Wednesday, April 16, 2014

HAND OF MIRIAM BY EVA GORDON




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Title: Hand of Miriam
Author: Eva Gordon
Available:  Now
Pages:  292

Kindle



Synopsis:
 On an archaeological expedition, Bayla Gideon, is widowed by a supernatural force and branded with the Hand of Miriam or Knowing Eye. Threatened by evil, she awakens the golem; a mythical man of clay, who protected the Jewish community over three centuries ago.
The golem, Gesher, is surprised. Freedom –by a beautiful, enchanting woman. His desire is to return to the celestial spheres and regain his status as an avenging angel. Yet, Bayla challenges his mind, body and soul. Would he risk his return to the heavens for her?
Besides, dealing with the otherkind, mad inventors and an unrelenting matchmaking aunt, Bayla is equally determined to resist her steamy attraction to the striking fallen angel.
Thrust into a malevolent war, which includes facing Jack the Ripper, they must resist the magnetic pull toward each other, while protecting the world from encroaching evil.

                                                     
 My Review:
Steampunk..check, historical fiction...check...Romance...check...goth...check...paranormal creautures...check

You would think if you merge too much together it wouldn't click. Well...Eva Gordon, made it click! The story unfolds as an everyday historical fiction and slowly morphs into ...well....everything else! From fallen angels to vampires (no not the sparkling ones) to weres...well, I don't want to give too much away.
The steampunk attributes were well thought out and very well described. Hard to find a steampunk book that actually knows what steampunk means! There is a bit of Jewish lore as well as English tales (Jack the Ripper will never be looked at quite the same way).
I very much admired the way the book came together and it looks as if this may be a series? YES PLEASE!
If history could have been taught this way in school, perhaps more people would be history buffs!
This book rocked and can't wait to see more from this very intelligent author!

                                                                  High Five!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Seance by Tricia Drammeh


Title:  The Seance
Author:  Tricia Drammeh
18216403Available:  now
Source:  Author via Fae Books 
Pages:  243
Genre:  Paranormal Mystery








About the Book: 
 Ninth grade can be a nightmare when you don’t fit in at school, your crush chooses someone else, and your parents tell you they’re having a new baby. Abby was prepared for normal high school problems. She wasn’t prepared for the demon.

Abby has always been fascinated by the paranormal, but after an ill-fated séance, she discovers not all Spirits are benign. A dark entity unleashed during the summoning sets out to destroy Abby, and within days, she loses her best friend, incurs the wrath of her parents, and becomes a prisoner in her own home. With time quickly running out, she assembles an unlikely group of helpers: the most hated guy in school, a retired psychic, and the cute clerk from her favorite bookstore. Unless the demon is defeated, Abby and her new baby brother won’t stand a chance.



My Take:
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It was a very well written younger ya paranormal book!
The story of unknowing kids playing with a Ouija, something my mom always warned me against and after reading this...thank goodness that was one lesson I listened too!

There is always something out there that is dangerous, evil and threatening. This book showed all that and the threat of what evil can do to not only your psyche but also those around you, whether they believe or don't believe.
I wish we could have learned more about the characters, I think there is still a lot to learn about all the characters of the book. I was left wanting to know more about...well everyone!

The writing kept the story and suspense flowing and kept me on the edge of my seat. I highly recommend this read to the younger teen crowd as well as anyone who loves a little horror in their day!  
 
P.S....Book 2 should be here by this summer!  Can't wait!
 
 
HIGH FIVE!
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Unlovable (The Case Files of Dr. Matilda Schmidt, Paranormal Psychologist, #1)



Title:Unlovable (The Case Files of Dr. Matilda Schmidt, Paranormal Psychologist, #1)
Author: Cynthia St. Aubin
20800676                     Available:  Now
 

It isn’t every day a sexy demigod throws a pissed-off Cupid onto psychologist Matilda Schmidt’s couch and informs her the fate of the world depends on her ability to get him off his diapered ass and back to helping people fall in love.

Just when Matilda convinces herself she’s not hallucinating, in walks a Vegas hit man with a big gun and a bigger threat: pay back the million dollars she owes a notorious casino mogul, or wind up as fish food in Lake Mead.

Rocketing across country with a gun to her head, Matilda has a dysfunctional love-god in her laptop bag, a million dollar debt she has no knowledge of, and must convince the seductive hit man he’s snatched the wrong woman before he convinces her he might be the right man—for a night.

Can Matilda stay alive long enough to keep love from becoming history?



My Review


I was in one of those face book parties where we are all trying to win stuff and support either a new author or congratulate a new release. This author was one of the giver away of things...and while I didn't win what she was givin'....I loved how she came across the page. I was trying to dry my eyes from the tears that were flowing down my cheek after that party and decided she has to be someone to go check out and see if she is as good in her books as she is in true life.

I was not disappointed...from the word go, she not only held my interest in the book but kept me laughing throughout the whole thing. The book is pretty short but packed full of hot stuff. From a seemingly normal psychologists to demigod's and cupids and hitmen....it's full of unpredictable behaviors. It was well written, albeit a little short, not enough time to get to know the characters, but hopefully we will get to know more about everyone in the future books.

Combining mythology and modern day romance is always a definite hit with me and if you are into the steamy side of myths and other stuff, I highly recommend you pick this up. Not for the shy of heat tho...the heat level in this book is scathing!

Five Thumbs Up!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Tempestuous Review

Title: Tempestuous
15874882Author: Kim Askew, Amy Helmes
Publisher:  Merit Press




There were many small and big references to the original works...it made for not only a interesting read but also a sort of scavenger hunt!
While RomCom is not my favorite genre, this one had enough to keep my mind occupied without looking for that next shining pearl. 
Well...I didn't think I would...but I liked it.  The authors used real words for starters that's always a plus in literature and followed 'The Tempest' to make even a hater of Shakespeare want to read more of his stuff! 
Looking forward to reading more of Twisted Lit!!

 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

2014 Reading Challenges

Good Family Reads is Back!  And what better way to get back to the blogosphere than to take on a few challenges!
 
 
 

Deets.....

- Runs January 1 to December 31, 2014
- Either has a witch as a main character or revolves around witchcraft
- One entry for every linked-up review
- You can move up levels, but no moving down
- There will be a giveaway at the end of the year.

Goal by books:

Initiate: Read 1 – 5 Witchy Books
Maiden: Read 6 – 10 Witchy Books
Mother: Read 11 – 15 Witchy Books
Crone: Read 16 – 20 Witchy Books



If you're interested because you love witchy books, you can sign up here
 
 
 
My List of Books for 2014
 
 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A WORLD APART {INTERVIEW}

Title: A World Apart
Author: Camelia Miron Skiba
Publisher: Create Space
Source: Author
Available: Now
Pages: 370

I have previously featured this book on my blog and was pleased to have Camelia come back and answer some questions about the book.  I hope you all learn a little more about the book and the author!  Click Good Family Reads to read my review and a snippet from the book!

1. Tell us something about A World Apart that didn't make the cut.
The first draft contained the beginning and the end, with nothing in between. Robert, a secondary character was set to die and he was okay with this at first. Then the fighting began. He just wanted to live, go figure. Leave alone the fact that I had to redo about ten chapters—he just didn’t care. To make things even worse, Cassandra and David teamed up with him and they went AWOL—until I changed my mind. For Pete’s sake, I rescued David from an ambush in Iraq, and that was the reward? Silence? I remember sweating bullets to continue the story. I tried to negotiate their return for about a month (ice cream, cookies, wine, you name it) but to no avail. In the end, I agreed to make the changes and magically they returned. I wrote 5 chapters in one week (and had probably a few hours of sleep, but so worth it).

I love hearing about the process so many writers go through to hear the characters!  I'm glad things worked out they way they did though!

2. Where do you usually do your writing:
Complete silence in the guest room: lavender and cream walls, desk set in a corner, a large Queen palm knocking on my window...

mmm...guest room?  I'm game!

3. Sweet or Salty snacks?
Fruits.


4. What is your favorite childhood books?
Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas. Winnetou and Old Shatterland by Karl May.

Never read Old Shatterland...maybe I should check it out!


5. What is the most surprising thing you found out during your writing/publishing journey?
That self-publishing is not as hard as some may think.

I think that seems to be the wave of now!!


6. Do you have anything in the works that you can share?
I’m working now on a novel I plan to release in December. It’s Chiara’s story, Tessa’s sister from my debut novel Hidden Heart. She's actually dark and distrustful, unlike any other characters I’ve dealt before with. She’s quiet, sitting in an obscure corner, knees pulled to her chest and NOT saying a dang word. Not going anywhere, not letting anyone coming closer. Such a troubled heroine scares me since I thought I could handle whoever comes into my head (unless they are zombies, then I’d be screwed). Can't lure her with cookies or ice cream, can't make her talk, but she claims full residency in my brain.

Ooh...well good luck...she sounds like she maybe trouble but totally worth it!


7. Anything about A World Apart you would like to share?
My son picked the name "Checkpoint" after I shared the story with him. I liked it and went with it until one night, returning from a Yanni concert and overdosed in all the good feelings and emotions his music awoke in me, the words hit me so hard, I gasped for air, screaming, "I found it! A World Apart. This is the title!" 

How cool!  I'm like that title too!

Thank you so much for visiting us today!  Good luck with this book and all that is yet to come!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

EMERALD CITY



Title: Emerald City
Author: Alicia K. Leppert
Publisher:  SweetWater Books
Available:n April 10, 2012
Source:  Cedar Fort
Pages: 320


About the Book:
Olivia Tate is a broken shell of a girl haunted by the tragic events that fill her past. She has closed herself off from the world, each day grasping at something—anything—to live for. Convinced there will never be a way out, she seeks solace in the depths of her medicine cabinet. When she wakes up days later in the hospital she is introduced to Jude, the quiet stranger responsible for saving her life. She never could have guessed then that her mysterious rescuer would end up saving her life a second time, while simultaneously turning her world upside down.


My Take:
Wow...another great debut novel.  It's a great love story that dives into some really deep subjects along the way.  While I can't tell you certain things about the book because I think you should really read this to get the full effect of the story...I will say that that this may be one of the best 2012 debuts I've read this year so far!  Written so the pages keep flying and you can't put it down.  Now...before you say...romance isn't for me...this is so much more than a romance...there is a little mystery...umm...sorry...can't say much more...  that most readers will find very intriguing!  I highly suggest you pick this up....  well...4/10/12!
But don't take my word for it...here's the link to other stops along the way!  Cedar Fort


About the Author: