Month: December 2013

The Cheesecake Queen Review and Giveaway!

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The Cheesecake Queen
Miranda Koerner

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 21, 2013
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
ISBN: 978-1939590237
Pages: 143
Goodreads Rating:  4
My Rating: 4

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Book Description:

Sugar Rule 1: Christmas is the perfect time for cheesecake.

Sugar Rule 2: Men are as useful as burnt cookies.

After losing her reporting job to layoffs at the local paper, Caeleah Turner’s pity party at the airport is interrupted by a woman claiming to know the location of the world’s best cheesecake. Intrigued, Caeleah trades plane tickets with the woman and finds herself in Chestnut, Colorado, a tiny town hiding a woman known as the Cheesecake Queen. The Cheesecake Queen not only bakes the best cheesecakes in the country, but her cheesecake is known to cure everything from infertility to baldness—one woman even loses 100 pounds on it! There is a thick batter of secrets behind The Cheesecake Queen and her two sisters, who operate all the bakeries in town.

But as the mayor’s efforts to shut down the Sugar sisters before Christmas gear up, Caeleah finds herself wanting to sample his own treats.

There’s a bigger secret than love to Cinnamon’s cheesecakes. And Caeleah is determined to find out what it is.

My Take On The Book:

I’m not sure if I should add or deduct quills based on the cover alone. The cover look so deliciously yummy that I wanted cheesecake every time I looked at the cover and writing this review is no different. I’m pretty sure I gained an extra 5 lbs. I’m going to have to diet extra hard this holiday season lol.

I absolutely adored the intro/chapter 1 of this book. It was just enough to peak my interest. I was giggling as I turned to the next chapter and I love books that hook you from the beginning.

It wasn’t too long of a read but then again I devoured this book so I might be a bit off on that calculation. Even so, it felt like the right length for this type of book.

The Great (Pros):


The Actual Story. This book was deliciously good. It reminded me of those Halmark/ABC Family Holiday Movies that I adore.

The Character. There is something gratifying about a book that has strongly developed characters. I loved each character in this book. They each had their own type of charisma that shines through on each page.

The Sugar Sisters/Names. Omg, the names of these ladies were just too perfect. Who but a baker with the last name Sugar would name their children Cinnamon, Ginger and Nutmeg.

Romance. I loved the romance woven into the grander scheme of things. Throughout the book I found myself rooting for the leading lady and her man, even if said man made me want to smash a pie in his face. It was a cute little love story that if anything ties everything together and keeps the story moving.


The Not So Great (Cons):


Inconctencies. I have a pet peeve with these alond with repeation. And while there weren’t many of these in the story, there were a few that left you scratching your head and re-reading those lines.

Ginger’s story. While her backstory was really well constructed, I just felt bad for the girl. She looked like she needed a hug. It was one of the plot points that turned me off from the story a bit.


4 Quills

This book was great. I would recommend it to anyone that loves romance. Well romance and food. It was oddly remincent of the holiday movies ‘Matchmaker Santa’ and ‘Recipe for a Perfect Christmas’. It’s got that perfect touch of holiday magic. Now to quote the book “Christmas is the perfect time for cheesecake” and I am off to find some!

About The Author

Miranda Koerner is a writer living in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and two Chihuahuas. A former children’s magazine editor and reporter for Prime Time Newspapers and the Express-News, Miranda has written for The Current, Taste, Chicken Soup for the Soul and many other publications. Her YA novel The Butterfly Dress was published by Girl E books and is available through and Smashwords. She is anticipating her next novel, Blue Mermaid, with Turquoise Morning Press in April 2013.

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Men and Martinis Review + Giveaway

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Men and Martinis

(Girlfriends of Gotham #1)

Delancey Stewart


Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: December 3, 2013

Publisher: Swoon Romance



Pages: 216


Goodreads Rating:  5

My Rating: 4


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Book Description:

Candace Kanie wins at every game she plays. From the boardroom to the bar, she’s confident, clever, perhaps just a tad overbearing. It’s not easy for a girl like Candace to admit that love may be the one game she can’t win…at least not until she’s willing to change her strategy. In Men and Martinis, Candace Kanie will learn that sometimes to be at the top of your game, you have to hit rock bottom.

Men and Martinis is the first release in Delancey Stewart’s series “Girlfriends of Gotham” – a voyeuristic voyage through the lives of a group of twenty-something girls who dance, date, and drink their way through Manhattan during the days of the dot com boom. During an era when the up-and-comers in New York were partying like Studio 54 had never died, this group of friends discovers that the city is theirs for the taking; and they find their often-hilarious way through the forces that work to redefine the way they know themselves and each other.

My Take On The Book:

At times I adored this book, other times I had to stop myself from having an angry outburst. Even now after finishing my heart feels heavy and my throat tight like I might cry, but I guess that’s just the work of a good author. A good author is someone who can make you smile or scream at the injustice.

The story itself is not one of sadness, it’s about love and friendship but that doesn’t mean you won’t find a bit of heartbreak in this. I was originally attracted to the book because of the Sex & the City appeal, funny enough there are a few references to the show in this book.

The book starts off remarkably like a Carrie Bradshaw monologue. It the first chapter you are introduced to 1 of the main characters, Natalie Pepper or Pepper for short. She’s just arriving in NYC from her San Fran copyediting job  and while scared, she’s excited and seems to love the city as much as her TV counterpart. But other than this, there aren’t many other similarities to the popular show. It’s a book with its own merit and it shows on every page. I couldn’t decide my pros and cons since they all seem to intertwine so I’m just gonna share my notes with you guys 🙂

My Notes:

Natalie is my honest to God favorite character in this book followed in a close second by Lulu! And when you meet the crazy Brazilian Lulu you’ll understand. Both girls are flawed, making human mistakes but they are so lovable. Lulu is the fun, beautiful girl you just adore and Natalie is the sweet, somewhat innocent girl trying to do right. Unfortunately, through most of the book, until the last couple of chapters I couldn’t stand the other main character Candace Kanie. Sure she was a strong woman with a drive for success but she was also whiny, a tad snobbish, delusional when dealing with men, overbearing and needy. She basically encompasses all the negative attributes of my and Natalie’s favorite TV girls.

The Romance in this book was perfect with a dash of omg. It had those sweet gooey moments and then sucker punched you with the heart wrenching sob fest moments. I loved CJ and Natalie. As for Damon, I really tried to hate him, I swear but he’s like a bad puppy that pees on your carpet then looks at you with the cute sad puppy eyes and you forget to be mad. It might also have to do with the fact that I’m not a huge Candace fan.

I didn’t like Catalina, not one damn bit, but I’m sure that was the point lol. Truthfully other than how Candace’s story starts out there isn’t much wrong with the story and even then it’s not something that’s wrong with the story it’s my personal opinion on one character. And while I thoroughly enjoyed it I will admit to some adjustment issues with the era. The story takes place in the 90s and whether it’s the books I’ve read recently or just cluelessness on my part I had trouble picturing the girls in the 90s. It took some time getting used to the difference but maybe mid book I fell into the flow of things and didn’t think much of it.

4 Quills

Honestly, I’d recommend it to all lovers of Romance. But keep in mind my recommendation comes with a warning stamped on it, it’s an opener of a series so don’t expect everything wrapped up all pretty in a perfect bow. It has a strong liking to Sex & the City, with the whole girlfriends in the 90s living in NY, bumbling through life and romance with drinks in their hands down to the breakfast/brunch. It has betrayal, it obviously has romance galore and it’s definitely a friendship feel good… how could I not recommend it!

About The Author

 I’m not big on labels, but there are a few that fit me (not necessarily in this order. Or maybe in this order):

– wine drinker (and wine geek)
– mother of small boys
– military spouse
– writer
– chocolate eater

I’ve written the Wine Country Romance Series, which ties my love of wine to my love of falling in love… and the Girlfriends of Gotham series, which begins publishing with Swoon Romance in December 2013.

I also love short stories, and my themed collection (all set in the same NYC brownstone across the span of a century) published in 2012.

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Daughter of Isis Book Blitz Giveaway + Excerpt

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Daughter of Isis
(Descendants of Isis, #1)
Kelsey Ketch

Release Date: October 26, 2013
Cover Designed by: Steven Novak


“Her mouth parted slightly, waiting for Seth to breathe life into her own body, just like in the story. She wanted him to awaken her senses.”

Their worlds collide in California’s high desert.

The last thing Natara “Natti” Stone wants to do is to start anew at Setemple High School. She wished she had never left London. Yet the brutal murder of her maternal grandmother has made her life very complicated. The only clue related to her murder is an ancient, encrypted necklace Natti discovered after her grandmother’s death. And if trying to adjust to American life is not enough, Natti is being stalked by a mysterious, charming high school senior, Seth O’Keefe, who is annoyingly persistent in his attempts at seduction.Seth O’Keefe is secretly a member of the Sons of Set, an order that worships the Egyptian god of chaos. Seth’s blessing from Set, his “charm,” never failed, except with one person: Natti Stone. Her ability to elude him infatuates and infuriates him, and he becomes obsessed with the chase. But the closer he gets to her, the more his emotions take a dangerous turn, and he risks breaking one of the most valued covenants of his order. The punishment for which is a fate worse than death.

The adventure this unlikely couple becomes engulfed in could cost them their lives and their souls. 

*Note: Content for Upper YA*

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Excerpt From Daughter of Isis

“She has always protected our family,” Zofia told her. “And we have always been careful to protect her in return.”
Protected, Natti snorted and picked the box up gently and tilted it upright so she could look at the relief. Then why was her grandmother dead? Murdered in her own home?
She brushed her fingers over the mother-of-pearl feathers of Isis’s wings. Patterns of stars, ankhs, and eyes graced the borders, the mother-of-pearl incasing them in fine lines of shimmering white. Straightening her position on the floor, she leaned her back against the bed frame and studied the figures and images.
As she tipped the box just a bit more, something shifted and clinked against the wood inside. Natti froze. She glanced at her cat, who had stuck her nose over the rim of her fort; her eyes like saucers. Returning her attention back to the cedar box, Natti opened the lid. The maroon, velvet lining greeted her, but nothing more. Natti cocked her head and closed the box again as she thought. She examined the exterior, giving it a small shake. A metallic object scraped and rattled against the wood. A thought hit her, and she looked back inside, this time comparing the interior depth to the height of the exterior.
“Oh shit!” Natti rechecked to make sure her eyes hadn’t failed her. “No, bloody way!”

About the Author

During her high school years, Kelsey Ketch could always be found tucked away in a little corner of the hall or classroom, writing her fantasy worlds and creating illustrations and maps. Today is no different, except now she’s writing in the break room at her office building or at the tables of the Barnes and Noble Café in Cary, North Carolina. She is also an avid reader, a part-time book blogger at Ketch’s Book Nook, and lives with her two orange tabbies and awesome and humorous flat-mate.Daughter of Isis is her debut novel.
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‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ Blog Hop Giveaway w/ My Fave Christmas Cookie Recipe!

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12 Days of Christmas

December 1st – 12th 2013



Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!!!

Everyone has a YUMMY cookie recipe to share and there are some extra little treats scattered around the Hop too, so be sure to visit each of the Authors and Bloggers blogs to make sure you don’t miss out on something SWEET!


Also for an extra special something in your stocking check out the Rafflecopter GRAND PRIZE Giveaway below.


I hope you are on Santa’s Nice List!

So I just happen to be a little fatty when it comes to the Holidays lol. 

I love Red Velvet Cake, Cookies and Cheesecake so I just about died when I found this recepie. It was scrumdiddliumptious 🙂


Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies


Yield: 10 giant cookies

Cook Time: 11-13 minutes


Red velvet cookies with a creamy cheesecake filling and a drizzle of white chocolate. These bright red cookies are perfect for Christmas or Valentine’s Day.




For the cookies:

1 box red velvet cake mix
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the cheesecake filling:

4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the white chocolate drizzle:
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips, melted




1. To make cookies, in a large bowl combine cake mix and flour. Whisk until clumps disappear. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together cake mix, flour, eggs, oil and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap. The dough will be oily. Refrigerate for at least two hours.


2. To make the cheesecake filling, using a mixer, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Using a teaspoon, scoop out cheesecake filling and place on a plate. Continue scooping out cheesecake filling into teaspoon balls until you have 10. Place plate in the freezer and freeze for at least two hours.


3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. To assemble the cookies, take about 1/4 cup of red velvet cookie dough and flatten in your hands. Place a teaspoon of cheesecake filling in the center and wrap the cookie dough around the filling. Gently roll into a ball and place on prepared baking sheet. Scoop onto lightly greased or parchment lined baking sheets. Only bake 3 cookies at a time. The cookies are large and will spread. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the cookies begin to crackle. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Remove from baking sheet to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.


4. Melt the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl or over a double-boiler. Drizzle the white chocolate over the cooled cookies. Let the cookies set until the chocolate hardens. Serve and enjoy!


Note: if you are going to store the cookies for more than a day, you may want to keep them in the refrigerator. You can make the cookies smaller. Just use less dough and filling. You want to make sure you completely wrap the cookie dough around the filling before baking-so it doesn’t leak. Enjoy!



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The Watcher Book Blitz Giveaway + Excerpt

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The Watcher

Lisa Voisin

Release Date: March 4, 2013


Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.
Can he face her without falling again?

Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them.

When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook.

In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?

Ancient history is only the beginning.

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Praise for The Watcher:

“Voisin’s THE WATCHER blends paranormal mystery and romance into a book that is sure to keep readers turning the pages late into the night.”
— Eileen Cook, author of THE ALMOST TRUTH


“Perfect for fans of angels and demons, Lisa Voisin has created an uplifting tale of redemption, love, and spirituality that gives hope. Never preachy, THE WATCHER is the perfect answer to critics who claim Young Adult literature is too dark.”
— Stephanie Lawton, author of WANT and SHRAPNEL


“The Watcher is stunning! A paranormal romance that you won’t want to put down. Voisin will enthrall you until the very last page.”
– Stephanie Keyes, author, THE STAR CHILD series


 “Grips the reader, pulls them in and leaves them cheering for good!”
— InD’tale Magazine


“The Watcher is my favorite angel fiction tale yet.”
— Katrina @Kindred Dreamheart


“This book is phenomenal! I was hooked in right away and didn’t want to stop.”
— Michelle @Michelle’s Paranormal Vault




Excerpt From The Watcher


He pulled the car over to the side of the road and parked it. A heavy silence grew between us. The rain thrummed against the roof of his car and my heart stuttered anxiously against my ribs, like a hummingbird flapping its tiny wings.

He took a deep breath and his voice was thick when he said, “If I misled you…”

My heart stopped, and I blinked at him as heat filled my face. He hadn’t misled me. The feelings I had for him were one hundred percent my own doing. I should have known better.

“I’m not available,” he continued, “the way you want me to be.”

What did he mean, the way I wanted him to be? Any way I could be with him would be fine. Anything was better than not speaking at all. And then the pieces came together: gorgeous and unavailable. He had a girlfriend. Oh God! Why hadn’t I seen the signs before? He didn’t flirt with anyone because he was in love with someone else.

Not caring about the rain, I opened the door and dashed out of the car.

Michael caught up with me and grabbed my arm. I pulled it away.

“It’s wet,” he said. “I’ll take you home.”

Tears burned my eyes, making me grateful for the heavy rain that washed them away, cooling my skin. “I’ll walk.”

“Come on,” he said, “don’t be foolish. You’ll catch a cold.” A wet strand of hair clung to my face. He brushed it aside, so gently, and a deep current trembled through me, compelling me toward him. It was all I could do to hold my ground. His eyes widened and he stepped back. In that moment, I knew he felt it too.

I glared at him. How dare he touch me? Why did he care? Why did he pay attention to me at all?

He shook his head sadly. “Mia, I’m…”

Taken. I know. I shook my head, not wanting to hear any more, and there was this look he gave me, a mixture of pain and something else—something forbidden—that made me want to kiss the rain from his lips.



About the Author

A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction. In her spare time, she teaches meditation. So when she’s not writing, you’ll find her meditating or hiking in the mountains to counter the side effects of drinking too much coffee. She lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her fiance and their two cats.

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Bitter Fruits by Sarah Daltry Book Blast Giveaway

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Bitter Fruits

Sarah Daltry

For fans of dark urban fantasy comes a novel that questions why forbidden fruit is always the most tempting…


A vampire-themed masquerade party isn’t really her scene, but Nora is sick of frat parties and bars. When she meets Alec, the appeal suddenly becomes clear. It’s obvious that they’ve been struck by the same intense mutual attraction, but Alec keeps his distance. Intrigued despite herself, Nora pushes a little deeper — and discovers Alec’s unimaginable secret…


Nora is not afraid of following Alec into the darkness, but the choice is soon taken from her. Someone is hunting her — someone tied to the secret and desperate to see it play out. But when Nora finally meets her aggressor, she finds herself hopelessly drawn to him. She needs to make a choice between the two men, but can she save them both, knowing one is destined to die?


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Praise For Bitter Fruits:


“Sarah Daltry writes with a stunning fluidity that draws the reader into her world and holds the reader willing hostage there with her until the novel ends. This book is exceptionally well-written, with characters that are riveting, and a story line that is a refreshing change from the run-of-the-mill vampire novels of society’s norm.” – Michelle Williams

“Sarah has a way of drawing you into a story that is powerful, intriguing and leaves you wanting to know what is around the corner.” – Brandy, Romance Bookworm’s Reviews


About The Author


Sarah Daltry writes about the regular people who populate our lives. She’s written works in various genres – romance, erotica, fantasy, horror. Genre isn’t as important as telling a story about people and how their lives unfold. Sarah tends to focus on YA/NA characters but she’s been known to shake it up. Most of her stories are about relationships – romantic, familial, friendly – because love and empathy are the foundation of life. It doesn’t matter if the story is set in contemporary NY, historical Britain, or a fantasy world in the future – human beings are most interesting in the ways they interact with others. This is the principle behind all of Sarah’s stories.


Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun.


When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.


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A Review on Gateway by Christina Garner

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(Gateway Trilogy #1)
Christina Garner

Genre: YA Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release Date: May 17, 2011
Pages: 185

Goodreads Rating:  3.63
My Rating: 5

Book Description:

Everybody has their demons. Some are just a little more real than others…

Ember has always known she doesn’t belong in this world. But when she tries to correct the mistake, she wakes to find herself in a mental institution.

She’s soon drawn to Taren, the mysterious boy with hazel eyes. He’s not what he seems, but what is he?

When chaos erupts, they are forced to flee the institution together, and the secret that Taren has been keeping brings Ember closer to understanding her own. And leads her to… the Gateway.

My Take On The Book:

After reading the synopsis of the book I went into what my friends would call a book obsession in overdrive. I just knew I had to read it. The premise was right up my alley and I couldn’t get this book out of my head. It was haunting me. The cover though minimalistic was right on point with the story. And once I started I couldn’t really stop. It took me a couple of hours but truthfully I think it only took so long because I was forced to stop 3 times, once to sleep, the next to eat and the last because I had errands to run and you can’t very well read while driving a car. I’ll admit the. Chapter lengths threw me for a loop in the beginning as the first 3 were relatively short but understandably so. It was at chapter 5 when I realized they had lengthen dramatically. But I kinda liked it that about the story.

The Great (Pros):

  • Ember. There is just something about this girl that makes you care. She’s strong even if she herself doesn’t know it and it’s refreshing. Too many times you have a strong female character that just oozes self-esteem and that can make it too hard for a reader to connect with the character. Ember was nothing like that, she had limitations and while she felt inadequate quite often it wasn’t done in a whiny way. She just pushed herself to be better.
  • Taren. Right off the bat I loved his character. He was shrouded in mystery and you really don’t know where he stands but I’m a sucker for those kinds of leading me. He had his moments, or rather I had moments where he made me angry but I always held out hope. His chemistry with Ember was tangible and sweet. And his caring for Callie usury proved how multidimensional he really was.
  • Kat. What’s not too love about her. She’s snarky, caring, tough as nails and loyal. She’s understanding to Ember’s situation, a real friend to Taren but from what I see, it doesn’t get in the way of her ability to do her job. Plus she’s a lesbian which is way cool because I haven’t read many books with gay female characters as they all tend to be gay males.
  • Callie. So cute and innocent. And downright frightening. I really liked reading the scenes with her.
  • Demons, daemons and the gateway. I loved the history and thought put into this book. The difference between demon and daemon is chilling and the gateway was crafted so perfectly I was able to envision it all with crystal clarity.
  • Guardians and Keepers. While these terms have been used before and will probably continue to be used in paranormal books, I liked the variation in this story. It just serves as further proof at the attention this author gave the story while writing it.

The Not So Great (Cons):

There aren’t many to speak of. The story was left open ended but not a cliffhanger. The characters were well developed but we didn’t get too much backstory which is fine. There were some passages that I had to reread because the wording felt a bit odd but that was the only flaw I could find in my eyes. I can honestly say there aren’t any characters that I disliked.

5 stars

This way a solid read. Something I would happily recommend to readers. It had romance but nothing too severe to stifle the progression of the storyline. It had genuinely unique ideas which is hard to come by when dealing with paranormal books especially those with demons. I really enjoyed it and look forward to the next instalments! Keep your eyes peeled for my review on the next book 🙂 if you read Undertow, Scars of the Bifrost or Dark Souls after my review or you’ve read The Revealers by Amanda Marrone then this book is right up your alley. You can purchase this book via amazon or B&N for 2.99. I suggest you also take the time to sign up for the author’s newsletter for info on this series.


Author Bio 

Christina Garner began writing stories at the age of six. At eighteen, her aspirations as an actor had her loading up her Buick and setting off for Hollywood. Since then she has written and directed 10 short films, including Rewind and Reminder, both of which received acclaim on the festival circuit. In 2007 she was hired to write her first feature film. May of 2011, her debut novel, Gateway became an Amazon Bestseller, followed by Chasm, Book 2 in The Gateway Trilogy. Look for Tether in late 2013.

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