Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Review: How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love by Ken Baker


"Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty." To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big "F" word—"fat." Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight.

Emery is okay with how things are. That is, until her "momager" signs her up for Fifty Pounds to Freedom, a reality show in which Emery will have to lose fifty pounds in fifty days in order to win the million dollars that will solve her family's financial woes. Emery is skeptical of the process, but when the pounds start to come off and the ratings skyrocket, she finds it hard to resist the adoration of her new figure and the world of fame. Emery knows that things have changed. But is it for the better?
My Rating
My Review
How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love is a truly unique little novel that will appeal to a variety of readers. After all, who doesn't like modern satire on pop culture and more laughs than most of the comedy shows out there. This book is a nonstop blast, but definitely has more depth than one may initially think. The plot line, references and excellent humor only scrape the surface of the book. The themes and heart of How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love go much further and can allow for connection to just about anyone, as we all deal with expectations of others weighing us down.

The pacing of How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love is spot on for the majority of the novel. I devoured it in one sitting like a double bacon cheeseburger. Unlike that cheeseburger, I felt great after finishing and it didn't go straight to my thighs. The plot kept moving and I was eager to keep reading. I thought that the ending wrapped a bit quickly, but I did finish the book at one in the morning after reading without pause, so it may have just felt that way to me.

I loved the diary like set up of the novel. Not only does it make sense in the world of the story and the style of the book, but Emery has a fantastic voice. Gut-wrenchingly funny, delightfully sassy and amazingly realistic, it doesn't matter what decisions she made, I can't help but like her. I was definitely a fan, since Emery brought something truly unique to the novel through a perspective that was refreshingly honest. It takes a strong character to connect so easily with a teenage audience. (As a member of the teenage audience, I assure you she does.)
Although it is fiction, How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love is so real. It doesn't sugarcoat the world or how women are affected by body image. It isn't afraid to show the good, the bad, and the ugly within people, which is fantastic and makes me wan to do a happy dance.
How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love is a wonderful read. Yes, it appeals to teenagers, but it doesn't only appeal to teenagers. If you live in a world immersed in pop culture (and if you're reading this, I'm assuming you do) then you will fall madly in love too. 

Review: The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli


From the author of Made in Italy comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venice.

When Luca Vianello, the heir to a renowned gondola-making enterprise, experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Soon he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride. Lovers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic details of gondola craftsmanship, along with an intimate first-person narrative set against the richly textured backdrop of 16th-century Venice.

My Rating

My Review

The very first moment that I stepped foot in Venice, I was absolutely entranced. The same thing can be said for the first moment that I started reading The Gondola Maker. From chapter one, readers are instantly taken back to the captivating period of Renaissance Venice.

A minor masterpiece in historical fiction, Morelli does not need conflicts of apocalyptic proportions to enthrall readers of all tastes. The plot keeps rolling between love, loss and dramatic suspense that crafts a realistic story and characters with beating hearts.

Luca is a wonderful protagonist and a great voice to speak for all those coming-of-age dreamers today, despite the difference in time. Most all of us can relate to the pressure of family, the possibility of destiny, and the unclear longing of our hearts. Experience Luca's struggles with such helped with the true time traveling aspect of reading.

Morelli did not just draw readers into a story through this novel, but allowed them to plunge headfirst into a new world.

A world of canals lined with the artful gondolas, elegant nobility, forbidden love, and as close to the beautiful side of magic as reality can get.

With a tone that is dark one chapter and light the next, there aren't many slow portions at all. The pages kept turning, although the pacing didn't feel very fast at all.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of reading The Gondola Maker, from the descriptive imagery of making the magnificent boats to every decision and consequence of Luca. It's a ticket to 16th-century Venice, and it's hard not to fall in love.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Safe and Sound by A.B. Whelan

Fields of Elysium Saga is a young-adult fantasy series that follows the adventures of sixteen-year-old Molly Bennett.The story is set in Los Angeles, CA, and on Arkana, the new Earth.  Safe and Sound is a prequel novella to Fields of Elysium and introduces the harsh lives of the Arkanians and follows Victor Sorren from birth till the moment he meets Molly. Victor is the Byronic hero of the series and this novella gives a very intimate insight into his life and soul. Safe and Sound is part of the series yet stands alone. A bonus story and also an introduction to the series.   
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Recommended reading age 16+ due to mild violence and some mild sexual situation. In the world where freedom is no longer your right; where being in love and starting a family is not a blessing but a curse, a baby is born. To spare him from the harsh life the Arkanian slaves in Terraka City have to endure, his parents attempt the impossible. They have to pay a high price for their courage. Heartbroken and lonely, Victor Sorren spends his life waiting for his father’s return. But how much pain and suffering can be inflicted on an innocent young boy before hatred takes over his heart? Yet there is no darkness without light. And falling for a girl from Earth might provide just the right amount of light to bring hope back to Victor’s dark heart.  
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Safe and Sound Playlist
Adam Agin – Please Don’t Leave Quite Yet
(Abraham finds love in the slave camp.) 
Alexandre Desplat – Mary
(Abraham works up the courage to ask Halysia out.)
Clint Mansell - Death is the Road to Awe 
(Abraham saves the baby.)
Lux Aeterna – Clint Mansell
(Abraham massacres the Slavehunters to avenge Halysia.) 
Measure – Begin Again
(Kamm and Victor flies back from the Valley of Lost Souls.)
Nadia Ali – People
(Victor builds a hut at the gorge to help him cope with a betrayal.)
Leaving Earth – Clint Mansell
(The Prophet initiates the force field around Terraka City.)
Nadia Ali – Rapture
(Victor and Weston enter the underground dance club.)
Adam Agin - Safer in the Dark 
(Victor meets the albino girl.)
Francisca Hall – Until It Hurts
(Victor meets his ex at the under ground dance club.)
Digital Daggers – The Devil Within
(Victor walks away from his ex, his heart filled with satisfaction.)
Gentlemen Hall – All Our Love
(Victor thanks Weston for his unconditional friendship.)
Karmina – Prove
(Victor decides to become the man his mother wanted him to be.)
and more .....

Ends 5/18/14

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From the Author 
I'm a Hungarian born American writer, who was lucky enough to travel Europe, Africa, and The Middle East and live in Ecuador, Crete and Italy. I graduated as a computer engineer, thus if anybody tells you math and literature can't walk hand in hand, don't believe them. *smile* I'm the author of the Fields of Elysium saga, which I like to call a young adult romantic fantasy. The first book of the series was inspired by amazing movies like Dirty Dancing, Avatar, and Twilight and earned praise from prestigious review companies and readers. I'm currently working on book three and four, and planning to write one more novella to finish the series, dedicated to another very interesting character in my story, The Prophet, the mysterious leader of the Arkanians.  Find me on Social sites. Friend me. Follow me. Message me. I love to connect.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

The Soul of the Sun by Genevieve Crownson (Spotlight)

Title: The Soul of the Sun
Genre: Paranormal/Young Adult
Author: Genevieve Crownson
Publisher: Genevieve Crownson
Pages: 348
Format: Paperback; Kindle

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“The hands of time turn on the face of the sun. Only you can move them. If the Watcher controls the hands of the clock he can go anywhere, past or future-- and destroy our planet.” 

Since the days of ancient
Greece, the Argos dynasty has kept a secret, a mystery passed down through their descendants from generation to generation, in the hopes that the forces of good can stop the evil destruction of planet Earth. 

Margaret Ingall is harboring that secret. Time is running out for the descendants of the
Argos. They know a great healer and time traveler will be born of their blood. But the only person that knows whom they will call “the soul of the sun” is Margaret’s sister, Abigail. Before she can reveal the healer’s identity, disaster strikes… 

Evil stalks them, watching and waiting to find out which member of her family has the ultimate power. Is it Margaret’s own child? Or her beloved granddaughter? Or even herself? Their only clue is a powerful protective amulet that will lead them all in a cat-and-mouse game to discover secrets as ancient as time.

If the Watcher discovers the truth before they do, all will be lost.

Fate, time and love weave together in their struggle to fulfill their destiny. Will Margaret’s fears sabotage her family’s protection? Can the healer accept her gifts in time? And once the soul of the sun is finally revealed, will it be too late?

Her power is incredible. The sacrifices required of her are immense.

Will it be enough to stop the Watcher?


The rain fell in sheets around me, it was gloomy and depressing, but I didn’t feel a drop. I was completely encased in light; I was a moving, breathing, flaming yellow orb that no one could penetrate. I watched in amazement as my broken leg instantly healed and the torn pajama fabric cinched itself back together. My jaw pain ceased. I closed my hands over the amulet, now humming with intensity. In a split second, I was vibrating with the same power. The wind picked up and the sky loomed black. The moon lay dark behind an inky sky and somehow strange chanting words flowed out of me. Lava hot and fraught with meaning, they rose to a fever pitch. Every word was a part of me, part of my being. Words from another time, Tanga’s time, slipped from my lips as though it were my native tongue. It was the inscription on the amulet, of that much I was sure.

I stretched my glowing hands out to Thomas.

I call on you Lady Isis.

Protect Me.

For I am the one, the Soul of the Sun.

I plead with you and your son Horus to give refuge.

Patroness of Nature and Magic bring all my power and your power together to glorify
what is right and true in this world.

Honor your name and those we safeguard from harm. Let time be taken from no man.


He was laughing at me.

“You stupid little twit, did you honestly think that would work? You think that I can’t take what’s mine?”

As he spoke, I chanted the same words, repeating them over and over. I saw fear cross his face just for a moment when he realized I was using the amulet’s power. A brilliant beam of light continued to radiate from my core. It was strange, the light now shone gold instead of blue. It must have changed when it sealed together. I continued to watch and to my astonishment, he became transparent and, with a puff of smoke, evaporated into the heavens. I could hear his heart-rending screams echoing through the ocean’s storm. Drained completely of energy, I crumpled, exhausted, onto the sand.

About the Author:

Genevieve Crownson graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelors of Science degree. A love of writing led her to pen her debut novel, The Soul of the Sun. This is book one in her highly anticipated trilogy, The Argos Dynasty. She currently lives in beautiful Charleston, SC with her family and beloved four-legged friends.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Review: The Silver Sickle by Ellie Anne (Tour Stop)


The end of humanity will come through the Silver Sickle . . .
Farissa lives every moment with reckless abandon, for it may be her last. Any day now, the alien goddesses will harvest her and take her to the mysterious Silver Sickle, never to return. She’s accepted that. What she can’t accept is this new idea of freedom Zel has planted in her head. She’d give almost anything to be with Zel, but how can she run from her destiny if it means putting the whole kingdom in danger?

Everyone in the desert kingdom believes the goddesses are immortal, but Zel has invented a way to kill them. Now all he has to do is convince Farissa to run away with him and plant a seed of hope in her heart that she’s not destined to die. Little does he know that one seed of hope could change the course of the future.

My Rating


My Review

There aren't many books out there like The Silver Sickle, and it is part of the reason why I loved it so much. I mean, sure, there are plenty of revenge stories. But are there plenty of stories involving a girl wanting to gain revenge on an alien species that the human race treats as deities, and the leader of that race also wants revenge on this girl because they both have lost someone important to them?

Definitely not.

But it's awesome.

Plot is not normally my favorite factor in reading, but it is hard not to fall in love with the story of The Silver Sickle. It is a fantastic high-concept science fiction tale of adventure, action, romance, revenge, and just about everything else you can possibly ask for. (And yes, producers, it would make a great movie.) I could not put down the book for long, and if I did at all, I immediately had to return to the story to know what would happen next. Every chapter kept the story rolling, even if there were not any big surprises or twisted turns, I still was eager to turn the pages.

I loved (loved, loved) the world that was created in The Silver Sickle. From the very beginning, the reader is transported into this dark setting. Through great imagery and description, the entire situation forms quickly. The Amar held both terror and mystique in their image that highly intrigued me, especially as I learned more of their individual characters. But the real gem of this world, in my opinion, were the cogsmen. I could envision them clearly in my mind, and the steampunk fan within me had a field day. Despite the uniform brotherhood between them, they had unique personalities and proved to be a truly incredible race.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed the build of the plot, there were certain parts that seemed to rush by a bit quickly. Mostly that happened toward the end with certain minor characters, so it wasn't that big of a deal, but the rush with the girls in the Silver Sickle seemed almost comical. (I'm desperately trying not to ruin anything - as I believe this is a novel that readers should purchase - so I apologize for being vague.) Also, there were times in which things felt a bit too convenient, but that seems to be the case in plenty of stories, and sometimes that's even more realistic than extreme difficulties. Life can be funny like that. It would have been nice to see a little bit more of the technology available. The trackers on the girls were only briefly mentioned, even though the girls have to deal with them throughout their lives. Zel was a mechanical genius, but we didn't see much of his past work and only had a little on the shockwheel. This didn't take away from the story by any means, nor should the tech explanations have gone overboard, but I found myself interested.

The characters of The Silver Sickle were all unique and interesting, and I was glad to read from the different point of views so I could get to know all the different point of views. Farissa was a strong role model to have, and her relationship with Zel was incredibly sweet. (I liked the fact that they've known each other. I'm not saying that I don't like instalove, but it's nice to have something that...well...isn't.) Gira was an excellent antagonist. In fact, she was actually quite likeable. She wasn't evil, she was just trying to do what was best for her race, even if there will be sacrifices needed. Even her revenge was understandable. I've always been fond of villains with redeeming factors. And alien goddesses?


The Silver Sickle is a wonderful read. Fans of science fiction definitely need to give this one a try. Even if you're not a fan of sci-fi, try it out anyway. What have you got to lose?

Did I mention action? And aliens? And cogsmen??

(If you don't know what that means, it's only more reason to check out this book.)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review: The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz

Paige Kelly is used to weird--in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn't fazed by Paige's propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she'll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that's overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.

My Rating
My Review
If you are considering reading The Dark World, I must give you warning. The Dark World is a drug of Young Adult fiction. From the first couple of pages, I found myself drawn deeper and deeper into the world. Soon enough, I had the book at my side at all times. I was reading between classes, sneaking reading during classes, reading while eating, procrastinating on homework and staying up past my bedtime to keep the pages turning. Even after finishing the book (which, thankfully, only took two days), my thoughts drifted back to the novel - as they did during the hours in which I couldn't read. There's not many ways to put it, and it was like a lust demon hid within the pages to hypnotize me into submission. I was addicted. Completely hooked to the point of knowing what I liked, but not knowing why I liked it so much. What made The Dark World so intriguing to me?

Was it the plot, perhaps? The Dark World is the story of a teenage girl, Paige, who gets her eyes roughly opened. Not only are there demons and warlocks and "ghosts", but there's an entirely new world - parallel to our own - in which they stay. Unless, of course, they manage to cross over to our world. That's a cool concept, especially the dark world part. I mean, I've seen plenty of demons in fiction, but a creepy, underworld-esque version of New York only a painful portal trip away? Awesome. Not only is that basic logline pretty killer, but the pacing is great and twists keep coming. There was one particular moment that took me for surprise, but that's all I'll say about it. The novel succeeded in being a major page turner, but is that enough to feed the obsession I gained? Being as I'm not too much of a plot person, I don't think that's it.

It could have been the characters. Paige was definitely interesting. Again, an outcast protagonist isn't exactly new, but I can't say I've often seen a character gain this reputation because her ability to speak with spirits makes her seem insane. But what really sold me on enjoying her as a character is her personality in spite of that. Most YA outcasts tend to be filled with overwhelming angst and pent-up sexual aggression. I'm not saying that combination never works out, but it is refreshing to have an outcast who - despite a bit of social awkwardness and romantic insecurity - has a great sense of humor and a willingness to take the world head on. Her entertaining point of view only added to the story. Speaking of adding to the story, I can't write a review of The Dark World without at least mentioning Logan Bradley. I won't go into detail about this character because I'm writing a review and not a novel. However, I can assure that he's everything you're looking for in a fictional romantic interest and will very likely contribute to your increased disappointment in reality (which doesn't help with the addictive quality, that's for sure). Even the supporting characters, like Travis and Ajax, are very well-developed with unique personalities.

Of course, it is said that every story has already been told, and I am a firm believer that the majority of the story is in the way it's told. Fortunately, The Dark World is well written and highly entertaining. I laughed, I teared up, I swooned at every other thing that Logan said or did...the reading experience was an adventure in itself. The beginning was a bit cliche but it quickly gravitated away from that. (And all the swoony parts definitely didn't hurt.)

I suppose that it's most likely a combination of all these factors, as well as others, that had me devouring this novel like a good slice of NY pizza. I can easily recommend The Dark World to YA paranormal fans without question. Now, however, I have to get help for this minor obsession - or, at least, find a new fiction addiction to keep me occupied until book two.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Review: When Implausible Events Occur by Lucia Morosanu

Love...What is it all about? Nobody really knows, but everybody has an opinion and a story. And this is the story of a boy named Alex and a girl named Diana and how a series of highly implausible events changed their relationship forever: and made for an interesting self-discovery journey.

My Rating
My Review
This is the first short story that I'm reviewing on this blog, and it was very fun to return to this type of writing and get a little glimpse into a moment of time. When Implausible Events Occur is a lovely short read that manages to be both dark and warm depending on the moment.
Set at the tail end of a long relationship, the story follows Diana struggling to realize what she actually wants and how she really feels, as she relives memories of her time with Alex while trying to move on with her own life. The thing that I loved the most about this story is how real it felt. Sure, there wasn't an entirely new world or the impossible happening, but it held the everyday chaos of life and the inevitable implausibilities that we are all subject to. Despite it's short length, When Implausible Events Occur is able to convey how small this world really is, and just how many times two lives can have their paths cross. In addition, I loved the emotional responses of the story. They never felt fake, and the reality of them affects the reader by setting a similar mood.

In a way, the story seemed longer than it actually was, and I don't mean that in a negative way. Between being wrapped up in the easier past of Alex and Die as well as the harsh present, I felt that I knew their story so well, I must have invested a lot of time into reading - when, in reality, I was able to devour the story in one sitting.

As the synopsis of When Implausible Events Occur brushes on, the themes of the story are absolutely wonderful. Whether it be the fact that we can't predict life because of all the implausible events or trying to figure out what love really means, they are conflicts that all of us face, or will face soon enough. 

I really enjoyed the dark beauty of When Implausible Events Occur, a story that can stay on the reader's mind a fair amount afterward. Although a light read in size, the layers beneath are anything but. It's definitely one to consider checking out.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Literary Addicts Spring Into Books Event

Welcome to the Spring Event April 18 - May 5
We are having a Book Blast and Virtual Book Party. Check out the books sponsoring and content below.
GiftedCoverEven in a world of freaks, being a Firestarter is considered a dangerous Gift. Lucy was born with the ability to create and control fire. She longs to leave the human world for one filled with Earthshakers, Transporters, and Chameleons, to name a few. When she rejoins the circus, it’s everything she hoped it could be—new friends, a potential love interest or two, and a place where she can be herself. When troupe members begin turning up dead, however, Lucy is suspected of foul play. She must not only prove her innocence but also realize the full extent of her power. To find the real murderer, she must uncover the truth behind her father’s fiery legacy while figuring out whom to trust within her new circle. Little does she know the history of the Donovan Circus and its enemies might actually destroy the entire gifted world. Buy on Amazon

First-Impression  Chira Kelly thought she didn’t need anyone…until she met Ben. Because of one ugly rumor, Chira lives as an outcast at her school. Which is fine with her, because she works better alone. Always has, always will. And at least she has her one and only true friend, Tasha. When Tasha insists that they join a group to visit a possibly haunted abandoned old schoolhouse, she's wary, but joins her friend. Because of that decision, their lives are in jeopardy as a malevolent spirit targets the group. Tragedies and accidents pick them off one by one, and Chira finds herself drawn to the one person who can see the truth. But can he protect her? Buy on Amazon

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00020]Get into more TROUBLE with The Lynlee Lincoln Series Book Two. And Remember MAUCs Series One is Free Lynlee Lincoln isn’t just a witch, she’s also a Neutralizer. Her job is a juggling act to keep magical and undead clients out of trouble. But getting back together with her old flame throws one more ball into the mix and romance with a guy who has two kids can get complicated. When her old mentor asks her to investigate the goings-on of a dark witch, things turn messy. The witch is stalking supernatural creatures to collect ingredients for a potion that Lynlee can’t seem to figure out. To keep those closest to her from becoming the next victims, she may have to confront the demons within herself. Buy on Amazon  

FINALUnquenchableSWNell Massler is a powerful witch from an ancient magical family. Before she was eighteen years old, she attempted murder—not once, but twice. Committed to a psych ward, she attempts to right her wrongs and almost loses her life. While she’s lost in a coma, Caruthers Initiative Institute develops a vested interest in waking Nell—and offering her a chance at redemption. Nell is given a fresh start in exchange for saving her fellow agent, Rafe Brooks. Keeping him alive and in hiding will require every ounce of her extraordinary abilities. Not falling head over heels for the sexy mind manipulator will take a miracle. It's when they uncover a plot to destroy the world that Nell will be put to the test... will she choose Rafe and to do the right thing? Or will she succumb to the temptation of evil yet again? Buy on Amazon  

Sweet-Oblivion-Cover-Art_new_2-22-2014When two worlds collide, nightmares become reality. Have you ever wanted to forget? Nariella Woodlinn has. Many times. Especially when her already frustrating life gets turned upside down by a mysterious boy who randomly shows up in her small town. And she can’t seem to understand anything about him, despite how much she tries. ?Nari hates everything about her life, except for her best friend Rydan, but now that they’ve been separated during their senior year of high school, she has to learn to make new friends without him. When strange, unexplainable phenomena start becoming an every day part of her life, Nari struggles to come to grips with reality. And with love. Get FREE on Amazon  

Control You - Jennifer SnyderKind hearted and naive, Paige Jacobs wants what every girl craves…to be loved. She uses this need to make excuses when her current boyfriend goes from being a tad jealous and slightly overprotective to stalker-ish. She isn’t that girl and Craig isn’t one of those guys. Things are fine. Perfectly fine. Until the moment a dark-haired, tattooed hottie with a snarky mouth walks into her life and tells her she deserves better. Confident and boldly spoken, Cameron Green has always been the guy bad girls can’t get enough of and all the good girls want to tame. He’s lived a lavish lifestyle filled with drugs, women, and alcohol up until his destructive path finally caught up with him. Now Cameron isn’t sure what to do with himself or how to dampen the longing for something more festering inside of him since coming out of his drug-induced haze. But when he meets a doe-eyed girl who gets past his walls like no other, everything about him clicks into place. Together the two learn there are emotions that hold within them all the power to control you. Buy on Amazon


Destruction-Sharon BaylissDavid Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn't a choice. Eleven years ago, David's secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can't imagine living without. Buy on Amazon  

hand_new_rose_finalA dark shadow stalks the night, watching her—waiting to claim what is his. Seventeen-year-old Tayla Jonas longs for a simple life, but after a traumatizing family loss, she is forced to be both mother and sister to her cousins while caring for her mentally unstable aunt. Moving to her grandma’s quiet town of Cody, Wyoming, Tayla finds some normalcy with her quirky green activist friend, Chel, who spends no time converting her to vegetarianism. A few weeks into her new school, Tayla catches the eye of Kyle Harrington—the high school quarterback and resident millionaire—who can seduce any girl with his charismatic charm, including Tayla. But Kyle is anything but what he seems... Buy on Amazon  

Redemption CoverBe careful what you wish for. When the breakup of her family forces Grae White’s mother to move her two children from their privileged city life to her hometown in the mountains of Virginia, all Grae wants is to be invisible in her new life. But that’s rather hard when everyone knows that her father is the latest headline-grabbing white collar criminal, the most popular boy in school wants to take Grae to the prom, and then there’s that she lives in a haunted mansion. It would make anyone want to get away. Grae soon learns that a simple wish can reveal an unknown ability. Something more than curiosity spirals Grae back in time to seek the truth in the tragedy of a 200 -year-old murder. Along the way, she learns about history, happiness, and heartache in the lives of those who have lived on the property, including her own family. Her first journey reveals secrets that will lead Grae to further explore the legends of Graham Mansion. Buy on Amazon  

weeksebookIs eight weeks enough time to earn back the love of someone you've betrayed...the only one you've ever loved? Shelly has been in love with Cal since they started dating in eleventh grade. Despite everyone saying that the odds were against them, they got married after graduation and built a life together. Now, six years later, she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. Devastated, her first instinct is to call it quits… After a drunken binge at his best friends’ bachelor party, Cal betrays the one person who has always been there for him, his wife, Shelly. Terrified and realizing she might divorce him, Cal must come up with a way to prove to her that his love is true… Buy on Amazon  

Death of the Body_mediumI grew up in a world of magic. By the time I was ten I understood nature, talked to the trees, and listened to the wind. When the kingdom of men conquered my town, I was murdered by one of my own—the betrayer of my kind. But I didn't stay dead. I woke to find myself in a strange new world called Los Angeles. The only keys to the life I remembered were my father’s ring, my unique abilities, and the onslaught of demons that seemed hell-bent on finding me. Now I must learn who I really am, protect my friends, get the girl, and find my way back to my beloved hometown of Orenda. Buy on Amazon  

KoF NEW Amazon GR SWJoclyn Despain has been marred by a brand on her skin. She doesn't know why the mark appeared on her neck, but she doesn't want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won't let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to. The scar is the reason she is being hunted. If only she knew that she was. If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her. Now, she is being stalked by a tall blonde man, and is miraculously throwing her high school bully ten feet in the air. Get for FREE on Amazon  

Ambers faerie tale for SW and BNYou asked for it, you've got it... Amber's story! If you haven't read Enlightened, it is recommended to read that book before reading this novella. As a matter of fact, if you haven't read it...don't read the synopsis of this book....or pay attention to the title. By continuing to read, you're taking it into your own hands that you're reading a spoiler. Don't write me and say you had no idea and now you're scarred for life. Nope, you can't say those things. Amazon Best Selling Series - age 13+ You're reading at your own risk. I'm warning you to turn your eyes and run and read the first two books before going any further. Get it for FREE on Amazon  

2c4d41a532869294dced04542202f3fafd69ab6d-thumbFifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin sons of Hades—Hypnos (the god of sleep) and Thanatos (the god of death). She thinks she's manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of death and totally rocking his world. Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try and win Therese's heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her. The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive. 
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INOPERATIVE FINAL  200x300 Introducing a new series by Award Winning Author, Charity Parkerson: Generation Automation is upon us. The craving to own the latest and greatest technology in the name of convenience has created a world where man and machine live alongside one another in an unsteady peace. Humans still rule for now. However, an underground movement has begun that will change everything. For every arising enemy against humanity, a countermeasure is born-- Alexia is one of the few humans left who'd rather not have an android hanging over her shoulder all day.... Get it on Amazon    

agelessseaThe crash was no accident. Fate carried Brady and his airplane to the isolated island where Karis was banished to live alone. She feared the worst as she sifted through the wreckage, sure that no one could survive. But there he was, barely breathing yet still alive. The closer she got to him, the more her powers awakened. He was like a magnet she was drawn to. Maybe it was the years alone that left her yearning for companionship, or maybe it was the taut muscles in his arms that beckoned her to come closer, either way she had a hard time controlling her thoughts. She knew things about him that he couldn’t remember, things that were blocked from his memory. He wasn’t from earth either, and she needed his help to save both of their worlds. But the closer she gets to Brady the more she knows her world is with him.... Get it on Amazon  

immortalvoyageBefore the time of the great pyramids, there was a place like none other, a city of glass and metal rising from the depths of the ocean. Shrouded in mist, the island of Hy-Brasil and its capital Atlantis lay hidden from the rest of the world by its people, a race of long lived, interstellar nomads. What secrets would you keep to save your kingdom? On the Queen’s deathbed, the sonless King Aldric is force into a promise to allow his five daughters to marry for love. A promise he wished he had never made,and one he will have to break, to save the kingdom from his squabbling, incompetent son-in-laws... Buy on Amazon    

Edge-of-Eden-Mandie-Stevens-672x1024Anya thought she had an eternity to put her life back together after the Council of Alchemists exiled her. Just when she started to find her place in the world again, disaster struck. Someone witnessed the gifts she had tried desperately to keep hidden. Now the Council is back with an offer she can’t refuse: join them in their quest to take over the supernatural community or lose the life she worked so hard to rebuild. Trying to find a way out of helping the Council, Anya lands in a heap of trouble. A string of sacrifices that point directly to her. Now she’s on a path to discover a deception that could destroy the world as she knows it. With the life of her friends and loved ones on the line and Heaven and Hell on the brink of a Holy War, only Anya can put a stop to the apocalyptic nightmare. Coming in May. Sign up for Emails 

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