July 16, 2019

Hashtag Hunt Audio Blitz Giveaway

The Hashtag Hunt by Kristina Seek

The Hashtag Hunt by Kristina Seek
Narrated by Andrea Emmes -Award Winning, Best Selling Audiobook Narrator and Tim Paige.
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The only reason Lauren entered the Hashtag Hunt was for the $10,000 grand prize. She needed seed money for her startup, and it sounded easy enough: twelve hours to text twelve photos to someone called the Wizard. For hashtag number five, Lauren needs a #HottieInTheWild, and with the help of her best friend, Ivy, she finds the perfect subject. The only reason Brenner entered Barkley’s Pub was to have beers with Scott, an Army brother back in town. The reunion is interrupted when a woman is caught crouched in a dark corner, taking pictures of Brenner. Lauren explains, and though embarrassed, she accepts Scott and Brenner’s offer to help with hashtag number six. While hunting for hashtags, Lauren finds adventure and romance with her #Hottie, but she must stay focused to beat the clock and win the cash.
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About the Author

Kristina Seek's debut novel, The Hashtag Hunt, was published in 2018. She is a graduate of Queens College in Charlotte and a member of Romance Writers of America. In March of 2019, she quit her day job to focus on a career in writing. Kristina lives in North Carolina with her husband and son. She cherishes time with her friends and family, loves travelling to new destinations, and wants to cross off the other items on her bucket list.


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July 1, 2019

The Hunted Prequel to the Darkest Hand Trilogy


The Hunted (Prequel to the Darkest Hand Trilogy)The Hunted (Prequel to the Darkest Hand Trilogy)


by Tarn Richardson
Kindle Edition, 48 pages
Published
April 25th, 2019 by RedDoor Publishing
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Publishers Summary:
In the bustling streets of Sarajevo in June 1914, the dead body of a priest lies, head shattered by the impact of a fall from a building high above. As the city prepares for the arrival Archduke Franz Ferdinand, grim-faced inquisitor Tacit Poldek is faced not only with the challenge of discovering why the priest has been killed but also confronting other menaces: the demon rumoured to be at large in the city and the conspirators of the Black Hand organisation who plan to assassinate the Archduke. With terrible danger only ever one step away and his private demons silenced only by a strong drink, THE HUNTED introduces us to the damaged soul that is the unorthodox Catholic inquisitor Tacit Poldek. It is a world both like and unlike our own but in which the Inquisition, is alive and well yet existing in the shadows; in which history is poised to take dangerous and unpredictable paths; where evil assumes many horrific forms, from werewolves to the institutional slaughter of the trenches; and the threat to humanity (in all senses of the word) - and to love - is ever constant. THE HUNTED is the FREE prequel to Tarn Richardson's gritty and compelling DARKEST HAND TRILOGY featuring the brilliant but flawed inquisitor Tacit Poldek.

I was curious about The Hunted in the interim of waiting to be approved for an arc of The Damned*fingers crossed*. I liked it but I felt it a bit difficult to decipher what was happening. The characters were hard to follow but we eventually learn the name of the protagonist, Poldek Tacit.
He is simply called a priest but he resembles one who is tortured and finds comfort and relief in a bottle. Not priestly at all.
"Tacit is a shrewd detective in brooding troubled religious clothes."- from the companion to the hunted
Regardless, I thought The Hunted was a good start to the series. He is on a mission to stop Archduke Ferdinand from being assassinated by some man possessed by an evil entity. I don't know if he succeeds because the thing got away and in the sneak preview of The Damned it is revealed that Archduke gets shot in his motorcade and dies. *sigh. I am curious to follow up with this series. I'm a Catholic and I am familiar with the Church and sacramentals used in demon possession. Although I expect this series will portray the Church in a negative light just as Dan Brown's novels. P.S: BTW, I paid $1.72 :). Not free.

About the author

Tarn Richardson is the author of The Darkest Hand trilogy, published by Duckworth Overlook in Europe and Australia and Overlook Press in the US and Canada. Having grown up in Somerset, he now lives in Salisbury with his wife, the portraiture artist Caroline Richardson.

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June 23, 2019

PROTECT THE PRINCE Book Blast!


Protect the Prince, book #2, will be released on July 2.




Magic, murder, adventure, and romance combine in this second novel in the exciting Crown of Shards saga from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep. 

Everleigh Blair might be the new gladiator queen of Bellona, but her problems are far from over. First, Evie has to deal with a court full of arrogant, demanding nobles, all of whom want to get their greedy hands on her crown. As if that wasn’t bad enough, an assassin tries to kill Evie in her own throne room.
Despite the dangers, Evie goes ahead with a scheduled trip to the neighbouring kingdom of Andvari in order to secure a desperately needed alliance. But complicating matters is the stubborn Andvarian king, who wants to punish Evie for the deaths of his countrymen during the Seven Spire massacre.
Dark forces are also at work inside the Andvarian palace, and Evie soon realizes that no one is safe. Worse, her immunity to magic starts acting in strange, unexpected ways, which makes Evie wonder whether she is truly strong enough to be a Winter Queen.
Evie’s magic, life, and crown aren’t the only things in danger—so is her heart, thanks to Lucas Sullivan, the Andvarian king’s bastard son and Evie’s … well, Evie isn’t quite sure what Sullivan is to her. Only one thing is certain—protecting a prince might be even harder than killing a queen…

My Rating  link to my review on Goodreads


About the author

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Jennifer writes the Crown of Shards epic fantasy series.
Jennifer is also the author of the Elemental Assassin, Mythos Academy, Bigtime, and Black Blade fantasy series.

For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit www.jenniferestep.com or follow Jennifer on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter. (@Jennifer_Estep) You can also sign up for her newsletter. Check out her Amazon page.


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PROTECT THE PRINCE EXCERPT – NOTE THAT THIS NOT AN EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT

I stared up at the queen’s throne sitting on top of the dais. The chair was crafted of jagged pieces of tearstone that had been dug out of Seven Spire and fitted together centuries ago. The throne gleamed with a soft, muted light, shifting from starry gray to midnight-blue and back again, just like the columns did. The changing colours represented the Summer and Winter lines of the Blair royal family, as well as the everlasting strength of the Bellonan people. I had seen the throne many, many times before, but now that it was mine, I found it far more intimidating, especially since the top featured the same crown-of-shards crest that adorned my tunic, bracelet, sword, and dagger. I had never paid any attention to that symbol before the royal massacre, but now, it was everywhere I went. Sometimes, I thought I would have been far happier if I had never seen it at all. I certainly would have been much safer. Summer queens are fine and fair, with pretty ribbons and flowers in their hair. Winter queens are cold and hard, with frosted crowns made of icy shards. The words to the old Bellonan fairy-tale rhyme echoed in my mind, as though all the queens who had come before were whispering them to me over and over again. I listened to the phantom voices a moment longer, then exhaled, slowly climbed up the dais steps, turned around, and sat down on the throne. That was the signal everyone had been waiting for, and all the lords, ladies, senators, guilders, and others strode forward, stopping a few feet away from the bottom of the dais. They split into their usual cliques and began gossiping, while servants handed out sweet cakes, fresh fruits and cheeses, and glasses of blackberry sangria. I looked up at the second-floor balcony. More nobles milled around there, eating, drinking, talking, and watching me, although they were all poorer and thus far less important than the ones on the first floor. I started to drop my gaze when I noticed a man sitting by himself in the top corner of the balcony. He was wearing a long gray coat over a black tunic, and his dark brown hair gleamed under the lights, although a bit of stubble darkened his strong jaw. His handsome features were as blank as mine were, and I couldn’t tell what he was thinking, although his blue eyes burned into mine with fierce intensity. My nostrils flared. Even though he was as far away from me as possible, I could still pick out his scent—cold, clean vanilla with just a hint of spice—above all the others in the room. I drew in another breath, letting his scent sink deep down into my lungs, and trying to ignore the hot spark of desire it ignited inside me. Lucas Sullivan was the magier enforcer of the Black Swan troupe, a bastard prince of Andvari, and my . . . Well, I didn’t know exactly what he was to me. Much more than a friend, but not a lover, despite my pointed advances on that front. But I cared about him more than I wanted to think about, especially now, when I was facing another battle inside my own palace. So I dropped my gaze from his and studied the nobles again. Even though I had been queen for about three months, ever since I had killed Vasilia, the crown princess and my treacherous cousin, this was my first formal court session. Practically every noble from across the kingdom had journeyed here to discuss business and other matters, and it was important that things went well. I doubted they would, though. The nobles weren’t going to like some of the things I had to say. While the nobles chattered and downed their food and drinks, I discreetly drew in a breath, letting the air roll in over my tongue and tasting all the scents in it. The people’s floral perfumes and spicy colognes. The fruity tang of the sangria. The pungent aroma of the blue cheeses that the servants were slicing on the buffet tables along the walls. I opened my mouth to start the session when one final scent assaulted my senses—hot, jalapeño rage so strong that it made my nose burn with its sudden, sharp intensity. Most people scoffed at my mutt magic, but my enhanced sense of smell was quite useful in one regard—it let me sense people’s emotions, and very often their intentions. Garlic guilt, ashy heartbreak, minty regret. I could tell what someone was feeling—and often what they were plotting—just by tasting the scents that swirled around them. I’d had years to hone my mutt magic, so I knew that jalapeño rage meant only one thing. Someone here wanted to kill me.

June 2, 2019

My Review of The Treasure of Paragon #2 Windy City Dragon

Windy City Dragon (The Treasure of Paragon, #2)Windy City Dragon

(The Treasure of Paragon #2) by Genevieve Jack

My Rating: 3 skulls
Kindle Edition
Released April 23rd, 2019
Published by Carpe Luna Publishing

Chicago: the Windy City, where something dark lurks just below the surface
For decades he’s fought to be human…
It’s been a long time since Tobias spread his wings. The exiled dragon prince has worked hard to blend into the human world and practice his love for healing as a pediatric cardiologist. But when magic proves the only way to save a beloved child, he’s tempted to reengage with his past.

She awakens the monster within…
As a vampire-human hybrid, Sabrina is used to being different from the rest of her community. But all vampires need to feed. The night she chooses Tobias as her next meal, everything changes. He’s far more than he seems, and if she doesn’t protect his secret, it could cost him his life.
It takes a monster to know a monster…
One kiss thrusts Tobias into the dark underground world of Chicago’s vampires, where his dragon nature is his only hope of protecting Sabrina. But Sabrina knows the only way to keep him safe is to push him away.


 
Witches, Vampire political intrigue and danger abound in the Treasure of Paragon #2 Windy City Dragon.

I did not like Windy City Dragon as much as The Dragon of New Orleans because of Tobit and the half-vampire half-human, Sabrina. Everyone knows what vampires are like if you are a fan of paranormal fantasy. Sometimes they are violent and ruthless, uncaring and unremorseful but more importantly, they eat your blood. Sabrina puts on a good show when she appears as an innocent medical worker in a hospital, meanwhile, she is stealing blood bags right under peoples noses for members of her clan!

Her power to compel doesn't work with Tobias. One day she bumps into him and kisses him and she tries to erase his memory but it fails to work because he is a dragon. His secret is safe with her as he also manages to keep his dragon nature free from scrutiny from everyone including vampires and werewolves.

Tobias prefers his life as a human and a pediatric surgeon, but when his brother Gabriel and Raven are in need of a place to stay while in Chicago, his real identity becomes a safety concern. I was happy to see that Gabriel and Raven are still very much involved in Windy City as well. I love Raven for her ability to talk sense into Tobias to accept his family after 300 years because whether he believes it or not their mother is alive and is dangerous not only to them but all of Paragon.

Between Paragons forces and the Vampire's Forbears, the Treasure of Paragon is at an even greater risk of extinction.

In due time, Sabrina and Tobias become mated and forbidden lovers. It is forbidden for a vampire to fraternize with shifters of any kind, therefore she is bound to keep Tobias' true nature a secret only it is next to impossible with an asshole like Tristan, who challenges Sabrina for the throne of Chicago's vampire clan.

I fell in love with Raven's new cat artemis because he's so fierce around Tobias lol. While in Chicago Raven learns of some good news. Let's just say she has cravings for spicy food mmk?

Some Quotes:
  • "Logic is highly overrated, Doctor. You should ditch logic in favour of magic."
  • "Artemis arched her back and flicked her tail, guarding her domain like Cerberus at the gates of the underworld."

About the Author


The USA Today bestselling author Genevieve Jack writes wild, witty, and wicked-hot paranormal romance and fantasy. Coffee and wine are her biofuel, the love lives of witches, shifters, and vampires her favorite topic of conversation. She harbors a passion for old cemeteries and ghost tours, thanks to her years attending a high school rumored to be haunted. Although originally from the Midwest, she adores the beaches of the southeast, where she spends her days with her laptop and one lazy dog.

May 31, 2019

The Dragon of New Orleans

The Dragon of New Orleans (The Treasure of Paragon #1) by Genevieve Jack 

Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published March 5th 2019

New Orleans: city of intrigue, supernatural secrets, and one enigmatic dragon... 

A deadly curse....For 300 years, Gabriel Blakemore has survived in New Orleans after a coup in his native realm of Paragon scattered him and his dragon siblings across the globe. Now a jealous suitor's voodoo curse threatens to end his immortal existence. His only hope is to find an antidote, one that may rest in a mortal woman.
A lifesaving gift...After five years of unsuccessful treatment for her brain cancer, death is a welcome end for Raven Tanglewood. Her illness has become a prison her adventurous spirit cannot abide. Salvation comes in the form of Gabriel, who uses dragon magic to save her.
A harrowing price...To Raven, the bond that results from Gabriel's gift is another kind of captivity. Can Gabriel win Raven's love and trust in time to awaken the life-saving magic within her? Or will his fiery personality and possessive ways drive her from his side and seal his fate?

The Dragon of New Orleans is an exemplary paranormal romance, although it starts off with two people dying. Regardless, it brings all the feelings I like not because of the sex but because Dragons! C'mon! Paranormal Romance is one of my favourite genres, and yes, there is the sexy time if that sorta thing turns you on.

Ravenna Tanglewood is suffering from brain cancer - a bitch, no doubt about it- and she is very near death when a mysterious dark figure appears before her. She thinks Death has come for her and is just a figment of her imagination but, his name is actually Gabriel Blakemore and he has come to save her by giving her his tooth. This is his price to saving someone he deems worthy, in turn, they must be willing to work for him. He's gentle and reasonable and doesn't force anyone really, but if they want to live? They do what he says or not.

A dragon from Paragon, Gabriel Blakemore is dark and drop dead gorgeous with a voice like Clint Eastwood :) There was something about Ravenna that drew him to her and in the course of history, literally, we find out she is descendant of a powerful witch/sorceress. She didn't know that about herself, neither did he, only she had psychic powers before cancer. Her history proves interesting, the paranormal aspect, and New Orleans? I Love. She was fortunate Gabriel saved her. After 3 months they meet again because with his tooth they are bonded moreover, Ravenna's witchy powers become more prevalent. One night she comes close to being raped and he senses something wrong and rescues her yet again. He is protective of his investments because Dragons are like that. They like to sit on and fiercely protect their treasures. Smaug anyone?

What a wild and perilous adventure they embark on! Gabriel needs her like a moth to a flame or something cool and metaphorical like that lol

A witches curse was slowly killing him, draining him of his magic, which if he didn't find a cure, he would die or turn to stone. In the realm of Paragon, there is a mountain and magic. His mother was supposed to be dead because Gabriel thought his uncle Brynhoff (fuckhead) killed her and his brother, Marius, the ruler and king, but Raven and Gabriel portal to that realm and learn that his mother IS VERY MUCH ALIVE and ruling beside Uncle Brynhoff! What an interesting world that was! It was amazing they got out alive but barely.

Back in New Orleans...
We were introduced to Gabriel's brother, Tobias who is the main character in the next book 'Windy City Dragon'. He's a doctor in Chicago. That brings us to why they are living in our world. Let's just say it was Eleanor, their mother who sent them here. And the plot thickens :)

 I Loved It! 5 amazing skulls because dragons duh :P
"The smile he gave her was sexy enough to melt her dress."


About the Author


The USA Today bestselling author Genevieve Jack writes wild, witty, and wicked-hot paranormal romance and fantasy. Coffee and wine are her biofuel, the love lives of witches, shifters, and vampires her favorite topic of conversation. She harbors a passion for old cemeteries and ghost tours, thanks to her years attending a high school rumored to be haunted. Although originally from the Midwest, she adores the beaches of the southeast, where she spends her days with her laptop and one lazy dog.

May 24, 2019

Waiting for Jon - Funny art

Tormund flirts with Brienne in Game of Thrones. I loved the part in E2S8 when he says "Is the big woman here?" :)
How he came to be called 'Giantsbane' is that he killed a giant when he was young then slept with his wife. He was nursed on her titty for years. Reminding us of Robin and Lysa Aryn. I loved Tormund because he was hilarious right from the beginning. We meet him in the true north beyond the wall at the time of the capture of Jon Snow by the Wildlings. "I smell a crow," he says.

May 22, 2019

My Review of Shadow of the Fox

Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox, #1)

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Narrated by: Joy Osmanski, Brian Nishii, Emily Woo Zeller 👍👌
Length: 14 Hours and 45 Minutes
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published October 2nd, 2018 by Harlequin Teen, Harlequin Audio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Shadow of the Fox is amazing! I love Yumeko-san the Kitsune. Kitsune is a Fox with magic abilities that mostly trick people into seeing things that aren't there. They are demon like but Yumeko isn't a bad kitsune, she doesn't use her powers to harm anyone. She is useful.
The books intrigue begins and ends on a mysterious note surrounding a very young and seemingly ordinary servant girl named Suki, who lived and died in the royal palace chambers of Lady Sitome, the king's concubine, who is also a powerful blood witch. In fact, she kills Suki for insubordination. Now Suki is a ghost aka a Yurei, who sticks around for reasons unknown, probably because she wasn't ready to die, and she wants vengeance on Lady Sitome. It appears the ghost succeeds when the very same handsome flute player she meets, in the beginning, ends up stabbing Lady Sitome in the heart. I thought Shadow of the Fox was so well written, I never saw that coming.

The story takes us on a journey of sorts with Yumeko-sans being entrusted with a piece of a Dragon's Prayer in the form of a small scroll. It is an important piece of paper because Legend has it, that every one thousand years, a mortal is given the opportunity to summon the Dragon and ask to grant 3(?) wishes for good or bad, only the person's heart has to be pure, otherwise the dragon will tear its soul to shreds. Or something like that lol.
There are evil beings who are trying to find the 3 parts of the Dragons Prayer for themselves as well.

Anyway, Yumeko is given specific instructions by her Monk Master to find a certain man in the feather temple in a city far away. He will give her what information she needs, and where to take the scroll. I can't remember the exact names and places off the top of my head, so you just have to bear with me :)

Yumeko encounters lots of trouble with weird creatures who would kill and destroy her. She knows she is being followed. She also meets a couple of travelling companions, who unbeknownst to each other have their own agenda for accompanying Yumeko along her way. Her companions are quite remarkable and if I am not mistaken one of them is the flute player guy that Suki met? I could be wrong. I haven't checked but I am almost certain he is.