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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Smallest Thing by Lisa Mansfield - Review Tour

The Smallest Thing
Lisa Manterfield
Publication date: July 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

The very last thing 17-year-old Emmott Syddall wants is to turn out like her dad. She’s descended from ten generations who never left their dull English village, and there’s no way she’s going to waste a perfectly good life that way. She’s moving to London and she swears she is never coming back.

But when the unexplained deaths of her neighbors force the government to quarantine the village, Em learns what it truly means to be trapped. Now, she must choose. Will she pursue her desire for freedom, at all costs, or do what’s best for the people she loves: her dad, her best friend Deb, and, to her surprise, the mysterious man in the HAZMAT suit?

Inspired by the historical story of the plague village of Eyam, this contemporary tale of friendship, community, and impossible love weaves the horrors of recent news headlines with the intimate details of how it feels to become an adult—and fall in love—in the midst of tragedy.

3 Stars
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Although this story is fictitious, it's based on the historical events of the devastating plague in the small village of Eyam during 17th century.

Emmott is a seventeen year old who lives in the small village of Eyam. Her family has been residents of this village for centuries. She doesn’t like living in this environment. She has itchy feet and wishes to go to live and work in London. Deb, her best friend and her boyfriend Ro are aware of her plans. She has yet to tell her parents.

Her mother and younger sister are away on holiday whilst she is helping her father with the family business. Her plans are coming to fruition when tragedy strikes the village. There has been a series of unexplained deaths and all of a sudden, the village is in quarantine. This thwarts her plan but, she is not about to give up very easily.

She is self centered and rebellious. She despises her father and is not very kind towards him. With the quarantine in place, she has no choice but to spend her time with him. She is insistent on leaving without thinking of the implications. Her failed attempt proves to her that Ro is not who she thinks he is. This epidemic brings a few truths home to her. She uncovers unpleasant family secrets. She sees her father in a different light and the reasons for his dedication to his community.

The friendship between Deb and Emmott is refreshing. My favourite character is Aiden, the community liaison who befriends Emmott. He cares! Even though Emmott becomes more considerate towards the end, it was difficult for me to warm up to her. Too many risky "rebellious" decisions.

It's a sad story. A close community plagued with deaths and sorrow. It shows the impact on close relationships during a time of crisis. Fear can change people. Some for the better and some for the worse. It's a great concept with in depth details of this natural disaster.

I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.

Author Bio

Lisa Manterfield is the award-winning author of I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood. Her work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Los Angeles Times, and Psychology Today. Originally from northern England, she now lives in Southern California with her husband and over-indulged cat. A Strange Companion is her first novel. Learn more at

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Monday, September 11, 2017

The Longing and the Lack (#1 The Unliving) CM Spivey - Review Tour

The Longing and the Lack
C.M. Spivey
(The Unliving #1)
Publication date: September 19th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal

“Gothic curses, deadly love affairs, and vengeful ghosts combine to make this paranormal mystery a compelling page-turner.” — Tina Connolly, Nebula-nominated author of Ironskin

Lucinda Hightower is no stranger to death.

Since she was a child, Lucinda has been haunted by rabid dogs, suicidal crows, and the ghost of a woman in white. All are omens signaling someone’s imminent demise—except Lucinda’s friends and family are still breathing.

The omens follow her to Ireland and the quiet university in her father’s hometown, increasing in strength and frequency once she meets Damien Reed. A handsome third year student, Damien thrusts himself into Lucinda’s life almost immediately and caresses away the unsavory reputation that shadows him.

It’s not until the ghost sinks her nails into Damien that he reveals his secret: the death omens are for him.

They’re the manifestations of a curse that claims the life of the eldest Reed son every generation. Damien’s time is nearly up. If Lucinda is to save him, she must solve the mystery of her family curse, and lay a spirit’s rage to rest.

A dark romance for fans of Diane Setterfield and the TV show Supernatural, The Longing and the Lack is a Gothic story for the modern age.


3 Stars 
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The description of this book appealed to me but, I felt that there was something missing. I now realise that there was a prequel which would explain some of the issues that I encountered.

Lucinda has been plagued by death omens, such as dead birds and the ghost of a woman amongst other things. She travels from the US to Ireland, the birthplace of her father in the hope of escaping these phenomenons.

She becomes good friend with Naomi, her room mate. Whilst in the pub, she has her first encounter with a suicidal bird. From then on, her experiences become more frequent and some of them are scary.

Damien is from one of the original family in this small town. He befriends Lucinda and she is attracted to him despite her friend's warning of being cautious. She becomes aware that her family has a long and dark history with his family. She has been kept in the dark about the facts and realising that a curse is at play, she starts researching the family history. Her aim is to find a solution to eradicate this curse.

She discovers whose death is impending and works with Damien to find the solution. It's a real puzzle. One which appears to be impossible to solve. She carries on regardless, and then she is betrayed. Will she persevere or give up and allow the curse to take its course?

The story has a good foundation but, lacking in background information on some of the characters. It builds up gradually and, becomes more interesting and mysterious. The twist here is unpredictable! I like the portrayal of the vindictive ghost and the fates. Once I got past the initial issues, I enjoyed the rest story.

I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.

Author Bio

C.M. Spivey is a speculative fiction writer, author of high fantasy FROM UNDER THE MOUNTAIN and the paranormal series, “The Unliving”. His enduring love of fantasy started young. Now, he explores the rules and ramifications of magic in his own works—and as a trans, panromantic asexual, he’s committed to queering his favorite genres. In his spare time, he plans his next tattoo (there will always be a next tattoo) and watches too much Netflix. Anything left over is devoted to his tireless quest to make America read more. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his darling husband Matt and adorable dog Jay.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

Vigor (#3 Spartan Riders) JC Valentine - Blog Tour

VIGOR, A Spartan Riders Novel

by J.C. Valentine
Spartan Riders, #3
Cover Designer: Sara Eirew
Publication Date: August 29, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, MC Romance, Bikers, Standalone



USA Today and International bestselling author J.C. Valentine is back with the latest in her electrifying, dangerous, and provocative world of the Spartan Riders MC

After escaping an abusive marriage, Spartan Riders bartender Ginger Red Mercury is determined to live life on her own terms. When the clubs VP declares her untouchable and stakes his own claim on her, she finds herself ready to wage war.

A year after inoculating the threat from notorious cartel leader Ricky Cruiz, Garrick Repo Stone, the last-standing original member of the Spartan Riders MC, has his focus on something else: monogamy. Having decided to settle down and take an ol lady, he has his sights set on Redand he has his work cut out for him if he hopes to win her.

When a new threat makes itself known, threatening everything the brothers stand for and care about, theyre left scrambling to find out whos behind it before its too late. With the high-stakes game of war looming over them, will Red be able to open her heart to love before outside forces pull her and Repo apart?


4 Stars 
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After the upheaval in the last installment, everything appears to be settling down. The Spartan Riders are still rebuilding the damage caused. They have to be extra careful now that they are under the scrutiny of the law. They are hoping that it will take a while before the opposition regroups but, they couldn't be more wrong! 

Repo is the Vice President and the oldest member of the Spartan Riders. His first marriage ended in divorce and he has no intention of settling down. He likes playing the field. Until now. He has a battle on his hands, but he intends to win! 

Ginger aka Red is the club's barmaid and it's the only family that she has. She is a confidante to the brothers. Her marriage was violent and now that she is divorced, she has sworn that no man would ever boss her around. She is not short of bed partners and is satisfied with the arrangement. 

Repo has a change of heart and wants to settle down. He has set his sights on Ginger who used to have a crush on him. She still likes him and despite their past history, she is not prepared to get hurt yet again. She notices that the brothers are polite to her but, keep her at arm lengths. When she gets to hear the reason why, she flips and will fight for her "freedom"! Can Repo change her mind? 

There is an attack on one of the brothers and they realise that there is another war brewing. Whoever is targeting them must be obtaining information from the inside. Who? The problems escalate to the point of kidnapping and the brothers decide that retaliation is in order. They are not prepared to put their families in any more danger and this creates tension and discord between some of the members. It also affects some of their relationships. To add to it all, the girls are no longer prepared to be kept in the dark. A dangerous predicament! 

Repo and Ginger are two of a kind. Stubborn! I found Repo to be too heavy handed at times, whilst Ginger's defiance is a little over the top. Their interactions are stimulating and hot as Hades! 

This installment brings new and dangerous players on the scene. It's fast paced and the plot is well developed. Although it ends on a positive note, there are so much more still at stake, and I look forward to the next installment. 

I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.





Taco's story...blurb coming soon!





Gabby Morgan isnt looking for love. Not even a little romance. Following a rocky past that shed just as soon forget, shes determined to focus on the future. One that most certainly doesnt involve the tough-as-nails, short-on-words, hot-as-hell bikeror his kid.

Blake Mahone may not be done with women, but hes finished with relationships. Then Gabby Morgan enters the picture. Shes flawless, refined, and as his kids teacher, way out of his league. She acts like she hates him, but her eyes tell a different story. Before he knows it, Blake finds himself hot for teacher, and hes more than ready to learn all her secrets. Now all he has to do is convince her to give him a shotwithout getting them both killed in the process.




Talia McKinnon said goodbye to love the day she signed the divorce papers and moved across the country looking for a fresh start. With work occupying her days and nights, a relationship is the last thing on her mind, until a run-in with a hot-as-Hades, leather clad biker changes her mind. Hes everything she shouldnt want but has to have. The problem is, hes not that easy to catch.

Tucker Country Abrams believes in two things: brotherhood and women. He takes his job seriously and his women hard, but at the end of the day, the only loyalty he has is to his club. So when a night with a beautiful stranger threatens to change everything, hes quick to apply the brakes. But when a little detective work reveals that Talia may be much more than a one-night stand, Tucker is tasked with an impossible decision. Will he push her away, or go against every instinct he has and pull her closer?



J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isnt sorry.

Living in the Northwest, she has three amazing children and far too many pets. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelors in English and when she isnt writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Wings Unseen by Rebecca Gomez Farrell - Review Tour

Wings Unseen
Rebecca Gomez Farrell
Published by: Meerkat Press
Publication date: August 22nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

To end a civil war, Lansera’s King Turyn relinquished a quarter of his kingdom to create Medua, exiling all who would honor greed over valor to this new realm on the other side of the mountains. The Meduans and Lanserim have maintained an uneasy truce for two generations, but their ways of life are as compatible as oil and water.

When Vesperi, a Meduan noblewoman, kills a Lanserim spy with a lick of her silver flame, she hopes the powerful display of magic will convince her father to name her as his heir. She doesn’t know the act will draw the eye of the tyrannical Guj, Medua’s leader, or that the spy was the brother of Serrafina Gavenstone, the fiancΓ¨e of Turyn’s grandson, Prince Janto. 

As Janto sets out for an annual competition on the mysterious island of Braven, Serra accepts an invitation to study with the religious Brotherhood, hoping for somewhere to grieve her brother’s murder in peace. What she finds instead is a horror that threatens both countries, devouring all living things and leaving husks of skin in its wake.

To defeat it, Janto and Serra must learn to work together with the only person who possesses the magic that can: the beautiful Vesperi, whom no one knows murdered Serra’s brother. An ultimate rejection plunges Vesperi forward toward their shared destiny, with the powerful Guj on her heels and the menacing beating of unseen wings all about.

Readers of all ages will enjoy Wings Unseen, Rebecca Gomez Farrell’s first full-length novel. It is a fully-imagined epic fantasy with an unforgettable cast of characters.

3 Stars
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Lansera was one kingdom, divided into two to end a civil war. Medua, the newly formed country is ruled by advers, believers in evil magic. Lanserims and Meduans are now deadly enemies. There is a prophecy, whereby through the new generations, peace can be restored. Another impending war? 

Janto is the Lanserim Prince, soon to be married to his childhood friend and sweetheart. However, he has to go on his Murat. It's an annual quest with endurance tests. 

Serra is an orphan, raised in the Lanserim kingdom from a young age and betrothed to Janto. She is looking forward to her big day, but just after Janto's departure, she is invited to be an initiate in to learn about the religious ways of their goddess. 

Vesperi is a Meduan where all women are considered to be good for two things only. Whoring themselves and being in the kitchens. She looks after her younger brother who has physical disabilities. Her biggest desire is to become the heir to her father, highly unlikely! Being a woman and all. She also has a power which she is unable to control. 

Unbeknown to them, Janto, Serra and Vesperi are bound by the prophecy. During the Murat, Janto achieves something that's considered to be a myth. He then starts to have visions. He finds those disturbing even though they haunt him. During her initiation, Serra makes her own discovery. She has a gift which might well change their destiny. At the same time, the Guj, leader of the Meduan evil sect wants to manipulate Vespiri by using her gifts. 

Vesperi escapes and is captured by the Lanserims. She is surprised at the way women are treated and still expects the worse! She does what she does best. Rebelling at every turn, until she is more or less convinced that things are different here. Serra has second thoughts about her wedding. She makes a judgement call that changes everything. The three of them find that their future is predestined.

Soon they find that they have to work together in order to thwart the evil threatening all their lives. Feelings and relationships change. Resentment and jealousy set in, but these have to be overlooked for the greater of good. One of Vesperi's evil doing comes to light and causes even more upsets! They carry on regardless, and witness deaths and destruction whilst they themselves are in danger. They meet Lorne, a Meduan who is well acquainted to Vespiri. Together, they develop a strategy to defeat the evil, stop the deaths and bring the two sides back together. Do they have what it takes to stop the advers? 

The chants that are meant to reinforce the prophecy are too repetitive and become a little tedious. The roles of the characters are well defined but, I would have liked to have learnt a bit more about their personalities in order to connect with them. Although the end is satisfactory, there are some gaps in relation to two of the main characters. It's an interesting concept, but the story isn't fluid even though the prospects are good. 

I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.

Author Bio

In all but one career aptitude test Rebecca Gomez Farrell has taken, writer has been the #1 result. But when she tastes the salty air and hears the sea lions bark, she wonders if maybe sea captain was the right choice after all. Currently marooned in Oakland, CA, Becca is an associate member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Her short stories, which run the gamut of speculative fiction genres, have been published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Pulp Literature, the Future Fire, Typehouse Literary Magazine, and an upcoming story in theDark, Luminous Wings anthology from Pole to Pole Publishing among others. Maya’s Vacation, her contemporary romance novella, is available from Clean Reads. She is thrilled to have Meerkat Press publish her debut novel.

Becca’s food, drink, and travel writing, which has appeared in local media in CA and NC, can primarily be found at her blog, The Gourmez. For a list of all her published work, fiction and nonfiction, check out her author website at  

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Dragon Burn (#11 Dark Kings) Donna Grant - Review Tour

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In this scorching Dark Kings novella, New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant brings together a determined Dragon King used to getting what he wants and an Ice Queen who thaws for no one.

Marked by passion. 

A promise made eons ago sends Sebastian to Italy on the hunt to find an enemy. His quarry proves difficult to locate, but there is someone who can point him in the right direction – a woman as frigid as the north. Using every seductive skill he’s acquired over his immortal life, his seduction begins. Until he discovers that the passion he stirs within her makes him burn for more…

Gianna Santini has one love in her life – work. A disastrous failed marriage was evidence enough to realize she was better off on her own. That is until a handsome Scot strolled into her life and literally swept her off her feet. She is unprepared for the blazing passion between them or the truth he exposes. But as her world begins to unravel, she realizes the only one she can depend on is the very one destroying everything - a Dragon King.


4 Stars 
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I haven't read the previous books in this series, but there are enough snippets in Dragon Burn to give a general overview of what's going on. Although this can be read as a standalone, I would have liked to have read the previous books.

Sebastian is one of the Dragon Kings who resides in Scotland. There is a war going on and the dragons have secluded themselves away from the humans to avoid being detected. Even though, there is a suspect in regards to the start of this war, there is a big question mark! Sebastian intends to find the evidence, once and for all.

Gianna was divorced after a short marriage and now dedicates her time to her work. She is a valued personal assistant to a business tycoon. She doesn’t socialise. Her work is her life!

Sebastian takes a trip to Italy, where he has reasons to believe that he can find the culprit. Gianna might well be the key to the success of his mission. He starts off by seducing her to get the information he requires. Being an ice queen, Gianna doesn't usually respond to these seductions, but she is intrigued by this brogue Scottish. Who can blame her?! He thinks that it will be a quick and easy job and soon realises that he is just as intrigued by her. She has an effect that goes right to his soul and they discover that there is a deep connection between them. By the time he realises that he has put her in danger, it might just be a little too late! Can he resolve the problem and leave her unscathed?

This short story has many twists and turns. There are doubts about the real suspect. It becomes apparent that the whole thing has been orchestrated and the true motivation for the war is exposed. Dark Faes and Druids are involved. Sebastian is loyal to his friends and his feelings for Gianna are deep rooted. Gianna's reaction to this exposure is the opposite of what the enemy expects. The final twist has left me wanting for more! An exciting read.

I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.


Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the sizzling Dark King series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.

Despite deadlines and voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two children, four cats, and one long haired Chihuahua.

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All I Want is You by Cassie Cross Book Blitz

All I Want is You
Cassie Cross
Publication date: August 22nd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Hayley Grey is new in town and in a binge-watching, ice cream-eating rut.

She’s sworn off commitment, so when her best friend drags her out of bed and into a singles bar, Hayley’s just hoping to get laid. By the end of the night, she’s on the run with a hot stranger named Hunter, and happy she’s still alive.

Hunter Jacobs is a bodyguard with one strict rule: never get romantically involved with clients. Hayley isn’t his typical client, and she’s testing his resolve like no one ever has before.

When their life-changing weekend ends, will they have to break their rules or move on without each other?

All I Want is You is a stand-alone novella – no cliffhanger!


Hot Guy is incredibly tall, has a mop of dirty-blond hair, and raspy scruff peppering his movie-star jawline. A tight henley shows off every inch of his broad chest and muscular arms from where he stands across the room, just staring at me.
Seems I’ve caught his eye, too. That never happens to me.

His lips part when our eyes meet, like he wants to call out to me or something, but instead he keeps on staring. Staring in a way that makes my heart beat double time, that makes my knees weak. He doesn’t smile, doesn’t nod, doesn’t do anything other than look at me like he wants to devour me.

Without really thinking, I hurriedly make my way over, not even trying to play it cool. I slide between couples who are bumping and grinding on the dance floor, and when I reach Hot Guy, he smiles. It’s not the slick grin of a slime ball who knows he’s going to get laid tonight; it’s sweet and sexy, with just the hint of a dimple shining through.

“Hi,” he says, all soft and familiar despite the fact that we’re complete strangers.


“I’m glad you came over.” He leans in close, and all I can think about is how good he smells. I want to press my face into his neck and breathe deep. I want his tongue to become familiar with every single inch of my body.

I’m feeling turned on and brazen, and the way Hot Guy’s eyes skate across my body makes me pretty confident that he feels the same way, too. That’s what gives me the courage to say, “You don’t seem like the kind of guy who has difficulty making women come.”

I certainly hope not, at least.

Hot Guy lets out a shocked laugh, and his hazel eyes darken with something that looks a lot like lust. His hands find their way to the small of my back and he gives me a gentle tug, pulling me closer to him and away from the crowd.

“I’m not,” he replies, his scruff rasping against my skin as his lips brush the shell of my ear. “I can show you if you’d like.”

Author Bio

Cassie Cross is a Maryland native and a romantic at heart, who lives outside of Baltimore with her two dogs and a closet full of shoes. Cassie’s fondness for swoon-worthy men and strong women are the inspiration for most of her stories, and when she’s not busy writing a book, you’ll probably find her eating takeout and indulging in her love of 80′s sitcoms.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

To Tame a Wild Heart by Gwen Mitchell - Review Tour

To Tame a Wild Heart
Gwen Mitchell
Publication date: June 21st 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance, 
Urban Fantasy

Audrey Taylor has carved a living out of society’s fringes using her supernatural abilities and street smarts. Freedom—sleeping beneath the open skies and under the radar—is all she’s ever needed. But when an ancient council of witches discovers her powers, Audrey must submit to their training or be stripped of her gifts and her memory. Audrey knows better than to trust anyone, and she’s never worked well with others, so it’s just her luck to be assigned a withdrawn and irritable falconer as her mentor. Even more disturbing is her desire to tear through his brooding faΓ§ade and bare the man beneath when she should be focused on escape.

Corvin Wright values the solace of his duties and only finds peace among the birds entrusted to his keeping. But the council no longer sees a use for his unique gifts, and his sanctuary is in danger unless he can earn his place by babysitting a fledgling witch. The task becomes daunting when his apprentice turns out to be wilder and more broken than any creature he’s ever cared for. Her fiery spirit and dangerous beauty challenge every ideal of the life he’s built. As Audrey wrestles with her captivity and the bonds of responsibility laid upon her, Corvin must find a way to tame her wild heart before she breaks his.

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4 Stars 
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To Tame a Wild Heart is the introduction to the Zyne Legacy. The Zynes are witches, living in their own community to preserve their legacy. They are assisted by immortals, such as shifters and the hohlwen, fallen angels. The sorceres prey on the unprotected witches to use their powers for their dark purposes.

Corvin is an empath and the son of the coven's oracle. He likes his solitude and thrives on being by himself, at one with nature. He cares for the birds in the sanctuary with his best friend, Smoke, an inquistive and faithful raven! He also gets on well with his mentor, Roderic.

Audrey has grown up in foster homes and doesn't trust anyone. She has some powerful magical powers and although she is untrained, she uses these powers to fend for herself.

Audrey is in an asylum and has planned her escape meticulously. Only to escape one prison, straight into another. Well, not quite a prison! The Zyne community. She doesn't like being told what to do, but her objections are futile. Train to master her powers or lose them completely.

Corvin's mother has decided that it's about time that he leaves the bird santuary and help to train the fresh initiates. Joy of joys, Audrey is allocated to him! He has zero social skills and dealing with Audrey is not going to be easy. She is wild at heart! Even then, he is drawn to her. His emphatic abilities give him a glimpse of what lies beneath her tough exterior. He is a wounded soul too, and can relate to her apprehensions. If only, she would open up to him. First, he has to learn to open up too!

The more they get to know each other, the closer they become and the sexual tension between them becomes increasingly hard to ignore. Audrey lands herself in all sorts of trouble, but Corvin is sympathetic to her behaviour. The other thing is, she has made a promise and she intends to keep that promise. To be able to do that, she has to escape the surrounding wards. She makes a pact to someone who might just be able to help her. It's also forbidden! This is where she discovers that the sorceres are evil and witches are their slaves!

There are twists and turns throughout the whole story. Corvin is betrayed and at the same time he receives the biggest revelation of his life. Audrey discovers her origin. The story is well paced and well balanced. The relationship between Corvin and Audrey is interesting, but soul lifting. I like the whole concept of this story and would very much like to see more. I am intrigued by Seprhael! A very enjoyable storyline that I would recommend to lovers of the supernatural.

I have was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.

Author Bio

Gwen lives a life of romance and adventure with her very own hero in Seattle. She's a nature lover, science geek, and kitchen witch, with a nose for well-aged tequila and a pin-up fashion obsession. When not hiking to hidden waterfalls, taking in a burlesque show, or otherwise cavorting through the Emerald City, Gwen can be found in her favorite cozy chair brewing tales of magic, murder, and romance.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Beautiful Mess by John Herrick - Book Blitz

Beautiful Mess
John Herrick
Publication date: July 30th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance

A fallen star. Four Los Angeles misfits. And the Marilyn Monroe you only thought you knew.

Del Corwyn is an aging relic. An actor who advanced from errand boy to Academy Award nominee, Del kept company with the elite of Hollywood’s golden era and shared a close friendship with Marilyn Monroe. Today, however, he faces bankruptcy.

Humiliated, Del is forced to downgrade his lifestyle, sell the home he’s long cherished, and fade into a history of forgotten legends—unless he can revive his career. 

All he needs is one last chance. While searching through memorabilia from his beloved past, Del rediscovers a mysterious envelope, dated 1962, containing an original screenplay by Marilyn Monroe—and proof that she named him its legal guardian.

Del surges to the top of Hollywood’s A-list overnight. But the opportunity to reclaim his fame and fortune brings a choice: Is Del willing to sacrifice newfound love, self-respect and his most cherished friendship to achieve his greatest dream?

A story of warmth, humor and honesty, Beautiful Mess follows one man’s journey toward love and relevance where he least expects it—and proves coming-of-age isn’t just for the young.

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“You wrote a screenplay?”

Wide-eyed, Del ran his fingers across the crisp, white paper, a stack of sheets bound together by brass fasteners along its left margin. He was in his early twenties.

“Don’t look so surprised,” Marilyn Monroe replied with a staccato laugh. “I’m a woman of many wonderful traits.” Though thirty-six years old, she took childlike pleasure in his reaction. Innocent. She had exquisite diction, a byproduct of training with Natasha Lytess, her first acting coach.

“When did you write this?”

“During my hiatus, the one I took after we wrapped up production on The Prince and the Showgirl. Arthur and I split our time between New York and Connecticut, and he helped me as I wrote,” she replied, her countenance now matter-of-fact, her voice sultry yet airy. “I believe it was an outlet for him, too. He was so frustrated by that time, wondering about his own future. He believed in me, and I think it helped him believe in himself. So as I wrote the scenes, he gave me advice on how to make the characters richer, more alive.”

They sat together in the living room of her home in Brentwood. “Johnny Angel” played on her phonograph. They were alone in the house.

“This must have taken a long time to write.”

“I had eighteen months before I returned to Hollywood to shoot Some Like It Hot,” she replied. Her gaze fell to the floor, and her voice grew softer. “I’d been through so much by that point. Trying to make my second marriage work. The pain of losing a child…”

As her words drifted, young Del noticed she had waded into the territory of the forlorn. For the past year, she had seemed more prone toward that tendency, and pain filled Del’s heart whenever he watched it emerge. He tried to return her attention to the script, which seemed to make her happy. It was an obvious source of pride for her.

“You never mentioned you’re a writer. Why doesn’t anybody know?”

Her countenance brightened again, and Del felt relieved. She shot him a cunning glare.

“There’s more to me than the reporters know about,” she replied with a wink, wagging a red-polished fingernail at him, ever the mentor. “Here’s an important tip for you: Never tell them everything. Always keep a little secret or two for yourself, something to hold in your heart. Something you can control in this crazy world.”

Del fanned the pages, opening the document at random points to scan snippets of dialogue. What a sense of accomplishment she must have felt! He admired its professional layout, which looked identical to the scripts he’d used on the sets. Del wondered it Marilyn had typed this on the manual typewriter he’d seen Arthur Miller use in their home.

“Is this any good?” Del asked. “I mean, have you shown it to anyone?”

“Only to Arthur, back when we were married.” She giggled in her typical Marilyn manner. “Can you imagine? The great Arthur Miller coaches Marilyn Monroe in literature,” she punctuated with a male reporter’s voice, underscoring it with faux solemnity. “You do know he rewrote the script for Let’s Make Love, don’t you? He said the original was a catastrophe and he wanted to protect me. Wasn’t that sweet? Many people don’t know that. He wrote the script for The Misfits, too. The man certainly knows what he’s doing, if you ask me. Look at Death of a Salesman. Pure genius! 
Regardless of how our marriage worked out, the man was a brilliant writer.”

Young Del ran his hand across Marilyn’s screenplay again, eager to read it from beginning to end. Maybe they could perform in it together!

Yet he couldn’t ignore a chill that raced up his spine. Why here? Why now?

Author Bio

John Herrick is the author of From the Dead and 8 Reasons Your Life Matters. A graduate of the University of Missouri—Columbia, readers turn to him as a chronicler of spiritual journey and the human heart. Herrick lives in St. Louis.

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