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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Review: Love Strong as Death

Love Strong as Death Love Strong as Death by Jane Davitt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Romance Review

No good deed goes unpunished. Nick is an established writer and his time seeing and helping ghosts rest is in the past. Living in a small village in Scotland, he is blessed with peace and quiet. Enjoying life with John has dulled Nick's defensive skills. Namely, when a ghosts hitchhikes home with him, Nick is sorely out of practice. This is a major problem as the ghost is determined to get what it wants.

What happens after the happily ever after? Authors Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow show Nick's idllyic life disturbed by a violent force. It is almost like Nick is starting from square one again. He makes rookie mistakes which pull both John and him into danger. This story is good in some sense as well as frustrating. Good because the love between Nick and John is still strong. Frustrating because Nick knows better and yet he gives his all to a ghost who is only interested in taking.

The set up and conflict works. What catches me off guard is how quickly the story concludes. It is so easy in resolution, it makes a reader wonder why Nick and John didn't do it in the first place. Of course, then there would be little story to tell. Still, fans of this series will enjoy a return back to a loving couple. For those who have never read this series, start at the first book. It will make a lot more sense.

This m/m romance is recommended to readers who enjoy ghost stories.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Review: How to Talk to Girls at Parties

How to Talk to Girls at Parties How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Unique and with twists and turns, Mr. Gaiman brings to life an interesting view from an awkward shy boy. This graphic novel is beautifully drawn. Each cell is detailed and a work of art. The art matches the slightly bizarre alternate reality experienced by Enn. With Mr. Gaiman, one expects something dark and different. He delivers as the girls in this story are not only hard to understand but a bit scary.

Is this reality or fantasy from a teenage boy's mind? What really is going on? Is he on drugs or could it possibly be true, these girls he's met at a party? For those expecting a cutesy fluffy story, they obviously do not know Mr. Gaiman. There is a lot to discuss about this story but it would give away the plot which I'm reluctant to do. This is captivating tale which pulls a reader in and spits them out a bit disoriented. Recommended to those who enjoy something peculiar.

*provided by Edelweiss

Friday, September 23, 2016

Shifters Hallows Eve Blitz

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Shifters Hallows Eve

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Featuring stories by: Audra Hart, Bethany Shaw, Bryce Evans, Candace Blevins, Elle Boon, Julia Mills, KD Jones, Lori King, Melissa Bell, Melissa Snark, R.E. Butler, and Sydney Lea


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Joker’s Trick or Treat by: Audra Hart

As All Hallows Eve approaches, the veil between realms wavers, tempting many magickal beings to seek dominion over mortals. However, there are those who watch over mankind. The Twin Ravens Outlaw MC are one such group of protectors. Joker, a former slave turned blood wolf, a guardian who relives the pain and heartache of losing Jenniene, the only woman he ever loved, every year as All Hallows approaches. Until the night when the lover he long believed dead walks through the door of the MC with enemies in tow.   Will the return of the mysterious Jenniene be Joker’s Trick, or Treat?


The Wolf’s Ghost by: Bethany Shaw

Jace has spent his long, werewolf life searching for his true mate. He never expected to run into her while on the run from a malicious pack. Now all he has to do is keep her safe, evade the bloodthirsty wolves, and convince her that they are fated mates.

Trapped inside her home for decades, Eva is determined to set herself free of her prison this All Hallows Eve. That is, until a wolf crashes into her library through the window. Eva feels compelled to help the handsome stranger, especially when she learns they share a common enemy, but will helping him cost her the one time a year she has to break the spell?


The Haunted Mate by: Bryce Evans

With her world blowing up around her, Bloom Scott is feeling lost. She has no job, family, or future…until a strange letter arrives from a place called Mystery. Could she really be the beneficiary of a will from a grandmother she’s never known?

Freeman Butler has no desire to share his family's legacy with a woman he's never met; much less a human who doesn't know anything about shifters. Surviving a year without giving in to his desire for the sweet smelling Bloom, will be anything but easy, but he’s determined to keep what’s his.

Surrounded by strange people, who believe in strange things, and spirits that seem to have it in for her, Bloom might just lose her mind before the year is up.


Hallowed Destiny-Forged by Darkness by: Candace Blevins

A year ago, Destiny was abducted by sick demon worshipers who intended to use her as a human sacrifice. They’d already carved evil-looking symbols all over her body when she somehow managed to escape.

Tonight is Halloween — the one-year anniversary of her abduction — and she’s determined to return to the woods where she nearly lost her life. She doesn’t expect to see a white lion waiting for her. Aren’t black cats supposed to be bad luck? Perhaps a white lion will be the opposite of evil. Or, maybe she’s finally lost her mind, because lions are not indigenous to Georgia.


Dark Lovers by: Elle Boon

Raina wanted what every female did…

The only daughter of the vampire king, and a shifter, Raina had everything she could ever want, except the HeartsLove she craved. When Satan kidnaps her to be his consort she comes face-to-face with the possibility of never finding it.

Creed was equal parts good and bad…The son of Satan and an angel, he lives a life filled with death and battle, excelling at each. Until he found his Chosen in his father’s chamber.

What would you do to save those you love? Creed will give up his soul in order to save Raina. She realizes he’s her other half and can’t live without him. Will they both be willing to sacrifice for the other?


Tears for Her Dragon by: Julia Mills

Escaped from hell on earth, lost and alone, a wail in the night calls to not only his beast but also his heart. Finding this tortured woman is all that matters.

On the run, hiding in plain sight, the icy fingers of doom invade her soul. The pull of the world she fled tears at the fiber of her being.

Lovers from different worlds, fighting a common enemy, thrown together by the Reaper himself, helpless but to do as he bids.

Can these two souls find peace when the Devil himself is demanding his due?


Once Upon a Hallows Eve by: KD Jones

Halloween is the busiest time of year for Rita Russell and her little shop. Then Luke Conrad shows up and thwarts her happiness. She’s refuses to let him ruin everything she worked for.

Luke Conrad is the alpha of the local werewolf pack and has to track a murderer while keeping their secret safe from the humans. Standing in his way is a curvy spitfire shop owner who his wolf wants to claim, and she happens to be his number one suspect.

Nothing will ever be the same for these two when the pack runs . . . once upon a Hallow’s Eve.


Haunted by Love by: Lori King

It was the dare to end all dares, and she didn’t have the option of backing down. Spend Halloween night in the haunted castle in the forest. She figured it would be easy enough; after all, she didn’t believe in ghosts.

A hundred years trapped in an inescapable hell had twisted his heart into a black rock of despair and loathing for everything human. Many had tested his limits over the centuries, but none had reached into his soul the way she did.

To overcome, he was to reach her, but she doesn’t believe. Will they both spend the rest of eternity haunted by love?


The Valley of Shadows by: Melissa Bell

Steeped in centuries of tradition and in accordance with the Laws of Lupine. When the daughter of an Alpha comes of age, she stands before her pack as the prized female. Held in the Valley of Shadows, on All Hallows Eve is a twisted game of survival. Only the eldest unmated son of the Alpha’s may compete for if they fail it means they are dead. It is part of an ancient ceremony one that will bring packs together from far and wide. It’s an honor to be chosen to run the gauntlet, and a disgrace not to accept.


Hunter’s Mark by: Melissa Snark

ER nurse Victoria Storm anticipates a joyous Winter Nights ceremony with her wolf-shifter pack, but a determined hunter upsets all her plans. Daniel Barrett wants her help because he suspects a ghost is behind his friend’s disappearance. As a pagan priestess and spirit-speaker, she can discover things he can’t. He’s as sexy as he is persistent--she finds him impossible to refuse. Throw in a trip to a remote Arizona town, a haunted hotel, and a lost gold mine, and their evening is about to get interesting.


The Tiger’s Bride by: R.e. Butler

As the last golden-furred tiger shifter in existence, Charisma knows that the only opportunity he has to find his soulmate is to wait for the All Hallows Eve full moon. With an enchanted medallion in hand, Charisma casts the spell for his soulmate, hoping that the necklace will find the one woman meant to be his. Unless he finds his other half, his beast will slowly take over and he’ll go feral. What he doesn’t expect is interference from the very Wiccan who helped him, and for his soulmate’s life to be on the line.


Mate Hunt by: Sydney Lea

When Eva finally returned home she had three goals. Find a place of her own, get settled into her new job...and avoid Jackson Hollinger at all costs. Little did she know that the man in question had very different plans for her.

However, when a rogue wolf kidnaps the alpha’s new mate and sends a human hunting party in Eva’s direction on the eve of her first shift, it’s up to Jackson to make sure he finds her first. Will Jackson get there in time?

It’s Halloween, and it’s time for a mate hunt.


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Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Tides of Bara Cover Reveal

Exciting new book @jeffekennedy #Coverreveal
 Cover reveal for book three in the Sorcerous Moons

If you haven't read the first two, check them them out.  



Lonen's War

Lonen's War
Sorcerous Moons – Book 1

By Jeffe Kennedy

An Unquiet Heart
Alone in her tower, Princess Oria has spent too long studying her people’s barbarian enemies, the Destrye—and neglected the search for calm that will control her magic and release her to society. Her restlessness makes meditation hopeless and her fragility renders human companionship unbearable. Oria is near giving up. Then the Destrye attack, and her people’s lives depend on her handling of their prince…
A Fight Without Hope
When the cornered Destrye decided to strike back, Lonen never thought he’d live through the battle, let alone demand justice as a conqueror. And yet he must keep up his guard against the sorceress who speaks for the city. Oria’s people are devious, her claims of ignorance absurd. The frank honesty her eyes promise could be just one more layer of deception.
A Savage Bargain
Fighting for time and trust, Oria and Lonen have one final sacrifice to choose… before an even greater threat consumes them all.
Oria's Gambit:

Oria's Gambit
Sorcerous Moons – Book 2

By Jeffe Kennedy


A Play For Power
Princess Oria has one chance to keep her word and stop her brother’s reign of terror: She must become queen. All she has to do is marry first. And marry Lonen, the barbarian king who defeated her city bare weeks ago, who can never join her in a marriage of minds, who can never even touch her—no matter how badly she wants him to.

A Fragile Bond
To rule is to suffer, but Lonen never thought his marriage would become a torment. Still, he’s a resourceful man. He can play the brute conqueror for Oria’s faceless officials and bide his time with his wife. And as he coaxes secrets from Oria, he may yet change their fate…

An Impossible Demand
With deception layering on deception, Lonen and Oria must claim the throne and brazen out the doubters. Failure means death— for them and their people.

But success might mean an alliance powerful beyond imagining...


Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review was nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2014 and the third book, The Talon of the Hawk, won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015. Two more books will follow in this world, beginning with The Pages of the Mind May 2016. A fifth series, the erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, started with Going Under, and was followed by Under His Touch and Under Contract.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary