Monday, August 26, 2013

Introducing .....

Logan's Acadian Wolves
(Immortals of New Orleans, Book 4)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's the blurb:
 

Deep in the heart of New Orleans, Acadian Wolves’ Alpha, Logan Reynaud, rescues a beautiful woman in the dead of night.  Intrigued by the mysterious human, the commanding Alpha is determined to elicit all of her secrets, including her deepest fantasies.  After tragedy strikes, Logan discovers dangerous adversaries are planning an attack in his city.  Driven by responsibility and honor, Logan must protect both his pack and the woman who’s captivated his attention.
 
Dr. Wynter Ryan, a leading virologist, is fascinated with her charismatic protector.  As the chemistry ignites between her and the dominant Alpha, she relinquishes her ties to the past, embracing ecstasy and submission within his arms and intrepidly acquiescing to her own adventurous instincts.  Succumbing to desire, she learns to trust her Alpha, discovering what it means to be wolf.
 
Passion and mystery on the bayou stirs Logan’s wolf, demanding he claim his mate.  Yet Wynter’s a distraction he can’t afford when his priority is to lead his new pack.  Will Logan surrender to the uncontrollable need to claim Wynter as his mate?  And will he be able to keep her alive, finding the killer who threatens the Acadian Wolves?
 
 
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He's The Man

Author: M. Malone
Published: 18 August 2013
Genre: Romance
Pinky's rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

Book Description
Matt Simmons is over Army doctors poking him. But when his sister won't stop nagging him to see their old babysitter, now a sought after physical therapist, he gives in just to get some peace.

Penny is finally putting down roots after a lifetime of moving around. She’s got everything she wants, except the settled suburban life she longs for. All she needs is the perfect guy, which means NO military men.

When Matt realizes that his old babysitter is h-o-t, he’s suddenly seeing the benefits of therapy. But Penny still sees him as the bratty kid she used to babysit.

Suddenly he has a new mission in life…

My Thoughts
Having not read any other of "The Alexanders" series, I wasn't sure what to expect when I was given an ARC of this book by M. Malone.
 
I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. The characters in this book seem to develop and come alive before your eyes as you are drawn into their story.
 
PTSD and long term injury are prevalent in all areas of military service, and it was refreshing to have these included in a story line that has been genuinely and honestly written.
 
Matt and Penny's story is also entwined with other characters which leads this reader to wonder what juicy little tit-bits the next story will contain.
 
I enjoyed this story, and am looking forward to going back and reading more about "The Alexanders".
 
Where to Buy
 

Unbound Fantasies

Author: Charity Parkerson
Published: 10 June 2013
Genre: Erotica
Pinky's rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

Book Description
3 Short Erotic Stories to set you on fire!

My Thoughts
Unbound Fantasies is a collection of three short stories:

Black Ribbon Fantasy
Coffee Shop Fantasy
Invitation to Fantasy


Charity Parkerson has written three amazing short stories all with an underlying theme. This is not just eroticism written for the sake of it. Each story shows passion and romance with just the right amount of eroticism thrown in. The stories and situations are believable and connect with the heart.
 
My favourite had to be Black Ribbon Fantasy. Charity draws you into the scene, and makes you feel like a voyeur spying on the characters, while all the while hoping you don't get caught out.

I thoroughly enjoyed these stories, and recommend this compilation to anybody looking for a quick naughty fix.

Where to Buy
Amazon
 

Friday, August 23, 2013

That Girl Started Her Own Country

Author: Holy Ghost Writer
Published: 30 August 2012
Genre: Suspense/Mystery
Pinky's rating (out of 5): 4 dragonflies

Book Description
International Playgirl Zaydee finds herself in the midst of a crisis fuelled by international intrigue, multinational corporate greed, and a convoluted legal system. Imprisoned for computer hacking, this brilliant jet-setter becomes an international media celebrity as she defends herself, an unknown girl labelled Princess Jane Doe, against unknown charges. With complicated and shadowy plots brewing, the book is lush and captivating and perhaps the best addition to the series yet.
 
My Thoughts
When I was first approached by the Author to review this book, I was intrigued as to what I might be getting myself into. Then after reading comments that indicated that this is a 'Fan Fiction' sequel to the Millennium series by Stieg Larsson I was even more intrigued.
 
Not having read any of 'The Girl With, Who" series (OK, I know, my bad), I was not sure if I would follow the storyline, however while I believe there were snippets of the previous story lines, one is able to read and follow the plot without feeling that you are missing a lot of background information. Lisbeth has now become Zaydee, and Stieg Larsson makes an appearance as an actual person.
 
I enjoyed the character of Zaydee she is a strong willed and competent heroine. There are just enough plot twists to keep the reader entertained and keep the story moving forward. A lot of research has also been undertaken into the world of hacking and mathematics (I know, an interesting combination right), one could actually believe that the author is in fact drawing on life experience.
 
Overall I enjoyed this book, and will be looking to read more of the adventures of Zaydee.
 
The Author
Who is The Holy Ghost Writer?

The mystery of the identity of the author is part of an international contest. The first person to discover the identity of the HG Writer, from the clues found in the Count of Monte Cristo sequels, will receive a reward of $2500.
 
Write to prize@sultanofmontecristo.com in order to claim this reward along with letting us know the clues that led you to discovering the identity of the author. 
 
Should you wish your discovery to be known in the press, that opportunity will also be afforded. Those that already know the author or have worked with him/her will not qualify. Good luck.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Cover Reveal

Courtesy of Gabrielle Prendergast of Cover Your Dreams the Between series by Cyndi Tefft has brand new covers. Check them out:


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Sometimes death is just the beginning...

It just figures that the love of Lindsey Water's life isn't alive at all, but the grim reaper, complete with a dimpled smile and Scottish accent.

After transporting souls to heaven for the last 300 years, Aiden MacRae has all but given up on finding the one whose love will redeem him and allow him entry through the pearly gates.

Torn between her growing attraction to Aiden and heaven's siren song, Lindsey must learn the hard way whether love really can transcend all boundaries.
 
Between is available for purchase here:
Ebook only: Smashwords, Apple, Kobo
Print and ebook: Amazon, Barnes and Noble


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The Between series continues... 

 Aiden MacRae has been given a new life after being stuck transporting souls to heaven for the last three hundred years. He doesn't know the culture, the times or the slang, but there is one thing he does know: he didn't come forward alone.

The master of hell has other plans for the Scottish Highlander and has sent a transporter of his own to get the deed done. Will Lindsey be able to save him or get caught in the crossfire?

Hell Transporter is available for purchase here:
Print and ebook: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Print only: Createspace, My store (signed copy)
Ebook only: Smashwords, Apple, Kobo
 
 

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I thought it was over, that all our troubles were behind us.

We had a fairytale castle wedding surrounded by family and friends. Aiden wore a dress kilt, looking so handsome it made my heart squeeze, and I floated on air in a white version of the ball gown he’d cast for me in Versailles. Flower girl, ring bearer, Scottish ceilidh afterward—check, check, and check. It was perfect.

We were supposed to live happily ever after.

But that was before I walked in to find another woman in his bed, a demon with blood red eyes who’d disguised herself as me in order to get what she wanted most: a child from a heaven transporter.

And it was in that moment—watching my entire world crumble to the ground—that I knew.

This was not over. Not by a long shot.
 
Even In Darkness is available for purchase here:
Print and ebook: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Print only: Createspace, My store (signed copy)
Ebook only: Smashwords, Apple, Kobo

 
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Crossroads

Author: Mary Ting
Published: 29 July 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Pinky's rating (out of 5): 4.5 dragonflies

Book Description

Can two worlds collide in dreams?

Protecting her from the fallen was his duty.
 
Falling in love was never part of his plan.
 
Loving her was forbidden.
 
Being with her was all that mattered, even if it meant he would be exiled for all eternity.

Claudia Emerson's life is about to change when her good friend, who coincidentally shares the same first and last name, dies in a tragic accident after the homecoming dance. Distraught at the loss of her friend, Claudia's dreams become tumultuous, and through them she mysteriously travels to another world called Crossroads. Unknown to her, Crossroads is like a second heaven, a place between heaven and earth, where the souls of humans in comas or near death experiences may wander. There, she unexpectedly meets Michael, a nephilim--half angel, half human. It turns out that this isn't her first visit, which is an enigma, for she has no recollection of being there, and is told that no human has crossed over...until Claudia. Now that she's been there, fallen and demons are after her, suspecting she must be special, and it is up to Michael and the other nephilim to protect her. Her dream becomes a nightmare as more secrets are revealed about who she really is, and the true identities of the people she loves most. The situation becomes even more complicated when she is unable to hinder her feelings for her swoon-worthy guardian angel. Can Michael fight his growing feelings for Claudia and protect her as a guardian angel should, or will he be too blinded by human emotions and the struggles of being who he is?

My Thoughts
When I first started reading Crossroads, I thought ok, this is just another  angel/human love story. However, as I read more, I was drawn into the life of Claudia, and soon realised that yes, this is another angel/human love story, but there is a twist.
 
So why are the Fallen after Claudia, and just why can she easily get to Crossroads.
 
I liked how the author drew us slowly into Claudia's life, as she experiences all of her firsts in life, the first death of a loved one, her first job, first car, and delicately woven through all this we learn what is behind her ability to go to Crossroads in her dreams.
 
We are introduced to Michael and Davin and an array of other nephilim as Claudia comes to the realisation that there is more to her and her family than she ever imagined.
 
This is the first book in the Crossroads Saga, I am looking forward to reading more about Claudia and Michael.
 
 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Coming Soon - Call of the Piss Fairy

Lee Allen Howard's CALL OF THE PISS FAIRY Coming Soon

Armed with electric hair trimmers and a military fighting knife, Russell accepts his commission.  
 
There's more than one way to skin a cat.  

CALL OF THE PISS FAIRY by Lee Allen Howard
 

Russell Pisarek is 26 years old and still wets the bed. He grew up different from other young men because his vicious mother punished him for wetting by shaving his head, advertising his problem to all his high school classmates. He took out his frustration by skinning neighbourhood cats.
 
Now fixated on dominating and humiliating women, Russell fantasizes about finding just the right girl—so he can shave her bald. He struggles to overcome his dark tendencies, but when his sister discovers he’s wetting again, she kicks him out of her house.

During this time of stress, the mythical Piss Fairy appears in his dreams, and Russell is driven to satisfy his twisted desires with his innocent co-worker Uma, who also needs a new roommate.

When his plans go awry, the Piss Fairy commissions him for a much darker task that graduates him from shaving to something much, much worse.

Lee Allen Howard's bizarro psychological thriller, CALL OF THE PISS FAIRY, will be released first as a signed, limited-edition hardback this fall.

The Kindle and Nook edition will follow soon after. Read the first scene here.

To be notified about availability, subscribe to Lee Allen Howard's private email newsletter.

Lee Allen Howard, authorhttp://leeallenhoward.com

Samantha Schechter, illustratorhttp://sam-schechter.com









Friday, August 9, 2013

Meet - M.T Dismuke

Recently I was given the opportunity to sit down with Michael Dismuke, the author of Invasion: A Diabolical Onslaught here's how it played out...

Hi Michael, thanks for joining me here today, I hope readers get a bit more of an insight into you and your story.
 
Where are you from originally?
I was born in Vicenza Italy due to my father being stationed there while in the military. We moved back to the states when I was only 3 so any memories of it are vague at most. We moved to Colorado and that’s where I’ve lived ever since.

Tell us your latest news?
I have recently become a grandfather to a baby girl named Adrianna. Other than that, I mostly write.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
Choosing one is tough. There are many authors throughout history who I would enjoy dinning with. I suppose a dinner with one of the biblical authors or Vedas authors would lead to some very interesting conversations indeed.

What are your current projects?
My writing schedule for the remainder of this year is to work on a novel titled Cult of Tattoo. I also have a few other projects on the back burner, one of them being a YA zombie novella. In 2014 I plan on finishing the Darkness & Daemons series.

What book are you reading now and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I read a ton of online short stories by many-many indie authors, but I mostly read scientific journals, technology, and news articles related to those topics. I’m an addict when it comes to technology and physics, I just can’t seem to learn enough. My next read will be some of the books written by Michio Kaku. He’s a theoretical physicist whom I’m sure most are familiar with, and since my next novel takes place 150ish years in the future, I wanted to get an idea of where he feels we’ll be technology wise.

Tell us a little about your background. When did you start writing?
I started programing games, text based games, on the computer when I was around 14 years old. They basically were interactive books similar to pick-your-path. That was my first attempt at writing, and I did that for a few years. After that I started creating campaigns for Dungeons & Dragons. These campaigns were massive stories that took me months build. I created entire regions filled with hundreds of denizens, functional cities, and each with their own stories. It wasn’t until 1999 when I finally decided to write a novel instead of creating interactive worlds. That is when I began work on The Necro Device.

What is your writing process?
I approach my writing very scientifically. That probably sound bad from a creative standpoint, but I like to know most of the details before I begin to write. I like to have a detailed outline from beginning to end. I write up character sheets for everyone that I know will be in the novel. I draw maps of the locations I write about. I’ll research any major topics that I will be required to know in order to write about it. I will do interviews if need be and ask questions. Once I have all the required data, I will begin writing and it becomes an ongoing process from that point forward.
 
Do you write full-time now?
Yes and No. Currently I am writing full time but that was only temporary. The main plan was to focus and complete a select few novels and then based on how well they did, that would determine whether or not I continued writing or went back to work in my field. Considering that I’m an Indi Author, the later seems to be the more reasonable outcome.
 
Can you tell us a little bit about Invasion?
Invasion is the introductory story to the Darkness & Daemons trilogy. It shows how the alien invasion first begins. I love watching and reading about alien takeovers, but honestly, I feel most are poorly represented in the actual reality of what would most likely happen. I wanted to keep it real and show how mind boggling deadly and effective the extermination would truly be if an alien race were to invade. There is no need to send mother ships, thousands of scouts or warships to take over a world populated with people who’d rather argue over religion and politics than to evolve as a human race and prepare for otherworldly threats, energy resources, and the demands of a growing population.
 
In the novel I wanted to show how a single engineered organism could basically take down an entire world within days without, I might add, destroying everything with it along the way. Those who cling onto the idea that we’d defeat advanced spacecraft with F15’s and nuclear warheads will get a rude awakening with Invasion because that idea is ludicrous at best. All one needs to do is learn about plagues of our past to truly grasp how deadly they are. Another key point I’d like to make is that plagues do not destroy the planet, just the species.
 
Your descriptions of the organism that take over the life forms inside the dome are very intricate, where did your idea for these come from?
I’m glad you asked that because this is a very important part of the story. The actual concept behind how the alien organism infects its prey comes from a simple children’s song, “There was an old lady who swallowed a fly – perhaps she’ll die.”
 
In this song the old lady swallows a spider to eat the fly, and then a bird to eat the spider, and then a cat to eat the bird so on and so forth. This is the concept used to spread the infection.
 
Let’s pretend a frog consumes an infected insect. The frog will now mutate yet retain traits from the insect it consumed. This enables it to become bigger, stronger, meaner, and deadlier. The altered fly/frog will then merge with a large creature such as a human or dog to become even more powerful. Another way the organism spreads the infection is through injection. This form of infection works on a cellular level resulting in thousands of tiny plague-carrying creatures similar to insects and the process begins all over again.
 
There are a couple of scenes in the novel where a human directly consumes the liquid organism. That scenario will be covered in much more depth in future volumes. The character Kawe from Invasion is a good example of what to expect.
 
I can see from your website that you originally published the story in smaller ‘Parts’ as this was a work in progress for a time, how long did it take you to complete?
I began this story around 2006. I wrote three short stories that really didn’t have much of a backbone or plot at the time. I set it aside for many years while I worked on other projects. After I published my last novel, I dusted off this story and began work on it once again. I wrote a full outline and Darkness & Daemons was born. I basically had to rewrite everything and start over from scratch, but the original concept of the story was still beating inside. Invasion was the first volume and it took me a little over year to complete with everything combined.
 
I like how you have told the story from many points of view, were there times where you had difficulty keeping each character’s personality separate?
Honestly, I didn’t have a problem separating all of the personalities. I can probably thank the Meet section for that. This is a section where each survivor basically does a personal monologue of how they feel and who they are. Writing those sections helped me to connect with the characters on a more personal level. If I ever did wonder how the character would act in a certain scene, I reflected back to their Meet section and any events they had participated in.
 
Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?
No. I do not write about people I know or myself. I do, however, pull information from my environment when it comes to names and locations, stuff like that.
 
Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself?
I did actually. That cover took me many tries to get it right. I think I designed 6 other covers for the novel before finally settling in on that one. I almost had an artist design one with Kawe on the cover (one of the survivors) but I decided to go with the mountain and lake instead.
 
Where did you get the inspiration for your cover?
The inspiration for the cover comes from the novel itself. I wanted to give it a sense of action with the gate opening, the shield forming overhead, and the water flowing through the runoff. I wanted the cover to come alive. 
 
Does your reading inspire you and your work?
Yes on many levels. When I read about new technologies and discoveries I can visualize these things being used in our everyday lives. Today’s cutting edge technologies might be your smartphones for tomorrow. That can be a scary thought sometimes. I like to write about the darker side of those things.

Where can we find you online?

 
Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with me today Michael, I am looking forward to reading more of the Darkness and Daemons Trilogy.
 
 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Review Ratings and Policy

As I am finding myself being approached now by a wide range of authors, I thought it might be helpful for everybody if I detailed exactly how my review ratings worked.
 
If you have read any of my earlier reviews you will see that I started out giving 'Stars' for my ratings, however as my blog has grown over time, I have revised this and now more in keeping with me, I give 'Dragonflies'.
 

Review Ratings

5 Dragonflies
OMG - I Loved this book! Any issues I found were minor and I thoroughly enjoyed to plot and was drawn into the characters. This author is now on my Favorite Author List.
 
4 Dragonflies
I really enjoyed reading this book. There were minor issues with either plot and/or characters, however these did not detract from the story overall. I will look out for more books by this author.
 
3 Dragonflies
For the most part I enjoyed this book. I felt there were significant issues with plot and/or characters, but I was able to finish it. I might be persuaded to read something else by this author.
 
2 Dragonflies
I finished reading this book under sufferance. Plot and/or characters did not hold my attention. I would probably not read any further work by this author.
 
1 Dragonfly
Plot and characters did not hold my attention at all, and I was unable to finish reading this book.
 

Review Policy

I am willing to read any and all genre, however I reserve the right to decline a review if I feel the subject matter is too out there, even for me.
 
I read primarily for pleasure, and while one of the aims of my blog is to help promote your work, please understand that I work full time and have family commitments. I will attempt to post a review within a month of receiving your book for review, however please be patient if it takes longer.
 
All reviews will be posted on my blog, however I will also post to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads or Smashwords if your book appears there.
 
If I give a rating lower than 3 Dragonflies, the review will appear on my blog, however I will contact the author prior to posting my review on any other sites.
 
While I may receive a copy of the book for review from the author, I am not compensated in any other way for writing a review.
 
The above rating system is subject to review/change by me at any time.
 
 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Invasion: A Diabolical Onslaught

Author: M.T Dismuke
Published: 19 July 2013
Genre: Dark SciFi, Horror
Pinky's rating (out of 5): 4.5 dragonflies

Book Description
An otherworldly force opens a gate in a remote mountain range in Colorado and unleashes an alien organism into the forest. Once the gate opens, a shield is placed over the entire area blocking all communications in or out of the zone. It then releases a time pulse every 30 minutes locking everything inside the shield into a checkpoint. If anything destroys the gate, everything within the shield is reset back to the previous checkpoint before the gate was destroyed.
 
The organism is highly infectious and anything it touches mutates and joins the invading force. They become soldiers with a darker will and help spread the infection even further. Survivors caught within the shield try to escape and stop the organism from leaving, but something keeps destroying the gate, resetting time, and changing their fates.
 
INVASION is the first volume in the Darkness & Daemons series, event 1-10.

My Thoughts
Not being a big reader of SciFi, I was interested to see whether or not this book held my attention. Interestingly enough, I found it hard to put down !
 
Instead of being written in chapter form, this book is written as a series of events from the different perspectives of the 'Survivors'. I think it is because of this format that I was so drawn to the individual stories the came together to tell of the Event.
 
We are shown how a diverse group of people from scientists, to military personnel to students, when faced with a life or death choice, come together and work as one to destroy the organism before it destroys all of them.
 
Interestingly enough, the story as it is told is believable, by this I mean that it really could happen. An epidemic of plague proportions, not necessarily caused from an alien invasion as in this story, but through biological terrorism.
 
Do we really know what is out there?
 
I for one would prefer to take my chances inside the shield!
 
You can pick up your very own copy of Invasion: A Diabolical Onslaught as an ebook from:
 
 
I wish to thank Michael Dismuke for the review copy of Invasion, and stay tuned for an author Interview.
 
 
 
 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Moragh, Holly's Ghost

Author: Maggie Tideswell
Published: 17 July 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pinky's rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies


Book Description
A marriage of convenience, helpful fey friends, hidden agendas, a custody battle that cannot be won and a haunting - could love blossom?

Set in the beautiful wine lands of the southern Cape in South Africa, strange things start happening from the moment Holly accepted Joshua's offer of marriage.
 
Holly and Joshua met for the first time on the steps of the chapel in which they were getting married. Back at Joshua's estate, she suspects that the ghost was somehow linked to Joshua.

 
My Thoughts
As a fan of Maggie Tideswell's Dark Moon (see my review 30 March 2012), I was waiting anxiously for her second book Moragh to be released, and let me say, I wasn't disappointed when it arrived.
 
Continuing to use the amazingly stunning landscape of her native South Africa as the backdrop, Maggie has woven a beautiful and heartfelt story of two people drawn into a marriage for all the wrong reasons, that turns out to be for all the right reasons.
 
I was intrigued when Moragh first made her appearance to Holly, and wondered about the connection and how she was going to fit into the story. And then Nicole, why did she continue to have such vivid nightmares that had you covered in a layer of perspiration as you relived each terrorising dream along with her.
 
In true Maggie Tideswell style, we have a multi-layered story, as Moragh, through Holly tells her story of love and betrayal, and the connection between the Jordan and Jones families. While at the same time we are on a roller coaster ride as Holly and Joshua are drawn into the mysterious past, as well as fighting the present when Gwen, Holly's ex-husband Donald's new wife, feels that she is loosing her power over Donald.
 
 Will Holly and Joshua kindle a relationship out of convenience or is this one relationship that is destined to be torn apart forever.
 
If you want to find out more about the amazing Maggie Tideswell, I was privileged to do an interview with her following the release of Dark Moon. Check out the link below.
 
Where to Buy
 
 
 
Author Link