Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review: Vampire Cread by Rain Grey


~Book Info~

Title: Vampire Creed
Author: Rain Grey
Genre: Paranormal Romance (17+)
Publication Date: June 2016


~Blurb~

Barnaby Blaine Rice was a Vampire born in the depression with a very special power to see who people truly were. After a long, empty existence of witnessing the darkest points of humanity, Blaine happens to encounter a beautiful married woman named Mary Slate. Unable to handle his love for the beautiful human, Blaine accidentally kills another Vampire over her and is put under a serious debt with the Vampire Council.
Blaine reluctantly forces himself to forget the woman and allows her to live her life without his intervention. It wasn’t until 50-years-later that the distant memories of the captivating Mary are brought back to the surface. Blaine has the pleasure to encounter the young Wendy Slate, granddaughter of Mary Slate after a criminal vampire keeps her hostage. Blaine got there in time to stop the criminal, but not to stop the beginning of Wendy’s transition into Vampirism.

As he was forced to sire her into this new world, he discovers that Wendy is the most amazing person he’d ever met. Wendy has to make a life-altering decision as Blaine has to deal with his blooming feelings for a woman who was identical to his first love. This modern love story introduces the most influential turning point of these lovers’ lives.


~Links~

Goodreads  | Amazon UK | Amazon US

~My Review~

Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy as part of this blog tour and in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Let me start by saying that I thought Vampire Creed by Rain Grey was a really good book but I was left feeling a tad underwhelmed and I'm unsure why.

Barnaby Blaine Rice; Blaine was born a vampire a long time ago. Blaine fell in love with a married human, and killed another vampire over her. This meant that Blaine was in debt to the vampire council as his punishment for killing another vampire. Blaine's latest task set by the council is to look after and protect Wendy.

Wendy Slate was attacked and kidnapped by a vampire, and is now in a state of transition from human to vampire. It is at this point that Blaine breaks in and rescues her from this vampire. Once away from her captor Blaine gives Wendy a choice. She can complete the transition to vampire or not complete the transition and she will die. Wendy's choice is...

When women who look like Wendy begin turning up dead, the vampire council task Blaine with finding out who is responsible and putting a stop to it.

The plot is clear and well thought out. The pace is good, it starts a little slower and gathers momentum. There is a good amount of background information and it was given at the appropriate points within the story.

The characters were good, they showed some development and had plenty of emotion, making them appear realistic. They interacted with each other well too.

I personally didn't feel an attachment to them or as though I was fully immersed in their lives but I honestly don't know why, even after waiting 2 weeks before writing my review. I guess it's just one of life's little mysteries!!!

If you like vampires, vampire romance or supernatural I would recommend giving Vampire Creed a go. It is a good book.

~About the Author~

Rain Grey is a psychologist by profession. However, she has been writing books since she was fifteen years old. She loves anything supernatural and her favourite genres are vampire Romance and ghost fiction. Her home in England is close to the town of Stratford Upon Avon, where William Shakespeare was born.

~Social Media Links~


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Monday, August 22, 2016

Cover Reveal: Ready For Flynn, Part 3 by KL Shandwick

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~*~*~*COVER REVEAL~*~*~*~
 
Ready For Flynn, Part 3 by K L Shandwick

~Blurb~
 
Life for Flynn and Valerie hadn't always been easy. A series of tragedies finally brought them together, and twists of fate made them what they are. An undeniable love keeps them together, but is young love enough in a world full of temptation? With Flynn's career on the line can he accept what Valerie proposes? He knew he could trust her with his heart, but is that the same as believing in her? He knew she could be persuasive and he wanted to give her the world, but was she ready to take the world on with him?
 
(A contemporary rock romance 18+)
 
Scheduled for release 22nd September
 
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Photographer: Eric Battershell, Eric Battershell Photography
Cover Design: Russell Cleary

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Excerpt:
 
Heavy-duty glass stairs and banisters lined the route to the plush flooring on the upper floor. Ten square open seated areas faced the main dance floor allowing us to mingle with the other VIP’s if we wanted to socialize. We were led to the first one on the right, and I couldn’t help but notice we’d snagged the best spot because we could see the DJ and the crowd dancing below. Even though we were cut off from the main dancefloor, we still felt a part of the normal stuff happening below. Six bottles of champagne were already chilling in coolers on the side tables dotted between the deep red velvet seating as Amber ran excitedly toward the area and sat rubbing her hands on the soft material, “Thank you, guys. This is absolutely unreal. I can’t believe you’ve done all of this for us.”
Valerie smiled and snuck her hand up the inside of my shirt, “You’re incredible, Flynn. Look how happy she is. Thank you, for planning this.”
“I did this for us as much as for them. How often have I had the time to spend having slow sexy dances with my girl?”
Apart from our night in Chicago, I’d never taken her dancing. I planned to straighten that out.
“From now on Valerie, we’re ditching all the shitty parts that go with RedA, and we’re going to have some fun. Taking her by the hand, I led her over to the plush sofas and sat on one taking her down with me sitting her on my knee. Surprisingly, she straddled my lap and planted a wet kiss on my neck, “Mmm, very nice,” she murmured as she shivered and wiggled her pussy on my hard dick.
“You’re a fucking tease, you know that Ms. Darsin?” I snickered and cupped her ass in the palms of my hands while I stole a deep, passionate kiss.
We were interrupted when Kayden tapped on Valerie’s shoulder and bent to speak in her ear, “I’d rather you were a bit more restrained in front of me, Sis,” he scowled.
Valerie glanced at me and smirked knowingly, “Kayden, what are you, my dad? Flynn’s a rock star, he’s got a reputation to keep, you’ll just have to suck it up,” she retorted, before pulling my hair back and kissing me again.
Breaking the kiss I chuckled when I saw Kayden rub the back of his neck because I knew he wanted to knock me the fuck out, but Valerie had spoken, and I was damned if I was going to apologize for kissing my girl.
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Cover Reveal: GRIT Sector 1: The Uprising by Rebecca Sherwin

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The Uprising Ebook~Book Details~
 
Title: The Uprising
Series: GRIT (Sector 1): Book 2
Genre: Dark Romance
 
~Book Blurb~
 
I thought he was mine.
I LIVED WITH TOO MANY DEMONS.
He belonged to the underground.
AND THE UNDERGROUND WERE COMING FOR HER.
I wanted to know every secret.
I THOUGHT I KNEW EVERY SECRET.
I thought we were safe.
WE WOULD NEVER BE SAFE.
I thought we had won the fight.
BUT THE WAR WAS ABOUT TO BEGIN...
 
Trixie Ashford-Blackwood is now a part of a world she had no idea existed a mere few months ago. Married to a vigilante, heir to the throne of the organisation governing London, and chasing her own tail as she tries to uncover more clues about her purpose within GRIT, Trixie is battling against time as much as she is her husband. She has no idea what lies ahead, no idea who the man is who lays with her at night, and no idea of the traitors hiding in plain sight, waiting to spill her priceless blood. Elias Blackwood continues to fight his urges. He controls his desires, keeps the beast contained and refuses to acknowledge the risk that he may let loose on his wife. GRIT is slipping through his fingers, his control wavering with every minute that passes, while betrayal runs rife within the ranks of his army. He fights against time, and the people who are trying to bring the king of the empire to his knees; to not only keep them alive, but save a city that is drowning in evil and debauchery. But GRIT aren’t the only people working the Capital. Someone else is watching them. Analysing them. Preparing to strike. Someone else is preparing to step up and threaten their place on the throne. Someone is about to declare war on GRIT. An uprising is upon them. No one could have foreseen the betrayal. No one could have anticipated the devastation they would soon have to face.
***** Warning: GRIT is a dark romance series. There are no rainbows and butterflies.*****
 
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Release Blitz: Regeneration by Tessa Rose

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Book: Regeneration
Series: World Of The Whispers
Author: Tessa Rose
Genre: Fantasy YA
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Synopsis

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Darcey Brooker is a teenage girl, who lives with her aunt because her mother died when she was only ten years old. She thought she was an ordinary girl, but that all changed when an ugly demon tried to take her away from her school. Thankfully for her, a young Whisper Fighter saved her by the name of Theo Lockhart. He was handsome and dangerous, with the ability to conduct some sort of magical power with his mind! It was all strange to her, but Darcey discovered that this was her birth right, as she is also a Whisper.

Darcey now has to learn the ways of the Whispering world and help save the human race against all things evil. Along with Theo and the many new Whisper friends she makes on the way, Darcey finds out her family before her has kept some secrets and has to fight against the seductive dark side.

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About The Author

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Tessa Rose is a British Young Adult author.
She loves everything to do with YA and has always wanted to reach into the genre. Tessa Rose likes to add a little romance to her YA fantasy novels, and loves a touch of magic.
When she isn’t writing, Tessa is either running after her crazy children, hooked on another TV show or reading. Her addiction to YA started with her love of Harry Potter at a young age and it didn’t stop there.
Delve into Tessa’s fantasy world, I promise you won’t forget it.

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Spotlight: 2 Books by Jason Ellis

It's time to spotlight an author and his work. This is a new author to me and I am yet to read his work. He is a UK author and I'm very pleased to be helping him out. Please keep reading for more about author Jason Ellis and 2 of his books...

The first book I'm spotlighting of Jason's is: 


Female: 918: Part I: Exist & Survive (Exist. Survive. Live.)

~Synopsis~

There are seventeen inked dots on the inside of my left forearm - to indicate my age - plus the identifier, F-918. That is my name, the only one I have ever been known by. -- A future impossible to imagine. The world is a connected entity, covered in train tracks which link countries and floating cities. The advancements in technology and science also carry a darker edge. Slavery has returned. People are grown to serve. Executions are commonplace to keep the workforce in line. -- I am a biological product. I am here solely to serve and toil for others. I do not have any rights, I do not have a name or a voice that can be heard in the world, except my own thoughts, my own internal monologue. -- Many disagree, and argue on behalf of the slaves, for a fairer way of life, yet their words change nothing. One path remains. Brutal. Necessary. War. -- I hear the rhythmic thud of military boots as a platoon of soldiers hurtle towards us both on their way to secure the area. The boy stares at me again. Despite his injured lip, he manages a smile and his eyes widen. "… And we're going to win," he says.





~Book Links~

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon AU




The second of Jason's books I'll be spotlighting is:



My Long Journey To Sincerity: Elana Mayne

~Synopsis~

I'll be donating a percentage of royalties from every sale of this one to ME/ CFS research :)

Another shift in the dream occurs before I receive an answer. I'm now standing at the front door. "Goodbye, Mother, Father. I'm so sorry about everything. I will come back to you, even if it takes me the rest of my life, I will find my way back to you." My mother wipes a tear off of her cheek. "Be safe, Elana. You know we will always love you … we'll always trust and believe you." My father stands just behind her, emotional himself yet keeping his silent, stern exterior. "I love you too, Mother … and you, Father." I hold out my hand. I want to feel the touch of my parents one last time … know their comfort … The hallway darkens. I see my parents standing hundreds of feet away, unreachable … then the darkness swallows everything like an insatiable beast.

A future not so far away ... the world changed after the virus. It spread across the globe at a cruel speed, cutting through the population with no remorse. Every aspect of life transformed: the balance of power, law, education ... the very core of society itself became moulded by the new global power. They control everything. They are Central Government.

Sixteen year old Elana Mayne overhears a secret conversation and witnesses a terrible crime. Her world crumbles afterwards and she is lost, surrounded by lies ... changed forever. Can she learn to trust again? Can she fight the regime that betrayed and so easily abandoned her? Is she capable of revenge?

~Book Links~

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon AU


 
Now for a bit about the author himself and some stalker links:


~Author Bio~

Jason is a man of mystery and doesn't have a bio, but I'm sure if you join him on one or all of his social links then you may learn a little more about him! We can however see what he looks like:
 
 
 

~Places To Connect With Jason~

Facebook | Twitter | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads Author Page

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Release Day: Six by Ker Dukey



Title: Six

Series: (Book 2) Men By Numbers

Author: Ker Dukey

Release Date: August 6, 2016

~Synopsis~
 

 
I grew up in the foster system and bounced around from place to place. I know what you’re thinking. Bad things happened to me and fucked me up? Don’t feel bad for me. I didn’t know a privileged life, therefore I didn’t miss one. I was what I was and I made it work. I actually had a few good homes in my lifetime, met some good people, but that’s not what my story’s about. It’s not a Romeo and Juliet saga either, even if our stories do revolve around a similar basis. I knew a real love, a rare love, a love between two people that were never supposed to fall in love. Rival gang members are never allowed to fall in love and it cost us everything. The things I learned growing up the way I did is this: Love is deadly and often not real. People come and go and only the rare few stick around when shit gets tough. I learned the hard way what lurks behind false smiles, and that deceitful truths get whispered in sexual moans. I was taught that dark souls are not born but created, and you can avoid them, hide from them or learn and become them.


Revenge sculpted and molded me into the darkest of souls, and with my wrath comes agony and torment more severe than hell itself. I took out six of the men who hurt my woman and I will be coming for the rest. Get in my way and I’ll come for you too.



 ~Book Links~

 
 
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~Other Books In The Men By Numbers Series~

Ten (My Brothers Best Friend)

Men By Numbers (Book 1)
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~COMING SOON~

This is a Dark title with adult themes
From Bestselling Authors Ker Dukey & K Webster comes,


Pretty Stolen Dolls
 
Benny loves his pretty little dolls.
As long as they do exactly as they're told.
He keeps them perfect by brushing their hair
and gives them pretty dresses to wear.
He likes to toy with them late at night.
One so timid but the other likes to fight.
When his favorite doll runs away...
despite the other doll promising to stay,
his heart becomes broken and he can't help but cry.
He wants her back home or his pretty little doll must die.
Have you ever had to make a decision that haunts you every single day for the rest of your life…the life you stole back?

I have.

I ran for my survival, rocks and twigs cutting into the soles of my feet, my lungs burning and screaming for rest, every muscle tensed and fighting along with me for existence.

I left her.
I ran, ran, ranfrom Benny and his lone, pretty little dolluntil I couldn’t remember where to find them again.

I’m sorry.




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~About The Author~

I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters. I wanted to be an actress growing up so I could live many roles but I learned early on that my mind was too active… I would want to change the script.I would watch films and think of ways they could have improved the story if they took another direction so i thought it best that I tell my own.

My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light, some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling.

When I’m not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I’m a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.

~Where To Find Ker Dukey~

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review: Attic of the Mind by Hemmie Martin


~Synopsis~

The time is right for Lilith Fields to seek revenge. Twenty-five years have passed since the sadistic abuser tortured the patients of the psychiatric ward, and now Lily has decided he must meet his final judgment.

As her plan unfolds she discovers she is not the only one with a dark secret. Now, only time will tell if Lily's demons will be vanquished, and just how many people are really involved.

~Book Links~

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones UK








~My Review~

Disclaimer: I purchased a paperback copy of this book direct from Hemmie at a book signing event in 2015. I have received nothing in exchange for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Due to life being an absolute bitch and getting in the way, it has taken me far longer than I would have like to get round to reading Attic Of The Mind, it's also taken me a lot longer than usual to write this review. It's a good job I make notes to refer back to as I'm reading :)


At the beginning of Attic Of The Mind we are in a psychiatric ward, not just any psychiatric ward it's a ward run by a cruel and sadistic nurse Walker. Walker is abusing his patients on a regular basis. A new young Doctor; Nathan; joins the ward and he is understandably scared of Walker but Nathan discovers the abuse but decides to do nothing.

However Nathan has never gotten over the guilt that ignoring the abuse has caused him. Ever since leaving Poplar Ward Nathan has been taunted by visions of a pair of eyes, the years of one of Walker's victims. And now there are other things appearing leaving reminders of his time at Poplar.

The question is who is leaving him this reminders? Is it the cruel, sadistic Nurse Walker or is it of the cruelly treated patients?

This is the first of Hemmie's books that I've read and it most definitely won't be the last.

Hemmie's writing style was fantastic. I was thoroughly engrossed from the beginning, I found I didn't want to put this book down and tried not to unless it was a necessity.

The storyline was extremely well thought out. To cover a difficult topic like abuse can be hard but it doesn't seem like it for Hemmie. Hemmie handled the abuse issue with a great level of sensitivity, only the essential details were discussed leaving the rest for the reader's mind to piece together without having to read all the gruesome details. For me this approach worked fantastically well, it made things seem more disturbing.

The characters are great, I loved and hated them! The fact that we met Walker, Lilith (Lily) and Nathan 25 years ago at the start before catching up with them later means there is a depth to them. It allows us to see how they may or may not have changed in that time.

Hemmie also gives us a glimpse into Walker's childhood and his private life now which helps with understanding why he's the way he is. It doesn't by any stretch justify his behaviour but certainly clarifies things.

This is a book filled with twistedness, cruelty and suspense. Just when you think you know where things are heading they take an unexpected turn and lead you on another path. Attic Of The Mind keeps feeding you breadcrumb after breadcrumb so that you keep following the trail and thinking about what has happened or what may happen.

Overall this is a fantastic 5* read. If you enjoy a good psychological thriller I can not recommend this book enough. Great Job Hemmie!! :)



~About Hemmie Martin~

Hemmie Martin spent most of her professional life as a Community Nurse for people with learning disabilities, a Family Planning Nurse, and a Forensic Mental Health Nurse working with young offenders. She spent six years living in the south of France. She now writes full time.

Hemmie created the DI Wednesday series, featuring DI Eva Wednesday and DS Jacob Lennox, set in an around Cambridge, with fictional villages. There are four books in the series so far.

Hemmie has also written a psychological thriller, Attic of the Mind, and two contemporary women's fiction, The Divine Pumpkin and Garlic & Gauloises.

Mental health often features in her novels due to her background of forensic mental health nursing, and her general interest in the topic. Hemmie is a member of The Crime Writer's Association.

~Stalker Links~

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