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Review: Kill the Queen

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Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Buy this book now. Ms. Estep creates another fantastic world with intricate world building and complex characters. When it comes to how magic worlds for characters, Ms. Estep's different series all have similar designs. The look and feel makes it very comfortable to switch from one series to another. It also makes a reader kind of feel like all these series are tied together in some way that is not quite visible yet. Is this all one universe and just different places in the world? Will there be cross overs? Things to ponder.

In this latest series which is a must read, Evie aka Lady Everleigh is the unwanted orphaned cousin. The story starts out a bit slow and gives a nice background of how Evie is where she is today. She's the country bumpkin with no value to help Vasilia, her cousin to gain more power. From trusting child thrust into a pool of blood thirst piranhas, Evie is stabbed in the back and sliced through her gut…

Review: Uncontrollable

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Uncontrollable by Nina Croft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series gets better and better as the truth comes out. For readers who enjoy the two series Fringe and Marvel Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D., this series is for you. I kept imaging Olivia from Fringe as Melody Lyons. Quinn isn't quite Peter from Fringe, he reminds me more of mix between Ward and Daisy from Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. Regardless, these two characters are front in center in a very deadly time travel dilemma.

I find time traveling stories to be hard to write because of how changing events could cause possible catastrophic events. It is hard to say because there are so many different variables. It is always interesting to see how an author deals with the timeline continuum. Is it going to be campy like Back to the Future or is going to be more gritty like Loopers or 12 Monkeys? Ms. Croft does a nice balance that once again reminds me more of Fringe, especially with the lack of emotions and human intimacy in the future. Ther…

Review: Unspeakable

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Unspeakable by Nina Croft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked up this series when I went the Shameless2018. The first book's review explains my first meeting with Ms. Croft in person. I luckily spent more time with her on Sunday when we played the games Spoons. This time with the authors was a lot of fun for me. I learned more about Ms. Croft and liked her even more. Now that I'm hooked on her books, I'll be keeping my eye out for them and trying to read them all!

In this second book, which I bought as soon as I finished the first book, starting out fast and the pace kept moving. Sadie Brooks is one of the children raised by the British covert team for the "good of the nation". She turned her back on her handlers when she learned her twin sister was killed by them in an experimental study. She followed Jake, their group appointed leader. They were going to get to the bottom of where they came from and why their are forces working against them. Specifically, she was …

Vampire With Benefits by EJ Russell blog tour

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Hello and welcome to the blog tour for Vampire With Benefits! I can’t wait for you to meet Rusty and Cas, the second mismatched couple in my Supernatural Selection series (part of the Mythmatched universe). Thank you to all of you and to this blog for helping me celebrate the book release!

About Vampire With Benefits A match between a vampire and shifter could be deadly—but this broken beaver doesn’t give a dam. Silent film actor Casimir Moreau had imagined that life as a vampire would be freewheeling and glamorous. Instead, he’s plunged into a restrictive society whose rules he runs afoul of at every turn. To “rehabilitate” him, the vampire council orders him mated to an incubus with impeccable breeding who’ll mold Cas into the upstanding vampire he ought to be. Or else. As an inactive beaver shifter, construction engineer Rusty Johnson has fought—and overcome—bias and disrespect his entire life. But when his longtime boyfriend leaves him for political reasons, Rusty is ready to call it …

Review: Unthinkable

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Unthinkable by Nina Croft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Week 4 of Shameless lasts for several days. I've read Ms. Croft before and I enjoyed her writing. When I saw her name show up on the list of Shameless authors, I hoped to meet her. She is absolutely lovely in person. She is also good natured as she made it to Florida sans luggage. Oddly enough, someone took her to Walmart to shop for clothing and necessities instead of Target. I can't even. Suffice to say, she learned about People of Walmart first hand. Real life adventure aside, this story pulled me in so hard and fast.

I love speculative fiction. When there are plausible psychic powers, I'm even more intrigued. Who are these "Tribe" found in the heart of Africa? Jake Callahan, a young man who is somehow related to the Tribe also wants to know how he is related. Jake's life has been a series of half truths. Trying to figure out if he is really the good or bad guy is difficult as the kids he's grown up wi…
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Seasons of Sorcery
An anthology of fantasy novellas for all seasons from the hottest authors of fantasy romance and urban fantasy.
Amanda Bouchet
Grace Draven
Jeffe Kennedy
Jennifer Estep
WINTER'S WEB BY JENNIFER ESTEP
An assassin at a renaissance faire. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, if you’re Gin Blanco. This Spider is trapped in someone else’s icy web—and it seems like they don’t want her to leave the faire alive . . .
A CURSE FOR SPRING BY AMANDA BOUCHET
A malevolent spell strangles the kingdom of Leathen in catastrophic drought. Prince Daric must break the curse before his people starve. A once-mighty goddess trapped in a human body might be the key—but saving his kingdom could mean losing all that he loves.

THE DRAGONS OF SUMMER BY JEFFE KENNEDY
As unofficial consort to the High Queen, former mercenary Harlan Konyngrr faces a challenge worse than looming war and fearsome dragons. His long-held secrets threaten what he loves most—and he must make a choice between vows to two …

The Burning Magus by Don Allmon blog tour

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Howdy all! And welcome to the blog tour for book three of the Blue Unicorn trilogy, THE BURNING MAGUS!
THE BURNING MAGUS is a cyberpunk/fantasy Ocean’s 11. Or it would be if Danny and Rusty had been an orc and an elf, they’d been lovers, and the Bellagio casino had been an evil wizard’s tower.
If you’ve been following the series, BURNING MAGUS brings the whole gang together: JT and Austin, Comet and Buzz, the Blue Unicorn and Roan.
It’s the final book in the series where the heroes get their HEA, the villains get their come-uppance, and well… I won’t spoil everything.
To celebrate, we’re gonna have a drawing! The lucky winner gets a hardback copy of BIG GAY ICE CREAM [link:https://biggayicecream.com/] by Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint. To enter, leave a comment below with your email address, and at the end of the tour I’ll draw a name! Good luck everyone!

About The Burning Magus
Love can make a good crime go bad.
JT was a perfectly happy orc building cars in the Arizona desert until his old…

EYE OF THE EAGLE by Sharon Buchbinder Blog Tour

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Series: Hotel LaBelle Series Book 3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: November 12, 2018
One soars like an eagle. One strikes like a thunderbird. But for both hearts, revenge can be deadly when it's nourished.
Anomaly Defense Director and shapeshifter Bert Blackfeather doesn't need a boss with no experience. So what if she's beautiful or gives him a jolt when she shakes his hand? He never plans to get seriously involved with another woman not in this lifetime. Phoebe Wagner, an empath with psychometric abilities and an advocate for the deaf, gets more than she bargained for with Bert. One touch and she relives his IED injuries. So what if he's handsome and hot? She doesn't need to add his secrets to her own. Phoebe's are bad enough.

When his niece goes missing from Hotel LaBelle, Bert goes to Montana to help and Phoebe insists on going with him. Can these two hard-headed people share their darkest secrets in order to work to…

Review: Eye of the Eagle

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Eye of the Eagle by Sharon Buchbinder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ms. Buchbinder is a must read author. Anytime her name pops up, I immediately grab the book to read. For those who enjoy paranormal with a bit of suspense, Ms. Buchbinder is an excellent author to read. Her worlds are comfortably familiar with a refreshing twist. Her characters are well written and what pulls a reader to her books.

In this latest book in the series, I'm riveted learning more about Bert Blackfeather and this his covert paranormal world. This is the 3rd book in the series and can easily be a standalone. For those who need the background on secondary characters in this book, reading the first two books is recommended.

Bert is an admirable man. He could have let his life go after serving his country and losing his legs. Instead, he plows forward with just as much determination in this special covert government group. As the head of the psychic group, he keeps a low profile. This is harder to do than one th…

KYLE'S JOURNEY by M. Lee Prescott Blog Tour

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Series: Morgan's Run Romances Book 8
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Mount Hope Press
Publication Date: November 20, 2018
Star-crossed lovers steam up the pages in Kyle s Journey, Morgan s Run # 8!
Once again Saguaro Valley works its magic when Harriet Winthrop agrees to a vacation with her mom Helen a friend of the Morgans and Spark Foster. After wrenching heartbreak, Harriet has sworn off men forever. Her first valley evening she meets swoon-worthy Kyle Morgan and jumps headlong into a white hot love affair. Love em and leave em Kyle is bowled over by his feelings for the shy, beautiful east coaster. Then shadows of Harriet s traumatic past sweep over the lovers and their relationship is threatened -- by distance, dangers on the trail and bone shattering memories. Will love bring these two together or keep them apart?
Join the Morgans, Fosters and their growing families in this eighth book of the beloved series. Finally Kyle gets his story and maybe the woman of his d…

Review: Unexpected Gifts: Pleasure Times Four

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Unexpected Gifts: Pleasure Times Four by Candace Blevins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Holiday seasons, specifically Christmas is the time people bring their loved ones together and celebrate. What happens when two additional people show up to the party of two and make it four? For Cole and Jayce, they are happily together. Cole's bear shifter is a partner to Jayce's vampire desires. Their dynamic is super hot and when they hit the sheets, there is fire. With Jayce getting reading to start his next "life" and coming out of the shadows, Cole is eagerly looking forward to their compatible love of physics research together. Never did they think they would need more than each other.

In comes Polly... a former Queen of a realm and now Master Vampire. Polly is woman who is used to running the show and knowing the most. Being asleep for 150 years - through industrial revolution as well as our digital age is going to be tough. Lucky for her, the vampire world is ready for such cha…

Review: Her Alpha Viking

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Her Alpha Viking by Sheryl Nantus
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Week 3 of Shameless 2018 brings me another new author, Sheryl Nantus. I should have guessed the main plot device in this story if I paid attention to the book series name. Alas, I went in cold without even reading the blurb because I like to be taken by surprise.

I enjoyed this story. It definitely pulled me in to figure out what was going on and to learn more about this Norse mythos world. I have never been a huge fan of Norse mythology when compared to Greek. It is growing on me and Ms. Nantus does paint Norse gods with many shades of grey.

The characters in this story are easy to understand and likeable. Erik Harrison is a man plagued with guilt, remorse and rage. Tying this into being a survivor of losing battle makes Erik more believable. What Erik went through, is pretty close to what a friend of mine experienced. Ms. Nantus either has a friend/family who has gone through this horrible times or she did extensive research…

LEOPARD'S DAUGHTER by Stephen J. Tillman blog tour

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Series: Were-Leopard Series Book 1 Genre: Crime, Fantasy Publisher: Azure Spider Publications Publication Date: September 15, 2018 Spine-tingling were-leopard fun Leopard’s Daughter is a markedly original crime novel with elements of the occult. In a world where vampires and werewolves exist, but are extremely rare, Bobby Sandar, his wife, Olivia, and their two oldest children are were-leopards. Bobby and Olivia are Secret Service agents. Following Bobby’s death, Olivia feels the need for a fresh start. She takes a job as a detective in the sheriff’s department of a rural western county. Olivia’s first assignment is to go undercover as an exotic dancer in a nightclub run by gangsters. She has to battle mobbed-up criminals, a terrorist leader who is aware of Olivia’s history and abilities, and human traffickers to save her family and herself. Add to Goodreads Purchase LinksAmazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Print) | Barnes & Noble Excerpt “That’ll just give them one more hostage,” Kardmel…

Green Tunics of Noon by Victoria Lynn Osborne Blog Tour

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Series: The Great Wyrm Saga Book 2 Genre: Epic Fantasy Publisher: Azure Spider Publications Publication Date: October 1, 2018 Will the daughter of prophecy prevail? The Daughter of Prophecy has joined with her Regalta. Jarvis's ships have conquered the lands of men. Now the islands of men are enshrouded in darkness stunting the growth of plants and animals. Supplies flow from Jarvis's islands, but are they safe? Monsters fill the villages and cities. Are they mutated cannibals of the once peaceful fishermen? Meanwhile in the land of the syln, Jarvis launches an attack on their biggest food producing island. His new allies pour in, ones that are immune to syln magic. Jarvis struggles to deal with the implications of these supernatural beings. Can Levet turn the tide against the dragons, or is she hampered by crippling headaches every time she has to defend herself? Cindar lays eggs by the dozens and already the islands are filled with new terrors. Dragons are appearing on all i…