Monday, May 30, 2016

BOOK PROPO: Beneath the Chapter by Briana Lawrence and Jessica Walsh


Was this why? Was this the reason he'd told her to be quiet, because this needed to happen?

The middle of winter has given the residents of the warehouse plenty of time to mull over their last adventure. The Storyteller has been found, but has left behind only more questions and no real answers. Just when the group exhausts all of their resources, a new organization comes to the surface that could tie up all the loose threads.

Unfortunately, the Chapter isn't what it appears to be, and the Hunters are now left to deal with a new threat that hits a little too close to home. What secrets is the Chapter hiding, and is it worth uncovering the truth?


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About the Authors
Briana Lawrence:
At the age of nine, like most kids, Briana Lawrence had a dream. She wanted to be the best “WRITTER” in the whole wide world. Her fourth grade class laughed and wondered how one hoped to become a “writer” if they couldn’t even spell the word. Back then her stories were created with crayons and construction paper. As she grew older they progressed into notebooks and colored ink pens of pink, blue, and purple. When she lost her older brother, Glenn Berry, in a car accident, she stopped writing.

Dreams, however, have a funny way of coming back.

Before she realized it she was grabbing her notebook and pens again. She would write stories that ranged from high school romance to her imagination running wild with the likes of Goku, Vegeta, and the other characters of Dragonball Z. This continued throughout college where she would always end up writing about the space exploits of the pilots of Gundam Wing and other works of fan fiction. Soon she realized that she wanted to do more than that. Her head was full of ideas, full of original characters and worlds that she wanted to share with others.

Thus, she stepped into an English Major with some Women’s Studies on the side.

She graduated Iowa State University in 2006 and moved to Minneapolis with her partner. Here, she tried to get into graduate school, but things didn’t pan out the way she wanted. She ended up working retail, her dream becoming buried by Black Fridays and other busy times of year. Once again, however, that dream returned. She went from immersing herself in geeky fan fiction to actually writing about the geeky things she loved for several anime and video game review sites. However, it was her discovery of National Novel Writing Month that made her go back to creating her own characters and plots.

Now, here she is, an author in the writing world.

Jessica Walsh:
Jessica Walsh knows there’s this feeling, when you read a good book, that the world around you melts away to reveal new universes that stretch beyond your imagination. For a good portion of her life, Jessica has chased that feeling by reading books and delving into fantastic worlds that were always so far away.

But that wasn’t enough.

Experiencing those fantasy worlds could only work for so long and soon there was the urge to bring it here, to the real world, so others could feel the magic she felt with each turn of the page. She does this in her writing by bringing a feeling of realism to her stories. By combining monsters, magic, and mythical creatures with the world we all live in, it’s not too hard to consider a bookstore owner with the power to change the words on a page, or a performer who can make flowers grow in his hand. However normal the story may start, there’s always something lurking in the background, ready to hint at something more.

Now she’s on a journey to share her creations with everyone. She travels to various conventions and presents her written escapes to the people around her, expressing her creativity with her words, her crafts, and her sewing. She’s combined the favorite aspects of her life to show the wonderful fantasies that exist in our everyday lives.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

REVIEW: The Alpha's Heart by RE Butler

Summary:

Alpha wolf Acksel wakes up one morning in the bed of the one human who was kind to him in school. Now, ten years later, Brynn Mara is snuggled up at his side, smelling like passion and sweet dreams. Even though Acksel has declared that his pack members can mate with humans from now on, he knows that any woman he takes as his mate will have a target on her back. Especially if she’s a fragile human. Deciding it’s better to cut things off than string her along when there’s no hope for a relationship, he leaves without a word and ignores her.

But it doesn’t matter if Acksel acknowledges her or not, because their night of passion has left a permanent reminder of what happens when one drunk wolf forgets protection. Angry, banished wolves from his pack discover Brynn’s secret and decide to use her against Acksel. His worst fears have come true, and the only woman who ever touched his heart is now suffering because of his mistake.

Title:  The Alpha's Heart
Series:  Wilde Creek
Book #: 2
Author:  RE Butler
Approximate Book Length:  130 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

I sometimes have a problem with shifter books because the lifestyle can be so different. I get that they’re different because of the animal inside, but does that mean it has to be so primitive? I love how this is answered in this book. Despite the harshness that’s sometimes present, this wolfy world has really come to grow on me (not that it needed to work very hard) and I enjoy it a lot.

I wondered how Acksel would redeem himself after his behavior in the beginning of the book, but redeem himself he did with affection and determination. I wondered how she would do in the pack, given the circumstances, and she asserted herself spectacularly – my favorite part of the book. Mal’s book is next and I very much look forward to reading it! I hope Mia gets a book too!

Bottom Line:

The Alpha's Heart was a fun and emotional read that left me wanting more in all the right ways. An awesome read in what’s looking like a great series!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

REVIEW: Descended from Dragons by Tricia Owens

Summary:

To save Sin City, she must battle Hell. Too bad the odds are against her.

Beneath the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas lies another city. A secret city in plain sight, full of warlocks and demons, shapeshifters and golems. A city that feeds off the chance magick that is generated by gamblers and which is ruled by mysterious beings called the Oddsmakers.

It is in this strange underbelly of the occult that Anne Moody runs a cursed pawn shop for the desperate, the curious, and the magickally inclined. The job can be tricky, but it keeps her under the radar. None of her customers have any inkling that she is a dragon sorceress with a power that's been feared throughout history. One day, a visitor to her shop pawns a stone statue that is more than it appears. The statue is a gargoyle named Vale, who is shrouded in mystery and secrets. When she learns that Vale is possessed, and that the person responsible for cursing him plans to take over Las Vegas with a horde of demons from Hell, Anne realizes it is up to her to defy the Oddsmakers and save the city, and possibly the world.

Title:  Descended from Dragons
Series:  Moonlight Dragon
Book #: 1
Author:  Tricia Owens
Approximate Book Length:  218 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

This was an intriguing start to a new series! There are a lot of different kinds of beings and magic which leaves a wide open world for future books. It did feel like it could have been longer though – like it was the first half of a book or something. It didn’t end with a cliffhanger or anything (not really), but it did feel incomplete enough to crave the next book. It was an overall cute, fun, and exciting read!

Bottom Line:

Descended from Dragons was a cute, fun, and exciting read. If you’re a fan of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, grab this for a similar feel.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

REVIEW: Mate of Her Heart by RE Butler

Summary:

Werewolf Eveny Moore is coming into her first heat at the age of twenty-five. Bucking tradition, she chooses to go through her first heat alone instead of choosing an unmated male from her pack. There is only one male that she wants in her bed and her life: her best friend, Luke Elrich. But Luke is human and doesn’t understand the consequences of her heat-cycle, so she hides out in a safehouse, planning to ride out the cycle alone and then ask Luke to be her mate.

Luke has loved Eveny forever, but something is going on between them. He’s afraid he’s losing her forever, until she promises to talk to him after her heat-cycle is over. He overhears her brother, the pack alpha, ask another wolf to go to Eveny and take her through the heat-cycle. What her brother doesn’t know is that the male plans to invite some of his friends along. And Eveny is alone in a remote cabin, unprotected. Luke will do anything to keep her safe, even if it means going up against four wolves.

This story contains a meddling brother, a human fighting a pack of male wolves for the only woman he’s ever loved, a female who thought she had a good plan, and bone-melting, skin-tingling hot sex between a male and a female who have loved each other forever.

Title:  Mate of Her Heart
Series:  Wilde Creek
Book #: 1
Author:  RE Butler
Approximate Book Length:  76 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

So this was a sweet and very sexy read. It was also very exciting. I normally don’t care for fight scenes, but Luke’s was straight up impressive. I love the mating scenario and the general portrayal of wolves. I absolutely look forward to checking out more in this series. My only complaint was some of the names (regarding spelling) – Acksel in particular.

Bottom Line:

Mate of Her Heart kept me on the edge of my seat as well as hot and bothered. It was a pretty awesome read that left me with smiling.

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