Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Review Tour: Their Rigid Rules by @ChristinaPOV #review



New Adult / College Romance / Romantic Suspense
Date Published: 7/11/14


Their Rigid Rules is the romantic suspense prequel to The Chemical Attraction Series.

Taylor Valentine, a senior at Western Michigan University, has had her life planned out since kindergarten. After her parents died while she was still in high school, she had perfected it to make them proud. Now with the help of her best friends, Joe and Eva, she focuses on graduation and a career with romance in the far distant future. However, when the visiting professor enters the lecture hall to a four-weekend Civil War seminar, her perfect plan hits a snag. 
As a handsome history professor and former marine, Dr. Stuart Morgan has his own set of strict rules especially with infatuated students. He enjoys his boring yet pleasant life until he starts receiving death threats. With his unwanted bodyguard in tow, Stuart is unnerved by his reaction to Taylor. Their rigid rules discourage all but a flirtation. 

As the death threats become evident, the FBI believes Taylor’s the culprit, hindering their budding romance. When Taylor inadvertently becomes the target, Joe and Stuart whisk her away to protect her. Meanwhile, Joe struggles with his feelings for Taylor. He’s loved her since grade school. He won’t let her go and stands in Stuart’s way. The men push her to choose between the lifelong love of her best friend and the true love of her new boyfriend.

With the threats from family and foe pulling them apart, Stuart wonders if they can sustain the stress. Trusting their love, he must somehow convince Taylor to break her rules and embrace a new plan.



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My Review



Taylor as a character is so easy to love. She has her issues and has dealt with quite a bit, but she has overcome and is strong despite that. 

Stuart is a wonderful lead as well. He will have you swooning before it is all said and done.. And Joe is just an added benefit! ;)


There is a definite level of heat in this novel, and Thompson has done a great job making sure we are invested in the relationship and its ups and downs. 

Add to that a great mystery/suspense element and you have the quintessential Romantic Suspense,





As a former holistic practitioner with a science background, Christina Thompson enjoys writing about the physical science, the emotional workings of our mind and heart, and the spiritual energy that taps into our passions.

Her degree in biology from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo gave her a love of science and a background into the physical realm of the body. Her diploma in Traditional Chinese acupuncture from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine taught her that the mind and spirit affect the body in powerful ways. The healing power of LOVE is incredibly profound.

She currently resides with her husband, Kraig, in Michigan.


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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Blog Tour: Into Darkness by @Hayley__Barrett #review #giveaway



YA Dystopian (Sci-Fi)
Date Published: July 30, 2015


Fifteen-year-old Alexandra Spencer's life was not supposed to turn out this way. She was not supposed to go on trial for a crime she did not commit. She was not supposed to be found guilty. And she was not supposed to be sent to Elder Grey Detention Centre, a place of horrors many don't survive. 

She is however, supposed to be the daughter of the wealthiest, most influential man in the post-apocalyptic city of New Phoenix. 

But apparently, she isn't. 

As Alex struggles to cope with her new life in Elder Grey, an act of friendship ends in tragedy. When someone she thought was an enemy pulls her from her despair, Alex discovers that old friends cannot be trusted, prejudice is another word for fear, and trust, not blood ties, make a family.

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Review 

The book cover on this one for me is Hit or Miss. It makes the story look a bit younger than it is. 

I liked the darkness that Hayley Barrett brought to this novel. She wasn't afraid of putting a little bit of fear and anticipation into her reader. The suspense element was very well done!

As far as the characters and plot as a whole I felt like they were both very solid and led to a very effortless read. 


Hayley Barrett began writing in the aftermath of the devastating Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 as a way of escaping from the ongoing terror of the natural disaster. She spends a little time each day writing and can often be found at her local library wearing headphones and with a lap top attached to her hands.
Hayley lives in Rolleston, ten minutes south of Christchurch, New Zealand, with her husband and three children. When she isn’t driving her kids to their sports practices, games and other after school activities, she enjoys playing squash, relaxing in the sun and reading. Most days she wishes there were more hours available to spend writing.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Blog Tour: An Affair With Danger by @RobinStorey1 #review



Romantic Suspense
Date Published: January 8, 2016


Two minutes.

That’s all it takes for corporate lawyer Will McPherson to be held up in an armed robbery and for his life to change in ways he’d never dreamed of.
When Will goes to court to give evidence, he meets the perpetrator’s girlfriend Frankie Slater and is instantly smitten.  But feisty, straight-talking Frankie has her own problems, not least of which is her violent boyfriend Eddie.
When Eddie finds out about their liaison, it puts both their lives in danger, and their love becomes a matter of life or death.


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Review 

I loved all of the moving parts of this novella and how they worked together and made the story come together. 

Robin Storey does a great job with being descriptive enough to intrigue the reader without weighing down the story with descriptions. Since it is a shorter read, she couldn't afford that, but I didn't feel like I was missing anything. 


I liked the balance she created between the Romance and Suspense. Often times one can overtake the other, but I felt like everything was well balanced.





Robin Storey is an indie author who lives on the picturesque Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Her three previous books are How Not To Commit Murder, Perfect Sex and Comedy Shorts. An Affair With Danger, a romantic suspense novella, is a departure from her usual comedy writing style, but the characters were creating a commotion in her head and refused to go away until she’d put them in a book.
Robin is a certified book nerd and also enjoys chilling out at the beach and hiking. She is preparing to undertake the Camino Frances pilgrimage in September this year – plenty of time for mulling over new plots. She is working on her next novel, a romantic comedy.




Blog Tour: An Affair With Danger by @RobinStorey1 read a #review



Romantic Suspense
Date Published: January 8, 2016


Two minutes.

That’s all it takes for corporate lawyer Will McPherson to be held up in an armed robbery and for his life to change in ways he’d never dreamed of.
When Will goes to court to give evidence, he meets the perpetrator’s girlfriend Frankie Slater and is instantly smitten.  But feisty, straight-talking Frankie has her own problems, not least of which is her violent boyfriend Eddie.
When Eddie finds out about their liaison, it puts both their lives in danger, and their love becomes a matter of life or death.


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Review

This novel is very gripping. It really does consume the reader and the suspense and mystery is really well done. I was on the edge of my seat just waiting to figure out how it would all turn out. 

Robin Storey's writing brings these characters to life and makes it all seem so real, which adds a deeper level of connection between the reader and the novel.

A well developed plot, a heartwarming romance, and characters you will cling to.




Robin Storey is an indie author who lives on the picturesque Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Her three previous books are How Not To Commit Murder, Perfect Sex and Comedy Shorts. An Affair With Danger, a romantic suspense novella, is a departure from her usual comedy writing style, but the characters were creating a commotion in her head and refused to go away until she’d put them in a book.
Robin is a certified book nerd and also enjoys chilling out at the beach and hiking. She is preparing to undertake the Camino Frances pilgrimage in September this year – plenty of time for mulling over new plots. She is working on her next novel, a romantic comedy.





Thursday, April 21, 2016

Blog Tour: Harry Starke by @bcwhoward #review and #giveaway



Mystery
Date Published: September 7, 2015



Harry Starke is the first novel in the Harry Starke series of murder mysteries.
Why Did Tabitha Willard Throw Herself off the Walnut Street Bridge?
It's almost midnight, bitterly cold, snowing, when a beautiful young girl, Tabitha Willard, throws herself off the Walnut Street Bridge into the icy waters of the Tennessee. Harry Starke is there, on the bridge. Wrong time, wrong place? Maybe. He tries, but is unable to stop her. Thus begins a series of events and an investigation that involves a local United States congressman, a senior lady senator from Boston, a local crime boss, several very nasty individuals, sex, extortion, high finance, corruption, and three murders. Harry has to work his way through a web of deceit and corruption until finally.... Well, as always, there's a twist in the tale, several in fact....
Harry Starke is a hard-boiled private detective, an ex-cop, a tough guy from right side of the tracks with finely tuned senses, good instincts, and friends in high places. He’s single, successful, well educated, and yes, he will hurt you if he needs to.

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Review

The main thing I want to leave you with is the fact that you will not be disappointed in this novel. I was so happy I found this novel and this series in general. If you are a fan of Mystery novels you will absolutely love each installment. 

Blair Howard has created a series in which each story builds upon the last yet you dont need to have read all of them to understand. Each is a new Mystery. But believe me when I say you will want to read them all. 




Author Bio
Blair Howard is from a small town in England, near Stratford-upon-Avon, on the edge of the English Cotswolds. He is Kentucky Colonel, an honor bestowed upon him in 2008 by the then Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Steven L. Beshear. Until 2015, he wrote sweeping historical epics, and is the author of five historical novels. In July of 2015 he decided to try his hand at writing mystery novels, thus we have Harry Starke. The first in the series, Harry Starke, was released in mid-September 2015. The second novel, Two for the Money, was released October 19 the same year, Hill House, in mid-December 2015, and Checkmate in February 2016, and there are more to come.
Blair is the author of more than 40 books, including the Harry Starke series and five novels of the American Civil War. More than 4,500 magazine, newspaper, and web articles. His work has appeared in many national and international publications, including Delta's Sky Magazine, PHOTOgraphic magazine, The Mail on Sunday, The Walking Magazine, Petersen's Hunting Magazine, The Boston Herald, The Detroit Free-Press, The Anchorage Times and many more.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Blog Tour: Back In My Life by @Mariecrauthor #review



Romance / Erotica
Date Published: February 27, 2016


Back in my Life is a story set in the beautiful cities of New York and Chicago. This story is not the typical and simple "boy meets girl, boy and girl get marry story." This story is a powerful story that shows how real and unselfish love truly looks like. The love between Ruby and Clyde is an amazing and genuine love that survived everything that came in between them—even the most painful experiences that destiny had planned for them.

During a college internship at a prestigious New York magazine, Ruby Sparks (a journalist graduate student from Chicago) meets Clyde Holt, (a fellow intern and a creative photography student from a London based college) whom from day one became Ruby's obsession and the new reason for her existence. After developing strong feelings for her emotionally unavailable friend, Ruby finds herself trapped in a whirlpool of emotions while trying to earn her friend's love. What Ruby doesn't know is that while she is looking for true love, Clyde's presence in her life came with a different purpose.


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Review
I think this is a great novel about what you are looking for not always being what you get or even what you need. I agree with the synopsis to this novel in that it is not your typical Romance novel and that there is a deeper message. 

I felt very connected to Ruby. I think that is a testament to Marie C.R.'s writing ability. That is one of the most imporatnt parts of reading a novel for me. Connecting to its main character.

I liked the way this story unfolded effortlessly. It was a powerful read. 



I have been writing for pleasure for the past couple of years, but this is the first time I do a book tour so I am very excited for it. Writing is my passion, and I enjoy using real-life stories as the basis for my novels, but giving them a little twist to make them more melodramatic and breath-taking. I am also the author of Pamela's Confessions and Confesiones del Alma. I currently live in Florida with my husband and three children.

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Blog Tour: The Proving by @kenbrosky #interview



YA Sci-Fi
Date Published: 1/5/2016


It's been 133 years since the Specters invaded Earth. Like ghosts they haunt the planet, devouring anyone foolish enough to venture outside the last remaining protected cities. For some, venturing out isn't a choice--it's a necessary evil to prove yourself to your clan as you come of age.
But when a team of ambitious youth—New Adults—undertakes a mission deep in Specter territory, they discover a terrible secret. Everything they've learned may be wrong ... and Earth is in grave danger.

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Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Probably the second draft. It’s always the draft where I try to insert a bunch of ideas that came to me after the first draft was done. But then of course I also need to make sure those ideas make sense … it gets a little frustrating! Then as each draft starts to make sense and the book feels better and better, it can also get kind of difficult trudging through such familiar territory over and over. That’s why a fresh pair of eyes is really important. Don’t kill anyone and take their eyes … instead, find someone who will read your work!

What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Music by Nine Inch Nails, Black Mountain, Mastodon, Alice in Chains, Florence and the Machine, Royal Blood, and Silversun Pickups. I always try to pick a single song that I think would make for good “trailer” music. It helps get me in the groove for writing. For this book, it’s “Tread Lightly” by Mastodon.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Yes! My former MFA classmates are usually my best friends by the time a book is ready to go. It’s so important to have a network of honest readers who can help. I also get tons of help from my partner Dagny, who goes through each book with a fine-toothed comb and is especially brutal!

What book are you reading now?
I just finished V.E. Shwab’s fantasy book A Darker Shade of Magic. Totally dug it. I’m not exactly sure what to start next. I feel like I have a couple books sitting around that need reading … but I also feel like I could just pick up a Charles Stross sci-fi novel and start reading it, too.

How did you start your writing career?
I used to sell hand-drawn comics to my parents. They’d always buy the comics. Then I would spend the money buying more art supplies. I never really made much of a profit, but I loved making comics so at least there was that.


I think the next release is going to be the sequel to The Proving! I’m almost done with it now. I just need one more fresh pair of eyes to look at it.



The Proving is Ken Brosky’s newest YA sci-fi adventure. His first series, The Grimm Chronicles, ran from 2012-2014 and is available on Kindle. Ken received his MFA in writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

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