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Spellbinding – The Dragon’s Playlist by Laura Bickle @Laura_Bickle

The Dragon's Playlist - Laura Bickle

OMG, what an amazing cover for The Dragon’s Playlist by Laura Bickle. If this is any indication of the story inside, I can hardly wait to get started. How about you?

 

Cover:  Danielle Fine

 

The Dragon's Playlist

Amazon Goodreads

 

MY REVIEW

 

I have heard some rumors about Laura Bickle’s writing and now I know, IT’S TRUE! She can spin a heart pounding tale of love and loss, and fantasy and fiction, that blend together in a spellbinding read that you will not be able to put down.

 

Diamond came home to see her ailing father. It is terrible to see a parent weak, ill, a parody of their former self. He had been hurt in a mine cave in.

 

Oh man, she’s got a porcelain unicorn collection. Me too. She talks of her love for trees and the forest. I love them too. I also had a treehouse, and, like hers, it was really just a couple of boards nailed to a couple of branches. BUT, I never had a fiery something coming my way. Hmmm…is it a shadow…is that fire?

 

Money issues force her to take a break from college and she is not happy about it. She is resentful, even though she knows it’s the only way to help her parents. Her ex-boyfriend, Jason, seems to be a permanent fixture at her parents home. She thought it was odd, until she found out why Jason and her dad had such a close relationship.

 

Another mining story with the same theme, attitudes, danger, treehuggers…and the miners who need the jobs. I have read several books, recently, about coal mining and it pisses me off every time it comes up. We shouldn’t be underground, like rats, mining for an obsolete product. Well…let me collect myself…These type of stories get my emotions roiling and I am filled with anger, disgust, sadness, and a feeling of ambivalence.

 

I couldn’t help but laugh at the mention of noodling, and if you haven’t heard of it you are in for a laugh or two. It’s a southern thing. They were supposed to be looking for Buzzard Bill, but the kids are easily bored.

 

Whoa…Not what I was expecting and I love it. Reminds me of Mothman…a bit.

 

The characters have some decisions to make, some attitudes to adjust and some romantic feelings to sort out. Their futures are not easy to discern and their problems read like a true story as they struggle day by day. Sometimes we don’t get all the dreams of our youth, but, like Diamond, there can still be love, happiness and a feeling of contentment.

 

At seventy percent, I am feeling so sad. I went from childlike wonder to anger and disappointment, sorrow and hope. So much heartache. Can there possibly be any happiness left?

 

I cannot stop reading…I must know…OMG! Fabulous, fiery, fantastic, flaming, flawless fantasy!

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Dragon’s Playlist by Laura Bickle.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars

 

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Review & Giveaway – The Boy Who Swallows Flies by Michael F Stewart @MichaelFStewart @XpressoReads

The Boy Who Swallows Flies - Michael F. Stewart

I know the target audience for The Boy Who Swallows Flies by Michael F Stewart is 4-7, but I am young at heart and loved every minute of it. How about you?

 

Amazing cover done by Martin Stiff

 

The Boy Who Swallows Flies Michael F. Stewart
Publication date: February 15th 2018
Genres: Middle-Grade, Mystery, Superhero

 

MY REVIEW

 

Michael F Stewart has a way of taking a simple story and leading me down a road I didn’t anticipate, but am so very happy to travel. He layers bits on top of bits and I cannot imagine any child…or any person, for that matter…not reveling in his imaginative, creative and excellently written stories that leave me anticipating the next one.

 

Jerrod faints a lot, thus the helmet on the cover. His falling out isn’t all bad, in fact there is a benefit, but he’s loathe to share it and I’m sure not going to tell you. You will have to read this wonderful story to find out for yourself.

 

Gavin is his only friend, other than the bugs he collects. He is the Bug boy, and he revels in it. Gavin is gifted, very smart. Jerrod thinks he’s the dumbest kid in school, but Gavin doesn’t believe that. He just believes Jerrod hasn’t found his ‘aptitude’ yet.

 

I love the world he lives in…letting some of his bugs run free in his room. Like Jerrod, we all have something special to offer the world, we just have to find out ‘talent’. You never know what will lead to your future, so you need to keep your eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and hands open. 

 

I can see how Micheal F Stewart has left the options open for more daring adventures with Jarrod, Gavin, and Jarrod’s new friend, Dog girl. Please say it’s so, Michael.

 

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Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars

 

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Horrorlicious – The Nightmare Room by Chris Sorensen #Chris Sorensen @RoxanneRhoads

The Nightmare Room - Chris Sorensen

The Nightmare Room

The Messy Man Series

Book One

Chris Sorensen

         

Genre: Paranormal Fiction

 

Publisher: Harmful Monkey Press

 

Date of Publication: 1/25/2018

 

ISBN: 978-0998342412

ASIN: B07943P5S8

 

Number of pages: 273

Word Count: 45,000

 

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Tagline: The past is always present in the Nightmare Room.

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MY REVIEW

 

I love it…Don’t go in the basement. LOL Bad things happen in the basements of horror novels and I must admit, at least through words, I want to be one of the first to venture into the dark, dank depths of the abyss.

 

Once you read The Nightmare Room, you will realize how appropriate the tag line is to the story.

 

As soon as Peter Larson returned to his home town, Maple City, I knew…it’s on. The scenario made me think of Steven King and I am eager to see if Chris Sorensen can meet my expectations.

 

Peter’s life is messy and it’s not getting any better since the move. One problem after another. Isn’t that life for all of us? Peter is the thinker, Hannah is the doer.

 

Hannah thinks positive, when she sees the house:

 

A broke place we can put back together.

 

I wonder how long she’ll be saying that. LOL

 

Peter thinks:

 

This was every house in every horror movie he’d ever seen.

 

He saw the padlock and I thought, walk away dude. Don’t open that door. Don’t do it….then I thought, DO IT. DO IT. DO IT, as a big smile lit up my face. Oh yeah, some call me Scary Sherry and I’m proud of it!

 

A haunted house, yes, but it is so much more than that. Peter meets it up close and personal, while Hannah is along for the ride.

 

The suspense and anticipation kept me flipping the pages. Plenty of chills, thrills, and bumps in the night. First I feared for Peter, then Hannah, who would not let him face IT alone.

 

The story seemed familiar, but, it didn’t stay that way. I love the spin Chris Sorensen

 

gave The Nightmare Room, and the ending…Well done. In the last chapter, each page unfolded giving more delight than the last. Surprised me and I dare say it will surprise you too.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Nightmare Room by Chris Sorensen.

 

4 Stars

 

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The Sirens of Griffin Bay – Breakwater by Errin Stevens @errinstevens

Breakwater  - Errin Stevens
 

 

All right, I’m back with the mer gang in Breakwater by Errin Stevens…and loving every minute of it.

 

And another fabulous cover!

 

Breakwater (The Mer Chronicles, #2)

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MY REVIEW

 

 Breakwater, is Book II of The Mer Chronicles by Errin Stevens, so I want to be careful and not spoil any of this wonderful story of mers and humans that I fell so in love with, that as soon as I finished Updrift, Book I, I began Breakwater.
 
The loss of one of their own brings a runaway back to the fold and causes an upheaval at the palace. The mer world has many of the same issues of the human world, and, of course, the mers have rebellious ones, quite like us humans.
 
More and more mers are becoming curious about humans and land life. Changes are coming.
 
I haven’t read a mermaid story where humans and mers interact so intimately and I am loving every minute of it. The more I read, the more I become engrossed in the story. I highly recommend all of you mermaid and siren lovers out there to grab this series and enter a fantasy world that will let your imagination run wild.
 
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Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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Tick Tock – The Pendulum Files by P M Terrell @pmterrell

The Pendulum Files (Black Swamp Mysteries) - P.M. Terrell

OMG! The colors for The Pendulum Files by P M Terrell will jump off any bookshelf. I would grab the book for that reason alone, but the story inside kept me reading long into the night.

 

Cover Design: Nightman1965/Shutterstock.com

 

The Pendulum Files (Black Swamp Mysteries)

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MY REVIEW

 

The beginning of The Pendulum Files by P M Terrell slapped me awake!

 

Dylan’s Song was soooo good, I just had to jump right into The Pendulum Files by P M Terrell and it began with a sense of foreboding and danger that more than met my expectations. Reeled me in, hook, line and sinker.

 

Each book can stand alone, with recurring characters and occasionally a new one added. They have become my family and I don’t want you to miss anything, so I do recommend beginning at the beginning. I believe, once you start, you won’t want to stop.

 

I love P M Terrell’s ability to layer plots, with multiple storylines running throughout.

The story will take us back to WWII and the lost riches of the Germans.

 

A premonition…

 

Oops, they missed that one and I wonder what will bite them in the ass because of it. OH NO! We take a terrible twist and Vicki becomes a primary target.

 

Brenda may be a second tier character, but I love her. She is a badass, take no prisoner type of gal, tough as nails. She will not stand still and let HIM take her out. She has her issues, has crossed the line and back again, but no one can accuse her of sitting idly by and letting life happen to her. She would fight on her own terms.

 

She brought Christopher to life. She is wild, passionate, unpredictable, and there is nothing he won’t do for her.

 

In Chris’ apartment…Gabucci…Brenda…the balcony…the fall…OMG! I fought along with Christopher…I was terrified for Brenda…OMG…I don’t believe it. P M, what are you doing to them. The author is not afraid to put her characters through the ringer, and make me wonder who will be left standing in the end.

 

The pendulum haunts Vicki. She is the only one to hear it. What does it mean?

 

Dylan has some of the craziest, funniest, ridiculous superstitions and insists, “It’s true.” I smile and shake my head at each and every one. Now, that’s some great writing P.

 

The political machinations read as if they are current events and, of course, there is misconduct, conspiracy, maybe even treason.

 

Even though the bombing of the ships mystery is solved, the story is far from over. What this family will face in the next dangerous adventure I can only guess, and I am eager to find out. Sooo, I eagerly being reading Cloak and Mirrors.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Pendulum Files by P M Terrell.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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She Won’t Drink The Kool Aid – To Tame A Wild Heart by Gwen Mitchell @Gwen_Mitchell

To Tame A Wild Heart  - Gwen Mitchell

 

 

The cover for To Tame A Wild Heart by Gwen Mitchell is gorgeous. I love the colors that pop off the page. What do you think? Does it catch your eye and make you want to know more?

 

To Tame a Wild Heart (Zyne Legacy #1)

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MY REVIEW

 

Tonight’s the night. She’s leaving this shithole dungeon that is Parkview Sanitarium.

 

Start by shedding the straight jacket she is wearing. Time to put her powers to work. I love her ability to become invisible. I think that would be so cool. Just think of all the things you could do.

 

Corvin has been trained in the way of the Synod, but he wants no part of it. He is a falconer, a bird whisperer, if you will. He just wants to take care of his birds and be left alone. UNTIL…

 

His mother demands that he do his part by mentoring someone and Audrey just happens to make an appearance. Snatched out of the sky after jumping from a window to escape the sanitarium, she ends up here. But, where is here? Secrets will be revealed in due time. Til then…

 

She will take the knowledge they can teach her, but she won’t drink the Kool Aid. She curses a lot…and, well, I can relate to that. lol

 

Audrey is strong, patient, determined, loyal, and though she is damaged, she knows the difference between right and wrong. She keeps her guard up, sleeps with one eye open, and trusts no one. She will do what is necessary to achieve her goals. Her and Corvin have more in common than either knows.

 

I think a romance is brewing. The attraction is mutual, though they both try to deny it. It is a slow brewing love. As they train together, learn to work together, finally trust each other, she reveals her mission. Lilly. She promised Lilly to return for her.

“Please…be good.”

“No promises. I don’t play well with others.”

“Neither do I.”

To Tame A Wild Heart by Gwen Mitchell has all the goodies I look for in a paranormal romance. Heroes, demons, battles, good and bad and in between, love and romance, sadness and happiness and lots of action from the opening pages to keep me reading.

There will be more to this series and I am eagerly waiting to see what comes next.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of To Tame A Wild Heart by Gwen Mitchell.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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Cloak of Deceit

Rain of Ash

 

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Truth Or Fiction? Reagan’s Redemption by Cate Beauman @CateBeauman

Reagan's Redemption - Cate Beauman
 

 

Reagan’s Redemption by Cate Beauman is Book Eight of The Bodyguards of L A County Series. I have read One through Seven and Reagan’s Redemption really blew me away.

 

We start off with this awesome cover by Demonza

 

Reagan's Redemption (The Bodyguards of L.A. County, #8)

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MY REVIEW

 

Man, oh man, I read a lot of romantic suspense and Cate Beauman has to be up there with the best of them. Right off the bat, Cate has me teary eyed, with throat tightening emotions threatening to burst forth, when Reagan deals with a terrible loss in the Emergency Room.

 

That is how she ends up in the back woods of Black Bear Gap, a coal mining town in Kentucky, working as a doctor for The Appalachian Project. And…of course we must have security. Enter, Shane, a newbie at Ethan Cooke Security, there to protect her.

 

I love Cate Beauman’s characters, who often make cameo appearances in other’s stories, and I knew I would love Reagan and her friends too. I so look forward to seeing how she overcomes her hardships, meets the hunky guy who will fall in love with her and risk his life to protect her, and how she survives the danger that I am sure is coming her way.

 

Suspicion, prejudice, and oh so much more are standing in the way of Reagan being able to help the people with their medical needs. When Henry makes his evil entrance, it takes them a while, with the help of the Bodyguards in L A, to figure out what’s really going on.

 

I love that it takes place in the hills and it reads as if it could, would, or has been true. Innocent, hard working people are being treated wrong and someone comes in, risking everything, to make it right. Bullets fly, people die and I wonder where it will all end.

 

Cate really got a lot of emotions going in me, because I feel this really did happen to workers in the mining industry and I see no reason why people are still crawling underground, digging out the last remnants of an obsolete form of energy…other than greed.

 

I love Reagan’s makeshift family and their storybook life, but when real life danger butts its ugly head in…my heart falls to my gut and I wonder where Cate is taking this. How could Shane…well…enter Chase…WTH Cate?????

 

Reagan’s Redemption is not your run of the mill romantic suspense novel…girl in trouble meets hunky guy, saves her, falls in love, rebuff each other, admit defeat, and, well, you know, they live happy ever after.

 

The mystery, suspense, and danger come in waves, at times like a tsunami, threatening to overwhelm me. I LOVE IT!!!!!

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Reagan’s Redemption by Cate Beauman.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars

 

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Interview & Review – Hunger Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff @AlexSokoloff

Hunger Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff
 

 

Alexandra Sokoloff is in a class of her own. Her MOON series reads as if it is taken from the pages of reality and leaves me so fired up I have to remind myself it is a novel. She is on my MUST READ list and if you love nitty gritty suspense thrillers you will want her on your list too.

 

Alexandra includes, in the back of the book, why she included the political issues in her novel. She also shares that the series has been bought for TV. MAN ON MAN, where do I sign up? Criminal Minds, I would like you to meet Cara Lindstrom and Special Agent Matthew Roarke along with his elite team of investigators.

 

GREAT NEWS!  THE BOOKS ARE CURRENTLY ON SALE FOR THE FABULOUS PRICE OF $2.00 EACH OR YOU CAN GRAB THE 5 BOOK SERIES FOR AN AMAZING $9.00.

 

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Cover:  Ray Lundgren

 

Hunger Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers, #5)

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MY REVIEW

 

Hunger Moon is raw, powerful, blood pumping, and in your face.

 

I will start this review for Hunger Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff by saying that I took way to many notes and would spoil the book if I shared them all. I loved it so much, and I got so carried away because my emotions were running riot, that I feel like ranting and railing.

 

I love that we have action from the opening pages and I would recommend passing by the girl with the dark hair and backpack, if your intentions are evil.

 

Cara Lindstrom is the only survivor of her family’s brutal massacre. That is when she met IT, EVIL. Her stints in foster homes and group homes, brought her to where she is today, a vigilante serial killer, defender of women and children unable to defend themselves.

 

She is a force to be reckoned with. She is deadly. But right now, she is quiet, listening, waiting to be told what to do next. She will need to lay low, but where. Her face is everywhere and it is not just the law that is after her. Every pervert within internet range will have heard of the reward by now. Indian reservations have been a haven to her before and a belief there is more out there than meets the eye is a big part in her life.

 

It is February, the month of the Hunger Moon, and Special Agent Matthew Roarke is still haunted by Cara. They have a special connection, and whether he admits it or not, he is in love with this vigilante serial killer. Since the Bitter Moon, he has found his mission, combating the sexual abuse and trafficking of women and children. One of Roarke’s agents, Epps is black, so he can relate when it comes to being a target of hatred. Another agent, Singh, handles their internet searches and she will find a target on her back too. She is a citizen of the US, but will that make a difference now that she has been brought to IT’s attention?

 

Alexandra Sokoloff’s MOON series is not for the faint of heart. I love vigilantes and serial killers, especially female ones, with a righteous cause. She makes me eat up the pages, hoping that Cara doesn’t get caught or hurt, but I am afraid of what the future holds in store for her. How can there be a happy ending?

 

All over the country, universities are being targeted for Title IX violations. The people are fed up with the lily white one percenters protecting their own and covering up the brutal gang rapes of innocent young women. Who will stand up and speak for those who can’t?

 

Alexandra Sokoloff has incorporated today’s political climate of hate. In Hunger Moon, she shows how easily it is for those protecting their own to proclaim protesters as domestic terrorists. The book is so frightening, because I, too, feel a change in the United States that I never thought would happen. How can we possibly ignore it, even in a novel?

 

I rarely talk politics and I know most authors avoid it, but Alexandra Sokoloff makes her books so real because she does not avoid the ugliness and I revel in it. I love when my blood boils and I want to punch someone. So much of her writing strikes home for me and I feel the characters anger, frustration, fear and terror, making it impossible for them to move on. Damaged…oh yeah! I rage for revenge for them and we all know what happens when people are backed into a corner with nothing left to lose.

 

Alexandra brings the internet and Dark net up front and center. I don’t think there is one of us out there who hasn’t heard how dangerous it can be in the cyber world and care must be taken.

 

As everything comes together for the finale, the forces of good and evil and those walk the line, I feel like puking at the depravity of these ?men? and how far they will go for their own pleasure.

 

I was shocked that I was able to pick up Hunger Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff as an Amazon freebie. I never would have thought that was possible because her books are off the charts. Five stars is not nearly enough, but that’s all I have! And the TV series, I am on pins and needles just thinking about it. Criminal Minds you will have some competition. She is currently working on Book 6, which she has planned to be the end of the series, but with the TV show in the works, I am hoping we have more.

 

I MUST HAVE MORE…AND SOON.

 

I recommend beginning at the start of the series with Huntress Moon.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5+++++ Stars

 

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Tag Team Giveaway & Reviews – Egyptian Heart by Kathryn Meyer Griffith @KathrynG64

Egyptian Heart - Kathryn Meyer Griffith

 

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Kathryn Meyer Griffith is a prolific writer and I have been loving her work for some time now. Egyptian Heart is a fabulous time travel and alternate history novel that visits the desert sands of Egypt and gives us another look at Nefertiti and the lost necropolis.

I love this gorgeous cover!

 

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MY REVIEW

 

 Any book by Kathryn Meyer Griffith is one I want on my reading list and this beauty is no exception. I loved my trip to Egypt with Maggie in this time travel, alternate history novel where she will cross the boundaries of time to find the the answer to the riddle of the lost necropolis and Nefertiti, and her one true love.
 
Maggie’s mother had warned her about life’s surprises…
 
“It’ll knock you on your butt all right.”
 
And she is finding how prophetic her words would be.
 
Maggie’s special talents, which she knew nothing about, were coming to the forefront since she arrived in Egypt. She had been searching for answers about the lost necropolis and Nefertiti, and wondering whether she would ever find love.
 
She never expected to find it here…Ramose.
 
It was so easy to get lost in Maggie’s world of ancient Egypt. I love what Kathryn Meyer Griffith did with the storyline and I was surprised at the ending. I never saw it coming and that is always a wonderful thing. Not so easy to surprise a prolific reader like me.
 
What would you sacrifice everything for the love of your life? Could she… Would she…be the one to change history? I lover her courage, determination and willingness to sacrifice it all.
 
I almost felt the dry breeze and the sand from the storm trying to peel the skin from my bones, the terror and abuse the citizens suffered at the hands of one so greedy and evil that he would stop at nothing to have what he desired.
 
Kathryn Meyer Griffith has a way of bringing her worlds and characters to life through words. The romance will cross the boundaries of time and I don’t think the ending is one you would anticipate. So…come on…travel to Egypt with us and learn its untold secrets.
 
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Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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Fabulous Finale – Black Orchid by Abigail Owen @AOwenBooks

Black Orchid - Abigail Owen

 

I have been reading Abigail Owen’s Svatura series, and have reached the end of the road with Black Orchid, Book IV. What a wonderful journey it has been.

 

Black Orchid

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MY REVIEW

 

Oh no. I have reached the end of the Svatura series with Black Orchid, Book IV, by Abigail Owen. What a fabulous road we have traveled and I can hardly wait to read more of work.

 

Black Orchid picks up where Crimson Dahlia left off, so you will want to read these in order.

 

Adelaide Jenner has lost her love, her te’sorthene, which can drive her mad, and she has become a danger to them all.

 

Nate, poor Nate, her lost love. He doesn’t even know how messed up his life is, though flashes blink in and out at times.

 

Can they find their way back to each other? They both deal with confusion, but Nate’s is filled with hate and rage, while Adelaide’s has become filled with trust and caring.

 

Maddox is still determined to kill all the women, Adelaide, Ellie, Selena and Lila, and he plans to use Nate to do it. These women are strong and determined, and as dragons have tremendous power. But will it be enough?

 

There are intense personal conflicts with many of the characters, and their powers. They work together as a family for support and to heal, while trying to figure out how to mend their broken hearts and minds.

 

Black Orchid by Abigail Owen is character driven and not all of them will make it out alive. The losses will be heart wrenching.

 

Abigail Owen has created an amazing magical world. Scenes played out in my mind, like a movie playing out on screen. The final battle will be fought and even if the story is sometimes predictable, it is an unforgettable and wild ride.

 

When Adelaide describes the bonds of connections and how she heals them, it made me think of Avatar. Now, that is being in very good company.

 

I wondered if the finale would wrap it up in a way that would make me happy and satisfied, but, no worries. She more than met my expectations, she surpassed them. The action and fight scenes are described in vivid detail, playing out like a film unreeling in my mind. I, especially, loved the dragon fight finale with Maddox. 

 

At the end of the book, Abigail Owen has explanations for the key concepts, characters and their powers.

 

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Mermaids Are Alive and In Love in Updrift by Errin Stevens @errinstevens

Updrift - Errin Stevens

 

I love mermaids! It’s that simple. I may have even been one in a former life.

That being said, it was a no brainer to want Updrift by Errin Stevens.

I mean, look at that cover. How can you resist it?

 

Updrift (The Mer Chronicles #1)

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MY REVIEW

 

 YAY! Mermaids! Love mermaids and the cover, so reading this is a no brainer. I immediately thought of Splash, only in reverse, the girl ‘falls’ in the water and falls in love with the ‘boy’. I’m hooked.
 
Updrift by Errin Stevens is Kate’s life from the time she is five years old to adulthood. I love seeing her grow and develop from an introverted nerd, to a strong, determined woman with desires that will not be denied and one who knows the difference between right and wrong and will step up.
 
After the death of her father, Kate and her mother move from Kansas to Griffin Bay, North Carolina for a fresh start.
 
Kate is confused about all the secrecy surrounding her and the push for her to fill her days with tons of schoolwork, an internship, and little to no socializing, especially with Gabe. And Gabe? And, now that they were meeting after being kept apart for so long, is he still interested in her? Were they being kept apart on purpose…And, what now?
 
Kate and Gabe do not sense the danger coming their way, but I do and I fear for them. What could they do, even if they knew?
 
I love all things in their mer world. They have their own set of rules and customs, but there are those who think changes need to be made. After all, it is the 21st century.
 
 I haven’t read a book quite like Updrift and Errin Stevens’ mer world had me thinking, hey can I play too? Who wouldn’t want to swim with the fishes…in a good way?
 
I loved it and if you love mermaids as much as I do, this is one you want on your reading list. I want more, and thank goodness I have Breakwater, the second book in The Mer Chronicles waiting for me on my Kindle. As a matter of fact, I cannot wait and will begin…NOW.
 
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Horror Underground – When Blood Falls by Joshua Robertson @Robertsonwrites

When Blood Falls - Joshua Robertson, Winter Bayne

 

I couldn’t resist grabbing a copy of When Blood Falls by Joshua Roberts after seeing it on Instafreebie. That creepalicious cover did me in!

 

Cover:  Winter Bayne

 

When Blood Falls

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 When Blood Falls by Joshua Robertson has such a fabulous cover, and I am a sucker for a great cover, that I couldn’t help but grab a copy and read of his fantasy world in the Deep underground that is filled with monsters, surprises, and a future worth fighting for.

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Defending against the demons of the Deep has long given Tyr Og’s brethren purpose. When Tyr’s mother is robbed from him during childhood, he loses his will to live. Now, filled with rage and regret, Tyr hungers for a worthy death to bring an end to the futility of his life. In a short tale of blood and self-loathing, Tyr seeks the most honorable path to finally join his mother in the afterlife.

 

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Do You Believe in Reincarnation – Implicit by Mark Tiro #MarkTiro

Implicit: Soul Invictus (The Spirit Invictus Series) - Mark Tiro

 

Do you believe in Reincarnation and second, third….and more chances to get it right? Meet Maya, as she travels through her many lives in Implicit Soul Invictus by Mark Tiro.

 

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Do you believe in reincarnation? Do you believe in second, third, fourth….chances to get it right? Mark Tiro gives Maya many chances to make the right choice at the right time. I haven’t read many books about reincarnation, but if it goes down like it does for Maya, I’m not sure I want to know.

 

I was angry and fuming from the opening pages. I feel for Maya and wonder where we’re going from here. I am so pissed for her and at the arrogant, spoiled rich shit. Then…it really goes to hell in a hand basket, as gunmen let loose, bullets fly, bodies fall, and blood runs.

 

In everyone’s life, a crucial moment comes when they could change the outcome of an event. Would it be for the better?

 

As I read Implicit my Mark Tiro, it seems the good die young and senselessly. For what? Is it random?

 

The life and death scenarios of Maya’s present and past lives showcase moments in her life where action can change the outcome.

 

Heartbreaking, angering, frustrating…

 

Follow your heart, don’t let others words sway you to do what you feel is wrong.

 

Sometimes the road traveled is bumpy and twisted, but it is life and we never know what tomorrow will bring.

 

Does your life pass before your eyes as you die? Is there life after death? Only losers play the what if game, holding onto grudges that hurt them more than anyone else.

 

Maya’s lives run the gamut of emotions, sadness, happiness, anger, envy…Definitely food for thought.

 

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I Love The Villain – Vow of Silence by Chris Patchell @chris_patchell

Vow of Silence (The Jill Shannon Murder Series Book 2) - Chris Patchell, Monica Haynes

 

Vow of Silence (The Jill Shannon Murder Series Book 2)

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MY REVIEW

 

I love that Vow of Silence by Chris Patchell gets right to the action. We have multiple storylines, threats, and danger. Drug cartels, politics, domestic abuse, kidnapping, lies, secrets, and the past…All have their place in the complex mysteries of the characters lives, filling them with danger and betrayal.

 

I didn’t realize this was Book II of the series, but I don’t feel it harmed my reading in any way, though I do recommend beginning at the beginning. It just made me work harder to try and solve the mystery myself. I read a lot of books like that. Funny thing, I was able to pick up the first book, Deadly Sins, for free from Amazon. YAY!

 

Joe Gaines, a reporter for the Arizona Republic, was ready to party without the pregnant wife he left at home. He had some blow, which he did a couple lines while waiting for the hot woman he expected to knock on his casino room door any minute. BUT….she was there for more than a private party.

 

Phoenix Police Detective, David Shaw, was excited to be working such a high profile case. It would be good for his career advancement.

 

Jill Shannon, our main character, has money and connections, soon to be married to a prosecutor and the only son of the former governor. She had left behind a dead husband in Seattle, a police officer shot right in front of her in their own home. I feel there is so much more to her story and I aim to learn about it. Jill is super smart, a whiz with technology.

 

I don’t know why I am so drawn to villains. I love when the villain is so likeable I want to root for them and do, but I am still waiting to ‘hear’ the full story.

 

The characters have many personal, as well as, professional problems. The sad thing is, the kids seem to pay a heavy price, even as their parents struggle to protect them. How many lives will be lost as the the mysteries are solved? I keep trying to anticipate who will live and who will end up dead or locked up as the time to pay the piper comes due. Will ANYONE be happy in the end?

 

I love complex, multiple plots, and characters that sometimes make it hard to distinguish good from bad. After all, let he who is without sin cast the first stone and I don’t see any of these characters able to do so, except the children and we won’t ask that of them.

 

Chris Patchell has a way of piling stories on top of stories, intermingling them in such a way that by adding the bits and pieces  the complete the picture is exposed in a spellbinding way. The mystery compounds, the suspense keeps building and I am so happy to know this is not the end of Jill Shannon’s story.

 

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