Summer Kindle Fire Giveaway

Kindle Summer

This is a joint AUTHOR & BLOGGER GIVEAWAY EVENT!

Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HD 7″.

Kindle Fire HD 7″ Giveaway

The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

 

Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

 

Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)

 

Sponsoring Bloggers & Authors

  1. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
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  3. New Adult Addiction
  4. Jessabella Reads
  5. The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Somthing Year Old Girl
  6. Books Unhinged by StacyHgg
  7. S.A. Larsen – Writer’s Ally
  8. Author Inger Iverson
  9. The Geeky Gamers
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  14. SMI Book Club
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  16. Feed Your Fiction Addiction
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  18. The Book Bellas
  19. Please Don’t Remove MarGreat’s Glasses
  20. Author Jennifer Laurens
  21. J.C. Valentine
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  24. Author Heather Bixler
  25. Literary Meanderings
  26. Suspense Author Kim Cresswell
  27. Mother Daughter & Son Book Review
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  30. Author Camelia Miron Skiba
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  34. Curling Up with A Good Book
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  38. Girls with Books
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  40. Turning Pages
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  42. Karey White
  43. My Devotional Thoughts
  44. Author Talia Jager
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  46. Sher A Hart: Written Art
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  48. Word to Dreams
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Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire 7″ HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (International).

There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog. See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire.

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Ends 8/15/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

 

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Happy Reading,

Alison

*Giveaway – 50 winners!* Steve V. Cypert – Scapemaker

Want a really good chance at winning a free book? Sarah over at Fae Books is hosting Steve V. Cypert, and he is giving away 50 ecopies of Scapemaker. Check out Sarah’s post HERE, and get the all the details on the book.

Here’s the link to take you straight to the rafflecopter to enter:
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Happy Reading,

Alison

That First Kiss (Night Calls #2) Barrage & Giveaway

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That First Kiss (Night Calls #2)
by J.C. Valentine
Erotic Contemporary Romance
Publisher: J.C. Valentine
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Heat Level: Sizzling
Length: 340 pages

Available at:
Amazon * B&N * Kobo * Smashwords

Synopsis

Mercurial and charming, Tate Larson is a rising author and playboy who has a different woman on his arm every night of the week. Focused on his work, Tate has no plans to settle down any time soon. That is until he meets his pretty new assistant, Piper Donovan.

Desperate to escape the promise of backwater living, Piper ditched her Alabama hometown and never looked back. That was almost two years ago. Now that she is out of a job and her bank account is running on fumes, she’s desperate to find a job, fast. She finds the break she is searching for when she lands a position at Bookish Temptations. A little dancing and a lot of drinks with the girls seem the perfect way to celebrate. After a brief but explosive encounter with a man she was never supposed to see again turns out to be the same man she will be bending over backwards to please, her every instinct tells her to run. But when running means leaving the life she has struggled so hard to create, Piper decides her only option is to continue working for the devastatingly sexy Tate Larson…even if it kills her.

Unable to deny their growing attraction, they struggle to keep their distance in a relationship that requires anything but.

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations and adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

Excerpt

His finger stroked the inside of her thigh, seeking higher ground as his thoughts rolled forward. Piper’s eyes trained on his face, hanging on his every word. “I didn’t intend for things to get as heated as they did, but as soon as I touched you, I needed more. I couldn’t help myself. You possessed me.”

The glazed look in her eye told him that she was remembering that night as vividly as he was. Placing both hands on the cushions on either side of her body, he hemmed her in, bringing their faces so close that when he spoke, his lips grazed hers. “The way you danced that night, pushing that sweet little ass of yours against me. It’s haunted me, Piper,” he whispered. “You need to understand, I tried to resist you, just like I have been trying to resist you, but you drive me crazy. When I’m with you, it takes everything in me to stay away. All I think about, all I dream about is burying myself inside you.”

Piper licked her lips and Tate zeroed in on the tiny movement. “I want to suck those plump lips into my mouth,” he murmured. Shifting, he brought his knee up so it rested on the couch alongside hers and hovered over her. Her face was flushed and her chest rose and fell heavily. She wasn’t unaffected.

“You need to leave,” she said weakly.

Tate chose that moment to drop his head into the crook of her neck, nuzzling her. She smelled faintly of roses, and his cock jumped at her soft, feminine scent. “Do you want me to leave?” he asked softly.

He could feel her softening beneath him, her breath coming out in shudders as he skimmed his lips lightly up her neck to her ear, where he licked the pulse beating rapidly beneath her sensitive skin. “Yes.”

The single word left her on a stilted breath, only solidifying his need to get inside her. “I don’t think you do,” he murmured. With sure hands, Tate grabbed the backs of her thighs and yanked her toward him, seating her firmly beneath him on her back with her legs spread wide.

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About the Author

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J.C. Valentine is the alter-ego of Brandi Salazar, whose enjoyment of erotic tales of romance spurred her to branch out and create her own.

Connect with J.C. Valentine
Website – http://jcvalentine.weebly.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JCValetineAuthor
Twitter – https://twitter.com/brandellavanela

Giveaway Time!!!

Prize is 2 eBook copies (1 each to 2 winners) of “That First Kiss (Night Calls #2)” from J.C. Valentine. Contest is barrage-wide, open internationally and ends August 4. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
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Happy Reading,

Alison

Cover Reveal ~ A Wicked Kind of Dark & Giveaway

Author Jonathan K. Benton

Jonathan Benton always wanted to write books, having won first place in a short story competition when he was ten. Inspired by writes such as Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, Jonathan first discovered the crossover genre of literary/fantasy while reading Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Jonathan grew up in New Zealand, dreaming of travelling to London and finally making the pilgrimage in his mid-twenties. Returning from England, he settled in Australia, the country he now calls home, and decided to take his writing seriously.






A Wicked Kind of Dark

Robert Duncan no longer believes in magic. A mysterious call about a blood moon, however, leads him back to the magical world of his childhood and to Luthien, the beautiful girl with flame-coloured hair, who he loved and lost.

As Robert unravels the secrets of his childhood, darkness enters his life and an ancient evil awakens. To have any chance of defeating the dark forces that would destroy two worlds, Robert must find Luthien before the rise of the blood moon. He must, once more, believe in magic …

A Wicked Kind of Dark mixes vast and spectacular fantasy landscapes with gritty urban reality. A must-read for people of all ages who believe in the power of imagination, and the importance of never losing touch with your inner child.

Giveaway Details

$10 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Open Internationally

Ends 8/15/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

*An additional $10 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash is available to anyone who shares this giveaway on their blog.  See link in the rafflecopter form.

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Happy Reading,

Alison

RABT ~ Summer Discount


Time is almost up to take advantage of the Reading Addiction Blog Tours Summer Discount. All Tours/PROMO’s must start before August 31st to be eligible. 
*Note, there is a 2-week notice for all PROMO’s and a 4-week notice for all Tours! So make sure you book ASAP! *

Summer Discount PROMOTION

Reading Addiction Blog Tours will is offering 15% Off to
All Authors who book a Tour/PROMO this summer!
(Tours must start by August 31st)
Contact us HERE and mention the CODE WORD: SUMMER

Happy Reading,

Alison

Books To Movies ~ The Host / Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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The Host

So, last night I watched The Host for the very first time. I didn’t run to the theatres to see this one. I honestly was a little uneasy about seeing it. I thought for sure it would be butchered as I felt Twilight was. No offense to those of you who didn’t feel the same – just my personal opinion. Truthfully, though, I didn’t enjoy this book from Stephenie near as much as the Twilight series. But, I LOVED the Twilight series. I’m sure if I hadn’t read the series before the movies came out, then I wouldn’t feel the same, though. Nonetheless, I really didn’t like the The Host half as much. I’d give the book 4 stars still. I better add here that if you haven’t read the book, you probably won’t want to read this post because it will definitely contain spoilers for you – or at least scroll down to my Hunger Games: Catching Fire section.

Going into the movie I was really afraid that they were going to butcher Ian and Wanda’s story. I saw one other movie where a human fell in love with an alien, and well, it was just weird. Now, I definitely have to say that it was weird in the book, too. However, you got it. I thought Stephenie did a great job writing about it and making it believable. Now to the movie…let’s say I was pleasantly surprised with the job they did with Ian and Wanda – especially in the short period of time they had to accomplish it.

The movie wasn’t all good for me, though. I think I most had a problem with Melanie’s voice inside of Wanda. I know, that’s a weird thing to have a problem with. It bothered me, though. I can’t say for sure what it was that bugged me – maybe an echo to it or the vibration in the tone? I seriously couldn’t say, but it was the actual sound of her voice that sounded too unnatural to me, and it bugged me throughout the whole movie. This probably wasn’t helped by the fact that I watched Cold Mountain afterwards and found that I loved the way Nicole Kidman’s voice sounded when they were just sharing her thoughts. It sounded natural. Melanie’s just didn’t. Now off on a completely different side note. I discovered for the first time that the movie Cold Mountain was based on a book. I’m definitely going to have to look into that. I love that movie (with the exception of a couple scenes). It’s one of those that I have watched over and over.

Besides the voice driving me crazy. It also felt like the movie seriously dragged at the beginning. I think maybe some more action would have helped. There was more action in the book, so I don’t know why they wouldn’t have included more of that. That’s all that really bothered me, though. I still got some enjoyment out of the movie, but I wouldn’t rate it higher than 3 stars. It’s not something that I’d go around recommending to everyone.
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Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Now onto a different book to movie topic. I went this Monday to the theatres to see Iron Man 3, and low and behold – the new Hunger Games trailer was out. YEA!!! Yes, I’m a MAJOR Hunger Games fan. So, what did I think of the trailer? Well, what stuck out the most to me was what I liked the least – surprise, surprise. Isn’t that how it always is? First I didn’t see any connection being made between Katniss & Peeta. This is what bugged me most about the first movie. Second, I didn’t like how they changed up the whipping scene. Oh, well, you will still find me at the theatres to see this one. Although, there were things that bugged me about the first one, I still love it.

Here’s the trailer, for you’re own viewing pleasure:

Happy Reading ( or viewing),

Alison

Cassie Scot Book Tour & Giveaway

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New Adult / Paranormal Romance/ Mystery

Date Published: 5/15/2013

Purchase Links: Amazon * B&N

Synopsis

Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.

Excerpt

Belinda’s collection of potions was extensive and many of her customers believed in the power of her brews. They were probably crap, especially those offering up money and wishes, because if she really could brew them, why would she need to sell them? Others, such as those offering weight loss or hair regrowth, might have been legitimate–I had no real way of knowing.
Then my eyes fell on a tiny vial with the word “MAGIC” on the label. I picked it up and turned it over to read the details: “Tap into magical energies you never knew were there. You’ll be able to cast spells and brew potions. Curse your neighbors and find true love. $15.95”
“Impossible,” I muttered. Surely, if such a thing could be, my parents would have fed it to me years ago.
“That stuff is crap,” Evan said.
I jumped. I had almost forgotten he was there. He stood by a bulletin board, where he had been staring at pictures of Belinda, her friends, and her family. “Belinda mostly knows how to brew love potions, and even then she keeps the strongest ones to herself…the ones that truly ensnare the mind and heart.”
I replaced the vial of MAGIC, with just a tiny twinge of regret, and moved on to Belinda’s love potions. She had one full shelf dedicated to love, decorated with pink hearts and red roses. A lot of these potions were in the form of perfumes, creams, shampoos, and most especially–chocolates. The bottom third of the shelf was dedicated to boxes of chocolate candy in different flavors and potencies.
While a strong love potion will ensnare the mind and the heart, most of the weaker love potions are what you might call suggestive magic. They could cause you to feel affection, adoration, or arousal, but they typically left the higher brain functions intact.
At random, I picked up a bottle of perfume from the top shelf and read: “Induces powerful lust. Spray on your intended and make sure you are the first person they see. Lasts about an hour.”
The thing you have to understand about any magic is that there are good ways to use it, and bad ways to use it. The concept of black magic is a hotly debated topic among sorcerers. Even death, in self defense, is a shade of gray. As I stood there, reading the functions of the various love potions, I thought of all the innocent and harmful ways they could be used. A couple in a committed relationship might have a lot of fun with a spray of lust. On the other hand, using it on an unwilling victim…
I shuddered as I replaced the bottle and accidentally knocked one of the neighboring bottles of perfume to the ground. It shattered, splashing perfume all over my open-toed sandals.
“Crap.”
“What happened?” Evan asked, his voice hard and alert. I could hear him moving closer.
“Stop! I don’t want to see you right now.”
“Which potion was that?” Evan asked, still in that hard-edged voice of command.
I pointed to the row of similar bottles on the top shelf. “Lust.”
One of the little bottles floated away from the shelf, but I did not turn around to see what Evan was doing with it. Instead, I started looking through my purse for a pack of tissues to clean the mess off my feet.
“Cassie, I have some bad news for you.”
“Worse, you mean?”
“This potion doesn’t take affect until you actually look at someone. Your hour starts then.”
“Crap. I don’t suppose there’s an antidote?”
“Sure,, but it will take me about three days to brew, once the moon is full.”
“Okay.” I considered my options as I wiped the mess off my foot and started gathering the tiny shards of glass. “Well, I guess I could-” I stopped, I had nothing to put at the end of that sentence. I kind of hoped Evan would have a suggestion, but to my surprise, he started laughing at me. “This isn’t funny.”
“Come on, it is a little funny.”
Maybe it would be funny in a few days, if I didn’t die of embarrassment first. “I suppose I could call my boyfriend.” I didn’t want to explain any of this to him, and though I trusted him, I didn’t really want him to become the object of my uncontrolled lust for an hour. I just didn’t know what else to do.
“Who are you seeing?” Evan asked, all traces of amusement gone.
“Braden,” I said.
“Who?”
“Braden Walker. He was a year ahead of us in school. He was on the football team.”
“Oh. I think I remember him.” Evan paused for a long moment. “You know you could do better, right?”
“It’s none of your business.” I had to fight the urge to glare at him when I said that. He barely knew Braden, so what made him think he could make any judgments? Besides, I didn’t know why he thought I could do better, when I had done very little dating in high school. I hadn’t known if my family name scared people off, or if there was something fundamentally wrong with me, but Braden had at least restored my confidence that the latter was not true.
“Listen,” Evan said. “I need to do another spell. It’ll just be a few minutes. We’ll figure something out after, just don’t look at me until I’m done.”
“I get that.” I sounded more annoyed at the admonition than I should have, because his quip about Braden still stung.
Within seconds, I smelled candles and incense, and heard Evan muttering under his breath. I found a trash can by a nearby desk, and tossed the damp tissues inside. Then I spotted a black day planner on top of the desk. It was the sort of thing that ancient relatives used to buy me for school, but I never used. Belinda seemed to have liked it, though. Nearly every page through the end of July was covered in notes and reminders.
Over the weekend, she wrote, she had rented a cabin in the woods by the lake. She should have been back, though, because in about half an hour, she had a dinner date at Hodge Mill with Sheriff Adams. I blinked and re-read the name several times to be sure I had seen it correctly, but unfortunately, I had. My old boss and friend had been acting a little strangely that afternoon, but I hadn’t guessed he might be under the influence of a love spell.
“Finished,” Evan said. I heard him gathering up his supplies. “This isn’t good. I suspected it this afternoon, but now I’m sure–there’s no threshold on this home. Which either means Belinda has permanently moved, or else she’s dead.”
“Do you think she had something to do with your cousin’s murder?” I asked.
“I don’t know what to think. I can’t come up with a reason she’d do it, but then again, where is she?”
“I found her day planner,” I said, holding it up over my shoulder so Evan could see. “She was supposed to go to the lake this weekend, and she’s got a date tonight at Hodge Mill. You’ll never guess who it’s with.”
“Who?”
“The sheriff.”
“Huh.”
“I know it’s a long shot, but I figure we should go to Hodge Mill and see if she shows up–or if the sheriff does. After that–”
“Cassie,” Evan interrupted.
“Yeah?”
“How much do you trust me?”
“Er-Why?”
“Turn around,” he said.
“Did you figure something out?” I said, my heart beating a little faster. “Some way to stop the potion?”
“Yes.”
“But you said-” I never got a chance to finish, because just then, Evan moved into my field of vision and I turned to stare at him properly.
In all the years I had known him, I had somehow missed the fact that Evan has the most incredible blue eyes. They sparkle like diamonds when he laughs, and darken like the sea when he’s angry. At that moment, I thought I could swim in those eyes. I had never spent much time looking at his lips before, but I suddenly became aware of just how kissable they were. I started towards him, my focus set on those beautiful, kissable lips.
I couldn’t move. Something was forcing my body absolutely still.
“Sorry about that,” Evan said, not sounding sorry at all. He swung a satchel over his shoulder and started out the door. I found myself following behind him, but I wasn’t the one moving my legs. “Nothing to do but let it run its course. If you want to hate me in an hour, I’ll understand.”

My Review

4 strong STARS!!!!

I really, really liked this book, but then I got to the end. I wanted to yell at the book!! Yeah, the end completely frustrated me!! I did not see that coming!!

I loved both Cassie and Evan, the handsome sorcerer. The characters were well-developed, and I could really feel the chemistry between them. Evan is mysterious, charming, and funny. I was laughing out loud throughout the story. I really appreciated the fact that Evan didn’t just show up everytime Cassie was in trouble, too.

The plot was unique and intriguing, and I definitely didn’t predict the ending after 38 pages (or however many it was the Cassie referenced herself – you’ll get it after reading the book). I must confess that I found myself thoroughly shocked before I even got to the ending. The story kept me on my toes. I enjoyed the style, too. I liked the way Cassie shared her memories.

I really, really hope that this isn’t the end of the story for Cassie & Evan. I need more!!!

About the Author

Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

When she’s not writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing, usually at Savvy Authors. She also offers professional editing services. She maintains a book review blog on her website with occasional writing tips thrown in for the fun of it.

Christine lives in the Kansas City area with her husband and two children.
Contact

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From Publisher’s Weekly:
“In this entertaining series opener, Amsden (The Immortality Virus) introduces readers to the eponymous Cassie, a decidedly mundane member of a magical family. …Readers will enjoy Cassie’s fish-out-of-water struggles as she fights magical threats with little more than experience and bravado.”

Giveaway Time!!!

Christine Amsden is giving away 2 Copies of her Debut Novel – Touch of Fate – during this tour.
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Alison

BFF ~ Review ~ Transition, The Chimera Hunters

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Synopsis

The Chimera are a race so old, the humans relegated them as a myth. The Gods feared the Chimeras’ powers; they believed they were a deadly race, with physical abilities beyond belief. So, they split their race in half condemning them to wander the earth, searching for their other half to be complete. Without their sodalis, each was destined to live life without dreams, without love, without hope. The future rested on finding their one true mate for life.

SHELBY O’NEIL has led a solitary life with her parents. So when she goes to school at Washington State University, she believes her life has just begun. Now in her second year, the dreams begin. She dreams with the same man, night after night for months. When her dream world becomes her reality, and her life becomes a danger zone, she quickly learns to trust the one man who has thrown her into this new and dangerous world.

DEVELON COLE is Chimera and his race has been on earth as long as humans. His people were desperate to find their one true mate for life, and Develon had just found his, in the small college town of Pullman Washington. His goal was to protect her against the hunter’s and guide her into who she was always destined to be, his sodalis, his mate.

My Review

Transition had a nice smooth and quick pace from start to finish. It was a light and pleasant read. I enjoyed the main characters and the plot. There were a couple times that the dialogue seemed a bit unnatural to me, but it didn’t distract me from the book too much.

It wasn’t a heavy story. I didn’t feel a deep connection to the characters, but I still enjoyed them. The plot was interesting, but the conflict didn’t seem to be too big of a deal.

So, I would rate this a high 3 stars! While it wasn’t something that touched me in any great way, it was still a pleasant read, and I’d definitely look forward to reading more about the Chimera Hunters!

About the Author

Megan S. Johnston

is a freelance writer and entrepreneur living in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to writing fiction, she runs several family-owned and operated businesses, which she started over twenty years ago. She is an avid reader of paranormal romance and a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. She has four children and seven grandchildren and lives with her husband and two boxers in Washington State. Transition, The Chimera Hunters Series, is her début novel.
http://www.MeganSJohnston.wordpress.com

Happy Reading,

Alison

BFF ~ Review ~ Colour Wielders by Dawna Raver

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Synopsis

Behind the Faerying Mysts, hidden from Mortal eyes, is a land where gods and creatures of myth and legend dwell. And in the Mortal Realm, their Princess is hidden away.

Quinn Sinclair lives an ordinary life with her less-than-loving mother in Conifer, Colorado, clueless of her true nature. On the night of her birthday, a staggering betrayal sends her life spinning out-of-control. As she struggles to pick up the pieces, a vision of a man with haunting tourmaline-blue eyes begs her for help, and she is transported into a Magykal battle–forever changing her life.

Arik Morgaine–Demigod bad boy and outcast of the Magykal Realm–tried to avoid contact with Princess Quinn for eighteen years, not wanting to make good on an old threat. But the fates have other plans.

Arik can no longer deny his growing desire for Quinn, or the need to protect her from those wanting to control her burgeoning powers.

Can the two of them come together and save the Magykal Realm from being destroyed by the Darkest of Magyks?

New Adult. Recommended for 18 and above. Mature themes, sexual situations, and profanity.

My Review

4 STARS!!!

Wow! This one had a whopper of an ending! I absolutely can NOT wait for the next book!
I really enjoyed both of the main characters. I enjoyed everything about their relationship, and the fictitious world they were a part of. I was annoyed with Quinn to begin with; she would jump from one guy to the next, but after straightening things out with Arik it was all good! Quinn’s brother Iain got on my nerves when he started taking on the high school cheerleader persona. I preferred his tough, protective side. Arik was wonderful from start to finish, though (at least how I saw the finish – sorry I can’t give you anymore than that – you’ll have to read it!!). He’s by far my favorite character. I have to add that I also very much enjoyed a couple of the minor characters.

The plot was smoothly paced and never seemed to drag. I thought it was both unique and intriguing. Some of the scenes had me laughing out loud. There was also a twist I didn’t see coming, and that doesn’t count the ending. I enjoyed the whole mythical world, but there were times that I wish some of the creatures were better described. When the descriptions were given, I enjoyed them. I did appreciate that the descriptions weren’t overbearing, though. Many books in this genre hold so many descriptions that it takes away from both the characters and plot, but this book didn’t.

The ending left me reeling! I am REALLY looking forward to book 2!!

About the Author

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Dawna Raver is an author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Colour Wielders, book one of the Heirs of the Magykal Realm series, is her debut novel. When she’s not spending time in her fantasy world, Dawna loves football, reading, and pretending she’s a top chef in the kitchen. Oh, and fawning over her dogs and husband, sometimes in that order.
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Happy Reading,

Alison

BFF Book Review ~ Lunula by Alyssa Auch

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Purchase Links

Publisher Site * Amazon * Barnes & Noble * Smashwords

Synopsis

The witch knows he will hunt her.

If history repeats itself, as it always does, Wynn will have no choice but to cross paths with her feared counterpart, the warlock. If given the chance, he would kill Wynn, absorbing her aura and obtaining ultimate power. In a desperate attempt to outrun destiny, Wynn moves from place to place, hoping to stray from the map laid out by the Fates. But by chance, on an urgent errand for Queen Alexandria herself, Wynn finds she has fallen into the hands of the one man she so hopelessly fled from. Now his captive, Wynn must guard her secret and that of her kingdom, or risk bringing forth a dark age not seen in hundreds of years.

My Review

Ugh!!! Let me start by saying that I’m so glad the author informed me that the sequel should be coming out later this year. It has an ending that will leave you begging for more!

I also want to comment on the cover. I usually don’t, but I wanted to as it may affect someone like it did me. I like the cover and after reading the book, I get it. However, before reading the book, I would have assumed it was a different kind of book. So, make sure you read the synopsis to see what this book is really about – a witch, a warlord, love, and power.

Wynn is the first witch to come around for a hundred years. She has worked hard at keeping her secret. However, she uses her gifts as a spy. In this line of work Wynn found herself being hired by the queen. Wynn accepts the mission, but she keeps in mind that she has to keep an eye out for the warlord. History states that the warlord always kills the witch and takes her power. On this mission for the queen, Wynn finds herself taken prisoner by the exact person she’s trying to avoid. She soon finds, though, that King Gethin (the warlord) isn’t the person she thought he would be. It seems nothing else is as she’s been taught her whole life either.

The book has a nice smooth pace throughout. The characters were well-developed keeping in mind the mystery that was necessary for the plot. You feel a whole plethora of emotions as you travel through the story with Wynn. The storyline was very intriguing, and I never knew what was going to happen. I certainly didn’t see the ending playing out the way it did.

I give this book a solid 4 stars!!!! I really enjoyed the plots and the characters. The story lacked a major WOW factor, but it was definitely one I thoroughly enjoyed and can’t wait to read more of!

About the Author

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Alyssa Auch

Bio and Contact

Alyssa Auch was born and raised in Pennsylvania with loving parents and three hilarious younger siblings. Her imagination was sparked by the lush, green forests and bright colors of her home that often spoke of other worlds only found in the magic of writing. She brought that inspiration into the fantasy novels she so loves to create.

Currently, Alyssa is a senior at Brigham Young University-Idaho studying Marriage and Family Relations with a minor in English. She is married to her High School sweetheart, and they have three beautiful children who keep them both very occupied. Although her novels are often written in the late hours of the night and during cherished naptime blocks, she devotes a very special part of herself to the power of words and love of storytelling.

Author Contact

Blog: http://alyssaauch.blogspot.com

Email: alyssaauch@yahoo.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/alyssaauchwrites

Twitter: @alyssa_auch

I am also on Goodreads and LinkedIn under my full name, Alyssa Auch

Happy Reading,

Alison