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Friday, February 28, 2014

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Ever After by Kate SeRine

Today I have for you the cover of Ever After, a fresh, fresh, fresh from the oven cover! It's so fresh that is Hot, Hot, Hot!. Every After is the fourth book in the Transplanted Tales series by Kate SeRine. 
Since the moment I read Red, first book in the Transplanted Tales series, I felt in love with Kate SeRine and the wonderful world she created. Kate SeRine took a highly used subject like fairy tales and made it unique, fun and highly entertaining. Each installment in her series is better than the previous one. Kate SeRine knows how to write and with her words she brings to life her characters. They are so well written they are some of my favorite characters ever; one of them is Gideon. Since the moment I met him I felt in love with him, he's not only dreamy, but smart and very loyal. 
I may have pestered asked Kate SeRine many couple of times for his book, luckily for me us, her readers, she listened to me us and is giving me us Gideon's story. 
Ever After will be release on August 21th, one day after my birthday. I'm sure Kate scheduled as a birthday present for me. 

Kate SeRine is not only a very talented writer, she's also a very generous one. To celebrate the Cover Reveal of Ever After she's offering a great giveaway, to participate you just need to fill up the Rafflecopter form at the end of the post.

Ever After
Kate SeRine
Transplanted Tales #4
Paranormal Romance
August 21th 


"To Catch a Thief…

For centuries, Gideon Montrose has served the King of Fairies without question and, often, without mercy. So when the King orders him to apprehend a notorious thief, Gideon obeys. But when he finally gets his hands on the beautiful culprit, Gideon’s in for a shock.

Arabella Locksley is none other than the spirited, unpredictable woman he knew back in Make Believe as Robin Hood — the love of his life whose tragic death destroyed his chance at Happily Ever After.

Now, he has an impossible choice. Betray the woman he once loved, or the king he’s bound to serve?"



About Kate SeRine:

Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) faithfully watched weekend monster movie marathons while growing up, each week hoping that maybe this time the creature du jour would get the girl. But every week she was disappointed. So when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed that her characters would always have a happily ever after. And, thus, her love for paranormal romance was born. 

Kate is the author of the award-winning Transplanted Tales series, available from Kensington Books. She lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Covers Revealed: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost & The Queen of Zombie Heart by Gena Showalter

One of my all time favorite authors is Jeaniene Frost. She's not only an excellent writer, but also a very nice person. Her Night Huntress series was one of the first urban fantasy books I read and since them I've been one of her most fervent fans. Sadly, couple of weeks ago she published the last book in her Night Huntress series, ending it in a very high note. The good news is she's writing a new series called Broken Destiny. Broken Destiny is going to be a bit different from what she usually writes because is a New Adult, but I'm sure it'll be as good as her other books.
The cover I have for you today is the cover of the first book in the Broken Destiny series, The Beautiful Ashes
The second cover I have for you is the cover for The Queen of Zombie HeartsThe Queen of Zombie Hearts is the third book in White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter. 

The Beautiful Ashes
Jeaniene Frost
Broken Destiny #1
New Adult
August 26th, 2014


"In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate. 

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. 

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn't: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…"




The Queen of Zombie Hearts
Gena Showalter
White Rabbit Chronicles #1
YA
September 30th, 2014


"I have a plan.

We'll either destroy them for good, or they'll destroy us.

Either way, only one of us is walking away.

In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice 'Ali' Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She's ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers; until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters; and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies and she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsible for killing and turning Cole's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima even sacrificing her own life for those she loves."

 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Top Off Tuesday: Reaver by Larissa Ione


As previous week, today I’m also participating in Top Off Tuesdays. Top Off Tuesdays 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.

The cover I have for you today is Reaver by Larissa Ione. Reaver’s cover is one of those Favorite³ covers. What does that mean? It’s a favorite series, a favorite book in the series and a favorite cover, so a Favorite³.

Larissa Ione is a master at storytelling; I haven’t read one bad book written for her, not even a so so book, all her books are great. If you haven’t read Reaver or this series (Lords of Deliverance) you are missing of some of the best paranormal romance books ever. 

Have you read this book? What do you think of that delicious chest, sorry, I should have said, what do you think of this cover?


WARRIOR OF HEAVEN

Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels-and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell-he's agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before . . . to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself.

ANGEL OF HELL

Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she's doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan's lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld's darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape-her newfound thirst for an angel's blood . . 
If you also want to participate head over to Felicia’s blog to share your link or just see which other blogs are participating. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Early Review: Loving Lord Ash by Sally MacKenzie


Title: Loving Lord Ash
Author: Sally MacKenzie
Series: Duchess of Love, book 3
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Zebra books (March 4th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
*Warning: This review contains spoilers*
“A Little Misunderstanding. . .

Kit, the Marquis of Ashton, is in a sticky wicket. He married young and for love—how naïve. He discovered his mistake the very day of his wedding, but he is saddled now with a wife he's reluctant to trust. And however much evidence he gathers against faithless Jess, he can't seem to prove her guilt to the final judge—his foolish heart.

Jessica knows she's bobbled her marriage, however innocently. A fairytale wedding makes no difference if she hasn't got the marquis charmed to show for it. Well, she's had enough of accidental encounters with naked gentlemen and near misses explaining things to her husband. It's time to buck up and go win her man back—even if she has to fight very dirty indeed.”
Loving Lord Ash is the third book in the Duchess of Love series by Sally MacKenzie.

After reading previous book in this series I was very intrigued about Lord Ash and Jessica’s story. In previous books was said they have been estranged for eight years, but the reason for this separation was never clear. In this installment we learned why Ash married Jess and left her in his estate soon after marrying her. My problem with this book started there. First, Ash found Jess in a very compromising situation with one of his friends, a guy named Percy. Ash’s reaction to this discovery is asking Jess to marry him. Really? You find a girl with another man and you ask her to marry you? 

Second, Jess is no noble born; she’s the daughter of the head groom of Ash’s parents’ estate. I can believe they grew up as friends, but I can’t believe the heir to a Dukedom would marry or would be allow to marry the daughter of an Irish groom and a seamstress.

Third, Jess has lived for eight years in Ash’s country estate; he has never gone to visit her or has communicated with her. During that time Jess has lived in the country estate with only male servants, something that fuels people speculations about her. Jess’ justification to this is that all the servants are gay, she feels safe with them, so her house has become a haven to them. It doesn’t help that Jess loves to paint and her favorite subject is the male nude form, and of course having all those males around her she uses her servants as models. Really?

After eight years of rumors and lots of gossip Ash knows he needs to solve his situation with Jess. He just turned 30 and needs an heir. With that in mind he decides to visit Jess to try to work on their problems. When he arrives to the estate without having been announced he goes in search of Jess and finds her in her painting studio in the arms of a naked man. Ash’s reaction is to think the worse, who wouldn’t? and lashes at Jess and leaves her behind after telling her he’s divorcing her. 

Jess wasn’t doing anything with Roger; he’s actually a noble, who is working as a servant, who is also her friend and of course is gay. Roger was consoling her because she was sad thinking about her situation with Ash and he was naked because minutes before she was using him as a model for one of her paints.
 
After Ash’s outburst Roger convinces Jess to go after Ash and try to solve their problems. She just does that, she follows Ash’s to an inn where he’s staying and convinces him to try to have a civilize relationship in which she can provide him with a heir. 
Ash’s accepts with the condition he won’t touch her for a month until he can be sure she’s not carrying another man’s baby. During that time he realizes people look at her with contempt and talk really bad about her, he also realizes it’s his fault and starts to feel guilty about his treatment of her. 
The hardest part for Ash is that after eight years he still has feelings for her, it’s the same case with Jess and despite all the rumors they are both still virgin. 

The story in this book and the stories in previous two books in the series happen almost simultaneous, but there were some very confusing time discrepancies with Loving Lord Ash in regards to previous books. I don’t know if people will notice this, I noticed it because I read the three books with very few days in between, so I had them fresh in my head. Maybe people who read the books with months apart won’t notice these discrepancies. 

As I said before I had serious problems with this book. Ash and Jess’s story is so farfetched that it was impossible for me to believe it, that made it very hard to connect with the characters and get into the story. 

The things I enjoyed about this book was seeing Ash’s brothers, their new wives and Ash’s parents. I also loved how Sally MacKenzie includes pets into her stories and gives them enough of a personality to make them as important as any of the other characters. 

Even though I had some problems with this book I still plan to read more books by Sally MacKenzie. I’m not sure I can recommend Loving Lord Ash, but I’m sure I can recommend first two books in these series and the prequel novella.

My Verdict: 2 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
The Duchess of Love (Novella)
Bedding Lord Ned
Surprising Lord Jack
Loving Lord Ash (March 4th)

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Movie Trailer: Guardians of the Galaxy


"From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team--the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits--Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand--with the galaxy's fate in the balance."

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Blog Tour: Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis - Review, Excerpt, 5 Things You’d be Surprised to Learn about Jill Shalvis and Giveaway!


Today I’m participating in the Blog Tour of Once in a Lifetime. The ninth book in one of my all time favorite contemporary romance series, Lucky Harbor. To celebrate the release of this new great installment I have something very special for you, I have “5 Things You’d be Surprised to Learn about Jill Shalvis”, my review, a fun excerpt, but that is not all people, I also have a great giveaway for you where you can win the entire Lucky Harbor series or one of five copies of Once in a Lifetime. To participate just fill up the Rafflecopter form at the end of the post.


Title: Once in a Lifetime
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor, book 9
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“SOMETIMES WRONG IS OH-SO-RIGHT

After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniels tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he’s back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she’s not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.

Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben …even though he has absolutely no idea what she’s done…

Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor?”
Once in a Lifetime is the ninth the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis.

Aubrey wants to turn her life around and after accidentally stumbling in an AA meeting she decides the best way is to make amends to the people she has wronged, for this she does a list, the only problem is that the list includes her high school crush, the dreamy Ben McDaniels.
Aubrey starts approaching the people of her list, not always encountering the forgiveness she seeks; still she is determined to finish her list.
Aubrey is also working at her bookstore, with the official opening just couple of weeks ahead she pretty busy. What Aubrey didn’t know was that her uncle and landowner contracted Ben to help her with the remodeling of the bookstore. Now she just needs to find the strength to be honest with him and tell him how she wronged him. The only problem is that there is an extreme attraction between them and she knows he will despise her when he learns the truth she has been hiding all these years.
Ben is trying to find his bearings after been away for such a long time from Lucky Harbor. When Aubrey’s uncle offers him the job of remodeling the bookstore he knows that is something he can do until he decides what to do next. The only problem is being close to Aubrey because to his great astonishment he finds her compelling and even though he doesn’t want to acknowledge it there is a strong attraction between them.
Since the death of his wife five years ago he hasn’t been involved with anyone and he’s not ready to do it now, especially with a woman like Aubrey whom everybody knows for her bitchy personality and troublemaker fame.
After expending some days with Aubrey and seeing her go through her list, Ben realizes everybody is wrong, Aubrey is caring, loving and just acted up because of circumstances people were not aware of. After learning this he knows his in greater danger of losing his heart to her.

For the last couple of books Aubrey is a character that has intrigued me a lot, I knew there was more to her than just her bitchy personality and I was right. Aubrey hasn’t had an easy life; people have judged her without knowing her and assumed the worse of her. She has had to deal with this since early age and has used “the bitch façade” as a way to protect herself, while inside she has been hurting and has always wanted something different in her life.
My heart ached every time a new truth about Aubrey’s life was uncovered. This made realize how easy is to judge people and hurt them without even knowing them. I can’t imagine how tough is must be to grow up in a little town like Lucky Harbor surrounded by people judging you and always expecting the worst of you. This only made me love and understand Aubrey a lot more.
Aubrey is strong, smart, caring and fun. One of the most likeable heroines I have read in a while.

I liked Ben in previous books and I liked him in this one. I liked how he cared for his aunt, Dee, when she was dealing with the cancer treatments and how he was there for his cousin Jack when he needed him. In this installment he is dealing with finding seriously attracted to a women for the first time since the death of his wife. That was not easy to come to terms with and is completely understandable. He was afraid of giving his heart because he knows the pain of losing that person you love. He made some questionable decisions and trying to protect his heart he hurt Aubrey along the way. Although I didn’t like what he did I understood why he did it. The good thing is that his stupidity didn’t last long. ;)

The chemistry between Aubrey and Ben is off the charts, when they are together the pages sizzle. They both are afraid of giving their hearts and seeing them fight their feelings was highly entertaining and hot as hell.

In this installment we also see how Jack, Leah, Luke and Ali are doing. I loved how Aubrey found real friends in Leah and Ali, something new to her. I also love how Jack had his revenge and mingling in Ben’s affairs as Ben did in Jack and Leah’s book (Always On My Mind).
Here we also see some glimpses of Ben’s friend, Sam. We don’t know much about him; we know he’s quiet, a good friend, and no much more. Sam will be the male protagonist in the next installment in the series, It’s in His Kiss.

After nine installments is not easy to keep a series fresh and consistently good, but Jill Shalvis is a master at her craft and she does it once again in Once in a Lifetime.

With well-crafted characters, engaging story and a beautiful setting Once in a Lifetime is the perfect example of what I look in a contemporary romance. If you want to read a fun, sweet, hot and all around endearing story Once in a Lifetime is the book you want.
I’m looking forward to August 26th to the release of It’s in His Kiss. I can’t wait to read Sam’s story.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Simply Irresistible
The Sweetest Thing
Head Over Heels
Lucky in Love
At Last
Forever and a Day
Always On My Mind
Once in a Lifetime
It’s in His Kiss (August 26th)

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5 Things You’d be Surprised to Learn about Jill Shalvis
1. I really do eat a lot of cookies
2. We really do get a lot of bears in our trash
3. Frat Boy really is named Frat Boy
4. I can’t spell to save my life.
5. And I hardly ever really use real life people in my books.

I’m sure Jill Shalvis is not the only one who eats a lot of cookies; I might also be known as the Cookie Monster, especially if they are Girls Scouts Samoas cookies.
If I’m honest, number 4 made me feel a bit better about my “limitations” with the English language. Thank you Mrs. Shalvis.


About Jill Shalvis:

New York Times 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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Excerpt:
Aubrey got a look at the man she’d inadvertently drenched and stopped breathing. Oh, God. Had she really thought her day couldn’t get any worse? Why would she tempt fate by even thinking that? Because of course things had gotten worse. They always did.

Ben McDaniel slowly stood up from his barstool, dripping vodka from his hair, eyelashes, nose… He was six feet plus of hard muscles and brute strength on a body that didn’t carry a single extra ounce of fat on him. For the past five years, he’d been in and out of a variety of Third World countries designing and building water systems with the Army Corp of Engineers. His last venture had been for the Department of Defense in Iraq, which Aubrey only knew because Lucky Harbor’s Facebook page was good as gospel.

He swiped his face with his arm, deceptively chill and laid-back.

In truth, he was about as badass as they came.

Aubrey should know, she’d seen him in action. But she managed to meet his gaze. Cool, casual even. One had to be with Ben, the man could spot a weakness a mile away. “I’m sorry,” she said.
“Are you?”

She felt herself flush. He’d always seemed to see right through her. And she was pretty sure he’d never cared for her. He had good reason for that, she reminded herself. He just didn’t know the half of it. “Yes, I am sorry,” she said. Her heart was pounding so loudly she was surprised she could hear herself speak. “Are you okay?”

He ran his fingers through a sexy disorder of sun-streaked brown hair. His eyes were the same color, light milk chocolate marbled with gold caramel. It was hard to make such a warm-colored gaze seem hard, but Ben managed it with no effort at all. “Need to work on your aim,” he said.

Good luck to you all!


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Covers of the World: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

One of my favorite audiobooks from 2013 was Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. The audiobook is narrated by (the amazing) Khristine Hvam. This audiobook was so good I listened to the next audiobook, Days of Blood and Starlight, immediately. The third and last book in this trilogy, Dreams of Gods & Monsters, will be release on April 8th and it's my most awaited audiobook of the year. Yes people, this series is that good.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone is a YA fantasy book that will satisfy teens and adults alike. 
Daughter of Smoke & Bone has over 75 editions, some of those covers are very similar and others are completely different. Here are some of them:

  
1. US first and second editions.

 
2. UK first and second editions.

  
3. Spanish, Turkish and Russian editions.

  
4. Polish, Norwegian and Lithuanian editions. 

  
5. Slovak, Indonesian and Chinese editions.

  
6. Korean, Czech and Dutch editions.

 
7. Italian and German editions.

 
8. Greek and French editions. 

As you can see there is a great variety of covers. From them my favorites are the German edition and UK second edition. I think the German cover is super pretty. I liked the UK second edition because it represents really well what happens in the book, but I know that for those who haven't read the book it wouldn't have the same impact that it has on me.  The Dutch cover is also not bad.
The most predominant covers with the blue mask are kind of okay, but they are not great. My favorite from them is the US second edition.
My least favorite are the last two covers, the Greek and French edition, they are just bad. I don't know what the Greek cover is trying to portrait and the French cover looks cheap and unfinished.

Have you read this book? What do you think of these covers? 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Top Off Tuesday: Cold Iron by D.L. McDermott


Usually on Tuesdays I have a Hot-Hot Hottie for you, today I decided to do something different and join Felicia from The Geeky Book Blogger's Book Blog, Amanda from On a Book Bender, and Christi from Smitten with Reading in a feature they host every Tuesday, Top Off Tuesdays. 
The idea is to share the cover of a book with a "Top Off" that caught my attention, it doesn't matter if it's an old, recently release or not yet release book. It also doesn't matter if it's a very hot cover or one that made me roll my eyes, it just has to be a Top Off cover. 
The cover I have for you today is the cover of Cold Iron by D.L. McDermott. I decided to share this cover because I really like it. Actually, I read the book because the cover caught my attention. I know the sword is covering part of the chest, but I think it gives it a stronger appeal. What do you think? 


The Fae, the Good Neighbors, the Fair Folk, the Aes Sídhe, creatures of preternatural beauty and seduction. Archaeologist Beth Carter doesn’t believe in them. She’s always credited her extraordinary ability to identify ancient Celtic sites to hard work and intuition—until she discovers a tomb filled with ancient treasure but missing a body. Her ex-husband, the scholar who stifled her career to advance his own, is unconcerned. Corpses don’t fetch much on the antiquities market. Gold does. Beth knows from past experience that if she isn’t vigilant, Frank will make off with the hoard.

So when a man—tall, broad shouldered, and impossibly handsome—turns up in her bedroom claiming to be the tomb’s inhabitant, one of mythic god-kings of old Ireland, Beth believes it is a ploy cooked up by her ex-husband to scare her away from the excavation.

But Conn is all too real. Ancient, alien, irresistible, the Fae are the stuff of dreams and nightmares, their attentions so addictive their abandoned human lovers wither and die. And this one has fixed his supernatural desire on Beth.
If you also want to participate head over to Felicia’s blog to share your link or just see which other blogs are participating. 

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