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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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Author Bio:
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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On a Pale Horse Book Tour



And behold a pale horse that carried the name death….
Management of The Underground, a New York club with a reputation for delivering a host of guilty pleasures, could have been a whole lot more fun if Cloris didn’t spend half that time avoiding Hades. Despite the burning attraction to the former God of the Underworld, she still harbors a nagging fear that her advances could rekindle the disturbing experiences of Hel’s hospitality. But when the four horsemen discover that it may be possible to hang up their mantels for good, Cloris is torn between her desire to no longer be a horseman and her hesitation that she could be anything other than death….
Regardless of the scars he gathered from enduring time at the hands of Hel, Hades craves nothing more than to immerse himself in Cloris’s attentions. Frustrated by his inability to convince her that he desires her in every imaginable way, he fears she only sees him as damaged or worthless. But when the horsemen decide to truly embrace mortality, he realizes that he will have to move quickly… or risk losing her forever.
In a race to the end, can Cloris and Hades embrace the love they could possibly share or will their stubbornness doom the horseman to live a life worse than death —remaining horseman forever?
On a Pale Horse is the exciting conclusion to the Revelations Series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Corwin. If you like the work of Larissa Ione, Karen Marie Moning and Kresley Cole you will love the four book to the Revelations series!

About the author:
 Monica Corwin is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She is an outspoken writer attempting to make romance accessible to everyone, no matter their preferences. As a Northern Ohioian, Monica enjoys snow drifts, three seasons of weather, and a dislike of Michigan football. Monica owns more books about King Arthur than should be strictly necessary. Also typewriters...lots and lots of typewriters.


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Lost Dragon by Abraham Williams - Book Review

Book Description:

Joseph Nathaniel is running from his old life in America, searching for a chance at a new life abroad when an unexpected encounter changes his life forever; putting him on a collision course with a mystical being waiting for a mortal partner to restore a long-lost heritage. Meanwhile, an ancient enemy has seized power in Japan after destroying a once-powerful rival clan. Joseph's journey earns him a chance at a life he could never imagine, promising great rewards while pushing him into an all-but-forgotten rivalry endangering him and the ones he has come to love.
Lost Dragon takes the reader into a world of honor and corruption, magic and technology, antiquity and modernity, where two cultures and view points collide in a post-modern world. 
Join Joseph Nathaniel on a journey of adventure and discovery as he learns about himself and a world hidden from the eyes of most outsiders.

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Author Bio:
Abraham Williams is a new author who was born in Texas. He spent many years in the military where he traveled Europe. Currently he resides in Texas and loves reading a variety of authors but tends to favor Sci-Fi. He plans to publish more of his works when they are ready. He is now trying different genres on for size to see how each one feels with his writing style.

Book Review by Carmen:
I enjoyed reading about the culture of Japan, along with the myths and legends. Sometimes the characters got a little bit confusing for me; the ending makes me wonder if there will be a sequel to this novel. Those that enjoy action will like this book; I ended up giving this book a four star rating and got a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Diamond Rain by Michael Gallagher - Book Review

Book Description:



Even Hardened Mossad Spies Need A Rescue Sometimes


At its heart, Diamond Rain is a high-octane thriller, weaving readers through the streets of foreign locales and whisking them away just as quickly to follow the main characters to their next destination. As the plot unfolds, the stakes intensify, pitting Thomas and an eclectic mix of comrades against a Chinese general hell-bent on world domination. 
From tough beginnings in the Bogside of Derry during the Irish 'Troubles', Thomas and his family slip away to coastal Maine. After more hardship, Thomas forms lasting bonds with Lanky and Billy and he embarks upon a career as a photographer.

Thomas takes a job with an international news organization when events threaten to overturn the world. During an assignment, chance brings him Kefira, only to see her snatched away from him in the blink of an eye. But all is not lost. Kefira manages to pass a powerful technology to Thomas just as she is on the verge of kidnap.
Equipped with Nanotech, Thomas believes he can rescue her and defeat a reincarnated Mao Tse Tung in Central China. Can he master the Nanosuit and reverse his fortunes? One thing is certain, he'll do everything in his power to try.
At one peak in the action, Israel deploys tactical nukes to defend against a nano swarm of Chinese men thronging into Armageddon Valley and Europe pays for the Israeli decision when a hastily organized UN peace initiative imposes Sharia Law. 
Pick up this sci-fi techno thriller filled with artificial intelligence deploying a devastating breakthrough in quantum computing and weapon systems of the type NASA and Google just bought from D-Wave Systems. A second chance in love depends on Thomas's wits and mastery of psychic powers that let him travel the Internet. Vengeful gestures haunt him, but love nurtures his strategies.

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Michael James Gallagher is an established author who began his writing journey with a gripping, post-cold-war espionage thriller: "Tsunami Connection". His strong-willed heroine Kefira delighted readers worldwide as she overcame enormous odds in preventing genocide and finding a way to trap a cunning and resourceful ex-Fenian terrorist named Macaulay.
When not writing or dancing tango, Michael spends his time developing hilariously informative Internet-ready learning modules for his adult students studying in their homes. Planning and editing numerous language textbooks complements his writing experience. He has encouraged high school dropouts to realize their academic dreams for 35 years in Montreal, Canada.

Book Review by Carmen:
Even though I enjoyed this book, it wasn't quite my taste. Some of the jargon seemed confusing at times. I got a copy in exchange for an honest review and gave this book a three star rating. 

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena ~ Book Review

Book Description:

Fast-paced and addictive, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR announces a major new talent in thriller writing.

You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She's gone.

You've never had to call the police before. But now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?


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About the Author:

SHARI LAPENA worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. She has written two critically acclaimed literary novels. The Couple Next Door is her suspense debut.


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Review:

I read The Couple Next Door for the Indigo book club in February 2017. I have to say I am hooked on these types of stories right now - The Girl on the Train, The Woman in Cabin 10, Gone Girl etc. The suspenseful, thriller mystery that has a lot of psychological aspects to it seem to be everywhere and I am just loving them. This book starts out where you honestly think what are these new parents thinking, only to have the author take you on a crazy journey of wondering who did it and really why would they do it. I don't want to give away any of the story so I will review mainly the authors writing style and characters in this book. The main two characters are Anne and Marco. From the beginning I really like Anne but I am not sure about Marco. I keep my distance, then a little later on I wonder what is going on with the couple next door. Is Marco having an affair with Cynthia? I see a couple struggling with the joys of a new baby and mom having postpartum depression but would they harm their own child.

The author gets right into the story and takes us on a roller coaster ride, will you predict what the end will be? I was glued to the book. The story keeps a nice pace throughout where I was totally engaged in the story. I didn't see all the surprises coming and was left thinking, wow, really. I can't wait to read more from Shari Lapena. I give The Couple Next Door a 4 out of 5 Stars.

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