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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 – The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank

The Curse Keepers (Curse Keepers, #1)The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a compelling, intricate novel. I thought the way the author wove in the missing settlement from the Outer Banks with native american lore was flipping genius, and the hot/cold chemistry between the main characters kept me on the edge of the page. And then there’s the danger and suspense element. Overall a great read!

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Quickie Book Reveiw – Mistress of Night and Dawn by Vina Jackson

Mistress of Night and DawnMistress of Night and Dawn by Vina Jackson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the vein of The Sleeping Beauty trilogy (Anne Rice writing as A.N. Rolequare- not sure if I spelled that correctly) comes this sensual tale of a young woman’s journey into a hidden world filled with timeless traditions steeped in eroticism and sexual exploration. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is just a spicy novel– no, it is so much more. It has layers, just waiting to be peeled with each turn of the page. Excellent read.

Quickie Book Review – Sadie the Sadist by Zane’ Sachs

Sadie the Sadist: X-tremely Black Humor/HorrorSadie the Sadist: X-tremely Black Humor/Horror by Zané Sachs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dark and Twisty…

I must say, given the grisly subject matter, I’m not sure if I should admit publicly how much I loved this novel. It’s funny, twisted and so sanely-insane that I’m starting to question my own sanity on top of Sadie’s. And I have to throw it out there, I’ll never look at an ear of corn quite the same way again. (shivers) Well done!

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 – Better Off Dead by H.P. Mallory

Better Off Dead (Lily Harper, #1)Better Off Dead by H.P. Mallory

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not was I was expecting, but pleasantly surprised. And Bill, what can I say about him? And he’s just the supporting (sort of) character. I found myself laughing at the oddest times. I’m definitely intrigued by Mallory’s new paranormal series and I can’t wait to see where this journey is taking me. Check it out!

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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 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 – The Shoppe of Spells by Shanon Grey

The Shoppe of SpellsThe Shoppe of Spells by Shanon Grey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very creative, well-written novel with an interesting premise. In fact, it’s one of the more creative and original ones that I’ve read in a while. I loved the magic / otherwordly aspect of it, the suspense kept me up way past my bed time and the central romance was electrifying 😉

Those eyes. That  cave. Those purple-glowing things. FAB!

Def. a recommended read!

Quickie Book Review- Dark Child (Episode One) by Adina West

Dark Child: Episode 1Dark Child: Episode 1 by Adina West

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I started reading this, then switched over to the omnibus edition once I finished the first Episode. This episode has some interesting bits, and a lot of foreshadowing, but I didn’t really get sucked into the story until the very end.

Now, I can say that from the end of this episode, and on into the next episodes, things really get good. There is all sorts of fantasy/ paranormal goodness going on, and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the story takes me!

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Crow: Episode One by Alex Owens – FREE today only on Amazon!

I hope everyone is having a fantastic Memorial Holiday weekend, while still remembering those who sacrificed for the rest of us!

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Just in case you need something to read while enjoying the long weekend, I wanted to let everyone know that Crow: Episode One is FREE today only over on Amazon. (And in case you missed it, Episode Two is now available for only 99-cents as well!)

crow epi one (april 2013)

ALSO, Crow is featured today over on the New Adult Addiction website, so hop over there and show some love! 

Book Review- All The Wild Children by Josh Stallings

All The Wild Children: A noir memoirAll The Wild Children: A noir memoir by Josh Stallings

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been putting off writing a review of this book, because I just don’t think any collection of words that I can come up with will do it justice. It’s good, so very good that I’d like to take it home with me at closing time.

It may be a memoir, but All the Wild Children reads more like a cross-genre novel (hints of literary, suspense, coming of age, etc.) Like Stallings’ other books, the writing in this book is gut-punch powerful. The bit about the boys being home alone when (can’t say…spoiler!) gave me rolling waves of goose-bumps that lasted damn near five minutes.

Despite having a sh*tty lot-of-it as a child, Stallings isn’t blaming anyone, so much as just telling it like it was. And brilliantly, I might add. I don’t even know if that makes sense, but hopefully once you read this memoir you’ll understand.

One thing I loved is the way Stallings spins a phrase. There were several examples in this book, but the one I loved the most is the one that went something like “This will read better then it lived.” Hell, I probably butchered that one too.

So I’m yelling at you now– go read All The Wild Children. Then check out the novels by Stallings. Your gray matter will thank you.

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Quickie Book Review – Witchy Business by Eve Paludan

Witchy Business (Witch Detectives #1)Witchy Business  by Eve Paludan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A quick paranormal read… great characters, interesting setting and details. I was a little irritated by the way the main character Elle, went along with being man-handled by her so called friend… It felt a little too out of character and flimsy. But overall, I was ecstatic to see one of the main tenants of paranormal mythology so morphed into something quite new and original.

Nice way to spend a relaxing spring day outside reading!

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