Review: Zombified by Maggie LaCroix


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Read from August 20 to 26, 2014

Synopsis: Monsters generally know their place: vampires get to be sexy while zombies just decompose. But Maggie La Croix’s Zombified conjures up an entirely different kind of undead raised by good old-fashioned Voodoo. These gorgeous walking corpses don’t eat brain, they don’t stagger, and their bodies are spared the indignities of putrefaction.

Take Henri Jolicoeur. More than one hundred years after his death he is still a bewitching Adonis. But zombification does have its downsides. Henri has a master, a powerful Voodoo priest whose spells keep Henri, his teenage zombie sister, and five other poor souls in perpetual servitude.

That is, until a hurricane devastates their New Orleans home and the zombies are evacuated to the Texas border town of El Paso. The curse is broken. They are free and intend to stay that way. But how can they pass for human when they don’t eat or sleep and they’re reeling from black magic withdrawal? If that isn’t enough, they have a traitor in their midst, their master is hot on their trail, and a mysterious stranger in black is watching.

Enter Josie Cortez, a cowboy boots-wearing reporter at the local newspaper who desperately needs a good story to save her moribund career and get her editor off her back. One look at Henri and his weird little family and she knows she’s struck journalism gold. But strange things keep happening around Henri, things that remind Josie of her own tragic family history with black magic, a history that cost her her beloved mother and led Josie straight to the bottom of a bottle. Josie would rather forget all about that. Forgetting Henri, however, is easier said than done, even if falling for a man without a heartbeat could get her more than a broken heart. It could get her zombified. Continue reading

Cover Reveal: Zombified by Maggie LaCroix


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PRESENTS. . .

A Cover Reveal

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Zombified
by Maggie LaCroix
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Release Date: August 28 , 2014

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Lá breithe shona duit


What does ‘Lá breithe shona duit’ mean?

Can you guess now?

It means: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

That was in Gaelic, just in case some of you were wondering…

It’s Coffee2Words’ 2nd birthday and boy did that come around fast. I can’t believe I’ve been blogging and reviewing for 2 years. Wow.

Book theme second birthday cake

What says ‘happy birthday’ to a book nerd more than a cake in the shape of a book?

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Review: Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose


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3 stars

Read from January 13 to 21, 2014 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Synopsis: By day, Vivienne is Guinevere’s lady-in-waiting. By night, she’s Merlin’s secret apprentice, indulging in the new mechanical arts and science of alchemy. It’s a preferred distraction from Camelot’s gossipy nobility, roguish knights, and Lancelot’s athletic new squire, Marcus, who will follow in all knights’ footsteps by taking a rather inconvenient vow of chastity.

More than anything, Vivienne longs to escape Camelot for a future that wouldn’t include needlework or marriage to a boorish lord or dandy. But when King Arthur’s sorceress sister, Morgan le Fay, threatens Camelot, Vivienne must stay to help Merlin build a steam-powered weapon to defeat the dark magic machine Morgan will set upon the castle. Because if Camelot falls, Morgan would be that much closer to finding the elusive Holy Grail. Time is running out and Morgan draws near, and if Vivienne doesn’t have Merlin’s weapon ready soon, lives would pay the price, including that of Marcus, the only one fast enough to activate it on the battlefield. Continue reading

Review: Finding Billie by Priscilla Brown


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3 stars

Read from May 05 to 10, 2014 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Synopsis: Billie Williams belongs to a rare breed – she’s a female mechanic. Though happy with her life, she is not as independent as she believes and in her heart she knows something is missing. When Zac Jarvis walks into her garage, they are shocked to meet by chance eighteen years after the abrupt end to their teenage friendship. Zac is a man trying to cope with a tragedy. Dare she risk loving someone with so much baggage? Can he learn to love again?

Bookish things: 230 pages. The cover is an apt introduction to the story. More sweet than sizzling, Finding Billie is for those who like the sweeter things in life.

Where to buy: Steam eReads shop for $2.99 or Amazon on kindle for $3.71

My review:

Bookshelves: blog-review-req, steamereads, romance, aww2014, 3-star-review, a-lil-sexy, aussie-authors, smirk-worthy

Recommended for: People who like their romance sweet and sex scenes to a bare minimum.

Finding Billie is a sweet romance set in the small New South Wales town of “Limey”. I didn’t know exactly where this place was, but given the amount of detail involved in the story, I knew it had to be a real place. In fact, it is! I had a look at the location of the town (Limestone in Northern NSW close to the QLD border) and while I’ve not been to that exact town, I can imagine what it would look like. Priscilla did a great job of capturing that small town feel within the pages of this book.The characters were realistic, I think that helped me to understand them. Most of my thoughts around Billie and Zac, Tim, Rowena and the fabulous, feisty feline were good ones, though I did have a few moments of ‘What?’ when it came to how Zac and Billie interacted. The uncertainty and the confusion made it a little more difficult to understand what they were feeling. Perhaps this was the point?I would have personally liked this to be a bit more ‘adult’ in it’s romance, but it takes all kinds of people in this world, and for some, this book would be the perfect level of romance and steam. I felt more drawn to the backstory rather than the romance because of this, and I dropped a star from my rating for that.

I also dropped a star from my rating because of the ‘coincidences’ that occurred that were a little too perfect. I would have liked a little more mystery or suspense in Billie and Zac working things out, rather than the perfect answer occurring right when they needed it.

Minor issues mostly, but given the romance was sweet instead of sexy I couldn’t give it more than a 3 out of 5.

A few things I noticed:

41% – …want to let him to(delete to) go

65% – shed (she’d) probably hit on him too…

91% – put them on (the) computer.

**Note: I received an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review.**