Sunday, September 24, 2017

REVIEW: Feast of Dreams and Feast of Chaos By Christian A. Brown

 



FEAST OF DREAMS

As two queens plot each other's destruction, a small band of adventurers continues its quest for the knowledge needed to defeat the mad King Brutus and his unearthly parasite, the Black Queen. Their search brings Morigan and the Wolf to the perilous forests of Alabion, where they and their companions will face the darkness of their pasts--and discover equally dark destinies.

Meanwhile, far from Alabion, the queens of the East and West continue their deadly dance. One seeks a relic of great power, while the other puts her faith in a mix of military and technomagikal force. Both are aware they have a slim window of opportunity to settle their power struggle--after all, Mad Brutus's recent defeat is at best a setback. The mad king is already amassing a new army of soulless husks in the wastelands of Mor'Khul. Unknown to the great powers struggling for control, a father and son wander those same wastelands, scavenging what they can as they weather Brutus's gathering storm. They too have a role to play in Geadhain's fate--a role which may just provide a last remnant of hope.


In Feast of Dreams, we head back to Geadhain, our land of royals, sorcery, and fantasy. We catch up with Morigan and Caenith as they battle to save their land from destruction at the hands of the Mad King and his Black Queen. In this journey, we are transported to the forest of Alabion to face the darkness. This is not just any darkness. It the darkness of our heroes' pasts and the threat of a dark future. All the while, the Mad King grows his army, and there are a pair of queens (the Queens of the East of West) battling to destroy each other. Amidst all this turmoil, how is Geadhain to survive?

This book is full of adventure and expands on the already amazing world that Christian Brown creates for us in the Feast Series
Morigan is a favorite character of mine in this amazing series. They bring the past and future of Geadhain to light in this second installment of what is becoming a favorite series of mine.
Christian is an amazing author that I have grown fascinated by his unique writing style that just pulls you into his stories and fantasy worlds.I most definitely will look forward to more books by him.

5 stars




FEAST OF CHAOS

Menos has been destroyed. No corner of the realm of Geadhain is safe from the Black Queen’s hunger. Zionae—or the Great Dreamer, as she has been called in ancient tongues—has a thirst that cannot be quenched until all of Geadhain burns and bleeds. She preys on the minds of weak men and exploits human folly for an unhuman end. She cannot be defeated in her current state, but the answer to her downfall may lie in the land of her past.

It is with this aim that a Daughter of Fate, Morigan, and her brave and true companions venture to the mysterious Pandemonia, the land of chaos itself. Ancient secrets and even older power lurk in its swamps and deserts. Life itself becomes uncertain, but the Hunters of Fate have no choice: Pandemonia must give up its secrets if they want to find the Black Queen’s weakness.

Elsewhere in the realm, alliances form and break. Dead men rise and heroes fall. Eod prepares for war. In hiding, Lila, the bearer of its destruction, will be given a chance to atone and answer for her sins. Will her actions save Eod, or has she damned it with her crimes?


Third book in the Four Feasts Till Darkness series, Feast of Chaos by Christian A Brown continues the delicate dance of progressing the possible destruction of Geadhain with the struggle to save it. Brown continues to excel at balancing the wide cast of characters with ample time and story. 

I am the type of person who appreciates being “different” or “unusual” when it comes to things like outfits, self expression, and names.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed about the authors books throughout this series is his attention to created originality throughout the stories. With names like Morigan, Caenith, Brutus and Moreth of EL, it adds another layer of complexity in the journey he weaves for all included in this book. To me, that shows a lot of creativity and attention to detail that is so appreciated.

Morigan is back to lead her pack into another round of excitement, battles, success and of course emotional revelations. It becomes even more complicated when they’re split up into two packs and their goals switched up. They’re having ot make adjustments to how they follow through with their tasks with the dynamic change. But they push forward in their quest to stay ahead of the the Black Queen and her followers.

Throughout the book the reader rides along with them as they discover more about themselves than they ever have. Its interesting to see who grows into their roles within their own groups and separately. Like I said, the dynamic has changed up. Tensions run high, battle and chaos ensue throughout the journey. There is a lot of build up for an epic battle between a few characters and it will be fascinating to see how the author pulls it together in the future.

Christian is an amazing author that I have grown fascinated by his unique writing style that just pulls you into his stories and fantasy worlds.I most definitely will look forward to more books by him.

5 stars



“Bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Feast of Fates, Christian A. Brown received a Kirkus star in 2014 for the first novel in his genre-changing Four Feasts Till Darkness series. He has appeared on Newstalk 1010, AM640, Daytime Rogers, and Get Bold Today with LeGrande Green. He actively writes a blog about his mother’s journey with cancer and on gender issues in the media. A lover of the weird and wonderful, Brown considers himself an eccentric with a talent for cat-whispering."


REVIEW: Alphas of Danger Anthology By Shayla Black, Lexi Blake, Mari Carr, Kris Cook, Anissa Garcia, Kym Grosso, Jenna Jacob, Kennedy Layne, Isabella LaPearl, and Carrie Ann Ryan


** 2016's Alphas of Sin Anthology we've raised $5,000 to 4 Paws for Ability! We've been able to sponsor a puppy pen and not one but TWO puppies named Vixen & Frenzy. We will be following the journey of these two puppies to hopefully graduate and become service dogs to a family in need.  You can come join our journey on our Facebook page Once Upon An Alpha. We are now BACK with Alphas of Danger, available NOW for a LIMITED TIME with ten bestselling authors and we hope you join us on the journey for 2017's Alphas of Danger with ten never-been-told stories by ten bestselling authors**
COVER DESIGNER: COVER ME DARLING – MARISA-ROSE SHOR
PHOTOGRAPHER – WOODEN GATE PRODUCTIONS
MODEL – JASE DEAN
ALL NET PROCEEDS OF SALES DONATED TO 4 PAWS FOR ABILITY
Synopsis
Happy-Ever-After has never been so intoxicating
Danger…
When a man has beaten it, he becomes a hero.
Lust...
When a woman tastes it, she is helpless to resist his pull.
Love…
It won’t come easily, especially between alpha men and their headstrong women. Threats lurk in the shadows, and the price for passion is often exacted with a bullet or a blade…but the sacrifice is worth it when devotion is the reward. Ten bestselling authors, masters of spine-tingling romantic suspense, bring you brand-new stories that will yank you to the edge of your seat and have your heart pounding as you turn the pages. Best of all, the proceeds will benefit 4 Paws for Ability, a worldwide agency that enriches the lives of children and veterans with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs.
Stories Contributed to Alphas of Danger:
For more information about this nonprofit organization: http://4pawsforability.org/


All these stories pull you in keeping you wanting more from this book and author. This is a must read.
It is full of amazing stories by amazing authors most of whom I have read previously. Beautifully well written all of them.






AboutTheAuthor
SHAYLA BLACK
ShaylaBlack high res Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty novels. For nearly twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages. Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eight years. Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.
LEXI BLAKE
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.
MARI CARR
Writing a book was number one on Mari Carr’s bucket list and on her thirty-fourth birthday, she set out to see that goal achieved. Too many years later, her computer is jammed full of stories — novels, novellas, short stories and dead-ends and she has nearly eighty published works.
Virginia native, Mari Carr is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller of contemporary erotic romance novels. With over one million copies of her books sold, Mari was the winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Passionate Plume award for her novella, Erotic Research.
KRIS COOK
Though starting in straight erotic romance, Kris's total focus now is on gay romance. When asked why recently, his answer was "My muse finally came out of the closet. Isn't it about time? I've been out since I was twenty-five."
A voracious reader, Kris loves many genres of fiction, but this writer's favorite books are romances that are edgy, sexy, with rich characters and unique challenges. Kris's influences include Anne Rice, JR Ward, Lexi Blake and Shayla Black. Kris is also the co-host of Romance OUT Loud, an audio podcast that features some of the best voices in gay romance fiction like, Andrew Grey, Damon Suede, Kindle Alexander, Felice Stevens, L.A. Witt, Sarina Bowen, and more. Kris is married to the love of his life - Stephen.
ANISSA GARCIA
anissa-garciaAnissa Garcia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications and English.  She held an array of jobs including Public Relations Manager for Barnes and Noble.  Wanting a change of pace, she attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and trained full-time in theatre for two years.  After working in Hollywood as an actress and casting assistant, she relocated to Austin, Texas and began writing freelance for Cosmopolitan and other publications.  Her first book, A Promise Kept, is available now.  A Promise Made will be available November 2016.  When not writing stories, watching movies, or drinking a latte, she loves to daydream about romantic fictional men.
KYM GROSSO
Kym Grosso is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the erotic paranormal series, The Immortals of New Orleans, and the contemporary erotic suspense series, Club Altura. In addition to romance novels, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy. She is also a contributing essay author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum. She lives in suburban Pennsylvania but has a not-so-secret desire to move to a beach in southern California where she can write while listening to the roar of the ocean.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and a MBA from Widener University.  In a previous life, she was employed as a speech therapist, a health care consultant, and a product manager for a software company.  In 2012, Kym published her first novel and today, is a full time indie romance author.
JENNA JACOB
JennaJacobUSA Today Bestselling author Jenna Jacob paints a canvas of passion, romance, and humor as her Alpha men and the feisty women who love them unravel their souls and heal their scars to find their happily-ever-after kind of love. Heart-tugging, captivating, and steamy, Jenna’s books will surely leave you breathless and craving more.
A mom of four grown children, Jenna and her Alpha-Hunk husband live in Kansas. Jenna loves books, Harleys, music, and camping. Jenna’s zany sense of humor and lack of filter exemplify her motto: Live. Laugh. Love. Meet the wild and wicked family in her sultry series: The Doms of Genesis. Or become spellbound by the searing love connection between Raine, Hammer, and Liam in her continuing saga: The Doms of Her Life (co-written with the amazing Shayla Black and Isabella La Pearl). Journey with couples struggling to resolve their pasts to discover unbridled love and devotion in Jenna’s new contemporary series: Passionate Hearts.
KENNEDY LAYNE
Kennedy Layne is a USA Today bestselling author. She draws inspiration for her military romantic suspense novels in part from her not-so-secret second life as a wife of a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He doubles as her critique partner, beta reader, and military consultant. They live in the Midwest with their teenage son and menagerie of pets. The loyal dogs and mischievous cats appreciate her writing days as much as she does, usually curled up in front of the fireplace.
ISABELLA LAPEARL
isabellalapearl Isabella LaPearl is a USA Today bestselling author known for her collaboration with Shayla Black & Jenna Jacob for the Doms of Her Life Series. She enjoys writing sexy, erotic romance. A wife, mother, writer, reader and a love for riding motorcycles. To say it's been an extraordinary journey thus far would be an understatement... what a rush! What a thrill to realize dreams and see them go from a seed to fruition. So for all you aspiring Authors, who like me, have a fire inside that burns brightly and demands to be sated by writing... Never give up.
CARRIE ANN RYAN
Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

REVIEW: A Ghostly Tale Of Forbidden Love By Madeline Martin


Senara becomes a lady's maid at Castle of Park to help ease the financial burden of her beloved family. She does not expect to have such a wicked mistress any more than she expects to find a handsome laird...or a ghost with a burning need for retribution.
Gavin vowed on his father’s death bed to watch over his aunt, and regrets it every day. Especially when her new maid arrives. The woman is extraordinarily fascinating, which not only stirs his interest, but also his aunt’s ire. Can he protect Senara from his aunt? Even more important, can he keep himself from giving in to his longing for the country lass?

**Note for readers - this novella was in the following anthologies:
Once Upon a Haunted Castle
Romantic Legends
 

First off I have to say Madeline Martin has by far become one of my favorite authors. I believe this is my third book of hers that I have reviewed and I flew through it within a day. I just couldn't put it down. It pulls you into the story and hooks you into the backstory of each character (even the villains)so that you just cannot stop reading this amazing tale of love.

Senara is a soon to be lady's maid when she is attacked and someone saves her even though she didn't need the help. What she doesn't know is it is the laird of the castle she is going to be working for or serving. Its quite entertaining when she realizes. She's strong and tough and tries to not fall for the laird knowing she has nothing to offer him.

Gavin oh my his accent just makes me weak in the knees. He is such a beautifully wonderful laird that is stuck in situations he hates and dealing with his aunt that is hell bent on sabotaging him and his love plans.

Beltazar is a unique character that comes into this book and protects Senara and her genuinely good natured personality. He ends up saving her and himself in the end and he is one of my favorite characters for all he has gone through.

Edana Gavin's aunt this is the villain you love to hate. Oh how I just wanted to hit her through every dang chapter for what she does to Senara and how she tortures Gavin continuously. Then when you find out what she did to Beltazar your anger will flair up I guarantee it.

What I love most is that she writes these amazing Scottish stories writing in the old Scottish accent but that's not the best part. She creates these lovers but its not just a sex love story, she adds the sex in because that is part of love but its not all its about either. It just makes it that much better and enticing how she leads up to it with each of her characters.

Madeline Martin is a USA TODAY Bestselling author of Scottish set historical romance. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her two daughters (AKA OldestMinion and YoungestMinion) and Mr. Awesome.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

RELEASE BLITZ: Alphas of Danger By Shayla Black, Lexi Blake, Mari Carr, Kris Cook, Anissa Garcia, Kym Grosso, Jenna Jacob, Kennedy Layne, Isabella LaPearl, and Carrie Ann Ryan


** 2016's Alphas of Sin Anthology we've raised $5,000 to 4 Paws for Ability! We've been able to sponsor a puppy pen and not one but TWO puppies named Vixen & Frenzy. We will be following the journey of these two puppies to hopefully graduate and become service dogs to a family in need.  You can come join our journey on our Facebook page Once Upon An Alpha. We are now BACK with Alphas of Danger, available NOW for a LIMITED TIME with ten bestselling authors and we hope you join us on the journey for 2017's Alphas of Danger with ten never-been-told stories by ten bestselling authors**
COVER DESIGNER: COVER ME DARLING – MARISA-ROSE SHOR
PHOTOGRAPHER – WOODEN GATE PRODUCTIONS
MODEL – JASE DEAN
ALL NET PROCEEDS OF SALES DONATED TO 4 PAWS FOR ABILITY
Synopsis
Happy-Ever-After has never been so intoxicating
Danger…
When a man has beaten it, he becomes a hero.
Lust...
When a woman tastes it, she is helpless to resist his pull.
Love…
It won’t come easily, especially between alpha men and their headstrong women. Threats lurk in the shadows, and the price for passion is often exacted with a bullet or a blade…but the sacrifice is worth it when devotion is the reward. Ten bestselling authors, masters of spine-tingling romantic suspense, bring you brand-new stories that will yank you to the edge of your seat and have your heart pounding as you turn the pages. Best of all, the proceeds will benefit 4 Paws for Ability, a worldwide agency that enriches the lives of children and veterans with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs.
Stories Contributed to Alphas of Danger:
For more information about this nonprofit organization: http://4pawsforability.org/
AboutTheAuthor
SHAYLA BLACK
ShaylaBlack high res Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty novels. For nearly twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages. Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eight years. Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.
LEXI BLAKE
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.
MARI CARR
Writing a book was number one on Mari Carr’s bucket list and on her thirty-fourth birthday, she set out to see that goal achieved. Too many years later, her computer is jammed full of stories — novels, novellas, short stories and dead-ends and she has nearly eighty published works.
Virginia native, Mari Carr is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller of contemporary erotic romance novels. With over one million copies of her books sold, Mari was the winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Passionate Plume award for her novella, Erotic Research.
KRIS COOK
Though starting in straight erotic romance, Kris's total focus now is on gay romance. When asked why recently, his answer was "My muse finally came out of the closet. Isn't it about time? I've been out since I was twenty-five."
A voracious reader, Kris loves many genres of fiction, but this writer's favorite books are romances that are edgy, sexy, with rich characters and unique challenges. Kris's influences include Anne Rice, JR Ward, Lexi Blake and Shayla Black. Kris is also the co-host of Romance OUT Loud, an audio podcast that features some of the best voices in gay romance fiction like, Andrew Grey, Damon Suede, Kindle Alexander, Felice Stevens, L.A. Witt, Sarina Bowen, and more. Kris is married to the love of his life - Stephen.
ANISSA GARCIA
anissa-garciaAnissa Garcia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications and English.  She held an array of jobs including Public Relations Manager for Barnes and Noble.  Wanting a change of pace, she attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and trained full-time in theatre for two years.  After working in Hollywood as an actress and casting assistant, she relocated to Austin, Texas and began writing freelance for Cosmopolitan and other publications.  Her first book, A Promise Kept, is available now.  A Promise Made will be available November 2016.  When not writing stories, watching movies, or drinking a latte, she loves to daydream about romantic fictional men.
KYM GROSSO
Kym Grosso is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the erotic paranormal series, The Immortals of New Orleans, and the contemporary erotic suspense series, Club Altura. In addition to romance novels, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy. She is also a contributing essay author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum. She lives in suburban Pennsylvania but has a not-so-secret desire to move to a beach in southern California where she can write while listening to the roar of the ocean.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and a MBA from Widener University.  In a previous life, she was employed as a speech therapist, a health care consultant, and a product manager for a software company.  In 2012, Kym published her first novel and today, is a full time indie romance author.
JENNA JACOB
JennaJacobUSA Today Bestselling author Jenna Jacob paints a canvas of passion, romance, and humor as her Alpha men and the feisty women who love them unravel their souls and heal their scars to find their happily-ever-after kind of love. Heart-tugging, captivating, and steamy, Jenna’s books will surely leave you breathless and craving more.
A mom of four grown children, Jenna and her Alpha-Hunk husband live in Kansas. Jenna loves books, Harleys, music, and camping. Jenna’s zany sense of humor and lack of filter exemplify her motto: Live. Laugh. Love. Meet the wild and wicked family in her sultry series: The Doms of Genesis. Or become spellbound by the searing love connection between Raine, Hammer, and Liam in her continuing saga: The Doms of Her Life (co-written with the amazing Shayla Black and Isabella La Pearl). Journey with couples struggling to resolve their pasts to discover unbridled love and devotion in Jenna’s new contemporary series: Passionate Hearts.
KENNEDY LAYNE
Kennedy Layne is a USA Today bestselling author. She draws inspiration for her military romantic suspense novels in part from her not-so-secret second life as a wife of a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He doubles as her critique partner, beta reader, and military consultant. They live in the Midwest with their teenage son and menagerie of pets. The loyal dogs and mischievous cats appreciate her writing days as much as she does, usually curled up in front of the fireplace.
ISABELLA LAPEARL
isabellalapearl Isabella LaPearl is a USA Today bestselling author known for her collaboration with Shayla Black & Jenna Jacob for the Doms of Her Life Series. She enjoys writing sexy, erotic romance. A wife, mother, writer, reader and a love for riding motorcycles. To say it's been an extraordinary journey thus far would be an understatement... what a rush! What a thrill to realize dreams and see them go from a seed to fruition. So for all you aspiring Authors, who like me, have a fire inside that burns brightly and demands to be sated by writing... Never give up.
CARRIE ANN RYAN
Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.