Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Valkyrie Series by Karen Perkins




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Gabriella Berryngton is an unhappy and oppressed fourteen-year-old girl living in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1683. She dreams of escaping her bitter, ambitious stepfather and sailing off into the unknown. Her dreams come true when her stepfather sells her into marriage. Aboard the Freyja, she is hopeful that her new life in the Dutch West Indies will be an improvement – a hope that dies when she is given a slave, Klara, and a whip. She discovers that her soon-to-be father-in-law is a ruthless slave trader in league with pirates, and her fiancĂ© is cold, unfriendly and disinterested in Gabriella. She is little more than a vessel to provide the next generation of van Eckens. Largely ignored and desperately unhappy, she and Klara develop a friendship which makes life bearable – at first. Once married, Gabriella’s life takes a turn for the worse and she descends into a world of horror and abuse until tensions finally explode. Life will never be the same and she has no choice but to take fate into her own hands.




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Dead Reckoning is a historical adventure of piracy, love and revenge in the Caribbean in the seventeenth century. Leo is born in Spanish Panama in 1659. When he is twelve years old he witnesses the violent rape and murder of his mother by three of the Caribbean’s most feared pirates: Tarr, Blake and Hornigold, and swears revenge at all costs. Gabriella is trapped in an abusive marriage to a ruthless Dutch slave trader, who is in business with the same English cut-throats. She risks all to escape with her life. Leo and Gabriella meet aboard one of the most horrific ships in the Caribbean – a slaver – and join forces against their common enemy. They face a number of challenges as they battle not only the dangers of a life at sea, including storm, drowning, and being cast adrift in a crippled ship, but also repeated attacks by Blake and Hornigold. But their biggest threat proves to be each other. Can they reconcile their hearts in time for the fiercest battle in their quest of revenge, and survive the gallows? Dead Reckoning was long-listed in the 2011 Mslexia Novel Competition.




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Henry Sharpe is a recently bereaved and bankrupt English earl who travels to the Caribbean to help his uncle run his sugar plantation. When he arrives, he finds his uncle has given up on that idea to lead a more exciting life as a privateer. With no money and no prospects, Sharpe has little choice but to join him, although he is uncomfortable with the life he is living, especially when he meets the indomitable and infamous Henry Morgan and is forced to sail under his orders. He is more likely to rescue the doomed souls he meets than terrorise them, which leads to repeated conflict with his fellow privateers, especially when he takes the kidnapped Magdalena under his protection. Battling ships and the Spanish fortifications protecting Porto Belo, Sharpe finds his deadliest feuds are those aboard his own ship. Trapped in the middle of the rivalry between his uncle, Captain Richard Tarr, and Captain Edward Hornigold, Sharpe makes more enemies on deck, in particular the formidable yet sly Cheval. He is pushed to his limits as he fights for his own survival and that of the woman he loves, knowing the odds are stacked high against him.






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  I was given this series in exchange for an honest review


The Valkyrie Series comes highly recommended for those who enjoy historical reading. It is a romance but not erotica. I would rate this series as 5 star.

I really enjoyed these stories. One big plus was the period dialogue. The language used is one you can imagine pirates of olden days in the Caribbean might have used. From start to finish, these are stories the reader will find difficult to put down as the story telling is fast paced and leaves the reader wondering what happens next. The love story between Gabriella and Leo is slow to begin with but is as it should be. After all, we all know that mad, passionate love is something that takes time to build. They are a typical couple with all the ups and downs that come with a relationship.

They are very well written with no grammar or spelling issues.  An excellent series!








Tuesday, August 26, 2014


The final in The Book of Phoenix Series, is out! 

New Adult Paranormal Romance ** Mature Content ** Recommended for ages 16+ due to sexual situations and language

When Darkness threatens, what matters most lies in The Space Within

Completing a mission that reunites Guardian Twin Flames turns devastating when the Book of Phoenix throws Leni and Brock into a Dark world, leaving Jeric and Asia behind. They count on their other halves to rescue them, but when that doesn’t happen, they must fight through the Darkness and find a Gate that will take them home.
 
Except all of Earth’s Gates are sealed.
 
Enyxa, ruler of Darkness, and her horde of Dark souls storm the Gates to push their way through to Earth. While Leni and Brock fight Enyxa on their side, Jeric and Asia must figure out how to save their Twin Flames without jeopardizing all of Earth’s souls. Through it all—and with a little help from Enyxa—Brock and Asia begin questioning their relationship and whether they’re truly meant to be together…or if they’re two Lost souls forced to become one.
 
If the Broken dyads don’t find each other fast, they’ll be lost to the Dark forever. But to reunite means choosing themselves over all of Earth’s souls. Can Jeric make that decision? And will Brock and Asia find the love they both desperately crave? Or are they all doomed to perpetual Darkness?
 
Discover how it all ends in The Space Within, the explosive conclusion to The Book of Phoenix trilogy.
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About the author:

While in elementary school in Silver Spring, Maryland, I wrote my first story, Gnome Cave. It was a fantasy, or, what is now called urban fantasy - fantastical elements in a real-world setting. Not much has changed. At the time, though, I was in a very gifted school and I was considered an average student. When I was the only student to get a perfect A+ on that assignment (or an A at all, for that matter), I decided I wanted to be a writer. After all, if "average" me could out-perform all those prodigies, then I must be good at it! Right?
 

Throughout my school years, I wrote many short stories, mostly for myself, some for school, and served on the yearbook staff. As a Senior in high school, I served as co-editor of the yearbook and was admitted into the Quill and Scroll Honor Society.
 

I began college pursuing an English degree. Somewhere along the way, however, I for some reason became practical. I guess the real world does that to you. I decided I was given the talent as a writer to use in the business world and I finished college with a Marketing degree.
 

I became a business writer, first as a resume writer, with some of my resumes featured in nationally-published how-to books. And then I wrote and edited online training programs and their supporting materials. I wrote for a weekly newspaper and became editor-in-chief. We won many Kansas Press Association awards under my watch, including 1st and 2nd place for my feature stories. Marketing communications - copywriting for business websites, brochures, newsleters, etc. - became my forte and what I do now as my day job. My professional life has always included writing. I thought for many years that it was the best place to use the gift God gave me.
 

Until January 2009. After reading an immensely popular series, I knew it was time to start writing for fun again. Becoming an adult somehow made me forget how to imagine other worlds and fictional stories. For some reason that I still can't pinpoint, reading those urban fantasy books made me want to re-discover that part of me. It made me want to be a kid again, spending my time daydreaming and creating alternative worlds. So I picked up the pen - well, not really, I put my fingers to the keyboard - and decided to start writing fiction again.
 

My initial intent and expectation was to just play around - do some character sketches, maybe write a short story at some point. Within a week of making the decision to start writing for fun, however, I had a storyline with a good plot and the beginnings of my main characters. Six weeks later, I had a full story with a beginning, middle and end. Six months later, I had completed my first full-length novel, with many revisions and edits along the way.
The first book has now been split into two, with the first one, Promise, releasing Summer 2010 and the second one, Purpose, releasing Fall 2010. It's really meant to be read as one story, but it was too long for practicality. But my readers say it could be even longer. They don't want to leave the characters. And that, to me, is the best thing I could hear. My strongest desire is to have written a book that people enjoy reading, think about afterwards and, most of all, love the characters as much as I do. And can't wait to meet up with them again in following books, which also be coming soon.

 

If you're still with me after all that and are really interested in the basics...here they are. I'm a business owner with a terrific business partner (visit us at www.LicensesEtc.com), mother of three teenage boys and two dogs and live in Southwest Florida (aka Paradise). I grew up as an Air Force brat and lived all over the country and in Germany. I graduated high school in Arlington, Virginia, started college at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and finished with University of Phoenix. Besides my family and writing, my passions include reading, cooking, the beach and traveling. Maybe one day I'll get to indulge those passions. 
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Claimed by Light from Author Reese Monroe Cover Reveal




Release date: September 15, 2014

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 Forgiveness softens even the hardest of hearts…

College senior Slade Bennet is so close to his degree he can taste it…until his sister becomes tangled with a coven of demons and he must trade his soul to save her. But first he must kill the assigned target: a sexually charged beauty who ignites his protective instinct.

After the devastating loss of her Companion, the last thing Halena Girard can stomach is the emotional connection to a Mate. She lives for only two things: vanquishing demons, and seeking Artifacts rumored to lead to Lucifer’s downfall. That is, until she’s attacked by a…frat boy? Worse, a newly-demonic frat boy wearing the mark of her Mate.

Halena would rather kill Slade than give him her heart. Unfortunately, the only way Slade can find his sister and Halena the Artifacts is to work together. As they face the darkest of evil, Slade’s ability to crush Halena’s carefully erected walls might prove to be the most lethal battle of all.




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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Unlit Star from Author Lindy Zart



Blurb:

Rivers Young was the popular guy untouchable by reality. He was like a star—bright, consuming, otherworldly. The thing about stars, though, is that they eventually fall, and Rivers Young was no different.

He fell far and he fell hard.

Delilah Bana was the outcast enshrouded in all of life's ironies. Alone, in the d...ark, like dusk as it falls on the world. When Rivers fell from the sky, she was the night that caught him. In the darkness, they found one another. Together they melded into something beautiful that shone like the sun.

Only, the greater the star is, the shorter its lifespan.



Excerpt:
"You could always come work at the flower shop with me. I'm sure your flower arrangements would be extraordinary."
"You're really not as funny as you think you are, you know that?"          

"I'm funnier," I say, poking his stomach. A tiny light blinks above his shoulder and I grab his arms and whirl him around. "Look! It's a lightning bug." I bounce on the balls of my feet.
He looks over his shoulder at me. "You act like you've never seen one before."
"I love lightning bugs," I breathe. "I used to spend hours every summer catching and releasing them."
"Like a true fisherman of bugs."
I squint my eyes at him. "Come on—let's catch some." Without waiting for his answer, I skip forward, turning in a circle as I catch blips of glowing orbs in that magical time between partial dark and full. I spy one in the grass by my feet and reach a hand down, holding still as the bug lands on my fingers. "Go on, little buggy, go home before the storm comes." It flies away, lighting up as it goes, and I smile as I straighten.
His breath tickles the side of my neck as he says, "You are the sweetest version of quirky I have ever had the pleasure of seeing in motion."
I laugh softly. "Thank you. Glad you got to see me in action."
He wraps his arms around my midsection and rests his chin on my shoulder. "Don't ever change."
"I do what I want," I say, just to say it.
Rivers' hold tightens. "That's the exact thing I don't want to ever change about you."



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Stone by Rie Warren Cover Reveal





Stone, At Your Service – Carolina Bad Boys, #1

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BLURB:
   
One bad boy mechanic, one sexy romance writer, and an impossible situation. Hell on wheels? More like hell in high heels.


Bad boy mechanic Josh Stone likes to get his hands dirty any way he can—the filthier, the better. Ever since his wife walked out on him and their young son, he’s only had room in his heart for two loves: the kid and cars.     
                                                              



Roped into playing his best buddy’s gay boyfriend during a romance writers convention, the player meets the girl who’s gonna rock his world. Leelee Songchild. Shy, bashful, beautiful Leelee who blushes at the drop of a hat yet writes hardcore smut to rival Josh’s backlist of Penthouse Forum.                                                      

The only problem is his hands are tied. Josh can’t stab his old friend/fake lover in the back even though all he wants to do is take luscious Leelee to bed, and maybe, love her. When the truth comes out, all hell breaks loose. Too bad romance is just for books.

WARNING: Uncompromisingly hot sex, hilarious hijinks, and heartfelt romance—STONE is a triple threat.



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Excerpt:


Ramada’s valet parking sucked balls and cost a mint. The hotel was lit up like a fairytale palace—or a whorehouse, depending how you looked at it--with people coming and going. It was busier than Stone's before a holiday weekend, when everyone in the tri-counties seemed to get a flat tire. Bellhops wearing pained grins pushed wheeled-carts toppling over with boxes from the convention attendees through the carousel doors.

I wielded our cart into the lobby, following Nicky as he strolled up to the check-in desk. His demeanor changed the second we walked through the doors. Gone was the scrappy South Cackalackee bruiser who knew how to take a hit and knock a fucker to the ground. He rolled up the sleeves on his oxford twice, neatened his hair back into a slick knot, and greeted people with effortless charm.

While we stood in line and he made small talk here and there, a commotion at the back of the queue drew my attention. A gal wrangled with her cart and then watched—eyes and mouth open wide—as four boxes crashed to the floor. Books, dresses, shoes, wigs . . . lingerie swam onto the polished marble floor.

I noticed her cock-up with the cart first.

Her legs second.

Her tits third.

Her face last.

Holy fuck.

“Who the hell is that?” I whispered, pointing at the babe surrounded by ten tons of shit spilling all over the floor.

Nicky glanced over my shoulder. “No idea. New kid on the block, I guess.”

“I’m gonna go help her.” I shouldered through the crowd and squatted down before her. “Need a hand?” Because one thing Ma had taught me was always help out a woman in need.

She blew a tendril of the lightest red hair from her brow. “I’d sure appreciate it.”

And I was a goner.

I packed her stuff back up under her guidance and stacked it smartly onto the cart, willing myself not to look at her as I stepped back. Definitely not remembering the lace, the frills, the full-on feminine lingerie I’d handled.

“My knight in shinin’ armor?”

Shaking my head, I backed away. I saw Nicky at the elevators, waiting for me. “Not really, miss.”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Rie is the badass, sassafras author of Sugar Daddy and the Don’t Tell series–a breakthrough trilogy that crosses traditional publishing boundaries beginning with In His Command.

A Yankee transplant who has traveled the world, Rie started out a writer—causing her college professor to blush over her erotic poetry without one ounce of shame. Not much has changed. She swapped pen for paintbrushes and followed her other love during her twenties. From art school to marriage to children and many a wild and wonderful journey in between, Rie has come home to her calling. Her work has been called edgy, daring, and some of the sexiest smut around.

You can connect with Rie via the social media hangouts listed on her website https://www.riewarren.com. She is represented by Saritza Hernandez, Corvisiero Literary Agency.



















Tuesday, August 19, 2014