Book Cover Contest

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Final days to vote for your favorite book cover! Love’s Forbidden Embrace is 1 of 6 book covers to make it into the final rounds of The Masquerade Crew’s monthly Cover War Contest. Thanks to all those who participated! For those who haven’t yet voted, check it out here. There’s a lot of great competition! Who knows, you might even find a new book to read.

Tonight’s Desire — Sale

Tonight’s Desire – Kindle Count Down

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Book One of the Volkoff Pack, a paranormal series based in a parallel timeline to our own, is on sale. Tonight’s Desire – a menage romance, tells the story of Mia and how she meets twins brothers, Cyril and Hunter Volkoff. Featured on Amazon, this kindle count down starts at $0.99 and will raise $1 approximately every two days, until it reaches its final price deal of $2.99. Sale runs November 14th – 21st, Enjoy!

Series:
The world knows supernatural beings exist and that humans were never the top of the food chain. While some humans will always fear that which they don’t understand most have worked to live in harmony with the Others.

Shifters, Vampires and Mages: three unique species that wish to coexist with humans. At the center of it all stands the Volkoff Pack a paramilitary group trained for centuries to be the defenders of their species.

To Embrace a Highlander — Sale

To Embrace a Highlander — Kindle Count Down Sale

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Book Three of the MacKay series is on sale! Thanks to Amazon’s Kindle Count Down feature, To Embrace a Highlander will be on sale from November 11th – 18th. Grab a book and enjoy!

Review – Ryse of the Ryders

Review of Ryse of the Ryders

Synopsis:

There are many different creatures that exist in this world. They make up our most fanciful legends. They come from a time in shadow, now thought of as myth. They have been called many things, gone by many names, over the long centuries. They were hailed as gods and goddesses, the kings and queens of the ancient world. Shape shifters, both men and women, full of magic and power. They still walk among us.

Some have been willing to accept new ways, but others are forever stuck in the past. Many protect and guide us, champions of the innocent, but some choose to demean and abuse those that they see as inferior, weaker than themselves. Totally embracing the darkness, their powers and technologies have corrupted them. Known only as the Fa’allen, they long to rule as gods once again. The only thing standing between us and their total domination are the guardians, the Nephilim, the heroes of old, men of renown.


What do you do when you have spent centuries looking for your mate – the other half of your soul? When you have lost hope because no female has been born to your people in over a thousand years? The Ryders, those “humans” that God had chosen to join with them had thought to have been lost, killed by those who seek their destruction – the Fa’allen. What does a man do when God slaps him upside the head and answers his prayers – with a mate? A modern Careful what you wish for… you might just get it..

My Thoughts:

Ryse of the Ryders by Carole Hjellum is an amazing intro to what could be a fantastic series. I downloaded the e–book from the Kindle Unlimited program and I’m excited by this discovery. A brand new young author with a lot of potential.

Let me give a basic run of the story without giving too much away.

This e–book is a prequel to an up coming series. At approximately 54 pages, according to Amazon, the short story starts off by introducing us to key players in the series and their mates. Their mates are children at the time, and unreachable to them.

A fair warning, there’s a bit of baby talk in the conversation, which is sprinkled throughout the first 5 chapters. Actually, it reminds me more of Jar Jar Binks than a child. But, it’s only a small amount, so those who have a dislike of dialect usage, should be able to get past this.

Around Chapter 6, you get an adult version of the girls and let me tell you, their grown up sassy persona left me excited to read the next installation. I like where the story was heading with its witty repartee and peeks into the paranormal possibilities. She gave us just enough information to whett the appetite and develop an interest in all the different characters.

A definite recommend to those looking for a new twist on the paranormal world. I can’t wait for the series to start. According to her weebly.com contact page, the first book in the series will be entitled To Run with the Wolves. I gave this 5 hearts.

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Review – Knight Awakened

Review of Knight Awakened

This book by Coreene Callahan was initially found through a recommendation of Knight Avenged, which is Book Two in the series. I loved the trailer. An excellent mix of sound and song to stir the blood allowing you to commiserate with their distress. Plus, I was very impressed with their use of effects to make the pictures seem more dramatic and alive.

This led me to discover Book One. Me being a creature of habit, I must read them in order. So, I will be reviewing both books for the website. While this video wasn’t as inspiring, I couldn’t ignore the first book in the series.

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Synopsis:

In AD 1331, warlord Vladimir Barbu seizes control of Transylvania. But in spite of his bloody triumph, his claim to the throne remains out of reach. The king of Hungary opposes his rule, the Transylvanian people despise his brutal ways, and the high priestess needed to crown him has vanished without a trace. But Barbu hasn’t come this far only to be thwarted by a woman. He unleashes his best hunters to track her down and bring her to him—dead or alive.

For Xavian Ramir, killing is the only life he has ever known. Torn from his family when he was a child, he was trained from an early age to be an elite assassin. But now he longs for something more, vowing to start anew after one last job. The bounty on his target’s head is enough to set him up for good—if he can resist the long-dead conscience that stirs to life when he meets his beautiful mark.

Afina Lazar never wanted to become high priestess, but the brutal murders of her beloved mother and sister leave her no choice. Now she is running for her life, desperate to protect the magical amulet entrusted to her care. But when Barbu’s assassin comes for her, she realizes her only chance of stopping the warlord’s rise to power is to convince this enigmatic—and handsome—hunter that she is more valuable alive than dead.

Dramatic and fast-paced, Knight Awakened is a stirring love story between two people searching for a second chance in a magical world of assassins, warlords, unearthly beasts, and nonstop adventure.

My Thoughts:

You have phenomenal sexual tension between the two characters, and I love the action scenes. Throw in a prophecy, some dragons and a bit of mysticism and you’ve got this book in a nutshell.
The author’s vivid scenes draw you in with each twist and turn. An awe-inspiring feat that many authors find difficult. Her world building skills are enough to leave even the most skeptical going wow. Her fighting scenes are an originality I rarely see in romance novels.

The antagonists consist of two men that aren’t connected. One is greedy and tenacious while the other is just pure evil. One the heroine’s enemy, the other our hero’s. There’s a darkness that surrounds the story, but yet she allows a gentle light to seep in giving you hope for something better. That wonder of what will happen next is what pushes you forward, to find out what new adventure they face.

Some Hmm Moments: I found myself questioning a few events. Like where did the child go? After certain events, she just kind of disappears from the book. Or why did one of the two antagonists hire assassins if he wanted her captured? Just a few oddities I seen in the tale.

I read some of the other reviews and I noticed more than one complaint about the whole “traitor in his trews” line. I have to say I enjoyed that visualism. Though, I don’t mind a bit of nasty talk, from time to time it’s refreshing to see it phrased this way. I give her extra points for her play on words.

My Favorite Character: Though, I liked most of the secondary characters, my favorite was Henrik. You knew from the first meeting there was more to him than what he showed his comrades. I’m very much looking forward to reading his story.

Xavian: This assassin turned rescuer was known as Ram to his friends. I enjoyed the main hero. He had this whole wounded vibe going on that made you want to comfort him and yet at the same time admire his tenacity. He’s strong and confident with a take no shit attitude, but a creamy soft center. You know he’s got a soft gooey inside from the knowledge of all the orphan boys he’s rescued, then taken care of. He didn’t have to provide for them. He could’ve tried to pawn them off on others, but instead he provides a home for them. I admire that and it makes me enjoy him so much more. On a side note: I think I’ve been eating too many hohos…

I loved the connection between the two main characters. Though, Afina’s constant negativity is grating at times together they just worked. Her insecurities mixed with his tough, no–holds–barred attitude just worked. She was the softness that he needed, while he was the strength she yearned for. Together they made each other whole.

The one thing that really impressed me about Afina was her strength, when it mattered. She was hard on herself and woefully insecure, but when she needed to fight, she did what she must and refused to back down. It was an admirable quality, to my way of thinking, and I enjoyed the grittier side of her nature.

Overall this was a great fast paced story with lots of action and a fair amount of sexual tension. It’s definitely more fantasy than historical with the dragons and sorcery. Still it was a great read and I would not hesitate to recommend it. I give it 4 hearts.

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)