Thursday, January 24, 2013

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY : Making His Mark





Published January 8th 2013 
*E-copy provided by the Tour Host for review¨*

Alexis Catori is ready to let go of her past and move forward with her future. She wants a permanent reminder of this step in the form of a tattoo. Unfortunately, the best artist she knows is also the guy she’d rather sucker punch than be friends with, Bo Nantan.

Bo Nantan loves tattooing. It gives him everything he’s dreamed of having: freedom, friends, and the chance to draw. That should be enough to make him happy, but one woman’s been invading his thoughts since an unplanned kiss after a bet he shouldn't have made. Too bad Alexis Catori is his own personal definition of frenemy.

With Bo's prompt refusal to do her tattoo, a storm of emotion erupts between them. It doesn't take long to admit the attraction they both feel. But when her past returns, Alexis doubts her ability to move on as planned.

Let's start with the cover... super sexy right? And now look at the blurb... yup sounds good, uh? 

Making His Mark is a fast read with very few slow moments. While I enjoyed the fast pace of the book sometimes it felt a bit rushed. I'd have like a bit more of tension between Alexis and Bo. 

The writing is great, the banter between Alexis and the boys, Travis and Matt, was really fun to read. The pointless arguments between her and Bo was something I liked about the book. I say pointless because, the two of them just love to argue, and it was entertaining.
Now, the only thing about the writing I didn't like was the transition between one POV and the other, but then this is probably more formatting and anything else... it just jumps from one to the other without warning.

The plot doesn't have many twists, what you get from the blurb is basically it as the book focus on Alexis trying to get a tattoo and Bo refusing her but overall is a great light read, especially for a weekend ;)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennah Scott resides Kansas City, Missouri. Until she started
writing she didn't know what she wanted to be. Which is why she has
degrees in education, business, and medical assisting. All that
uncertainty has provided her with plenty of ideas for new books. When
she isn't writing she's causing trouble on Twitter, hanging out with
family, or she's lost in a book. There's one thing about Jennah, there
will never be a dull moment when she's around.



Wednesday, January 23, 2013

BLOG TOUR: When We Collide



When We Collide by A.L. Jackson

Published: November 2nd 2012 
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
*E-copy provided by the blog tour host for review*

William has spent six years running from his past and the last eight months trying to rid his mind of the dreams that increasingly haunt his nights. Trapped in a world of false ambitions and feigned affections, William knows he’s reached a breaking point and something’s going to give.
Maggie had lived her entire life without hope until one man showed her what it meant to be loved. He’d been her light in a lifetime of darkness. Six years ago, that darkness stole him away. Without him, she’s surrendered herself to an existence she doesn’t know how to escape.
When the family William left behind is struck by tragedy, he is called back to the one place he’s sworn to never return to again. 
In a moment that will change his life forever, William comes face to face with the girl who, with one look, captured his heart. He is unable to ignore the buried desires and the hope for the future they’d once believed they’d have. 
Now William is ready to fight to take back what had been stolen from him six years before.
But he never imagined what that fight might cost him.

Our thoughts....

“Because it shouldn't hurt to be touched.”

I can't tell you how much I love this book. When We Collide is a beautiful story, full of love, pain, hope and abuse. The characters take you with them in their heartbreaking journey, and I felt so connected to them. I must warn you though, get your tissues ready this is worst than a Disney movie in the tears scale. 

It catches you from page one, as if that dedication doesn't pick your interest, the book opens with William's nightmare, a glimpse to his painful past and a pick at a present day he hates. 

Maggie has live her entire life in an abusive home, changing her father's fist for someone much worst. But that's all she's known... all that was ever told was how little she was worth, and that leaves marks that you can't erase. She's broken, scared and in many ways fragile, but at the same she's strong and she's one of the most selfless and loving people and all her life, she's tried to protect others from it.

William comes from a completely different place. He has the happy, loving family. His mother taught him to face his problems, his father that you protect the ones you love. And he tries, he tries so hard you just want everything to be perfect again. Reading from his POV as William watches the girl he loves suffer so much and seeing she doesn't want to be save broke my heart. 
But reading Maggie's while she dealt with the abuse was heart wrenching. Is easy to judge from the outside, and many do, but reading it from a 1st POV like that really puts things into perspective. 

The book is about decisions and mistakes. Both, William and Maggie, make the wrong choices to protect themselves, the other and in the name of best intentions. And they had to live with those mistakes for six years, facing endless what if, dreams of a better life and the ugly consequences of what they did, but when Will returns home for good all the reasons rush back and this time they can't escape so easy.

The end of the book put me on edge. Collisions aren't a pretty thing and this one wasn't an exception, but all the tension and tears were so worth it. When We Collide is an excellent book that delivers emotions (good and bad) in each and every page. And the Epilogue... perfect. 

I'm really looking forward to read more about A.L. Jackson :)


About A.L. Jackson

A.L. Jackson first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life. Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three beautiful children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Blurred


Hey Loves!!

Today we're happy to be part of the cover reveal for Blurred (Kissed by Death #2) by Tara Fuller.

Look at it, isn't it perfect? I love the leather bracelets in his arm. And the whole cover looks so pretty.. we love it...
And there's more, enter the raffle for the chance to win the very FIRST eARC of Blurred!

So here it is!



Cash is haunted by things. Hungry, hollow things. They only leave him alone when Anaya, Heaven’s beautiful reaper, is around. Cash has always been good with girls, but Anaya isn’t like the others. She’s dead. And with his deteriorating health, Cash might soon be as well.

Anaya never breaks the rules, but the night of the fire she recognized part of Cash’s soul—and doomed him to something worse than death. Cash’s soul now resides in an expired body, making him a shadow walker—a rare, coveted being that can walk between worlds. A being creatures of the underworld would do anything to get their hands on.

The lines between life and death are blurring, and Anaya and Cash find themselves falling helplessly over the edge. Trapped in a world where the living don’t belong, can Cash make it out alive?






About Tara:
Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers​. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North  Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.


 


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Sunday, January 20, 2013

BLOG TOUR + EXCERPT: HUNTER MOON

HUNTER MOON (The Moon Series #4) by Jeanette Battista

Review + Excerpt

**This is the 4th book in the series so the summary and review might contain spoilers**

Published November 21st 2012 
Pulisher:  Createspace

*Copy provided by the author for review* 

With the threat of a werehyena takeover dealt with, Kess, Finn, and Rafe can finally enjoy the tentative peace Miami has to offer. As Kess moves forward with her decision to open up the territory to peaceful weres, she knows that the Keepers of Divine Order—a group of werejackal assassins—are watching her every move. If her plan fails, she knows they won’t hesitate to eliminate her and her friends.


When several werehyenas suddenly disappear and Mebis, the Keeper assigned to Miami, goes unexpectedly missing, Kess fears the worst. But even she’s unprepared for this latest threat: a hunter hiding in plain sight whose only goal is killing werecreatures. Can Kess and her friends survive this most dangerous game?


I think this book is my fav in the series. 

Things are looking good for the gang. The werehyenas are put of the question and now Kess, Finn and Rafe can concentrate in making their idea of the Council work. And avoid death by the hands of the keepers. But then a Hunter comes to town, and he wants to finish his collection before the time is out. 

This book had a few surprises I didn't see coming. Hunter Moon is full of secret plans, unexpected events   and lots of prank courtesy of Finn and Rafe.

What I really loved about this book was the chance to see how all the characters grow and develop into their roles.

Kess is now in full Clean Leader mode, she understands her duty to her people in a different light and she wants to keep Miami safe. 
Finn proves his strengths and his maturity like never before. And Rafe kinda learns to stand up for himself. And still this last two can act like 5 y.o. making sure you have a laugh.
We have Laila back, and with Laila in the picture... wild behavior is at order. We see a vulnerable side to her in this, and I really liked it.

The story of the Hunter, Lukas, was really good. The perfect character you can hate for all he's doing, and at the same time, you do have a little sympathy for him. 

A character that surprised me was Zamiel. At first, I wasn't so sure about him and what that could mean for the whole story (He appears in the prologue) but as the story unfolded, I got to like him. (as much as you can like him).

I'll admit, I cried with this one... The last conversation between Mebis and Laila? Yeah... get tissues. But it was so sweet and perfect, it was totally worth the tears! 

With this book, Jeanette brings more elements to this world full of werecreatures, and it works out perfectly. I couldn't put it down. The tension grows through all the book in a game of hunter and pray. And this time, they're threaten by more than a rival clan while the pressure of The Keppers is always present. 

Some say this is the last book in the series, I don't know about that... the book ends with a cliffhanger and I really hope there will be more... 

EXCERPT

 
Three Years Earlier
 
His name was Lukas Jaegar. He was going to make a deal with the devil.
He lit the saltpeter mixture, the dust igniting in the pentacle pattern he had carved into the wood-planked floor. The flames flickered out almost immediately, leaving a burning line of embers that glowed redly in the darkened room. He stepped inside another pentacle, this one drawn in black paint on the hardwood floor. He’d memorized the incantation months ago, but it had taken him some time to get all of the ingredients he would need for the summoning.
He wanted to make sure he got everything right. Being eaten by a demon wasn’t the way he wanted to spend his eighteenth birthday.
He breathed deeply to steady himself. He was in his family’s cabin in the woods. They hadn’t used it in years—not since the nightmarish hunting trip with his father and brother. There was no one else around for miles, which suited Lukas just fine since he couldn’t afford any interruptions. During the weeks of preparation leading up to this moment he hadn’t been worried—there was too much else to occupy his mind. But now that he was here, alone, with the moment of acting upon him, his whole body shook with nerves.
It was too late to turn back, even if he had wanted to. There was nothing else for him now.
Lukas spoke, his voice low and rough. Candle flames flickered on the edges of his vision. His words came faster, as if they were being pulled from him now, as if something else was controlling the spell he cast. He forced himself to slow, to say the words properly and keep his focus on the center of the empty pentacle.
He finished the incantation with the final command. “Zamiel, I summon you! Zamiel, I call you! Zamiel, come forth!”
Nothing happened.
Lukas wasn’t stupid and he had the patience that all hunters had. He merely stood in his own pentacle, staring at the one opposite him. He had waited for hours for a deer to show itself; he could wait a few minutes to see if a demon would appear.
At first there was nothing. Then a sign: a telltale haze around the edges of the candles behind the pentacle. It was like the heat shimmer that he sometimes saw on hot summer days. He waited a few more moments to see if whatever was there would solidify further. Lukas thought it might be playing a game with him; he’d read that demons were cagey and loved to catch humans out. He had no intention of stepping out of his protective pentacle until he knew the thing was banished or had agreed to his terms.
“Zamiel! Show yourself!”
The grin appeared first. It was wide and sharp, and contained a great number of very pointed teeth. The grin was followed by the rest of Zamiel, who appeared in the form of a tall, thin, dark-haired man. His age was indeterminate; he could have been twenty or sixty. His skin was smooth and pale, almost lacking of color, making him look rather dead. He was dressed in a form-fitting black suit.
“Hello,” the demon said, drawing it out in a leer.
“Zamiel?” Lukas frowned at the entity.
“You did call me.” The demon prowled the edges of the pentacle, testing its boundaries, then stood with its arms by its sides in the center of it.
Lukas swallowed hard, a little rattled. He hadn’t actually thought that he’d be successful, no matter how badly he wanted to be. But here was Zamiel, trapped in a pentacle, awaiting his command. Still, in all of the times he’d played the scenario out in his head, he always asked for the same thing.
“I want to make a deal.”
Zamiel’s left eyebrow lifted. That was the only expression he made.
Lukas stopped, waiting for some other reaction. He hadn’t expected the demon to leap up and clap its hands in joy while singing a jaunty tune, but he had expected a bit more of a response. “Didn’t you hear me?” he asked finally, losing his patience. “I said, I want to make a deal!”
“Oh, I heard you,” the demon said, pausing to examine its perfectly tipped oval fingernails, fingernails that tapered into sharp points at the end. “I’m just waiting for the rest of it.”
Lukas narrowed his eyes. He’d already planned what he was going to say, what to ask for. If he was honest with himself, he’d known for years. He came from a long line of hunters—the men in his family had been great hunters for centuries. And Lukas wanted to be the greatest of them all. Perhaps then his father would look at him again, and actually see him.
His head bobbed once in a slight nod, an unconscious gesture. “I want to be the greatest hunter ever. I want to hunt and kill things no other hunter has ever dared.”


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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Review + Giveaway: Falling For Her Fiance

Falling for Her Fiance by Cindi Madsen

Amazon / B&N / Goodreads
*eARC provided by the publisher*
Published January 14th 2013 
Entangled Publishing, LLC (Bliss)

Danielle and Wes have been best friends since college, so when Wes needs a date for his sister’s wedding and Dani needs a partner for her company’s retreat, they devise the perfect plan: a fake engagement to get through both events unscathed. Adrenaline-junkie Wes can prove to both his ex and his family that he’s well and truly moved on, and serious-minded Dani can prove to her boss that she’s worthy of the promotion he seems to only want to give to a family-oriented employee.

But amid the fake swoons, fake kisses, and forced proximity, neither expects the very real feelings that develop. There’s nothing more dangerous than falling for your best friend…but what if the landing is worth the fall?



I don’t think my poor tummy ever felt so many things before. Also, I don’t think I ever got so many weird look because of reading in public. Getting teary eyed and then smiling like a fool in love in the beach is bound to do that, though.

Falling For Her Fiance is a book full of romance, comedy and lots of emotion in each page.

Dani and Wes have been best friends since freshman year in college. They push each other to do impulsive things and have amazing adventures together. And while life made Dani move a few states over, they still talk to each other for hours on the phone.
Problem is, Wes family is convinced he is so not over his ex fiance and bridesmaid for his sister wedding. And Dani’s after a promotion she’s sure she won’t get because she’s single and her boss is all about family... the two kinda crazy friends figure out that pretending to be engaged at each other will be the perfect solution for their problems... nothing can go wrong and people has believed there was more to them than friendship anyway... see? perfect plan...
Right.

Dani is a lovely character. She worries about her family and tries to help them as much as she can, but for that she really needs the promotion. And after her last boyfriend dumped her, she is not really sure she can go back to the game.

Wes is impulsive, a dreamer in its purest form. He wants to be free and being a helicopter pilot is all he needs in life. But for most people, he needs to grow up, and learn some responsibilities.

The relationship between these two is such a beautiful thing. They know each other inside and out. They never let someone else get in the middle, something no boyfriend/girlfriend was happy about. They can have an easy banter that had me laughing (Cue more weird looks from people around me) But there’s more to them than that.
They complement each other perfectly: Dani is more like the voice of reason of the two, always overanalyzing everything while Wes just loves to jump into things and figure things out on the way.

The book’s writing is beautiful. Cindi Madsen really makes you feel the characters and their emotions while they struggle to deal with their feelings and keep intact their friendship.
The secondary characters were so well developed and added the perfect background for the story. Each one of them adding a bit more, Wes’ family is so full of love and always stepping into each others business that they make sure you have a laugh.

In all, the book is a perfect romance read.

I couldn’t put it down, read it in a day and still want more. This is definitevely going to be another hit for Cindi Madsen and Entangled. A must read of 2013.




About Cindi Madsen



Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.




  



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Monday, January 14, 2013

Review + Giveaway: All The Broken Pieces

All The Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen

Amazon | Barnes & Noble Book DepositoryGoodreads

Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication date: 12/11/2012

What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?


Ok, if the cover doesn't pull you right away surely the blurb does. I mean look at that, the cover screams "I'm a good book!" and "I'm mysterious". It's both. And the blurb... yeah it conviced me in a nano second. 

I loved this book. I read it in a day, and it was so worth it. A few times I found myself checking to be sure it wasn't a paranormal because I just had no idea what was going to happen next. 

All The Broken Pieces has a little bit of everything. A bit of mystery, an easy to relate main character, an evil ex-girlfriend, a hot guy, and swoon worthy romance. Plus, the writing is exquisite, it traps you from page one. 

 White ceiling, a fuzzy face hovering over hers.
Gloved fingers against her skin. 
A steady chirping noise mixed in with words she couldn’t quite catch hold of.

Liv wakes up without memory and suddenly, her parents move them to Arizona. While Liv tries to pretend everything is normal, the truth is, she has two different voices in her head... plus herself... talk about having your thoughts all over the place. But that's not all, whenever she mentions their previous life, her parents go all weird on her and Liv doesn't know what to do...

You see, the first couple of times I read about the voices, I thought, wow.. she's really messed up. But then, as the voices become more frecuent and their personalities more define, plus her parents atitude... yeah it turns creepy. And it's awesome.

Liv goes for her first time to public school and there she meets Spencer. Nerdy, loner, Spencer.
He and Liv start off... with some difficulties. He knows she'll get with the popular crowd and there is nowhere he wants to be farther away from. So he makes it harder for her, and in turn she lets him know. But she's drawn to him as much as he is to her. And together, they start living Liv's first everything. 

Let me tell you, as much fun as it was to watch these two at first, their friendship and easy banter was probably one of my favourite things in the book. Cindi Madsen makes their relationship progress in a perfect pace, from strangers to friends, to a little bit more. 
Under Spencer's hard exterior there's a sweet guy and under Liv's shy and awkward persona, there's a girl of her own. 

But just as perfectly, the whys and whats of Liv's past life come slowly. Kepping you inside the book all the time. Making you change your mind about the possible outcomes with each new discovery.

Cindi Madsen has done a great job in this book. 

Everyone should read this and to make sure you have the chance to do so, Entangled Publiching and Cindi Madsen have offered an Ebook Copy of this to one lucky winner.  Just fill the Raffle below :)






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About Cindi Madsen


Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.


 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Collector Excerpt #2

Hello Loves!! We hae the most exciting news EVER You'd love this!!!


Because you guys and all the awesome girls at VMafia, we got The Collector to collect 4000 add on goodreads and so you all get an awesome prize for it

More Dante Walker

So here it is... Mr. Walker for you


THE COLLECTOR: A DANTE WALKER NOVEL
Second excerpt release—January 10, 2013

Apparently, Charlie Cooper doesn’t have a car. But don’t worry, she tells me, we can walk to school from here.
Thrilling.
It’ll only take a few lifetimes, what with her mad limp and all.
Charlie carries a brown lunch bag in one hand, and every few minutes she digs Skittles out of her pocket and pops them into her mouth. I have no idea how this girl survives high school. She’s a disaster. It’s kind of tragic. Why is she still alive while I’m a walking corpse?
I can’t stop staring at her mouth. It’s the only part of her that’s passable yet it never stops moving.
“Don’t you think?” she asks.
I meet her eyes. “What?”
She nudges me with her shoulder like we’re long lost pals. “Someone’s been daydreaming. Want some sugar?” Her open palm is a stained Skittle mess.
“I’ll pass,” I answer. I’m not sure how this chick stays so tiny. She eats like a hippopotamus. Deep in my pocket, I rub circles over my lucky penny. I’m trying to figure out how to corrupt this girl, and she keeps asking me questions.
Focus, Dante.
I narrow my eyes and do what I’m trained to do. At first, her body is exactly the same, short and skinny, like a weed that needs plucking. But then it changes. The familiar warm yellow light crawls over her skin and flickers.
Ah, soul light. If I could drink it, I would. The color of a human soul is the same for everyone. It’s the seals that make the difference. I count how many she has, then clench my hands into fists. There are twelve seals on her soul. Only twelve. And they’re not even big. Great. I’ve come to collect Mother Teresa.
Still, the fact that she has even twelve seals means Boss Man has probably had Charlie watched for some time, or at least the Peachville area. Looking at her, his reasons are lost to me.
But it doesn’t matter. I’ve got to collect her either way. If I don’t and she dies, she’ll go to Judgment Day, and Boss Man obviously doesn’t want to take chances.
Inspecting her soul closer, I notice some of Charlie’s seals are dark blue, others green or orange or whatnot. Every collector can place seals, and you can tell who sealed a soul by the color. Most of hers are green. That’d be Patrick’s work. Naturally, I was the one to train him.
Her soul is clear of any of my red seals. But that won’t last for long cause Papa’s come to play. “How much further?” I ask.
“Just on the other side of this hill,” she chirps. “Like I was saying, I’m not sure if you’ll be able to enroll this late in the semester, but at least you can see the school and stuff.”
“I wouldn’t worry about it.”
Charlie glances at me, and her eyes crinkle at the corners. “I think you’re nice, Dante.”
“That’s cause I am nice.”
She looks ahead and walks in silence for almost a full minute. It suddenly feels strange to be near her and not hear her speak. The massive trees hang in a canopy over the road, stretching to greet one another. Their leaves are dead.
Toothy Jack O’ Lanterns sit on porches and watch us pass. One looks like it’s mocking me, so I flip it off. Charlie sees me. She throws her head back and laughs long and hard. The sound startles me.
I wonder what it would feel like to laugh like that—with complete abandonment.


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We need more, right? 
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Triple Cover Reveal - The Cryptid Tales


Hey Loves!
The Cryptid Tales gets new covers and we have them here to show you!


Reveal (Cryptid Tales #1) 

Shay could be the key to ending a war that humans don't know exist. Of a race of beings that aren't real, or are they?

Shay Tafford's childhood has been fatherless, filled instead with memories of speaking to the dead. She is forced to hide her unique ability from those living around her. That's why it's been comforting to have Jeremy, a child ghost, as her confidante. But recently he's been absent, perhaps lost as her father is. When Shay meets Hugh, the guy she's had a crush on for weeks, and finds he can speak to ghosts too she's just starting to find a normalcy in her life.
But as Hugh reveals the truth to Shay, about who she really is and about what it is she can do, he erases all chances she had at a normal existence. Turns out talking to ghosts is just scratching the surface of her genetically engineered gifts. Shay learns she may be part of an age old prophecy that could save the entire race of cryptids. But can she?


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Capture (Cryptid Tales #2) eBook only $2.99!
One this is for sure, Shay is in for the fight of her life.

Shay is finally learning who she is, and who it is she will become. But for now escaping the clutches of the evil Malsumis will have to be enough. Or is it?
In Capture Shay embraces other cryptids in order to defeat their common enemy.
She is willing to die trying to save her father and the love of her life, Hugh.
But can Hugh, her cryptid mate, protect her from the evil Malsumis? Or will she fall victim to his horrible plans?











Settle (Cryptid Tales #3) Release Date Late January/Early February

Betrayal leaves nasty scars. A soul departs. Love must conquer all, or be lost forever.

Shay's life has once again fallen into mystery as she discovers her father's whereabouts. On a mission to locate him and bring him home she learns more about who to trust than she thought possible. Her group of cryptids will be forced to rise again and defeat their common enemy, but they will also discover another hidden threat. As thier queen, Shay's discoveries in Settle, the final installment of the Cryptid Tales series, will shake the cryptid world forever.



About Brina 


Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She's spent the last few years as an elementary teacher and a high school cheering coach. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.











Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Review: Dead Running & Dying to Run






Dead Running

Cassidy Christensen is running.
Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents.
Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable.
Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness.

With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she'll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them? When secrets from her past threaten her family, Cassidy decides to stop running and fight for her future.







I love a good Thriller, after all it was my first love with books when I was little. I know, I'm a weird kid.

Anyway, Dying to run has it all... Suspense, mystery, hot guys that confuse you, and a kick ass heroine. I found myself cheering for Cassie since page one.

Cassie started living with her grandma after her parents were murdered. Two years later we find Cassie running a marathon with her sister-in-law and that's when things get interesting.In there she meets 3 different characters, Dr. Tattoo, a supersexy plasticsurgeon who helps Cassie after the race, Damon (super sexy name, I know Diana and I can think of a few Damons we loveeee), another runner who will be in the St. George Marathon Cassie enters through a contest, and Hot Redhead who's kind of scary.

But besides all the new friends Cassie makes, she also finds a mutilated body and things get even more crazy.

Cassie is a lovely character, full of good intentions and very easy to relate. She has insecurieties. Her parents death still hunts her. And her family hides a secret that will change everything. She's also very honest, more than she'd like at times but is entertaining to read.
She's determined to prove to her family and herself that she can run the St. George Marathon and start her new bussiness. 

Dr. Tattoo, AKA Jesse, comes and goes from her life when Cassie less expects it. He's always there when she needs him the most. But is not what Cassie is looking for, a big guy full of tattos with a bad boy attitude? He is not someone Nana would aprove, no matter how much he tunrs Cassie (and me!) into a puddle.
 
Damon is the total oposite. He's got golden boy writen all over his face, and maybe body. He's a complete gentleman, Nana aproved boyfriend material. He's sweet, caring and more important always there, without disappearing suddenly. Cassie never imagine someone like him would ever notice her.

Hot Redhead... She's a handfull. She wants Damon, kinda stalks Cassie and is always there to witnes cassie's worst moments. Yup. She's the perfect character that you love to hate.

Dead Running, is full of twists, Cassie is never sure who's telling the truth, who's the good guy or whats coming for her next.
But through all the heaviness of trying to scape from the people who murder her parents, She finds humor.
I love all the nicknames she gives people. She's stronger than she thinks and thougher than what the people after her think. 
Even the bad guys where fun to read, I kinda like them too.
Dead Running is an excelent read.


*** The blurb for Dying to Run has spoilers, so you can just skip to the review, spoiler free =)**

Dying to Run

Cassidy Christensen wants to run.

Captured by the traffickers who killed her mother, her only hope is Dr. Tattoo, a man she loves but nobody trusts. When she finally gets a chance to run, someone else she cares about is taken. Running might be her only chance at survival, but she won’t allow another family member to be killed in her place.

This must-read sequel to Dead Running will have you laughing, biting your nails, and hoping for more.


This little sequel, had me at the edge of my sit all the time. After everything that went through, the slavers wont give up. She not only scaped them, she got one of them in jail. This is personal and they're determined to kill her.

Cassie finds herself capture by someone she thought she'd never see again, and faces the man she loves in the worst situation possible putting both of their lives at risk.

To survive, they must end with the slavers for good. But can Cassie accept and do whats right? Even when it's against the law? More important, can she accept the past and present of the man she loves? Or living will tear them appart?
And to top it off, she has to protect her family as well.

This is the perfect sequel for a great book, and the way the characters developed from one book to the other is great and believeable. This is a must read for everyone who reads Dead Running.





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Author Cami Checketts

Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction.

Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. Cami teaches strength training classes at her local rec and shares healthy living tips on her fitness blog: http://fitnessformom.blogspot.com.

Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn't snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing.


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