Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New Release: North by Sonya Ray

North (The Three Crowns Series - Volume II) 

Dark secrets continue to gather in the once-perfect world of Elizabeth Lancaster. Lizzie’s memory has returned, but remembering doesn’t help her find the answers she’s been looking for. Rob is gone. Her friends have become distant. And now, she is finding herself tempted to walk away from Cain Atchley, who holds her heart.

Hoping to put some of the previous year’s madness behind her, Lizzie travels to North Dakota to attend college. While there, she stays with old friends of her family—the Howards. She finds solace in her new relationships with most of the family, especially Nick. But she has history with one Howard in particular that she would soon rather forget.

The annual Lancaster Harvest is being held in December this year, so Lizzie can remain involved. A masquerade Christmas ball will be the main event at the Lancaster manor. With guests dressed in Victorian attire and masks to hide identities, Lizzie will make acquaintances that will impact her future, and she will unknowingly come face to face with her past.

While many changes occur in Lizzie’s life, some things refuse to be left behind. The darkness that has haunted her dreams has now become a reality. An apparition in the form of Rob Jacobs comes to her each night, causing Lizzie to question what is real. She even starts to wonder about the truth behind her daddy’s story of The Three Crowns. What will fate reveal to Elizabeth Lancaster? And will she be able to face what lies ahead of her, or will she become lost in the shadows once more?

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First Book in the Series

Sweet Tea (The Three Crowns #1)Elizabeth Lancaster’s life appears normal. In Lizzie’s world of horses, friends, boundaries, and sweet tea, there is no room for paranormal beliefs, though secrets loom around her in the shadows nonetheless. But before Lizzie can begin to understand the power of these secrets, or the plan fate has in store for her, Lizzie must try and discover what lies within the mysteries of her own heart.

When a mysterious stranger comes to Fox Meadows, fate steps out of the shadows. Unexplainable events begin to occur in Lizzie’s life, as well as in her dreams, creating fear, yet eliciting in her a strange notion of wonder at the possibilities. But Lizzie’s eyes are unable to believe what she sees. Her lack of experience with affairs of the heart cause her to mistrust her emotions. She convinces herself that there is an explanation, and these bizarre, and even frightening occurrences must somehow be tied to her unexpected crush on her best friend Rob Jacobs, and her intense draw to the intoxicating stranger, Cain Atchley.

Lizzie’s path to self-discovery becomes twisted, dark, and at times, wicked. Caught between the passions of two men, Lizzie must follow the path laid before her, and wake the mysteries sleeping in her soul. Her journey begins with the story of The Three Crowns.

My Thoughts

Lizzie loves life on the ranch. The breeze. The animals. The familiar smile of her father's farm hand, Wyatt. But when her dad hires Cain Atchley to help at Fox Meadows, Lizzie's life flips around dramatically.

Lizzie automatically feels an attraction to Cain, but she doesn't understand why. Her life becomes even more complicated when shadows creep around her while she's awake, and strange dreams leave her restless at night.

When Cain starts to push Lizzie away, she starts to wonder about her growing feelings for her best friend, Rob. Lizzie explores the thought of a relationship with him and decides to go for it. Cain leaves Lizzie and Rob alone, but appears here and there, conflicting Lizzie's thoughts.

But when tragedy strikes, and Lizzie loses her memories, Cain comes to her aid, as does her friends, to try and jog her memory. But will she ever regain her memories? Her feelings for Cain and Rob? Or will she be left oblivious to nothing but life on the ranch?

Sweet Tea is an great story and will leave you wanting more! My favorite part of the story was when Lizzie's father tells the unique story of the Three Crowns. I can't wait to learn more!

I highly recommend this book to paranormal/paranormal romance readers!

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About the Author

Sonya RaySonya grew up in Southeast Missouri; home of the Throwed Rolls, high cotton, and the Cards. She has two kids and being a Mom is a treasured gift.

Sonya currently works full-time as an accounting clerk. Every free moment is dedicated to her family and her current project, The Three Crowns series, a seven-novel paranormal romance. The first installment, Sweet Tea, was published in October 2013.

Sonya is a member of the Ozark Romance Authors Association, Springfield, Missouri. Her books are in several libraries in Southeast Missouri and are carried by The Book Rack and Hastings in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Dante Walker Series by Victoria Scott

The Collector (Dante Walker, #1) 

He makes good girls...bad.
Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple: weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal-opportunity collector and doesn't want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within ten days.

Dante doesn't know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect, he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector…and uncover emotions deeply buried.

I love this series!

Dante walker is a bad boy, and for good reason.  His boss, the ruler of Hell, expects nothing else from him.  But when Dante's boss assigns him to his new assignment, Charlie, his bad boy charms are tested.  

Charlie is no looker, but she doesn't care.  She's happy with who she is.  But when Dante comes into her life and starts pushing her to be bad, she starts to question herself.  Charlie continues to let her true light shine, which puts a damper on Dante's deadline, until Dante feeds her lies about a soul contract that will guarantee her soul goes to Heaven.  Charlie starts making wishes to be beautiful, although she really doesn't care she's just doing as Dante says to guarantee her spot in Heaven.  But when Dante starts letting his feelings for Charlie outweigh his responsibility as a collector, he tries to turn his mistakes around.

But is already too late for Charlie's soul?

Victoria Scott does a wonderfully job building up these characters and creating a world of Heaven and Hell in a new, fun way.  I instantly fell in love with Dante and his bad boy persona.  And when Dante starts to realize the wrongs he is doing, I fall for him even more.  

I also love that the story is from Dante's point of view.  

My only complaint about this series is how easily the characters accept Dante, even in the second book, and believe everything he says.  If this was me, I would be asking questions.  For instance, Dante just shows up at Charlie's door and basically says, "Hey, I'm new. Let's be friends."  And Charlie says, "Okay."  I would have liked it a little more if Charlie would have been a little more guarded and cautious around this new, handsome stranger.  And in the second book, the same happens with Aspen.  Dante walks into her life and it seems okay.  But honestly this little complaint holds no grudge with me for me not to like this series.  

If you haven't read Dante's story, and love paranormal romances, you should definitely add this one to your to-be-read shelf's today.  

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Other Books in this Series

The Warrior (Dante Walker, #3)
 The Liberator (Dante Walker, #2)   

About the Author 

Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe. She's the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Germany, Australia, Israel, Taiwan, Brazil, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.

Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and hearts cotton candy something fierce.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Release Day: Raging Storm + Giveaway

After Kayson fell from heaven, his life got complicated. His greatest enemies, the hell hounds, thrived on Earth and hunted not only the fallen but the blood children created by their Master. After being chased and confronted by one of those very creatures, Kayson’s life becomes even more complicated. He never expected to be rescued by a vampire named Sabrina. He also never expected to become her protector after she falls prey to a hell hound’s deadly bite.

Falon, head of the hell hounds, has been desperately trying to hunt down Kayson and Sabrina but with the rain steadily falling—due to interference by the lower-realm Angels, also known as the assemblies—Falon grows irritated. His only option is to threaten those that may know where the fallen can be found.

With the threat of the hounds finding Kayson and the other fallen, Kayson is running out of time. Stille, once a respected Warrior in the assemblies, is pushing Kayson to leave an unconscious Sabrina behind. After all Sabrina has done for him, Kayson refuses to abandon her. But will his decision leave his friends vulnerable to attack?

Sabrina is conscious enough to sense the struggles that Kayson is facing. If he knew the torture she’s been going through, she knows he would suffer even more. Sabrina silently fights the darkness that is seeping into her dreams, while struggling to stay strong for Kayson. But when the pain becomes too much, Sabrina has to make a choice that may cost not only her life, but the lives of others as well.

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    The winds pick up to hurricane force, and I fight against them to move forward.  I look up and see an opening in the trees.  A swirl of dark clouds twist overhead.  The mass rolls around, creating a vortex of wind.  Just when I think it can’t get any worse, the rain turns to hail.  I cover my head to fight against the new onslaught of pain, when two hands grab me. 
“Hurry,” William says as he pushes me forward toward the creek.

I don’t pause to question what he’s doing out here in this storm.  Instead, I grab onto him and together we fight the winds and make it to the creek.  Unable to jump across the creek because of the force pushing against us, we wade across the frigid water, slipping around on the muddy bank once we reach the other side.  Scrambling to our feet, we run until we make it to the porch. 

Once under the shelter of the awning, I turn on William.  “Are you mad?” 

“Only as mad as my leader,” he replies, doubling over to catch his breath.

“I’m not your leader, William,” I correct, in-between my own labored breaths. 

William stands, clamping his hand on my shoulder.  “For now you are.”

I start to protest again but am interrupted by the loud boom of thunder as another bolt slams into the yard in front of the cabin, leaving a hole where it hit.  I push William inside, slamming the door behind me. 

When I see everyone huddled under the leaning wooden table, with mattresses surrounding it, I stop.  William runs to the back door, shutting it again—no doubt it had been blown open from the wind.  Glass litters the floor, and all the boards we had nailed over the windows are strewn around the room. 

I kneel down next to the table and see Saja and Emma holding Sabrina.  Her body twitching, though no screams escape her.   

“Where have you been?” Saja scolds.  “I’ve been worried sick!” 

I scoot in next to her, taking Sabrina’s head into my lap.  “I was talking to Jacey.  You know what this is about, don’t you?” I ask, indicating the storm outside. 

“Yes,” she states.  “What are we going to do now?”

I run my hand over Sabrina’s cold forehead, unsure what to tell Saja.  If the hounds win this fight and can dispel the storm, they will be after us in no time.  All we can do is hope the angels won’t give up. 

“Falon must have his best weathercasters on this storm.  It’s getting intense.”  To prove my point, something slams into the side of the cabin.  Boards creak and the walls shudder against the pressure.   

Knowing nothing else has to be said about the severity of the storm, I look down.  Sabrina’s eyelids are open just enough for me to see that her eyes are rolled back.  I pry them open further and when I see the red irises, I freeze.  When a vampire is getting ready to hunt or attack, their eyes turn red.  It’s the only warning their victims get before death is dealt to them.    

The feel of something tickling my neck catches my attention.  With shaking hands, I let her eyes shut and wipe my damp fingers across the back of my neck.  When I pull my hand away, it is covered with golden blood.  I look back down to Sabrina just in time to see her eyes open, red and focused on my hand.  Before anyone can react, Sabrina exposes her fangs and grabs me.  

Other books in the Series

"This is it. The moment Heaven and Hell clash. But which unearthly being will win, the fallen angel or Hell's hounds?

Overtaken by fear, I close my eyes."

Kayson is a Fallen Angel who has spent decades running from the Hell Hounds while searching for something that no one else believes can be so, not even God. Kayson is determined to find a Blood Child. But when a hound finds Kayson first, he is sure his end has come.
Falon, Alpha of the Hell Hounds, destroyer of the blood children, and devoted believer in his master’s plan, is bound and determined to drag Kayson back to Hell with him.
Sabrina is a Vampire, a half-breed created from one of Lucifer’s original blood children. After years of hiding, Sabrina’s fate changes when she finds Kayson barely alive. Against her instincts, Sabrina saves him. Now she and Kayson are both marked by the Hell Hounds.
Emma is an ordinary human, whose only problem is making ends meet, and getting over the hurt caused by her untrustworthy brother. Her everyday problems become supernatural ones when she finds Kayson and Sabrina hiding in her parent’s backyard shed.

Kayson, Sabrina and Emma are unlikely allies, thrown together by chance to fight against the most powerful creatures of the underworld in order to follow their world-changing quest. But will the broken faith of one break the faith of all?

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Cover Reveal: Deadlier than the Rest by Shirleen Davies

Book Synopsis:
“A passionate, heartwarming story of the iconic MacLarens of Fire Mountain. This captivating historical western romance grabs your attention from the start with an engrossing story encompassing two romances set against the rugged backdrop of the burgeoning western frontier.”
Connor MacLaren’s search has already stolen eight years of his life. Now he close to finding what he seeks—Meggie, his missing sister. His quest leads him to the growing city of Salt Lake and an encounter with the most captivating woman he has ever met.
Grace is the third wife of a Mormon farmer, forced into a life far different from what she’d have chosen. Her independent spirit longs for choices governed only by her own heart and mind. To achieve her dreams, she must hide behind secrets and half-truths, even as her heart pulls her towards the ruggedly handsome Connor.
Known as cool and uncompromising, Connor MacLaren lives by a few, firm rules that have served him well and kept him alive. However, danger stalks Connor, even to the front range of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, threatening those he cares about and impacting his ability to find his sister.
Can Connor protect himself from those who seek his death? Will his eight year search lead him to his sister while unlocking the secrets he knows are held tight within Grace, the woman who has captured his heart?
Read this heartening story of duty, honor, passion, and love in book five of the MacLarens of Fire Mountain series.

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Book Excerpt One:
     “Whoa there, sweetheart, before you hurt yourself.” Strong hands gripped her upper arms, keeping her upright. Without his help she would’ve bounced back and off the wooden walkway.
     “Let go of me,” she snapped and tried to pull away, but his grip held.
     “Well, I can do that but not until you apologize for almost running me down,” Connor replied. He’d recognized her in an instant with her red hair and violet blue eyes.
     “Apologize? Are you daft? You’re the one who ran into me,” she stormed, twisting her body from one side to the other, trying to free herself.
     “Is that so?” His deep, soft voice floated over her just as it had in her dreams of him last night. He stared at her another moment then loosened his hold and stepped back.
Book Excerpt Two:
     Just then the robber threw himself over his horse, stayed low, and tried to ride out. Connor raised his gun and fired. The last outlaw fell to the ground. He walked with the sheriff to check the bodies. All dead. The lawman glanced up at Connor.
     “How long you in town for, MacLaren?”
     “As long as it takes to find my sister.”
     “Not that I’m not obliged for your help today, but we haven’t had this many killings in months. Now there’s been four in a week, all by you. Might be best if you finished your business and left.”
     Connor nodded, mounted Crusader, and rode down the street to the hotel.
Book Excerpt Three:
     Meggie walked from behind the barn to see Ada strolling toward her. “No need, Jeremiah. I can watch them. I have a new game I’d like to teach them.” Grace could hear the combination of hope and fear in Meggie’s voice.
     “I said Ada will watch them. You come into the house. Now.” Jeremiah’s command and meaning were clear.
     Meggie left the children, passing Ada who looked at her with sympathy. There was nothing anyone could do when Jeremiah gave an order. The youngest wife walked up the steps, ignoring her husband who held the door open. It slammed behind her like a death knell.
     Grace’s gut clenched. She knew why Jeremiah had called Meggie to the house, and could almost imagine what was happening right now in his upstairs bedroom. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath. Grace looked down to see both hands clutching her dress in tight fists. She said a silent prayer and made up her mind—this would be the last week Meggie spent in that house with that man.
Book Four Excerpt:
     Connor followed her up the narrow steps to her place, carrying her small bag, and set it down on the floor inside.
     “You going to be okay here tonight?”
     She slipped off her coat and hung it on a nearby hook. Grace wanted to be alone but didn’t want him to leave. Her heart told her to walk up to him, lace her arms around his neck, and ask him to stay. She shouldn’t. She was still married and it would be wrong, even if her marriage was a mockery. She planned to obtain a divorce, which was simple to do in Utah. The laws were lenient and divorce common with people coming from other states to take advantage of the quick dissolution procedures. She simply hadn’t had time to do it with work and planning how she was going to free Meggie.
     Grace walked to a window and stared at the dark sky, deciding what to do. She needed to tell him about Moser but the words wouldn’t form. Say something tonight, or let him leave—she was conflicted. She continued to look out when she sensed him walk up behind her, felt his strong arms wrap around her waist, and draw her flush against his chest.
     He pulled loose strands of hair away from her neck, bending to place kisses up to the tender spot behind her ear. “Ask me to stay,” he whispered before tugging a sensitive earlobe with his lips. She sagged against him, letting her head fall back against his chest and giving him access to the soft column of her neck.
Books in this Series
Book 1: Tougher than the Rest
Book 2: Faster than the Rest

Book 3: Harder than the Rest
Book 4: Stronger than the Rest
About the Author
Shirleen Davies grew up in Southern California. She attended Oregon State University, and has degrees from San Diego State University and the University of Maryland. During the day she provides consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses. But her real passion is writing emotionally charged stories of flawed people who find redemption through love and acceptance.  She now lives with her husband in a beautiful town in northern Arizona.
Shirleen began her new series, MacLarens of Fire Mountain, with Tougher than the Rest, the story of the oldest brother, Niall MacLaren. Other books in the series include, Faster than the Rest, Harder than the Rest, Stronger than the Rest, and Deadlier than the Rest. Book six, Wilder than the Rest, is due for release in early summer, 2014. Her contemporary romance series, MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary, opened with book one, Second Summer. Book two, Hard Landing, is scheduled to release in early summer, 2014.
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