Thursday, April 17, 2014

SEVERED (A Tale of Sleepy Hollow) by Dax Varley Review

Title: SEVERED
Author: Dax Varley
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 276
Price: $3.99
Thoughts: Rediscover an old favorite in a new way.

Book Synopsis:

Katrina is still haunted by her encounter with the Headless Horseman - the night he beckoned to her. Now he has risen again, slashing heads and terrorizing the quiet countryside.

Her only joy during this dismal darkness comes when Ichabod Crane, a gorgeous young man from Connecticut, moves to Sleepy Hollow and their attraction turns to romance.

When the Horseman marks Ichabod as his next victim, Katrina, despite dangerous efforts to save him, sees no other choice than for them to flee.

But the Horseman awaits. Now it’s up to her to sever the horror and alter the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Review:

I absolutely LOVE retellings of old stories. SEVERED by Dax Varley is such an awesome retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. If you loved the original tale, you're definitely going to want to read this. And, if you haven't read the original tale, I still recommend this book.

The Last Dragon Slayer (Deathsworn Arc) by Martyn Stanley Review

Title: The Last Dragon Slayer
Series: Deathsworn Arc, Book 1
Author: Martyn Stanley
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 200
Price: $2.99 or FREE for Prime Members
Thoughts: Loved the introduction to the characters.

Book Synopsis:

There is rumoured to be a noble dragon, an almost mythical beast, long thought to be extinct in Torea – terrorising a village in the north, at the foot of the Sky Cleaver Mountains. Saul Karza, Emissary to the Empress and licensed magic user, has been ordered by the Empress to assemble a band of warriors to investigate, and if the rumours are true, to vanquish it.

Having failed to assemble the band of hardened warriors he’d hoped for, Saul enters the town of Trest with a homeless dwarf, and two would-be sell-swords from the barbarian northlands, who’ve grown weary of working as labourers at the dock.

Seeking a fabled dragon slayer, the last known living soul to prevail in battle against a noble dragon, seems logical, even though he may not turn out to be all they expected. When the companions set out from Trest, they find simply getting to the Sky Cleavers proves to be a challenge and by the time they are ready to confront the beast, their party has changed dramatically and includes individuals from some of the rarest races in Torea.

As the gravity of their grim task becomes apparent, the warriors begin to realize, their chances of success are not good, and even if they can prevail against the odds, it seems unlikely they will all survive the encounter.

Only when the quest is done, is the true nature of the Empress's mission revealed. What is not revealed however, is the mysterious 'Truth', which Brael continually alludes to but is unable to talk about. Nobody can foresee the devastating consequences that the emergence of this ‘truth’ will unleash, and the impact its unveiling will have on their lives.

Review:

Let me say first that I LOVED how the author introduced the characters with awesome illustrations and background stories. I think it was a great way to start the series and novel. The story doesn't disappoint either. Fans of epic fantasy and going to love this novel and series. This is such a captivating and entertaining read. If you love fantasy, read this book.

Spell Checked (Logic) by C.G. Powell Review

Title: Spell Checked
Series: Logic, Book 1
Author: C.G. Powell
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 307
Price: $2.99
Thoughts: A must for fantasy and romance fans.

Book Synopsis:

Broken relationships were a constant in Mae’s life, causing her to swear off men forever. Unwittingly lured to Ireland, Mae finds herself knee-deep in a hidden world she never knew existed and head over heels for the very man that tricked her to coming there. His deception is complicated by his own feelings for the one person that holds the key to merging the ancient races that once ruled the ancient word.

Mae finds herself in an underground world of witches, and vampires, which are half-breeds of aliens long gone. She learns about her own unique parentage and powers, which she must study in order to control, before they consume her.

Beck and Helen’s love for one another spans across a millennium, her human soul reincarnated to match Beck’s own immortality. This time however the body she occupies is of a being that cannot be eclipsed by her return. After waiting two hundred years, Beck finds himself tormented by Helen’s inability to return and his growing love for her new host.

Some of the underworld creatures welcome her with open arms as a savior, while others seek to destroy the abomination they believe her to be. Will the knowledge of her existence cause a race war when the true power of her blood is discovered? Or will love become her ultimate downfall?

Review:

A must for those that love romance and fantasy. Spell Checked by C.G. Powell is a wonderful book to escape with for a few hours. The characters are awesome and who wouldn't love a book that has vampires, witches, and romance? I highly recommend this book.

A Widow Redefined by Kim Cano Review

Title: A Widow Redefined
Author: Kim Cano
Genre: Women's Fiction
Pages: 230
Price: $2.99 or FREE for Prime Members
Thoughts: A wonderful read.

Book Synopsis:

On a cold Valentine’s Day in Chicago, Amy White, a young widow who lost her husband to cancer, visits the cemetery and makes an unsettling discovery: a bouquet of fresh daffodils lying in front of her husband’s grave.

Curiosity grows into obsession as Amy searches for the stranger who left the flowers, while keeping her activities a secret from her live-in mother and seven-year-old son. The search leads to an unusual friendship that transforms her world and redefines her life.

Review:

A Widow Redefined is an amazing piece of women's fiction. From page one you can feel the urgency the main character feels to find the person who has visited her husband's grave. Kim Cano does such an amazing job at pulling you into the story and making you become emotionally invested in the characters. If you love women's fiction, read this book.

Vampire Reborn by Caridad Pineiro Excerpt and Book Trailer

Vampire Reborn: A Novella in The Calling\Reborn Vampire Novels by Caridad Pineiro
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A life alone . . .

For nearly two centuries, vampire Ryder Latimer had lived alone, uncomfortable in the vampire world and unloved in the human world. Ryder had never dared hope that he'd find love in his endless existence.

Brought together . . .

Fate brought FBI Agent Diana Reyes into Ryder's world and in the five years since they met, they've battled long and hard for a life together. With Ryder's love, Diana has climbed out of a dark abyss that had kept her prisoner for far too long.

A Vampire Reborn . . .

It's been a month since Diana and Ryder became man and wife. A month since Ryder almost lost his life to protect his wife and their newborn child. But now something is happening in Ryder's body that is making him more human at a time when he needs to be at full vampire strength to protect his loved ones.
Will fear and doubt drive Ryder to embrace his vampire self and be reborn at the cost of his new family? Or will Diana's love battle back the darkness that threatens?


Look for FIGHT FOR LOVE, the continuation of Diana and Ryder's story

and a new romance for slayer Benjamin, in Early Summer 2014.


Excerpt:

Chapter 1
Ryder Latimer wiped the steam off the mirror and stared. For the first time in nearly two hundred years, his image stared back.
Granted it was barely there. Almost ghostly, but it was definitely his image. It was weird to see himself, to see how others might see him, after so long.
He gingerly rubbed his hand over his jaw and the beard there. Shifted his hand upward to drag his fingers through the longer strands of his hair.
It had been nearly a month since he’d had his ass kicked by Connall Burk, psycho vampire. Nearly a month since he’d almost died, but worse . . .
It had been nearly a month since he’d failed his family.
He had no intention of failing them again.
He pushed off the edge of the sink, wincing as his bones and muscles complained with the action. He had worked himself hard that afternoon, running through a series of martial arts drills in addition to an intense workout in the gym. Plus, he still hadn’t fully healed from that beating. It was part of the reason for the beard and the longer hair. The most basic grooming hurt much like the rest of his body still ached from the damage he’d sustained and the way he had been pushing himself.
But that wasn’t going to stop him from protecting his newlywed wife and newborn daughter.
My family, he thought, and smiled through the twinge in his jaw.
Charlie’s mewl drifted in from the bedroom and his gut tightened with both joy and fear. Driving away the fear, he whirled from his almost spectral image and hurried out to where his wife sat in a rocker, nursing their month-old daughter.
The sight of his lover never failed to stir him.
Diana's head was down turned and her nearly seal-black hair fanned forward to hide most of her face, except the faint smile that graced her lips as she watched their daughter nurse.
At his entry, Diana met his gaze and her smile broadened, but then her exotic gold-green eyes narrowed. Her cop’s eyes were way too perceptive. “Are you feeling okay?”
Never better,” he lied. He walked to her side and kneeled, still amazed by the miracle with which they’d both been blessed.
The baby’s soft full cheeks moved with each suck and at a strong pull, Diana jumped a bit.
Hungry little thing, isn’t she?” he said and gently skimmed his index finger along the baby’s face.
Like her dad,” Diana teased, cupped his jaw, and tenderly forced his head upward. “You’re not a very good liar, you know.”
Chagrined, he said, “Maybe you’re just more observant than the average person.”
She frowned. “You’re still hurting. I don’t get how that’s possible.”
He didn’t either. He was a vampire for Christ's sake. In the past, he’d healed from a number of injuries virtually overnight. But then again, he’d never been beaten to within an inch of his life.
And he’d never fed from a slayer elder who was now also a vampire.
I can see myself,” he said and held his hand out in front of him, searching for other differences. Skimming his gaze down his naked body to examine himself before facing her again.
Diana’s forehead furrowed and she looked at him as if he was losing it. “Of course, you can see yourself.”
He shook his head and even that simple movement caused a throb of pain at the back of his head where Connall had smashed it into a solid brick wall during his fight with the sadistic vampire. “No, darlin'. In the mirror. I can see myself in the mirror. Just faintly, but my image is there.”
He waited for her disbelief, but instead there was only calm acceptance as she trailed her hand across his cheek and then skimmed it along the bare skin at his shoulder. “You’re warmer, too. When you’re not in your vampire state that is. I noticed that you were warmer the other night in bed.”
He’d thought so also, but had been afraid that it was just his imagination or maybe even the changes in Diana.
Much like he’d had a taste of slayer blood, so had she in order to save her life during the birth of their daughter. Combined with his turning her, she was now a dhampir like their newborn child, and gifted with some vampire strength and healing, but also saddled with mortal limitations like aging. Albeit very slow and prolonged aging.
Do you think it’s possible that . . . I’m different? That the slayer blood did something?” he asked.
The baby squirmed and mewled again.
Diana raised Charlie to her shoulder, softly rubbed her back, and after a healthy burp, his wife shifted the baby to her other breast, where Charlie greedily latched on again and resumed her suckling. His groin tightened at the thought of how much he wanted a taste as well, but it would have to wait until his daughter had satisfied her needs.
Do you feel different?” he wondered aloud, surprised that in the weeks since Charlie’s birth and both their near deaths, they had never discussed it.


The Glass Wall by Madison Adler and Carmen Caine

The Glass Wall by Madison Adler and Carmen Caine
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17-year-old Sydney's only interest in life is flying under the radar.

But destiny has other plans when the tall, handsome, and unusual Rafael Channing moves into the neighborhood. Athletic and with killer looks, he wears black eyeliner like a magician and speaks like a hero from a seventeenth-century novel.

What starts out as a light-hearted investigation with her gadget-happy foster father takes a serious turn when she discovers that Rafael isn’t human. Add Jareth, the country’s latest rock sensation, into the mix and Sydney is swept into a mysterious world of Tulpas, the Fae, and the Brotherhood of the Snake.

Sydney doesn’t know she’s a Blue Thread of Fate. She doesn’t know the fate of humanity depends on her choice of whom to trust—Jareth or Rafael. And she certainly doesn’t know that she’s taken the first step on the unexpected path of love.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cliff Diver (An Emilia Cruz Novel) by Carmen Amato - $0.99 Goodie!

Cliff Diver (An Emilia Cruz Novel) by Carmen Amato
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When Emilia Cruz, Acapulco’s first and only female police detective, dives into the investigation of a dirty cop’s death, she might just hit the rocks instead of the water. With hot nights on the beach and suspense straight out of the headlines, CLIFF DIVER and the Emilia Cruz mystery series goes inside Mexico's drug war with a fearless style and a woman who'll be hard to forget.

THE DEATH OF A DIRTY COP
Forced to lead the murder investigation into the death of her shady lieutenant, Emilia faces resentment from the other detectives as well as a blood-spattered crime scene, no witnesses, and the shadow of counterfeit ransom money. Reluctant to take on the investigation, Emilia soon learns that the dead lieutenant led a double life in Acapulco full of illicit sex and financial manipulation, all of which would be either red herrings or keys to the crime. Missing police files, the lieutenant’s involvement with a past kidnapping, and a possible link to a gang working for a drug cartel further combine to make this a messy case with too many loose ends.

A GAME OF MONEY AND POWER
Expecting to become a target herself because of her own brush with the lieutenant’s counterfeit scheme, Emilia must move quickly to find the killer. But as she pieces together the lieutenant's last hours, she becomes a pawn in an ugly game of corruption, money, and power being played by the Pacific resort city’s ambitious mayor and a police union strongman with questionable motives. Luxury hotel manager Kurt Rucker has some advice for Emilia but the heat between them quickly becomes a complicating factor.

Under pressure from politicians, other cops, and the powerful union, Emilia feels like Acapulco’s famous cliff divers, plunging into suspense and praying not to crash on the rocks below. She’ll follow her instincts but will she survive if she uncovers the truth?

A WOMAN WHO CAN TAKE THE HEAT
Acapulco police detective Emilia Cruz joins John Rebus, Harry Hole, Arkady Renko, and Guido Brunetti as international fiction’s most memorable crime fighters. Emilia Cruz is a good liar, a fast thinker, a determined investigator and a mean kickboxer. An Acapulco native forced to grow up too fast, she’s been a cop for nearly 12 years and a detective for two; a strong Latina woman in a squadroom that didn’t want her and is still trying to break her. But Emilia isn’t afraid to defend herself and get what she’s rightfully earned. She knows that many women in Mexico don’t get the chances she’s had and the proof is in a log she tracks of women who have gone missing.

But the one thing she doesn’t know how to handle is gringo Kurt Rucker, the manager of a luxury hotel in Acapulco. A former US Marine, he has the confidence and leadership qualities she admires. A triathlete, he’s calm under pressure and knows what he wants. But does Emilia?

THE TWO FACES OF ACAPULCO
There’s the Acapulco that tourists know; the sweep of the most beautiful bay in the world, the majesty of the clear blue Pacific, candlelit nights on the beach, and luxury hi-rises. There’s also the Acapulco that is a prize to be fought over by drug cartels--the city that is home to hookers and thieves, the streets where life is cheap and poverty is as pervasive as the wind off the ocean. Both of these versions of Acapulco claw at each other and force Emilia to survive between them. No investigation will be easy, no crime will be simple.

Carmen Amato has taken the classic mystery and given it a contemporary Mexican twist. The result is an adrenaline-charged novel with the emotional vibe of those who live on the edge. See why amazon reviewers say “Can't wait to read the next of Amato's novels!”

Grab a margarita and come on down to Acapulco . . . If you can take the heat.