Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review: The Enigma Strain (Harvey Bennett #1) by Nick Thacker

Title: The Enigma Strain
Author: Nick Thacker
Published: Nov. 27, 2014
Publisher: Turtleshell Press
Pages: 296
Genre: Adventure/science fiction
Review: ebook provided by StoryCartel

When a bomb goes off at Yellowstone National Park, the reclusive park ranger Harvey "Ben" Bennett is startled to realize that the blast wasn't the only threat: the bomb released some sort of virus into the air, and it's beginning to infect and kill more and more people.

It's a race against time as Ben teams up with a woman from the CDC to figure who's behind the attacks, and how to stop the next one.

Review: Shadow Out of the Sky (Transitional Delusions #1) by Brick Marlin

Title: Shadow Out of the Sky (Transitional Delusions #1)
Author: Brick Marlin
Pages: 221
Published: Dec. 21, 2014
Publisher: Seventh Star Press
Genre: Horror/ Dark Fantasy
Review: Ebook provided by Tomorrow Comes Media

An evil entity invades and terrorizes a small town by possessing children, forcing their hands to kill and slaughter each and every adult, while a small group fight to survive in this apocalyptic tale.
The entity's plan is to shove the human race into extinction so a new world can Shift forward, a new world designed by four demons called The Reckoning that flying inside their own transparent spheres.
A scarecrow crucified on a wooden cross made from a pair of two-by-fours sits in a field of corn, placed there to frighten away birds and protect the crops. Under its straw hat large buttons pose as its eyes, placed there by child’s fingers, view something sinister in the grave sky, appearing in front of the full moon.
Twisting, it forms into a sleek black mass, peering down upon the town of Woodbury. Four demons called The Reckoning has pulled this shadow, this urban legend from the past, out of an unmarked grave to bring terror across the planet, shoving it toward an apocalypse.
Now it cuts through the air, as if it were opening wounds in flesh, peering down at the first house that it hovers over...

Cover Reveal: Rediscovering Peace by Steffy Rogers

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Rediscovering Peace – Military Love Vol. 1 
Author: Steffy Rogers 
Release Date: May 29th 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Photographer: S.M. Talkington Photography
Cover Models: Bill Scott & Lori Whalen
Cover Design: Kari Ayasha Cover to Cover Design

What do you do when your world comes crashing down on you?
Skye Donovan has spent her whole life moving with her parents from one duty station to another. Each time has forced her to say goodbye more times than she can count. When her dad finally retires from the U.S. Army and they settle down in Savannah GA, she finds herself in the strong arms of Oliver Nelson. Skye finally has it all - a loving fiancé, the career of her dreams and friends she can always count on. But one day everything changes.
After all that she has been through, will Skye be able to pick up the pieces and open up her heart again?
Braden Parker has spent eight long years getting over the one that got away. Even being engaged to another woman couldn't keep the thoughts of Skye at bay. Just when he thought he will never see her again, fate brings her back into his life, but she is broken.
Now that he has found her again can he convince her that their love is worth fighting for and that they can face their demons together?

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menewSteffy Rogers is a self-professed bookaholic who is fluent in English, German and Sarcasm.
When she isn't working or going to school she spends her free time writing.
She makes a home in a very small town in Georgia with her dog Karma.
However, her heart belongs in Germany, where she lived for 20 years before returning to the USA.
Though her memories of Germany are blurry due to the delicious beer, she knows one day she will return home for good.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Blog Tour: Gabe Alvarez Security Agency by: Maryann Jordan

Alvarez Security Agency Former Special Forces brothers-in-arms now working together to provide an elite security service in the southern city of Richland. Gabe Malloy, dedicated to his brothers, spent his weekends with cheap booze and easy women. When some of his friends finally settled down, he wondered if he would ever find the woman of his dreams. He just never expected to encounter her in an alley. Jennifer Lambert worked as a social worker for the city and would often take food to the elderly residents in her building. One night, in an alley behind a restaurant, she was startled by a tall, handsome man wanting to assist. Giving him the cold shoulder, she left…but dreams of him followed her long into the night. Gabe knew the independent Jennifer was a woman worthy of knowing, but convincing the beauty that she needed him was the challenge. Raising her young brother plus the responsibilities of the elder center, had kept her from looking for love…but she took a chance on Gabe. Now that he found her, can he keep her safe when someone threatens her and those she loves? Calling upon his brothers, Alvarez Security races to save her before it is too late. ****Due to scenes of an explicit sexual nature and language that some consider crude, please be warned - for 18+ only! If you do not like alphas with heart who fall instantly in love with strong female characters while dealing with real life issues...again be warned!!

***** Gabe now live 3Best seller in Military Romance and Mystery/Suspense categories!! 

Gabe-6Full length novel, romantic suspense, military, hot sex and sweet romance! Alvarez Security Agency Former Special Forces brothers-in-arms now working together to provide an elite security service in the southern city of Richland.

Early Reviews:
 *****Maryann Jordan you have written another immaculate story, that will render your readers speechless. Gabe story is about love, loss, trust, survival, friendship, brotherhood and community. The main characters as well as the secondary characters will become family and will take residence in your heart.

 *****Things one of those books that will not only knock your socks off, but also pretty much draw out most emotions you can name off the top of your head. Yeas there are some super hot sex scenes but there are moments that will bring you to tears. You will feel fear for the characters and see how true love for someone can bring a grown man to his knees.

 *****This new series is in my opinion Maryann's best work! I fell in love with the characters and the story. There are many twists and turns and ups and downs. Gabe is a solid Alpha male working for Alvarez Security with his brothers in arms. Jennifer is a sweet little tiny woman who only puts others in front of herself. And Ross God Bless his little heart!! This story is an amazing journey of love and protection. About fighting for what you want. Highly recommended.

  Other Books by Maryann Jordan
 The Fairfield Series:  Emmas' Home,
Laurie's Time, and Carol's Image.

Carol's Image
Laurie's Time
Emma's Home
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The Love's Series:  Love's Taming, Love's Tempting, Love's Trusting
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Monday, April 27, 2015

#PaperbackFriday Review: Real Beast: Abused by Brian Arthur Levene

Title: Real Beast: Abused
Author: Brian Arthur Levene
Publisher: Gully Gods Publishing
Published: November 14, 2013
Pages: 244
Genre: Real story
Review: Paperback won via GoodReads

What becomes of a marriage to someone who has been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused for fifteen years by their own father? Real Beast: Abused is a gripping and compelling true story of two people whose love becomes corrupted by their past, family ties, cultures, and their Muslim and Christian religion.
The strikingly beautiful Laila, a Pakistani Muslim’s life is plagued by every type of abuse from a young age, which leaves her distorted, conflicted, and questioning her sexual identity. Her husband Arthur, falls victims to Laila’s attempts to replace her own culture and religion with a material and carnal way of life. Soon he realizes there's a hidden side to Laila's long term agenda which may not involve living a heterosexual lifestyle.

Real Beast: Abused is a must read for anyone with an urge to observe the long term effects of abuse and the melting of different and often opposing culture's ideals on Sexuality, Loyalty and Love.

From The Editor: Brian Arthur Levene’s fifth book, Real Beast: Abused, is the true story of the marriage between a beautiful young woman, who struggles to break free from her own middle-eastern religion, culture, and ethos of sexuality and an American who has different ideals. The conflict transforms the couple’s capacity to love, nearly destroying each of them in the course of their lives together. The immersion of Laila into the materialistic and carnal ideals of the western world is also her escape from an abused past.

Neither her striking beauty, the purity of her husband’s devotion and love, nor the birth of a son is enough to overcome malicious desires to consume her adopted culture and its trappings. Money, and her submission to sexual deviance cultivates this insightful story of the inescapable and inseparable psychological realities of abuse, love and culture—vices that bring out the Real Beast.

Review: Truth or Die (Bragg #6) by Jack Lynch

Title: Truth or Die (Bragg Thriller #6)
Author: Jack Lynch
Published: Feb. 3, 2015
Publisher: Brash Books
Pages: 304
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and the publisher

The sixth novel in the multiple Shamus and Edgar Award nominated Bragg series that placed Jack Lynch among the masters of detective fiction.
Bragg runs into Jo Sommers, a woman he longed for many years ago…and who is now unhappily married. Hour's later, she's accused of murdering her husband. Bragg agrees to help prove that Jo is innocent, discovering a tangled web of blackmail, extortion, and murder, stretching forty years into the past…to a secret so horrible, it’s still worth killing to keep it buried.
(Originally published under the title Monterey)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Rising Trilogy Complete Boxed Set by Amy Miles


The Rising Trilogy box set featuring full length novels: Defiance Rising, Relinquish and Vengeance

Defiance Rising:

Illyria has never known a life without the Rebellion. 
Nothing else matters…until she ventures out into unknown territory and is faced with an enemy that proves even more fierce and determined than she ever thought. 

Bastien is infuriating, dangerous and annoyingly gorgeous. Eamon is familiar, comforting and turning into a man before her eyes. Both want her heart...but she is torn between duty and desire. When her choice affects all of mankind, how can she allow herself to be selfish? 
There is a power within her that can change everyone’s fate…but she underestimated the most potent force on Earth—love. Illyria must discover if she has the strength to sacrifice her heart to save mankind 


The rising is over, but the war continues to rage. King Aloysius knows Illyria exists and will stop at nothing to possess her. Jealousy drives a wedge between Illyria and Eamon. When Bastien reveals himself as her guide into enemy territory, an ambush lands them in captivity. Illyria is faced with the truth that she is not ready to face her destiny…or let Bastien go again.


Even though memories may be altered, a heart can never forget its true love. 
Peace has come to Calisted under Illyria’s new reign as Queen. Volunteers return to Earth to help its people begin to rebuild. With her new husband at her side, Illyria has many things to celebrate and yet she worries that this time of peace is only fleeting. 
Dreams of a man with piercing sapphire blue eyes haunt Illyria nightly and she can’t shake the feeling that she knows this stranger, or worse...that he knows her too. 
When an attack on the palace leaves her imprisoned on a distant planet, Illyria must discover a strength within herself to survive, but she’s not fighting just for herself any more. This time mercy is not an option. All Illyria cares about is vengeance.

Author Amy Miles has always been a bit of a dreamer. Growing up as an only child, and a military brat to boot, she spent countless hours escaping into the pages of a book, only to spend the following days creating a new idea of how to twist up the story to make it unique.

Since becoming a mother, Amy has slowly nourished her love of the written word while snatching writing time in the midst of soiled diapers, tumbling over legos and peering around mounds of laundry and dishes that never seem to go away. Once her only son started school, Amy was free to let her fingers dive into dark mythology, tales of betrayal and love, and explore human nature in its rawest form. Her love of seeing the world from a different angle bloomed.

Amy is the author of several novels, including her popular young adult immortal books, The Arotas Series, which are an Amazon and iBooks bestselling series. Unwilling to be defined by any one genre, she proceeded to flip over to a science fiction/fantasy based idea with her Rising Trilogy. She then dove into contemporary romance with her novel, Captivate and explored the depths of her own faith with In Your Embrace.

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Our Penned Con team is so very excited to add a TEEN DAY this year. We want to be able to encourage and inspire up and coming authors. If you are bringing a teen with you please make sure you plan to come on Thursday for a day of fun, learning and a private book signing with our attending YA authors just for the teens!

Tickets are $10 and includes lunch and a swag bag.
We only have room for 100 teens so PLEASE make sure you grab your spot now. We are contacting local schools next week with an open invite and don't want you to miss out!

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SCHEDULE 9-10 registration

10-10:45 opening and ice breaker game

11-12 Workshop: So you want to be an author? Learn the steps to take from today’s successful Young Adult authors on how to transition from scribbled handwriting in a notebook to a published work. Learn insider tips to book signings, author meet & greets and fandom.

12-1 lunch

1-2 Workshop: Trends. Are they a thing or just a guideline? How to determine what genre your story fits into and whether or not you should go with the flow or do your own thing.

2:15-3 Panel Open Q&A from New York Times/USA Today best selling authors Colleen Hoover, Denise Grover Swank, Chanda Hahn and LP Dover

3-4 Books to Movies How to go from landing an agent to getting your book on the Big Screen and all of the steps in between.

4-6 Private Book Signing (Open to come and go as you please)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Paperback Friday

I know you are probably wondering what this post is. Paperback Friday! Well in one of my groups on Facebook that I am a part of and you can join. It is Wanda's Amazing Amazon Reviewers. The admin Wanda had a neat idea to read paperbacks or hardbacks whatever, but the reason was to put down the ereader. Neat idea. I for one am so darn backlogged with reviews that I have promised authors that I need to get through those first before I can actually read a regular book. So I sat here and thought it through and was like you know I am never going to be able to probably sit back with an actual paperback again so why not start something. Hence this gave me the idea via Wanda to do paperback Friday. All you have to do if you want to join in on the fun is just pick up a paperback/hardback book on Friday and read through the weekend, lets give those ereaders a break. Also I have this same idea going on my facebook page Fallen Over Book Reviews but with the idea to also post your book or books so we can all see what you are reading. If you want to do this on twitter just use the hashtag #paperbackFriday 

Below is my book that I am reading. I won this on GoodReads and I have been needing to get with it. 
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So wanna join in on the fun? Go for it!! 

Blog Tour: F.U.B.A.R. by Joe King

Title: F.U.B.A.R.
Author: Joe King
Series: F.U.B.A.R. (Book 1)
Genre: Action/Comedy/Horror
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Dec 24 2014
Editions/Formats Available In: eBook and Print
An aimless, down on his luck man discovers a clandestine government agency tasked with combating supernatural evil, beneath the grounds of a mental health hospital where he works; the agency, the Frontline Unified Battalion of Arcane Resistance (F.U.B.A.R.). Getting recruited for their cause, he is accidentally afflicted with a curse, casting the sensible ego aspect of his personality into a subconscious prison, allowing his psychotic id to take over his body. Now this madman must lead a motley crew of supernatural agents, including a punk rock witch, a werewolf, a medium and the ghost of his best friend, and a female Japanese ninja, against a globe spanning, world devouring evil, whilst dealing with the monsters inside his head.

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Taking slow, measured steps down the hallway to the source of the sound he was careful not to screech the soles of his shoes on the linoleum. Dave found himself standing outside of a small counselling office. The eye level plaque read Dr James Carver. Not funny really, oh well. The voice was vaguely familiar to him as it teased his memory. Sounding almost cartoonish, it took him a few seconds to place it. Scooby-Doo! That was it, the voice sounded just like Scooby-Doo. Believing the impression to be the doctor or his guest joking around, Dave carefully tiptoed on the balls of his feet over to the door, tilting his ear to the wood. He could do with a laugh.
The smile on his face was genuine this time as it really was a good impersonation. But after a few minutes of eaves dropping on the comedic accent, he came to the conclusion that this was no joke. The speaker genuinely seemed to sound like that or it was some diehard commitment to the bit. His smile slowly diminished at first, as pangs of shame coursed through him at the knowledge that he was unknowingly mocking this poor person. Finding subtle, private amusement in the antics of recovering crack heads and schizophrenics is one thing, but the visualisation of himself hanging around outside a room to unknowingly mock somebody who must suffer similar treatment on a daily basis like they are a circus sideshow was cruel. His look of regret instantly dissolved into a curious mix of jolting shock and profound awkwardness as the door quickly swung open.

Standing before him, he was greeted by a bemused looking Dr Carver. The doc was about forty, of slight build and wore spectacles that looked like they were held together by willpower and positive thinking. His semblance reminded Dave of the actor Sam Rockwell. The doctor was observing Dave over the tops of his glasses, his brow furrowed and his chin pointing down to his chest as if he was unsure of what he was seeing. The silence stretched for a long moment and Dave was frozen like a deer in headlights, waiting to get an absolute ear full for snooping on personal matters concerning doctor-patient confidentiality. Uncertain on how to explain his action, Dave’s brain sputtered along as it attempted to cobble together whatever piss poor explanation he could for his actions. That’s when his eyes drifted to the trail of thick dark matted hair that led across the carpeted floor. Any attempt at an apology went on the backburner as his curious eyes wandered across the hair strewn carpet towards the bulky figure casually occupying the visitors’ chair. Dave’s blood turned to icy slush. It wasn’t a plucky Great Dane. Sitting there in torn jeans and a ripped up red and white plaid shirt was a werewolf.

Dream Cast
(Create your ultimate Dream Cast for 3 of your main characters if your book was to go to film and explain why those actors/actresses where chosen)

I shamelessly modelled several of my characters on thespians who I think are really cool. When I created
Clyde Williams and Kev Carpenter, they became Donald Glover and Seth Rogen respectively. Not only do I
love watching these two, but they possess qualities that I found suited my characters perfectly. Donald
Glover has an earnest vibe in shows such as Community and in Mystery Team. It’s an underlying sensitivity
which is endearing and that I wanted Clyde to have. I love characters who are quite vulnerable but are
forced to make a stand, bringing out their hidden, sometimes deeply buried toughness and Clyde becomes
a certified bad-ass.
Several of Seth Rogen’s roles have him portraying a gruff, sometimes abrasive sense of humour which fits
Kev perfectly. The kind of personality that would sooner make a snarky comment than help out, which is
Kev to a tee. But again, underneath the rough surface is a soul who wants to do good.
Lizzy Chambers is named after Lizzy Caplan. An actress who I love. Not only do I like her sassy sardonic wit
but she carries it well considering how cute she is, it’s a vicious wit that for some reason complements her
looks. Giving her character a punk rock make-over was all it took to solidify her in my mind as Whiskey

team’s witch.

Joe King woke up one day, unsure of where he came from or where he was going. To this day he blindly stumbles through life hoping everything will turn out okay. At some point, he worked as a janitor in a mental health hospital, where he discovered an obscene amount, emphasise obscene, of hair on the carpet of one of the counselling rooms. Naturally, he became convinced that the patient must have been a werewolf, there is simply no other explanation. Not having any silver or dog collars to hand he decided to knock the idea around which snowballed into F.U.B.A.R., his first novel and the first instalment of the series.
When he's not writing, he enjoys reading books and comic books, begrudgingly trying to emulate the fine work of the talented comic book artists, loathing himself, slapping the bass in a rock band, loathing himself a bit more and playing guitar.
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Review: Lost and Found by Jeff LaFerney

25385210Title: Lost and Found
Author: Jeff LaFerney
Published: April 28, 2015
Pages: 228
Genre: Mystery/ teens/ YA
Review: ebook provided by author to give an honest review.

In 1939, a sole Jewish smuggler immigrates to America to preserve a heritage Hitler hoped to erase. In 1944, two spies enter the United States on a mission to track down one man and a treasure of missing Spanish gold. In 2014, the immigrant’s son, his mind deteriorating from dementia, disappears, but not before he leaves his grandson clues, thrusting him into a mystery seventy-five years in the making. Blake Nolan and his girlfriend set out to unravel clues that could not only set secrets from history right again but also lead to two priceless treasures. With his grandfather’s life in the balance and suspects hot on Blake’s trail, will what was lost be found in time?

Release Day Blitz: Everything (A Songbird novel, book 3) by Melissa Pearl

Everything (A Songbird novel, Book 3) by Melissa Pearl

April 23, 2015

Jody Pritchett had a dream...but life had other plans. Instead of singing and dancing on Broadway, Jody's a twenty-year-old single mom, living at home with her disapproving father and overbearing sister. The choice to keep her little Angelia came with a high price and although she adores her baby girl, it doesn't take away the sting of kissing goodbye her chance at a career on the stage. Leo Sinclair had his own dream...but got lost along the way. After a failed marriage that left him hollow and downtrodden, the Australian songwriter wonders what joy his future could possibly hold. Encouraged by the one family member who doesn't think he's a failure, Leo decides to stop living the life everyone expects him to and start chasing his dreams again. When the perfect opportunity comes knocking, Leo leaves Australia behind and hops a flight to LA. With his sights set on selling a musical to a Broadway producer, Leo is determined to finally realize his life-long dream. But life gets in the way again, when he spots a young mother outside his apartment in tears. He never realized how one person, one voice, and one Angel could have him contemplating abandoning his dreams once again. As these two burned hearts wrestle to overcome their past struggles, Leo and Jody must decide what dreams are worth clinging to...because, sometimes, everything you want is not everything you need. 

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!" She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 - True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

Sale: The Misses Trilogy book 1 & 2 by Marie Garner


Book One 99c
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When America’s sweetheart…
Brea Richards is America’s sweetheart. Dubbed Miss Congeniality by the media, Brea has spent years honing her current reputation. And being one of the leading stars of a prime time television show…priceless. It’s a long way from her humble beginnings, but that’s her secret to keep. Or at least that’s what she believes until she gets the phone call.
Meets America’s bad boy…
Lance Holder is America’s bad boy, the guy they love to hate. He lives life the way he wants, and makes no apologies, regardless of what anyone thinks. All everyone sees is the tattooed, motorcycle riding, reckless movie star, preventing anyone from looking beneath the surface. And that’s just fine with Lance. Until his new gig puts him right in the path of Brea.
Will either one escape unscathed?
Lance is the newbie on Brea’s show, and everyone is watching to see if America’s bad boy will influence Miss Congeniality. They don’t know Brea’s worst influences happened long before Lance entered the picture. And Lance seems to be one of the only ones to see beyond her current façade. Maybe America’s bad boy is just what America’s sweetheart needs…

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When Miss Man-Eater…
Raquel Adams is in desperate need of a media makeover. Her already floundering reputation is made worse by her recent antics, and she doesn’t seem to care. Raquel lives life on her own terms and doesn’t answer to anyone, least of all Clayton Cox, the guy charged with making her a media darling. His take charge attitude is a problem for strong-willed Raquel, but she can’t deny the attraction she feels toward him.

Meets America’s spin doctor…
Clayton Cox is the boss, and damn good at his job. He’s hired to improve your reputation and does so by swooping in, saving the day, and moving onto the next one. But he can’t move one from his newest client. Raquel is maddening, and gorgeous enough to make him forget his rule of never getting involved with a client. But Clayton can’t forget what happened the last time he mixed business with pleasure.

All’s fair in love and war.
Raquel wants Clayton, and nothing is going to stand in her way, not even Clayton himself. He doesn’t know what hit him, and soon finds himself juggling between having to improve her reputation and feign off her advances. But Clayton’s determined to show Raquel who’s in charge at any cost, even if that means thwarting her seduction efforts. Will Miss Man-Eater change her ways? Or will Clayton become the latest victim entangled in her web?
Due to mature content this book is intended for readers 18 +.