Monday, January 26, 2015

Blood Monarch Release Day Blitz


About the Book:
A king's duty never ends, even when his kingdom changes. Vladimir Dracula is one of the most famous and misunderstood figures in all of history. One thing is true, he is a king, and he is a vampire. He is the true king and enforcer of the vampire race. Feared by all of his own kind, he is perhaps the most lethal of the Black Dragon God's mortal born servants. At the same time, he personifies sex.  
None can resist his charms, save one. 
Vax King is the Chosen of Hecate, the Heir of Mjolnir, and has no plans on a mate. When he's called on to enter Fae lands, he's surprised to find the legendary vampire there. Looking to aid the beautiful Fae, Anaya, and her soul mate, Galen, Vax must enter a world of sex of violence with only Vlad to accompany him. Here, there can be no denial, no hesitation. Only truth....and dominance. 
A war is brewing in the Fae lands, as the fallen angels rise to lay claim to the power of their goddess, Verlaine and topple their higher brethren. Older than most, Vlad must accustom himself to having a soul mate, and use all his legendary power to stop the forces of darkness long believed to be controlled by him. A new kingdom is the prize, and none knows better than the famed Dracula that the secret to power lies in the blood.
Book Links:  Goodreads I Amazon


Meet the Characters:

Vladimir Dracula

AKA: Vlad, Vlad the Impaler, Dracula
Height: 6’10”
Weight: 315 pounds
Hair: shoulder length, brown
Origin: A human follower of Jarel, the Black Dragon god. He was caught in the crossfire of Jarel’s disagreement with a demon god and the result changed him into one of the first vampires. 
More info: Contrary to popular belief, he has never sired another vampire. The entire race descends from the married couple, Vacker and Deidre. He has functioned as the final enforcer of the race since its creation. He is lethal in battle, being one of those fortunate enough to have had Jarel’s favor in mortal life first. He is also extremely sexual, with an appeal that draws others to him. He should not be confused with the prince who became known as Vlad the Impaler. He’s far older and earned the name in a far different manner. 

Vax

Height: 6’4”
Weight: 220 pounds
Hair: long, red
Origin: A mortal born witch, servant to Hecate, the patron goddess of witches. He was chosen by the goddess himself to wield the legendary hammer Mjolnir to expel Lucifer from the mortal world.
More info: Vax originally had a bit of a self-confidence issue. Because he’s mortal born, he is not used to the strength and power gifted to him by the goddess. He’s a quick learner, and in fact, had a bit of conflict with Vlad in his first story. He’s the first person to resist Vlad’s charm when the vampire is really pouring it on. 

Anaya

Height: 5’3”
Hair: long, red
Origin: An orphaned Fae, she comes into contact with Brandon during his mortal life and the two have a son, Theo, who eventually becomes one of the Three Fates. She is actually the daughter of the Fae queen and the very first angel, Apollyon.
More info: Anaya was captured due to her softer and trusting nature in the second book, and the reasons are complicated. Her ties to the father of her child as well as her soul mate, in addition to her parentage, made her a target. But she’s certainly come into her own and is no damsel in distress

Galen

Height: 6’6”
Weight: 258 pounds
Eyes: blue
Hair: long, black
Origin: A warrior angel created by an ancient goddess, he has only known war and duty and has not adjusted to the idea of having a soul mate.
More info: Galen has loyalty that cannot be questioned, even falling from grace to aid in the fall of Lucifer. He’s powerful and ruthless in battle, but unfamiliar with the concept of love. It’s taken him a long time to accept Anaya.


About the Author:

Drako resides in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, which you may notice is part of the setting of this series. When he isn’t writing, he’s busy editing for other authors, reviewing books, working, going to college, and spending time with his friends and two nieces. He blogs often and is very active on Facebook while trying to readjust to activity on twitter. His subject matter varies as he likes to talk about more than just his writing.

You can check out his posts at his website, drakosden.weebly.com

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Jeremy's Promise Book Blast & Giveaway


Jeremy's Promise

Jeremy's Promise by A.R. Talley

The trip that was meant to save Annie and Jeremy’s marriage brought it to near ruin. Now Annie has returned home, frightened and confused. Jeremy, too, is frightened—and angry. What will it take to save their marriage? It’s clear. Jeremy needs to forgive—Annie needs to forget. A promise is made. A tragedy occurs. A second honeymoon is disrupted. A chance encounter brings David Andrews back into Annie’s life. Annie is determined to remain faithful. She’s made a promise she intends to keep—Jeremy’s Promise.


Praise for Jeremy's Promise

A.R. Talley, gives you a believable look at the struggle of one couple to reconnect and heal their marriage, with dialog which sweeps you into the moment as if you were there with them, experiencing both their pain and recovery. Kudos to the author who has once again produced a book I couldn't put down, as well as one I felt compelled to read multiple times. ~Donna Dech

Jeremy's Promise second book in a trilogy by A.R. Talley is an awesome, emotional, romantic, highly recommended, well written story with captivating and engaging characters. ~Debbie Ballard

This is not a book I would have picked by myself! I loved it from start to finish! Eagerly waiting for the third book in the trilogy to come out!! I highly recommend this book! ~Goodreads

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A. R. Talley lives in Ohio with her husband Doug and the last of her seven children (the rest have flown the coup.) She loves to cook, read, write, watch movies, play piano, and laugh. Her second favorite vacation involves the British Isles and a small café in Scotland.

 
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Honey The Dixie Dingo Dog Blog Tour & Giveaway



Synopsis:
Bestselling and award-winning author Allen Paul has created an endearing character in Honey, a swamp dog who gets rescued at the moment she's about to get shot. Taken to live at Banbury Cross Farm with other rescued Dixie Dingos, her quick cuts and darting turns soon draw notice; she's then trained for agility championships, the most popular of all canine sports. From the start, Honey forms a deep bond with Miss Jane, who saved her in the nick of time. Her trainer is Ace, a worldly wise black man who manages the farm's kennel. Honey forms another deep bond with Miss Jane's partner, Mr. Billy, a skilled horseman who delights Honey by quoting famous rhymes.

The story is told by Honey in a charming southern voice. She's just turned one (equal to a 10-year-old girl or boy) when the story begins. At its center is a haunting mystery: Why are swamp critters turning up dead with a wild look in the eye? Many believe a big coyote named Geronimo scares them to death. When two dead dingo pups are found, Honey becomes convinced that her pack, which is still in the swamp, could be next. Somehow she has to get them out. The plot thickens when several small pets get killed in the nearby town. Rewards are posted and a group led by the trapper Topper Guy, who nearly shot Honey, head for the swamp. Twelve innocent dingos mistaken for coyotes get shot. Miss Jane confronts Topper Guy and demands that the killings stop. The upshot is a high stakes bet: Topper Guy wagers his guns against Miss Jane's favorite horse that Honey won't win at the Sportsman's Championship. How Honey fares in that contest, and how the mystery killer gets caught, make for a thrilling read that kids at heart of all ages will love.

In the end, Honey learns an unforgettable lesson that her pack, which now includes humans, comes first. Based on a true story, this book will appeal to middle grade readers and adults. On July 17, 2013 a front-page article in the New York Times cited new genetic evidence suggesting that the Dixie Dingo (registered as the Carolina Dog) is the oldest breed in North America, predating European settlement by many centuries. They were Native American camp dogs but are not related to the Australian dingos. Many Dixie Dingos still live in southern swamps. With their antenna-like ears and muscular build, their look is quite distinctive. Dixie Dingos are excellent pets who form deep bonds with humans.
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About the Author:
 
Allen began his career as a reporter with the Associated Press in Raleigh, NC. Later, he wrote speeches in Washington for a congressional committee chairman, a member of the president’s cabinet and the chairman of one presidential campaign. He was in Poland gathering material for his first book when the Berlin Wall fell. That book – Katyn: Stalin’s Massacre and the Triumph of Truth – became a bestseller in Eastern Europe. It earned warm praised from the New York Times, the Washington Post, New York Review of Books and many other media outlets.

He was a Fulbright Fellow in Poland in 2010-11 and collected material there for a novel based on a daring mission of the Polish underground at the end of World War Two. It will be published in 2015.

His first book for younger readers (middle grade) was inspired by his own dog, Honey, whose breed – the Dixie Dingo – is probably the oldest in North America.

Allen holds a B.A. degree in English with a minor in History from Guilford College, and a Masters of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University. He and his wife, Betsy, live in Raleigh and have two grown children.
 
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  • 1 Winner will receive a $20.00 Amazon Gift Card.
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Monday, January 19, 2015

A Woodland Miracle Book Review & Giveaway



I have a really good book to share with you today called A Woodland Miracle written by Ruth Reid that I think you will enjoy reading!

Synopsis:
Grace feels like she can't measure up to those around her, and Ben could use a good dose of humility.

In their small northern Michigan district, where women outnumber men three to one, Grace doesn't believe she will ever attract a husband, especially with her limp. Tired of struggling both emotionally and physically, Grace is ready to see the specialist in Ohio, even if it means going against everything she's heard about God's grace being sufficient.

Ben Eicher is a young man from Pinecraft, Florida, whose carefree ways have caused him to lose his father's respect-again. According to Ben, though, life shouldn't be so serious that it suffocates all the fun. When he is sent to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to get his life back on track, he never thought it would mean working alongside a woman-especially a hardworking one like Grace. The last thing Grace wants is another friendship with a man who pities her.

Meanwhile, the Amish community becomes entangled with two potentially dangerous men on the run. When Ben discovers Grace has been kidnapped, he sets out to find the woman who has captured his heart and risks his own life when he attempts to lure the captors away.

Grace must learn that God's love is sufficient, and Ben is left to ponder whether he belongs back in Florida, or in the northern woods-with Grace.
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My thoughts:
 
This story is a real tear jerker, so you better have your hanky near you while reading this tragic story. Grace actually believes that a doctor in Ohio can fix her but when she finally gets up the courage to go see him, he doesn't have very good news to share with her.
 
It's a wonderful setting in an Amish community where Grace lives and Ben comes from Florida to prove to his father he can settle down and get a job done.
 
He has never met anyone like Grace and he begins to see her as a beautiful woman and not the girl with the bad leg and has to limp. If only Grace could accept that fact, she might be a lot happier.
 
Will their love for each other override their fears?
 
Happy Reading!
 
About the Author:
 
Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She's a full-time pharmacist who resides in Florida with her husband and three children.
 
I thought that this book was such a treasure that I wanted to share it with one of you. The giveaway is open in the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!
 
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The Schwarschild Radius Book Review & Giveaway


Synopsis:
Rachel, an 18-year-old Columbia University student descends into the netherworld of runaways and predators to find her sister, Olivia, who has suddenly disappeared. After getting a job in a strip joint where Olivia worked, then doing private shows in the homes of rich clients, Rachel discovers that Olivia has been abducted by a killer who auctions the deaths of young girls in an eBay of agony.  
As she closes in on the killer who has taken Olivia, Rachel becomes his next target.
My thoughts:

I have to say this is a really intense book! I am not sure why either girl chose to go the route that they did because it sounds like their parents were really good people and would have helped them with the money situation if they had just asked.

But, as usual, teens think that they know everything and that their way is the best way. So, because they both made dumb choices, they are exposed to all kinds of scumbags and really awful people who end up making their lives a living hell.

This story is about 2 young girls who do the unthinkable to rescue another unknown sister that they have back in China who is being used as a sex slave.

This story is a little bit too graphic for teens and it almost made me a little sick in several places but it tells it like it is and I am sure the real life stories of some of these young girls is portrayed just about right. So, take caution in letting young teens read this story.

Happy Reading!
 
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About the Author:

Gustavo Florentin was born in Queens, New York and received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic University of New York. He spent a decade in the defense industry working on the F-14 fighter jet and classified electronics projects.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, many thought America wouldn't need weapons anymore, so while others waited for the peace dividend, he moved on to the financial sector in New York where he is currently a network engineer. His passions include violin, travel to exotic places and exploring worldwide conspiracies. He lives in New Jersey where he is working on his third novel.

His thriller, In the Talons of the Condor, won the following awards:

WUACADEMIA--Prix d'Or Best Novel
The Verb First Chapter Contest--First Prize
Mount Arrowsmith Best Novel 4th place
The Writing Show--Second Prize best first chapter of a novel.
Second Prize--16th Annual International Latino Book Awards

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Kato And The Fountain of Wrinkles Book Review & Giveaway


 
Title: Kato and the Fountain of Wrinkles
Author: Rhys Ella
Publisher: Tate Publishing Enterprises, LLC
Pages: 284
Genre: Paperback & Kindle

Synopsis:
For famous animal actor Kato Rhyan, being named “Cutest Pug Alive” by Pooch Magazine was cool (all right, really cool).  But for him, acting isn’t about fame, it’s a part of him buried deep within his soul; and he’s not about to let anything stand in his way of becoming the first animal to win an Oscar for Best Actor, even if it means taking on a role that requires a wrinkly dog’s worst nightmare – Botox injections. 
But before the injection process begins, it’s discovered that the Fountain of Wrinkles — located in his beautiful hometown of Callia Rugas — has been contaminated by Botox, jeopardizing the lives of crinkly canines everywhere and setting off a chain of events that force him to bid farewell to his dream and set foot on an adventure of a lifetime in search of the antidote to restore the Fountain. 
But as with any good Hollywood tale, the story that seems so apparent is not always the one that unfolds.  The twists and turns that follow are sure to keep you guessing and laughing.
My thoughts:

This is a really cute story of two pugs, named Kato and E.J. Kato is always getting his brother, E.J. out of mischief.

Kato is a dog movie star and someone gets the wild idea of injecting Botox so that all of his wrinkles will go away. But, those wrinkles are what makes Kato and E.J. so adorable!

Follow Kato and E.J. as they go from one adventure to another. You will be laughing so hard you will have tears coming down your face and not even realize it. This is a great feel good book, especially if you love pets, dogs in particular and especially pugs!

Happy Reading!

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About the Author:
 
Rhys Ella, lover of all furry four-leggers, grew up in small town West Virginia surrounded by cats who believed they were dogs and pint-sized dogs with personalities larger than life.
 
Today, Rhys lives in North Carolina with her husband, young son, and a fish named Hobo.  An avid runner, the book’s concept came to Rhys during an evening run but did not fully come to fruition until the passing of her fourteen-year-old pug, Prince “Kato” Chang.
 
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I really enjoyed this book and thought that one of you might love to read it also. This is a print copy book. Open in the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!
 
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop


 
Hosted by: I am A Reader
 
Welcome to Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop!
 
I have three wonderful part history, part romance books to share with you that I think you will all love. If you are a romantic at heart, these book will be perfect on those days when it's too cold or wet to go outside. All three books are print copy books and can only be mailed in the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!
 
Each book listed is a link back to my original review if you need to check up on the synopsis of the book. Don't forget to follow the Linky List so you can enter to win even more awesome books!
 
1.)  A Promise Kept written by Robin Lee Hatcher
 
 
2.)  The Heart's Pursuit written by Robin Lee Hatcher
 
 
3.)  A Sensible Arrangement written by Tracie Peterson
 
 
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Not Without My Father Book Review



I have  a really great book that I thought you might be interested in reading called Not Without My Father written by Andra Watkins.

Synopsis:
Can an epic adventure succeed without a hero?  
Andra Watkins needed a wingman to help her become the first living person to walk the historic 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. She planned to walk fifteen miles a day. For thirty-four days.  
After striking-out with everyone in her life, she was left with her disinterested eighty-year-old father. And his gas. The sleep apnea machine and self-scratching. Sharing a bathroom with a man whose gut obliterated his aim.  
As Watkins trudged America's forgotten highway, she lost herself in despair and pain. Nothing happened according to plan, and her tenuous connection to her father started to unravel. Through arguments and laughter, tears and fried chicken, they fought to rebuild their relationship before it was too late.  
In Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, Watkins invites readers to join her dysfunctional family adventure in a humorous and heartbreaking memoir that asks if one can really turn 'I wish I had' into 'I'm glad I did.'
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My thoughts:
 
This is a really good story about a woman who isn't sure if she can be with her father for the length of time it will take to this hike but in the end decides to let him come and that is what starts this amazing journey!
 
She gets to re-acquaint herself with her 80 year old father and with him beside her, she finally understands him and can get along with him.
 
You will cheer her on along with her father who has a knack for helping her sell her books. People really take a shine to him and she starts to see her father in a new and totally different light. She ends up coming out of this hike with a lot more than she went into it and realizes just how lucky she was to have him as her father.
 
Happy Reading!
 
About the Author:
 
Andra Watkins lives in Charleston, South Carolina. a non-practicing CPA, she has a degree in accounting from Francis Marion University. she’s still mad at her mother for refusing to let her major in musical theater, because her mom was convinced she’d end up starring in porn films.
 
In addition to her writing talent, Andra is an accomplished public speaker. she is the first living person to walk the 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. her acclaimed first novel to live forever: an afterlife journey of Meriwether Lewis was published by word hermit press in 2014.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall Book Review & Giveaway



I have a new book to share with you filled with mystery and romance called A Lady at Willowgrove Hall written by Sarah E. Ladd.

Synopsis:
Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness. His secret traps him in a life that is not his own. 
Darbury, England, 1819 
Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could expose her disgrace. But soon after becoming a lady’s companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with the past she’s desperately hidden for years. 
Nathaniel Stanton has a secret of his own—one that has haunted him for years and tied him to his father’s position as steward of Willowgrove Hall. To protect his family, Nathaniel dares not breathe a word of the truth. But as long as the shadow looms over him, he’ll never be free to find his own way in the world. He’ll never be free to fall in love. 
When the secrets swirling within Willowgrove Hall come to light, Cecily and Nathaniel must confront a painful choice: Will they continue running from the past . . . or will they stand together and fight for a future without the suffocating weight of secrets long kept?
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My thoughts:
 
You will this romantic story if you are into romance with a side of mystery thrown in for good measure.
 
It's a good thing I didn't live back in those days because I think all of these secrets that people keep are so funny! Gosh, what they considered a scandal is nothing these days! But, to them, especially women, any hint of bad behavior and they are ruined for life.
 
It's a good, strong and solid story about how things were back in those days and you will feel transported back to a time that is very different from the times we live in now.
 
Hopefully, Cecily and Nathaniel let go of their parent's stuffy rules and strike out on their own and see what is meant to be!
 
Happy Reading!
 
I thought this was such a great story, I wanted to share it with one reader. I am giving away my print copy to one winner. Open in the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!
 
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The Faithful Book Review


 
I have another really great book I wanted to share with all of you called The Faithful written by S. M. Freedman.
 
Synopsis:
For Agent Josh Metcalf, memories are ghosts. They are blood-soaked backpacks and the smell of strawberry Chap Stick. Josh is haunted by a little girl who went missing his first summer on the force. Decades later his search has become an obsession, and he's pinned the photos of hundreds of missing children to his wall of tears. All the children had psychic abilities. All the cases went cold -- with no witnesses, no useful tips, and no children ever recovered. Until a woman gets injured trying to stop an abduction, and Josh comes face to face with his personal ghost. 
For Rowan Wilson, a meteorite hunter for NASA's Spaceguard program, memories are lies. The childhood she thought she knew has been erased, leaving a black hole in its place. New recollections are flaring to life: men dressed like priests, a ranch in the mountains, mind control, and rape. Each new memory draws her closer to one of the other missing children, Sumner Macey; and to I Fidele, the underground organization for whom kidnapping is just the beginning. 
For Sumner, memories have become weapons. He's sharpened each of his with surgical precision: the ranch, the doctrine, the mind-wash, and the murders. He's eager to slice at the black sludge pumping through I Fidele's heart, desperate to cripple those who stole his childhood. 
To I Fidele, non-psychics are cockroaches in need of extermination, an inferior species destroying the earth. They're ready to enforce eugenics on a global scale. If they succeed, only those faithful to their doctrine will survive.
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My thoughts:
 
I will admit that it took me a few chapters to really get into this book but once I did, I couldn't put it down!
 
This is story that unfortunately, we are hearing a lot about these days, which is how the world is going to end and by whom and by what. This is a unique twist on a group of highly intelligent people decided to take matters into their own hands and started gathering up all the children who had any kind of ESP or other special gifts.
 
They were going to bring about the end of the world and try to start all over again with just these kids and their powers. Of course, the elders of this crazy cult would be there, too and as the story unfolds, they aren't as innocent as they make themselves out to be. Some are downright perverts in my book!
 
But, by the end of this first book, I was definitely hooked and can't wait to read the next one!
 
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
 
S.M. Freedman is a top-ranked Amazon author in the Mystery, Thriller and Suspense categories, and a member of the WorldWiseWriters group. She lives in Vancouver with her husband, two children and a giant orange cat.
 
She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and spent years as a private investigator and business owner.
 
Inspired by authors of many different genres (favorites include Sue Grafton, Diana Gabaldon, Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, Justin Cronin, Suzanne Collins and Lawrence Hill, to name a few) she eventually turned back to her first love: writing.
 
The Faithful, a paperback and kindle Amazon Bestseller in both the US and the UK, and a Quarter Finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, is her debut novel. She's currently working on the sequel.
 
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Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.