Friday, June 23, 2017

BOOK BLITZ: "Girl Crush" by TL Travis

Girl Crush is an erotic female romance novella that brings to light that one time…

The one time you found yourself questioning your so-called sexuality, potentially risking your friendship. What if the feelings aren’t reciprocated? Confusion and pain brings them closer together, feeding from one another’s strengths and thrusting them into each other’s arms. Are the risks of their new-found love worth the result? This novella caters to adults over 18 as it does contain a high level of consensual MF (1 scene) and FF sexual encounters. Title: Girl Crush Release Date: May 26, 2017 Publisher: Encompass Ink Genre: Erotic female (LGBT) romance Goodreads:     Do you think that giving books away free works and why? I think so, everyone likes something for free and it gives readers insight into what you write. Possibly drawing them in to read other musings you’ve written. How has your writing evolved since your first book? Very much so. I’ve perfected my technique and made it much easier for my editors. What’s the one thing that has really surprised you since you started writing? I’ve discovered my inner Mistress whom I didn’t know was there. Are there misconceptions people have about your genre? Yes, especially within the BDSM realm. There is a preconceived notion that BDSM is about abuse when it is the opposite. Any good Dom/Mistress knows their sub's limits and always has their subs needs put first and foremost. BDSM is first and foremost about trust. What literary pilgrimages have you gone on? I went to Houston to meet Piper Kay and Jas T. Ward, then to LA to meet Lily Luchesi. These are authors I work closely with and talk to frequently so to me it was very important to meet them face to face. I love them all!     Our one year anniversary was fast approaching and I wanted to do something special for my Gem. She had never been to Victoria BC and I really wanted to show it to her so I booked us a vacation cottage rental with a water view. I needed this vacation to be special. We’ve come such a long way and overcome many obstacles that were thrown at us so we needed a way to decompress. I booked the rental for a week and told Gem to pack her bag with warm comfy clothes, but to include something special for a night out as well. I wouldn’t tell her where we were going, just for how long we would be gone. We got in the car and drove into Seattle to catch the ferry to Victoria. Gemma was in awe, she loved riding the ferries and her smile lit up my world. After securing our vehicle, we took the stairs to the cafĂ© and ordered two cups of coffee and then made our way to the upper deck. Gemma stood at the bow of the deck, her sable curls whipping wildly in the wind but she didn’t care. She smiled like a kid on Christmas morning. I came up behind her, wrapping my arms round her tiny torso. “Are you having fun my love?” I asked. “Yes, of course. But I wish you would tell me where we’re going.” “All in time my sweet, all in time.” I stayed with my arms wrapped around her, protecting her slender figure from the cold winds as we made our way through the sound, headed towards Victoria without a care in the world. Nothing mattered to me but her happiness, something I would do anything to secure. It was too cold to stay on deck for this three-hour ride, so we went inside to cuddle up in one of the window booths. “Liz, this is amazing. You know how much I love riding the ferry. I’ve never been to Victoria and I can’t wait.” The announcement had given away our destination, but not all the surprises I had planned for our week away. I put my arm around her shoulder, kissing her cheek, “I promise you my love, you will not be disappointed.” “Liz, you could never disappoint me. You hold the key to my heart.” Her words still warmed me even though she proclaimed her love for me daily. This woman had become my world, and I hers.    
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5 things about Girl Crush

1. It is based on the one female I ever fell in love with.
2. Only 2 things in GC are true, the rest are wishful fabrications drawn up in my erotic little mind
3. The female I fell in love with does not know it, sharing it wasn’t worth risking the friendship
4. Yes, I am married to a man who is well aware of my love for this female and is very supportive
5. It is based in places near my home
  TL Travis is the published author of The Sebastian Chronicles, The Database, and Hat Trick along with numerous other erotic musings (and many more in the works), The Elders Trilogy – an erotic paranormal (Vampire) romance novel series and many non-fiction articles. In her spare time she likes to fish, enjoy all the Pacific Northwest has to offer, spin spicy erotic webs for readers to enjoy, and rescue any 4 legged lost souls she comes across. Since her children are grown and have flown the coop, she’s taken to spoiling her two deaf white boxers even more so than they were before. And as always please remember – adopt a pet, don’t shop. Saving that life might just save yours. To learn more about TL Travis and her stories, visit her website ❤ Give TL Travis Author Facebook Page a like ❤ Follow TL Travis on Twitter: Other Social Media Accounts
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

BOOK EVENT: Celtic Thistle Book Signing


The Celtic Thistle Book Signing. This signing is to help raise funds for the restoration of Zetland Park in Grangemouth. 
The Signing will be held in the Bowhouse Community Centre in Grangemouth from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday July 29th 2017.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

SERIES SALE: "The Cure" by Tania Hagan

Title: The Cure Series
Author: Tania Hagan
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publisher: CHBB Publishing
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Beautiful and brilliant, eighteen-year-old Genesis Weatherby lives a charmed life as the clone of a long-dead silent film star. She is loved by her close-knit family as well as her two best friends, and being a clone isn't so bad when everyone in the world is one too. Thanks to an organization known as GOD, there have been no Original births in one hundred and thirty years. In a successful attempt to eradicate cancer, GOD has taken control of human procreation, and only the human copies that are proven to be free of the once devastating disease are allowed to thrive. Genny never questions anything about her world, until she meets handsome and mysterious Nat Wilkinson. Now, she is forced to make choices that can alter the course of her life, as well as the lives of everyone on the planet.
Genesis Weatherby has been living the life of a fugitive for over three years. Genny, Nat, and their two children have found some comfort in the remote mountain village of Fieldmont, Oregon, where Chosen members, as well as their sympathizers, live inside a forgotten government bunker.
GOD has just named Genny and Nat as their primary targets in the organization's war against Original births. More importantly, they’ve blamed the couple for the alarming number of cancer cases in recent years.
When the GOD-created deadly Angel virus strikes close to home, Genny devises a dangerous plan to stomp out GOD once and for all.
But, will Nat and their friends go along with her idea? And, will Genny be able to live long enough to carry out her dangerous mission? Where can she run when everyone in the world thinks she’s their enemy? In the end, will she really know who’s on her side? And, will it be too late for everyone?
When stopping GOD and the Angel virus becomes Genny’s primary goal, she has to make some life-altering decisions that might lead to the destruction of her entire family.
Tania Hagan was born in Illinois, but moved to Southern California as a young teen. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Social Science and Psychology.
She began her writing career shortly after school, when she wrote for a major business magazine. She also read the nightly business report for the company's TV news. At the same time, she produced, and reported for a weekly TV news magazine program.
After she was married, Tania and her husband moved back to the Chicago area, where she worked briefly as a stringer for a local newspaper. She also became a successful Realtor, and continued to write for online, as well as for print publications.
They have one beautiful daughter. Her dream of dreams is to eventually adopt many more children. Out of everything she's ever accomplished, she is most proud of being a mom.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

RELEASE BLITZ: "Last Rites (Paranormal Detectives Book 5)" by Lily Luchesi

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Power is the deadliest desire.

With Leander put to rest and the Paranormal Investigative Division taken care of by the Coven Mistress, Danny and Angelica are finally ready to take some time for themselves while Angelica gets used to her new role as the Empress and they make their relationship official.

When people close to Angelica are murdered by what seems to be a rogue vampire, their sabbatical is cut short in order for her to find the perp and execute him or her.

But this is no ordinary vampire. When the truth is revealed and secrets come to light, it will prove to be Danny's biggest test of faith yet, and Angelica's reckoning of her past, present, and future. Most of all it will raise a single question: just what makes a monster?

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Release Blitz: "Soul Bound" by Jas T. Ward


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by Jas T. Ward

Genre: Grimdark Romance

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Jace Camden is haunted by his past. One that has many believing he got away with murder. He's run from it, trying to start a new life in a new town. But his past hasn't let him escape and it's determined that his future will not be a long one.

Death will demand it's due.

And his late wife will make sure that debt is paid.

Kitt Thomas' life is in a rut but that changed when she looked into the sad, haunted eyes of Jace Camden. Something about his wounded soul called to her -- like a flicker in a very dark cave she should have had the sense not to step into.

But his past will make sure she is no more part of Jace's future than life is.

Because he's soul bound.

And that's a bind that can only be broken by death.


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Saturday, June 10, 2017

RELEASE DAY: "Black Magic" An Urban Fantasy Anthology Benfiting Meals On Wheels

Discover a myriad of monsters from the authors of CHBB Publishing. Demons, vampires, ghosts, and ghouls, nothing is off limits in Black Magic. Lose yourself in these offerings and let your mind be taken into a world of macabre fantasy. Stories by award winning and amazon best selling authors including Rue Volley, Faith Marlow, SJ Davis, Lily Luchesi, Elaine White, Sarah Hall, Nicole Thorn, and Hope Daniels, along with poetry from Elizabeth A. Lance and Laurencia Hoffman

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

BOOK REVIEW; "Pigeon-Blood Red" by Ed Duncan

For underworld enforcer Richard "Rico" Sanders, it seemed like an ordinary job. Retrieve his gangster boss's priceless pigeon-blood red ruby necklace and teach the double-dealing cheat who stole it a lesson. A job like a hundred before it. But the chase quickly goes sideways and takes Rico from the mean streets of Chicago to sunny Honolulu, where the hardened hit man finds himself in uncharted territory when a couple of innocent bystanders are accidentally embroiled in the crime.
As Rico pursues his new targets, the hunter and his prey develop an unlikely respect for one another and Rico is faced with a momentous decision: follow his orders to kill the couple whose courage and character have won his admiration, or refuse and endanger the life of the woman he loves?

I received a copy of this book from the publicist for an honest review.

I love crime novels, but I always have an issue with many of them being too similar to each other, not having a unique voice because the protagonists are too much alike. Pigeon-Blood Red differs from that because, while Rico is fairly run of the mill, Ed Duncan's voice is not. He writes beautifully weaved sentences that make you see the book in a different light than most others in the genre. Duncan did a great job taking common characters and making them sound even more exciting.
The plot is straightforward, lots of action with a hint of romance. Morals and values do come into it later on, making it nailbiting in a different manner than it already has been.
It's set partially in Chicago, which I love. Give me a book set in my home and I will be a very happy reader. The descriptions of the city and of Honolulu are well-written, adding some visuals to the story.
The book is dark, suspenseful, and heartfelt. A must read for crime lovers.

4/5--excellent work!

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BLOG TOUR: "...And All Shall Fade To Black" by Layla Dorine

-….And All Shall Fade to Black by Layla Dorine
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Moving into his new apartment, Jax never expected to have to break up a fight between his new neighbors, resulting in a physical altercation and a visit from the cops. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine that it would lead to him meeting Danny, the cute theater manager and playwright that lived next door. Unfortunately, his first impression of Danny and the way he’d cowered away in the fight with his ex, wasn’t exactly a favorable one.
Jax already has his own issues to deal with, between his past problems with his mother and the chain of men who’ve floated in and out of her life, his new job as a piercer in his sister’s tattoo shop and his struggles with an eating disorder; the last thing he plans to add to it is a relationship. Yet Danny isn’t so easy to ignore and when they find themselves bonding after Danny shows him around town, and more when Jax offers to help with sets for his latest play, it becomes harder and harder for him to ignore the connection forming between them.
As Jax’s insecurities and food issues grow more and more out of control, he find himself turning to Danny for help, rather than his longtime friends Callum and Max who lives just downstairs. Danny’s mix of patience, stubbornness and tough love make it harder and harder for Jax to keep his distance, and somewhere in the course of their daily lives, they find themselves moving from being friends, to being more.

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LAYLA DORINE lives among the sprawling prairies of Midwestern America, in a house with more cats than people. She loves hiking, fishing, swimming, martial arts, camping out, photography, cooking, and dabbling with several artistic mediums. In addition, she loves to travel and visit museums, historic, and haunted places.
Layla got hooked on writing as a child, starting with poetry and then branching out, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her
characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes its aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap.
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Thank you so much for hosting me here today and letting me ramble on a bit about a few things surrounding my latest novel …And All Shall Fade to Black, primarily, the way he handles issues from his past.
I know that there are moments when Jax comes across as totally unforgiving, when he looks at Danny’s situation and projects his own experiences with domestic violence on him, especially when he reflects back to his mother and some of her boyfriends and how they treated her as he was growing up.
I think it goes without saying that our childhood experiences define who we are and sometimes color the way we expect others to deal with things. Sometimes, people grow up with so many unexpressed words, so many hurts and grudges that they’ve been holding on to that not only does it prove toxic to them, but it can also poison friendships and potential relationships because they can only see a situation one way.
In …And All Shall Fade to Black, that is Jax in many ways. For years, he’s distanced himself from his mother, until his interactions with her boarder on hate. They are most certainly cruel, sarcastic and biting, but I think that where they stem from, that place in Jax that watched and could do nothing, is more important than the way he expresses it.
The way we express things can change, it’s more difficult to actually get to the heart of why we actually feel things in the first place, and that’s what Jax had to do in order to make progress not only with his mother, but in his relationship with Danny as well.
Of all the characters, Jax was the one who had to grow the most for things to change and work out in a positive way in regards to forming a relationship, but he wasn’t the only one who had to change and grow. Danny had to be willing to look at his own situation and the way he’d let it get out of hand, and see that he should have squashed things even sooner than he did. It was clear, right from the begging of his interactions with Jax, that he wasn’t going to make that same mistake, and in doing so, forced Jax to really start reflecting on situations both past and presence.
While at times …And All Shall Fade to Black was extremely difficult to write, reaching the end and seeing where Jax and Danny were at more than made up for some of the more angst filled parts of the journey.


Heaving a heavy sigh, Jax nodded.
“All right, fine, we’ll do it your way, but when I completely screw it up, we’ll know who to blame.”
“You can’t screw it up, Jax, it’s as simple as picking out the things you like.”
Jax cocked an eyebrow at him and tapped his foot and Callum cringed.
“Okay, I should maybe amend that. It’s a matter of picking out the things you like that would actually work well together to create as space with some harmony and unity,” Callum remarked sheepishly. “So please no two dollar paintings on crushed velvet and framed black light posters. We’re adults now, time to be more sophisticated about things.”
“Yeah, okay, I’ll actually put some effort into it this time.”
From across the room Max laughed. “Hey you’ve had it easy up until now, you’ve had us decorating most of the house for you. Just remember that if you plan to invite Danny or anyone else over to your place, you might want to consider tones besides black and gray. They’re kind of depressing.”
“They are solid colors that go together. Haven’t you guys been stressing that?”
“Yes, and they’re a good start. Now think about adding some additional shades to that.”
Unscrewing the jar, jax pulled out a pickle spear and crunched away, thoughtfully running through different shades in his head and dismissing them. It wasn’t that he was picky, it was just that he wasn’t a fan of bright things. “What about purple?”
“Purple can work,” Callum remarked. “Now if you’re done stalling, can you answer my question?”
Jax scowled, confused. “What question.”
“The one I asked when you walked in here. You asked how Max knew. What did Max know?”
Silently, Jax headed for a chair and flopped into its overstuffed folds, put his feet up on the Ottoman and started crunching on another pickle.
“Yeah, oh, as in oh come on Jax spill it already. You know I won’t start the game until you do.”
Groaning, Jax glared at the pair, wishing he wasn’t holding the pickles so he could cross his arms. It might have been a little childish but at that point he was in the mood to pout and stubbornly hold his tongue.
“Apparently I interrupted him kissing Danny,” Max finally supplied.
“No shit?”
“No shit,” Jax grumbled. “Him and his bellowing put an end to what was shaping up to be a really nice moment. Then he hits me with a remark about Shiro.”
Jax watched as Callum shot a look between him and Max.
“All I said was that he shouldn’t let what happened with Shiro happen between him and Danny.”
“Yeah, and I wanted to know what the hell he meant by that.”
“Oh come off it Jax, we both knew you were pining after Shiro and too scared to do anything to make it happen. Anyone with eyes could have seen that, just from your moods and body language whenever you two were together. What I don’t get is why you didn’t just ask him out or something.”
Jax shrugged and busied himself with another pickle. It was a good question, it was just a complicated one. The truth was, by the time he figured out that Shiro was as bad at picking up on relationship cues as he was, Nozomi had swooped in and asked Shiro out. He’d never been the type to get in between two people, even at the start of a new relationship, and especially not one to do it to friends. So he’d kept his feelings bottled up, half hoping that maybe it wouldn’t work out between them, though, the signs had all been there that it would.
“Earth to Jax…hey…”
Fingers snapping next to his ear drew Jax’s attention and he turned to see Callum grinning down at him.
“You know what, I think you need to pursue things with Danny, if only so you don’t end up looking like a lovesick puppy every time someone brings Shiro up. That ship has sailed, it’s a new day my friend, and a new city, though there’s one thing that will never change.”
“Yeah, what’s that?”
“Me kicking your ass and leaving you to the zombies,” Callum laughed.
“You’re on!” Jax snapped, reaching for a controlled.
Max just groaned as he reached for one himself. “I can already see how this night is gonna go. You two are going to be so busy trying to throw each other in the path of the zombies or outdo each other that you’re going to end up killing me in the process.”
Jax glanced at Callum, who was staring back at him, smirking.
“That’s been known to happen,” Jax admitted.
“True, it has,” Callum replied with a shrug. “You’d think he’d be used to it now.”
“Yeah really, sheesh, I mean, it isn’t like it’s our fault that he can’t stay out of the way. Maybe if he’d learn to dodge a little better…”
“Or duck,” Jax added, laughing and ducking himself when Max threw a pillow his way.

Friday, June 2, 2017

RELEASE DAY + BOOK REVIEW: "Girl Crush" by TL Travis

Girl Crush is an erotic female romance novella that brings to light that one time… 
The one time you found yourself questioning your so-called sexuality, potentially risking your friendship. What if the feelings aren’t reciprocated? 
Confusion and pain brings them closer together, feeding from one another’s strengths and thrusting them into each other’s arms. 
Are the risks of their new-found love worth the result? 
This novella caters to adults over 18 as it does contain a high level of consensual MF (1 scene) and FF sexual encounters.

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, there's a lot going on in this book and I am going to pace my thoughts to get everything straight. Well, maybe straight wasn't the right word to use! Girl Crush follows a woman named Liz and her late-in-life realization that she might not be straight, despite being married to her husband for a few years now.
I want to talk about Liz because I read a LOT of books, and she really was a character I could personally relate to. I came out as bi very early in life, but aside from that she and I are a lot alike. It was great seeing a romance story where the female lead didn't depend on a happy man and a bunch of kids for her life to be complete. Actually, that's the opposite of what Liz wants. This book shows that you can be happy and fulfilled without the "white picket fence and two-point-five kids".
Unlike most short erotic fiction, this packed a huge issue into its 61 pages: spousal abuse. Gem, the love interest, is in an abusive relationship with HER husband. The narrative, while being very quick, dealt with this very real and very harsh situation with eloquence and honesty. It was very well-written, and I applaud Travis for that.
The sex is, well, it's hot! But for me, the sex was just an added bonus to an already great story. Read this book: it should be a favorite for all women. Yes, I will mention I saw some typos but it was nothing that detracted from the story at all.

5/5--sweet, sexy, excellent.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

COVER REVEAL: "Last Rites (Paranormal Detectives Book Five)" by Lily Luchesi

Coming June 14th, the fifth installment of Lily Luchesi's award-winning Paranormal Detectives Series, Last Rites. Cover art by Rue Volley.
Power is the deadliest desire.

With Leander put to rest and the Paranormal Investigative Division taken care of by the Coven Mistress, Danny and Angelica are finally ready to take some time for themselves while Angelica gets used to her new role as the Empress and they make their relationship official.

When people close to Angelica are murdered by what seems to be a rogue vampire, their sabbatical is cut short in order for her to find the perp and execute him or her.
But this is no ordinary vampire. When the truth is revealed and secrets come to light, it will prove to be Danny's biggest test of faith yet, and Angelica's reckoning of her past, present, and future. Most of all it will raise a single question: just what makes a monster?

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: "The Last Bucelarii Book 2: Lament of the Fallen" by Andy Peloquin

The Hunter of Voramis is no more.
Alone with the bloodthirsty voices in his head, fleeing the pain of loss, he has one objective; travel North to find her, the mystery woman who plagues his dreams and haunts his memories.
When he stumbles upon a bandit attack, something within urges him to help. His actions set him at odds with the warrior priests commanded to hunt down the Bucelarii.
Left for dead, the Hunter must travel to Malandria to recover his stolen birthright. There, he is inexorably drawn into direct conflict with the Order of Midas, the faceless, nameless group of magicians that holds the city in a grip of terror. All while struggling to silence the ever-louder voice in his mind that drives him to kill.

From feared assassin to wretched outcast, the Hunter's journey leads him to truths about his forgotten past and the Abiarazi he has pledged to hunt. His discoveries will shed light on who he really is...what he really is.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Who here likes fantasy but also loves blood and violence? *raises hand* Well, if you raised your hand, too, look no further.  Featuring magic, mischief, and general mayhem, Lament of the Fallen (and it's predecessor Blade of the Destroyer) is the book for you. Following a bloodthirsty and possibly insane MC, the nameless Hunter, we see him brought low, a mere outcast.
Like most good fantasy, there is a majestic quest for something, riddled with potholes and a large cast of supporting characters and adversaries (mostly adversaries). The Hunter is not exactly a good guy, yet he's still the hero/antihero of the story, the one you root for as he meets dark magicians and fights against his own bloodthirsry desires.
I can't say much without giving too much away, but this series is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Perfect for horror fans and fantasy lovers alike!


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COVER REVEAL: "New Moon" by Lisa Kessler

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Jaguar shifter Sebastian Severino is an enigma. He lives alone, works alone, and will die alone. But the night he’s attacked by a female werewolf, nothing will ever be the same. And when his young niece is kidnapped, Sebastian, the deadliest assassin Nero has ever produced, will be forced to choose a side... Isabelle Wood has never taken the easy path. As a bounty hunter and now a bitten werewolf without a mate, she’s searching for answers to her father’s disappearance while helping to lead an Alphaless Pack. The night she gets the opportunity to take out their enemy, with her blade at his throat, her wolf discovers her mate in the last person she can be with.


ABOUT LISA KESSLER: Lisa Kessler is a Best Selling author of dark paranormal fiction. She's a two-time San Diego Book Award winner for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror and Best Published Romance. Her books have also won the PRISM award, the Award of Excellence, the National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award, the Award of Merit from the Holt Medallion, and an International Digital Award for Best Paranormal. Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award. When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, and has performed with San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: "The Hematophages" by Stephen Kozeniewski

Doctoral student Paige Ambroziak is a “station bunny” – she’s never set foot off the deep space outpost where she grew up. But when she’s offered a small fortune to join a clandestine salvage mission, she jumps at the chance to leave the cutthroat world of academia behind.
Paige is convinced she’s been enlisted to find the legendary Manifest Destiny, a long-lost colonization vessel from an era before the corporations ruled Earth and its colonies. Whatever she’s looking for, though, rests in the blood-like seas of a planet-sized organism called a fleshworld.
Dangers abound for Paige and her shipmates. Flying outside charted space means competing corporations can shoot them on sight rather than respect their salvage rights. The area is also crawling with pirates like the ghoulish skin-wrappers, known for murdering anyone they can’t extort.
But the greatest threat to Paige’s mission is the nauseating alien parasites which infest the fleshworld. These lamprey-like monstrosities are used to swimming freely in an ocean of blood, and will happily spill a new one from the veins of the outsiders who have tainted their home. In just a few short, bone-chilling hours Paige learns that there are no limits to the depravity and violence of the grotesque nightmares known as…THE HEMATOPHAGES.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

So, you must know by now how big a fan I am of Kozeniewski. He always has something new to offer with each book, and The Hematophages is no different. I was wary at first, because I don't read a lot of sci-fi. In fact, outside of Star Wars and Doctor Who, I don't like the genre very much at all. But this book has so many horror elements that I loved it despite it being sci-fi.
Paige is the main character and it's hard not to love her: she's snarky and craves adventure; like most of the author's characters, she has a unique voice and you get to know her well as the story goes on.
In this book there are two horrific creatures: the Hematophages themselves and the other humans who seem to have a devastating self-destructive streak within most of them. Even Paige, who like I said is a really great character.
I think hardcore sci-fi fans might be disappointed that the world-building could have used more plotting or description, but as a horror fan I was glad he didn't take pages upon pages to talk about space and what the worlds are like. It is described better in the actions of people. in how they act and think and well, she's in space. That's more than enough for me.
There's a great amount of humor, more than I would have expected, and it offsets the violence and darkness of the story. All in all, an excellent read from Kozeniewski that I recommend to all horror fans who are looking for something different to tantalize their minds with.


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Friday, May 26, 2017

BLOG TOUR: "Passion's Pride" by Piper Kay

Passion's-Pride-by-Piper-Kay-Blog-Tour-Banner Let the Sparks fly” “Sometimes we need to lose ourselves and become invisible to the outside world. It’s the only way I know to find me again and drown out all the negatives.