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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New Moon-500px ABOUT NEW MOON:
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.

Monday, May 22, 2017

EVENT: Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con Presents Javier Grillo-Marxauch at Meltdown Comics May 24th

Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con’s Monthly Live Streaming “A Conversation With” Showcase From Meltdown Comics To Feature Lost Writer-Producer
Javier Grillo-Marxuach

Co-Hosted by L.A. Comic Con CEO Keith Tralins and Meltdown’s Adam Parker
“A Conversation With…” Features Several of Today’s Most Celebrated Names In Pop Culture Live and Direct From Meltdown Comics In Hollywood

This Month’s Los Angeles Comic Con Presents “A Conversation With…” Streams Live Wednesday May 24 at 7:30pm PDT

              For Immediate Release:

LOS ANGELES (May 22, 2017) – Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con Presents A Conversation With…has set Javier Grillo-Marxuach – the Emmy-winning creator of The Middleman, and writer-producer of The 100, Charmed, Medium and the legendary ABC series Lost – for its next live streaming showcase, set for Wednesday May 24 beginning at 7:30pm PDT.  Co-hosted by L.A. Comic Con CEO Keith Tralins and Meltdown’s Adam Parker, the monthly program originates live from Meltdown Comics, Hollywood’s premiere destination for everything pop culture.

A casual master class on creating best-of-breed pop culture entertainment, A Conversation With… can be accessed via Meltdown’s website located at  For those who happen to be in the So California area, the monthly event is also open to the public free of charge.

Javier Grillo-Marxuach is a prolific writer of television, movies, comic books, essays, and interactive media best known as one of the Emmy Award-winning producers of Lost, and as creator of the the comic book and ABC Family television series The MiddlemanHaving just wrapped work as consulting producer on season 2 of the hit MTV series The Shannara Chronicles, Javi is currently developing projects for both broadcast and cable, as well as feature film.  Javier is also co-host and co-creator (with fellow writer/producer/Puerto Rican, Jose Molina) of the “Children of Tendu podcast, an educational series which aims to teach newcomers how to navigate the entertainment industry with decency and integrity. As part of his ongoing efforts to support and encourage emerging writers, Javi is not only an avid participant of the WGA's Mentor program, but also worked to institute the Grillo-Marxuach Family Scholarship, which provides financial aid and mentorship to students attending the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts Masters Degree in Screenwriting with a focus on the Latino experience.  Additionally, Javi's book of essays "Shoot This One" - a dishy, frequently far-too-revealing, but mostly helpful and informative, memoir of his 20 years in the television industry - is currently available in paperback and Kindle.

“We are excited to team with Meltdown Comics for our monthly video streaming series A Conversation With…to present the extremely gifted – and very funny – Javier Grillo-Marxuach, a creative powerhouse whose work is fast becoming legend,” said Tralins.

About Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con:
Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con is Los Angeles’ biggest and best large-scale, multi-media pop culture convention. Held annually Halloween weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con assembles the most exciting and innovative in comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror and all things pop-culture. Partnering with comic legend Stan Lee himself and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con is the only pop-culture convention owned and operated by true pop-culture icons. With a mission to provide celebrity, creator and talent access that is unequalled in comic conventions, Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con’s unique panels, autograph sessions and photo-ops give fans once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to truly interact with their favorite creators and major players in the entertainment industry.  Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con is a partnership of Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment, Cassandra Peterson, and Comikaze Entertainment, Inc.  Visit This year’s Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con will be October 27-29, 2017.
About Meltdown Comics:

Established in 1993, Meltdown Comics serves as the mecca for all things comic book, comedy, podcasting, and pop culture related.  Located in the heart of Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard, Meltdown is the recipient of accolades from such leading trendsetters “Best of LA: LA Weekly, “Best of LA: LA Magazine, “Best Comedy: LA Weekly, “Top 50 things why LA kicks ass: LA Weekly, “Best Store: Playboy Magazine and “Top 10 stores you must visit before you die.”  Visit Meltdown at

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

RELEASE BLITZ: "Boss" by Quinn

Title: Boss
Author: Quinn
Genre: Erotic Romance/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 17, 2017


The BOSS duology contains the first two books in the Run the World Series, and a bonus novella (for a limited time) 

Like a F*cking Boss


He’s the boss. I'm the booty call…

I gave my last relationship everything I had and got shafted in return. Now I'm all about proving I have what it takes to work amongst talented designers and architects of ARC Industries, and building a better future for myself.

Then my new boss arrives, and I just know trouble will follow.

How will I prove I'm more than a smart mouth and sexy curves when I'm distracted by daydreams of the company's sexy CEO, Theo Solomon?

To make matters worse, my daydreams turn into reality, and I become Theo's booty call.

Due to my past, I'm hesitant to accept that I want more than secret rendezvous. But is Theo worth the risk? 

Like a F*cking Lady


Talia Newman is a goddess who has curves any man would go crazy for. She's sassy, sexy and smart. She's also a pain my ass...

I want her to warm my bed and share my life forever—but the minx is too stubborn to bend to my will.

When my past comes back to haunt me, my integrity and our relationship are sorely tested. For once in my life, I fear that I may lose the most important thing to me.

I'll do whatever it takes to protect what's mine and punish those who threaten it…

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From Book 1: Like a F*cking Boss

*For readers 18+ due to Mature content*

The universe has colluded to get me angry and possibly fired today. Not only am I late returning from lunch, there’s taco sauce on my new, still-has-the-tag-on skirt. And like a sour cherry on top, as I try to rush back to the office in my too-tight skirt, a car nearly runs me down, screeching to a stop inches away from my legs. I slam a palm on the hood and scream profanities at the careless driver hiding behind the heavily-tinted windows. And because I’m having such a wonderful moment, I flip him the bird before stepping onto the sidewalk and racing back into my office building.

People who don’t seem to be in any rush line the elevator banks. To make matters worse, I have to fight my way inside one of them since one car is out of order.

Huffing and puffing and sweaty as hell, I finally sneak into the conference room stuffed with every single ARC employee. I slide next to Bryde. Her eyes widen and she mouths, “What the hell happened?”

“You wouldn’t believe it if I told you. Some fucker almost ran me over, and look what happened to my skirt! Oh, great.” I groan. “Now it looks like a Rorschach test.” I point at the spot on my lap. After a quick lick on my thumb, I rub at the stain. Absently, I continue yapping, “Did the boss man show up yet? Is he bald, fat and ugly like we thought?”

It takes a few synapses firing in my brain for me to realize the entire room has gone silent, and is slowly filling with a combination of murmurs, throat-clearings, and snickers. I let go of the bright fabric and glance around. Bet your ass all eyes are on me, including the unimpressed gaze of one hot-as-hell man in an impeccable navy blue suit that shouts ‘I own this shit.’ The intensity in those eyes causes me to step back, hitting the floor-to-ceiling glass wall behind me.

For once in my adult life, I am speechless. Theodore Solomon, although bald, is neither fat nor ugly. He’s a piece of six-foot-five goodness that I’m willing to climb any damn time. For a minute or so, he holds my gaze. I keep my back flat against the wall, which effectively pushes out my tatas. Any warm-blooded man would be mesmerized by my tits, but not this one. His jaw tenses, and I swear he’s about to ask me to walk to the front of the room, pull my skirt up, and spank me in front of the entire staff. If I’m being honest, I wouldn’t object. The thought wets the tiny piece of fabric covering my pussy. Then he pulls his gaze away from me and continues to address the room.

I relax, sagging against the wall, and look sideways at Bryde, who appears even more scared than me, and then across the large table to Lyra, who looks like she’s about to lose her shit. Mr. Theodore Solomon talks about what his restructuring plans mean for all of us, but he doesn’t mention cutting jobs. We’re safe, for now. Well, not me. I’m pretty sure I’ll get a pink slip before this day ends. I better figure out how to get the stain out of my skirt so I can wear it for job interviews before I can get a refund.

As mesmerizing as Mr. Solomon’s subtly-accented voice is, I couldn’t concentrate any longer. I calculate the amount left in my depleting savings account and how I can make it last until I land another temp position. I highly doubt Lyra will give me a glowing reference, but Ingrid might. I’m in deep shit. It wasn’t easy finding this job. If push comes to shove, the taco place is hiring. My stomach gurgles at the thought of getting paid in tacos and wearing that god-awful forest green apron their underpaid staff wears. Oh God, they all wear hairnets! I absently fiddle with my dark brown curls while I swallow this information.

A nudge to my ribs brings my attention back to the room. Bryde subtly nods her chin and pushes me toward the door. I guess the meeting is over. I’ll have to text her later for any important info I’ve missed—not that it’s going to matter after I get my ass booted out of here. My aforementioned ass is almost out the door when someone calls my name. Bryde and I turn and see Lyra’s devilish smirk.

“Mr. Solomon would like a word with you,” Lyra says. Her pointy chin lifts. Smug bitch.

My eyes widening, I send an SOS signal to Bryde, even though I know she can’t do a thing. “Pray for me,” I ask her as I pivot back and stop at the end of the conference table. Luckily, Lyra isn’t the only one who stays behind. Mr. Yum and Ingrid talk amicably with the dapper CEO. There’s a weird pinch in my belly as I watch Ingrid touch Mr. Solomon’s upper arm, and I recall our earlier conversation about Teddy. Her hand stays on his biceps, and she leans in and whispers something in his ear. His impressive broad shoulders relax, and one corner of his mouth twitches into a small smile, a secret smile only meant for Ingrid. Yeah, if they’re not banging yet, they will be soon. The pinch intensifies in my gut.

Henrik extends his hand to Mr. Solomon. “Anything else you need, just ask.”

“Have the blueprints ready for the new shopping centre. I intend to check in with each designer and architect before the week ends,” Mr. Solomon tells him, and the men shake hands. He reaches for Ingrid, placing a large hand on her tiny waist, and quickly kisses her cheek. “See you in a bit.”

“Be nice.” She pats his shoulder, and then smiles over at me. Henrik and Ingrid walk past me, and she touches my arm. I don’t care for it. It’s meant to soothe me because she knows I’m getting fired. “Good luck, Talia,” Ingrid mumbles.

I am so fucked.

I nod and glance down on my pretty shoes. Hell, there’s taco sauce on them too.

“You may leave now too, Lyra.” Mr. Solomon’s booming voice takes my attention away from my shoes and I stare at Lyra. She pops her mouth open to protest, but she shuts it just as quickly, but the smirk returns on her sour face. “Have all current bids and proposals at my desk before the day’s done.”

“Yes, Theo.” Head held high, she click-clacks her way out of the conference room.

Struggling not to fiddle with my skirt or my hair, I wait for the shitstorm that's about to rain down on me. While I think of reasons why I shouldn’t be fired, my heart is jack-hammering in my chest, and I’m starting to sweat. Not a pretty sight.

Mr. Solomon closes the door behind Lyra, then takes a seat at the head of the Philippe Starck rectangular table. The chair groans underneath his weight, and its wide back barely matches the broadness of his shoulders. With one hand, he unbuttons his suit jacket, and the panels slide back, exposing a crisp white shirt and a plain, dark blue, skinny tie. His impeccable manner, the way he carries himself—relaxed, yet powerful and authoritative—and the fact that he’s wearing what could be a real diamond tiepin should impress me, but something else, something totally unexpected catches my attention.

Underneath his sleek navy trousers is one hell of an impressive boner.

What’s more shocking though is he doesn’t seem to be hiding it. Mr. Solomon is proud of not-so-little Solomon straining at his zipper. I catch a moan between my teeth, and tamp down any notion that his hard-on is meant for me. After all, he and Ingrid were all over each other just moments ago.

“Sit.” Even though his voice is low, barely audible, it has a commanding tone that’s hard to ignore.

On your lap? I want to ask, but I shake my head instead. “I’d rather stand.” If he’s going to fire me, I’d prefer staying on my feet, with hopes of escaping quickly after he’s done with whatever he wants to say.

I hold my chin high, defiant, proud, and our gazes lock once more. There’s a twitch in his jaw, and somehow, seeing it calms my nerves. Maybe he’s as uncomfortable as I am.

“I don’t tolerate tardiness, Miss—”

“Talia. Talia Newman,” I supply.

“Well, Miss Talia Newman, I’m a busy man, and I still manage to make it to all my meetings on time.” He crosses an ankle over a thick thigh and my eyes are drawn back to the bugle in his crotch.

I clear my throat, and look up. “I didn’t mean to be late. I had an incident at the tac—at lunch and well, this—” I wave my hand at the dildo- shaped taco stain. “And some guy tried to run me over.”

“He didn’t try to run you over. You were jay-walking.”

What the friggin’ hell? “How did you—” My hands fly to my hips, but I check my attitude and drop them down again.

Theodore Solomon glances at the windows over his shoulder. “I saw the whole thing.”

“You could see me from all the way up here?” It’s possible. We’re only twenty floors up. Plus, it’s not hard to spot my fuchsia skirt from afar. People on Mars could see it.

He returns his gaze to me and rubs his angular jaw. “I see all.”

Whatever the fuck that means. I roll my shoulders back, trying to shake off the effect of his stare. He looks like he could swallow me whole. His tongue, darting out between his lips, catches my attention. That simple action’s effect on me is instantaneous. I might as well take off my panties as they’ve become soaked and uncomfortable. His words take on a whole different meaning. Can he see me tremble under his gaze? Can he see me squirm? Can he see my heart beating hard enough to rip through my ribcage?

I swallow to push down the lump in my throat and find my voice again. “Is there anything else, Mr. Solomon?” A lap dance? Some head? I mentally roll my eyes at myself. He’s with Ingrid. Daddy issues or not, they make a better couple than he and I ever would.

“That’s all, Miss Newman. And call me Theo. If you'd been on time, you would know I prefer an informal greeting.” We stare each other down until I falter under the heat of his fiery gaze. Powerful. I can’t help but be drawn to it. Then my eyes drop to his hand, which blatantly adjusts his erection. Turning away, I quietly release a ragged breath, and show him my second-best assets before walking toward the door.

I add an extra sway to my hips. He may be unavailable, but my second name is Flirt, and I’m not always afforded a chance to do this to a hunky boss. Our last CEO was sweet but he resembled a crypt-keeper. Theo will have to get used to me ogling him every now and then. The chair creaks behind me, and in no time at all, he’s standing beside me, his large hand on the door’s handle, on top of mine. This close, I see the gold flecks in his light brown eyes and get a whiff of the mint on his breath. This close, the warmth of his body sharpens his irresistible manly scent.

Author Bio

Quinn is a writer of romance bestsellers, according to her parents. However, they’ve never read her dirty books. Her stories are full of humor, sass, drama or angst. But guaranteed, they are filled with steamy scenes with hot Alpha heroes.

She has a healthy obsession with reading and writing romance, and an unhealthy addiction to red wine, bourbon, and dark chocolate with sea salt. She doesn't people until after coffee. When Quinn is not scribbling Erotic Romances, she loves to curl up with her puppy and watch foreign films. 

Quinn lives in a house that never stays clean, no matter how much she wishes it would. She also writes sweet, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and chick lit under a different pen name.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

RELEASE BLITZ: "Swear" by Adriana Locke

Title: Swear
Series: Landry Family #4
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: Second Chance/Military Romance
Release Date: May 15, 2017


Ellie Pagan has a list of reasons to stay away from Ford Landry.

It’s a mile long and was so much easier to stick to when he was a world away. Now that he’s standing in front of her—body hard and chiseled from a stint in the military, suit cut to perfection, and a smirk she could never resist—remembering all the reasons why just got a whole lot harder. 

Ford gets Ellie isn’t his biggest fan. He just doesn’t care.

Standing in front of him, giving him hell, she’s even prettier than he remembered. All he can think about is how she felt in his arms, the taste of her kiss, the sound of her giggle in the middle of the night. He may not know how to win her back, but he does know this: he may have let her go once, but that’s one mistake he won’t make again.

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It’s impossible not to smile that he remembered my drink of choice. It’s also hopeless to pretend that the boyish grin he’s flipping me doesn’t melt away some of the ice around my heart.
Still, I don’t want to play nice.
“I already had coffee today. But thank you,” I say politely.
“No offense, but you are kind of irritable this morning. Maybe you could use another shot of caffeine.”
“You think I’m irritable now? Keep it up.”
“You never were a morning person,” he laughs. “Some things never change.”
“And some things do,” I point out, giving him a look. “Seriously, why are you here?”
“I have business with Violet. Remember?”
“That’s bullshit anyway, but she’s not here. You’ll have to come back later.”
“Is that an invitation?” he laughs.
“Did it sound like one?” My arms cross over my chest and I’m aware it makes my boobs look bigger. As his eyes drop and catch the top of my cleavage, his gaze burns a trail on the ascent back up to my eyes.
Satisfaction paints a smug look on my face and desire burns in the apex of my thighs. As discreetly as possible, I clench my legs together to quell a bit of the ache that’s beginning to throb under his observation.
When our gazes meet, his is crackling. He lifts a single brow. “I damn sure hope that’s an offer to come. If it’s not, we have a problem on our hands.”
“No, you have a problem on your hands,” I say, shrugging. “It has nothing to do with me.”
“It could.”

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USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather's nice and there's always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT + REVIEW: "Crimson Fire" by Mirren Hogan

Crimson Fire

She had power at her fingertips, but the world had other ideas.

Magic was the last thing on Tabia's mind — until she discovered she could use it. When her father hands her over to the princess of a neighbouring country to pay his debts, she may have the chance to learn how to control her new abilities.
But her new mistress' enemies have plans of their own. Caught up in a web of divided loyalties, coercion and betrayal, Tabia can trust no one.

Can she find a way to regain her freedom and return home  — or will the struggle cost her the ultimate price?

Crimson Fire is the first book in a fantasy series by Mirren Hogan.

Feel the fire.

"a brilliant page-turner of an opening volume to her series"

"keeps you engaged throughout the story and leaves you wanting more"

"I love tales of magic, and this did not disappoint."

Available now from Amazon -

This was my first book by Ms. Hogan, and I must admit I was impressed. I had forgotten that the central romance (and catalyst for much of the main character's, Tabia, driving force) is between two women till I got into it. As a member of the LGBT+ community, I want to thank the author for writing a lesbian relationship with no fanfare, no big announcement, but instead writing them as if it was as common to find in high fantasy as a heterosexual one. It shows how inclusive indie publishing is becoming and I LOVE it.
For the story, you get to like Tabia right away and want her to succeed in her plight. She's a strong young woman, a character I'd love to get to know in real life. The fictional settings have a realistic feel to them, especially certain situations I won't elaborate on here lest I lead into a spoiler. It's fantastical, certainly as the genre suggests, but it's so real it can be painful at time. Especially the body count that gets racked up.
This isn't my usual genre, but I am so glad I actually won a copy of this bookbecause it was truly a joy to read.

5/5--sweet, dark, and compelling.

Monday, May 1, 2017

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: "Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers" by Ace Antonio Hall


~ About the Book ~

Title: Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers
Author: Ace Antonio Hall
Published: April 25th, 2017
Publisher: Omnium Gatherum
Genre: Non-Fiction

~ Synopsis ~

  I'm not letting age change me, I'm changing the way I age. Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers will show you how to take a day-by-day approach to living a healthier lifestyle. You'll learn how to unleash hidden energies that can alleviate stress and disease in your life and improve concentration. Finding time to be more active can help you overcome writer’s block and procrastination caused by fatigue. Starting today, you are on your way to doing just that! By adding just fifteen to thirty minutes of physical activities to your day, you not only add years to your life and lower the risk of many common health problems, you'll improve your focus and concentration and make your mind sharper.

~ About the Author ~

  Ace Antonio Hall (born July 4th, 1966) is an American urban fantasy and horror writer. He is best known as the creator of Sylva Slasher, a teenage zombie slasher who also raises the dead for police investigations, which includes novels and short story collections. He was born in New York, but grew up in Jacksonville, Florida with his grandmother, Sula G. Wells. He is the youngest son of artist and jazz songwriter, Christopher Hall and RN Alice Hall (Thomas). A former Director of Education for NYC schools and the Sylvan Learning Center, Hall earned a BFA from Long Island University. While teaching English, he studied to be a certified ACE personal trainer with the Equinox Fitness Club one summer, but never pursued it professionally. Hall currently lives in Los Angeles with his bonsai named Bonnie.
2017 Upcoming Signings, Panels and Appearances: April 22nd, Sisters in Crime’s Capitol Crimes Writer’s workshop, Sacramento, CA April 23rd, LATFOB, USC campus, CA April 25th book release of Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers, Worldwide Release April 25th World Premiere of 24 Cali Fitness music video featuring Shanti Lowry and Ace Antonio Hall April 25th Launch of the Fitness4Writers fitness website April 27th, 28th, 29th Horror Writer’s Association’s StokerCon, Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA See the schedules of the particular writing conferences for times of Ace Antonio Hall's panels, signing and appearances.  

~ Excerpt ~

You want to feel better, and everything you’ve tried has not had the results you expect. Perhaps, you want to look better as you age or, while you’re young, you want to be the best that you can be. This book can help you. If you’re an author or you work at a computer, you may sit for half of your day only getting up to make another pot of coffee, grab something to snack on, or to use the bathroom. In other words, you spend most of your time being inactive. Heck, it’s no wonder after you’re done, all you want to do is sleep or veg out in front of the TV. I went from a pot-bellied two hundred ten pound, thirty-eight-inch waist semislob to a fit-bodied one hundred sixty-four pound, twenty-nine inch waist semistud, but it wasn’t easy. It wasn’t hard, either. It was a process, a slow one. I didn’t rush; I just stayed persistent and created a new lifestyle that was focused on feeling better and dealing with stress more easily. Talk about late bloomer. I can’t believe it. At fifty, I’ve never felt and looked better! The purpose of this book is to show you how to take a day-by-day approach to living a healthier lifestyle. How amazing will it be to unleash hidden energies that can alleviate stress and disease in your life? You will even have more energy to write! Literally, being more active can help you overcome writer’s block and procrastination caused by fatigue.

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