Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review ~ Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer, with a giveaway


Dark Light of Day

Noon Onyx Book 1

Jill Archer

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Ace

Date of Publication: September 25, 2012

ISBN-10: 0425257150

ISBN-13: 978-0425257159

ASIN: B007A9KSMY

Cover Artist: David Palumbo

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Excerpt:

“I’ve been watching you, wondering, waiting to see where you’d end up. After all, there are other demon law schools,” Seknecus said, making a moue of distaste that made it clear exactly what he thought of them. “But I was happy to see that you chose St. Lucifer’s.”

Technically my mother chose St. Lucifer’s . . . But there seemed no reason to interrupt to clarify that bit of misinformation. Seknecus wandered around the room, picking through papers, flipping open and quickly shutting the front covers of various leather-bound books, never meeting my eye. I had no doubt, however, that his attention was fully focused on me.

“So, you see, seeing your name on my list wasn’t exactly a surprise, although it appeared much later than I would have liked.”

He did look at me then, with a frown of disapproval. I did my best to look expressionless because none seemed appropriate. It wouldn’t do to look amused, bored or, Luck forbid, rebellious. Seknecus stared at me with narrowed eyes and then went back to wandering.

“You’ve got some catching up to do,” he said, addressing a copy of Sin and Sanction: Codification & Case Law. “It doesn’t matter why or what excuses you’ve got for yourself. You will be held to the same standards as everyone else, regardless of whose daughter you are. And you’ve missed a lot of class already.”

I opened my mouth to protest, but he cut me off with a wave.

“Manipulation class,” he clarified. “You’re going to have to work ten times as hard as everyone else just to pass. Quintus Rochester doesn’t go easy on students and he’s likely to see your absence during the early part of the semester as a challenge. You know, failing is not an option. Not if you want to live . . .”

PRAISE FOR DARK LIGHT OF DAY:

“A spectacular debut novel.”—USA Today bestselling author Faith Hunter

“There is a fresh new voice in urban fantasy, and she has a unique take on Armageddon…With her unusual heroine, Noon Onyx, Archer has created a brilliant character who struggles against fate to find her place in the world. Set against the backdrop of university life, there is an abundance of adventure, mystery and passion!”—RT Book Reviews

“[D]elightfully dark and unique.” Bitten By Books

“Archer is now down on my ‘never miss’ author list.”–Night Owl Reviews

“[A] fascinating story line… Jill Archer has created a dark world that will grab your attention from the very start.”—The Reading Cafe


Fiery Edge of Steel

Noon Onyx Book 2

Jill Archer

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Ace

Date of Publication: May 28, 2013

ISBN-10: 0425257169

ISBN-13: 978-0425257166

ASIN: B009NY48SO

Cover Artist: Jason Chan

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Book Description:

Noon Onyx is the first woman in memory to wield waning magic. Her unique abilities, paired with a lack of control and reluctance to kill, have branded her as an outsider from her peers. Only her powerful lover, Ari Carmine, and a roguish and mysterious Angel, Rafe Sinclair, support her unconventional ways.

When Noon is shipped off to a remote outpost to investigate several unusual disappearances, it seems Luck is not on her side. But when the outpost settlers claim that an ancient and evil foe has stepped out of legend to commit the crimes, Noon realizes that she could be facing something much worse than she ever imagined…


PRAISE FOR FIERY EDGE OF STEEL:

“Archer delves deeper into the enticing and magical world of Dark Light of Day in this original and clever urban fantasy… Excitement and action leap from the pages as Archer’s skill with description pulls readers fully into her magical world.” Publishers Weekly

“The second Noon Onyx story is an astounding adventure tale. Archer’s unique world, where Lucifer’s army triumphed at Armageddon, is filled with adherence to strict laws that keep an uneasy peace between races. This is proving to be a really fresh and fascinating series!” RT Book Reviews

“[D]arkly disturbing in the very best of ways, with complex characters, extremely detailed scenes, and a believability that sucks you in like world-bending magic.” Bitten By Books

“[A] moving and fun story about choices and consequences and love… If you like your fantasy with a twist, blended with some evil, [and] an incredible mystery… grab this series and get ready for book three.” Cabin Goddess

“[Noon] is extremely brave and outspoken. She is passionate and strong and she doesn’t falter in her core beliefs… Archer has a great ability to keep the story moving along through character’s dialogue and through her imaginative and unique world… Fiery Edge of Steel is a great follow up second book in this series.” Rabid Reads

“[T]he themes are ethereal… leaving lots of space for subjective interpretation… The story moves with lots of action and little extraneous dialogue or other word waste… If you like a mix of medieval, modern and fantasy with a kick-ass heroine, this is the series for you!” Fangs, Wands, and Fairy Dust


About the Author:

Jill Archer writes dark, genre-bending fantasy from rural Maryland. Her novels include Dark Light of Day, Fiery Edge of Steel, and White Heart of Justice. She loves cats, coffee, books, movies, day tripping, and outdoor adventuring.

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I heard a rumor that Rafe Sinclair makes a wish and I wanna know if it’s granted. @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

Nocturo. Tall dark handsome. Heard his scalpel’s put to good use. Is he gonna threaten Brunus w it again? @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

I love the characters, but I’m really just in it for the monsters and magic. Bring on the ice demons! @archer_jill #WHITEHEARTOFJUSTICE

Armageddon is over. The demons won. But it’s not as dark as all that. Parts of it are romantic and sweet. @archer_jill #NOONONYXSERIES


My Thoughts:

I found Dark Light of Day to be a little overwhelming and tedious to a degree. It was almost like having to learn a new language. Having said that, it was also very interesting. Jill Archer obviously has a knack for creating new worlds from the ground up and she left no stone (in this case the language) unturned. I can not imagine the time and endless effort it must have taken for such a task!

The landscape and setting were described very well and it was easy to imagine being there. That said I shudder to think of being there. You see in the world that the author created, the devil prevailed in Armageddon. Demons are worshiped and in charge. Let me stop once again to say something. I am Catholic so it was not an easy feat to read this book. There were many times while reading it that I had a strong urge to abandon ship because what I was reading was so against my beliefs. I know however that this was make believe and therefore I continued on. I do not for a minute believe this could ever come to pass. Reading this book does not therefore put a black mark on my soul. You may ask why I agreed to read it in the first place or why I continued reading it after I started and had to struggle with my conscience? At first, I thought the blurb sounded interesting. It is different from anything else that I've read pertaining to demons. I do wonder if perhaps Jill Archer is a satanist or at the very least an atheist. That would make writing this much easier I'm sure. Any way, between the blurb and the cover, I wanted to at least attempt it. Why did I keep reading? I always strive to finish what I start. The setting was unique, the plot different and interesting, the characters were entertaining, other than the parts that clashed with my religious beliefs, I enjoyed it.

I didn't really connect with the heroine. :-( Many times I found her to be annoying rather than bad a**. She didn't act the age she was supposed to be. In other words she seemed quite immature in many instances. I am hoping that she will grow and become all that she can in the books to come. 

There was a school like setting for much of it and you know how much I love those! You should see some of the classes they take. Oh my! There was more than that, romance ;-), action, suspense, and drama also helped to make this book an enjoyable read.

If you are very religious or have a hard time being objective where religion is concerned than I'd advise skipping this series. If you like demon books, are not religious, or are looking for something different and entertaining, than I would advise you to give this a try.

I received paperback copies (Thank you!) of both books in exchange for my honest opinion but haven't read the second book yet. Honestly, I thought Dark Light of Day was entertaining and enjoyable. I can't say it will go on my favorites list but I also didn't hate it. I didn't use the fact that I had to battle with my conscience in order to read it, to rank this book. That would not be fair to the author and instead of being a solid 3 stars, that would have probably made it a one or two.

     

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

FOREVER, Book One in the Time for Love Contemporary Romance Series by Miranda P. Charles


Blurb

Rebecca Andrews knew she was lucky to be hired as a private nurse for an elderly lady who was going on a one-month trip aboard a luxury cruise ship. But there was one big problem. The client was the grandmother of her ex-boyfriend--the guy she was still in love with; the guy who didn't love her back.

Zach Carmichael couldn't say no to his grandmother's plea to join her on a month-long cruise for her eightieth birthday. But he didn't expect his spritely gran to bring two private nurses with her. One of them happened to be the woman who broke his heart--the one he believed lied to him about her feelings.

Aboard a luxury liner, their passion for each other flared again. Was it just a temporary flame brought about by the romance of being in a cruise? How could they give love another chance when they were both afraid to put their hearts back on the line?

Forever

Time for Love #1

By: Miranda P. Charles

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Author Info

Ever since I was a young teenager, I have loved reading romance novels. My auntie used to send me boxes of her books and I would devour them one after another.

Every so often, I would read a mystery or a suspense or a paranormal novel as I love those genres too. But romance is still my favourite. :)

For many years, I wrote technical and non-fiction materials for professional use and had only dreamt about writing a novel. Then, one day, after a period of binge-reading sexy romances, I decided to sit in front of my computer and start writing my first fiction book. The result? My debut novel Will To Love, the first in the hot and sexy Lifestyle by Design series. After that, I knew that I would love to tell more beautiful love stories through my books.

I live in Sydney, Australia with my amazing husband who lovingly cheers me on in my journey as a novelist.






My Thoughts:

Rebecca is a nurse who has been trying to heal her broken heart. Zach is a wealthy playboy who had Rebecca but didn't believe her when she told him those three little words.

Both had and still have issues. Zach's grandmother seen the chemistry between the two. She wants them to be happy and so she invites both of them (separately) along with others on a birthday cruise for her.

They have no choice but to acknowledge each other while on a month long cruise.

Untruths are uncovered, secrets are too. Adversaries try to stand between them as well. This cruise had a lot going on. ;-)

You will find a meddling Granny, romance, steamy scenes, miscommunications and misunderstandings,and a cruise setting.

If this sound good to you, you should read it. It was very enjoyable!

I received an ecopy in exchange for my honest opinion. I thought it was pretty good. The pace was great and I cruised right along with my reading until I was through! I will be keeping my eye out for the next book.



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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Guest post by Amanda Weaver author of Always with a giveaway


About the Author

Like many writers, Amanda Weaver spent her childhood constantly telling stories. College steered her in a different direction and into a successful career as a designer. Several years ago, she picked up writing again strictly as a hobby, to blow off some creative steam. One thing led to another, National Novel Writing Month happened, and here we are.

Amanda Weaver grew up in Florida and now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, daughter and two crazy cats.

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The inspiration behind Always:

For a long time I’ve wanted to write a story about a friendship mixed with unrequited love. I liked the idea of a girl in love with a guy and then getting over him. Like, really over him, and still preserving their friendship. And then he falls in love with her. That dynamic had been dancing around in my mind for quite a while.

I’ve always had a soft spot for artists of all kinds. I’m an artist myself, and I love the idea of people bonding over what they create together. It’s powerful and the work exists outside of whatever personal dynamics people might be dealing with. The art can tie them together even when everything else might be pulling them apart. Mix that together with this theme of badly-timed love and Always slowly started shaking out.

Brushing my teeth is golden writing time for me. I can’t tell you how many story-telling problems I’ve solved while brushing my teeth before bed. That’s exactly when Always started. Imagine me, toothbrush still in my mouth, toothpaste dripping off my lip, while I furiously typed an exchange of dialogue into the notes function on my iphone before it slipped away from me. It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve started a story that way and hopefully it’s not the last. Anyway, that first bit of dialogue, which came before there was any kind of plot or characters, is still more or less in the book, at the tail end of Part 1. Let’s hear it for toothbrush inspiration.

Title: Always

Author: Amanda Weaver

Genre: Contemporary romance-age 20-30.

Publish Date: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Independently Published

Cover by: AngstyG/ www.angstyg.com

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~ Book Synopsis ~

From the moment they meet, their connection is perfect in every way but one.

It’s New Year’s Eve, 2006, and Justine James is fronting her dead-end band for a less-than-adoring crowd. But there’s one person there who sees what she could be—one person who changes everything for her.

Dillon Pierce clawed his way up from the LA streets with no one to count on but his best friend, Ash. Their years of struggle finally pay off when their band, Outlaw Rovers, gets signed and their single takes off. With Ash as the magnetic lead singer and Dillon as the band’s musical soul, they’re destined for greatness, provided Dillon can keep Ash from self-destructing first.

Dillon might not be fronting Outlaw Rovers, but he’s always been the only one Justine sees. She’s followed his career from afar and when he shows up at her crummy New Year’s Eve gig, nothing will stop her from meeting him. They forge an intense connection, rapidly moving from friends to musical soul mates. Justine wants much more, but she’s not willing to climb over groupies and industry bottom-feeders to make it happen. Dillon becomes a fixture in her life, but she has to figure out how to keep him out of her heart.

Outlaw Rovers begins to implode as Justine’s star is on the rise. The years that follow bring equal parts fame and ruin. For Justine, a new love supplants her old heartbreak, and Dillon has to reboot his life after losing nearly everything that matters. Despite the odds, Dillon and Justine remain devoted friends and musical collaborators. After all the missed chances, wrong turns and painful detours, can they finally find the happiness together that seemed destined from the start?


Excerpt from Chapter 4:

The room was still dim, only one sad lamp sitting on the floor in the corner, throwing a weak light over them. Justine’s eyes looked huge, sparkling in the shadows of her face. This was a moment, Dillon knew it. After a long afternoon of music and weed, feeling more connected to her than he’d felt to anyone since Ash back when they were kids, this was the moment. If he wanted to, he could set his guitar to the side, lean across and touch her beautiful face. He could kiss her. She’d let him. She’d kiss him back. His heart started beating faster at the thought of it. Kissing Justine. Touching her. Taking her upstairs. It could happen now. In a lot of ways, it felt like it should happen.

But then he heard Rocky’s voice in his head. If Ash was the devil on his shoulder, then Rocky was his unlikely angel, pointing out all the things he’d be better off not doing. Rocky said she was the kind of girl a guy fell hard for and she was. Justine was a girl who changed everything. She’d make a guy be a better man.

For once, he imagined the day after, not just the night before. He imagined trying to be a better man for Justine while still being the guy in the band he’d always been, and he didn’t know how to do it. This thing had taken off, like a rocket lit underneath him. All he knew how to do right now was hang on and try to enjoy the ride before it burned out. He didn’t know how to fit Justine into the picture, not the way she’d need to be with him. He didn’t know much, but he knew Justine was an all or nothing proposition. He wasn’t sure if he could give her his all, not now.

So he wouldn’t let this moment happen. He wouldn’t lean across and kiss her, even though he wanted to. He wouldn’t take her hand and lead her upstairs. Because the rest of this day was worth more than a night of sex. The music he shared with her was too damned important to gamble on a flare of lust. For once, he’d do the right thing, not the rock star thing.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Review ~ Kiss Me Goodnight by Michele Zurlo

Release: March 2, 2014

Paperback: 195 pages

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

ASIN: B00IRFDWR8

ISBN-10: 1623420997

ISBN-13: 9781623420994  

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I’m Lacey Hallem, and I have a few secrets. These aren’t them: I wash my hands a lot and lie when I’m stressed. Also, I have horrible taste in men. That’s how I knew Dylan was trouble the first time I saw him.

Life can be challenging for Lacey, especially when things don’t come in sets of six, but she’s smart and funny and able to keep her demons at bay--most of the time. She might have sensed trouble when she set eyes on Dylan, a delectable musician in a vintage T-shirt, but that doesn’t stop her from thinking about him, or spending more and more time in his company.

Enter Thomas. Wealthy, handsome, and completely adoring of Lacey (flaws and all), he’s everything a man should be. So why can’t she convince her heart to fall in love?

Prepare to be swept up in Michele Zurlo’s emotional and compelling story of learning to trust yourself, facing the past, and finding strength you never knew you had.

“Michele writes with such vivid style that she lifts the reader into the story to participate in the delicious, wicked fantasy. “ ~ USA Today

Author Bio:

I’m Michele Zurlo, author of over 20 romance novels. I write contemporary and paranormal, BDSM and mainstream--whatever it takes to give my characters the happy endings they deserve.

I’m not half as interesting as my characters. My childhood dreams tended to stretch no further than the next book in my to-be-read pile, and I aspired to be a librarian so I could read all day. I ended up teaching middle school, so that fulfilled part of my dream. Some words of wisdom from an inspiring lady had me tapping out stories on my first laptop, so in the evenings, romantic tales flow from my fingertips.

I’m pretty impulsive when it comes to big decisions, especially when it’s something I’ve never done before. Writing is just one in a long line of impulsive decisions that turned out to showcase my great instincts.

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My Thoughts:

Kiss Me Goodnight was different in a good way. The characters had issues, well the heroine in particular. She has OCD and lies when stressed or anxious. That didn't stop me from really liking her. Lacey had a lot of charisma and despite her issues she was very easy to like.

Dylan is a man on a mission. His mission is to live his dream. His dream is to be in a successful band. He is sexy, handsome, has a voice that can make you melt, a sense of humor and is compassionate and understanding. What's not to like? That is his secret to tell and you'll find out if you read the book!

Then there is Thomas. He is successful, rich, handsome, and is a victim of one of her lies. I like that it doesn't deter him!

It was funny, quirky, dramatic, musical (there is a band and lots of awesome lyrics!), and romantic. It is also deep and intense in parts. There were some things in Lacey's past that would make anyone shudder. Which is how she came to have her issues.

Lacey's lying is the cause for many laughs throughout the pages. They are also the cause of many good things that end up happening.

I really enjoyed getting ensnared in Lacey's story. Reading what her and her friends go through was a worthwhile escape from my reality that left me a little more appreciative of what I have.

I'd recommend this one to anyone looking for a romance that includes a little bit of a love triangle and is a little quirky and unusual. I would advise having tissues handy for one or two parts.

I really liked it and will be happy to see June come so that I can get my hands on Kiss Me By Moonlight, the next book in the Kiss Me series. I received an ecopy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.


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