Tuesday, April 30, 2013

5000 Facebook Fans Giveaway

As many of you know, I run a page with my good friend Andrea Coventry on Facebook called Andi Reviews With A Girl and Her Kindle. Last month, the page finally got it's 5,000th fan and to celebrate I'm hosting a HUGE giveaway! We're talking tons of great books from paranormal authors and a top prize of a Kindle Paperwhite Touch Screen OR a $100 Amazon Gift Card! Be sure to spread the news about the giveaway to all your friends!


The contest is open to US citizens only and you must be 18 years or older to enter.

The contest runs through May 31st and prizes will be drawn by June 15th. Prizes will be sent by June 30th.

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Going Home by KIm Welsman Review

Title: Going Home
Series: Alien Encounters - Book 1
Author: Kim Welsman
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 100
Price: $0.99

Book Synopsis:

Lyrissa is a woman on a mission with a haunted past. Peggy is a woman in a new world on a quest. The Agency and the Guard both want Peggy. Will Lyrissa help the Queen and the Guard for a healthy sum or will she find the courage to let Peggy leave so they can both go home?

Going Home is Book One in the Alien Encounters Series, a new adult supernatural fantasy set in a dystopian future for women of all ages, but recommended for those over 16. Go on a psychic inner and outer journey with Lyrissa and find out if she goes home!


I'll honestly admit that this isn't a book I would have chosen on my own, but when given the chance to review it, I thought I'd give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Going Home by Kim Welsman. It was a fast read that had a good amount of suspense and fantastical elements that made the book hard to put down. I recommend this series to anyone that enjoys sci-fi and those that enjoy fantasy.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mind Your Own Fitness by Greg Justice

Mind Your Own Fitness by Greg Justice
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"It's fierce." "It's awesome." "It's miraculous." "It's true." These are just some of the phrases that people are using who have discovered the secret to dealing with their bodies and their minds for total fitness, health, and well-being - a grand three-some. They report feeling healthier and happier, while getting the results they've been wishing for, and even seeing some amazing results they didn't expect. What is this wonderful secret behind these good tidings? Mindfulness, an idea that has been around for centuries, and that today has been trying to make its valuable presence known in the fitness world, and it is here for you, in Mind Your Own Fitness.

Your body is constantly talking to you and telling you how it feels. You hear it groan with every muscle ache, bellyache, bloat or pain. What if you knew that by simply getting your mind to listen and communicate excellently with your body, you could change your moods, bring you the glow of optimal health, vim and vigor, and especially help you to feel great while exercising to be fit?

You can have this and it's "No problem," as kids say, because it's all just about your own mind, and your own body, working together in a way that is best for you.

Friday, April 26, 2013

How to Date a Werewolf by Rose Pressey Review

Title: How to Date a Werewolf (Rylie Cruz Book 1)
Author: Rose Pressey
Genre: Romance/Humor/Paranormal Romance
Pages: 374
Price: $0.99 or FREE for Prime Members
Rating: 5 out 5 stars

First Rylie Cruz has to deal with an unhappy client who didn't get her match made in heaven. Then, there's her new neighbor, the incredibly sexy Jack Chandler. When threats to her life start coming her way, she finds it hard to focus on her budding relationship or her business, Get a Mate. Oh, and then there's the curse. A curse that makes it impossible for Rylie to find true love, but maybe Jack won't want to stick around anyway. After all, Rylie's life hasn't exactly been normal lately.

Rose Pressey is such a talented author. If you love H.P. Mallory, you're going to love this author! How to Date a Werewolf begins each chapter with a clever tip on dating the werewolf race. While these tips are certainly useful to those in need of such advice (wink, wink), the humorous, suspense-filled story line makes this book hard to put down.

The Archangel Jarahmael and the War to Conquer Heaven Book Trailer

The Archangel Jarahmael and the War to Conquer Heaven Book I - In the Beginning by J. Higgins
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Book Synopsis:

Even a match made in Heaven can go awry. THE ARCHANGEL JARAHMAEL AND THE WAR TO CONQUER HEAVEN is the epic three-part story of the Creation of the Universe, told from the perspective of the Angels themselves. The first book of the trilogy, IN THE BEGINNING describes the initial creation and the establishment of the Seven Heavens and the Nine Orders of Angels, but it also tells of the first Humans, Lillith and Adam. Although they are quite literally a match made in Heaven, free will wreaks havoc with destiny when Lillith falls in love with the Archangel Jarahmael. Can love, as the very essence of the almighty's Universe, survive free will? Or will love, when exposed to an untethered will, rip the Universe apart, pitting Good against Evil in a battle for all?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Millionomoics: My Journey to Financial Freedom by Shiv Verma Review

Title: Millionomics: My Journey to Financial Freedom
Author: Shiv Verma
Genre: Advice/Finance
Price: $2.99 or FREE for Prime Members
Rating: 4 out 5 stars

Book Synopsis:

It is the true story of a common man’s journey to becoming a millionaire after his arrival in the United States—the story of a man who started from ground up to gain financial freedom in a new land. This book is short and practical volume about living well and saving smartly.


Shiv Verma illustrates how to create a successful financial model based on simple and educated decisions. This book walks the reader through a model based loosely on the lessons Shiv’s father taught him before he passed away. Shiv explains how he modified and replicated his father’s model into something he now calls the “smart savings model” and shows how it can be recreated in a variety of environments. By maintaining the strong and adaptable system of "smart savings" and finding your own personal "commit force,” you can be on the path to achieving financial freedom sooner than you expected.

Millionomics is an easy to read book that can be finished in a single sitting. Readers of all ages, regardless of where they stand financially or what their goals are, will leave with a new perspective on how to save more money without sacrificing a high quality of life. Shiv teaches readers how to set practical goals and prepare for the unexpected events that throw life off course at times. He takes you on a year-by-year journey and uses his own life and spending as a concrete example of how he became a millionaire by simply saving. This book proves that with planning and conscious spending, wealth is not an unattainable goal!

With this book you can identify your “commit force” and start your journey today. There are no tricks or gimmicks, no magic, no shortcuts here—just an easy to follow concept and some inspiration. You will learn how to save wiser, spend more consciously, and invest smartly. Are you ready for a change?


Finances are a passion of mine. I have written about them regularly over the past 7 years of my career as a freelance writer. When I was given the opportunity to review Millionomics by Shiv Verma, I was immediately interested in the subject matter. Verma provides a true account of how he gained a net worth of $1 million in just 14 years.

I've read many financial books over the years and many rehash the same material over and over again. I was pleased to see that this book had something new to offer. Not only did I learn about whole life insurance, which is something I plan to invest in soon, but it was refreshing to see the viewpoint of someone raised in India. As an American, I was raised with ideas that are somewhat different from those of Verma. Americans focus more on bigger and better, rather than what we actually need. This leads many of us to live our lives in debt, many times it's incredibly staggering debt that weighs us down both financially and emotionally.

Reading this journey opened my eyes to new ways of thinking. While I may not be able to follow through with every bit of advice, something that stuck with me was the author's statement about how there's never a perfect time to start saving money and that I just need to go ahead and do it. It's true. There will always be bills and no time will be just the right moment to make a change.

I highly recommend Millionomics to anyone who wants to stop living in debt and reach for that goal of being a millionaire.

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The Light by Robert Hammond

Book Synopsis:

“Have you seen the Light?”

Abel Adams, a brilliant but troubled young misfit desperately seeks freedom, love, and spiritual enlightenment while battling drug addiction, dark forces, and strange temptations. He zigzags through a mysterious labyrinth of crime and the occult along his hazardous quest toward redemption and recovery.

The Light is the mystical odyssey of a prodigal son whose spiritual journey tumbles like a rollercoaster through a wild mix of philosophical, psychological, and religious experiences amid the turbulent post-1960s counterculture.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires by Rayne Hall Review

Title: Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires
Genre: Horror
Pages: 148
Price: $0.99
Rating: 4 out 5 stars

Book Synopsis:

Do you like the traditional, blood-sucking, dangerous type of vampire? Then this story collection is for you.

Ten authors have created creepy, chilling, funny, thought-provoking and scary stories about dark suckers.

Are vampires to be pitied for their vulnerabilities, or envied for their powers? How do we know who is a vampire? How do we know what vampires want from us? What if they are expressions of our own forbidden desires?

What if the victims give their blood willingly, in return for a boon? What if they drain from their victims not blood, but something more precious - their courage, their faith, their ability to love?

Is what they offer a fair exchange for what they take? Do you yearn for thrills, for immortality, for everlasting youth? Would you be willing to pay for this with your blood, your life, your soul?

Ten authors probe these questions in their tales. Each story in this book explores a different concept of vampires, a different question, a different danger. To reflect the authors' individual voices, you will find both American and British words and spellings in this book.


I wasn't a vampire fan until I stumbled across A Girl's Guide to Vampires by Katie MacAlister. Soon, I was reading more and more vampire fiction and couldn't get enough. Something that always intrigued me was that many stories had different elements. Some vampires could venture out in the daylight (Twilight), while others were cruel, vicious creatures. I must say that I enjoyed Bites, edited by Rayne Hall, because it was a nice mixture of alluring vampires versus pure evil. I also enjoyed the mix between stories set in modern day and those set long ago.

As with any collection, I had my favorites. Winter Flower by Jonathan Broughton was a beautifully constructed story, set long ago, in which a young woman falls for a servant, but finds much more than she expected. My next favorite was Exile by April Grey. The story didn't focus on young victims, but a middle-aged woman who is offered immortality, an immortality that will allow her to forever focus on her passion of dancing.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys vampires and paranormal romance. With ten stories to choose from, you're bound to find at least one story that captures your attention and feeds your love of vampires.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Kindle Books by Miriam Soumiyè

Today I'm featuring the author Miriam Soumiyè

Thirteen-year-old Lisa approaches her summer vacation at her grandmother’s farmhouse in rural Tennessee with reservations. Is it going to bore her out of her mind? What’s she going to do without her friends from school? What if she cannot chat with her friends on Facebook? Or if her cellphone’s got no signal?

Unexpectedly, a tumble down a hill brings her face to face with country kid E.J. and his Golden Retriever, Scoot. It marks the start of several weeks of fun, magical, touching, and even hilarious experiences, with her motorcycle-riding grandmother and E.J., who becomes a good friend.

Lisa learns about how much happiness there is in sharing the little joys of life with friends and loved ones. In the rolling hills of the Tennessee Valley, E.J. shares with Lisa a very special secret about “his pond”, where he often spent lazy summer days fishing. And to his surprise, Grandma Frasier shows him another secret about the same pond, which neither he nor his father had ever known about. Lisa and E.J. discover how their different talents complement each other so well, and resolve to cooperate when the new school semester begins. Lisa’s newly Facebook- and Internet-savvy grandmother shows her a neat way to achieve her dreams, even when faced with the hectic life of the big city which she was returning to at summer’s end.

Elsie Hollander Series: When the Heart Screams NO!
Genre: Romance/Anthology
Price: $1.99 or FREE for Prime Members

Can the tender yet passionate love Elsie and Dean have had for each other spanning sixteen years be destroyed by the intense romantic intentions of super-efficient, straight-laced, Catholic Phyllis? Does being charitable mean the object of Phyllis’s love is to be shared? Does faith in God translate to suppressing the heart’s desires?

Set in Tennessee, this short story (about 20,000 words) tells about another episode in the life of the utterly ravishing Elsie Hollander. It tells of how she digs deep to be the strength for her beloved husband, one of the richest and most influential men in the world, as he recovers from heart surgery.

Fighting demons of her own and physical scarring from a horrific high-school graduation party of over twenty years past, she plucks up the courage to try to give Dean that which he wants most in the world - a son. Fate transports Elsie—and the reader—through a heady mix of tender love, passionate encounters, unexpected vicious violence ... and death. But ... can bullets really end passion?

Elsie Hollander Series: Unwilling Surrender
Genre: Romance/Anthology
Price: $1.99 or FREE for Prime Members

A former high school graduating class valedictorian has spent the best part of twenty years trying to forget the trauma of events that took place during a graduation party thrown by the rich kids, the events that had left her soul forever scarred.

Elsie, as exceptionally smart as she was alluringly beautiful, had given her heart to her incredibly wealthy, much older, adoring husband, and had built an incredibly fulfilling life around the passion and love they felt for each other.

But Elsie's recurring nightmares never let her forget how she had been brutally robbed forever of the opportunity of bearing her own child. Nor would she forget the vow she had made that fateful night all those years ago ...

Travel with Dean and Elsie Hollander on a rollercoaster ride through a world filled with personal agony, tender romance, big money, rage ... and yes, true passion.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Demon by Laura DeLuca Book Blast



When Justyn and Rebecca set off for the New York School of Performing Arts, they think their dreams are about to come true. To their dismay, they aren’t in high school anymore, and the competition is steep. Rebecca must compete against accomplished singers for a role in the production of Demon Barber, including a stunning Gothic diva with her sights set on Justyn. It doesn't help that things keep disappearing from their apartment or that Rebecca's father refuses to accept that Justyn is an essential part of her life. Yet, all this seems minimal in comparison to the serial rapist terrorizing the campus. Consumed by fear and obsessed with revenge, Rebecca and Justyn start living the story of Sweeney Todd—both on and off the stage.

About Author Laura DeLuca

Laura DeLucaLaura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years. Her current works include Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, Phantom, Morrigan, Player, and Demon.

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The Acorn Gathering: Writers United Against Cancer
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Join the fight against cancer by purchasing this fund-raiser by authors Jan Chandler, Shawna R. Van Arum, Huda Orfali, Duane Simolke, Timothy Morris Taylor, and Bill Wetzel. All author and editor royalties go to funding cancer research! These stories range from gritty and controversial to gentle and touching. This anthology takes readers across several landscapes, during times of trouble, change, hope, and triumph.

The Legend of the Child (Onus) by D.L. Anderson

The Legend of the Child (Onus) by D.L. Anderson

"The Legend of the Child" is the first in a series of fantasy adventure novels about a teenager named Rahale (Rae for short) who discovers that she's more than just your average girl. One day a mysterious uncle “Sam” that Rae has never met arrives on her farm. After several shocking events revolving around Sam’s arrival Rae finds out she is far from normal. Instead, she's one of the few remaining members of four Viking clans tasked by Odin to protect the world from evil beings that most people only assumed to be myths and legends.

A Scholar's Journey: The Divine Tempest Excerpt

A Scholar's Journey The Divine TempestThe city was built near the side of a white mountain almost level with the clouds at its peak. A cave-like tunnel wound through the mountain to the top and ended in a ledge that protruded tenaciously into the brutal winds.
A woman was standing on the ledge, dressed from head to toe in the finest silvery silk. Her pristine clothes shone like platinum in any kind of light. Even flecks of dirt from the stone floor of the cave could not stain the fine fabric.
She was blessed with long platinum hair that complemented her clothes elegantly, and they fluttered together, streaming in the damp wind. Her face was angular and strikingly beautiful, with delicate cheekbones and a chiseled nose, flawed only by the sharp lines of anguish that clouded her countenance.
She stared out into the distance as if watching a sight beyond reality, and it caused her face to tighten even further in pain. The wind sent a warning with howling urgency, and she wiped her hair from her eyes to clear her vision.
Something was amiss. There was a wrongness in the air. The sixth sense in her mind knew what it was long before it was fully evident. A familiar thought wracked her heart with sharp pangs of unease, an ominous forbearance that preceded a vision.
Before her, the clouds roiled and beat together in a heated battle that was moving inexorably closer. The great bellies of the clouds were ever fuller and darker, precursors of the rain to come. They huddled together and then broke apart. They collided and clashed with one another to set forth their wet gift upon the land.
From within the clouds, shapes began to appear, augurs of the future, given to the woman as preludes to events to come. The clouds moved and shifted, and an image appeared from the chaotic masses. It was a denser column, shaped roughly into the form of an oval. At first it was no more than a stark sliver amongst its gray brethren, but as the storm moved closer it was beginning to become more prominent and showed itself fully as the storm formation covered the city.
The sliver widened and became taller and larger than the cloud in which it had originated. It was pushing every competitor out of the way with a force that was immeasurable. From within that mass something new was stirred, moving and shifting outward, and as the oval widened, new shapes were birthed from the curves of cloud.
A doorway formed, and from within it emerged unspeakable horrors. Grasping claws and gnawing teeth reached toward the woman on the ledge, threatening to consume both her and the city nearby. Then, surpassing the hunger of the lesser creatures within the doorway, another more powerful presence began to emerge.
At first it was just a feeling in the pit of the woman's chest, but slowly it became something far more terrifying. Her breath quickened even more, and she forced herself to remain standing under the pressure of its aura.
Huge, smoldering, sapphire-hued eyes appeared and resolved within the doorway of what must be their owner's cage. Great indigo claws grabbed the threshold and pried it even wider. Slowly it thrust its presence from within its prison into the open. As it did, its eyes glowed brighter and sparked with luminescent lightning, and a dangerous maw opened below them. Long, dagger-like teeth glinted harshly in the pale light of the storm, malicious things that threatened to tear at the fiber of her soul.
Slowly that great fanged mouth opened wider and wider till it was larger than the city and the mountain. Ready to descend upon the land, it encompassed the sky as far as the eye could see. Long, jagged lines of otherworldly cobalt lightning arced through its teeth and eyes and then struck the ground.
The woman could feel that there was an undeniable simplicity to its wants and needs. It wanted only to take and consume, break and destroy everything.
Then, as the great evil was about to fall on the land and take its very essence, the clouds broke into rain, and the vision dispersed.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Glacial Eyes by J.K. Walker Review

Title: Glacial Eyes (Salt Lake After Dark)
Author: J.K. Walker
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 370
Rating: 5 out 5 stars

Jasmine had no idea that going to a rave would change her life forever. When she wakes up naked in the forest, she's worried about the visions that are haunting her. Dismissing them as dreams, Jazz becomes even more confused when a city cop takes her to a council meeting in which she may meet her death. Is it possible that the visions she's had are real? Could she really be what they say she is?

Glacial Eyes is the first book in the Salt Lake After Dark series by J.K. Walker and is a must for those that love urban fantasy. It's got the great elements of paranormal romance mixed with humor and action. There's also a wonderful cast of characters that you can't help but love and are crushed when some meet an untimely end. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

The Enchanted River Race by Caldric Blackwell

The Enchanted River Race by Caldric Blackwell

When eleven-year-old Amy Lorovia is chosen to captain her district’s ship in her village's enchanted river race, she anticipates a friendly romp down the river. She quickly discovers, however, the race is anything but friendly, and she finds herself facing mystical landscapes, magical obstacles, and cutthroat competition. With the help of her two best friends, Amy must rise to the occasion or risk continuing her district’s decades-long losing streak.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Blood Match by Jessica Miles Review

Title: Blood Match
Author: Jessica Miles
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Price: $2.99 or FREE for Prime Members
Rating: 4 out 5 stars

She's landed the job of her dreams, so why not let her hair down and enjoy a little R&R? Little did Serena know that the one night she decides to let it all hang loose, she'll meet someone important to her future. As her life takes such an abrupt turn, she can't help but enjoy every bit of this new exciting life, but how much excitement can one girl take?

Blood Match by Jessica Miles was a quick read and hard to put down. I loved that the author makes the lead character seem real in her thoughts about what she's experiencing. With that said, I did feel there was a bit of excessive exclamation mark usage. However, I may have only noticed this detail because I'm also a writer and have been taught to use exclamation points sparingly. With that said, I would still recommend this book to those that love paranormal romance, vampires, and deliciously sinful sex scenes.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Ultimate Wedding Reception Book by Bill Cox and Janie Franz

The Ultimate Wedding Reception Book by Bill Cox and Janie Franz
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Become the Authority on Wedding Receptions! The Ultimate Wedding Reception Book will save you time, money and greif as you plan your event. Written by a leading womans writer along with a Wedding DJ with over 2,000+ events of experience. You get both, experience and insight on how to make your event the Ultimate Wedding Reception!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Achieve in 5! by Lesa Hammond Book Trailer

Achieve in 5! Transform your life in just 5 minutes a day by Lesa Hammond

Do you have a project that you would like to complete, a book you would like to write, a dream you would like to make come true, and yet you just don't have the time to make any of those things happen?

Achieve in 5! is a revolutionary technique that will allow you to complete unfinished projects in just five minutes a day.

This book will change your outlook on what effort is required for you to be successful in accomplishing that elusive goal.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Kindle Smartphone Rumors: Could a Phablet Be Coming Soon?

by Cindy Gunnin

Reports across the web that Amazon is working on a smartphone based on a custom Android platform and destined to compete head-to-head against the iPhone gathered strength on April Fool's Day when former Microsoft, now Amazon, executive Charlie Kindel (Yes, that's really his name!) blogged about his new job at Amazon.

The mock press release claimed Kindel was in charge of developing a new home server for Amazon that would be called the Kindle Charlie. Kindel prefaced his joke post with the phrase " Part of the following is true," leading to much speculation that he is the head of development for the smartphone/tablet combo.

Reports in March said the new product will be Amazon's very own phonelet, with a 4.7-inch screen, making it smaller than most tablets and bigger than most phones. Supply chain insiders say the screen size is not finalized and the phone won't release until 2014. 
The primary rumor is that Amazon has been working with Foxconn International Holdings in its smartphone development. Foxconn makes the iPhone for Apple.

Other tech sites claim that the new phonelet will be released in the second quarter of 2013, so releasing between now and July 1. Business Insider claimed in March that delays in screen production will keep the phone from mass production until June.

The rumors about an Amazon smartphone have been circulating since the summer of 2012 when Bloomberg reported that people in the know said Amazon was working on a smartphone.

The story almost died after the release of Amazon's new slate of tablets including the Kindle Fire HD. In fact, when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was asked about an Amazon Kindle phone, his cryptic answer was to "stay tuned."

However, detailed reports speculating on everything from the release date to the idea that the phone might include Bezos' patented idea for airbags to protect the phone when it is dropped. Those reports indicate the initial price of the phone will be about $200 and that Amazon has pre-order five million phones.

Further speculation about the new Amazon smartphone is that it will be relatively inexpensive. Industry analysts expect Amazon to use the same marketing strategy for the phone as it has for its tablets. That is, keep the cost of the product as low as possible, just covering costs, and make its money through apps and other products sold for the devices.

The various reports indicate that initially Amazon had considered a more traditionally sized smartphone, but observed the increasing popularity of the larger screened phonelets and opted for the 4.7-inch screen. Their reasoning is probably sound. At least two-thirds of smartphone buyers said that the size of the display was very important in their purchasing decisions.

Whether Amazon is actually close to ready to launch a smartphone is unclear, but with this many rumors circulating, it seems likely that they are at least working on it.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Just Add Heat (Fire & Ice) by Genevieve Jourdin

Just Add Heat (Fire & Ice) by Genevieve Jourdin
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Take one part slightly insecure woman and add one part confidently sexy man.  Mix well. Pour out the memories of the past two years and what do you have?  A recipe for disaster.

Justine is a boyfriend-less chef; at least, that's the last thing she remembers. After a fall wiped the memories of the last two years of her life, she's struggling to absorb her new circumstances. Apparently, she's the racy star of her own web-based cooking show and has become involved with a sexy younger man. Why would amnesia strike when her whole life has had such a major upgrade?

Carter is living the life he's always dreamed of, a life with Justine, and he refuses to let a bump on the head derail his plans for a Happily Ever After. He'll do whatever it takes to remind her that they are the perfect couple, but how do you make the woman you love remember that she loves you?

Luckily for the both of them, her recollections are tied up with her hormones, and they have all the ingredients they need for a happy life.

No recipe required:: Just Add Heat
Also included is a bonus read: A Peek Into the Mind of Carter Ross, a sampling of scenes from the mind of the hero. His story is told in Baby, It's Cold Outside (Romance From a Male POV) Fire & Ice Book 2.

Halo of the Damned by Dina Rae Review

Halo of the Damned by Dina Rae

A chain of advertising agencies, a new breed of humans, and a fallen angel to worship... Andel Talistokov is known for his slick advertising agencies across the globe. He is a fallen angel that uses advertising as a weapon for Satan's work. His growing power emboldens him to break several of Hell's Commandments. Furious with his arrogance, Satan commands him to return to Hell after finding his own replacement. Yezidism, an ancient angel worshiping religion, quietly expands throughout the West. Armaros appears as a guest of honor during their ceremonies. He mates with young women to produce nephilim, a mixed race of humans and angels. They are alone and unprepared for their supernatural power. Joanna Easterhouse, a recovering drug addict, steps out of prison shortly after her mother's fatal accident. She and her sister, Kim, unravel their mother's secretive past. Intrigued, they learn their bloodline is part of a celestial legacy. Both worlds collide. Halo of the Damned is a horrifying tale that weaves research together with suspenseful twists and turns.

Sequel Halo of the Nephilim out May 2013


The next day, Kim packed up her own drawing of her mother’s carved wall, the scroll, and the piece of metal. Her excitement put her in a giddy mood. Once she was parked and in front of Loyola’s entrance, Sandra met her in the foyer and escorted her back to the Arts and Science College. Sandra took Kim to their lounge and introduced her to six other professors who were equally interested in seeing her finds. All of them specialized in fields that had to do with the ancient world. Kim began with unveiling her own copy of the symbols she drew from her mother’s basement. 

“I appreciate all of your attention. Can anyone tell me what this is, and even possibly what it means? Each symbol was copied down in the order it was etched into the wall,” Kim said.

One professor immediately took the paper and made a copy.

This made Kim uncomfortable. He asked, “Where did you find this?”

“Again, none of that matters,” Kim defensively repeated. Her daughter’s omen chimed throughout her brain. The man intuitively put up her defenses.

“Doctor Nrogbi’s English is somewhat limited. He’s not trying to be pushy or rude,” Sandra explained.

“This is Angelic script, also known as Adonite language, alphabet of the Ark, or even Enochian. It’s the first written language of this world. Angels used it to communicate with God. The first humans also used it before the Fall,” Doctor Nrogbi lectured.

“Before what fall?” Kim asked, very confused. How could Maria have known all of this?

“Before Adam and Eve sinned. Before they were kicked out of Eden. It pre-dates Hebrew, Sanskrit, Aramaic, and other ancient languages. It’s very sophisticated and difficult to translate. These symbols look like a key, invocation, or lyric.”

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Marked (Howl Book 5) by Jody Morse and Jayme Morse Review

Title: Marked (Howl Book 5)
Author: Jody Morse and Jayme Morse
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance
Pages: 235
Price: $2.99
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Samara has secrets she's keeping from her mate and she's about to add more to her list. When her Ima pack forms with the old Vyka pack, her old friend Declan becomes a member of the newly created Tala pack. Though she promises Luke that it won't change things between them, it does. Things become even more difficult when a close friend is killed in order to get to her.

I cannot say enough about this series. While Twilight will always be my favorite series, this is a close second. Jody and Jayme Morse continue to create hit after hit in this series. And, just like all the rest, Marked has a cliffhanger ending. However, this one leaves readers with a lot more questions. I can't wait to read the next book! If you haven't read the series, check out my reviews of the other books.

Blood Moon
Black Magic

Monday, April 8, 2013

Resurrecting Harry by Constance Phillips Spotlight

Resurrecting Harry
Constance Phillips

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

ISBN: 978-1-939173-13-3

Number of pages: 270
Word Count: 91,000

Cover Artist: Lilliana Sanchez

Book Description:

Can the greatest escape artist ever known break the grim reaper’s chains to save the only woman he’s ever loved?
In order to save Bess from self-destruction, Harry Houdini puts his afterlife on the line by entering a wager with purgatory’s keeper. He gives Harry a younger face and body, and a new name: Erich Welch.
Bess clings to his promise to deliver a coded message from beyond the grave, determined to provide the bridge for him to cross, even if that means befriending her husband's sworn enemy.
Erich needs to help Bess over her loss and put her on the road to healing, but will any good come from resurrecting Harry? 

About the Author:
Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, two ready-to-leave-the-nest children, and four canine kids. Her perfect fantasy vacation would involve hunting Dracula across Europe with her daughter, who also digs that kind of stuff. When she's not writing about fairies, shifters, vamps, and guardian angels, she's working side-by-side with her husband in their hardwood flooring business.
Constance is actively involved in her local Romance Writers of America chapter (MVRWA) and the Southeast Michigan chapter of the United States Pony Club. When not writing or enjoying the outdoors, she loves reality television or can be found at a Rick Springfield concert (just look for the pink Converse high tops).

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Don't Call Me Cougar by Luci Cosway Review

Title: Don't Call Me Cougar
Author: Luci Cosway
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 51
Price: $3.99
Rating: 5 out 5 stars

Don't Call Me Cougar by Luci Cosway is a refreshingly new take on the paranormal romance genre. While we've all read dozens of werewolf romances, when's the last time you read about werecats? In Luci's novel, a female panther finds herself trying to maintain control of a alpha-less pack, long enough for her 14 year old brother to come of age. When a sexy outsider enters her territory, she feels aroused, but bound and determined to send him packing. She'll be damned if someone is going to come in and claim her pack, let alone claim her as his mate.

If you're looking for something different, Don't Call Me Cougar is a must. It's a quick read with a great plot and just enough hot and steamy sex scenes to keep you begging for more.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Seventh Circle - Complete 2nd Edition by Todd Cheney

Title: The Seventh Circle - Complete 2nd Edition
Author: Todd Cheney
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 1380
Price: $7.99
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Beginning with an intense sacrifice, which leads to the summoning of a demon, The Seventh Circle by Todd Cheney is a vividly written fantasy that has the depth that only true fantasy authors can achieve. You'll find yourself drawn into the pages and feel your emotions tied to the telling of the story. This is one book that will make your heart race.

I have to admit I was a bit intimidated at taking on such an epic fantasy. At almost 1400 words, The Seventh Circle by Todd Cheney is quite a massive novel, but once I started reading the book didn't seem long enough. The story flowed so smoothly that it was hard to put down, even when my eyes were shot from reading so long. If you're looking for the next epic fantasy to fill your free time, this is a great choice.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Amazon's Purchase of Goodreads: Opinions From Those in the Book Industry

by Cindy Gunnin

Authors, book lovers and business people are all complaining about Amazon's purchase of Goodreads. In fact, the only people who don't seem opposed to it are Amazon and the former owners of Goodreads.

Indie author Jennifer Malone Wright, author of Kinlde best seller The Vampire Hunter's Daughter and the follow up series Arcadia Falls, half joking, said "Pretty soon Amazon will own our souls."

But immediately turning serious Wright said, " I don't think this is a good thing at all. Amazon is the giant in the book world and seems to slowly be eliminating all of our other options for selling books."

Her words convey the same depth of concern as those from Scott Turow, president of the Authors Guild. He said, " Amazon’s acquisition of Goodreads is a textbook example of how modern Internet monopolies can be built." His concern, and Wright's, is that by purchasing the independent reader site, Amazon now controls more of the flow of information about books.

For indie authors like Wright, Goodreads was an alternative to the cumbersome and restrictive review requirements that Amazon has adopted in recent months. Last year, thousands of reader reviews were removed from Amazon products because the writer of the review happened to be a published author as well. With no major publisher backing them, indie authors need the buzz of positive reviews to help generate sales on their books.

Amazon has claimed that its removal of reviews was prompted by some bad eggs, who paid for positive reviews, or gamed the system by having their friends, real and sometimes imaginary, write glowing reviews of their work. Unfortunately, authors argue, many readers are also writers and just because another person writes a book doesn't mean they are necessarily a competitor.

Others have expressed concern that Amazon will use/misuse the information available on Goodreads to further market books to authors. They have, in effect, given the giant bookseller a list of all their preferences, making marketing for Amazon a snap.

In the business world, many are concerned about the monopolistic control Amazon seems to be developing of books. The San Jose Mercury News cited worries from small book store owners that they are going to be even less able to compete with Amazon after the purchase of Goodreads.

"It's scary," said Ann Seaton, the manager of the independent bookseller Hicklebees, in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose told the Mercury News. "The stranglehold that any one player gets on a community is ultimately bad for everybody."

Thursday, April 4, 2013

FREE Kindle Books: Fantasy

Time for another installment of free Kindle books. I hope you enjoy today's selection :)

The Necromancer by Pamela M. Richter

THE NECROMANCER -  She picked the worst guy to have an affair with! -  Evil stalks in Hawaii

Michelle was brutally attacked in her locked hotel room in Las Vegas. The police didn't believe her and thought she must have lured a man up to her hotel room for a little sexual adventure, which went dangerously out of control.

Michelle sustained visible scars from the terrifying and almost lethal attack, but pure fear motivated the move from her home in California to Hawaii. She's scared her attacker will come back. She's sure the next time he'll kill her. Now she has a successful career and she figures abstinence is an acceptable, if lonely, way to live.

Michelle decides that an affair with a wickedly handsome man who moves into her building might cure her of the humiliating, embarrassing, and uncontrollable anxiety attacks which plague her whenever she finds herself alone with a man.

How could she know that she made the worst possible choice?

Omar Satinov, the man Michelle has chosen, is a secret, whispered legend across several continents. His lure is a mystical religion based upon Witchcraft; his hook, the addictive herbal products he sells his followers. But does he really have supernatural powers, as many of his disciples believe?

Ordained (The Immortal Archives) by Devon Ashley

Normally, the school creates the hunters - not the monsters.

Abby Sorrensten likes to play rough. Ripping the horns off the foreheads of demons, manipulating lightning and setting things on fire with the flick of your wrist can give you a serious rush. So she probably wasn't the best choice for the Order's experimental training program. Thirteen years of isolation, lack of affection and a bruised and broken body from horrendous training sessions creates more than just an exceptional fighter, it creates an evil within - an evil responsible for several deaths the night she left.

Two hundred years later Abby resurfaces as the very thing the Order trained her to kill: a vampire. A mythical demon has set his sights on the school and only the ordained hunter has the powers to face it. Unbeknownst to the Order, Abby's their precious ordained one and their only chance for survival. As much as she would love to leave them hanging, she's not willing to risk the life of Emily, a fellow friend and hunter also fed up with the organization. But for Abby, locking herself away in a fortress with angry descendents of those she killed causes suspicions and tensions to run high. Abby must learn the demon's weaknesses for battle before the Order learns hers.

ORDAINED is the first novel in the urban fantasy series The Immortal Archives.

The Knight's Stolen Spirit (David's Magical Adventures) by Jane More

avid has a special friend called Marcus.

During David's summer holiday they embark on a journey of magical adventures that becomes a tale of spells and witchcraft, dragons and wolves, fairies, witches and wizards, and a frozen marble city.

The adventures fast become a series of quests for things long lost.

They search for lost brothers.

They search for a unicorn.

They search for a missing sea serpent's egg.

They search for an enchanted lamb.

They search for a knight's heroic spirit.

Once again they must call on their friends and for help to unravel these mysteries.

The heroic spirit of the Lord Defender has been stolen, leaving his kingdom vulnerable and enslaved by witchcraft. How can the spell be broken?

They are cursed for their love: he a wolf and she a lamb. How can a wolf rescue a hidden lamb to break the spell?

Sometimes finding can involve harder decisions than searching.

I Need to Stop Drinking! by Liz Hemingway Book Trailer

I Need to Stop Drinking! by Liz Hemingway
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Are you sick to death of what drinking is doing to you? Are you fed up of the horrible hangovers and that sickening feeling when you remember what you did the night before?
Have you tried to stop but never managed?

Liz Hemingway writes from the heart and with brutal honesty. She has experienced first-hand the devastation that alcohol can have on you. It takes over your mind and soul and takes everything it can from you, including your self- respect. Married,with three grown up daughters, Liz shares her escape from alcohol plan that has worked for her in the hope that it will help you to live the life that you always wanted for yourself and for the people that you love. Liz wants everyone who is being torn apart by alcohol to know that it is possible to finally escape from it and experience the joy and freedom for themselves.

Do yourself a favour and read this book and act on it!
Your life will change in so many ways for the better!
Your friends and family will be amazed.
You will save an absolute fortune.
Losing weight will be so much easier!
Find out how Liz managed to escape and is enjoying life so much more!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Featured Author: Anika Malone Writer of The Beautiful Ones

Anika Malone is a talented author who saw publishing success with her first novel, "10 Minutes Past Too Late". Currently working on her latest novel, The Beautiful Ones, Malone started a Kickstarter page in hopes of getting the funds she needs to finish the work. As an indie author, I can attest to the need for funds to put every ounce of energy possible into writing a novel from start to finish and all the work that goes into getting the book ready for publication. I also believe in helping indie authors make their dreams come true. I have faith that this author has what it takes to create another winning novel and you can help her make it possible.

You may be asking who Anika Malone is and that's why I chose to feature her on the blog. Anika Malone, a native of Brooklyn, New York, has lived in Texas and South Carolina. She currently resides in North Carolina, where she is at work on her second novel. Her first novel has been called "an impressive first novel" by Mary Monroe and "a fresh new voice in contemporary fiction" by Tracy Price-Thompson.

Check out this video to learn more about her upcoming novel and how you can help:

Dancing in Rhythm with the Universe by Barbara Miller Review

Title: Dancing in Rhythm with the Universe: 10 Steps to Choreographing Your Best Life
Author: Barbara Miller
Genre: Self-Help
Price: $4.95
Rating: 4 out 5 stars

Do you run your life or does your life run you? Are you an innocent bystander or an active participant in your own life? Sadly, many sit back and let forces outside their control lead their lives. You don't have to get drug along. You have the ability to put on the brakes and live your own life the way you want to. You have the ability to be happy now, not when things line up perfectly. Stop waiting for the perfect life and learn to dance with the universe.

My parents divorced when I was a young child and it seemed like I was never good enough for my mother. Good grades, good behavior, nothing seemed to matter. I've spent my life trying to make everyone proud. It's something I struggled with for years. While I no longer care what my mother thinks, I still seek approval from others. Barbara Miller explains in her book that we don't have to prove ourselves to anyone. We have to live the lives we want and be happy based on our own expectations, not the expectations of others.

Dancing in Rhythm with the Universe explores many different areas that women struggle with throughout their lives. Whether you're going through divorce or waiting to be happy, this book can serve as a wonderful guide for finally making the most of your life.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Everything Will Be All Right by Douglas Wallace

Everything Will Be All Right by Douglas Wallace

Abused by an alcoholic, unemployed father, Doug Wallace and his seven siblings barely survived childhood--fleeing in the night from landlords, scrambling for food, and burning down the only home they ever owned to collect insurance money. In this raw testimony of a heart-breaking, hardscrabble childhood, Doug Wallace paints an unforgettable portrait of a child determined to free himself from the cycle of poverty that strangled his family for generations. With a genuine voice and a keen eye on the class divide in America, the author unflinchingly reveals the painful experiences of class prejudice and life on the fringes of society. Separated from the haves by his poverty and from the have-nots by his desire for more, Wallace learns to use every person, every situation, and every encounter to realise his dream and serve his community. This book empowers readers to overcome any obstacle through tenacious will, relentless drive, and indomitable faith.

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Roots (Witchbound #1) by Kelbian Noel
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I don't consider myself a witch, that's my parents' thing. I've never really believed in magic either. Sure, I tried it a few times. Fell for the whole "magic happens" thing. But it didn't happen to me. No amount of rhyming stopped my parents from moving me halfway across the country. Not one spell stopped me from being labeled the town freak.

And worst of all, no matter how many times I begged the Universe to bring my twin back, I was ignored. Until now.

He's back all right. And in a magical bind of his own. Not the magic-won't-work-for-me kind either. In fact, it's working a little too well. Too dark. Too deep.

It turns out our entire family's magical roots run just as deep and my brother didn't end up where he is by accident. So I'm going to help him. But magic isn't really on my side. Nope. Once I finally get the craft under control, I'm expected to abandon the one person in the world who's closest to me, just to save myself.

Strangely Sober by Essa Alroc

Strangely Sober by Essa Alroc
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When Angelica Salvatori, AKA Sal, originally got her diagnosis, she decided to accept it and adapt. Nearly four years later, she’s learned to live with being a paranoid schizophrenic. So maybe she still occasionally takes advice from a Gary Busey hallucination. At least her career is booming. Of course, being a criminal mastermind in a city like Miami is easy for a genius…even a delusional one.

Between running cons with her mismatched family, trying to burn down her bar, and dealing with her occasional breaks with reality, Sal has enough on her plate. Then fate decides to toss a long lost twin into the mix, along with a mysterious man who wants to abduct them both. Did one of Sal’s jobs go bad? Sal doesn’t know, but she’s intent on finding out. So she does what any good delusional sociopath would do; she packs her suitcase for a cross country crime spree, ready to confront her adversary.

Unfortunately for Sal, her well-meaning sister hires Cole Warner, a private security consultant, to track her down and protect her. Cole is determined to do his job; no matter how many times Sal drugs him or steals his car. He is soon dragged into trailer park shootouts and meetings with drug cartel as Sal jumps from state to state, obsessed with solving the mystery.

Sal and Cole find themselves drawn into the illicit underworld of human trafficking, where they begin to unravel the secrets of Sal’s past. With the help of Sal's diverse family, a suitcase full of explosives, and a recurring Gary Busey hallucination, the two embark on a journey to defeat a man who may be as dangerous to Sal as she is to herself.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Ladies of 1950s Science Fiction by Eric Shamblen

Ladies of 1950s Science Fiction by Eric Shamblen

Female science fiction writers have existed since Mary Shelley invented the genre with Frankenstein, but their work has not always been easy to find. We've found nine excellent stories from the 1950s, many of which have never been reprinted since their first publication, and edited them especially for the Kindle and other e-readers.

Stories include lost classics from legends of the genre such as Judith Merril, Miriam Allen deFord and Carol Emshwiller, as well as a few authors that we'll guarantee you've never read before.

Contents of this volume:

Mr. Elsie Smith by Dana Lyon
Whether you see this story as science fiction or fantasy depends on whether you view Mr. Elsie Smith as a nascent artificial intelligence or simply as a magical typewriter.

Timequake by Miriam Allen deFord
In this story, everyone on Earth is set back in time twelve hours, and a jealous husband has to decide whether or not to commit murder... again.

The Runaway by Louise Lee Outlaw
Psychiatrists make a good living these days helping people work through the issues of their childhood. Here, a woman and her husband find a more direct (and catastrophic) route.

The Very Secret Agent by Mari Wolf
A tale of interplanetary war, the outcome of which depends on a woman in love with a married man. Along the way, a telepathic alien discovers that some thoughts just aren't worth reading.

The Hero by Elaine Wilber
The gruff, worldly marine in an outpost far from home. The pure, innocent local beauty. A trite combination, perhaps, but in this story, it is also one with an unexpected outcome.

Life, Incorporated by Alice Eleanor Jones
Suppose, on some idyllic alien world, everyone has a lifespan of exactly 100 years. Now suppose a scoundrel of an Earthman finds a way to game the system...

For Sale, Reasonable by Elizabeth Mann Borgese
The battle between man and machine for gainful employment is as old as the folk tale of John Henry versus the steam hammer. Here, the fight is projected into a future where the machines have carried the day- or have they?

Baby by Carol Emshwiller
Here's a vastly different vision of the relationship between human and machine. It's a post-apocalyptic future where the only survivors are the robots and the one they call Baby.

A Woman of the World by Judith Merril
In a different post-apocalyptic world, what kind of a woman will be needed to rebuild society? And what kind of man will she have as her partner?

The Witch Hunter by Nicole R. Taylor Spotlight

The Witch Hunter
Book One in the Witch Hunter Saga
Nicole R. Taylor

Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal

ISBN: 978-1482061697
Number of pages: 300
Word Count: 72,000

Book Description:

I was born into the world covered in blood, and that's exactly the way I left it.

Ever since, I have been damned to walk the boundary between life and death alone. Unwillingly turned and left to my nightmare, I have seen men commit countless horrors and committed many of my own.

My origins shall remain unknown, my true self hidden. I have been called by many names, but in this life I am known as the Witch Hunter. I have been asleep these past 150 years, until I was awoken by a haunting call.

Zachary Degaud was twenty three when he died. The problem was, he didn't stay that way.

Present day, he's just another vampire with another unremarkable story. That is, until he manages to provoke a two thousand year old witch named Katrin, who wants to make him pay in the most horrible way imagined.

Along with his brother Sam, newly made vampire Liz and their only witch ally, Gabby, his only chance for survival is to summon the ancient and unpredictable vampire known as the Witch Hunter.

Zac is just looking for a way out of his psychopathic witch problems, but instead will find himself falling head first into a blood feud that has stretched thousands of years.

Aya has been asleep for the past 150 years, until she was awoken by a haunting call. The witch she has been hunting for thousands of years, Katrin, has resurfaced and marked a young, annoyingly arrogant vampire by the name of Zachary Degaud. Unless she does something, he will die a slow and painful death. He has given her an opportunity to end the witch, but does she want to help him or leave him to his fate?

Zac will get under her skin like no one else has and she just might find herself making the ultimate sacrifice before he is gone forever.

They will both have to choose sides and look deep within themselves before the end. But, what Zac learns about himself, will surprise him most of all.

About the Author

Nicole R. Taylor is an Australian born paranormal, fantasy and contemporary fiction author. She is a graduate of the University of Ballarat Professional Writing and Editing programme and is a former music memorabilia sales person and grocery merchandiser.

She currently lives in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia with a two year old rescue cat named, Burger. She enjoys reading, writing (of course!), traveling and a little too much chocolate. One day she hopes to sky dive, but has to work up the courage first.

The first in her new paranormal fantasy series, The Witch Hunter Saga is currently available in e-edition and print.

Learn more about her writing at: www.nicolertaylorwrites.com

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