Thursday, January 31, 2013

Destiny review

Gabriella is a witch. The problem is, she doesn't remember. She repressed the memories of her powers years ago when her mother was murdered. Now, the warlock who was responsible for her mother's death has set his sights on Gabriella. He is determined to use her fear to turn her to the dark side of magick…even if it kills her. Her mother's spirit is reaching out to warn her, but even that she pushes away. Desperate to save her daughter, the spirit finds a male witch–one that just happens to be in love with Gabriella. Darron is more than willing to help but the two young witches will have way more to battle than just an evil warlock. There are overbearing jocks and petty rich girls who get tempers flaring and often set Gabrielle and Darron at odds.

 There is more to the story than Gabrielle and Darron could even imagine. There are terrible secrets to be revealed, battles to be waged, and lives will be lost. Only after Gabrielle and Darron both come to terms with who they really are, and open themselves up to the true meaning of magick, can they have any hope of fulfilling their destiny.

Our thoughts:

Jealousy, murder, love and magick made Destiny a really good read.
I seriously got into this book. Out of the few books I've read that contained witchcraft, I haven't had the pleasure of reading one with Wicca in it. Having known people who study Wicca and reading about it made this story so much more enjoyable for me. Laura took such care with detail with the spells she used and she set the scenes up to allow the reader to experience the powers at work (so to speak). My only complaint is that I have no idea if there is a sequel out or one in the works. I am fast becoming a huge fan of Ms DeLuca.  5 stars


Gabby's life changed forever when her mom was murdered. In her mourning, she locked away critical pieces of her upbringing deep within her. Now her life depends on how quickly she can retrieve those memories. 
Darron has loved Gabby since he laid eyes on her. The problem is he is a witch, and is scared what his powers my do to her. Can he protect her from the evil chasing her without costing her her life in the meantime.....
This is such a layered story. It's a love story. No its a Wicca/new age story. No its a mystery. Well it is all of the above. It draws you in and keeps you jumping until the.last sentence. The characters feel like friends by the end of the book. The plot is well developed and fast paced. It is tricky at times too. There is simple clues dropped in the text that you have to be careful not to miss. I know by the way this one ends that there is at least one more book and I am so glad. I just wasn't finished with these teen's story at this point. 
I am quickly falling in love with books by this author. It seems all of her work is flawless and beautifully written. A definite recommended read for ages 14+ solely due to subject matter and situations. An excellent novel, and one I will revisit again!!!! Happy reading!!!! 5 stars


 I absolutely loved this wonderful story. The cover of this book was absolutely beautiful and the white rose was deplicted in the story. It was well developed and fast paced. Laura took her time in creating each and everyone of her characters. The characters of Gabriella, Darron, Flora, Shelly and Monte were so intense that you were able to feel their emotions and couldn't help but love them. Gabriella is still living with the ghost and tragedy of the death of her mother. Although it happened years ago the killers were never caught and she never knew why she was killed then she had to live daily with a drunk father. Darron was a adopted child who was afraid to follow his hearts desire which was

Gabriella because he was hiding a secret about himself and he felt that it wasn't fair to involve her. Monte was hiding his own secrets. Darron is brought into a situation from the spirit world and it brings the whole gang in to save the friends. Gabriella learns a lot of who she is and about her mother and her death. Through this Darron also finds out a startlingly fact that is brought to light that could bring his world to a crashing halt. I am definitely looking forward to book 2 Destiny Unveiled in order to carry on with this journey with these wonderful characters. Thank you so much for this fast paced and entertaining story. 5 stars


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Morrigan and Player reviews and Rafflecopter contest

Shuffled from place to place in the foster system, Morrigan doesn't know the meaning of home. Plus, she is different. She has power over fire, the ability to move objects with her mind, and glimpse into the future. Just when she believes her life can’t get any stranger, she discovers her true identity.
 Filtiarn, a knight with a dark past and a surprising secret, has been tasked with guiding the heir of Tír na NÓg through countless perils to be returned to her family. Once Morrigan has been reunited with her mother and grandmother, their triad can save the forgotten land of magic from being devoured by an ancient evil.


Our Thoughts:

Laura is the author of Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, Phantom, and short story Jessica. Through these books I have gotten the pleasure of going on a fantastic literary journey that I hope never to end. With Morrigan she did not disappoint this reader. In my opinion this was her BEST book to date. I loved how she carefully built up each character fully describing them so you are able to picture them in your mind. Poor Morrigan was raised going from one foster home to another she always dreamed of who her real family was. She dreamed of handsome stranger and often drew pictures with him and of lands she knew nothing about. Then one day she started hearing and seeing things telling her they were her real mother and they needed her and would be sending someone for her soon. So when they did show up she didn't really question them. She had nothing keeping her there so she went with the man it turns out to be the one from her dreams and pictures. They go to a different realm and she finds out she is in fact Princess Morrigan. The scenery that Laura creates is something all little girls dream of. She incorporates the magical elements with care and concern. There are shifters, witches, guardians, gate keepers. Each character increase the fantastic journey that Morrigan goes on to find out who she is and finally find a true family. But at what cost she may find something she wasn't bargaining for. I highly recommend this book for an amazing read. I would also recommend checking out her other books, and she has book 2 of the Phantom series releasing in spring of 2013 called Demon. Player is another book that will be released in January of 2013. You can bet I will be stalking Laura DeLuca for books in the future. 5 stars

Joshua Handover had it all. He was handsome, rich, athletic, and had always been popular with the ladies. Yet, until he gets paired up with his beautiful but shy lab partner, Rosa, he never allowed himself to fall in love. As the chemistry between them grows, Josh realizes that his player days have come to end. But it seems his change of heart has come too late. Not only is Rosa leery of his bad boy reputation, he has four vindictive ex-girlfriends who are on a rampage. At first he doesn’t take their threats seriously, but then his tires are slashed, someone tries to poison him, and one of the girls turns up dead. Josh doesn’t know who to trust, but one thing is certain. It definitely isn’t worth the price he’s paying to be a player.


Our thoughts:

Talk about twisted love and ultimate betrayal, The Player was not what I was expecting. 

Josh is a player who is getting tired of the game. He finds it in himself to break it off with all of his girls when he sets his eyes on one girl only, Rosa. But when he starts to get notes in his locker and tragedy strikes more than once, will he find himself playing someone else's game? Read The Player to find out!

Laura did an outstanding job with this suspense. The storyline was well thought out and the characters were very well written. The story is full of action, drama, suspense, who-did-what and a huge "I should have seen that coming" type ending. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.  5 stars

Josh has a migraine and four girlfriends. None of which he cares for or knows much about. Now he must get rid of his headache, ditch the girls, profess his love for Rosa, and try not to die in the process....complicated life for a teenager, huh? This is an amazing book. It is a teenage mystery/life lesson/ and a little bit if twisted karma. From the very beginning you are drawn into these kids lives. The plot is so uptempo that it flies by, and at the end your mouth is catching flies. I would never give it away, but you really need to read this one. The characters are all well developed and multifaceted. The reader becomes emotionally invested as the story goes on. 
This is a definite must read. I have to say that I was actually shocked at how good this book was. The editing is superb as well, so honestly it is a great book to read. 5 stars

I love the writing qualities that Laura DeLuca exhibits. I have read each and everyone of her books and through her creative journey she gives us more and more. She is really creative in the development of her characters giving them a three dimensional quality. When you look at the cover you might think this is the typical popular guy gets the girls but looks can be so deceiving. There are twists and turns around every corner. When you think you have it figured out Bam another twist is there. This book is full of drama and suspense I highly recommend it. I was unable to put down from beginning to end. I recommend reading her other books for a enjoyable reading night. I for one will be a follower for a long, long time. 5 stars

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Crimson Flames Cover reveal

Crimson Flames excerpt
Half-vampire Abby Tate is determined to learn more about the sorceress powers that were awakened inside her when she was turned into a vampire—making her a whole new hybrid species. There’s a group of rogue vamps banding together and forming a Resistance against the vampire governing body, The Head Council, and Abby’s newly discovered powers are the key to the Council’s victory. Now the Resistance will do anything possible to remove the hybrid threat, and with no other options, Abby is forced to rely on the aid of the Council, yet can she trust the very vampires that hunt for her human lover? And even worse, can she fight the unwelcome attraction that’s growing between her and one of those ancient vampire rulers?

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Chapter One Sneak Peek
The Deal

MY STOMACH CLENCHED as I sensed the vampire’s approach. He was close. So close I could feel the thrum of his power vibrating along my skin. The hairs on the back of my neck rose, and I knew if I was going to use my power for defense, then I needed to bring it forth now. I closed my eyes, forcing myself to breathe as deeply as I could—which thankfully had gotten easier with practice. I focused on the energy inside me, willing it to the surface, and as I felt it swelling, building like an approaching storm, I threw out my hand, gripped Stone’s shirtsleeve, and urged him to the floor. “Get down! He’s here!”
Stone raked me with a look that told me he was not too pleased, but then fear swept over his face when he realized just how little time we had.
The wooden door to the pub suddenly burst open—bits of wood and dust raining down from the force. Even though Stone should’ve cowered behind me—since his gift of reading blood wasn’t something he could fight with—somehow he’d found some bravery and boldly stood by my side. Though I appreciated it, I didn’t like it, and desperately wished he had listened to me. But I couldn’t think about that and call forth the fire within me at the same time. So I pushed Stone to the back of my mind with the silent promise of dealing with him later. Then I returned my attention to the power building inside me. One last deep breath and my heart shuddered to life inside my chest, making a rhythmic pattern with my faux breathing. A tingling warmth spread from head to toe, then settled on my awaiting hands. Seconds later, there was a glowing orb of fire (about the size of a basketball) cupped inside my palms. And just as the vampire appeared through the settling fog, I called out, “Not another step, Tristan, or it will be your last!”
“I think you should reconsider your threat,” Tristan shot back. “We are on the same side.”
That I sincerely doubted, but I knew killing a member of the Head Council would definitely put me on the “Most Wanted” list. Which I might already be on, since I’d helped the human this vampire was here to claim escape.
“She’s not bluffing!” Stone said through a snarl. I wanted to glare him into silence, but I refused to take my eyes off of the vampire standing in the broken doorway, wearing a black Armani-looking suit—now lightly covered with dust. It was a custom for all members of the Head Council to wear black suits, but each of them would wear shoes and an undershirt of their own choosing. I guess it was a way to express their individual personalities. Yet this one seemed to express himself through his spiked, platinum blond hair, not the basic black undershirt and matching boots—which were much more boring compared to what I’d seen a few of the other Council members wearing. But this vampire was far from boring. He was a tracker for the Council—one of the best hunters on earth. And he was after my human boyfriend.
“You know why I’m here, Abigail,” Tristan bit out. “The human was here.”
I felt my gaze narrow as I carefully took a step forward, the ball of flames growing hotter in my hands. “Yes, he was. It’s my fault he wasn’t captured.”
“That’s not exactly true,” said Stone as he moved up beside me.
I stole a few deep breaths, fighting the urge to throw my fireball at him instead of the blond vampire in the suit.
“Please explain!” Tristan ordered with impatience. But as Stone attempted a reply, he was cut off. “Not you! I want to hear this directly from Abigail!”
“Abby,” I corrected, feeling sweat forming above my brows and pooling between my breasts.
The blond vampire smirked, folding his arms in front of his chest.
“I did not restrain him because I do not believe he will be kept safe once in your hands,” I went on. “And until I can prove his innocence in all of this, I feel it’s best that he stay far away from you.”
A tinge of red formed a ring around Tristan’s irises as he scowled. “That is not your decision. He must pay for his involvement with those rogue vampires, including Bronx. He cannot get away with helping them try to destroy our stronghold.”
“I made an agreement with the other Council members,” I reminded him. “Doesn’t that count for something? Your word is nothing if your actions do not back up what you say.” My voice was getting louder, my patience thinning. And the angrier I got, the more difficult it became to control the fire in my hands.
“Yes. We have a deal,” Tristan assured. “We will not kill him or harm him—just as we told you—but that does not mean he won’t be punished some other way.”
“I don’t believe you,” I snapped.
Stone put his hand on my shoulder. “Abby, maybe you should—”
In a flash of movement, the vampire closed the distance between us and held Stone in a headlock from behind with his fangs hovering over my friend’s neck. And since it wasn’t to drink Stone’s blood, since Stone was also a vampire, then that meant it was a threat to rip out my friend’s jugular. From there it would be too easy to finish Stone by ripping off his head. And that’s when my patience snapped. There were only two ways to kill a vampire—burning to death or decapitation—and he was about to find out firsthand just how very dangerous I was. Sure, he could threaten to kill my friend, but he’d be burned alive before Stone’s head hit the ground. I placed all my focus on the orb of heat in my hand, willing it to retract to half its size while intensifying, growing hotter, then I thrust it at Tristan’s face. In a blur of motion, he ducked, throwing Stone to the floor as the fireball grazed over his head, singeing the soft tips of his hair. A snarl erupted from his throat as his fiery gaze locked onto mine. There was a brief hesitation, burnt hair and musk filling my senses, then something similar to curiosity flashed over his eyes and he was airborne, plunging straight for me. My body shuddered as heat blasted out of every pore, radiating from me like invisible steam. Throwing his arms over his face, the vampire faltered midair and fell sideways, then jumped back once he landed and retreated by the door from which he’d entered. Satisfied I’d made my point, I pulled all the heat back inside me, then rushed over to Stone and helped him up. “You okay?” I asked.
He nodded by way of an answer, then ran his hand through his coffee-colored hair—which was completely messed up now.
My eyes narrowing, I fixed my gaze on Tristan across the bar by the door. “Do that again and I’ll kill you,” I warned.
Tristan brushed some of the dust off of his pants. “Abigail, I’d rather not have to repeat that again. Hopefully I’ve made my point by now,” he said, his mouth curling into an amused grin that nearly reached his eyes. The hints of crimson were gone—for now anyway. “I would not have harmed your friend, as I’m sure Mr. Rayver here is already aware.” He glanced at my disheveled friend, a smirk still pulling at his lips; then his gaze slid back to me. “Your powers make you far greater than just any other Enforcer. You are an equal with us. We should work side by side, you making the sixth, and final member, of the Council. But you must not argue with our protocol. If rules are broken, there are, and will always be, consequences. There are no exceptions to this. Ever. The rules of our kind are ageless. It’s been that way for centuries and shall remain that way indefinitely.”
Well that was news to me. I knew the Head Council wanted my services, but I’d thought they just wanted me to be one of their many Enforcers. Enforcers were gifted vampires like me. Well, kind of. A few months ago I’d been kidnapped by an evil vampire named Bronx and turned against my will, which awakened the sorceress’s bloodline inside me, unbeknownst to me. But Bronx knew all about it, and he’d planned to use my powers to defeat the Head Council. Only I’d killed him before he got the chance. Later on, I’d learned about my real mother being an all-powerful sorceress and how she’d used her magic to impregnate her vampire lover—my father. So I never really was just another vampire. Or even an Enforcer. I was always more than that. A whole new species altogether, a hybrid, and a hot commodity among the vampire world—since there was no other like me. Yet if the Head Council really wanted my partnership, then I just gained a whole lot of leverage. Anxiety curled through my belly. “If you want me to work with you, and of course the others, then I will need you to be more flexible. Rules are always in place for guidance, but we both know they are not in stone. Especially when I believe innocence is a key component.”
“When there is proof of one’s innocence, then we have a trial,” Tristan explained. “But there is no proof of that with this human.”
I thought about that for a moment. Sure, I didn’t have “proof” per se, but I had Tyler’s word. And though he’d lied to me about his alliance with Bronx, and the fact he’d known about my father’s death all along, for some crazy reason I believed him now. “Allow me the time to find the proof you require and I will consider partnering with you.”
Tristan shot me a lasered glare. His face softened but I had absolutely no idea what his thoughts were. Mind reading wasn’t one of my gifts—yet. Since no one could predict what other gifts I’d inherit.
“How can you possibly believe this human didn’t help those rogue vampires?” he asked at last.
Keeping my eyes on Tristan’s, I shook my head. “He was involved. I’m not saying I can prove that differently. He’s innocent of knowing what Bronx’s intentions were, what those rogue vampires’ intentions were.” I paused a moment to suppress some of the heat inside me, though I didn’t completely extinguish it just in case things got hostile again. “He thought he was helping them,” I went on. “He thought they were in trouble. He didn’t realize he was working for the bad guys until…until it was too late.”
Stone snorted in disbelief, but kept his mouth shut. Smart vampire.
Tristan’s eyes widened. “How can you possibly believe that? He must have you brainwashed!”
“That isn’t possible,” I told him.
“What are you speaking of?”—confusion in Tristan’s voice. “Bronx would have claimed you with his mind control had you not killed him first.”
 “No, it’s not possible to brainwash me,” I explained. “And that is how I was able to kill Bronx.” Saying that struck a pang inside my chest: I didn’t want to be a murderer any more than I wanted to be a vampire, err hybrid. “I have the ability of blocking powers.”
A wave of surprise flashed over Tristan’s face. “There is so much to learn about you, Abigail,” he said.
“So do we have a deal?” I asked, taking a couple steps toward him.
Tristan raised a brow. “How much time are you asking for?”
“As long as it takes,” I replied instantly. “I have a feeling you and the others will delay me, since we are all curious to learn more about my powers.”
Tristan closed his eyes momentarily, presumably using his telepathic powers to confer with the other members of the Council. I stole a moment to look at Stone. He was shaking his head slowly, azure eyes with hints of red wide with shock. I shrugged my shoulders warily, knowing fully that to keep Tyler safe, I’d break this deal and the neck of anyone who attacked him. Obviously Stone knew that too.
“We have a deal,” Tristan finally announced.
I smiled. Relief flushed through me as the remnant heat within finally extinguished. Moments later, my breathing slowed and my heartbeat completely stopped. Oh the joys of being a vampire hybrid. “I have one more favor to ask,” I said, a whole new confidence exuding in my voice.
Stone called out, “Abby, what are you—”
“Silence, Mr. Rayver,” Tristan stated. “I am very interested in what Abigail will ask for now.”
“I want to speak to Madelaine. Will Elliott do that for me?” My real sorceress mother, Madelaine, had died long ago, and I’d never even had the chance to meet her. My father and one of his female blood donors, all the while believing she was my mother, had raised me. And though I’d love for Elliott to connect me to my father, I simply couldn’t risk giving away the fact he was dead too. Who knew how that little piece of info would affect the deal I’d just made, or the innocence I wanted to prove for Tyler. Bronx killed my father. But it was because of Tyler’s gift of premonition that Bronx was able to find my dad in the first place. So I guess you could say Tyler did carry some of the blame. But he’d sworn that he never thought Bronx would’ve killed him. And I believed him, hopefully not foolishly. So far I was taking the news of my father’s death okay. Maybe my estranged relationship with him was helping me through the mourning process. After all, he’d left me when I was ten. Fifteen years later, I’d finally gotten a phone call from him, warning me I was in danger. I never had a chance to thank him for trying to help me…or see him again.
“Abigail,” Tristan said, bringing me out of those thoughts. “You’re going to make a great addition to our team. You’re already very good at negotiations.” He chuckled lightly. “It will be our pleasure to call upon Madelaine for you and an honor to introduce you to your real mother.” Holding out his hand, he moved closer, giving me a good view of his violet eyes speckled with the deepest of cobalt, not a trace of crimson in them, which calmed me further. “So we have a deal?”
I nodded, taking his hand inside mine. “We have a deal.” Then I asked, “When do we leave?”
His answer was one simple word: “Dusk.”
I felt my chest tighten as he said it, even though I’d somewhat expected that to be his answer. Moving to where Stone was behind me, I threw my arms around his neck and buried my face against the softness of his tee, yet I could feel the ridged lines of muscle just beneath. “I know I just got back here, but I promise we’ll have more time once this is all over. I will miss you,” I told him, my voice muffled.
He gently grabbed my shoulders and pushed me back, just enough for him to look at my face. “What in the hell are you talking about? Do you actually think you can get rid of me that easy?”
“What do you mean?” I asked, feeling confused.
“I’m coming with you.”
“No, you’re not!” Tristan shouted from behind me.
I shrugged as a plan formed in my mind. “Wait a second. I think it’s a great idea for Stone to come.”
“No,” Tristan repeated.
“Actually, sir,” Stone said, “I can be of help to both Abby and the Council. I can help look for the information Abby seeks to clear her human while she is tied up with business affairs with you. It would make her that much more available.”
I felt my eyes widen. That was actually better than my plan. “But you hate Tyler.” And he did—with a passion.
“Oh I still hate him, but I think the world of you.” Stone gently gripped my chin, caressing it between his thumb and forefinger.
A lone tear I hadn’t felt before dripped from my eye as I smiled. Stone let go to wipe it and I glanced over at Tristan. “Please allow Stone to come with us. He would be a true asset. And he is my friend. Please.”
Tristan was quiet for a short moment, face hard, eyes studying us intently. “Very well.”
“Where are we going exactly?” I asked.
“Boston,” Tristan replied. “We have a few stronghold locations, but we are operating out of Boston right now. It’s good to move around. Staying in the same place for centuries can get quite boring. And it’s not as safe.”
I nodded. I’d never been to Boston before, but I’d heard it was an interesting place. A huge part of me was looking forward to seeing it, checking out all the historic monuments, buildings, and the statue of Sam Adams, if there would be any time for sightseeing. With Stone coming, we would certainly accomplish twice as much, twice as fast. I trusted that he would work diligently on finding a way to prove Tyler’s innocence. Though Stone despised Tyler, I was certain that he cared enough about me to do as he said he would. Yet Stone wouldn’t be upset in the slightest if he was unable to find the proof we needed to clear Tyler’s name.
There was also the uncertainty over what kind of situation I’d be getting myself into with the Head Council. Learning vampire politics and more about the new species I’d become when Bronx turned me…well, that could take more time from me than I could ever imagine. Plus meeting my mother for the first time and finding out more about her set my emotions swirling with anxiety.
I closed my eyes and let out a deep, long sigh. Just take one thing at a time, Abby. One thing at a time. Quit worrying about things that haven’t happened yet. Bronx was dead. Tyler was alive and pardoned for the moment. Lily, my closest human friend and old blood donor, was okay. Stone was here with me now and would stay with me at the Head Council’s stronghold. And I’d gotten pretty good control over my amazing, awesome, and insanely strong powers. I’d say my life, afterlife, whatever, was going pretty darn well at the moment. Yet, at the time, I had no idea just how quickly everything was about to change.

Phantom by Laura DeLuca

The “Phantom” was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses “Phantom” as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card. Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars—Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist. Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister. Is Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed? Rebecca doesn’t know who to trust, but she knows she’s running out of time as she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is stripped away, will the twenty first century phantom finally be revealed.


Our thoughts:

Wow. I must say that this was a wonderful high school rendition of Phantom of the Opera. It reminded me a bit of Sweet Valley in a good way lol I do love Sweet Valley!!!
The plot, the love triangle between a girl and 2 boys, and murder. Who knew such a young person could be capable of that? It was a great read! A page turner for me but I like these sorts of books. It reminded me of my high school books. No wait it reminded me of RL Stine's Fear Street books. I loved it!!! 5 stars

First off I have to say that I have fallen in love with Laura's books. I started my journey with her with Destiny and Destiny Unveiled they were absolutely fabulous. Her flow through her books are seamless and effortless it is so hard to put them down she captures your attention on page 1. Her covers on the books are spectacular and engaging. She builds each of her characters in a three dimensional light. In Phantom she brings the love of a classical book, play, and musical into this century The Phantom Of The Opera. I have been living under a big rock for so long that I knew what the story was about but have never read or saw it before, she gave me the desire to do just that. She placed intrigue into her storyline where you don't truly know who the real phantom is until the end and even then you are saying out loud "No Way". Laura has you routing for Becca and Justyn to get together because they bring such magic to the pages. I really recommend that you go out and get her books. Try Destiny and Destiny Unveiled then Phantom. The next book in the Phantom series is Demon and that is soon coming. Laura also has Morrigan coming soon and I can't wait. Thank you Laura for such a intense and amazing reading experience. 5 stars

Friday, January 25, 2013

Endless by Tawdra Kandle cover reveal

    ENDLESS, The King Series Book 4, will be released at the end of this month! Just to get you ready, here's the official cover release! This beautiful design is courtesy of the incredibly talented Christine Powell Gomez. Enjoy. . .and get ready for the final chapter in Tasmyn and Michael's story! After the tumult of her high school senior year, all is right in Tasmyn Vaughan's world. She's at Perriman College with her boyfriend, Michael. Marica and Rafe are in the past, and she's learning to control her powers. But when she is thrown into yet another battle, this time a deadly fight against forces of evil she didn't even know existed, her extraordinary gifts--along with an endless love--may be the only weapons that can guarantee her happily ever after. Don't miss the first three books of The King Series: Read FEARLESS (only 99 cents right now!) BREATHLESS RESTLESS Follow Tawdra on Facebook and Twitter       Check out all the blogs featuring the cover reveal today!    

Friday, January 18, 2013

Fabulous Indie Friday: Tawdra Kandle

Welcome to the first edition of Fabulous Indie Friday!! Today we're featuring the always amazing Tawdra Kandle!! We're reviewing her King series, and I persuaded her to do an interview :)

Tasmyn Vaughn didn't expect much when her dad’s job moved them to a small town in Florida; it was just another new school. But there is more to King than meets the eye, and soon Tasmyn’s ability to hear other’s thoughts is the least of her worries. Entangled in a web of first love, quirky and secretive townsfolk, magic and blood rituals, she discovers the town’s secrets aren’t just bizarre, they’re deadly.
Our thoughts:

Tasmyn Vaugh is starting a new school for the hundredth or so time in her high school career. King, Florida is just the latest in her families long line of moves. For once she hopes that she can just stay long enough maybe to make a friend. Little did she know just how much her lonely, boring life was about to change.
 The first day of school brought yummy Michael Sawyer into Tasmyn's life. Not only is he nice and saves her from a horrible incident with a very unwelcoming female named Nell, but he only has eyes for Tasmyn. Michael is amazing ...he invites Tasmyn into his world. For once she is making friends and enjoying the teenage dream. This whole new life, even the possibility of having her first boyfriend may all come crashing down if anyone finds out her secret. Tasmyn can hear thoughts.
. Forced to hide her gift all of her life. Fearing that people would use her for their own good, her parents have sheltered her from society. Now all of that seems to be ending. For once, Tasmyn has friends and even her first real boyfriend. Now if only Nell would leave her alone. Why does she seem to hate Tasmyn so bad, and what secret is she protecting with blood?

.Tazmyn is such an awesome girl. who wouldn't love to be able to read minds? Her and Michael's relationship is so sweet. Finding your soulmate at 17 is amazing. I loved how the author developed these characters! As much as you fall in love with Michael and Tasmyn, I hated Nell just as much. I am telling you no matter how great things are going there is always someone waiting to try and steal your sunshine. The plot flows well keeping the reader drawn into the story. My only complaint here is the back story about the town of King. The mention of the carnie families and mysterious supernatural gifts was really awesome. I found myself going back to it often throughout the book. I would really have loved to see a detailed recount of each family, what their gifts were, and which family the group of friends belonged to. Overall this is a really entertaining novel. It has great editing. I didn't find any grammatical errors of misspellings. I would recommend this book for ages 12+ as a good solid novel. 4 stars

Great YA book about young love. Michael and Tasmyn come together in a time in their lives when they are least expecting it. Fearless is about the struggle growing up in a world that you feel you are alone in. Besides typical teenage problems Tasmyn has to deal with the gift of being able to hear other people's thoughts. Her parents treat it more as a disability than a gift lets not talk about it and keep it a secret. But then they have to deal with a disturbed girl who bully's people with magic to sin more power it puts the lives of Tasmyn, Michael, and Amber on the lie and they come together to unite against the town bully and find friendship along the way. Very well written I would recommend this to everyone to get and read. Just because you are different doesn't mean you have to be alone. I couldn't put down once I started. Deserves more than 5 stars. Maybe Tasmyn can help a teenage girl deal with life struggles for acceptance

Tasmyn Vaughn is not having the senior year she expected. Her boyfriend Michael leaves for college, she's being stalked by a suspicious preacher, pursued by the hot new boy at school and blackmailed by her chemistry teacher--who just might be a witch. Tas needs all of her many talents--and a little help from unexpected sources--just to keep her head above water. . .literally.
Our thoughts:

My thoughts on the book Breathless by Tawdra T. Kandle can be summed up by saying this title is perfect because it did in fact leave me breathless. Thisis book 2 of the King series following Fearless. Tawdra effortlessly brings us back into the lives of Tas and Michael like we have never been parted. Tas is forced to let Michael go away to college although she will be left in King to finish out her senior year of high school. Also she must part from her best friend Anne who goes away to college with her boyfriend. She feels so lonely cause she is left with Cara the crazy Reverend Pryce's daughter who is saying things in her mind that gets her upset. She has a friend in Amber who knows her secrets and that she can trust. She finds that her old science teacher Ms. Lacusta is back with a agenda that forces Tas to lie to everyone she loves the most, but will it ultimately hurt her in the end. Could the manipulation change who she is. Also starting school this year she must start school with Rafe Brooks who is a newly planted replant to King he is from the original King carnie people. What is Rafe's intentions will he help or harm Tas? I won't tell you, but you must run out and get your copy and I can tell you that you won't be disappointed. Tawdra givesa great ending to the story much like they do on a tv series. She walks you over to the cliffs edge then tells you to look down and gives you a vision of book 3 Restless, the whole time you are screaming NO, NO don't let me go I can't stop now. I for one am going to have a very hard time with the wait for Restless to see what decisions Tas will make concerning Ms. Lacosta and how that will affect her and Michael. Thank you Tawdra for giving the privilege of continuing along with you and Tas.

When she agrees to allow Ms. Lacusta to help develop her powers, Tasmyn has no idea how deep and dark the journey will become. Trapped between fascination and fear, she moves farther away from friends and family, even her boyfriend Michael. Leading a double life forces Tas into decisions that will threaten her sanity and her future… and the very lives of those she loves.
Our thoughts:

I received a copy of Restless by Tawdra T. Kandle in exchange for an honest review. I have one word SPECTACULAR. Again Tawdra did not disappoint me. This is a very great series about a girl by the name if Tasmyn who as the ability to read people's thoughts. Now I know personally I think this would be a great gift to possess but sometimes it could be a curse. Tasmyn is going through some troubles with a teacher she has been working with. Her family, boyfriend Michael, and friends distrust her so she is forced to lie to everyone. Feeling guilty for this lie she feels the need to change some things in her life, but is this going to help her or make things possibly worse in this situation. Tasmyn develops greatly in her gifts but warning after warning she may find out the reasons for it too late. I can't wait for next book in the series I have grown to love all the main characters like Tasmyn, Michael, Rafe, and Amber, and even loved Nell. I couldn't put the book down read it in 1 1/2 hours it was so good. Thank you Tawdra for an excellent book and remaining true to the story through each and every book. Must read on all three books so far in this series. 5 stars

Tasmyn has gotten herself into quite the jam. With Michael still away at school Marica has managed to work her way in as a mentor to Tasmyn. In doing so, she has created huge rifts with everyone in Tasmyn's life. Rifts that have grown so large they may never be healed. Between the drama at school and the recurring nightmares Tasmyn has one heck of a senior year at hand......
This book I think is my favorite of the series. You watch this young girl seriously bloom over the rough teenage years if a young girls life. Learning to accept that she is different and to embrace that is so beautifully portrayed here. And guess what? Tasmyn isn't perfect! She screws up...a lot actually, just like normal average girls. I cannot tell you how refreshing it is to see such well developed characters!!!!! The plot flows well and the dreams are seriously creepy, but still good.
This is one of those series you read and reread over and over. I would highly recommend these books to anyone looking for a truly entertaining series 5 stars

Here's my interview with Tawdra!!! Enjoy :)

1      If you only had one author you could read for the rest of your life, who would you pick and why? That is a very cruel question, like asking me what one kind of food I would eat. . .hmm. Well, I supposed I should say something literary like Dickens or Shakespeare, but the fact is, I’ve already read most of their work, so I guess I’m safe there. I love Diana Gabaldon, but I’d be waiting a long time between books with her. Nora Roberts is a pretty good choice, because I read all of her work and she writes thrillers, romance, paranormal and crime. She’s an excellent writer and her research is impeccable and never fails to amaze me.
2    Your King series is YA, do you have any plans to write Adult fiction in the future? Why, yes, as a matter of fact, I do! While I have enjoyed writing YA, my next few books will be adult. The first is a contemporary romance called The Posse. After that, I’ll be releasing the first in an adult paranormal romance series; it doesn’t have a formal series name yet, but I call it the Jackie and Lucas series. I’ll be revisiting some of the characters from The King Series in an upcoming duet called the Serendipity Series, but those will probably be New Adult.
3      Who designed your covers? My covers were all designed by the fabulously talented Christine Powell Gomez. She is the owner of The Book Swag Shop, and while she has no plans to launch into book cover design, I think she’s pretty amazing!
4      You recently opened a publishing company, tell us a little about what you offer the authors you represent. Hayson began accepting submissions in December, and we are now preparing to publish 15-20 books within the next year. We offer authors personal service along with the advantage of our promotional experience, which is, I think, what makes us different from some other small publishing houses.  We’re really excited about what we’ll be publishing. Our authors are truly the cream of the crop.
5      How on earth do you find time to write, and co-run a blog tour company, and edit, and be  a mom and wife?? I don’t sleep much. No, really, I have a lot of help, and I try to keep to a good schedule. My kids are older, and they are extremely helpful. Mandie Stevens, who is the founder and co-owner of Promotional Book Tours, and I have a good system; we balance each other! We work with the best bloggers around, which also helps. My husband is so wonderful about my crazy schedule; he’s gotten used to me wandering into bed at 2 or 3 in the morning, and he brings me coffee in bed so that I can work and write. Spare time does not really exist in my world anymore, but I do love every aspect of what I do.
6      What’s next for you?  Sleep. . .well, a girl can dream. Promotional Book Tours is continuing to expand our services. We will be further developing our radio programs and media services this year. I’m editing the first books for release through Hayson. I’m working on beefing up my own media presence and promotion. And of course, writing is the reason for it all. In addition to the books I mentioned above, I’m hoping to release an apocalyptic adult novel this year. I’m really excited about it! Nothing matches the high of seeing that story come to life. So that’s what is next, as far as I can see. Of course, every day is an adventure, and life has a funny way of throwing you curves. Stay tuned.

A huge thank you to Tawdra Kandle for being our very first person to be featured on Fabulous Indie Friday!!! If you would like to stalk her, here are her links


Monday, January 14, 2013

Mirror Deep by Joss Landry review


...Roll like thunder in Kat Bonner’s world, when a known felon comes to the ranch to drop a bomb about her past. Kat turns to Pierce for help, the same Pierce who bucks her every chance he gets … and whose feverish investigation lands them in trouble with the law and directly in the path of a serial killer.

Mystery deepens, fraught with wrong turns, bumbling detectives, old murders, and Kat’s doppelganger no one ever sees but her, just as she never sees the change in Pierce’s feelings toward her brewing, mounting, until she can no longer deny them.

Where to buy: Amazon/Barnes and Noble

Crystal's review:

If you are looking for a thrilling , head twisting, intriguing, suspenseful off-beat romance with a hint of paranormal to it, then you've found Mirror Deep.

Katherine "Kat" Bonner is a twenty something independent woman who loves who she is and where she comes from.  She loves her parents, her horses, her best friend/cousin Lauren and even Lauren's obnoxious brother Pierce. She has all that she could ever ask for. Until one day a stranger in a suit shows up and blows a huge cover wide open about her parents past. 

Faced with a past she never knew existed, Kat, along with her cousins, travel to Chicago where the mysteries begin to unravel and pieces to a broken puzzle start to take shape. Feelings Kat never knew existed rise to the surface and loyalties are tested. 

Mirror Deep is one of those books that if I had one day of peace and quiet to myself, I could easily read it all day. The way the story is written kept me interested and the plot kept thickening. It is an easy read and gives you different perspectives through out the book. The scenes are beautifully written and allowed me to visualize alot of what was going on and how it played out. Full of twists and turns, Mirror Deep is a great read and I would recommend it to all. 4 stars

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Reign of Blood review

"Never tease anything that wants to eat you. My name is April Tate and my blood is the new gold. Vampires and hybrids have overrun my world, once vibrant with life, but now a graveyard of death shrouded in shadows. I fight to survive; I fight for my mother and brother. The journey is full of turns that I am quite unprepared for. And I'm just hoping to make it to the next Vegas sunrise..."

In a post-apocalyptic world, a viral epidemic has wiped out most of the earth’s population, leaving behind few humans but untold numbers of mutated vampires. April is a seventeen-year-old girl who lives in the remains of Las Vegas one year after the outbreak. She has become a ferocious vampire killer and after her family is abducted, she goes searching for them. What she finds is a new breed of vampire, unlike any she has seen before. Unsure of whom she can trust, she discovers that her view of the world is not as black and white as she once thought, and she's willing to bend the rules to rescue her family. But in trying to save them, she may only succeed in bringing her fragile world crashing down around her.

Where to buy: Amazon/Barnes and Noble

Our thoughts:

Fast paced thrill with great character building, I applaud Alexia Purdy for her unique concept and her ability to put it into words. After a detrimental outbreak that turns its victims into blood thirsty mindless vampire/zombies infects the mass population of Las Vegas, April Tate can’t help but wonder if she, along with her mother and brother, are the soul survivors of the human race. It has been a year since the outbreak. A year spent scavenging through the remains of Las Vegas during the day, where your worst nightmares haunt the shadows, lurking within the darkness. A year of cowering in depths of a bunker, locked up tightly each night before the final rays of sunlight slip from the valleys grasp. All without even a whisper of hope that even one other human may remain uninfected. But after her mother and brother go missing during a routine scavenge for supplies, all signs point to the possibility that they weren’t as alone in the world as they once thought. 5 stars

Life will never be the same for seventeen year old April Tate. For the past year, it's just been herself, her mother and little brother Jeremy trying to survive the vampires that rule Las Vegas. Now that her mother and brother are missing after a supply run, April is hell-bent on finding them and bringing them home. What April never imagined was teaming up with the very beings she's fighting.
Reign of Blood is a fast-paced heart pumping read that keeps you on your toes. April is a tough yet caring girl who will do anything for those she loves. Follow her as she fights vampires in Vegas, teams up with an unlikely group, finds love and discovers something about herself.
Alexa did a great job with visually describing the scenes that allows the reader to know exactly where in Vegas all of this is going down. I would definitely recommend this book for those who love post apocalyptic scenarios that contains lots of blood and fighting with a hint of romance. 4 stars

I was really lucky to receive a ARC of the book Reign Of Blood by Alexia Purdy. Let me tell you it was a absolutely AMAZING book. A vampire epidemic has hit Sin City, Las Vegas and April, her mother, and 6 year old brother seem to be the only humans left???? April is one kick ass teenager who fights zombie like vampires instead of planning her next date or picking a dress for prom. After a unfortunate incident she meets with Miranda, Blaze, and Rye. Together they learn things about one another and try to work together to help benefit one another. What is the secret behind the biological makeup of April that has everyone wanting her. The strength that she shows gives us the promise that in times of adversary we to may have a inner warrior. I for one would definitely love to see more Ito this story. It would definitely be one to be placed on my watch list. This book was a refreshing change of pace from typical vampire books that have come out with the romance taking over the thrill of having a book increase your heart rate and keeping you glued to the pages as the story unfolds without predictability. Please please Alexia continue we this wonderful story. Definitely a 5 star plus book and when it is released I recommend you picking up a copy. 5 stars