A Shot of Red

Giveaway: A Shot of Red by Tracy March

Ophelia Prophecy

Review: The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Off the Record

Review: Off the Record by K.A. Linde

Pretending

Review: Pretending by Shanna Clayton

Dark and Deadly

Excerpt + Giveaway: Dark and Deadly by Multiple Authors

Thursday, April 24, 2014

{Book Blitz: Excerpt + Giveaway} of Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold


Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold
Release Date: 03/2014

Summary from Goodreads:
A collection of six folklore retellings that will twist your mind and claim your heart.

SHIMMER: A heartbroken boy rescues a mermaid... but is it too late to save her?

BETWEEN is about a girl, a genie, and a ton of bad decisions.

SUNSET MOON: Eloise doesn't believe in Native American magic--until the dreamcatcher spiders spin her down an unknown path.

THE MAKER: An incapacitated young man bent on revenge builds a creature to do it for him.

A BEAUTIFUL MOURNING: The story of a Maya goddess torn between duty and love, and the ultimate sacrifice she must make to achieve true happiness.

THE BARRICADES: When a human girl risks everything to save the life of an Eternal prince, will their feelings for each other change the world they know, or tear it apart?

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Author Bios:
Brinda Berry:
Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She's terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality.  She doesn't mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she's not working the day job or writing a novel, she's guilty of surfing the internet for no good.
Find Brinda at www.brindaberry.com .

Karen Y. Bynum:
Dragons, unicorns, genies…oh my! NA/YA author, coffee-lover, olive-hater, tea-drinker, music-listener. Random becomes me. Easily distrac— Blog

Laura Diamond:
Laura
Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist and multi-published author of all things young adult paranormal, dystopian, and horror. When she’s not writing, she is working at the hospital, blogging at
Author Laura Diamond--Lucid Dreamer, and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion.

Jayne A. Knolls:
Jayne A. Knolls lives and works in New York City.  The Maker is her first published work of New Adult Fiction. Jayne can reached at JAKnolls@optonline.net

Theresa DaLayne:
My name is Theresa DaLayne and I’m a new adult author with Bloomsbury Spark, an amazing digital imprint of Bloomsbury publishing. Website

Cate Dean:
Hi there - thanks for checking in. My name is Cate Dean, and I write romantic suspense and paranormal, with some action packed YA paranormal and fantasy thrown in. I love to write, and I have been doing it most of my life. I've made up stories in my head for as long as I can remember, and I am thrilled to be able to write them down and share them with you. If you want to be the first to know when the next book is released, or be in on some fun, exclusive contests and giveaways, join my list here: http://catedeanwrites.com/join-my-list. You can learn more about me and my books at my website: http://catedeanwrites.com


Shimmer by Brinda Berry:
Draven Manning watched the naked female wade into the inky waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Silent as a hermit crab, he sat on the sand hidden by tall sea oats and studied her petite body, long hair thickly draped to the waist. She held a backpack, an odd addition to her nakedness, which she dropped on the sand. He could have loudly cleared his throat or walked back up to the house. But he didn’t.

Not that he was a total creeper. She’d appeared from nowhere like some magical mist formed in a female shape. The wind lifted strands of her hair away from her body increasing the otherworldly feel of the scene.

He continued to watch and acknowledged that wishing he could see better or had binoculars did fall into creeper territory. His friends always talked about what a nice guy he was. Maybe he didn’t want to be a nice guy.

Being the nice guy had landed him here in this tiny Gulf Coast town with his dad for the summer. He had no choice, because he couldn’t stand to look at the people he’d trusted. They had betrayed him, and he’d pretended it was no big deal. He lowered his forehead to his bent knees and pulled air into his lungs. A deep exhale steadied the shaking. He was eighteen, not eight. It was time to man up. Move on with life. Forget what had happened and quit feeling sorry for himself.

For a week, he’d strolled the beach by himself. In the daylight hours, families cluttered the sand so he waited for nightfall. He always returned to this spot on the sand to sit and think. He could’ve sat on the deck with the same view, but that’s where his dad always sat and smoked cigars.

His dad would already be in bed at this hour.

The girl swam farther and farther out to sea. Her moonlight swim went beyond his seeing range. She was far enough out that he couldn’t tell if a glint on the water might be her head or a fish or a buoy. She had to be an excellent swimmer.

Clouds moved across the moon to dim his view of her even more. A gust of wind blew sand into his face. He jumped from his spot and ran, his bare feet pounding on the packed sand. He saw the crashing wave deliver her body to shoreline and teasingly pull her back. Why hadn’t he noticed that she was in trouble?

He stomped into the chilly ocean. “Shit.” His jeans sucked up the water and clung to his legs. “Shit, shit, shit.” Waves pushed against his thighs, whipping him off balance until he braced himself for the tide.
She floated face down with her hair billowing out in thin tentacles. He grabbed her upper arms, flipped her body, and pulled her to shore. Her lower body dragged in the sand, so he picked her up. She probably didn’t weigh much, but her limp body sagged as he carried her like a sleeping child.

Out from the tide’s reach, he placed her on the sand and pressed two fingers against her neck. Not dead. Not dead. Not dead. But not breathing, either. He couldn’t remember the steps. His heart slapped against his chest like paper caught in moving bicycle spokes. People learned CPR just in case. He never expected to actually need it. He squeezed his eyes shut, heard Coach Vorlosky’s calm instructions, visualized each step, and began chest compressions.

One push, two, three, four…one push a second how many times? Maybe thirty. He’d barely passed the test and wished he’d paid more attention. “You better not die. I’ve had a shitty week. Come on, come on.” Her head lolled to the side. He grabbed her chin, tilted her head back, pinched her nose, covered her mouth with his and blew.

He hovered above her mouth to see if she breathed. Strands of long, dark hair draped over her face. He brushed the hair out of the way and started again. On his fifth round of administering CPR, he glanced around for help, which wouldn’t happen at 2:00 a.m. on a deserted strip of beach in the middle of nowhere.

Her loud gasp, sounding like the reverse of a balloon losing air, startled him.

She turned her head to the side and coughed out water. “What…” She coughed again.”…do you think you’re doing?”

He barely heard her. The girl must be out of her mind, which would explain why she thought a night swim by herself was a good idea. “Saving you.”

“I didn’t need your help,” she muttered.

He scooted back on the sand several inches—his heart starting to slam again—and rubbed his face. Sand coated his hand and clung to his eyelashes. “Not the way I see it.” His voice sounded strangled and loud.

She sat up and pulled her knees to her chest. Anger flashed in her eyes. “What’s your deal?”

“You weren’t breathing.” He wiped dripping water from his forehead with the back of his hand. “I was scared that you’d…never mind that thought. You’re alive.”

“Um hmm. Sure am. Back here on the shore whether I like it or not.” She was all hair and limbs with her arms wrapped around her knees.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} of Fixed on You by Laurelin Paige

Seeing Night Reviews is the next stop in the Fixed on You tour from Laurelin Paige!

Fixed on You by Laurelin Paige
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Romance, Mature
RECEIVED: Bought

BLURB:
Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Wither’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out—move up at the nightclub she works at and stay away from any guy who might trigger her obsessive love disorder. A perfect plan.

But what Alayna didn’t figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He’s smart, rich, and gorgeous—the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson’s fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of it.

Avoiding him isn’t an option after he offers a business proposition she can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she’s fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with. Or maybe their less than ideal pasts give them an opportunity to heal each other and finally find the love their lives have been missing.

REVIEW:

Oh man! Talk about emotional roller coaster, this book had me unsure who was going to come out on top, as in who wont get hurt the most. I’ll definitely be continuing with this series as I’m rooting for both these broken but loveable characters to find some resolve in their issues.

Fixed on You follows Alayna Wither’s who has just graduated with her MBA and is ready to move up in the club she loves so dearly. But Alayna is worried about the new owner of the club as she hopes her ideas to help the business aren’t thrown aside. Little does she know she had already caught the new boss’ eye. Hudson Pierce is all business and knows how good he is when it comes to success. But he also has his demons and needs Alaynas help to fight one of them off…his mother. Together they take on the challenge of a “relationship” and deal with the consequences of fighting off their flaws to move forward to possible happiness.

Alayna is a smart cookie; she has an outgoing personality and love for bartending. But she hopes to move up in a management position with her knowledge and success at school. Even though she had a serious obsession in her past that she’s still fighting it off, I felt she was brave to try and move forward and stop herself from repeating the past. I also like how she’s not afraid to speak her mind to those who hurt her, which include Hudson’s mother and even her own brother. The most interesting relationship to me was with her brother Brian, he really just doesn’t even try to understand his sister, I was so angry with him throughout this book. I’m hoping that Hudson will open up more and show Brain how great Alayna really is. In the end Hudson is her weakness and her strength, it’s going to be one heck of a ride in the next book.

Hudson Pierce is a wealth businessman who has slipped into Alayna life unexpectedly. He offers her a deal she cant refuse and hope to help him in the process, of course trying to not get hurt in the process. He slowly opens up to her and she discovers his past isn’t one to be proud of. But she is someone who I think can help him as well as he’ll eventually help her. Their “romance” is intense and every scene together is full of passion. The readers even get to meet his family, which are all wonderful, besides his mother, I also adored his dad. I can’t wait for more Hudson!

Overall this was a great start to a fierce relationship, I looked forward to these two characters healing their wounds and having a “normal” life. The “villains” are perfect for this plot line, since they are parents, it makes you shake your head thinking of what parents can do to damage and embarrass their adult children. The writing was very character driven and had a great pace that kept me hooked in one sitting. Looking forward to the next book in the Fixed series!

RECOMMENDATION:

This is an adult novel with very mature sexual content suited for mature readers over the age of 18 and over. Fans of Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James and Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren will enjoy This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas.

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AUTHOR BIO:
Laurelin Paige is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She's a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there's kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn't seem to complain, however. When she isn't reading or writing sexy stories, she's probably singing, watching Mad Men and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

{Happy Release Day!} Giveaway: A Shot of Red by Tracy March

Happy Release Day for A Shot or Red by Tracy March!

I wanted to spread the love today to a new Entangled Publishing title and an exciting suspensful romance!

This book also has a special spot for me as well since I designed the book cover! How cool is that! I loved creating this cover and wanted to share it will all you awesome readers, plus give away an ebook to one lucky reader!

BLURB:

After fleeing DC following a one-night stand that had her reeling, biotech company heiress Mia Moncure has thrived working with a humanitarian aid team administering vaccines in Haiti. When the United States is threatened with a flu epidemic, Mia’s grandmother demands her return to unveil a new flu vaccine for Moncure Therapeutics. She arrives to find that her ex-boyfriend, the company’s PR Director, has died in a suspicious accident in Switzerland that Mia soon suspects was murder.

Determined to reveal a killer, Mia heads to Switzerland where she’s threatened as she discovers a plan to infiltrate the vaccine for nefarious purposes. Desperate for backup, she turns to sexy Gio Lorenzo, Communications Director for her mother, a high-ranking senator—and Mia’s one-night stand. While negotiating their rocky relationship, they race to uncover a deadly scheme that could ruin her family’s reputation. But millions of people are being vaccinated, and there’s more than her family’s legacy at stake. Mia and Gio struggle to discover the truth about the scheme and their feelings for each other, but it just might be too late

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Friday, April 18, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} of Pretending by Shanna Clayton


Pretending by Shanna Clayton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: New Adult
THEME: Contemporary, Romance, Mystery
RECEIVED: Tour

BLURB:
Four years.

That’s how long Wesley Kent has to live with the girl his dad shacked him up with, and then he can collect his inheritance and escape small town life. He gets through the prison sentence by pretending Dahlia Reynolds doesn’t exist. With three years down and one more to go, he doesn’t expect much to change. That is, until the girl that’s not supposed to exist sharpens into his reality, making it impossible to ignore her.

Three years.

That’s how long Dahlia Reynolds has been living with a total stranger. She’s convinced herself Wesley Kent is no more than illusion in the hallways. It’s easy to do, especially since that same illusion has never spoken more than two words to her. But one mistaken identity later, and she finds herself caught up in the mysterious world Wesley lives in. One by one, he begins knocking down the safe, comfortable walls she built, leaving her wondering what his motives are. Does he want to expose her—or free her?

Recommended for 17+ due to mature language and adult situations.

REVIEW:

Pretending was a bit of a surprise, I was expecting a new adult romance of two angst college students, but what I got was an Indiana Jones adventure. Pretending was a great start to what I hope is a series, there is so much more that can happen and secondary characters I hope to learn more about.

Pretending follows Dahlia Reynolds who has been living with a roommate in a large mansion, and he really doesn’t want her there. You see the only man she saw as a father figure left her an inheritance along with his biological son Wesley Kent, but there is a catch. Both must earn their college degrees and live with each other for four years, neither know why this was a must. But after finally having a chance in really meeting each other, they discover they have a lot in common and that their chemistry is undeniable. But the Kent family has an interesting secret and it leads to a highly prized treasure.

Dahlia is a shy and quite girl in the beginning; she just wants to stay hidden and unnoticed. But after years of ignoring each other, Dahlia runs into her housemate Wesley and sparks fly…well until he opens his mouth. Dahlia has only known a few things about the guy she’s been living with for three years; he likes girls and likes whiskey. But after one stormy night she finally sees the real him and they connect. It was interesting to see how these two knew so little about each other after three years but also how wrong they were about each other’s character. I liked watching their discovery and seeing how Wesley’s father knew that would find some connection. Dahlia has lost a lot in her life and even more so is blamed for a misunderstanding, I was glad she was strong about it but I felt it was childish of her to hide from it all. I wanted her to stand up and speak the truth about her real father.

Wesley has a bad boy persona, but deep down seeks adventure and also had a terrible falling out with his father before he passed. After the falling out he didn’t understand why his father would to have him go to school and live with his fathers girlfriends daughter for four years. He tried to ignore her until one meeting in their library led to an attraction he couldn’t forget. He slowly learned why his father left, why he chose to have Dahlia stay with him and that he knew their connection would help them both to the right path. I adored Wesley’s reckless and protective nature, he is smart and in the end grows up to do something he is passionate about.

Overall I thought this was such a great adventure story, the truth behind the treasure, and the secret society after it and two young adults were thrown into a dangerous quest. There are also some good secondary characters; they had some side stories consisting of betrayal, secrets, and lots of misunderstandings. In the end it all tied together but I’m hoping that we get more Wesley and Dahlia adventures.

RECOMMENDATION:

This is a young adult novel full of adventure and steamy romance. Fans of the Curse Keepers series by Denise Grover and Eversea by Natasha Boyd will enjoy Pretending by Shanna Clayton.

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AUTHOR BIO
I’m not sure if my mother predestined me to become a romance author when she named me after her favorite Kathleen Woodiwiss book, but that’s what happened. Now I live and breathe all things books. When I’m not glued to my desk writing, I can be found eating too much chocolate, obsessing over Game of Thrones, and cyber stalking my favorite authors. Keep up with me on Facebook and Instagram. I love hearing from readers!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

{Blitz Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway} of Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance


Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance

Authors: Alyssa Day, Bonnie Vanak, Caris Roane, Erin Kellison, Erin Quinn, Felicity E. Heaton, Jennifer Ashley, Laurie London

Publication date: April 14th 2014
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance

BLURB:
Eight hot paranormal romances by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Alpha-male bad boys will fulfill your darkest, most deadliest desires in these stories about shifters, werewolves, vampires, magic, special powers and other realms. But only if you dare…

Featuring the bad boy heroes of:
BODYGUARD by Jennifer Ashley
ALEJANDRO’S SORCERESS by Alyssa Day
BEWITCH by Felicity Heaton
DARKNESS FALLS by Erin Kellison
ROGUE’S PASSION by Laurie London
THE FORBIDDEN LIFE OF ALEX MOORE by Erin Quinn
THE MATING HEAT by Bonnie Vanak
TRAPPED by Caris Roane


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Excerpt from ROGUE’S PASSION by Laurie London

Asher smiled, but it was a devilish smirk. He reached for a bar of soap, turned her around and began to lather her back and arms. “Do you know what happens when someone defies my orders?”
Olivia licked her lips and swallowed hard. “What?”
“They get punished.”
Images of Asher paddling her bare butt with a leather riding crop flashed in her head. Even though her sexual experiences had never gone in that direction before, she was more than a little intrigued. “Punished? What do you mean?”
“I’m not talking about a simple spanking,” he said as if reading her thoughts. She was glad he was behind her and couldn’t see her face. It had to be beet red right now. “Although that can be arranged. What you did was very serious. I told you specifically not to do something and you defied me. When I give orders, I expect that they’ll be followed.”
“Okay.” Her heart quickened. “Then what is a fitting punishment?”
“Hmmm.” His sudsy hands slipped along her belly and breasts, and she became acutely aware of the hard length of his shaft at her back. “I was thinking more along the lines of teaching you by example. That really is the best way to learn.”
She chewed on her lip, trying to control her growing excitement. “Which means…”
“Lean back,” he ordered. “I’m going to wash your hair.”
She did as she was told, laying her head back against his stomach. He adjusted his position so that her ears were just above the level of the water. Squirting some shampoo into the palm of his hand, he began to wash her hair. She closed her eyes, concentrating on his fingers massaging her scalp and sudsing each strand. A girl could get used to such pampering.
What sort of punishment was he dreaming up? If it involves more of this, then sign me up.
Soon he was helping her from the tub. When they were both wrapped in towels, he put his hands on her shoulders and turned her to face him. The glint in his eyes was pure wickedness. Her breath caught in her throat.
“I’ve decided on your punishment, Olivia.”
“You have?”
He brushed a thumb over her lower lip, leaving a trail of sparks. “For the next week, you’re going to be staying here with me.”
Her gaze snapped up to his. “What? Here? With you?” He stared at her with that ruggedly handsome face, gauging her reaction. She had heard him correctly. “I can’t stay for that long.”
“I don’t see why not,” he said matter-of-factly. “The roads aren’t expected to reopen for days, your car is still trapped in the garage, and you don’t have a job anymore.”
Yes, all that was true. But still. She’d just met him. He couldn’t really be serious about her staying the week with him, could he? She needed to hide out for a while, wait until things calmed down…but with him? “What if I have other plans?”
“Cancel them.”
His arrogance should’ve pissed her off. Instead, she was secretly thrilled. “Why would I want to do that?” she asked, feigning indifference.
“Because I’d like to spend the next few days fucking you, Olivia, and I want you all to myself.”

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

{Review} of Off the Record by K.A. Linde

Off the Record by K.A. Linde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Romance, Politics, Mature
RECEIVED: Bought

BLURB:
Liz Dougherty has no idea a single question is about to change her life.

Her first big reporting assignment for her North Carolina college newspaper has her covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference. Brady Maxwell may have everything it takes to be a politician—a winning pedigree, devastating good looks, a body made to wear suits—but his politics rub Liz the wrong way. When Liz’s hard-hitting question catches the upstart senator off-guard, it impresses Hayden Lane, Liz’s editor who feels she’s headed for a promising career as a reporter.

But Liz is also headed into a secret romance with Brady that could destroy both their ambitions. Though he’s a bachelor, potential voters might frown on Brady cozying up to a reporter. And Liz isn’t sure sneaking around is enough for her—especially when things between her and Hayden might be less platonic than she thought.

Sleek, sexy, and smart, Off the Record ventures into a high-stakes campaign and an even higher-stakes affair to answer the question: When politics and love collide, can there ever be a winner?

REVIEW:

I’m not one for politics and usually political romances don’t cant my interest either, but something about Off the Record caught my eye. I was thrilled to discover this new series and talented author, this totally reminded of the TV show Scandal with its romance and clever storyline.

Off the Record follows Liz Daughtery who is a sophomore in college at the top of her class, as well as getting a chance of a lifetime by being asked to her first big reporting experience. Liz is excited to be apart of the press for her college newspaper class for a last minute press conference, with the very attractive and young senator Brady Maxwell. Liz isn’t prepared when she is chosen to ask him a question, which she gladly throws him a curve ball question. She of course catches Brady’s eye and the two discover even though they don’t agree with politics, they share a passion for romance.

Liz is a smart cookie; she studies hard and has a dream of being a journalist. Working for her college newspaper has given her great opportunities with writing and being mentored by her crush Hayden Lane. But after her ballsy question she is zeroed in by the Senator of her state Brady Maxwell, he is impressed and intrigued by her. Liz isn’t sure how to handle the attention she’s getting from the Senator and dives in to a secret with him. Their romance is a secret because of his career and her schooling. Liz is thrown many challenges with her heart between Hayden and Brady, as well as eventually falling hard for one of them. But when she is given a choice that could hurt her or the guy she wants, it’s going to be a hard road no matter what she chooses.

Brady and Hayden are so different, I loved that we get two men who the readers will like for different reasons. Brady is full of wealth, sex appeal, smarts, snark, passion and cant get enough of Liz, while Hayden is an adorable smart and hard working student that gets Liz. In the end I’m rooting for Brady because he challenges Liz in all the right ways, he makes her better and makes her really think. It may or may not end well for them and since this is the beginning of the series there is a lot to look forward too.

Overall I really enjoyed the start of this series, I can’t imagine the secrecy that those in the political field have to deal with. The secondary characters don’t get much attention but when they do they are either hilarious or you love to hate them. Its was interesting to see a take on how hard it is the have a real life while dealing with politics and romance, can you have both? After the eye opening ending, I look forward to continuing with the series.

RECOMMENDATION:

This is an adult novel with sexual content meant for mature readers over the age of 18+. Fans of Wallbanger by Alice Clayton and On Dublin Street by Samantha Young will love Off the Record by K.A. Linde.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

{Blitz Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway} of The Accidental Socialite

The Accidental Socialite
Release Date: 04/15/14
Swoon Romance

BLURB:

Quirky and clumsy twenty-two-year-old Paige Crawford arrives in London on a cold Saturday in January. Just when Paige starts to think that moving thousands of miles away from home with no real plan was a bad idea, Jason Frost appears. Confident and classy, Jason is the complete opposite of Paige and just what she needs in her life, or so she thinks.

But before their romance has time to blossom, Paige trips and falls into the arms of a mysterious man on a drunken night out. She’s snapped by paparazzi, and newspaper headlines the next day suggest that she’s having an affair with a married footballer.

Paige finds herself instantly elevated to tabloid celebrity status which isn’t exactly a picnic, particularly when trying to juggle her new job at Fashionista magazine, a catalog of dating disasters and a nagging doubt that she maybe she can’t conquer London after all.

When a trip back to Canada for Christmas reminds Paige why she left her old life behind, she returns to London with renewed vigor realizing that while jobs, flats and men may come and go, friends in London are forever.

AUTHOR BIO:

Growing up in Edmonton, Canada, a significant amount of Stephanie’s time was spent making up and acting out stories. She was studying to be an actress when she realized there weren’t any parts for women being written. So, Stephanie wrote herself a short screenplay just to be in it and quickly realized that writing was her true passion. She graduated from the University of Alberta with an English and Sociology degree and she also has a Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts from Red Deer College. She moved to New York on a whim after University and has written a variety of TV shows including an environmentally friendly lifestyle series and a tween magazine style show about celebrities. Stephanie moved to London in 2008 and aside from being obsessed with Eggs Benedict, shoes, Fruit Roll Ups and travelling, she also works in Children’s Television. 
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EXCERPT:
It was 3 A.M. and all I wanted was a cheeseburger.

“Miss, we only sell Big Macs after midnight,” said the McDonalds employee. My stomach grumbled. My diet since I got off the plane had consisted mostly of Champagne, Vodka, and seared tuna.

“Yes, I understand that and I will pay for a Big Mac, but I would like a cheeseburger, so can you, like, remove a patty and mid bun and hold the secret sauce? Please?”

“Miss, I am sorry but we do not have this item.”

Liar. He didn’t look sorry. I immediately wanted to get on the next flight home. It rained cheeseburgers in Canada.

A tall, drunk and incredibly beautiful blonde South African girl appeared at the till next to me.
“I’ll have a hot dog.” That was my new best friend, Lucinda.

We walked out of McDonalds with a small fries to ‘split’, which really meant Lucinda was going to watch me eat them. As I was elegantly shoving eight fries into my mouth at once, not unlike a four-year-old, a swarm of camera wielding hyenas approached. One flash triggered the rest and little white dots burned into my retina. I stumbled, almost dropping my fries.

What was going on? I looked for the celebrity garnering all this attention. I couldn’t believe my luck, I was about to spot someone famous on my first day in London! But when Lucinda slapped the second fist full of fries out of my hand and pulled me towards a taxi, I realized with confusion that the so-called celebrity was me.


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Saturday, April 12, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway} The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Seeing Night Reviews is the next stop in the Ophelia Prophecy tour for Sharon Lynn Fisher! 

The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Science Fiction
THEME: Romance, Mystery
RECEIVED: Publisher

BLURB:
Our world is no longer our own. We engineered a race of superior fighters -- the Manti, mutant humans with insect-like abilities. Twenty-five years ago they all but destroyed us. In Sanctuary, some of us survive. Eking out our existence. Clinging to the past.

Some of us intend to do more than survive.
Asha and Pax -- strangers and enemies -- find themselves stranded together on the border of the last human city, neither with a memory of how they got there.

Asha is an archivist working to preserve humanity’s most valuable resource -- information -- viewed as the only means of resurrecting their society.

Pax is Manti, his Scarab ship a menacing presence in the skies over Sanctuary, keeping the last dregs of humanity in check.

Neither of them is really what they seem, and what humanity believes about the Manti is a lie.

With their hearts and fates on a collision course, they must unlock each other's secrets and forge a bond of trust before a rekindled conflict pushes their two races into repeating the mistakes of the past.

REVIEW:

I couldn’t wait to read another science fiction romance by Fisher. After Ghost Planet I knew she would create another romantic plot twisting storyline with all the thrills of science fiction. I wasn’t disappointed, I was intrigue, surprised and hooked by the idea of insect human hybrids, but don’t worry this isn’t like the movie The Fly, our hero has the instincts but otherwise is human in appearance.

The Ophelia Project follows Ash and Pax who are strangers that have woken up on the edge of an off-limits area. Neither knows how they got there, or why they are together. Plus their attire is very minimal which makes their first impressions defensive and confusing. But Pax isn’t a human; he’s a Manti and wants to get some answer from Ash. Now Ash is Pax’s prisoner on his ship with his sister, but this is only the beginning of their troubles. Their journey brings them to finding out the truth, to enemies from both sides; attraction towards each other; politics and hoping love will bring two races together.

Ash at the beginning was a bit weak for my liking when it comes to a heroine. However she is smart and even escapes Pax holding her prisoner. She thinks of Pax as the enemy because of his race but their attraction towards each other is undeniable. Her spunk and bravery get her through this whirlwind that brought her and Pax together. The tension was my favorite part, but luckily fisher knows how to develop romance at a great pace.

Pax was by far my favorite character and I felt the most developed. He has an interesting background because of his upbringing and race. He’s a Manti, a hybrid with insect abilities that all started out a science experiment. But the experiment didn’t just alter DNA of some human; it ended up creating a whole race that eventually took over. But for Pax he is also the son of the amir, the highest-ranking military officer of the Manti. Making Pax a “prince” and heir to possibly taking over his father’s position on day. What I loved most about Pax was learning how he differed from human aka Ash; he wanted her as his mate, which is obvious right from the start. But he also isn’t the enemy she thought he would be either. Plus the romance was hot and luckily Pax isn’t at all insect like except for his eyes.

Overall this wasn’t as strong as Ghost Planet but it was top-notch science fiction goodness, I loved the originality of the plot and having hybrid insect is something I’ve never read before. The secondary characters like Pax’s sister Iris, his ship Banshee and the villainous Cleo were what brought to life some exciting, suspenseful and intense moments for Pax and Ash. The ending wraps up everything really quick, but the readers will be happy to know this is a stand-alone and we get an ending! I’m a bit overwhelmed with trilogies and love when authors can suck you into a world and resolve the plot in one book. I’m hoping that Fisher will bring us back to this world and continue with maybe a spinoff with Iris.

RECOMMENDATION:

This is a heavy science fiction novel that will literally take the readers out of this world. Fans Revived by Cat Patrick and Ghost Planet by Sharon Fisher, will enjoy The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher.
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AUTHOR BIO:
A Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist and a three-time RWA Golden Heart Award finalist, SHARON LYNN FISHER lives in the Pacific Northwest. She writes books for the geeky at heart—sci-fi flavored stories full of adventure and romance—and battles writerly angst with baked goods, Irish tea, and champagne. Her works include Ghost Planet (2012), The Ophelia Prophecy (2014), and Echo 8 (2014). You can visit her online at SharonLynnFisher.com.


EXCERPT:
Water pooled around Asha’s hips, soaking her thin cotton dress. She studied the glimmering surface of the lake, and the rocky hillside looming on the opposite side.
The reservoir. How did I get here?
Closing her eyes, she pressed her fingers to her temples. The last thing she remembered was climbing to the roof of the Archive with her father. It was a beautiful spring evening, and they’d planned to picnic and watch the sunset. She’d stepped off the ladder onto the corrugated, white-washed metal, and then . . .
Sleep, Ophelia.
She grasped at the words as they breezed across her consciousness. They had the ring of command, yet she had no memory of who had spoken them, or why.
A masculine moan sounded, so close she rolled into a crouch and skittered into the shallow water. The lithe movement of her own body surprised her almost as much as the unexpected voice.
Just beyond the depression she’d left on the beach, a naked form stirred. A stranger. His gaze riveted on her. He sat up straight, fists digging into the sand. No, not sand. His body rested on a bed of some soft, fibrous material.
She remembered the flimsy dress—now wet and clinging to her body—and hugged her bent legs, concealing herself as best she could. Her heart pounded against her thighs.
“Who are you?” they both demanded.
So the confusion was mutual.
“You first,” he said. A command, not a courtesy.
She hesitated. The man now seemed familiar—something about the eyes. They curved down at the inside corners, making them appear to slant under his dark, arched eyebrows. But she couldn’t place him.  
He rose to a crouch, eyes moving over her like an extension of his arms, prying at the locked arms that concealed her body from him.
She reached up to release the clip that held her coiled hair to the back of her head, thinking she would cover herself with it. She gasped to discover her heavy tresses were gone.
Tears of confusion welled in her eyes. Fear knotted her stomach.
“What’s your name?” the stranger insisted.
“Asha,” she whispered, uncertain. There’d been another name a moment ago. A name that had seemed to mean something.
Her throat tightened, strangling her words, as she said, “I don’t understand…”
“What are you doing here?”
She raised her eyes to his face, shrinking from the heat of his gaze. “I don’t know.”
His eyes bored into hers, probing for the thoughts behind them. He frowned, brow furrowing with doubt. He doesn’t believe me.  
“Who are you?” she repeated, indignation nudging past the fear that gripped her.
He slid his hands up his shoulders to rub his neck, baring the hard lines of his stomach, revealing pale marks under either side of his ribcage. Scars.
“Paxton,” he said. One hand moved to the back of his head, and he winced. He probed the sore spot with his fingers.
“Why are you here?”
“I don’t know.”
She glanced again at the fibrous nest. “What’s that?”
“Carapace.”
She blinked at him, the meaning of the familiar word eluding her. Before she could question him further, he rose to his feet, scanning the horizon. Her eyes lingered on the marks below his ribs.
He stood so long—motionless and studying the edge of the sky—she began to think he’d forgotten her. His composure was troubling. There was a shared mystery here, clearly, but they were not equal participants.  
“How can you be so calm?” she asked, voice lifting with anxiety. “Do you know something I don’t? Has this kind of thing happened to you before?”
Paxton glanced down at the nest. “Yes.”
She gaped at him, but the low whine of an approaching ship changed the subject. Her heart jumped as the black beetle hummed into view, dragging its own reflection across the surface of the lake.
She sprang to her feet. “That’s an enemy ship!” she cried. “We have to go!”
Technically the war was over. Very little left for the Manti to fight. But they still ruled the air, keeping tabs on the last dregs of humanity. Citizens of Sanctuary were forbidden to wander away from the city, and the reservoir marked the border.
Again his eyes skewered her to the spot. “No, we wait here. That’s my ship.”
“Your ship? I don’t…”
She side-stepped a couple meters down the beach, eyeing him fearfully.
Overhead, the beetle whirred to rest, cupped wings lifting to allow a controlled vertical landing. With a series of loud clicks it nestled into the sand, hover gear lowering and locking back against the hull. The lusterless, black skin of the vessel looked like rubber, but she knew it was a secreted resin. As she stared, frozen to the spot, the hull lightened from jet to blond, until it was almost invisible against the sand.
“Pax, you okay?” a feminine voice sounded from the ship’s external com.
“I’m okay,” called Asha’s companion. “Drop the ramp.”
“Who’s that with you?” 
Paxton frowned at Asha. “I was hoping you could tell me.”
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Follow Friday {73} Tell us about a book that you didn’t like and why we shouldn’t read it?

Question this week from Parajunkee and Allison Can Read.
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Q: Tell us about a book that you didn’t like and why we shouldn’t read it (as nicely and respectfully as possible)

This was one book I really wanted to like because I always wanted to figure out how to build my own app. Plus what a hilarious idea to create on to find your boyfriend! But this one I couldn't grasp any liking to the characters, plus some scenes were just way out of the line of the plot it was confusing. Great idea but not one for me.



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