Archive for April 4th, 2017


Title: Hidden (Five Fates, Book 1)

Author: Amy McKinley

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: November 2, 2015

Cursed since birth, hunted by gods, and desperate for love—Jade never stood a chance.

Half-demon, half-goddess, Jade’s fate makes her a pawn in an epic battle among the gods. Hidden on Earth with her sisters, she successfully avoids the Oneiroi—the dream gods—bent on her destruction until the prophecy, long dormant, awakens a dark shadow within her.

Roen, a reclusive Worr demon known for his battles against the Oneiroi, is called to protect Jade. Together they must unlock their mysterious connection and find a way to beat back destiny. Can she outsmart the prophecy, change her fate, and find love—even when she learns who is connected to her destruction?

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Title: Taken (Five Fates, Book 2)

Author: Amy McKinley

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: June 6, 2016

Forged through a childhood trauma and cursed by the Fates, Layla vows never to be at another’s mercy. With determination and training she evolves into a deadly weapon and quiets her inner demons—until the prophecy activates, shattering her peace. The gods who want her dead converge and the hunt to end her life truly begins. The skills that Layla honed for protection become an unconscious tool for death and destruction, threatening not only the gods but her family.

Entrenched in clan turmoil, Thaull’s life hangs at a precipice. He’s faced with a condition known only to his kind, the soul-divide. If not dealt with, his soul will rip in half and he will turn into an unstoppable, ice-cold killing machine. As he hunts the traitor within his Phantom Warrior clan he worsens. A fragile thread of hope remains. The love of a female, freely given, can save him. Through a premonition of an alluring demigoddess, he gambles his very existence in the chance she will be his salvation.

She will go dark from her curse. He will go numb from his. To survive, Layla must risk trusting another or become another.

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Amy McKinley

About The Author

Amy McKinley is a freelance writer and author of the Five Fates Series. She lives in Illinois with her husband, their four talented teenagers, and three mischievous cats.

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I would like to thank Jackie at Book Nerd PA and Amy McKinley for the information on this series to share.

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Kill and Run


Kill and Run (A Thorny Rose Mystery – 1) by Lauren Carr

Five women with seemingly nothing in common are found brutally murdered in a townhome outside Washington, DC. Among the many questions surrounding the massacre is what had brought these apparent strangers together only to be killed.

Taking on his first official murder case, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton, USN, believes that if he can uncover the thread connecting the victims, then he can find their murderer.

The case takes an unexpected turn when Murphy discovers that one of the victims has a connection to his stepmother, Homicide Detective Cameron Gates. One wintry night, over a dozen years before, her first husband, a Pennsylvania State trooper, had been run down while working a night shift on the turnpike.

In this first installment of the Thorny Rose Mysteries, the Lovers in Crime join newlyweds Lieutenant Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday to sift through a web of lies and cover-ups. Together, can the detectives of the Thorny Rose uncover the truth without falling victim to a cunning killer?

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Lauren Carr

Author’s Bio

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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My Review

5 stars

Five women have been discovered murdered in a house in Washington DC. Lieutenant Murphy Thornton is a naval investigative officer that has been sent to look the crime scene over. He is just expected to release the scene to the local police but when he discovers one of the victims is from the navy he has to investigate. Then Murphy learns that one of the women killed connects to his step-mother and the death of her first husband. Things start proceeding at a breakneck pace when it seems there is someone higher of higher ranking in the military trying to cover up evidence spanning back more than thirteen years. But threatening Murphy and Jessica was the first mistake they made in trying to cover everything up.

Murphy has been stationed in Washington DC temporarily and is constantly butting heads with his boss. But when he finds a case that clearly deals with the Navy he can’t stand by and let the local police investigate it, must to his boss’s dismay. In his investigations, he finds that one of the women has a daughter and no family that she can go to so Murphy rescues her from foster care and promises her that he will find her mother’s killer.

Thankfully Jessica is there along with his step-mother, even though they get in a bit of trouble from someone that tries to silence them permanently. Murphy is having none of his and with the help of his father, plans to take down the person behind these deaths and other events relating to the women killed.

Ever since I read Mystery at Astaire Castle I have fallen in love with the Mac Faraday mysteries and Lauren Carr. When I was invited to review this book I was over the moon. Jessica Faraday is Mac’s daughter and has recently married Murphy Thornton, son to Joshua Thornton. It was so wonderful to be introduced to the new characters. I listened to his book on Audible and I have to say CJ McAllister does a wonderful job narrating this book.

This is a great start to a new mystery series and I just love how it links into the other series from Lauren Carr. I strongly recommend checking out her books. You will not be disappointed. I’m just happy that I have the second book to jump right into.

I received Kill and Run from iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.


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