Archive | March 13, 2014

#Review ~ Xianne: A Comedy of Cultures Vol 1 & Vol 2

Xianne1Xianne: A Comedy of Cultures: Volume One
by Jayce Grayson

At ARTHUR C. CLARKE station, four 24th century youths—Jim Street, Keira Bond, Suki Takeda, and Saxon Caine—join the System’s most famous ship, the luxury yacht/freighter XIANNE. There they encounter the mysterious, highly-eccentric, Captain Tom Duncan; his lovely CMO, Dr. Sharon Miles; and Chief Engineer Moses Jones. They escape an Earth burdened beneath heavy-handed laws, injustice, and fear; yet, liberated by abundant power—thanks to Helium-3 Fusion Reactors—and the Porn Culture’s near-eradication of the sexual taboo. The time of their lives…will change their lives forever…as their journey begins aboard XIANNE….

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Love love love this author’s books.

Diana’s Review:
Imagine yourself living in a time when there are virtually no sexual inhibitions. Then, picture yourself not at all interested in sex, in any form. Jim Street is in that exact situation. From beginning to end I simply could not stop chuckling to myself and in spite of all attempts to the contrary found myself laughing out loud at the outrageous antics of everyone around him and mostly at Jim’s reactions to them.

One of the best Sci-Fi reads ever. After finishing this book, I had to immediately buy Volume Two. If you have a problem with sexually explicit dialogue and behavior that would be shocking in many places in today’s world, you may not like this book. So don’t buy it. But it is the most fun in a book I have read in the past 6 months.

Picture me ROFLOL.
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AND for the 2nd book in the series:   Xianne: A Comedy of Cultures: Volume Two

Xianne2At the Moon, Jim Street and Saxon Caine leave XIANNE, with Chief Moses Jones, for a mission down to the famed settlement of Sunita and the nearby Duncan Industries HQ—hub of Captain Duncan’s Helium-3-based financial empire. There they encounter Chief Financial Advisor, Harry Dobbs, and the lovely Alex Andreivich. But by the time they get acquainted with the amazing siblings, Pod and Clark, there are revelations and even more mysteries about Captain Tom Duncan and his enchanting wife, Dr. Sharon Miles. Jim and Sax must meet very personal challenges as their journey continues aboard XIANNE….

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Diana’s Review
I had to read this book, after reading Volume One. I was not disappointed either. After landing on the moon, things get weird and then they get very interesting. There is the same wit and humor as the first book but with a twist. I have to say in this world I would want to be nay. I think.  This book has fun with the sexes and sex so if you are squeamish about that you may want to pass..  But it is so incredibly funny just give it a try.

From the imagery of the moon station to the new and interesting crew members a very enjoyable read. Now I can’t wait for Volume Three which I imagine will be out in May of 2014 I simply laughed out loud through much of this book.

Again ROFLOL..

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SSLY recommended read

Cover Reveal ~ Awaken ~ Kristen Day

Awaken

Daughters of the Sea Book #2

By Kristen Day

 

The sacrifices we make have the power to shift the very fabric of who we are, and ultimately who we are meant to be…

After learning of her true destiny as the intended Leader of the Tydes, Anastasia Whitman must now embark on a perilous quest to the Underworld before the age of eighteen in order to plant the seed of immortality and complete her essence to become a true Sea Goddess. But before she can make her legendary journey, an unexpected new student transfers to Lorelei; initiating a sequence of events that will unravel Stasia’s new life, and test the boundaries of her relationship with the mysterious, dark, and sexy Finn Morrison. The line between the Underworld and the Living begins to blur as gruesome ghosts, morbid reveries, and pure evil haunt her waking hours as well as her sanity. Once the details of Finn’s own startling destiny are revealed, the dangerous secrets he’s been hiding will threaten the very love Stasia believed to be indestructible. As time begins to run out, she will be forced to choose between the one she loves and the destiny she cannot escape.

 

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Review- Breaking the Cycle

Breaking_the_Cycle_cover-finalMax is excited when Chloe, a girl that works for the same gym he does, agrees to go on a date with him. He is disturbed, though, when she becomes violently ill after he kisses her. Max can’t shake how he feels about her. He sacrifices his job and does everything he can to find an answer to her illness. But is it enough to save their relationship – and save her?

Chloe can’t believe Max Thomas, the hottest guy at Roadie’s Gym, wants to go out with her. When their date is a disaster, she thinks she’ll never see him again. She is stunned when he reappears in her life and tries to find the answer behind whatever has made her sick since she was a child. However, will he stick around or abandon her like her father did? Can she trust him enough to let him into her heart?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tamara’s Review

Breaking the Cycle is a sweet romance that shines a light on a disease I personally had never heard of, without beating you over the head with  facts or clinical information. In fact, I would have like a bit more information about Cyclic Vomiting disorder.
Chloe and Max are wonderful characters. I had immediate empathy for Chloe and her struggles. Max, well Max was almost too good to be true, and I’d say that was his only fault. I found his character a little hard to accept because her was sooo wonderful, so accepting, so supportive and never failing, but.. hey it’s fiction. Why not draw a hero that’s the man we all dream about? And Max is definitely that.
I loved the Hard Drive gang, Mark, Dan and Rico. I hope Tricia plans to continue this as a series and give these sweet “bad” boys some heroines of their own, because they deserve them! The brief look into the MMA fighting arena was interesting and exciting. Once again, I would have liked to have seen a bit more of it.
I thought Liz, Chloe’s mother was great. As the mother of a special needs child myself, I understand completely the need to protect our children to the point of almost isolation. Because loneliness is better then pain. Liz has a strength that shines through ans I loved getting to see her heart finally open up.
Breaking the Cycle was an uplifting read that made me cry happy tears and left me with that warn fuzzy feeling in the pit of my stomach. Don’t you just love that? This was the firt book I’ve read by Ms Anderson, but it definitely won’t be the last.

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Forgive Us Our Trespasses ~ ML Steinbrunn

Title: Forgive Us Our Trespasses
Author: M.L. Steinbrunn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 11, 2014

How long would you wait to be with the one that you love? How much of yourself would you hide in order to keep them?

Brooks knows the moment he meets Vivian that he will do whatever it takes to protect her, even if it means leaving her. Running from his past, he spends the next decade trying to forget the shattered heart that he left behind.

Is there any betrayal worth the cost? Are there some sins that cannot be forgiven?

After a lifetime of rebuilding the walls guarding her heart, Vivian confronts the harsh reality that some fortresses are not meant to stand. Winding through a gray fog of disappointment and deceit, she must conquer her deepest fears to accept the love she believes she is too unworthy to have.

As the paths of these two battered hearts cross once more, together they seek redemption for their sins. However, when the secrets of their pasts come knocking on their door, forgiveness and love will be tested, and they will be forced to answer the question: “When the lies run out, will the truth finally set you free?”

Forgive Us Our Trespasses is an adult contemporary novel and is not intended for younger readers due to mature content.

Colorado native M.L. Steinbrunn is new to the professional literary community, but has been in love with the world of fictional characters and plot twists since she was a child. Writing short stories and reading anything she could get her hands on, it could be argued that her hobby borders on an obsession.

She works full-time as a middle school and high school educator and coach in rural Colorado where she and her husband are raising their three young children. Through education she has enjoyed guiding others on their paths and helping students build their stories. After countless evenings of discussing story ideas, it was her husband who encouraged her to follow her own path and publish her first novel.

She is currently working on her debut romance novel Forgive Us Our Trespasses, which is will be released in March of 2014. It will be the first in a series of intertwined stand-alone novels.

In her free time M.L. enjoys travelling, Amazon one-clicking, watching movies, chauffeuring her children to their one and half million activities, and people watching.

She would like to add a big thank you to everyone that has been overwhelmingly supportive of this incredibly scary yet exciting journey.

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