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Tattooed Love by Simone Elise - Book Review

Book Description:
When your heart rules your mind, you don’t get to choose who you love. But what if that love could lead to your own destruction?
Amber is a rebellious high school senior and the only girl in a family of outlaw bikers. Her four brothers left when she was young to keep her away from their style of life, but despite their efforts, she’s wrapped up in criminal activities and her life is rapidly spiraling out of control. 
With her life finally going up in flames, adding fuel to that fire is smoldering and infamous biker Jax. As she begins to fall for her dangerous love and throw caution to the wind, Amber might not be able to turn back from the risky path she’s chosen...
Being together might be dangerous, but, after all, outlaws are meant to break the rules.

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Author Bio:
Hi guys! 
My name is Simone, most know me as Explode. My passions are writing, tattoos and my family. Writing to me, is an outlet. I write every day, regardless of my mood or commitments. I can’t say I get inspiration for my books. They come to me out of nowhere and then I plot it out and before I know it I’m ten chapters deep.
Writing is an art and I think everyone has a story in them but only certain people are able to tell them. 

Book Review by Carmen:
I didn't think that I was going to enjoy this book due to it's dark atmosphere, but surprisingly I did. One thing I will say is that there seems to be repetitive actions that all the characters seem to do, and I found that a bit frustrating at times. I also found Jackson Johnston's behaviour strange at times. Overall, I gave this book a four star rating and got a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

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Of Water and Blood (The Elemental Fae Series) by Pauline Creeden ~ Book Release


Can one girl really change the world? Clover has always been a plain farm girl. But when her uncle has a horrible tractor accident, she discovers just how extraordinary she is. She thought magic only existed in fairy tales, and that vampires and werewolves were stuff for the movies. She’s wrong. Now Clover is thrust into a world where she must trust people she’s never met before, run from those who hunt her, and choose to start a war or end one. What a way to celebrate her 18th birthday...

 

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Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.   Follow Pauline Creeden: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Newsletter  

The Inherited by Lily Burlington - Book Review

Book Description:
One second Winifred believes that she is a normal girl, the next she finds herself betrothed to a Prince. Together they are thrust into a world of political intrigue, ancient oaths, & deadly mystery.
All Winifred wants is to make it through her final exams and to get into a good university but that is put on hold when two men show up on her doorstep and tell her she is the last descendant of an ancient and forgotten royal bloodline. Not only that, but they offer her the chance of a lifetime trip to spend the summer living it up in castles and yachts off the coast of France. The only hitch is that she has to be a brooding prince's arm candy.
A summer of parties and beaches changes faster than the tides when old secrets begin to be unearthed and blood binding decrees are called upon. 
Can truth and love survive when the path to the throne and crown is riddled with deception and daggers?

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Author Bio:
Lily Burlington is a Canadian born author who has been writing since the age of 15. She loves, coffee, reading, and fairytales, and spends most days surrounded by books.

Book Review by Carmen:
This was quite an enjoyable read; though there were times when Winifred Marie Morgan (Sinclair) acts quite like an adolescent. I ended up giving this book a four star rating. 

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Helios Series by T.M. Witko ~ Book Tour & Giveaway

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The Helios Chronicles is a contemporary romance series that follows the lives of Andrew ‘Helios’ Harrison and Madison Ellis as they fight for their happily ever after in a world that seems determined to tear them apart. It is only through their love for one another, that we are able to see that we are more than the mistakes we’ve made, more than the labels placed upon us and more than even what we believe we are worth. Can their love survive the life he had before her or will the consequences of his past prove too much to bear. Read the Helios Chronicles to find out! The Helios Chronicles is a five book series which includes three full length novels, one prequel novella and one epilogue novella. Please note that this is an adult romance and as such there will be some graphic language and situations 
that are clearly not suitable for younger audiences. 

In the prequel novella, Helios Beginnings, we will explore Helios’ life before he becomes Helios, beginning with his time in Detroit, through his difficult life on the streets and subsequent incarceration and ending in Bakersfield with the arrival of Madison Ellis, the woman that would forever change the way he saw the world.


In Book 1, Helios Awakened, Madison moves from New York City to the California desert to care for her ailing grandmother but she never expected that she would meet the man of her dreams while there, a man that would set her heart, body and soul on fire. However, this man comes with a price, a heavy price. Is she willing to pay it?

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In Book 2, Helios Exposed, we will find out whether or not Andrew and Madison can survive a life in New York City, where they find that things aren’t as simple as they hoped they would be. They soon discover that there are just as many enemies back east as there were on the west coast. When everything begins to crumble around them will their love be enough to hold them together?


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In Book 3, Helios Renewed, we find Andrew and Madison living the life they were meant to live, with family and friends, in California. Unfortunately, things are set in motion that force them back to New York where they find themselves fighting for not only their lives but their freedom as well, against old enemies in a battle that will test them in more ways than one. Can their love stop the forces that are trying to tear them apart or will they be destroyed in the process? 

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AUTHOR BIO Author T.M. Witko lives on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation with her children. They are accompanied by their many animals, which includes an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix named Bella, a couple of ornery cats (Edward and Lil Bit) and their horses, Eagle Bear and Wild Spirit. She and her family enjoy attending wacipis, participating in tribal ceremonies, and living a quiet life without the hustle and bustle of the cities. Ms. Witko is a licensed clinical psychologist, a full time writer/editor and one of the co-founders of Winyan Press, LLC, an independent publishing house geared at helping female writers find their voice. She is a multi-genre author who writes Young Adult Fiction, Crime/Suspense Stories, Adult Romances, and Native American Fiction. Her writing style combines her knowledge of psychological principles with an understanding that things are never as simple as black or white, right or wrong, but that life is a beautiful combination of both. This is most evident in her series the Helios Chronicles which looks at the effects of our past on the future we wish to have. 

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Black Mark's Resistance by Ebony Olson ~ Book Review


Book Description: 

You've never been wanted. You've never been loved. You release your emotions by bleeding and having sex. But now, the hottest person alive develops a sudden interest in you. What do you do?


Mora has never had an easy life. Physically and mentally abused by her mother, she's never known what being wanted or loved felt like. Her only relief? Sex, bleeding and playing the cello. And now, her new boss, Darius, has shown an interest in her character. Will Darius become another danger in Mora's life, or is he the absolution she's been internally wishing for?


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About the Author: 

Ebony lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband, daughter, and six cats. She loves to read fantasy, thrillers, and paranormal romance, spending most of her free time with her nose in a book or writing.

Having always possessed an over-active imagination she spent her younger years regaling friends with fantastic stories, holding her audience captive with the passion and suspense of her characters plights.

Now in adulthood she has numerous published works and shows no signs of stopping her imagination from spreading across as many pages as it can find. 


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Review: 

A very quick read that leaves you with a cliff hanger! I did find some of the time lapse threw me off, the author would jump a month ahead. The first time I had to go back and read it again to make sure. The author also did more "telling" then "showing" in this novel but I still enjoyed the story line. I like the main character, Mora, as she is strong, independent women, who says what she is thinking. She does hide a lot of her emotions from her childhood but opens up and we start to learn that her family is very broken. Darius also has had a rough past but we don't get to learn a lot about him in the first book. 
If you like a little eroticism, strong characters (male & female), music and fun you will enjoy this book. 

The Summer of Shambles by Ebony McKenna - Book Review

Book Description:
Dive into this wonderfully witty young adult series from author Ebony McKenna, set in the far off European country of Brugel.
15-year-old Ondine is struggling to fit in at Psychic Summercamp and doubts she possesses any of her family's magical abilities. She resolves to leave, determined to follow her own path and be a normal teenager. Whatever normal is in a place like Brugel.
On the way home Ondine is shocked when her pet ferret Shambles starts talking - in a cheeky Scottish accent no less! He is in fact a young man trapped in a witch's curse. When he briefly transforms into his human self, Ondine is smitten. If only she can break the spell for good, Shambles can be handsomely human on a full-time basis.
During the summer, these two misfits uncover a plot to assassinate a member of the royal family and discover a secret treasure that has remained hidden for decades. This attracts the attention of the arrogant Lord Vincent, and Ondine can't help being drawn in by his bad-boy charm.
With so many demands on Ondine's attentions - and affections - normal has never seemed so far away.
The Summer of Shambles is the first in the four-part ONDINE series. Fans of The Princess Bride or the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series will love this delightfully quirky fairytale.

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As a teenager, Ebony lived and worked in her family's restaurant, which provided much of the inspiration for the Ondine novels. Ebony waitressed, prepared food - and yep - washed dishes. So many dishes.
In the 1990s she worked as an award winning journalist on many leading Melbourne newspapers. By day she wrote other people's stories, but by night she plotted epic adventures. Now she writes novels for a living.

Ebony McKenna lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and young son.
She loves gadgets and anything futuristic. Doctor Who and The Goodies have always been TV treats. A weekly trivia night at the local pub allows her to show off her knowledge of 1980s pop music. She recently appeared on the TV quiz show Million Dollar Minute, where she was the reigning champion across 4 nights.
Coffee, chocolate and Facebook games are her worst vices. Playing with her son's toys is fun and reading to him at bedtime is a joy.
A huge influence was British humorist and author Frank Muir. For sixteen years Ebony and Frank swapped letters filled with family anecdotes and stories. They later met in 1995, dining at The Groucho Club in London. While there, one of her other literary heroes, Douglas Adams, was pitching "something rather exciting and complicated to a couple of suits at the next table."

Book Review by Carmen:
This novel turned out to be a highly entertaining read, especially the character Hamish McPhee (Shambles the ferret). This novel has awesomely quirky footnotes as well, but the overall writing style is wonderfully quirky. This gets a full five star rating from me, and I got a copy in exchange for an honest review. If you enjoy quirky and humorous books, be sure to put this one on your to-be-read list! 

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The Scent of Rain by Anne Montgomery - Book Review

Book Description:
Rose Madsen will do anything to keep from being married off to one of the men in her Fundamentalist Mormon (FLDS) community, even endure the continued beatings and abuse of her mother. But when her mentally handicapped baby sister is forced to strangle the bird she loves at the behest of the Prophet, Rose frees the bird and runs away. 
Adan Reyes will do anything to escape the abusive foster care system in Phoenix, even leaving his good friends and successful high school athletic career behind him. Ill-prepared for surviving the desert, Adan hits the road only to suffer heat stroke. Found by a local handyman, he catches a glimpse of a mysterious girl--Rose--running through town, and follows her into the mountains where they are both tracked and discovered by the men of the FLDS community.
With their fates now intertwined, can Rose and Adan escape the systems locking them into lives of abuse? Will Rose be forced to marry the Prophet, a man her father's age, and be one of dozens of wives, perpetually pregnant, with no hope for an education? Will Adan be returned to the foster home where bullying and cruelty are common? Is everyone they meet determined to keep them right where they belong or are some adults worthy of their trust?

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Author Bio:
Anne Butler Montgomery has worked as a television sportscaster, newspaper and magazine writer, teacher, amateur baseball umpire, and high school football referee. Her first TV job came at WRBL-TV in Columbus, Georgia, and led to positions at WROC-TV in Rochester, New York, KTSP-TV in Phoenix, Arizona, and ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut, where she anchored the Emmy and ACE award-winning SportsCenter. She finished her on-camera broadcasting career with a two-year stint as the studio host for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. Montgomery was a freelance and/or staff reporter for six publications, writing sports, features, movie reviews, and archeological pieces. 
Montgomery teaches journalism at South Mountain High School in Phoenix, is a foster mom to three sons, and is an Arizona Interscholastic Association football referee and crew chief. When she can, she indulges in her passions: rock collecting, football officiating, scuba diving, and playing her guitar.

Book Review by Carmen:
I'll first start off by saying that this novel deals with serious topics; so if you are someone that is easily triggered, rather don't read this book. The second thing I will say is that there are lighter pieces throughout the novel as well. I was quite surprised by who came through at the end. I ended up giving this book a three star rating and got a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

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Her Blackened Soul by Isra Sravenheart - Book Review

Book Description:
A new urban fantasy novel.
Magick. Love. Power. 

An enchanting dark soul, Lady Isra, meets Astrid the raven. They share a love that leaves them both gasping for more! 
Lady Isra is cautious of the human race. Hiding herself by casting a spell transforming everything black. 
Isra meets an intriguing selection of friends and foes, from Astrid the raven to Romeo the python, and the mysterious Kane. 

Kane seeks Lady Isra out. Kane and Isra meet, the tension slowly building up between them as he finds himself trapped in her kingdom. 
Will Kane win over Lady Isra? 
"Her Blackened Soul", is the first instalment in Isra Sravenheart's Blackened Series. It’s a dark fantasy fairy tale of power and magick featuring beautiful, energetic love. 
Are you brave enough to enter her bewitching kingdom and delve into this subliminal fantasy?
**Now includes bonus content including alternative ending**

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Author Bio:
Hello I am Isra. Author of the Blackened Series Trilogy. 
 am a lover of all magickal arts stemming from the occult and traditional witchcraft. When not writing, I am creating art and a lover of fantasy films, movies, books. I live in United Kingdom with my dogs and cat. 

Book Review by Carmen:
This book has a dark atmosphere, as well as short chapters. The relationship between Isra and Astrid is quite intriguing. I ended up giving this book a three star rating and got a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Vile City by Jennifer Lee Thomson - Book Review

Book Description:
DI Duncan Waddell has big problems. He’s borderline diabetic. The paperwork is piling up faster than the underwear at a porn shoot.
Now his best pal DC Stevie Campbell, who’s in a coma after being attacked by a suspect, has started to talk to him. Trouble is, only Waddell can hear him.
The last thing he needs is the country’s biggest case to land on his lap.
Three women have gone missing in the city he used to love, but is fast coming to despise, victims of the GLASGOW GRABBER, as their assailant has been dubbed by local hack and all round thorn in Waddell’s backside, Catriona Hastie.
Shelley Craig is the latest victim, snatched as she and her boyfriend took a shortcut through Glasgow city centre.
And she’ll do anything to make it home.

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Author Bio:

I'm owned by a rescue dog, and have been scribbling away all my life. 
I also write as Jennifer Thomson and my new novel, Vile City (Detective in a Coma book 1), will be published by Caffeine Nights in 2017 under my full name Jennifer Lee Thomson to fulfill a promise to my dying dad who passed away after a long battle with cancer. 

When I'm not writing fiction, I writes self-help books (as Jennifer Thomson) on bullying, dog care, vegetarianism and dating. In my spare time inspired by TV shows and movies like The Walking Dead, Z Nation and Dawn of the Dead, I plan how to survive a zombie apocalypse. My obsession to zombies led me to write a zombie novel. 


Book Review by Carmen:
This book has a dark theme and atmosphere. I felt that things were given away too soon in the novel, even though it had a slow start; things could have been more gradually revealed and also a little bit later in the book as well. Overall, it was an enjoyable book that I gave a rating of 4 stars and got a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Libido Reboot: A Widow's Sexual Journey by L. A. Maria ~ Audiobook Review


Book Description: 

Libido Reboot: A Widow's Sexual Journey is a true story about the sexual reawakening of a woman after several years of celibacy following the death of her husband. It is an honest account of her search for sexual gratification gained through sex toys, escort services, and online hookup and dating sites. Her experience led her to believe that others, in particular, baby boomers, could learn and be inspired by her journey. This timely book provides excellent relationship advice designed to help both men and women ultimately discover how good sex and intimacy is for their health and well-being.

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Review: 

This is not an erotica but more a memoir of a lady in her 50's that would like to share her experiences for others to learn from. It could be for both men and women but not for the young as the author tells us in the beginning of the book. I am only 35 and my husband is 47, I found that I enjoyed hearing about how the author explored her sexual needs after her libido came rushing back about five years after her husband of 40+ yrs passed away. The author had only been with one man in her life and realized how "vanilla" their love life was. She had many different experiences that she shares with her readers from getting a play toy to hiring an escort to fulfill her needs. 

It's a quick audiobook which was great for my drive to and from work one night. Something different to listen to as I have been really only reading thrillers/crime novels and health audiobooks and podcasts. 

I give this book a 4 out of 5. The narrator also did a great job on keeping my interest without being mono-toned or slow. 


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Love Sprung From Hate by Sienna Blake ~ New Book Release!

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Title: Love Sprung From Hate 

Book 1 in the Dark Romeo Trilogy 

Author: Sienna Blake 

Genre: Erotic Romance 

Formats: Paperback & ebook 

Cover Designer: Romacdesigns




I didn’t know she was a detective, the only daughter of the Chief of Police.

I didn’t know he was a mafia Prince, heir to the Tyrell’s bloody empire.



It was only supposed to be one night.
God help me, I can’t stop thinking about that night.

So when she walked into the interrogation room, my heart almost stopped.
I can’t believe he might have tortured and killed someone.

I have to avoid her at all costs.
I will be his downfall.

So begins a deadly game of cat and mouse, of blood and lust, of love and duty, and of an attraction so fierce the consequences are inevitable…

*Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this is a retelling for mature audiences. Don’t enter the Underworld if you’re scared of the dark.

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MY REVIEW: Is coming soon! Stay tuned for it as I am in love with this book! 

Sienna Blake is a pen name for a USA Today Bestselling Author. She loves all things that make her heart race — rollercoasters, thrillers and rowdy unrestrained sex. She likes to explore the darker side of human nature in her writing.

If she told you who she really was, she’d have to kill you. Because of her passion for crime and forensics, she’d totally get away with your murder.

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The Stationmaster's Cottage by Phillipa Nefri Clark - Book Review

Book Description:
Christie Ryan's life is everything she hoped for. An exciting job, exotic travel, a waterfront home and a fiance, Derek, are the pieces that make it almost perfect. Finally she has the stability and love she craved throughout her childhood.
But the death of her estranged grandmother threatens everything. Christie finds herself in an abandoned cottage in a small seaside town, uncovering a family mystery through old love letters.
She seeks help from reclusive artist Martin Blake, but their aims clash. As the secrets of the past begin to unravel, however, so does Christie's safe world.
The Stationmaster's Cottage is a rich and beautiful romance set in two eras. Its unforgettable characters weave a story of fiercely protected secrets, courage, betrayal, redemption, and everlasting love.

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Phillipa Nefri Clark lives in regional Victoria, Australia with her husband, two sons, and a gorgeous black Labrador. Animals, art, gardens, music and family are amongst her greatest loves.

Her published work includes many non-fiction expert pieces about dogs, three international specialist dog yearbooks, newspaper articles, and science fiction fanzine stories.

Book Review by Carmen:
I definitely liked the atmosphere in this book. I most certainly wasn't a fan of Christie Ryan's fiance, Derek. I got a copy in exchange for an honest review and gave this book a three star rating. 

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