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Star Trek Pop-Ups

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Star Trek Pop-Ups by Paula M. Block, Terry J. Erdmann, and Courtney Watson McCarthy

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Star Trek is one of the most enduring franchises in Hollywood entertainment history. Part of the public consciousness since 1966, it spans the worlds of television and the movies and counts millions of fans worldwide. Now Star Trek Pop-Ups delivers seven iconic Star Trek moments in a new way popping off the page in three dimensions. From the original USS Enterprise in flight to the dreaded Borg cube from The Next Generation and beyond, here is an unforgettable series of alien encounters and thrilling action scenes, featuring memorable moments from Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. Bursting with energy and ingenuity, Star Trek Pop-Ups will capture the imaginations of fans young and old. 7 pop-ups and 25 illustrations, all in color.

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Review

5 stars

I will admit that I know of Star Trek, you would have to be dead not to have hear something. But, and please forgive me, I am not one of the super fans that you think of. I broke my teeth on the original Star Trek with William Shatner when I was a kid. I did see some of the movies and the newer versions. I do admit that I really like the new remakes with Chris Pine in them. But I do appreciate the series and I couldn’t help but jump on the chance to review the pop-up book.

The first thing that I noticed was how big this book was. It is big enough just to have on the coffee table and the cover art just makes the outside look amazing. I couldn’t wait to open the book. There are so many illustrations and pop-ups throughout the book with lots of information on each version of Star Trek.

Just reading this book makes me want to go back and refresh myself on all of Star Trek, from William Shatner forward. This is a great book that will introduce you to Star Trek to rewet your appetite. This is a great addition to my library and I strongly recommend it to anyone that is a fan or likes similar books, movies, etc.

To purchase Star Trek Pop-Ups, or for more information, make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

I received the Star Trek Pop-Ups for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Moonlit Trilogy

I would like to introduce you to a wonderful series Moonlit by Jadie Jones. This is an amazing series, check it out.

Moonlit (Moonlit, #1)

Moonlit (Moonlit – 1) by Jadie Jones

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Eighteen-year-old Tanzy Hightower knows horses, has grown up with them on Wildwood Farm. She also knows not to venture beyond the trees that line the pasture. Things happen out there that cannot be explained. Or undone. Worse, no one but she and the horses can see what lurks in the shadows of the woods.

When a moonlit ride turns into a terrifying chase, Tanzy is left to question everything, from the freak accident that killed her father to the very blood in her veins. Broken and confused, she turns to Lucas, a scarred, beautiful stranger, and to Vanessa, a charming new friend who has everything Tanzy doesn’t.

But why do they seem to know more about her than she knows herself?

Tanzy has lost her father and has trouble with her mother. Her passion is horses and a midnight run turns her life around. After recovering from her fall she starts having visions and seeing symbols that other people don’t. She is befriended by Vanessa who takes a shining to her and starts to answer Tanzy’s questions. But the more she learns, the more questions she has. The question is if Tanzy is going to get her answers before something happens to her.

This was a really good book. I really liked how reincarnation played into the story. The best part was all the twists that you will run into while you read. Any questions you have will be answered at the end but it was great trying to figure out what everyone was up to. You clearly can’t trust anyone. I also like how important the horses were. It has been a while since I have read a book that really focuses on horses and it was a refreshing change.

This is a great story and a fantastic start to the series. I can’t wait to see what happens next in Windswept.

To purchase Moonlit make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

I received Moonlit for free from WOW – Women on Writing in exchange for an honest review.

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Windswept (Moonlit – 2) by Jadie Jones

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Tanzy’s journey continues in Windswept, the second installment of the Moonlit Trilogy…

Tanzy Hightower is the key in an ancient prophecy pivotal to the existence of all beings, both Seen and Unseen. Unseen who have waited a millennium for her birth are relentless in their efforts to see the prophecy fulfilled. Whether for good or evil, depending on which side of the conflict one stands. Others have sworn an oath to end Tanzy’s existence, permanently.

Already, Tanzy’s body has been compromised by her enemies, her veins now home to the blood of a wild horse whose instincts are becoming impossible to control. While Tanzy’s Unseen enemies work to draw her out of a remote safe house, her friends beg her to stay in hiding. She is torn, wanting to reunite with Lucas, who has loved Tanzy since her first incarnation, yet unsure whether fulfilling the ancient prophecy will protect those she loves or destroy them.

There is a prophecy about Tanzy relating to the Seen and Unseen. There are those that want to help her fulfill the prophecy and those that want to kill her in any way possible. Tanzy is trying to figure out her own powers but when her blood is infected she struggles just to control her own body. Will she be able to fulfill the prophecy or are her enemies going to win.

I just love this series. Tanzy is such a strong girl and has come so far since Moonlit. I love that she has become such a bad ass character. She has a lot to fight with and there are moments that I didn’t think she was going to make it. It doesn’t help that although there are a lot of good characters it doesn’t mean that they are really good or going to do anything other than get themselves through the trouble. The ending just made me want to rush into Wildwood to see how this series is going to end.

To purchase Windswept make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

I received Windswept from WOW – Women on Writing in exchange for an honest review.

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Wildwood (Moonlit – 3) By Jadie Jones

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) In Wildwood, the third book of the Moonlit Trilogy, Tanzy’s journey races toward a final battle within the Unseen world.

Tanzy Hightower has crossed the veil and entered the Unseen world to fulfill the destiny she has at last embraced, to either seal or destroy the veil between the Seen and Unseen. She is the only mortal in a land teeming with creatures who want her dead. To stay alive long enough to stop Asher, the most powerful of the Unseen, Tanzy accepts his marriage proposal and seeks refuge inside his palace.

On the Seen side of the veil, Tanzy’s allies are fragmented and lost, without leadership. They must gather forces and train an army of candidates to defend their world against unfathomable predators poised to strike should the veil holding them at bay dissolve.

While Tanzy has accepted her own inevitable death in fulfilling her destiny, her closest friends refuse to stop searching for the impossible: a way to save Tanzy’s life.

Tanzy has accepted Asher’s proposal and is now in Unseen territory. With Tanzy gone, the rest are very confused and don’t know where to begin to train an army. But the most enlightening thing was all of the secrets that are coming out. Those secrets are going to the death of Tanzy unless her friends can find a way to save her.

This is an amazing finally to the Moonlit series. I has the impression that everyone had their own secrets and those secrets are going to change what you think about everyone. I was on the edge of my seat the through the whole book. I was also surprised by some characters and felt sorry when I learned the truth.

You HAVE to read this series. Anyone of any age will enjoy it. Make sure to go get your copy today!! I will be following Jadie Jones and looking for her other books.

To purchase Wildwood make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads,

I received Wildwood for free from WOW – Women on Writing in exchange for an honest review.

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Young-adult author. Equine professional. Southern gal. Especially fond of family, sunlight, and cookie dough.​​

I wrote my first book in seventh grade, filling one hundred and four pages of a black and white Mead notebook. Back then I lived for two things: horses and R.L. Stine books. Fast forward nearly twenty years, and I work with horses and hoard books like most women my age collect shoes. Its amazing how much changes… and how much stays the same.

The dream of publishing a novel has hitch-hiked with me down every other path I’ve taken (and there have been many.) Waitress, farm manager, road manager, bank teller, speech writer, retail, and more. But that need – the call from within to bring pen to paper – refused to quiet. Finally, in 2009, I sat down, pulled out a brand new notebook, and once again let the pictures in my head become words on paper.

​Then I got married. Moved. Life sped up the way that it does, claiming each day faster than the last. I became a mother, and my manuscript reverted to something I would do one day. Thankfully, babies take naps, and there’s only so much daytime television a person can stomach. And Tanzy, that main character of mine, was shouting at me from my office: “Hellooo? We aren’t done yet, Jadie.” So I pulled her out. I read our story. I tore it to pieces. And then I put it back together again.

​As a child, my grandfather would sit me in his lap and weave tales about the Cherokee nation, and a girl who belonged with horses. His words painted a whole new world, and my mind would take flight. My hope – my dream – is that Tanzy’s journey does the same for you.

​Confession time: Jadie Jones is not my name. It’s a pen name I created to honor two fantastic women who didn’t get the chance to live out their professional dreams. First, my grandmother – a mother of four during post World War II America, who wanted to be a journalist so bad that even now when she talks about it, her blue eyes mist and she lifts her chin in silent speculation. And second, a dear friend’s mother who left this world entirely too soon. To Judy Dawn and Shirley Jones, Jadie Jones is for you. It’s been a pleasure getting to know her.

p.s. Like the way I ramble? Be sure to visit my blog.

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Basking in the Light

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Basking in the Light

Ambitious budding reporter, Ellen Singer, grows weary of being alone and pursues a partner through an online dating site; it turns out to be the worst decision of her life. Disappearing into thin air, Ellen leaves her family and friends to fear the worst. Determined to find the missing journalist, seasoned FBI agent, Arnie Darrow, joins the search in the race against time. Is he able to find Ellen before an untimely demise and does Ellen even want to survive her horrific experience?

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Saylor Storm

Reality becomes fantasy, or is it that imagination turns into real life experience? Saylor Storm is fascinated by how frequently the line between reality and fantasy crosses in her writing practice. She feels that writing novels is an astonishing way to play with something from real life and turning into something fun or playful and sometimes a bit twisted.

Her characters all experience real life joy and pain, reinvention, survival and victory. They share the process of evolution and expansion. The places in her stories take place where she has lived or visited, from the beaches of Malibu to the islands in Fiji and destinations in between, including the monastery in one of her novels.

Saylor’s stories reflect her many personal interests including fitness, wine, healthy foods. She’s intrigued by the spiritual world and that of metaphysics. She hopes the reader is as entertained reading her books as she is writing them.

One of Saylor’s many passions is hiking. Readers can enjoy fabulous photos of her treks posted on her Facebook page, author Saylor Storm. She loves hearing from her readers. You can reach her at www.SaylorStorm.com

 Review

Ellen feels alone and decides to try internet dating. She goes out on a date with Jim and he seems to be the perfect guy. Unfortunately he is the farthest thing from that. When Ellen disappears her family and friends make it their mission to find Ellen no matter what. And Ellen, she is going to go through a lot, let’s just hope she makes it out alive.

This is an amazing story and one that I can see happening in real life. Ellen is so naïve and just wants to find someone to be with. I really liked how her family and friends keep doing everything they could to try and get her back. Basking in the Light has some tough moments but it just adds to the book.

I help teach self-defense and if I could I would make all of the female students read this just to get them to wake up to the realities of life. I wouldn’t wish this situation on anyone. Hopefully besides being a great story it will help other people to think for a couple extra seconds on their actions.

I received Basking in the Light for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

To purchase Basking in the Light, or for more information, make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Saylor’s website.

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Ellen and Arnie’s story continues …

In Basking in the Light, aspiring reporter, Ellen Singer, survives being captured and held hostage by serial killers for months. Reclamation takes us where Basking in the Light left off; where Ellen is left with the arduous task of rebuilding her life both physically and mentally. With devoted FBI agent, Arnie Darrow, by her side she is able to overcome her many obstacles and in the end he proclaims his deep love for the woman he has grown to admire and revere. Does Ellen reciprocate his feelings, or has her ordeal left her emotionally incapable of returning Arnie’s love?

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Kasadya Hellhound Awakened 3 EBOOK UPLOAD
Kasadya Hellhound Awakened
Series: Kasadya #1
Author: Karen Swart
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Audience: YA/NA – 14 years and up
Formats: Paperback and E-book
Publisher: Karen Swart
Cover by: Melody Simmons
Edited by: MAI-Editing-Services , There for you Editing Services & Blue Butterfly Editing
ISBN: 978-1311699121
Date Published: 21 August 2012
Pages: 342 pages

 

Blurb –

In a constant battle between good and evil, evil is dominating the battlefield and leading mankind to its destruction. With our Creator’s intervention, a creature destined to conquer and destroy is created. He gives mankind hellhounds to fight back and reclaim freedom.
Join seventeen year old Kasadya Levourne as she fights against evil to protect us. With each step, she faces destruction, and yet she has the talent to give it back tenfold. Stubborn and hard-headed she makes her mark in the Fallen world and starts a battle none can escape. Not even her trainer, the very attractive Chax de Luca, was prepared for her presence.
Will evil prevail? Or will Kas and her Fallen friends succeed in protecting us against it? Hold on to your seats, this is going to be one hell of a ride.

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The Kasadya Series is read back to back, book 1- 3 ends with a cliff hanger.
 
 
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Prologue
There was a time when heaven was filled with peace and serenity. God, Jesus Christ, and all the Angels lived in harmony; no evil and no sin existed. Until one fateful day…
With all gathered to hear their Sire speak, God rose and addressed his Angels. Before all, he proclaimed His Son, Jesus Christ, was equal to Him. That Christ’s words should be obeyed as if they were His own. Christ would command the heavens, with the same authority as Him. All the Angels bowed down before Christ and accepted their Sire’s proclamation, all except for one…
An Archangel was furious with this proclamation. He was his Sire’s right hand, the deliverer of justice, the commander of many legions. He had served his Sire for centuries, and never failed him. It should be to him that God bestow power, not a Son whom had never even seen battle.
With his heart filled with hatred and jealousy, he gathered all the angels in secret. He told them that their days of sweet liberty were at an end. That God has now placed Christ as their ruler and that they should now obey his wishes. Many angels were angered at such a false statement, but many also agreed with the Archangel. He had led them for many years; why should they now question his leadership?
The faithful Angels fled to God and told Him what was happening, and together they prepared for war. With the sun rising on a new day, God and his Angels stood ready for battle against the Archangel and his followers. The battle only lasted a day, the Archangel and his followers defeated before the sun set for the night.
Seeing the angels on their knees before Him, He gave them one final chance… “Repent and declare your loyalty, and I will forgive you, my children.” He told his beautiful angels, tears falling with each word. This was His family. This was His love. How could they betray Him? Some of the Angels cried their penance, begging Him to forgive them for their deceit. They claimed that the Archangel deceived them, and they followed him into battle, as they have done for centuries.
God took pity on them, but still believed that their deceit must not go unpunished. He had spoken many times about the importance of punishment, that lessons learned must be earned… “I herewith grant you mercy, but as punishment you will be sentenced to an earthly realm. I will take your beauty as payment for my children lost today. In the place of your beauty, I will give you purpose. In mercy, and because I love you still, I give you life in this realm. Let this be known, that I was merciful this day,” God finished.
He placed them in an earthly realm, and called it Exsilium. In this realm they would carry their deceit, and earn their place with him. He took their beauty and replaced them with elements of his earth. Half would be of animal and element, and would resemble punishment. The other, in a humanoid form, and would resemble mercy. He called them his Fallen.
The Archangel, and those whom did not repent, were not that lucky. God looked into the eyes of His once faithful angels and only saw destruction, hatred, jealousy, and heartache. He knew that His beloved ones had died this day, and that others needed to be protected. But how could you destroy one you loved? He placed the Archangel, and his followers, in another earthly realm, but where Exsilium was above the earth, this one was in the center. With one wave of His hand, their beautiful forms were replaced with forms as ugly as their hatred and deceit. Using His word and blood, He sealed this realm from any other.
As He looked into the many eyes of hatred, He spoke his final word… “This realm will be called Hell, and you will be called demons. You, my once faithful Archangel, you will be called the Devil. Your angel name will be erased from the past, present, and future. You will be forgotten,” He proclaimed and left them to their demise.
Many years have passed since that day. God created mankind and cherished his new children. The male and female were his new hope; in them he would find peace again. But the Devil had grown strong through the years, and somehow managed to enter God’s garden. Here, he found the female God created, using her to strike back. He whispered words of deceit in her ears, and watched as God’s new children stepped into sin. With her first bite, a crack appeared in the seal around Hell, and demons escaped to earth.
From that day onward, the Devil and his demons created chaos amongst God’s new children, leading one after the other into sin. God looked upon this and decided to fight for his loved ones. He went to Exsilium and spoke to the Fallen… “You, my children, have proven your loyalty in the years that have passed, and so I came to offer you another chance at Heaven. If you slay the Devil and his demons to protect mankind, I will give you a place in my Heaven once again. With your last breath on this earth, you will join me and your brethren in Heaven,” He finished. The Fallen agreed and God gave them the power to move in and out of Exsilium to battle the demons. The war between Good and Evil began.
But as mankind spread over the earth, sin became their followers. And with each sin, the demons grew stronger and created more demons to torture mankind. The Fallen were now fighting against millions; they needed assistance to ensure victory. God had watched the battle from Heaven and saw that they were failing because of their numbers. He also saw that the demons grew stronger than the Fallen. He intervened and created a new creature. This creature would have features encompassing the best of both worlds. One half was as strong and loyal as the Fallen, while the other was as hard and enduring as a demon. This was His ultimate weapon. This would be His greatest creation. To ensure that these creatures could not be swayed, He placed Heaven’s soul into them. He called them His hellhounds.
The hellhounds delivered justice swiftly, as strong and just as the Fallen. Yet hard and durable like the demons, they conquered the earthly realm and the demons retreated. Not one hellhound could be swayed. All stayed true to their calling. God, knowing that the Devil and many more demons had retreated, gave His hellhounds life, and offered them a place among the Fallen.
Until this day they still watch over mankind, protecting them from evil. Will we be worth it?

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Kasadya Hellhound TwistedKasadya WEBSITE USE
Series: Kasadya #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Audience: YA/NA – 14 years and up
Formats: E-book
Publisher: Karen Swart
Edited by: There for you Editing Services & Blue Butterfly Editing
Cover by: Melody Simmons
ISBN: 978-1301357192
Pages: 251 Pages
Date Published: 15 February 2013

Blurb –

She fought against all odds and became the warrior she was meant to be … or so she thought. In a world where the rules have changed, can she embrace her destiny and become the hellhound she was meant to be?
Kasadya is back in Exsilium and finds her world a little different. Her half-breed fallen friends join her, and they are ordered to complete their apprentice training in order to obtain the right to be guardians. She must learn that her own fate cannot be denied and that others are set to follow. But most of all, she must learn that to trust is the greatest battle of all.
The tables are turned and Kasadya is put to the test. Will she be able to prevent her own death, or that of a friend? Or will her actions call forth the destruction of Earth and Exsilium?
For a Phoenix to rise, it must first die. —Chax De Luca

 

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Kasadya Hellhound Born
Series: Kasadya #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Audience: YA/NA – 14 years and up
Formats: E-book
Publisher: Karen Swart
Cover by: Melody Simmons
Edited by: MAI-Editing-Services & Blue Butterfly Editing
ISBN: 9781301863594
Pages: 235 pages
Date Published: 15 August 2013

Blurb –

In a world filled with evil, the Fallen prepare for the ultimate battle against the demon world!
Kasadya is ordered to unleash her crazed born transformation to complete her divinity. But there is a chance that her born will be uncontrollable, and she will be destroyed. There is just one person that can save her; her charm, her destined mate. Left without a choice, she must surrender, and place her life in his hands.
In a race against time, the Fallen must stand together and fight the evil threatening to invade earth. If her divinity was in reach, victory would be theirs. That is until she starts having visions of the final battle, and her true destiny is revealed. She just found her love and place in the Fallen world; will she be able, and willing, to sacrifice it all?

 

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“Kasadya, don’t do this to me,” Chax spoke, using Corra.
I stopped completely and looked at him. Reaching for my necklace, I held it.
“I am so sorry, Chax. This is the only way; we can’t win any other way. I know; I have seen the end too many times,” I replied.
His face fell even more and he looked around, searching for a way out.
“I want to thank you… for being there for me. For searching for me when I went missing. For enduring all of my crap. I am sorry I messed up so many times. But not this time; this I promise. But most of all, thank you for loving me.” Even my mental voice broke down on the last part.
Chax started to scream and pound at the invisible wall, while others joined him. I looked at Nanini, shocked that she couldn’t get out.
“Take care of Max for me,” I sent to her.
Tears formed and ran down her cheeks, but she nodded.
“Kas, let us help you!” Lotan yelled. My friends, my family were still trying to save me. Tears ran down my own face now.
“I love all of you. Thank you for always being there for me.” Finally my mental voice began to a sob.
I turned away, afraid that the sight of them would stop me.
“Kasadya! Don’t do this to me. I beg you!” Chax yelled at me.
Demons were closing in around me, but my heart was so broken I just let the tears and heartache spill out of me.
“I am so sorry, Chax. Forgive me.” With that, I stormed forward.
I used my g-force punches to clear the masses out of my way. When that stopped working, I started shifting. Demons grabbed at me and some got in a slice or two. But I wasn’t stopping.
I saw Ballen trying to flee from me. He thought I was heading for him. Good. I needed him on the other side when I blew it up. Using my wings for momentum, I sent a massive g-force punch into the horde that remained between me and my target. They flew backwards, clearing the way for me to advance. I swiped at a few too close and took their heads. Blood sprayed all over me. Searching for the hole to make sure I was heading in the right direction, I saw the shoulders and arms of something freaking big, already beginning to breach.
I need to move faster!
I lifted up with my wings. They were tired, but I had no other option. Now I had the flying demons to contend with. We fought and sliced and I sent a few down to earth without a head. At last, I was advancing on the hole. Pain shot through my left wing and I tumbled to the ground, hitting hard. At the last moment I made sure that the front of my body hit the ground and not the back. Demons jumped me all at once. Ballen was yelling at them to stop me. I used everything I had left and flung out with my wings and arms. They went flying and just in front of me was the hole with the devil stuck in it. Ballen was standing at the entrance watching me, his face a mask of shock.
With a deep breath, I reached for the pouch and took hold of the balls. Now armed and ready, I just had a few feet to go. I stormed through the demons, not caring if they sliced me open. I wasn’t stopping for a fight anymore. I held the balls to my chest, sealing them from any other impact. Then, finally, I was at the entrance of the hole. With the last of my strength, I leaped into the air and went flying straight for it.
There were many things that go through your mind that moment before you die. I remembered my first step into Exsilium. Meeting Lada and Nanini. Meeting Chax and hating my first day. I remembered our fun at the beach, the Hellhouse and the grub spot. Seeing Lada and Lotan kissing for the first time. Meeting Max and Ryan, and then all of the rest. My heart no longer troubled by Kali or Seth or all the others who had betrayed me. I remembered finding Chax and the Fallen again. Seeing my parents again. So many memories bombarded me at that last moment. I remembered my day and night with Chax, and how it felt to be loved.
“I love you,” I sent a final message to him.
He was still screaming my name, begging for me to stop.
I remembered why I was doing this. For them I gave my heart, my life. Ballen’s shocked face was in front of me, right in my path. Just when I reached him, I dropped the balls and slammed into him.

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Kasadya Hellhound DefinedKasadya Hellhound Defined ORIGINAL 300 dpi
Series: Kasadya, #4
Author: Karen Swart
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Audience: YA/NA – 14 years and up
Formats: E-book
Publisher: Karen Swart
Cover by: Melody Simmons
Edited by: Blue Butterfly Editing
ASIN: B00J698M1A
ISBN: 978-1311495075
Pages: 135 pages
Date Published: 21 March. 2014

Blurb –

For centuries his only reason for existence was to destroy evil. But when he finally found his mate, that all changed for the deadly Chax De Luca. When the hellhound Kasadya captured his heart, he surrended it to her, thinking he’d finally found what he’d been looking for. Little did he know that his mate would sacrifice herself to save them all.
His fury is legend. His wrath, merciless. His love for his mate, undeniable. He’s going to hell to retrieve his heart, and if that means that he must destroy hell itself, then so be it.
Kasadya awakes to a world in peril, her mate forever changed, and a war filled with evil creatures intending to enter Earth’s realm and destroy all that she holds dear. Can she complete her divinity in time to save her loved ones and mankind? Will she have to choose? Or will all be lost in the final battle?
The final battle is here, and with it, secrets are revealed and worlds are changed forever.

 

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About the Author –

Karen SwartI am a complete book addict, and really proud of it. My entire world is made of books. From reading to writing to blogging to helping other authors. A day without my world of books would be impossible. I am a mother of three, two boys and a little princess. Happily married for 10 years with my high school sweetheart. I live in South Africa, just on the rims of the Kalahari Desert in a small town with one shop and friendly faces.

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Blood Diamond

I am lucky enough to be part of the Blood Diamond tour today. But I was even luckier to have had to opprtunity to review all of the books in the series. So, I’m going to start with Blood Diamond, book 3 in the With & Wolf series by R.J. Blain,

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Blood Diamond (Witch & Wolf – 3)

(Excerpt from Goodreads) The world is full of corpses, and Jackson knows them by name. When a group strives to destroy the Inquisition, his powers may be all standing between the supernaturals and extinction.

However, when he learns the truth behind the deaths of his wife and unborn daughter, Jackson may prove to be the greatest threat of all to the survival of mankind…

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Dante has the ability to sense dead people and we are introduced to him as he is waiting for a fight between his brother’s pack and another pack. He steps up and saves the only surviving enemy and starts a whole chain reaction. From there, without any spoilers, there is romance, tension (lots of), the Inquisition, revenge, and a whole range of characters that will keep you reading into the wee hours of the night.

Dante thinks he is so much less of a character than he really is. He is so gentlemanly, especially with so much tension going on. I do like how there is no sex, this is a book full of action and thrills. I really like how you have both a romance that although sudden makes sense when you think about it, and a revenge story.

The more I read of R.J. Blain’s work, the more I love it. I like how this series progress in a different direct from most books you read. The books link together but they are also done in a way that you don’t have to read the other books first. But I strongly recommend reading them, they just make the series so much better.

I received this book for free from the Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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Excerpt

Sounds great huh? Well to help entice you, here is an excerpt:

The world was full of corpses, and I, Dante Jackson Emmett Anderson, knew them by name. Unfortunately for me, my brother knew my secret.

When my brother asked for help, it usually involved unidentified bodies or paperwork. When he had showed up at my door, I hadn’t expected an invitation to join an Inquisition field operation, one dangerous enough to warrant the use of my brother’s armored truck. He had me dead to rights when he told me I’d be driving, and judging by the way he had smirked while spinning the keys around his finger, he had known it.

I doubted the red-painted, tempting seductress of a monstrosity could be eliminated by anything other than a missile or a tank; even if someone wanted to blast their way in, they’d need a ladder to reach the door. I wasn’t small, not at six foot three, and I needed the help of the step rail and roll bar to climb in. The rest of the team needed me to give them a hand.

I drew a deep breath and let it out in a sigh. I should have refused my twin and ignored the lure of driving his absurd, stupid truck. I should have told him I would do a stint at the Inquisition headquarters shuffling papers and naming dead people instead of pretending I was trained for field operations.

Drumming my hands against the leather wheel, probably the only normal thing in the truck, I waited. The manila envelope on the dashboard mocked me, reflecting in the windshield as I watched the darkening forest for any signs of the team’s return. Once I opened it, I’d know more about the operation and its Inquisitors than I wanted. I’d know the names and faces of the dead, and if my bad luck held, I’d get a glimpse of their final moments.

The dead were vindictive like that.

I leaned forward, resting my forehead on my hands. My brother had been in enough of a hurry to get me into his truck and on the road I hadn’t had time to change out of my suit. Combat boots, fatigues, and Kevlar protected the Inquisitors. I wore a silk dress shirt and an equally thin jacket a bullet would ignore before tearing a hole through me.

Clenching my teeth, I bumped my forehead against the wheel as I cursed my idiocy.

A smart man would’ve put the idling engine into gear and left. If I did that, I’d be the target of my very own Inquisition operation. I doubted even the Red Beast could withstand a pack of angry Fenerec armed with more firepower than the military. They had missiles, and I had supplied all six warheads to them. If they launched one at the truck, they’d blow it—and me—into scrap metal and unidentifiable bits.

R.J. Blain

RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.

When she isn’t playing pretend, she likes to think she’s a cartographer and a sumi-e painter. In reality, she herds cats and a husband, and obeys the commands of Tsu Dhi, the great warrior fish.

In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Should that fail, her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until she is satisfied.

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Inquisitor (Witch & Wolf – 1)

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) When Allison is asked to play Cinderella-turned-Fiancée at a Halloween ball, the last thing she expected was to be accused of murder on the same night. She has to find the killer or she’ll be put to death for the crimes she didn’t commit. To make matters worse, the victims are all werewolves.

On the short list of potential victims, Allison has to act fast, or the killer will have one more body to add to his little black book of corpses.

There’s only one problem: One of the deaths has struck too close to home, and Allison’s desire for self-preservation may transform into a quest for vengeance…

In this world there are a lot of paranormal creatures and people. Allison is a unique combination of werewolf and witch. She is invited to a Halloween party with a client but while there a young lady is murdered and Allison is the suspect. Allison goes on the hunt for the real killer. But Allison has a lot of secrets and it doesn’t help that the Inquisition is involved.

This is an interesting take on werewolves from the usual stories. Allison is close to 200 years old and has had sometime to acquire some money. She also has several different identities, one of which helps her in her escape as Allison. I like the background of Allison; it was interesting the different points of view from her human-like self to her wolf state.

There is a lot of stuff happening in this story. Things start off at a fast pace before you really know what is going on. Then when you think you might be catching on there are several side events happening that throw you off again. I was so confused that I had no idea who the killer could have been. Now normally that wouldn’t be a bad thing but when you don’t really get a description or world building before everything goes to heck it tends to leave you lost. Also, some things in the story seemed to catch and jump. I think that is the normal first book in a series feeling its way around.

Having said that, I was very interested in the story and with the cliff hanger ending I will be reading Winter Wolf to see what happens next.

I received Inquisitor for free from the Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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Winter Wolf (Witch & Wolf – 2)

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) The Hunted Wizard

When Nicole dabbled in the occult, she lost it all: Her voice, her family, and her name. Now on the run from the Inquisition, she must prove to herself—and the world—that not all wizards are too dangerous to let live.

The savage murder of a bookstore employee throws Nicole into the middle of Inquisition business, like it or not. Driven by her inability to save the young man’s life, she decides to hunt the killer on her own. Using forbidden magic to investigate the past, she learns that the murderer is in fact a disease that could kill the entire werewolf race.

Forced to choose between saving lives and preserving her own, Nicole embraces the magic that sent her into exile. Without werewolves, the power of the Inquisition would dwindle, and she could live without being hunted.

Nicole’s only hope for success lies in the hands of the werewolves she hates and the Inquisition she fears, but finding someone to trust is only the beginning of her problems. There are those who want to ensure that the werewolves go extinct and that the Inquisition falls.

But, if she fails to find a cure, her family—including her twin sister—will perish…

Nicole is a wizard and messed around where she should not have been. Now she is trying to stay ahead of the Inquisition but a murder puts her right in their radar. She decides to investigate on her own and learns that there is a plague on the werewolf population. Nicole is torn between doing nothing about the plague and basically disappearing from the Inquisition’s search or stepping up and saving the lives of a lot of people/werewolves.

This book takes place before Inquisitor but the way it is written it doesn’t matter if you have read Inquisitor. Nicole has done some bad things and she is wracked with guilt over those actions. I will say that Nicole has little self esteem and dwells on the negative. It just made her a more realistic character. And I just loved how although she didn’t realize it, she is a great leader.

There is not as much going on in this story as Inquisition but I think that made this one flow better. There are still a lot of questions unanswered but I could get into this story easier. I really like how this series is progressing. Now on to Blood Diamond.

I received Inquisitor for free from the Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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Make sure to get your copy of this series. It is one that you don’t want to miss.

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Someone Died…Now What?

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Someone Died…Now What? by Corrie Sirota

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Someone Died… Now What? is a GPS for grieving. Corrie Sirota provides Guidance, Perspective and Support to help you navigate your way through the grief process. Whether someone you love has died or someone you know is struggling with a loss, this book addresses many of the issues and questions that surface, providing concrete assistance on what to do immediately following a death, how to deal with feelings of sadness, anger and guilt, non-death losses and how to support grieving children. You will learn that grief is an ongoing process, and is as unique and individual as you are.

Corrie Sirota

Corrie Sirota holds a Masters degree in Social Work as well as a Graduate Certificate in Loss and Bereavement from McGill University (Montreal) where she has been teaching as a lecturer in the School of Social Work for over 20 years. Corrie is a licensed psychotherapist who currently maintains a private practice specializing in Loss and Bereavement, Parenting issues and Relationship issues. She is a well-known lecturer who regularly presents at conferences and workshops, both locally and abroad. Working in the Montreal Community for over 2 decades, Corrie has developed numerous prevention and intervention programs for families, children and professionals, students and various community agencies as well as Day and Residential Camps.

Corrie has also written numerous articles and blog posts and is regularly interviewed on local radio, news and TV programs to consult on issues relating to loss and bereavement, Child Development and Parenting.

Review

5 stars

We all go through different events that shape our lives but I believe that death seems to be the hardest. As the mourner you have so many things going on that it’s hard to figure out what is going on, how to deal with the loss, and what to do from that point. On the other side you can see that someone is going through pain and you want to comfort them but this can be hard when it can be so easy to say the wrong thing and even losing patience with the person for their continued suffering.

When I was 33, I lost my father, who had been ill for many years and was expected to pass 10 + years ago. Although I knew it was coming it was still a shock when he passed. I admit that a couple years later and I am still wracked with guilt at not visiting with him more. I lost my mother, who had been sick for years a year after my father. Her passing was easier but I still find myself tearing up when I really think about the fact that she is no longer around to ask advice from or just to hear how her cats are doing.

The hardest part for me was to try and work through the loss. My family has always had that mentality. That no one really cares or can help so suck it up and keep going. I admit that I did break down and cry, which for me is something very rare. But I found it more frustrating how everyone was trying to treat me with kid gloves. But even when I act like things have moved on, when I was offered Someone Died…Now What? I admit that my sadness comes creeping back and I couldn’t help but take a look inside.

This book has information on anything that you could think of relating to death. If you are the person that lost someone or if you are a friend or family member of someone that lost someone this book is for you. There is information on the different steps of grieving and mourning. There is a list of things to say and not say. This book has everything and more that you could think of relating to death.

There are a couple sections that really stood out for me. The little section of guilt really hit home. When I lost my father I realized how I never really made the time to talk to him. When I did call home, which was rarely, I mainly talked to my mom. When he died I felt so guilty about my bad behavior and how I was really a bad daughter. The section on guilt was a lightbulb going off for me. I still feel bad but now I’m coming to terms with it.

I really like the section about someone else facing death. Because I grew up where you bottle up your emotions and get on with life, sadly I admit that I have a hard time when someone else has lost someone. Someone Died…Now What? has really helped me to understand how my reactions are the last thing someone needs. It has really helped me to be more compassionate and have more helpful things to say to them.

This is a great book for anyone dealing with loss. Although it is small, there is a lot of information for everyone. If you are going through it or have someone that is experiencing a loss this is one book that you need to pick up. It will change your life, it definitely helped me.

To purchase Someone Died…Now What?, or for more information, make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Corrie Sirota’s website.

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I received Someone Died…Now What? for free from iRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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Menagerie

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Menagerie (Menagerie – 1) by Rachel Vincent

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger’s Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah in her black swan burlesque costume is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she’s forced to “perform” in town after town.

But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other “attractions”—mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she’ll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.

Delilah Marlow visits Metzger’s Menagerie. While there she is taken back with the treatment of a werewolf girl and gets so worked up that she ends up sinking her claws into the handler. Delilah is then accused of hiding as a human since cryptids have no rights and is then purchased and added to the Menagerie. Since cryptids have no rights, Delilah is treated horribly. She is abused physically and mentally. But the more Delilah is there, the more she learns about the other attractions. Although she can’t help herself, she is going to do whatever she can to help the others.

I love Rachel Vincent’s books. So when I got a copy of Menagerie, I couldn’t wait to get reading. This is a very dark book, which I loved but might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Delilah is stripped of everything, even the clothes on her back. She is locked up and forced to perform for the show and face all kinds of torture. But no matter what, they won’t break her spirit and she keeps fighting. I have to say that I was leery of Gallagher but I came to love him the more I read. He is the one shining spot in all the darkness.

Although this book is dark yet really good, it makes you think about more than just the story. What would happen in real life if something like The Reaping or other events happen? Society doesn’t have a great history of being understanding to others that don’t fit in. And sadly it has a history of the darkest of all human behaviors being used in such times.

This is a great story that will make you think about so much more than just the story. It is dark and gruesome but believable. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.

To purchase Menagerie, or for more information, make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Rachel Vincent’s website.

I received Menagerie for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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