Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Unraveling by Laurel Wanrow (The Luminated Threads, #1)

The Unraveling
by Laurel Wanrow

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: Sprouting Star Press
Genre: Steampunk | Fantasy | Historical
Print Length: 303 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 
 In 1868 England, the competition to control agriculture is fierce…
…and nobody says no to Derby’s industrial magnate.

Except Annmar Masterson. The nineteen-year-old rejects his improper advances and instead takes an advertising position on a farm. She discovers the isolated valley is home to gifted species—including animal and plant shifters—who hide their lives from the rest of England. The blue threads only she sees on their clockwork machinery prove her heritage is rooted with theirs, but their world is so different that Annmar doesn't know if she'll ever belong.

Shapeshifter Daeryn Darkcoat blames himself for the death of his mate and swears he won't be responsible for another pack. But when the farm he loves falls victim to an endless run of strange pests eating the crops, he joins the hunt, taking charge of an unruly team of predator shifters. In the midst of the battle, Annmar stirs feelings he can’t resist.

As Annmar becomes entangled in the fight against the pests, and with Daeryn, she discovers her magic might help…if she can learn to use it properly. If not, she’ll be forced to leave the people she has come to care for and become what she fears most: nothing more than another cog in the magnate’s gears.

THE UNRAVELING is a full-length novel, approximately 350 pages, for readers 18+ (new adult and older). This is Volume 1 of THE LUMINATED THREADS, a steampunk fantasy romance. To be notified of the releases of Volume 2 (fall, 2015) and Volume 3 (winter 2015/16)

  
 The Unraveling by Laurel Wanrow

The Unraveling (The Luminated Threads #1)Talk about the sparkle and shine of something just a little different in the world of steampunk, fantasy and romance! The Unraveling by Laurel Wanrow is the first in a serialized series that has set a high bar for this talented author to beat in the future! Step back into 19th century England where one talented, nineteen-year-old young woman stiffens her spine against a lecherous businessman, jeopardizing her job, only to be offered another position doing advertising for a small and mysterious valley whose produce is prized across the land. What is the secret to such delightful wares for this isolated valley? Are the inhabitants gifted? Each has an affinity for a necessary job to be done and they work together, proving there is no "I" in teamwork. For Annmar, a case of mistaken identity opens a new world where she finds her true roots and magic of her own gift that comes to life when she draws.

Meanwhile, shifter Daeryn, head of security finds his nightmares of the past coming back full force as his heart warms to the beautiful and seemingly delicate Annmar. Together, they play tug-of-war with their emotions, as Annmar’s newly found roots give her the mettle to be a woman far ahead of her time!

The Unraveling by Laura Wanrow is full of the atmosphere of the steampunk era, the fairytale feel of magical gifts and the joy of belonging in a small, but special world. Her characters will warm your heart with their caring, have you hissing at the villains and wanting to be part of the magic of this special valley where everyone watches out for and cares about one another. Can you imagine a fruit tree having a name and a personality, or even a tiny magical guardian? Yep, truly delightful reading with a hint of romance, heat and intrigue! This is fun, fresh and fanciful reading that makes escaping reality like a the best vacation ever

I received this copy from Laurel Wanrow in exchange for my honest review.


Primal Heat by A.C. Arthur (Shadow Shifters, #6)

Primal Heat
by A.C. Arthur

My rating: 3.5 stars

Series: The Shadow Shifters - Book 6
Pulication Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN 9781250042934
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Print Length: 336 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble (unavailable at posting)
 
In the savage world of shapeshifters desire can be as dangerous as nature itself....
As bodyguard to the most powerful shapeshifter in the human world, Shadow Shifter, Eli Preston has sworn to protect his leader, defend their alliance, and keep his darker instincts in check. But when a beautiful female trainee arouses his jaguar senses, there is no stopping the beast within. He must have her. Even if it jeopardizes the deadliest mission of his life...
When the heat is on-and the claws come out-the heart is the fiercest hunter...


For six years, Nivea has been waiting for Eli to take her in his arms, unleash his animal urges, and claim her as his mate. But once their passion is unleashed-in a reckless moment of pure unbridled lust-nothing can ever be the same. The battlelines are drawn: man versus animal, shapeshifter versus shapeshifter. And Eli must be prepared to fight for his life-and his love-or he will lose Nivea forever...in Primal Heat by A.C. Arthur.

 
 Primal Heat by A.C. Arthur

Primal Heat (The Shadow Shifters, #6)When love and lust are in the air, the primal beast surfaces, just ask Eli, guard to the most powerful shifter in the world, whose jaguar senses are now on high alert, ready to go feral for the new trainee who is strictly off limits. No matter the cost he must have her. Nivea wants Eli, their passions and inner beasts are alive and bristling, but duty comes first. Will Eli ever give in and take who he wants? How long must Nivea wait? If they give in to their sexual needs, will there be consequences?

Primal Heat by A.C. Arthur is part of a larger series, but may also be read as a standalone, so says the media kits! Me, I’m not so sure. You know that fresh-baked apple pie you are craving? What if the pie were missing a big chunk or maybe just one key ingredient that brings it all together for you? Not having read previous books in this series left that thread of a great connection frayed. BUT, let me tell you, A.C. Arthur can write action, turmoil and lava-hot scenes that can blister your eyeballs and leave your mind overheating! Just from this one book, I can tell, this is a series I need to read, possibly in winter, when the raw shifter heat will be a fierce deterrent to the cold winds!

I received this ARC edition from St. Martin's Press in exchange for my honest review.





Iron and Blood by Gail z. Martin & Larry Martin


Iron & Blood
Written by: Gail Z. Martin and Larry Martin
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Solaris
Publication Date; July 7, 2015
Rating: 3.5 Stars
ISBN-10: 1781083118
ISBN-13: 978-1781083116
Genre: Steampunk Fantasy

A Steampunk novel set in the fictional city of New Pittsburgh.

New Pittsburgh in 1898, a crucible of invention and intrigue, the hub of American industry at the height of its steam-driven power. Born from the ashes of devastating fire, flood and earthquake, New Pittsburgh is ruled by the shadow government of The Oligarchy. In the abandoned mine tunnels beneath the city, supernatural creatures hide from the light, emerging to feed in the smoky city known as 'hell with the lid off.'

Jake Desmet and Rick Brand, heirs to the Brand & Desmet Import Company, travel the world to secure treasures and unusual items for the collections of wealthy patrons, accompanied by Jake's cousin, Veronique 'Nikki' LeClerque. Smuggling a small package as a favor for a Polish witch should have been easy. But when hired killers come after Jake and a Ripper-style killer leaves the city awash in blood, Jake, Rick and Nikki realize that dark magic, vampire power struggles and industrial sabotage are just a prelude to a bigger plot that threatens New Pittsburgh and the world. Stopping that plot will require every ounce of Jake's courage, every bit of Rick's cunning, every scintilla of Nikki's bravura and all the steampowered innovation imaginable.
Iron & BloodIron & Blood by Gail Z. & Larry Martin

One part old magic, one part steampunk and one part action adventure is the recipe for Iron & Blood.

Jake and Rick are attacked while acquiring a difficult item for a collector, but it seems the attack is not just focused on their mission but their family at its core. With a terrible loss, They return home with their cousin Nikki in tow.

They must discover the plot behind the machination for power before more family members are killed. Traversing a slipper path between magic, mechanics and politics the team is up against a cunning foe that could destroy all they hold dear.

Martin has created a descriptive and unique steampunk world for the story of Iron & Blood. It is kind of a mash up of paranormal, steampunk and action adventure with a treasure hunting twist. I especially enjoyed the commemoratory that is clear between the family members and the partnership. 3.5 Stars.

I received this ARC copy of Iron & Blood from Rebellion - Solaris in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication July 7, 2015.



Sweet as Sin by J. T. Geissinger (Bad Habit #1)


Sweet as Sin
Written by: J. T. Geissinger
Series: Bad Habit
Sequence in Series: Book 1
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Rating: 4 Stars
ISBN-10: 1477830863
ISBN-13: 978-1477830864

For a feisty young woman and a rock star god, love and rock 'n' roll don't mix--they ignite.

Twenty-something Kat Reid is loving life as an in-demand Hollywood makeup artist. She has absolutely no interest in rock ’n’ roll, but in order to pay the mortgage, she agrees to work on the set of a rock video for the world-famous rockers known as Bad Habit…which brings her face-to-face with Nico Nyx, lead singer of Bad Habit and Adonis in the flesh.

However, the fiercely independent Kat isn’t impressed by the hard-living, womanizing rock star. But when Nico’s model girlfriend shows up to the set drunk and Kat is tapped to replace her as the video’s sexy bride, her combustible chemistry with Nico suddenly threatens to consume the set. Nico feels it, too—and becomes determined to win Kat over, body and soul. Yet behind his rock god swagger, Nico hides a dark secret. Can he rock Kat’s world forever, or will he just break her heart?
Sweet as Sin (Bad Habit, #1)Sweet as Sin by J.T. Geissinger

Hard loving rocker falls almost immediately for a snarky make-up artist that doesn't want to give him the time of day.

When Kat Reid is called to work on the set for a famous rock band making a video she is sucked into becoming a stand in for the lead rockers lady when the model is too drugged up to perform.

This story has equal parts growling alpha, laugh out loud friend antics and some crazy groupie instances. But for all the fun and games it also tackles a whopper of a secret that will definitely not be for the light hearted reader.

This story had me laughing out loud to cringing from the severity of the blows that rush the characters way.

Absolutely entertaining, Sweet as Sin is sure to be a huge hit with the contemporary romance fans.

I received this ARC copy of Sweet as Sin from Amazon Publishing - Montlake Romance in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication July 14, 2015.






We have three ebook winners in THE BARGAIN Re-Release Blast

The Giveaway Winners of 
WINGING IT by Christine Feldman are:

Hope
Jo-Anne
Crystal


the bargain
by Christine S. Feldman
Paperback: 184 pages
Publisher: Crimson Romance
January 15, 2014
ISBN-10: 1440569053
ISBN-13: 978-1440569050
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Tomboy Shannon Mahoney has always been a lot more comfortable with things like power tools than she is with high heels or lipstick, and she often wishes she could reinvent herself and finally tell her perfect boss, Drew Kingston, that she has had a crush on him since high school. But she is just as tongue tied and awkward around him now as she ever was, and long-familiar patterns are hard things from which to break free…

Until one day Drew’s estranged older brother Michael comes to town, bringing with him a surprising opportunity for Shannon.

Ladies’ man Michael is a former bad boy looking for redemption. He is desperate to atone for past mistakes that he made with his family, but younger brother Drew has cut him out of his life and refuses to even speak to him. Which means Michael needs help getting to Drew.

And so he approaches Shannon with a proposition: if she will get Drew to agree to hear him out, Michael will mentor Shannon in how to win his brother’s heart. Suspicious of Michael’s motives, Shannon initially enters into the bargain just to make sure Michael isn’t actually in town to cause trouble for Drew, but the two unlikely allies are surprised to discover that despite butting heads at first, they are beginning to enjoy each other’s company far more than either of them expected.


And Shannon starts to realize that maybe love isn’t about reinventing yourself after all. It’s about finding your perfect match.








T.A. Uner's DOCTOR MARS Audio Book Giveaway

Welcome to the Future on MARS - Meet The Mindcops
NOW IN AUDIOBOOK FORMAT!
 


DOCTOR MARS
by T.A. Uner

Series: Mindcop Dossiers, Book 1
Audiobook Publication Date: June, 2015
Narrated by: Elizabeth Phillips
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins  

Unabridged Audiobook

Publication Date: June 23, 2014
Publisher: T. A. Uner
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Sci-fi
Print Length: 43 pages
Available from: Amazon  | Audible.com
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In the early 22nd century, Mars has been fully colonized and terraformed by humans. On this new Earth colony the members of the MCPF (Mars Colonial Police Force) keep the peace. Liberty Rise is a gifted mutant with the power to manipulate time using her "mind-shifting" technique. As a member of the Mindcop division, she must use her skill to solve paranormal crimes.

When a recluse scientist named Dr. Andreas Hitzig threatens the safety of Mars, Liberty and the MCPF must intervene.
Doctor Mars by T. A. Uner


In futuristic time, after Earth has colonized Mars, it would seem that life on the red planet is mimicking life on Earth, the good, the bad and the ugly. When a diabolic plot to take over the planet is uncovered during a murder investigation, Detective Liberty Rise and her cranky partner, Detective Muir are on the case, never realizing just where this trail would lead. Liberty is a gifted mutant with the power to manipulate time using her "mind-shifting" technique, feared by many, accepted by few, she has the power to go beyond the physical evidence to “see” the event happening. What she discovers goes beyond evil. With a partner who isn’t sure how he feels about her and while still learning to master her technique, has she bitten off more than she can chew?

Think over-the-top cop show on steroids, in a good way! T. A. Uner has mixed the grit and grime of contemporary detective novels with a futuristic flare and topped it off with paranormal powers that will intrigue each reader. Populating his world with strong characters, wearing distinct personalities and a plot that can only be the work of a very creative mind, T. A. Uner has packed some great reading into just a few pages. His usage of a mad scientist and his trusty aid adds to this tale perfectly, as does the unique name of said assistant. The only thing I didn’t see or hear was the lightning storm and the maniacal cackling! I've read other works by T. A. Uner and this cements his ability as a creative force able to change his tone in the literary world.
 
T.A.Uner has been fascinated with the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre since 1978, when, as a mesmerized youngster, he first watched Superman on the big screen.

He wrote his first story in 5th Grade, and bound it with construction paper. Little did he know that he wouldn't write another word for 18 years.

After graduating from George Mason University in 2002, he drifted from job to job searching for something that was already within him. It wasn't until 2003 that his Father urged him to return to writing. That day he was reborn.

Now he uses the Universal Pen Writing System and loves combining genres for maximum reading pleasure. To learn more about the Universal Pen Writing System please click the link below:

http://leopardkingsaga.com/2014/08/17...

Mr.Uner loves hearing from readers, and chances are you'll enjoy conversing with him. He's a Capricorn, loves Pizza, and is housebroken. He lives in Virginia, where the weather is as chaotic as his imagination.


Where to reach him via social media

https://www.facebook.com/T.A.Uner  https://twitter.com/Leopardkingsaga  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7238592.T_A_Uner   http://www.leopardkingsaga.com  

E-mail: LeopardKingSaga@gmail.com

 
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The Perfect Bargain by Julia London writing as Jessa McAdams Blast and Giveaway


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THE PERFECT BARGAIN
How to Marry a Highlander # 1
By: Julia London writing as Jessa McAdams
Releasing June 30, 2015
Entangled: Lovestruck


American lass seeks brawny Scot...

As if being newly single isn’t brutal enough, Sloane Chatfield's friends are getting obnoxious about setting her up. When Sloane insists she's waiting for a certain sexy fictional Highlander to come along, her friends surprise her with a trip to Scotland to find her a new boyfriend. She’d rather have a root canal. But if she can find a Highland hunk to “break her heart” before her friends arrive…

In a remote Highland village, Galen Buchanan is struggling to keep the family pub afloat. Everything is falling apart, he’s running out of money, and now there's an opinionated American lass parked at his best table, driving him mad. But then Sloane asks Galen to be her pretend Highland boyfriend...and offers him enough money to save the pub. It’s only for a few days, he figures. What's the worst that could happen?


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Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of more than thirty romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Cabot Sisters historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and the The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several acclaimed contemporary romances, including The Cedar Springs series, and the recent Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch, and The Perfect Homecoming. Julia has added a short contemporary series to her titles as well, including The Perfect Bargain, writing under the name Jessa McAdams.


Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a four time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. To keep up with all the Julia London news, please visit http://www.julialondon.com. Follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/julialondon



Monday, June 29, 2015

Moonkind: Survivors of Ebola by Bruce Merchant

Moonkind
Survivors of Ebola
by Bruce Merchant

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: May 11, 2015
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN-13: 9781312873988
Genre: Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 454
Available from: Amazon | Barnes& Noble
 
 In another Century and a half, the world, as we know it, will be greatly
changed. This book foresees changes that most of us could scarcely
dream of. It imagines a world where current international tensions
have mostly dissolved, where continental solidarity has supplanted most national boundaries, and where global warming has actually abated. It is a time when space exploration is of prime importance and when robotically operated stations exist on our own Moon and on Mars and Venus..

But several traditional earthly problems have not been resolved. One of these is the periodic emergence of infectious diseases that (by means of insidious mutations) have evaded all modern efforts to prevent or control them. Enter Q-strain, an astoundingly pernicious mutation of Ebola virus which, over the period of a few years, totally wipes out all humans on the Earth. There is time, however, in the interim, to transport the very earliest
stage (blastocysts) of the clones from many very accomplished humans to the robotic station on the Moon. (These clones had been acquired years before the epidemic and stored in suspended animation in liquid hydrogen).

Roughly a century later, when the “all clear” for absence of the Ebola Q-strain mutant on the Earth has been biologically verified, these “celebrity clones” are given birth on the Moon and raised to adulthood by robotic guides and caretakers. The story then centers on the development of fourteen spirited “celebrity clones” who must find ways to realistically coexist, and then to ultimately return a human presence to our now Ebola-free blue planet. This sounds like quite a challenge, and in fact, that’s just what it is.

  
 Moonkind by Bruce Merchant

Moonkind: Survivors of EbolaThe salvation of humanity launches for the moon in 3…2…1…and Bruce Merchant takes us into a future where an unbeatable strain of the Ebola virus slowly chokes the life out of all mankind on Earth. The only hope to save humankind lay in a frozen suspension, clones of “great” humans whose DNA was taken long before the virus came. Known for their brilliance, scientific proclivity, whatever it takes to re-create superior humans, the moon will be the birthing ground for their cloned selves. The last of the humans alive died long before robots would start the sequence that births, raises and educates these clones. Now teens, with only robots for parents, this first “batch” has been taught about everything imaginable- except how to deal with teenage hormones, the concept of “love” and the meaning of “free will,” and compassionate justice. The time is growing near when they must take over running the moon colony and sending two brave souls back to Earth to learn how to cope and re-build on the ghost planet that was their true home. The catch? It is a one way ticket into uncharted territory, unknown danger and complete isolation from all they have ever known. Will these young adults be ready for the challenges ahead? Can they cope with the current challenges they face?

Moonkind: Survivors of Ebola by Bruce Merchant is far from the typical science fiction tale. Moonkind takes us on a sobering journey that amplifies the fact that no matter how well we try to cover all bases, there is still an unknown quantity in the equation, humans, themselves. Did Bruce merchant look into a crystal ball for his tale or is he sharing knowledge from his own scientific background? While creating likable and believable characters and a scenario for Earth’s demise that is not farfetched, there is a depth to this tale that far surpasses simple entertainment. In the end, only one man remained alive long enough to “teach” these kids how to become a community while encouraging them to excel in what interests them. His name is Thompson, and it is his voice that truly becomes a beacon for these fourteen clones.

Well written, definitely thought-provoking, I was trapped within this tale, trying to imagine the enormity of the challenge set before this group. There is no fluff, but there are moments of youthful exuberance, puppy love, hormonal defiance and a testing of the waters of sensuality. A fascinating take on life in the future and survival of a species.

I received this copy of Moonkind from Smith Publicity And lulu in exchange for my honest review.


Forsaken by S. J. Harper (Fallen Siren #2.5)

Forsaken
Written by: S. J. Harper
Series: Fallen Siren Series , Book 2.5
Published By: OmniLit / All Romance eBooks, LLC
Published: Jul 01, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
ISBN # 9781936387960
Rating: 5 Stars
Join Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.
She protected him. He loved her.
They can trust one another with their lives, but what about their hearts?


Special Agent Emma Monroe is a Fallen Siren seeking redemption. Thousands of years ago, she was banished from Mount Olympus by Zeus and cursed by Demeter for failing to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone by Hades. Now she’s working for the FBI, seeking salvation while searching for and finding the missing. Her partner, Zack Armstrong, is a werewolf with a grievance of his own.

The former Black Ops sniper who once carried out a string of questionable assignments is atoning for his past. Ironically, Zack’s just discovered an important piece of his past has been magically wiped from his memory—an affair with Emma. It doesn’t matter she used the spell to save his life, that’s something he’ll never know. With trust eroded and love overshadowed by betrayal the only thing holding them together is the job.

When the son of multi-billionaire Roger Maitlan is kidnapped and his babysitter murdered in cold blood, Emma and Zack travel to New York to work the case. They go undercover, infiltrating a playground of private dungeons where those who are rich and powerful can live out fantasies without consequence. What they find is a conspiracy born of a twisted mind and fueled by greed. The clock is ticking. Will Zack and Emma be able to find the missing boy and their way back to one another?
Forsaken (Fallen Siren,  #2.5)Forsaken by S.J. Harper

Talk about your intense, suspense filled plot , while reading Forsaken I had to remind myself to breath!

Emma and Zack are searching for a kidnapped young boy. Sent to New York as the requested FBI agents for this case, they struggle with the recent relationship revelations...even though Zack doesn’t remember their past relationship he knows something did go on.

Time is running out for the billionaire’s son so Zack and Emma must put away their differences before more people become collateral damage in this bid for vengeance and greed.

Forsaken was absolutely riveting storytelling by the writing team of Samantha Sommersby and Jeanne C. Stein aka S .J. Harper. I was utterly enthralled by this novella with my only complaint coming in a wish it was a full length novel so I could be swept up into this world a little longer.

I highly recommend any Sommersby or Stein story but together as S. J. Harper pure genius.

I received this ARC copy of Forsaken from S.J. Harper in exchange for a honest review.