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Bargain Tuesday: Flesh and Bone ~ Willow Rose

Flesh and Blood
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Title: Flesh and Bone (The Vampires of Shadow Hills Series, Book 1)
Author: Willow Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Release: February 6, 2018
Pages: 264

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For fans of Twilight and The Vampire Diaries comes a new addiction impossible to put down.

What if you can’t trust your own family?

Robyn’s parents are ruining her life. As if their constant bickering and embarrassing behavior wasn’t bad enough, they’ve forbidden her from hanging out with her crush just when a flirty new girl moves to their block. Strangely enough, Robyn’s parents look the other way when her big brother breaks curfew… even after a local girl’s violent murder.

With the neighborhood on high alert, strange sightings are on the rise and the accusations begin to fly. Between her brother’s nighttime excursions and her parents’ odd behavior, Robyn starts to worry that the killer may be living under her own roof. In a town where neighbor has turned against neighbor, deciding whom to trust with her dark fears could be a matter of life and death…

Flesh and Blood is the first book in a fun and frightening series of romantic paranormal mysteries. If you like terrifying thrills, flesh and blood characters, and hot vampires, then you’ll love Willow Rose’s spine-chilling tale of this intense love triangle.

Buy Flesh and Blood to discover a dynamic series with heart-stopping suspense, fierce romances, and jaw-dropping surprises.

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Bargain Tuesday: Soho Dead, The Edinburgh Seer, Secrets of Redemption

Soho Dead
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Title: Soho Dead(The Soho Series, Book 1)
Author: Greg Keen
Genre: Mystery
Date of Release: July 1, 2017
Pages: 334

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Kenny Gabriel is three years away from turning sixty, has forty-three quid in the bank and is occasionally employed to find people who would rather not be found. Broke, clientless and depressed, he knows things can’t get much worse. Then he’s summoned to the office of London media magnate Frank Parr, whose daughter, Harry, is missing—and there’s ten grand on the table to get her back.

It’s a lot of money, and God knows Kenny needs the cash. But he and Frank have a history he’d rather not revisit. Kenny worked for him in the seventies, when Frank was the head of a Soho magazine empire and owner of an infamous nightclub. And Kenny might still be working for Frank now—if he hadn’t witnessed his boss brutally torturing another employee.

Kenny suspects taking this job is a mistake, and he’s probably right. Because while he may be done with the past, the past is far from done with him.

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The Edinburgh Seer Series
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Title: The Edinburgh Seer (The Complete Trilogy)
Author: Alisha Klapheke
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Date of Release: March 23, 2018
Pages: Unknown

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She thought hiding her sixth sense would solve everything. She was very, very wrong.

In a land divided by corruption and rebellion, Aini successfully manages her father’s altered candy lab alongside an apprentice—the mysterious, sexy Thane.

But life goes from sweet to sour when the most nefarious clan in Scotland abducts her father.

And the only way to rescue him is to risk using her sixth sense and stop fighting Fate.

Leap into USA Today bestselling author Alisha Klapheke’s unique, action-packed adventure, an urban fantasy series that fans of Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander will love!

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Secrets of Redemption
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Title: Secrets of Redemption
Author: L.K. Shaw
Genre: Suspense
Date of Release: March 24, 2017
Pages: 280

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I killed a man.

He deserved to die, but guilt threatens to consume me. Every time I close my eyes, all I see is blood. His face haunts me, and I don’t know how much more I can take. My life is out of control. Then, there is Josie. I’ve wanted her for years, and now, I can never have her. Darkness surrounds me. I’m damaged goods. A murderer.

I killed a man.

He deserved to die, and never once have I regretted my actions. Then, there is Miles, who walks around as if ghosts are chasing him. I know what he did, and I know it’s eating him alive. I’ve loved him for years, and now, it’s time for action. Time for him to learn that submission will give him back his control. I only hope my Domination can light his way out of the darkness.

 

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Release Day! Vanquishing the Viscount ~ Elizabeth Keysian

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Title: Vanquishing the Viscount (Wayward in Wessex, Book 3)
Author: Elizabeth Keysian
Genre: Historical Romance
Date of Release: April 9, 2018
Pages: Unknown

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VANQUISHING THE VISCOUNT is out today! Get your copy and fall in love with this epic Regency romance today!

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Emma Hibbert will never again trust a good-looking man. They offer nothing but heartbreak and humiliation. But her conscience won’t let her abandon a sinfully handsome stranger needing help—even if he ignites an unwelcome passion in her. She soon realizes she should have left him in the mud where she found him, for he has the power to ruin everything…

Viscount Tidworth is anything but grateful for being rescued after a tumble from his horse. His pretty savior may be well-meaning, but forcing him to delay his journey completely wrecks his engagement plans. And Tidworth cannot let that stand. But when he discovers Emma’s true identity, he must choose between his desire for revenge…and his baffling attraction to her.

 

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Book Review: The Vampire Secret ~ Tricia Barr

 

The Vampire Secret
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3-and-a-half-stars
Title: The Vampire Secret (The Amarant Series, Book 1)
Author: Tricia Barr
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of Release: March 17, 2018
Pages: 374
Format: PDF (JA Culican Review)

What do you do when you’re a 17 (going on 18) year old who loves reading vampire novels and you notice some anomalies? You do what all other sane people do… you look up the author and lose your shit when you find out he’s an actual vampire! Well, not all sane people would do that… just Crimson. Crimson is obsessed with the author, Nicholae Albaric, an actual vampire who writes about his life adventures, never realizing someone would think they were true. Crimson isn’t all that she seems… but she doesn’t know it. She is a very rare and special breed, but the only way to know that would be her eyes. Can Nicholae save her or will an old enemy ruin his plans?

The characters are likable enough. The hard part is remembering Crimson is a teenager. It shouldn’t be too hard to remember she’s a teenager, given her dialogue. Some of her thoughts will make you frustrated or annoyed; which is why you have to keep in mind her age. I can understand some of the comparisons to Twilight, but I think this is slightly better. One of my issues with this book is how long it took to get to Crimson meeting Nicholae, and the synopsis to come to life. All of her interactions with her friends weren’t necessary. The book didn’t need a lot of fluff. You kinda got that with Benny. Benny is a loveable vampire when you get to know him. He provides a decent amount of comic relief. There was a point in the book where Benny’s name was spelled differently. While this didn’t factor into my rating, it definitely stood out.

I liked the story well enough, but it didn’t wow me. The synopsis is great and the cover is fantastic, it just takes a little too long to get into.

 

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Book Review: Protogenesis ~ Alysia Helming

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Title: Protogenesis (The Protogena Chronicles, Book 1)
Author: Alysia Helming
Rating: 1.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Mythology, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Date of Release: March 29, 2018
Pages: 398
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

There aren’t many books on my DNF list, but the books that are on that list are there for a reason. Unfortunately, this book will have to join the list. Protogenesis has a very promising synopsis about a young girl who loses her mother and goes on a journey to find her. Instead, what you get is a story about a young girl who loses her mother and goes to Greece to find her, but gets sidetracked by two young men, whom she can’t decide who she wants to be with. It seemed like Helene spent more time being in a love triangle than finding her mom. Helene came off as a whiny brat, who didn’t treat people very well. The author creates a love triangle that just didn’t work for me. Both Nick and Ever were treated poorly by Helene. I understand she is going through something rough… but her rudeness was off-putting and made it hard to have any kind of sympathy for her.

The Greek mythology was there, but I don’t think it was enough to save this book. The writing was a bit immature, and ironically, didn’t take away from anything, but the execution was off. I made it the 62% mark and no longer cared about what happened. I will try to finish this book at a later time, but to get to 62% was a struggle.

Thanks to NetGalley and Black Rose Writing for approving me to read and review, but I don’t think I was the intended audience for this one.

 

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Book Review: The Immortals ~ Alesha Escobar

 

The Immortals
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Title: The Immortals (The Immortal Brotherhood, Book 1)
Author: Alesha Escobar & H.M. Jones
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal
Publisher: Creative Alchemy, Inc.
Date of Release: March 26, 2018
Pages: 170
Format: Kindle (Lizzie Black)

What is more badass than a woman who moonlights by stealing precious items from powerful people? How about being a badass whose family legacy is helping save the world from evil? Meet Raina Black. She is a spy that works for a company called Hyperion (I, for one, will never see Disney the same anymore…) but moonlights after hours to help pay her sister’s medical bill. On her recent assignment, things go wrong… very quickly. The item she was hired to procure is a part of her family legacy and has fixed itself to her. The Immortal Brother to her aid. Meet Noah. He has a powerful and dangerous gift. He can regenerate! (I thought of Doctor Who, but it’s a bit different!) Noah helps Raina escape, but convincing her she needs the Brotherhood as much as they need her… well… he’s out of his depth. Will Raina be able to save her dying sister and help the Brotherhood, or will the two conflict? If so, who will she choose? The life of her sister, or the fate of the world?

There is chemistry between Raina and Noah. While it is acknowledged, it doesn’t go beyond the acknowledgment. On one hand, I’m glad it didn’t. Romance isn’t the focus of this story, so to take it beyond the two noticing the other is attractive would have definitely taken away from the story. On the other hand, I so wanted them to be together, and perhaps they will be. THere just wasn’t room in the first book for every element. I would like to know more about the organization Raina worked for, Hyperion. How do they tie into The Brotherhood and the evil forces they are up against? The characters are quite interesting and I need more of them (particularly Bev) in my life. I will be continuing this series because I need to know what happens to the bad guy?! This is a good start to a series!

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Book Review: From the Farmhouse Kitchen ~Dawn Stoltzfus; Carol Falb

 

From the Farmhouse Kitchen
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Title: From the Farmhouse Kitchen
Author: Dawn Stoltzfus; Carol Falb
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Cookbook, Food & Wine
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers;
Date of Release: March 6, 2018
Pages: 226
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

This book, this MAGNIFICENT book, is a LIFESAVER y’all! I’m being very serious and sincere when I tell you this. It is a lifesaver! From the Farmhouse Kitchen came in extremely handy as I made the decision to give up takeout for Lent. Every meal I eat has to be prepared by me. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into!

The recipes are easy to follow and simple. For those of us who do not eat meat or dairy products, the recipes can be adapted to your diet. While that was not the purpose of this cookbook, it can be done. The dishes were delicious and I look forward to the constant use of this book! It was fantastic and Lent is becoming a breeze!