Saturday, May 31, 2014

"The Angel and the Warrior" by Karen Kay (5 stars)

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The Angel and the Warrior
The Lost Clan #1
by Karen Kay

Genre: Historical Romance

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I found this book while browsing NetGalley and requested a copy after the cover, and then the description, intrigued me. Luckily the publisher granted my request, because while reading THE ANGEL and the WARRIOR, I was reminded of the 'old school' romances that I used to indulge in years and years ago. It has that pure romance feel to it, bringing to mind greats such as Johanna Lindsey, Diana Gabaldon, and Cassie Edwards. The painstakingly researched history is immersive and captivating. I'll definitely be looking out for more by Karen Kay, and in particular, this Lost Clan series!

"Many centuries ago, a village killed the children of the Thunder god.  For their crime the Creator banished them to live a half existence in the land of shadows, neither dead nor alive.  But once in a generation, a brave is given the opportunity to save his clan."

Want more? Find this book on GOODREADS | AMAZON | NetGALLEY | & Karen Kay's WEBSITE

Friday, May 30, 2014

"Bound by Her Scent" by Kara Swynn (4 Stars)

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Bound by Her Scent
Twin Canyon Shifters #1
by Kara Swynn

Genre: Erotica/Paranormal Romance

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Disclaimer Time! I was given a copy of this book to read in exchange for my honest review and I realized right off the bat that I'm not a great one for reviewing this kind of material. Occasionally, I will get a book that is primarily romance with elements of erotica, but this book, due to its short length, was primarily erotica with the story there to support the sex. My problem is that I find the language used in the genre to be rather jarring. I like my sexy sex scenes to be sensual and romantic, often erotic, spicy and dangerous, but I find that it gets a lot dirtier and a lot shocking when it comes to straight up erotica. All that being said... 

Kara Swynn wrote a great book within her chosen genre, her ability to come up with fresh ideas wonderful, and I have a hunch that she's going to have a lot of followers! So if you like your erotica to have a strong supporting foundation, BOUND by HER SCENT is the book for you.

Want more? Check it out at GOODREADS | Buy it at AMAZON

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Interview with BRUSH of SHADE author JAN HARMAN!

Welcome Jan Harman, the author of The Whisperer's Chronicles!

Rebecca: BRUSH of SHADE is your debut novel, is it not?
Jan: Yes, BRUSH OF SHADE is my first published novel. I have several other stories that I hope to publish in the future.

Rebecca: Where did you get the idea for this series?
Jan: Several years ago when my children and I were exploring New Salem, Illinois, I thought I saw something out of the corner of my eye. The incident occurred along a forested trail near the one room school house set off by itself. The rational mom side of my brain passed off the man like shape as wildlife or branches blowing in the breeze; whereas the other part of my brain stirred to life from having grown up watching scary shows like the Twilight Zone. What if I’d caught a glimpse of someone who had the ability to make his body invisible? What if there were communities of these people living among us and they had the ability to wipe their existence from our minds? While my kids were fascinated watching a candle dipping demonstration, the beginning of a story played out in my head. Gradually the story evolved into today’s version of the Whisperer Clans.

Rebecca: You've shared with your readers that you're a stay at home mom, like myself. Was it hard to find time to write? How long did it take to complete BRUSH of SHADE?
Jan: Over the next couple of years the idea of sharing the planet with another species continued to churn in my head. Snippets of story lines would pop into my head at the most inconvenient times, usually when I was supposed to be preparing the next day’s lessons for my children. As a homeschooling mom, it occurred to me that I had an opportunity to sneak in writing time of my own to demonstrate how to write dialogue or to explain point of view. These examples stirred my creative juices, compelling me to carve out mom time. I adjusted my bed time to take advantage of the peace and quiet of the late night hours. I wrote every minute I spent waiting in the car for kids at 4-H events, scouting, or community service projects. Despite my efforts, I had scenes but not a cohesive book. Life got hectic and my writing continued to take a backseat. I don’t regret the decision. I treasure every minute I got to spend with my children. Then one day, I broke my arm and had to have surgery. Knowing I was bored out of my mind, my daughters, then in high school and college, pleaded with me to work on my story because they were still waiting to see how it all played out. The result of this labor of love is my debut novel BRUSH OF SHADE.

"Brush of Shade" by Jan Harman (5 Stars)

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Brush of Shade
The Whisperer's Chronicles, #1
by Jan Harman

Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy/Romance

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and I had a good feeling about this book. I wasn't to be let down; in fact, it far surpassed my imaginings!

BRUSH of SHADE is about Olivia Pepperdine, a high school senior suffering serious mental trauma after a car wreck that killed her parents. Living with her aunt now, she has no choice when she's uprooted and moved from the big city to a valley community. To make matters worse, people seem to be looking at her funny. Could it be because they knew her parents, or does it go deeper than that?

This book is filled with action without losing deep character development and strong, realistic voices. The progressions and the reactions are all completely believable. There's some romance and some mystery, and I found this book to be a fantastic joy. I very eagerly wait for book 2.

Want to know more? Check it out at GOODREADS | Buy it at AMAZON | 'LIKE' it on FACEBOOK! - And stay tuned, my interview with Jan Harman is coming up next!

"Called by Fire" by Delwyn Jenkins (5 Stars)

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Called by Fire
The Watchtower Chronicles #1
by Delwyn Jenkins

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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I was given the privilege of downloading this book for free in exchange for my review, and wow. Just... wow. I was so taken with this book! As soon as I finished reading, I went hunting for the answer to my burning question: Was this the first book of a series? The answer is, I am delighted (and relieved) to report, YES. 

CALLED BY FIRE is the first book in a new series by new author, Delwyn Jenkins. It begins with Kamryn Vale, a Dahnan witch learning how to control her powers under the tutelage of the Collegium, an academy for witches in the World Between. Safe inside the wards protecting the grounds from the outside, she and all the other witches are shaken to the core when one of their own shows up on their doorstep, murdered. Now, another witch has disappeared and if she isn't dead already, she will be soon.

Enter Alex and his cohort, six Watchtower knights who were exiled from the Collegium hundreds of years ago. Their duty to protect Dahnan witches is put to the ultimate test when they are summoned to solve the mystery of the missing girls. Alex's willpower will soon be challenged, when he falls hard for the fire witch, Kamryn, upping the stakes in a way he never imagined.

I absolutely recommend this book! It has A LOT of super steamy sex scenes (sorry, kids!) and an edge of your seat story that will have you bumping into furniture 'cause you just can't put it down. And when you get to the end, just remember - there's going to be a book 2! Woo!

Learn more! At GOODREADS | AMAZON |  Author Delwyn Jenkins's WEBSITE |  At NetGALLEY !

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

"Bad Monsters" by Clinton D. Harding (5 Stars)

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Bad Monsters
Our Monsters Chronicles #2
by Clinton D. Harding

Genre: YA Fantasy

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BAD MONSTERS was given to me by the author in exchange for my honest review and as a part of his book tour. You can see my review of Book #1, "Our Monsters" HERE and learn way more about BAD MONSTERS and what the author has to say from the book tour HERE!

As the second installment in the Our Monsters Chronicles, BAD MONSTERS picks up right where the first book ended. The kids are on the run from Carpenter, the secret military facility they stole a handful of little hybrid beings from, and things couldn't be much worse. After a roadside shakedown, one of the teens is injured and they have to find help. But can they trust the shelter provided them, or are they just walking into more danger than they can handle?

This book will make you laugh, and cry, and throw your e-reader across the room, so buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Want more? Check it out at GOODREADS | buy it at AMAZON | Like it @ FACEBOOK | and visit Clinton D. Harding at his WEBSITE!

"Our Monsters" by Clinton D. Harding (5 Stars)

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Our Monsters
Our Monsters Chronicles #1
by Clinton D. Harding

Genre: YA Fantasy

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OUR MONSTERS was given to me by the author in exchange for my honest review and as a part of his book tour. I was immediately intrigued by the idea of a group of teenagers busting out some mini-monsters from a top-secret military facility so I jumped on board for a fun filled, not always happy, oft wise-cracking teen angst ride!

Extremely well-written and well thought out, I knew right away that this will be a series to follow. I was especially gladdened by Mr. Harding's portrayal of the teenagers in this book. On the surface, they look like the typical rungs on the highschool pecking ladder, but the more you get to know them, the more you see that like every rung on the ladder, each kid has a story. Each kid is a real person with their own personalities, their own problems, their own wants, dreams and desires.

These kids just happen to get into more trouble ... 

(To Note: As of May, 2014, the author released a newly edited version!)

Want more? Check it out at GOODREADS | buy it at AMAZON | Like it @ FACEBOOK | and visit Clinton D. Harding at his WEBSITE!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

"The Queen of Swords" by Nina Mason (5 Stars)

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The Queen of Swords
by Nina Mason

Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance/Erotica

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As part of Nina Mason's Blog Tour, she gave me a copy of her debut book in exchange for my honest review, and here it is! I loved this book. After all the promoting going on, I HAD to see what the hype was all about and I'm glad I did. Especially since it's been awhile since I've read a dark, sexy romance.

THE QUEEN of SWORDS is about a modern day witch, Cat Fingal, with a passion for all things Scottish and Vampires. It can only be fate when she meets Lord Graham Logan, who happens to be both.

This book was everything it advertised as, which is important to me as a reader. It delivered on the sexy, it delivered on the story, which was obviously well researched. I WAS admittedly uncomfortable reading some scenes, which was the point, I'm sure, and other scenes told me that frankly I'm a prude. But overall that's me and not the skill of the storytelling, so I feel that THE QUEEN of SWORDS earned each of its shiny 5 stars and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves  their paranormal romance dark and with a heavy dose of sexy erotica.

Want more? Check it out at GOODREADS | BUY IT at amazon | LIKE IT at Facebook | and learn more at Nina Mason's WEBSITE! | Want to enter the Giveaway? Check out the BLOG TOUR!

The Queen of Swords, a paranormal tale of undying love

Author: Nina Mason

Publisher: Vamptasy Publishing

Heat level: sizzling

Formats: Kindle and paperback

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When Graham Logan, a Scottish earl turned vampire by a dark wizard’s curse, draws the Queen of Swords, he knows he’s about to meet the love of his life. For the third time. But surrendering his heart will mean risking her life…or making her what he is. Neither of which his morals will permit him to do. Graham, who believes he lost his soul to the curse, rages at God: Why give her back only to take her again?

Cat Fingal, the third incarnation of Graham’s twin flame, won’t let him escape so easily. As soon as they meet, she feels she knows him and begins having past-life flashbacks. A white witch, she casts a spell to summon him, wanting answers and to fill the void she’s felt all her life.
Graham has other problems, too. Like the seductress who wants him for herself and the dark wizard who cursed him and killed his beloved the first two times.

Will he find a way to save her this time around? Or will she save him?


12th May. Visited Caitriona tonight for the first time since becoming a monster. She slept, unaware of my presence, & for a time, I was content simply to observe. As the hours passed, I began to wonder what might happen if she awoke to find me in her room. Would she think me a wraith? Would she think it a dream? Desiring to know, & to get closer, I sat down on the corner of the bed, alert for any stirrings. Seeing none, I crawled up the bed until I reached her side. Still she did not stir. Ever so carefully, I set my head upon the pillow next to hers. She slept on. Drinking in her scent, I felt contentment for the first time since fate & Fitzgerald tore us apart. I closed my eyes & must have drifted off, because next I knew, her arm fell across my chest. Startled awake, I found her blinking at me in disbelief.

I lay there, still as death, waiting for her to react. Her hand moved up my chest to my face. She dragged her fingers across my jaw, pressed them against my lips, touched the end of my nose, my eyebrows, my forehead. As she combed back my hair, she whispered: “This must be a dream. But you feel so real, so alive. I don’t ken how such a thing is possible; nor do I care. I only pray I shall never awaken.”

I kept still. I could hear her heartbeat, smell her blood, but her blood was not what I craved. She set her head on my chest & started to sob.

Am I dreaming?” she asked, soft & low.


She raised herself up, came over me & pressed her mouth against mine.

Can we make love in my dream?”


When it was over, I collapsed beside her, feeling so elated, so profoundly moved, I very nearly wept.

She set her head against my chest. “Will you promise me something?”

Anything, m’aingael.”

Always come to me like this in my dreams.

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About Nina Mason, author

Nina Mason is a hopeful romantic with strong affinities for history, mythology, and the metaphysical. She strives to write the same kind of books she loves to read: those that entertain, edify, educate, and enlighten. Three of her books will be published in 2014: The Queen of Swords, an urban fantasy/paranormal romance; The Knight of Wands, book one in the Knights of Avalon Series; and The Tin Man, a political thriller about the dangers posed by media monopolies. She is currently at work on Book Two of the Knights of Avalon series and is itching to get back to a book she started a while back about a merman who falls for an oil company spokeswoman after a phantom tanker capsizes on the coast of the Hebrides islands. When not writing, Nina works as a communications consultant, doll maker, and home stager. Born and raised in Southern California, she now lives in Woodstock, Georgia, with her husband, teenage daughter, two rescue cats, and a Westie named Robert.

Social-media links:

Twitter: (@ninamasonauthor)

Boilerplate interview with the author:

Q. Tell us about your book.
A. The Queen of Swords tells the story of a bookish white witch who returns every century to reunite with her earthbound soul mate. He’s a Scottish earl turned vampire by a dark wizard’s curse back in the Regency era on the eve of their wedding. She came back once before in the Edwardian era only to be killed by his maker in the same manner as before. He believes he has no soul, so can’t understand why she keeps coming back. She believes he does have a soul and that she comes back to free him from the curse. The story follows their journey as they try to work out who’s right and how they can stop history from repeating.

Q. After this, what's your next project?
A. My current work-in-progress is book two in The Knights of Avalon series. After that, I haven’t decided. Probably another paranormal romance/urban fantasy. I’ve got a stalled manuscript about an oil company spokeswoman who gets involved with a merman during an oil spill in the Hebrides. Might get back to that one, or write one featuring Benedict and Avery, the secondary couple in The Queen of Swords. I’d also like to maybe write a sequel to The Tin Man, my political thriller releasing in August. It tells of two journalists thrown together to solve a series of murders tied to a global conspiracy to take over the media.

Q. What inspires you to write what you do?
A. All of my paranormal stories are inspired by my love of the history and mythology of Scotland, my interest in the unknowable, and my belief in the redemptive power of love.

Q. When did you start writing?
A. About as soon as I could write the alphabet. When I was a kid, I won an essay contest sponsored by the local library (I was an avid reader and always did the summer reading challenge). Back in the days of typewriters, I wrote a romance novel about a couple of ballet dancers, but never did anything with it. Didn’t try my hand at fiction again until five or six years ago, when I started what is now The Queen of Swords.

Q. What inspired you to write the book?
A. I started the first draft after reading Twilight. While I liked the saga, I also found myself frustrated by the lack of sex and Edward’s lack of history. In literature, vampires originally personified uncaged sexuality, so a chaste vampire seemed counter-intuitive to me. Plus, I felt writing an immortal creature provided fantastic opportunities to build an interesting backstory. What had he/she seen and experienced over the centuries? How was he/she affected by it? My immortal characters all have a history tied to the world and what they’ve seen and experienced has colored them in some way.

Q. Are you a careful planner or do you let the story guide you?
A. I do a bit of both. I work out the characters and their motivations, setting, and where I want the story to go. I also tend to do index cards for each scene or major plot point from start to finish. Once I begin to write, it can go completely off the rails, depending on where the characters want to take it. As long as they’re reaching the touchstones, I let them do what they want. If they go too far off track, I either re-plot the novel or rein them in, depending on which direction seems better at the time.

Q. Who is your favorite among your characters?
A. I love them all, of course. Graham, the hero in The Queen of Swords, is both noble and funny. Callum, the hero in The Knight of Wands, is a good-hearted romantic. Leith, the hero of my WIP, is a bit on the dark side, but still well-intentioned. If pressed to pick just one, I’d have to go with Alex Buchanan, the journalist hero in The Tin Man. He’s very complex and has lots of demons to overcome, but also is a really good guy.

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A huge thanks to Nina Mason for including Sister Sinister on her blog tour! A wonderful Happy Mother's Day gift, and later today, I'll be posting my review for THE QUEEN of SWORDS - so stay tuned and enjoy your day!! <3

Saturday, May 10, 2014

"Eve's Return" by Crystal A. Bourque (4 Stars)

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Eve's Return
The Book of Eve, #1
by Crystal A. Bourque

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and the first thing I want to direct your attention to is the super awesome cover art! Seriously, just look at that adorable little imp in her hands. It just screams "Snuggle me!" The actual imps in the book, however, are more likely to scream "Rip, rip, rip"!

The story follows Jordan Andrews, a young woman who returns home penniless and angry. Of course things only get exceedingly more terrible. Following the discovery of a gruesome murder, Jordan is forced to confront people from her past in her need to find her sketchy twin brother ... and to survive the malevolence attacking her life.

An enjoyable read! I did at times want to shake or slap a few characters, and I was unsure of the turn the story took but I'm curious to see what happens next. Especially since I found the 'bad guy' to be rather intriguing... Must. Know. More.

Want more? Check it out at GOODREADS | and buy it at AMAZON!

Friday, May 9, 2014

"The Sinister Mr. Corpse" by Jeff Strand (5 Stars)

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The Sinister Mr. Corpse
by Jeff Strand

Genre: Horror

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Stanley Dabernath used to be just a guy. Now he's not too happy about the state of his manly bits... or any of his bits, really. Ever since he was brought back to life on world wide television, Stanley has had a hard time adjusting to life as a zombie. It's not easy being dead, especially when you've got dollar signs attached to your unlife and it can all be over -again- in an instant.

Jeff Strand does it again, with this cleverly funny horror comedy, showing us what it means to be a zombie in the limelight.

Bonus! Check out the cover for this German magazine sporting a happy looking Stanley Dabernath!

Want more? Check out: GOODREADS | AMAZON | Jeff Strand's WEBSITE

Monday, May 5, 2014

"Six Dead Spots" by Gregor Xane (4 Stars)

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Six Dead Spots
by Gregor Xane

Genre: Horror

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and I was glad to do it! The author has created a creepy chiller in SIX DEAD SPOTS, a story of a man who discovers something troubling in the shower... Six areas of numbness on his body.

Frank is a fairly average joe. He's self-employed and barely making ends meet. His brother is the one with a well-paid career in pharmaceuticals, complete with the the house and family. He looks after his brother (half-brother, my apologies) and helps him out when he can. He even invites him over for a house party, though his motives are a little questionable and the entertainment... stimulating.

SIX DEAD SPOTS kept me reading; it's a very well told novella with creepy imagery and a Doctor nicknamed "The Banana". Oh, and there's a doll arm.

Intrigued? Read more at GOODREADS | And then BUY IT at Amazon!