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Quickie Book Review – Lost and Found by Nicole Williams

Lost and Found (Lost and Found, #1)Lost and Found by Nicole Williams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this book! Everything about it is pitch perfect, from the complex cast of characters, to the serene setting and the plot twists… oy! As a introspective nut-case, I also adored the complicated family drama and “deep” moments. For sure, I’ll read more by this author!

Quickie Book Review – Eternal Starling by Angela Corbett

Eternal Starling (Emblem of Eternity, #1)Eternal Starling by Angela Corbett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First, I adored the premise behind this first book of a series. How past lives could potentially influence and come back to bite a gal in her present life… it’s just so intriguing. And the way that the author sets everything up with finesse and craftiness is just so tasty to read.

So what’s a girl to do when the love of your past comes back to claim you? Think you know? Well, you don’t because he’s not the only new/old guy in your life. So how do you choose yet again and how do you know who’s really your soul mate when they both say they are?

I don’t want to reveal any more, so you’ll just have to read it 🙂

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Quickie Book Review – Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings, #1)Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Well, there were parts of this book that I really, really, liked. And others not-so-much. Hayden was done very well and he was definitely my favorite part of the book. There was a time or two where I thought he did or said something a little out of character, but overall I found him swoon-worthy and found myself longing to be under his (tattoo) gun. (insert eyebrow wiggle here)

Tenley, I didn’t like as much. I didn’t hate her, I just didn’t connect with her as much as I would have liked. I can’t put my finger on why that is, though. Perhaps it’s the way she reacts/handles her creepy Adviser or her over-bearing brother-in-law.

Together the couple is good, and I love how the tattoo/ deviant behavior/ pain-linked thing is worked into the story line. The other characters in the book are interesting and colorful, and the writing itself is superb. More than once I wished I was reading a dead-tree book so that I could circle a particularly good line or passage.

My biggest -thumbs-down-dislike was the ending. I mean…holy-cliffhanger. In all fairness, that wasn’t even a cliffhanger in the typical sense. There was no tying-up of issues, no warning whatsoever. I went to turn the page, only there were no more pages. It was like someone left off the last chapter (or several) and because of that the book didn’t feel complete at all. Usually, I don’t mind a cliff-hanger, but this one left a bad taste in my mouth.

**I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley for review purposes.

Quickie Book Review – Fix You by Christine Bell (Bash and Olivia Series)

Fix You, Bash and Olivia Book One (The McDaniels Brothers, #1)Fix You, Bash and Olivia Book One by Christine Bell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fix You is an intriguing start to a series, and I’m anxious to read the next book in line. I love the idea of a girl who starts the book as somewhat of a victim (even if she doesn’t fully realize it at the time)and takes steps to become a victim-no-more. Bonus points when the path to personal power involves a hunky fighter with a heart of gold.

The characters are interesting, the plot is well done and seems to have layers that are yet to be revealed, and the ending had me looking for book two as soon as I had a moment. Thumbs up!

New Covers For Crow Series by Alex Owens

Announcing new covers for Alex’s NA Fantasy series – CROW!

 

 

crow prequel  (july 2013) copy

(Same cover actually, but now the other’s match this one 🙂

***Oh, and BTW, guess what’s free right now on Kobo and iBooks, and Google Books– The Prequel – still waiting on Amazon to price match it seems.

Crow epi 1 final (april 2014)

crow epi 2 final copy

crow epi 3 final copy

(#3 Coming SOON!)

The Crow Series, by Alex Owens is available on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and iBooks – and now on Google Play as well!

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“He’s loved her for thousands of years, but in this lifetime Pia doesn’t remember him… yet.”

 

Quickie Book Review: The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

The Weight of BloodThe Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t say enough good things about this novel. It’s tragic and dark, completely captivating, and full of deep, dark twists. The power of family and betrayal. Of uncovering secrets long buried.

It’s a haunting read, and one that I fell into whole-heartedly, sucked into the story by the finessed prose and swirling ether of tragedy a’coming.

After reading the last line, I laid down my ereader and let the book replay through my mind like a silent film. Dreamed about it again that night. And still, days later the story has stuck with me, which is always a hallmark of a great book.

***PS – Today is the release day for this book, so check it out!

Quickie Book Review – The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The Winter PeopleThe Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fabulously creepy and morose. Bits of this novel remind me of one of the stories in Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King) because it’s similar in tone, creep-factor and historical aspects. So, that alone should tell you to read this, or course.

The story spans decades and involved a host of characters who all end up connected in one way or another by the end. I don’t want to give too much away, but the legend and lore involved in this was pitch-perfect and I loved how the mood built over the course of the story. McMahon may have just become one of my favorite contemporary authors with this one. It’s not to be missed!

***This book is being release today! Hurry, go get it!

Quickie Book Review – The Undiscovered Goddess by Michelle Colston

The Undiscovered GoddessThe Undiscovered Goddess by Michelle Colston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A novel that reads like a funny, inspiring memoir — I was a tad confused in the beginning, but once I stopped questioning if this book was fiction or not, and just got into it, I really enjoyed it. One might say that I was inspired to make a few changes in my life as well. Though I won’t be doing any fruit cleanses any time soon though! (Once you read the book, you’ll understand that reference 🙂

At times hold-your-belly funny, at others poignant and contemplative, this book is recommended for anyone that feels like her life might be ready for an upheaval of sorts!

Quickie Book Review – Tragic by J.A. Huss

Tragic (Rook and Ronin, #1)Tragic by J.A. Huss

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked this novel and I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book in the series. The main characters are complex and cloaked in a bit of personal back-story, some of which should make for interesting moments in future books. Tragic is well-written, pitch-perfect and an indulgent diversion from everyday life.

The Tragic girl, who’s just trying to survive, the Playboy with secrets of his own, the smoldering hot campaign that brings them together. The heat level smolders through out the book, building up to some very satisfying moments later on. Now, on to Book Two (and Sturgis, I presume?).

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Quickie Book Review – Vampire Games by J.R. Rain

Vampire Games (Vampire For Hire, #6)Vampire Games by J.R. Rain

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love watching (er, reading) along with this series as the characters grow and evolve. Samantha and her children are particularly interesting in this book… and Fang, oh, Fang! As usual, the case of the moment was interesting and complex. The more books I read in this series, the more I like Rain and his style of writing. Bring on Book Seven!

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Quickie Book Review – The Wrong Girl by CJ Archer

The Wrong Girl (The 1st Freak House Series, #1)The Wrong Girl by C.J. Archer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s no secret that I’m a paranormal freak, so when I saw there was a series titled Freak House I was all over it. True to its description, this Gothic tale is chock full of mystery, intrigue and freakish unnatural powers. As a side note, I adored the historical type details and found myself easily transported to another time and place while reading it.

It’s well-written and the characters are perfectly developed. The Wrong Girl is a great choice if you want to spend the afternoon fully engrossed in a Gothic mystery with hints of a budding romance and more plot layers than an onion.

I’ll certainly be reading the next book in the series!

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Quickie Book Review – Passion Potion by Mary Beth Daniels

Passion PotionPassion Potion by Mary Beth Daniels

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I rather enjoyed this book. It was fresh, inventive and didn’t take itself too seriously. Other than a few vague references to some steamy stuff (and one actually blazing-hot scene)the rest of this novel felt light and YA-ish.

I was hooked into the mystery and magic fairly quickly. The ferret was a trip and I loved his “character” instantly. For the most part, overall characterization was well done. The players in this novel did have their moments though… Dad was okay with his daughter doing something extremely dangerous, Jet was a little too flippant about the bad men chasing her, and the resolution was a little too convenient and easily committed.

Overall though, I enjoyed this book and the world of magic that the author built. I’ll read more of her work for sure.

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Cover Reveal for Random by Emma Shane

The book is still a work-in-progress (should be available later this summer) but I wanted to take a minute to show off the gorgeous cover for Random, by Emma Shane. What do you guys think?

Random cover (may 2013) copy