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The Cilantro in Apple Pie by Kimberley Nadine Knights

Fragnut. Confused? Well so is everyone else at Lumiere Hall Prep when sixteen-year-old Rubie Keane rolls in from Trinidad and Tobago talking her weird lingo. Not that she minds the culture confusion; she’s determined to leave the past behind her and be overlooked—but a certain stoic blue blood is equally as determined to foil her plans.

Gil Stromeyer’s offbeat personality initially makes Rubie second-guess his sanity, but she suspects his erratic outbursts of violence mask a deeper issue in his troubled, charmed life. Despite his disturbing behavior, a gradual bond forms between the two. However, on the night of the annual Stromeyer gala, events unfold that leave Rubie stripped of her dignity and kick Gil’s already fragile world off its axis.

Both their well-kept secrets are uncovered, but Gil’s revelation proves that sometimes the best remedy for a bad case of lost identity, is a dash of comradery from an ally packed with flavor.

Kimberley Nadine Knights

Kimberley Nadine Knights

Kimberley Nadine Knights knew when she kept willingly opting out of parties so she could stay home and write instead, that she was destined to be an author.

Born and raised in the tropical twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago, when this Caribbean girl isn’t creating new plotlines for her ever growing lineup of fictional characters, she spends her time strumming her guitar to indie rock songs and snapping once in a lifetime photos halfway across the globe in countries such as Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and France.

She’s an avid fan of The Walking Dead series and firmly believes that The Food Network should consider her being a judge on the next Chopped challenge.

“The Cilantro in Apple Pie” is her debut novel.

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Author Interview

Can you tell us about your upcoming books?

The Cilantro in Apple Pie is a trilogy so I’m working on the sequels.

What was your favorite part to write?

I really found myself loving all the parts that involved Gil – specifically the pool scene.

How did you come up with the title?

Sometimes contrasting flavors are the best. (sweet & sour chicken, salt and chocolate etc.) Rubie and Gil are so different (as different as apple pie and cilantro) but they somehow mesh well together.

Will you have a new book coming out soon?

Hopefully late 2017 J

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

My toughest criticism was that my writing is amateur at best. I was bummed out for a few hours but then later that day a reviewer said my writing was better than some of the more established authors out there. What can I say…excellence is in the eye of the reader.

Do you have any advice to give aspiring writers?

Prepare yourself for a bad review. It’s inevitable but it’s not the end of the world lol

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I wrote my first book when I was 10. It was about a sleepover party.

What does your family think of your writing?

Initially they didn’t think much of it – they thought I was just overly engrossed in a hobby. But now that it’s making some waves they’re supper supportive.

Do you hear from your readers much?

My readers on Twitter are very active! Big shout-out to Team #AuthorChestBump!

What do you think makes a good story?

Plot twists that blindside you

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To purchase The Cilantro in Apple Pie make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Kimberley Nadine Knights’ website.

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The Stalker

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The Stalker by Karly Edwards

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Zoey is a journalism student. She meets an older man called Peter at the bar who claims to be a journalist. When Peter offers to help her get a story in the local newspaper, Zoey jumps at the chance.

Zoey is 21 years old, Peter is 65.

After they exchange phone numbers, Peter is enthusiastic to spend time with her. They start meeting up for drinks to discuss her path as a writer. But that’s when Zoey starts to question their budding relationship.

She’s keen to further her career, and initially saw Peter as the perfect opportunity. But is he? With a quick touch here and a cheeky peck there, how does Peter really feel about Zoey? Is she being paranoid, irrational maybe?

Is Peter the helpful fellow writer he seems to be, or is there something more sinister lurking beneath his seemingly good intentions?

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My Review

5 stars

Zoey is out celebrating with friends when she meets Peter in the pub. He buys her a drink and seems friendly enough but there is something about him that creeps Zoey out. After a couple chance encounters, Peter tells Zoey that he could help out her journalism career. Zoey is excited but the more she is around Peter the more she is unnerved. But if he could help her career there is nothing to worry about, right?

This is a great short story. It is a classic case of a stalker. Zoey gets the creeps from Peter but she doesn’t listen to her feelings. I take Krav Maga classes and this is one of the first things that you are taught in self defense, listen to that little voice inside telling you something. I loved the ending!

This is a great thriller and left me wanting other stories from Karly Edwards. This is one short story that I recommend everyone checking out.

To purchase The Stalker make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

I received The Stalker for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Bloodspell (The Cruentus Curse – 1) by Amalie Howard

(Excerpt from Goodreads) The spell was simple…

Cruentus Protectum (Defend the Blood)

But what do you do if your blood is your enemy?

Victoria Warrick has always known she was different. An outcast at school, she is no stranger to adversity. But when she receives an old journal for her seventeenth birthday, nothing prepares her for the dark secrets it holds — much less one that reveals she’s a witch with unimaginable power.

What’s more, when she meets the dazzling but enigmatic Christian Devereux, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. Enemies will hunt her. Friends will turn on her. The terrible curse that makes her blood run black will stop at nothing to control her. And Christian has a sinister secret of his own…

Without knowing whom to trust, can Victoria survive her blood’s deadly desires? Or will she lose everything, including herself?

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My Review

4 stars

Victoria has had a rough go with life after her parents died in a car accident. She also has been the odd person out with bullying at school. But when she turns 17, Tori is giving a music box, a book, an amulet, and learns that she is a very powerful witch. The problem is that through her veins runs a darkness, a murderous rage that she calls Cruentus Curse. Then she meets Christian. Christian is a vampire that is trying to control his fangs. They have fallen for each other but of course vampires and witches are at war.

Tori has just joined the paranormal world but with her powers she is now a target. People are going to hunt her, friends will abandon her, and others will stand up to help her. Christian has been part of this world for awhile and wants to protect Tori. But Tori is no wilting flower; she has the abilities to stand on her own, if she can find some way to control the curse.

This story is rich with realistic characters. Tori and Christian both have great powers and no matter how hard they try, the power takes over and people die. All they can do is pick up the pieces and try again. My only complaint was Tori and Christian both drove me up the wall with their hot/cold relationship. One moment they just have to be together then the next they want to kill each other. It got to be a bit much.

Beyond that I loved how this story is centered around the dark witches and vampires. There is no sparkle and there is no Glenda the good witch. This is a great, killer story. I loved the fight scenes. There were plenty with lots of action.

This is a good story and one that I recommend you check out if you like fantasy paranormal stories.

To purchase Bloodspell make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Amalie Howard’s website.

I received Bloodspell for free from Charlie Roger in exchange for an honest review.

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Bloodcraft (The Cruentus Curse – 2) by Amalie Howard

(Excerpt from Goodreads) All magic has its price, and no one knows that better than Victoria Warrick. Gifted with a centuries-old blood curse, Tori has finally learned to master her blood’s demands and has emerged triumphant with Christian Devereux, a vampire overlord, at her side.

But the worst is yet to come …

In the infamous City of Lights, home to both the Witch Clans and the Vampire Council, Tori enrolls at the exclusive Belles Fontaines school in Paris, where she is faced with a devastating choice: choose Christian and be an outcast, or choose the coven and secure her place with the witches.

When the fate of the supernatural world is targeted by a sinister new threat, Christian and Victoria must unite their two warring species to defeat it. Their bond will be tested, twisted, and sorely weakened, and Tori will find herself in uncharted territory—a dangerous place to be when her blood’s magic has its own dark agenda.

But to save them all, she may have no choice but to invoke its deadly power.

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My Review

5 stars

Tori is starting to get a handle on her blood curse and both Christian and her seem to be the perfect couple. Tori wants to learn more about the blood curse and how to control her powers but must make a big decision. If she is to proceed she has to give up her relationship with Christian. But attending Belles Fontaines is not going to be as clear cut as she thinks as many people want her powers or her death. She is going to have to fight to find her place in this world.

Then there is Christian. He loves Tori so much and couldn’t care less about social norms. But he will feel the sting and hurt from the witches that expect Tori to take her place. But this is not the only thing he has to contend with. Lucien, Christian’s brother shows up and proves what an evil villain he can be. Christian also learns more about his maker.

This is a great story. You can just feel the love that Tori and Christian have for each other. It was so hard to watch what Christian went through and how Tori hurt him. Then there is Lucien, what an evil, selfish jerk. He is a villain that you can’t help but like even to the end.

There are great fight scenes and lots of romance in Bloodcraft. And the ending is just perfect. I do recommend reading Bloodspell so you can get some more background with Tori and Christian’s relationship. But you can easily read Bloodcraft and not be lost.

To purchase Bloodcraft make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Amalie Howard’s website.

I received Bloodcraft for free from Roger Charlie in exchange for an honest review.

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Tonight at 8:00 pm Eastern, join James Dashner discussing The Maze Runner. Make sure to be part of the discussion here. Then get ready to start book two The Scorch Trials.

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Check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads to purchase The Scorch Trials.

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