Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sin & Honey: THE TOUCH OF BETRAYAL by Taryn Scarlett

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For fans of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent comes the second novella in the scintillating SIN & HONEY series featuring the Bible's most powerful and seductive women... So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength.”—Judges 16:6 Delilah would do anything to escape her past. Falling for Samson only got in the way. Taryn Scarlett’s lush reimagining of Samson and Delilah uncovers the hidden truth behind the girl who became the most infamous seductress in history. Delilah has come to the quiet valley of Sorek to start a new life, but when a man blackmails her with a devastating secret, she learns that not all sins can be buried in the past. In a dangerous bargain for her freedom, she agrees to seduce Samson, a notorious killer threatening the region—and if she can’t uncover the secret to his strength, she’ll forfeit her life. But Samson is different than any man she has ever met before: godlike in his strength but guarding a passionate vulnerability that draws Delilah to him. Will she betray the man she has begun to fall for—or will she betray her own heart for freedom?
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Sue's Review:

I am truly enjoying the writing of Taryn Scarlett - this is an amazing little series.

Not the normal type book that I have been reading, but it was a very informative type book that really kept my interest until the end!!! Taryn again has done an awesome job of describing in detail the surroundings and everything that is taking place in the story. Delilah lives a life of running and hiding - until she finds Samson. I don't write spoilers -- but believe me, you will be amazed at the way the story unfolds and what happens in the end. I'm sure that you will also find that this is a book that is hard to put down once you start reading.

 I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

Taryn ScarlettAbout the author:

Taryn Scarlett holds a B.A. in Theater and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Her weaknesses are chocolate, floral sundresses, soapy TV dramas, and anything purple. SIN AND HONEY is her first series. You can visit Taryn at
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Killing Me Softly by Kathryn R. Biel #bookreview

Killing Me Softly Tour Banner KMS FinalSadie Perkins has a sixth sense about things—especially people dying. Her clairvoyance has never bothered her until she starts to believe that her visions are causing the deaths of those around her. After her latest relationship ends ... badly ... Sadie swears off love for good. While searching for an uncomplicated life, Sadie finds her hands full not only with a home renovation project but with defending herself against suspicion of murder. There's a fine line between predicting someone's death and causing it. Has Sadie finally crossed that line? Enter contractor Max Schultz, who is not only good at working on houses, but he's good at working on Sadie too. Much to Max's dismay, as he's trying to win Sadie's heart, he finds Sadie's first love, Henry Fitzsimmons, is back in the picture, snooping around. Sadie doesn't know which way to turn or who to trust, including herself. Can Sadie clear her name and open her heart all at the same time?
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 Sue's Review

Amazing book!!! This was the first book that I have read by Kathryn R. Biel and I can guarantee that I will continue reading for of her books in the future!!!I really enjoyed the story of Sadie, who actually believes that she can kill people with her thoughts. I love how Kathryn goes into such detail in regards to describing the characters. She truly makes you feel like you are there and taking part in the story yourself.This is definitely one of those --- I can't stop reading this until I finish it - type book!!!I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

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Telling stories of resilient women, Kathryn Biel hails from upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients' needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her musings and rants can be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather. She is the author of Good Intentions (2013), Hold Her Down (2014), I'm Still Here (2014), and Jump, Jive, and Wail (2015).
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Walkin' On The Sun by Paul DeLisle #ReleaseDay

I could not be more excited to feature this new release! Who hasn't rocked out to the music of Smash Mouth?! Now you can go behind the music with a band that carried the spirit of a generation in Walkin' on the Sun; The Official Smash Mouth Biography. 
Hello. My name is Paul DeLisle. I’m the guy who wrote this book. You've probably never heard of me. That's okay. Most people wouldn't know me from Adam. But, unless you've been living in a cloistered monastery for the last fifteen years, you have heard of my band.

So begins the memoir of the creation, rise, and current state of the multi-platinum recording artist Smash Mouth as told by bassist Paul DeLisle. Well known for their hits “All Star,” “Walking on the Sun,” “Then the Morning Comes,” “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby,” and “I’m a Believer,” the band carried the spirit of a generation, but didn't stop there. Enjoy this behind-the-scenes look from Paul’s unique, there from the start, insider’s view.
There's an episode of Cheers where washed-up ball player Sam Malone, frustrated with either Diane or Rebecca, proclaims, "Y'know, most people don't know this ... but I’m famous!"
I love that line. I can totally relate. You see, I am a founding and continued member of the band Smash Mouth. Yet I am, proudly and alas, the bass player. I’m not famous. My band is.
From the beginning, Smash Mouth was set up as a democracy between four musicians and a manager, each player having an equal voice on band matters. Yet we were all fully aware and accepting of the fact that, as lead singer/frontman, Steve Harwell would be getting a disproportionate amount of attention. Seeing as he is the face and mouthpiece of Smash Mouth, you may be a little disappointed he didn't write this book.
But stay with me here. Because as you'll see, I have a unique vantage point: as one of only four original constituents, I’ve been involved in every aspect of the band since day one. Only Steve and I have trod every step of this Smash Mouth journey. Also, while traditionally under-recognized, the bass player himself sees everything. Plus I went to college. Who better to write a book about Smash Mouth?
That said, keep in mind this book is solely from my point of view. Steve, Greg, Kevin, and Robert would obviously have different takes on certain events. However, this book is simply intended as a comprehensive account of our rise to fame and continued success.
So without further ado ... here’s what happened:
EEP!!! How awesome is that! Pick up your copy of Walkin' on the Sun today and get your own "backstage pass" to the world of Smash Mouth! 
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Kantara by Katy Walters #BookReview

Kantara tour banner KantaraCarol2l copy Can you see them? Do you fear them? Are they truly what they seem? Crossed love, intrigue, suspense and terror, set against a canvas stretching over the centuries, from the pyramids of ancient Egypt to the high rises of modern London. Kantaramtep, Great Royal Queen of the first vampire family, is cast aside by her beloved Pharaoh. Over the centuries Kantara grows in power, yet no-one can replace her first love. London, present day, she meets Darius, an enigmatic vampire. Despite Kantara’s reluctance, they join forces to quell an insurgence when trouble breaks out amongst the fledgling vampires. The shocking truth they uncover threatens both the existence of mortals and the very nature of the vampire.

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 Antionette's Review 
Oh my sweet Kantara.  This book took me by surprise in such a good way.  Imagine vampires... vampires in our world.  Yes we have read a million books about them, but to be written as if they are writing their story to you.  Speaking to the reader... Calling out the details of being a vampire. Even better twist is having them originate from another world..aliens... to adjust to our world they become blood drinkers... they worship gods and goddess... greek lore in vampire world. Have i got  your attention yet?  Trust me, this is a great read. The intrigue of what the point of the whole book is... That in itself kept me reading. Wings... they have WINGS... 
Kantara was born to an original vampire. So she is a born vampire and also considered a goddess. She has lived for so many years and seen so much of the world. I think this is one of the reasons she decides to write a book.....I wont' spoil the book itself. Lets just say, its a great book and leave it at that. I was given this book for my honest opinion. This ones a short one.  Too much to be given away... 

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katy My main loves are writing, painting and singing. I began work as a PA but to my joy was spotted by an agent in London and had an exciting career as a singer, meeting and singing with some wonderful people. Singing meant a lot of travelling both in the UK and abroad. At one time, I toured Germany and Turkey singing for the American troops, which was a fantastic experience. But then, my husband and I wanted a family, so I said good-bye to the singing career, although I did the occasional gig. Having children is such a precious time, and I would say to anyone, treasure it, it goes so quickly and before you know it, you’re waving them off to Uni or pursuing their own dreams and their own homes. I have always had a deep interest in psychology for various reasons, and especially the area of neurosis arising from abuse. Later, I was to study how we could use our body, mind and spirit to relieve pain and overcome some life-threatening diseases. One important thing here is, I always told my patients to continue with medical treatment along with the complementary and spiritual methods, for I believe medical research and medication is also a gift from God, Spirit or the Universe, as each of us wishes to name it. I have loved writing from a child and during the years of study, research and treating some wonderful people, whom I called my friends, I would write at night, mainly short stories, and reams of poetry. I wanted to learn how to write self-help books for my clients, so I took creative writing courses at university, which led to writing a novel. So self-help novels turned to fiction but even so, I hope the novels help the reader through their own challenges, as the characters experience love, loss, passion, jealousy, illness, joy and conflict, even the threat of death.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Detached by Jill Cooper #BookReview

detached tour banner   Detached What you do tomorrow, you'll pay for today. Life was easier in the cage, now Lara Crane’s life is under a microscope. She thought she was out, ready for a normal life, but with the Feds endless questions and tests, Lara realizes she might never be free. Things would be worse if not for Donovan. They promise to ride it out together as Lara is fitted with a time travel restraint, designed to not only stop her, but to save her life as her mind spirals out of control. No more second chances. No more time travel to revert everything back the way it was once before. As the danger increases, so does Lara’s headaches and nightmares. Her brain is desperate to be free, loose, and as the future begins to flash all around her, Lara is terrified the end might be near. And maybe she doesn’t have a future at all.

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Antoinette's Review:

When I read the first two books I truly hoped that a third would be written.  The idea of being able to go back in time to save someone from death or anything...  Something I believe we can all understand and feel.... 
Lara is stuck connected to rewind in yet another book.  I had truly hoped she would find her freedom.  Her life with Dom after all the bad stuff in the past.  But now they have fitted her with equipment in her brain that they say they own,  so now they own her.  To make things worse,  Lara is losing time and has no idea why  flashes of the future are coming to her..   In a twist,  the introduction of a future employees of rewind,  an enforcer.  They are given a glimpse of what someone will do in the future and are arrested and tried as if they did it.  However,  someone is using the system to stop anyone who wants to stop reminds progression.
This books has so much in it.  This is just the first quarter of the book.
Full of surprises and suspense and of course love.  I was given this book for my honest review and there you have it.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Faerie Song Series by Michele Barrow - Belisle Book #Review

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FireAndIce_BookCoverBook 1 Adventure wasn’t something Lorelei was interested in. Gifted with two otherworldly talents for singing and healing, she’s always shied away from her gifts, preferring anonymity, over attention. But when she meets Adrius, with his dangerous mystique and eyes that peer into her soul, her uneventful life becomes irrevocably altered. Adrius knows more about her than any newcomer should, including the condition of her mother’s mysterious illness. Accepting his offer to help leads her into a terrifying world, where Elves are even hotter than Legolas, and Faeries.... are nothing like Tinkerbell. The two magical beings are fire and ice opposites. One Lorelei can’t help falling for, and the other she's compelled to be with. Now she’s trapped in their world, expected to prevent a war between witches and faeries, or forfeit her mother’s life. As secrets unravel, Lorelei must fight to save much more than her mother’s life. One mistake could put the fate of his world- and her soul, in jeopardy.
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   Bittersweet_500x750Book 2 To save the Faery world and her mother’s life, seventeen year old Lorelei sacrificed everything, and the dangerous bargains she made in Nevermore had lasting repercussions. Now safely back in her own world, Lorelei seems the same to her high school friends and her supernatural boyfriend, despite the dark magic growing within her. Love across dimensions is complicated, especially when an invisible veil between the two worlds is sealing, threatening to separate Lorelei and Adrius forever. Determined to find a solution, Lorelei resorts to exploring her new found powers. But when her friends fall ill, and her healing touch only makes things worse, Lorelei can’t help but wonder if she's responsible. Nightmares from the Nevermore tighten their icy hold when someone arrives determined to destroy Lorelei’s world, starting with those closest to her. Once again she’s forced to choose between her family… her friends… and a love that was ill-fated from the start.
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Antionette's Review:
This book was very addicting. I couldn’t believe how  much was in one book. I kept thinking the books gonna cut off here and I’ll have to wait on whats next. Ok… The story.  A teenager lives with her mom who’s into the music scene with a career and with that comes a lot of travel. So she is left alone… a lot.  This can make for very trying teen years.  Then add the voices she’s heard since she was a little girl that she's gone thru years of therapy for… poor thing.  She meets this amazing hot new guy, Adrius…. and her whole world is flipped upside down. Theres so much story to try and include without giving away too much…She is a healer though. Her grandmother ran a tea shop and would teach her different teas that could help people. She never really thought anything of this. It was just what it was. When her grandmother passes, she is left to continue her work. Her mother falls ill overseas and she has to find the right tea mixture. the right herbs to heal her like before. I know… when was the before?  Gotta read the book.  Adrius takes her out to try and find the herbs that are rare that time of year in the forest areas… and she falls… literally …  into faery land.  This is just the first 1/3 of the book. I am in love with this author for all that was included.  The things she finds out about herself, her parents, the life she once thought was real…  so much has been hidden and now so much is on her shoulders to save a whole race of people. Action, romance, confusing teen situations.. Its all in here.

I was given this book for my honest review, and now you have it.

Michele-typewiter  BIO A dreamer at heart, Michele BarrowBelisle has always lived with one foot in this reality and one foot in another, one of her own imagining. So it follows that she would grow up to write about the characters from those enchanting worlds she knows and loves so well. A fan of all things romantic, her young adult novels are populated with scintillating witches, vampires and fey. Her bestselling debut book series Fire and Ice (Faerie Song Trilogy) was optioned for a major motion picture this year. Michele resides in southern Canada with her hubby and son who indulge her neverending obsession with reading, writing and most importantly… chocolate.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace #BookReview

speaknow banner PrintIf there’s one thing that Bridgette Reynolds has learned recently, it’s that the perfect shoes, the perfect hair, and the perfect dress do not make for the perfect proposal. In fact, sometimes they make for the not-so-perfect breakup. Now, Bridgette must do everything in her power to win Adam back. She knows they are meant to be. And nothing will stand in her way—not her friends, not her grandmother, not even the fact that Adam is now engaged to Serene after a whirlwind romance. Focused on her plan to win Adam back, Bridgette isn’t expecting Ian—her college best friend, her love, her big regret—to come back into her life. They sink back into their comfortable friendship as if no time has passed at all, making Bridgette start to question her feelings for Adam. But Ian has a few secrets of his own . . . secrets that could shatter their friendship once and for all. Bridgette has to make some major decisions—should she speak now? Or forever hold her peace?

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Antionette's Review: Think back to high school and college. To the days of innocence and love and friendship. This book has a little bit of everything. At first I thought Bridgette was a whiny self indulgent young woman. She comes off as needy. Believe it, she's not. I. Really enjoyed this book. Definetly not my usual book style. I read on a whim for a review. So very much worth it. In the beginning she's dating Adam. Two years and she thinks he's going to propose, and he ends the relationship. She is devastated and stalkerish. Even continues a friendship with his family. Then pops in her college best friend, and the love of her life...there's so so so much more to this story. I hope that was enough to suck you in. You are welcome. I was given this book for my honest you have it.


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Becky Author PictureBy day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last... but it probably won't.  

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