Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Guest Post: Author Stephanie Julian – Goddess in the Middle

Goddess in the Middle
Goddess in the Middle:

One of the original party girls, Amity, Etruscan Goddess of Health, cut a swath through the gorgeous young men of Italy…before it was Italy.
Back when Rome had yet to be built and the Etruscans, along with the Greeks, were major powers in the Mediterranean, Amity was called Munthukh and she and her twin sister, Kari, Goddess of Healing, spent their nights drinking the God of the Vine’s wine and indulging their desires.
“She was such a minor goddess in comparison to Lucy and Tessa. Even when she’d been in full command of her powers, all those millennia ago, she’d never been what most people might call popular.
Sure, she’d had followers but, mostly, she’d been worshiped only when someone was gravely ill. That made for a lot of weeping people and, though she was always glad to help, it was slightly depressing.
Before Paris Hilton, before Marie Antoinette… Hell, before Cleopatra, she and Kari had been the original party girls, drinks in one hand and a man, or two, on the other.
And really, who could blame them? It’d been their way of decompressing from the death and destruction inherent in their duties.”
Amity was always happy to be of use, when she could. Sometimes she could do nothing because she was forbidden by Nortia, Goddess of Fate. Sometimes she jumped in even if she hadn’t been called. She can’t abide suffering of any kind.
Unlike the Greek gods, who lived apart from humans, the Etruscans lived with their people so Amity was always around. Her people knew they only had to offer up a prayer—and maybe a little sacrifice (wine is always appreciated!)— to find her when they needed her. Or just check for the nearest party.
But like all good things, the Etruscans’ time ended. Most of their people were assimilated into the Roman culture and their race dwindled.
The deities began to lose their powers and now, Amity spends most of her time working in a hospital helping cancer patients and accident and abuse victims. She likes being useful.
Unfortunately, she’s also become the target of Charun, God of the Underworld, who wants to consume her remaining powers.
Now, Amity is a lover, not a fighter. She needs help. She needs a hero. And since two are always better than one, she’s lucky to find a pair of Etruscan werewolves. Remy and Rom are perfect for her—tough, determined and gorgeous. Who wouldn’t want those two as personal protection?
Amity, Remy and Rom have their hands full in GODDESS IN THE MIDDLE, saving Amity from Charun, falling in love and protecting the Etruscans from becoming obsolete.
Sounds like a big job…but just think of the party afterward!

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Stephanie Julian:

Stephanie Julian is the author of the Forgotten Goddesses, Magical Seduction, Lucani Lovers, The Fringe and Darkly Enchanted series. A former reporter for a daily newspaper, she enjoys making up stories much more than writing about real life. She’s happily married to a Springsteen fanatic and is the mother of two sons who love her even when they don’t have any clean clothes and dinner is a bowl of cereal.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

ARC Review: J.C. Daniels - Blade Song

Blade Song: Kit Colbana

Release Date: August 1st 2012
From Goodreads.com
Kit Colbana—half breed, assassin, thief, jack of all trades—has a new job: track down the missing ward of one of the local alpha shapeshifters. It should be a piece of cake.
So why is she so nervous? It probably has something to do with the insanity that happens when you deal with shifters—especially sexy ones who come bearing promises of easy jobs and easier money.

Or maybe it’s all the other missing kids that Kit discovers while working the case, or the way her gut keeps screaming she’s gotten in over her head. Or maybe it’s because if she fails—she’s dead.

If she can stay just one step ahead, she should be okay. Maybe she’ll even live long to collect her fee…

This is a fantastic new story from Shiloh Walker using a new pen name. This story is taking place in the United States where paranormals (Shifters, Vampires, Witches, etc..) live openly amongst humans. Their truce is tentative and prejudices against paranormals run strong. Usually if they keep to their own area there is no issue, but the humans certainly don’t care if the paranormals die or if their young disappear. This makes for an interesting, dangerous world that Ms. Daniels built. It is rich and distinctive and really comes to life.

Kit is a half breed Aneira with a bad attitude. She has a very tumultuous past, which sneaks up on her quite a bit while she is hunting for the young boy, something about this case triggers memories she’s wishes she had forgotten. As a half breed she doesn’t really fit in anywhere, but can walk in both worlds. This is also one of the reasons she is so good at her job. Regrettably, being good at your job doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a lot of jobs. It is this desperation for work along with a soft spot for kids that pull her into one of the most dangerous jobs of her career. No matter what Kit keeps on investigating, she is relentless in her pursuit of Doyle, even when attacked numerous times. I love that she is so tenacious and cares so much about finding a kid that she has never met before, so much so that she risks her life on a regular basis with this case. I also love how strong willed she is, she is a half breed so not as strong as some of the other characters we come across, but what she lacks in actual physical strength she makes up for it with mental strength. She does have some interesting powers as an Aneira, which make her unique in this world and give her a slight advantage at times.

In this book we get the super sexy Damon, with smoldering eyes and a bad attitude, almost as bad as Kit’s. He is a powerful cat shifter who refuses to let Kit work alone, and becomes the bane of her existence at least at first. Then we have Jude who is a powerful vampire who is fixated on Kit, he wants to make her his, but Kit has no interest in becoming a vamp’s pet. Jude brings out Damons’ possessive side and adds an interesting mix to this cocktail. What I wasn’t so thrilled with is Kit is so against the male for most of the book, but once her sudden attraction is acknowledged it’s like 0-50 in 0.3 seconds. I think I got whiplash. Besides Kit’s love interest’s we met a lot of other interesting characters. I loved the witches and some of Kits other friends and hope to see them again, assuming this is going to be a series.

Overall, I was really happy with this book. It brought a refreshing element to the urban fantasy genre. I was impressed with the world building and the depth of the characters. Kit was vulnerable yet strong, we had two possible male love interests and plenty of action to keep the story moving. I sincerely hope this is going to be a series, I don’t see anything on Goodreads yet; because I have every intention of continuing on with Kit. It’s been about a week since I read the book and it has remained in the back of my mind since. That is always a good sign of a fantastic read!

*Arc was provided through NetGalley for an honest review, no other compensation was given.

Amanda P ratings 4 half moons

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

ARC Review: Kendra Leigh Castle - Shadow Rising

Dark Dynasties Series:
Book 3:

Shadow Rising: Damien Tremaine and Ariane

Release Date: July 31st 2012
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As one of the Grigori, a noble vampire dynasty shrouded in mystery, Ariane has spent her life hidden away in the desert. Like all of her kind, she is a watcher, fated to observe, forbidden to act. Yet when her best friend, Sammael, vanishes, she defies all rules and flees her safe haven to bring him home.
A shape-shifting assassin for the House of Shadows, Damien Tremaine is hired to locate Sammael. His hunt for the wayward Grigori leads him to Ariane, the rogue vamp who stands between him and his bounty. Damien never lets emotion interfere with his work, but a single touch from the sexy, beguiling vampire shatters his self-control. Drawn together by their common goal, what begins as an alliance of necessity soon becomes one of desire. But when the secret at the dark heart of the Grigori comes to light, Damien and Ariane must make a choice that could bind them eternally...or tear them—and everything they care about—apart.
I started this series on book 2 and then went back and read book 1 and I am so glad I did! This series was such a great find! I enjoy the concept of the different dynasties and the differences between each dynasty. It adds a unique twist to the vampire genre.
Since I started reading this series I have been intrigued by the Grigori, they are such a secretive, mysterious dynasty. So I was glad that this book featured one of the Grigori and I was not disappointed by Ariane. Ariane has been sheltered her entire 900 years as a vampire, she remained at the Grigori compound not once leaving in all of her years. Unlike the rest of the Grigori who remain cold, she has emotion and struggles against it, so she is considered flawed and they never let her forget it. What I liked about Ariane, was her sense of loyalty, her one and only friend went missing and she was going to do anything she could to find him; including risking being hunted by the rest of the Grigori. Once she left the compound she really realized how much of a half life she was living. I loved how Ms. Castle had Ariane struggling to adapt to the world around her and how to develop relationships with the people she meets. I also loved how compassionate Ariane is, she had a great capacity to care, but she was also fierce. She didn’t hesitate to attack and defend against those she felt wronged her or hers. Ariane, also didn’t have any rose colored glasses when it came to Damien, she knew who and what he was and she never tried to change him. It takes a strong woman to accept her man as he is. There was so much to like about Ariane and I couldn’t find any fault with her.
Damien, since the beginning has been an a$$. He cares about #1, it’s how he has always gone through life, even as a human. As one of the Shade as well as a Cat Shifter that was further reinforced. He never worked with a partner but as his and Arianes’ paths kept crossing it became clear they may need to team up. At first he was not too happy about it, but sooner rather than later, he got with the program. Little by little Ariane, got under Damiens skin and he did not know how to react to that. It became fun to watch as he floundered over what to do. He was such an easy target for Vlad, to tease. Damiens progression from the first book to the third was small but significant. In the first book, Damien would not have called anyone a friend, but by the third book he had accumulated a very small group of friends including Vlad. Although, there has been some small progression for Damien, he still stays true to who he is, a cocky, self indulgent a$$, who cares about few people but those in his inner circle of which Ariane became the center. Damien worms his way into your heart and easily becomes one of your favorites of this series.
A lot of the characters in the previous books reappear in this book, adding to the story line. It is always fun to circle back around to characters you previously read about to see how they are doing past their book. One of my favorite side characters has become Vlad, he is quite entertaining in his own right and I look forward to reading his book one of these days. I will most definitely be continuing on with this great series by Kendra Leigh Castle. It is fun, entertaining and refreshing. I do suggest starting from the beginning; everything is a lot clearer if you do.

*ARC was provided through NetGalley for an honest review, no other compensation was given.
Amanda P ratings 4 moons
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Monday, July 23, 2012

Reading on a Dime: This Week Contemporary Romance

Titles for less then my Starbucks habit:
So this is the second attempt at “Reading on a Dime” where I will attempt to highlight everyday low priced titles of great books! Times are rough and if you are anything like me you are constantly buying new books whether you necessarily have the funds or not. I will attempt to provide great reads that wont hurt your bank account as bad. Featuring books for $5.00 or less and a few titles if apart of the series for slightly more.

Rachel Gibson:
RG is one of my absolute favorite authors and one of the few Contemporary Romance authors I religiously read. A recent meme asked, who is your go to “Comfort Read” and I didn’t even have to think about it for more then a few seconds. Rachel Gibson is my Go To when I need a comfort read. No matter how many times I’ve read one of her books I laugh, every single time! RG has a couple of series as well as some standalone titles. What I do like about RG is even though she does have some series each book is also written as a standalone so it is not necessary to read in order.

Lovett, Texas Series: Price $1.99 – $3.99 ea

Standalone Titles: Price: $3.99 ea

Chinooks Hockey Team Series: Price $3.99 – $4.99 ea

Standalone Titles for slightly more: Price $5.99 ea

Chinooks Hockey Team Series for slightly more: Price $5.99 ea

Writer Friends Series for slightly more: Price $5.99

Victoria Dahl:
I have only read the Donovan Series by Victoria Dahl, but it was enough to get a pretty good sense of her as an author and I loved what I found. Her writing is smart and funny with a sarcastic edge. Our Heros and Heroines are in real world situations with real problems. You will find yourself laughing and crying when you pick up this series. The first book is actually a novella in an anthology containing the first part of the story from “Real Men Will” which I highly recommend reading before you read that title.

Donovan Brewery Series: Price $4.99 ea

Cherry Lynn:
The Ross Siblings is so far two books, it leans towards erotic contemporary romance, so consider yourself warned. They are quite steamy! The first is the oldest Ross sibling Evan which is more a typical sweet CR. The second is the youngest Ross sibling, this is the first book I read. It features Brian who is a bad boy tattoo artist with piercings in interesting places. *wink wink* This a great CR series, that kind of bridged the gap between straight up CR and erotica for me. I never liked erotica much until I picked up Cherrie Lynn’s books. It’s not so heavy on the sex that the story is minimal.

Ross Siblings Series: Price $4.25 ea

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Free Kindle eBooks: Amazon.com – 7/22/2012

Free eBooks:

Welcome back for this weeks FREE KINDLE post! As per the usual, these eBooks are free for now, who knows how long they will stay free. So grab these while you can! As we all know what is free now, may not be free 10 minutes from now. All the information provided I got straight from Amazon.

Happy Downloading!

Stolen Fury (Stolen Series Book #1) - Elisabeth Naughton

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Length: 353 pages
To unearth a centuries-old secret, an archaeologist must team up with the rakish thief who’s stolen both an ancient relic and her heart… Oh, is he handsome. And charming. And sexy as all get out. Dr. Lisa Maxwell isn’t the type to go home with a guy she barely knows. But, hey, this is Italy and the red-blooded Rafe Sullivan seems much more enticing than cataloging a bunch of dusty artifacts. After being fully seduced, Lisa wakes to an empty bed and, worse yet, an empty safe. She’s staked her career as an archaeologist on collecting the three Furies, a priceless set of ancient Greek reliefs. Now the one she had is gone. But Lisa won’t just get mad. She’ll get even. She tracks Rafe to Florida, and finds the sparks between them blaze hotter than the Miami sun. He may still have her relic, but he’ll never find all three without her. And they’re not the only ones on the hunt. To beat the other treasure seekers, they’ll have to partner up—because suddenly Lisa and Rafe are in a race just to stay alive. **2010 Double RITA Nominated book (Best Romantic Suspense, Best First Book)**

Chasing Sunset - Sami Lee

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Print Length: 97 pages
When the sun goes down on their erotic encounter, who will be left standing? After an unsettled childhood, Sidney McCall has finally found a home in Graceville. This dream town comes with a dream boyfriend. Drew Buchanan is charming, romantic, completely devoted to her—and he cooks! Now if only the whole commitment thing didn’t give her night sweats… Drew, a professional chef, wants nothing more than to give Sidney everything she’s ever dreamed of, both in and out of bed. Even if it means serving up her most secret wish complete with a whipped-cream topping: a tryst with two men. His best friend Brody Nash is the missing ingredient, and the only man he trusts with the woman he loves. What starts out as a little harmless sexual play quickly boils over into something none of them expected. An emotional minefield that could forever change the course of their lives.

Between a Rock and a Mad Woman - Stephanie Queen

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Length: 304 pages (estimated)
Madeline Grace was alwlays expected to do great things, but she discovers the price of destiny means running for governor--against a man who was once her lover. In this world of politics, romance wins over cynicism and the good guys finish first. Not since JFK, has a political candidate used his wit and charm to such an advantage as Peter “the Rock”. On the other hand, there hasn’t been a woman so admired as a crusader against corrupt power since Joan of Arc… until “Mad” Madeline. Madeline is running for Governor of Massachusetts against Peter. Madeline and Peter were once in love—before she broke his heart. In the midst of the campaign battle they reignite their volatile relationship, but on warring sides of the ticket, they can’t afford for the media to find out too. As they fight each other for office they find they have an enemy in common. When their enemy drives up the stakes, Peter must decide if he’ll risk his career and fight with Madeline to overcome the political crisis. Madeline has to decide if she trusts Peter—and whether she still loves him

Failing Test: Book One of The Shadow Series - J.M. Pierce

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Length: 382 pages
You know him, but you can't remember his name. He is the one that is always there, in the background, all but invisible to those roaming the hallways. What if he had a secret? What if it was a secret that even he didn't know? Test Davis has always been a blur to those around him. He's a shadow like a million other kids--not smart enough for the academic team, not beast enough for the football team, not extroverted enough for the drama crowd. In all things Test is just...not, which is why no one ever notices him. But what happens when someone does notice him-- Nicole Paxton, a cheerleader, no less? What happens on the night that Test finds out there's nothing average about him and that a powerful gift has been hidden within, secretly waiting to be set free and alter his life forever? The question is, will that power save him and those he loves or tear them apart?

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, a Paranormal Romance (Jolie Wilkins Series, Book #1) - H.P. Mallory

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Length: 255 pages
A self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead. A dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover. A six hundred year old English vampire with his own agenda; one that includes an appetite for witches. The Underworld in a state of chaos. Let the games begin. Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat and a quirky best friend. Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life! Word of Jolie’s incredible ability to bring back the dead spreads like wildfire, putting her at the top of the Underworld’s most wanted list. Consequently, she finds herself at the center of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a dangerous but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand.

Samson's Lovely Mortal (Scanguards Vampires #1) - Tina Folsom

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Length: 270 pages
Vampire bachelor Samson can't get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there's nothing wrong with his hydraulics - that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms.

Taming the Vampire: A Paranormal Romance Novella (Blood and Absinthe, Book 1) - Chloe Hart

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Length: 61 pages (estimated)
An unlikely partnership... Demon hunter Liz Marlowe and vampire Jack Morgan have hated each other from the moment they met. But when a powerful enemy threatens their beloved city of Boston, they form a reluctant alliance. It's supposed to be temporary--just one night, in fact. But as the tension between them builds to the breaking point, neither is prepared for what happens next.

The Demon Of Synar (FORCED TO SERVE) - Donna McDonald

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Length: 125 pages
Being captain of his own rescue ship is the kind of life Captain Liam Synar always dreamed of living. Being a master of his family’s hereditary demon was never in his plans because his brother had been trained for the purpose. Yet what choice did his father have when Conor's evil came to light? Reluctant or not, Liam is the only Synar left to rule Malachi. Now his exiled brother hunts him to capture the demon while Liam stays on the run and saves Peace Alliance ambassadors in his spare time. As if that isn’t enough trouble to handle, his mate, Ambassador Ania Looren, now unknowingly hosts his family’s demon inside her body. Liam sent Malachi into her to save her life after Conor’s men almost killed her. And though Liam hadn't wanted to, there had been no choice but to abandon her two years ago. His plan of keeping both her and the demon safe from Conor had worked, but his success at hiding what he'd done has finally reached an end. His next rescue has to be his estranged mate before Conor finally figures out the truth. After accepting only one mate in her long life, Ambassador Ania Looren is now wishing the number had remained at zero forever. Mating Captain Liam Synar is turning out to be the worst mistake she ever made. Something happened after Liam abandoned her, something more than just the pain of losing her chosen male from her life. Something about his absence has stripped away the peaceful enlightenment she struggled years to achieve. Now she can’t meditate, can’t pray, and her compassion for other creatures seems to be dying. She is becoming again the kind of person she’s spent her existence trying not to be. On top of that, she’s been accused of murdering three males who attacked her and her family. She doesn’t even remember what happened that day. Now Liam is back and demanding she go with him to his ship. What choice does she have? Ania reluctantly agrees because it’s a better fate than being arrested and put through social reconditioning on her planet. The half life she’s been living for two years is no more worth keeping than her mating commitment to a male who obviously hadn’t wanted her after all.

HER SWEETEST DOWNFALL (Paranormal Romance / Fantasy Novella) (Forever Girl Series - a Journal) - Rebecca Hamilton

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Length: 94 pages
Ophelia's been successful at hiding her true identity, until the mark of the serpent appears on her neck—a death sentence, should it be seen by anyone in her town. Hiding the mark might save her from falling victim to the witch hunts of her era, but the scorching sensation it carries can’t be ignored. When the mysterious Ethan is sent to collect her for a life of something more, she learns concealing the mark is the least of her worries. She’s destined to don a new mask—to join a dark, supernatural world and protect the future of people she may never meet. What she doesn’t know—what she learns too late—is that her initiation won’t be complete until she kills the man she loves. Set in an alternate Regency England, "Her Sweetest Downfall" is a standalone novella in the "Forever Girl" series. The novella of around 30,000 words, written as a gift to fans of the Forever Girl series. HER SWEETEST DOWNFALL will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, fantasy, and vampire fiction.

Venice Vampyr (Venice Vampyr #1) - Tina Folsom

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Length: 116 pages
Venice, early 1800s, Isabella Tenderini, a wealthy merchant's widow rescues a stranger from drowning in one of Venice's canals. And how does the man repay her selfless act? By kissing her - her, a respectable woman. Not only is Raphael di Santori grateful for his life being saved, he would also like to thank his rescuer very intimately - more intimately than decorum allows. But then, Raphael has never been one to play by the rules - as a vampire he doesn't have to.

The Three Circle Charm - Marv Roter

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Length: 364 pages
Teri always wore the gold amulet given to her by her father. It had come to them through centuries of secrecy and darkness. Its purpose was to protect the wearer. Harrison J. Totman, a popular man on campus had a passion to know this silver-haired beauty. He pursued her relentlessly. “My name is Teresa Sabrina Spinetigne. I’m a genuine gypsy,” she finally told him. He cleverly, wheedled a date to accompany her to a Halloween Party at her parents house. She insisted that he carry the three-circle charm or he would be in danger. Harrison was not one to believe in “Gypsy stories,” but he was anxious to indulge her. At the party he was his usual brash self; they treated him like a laughable fool until he accidentally fouled a Black Mass. The coven turned on him in a fury. He ran with the very denizens of Hell in pursuit. In the confusion he dropped the charm. It seemed his death was eminent. For some reason, Teri decided to save him. She found the charm and went after him. For the moment they were saved but then the two of them had to live together to be under the charm’s protection. Trying to solve the mystery of the Charm, Harrison was later thrown back in time to the fourteenth century where he had to survive among Gypsy Musicians, a “rough and rowdy” bunch. Living out his days in a past century was not an acceptable end for Harrison. Would he ever find a way back?

The Ghost Hunter (The Hunter Series) - Lori Brighton

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Length: 266 pages
When Ashley Hunter inherits the Inn where her father mysteriously vanished years ago, she jumps at the chance to finally uncover the truth about his disappearance. But soon after taking ownership of the decrepit building, Ashley realizes she’s in for far more than she bargained. Not only has she inherited answers to many sought-after questions, she’s also inherited spirits, demons and even fallen angels! Then Cristian arrives, a gorgeous man who insists he merely needs a room to rent. She believes him, until one by one her ghosts start disappearing... As a fallen angel destined for a life of servitude, Cristian Lucius is relegated to protecting earth from unwanted spirits. But he can’t accomplish this daunting task alone. He requires assistance from the very woman who frustrates him as much as she intrigues him. Cristian is determined to ignore his intense attraction for Ashley, and focus on his mission. If they don’t work together, they won’t have a chance in hell of defeating the demon threatening their lives. The problem is getting Ashley to trust him. No easy task, considering Cristian is the very man responsible for her father’s disappearance. Intended for ages 18 and over.

Scarlett White - Chloe Smith

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Length: 323 pages
When the two clichéd stereotypes, popular jock and socially awkward nerd, are forced together through an assignment in lab, chaos arises. Throw in a forgotten past, a bitchy cheerleader, three best friends, an identical cousin, and a few other dramatic situations, and you get a Typical, confused brain.

The Journey - J. Adams

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Length: 181 pages
The war between good and evil is as old as time itself so is the absolute truth that each choice is accompanied by a consequence. Ciran is about to be faced with both. Two roads lie ahead. Only one leads home. Which will she choose?

The Vangeretta Curse ~Elementris~ - Christina Mobley

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Length: 252 pages
There are people born in this world with a powerful connection to the earth itself.
They have an unbreakable and extraordinary bond. Every seven years, five people are born on the same day, at the exact same time. The elements bind them; earth, fire, wind, water, and spirit. They call them, Elementris. Ava Vangeretta is seventeen years old and different. Unlike most born of the element, she was born alone. She has the power of all five elements. Ava is the first True Elementris to be born in many years. As her eighteenth birthday approaches she is faced with a choice. Give up this rare gift and live the normal life she has always craved or accept it and challenge the current True Elementris in a battle to the death. Ava's past haunts her as she struggles to decide. In her present, the seasons are colliding together, storms are destroying lives, and love is a dangerous curse. The current True Elementris is behind it all and she will do whatever necessary to keep Ava from making it to her eighteenth birthday. Ava’s decision threatens the lives of the two people she cares about most. Can you choose between love and friendship? Get ready for the storm…

Iibrahiim (The Epic Erthelba Series) - Timothy R. O'Donnell

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Length: 304 pages
The first book in the Epic Erthelba Series, Iibrahiim, introduces Erthelba, a post-apocalyptic world where the scattered remnants of mankind have regressed in technology back to its infancy. It is a new world, with adapting life forms, some of which can use ‘magic,' including man, who has evolved into five races. Iibrahiim explores rich and fascinating new cultures, philosophies, and religions, while telling the tale of one of its heroes, Quaagthook. Meanwhile, the overarching storyline examines the nature of reality and perception, and man's obligation to himself, -- to discover his life's purpose, and to fulfill the reason for his existence, if possible.

The Banished King (The Vampire Royalty Series) - Mackenzie Strong

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Length: 212 pages
Phoenix is a vampire full of self-loathing. He wants an end, or a beginning, and starts to think maybe he can see one of those with Casey Neilson, the local Goth girl. Tricked into a date with Casey, Phoenix has to decide where his priorities lie with this girl, especially when the vampire who turned him comes along and threatens to kill Casey. Phoenix decides he needs to break away from his past and do something different for once. Stealing away into the night, Phoenix and Casey set off in search of the vampire King.

Love Me (Contemporary Romance) (Take Me) - Bella Andre

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Length: 220 pages
BOOK DESCRIPTION: If there's one thing that Janica Ellis is absolutely certain of, it's that she and Luke Carson are totally wrong for each other. She's a wild, artistic and outspoken fashion designer. He's a type A, workaholic trauma surgeon (who just happens to be sizzling hot and her brother-in-law!). But Janica is about to be proven wrong when opposites attract...in the sexiest possible way. After a life-changing night in the ER, Luke is desperate for escape - and relief from his personal demons. For five years he has fought his attraction to his sister-in-law, but when he's pushed too far, he can't fight it another second. He needs her. Desperately. He's spent his whole life doing the right thing. For one night, he's going to follow desire instead. Straight into Janica's arms. Janica can't believe Luke is finally at her front door...and that he's kissing her like he's been waiting his whole life to touch her. But even as their sensual connection deepens with every touch of skin on skin - and the man she always thought was such a good boy turns out to be sinfully, toe-curlingly bad between the sheets - Janica soon realizes she wants more than Luke's body. She wants his heart too. But what will Luke do when one night of extreme passion turns into an all or nothing proposition? (Steamy scenes, graphic and explicit sex...and lots of emotion.)

Return to You (A Laurel Heights Novel) - Kate Perry

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Length: 197 pages
That rat bastard Michael Wallace is back. The last person Olivia Parker expects to walk into her lingerie shop is her high school sweetheart. She's so over him. Mostly. Except that he's hotter than ever and still knows her better than she knows herself. But how can she risk her heart when she knows he's just going to leave again? It's a simple plan: return home, shoot the movie, and leave emancipated from the contract he signed eleven years before. But Michael's plan gets blown away the moment he sees Olivia again. Smart, sexy, and successful, Olivia is distraction personified. Only worse than that -Michael fears Olivia may be his heart and soul…

Lessons in Love - Louise Rose-Innes

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Length: 20 pages
Psychotherapist Scarlett Burrows has been dumped by her boyfriend of six months because she is apparently bad in bed! Mortified, Scarlett is determined to rectify the situation before she develops serious self-esteem problems. Who better to ask for some sultry lessons in love than her gorgeous flatmate and renown womanizer, Gavin Hamilton? When pro footballer turned motivational speaker, Gavin Hamilton’s best friend, Scarlett asks him to teach her how to have mind-blowing sex he is astounded. He’s harbored secret feelings for Scarlett for years but reluctant to ruin the friendship he’s steered clear of all romantic involvement. Now she’s asking him for his help and the urge to instruct his flat mate in the sweet art of lovemaking is too strong for him to ignore. But will their union destroy their friendship forever?

Jenna's Cowboy: A Novel (The Callahans of Texas) - Sharon Gillenwater

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Length: 331 pages
Jenna Callahan has a young son and rewarding work on her father's ranch. She's content. But she never expected to see Nate Langley back in town--the first guy she noticed, the one her father sent away all those years ago. And she never thought the attraction they felt would be as strong as ever. Jenna's cowboy has some healing of his own to do, though, after two tours of duty in the armed forces. With the help of good friends, strong faith, and a loving family, he hopes to put the horrors of the past behind him--and become the man Jenna deserves. With an emphasis on simple acts of love, Jenna's Cowboy gives romance readers what they want most: a love story with a Texas touch.

Falling Star - Diana Dempsey

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Length: 420 pages
Natalie Daniels’ husband just dumped her. Her boss is scheming to replace her. And she’s falling in love with her sexy Australian TV news agent – who’s about to propose to somebody else. What’s a woman to do? Dig deep and show what she’s made of – which just might land her both the job and the man of her dreams.

Masters at Arms (Rescue Me) - Kallypso Masters

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Length: 166 pages
Masters at Arms begins the journey of three men, each on a quest for honor, acceptance, and to ease his unspoken pain. Their paths cross at one of the darkest points in their lives. As they try to come to terms with the aftermath of Iraq--forging an unbreakable bond--they band together to start their own BDSM club. But will they ever truly become masters of their own fates? Or would fate become masters of them? (Book One in the Rescue Me series.) NOTE FROM AUTHOR: This is an introduction to the erotic-romance series RESCUE ME. The Happily Ever After endings come in the following three Romance novels, but you won't be able to follow the men in their romances as well without this backstory. (The author doesn't rehash what has come before in the series and the books are not standalones. The characters continue to work on their relationships over several books, not in a single Romance, but the romances DO have happy endings.) WARNING: There are some intense themes in this book, including surviving the death of a spouse, dealing with the horrors of incest and being tortured as a sex slave, and dealing with the aftermath of war (including a wounded warrior with PTSD and an amputation injury).

Slow Hands (Harlequin Blaze) - Leslie Kelly

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Length: 210 pages
This is Maddy Turner's lucky day. The civilized society girl just bid on sexy rogue Jake Wallace at a charity bachelor auction--and won! But Maddy knows Jake's dirty little secret. And it should keep her from trying out her new boy toy. Too bad she can't stop herself from indulging in raw, quite uncivilized sex all the same.... Jake Wallace is utterly bewitched by Maddy--and utterly bewildered. How can this tantalizing woman melt so rapturously under his ministrations one moment, then turn into a haughty queen the next? He's determined to get to the bottom of Maddy's agenda. One slow, delicious inch at a time...

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Friday, July 20, 2012

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow – Feel Good Reads

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines. This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make some new friends!

How to join in:
-You should run a book blog that features and reviews mostly adult reads, some Y.A.’s are okay but 18 & over adult reads should be your majority.
-Make a separate post for the 18 & Over Book Blogger Follow on your blog.
-Copy the html for the button above and place it at the top of your post.
-List & answer the ‘Question of the Week.’
-Place your name and blog title in the linky below and the url for a direct link to your post
-Visit the other blogs on the list and say 'Hi!' Following each blog is not mandatory but I know it is always appreciated, and if someone comments saying they’re a new follower it’s polite to follow back. J It’s always nice to spread the 18 & Over Book Blogging love!
-Contact me (readingbetweenthewines10 at gmail dot com) with any questions!
Question of the Week: Do you have a 'feel good' read or author that you go to whenever you're sick or feeling down?
My feel good author is Rachel Gibson! She writes light funny contemporary romance.We have had a thing going for about 10 years! Her books make me laugh every time, it doesn’t matter how many times I have read that book, I still laugh. And laughing is always a great way for a pick me up! Her heros are always alpha’s and her females sassy. She even has a fantastic hockey series, the Chinooks.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

#FF–You gave me a bookish gift?! Thanks!

Welcome to the Feature & Follow

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools — keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them “hi” in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!
What sets this Hop apart from others, is our Feature. Each week we will showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas. Who is our Feature today? Find out below. Just remember it is required, if you participate, to follow our Features and you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) as a courtesy. How do you follow someone? Well, if you have a preference, state it in your #FF post. A lot of blogs are transitioning to WordPress in which they do not have the luxury of GFC, so an RSS subscription is appreciated or if you choose an email subscription. If you don’t have GFC please state in your post how you would like to be followed.
All features are chosen randomly to be the feature. They are not chosen by content or name.
Q: Christmas in July! Someone gives you a gift card for two books (whatever that costs). What two books will you buy?

Man I get get a few cheaper books?! Damn it! I would say Darynda Jones – Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, (I’m eagerly anticipating it since I just finished the 3rd book about 30 mins ago) but it’s not out yet so I’ll have to pick again.

So I’m going to pick Jeaniene Frost – Once Burned (Kindle addition) I pick this book because I already have the ARC in paperback but I want it for my Kindle too. Greedy I know, but it’s Vlad!

Anne of Green Gables – Collectors addition, why because I used to have a very pretty collectors addition that my mom bought me for a birthday. I read it so much it started to fall apart and now it’s just lost in a hundred different moves over the years. That was one of my favorite books growing up so I’d like a replacement for the copy I abused. I didn’t appreciate it then, but I would now.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Reading on a Dime: Books for Less Than My Daily Starbucks

Hey all! So I'm testing out a spin off of my Free Kindle eBooks posts. A Reading on a Dime post, listing books that cost less than my daily Starbucks habit. So I will be featuring GREAT eBooks that are less then $5.00, because I know we are all strapped for cash sometimes. I'm going to try for books whose price is always below $5.00 and not just on a limited time deal, but a for the foreseeable future deal. LOL.  I wont limit this to Paranormal Romance, but will also feature other genre's. After all who really sticks solely to one genre after all, not even me. Although, it is my Go To flavor. I'm not sure if I'll make this a weekly post like my Free post or if I'll just do it on a whim. I guess it all depends if this becomes a popular post. 
So PRETTY PLEASE with sugar on top let me know what you think!
Gena Showalter Reads:
Gena's publisher is actually pretty good about keeping her eBooks prices reasonable, just one more reason to love Ms. Showalter! 
Her Lords of the Underworld Bundle. Technically this is more then a Starbucks addiction; however, it's 3.5 books in one so at $9.99 its a STEAL! 
They dared to open Pandora's Box, and now must carry an eternal curse. New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter's incredible new paranormal series begins in a remote fortress in Budapest, where six immortal warriors, each more dangerously seductive than the last, are bound by an ancient curse none has been able to break. Journey through this dark and sensual world, where the line between good and evil blurs and true love is put to the ultimate test. Bundle includes: The Darkest Fire, The Darkest Night, The Darkest Kiss and The Darkest Pleasure.

Also in the Lords of the Underworld Series for under $5.00 you can get the Darkest Surrender for $4.33 and the Darkest Seduction for $3.99.

The rest of the series is still a bargain at just under $6.00 ea book

Also available eBook at a bargain price is Gena Showalters Atlantis Series Bundle. You can get the ENTIRE 5 book series for $9.99 that's just under $2.00 per book! 
Discover New York Times bestselling Gena Showalter's mythical world of immortals, magic and dark seduction in the Atlantis series! Now, you can download all five stories in this sexy, supernatural series in one convenient download. Bundle includes Heart of the Dragon, Jewel of Atlantis, The Nymph King, The Vampire's Bride and The Amazon's Curse.

Some Random Cheapy Titles I have enjoyed:
Mystic Ink by Casey Wyatt for $4.99
Welcome to Mystic, Connecticut, where a Satyr owns the local pawn shop, a Minotaur serves the tastiest pizza in town, and the nearest gate to the Underworld resides in the alley outside a tattoo parlor.
Nix–Sea Nymph, talented artist and proprietor of Mystic Ink–just wants to run her tattoo shop in peace and quiet. Peace and quiet, however, are the least of her problems. Mortal corpses keep springing up in her alley like daisies. Hades is angry that the mortals’ souls are missing. And to top it all off, the human authorities suspect Nix of foul play. 
Before long, the supernatural police force takes an interest. They dispatch Agent Calder Quinne to investigate. His assignment is simple: determine Nix’s guilt or innocence by observing her daily routine. Instead, he’s faced with an uncooperative Nymph who resents his presence and evades him at every opportunity. 
Nix finds Cal far too attractive and a challenge to her self-imposed ban on relationships. She wants him out of her life as soon as possible. When Cal’s soul is stolen next and Nix wakes up missing memories of the evening’s events, even she starts to wonder if she’s guilty. Now, she has only two weeks to locate Cal’s missing soul, or he’ll be doomed to spend eternity as a Shade.

Special Offers by M.L. Ryan for $0.99
Hailey Parrish is quick-witted, irreverent, and hasn’t had a date in three years. She only wanted an eBook reader because her collection of paperbacks threatened to take over her small living space. Little did she know that the "special offers" that prompted the purchase included much more than a reduced price in exchange for a few ads. The device came pre-loaded with the essence of Sebastian Kess, an erudite womanizer with magical abilities from a parallel dimension. When she inadvertently releases him and he inhabits her body, she finally has a man inside her, just not in the way she imagined. And soon her predicament introduces her to yet another supernatural, the handsome could-be-the-man-of-her-dreams Alex Sunderland. Can Alex and Hailey find a way to return Sebastian to his own body, stay one step ahead of the criminals who want to keep him where he is, and not lose their sense of humor?

So what do we think of this post so far? I was thinking maybe featuring a different author or series and a couple of randoms each post. Or maybe the randoms are disjointed and need to be on their own post... 

Monday, July 16, 2012

ARC Review: Kristen Callihan – Moonglow

Darkest London Series:
Book 2:
Moonglow: Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup and Daisy Ellis Craigmore

From Goodreads.com
Once the seeds of desire are sown . . .
Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy's door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors . . .
Their growing passion knows no bounds . . .
Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect the beautiful, fearless Daisy, who awakens in him desires he thought long dead. As their quest to unmask the villain draws them closer together, Daisy has no choice but to reveal her own startling secret and Ian must face the undeniable truth: Losing his heart to Daisy may be the only way to save his soul.
***Spoiler Free***
When I first saw Firelight on NetGalley, I loved the cover (side note, how beautiful are the covers for Firelight and Moonglow, some of my favorites!) so much I had to see what that book was all about. I read the blurb and was curious enough to give it a whirl. When I had finished Firelight, I knew that here was something special. A new talent was emerging that could weave a delicious story that was rich in detail, intriguing, fresh in its uniqueness and characters that you could truly care about. Firelight became one of my instant favorites of this year so far. I was really hoping that with the sequel Moonglow we would get the same quality that we got from Firelight and I was NOT disappointed. Kristen Callihan delivers another smashing success.
So at first it was a bit slow reading, but that was more my fault then the writing; I’d pick the book late at night knowing I needed to go to sleep so I couldn’t truly immerse myself in the story. I am not one of those people who can read for an hour go to sleep, pick the book up a day or more later, read for another hour then stop again only to rise and repeat. I didn’t give the beginning of the book its due, but I was so eager to start it! But once I finally found a large chunk of time, I could not put the book down! I was sucked in and could not let go until I finished the book. Callihan just has this way of writing that is so rich in detail and emotion that you can’t help but to let go and feel and enjoy. The story is interesting, funny, action packed and entertaining. You come to know the characters so well that when they are hurting, you can’t help but feel along with them. Callihan is a master of divvying up details a little at a time, just enough to keep you from getting frustrated or irritated. Yet at the same time few and far enough between that she keeps you guessing, she takes you on a rollercoaster of twists and turns. The twists and turn are not just from plot reveals but it’s also an emotional rollercoaster. Damn it I cried! Twice! It’s damn hard to make me cry once, let alone twice!
Daisy I came to adore, here is a woman after my own heart. I adored that she had a backup plan! I’m a big believer of the backup plan. She knew her husband was a bastard and would leave her with nothing, so she planned for her own future. She went behind his back and used her very impractical talent of nosing to make herself a fortune. I can get down with that. Regrettably, it’s that talent that brings upon her current troubles. Murders start happening, and the link seems to be Daisy, and now she is being stalked by a very dangerous beast. Ian, can keep Daisy safer than just about anyone else, but in the beginning she wanted nothing to do with him; even though he brings out her lust, he once pursued her sister. I like that Daisy had pride, she refused to be second best, and she refused to stand in the shadow of any woman and told Ian so. She didn’t hold back from him, she told him straight up. I also liked that she was lusty and admitted it, even just to herself. This no demure, shy female, she has a sex drive and knows it. What about broke my heart is her attitude about it though; she had to endure years of abuse from her late husband that made her feel ashamed. I think even modern woman can even still relate this this, even though sex is so much more accepted now, there are still those that would make a female feel ashamed for being sexual. Daisy even musters to herself, that a man would be revered for his sexual prowess a woman is considered a harlot or whore for hers and that is hypocritical. What modern woman hasn’t ever had that same thought once or twice in their life? There is this one part where Ian and Daisy are together and something happens between them that had me crying for what Daisy had to endure and crying for Ian’s reaction to it.
Ian, I seriously didn’t know if I was going to like him, he was such a douche in the first book. He purposely tried to break up Archer and Miranda and that wasn’t so cool. However, Ian is so much more than his douche behaviors in the first book. Again, here is Callihan divvying up those details, but we find out so much about Ian and his past. His pain and loss is significant and has ruled who he has been for the last 70+ years. But, in Daisy he finds that it isn’t enough anymore. His living a half-life isn’t what he wants anymore; it isn’t who he is anymore. I think it’s Ian who does the most growing over the course of this book. I loved how open he had become with Daisy, how he could and would share his feeling with her. He let her see him. There was just something so sexy about it.
I have to say, I don’t think there was anything I didn’t like about this book. This book opens up this series for so many possibilities and I am very excited to see where Kristen Callihan takes us. So many new creatures and characters come out of the woodwork with this novel due to Ian’s involvement in the supernatural world. He is more entrenched in the world then Archer was. I cannot leave this review without at least mentioning Callihan’s seamlessly weaving the genres of Historical and Paranormal romance. I don’t think it would be unfair to say that this new talent may end up ruling this niche genre. Whether you are a paranormal lover or a historical romance lover, there is something here for you! Ms. Callihan has earned a place on my auto-buy list.
Review copy provided through NetGalley for an honest review, no other compensation was provided.
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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Free Kindle eBooks w/Links: Amazon.com–7/15/2012

Free eBooks:

Welcome back for this weeks FREE eBooks! I’ve been doing this a whole year now and I hope that I’ve gotten better at it. LOL. If you have any suggestion please feel free to leave a comment. As per the usual, all this information was grabbed directly from Amazon directly; including product descriptions.  Also as we all know what is free now, may not be free 10 minutes from now. Amazon does update hourly. So get these titles while you can.

Night Machines: Kia Heavey

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Length: 306 pages
Maggie decided to have an affair. No one needed to know. Not even her lover. Who would it hurt, if Maggie decided to carry on a torrid affair in her mind? It would soothe her feelings, hurt by her husband's emotional abandonment while he worked on a disturbing new murder case. It would provide an outlet for the dizzying desire she felt for her employer. It would make her feel loved and appreciated and better able to be a good wife and mother. After all, it's not really cheating if it's only a fantasy. Right? But Maggie loses control of the fantasy as lust becomes love, and things she believed confined to her own imagination are somehow known to her spectral lover. A harmless mind game spins out of control and threatens the sanctity of Maggie's greatest treasure - her family.  

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, a Paranormal Romance (Jolie Wilkins Series, Book #1) : H.P. Mallory

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Length: 255 pages
A self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead. A dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover. A six hundred year old English vampire with his own agenda; one that includes an appetite for witches. The Underworld in a state of chaos. Let the games begin. Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat and a quirky best friend. Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life! Word of Jolie’s incredible ability to bring back the dead spreads like wildfire, putting her at the top of the Underworld’s most wanted list. Consequently, she finds herself at the center of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a dangerous but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand.

The Problem With Black Magic (The Familiar Series): Karen Mead

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Length: 276 pages
Fiercely independent Cassie Tremblay divides her time between working the cash register at her neighborhood coffee shop and studying to produce the grades to get into a top-tier university. Sam, a mysterious co-worker at The Daily Grind, seems to have taken an instant dislike to her, but for Cassie, the looming specter of the SAT Verbal section is a much bigger concern. After a freak accident nearly leaves Cassie and her co-workers dead, a spell cast in desperation transforms her from a regular teen to a valuable familiar: a magical well a demon can tap. As if she didn't have enough problems, now every demon (and their monstrous minions) seems to be after Cassie's latent magic, and will stop at nothing to possess her. Blending a hint of gothic romance with wry humor, The Problem With Black Magic is a tale of one young woman's struggle for independence in a brand new world of sorcery, intrigue, and wonder.

DANGEROUS TALENTS: Frankie Robertson

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Length: 406 pages
A WORLD OF MAGIC, LOVE, AND BETRAYAL… Celia Montrose has been trained to deal with any emergency—except being thrust into another world. Nothing has prepared her for meeting the Viking descendants of the lost Vinland colony, or coping with kidnapping, murder, and magic. Lord Dahleven is trying to avert a war when he rescues a strange and beautiful woman in the drylands. Though he fears Celia may be Fey-marked, Dahleven can't resist the powerful attraction he feels for her. But is Celia in league with the enemy, or will she provide the key to saving his people? Alone and off-balance, Celia finds herself falling for Lord Dahleven. But dangerous forces are at work, and one of them is offering Celia a way home—for a price.

Cursed Secrets (Legacy of Secrets): Lisa Logue

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Length: 236 pages
Ten years ago, Lia’s life had been normal, until she witnessed a murder. Since then she’s been plagued by reliving that horrible night in a dream. But that wasn't the worst of her problems. A force had awakened inside her, unleashing something so frightening, she couldn't bear being close to anyone.Until she met Christian.Intrigued by her power and the strange connection between them, Christian is determined to find out what makes her tick. Struggling to keep his urges under control, he vows to stand by her. But as her past is revealed, he uncovers secrets that shake him to the core, forcing a decision that could lead to her death. *Includes some language* *Includes minor sexual situations*

Promise (Soul Savers): Kristie Cook

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Length: 369 pages
When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can’t be real, she decides it’s time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family’s secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her façade of normalcy…until she discovers he’s not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel. Their union brings hope and promise to her family’s secret society, the Angels’ army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy – Satan’s minions and Tristan’s creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell.

Me and My Ghoulfriends (Larue Donavan, Book 1): Rose Pressey

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Length: 308 pages
There's always fun to be had on a ghoul's night out. By day, Larue Donavan is a down-to-earth bookstore owner. But by night, she's a world-renowned psychic investigator dedicated to helping lost spirits find peace. Dead people won't leave her alone and Abraham Lincoln thinks he's in charge of her lovelife. Larue can handle ghosts and undead presidents. It's the living who drive her crazy. When Callahan Weiss moves to town, the handsome newcomer opens a coffee shop right next door. She's smitten from the start, but she's not the only one -- The boutique owner across the street has her eye on Callahan too, and uses witchcraft to fight dirty. When Callahan gets hit by a love spell, Larue will need more than a little help from her ghoul-friends to save the day...

Samson's Lovely Mortal (Scanguards Vampires #1): Tina Folsom

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Length: 270 pages (Contains Real Page Numbers)
Vampire bachelor Samson can't get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there's nothing wrong with his hydraulics - that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms.

Counting Down: Lilah Boone

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Length: 222 pages
Abigail Connelly has been having dreams about the end of the world. As news reports from all over the planet begin reporting disaster, Abby realizes it's time to take action. She flees to rural Kansas and to her family farm where she knows an old fallout shelter is buried on the property. There she meets Kyle Windstone, a very unusual farmer with equally unusual abilities. Together they will discover what it takes to survive and learn what really makes life worth fighting for.

Deception (The Fey Court Trilogy): Cyndi Goodgame

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Length: 304 pages
Do the Fey exist? In Grace’s world they do, but she doesn’t know it yet.
An unsuspecting Grace thinks she is utterly ordinary ignoring the fact that odd things happen to her daily. She has always felt like she didn’t belong anywhere or to anyone. She constantly lets others rule her feelings, others drive her inner anger, and others squelch her capabilities. Yet she sees impossible things happen, seems to make them happen unintentionally, and spends the majority of her teenage life trying to prove to others that she is not a “freak.”
Ian, is a clever quiet dark-haired boy who always seems to mysteriously save her at just the right time from her darkest moments. And does he know how Grace feels about him? Will she ever admit it aloud? Then one Halloween night, her eighteenth birthday, she finally finds out the truth. A prophecy. Before she was born, her destiny was chosen naming her to end a war. She enters a world hidden just outside the real one. Was it all laid out, or does she have a choice? Grace seems to think so even still. And Ian gives her the choice to walk away from him and his secrets. But does she want to walk away? Ian offers much more than just himself, the son of the Seelie Court queen. He offers her a path into his world where appearances are deceiving and others are trying to woo her away. Her world by birth. Creatures. And they are not the tiny winged beings from her childhood. They call themselves many names. Fey. Fair Folk. Fairies. And they say she is to be their new queen. But the enemies who want her to fail are closer than you think. Much closer. Will Grace be able to tell friend from foe? Even ones who have been beside her for years? And yet all of this was her choice? What will Grace choose? Who will Grace choose?

First Encounter: HJ Banks

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Length: 30 pages
Samantha had been planning her wedding when she caught her husband-to-be cheating. To escape, she decides to spend some time with her grandpa who lives in a log cabin out in the wilds. Her idyllic getaway soon proves to be anything but as she encounters a pack of hungry wolves, and an unwanted admirer. The one bright spot is Michael who comes to her rescue on more than one occasion. Samantha can't understand why there is such animosity amongst the locals for Michael. After a tragic event, Samantha and Michael are forced to flee for their lives. But who is following them - and why?

The Sea King's Daughter: Miranda Simon

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Length: 110 pages
What would you sacrifice for love? Nyx, the sea king's youngest daughter, detests her underwater palace; she yearns for the sunlit world above the waves. After the young mermaid rescues a human from drowning, she is determined to be with him at any cost. But life on land is not at all as she dreamed, and the price of happiness may be higher than she ever imagined. Love and heartbreak intertwine in this breathtakingly romantic retelling of "The Little Mermaid" -- a classic story that comes to life in "The Sea King's Daughter".

Bound to Remember, a Paranormal Romance (Book 1 of the Spellbound Series): Lola James

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Vampires and Witches and Myths, oh my! Toni is a young doctor with a past she can't remember and a deadly reason for forgetting it. Ben is a nurse who has his own tragic past and transfers hospitals after an act of heroism forces his secluded life public. Ben can’t believe his eyes when he meets Toni, she has an uncanny resemblance to an old friend of his, and Toni can’t help but find Ben irresistible. Enter Kevin, Toni’s sexy but arrogant Ex. Kevin’s jealousy of Ben blinds him from his main objective, Toni. A dangerous secret is revealed and a magic spell seems to be a quick remedy, but the witch that helps has a little more than magic up her sleeve…

King, King, Goose?: Mandy M. Roth

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Paranormal Dragon Shifter Romance. Very Short Promotional Story. As dragon shifter and king of his people--the purple dragons of the east-- King Najarni wants to make his lovely wife happy. Her Earthly customs and holidays are strange to him so he sends men forth to her realm to learn of these bizarre rituals. When his wife, Queen Tara, sees what her husband and his faithful guards have done, she can't help but laugh. Peek in and catch a glimpse into what Najarni has done for his beloved wife.

Mrs. Beast: Pamela Ditchoff

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Length: 165 pages
Top 10 Amazon "Beauty and the Beast" eBooks (June 2012) One day Pamela Ditchoff sat down to answer the age-old question of what happened to those famous fairy tale princesses after “Happily Ever After”. In her third novel, Mrs. Beast, award-winning writer Pamela Ditchoff unveils an enchantingly dark, but humorous and enlightened story about what became of the great fairy tale beauties after they said “I Do”. Mrs. Beast begins with Beauty, who shortly after marrying the Prince realized she preferred her loving Beast to the vain and eccentric Prince. Leaving the comforts of the castle behind, she embarks on a quest to find Elora, the enchantress who changed the beast into a Prince, and convince her to change him back into the Beast. Her quest takes her through Grimm Land, a place where angst clings and spreads like lichen, and where she meets Snow White, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella and learns what became of them after they married their princes. Snow White lives in a commune deep in the woods with the Seven Dwarfs, their seven wives and many children. Rapunzel lives in the low end of Storyendburg and makes her living on the streets. Sleeping Beauty is an opium addict living in the Kingdom of Dreams, and Cinderella hides behind a veil refusing to accept the toll aging has taken. Ms. Ditchoff turns fairy tale beauty inside out and invites the reader to do the same in this delicious twist on these fairy tale classics.

Night Shadows: Shirley Martin

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Length: 207 pages
Desperate to escape an unwanted suitor, Fianna flees to a faraway
city. There, she finds she has gone from bad to worse. She is caught
between three different men who want her, each for his own reason. The demon,
Stilo, wants her as his sex slave. Angus, the spurned suitor, won't give up in
his pursuit. Only one man, Gaderian, loves her for herself, and he's a
vampire. In a realm where vampires and demons battle for supremacy, Fianna is
trapped in a dangerous game, where someone is bound to lose his life.

Hunted (Supernatural Novella Series): Aimee Ash

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Length: 104 pages
In the quiet town of Malorie Grove Cora Silver finally thinks she has found a home, but her dreams are surpassed when Logan Hunter enters her life. An instant connection between them sends sparks flying and as they fall in love they are unaware of the heartbreak that they will soon have to face. Logan is the centre of Cora's world, the one person who has truly claimed her heart, but after spending the night celebrating their joint birthday in a woodland cabin, Logan strangely goes missing. Everyone is convinced that he has been left for dead by wolves who had been seen in the woodland, but Cora knows in her heart that Logan is still alive. Cora will do anything to find her soulmate as life without him is too unbearable. But where is Logan? Will he return to her? And is he everything she thought he was?

The Wannabe Vampire (Michael Alexander/Kari Logan): Alex Taylor

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Length: 159 pages
Michael Alexander is not your typical vampire.
He has a house in a small coastal California city, a software development team in Mumbai, and a black Toyota Prius. He wants nothing more than to enjoy the pleasant life he's crafted for himself and the friendship of Kari, his new next door neighbor. Unfortunately, Michael also has a stalker. Bruce is convinced that only the power of a vampire can save him from the ghost that haunts him. After a chance encounter in the grocery store, he turns to Michael for help. When Bruce's entreaties are rejected, his unstable nature takes over. Trapped between a desperate and deranged man and his fantasies, Michael and Kari are caught in the crossfire.

Historical Romance Boxed Set: Brenda Novak

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Print Length: 599 pages
He was a man who took what he wanted. And he wanted her. To escape her cruel stepfather, seamstress Alexandra Cogsworth envisioned sailing far from England...though not as a captive aboard a pirate's ship. Pirate captain Nathaniel Kent's strategy for exacting revenge on his coldhearted father involved taking a valuable hostage...not a seamstress he mistakenly thinks is his half sister. Yet fate has designs of its own, landing them both on board the Royal Vengeance. At sea, Nathaniel intercepts and plunders his father's ships, all the while tormented by his illicit hunger for the tempting prisoner he thinks is his blood relation. And although Alexandra wants no part in this terrifying voyage, to reveal her true identity to the handsome, blue-eyed Nathaniel would invite danger. Not only would she become worthless cargo, but the revelation would surely unleash what she and Nathaniel have been fiercely battling--a rising undercurrent of impossible desire that could sweep them away for good.
To some men honor is just a word…. Jeannette Boucher, a young French beauty from a family left penniless by the revolution, must marry against her will to save them all from ruin. But almost immediately after the vows are spoken, she learns that her old English husband is impotent—and in his desire for an heir, he plans to compromise her in the worst way.
Determined to escape such a fate, she stows away on one of His Majesty’s frigates. But a woman alone is in constant danger. To Lieutenant Treynor, honor means everything….
Born a bastard to a wayward marquise, Lieutenant Crawford Treynor was given to a poor farmer to raise and was maltreated until he ran away to join the Royal Navy. Treynor is determined to prove he’s as good as any other man and rise to captain his own frigate. But once he finds Jeannette aboard The Tempest he must decide whether to return her to the man he knows would abuse her—or risk everything, even his life, to keep her safe.

The Personal Shopper (Annie Valentine): Carmen Reid

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Length: 299 pages (estimated)
From the British publisher of Sophie Kinsella and Kathy Lette comes a story of love sprinkled with fashion. A personal shopper in a swish London store, Annie Valentine can solve everyone's problems, except her own. She's a busy single mother of two, but could there be a gap in her wardrobe for a brand new man? Finding the perfect partner turns out to be so much more difficult than sourcing the ideal shoes…

Unlocked: Courtney Milan

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Length: 104 pages (estimated)
A perpetual wallflower destined for spinsterhood, Lady Elaine Warren is resigned to her position in society. So when Evan Carlton, the powerful, popular Earl of Westfeld, singles her out upon his return to England, she knows what it means. Her former tormenter is up to his old tricks, and she's his intended victim. This time, though, the earl is going to discover that wallflowers can fight back. Evan has come to regret his cruel, callow past. At first, he only wants to make up for past wrongs. But when Elaine throws his initial apology in his face, he finds himself wanting more. And this time, what torments him might be love...

Prince, Prelude-Legend: Claudy Conn

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Length: 251 pages
Seductive, powerful Lamia DuLaine is used to getting what she wants—and she wants Julian Talbot. From the moment she sees him in the hedonistic atmosphere of 1814 Brussels, she knows she must have the roguishly handsome lord, and nothing as inconsequential as an innocent chit of a fiancée will stand in her way. After all, Lamia has more than just beauty in her arsenal; a thousand years of living have given the DuLaine unparalleled expertise at manipulating humans, especially men. Julian’s betrothed, Maxie Reigate, however, is more than just a simple, pretty miss; she has powers of her own—some of which even she doesn’t yet know about. And Maxie also has an ally in her corner: the Fae Prince of the House of Dagda. But Prince Breslyn’s role in this battle may be limited, for he has another human woman to worry about, one who has been badly used by the Fae queen’s friend Gaisioch. Plus, Bres has promised his queen that in the matter of Julian, Maxie, and Lamia, he won’t directly interfere…

Spellbound-Legend (Legend series): Claudy Conn

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One was from another world and the other from another time…
In a failed attempt to turn him into an ageless lover, the evil, not-quite-a-vampire Lamia DuLaine poisoned hunky Druid high priest Julian Talbot on his wedding day. The Seelie Fae transported Julian to their realm for treatment and captured DuLaine, but not before she brutally murdered his new wife, Maxine. Now, nearly two centuries later, the Fae have revived Julian from his coma and returned him to his ancestral estate, where he finds his bride’s many-times-great- grandniece and namesake, Maxie Reigate—who could be his beloved dead wife’s twin. Also there is Breslyn, Royal Fae Prince of Dagda. Because he’d honored the Treaty prohibiting Fae interference in the human world, Breslyn hadn’t been able to prevent Maxine’s death. This time, however, he will do whatever it takes to protect Maxie, rules be damned. It’s not just guilt that motivates him—the sexy immortal has long admired humans, and he is especially taken with this human woman. While she might look like her ancestor, this Maxine is a modern, spirited woman with emerging Druid powers of her own—and she will not be a stand-in for a long-dead love or a temporary playmate for an immortal prince. And yet, she can’t help but be attracted to these two very different and absolutely mesmerizing males. Together, the three of them must work to combat treachery from the highest levels of the Seelie Fae Realm, for one of the Seelie queen’s closest confidantes is plotting to unleash Dark and monstrous Unseelie Fae on an unsuspecting human world. If that weren’t trouble enough, Lamia DuLaine has been released from her Otherworld prison, and her obsession with Julian and hatred for the Reigate family are as strong as ever. But now she has even more Dark Magic knowledge at her disposal.

A Chance for Charity (The Immortal Ones - A Paranormal Romance): S.L. Baum

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Length: 261 pages
If you live LONG enough... love (and danger) will find you.
A new family has just arrived in the isolated mountain town of Telluride, Colorado. Welcome the Johnstons - Jason (a doctor), Rachel (a designer), and their niece Emily (a current High School Senior). Emily has lived the life of a quiet loner in the past, trying to go unnoticed. But with Telluride being such a small and welcoming town, she finds a group of friends at school almost immediately. When Emily meets Link (another new transplant in town) her world turns upside down. She doesn't understand why she feels a magnetic pull toward him, or why she unknowingly lets her guard down around him. Link is just as confused by his own need to be with her.Emily knows she is playing with fire. She should be doing whatever she can to keep herself isolated, to keep Link from getting too close. Danger has a way of finding Emily's family - that is what keeps them on the move. They arrive in a new town every few years - it is safer that way.Because... Emily isn't really Emily... her real name is Charity - and Charity has an even bigger secret. Charity and her family are not like other people, they have "skills" that mere mortals cannot begin to comprehend.Before long, Charity is struggling with the reality that her two lives are coming closer to each other with each passing day. Soon Link will find himself wrapped in a supernatural world that he never knew existed - and discover that mortals are not the only beings that walk this earth.