Tuesday, June 28, 2016

VBT# Taking Jana - Rissa Brahm

Taking Jana (Paradise South Book 2)

Review: Taking Jana - Book #2 Paradise South Series - Rissa Brahm - June 2016

Where do you go when you hit rock bottom ? For Jana , her rock bottom is working at the local strip club dancing on the pole. A place she had hoped that she would never ever see the inside of again after she left the first time.  Now with her dad needing heart surgery and her family's restaurant etc in jeopardy after her brother wasted all her parent's family on a useless education in which he dropped out of college. Jana has been pulled her to help support her family. This has come as a blow to Jana as she is finally working her way through her medical residency as she dreams of becoming a Doctor . The other person we meet is Antonio who is a limo driver and working for Jana's new boss as he drives her around. Are Antonio and Jana each other's saviours ? For me, personally I found this book quite hard going as I struggled with connecting to the characters and for me , I prefer my books to be quite fast-paced and Taking Jana was quite a slow read. Taking Jana is the sort of read where it shows that sometimes in order for life to start looking up and working out in your favour, you have to hit rock bottom as remember once you hit rock bottom you can't go down any further so the only way is back up.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Review: NYPD Red 2 - James Patterson and Marshall Karp


Review: NYPD Red #2 - Book #2 NYPD Red Series - James Patterson and Marshall Karp - March 2014

Detective Zach Jordan and Detective Kylie MacDonald are back and this time they are on the hunt for a vigilante killer. Someone has been killing those who are not found guilty from trials, but deep down the people know they are guilty. These two have been called in to take over the investigation as the latest victim is high-profile and her family has a lot of money not only from her husband's side but also her own.  Zach and Kylie are part of an elite taskforce called NYPD Red which handles the cases that celebrities and high-powered suits are involved in which puts this latest case under their jurisdiction , but some of the cops especially the two that have been previously working the case aren't very happy about it and neither will be Captain Delia Cates if they don't find a suspect fast especially with the mayoral election coming up and the victim being connected to both sides of the election and its results. I do have to say one thing, when I was reading NYPD Red 2 - I couldn't help but think of the Captain as the Captain from Castle TV Show as they both had similar names.  We learn that the killer's first move was when they were in high school after one of the connected to the mob family members raped his sister. After a taste of power and justice, the pair moved on to bigger and badder criminals.  I have to admit I was a little cautious in starting this book as I found the first NYPD Red novel to be a tad slow for my liking, but I found that NYPD Red 2 redeemed the series for me. I did have a fair idea who the vigilante was, but I did like the twist at the end of the book when the identity was revealed as in a way everybody got justice served to them. In the game of death and law , there is no grey areas - it is strictly black and white and sometimes like life it's fair and other times it's definitely not fair but unfortunately we cannot make the rules as there are always dire consequences for those who believe they can.

Review: Into the Light - Aletha Romig


Into the Light (The Light, #1)

Review: Into the Light - Book #1 - The Light Series - Aleatha Romig - June 2016

Into the Light starts off with Sara Adams waking up in a hospital bed, in a small community where everyone calls each other brother/sister.  As we start to get into the story, we can discover that Sara is in a cult-like community which we later discover is called "The Light". She wakes up with no recollection of whom she is and where she is. It turns out that she is married to Brother Jacob Adams.  Now that Sara is awake, she must learn the correct ways of The Light and the rules that follow or otherwise she will be punished. Across the tracks, a journalist Stella Rosemont is doing a story on missing girls and looking for her friend Mindy - also a journalist who went missing. Stella is also dating Detective Dylan Richards and it seems he has his hands full with missing girls and dead bodies turning up. Into the Light is told from three perspectives - Sara, Stella and Jacob's. As the story goes along, we discover that Stella's case and the cult are connected as some of the names and identities start to match up and it gets the reader wondering whether Sara is in fact Stella's friend Mindy and also what the heck is going on ... . Into the Light was quite an intense story and only gets more intense as the chapters go along and OMG the ending chapter I had to read twice as it did answer some of my suspicions but it also ended on a major cliffhanger- so I was like noooooooooooo !! However, the way it ended now has me, waiting on the edge of my seat for Book #2 Away from the Dark which will be released in October.

Cover Reveal: When Summer Came Calling: An Anthology - Various Authors

When Summer Came Calling: An Anthology
A collection of lethal, lighthearted, and lustful stories perfect for lazy summer days.

Eight amazing authors have come together to create this summer anthology.
All proceeds with go to the Joyful Heart Foundation.

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(available exclusively to Amazon)

One Last Summer by Lottie Cannon
It was only one summer, but one she'd never forget.

Life After Marriage by Sam Destiny
You don't stop being a woman just because you aren't a wife any longer.

Life and Death by C.J. Hart
Summer bites. Vampires bite harder.

The Secret to Balance by Michelle Irwin
A chance find might just change him forever.

A Love Forever Unheard by Jesse Lorenzo (formerly Lady J)
Here's to that one summer that changed everything.

Camp Nightmare by Franny Marie
Summer is the perfect season for serial killers.

The Lies We Tell by Shelby Reeves
When faced with a choice, which path should you take?

Forgotten Piece of Memory by Jamie Summer
It was a night to remember - but what do you do if the memories are gone?

Author Profiles and Social Media

Lottie Cannon
Certain she’s a seventeen-year-old American girl stuck in a thirty-year-old English woman, Lottie is a lover of books, films, and TV series, and some of her favourites include: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek, The Hunger Games (both the books and film adaptations), Twilight (yes, she was a huge Twihard back in the day), The Craft, 10 Things I Hate About You … seriously, she could go on … and on!

When she’s not writing (or lost in a good book) Lottie can be found with two toddlers clinging to her legs while she tries to wash the laundry and prepare the dinner.

Sam Destiny
Sam Destiny spends her days doing an accounting job from nine-to-five, which mainly consists of daydreaming and scribbling notes wherever she can. All through that time little Sam never once lost the stories in her heart, writing a few little of them here and there, writing for and with her best friend, who always told her to take that last step. She is author of paranormal and contemporary romance.

C.J. Hart
C.J. Hart is a full-time writer who lives in Sydney, Australia, with a crazy pooch named Abbey and a boisterous, somersaulting rescue budgie named Kaleb. Her days are spent living in her fictional worlds and consuming way too much caffeine. She has an (unhealthy?) obsession with all things cupcake- and coffee-related plus Kerouac and YA dystopia/fantasy books. C.J. can often be found surrounded by books, marathoning crime shows and munching on vegan goodies, on Twitter, Pinterest, or dancing in a rainstorm.

Michelle Irwin
Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever-intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts-based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance.

Jesse Lorenz0 (Formally Lady J)
Jesse Lorenzo is a romantic suspense writer and author of The Marked Series. Her debut novel, Forever Marked, released in August of 2015. Book two in the Marked Series, Beyond Redemption released February 2016. She was born and raised in Central New York where she met, fell in love, and married her husband in what can only be described as a whirlwind romance. Together they forged an adventure across the country to sunny Arizona, with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Now Lady J spends her days raising her three beautiful daughters and two fur babies... Her nights belong to writing and the creation of exciting new worlds. Self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur, lover of all book genre, camping, shooting, and all things outdoorsy.

Franny Marie
Franny Marie is a Caretaker and a mommy of 2 Cocker Spaniels. Author of the Initiation Novella Trilogy. She loves to write, spend time on social media, hang out family and has an obsession with The Weeknd. Her main genres include writing Mystery Thriller and Suspense and Horror works.

Shelby Reeves
Wife. Mother. Customer Service Manager at Walmart. Obsessions: Alabama Football and Harry Potter. Loves to spend time with family and friends. Born a Yankee, raised in Sweet Home Alabama.

Jamie Summer
New author on the block, Jamie Summer’s first book "Dalysian Hope", the first in a trilogy, is out now. A short story that will introduce you to the characters of the Dalysia world called "PsychoPath" is also out as part of a Halloween anthology called "Tales of the Night". 

Besides writing Jamie is currently on maternity leave and enjoying watching her son grow up, reading and watching way too many TV shows.

Cover Reveal for Chronicles of a Serial Dater by Adele Huxley & Savan Robbins.

Title: Chronicles of a Serial Dater
Series: Chronicles of a Serial Dater #1
Authors: Adele Huxley & Savan Robbins
Genre: New Adult Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 13, 2016


I thought I had love and life figured out. Then my boyfriend of seven years dumped me right before our college graduation and my seemingly perfect parents announced they were getting divorced after 30 years of marriage.

Everything I thought I knew about love was erased in a matter of days and my first amazing summer as an official adult was officially... different.

Thanks to my friends, I've mostly recovered and feel ready to dip my toe in the dating pool. I'm thrust into a new world of dating filled with apps, emoticons, and acronyms. Swipe this, tag that…

WTF does DTF even mean??

I’m off to a rocky start, starting with a guy we’ve nicknamed Mr. Chompy. It doesn’t get much better from there…

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“I’m sure it wasn’t that bad,” Anette said, barely stifling a laugh.

I shot her a long-suffering look and grabbed a can of Diet Coke out of the fridge. “It was bad. Horrific, train wreck, body-parts-flung-from-the-wreckage kind of bad.”

I nudged Zach’s legs off the coffee table as I pushed by to take my seat on the sofa. I couldn’t help a sadistic smile when he moaned. “Hey, now. Just because you had a foul date doesn’t mean you have to…”

“He chomped.”

Both Anette and Zach exchanged glances, the pair of them now fully focused on the horror show that had become my date for the evening.

“I’m sorry... he what?” Anette giggled.

“Allow me to demonstrate. You’re me.” I turned towards Zach on the sofa, my knee wedged tightly against his body. “We were at his house, sitting this close, and started making out. Everything seemed fine. Then he does this move with his hand,” I explained as I slid my hand along the side of his jaw and into the shaggy hair at the back of his head. I looked to Anette and shrugged. “Hot, right?”

“Oh yeah, I’m all tingly over here,” she conceded, crossing her arms.

“And we kiss,” I added, leaning in for the full effect. Zach stiffened, probably afraid I would actually kiss him. “He pulls back, makes this bizarre face and chomps.” I open my mouth as wide as my date had and clack my teeth together with a violent CHOMP.

I pause for a second and then throw my hands in the air as if declaring victory in the I Swear I’m Not Making This Up competition. Shock washed over their faces as I allowed the scene to sink in.

“I still don’t understand,” Zach frowned.

“That face, right there! That’s the face I think I was making… the first time.”

Anette threw her ass down on the coffee table and stared at me incredulously. “Hold on. The first time? This nutjob did this more than once?”

“You let this nutjob do this more than once?” Zach added.

I smoothed my hair out with both hands and sighed. “I didn’t want to be mean. Maybe he has a tic, or Tourette's. At the very least, I hoped he’d had something stuck in his teeth he was trying to get out.”

“Because flossing with your face makes absolutely perfect sense. Yep.”

I rolled my eyes at her and continued retelling my night from hell. “But he kept doing it. And that’s when I realized the funny face he was making was supposed to be sexy. It was like he’d learned seduction techniques from a Looney Toons cartoon.”

Anette patted me comfortingly on the knee and returned to getting ready for work. “Well, at least you have the story to remember him by. You might have nightmares about denture-wearing zombies chasing you for the next few weeks, but whatever.”

“That wasn’t the worst part,” I intoned, unsure if I even wanted to reveal this section of my night. Maybe I should take it to the grave…


The dates Talia goes on are real. These are dates and experiences readers just like you have shared with us, as unbelievable as that might seem. The profiles on each cover are lifted from real dating profiles.

Even the text conversations are real! PLUS! Every “episode” includes bonus material posted on Talia’s blog, “Chronicles of a Serial Dater”

When it comes to the crazy world of dating in the digital age, reality is far stranger than any fiction.

Have you been on a horrible or hilarious date? Your stories from dating hell could appear in future episodes of Chronicles of a Serial Dater!

Please visit the author’s website to find Talia’s blog, Chronicles of a Serial Dater for bonus content to be released throughout the summer! If you would like to share your own stories of bad dates and dating gone wrong, it may be featured on Talia’s blog or in a future release. If it is chosen for a future release, you will receive a free copy of the series!

Adele Huxley

Adele Huxley is an author with many facets. She writes romance with unique, flawed characters and creates immersive settings. Some series are realistic and contemporary, others are suspenseful and action-packed, but all come with a story line you can't walk away from. Her alter-ego T.S. Huxley loves to dabble in the steamier side of romance...

Savan Robbins

Savan Robbins’ creativity knows no bounds. Although she’s been writing for years, she’s excited to make her publishing debut with the Chronicles of a Serial Dater series. As an avid reader of many genres, Savan draws inspiration from many places. With an incredible story already in the works, Savan is sure to become your next favorite author!

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