Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Alien Contact For Kid Sisters by Edward Hoornaert - Review and Giveaway

Alien Contact for Kid Sisters
by Edward Hoornaert


GENRE: Science fiction



Marianne Harmon is sick and tired of being just the kid sister of the famous queen of Kwadra Island. Although she daydreams about being a warrior, when rebels bomb the royal ball she’s shunted to one of the many tunnels that honeycomb Kwadra, where she awaits a captain of the valiant Royal Guardians.

Quinn Lebatarde, a scam artist fleeing the police, dons the uniform of a Royal Guardian killed by a tunnel collapse. When Marianne mistakes him for her bodyguard, Quinn can’t decide whether to save the feisty maiden, fall in love with her—or kidnap her. With bloodthirsty rebels pursuing them and a treasure map in his pocket, what will he choose?



Marianne’s rage melted around the edges and turned into tears that slipped down her cheeks. She wanted to believe him. Even now, knowing the truth about him, she wanted…something.

He stepped toward her. If he touched her, she would shatter.

"Stop!" She backed into the door and aimed the pistol between his eyes. "You liar! You lied about everything. You probably killed Charleyjohn yourself—"

"No, no." He kept coming, arms outstretched, face ecstatic.

With her butt, Marianne pushed the swinging door open. She backed into the hallway, still pointing the gun. The door swung shut behind her.

Quinn pushed it open again and stood in the entrance. "Charleyjohn was already dead." He stepped toward her. "The bomb dislodged rocks that hit him on the head. I wished him a happy last journey and borrowed—"

"Filch said," she interrupted, "you were probably trying to ransom Elfy and me."

That stopped Quinn, and even sent a ripple of concern across his face.

"Is he right?" Her voice wavered. His guilty expression appalled her. "Admit it, bastard."

"Well…yes," Quinn said, "but. It's a big butt, too." With a merry laugh, he slapped his bottom with the sound of flesh on flesh.

"It's true, then? You've been kidnapping us? Oh, God."

"Yes, but—"

Marianne aimed the needler and squeezed the trigger.



While this is a romance it is also a story of how two people change and grow as they are forced to work together.  Throw in a young spoiled bratty character who adds to the spice in the story and it gets even better.  Marianne loves her older sister while yearning for something meaningful for herself.  Quinn is a con man who finds that he wants to live up to the uniform he took from a dead man.  Together they go on a journey where they grow into better and different people as they work together.  Look for adventure and romance as the story progresses to a satisfying end.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

What kind of guy can write romance? A guy who married his high school sweetheart a week after graduation and is still living the HEA decades later. A guy who’s a certifiable Harlequin hero in his own right—he inspired Vicki Lewis Thompson’s Rita Award finalist Mr. Valentine, which is dedicated to him.
Ed started out writing contemporary romances for Silhouette Books, but these days he concentrates on science fiction and sf romance. In addition to novelist, he’s been a teacher, principal, technical writer, salesman, janitor, and symphonic oboist. He and wife Judi live in Tucson, Arizona. They have three sons, a daughter, a mutt, and the galaxy’s most adorable grandson. Visit him at

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October 12Books,Dreams,Life
October 19Romorror Fan Girl
October 19Ms. J Mentions...
October 26Where Landsquid Fear to Tread
October 26Mixed Book Bag
November 2The Avid Reader
November 2Am Kinda Busy Reading!

Look Back Wednesday - For Heaven's Eyes Only by Simon R. Green


For Heaven's Eyes Only (Secret Histories, #5)For Heaven's Eyes Only by Simon R. Green
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I just finished listening to For Heaven's Eyes Only by Simon Green. I have read other series by Simon Green and wondered if I would like this one.

This is book five in Simon Green's The Secret Histories series. The series features field agent Edwin "Eddie" Drood - aka secret agent Shaman Bond.

"A horrifying presence is growing and the threat of a mysterious Great Sacrifice looms. Although Eddie has always been something of an outside, he - with help from his witch lover Molly Metcalf - will have to rise to the occasion to help thwart the menace and save his people."

For Heaven's Eyes Only was fun to listen too but I would not want to read the book. There is a lot of blood and gore. Saving the world involved killing a lot of people. If you read the book don't expect any happy ending. Once the current problem is solved the book ends with a cliff-hanger that will be the theme for the next book.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Short and Sweet Book Reviews #52 - Cowboy Unwrapped by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Ghost Maker by Robin D.Owens, The High Ground by Melinda Snodgrass

Cowboy Unwrapped (Thunder Mountain Brotherhood, #8)Cowboy Unwrapped by Vicki Lewis Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is Christmas and Jake Ramsey has come home to Thunder Mountain Ranch. For Jake home is where the heart is and he realizes that his heart is here where he grew up. Meeting up with his old high school flame, Amethyst Ferguson, turns out to be the start of a hot relationship. He would like more but Amethyst is determined to go off the LA to pursue her singing career. This is another heartwarming story. There is more than just romance involved. Part is following your heart and deciding what makes you feel successful and brings you joy in your life. Since it is Christmas some of the previous men of Thunder Mountain play an important part in the story.

Ghost MakerGhost Maker by Robin D. Owens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Clair and Zack are off on another dangerous assignment. This starts off with Zack looking for a missing street kid and Clair looking for a good ghost to heal her spirt wound. Then the two quests collide and become intertwined. Clair and Zack are still working on accepting the changes in their lives and the new love they feel for each other. This quest adds to the tension between the two as they come to terms with those changes. Part of the problem is how short a time they have been together; just a little over a month. There is a very lovely ghost and a very bad ghost that drive this story line that is different from the previous books. Both are part of the both the problem and the solution for our two new lovers. Great addition to the Ghost Seer story line. This can stand-alone but is best if you start with book one.

The High Ground (Imperials, #1)The High Ground by Melinda M. Snodgrass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There is a lot that is familiar in The High Ground. The setting is a military academy named The High Ground.. Trace, one main character, is there on a charity scholarship. Mercedes, the other main character, is the daughter of the Emperor. The first meeting between the two is accidental and neither knows who the other is. That changes as the two arrive on the first day. The Emperor has no sons and has made his daughter his heir. She is the first woman to go to the High Ground. Trace dislikes the upper class and did not want to take the scholarship. Both are a little off balance and find that they have more in common than you would suppose.

The action is predictable but very well done. Everything in the story helps set the stage for the next book in the series. In Evil Time, book 2, in The Imperials Saga will come out in July of 2017. I look forward to seeing both Trace and Mercedes again. After how the book ended it will be interesting to see how the two interact after they leave The High Ground.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

The Bridesmaid's Checklist: Laura's Wedding by K.T. Castle - Review and Giveaway

The Bridesmaids’ Checklist: Laura’s Wedding
by K.T. Castle


GENRE: New Adult Chicklit Romance



Kassandra is a single, independent woman who prides herself on her own success. But when she’s asked by her best friend Laura to be the Maid of Honor in her wedding, Kassandra finds herself questioning her lifestyle. Helping Laura plan the wedding is no problem—she’s done it before for all their other friends. The first time was a blast, the second super fun, but doing it without receiving any help from the rest of the girls gets old really fast.

The whole event kicks off with the worst kind of surprise when Kassandra discovers who her friend's fiancĂ© really is, and she's torn between supporting Laura's future happiness and hiding the deeply buried, intimate past she shares with the groom-to-be. Struggling to be the bigger person and do all the hard work on her own, Kassandra finds surprising comfort in Josh, the best man in the wedding and someone she's been avoiding for years. He's charming, thoughtful, handsome, and the worst kind of womanizer, but she just can't seem to stay away. All the while, Kassandra can't help wondering if the wedding could be any more clichĂ©—until she finds unexpected ways to change things up a bit.


While this looks like a story about how to put on a friends wedding it is also a story about personal growth.  Kassandra is about to be the last of her friends to still be single.  What is worse her best friend Laura wants her to plan her wedding.  After all she has done it for her other good friends so it should not be that hard.  Of course things do go wrong and as the story moves forward so do the changes in Kassandra’s life.  It was fun to follow Kasandra but also scary to watch as she realized that she was making some of her own problems and only she could change her life.  It was a nice HEA with a cliff-hanger ending.  Will another of Kassandra’s friends get her own book.  Looks like it.


From Chapter 1

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. I’d heard that saying more than once now. And I was about to hear it once again.

“Kassie! Kassie, wake up! I’m getting married,” a high-pitched voice squealed at me at 3:00 a.m.

Who the hell is this? I had picked up the phone without even looking at the caller ID. Oh, Laura. Great.

“Kassandra, are you listening? I’m engaged!” Laura screamed from the other side of the phone.

“Yeah, wow,” I said. “Congratulations.”

“I can’t believe you, Kassie. You should be more excited. You’ll get to be my bridesmaid!” The volume of her voice kept rising.

“I’m happy for you, Laura.” I really didn’t know at the moment how I felt. I was trying to look around to see exactly where I was. “Believe me. It’s just…it’s three o’clock, and I was sleeping.”

After looking at my surroundings, I remembered I was in my own house. I had a minor headache, probably from all the drinking the night before, and my body ached a bit. I looked beside me and found the reason for my hurt.

Next to me I found the silhouette of a beautiful man. The memories of the few hours before my abrupt awakening came back at me:

A bar. A blond. My home. Some that order.

“I know it’s late, but I had to give you the good news.”

“And news it is.” She was the last of my best friends who was single; not so long ago we roamed all the bars in town together, looking for men to hook up with, and suddenly she was engaged.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

K.T.  Castle  is  an  author/artist  in  progress.  She's on  a  quest  to  find  the  words,  forms,  and  colors  to materialize    the    worlds    and    people    of    her imagination.    She    never    saw    herself    as    an incurable romantic, but lately, that's what she finds herself  musing  about.  Love  is  found  everywhere, regardless  if  it  comes  from  a  nice  person,  an ass — mundane or even vampire. When  she's  not  busy with  work,  in  front  of  a computer  placing  many  thoughts  in  order,  she makes her best to be creative or relax with a good book and a snack. Some of her favorite characters are Sookie, Rule and Shaw, Bella, Edward, Clary, Jace, Wrath, Hollywood, Blaire, Woods, Ethan, the Sleeping Beauty, and Ariel.

Get to know her more on her social media pages.


Google+: K.T.Castle

Twitter: @KTCastle_author

Pinterest: KTCastle_author

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Short and Sweet Book Reviews #51 - Undead and Unappreciated by MaryJanice Davidson, Undead and Unreturnable by MaryJanice Davidson, Do You Want to Cause a Scandal by Tessa Dare

Undead and Unappreciated (Undead, #3)Undead and Unappreciated by MaryJanice Davidson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Betsy just keeps getting better and better. This time there are several new character who play a part in Betsy's life as the new vampire queen. I love the way fashion is mixed into whatever new danger or problem Betsy finds herself in. I have to laugh about who she is so hung up on fashion. Shoes have never had as big a role as they do with Betsy. It best part was when she turned evil and did not care about what was on her feet. I am listening to the stories and the reader really does have the role down pat adding additional enjoyment to the books.

Undead and Unreturnable (Undead, #4)Undead and Unreturnable by MaryJanice Davidson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Betsy is getting married and nothing will stand in her way. There are things that are trying to intrude. Like a recently murdered ghost who want help in stopping her killer. Does Betsy do the smart thing about the killer. Of course not and poor Eric her intended groom is beside himself. This series is great fun. The audio book reader puts just the right tone of voice into her reading.

Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Spindle Cove, #5)Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Everyone needs a good laugh and what is better than a lot of good laughs while reading a very entertaining book. Do You Want to Start a Scandal gave me the laughs and a good story to boot. Once again Tessa Dare manages to write a historical romance that had great characters who cause laugh out moments with their dialog. I loved the mystery attached to the story and the surprise near the end bought on more smiles. Charlotte Hightower is the last of the three Hightower sisters to find their HEA and Piers Brandon, Lord Granville is the perfect match for her.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 - October 21, 2016

I'm linking up with Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings and Freda's Voice for Page 56. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Pick the closest book on your book stack and join the fun.

The Beginning:

Sheriff Joanna Brady pulled into the parking place in front of the Higgins Funeral Chapel, put her Buick enclave in park, and then sat staring at the storefront before her, only vaguely aware of her surrounding."

Page 56:

"Now, I ask you, why would the wife of a man who had a vasectomy twenty-five years ago need to have a supply of condoms on hand?"

From Downfall, A Brady Novel of Suspense by J.A. Jance. This is one of my favorite series by one of my favorite authors. That beginning made sense because I read the novella that proceeded this story. Otherwise it would leave you wondering.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Calling The Reaper by Jason Pere- Book Tour and Giveaway

by Jason Pere


The time of the Unity has ended. Now, the realm of man is stranded between Paradise and Purgatory. The Valkyrie and Reaper battle over the fate of all who pass from the land of the living and into the afterlife.

Eight mortal spirits from vastly different worlds tread the same, inevitable path toward their last, crucial decision. Within them all exists the defining conflict every man must face—to look upon the end of their life with glory and honor, or to give credence to their baser longings, calling the Reaper to their own demise.

In this rich, harrowing tale of pride, deceit, honor, vengeance, and redemption, each individual must battle their inner turmoil, facing the sacrifices they have made before their unavoidable end in the land of the living.

But their last day in life is also their first day of death amidst the terrors of the underworld. Lord Master Death wants them all…and the real battle has only just begun.



“In the beginning. In the time before. When the Unity sat atop the throne in Paradise and reigned over the world of man below, all was good and fruitful. There was life without end for every spirit drawing breath within the embrace of the Unity. Things were as such for a time longer than memory itself. But such things end. The day of the Shattering came upon us all. Paradise above and the realm of man below were forever changed. The Unity became no more, and from it was born both Life and Death. On that day, it was decreed that all who lived must one day die. And we the Valkyrie, the children of Paradise, became its warriors. Our robes were replaced with armor, and hands once empty now grasp sword and shield. Our charge is to watch over those who dwell below in the realm of man. We are tasked with the guardianship of every spirit that yet holds life. We shall protect them until that life is at an end. Then it must leave the realm of man. For each spirit that meets its end with virtue and courage, we the Valkyrie shall fly to them and bid them welcome into the warmth of Paradise. For each spirit that meets its end with fear and wickedness, they shall call the Reaper, and I shall mourn them as they are cast into the cold realm filled with weeping and the gnashing of teeth.”

—Laurel, ArchValkyrie of the Thorn Crown


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jason Pere is a born-and-raised New Englander. He always had a passion for the arts and creative storytelling. At the age of thirteen, Jason took up the craft of acting for film and theater. He pursued that interest for over a decade until refocusing his medium of expression into writing.

At first, Jason took a causal interest in writing, starting with poetry and journaling. Over time, he honed his direction and finally began writing larger works. In November of 2012, Jason self-published his first book, Modern Knighthood: Diary of a Warrior Poet.

Since then, Jason has continued writing on his own, mostly short stories and poetry. Calling the Reaper was his first experience committing to a full-length Fiction title.

In early 2015, Jason became affiliated with Collaborative Writing Challenge (CWC). Since then, he has joined many other writers on numerous collaborative projects. Jason is a regular contributor to CWC and is scheduled to have multiple pieces of his work appear in their publications throughout 2016.

You can find out more about Jason Pere’s involvement and publications in collaborative fiction at:

To connect with Jason, check him out at:

Jason also writes fanfiction for Team Covenant on their Blog of the Pheonixborn, dedicated to the new game by Plaid Hat Games, ‘Ashes’. Go to to read Jason’s flash fiction work.

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October 11Blog of Jacey Holbrand
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October 13Hope. Dreams. Life... Love
October 18Books,Dreams,Life
October 20Mixed Book Bag
October 25Where the Story Comes First
October 27Wake Up Your Wild Side
October 27Edgar's Books
November 1Romance and Authors That Rock - review
November 3Fabulous and Brunette
November 8Danita Minnis
November 10Book Lover Promo
November 15Fangirls Read It First - review
November 17Two Ends of the Pen
November 22Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
November 29Kissing Bandits
December 1The Snarkology
December 6Dina Rae's Write Stuff
December 8Liz Gavin's Blog
December 13Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps
December 15Booklover Sue
December 27The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
December 29Tina Donahue Books - Heat with Heart
January 3Ms. J Mentions... - review
January 5T's Stuff - review
January 10Books By The Ton
January 12The Broke Book Bank - review
January 17Long and Short Reviews
January 19Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
January 24Readeropolis
January 26Writers and Authors
January 31It's Raining Books