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Monday, November 13, 2017

Blog Tour: Temptation Trials Part II

Adult, Dystopian Romance & Post-Apocalyptic
Date Published: September 26, 2017

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        Lust, one of the seven deadly sins, is sweeping the nation into its seductive web. In this dystopian society, Cali and Stefani have to comply by the Regime’s strict rule of arranged marriage. But Eminence, the world dictator, doesn’t play fair.

     Against all odds, they both decide to put their relationships through the ultimate test on The Temptation Trials—a reality TV show where every temptation of the flesh is set before them.

     As participants on the show, they soon learn that losing may cost them more than the men they love. Cali’s torn, unsure of what her future holds with Cade. Stefani worries whether her relationship with Tobias can be salvaged. 

     Love can be blind. The betrayal they face from the Trials burden them. Will love be their redemption, or will it destroy them? A million questions torment their minds.  

     Can you love two people at once? If a person is chosen for you, can those feelings be real? 

     Cali and Stefani must overcome heartbreak and pull together with their loved ones before it’s too late. The abominable truth is unveiled, which sends them on a journey that will jeopardize their lives. 
     The will of the weak is his for the taking. Can love save their souls?




Review

This was a second in a series. I really enjoyed the fact that the characters were flawed and grew throughout the story and series in general.

There were a lot of elements in this story that evoked emotion. The characters had to deal with quite a bit over the course of the novel and it really resonated with me as the reader. 

 It was a lot deeper than I was expecting.  I very well put together follow up to Temptation Trials.

About the Author



     B. Truly has wanted to be an author since she was fifteen years old and is grateful to have accomplished this dream. She has very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. She likes to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. She’s addicted to romance and gets a thrill out of action and sci-fi. She writes New Adult and Adult, Romance. Sci-fi, Dystopian, and Paranormal genres.
      B. Truly likes to explore different elements of sci-fi romance, and create various realms of reality. She also loves creating impossible situations for her characters to grow from and try to overcome.
     B. Truly has three wonderful children and a husband who defines the person that she is today. She works full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Houston, Texas.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Blog Tour: Thicker Than Blood



Contemporary Romance
Date Published: May 1, 2017

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Every paramedic’s worst nightmare is to arrive at the scene of a horrific accident and find out that the victim is someone they love. Or, in Caden Ross’s case, the woman he used to love. It took two years to finally get over Dakota and move on with his life, or so Caden believed, until he has to face the thought of a world without her. Nothing could have prepared the handsome, headstrong off-duty paramedic for the emotional upheaval of keeping the woman he once thought would be his forever alive.

Dakota Martineau appeared to have the world in the palm of her hand. She is beautiful, kind, has an adoring family, including her best friend and identical twin sister. She has a passion for incorporating her love of life, family, and her cultural background into her dream job with special needs kids. Then, in a life-altering crash, she discovers just how fragile life is. Thankful to be surrounded by an incredible group of friends who will help heal, not just her body, but also her soul, she knows she should be happy she is alive and on the mend, but Dakota is still tormented by the loss of her one true love.

How can you feel safe with the one person who hurt you the most? What road will Caden and Dakota take when they discover fate wreaked havoc on everything they thought was true?


Excerpt

“Opening the door, he enquired, “What are you doing here, and where is your sidekick?”
“Brody is waiting downstairs. Are you going to ask me in, mate? We need to talk.”
“I wasn’t talking about Brody. I was talking about Koko.”
“If you’re trying to cause a kerfuffle, it won’t work.”
“Don’t have a clue what the hell you just said, but if you say we need to talk and without Brody or Koko, I’m thinking I’m going to need a beer.”
Edward followed him in. “It means a skirmish or a fight. And you might want something a little stronger. I bloody well do.”
If Caden had been more like his old self, that comment might have raised his hackles. Instead, he numbly grabbed his bottle of Jack and two tumblers before heading to his couch. He poured a generous amount in each glass then handed one to Edward.
“What do I owe for the pleasure of your company? What’s in the envelope?”
“All in due time, Caden. I hope you worked today and don’t have a shift later, because that is a generous amount of liquor you poured.”
“I’m off for the next four days, thanks for asking, Mother.”
“A little testy today?”
“Edward, get to the damn point. I’m not really up for a boys’ night.”
          Edward made a show of looking around the room. “Where’s your girlfriend?”
Caden took another large sip and let the alcohol burn its way down to his stomach before he wheezed out, “Moved out a while ago.”
“Sorry, I didn’t know. What happened?”
Caden stood, beyond annoyed with all the questions. “If you must know and if it will get you out of my home sooner, she left me after she found out that I’m still in love with Dakota. Happy now?”
Edward’s face broke into a huge smile. “Actually, you couldn’t have said anything else that would make me happier.”
Leaning down and getting into Edward’s face, he replied, “You’re seriously starting to piss me off. Do you have a death wish or something? You do remember your bodyguard is downstairs, right? Say what you have to say and get out.”
Not intimidated one bit, Edward calmly responded, “Do I really have to mop your floors with your arse before I prove to you that I can and will take care of myself? Besides, after I tell you why I came here, I think you’re going to want to kiss my arse and not kick it. Now sit the fuck down and hear me out.”
Taken aback by the conviction in Edward’s voice, Caden obediently sat, taking another huge gulp of his drink. “Start talking.”
“I need some assurances from you first. What I am about to show you is going to mess with your mind, and I want you to be prepared. You have to keep your temper in check and think things through before you go off half-cocked. This involves a lot of people who I care about. They are going to be hurt enough without you adding fuel to the fire. That being said, do I have your word that you will stay calm and think about everyone involved?”
“How can I honestly give you my word if I don’t know what it’s about or how I’ll react?”

About the Author


Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have a beautiful granddaughter after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favourite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She works with special-needs teenagers, that have taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes. Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier then riding on the back of her husband's Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can't wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.


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Monday, November 6, 2017

Blog Tour: The Club: Box Set



Contemporary Romance
Date Published: 9/2/2017
Publisher: Short on Time Books

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The complete spicy hot CLUB series. Six sexy novels in one big box set!

THE CLUB SERIES includes:

BLACK DOG NIGHTS
Would you agree to be someone's mistress if he promised to pay your student loans?

SAPPHIRE BEAUTIFUL
She's a professor at a prestigious university, and he's one of her department's new graduate students.

MAD DOG DAYS
She wants to be with her roommate, the guy who she has been in love with forever, but he's still in love with her best friend.

GOLD DUST WOMAN
What happens when a world-renowned artist starts to have feelings for the man she's paying to be with?

YELLOW DOG BLUES
Washed up rock star, Maverick, is no prince and he has some work to do on his charming.

GREY CLOUDY LIES
What's a girl supposed to do when she gets pregnant and the father of the child doesn't want anything to do with the baby? How about seducing the nerdy next-door neighbor and making him believe the baby is his?

Review

This is a large box set. There are 6 full length novels to keep you entertained for days or weeks depending on how fast you read. 

I like that the characters are the same, yet change, from novel to novel. We get full length stories and new HEA's in each installment. 

Karen M. Bryson has such a way with characters. She doesn't just write characters readers will love, she write flawed characters who are redeemable and while we may not always love them, by the end, we do. 

About the Author


KAREN M. BRYSON writes new adult, love in midlife, and romantic suspense with a little spice and lots of heart. She is a winner of the prestigious RONE Award for Excellence in the Indie and Small Publishing Industry.

Karen is also an award-winning/optioned screenwriter.

When she's not at her computer creating new stories, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.

Karen previously wrote under the pen names SAVANNAH YOUNG, SIERRA AVALON, REN MONTERREY and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DAKOTA MADISON.


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Friday, November 3, 2017

Blog Tour: The Drowned Tower



Epic Fantasy
Date Published: April 18, 2017

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Freedom is out of the question for practitioners of the Institute, and any supporters otherwise are dealt with violently. A system Sylvie Sirx neither refutes, nor endorses—born from an enviable family, talented in her skills, and entirely too content with her position, her path has always been a straight one… until now.

Her qualifications backfire when an elder from the north descends upon her home for a Choosing. He calls upon the Drowned Tower’s most sought after practitioners for a simple job that ends in blood, and then Sylvie’s blissful world erupts. She finds herself in the company of the Elementalist, Jacques Dace, an insufferable but deadly enthusiast of personal reform. Together, they’re swept into a spiral of powerful magic and ancient grudges. Where truth bends, stones whisper secrets of the past, and their home lies at the heart of what could very well be Ferus Terria’s next recorded war.

And for once, she is forced to choose a side, learning for herself what it means to master fate.


Review

Wow, this one really delivers in many areas. It is a thrilling Fantasy novel with teeth. Yes, it took a bit of catching up to understand what was going on,  but once in the heart of it, Nicholas Rinth has the reader hooked. 

As far as Characters, Plot, and Flow, everything was very well developed and smooth. 

This novel was a great escape from reality as well as a quick and easy read


About the Author


Nicholas Rinth lives lakeside in the southern graces of Savannah, Georgia. Where he spends his time fantasizing about other worlds and working on his next novel.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Blog Tour: There Be Demons



Fantasy / Paranormal
Date Published: September 26, 2017

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Heroes come in all shapes.

The war for Andor has lasted a century. Humans and their allies, the Angeli, fight demons from another plane who need a warmer planet to hatch and raise their young. 

Trebridge becomes Ground zero when Abraxas, a minion of the demon Prince Vetis, opens a secret portal into the city. The demons’ goal is to build an army to subjugate the city before the humans realize they are under attack.

Standing in the demons’ way are two disparate groups: the humans of Andor and their Angeli allies who command gargoyle warriors.

Leading the four gargoyles guarding Trebridge is Gillen, a proven war hero who uses Grace to fight demons. But Gillen is an outcast, mocked for his tuft of hair that normal gargoyles lack. It’s up to him to prove once and for all that he’s worthy of his command, in spite of dissention in his ranks. When Gillen asks the Angeli Commanders for reinforcements to fight the growing demon menace in Trebridge, headquarters send four human teens from the projects.

The leader of the humans is Britt, a 14-year-old half-Hispanic girl who is one of the four magic-possessing Chosen. But Britt was never trained in the art of Grace, and like most girls her age, spends her days preoccupied with school and romance. Like Gillen, she must rise above her station in life--if she is to save the ones she loves.

But Gillen and Britt are facing formidable demon foes, Abraxas: a chicken-headed demon who possesses several humans as part of his plan to build the demons’ base in Trebridge and power-hungry Prince Vetis who is his commander. Neither will let the deaths of expendable humans get in their way of the conquest.

At the same time as she is suppose to learn how to fight demons, Britt has to juggle the mundane problems of school and parental custody battles. She doesn’t realize her danger until she confront the demon Prince Vetis in a battle for her soul as a human being.


Review


I love the way that M.K. Theodoratus writes, the plot was so well thought out. No plot holes along the way, I felt like everything was tied up in a neat bow at the end.


There are a lot of moving parts to this novel and a lot of action. I liked the way the characters were relatable even though it was a Paranormal Novel.

The Fantasy aspect is very well done and the imagery and setting is amazing. The Author really brings the world to life through words. 

My favorite thing about this novel was the characters. They were multi dimensional and we really got a good background on them to allow us to understand their characters.

Get ready to be immersed in the world and captivated by the characters she has created.

About the Author


Who am I? Bottom line: I’m an old lady who amuses herself writing. But, since writing stories is twined up with reading, my journey has been a long one.
My adventures in reading/writing started with comic books. You can blame them for my fascination with the fantastic. I fondly remember spending hours reading and trading them.

But I was weird, too. My favorites were the Classic Comic series. I didn’t trade them. All those pre-Silver Age Supermans, Batmans, and Tales from the Crypt etc. disappeared into the mists. My favorite character? Scrooge McDuck. Swimming in a pile of money intrigued me. But never could figure out the diving thing.

The Oz books by L. Frank Baum introduced me to fantasy proper. My first impression when I saw my first Oz book in fifth grade? I couldn’t imagine reading such a thick book…even though the pictures looked interesting. I didn’t actually read the Wizard of Oz until the city children’s librarian recommended it in seventh grade. I thought Dorothy was a pretty neat character; she had gumption.
I was hooked on fantasy after I discovered A. Merritt’s Ship of Ishtar at the used hardware store. I still have my 25c A. Merritt and Andre Norton paperbacks and read them, even though the paper smells.

The realization that real people could write stories came in the sixth grade. Duh.
The teacher assigned writing a short story to the class. Everyone wrote 2-4 pages. I wrote an unfinished 25-page Nancy Drew clone, The Clue of the Clay Cats. The effort got me a “C” because it was unfinished, but I finished it the next summer on my mother’s typewriter. The children’s librarian said it was pretty good. I’ve been a chronic, if haphazard, writer ever since.

My current “writing career” started after I had heart surgery. I got bored sitting around. While dozing, I had this vision of this girl standing on bluff overlooking the ocean, her long red hair streaming behind her in a gale. She was incredibly lonely, and I wondered why. Discovered she was 400 years old and…

While I dithered around with my Half-Elves, I tried improving my fiction craft skills writing short stories. They ended up with a theme: humans fighting demons. My world of Andor was born [from the country Andorra, if you’re a stamp collector]. One of the stories, Night for the Gargoyles, made me wonder about how Gillen got rid of the demons. Four untrained teens from the projects didn’t seem like effective back up to me.

Writing moves in mysterious ways. Another story, Noticing Jamilla, launched On the Run, though the original main character disappeared. There Be Demons and On the Run did get written. If I get my act together, there should be a third book where Britt and Pillar meet and take care of the demon army Grylerrque gathers to conquer Andor. I keep wondering what will happen when fiery Britt meets cool Pillar.

So, here I sit with a computer full of unedited stories--including novels set in our world--still amusing myself writing. Jotting down notes and bits of dialog and transferring them to my computer.
Oh. Yeah. I’m married, have three adult kids who live away from home, and indulge two cats who sleep a lot. I can be found via my website and on Facebook.

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PROMO: Poetic Freedom



Poetry / African American / YA / NA
Date Published: (Planned) October, 30th, 2017
Publisher: Phenomenal One Press

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Poetic Freedom.

A raw, gritty, urban poetic expression with an exploration of choices we have to make at the crossroads of life. The thoughts are honest, harsh, but hopeful. A perception of the media that feeds us, the spirituality that we cling to, the expectations of the society we are a part of, and how a young man fights to decipher, decide and climb the path not easily traveled, but most strengthened.



~Excerpt from Poem THE TEST by Frank Preston

Pain and frustration the fuel for admiration
Admiring the world’s temptations till they become motivation
When the sensation of success is worn as a vest
They say he's blessed but that depends on the quest




About the Author


Frank 'ThatGuy' Preston, is an artist with a powerful voice. His journey as a comedian, author and motivator didn't come easily and has lead him to have give back to the community by coaching kids, co-creating new sports, and sharing his growth through comedic videos, in person performances, his art and writing. He challenges the minds of his readers to see life through a different scope. As a speaker he explains the difficulties of life as a minority in a world that doesn’t accept him, and how anyone who is mistreated for their differences can overcome them to grow to be great. Frank positions himself as many other artist, writers, and speakers of today, but stands apart in his ability to speak the truth with no bounds.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Blog Tour: Hidden in Harmony



Christian Mystery
Date Published: October 14, 2017

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A devout Christian family faces threats, stalkings, kidnappings, and even murder when they attempt to help a man formerly accused, but never found guilty of committing terrible acts. The Russells refuse to allow intimidation to stop them from standing up for what they believe in. They must rely on God to keep their family safe.


Review

This is a tame mystery novel.  It is classified as Christian Mystery and I think it very much sticks to that. There is nothing overt and out there, it is a pretty straight-forward mystery. 

I liked that it was a Mystery novel while also being a light read. 

The writing was easy to follow, the plot was well developed, and the pacing was spot on. Wonderful characterization as well. 

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JR Thompson was born and raised in the outskirts of Charleston, WV. He, and his lovely wife, Hannah, now reside in a small ghost town in Montana. In addition to being an author, Thompson also keeps himself busy as the assistant pastor, youth director, and music director for a local church.

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