#Review: Losing Amalia by Regine Abel @regineabel

Have you read my previous review of the first book in this series Escaping Fate? If not follow this link to check it out.

Description

This is not a full-length novel. It is a bonus scene from Escaping Fate, Veredian Chronicles Book 1 told in Lhor’s POV. Please read Escaping Fate first to fully enjoy this bonus scene.

EXCERPT
Her sultry voice stirred the embers, deep in my gut, of a fire I had not felt in years. The same powerful connection struck me when our eyes met. My skin tingled and my pulse perked up. Her throat worked and her pupils dilated. She quickly looked away, breaking the bond.

Goddess have mercy.

Review

Losing Amalia is a very quick read about 20 pages covering the fastening which is covered in Escaping Fate. This time though we see it from Lhor’s point of view and so get a new set of emotions and help to understand his emotional state at this time much more.

It’s really best to have read Escaping Fate first so that you fully understand the story surrounding this one. In Escaping Fate we are given this scene from Amalia and Khel’s points of view so this story rounds the whole scene off by giving us Lhor’s point of view.

I was really moved reading this, I felt pulled to Lhor through most of Escaping Fate and then reading this and seeing what he was going through during this early part of the story I felt even more connected to him. I definitely recommend reading.

Thanks to Regine Abel for the eARC of this book so that I could read and honestly review the book.

Rating

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TitleLosing Amalia
Series: Veredian Chronicles #1.5
Author: Regine Abel
Genre: Romance | Sci-Fi | Short Story | Aliens
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 19 May 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 20
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects to Preferred Retailer)

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#Review Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson @BrandSanderson @Gollancz

Description

Welcome to New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller Brandon Sanderson’s first collection of short fiction.

These wonderful works, originally published individually, have been collected for the first time and convey the true expanse of the Cosmere. Telling the exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect, Arcanum Unbounded include the Hugo Award-winning novella ‘The Emperor’s Soul’, an excerpt from the graphic novel ‘White Sand’, and the never-before-published Stormlight Archive novella ‘Edgedancer’.

The collection will include nine works in all:
‘Edgedancer’ (Stormlight Archive)
‘The Hope of Elantris’ (Elantris)
‘The Eleventh Metal’ (Mistborn)
‘The Emperor’s Soul’ (Elantris)
‘Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania’ (excerpt; Mistborn)
‘White Sand’ (excerpt; Taldain)
‘Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell’ (Threnody)
‘Sixth of Dusk’ (First of the Sun)
‘Mistborn: Secret History’ (Mistborn)

This superb collection also includes essays and illustrations which offer an insight into the numerous worlds in which the stories are set.

Review

Arcanum Unbounded is the first short story collection from Brandon Sanderson, centred around the Cosmere, the universe that Sanderson has built his worlds upon you get a real feel for how each world relates to each other with this book a sense of just how big his worldview is and yet how small it is as well.

These short stories take you on journies, introduce you to new characters in familiar worlds, new worlds, new magic and in some cases bring us back to familiar faces and familiar places bringing a sense of homecoming.

Each story has a small note to inform of which novels it relates to and if there are spoilers so that you can skip those stories that may be an issue. There were a couple that I skipped because I’m behind on a couple of the series but I’ve marked the stories to return to them later.

It wasn’t really a surprise that the two stories I connected with the most were linked with novels I had loved the most. Firstly The Emperor’s Soul which was an Elantris story, to this day Elantris remains my all-time favourite Sanderson novel, and The Eleventh Metal which is a Mistborn story and sees us following a favourite character.

These stories given their short length are complex and detailed, they draw you in and as you would expect from Sanderson have plenty of twists and drama. This is a definite must-have for any Sanderson fans bookshelf.

I must thank Gollancz and Brandon Sanderson for the review copy of this book so that I could provide my honest opinion.

Rating

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TitleArcanum Unbounded
SeriesThe Stormlight Archive 2.5
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Genre: Fantasy | Epic Fantasy | Short Stories | Anthology
Publisher: Gollancz
Publication Date: 24 November 2016
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: eBook | Hardcover | Audio
Pages: 672
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon USWaterstones | Foyles | Book DepositorySpeedy Hen | Wordery | Audible

#Review: Ranger Heat Series by Caitlyn Lynch @caitlynlynch6

Description

First Submission
Angry at her cheating boyfriend, Selina revisits an old haunt looking for distraction. She might have found a little more than she bargained for in the form of Brody, but the attraction between them is too sizzling hot to be denied!

Second Surrender
Sequel to First Submission, this is an exciting erotic adventure as Selina decides to go looking for the Brody, the Dom of her dreams! But will Brody be happy to see her, or was she just a one-night-stand he’s already forgotten?

Third Thrills
Third in the Ranger Heat trilogy. Brody has to make the call to accept Selina as his permanent sub, or risk losing her to another Dom – forever.

Review

I read these three short stories in one sitting, more as novella and as such have decided to review them in that way aswell.

Selina is in a very unsatisfying relationship with a guy who is quite frankly a bit of a dick. After finding out he’s been cheating on her while she’s been home keeping things ticking over for her, she walks out glams herself up and heads for a club to see some old friends and look for some fun. While she’s in there Brody catches her eye, obviously military there’s something strong and demanding about him that pulls her towards him.

They only have one night together, where she discovers just a small bit about being submissive and having a dom. The way that Lynch has written this is so real, unlike how it can often be portrayed, although enjoyable to read it’s often not real and lacks the intensity especially of the first time, this nailed it.

Despite being a submissive Selina is still a strong woman and Lynch has found a wonderful balance between her role as a woman and her role as a sexual submissive which I love. So many authors write sexual submissive’s as all round submissive’s which is just not the case. She has also written Brody as this power dom in the bedroom but then he is a sensitive and caring man, very thoughtful and not at all the asshole that dom’s are often portrayed as. I really love that she has done this taking the time to turn the stereotypes on their head.

As the stories progress and these two find themselves together and develop the relationship into a deeper bond later having to decide whether they stay together long term or go their separate ways there is an ever growing intensity which never leaves them. The BDSM factors are so raw and real that reading it is voyeuristic almost intrusive.

This is a fantastic mini series. I do wish it was a full size novel because I just felt like everything ended far too soon.

Rating

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TitleFirst Submission | Second Surrender | Third Thrills
Series: Ranger Heat #1-3
Author: Caitlyn Lynch
Genre: Romance | Erotica | Short Story | BDSM
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 5 February 2016 | 12 March 2016 | 26 March 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages:  29 | 33 | 35
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#Review: Ellie’s Encounter by Caitlyn Lynch @caitlynlynch6

Description

Jet-lagged after a long flight, the last thing Ellie needs is to get trapped in the elevator on the way to her hotel room. At least she’s not alone in her predicament; a sexy cowboy named Jacob is trapped in there with her. When her claustrophobia starts to get the best of her, he’s only too happy to lend a hand to help distract her. Both of them, actually. And his mouth. And the rest of his body…

Ellie’s Encounter is the first in the Elevator Encounters series. There’s a vintage elevator in a beautiful Art Deco hotel in New York, and the repairman swears it has a mind of its own. It only ever seems to break down when there’s a couple inside, you see…

Review

This is a short story so I’m not going to go overboard on the review, it will be more of a mini-review if you like. Ellie’s Encounter is part of Lynch’s Elevator Encounter’s series and is a quick burst of what she has on offer. This was my first foray into Lynch’s writing and quite unusual as I rarely stray into short story territory as if I’m honest I don’t really find them satisfying.

Ellie has travelled to the States from jolly old England for a romance authors convention. When she gets on the elevator, or lift for my fellow Brits, she is joined by a rather sexy cowboy. Yay to being in America folks (having ridden an elevator in America with a sexy cowboy I can totally relate to her predicament…unfortunately mine didn’t break down like hers did!) So her elevator breaks down and of course they have to get to know each other!

It takes about 30 minutes of reading for a wonderfully erotic story to unfold, centred around the elevator. Now while I thoroughly enjoyed I still say even a novella is far more enjoyable as there is just a bit more substance and depth to those stories. A short story is just over far to quickly and I like to know more about the characters and what happens to them.

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TitleEllie’s Encounter
Series: Elevator Encounters #1
Author: Caitlyn Lynch
Genre: Romance | Erotica | Short Story
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 19 November 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 32
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

#BookBlitz: R&R Book Tours Launch Party @shanannigans81

I’m sure most of you already know Shannon over at Reads & Reels, this means that you should know she has recently set up her own blog tour business R&R Book Tours. Shannon is easily one of my favourite people in the blog world she is so cool (I say this because she geeky like me, reads similar books to me, watches the same sort of films to me and so on!) Her aim with R&R Book Tours is to support indie authors which is awesome and this launch party blitz is a coming together of some great indie authors she has supported on her own blog recently and has now brought into her tour fold. I’ve actually got some of these books in my TBR thanks to her reviews so encourage you to check them out! Finally I want to wish Shannon the very best of luck with her new venture and I look forward to taking part and seeing what she brings in!

The Old Man at the End of the World: Bite #1 by A.K. Silversmith

The Old Man At The End Of The World - AK SilversmithDescription

THE GOOD LIFE meets DOUGLAS ADAMS meets SHAUN OF THE DEAD! – Dave F, Amazon

Gerald Stockwell-Poulter couldn’t help but feel it was extraordinary just how quickly his life had changed. One moment he was earthing up leeks in the West Sussex sunshine and the next he was rooted to the spot as Rodney Timmins from the end allotment ambled towards him, arms outstretched, blood pouring from a hole in his neck and a look in his eye which suggested that he was less after help and more after a helping of Gerald.

Now, as Gerald’s life takes a quick turn for the worse, he must do things he has never done before. After 87 largely well-behaved years as a model citizen, less than four hours into the ‘zompocalypse’ and he has already killed a neighbour, rescued a moody millennial drug dealer and forged an unlikely allegiance with a giant ginger Scotsman. And it isn’t even tea time.

Join Gerald as he and his newfound allies navigate the post-apocalyptic English countryside in their hilarious bid to stay off the menu.

About AK Silversmith

AK Silversmith is the author of The Old Man at the End of the World; a series of zombie apocalypse Bites centering on the world of 87-year-old Gerald Stockwell-Poulter.

Bite 2 is coming soon…

She was born in Tasmania in 1983 and now lives in western Ireland where the weather is similar but the zombies are still absent.

I have also put an author interview on my site if anyone is interested in more info.

Book & Buy Links

TitleThe Old Man At The End Of The World
Series: Bite #1
Author: AK Silversmith
Genre: Short Story | Comedy-Horror | Zombies | Parody
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 16 February 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other FormatseBook
Pages: 68
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Roadside by Angie Dokos

Roadside - Angie DokosDescription

Zayne finds Serena’s lifeless body off the side of the road one morning. She has been beaten and left for dead. As she recovers, they become the best of friends. It doesn’t take long for Zayne’s feelings to grow stronger. Will the fear of ruining their friendship keep them from taking a chance on love?

About Angie Dokos

Angie Dokos was born a reader and grew to be a writer. Okay, so the reading took a few years, but in the meantime, she was having someone else read to her. She enjoys hiking and loves to travel. She currently lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area with her husband and children.

      

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TitleRoadside
Series: N/A
Author: Angie Dokos
Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 6 May 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 178
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Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted by Angelina Kerner

Description

One pill every 7 hours. That could be all it takes to give Chanel the chance to finally see the world around her.

Chanel is an independent 19-year-old, despite what her overprotective mother and senator father may think. Being the daughter of a Senator comes with its own problems, one simple afternoon out with friends becomes overwhelming when they’re swarmed by reporters.

Keeping the secret of the experimental treatment close to her chest, she is able to fool everyone but her hawkeyed bodyguard, Leon, that has now been assigned to protect her.

Chanel doesn’t want a bodyguard, but will she get more than she bargained for?

About Angelina Kerner

I wish I could sit down with you and have a nice warm cup of tea or a steaming mug of coffee, but since that’s not possible, how about a cyber-hug? I love hugs and coffee, a lot of coffee.

So, as an introduction, let’s start with, “I love to read and write”. I have so many stories inside my head that sometimes it’s impossible to know what’s real anymore. That doesn’t stop me from enjoying a great novel, though. Reading and writing is not all that I love, though it comes a close second. I love dancing, needlework, spending time with my family and friends, and most of all, the holidays. That’s when my family is all smiles. Smiles are the best, don’t you think?

I started writing stories for teen girls because I started writing in high school and I understood teen girls… or at least I thought so at the time. Throw in a hot guy, romance, and drama to get the perfect hypnosis formula for girls and some boys. Later, as I grew up, my characters grew up with me. I write a variety of books for all ages, mostly fantasy and chick-lit. An odd combination? You be the judge.

Currently, I divide my time between my family, work, writing, and a lot of cats. I’m also a new mother and you get to read about my journey on my blog once a month!

      

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TitleSeven Hours: Challenge Accepted
Series: N/A
Author: Angelina Kerner
Genre: Chick Lit | Women’s Fiction
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 31 July 2016
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 104
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Quincey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson (Glass Vault #1)

Description

Some see it… Some don’t…

People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie, along with her friend August, go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with their disappearances?

A book that intertwines horror elements and retellings, with humor and darkness

About Candace Robinson

Her name is Candace Robinson, obviously. She’s just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. Her days are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books. She lives just outside of Houston, Texas with her husband and daughter, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! She is also the author of Hearts Are Like Balloons.

    

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TitleQuinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault
SeriesGlass Vault #1
Author: Candace Robinson
Genre: YA | Horror | Fantasy | Retelling
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 16 May 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 248
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Aggravated Momentum by Didi Oviatt

Description

Not everything is as it seems in what appears to be an average family. When danger lurks so close to home, skeletons emerge, and the darkest of secrets surface, causing twisted desires to become reality. Aggravated Momentum offers the perspective of some very diverse and unique characters, including fun, witty personalities to fall in love with, along with an intellectual killer to die for. You may be surprised as to whom exactly you can relate. Is it the cold, calculated murderer, who’s name is yet to be revealed? Markie or Kam, the independent sisters, guilty of nothing more than getting tangled with the wrong people at the most inopportune times? Or, the cowardly snake curled in a hidden corner? Who are you, exactly? And, more importantly, who are they? The deeper you dig into the psyche of another, the more breath taking are the secrets you will find.

About Didi Oviatt

Didi Oviatt is a small town gal who married a small town guy. Within a few years of experiencing a new families bliss, she discovered that she had a thirst to write. Now, after digging down deep and getting in touch with her literary self, she’s writing mystery/thrillers like Search For Maylee(coming soon), Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians.  Along with a six piece short story collection called the Time Wasters.

And don’t fret: there are two more Lamian novels in the works.

   

Book & Buy Links

TitleAggravated Momentum
Series: N/A
Author: Didi Oviatt
Genre: Thriller | Suspense | Murder Mystery | Mature 18+
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 12 September 2016
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 443
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Deadman’s Tome: Monsters Exist by Theresa Braun & Mr. Deadman

Description

From the time we are young, we fear the monster under the bed or in the closet, making it impossible to sleep without a nightlight. Then, we hear stories of Bigfoot, and maybe even the Mothman around campfires. When we are adults, we wonder if there might actually be supernatural creatures lurking in the shadows. Are these tall tales and urban legends only metaphors for what horrific things humanity is capable of—or do monsters exist?

Go to some terrifying places with this cast of authors. You will be dragged into mystifying realities where demonic fairies hide, where devil monkeys lure carnival-goers to their demise, where Goatmen seek to destroy their prey, and where the goddess of death puts out a hit on victims of her choice. These shocking tales will have you biting your nails and locating that childhood nightlight. Because, in the end, we all know monsters do exist.

About Theresa Braun & Mr. Deadman

 

Wallace Boothill: https://twitter.com/WBoothill

Theresa Braun: www.theresabraun.com

S.J. Budd: http://www.sjbudd.co.uk/

Gary Buller: https://twitter.com/garybuller

S.E. Casey: https://secaseyauthor.wordpress.com/

Mr. Deadman: https://deadmanstome.net/

Calvin Demmer: https://calvindemmer.com/

Philip Kleaver: https://twitter.com/pwkleaver

Sylvia Mann: https://twitter.com/SylvieM1971

W.C. Marchese: http://www.wcmarchese.com/

John Palisano: https://johnpalisano.wordpress.com/

Christopher Powers: https://twitter.com/Powers1902

Leo X. Robertson: https://leoxrobertson.wordpress.com/

M.R. Tapia: http://hinderedsoulspress.com/

Book & Buy Links

TitleDeadman’s Tome
Series: N/A
Author: Various
Genre: Horror Anthology | Short Stories
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 1 July 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 148
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#Review: Fantastic Creatures (Fellowship of Fantasy Book 1) @FellowofFantasy

Description:
Here be dragons … and selkies and griffins and maybe even a mermaid or two.

Twenty fantasy authors band together to bring you a collection of thrilling tales and magical monsters. Do you like to slay dragons? Or befriend them? Do you prefer to meet cephalopods as gigantic kraken or adorable tree octopuses?

Continue reading #Review: Fantastic Creatures (Fellowship of Fantasy Book 1) @FellowofFantasy