Friday, July 31, 2015

Jock Dog Food

So a short while back I entered a Facebook giveaway from Jock Dog Food
Click on this pic to go and follow them on Facebook.
 
https://www.facebook.com/Wandahartz#!/AFGRIDogFood?fref=ts
So I won.  And this parcel was delivered.  Very quickly
 
And in the parcel I got this. 
 
 No, no the sweet little pooches are mine.  The Yorkie was a bit overwhelmed but the tea cup toy pom was not.  The bed was massive the duck bigger than the sweet little toypom.  He took it in anyway and he adores it.
 
Then the food.  The wee ones loved it but it was a bit big for it.
 
This baby girl however was not too small for it.
So I gave her the bed, she adores it and it is nice and thick keeping the cold from her tummy and then I gave her the food.
 
It lasted almost a month.  No I do not give her dry dog foor exclusively.  What I do is I give her some rice and veggies for dinner and dog foor for breakfast.
 
And the results were amazing.  Her coat got glossier within a week.  I had far less "BUSINESS" to take care off on the grass and my entire household were happier. 
 
So here is what I am basing my review on.
 
Ease of access to those in charge
5*
 
Expediency of product delivery.
5*
 
Quality of products based on durability and results
9*
 
I can honestly recommend the dog food to any dog lover. 
 
Go and see their page on Facebook.  It is fun and it is worth the watch.
 
 
 

Book Review of Enslaved (Eternal Guardians Book 5) by Elisabeth Naughton



Book Title: Enslaved (Eternal Guardians Book 5)
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Pages: 374
Audio Run Time: 10 Hrs 40 Mins
Author: Elisabeth Naughton
Date Published: 6 November 2012 (E-Book)
10 June 2013 (Audio Book)

Synopsis:

She calls to him. Come to me. You can't resist. But Gryphon will not allow himself to be ruled by the insidious whispers in his head. And there's only one way to stop them: kill Atalanta, the goddess who enslaved him. But with so much darkness inside, he can't be sure what's real anymore. Even the Eternal Guardians, those who protect the human realms and the gods, want to exile him.

Finding Malea is like a miracle. Somehow he doesn't feel the pull of the dark when she's near. And he's determined to keep her as near as possible, whether she wants him close or not. But she's a temptation that will test every bit of control he has left. One that may ultimately have the power to send him back to the Underworld...or free him from his chains for good.

Review:


Enslaved (Eternal Guardians, #5)Enslaved by Elisabeth Naughton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the fifth book in the Eternal Guardians series. I loved it!

My sister originally recommended this series; she thought I would enjoy it and she was right! I downloaded this as an audiobook, as I had previously enjoyed listening to the first four books in the series in audiobook too.

Enslaved is again narrated by Elizabeth Wiley. She does another fantastic job in telling the story. Her narration is crystal clear and her interpretation of the characters brought them to life, she has given each character their own tone and inflection of voice, which I liked.

Gryphon is an enigma, so I was excited to get to know this character more. As I read the story, I fell a little in love with him. He is an incredibly proud man and warrior, but to see him shamed by what he had to do in order to survive whilst his soul was trapped in Hell made me want to cry. He had no real choice or say, being a slave to Atalanta (or Dulas as she calls him). He is as traumatized by it as any victim of abuse. His self-esteem is extremely low, whilst his self-disgust is extremely high. I'm not a touch-y-feel-y person myself, but I really wanted to give him a huge hug!

Malea was introduced to us in Enraptured. She appears as a timid and almost teen-like (angst-y) woman although she is 3,000 years old in it, but as I read the story, I had a feeling there was more to this woman than first meets the eye. I was right. She is the daughter of Zeus and Persephone and is forced to live on Earth, unable to live in either the Underworld or Olympus. She has kept herself hidden from Hades, who has an intense dislike of her. But when a mysterious Eternal Guardian kidnaps her, she realises that running is not always the answer. Can she face her future fearlessly?

This series seems to be getting better as it goes along; I am completely hooked! The story continues from the end of the fourth book.
Gryphon has literally been to hell and back. The experience has left him emotionally, if not physically, wounded. Rescued by his brother, Orpheus, Gryphon finds himself fighting not only for his sanity, but against the dark pull of Atalanta's power. Meeting Malea may be a blessing in disguise. Can he break the curse placed upon him? What follows is a fast paced, action packed story that had me sitting on the edge of my seat! The story is told through various points of view, which I really liked. Not only do we meet all of the Guardians, including Titus, as well as Callia and Acacia (Casey) and Isadora again, we get introduced to a mysterious woman called Natasa. What does she want with Malea? Is she really a friend? Or is she something more sinister? I can't wait to read the next book to find out! Meanwhile, there is lots of danger and excitement, and the story arc is beginning to open up more. There is even a few shocks and surprises that completely caught me off guard. I loved the scene between Malea and her mother, Persephone. There's got to be something weird about your mother visiting you whilst being handcuffed to a bed; isn't there?
The heat between Gryphon and Malea is hot enough to melt the page! I love their chemistry. They make a wonderful couple and compliment each other's strengths and weaknesses.

As I have previously said in my reviews about this series, I love the world building. It has a wonderful mixture of fantasy combined with myth and reality. The characters' are extremely lifelike and they feel like my friends (apart from Hades - he's still a pompous ass in my opinion). The story ends on another cliffhanger and I can't wait to read/listen to Bound as soon as possible.

Elisabeth Naughton has written an exciting paranormal romance series. I love her fast paced writing style and the flow is wonderful. She has definitely found a fan in me!

Due to scenes of a sexual nature that are on the explicit side, I do not recommend this book for younger readers. However, I highly recommend this book if you love erotic paranormal romances with sexy heroes and strong female characters. - Lynn Worton

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About The Author:



Before topping multiple bestseller lists--including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal--Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A rabid reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Naughton now writes full-time. Besides topping bestseller lists, her books have been nominated for some of the industry's most prestigious awards, such as the RITA® and Golden Heart Awards from Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Golden Leaf Award. When not dreaming up new stories, Naughton can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home. Learn more at www.ElisabethNaughton.com.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Revenge by Gillian Joy


Revenge by Gillian Joy
Click on the word Revenge to get your copy today.


Book blurb

Hannah finally has everything she wants out of life, devoted friends, a loving family, and the man of her dreams. Or does she? Life is never easy when you are the “Guardian” of all the supernatural beings, but surely this much heartache is more than one person was ever meant to have to contend with? 
The Nephilim are on the hunt again but this time it’s not only the vampires they are hunting; and knowing that Hannah is still on the lookout for a new Custas, why would the witches be willing to work in conjunction with them? Then there’s Gabriel; after waiting for centuries to be with Hannah, what could possibly ever entice him to want to kill her. With all the supernatural issues she has to contend with how is it even possible a human could be any sort of a threat to the family life Hannah has built up. 
For over three centuries, one thing has been Hannah’s main driving force, but is it even possible for her to ever track Phelip down and get the final Revenge, and the final peace she has been hunting for. 

About the author

I'm a 43 year old mother of two who designs houses for a living and lives to write.
I grew up in the Western Suburbs of Sydney Australia the eldest of five children. I had two younger brothers and two much younger sisters. I say had because one of my brothers died when I was only nineteen. You can read about his story in No Chance to say Goodbye when it is released. 
I once had a boss who told me I had had a hard life but I never actually saw it that way. Life is what it is, and I had food, clothes, a roof over my head and a family who loved me. What's so hard about that?
These days I live on the Mornington Peninsula, south east of Melbourne Australia where I spend as much spare time as I can either with my nose in a book or writing away on my phone. I love it here, there aren't too many places in the world that with less than a ten minute drive you can watch the sun rise over the water, or you can watch the sun set over the water, and there's just something extra special about watching the sunset over the beach, something dreamy and romantic. I live with my husband, two beautiful but willfull kids a few fish and a very spoilt English Staffie named Cleo

My review

Revenge, the title alone had me interested and then to see how it is turned upside down, shaken not stirred and presented as a choice and not a very good one was delightful.  I am an act first ask questions later type of person.  This has wonder upon wonder served me well but as I grow older I am getting to a point where even I take a breath before I act.  Hannah has undergone the exact same character growth and I loved this.

This book is a YA / NA paranormal romance but it is also about life with children, friends and loss.  A lot of loss, which is the one thing you get to know at a certain age. Life has brilliant moments, shining like the sun but eventually the sun sets and it is for those who wake up the next morning to carry on.  I loved this sub plot that carries with it so much tenderness that I felt as if I was experiencing it with the characters.  But the book is not all sad, you find moments where you laugh out loud.  Where the very head strong Hannah needs a wake up shake.  Where have a fit of giggles because not even 300 years of life makes negotiating the minefield of love any better to negotiate.

The story has an amazing rhythm and flow to it.  It moves fast but does not gloss over the major plot point.  It does leave room for a host of new characters to be developed later but the reader is not left to feel that they lose out on some intrinsic knowledge. 

The setting is brilliant, and true to form. 

In the end, as a YA / NA romance this is a truly brilliant read and again, even better than book II which in turn was better than book I.

Go figure.

Keep the best for last.  I am looking forward to see where the author is heading next in her career.

 
http://www.amazon.com/Guardian-Book-1-Gillian-Joy-ebook/dp/B005TKPEH0/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Click on the pic to start the series from book one. 
 
 
 

 

Book Review of Evernight (The Night Watchmen Series Book 2) by Candace Knoebel



Book Title: Evernight (The Night Watchmen Series Book 2)
Genre: YA Romance
Pages: 330
Author: Candace Knoebel
Date Published: 31 October 2014

Synopsis:

One lie will change everything.

Faye Middleton has secured the Dagger of Retribution for the High Priesthood, but in doing so, she’s opened the door to more demands set by them. She now has to break the Holy Seal, and soon. Trapped in the alluring Ethryeal City, Faye is pushed to the breaking point trying to discover just what she is truly capable of, even if it means destroying herself in the process.

With the clock ticking down to the war between both Covens, and the truth about her parent’s mysterious disappearance within her reach, Faye is faced with tough choices that will forever change her. Will Faye be able to handle the demands from the Priesthood, and still be able to continue her search for her parents?

But more importantly, can she survive the truth she finds?

Review:


Evernight (Night Watchmen, #2)Evernight by Candace Knoebel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in The Night Watchmen Series. I loved it!

Faye Middleton is a wonderful character, although I didn't like her very much when I first met her in Everlasting. She is a teenager with some major angst in her life. She has faced the culling and found out that she not only does she have affinity to both witch and hunter powers, she is the only one able to handle the Dagger of Retribution. Now in Ethryeal City, along with her partner Weldon, the Gramm brothers, Jaxen and Gavin, and their partners Jezzi and Cassie, she finds herself facing the biggest challenge yet. Survival.

The story is told from Faye's point of view, and takes the reader on an amazing adventure. This story reminds me a little of Divergent, although there is no real similarity between them apart from a spunky heroine. There are some new characters introduced in this tale and we get to meet Clara Ravensmoore, Mack's witch partner. I took a real dislike to this character. She cold, cruel, calculating and ambitious. She pushes, torments and forces Faye to do things, but Faye is equally determined to succeed. I really wanted Faye to stand up to her more and when she does, I cheered!

There is excitement, danger and adventure aplenty in this book, with lots of twists and turns and more than a few surprises. The relationship between Faye and Jaxen is as hot as ever and is a smoldering cinder that could burst into flame at any moment - the sexual tension between the two is that palpable. The end of the story has a surprising twist for a cliffhanger, but it does give the reader the feeling that there are some unfinished loose ends that require tying up in the next book in the series. I am most definitely looking forward to reading it as soon as possible!

Candace Knoebel has written a fantastic sequel in this YA paranormal romance series. I loved her writing style, which is fast paced and it flowed wonderfully. I haven't read her other series, Born In Flames Trilogy yet, but having read this book, I will definitely be doing so at the earliest opportunity!

I highly recommend this book if you love YA paranormal romances. - Lynn Worton

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About The Author:




Candace Knoebel is the award-winning author of Born in Flames-book one in a young adult fantasy trilogy. She discovered in 2009 through lunch breaks and late nights after putting her kids to bed, a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. And an outlet for all the voices residing in her head.

Published by 48fourteen in 2012, Born in Flames went on to win Turning the Pages Book of the Year award in February of 2013. In January of 2014, the last book in the trilogy, From the Embers, was released, thusly completing the trilogy. She now works on the Night Watchmen Series, while guzzling Red Bulls and pretending to be a ninja on Heelys.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Reason I Breathe (Bite & Release 2) by Cory Cyr @coryauthor


Title: The Reason I Breathe
Series: Bite & Release #2
Author: Cory Cyr
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: July 24, 2015


I waited my entire life for one singular moment.
Everything I had endured—all the pain and suffering—I would go through it all again,
if I knew she was waiting for me.
Ryan Chase was the only woman I ever loved.
My obsession. My desire.
When she came home . . . loving her hadn't been easy.
The road to our particular happiness was paved with boulders.
I became who she needed me to be. Who she wanted.
Marriage and children— they were a dream we both shared.
Until a nightmare threatened to take it all away.
Is love supposed to be this hard?
How long before the person I'm pretending to be begins to crack?
I'm a liar. A fraud.
He is surfacing.
She's the only reason I survived. I lived.
She is the reason I breathe.
Now, when she needs me the most—I'm transforming into the person
I thought I'd buried years before.
I can't be without her. She gives me purpose and makes me whole.
Nevertheless, the universe chose a different route. God had a different plan.
And right now, I'm pissed at them both.

**Strong Language**Explicit Sex**Intense Situations**

*This is Shea's POV. It is highly recommended you read Bite & Release first*









Book Review of Ghosts of Blackwell Book One Blackwell Trilogy by S.M. Bysh



Book Title: Ghosts of Blackwell (Book One Blackwell Trilogy)
Genre: Horror
Pages: 16
Author: S.M. Bysh
Date Published: 22 June 2015

Synopsis:

Things go bump in the night. But not what you may think. More sinister is afoot. Darren Duncan Randall a new mild-mannered clerk at a new station, finds himself under the spell of a mysterious captivating figure. As Chaos ensues, can Darren break this spell before before death and disaster come knocking at the door.

Review:


Ghosts of Blackwell Book 1Ghosts of Blackwell Book 1 by S.M Bysh
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is the first book in the Blackwell Trilogy. It is set, intriguingly in 1831 and introduces the reader to Darren Duncan Randall and a mystery that quickly turns into horror.

This is the first 2 star review I have written since I began writing reviews. I really don't like doing it, but feel that I must be painfully honest.

The beginning of the story (the prologue) intrigued me. Unfortunately, it all went downhill from there. As this is only a short story, I didn't really get a good impression of the characters. Therefore, I found them rather one dimensional and under-developed. They also contradicted themselves within the space of a sentence! One minute Darren and Morgana are very much in love, the next she loathes him with a passion. The story is extremely confusing and seems to jump around a lot; some of the story seems missing and random characters appear with no real reason. There is also an issue with tenses. Sentences have both past and present tenses in them, so a reader doesn't know if the characters are coming or going! This also causes a problem with the flow. I also don't know if the author had a problem with the formatting when uploading the book, but some quotation marks have been turned into capital E's or missing altogether. The suspense and horror is lost amongst the confusion and this made me grateful that the book is currently free and I didn't waste money on something that is this bad. This book has potential to be quite atmospheric and spooky, but it needs a complete overhaul, with a re-write to flush out the confusion and a proper edit and proofread done to give it a professional polish.

This is S.M. Bysh's debut novella. She has the potential to make a wonderful horror writer as she has a vivid imagination. However, she needs to watch her tenses and develop her characters and dialogue more. I would be interested to find out how she grows as an author in the future.

I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this book as it is written (at the time of writing this review) to lovers of horror, but if you do decide to download this book in the future, I hope that the above issues have been sorted out and you will have a better experience than myself. - Lynn Worton

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About The Author:




S.M. Bysh the author of Prettiest Poetry Volume One. An up and coming mystery writer working on oddly enough, her first Paranormal Horror, also a mystery series, along with her first science fiction amongst many other things. When she is not writing her favorite activities include, crocheting, rug hooking,embroidering. watching her favorite shows, Haunted Collector, Elementary,CSI, Paranormal Witness,Ghost mines. Or watching Star Trek series or movies. As well as being with family.

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