Friday, March 23, 2018

Tour + Review and Giveaway: Snow White Effect by A.K. Mills

Author: A.K. Mills
Pub. Date: March 27, 2018
Publisher: Dark Wolf Publications
Pages: 358
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon

Dale knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Cindy from the first moment he saw her. Forty years later, nothing has changed. She is his best friend, his soul. When she dies shortly after having an elective procedure at Kendal Slate Memorial Hospital, he is left heartbroken with a million unanswered questions. Dale may not have a fancy medical degree, but he is convinced medical malpractice killed his wife.
At thirty-eight years old with four children and a promising medical career, Emma Speck is living her dream. Being a doctor married to a surgeon, she finds comfort and normalcy in their hectic lifestyle. When her beloved life of chaos is brought to a screeching halt after she receives a phone call no one ever wants to get, Emma is forced to question everything she once believed in.
Surgical department chair at Kendal Slate Memorial Hospital, Richard Oakley makes no apologies for his successes or failures. When his department comes under fire for harming patients, his attitude is no different; medicine isn’t perfect. Despite his attempts to ignore the meritless accusations, they’re not going away. In fact, the accusations are mounting, bringing with them elements of his past he had hoped to keep suppressed. 
Having children was always a part of Addison’s plan. However, after suffering a miscarriage that nearly killed her, Addison decides it’s time to stop trying to get pregnant. Instead, she opts for a surgical procedure that will end her hopes of conception. The surgery, unlike her fertility, is straight forward and safe. The hospital, Kendal Slate Memorial, is reputable. Why wouldn’t she trust her doctor?
Four individuals. One hospital ignoring the truth. In this case, what you don’t know can kill you.

About A.K.:
A native of Pennsylvania, A.K. Millsgave up a job in Information Systems to pursue her dream of becoming an author. The Parts I Remember was published in 2013.  The sequel, The Parts That Followed was published in 2014. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs.

4 stars

I really enjoyed reading Snow White Effect by A.K. Mills because it wasn't like most books that I pick up. Usually, I stay away from any books that have a medical focus because it doesn't typically interest me, but this one stood out to me, and I was glad I decided to read it.

This was a blend of tragedy and love, and it's relatable with the plot and the characters. I thought all four individual characters stood out distinctly from one another, and all of their stories were intriguing, and flowed well together to make the whole story.

I would highly recommend this novel.

1 winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
3/19/2018- The Book GirlInterview
3/20/2018- Savings in SecondsReview
3/21/2018- Caffeine And CompositionExcerpt
3/22/2018- Cindy's Love of BooksReview
3/23/2018- Reading for the Stars and MoonReview

Week Two:
3/26/2018- Don't Judge, ReadReview
3/27/2018- Rainy Day ReviewsReview
3/28/2018- Lattes & PaperbacksReview
3/29/2018- BookhoundsInterview
3/30/2018- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt

Monday, March 19, 2018

Blitz + Excerpt and Giveaway: Truthseeker by Heidi Catherine

The Truthseeker
Heidi Catherine
(The Soulweaver Series, #2)
Publication date: March 19th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Can she learn to forgive before her time runs out again? Or will the truth destroy her?
Maari doesn’t care that Nax is an outcast. She’s drawn to him in a way she can’t explain, determined to teach him to embrace the strange world they live in. But just as his heart opens wide, a force greater than them threatens to tear them apart.
Nax and Maari travel to the depths of the ocean to visit an old woman known as the Truthseeker. She unravels the mystery behind their connection, and warns them to run as far away from each other as they can. But staying away isn’t possible when you’ve found the person who brings your soul to life.
Far away, two sisters are born into extreme poverty, quickly discovering the key to their survival is their strength together. It isn’t until one sister threatens to steal away the love of the other that their bond shatters, and a true struggle for survival begins.
As these two stories merge into one, we learn that when soulmates meet, there’s nothing that can keep them apart. Except love.
The Truthseeker is the stunning continuation of The Soulweaver, winner of Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award.

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A bony hand grabbed him on the arm and he jumped, tightening his grip on Maari.
‘Do you seek the truth?’ croaked the voice of an old woman.
The room filled with soft light and the Truthseeker began to take shape. She was small, maybe only five feet in height. Her back was crooked and her grey hair was wild. She wore a black cloak that wrapped around her shoulders and fell to the floor.
‘No,’ he said, trying to pull away. He wanted to get as far away from here as possible. But the Truthseeker’s grip was firm.
‘I seek the truth,’ said Maari, fire burning in her eyes. The Truthseeker let go of Nax’s arm and turned away, sliding herself through the interior door.
‘Are you sure?’ Nax whispered. Maybe the others who’d come before them were right. Sometimes the truth is better left undisturbed. ‘Let’s get out of here.’
Maari looked at him, her eyes filled with tears. She turned and slid through the door behind the Truthseeker. He went to follow her, but the door was sealed. He pulled at the rubber flaps, but they were sealed tight. He couldn’t get through.
‘Maari,’ he cried.
What was going on in there? The room plunged into darkness and he sank to the floor, shaking with rage, fear and cold. He hugged his knees to his chest and waited. He wouldn’t leave without her. He’d die here if he had to. Was this why the woman in his dreams had warned him to stay away from her? Had she known Maari would lead him into danger? Still, he didn’t care. He couldn’t leave her. His spirit was bound to hers.
The seconds ticked by as minutes. The minutes passed as hours. He waited. Would he ever see Maari again?
He kept his eyes focused in the direction of the door, waiting for her to emerge. It didn’t matter. His eyes may as well have been closed for all they could see.
A noise startled him and he stood, feeling the seal of the door with his fingertips. The cold rubber became soft skin. It was Maari.
‘Are you okay?’ he said, pulling her into his arms. She didn’t wrap herself into his embrace as he expected. She felt stiff. Uncomfortable.
‘What happened?’ he asked, wishing for a sliver of light so he could see her face.

Author Bio:
Heidi’s debut novel, The Soulweaver, won Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award and will be released by Crooked Cat Books on 19 Jan 2018.
Not being able to decide if she prefers living in Melbourne or the Mornington Peninsula, Heidi shares her time between both places. She is similarly pulled in opposing directions by her two sons and two dogs, remaining thankful she only has one husband. 


Friday, March 16, 2018

Tour + Giveaway and Excerpt: Patriots by Will Kane Thompson

COVER zoom.pngPatriots: Book One
Genre: YA/NA
Release Date: October 18th 2017

Whether they admit it or not, or even realize it, their whole lives have been altered by the events of September 11th, 2001, when they were just kids.

They came to this paradise of a college campus to find freedom, themselves, their future, sex, love, fun, God, intellectual discovery, their creative core … but instead find their world being torn apart again by political divisiveness, extremism, rage.

And now one of them will turn back to the terror of their youth in the hope of finding answers.

The rest will be victims.

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“It was hot in the bed when Ryan woke up, Tracy’s right leg still bent around his left. She loved that, sleeping with their legs all intertwined, she facedown, her arm over his chest. He hated it. So many times he’d wake up with an arm in that strange combination of being both numb and sore and trying to pull it out like dead weight from under her shoulders or ribcage. Other girlfriends had liked to cuddle in the beginning, but then retreat to their separate sides. Ryan got that, he missed that, but not Tracy, all night with the touching, the dead-weight arms, the sweaty spots he felt right now in the places their legs still touched. But lying there, hot and uncomfortable, he had to admit it wasn’t the physical stuff at all. Mom had been right. She didn’t like Tracy from the beginning. He should have listened to her. Ryan knew he’d have to be the one to end it. For reasons he didn’t understand, she seemed perfectly content. He should do it soon and get it over with, he thought. Why drag it all out?”

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tour + Review, Giveaway, and Trailer: Consort of Secrets by Eva Chase


Title: Consort of Secrets
Author: Eva Chase
Pub. Date: March 8, 2018
Publisher: Ink Spark Press
Pages: 250
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon eBook, Amazon Paperback, B&N, TBDGoodreads

Read For FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

Every witch knows the rules: Stick to your own kind. Never reveal your powers to outsiders. Take a consort from the witching families or kiss your magic good-bye forever. 

For years I've been quiet, obedient Rose Hallowell. I accepted the man my stepmother chose for me. But I never stopped missing my long-ago friends.

Now we're back on my childhood estate to arrange my marriage. The boys I grew up with? They're still in town—and they haven't forgotten me either. And damn if they haven't grown up well. 

They've got no magic, no place in my life. But they're charming and sweet and infuriatingly hot, and I can't seem to stay away. The more I try to resist, the more secrets I uncover about my family, my betrothal, and everything I thought was true about the witching world. 

I've been lied to. I've been betrayed. So to claim my magic and my happiness, I'll break every rule there is—and then some.

Don't mess with this witch. Every rose has thorns.

*Consort of Secrets is the first full-length novel in a steamy reverse harem paranormal romance series. Take a dollop of gothic atmosphere, add a heaping of romantic angst, and mix it up with five enticing young men and a passionate witch just coming into her own.*

Read the prequel ROSE’S BOYS!
Pre-Order Book 2, CONSORT OF THORNS Available April 25th!

4 stars

I really enjoyed reading Consort of Secrets by Eva Chase. I'm usually not a huge paranormal fan, and I don't typically pick up books regarding witches, but the synopsis of this book piqued my interest that I wanted to read it a lot. And it was everything that I was hoping that it would be, and not really much of what I was worried it would be like.

The only real complaint is I wasn't a fan of all of the romances in the novel. I did like the characters a lot, even the ones that I really didn't like to be in a romance with Rose. I am interested to see where Rose goes in the next novel in the series, and I definitely look forward to reading more.

I also felt that the beginning was quite slow, and hard for me to get into the novel, but once I got past that, I found the book to be really great. I would highly recommend this novel if you are a fan of paranormal romance.

About Eva:
Eva Chase lives in Canada with her family. She loves stories both swoony and supernatural, and strong women and the men who appreciate them. You can visit her online at

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1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card and Swag, International.
Ends on March 27th at Midnight EST!

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
3/12/2018- BookHoundsInterview

3/13/2018- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
3/13/2018- Love in a time of FeminismReview

3/14/2018- Daily WaffleExcerpt
3/14/2018- Reading for the Stars and MoonReview

3/15/2018- Angelic Book ReviewsExcerpt
3/15/2018- Savings in SecondsReview

3/16/2018- Smada's Book SmackReview
3/16/2018- Books and BlendsReview

Week Two:
3/19/2018- Writer of WrongsGuest Post
3/19/2018- Myth and Magic Book ClubReview

3/20/2018- Jessabella ReadsReview
3/20/2018- NerdophilesReview

3/21/2018- Book Sniffers AnonymousExcerpt
3/21/2018- Reese's ReviewsReview

3/22/2018- Wonder StruckExcerpt
3/22/2018- Erzabet's EnchantmentsReview

3/23/2018- ParajunkeeReview
3/23/2018- Book-o-CrazeReview

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Blitz + Excerpt and Giveaway: Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy

Shadows of Asphodel Box Set: The Complete Trilogy
Karen Kincy
(Shadows of Asphodel #1-3)
Publication date: March 13th 2018
Genres: Dieselpunk, New Adult, Romance
She never asked for the undying loyalty of a necromancer. Discover a fantasy romance set in 1913, a world of dark magic on the brink of war. This box set includes Shadows of Asphodel, Storms of Lazarus, and Specters of Nemesis.
“Fans of alternate history will enjoy Kincy’s lively and sensuous steampunk-influenced tale of a magical WWI.” – Publishers Weekly BookLife
“Shadows of Asphodel is a great, rollicking adventure with plenty of steam! Kincy’s world-building is some of the best.” – Bec McMaster, author of Kiss of Steel
“A gripping alternate history of World War I, filled with magic and swordfighting, steamy romance, and general badassery–a daring adventure you don’t want to miss!” – Chelsea M. Campbell, author of The Rise of Renegade X

EXCERPT (Shadows of Asphodel):
Wendel wasn’t in the cabin. After checking the dining car, Ardis ventured reluctantly into the lounge car. Judging by the forest green carpet, leather chairs, and lingering scent of cigars, the lounge was meant to be a bastion of masculinity. But this early in the morning, there were no gentlemen to request that she leave at once.
Discounting, of course, Wendel—though she wasn’t sure he was a gentleman.
The necromancer sprawled in a chair, a glass of green-gold liquid in his hand. He sipped his drink, then smiled languidly at Ardis.
“Please,” he said, “sit.”
She remained standing, and frowned.
“What are you drinking?” she said.
Wendel lifted the bottle to his face to inspect its contents. The color of the liquor within resembled his eyes remarkably.
“You heard the medic,” he said. “Plenty of fluids.”
Ardis sighed. “Not those kind of fluids. Alcohol isn’t a good idea.”
“Why not?” He sipped his drink. “It helps to dull the pain.”
She reached across and took the bottle of absinthe from the side table, then helped herself to a glass. She kept the bottle. Clearly, he didn’t
need any more. The absinthe scorched her throat, and she winced at the burn of alcohol.
“Not bad,” she rasped, and she swallowed a cough.
“Brave of you.” He dipped his head. “I never drink absinthe straight.”
She glanced at his glass, and realized his drink was indeed paler than her own.
“May I recommend a little sugar to cut the bitterness?” he said.
Blushing, Ardis spotted a bowl of sugar cubes on the table, alongside a carafe of ice water and a slotted silver spoon. She remembered there was a ritual for drinking absinthe properly, though she didn’t know how.
“To tell you the truth,” she said, “this is my first time.”
Wendel arched one eyebrow. “An absinthe virgin?”
She grimaced at his choice of words. “Not anymore.”
“You don’t drink much, do you?”
She shook her head. “I don’t drink fancy booze.”
“Booze.” He smirked. “Absinthe is too upper crust to be booze.”
Ardis smiled tightly. “And I suppose you know a lot about the upper crust?”
He shrugged and swirled the absinthe in his glass.
“Perhaps the House of Hohenzollern?” she said.
Wendel looked at her over his glass. “Who told you that? Konstantin?”
“He did,” she said. “Is he wrong?”
She drank more absinthe, and rolled its fire on her tongue.
“Do you want to tell me more?” she said.
A strange look passed over Wendel’s face like a shadow. He set down his glass too hard, and it wobbled before he steadied it with a finger. He mustered something resembling a smile, but she saw the darkness in his eyes.
“What does Konstantin think he knows?” he said.
“He said the Order of the Asphodel has been training a necromancer since he was a boy. But he didn’t say much more than that.”
“The archmages really should hire better spies.”
“What kind of training?” she said, testing him.
Wendel’s false smile vanished. He looked out of the window at the sunrise creeping between the clouds and the fog.
“One more day,” he said, “until Vienna.”
“Do you have family in Vienna?” she said.
He knocked back the last of his absinthe. “No.”
She held out the bottle to him, but he ignored it.
“I don’t exist, Ardis,” he said. “Not to them. You won’t find me on any of their family trees. I’m not a part of their lineage anymore. If I die, they will have an easier time erasing me from their reputations. An easier time forgetting.”
Ardis was distantly aware of her heartbeat thumping, and of a tightness in her throat.
“When a necromancer dies,” she said, “does he die like a normal man?”
Wendel’s eyes glittered with a molten emotion she couldn’t name. She found it hard to look at him, but she didn’t dare look away.
“God,” he said, “I hope so.”
She still held the bottle of absinthe out to him, and when he took it from her, the very tips of his fingers touched hers. A shiver of electricity skittered down her backbone, as if she could feel the latent necromancy in his skin.
For some strange reason, she wanted to touch him again.
Ardis fought the urge, until Wendel looked away and she glimpsed a split second of his face. He was struggling to hide his fear, and this made him look more vulnerable than she had ever seen him before. Deliberately, her muscles tense, she sat in the chair opposite him and touched the back of his hand.
Wendel’s stare snapped to her fingers. “What are you doing?”
“Trying to touch you,” she said.
He looked into her eyes, and his own were inscrutable. “Don’t.”

Author Bio:
Karen Kincy (Duvall, Washington) can be found lurking in her writing cave, though sunshine will lure her outside. When not writing, she stays busy gardening, tinkering with aquariums, or running just one more mile. Karen has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College and an MS in Computational Linguistics from the University of Washington. She is a member of RWA.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Tour + Excerpt, Giveaway, and Review: Interwoven by Michelle Montebello

by Michelle Montebello


GENRE: Contemporary Romance

Belle Hamilton is a romantic at heart. She's engaged to the love of her life and dreams of marriage,
children and a happily ever after. Belle’s world is close to perfect until one afternoon she makes a
decision she can't take back.

In the blink of an eye, Belle’s life spirals out of control. She loses everything that is dear to her and is
forced to flee to the other side of the world where she meets Andrea, a local bartender from Rome,
and develops an unexpected connection with him.

Can they break through the complications of past hurts and a long-distance relationship to make it
work or will one terrifying night in Paris end it before it had a chance to begin?


4 stars

This book was unlike anything that I have read this year. It was emotional and touching, and the story tugged at my heart and my attention. Which made it a very quick read, and left me wishing that it had been much longer than how short it had been.

Belle was a very well-written character, who I found to be very relatable. Her story and experiences were believable, and it made it easy for me to connect with her. Belle is a romantic at heart, and she does have a romantic interest in the novel, Andrea.

But what I loved most about this book is that I felt there was more to it than just it being a romantic contemporary. There was more of a takehome message about moving forward in life, and not letting the past hold on.

I would highly recommend this novel. I absolutely loved it, and I cannot wait to read more by Michelle Montebello.



Paris, France

She looked around for him but he was no longer beside her. The smell of gunfire was acrid in the air.
Everything moved in slow motion—shots darted past her ears, plates shattered on tables, bodies fell
against her. She heard the torturous moans of the injured and saw the eerie stillness of the dead.

She searched for him amidst the carnage. She needed to hold his hand, to feel him beside her; to
reassure her again that they would be okay. She saw him lying motionless on the floor beside a chair,
his eyes closed, deathly still. Belle dropped to the ground with a heartbreaking sob as blood pooled
around his head. She saw the wound above his right eye. Small, round, perfectly fatal.

Her ears filled with the sound of her screams. She pulled him to her and cradled his head in her lap.
She didn’t know how long she sat there with the gaping injury to his head staining her jeans. She sat
there until she felt the barrel of a shotgun press against her head.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Michelle Montebello was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, where she lives with her husband and two young children. She has always had a passion for reading, writing and the dramatic arts and she spent most of her childhood immersed in books, writing stories and performing in plays.
She has worked full-time in the corporate sector since 1998. It wasn't until she completed a writing course with James Patterson that she was inspired to write and publish her first novel, Interwoven, in 2017.
In addition to her writing, she also has a passion for travel and loves to combine her two favourite things - creative writing and travelling - to create vibrant worlds for her characters to explore.
When this busy mum is not working, chasing little ones or searching under beds for monsters, she can be found reading, writing or plotting her next story.


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