Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Feature: Altered by Dianne Lynn Gardner

Check out this interesting dystopian book by Dianne Lynn Gardner.

In a dystopian future, the Privatol invades American soil, and crops propel the engine. Uncontrollable tyranny has succeeded in dictating where people live, what they do, and what they eat. When Abree, a spunky twelve-year-old is taken away to learn the process of modifying seed to Newly Constructed Food she discovers an evil plan that could alter the fate of the human race, and a way out if only she can escape to tell the others.

Author Bio:

Dianne Lynn Gardner

The Pacific Northwest is my home. After living in the dry desert of Arizona for over 23 years, I tired of always praying for rain, so I decided to come and get it on my own. Gray skies and deep forests give way to the most glorious summers you could ever imagine. Not to mention the abundance of berries, clams, oysters, salmon, fruits of all kinds, to me the Puget Sound area of Washington is the richest place in the world.

I have seven children, all grown. Sixteen grandchildren that need stories written, and so they are my inspiration.

People always find it fascinating that I lived in a mud house for over 13 years, hauling water from the well in a bucket, cooking on a wood stove, planting blue corn in desert washes, and generally living out of the box. Some of these experiences are tapped into my novels.

My website is You’ll find books, audios, artwork and how our movie production is coming along on that site.

Dianne Gardner, an award winning author, is also an illustrator living in the Pacific Northwest, USA. She's an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National League of American Pen Women. Her Ian’s Realm series is published by PDMI Publishing LLC along with four short stories in the A Tale of the Four Wizards series. Her most recent book Altered is published by Master Koda Publishing. She writes for middle grade and young adults targeting boys and adventure loving girls, and the young at heart.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Review on Dark Illusions the Next Chapter by Ariana Browning

Dark Illusions the Next Chapter is the second book in this cool ass trilogy.
Last year, I read the first one (Dark Illusions the Beginning) and reviewed it here on this blog. I really like this story, and I think Ariana Browning writes well.

*Spoiler Alert. There are spoilers in this review. You have been warned*

Kat has recently been “Awakened.” What that means is she’s a vampire with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf. She's a strong female character, and I absolutely love that about her. 

The vampire/werewolf race is divided into clans. The two main ones are the Raaka and the Runsasi. 

They don’t get along. 

At all. 

Kat is now part of the Raaka clan, whereas Julian, the man she loves, is the prince of the Runsasi. Towards the end in the last book, the Raaka went after Julian. The goal was to kill him so Cameron who rules the Raaka clan and through blood, is Kat’s mate, can become prince of all the clans. They almost succeeded in ending Julian’s life. In secret, Julian stays hidden so Cameron and the others will believe they indeed murdered him. Only a few people know he’s alive. Kat of course is one of them. Hell, she saved his ass. So, yeah, she knows.

This second book in the trilogy begins with Kat and Julian hiding out in his cabin. Julian wants to keep Kat safe because he knows Cameron will either kill her for ditching him or give her some serious beatings. Kat is strong-willed and has a mind of her own. She'll be damned if she’s going to allow Julian to keep her locked away from everyone. She’s also frustrated and pissed off that he’s not totally open with her. He’s always holding things back to protect her. She doesn’t take too kindly to his behavior and decides to do things her way.

Kat bails and soon after Cameron apprehends her. He takes her back to his place and keeps her chained up. Literally. Cameron and the Raaka clan notice something is different about Kat, but they can’t figure it out. Kat becomes aware of her differences as well, like she can heal faster than the others, she can stay out in the sun without its rays harming her, she can pick up people’s thoughts, and she’s quicker than she should be. 

Kat is beautiful, and her presence radiates a sexual energy and confidence that turn heads when she enters a room. She uses it to her advantage.

Kat is a sexual dynamo. 

When she’s hot and horny, everybody can sense her desires. But on the same token, she knows when one of the guys wants to ravish her body. It goes both ways I guess.

Sean is one of Cameron’s trusted friends and next in line to rule the Raaka clan. He and the Raaka guys form an alliance with Kat. She wants to eliminate Cameron, which will put Sean in power, and he’ll become her mate. She also plans on becoming queen to all the clans and change the rules that she feels are outdated. If she and Sean follow through with their plans, they’ll be defying Julian, and there will be hell to pay. He’s hardwired to kill, and if he gives in to his Ripper side, watch out. When he’s in that mindset, he’s a coldblooded murder and excels at it. 

Will Kat destroy Cameron?

Will Kat, Sean, and some of the Raaka guys take on Julian and risk the wrath of the Ripper and possible death?

You’re going to have to read this book to find out. If you haven’t read the first one, you need to. This is a wonderful trilogy, and I would recommend it to anyone. 



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Release Day Blitz! Love by Lacey Weatherford

"You thought you had a #CRUSH. You thought you were #SMITTEN. Prepare your heart for full blown #LOVE as Dylan swoons his way to the top of your book boyfriend list!"
– Belinda Boring, Bestselling Author of the Mystic Wolves Series  

Love ( Crush #3 ) By Lacey Weatherford
Living happily ever after has always been part of the plan for Cami and Dylan, but when strange things begin happening around the Wilcock household, Cami simply believes she’s becoming forgetful.
However, when the incidents begin to escalate, both are left feeling vulnerable. Unable to figure out what’s going on, Dylan delves deeper into the mysterious happenings. But when the truth comes out, he finds himself faced with the biggest decision of his life—how far will he go to protect the one he loves?


Exclusive Teaser- Never before shared!
Lifting the damaged pillow, I examined the fabric, feeling my nerves skyrocket again. This didn’t look chewed up. It looked sliced. And it was one of the pillows from my side of the bed. Getting a garbage bag, I carefully, I put the contents inside and made my way into the kitchen. Pausing to stare at the block of sharp cutting knives on the counter, I noticed they all seemed to be in the right place. Grabbing a plastic baggie, I slid my hand inside and carefully began sliding each knife from its slot one at a time and examining it. I stopped when I arrived at a small paring knife, immediately spotting a tiny clump of black strings clinging near the base that exactly matched the color of my pillowcase. My heart was pounding. Unless Cami was pissed at me and had gone a little crazy, someone had been in my house—our house—with her.

"Lacey Weatherford keeps the surprises coming. Just when you think the story ended at SMITTEN, she hits us with a semi truck, POW, with another fantastic and explosive storyline. Makes you fall in #LOVE with the characters all over again!”
-Lisa Markson, The Paranormal Bookworm

“Dylan and Cami have done it again! They made me laugh, cry, and turned my heart into a puddle of goo! "LOVE" is the best book in this series yet, and I have enjoyed every step of the journey this series took me on!”
– Christina Racich, Pretty Lil Page Turners

About The Author

Lacey Weatherford is the bestselling author of the popular young adult paranormal romance series, Of Witches and Warlocks, and contemporary series, Chasing Nikki and Crush, and Tell Me Why.

Lacey resides in the beautiful White Mountains of Arizona. She lives with her wonderful husband and children along with their dog, Talley, and cat, Minx.

When she’s not out supporting one of her kids at their sporting/music events, she spends her time reading, writing, and visiting with her readers on her social media accounts.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Book Review On Copyright By Lori Lesko

Blurb: Amber Tyler is living every author’s dream: her books are all best sellers and she writes full time. She has worked hard and is well-accomplished in her career, and she has the support and love of her beautiful children and girlfriend.

But the dream soon turns into a terrible nightmare when her latest manuscript is stolen. She decides to fight for what is rightfully hers, only to find that the harder she tries, the easier it all slips through her fingers, putting her career, her family, and her life in jeopardy.


I normally don’t read books like this, because I’m more into the paranormal/fantasy genre. However, I’m glad I did. The story was really good.

Amber Tyler is a bestselling author. She has it made. She lives in a beautiful house on the beach, has two wonderful kids, and a gorgeous girlfriend. The story opens with Amber working on her book. She has a heart attack and has to go into immediate surgery. With the help from her loving family, she recovers from her chest cracking surgery. One day she decides to invite the father of her son’s girlfriend over for dinner.

He’s a lawyer.

He’s pleasant.

He’s down-to-earth.

And he wears thousand dollar suits.

During their friendly conversation, Amber discovers the book she was working so hard on prior to her heart attack has been stolen. Not only that, it’s been published, and it’s a best seller. Amber hires this lawyer and while he’s working on her case, her life spirals out of control.

F.Y.I. This book gets suspenseful from here.


My heart was racing throughout some of the scenes. I don’t have high blood pressure, but I bet it was jacked up from time to time. That’s how good of a job this author did.

Amber is a recovering addict. With the stress she’s under, she gives into her self-destructive side and backslides to drinking alcohol and doing drugs again. This author did a wonderful job capturing what it’s like to be an addict. 

Amber’s family kicks her out, and her life gets worse from there. It’s crazy what she goes through and the thoughts that rolls through her head. You're there, along for the ride with her, and let me tell ya . . . it's a dark, twisted road where alcohol and drugs becomes her master and she's its puppet. 

Yes, I'm thinking of Master of Puppets by Metallica, because that song fits  Amber's addiction. 

This book is well worth the read, and I would recommend it.