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Friday, November 28, 2014

Review: Resonance

Title: Resonance
Author: C.L. Davies
Release Date: January 4th 2014
Format: Ebook
Source: Author
Buy: Amazon, BN

Oscar DeHaven screwed up his life. Luckily, he’s rich enough to try again. With the services of the mysterious, utopian Forever Foundation, he is reborn a century later with a new body, a new identity—Jake.

Kate never expected love to live up to her fantasies. But there’s something about Harry’s ice-blue eyes that draw her in, even as she begins to see the darker shades of his true colours.

The Foundation is elitist and exacting; mistakes cannot be borne. From its cold grasp Milly rescues Faith, a baby who shouldn’t exist, and sets out to redress the Foundation’s legacy of suffering and sadness.

Everything seems perfect—except for the nightmares that wake both Faith and Jake, pursued through their dreams by a faceless evil. And there is something lurking inside of Harry, too, gathering like storm clouds, with consequences too far reaching for anyone to predict. As six lives entwine in a web spun of deceit and lawlessness, secrets are uncovered that invoke a timeless, troubling question: Are we defined by nature or nurture? 

And who says you only live once?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thrifty Thursday [88]

$1.99 - $2.00
Ticker - Lisa Mantchev
Sweet Filthy Boy - Christina Lauren
Beautiful Oblivion - Jamie McGuire
The King - J.R. Ward

$2.50
Shadow Spell - Nora Roberts

$2.99
Jinn and Juice - Nicole Peeler

$3.75
The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness

$3.99
Written In Red - Anne Bishop
Night Broken - Patricia Briggs

$4.74
Poison Princess - Kresley Cole

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WoW [132] - Wickedly Wonderful

Wickedly Wonderful - Deborah Blake
Release Date: December 2nd, 2014

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them...

Though she looks like a typical California surfer girl, Beka Yancy is in fact a powerful yet inexperienced witch who’s struggling with her duties as a Baba Yaga. Luckily she has her faithful dragon-turned-dog for moral support, especially when faced with her biggest job yet…

A mysterious toxin is driving the Selkie and Mer from their homes deep in the trenches of Monterey Bay. To investigate, Beka buys her way onto the boat of Marcus Dermott, a battle-scarred former U.S. Marine, and his ailing fisherman father.

While diving for clues, Beka drives Marcus crazy with her flaky New Age ideas and dazzling blue eyes. She thinks he’s rigid and cranky (and way too attractive). Meanwhile, a charming Selkie prince has plans that include Beka. Only by trusting her powers can Beka save the underwater races, pick the right man, and choose the path she’ll follow for the rest of her life...
Why I am waiting:
I have book one on my TBR and still think Baba Yaga is such a unique character to include in the Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy genres. This one is on my TBR list and I can't wait to see some reviews.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: Archangel's Kiss

Title: Archangel's Kiss
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #2
Release Date: February 2nd 2010
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, BN

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find herself changed—an angel with wings the colors of midnight and dawn—but her fragile body needs time to heal before she can take flight. Her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel, Raphael, is used to being in control—especially when it comes to the woman he considers his own. But Elena has never done well with authority.

They've barely begun to understand each other when Raphael receives an invitation to a ball from the archangel, Lijuan. To refuse would be a sign of fatal weakness, so Raphael must ready Elena for the flight to Beijing—and to the nightmare that awaits them there. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan holds a power that lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena.

Monday, November 24, 2014

New Releases 11/25/2014

Jinn and Juice - Nicole Peeler
Born in ancient Persia, Leila turned to her house Jinni, Kouros, for help escaping an arranged marriage. Kouros did make it impossible for her to marry—by cursing Leila to live a thousand years as a Jinni herself.

If she can remain unBound, Leila's curse will soon be over. But Ozan Sawyer, a Magi with the ability to See, Call, and Bind jinn has other plans.
Oz needs Leila to help him penetrate Pittsburgh's steel-soaked magic, a juice potent but poisonous to supernatural creatures, in order to find a missing girl with her own mysterious connection to Kouros. Unfortunately for Leila, becoming Bound to Oz may risk more than just her chance to be human once more—it could risk her very soul...

Jinn and Juice is the first in a new series by fantasy writer, Nicole Peeler, set in a world of immortal curses, powerful jinni and belly dancing.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Blogging - Tracking Stats

I recently had a chat with a few fellow bloggers to see how they tracked their traffic on their blogs. There were multiple ways, some more accurate than others so I thought I'd do a post and just let you know what I use and recommend.

My Picks:
1) Google Analytics - By far, Google Analytics is the most "accurate" on gathering details on how many visits I had during the month. The unique visitors is counted by Google putting a cookie on the visitor's computer so when they return to view the blog again it doesn't count another unique visit. It does however add it to the total page views. While this doesn't take into account people clearing their cache and cookies then revisiting, it gave numbers that were consistent with other months so I'm pretty positive this is the best choice, at least for me.

2) StatCounter - Since I started blogging, I've used StatCounter as my main and used Google Analytics as my back up. The reason I like it better is it emails me weekly to give me an update on the weeks stats. The numbers compared to Google Analytics were quite similar, within 100 in each section.

Wouldn't Recommend:
If you're looking for actual stats, don't use Blogger Stats. I've always known it skews the data. While yes, you can press the "Don't track my views", it still gives highly inaccurate numbers. When I compared the three, I was really shocked to see that the total views was 5x higher on Blogger Stats versus the others.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Spotlight: The Drowning Sorceress by Anya Breton

Yay! I've been a long time fan of Anya Breton's books so I had to share this newly released book. If you're looking for a paranormal read, I highly suggest this entire series.

Title: The Drowning Sorceress
Author: Anya Breton
Series: The Only Sorceress #3
Release Date: November 13, 2014
Buy: Amazon, BN, iTunes, ARe, Smashwords

Kora, self-proclaimed sorceress and new business owner, would love to concentrate on her bottom line instead of doing her divine mother’s bidding. But keeping her head above water is almost impossible with the goddess of magic’s past favors still haunting Kora. Especially when a Water witch begins drowning victims on dry land and their high priest—the beautiful Desmond—isn’t to blame.

Fighting off sultry vampire Maximo’s advances in between her nemesis’s temper tantrums, an upsetting funeral, and the arrival of vampire investigators hunting for the undead Prince of Persia leaves Kora little time to focus on her mother’s bigger picture. And Desmond stepping in to save the day has Kora on uneasy footing. But it’s his assistant who steal’s Kora’s marionette strings. This time Kora’s soul isn’t the only thing hanging in the balance.
About the author:
Anya Breton is a web monkey with an obsession for nail polish and rubber chickens. Her fears include Peeps and people who hate clowns. She lives in the Midwest with her significant other.

Review: Angels' Blood

Title: Angels' Blood
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #1
Release Date: March 3rd 2009
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, BN

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best- but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option—even if the task is impossible.

Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor's edge of passion. Even if the hunt does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just might. For when archangels play, mortals break.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WoW [131] - Black Widow


Black Widow - Jennifer Estep
Release Date: November 25th 2014

There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan.

With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.

The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bulls-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.
Why I am waiting:
I'm addicted to this series, this one I already know will be an instant buy on audiobook.

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Drea's Review: A Rake by Any Other Name

 
Title: A Rake by Any Other Name
Author: Mia Marlowe
Series: Somerfield Park, #1
Format: e-book
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Length: Novel (352 pages)
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Netgalley
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 2.5-stars 

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Releases 11/18/2014

Captivated by You - Sylvia Day
Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.

The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.

At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we'd worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we'd had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream...

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blog Ahead Update 11/16/14


I forgot to do last week's weekly check in so here is this week's check in. I'm aiming for 30+ scheduled posts. I have the majority of November posts scheduled right now and I'm not going to count those. As of today, the total December posts I've scheduled during this blog ahead challenge is 12. Slowly getting there, but I should have the 30 + posts by the end of this month.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Review: Magic Bites


Title: Magic Bites
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #1
Release Date: April 1st 2007
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, BN

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate's guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta's magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate's guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she's way out of her league—but she wouldn't have it any other way…

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WoW [130] - The Darkest Touch

The Darkest Touch - Gena Showalter
Release Date: November 25th 2014

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win.
Why I am waiting:
I haven't gotten a chance to read this series, but I've heard great things about it. It looks like this is book 11? Eek I have a lot of catching up to do.

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Drea's Review: Etiquette & Espionage

 
Title: Etiquette & Espionage
Author: Gail Carriger
Series: Finishing School, #1
Format: e-book
Release Date: February 5th 2013
Length: Novel (307 pages)
Genre: YA Steampunk
Source: Netgalley
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 4-stars 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Audible Membership Steal!


Right now you can snag an Audible membership for $1.95 per month for 3 months. Offer ends on December 10th. If you've been wanting to try Audible, or if you're not currently subscribed to Audible you can snag this deal. It will auto renew when the 3 months is up for the normal price of $14.95 per month so set a reminder if you don't want that to happen.

Step 1: Go to TravelZoo
 - You have to sign up for TravelZoo emails to get this deal.
Step 2: Click on the link on the TravelZoo page, it takes you to Audible and applies the code
Step 3: Log in or create a new account
Step 4: Pay!

This membership lets you get 1 audiobook per month. Enjoy!

New Releases 11/11/2014

One Night: Denied - Jodi Ellen Malpas
He's amazingly wealthy, sinfully gorgeous, and can bring her to heights of pleasure she's never before known. For Livy, there's no turning back. She's determined to be the light in Miller Hart's dark world. Yet this new life comes with a steep price...

Miller knows that the power he possesses hasn't come without sacrifices-but he won't let Livy be one of them. Though he wants nothing more than to have her in every way, his first duty is to protect her at all costs...from his sins, his enemies, and especially himself.

But as their insatiable affair intensifies, the two attract the attention of an obsessive-and dangerous-third party. Discovering new revelations about Miller that rock her to the core, Livy will have to decide whether he's ruined beyond repair. And he must face his fear that in order to save her, he may have to lose her after all...

Friday, November 7, 2014

Giveaway + Review: Sealing the Deal by Sandy James

Title: Sealing the Deal
Author: Sandy James
Series: The Ladies Who Lunch #3
Release Date: November 4th 2014
Format: Ebook
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Buy: Amazon, BN

When Bethany Rogers's sister dies in combat in Afghanistan, Bethany, a teacher and part-time interior decorator, takes in the nine-month-old daughter her sister left behind. As she struggles with the challenges of raising a young child, she gratefully accepts the help of her fellow Ladies Who Lunch as well as Robert Ashford, her longtime friend and boss at Ashford Homes. Robert is great with kids and has always mentioned wanting a family of his own. Beth soon feels more than gratitude toward her handsome helper, and longs to give in to the growing heat and desire brewing between them. But will loving Robert further complicate her already spinning-out-of-control life? And is he drawn to her, or to the idea of a ready-made family? 
Excerpt:
So warm and sweet.

Shivers ran the length of her body as Beth smiled, loving the way Robert was nuzzling her neck and rubbing her hip. Heat bloomed low in her belly, fanning through her as she wiggled her backside against the groin pressed hard against her.

“Hard” being the key word. The erection was easy to feel, even through their clothing. She wriggled again, loving how he growled against her skin and then ran his tongue around the shell of her ear.

His hand covered her breast, squeezing lightly before returning to her hip. Even more heat shimmered through her. She arched into his touch with the fleeting thought that it had been so long since she’d been with a man.

Years, actually.

But this man? This was the one she’d wanted for a long time, longer than she was willing to admit to herself. She’d always kept her distance, drawing clear lines between her and her colleague, who then became her boss. Besides, he’d never shown an interest in her before. Ever.

She’d only seen him with Barbie dolls. There had been more than a few. Come to think of it, she’d never seen him with the same one twice. Robert was a player, and Beth hated players.

So why this strange fascination?

Robert’s warm lips were on her neck again, and he hoarsely whispered, “Bethany…”

Until he’d said her name, she’d wondered if he was just in the throes of some erotic dream and had reached out to conveniently find a warm woman lying next to him. But he wanted her. Bethany.

The fire inside her flared to an inferno. She needed to show him how she felt, hoping he’d bare some of his own feelings in response. “Robert…”

His insistent hand on her hip turned her to her back. Then his body blanketed her, and his lips settled on hers. With little prelude, his tongue thrust deep into her mouth.

Beth couldn’t have stopped herself if she’d wanted to. And she sure didn’t want to. Returning the ferocity of his kiss, gliding her tongue over his, she looped her arms around his neck and arched into him.

His scent—masculine with a touch of pleasant, spicy cologne—intoxicated her. His taste was quickly becoming familiar, and when his knee nudged her legs apart, she welcomed him and the way his pelvis settled between her thighs.

The kiss continued, a chase of tongues that went on and on. Robert slid his hand over her breast again, squeezing with the perfect amount of pressure as he pressed his hips into her core.

This was going to happen. It was really going to happen.

My Review
Sealing the Deal is book three in The Ladies Who Lunch series. This time around the main character is Beth Rogers, a high school teacher that is coping with losing her sister that was in combat in Afghanistan. At her sister's funeral, she finds out that her parents are not able to take care of her niece, so she will have to be the child's guardian, or Emma will be given up for adoption. It's a lot to take in while she's trying to handle her grief, so pretty much Beth's life changes in a whirlwind.

I've been waiting for Beth's story for awhile now, I've glimpsed details about Beth and Robert in previous books and wanted to know more. They have been friends since they met at the high school they both teach at, Robert has since moved on to be his own boss and build houses. Beth helps out by handling the interior design for the houses so the two interact frequently. Because they are friends, Robert is there to support her in her time of need, he helps her adapt to having a child while still maintaining her job and life.

The two quickly fall into a relationship of sorts between Robert taking care of Emma while Beth is at work, to moving in together. While I initially thought their relationship in the book was going a bit fast, I realized that they've been dancing around liking one another for the two previous books in the series.

Sealing the Deal is an emotional read that has characters that are easy to connect with. I really enjoyed Beth's character, she's the type of best friend everyone wants. She's selfless and would do anything for anyone she cares for. Even though she was going through things I couldn't imagine happening in my own life she was easy to relate to. We've all had times where our world is thrown for a loop. As always, the relationships whether friendship or romantic is crafted perfectly. This is one of the main reasons I love Sandy James's books. I highly suggest this series if you're looking for a contemporary romance.


Giveaway:
The publisher is giving away 5 ebook sets of the books in the series so far!
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I will be giving away an ebook of Sealing the Deal to one of my followers. Giveaway will start 11/07/14 at 12:01AM and end on 11/14/14 at 11:59PM. Winner's email will be given to the publisher so ebook can be supplied. Good luck!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WoW [129] - Jinn and Juice

Title: Jinn and Juice
Author: Nicole Peeler
Release Date: November 25th 2014

Cursed to be a jinni for a thousand years, Leila nears the end of her servitude—only to be bound once again against her will. Will she risk all to be human?

Born in ancient Persia, Leila turned to her house Jinni, Kouros, for help escaping an arranged marriage. Kouros did make it impossible for her to marry—by cursing Leila to live a thousand years as a Jinni herself.

If she can remain unBound, Leila's curse will soon be over. But Ozan Sawyer, a Magi with the ability to See, Call, and Bind jinn has other plans. 
Oz needs Leila to help him penetrate Pittsburgh's steel-soaked magic, a juice potent but poisonous to supernatural creatures, in order to find a missing girl with her own mysterious connection to Kouros. Unfortunately for Leila, becoming Bound to Oz may risk more than just her chance to be human once more—it could risk her very soul...

Jinn and Juice is the first in a new series by fantasy writer, Nicole Peeler, set in a world of immortal curses, powerful jinni and belly dancing.
Why I am waiting:
I love NPeeler's writing style and can't wait to read this one. The title, the cover, and the blurb sound great so I cannot wait to see what is in store for us.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Drea's Review: Lady Elinor's Wicked Adventures

 
Title: Lady Elinor's Wicked Adventures
Author: Lillian Marek
Series: Victorian Adventures, #1
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Length: Novel (352 pages)
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Netgalley
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 4-stars 

Monday, November 3, 2014

New Releases 11/04/2014

Sealing the Deal - Sandy James
When Bethany Rogers's sister dies in combat in Afghanistan, Bethany, a teacher and part-time interior decorator, takes in the nine-month-old daughter her sister left behind. As she struggles with the challenges of raising a young child, she gratefully accepts the help of her fellow Ladies Who Lunch as well as Robert Ashford, her longtime friend and boss at Ashford Homes. Robert is great with kids and has always mentioned wanting a family of his own. Beth soon feels more than gratitude toward her handsome helper, and longs to give in to the growing heat and desire brewing between them. But will loving Robert further complicate her already spinning-out-of-control life? And is he drawn to her, or to the idea of a ready-made family?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

2014 Blog Ahead Challenge


Herding Cats and Burning Soup is hosting a challenge for bloggers that is reminiscent of NaNoWriMo. The goal is to schedule 30+ posts in the month of November. I think that is doable so I'm going to go all in and shoot for 30+ posts. I'll do weekly updates throughout the month to let you know how many I've scheduled for December and later. Good luck to anyone else in the challenge!

Updates:
11/16/14: 12
11/23/14: 23