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Altacia by Tracy M. Joyce – Review



‘Look at her – she’s Hill Clan. Even the Matyrani don’t like them …’

Isaura – little is known about her race, but much is whispered. Born to refugees, she grows up enduring racism and superstition within a community that fears her. She has few friends, and those she treasures. Trapped, she longs for escape to a different life.

Escape is only the beginning of her troubles. Having fled an invading army with her friends, Isaura is faced with heinous choices in order to survive. Secrets from her past emerge to torment her and threaten to destroy all she holds dear. Her struggles forge a bond with an ancient power – a power which may transform or consume her. Old hatreds and superstitions are renewed and at her most vulnerable she learns the true nature of those around her.

Her only hope lies in a foreign land – a land rich in tradition; ruled by three powerful clans. A land with a history marked by warfare; where magic as we know it does not exist. Instead what is here, in abundance, is a more primal power.

Survival carries a high price.

Welcome to Altaica.

My Review:

The story starts slow, but builds up to a strong crescendo, pulling you along on a thrilling journey. While the cliché of a power-hungry son does play out, the way he reacts later is definitely worth the read.  the characters are fully-formed, you don’t need for back story or suffer under the weight of it – you have all the magic and words you need to get you through the story.

The world is definitely one I will have to revisit in the future, and I am looking forward to it. You won’t regret the read.


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April 15, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Comments Off on Altacia by Tracy M. Joyce – Review

Nareen of the Draca by Louisa Kelley – Review


Lusty tales of the Draca continue with Nareen, dragon shape-shifter and Queen of the ancient clan of Draca. Nareen is exhausted. She’s seen the Draca through a year of unprecedented change and redemption. She’s cast the major spells that brought sex and lust in the clan roaring back to life. She’s initiated contact with the human world for the first time in hundreds of years.

She needs a vacation.

And more than that, she’s deeply lonely. Forbidden by the Gods to mate for life until she completes the tasks they have given her, she longs for her share of the lust and love whirling among her kin. What’s a shape-shifting Queen to do?

She communes with the sacred through an erotic dreaming ceremony involving the psychotropic tea, etrian. The answers she receives ignite her — body, mind and soul.
Her dream carries powerful images of a massive, black-winged Draca. Her mate. At long last. However, he lives in the human world. Hidden. Captured and bound by a spell of dark punishment and secrecy.

She must find him. Claim him. Bring him back to the sanctuary. As fast as possible, because Lydia, human daughter of Draca, is due to give birth to the first Draca/human child born in hundreds of years and Nareen’s special powers may be needed more than ever.

Yet, nothing ever goes as planned for the sexy Draca when the mischievous machinations of the Gods are involved… Off-the-charts sex magic, anyone?

My Review:

Who would have thought that dragon-shifters could be so hot? Bringing together my three favourite things into one book –  dragons, shifters and sex – makes for a wonderful, delicious combination. The writing was fluid and graceful, even the erotic moments. There was nothing major to fault except that the story wasn’t long enough. A wonderful read that I do not regret in the least – unlike some of my other dips into Shifter-tales!

A stunning…



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June 8, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gypsy by Trisha Leigh – Review


Inconsequential: not important or significant.

Synonyms: insignificant, unimportant, nonessential, irrelevant

In the world of genetic mutation, Gypsy’s talent of knowing a person’s age of death is considered a failure. Her peers, the other Cavies, have powers that range from curdling a blood still in the vein to being able to overhear a conversation taking place three miles away, but when they’re taken from the sanctuary where they grew up and forced into the real world, Gypsy, with her all-but-invisible gift, is the one with the advantage.

The only one who’s safe, if the world finds out what they can do.

When the Cavies are attacked and inoculated with an unidentified virus, that illusion is shattered. Whatever was attached to the virus causes their abilities to change. Grow. In some cases, to escape their control.

Gypsy dreamed of normal high school, normal friends, a normal life, for years. Instead, the Cavies are sucked under a sea of government intrigue, weaponized genetic mutation, and crushing secrets that will reframe everything they’ve ever been told about how their “talents” came to be in the first place.

When they find out one of their own has been appropriated by the government, mistreated and forced to run dangerous missions, their desire for information becomes a pressing need. With only a series of guesses about their origins, the path to the truth becomes quickly littered with friends, enemies, and in the end, the Cavies ability to trust anyone at all.


My Review:

Gypsy is an interesting take on the idea of human mutation. A little science mixed in with the paranormal, melding seamlessly into one.

I do have to admit that I read this book pretty soon after watching the latest X-men film, so I am a little biased in saying there is definitely such a feel to this book. That said, it is definitely in a category all it’s own.

Ms Leigh has crafted a rich, vibrant world fill of characters you can identify with – even without the powers. The danger and excitement ensures that , although the book starts out a little fact-heavy, the rest of the book drags you forth unto the last page.


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The Death Skull by Cassiel Knight – Promo

The Death SkullBlurb:

Fallen angel Marisol Asheni Fell when she unwisely chose to follow Lucifer. Unlike many of her fellow angels, she has no desire for redemption. Instead, she prefers fighting the followers of the Dark when they step over the line. Except, in the deepest part of her soul, she longs for a reason to stop fighting.

Jackson’s only loyalty is to himself and his mother, but even he has boundaries he won’t cross. When his last job threatened the life of a young woman, he tossed aside the lucrative pay, and finds himself fighting evil. He’s attracted to Mari despite her hard, seemingly emotionless edge. And while Mari finds the tall human reluctantly appealing, she has no intention of finding herself in a relationship with a human.

Brought together by the Archangel Michael, they must find and destroy the crystal Mayan Death Skull before the son of Lucifer uses the skull to destroy the world’s leaders and throw the world into chaos to begin Hell on Earth.

Their search for the Death Skull takes them from Chicago to Central America to the lost city of Lubaantun in Belize, the heart of the Mayan civilization, and into a battle for their souls.


My Review: 

Ms Knight has written a world full of adventure and action, darkness and light, repulsion and love. With a’l the grace and beauty of an angel, this story sets up a wildly-exciting adventure full of murder, secrets and magic – and that’s only the first chapter!

With a final battle like nothing you’ve read before, The Death Skull is one hot must-read!



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1. Why didn’t you become a policeman instead of a writer?
Because I would have wanted to shoot all the bad guys. Seriously, though, when I was in high school, I truly considered becoming a cop. But I really don’t know why I didn’t. I do remember, interestingly enough, telling my BFF at the time (she was in that class too) that I wouldn’t make a good cop because I’d want to shoot the bad guys instead of arrest them. Especially the ones who abused animals. I still feel that way.

2. If you could only tell one story in your life, what would it be?
A space opera as wonderful and compelling as Firefly. Not only are the characters amazingly intricate and interesting, the stories themselves are wonderful—perfect blends of action, adventure, thrills, chills and humor.

3. Apples or pears?
Neither? Okay, if I have to pick one it would be apples. I like pears but IN things, not on their own. I’ve never really had a pear that made me sit up and go, wow, this is a fabulous pear. On the other hands, I’ve had a lot of great apples. But I’d rather have an orange. 

4. Which of your own characters would you like to meet and why?
Mia from Blood on the Moon. She’s my ode to Lara Croft in Tomb Raider and I’ve made Mia everything I would have loved to be—everything I’m not.

5. How would you like the world to end?
An asteroid hitting us with no warning. I don’t want to know it’s coming and I want to go right away. I don’t think I’d be a good survivor.

6. Which genre do you wish you could write, and why?
Erotica. Simply because it’s hugely popular and those who write it and do it well make lots of money. I wouldn’t mind making lots of money. But alas, I just can’t do it so I’ll stick to writing my stories and being happy about what I’m doing whether or not the money comes.

7. You’re stuck on an island with only three things: A knife, a match and a stick. What would you do to survive?
I honestly don’t know. As I noted above, I don’t think I’d make a very good survivor so it’s possible I’d use the knife in a not so good way. But then, who knows what one will do in that situation? I can’t even begin to guess.

8. Which of the following would you rather have stalking you through the night: A vampire, a werewolf, or Stephen King?
Oh Stephen King for sure. Love him and his wicked wicked imagination. Of course, I’d let him catch me so I can talk to him.

9. Who is the best villain you’ve ever read, and why?
Well, I don’t tend to read stories that have hard core villains but I guess if I have to pick one, I think it would be Angel from Steve Alten’s Megaladon stories. She is one nasty creature and to me, very terrifying. Yet, on the other hand, she’s an animal so I understand her being ruled by her instincts. Still, she gives me the creeps. I’m not a fan of sharks anyway so imagine a 70-foot shark and yeah, the terror scale is off the charts.



May 30, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Death Skull by Cassiel Knight – Promo

Inquisitor by RJ Blain – Review


When Allison is asked to play Cinderella-turned-Fiancee at a Halloween ball, the last thing she expects is to be accused of murder. She has to find the killer and quick, or she’ll be put to death for the crimes she didn’t commit. To make matters worse, the victims are all werewolves.

On the short list of potential victims, Allison has to act fast, or the killer will have one more body to add to his little black book of corpses.

There’s only one problem: One of the deaths has struck too close to home, and Allison’s desire for self-preservation may very well transform into a quest for vengeance…

My Review:

While it is true that werewolf stories have been done to death, RJ Blain has managed to write a fun and enduring story that not only redefines werewolves, but the world around us as well. This book has rekindled my faith in the werewolf genre.

This is a well-written book with a host of wonderful and believable characters that will tug heart strings, insight wonder and have you on the edge of your seat with fear. The twist at the end, while a little complicated, is a wonderful event that will leave you marveling at how easily some enemies will continue as workmates – even while they hunt down others.


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Flashback by Jared Sandman – Review



In the annals of Hollywood cinema, the name Gregory Kincaid is as synonymous with Jack the Ripper as Bela Lugosi to Dracula. He portrayed the infamous serial murderer in half a dozen films, spanning a five-decade career filled with monster movies and sci-fi schlock. Twenty years ago, weary of celebrity’s harsh spotlight, he withdrew from public life, never to be seen again — until now.


After a wartime accident seriously injures journalist Jenny Pearce, she turns her attention to reporting entertainment news. More comfortable on the frontlines than the red carpet, she jumps at the opportunity to track down the notoriously reclusive Kincaid.


The damaged pair forges an unlikely friendship, working together to write the actor’s memoir. Except someone doesn’t want Kincaid’s tell-all all told, somebody who aims to protect secrets best left buried. Fighting for their lives, Kincaid and Pearce are forced to unravel a murder mystery gone unsolved for over seventy years.

My Review:

Curse this book. I chewed off all my nails in the last 100 pages. I loved Kincaid, even though he wasn’t actually in the second half of the book. Jenny is a feisty woman with a stubborn streak wider than most people i know. And Kameko became more of a main character as the story progressed, becoming a sweet and honest woman with a heart of gold.

This is a wonderfully thrilling book with a cunning daub of mystery and humor to go with it, tugging the heartstrings and encouraging nostalgia in even the youngest of hearts.

A fine example of writing and a marvelous way to spend a day.


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Chronicles: Library of Illumination Review

LOI is a story made up of patches pf other stories. First, you have Mal’s story, of how Johanna came to be part of the Library. Then there’s Jackson’s story, and the story of the Terrorians… Really, each story deserves to be reviewed on it’s own, but you really should read this book yourselves. LOI is a well-written book full of magic and mayhem. Fans of movies like The Librarian will definitely enjoy this book – I know I did, and I don’t usually like those kinds of books. The book was badly paced – it is, after all, a collection of stories – but the character developments more than made up for it.


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The Atheist’s Prayer by Amy Biddle – Review


After a solar eclipse, nineteen people were found dead in a remote area of the California National Forest. They were lying in a circle, holding hands and wearing plastic fairy wings. 

Years later, on the other side of the country, no one in the southern city of Jefferson is concerned about fairies or fairy-worshipping suicide cults. Except for Candy. She might not have proof, but she’s damn sure it’s going to happen again. 

The problem is, Candy is a coke-dealing stripper and the only person who will listen to her is an alcoholic mall Santa named Hank, who’s only listening because, well…she’s hot. 

There are seven days until the next eclipse.

My Review:

The idea of a cult has always been one of the things I most dislike about religions. And this book reminds me why.

Although it’s billed as a dark contemporary comedy, the contents are no laughing matter. Two kids are basically brainwashed into a suicidal cult through the girl’s irresponsible mother. They get insanely close to succeeding, too.

This book is all twists, turns and suspense that makes yoi want to keepmyour kids close – even if you dont have any.

A wonderful, thought-provoking book.


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Mind Games/Cassie Scot by Christine Amsden – Review


Beware your heart and soul…

Evan broke Cassie’s heart two months ago, and she still doesn’t know why. She throws herself into family, friends and her new job at the sheriff’s department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him…irresistible.

Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the non-magical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor’s wife. It looks like a sorcerer is to blame, but while Cassie tries to figure out who, others take matters into their own hands. With tensions running so hot, a single spark might set Eagle Rock ablaze.

My review(s):

Mind Games (Book #3)

(Apologies in advance – I stayed up until 130am on a work night to finish this book.)

There is just something about this book that leads you into the next page, and the next. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely parts of the book that could have been a bit snappier, but overall, the revelations and the plot that just kept snapping kept me awake at night until I finished the story. The revelation about the true connection between Cassie and Evan, the expansion of Cassie’s siblings as more than stock characters (LOVED Elena, btw), brought its own conflicts and actions that spurred on the story.

I didn’t like the introduction of Alexander DuPris, though I understand his motivations. I just don’t feel that he added anything to the story that other characters couldn’t already provide. Also, I’m getting a bit tired of it being ‘one romance per book’ – Evan and Cassie need to get together, properly, and all these men need to go away.

The series so far:

Final verdict: I’m loving it. I read all three over again in less than a week, and it kept me up at night, needing to know what was going to happen. The characters are evolving beautifully, the plots are interconnected in ways I wouldn’t have imagined going in, and it has really stuck a chord with me, especially Cassie’s estrangement and return to the family. Having recently entered into the ‘estrangement’ part with my own mother, I can feel exactly what Cassie was – and still is – going through.

Bring on #4!

A little aside: It is starting to feel like every female sorcerer around Cassie, with the maybe-exception of Laura Blackwood, appears to be either the victim or attempted-victim of the drain/slavery trade going on. Is that just me, with my feminism gene acting up, or what?



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April 22, 2014 Posted by | Book Reviews, Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Office Perks by SL Siwik – Review


All I wanted from him was the truth. I was given everything but. ~Victoria
All I wanted was to know where we stood. But, Victoria is an expert at evasiveness. ~Blaze
Have you read in the papers lately about all of those politicians being caught with high class hookers? I’ve slept with most of those men. You can also believe that if I was still in the business, they would have never been caught with me. No matter what you do in life, professionalism is key.
Working as a high class hooker, then a bartender at the best strip club in NYC, I had been making good money for years.
That was until the night I got the call…
The call that flipped my life upside down…
My best friend and her husband died in a car accident, leaving me the caretaker of their eight-year-old daughter. My life needed to change fast. I managed to secure a position at Townsend Realty Company. My attraction to Mr. Townsend, one of the wealthiest men in America and step-brother to the infamous Hurley family, was instantaneous and overwhelming. But, after five years of nothing but professionalism, I’m convinced he wants nothing to do with me romantically.
I have worked for this man for five years, managing every facet of his life. I’ve been in love with him for five years. When money tightens, I find myself in a tight spot. Then Mr. Townsend makes me an offer that I can’t refuse. Be with him and only him for two grand a week in cash. It’s an offer I can’t and don’t want to refuse.
But what happens when the money is no longer enough? What happens when I want the man as more than a client? What line won’t you cross?
Even ex-hookers draw the line somewhere.

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My Review:
Despite it all, I love this book. I hate the ending, but I love the book. The story is very well thought-out, the characters are believable (more so when Kendall reveals she knows more about the world than Victoria wants her to), and the sex is just hot. I just really wish the ending was different. It was set up like the author just needed a way to destroy the relationship (is there such a thing as author jealousy?)
All-round delightful tale of sex, intrigue and lust. Not bad for such a short book.

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