Monday, 11 November 2019

Never Forget


On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month we will remember them!

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

By John McCrae, 1915

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Etsy Finds: Bookish Gifts - Literary Emporium

I love looking for new fandom sellers on Etsy, there are just so many amazing creators making items from bookmarks to candles and everything else you can possibly think of. I've brought from a few of them over the last few years but for some reason I've never got around to reviewing the products here on my blog. I thought it was about time I changed that so keep an eye out for some random Etsy Finds posts over the next few months. I'll start by posting about products I've purchased but I'll probably branch out onto items on my wish list later on.


Today I want to talk about the store Literary Emporium (I originally purchased from their Etsy store but I've also bought directly from their website). They sell all kinds of fabulous literary products that make perfect gifts for fellow bookworms (or even as a treat for yourself!). You'll find items inspired by all sorts of classics from Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Margaret Atwood, Virginia Woolf and so many more authors and they sell all kinds of things including Jewellery, Enamel Pins, Notebooks, Pencils, Clothing and more.

I'm a HUGE Alice in Wonderland fan so that's what drew me to the shop in the first place, they have the cutest Alice items as you can see below.

I love this cute little notebook and the socks are adorable

These pencils are brilliant too!

They don't seem to have this notebook on sale any more 
but you can buy these fun bookish pencils

There are a lot of enamel pins for collectors to choose from but 
I couldn't resist this "Go Away I'm Reading" pin

Then there's this bookish necklace with a quote from Jane Austen

I've included links to each of the items above but you can buy all sorts of goodies from the Literary Emporium Etsy Store or directly from their website.

In the interest of clarity this was NOT a sponsored post (I will always mention it when I receive products for review). I purchased these items for myself and did not receive a discount or compensation for reviewing them here.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Review: Beauty - Lexi Blake

The princess in the tower

In one horrifying night, Bronwyn Finn lost her family, her kingdom, and the princes who had haunted her dreams for years. Left alone, years pass as she fights for survival and craves revenge against the uncle who took everything from her. But she’s never forgotten her Dark Ones. Now she hides along with her guardian, but the war rages ever closer.

Two dark princes

A tragedy marred Lach and Shim’s lives. The future kings of the Unseelie Fae are obsessed with finding their promised wife—Bronwyn. Lach and Shim have never stopped believing that Bronwyn is their mate. She is the bond that connects the halves of their shared soul.

A destiny that will change a kingdom

With the blessing of the renegade kings, Beck and Cian Finn, Lach and Shim begin a dangerous quest to find their bride before Torin and his hags take her life.

Across two planes, a war will rage. Lives will be lost. Love will be found. And the Seelie Fae will welcome their true kings home.

Re-released in a second edition. Re-edited but no substantial changes.

A Faery Story Series:
(Originally published under the pen name Sophie Oak)
Bound
Beast
Beauty

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Review:
Bronwyn lost everything the night her uncle invaded her home and killed her parents so he could take their throne for himself. Her brothers, princes Beckett and Cian, escaped but believing Bronwyn was dead they left her behind. She only survived with the help of the unseelie princess Gillian and the two have spent years in hiding hoping to find a way to escape and reunite with their families. Throughout her childhood Bronwyn dreamed of two men who she called her Dark Ones, they grew up with her and where her closest friends but their connection was lost the night she almost died and she has missed them desperately ever since.

Lach and Shim are the unseelie princes and symbiotic twins, one soul split into two bodies. Technically they should be fading away without finding their mate but they both bonded with Bronwyn across the planes the night she nearly died. For years the connection has been weak and they feared she might be dead but recently they've been able to connect with her through their dreams once again. Now they need to convince their father, and Bronwyn's brothers, that she is alive and desperately in need of their help. The seelie and unseelie must unite against the imposter king if they're going to have any chance of protecting all of the realms but it won't be an easy battle.

The first two books in this series were brilliant and my jaw almost hit the flaw when it was revealed at the end of the last book that Bronwyn was still alive. I couldn't get my hands on a copy of Beauty fast enough and I enjoyed every minute of it. We get to spend time with the previous couple and triad which was fun but I think Bronwyn, Lach and Shim probably had my favourite romance of the series. Lach and Shim have always known who Bronwyn was, in fact they sent their sister Gillian to the seelie court hoping to arrange their marriage, but things went to hell before anything could be arranged. Bronwyn on the other hand believed the guys were just a figment of her imagination so she gets quite the shock when they walk into town expecting her to marry them!

All three of them have very different personalities but put them all together and they balance each other out perfectly. There were a few frustrating moments when Bronwyn wanted to be allowed to fight for her people but the brothers wanted to hide her away and protect her but once they come around they're a force to be reckoned with. This book ties up the loose ends from the previous books, we've been building towards a war with Bronwyn's uncle for a long time now and it was satisfying seeing them all come together to take him down. It's been years since these books were first published but I'm really hoping that now Lexi Blake has made the decision to rerelease them that we might get an extra book with Gillian's story, I'd really like to see her get her own happy ending but I think enough hints were given in this book to give us a good idea how her life will turn out.

This has been a fun series to read and it's definitely one I'd recommend to paranormal fans who like a little Dominance and submission in their stories. I love how all of the books in Lexi's different series are loosely interlinked, and here we get to see a few familiar faces from Bliss and Texas Sirens but with a twist.

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Friday, 8 November 2019

Review: The Bromance Book Club - Lyssa Kay Adams

The first rule of book club:
You don't talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott's marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it'll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

Bromance Book Club:
The Bromance Book Club
Undercover Bromance (March 2020)

Visit Lyssa Kay Adams' website for more information.

Review:
Baseball player Gavin Scott's marriage is in trouble, he thought his relationship was pretty much perfect but after discovering his wife has been faking her orgasms for the entire time he's known her he felt humiliated and his first reaction was to walk away. Now that Thea is asking for a divorce he's realised what he's about to lose and now he's determined to do whatever it takes to get her to give him a second chance. The only trouble is he has no idea where to start. That is until a teammate steps in and invites him to a rather exclusive club. The Bromance Book Club includes some of Nashville's most successful men and one thing they all have in common is a wish to understand the women in their lives. They've decided that the best way to do that is by reading romance novels and they have a cunning plan to help Gavin get Thea back.

I love second chance romances, most books end when a couple gets married but meeting and falling in love is only a small part of a relationship, the hardest part is keeping that marriage alive. Thea and Gavin met and married very quickly after an accidental pregnancy, it's obvious that they were very in love but meeting, getting married and having twin daughters all in just over a year is a lot to deal with for any couple. Especially when you consider that Gavin's job has him travelling a lot and leaving Thea at home basically acting like a single parent. They love each other and they both adore their daughters but it's not so surprising that their relationship has hit a tough spot. Thea feels abandoned and uncared for while Gavin is hurt and humiliated when he realises that he's never really been able to satisfy Thea in bed and it's the final straw that broke the camel's back.

I really enjoyed seeing how hard Gavin was willing to work to win back his wife, he's really reluctant to even consider reading a romance novel at first but at the same time he doesn't want to lose his wife so he decides anything is worth a shot. The camaraderie amongst the guys from book club was just perfect, the banter had me laughing out loud and they made so many clever observations on Gavin and Thea's relationship. Thea was great too, she was learning to become independent and knew that she didn't need a man in her life to be happy but that doesn't mean she doesn't still love Gavin, she was just reluctant to let him back into her life in case she got hurt again. Once Gavin started dialling up the tension between them you could cut the chemistry with a knife and I was left wanting to shove the two of them into a bedroom together so he could practice his new skills.

It’s been a while since a book last kept me up until 5am but this was definitely a one sitting read and I couldn't put it down no matter how tired I got. Laugh out loud funny, great characters, a believable second chance romance and strong feminist themes, The Bromance Book Club has it all and Lyssa Kay Adams has earned herself a new fan. I'm ridiculously excited that the next book, Undercover Bromance, is going to be about Mack and Liv so it's an automatic preorder for me!

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Thursday, 7 November 2019

Review: The Toll - Neal Shusterman


The explosive conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Arc of a Scythe series.

It's been three years since Rowan and Citra disappeared; since Scythe Goddard came into power; since the Thunderhead closed itself off to everyone but Grayson Tolliver.

In this pulse-pounding finale to Neal Shusterman's internationally bestselling trilogy, constitutions are tested and old friends are brought back from the dead.

Arc of a Scythe Series:
Scythe
Thunderhead
The Toll

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Review:
Why is it always so hard to write reviews for books you love? Especially when its the final book in a trilogy where you are trying really hard not to include spoilers so aren't really able to talk about anything that happens in it. I really do find these reviews the hardest ones to write!

Anyway, The Toll picks up the story three years on from that evil cliffhanger ending of Thunderhead. Scythe Goddard has done exactly what you'd expect and tried to grab hold of as much power as he possibly can while blaming the tragedy on innocent people. The world is a very different place to the one we remember but what remains to be seen is if there is any way to pull the Scythedom back from the brink.

The book was pretty much non-stop action from the first page, there is so much we need to catch up on with all of our favourite characters but we also get to meet a few new ones and even if their importance to the story isn't immediately clear they all have a role to play. There are so many different threads in play that it's hard to see the whole picture but oh what a wonderful tapestry Neal Shusterman manages to weave by the end of the book!

This entire series has been a joy to read, I love the questions it made me ask myself, the hard look it takes at morality and matters of life and death, the way it sometimes pokes fun at current events in clever ways, the fantastic characters that we've now spent so much time with and the way it always kept me guessing about how things would end. I don't think there is anything I'd change about The Toll so I really can't recommend it highly enough.

Source: Received from Walker Books in exchange for an honest review

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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Cover Reveal: Of Flame and Fate - Cecy Robson


Today I am happy to share the cover reveal for Of Flame and Fury, Cecy Robson's newest Weird Girls novel. This is the ninth novel in the Weird Girls urban fantasy series, and the third in the Flame series featuring sister Taran Wird. If you haven't met this sassy, hot-headed, loudmouth sister yet you'll want to dive in and begin the series. Action-packed, fans of this series will tell you, it's addictive and you'll find yourself rooting for these flawed but lovable characters.

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Cover Design by: Sarah Hansen @Okay Creations


Of Flame and Fury
Weird Girls #9, Flame #3
Release Date: February 25, 2020
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Taran Wird, the loudmouth mistress of flame and lightning, didn’t want to attend the formal gathering of the supernatural elite. She did so only to help to unite the supreme beings in attendance in one common goal: protecting Taran’s sister, Celia.

Celia is pregnant with alpha werewolf Aric Connor’s child, the same child prophesized to save the world from uprising evil. Evil wants this child dead before he is born and, more importantly, before he can grow strong enough to stop it.

Taran and her werewolf lover, Gemini, put plans in place to protect Celia. Master Vampire Misha Aleksandr and his clan also swear their allegiance to Celia and vow to keep her from harm. The witches even cast protection spells around the manor to curse anyone with malintent who enters. Nothing was supposed to go wrong, except everything did.

Creatures that shouldn’t exist stalk the grounds and invade the premises, and every curse meant to shield the guests turns against them. No one counted on the powerful being who arrived uninvited. But he’s here, manipulating the magic enclosing the estate to work in his favor.

As body counts rise and allies become enemies, chances are Celia won’t survive the night. But evil never counted on how hard Taran Wird would fight, even at the expense of her life.

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“Emme,” I call out. I frown when the hall darkens and she appears to walk further and faster away from us. “Emme, don’t go without us.”

She takes off, running.

“Em,” Bren hollers. “God damn it, wait!”

Emme rounds a corner and disappears into yet another hall. I pick up my pace, passing a small meeting room. Emme is moving fast, too fast. What’s happening to her?

My steps to falter when the light scones dim further. I turn around, the rooms we passed are gone. There are no doors or windows, only a long corridor covered with dark paneling remains.

Everything feels off and I can no longer hear the gentle strut of Emme’s feet.

“Bren?” I say.

“She’s gone,” he says.

“I know, but—”

“She’s been gone a while,” he interrupts. He takes a long whiff. “That wasn’t her.”

“Excuse me?” I look back where I thought I last saw her. “Then, who was that?”

“Not Emme,” he says, the muscles along his jaw tensing. He clasps my left arm. “Come on. We have to find her.”

I double back and into a wall.

“What the fuck?” Bren snaps.

The hall narrows, swallowing what used to be the way out in darkness.

Bren’s head jerks up. “Did you hear that?”

“I don’t hear anything,” I respond.

It’s the truth. There is no sound. Just me and Bren and our increasing breaths.

“What do you hear?” I ask, keeping my voice low.

He closes his eyes, listening hard, the rise and fall of his chest growing more pronounced.

A light whisper of wind rustles from the darkness, intensifying into a pained moan as it reaches us.

“Aw, hell,” Bren says. “Stay with me, okay?”

“Ah, sure,” I say, trying to remain calm and more than failing. I turn around when something stirs behind us. “Do you think the spells are just surging now that Celia has arrived? They’re meant to keep her safe. Maybe they’re reacting to her presence.”

I whip around. The wall is gone.

And so is Bren.

I inch backward, my motions dimming the lights further. My right arm shoots up, lighting like a torch and sparing me from the blackness encasing me.

The sound of splintering wood has me lowering my arm. I jump when thin rivers of blood trickle toward my feet.

Blood is never a good sign. It leads from bad to deadly every damn time. Most would run at the sight. Me, being me, and knowing there’s no other recourse, I follow the tiny rivers.

I move carefully, not wanting the thickening fluid to touch me. Dark magic is particularly nasty and usually requires a sacrifice. This blood signifies more than death, it’s a trigger to whatever will fire next.

My light strobes in and out, in tune with my accelerating heart rate, and against the tiny rivers that expand into widening pool. The horrible silence resumes, adding an extra dose of eerie.

Don’t be afraid, I tell myself. It’s quiet. That’s all.

I don’t manage to convince myself. Not when the moaning resumes with the next step I take. It starts out low, almost imperceptible, swelling in volume until it’s loud enough to muffle my rattling teeth.

The temperature drops absurdly low. The chill of death is here, expanding quickly, mingling with spirits and dark magic, and determined to drag me to hell.

Son of a bitch.

I reach another wall, another dead end. I release a breath, cursing when more moans join the first, these much higher pitched and much, much closer.

Frozen fingers drag down my spine. I turn around, ready to blast whatever is touching me only to stop dead. The streaks of blood are moving, swirling in freakish directions to form letters and words.

N-Y-T-E-S…

My light shakes from my violent trembles.

A-R-E…

The letters darken to black, smearing the wooden floors.

C-O-M-I-N-G

I jolt when something crashes on the level above. I don’t wait for more of this twisted spelling bee. I take off in a sprint, shaking my right hand. “Get us to Celia,” I tell Sparky. “Get us there now.”

I just miss crashing into a wall that materializes in front of me. I shake my arm harder. I don’t typically order Sparky around. It’s not something I can do. As connected as we are, she’s practically a separate entity with her own set of rules I’ve yet to figure out.

“Come on, girl,” I insist. “Celia needs us.”

More by instinct than anything Sparky does, I spin, startling when a new set of words form along the wall.

NYTES

HAVE

COME

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About Cecy Robson:

CECY ROBSON is an international and multi-award-winning author of over twenty-five character driven novels. A registered nurse of eighteen years, Cecy spends her free time creating magical worlds, heart-stopping romance, and young adult adventure. After receiving two RITA® nominations, the Maggie Award, the Award of Excellence, and a National Reader’s Choice Award nomination, you can still find Cecy laughing, crying, and cheering on her characters as she pens her next story.

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Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Review: Shadows - Kristen Proby

From New York Times Bestselling Author, Kristen Proby, comes an all new paranormal romance set in the mystical city of New Orleans…

I am never alone. Not even when I am alone.

I see the unquiet dead, the souls that wander through the French Quarter.

They can’t move on, and I can’t stop seeing them.

I wear malachite for protection, and I control what I let in. It’s the only way to stay sane. Everything changes the day Cassian Winslow joins my ghost walking tour and knocks my world off its axis with green eyes the color of the stone around my neck.

An unspeakable evil is loose in New Orleans, taking young women and leaving a bloodbath in his wake. More shadows lurking for me. More unhappy dead. There might be a way to stop it.

Open myself up to Cassian.

If I do, it could spell his death.

But if I don’t, it’s mine.

Bayou Magic Series:
Shadows
Further titles and release dates to be confirmed

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Review:
Brielle and her sisters Millie and Daphne have always had strange abilities but it was only when they were older and able to escape the abusive home that they grew up in that they were able to find another witch to teach them how to use them. Living in New Orleans Brielle's connection to the dead has caused her no end of trouble and she sees the shadows of ghosts wherever she goes. It's only recently that these shadows have started to appear as real people that are able to communicate though and, with a serial killer targeting young women who look just like her, now they're reaching out to Brielle for help.

FBI profiler Cash is only in the city on forced vacation after working a difficult case but he's enjoying spending time with his brother and he finds himself drawn to Brielle from the minute they meet. He's not sure what to make of it when she mentions her abilities but when a young woman they've both met goes missing he agrees to help her liaise with the local police to try and help with their investigation. The two quickly find themselves drawn into a dark and disturbing case and it looks like Brielle may be a target for the killer.

Shadows is my first Kristen Proby book but it won't be the last and I'm already looking forward to getting to know Brielle's sisters better as this series continues. I found all three of them really interesting characters and I loved the different abilities they all have. They had a really tough upbringing but it just brought them closer together and there's a really strong bond between them. Since leaving their home they've built a supportive community around them and found other like minded people to learn from.

Cash was a nice guy and I liked how supportive he was of both Brielle and her sisters but if I have one complaint about this book it was that the connection between them was a little too fast. I found it hard to believe he would be so quick to believe Brielle about her abilities and thought he would have been much more suspicious of her claims, at least in the beginning. I think a slower build on their connection would have made their relationship that bit more believable but I liked the two of them together so that only bothered me in the very beginning.

One thing I will say is that Shadows was far more creepy than I expected it to be. We see parts of the story through the eyes of both the serial killer and his victims so considering how much he loved to torture people that did get quite dark and hard to read in places. I'm not knocking it because it was very interesting to read but I just think you should know going in that this isn't a light and fluffy paranormal romance so you're prepared. The mystery was good and I like the way things were left off ready for the next book in the series, it wasn't a cliffhanger though, more of a winning the battle but still having the rest of the war to fight kind of situation. The rest of this series is definitely on my wish list but I think I'm going to have to check out some of Kristen Proby's other books while I wait for the next one to be released.

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Blog Tour: Shadows - Kristen Proby


“Shadows had it all—a chilling villain, witches, spells, and a captivating romance!” - Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author

Shadows, an all-new spine-tingling paranormal romance from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby, is available now!


I am never alone. Not even when I am alone.

I see the unquiet dead, the souls that wander through the French Quarter.

They can’t move on, and I can’t stop seeing them.

I wear malachite for protection, and I control what I let in. It’s the only way to stay sane.

Everything changes the day Cassian Winslow joins my ghost walking tour and knocks my world off its axis with green eyes the color of the stone around my neck.

An unspeakable evil is loose in New Orleans, taking young women and leaving a bloodbath in his wake. More shadows lurking for me. More unhappy dead. There might be a way to stop it.

Open myself up to Cassian.

If I do, it could spell his death.

But if I don’t, it’s mine.


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Excerpt

“As I was about to walk down the street, I turned, and there was a shadow on the sidewalk. Just standing there. I’ve never seen her before.”

Her?

“Yeah, she was about my height. Very feminine.”

“Did she say anything?”

“Not that I heard. It just threw me because you know how careful I am about my route. I don’t like surprises, especially not like this. It’s creepy as hell. And, yes, I know I should be used to it by now, but—”

“It’s creepy, like you said.” She leans on the counter and bites her lip, thinking. “It probably means that someone recently died there.”

“I know that.”

“And now it’s a new spirit on your tour. Too bad she didn’t say anything. If she did, you could add it to your show. Could be fun. ‘Lucy was killed in this building three days ago, and her spirit now wanders the sidewalk in front of her former home.’”

“Talk about creepy.”

I sigh and run my fingers through my hair. “Did you sweep this area recently?”

“Is the floor dirty?”

I look at her as if she’s being obtuse on purpose. “You know what I mean.”

“It’s been about a week.”

“You need to do it again.”

Millie frowns, looking around the space. Her shields are as strong as mine, maybe stronger because she doesn’t just see the dead, she feels them, and that’s much more dangerous.

She fiddles with the amethyst around her neck.

“What do you see?”

I narrow my eyes. “I shouldn’t tell you.”

“I don’t want to look, Bri. I dropped my guard for just a second earlier and was slammed with the pervy thoughts of a nineteen-year-old college kid who couldn’t take his eyes off my ass. So, just tell me. Is it the little girl again?”

“Yeah. And she brought a friend.” I reach over to take my sister’s hand. “Don’t drop your shields anymore, Mill. Not for a minute. Ever. I know we live and work here in the Quarter because it’s where we make our living, but it could really hurt us.”

“I know.”

“I couldn’t bear it if I lost you, too.”

About Kristen Proby

Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

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Release Blitz: Twist of Fate - Jill Shalvis


We are beyond excited to be sharing this release from Jill Shalvis with you today! TWIST OF FATE is part of her Heartbreaker Bay series and it is releasing as part of 1001 Dark Nights. It just went live today! Check out an excerpt and book trailer from the title below. Click here to grab your copy now.

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About TWIST OF FATE:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes a new story in her Heartbreaker Bay series…

When the one you want …

Daisy doesn’t believe love is ever-lasting, so it’s ironic as hell that she parlayed a business degree into a wedding planning business. More ironic still is her latest job bringing her back into contact with the man who’d taught her that love can’t last.

Is the one you can’t have…

To say Diego has been taught the hard way to bury emotions is an understatement. But when he’s called home to help the brother he hasn’t seen or spoken to in years, that’s one thing. It’s another entirely to also come face to face with the first woman he ever loved. First and only…

Can love conquer all?

Daisy’s learned to depend only on herself, and Diego is and always has been an island of one. And yet when they’re together, even when they’re bickering, still wary and haunted by memories of what was … it’s magic. The question is, how to find their way back to each other…?

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

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Excerpt:

Wearing nothing but a pair of jeans and a bad ‘tude, Diego Stone lay on the sky bridge of his boat and stared up at the San Francisco sky. It was butt-ass cold, turbulent and moody, all of which suited him just fine.

He had no idea why he’d left sunny, warm, sexy San Diego.

Oh, wait, he did.

He’d received a text asking him to show up for his brother’s important, all-hands-on-deck wedding planning lunch that, as Rocco’s best man, Diego was required to attend. A text. And not from Rocco, but from his fiancé, Tyler.

Hands behind his head, feet crossed, Diego purposely relaxed his body one inch at a time. It was a technique he’d learned early on during a childhood as tempestuous and unstable as the sky above him.

A childhood he’d spent right here in San Francisco.

When he cleared his head the best he could, he rose to get things over with. Being back in town for the next week was going to suck hard, but he knew of only one way to get through shit, and that was to plow straight ahead.

As far as command performances went, he could’ve tried a little harder to muster up some enthusiasm, but after ten years of being an island of one, he was out of practice at the whole family thing.

The French House at one p.m., the text had said. And, apparently, his presence was both needed and required. Funny, because once upon a time when Diego had desperately needed and required Rocco’s presence, he hadn’t gotten it.

Damn. And here he’d told himself that he was over the past.

BOOK TRAILER:


REVIEW QUOTES FOR JILL'S NOVELS:

“Readers will enjoy this return to the small-town-in-the-big-city atmosphere that Shalvis has honed to perfection.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Red-hot passion that promises to last longer than the holidays. Bringing readers a tough outsider heroine and a hero whose wounds run deep, Shalvis (Playing for Keeps) knows how to write characters readers adore and keep them coming back for more.” – Library Journal starred review

“Shalvis serves up another rewarding addition to her Heartbreaker Bay series with a contemporary romance that deftly pivots between snarky humor and sexy romance without missing a beat, while also celebrating the power of forgiveness, family, and friendship.” – Booklist

“Another amazing installment in an already fabulous series by Jill Shalvis. Great read at any time in the series. Each story reintroduces some fan-favorite characters but absolutely stands on its own merit. Never too late to join the band wagon of Jill Shalvis fans and Wrapped Up In You guarantees membership.” – Fresh Fiction

“An uplifting tale of two emotionally wounded and like-minded souls helping each other heal.” – Romance Junkies



About JILL SHALVIS:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Monday, 4 November 2019

Review: Fantasy in Death - J.D. Robb

Murder did that. Took lives, crushed others. But why? Money. Jealousy. Revenge. Secrets. Passion. Whatever the answers, the method had been bold and complex.

They were best friends, driven by a shared vision to rule the world of virtual reality games. Their newest invention, developed to transport the player into a fantastical virtual world, is about to be launched. But suddenly, Bart, the brains behind it all, is found brutally killed - defeated by his own game. Their close-knit group is torn apart. Who could have engineered such a devastating virtual death?

Even Eve Dallas, New York City's most cunning investigator, is thrown. But as she peels back layers of secrets, revenge and misplaced allegiances, she realises the depth of the killer's master plan. And she knows his game is far from over . . .

In Death Series:
Naked in Death
Glory in Death
Immortal in Death
Rapture in Death
Ceremony in Death
Vengeance in Death
Holiday in Death
Midnight in Death (Novella)
Conspiracy in Death
Loyalty in Death
Witness in Death
Judgement in Death
Betrayal in Death
Interlude in Death (Novella)
Seduction in Death
Reunion in Death
Purity in Death
Portrait in Death
Imitation in Death
Big Jack (Available in the Remember When Anthology or separately)
Divided in Death
Visions in Death
Survivor in Death
Origin in Death
Memory in Death
Haunted in Death (Novella)
Born in Death
Innocent in Death
Creation in Death
Eternity in Death (Novella)
Strangers in Death
Salvation in Death
Ritual in Death (Novella)
Promises in Death
Kindred in Death
Missing in Death (Novella)
Fantasy in Death
Indulgence in Death
Possession in Death (Novella)
Treachery in Death
New York to Dallas
Chaos in Death (Novella)
Celebrity in Death
Delusion in Death
Calculated in Death
Thankless in Death
Taken in Death (Novella)
Concealed in Death
Festive in Death
Obsessed in Death
Devoted in Death
Wonderment in Death (Novella)
Brotherhood in Death
Apprentice in Death
Echoes in Death
Secrets in Death
Dark in Death
Leverage in Death
Connections in Death (2019)

Visit J.D. Robb's website for more information.

Review:
When Bart Minnock, co-founder of U-Play software company, is murdered in his private holo-suite it's up to Eve to solve the mystery. Computer logs to both the holo-suite and his home show nobody else entering or exiting the building but Bart didn't behead himself so it's obvious there is more to the story. Lots of the staff at U-Play probably have the skills to bypass security but it all comes down to motive, who has something to gain from Bart's death?

30 books in and I'm running out of things to say about this series but the fact that I'm still totally addicted to these books having already read so many of them should give you some idea just how fantastic it is! J.D. Robb has a way of always pulling me straight back into this world and I love spending time with not just Eve and Roarke but also all of the side characters from Peabody and McNab through to Feeny, Mira and beyond. I've come to know them all so well now that picking up a book in this series is like visiting with old friends, well apart from the murders anyway.

I really enjoyed the mystery of Fantasy in Death, the murder was extremely well carried out and the killer was pretty good at covering their tracks to make sure they wouldn't get caught. But Eve is always one step ahead of the bad guy, she's like a bloodhound and nothing will stop her from hunting down her prey. I'll keep this review short and sweet, this was another fantastic book in one of my favourite series and I'll leave it there because it's time for me to start reading the next one!

Source: Purchased

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Sunday, 3 November 2019

TV Trailer: His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

I have been a HUGE fan of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy ever since the books first released in the 1990s (shhhh I'm not really that old LOL) so of course I've been ridiculously excited ever since I first heard that the BBC were making an adaptation of the series. The first episode airs tonight (ONLY 2 HOURS TO WAIT!!!!!!!!) so I thought now would be the perfect time to share the teaser trailers and cast interviews I've been watching on YouTube.

This really does have an all star cast and the trailer looks absolutely incredible so I have crazy high hopes for the series. I'm really hoping that we'll get to see the whole trilogy brought to life!

The official trailer:



Everything you need to know about His Dark Materials (including interviews with cast members):



Adapting His Dark Materials:



On the very, very slim chance that you don't know anything about this series I'm including the blurb for the first book, Northern Lights, (which was published in the US as The Golden Compass) and you'll find links to my reviews of the trilogy below.

When Lyra's friend Roger disappears, she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him. The ensuing quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies - and where a team of scientists is conducting experiments too horrible to be spoken about.

Lyra overcomes these strange terrors, only to find something yet more perilous waiting for her - something with consequences which may even reach beyond the Northern Lights . . .

His Dark Materials:
Northern Lights (Released as The Golden Compass in the US)
The Subtle Knife
The Amber Spyglass

Visit Philip Pullman's website for more information



So who else is as excited for tonight's show as I am? I really hope they do the story proud but these teaser trailers have left me feeling pretty confident that I'm going to love every minute of it!

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Review: Beast - Lexi Blake

A playboy who needs to grow up

Fresh from his latest tabloid scandal, vampire playboy Dante Dellacourt has been given an ultimatum. Either he takes a consort and settles down, or his family will disown him. Unwilling to lose everything he has, he reluctantly agrees to find a wife. Marriage is just another kind of contract, after all. No one said anything about love being a part of the bargain.

An outcast who has only known hardship

Exiled by her pack, Kaja is a werewolf without a home. Her life was never easy in the frozen tundra she grew up in, but it was familiar. Waking up in a foreign landscape, surrounded by bright lights, loud noises, and far too many people has left her overwhelmed. Frightened and with no one to trust, she savagely fights to get free of this strange new world.

A passion strong enough to change them both

Called to defend the gnomes of the marketplace, Dante is almost blinded by the radiant light coming off the fierce werewolf. Kaja glows like no consort he has ever seen. Gorgeous and wild, she calls to him in ways he had not dreamed possible. For Kaja, she finds in Dante a man unlike any she has ever known. They could not be more different, but she finds him irresistible.

In order to claim his werewolf bride, Dante must first discover how to overcome their differences. Will he tame his ferocious beauty, or will she unleash his inner beast?

Re-released in a second edition. Re-edited but no substantial changes.

A Faery Story Series:
(Originally published under the pen name Sophie Oak)
Bound
Beast
Beauty

Visit Lexi Blake's website for more information

Review:
Vampire Dante has a well earned reputation as a playboy but his latest scandal is one two many and his family are threatening to disown him if he doesn't clean up his act and settle down. It's the last thing he wants so he makes it his mission to find a wife that his family would disapprove of so that they won't mind when he quietly sets her aside. Kaja is a werewolf who has been exiled from her home, alone and in a strange new realm where she doesn't understand any of the rules she feels completely out of place until she meets Dante. She feels an immediate connection to him but she is wary of letting him get too close and ending up with her heart broken, especially when she feels so out of place in his home. Dante may have gone into this relationship expecting it to fail but the more time he spends with Kaja the stronger his feelings become, now he just has to convince her that they could have a happy life together.

I loved Dante in the first book so I was really excited that we were getting his story next. He was such a fun guy who brought so much humour to the story that I was sure I was going to love him so it surprised me when I didn't warm to him immediately. I really struggled with the way he initially treated Kaja, yes I could understand that he didn't want a long term relationship and that he felt pushed into marriage by his family, but he chose to court her and knowing her history and the abuse she had suffered he was still willing to use her for his own gain. He came extremely close to crossing unforgivable lines for me but I should have known that I can trust Lexi Blake and he managed to turn things around just in time. Once we got the Dante I remembered from the first book back I was so happy to see him and Kaja making a go of things.

Kaja was a really interesting character, she'd come from a totally different world, one that was much more brutal and unforgiving than we're used to so her way of looking at things could be very odd at times. She was really sweet though and desperately wanted to fit in with Dante's friends and family, she just wanted safety and a place to call home really so I was pleased that everyone was so willing to welcome her and I especially liked the friendship between her and Meg. The chemistry between Kaja and Dante was great from the beginning but it was once I started to feel the emotional connection between them that I really started to root for them as a couple.

Alongside the romance we also find out a lot more about Beck and Cian's family and the war that their uncle started when he killed their parents and claimed their throne for himself. Things are really building to a head on that front and revelations at the end of this book were jaw dropping. I'm definitely excited for the final book in the series and I'm glad it's already been published so that I can dive straight in!

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, 1 November 2019

Review: Missing in Death - J.D. Robb

Aboard the Staten Island ferry, a tourist comes across something she shouldn't have seen - something someone needs kept very quiet. Soon no one can find her. But if she didn't jump, and she's not on board, where is she?

Homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called to the scene and is quickly faced with a shocking web of lies. With time running out and a deadly trail of intimidation and revenge emerging, Eve and her team must find out just what was seen on that ferry . . .

In Death Series:
Naked in Death
Glory in Death
Immortal in Death
Rapture in Death
Ceremony in Death
Vengeance in Death
Holiday in Death
Midnight in Death (Novella)
Conspiracy in Death
Loyalty in Death
Witness in Death
Judgement in Death
Betrayal in Death
Interlude in Death (Novella)
Seduction in Death
Reunion in Death
Purity in Death
Portrait in Death
Imitation in Death
Big Jack (Available in the Remember When Anthology or separately)
Divided in Death
Visions in Death
Survivor in Death
Origin in Death
Memory in Death
Haunted in Death (Novella)
Born in Death
Innocent in Death
Creation in Death
Eternity in Death (Novella)
Strangers in Death
Salvation in Death
Ritual in Death (Novella)
Promises in Death
Kindred in Death
Missing in Death (Novella)
Fantasy in Death
Indulgence in Death
Possession in Death (Novella)
Treachery in Death
New York to Dallas
Chaos in Death (Novella)
Celebrity in Death
Delusion in Death
Calculated in Death
Thankless in Death
Taken in Death (Novella)
Concealed in Death
Festive in Death
Obsessed in Death
Devoted in Death
Wonderment in Death (Novella)
Brotherhood in Death
Apprentice in Death
Echoes in Death
Secrets in Death
Dark in Death
Leverage in Death
Connections in Death (2019)

Visit J.D. Robb's website for more information.

Review:
Missing In Death is a novella available either as an individual ebook, or, as a bind up in print or ebook, that also includes the novella Ritual in Death. I read it as part of the bind up but I'm reviewing both stories separately as I'm reading the whole In Death series in order and read these stories weeks apart.

It's not often that Eve finds herself called on to investigate a missing tourist on the Staten Island Ferry but that's exactly what happens in this novella. She has a missing tourist plus a large amount of blood but no body and no clue who the potential murderer might be.

This was another great story in the In Death series, even with her novellas J.D. Robb manages to give us a good mystery and this one really tests Eve's sense of right and wrong. Perhaps justice isn't always covered by the laws she so fervently believes in. As with most of the novellas we don't see the whole series cast in this story but we do still have plenty of Eve and Roarke time, Peabody is on top form and even Somerset holds out an olive branch (or chocolate chip cookie in this case!).

Source: Purchased

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Missing in Death Kindle Or Bind Up Paperback / Kindle that also includes Ritual in Death:

October 2019 Recap


Books read in previous months but reviewed in October:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. Blood Engines - T.A. Pratt (Read in June, reviewed in October)
  2. The Kinsmen Universe - Ilona Andrews (Read in September, reviewed in October)
  3. Harry Potter - Creatures: A Paper Scene Book (Read in September, reviewed in October)
  4. Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts - Matthew Reinhart (Read in September, reviewed in October)
  5. Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros - Matthew Reinhart (Read in September, reviewed in October)
  6. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter: The Official Guide (Read in September, review coming soon)
  7. Harry Potter: The Marauder's Map Guide to Hogwarts - Erinn Pascal (Read in September, reviewed in October)
  8. The Orchid Throne - Jeffe Kennedy (Read in September, reviewed in October)
  9. Ritual in Death - J.D. Robb (Novella) (Read in September, reviewed in October)
  10. The Marquis and I - Ella Quinn (Read in September, review coming soon)
    Books read in October:
    (Links will take you to my reviews)
    1. Flash - Kit Rocha (Short Story)
    2. Seduced by a Demon King - Felicity Heaton
    3. A Little Bit Bad - Kit Rocha (Short Story)
    4. Makhai - Kit Rocha (Short Story)
    5. Promises in Death - J.D. Robb
    6. Blood and Ice - Ariana Nash
    7. Kindred in Death - J.D. Robb
    8. Wires and Nerve: Volume 1 - Marissa Meyer (Graphic Novel) (Review Coming Soon)
    9. Missing in Death - J.D. Robb (Novella) (Review Coming Soon)
    10. Magic Shifts - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    11. Magic Stars - Ilona Andrews (Novella) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    12. Bound - Lexi Blake
    13. Aurora Blazing - Jessie Mihalik (Review Coming Soon)
    14. Magic Binds - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    15. Guided Tour of Gibraltar - T.J. Finlayson (Travel Guide)
    16. Ronda - Jose Manuel Real Pascual (Travel Guide)
    17. Iron and Magic - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    18. Magic Triumphs - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    19. Reaper - Larissa Ione
    20. Angel Mage - Garth Nix
    21. Bishop's Queen - Katie Reus
    22. Fantasy in Death - J.D. Robb (Review Coming Soon)
    23. Shadows - Kristen Proby (Review Coming Soon)
    24. The Harp of Kings - Juliet Marillier (Review Coming Soon)
    25. Beast - Lexi Blake (Review Coming Soon)
    26. The Bromance Book Club - Lyssa Kay Adams (Review Coming Soon)
    27. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Illustrated Edition - J.K. Rowling & Jim Kay (Review Coming Soon)
    Other October Posts:
    1. Release Blitz: War of Hearts - S. Young
    2. Book Trailers: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Illustrated Edition - J.K. Rowling & Jim Kay
    3. Blog Tour: Seduced by a Demon King - Felicity Heaton
    4. Etsy Finds: Book Buddies - Melvis Makes
    5. Cover Reveal: Long Lost - Lexi Blake
    6. Release Blitz: Bound - Lexi Blake
    7. Teaser Blast: Bishop's Queen - Katie Reus
    8. Release Blitz: Reaper - Larissa Ione
    9. Release Blitz: Beast - Lexi Blake
    10. Book Trailer: The Tiger at Midnight - Swati Teerdhala
    11. Etsy Finds: Magnetic Bookmarks - HappyHelloCo
    12. Blog Tour: Reaper - Larissa Ione
    13. Release Blitz: Bishop's Queen - Katie Reus
    14. Book Trailer: When We Caught Fire - Anna Godbersen
    15. Release Blitz: Shadows - Kristen Proby
    16. Blog Tour: This Earl of Mine - Kate Bateman
    17. Release Blitz: Beauty - Lexi Blake
    18. Vuelio Top 10 UK Literature Blogs 2019
    19. Happy Halloween
    October Books of the Month:
    (Choices are made from books reviewed this month and the links will take you to my reviews)

    My top YA read in October:


    Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts by Matthew Reinhart (read my review here)

    My top adult reads in October:


    Reaper by Larissa Ione (read my review here)
    The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy (read my review here)
    Promises in Death by J.D. Robb (read my review here)
    I have to include the In Death series because I've been so totally addicted to those books recently, I just can't seem to get enough of them LOL.

    My Challenge Updates:

    Here are the 2019 challenges I've signed up for:
    2019 Read 100 Books in a Year Challenge - Read 200/200 - COMPLETE
    2019 British Books Challenge - Read 16/20
    2019 New Author Challenge - Read 20/20 - COMPLETE
    2019 Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Challenge - Read 96/100
    2019 Contemporary Romance Challenge - Read 20/20 - COMPLETE

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