#BlogTour: Twist of Fate by Regine Abel @regineabel #Review

Welcome to the blog tour for Twist of Fate by Regine Abel. This is book 4 in the Veredian Chronicles if you’ve not been following my reviews of the earlier books then here are the links…

Description

First Officer Ghan has entered the final stages of the Taint, the deadly disease that kills most Xelixian males by the age of forty. He is determined to bring an elusive foe to justice before his body shuts down completely.

When tragedy strikes a close ally, he finds his soulmate in an unexpected twist of fate. If only she had revealed herself sooner, she could have cured him. Now, she can only keep him in limbo. Is it too late for them or will fate deal them a new hand?

 

Review

Ghan has been a favourite character throughout this series. His serious approach to his job and his brotherly relationship with Amalia have secured him in the hearts of readers, well this reader anyway. So I was overjoyed to learn that Twist of Fate was Ghan’s story and that we wouldn’t be losing him to the taint after all…well hopefully anyway.

When Ghan is given a few month’s before the taint finally claims his life he accepts it as the beautiful soul we have learned him to be. Then a miracle happens and someone he thinks he knows is revealed to be more than they are and with that reveal his mate bond kicks in and that moment he never thought he had happens. I’m not going to say who, what, when, or why. Because why spoil a damn good plot point. She’s a wonderful character and together they make an invincible team both in and out of the bedroom!

There is also a question around if she is able to help cure his taint so close to the end, she doesn’t have the magic touch that Amalia did and so they have to deal with saying goodbye just when they say hello. So sad.

In addition with this touching romance, we are on a mission to free the last of the Veredian females and seeing how this ongoing story arc unfolds is thrilling, Regine Abel has been sure to put some surprises in here all the way through to the end of the book so be ready to expect the unexpected!

I laughed so much at Amalia’s children in this book, they are adorable…and I never say that about children real or fictional but just had to here. Little terrors!

This series has been a thrill to read, just bloody brilliant.

I’m very grateful to Regine Abel for the eARC so that I could read and review this book honestly.

Rating

Giveaway

Kindle Fire 7 + Veredian Chronicles Box Set (Click Image to Enter)

About Regine Abel

 

Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/regine.abel.author/

Twitter:           https://twitter.com/regineabel

Goodreads:   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16289162.Regine_Abel

Amazon:        https://www.amazon.com/Regine-Abel/e/B06W2MTBRV/

Newsletter:    http://smarturl.it/RA_Newsletter

Bookbub:       https://www.bookbub.com/profile/regine-abel

 

Book & Buy Links

TitleTwist of Fate
Series: Veredian Chronicles Series #4
AuthorRegine Abel
Genre: Romance | Sci-Fi Romance | Aliens
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 8 May 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 497
Buy: SmartURL (Universal link redirects to your preferred store)

Cover Reveal: Knox by Crimson Syn @CrimsonSyn82 @XpressoTours

OK Crimson is one of the nicest people I’ve met in my little Facebook community and when I saw this cover reveal I absolutely jumped on it. I am planning to lock myself in a room and have a binge-fest to catch up with this series because I have heard nothing but incredible things about it and this synopsis and cover is HAWT!!!

Thanks for having me on the reveal Crimson and Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours. Much love to you both. xxx

Description

I’ve loved Jade ever since I first laid eyes on her.
She’s always been mine.
And now a dangerous evil wants to take her away from me.
He wants to hurt her, cage her free spirit.
Over my dead body will he lay a finger on her.
No one takes what’s mine.
And no one hurts what I love without paying the price.
She’s my life, my love, my everything.
And I’ll be damned if I lose her.

I’ve been captivated by Knox ever since I met him.
He’s the only man who’s ever cared about me enough to protect me.
There’s no way I’d ever turn my back on him, or any of the Hellbound Lovers.
They’re not the traditional family, but they’re mine.
I’ll fight tooth and nail for them.
But I’ve been propositioned by an enemy
And now I face my fate.
Protecting Knox is the only things that matters.
No one will take him away from me.
And no one is going to keep me from the man I love. No one.

The last installment of the Hellbound Lovers – Resisting love has never worked out for any of the members of HLMC and Knox isn’t any different. Get ready to fall in love with this irresistibly protective alpha.

Cover

You want it right? It’s so hot…are you sure you’re ready? OK…here it is

About Crimson Syn

Crimson Syn is a new erotica author. She delves into those hot and heavy stories where her characters are pushed to their sexual limits. Her wicked pen dips into every little niche, even if it’s wrong and kinky. Vanilla, BDSM, BBW and that twisted taboo is what she wants to make you crave.
Her Hellbound Lovers MC series is her first attempt at a bad boy biker series. If you’re looking for sweet and innocent, you’ll find it, but not in that wholesome way you’re used to. No. Miss Syn delivers sex at its best, and the more innocent you are the more her alpha males will attempt to defile you.
Miss Syn is passionate about her family, her friends and her writing. Where she travels is her next setting, and her fantasies and dreams are her inspiration. She writes her alpha males tough and rough, and she expects for her female leads to be independent, bright women with lots of sexy curves.

To be a part of her Synful Fanbase, giveaways, and get juicy bits of her next books in the Hell’s Lovers series join her newsletter here:
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Book & Buy Links

TitleKnox
Series: Hellbound Lovers MC #8
Author: Crimson Syn
Genre: Adult | Romance | MC Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 24 May 2018
Review Format: N/A
Other FormatseBook
Pages: TBA
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects to Preferred Retailer)

Week in Review – 13 May 2018

I’ve been so busy this week finishing things off and getting my emotions on top of the fact that I bought my book cover and set the publication date for my first book…yep no more talking randomly this shit is going down! August 17 is the date! More information to follow.

I’ve been helping my author friend Nikki Rose with a blog tour for her debut release Crossing the Line in July…can I just say respect to people like Jenny who organise blog tours for a living because this is stressful and no I’m not starting this as a business it’s a favour for a friend only!! Anyway, I have five slots left near the end of this tour so if you would like to take part please let me know!

https://brizzlelassbooks.com/crossing-the-line-by-nikki-rose-blog-tour/

Finally, next week I have a couple of things going on but otherwise, it will be super quiet around here while I head to London and live the high life with the rather awesome James Cudney for three days! I may be just a bit excited about this. We’ve been planning this trip for months and now it is here I can barely contain myself. He really has no idea what he’s let himself in for! Check out my review of his latest book below…it’s super good!

Otherwise I will see you next week. Peace out!

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Five Star: Father Figure by James J. Cudney
Four Star: Reclaim by Marley Valentine

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I chose a beautiful Greek favourite of mine for Music Monday this week.

I welcomed M.P. Tonnesen to The Bookshelf and took part in the Release Day Blitz for the rather fabulous looking Coma by Zak Hardacre

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The Authors Bookshelf – M.P. Tonnesen @mptonnesen

Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

M.P. Tonnesen is author of two novels and is a Dane who now lives on the Isle of Man. This is a great bookshelf post and her Bookshelf picture is one of my favourite ever, so I hope you all enjoy your time here today.

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?

Emil in Lönneberga and lots of other books by Astrid Lindgren. Growing up in Scandinavia, she was one of the main authors I read.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking. The Hygge movement has been running for a while now, and I thought it was time for a real (expat) Dane to put this book to a test. It was fun to view my (old) national culture from a different perspective. Although Hygge is rarely a conscious act – it’s just part of our DNA – I must say the observations are fairly spot on and made me smile throughout.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?

Swing Time by Zadie Smith. I had the great pleasure of meeting her at a literature festival in Denmark last summer. She’s so lovely, and I found myself fangirling for the first time in my life! I loved all her previous books, but unfortunately was not so keen on this one.

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?

To be honest, I did not buy that many books last year, so it will have to be a mix of releases… I loved Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I could never give up my signed hardback copy of Swing Time (despite not being a fan of the story in the end), nor The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes, which is one of my favourite books. I still have not read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr or The Power by Naomi Alderman, so I would hate to let them go before I have had a chance to enjoy them.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, and to grow my Penguin Clothbound Classics collection with more of Jane Austen’s timeless work (I’m a huge fan!).

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?

The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi. The most helpful writing book I ever bought!

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?

My recent release Desert Skies, Rebel Souls. I felt I knew so much more about the craft of writing and editing this time, as well as the publishing and marketing elements. I believe this is a high quality product, so to speak, from start to end – and Readers’ Favorite thought so too when they awarded it their Five Stars Seal 😉 But I love both my books. It’s like your children – they have different strengths and endearing features. I will always be very proud of my debut novel, The Cosmopolitan Islander, too.

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?

Eat, Pray, Love was not only a motivational book for me when I read it but also a source of inspiration for my debut novel. Plus, it has been hugely successful and made into a Hollywood blockbuster which is the dream most authors hope come true. Elizabeth Gilbert, the author, seems like a wonderful and grounded person too. She’s usually a lot of fun to follow on social media.

 

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?

Not a specific one at present, but watch this space…

 

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

I am really excited to share a picture of my brand new floating shelves! We have one main bookcase – a beautiful, old, carved oak heirloom – which houses all our read books from fiction to non-fiction. We don’t have a lot of free wall space due to radiators and the like. For years, I have had books to-be-read spread in piles around the house. This continues to be the case, but now I also have a special place for my special collections: Penguin Clothbound Classics, Macmillan Collector’s Library, and my signed copies. You may notice my own debut novel in the latter group, but that is because the lovely Zadie Smith signed it for me. The random hardcovers shelf will hopefully be swapped for more Clothbound Classics soon J

M.P. Tonnesen’s Bookshelf

Desert Skies, Rebel Souls

A journey into the unknown. A rebellion against family, culture and society. A love against all odds.

From Scandinavia to the Middle East, a young woman travels to discover herself and finds a world of passion and history, war and peace. A whirlwind romance takes a dramatic turn, leaving Olivia caught between countries, belonging nowhere, and with the love of her life in danger far away.

From the award-winning author of The Cosmopolitan Islander comes an uplifting tale of adventure, conflict and reconciliation that never shies away from brutal reality, yet sparkles with the sheer love of life.

Desert Skies, Rebel Souls is a bittersweet coming-of-age story set under the desert sky against the backdrop of music and key events of the nineties – to be enjoyed by adventurous globetrotters and readers longing to escape.

Awarded the Readers’ Favorite Five Stars Seal of Excellence.

Shortlisted for the BooksGoSocial Readers’ Choice Award 2017.

 

Available as paperback from Amazon and select local bookshops, as well as e-book from all major online retailers:

http://getbook.at/DesertSkies

https://www.books2read.com/u/mZ5dWy

The Cosmopolitan Islander

What if life as you know it was turned upside down? Would you still be the same person?

When Chloe is forced to leave behind her cosmopolitan life in London to move to a small island in the Irish Sea, she is faced with a myriad of challenges.

How will she and her family adapt to island life? Will she find new friends? What about her career? Most importantly, will the love of Chloe and her husband survive their amorous adventures?

Join Chloe on her journey through her past and her present to make sense of her life, herself, her hopes, and dreams amid her personal upheaval.

The Cosmopolitan Islander is a thrilling story of female roles and identity in the 21st century – and about how the journey of life can change your destination in the most unexpected way. It takes the reader from the Isle of Man and around the world, traversing the timeless themes of love, desire, family, friendship, power, and ambition.

GOLD WINNER of the Circle of Books Rings of Honor Awards 2016.

 

Available as e-book and paperback on Amazon and from select local bookshops:

http://getbook.at/Cosmopolitan

Also on Kindle Unlimited!

About M.P. Tonnesen

M.P. Tonnesen is a writer and businesswoman living on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. She was born in Denmark, but grew up in a multicultural family and has lived in Brussels, the Middle East, and London before moving to the island with her family in 2011.

She authors contemporary and women’s fiction with an adventurous twist. Her books are inspired by her experiences working, living and travelling around the world.

She has worked with communication from a variety of perspectives: business, academic and creative media. Her creative work has been published locally and globally, including her diverse portfolio of business and lifestyle articles for magazines.

She enjoys reading and telling good stories, travelling and eating dark chocolate. She also dabbles in yoga, pilates and juggling two kids.

Feel free to connect on social media @mptonnesen

 

FURTHER INFORMATION:

http://mptonnesen.com/

https://www.facebook.com/mptonnesen/

https://www.instagram.com/mptonnesen/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14705890.M_P_Tonnesen

https://www.amazon.com/M.P.-Tonnesen/e/B018H6ZTOK/

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Lizzie thank you so much for taking part and I wish you all the very best with your books.

Taking Part in The Bookshelf
I’ve currently put a pause on taking new applications for The Bookshelf. I recently put a call-out for participants on Facebook and am currently booked up into July so want to get through most of these lovely people before I open the floodgates again. If you already have a form to return to me, feel free to do so, just be aware there is a quite a wait for spots right now.

#Review: Father Figure by James J. Cudney @jamescudney4

Disclosure: In the interest of fairness it’s only right that I let you all know that I was a beta reader for Father Figure and read it twice before publication. I have read the final version one final time post-publication to be able to write this review.

Description

Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town, and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly. Struggling to survive in a claustrophobic, unforgiving world, they embark on a journey to overcome all the pain, disappointment, and horror of their experiences.

Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown, connect with others, and fall in love. Contemplating an impending loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia suffers devastating, life-altering tragedies. No matter where she turns, someone or something always steals her hope of finding happiness, protection, and love.

Brianna Porter, a sassy yet angst-ridden teenager raised in New York City, yearns to determine her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. All the confusion stems from desperately needing to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, but an unexpected discovery of a journal leads Brianna to a shocking revelation about her missing parent. Unfortunately, by casting the net to find him, she’s unleashed a tragic history that was meant to stay buried and might now completely change everyone’s futures.

Through alternating chapters set two decades apart, each girl’s plight unfolds revealing the parallels between their lives and the subsequent collision that is bound to happen. In an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, fate intervenes forcing someone to make a dreadful decision that will leave permanent scars.

Review

The name James J. Cudney comes with an assurance of quality, emotional turmoil, romance and suspense all things we learned from his debut novel Watching Glass Shatter. Delving between the pages of his second novel Father Figure all of this things are thrown your way in droves leaving you yet again deeply heartbroken, in love, shocked, and fighting for your favourite characters.

Meet Amalia. The quiet small town girl living a life of parental abuse. Amalia is desperate to escape her hometown, go to college and start her life free from the life which has held her back so far. There was so much of Amalia’s life I felt an affinity to, I cried with her, I cried for her. Some of the scenes are horrific, while others are so inspiring that you want to lift them from the page and see them unfold in front of your eyes. From her first kiss to her first love Amalia stole my heart from the first page and there wasn’t a moment in this book where my support for her wavered. In the light of difficult decisions and some ghastly events, she keeps her dignity and somehow finds a way through.

Meet Brianna. Ansty, confident and filled with questions. Brianna is a girl filled with confusion, but a fire to get the answers. She will happily jump into things like a bull in a china shop and has no qualms about asking awkward questions. Growing up in New York City with a single Mom she knows nothing about her Father and is on a mission to find out before she goes to college. Also struggling with her sexuality she has some big decisions looming on her horizon and a Mom who is staying tight-lipped about everything. Brianna honestly reminds me of myself at that age. She doesn’t really consider people’s feelings before she does things, but the consequences do affect her and make her think twice. She’s hurting and she’s deflecting that hurt to the people she loves most in the world. She makes some epically silly decisions but hey…I’m fairly sure I’m not the only one who can relate to that when they were eighteen?! I am? Seriously?

The two girls stories are told in an alternating fashion…sneaky…very sneaky! Eventually converging so the two stories come together in devastating fashion. I can’t give this one genre. I have thought about this over and over it is romance, suspense, mystery and family drama. This book suits so many readers that I just say delve in and treat yourself.

Father Figure is one of the best books I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. I don’t say that lightly it has torn through so many of my emotions, just writing this review I ended up crying again because everything came to my mind. James J. Cudney is one of the best new writers out there and will be a household name of that I have no doubt.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleFather Figure
Series: N/A
Author: James J. Cudney
Genre: Family Drama | Romance | Suspense | Mystery
Publisher: Creativia
Publication Date: 2 April 2018
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook
Pages: 415
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects to Preferred Retailer)

Blog Tour Sign Up: Crossing the Line by Nikki Rose

I’m helping out the very lovely debut author Nikki Rose with her first blog tour. Crossing the Line is released on July 17 and is a standalone romantic suspense/mystery.

I would love for any fellow bloggers interested in this book to sign up for this reviews only tour.

Description

He’s a killer able to reach even the most untouchable marks and she’s his new obsession. Watching from his balcony, Hunter can’t fight the force pulling him toward the girl who just moved in across the street. The sexy little brunette bouncing around her apartment unpacking boxes has him searching for a way to get closer. He never expected to be watching from the shadows as the police take her away. If he wants a chance with her, he has no choice but to follow.

All Addy wanted was a new beginning and a chance at a normal life after leaving her cheating ex. She never expected her new start to include witnessing a brutal crime and being forced to relocate while the police searched for the killer. Finding herself waiting tables alone in a new town isn’t exactly the start she was hoping for until the handsome stranger at table four turns her world upside down.

Crossing the Line is a standalone Romantic Suspense / Mystery novel with a guaranteed HEA and no cliffhangers.
Contains violent scenes and sexual situations. Mature readers only. Adults 18+

Tour Details

Reviews Only

Dates: 16th July-30th July

Sign Up:

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ARCs: To be sent via email ASAP

I’m looking forward to seeing you all on the tour. This is my first time organising a tour and Nikki is a wonderful person so let’s make it a winner for her.

Music Monday: Μιχάλης Χατζηγιάννης – Πλάι πλάι

This is a weekly meme I’ve picked up from Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek. It’s very simple, you pick a song on a Monday and share it! Never one to turn away from the chance to share my exquisite taste in music I’m loving taking part in this every week, so thanks, Drew!

I’ve talked about living in Greece a few times and I’ve shared my favourite Greek metal band. This is my favourite Greek artist of the more traditional flavour. I guess he would be classed as Greek pop but as you will tell it’s not very pop, but neither is it old school traditional. the artist is Michalis Hatzigiannis and the song title is Plai Plai which translates to Side by Side.