My Thoughts: The King

This past week I had the misfortune of picking up the stomach bug. Yeah, the one that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. At least if I had The_Kingto be home and feeling completely miserable, I had the nearly 600 page hardback copy of The King to keep my mind off my stomach. J.R. Ward’s latest release is book #12 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. In this novel, she revisits Wrath and Beth, who were the subjects of the very first BDB book, Dark Lover. Times have changed, though, since Wrath and Beth became mated. Caldwell is a different place. There are more Brothers, more matings, most of the Chosen now reside in a Great Camp in the Adirondacks, the Band of Bastards are wreaking havoc . . . well, you get the idea.

Here is the official description of The King:

Long live the King…

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle–with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything–and everyone–at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response–or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out… or tortured legacy take over?

Before you read further, please note that there are spoilers. If you have yet to read the novel, you may want to stop reading this post. Now. Just sayin’! Continue reading “My Thoughts: The King”

Captured Lies Tour and Giveaway

Captured-Lies1Title: Captured Lies

Author: Maggie Thom

Published: October 2012, Re-release March 19th

Publisher: Quadessence Solutions

Word Count: 97,000

Genre: Suspense/Thriller

Recommended Age: Teen +

Synopsis:

She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead because of it…

Her life was a lie!

Bailey knew her upbringing wasn’t normal but she’s worked hard to stabilize her life. At 29, she finally has a good business, a stable home; her life is miles from that of her childhood. Then suddenly her mother dies, leaving a gaping hole and a discovery that they may not even be related. If Guy, the private investigator is to be believed, her life is a lie. Using the skills she learned on the streets, Bailey travels back through a sketchy and dangerous past, to find answers. Dodging bullets, staying ahead of those who want her dead and convincing Guy she can do it alone, are making it difficult to discover not only the secrets of her mother’s past but that of a family claiming she is theirs.

Everyone seems to have a story… but who’s telling the truth? And who wants her dead? Is Guy part of the solution? Or part of the problem? To discover the facts, she’ll have to untangle a web of deceit, lies, and secrets, dating back over thirty years.

But can she do it in time…

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Finding Eve Review and Blog Tour

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Finding-EveTitle: Finding Eve

Author: Rita Bay

Published: September 2013

Publisher:  Champagne Book Group

Word Count: 28,000

Genre: Shape-shifter Paranormal

Content Warning: Adult content

Recommended Age: 18+

Synopsis:

Nicholas Lyons, chief physician to the Lyons clan of shape-shifters, has mourned the death of his promised lifemate until a rogue shapeshifter reports having seen her at an exotic animal sale. Accompanied by Marie Lyons who is no stranger to the dark side, her new lifemate Anthony, and the imperious Lady Bat, he embarks on a frantic search for Eve through the dangerous world of exotic animal trafficking.

Eve, whose first memories are of recovering from an injury at an isolated animal refuge, has lived through a succession of owners in a world filled with cages and cruelty. When Eve meets Marie at the exotic animal sale, she begins to have flashes of a different life – a life in which she was something other than feline. Her last sale, however, has landed her as prey to exotic animal hunters and the clock is ticking.

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My Thoughts:

Finding Eve is the second novella in a cat shifter PNR series. I read this story without having read the first novella. I was intrigued by the description and was curious about the cat shifters. I enjoyed reading about a shifter group other than wolves; although, I found myself having difficulty connecting with Eve or Nicholas. To me, Marie stood out as the dominant female character; Eve came off as very broken – so much so I wasn’t sure she would have a happy ending. When things do progress for her and Nicholas, they move quickly (especially when she had spent so much time in cat form). I would have enjoyed more of a build-up.

If you are going to read this, I would recommend reading the stories in order (and not skipping). I think it would have given me background in the cat culture and given me more perspective on The People, Anthony, and Lady Bat so that as a reader I would have had a vested interest in what happened to the characters.

This is a short, easy read with a unique take on PNR. My rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

About the Author:

Rita’s journey began on the Gulf Coast. Over the years, she lived and/or traveled in the eastern US and Western Europe. While juggling family Rita-Bayand work, she participated in archaeological digs, earned a black belt in Shotokan karate, prospected for gold and crystals, camped across Europe, and volunteered with the American Red Cross Disaster and Education Services. Rita has worked as a registered nurse, educator and school system administrator. She lives with her family on the Gulf Coast, except when she’s in Atlanta, at least for now.

Rita is published in multiple genres with several publishers including paranormal and erotic novellas (Champagne Book Group – Champagne Books and Carnal Passions), historical novels (Siren BookStrand), and contemporary F/M and M/M novellas (Secret Cravings). She posts random bits of historical trivia about western history and culture on Rita Bay’s Blog at ritabay.com.

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Wicked Hunger Blog Tour

  • Wicked-HungerTitle: Wicked Hunger
  • Series: Someone Wicked This Way Comes Series, Book One
  • Author: DelSheree Gladden
  • Published: DateApril 1st, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
  • Page Count: 358
  • Genre: YA Mature Paranormal Romance
  • Content Warning:  Violence, minor language, romance
  • Recommended Age: 17+

Synopsis: “Save him and hurt him, don’t save him and hurt him. Pain, either way. Delicious pain. Hunger will be the only one that wins. Hunger always wins.”

Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. Their whole life is a giant web of deceit made in an effort to conceal the deadly secrets that plague their family.

Zander will do anything to forget his mistakes, including pushing everyone away. He was barely surviving in his self-forced solitude before Ivy Guerra entered his life. The new girl in school, with her pink-striped hair and unyielding curiosity, incites something wicked inside Zander that can only be blamed on his family genes. Now Zander is forced to fight an internal war and make a choice between loving Ivy Guerra and killing her.

Vanessa wants nothing more than to shed the strange powers she wields and be normal. Because if Van were normal, she’d be able to have normal things… Like a relationship with the boy she’s been secretly in love with for years. Unfortunately, her life is anything but ordinary. That boy who owns her heart just happens to be her brother’s kryptonite and a potential liability for her entire family. When choices between love and family loyalty have to be made, Van finds herself faced with an impossible decision.

As if the Roth family needs anything more to worry about, a vicious plot to expose Van and Zander for what they are is uncovered. When it becomes apparent that someone close to them is at the center of this devious plan, the fight to maintain control and keep their cover ensues. It’s a seemingly impossible battle because something is causing their powers to stir stronger than ever before… and it won’t stop until Van and Zander give in to their wicked hunger.

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City Girl Runner

I had a great weekend, and I wanted to fill you in on some of my adventures. It’s not everyday that I get to be a city girl!cherryblossom10mirun

My friend Cathy and I spent the weekend in Washington D.C. I was fortunate enough to win a spot to run in the Cherry Blossom 10 mile race. Before you start thinking I’m a bad ass runner, let me clarify. I had initially planned on running the full 10 miles, but since knee issues cropped up early on in training, I switched to the 5K. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

I decided I wasn’t going to over-pack because of lugging my stuff around on the metro so I squeezed everything into a North Face backpack (not one of the climbing or backpacking ones, one that is more of a book bag). Yay me! Sort of (that explanation will come later). Continue reading “City Girl Runner”