Book Spotlight: Copper Veins by Jennifer Allis Provost

 

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Sara’s pretty sure her life is perfect.

Not only are she and Micah finally married, her father, who’d been missing since the Magic Wars, has been found. Actually, he just strode up to the manor’s front door, but whatever. Sara knows better than to look a gift horse in the mouth.

But Baudoin Corbeau isn’t content to return to family life. He’s decided that he will be the force of change in the Mundane world, and lead the Elemental resistance to victory with his children at his side. What’s worse, Baudoin doesn’t approve of Sara’s marriage, and makes every attempt to separate her from Micah.

After a visit to the Mundane realm leaves Sara, Max and Sadie imprisoned by the Peacekeepers, Sara’s doubts creep to the surface. Is her father right? Does she belong in the Mundane realm, not the Otherworld? Is Micah really the right man–make that elf–for her?

Was marrying him a mistake?

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Interview with Danielle Annett

Cursed-by-Fire_ebooklgTell us about your publishing journey…

What do you love about being an author? I love that I can write about whatever I want. That there are no rules I have to follow. Its exciting to write a story and see it all unfold and know that you’re the reason behind it.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

I’d have dinner with Pritkin from the Cassie Palmer series and we’d drink a lot of wine. Screw the food.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

Aria would be Jenna Kramer back from her One Tree Hill days, Declan would be Liam Hemsworth, James would be Steven R McQueen, and Inarus would be Chris Wood

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

Sexy leads for sure.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

I’d go back to the days of late 1500s in the victorian era when Queen Elizabeth rose to power. That would be a sight to see.Kissed-by-Fire-ebooklg

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

I wish someone had encouraged me to plot out my books before I ever wrote a sentence. It would have saved me a lot of time on rewrites.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

A shapeshifting dragon. I don’t have any of those in my books but come on, who wouldn’t want to be a dragon?

Where do you write best?

At coffee shops. They are my office of choice.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

The last book I read (as of this interview) was Reap the Wind by Karen Chance. You can actually see my full review here…  but to summarize. It was freaking amazing and I’m dying for more.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I think I would write contemporary romance. It’s a growing genre love of mine.

Where can fans find you online?

You can find me at my website, on twitter, and on facebook 

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Bad Timing – Coming Soon!

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Not long to wait now! Bad Timing, the second in the Battle of the Undead trilogy will be out Nov 2015 through Evernight Teen. Watch this space for the cover reveal and exact release date.

Book Review: Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell #1) by Jenn Bennett

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Meet Arcadia Bell: bartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . .

Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.

But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time

About the Author:

JENN BENNETT writes the Roaring Twenties historical paranormal romance series for Berkley Sensation, the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series for Pocket Books, and YA contemporary romance for Macmillan (2015). She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two bad pugs. Visit her at http://www.jennbennett.net

My Review:

It’s always great to find a new series of books to devour – especially when the British summer hasn’t lived up to it’s promise, and curling up with a good book on the sofa is not so much a choice, but a requirement.

The world building was superb, although a few of the names/words were hard to remember at times and were quite similar – maybe a key at the back would have helped for those of us with short attention spans.

From a writer’s perspective, the plot was sharp and the pacing great. It was just the right size of a book to get a great story in, without feeling like you’re tackling a tome. Arcadia was a great protagonist but I found myself not really wanting to her to get with the male lead , Lon. I’m not sure why I didn’t like him, but I just couldn’t warm to him and really felt she could do better. One of my biggest gripes of an urban fantasy series is when the main character latches onto to a romantic partner early on in the books and stays with them, as this then takes the question of romance out of all the books to come – so I’ll have to wait and see if that happens here…

The front cover is lovely, nice colours and has a certain vitality about it – although the lady on the front doesn’t quite match the description of Arcadia – in the book she’s describe as big hips and kind of ordinary.

Overall, I’d give Kindling the Moon 4 out of 5 stars, a fantastic start – if you’re looking for a new urban fantasy series to get your hands on, look no further.

Book Review: A Slither of Hope (Angel Sight #2) by Lisa M. Basso

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Rayna struggles to piece her life back together, but hiding in plain sight from the police, the SS Crazy, and the Fallen isn’t a foolproof plan—something Kade, the World’s Worst Roommate, reminds her of everyday. The late nights of failing to teach Ray how to protect herself against the Fallen are getting to Kade, changing him in ways he doesn’t like, and after a family emergency sends Ray back into Cam’s arms, Kade decides he’s had enough. News of Rayna’s resurfacing brings both angels and the Fallen to San Francisco by the dozens, all eyes scouring the city for the girl with the gray wings. Rayna will need both Kade and Cam’s help to ensure her family’s safety, navigate the new dangers and enemies springing up all over the city, and manage the surprises that arise with her new set of wings.

About the Author:

Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a lover of books, video games, animals, and baking (not baking with animals though). As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a simple school reading assignment: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. When not reading or writing she can usually be found at home with The Best Boyfriend that Ever Lived ™ and her two darling (and sometimes evil) cats, Kitties A and B. 3201662

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My Review:

So, this is the 2nd book in the series, and I was thankfully given both by the publishers to review – phew! as you really do need to follow on with the story, these are not complete books in that sense. So I’ll review both together.

Firstly, the concept of Angels is an old one, but its just really starting to hit through on teen fiction. I’m a big fan of the Mortal Instruments series and the theme of good vs evil is a common one, that most readers can really get behind.

From a writer’s perspective, the main character was a little weak for my taste – The story and the character set-up is very Twilight-like (not a bad thing, as it’s the set-up for most teen paranormal books – even before Twilight!)  but there seemed to be nothing totally new in there. There was a love triangle, the main character was just wet enough to make her endearing but highly slap-able. There was the friend that should have been more, and the epic struggle of finding out that you’re not mad, just supernaturally inclined. The plot and pace was very good, and it did read very well, so definitely a talented author driving the book series forward, I’d just like to see something different in the third book, something outside of the normal teen read box…

The front covers of both books are great – they are well branded and attractive – and really do express the essence of the protagonist – so well done Month9 books for that!

Overall, I’d give both books 4 out 5 stars – a teen read that ticks all the boxes.

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Book Review: Fangirl_15 by Aimee Roseland

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Chloe is in love with Lucien.

He’s enigmatic, compassionate, generous and intelligent. Likes classical music just as much as kicking ass and knows his way around a kitchen, though he’d never admit it. His Samurai swords are an extension of his personality and a lifetime of heartache has taught him to wield them unfailingly. He’s gorgeous yet humble and can’t see past his own scars. Lucien feels deeply for his chosen family and is absolutely worthy of love.

Sounds perfect, right?

The only problem is that Lucien is a character in a novel.

The Dark Riders is one of the bestselling paranormal romance series of all time, and it was destined to have eight installments, one for each of the brothers-in-arms. Lucien’s story was supposed to be book eight, where he’d finally find true love and live happily ever after. Except the writer died before his story was published. Worse yet, book seven was finished by some poser that thought killing off one of the main characters would bring a more modern twist to the finale.

Chloe is absolutely devastated by the news that one of her “friends” is dead and that the series is canceled. She has a quasi-nervous-breakdown at work and ends up falling asleep in the lounge. Her midnight escape from the locked office lands her in a deserted parking lot after hours where an unseen force has been waiting. Just. For. Her…

The devastating attack strands her in an alternate reality where the Dark Riders are real and the horrible ending created by the publisher hasn’t happened yet.

Chloe decides that she’s been brought there to fix all of the storylines, and tries her best to convince the monsters around her that she’s there to help. She ends up mangling their plots more often than not and now must race the waxing moon to find a way home before Lucien accidentally falls in love with her instead of his destined mate. The Fates are working against her as Chaos interferes and the truth about what really dragged her over threatens to destroy everything that Chloe holds dear.

About the Author: 5758617

I was born and raised near Las Vegas, NV and grew up dreaming of rain. I also dreamt of heroes and villains and the women that inspired the best and worst in them.

It seemed like every book I read as a teen was a classic bodice-ripper. Wimpy-virgin-heroine always making bad choices and getting herself in trouble, cue the macho hero, yadda yadda yadda. Those books are what inspired me to write my own stories, not because I loved them, but because I constantly found myself tossing them aside and fuming. I would think of all the ways the story would have been better: if she had just picked up the sword and stabbed the bad guy when she had the chance…

I LOVE writing, and I love the new direction that fiction has taken over the last decade. So many amazing, strong female leads now! And so many new writers that finally have a voice in the indie publishing community.

I was blessed with a wonderful husband who supports my passion for writing and reading, and who really helped me focus my desire to publish my work. When I’m not busy enjoying my daughter and husband, I’m usually developing a new story idea, or sneaking in some time with my favorite authors.

I’m a bit of a hermit, they called it being “shy” when I was a kid, but I love hearing from fans. I also love ferrets, hiking, chili dark chocolate, strong coffee, nursing mamas, and rain.

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My Review:

I’ve read a few books with this premise, a massive fan of a book series/ TV series is pulled into their world to cause havoc and fall in love with the character of her dreams. I read another one a while back that was so obviously based on Twilight that it was verging on copyright infringement, that one had the character dragged into this world, not the fan into the imaginary world though.

Fangirl_15 was actually a pretty good read, it was well plotted out and introduced some lovely characters and scenes. It was also very well written – which the other book I read, was not.

From a writer’s perspective I think that the story would have been better first person from Chloe’s point of view. As it was third limited, it kind repeated itself a lot, which did get annoying to read the same scene twice from two different perspectives. If keeping it third person, perhaps simply integrating the perspectives, rather than limiting, would have solved the problem.

The front cover is a bit of a let down. as it does nothing to capture the distinct urban fantasy vibe that the book has. This looks more like a thriller, which won’t do it any favours in the long run.

Overall, I’d give Fangirl_15 4 out 5 stars – definitely worth a read, as don’t we all want to get lost in our favourite books?

Book Review: Kissed (The Thorn Chronicles #1) by Kimberly Loth

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Trapped in a dark cult, sixteen-year-old Naomi Aren has lived a quiet, albeit unhappy, life nestled deep in the hills of the Ozarks. With uncut hair, denim skirts, and only roses for friends, Naomi seldom questions why her life is different from other kids at school. Until the day her abusive father, who is also the cult’s leader, announces her wedding. Naomi must marry Dwayne Yerdin, a bully who reeks of sweat and manure and is the only one person who scares her worse than her father.

Then she meets Kai, the mysterious boy who brings her exotic new roses and stolen midnight kisses. Kisses that bring her a supernatural strength she never knew she had. As the big day approaches, Naomi unearths more secrets of about her father’s cult. She learns she has power of her own and while Kai may have awakened that power, Naomi must find a way to use it to escape Dwayne and her father—without destroying herself

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About the Author: 7787780

Kimberly Loth can’t decide where she wants to settle down. She’s lived in Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Utah, California, Oregon, and South Carolina. She finally decided to make the leap and leave the U.S. behind for a few years. Currently, she lives in Cairo, Egypt with her husband and two kids.

She is a high school math teacher by day (please don’t hold that against her) and YA author by night. She loves romantic movies, chocolate, roses, and crazy adventures. Kissed is her first novel.

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My Review:

I really enjoyed Kissed, it reminded me of the first Virginia Andrews books I read growing up, but had the added spice of the paranormal that I read now.

It’s definitely a teen read, but was still very enjoyable to read as an adult. I love a good transformation story, and this has the feel of modern fairy tale.

From a writer’s perspective,  the plot was well paced and, as it was first person, it was easy to identify with the protagonist.  It was also nice to be in a world where the reader finds out important information along with main character, rather than before them, which can be frustrating.

The front cover is very pretty, but could do with a supernatural element in there, so it represented the book better. Also Naomi has either blonde or green hair throughout the story, and the girl on the front is brunette, although her true colour, maybe the green would have given it an eye catching edge?

Overall I’d give Kissed 5 out 5 stars, well worth reading whether you’re a teen or an adult.

Book Review: Living Dead Girl by Nessie Strange

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Jen MacLellan has hit a dead end…

Jen knows tattooed, blue-haired Jack Norris is trouble the minute he opens his front door. And being a mortician in the avante garde East Side of Providence, Jen has seen a lot. Jack has recruited Jen’s teenage brother Drew to play drums for his less-than-respectable punk band, and Jen has no choice but to follow their gigs to keep her little brother out of trouble. But when Drew goes missing, she finds herself in the awkward position of asking for Jack’s help. Shocked that he agrees, Jen decides she may have misjudged him. Worse, she might even like him.

But when Jen is brutally attacked, she awakens in the hospital where a Sid Vicious look-alike greets her with the news: she’s dead, and he’s the reaper assigned to take her away. Yeah, not so much. Refusing to leave, Jen’s spirit watches helplessly as her loved ones suffer, powerless to ease her family’s grief or prevent the police from accusing Jack of her murder. Desperate to help them, Jen convinces the reaper to bring her back. But reanimating corpses isn’t as easy as it looks, and neither is finding a killer before it’s too late…

About the Author: ness

Nessie is a Massachusetts native and mother of two who has dabbled in everything from abstract painting to freelance sports reporting. She also loves a good story, whether it’s reading or writing one. Active membership in a writer’s critique group has helped erase the memory of two horribly written practice novels. LIVING DEAD GIRL is her first real novel.

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My Review:

Okay, so the storyline of this book sounded amazing, but I must admit I was kind of let down by the characters. Also, forgetting one scene in the book, it reads more like a YA than a NA or adult novel. And perhaps repackaging it that way might help with the sales and reviews. Teens love to read above their age group, so Jen would be the kind of protagonist they’d like. As an adult reader, I found the main relationship too sweet and the mystery part of the book, not much of a mystery to solve. The reaper/zombie part was interesting but not used to its full potential, which was a touch frustrating.

From a writer’s perspective, the relationships in the book seemed to occur outside of the paranormal aspect. In truth, if you had taken away the murder it would have read like a contemporary teen novel (which isn’t a bad thing) I just find that having a supernatural edge and not completely slicing down your characters with it, is a little pointless as an author. It also definitely need a bit more action too; it seemed to take a while to get anything juicy in there.

The front cover is very nice, again would easily appeal to a tweeny audience – so it wouldn’t actually take much to do a quick re-edit on the spice-ish scenes and re-release it under the YA banner.

Overall I’d give Living Dead Girl, 3 out of 5 stars. Not my cup of tea, but I still enjoyed reading it.

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Book Spotlight: Dark Hope by H D Smith

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Loving a demon isn’t the end of the world—losing him is.

Claire, the Devil’s assistant, knows very little about the world she was dropped into five years ago, when she inherited her mother’s unpaid debt to the Demon King. She certainly didn’t expect to be a contender for the Fallen Queen’s throne, a target for the Druid King’s mafia, or a suspect in the murder of Junior, the Devil’s oldest hell spawn.

In a last ditch effort to save her life and get out of her deal with the Devil, she sets out to solve Junior’s murder only to be taken prisoner by the four most dangerous immortal hell spawn alive.

Not to be out done, the Pagan Queen Mab, claims Claire for entering her realm uninvited. She has an old debt to settle with her brother the Devil. Taking Claire from him after losing her years ago is just icing on the cake.

Will Claire win her freedom, and save herself from the Devil? Or be trapped by Mab forever?

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HD Smith has been writing as a hobby for over ten years. DARK HOPE is her first traditionally published full length novel. She has previously self-published two middle grade novellas in ebook format. She is a software developer by day, working for an awesome cruise line in Celebration, FL.

HD grew up in South Carolina, but has called the Sunshine State home since 1997. She has Computer Science degrees from Clemson University (CS) and Florida Institute of Technology (MS). Her other hobbies include painting and screen printing. She enjoys creating t- shirts inspired by the places in her books. For more information, visit

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