book, I Have Faith. 


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#Book #Spotlight. . .My Soul to Keep. . .#BookBoost

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Featuring Author, Kris Norris


My Soul To Keep
Fearless 5
Kris Norris

Genre: Paranormal romance
Publisher: All Romance eBooks
Date of Publication: July 1, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-945193-08-8
Word Count: 75000

Cover Artist: Erin Dameron Hill



Book Description:

A deadly cycle…a haunting legacy.

From the moment Detective Caitlyn Decker arrives at the scene, she knows this crime is anything but a routine killing. The cryptic note. The contradictory evidence. The violence. There’s no doubt in her mind her life’s about to get complicated. Add Special Agent Deacon McGraw into the mix—a man she’s had an unfortunate crush on for the past six months—and it’s shaping up to get downright messy.

Deacon has waited twenty years to solve his father’s murder. If his calculations are correct, this recent killing is connected to it, and the start of something grisly. After nearly convincing himself his father’s outlandish theories on a cold case were nothing more than a slow slide into madness, Deacon’s suddenly faced with a harsh truth—no one’s going to believe him, either. 

Caitlyn’s not sure what to make of Deacon’s claims. But she’s willing to give him a chance—one that quickly translates into more than just a working relationship. Becoming lovers carries more risks than simple heartbreak. One miscalculation, or a loss of faith, and they just might lose their souls.



Excerpt: 

“Bloody hell.”

Detective Caitlyn Decker shook her head before pressing her fingers against the bridge of her nose, closing her eyes as pain throbbed through her temples, not that it’d do much good. The headache had already taken root, somehow pulsing with every beat of her heart. Nothing but time or drugs would touch it now. And, somehow, downing half a bottle of Motrin while working a murder scene didn’t seem like a viable solution. She glanced at the paper again, rereading the words scribbled across the crisp white sheet.

Some choices are easy, some aren’t. Can you guess which one this was?

Christ, she’d officially seen it all.

A male snort drew her attention, and she shifted her focus as Detective David Truman knelt beside the body, giving it the once-over. He gazed up at her, exhaling loudly as he gained his feet. He stuffed his hands in his pockets, nodding at one of the CSI technicians as they snapped some photographs.

He turned to face her. “Not exactly the kind of case you want to grab at the end of a shift, huh?”

She shrugged. “Thinking there isn’t a right time for a case like this, period. We both know that note means trouble.”

Truman glanced at the paper, nodding. “Just another Wednesday as far as I’m concerned.”

She frowned at his hollow tone, spinning slightly toward him. “You sound more cynical than usual. Everything okay?”

“Peachy. You?”

She shook her head. “Fine. Keep secrets.” She toed the pavement. “So, you aren’t on shift for another two hours. Why the early start?”

“I needed to get out of the house, and I heard the call come through over the radio. Thought I’d check it out…see if you wanted me to take it for you.”

“And let you have all the fun? That’s crazy talk.” She nudged his elbow. “You and Clare okay? We can go grab coffee after if you’d like.”

“God, who are you, Dr. Phil? I’m fine.” He glanced over her shoulder, cursing. “Looks like the feds just pulled up. You sure you don’t want me to take this? Their presence here probably means a joint endeavor, and seeing as you got stuck with the last one…”

Caitlyn did her best to calm the sudden pounding of her heart. The last thing she needed was to sound breathless. And all because of who might have just arrived. “I’m good. But I can count on your help if I need it, right?”

“It’ll cost you.”

“It always does.”




About the Author: 

Kris Norris is a jack-of-all trades who's constantly looking for her ever-elusive clone.

A single mother and slave to chaos, Kris started writing some years back, and it took her a while to realize she wasn't destined for the padded room, and that the voices chattering away inside her head were really other characters trying to take shape. (And since they weren't telling her to conquer the human race, she went with it. Though she supposes if they had...insert evil laugh).

Kris loves writing erotic novels. She loves heroines who kick butt, heroes who are larger than life, and sizzling love scenes that leave you feeling just a bit breathless.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

#Book #Excerpt. . .The Compendium. . .#BookBoost #Promo


The Compendium 
Christine Hart
(The Variant Conspiracy Trilogy, #2)
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing 
Publication date: July 13th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Irina and her renegade variant friends are scrambling to pick up the trail of their former employer, Ivan, and his globally catastrophic scheme. After strategically sharing their story with the media, the group heads south from Vancouver to Seattle hoping to recruit more experienced—and lethal—variants to their cause.

Their attention develops a laser focus on an engineered disaster mere days ahead of them. Ivan is using what staff and resources remain of Innoviro Industries to set off a violent earthquake in San Francisco. While they fight to stop the earthquake, Irina pushes the love of her life Jonah as far away as she can, trying to keep his unstable genetic degradation in check.

Irina’s friends think they’ve seen the worst that Innoviro could bring forth by the time they reach a secret facility in the Mojave Desert. As they near the property, the group uncovers a horror none of them had ever imagined.


BOOK EXCERPT:

I awoke standing on an orange cliff under a purple sky. An unfamiliar canyon wound under the horizon on either side. I looked down to see a river of metallic sludge oozing along the canyon floor. Chunks of debris floated in the sludge. Steam intermittently bubbled here and there. The sky darkened as I watched the river. Lights streaked across the sky, red and white, blinking. Black pellets fell from the lights, exploding in the distance as they hit the ground.

A figure walked through the smoke left by an explosion on the cliff directly opposite from me. While the smoke cleared, Ivan reached the edge of the cliff. His face distorted with a ripple. He reached up with both arms, burying his hands in his hair. His fingertips pulled on his scalp. Ivan’s expression melted. He peeled off his face in a downward motion taking the rest of his body with it. In Ivan’s place stood a red-eyed humanoid reptile with giant curling horns, identical to what I’d seen reflected in the window of Ivan’s apartment.

The horned figure let out a ferocious roar. The ground shook. The landscape shivered until the canyon transformed into a green valley below dry sage-covered hills. Ivan seemed himself again, smiling and tapping his wristwatch, strolling toward me. I shuddered, shaking my head. The green grass floor trembled and a crack opened horizontally between us. Trembling turned to shaking. The crack ripped into the ground in both directions until a canyon separated us.

A hand brushed my cheek. I whirled to find the source of the touch. I found myself lying in bed back in the guest bedroom in Josh’s farm house. I shouted and sat up.



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Author Bio:
Located on BC’s beautiful West Coast, I write from my suburban Burnaby home staring at North Vancouver’s iconic Coast Mountains. I love writing about places and spaces with rich history and visually fascinating elements as a backdrop for the surreal and spectacular.

In addition to my undergraduate degree in writing and literature, my background also includes corporate communications and design. I am a current member of the Federation of BC Writers and SF Canada.

When not writing, I have a habit of breaking stuff and making stuff – in that order – under the guise of my Etsy alter-ego Sleepless Storyteller. I share my eclectic home and lifestyle with my husband, baby daughter and preschool son.




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#Book #Blitz. . .Flesh. . .#BookBoost #Promo


Flesh: The Complete Series
Sky Corgan
Pub. date: July 15, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

All 17 installments ON SALE FOR ONE WEEK ONLY! Plus you’ll also get BEFORE FLESH, the sequel to The Flesh Series. There are over 500 five star reviews for this series!

Looking to explore the lifestyle for the first time? Want to experiment without having to commit to a Dominant? Then come to Flesh.

Flesh is the perfect entryway to all things kink related. Come find out what the lifestyle is all about in a safe, controlled environment.

We’ll tailor your scene to your needs. Whether you’re new to the lifestyle and just want to get your feet wet, or you’re into the hardcore stuff, we can create the perfect experience for you. Simply fill out a list of the things you want to try, and we’ll pair you with a Dominant who will fulfill your desires.

It’s all about you. Let us introduce you to the pleasures of the lifestyle without all the stresses and worries of having to attend munches constantly and search for that one perfect Dominant. At Flesh, everything is arranged for you. Safe, sane, and consensual.

Once this sale is over, the bonus book will be removed from this box set(never to be added again) and the price will increase to $9.99.

Sky Corgan is the USA Today bestselling author of Unmatchable and The Billionaires Club.



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EXCERPT:

“You can relax. I’m not going to hurt you.” He stops right in front of me. Provocatively close. Our legs are almost touching. My eyes are resting on his crotch, but I’m staring more through it than at it. Shit, I’m starting to shut down. The intensity of the situation is too much for me, and we haven’t even started yet. “Unless you want me to.”

“No. That’s alright.” I shake my head, my mouth feeling like a desert. I’m pretty sure he sucked all the air and moisture out of the room when he stepped inside. Except for the moisture between my legs. There’s definitely something going on down there, which is why it’s imperative that I keep them closed. This stupid lingerie is so sheer that he’d probably be able to see it.

“What’s your name, beautiful?”

I feel his fingertips press beneath my chin, lifting my face up to look at him. His touch is soft yet demanding, and it sends electricity pulsing through me, perking my nipples. I don’t want him to see what he’s doing to me. But if that’s really the case, then why am I even here?

“Janice,” I lie. It’s not my name. It’s not even the fake name I had planned to use. I wanted to be Angel, but that went out the window the moment that he touched me. It was like my brain dripped into a puddle of mush on the floor, and all I could recall was my roommate’s name. Internally, I curse myself for saying it—wonder why that was the best I could come up with. Now I’m going to have to listen to him calling me her name throughout the entire session.


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Sky Corgan is a USA Today Best-Selling author. When she's not typing away at the next steamy romance series, she's busy planning for future vacations.

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#Book #Blitz...Legal...#BookBoost #Promo #Giveaway

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Legal
Bree Dahlia
Publication date: July 20th 2016
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance


Taboo. Wrong. Off limits.
I know the drill. I know the rules.
But damn, if he doesn’t get under my skin.
And into my bed.

There’s no reason for a woman like me,
Successful, established, independent,
To ever be sleeping with a younger man.
A younger man with a hard, rugged, sculptured body.
A body that can go all night.

All night.
I can’t resist, can’t turn him down.
Can’t walk away.
Because I’ve never known pleasure like this.
Chase Nolan walked into my life and disrupted my perfect little world.
And made it so much better.

Enjoy it while you can, Jillian.
Because there’s no way there’s a future for us.
After all, is he barely even legal?




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Author Bio:

Bree Dahlia is an unconventional romance junkie. She loves reading it but adores writing it even more. Her stories range from lighthearted to sizzling with that satisfying Happily Ever After ending and a touch of the unexpected. She favors themes of friendship, forgiveness, and unconditional love with alpha characters and eccentric tastes.

She holds degrees that she does nothing with and has experienced a long string of jobs that have left her unfulfilled. Only as an author, has she truly found her passion. When not crafting stories in her small Wisconsin town, she hikes unbeaten trails, watches hockey games, and wishes she didn’t detest cooking so much.

Dahlia is her middle name. Her last name is more suitable for a horror writer.

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#Book #Spotlight. . .Rubicon International Books. . .#BookBoost #Promo

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Garen
Rubicon International
Book One
Ann Gimpel

Dream Shadow Press
55K words

Release Date: 6/14/16

Genre: Shifter Romantic Suspense 

Undercover Shifter Bad Boys = Alphas With Serious Attitude
Tumble Across the Rubicon Into the Death-Riddled World of International Espionage



Book Description:

As an agent for an international espionage firm, Miranda has her hands more than full. Between secretly lusting after her boss, Garen, and making sure the dirty little secret about her double life as a wolf shifter remains hidden, she’s still a virgin at nearly thirty.

Sent to eliminate the head of a human trafficking organization in Amsterdam, she barely escapes with her life. Injured, frightened, and under attack the second her private jet lands in the U.S., she’s not certain where to turn.

Garen’s watched Miranda just as surreptitiously as she’s been eyeing him. 

Unfortunately, the fact that she works for him is a showstopper. Plus, he has a few secrets of his own that have kept him single. When Miranda insists on heading up a covert operation, he can’t come up with a plausible reason to stop her. Watching her sprint headlong into danger damn near kills him. He wants to hold her, love her, protect her.

Miranda’s life is on the line. Will Garen risk exposure to save her?


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Lars 
Rubicon International 
Book Two 
Ann Gimpel 

Dream Shadow Press 
63K words 

Release Date: 6/28/16 

Genre: Shifter Romantic Suspense 

Undercover Shifter Bad Boys = Alphas With Serious Attitude 
Tumble Across the Rubicon Into the Death-Riddled World of International Espionage 



Book Description

Tamara MacBride has a much bigger problem than hiding her shifter side from the world. By the skin of her teeth, and with a smattering of Irish luck, she manages to kill her sister’s murderer. Escaping from the scene of the crime is much harder than she anticipated. Just when she thinks she might be safe, her cab driver shrieks and slumps over the wheel. 

An unknown assailant terminates Lars Kinsvogel’s target. Pleased by the outcome—after all dead is dead—he exchanges the glitz of Monte Carlo for a nearby airport, intent on collecting the private plane he left there. He’s no sooner arrived when a cab jumps the curb, and he races over to investigate. There’s not much he can do for the cabbie, but his passenger is still very much alive. 

Trying to hustle Tamara out of the cab is tough. She’s frozen by fear, but when Lars lays out the rest of his plan to move her out of danger’s path, her temper flares. He can’t leave her alone in Monte Carlo. Can he convince her to trust him in time to save her life?


About the Author:




Ann Gimpel is a national bestselling author. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. Once upon a time, she nurtured clients, now she nurtures dark, gritty fantasy stories that push hard against reality. When she’s not writing, she’s in the backcountry getting down and dirty with her camera. She’s published over 30 books to date, with several more planned for 2016 and beyond. A husband, grown children, grandchildren and wolf hybrids round out her family.







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