Saturday, August 2, 2014

VBT# Kaleidoscope - Kevin Berry


Review: Kaleidoscope - Book #2 Stim Series - Kevin Berry - January 2014

When I saw this book , there were several things I loved about 1) being the cover - as someone who has dyed my hair bright colours - I loved this and yes, I have been blue and black like Chloe on the cover , 2) the fact that the story is set in New Zealand and focuses on one of our later Natural Disasters - the Christchurch Earthquake in February 2011 ( the major one) and 3) the novel includes the main characters as having Aspergers's syndrome and various other disorders. Growing up, I have been exposed to Aspergers's syndrome as my brother has Autism and I have been part of Parent 2 Parent which works with families with children with disabilities. So as I was reading about Chloe and some of her Aspie quirks it did make me wonder whether we all have a little bit of it somewhere and I felt that I could relate to Chloe on a personal level. In Kaleidoscope , the earthquake has just struck and Chloe's cousin is missing, their house has been reduced to a mess and her medications and everything that she holds close to her is lost under the rubble. On top of that as an Aspie, routine is important for Chloe and now with the earthquake it has brought upon Saradoodledom - Chaos . Will Chloe be able to cope with the earthquake and the aftermath ? This book is not only a fictional version of the Earthquake itself and the hundreds of aftershocks but also written in diary format and follows Chloe's life as she tries to navigate through the mess that this has caused her life as without her routine, safety and meds - who is Chloe really ?
If you are wanting a book that speaks to you directly and shows you how the other side lives , then this book is worth the read.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Review: Don't Try to Find Me - Holly Brown

Review: Don't Try to Find Me - Holly Brown - July 2014

For as long as I can remember I have always loved my Mysteries and Crime stories but for me to enjoy them, they have to be intriguing and fast-paced and hold my interest right the way through otherwise they can become quite boring and start to blend in with all the others I have read. This book I had been looking forward to reading as it sounded like something up my alley and it was a really good read and if you love mystery novels then you will enjoy this too. It reminded me a cross between Jennifer Egan's Mystery Novels and the book Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight - two books I enjoyed also. In Don't Try to Find Me , Marley is a fourteen year old girl who has run away from home and left behind a message for her mother and soon becomes the hunt for Marley and where she might have gone. We soon discover that the relationships between Marley and her parents have been strained and that things behind closed doors haven't been what they seem and of course we all know that appearances can be deceiving. It turns out that Marley has run away to be with a guy she met on the internet , but is he really what he says ? When you don't know who to turn to anymore , who can you trust but the one you have fallen in love with ? This novel follows the 3 week period of Marley's disappearance and is told in two POV's . The POV of Marley and what she is experiencing and her adventures and the POV of Marley's mother Rachel and what she is going through as of course secrets are being spilt and it seems the public are pointing at Rachel as the reason her daughter has disappeared.
If you are needing a fast-paced mystery novel and wanting something different to read and loved Reconstructing Amelia, then check out "Don't Try to Find Me" by Holly Brown and once finished, this is an author you will be wanting to add to your keeping-an-eye on list.


Base Branch Series by Megan Mitcham Cover Reveals


Base Branch Series (Enemy Mine, Justice Mine, Stranger Mine) by Megan Mitcham
Publication date: October 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Serve in the name of honor. Battle in the name of love.
Known by few as the Base Branch, the United Nations’ Special Operations Forces provide globe defense against any who threaten the fragile balance of peace.

ENEMY MINE When friends become enemies and enemies become lovers.
Born in the blood of Sierra Leone’s Civil War, enslaved, then sold to the US as an orphan, Base Branch operative, Sloan Harris is emotionally dead and driven by vengeance. With no soul to give, her body becomes the bargaining chip to infiltrate a warlord’s inner circle, the man called The Devil who killed her family and helped destroy a region.
As son of the warlord, Baine Kendrick will happily use Sloan’s body, if it expedites his father’s demise. Yet, he is wholly unprepared for the possessive and protective emotions she provokes. Maybe it’s the flashes of memory. Two forgotten children drawing in the dirt beneath the boabab tree. But he fears there is more at stake than his life.
In the Devil’s den with Baine by her side, Sloan braves certain death and discovers a spirit for living.
JUSTICE MINE For justice. For country. For love.
STRANGER MINE One takes control. One finds balance in letting go.

VBT# Boy in A Band - Lisa Loomis



Review: Boy in A Band - Lisa Loomis - April 2010

With the sudden craze of New Adult Books and Erotica , the number #1 object of many girls affections besides your average CEO or Biker happens to be the Musical genius known as the RockStar and the Badder the Better. Boy in a Band has been taglined as not your average Cinderella Story but an Erotica Romance Novel and that is definitely what it holds for readers as of course you have your girl next door type, the one who you would not normally have been the type that Rock Stars fall for but in books and even in Movies, it surprises you as the Rock Star always falls for the girl next door type as we are what they call "different and real" compared to those who normally their hanger-onners. As Morgan's relationship with Matthew continues it starts to get deeper and deeper and not just with the sexual part either and soon Morgan finds herself over her head but can she back of Matthew and stay away from as she knows that's what is best for her or will she find herself drawn closer and closer to him ? Will Morgan get her HEA or will she become just another notch on the bedpost in a string of sexual encounters and relationships for Bad Boy Rocker Matthew ?
Find out in Boy In a Band by Lisa Loomis . Perfect Read for those fans of Kylie Scott's Stage Dive Series.

Cover Reveal for Twelve by T.M. Franklin‏

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A Cover Reveal

by T.M. Franklin
Release Date: October 9, 2014

Ava Michaels is gifted, powerful, and—whether she likes it or not—part of a plot to take over the world. It’s only been a few months since Ava Michaels discovered she has ties to an ancient people living in the shadows of the human world, despite their superior gifts and abilities. A select few don’t like hiding, however, and think it’s time to take control. Now Ava’s caught up in a conspiracy in the works before she was even born. In fact, her birth was an integral part of the plan. She’s one of the Twelve, the most powerful Race ever created, and they were created for a purpose. Ava, however, doesn’t like being told what to do. All she wants is to start a new life with Caleb Foster, the Protector who once put his own life at risk to save hers. Before they can even think about that, however, they need to figure out exactly what the Twelve and their power-hungry leader are up to—and find a way to stop them. Along the way, they’ll have to forge alliances with former enemies, seek out powerful new friends, and infiltrate the heavily fortified enemy stronghold in an attempt to get some answers. In the end, Ava must decide if her destiny lies in her DNA or in her conscience. If she can turn her back on what she was born to do and do what is right. If she will save the ones she loves or save the world. Or if her ties to the Twelve mean she has no choice at all. She sat up suddenly and grabbed Caleb’s hand. “Do you feel that?” “What?” He instinctively checked the mirrors, but there was nobody behind them. “Someone . . .” Ava’s eyes glazed over. “Someone’s coming. Fast.” Caleb stepped on the gas, searching the horizon. “Who? Anyone familiar?” “What’s happening?” Sophie asked. Ava shook her head. “I can’t tell. Not yet anyway. You think it’s Protectors?” Caleb’s jaw tightened. “Or Rogues.” “You think they know?” Ava glanced at Sophie. “We don’t know. Not for sure.” “Would somebody please tell me what’s going on?” Sophie shouted from the backseat. The temperature in the car dipped as frost formed along the edges of the windows. “You’ve got to calm her down,” Caleb muttered, taking a turn too fast and swerving to correct. “Now.” Ava didn’t argue, instead scrambling over the seat to take the girl’s hand. “Sophie, listen to me. You need to stay calm, okay? Try to breathe with me.” “But—” “I’ll explain everything, but first you need to calm down. You see what’s happening?” Through the mirror, Caleb saw her glance up at the roof of the car as snowflakes began to drift through the interior. “I . . . I don’t understand,” Sophie murmured. “What’s—why is it snowing?” “It’s you,” Ava said quietly. “You’re upset, and your gift is reacting.” “I don’t understand what’s happening to me.” Sophie choked on a sob, and Caleb felt the telltale prickle of another Race signature along the edges of his consciousness. “I feel them now,” he said, sitting taller in the seat and leaning forward as if willing the car to go faster. Ava didn’t respond but remained focused on Sophie. Caleb felt Ava’s gift and knew she was letting it flow into the girl a little, helping calm her. “We’ll help you.” Ava sounded so calm and soothing. “We’ll help you learn to control it, but for right now, you need to calm down. Breathe with me, okay?” Sophie nodded and swallowed tears as she tried to match Ava’s inhale and exhale. The snow stopped. “That’s good.” Ava nodded encouragingly. “Keep breathing. I need you to stay calm. Someone’s coming, and I’m guessing they’re after you.” Sophie’s breath caught, and the ice gathering on the dashboard cracked. “It’s okay,” Ava hurried to say. “Keep breathing. Stay calm. We’re going to keep you safe.” Sophie gripped Ava’s hand, but she kept breathing slowly in and out. “How?” Ava smiled. “You asked what I could do? Well, I’m about to show you.”


T.M. Franklin started out her career writing nonfiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a BA in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. Her first published novel, MORE, was born out of a challenge to write a novel in thirty days issued during National Novel Writing month. MORE was well received, selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, and won the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards.   In addition to MORE and its sequels, The Guardians and TWELVE, Franklin has penned the Amazon best-selling short stories, Window and A Piece of Cake. Her new YA romance How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You is Franklin’s first love story without traditionally recognized paranormal or fantasy elements. Although . . . T. M. is the first to argue that love is the best kind of magic.  



Cover Reveal for "Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista" by Aven Ellis





Author: Aven Ellis
Genre: Chick Lit
Recent college graduate Avery Andrews is ready to begin a new life in the big city. She’s landed an apartment in Chicago’s famed Lincoln Park neighborhood–and has her eye on the cute commodities trader just a floor above.
If Premier Airlines knew about her fear of flying, they never would have hired her to be their marketing assistant—but it’s not like Avery wants a lifelong career. Right now she simply wants a job to pay her bills…and fund a few little shopping excursions, too.

Her new lifestyle comes with a price tag, as Avery is not only faced with paying a ridiculous rent but finds she’s perceived as one of the vacant, husband-hunting fashionistas who live in the area. Avery resents this stereotype—so she doesn’t want a lifelong career, and she loves fashions she can’t afford, but that doesn’t mean she is empty-headed and spoiled, does it?

When an opportunity to participate in a documentary at work arises, Avery finds a two-fold solution to her problems. She’ll earn extra money for it, and the documentary will show her as a serious career woman, enabling her to shed that husband-hunting fashionista label for good.

When the camera is on, Avery attempts to be a motivated professional woman. But when she is challenged by Deacon Ryan, the videographer assigned to cover her story, Avery finds herself wanting things she was never supposed to want—like a lasting career—and Deacon. And Avery might just gain more from the experience than a perfect career image and extra cash to put in her Tory Burch wallet…

~ Cover Designer ~
Christy Caughie

~ Release Date ~
September 10, 2014


Aven Ellis

Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.

But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night. Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published next year.

Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.

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Dare Series Cover Reveal - Carly Phillips


Decklan Dare knows about the unexpected loss of loved ones and for this reason, he values control in all areas of his life. Amanda Collins enjoys the freedom she finds in casual encounters without the emotional connection a relationship brings. They meet and their physical attraction is mutual but both experience feelings that could run deeper – if they drop their guard and let each other in. Decklan is first to trust, but when he discovers the secret Amanda’s been hiding, will he forgive? Or will he rebuild every wall before she has a chance to explain?


Dare to Love

When it comes to family, Ian Dare gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum. Until one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts. He will do anything to possess her … and does. But any future with Riley must include him dealing his half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain he’d rather forget. 

Riley Taylor believes herself immune to domineering men – until charismatic Ian Dare turns a simple kiss into an all out assault on her senses and she discovers she likes his brand of control in the bedroom. As their affair heats up, they soon realize they complete each other in ways neither imagined. But Riley’s past is closer than she cares to remember, and her struggles with Ian’s dominance might just cost her everything. (love story, contemporary romance, alpha heroes, beach reads, sports heroes, bad boys, billionaire)

Dare to Desire

Quarterback Alex Dare, had it all -- an all-star football career and his choice of willing women -- until a severe injury forces him into early retirement. Social worker Madison Evans grew up in foster homes and knows what it means to have-not. She isn't impressed by Alex Dare’s wealth or charm. Not since she fell hard for him once before, only to discover she was just one of his too-easy conquests. 

This time around Madison refuses to succumb to Alex so easily. But Alex wants Madison. And if there is one thing Alex does well, it’s to get what he wants. Can he convince Madison to take a risk and dare to love? 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips has written over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels that today's readers identify with and enjoy. After a successful 15 year career with various New York publishing houses, Carly is making the leap to Indie author, with the goal of giving her readers more books at a faster pace at a better price. Her Serendipity books will still finish up in January/February 2014 via Berkley as planned. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers.

Book Blast: The Shadows of Paradise City

 Are you a shadow?


The Shadows of Paradise City follows fifteen-year-old Benjamin as his post-high-school-dropout world unfurls, chronicling his time as a graveyard dishwasher at the campy International CafĂ©, his time at the library where he pursues an education and prepares for the high school proficiency exam with eighteen-year-old college dropout Bayer Eitenne’s help, and his time as an unwitting drug runner for a shady cafe patron. 

Things go bad the night before the exam when Benjamin is robbed of a drug delivery he has stuffed into his pants. 

Johnson, Benjamin’s drug dealing boss, pursues the thieves on a maniacal quest to get the drugs back, dragging Benjamin along with him. As his world closes in around him and the stakes increase, Benjamin must come up with a plan to escape this mess, which threatens not only his future but his life as well. 

The Shadows of Paradise City humorously explores the nature of education and friendship, but more importantly, chronicles the significant and often ironic events and people who shape our lives.

-Praise for The Shadows of Paradise City

"Rich in atmosphere and ideas, The Shadows of Paradise City thoughtfully explores the notion that sometimes our best education happens when we leave the classroom and open our eyes to what the world has to offer.  I rooted for Benjamin through every lesson."  

--Kim Culbertson, author of 2012 Northern California Book Award Winner, Instructions for a Broken Heart.

Brad Allen Hoover teaches high school English in the foothills of Northern California. He can be contacted at

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'Incarcerated' by Inger Iversen Cover Reveal

Love and War Standalone
By- Inger Iversen 
Genre- Adult Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication Date- TBA

One of the few white kids in a rural Kentucky town, Logan Whyte always kept to his own kind out of self-preservation. He never considered himself racist, but that didn’t stop him from falling in with the wrong crowd that celebrated hate as much as he fought it - or from ending up in prison for eight years on an armed robbery charge.

A successful and educated black woman, Katie Andreassen is tired of being accused of betraying her own race. Her lonely isolation, coupled with her grief over losing her mother, inspire her to create a new pen pal program at Capshaw State Penitentiary, where her father is a warden.

The program brings together the unlikely pair, but Logan and Katie soon find themselves forced to overcome past fears and prejudices. Their friendship doesn’t come easily - threatened by a crooked lawyer with a grudge and a best friend who betrays her promise to help.

When faced with a world that forces them apart, Logan and Katie must show everyone else what they have discovered: that love is, in fact, colorblind.
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