Special Edition: I See You by Frantiska Oliver

And here ya go folks, Frantiska Oliver’s I See You:

With shape-shifting abilities, Haven sets out on a path of revenge against child predators, while she searches for the monster who ripped away her innocence, murdered her trust and abused her body. Hoping one day she will come eye to eye with the man who stole from her the only thing that cannot be given back or replaced. But, when she discovers Cassidy and her mysterious Uncle Bryce, Haven’s world of secrecy is exposed. Her solitude life is challenged and the protective walls she built around her scarred heart begin to crumble. Tossing her into uncharted territory and reminding her of forgotten dreams. Struggling with the haunting memories of her past, the inability to trust and the hideous reality of abuse, Haven is thrown into a battle she never expected to fight and feelings she didn’t want to face. But, one question remains. Can a damaged shifter learn to trust and love again? Or, will it destroy what little is left of her shattered heart and allow the shadows of her past the control they relentlessly seek?

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Frantiska Oliver currently resides in Texas with her husband, Billy, and their two children. Along with being a full time mom, she is also a part-time veterinary technician and will do almost anything to help an animal in need. Her love for fantasy and science fiction books inspired her to write her first debut novel, Never Forget the Past. Still to this day, when the sun sets and the stars appear, you will find her on the back porch with a notebook and pen writing about the adventures manifesting within her head.

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We’ve got company! Guest Review of The Bridal Chair

Every once in a while we like to recruit others for help with reviews, and this is the first installment in the We’ve got company! series.  Today we’re joined by Ewelina Rutyna of Heavenly Good Books

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The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich is telling us a story about life of an artist, Marc Chagall, through the eyes of his daughter, Ida.

Ida is describing her eccentric father, his artistic way of living and also her overprotective parents. As the story progresses, we can see that the author tries to show the reader through the eyes of young Ida the scenery of politics, art, culture of france and USA during the War. She perfected the description of Paris in 1920s, where young artists came from all over the world to learn and show their art.

The first part of the story was the most interesting for me, where Marc Chagall, full of himself and his importance in the art world, refuses to flee France and seek refuge in New York City, far away from Hitler and his ways of curing the world. Only thanks to Ida’s stubbornness and help from other artists the family, March, his wife Belle and Ida, board a ship to New York City.

After their arrival, this story is not as captivating. It’s still interesting and shows how Ida is maturing and falling in love with Michael, but I missed her stubbornness there.

The main centre of the story is Ida’s relationship with her father and his wedding gift, a painting of a Bridal Chair.

The story for me deserves a strong 4 stars, for the well built descriptions and well developed characters.

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Mama Reads, Hazel Reads episode 2: I Am Radar/Finding Felicia

Mama Reads: I Am Radar by Reif Larsen
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Though beautifully written, I Am Radar became sluggish at times.  I rather suspect it’s more to do with my disconnection to the characters, I didn’t feel any attachment throughout the story to keep me interested. There were many intriguing references to historically accurate events that had me Googling like a madwoman, so for that I’m thankful. I enjoyed reading something that transported me to another time, I just couldn’t quite grasp why the author felt the need to go into so much detail as to detract from the narrative in the first place. 3/5 stars
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Hazel Reads: Finding Felicia by Laurie Bloomfield, Illus. by Kari Bolt

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Hazel liked seeing so many animals she recognized and made their corresponding noises.  She wanted to see more food, but would give this book 4 thumbs up:)
Mama’s thoughts-
This sweet little story follows Jack on a journey to find his cat Felicia.  Along the way he meets many fun characters and tries many new things, reminding kids that sometimes the search is part of the fun.  This had a very zen feel to me without preaching any sort of philosophy.  The illustrations were adorably rendered, and the publishers formatted the book well for kindle.  A smart read for the younger set, I’d put this down for 4 stars!

***We received a gift copy in exchange for an honest review.  No compensation was provided and all thoughts are our own.***

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Extra Extra- Read all about: The Apollo Academy (release blitz and giveaway)

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The Apollo Academy by Kimberly P. Chase
(The Apollo Academy #1)
Published by: Harlequin
Publication date: February 22nd 2015
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction
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Synopsis:

Take off with this dynamic, thrill-seeking, sexy New Adult Science Fiction series debut. Welcome to the exclusive Apollo Academy, where Aurora is about to discover that achieving her dream is only the first step towards her future.

As the heiress to Titon Technologies, eighteen-year-old Aurora Titon can have whatever she wants—clothes, expensive gadgets, anything money can buy. But all she really wants is to escape her pampered, paparazzi-infested life for the stars. Becoming the first female pilot to train as an astronaut for the exclusive Apollo Academy is exactly the chance for which she has been waiting.
Flying is everything she ever dreamed, her best friend also got into the Academy, and the paparazzi is banned from campus. Everything would be perfect, but for her unreciprocated crush on a fellow student, the sexy astronaut bent on making her life hell, and the fact that someone keeps trying to kill her.

The most important education doesn’t happen in the classroom…

Early Praise:
“I am obsessed with this book! Suspenseful, sexy, and just a great read!” – Cora Carmack, New York Times Bestselling author of LOSING IT.“Exquisite worldbuilding, thrilling suspense, and a sexy flight instructor! Chase’s exciting debut novel is one you don’t want to miss.” – K.A.Tucker, Author of Ten Tiny Breaths and One Tiny Lie
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Kimberly P. Chase holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, which basically means she’s kind of a geek and loves flying airplanes. Naturally, her books tend to include aviation, hot flight instructors, aviator glasses, and—let’s not forget—kissing! When Kimberly’s not writing or reading, she’s hanging out with her husband, five-year-old son, and two dogs in Charleston, SC.Author links:

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A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Consent Cover Reveal Post

Sometimes extenuating circumstances make us late to post the fun stuff, so without further ado, here’s your seriously cool cover for CONSENT:
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Consent by Nancy Ohlin
Published by: Simon Pulse
Publication date: November 10th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Bea has a secret.

Actually, she has more than one. There’s her dreams for the future that she can’t tell anyone—not her father and not even her best friend, Plum.

And now there’s Dane Rossi. Dane is hot, he shares Bea’s love of piano, and he believes in her.

He’s also Bea’s teacher.

When their passion for music crosses into passion for each other, Bea finds herself falling completely for Dane. She’s never felt so wanted, so understood, so known to her core. But the risk of discovery carries unexpected surprises that could shake Bea entirely. Bea must piece together what is and isn’t true about Dane, herself, and the most intense relationship she’s ever experienced, in this absorbing novel from Nancy Ohlin.

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I am the author of BEAUTY, a YA retelling of the Snow White tale, and ALWAYS, FOREVER, a YA retelling of Daphne du Maurier’s REBECCA. ALWAYS, FOREVER was originally published in hardcover as THORN ABBEY.

I’ve also contributed to several celebrity novels, including a New York Times-bestselling YA trilogy.

I’m currently hard at work on my next YA novel, which will be as mind-bending as ALWAYS, FOREVER (I hope!).

My favorite cures for writers’ block are long walks, long showers, popcorn, chocolate, and really expensive coffee. I talk to myself a lot while I write (you know, to make sure the dialogue zings).

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Special Edition: Cover Reveal: Romancing the Paranormal Anthology with Giveaway

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Romancing the Paranormal
by Brandy L. Rivers, Claudy Conn, Cynthia St. Aubin, Dakota Cassidy, D’Elen McClain, Gena D. Lutz, Julia Mills, Kym Grosso, Melanie James, Robyn Peterman, Stephanie Rowe, Teresa Gabelman, Victoria Danann
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Romance

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13 BRAND NEW paranormal stories from your favorite USA Today, New York Times, and Amazon Bestselling authors.

Passions ignite in 13 dangerously hot romances

Stephanie Rowe – Shadows of Darkness

Haunted by a tormented past that has come to reclaim him, a former assassin must choose between saving the world, or protecting the one woman who can touch his heart and redeem his soul.

Robyn Peterman – Fashionably Hotter Than Hell
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Victoria Danann – Konochur: Wolf Lover

In the middle of a war with dragon shifters, a human widow of a werewolf may get another chance at love, but feelings of guilt threaten a blossoming attraction to the one wolf everyone thought was untamable.

Kym Grosso – Lost Embrace

Dominant vampire leader, Kade Issacson, is devastated when his fiancée, Sydney Willows, is nearly killed by a demon and her transition into the supernatural tests the limits of their bond. Deep in the heart of New Orleans, they struggle to keep her alive while searching for an escaped killer who promises to end Sydney’s life once and for all.

Dakota Cassidy – What Not To Were

Claudy Conn – Harley-Awakening

Harley is a Hybrid that doesn’t want to serve revenge up cold. She wants to serve it up now and she wants serve it up HOT.

Teresa Gabelman – Forbidden Hunger

A shifter without a pack, Janna Lawson goes in search of the man who her mother died trying to protect. What she finds is Garrett Foster, a man who has the power to decide her fate and causes a hunger inside her that is forbidden to them both.

Melanie James – Gertie’s Paranormal Plantation

When you run a shelter for paranormal creatures, you can’t afford to let your guard down. When carefree—and quite naïve—witch Gertie O’Leary welcomes an enchanting new guest to the plantation, she finds herself caught up in an ancient struggle. Marie Laveau and the gang will have to pull together once again to save Gertie’s love life. Love, lust and laughs await on the Paranormal Plantation.

Gena D. Lutz – Sonnet Vale: Paranormal Hunter

Paranormal hunter, Sonnet Vale, has the unique ability to hunt and kill vampires. But a chance encounter with a handsome stranger is about to change everything, teaching Sonnet what it’s like to be hunted and possessed.

D’Elen McClain – Fang Chronicles: Tyboll

A grumpy bear shifter, a stubborn she-bear shifter, and more growls than a bear clan can possibly handle. Will the two kill each other or discover they make the perfect mated pair?

Julia Mills – Her Dragon’s Heart

Jace MacQuaid, the youngest Dragon Guardsman since the original knights has just found his mate, Melanie Whelan…the one the Universe made for him…the light of his soul. Of course, to claim her he will have to fight a force so dark not even the oldest of dragon kin has the answers. Fate really stepped in it this time.

Brandy L. Rivers – Seductive Solutions

When Toryn’s trusted friend begins failing, he’ll search for a way to free him of the destructive bond. Isa might have a solution for Scotty’s problem, if Toryn can help her find the courage.

Cynthia St. Aubin – From Hell to Breakfast

He’s a supernatural bounty hunter with a broken heart and a loose zipper. She’s a succubus with a smart mouth and a long rap sheet. When her crimes become his problem, they’re in for one hell of a ride.

Here’s a list of all 13 paranormal anthology authors and where to find them!
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3. Victoria Danann – Facebook / Twitter
4. Kym Grosso – Facebook / Twitter
5. Dakota Cassidy – Facebook / Twitter
6. Claudy Conn – Facebook / Twitter
7. Teresa Gableman – Facebook / Twitter
8. Melanie James – Facebook / Twitter
9. Gena D. Lutz – Facebook / Twitter
10. D’Elen McClain – Facebook
11. Julia Mills – Facebook
12. Brandy L. Rivers – Facebook / Twitter
13. Cynthia St. Aubin – Facebook / Twitter

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Special Edition: Cover Reveal~Madame Lilly The Time of Sanura by Dormaine G.

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by Dormaine G.
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Publication Date: 10 March 2015
Genres: Dark, Fiction, Historical, Novella, Paranormal, Thriller

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Madame Lilly journeys back in time to her great grandmother’s era, the time of Sanura. Both women possess more than a kinship for they are each bound by harmful spirits whom they refuse to relinquish. By the hand of a mysterious being, Elijah, Lilly is transported into the past to witness the dark path Sanura chose that ultimately lead to her demise.

While in this era, Lilly feels the turmoil Sanura endured as a young girl. Even as she fights to deny her ability to see the non-living. But the more she refuses the sight, the more the dead seem to flock. And then a dreadful accident takes place forcing her to finally accept her once unwanted gift. She soon welcomes the dead.

Through Sanura’s struggle of growing up an innocent child being forced to take on the burdens no one should undergo, she ultimately transforms into a frightfully powerfully woman. Lilly watches from afar, as Sanura grows more commanding with each act of wickedness, until her final downfall. Even then, Sanura refuses to surrender her bound spirits for they need her as much as she thought she needed them.

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I may be a nurse by profession but I’m an author by heart. I have been writing stories for many years, both in my head and on paper because I’ve always had a love for books ever since spending Saturdays at the library as a young child. Within a book, the mind can travel to worlds of the imagination and the beyond. I finally took the plunge and published my first novel last year, a young adult urban fantasy titled “Connor” and an adult horror short story titled “Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess”. Both are the first editions of many to come as I stay locked up in my office in Colorado spinning more tales.

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Happy Galentine’s Day: Holiday Special- Losing It! Review and Blog Tour

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22 Bestselling YA authors reveal what went on behind the curtain in your favorite YA novels! From paranormal to contemporary, this collection features over 200 pages of ALL NEW CONTENT full of deleted scenes, extended endings, and more from the young adult series’ you love.

In this YA/NA crossover collection, all of your favorite heroines are cashing in their VCards! YA just got steamy, sexy, and not afraid to go all the way!

Due to the graphic nature of some content, this collection is recommended strictly for mature readers. 

Stories include excerpts and extended material—ALL NEW CONTENT—featuring the following YA novels & authors:

The Grimoire Saga by SM Boyce

The Death Series by Tamara Rose Blodgett

Penny Black Trilogy by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Dirty Blood series by Heather Hildenbrand

The Mythology Series by Helen Boswell

Stories About Melissa Series by Bethany Lopez

Keegan’s Chronicles by Julia Crane

The Tate Chronicles by K.A. Last

Fragile Creatures by Kristina Circelli

The Spellbound Trilogy by Nikki Jefford

Judgement of the Six Series by Melissa Haag

A Dark Faerie Tale Series by Alexia Purdy

The Double Threat Series by Julie Prestsater

The Elsker Saga by S.T. Bende

Ovialell Series by Tish Thawer

The Runes Series by Ednah Walters

The Cornerstone Series by Misty Provencher

The Waiting Series by Ginger Scott

Forged Series by A.O. Peart

The Arotas Series by Amy Miles

Funeral Crashing Mysteries by Milda Harris

The Wolf Trilogy by M.R. Polish

Losing It: A Collection of VCards is available now!

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Mama’s Thoughts:
You might be wondering what on earth we’re doing reviewing a book about new adults participating in sexual acts…well I’m here to tell you this is not your average romance collection.  Here you will find some fantastic authors offering sensual scenes with their beloved characters, from the supernatural to the second chances.  A riveting read full of romance, Losing It! is a collection that showcases consensual relations between mature characters, something we can all get behind.  Giggity.

My personal favorites, Raine and Torin from Ednah Walter’s fabulous paranormal YA fantasy series Runes, have a wickedly wild scene with an ending to make you go “Argh!”  #damnthosenorns

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Another wonderful thing about a collection with so many writers is that there’s a story for everyone.  Whether you like sweet seductions or paranormal passion, you will find something scintillating to savor!  5 stars!

Since Hazel is not 18, she sat this one out, so I’ll just leave you with some steamy teasers while you get ready to 1-click this anthology!

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Special Edition: Finding North Blog Hop (with review and giveaway)

Sometimes you have to lose everything to find what you’ve really been looking for.

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Synopsis:

Katherine Zova spends her days patching up soldiers in the Alliance’s army while praying for time to heal the wounds on her own broken heart. Crushing loss numbs her waking hours and nightmares threaten her sanity when she closes her eyes. All she wants is to be free, but instead she’s forced to trade one cage for another.

Reynan Caverly wears his uniform only out of loyalty to his father, who in his quest to build a new America has little time to spend with his only son. Indifferent to his sensational Las Vegas lifestyle, all he wants is to feel a connection with someone. A seemingly impossible request—until the day he finds a girl with haunting eyes in a group of captured Alliance soldiers.

Some wounds cut too deep to deal with alone. Sometimes only love can heal. But in a country torn apart by civil war, nothing comes without a price. And for Kat and Reynan, falling in love may cost more than they’re willing to pay.

Mama’s Review:

Sometimes you read a book that grabs you by the neck and barely lets go the entire time you read it; your heart is in your throat and you just have to do whatever it takes to finish reading this book, though you’re afraid of ending up with your own heart breaking for the characters in which you’ve become so invested.  Finding North is one of those books.  You keep thinking you’ve figured things out and BAM! you’re smacked in the face by a clever twist or intriguing incident.  Furthermore, Gottlieb manages to write a dystopian that doesn’t feel the need to remind you every 5 minutes that you’re reading dystopian fiction.  You feel so immersed in the setting from her lush descriptions, which never become tedious.

And let’s just talk about our two main characters for a second.  Kathering Zova is not your typical broken down female needing a male to save her, in fact she’s stronger than many heroines while still needing reassurance and companionship in the wake of tragedy.  Enter Reynan Caverly an unexpectedly pleasant surprise in a war-torn world full of difficult choices and hellish circumstances.  He too has his share of tragedy to deal with, so they complement each other nicely.  And though he constantly feels this odd sense of protectiveness, Reynan never becomes overly jerk-wad-ish.  Mostly.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve read a fresh voice in ya fiction that wasn’t paranormal, and this was just the treat I needed after an epic book hangover (more on that in a later post.)  For now, I’ve got to say I highly recommend Finding North at a well deserved 5 stars!

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Growing up, Allyson was always the girl with a big imagination and even bigger dreams. A California girl by birth, she currently lives in Boston while attending Emerson College. She has a slight addiction to Starbucks, eyeliner, and chocolate—and, of course, books.

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Special Edition: Who is Your Favorite Villian? Hop from LiteraryAddicts.com

 

And what’s he then that says I play the villain?” ~Shakespeare

We readers know you can’t have good without evil, and thus all our tales end up with a hero and a villain…until they don’t.  Are there any stories you’ve read where there was not such a clear distinction between hero and villain?  For me, the best protagonists make us admit that we all have a bit of both, though we hope to pursue the good.

My favorite recent addition to the world of villainy is Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon a Time.  And to explain without spoilers, there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to this beastly trickster.  He has some nasty habits and selfish tendencies, but he always has love for his son.

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Bonnie R. Paulson – Maria’s come out to Play

John O’Riley – The Valituras

Pauline Creeden – Villian or AntiHero? Brad Harris from Sanctuary

Tawdra Kandle – Notes from the Asylum: Nell Speaks

Jill Cooper –Morach, Interrupted

 

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