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Sunday, 11 November 2018

Cover Reveal - The Rigel Affair by L M Hedrick



Welcome to the cover reveal of The Rigel Affair by L M Hedrick. 




Abandoned by his part-Cherokee Ma, Charlie Kincaid escapes servitude with his uncle. He jumps a boxcar, accompanied by his schoolmate Roxy, who is escaping troubles of her own. Charlie becomes a US Navy Diver.

Mattie Blanc is from a genteel New Zealand family. But when her brother’s friend persuades her to take a ride, it all goes horribly wrong. Desperate, she flees her family’s stifling expectations for a new life in Auckland.

After the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, Charlie sets sail for Auckland aboard the USS Rigel. And there she is, the girl of his dreams. Mattie is everything that Roxy isn’t—sophisticated, tender, and patient. But the war intervenes… Rigel embarks for the Pacific war zones.

Charlie’s letters are sporadic. Mattie is tormented by doubts; did he truly love her, or was it only a dream?

The Rigel Affair produces a rip-roaring wartime romance and chilling danger unknown to most.

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Author Bio –



Lynette grew up listening to her mother Mattie’s stories about her WW2 love for US Navy Diver Charlie. She used Mattie’s 30 letters from Charlie, and together with her insightful editor/advisor husband, Bud, they completed extensive research to give reality to The Rigel Affair. Lynette has published multiple short stories for NZ magazines. Both Lynette and Bud have completed numerous Creative Writing courses at Auckland University. Lynette is an accomplished expressionist Artist, with works sold internationally.

Social Media Links –
Website: https://lmhedrick.com/

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Twitter page: https://twitter.com/lmhedrick

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Saturday, 13 October 2018

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep




Gladiator meets Game of Thrones: a royal woman becomes a skilled warrior to destroy her murderous cousin, avenge her family, and save her kingdom in this first entry in a dazzling fantasy epic from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin series—an enthralling tale that combines magic, murder, intrigue, adventure, and a hint of romance.

In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten.

But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre.
Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Though they use their talents to entertain and amuse the masses, the gladiators are actually highly trained warriors skilled in the art of war, especially Lucas Sullivan, a powerful magier with secrets of his own. Uncertain of her future—or if she even has one—Evie begins training with the troupe until she can decide her next move.
But as the bloodthirsty Vasilia exerts her power, pushing Bellona to the brink of war, Evie’s fate becomes clear: she must become a fearsome gladiator herself . . . and kill the queen.

About the Book

Kill The Queenby Jennifer Estep
Series
Crown of Shards Book One
Genre
Adult
Romantic Fantasy
Publisher
Harper Voyager
Publication Date
October 2, 2018
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 My Musings :

As soon as I saw that Estep has a new book, I literally cheered and danced. It's been ages since I read the Mythos Academy and I have been waiting impatiently for new series by her. I loved her writing so I was expecting a lot from this one. Nothing like going with too much expectation and anticipation.

The beginning of the story where Evie talks about the day of the massacre was a bit bland but heated up fast when it culminated in the event itself. From there, the story sped on and kept me totally immersed in the incidents occurring one after the other. Have I read any books with the same premise? Yes! So does it take away from this book? Absolutely no! The reason is that the cast of characters are so rich and add to the enjoyment so much.

At the start,I didn't know what to make of Evie. She seemed paranoid and committed to be a wallflower but as the new Evie emerged my perception of her changed, a little bit in a bad way. Her determination and spirit fit my idea of a strong heroine but she seemed to end more colder than I wished her to be. Other than her, the other colourful people like Xenia, Serilde, Cho and of course, Sullivan all contribute to the strengthening of Evie and the plot. There would be no story without them.

There were few places where I felt some things came a bit easy to Evie. I wish more of her struggles were highlighted and since she is a special snowflake, I hope to get to know more her uniqueness in the following books.

Estep's writing has always been mesmerising because of the easy flow of dialogue and scenes and the way I can get lost in a book with complete abandon. There is no difference in that aspect. I never look at the time or the remainder of the book pages when I am reading her books.

The ending was rather predictable and anti climatic. It didn't take away from the fun I had reading it though. So it didn't impact the overall effect on my rating. I look forward to the sequel but alas I need to wait till next year. Sigh!

I received a copy for reviewing purposes and the review is not influenced by it.

My rating : 4.5/5

Tour Wide Giveaway

To celebrate the release of KILL THE QUEEN by Jennifer Estep, we’re giving away a paperback copy of the book to one lucky winner!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to internationally. One winner will receive a paperback copy of Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of HarperCollins Publishing. Giveaway ends 10/15/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Limit one entry per reader. Duplicates will be deleted.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!


About Jennifer Estep


JENNIFER ESTEP is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. She is the author of the following series:
  • THE ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN SERIES
  • THE CROWN OF SHARDS SERIES
  • THE MYTHOS ACADEMY SPINOFF SERIES
  • THE MYTHOS ACADEMY SERIES
  • THE BIGTIME SERIES
  • THE BLACK BLADE SERIES
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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Spotlight - Death Logs Out by EJ Simon



Book Details:

Book Title: Death Logs Out by E.J. Simon
Series: Michael Nicholas Book 3
Category: Adult Fiction, 300 pages
Genre: Thriller & Suspense., Technothriller
Publisher: Endeavour Media (UK)
Release date: July 27, 2018
Tour dates: Aug 13 to Oct 12, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Includes some f-words, religious profanities (such as "God d*mn", "Jesus Christ!" and other terms such as "*sshole", "f*ck", "sh*t") non-explicit sex scenes (no description of the sex act or private body parts), and violence. Deals with mature themes such as adultery, murder, church abuses.)

Book Description:

Is Alex Nicholas really dead?

Two years since the brutal shooting of Alex Nicholas, a gambling underworld boss in Queens, NYC. But his brother, Michael, a respected CEO, struggles with a secret: his murdered brother has been communicating with him via his laptop using AI. This AI-Alex can foresee dangers in Michael’s path, and appears to be trying to help him – even controlling machinery and electronics via WiFi. Meanwhile, trouble is stirring in the historic capital cities of Rome, Berlin and Paris. Inside the Vatican, Monsignor Kurt Schlegelberger has designs to build his power and prepare for the sudden ascension of the Free Forces Party, a throw-back to the Nazis.

Schlegelberger will stop at nothing, but first he must deal with a new threat: someone appears to know the true story behind a series of murders in the US, committed by clergy to cover their tracks of child abuse within the Church. Alex’s re-appearance puts Schlegelberger’s plans in jeopardy. Dead or alive, the way to finish off Alex for good can only be to get to his close family, namely his brother Michael…

This fast-paced third instalment of E.J. Simon’s Death series will keep readers guessing to the very end.

Praise for E.J. Simon

‘A fine technological thriller that only gets better as it goes along.’ – KIRKUS REVIEW


To read reviews, please visit E.J. Simon's page on iRead Book Tours.



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Meet the Author:




E. J. Simon is the author of three commercial fiction thrillers, Death Never Sleeps, Death Logs In and Death Logs Out. He has just completed his fourth manuscript, Death in the Cloud.

He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America and the North Carolina Writer’s Network. He holds an M.A. in Corporate & Political Communications from Fairfield University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. He lives with his family in Cary, North Carolina in the United States. For more information, visit his website: www.ejsimon.com.

Connect with E.J.: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram

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Book Musings - The Good Sister by Rachael Stewart





HE WASN’T HERS TO LOVE … BUT HER HEART DOESN’T CARE…

When Isla Evans agrees to switch lives with her rising star of a twin for three weeks, she has no idea the move will thrust her into the same bed as her teenage celebrity heartthrob, Bradley King. Trapped there at her sister’s request, she gives her desire free reign and finds herself falling hard and fast.

And she’s not alone.

Bradley wants a wife to tick all the boxes, save for one: love. It’s not part of the deal, never was, never will be. But when he returns home early to find his hopeful-fiancĂ©e behaving all sorts of different, he likes it. A lot. Suddenly, he wants a real marriage, with all the trimmings, and he will stop at nothing until he gets it.

But this Hollywood HEA faces one big hurdle—she’s not who he thinks she is…

Purchase Links

Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Good-Sister-Rachael-Stewart-ebook/dp/B07FYDT2J9

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Sister-Rachael-Stewart-ebook/dp/B07FYDT2J9

My Musings :

When I finished the book, I didn't know what to feel. I will try my best to explain my feelings and reactions to the story.

Though I knew it was an erotic romance, I picked it up, based purely on the blurb. I have always been a sucker for twin-switch stories. I rarely read erotica, they have to seriously interest me in the story and the characters because I usually skip the sensual pages. Oh yes! I just glance through them and get to the story. And this book surprised me with the level of intense emotions Isla was able to arouse in me.

The story started off with a bang of  scorchingly hot passion and that vein of heat was found throughout the tale. Then came the real story of Isla's switch to her twin's place and the corresponding interesting situations. They created a lot of mixed feelings in me - there was humour at some places but predominantly sadness. I , as a person could connect with Isla and that caused me to be overwhelmed by her pain. For that, the author has to be commended on a job well done of getting me invested in the heroine's life.

Brad was a perfect hero. I couldn't get enough of him and his gorgeousness. And his actions at the end had me swooning! I was happy with the way the author had ended the book. But the overall impression I went away with, at the end of the book was a mix of happiness and sadness inspite of it being a romance.

I received a copy of the book for reviewing purposes. It doesn't impact  my review in any way.

My rating : 4/5

Author Bio –



Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heart-warmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

Despite a degree in Business Studies and spending many years in the corporate world, the desire to become an author never waned and it's now her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she's not glued to her laptop, she's wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.


Social Media Links –

Website: www.rachaelstewartauthor.com

Twitter: @rach_b52

Facebook: www.facebook.com/rachaelstewartauthor/

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