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Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7) by Darynda Jones (Review)

19286674Title: Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7)

Author: Darynda Jones

Genre: Paranormal Mystery Romance

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Published: October 21, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

 

 

 

 

Synopsis

 

 

Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.

 

 

Karen Ponders

 

Just finished up the latest Daryenda Jones book Seventh Grave and No Body. This is the seventh full length Charley Davidson book in the series, and Jones has written a fast paced, action packed and gripping paranormal mystery romance.  The series centers around Charley Davidson ADHD  private investigator extordinaire.  She has a crime solving clear rate that is unparalleled, and she works as a consultant for the Albuquerque  Police Department.  She has been working for them a very longtime as her father is a retired cop and her uncle is still on the force.  You see Charley can see dead people, and they usually point her in the direction of the dastardly person who bumped them off, if they were bumped off.  Charley happens not to be psychic, or even dropped on her head as a kid, she happens to be the Grim Reaper, as in robe wearing, scythe carrying Grim Reaper, but not as creepy, kinda shiny and with a lot more ADHD involved.  She also has one killer sense of humor.  That sense of humor is what keeps these books fresh, as Jones writes her books with such affection and heart you can’t help to be swept away by plot and the characters.  One of the highlights of reading a Jones book is seeing what each chapter little saying will be, they are hilarious fortune cookies of fun.

Charley is surrounded by a cast of wonderful friends, family, ghosts and demons that make this and everyone of Jones’s books such a enjoyable read.  Throw in the scorching hot love between Charley and her demon lover Reyes Farrow, and you have perfection.  Charley has some of the best friends a Grim Reaper could want and her relationship with her BFF Cookie is true blue, hopefully nothing ever damages this perfect union.  Yes, I worry as no one or nothing is ever safe in a Charley Davidson book, as death comes to us all.

In this newest book The Dealer who was introduced in Sixth Grave and on the Edge, and is now a regular in Charley’s motley crew; we find out his name, Charley trust him and Reyes doesn’t.   Can anyone say conflict! During this read I wonder if The Dealer isn’t to Baby Farrow what Reyes is to Charley? Spin Off Series.

Reyes and Charley are together a lot in this book, and the banter between both of these supernatural beings is fantastic.  Even when these two characters fight, they do it with love.

As with all of Jones’s book Charley has several mysteries to solve, and also she finds puzzle pieces to the mystery which is her own existence.  The author leaves enough threads hanging to keep me wanting the next book, as I finished her latest, but she also gives me enough answers that I never feel created or strung along, like a addict waiting for her Charley fix.  Charley said it herself in this book she is addictive.    Warning, if you start this series you won’t be able to stop until you have scarfed down all the chewy, fluffy goodness that is Charley Davidson aka The Grim Reaper.

 

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NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.

 

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Release Day Event * AMONG MONSTERS by Jamie McGuire * Excerpt * Giveaway

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AMONG MONSTERS available on October 31st!
Title: Among Monsters (A Red Hill Novella)
Author: Jamie McGuire
 
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SYNOPSIS

Being thirteen has pitfalls of its own, but growing up has never been this hard.

Jenna had promised her mother that if the worst happened during her dad’s weekend, they would meet at Red Hill Ranch. When she finds seven words spray-painted on her dad’s wall the morning after a deadly outbreak, she makes a promise to herself: to get to the ranch with her seven-year-old sister, Halle, and to get them both there alive.

Among Monsters is the companion novella to Red Hill, both exploring from different perspectives what many broken families experience every other weekend: What if your children aren’t with you when the world ends? What would you do to get to them? What would they go through to get to you?

For Jenna, seeing her mother again is worth everything. Determined to keep her promise, she is faced with experiences and decisions that force her to leave her childhood behind.

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EXCERPT

“You’re scared. You’re too scared to keep going.”

“Honey,” Dad began.

“You had to walk one day, and you’re scared? You killed a dozen infected and walked away without a scratch. We hit a parked truck at fifty miles an hour and barely noticed. Why are you suddenly opposed to Red Hill?” I was trying to remain calm, but with every point, my tone got higher.

Tavia clasped her hands together. “We’re all scared—”

“Then, stay!” I said, my voice transitioning to a weird chuckle even though I found none of what they were saying funny. “You don’t have to come with us. But our mom is waiting for us at Red Hill, and that is where Halle and I are going.”

“Not today,” Dad said.

“Then, when?” I asked again, emphasizing each word.

“When I say,” he said, sounding final.

I laughed once without humor. “I’m not asking to go to the mall. We’re talking about Mom being alone without us! She’s waiting for us! Do you honestly think I care that you’re”—I used my fingers to make quotation marks in the air—“the dad right now?”

He stomped over to me and leaned into my face, taking me back to a time when my parents had still been married. “You’d better start caring. Just because it’s the end of the world doesn’t mean I won’t whip your ass!”

Tavia pulled him back, and he flipped around, picking up a pillow and throwing it against the wall.

She eyed Dad warily. She was now seeing the side of him that Halle and I were used to, a side that I had been waiting for since this began.

“Andrew, maybe you should take a walk and see if you can do anything more to secure the house.”

Dad turned to her, his face severe. The skin between his brows had formed a crevice, as deep and as dark as his anger in that moment. His hazel-green eyes burned bright against his olive skin. Just when I thought he would start yelling again, he left the room.

Tavia took a deep breath and held her hand to her heart. “That was—”

“Typical,” I grumbled.

“You fight like that with him a lot?”

“We used to but not lately.”

“He gets pretty mad, huh?” she asked, glancing at the closed door.

“He has a temper. He’s working on it—allegedly.”

“Is that why you want to get to your mom so bad?”

My eyebrows pulled in. “What would you do if you were separated from Tobin?”

She blinked.

“She’s my mom. If I scrape my knee, I call for her. If I’m sick, I ask for her. If I’m scared, I cry for her. If there’s an apocalypse, I’m going to the ends of the earth for her.” My eyes and nose burned. The sudden emotion surprised me. I wiped my cheek and sniffed, staring at the floor. “It’s forty miles. We can make it.”

“We…we don’t know if Tobin can make forty miles. Who knows how long that would take on foot?”

“It doesn’t matter if we waste time here. What were you two talking about? How to convince me to stay? For a few days? For a week? Forever?”

“No.” She shook her head. “We’re just worried about the little ones being able to make it that far. We need a car—or at the very least, a way to carry the supplies. I can’t hold Tobin all day long. I can’t run with him. It’s too dangerous to try.”

“I like you, Tavia. I’m not trying to be mean, but no one’s asking you to come with us. If you want to stay here, stay here.”

She was taken aback. “I know, but we can’t do this alone. We need one another.”

“Brad will leave eventually for Shallot. You need my dad to stay.”

“It’s not so different. You need him to leave.”

“But he’s my dad. I’m not going to give up on seeing my mom again because you can’t travel with Tobin.”

Tavia’s sweet smile fell away. She wasn’t being confrontational, but she did have the look of a mother bear protecting her cub. “Halle can’t make the trip either. You would be risking her life if you go, especially if you try something as ridiculous as leaving without your dad. We’re the adults, Jenna. He’ll listen to me.”

I took a deep breath and lowered my chin. Tavia was pretty intimidating. I thought about what Mom would say when I told her about this conversation later. She would want me to fight. She would want me to do anything I could to get Halle and me to Red Hill.

“My dad and I have had our ups and downs,” I said, keeping my voice low and steady. “But if you try to make him pick between you or me, you’ll lose.”

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Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with international bestseller, Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written apocalyptic thriller Red Hill, a novella titled A Beautiful Wedding, and the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy.

Jamie lives on a ranch just outside Enid, OK with husband Jeff and their three children. They share their 30 acres with cattle, six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

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ALL BROKE DOWN is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins, and it is the 2nd book in The Rusk University Series.

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In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love.

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

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5 out of 5 Bleed Rusk Red Stars

Reviewed by Yesi

Two of my favorite things in the world… new adult romance books and football! This Texas girl loves football and loves, loves, loves to read! All Broke Down has everything I can hope for in a book and so much more! I have read hundreds of new adult books and to this day Cora Carmack is still my favorite author in the genre. From the very first book of hers that I read, Losing It, to now the latest, All Broke Down, she has not disappointed me yet. Bad boy Silas Moore meets his match in activist extraordinaire Dylan Brenner and their connection couldn’t be more exciting!

“You’re really hitting on me? After we just met in jail?” 

“Is it working?” 

Gaaawwwd I fell in love with these two from the very first few pages! And YES, they do meet in jail. What are the odds of two very hot people being stuck in the same jail cell? You know what? Who cares! They meet, they banter, they connect, and then it’s time to go. Only Silas, who I originally thought was a jerk based on his character in All Lined Up, turns out that he is soooooo not a jerk at all. The unlikely circumstances that bring them together and the events that follow after, set up a phenomenal story. I love that Cora’s writing takes you to a place that you can actually envision and feel a part of.  Rusk University is the perfect place to relive your college heydays. Silas screams bad boy and good Lord you’ll want to be tangled up with him immediately!

” Only you would pick up a girl in jail.”

” Only I could.”

Silas and Dylan form an unlikely bond and soon embark on a hot, friends with benefits affair. He has secrets, fears, and insecurities. She has demons of her own but knows a good thing when she sees it and fights for it with all of her heart. She is feisty, quirky, and passionate. She is exactly what he needs. They are from different worlds but couldn’t be more perfect for each other. Unfortunately they don’t always see eye to eye, and that it is totally okay in my opinion, as long as there isn’t unnecessary drama and overkill on certain topics. I love that these characters are true to their age and whatever they encounter, whether together or apart, feels real.

“Don’t think, not this time. Go deeper. What do you want? Not what should you want. You want me gone, push me away. You want me here, pull me closer. Simple as that.”

I absolutely loved the push and pull of their relationship. From beginning to end, All Broke Down is filled with humor and light heartedness, angst and a little bit of drama, sexy dialogue and smoking hot scenes, AND all of that makes for a fantastic new adult story. This is Cora Carmack’s sexiest book yet and honestly, aside from Losing It, it is my absolute favorite book to date. Join the crowd at Rusk University, fall in love with these characters, and learn what it means to Bleed Rusk Red! It is the perfect book for this time of year!

” I want to make her come so hard that for the rest of her life, she remembers me anytime someone touches her. I’m going to leave my mark on her perfect body, beneath the skin where she’ll never get me out. I want to ruin her for anyone else.”

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EXCERPT

I bring the blanket back over with me, but he turns it down. I hug it closer to me and sink down onto the floor beside him. I lean back against the couch and stare straight ahead.

“I really am sorry. I promise I won’t make you—”

I don’t get the rest of my thought out because he sits up on one elbow, grips the back of my neck, and bends over to cover my mouth with his. His lips are warm, and when I don’t immediately open my mouth, he nips my bottom lip. I suck in a breath, and his tongue sweeps past my lips. My whole body braces for the onslaught that is kissing Silas Moore, but this time, he’s soft and sweet and patient, like we have all the time in the world. When I follow his tongue back into his mouth, he groans. The sound vibrates against me, and the sensation echoes out over the rest of my body. I shiver, and he pulls back until I feel only his breath against me.

“I told you I would shut you up the next time you apologized.”

He slides his hand around to cup my jaw and kisses me again. Once. Twice. And a third time. Hard. Then soft. Just my bottom lip. The corner of my mouth. His lips play over mine like he’s trying to uncover every possible way to kiss me and check them off the list one by one. I open my mouth immediately when his tongue flicks out, but I taste him for only a second before he pulls away, wincing. He falls back against his pillow, and I notice for the first time that one of his cold packs has fallen on the floor, and the other is lost somewhere in the couch.

“Why didn’t you tell me you were hurting?”

“Because then I would have had to stop.”

My heart is a spinning top in my chest, and now that he’s not kissing me and things are slowing down, I can feel myself about to topple out of control. I shake my head and get the ice packs back where they belong.

Now I just need to get everything else back where it belongs, too.

Except I’m starting to think that the idea of “belonging” anywhere is false. We go through our whole lives thinking that we belong in one place and not in another. We think certain ideas and actions have to be relegated to the tiny little boxes we place them in. What if we just react instead? What if we take whatever the world gives us and instead of focusing on what it isn’t, we enjoy what it is?

I lean back against the couch and don’t think as I begin to talk. I tell him about my journalism major, and how social media is changing the way news happens, changing the way the world interacts and reacts. He tells me about football, and how it’s been the only thing he’s wanted since a coach plucked him out of a standard PE class his freshman year. He pulls the rubber band from my hair, and I lay my head back as he spreads the long strands out over his chest. He combs his fingers through the waves carefully while he tells me about going to the state championship with his high school team and then losing.

“Before that . . . the world felt so damn small. Like a pair of shoes that didn’t fit right. We lost and there were all these guys on my team, some I liked and some I didn’t, and they were all crying and falling to their knees, and I was just standing there staring at the stadium around us, and all the people that came out to see these two tiny schools duke it out. And it didn’t feel like I lost. Instead it was like I kicked open some door, and crawled out of my cage, and could stand up straight for the first time in my life.”

“So that’s how you knew I was suffocating. That had been you, too.”

He picks up a lock of hair and twists it, and I shiver again.

“I think we were suffocating in different ways, but yeah. I guess that was it.”

His hand in my hair has me so relaxed that I could fall asleep right there beside him on the floor. I close my eyes and turn my head to the side to rest against the cushion. Quietly, I ask, “You don’t feel that way anymore?”

“I didn’t. But lately the world is starting to feel pretty fucking small again.”

“So kick open another door.”

He continues playing with my hair with his left hand, but his right slips down to drag a knuckle over my cheek.

“I’m trying.”

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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

 

 

 

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Press Release * THE BOURBON KINGS by J.R. Ward is coming in 2015

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#1 New York Times Bestselling Author J.R. Ward to Launch

Contemporary Series The Bourbon Kings in 2015 

 

New American Library Will Release First Book, The Bourbon Kings,

in Hardcover on July 28, 2015

New York, NY; October 30, 2014 – New American Library, a division of Penguin Random House, announced today that it will publish in hardcover the first book in a new contemporary series from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward on July 28, 2015.

Launching with a novel of the same name, The Bourbon Kings series will introduce readers to the Bradfords, a wealthy, aristocratic family in Kentucky who made their money from bourbon.

The books have already been optioned for television by Endemol Studios, the entertainment and production company behind the international hit TV series Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Wipeout, Hell On Wheels, The Fall and Peaky Blinders, among others.

Set in the heart of bourbon and horse country, The Bourbon Kings marks a departure for Ward who hasn’t written extensively about Kentucky, though she lives in The Bluegrass State and has deep ties to the surrounding community.

Ward said:  “The Bourbon Kings are just like my Black Dagger Brotherhood vampires, flawed heroes for strong women who live and love in a vivid, ever-changing world of passion and excitement.  Readers can expect the same big emotions, epic storylines, and soul-deep love stories in these books—as well as those signature, OMG, I have to know what happens NEXT! kind of endings.”

With more than 15 million of her novels in print worldwide, Ward is an international bestselling author best known for her phenomenally popular paranormal Black Dagger Brotherhood series about a group of warrior vampires.  Dark Lover, the first book in the series, was published in 2005, and reader reaction was immediate.  Just eighteen months later, the fourth book in the series, Lover Revealed, hit the New York Times bestseller list.  Since then, Ward’s novels have held the #1 spot on the New York Times hardcover, mass market, eBook, and combined print/eBook fiction bestseller lists and have debuted in the Top Five on the USA Today bestseller list.  Ward and her books have been featured in USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

“The Bourbon Kings has all the hallmarks of Ward’s hugely successful Black Dagger Brotherhood books—fascinating characters, compelling interwoven plotlines, passionate love stories—while also feeling completely fresh.  I’m thrilled to be starting a new series with the extremely talented J.R. Ward and am confident that readers will also find this one irresistibly addictive,” said NAL’s Senior Vice President and Publisher Kara Welsh.

The Bourbon Kings series will follow the Bradfords, those who work for them on their estate, Easterly, and several other wealthy Southern families involved in Kentucky’s bourbon industry.

 

About the Author

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with more than 15 million novels in print published in 25 different countries around the world.  Ward is a graduate of Smith College who currently lives in Kentucky.  Before turning to writing full time, she worked as a lawyer in Boston and also spent many years working as Chief of Staff for one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation.  Visit her popular website and fan community at www.jrward.com and facebook.com/JRWardBooks.

 

Rune

Promotional Event: Mist Unveiled (Elemental Desire #1) by Nancy Corrigan Introducing the Hero and Heroine, Rune and Cat, Along With an Excerpt and Awesome Giveaway!

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Title: Mist Unveiled, book 1 of the Elemental Desire series

Genre: Erotic Paranormal/Fantasy – Sexual Heat: Explicit M/F sex only

Publish Date: October 1, 2014

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Series description: The Elemental Desire series is a blend of science, global warming and Norse mythology.

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Synopsis

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Cat has one love in her life—science. Facts rule her, not passion. At least it doesn’t until an unknown deadly virus claims her sister’s life. Cat’s quest for answers takes her to Greenland and drops her into the arms of the one man who sways her devotion from logic to passion. Rune stirs her lusts, ignites her desires and fuels her carnal cravings, but he isn’t simply a lover, nor is he human. He’s a weapon, one that has the potential to save or destroy her.

Rune, a child of the mist, awakens into a world hovering on the verge of destruction. Rising temperatures have released his enemies from their frozen prison without his knowledge. He searches for them but finds Cat, a human with the power to save him and the world. He hungers for her—blood, body and soul. Every moment of shared passion convinces him of the truth—she’s his greatest treasure, one he’ll die to keep.

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“You let me sleep all day!”

He shrugged. “Yes.”

No explanation. No apology. No sign of annoyance that she’d fallen asleep on him or that he had to hold her all day in a cramped booth at a tavern.

He turned and walked toward the door. She grabbed his arm. “Why?”

He removed her hand but didn’t release her. He linked their fingers as if they were a couple and led her to the coat rack where her patched parka hung. He took it and helped her into it.

“You were tired and I wanted to hold you. You are beautiful when you sleep.” He lifted her hair out of the way and pulled the zipper. “It was a first for me. I found I didn’t want the moment to end.”

“I imagine it would be.” She peered into his heart-stopping face. “I can’t imagine any woman being foolish enough to miss out on enjoying your company. I’m sorry I did.”

“I’m not. I’m glad you were the first female who has slept in my arms.” He cupped her face and stared into her eyes. “I’ve never stayed around a lover long enough to experience it, but I think it might be my new hobby.” He dropped his gaze to her jacket and pulled the flaps over the zipper together. “As long as it is you I watch, that is.”

She glanced at his large fingers working the snaps on her coat. The irritation faded. Some other emotion replaced it—not lust or desire. She couldn’t label it, but it quickened her breath. “Oh.”

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Meet the hero of Mist Unveiled—Rune

Rune is a two thousand year old immortal. His species is linked to the elemental mist. As such, he’s considered a child of the mist and plays an essential role in the death and rebirth of the world known in Norse mythology as Ragnorak. The other essential elemental beings are the eldjötnar, the fire demons.

After a battle with the eldjötnar that results in the near annihilation of his kind, Rune made the decision that they would imprison their enemies and sleep the centuries away. It seemed a far kinder fate for his brethren who still mourned the loss of the women and children.

Now awake in a world that’s hovering on the brink of a catastrophe, he regrets many of his past choices, including the one involving his long-dead consort Malin, the human female who died days before their mating. Honor is an important quality to him and the other children of the mist. They strive to adjust to new any challenges and accept the consequences of their mistakes. So when he was ordered to mate Malin because of a mistake he made, he accepted the punishment as his duty and viewed her as little more than an obligation and someone to protect. Love never factored into his relationship with her. In fact, when she died, he never shed a tear.

His brethren labeled him ‘the cold one’ because of his lack of remorse. He never minded the title applied to him. It was true, and he often wondered if he was capable of any softer emotion. In his opinion, romantic love was weakness anyway. Breeders couldn’t take up the sword and fight. He’d rather remain unmated and cold than be responsible for another fragile female’s life.

At least he thought he would rather live out his days alone until a woman with raven hair and teal eyes warms his frozen heart. He’s left wondering if he can be the man he was always meant to be, and if can make the transformation in time to earn her love.

Meet the heroine of Mist Unveiled—Cat

Cat is a twenty-nine year old human. She’s a scientist who lives and breathes her research. Nothing else in her life holds her interest for long, including men and relationships. She doesn’t have time for them, not when there are answers to be found, and the lure of knowledge pushes her to hyper focus on work to the point where eating and sleeping become optional. She knows it’s a problem, but can’t help it. She comes from a long line of obsessive scientists.

In fact, her great-grandmother was a brilliant biologist whose research advanced science during World War II. Only, she made many of her discoveries while pushing the envelope of ethical behavior. Cat can’t help feeling as though she lives under the woman’s shadow. She’s also worries that she too will one day be tempted to utilize less than reputable avenues to get the data she desperately wants. Fortunately, she’s always had a voice of reason in her sister Janice. That all changes, however, when she succumbs to an unexplainable virus.

Cat is left with a mystery, one that has no reasonable explanation. For a woman who needs facts to explain her world, she’s left floundering. A trip to Greenland to collect valuable data doesn’t offer her the answers she seeks, at least not in the way she can rationalize with hard facts.

Myths, mysteries and emotions she’s never had to deal with surround her in the misty and cold land. Her reasonable, orderly world is thrown off kilter and the only thing she can rely on is a man who somehow accomplishes the impossible—he changes her focus from science to love. She’s just not so sure she can accept it…without facts to explain why she feels the way she does.

 

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 photo 7335900_zps66279485.jpg I’ve always been an avid reader and encourage everyone to escape the hectic daily grind with a few minutes a day in your favorite book.

I’m lucky enough to share my cat’s home with my three wonderful children, husband, dog and snake. When not writing, I work as a chemist in a pharmaceutical lab.

My passions beyond reading and family include music, classic cars, tattoos and animals (all of which have found their way into my writing in one form or another).

 One of the most common questions I get is: “Where did you come up with your idea for your book?”

Well in the case of Mist Unveiled, the simple answer is: from quite a few places. Mist Unveiled mixes a little of Norse mythology and a dash of my imagination, but there’s also some science twined into the storyline. For me, combining them was a lot of fun.

A documentary about global warming and the rapid melting of the world’s icebergs planted the initial spark. I couldn’t help but wonder what might be uncovered when the ice melted. I remember thinking about the Scooby-Doo episode I’d watched with my children when they were little about the caveman frozen in ice and how when it melted he came alive. That thought lingered in my mind over the following days. I couldn’t help but think it would make a basis for a great book. And when I read a science article about an ancient virus found in the Scandinavian permafrost a few days later, my imagination went wild. I became officially obsessed with melting icebergs and ancient secrets.

I turned my research to Greenland where icebergs are melting at an alarming rate and started to delve into their culture. It seemed a natural progression for me. I love mythology and building worlds from it is a lot of fun. Being that Greenland was populated by Vikings among other races, Norse mythology became my next focus, and the tale of Ragnorok, the Norse myth surrounding the end of the world, fit the current crisis of melting icebergs and global warming perfectly. From there, I selected my players and weaved a tale that grew from what I’d originally planned. I can’t give any other details away, but I will say that I’m looking forward to future stories involving the ancient alphas and their “unusual and unique” human mates.

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Release Day Launch * ALL BROKE DOWN by Cora Carmack * Excerpt * GIVEAWAY

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Yowza! We are extremely excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Cora Carmack’s ALL BROKE DOWN!! ALL BROKE DOWN is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins, and it is the 2nd book in The Rusk University Series.

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About ALL BROKE DOWN:

In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love.

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

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I think I get it then. That decision I saw in her eyes back in the kitchen. That’s what this, what I’m about for her, too. I’m just another part of whatever rebellion she started earlier today. About doing what she wants, not what’s expected of her.

“We’re not talking about me, though,” she says. “So you went to meet your friend, and then what happened?”

She keeps her eyes down as she picks up the gauze and begins winding it snugly around the knuckles of one hand, and then the other.

“He said the wrong thing.”

“Which was?”

“Dylan.” Now it’s her that’s pushing too hard. I didn’t want to talk about things with my friends, and I won’t talk about them with her, either, no matter how gorgeous she is.

“I’ll guess. You were mad about what he did, and he wasn’t sorry.”

“This isn’t middle school, Pickle. He didn’t hurt my feelings. He said some shit he had no business saying, and it pissed me off. The end.”

“But you don’t think some of that anger stems from what you feel is a betrayal of your friendship?”

She finishes taping down the last of the gauze, but doesn’t let go of my hand.

“I think you’re analyzing me again. Making things more complicated than they are.”

“And I think you’re just a guy who doesn’t like to admit he has feelings.” She drags out the word, teasing me with some goofy smile on her face. I turn my hand over so I can clutch her wrist. I curlmy other bandaged hand around her waist and pull her closer.

“I feel plenty of things.”

The teasing stops. She swallows.

“I wasn’t talking about that kind of feeling.”

With her standing and me sitting, I’m eye level with her chest. I see the sharp rise and fall as she sucks in a breath. I want her in my lap again, straddling me this time.

“Doesn’t mean we can’t talk about that kind of feeling. Or experiment with it.”

“Is that Stella girl an ex?”

I cough, surprised. My throat twists uncomfortably, and it takes me a couple of solid breaths to get a hold on myself.

“Ah, no. Stella and I have never dated.”

“Have you—”

“Do you ever run out of questions?”

“Not ever.” She turns playful again, and I’m done doing this the careful way. If she wants a rebellion, I’ll be the one to give it to her. I want her against me, and I’m tired of waiting.

I pull her forward, insinuating my knees between hers, and her body naturally follows, settling across my thighs. Her lips part, but she catches herself before she gasps this time. I keep her steady with my hands at her waist and say, “I’ll make you a deal. A question for a kiss.”

Tentatively, she lays her palms against my shoulders. They rest there, her grip light and casual. She ponders my offer for a moment, and it drives me mad that she can do that while our hips are inches away from alignment.

“Okay then. Are you—”

I cut her off. “Not so fast, Dylan Brenner. I’ve already answered one question. We’ve got to settle up first.”

I wrap her braid around my hand like I’ve been waiting to do all night, and I use it to pull her head back just enough that I can crush my mouth against hers.

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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

 

 

 

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Last Light (Night Owl Trilogy Book #2) by M. Pierce (Review)

19286534Title: Last Light (Night Owl Trilogy Book #2)

Author: M. Pierce

Genre: Sold as Contemporary Romance/Erotica, but so much more.

Rating: 4.25/5 Stars

Publish Date: October 28, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin Griffin

 

Synopsis

 

Matt Sky is missing. After a solo ascent of Longs Peak that left only a large blood stain, tatters of climbing clothing, and the tracks of an animal in the snow, he is presumed dead …

 

Hannah Catalano is guarding a secret …

 

 

Tensions rise, secrets grow bigger, and passions run deeper in the highly anticipated second book in the Night Owl Trilogy.

 

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Last year I wrote a open letter to M. Pierce about his book Night Owl. I don’t know if the author read it, or if anyone did. I read the book shortly after it was released and I wrote my thoughts and feelings, but I didn’t post a review until much later; life got in the way.  I did, however, tell everyone who would listen that they should read the book.

Now I have finished the second book Last Light in the Night Owl Trilogy.   The books starts simply

 

December is the cruelest month to die in.

 

That pretty much sums up the Last Light, Matt Sky aka M.Pierce, the character, not the author is dead. Or could he be both the character and the author? Or maybe M. Pierce is living on a speck of dirt that landed on a clover flower and is being held in by the trunk of a elephant. Damn. Sorry, I regressed and started to ponder the workings of the universe. Okay, back to the review. Anyone who read the epilogue of Night Owl was shocked to discover this event, and left many readers and reviewers reeling.

 

So fast forward a few months to Matt Sky’s memorial services and the hunt for W. Pierce the person who published Night Owl. Okay are you confused yet? Night Owl is also a fictional book in the book Night Owl and Last Light.   The book has gone viral and everyone is out for blood as this tawdry piece of erotica is expunging the brilliance that was M. Pierce.   The ribald read is selling like hot cakes, pirated and shared, all over the internet.

 

The book at it’s core is a love story, but not the safe type of love story some readers gravitate to. This is a messy love affair, full of lies, deceit, and sacrifice. A love that is all encompassing, and one where the other person is willing to do anything to make sure that the love survives no matter what.   What price would you pay for love, and what sacrifices would you make for that love and what lies would you tell for that love to survive?  On the flip side of this is the selfishness that sometimes comes with love, the need to be cocooned with the one you love, safe and protected from the outside world.

Both Hannah and Matt are evolving as characters. Their relationship with each other devolves and evolves because of secrets and lie.  I feel at times that Hannah slipped  in her sense of self.  I am assuming that the author has indented for this to happen, as this is not the last in the chapter written for these characters.   Matt is dysfunctional, but he is Matt, who else would he be if he wasn’t a mess.  Life is messy sometimes and so are the people in it.   If you want nice and neat don’t read M. Pierce.

Should you read M. Pierce’s Night Owl Trilogy Last Light, the answer is yes. I am not going to say that the book is awesome, cause if I hear that adjective used by a reviewer one more time I may puke.   If you want a thought-provoking read that might turn you into an author stalker, this book is for you. If you want fluff and bubble gum romance, then don’t read this book. If you are looking for complex characters with complex motives, then this book is for you. If you are looking for a cardboard cut out of Prince Charming, then pass on this book as Matt Sky/M.Pierce is too screwed up to ever be Prince Charming. Thankfully. If you are looking for a riveting plot that will keep you up all night reading, then this book is for you.

Do I have to agree with how the characters act in a book to rate the book a good read.  NO.  The author is the creator of the realm that he has thrust the reader into, it is not up to me to agree with the characters actions in order for me to appreciate the story.  Does M.Pierce push limits and take me out of my own reality, heck yes and that is why it is fiction.  Will some readers be pushed by this book absolutely, and it won’t be for everyone. But make no mistake, it is well worth the read.

I received a ARC of this book via Netgalley. Yadda Yadda Yadda all opinions are my own. It doesn’t happen too offend, cause I don’t kiss authors behinds.   If you are an author and want behind kissing find another reviewer, on another blog.

 

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I’m an avid reader and bestselling author living in Colorado.  I own a rabbit named Laurence (named after Laurence Sterne).

 

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