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Book Review: Dark Wine at Midnight ~ Jenna Barwin

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Title: Dark Wine at Midnight (A Hill Vampire Novel, Book 1)
Author: Jenna Barwin
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal
Publisher: Hidden Depths Publishing
Date of Release: April 25, 2017
Pages: 370
Format: Kindle (Jenna Barwin via AXP )

I have been wary of the vampire genre since The Twilight Saga, however I was impressed with this story and the set up for the series. I will say it did start off a bit slow, but it was absolutely worth it. Cerissa is a scientist who is given a mission to infiltrate The Hill, a society comprised of vampires. She goes under the guise of wanting to build a scientific lab. Henry, a wine making vampire and a founding member of The Hill, doesn’t believe her, but they are drawn to each other. There is more to both than meets the eye… Can they figure out who is trying to assassinate the founders of The Hill before it’s too late?

The writing is fantastic. As I stated earlier, it does start off slow, but it gives you plenty of information to follow along. There were some things about the story line that didn’t jive with me, but it didn’t take away my enjoyment of the story. There were just some personal things I wouldn’t have stood for. Jenna Barwin is new to me and I look forward to the next story in the series!

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Book Review: The Girl Without Magic ~ Megan O’Russell

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Title: The Girl Without Magic  (The Chronicles of Maggie Trent)
Author: Megan O’Russell
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Curiousity Quills Press
Date of Release: January 8, 2018
Pages: 231
Format: Kindle (Curiousity Quills Press)

Believing she was dead, Maggie wakes up in a realm of the Sirens. The currency of choice however is magic; which Maggie does not want to give away. While in this realm, Maggie meets Bertrand, who has been there practically forever. He serves as a bit of a mentor for her. Through Bertrand, she learns she can travel to other realms and go on a adventure.

Through her adventures, she meets Tammond, in a realm on the verge of war, and they are in desperate need of her help! The attraction is immediate and I adore this.

The world and character development is great. There are twists and turns and all of this keeps you quite interested. It’s a quick read and a promising start to a new series.

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Wicked Wednesdays! HERO Force ~ Amy Gamet

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Title: HERO Force Box Set (Books 1-3)
Author: Amy Gamet
Genre: Military Romance
Date of Release: June 19, 2017
Pages: 461

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Blurb:  Meet the men of HERO Force, the Hands-on Engagement and Recognizance Operations team.

Book One: Stranded with the SEAL

Love and danger collide on a snowy mountain road…

Navy SEAL Trevor “Hawk” Hawkins is on a mission to avenge his teammate’s death when he crashes into another car during a blizzard. Olivia Grayson was running from her own wedding, but the accident leaves her struggling to remember anything at all. Sparks fly between Trevor and Olivia, but an enemy is quickly closing in on the remote cabin – and the holes in Olivia’s memory might be the biggest danger of all.

Book Two: Sheltered by the SEAL

He owes her two people.
She’s only taking back one.

Jessa McConnell conspires to get pregnant by Jax Andersson, commander of HERO Force and the man she holds responsible for the death of her husband and unborn child. She assumes a new identity to make sure her secret isn’t discovered, but ends up fighting for her life when she inherits a book intended for the other woman.

Book Three: Harbored by the SEAL

This ship is going down.

Navy SEAL playboy Leo “Cowboy” Wilson has done his best to stay away from Charlotte O’Malley, the sister of his HERO Force teammate, Logan. But when Charlotte books herself on a week-long cruise knowing Cowboy’s there on HERO Force business, she’ll get more than the fling she bargained for, with a terrorist cell placing Cowboy and Charlotte firmly in the path of danger.

This is a novella. It’s more than half the length of a full HERO Force book.

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$2.00 Tuesdays! The Last Tudor ~ Philippa Gregory

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Title: The Last Tudor
Author: Philippa Gregory
Genre: Historical Fiction
Date of Release: August 8, 2017
Pages: 529

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Blurb: The latest novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory features one of the most famous girls in history, Lady Jane Grey, and her two sisters, each of whom dared to defy her queen.

Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king’s half sister Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her throne, and locked Jane in the Tower of London. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner’s block, where Jane transformed her father’s greedy power grab into tragic martyrdom.

“Learn you to die,” was the advice Jane wrote to her younger sister Katherine, who has no intention of dying. She intends to enjoy her beauty and her youth and fall in love. But she is heir to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and then to her half sister, Queen Elizabeth, who will never allow Katherine to marry and produce a Tudor son. When Katherine’s pregnancy betrays her secret marriage, she faces imprisonment in the Tower, only yards from her sister’s scaffold.

“Farewell, my sister,” writes Katherine to the youngest Grey sister, Mary. A beautiful dwarf, disregarded by the court, Mary keeps family secrets, especially her own, while avoiding Elizabeth’s suspicious glare. After seeing her sisters defy their queens, Mary is acutely aware of her own danger but determined to command her own life. What will happen when the last Tudor defies her ruthless and unforgiving Queen Elizabeth?

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Freebie Friday! Wishful Romance Volume 1 ~ Kait Nolan

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Title: Wishful Romance, Volume 1 (Books 1-3)
Author: Kait Nolan
Genre: Romance
Date of Release: November 30, 2017
Pages: 780

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Blurb: Wishful is a southern romance series written for anyone looking for love in a small town. If you loved Hart of Dixie and miss the residents of Bluebell, you just might fall in love with Wishful. It’s a town where everybody knows your name and hope springs eternal! This volume contains Books 1-3


A David vs. Goliath story with a side of sweet tea.

Wishful, MS is Cam’s hometown. He’s not sure a city girl like Norah can understand the place well enough to help him save it from the corporate big-box store threatening to set up shop. She’s determined, though. She’s falling hard for the charms of town–and the man. But even if they send the suits packing, can she really give up her corner office for a corner booth a the local diner?


The best things happen while you’re acting…

The historic Madrigal theater, in the heart of downtown Wishful, is about to close its doors forever. A last ditch fund-raising effort, a production of White Christmas, is probably the only thing that could bring Tyler Edison back to the stage after all these years. Little does she know that the leading man who broke her heart just blew back into town. Auditions start at six o’clock.


Heroes need not apply

Riley Gower is no stranger to hard work. She’s queen of Doing All The Things—solo. And that’s exactly how she likes it. She’s not holding out for a hero. When disaster strikes her business, former Marine Liam Montgomery jumps in to help–whether she likes it or not. Will they be able to work through their complicated past to save the pharmacy before she’s forced to close its doors forever?

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(Book Review) The Edinburgh Seer ~ Alisha Klapheke

The Edinburgh Seer
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Title: The Edinburgh Seer (Edinburgh Seer, Book 1)
Author: Alisha Klapheke
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Self-Published
Date of Release: November 25, 2017
Pages: 252
Format: ePub (Six Queens)

This is my first book by Alisha Klapheke and her writing gives me life! It’s a wonderful blend of fantasy and Scottish culture. Aini works in a candy show with her father, but there is something special about the candy… but more importantly, there is something special about Aini. Aini’s secret could cost her life. Thane is a handsome son-of-a-gun with a high level of intelligence. He too, has a secret! Aini’s father is taken and she means to get him back!

I loved the alternate reality aspect to this story. Mix in Scotland (which is on my bucket list BTW) and history, and I. AM. YOURS! I will admit, I do judge a book by its cover. And this cover is fantastic. I know usually the blurb is what attracts people to the book, but for me it was the cover. The synopsis is great and the story kept me wanting more and needing to know what happens next.

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(Book Review) Joy ~ C.S. Poe

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Title: Joy (States of Love)
Author: C.S. Poe
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: LGBT, Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date of Release:  April 5, 2017
Pages: 76
Format: PDF (The Romance Reviews) 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading JOY. I read this in one sitting.

There’s something about a guy who’s down on his luck and the sweet and silent guy. Gideon and Silas are perfect for each as they balance out one another. Gideon’s hints at insecurity is endearing and frustrating all at the same time. Silas being a man of few words gives you the wrong impression of him in the beginning, but once you get to know him… the book blossoms!

C.S. Poe’s writing is great. The intent of all characters are clear and simple, and the writing is easy to understand. I’ve read one other C.S. Poe story and I enjoyed it. I can definitely add this author to my list of favorite authors.