Teaser Tuesdays #11

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today my teaser is from ~ Standing By, book 2 in A Knight’s Tale series~

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“How about I become your anchor while you’re the compass of my life?”

So, there’s my teaser! I just finished this book this morning, and it was fabulous! So, look for my review soon!

I’d love to read your teasers! Share them in the comments or leave me a link!

Happy Reading,

Alison

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Silvern ~ Book Blast & Giveaway

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Synopsis

Jae Hwa Lee has destroyed Haemosu, the dangerous demi-god that held her ancestors captive, and now she’s ready to forget about immortals and move on with her life. Then the god of darkness, Kud, sends an assassin to kill her. Jae escapes with the knowledge that Kud is seeking the lost White Tiger Orb, and joins the Guardians of Shinshi to seek out the orb before Kud can find it.

But Kud is stronger and more devious than Haemosu ever was. Jae is soon painfully reminded that by making an enemy of Kud, she has placed her closest friends in danger, and must decide how much she can bear to sacrifice to defeat one of the most powerful immortals in all of Korea.

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Winner will receive a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card.

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About the Author ~ Christina Farley

After teaching and traveling internationally for ten years, Christina started writing about her adventures, tossing in a little fiction for fun. This inspired her to write the GILDED series, a YA series based on Korean mythology about a Korean-American girl who takes her destiny into her own hands.

Besides writing, Christina loves traveling, running, driving too fast, and eating dark chocolate.

Christina writes fantasy for teens. She is represented by Jeff Ourvan of the Jennifer Lyons Literary, LLC.
Learn more about Christina by visiting her at http://www.christinafarley.com or by chatting with her on Twitter @christinafarley.

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Happy Reading,

Alison

Stacking the Shelves #11

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

This week I picked up a couple ebooks. I purchased Seduction & Snacks, and was given Standing By for review.

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I also picked up the paperback If I Stay. This is another one where I want to read the book before I watch the movie. I seem to be doing that a lot this year!

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So, there’s my haul this week apart from what I received in the mail. You can check my mailbox haul out HERE!

What did you pick up this week???

Happy Reading,

Alison

Tempted by a Rogue Prince ~ Interview with @felicityheaton & Giveaway

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Tempted by a Rogue Prince and the Eternal Mates series is set in the same world as the Vampire Erotic Theatre series, so if you’re a fan of that series, you will love Eternal Mates. Throughout this series, you’ll have a chance to catch up with the cast of the Vampire Erotic Theatre series and learn more about their world. In Claimed by a Demon King, you’ll get to visit the theatre, and some of the favourite characters in the Vampire Erotic Theatre series.

Here’s more about Tempted by a Rogue Prince, including an excerpt from this paranormal romance novel.

Tempted by a Rogue Prince (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 3)

Felicity Heaton


An elf prince on the verge of losing himself to the darkness, Vail is maddened by the forty-two centuries he was under the control of a witch and forced to war with his brother. Now, he roams Hell seeking an escape from his terrible past and the heads of all who bear magic. When demons of the Fifth Realm capture him, he sees a chance to end his existence, but when he wakes in a cell to a beautiful female, he finds not death but his only shot at salvation—his true fated mate.

Captured by the enemy of the Third Realm when the war ended, Rosalind has spent months in the cells of the Fifth Realm with her magic bound, forced to heal the new king’s demon warriors, and haunted by the lives she has taken. When she’s brought to heal an unconscious man, she discovers her only hope of escape has come in the form of her worst nightmare and the first part of a prediction that might spell her doom—a devastatingly handsome and dangerous dark elf prince.

Unwilling to fall under the control of anyone ever again, Vail must escape before the Fifth King can use him as a pawn in a deadly game of revenge, but he cannot leave without Rosalind, the woman who looks at him with dark desire in her stunning eyes and awakens a fierce hunger in his heart. A witch who drives him mad with need even as the darkness within whispers she will enslave him too.

Can Rosalind escape her fate as they embark on a journey fraught with danger and resist the temptation of her rogue elf prince? And can Vail overcome the memories that madden him in order to seize his chance for salvation and the heart of his fated female forever?

Tempted by a Rogue Prince is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback. Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/tempted-by-a-rogue-prince-paranormal-romance-novel.php

Excerpt

Vail lay face down on the black ground, each hard breath stirring dust that choked him, fighting to muster the strength to push himself up and find his feet again. He pressed his hands into the sharp rocks but his muscles turned to water and his bones ached so fiercely his head swam with the pain. He squeezed his eyes shut and focused on breathing instead, but even that was a struggle now.

He tilted his head to one side and stared at his left hand as he curled his fingers into a fist, clawing at the dirt.

He couldn’t stay like this. He couldn’t give up. Even when he wanted to surrender and find an eternal end to his suffering. If he stayed like this, he would fall asleep and the hold the nightmares had on him would grow stronger. Those terrible memories overwhelmed him too often now, dragging him deeper into insanity, until he found it hard to distinguish between reality and the past.

He couldn’t sleep.

Vail gritted his teeth and growled as he pushed himself up, his arms shaking violently with the strain, causing his entire body to tremble and his heart to race from the effort. He snarled and kept pushing, refusing to give in to the lure of sleep. His arms gave out and he hit the dirt again. The taste of blood on his tongue mocked him. He would have been strong enough to stand if he had been feeding.

He didn’t want to eat.

He didn’t want to sleep.

He just wanted to keep walking.

He didn’t care where, as long as it was away from his past.

Vail shoved his hands against the sharp tiny rocks and grunted as he forced himself up, not relenting this time, pushing past the pain and the fatigue, and the weakness invading him. Sweat dotted his brow and trickled down his back beneath the skin-tight scales of his black armour, and white spots winked across his vision, the exertion threatening to render him unconscious and deliver him into the arms of the mad beast waiting within him. It wanted out.

It wanted blood and violence.

Retribution.

Vail managed to make it onto his knees and slumped, his breath sawing out of his lungs and his head spinning, sending the ugly world around him twirling with it.

He clawed at the ground, bloodying his fingertips, aching for the connection to the earth that this despicable land refused to give to him.

Nature hid here, buried deep, shying away from the darkness and the demons.

He longed to feel her again, to sense her warmth flowing through him and the peace that came with being connected to her.

He shifted onto his backside, crossed his legs with effort, and laid his hands in his lap. He couldn’t have the link to nature that he craved right now, but he could find a sliver of peace through a different connection.

The one with his older brother, Loren.

Vail closed his eyes as they stung, the bridge of his nose burning with them and his throat tightening. He shoved aside the pain and focused on his blood, on his brother, and lifted the barrier he normally kept in place between them, shutting Loren out and making it impossible for his brother to find him.

The connection bloomed between them like warm sunshine, infusing him with peace and calm, with the constant affection his brother held for him despite all his sins and all the pain he had caused him over the past four thousand two hundred years they had been at war.

Four thousand two hundred years in which Vail had been a slave to a dark witch, forced to do her bidding against his will, whether it was massacring innocents, igniting wars between kingdoms, attacking his brother and his people, or things that were far worse. Unmentionable.

He rubbed at his arms, subconsciously scrubbing the feel of her hands from his body, the sickening lingering touches and the caresses.

And the other things.

Cold engulfed him, darkness rising from the pit of his soul as his mind travelled black paths that led him downwards into madness. He clawed at his arms and his armour covered his fingers, transforming them into sharp serrated black claws.

Vail brought his hands up and clutched at his head, digging his claws in deep and drawing blood, using the pain in the present to battle that in his past. His fangs grew longer, stabbing into his lower lip, and his pointed ears flared back against the sides of his head.

The warmth inside him increased, chasing back the icy cold, and he trembled with relief.

Loren.

His brother was aware of him.

Reaching for him.

Tears spilled down Vail’s cheeks and he held the connection between them for as long as he could without risking Loren discovering his location, savouring it and using it to ground himself and anchor him to the present. The connection grew stronger, his brother reinforcing it from thousands of miles away, flooding him with love and affection, with memories of being with Loren back in their kingdom, and then even further back, to the old elf kingdom in the mortal realm, laughing like fools as they played as children in the lush colourful gardens of the castle.

Loren.

Vail severed the connection, swiftly bringing up the barrier to shut his brother out, unable to bear any more.

He clumsily stumbled onto his feet, almost falling on his face again when his knees turned to jelly beneath him, and staggered onwards, heading for the horizon.

The gods only knew where he was going. How many days had it been since he had seen his brother?

Since he had protected his brother’s sweet mate?

Since he had felt magic around him again and sensed the presence of a witch?

Vail snarled, his lips peeling back off his fangs. He should have killed her. His fingers flexed at the thought of shredding her flesh, peeling it from her bones slice by slice while she screamed for mercy. He had no mercy left in him. No goodness. No kindness. No hope. A witch had made sure of that.

A witch had made him the enemy of all her kind.

They all deserved to die.

For every life that witch had forced him to take, he would kill one of her own treacherous, vile breed. He would wipe out their entire species, freeing the realms of their trickery and magic.

His thoughts flickered back to that moment on the battlefield, when Loren had stood before him, offering his hand.

Gods, Vail had wanted to take it.

He had been so close to placing his hand into his brother’s one and taking the comfort he offered, the acceptance and forgiveness.

A small part of him had even dared to hope that he could return to the castle in the elf kingdom and things could be as they were before Kordula had enslaved him and he had turned on his people, making an enemy of himself in order to protect them all from her, thwarting her plan to set herself up as their queen and enslave them all.

A fool’s dream.

Vail shuffled forwards, barely able to place one foot in front of the other. His ankles wobbled with each step and his muscles screamed in protest. His stomach growled, hunger riding him hard, dragging up replays of battles where he had gorged himself on blood, making himself stronger.

He denied it, too lucid right now to give in to its demands and risk awakening the beast within him, but he knew there would come a time when he blacked out again and woke with the taste of blood on his tongue. Rather things happened that way than while he was conscious. He didn’t want to remember the terrible things he did. There wasn’t room in his soul for any more of them. It was filled with the hideous, despicable things he had done, so black with them that not a speck of light could penetrate it.

Turning.

Vail had seen elves turn. He had seen them degenerate into monsters, tainted by darkness, craving blood and violence.

He knew that his own turning was overdue. He should have become the embodiment of darkness millennia ago, his mind warped by the things Kordula had done to him, his soul blackened by the lives he had taken, and his body contaminated by the pleasure she had wrung from it.

Bile blazed up his throat. He collapsed onto his hands and knees and vomited, dry heaving until he shook all over and his heart laboured.

He meticulously blanked his mind, killing thought after thought, memory after memory, image after sickening image, until nothing remained but cold emptiness.

His heart settled.

He stared at the black earth and his vision swam out of focus.

He needed to stop thinking about the past. He needed to stop courting the darkness, leading it on a dance as it did the same to him, luring him ever deeper into the black abyss within his soul.

He needed to think about something else.

Vail dragged himself back onto his feet and trudged onwards, staring at the ground. He recited sonnets in his head, filling it with words to keep the shadows at bay.

The terrain grew hilly, challenging his limited strength on every ascent and his ability to maintain his balance on the descents.

At some point, he crossed a border.

Vail became aware of it the moment three large bare-chested demon males teleported in front of him. Warriors. They were mostly human in appearance, but the painted black tips of the grey horns that curled from behind their ears and their vivid green eyes warned him that he had wandered into dangerous territory.

The Fifth Realm.

The three demons advanced.

Vail stood his ground. There was little point in running, and he didn’t have the strength left to teleport or call his swords to him. He couldn’t even muster a telekinetic blast to drive them away from him.

They eyed him suspiciously.

The largest of them, a black-haired brute with a thick scar that cut a diagonal line across his muscular bare chest, stepped forwards and curled his lip.

“Elf.”

Vail bit back his desire to point out that the male was stating the obvious. No other creature in Hell shared the appearance of an elf, and none other had the black armour he wore.

His fangs itched with a need to sink into their flesh. It wouldn’t appease his hunger. Demon blood tasted wretched. Toxic.

The darkness in him began to push, filling his head with visions of attacking these three males. They couldn’t give him life through their blood, but they could give him something far sweeter. Something that had eluded him for so long now.

Death.

He snarled and launched himself at the leader, slamming into him and knocking him back into the other two. They immediately attacked him, pummelling him with powerful blows that only served to unleash his hunger for violence and bloodshed, giving it free rein. He turned and took on the weakest of the three, slashing across his chest with his claws and raking them down his arms, cleaving flesh and spilling blood. He laughed as the scent of it drove him onwards, pushing his fatigue to the back of his mind.

The demon blocked his next strike and delivered one of his own, a powerful punch that cracked the left side of Vail’s jaw and snapped his head to his right. His vision wobbled and pain blazed a path across his face, numbing it. The demon struck him again, harder this time, and Vail’s knees crumpled beneath him. Darkness encroached at the corners of his mind.

He shook it off and tried to shove to his feet, but large hands clamped down on his shoulders, two on each, and the third male grabbed his arms. Vail cried out as the leader twisted his arms behind his back, almost popping his shoulders out of their sockets with the force of his actions.

“We take him and put him with the others,” the leader growled in the demon tongue behind him. “The king will be pleased we have an elf. He will want to question him about the war and the Third Realm.”

They thought he was part of Loren’s army that had attended the war between the Third and Fifth Realms on the side of the Third, under the banner of King Thorne.

Vail struggled but it was useless. His strength gave way before he could wrestle himself free. The darkness rose within him again, the mad beast snarling for freedom, caged by his weak body just when he would have embraced it and used it to escape and goad these demons into killing him.

A black hole appeared beneath him and he dropped into it with the demons still holding him. They teleported him into a dark stone room that smelled of fetid things, the odour so foul that it choked his lungs.

“You think we should remove his armour?” one said and Vail growled and used all of his limited strength to fight their hold.

“It needs to go. He’s dangerous with it on.” The leader this time.

Vail shook his head and refused to relinquish it as the three demons set to work on him, trying to slip their fingers into the neck of the black scale-like armour. He snarled and mentally commanded it to form his helm, forcing their hands off him as the scales crawled up his neck. They thickened and smoothed as they covered the back of his head and chased across his forehead, forming a point above his nose and then sweeping back over the top of his head into a series of curved spikes that flared backwards like dragon horns.

“Get it off him.” The leader released his arms and pulled at his helmet, jerking his head with the force of his attempts.

Vail snapped and lashed out at him, catching him across his chest with his claws, adding more scars.

He wouldn’t let them take his armour. It was his only protection right now when he was so weak. As wrecked as it was because he didn’t have the strength to repair it, his claws were still intact and he needed this small connection to his people. His armour was his talisman. He had never been without it. He had always cherished it. It was his sole connection to his past.

To better days.

It kept him sane.

The leader grabbed a heavy black club and swung it at him. It connected hard with his left arm, fracturing the bone. One of the others followed his leader, picking up another of the clubs. Vail ground his teeth and desperately blocked their blows, snarling through his fangs as they beat him, stripping away the last of his strength as his tired body began to give out under the pain and damage.

The third demon, the one he had mercilessly clawed, punched him square in the face, breaking his nose. Blood streamed over his lips. His vision distorted. No. He couldn’t pass out. He couldn’t give in.

His mental link to his armour fragmented. He managed to muster the strength to call a pair of black trousers to encase his lower half before the scales peeled away, rapidly running over his body, and disappeared into the twin black and silver metal bands around his wrists.

Vail collapsed onto the dirty slick stone flags, a black void rising up to swallow him.

The last thing he heard was the leader ordering the others to take him to the cells and have him healed.

Healed.

He snarled, but barely squeezed the sound out from between his bloodied lips before he sank into the black void, into nightmares filled with horrific replays of Kordula and the cruelty she had inflicted upon him, a torture of mind, body and soul.

Vail swore an oath.

If this healer was a sorceress…

He would kill her.

Tempted by a Rogue Prince is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback.

Books in the Eternal Mates paranormal romance series:


Book 1: Kissed by a Dark Prince


Book 2: Claimed by a Demon King


Book 3: Tempted by a Rogue Prince


Book 4: Hunted by a Jaguar – coming in 2015

Interview with Felicity Heaton

1. When and how did you get started writing?
I wrote a little in school when I was a teenager because we had to write the opening chapter of a gothic horror and it really got my mind working, and my teacher liked mine so much that she read it out to the class. I wrote more for it, had a whole plan for the story, but then schoolwork took over and it fell to the wayside.
I didn’t write until 2003 after that. I got really into writing fanfiction for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and was running my own fanfiction website for my stories. A friend who was writing the same genre as me convinced me to give writing something original with my own characters a go. I took a little convincing but I took the leap and really loved it. I began indie publishing my books back in 2006 after being with an e-publisher for a year. It was just something I came to naturally. I didn’t set out to be a writer. It just sort of evolved into my career. I was happy balancing a full-time job with writing in my spare time. I never really believed that I would make enough money each year to be only a writer. I was shocked when I found I could quit my day job back in 2010. I went full-time writer in 2011 and I still can’t believe this is my job!

2. Who has been your greatest influence personally?
Probably my family. My husband is amazing. He’s really supportive and when I was debating whether I could do this as my full-time job, he wanted me to go for it because he knows how passionate I am about my writing. My mum is always asking me how everything is going too. My readers are fantastic too, really supportive and always hungry for more from me, which inspires me to keep writing!

3. What authors/books have inspired you the most?
I don’t really get inspired by other authors, but I do love reading authors in the same genre as I write. I absolutely love Lara Adrian’s books. I also love to read series by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Larissa Ione, and sometimes Christine Feehan and Lynsay Sands, and also Gena Showalter.
I’ve recently discovered Elisabeth Naughton too. I finally read the first book in her Eternal Guardians series in July and devoured a few books after that one, and I’ve bought the rest of the series. I also like to dabble in Donna Grant’s dragon shifters too. When I have time to read, I pretty much devour books one after the other, mixing up the authors and series.

4. How do you come up with ideas for your books?
I’m never sure how the ideas come. They just come! I get inspired by anything. From a song, to something on TV, to something I read, or even just taking a walk. I have a very hyperactive muse and he’s always throwing new story ideas at me and inviting new characters to wander into my head. I rarely have to think hard to come up with anything. I save the thinking hard for when I’m actually plotting the book and trying to get it all to work out, with maximum tension, passion and action.

5. I know authors typically love all their books, but do you have one that is extra special to you?
Tempted by a Rogue Prince, my latest release, is special to me. I’ve been in love with the hero, Vail, since I started the series last year with Kissed by a Dark Prince. He’s a little broken, and very tormented, but not beyond redemption. I liked the raw emotion in Tempted by a Rogue Prince. It’s a very emotional read, and a very powerful romance between Vail and Rosalind. Writing it made me cry a few times and readers have told me the same thing. I’ve had them all in tears with this book and falling madly for Vail.

6. Do you have any unique or quirky writing habits?
No, not really. I’m a pretty straightforward person, which I guess is because I’m a very logical person. I know that sounds at odds with being a creative person too, but it’s the way I’m put together. I have a logical mind, which is great for when I’m building websites and newsletters and books, as I’m good with programming languages and other things. But I also have a very creative mind. I think my logical and creative sides are at odds sometimes. My quirkiest habit would have to be the fact that despite being a creative person, I cannot work when I’m surrounded by mess on my desk. It has to be nice and clear and neat… which I suspect is my logical side shining through.

7. What appeals to you about the paranormal world?
I think the big appeal is that the possibilities are endless in paranormal romance and if you set your mind to it, you can create something unique that stands out from the other books out there. You can make whole worlds of your own and pull readers into those worlds. Plus, I find the characters in paranormal romance are often more detailed, more real, and ones who will stay with you and make you care about them. I love to read what I love to write, and I always go for the sort of authors who write the same style of paranormal romance as I do.

8. Is there anything you’ve never been asked in an interview that you’ve always wanted to share?
No. Lol. I think I’ve been asked everything now. I’m waiting for the day that I get asked something that really makes me sit back and think, because I haven’t been asked it before.

9. How do you like to connect with fans?
If they love paranormal romances with passion, action, emotion and drama, then I would love for them to check out my website and maybe come and visit me on my social networks to learn more about my books, my characters, and my worlds.
Website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk
Blog: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/blog/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/felicityheaton
Twitter: http://twitter.com/felicityheaton
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/felicityheaton
Mailing List: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/newsletter.php

10. What can we expect next?
I’m about to release the next book in my Her Angel series on October 11th. Her Avenging Angel is Nevar’s story and it’s packed with action, twists, suspense, emotion and passion. It’s a real roller-coaster ride of a book and very dramatic. Huge things are happening in that series right now and I’m really excited to see what readers make of this book and the turn the series is taking!

Felicity, thanks so much for the interview! I didn’t realize you got your start with fanfiction. I’m so glad you blessed us all as you ventured out with your own stories!

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About the Author ~ Felicity Heaton


Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.
If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:
Website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk
Blog: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/blog/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/felicityheaton
Twitter: http://twitter.com/felicityheaton
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/felicityheaton

Giveaway Time!!!


Felicity is offering an eCopy of any installment in her HER ANGEL series (winner’s choice, international, except HER AVENGING ANGEL which hasn’t been released yet).

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Happy Reading,

Alison

Stacking the Shelves #10

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Stacking my shelves was super easy this week! My birthday is tomorrow, but my hubby gave me my gift a little early because he’ll be working a 24 hr shift on my bday. What did he get me????

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m one of the few hard-core readers out there that hasn’t read Harry Potter. But, I’m wanting to rectify that! So, the hubs got me started with the first 4 books! I haven’t read The Book Thief either, but I want to before I see the movie. I’ve read the whole Divergent series and own Insurgent and Allegiant. I just didn’t have a copy of Divergent and wanted to rectify that. Emma is my favorite Jane Austen novel, however, I only had it in ebook format.

But that’s not all! He also purchased me a couple movies. I love books to movies! So….

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I went with my bff’s to see Divergent in the theater, but I didn’t have a copy yet. I’m just now listening to The Fault in Our Stars audio book. As soon as I’m done, I’ll be checking out the movie!!

You can also check out my Mailbox Monday post to see what I got in the mail this last week. I’ve gotten more in the mail since Monday, but I’ll save those for my next mailbox posting.

How did you stack your shelves this week?

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Hope at Dawn (Of Love and War #1)

Hope at Dawn

In a Time of War, Love is the Inspiration.

With her brothers away fighting the Great War overseas, Livy Campbell desperately wants to help her family. Her chance comes when she meets a handsome stranger who lands her a job as a teacher in a place far from her parents’ farm. But the war casts a long shadow over the German-American town that Livy now calls home—and the darkness will test everything she thought she knew about family and love . . .

More than anything, Friedrick Wagner wants to be part of his adopted country’s struggle for peace. But when the bitter animosity between Germans and Americans soon turns citizens against newcomers, friend against friend, he will do whatever it takes to protect Livy from the hysteria that grips their town. As tragedy—and dark secrets from the past—threaten their future, Friedrick and Livy have one chance to stand up for what’s right . . . and one chance to fight for their love.

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My ****4.5 Star**** Review

This story takes place during WWI, a time period I haven’t read too many books set in. It seems many authors prefer to write about WWII for whatever reasons. I’m a huge fan of historical fiction, and this book did not disappoint.
It’s set in the U.S. and focuses on the struggles of the German Americans during the war. To make things interesting, a forbidden love affair is formed. We get both Livy & Friedrick’s point of view. Livy’s brothers are both fighting in the war against the Germans, and Friedrick is a German American unable to go to war because of his father’s illness. You get to witness first-hand the trials they both face from their side of the fence. It’s a wonderful Christian romance full of wisdom that is still applicable today.

*I received a copy via NetGalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for an honest review.*

About the Author ~ Stacy Henrie

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Stacy Henrie has always had an avid appetite for history, fiction and chocolate. While she had a goal to write and publish a book one day, she turned her attentions first to graduating with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. Not long after, she switched from writing press releases and newsletters to writing inspirational historical romances as a stay-at-home mom. Stacy loves reading, interior decorating, romantic movies, and most of all, laughing with her husband and three kids. She appreciates the chance to live out history through her characters, while enjoying all the modern conveniences of life in the 21st century.
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5778153.Stacy_Henrie
Website: http://www.stacyhenrie.com

Happy Reading,

Alison

Speedy Reviews ~ Perry Road, Farmer Boy, Lost in Me, The Program & Ugly Love

Here are yet some more speedy reviews~

Farmer Boy (Little House, #3)Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such a great story for children! My 9 yr old son LOVED it! I’d recommend this for all kids that love adventure stories. There are also great morals displayed throughout!

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Perry Road (Revolution, #1)Perry Road by Emi Gayle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I cannot wait for the next book! This is one of those books where the last 3/4 of it really make the story!

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Lost in Me (Here and Now, #1)Lost in Me by Lexi Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars! Gripping! I love watching her character grow and evolve as she relearns who she is!

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The Program (The Program, #1)The Program by Suzanne Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fantastic! A dystopian based around suicide – interesting premise. The book kept taking the turns I never expected it to take and kept me on my toes. Unpredictable!

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Ugly LoveUgly Love by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another great Hoover creation! Highly unpredictable and full of shockers. I loved rotating time frames of Tate’s past and present! It’s amazing how Hoover’s books just stick with you!

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Happy Reading,

Alison

Speedy Reviews ~ Boy Swap, Aelethia’s Hope, Obsidian, Warm Bodies & The Edge of Never

Here’s another batch of quicky reviews ~

Boy SwapBoy Swap by Kristina Springer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Let me start with the positives. This is a quick read and has a nice smooth pace throughout. It never dragged for me. There are no confusing scenes or stilted dialogue. I also really liked the hero in the story, although I didn’t care for how he handled a particular situation.

Negatives for me~ I didn’t care for the main character of the story, and I didn’t like that she never learned a lesson herself. She was very vindictive and wanted to place blame on everyone else. What about all she was doing wrong?
The dialogue seemed very immature, too – more fitting to middle schoolers. While this book is advertised for 13 and up and doesn’t contain foul language, there are still a lot of references to sex. So, keep that in mind if you’re purchasing for your young daughter.

Overall, I think the author is talented, and I would read more of her books. However, I didn’t care for the story line in this one. I just didn’t feel like lessons were learned where they should have been. I didn’t see any redeeming qualities in the heroin.

*I picked up this book when it was free on kindle. As I’m writing this you can pick it up free on Kindleunlimited.*

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Aelethia's Hope (Tanith Prophecy, #2)Aelethia’s Hope by Leandra Martin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

So, the big finale didn’t do it for me like the first book. I think there was too much fighting for me and not enough good character interaction. There were some scenes that I really enjoyed, but overall I think just too many explanations on the growing battle and then the battle itself for me. I really enjoyed the sweet ending, though!

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Obsidian (Lux, #1)Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars!
I was so close to 5 stars with this book, but the ending didn’t steal me away. I was sucked in early and then devoured the whole book. But, while the ending was pleasing, it didn’t leave me dying to read the next book. I’ll say I definitely WANT to read it, but I didn’t feel like I had to jump on Amazon immediately to purchase the next book in the series. That’s really all that kept this from being 5 stars for me. Well, there were also a couple parts that really had me thinking, “Twilight.”

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Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars. This is an audio book review. The only thing that kept this from being 5 stars for me is that the scene changes were extremely hard to follow. If I was looking at the physical book then they might have stood out as scene changes, but I couldn’t say as I don’t currently have the book. I’m hoping to purchase it soon. I tutor a writing class and I’d LOVE to share Isaac’s exemplary examples of simile, metaphor, etc. His imagery wasn’t just good; it was astounding. I hated that I wasn’t reading the physical book. I constantly wanted to bathe in his sentences. They were so beautifully composed!

Aside from his style, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, too. It seemed a great warning to us “living” to make sure we are in deed doing just that! A zombie love story. What else is there to say?

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The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1)The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an audio book review. It took my a little bit to get into the speakers voice but – Absolutely Amazing! I cried like a baby. If you follow my reviews, then you know that’s a rare thing for me. I haven’t teared up like this since The Infernal Devices. This is a must read (or listen to) for all you NA romance lovers. Content warnings: language and very steamy sex

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Happy Reading,

Alison

Speedy Reviews ~ Breakable, My Forever June, Jesus Freaks, Safely Home & Forbidden Mind

I have really sucked at posting my reviews this year! I’ve been trying to play catch up. I hit goodreads, and I’ve been trying to say at least a little something about the books I’ve read, so I can at least keep track. I may have jotted a sentence or took the time to write more. I’m just going to have 5 reviews per post, though, so it’s not overwhelming. Therefore, look for more Speedy Review posts to follow!

Breakable (Contours of the Heart, #2)Breakable by Tammara Webber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars! Easy from his perspective. If you loved Easy, I don’t see how you couldn’t love Breakable!

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My Forever JuneMy Forever June by DeAnna Kinney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars This was fast-paced and emotionally gripping. I tore through it in just a couple hours. The POV rotates between Tucker & June giving you a taste of what they’re both feeling as they fall in love. The emotional part comes in with an unheard of medical condition on Tucker’s behalf. Needless to day, I was filled with dread for a good portion of the story. While I wouldn’t consider this story realistic, it was still a great read.

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Jesus Freaks: Sins of the FatherJesus Freaks: Sins of the Father by Andrea Randall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars!

Not a Jesus Freak? Doesn’t matter! Jesus Freak? You should read this, too! This book takes you to school…Carter University, one of the leading Christian conservative colleges, to be exact. The catch is, you ride along with the illegitimate daughter of a high profile pastor. Let me not forget her mother has been a strong part of Planned Parenthood and other women’s rights and gay rights organizations and events. This book gives you a broad view, and to the humble, it may highly affect your judgments of those not on the same side of the fence you’re on – no matter which side that is.

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Safely Home (Watkins Ridge)Safely Home by Ruth Logan Herne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars!
This story took me a little while to get into. I’m not sure what it was lacking, but it just didn’t capture my interest until I was almost done. It was hard in the beginning to tell who the speaker was. Even when I could tell, it seemed as if Cress was speaking of herself in the 3rd person making it more confusing. Then there were two separate stories going on, but no clue as to how they related until towards the end. A lot of the characters are Christian, but you won’t find Christianity being “shoved” down your throat if that bothers you. There is some mild language. I also felt the relationship between Cress and Alex felt a little rushed.
On a positive note, I think there was a lot of potential to the story, just that it needed some polishing. I loved the heart behind the main characters.

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Forbidden Mind (The Forbidden Trilogy, #1)Forbidden Mind by Karpov Kinrade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First let me say that I started out a little confused. However, despite being confused more than once, I really got into the book. I was sucked in and even surprised by the turns the plot took. It kept me on my toes! I’d only recommend this to very mature YA. There is some extreme violence that takes place and even talk of rape of children. It isn’t for the faint of heart. Another lighter note ~ it ends on a cliffhanger! I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes next!

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Happy Reading,

Alison