Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Wraith by Gwenan Haines - Review Tour and Giveaway


Wraith
by Gwenan Haines

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GENRE:   fantasy

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BLURB:

Sixteen years ago, Kira Chiklak’s mother promised her a miracle on Christmas morning. Instead, she woke to the news her brother was gone forever. The Alaskan pilot’s dreams have always told her the future but have never revealed the secrets of her past.

Now Kira’s dreams are warning her another child in Amarok is in danger of meeting the same fate as her brother. As Kira races to save Annie Michaels’ life she comes to believe her past and Annie’s future are inextricably linked.

The last thing Hunter Jackson expects to do during Spring Break is unravel a mystery. When Kira asks for his assistance, he can’t refuse her request. But can he help her protect Annie when his own heart is at risk?


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EXCERPT

Sometimes I wonder how things would have turned out if I hadn’t. If I’d kept my nose buried in that menu in search of a dish Icouldn’t pronounce. But I didn’t. I looked up and saw Annie hanging onto the banister as she descended the stairs that led to the Michaels’ apartment. She clung to the hand of a girl I guessed was her babysitter as the two of them made their way across the room toward the kitchen. Annie wore a pink fleece footie sleeper and her auburn hair hung loose around her face. I think that’s what pushed me over the edge. She looked so damn
innocent. I pushed my chair back from the table and grabbed the wolf hat out of my jacket pocket.

Hunter’s eyes darkened. “What are you doing?”

“Be right back.”

“Kira, don’t.”

“I have to. I’m sorry.”

Before I could stop myself, I stood up and set off after Annie and the babysitter. They were waiting outside the kitchen doors. Annie was staring at the doors as if she were waiting for her mom to breeze through them, like she always did. The babysitter’s eyes flitted across the restaurant, looking for people she recognized. Then she turned back toward Annie and smiled down at her.

Liv appeared just as I reached Annie and the sitter. Her eyes locked onto mine and even Annie could read the warning there. Stay away from my child.

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REVIEW: 

This has it all.  Wraith has mystery, suspense, action, tension, adventure and romance.  It starts off slowly but soon gathers speed.  I liked the setting.  Alaska is the home of the bush pilot and the author makes good use of planes and flying.  The world building was very good and the plot held up through out the story.  It will be interesting to see what else happens in the Shadow World as the series continues. 
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Gwenan Haines lives in New England with her daughter and a Siberian husky born on Halloween. She’s been hooked on suspense ever since her mom read her an old Nancy Drew mystery when she was five years old. She also loves romance and fantasy. Her paranormal novella, WRAITH, and novel, SHIFT, the first two installments in the SHADOW WORLD series, are under contract with Wild Rose Press's fantasy line. When she’s not plotting her newest mystery, she teaches community college and writes lots of poetry.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Gwenan Haines will be awarding $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour for additional chances to win:

January 2Sharing Links and Wisdom
January 2Red Hatter Book Blog
January 9The Book Garden
January 9Jazzy Book Reviews
January 9books are love
January 16Locks, Hooks and Books
January 16Kit 'N Kabookle
January 16Travel the Ages
January 23Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
January 23Mixed Book Bag
January 23Fabulous and Brunette

Monday, January 22, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 183 - His Sinful Touch by Candace Camp, Interference and Insurgency by Michelle Diener

His Sinful Touch (The Mad Morelands, #5)His Sinful Touch by Candace Camp
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A perfect fit for the Mad Morelands. Sabrina shows up at Alexander Moreland's office dressed as a man, does not remember her name or her past, and knows she is running for someone. Of course, Alexander takes her to stay with his family who join with Alex to help her find the answers she needs. This is a fun rump with all of the Morelands adding to the fun. Sabrina and Alex are great together and so another Moreland finds his HEA.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.


Interference & InsurgencyInterference & Insurgency by Michelle Diener
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read Interference in the Orphans in the Black Anthology and loved the world building, backstory, plot and character development. Insurgency takes all of that to a higher level. Both had tension filled story lines that fit their titles. There is interference in one and insurgents in the other. The backstory is fleshed out more in Insurgency. Both are full of danger and wonderful characters. This is a lead up to a new series by Diener. What I love about her SFR books are the very different worlds she builds while telling her stories. The Verdant String is a new unique and interesting setting for stories. These two are rather short but a full length novel set in the Verdant String is due out in June. I am looking forward to more adventures in this new setting.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 182 - Beyond Danger by Kat Martin, The Alpha's Mate by Eve Langlais

Beyond Danger (The Texas Trilogy)Beyond Danger by Kat Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another exciting story in The Texas Trilogy. Beau and Cassidy start out on the wrong foot but have to start working together when Stewart, Beau's Father is killed. Seems something just does not make sense. There does not seem to be a reason for the murder. Stewart is a wheeler dealer who has made some enemies but all of the obvious ones are cleared. There is a exciting twist to the story line. Martin builds a large amount of tension as the plot continues to develop. Beau and Cassidy are both interesting and well developed characters. Fast paced and hard to put down are both qualities in Beyond Danger.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.


The Alpha's Mate (Fabian Garoux #3)The Alpha's Mate by Eve Langlais
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A short and fun read in the Eve Langlois tradition. Fabian just does not know what to do with the woman he saved and she does know who she is. That does not keep her from letting him know she is not a push over. It was great watching Fabian try to protect her while she tries to do her own thing. Add in the fact that she is his mate and you have almost more fun than you can stand.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 181 - Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds, Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery

Elysium Fire (Prefect Dreyfus Emergency, #2)Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Prefect Tom Dreyfus is at the heart of this story. This is listed as Perfect Dreyfus Emergency #2. I did not read #1 but had no trouble following the story. I loved the world building. The Gilder Ring is made up of ten thousand city-state habitats that orbit the planet Yellowstone. On the surface is a large city under a lifesaving dome. This is a perfect world with a perfect democracy but something is going wrong. People are dying and the number is increasing. Drefus is the one who must find out who is next and why. This is a mystery with the solution found in both the present and the past. I loved the story, wished I had more of the back story from book one, and through the characters were as impressive as the plot.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.


Sisters Like Us (Mischief Bay, #4)Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is trademark Susan Mallery. The likable female characters span the age from teenage to very mature adults. The males come in several varieties. Some are just plain horrible, some are almost too good to be true, and some are in-between. The plot runs from teenage betrayals to reformed playboys with the life and relationship between the two sisters always at the heart of the story. One of the sisters seemed very familiar and I finally realized she was very like another very smart but socially clue less character from one of the Fool's Gold stories. She made for a lot of fun in many of the scenes as she did not realize the impact she was having on others. Like all of Mallory's stories this was a fun book to read.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Exiled Otherkin by D. Lieber - Virtual Tour and Giveaway



The Exiled Otherkin
by D. Lieber

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GENRE: Fantasy Romance

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BLURB:

Exiled from Faerie when her father dies, half-Fae Ember is surprised by how much the human realm has changed since she was there last. She takes a dangerous job on a merchant airship, hoping a life on the move will keep her well-hidden. Sure, she misses her brother, but years of apathy have numbed her emotions.
When the optimistic and naïve Reilley follows her, it’s annoying to say the least. But when she starts feeling responsible for him, long-stifled emotions crack the ice around her heart.
Faeries, pirates, and traveling players meet in this steampunk fantasy adventure as Ember tries to cope with feelings long forgotten and a past that pursues her.

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EXCERPT

I scanned the crowd, but there was no sign of them. My stomach lurched, and I swallowed my panic. I moved as quickly as I could to the place where Reilley had just stood.

To the right was a dim alley with curtained doors lining the sides. I shot into the shady street.

“Reilley?” I called and received no answer.

Up ahead, a curtain covered the light that spilled into the alley. I rushed for that doorway. Ripping open the curtain, I lunged inside.

In the small room, two men sat on crates playing cards on a box in between them. They looked up as I entered.

“Where is he?”

Neither responded as they returned to their game. I spotted a door at the back of the room and barreled toward it. The two men moved to stop me.

“I don’t have time for this,” I told them as they blocked my way.

The one closest to the door I wanted to get through crossed his thick arms over his chest and lifted his chin, looking down at me with a smirk. His wirier friend stepped toward me and pointed the way I’d come.

“This party is closed,” he said with a heavy accent. “If you don’t have an invitation, leave.”

“I just need to get my friend. Then, I’ll leave.”

He shook his head and grabbed my upper arm to escort me out. “You will leave now.”

I rotated my elbow and broke his grip then pulled back and drove the heel of my hand into his nose.

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I asked D. were she would go for inspiration and here are her answers.

Almost every place I have ever been outside the USA has influenced my writing, especially in The Exiled Otherkin because the characters travel a lot. Among others, they go to London, Paris, Strasbourg, and Rome, all places I have been.

I have only traveled once with the purpose of researching/experiencing a place specifically for writing, and that was Alberta, Canada. It was truly inspirational, and I can’t wait to start the novel set there.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

D. writes stories she wants to read. Her love of the worlds of fiction led her to earn a Bachelor’s in English from Wright State University.

When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, crafting, watching anime, Korean television, Bollywood, or old movies. She may also be getting her geek on while planning her next steampunk cosplay with friends.

She lives in Wisconsin with her husband (John), retired guide dog (Samwise), and cat (Yin).

Links
Website: www.dlieber.com
Google+: www.google.com/+DLieber    
Book Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM2fewELAj0


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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

D. Lieber will be awarding a fancy homemade bookmark (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 180, Texas-Sized Trouble by Delores Fossen, Lucky in Love by Carolyn Brown

Texas-Sized Trouble (Wrangler's Creek #4)Texas-Sized Trouble by Delores Fossen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lawson Granger and Eve Cooper were teenaged sweethearts but that all ended when a good friend died of alcohol poisoning on a night when they were all together. Sure Lawson and Eve were upstairs and the friend downstairs but that death still haunts both. Now Eve has returned and old feeling are coming back up. This is a nice story with some interesting twists. There are two children involved, one a baby and one a teenager. It was fun to watch how everything turned out.

After finishing the story I found a really fun novella was at the back of the book. This one was fun and had some very nice characters. A good bonus.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Lucky in Love (Lucky, #1)Lucky in Love by Carolyn Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Beau Luckadeau and Milli Torres have a history but Beau does not remember what that history is. This is a second chance story full of humor and romance. It was fun watching Beau make a very big mistake with his love life. Also fun seeing Millie get the better of him time after time. A fun story that was also fun to listen too. I like Brian Hutchinson's voice when he reads an audio book.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 179 - Hunted by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol, A Cowboy's Kiss by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Hunted by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance #6)Hunted by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a mystery and an enigma all wrapped up in a great story. Carter Aymes wants to find and destroy Lamani, the alien terrorist mastermind. Lamani is just on the brink of realizing the final steps of a years long plot. Beth O’Shea is part of that plot. Both Carter and Beth are great characters. Beth is strong and working hard to make a life for herself. Carter is attracted but doubtful. There are plenty of twists and turns in the story. I had a hard time putting this down as the plot continued to unfold. A very nice addition to the series.

I received a free copy from the author in return for an honest review.


A Cowboy's Kiss (The McGavin Brothers Book 7)A Cowboy's Kiss by Vicki Lewis Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a nice sweet story with likable characters. Both Luke Bennett and Abigail Summers have appeared in previous books as side characters. They get their story while sharing it with a very cute four legged heart stealer. Delilah steals the show and provides some of the tension in the story. Found on the side of the road both Luke and Abigail hope that they can keep her. The other cause of tension; Abigail's love of baking but dislike of paperwork. Will they keep Delilah and will Abigail keep her bakery open. Read to find out.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 176 - Boxcar Christmas by Lindsay McKenna, Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

Boxcar Christmas (Delos #8)Boxcar Christmas by Lindsay McKenna
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Travis Ramsey and Jesse Myres are both military veterans and both have left the military with PTSD. McKenna has crafted a nice romance around the two, a red Caboose and a Australian shepherd dog and her six puppies. Jesse has not been out of the military for long and is not that far into her recovery. I loved all the characters. Travis was almost too good to be sure and Jesse was so honest and up front you had to like a admire her. My one complaint: PTSD is a very real and very debilitating condition and is at the heart of the story. That was apparent at the first mention but then it was pounded and pounded into the dialog in a way that seemed to be a overkill. Even so it was a very good story.


Lake Silence (The Others, #6)Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Meg, Simon and the Courtyard at Lakeside and was both sad and glad when book five came out. Glad as Meg and Simon's story came to a nice ending and sad because there would be no more. Then Anne Bishop said she would continue to write stories set in the Other's universe. Lake Silence is the next story in the series. It will not come out for two more months so no spoilers. It is different and has a different tone from the first five. There are mentions of Lakeside and some of the characters who reside there but only mentions. The characters in this story and the setting in the story are all new. The main character is female and she is backed up with some really interesting characters; some who support her and some who are out to get her. The action moves smoothly, the backstory is woven into the story line and the plot well thought out. The others are varied and dangerous to the humans who do not listen. A interesting addition to the Other series.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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