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New Quickie Release – Saved by the Alpha by Alex Owens

New post up on Alex’s site, announcing the release of her quickie novella Saved By The Alpha! To recap:

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Blurb:

When Roxy Thompson decides to explore the wilderness on horseback, she only intends to be gone a few hours and figures it will be safe enough– as long as she stays on the trails close to the resort. What she doesn’t count on is a mountain lion spooking her horse and then turning its sights on her. A wolf saves her in the nick of time, but it’s the handsome recluse Caleb that nurses her back to health… and then some.

On Sale for only 99-cents now, or borrow the book for free with your Kindle Unlimited subscription!

Read the full post on Alex’s site here.

Quickie Book Review – Goddess Born by Kari Edgren

Goddess BornGoddess Born by Kari Edgren

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a great, well-written novel with historical, fantastical and romantical (couldn’t help myself there, sorry) elements, all blended perfectly. The characters were imaginative and well-formed and the underlying danger and suspense kept me turning the pages well into the night. Recommended!

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Quickie Book Review – Caged Wolf by S.M. Reine

Caged Wolf (The Tarot Witches, #1)Caged Wolf by S.M. Reine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love, love, loved this book. I’ve read other kick-ass books by Reine in the past and I do think this one might just be my favorite so far.

The setting is so well done, I could practically feel the gritty desolation on my skin. And the cast of characters are imperfect, flawed, scarred and utterly believable. The plot itself is full of tension, intrigue and the feeling that something-magical is afoot. Of course, as the first book in the series not all was resolved… but I didn’t feel like I was left hanging by the ending.

And last, but not least, was the blazing hot romance buried within the story. It was as hot as a Harley sitting in the noon-day sun and pushed just enough boundaries to make the moments unforgettable 🙂

Read it, seriously!

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

Quickie Book Review – Grimm Consequences by Kate SeRine

Grimm Consequences (Transplanted Tales, #1.5)Grimm Consequences by Kate SeRine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love the fantastical world building in this series! I mean, who wouldn’t– it has Tales (fairy tale characters, transplanted to our realm and living under the radar.)The plot of this one was good and fast-paced, and we get to see a bit more about Nate and Red. Recommended!

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New Covers For Crow Series by Alex Owens

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

 

 

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(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.

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(#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 – Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb

Witchstruck (The Tudor Witch Trilogy, #1)Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All in all, Witchstruck was a compelling, well-written YA novel about a young witch in Tudor England. The historical aspects rang true and were quite captivating to fall into, and while I liked some of the characters more than others, as a whole the cast was rounded out nicely.

The “magic” in this novel was both typical and non-traditional, which I found to be a welcome creative risk. There is danger, conspiracy and testing of family loyalties. And of course, there is romance– but it’s more of the “PG” variety at this point. Perhaps future books in this trilogy will allow that relationship to grow and mature?

Oh, and don’t discount this book if you don’t typically read YA– adults will find more than enough reasons to like this book as well!

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Quickie Book Review – The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

The Angel Stone (Fairwick Chronicles, #3)The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The product description is apt– fans of Deborah Harness will enjoy this book because of it’s multi-layered tapestry of magic, love and time travel. Not to mention that the heroine in both series has a scholarly profession. From there though, I’d say the similarities end.

Once again, I’ve read a series book without reading the prior books, but my lack of knowledge didn’t hamper my enjoyment while reading this book. I didn’t get too lost along the way, though I’m sure I would have been a little more emotionally invested in the central love story if I’d read the other two books first.

I truly enjoyed the Scottish/ Fae / Historical aspects of this novel, especially in relation to the “olde tales” discussed throughout. The magical elements were well done and creative, and the writing was seamless. It’s safe to say I was sucked into this novel fairly quickly, and once I was done I was done (several hours later- I’m fast like that)I was sad, like the end of my favorite series had come and gone.

Now, to go back and read the first two books!

(ARC received via Netgalley for review purposes.)

BOOK PUBLICATION DATE : September 3, 2013

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New Release – Crow: The Prequel by Alex Owens

It’s live! Crow: The Prequel is now available on Amazon. While the rest of the Crow episodes are modern-day and told from both Beylin & Pia’s viewpoints, the prequel goes back in time by about a hundred years– to one of Pia’s past lives– and is told solely from Beylin’s perspective so that you can get to know him better! ❤

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BLURB:

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

This prequel to the first episode of the Crow series is focused on giving readers a glimpse into one of Pia’s past lives and to show Beylin hard at work as a Memory Stealer and Soul Bearer.

SERIES BLURB:

Cassiopeia “Pia” Alexander is floundering. She can’t pick a college major, her love life is virtually non-existent and the only thing good in her life seems to be her job as an Animal ER Nurse. Even that doesn’t feel like enough, though.

Beylin Callaghan belongs to the Brotherhood, who give souls a winged-ride from one life to the next and remove the memories from each soul so that they have a fresh slate in their new incarnations.

But he’s keeping a secret– a secret that when exposed, will bind Pia’s fate to his own. For better or worse.

***On a side note, I’d recommend reading this one first before going on to the first few episodes that are already available 🙂

P.S. For two days only (7/14 – 7/15) the first three installments will be FREE on Amazon. That’s right, you can grab the new Prequel, as well as Episodes One and Two. Feel free to spread the word too!! 🙂

Amazon Links:

Crow: The Prequel

Crow: Episode One

Crow: Episode Two

Quickie Book Review – Forbidden Fruit by Ann Aguirre

Forbidden Fruit (Corine Solomon, #3.5)Forbidden Fruit by Ann Aguirre

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to start by saying that I didn’t realize this was part of an ongoing series (but that’s not accurate either, since this seemed to be more of an off-shoot from the original series)and my lack of insight left me a little in the dark. AND it’s the reason I almost knocked it down to a 3-star review, because the novella didn’t feel like a complete work.

The uniqueness of the story line and the quirkiness of the main character was refreshing, the mystery compelling, and the heat factor was smoking hot.

In the end, I truly liked the characters and plotting too much to just give the book a “like” — and it’s not the author’s fault I’m a dunce and didn’t read the other books first.

So I’m giving it a qualified 4-star — but you really do need to read the other books first! Do as I say, not as I do! M’kay?

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Quickie Book Reviews – Witch Bound by Eleri Stone

Witch Bound (Twilight of the Gods, #2)Witch Bound by Eleri Stone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although this novel is the second in this fantasy series, it stands alone well enough that I didn’t feel lost. I will certainly go back and read the first one now, so that I can wallow in the details that were hinted at in this book.

Now, I’d call this fantasy with a historical (mythology) bent, with the added bonus of a neatly set-up love triangle. It’s also the story of a young woman coming into her self and her power, so as such the novel has an uplifting quality to is as well.

Witch Bound is well-written and compelling. I loved the magic system and mythological details that were sewn into the story line. The romance bits weren’t half-bad either. Especially the chemistry between the the ones who weren’t supposed to be attracted to each other.

It’s a must read!

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Quickie Book Review – Along Came a Spider by Kate SeRine (Releases Aug 1,2013)

Along Came a Spider (Transplanted Tales, #3)Along Came a Spider by Kate SeRine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book doesn’t come out until the first of August, but I’m likely to forget to review it then, so I’ll do it now!

I really like the world-building and the characters in this novel. The Tales (that’s fairy tale folk, for you guys not in the know) have been transplanted from their realm to our world full of Ordinaries (you and me) and are just trying to fit in and fly under the radar.

Add some power-tripping jerks with badges, a psychotic vampire, fairy-dust trafficking, and a few other familiar surprises, and you have all the makings of a great paranormal read, even without the hotter-than-hot chemistry between the Spider and lil’ Miss Muffet!

I definitely recommend this book for fans of paranormal action/romance!

**I received a review copy of this book via NetGalley for review purposes. No monies were exchanged.**

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Quickie Book Review – Harvest Moon by Krista D. Ball

Harvest MoonHarvest Moon by Krista D. Ball

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I adored many things about this novella, from the way the author approached the mystic elements, to how she handled the gender-bending moments and fully-fleshed characterization. I’ll certainly read more by the author in the future!

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Crow: Episode Two Now Available (New Adult Fantasy Series by Alex Owens)

It’s early, even. Check it out!

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About the Crow Series:

Cassiopeia “Pia” Alexander is just your typical college student. She can’t pick a major, her love life is virtually non-existent and the only thing good in her life seems to be her job as an Animal ER Nurse. Even that doesn’t feel like enough, though.

Beylin Callaghan is one of the Brotherhood tasked to give souls a winged-ride from one life to the next, and to remove the memories from each soul so that they can start with a fresh slate in their new incarnations.

But he’s keeping a secret– a secret that when exposed, will bind Pia’s fate to his own. For better or worse.

Links:

Crow: Episode One (5/19/2013)

Crow: Episode Two (5/23/2013)

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About the Author:

Alex Owens is a woman with little free time, which means she stays up all hours of the night putting pen to paper. By day she’s June Cleaver in jeans, and by night she writes. Somewhere in the middle of all that she finds time to tend ‘dem babies, fry up the bacon and curl up with a good book (or ten), much to the chagrin of her family. She’s currently at work on her paranormal Blood Chord Series and the New Adult fantasy series, Crow.