Sunday, March 31, 2013

Glass DreamsGlass Dreams by Helen Laycock
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is a fantastic children's book! I loved it!

Jake is a fantastic character! He's only 12, but he seemed very mature for his age. I loved his attitude. I'm not sure I was as focused at his age though!

This is an amazing story of a boy, a circus and a family secret. There are some other wonderful characters: Khala and Cedric, just to name a couple! Khala is a very brave person. She is also kind-hearted; I loved her warmth to a complete stranger. But I was horrified at the abuse she and the other circus performers had to deal with! Cedric made me laugh at his insistence of using Jake as a part of his knife throwing act! (He's absolutely terrible at it!).
There is enough action, adventure, danger and mystery in this book to get my heart pumping, never mind a child's!

Helen Laycock has written a fast paced action adventure that will keep even children with short attention spans hooked! I highly recommend this book for children from the age of 7 upwards. Adults may enjoy it too! - Lynn Worton

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Saturday, March 30, 2013


Blog Tour - Life is Art: Cover and Art Design by 
Danny Rei

Designer Spotlight
I'm Danny and I'm 21. I love beautiful book covers and posters. Ever since I was a child, I was very artistic and won several drawing competitions. As I grew up, my interest in art and design expanded somewhat. What started as something I enjoyed and was good at, became a passion.
My passion in art and design led me to start my own forum to satisfy my need to meet others with the same interests. As a result, I had to design my own buttons, banners, avatars and signatures.
Upgrading my skills came naturally, and soon I became fascinated with Photoshop and the endless possibilities I can discover with the program – from photo manipulating to digital painting from a plain white sheet.
I love reading books and seeing beautiful and creative cover designs inspires me. Not only to I enjoy the designing process, perfection is what I aim for.
I created my cover art service to help indie authors find the right cover artist for them. I have enjoyed working with several indie authors, as well as with a fantastic publisher – E.A.R. Publishing Company. Our collaboration has resulted in creating over 20 covers and other art works for the purpose of book promotion.

I do not have a specific way of working. Every client is special, unique and original, thus, my process is different every time. Usually, I ask the author if they have a specific vision of their cover art and go from there. And for those who are not sure what they want in particular, I ask for a sample of their book and the blurb. After I have digested the information, I suggest ideas and we go from there.
Art is Life really is a bespoke service that caters to the individual author’s needs.
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 ‘Demonic Saviour’, by Author Katherine Rocholz, is one of my most favourite cover designs I have made so far. I know having favourites isn't something I should do, because all of my cover designs are like my children, but I just love this one so much. I drew this personally and I especially like the ‘dirty’ lines of the art.




The ‘UnForgotten’ anthology cover is also one of my favourite pieces. Maybe it is the theme of the writing contest organised by E.A.R. Publishing, or the calm, blue colours, but this definitely is something I enjoy looking at.




Aah, ‘Another Way to Bleed’ by Author Susan Harris! This one is special to me in its own way. The model on the cover is a personal friend of mine and her personality fits the main character in Susan’s debut novel perfectly.




Red Moon by Author J.V.K… I love this piece. Not only because it fits the second book perfectly, it is dear to me because the fragments of the compositions. A dear friend of mine is the model, and the dress she is wearing is my prom dress. So, naturally this cover means a lot to me. I love the simplicity of the colours: red – black – white. It is eye catching, simple, and in a way unique.



‘Of Gaea’ by Victoria Escobar is my most recent art work. I have to say that when I read the blurb, I was fascinated with the story and felt privileged that the Victoria chose me as her cover artist. I loved working with her.

And these are some of my pre-made cover designs for sale : 













Recommendations

“I had an idea, but no matter how hard I tried to make a reality it just wasn't working for me.  Getting a cover artist was the only option, but I wasn't sure I would find something cost efficient for my meagre budget and exceptionally talented.  It was with much reluctance I send out a bunch of emails to varying cover artists.  I'm so glad I did.Art is Life: Cover and Art Design is the greatest blessing any indie author (or author in general) could ask for.  Not only is she massively cost efficient, she took my idea and created the most gorgeous cover I have ever seen.  She really listened and took my input rather than just brushing away my thoughts.  She was completely patient, and made changes every time I asked her to without hesitation.  It was awesome.I am 100 percent in love with my cover.  I’ll never go to anyone else for cover art.  Art is Life: Cover and Art Design has my business for the foreseeable future!”


 -Victoria Escobar, Author

 

Art is life; cover and design is a brilliant, imaginative and creative company that provides quality work and an excellent service. Being an author myself, I had a clear imagine in my mind of what I would like for my debut novel's book cover. Having given my publisher a sample of something I would like, the wonderful artist behind Art is Life: cover and design took my idea and blew it out of the water. In an instant the character whose voice was rambling around in my head came to life in a single image. And even when I asked for something to be included in the design, it was done to perfection. If you want a one of a kind cover for your book, I would urge to choose Art is Life; cover and design. You will not be disappointed with the end result..... and I can't wait to work with them again when It's time to sort out a cover for any future novels I am planning to write.

-  Susan Harris, Author

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There are two giveaways being held to promote the amazing Art is Life: Cover and Art Design. One is specifically for authors, the second is for everyone.

Author Giveaway Prizes

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Tour Schedule
Blog Tour - Art is Life: Cover and Art Design
8th March
Showcase of Work, Giveaway

9th March
Showcase of Work, Designer Interview

10th March
Showcase of Work, Spotlight, Guest Post – A Journey of Art and Books

11th March
Designer Spotlight, Showcase of Work, Designer Interview, Giveaway

12th March
Designer Spotlight, Giveaway

14th March
Showcase of Work

15th March
Designer Spotlight, Showcase of Work

16th March
Showcase of Work

17th March
Showcase of Work, Guest Post – Book Design: The Beginning

20th March
Designer Spotlight

21st March
Designer Spotlight, Showcase of Work, Giveaway

23rd March
Showcase of Work

24th March
Designer Spotlight, Showcase of Work, Giveaway

25th March
Designer Spotlight, Showcase of Work, Designer Interview, Giveaway

28th March
Designer Spotlight, Showcase of Work, Giveaway

29th March
Designer Spotlight, Giveaway

30th March
Designer Spotlight, Showcase of Work

31st March
Designer Spotlight, Showcase of Work, Giveaway

Surviving ELE (ELE, #4)Surviving ELE by Rebecca Gober
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review 6******

This is the fourth book in the acclaimed ELE Series. I absolutely LOVED it!

Willow Mosby is a fantastic character! She has had to deal with a lot in her short life, but losing Tony may just break her. I love this character! She is only sixteen, but she has a maturity about her that has others looking up to her as a leader, even the adults.

As this is the fourth book in the series, I knew that I was heading for a rollercoaster ride of EPIC proportions! This book sure didn't disappoint! The story picks up from the cliffhanger at the end of the third book. I was completely engrossed in the story from start to finish! This book is full of danger, action and romance. I have come to love all the characters (except for Zack, of course!), and they come alive for me; I feel what they feel, and see what they see. More than once I was reduced to tears! Why, oh why, do book characters affect me so? (rhetorical question - I'm just a big softie at heart!). The twists and turns in this story continued to surprise me (although I should be used to expecting the unexpected in this series by now!). The story is just as fast paced as the other three, if not more so! The book ends on another cliffhanger, which is cruel punishment for readers such as myself, as I want to read the next story RIGHT NOW!!!

The writing partnership between Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels is as strong as ever, and I hope it remains so for a long time to come! Their combined writing styles compliment each other beautifully. They have created a world that is believable (which is somewhat terrifying!), and characters that are extremely memorable. I highly recommend this book (and series!) if you love YA Paranormal Romance or Dystopian novels. - Lynn Worton

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tasting Never (Never Say Never, #1)Tasting Never by C.M. Stunich
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review 6******

Wow! This is a fantastic start to an amazing trilogy! I LOVED IT!

Never Ross is a character I would actually like to meet! She is abrasive and comes off as standoffish, but as the story unfolds, I found myself actually admiring her. She is a difficult character to pigeon-hole, as there are many facets and layers to her. At first, I thought she was a bit shallow, looking for attention from any guy she could find. And, to a point, I was right, but as the story unfolded, I realised that she was looking for love in the wrong place.

Ty McCabe *Swoon!* is also a fantastic character. He has his own issues to deal with. However, I found him to be a stable and calming influence on Never. They say that opposites attract, but these two are just as similar, as they are different.

This is a romance story that is EPIC! I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this story, but once I started it, I couldn't put it down! This book is addictive! I found myself gripping onto my Kindle and going through a rollercoaster ride of emotions! I loved the way the hate-love relationship between these two characters developed. The story is extremely fast paced, and I was completely thrown when I came to the end - I didn't want it to finish! Luckily, the second story, Finding Never is out now. I will be reading it as soon as I can!

C.M. Stunich has written an amazing New Adult novel that sent butterflies chasing in my stomach with excitement! I think she is definitely going on my "Favourite Authors" list!
This book does mention sexual situations (although not too explicit) and contains bad language. Therefore, I do not recommend it for younger readers. However, I do highly recommend this book if you love intense romances! - Lynn Worton

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Mark of the Mage: Scribes of Medeisia Book IMark of the Mage: Scribes of Medeisia Book I by R.K. Ryals
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review 6******

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is the first book in a new series by R.K. Ryals. I absolutely LOVED it!

Drastona (Stone) Consta-Mayria is a fantastic character! She is only sixteen years old, but she wants to be a scribe. She is more comfortable with old books and texts than dealing with people. She is naive and sheltered, but when she is thrown out of her home and marked as a scribe, she is unprepared for the danger and adventure that awaits.

This is a fantastic new series that held my attention from the first page! I struggled to put it down, and was extremely annoyed when I had to - going to sleep could wait! Having read other books by this author, I was extremely excited to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint. I was torn between liking Kyle and hating him. He is intense and focused. He eventually won me over, and I have now got a book crush on him! Lochlen is another fantastic character. I have a feeling he's a consummate flirt! It doesn't hurt that he's a dragon either! These two characters (Kyle and Lochlen) are complete opposites, but somehow, they compliment each other; It doesn't hurt that they are friends. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

R.K. Ryals has done it again! This is a fast paced action adventure that has captured my imagination. This is a YA novel that is full of magic, talking trees, animals and dragons! It is an exciting start to a new series! I highly recommend this series if you love YA. - Lynn Worton

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Robby's Quest for SeedRobby's Quest for Seed by D.C. Rush
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is a fantastic children's story. I loved it!

Robby is a robin. He is a great character. He may be very small, but he is extremely clever. Having a sense of direction helps when you have to migrate over vast distances, and because Robby's sense is very good, he has been chosen as leader of a motley crew. This crew consists of a family of six sparrows (Jon, Jill, Jiff, Jan, Joy and Jeff), three Mourning doves (Sid, Sal and Sky), a lone black bird called Benny and Robby and his younger brother Ricky.

I love reading stories like this! It is extremely entertaining for children of all ages. This is a fabulous story of bravery, friendship and teamwork told in easy language so that younger children (6+) could try reading this story on their own (depending on reading ability).
I was carried away on the wind currents as the birds journeyed South for the Winter. They face many dangers on their travels, and overcome obstacles that would daunt me never mind the birds! This book would make a great bedtime story!

D.C. Rush has written an exciting and entertaining read! The little facts interspersed through the story may be missed by smaller children, but the author has cleverly added them in such a way that they educate while entertaining the reader. I am now looking forward to reading more books in the Robby Quest series.
I highly recommend this book for children from the ages 3-10, but older children may enjoy it too! - Lynn Worton

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Wiccan ShadowsWiccan Shadows by Lori J. Schiele
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is a fantastic paranormal romance! I loved it!

Alex Grisham is a fantastic character. She is a loving, warm and kind soul. She also happens to be a powerful witch. I loved this character as she coped with the disappearance of the coven's high priestess, and the danger that follows. She has a vulnerability about her, but she also has an inner strength that comes to the fore.

This book is part thriller and paranormal romance, and is an exciting rollercoaster of a ride! I was gripped from the first page! The sudden mood shifts of Glenn's gave me whiplash! His coldness was confusing at first, but as the story unfolded, it became clear.
The sexual tension between Alex and Dan is intense! Even though they weren't touching in scenes, the heat of their attraction sizzled on the page! There is one very hot scene that is explicit, but not erotic.
I also liked meeting the rest of the coven. Jen is a vet and Robyn is an angst ridden teen. These characters play an important role in this book, and I am looking forward to reading more in The Wiccan Sisterhood series.

Lori J. Schiele has written a fast paced novel that is extremely entertaining! I think that the author has done a lot of homework on the wiccan practices and spells, but I think some poetic licence may have been used too, and they come across as believable. I highly recommend this book if you love a great paranormal thriller/romance full of danger, witches and werewolves. - Lynn Worton

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hive the fourth book in the Species series by J K Accinni.

Hive the fourth book in the Species series by J K Accinni.

Hive, enter stage left Lorna and Seth, newcomers, Lorna is a suburban grandmother and Seth is well, Seth is Seth. 

Set Lorna, Seth, Lorna's granddaughters and a stray teenage girl against a post apocalyptic scene and I dare you to not make the choices Lorna makes, the same choices that she is beating herself up for at the end of the book. 

Enter stage right.  The Hive, the womb a place an entity which is set up to save the most precious commodity earth has, its animals.  The Hive as we know it is what we as humans know as Heaven, Angels etc.  I kept waiting for the author to upset my Christian values with this premise but she never did.  She kept the hive logical and her explanations simple and easy to follow.  No offence could be taken via her interpretation of the higher power we Christians call upon daily.

Now we have Abbey, Scotty and a hopscotch crew up old and new characters in the hive, waiting for the last bomb to drop.  Literally.  Armageddon is here and we started a war that nobody can win. 

Now we have a few loops, twists, turns, and angles not explored hereto, the author has made human depravity obvious but never as obvious as in Hive.  The exploitation of the weak in the midst of calamity is ride no reader will forget. 
But the Hive itself has a few secrets, what are Baby and Echo up to?
Who is the man Will and Nettie is conversing with?
What is up with the tiger?
Is a deity beyond revenge?
These questions I hope to have answered in The One asap because I have no doubt that I will read it as soon as it becomes available on Amazon. 
*****

Monday, March 18, 2013

********** NEW BOOK RELEASE **********


Surrender Your Love by J.C. Reed
 Release date: March 15th, 2013

Meeting Jett was like lightning. Dangerous. Better left untouched. And better forgotten. But lightning always strikes twice. Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, doesn’t do relationships. When she’s sent to a remote estate to finalize a real estate deal, she discovers her new boss is no other than the guy she left naked in bed. Sexy, dangerously handsome, and arrogant Jett Mayfield attracts trouble, and women, like a lightning rod. But the night he meets Brooke he gets more than he bargained for. The green-eyed millionaire playboy isn't used to taking no for an answer, and he isn't about to start now. When he proposes two months of no strings sex, Brooke is intrigued and accepts his proposal. Little does she know Jett’s determined to claim the one woman he can’t have, pulling her deeper into his dangerous world. A man who doesn't take 'no' for an answer. A woman afraid to surrender to love. Two lives that are about to cross...and secrets laid bare. 



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Author bio:
 Jessica C. Reed is a contemporary fiction author, but her greatest achievement are her two children. She spent half of her life in the beautiful mountains of Wyoming and would like to go back one day. When she’s not typing away on her keyboard, forgetting the world around her, you can find her talking on the phone and watching way too much TV.

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Heavens Night by Harry Aderton

Heavens Night by Harry Aderton

I get goose bumps when I watch a movie and the music culminates towards the point where the forces of good vs. evil drawing the battle lines during the crescendo of the lyrics of an expertly chosen song.  Seldom if even have I gotten those same chills whilst reading but from page 295 until 305 that is exactly what happened. 

It gave me a thrill, the battle epic in nature, the realisation that turns the tide so logical and yet so far out of reach comes with the clarity of a lightning bolt. 

This is a story of love, the love soul mates share is embodied in what is shared by Sariel, an Archangel and his other half, Requel. 
It is the story of the fall of a third of the Angelic forces and the idea's and the logic behind the fall is portrayed so realistically and with such clarity that the reader is sucked in, left with nothing in the end but the notion that one needs faith.  This faith however is questioned time after time after time, battle after brutal battle.  Then the words is spoken "Stay with Me" and a mind shift takes place and with it a sway in the tide of the battle. 
During the battle in scenes with some of the best ever world building descriptions I have ever come across the Archangel Michael speaks another truth again swaying a tide and changing history... "My Father gave Me dominion over Heaven and Earth! Can you say the same...?"

Between world building extraordinaire characters so real you at times want to hug them, slap them and throw a sock at them, amidst all of these you find a talent for story telling that is going to become a talent to be reckoned with.  With this first book in what I hope is a series this author managed to establish himself as a firm favourite of mine.  If you like Christian Fan Fiction, then trust me, this is the book for you. 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

************* COVER RELEASE ***************

 

 Let it Go by Brooklyn James

Date Due for Release: 25th March 2013

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17599555-let-it-go

Description from Goodreads:

Savannah Bondurant, a marriage and relationship columnist for the Savannah Sun Times, just signed her divorce papers. Brody McAlister, the elusive and smoking hot gym boy, has finally recovered from his divorce three years ago. Be it spurred by loneliness or sheer attraction, the two slip into the sheets for a memorable one-night stand. Savannah's pesky ex-husband continues to try and worm his way back into her life, insisting they remain friends, even though he is living with his jealous new girlfriend. An up-and-coming woodworker artist, Brody has every socialite cougar in town promising him success and riches, for a price, of course. With two advice-giving older sisters, one fiercely single and one seemingly happily married, Savannah learns her parents' long and successful relationship does not come without its own secrets. Why should she believe in happily ever after? Her constant overanalyzing and skepticism bodes well in her profession as a journalist, but proves counterproductive in her personal life. Divorce, guilt, suspicion, holding on to the past—can Savannah trust in Brody to help her Let It Go...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Releasing The Wolf (Eye Of The Storm, #1)Releasing The Wolf by Dianna Hardy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review 6*****

I love reading paranormal romances, so when I found out that the author was releasing this one in December last year, I quickly got myself a copy. Unfortunately, I have only now just managed to get to read it. I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner, because I absolutely LOVED it!

Lydia Martin is a fantastic character. She thinks herself to be a normal woman, with a very high libido and who dreams of a mystery lover. However, she soon finds out she is not who she thought she was, and her world will never be the same again. I loved her character growth as she discovered who, and what, she was.

It is difficult to do a character breakdown of the other members of this story without giving away any spoilers, so I'm not even going to try. However, I will say that Ryan, Taylor and Lawrence are H.O.T.!!! and leave it at that. *Fanning myself here!!* ;)

This an extremely fast paced story that is full of danger, mystery, intrigue and sexy scenes! I struggled to put it down! In fact, I read it in one sitting. There are a few twists and turns that surprised me, but there is a huge twist near the end that completely threw me! I loved it, but I may never look at wolf packs the same way again! The cliffhanger at the end has me looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Cry Of The Wolf.

Dianna Hardy is on my favourite authors list, and I would read anything she writes. Her books are well written and extremely entertaining. The characters are extremely lifelike and likeable. However, a word of warning: this story contains scenes of explicit sex and some violence. Therefore, I do not recommend this book to younger readers (16-). I do, however, highly recommend this book if you love erotic paranormal romances. - Lynn Worton

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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Cold WaterCold Water by Billie A. Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

This is a deeply touching YA Mystery Suspense story! I loved it!

Zigfield Scorpio (he prefers Zip, so that's what I'll call him from now on) is a fantastic character. He is a teenager who has not had an easy life. His mother is an alcoholic, and the bullies at school are tormenting him. However, I respect him for his drive and determination not to give in to the gangs, and his desire to have a better life.

This story touched me very much, as Zip is one of the most real characters I have ever come across. He is inventive, thoughtful, compassionate and most of all, loving. He is also very street smart for his age. His tale is sad in many ways, but it is also extremely heart-warming! The trials and tribulations he faced while living on the street were many, but he also made some wonderful friends. I loved the camaraderie of the street people, and how they create their own family out of a mismatched bunch of characters. The story is told from Zip's perspective, and flows beautifully. There were a few scenes that found me grabbing a tissue, but this book is not all doom and gloom. There are moments of levity and warm wit that made me smile. The mystery and suspense at the end has me looking forward to reading the next book!

Billie A. Williams has written a fast paced YA mystery suspense novel that captured my attention from the first page! Her characters are extremely life like, and I felt like I could reach out and touch them. I highly recommend this YA novel to the younger readers of 11+, but I think adults of all ages would enjoy this story too. - Lynn Worton

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BOOK PROMO - Trapped by George A. Bernstein



Trapped by George A. Bernstein

The darkness is still, silent. Jackee Maren’s heart pounds reverberating through her body as fear sears her veins. Someone’s coming. No way out. This time they will kill me. Her breath is short, her chest burns. Must run. Faster. Faster! Her eyes fly open, her heart still racing with blinding fear. Jackee breathes deeply with relief and stares at the ceiling desperately trying to calm herself. The same dream. Something, someone is watching . . . and waiting. A tragic car accident leaves beautiful, vibrant Jackee Maren in “Locked-in Syndrome,” completely paralyzed, able to move only her eyes. Jackee’s physical therapist, Kevin, seems more invested in her well-being than her husband, Phil, and teaches her to communicate by blinking her eyes. Soon she discovers she has the ability to sense others thoughts, but hides this talent from everyone but her sons, not knowing who she can trust. Then she discovers her car accident was no accident, and vows to expose the person who wants her dead before they get a second chance. Exercising her new psychic ability, Jackee finally learns who masterminded the accident but feels helpless to stop them from trying to kill her again. Fading physically, she doggedly embarks on a psychic plan to not only ensure her boys are safe forever, but to exact revenge on her would-be murderer. Jackee vows not to rest until this killer understands what it is to be TRAPPED! But she must hurry, with only months left to live.





Author Bio:

George A. Bernstein is the retired president of a publicly held Chicago company and now lives in south Florida. He is also a “World Class” fly fisherman, having held 12 International Gamefish Association World Records and has recently published Toothy Critters Love Flies (http://www.toothycrittersloveflies.com/), the definitive book on fly-fishing for northern pike and musky. Trapped is George’s first published novel and is also a finalist at the 2012 Florida Writers Association RPLA fiction contest. www.GeorgeABernstein.com

What readers are saying about Trapped:

Do things happen for a reason? How about bad things, really bad things? Whatever you believe you’ll believe this story. Bernstein took a real condition and turned it into a captivating suspense novel that will “trap” you, the reader, from the first word and carry you to the end. This is a book fit for film that is the first novel from an author who will thrill you. - G.S. Thompson

George Bernstein has really done a wonderful job with his novel, “Trapped.” Imagine if you went in for routine surgery and were trapped in a coma - seemingly unresponsive, but in fact you were fully aware of what was going on around you. Imagine that you find you also have “awoken” with a psychic ability to KNOW how others are feeling. Imagine if you determined that your “accident” was no accident! “Trapped” is a wonderful, gripping thriller that grabs the reader’s attention from the first page and refuses to let go. - Angie Flynn Bestselling Author of Release The Simple Success Solution for Real and Permenent Weightloss

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Amazon Review Page: http://www.amazon.com/Trapped-George-A-Bernstein/product-reviews/1599304090/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

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web site: http://suspenseguy.com
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Blog site: http://www.georgeabernstein.wordpress.com
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Youtube trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWHMGC-QHK8
Podcast Interview of TRAPPED: http://independentauthorshowcase.com/Suspense.html
NightfallNightfall by Norah Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in A Vampire Romance series. I loved it!

Aiden Afflack is a vampire on a mission - to track down rogue vampires. He is a fantastic character. He is very strong, fast and extremely dangerous. He is also very confident, which borders on arrogant. We briefly met him near the end of The Merzetti Effect. He intrigued me (and scared me!) then, but this is his story, and I must admit that he has become a serious book crush! He's seriously HOT! ;)

Samantha Shea (she prefers Sam) is a fantastic character too. She is a feisty and stubborn woman, who happens to be an amazing nature photographer. She seems to have the ability to sense when a weather event is about to happen. When she stumbles on Aiden during one of his missions, sparks fly!

This is a fantastic paranormal romance novel! I think I liked this book a lot more than The Merzetti Effect; Maybe it's because I didn't like what Delano did to Ainsley. Anyway, this book seriously caught and held my attention from the first page. There is a lot of danger in the form of the rogues. They are definitely nasty! I wouldn't want to meet those vampires! The story is a slight continuation of The Merzetti Effect, and Delano, Ainsley and Eli make an appearance. However, it is the romance of Aiden and Sam that steams up the pages! It is told from both of their perspectives, and is a roller coaster ride from start to finish. I don't know why ladies (me included) always go for the "bad boys" in books. Maybe it's because they appeal to our more primitive brain? Maybe it's because they're not really "bad boys" as such, but very decisive and take charge types, who know what they want.
Aiden Afflack is definitely one of those types, and I think that he and Sam make a great couple. I hope that there will be a new story in this series soon!

Norah Wilson has written a fast paced, steamy paranormal romance that had my heart racing for many different reasons! I do not recommend this book to younger readers due to the sensual nature of some of the scenes. I do, however, recommend this book (and series) if you love steamy paranormal romances with sexy vampires! - Lynn Worton

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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Alzheimers Dutiful Daughter by Don Canaan and Shawn Graves

Alzheimers Dutiful Daughter by Don Canaan and Shawn Graves

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Blurb

Everything changed when Laura turned thirteen and her father developed Alzheimer's disease. She became the perfect caregiver daughter. She literally and figuratively became her dad's caregiver. Just ask anyone who has ever known her, especially her schizophrenic mother. Laura devoted her life to taking care of her parents, even when it meant the loss of her own hopes and dreams.

But as she matured, Laura decided it was time for her to reclaim her life. And she did so by setting off on a journey to gather the shattered pieces of her past so that she could forge a new future.

Detective Liz Roberts, whose problems also include being abandoned by her birth mother, is assigned to a case when a confused man is found alone, wandering around the Big Fresno Fair, unable to tell anyone who he is or where he came from. The only clue to his identity is a piece of paper in his pocket that says, “My name is Larry.” As Liz uncovers his identity, she also begins to uncover long-kept secrets.

Meanwhile, an upcoming family event may force the detective to face her own painful past.

My Review

Laura is a dutiful daughter.  Although her father does not develop Alzheimer's when she is 13 as the blurb suggests, he does develop this and is a harmless, hapless old man who has one desire only, to get a party of four together for a round of golf.  But then he is found at the Fresno fair.  Dehydrated alone and the only clue is a note that reads "My name is Larry".
Detective Liz Roberts gets involved in identifying him and soon the story escalates.  What happened to his daughter, a kidnap victim at age 13, was she taken again? Her mother when alive physically threatened the life of Laura, could this be part of it.  Her doting father, protected her, bought her only the best guarded her and protected her. 
This doting father is admired by ex colleagues, neighbors and casual acquaintances alike.  All but one man sees Laura's father as the epitome of a caring parent.  But can he be lying? Can he have an agenda, and if he does, what does he gain?
The story takes twists and turns and keeps the reader intrigued.  The reality of the true base nature of the story gets hinted at long before it gets revealed and in so doing serves to heightens the readers anticipation for clarity.  These revelations however does not solve the problem for with them new information of even more vile deeds come to the fore.
I loved reading this book and found it a quick and engaging read.  The sub plot of the detective with her own dysfunctional family background adds spice and an extra depth to the story but never overshadows.
I would definitely read more fiction by these authors especially if they collaborate in the endeavor again.
A 5 * psychological thriller.  One I highly recommend you read. 

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The Difference Between Night and DayThe Difference Between Night and Day by Melissa Turner Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fantastic paranormal romance! I loved it!

Nathaniel Taylor is a fascinating character. He is a vampire with a difference - he has managed to keep his Christian values even after his change. I loved this character very much. He was an enigma in the beginning, and I wondered what made him tick. However, as I began to understand him, I felt proud to know him. He is a loving and caring man, who has had to face living with a terrible affliction.

Lilly Vaughn is also a fantastic character. She comes across as a very sweet person. I would like to meet her in the flesh one day. She has a childlike appreciation of the world around her, which gives her a naive quality. I loved watching her character grow as the story progressed.

I must admit that I don't read a lot of Christian fiction, but having read other books by this author, and when I saw the blurb for this, I was intrigued. I love paranormal romance, so I thought I would give this book a chance. I'm glad I did! The story hooked me from the first page! I found myself absorbed by the story, and I struggled to put it down. I fell in love with the characters, as they themselves fell in love with each other. This story is told from both Nathaniel's and Lilly's view points. The story has a few twists that I didn't see coming and kept me guessing as to what would happen next. There is also a bit of danger in the form of a rogue vampire. When I reached the end of the book, I was a bit sad because I hadn't wanted it to end! However, whether it's an intentional cliffhanger or not, the ending lends itself to a possible sequel. And, if there is another book on the way, I would definitely read it! Although this is a Christian romance, the book is not preachy in any way; It focuses mostly on faith, rather than scripture.

Melissa Turner Lee has written a heart warming paranormal romance that has enthralled and entertained me. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author, whether they be Christian or otherwise. I highly recommend this book if you love Paranormal Romance novels, or if you are looking for a unique and different kind of vampire story. - Lynn Worton

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Monday, March 04, 2013


******************* COVER REVEAL ******************



Armored Hearts by Melissa Turner Lee and Pauline Creeden

Synopsis:

When a crippled young lord rescues a girl falling from a tree, it reveals a secret about himself and his mother's side of the family that could put him at the center of a war with beings he thought only existed in fairytales.
Tristan Gareth Smyth lived his entire life stuck at home at Waverly Park, left behind while his Grandfather makes trips to London, all because of his blasted wheelchair.
Then an American heiress falls in his lap, literally, and he must find a way to keep her at a distance to protect not only his secret, but everyone around him from an assassin sent to kill him.

Expected Release Date: April 2013.

Cover art by Marcy Rachel Designs
Model Photographer: WinterWolf Studios

This is an exciting collaboration between a Steampunk writer and a Paranormal Romance author. Together we are blending the two cultures as seamlessly as possible so that fans of both genres will love what we've come up with.

Excerpt –
Twelve-year-old Tristan Gareth Smyth gripped the armrests of his wheelchair and said, “This will do. I can make it the rest of the way on my own from here.”
His eyes trained up the landmark tree and he had that feeling again. The vapor of a memory, maybe a dream. He always had that feeling when he looked up at the broad branches of this particular oak. Then he remembered who he was talking to and his face hardened.
The maid, Sarah, with her strong Scottish burr, patted him on the shoulder. Gareth refused to look at her. He stared down at his knee pants instead. “Are ye sure ye will be alright? I do na mind walking with ye the rest of the way to Mr. Strong’s house.”
Gareth clenched his hands into fists. “I’ll be fine.”
“Too bad he didn't like coming out to the manor. Remember how green Mr. Strong got when he choked on my spice cake that day and ran off.” She laughed but tried to cover it with a cough. “I thought that would be the end of ’im but he worked it out with yer grandfather to instruct ye in town. Funny, my spice didn't bother the rest of ye.”
She bent down in front of Gareth, attempting to make eye contact. “There are lots of children in this section of town. Ye might try making friends with ’em.”
Gareth turned away and clenched his jaw. Children never wanted to make friends with him. The chair made them uncomfortable. And what did he care anyway? He attempted to give her as stern a look as his grandfather would. “I know the way from here, and I won’t be late. You can go on to market, now.”
The breeze picked up and blew wisps of red hair into the woman’s round face. She smiled. Was she making fun of him? “Oh, it’s such a pretty day. This fresh air will do ye good, for certain.”
Gareth scowled.
She patted her hands on her knees and stood straight again. “Well then, I’ll leave ye to it. I've got to run off to the baker’s. Be sure to get to Mr. Strong’s in a timely manner. Though I think yer old governess was doing a fine job. Not sure why ye need Mr. Strong. But I guess it’s none of my concern.”
She was a servant, in uniform, and he was a future lord. Following his instruction was her duty. She and her husband, Thompton had been employed by his grandfather only six months. They might find themselves out of work and heading back to Scotland, if she kept voicing that sort of opinion.
No, Gareth could never really get them fired. But he’d make her think he would. He shook his head in the same disapproving manner he’d seen his grandfather use.
The sunlight played in the golden highlights of the woman’s ruby hair. Although her green eyes twinkled, she continued to voice her cutting opinion. She placed one hand on his shoulder. “It’s not being stuck in this chair that keeps ye lonely. It’s yer surly attitude.”
Gareth couldn't help but let his face scrunch a little. He crossed his arms and turned his face from her.
Her accent was thick and melodic, familiar in a way. His mother had been Scottish though he hardly remembered her. Still, Gareth kept his pout in place. The truth was, he didn't know how to relate to others. Even people who could feel at ease talking to perfect strangers stammered or spoke quickly to him and walked away. The wheelchair did more than keep him from playing.
She straightened the collar of his waistcoat. “Look, there’s a little girl coming now. She looks to be about Tabitha’s age. Maybe a wee bit older.”
He did glance then, but just under his lashes, not to give the impression that he cared. Easier to act like he didn't care than to show he truly did. He refused to give anyone more reason to feel sorry for him. No one pities an angry person.
He missed Tabitha…Tabitha Fitzgerald, Lord Gerald Smyth’s bastard daughter. But ward was her polite title. At five years old, she was the only person he allowed to get close. Maybe it was the way she climbed up in his lap, never caring about the wheelchair. She didn't see it when she looked at him, she only saw Gareth.
He never spoke to Tabitha about who her parents really were, but she knew. For some reason, servants believed children to be both deaf and dumb, and gossiped openly around them. That’s how Gareth knew the truth about his own mother. He was told she died, but he’d overheard the maids say she had run back home to Scotland and how they didn't blame her. It’s also how he’d learned the truth of his own father’s death—shot by his mistress’s jealous husband.
“I'm heading off. I’ll be sure to get ye a sweet roll for later.”
Gareth only grunted in response.
When the maid turned away, Gareth allowed himself to watch the little girl play. Her hair was a darker blonde than Tabitha’s and had streaks of amber. She looked to be a bit taller, too, as she ran around in a green day dress and stockings. She pushed a hoop along until she reached the tree. Once there she looked both ways. Her eyes met Gareth’s and, for a moment, he was tempted to turn away to keep her from doing it first. Instead, she smiled broadly and beckoned him closer.
Gareth wheeled his chair to the tree trunk, his curiosity getting the better of him. The girl dropped the hoop on the ground and took hold of the lowest branch. She whispered in an accent he didn’t recognize, “Keep watch for me, and call out if you see anyone coming.”
His chin tucked in and his eyes grew wide. She took it as assent, and nodded, starting her climb. She was spirited like Tabitha. The thought of being able to climb a tree at all pricked at Gareth’s heart. He would never get to climb a tree.
Again he took on the expression of being bored. No one needed to know he was jealous of the girl. Gareth made a habit of never owning his true feelings. It was his protective covering. With his lids half closed, he tried not to watch the girl or keep an eye out for anyone else’s approach. Without his permission, his gaze returned to the girl’s powder white limbs as she climbed higher than most children did.
Soon she was too high up.
Gareth adjusted himself in his seat, his eyes darting around. Instead of keeping lookout, he hoped for some adult to show up and tell the girl to come down.
The girl called down in a harsh whisper.“Look! Watch this.”
She scooted out on a limb, making her way to a bird’s nest. The limb wobbled as she got closer to the end.
He was about to call out a warning to her when it was too late. The branch snapped. The little girl was falling with barely a squeal.
All Gareth could think was that he needed to do something. It was then he noticed he was rushing towards her. He wasn't sure how he was moving his wheelchair and catching her but he did. Her giant brown eyes grew as he held her. Then she looked about and her eyes became wider. He swallowed hard and stared at the ground several feet away.
In a rush, he placed the girl on the grass and flew back to his chair. His heart still pounded in his ears as he sat. He tried to mask his confusion as he masked all other uncomfortable emotions, but it wasn't working. The girl stared at him, but said nothing as a dark haired woman rushed toward her.
“Sweeting, are you ok?” The woman swept the girl up into her arms. “I got here as fast as I could. I can’t believe you did that. I thought I told you not to climb that tree.”
She put the girl back down and looked her over, grabbing her head and looking for a sign of injury. “Aren't you hurt at all? I saw you falling from the window upstairs.”
The girl shook her head too quickly, like she was still in shock.
“Come on back to the house,” the pinch-faced woman snapped, ushering the little girl away.
The girl yanked her hand free of the woman’s grasp and rushed back to Gareth. She placed an object in his hand and kissed his cheek.
“You were amazing,” she whispered and turned back to the woman who called out her name.
Gareth’s cheeks burned. What did the woman say the girl’s name was? He didn't hear with the blood rushing to his ear drums. Jessie? Jenny?
The woman scolded the girl as she returned to her. “What did you do? Where are your manners? You don’t talk to cripples. Best to act like you don’t see them at all.”
The words struck Gareth like a bucket of cold water. But he let it slide off him as he thought about the fact that he had flown. He watched after the girl as her dark eyes stared back. His mind was muddled at what had happened. The muscles in his face hardened and he glared at the woman’s back as they retreated.
Shaking his head, he remembered he was supposed to be heading to Mr. Strong’s house. He pushed on the wheels of his chair down the road again. He’d forgotten he was holding something, and nearly dropped it. The small, pale blue-green stone had a few dark wrinkles, but almost looked like a robin’s egg. He put it to his nose. Flowers. It smelled just like the girl.
Gareth was so caught up in staring at how tiny the stone was in his palm, he’d forgotten all about Mr. Strong until the man called, “Master Tristan, what are you doing out here? You were to report to my house a quarter of an hour ago.”
“I prefer Gareth.” He narrowed his eyes at the pale, feeble man.
Mr. Strong ran a hand through his thin blond hair and smiled, his lips forming a thin line. “Yes, of course.”
Mr. Strong placed himself behind Gareth’s chair and pushed down the lane. “I have an excellent plan for your studies today. I see you've brought no supplies from your home, but no matter, I have plenty of paper and pens to practice your lettering…”
Gareth rolled his eyes, knowing Mr. Strong couldn't see. The man’s cheerful babble continued as he pushed them towards the house past the inn. The stone rolled between Gareth’s fingers, and he remembered the feeling of the girl’s lips on his cheek.
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