Friday, 30 January 2015

COVER REVEAL - Adamant by Emma L Adams **GIVEAWAY**

Today is the cover reveal for Adamant (The Alliance series #1) 
by Emma L. Adams. 
This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours

Adamant (The Alliance Series #1)

By Emma L. Adams

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Age category: Adult

Release Date: 11 March 2015

On an alternative 21st-century Earth in which our world is one of many in the Multiverse, the Inter-World Alliance exists to keep the peace between the worlds, and keep the monsters out.

Ada Fletcher is twenty-one, keeps a collection of knives in her room, and is more interested in fighting than her day job as a cashier. She also risks her life on a daily basis, helping refugees from a devastating magical war on her homeworld hide on the low-magic Earth. But when she's taken into custody by the Alliance, her unusual magic makes her a prime suspect for a supervisor's suspicious death.

For Kay Walker, whose family founded the organization, there has never been any doubt that his future is with the Alliance even if it means dealing with sarcastic centaurs and dangerous monsters in the dark Passages between worlds. But when his supervisor is murdered, Kay discovers that a research project might have been the reason, and faces the choice of whether to ignore his instincts or risk becoming the next target, not to mention digging into the Alliance's history and memories he'd rather keep buried. And there's something not quite right about the strange, fierce girl he arrested as a suspect.

The last thing Ada wants is to help the infuriating Alliance guard who arrested her, but it soon becomes clear that the Alliance knows too much about Ada's offworld origins. More, in fact, than she knows herself. Now she has to choose between loyalty to her family, and helping the Alliance save the Earth and the Multiverse from a deadly enemy.

You can find Adamant on Goodreads

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About the Author:

Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing speculative fiction. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also entertained her creative writing group and baffled her tutors by submitting strange fantasy tales featuring dragons and supernatural monsters to workshops. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, Emma refuses to settle down and be normal. When not embarking on wild excursions and writing fantasy novels, she edits and proofreads novels for various publishing houses and reads an improbable number of books. Emma is currently working on the Alliance series, a multiple-universe adult fantasy featuring magic, monsters, cool gadgets and sarcasm. Her upper-YA urban fantasy Darkworld series is published by Curiosity Quills Press.

You can find and contact Emma here:

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

BLOG TOUR - No One Gets Out Alive by Mindy Larson

Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for the awesome Mindy Larson and 
her latest release No One Gets Out Alive!

Read more below including my review and a great giveaway!!

Title: No One Gets Out Alive 

Series: Pre-Earth #3

Author: Mindy Larson

Publisher: Lavish Publishing 

Release Date: January 27, 2015

While Dominic Morris is struggling to exist in the afterlife, Hope and Sebastian Wilkes live out their 'happily after' on Pre-Earth. With a baby on the way life for them is nearly perfect. But when Hope's father, Oliver Luck, is tempted to reconnect with his soul mate, Phoenix, he threatens to take Hope down with him. 

Drowning in sorrow and thinking he's getting a second chance to help Phoenix, Dominic follows her to The Other Place. 

The place no one wants to go. 

Will Dominic help Phoenix escape The Other Place? And more importantly, will he be able to leave himself? 

One thousand years later, Hadley Christensen is back on Earth, but as Hayden Caldwell. With the help of her deceased fiancé, Luke, and her handsome doctor, Dexter Martin, Hayden considers what to believe. 

Hayden has a choice.

A choice to believe or to stay blissfully unaware. 

Will she follow a path of no return and challenge The Masters once and for all? Or will she succumb to staying in the dark and remain closer to her happily ever after.


First of all I have to share with you that I have an immense soft spot for this series, when I started blogging early last year, Mindy was one of the first authors that I got to know, she is such a lovely lady and she is kinda good at writing too!

I was really looking forward to this book, the third in the Pre-Earth series but I was a little sad as this meant the series was coming to an end, how would the characters lives be tied up?

The whole Pre-Earth series has been an emotional roller coaster, death, birth, romance all feature but the most important thing I found is the family aspect which shines through all the books, the characters have such genuine love and affection for one another.

Mindy has done such an amazing job with her world building too, taking you from Earth to the Purple Planet, the world the characters live in has such atmosphere and is at all times believable.

Now I know what you are thinking I've not mentioned if this book is any good yet, well it is but you need to pay attention a lot goes on, characters change and choices have to be made.  I don't want to spoil this book for you but I think I enjoyed this book the most out of all of them and I really enjoyed the others!

If you have the chance go back to the first installment and read all the books back to back, This has been such a great series and I can't wait to read more from Mindy in the future.

Awarded 5 out of 5

I was provided with a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Author Bio

Born in Provo, Utah in 1977, Mindy Larson is the oldest of four children and the only daughter. This Morning I Woke Up Dead is her first published novel. She lives happily ever after in Southeast Idaho with her four children, and the love of her life. When she isn't writing she can be found traveling, running, baking, cooking, or chasing after her kids, cats, and dog.

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

BLOG TOUR - Eclipse by Dirk Strasser

Welcome to my blog tour stop for Eclipse by Dirk Strasser, the third installment in the Lost Book of Ascension!

Read an exclusive excerpt below

Eclipse – The Lost Book of Ascension

Can you see the story breathing?

What happens if the days keep getting shorter?
And shorter?
Until there is an eternal night?

What happens as the darkness grows?
And the creatures of dusk take control of the Mountain?
And the quest for the third Book is the only hope?

The Mountain is in its death throes as the Nazir send their wraiths to finish what the dusk-rats and grale had begun. Soon there will be no daylight to protect the Maelir and Faemir, and with each twilight there are fewer places to hide. Will the Mountain finally collapse under its own instability or will Atreu and Verlinden’s descent find the words of salvation in the Lost Book of Ascension?


Chapter One

‘Run,’ cried the Watcher. ‘They’re coming again.’
The cobblestones shifted under them and several of the soldiers lost their footing.
‘Run!’ cried the Faemir again, and Hrulth led the charge towards the Maelir stronghold. All around them, buildings were collapsing in the darkness. Cluric had sheathed his sword to allow himself to run more freely. Somehow he knew instinctively that if this came to a fight, he would be lost.
Horrific bellowing noises, which he knew from bitter experience were grale, filled the night sky. This time they were accompanied by a droning undercurrent that was totally unfamiliar. Cluric didn’t look back. He kept his eyes on the street, watching for the potholes and chasms that opened up in his path.
The Maelir barricades were in sight now. Cluric saw the torches burning in front of him. More bellows vaulted into the sky, and he felt his shoulder aching as he ran.
Not far to go, he muttered, as he felt himself dropping behind the others. Not far to go.
The street under his feet buckled and he fell.
‘Cluric!’ Hrulth called.
‘I’m all right. Go ahead.’ But Hrulth was already by his side, helping him up.
‘Are you hurt?’ asked Hrulth.
‘I think I bruised my knee,’ said Cluric, ‘but I can still put my weight on it. Come on.’
They dashed for the Maelir stronghold, aware that just behind them, Dusk creatures were pouring out of the ground and into the streets of Peleusar.
The rest of the patrol cheered as the pair finally reached the barricades.
‘You are fools,’ cried the Faemir Watcher. ‘This is only the beginning. Get the fires started. It’s the only thing that will stop them.’
Hrulth spoke frantically to the other battalion leaders and the orders to start fires were given.
As Cluric stared out into the blackness, he could see blood-red eyes moving like disembodied spectres through the alleys of Peleusar. The Faemir Watcher, the hated enemy, stood next to him, and he felt her fear.
‘You are the first Faemir I’ve ever seen who was afraid,’ he said.
She looked at him, shivering. ‘Am I also the first Faemir you’ve seen without a weapon in her hand?’
Cluric nodded.
‘Then I don’t see why you’re so surprised.’
‘You said you were attacked by something worse than grale and Dusk-rats,’ said Cluric. ‘What is it that terrifies you so much?’
The Watcher closed her eyes as if she was trying to ward off a vision, and uttered a single word: ‘Wraiths.’

Dirk Strasser has won multiple Australian Publisher Association Awards and a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement. His short story, “The Doppelgänger Effect”, appeared in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, Dreaming Down Under. His fiction has been translated into a number of languages. His acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Books of Ascension – Zenith, Equinox and Eclipse – has been published in English (Pan Macmillan / Momentum) and German (Heyne). A collection of his short stories, Stories of the Sand, will be published in November. His most recent short story publications have been “The Mandelbrot Bet” in the Tor anthology Carbide Tipped Pens, “At Dawn’s Speed” in Dimension6 #2, and “2084” in the international anthology The World to Come. He founded the Aurealis Awards and has co-published and co-edited Aurealis magazine over 20 years.


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

RELEASE DAY - No One Gets Out Alive by Mindy Larson **GIVEAWAY**

Title: No One Gets Out Alive
Series: Pre-Earth #3
Author: Mindy Larson
Publisher: Lavish Publishing
 Release Date: January 27, 2015


While Dominic Morris is struggling to exist in the afterlife, Hope and Sebastian Wilkes live out their 'happily after' on Pre-Earth. With a baby on the way life for them is nearly perfect. But when Hope's father, Oliver Luck, is tempted to reconnect with his soul mate, Phoenix, he threatens to take Hope down with him.

Drowning in sorrow and thinking he's getting a second chance to help Phoenix, Dominic follows her to The Other Place.

The place no one wants to go.

Will Dominic help Phoenix escape The Other Place? And more importantly, will he be able to leave himself?

One thousand years later, Hadley Christensen is back on Earth, but as Hayden Caldwell. With the help of her deceased fiancé, Luke, and her handsome doctor, Dexter Martin, Hayden considers what to believe.

Hayden has a choice.

A choice to believe or to stay blissfully unaware.

Will she follow a path of no return and challenge The Masters once and for all? Or will she succumb to staying in the dark and remain closer to her happily ever after.

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Author Bio

Born in Provo, Utah in 1977, Mindy Larson is the oldest of four children and the only daughter. This Morning I Woke Up Dead is her first published novel. She lives happily ever after in Southeast Idaho with her four children, and the love of her life. When she isn't writing she can be found traveling, running, baking, cooking, or chasing after her kids, cats, and dog.

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

REVIEW - The Revealed by Jessica Hickam

Thank you to Spark Press for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

So in a world already saturated with young adult dystopian novels will The Revealed be able to hold its own, will it have a different spin on this genre that will keep the reader entertained?

Well I'm glad to say it does, It is a dystopian but the way the world building has been done it is not a dark ruined world that our main character lives in.

Lily is a teen living in what was Washington DC, the daughter of an influential man, she lives very a very influential life but her every move is monitored by her father's security and at the start of this book she finds herself in his bad books after stealing his car, now he is not just annoyed that his favourite wheels have been nicked, he is annoyed that his daughter is putting herself in danger by leaving their compound.

Lily is 18 and is this brand new world a new threat has come to light, The Revealed a sinister group who have been kidnapping 18 year olds across the world, nobody knows who they are or where they came from but one they have you in their sights there is no getting away from them and Lily is very much in their sights.

Despite being in a supposedly secure area Lily has been receiving notes letting her know that The Revealed are coming for her, she is scared but feels defeated and decides that she wants to do as much as possible before she is taken.

One night they do come, during an important party, they arrive without warning, they are different they can control the elements, making things cold, creating fire at the click of the fingers, thankfully they don't take Lily but they do leave her and her family shaken.

Can she keep safe? Will The Revealed pass her by once she turns 19?

Unfortunately she doesn't get that far, the worst happens and she is taken.  But she finds that what she thought she knew about The Revealed is wrong, things are very different and their agenda make not be as sinister as she once thought.

So what happens next, well you know what I'm going to say, get yourself a copy!!  It is a dystopian but like I said above it is not a totally grey and dark world Lily lives in and The Revealed well they reminded me of the characters from the tv series Heroes, I found them incredibly sinister with their notes and stealthiness to begin with, though they did grow on me!

A good read and the first in a new series, I'm looking forward to seeing what is going to happen in this world.

Awarded 4 out of 5


Friday, 23 January 2015

COVER REVEAL - Gentle Chains by Nazarea Andrews

Gentle Chains Ebook-2

Today we are revealing the cover for GENTLE CHAINS by Nazarea Andrews. This is a new adult title and it will be released in March. Click the link below to read the first 6 chapters!

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When slavers steal Juhan and his twin sister Chosi from their home planet of psychics, their only comfort is in the fact that they’re together. When they are separated at auction, Juhan swears to find his sister, no matter the cost. Juhan is bought by the spoiled daughter of a political scion. Caught in her glittering world of intrigue and politics, Juhan is startled to find Sadi playing a long game to change intergalactic politics and Juhan is merely a pawn in her game. But as his vow and Sadi's lies takes them across galaxies, he begins to wonder if his young owner is more than an arrogant rich girl. And he has to consider the cost of his promise—especially when people they both care for begin to die. A galaxy away, Chosi is sold into blood sport. With her psychic ability, she earns a precarious position of value within the gladiator school, training the draken—wild creatures of smoke and fire—for the arena. In the midst of that hell, she forges a friendship with the slave Jemes and the draken she cares for. But when her defiance comes with devastating results, Chosi contemplates suicide as an escape from her chains. Yet, she can't forget the brother who promised to find her, and even as she welcomes the risk of death, she clings to that promise. Spun across space and exotic worlds, Juhan and Chosi try to find each other, and home in a stunning story about the lengths love will take you.  


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I wake up slowly, and lift my head. The quiet hum is comforting and familiar--I’m on the Leen. “Where is Sadi?” I murmur, shifting to stand. “Galley,” the ship answers promptly, and I stagger to the door. “Ill-advised. I will inform Sadi of your status.” “Disregard. I’m fine,” I answer, and the ship subsides, with a minute rumble of systems that makes me think it’s disgruntled. I find Sadi slumped at the table, cradling a mug of warm chocolate, fatigue pulling her eyes closed. Tin stirs something on the hotsurface, the smell of spice and cream and vegetables thick in the air. I watch them, testing the surface of their emotions before I clear my throat. Sadi glances blearily at me, and then nudges a chair out with a loud screech. I sink down and we sit silently for a long time before she asks, hoarsely, “Want some? Chocolate can make anything better.” I take the proffered cup, recognizing it for the peace offering it is. “How’s that working for you?” I ask before taking a sip. Liquid, velvet heat fills my mouth, slides down my throat. It tastes like a memory, and I struggle to see past a vision of Chosi and a thousand mornings, sitting at the table with her and a cup of chocolate. I force the memory away, focusing on Sadi. Sadi shrugs and gives me a weak smile. “Not terribly well.” I touch her psyche again, feeling the conflict, disgust and desperation. Her eyes are impossibly young when they find mine. “How does this happen? There are thousands injured--we didn’t even make a dent today. And that says nothing of the dead. And no one cares. Because they’re whores,” she finishes bitterly. She almost snatches the chocolate from me, burying her nose in the cup. “What are the estimates on the dead?” “Thirty thousand, in Centari alone,” Tin answers. He ladles out soup and hands steaming bowls around. “Ninety percent of the dead were slaves.” Sadi glares. “That doesn’t make the deaths acceptable.” “No one said it did, Sadi,” he says mildly and nudges her spoon. She stares at it and then takes a tiny bite. As soon as she swallows, her eyes widen and she bolts from the table. Tin drops his spoon with a curse and moves to go after her. “Let me,” I say, standing and following her. She’s leaning over the commode, tears streaming down her face. I let my mind go, touching along her psyche, a flutter of moth wings. It’s so broken, shattered into so many pieces it stuns me. How can she appear so together when she is completely broken? -Sadi?- -How can we expect to make a difference?- she whispers. -It’s so much and we are so small, and no one cares--no one is even here. The IPS will gladly let their world burn.- -They care,- I say, uselessly. She twists to glare at me. -Don’t you dare lie for them. Don’t you dare. They look the other way while your entire world is raped of its people. While your sister is Taken and branded and sold. They use slaves. So don’t you dare lie for them. They don’t deserve it.- I push aside the truth in her words, the rush of anger that she’s one of the slave owners she’s denouncing, and crouch next to her, brushing hair over her ears and murmuring, “We’ll make a difference because you can’t help it, Sadi. You change things.” As I say it, I realize how true my words are. She has changed me.


AUTHOR INFORMATION: Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

REVIEW - To The Edge Of Shadow by Joanne Graham

Thank you to Legend Press for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

Sarah Phillips wakes up one day and finds life is no longer the same, her family have been killed in a tragic accident and everything she knows is gone, you see it is not just her father and sister she has lost, she has woken up in hospital with severe amnesia.  

At the young age of thirteen she has to start again, to create new memories whilst dealing with an occasional flashback of her old ones.  Thankfully she has one relative left, her fathers baby sister, her Aunt Leah.  

Still in her twenties, Leah becomes a mixture of mum, sister and best friend to Sarah, helping her cope when she is sent home from hospital, you really feel for Leah, she is still young and to suddenly have to look after a thirteen year old girl, never mind one who has just been in a fatal accident is not going to be easy but she helps Sarah start to recover, gently helping her explore her surroundings.

Sarah is still incredibly wary of everything, she suffers horrendous flashback nightmares and she feels the need to count her steps constantly.  Thankfully Leah is incredibly patient and eventually Sarah is able to go back to school.

Now the first part of the book deals with young Sarah when you least expect it the book moves forward six years and you meet older Sarah, still without her memories and still incredibly fragile but trying to make her way in the world, Leah is running her own flower shop and has her niece working for her, they are barely living but you get the feeling the are both aware they could be holding the other back.

Sarah has a great friend in her old school chum Alex but you get the feeling she is still very much alone, little does she know she isn't.  

We meet a new POV, a young woman who has been watching Sarah, watching her every move, manipulating Sarah without her knowledge, slowly but surely getting closer to Sarah, where is this heading, what does she have planned for her?

Well you will need to read it for yourself,  This new development adds such an amazing sinister element to this already vastly enjoyable read,  This novel ticks all my boxes, strong characters, gripping story and a sense of menace to mix it all up, beautifully written it deserves to be devoured in one sitting!

Great book and I award it 5 out of 5


Thursday, 15 January 2015

BLOG TOUR - Hydro by A C Waltower **GIVEAWAY**

Hydro (Aurelia Series, #1) by A.C. Waltower 
Release Date: December 2014 
Sci-Fi/Young Adult

 Summary from Goodreads: 

The year is 2091. 75 years ago, a nuclear war desolated Earth. The top 2% of the world fled to Hydro, a compound on the Moon. The rest of the population were left trying to survive on a barren Earth.

Seventeen-year-old Blake lives on Earth with his dad and little brother. When Blake’s father is given the grave sentence of terminal cancer, Blake decides to save his dad by sneaking onto Hydro and making a deal with Hydro’s council. In exchange for them saving his dad, he will give them the answer to everyone’s problem; the location of a new habitable planet. 

The unexpected and unannounced arrival of Blake leaves many citizens with mixed feelings, none more confusing than those of sixteen-year-old Ziva. The more she learns about Blake and where he comes from, the more she learns that not everything she is being told about the situation on Earth in true, including those told by her beloved grandfather. 

Why has he been lying to her? And more importantly what is he hiding from her? 


I do love a good post-apoc and I'm always excited to read any new ones that appear on my dystopian radar.  Hydro recently appeared on said radar and it was a really enjoyable read.

It's set towards the end of this century, a nuclear war has decimated Earth, the population that was not killed by the blasts is struggling to survive but a lucky few managed to escape look down upon the once thriving planet from the safety of a compound on the moon called Hydro.

Hydro is very much the perfect utopia, everyone lives longer and are much healthier than their counterparts on Earth but there are some things that they just cannot do.

All of the food for Hydro is still grown on Earth in giant greenhouses which the survivors frequently try to get in to, the population of Hydro really do take their lives for granted until the arrival of a stowaway on a ship from Earth, a young man has arrived on Hydro and his name is Blake.

Blake has come from Earth to try and make a deal with the Hydro council in return for revealing the location of a new planet which could solve all their problems, a planet which could be the new home for both the residents of Hydro and Earth he wants their help to help save his father who has a terminal illness.

But he has a lot in his way, starting with the Commander of Earth who views Blake as a criminal and doesn't trust him at all, the feeling is very mutual with Blake hating him in return.  Blake finds himself in the company of teens his age and through them he finds that the plan is to return to Earth, they have been told that work is currently under way to make it habitable again for them.  He tells them that this is not the case and as far as he can see nothing is changing, the question is why are they being lied to?

One of the teens that Blake has befriended is Ziva who is the Commander's granddaughter, she wants to know why he has been lying to her and decides to help Blake in his mission to get to the bottom of what is being hidden from the residents of Earth and Hydro.

This is a great young adult read, it reads very nicely and has plenty of plot to keep you interested.  The characters do come across as a little young in parts but they are sixteen and seventeen so they are young!  I do like they idea of a compound on the moon and the world building of Hydro was very well done.

I'm you enjoy your young adult novels with a good dose of dystopia then you will enjoy this.

Awarded 4 out of 5

I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review

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About the Author 

My name is AC and I am an aspiring writer. I've always had a passion for writing, but find it difficult to write while juggling long hours at my day job. I, also, had to get the courage to publish my work, but this has always been a dream of mine. 

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

BLOG TOUR - Origin of Angels by Christie Rich


Today I am hosting a stop on the blog tour for 
Origin of Angels, Book One in the Elemental Legacy series by Christie Rich. 

This is a New Adult Fantasy. This review tour runs from January 12th till 16th.

Check out the tour page for the full schedule.

About the book:

Origin of Angels by Christie Rich

A man searches for the woman he loves. A woman fights to survive.

As the first male Elemental, Travis is a wanted man. Women fawn all over him, both fae and Elemental alike, but he only has one female on is mind—the woman who captured his heart when he was sure he’d lost it. Travis is not only determined to find her, he’s willing to go through his meddling sister, Ralya, to do it. He doesn’t care if she’s queen of the fae, if war is brewing, or if there is a price on his head. He needs to find his mystery woman before it’s too late—before he loses her to the Order or worse, to the evil Valen, who has made a bargain of his own to win back his kingdom.

Emily will do anything it takes to save her son from the Order, no matter the cost. Her heart yearns for the man who gifted her the only joy she has in her dreary world, yet the odds she will ever see Travis again are slim to none. Emily has a single desire: to raise her child. Love is beyond her reach, or so she thinks. As evil draws near, Emily must guard her heart or lose her soul to the fae who wants her to fulfill his wicked purposes.

Will Travis find Emily before she gives up, or will she fall into the hands of his enemy and be forever out of his reach? In this gripping sequel to Elemental Enmity, the stakes for control of Earth have been raised. Evil has taken hold of the mortal realm and won’t relinquish it easily. The forces of Elemental and fae must unite against the dark court if they have any chance at all of overcoming the gloom overtaking the human realm.

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So the cover actually grabbed me before I even knew what this book was about, I think it is very eye-catching or should I say easy on the eye! 

Now I haven't read any of Christie's books before but this was a really good read and she has a whole other Elemental series called Elemental Enmity which I will be adding to my reading list too!

Origin of Angels introduces us to Travis, a male elemental, the only male elemental, and he is very much in demand from his female counterparts both fae and elementals but an encounter with a mysterious unforgettable woman many years before has stayed very much in his mind.  The woman in question has vanished and he wants very much to find her.

Travis is determined in his quest but there are a few other things that get in the way such as his sister Ralya who is the queen of the Fae sticking her nose in where it's not wanted and the possibility of an impending war.

Now I think if I read the Elemental Enmity series I would have had a better idea of how the land lies but not to matter as this is a great read from the first word to the last, it is the perfect young adult read with a great mix of characters and world building that will keep you gripped all the way through.

I'm looking forward to hearing more from this series and I'll definitely be going back to read the other series!

Awarded 4 out of 5

I was sent a copy in exchange for an honest review

Christie Rich
About the author:

I grew up daydreaming about fairytales, and my love for discovering new worlds has never died. I am not one of those writers who always knew I would write. I thought that was what other people did until one day, a few years ago, I took a challenge from a friend and typed my first words. My journey has been wonderful, and I cannot imagine a day where I would ever give up writing. My love for reading is what fueled my imagination in the first place and still does. When I am not writing or reading, I enjoy family time with my husband and two children. My family and I live in a quiet community in Northern Utah, and I am so thankful for the rich life I have been blessed with.

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Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Doomsday Kids: Amaranth's Return by Karyn Langhorne Folan

Thank you Karyn Langhorne Folan for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

The Doomsday Kids series has reached book 3 and this time it is Amaranth who steps up to have her story told.  Unlike book 1 and book 2 which focused on the whole group this novel is really just all about Amaranth and Rod, he has decided he wants to travel back home to Washington D.C. to see if his mother has survived.

Of course the fact that the whole country has been turned in to nuclear wasteland could be a problem and the small issue of the fact that Rod is slowly dying from radiation poisoning turning him from his original jock self in to a shadow of his former glory.

Our two teens do not have an easy journey ahead of them, leaving the relative safety of the mountain place they have miles and miles ahead of them in treacherous snowy conditions, thankfully they don't have to walk to begin with as they find a tractor to help them on their way.  

They have not gone far when they start to see signs of other survivors, unfortunately none of them are of the caring sharing type, they meet people driven mad and the worst kind - cannibals with whom they have a very close shave.

With Rod's deteriorating condition it seems very unlikely that they will make it to Washington but just when they think all is lost they come across the most unlikely sight, something they never thought they would see again, lights.

An oasis in the nuclear wasteland, a casino and hotel of all places, could this be somewhere where they can seek refuge for a while and will Rod be able to get medical help here?  

Well the answer is no, nobody is handing out anything without receiving something in return and as the casino is full of men and lacking in women you can guess what horrible job Amaranth may have to perform.

This third instalment is darker than the last two, as I said we barely hear from the other teens but you know what?,  I did not miss them, Rod and Amaranth make such a great team, they bitch at each other, joke and share old memories but at the same time they stop each other from falling apart when it gets too much, we also meet some new characters and an old friend/foe who comes back in to the groups life.

It reminded me a little of the novel The Road in parts, well mostly the part where they make a horrific discovery after being on the run from cannibals.  This book did not disappoint and I am really enjoying this series.  As I have said before what makes this series is the fact that the characters are real, they don't all of a sudden become super survivors.

A great series and I'm looking forward to reading more.

Awarded 5 out of 5


Saturday, 10 January 2015

BOOK BLITZ - Tag by Shari J Ryan **GIVEAWAY**

Today we have a book blast for Shari Ryan’s Tag!!! And to celebrate the sale she’s running, Shari is sharing an exclusive excerpt and a fantastic giveaway.

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What if your family had a big secret . . . a life changing secret. My dad, the bigwig CIA agent, was always on the run, whether he was being chased or doing the chasing. I missed him. Then my mom passed away, and my sister was murdered. I turned my solitude to strength because the alternative was too bleak. But my luck seemed to turn: I met Tango. And while I want him more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my twenty-two years, danger lurks around every corner and I simply can’t take the chance of it finding me. But his tattoos, his smell, his darkness, and his body— that marine has taken over my every thought. But, what if he too isn’t what I think? A ticking time bomb isn’t going to leave me much time to waver. Even the bravest person can be in need of a miracle. Before she was gone, my mom warned me to know everyone and trust no one. But what was I supposed to do when I found out I am the one not to be trusted? Turns out, I was always the bait in this conspiracy. In author Shari J. Ryan’s gripping novel, TAG, the canyons hold secrets, the waterfalls provide safety, and romance has a pesky way of showing up when you are sweaty and dirty and least expect it.

  Exclusive Excerpt: I've been seated among the dozens of other passengers for the past two hours, watching the gate times change a number of times before I see the plane actually arrive. Just as I'm powering my phone down, preparing to board, an awful stench burns my nose from a few inches away. A middle-aged man with greasy black hair and a thick lip-covering mustache who smells exactly like the inside of a port-a-potty has found a reason to sit directly beside me in a row of empty seats. When my eyes unfortunately meet his, he takes the opportunity to speak to me. "Heading to Boston?" he asks. I raise my eyebrows and force a tightlipped smile. I simply follow that with a nod and give him a no shit look. "I heard winter's coming early this year," he continues. "Cool," I mumble with a sigh. I pull a magazine out of my bag and open it in front of my face, hoping to block my vision of the man's blackened-stained grin. But it's only seconds before I'm taken back when his finger sweeps down the bare skin of my collarbone. "What does that mean?" he asks, pointing to my tattoo. With a smooth motion, I lay my magazine down onto my lap and place my hand over his, giving him the false notion that I'm a gentle person. I take the opportunity to offer him a slight smile before I twist his forefinger backwards as far as it will go before the expectant snap. "I'm sorry," I say sweetly. "Did I tell you it was okay to touch me?" I pull down a little harder, and he smiles in response to the pain. But as I hold my hand there, I see the smile begin to fade. "It's a free country, chicky," he sputters as his tongue knocks around between his bare gums. "Why would you think it's okay to touch me?" I ask again, keeping my voice calm, yet stern. He licks his lips and looks me up and down, responding with only a look. "Do you go around touching girls half your age because you feel it's okay?" He clears his throat and looks around to see who's watching or listening, but I don't move my eyes from his. "Why not?" he says, shrugging his bony shoulders. "Besides, you're definitely asking for it." He thinks I'm asking for it? I'm wearing a fucking scoop neck, black long sleeve shirt, jeans, and combat boots. "The only reason it's okay, is because no one has ever probably told you no. But it occurs to me that after I snap your finger off your hand, you won't be able to touch people inappropriately anymore, will you?" He hoots with laughter, dragging in attention he probably shouldn't want. "You think you could break my finger, little chicklette?" I pull his finger a little further, and his smile grows. "Ow, stop. You're hurting me," he puckers his lips and winks at me. "Oh, look, it's your right hand. You a righty?" I turn his hand over and see deep callouses bubbling on his palm. "Yes, you are. So, if I rip this thing off, you wouldn't miss it, right?" I turn his hand back over and glare into his beady eyes. He's questioning my words. He's unsure of my capabilities. And that's fine. "Sound okay to you? Or are you going to leave and stop touching people?" His smile fades and his eyes widen. I release his hand and offer him a smart-ass smile. "Oh, and the tattoo means death. It's a Maori Warrior symbol. They used to eat their enemies once they slaughtered them. Cool, huh?" I see his Adam's apple struggle to move. He lifts his bag from the ground and nearly trips over his own feet, darting away. I reopen my magazine to the page I was reading and refocus my attention on an article as I hear a soft chuckle coming from the other side of me. I turn to see who was enjoying the free entertainment and I'm faced with a man who looks to be either a wrestler or in the military--black shaven hair, stiff jaw and bulging muscles on every inch of his arms. His eyes are currently focused on a book, and I suppose he could have been laughing at that, rather than me. But as I question it, his large shamrock green eyes lift and look right at me. A slight grin tugs on the corner of his lips, and he winks so quickly I'm questioning whether it was me who might have blinked. Before I can react, he stands up and walks away. I swallow hard and refocus my attention on the magazine once more. Stupid attractive man causing a moment of feebleness. I didn't react, though. He winked at me. I think. And I didn't make a snide comment or scowl. Weakness. I let out a few short breaths, regaining my composure. He's gone. It's fine.  


Bestselling author, Shari J. Ryan, hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her hubby and two lively little boys. Ryan has published the 3-book Schasm Series for Romantic Suspense/Thriller fans. TAG is her first book written solely for the Romantic Suspense audience, and she is hard at work on Red Nights, a standalone coming this spring. To learn more, visit her at:   Facebook | Twitter | TSU | Pinterest | Google+   

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