Review: Life Lived Twice


3 stars

Read from September 28 to October 01, 2014 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Synopsis: Life Lived Twice -By Sherrie Wouters Some promises are made to last forever … What if you fell in love with a stranger … but that stranger had come from your past, a past you never knew existed until the moment your eyes met? When Tess Winters locks eyes with a stranger at an airport bookstore, it ignites a feeling of passion somewhere deep inside her that she can’t explain. Although the encounter is innocent and brief, the intensity of it lingers, leaving her overwhelmed by a yearning for the mystery man now consuming her every thought. Struggling to break the powerful hold he has over her heart, Tess starts to experience strange but familiar dreams…dreams from the turn of the twentieth century of the charming Mr Addison Taylor. As her dreams start to materialize into reality, and past and present begin to blur, Tess is forced to put the pieces of a forgotten time together, and soon discovers that love isn’t the only thing that can find you after an eternity. Captivating, mysterious, and romantic, Life Lived Twice will leave you wondering whether love is so powerful it could last more than a lifetime.

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Review: Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani



Recommended for: EVERYONE!
Read from September 15 to 18, 2014 — I own a copy

Synopsis: The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.

When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life. Continue reading

Review: Manslaughter and other Tears by Dianne F. Gray



Read from December 24 to 28, 2014 — I own a copy

Synopsis: An anthology of award winning stories by Dianne Gray.
Dianne Gray is an Australian award winning author. This selection of stories includes a ‘behind the scenes’ glimpse into what inspired Dianne to write each story.

Bookish Things: 128 pages. I don’t really like the cover, but I don’t really know what would fit better.

Where to buy: Smashwords for $2.99 or Amazon on kindle for $3.12, or paperback for $18.53 Continue reading

Your Best Reading Experience of the Year So Far


So far, mine would have to be Uprush by Jo Barney. What’s yours?

Originally posted on Something More:

Last week on Twitter, Miss Bates asked “How old were you when you read your first romance? Name it, please!” She got a lot of great responses, and followed up with a wonderful blog post (which also got great responses). Lots of us said how much fun this conversation was, and how we should have more like that.

Inspired partly by this, and partly by Robin and Sunita’s recent posts on buying vs. reading cultures and the desire to talk more about reading, yesterday I tweeted this:

I really enjoyed the responses, many of which included reflection on why this reading experience stood out (because I phrased it that way, not everyone answered by naming a specific book, or a book they…

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Review: Smokescreen


3 stars

Read from September 09 to 15, 2014 — I own a copy

Synopsis: It starts in Washington when a lone gunman enters a busy burger chain and opens fire killing twenty five people. It continues in Paris, London, Sydney and Beijing. Authorities, including FBI agent Jack Rossi find no motive or any connection between the shootings causing fear and panic in the world’s major cities.
As Jack scrambles to get answers, he stumbles upon a secret world of hybrid humans, moles and a threat he never saw coming. One that could lead to the loss of an unprecedented number of lives. Including his own. Continue reading

Review: Bear Naked by Rachel Eliason



Read from August 28 to September 02, 2014

Synopsis: Amanda Burnson is a typical teen with all the typical problems: excess weight, struggles with body odor, random people trying to kill her . . . oh, and her boyfriend just might be a werewolf. At seventeen, Amanda, who has been raised by her neo-pagan uncle, has more friends at the local Renaissance faire than at her high school. Most of her summers are spent at faires, festivals, and Aunt Maggie’s farm. There is something new going on in the heart of America, in the small Iowa town that Amanda calls home. The whole town is changing-a tough way to begin a school year. New kids alongside the old; new attitudes colliding with the usual annoying old ones; menacing new faces alongside comforting ones. . . things will never be the same once this brew is boiled. Continue reading