Cover Reveal:IN THE ASSASSIN’S ARMS by Katherine Hastings

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In the Assassin’s Arms

by Katherine Hastings

Series: Dagger of Desire

Historical Romance

Fiery Seas Everlasting

July 10, 2018

John Douglas may be a well-trained political assassin, but he has met his match in the woman he once called a friend. When his childhood playmate reenters his life, she’s not looking to rekindle their friendship… she’s out for blood.

With a vendetta to settle, Charlotte Cornewalle isn’t stopping until she finds the man who killed her father. All signs point to Robert Douglas, the leader of the opposing faction of assassins… and John’s father. To get her revenge, no one will stand in her way… not even the boy she once adored.

Fate forces them together as they fight to prove their innocence and right the wrongs they have suffered. Sparks fly from more than just their swords, but will they be able to put the past behind them? Will they be able to find the truth before it destroys them both?

     About the Author:

Katherine Hastings loves love. It’s why she writes romance novels. Getting lost writing a romantic adventure is one of her favorite pastimes. When she’s not on an adventure in her mind with her characters, she can be found at her home in Wisconsin snuggling her husband, two Boston Terriers, and the world’s naughtiest cat. Two things make Katherine want to leave her happy home these days… going for rides on her dressage pony or floating at the beach in her big inflatable raft. Writing her novels while floating in the lake is one of her ultimate pleasures… that and Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds, of course.

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Cover Reveal & REVIEW: To Discover A Divine(Rise Of The Stria Book 1) By Tessa McFionn

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Fiery Seas Publishing
March 20, 2018
Sci-Fi Romance

When Kahlym cal Jhuen, freedom-fighting leader of the Chandar Stria, breaks into a prison ship controlled by the Rimmarian Thrall, he only expected to rescue two of his crew. But when he discovers a terrified female during his escape, he is immediately captivated by her unique beauty and makes a snap decision to take her with him. However, his good deed backfires when he learns he has stolen the Thrall Emperor’s prize.

Down to her last dollar, Evainne Wagner expected nothing out of the ordinary when she stepped out of her Boston apartment. Instead, she found herself in the middle of an intergalactic firefight, complete with strange soldiers with deadly weapons pointed directly at her. Salvation arrives in the nick of time in the form of a mysterious leather-clad warrior, skidding in and whisking her away. Trusting her heart, she follows, hoping to find answers as well as a way home.

Safely on board his ship, he learns more about her and her rare skills, triggering the memory of a half-forgotten prophecy spoken at the time of his cursed birth. Outcast because of a cruel twist of fate, he finds unexpected acceptance, even affection, from his new passenger.

Could she be the one who holds the future of his people, as well as his own heart, in her tender hands?

*Note: Thank you to Fiery Seas Publishing for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review (posted below).*

I gave To Discover A Divine (Rise of the Stria Book 1) a very sound 4 out of 5 stars in the SciFi Romance genre. 

In what was supposed to be the straight forward prison break of his crew members , Kahlym’s plans quickly go sideways. Caught in the middle of all the melee is a civilian (gorgeous no less). In an unexpected gutsy move she saves his life- meaning that for royal outcast Kahlyn, this beauty now holds his blood debt. 

Things aren’t exactly hunky dory for the civilian Evainne Wagner. The shit hit the fan big time! She literally walks out of her mundane life right into a dream or perhaps it’s a nightmare? Yikes! Thrust into an alien world, she struggles to find answers but don’t be mistaken, Evainne is no damsel in distress. 

Flames of passion are blazing between Kahlyn and his ziat’xahn” (little one) but his foul-mouthed, sassy guest is so much more than he could have imagined. Evainne, his Earthly civilian romance is also a Divine Healer and the key to his destiny.  

To Discover A Divine is intergalactic magic. It is fun, engaging and filled with action right from the very beginning.  Author Tessa McFionn provides an exquisitely detailed alien world and allows us to be awed along with Evainne. I have a deep appreciation for the headstrong, saucy spunk that Evainne’s character unapologetically brings to the story.

This an action packed sci-fi adventure with an abundance of hot under the collar romance. It will get you invested in Kahlyn, Evainne and their crew, and leave you positively ravenous for the next installment in the series! 

 

 


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Buy Links:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/to-discover-a-divine
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/to-discover-a-divine-tessa-mcfionn/1128074950?ean=9781946143471
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/to-discover-a-divine/id1353410825?mt=11

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About the Author:

Tessa McFionn is a very native Californian and has called Southern California home for most of her life, growing up in San Diego and attending college in Northern California and Orange County, only to return to San Diego to work as a teacher. Insatiably curious and imaginative, she loves to learn and discover, making her wicked knowledge of trivial facts an unwelcomed guest at many Trivial Pursuit boards.

When not writing, she can be found at the movies or at Disneyland with her husband, as well as family, friends or anyone who wants to play at the Happiest Place on Earth. She also finds her artistic soul fed through her passions for theatre, dance and music.

A proud parent of far too many high school seniors and two still living house plants, she also enjoys hockey, reading and playing Words With Friends to keep her vocabulary sharp. She is currently the treasurer of the San Diego chapter of Romance Writers of America and loves spending time working with such amazingly intelligent and creative writers.

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The Secrets She Keeps By Michael Robotham

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The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham

Description: “ Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it’s Meghan Shaughnessy’s.

At least that’s how Agatha sees it.

These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common- a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear.

Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.

The Secrets She Keeps is a compelling psychological thriller that will keep you gripped and break your heart…”

✨Quote:

“The whole idea of getting married and having children terrifies me. What if becoming a parent doesn’t make me grow up? It could be just a cheap disguise.”
“It’s not cheap.” •

✨ I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars
✨ Delightfully disturbing, The Secrets She Keeps was a quick read. Once I finished the first chapter it was clear that this would be a intensely thrilling ride. The many twists and turns kept me absorbed and I blew through it in just a couple nights.

I felt such a mix of emotions for Agatha and Meghan, ranging from empathy and interest to disgust though I’ll let you see for yourself!

If you’re looking for a gripping, entertaining thriller The Secrets She Keeps will not disappoint.

The ending raised some questions at our book club meeting. Has anyone read this one? I would love to hear your thoughts on Agatha’s state of mind at the end of the book !

Hatsune Miku !

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Product description
“First published in Japan in 2015 by Ichijinsha Inc., Tokyo.”
About the Author
Hitoshizuku-P x Yama is a Japanese song composer whose lyrics have been used as the base for a vareity of light novels and manga.

I might just be a tad naughty here, I am already heavily invested in two novels but sometimes it’s good to mix things up.

This was very different from the games but offered a quick, entertaining read.

If you’re a fan of manga or just curious, this book might be the perfect test. Go ahead, dip your toe in the manga water. You might find it to your liking !

I gave this book 4 out of 5 ⭐️ ( manga category)

Review-“Just Like Family” by Kate Hilton

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From the nationally bestselling author of The Hole in the Middle, a witty, insightful new novel about juggling the demands of three husbands—a work husband, an almost husband and an ex-husband—and figuring out the true meaning of family.

Avery Graham has built a life that anyone would admire. She has a brilliant career as chief of staff to Peter Haines, the charismatic mayor of Toronto. She has a devoted partner in Matt, her live-in boyfriend of fourteen years. And she has a loving family and deep friendships that stretch back to childhood summers at the cottage.

But when Matt proposes, Avery’s past threatens to engulf her present. Can she contemplate a lifetime commitment to Matt after her disastrous first marriage to Hugh? And is Matt really the love of her life, when she has spent so much of it by Peter’s side? Avery could use some good advice from the women who know her best, but her closest friends, Jenny and Tara, have drifted away over the years.

When a scandal erupts at city hall, Avery must overcome her deepest fears about love and loss and discover what it means to be a family.

 

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (May 30 2017)

I gave Just like family⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨(4½ out of 5)stars

Memorable quotes:

“ Marriage is a great cure for romance..”

“ The sad fact is that the past, perhaps especially our own past, is mysterious. Lodged in the present, you move further away each day from the reasons why you took this path or that one. And you’re left with only the story you’ve told yourself, the one with perfect lighting and a flattering angle. The one that even you know doesn’t really look like you.”

Just like family is a remarkable journey with friends Avery, Emily and Tara through their early years and into adulthood. We experience their transformations as they explore life, find themselves,and decipher relationships and marriage. We hurt with them they experience loss in the family.

It is a story of true love and the unrelenting balancing act that many women face. The unbridled, all consuming struggle to keep part of themselves even as they give all to their families, careers and friendships.

Canadian cottage life provides a safe, comforting backdrop to the otherwise heavily political life of our heroine Avery. In a fist-clenching story, karma is the ray of sunshine that will see you through.

My rating fell just short of 5 stars because I felt that some of the dialogue was longer than necessary and felt a bit like page fillers at times.

Side note***I had the pleasure of meeting author Kate Hilton at a book signing and I just cannot say enough about how gracious and kind she was.

 

 

 

REVIEW ! A Pleasure And A Calling by Phil Hogan (4 1/2 out of 5 stars)

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Description

Mr. Heming loves the leafy English village where he lives. As a local real estate agent, he knows every square inch of the town and sees himself as its protector, diligent in enforcing its quaint charm. Most people don’t pay much attention to Mr. Heming; he is someone who fades easily into the background. But Mr. Heming pays attention to them. You see, he has the keys to their homes. In fact, he has the keys to every home he’s ever sold in town. Over the years, he has kept them all so that he can observe his neighbors, not just on the street, but behind locked doors.
Mr. Heming considers himself a connoisseur of the private lives of others. He is witness to the minutiae of their daily lives, the objects they care about, the secrets they keep. As details emerge about a troubled childhood, Mr. Heming’s disturbing hobby begins to form a clear pattern, and the reasons behind it come into focus. But when the quiet routine of the village is disrupted by strange occurrences, including a dead body found in the backyard of a client’s home, Mr. Heming realizes it may only be a matter of time before his secrets are found out.

Rating : I gave A Pleasure And A Calling 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
✨Narrated by Heming, we are given insight into his memento loving character. Getting a sense of how he justifies his behaviour gives us a glimpse through the cracks of what is otherwise a well packaged persona. The mischievous boy becomes a creepy, disturbed man who has become adept at remaining unnoticed to feed his obsessions.Mr Hemming is diabolical and brilliantly creepy.

“Think of me as an invisible brother or uncle or boyfriend. I’m no trouble. I may be there when you are, or when you are gone, or more likely just before you arrive. I agree it is an idea that takes some getting used to. But do we not all have a life to make, to mould it somehow around that of others, to search for the dovetail that seems best to fit?”

Author Phil Hogan interestingly gave Heming relatives who remained cognizant of his deeds even as he built an impressive facade. How true this rings to reality, isn’t it most difficult to hide our true selves from those closest to us?

Guaranteed to give you chills, A Pleasure And A Calling is uncomfortably good at breathing life into our paranoia. What will you think of the next time you get chills upon entering your home?

The novel lived up to my expectations as a must read #thriller #mementos

✨Did I change locks after my builder handed over keys ? 🔑 🔐😱😮

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Review: The Seven by Courtney Praski

After the nuclear apocalypse of 2100, now referred to as the Great Fire, Oloris—the last habitable land in the world has become mankind’s last chance at survival. This topographical phenomenon is home to seven vastly different climates—a freezing tundra in the north, a dark murky swamp in the west, a vast mountain range in the south, a subtropical sand filled beach in the east, and at its center lays a sweltering desert, gentle rolling plains, and a bioluminescent tree filled forest. Once home to only a few hundred survivors of the Great Fire, Oloris is now entering its eight-hundredth year and is home to over a million citizens.

Separated into seven nations, and ruled by seven very different factions, the land is monitored by a group of magically enhanced individuals called the Seven. Through the time-honored tradition of passing their mantle to a younger counterpart from their home nation every thirty years, the Seven have ensured Oloris’s peace for nearly half a millennia—until now. A power-hungry queen in the north will stop at nothing until all of Oloris is hers to rule. She is gathering her forces, making allies and planning the Seven’s demise. Her thirst for power couldn’t have come at a worse time. The current Seven have reached the end of their service and must choose their successors. Now, the sanctity of Oloris will be entrusted to a group of individuals who most perceive as children—not warriors.

A blind orphan, a rich highborn, a slave, a gentle hunter, an enlightened blacksmith, a warrior, and a queen long thought dead—are thrust into a world of magic, power, and deception. Enemies are lurking in the shadows, allies are rallying their forces, and nations are struggling to choose sides in the coming war. Carefully navigating Oloris’s politically charged climate, these young protectors must learn not only their place in the world but how to save their world as they know it.

Published: January 17, 2018

Rating: 3 1/2 ( out of 5)

Recommended for: Young Adults, Fiction readers, Fantasy Fiction readers

Thoughts: 

I was lucky to have caught The Seven on sale on Amazon. Touted as a dystopian young adult novel, it provided a wonderful mix to my February reading material.

Determination, several cups of tea (and too many scones) and attempt number three finally lead me through the first few chapters of the book. Needless to say, I struggled with powering through the slow start. Once the story is set up, author Courtney Praski actually did a stellar job of building a fantasy world with impressive detail. The characters are likeable and are written with a depth that invited me to become invested in their journey.

Ever preparing for the war, the action seemed to be forever on the horizon. Cue wavering attention. There was a constant build up with few minor battles and the climactic, exciting fight scenes don’t present themselves until the very end of the book. As well written as The Seven was, I would have liked to see more action throughout the book.

The Seven is not a stand alone book. The author has displayed such a wealth of talent in building a fantasy world, characters that have dimension and wonderful writing. My issue with the book is that it was used solely as a buildup for the next book in the series, and missed the action that was needed to really keep me interested  from stopping to do laundry.

All being said, the end of The Seven leaves me wondering where the next book in this series will go. I will be willing to read that installment, and would recommend you go in with the expectation that you are preparing for the next book.

Happy reading Sparklers !

 

 

 

 

TBR pile February 2018

Hello Sparklers ! After what felt like a 40 day month, January is finally over! February  brings extremely cold weather and an exciting new TBR pile of yummies. Included in this month’s reading –

A Pleasure And A Calling by Phil Hogan

Just Like Family by Kate Hilton

Visions by Kelley Armstrong

The Best Of H.P. Lovecraft

The Seven (Book One) by  Courtney Praski

Look out for the book reviews posted somewhere in between all the reading, baking and tea drinking that this month brings.

Happy February, and happy reading !

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