Thursday, October 29, 2015

REVIEW: Shaping Destiny By Heather Monroe

Nineteen-year-old Leah Hawk must finish a war that started one hundred years ago . . . but she can't do it alone. When Leah leaves the comfort of her overprotective parents' home and of her small hometown for the first time, she heads to college with her longtime boyfriend, Jared. From the day she gets there she repeatedly notices a man watching from afar. The feelings from their brief contacts are not only scary and conflicting, but they also always leave her with an unexplainable feeling of longing to be with him. Between the supernatural pull that this mystery man has on her, her boyfriend's jealousy, and the attacks from the revengeful Spark family, Leah feels a little overwhelmed. On top of all of it, she must learn to accept the fact that she is the only living shape-shifter in her family. With the strength of her true love, who is the key to her gift of shift, she will embrace her destiny. When the war comes knocking on her front door she doesn't back down, not until blackness consumes her.

 I really enjoyed this book. I love how it starts out all normal. They are just a cute couple going off to college. Nothing supernatural there right? No you are definitely wrong in that account.
Leah is definitely an amazing main character right off the bat. Sensing things with that man that could interfere with her relationship with her hs sweetheart. What if this new guy is her soul mate.
What she goes through dealing with these crazy feelings and all the changes she goes through during it.

HEATHER MONROE is a self-published author of New Adult / paranormal / romance. She also has book ideas for fantasy and science fiction genre's, but will always contain romance. She has written Shaping Destiny, and is currently working on a second book, Concealed By Fear. Heather has a husband and four children. She has her own business in dog grooming, and in her spare time she is on her computer lost in imagination.

Release Day Blitz: Cursed -Black Swan- By Ryan T. Mcfadden

Cursed: Black Swan
A Fixer Novel
By- Ryan T. McFadden
Genre- Fantasy/Dark Fantasy
Published By- Dragon Moon Press
Publication Date-October 30th

"Let's get one thing straight—I'm a fixer. You need someone murdered? Then hire an assassin. You need something stolen? Call a thief. But if there's something no one else can do, or a job that no one else wants, then you talk to me."
Nathaniel specializes in the strange, the weird, and the dangerous. But no matter how far he runs, he can't leave behind his bloody past, nor the ghosts that chase him.
His latest job was supposed to be simple—recover the sword Black Swan. Except there's no such thing as a simple job. When the operation goes bad, the Crucifiers, the Crooked Hand, assassins, and Crusaders are all hot on Nathaniel's trail...for a sword he doesn't even have. All he has to do to get it back and set his world right is to find the woman of his dreams...and kill her.


REVIEW: Thizz,a Love Story By Nicole Loufas

In 2006, while the San Francisco Bay Area was immersed in the 

Hyphy Movement – Dani was fleeing the city for the small 

coastal town of Eureka. With a past she wants to forget and a 

future that may be out of reach – Dani finds Thizz and her 

world turns inside out. 

Matt fell in love with Dani the first time he saw her. He 

also knew whatever drove her from San Francisco to Eureka in 

her last semester of high school wasn’t something she wanted 

to share. When she finally started to open up, Matt hesitated 

just long enough for his best friend Nick to swoop in. Forced 

to sit and watch their relationship grow, Matt also learns of 

Dani’s obsession with Thizz. He secretly feeds her addiction 

in a desperate attempt to win her heart.

When a school project uncovers a disturbing link between 

Dani’s parents and Nick’s uncle, Matt is torn between his 

loyalty to Nick and his feelings for Dani as he tries to 

convince Dani that her life is in real danger; while 

persuading Nick to turn on his uncle to save the girl they 


Oh my! The first thing I have to say is I so thought this was 

something different than it was. I thought it was gonna be 

some love triangle. It was so was not just some teenage love 

story. Gangster types, drug dealers, murders, and love all 

wrapped into one.

 If you like action and love intrigue this is definitely the 

book for you.

 I quickly became enthralled with this novel. Whipped through 

it cause i was so ADDICTED within 5 days.A must read for 

anybody but especially a young teenager struggling with 

life.Absolutely amazing!!!

 Dani is a troubled teenager with a rough horrible past that 

she deals with everyday. Matt makes her life a little easier 

adding laughter and fun in class to it.

Matt is the sweet hearted yet naughty best friend that is 

always there for Dani no matter what. He protects her from 

everyone but herself.

 But then Nick oh my what a charmer, who doesnt love Nick.A 

gorgous rich boy who shares so many things with Dani.

But I wont lie i root for Matt through the entire novel. 

Waiting for Dani to dump Nick and tell Matt she is madly in 

love with him.

Without a doubt one of the best young adult novels i have 


5 stars

Nicole was born and raised in California. She claims to be a 

San Francisco native, however she's lived in both Northern 

and Southern California. She credits her creativity to the 

fact that she attended 12 schools between kindergarten and 

her senior year in high school. Her nomadic childhood allowed 

her to reinvent herself often. Some might say she was, how do 

you say it, a liar. While others see the stories she told as 

a coping mechanism. Twelve schools, in six cities, in twelve 

years - give her a break. Today she channels her storytelling 

ability into writing novels. Long story short - kids that lie 

become writers.

10/29 BOOK BLAST: Rehab is for Witches Anthology

BOOK BLAST: Rehab is for Witches Anthology
By Cynthia Valero ◆ Elle J Rossi ◆ J.A. Howell ◆
 Miranda Stork ◆ Tara S. Wood ◆
 Tyffani Clark Kemp

Rehab is for Witches Anthology
By Cynthia Valero ◆ Elle J Rossi ◆ J.A. Howell ◆ Miranda Stork ◆ Tara S. Wood ◆ Tyffani Clark Kemp
Publication date: October 29, 2014
Publisher: SideStreet Cookie Publishing

Welcome to Little Raven: an unsullied, beautiful woodland hamlet in the heart of the Midwest. The sort of place where furry creatures romp about and spend their days bursting into song. 

Actually, that’s a giant pack of lies.

Little Raven is a town…for witches. And some of those witches might have bent the rules. A teensy bit. When six magical miscreants dabble with black magic, they end up together at Incantations, the town’s rehab center for witches gone awry. It’s a slap on the wrist for naughty witches. Pretty much a daycare center so they don’t wander off and start turning people into newts on a whim. Each witch must work through her addiction to black magic, and follow the tenets designed to lead them back to the path of the straight and narrow, as boring as that sounds. Even if following the tenets sucks worse than a group round of kum-bay-ya. Which sucks. Horribly.

 We will admit we are powerless over magic—that our lives have become unmanageable. 

We will make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of the Goddess as we understand Her. 

We will make a searching and fearless moral and magical inventory of ourselves. We will admit to the Goddess, to ourselves, and to another being the exact nature of our magical wrongs. 

We will make a list of all persons or beings we have harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all. 

We will make direct amends to such beings whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

 We are entirely ready to bow before the Goddess and have Her remove all our defect of character, even at the risk of being entirely stripped of our magic.

 But this is just the start. 

There’s something rotten in Little Raven, something that seeks to take all the magic it can, and devour the inhabitants in the process. It will take the strength and power of all the witches to defeat the darkness seeping into their town, beat it back, and be rid of it forever…and maybe just make it through rehab while they’re saving the world.

Authors and Titles

Tara S. Wood - A Trunk Full of Peril
 Tyffani Clark Kemp - A Diary Full of Names 
Cynthia Valero - A Cauldron Full of Goodbyes 
Miranda Stork - A Closet Full of Demons 
J. A. Howell - A Basement Full of Secrets
 Elle J Rossi - A Suitcase Full of Revenge

A Closest Full of Demons
By Miranda Stork

Counsellor Fitzsimmons finally appeared Catherine sneered down at the buffet of soggy finger sandwiches and half-baked sausage rolls. These meetings always brought out the food snob in her, and this one was no different. Swallowing back her distaste, she settled on a plastic cup of orange squash, hugging her grey woollen coat close as she reached for it. Her dark grey eyes hidden behind fashionable shades, she spun around to view the rest of the reprobates who had turned up. None of them looked vaguely interesting, but they certainly were eclectic. 

Catherine stifled a yawn as she checked her silver watch for the twentieth time. It didn’t matter how often she looked, she was certain someone had cast a spell to make the time drag on. Her fingers tingled with the temptation to speed it up, but a droning voice in the back of her head reminded her of the warning she had received. Huffing to herself, she glanced away and curled her hand tightly once more. She winced as she took a sip of the badly mixed juice, scanning the peeling cracks in the ceiling of the building.

Little Raven was a dump, anyway. Catherine had no idea what she was really doing here, never mind getting into trouble here. The only reason she had travelled from England to this goddess-forsaken town was because she had felt it. An energy so strong it had called to her from the other side of the world. But it was dark, full of all the wicked things witches knew they shouldn’t touch. It’s probably why none of them answered its call when I did, Catherine smirked to herself, trying to hide it behind another slurp of tepid liquid. ‘Heavy Magic’, her mother used to call it. Black magic so intense you could lose your head over it, sink into it, drown in it. And never come up for air.with a clipboard in hand, clearing his throat in the irritating way that only therapists were able to produce. 

“Ladies? Let’s sit down, shall we?” He smiled broadly, a fakery for the witches gathered in the sparse waiting area. Catherine held back rolling her eyes, and settled for squeezing the empty plastic cup in her hands until it crushed in on itself instead. Dropping it casually onto the table, she tucked a loose strand of her corn-blond hair behind her ear, stepping across to the ring of chairs in the centre with the others.Catherine settled back in her chair, crossed her legs, and closed her eyes behind her shades. Hopefully I’ll die of boredom before they get to me, she thought to herself, letting out a soft sigh. 

Counsellor Fitzsimmons prattled on to one of the other witches, droning on about consequences and resolving them. It was all old hat to her—this wasn’t her first meeting of this kind. Rehab. Even the word left a bad taste in her mouth. If only she could spit it out. She was damn well sick of going into it.It wasn’t that Catherine Middling was a bad person, quite the opposite, in fact. She loved her parents. She loved her friends. And cooing over kitten and puppy videos on YouTube was dangerously close to an online obsession. But she liked to be in control. Of everything. And control required power, lots of it. She had tapped so many sources of energy that she shouldn’t, it was a wonder her fingers were still attached to her hand. 

A hard shove on her shoulder woke her up, snapping her back into the room with a jolt. Catherine shook her head violently to wake up, and straightened herself in the chair, grunting in annoyance.The mousy-haired witch next to her hissed, “He was talking to you. Wake up, or we’re going to be here forever.”Casting the witch a cool stare, Catherine cleared her throat and jerked her head towards the group. “Yeah, uh…I’m Catherine Middling, I’m a magical miscreant, and I’m bored shitless already.”

 There were a few snickers and smirks from the other witches, and Catherine gave a hard shrug to the counsellor’s deep frown.“Now, Catherine…language. You know that’s not going to help. Why not tell us why you’re here?” He gestured towards her shades with a chewed biro. “And how about removing those so we can all see your face? Hmm? ” She sighed. “No way. I don’t remove anything on the first date, counsellor. Besides, why should I? People have turned up here with faces full of paperclips and safety pins, and you want me to take off my Dolce and Gabbana glasses? No chance.” Catherine pointed with one black leather glove towards a punky witch on the other side of the circle, who scowled at her fiercely before turning back to inspect the floor. 

“Fine. I’m here because I can no longer control my magic. I like to change the circumstances if they’re not working for me. Good enough for you, Counsellor Fitzsimmons?” Her clipped northern British accent rang out into the room as she folded her arms, hoping to slip back into her nap.The pen wagged in the air. “Not good enough, Catherine. Tell us a little more. What kind of magic?”His persistence rankled her, and a pang of deep anger burned through her veins. 

She sprang forwards in the cheap plastic chair, whipping her glasses off to reveal her eyes. A collective gasp filtered through the witches as they took in the dark, blood-red stains around her grey irises, the sliced scar running across both eyes. The leather of her glove squeaking, Catherine pointed sharply towards them, her voice dripping with venom. “This is what kind. Black magic. This is why I’m here, sat in the middle of the ladies’ knitting circle, with my magical finger stuck up my arse.” She nodded towards a nervous-looking girl, sat literally with a pair of knitting needles in her lap. Goddess only knew what she thought she was doing here, she looked like she was as much out of place as Sandwich Girl. “Because real power, real control, frightens everyone. But it didn’t frighten me. I did something wrong with it, tapped into some real bad juju that split me in half. And my other half still wants to come out. Want to see her? She really doesn’t play well with others.”

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Miranda Stork

I'm Miranda Stork, and I'm addicted. Addicted to writing and reading books, anyway. And chocolate, but that's another issue - no interventions, please.I live in the middle of a forest in North Yorkshire, spending my spare time as the wild woman of the woods, scaring small children and upsetting the sheep. On the days that I feel like being civilized, or I haven't got any unicorns to ride, I sit down and pour the tumbling thoughts in my head out onto digital paper. Mainly the thoughts and characters come out in paranormal form, with a good smattering of romance, because everyone likes a good cuddle. But you can also find strong elements of thrillers, myths, and even dystopia amongst the pages of all my novels. I've wanted to write books ever since I first realised that fairytales were not the newspapers of the fairy kingdom, but the imaginings of actual people who wanted to tell fancy made-up stories to other people. From that moment, I was hooked.Why do I write? Good question. It might be easier to just keep the stories in my head, or even just to write them for myself. But I want to share them. There is no greater delight for a writer than when a reader devours your book, and declares, "Something in that novel resonated with me. And I want MORE." So grab your lucky clover and a baseball bat (there's some nasty paranormal creatures where we're going), eat the cookie with 'eat me' tagged on it, and enter through the tiny door into the world of Miranda Stork…

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Tara S. Wood

Tara Wood divides her time between creating domestic bliss and creating hot paranormal romance with the occasional side of kink. When not playing June Cleaver for her hubby and daughter, she can be found at the local Starbucks slamming back Frappuccinos and plotting out her next idea. Or she’s watching the BBC. Tara resides with her wonderful and tolerant family in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. She is currently at work on several projects, one of them being the next book in her In Blood series.

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Elle J. Rossi

Elle J Rossi is a writer of Dark Paranormal and Fantasy Romance. Overly fond of the happily ever after, Elle lets her characters take control as they lead her down dark and twisted paths on their haunting journey toward love.When not writing, you'll more than likely catch her hanging with her husband, two kids and a cat who truly does rule the roost, or stealing the mic from her friends as the duel over country karaoke.

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Cynthia Valero-

Cynthia Valero is an award-winning author of three paranormal romance novels and two anthologies written with Beth Ciotta as CB Scott. Her newest solo novella, A Cauldron Full of Goodbyes, is one of six dark and edgy stories in the anthology, Rehab is for Witches. A student of Natalie Goldberg, Zoetrope All-Story, and The Writers Studio, Cynthia is currently writing a rich tale of forbidden love and deadly feuds set off the coast of 1904 America.

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J.A. Howell

J.A Howell is an office drone by day, and a writer by night. Her love of writing took off when she was eleven years old and decided to fill a composition notebook with stories to read to her friends. Many years (and notebooks) later, not much has changed. She still loves writing and sharing her works with others. When she isn’t writing, she can often be found trying her hand at whatever artistic pursuit strikes her fancy. J.A. Howell resides in Apopka, FL with her husband and their menagerie of animal children.

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Tyffani Clark Kemp

Tyffani Clark Kemp might be the quietest person in the room, but that just means she’s probably the biggest freak too. She is a multi-genre author with a gift for the written word and a desire to help all Indies reach their full potential. In 2012, she and her best friend Kimberly Fudge started SideStreet Cookie Publishing for authors who want to remain independent, but don’t have the time or the knowledge to do it all themselves. From the age of eleven she dedicated her life to writing and making sure she was good at her craft. Now, she passes that knowledge on to others. Her friends would describe her as determined and giving. She may be quite, but she always has a story to tell.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

RELEASE BLITZ: Star Riders: The Twelve By Victoria Perkins

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Tempest Black is nobody special. Orphaned as a baby, the only thing she has from her past is her unusual name. Now, at seventeen, she's willing to give it up if it means she can disappear. What she doesn't know is that, in the West, eleven have been sent to find her, and when they do, her whole world will change.
They are the Star Riders, those chosen by Adonai to protect the worlds from the forces of darkness. All alone, they search for the one prophesied to be at their side at the end of days. A special child with unknown powers who will change everything.
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The world ended in a blaze of holy light, cleansing the universe in preparation for what was to come next. Yet, even as the celebrations began, a soft command was given, and with a rustle of feathers, the appointed one took flight. The war may have ended here, but that only meant the danger for the other worlds grew. His job was clear. The twelfth must be found, the circle completed. Eleven had been left behind to stand between the darkness and humanity. If they fell, evil would consume every other world and billions of souls would be lost forever. He closed his eyes and felt for the crack between universes. He was one of only a handful of his kind who could do this, who could travel like one of them.There. He could feel it.He stretched his arms over his head, speeding up. He tucked his wings tight against his body and began to spin. As he cut through the fabric of space, he could feel the darkness behind him. Following. Time was growing short.He put on a burst of speed. This was not the time to worry about conserving energy. He had to reach them before they tried to go home. He had to make them see. This was his greatest mission, the one he had been created to carry out. He could not fail.
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Victoria Perkins began writing at a young age and story-telling even younger. Starting in third grade, she wrote stories, some of which became the basis of her published works. After graduating from Kent State University with a BA in English, Perkins held numerous jobs, including working customer service and teaching at a private school before, in 2012, she began to work full-time as a writer.
She has had six young adult novels published: Reeves' Island, The Last Summer, Three, Two, One, My Immortal, 'm Cara, The Dragon Three, and Star Riders: The Twelve, as well as a short story collection titled This Weak and Idle Theme.
Perkins is currently employed as a freelance writer and ghostwriter, contributing to hundreds of short stories, novellas and full-length novels for clients all over the world, including ones that have made Amazon's top 100 Kindle list as well as USA Today's Best-Seller list. She makes her home in northeastern Ohio near her family.