Dark Longing

Title: Dark Longing
Author: Aja James
GENRE: Paranormal, fantasy romance

Blurb: Every story has more than one side, like a crystal that captures and reflects different colors of light. Do not take for granted what you think you know… for until you hold the entire jewel in your palm, the temptation is to fall prey to illusion and deception.”

This is a story of the Dark Ones…

Inanna: the vampire warrior

Known as the Angel of Death among her Kind, she has lived millennia alone, one of the remaining True Bloods in existence, unconsciously longing for the one male she could never have…

Gabriel: the forbidden human

His soul recognizes hers from the first encounter. With the first touch, he is awakened… Though he does not know it, he has been searching for her across the ages…

But even as they are finally reunited, their love faces seemingly impossible odds. Would history repeat itself or will they break all the rules and chart a new course together?

“Thou shalt be a benevolent ruler of the human race. Thou shalt not forget thy place, nor that of thy weaker subjects. Except through the Blood Contract, with Consent, or through the Deliverance of Justice, the taking of human blood and souls is forbidden.”
—Excerpt from the Dark Laws, verse ten of the Ecliptic Scrolls

Inanna watched the couple through the thin wall of the hospice, seeing clearly every hair, every eye-lash.

For the most part, her unique ability could be likened to infrared vision, but it was much more powerful than that: she could see through walls as if they were entirely transparent, and she could zoom distant objects into focus to the finest detail.

His chin-length hair hid most of his expression, but Inanna understood the exchange between husband and wife as if she’d heard every word. She knew what was being discussed; Olivia had told her late last night after Gabriel had taken Benji home.

Benji. Benjamin.

Inanna’s new son.

Human son.

How did a four-thousand-year-old vampire get into this predicament?

Because she was greedy, that’s how. She’d fallen in love with the little boy and his bouncy, blond curls at first sight. And first sight was before he had any hair, right after he was delivered, in fact, at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley-Kaminsky Children’s Hospital.

But who was she kidding, Inanna silently chided herself. She wasn’t just in love with the boy.

She was head over heels in lust with the husband.

Gabriel D’Angelo.

Inanna turned away from the hospice room and walked briskly outside toward her sun-proofed gun-metal Lamborghini Aventador. Folding her long limbs into the vehicle, she fired up the ignition and raced out of the hospice parking lot, into the pitch-black night.

She would grant husband and wife one last night together before collecting on Olivia’s Blood-Contract.

And fulfilling her own.

Review by Amber: I am going to give this novel 5 stars. We get to meet Gabriel and Inanna. Inanna knows that Gabriel is hers as soon as she sees him and the blood contract affords her the reason to get to know him better. Gabriel does not know why he reacts so much when he’s around her, and tries to sort things out.
Inanna and the rest of the vampire group are trying to find out who is running underground fight club. There is far too m any deaths, men are found bloodless and this can lead to suspicion to the rest of the city. Gabriel actually enters one of the fight \, as he needs the extra money to pay of his dead wife’s medical bill and take care of his son. He ends up meeting the vampire in charge and is mostly drained of blood. To save her Inundates him a vampire.

What she didn’t know and what Gabriel didn’t know is that he has a pure soul, and she also has a pure soul.

Seeing their relationship develop before your eyes is a steamy and heartfelt affair. Seeing how both of them care about Benji, Gabriel’s son, is very cute.

It’s rather interesting seeing the differences and similarities between how the Pure one’s handle things and the vampires. They are more alike then they thought. One of the major difficulties they both face is the rule that a vampire cannot mate a Pure one. Since Inanna refuses to give him up, they decide to go out on their own.

We also get to meet the characters that were introduced in Pure Healing, as they work together to end the fight club.
This is a great book with a strong plotline, characters that you won’t forget, and a wonderful relationship that all of us wish we could have.
Giveaway and RaffleCopter: Aja James will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Author Bio and Links Aja has been writing stories since the age of six, and novels since the age of thirteen. While she’d be the first to admit that those early efforts weren’t particularly good, she sure loved putting them down on paper!

The best part of writing, according to Aja, is that it’s completely organic, the way the stories develop. When the inspiration hits, she writes just so she herself can learn where the characters are headed because oftentimes, they take her by surprise! It is her ultimate dream to share her stories with as many readers as she possibly can.

Her other loves include art, cooking, old movies (anything with Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Clark Gable, and all the song and dance numbers because she can’t watch them and not be happy!)

She adores taking long walks with her husband and running after her two rambunctious kids. She has traveled extensively (all seven continents except Antarctica) and has a multi-cultural upbringing. She speaks two and a half languages and binge watch TV shows when the mood strikes.

Aja has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Comparative Literature and Economics and two Master’s degrees, one of which is in East Asian Studies.

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Realm of the Dragon

Title: Realm of the Dragon
Author: CiCi Cordelia
Genre: Fantasy

Blurb: An ancient legend spanning eras, continents, and worlds. To some, it’s nothing more than a dream. To others, a pretty fairy tale handed down through the generations.

For those in critical need of their own happy ending, a gift.

“I won’t hurt you.” The dragon’s powerful voice held a soothing quality. Then it ruined the moment by leaning down to sniff her. “Mm. You smell like apples and honey.” To her amazement, that long, forked tongue re-emerged and flicked gently along her neck. Its texture felt incongruously like velvet.

Lily managed to bite back a hysterical shriek even as her lower lip trembled. She clamped it between her teeth to steady it, before venturing, “A-Are you going to eat me?”

Every muscle and bone in her body hurt. Her world had upended itself. Beyond exhausted, she longed for this nightmare to end.

If a dragon could frown, then this dragon was definitely frowning. Its fierce expression sent additional shudders through her, and she fully expected those massive jaws to come for her at any moment.

As hard as she struggled for calm, tears leaked from her eyes when he raised long, sharp claws and reached for her. Too frightened to move, she turned her head away. The thrumming of her heart pounded through her entire body as she waited for the sharp talons to slash into her. Instead, the dragon carefully nudged her cheek until she was forced to raise her face and meet its magnetic stare.

“I said I wouldn’t hurt you.” Then slowly and gently the creature unfurled its tail, the very tip pressing against her lower back as if encouraging her to gain her feet, and held her steady until she was standing securely on the ground.

Before Lily had a chance to run, there was a bright flash of light, then a shimmering of brilliant colors. Her jaw slackened at the sight of a man standing before her.

An extremely handsome, naked man.

Review: by Amber I’m going to give this book 4.5 out of five stars. It’s a cute, funny, and fuzzy tale. It’s your typical fantasy with dragons, wizards, and of course the princess.

The only wrench in that formula is that Lilly’s memories have been whiped and she was transported to earth. Everyone assumes she is dead in the Dragon realm.

Meanwhile Lilly is acting human and believes she is a human, the only thing that freaks her out is that she has a stalker, while running into said stalker she is then transported back to the dragon realm.

The Villain is a power crazy dragoness who is in love with Cord and will do anything to get him.
The other one is a complete idiot, the stereotypical arrogant chacter. He believes he’s in charge but it really being lead by the nose. I beliee that the author addeded him for comedy as he bumbles everhy plan.

It’s a good book if you want to withdraw from the world for a while. But if you are looking for something that have a grand plot with well developed villians nd hero’s this in’t the book for you.

Award and RaffleCopter: CiCi Cordelia will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Authour Bio and Links:
CiCi Cordelia is the pen name for the writing team of BFFs Char Chaffin and Cheryl Yeko.

Published authors in their own right, they share a love for well-written stories infused with their favorite romantic genres: paranormal, suspense, and erotica. Both are fans of Alpha Men and the women they’d lay down their lives for.

As a writing team, they bring a solid know-how for accomplishing the foundation of what makes a great romance read: a strong story, a passionate romance, fascinating characters, and a happy-ever-after ending.

CiCi Cordelia:

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First Impressions

Title: First Impressions
Author: Jay Hogan
Genre: M/M Romance


Two years ago I made a mistake, a big one, and then I threw in another couple just for good measure. I screwed up my life big time but I made it through. I was lucky.

Then I was given the opportunity for a fresh start. Two years in Auckland, NZ, ‘The City of Sails’. Away from the LA gossip, a chance to breathe, to get my life back together.
I grabbed it and packed my new set of golden rules with me.

I don’t do relationships.
I don’t do commitment.
I don’t do white picket fences.

And I especially don’t do arrogant, holier-than-thou, smoking hot K9 officers who walk into my ER and rock my world.

The only thing I know for certain about Dr. Michael Oliver is the guy is an arrogant, untrustworthy player, and I’d barely survived the last one of those in my life. Once was more than enough.
The man might be gorgeous but my eleven-year-old daughter takes number one priority and I won’t risk her being hurt, again. I’m a solo dad, a K9 cop and a son to pain in the ass, bigoted parents.

I don’t have time for games.
I don’t have time for taking chances.
I don’t have time for more complications in my life.

And I sure as hell don’t have time for the infuriating Dr. Michael Oliver, however damn sexy he is.

Excerpt: Michael fought the hold, his face slick with tears. “Let go.” But the arms pulled tight.

“Shh, it’s okay,” a soothing voice hummed in his ear. “I’ve got you. Shh.”

His eyes flew open. The voice was familiar, safe. Josh. And with that his body began to relax. The man pressed a long kiss against his neck, his hair and his shoulder, each notching down Michael’s panic a step or two. And with the last kiss, the arms around him loosened just a little. Enough to finally breathe.

“You’re okay, babe. I’ve got you,” the handler whispered.

Michael leaned back into the man and let his heart settle from its sickening gallop. The memories returned. He was in Josh’s house, his bed, his arms and he was okay. He needed to get a grip. Don’t lose it completely in front of the nice man, idiot. It was just a short dip in the crazy pool. Just a reminder but…Damn. Why tonight?

The handler’s fingers trailed across Michael’s belly and hips, releasing the knots of panic. He sucked in some deep breaths and found himself held and rocked, comforted like a child, swaddled as light kisses were pressed on the nape of his neck. God almighty, it felt good. So, he let himself drift, happy in the moment to never leave that cocoon of flesh where everything felt right.

After a time, Josh slowed the rocking and the two men lay quiet. Michael twisted in the man’s arms to face him, kissing him lightly on the lips. Memories drifted of the evening before.

“Thanks,” he whispered against Josh’s mouth, the word failing to convey anywhere near the gratitude he felt for Josh’s silent acceptance of Michael’s crazy.

“Nightmare?” The handler raised a brow


“You get them often?”

“Now and then.” Michael felt the sting of embarrassment flush his cheeks. This wasn’t a conversation he wanted, not now, maybe not ever. And especially not with this man who seemed to slip so easily under and around every wall he’d worked so damned hard to hammer in place. The guy already knew too much.

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Author Bio and Links:
Jay is a New Zealand author writing in the LGBTQIA genre in MM Romance and Fantasy.
She has travelled extensively and lived in many places including the US, Canada, France, Australia and South Korea, and loves to add experiences from these adventures into her writing.

She is a cat aficionado especially of Maine Coons, and an avid dog lover (but don’t tell the cat). She loves to cook- pretty damn good, loves to sing – pretty damn average, and as for parenting a gorgeous daughter-well that depends on the day.

She has lovely complex boys telling sweet sexy stories in her head that demand attention and a considerable number of words to go with them. Their journeys are never straightforward and can even surprise Jay, but the end is always satisfying.

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Pure Healing

Title: Pure Healing
Author: Aja James
Genre: paranormal, fantasy romance

Blurb: Enter the world of Pure Ones, a race of immortal, supernaturally powerful beings who protect humankind, where sexual intercourse with anyone other than one’s Eternal Mate leads to a slow, painful deathwithin thirty days.

The Healer of the race, Rain, is the only exception to this rule. To harness and accumulate enough energy to heal severe wounds, especially as the war between her people and the vampire hordes accelerates, she must take a Consort once every ten years and draw strength from his blood and body. But as the war wears on, few Pure-males who are strong enough to serve as her Consort remain. Valerius, Protector of the race, is the strongest candidate.

Despite their instant attraction ten years ago when they first met, Valerius has staunchly avoided applying to be the Healer’s Consort. The brutality and violence he suffered as a Roman sex slave in his human life ate away at his soul, leaving a dark abyss of torment and self-doubt.

Now, as Rain’s strength drains with every healing act, Valerius cannot escape the fact that he may be the only one who can save her, and in so doing, afford his people greater hope for the future as battles intensify.

Will Rain and Valerius find their way to each other as the struggles between good and evil evolve?

Excerpt: “Rain,” he called to her, the first time he’d ever used her name in the ten years of their acquaintance. “Rain!” he could not keep the alarm from his voice as she remained lifeless in his embrace.

He shook her a little, set his face close to hers to detect her breathing. The barest of breath relieved him so much he shuddered from head to toe.

“You little fool!” he cursed her, furious that she’d used what scarce energy she had remaining to heal him. He thrust his wrist against her lips and urged, “Take it. Bite me, damn you!”

Though there was no movement, he felt her stirring, her breath a little stronger against his skin. She opened her mouth and formed words, but they were uttered so softly he could not hear.

He bent closer until their foreheads were touching. “What is it sweetheart? What do you need?”

In a raspy whisper she breathed, “I’ll not take from the body I just healed.”

“Stupid girl,” Valerious berated her, though his deep tone of concern was at odds with his words. “I would have healed eventually on my own. Your energy is wasted on me.” He thrust his wrist against her lips again, forcefully enough to scratch the skin against her canines.

“Now feed,” he commanded in a voice that brooked no argument.

Amazed at her own strength, Rain suddenly pushed back from his embrace and off his lap. She scooted back against the foot of the bed and let her head flop against the bedframe.

“You are not my Consort. This is not the Cycle,” she whispered weakly but resolutely. “I will have no other but my Consort.”

“Then choose me!” Valerius exploded, uncaring of the consequences he’d spent two thousand years avoiding. “It is the least I can do to repay you–”

He broke off at a resounding slap against his cheek. Though lacking in force to bring any pain, the sound it made nevertheless reverberated in the silent room.

Stunned, he could only gape at her.

Review by Amber: I am giving this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars. Each character is developed with a great deal of detail. Each one has a past, and a future. Their pasts are different from others as they have been reborn after they died as a human. For many of them, their past holds heartache and trauma, which of course hang over them now. The concept of Pure ones is a nice diversion from the normal good vampire versus bad vampire. The Zodiac does not look down upon humans, for some humans can become Pure ones after their death.

The novel also shows that there are good vampires and those that have turned bad. The love story is incredibly complicated and erotic at the same time. You can’t help rooting for Rain and Val, although Val’s past was poising the relationship. As he was a sex slave back when he was a child, along with the fact that he was betrayed by his first master who had promised his father that there would be one last fight and then he can retire but instead his father was killed before his eyes, and his mother and sister no long had protection against the ruffians. Val does not like to be touched, in fact a good half of the book deals with Rain slowly breaking through all the boundaries he has put up and helping him get over the horror of his past. Than he falls in love, which is a death sentence, as unless the female is his mate and returns his love, the male will die a painful slow death.

Add on top of the troubles with his relationship, a vampire is threatening their lives and forcibly changing Pure ones into vampires. They need to find out whom this person is and deal with the threat to their queen. In this book we do get to meet the villain but we don’t find out much information about them.

Another great part of the book is the other relationships that are developing in the background. It gets you thin king on what they’re going to be going through. It makes the reader want to tun into the next book.

If you love people with gifts fighting the villains, steamy sex scenes, and tormented pasts I would recommend this book.

Giveaway and RaffleCopter: Aja James will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Author Bio and Links: Aja has been writing stories since the age of six, and novels since the age of thirteen. While she’d be the first to admit that those early efforts weren’t particularly good, she sure loved putting them down on paper!
The best part of writing, according to Aja, is that it’s completely organic, the way the stories develop. When the inspiration hits, she writes just so she herself can learn where the characters are headed because oftentimes, they take her by surprise! It is her ultimate dream to share her stories with as many readers as she possibly can.

Her other loves include art, cooking, old movies (anything with Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Clark Gable, and all the song and dance numbers because she can’t watch them and not be happy!)

She adores taking long walks with her husband and running after her two rambunctious kids. She has traveled extensively (all seven continents except Antarctica) and has a multi-cultural upbringing. She speaks two and a half languages and binge watch TV shows when the mood strikes.

Aja has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Comparative Literature and Economics and two Master’s degrees, one of which is in East Asian Studies.

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Sanctuary of Lies

Title: Sanctuary of Lies
By: Chad Bishop
Genre: Thriller (domestic)

Blurb: There are 4.7 billion searchable sites make up 10% of the web, the other 90% is dedicated to the “Dark web”. Within that environment there is a thriving economy where everything is for sale: Sex, Armies and Code for hire. Well-known companies buy and sell for governments and NGO’s (non-governmental organizations). They appear as a benign legal boutique companies and consultants, but their true purpose is to be the middlemen/cyber lynchpin for these illicit goods and services.

ISABELLA NUNEZ owns a computer firm in Brooklyn with her lover JACOB COSTA. Accepting her infertility, they have a blue nose pit bull called Justice as their “child” and live simple lives as techy nerds. Isabella’s idyllic life is shattered when several days after her lover’s ex-wife, SIMONE JOHNS, reported death, Simone sends Jacob an email to come save their child, he didn’t know they had.

Excerpt: AUCTIONEER: Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to Sanctuary. The first item up for auction is the latest software from Safe Haven, houdini. As you know, whoever controls the skies can effectively hold a country hostage within its own borders. Houdini accomplishes that goal. Planes go through five phases: The tower gets them to the runway, at that time the plane is visible to those directing the plane at the airport. It’s then handed off to the nearest Terminal Radar Approach Control Facilities or “TRACON” for those of you who are familiar with this process and goes into phase two. In phase two, TRACON can’t see the plane. As the name suggests it’s directing the plane via radar screens. Once the plane gets off the ground and is on the flight path it goes into phase three and handed off to center. The receiving TRACON hands it off to receiving Tower and that is the final phase.

Houdini should be used during phase two or phase four for maximum effect. We’ve arranged a demonstration during phase four so you can see Houdini in action. If you will look at the screens located in the front and the back of the room we’ll begin.

Today was Marcus’ birthday and he would kill 416 people before lunch.

Marcus swiped his picture id over the white card reader on the wall. He looked at the picture and smiled at his wide grin and short buzz cut. The day he got this job he’d gone to a barber and asked him for a sharp look. The barber was an ex-marine and he delivered the cut of a “real m

Review by Amber: I am giving this book 4.5 stars. The plot was twisted enough to make several knots and I’m not sure if they all got untangled. You are left hanging in a few areas, maybe there will be a sequel and the rest of it will be cleared up. The characters were very well developed and you felt what the chracters were feeling.

There was action, murder, double crossing, and desperation. Most of the book was about getting the code for the software that can control planes. Another major was the safety of a child that belonged the software engineer.

There were tons of double and triple crossing. Half the time you weren’t sure who was on who’s side. The evil guys arewell developed that you can’t help hating, for they are willing to do anything including abducting a child. Each character had their own agendas and it was every man for themselves. It’s interesting how desperate all the characters are for the code to be able to use the software and failing that, the money that was paid at an action for the software.

If you love plots with a ton of twists, action, and thriller this is a great book for you.

Giveaway information and RaffleCopter: Chad will be awarding a $10 Amazon GC to 6 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Author Bio and Links: Being a child of divorce, I have experienced both sides of the American Family. I understand there is a loss to the family unit that no longer has a father in it. In the face of that loss, I discovered a woman can rise to the occasion and not replace a man but offer her own strength, moral compass and guidance. In this environment a child can grow up feeling loved, accepted and ultimately successful in life.

Those experiences in my formative years have made me more aware of the women around me and the daily feats of resourcefulness and ingenuity that goes unnoticed and unacknowledged by society. My stories highlight societal issues and the ever-changing challenges women face that I’ve observed during my life.



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Three Lessons in Seduction

Just as an aside: I LOVE this cover!

Title: Three Lessons in Seduction
Author: Sofie Darling
Genre: Historical Romance

Blurb: Lord Nicholas Asquith needs his wife. Too bad he broke her heart ten years ago.
Can he resist a second chance at the love he lost?

When Mariana catches the eye of the man at the center of an assassination plot, Nick puts aside their painful past and enlists her to obtain information by any means necessary, even if it means seducing the enemy agent.

Even if the thought makes his blood boil.

Only by keeping his distance from Mariana these last ten years was he able to pretend indifference to her. With every moment spent with her, he feels his tightly held control slipping…

Can she trust the spy who broke her heart?

Mariana spent the last decade forgetting Nick. Now she has the chance to best him at his own game, an opportunity she can’t resist, even as her view of him begins to shift. Increasingly, she wants nothing more than to seduce her own husband . . .

It’s only a matter of time before mad passion ignites, a passion never convincingly extinguished. A passion that insists on surrendering to the yearning of the flesh and, quite possibly, of the heart.

Excerpt: “Do you not understand how difficult it is to find a lady’s maid who speaks English in Paris? She is as rare as a Woolly Mammoth in London.”

“A Woolly Mammoth in London?” he asked with a confounded laugh.

“Given my involvement with The Progressive School for Young Ladies and the Education of Their Minds, I spend a good deal of time perusing London’s museums.”

Nick cocked his head. “I would have thought finding you in a stuffy museum would be as rare as finding a Woolly Mammoth in London.”

“I enjoy it.” She sounded defensive. Drat. “And I happen to know that the Museum of Natural History in Paris has its very own Woolly Mammoth.”

In fact, she was disappointed to have missed it on this trip. But Nick needn’t know that. She’d revealed too much about her life already.

“That’s,” he began, a reflective note in his voice, “new.”

“Actually, they acquired it more than one hundred years ago.”

“I wasn’t speaking of the mammoth.”

Mariana’s traitorous insides went light at his words and at the implication within them. The moment could grow soft, and a sense of ease could steal in, if she allowed it. It was an ease she’d felt the first time they’d locked eyes at a dinner party at Uncle Bertie’s country estate—so very long ago. She’d felt they were two halves of the same whole and had been waiting all their lives to be joined together.

She gave herself a mental shake. Such memories were a trap.

Over the last decade, she’d done quite well forgetting what she liked about her husband. She wouldn’t allow softness to shake her resolve.

This was Nick. He was as soft as a razorblade.

Review: I am going to give this book 4.5 stars. The developing relationship between: Nick and Mariana are the main plot line. I loved how the author showed the slolw progress of the two rebuilding of trust and love. It is sometimes hard not to want to hit Nick over the head as he is fighting each and every step that is taken to make their relationship work.

The one thing that I think should have been added or changed in the book is the whole spy issue. There is no information provided as to why Nick became a spy and when.The fact that Mariana three lessons in seduction is not really needed as the spy from the other side is not really seduceable. It would have been nice if that was explained a little better and why she is such a large piece of the puzzle.

Mariana is an incredible strong character, and this surprises her husband. Her mind has been opened by the school that she started with another woman. A school for women to learn more then the basics. I also enjoyed watching Nick struggle with everything and how much he loves her. The spy lessons that are being provided by Nick are easier for her then Nick expected. He proposed the challenge to get her to go back home. To Nicks amazement she took the challenge by the horns.

The historical period is portrayed perfectly. The reader gets to see and experience what it was like to live back in Victorian age. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance and history.

Reward and RaffleCopter: Sofie Darling will be awarding $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Author Bio and dLibnks: Sofie spent much of her twenties raising two boys and reading every book she could get her hands on. Once she realized that she was no longer satisfied with simply reading the books she loved, that she must write them, too, she decided to finish her degree and embark on a writing career. Mr. Darling and the boys gave her their wholehearted blessing.

When she’s not writing heroes who make her swoon, she runs a marathon in a different state every year, visits crumbling medieval castles whenever she gets a chance, and enjoys a slightly codependent relationship with her beagle, Bosco.


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The Girl in the Gallery

Title: The Girl in the Gallery
Author: Alice Castle
Genre: cozy crime

Blurb: Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Dulwich…

It’s a perfect summer’s morning in the plush south London suburb, and thirty-something Beth Haldane has sneaked off to visit one of her favorite places, the world-famous Picture Gallery.

She’s enjoying a few moments’ respite from juggling her job at prestigious private school Wyatt’s and her role as single mum to little boy Ben, when she stumbles across a shocking new exhibit on display. Before she knows it, she’s in the thick of a fresh, and deeply chilling, investigation.

Who is The Girl in the Gallery? Join Beth in adventure #2 of the London Murder Mystery series as she tries to discover the truth about a secret eating away at the very heart of Dulwich.

As she sped on to the last gallery, containing the current exhibition, Beth automatically stopped for a second opposite one of her favorite still lives – the red, white, and blue bouquet by Jan van Huysum. Eighteenth century flower painters were paid extra for insects, and she loved spotting all the wriggly wildlife. This time, it wasn’t a bug that caught her eye, though. It was something on the very edge of her peripheral vision. Something that jarred, didn’t make sense. Shouldn’t even be there. Shouldn’t even be there. Something that, she realized with dread, was in the mausoleum antechamber. Something that meant, however much she did not want to, she had to turn back and look.

Beth’s heart started to thud. It was a flash of scarlet.

Wasn’t it Constable who’d added red to all his canvases as ‘the salt in the soup’? Well, Beth felt vehemently her life didn’t need even the tiniest jot more seasoning. She could no longer picture the shade crimson lake without shuddering from head to toe, after her ghastly first day at Wyatt’s School.
No, this time, if anything bad was happening, she was not going to stumble across it on her own. Resolutely shutting her eyes, she sidled back past the niche and then ran straight for the ticket desk. She’d get that girl on the desk to come with her, if she had to drag her all the way.

Review by Amber: I am giving this book 4.5 stars. It’s a quick and interesting crime novel that keeps us guessing who committed the crime. Something is going on at the Girl’s College and it’s up to Beth and the Inspector, Henry to figure it out.

Beth loves to go to the picture gallery but what she doesn’t expect or want is to find a young woman barely clinging to life. At first, they were trying to figure out if the victim was trying to commit suicide or if she was deliberately given drugs without her knowledge. Then another victim comes around and both Beth and the Investigator know it’s something more serious.

The novel brought me back to my high school years and how hard it was to try to fit in, how to become your own person. I adore the little romance that is going on between the investigator and Beth. Both feel it but neither one will bring it up Beth because she believes it would be a disgrace to her dead husband and Henry because of the job he does. I love how the upper-class moms are characterized, it is pictured like any of the shows that show how the rich live.

This book keeps you guessing on who is the killer. Several leads are found and none turn out. It’s up to Beth to figure it out, and hope she doesn’t get into more trouble.

The only thing that I didn’t like was how it ended. There were several loose ends that were brought up that didn’t get explained.

So, if you are in the mood for a lighthearted novel I would highly recommend this one

Award and RaffleCopter: Alice Castle will be awarding $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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Author Bio and Links: Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph before becoming a novelist. Her first book, Hot Chocolate, was a European best-seller which sold out in two weeks.

Alice is currently working on the sequel to Death in Dulwich and The Girl in the Gallery. The third instalment in the London Murder Mystery series, it will be published by Crooked Cat next year and is titled The Calamity in Catford. Once again, it features Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.

Alice is also a top mummy blogger, writing DD’s Diary at www.dulwichdivorcee.com.

She lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats.
Alice Castle’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/alicecastleauthor/

Alice Castle is on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DDsDiary?lang=en

Links to buy Alice Castle’s books: myBook.to/GirlintheGallery myBook.to/1DeathinDulwich, myBook.to/HotChocolate

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One, Too

Title: One, Too
Author: Sherrie Cronin
Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy

Blurb: Telepathy creates as many problems as it solves, as most of the members of the secret organization x0 would admit. When new member Lola discovers another group of telepaths with a completely different approach, those problems multiply at the speed of thought.

Soon, Lola’s family and friends are in danger. Lucky for her, she’s not your average budding psychic. Each person with whom she is close has a special gift of their own. That’s good, because it’s going to take every power they possess to keep this other group from succeeding with their plan to eradicate x0.

Extract: Maurice woke up in the trunk of a car. He’d always been a positive sort of guy, so he made himself focus on what was good about the situation. Well, it was a large trunk. It was probably a luxury car. Could have been worse. And, he was the only person in it. Plenty of space and no unpleasant dead bodies lying next to him. He’d seen this sort of thing in the movies, and no dead bodies was always good.
His hands were bound loosely behind his back, but he could wiggle his legs around for comfort and there was no duct tape over his mouth, so breathing was easier. Better yet, it felt like he’d been drugged, presumably in his sleep, and the lingering effects were effusing him with such a nice sense of serenity.
On the down side, the wall that x0 was holding around him was as impermeable as ever. And he was in the trunk of a car. That was definitely a minus. He drifted back to sleep.

Review by Amber: I am giving this book 4.5 stars. This novel is full of action and the diversity of their gifts. Each character has their own personality, and the strength of their abilities. I also enjoyed the fact that the world is just like our current world, and yet people have different talents that need to be hidden. Many books that have people with a similar makeup are located in a different world. You can’t help but feel sorry for the characters as they are kidnapped, escape, and then other members of the family are kidnapped.

The villain has a perfect reason to kidnap the two telepaths as he wants to keep his mind hidden from his colleagues. In the novel it also shows that if a type of groups with people with differences. It shows that everyone needs to work together and there should be no secrets in a family or group.

During thier adventures, each family members finds out that their talents are more diversified then they imagined. There are several points o views that are used, the author will concentrate one chapter and we hear their thought and see what they see. This is masterfully handled as it can get confusing when you switch from point of view to point of view.

The only thing that I would have changed is the length of the novel. There could have been less chapters if they had a little less kidnappings. I was not happy with the way Warren was punished.

If you enjoy listening to people do everything they can for the survival of the family members, drama, and action this is a perfect book for you.

Giveaway and RaffleCopter: Sherrie will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Author Bio and Links: Sherrie grew up in Western Kansas thinking that there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to study journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer.

She published her first science fiction short story long ago, and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next story. When it finally came, it declared to her that it had to be whole book, nothing less. One night, while digesting this disturbing piece of news, she drank way too many shots of ouzo with her boyfriend. She woke up thirty-one years later demanding to know what was going on.

The boyfriend, who she had apparently long since married, asked her to calm down and explained that in a fit of practicality she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in geophysics and had spent the last 28 years interpreting seismic data in the oil industry. The good news, according to Mr. Cronin, was that she had found it at least mildly entertaining and ridiculously well-paying the bad news was that the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money.

Apparently, she was now Mrs. Cronin, and the further good news was that they had produced three wonderful children whom they loved dearly, even though to be honest that is where a lot of the money had gone. Even better news was that Mr. Cronin turned out to be a warm-hearted, encouraging sort who was happy to see her awake and ready to write. “It’s about time,” were his exact words.

Sherrie Cronin discovered that over the ensuing decades Sally Ride had already managed to become the first woman in space and apparently had done a fine job of it. No one, however, had written the book that had been in Sherrie’s head for decades. The only problem was, the book informed her sternly that it had now grown into a six book collection. Sherrie decided that she better start writing it before it got any longer. She’s been wide awake ever since, and writing away.


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Fire by Sam Rook

Title: Fire
Author: Sam Rook
GENRE: Fantasy

Blurb: The thrilling conclusion to the Knights of Av’lor trilogy!

Trapped on Av’lor and left for dead by her betrayer, Kathryn’s unrelenting determination is the only thing that might overcome the invading Zahkrinon army.

With the portal destroyed and the Zahkrinon army fast approaching, Kathryn and Lanclor have no choice but to focus on the survival of the Knighthood before they can consider rescuing Rachel. Unexpected events threaten their victory and the combined Av’lorian and Earth forces struggle to survive as their numbers dwindle.

They find the Zahkrinon are more dangerous than they had ever imagined.

Excerpt: The tides of the battle turned for the worst when the dark elves used their own physical Shields to brush aside the brownwings’ assault and brought their hidden weapons to bear. A bow and arrow were such a simple weapon and normally wouldn’t penetrate Kate’s physical Shield, but the dark elves had worked some type of magic into the arrows with a devastating effect.

Similar to the daggers used in the assault at the castle, the arrows drove through the knights’ armor like a hot knife through butter. Knights fell like mown wheat around her and Hal was the only thing that kept the arrows from Kathryn. Hal had jumped in front of her just as the dark elves had fired. He staggered backward and she wrapped her arms around him from behind. His weight was too much for her to bear and she toppled backward with him on top of her.

Kate could barely breathe under Hal’s impressive mass and tried without success to move his weight to the side. Her wings ached in protest and she tried to go through her mental list of spells to come up with a solution. She could still see the battle going on and the dark elves turned their attention back to the Royal Guard. The elves raised their bows and prepared to fire.

Review by Amber: I am going to give this book 5 stars. Although I have not read any f the other books in this series, I was instantly drawn into the world that has been created. The characters are very well defined and you feel like you know them like family. I enjoy a strong female character and this book has one, one of the best ones I’ve read in quite a while.

There is plenty of action in this novel, and before you know it you have read the whole thing. You get drawn into the struggles of the heroes and you root for them to win. It’s also realistic as there is plenty of drama and sorrow.

Kate has to make decisions that could see her killed but she would rather do that then see her new world and new friends die. There is also a touch of romance between her and a male of the universe. That is not really the focus of the book. The main issue is how to defeat an army of overwhelming numbers. So if you like adventure, drama, romance, and reading about a new species and new world this is a book for you. In fact, I am gong to read the other books in this series as this one has drawn me in.

Giveaway information and RaffleCopter: Sam will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Author Bio: Sam Rook lives in Vermont with her husband and two children. Her passion for fantasy novels began in high school with her desire to write following shortly thereafter. Software engineer by day, fantasy author by night, she strives to give her readers a chance to enjoy worlds that transport them away from the stress of everyday life.


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End of the Road

Title: End of the Road
Author: Karen Michelle Nutt
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Cecilia found her father’s journal and a message is revealed.)
She stared at the book and wondered what she should do with it. Should she give it to her mother?
She fixed the floorboard, and then stood to put the last guitar in its place. She took the journal with her and stepped out of the closet and closed the door behind her. She glanced at the book in her hand. She’d be lying if she weren’t just a tad curious to know what her father had written. Maybe after she read it and made sure there wasn’t anything in it that would upset her mother, she’d give it to her. God knew her mother didn’t need anything else to obsess about in regards to her father.
She placed the journal on the desk but as she turned a loud slap against the wood floor had her whirling around with a gasp. She found the journal had fallen and lay at her feet, opened to a page where a slip of paper rested within the crease. She leaned down and reached for the note and unfolded it. The first lines jumped out at her, making her feel dizzy and a little queasy as if she’d indulged in her mother’s stash. She stood and read the lines again.
I don’t fear the reaper. It’s the humans with death in their eyes that scare me shitless. If you’re reading this, death found me when my back was turned.

Blurb: Lars Gunner, the front man for Silent Plaids, died 23 years ago and his death was ruled an unfortunate accident. Despite the fact he can’t recall what happened to him in his last moments of life, he is convinced he was murdered. He has been trapped in limbo until his daughter, Cecilia, unearths his journal and is able to see him. She seeks help from Kaleb, a psychic, but as they resurrect the past, the secrets and lies surrounding Lars’ rock and roll life just may be the death of them too.

Review by Amberr:
I’m giving this book 5 stars, if it were possible I would give more. This book has it all, antst, mystery, romance, and humor. I absolutely loved all the characters nd how each one’s personalities wee explained thoroughly. I could not put this book down as soon as I picked it up. There were no holes in the plot and even though I had an idea whom the killer was half-way through the book, that was all it was a suspicion.
The relationship between Lars and his daughter is so bittersweet. He wanted to be with her and how muched he missed her. The reader is also informed on the difference between ghosts and spirits. I would recommend this book to all my friends, it’s full of love, mystery, a touch of paranormal, and misunderstandings.

*Karen Michelle Nutt will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via raffle copter during the tour
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Bio: Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband. Though her three children are grown and starting their own adventures, she still has a houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie, is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer.
When she’s not time traveling, fighting outlaws, or otherworldly creatures, she creates pre-made book covers to order at Gillian’s Book Covers, “Judge Your Book by Its Cover”.
Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all her stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.

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