Archive | February 7, 2014

Review- Dragon in Chains- Tony V Sweeney

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In the sequel to THE ROSE AND THE DRAGON, Happily Ever After appears in sight for everyone in the House of Andrus. As Dominic puts into motion his plans to transform his family into law-abiding citizens, brother Kit flaunts Imperial law to openly declare his love for Miranda Wilson. Son and heir Niki prepares for his long-awaited marriage to his beloved Ardala.

Then tragedy strikes as old nemesis Detective Ceran Synubis arrests Kit, Dom, and Niki, and takes Miranda into protective custody. In the clutches of an alien justice system where a man is guilty unless he can prove otherwise, Miranda is forced to be the Prosecution’s chief witness in a trial where the truth will convict the man she loves of a crime he didn’t commit, unless a miracle, or a long-hidden secret, can save him…

Cara’s Review
The sequel to the Rose and the Dragon by Sweeney, Dragon in Chains provides another great read. Note: you must read the first novel to understand this one. This book is quite different from the action packed first novel, instead focusing on Miranda Wilson’s assimilation into Gataen culture. There are many misunderstandings, lessons, and acceptance of the cultural differences. In all honesty, I wasn’t 100% sure where the book was going…and then I got to the end. I loved, loved, loved the end of this book. It was an absolute, perfect conclusion- and I won’t say anymore for risk of ruining things.

While a family tree would certainly be helpful in understanding the complex (and sometimes confusing) relationships between characters, they are all easy to relate to, all with complete personalities and backgrounds. Each family member is a fully fleshed out character, and not just a shadow written in to keep place. I really liked that fact, as too many authors create cardboard constructs to haunt the background of their books.

My suggestion? Purchase both books, and read them immediately one after the other. You will get the most out of the story, and have a really great time reading them. I promise you won’t be disappointed by Sweeney’s work. I did bump this novel down to a four, rather than a five star (which I gave the first one) because I really was a bit confused in the beginning of the book about where Sweeney was taking us. However, I should have had faith….in reality, it is a glimpse into an alien society, and a very real presentation on how a person might find their own place in that society. The other reason I downgraded it to a four start was because I didn’t understand Miranda’s attitude towards what she perceived to be a homosexual relationship; she was okay with finding herself in an alien culture, but was still distressed with the thought of a marriage between the two? I didn’t think that was consistent with her character at all. It was a teeny, tiny part of the book- but it’s a hot topic, and just seemed a bit of a silly thing for Miranda to even think twice about.

Anyway, all that aside! Do yourselves a favor and read about the further adventures of Miranda and the Andrus family!

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Cover Reveal ~ His Final Bounty ~ AJ Wiliams

Close up portrait in slight sepia toning against waterHis Final Bounty

Release: March 1 2014

Author: AJ Wiliams

Published: Self

Genre: Contemporary Steamy Romance

 

Blurb:

Eva Rosenberg, hacks a secret file of Jefferson’s and discovers the man who shattered her heart and her world has one giant secret. 

Jefferson Anders’ current bounty hunting status has allowed him to hide in the shadows, never forcing him to face the secrets of his past. Having spent five years hiding the truth, he never dreamed the secrets of his past would catch up to him. Secrets which cost him both the love of his life and connection to his family. Now, he must face the mistakes of his past. 

With a confrontation looming with Eva and a possible death threat, they must work as a team to find forgiveness and defeat the enemy that waits in the shadows.

 

Find the Author:

Website: http://www.ajwiliams.com (under construction)

Blog: ajwiliamsromanceauthor.blogspot.com

FaceBook Page https://www.facebook.com/AjWiliams

Twitter https://twitter.com/AJ_Wiliams

 

Love is in the Air Blog Hop

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Valentine’s Day is supposed to find Love in the Air, I don’t know about you, but where I live the weather has been terrible: Cold, gray, rainy/snowy and I can tell you, I am definitely NOT feeling the love!

So how do you warm up on a cold day? And get the love flowing in the air again? I do it with a good book! You all know I love to read and I have had the pleasure of reading some GREAT books in the last few weeks. I just finished and ARC of A Bet’s Haven, by Carrie Ann Ryan. My review will post on Feb 18 and it is a 5 heart. I also gave 5 hearts to Ann Mayburn’s Blessed (Love this series!) 4 hearts to the Shifter Seduction Boxed set, and I discovered a new to me author Celia Kyle and have been devouring her backlist, with a ton of 5 heart reads!

My BFF, Beverly Ovalle has a new release coming out February 10, A Saint’s Salvation. I got to edit this one and I can tell you it ROCKS!
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Corporal Nicholas ‘Saint’ Santiago needs to go home to reclaim the man he used to be. To be the man he was before Operation Enduring Freedom slowly hardened his heart. He needs to reconnect to the values and the reasons he is doing what he does. Saint also needs to try to forget the courageous woman he knows was meant to be his.

Petty Officer Angelina Jones’ life changed the moment Saint saved her life. She survived the blast but now has to deal with the fact that she will never be whole. Knowing Saint received a ‘Dear John’ letter, Angelina has no intention of being his rebound romance. She needs to be loved for herself. She needs to forget about the one man she knows was meant to be hers.

They each try to find someone to help them forget.

But what does fate have planned for them?

For our part of the giveaway in this blog, We are giving away an e-copy of A Saint’s Salvation and and E-copy of the winner’s choice from my backlist.

You could heat up a cold night with a hot fireman
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Or rope a little passion with a handsome cowboy

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Christmas Ornament On A Tree In Front Of The Blue Sea

Or if you want to stay with the military theme from Bev’s A Saint’s Salvation, you could choose

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Leave a comment telling us your favorite way to warm up on a cold night to be entered to win!

100_1708Oh! and what is Valentine’s Day without some love! To ‘encourage’ this I’m pitching in Love Dice, Gift Coupons to give your love and one more surprise gift! ~Beverly~ hehe, there’s a reason I write erotic romance!

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Unusual Awakening ~ S.M. Knowles

Unusual Awakening Tour

Unusual Awakening CoverTitle- Unusual Awakening
By- S.M. Knowles
Publication Date- December 1, 2013
Genre-YA

Blurb-
With tears and a tight hug, Rylee Everley’s dad left for Afghanistan with the Army Reserve. Since his deployment, her mom has been distant, her sisters are constantly fighting, and Rylee, at only thirteen years old, has to be the glue to keep them together. While her mother stays locked in her room, Rylee has been forced into the role of parent.

Now, two years later, a freak accident involving a bus at school promises to restore some normality to her family. In spite of not knowing how their father is, her mother is happy and her sisters don’t seem to fight as much as they used to. Rylee herself is seeing more of her friends and is even trying to sort out her own feelings about Brock Parker. However, something dark threatens to disrupt that normality for personal gain, and that darkness is willing to break every rule to get what it wants.

Links-
Amazon Paperback- http://www.amazon.com/Unusual-Awakening-Rylee-Everley-1/dp/1493785796/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385917574&sr=1-1
Book Trailer- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrOQwyLPeMM&feature=em-upload_owner#action=share

Excerpt-
Getting up, I walk over to the tree line. I don’t see anything around, so I grab a rock and throw it to scare off any animals. Walking in further, I call out, “Hello?” Everything is quiet. I wait a few more seconds. Something feels off. Walking in a little further, I hear a branch break. I know I didn’t step on anything, so something’s unquestionably out there. “Who’s out here?” I yell. A big oak tree stands directly in front of me, right next to him. “No, no, no, no,” I beg.

 

Unusual Awakening AuthorAbout the Author-
S.M. Knowles was born in Elmira, New York where she was swept away in a whirlwind to the Land of Oz—Independence, Kansas. Her parents were relocating for working opportunities and decided that this would be the perfect place to start new roots. Little did she know that this place would contribute to the inspiration for the first book she wrote in her Rylee Everley Series.

While growing up, S.M. would travel the roads around her house while imagining she was somewhere else. Her imagination would take her everywhere, making the long hot summer days seem shorter throughout her fantasies.

At the age of twelve, she decided to write her first book. Filled mostly with dialog, she filled up one-hundred pages, front and back. After taking the book downstairs to show her mom, and persuading her to buy her more paper, she excitedly ran back to her room. As she barreled through the door, S.M. tripped over items left on her floor, and her papers came raining down in her room. Discouraged, she stood there in tears, picking up her papers and throwing them in the trash. Her work had no organization, no numbers on her pages, just a child fulfilling a joy that she would put down and not pick up again.

When she became older, she joined the military for something different. In that time, she was able to explore many places and even met her husband in Iraq. After coming home, she started her family in Arizona and went back to school, earning a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Training.

Links-
Facebook-https://www.facebook.com/SMKnowles1
Website- http://smknowles.com/
Twitter- https://twitter.com/SMKnowles1