Crown of Cinders

Available now is the final installment to the Imdalind Series. Discover more secrets. Find the end to all your favorite character’s stories. Laugh. Cry. Fall in love with Imdalind all over again.

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crown-of-cinders-finalfrontThe Internationally Best-Selling Imdalind Series comes to a close in this long awaited heart-pounding conclusion.

For centuries the war that has raged within magic has ripped the world apart. Fought between Skȓítek and Trpaslík; killing father and son, and destroying a fragile balance between mortal and magic.

For centuries everyone has been awaiting the Silnỳ, searching for the girl who was prophesized. The girl with power strong enough to defeat the evil that plagued the world, and bring the war to an end.

For centuries, everyone was wrong.

The Silnỳ was not what they had been told, the promises of future distorted by a sight that was tarnished.
The evil was not what they had expected, not what they had been fighting against. Instead it was hidden amongst them; plotting, waiting for their time to strike.

And it did. With fire and blade the hidden evil took it’s place upon a throne of blood. The evil has shown itself and now only one person can save them all.

But with Sights that are no longer infallible and armies that are abandoning their king – it is no longer clear who that person is, or even if they have the courage to stand up to the evil and face their end.

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Relentless Rhythm by Michelle Mankin

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The one she really wants is out of reach.
The one he really needs is already taken.
Dizzy Lowell, rhythm man for the rising rock band Tempest is a wizard on the guitar and a wonder with women. But the hookup specialist hides his emotional scars beneath his suave exterior. He never lets anyone truly touch him.
April Reynolds, the confident bartender of the Diamond Mine, knows her way around a cocktail, but Dizzy has her all mixed up. She knows what’s safe. She’s tired of settling, though. It would be so easy to fall under his spell.
Except for that ring around her finger.
Two searching souls separated by a thin metal band.
Some dreams are dangerous.
Some secrets shouldn’t be shared.
Sometimes what we wish for most can never be

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Michelle Mankin’s 4th installment of the Tempest series left me Dizzy with a severe book hangover. Get it? Dizzy…because the main man’s name is Dizzy….ahem anyway. She once again penned another evocative and heartfelt book guaranteed to hit you right in the soul. ❤

An enchantress with a pen Michelle once again take us on a trip in surround sound with the boys of Tempest. We find ourselves falling in love with the rhythm guitarist as we ache to find a way to save his beautiful bartender. Dizzy Lowell is everything you could want in a leading man, the moves, the words and the rhythm. April has the beauty, the brains and the guts that we all wish we could have in her sitiation. Mixing faerietales and rock and roll Michelle Mankin spins music and words into a tale that revs up our wild side and lifts up our romantic hearts in such a fantastic rhythm that can only leave us wanting for more. In her 4th Tempest novel she surrounds us with a story that hits close to the heart and soul of her readers. Beautiful and fierce she takes us on a ride that could only be told by a man who knows what it’s like to push through a hard past and finally realized that sometimes believing in those things that make you happy can really make your dreams come true. With a little bit of faith a little but if trust and a whole lot if happy thoughts rock and roll can be an eye opening experience. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

An Ache in my Veins by J.A. Howell

Title– An Ache in my Veins
Series– Love & Ink # 4
Author- J.A. Howell
Expected Publication Date– November 3rd
Genre– Erotica/ BDSM
 
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Darren never loved anyone like he did, Ash. But Ash was ancient history after she disappeared without a trace. At least that was what he thought until she shows up one day at The Knotted Kneedle.
Suddenly, those old feelings from before… before he was a Dom, before he was anything, come rushing back. The only problem. Ash is engaged and has no interest in rehashing their past and bringing up all the old, painful memories that come along with it.
Unfortunately for her, Darren has never been one to take no for an answer. Not when it comes to the only woman he ever saw a future with. He still loves her and wants her back despite the pain of the past and everything her disappearance caused.
But will Darren’s persistence come with reward? a second chance at love? Or will it end the same way it did before… and leave him with an ache he can’t ever fulfill?
 

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Okay. Okay. So…*deep breath* I’m going to be brutally honest in this review. Not mean. Not bashing but honest. Here, we love our authors and would never be disrespectful. Here goes…I loved and hated this book! I’m going to start by saying I won’t be speculating on who ‘Tori’ is. Why? Because in truth, I don’t care. I read this novel for what it is, a story. It wasn’t a file of clues for research. In fact, I frequently forgot it is a true story.

 

Anyway, so what’s it about?

Tori, or Victoria, is a stay at home mom and a bestselling author. Her days consist of waking, the school run, writing, dinner with her husband, ritualistic and rare marital sex and then repeating it every day. As a reader, we genuinely feel the monotony that engulfs her. It’s like she’s not living, simply existing. She and her husband, Landon, have been together for several years and have fallen into what can only be described as a rut. But one must wonder whether it’s simply that comfortable space all couples reach after being together for so long. Silences don’t require filling. Or, are they co-existing? A happy family they may be with their two daughters, but are they still a happy couple? Whatever it is that holds them together, it seems to be working for them.  

 

That is until Tori happens upon a website that caters to those with specific tastes and fetishes. It starts so innocently. Chatting. Getting to know another human being. Maybe she can even justify the time she spends online with him as research. But it’s not long until chatting turns to talking on the phone. Then flirting. Sexual tension builds, the excitement of secrets, lies and a sexual awakening she hadn’t anticipated. Before she even realises it, Tori is engaged in a e-affair. An online relationship.

One thing I love about the way this book is written, is E.K Blair’s use of the name Victoria. To her friends and family, she is Tori. The mother, wife, writer, and good little girl. But to her new e-lover, Alec, she is Victoria. Whenever he says her name, that warm and sensuous feeling washes over the reader. Alec has eclectic tastes. He is heavily involved in scene play and other sexual preferences. Tori? She’s what he and she refers to as vanilla.

Of course, as is often the case with leading a double life, Tori’s lies and secrets soon catch up to her and her e-affair is exposed. Faced with the possibility of losing her family, Tori promises to end her contact with Alec. But he’s a drug. An addiction that she cannot shake. I won’t spoil things but as you can imagine, what follows is a tangled web of sex, lies, and deceit.

 

My thoughts on the story?

 

It’s difficult to review the story without also sounding as though one is reviewing Tori and her actions. What I found most infuriating was that when asked what she wants, Alec or her family and husband, her response is ‘I don’t know.’ In fact, this is her response to a lot of things. I began to wonder, well, Tori, what do you know!? I didn’t feel bad for her. Okay, maybe a little. I empathised with her feelings of monotony, boredom and her confusion surrounding her own identity. She was living three lives, not just two. Tori’s, Victoria’s and her author’s life. Two had been nothing more than fantasy for so long but suddenly, they were becoming very real and the lines were also getting blurred. But mostly, I felt bad for the men. Tori’s selfishness in making a decision kept them both caught up in her world. Both waiting for her to choose. Though, Alec never makes a secret of his status within the relationship. He’s not into being exclusive with anyone. But, he would like to be with Victoria and introduce her into his world of sexual fetish. But, even as a woman who writes erotica and believes she is rather worldly, it’s a shock to her and she knows instinctively that she cannot indulge him. But, again, annoyingly, she believes she will be enough for him and that he can leave that world behind him. I think I yelled out loud “I don’t fucking think so. God, Tori, go home to your husband!” more than once.

 

I don’t judge her affair. It’s not my place to. I haven’t walked a mile in her shoes. Did I enjoy the book? Yes. I know I did because it infuriated me, angered me and made me face palm and shake my head numerous times. If a book can evoke emotion from me…it’s done its job and so has the author.

 

E.K. Blair’s writing is fantastic. The sex is, as always, intense and flows beautifully especially since she is the voice for another. I also love the way the book ends. My husband gave me a rather confused look as I dropped my kindle on the sofa and groaned “You are fucking kidding me, Tori!” But overall, I give the book 4 treats! Read it. But don’t go into it with an idea of piecing the puzzle together. Treat it as fiction and you will enjoy it. But if you hate books about cheating spouses and affairs…Stay away!

Cover Reveal~ A Raven’s Touch

It’s here! Today is the day! Without further adieu feast your eyes on the newly updated cover for A Raven’s Touch.

A Raven's Touch by Linda Bloodworth

The cover was created by Amanda Walker. Feel free to ask her questions about her pre-made covers. Linda says she is fantastic to work with, honest, and super friendly. She also offers PA services, so do check her out.

BLURB:
Bullied through high school, seventeen-year-old Justice St. Michaels is grateful for the help of her best friend Moira O’Fhey. Together they’re just managing to scrape through the nightmare they call high school. Between Justice’s bizarre body changes and being involved in explosive school fights, things are going from bad to worse. Darien Raventhorn arrives on the scene only to add fuel to an already burning question—has Justice been living a lie her whole life? Thrust into an unwanted revenge mission Justice must avenge a family death, embrace her birthright, and slay a demon before all Hell breaks loose.

BIO:
Linda Bloodworth loves chips, like really, ketchup to be exact. Ketchup chips are only found in Canada. Lucky for Linda she lives in Toronto with her husband and three fur babies. In between writing, debating for hours about the Oxford comma, and the misunderstood semi colon, Linda enjoys camping and getting away from the city on day trips.

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Ahhh the book that became an amazing movie. I admit it, I saw the movie first. Now before you go on and jeer at me as I wept for 20 minutes after the movie because it was so beautiful…Doll told me I HAD to go read the book so of course, I did. And as the tears began to fall down my cheek before I realized it I have not felt more fulfilled after reading something as I did after reading this in a long time.

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They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

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I wish I had words other than simply beautiful. Or utterly delighted. Truly perfect. I have short phrases to saw about this book. It simply took my breath away. As many of you know or as you have read this book is about Louisa Clark or Lou as she is called and how she comes to be the caregiver for a man in a wheelchair Will Traynor. There is something to be said about how the roughly mannered Will and the quietly delightful Lou get on and what they do that just builds this book into a literary promenade of the heart. It will bring you to some many emotions I can’t even get all of the descriptions right and I am normally a very wordy person. This book took me for a ride and I am quite sure that I do not want my money back, from the moment Will asks Lou to stop being chatty to the moment of the lightning storm I could not put this book down. I feel for Lou as a person who finds delight in the simplest interactions and just finding out how people work and feel, just the simple joy in a smile and a laugh and feeling with all of your heart. I understand will, in feeling out of place in who you are and who you used to be. I can close my eyes with each of the picturesque descriptions that Jojo has laced through the story and really put myself into her world This book took me on a journey and has left me wanting more. I haven’t felt such deep emotions for a pair of characters in quite a long time and though the movie was spot on in what it portrayed, nothing can evoke the emotions that were brought upon by the words that Jojo wrote. This will be a treasured book till the end of my days.

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan’s Norse Mythology)

Since my kiddos are getting a little bit older, I figure I will occasionally through some of the fun books that we get to read in here for good measure. This is the newest one we have gotten through and the three of us LOVED it!

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Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

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So let’s see…First of all, as I said, I started reading these books because my children are ripe for the age of action and adventure and all the fun things that certain authors bring to the table. Rick Riordan is so fit for all of these things. The charm and wit that he brings to his characters are unlike any author I have found in this category so far. He surrounds his stories with this clever charm and this snarkiness that even my seven years old finds hilarious. Where else can you find someone trying to fend off a fire giant with a make way for the duckling’s sign? But anyway into the book…You have this not so average teenager just trying to live his life on the streets after the passing of his mother when all of a sudden his life is turned upside down and he dies. Yup dies, DEAD as a doornail. And there the book begins. We are taken into the world of Valhalla and this is not your movie type Thor and the Norse Gods story, no it goes much more into the mythology than that. You are actually taught the stories just as Magnus learns of his history and what will come is he does not claim the sword of summer. I can’t really go into detail but it is a book packed full of action, laughs and yes even a few parts that tear at your heart strings. I will admit it, I totally read through the entire book BEFORE I finished it with the kids because I was so anxious to see what happened next. In fact, the next book JUST came out and I CAN”T WAIT to get started on it!

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