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Monday, October 20, 2014

Tour Stop, Early Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones

Today is your lucky day, as part of the Promo Tour for Seventh Grave and No Body I have many Great things to share with you, starting with my review and continuing with an excerpt, so you can see the awesome-hotness-sauce that is Charley and Reyes together. *swoon* But that is not all, I also have two giveaways for you, in the last one you can vote for my blog. What are you waiting? Go and vote for me! Thank you for your support. 

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Title: Seventh Grave and No Body
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson, book 7
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Review copy from publisher
“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 fiancĂ© 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.”
Seventh Grave and No Body is the seventh book in the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones.

Charley is dealing with the news she got in previous book and trying to make changes in her life to accommodate her new circumstances, one of them is having a healthier diet, one that doesn’t include coffee and as we know Charley without coffee is a terrifying sight.
If dealing with caffeine withdrawal wasn’t enough to get a girl crazy, Charley also has the constant overbearing company of Reyes, who hasn’t left her side since the moment they learned the Twelve were after Charley. Charley understands his need to protect her, but she needs space to breath and to do her work, especially when she has couple of cases that need her attention. Luckily for her she has Cookie, her amazing assistant/best friend who supports and helps her in all her endeavors. And Cookie knows how to make Charley’s life easier.

Seventh Grave and No Body has everything I love from previous books, a kickass heroine, a swoon worthy hero, a superb cast of supporting characters, and enough action to keep you entertained from beginning to end, all that balanced with the perfect amount of humor and many laughing out loud moments to make the reading experience an unforgettable one.

In Seventh Grave and No Body we see Charley coming into some of her powers, we also see her discovering new things from her heritage and some new truths about the prophecy she is supposed to fulfill.

Darynda Jones doesn’t shy away in this installment, with some unexpected deaths is easy to see she’s not afraid of hurting her characters. Although I applaud her courage, I can’t help but be worried for what is to come in future books.

Seventh Grave and No Body is everything I was expecting it to be and more. It not only made me love this series even more (I didn’t know it was possible), it also made me want to listen to the audiobooks, something I’m currently doing.

Seventh Grave and No Body is a must read for fans of this series. Even though it could be read as a stand alone I don’t recommend you to do that, to get the full effect of the Charley Davidson series you need to read these books in order, starting with First Grave on the Right and continuing from there on. If you haven’t read this series what’s wrong with you you need to fix that soon because you are missing one of the most brilliant urban fantasy series in the market.

To say I’m eagerly waiting for the release of next book in this series, Eighth Grave After Dark, is the understatement of the year. May 19th, 2015 can’t come soon enough.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Third Grave Dead Ahead
Seventh Grave and No Body (October 21st)
Eighth Grave After Dark (May 19th, 2015)


Excerpt:

Still covered in duct tape, he turned on his side to face me, his flesh straining against the binds. “You would tell me if something were wrong, right?”
“What do you mean? Of course, I would.”
“So, if you knew something could happen to you, you’d let me know.”
Where was he going with this? “Yes. Nothing is going to happen to me. Well, unless the Twelve get ahold of me. Other than that, I should be fine.”
He nodded in thought.
“Reyes, what is it?”
“I think you keep secrets from me.”
“You keep secrets from me,” I said, teasing. “Seems only fair.”
He leaned forward and nibbled on my ear. “We can decide who gets to keep secrets and who doesn’t later. Until then, want to do it?”
“Reyes!” I said, appalled. “You just had your arm nearly ripped off at the shoulder.” That and the fact that a grown man asking me if I wanted to “do it” was hilarious.
“We can still do it.”
I giggled. “No, we can’t.”
“I’m very creative with my mouth.”
“I am well aware of that.”
“You should sit on my face.”
A bubble of laughter escaped again. “I am not sitting on your face. Oh, my god.”
“Just sit on my face. I’ll make all your dreams come true.”
“You really need to practice humility,” I said.
“Humility is overrated.”
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Meet Darynda Jones:

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.



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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Movie Trailer: Foxcatcher


Mark Schultz, despite having won a gold medal for wrestling at the 1984 Olympics, lives in the shadow of his accomplished older brother, Dave. Mark seems to have found his own path when multimillionaire John E. du Pont invites Mark to to train as part of a national U.S. wrestling team preparing for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Du Pont's training is relentless and his philosophy strident, but Mark wants to please him nonetheless. But when Dave arrives to much fanfare to join Team Foxcatcher, Mark finds himself relegated to the shadows once again, while DuPont begins to unravel. Based on a true story.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Short Review: Loop by Karen Akins


Title: Loop
Author: Karen Akins
Series: Loop, book 1
Genre: YA, Time Travel, Sci-Fi
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.

After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.

Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.

But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future.
Loop is the first book in the Loop series by Karen Akins.

I saw the cover for Loop and fell in love... Such a beautiful cover… Yes, I know, I’m a book cover whore, but it was not only the cover, I read the blurb and knew I have to read this book… Sadly, yes, here we come to the sadly part… Loop was a big disappointment, so much, I considered DNF-ing it couple of times, but I forced myself to keep reading, thinking it might get better, but at 66% it was still a big let down, so much I ended up skimming over it, until after couple of days, yes, couple of days, I finally reached the final page.

Why I didn’t like it? I had problems with the characters, with the plot, with the world building, with everything. I didn’t like Bree and you know you have a big problem when you can’t stand the heroine. The story is packed with contradictions and the world building is full of potential, but it stays there, in potential. The idea of time traveling, with only few people (an inherited gene) capable of doing it is great, but the development of the story felt short.

I’m not planning to continue with this series. If I’m honest I could care less what happened with Bree and the rest of the cast. Loop could have been an awesome book, but sadly, it wasn’t… at least not for me.

My Verdict: 2 ½ Stars

Other books in the series
Loop (October 21st)
Twist (March 31st, 2015)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Review: Beneath the Scars by Melanie Moreland


Title: Beneath the Scars
Author: Melanie Moreland
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Melanie Moreland
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
The sound of the ocean, the crash of the waves as they kick up against the sand and rocks—these are the only sounds Megan Greene wants to hear. She wants to leave the rest of the world behind, and find some peace.

The offer of a private house on the beach, set in a small town in Maine, is perfect. Time to think—to be by herself. It’s all she wants. It’s the escape she needs.

Until she stumbles across the painting that seems to echo her own chaotic mindset.

Until she meets the unfriendly artist behind the stormy painting and discovers his secrets.

All Zachary Adams wants is to be left alone. His canvases, and the unending scope of the ocean and sand, are his life. They direct him—fill his hours. Bring him focus.

Until she enters his life.

She dredges up memories of the past—the haunting images he has hidden for years; the fears he has never shared.

A story he keeps buried below the surface.

Can she make him see what he is missing? Can he trust her enough to believe?

Together they embark on a journey where their pasts collide and threaten to tear them apart.

Will their fragile bond hold or wash away with the ebbing tide?
There were things I liked about Beneath the Scars and others I didn’t like much. I liked the setting, I like the idea of a modern version of the beauty and the beast story, and I liked how friendships were portrayed. My problems were with the main characters, with the insta-love, and with the conflict in the story; let me explain more.

After a big scandal, that involves her ex-boyfriend, Megan Green left Boston behind and found refuge in the small town of Cliff’s Edge on the coast of Maine. Soon after arriving she is intrigued by her neighbor, Zachary Adams. For over ten years Zachary has been hiding from society, living like a hermit. Until the day Megan comes calling to his door and breaks all his imposed rules… and “of course”, after couple of encounters (a week or so) they fall in love.
Apart from the insta-love my problem with Megan is that it was hard to believe that a woman who just has been scorned by her boyfriend can not only be interested in another man, but also chases after him until he succumbs to her charms. No, no and no!

Now let’s talk about Zachary. The guy is scarred inside and out and instead of looking for help he just hide behind the walls of his house. I felt bad for him, but at the same time he annoyed the hell out of me. He couldn’t believe why a woman like Megan was interested in him. His insecurities, although reasonable, made it impossible for me to believe in their HEA.

And now we have come to the conflict in the story. I knew everything couldn’t be love and happiness, but the conflict was something I hate (in books and in real life) and that is “lack of communication”. Why I hate it? Because it is something easily avoidable, they just need to talk!

Melanie Moreland’s writing is very vivid and brings to life the town of Cliff’s Edge. The secondary characters made of a nice supporting cast in page and in the story. I really liked their friendship and how supporting they were of Megan and Zachary respectively.

Beneath the Scars by Melanie Moreland is a book about redemption, second chances and the power of love. Aside from the things I didn’t like I can honestly say I enjoyed reading Beneath the Scars, so much I was somehow able to overlooked the problems and submerged completely in the story.

Beneath the Scars was my first book by Melanie Moreland, but I’m sure it won’t be my last.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Top Off Tuesday: The Billionaire Cowboy by Mandy Baxter


Today is Tuesday! You know what that means? Yes, today is that special day in the week when we can treat our eyes to some delicious eye candy. It’s Top Off Tuesday! Top Off Tuesday is a feature hosted by Felicia from The Geeky Book Blogger's Book Blog, Amanda from On a Book Bender, and Christi from Smitten with Reading.

I have a very sexy cover for you today, it’s the cover for The Billionaire Cowboy. The Billionaire Cowboy is the first book in the Billionaire's Club by Mandy Baxter (Amanda Bonilla). This book was released last week. I haven’t read it, but I have it and I’m planning to read it soon, very soon.

Billionaire Ryder Blackwell has got it all under control. The wealthiest cattle baron this side of the Mississippi, he’s built an empire for himself in hopes of getting distance from a tortured past. But when a stunningly sexy—and strong-willed—new vet comes to town just in time for Christmas, Ryder knows he’s met the one spirit he just can’t tame…Lara Montgomery doesn’t want to be involved with any man, least of all the rich, infuriating, and unbearably sexy Ryder Blackwell. She vows never to tangle with the charming rancher, but when he offers her the ultimate deal—one weekend at his ranch in exchange for a near-priceless horse—Lara cannot refuse. And as the nights get colder and their attraction gets hotter, Lara’s about to get all she’s ever wanted for Christmas…
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Spotlight & Giveaway: Desert Bound by Elizabeth Hunter


Desert Bound
Elizabeth Hunter
Cambio Springs series # 2
October 14, 2014
Paranormal Romance
Can you turn the clock back on your first love? Would you even want to try?

Alex McCann and Teodora "Ted" Vasquez left Cambio Springs together. Ted came back. Alex didn't.

Now, years later, the future alpha of the McCann wolves has returned with plans to bring new life to the dying desert community. Plans that could change everything for the isolated enclave of shapeshifters in the California desert. Some love the plan. Others hate it.

As the town's doctor and one of the strongest daughters in the cat clan, Ted has her own concerns about exposing her community to outsiders. The two former lovers are at each other's throats. And everyone is watching to see what happens.

But when murder once again strikes Cambio Springs, can they overcome their past to help the community they both call home? And can the love they shared once burn again when so many stand against it?


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About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. Thankfully, people now pay her to write books and eighth-graders everywhere rejoice.

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two dogs, many plants, and a sadly dwindling fish tank. She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, the Irin Chronicles, and other works of fiction.




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