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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Book Review+Giveaway: Sweet Christmas Kisses

Title: Sweet Christmas Kisses Box Set

14 Authors: Donna Fasano, Helen Scott Taylor, Beate Boeker, Melinda Curtis, Denise Devine, Raine English, Aileen Fish, Patricia Forsythe, Grace Greene, Mona Risk, Roxanne Rustand, Magdalena Scott, Kristin Wallace

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Sweet Holiday Romance

Book Description:
This holiday season, warm your heart—and maybe a little more—with fourteen Sweet Christmas Kisses, a bundle of PG-rated romance novels and novellas from USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. 
Sweet Christmas Kisses takes you from small-town USA to England, Scotland, and even Ecuador; from the beach to snow-capped mountains, and to the wild—sometimes magical—west. 
The Sweet Christmas Kisses bundle will bring you laughter, tears, and always joy.

Review: Aly

So, Sweet Christmas Kisses includes 14 stories. And wow, they were amazing. Each one was different(although occasionally elements of the books were similar but only one or two and none overly important). And here’s something different. There were no sex scenes or at least none that we see. Which may seem boring to those of you who like a good sex scene but sometimes it’s nice to read something different. Every romance while different were sweet and sigh worthy. Not to mention the writing was marvelous. Each story draws the reader in and it was just….*sigh*

Throughout each of the books, it’s almost a rollercoaster of emotions. You’ll be in tears, you’ll be laughing, and possibly within five minutes of each other. I almost made the mistake of reading parts of this book in public and let me tell you I’m kind of glad I didn’t. I think people might have thought I was crazy or something with my swinging emotions.

I’m just going to keep gushing about this book. It was a great read, and all the stories surrounded Christmas. It made me long for snow(I can’t believe I’m actually saying that) and it definitely evoked feelings of the holiday within me. It is amazing how each author conveyed the emotions in the book or even just the emotions of Christmas. It was just a well done collection of stories.

There were a few that had cliffhanger endings which were slightly frustrating but only because I desperately wanted to know what happened. So, now I’ve got to go add some books/authors to be TBR list. But that’s not really bad. In fact it’s good. Mostly because these authors have created something that draws readers in, makes them pay attention and creates an interest in them for their story. It was just really well done overall.

Okay, I’m going to stop gushing before this turns into a longer than necessary ramble post. But just know that Sweet Christmas Kisses is an amazing anthology that you should all go out and buy!


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Book Blitz+Giveaway+Free Book+Sampler: Ice Massacre

About the Book

Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner 
Publication date: September 18th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

A mermaid’s supernatural beauty serves one purpose: to lure a sailor to his death.

The Massacre is supposed to bring peace to Eriana Kwai. Every year, the island sends its warriors to battle these hostile sea demons. Every year, the warriors fail to return. Desperate for survival, the island must decide on a new strategy. Now, the fate of Eriana Kwai lies in the hands of twenty battle-trained girls and their resistance to a mermaid’s allure.

Eighteen-year-old Meela has already lost her brother to the Massacre, and she has lived with a secret that’s haunted her since childhood. For any hope of survival, she must overcome the demons of her past and become a ruthless mermaid killer.

For the first time, Eriana Kwai’s Massacre warriors are female, and Meela must fight for her people’s freedom on the Pacific Ocean’s deadliest battleground.


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About the Author
Tiana Warner was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada. She enjoys riding her horse, Bailey, and collecting tea cups.

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Ice Massacre Sampler
Somewhere on the Pacific Ocean

     The young man aimed his crossbow at the water, ready to fire a bolt of solid iron at the first glimpse of flesh beneath the surface.
     “Sir,” he said, “shouldn’t we have seen one by now?”
     The captain turned his back to the salty wind, jaw tight. “They know we’re here.”
     “So what are they doing?”
     He followed the captain’s gaze. Blackness merged with the empty grey horizon in every direction. A long silence passed, filled only by gentle swells lapping against the ship.
     The captain drew his own crossbow.
     “Forming a plan.”
     All twenty men aboard the ship readied their weapons, reacting in a chain until the last man at the stern took steady aim at the waves.
     “Make ready your iron, men,” shouted the captain. “We have ripples approaching off the port side.”
     A handful of places in the water puckered, as if something lingered just below the surface. The sea was too black to tell.
     Then it happened. Fifty, maybe sixty sea demons burst from the water and slammed against the ship. The men wasted no time. They reacted with trained speed and agility as the demons thrust stones and jagged shells into the wood, both to break holes in the ship and to scale the sides. The men picked them off with bolts of iron and watched them fall one by one back into the sea.
     But they were outnumbered. Soon the demons were upon the ship, pulling themselves across the deck with bony arms.
     The young man had already shot a dozen and the water reddened with each passing second.
     Slow scraping sounds threatened him from behind. He whirled around, crossbow ready. Burning eyes met his, and sharp teeth, bared to rip into his flesh.        He gripped the trigger, felt the bow tighten—
     And the demon was gone. The young man stared into the wide gaze of a girl his own age. With a startled cry, he jerked his aim so the bolt barely missed her.
     She held a black shell in her hand, sharp at the edges and ready to use as a club. But she didn’t raise it. She just looked at him. He lowered his crossbow.
     Her blonde hair fell heavily over her shoulders, dripping beads of water down her naked chest and stomach, pooling where her torso joined her tail.
     He blinked, but made no other motion—where her torso joined her tail. Scales faded into flesh like some sort of beautiful, green and tan sunset.
     She pulled herself closer.
     “Stay back,” said the young man, unsure what prompted him to hesitate.
     He looked into her eyes—emeralds surrounded by pearl white—where moments ago they had burned red. Her sharp teeth had retracted behind rosy lips. The seaweed-coloured flesh of her upper body was now olive and raised with goose bumps from the icy wind.
     “Hanu aii,” she whispered. Do not fear. She spoke his language.
     He loosened his grip on the crossbow, studying her. She lifted a frail arm and pushed the hair from her eyes, then motioned him forwards.
     His pulse quickened as he stared at the beautiful girl. “Hanu aii,” she said again, her voice resonating sweetly, as if she sang without singing.
     Suddenly, he was kneeling in front of her, level with her luminous eyes. The sounds around him faded but for the soft purr in the base of her throat.
     She reached up and held an icy hand to his cheek, not for a moment breaking eye contact. The hand slid behind his head and pulled his face towards hers, slowly but firmly. He inhaled her sweet breath. “No!”
     He flinched. He turned to see the captain racing towards them, aiming his crossbow at the maiden.
     The young man grasped the scene around him. The ship was empty. A few stray weapons and barrels bobbed serenely in the water. Blood soaked the deck in places, and even the main mast had a splatter across the bottom.
     The captain fired wide. Before he could reload and aim again, the sea demon put a hand on the young man’s chin and pulled his gaze back to hers.
     Her eyes blazed red. Her skin rippled into the rotten colour of seaweed. Her ears grew pointed and long like sprouting coral. She opened her mouth to reveal a row of deadly teeth.
     The young man screamed.
     The demon pulled him against her with more strength than three men combined, and they dove headfirst off the side of the ship. They disappeared into the blood-red water.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Book Blast+ Giveaway: Silvern

About the Book
Jae Hwa Lee has destroyed Haemosu, the dangerous demi-god that held her ancestors captive, and now she’s ready to forget about immortals and move on with her life. Then the god of darkness, Kud, sends an assassin to kill her. Jae escapes with the knowledge that Kud is seeking the lost White Tiger Orb, and joins the Guardians of Shinshi to seek out the orb before Kud can find it.

But Kud is stronger and more devious than Haemosu ever was. Jae is soon painfully reminded that by making an enemy of Kud, she has placed her closest friends in danger, and must decide how much she can bear to sacrifice to defeat one of the most powerful immortals in all of Korea.

After teaching and traveling internationally for ten years, Christina started writing about her adventures, tossing in a little fiction for fun. This inspired her to write the GILDED series, a YA series based on Korean mythology about a Korean-American girl who takes her destiny into her own hands.
Besides writing, Christina loves traveling, running, driving too fast, and eating dark chocolate.
Christina writes fantasy for teens. She is represented by Jeff Ourvan of the Jennifer Lyons Literary, LLC.
Learn more about Christina by visiting her at www.christinafarley.com or by chatting with her on Twitter @christinafarley.


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