Tuesday, December 10, 2019

{Review} A Midnight Clear


  • Publication date: November 5, 2019
  • Publisher: Black Spot Books

    Six stories of not-so-merry Yuletide whimsy from the authors of Black Spot Books. A woman so cold she hardens to ice on a winter's eve. Risen from his grave before his time, a winter god alters the balance between seasons. A wolf's holiday season is interrupted by a strange curse. From a murder at the Stanley Hotel to demons of Christmas past, present, and future, and a mad elf and Santa's Candy Court, the authors of Black Spot Books share their love for winter holidays in this collection of dark winter tales, destined to chill your bones and warm your heart for the Yuletide season.

    Monday, December 9, 2019

    {Book Blitz } Blood And Blade by Laura Dane


    Steamy romance, a bad-ass female protagonist, and vampires! What more can you ask for? Fans of the Goddess with a Blade series, wait no more! Blood and Blade is almost here, and if you're getting really antsy, you can get a sneak peek right here!

    There's also a chance to win a print copy below!


    Expected Publication Date: December 30, 2019
    Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy/ Vampires
    Publisher: Carina Press

    Rowan Summerwaite is ready to finish what she started in Blood and Blade , the next installment in the Goddess with a Blade series by New York Times bestselling author Lauren Dane.

    It’s been only days since Rowan and her friends eliminated the immediate threat to magic users and Vampires, but they’re already back on the hunt. Rowan’s out for vengeance, and she’s never been more driven—or angry. But she’s up against a being stronger than any she’s ever fought. To bring it down she’ll need more than the powers the goddess Brigid gave her…

    This time she’ll need her friends, too.

    She knows her husband will always have her back. As an ancient Vampire and Scion of North America, Clive has more clout and dominance than almost anyone. Rowan’s small but trusted inner circle insist they’ll join her in the thick of the battle, even as she argues it’s too dangerous for them. She’s also got a new dog. Familiar. Whatever. Star is a magical being put in Rowan’s path to help and protect her.

    The hunt for ancient evil takes Rowan and her team to London and back to Las Vegas, bringing with them an unexpected alliance. Fortified by their rage, grief and determination, Rowan and her friends will stop at nothing when they track their enemy to the high desert in a final, deadly showdown.

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    Excerpt


    Carl was quiet long enough that Rowan knew he wanted her to fill him in on what was happening.

    “So we were just in Los Angeles. We killed a big bad. Magic-using Vamp named Lyr. Blood Front is back again. Or never left. Like cockroaches. Ugh. Anyway. We aren’t done. There’s more. Someone or something more powerful. Or… I don’t know. A different power making all this upset and murder type business between paranormal groups so it can be free to do whatever its own goal is and soak up all that discord in the offing.”

    “Bill Shakespeare said something about there being more here on earth than we could have dreamed of. Or something like that,” Carl told her.

    Which was his way of agreeing with her.

    “Your man has bad magic on him,” he said after being silent for a long while.

    Ice washed over Rowan’s skin. “What? How?”

    “You know what. How isn’t important and I can’t tell you anyway. The priestess witch needs to intervene.”

    Damn it. Rowan had been trying to talk Clive into letting Genevieve give him the magical once-over but he’d insisted he didn’t need any help. He’d used his gifts to jump into Lyr’s brain to take his memories.

    But unlike his usual instant to a few hours before all the memories from the other person came to him, this time a week had passed and Clive was still having problems accessing memories and impressions.

    It had turned him into a cranky, sulky dude and it was wearing on her.

    “Because you love him. You don’t like it when he’s upset and you can’t fix it.”

    She growled at his comments and the way he’d yet again plucked things from her head. And because he was right and she’d turned into a sap for love. Gross.

    “I don’t mind poking at him to get him agitated. He’s way too uptight. He needs that. But I certainly don’t like it when something is hurting him. But I can’t kill it until I know just what it is.”

    “Very true. Pull into that parking lot over there.” He pointed.

    Rowan realized they’d only gone about five miles. Being with Carl often meant she lost track of time. Or he bent it. Or took them outside it. Or something.

    When she did and parked in the spot he’d indicated, Carl removed his seat belt and turned to face her.

    “Seriously. You can’t give me a dog. That’s not a present.”

    Carl cackled and gave Star a scratch behind her ears that made her groan. She tipped her head to look at Rowan carefully before snorting and giving her shoulder a headbutt.

    “Course not. She’s not a present. Star gave herself to you. I only introduced you.”

    “Are you some sort of magic dog?” Rowan asked Star. Intelligent and curious amber eyes blinked back at her. She had a black coat with golden markings on her face and chest. Including the star shaped one that’d most likely given her the name.

    “A cat would have been a very bad choice for you. And a lot of them were wary about you. Star here, well she knows her mind.”

    “Is that so? I do like a lady who knows her own mind. It’s sort of my jam.”

    Star licked her nose and it wasn’t disgusting.

    “I’ll be seeing you soon enough. This one is going to take some work,” Carl said before he got out of the car.

    “Where are you going?” Rowan called out after him.

    “I’ll find my way. You do the same and let the dog and your little supernatural friends watch your back.”

    He did a little jig and like a heat shimmer, faded from sight.

    “That’s a really cool trick.”

    Clive wasn’t going to go easily into the box marked dog owner. She bet in the old days he had those English wolfhounds other people took care of.

    Star jumped into the front seat and made herself at home.

    “Okay then, magic dog. Let’s go home. I’m going to have to do really dirty things with your new daddy to ease your transition into the family,” Rowan muttered as she pulled back out to the road.

    About the Author


    The story goes like this: While on pregnancy bed rest, Lauren Dane had plenty of down time so her husband took her comments about “giving that writing thing a serious go” to heart and brought home a secondhand laptop. She wrote her first book on it before it gave up the ghost. Even better, she sold that book and never looked back.

    Today Lauren is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over sixty novels and novellas across several genres.

    Win a copy of Blood and Blade, the latest novel in the Goddess with a Blade series!

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    {Review} Things She's Seen by Pat Esden

    ebook304 pages
    Published October 22nd 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corp.

    The coven’s under investigation. Its future is in peril. And for one troubled young psychic, the coming battle will threaten her newfound freedom—and brings back a dangerous desire . . .

    Exploited as a child medium, Emily Adams escaped to grow up on the streets—and hit rock-bottom. She took shelter with the prestigious Northern Circle, intent on staying only long enough to get back on her feet. But the Circle is still reeling from a devastating supernatural attack and betrayal. And vengeful High Council of Witches investigator Gar Remillard is determined to make Em surrender the truth—and disband the Circle forever.

    When Em’s psychic ability allows her to see Gar is haunted by a formidable ghost, her attempts to free him challenge Gar’s rugged French Canadian heart and rancorous loup-garou instincts. But even as their new alliance and past connection kindles into raging desire, a malevolent 
    force rises up to destroy them—the Circle and even the High Council.

    With all she’s grown to love on the line, Em must draw on her darkest nightmares and alliances with the dead to outwit and out magic a force who can imprison souls with a flick of the fingers and command legions of wraiths with one word. . . 

    Sunday, December 8, 2019

    {Guest Post} The Write Reads Tour: The Devil's Apprentice by Kenneth B. Anderson



    Philip is a good boy, a really good boy, who accidentally gets sent to Hell to become the Devil’s heir. The Devil, Lucifer, is dying and desperately in need of a successor, but there’s been a mistake and Philip is the wrong boy. Philip is terrible at being bad, but Lucifer has no other choice than to begin the difficult task of training him in the ways of evil. Philip gets both friends and enemies in this odd, gloomy underworld—but who can he trust, when he discovers an evil-minded plot against the dark throne?


    Even though the story (mostly) takes place in Hell and deals with themes like evil, death and free will, it is also a humoristic tale about good and evil seen from a different perspective. A tale that hopefully will make the reader – young or old, boy or girl – laugh and think. – Kenneth B. Andersen

    Thursday, December 5, 2019

    {Book Blitz} Till Human Voices Wake Us by C.S. Johnson


    Publication Date: July 31, 2019
    Genre: Science Fantasy/ Mermaids

    Sometimes the difference between reality and insanity is only a matter of absurdity.

    There is nothing Milo Bishop fears more than the thought that he is going insane.

    Having grown up hearing his Uncle Jay’s stories about the strange mermaids Milo never had a reason to believe they were actually true. But when a near-death experience gives Milo a vision of a mermaid calling to him for help, Milo is forced to test his uncle’s claims. And when he winds up in Rasulka, the mermaid community tucked away, deep under the southern California seas, the question of his uncle’s sanity is the least of his concerns.

    For in the heart of Rasulka, a growing whirlpool in the ocean-sky and the terrarium’s changing climate — along with a discarded prophecy that says their end will come when humans appear — all suggest that the end is near. Along with his uncle and best friend, Moss, and Eluia, a young mermaid who grew up hearing myths about humans, Milo has only hours to sort through his doubts and insecurities and face down unimaginable terrors if he is going to find his way home — before Rasulka, and everyone in it, is lost forever.

    Sunday, December 1, 2019

    {Review } Inheritance by Gail Z. Martin (Deadly Curiosities #4)


    Publisher: SOL Publishing
    Date of Publication: October 23, 2019
    Cover Artist: Lou Harper
    Can Cassidy and her friends find the demon box, stop the killer ghosts, and break the Pendlewood curse before Beckford’s murderous cousins and the vengeful demon destroy them all?
    Book four in the Deadly Curiosities series. Cassidy Kincaide runs Trifles & Folly in modern-day Charleston, an antiques and curio shop with a dangerous secret. Cassidy can read the history of objects by touching them, and she teams up with friends and allies who use magic and paranormal abilities to get rid of cursed objects and keep Charleston and the world safe from supernatural threats.
    Caribbean ghosts terrorize Charleston and start racking up a body count. Then Beckford Pendlewood, the heir to a powerful family of dark warlocks, shows up raving about a bound demon locked in a lost box and begs sanctuary. Can Cassidy and her friends find the demon box, stop the killer ghosts, and break the Pendlewood curse before Beckford’s murderous cousins and the vengeful demon destroy them all?

    Saturday, November 30, 2019

    {Cover Reveal} Trickster by Christina Bauer (Angelbound Lincoln, #3)


    Published by: Monster House Books
    Publication date: February 25th 2020
    Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
    ***A hilarious adventure after the events of Angelbound SCALA … and it’s all from Prince Lincoln’s point of view!!!***
    With the drama of the Ghost Towers and Lucifer’s Orb behind them, Lincoln looks forward to sharing some quality time with Myla. Maybe they’ll even do a ‘regular couple thing’ like a dinner date. Or they could kill more demons together. Lincoln isn’t picky.
    Then a trickster gets loose inside Antrum. And by trickster, we’re talking a giant orange monkey with magical powers and a love of causing drama with uptight thrax.
    Looks like date night is on hold.

    Wednesday, November 27, 2019

    {Review} Hood Academy by Shelley Wilson


    Kindle Edition443 pages
    Published October 10th 2019 by BHC Press
    Will she follow the pack…or destroy them?

    A dead mother. A violent father. A missing brother.

    When Mia’s father is murdered, it’s her estranged uncle that comes to the rescue, but what he offers her in return for his help could be worse than the life she is leaving behind.

    Taken to Hood Academy, a unique school deep in the forest, she discovers friendships, love, and the courage to stand on her own.

    Mia takes the oath that seals her future as a werewolf hunter, but not everyone wants Mia to succeed.

    Screams in the night. Secret rooms. Hidden letters. Mia becomes an important piece in a game she doesn’t want to play.

    Loyalty, friendships, and family bonds are tested as Mia discovers her true identity, but will the truth set her free, or will it destroy her?

    Monday, November 25, 2019

    {Review} Nightmare City by P.S. Newman


    Kindle Edition359 pages
    Published: November 26th 2019 Self-published
    In post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, dreams come true. So do nightmares.

    Ever since a shift in reality twenty years ago, peoples' dreams and nightmares come alive, spreading chaos and destruction. Monsters ravage cities, bottomless chasms split roads, and gold rains from the sky - the possibilities are limitless, unpredictable and often deadly.

    Eden Maybrey is a hunter of these "shades". When a friend tasks her with tracking down and eliminating an evil shade, the hunt threatens to expose Eden's deepest, darkest secret. To find her prey, she is forced to team up with Vaughn Taylor, a hunter who hates shades with a passion - and who won't hesitate to put a bullet in Eden's head should he figure out the truth.


    Book 1 in a new urban fantasy series with a twist: no vamps or weres - instead, dreams and nightmares coming alive.


    Would you really want your dreams to come true?


    Saturday, November 23, 2019

    {Book Blitz} Blood Rose by Rachael Vaughn


    Publication date: November 22nd 2019
    Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
    Fleeing her past and a dark tragedy that haunts her every waking moment, Rose settles for a crummy retail job in a crummy town in the middle of Indiana. Her one solace – the sprawling forest behind her apartment complex – leads her down a dizzying path into a topsy-turvy world where Rose escapes her painful memories…but finds herself at the center of a dangerous plot.
    A mysterious (and frequently unconscious) stranger, a technicolor landscape, and a sinister but charismatic leader pull Rose deeper into an unexpected adventure…where nothing is as it seems.
    Follow Rose on her journey through this perilous but beautiful land, as she wonders if she can save it…or herself.