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Sugar Skulls
Glenn Dallas & Lisa Mantchev

 

Publisher: Skyscape
Release Date: November 10th 2015
Genre: New Adult Dystopian Science Fiction
 

Book Description:

Welcome to Cyrene, a city where energy is currency and music is the lifeblood of its young citizens. Everyone lives on the grid, and the residents of the world’s largest playground are encouraged to pursue every physical and emotional pleasure imaginable.

Vee is the lead singer of the Sugar Skulls, an all-girl band that is Corporate’s newest pet project. Micah haunts the city like a ghost after an overdose of a deadly illegal street drug knocks him off the grid. When Micah and Vee forge an immediate, undeniable connection, their troubled worlds collide.

Trading concert stages for Cyrene’s rooftops and back alleys, they have to evade vicious thugs and Vee’s possessive manager as they unravel the mysteries connected to their dark pasts. And before the curtain falls, Micah and Vee will bring the city to its knees in their desperate bid for love, home, and a future together.

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Excerpt:

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My shirt’s open in a flash, and her lips are on me, her tongue tracing hot little swirls along my skin. My arms close around her, one hand still buried in her hair, the other stroking along her spine, fingertips trailing along the exposed skin, and she shivers despite the warmth radiating from her.

She’s a whirlwind, a hungry, passionate, desperately fuckable whirlwind, and I’m swept up in her wake.

The only furniture in the room is a little bench against the wall, since you need the space for couples, trios, and other gatherings of willing bodies. I sit down quickly, pull her closer, my hands on her ass as she climbs onto my lap, straddling me. Her afterthought of a shirt brushed aside, her chest against mine, I can feel her heart pounding like a speaker about to blow out.

Grabbing two fistfuls of my hair, she yanks my head back, exposing my neck. She chuckles as she kisses along my jawline, then bites . . . not too hard, but not gently, either, like she’s marking me as hers.

Her hands run down my neck and across my chest, her fingernails grazing my skin, one hand resting on the tattoo emblazoned over my heart. She pauses a moment and whispers the top name aloud— “Bryn”—before her mouth meets mine again. My eyes slam shut as I lose myself in her lips, her tongue, her little gasps for breath before she dives in for more. Our hands roam and grasp and tease, but it’s all background to one endless, ravenous kiss. She’s insatiable, a five-story drop, and I take the plunge, succumbing to gravity and falling falling falling with her.

She tastes like hard liquor and candy and sex and longing and . . . something else. Every brush of her tongue against mine makes it sharper, until it’s all I can think about, until even the promise of a gorgeous girl against me fades.

Apples. She tastes like apples.
Fuck. No.
I tense up and pull away from the kiss, and for the second time

tonight, I think I’ve surprised her. She leans close as if to kiss me again, only to purr in my ear, a rolling seductive sound that gives me shivers.

But the spell is already broken.

Velvet curtains. Bryn. Apples.
Someone in the club is dealing applejack.

Did you take something? Did you take little green translucent tabs of something?”

Her warm breath finds my ear once more. “I’m sorry, love, I only had the one. But I can get more, enough for both of us, and—”

Where? Where did you get it?” I shout with a fury that startles us both.

She leans back and takes a moment before answering. “From Adonis. The guy on the dais. He gave me a taste while we were danc—” “I need you to listen to me.” I stand up, awkwardly dragging her to her feet, and I grab her face with both hands. Locking eyes with her. Hazel. Clear. No ruptured blood vessels, no discoloration. Doing quick calculations in my head: skin temperature, time elapsed since she took the tab. If something bad was going to happen . . . It would’ve by now. Lucky girl. “Take anything, anything you want. Sample anything else in the whole place and get as blissed out as you like, but please, please don’t

ever touch that rancid garbage ever again. It will fuck up your soul.” She looks baffled by my spur-of-the-moment plea. I’m sure I would, too, in her place. I pull her close and kiss her again—a gift for me, an

apology for her—and then I bolt.
Making a beeline for the illuminated dais at the center of the Palace

of Wonders, I have no problem spotting him, even if we’ve never crossed paths before. Shirtless, crowned, grinding against a pair of waify young things wearing bioluminescent body paint and spaced-out smiles.

I hustle up the glowing side stairs and onto the platform, barging in on the soon-to-be threesome. “Hey, apologies, ladies, but I need a moment with His Majesty.”

The glow-in-the-dark sexpots step aside, dazed eyes already looking for a new plaything, and he looks suitably pissed. But three magic words make it all better.

I can pay.”

He sizes me up—torn shirt with no buttons, half-mauled chest, dark jeans with a little bit of roof dust still clinging to the legs—and shrugs, gesturing me toward a side exit. “Fun inside, business outside.”

We step out into the heavy mist of the alley, and the door shuts behind us. Standing with his back to me, he reaches into both pockets. From one, he pulls a handful of silvertip sticks and a lighter; from the other, a stack of green-tinted tabs, individually wrapped and ready to share. “What’s your pois—”

I don’t give him the chance to finish, charging him as he turns and slamming him against the opposite wall. His head bounces off the brick. I’m ranting away in my head, bordering on raving.

That’s for the girl in the alcove and Bryn and Rina and every other person you’ve torn to pieces with this fucking life-ruining shit . . .

He collapses to the ground, drugs still in hand, and I lean close, almost snarling. “Where’d you get this? Huh? Who’s your supplier?” I snatch the whole stack from him, cracking one tab open and sparking the lighter beneath it.

The applejack flares up in an instant, burning hotter than I expect, and I drop it into the garbage can against the wall, dumping the other tabs in after it. Each one bursts into flame with a whoosh, incinerated in seconds. This is some potent shit.

I turn back toward the scumbag dealer. “Who keeps you stocked? Is it Re—”

He punches me in the leg, and pain arcs through me. I crumple to the ground in a heap, twitching.

Fuck. Took too long. My hand still clutches the lighter tight, the nerves frozen and nonresponsive. I can’t even speak.

Standing now, he kicks me in the gut, hard. He leans down and smiles, showing me the glowing set of knuckles on his hand. Brights. Should’ve known. Then two furious kicks to the chest, punctuating them with “should kill you for that” and “wasted all my best shit.” I’m still so rattled by the shock from his modified knucks, I can’t cry out. I wheeze, trying to get my breath back, and he gives me three more kicks, just for good luck, I guess.

The security door swings open, and His Majesty instantly steps away from me. Blinded by the light from the doorway, I can barely make out the shape of the bouncer. “What’s going on out here?”

Slick as bacon grease, His Majesty goes into spin mode. “Guy wanted a hit of riprap and got a little aggressive, that’s all.”

Should I bring him inside and call the greys?”

Fuck.

But saving his own ass saves mine by accident. “Naw, let him sleep it off in the alley. You know how these little tweakers can be.”

Curled up in pain, I’m in no position to argue. I just lie there on the cold, damp asphalt as he spits in my face and struts through the security door. It slams shut behind him, and everything goes dark.

 

 

About The Authors

When not working on puzzles for Penny Press or writing about them for PuzzleNation, Glenn Dallas is an author of short stories and at least half of one novel. After appearing in the acknowledgments of several outstanding novels, he looks forward to returning the favor in the future.

Lisa Mantchev is the acclaimed author of Ticker and the Théâtre Illuminata series, which includes Eyes Like Stars, nominated for a Mythopoeic Award and the Andre Norton Award. She has also published numerous short stories in magazines, including Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, Weird Tales, and Fantasy. She lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State with her husband, children, and horde of furry animals. Visit her online at http://www.lisamantchev.com.

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(PODs #2)

Release Date: October 12, 2015

Synopsos:

From the author of the award winning Unspeakable, and the best selling PODs, comes the highly anticipated sequel to PODs. A world where death stalks the unsuspecting, and this time even the PODs might not save them. 

A virus nearly wiped out humankind…

Months have passed since a human infection has been reported. Survivors of the deadly pandemic have finally started to build a life in a world left devastated by plague. 

Ironically, for nineteen-year-old Eva, life made more sense when she battled the deadly Infected than it does in the serenity of her new home in Rosewood. Separated from fiancé and former POD-mate, David, after an impossible ultimatum, Eva finds her life a little lonely and a lot confusing. 

But as troubled as Eva’s life is, it’s about to take a turn for the worse as untold dangers watch and wait for the right moment to attack…

The virus refuses to die quietly.

Thebite


Book One

 

About the Author

michelle k. pickett

I can’t write without a hoodie. Yeah, I live it Texas. We all have our quirks.

I majored in accounting in college. I was required to declare a major, but I had no clue what I wanted to do, so I picked accounting because it was the first thing listed in the booklet the counselor gave me. Surprisingly, I graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Go figure.

Forget coffee. Hand over the Red Bull or Monster Khaos and no one gets hurt. Seriously, just set it down and step away. I will turn into a normal human after I guzzle my can of caffeine.

I hate to cook, but love to watch cooking shows on television.

I paint my nails weird colors just to see my husband roll his eyes and make my 9 year-old twin girls giggle. Oh, and mortify my 13 year-old son.

I’m a hopeful romantic and love swoon-worthy endings that keep the butterflies going for days, but I don’t believe a HEA always ends with the boy getting the girl. Sometimes a HEA is an ending we don’t see coming, but is still best for the characters.

I write across genres in the young adult and new adult age groups while eating way too many peanut butter M&Ms (but we’ll keep that second part just between us).

I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, but now live in a suburb of Houston, TX with my very supportive family, a 125lb rescue “puppy” and a 12lb attack cat, also a rescue animal.

And last, (but certainly not least), I love my family with everything in me. Everything I am, is theirs. There are no words in any language known to man to describe my love for them. They are my center.

I’d love to hear from you. So drop me an email! Let’s chat. You tell me what you like in books, what you’d like to see happen in the writing community, what type of books you like to see more of…less of—I want to hear it all! So tell me, please. Because the one thing I wish I could put on my list, but I still haven’t figured out how to do, is mind-reading. But don’t tell my kids. I still have them fooled. 🙂 

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Seeress Release Event Teaser, Review & Excerpt + #Giveaway

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Seeress

Runes Series

Book #3

Ednah Walters


Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Release Date: April 28th 2014
Publisher: Firetrail Publishing


ISBN: 978-1311363312
ASIN: B00JZ1D4QC


Pages: 296
Goodreads Rating:  4.61
My Rating: 5.0
 

Book Description:


I love Torin St. James…
I need his strength…
But someone from his past wants me dead.


Raine Cooper is certain of two things: her love for Torin St. James and her destiny to be a powerful seeress. But when she starts having premonitions, they are unclear and disturbing. Worse, they involve Torin. With her mother gone, her father dying, and her best friend in Hel, she is not sure who to talk to.

But when the visions become more personal and she foresees her future with Torin threatened by someone from his past, Raine becomes desperate for answers. Just her luck two new students arrive at her school and they seem to have answers. When with them, her powers are enhanced and her visions become clear. There is only one problem: Torin forbids Raine to see the two girls.

Can their love survive without trust?

 

My Take On The Book:


How do you start a review on a book you wish you’d never finished and want to re-read again and again…. Oh that’s right, I just did it lol ;). So lets skip the formalities and get right into the ‘why’ of my rating.

 

 

The Great (Pros):

  • Witches. I love witches lol. So its no surprise that I was pretty stocked when one of my favorite series introduced them. Sure there has been mention of them and tons of magic since book 1 but not the actual she-bang so it was a nice refresher.
  • Torin & Raine. Pffttt like I could write a pros and cons list and not include this swoon worthy couple. 😉
  • The Guys. We get a nice healthy dose of all the men we love. Although I could have done with a bit more of Echo and Andris snark.
  • Cora. This girl is just awesome so I loved that she was included in this story but if I’m honest with myself she’s not to prominent in this story. But her last line in this book totally had me reaching for my copies of book 1, 2 and 2.5 so I could re-read the epicness!
  • New Characters. I like when you get to meet new character in a series. It gives the already awesome characters the ability to grow and interact, so we get to see them in different situations. But I love it more we you become invested in those characters as much as the leads.
  • Character Growth. This book really focuses of Raine… way more as a singular person than part of a couple. You really get to see her grow up and I loved that. She’s not the only one with character growth but her evolution is the most prominent.
  • Eririk. I’ve grown to love his character immensely since book 2 and I was so happy to have a dose of Eririk in this one as well… tho, he’s not in this nearly enough.
  • Honestly…. I loved everything ❤

 

 

 

The Not So Great (Cons):


Umm that the story ended? There was no love triangle in this one… thank god. And the only problem I had with this book was that I finished reading it and I have to wait for the next release. But I guess I have to be a good little fan and wait patiently for the next installment. Oh and Eririk needs his happily ever after already! K thanks 😉

 

5 Quills


If I had to pick a book in this series that I felt was the best then this would definitely take the top slot. It’s epic in all its epicness.

Excerpt from Seeress

 

In-between classes, I cocked my ear to catch the song again. No such luck.

Lunch time, Torin was waiting outside my class, a group of girls hanging on his every word. One reached up and brushed his shirt. That was crossing the line. I stake my claim when I reached his side, sliding my hand into his. They took off. “Groupies?”

He laughed. “No.”

“Next time Leanna Finch strokes your chest, I’ll break her fingers.”

“Who’s Leanna?”

I forgave him for not noticing. Girls were always pushing boundaries like damn predator checking for weaknesses. Someone needed to tell them Torin and I was tight. Fortified like Fort Knox. “Have you seen Ingrid?”

“No.” He stroked my cheek with his knuckles. “Are we eating here or at home? I can make us something.”

I wanted to stay there and let him stroke me. His touch was intoxicating. But first things first. “Okay, but I need to ask Ingrid something first.”

He went still. “About?”

“Something.” I reached up and kissed him. “Go. I’m right behind you.”

He didn’t look happy leaving me behind, which was sweet.

“I won’t take long,” I added.

He nodded. With a fingertip brush across my cheek, he disappeared into the men’s room to find a portal. I shook my head. Sometimes he could be so possessive. He hadn’t had a relationship in centuries and was learning to adjust to ours, which hadn’t exactly been smooth. What mattered was we loved it each other, knew it and cherished out time together. Whatever bumps laid ahead, and I was sure the Norns weren’t done with us, I was determined to never let them destroy what we had.

I turned the corner and saw Cora at the cafeteria entrance. Her lunch schedule depended on whether or not Echo was around. She waved.

“Please tell me you’re eating here. Please. Echo will be gone most of today and evening,” Cora explained. “There was a fire at some nursing home in Seattle.”

“I’m heading home, but you can join us. Torin already left to make something.”

She sighed melodramatically and looked around the cafeteria. “I don’t want to be a third wheel.”

“You won’t be.”

“Nah. Go enjoy your man.” She waved and I turned to see three girls from the swim team, Kicker, Sonya and Tess. “I’ll join the girls and catch up on the latest gossip. See you tonight.”

“You want to come and watch The Originals online? I missed last two episodes.”

Her eyes widened. “Ohmigod, the poor, damaged, just-needs-to-be-loved Klaus. I have to get my Klaus fix every week. I’ve even gotten Echo to tolerate him. Okay, I’ll watch with you, so we can hate on some witches. I also want your opinion on something.”

“Okay.” Ingrid, her cheerleader friends, and their jock boyfriends walked in.

Cora beamed at me and gave me a quick hug. “You’re the best.”

Everyone at Ingrid’s looked up questioningly when I stopped by their table. “What?”

“Where’s Torin?” a girl asked.

“Around. You know I can actually breathe without him. Ingrid.” I indicated outside with a nod and took off.

“What’s going on?” she asked, sounding a bit worried.

“I want to pick your brain.” Some of the students were hanging out on the deck. Others threw football in the grassy area along the building. It was still cold, but the sun was up and diehards were already wearing shorts. I found an area away from the others and faced her.

“You are beginning to worry me,” Ingrid said. “If this is about Andris—”

“No, this is about me. Do you remember I told you last night that I heard the woman sing during my vision?”

She nodded. “Varðlokur.”

“Varo-what?”

“The warding or spirit-summoning song. We sing it before the Seeress goes into a trance. What about it?”

“I thought I heard it this morning.”

Her frown deepened. “Where?”

“Here at school. What does that mean?” I saw a movement from the corner of my eyes and turned to look. It was Blaine. He waved.

“I don’t know. I guess whoever sang the song last night is a student here.”

“But the Seeress was older. At least, she sounded older.”

“Uh, that’s because the Seeress never does the singing. Someone else does. You sure it wasn’t the same voice?”

I nodded. Someone working with a Seeress was here at my school. “Is Blaine waiting for you?” He was talking to friends but he kept looking in our direction.

Ingrid waved to him. “No. Do you want me to point her out when I recognize her?”

“You can do that?”

She shrugged. “Oh, yes. It’s like, uh, having a witch radar. Why do you think Maliina hated you from the moment she saw you?”

“Uh, because Andris was being a total douche?”

She laughed. “That came second. My sister was a powerful Seidr witch, but in you, she saw something else. Something she’d never seen before and she was jealous. Maliina always wanted to be important and, uh, revered. Back at home, they did, but it wasn’t enough. Then she met Andris and he turned her. But he took her away from home and her adoring fans. She stopped being important and she didn’t like it. That’s why she joined the Norns. She was very ambitious.”

It didn’t excuse what she’d done, but it made sense. “So what did she see in me?”

Ingrid shrugged. “A more powerful witch, I guess. I’m not as strong as Maliina, but I should be able to spot the witch here at school. I’ll let you know when I do.”

“Thanks.” I really liked this new Ingrid. She stopped by the group with Blaine, said something to him and disappeared inside the building. Blaine followed her. I went to the nearest restroom and headed home to Torin.

 

 

 

About The Author 

EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, was released March 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN. Visit her at www.ednahwalters.com.

Ednah also writes YA paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. IMMORTALS is book 2. She just released book 3, GRIMNIRS December 2013. Read more about this series and the world she’s created here www.runestheseries.com.

Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published five more books in this series. She’s presently working on book seven. You can visit her online at or www.ebwalters.com.

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True North: Finding Home Review and Teasers + #Giveaway

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Finding Home

True North Series

Book #1

Allie Juliette Mousseau

 

Genre: New Adult Romance | 18+ – Contains explicit sex

Release Date: March 17, 2014

Publisher: Dauntless Hawk Ink

 

ASIN: B00J1WU41S

Pages: 223

Goodreads Rating:  4.32

My Rating: 5.0



Book Description:

 

“When you’re lost… True North”


The North brothers were hell on wheels-adrenaline-junky bad boys. You’d think they had a death wish – every one of them – but they didn’t really, they just got off on the thrill of pushing every limit, that gravity or any other force told them they couldn’t conquer. What they weren’t prepared for were the women that would steal their hearts…


Livie Morrisey is dreading seeing Jake after his heroic homecoming from Afghanistan. She’s been in love with Jake North since she was a little girl, but he’s three-and-a-half years older than her and her big brother’s best friend. She was always nothing but the off-limits little sister – until the night before Jake left for the Army, when he’d given her her first kiss. They’d kept in touch for a year, but once Jake was deployed to Afghanistan, he’d cut off contact suddenly and she’d never heard from him again.


For the past three years Livie has kept herself distracted with homework and her university studies, but now Jake’s going to be up close and personal. And Livie can’t decide if tonight’s finally the night to prove to Jake she’s all grown up or the night she should let him go forever.

 

 

Together again when gone

My Take On The Book:


Wow… whoa… ummm O_o. For lack of a better descriptive word or eloquence, this book was simply ah-maze-ing. I want no need there to be a book 2 right this very second. I love those North siblings and if this book is anything to go by, the next installment about whether it be about Sam or Jules and Nate (idc, I wanna read them all) ❤ will be just as steamy if not better. The North family is not only littered with drool worth brothers but you’ve also got a completely awesome best friend in Jules and a totally loving and supportive family. This is a must buy book by an extremely talented author who is turning out to be one of my absolute favorites. Its an exceptional start to what I’m sure is going to be an exceptional series.


Finding Home is a dazziliing tale of war vet Jake North and the girl who has always loved him. Told in the female perspective of said girl and childhood friend Olivia ‘Liv’ Morrissey, you are introduced to a romance so profound your heart aches at times. Its beautiful and heartbreaking and a book I couldn’t bring myself to put down.


You are drawn into this tale from the go. I am personally the kind of reader that will read a book start to finish even if it’s a struggle, even if I want to skim over words and phrases (not that this was an issue while reading this book). I will literally read everything from the title page and copywrite page to the last sentence in the author bio… so its no surprise that I read the dedication page but it was so eloquently written, poetic and captivating that you forget its not necessarily part of the story. I was hooked, there is no other word for it, so hooked that instead of stopping when my kindle battery was dying, I cozied up next to the closest outlet, plugged it in, and kept reading. I may or may not have missed eating a meal or 2…

 

The Great (Pros):

 

 

  • Characters. Good and bad, each character’s development was on point and I could find no errors in their story or back-story. It followed a steady line from beginning to end in the way of no alterations mid book. I really hate when an author can’t remember their own storyline or characters. If a character is motherless, blondem brown eyed and tall with a loyal personality they should stay that way throughout the entire book with the exception of personality traits altering due to story progression and obvious things like colored contacts and such. This book is the perfect example of that, characters stayed true to themselves and their story progression.

 

 

  • Story. The story itself the one on the surface, the one you read about in the synopsis is a beautiful one… but once you actually read the book and you get to the story within the story, when you get to know the characters, their faults and their strengths, the things that define them that is even more beautiful.

 

 

  • Research. While reading this book, if you pay attention, you will notice the hard work the author put into this book. Not only in the writing and character bios but also in the research. I can’t get into too much detail as it’s an important part of the story but I will say that it’s obvious how much love Allie gives her books.

 

 

  • Music. One of my favorite parts about this book was the song name for each chapter. It helps to set the mood of each chapter and you can bet your ass that I have a ‘True North: Finding Home’  playlist on my ipod. Each song fit the chapter and its mood perfectly so I wouldn’t be surprised if they were played on repeat while she wrote each line.

 

 

 

  • Cover. Once again, a perfect cover for the book. Beautiful and intriguing and helpful while imagining the characters and their romance.

 

 

  • Relationships. The relationships in this story are breathtaking. I love the strong family ties and the support given to each other by the North family. But I also enjoy the contrast with between them and Liv’s family. While it’s a sad back-story, I happened to like the diversity. The interaction between characters was appropriate for their ages and their story. Nothing it the way they acted with one another or situations seemed off or uncharacteristic.

 

 

 

 

The Not So Great (Cons):

 

 

  • Not a single thing except that I have to wait to get my next book fix ha ha.

 

5 Quills

 

It’s a sweeping romance with real problems and realistic characters. A book the focuses strongly on family love and support as well as the kind you find in a significant other. It is sizzling and sad all at once wrapped up in a nice little package of seamless and creative writing. If you’re looking for a real world romance then this is definitely your book. Ms. Mousseau is one extremely talented writer with an uncanning ability to weave a tale with characters you really care about. It’s another one of a kind. Kudos to her 🙂

 

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About The Author 


Allie Juliette Mousseau writes sexy, emotionally charged New Adult Romance in a variety of genres and temperatures.

She writes from passionate and angsty; fun and light to intense and epic. She incorporates a lot of romance, tension, and hot and sexy spice. Always a HEA and stand alone – even in a series.


Her alter-ego:

Alana Jewel Mousseau creates captivating YA worlds through the magic of ink. She writes brave but “human” main characters, imaginative plots and complex worlds; from High Octane action to exploring the deepest emotions – you won’t want to put down your book!


She can always be found writing, playing in puddles with her children, hiking with her husband, or adventuring somewhere in the world. Her favorite place to write is outdoors, but when the weather gets too chilly she’ll be inside at her desk looking at the mountain view from her home office in Montana where she lives with her loving husband, children, and 85 pound golden retriever, who likes to sleep on her feet while she writes.


With a free spirit, Allie loves to travel and has spent three years sparking her imagination while travelling the U.S. and Canada in an RV with her family. She looks forward in continuing her journey to see the world, while finishing her degree in Literature

 

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Books by Allie:

True North: Finding Home, Livie and Jake – NA Contemporary

Enemy Lines – A Sci-fi Adult Novella

Without Borders – a sexy Contemporary short story

Books by Alana:

The Scars Saga – A Young Adult Sci-fi trilogy; paranormal romance series:

Scars of the Bifrost Bk 1

Unlocking Brisingamen Bk 2 – Coming Soon!

Ragnarok Bk 3 – Coming Soon!

 

 

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A Mate’s Bite Review + Excerpt + Giveaway

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A Mate’s Bite
Sassy Mates Series 
Book #2
Milly Taiden

Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Release Date: January 8, 2014
Publisher: Latin Goddess Press
ISBN: 978-1494841592
ASIN: B00HRJK5RA
Pages: 166
Word Count: 50,000
Goodreads Rating:  4.28
My Rating: 5.0

Book Description:

Mission: Don’t fall in love

After an explosive night of passion during a scenting ceremony, Karla Alves is sure she was just a one night stand for the man she’d been crushing on for years. She teased him and pleased him, and Nate hasn’t been around since. Her fear of becoming clingy kept her from risking her heart and asking for more than a few hours of skin sin.

Mission: Crack her walls

She. Is. His. Nathan Wolfe marked Karla. His mate. Deeply involved in pack politics, Nate has had to stay away. When his sister warns that Karla needs him more than he thinks, he’ll discover a bundle of secrets only his wolf can sniff out. But getting the woman he cares about to let down her guard may prove to be his undoing.

Mission: Embrace the bite

With Karla’s wayward sister wreaking havoc and friends needing more of his time than ever, Nate will have to rearrange his priorities if he ever hopes to earn Karla’s trust. But will time with her be enough? Only true love and a wolf’s promise can hold together a relationship created with a bite, a scenting, and a hope for tomorrow.
 
 


My Take On The Book:


This book was hot, hot, hot! From page there is a spark between the two main characters in the form of an unstoppable fire. Author Milly Taiden is hands down one of my newest favorite paranormal erotica writers. She has a way of not only giving you the steam you desire when picking up one of these books but also crafting a really enthralling story to go hand and hand with it. I can safely say that I look forward to reading some of her other works & the next book in the sassy mates series.

Once again, I decided to jump into a series without reading book 1 first but, while the characters in both books are the same its not exactly a continuation of the last. This book focuses on a whole new couple while subtly giving you hints of the previous books plot. It can without a doubt be read as a standalone.
Having read this book start to finish in about an hour, I was on a Sassy Mates high and I just had to get my hands on book one, and once I did I jumped right into that one. I was NOT disappointed. These books were just too sizzling.
 
5 Quills

If you love shifters, enjoy a great romance and crave scenes that are so steamy you have to wipe down your windows and mirrors than this series is definitely for you! I highly recommend this book, and while you don’t have to read book 1 to enjoy this one… Its worth it.
 
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Excerpt
 
 

A warm breeze ruffled the trees, and she glanced at her camera. The stupid tripod didn’t want to stay in place. She grumbled under her breath. Squatting down, she jiggled the tiny metal legs into the earth, hoping to steady it. A couple of rocks would help. She grabbed a few of the biggest ones and circled the tripod legs with them to keep it stable.

Long strands of frizzy hair kept falling forward out of her ponytail, tickling the side of her face. She tugged the annoying hair behind her ear and continued to mess with the tripod.

“Stupid, friggin’, piece of—”

A low growl sounded close. Too close. She whipped up to her feet, still holding one of the rocks in her hands and turned in a flash. Unfortunately, she was also one of the clumsiest people and tripped on her own feet. She lost her balance, and she fell on her ass.

“Carajo!”

A howl sounded from the ceremony site, and she scrambled to her knees to watch one of the wolves, she’d guess it was Marco because he was bigger, sniffing Kelly’s behind.

 “Just like a man to go straight for the goods.” She snorted.

But she didn’t get a chance to keep watching. Something bumped her backside, pushing her forward. She tangled on the tripod and fell on her face.

“Oh, for crying out loud.” Clearly, she sucked at being inconspicuous. Strands of hair fell forward, covering her vision. She lifted on all four and flipped to sit on her ass. There he was, the one shifter that drove her absolutely crazy in every way possible.

“Spot? What are you doing here? And why did you bury your nose in my ass, you pervert?”

Not that it turned her on that he put his nose in her ass. It was…weird. He growled. The low deep sound twisted her belly into all kinds of knots. Oh, boy. She was in trouble. Staring at his cute furry face, she was very tempted to lift a hand and pet him.

Nathan, big, bad, sexy, pierced hunk of male candy stood not more than five feet in front of her in his wolf form. The form that looked like a cute Dalmatian-wolf with a white spot over his muzzle, hence the name she’d given him, “Spot.”

His eyes glittered in that golden shade from his animal. A shiver raced down her spine.

“I know how this must look, but it’s not what you think.” She felt like a moron talking to him when he was a giant wolf. He took a step toward her. She squiggled an inch further away. With a quick swipe, she moistened her dry lips with the tip of her tongue. “We were invited to be here. I swear.”



About The Author 

Hi! I’m Milly (AKA April Angel) I love to write sexy stories. They’re usually either paranormal or contemporary with a large dose of heat. My paranormal stories can be anything from wolf- shifters (my favorites) to witches, demons and anything in between. My contemporaries are usually anything from soldiers to corporate romances.

I was born the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. Currently, I live in New York City with my hubby, the bossy kiddo and our little dog “Needy Speedy”. Don’t ask.

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When I’m not working some really long hours at the day job, or hanging out in the awful life-sucking invention known as Facebook, messaging my bestie in the UK or shopping with my sis Julie, then I can be found watching scary movies. Buuut when I’m not doing that, I’m usually writing because the voices won’t shut up. I am addicted to shoe shopping, chocolate (but who isn’t, right?) and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

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Alchemy Review + Teaser

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Alchemy
Prophecy Breakers
Book # 1
Sheena Boekweg, Melanie Crouse and Sabrina West
Genre: YA Parnormal Romance
Release Date: October 11, 2013
Publisher: Boekweg Books
ISBN: 978-1492730781
ASIN: B00FR15RNM
Pages: 457
Goodreads Rating:  4.58
My Rating: 4.5
Book Description:
 

“Do you want me to be dangerous?” he asked, his voice husky and low.

I gulped, and for a moment I was incapable of speech. But he was quiet, waiting. “No. I don’t.”

“Then I’m not dangerous at all,” he murmured. His gaze moved from my eyes to my mouth. “You’ve never been safer than you are at this moment.” I shivered as his breath tickled my skin. Our lips were mere millimeters apart when the sky shattered in a kaleidoscope of colored light.We didn’t know how much we had to lose until we were infected with magic. Sam was in love, Juliette was the main caretaker for her siblings, and Ana and her dad planned the best parties in New York. But we lost it all when we were shipped to Chebeague, an exclusive school for newly infected mages.

Everyone knows about the mages, those who survive the infection and end up with magical abilities. We’ve seen the power of magic, the high-paying jobs, and the world fame. But we never saw the cost. We didn’t know we’d be forced to give up everything: sanity, family, even the right to talk on the phone.

We didn’t know mage was just another word for prisoner.

 

My Take On The Book:


Holy crap on a stick! And I mean that in a completely awesome way, I swear. I really loved this book, it had a couple of moments in the beginning that kind of dragged but once it picked up the storyline rocked my socks. The characters were great and their progression in this story was even better. So I’m skip all the other mumbo jumbo and jump right into the good stuff.
 

The Great (Pros):


 

  • Juliette aka Tornado Girl. She was my favorite character by far. She was different from most leads and I found myself really enjoying the story when it was in her POV or pertaining to her.
 

 

  • Sam Ryan. Adorable flirt. Loyal and kind. He was my second favorite and I loved his POV just as much as Juliette’s
 

 

  • Anna. I liked her attitude. Though she wasn’t as abrasive as Juliette she was a nice counter balance and a great female best friend to Jules.
 

 

  • The concept of mages. Lately, I’m been really into books with magic. They’ve been good, some great but they almost always focus on witches of some kind so Mages was something totally different and really enjoyable. I also liked the breakdown of power, it made the story and the magic all the more enjoyable and memorable.
 

 

  • Elite + Battle. I liked the concept of the Elite and the battle between them and the main characters gave me chills.
 

 

  • James. Swoon, he was just awesome. What Sam lacked in suave finesse, James more than made up for.
 

 

  • Romance. Though a part of this will land itself in the cons list, I really enjoyed the development in the chemistry between each character. Most notably, in the romance department. It felt real in a world that was totally fantastical… and made the characters more tangible. There was no instant connection/spark but a steady thrum that built to a kelidescope crescendo. I ❤ it!
 
The Not So Great (Cons):
 
  • Love Triangles. Left and right they smack you in the face. Basically every character is a part of one. Both Girls, dead center, all the guys…. It’s just too much. Although, Juliette’s is a bit different from the normal love triangle. I like Zach but I loved Sam and truthfully I like them both with her buttttt from the moment she shoves him and calls him a perv and he dubs her Tornado Girl I was hooked and rooting for them.
 
  • Minor Discrepancies. Like so minor they are really worth mentioning but since I had so many pros I felt like I should add this to the cons for balance lol.

4.5 Quills


I was really shocked by this book and how much I liked it. The ending was awesome, and I kept thinking back on the characters way after I’d finished the book. I would definitely recommend this book and I’ve already forced my friends into submission cause this is definitely a series you guys are gonna want to read. I look forward to the next book and seeing where the story and characters leads.

 

About The Authors

Sabrina West, Sheena Boekweg and Melanie Crouse never dreamed they would actually create a book worth publishing when they started writing together. Alchemy was merely supposed to be an exercise in flexibility. And it has been that, but it is so much more. Friendships that span the American continent have been forged, and unforgettable characters have been created.Writing this first book in the Prophecy Breakers was a fun-filled adventure, and we hope that reading it is just as fun for you.

Visit us at theprosers.blogspot.com or check out Sheena Boekweg’s amazing novel, Funny Tragic, Crazy Magic.

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Darkness Watching Book Blitz Giveaway + Excerpt

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Darkness Watching

Emma L Adams

 
Release Date: October 10, 2013
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
Genre: Urban fantasy/paranormal
Target Audience: Upper YA/New Adult

Summary:
 
Eighteen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.
 
Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.
 
All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life – but demons never give up, and their focus on Ash has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The demons want something from her, and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is. 
 
In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be…
 

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“Emma is an amazing writer. She has become one of my favorites. I couldn’t put Darkness Watching down.” – Diane at A Creative Mind
 

 

“Darkness Watching provides an original world that is fully complete and from a teens POV. It was dark and entertaining and sometimes teen books don’t go full out, this one did. The world building was truly strong in this novel.” – Lexi at Book Bliss

 

“Like good books should, Darkness Watching left me pondering the story after I’d finished reading AND left me wanting more. Adams built a strong world for readers to be immersed. But the regular world retained full realism.
Normal every day teen situations felt completely believable.” – Erin at 
Erin Albert Books

 

I have to say, I didn’t see the ending coming! … the final showdown left me speechless (You will have to read it!)” – Julia at Never Judge a Book by its Movie

 

“This was entertaining from the start…I didn’t want to put it down, and fans of urban fantasies I think will enjoy this. Darkness Watching was definitely worth the read.” – Jenea at Books Live Forever

 

“This book is unique, fun and interesting. I kept wondering what was going to happen next…I felt that this book was well written and It was hard to put this book down once I started. ” -Jessica at Eat Sleep Read

 

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Excerpt from Darkness Watching

 

David turned to me. “You okay? I saw that girl stand on your foot.”
“I’ll live,” I said, examining the ugly purple bruise already forming. “Ouch.”
Then I saw something that chilled me instantly. Not two feet away from me―one of those dark spaces, a patch of nothingness, like a tear in the universe. I stared helplessly, waiting for the inevitable pair of malevolent purple eyes to meet mine.
But there was nothing there. Just blackness.
“Ash? What’re you looking at?” said
Sarah.
“Nothing,” I said, tearing my gaze away. “Thought I saw someone I knew.”
Out of the corner of my eye, I continued to watch the dark space.
“I think clubbing’s kind of overrated,” said Alex. “Yeah, it’s fun for a bit, but I’d rather be watching a film or sitting in a pub or something.”
“Ditto,” said Sarah.
I shifted my gaze back to the dark space- and I almost stopped breathing. Something stepped
out
of the darkness.
The something was a shadow, black as the gap itself, hunched and shapeless, but as it
moved, it seemed to solidify into an animalistic shape, crouched on all fours. Shadows blurred around it like a long shaggy coat.
This was no demon; it was something else. I could hear its soft footfalls on the pavement. This creature was here, physically, not hiding behind a dark space. Before, I’d always instinctively known the demons weren’t part of the world as I knew it. But this creature was as solidly here as I was.
I backed away, almost tripping over the front step of Satan’s Pit.
“Ash? You okay?”
“Fine,” I said, amazed at how steady my voice sounded, despite the tremors that made my heart rattle against my rib cage. “It’s really cold out here. I think we should go back inside.”
“You sure?” David looked at me doubtfully. “Okay, then.”
Coward. A sharp voice in my head berated me for running away. But I didn’t want this, not now. Not now I’d almost regained a normal life.
But before I could follow Alex, Sarah, and David back inside, someone grabbed my arm.
“It’s sensed you,” a voice hissed. ‘You can’t go back in there.”
I turned. It was the girl who’d knocked into me earlier, the red-haired girl from the car.
Swaying unsteadily on her three-inch heels, she pointed at the creature, which crept closer until its muzzle almost brushed my feet. It looked like a shadowy, oversized fox, but the eyes it fixed on me were crimson, like bloody gouges in its face.
I felt an icy claw grip my heart, rooting me to the spot.
“Shit,” I whispered. “What the hell is that?”
“A shadow-beast. It can’t see you, but it can sense you,” whispered the girl. “Move.”
But I couldn’t move. I was backed up against the door to Satan’s Pit.
The girl swore, stepping back to stand beside me. Dark tendrils rippled across the pavement like a creeping plant. The creature edged forward, raising its head to bare two rows of teeth. Shit, I thought. It’s really going to kill me.
The girl cursed, and moved in front of me, taking something out of her bag so fast her hands appeared blurred. A plain, black Japanese-style fan, patterned with flames. She held it out in her right hand, between us and the creature.
Confusion leaked through my terror. What’s she doing?
For a second, I saw something flicker down her arms to her fingertips, then flames appeared out of nowhere, igniting the fan. She made a threatening motion toward the creature, which let out a high-pitched squeal. Faster than I could blink, it leapt at the dark space, vanishing into nothingness.
The girl flicked the fan, and the flames receded, becoming a simple pattern once again. She snapped the fan back into its case and stashed it in her bag. I couldn’t stop staring at her, speechless.
 

About the Author

 
Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing fantasy and paranormal for young adults. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also wrote various novels and short stories. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).
Now a reluctant graduate, she can usually be found in front of her writing desk, creating weird and wonderful alternative worlds. Her debut novel The Puppet Spell, published in January 2013 by Rowanvale Books, is a fantasy tale for young adults and the young at heart, inspired by her lifelong love of the fantastical, mythology, and video games. Emma also writes supernatural fantasy novels for older teens and adults. Her next book, Darkness Watching, is the first in the upper-YA/New Adult Darkworld series, and was published in October 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press.

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