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ENDLESS by Amanda Gray – Trailer Reveal

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I’m very happy to be participating in the book trailer reveal for Endless by Amanda Gray, a debut novel from Month9Books that will be available on October 8th. I’m participating in the blog tour for Endless next month, so I figured it would be fun to do the trailer reveal as well. And here it is:

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Both the trailer and the book cover catch the romantic vibe of the book, and I can’t wait to read it!

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Jenny Kramer knows she isn’t normal. After all, not everybody can see the past lives of people around them. When she befriends Ben Daulton, resident new boy, the pair stumble on an old music box with instructions for “mesmerization” and discover they may have more in common than they thought. Like a past life. Using the instructions in the music box, Ben and Jenny share a dream that transports them to Romanov Russia and leads them to believe they have been there together before. But they weren’t alone. Nikolai, the mysterious young man Jenny has been seeing in her own dreams was there, too. When Nikolai appears next door, Jenny is forced to acknowledge that he has traveled through time and space to find her. Doing so means he has defied the laws of time, and the Order, an ominous organization tasked with keeping people in the correct time, is determined to send him back. While Ben, Jenny and Nikolai race against the clock — and the Order — Jenny and Nikolai discover a link that joins them in life — and beyond death.

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About the author:

Amanda Gray believes in magic and fantasy and possibilities. She is a team of two bestselling authors who live only miles apart but have never met in person. They talk on the phone and are the best of friends and between them have written more than a dozen novels and novellas and have had their work appear on television.

This story has a Somewhere in Time vibe to it, and it sounds amazing, right? Do you think you’ll read Endless?

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CLOAKED IN FUR Blog Tour – Review + Giveaway!

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I’m so pleased to be part of the Cloaked in Fur Blog Tour, hosted by Bewitching Book Tours! Please keep reading below for my review of Cloaked in Fur, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end for some very cool wolf goodies!

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Cloaked in Fur
T.F. Walsh

Genre: Paranormal Suspense with strong romance elements
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Date of Publication: August 5, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4405-7161-9
Number of pages: 149
Word Count: 73,000 approx.
Cover Artist: Stephanie Hannus

Book Description:

As a moonwulf, Daciana never expected to fall in love with a human. Hell, she never imagined that she’d abandon her pack, endanger everyone around her, and break the worst rule possible. But she did.

A rogue werewolf is killing Daciana’s friends, and she sets on capturing the creature.  She’ll do whatever it takes to stop the beast. The police and her boyfriend, Inspector Connell Lonescu, are starting to question her involvement in the murders, which is endangering the pack’s secret existence. But when the pack alpha kidnaps Connell, revealing the awful truth about the creature and its connection to the pack, Daciana must choose between saving the man she loves and saving her pack family from certain death.

My Review:

four stars

In a word: a gripping story with unusual world-building, descriptive writing that plunges the reader into Walsh’s world, a dangerous romance and an exotic setting.

Cloaked in Fur has so many elements that made it successful for me, and I’m glad I had a chance to read this very different werewolf story. Walsh has obviously researched wolf behavior, and she incorporates it nicely into the story by letting her wulfkin characters behave as wolves in a pack, even when they are in human form. Set in Romania, the story jumps right into the action and doesn’t let up until the end. I enjoyed both the international flavor of the story and the exotic locale of the Carpathian Forest, and I thought it worked really well for this dangerous and bloody tale of family bonds, misplaced loyalties and the consequences of breaking promises.

Daci is a moonwulf and is half-human. She is about to turn into a full-fledged wulfkin with the next full moon, but the twist to this is that Daci has fallen in love with a human man, and she yearns to become human herself so that she can be with him. One of her pack mates, a wulfkin named Radu, is trying to help her locate a recipe for a secret elixir that may be able to stop her from transforming for good, and give her the human form she desires. But the demanding and sadistic alpha of the pack named Sandulf has other plans for Daci, and getting the elixir in time to transform her is going to be nearly impossible, not to mention keeping her real identity and whereabouts a secret from her human boyfriend, Connell.

As Daci dodges questions from Connell, who is losing patience with Daci’s lies, a dangerous and impossible creature has come to town and is killing and eating humans. This isn’t good news for Daci, who is already stressed out about her impending change. But killing the creature is harder than she thought, and she’ll need the help of her pack if she wants to stop it for good.

Walsh has the most sensual writing style, which gives the story a depth that brings the wulfkin to life for the reader. All of the wulfkin have heightened senses, especially their sense of smell, and Walsh gleefully describes the scents that batter Daci on a daily basis, even when she isn’t in wolf form. Because Daci is a moonwulf and not fully turned yet, she can often feel her wolf inside her, struggling to get out. These were some of the most descriptive passages for me, when Daci experiences this struggle. The wolf is part of her, and yet it is separate too. The hardest times for her are when she can’t control the wolf, and the author does a great job of allowing the reader to experience the clash between Daci’s human and animal sides.

The romance between Connell and Daci was fraught with tension, which was interesting for a while, but soon became a bit strange for me. Daci declares her undying love for Connell, and she’s willing to give up her life with the pack for him. Yet they spend most of the story fighting and bickering, and I had a hard time imagining why Connell wanted to stay with Daci, especially since she has been lying to him for the past year. A wulfkin named Enre is also battling for her affections and wants to be her mate, which added a kind of love triangle to the story. I didn’t mind it though, since Enre’s presence added more tension between Daci and Connell, and for me made their weird relationship more tolerable.

The story is fairly short, and I would have loved to see a few things expanded upon, especially the origins of the wulfkin and how Daci became a moonwulf. The author hints at Daci’s human mother, but she never delves into it. Perhaps another book in the series is in the works, which would give Walsh more room to explore her thoroughly fascinating and addictive world. For fans of werewolf stories filled with moody atmosphere and lovely descriptions, Cloaked in Fur is a real treat.

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Opening of Chapter Four:

The phone’s strident ringing woke me up, and I glanced over at the bedside clock blazing 5:13 A.M. Too damn early for anything.

Tempted to dive back under the covers, I checked the caller ID: Connell. Crap. The previous night’s events came pouring back: me turning into a wulfkin outside the full moon, running with the pack all night, collecting my keys from the woods, and ditching Connell again. On top of that, I never retrieved the old books for the elixir. Double crap.

I pushed my legs over the edge of the bed, scrunched the sheet in my fist and answered the call. “Hi.”

“Where are you?” The panic in his voice turned my stomach.

“At home.”

“What happened to you last night?”

My throat dried up as my mind whirred with excuses. “I uncovered something in my research and got stuck into it, not realizing it was past midnight when I checked the clock. I didn’t want to wake you and went straight home. I’m sorry.”

“I suspected you wouldn’t come. Looks like I was right.”

“Come on, Connell, give me a break. I’m working on something majorly important. When you’re on a case and spend nights in the office, I don’t give you shit about it.”

“That’s not what pisses me off. It’s that you never tell me anything. Send me a message if you’re going to be late or not turn up, anything to let me know what’s going on. It feels like you’re only staying with me or until something better comes along.”

“That’s not true. I only want you.”

Silence.

I lowered my head and stared at the dirt beneath my toenails from the previous night’s run.

“I don’t want to talk about this now,” he said. “We found two more bodies this morning. The victims were located on the opposite sides of the city.” He paused. “Why would a wolf bolt across the city after a kill? They attack in packs, don’t they?”

A shiver rippled down my spine, the possibility of two more dracwulf kills made me furious. There was no convincing myself the attacks weren’t related to the others; I felt the truth in my gut. Worse yet, I wondered whether the dracwulf was simply hungry or territorial, and Sandulf had to know. I flopped onto the bed and curled into a ball.

When I gave no response, Connell continued. “I need you to review the reports from the previous attacks today and visit the new scenes to see if you believe it’s the same animal.”

I cringed at the innocent wolves who could lose their lives over Sandulf’s stupidity.

“Your team can test the evidence and see if it’s the same predator without me.”

“We have limited testing resources in this country, so we need your expertise to move things along.”

The way he said “your” sounded full of contempt, and it pained me to hear him talk like that.

“The chief wants a hunting party issued this weekend, preferably with Romania’s Animal Research Institute’s approval. He’s already spoken with your boss, Vasile.”

I climbed up and paced the room, shaking my head. Typical Vasile to agree to anything the cops asked.

“If I could leave you out of this, I would, but I can’t. Trust me, I tried.”

“I appreciate that. Where should we meet?”

“Piaţa Square. Half an hour?”

“I can do that.”

He hung up.

A snarl ripped past my throat at the terrible start to the day. Who could blame Connell for being upset? I’d be livid if he kept avoiding me.

I threw on a pair of Levi’s, boots, and a gray hooded top. The bathroom mirror reflected gray wolf eyes from my recent transformation, and already the silvery color was fading into a darker shade. I pulled every strand of my nest-style hair into a ponytail and rushed outside into the morning twilight.

About the Author:

author photoT.F. Walsh emigrated from Romania to Australia at the age of eight and now lives in a regional city south of Sydney with her husband. Growing up hearing dark fairytales, she’s always had a passion for reading and writing horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and young adult stories. She balances all the dark with light fluffy stuff like baking and traveling.

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And now for the giveaway! The author is giving away a set of (6) wolf wine glass charms and (4) wolf key chains (U.S. only)! Simply click the Rafflecopter button below to enter:

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Waiting on Wednesday (65) EDGE OF DARKNESS by J. T. Geissinger

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Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and is a fun way to share the books you’re excited about with other bloggers and readers. This week I’m thrilled about J. T. Geissinger’s next book in her Night Prowler series, Edge of Darkness:

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Edge of Darkness (Night Prowler #4) by J. T. Geissinger. Release date: December 10 2013 (Montlake Romance). Boy am I excited for this book! This is Book Four in the series, and each one is better than the last. I love that the cover has a guy on it this time! And I don’t think this is the last book, either. J. T. can keep on writing as far as I’m concerned:) Here’s the story from Goodreads:

Six years after a shocking tragedy left her emotionally and physically scarred, Ember Jones lives a life of quiet isolation in Barcelona. Determined to keep her troubled past a secret, she keeps her head down and her heart locked up tight. Until the day a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into her life, and her carefully controlled world is shattered forever.

Christian McLoughlin is unlike anyone Ember has ever met. Wealthy, cultured, and utterly charismatic, he also has dark secrets of his own. They succumb to the undeniable pull between them and embark on a passionate affair, but things turn explosive when the truth about Christian and the reason he came to Barcelona is exposed. As their dark pasts collide, the two unlikely lovers find themselves caught in a web of danger and deceit that neither of them might survive.

The Edge of Darkness, where hunter becomes hunted, no one can be trusted, and love is the most dangerous game of them all.

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So, has anyone else read this series? Let me know what you’re waiting on this week in the comments.

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CLOAKED IN FUR by T. F. Walsh – Cover Reveal

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I’m very happy to be participating in the cover reveal for Cloaked in Fur by T. F. Walsh, a paranormal suspense that will be released on August 5th. Keep reading for an excerpt from the book…and now for the cover:

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Cloaked in Fur
T.F. Walsh

Genre: Paranormal Suspense with strong romance elements
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Date of Publication: August 5, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4405-7161-9
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Number of pages: 149
Word Count: 73,000 approx.
Cover Artist: Stephanie Hannus

Book Description:

As a moonwulf, Daciana never expected to fall in love with a human. Hell, she never imagined that she’d abandon her pack, endanger everyone around her, and break the worst rule possible. But she did.

A rogue werewolf is killing Daciana’s friends, and she sets on capturing the creature.  She’ll do whatever it takes to stop the beast. The police and her boyfriend, Inspector Connell Lonescu, are starting to question her involvement in the murders, which is endangering the pack’s secret existence. But when the pack alpha kidnaps Connell, revealing the awful truth about the creature and its connection to the pack, Daciana must choose between saving the man she loves and saving her pack family from certain death.

Opening of Chapter Four:

The phone’s strident ringing woke me up, and I glanced over at the bedside clock blazing 5:13 A.M. Too damn early for anything.

Tempted to dive back under the covers, I checked the caller ID: Connell. Crap. The previous night’s events came pouring back: me turning into a wulfkin outside the full moon, running with the pack all night, collecting my keys from the woods, and ditching Connell again. On top of that, I never retrieved the old books for the elixir. Double crap.

I pushed my legs over the edge of the bed, scrunched the sheet in my fist and answered the call. “Hi.”

“Where are you?” The panic in his voice turned my stomach.

“At home.”

“What happened to you last night?”

My throat dried up as my mind whirred with excuses. “I uncovered something in my research and got stuck into it, not realizing it was past midnight when I checked the clock. I didn’t want to wake you and went straight home. I’m sorry.”

“I suspected you wouldn’t come. Looks like I was right.”

“Come on, Connell, give me a break. I’m working on something majorly important. When you’re on a case and spend nights in the office, I don’t give you shit about it.”

“That’s not what pisses me off. It’s that you never tell me anything. Send me a message if you’re going to be late or not turn up, anything to let me know what’s going on. It feels like you’re only staying with me or until something better comes along.”

“That’s not true. I only want you.”

Silence.

I lowered my head and stared at the dirt beneath my toenails from the previous night’s run.

“I don’t want to talk about this now,” he said. “We found two more bodies this morning. The victims were located on the opposite sides of the city.” He paused. “Why would a wolf bolt across the city after a kill? They attack in packs, don’t they?”

A shiver rippled down my spine, the possibility of two more dracwulf kills made me furious. There was no convincing myself the attacks weren’t related to the others; I felt the truth in my gut. Worse yet, I wondered whether the dracwulf was simply hungry or territorial, and Sandulf had to know. I flopped onto the bed and curled into a ball.

When I gave no response, Connell continued. “I need you to review the reports from the previous attacks today and visit the new scenes to see if you believe it’s the same animal.”

I cringed at the innocent wolves who could lose their lives over Sandulf’s stupidity.

“Your team can test the evidence and see if it’s the same predator without me.”

“We have limited testing resources in this country, so we need your expertise to move things along.”

The way he said “your” sounded full of contempt, and it pained me to hear him talk like that.

“The chief wants a hunting party issued this weekend, preferably with Romania’s Animal Research Institute’s approval. He’s already spoken with your boss, Vasile.”

I climbed up and paced the room, shaking my head. Typical Vasile to agree to anything the cops asked.

“If I could leave you out of this, I would, but I can’t. Trust me, I tried.”

“I appreciate that. Where should we meet?”

“Piaţa Square. Half an hour?”

“I can do that.”

He hung up.

A snarl ripped past my throat at the terrible start to the day. Who could blame Connell for being upset? I’d be livid if he kept avoiding me.

I threw on a pair of Levi’s, boots, and a gray hooded top. The bathroom mirror reflected gray wolf eyes from my recent transformation, and already the silvery color was fading into a darker shade. I pulled every strand of my nest-style hair into a ponytail and rushed outside into the morning twilight.

About the Author:

author photoT.F. Walsh emigrated from Romania to Australia at the age of eight and now lives in a regional city south of Sydney with her husband. Growing up hearing dark fairytales, she’s always had a passion for reading and writing horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and young adult stories. She balances all the dark with light fluffy stuff like baking and traveling.

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Tammy’s 2nd Blogoversary Spectacular! Giveaway Day Two

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Welcome to Day Two of my Blogoversary celebration! Since I completely forgot to celebrate last year, I’m making up for it big time. I have three days of giveaways, and today is Day Two. This giveaway is for all you paranormal romance fans. If you haven’t heard me gush about J. T. Geissinger, well, keep listening. And if you have heard me gush about her, then it won’t surprise you to discover that I love her books. The Night Prowler novels have everything: fantastic world building, hot otherworldly guys, lots of danger, and some pretty, um, sexy sex scenes. These are not young adult books, so if you are a teen reader, this giveaway probably isn’t for you (but stay tuned for tomorrow’s giveaway, because it’s a YA one!).

Today’s giveaway is INTERNATIONAL provided The Book Depository ships to your country (please check here before entering). One winner will get paperback copies of the first three books in the Night Prowler series:

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Leander McLoughlin is leader of the Ikati, an ancient tribe of beautiful, savage shape-shifters who live hidden in the forests of England. Their survival is rooted in secrecy, a secrecy threatened by the very existence of one raised outside the tribe. Charged with capturing her before she can expose their secret, Leander tracks the unsuspecting outsider to Southern California. The great warrior is prepared for a fight ? but not for the effect the courageous young beauty has on his heart. Jenna Moore spent her childhood in hiding, on the run from an unseen enemy. Now her mother is dead and her father has vanished without a trace, leaving Jenna alone to contend with sudden strange, superhuman abilities. When handsome, enigmatic Leander McLoughlin appears, promising answers to all of her questions, she knows she shouldn’t trust him. But their connection is as undeniable as the dangerous destiny drawing her home?

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There exists a world beyond our own. It is a world of ancient magic and well-guarded secrets, a world of strict laws and harsh punishments for those who betray them, a world inhabited by the Ikati, a race of gifted people who are so much more than they first appear. Brought together by fate in this world of danger and beauty, two people with dark pasts will meet.

Morgan is beautiful, smart, sexy…and about to die. Convicted of treason against her shape-shifting kin, she is given one last chance at redemption; discover the hidden lair of the enemy intent on destroying every one of her kind, or forfeit her life.

Xander is ruthless, heartless, cold-blooded…and assigned to kill her if she fails in her task. Expecting to feel nothing but contempt for the traitor under his watch, the assassin accompanies Morgan on her search, but as the two race through the heart of Italy while the clock winds down to zero hour, he finds himself drawn into a dangerous web of desire as powerful as it is forbidden. Their passion will test everything they believe in, and endanger the future of the tribe itself.

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SECRETS…In the hidden world that exists beside our own, a mirror world of ancient magic and elegant deceptions, a world of people who are so much more than they first appear, a war is brewing. Most of these Gifted people—the Ikati, a savage, sensual race of lethal predators—are content to hide behind human smiles, disguising their splendor in order to survive. But others are discontent. And they will hide no longer.

BETRAYALS…Eliana lives for two things only: vengeance on the man who killed her father and seeing her father’s dream of living in the open with humans come to pass. But that dream is far too dangerous for The Hunt, a group of elite Ikati assassins with one objective: eliminate her before she can expose their secrets to the world.

SEDUCTION…Demetrius is haunted by the memory of the woman he once loved. He will risk everything to save her from the killers on her tail…and convince her, before the ancient walls between two worlds crumble, that only together can they defeat their real enemy, a brilliant, cunning traitor far more deadly than either of them can guess.

And if you love these books, the fourth book in the series, Edge of Darkness, comes out this December! Want to win all three? Simply click below to go to the Rafflecopter:

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RAPTURE’S EDGE by J. T. Geissinger – Review

Rapture's Edge 3DRapture’s Edge: A Night Prowler Novel by J. T. Geissinger

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Release date: June 18 2013

Source: Finished copy from publisher

Pages: 425

five stars

In a word: an awesome race of supernatural creatures, toe-tingling romance, a plot full of danger and secrets, and characters that you will fall in love with.

Well, J.T. has done it again! In this third installment of her Night Prowler series, she immerses her readers in the carefully built and stunningly described world of the Ikati, a race of shape-shifters who are descended from Cleopatra and are able to shift into panthers and turn into Vapor. Each book focuses on a different set of characters, who ultimately hook up romantically, but some of the characters from the previous books also make appearances in order to tie the series together. These books are not mere romantic fluff. They are beautifully written and full of dangerous, intriguing and hotter than hell characters! And if you are a newbie to Geissinger’s world, never fear: each book can be read as a stand-alone, as the author does fill in the important parts of the world building that you might have missed.

Rapture’s Edge is Eliana and Demetrius’ story and mostly takes place in the mysterious Catacombs of Paris. Eliana, a full-blooded Ikati who is able to transform into a panther, turn to Vapor at will, and blend into the shadows so as to seem nearly invisible, has been living in Paris for the past three years after fleeing her home in Rome where she lived as little more than a prisoner. She and her brother Caesar live with Silas and several other Roman Ikati who have also left Rome. Eliana uses her Ikati skills to earn money fighting in the catacombs (like a fight club) and as a thief stealing precious jewels and art, which she gives to her human friend Gregor to sell for her. But one night, on a mission to steal a Degas from the Louvre, Eliana is caught and taken in for questioning. Unfortunately, the men who have arrested her suspect she is something more than human, and they will do anything to find out her secrets.

Demetrius (referred to in the story as “D”) is in Rome when he has a prophetic dream that Eliana is in danger, and without much thought he races to Paris to save her. But seeing D again only makes Eliana angry, since he betrayed her in Rome three years ago. Long buried feelings have a way of rising to the surface, however, and the sparks between the two begin to fly as they try to evade danger, stop an evil plot from brewing, and try to keep from killing each other whenever they are together.

I fell back into this series with a happy sigh and barely came up for air until I’d turned the last page. Geissinger’s settings are always so romantic and intriguing, and this book is no exception. I loved the Catacombs as a setting (check out these photos—this is a real place, guys!). It gave the characters lots of tunnels and nooks to hide in while they were being chased!

Geissinger writes characters that are bigger than life—and yes, a bit over-the-top—but every bulging muscle and smoldering glance leads to some very epic romantic moments. The sexual tension between D and Eliana sizzles, and it’s a long time before the reader gets any kind of, um, release, which is a good thing. You won’t find any insta-love in Rapture’s Edge. Eliana spends at least half the book hating D with a fiery passion, and she’s got a good reason to do so (at least she thinks she does!). But when she finally caves in to her reluctant longing for D, you can practically hear sweeping music in the background. And D isn’t the only male who wants Eliana. Just about every guy in the story, human or otherwise, seems to be in love with her, which makes for some interesting choices. I personally wanted her to go for Gregor, her enterprising human friend who saves her more than once, and I’m hoping he gets more story time in the next book. (Oh my God, I hope there’s going to be a Next Book!)

And let’s not forget the bad guys, who are extremely bad and keep Eliana, D and their friends on their toes, trying to stay alive. There are evil plots afoot, plots that could end the Ikati’s secret existence and wreak havoc on the lives of humans everywhere. Eliana’s conniving brother Caesar and his equally evil advisor Silas bring a true Shakespearian quality to this story. We’re also introduced to The Hunt, a group of assassins who are sent by the Ikati Queen in England to kill Eliana and D, and they give us some nail-biting “How the hell are they going to get out of this one?” moments.

Secrets, betrayal, danger, misunderstandings, pulse-pounding action, buried longings, emotional angst and toe-curling sexual tension—Rapture’s Edge has all this and more. Where some books only come close to giving readers the complete package, the Night Prowler books succeed every time.

Many thanks to the publisher for supplying a review copy. Find Rapture’s Edge and J.T. Geissinger here:

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SILENCING BREATH by Joanne Brothwell – Review + Giveaway!

I was so happy when Joanne asked me to read and review the second book in her romantic paranormal Stealing Breath series, Silencing Breath. Keep reading after my review to learn about another book of Joanne’s, and you can also enter to win one of (3) e-books of Silencing Breath!

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Silencing Breath by Joanne Brothwell

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

Release date: March 15 2013

Source: e-book from author

Pages: 278

four stars

In a word: sexy, disturbing, violent, and full of nail-biting tension

I read the first book in this series, Stealing Breath, last August, so I was a little worried that I wouldn’t remember enough details to easily get back into the story of Sarah and Evan and the Skinwalkers. But if you have not yet read Stealing Breath, you can still enjoy Silencing Breath, since the author fills in many of the blanks as she goes along in a very unobtrusive way. I think I enjoyed this installment even more, although I wasn’t prepared for some of the extreme graphic violence. But the pages flew by very fast, and I reached the end before I knew it.

The book opens four years after the events in Stealing Breath, and we find Sarah and Evan happily cohabitating and celebrating their recent engagement. Sarah and Evan have a special bond: she is an Indigo Child and has the ability to not only feel other people’s emotions, but to help heal negative thoughts. Evan is a Sapphire Child, and when the two of them touch, they are a powerful force. Both of them have finally recovered from attacking Skinwalkers, followers of black magic that are able to leave their bodies and steal the souls of others. Sarah’s soul is particularly potent due to her Indigo Child status, and she and Evan barely escaped the Skinwalkers at the end of Stealing Breath.

The couple is deliriously happy and relieved that Evan’s evil brother Stefano is no longer a threat. But not too surprisingly, that happiness is about to end, when Evan disappears one day without a trace. Sarah calls upon her besties Amber and Kate (who are aware of Sarah’s powers and privy to the badness of Skinwalkers) to help her find Evan, and before you know it, the girls are once again mixed up in the evil-doings of Evan’s family. Stefano, an evil necromancer, has decided to bring his father Alesandro back from the dead (in a very creepy scene, I might add), and father and son are determined to make Evan pay for leaving his evil ways behind and joining Sarah in the light. What follows is a fast-paced race as the girls, along with some prison guard friends of Kate, search for Evan and try to stay alive long enough to get him safely out of Alesandro’s clutches.

Fair warning to the reader: there are some very bloody and disturbing torture scenes in this book that I wasn’t expecting. This caught me off guard a bit because I don’t think the first book was this violent. Alesandro is a terrifyingly evil creature. He demands complete obedience from those around him, and he’s willing to do anything to get it. The book is filled with descriptions of black magic, much of which involve cutting and stabbing with very large and nasty weapons. Sarah is so focused on doing whatever it takes to get Evan back, that she ignores the obvious traps that Stefano and Alesandro have set for her and brazenly drags her friends into danger not once, but multiple times.

There are some sexy scenes between Sarah and Evan, at least in the beginning before they are separated. I love the relationship they have, and the fact that they’ve been together for four years and are still wildly in love is a charmingly romantic element. But their love is tested, and even by the end we’re not certain if things will work out for the couple. It’s just another example of how well the author uses tension to unsettle the reader. She did throw in some romantic tension between Sarah and a man named Alex (who is helping the girls find Evan), and I was a little worried a love triangle was brewing, but it didn’t really go anywhere.

Brothwell’s prose is wonderfully descriptive and was a joy to read.  She sets her characters up in some very emotional situations, and I felt each one was completely believable. The emotions and tensions run high throughout most of the story, because no one is really safe in Silencing Breath. The author throws in a few twists to keep you guessing, and some characters are deceptively hiding their true natures. Aside from some confusing logistics near the end of the story that slowed the pace a bit for me, the book ends too soon and leaves us with unanswered questions. I’m hoping Joanne is hard at work on Book Three! If you love paranormal romance and can stomach some brutal torture scenes, I highly recommend this book.

Many thanks to the author for supplying a review copy.

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Joanne BrothwellAbout the author:

Joanne Brothwell lives in the country on the Canadian prairie where her stories are inspired by the dead things that appear at her doorstep on a daily basis. Of course, her two pets, a retired police dog with titanium fangs and a feral barn cat missing two toes, make the safety of surrounding wildlife, at best, uncertain.

Joanne is known to daydream, and ever since grade school has been accused of having a poor attention span. The truth is, Joanne has an alternate reality inside her head, where characters speak to her, sometimes so loudly (and incessantly) she just can’t hear anything else!

You can rest assured you’ll see much more of Joanne’s writing in the future, as those characters in her head, having tasted the sweet freedom of release, simply refuse to be silenced!

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Just can’t get enough Joanne Brothwell? Her book Forest of the Forsaken: The Witch’s Snare is also available now:

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In this eerie adaptation of Hansel and Gretel, the fairy tale ending may be far from happy.Following her mother’s death to cancer, Meg’s world crashes in around her. Her father re-marries within weeks of their loss, her witch step-mother is cold and rejecting, and her new step-brother, Joey, has some rather unusual sexual preferences. Meg’s only hope is to move away and leave her father and the tainted memories behind.When her father forces her to attend his honeymoon with this new and unwanted blended family, Meg finds herself in the remote wilderness of the Rocky Mountains, miles from civilization. Meg begins to see things in the forbidding forest—strange, unexplainable things she believes are the result of compounding stress. But when her father and step-mother disappear, leaving Meg and Joey to fend for themselves, lost and without supplies, she realizes her paranormal visions are not merely her imagination after all.

Meg’s knows of the dangerous and tortured demons of Joey’s past but her heart can’t resist him. Bound together in desperation and fear, their romance blooms bright and all-consuming despite the evil magic of the formidable forest.

Will Meg and Joey find their way back to civilization? Or will their love wither in submission to the shadows within the Forest of the Forsaken?

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And now for the giveaway! Joanne is kindly offering (3) e-book copies of Silencing Breath, and the giveaway is international! Simply fill out the form below to enter. You get one free entry for giving us your name and email, and you can get extra entries by tweeting, following, or commenting. Please note: this book is suggested for older readers, age 17+. Giveaway will end on April 25 at midnight, Pacific Time. Good luck!

This giveaway is now over. Thank you to everyone who entered! The three winners are: Annah Schoonover, Michelle Koerner, and Amel Armeliana!

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THE DEVIL’S TRIANGLE by Toni De Palma – Review

The Devil's TriangleThe Devil’s Triangle by Toni De Palma

Genre: Teen Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

Release date: February 2013

Source: e-ARC from publisher

Pages: 216

four stars

In a word:  laugh-out-loud funny, romantic, character-driven and exciting.

I had such fun reading The Devil’s Triangle, an entertaining story about second chances and the lengths one might go to for love. I was a bit worried when I started reading, since the story begins after our main character, Cooper Wanderman, has died and is facing St. Peter at the Pearly Gates.  I really wasn’t looking forward to reading a book crowded with morality lessons, and I hoped it wasn’t going to get too heavy-handed and preachy. But my fears were laid to rest, happily. Although De Palma clearly has a message to impart, I was too thoroughly caught up in the story and the engaging relationships and characters to worry about the author’s agenda.

The story begins in Purgatory, as newly deceased Cooper faces a beautiful girl named Lucy (who just happens to be Lucifer’s sister) who is about to decide the future of his afterlife. Lucy seems to have a heart, however, and she agrees to give Cooper one more chance at a shot in Heaven. All he has to do is go back to Earth for one month and help a girl named Grace. Easier said than done, however, because when Cooper wakes up in his new life, he doesn’t recognize anyone, even though everyone knows him. Cooper does his best to fit in to his new role as a high school football star and get to know his new family, including an older brother named Ryan and a mother and father who make him feel loved and welcome, a far cry from his old life as a foster kid. Cooper soon finds Grace, the girl he’s meant to help, but he doesn’t have any idea what kind of help she needs.

When Cooper realizes that a bully named Blake is dating Grace against her will, he thinks he may have found his mission: to help Grace get out of an abusive relationship. But why does Grace seem so familiar to Cooper? And why do memories of an unfamiliar life keep intruding into his memories from his other life? It may seem confusing, but De Palma takes all these story elements and weaves them together, and the outcome may surprise you.

Although Cooper’s adventures on Earth and the meddling Lucy and Lucifer up above mingle throughout the story, it was the action on the ground that really kept me reading. I found it much more interesting to observe as Cooper slowly figures out what his purpose is and how he is able to change his destiny, as well as the destinies of his friends and family. But when he occasionally speaks out loud to Lucy, who is presumably watching him from “above,” I was jarred out of the story. Even though Lucy appears to be part of the “triangle” of the book title, and her purpose in the story is to play “puppeteer” with Cooper’s destiny, I thought she was one of the weaker characters and could have been developed more. All of the earthly characters are well drawn and I loved spending time with them, but the sections that take place in Purgatory made me uncomfortable, and just like Cooper, I wanted to get out of there as soon as I could.

De Palma’s dialog is pretty funny, and I thought Cooper and his friends sounded like typical high school students, and there were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. A few metaphors did make me cringe, however, and I wasn’t sure if it was the author’s voice coming through, or Cooper’s sense of humor. Lines like “My tongue sat in my mouth as still as a lizard sunning itself” and “My dreams flew at me like a gaggle of geese desperately flying out-of-the-way of a plane’s propeller” made me laugh, but to me they felt out-of-place. When a line is so bizarre that it takes you out of the story while you try to visualize the metaphor, in my opinion it’s a line that needs to be cut.

And yes, there is some romance in the story, because Cooper’s driving force to help Grace is based on love. The author does a great job adding romance in just the right amount so that she doesn’t scare off male readers, while also showing the seedier side of high school relationships, like the one between Blake and Grace, which is about power and control rather than love. De Palma will keep you reading until the satisfying resolution at the end, and this short story may seem all too brief when you’re finished.

Many thanks to the author and publisher for supplying a review copy.

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AWAKEN by Jaime Gerard – Sneak Peek!

I’m very happy to be participating in a special SNEAK PEEK for Jaime Guerard’s soon-to-be-released Awaken! Keep reading for a “sneak peek” from the book. Here’s the stunning cover:

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Title: Awaken

Author: Jaime Guerard

Expected release date: March 15, 2013

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Thriller

Age Group:  Young Adult; 14 – 20+

Cover Designer: B Design;  http://bdesignpublishingservices.wordpress.com/

Event organized by: AToMR Tours

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17281806-awaken

Book Description:

Three things run through my mind at this very moment…

ONE, my life as I once knew it will never be the same.

TWO, the person I’m in love with might not even exist.

THREE, the deception that has unfolded before me has the power of life and death.

Sixteen year old, Breanna Davis, has heard the saying; life isn’t always what it seems…well, that saying rings true now more than ever. As horrifying visions appear before her, revealing tragedies that will forever change the fate of those she loves, she realizes that she may be the only person who can stop them from becoming reality.

Amongst the chaos of this new discovery, Bre is faced with a stranger, Eve, who moves in on Bre’s friends and begins to follow her every move. As Eve’s true motives begin to surface, Bre must fight against, not only the visions, but the dangers Eve holds close.

There is another secret kept- Collin, a boy held captive in Bre’s dreams, the boy she is secretly falling in love with but isn’t sure he even exists. As she tries to make it work with Austin, an old friend who could possibly be more, Bre battles against her feelings for Collin.

Bre is faced with an almost impossible decision, to choose her life or follow her destiny.  If she doesn’t intercede, people will certainly die. If she does, her own life could be at stake. In the end, if she fails, she’ll lose everything.

About the Author:

Jaime Guerard - Copy (2)Jaime grew up in a small town in Northern California. Having a passion for dance and music, never would she have thought herself to become an author.

In late 2008, a story was born and a writer was developed. Jaime found the pieces of her novel beginning to take form and soon she had a full novel in her hands. Awaken is Jaime’s first published novel. With many features still in the works, this debut novel is just a taste of the action-packed romantic thrillers to come from this aspiring new author.

Jaime is a committed wife and mother of 3, who loves life and doesn’t take anything for granted.

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And now for a special Sneak Peek:

PROLOGUE

I stood there, silently watching him, my mind willing me to move forward, but my body remained frozen. My heart began to beat heavily, the way it always does when he comes into view.  He was just ten feet away from me now. I felt lightheaded and found it difficult to breathe.

I decided this time I had to move slowly. I had to focus on slowing down my mind to take everything in.

I took one step closer, studying him carefully. His dark, almost black hair glistened in the descending sun. Even though I wasn’t looking directly at his face just yet, his beauty took my breath away. I felt it coming, one more step and he would know I was here.

I was anxious to see his face again, but unwilling for our encounter to end. I took a deep breath and moved, as if the simple action of taking each step was timed, he turned and rose to his feet, his face blank. I thought my heart was going to race out of my chest. I hoped for a sign this time, some kind of acknowledgment from him. Was he happy to see me? Was I not what he was expecting? What secret thoughts were running through his mind?

I knew the time had come. No more stalling, I had to go to him. I began moving toward the stream where he stood.  This time, I would look directly at him, look into his eyes and make myself known.

“Bre, this is Collin,” a voice introduced me as I approached. Though the voice was somehow familiar, I was oblivious to who had said it. All I cared about was making sure I captured this moment in every detail.  Collin’s deep, royal blue eyes looked into mine and I realized I had never felt like this before.  My nerves flared with an intensity that burned deep within me and held me captive in his gaze. Every bit of him was perfect. His silky hair fell perfectly over each side of his face. Occasionally, a strand or two would move gently across his forehead and dance along his eyes. His shirt melted into his chest, making it impossible for me to ignore the definition of his body.

He slowly lifted his hand, gesturing for me to take it. “It’s nice to meet you Bre.” His bright smile stretched across his mouth as he waited for me to respond.

I swallowed, knowing what was going to happen next. I tried again to slow my mind down even more, pleading with myself to make this moment last. When I couldn’t hold on any longer, I reached out my hand in one last attempt to succeed. But I failed, and woke up.

Sounds intriguing, right? I want to thank AToMR Tours for bringing this special Sneak Peek to you today!

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GUARDIANS OF STONE Interview with Anita Clenney + Giveaway!

Guardians of Stone bigGuardians of Stone (A Relic Seekers Novel Book 1) by Anita Clenney

I’m very excited to welcome Anita Clenney to Books, Bones & Buffy today. I recently reviewed Guardians of Stone (you can read my review here) and I’m so glad I can get some of my questions answered! Keep reading, because after the interview you can enter to win a copy of Guardians of Stone!

Author InterviewWelcome, Anita! I’m so happy to have you here today!

Hi, thanks for having me over! I love talking about my characters:)

I was surprised by how funny and comedic Guardians of Stone was, especially when the three main characters, Kendall, Jake and Nathan, get together in the same room. Did you intend to add comedy to the story, or did it evolve as the characters evolved?

I always have humor in my stories. It just seems to happen. The level depends on the character. It makes sense that I include humor, because I also love a good chuckle when I’m reading, no matter what the genre. 

I have to say, in the romance department, I was left, well, wanting more! I know this is the first book in the series, so dare I ask if the next installment delves a little further into a romantic partner for Kendall?

This romance has a lot of mystery. Even the identity of the hero is a mystery:)  For now. Kendall has strong feelings for each of them and for good reason. The romance will get more intense later on.

Kendall mentions her friend Adam, a boy who died in a plane crash when he was only twelve, several times throughout the story, but we never really get the scoop on him. What made you decide to add the character of Adam to the story, and will we learn more about him in the next book?

Yes, we’ll learn lots more about Adam. He’s very important to the story, and was part of the story almost from the beginning. I love when things aren’t what they seem, and Adam’s part in the story fits.

Guardians of Stone is about relic hunters and collectors. What sort of research was involved in coming up with some of the detailed parts of the story that dealt with historical relics and archeology?

I wish I could say I travel as part of my research, but unfortunately it’s all online. Relics are fascinating to me, so this makes for fun research. I used to think I wanted to be an archaeologist. Sometimes I still do.

I love that Kendall has the unique gift of being able to sense things about objects by touching them. What gave you the idea to use this ability for one of your characters?

Kendall’s character just appeared. I don’t know what triggered it, but I thought it was an amazing, and terrible, gift to have. And so much fun to write.

Just for fun, can you tell us three things about you that can’t be found on your website?

I once crowd surfed at a Slayer concert. (Not one of my finer moments). I have a pile of laundry right now that a large child could get lost in. (Another not-so-grand admission). My first meeting with my husband could have come straight from the pages of a romance. Fate! (A very fine moment!)

So what’s up next for Anita Clenney? Can you give us a glimpse of what you’re currently working on?

I’m working on the next book in the Relic Seeker series. Jake, Kendall, and Nathan will find themselves in England as they search out the second of the four relics. Lots of adventure, mystery, and surprises are in store.

I can’t wait…Thank you for stopping by, Anita!

Anita ClenneyAnita Clenney is the New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author of Awaken the Highland Warrior, the first in the Connor Clan series about Secret Warriors, Ancient Evil, and Destined Love.

Before giving herself over to the writing bug, she worked in a pickle factory, a preschool, booked shows for Aztec Fire Dancers, and has been a secretary, executive assistant, and a real estate agent. She lives with her husband and two children in suburban Virginia.

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And now for the Giveaway! One lucky person will win a copy of Guardians of Stone (paperback). You automatically get one entry for filling out the form, and you can receive extra entries for following & liking Anita and Books, Bones & Buffy in various ways, as well as tweeting! Simply check all that you have done. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, and ends at midnight Pacific Time on Friday December 14.

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