Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Cover Reveal: The Game Begins by Victoria Danann

The Game Begins
Genre: YA
Release Date: February 28th 2017
dba 7th House, Imprint of Andromeda LLC


When it came to the attention of the old ones that their creations, the Earth gods, had been playing games at the expense of humankind for millennia, they put a stop to it. But the rebellious gods were far too addicted to their games to give them up. After several summit meetings, they voted to use their own children as players and locate the playing field in the most treacherous environment in the known universe. High school.

To make it even more interesting, they would strip their children of their memories and withhold the rules of the game. The players believed they were ordinary kids until they were transferred to R. Caine High School. When odd things begin to happen, the players gradually realize they have special gifts or attributes. But that doesn’t mean they can’t die.

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Victoria Danann, is the author of sixteen romances, paranormal and contemporary.

Her Knights of Black Swan series won BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES THREE YEARS IN A ROW. 2013,2014,2015 - Reviewers Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild.

Victoria’s paranormal romances come with uniquely fresh perspectives on “imaginary” creatures, characters, and themes. She adds a dash of scifi, a flourish of fantasy, enough humor to make you laugh out loud, and enough steam to make you squirm in your chair. Her heroines are independent femmes with flaws and minds of their own whether they are aliens, witches, demonologists, psychics, past life therapists, or financial analysts from Dallas. Her heroes are hot and hunky, but they also have brains, character, and good manners – usually – whether they be elves, demons, berserkers, werewolves, or vampires.

The first book of the Knights of Black Swan Paranormal Romance Series, My Familiar Stranger, was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance of 2012 by both Reviewers’ Choice and Readers’ Choice Awards. All of her books have opened on the Amazon Best Sellers list and earned Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK awards. Many have appeared on Listopia BOOK OF THE MONTH as #1 across all genres.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Review: Eyes of Persuasion by Adrienne Monson

Eyes of Persuasion

Eyes of Persuasion is a genre mash-up of paranormal and historical romance. 

When her parents are murdered, Lady Isabeau Maybrick is taken in by an abusive uncle to help pay his gambling debts. But Isabeau has a secret, a talent hidden since birth. Her gift helps to keep her out of the whorehouse and out of trouble—that is, until she meets Everett Radcliff. Hard working Everett Radcliff detests high society and finds plenty of excuses to avoid it. But when he meets Lady Maybrick, he can’t help but be enthralled by her violet eyes. When he hires an investigator to uncover a crook, his path crosses with hers, throwing them into a world of mystery, murder, and surprisingly, love.

About the author:

Adrienne Monson
Adrienne Monson has always had a voracious appetite for books. When she became a stay at home mom, she finally listened to her muse and began writing.
She enjoys Zumba, kickboxing and weightlifting. She also loves delicious foods, which is why she has to work out so often.
Dissension and Defiance is available where books are sold. Deliverance, the final installment of the Blood Inheritance trilogy is slated for release April 2016.
Eyes of Persuasion is a mashup of paranormal and historical romance, found exclusively on Amazon.
My review:
I just read Dissension by Adrienne Monson, you can read that review here. I loved it so much, that I was offered a copy of Eyes of Persuasion which I loved as well. I loved Lady Isabeau Maybrick, she was one of my favorite characters that I read this year. She was strong, fierce, and intelligent. Unfortunately, despite all this, she was under her uncle's abusive grasp. Eyes of Persuasion is fast paced and the only negative I have about it is I wish it was longer since it was only a novella. I would love if it became a series someday!

Lady Isabeau was very lucky to have one of the best maids I have ever seen, Meg. Meg helped her out so much and was very loyal and kind. Everett Radcliff was the perfect gentleman and the man of any woman's dreams!

I also liked Lady Isabeau since she was a wallflower. Lady Isabeau had special purple eyes, that helped her persuade people, but she never really used this as an evil advantage. This is full of paranormal and historical romance elements, but there is also a lot of adventure. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough on this one!

I gave Eyes of Persuasion 5 out of 5 stars!

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Lone Star Book Blog Tours Presents: Love Give Us One Death by Jeff P. Jones with Giveaway!

  Bonnie and Clyde in the Last Days
Jeff P. Jones

**WINNER: 2016 Idaho Author Award**
**WINNER: 2015 George Garrett Fiction Prize** 
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Texas Review Press
Date of Publication: October 25, 2016
Number of Pages: 232
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Bonnie and Clyde are the most famous outlaw pair in American history. Frank Hamer, the legendary Texas Ranger, was hired to stop them. Part prose, part verse, with historical artifacts interwoven, the well-researched novel tells the story of their deaths on a lonely Louisiana back road, as well as their bloody and short lives together. Its many voices invite the reader to become a ghost rider along with Bonnie and Clyde, while it also exposes the forces of injustice and greed that created them.


"If you are a fan of historical fiction, you must secure a copy of his debut novel in which Jones 'added, subtracted and distorted facts' adroitly and creatively in his re-telling of Bonnie and Clyde's last days. There are very few writers who can write like Jones -- in many voices and in various forms -- but he choreographs his work like an award-winning producer, designating him as unique as the members of the Clyde Barrow Gang." -Idaho Statesman

"Love Give Us One Death delivers not only a knock-out story of brutal adventure, and love, across the heartland of the Great Depression, but a story about the very character of the republic itself." -Robert Wrigley, Poet

"This is the history of love and destruction you didn’t know you needed. In a time of Public Enemies, we see the last legs of a journey between the violent and manic Romeo and Juliet-like pair. The last public outlaws are riding away into their last sunrise, and this book serves as its journal.” -Atticus Books

“The language is absolutely stunning. Characterization, historical setting, ambience are all accurate and depicted with great clarity. A terrific achievement.” -Mary Clearman Blew, Author of All But the Waltz

“This is historical fiction raised boldly to the level of myth.” -Tracy Daugherty, Author of The Last Love Song

Excerpt from Chapter 5 

Love Give Us One Death

By Jeff P. Jones

They kept driving, up through buttes and tilted highland valleys scorched with the sun’s heat. The car, like all their cars, wore a skin of dust. They entered one of those towns where buffalo hides had lain in stacks as big as railroad cars, one after another, not two generations back. They passed farms reclaimed by dust, the crooked and collapsed pickets of fence lines rising from golden grama their only guides.

        At twilight, they parked in flats beside scrub oak, where dust blasted the car and they could see nothing save the tablets of brown the windows became. They would wipe their faces and feet with wet rags made from flannel shirts, then lie beside each other in the backseat. Bonnie held a pencil above a notebook, and she couldn’t have seen what she wrote had she tried, but she wrote nothing. Instead, she listened to the wind and sensed in its movements the way the car shaped itself around her. She could feel its tires rooted to the ground, its parts rising from the axletrees. She thought of herself as a doll inside a shell, the air inside the doll gone stale, and the doll’s nostrils hardened with dust.

        She woke to a figure standing over her, but it was only Clyde’s suit coat draped from the window crack. The sky’s dark cast and the window edges worked on her mind. She could close her eyes and still see the colorless screen hemmed behind them. West of Lampasas scrolled black dwarf mesquite and, in the bottomlands, green sutures of timber into which they drove, and there, having stopped, they moved finally from the car and made beds of gathered grass and slick pine needles, Clyde’s arm enwrapping her and a too thin blanket failing to hold their heat.

JEFF P. JONES's ancestors were sharecroppers in east Texas. He was born in Denver, and was educated at the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Washington, and the University of Idaho. He’s a MacDowell Fellow, and his writing has won a Pushcart Prize, as well as the Hackney, Meridian Editors', A. David Schwartz, Wabash, and Lamar York prizes. He lives on the Palouse in northern Idaho. This is his first book.
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