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Review: Finding Laila by T.K. Rapp Blog Tour


Title: Finding Laila

Author: T.K. Rapp

Release Date: Jan 13, 2015

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Joey, Cole, Haden and Braxton have been a constant in my life since I was five, and I have loved being one of the guys.

I’ve been cheerleader.

I’ve been study partner.

I’ve been listener.

When we’re young, we don’t realize the profound impact certain people will have on our lives. I had no idea twelve years ago I’d meet four boys who would turn out to be my best friends, my soul mates – my barmy.

Now school is almost done, our last summer together is drawing closer, and I’m trying to hold on to what we have while I still can. After this we’ll have to say goodbye to each other, as our choices will take our lives in different directions. But I don’t know if our friendship can survive once secrets and surprises begin revealing themselves to us at every turn.

When it’s all said and done, will our friendships remain unbreakable? Or will our once strong bond prove to be weaker than we anticipated?

Letting go is harder than I thought, but some changes are necessary.

And finding Laila…finding myself…may be the greatest journey of all.




Finding Laila has been a hard book for me to write a review on.  Not that it was a bad book at all.  In fact, I absolutely loved it.  I just didn’t know how to convey my emotions about the book to other readers out there.  Finding Laila is more than a book.  It is a journey.  It is a ride that you will not want to get off of.  I can say that Finding Laila touched my soul, and I had a hard time when the book ended.  How do I show all of you readers that within a few paragraphs?

Laila has a life that many dream about.  While she may not have female friends, she has guy friends that have become her family.  The love they all have for each other is felt through the words in the story.  This group of kids protect each other, carry each other burdens, and never let go of each other at all.  I honestly could see Finding Laila on the Hallmark Movie Network.

I believe the best part of the book was the characters.  By far this is a bestseller waiting to happen with how well thought out each character was.  Each person in the group had a personality trait that made them just so lovable.  You take all of these traits and put them together and you have a pretty darn good group that just clicks with each other.

Each chapter is a piece of Layla’s journey.  You have everything from becoming a young woman to graduating and moving on to the next step in life.  There is a full circle that comes around until they all meet again.  The emotions that were emitted from the pages were so extremely powerful that at times I just wanted to weep.  It is a story that you can lose yourself in over and over again.

I don’t know if we will see more of the journey that this group embarks on, but what I read in Finding Laila makes this a 5 + star book.

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Author-19T.K. Rapp is a Texas girl born and raised. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from Texas A&M and it was there that she met the love of her life. He had a contract with the U.S. Navy that would take them across both coasts, and ultimately land them back home in Texas.

Upon finally settling in Texas, T.K. worked as a graphic designer and photographer for the family business that her mom started years earlier. She was able to infuse her creativity and passion, into something she enjoyed, but something was still missing. There was a voice in the back of her head that told her to write, so write, she did. And, somewhere on an external hard drive, are several stories she started and never finished.

Now at home, raising her two daughters, T.K. has more time to do the things she loves, which includes photography and writing. When she’s not doing one of those, she can be found with her family, which keeps her busy. She enjoys watching her kids in their various sporting activities (i.e. doing the soccer mom thing), having Sunday breakfast at her parent’s house, singing out loud and out of key or dancing like a fool. She loves raunchy humor, gossip blogs and a good book.

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“I guess we know the flavor of the week,” a female voice says from behind me, causing several others with her to laugh.

I know they’re talking about me. They’re always talking about me. It’s been this way since I was in seventh grade, but I’ve made it my mission to ignore it.

“She certainly gets around,” another voice chimes in.

Cole is sitting to my left, Haden to my right and both guys are staring at the field, but neither is paying attention to the game. I watch out of my peripheral as Haden’s forearm muscles tense and relax while Cole bites his lip. They are intently focused on the words being thrown at me, but keep quiet for the time being.

“She must be good because they all stick around,” a guy’s voice states in salacious tone that makes me nauseous.

I don’t wait for another barb to be hurled my way, even though I know it’s coming. I throw my arm around Haden and whisper something in his ear before kissing his cheek then turning to do the same to Cole. I lean forward to see Joey, who is next to Cole and give him a wink, “I’ll get you later, Baby.”

He shakes his head and laughs, “Why must you stir the pot?”

Haden smiles – proud of my display – and it pushes me on.

I turn to look at the three classmates who have stopped chattering long enough to watch my little show, jaws hanging open. I shrug my shoulders, and answer Joey, “I’m just giving them what they want.”

One of the girls, Kasey, looks at me and raises a brow, “And what about Braxton?”

I glance over to Cole who’s listening to everything, but is still watching the game. He smirks, as if he knows what’s coming and a smile of my own begins to break.

They are gawking at me when I turn and wet my lips before winking at the girls.

“If he wins, we all win,” I say huskily.

“Touchdown!” The announcer yells and the crowd jumps to their feet to celebrate. All but the three jerks behind me.

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Review: Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett


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Cursed by Fire

Release Date: January 28th, 2015

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It has been six years since the Awakening and peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The vampires and shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems.

Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out that the humans aren’t as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe than any of the other races combined.

When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost her more than she has bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an unexpected fight for her life.





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Cursed by Fire, written by Danielle Annett, is a fantastic book based upon supernatural beings coexisting in a human world.  I have to admit that the story held some nostalgia for me since the location was based in Spokane, Washington.  Spokane is on the other side of the state from me, but it is a wonderful place to base a story from.  I could imagine the scenes as they played out within the book.

The story is told in Aria’s point-of-view.  As a reader, seeing how Aria handled situations and what her thoughts were made the story more plausible.  Aria is easy to relate to.  Through reading her thoughts you can make sense on her secrets, and relate to her actions based upon her losing her family.  Aria is a mercenary that goes into find missing supernaturals or humans.  She is a wiz at her job.

In Cursed by Fire, Aria is called to find out who killed a young shifter boy.  It appears to be vampire, but the vampire community denies it is one of theirs.  Strange events start happening and in a midst her is a lurking stranger.  Danger is right around Aria corner.  In addition, a war is starting to mount between the shifters and the vampires.

There is so much mystery and intrigue in Cursed by Fire.  The writing is so well done that you never sense a lull throughout the whole novel.  I felt the story progressed and kept building in intensity.  Many times it is easy to sense what the emotions the characters were having and feel what they are experiencing, especially Aria.

The characters were well defined.  I believe some of them we will read more about who they truly are in future works by Dannielle Annett.  For the hero and heroine, you can sense their friendship and read about their easy dialogue between them.  Danielle is very descriptive on the character’s detail to sense what human definition is formed by the supernatural being.  For instance, the shifter males are more muscular and built and Danielle allows the reader to visualize on what makes each person different from each other.  I loved that part of the book.  This all tied the book together and made things fit perfectly.

If you like intrigue and the supernatural than you will definitely love Cursed by the Fire.  Definitely worthy of being put on your TBR list.


About Danielle Annett

Danielle Annett-2Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series.
Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention.

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Review: Court by Cat Patrick



by Cat Patrick

Date of publication: October 23rd 2014


For more than 300 years, a secret monarchy has survived and thrived within the borders of the US, hiding in plain sight as the state known as Wyoming. But when the king is shot and his seventeen-year-old son, Haakon McHale, is told he will take the throne, becoming the eleventh ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, the community that’s survived for centuries is pushed to the limit. Told through four perspectives, Court transplants us to a world that looks like ours, but isn’t. Gwendolyn Rose, daughter of the Duke of Coal, is grudgingly betrothed to Haakon — and just wants a way out. Alexander Oxendine, son of the Duke of Wind and Haakon’s lifelong best friend, already grapples with external struggles when he is assigned to guard Haakon after the king dies. And commoner Mary Doyle finds whispers in the woods that may solve — or destroy — everything, depending on your bloodline.

Money. Love. Power. Community. What’s your motivation?



Court is an intriguing novel about a modern day monarchy residing in the state of Wyoming.  Nobility have titles and functions, and once you are in The Realm you do not live or you will pay a certain price and be punished.  Outsiders are seen as dangerous and are monitored from when they enter and leave this wide open state.

The story consists of multiple point-of-views.  You have Haakon whose father is the current king.  There is Alexander who is a friend and set as a protector to Haakon.  Than you have Gwendolyn who family is high in nobility in The Realm.  Last, you are given the point-of-view for Mary who has strange events occurring around her that is suspicious at the very least.  There are quite a few secondary and tertiary characters that comprise within Court.  For me, it was easier to start writing who everyone was so I wouldn’t be so confused later on.

I felt that the story built upon itself.  For a large part of the book there is quite a bit of discussion on the conflict of the story and the mystery of who-done-it.  You also seem to receive quite a few hints that everyone seems to have a greater purpose in why the individual or groups of individuals act a certain way.  On a few events within the book I was a tad bit confused on the substance of what was happening.  I didn’t really understand exactly why the scene happened, but for me I bookmarked it so that if I saw clues later on I could refer back to the section to gain clarity.

I can fully tell you that Cat Patrick has such a great imagination when she wrote Court.  I will be definitely think differently as I drive through Wyoming again.  My thoughts will always go back to this secret monarchy that resided in this great open field state.  In addition, Cat added such mystery to Court that it definitely was a mind twister.

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Cat-close-up-230x326Cat Patrick is an author of books for teens. Her debut novel, FORGOTTEN (available now), is about a girl who can remember the future instead of the past, and was praised by NYT bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher, as a “mindbending,” one-sitting read. The book is being translated into 21 languages and Paramount bought the movie rights, with True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld attached to star as the main character, London Lane.

Patrick’s second (unrelated) novel, REVIVED, is about a girl who’s part of a secret government program to test a drug that brings people back from the dead. REVIVED will be available in the US May 2012, and in the UK and Australia Summer 2012.

Patrick lives near Seattle with her husband and twin 3-year-olds, and is afraid of zombies, planes, and zombies on planes.

Review: On the Dotted Line by Kim Carmichael


Title: On The Dotted Line

Author: Kim Carmichael

ebook, 298 pages

Published January 23rd 2015 by Irksome Rebel Press


A signature can change everything…

Rather than silver, Randolph Van Ayers III was born with a platinum spoon in his mouth and plenty of strings attached. Faced with a list of specific goals he must achieve in order to earn control of his family’s banking empire, he’s accomplished each task and triumphed. One item remains on his list. He must marry by his thirty-third birthday and stay married for one year. However, when his so-called fiancée leaves him on the courtroom steps only hours before his deadline, he realizes he might lose for the first time in his life, and a Van Ayers never fails.

Taught to rely on the universe for answers, Willow Day has always struggled in the material world, specifically her lack of material. With her small holistic store near foreclosure and without a home, she must do anything within her power to make the business work and take care of the woman who raised her. When the rude, yet gorgeous, Randolph the Third offers to fix all her troubles in exchange for one year of her life, she opens her mind and takes a chance.

It’s the battle of the mystical over the money. Between a hidden pet who looks more like a cotton ball, performance artists with wings, and a woman who spouts advice like a living fortune cookie, everything from restaurant reservations to a trip to celebrate the winter solstice create clashes for the couple as they learn how to fit into each other’s worlds.

With both their futures at stake, they must learn to accept reality, what the fates have dealt them and the consequences of falling in love from the moment they decided to sign on the dotted line.




On The Dotted Line brings laughter to the reader, and at the end provides a message of meaning.  Two people from different worlds brought together in a common goal which was to have a life of success.  But their definition of success is extremely different between the two.

Randolph  Van Ayers III has lived a life of luxury.  Growing up his father had a list of goals for Randolph to check off.  Randolph is determined to continue in his wealth and is set never to fail.  But he struggles on his last goal which was to marry by his birthday and remained married for one year.  On the eve of his birthday Randolph is no closer to achieving his goal.

Willow Day works for every penny she receives.  She struggles to even maintain having food and housing.  She owns a holistic store and truly believes in the power of nature’s healing.  She can ail everything from a headache to a common cold.

Randolph and Willow both have something that they both need.  In exchange for a year of marriage, Willow will receive help in making sure her store is a success.  But in the process of their sham of a marriage will feelings start to enter the equation?  Will Willow receive the one thing that she has always dreamed about?

Kim Carmichael writes characters the invoke humor and emotions into the story.  While Randolph’s family might be stiff, they truly cared about each other.  I enjoyed reading about Randolph’s mom.  She was so fantastic about helping provide assistance to Willow and making Willow feel included.  It was just very easy to fall for what each character represented.  In addition, the characters were extremely easy to relate to.  When one person was upset it was not hard to emphasize with the situation they were in.  That is what makes the story go from a good story to a great story.

The story line flows evenly from beginning to end.  It is really a fun and light read while still providing drama the will capture the readers attention.  It was so fun to read a novel that can have you laughing then swooning in zero to three seconds.  I can’t really say there was anything that I would change about it.

I do recommend you read On The Dotted Line.  Kim Carmichael hit a home run when she wrote this fantastic novel.


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Kim Carmichael began writing eight years ago when her need for graphic sex scenes and love of happy endings inspired her to create her own. She has a weakness for bad boys and techno geeks, and married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep her all her gadgets running. When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.

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Title: SCORCH (Delirious, #3)

Author: Clarissa Wild

Genre: Dark Erotic Romance

Release Date: March 2015



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Sweet revenge keeps her alive … and drives her to kill.

I am the forgotten one, the girl who was left for dead.

In this mental hospital I call prison I plot my revenge.

I remember everything.

Their faces. Their touch. Even their smell.

What they did to me was beyond cruel. I’m going to return the favor.

In here I survive by using someone just as they used me. One of them wants to claim me as his own. A man without mercy, without a conscience, craving the wickedness inside me. But I won’t be a puppet for his desires. I will play his strings like a puppeteer and use him to escape.

And when I do … I will kill them all.

This is Ashley’s story and the final book in the Delirious Series. This is a full-length novel. These books should be read in order.

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, strong language, dubious consent, and graphic violence.

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When illusions come to life, how do you tell what’s real?

My life ended when I came back from vacation. Death was at my doorstep. Everything ceased to exist. To protect myself, I pushed the memories away.

All I remember is him: Sebastian Brand, my savior.

I trust only him.

I am obsessed with him.

But all I know about him is his name.

Stuck in this mental institution, I try not to think about the terrible memories that lurk deep inside me. Sebastian is the only one who can help me forget. I don’t care that they say he doesn’t exist, I need Sebastian and I will find him, no matter the cost.

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His secrets will destroy her.




With his smart mouth, dirty talking, and possessive behavior, Sebastian Brand has me hooked in the most shameless way. I’m obsessed with him. However, now that I’ve escaped the mental hospital, he seeks to control my every move.

The overwhelming aloofness in his attitude and the darkness in his mind tells me there is more to this man than sheer dominance. Depravity is his playground and pain is a necessary evil.

Keeping me away was his first instinct.

Capturing me was his second.

Claimed by a man with the exterior of an angel and the mind of a brute, I will do anything to unveil his secrets and face my own demons.

A body in exchange for freedom. A heart in exchange for truth.

Life is never a given. Only a certain death.

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True darkness has only just begun …

She thought she could run, but there´s nowhere to hide. My bad side is coming out to claim what belongs to me. This hunter has found his prey, and he’s hungry for more. She’s mine now, and I’ll do everything in my power to keep her to myself.

You think I’m the monster?

Think again.

When the choices you make decide your fate, the line between good and evil blurs. In order to live, I do what must be done. Freedom is the price she pays for her safety.

She wants the truth? I’ll give her the truth.

In order to play this game, sacrifices must be made.

I will start with her.

This is Volume 2 in the Delirious Series, which contains 3 volumes and a prequel. This book is a full-length novel. These books should be read in order.


About the Author

7163319-2Clarissa Wild is the USA Today Bestselling author of FIERCE, a college romance series, but she’s best known for the dark Romance novel Mr. X. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire’s Bet series, the Doing It Series and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.


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That Night With My Best Friend’s Brother by J.S. Cooper is Free!!!

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That Night With My Best Friend’s Brother is a free prequel to​ JS Cooper’s upcoming standalone book, Falling For My Best Friend’s Brother.

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Review: Cartel by Lili St. Germain Blog Tour + Giveaway

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RELEASE DATE: January 27th

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How much is a life worth?

Mariana Rodriguez is the eldest daughter of a Colombian drug lord. Growing up in Villanueva, Colombia, she has never wanted for anything. Private schools, a lavish lifestyle, and the safety of the Cartel that her father works for.

At nineteen, she’s got her entire life mapped out, and what a good life it’s going to be: graduate from college, move to America, and finally be free from the stifling grip of the Cartel.

Only, her father messes up. A shipment of cocaine – a very large, very valuable shipment – is seized by the authorities whilst under his care and he becomes liable for the debt. Half a million dollars worth of cocaine.

Half a million dollars he does not have.

But he has a daughter, a very smart one, a daughter who would give up her very existence and offer herself as payment for her father’s sins, to ensure her family survives.

But falling in love with the man who owned her wasn’t part of the plan …



Cartel is another amazing novel written by Lili St. Germain.  Lili has a knack for taking a dark story and bringing a hint of light to it.  Cartel is extremely raw and at times feels like a wound being reopened.  You ache for the darkness that it entails, but when you see the passion you could feel the light burning bright.

Mariana is a very smart, passionate young lady.  She loathes the world that her father brought her into.  She has a man she loves and a very good future in front of her when the worst event that she could imagine ever happens.  Her father makes a huge mistake and is in debt with the cartel.  Mariana must take over the debt in order to save her family.

Emilio is a man that does not hold back.  He is ruthless and cruel and will exact paybacks at all costs.  If you owe him or betray him he will not blink twice to end your life or your loved ones.  Emilio is the Kingpin and he will own you.

Then you have Dornan Ross who is the Gypsy Brothers VP.  He contains so much darkness, but once in a blue moon you can see the light he has.  It may be very little but it could be what saves Mariana’s life.

Cartel is jam packed full of action and conflict.  You are always shown surprises at every corner.  Twists and turns will keep you on your toes as you venture into the world of the Italian Mafioso.

Cartel is a break off from the Gypsy Brothers series.  It is part of a new series containing what brought the Gypsy Brothers to start and made them who they are.  As you enter into the Italian Mafioso your loyalty is to the family. The only exit plan is death.

A little recommendation.  If you do not like dark stories than Cartel may not be the choice for you.  But if you don’t mind some edge to a story than you will definitely love Cartel.  Lili has knocked it out of the ball park when she wrote Cartel.  Keep in tune for the next story in the series.

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Lili Saint Germain

Lili writes dark romance, suspense and paranormal stories. Her serial novel, Seven Sons, was released in early 2014, with the following books in the series to be released in quick succession. Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and so far is loving every minute of it. Her other loves in life include her gorgeous husband and beautiful daughter, good coffee, Tarantino movies and spending hours on Pinterest.


She loves to read almost as much as she loves to write.

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‘This isn’t a fairytale,’ Dornan said wryly, as he watched her bring the soup-soaked bread to her mouth.

She paused with the bread in her hand, looking around the room in mock surprise. ‘You mean, we’re not Beauty and the fucking Beast?’

He laughed.

‘Well, you’re certainly beautiful,’ he said.

‘And you’re definitely a beast,’ she countered, pushing her empty bowl away and resting back on the bed.

‘But there’s no happy ever after for you,’ Dornan added, his eyes trailing over the chains to reach the cuffs that were now permanent bracelets on her wrists.

‘No,’ she said evenly, matching his intense gaze. ‘Not for any of us. Not in this world.’


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Review: The Traveling Man by Jane Harvey-Berrick Blog Tour


Title: The Traveling Man (Traveling, #1)

Author: Jane Harvey – Berrick

Release Date: January 27, 2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance


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I was ordinary. Nice. He was extraordinary. And he wasn’t always nice.

Moody and difficult, brilliant and beautiful, Kes scared me and he protected me. He could be incredibly hurtful and incredibly thoughtful. He wasn’t perfect, but he was perfect for me. He challenged me, he took me out of my safe little box and showed me the world could be magnificent. He was everything I wasn’t.

Aimee Anderson is ten when the traveling carnival first comes to her nice little town. She doesn’t expect her world to change so completely. But meeting Kestrel Donohue puts her life on a different path.

Even though she only sees him for the two weeks of the year when he passes through her home town, his friendship is the most important of her life. As a child’s friendship grows to adult love, the choices become harder, and both Kes and Aimee realize that two weeks a year will never be enough.




Do you recall the young days of carnival rides, cotton candy, and winning stuffed animals?  Jane Harvey – Berrick brings that all to readers again when she wrote The Traveling Man.  Read The Traveling Man and reminiscence about the magical days of laughter and fun as you travel with the carnival.

Aimee, at the age of ten, sees the carnival arrive in town for the first time.  What other simple-minded people see as carni people who are below them Aimee sees magic and a colorful world.  At her first carnival Aimee meets Kes and from then on they are close to each other.  For two weeks out of the summer Kes and the carnival are hers.  But it has to be kept secret, and at times Kes is not always the nice boy that she knew from her first meeting.  Time will separate Aimee and Kes, but will fate intervene?

Jane brings so much vivid detail to the story.  Everything from fire breathing to motorcycle stunts, you feel like you are present at the carnival with the characters.  I can truly see why Aimee loved the carnival as well as Kes.  Kes brought bright into her world when she lived in a black and white home.  Honestly, I really did not like her parents.  I didn’t like the judgements that they placed on carni people who worked very hard at their profession.  But I believe that is what Jane wanted readers to feel in the story.

The characters are all well defined.  In the story it was easy to either love a character or demise what the character represents.  The secondary characters such as Jen and Zac bring more substance into the story as they show their loyalty to Kes and Aimee.

I cannot wait for the sequel to Aimee and Kes’ story.  They have a bumpy road to travel (pun intended), and I believe it will be an exciting journey for the reader to embark on.  Get in line and get your ticket to reading The Traveling Man.  Enjoy the ride, ladies and gents!!!

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qupVbuSBI lived in London for over 10 years and have a love affair with New York. It’s only since I have moved to the countryside, that the words have really begun to flow.

I live in a small village by the ocean and walk my little dog, Pip, every day. It’s on those beachside walks that I have all my best ideas.

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Review: Race to Death by Leigh Russell Blog Tour + Giveaway

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Title: Race to Death

Author: Leigh Russell

Genre: Mystery/Detective

Release Date: January 27, 2014

Publisher: Witness Impulse a imprint of HarperCollins


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A man plummets to his death during the York Races. Despite the large crowds, no witnesses are able to help confirm if the death was a suicide or a murder. Newly- promoted Detective Ian Peterson is plunged into the complex case that splashes across the headlines.All the while the killer has begun to hunt his next victim and before long the body count increases. With pressure to solve the cases mounting Ian must put aside his personal life despite pressure from his wife. But the killer is following the investigation far more intensely than Ian realizes and time is running out as the case suddenly gets a lot closer to home…


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Leigh Russell’s mystery novels are ones that will always leave you full of surprises.  No matter how much you try to guess the ending it leads you on a different path than you would have ever thought.  The Ian Peterson mysteries are a break off from the original Geraldine Steel mysteries.  Just a side note that if you haven’t read a Geraldine Steel novel than you are missing out.

Leigh Russell’s stories remind me quite a bit like music.  Similar to her other novels, Race to Death starts off similar to a prelude to a song in  that the story gives you the basis of the what happens and builds from there.  You learn about the initial characters, a tad bit of background, and you get a glimpse into who the killer may be.  As the story builds up so does the clues.  Just a suggestion for Leigh Russell readers is to look for even the smallest of detail.   When the story hits a crescendo lives are running amidst chaos, the killer appears to be out of control, and poor Ian Peterson is wearing down from the stress of not catching a person who is out to harm others.  Than on top of that he has a wife who is clearly not happy with her circumstances.

I can tell you that it is so easy to lose yourself in Race to Death.  Once you got through the initial details the story picked up and was so thrilling that I couldn’t put it down.  I kept wanting to point the figure out everyone I read about to see if they could be this maniac killer.  When I finally finished the book I had to give out a huge sigh because I was totally unprepared for the direction that the story went to.

Leigh Russell also did an excellent job in writing the characters.  Some of the characters were hard to trust, others you just wanted to throttle.  One that I will have to see pan out in other books is Ian’s wife, Bev.  She just never seemed happy, but than if I place myself in her shoes I wondered if I would feel the same as she did with a husband that had a job that took himself from me a majority of the time.

All in all, Race to Death is a thrilling suspense full of twists and turns at every corner.  You will never be bored with a Leigh Russell novel, and Race to Death doesn’t disappoint.

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Leigh RussellLEIGH RUSSELL is described as “a brilliant talent” by Jeffery Deaver. CUT SHORT (2009) was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award for Best First Novel. Road Closed (2010) was listed as a Top Read on Eurocrime. With Dead End (2011) Leigh’s detective Geraldine Steel was Number 1 on amazon kindle’s bestseller chart for female sleuths.  Leigh Russell is the award-winning author of the Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson mysteries.   She is an English teacher who lives in the UK with her family.


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Danielle Annett

Cursed by Fire

Release Date: January 28th, 2015

 Cursed by Fire


It has been six years since the Awakening and peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The vampires and shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems.

Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out that the humans aren’t as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe than any of the other races combined.

When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost her more than she has bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an unexpected fight for her life.




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About Danielle Annett
Danielle AnnettDanielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series.
Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention.

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(Beginning of Chapter 1)

All I saw was blood. Blood soaked my hands and coated the walls. It stained the concrete flooring of the abandoned warehouse and dripped from fixtures that hung from the ceiling, trickling like a slow rain. My vision blurred as anguish filled me. How could this have happened? How could I have been too late?

I stared down at the lifeless body of a child. A boy. Kneeling in a pool of congealing blood, I ran my fingers through his chestnut hair, ignoring the now-cool moisture seeping into the denim of my pants. His face was unrecognizable. Gone was the child with the dimpled cheek and brilliant blue eyes. Left behind was a mass of flesh and bone—a ruined body drained of its life force at such a young age.

Reality snapped like an elastic band, bringing me back to the present as I sat at my desk in Sanborn Place. Ripped from the haunted memories of finding Daniel’s body.

The world was a cruel place. It was a fact of life and even though I knew it was true, I still had a hard time coming to terms with the atrocities people committed. The cruelties that for some god-forsaken reason, people thought were okay. Staring down at the wallet-sized photo now crumpled in my hands, I was greeted by a crown of chestnut hair, bright blue eyes, a heart-shaped face, and a brilliant smile; a single dimple on his left cheek. The face of an innocent seven-year-old boy, cut down like he was little more than a calf brought to slaughter. I found myself struggling to link the image of this smiling boy to that of the ruined body I’d found less than forty-eight hours ago.

Inside, a small part of me burned. My blood heated and a turbulent rage rolled through me, one I had to fight to contain.

“Ari, you’ve got to stop staring at the kid. He’s gone. Let it go,” I heard Mike say.

I couldn’t let it go. I didn’t understand how he could either. I looked up from the photograph and stared Mike straight in the eyes. He cringed but held my gaze.

“He was seven-years-old, Mike,” I said through clenched teeth. “Seven!”

I shook my head, the poor kid had barely lived, barely tasted what the world had to offer. I take that back, he’d tasted too much of what the world could give and it had cost him.

Ever since the Awakening six years ago when all things that went bump in the night decided to come out of the woodwork and play, safety had been tenuous at best and kids like this, like seven-year-old Daniel Blackmore, were suffering the price.

Vampires, shifters, mages, witches and many more creatures of the night so to speak had seemingly popped out of nowhere, deciding they were ready to integrate themselves into everyday, or night, society.

Daniel had been abducted by a rogue vampire. I’d found his mangled body, broken and discarded as if he were nothing more than a piece of trash and I was going to find the bastard that had killed him and make him pay.

“Ari, I know what you’re thinking and the answer is no.”

I looked Mike up and down. He was an older man in his late forties with a streak of silver in his otherwise midnight colored hair. The wrinkles around his eyes would lead you to believe he smiled a lot but I knew better. Those lines were from his ever-present frown. Dressed in black slacks and a grey button up shirt, his mid-section strained against the buttons looking like they could pop off at any moment, likely taking someone’s eye out in the process.

“I wasn’t asking for your permission,” I told him, my gaze going back to the photo.

“I don’t give a rat’s ass if you were asking. I’m telling you, Ari, let it go! You can’t help him anymore. All you’ll end up doing is getting yourself hurt or worse, killed for your trouble.”

That was the problem with people who had lived through the Awakening. Their only concern was self-preservation. Nothing else mattered. Well, screw that because this little boy, he mattered. His life mattered and he deserved justice. I had scrubbed my hands after finding his broken body but couldn’t scrub the stain his death left on my soul.

I stood up from my desk and grabbed my keys and daggers. I sheathed the twin blades on either side of my waist, grabbed my leather jacket, and made a beeline for the door. Mike crossed the room to intercept me, arms folded over his chest blocking my way.

“Move,” I bit out.


“I can move you.”

“You can, but you won’t.”

I ground my teeth together. He was being ridiculous. This entire situation was ridiculous.

“Mike, this isn’t some game. A little boy died. He died! Does that even matter to you? I couldn’t live with myself if I let this one go.”

“What’s your plan, Ari, you going to just storm into the coven and force them to tell you who did it? They won’t tell you. They protect their own and you’re one person against an entire Coven of bloodthirsty vampires. Even the kid’s parents know it’s a lost cause. They’ve dropped the case and are focusing on burying their kid. They’re coming to terms with his death. It’s over.”

I’d been hired by Jessica Blackmore, Daniel’s mother, a little over two weeks ago to find her son who’d gone missing one afternoon. He had been walking home from a friend’s, only five houses down from his own, but never made it to the front door. She’d thought it safe enough to allow him the small bit of independence but with paranormals about, it was never truly safe.

Mike knows I’m different. He knows I have pyrokinetic abilities and he knows I can take care of myself. This wasn’t reason talking, this was him being overprotective. Feeling the temperature in the room begin to rise I forced myself to inhale and exhale slowly. Trying to calm down and keep my pyrokinesis locked up tight. It wouldn’t help the situation to start a fire. All it would do is prove to Mike that I wasn’t in control and right now I was in no mood for a lecture.

“Look, Ari, you’re a mercenary. You take on a job when you have a client. There is no client so there is no job. We’re not the police. We don’t try to clean up the streets or bag the bad guys. We’re mercs.”

I couldn’t blame him for his way of thinking. Hell, two weeks ago I would have said the same thing, but this was different. He was just a kid and I couldn’t believe everyone was so willing to leave his murderer out there.

“Why don’t—”

Mid-sentence I heard the distinct buzz of a cell phone. Mike dug his phone out of his left pocket and answered it without looking at the screen.

“Hello,” he said. Mike’s face scrunched in confusion, a furrow forming between his brows. He listened for several moments and then with a grunt he hung up and stared me down. At six feet tall, he towered over me by a good five inches, but I didn’t back down. Lifting my chin and giving him my best try me stare. The one I knew drove him crazy.

“Looks like you’re getting exactly what you asked for,” he said.

“And what exactly is that?”

“That was Declan Valkenaar on the phone.”

Holy shit, the Pack Alpha. What the hell was he doing calling Mike?



Q/A with Danielle

How did you come up with the idea for this story?

I’m not entirely sure to tell you the truth. I think when I decided I wanted to write something this story just popped into my head because it was one I wanted to read myself. Overtime it took shape and changed drastically but the idea itself more of less popped in out of nowhere.


Where do you find your inspiration?

I find my inspiration at the Library. There is something entirely exciting about walking through a room filled with books and looking at all of their covers that just inspires you to write more.


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Finding the time to write is difficult. Between my day job, my blog, my home life and beautiful daughter, it all adds up. Time is something I definitely wish I had more of.


What are your current projects?

Currently I’m working on Book 2 in the Blood & Magic series, and a side PNR project that is just beginning to take shape.


Tell us about your first book. What would readers find different about the first one and your most recent published work?

I don’t have any other published works.


Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Not particularly. If there is a message in my book then it is coincidence. I’m a story telling and don’t really look to add special messages in my writing but I do think Cursed by Fire may have developed one, can you guess what it is?


Does music play any type of role in your writing?

Music is HUGE. I tend to assign a song to every scene. Music makes you feel something and I want my book to make my readers feel something as well. Music for specific scenes allows me to strive to draw that emotion into the scene.


Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your life?

No. Everything in Cursed by Fire is entirely fictitious.


What books have influenced your life most?

I feel like I should list the classics here but truth be told, Urban Fantasy novels such as those by Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs have inspired me to want to become a writer. Additionally, On Writing by Stephan King has been an extremely helpful tool in developing my craft.


Are there any new authors that have grasp your interest?

Yes. ML Brennan is not completely new but is newer and has caught my attention. Additionally, Sherry Palmer who wrote Life with Charley. Something completely outside my genre scope but so touching has grabbed my attention and held on tight.


Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I hope you love my story as much as I loved writing it.


How can readers discover more about you and your work?

They can visit my website, and follow me on twitter @DanielleCRomero


Do you have a special time to write? How is your day structured writing-wise?

So not structured at all. I fit in time to write whenever I can. Sometimes I write all day and sometimes I don’t write until the weekend rolls around, every day changes.


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