Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dark Sacrifice (Dark Paradise #2) by Angie Sandro

A GIFT AND A CURSE

Mala LaCroix sees dead people—really. After using her psychic gifts to catch a killer, she's locked in a psych ward and must strike a deal with the devil to secure her release. Apprenticed to a dark arts practitioner, Mala vows to free herself and save her loved ones from danger. But she doesn't know who to turn to when her crush on Landry Prince turns into something more serious.

A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH

Landry has sacrificed everything to protect Mala. A near-death experience changes him forever, and now he, too, possesses supernatural powers he doesn't understand. Mala and Landry must band together to defeat the dark forces—both human and otherworldly—who would use their abilities for evil. Even as they fall for each other, they must prepare to battle for their very souls . . . 


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20694405-dark-sacrifice?from_search=true

 (Mature Content, Violence, Language, Sex)





The second book is just as thrilling as the first. Very little down time in the storyline and at that point the romance really heats up! 
Both Landry and Mala are lucky to be alive after the events in the first book and it really takes a hit on both of them very hard. Mala's visions are worse and she looses herself into them completely. Landry's health is slowly fading and his ability to astro project is getting stronger and happening more often. 

Mala wants to stay in her home, even with the fire damage. Landry has no where to go and finds comfort with Mala after his release from the hospital. Yet, Mala's aunt is still persistent that she comes to live with her in New Orleans and learn to skill her magic abilities. 

There are more characters that come into play in the second novel as the mystery of the town attack on Mala's house is being looked into and more town secrets come into fruition. 

Although it plays into the plot, I was a little disappointed in Landry's personality change in this book. He becomes very insecure and paranoid. Mala, now being more comfortable with Landry becomes more open and vulnerable, yet still hard to break through Landry's walls he's built. 

What I love about this series is the non stop plot and twists. There is little to no down time and constant developments. With the addition of new characters the story becomes more intense with new dangers. Mala gets pulled into the action because of her abilities and to a point she feels partly responsible. 

Very well written, exciting setting and storylines. I especially like the characters  of Mala and Landry, they have a great connection. 


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dark Paradise (Dark Paradise #1) by Angie Sandro


DARK LEGACY

Mala LaCroix has spent her whole life trying to escape her destiny. As the last in a long line of "witch women," she rejects the notion of spirits and hoodoo and instead does her best to blend in. But when she finds a dead body floating in the bayou behind her house, Mala taps into powers she never knew she had. She's haunted by visions of the dead girl, demanding justice and vengeance.

DEADLY SECRETS

Landry Prince has always had a crush on Mala, but when Mala discovers his sister, murdered and marked in some sort of Satanic ritual, he wonders if all the rumors about the LaCroix family are true. Yet after Mala uses her connection to the spirit world to identify his sister's killer, he starts to form his own bond to her . . . a very physical one. As they move closer to each other and closer to the truth, Mala and Landry must risk everything—their families, their love, and even their lives.

Word count: 96,000
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Forever Yours (first published January 1st 2014) 
 
 
 
Every once in awhile if you are lucky you come across a book that fits you just right. Something you have been searching for and know 
it will be hard to find again. This was one lucky strike for me. I loved every minute, the characters the plot the setting all came together 
perfectly. 
 
Mala struggles with the relationship her family has with the local town. It makes it hard for her to fit in yet she is determined to not 
stand out. When she discovers a dead body, it turns all eyes on her. Especially the deceased's brother, Landry. Landry is drawn to 
Mala, but unsure if she, or her family had anything to do with his sister's death. He keeps an open mind and works with Mala to
find the answers together. 
 
It has that old southern, bayou setting. A small town in which everybody has grown up together and secrets are hard to keep. I loved
the characters Mala and Landry. The honest way that they could talk to each other, and actually had open communication with one 
another. Sure there are misunderstandings and grief caused by not always knowing what needs to be said, but that tension really
helps with the storyline and timing. 
 
The main characters are in their early 20's, the content of their attraction to each other and the seriousness of the situations they find 
themselves in really meshed well. I was actually surprised at how far the author takes it when it came to the danger that Landry
and Mala find themselves in, really edge of your seat intensity. 
 
Mala comes from a family of witches, and has some powers of her own. For this story her ability to interact with ghosts is a 
necessity to help Landry find the killer. But, the other side also puts her in danger, both of their lives are put at risk when dealing
with the other side. 
 
Now I have been hooked and find this story to be very addicting. I want to recommend it to everybody, but I would especially
recommend it to you.  
 
 
About the Author
 Angie Sandro was born at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Within six weeks, she began the first of eleven relocations throughout the United States, Spain, and Guam before the age of eighteen.

Friends were left behind. The only constants in her life were her family and the books she shipped wherever she went. Traveling the world inspired her imagination and allowed her to create her own imaginary friends. Visits to her father's family in Louisiana inspired this story.

Angie now lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an overweight Labrador
 
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7768076.Angie_Sandro 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Some Boys Tour stop and #Giveaway

YA author, Patty Blount, is back with another novel that addresses one of today’s most pressing issues facing today's youth. SOME BOYS is a gutwrenching and edgy love story told from alternating points of view that's perfect for fans of Simone Elkeles and Katie McGarry.
"SOME BOYS belongs in every YA collection." - School Library Journal
"5 stars. Very well-deserved! This book did quite a number on me - unlike most books (contemporary or not), this one made me FEEL, and feel really strongly." - The Eater of Books

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About SOME BOYS:
Some Boys go too far. Some Boys will break your heart. But One Boy can make you whole.
Seventeen-year-old lacrosse player Ian Russell—sidelined by a concussion—is sentenced to spend spring break scrubbing out lockers. It’s bad enough when Ian discovers his partner for the week is Grace Collier, the girl who claims his best friend raped her at a party in the woods a few weeks ago. But what sucks most of all is that he used to have a thing for Grace… before Zac MacMahon got to her first.
Grace wants to crawl into one of the lockers and die. Ian was the only reason Grace even bothered to go that stupid party, but he never showed up. Not until… after. Suddenly, someone was shaking her awake. The last thing she remembers is the expression on Zac’s face. But Zac told the entire school the sex was consensual and posted a video on Facebook to prove it. Her best friends have abandoned her and even her parents aren’t too sure.
But Ian and Grace surprise each other. He never disrespects her, and she even helps him when a dizzy spell hits. Ian still likes Grace with her bad-ass style. Unlike the rest of the school, who has rejected Grace, calling her a slut and a liar, Ian is funny and kind with secrets of his own. But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you challenge your best friend and call him a liar? How do you believe in love?

Also by Patty Blount: TMI and SEND!


About Patty Blount:
In addition to writing novels for teens, Patty Blount writes technical information for a computer company. Her first novel, Send, was inspired after a manager suggested she learn more about social networks. A short version of that same novel finished in the top ten of the Writer's Digest 79th Annual Writing Competition. She is also the author of the young adult book, TMI. She lives on Long Island with her family. Visit her at pattyblount.com.






First Kiss

He tugs me closer. “How are you gonna hurt me when I’ve got your hands trapped?”
I go completely still. Ian Russell is holding my hands. Ian Russell is holding my hands. And there’s no pressure in my chest, and I haven’t warped back in time to the moment when I knew I couldn’t stop Zac from taking what he wanted from me. Jesus, a boy is touching me, and it’s kind of okay. And for maybe the first time in forty days, I laugh.
“What’s so funny?” He looks at me sideways.
“Glad you asked.” I grin. Since he’s on the floor and I’m not, all it takes is a simple shift of my weight, and a second later I’ve broken out of his hold and have him pinned.
“Impressive. Ow. Very impressive. Ow. I’ll applaud once you let me go.”
“Stop crying.”
“I will when you let me go.”
I should probably let him go.
But I don’t.
My heart’s racing from the power trip of taking Ian down, or maybe it’s just because I’m so close to him and thought this was over for me. His muscles go lax. He stops struggling, and I don’t let go. I want to freeze this moment and keep it—keep him—forever. Slowly he leans in closer and closer, and I still don’t let go. His eyes drop to my mouth, and his tongue darts out to lick his lips. I think he wants to kiss me, and damn it, I want him to—I want him to so badly I almost cry, so I don’t let go. Closer, closer, and his eyes shut, and his head tilts. And I don’t let go. His lips touch mine, and he kisses me like it matters—like I matter—and oh, my God, it’s amazing. He’s amazing, and I don’t let go. And then the steel door on the floor below us screeches open, and Ian goes tense, his eyes darting to the stairs at the far end of the hall. And it hits me.
Ian doesn’t want anyone to see him with the school slut.
So I break our No Zac agreement. “You wanna know why I didn’t fight off Zac? Because I was unconscious.”
Ian’s eyes snap to mine and then away, but it’s too late. I already saw the disgust in them.
This is when I let him go.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Guest Post by Teri Harman and #Giveaway

 


Authors I Can’t Write Without” by Teri Harman

I am a story addict. I am addicted to reading. It is my love of reading that helped shape my love of writing. It’s symbiotic in some ways: I suck all the greatness from my favorite writers, nourishing my ability to put words on the page.

These are some of the authors that inspire me, that make me want to try harder in my writing. That make me better.

1. Roald Dahl
Such imagination! Roald Dahl taught me to twist and turn the normal into the bizarre. To stretch my creativity to mold ideas into stories that feel fresh and yet familiar in all the right ways. Favorite titles: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ ‘Matilda,’ and ‘Tales of the Unexpected.’

2. Kate Morton
Beautiful, intoxicating words. Kate Morton’s writing is so amazing – her descriptions, her solid plots, her gothic sense of place. I devour her books and always want to run to the computer when I’m done. Favorite titles: ‘The Forgotten Garden,’ and ‘The Secret Keeper.’

3. Sarah Addison Allen
Sarah does steamy romance and magic realism so well. Her books are magical and her characters authentic. I love her stories and want mine to be as absorbing. Favorite titles: ‘The Sugar Queen,’ and ‘Garden Spells.’

4. Sue Monk Kidd
The queen of emotional narratives that you never forget. I want to write as honest and deep as Sue does. She captures characters and how they feel in every situation so perfectly. That is not easy. Favorite titles: ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ and ‘The Invention of Wings.’

Which authors inspire you?

For more about Teri Harman and her books, including BLACK MOON, the sequel to BLOOD MOON, which Kirkus Reviews calls ‘unusual and absorbing,’ check out the links below…

Instagram: @teriharman
Twitter: @TeriHarman, https://twitter.com/TeriHarman

 
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Entangled Bundle (Teen) Spotlight



On sale today for just $.99!
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The Marked Son by Shea Berkley
Read My Review Here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/222520358?book_show_action=false

When
Dylan sees a girl in white in the woods behind his grandparents’ farm,
he knows he’s seen her before…in his dreams. Only he can save her world
from an evil lord—a world full of creatures he’s only read about in
horror stories. Worse, the human blood in his veins has Dylan marked for
death…

Inbetween by Tara Fuller

It’s
not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with Emma, a girl
fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn will protect the girl
he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means
sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.

Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs

Four
years ago, Greta fell through a portal to a world where humans are the
enemy. Now a bounty hunter, she’s caught the attention of the darkly
enticing young Goblin King, who invades her dreams and undermines her
will to escape. But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of
Mylena…

Conjure by Lea Nolan

Twins
Emma and Jack Guthrie hope for a little summer adventure when they find
an eighteenth-century message in a bottle revealing a hidden pirate
treasure. But when it unleashes an ancient curse, Emma has no choice but
to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex on her secret crush, Cooper, all
before the last days of summer—and her friends—are lost forever.

Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas

Beatrice
had her first vision at the age of twelve, and now the Institution
depends on her to keep the City safe from the Dreamcatchers. But
Beatrice has a secret that could put everyone in danger. A secret that
could kill her and everyone she loves. The enemy has been coming to her
in her dreams, and she might be falling in love with him.

Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt

The
government, faced with humanity’s extinction, created the genetically
engineered Chosen Ones. When Tess begins work at a Chosen Ones training
facility, she meets James, and the attraction is immediate in its
intensity, overwhelming in its danger. Can she stand against her
oppressors, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

Prophecy Girl by Cecily White

Amelie
Bennett was born to slay Crossworld demons. Until her new trainer,
Jackson, shows up, and the chemistry between them explodes. Now she’s
trying to thwart the pesky prophecy that foretells his death by her
hand. Shouldn’t be too difficult. Getting it done without falling in
love…that might take a miracle.


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Moth by Sean T Poindexter with #giveaway

Moth Book Tour & Giveaway


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 Moth


Social worker Max Hollingsworth is no stranger to monsters. Supernatural or human, he's faced all kinds. But when he's called upon to investigate a missing child, he may have met his match.

Children are vanishing, not just from the streets, but from their parents' memories. Max's investigation leads him to a gang of neo-Nazi vampires running a child slavery ring. There, he comes face to face with the deadliest enemy he's ever met, their charismatic and powerful leader Boone.

Running low on hope and options to find the missing children, Max turns to his friends for help. But even they aren't enough. Forced to face the darkness of his own past, Max forges an alliance with the least likely ally of all. An enemy whose cruelty was almost his end, and haunts him still.

Rated 18+ for language, violence and sexual content.

You can buy Moth at these retailers:


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Sean T. Poindexter


Sean P Author picThough born in Mesa, Arizona, Sean has spent most of his life in Missouri. After college, Sean went into social and investigative work, primarily with disabled adults and seniors. Sean’s background in sociology, criminology, and philosophy and his experience as an investigator for the State of Missouri, are heavy influences in his writing.

While Sean has been writing most of his life, he did not consider doing so professionally until he was inspired by a terrible vampire movie. During the film, Sean amused himself by imagining the vampires being attacked by a dragon. His imagination resulted in his series, The Dragon’s Blood Chronicles, featuring dragons and vampires.

Sean enjoys watching and reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thrillers. His hobbies include playing Xbox, fantasy role playing games and collecting firearms.



Moth is Book 1 of The Max Hollingsworth Paranormal Mysteries. Sean's other books include The Shadow of Tiamet and The Will of the Darkest One, both from The Dragon’s Blood Chronicles.
 You can find Sean at these links:


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(REVIEW)

"neo-Nazi vampires running a child slavery ring." - Does that grab your attention? It did mine. I am always looking for something different and this read was definitely one of those. This detective novel has a flawed main character with true care for others at his heart. Max suffers from nightmares, he's trying to keep a steady relationship even though he has a job that has long odd hours and full of stress.

When investigating a missing child case, the reader is introduced to a determined character who has only the care and safety of children as his goal. Taking it more seriously than previous workers on the job. Max seeks out the answers to one particular missing child's case and find a connection between vampires, drugs and a church coverup going on.

He will give up at nothing, putting himself not only in danger, but in the middle of the attack on the vampires. It is a mix of procedural work and supernatural thriller. He goes above and beyond his job, cares deeply about what happens to the children and his friends.

I enjoyed the read, it's a detective story with the paranormal element that I love -vampires. It is very well written, engrossing and sexy.


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This Giveaway is open Internationally, with this exception: The winner of the Signed Print copy of THE SHADOW OF TIAMAT  must live in the USA. 

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2 Winners will receive an eCopy of THE SHADOW OF TIAMAT  by Sean T. Poindexter

1 Winner will receive a Signed Print copy of  THE SHADOW OF TIAMAT (USA only)

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Monday, September 8, 2014

The Moment of Everything by Shelly King

The Moment of Everything

Shelly King

Grand Central Publishing

Pub Date  
9781455546794  (Adult 18+)

With pressure from her mother to move back home and marry. Maggie looses herself in books instead, mostly avoiding the pressure of life as long as she can.