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10 Quick Things About Me + Giveaway

 

This year I’m trying some new things with discussion topics and getting a little more personal. When I interview authors I sometimes ask them 10 Quick Things About themselves. I thought I’d share with you the 10 Quick Things questions and ask them of myself. 

 

10 Quick Things About Me

 

— Favorite Food?

 

New York Strip Steak

 

— Favorite Drink?

 

Diet Coke, but if we go alcoholic Bahama Mama

 

— Favorite Color?

 

Green. Almost all the colors in green, except puke green. I can’t stand cars that have puke green coloring..

 

— Favorite Book?

 

This one is tough. Hmmm…. I don’t have one favorite book. I have many. I’ll share my Top 3 and you can stop by my Must Read list on the blog to see more great books.

 

 

 

 

— Favorite Season?

 

Spring or Summer

 

 

— Favorite Online Hangout?

 

Goodreads

 

— Favorite Animal?

 

Horses. My favorite is the Appaloosa, because it comes in many different colors and patterns. Each is unique. Just like the Australia Shepherd breed for dogs. Another favorite animal.  

(Photo taken by me (Angela) – This is one of our 2003 colts. My family use to breed and raise Quarter Horses, Appaloosas, and Lipizzaner. 

 

— Favorite Band or Musician? 

 

Now I manly listen to The Piano GuysLindsey Stirling, Pentatonix.

 

When I was younger in my teen’s and 20’s I use to listen to a lot of music, but now not so much. I prefer to read and I can’t do both. To distracting.

 

I grew up on Aerosmith and Yanni, got into Metallica and U2. I never had a favorite Band or Musician. I have always liked a verity of musical from country, classical, oldies, rock, techno, alternative… 

 

 

 

— Favorite Vacation Destination?

 

Disney World or a Beach

 

— Favorite Movie or TV Show of all Time?

 

Favorite movie Gone in 60 Seconds. It’s because of the car – Shelby GTO 500, sexy… Favorite TV Show is The Big Bang Theory

 

 

 

 

I’d love to know what your favorites are to the 10 Quick Things? Drop me a note!

 

 

 

 

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Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Picked Extreme Honor up at my library. Well they actually didn't have it, but they have a program called InterLibrary Loan (LINK+). This was my first time using the service. The book arrived in 7 days from the time I put in my request.

 

What is LINK+? LINK+ is a combined catalog of books from participating public and academic libraries throughout California and Nevada. San Mateo County Libraries cardholders can request available books through LINK+ that are not available through SMCL.

Review: Rough & Tumble (Haven Brotherhood #1) by Rhenna Morgan

Rough & Tumble (The Haven Brotherhood) - Rhenna Morgan

Review originally featured on Angel's Guilty Pleasures

 

Rough & Tumble

Haven Brotherhood #1
Rhenna Morgan
Contemporary Romance
Carina Press
February 21, 2017
Paperback
432
Won from Author

 

Live hard, f*ck harder and follow only their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six men of the Haven Brotherhood live and bleed by, refusing to conform to society's expectations, taking what they want and always watching each other's backs.

 

A self-made man with his fingers in a variety of successful businesses, Jace Kennedy lives for the challenge and he always gets what he wants. From the start, he sees Vivienne Moore's hidden wild side and knows she's his perfect match, if only he can break it free. He will have her. One way or another.

 

Vivienne's determined to ditch the rough lifestyle she grew up in, even if that means hiding her true self behind a bland socialite veneer. Dragging her party-hound sister out of a club was not how she wanted to ring in the New Year, but Viv knows the drill. Get in, get her sister and get back to the safe, stable life she's built for herself as fast as humanly possible. But Viv's plans are derailed when she finds herself crashing into the club's clearly badass and dangerously sexy owner.

 

Jace is everything Vivienne swore she never wanted, but the more time she spends with him, the more she starts to see that he loves just as fiercely as he fights. He can walk society's walk and talk society's talk, but when he wants something, he finds a way to get it. He's proud of who he is and where he came from, and he'll be damned if he lets Vivienne go before showing her the safest place of all is in the arms of a dangerous man.

 

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This is my first book by Ms. Morgan. I’ve had her Eden series on my reading radar for sometime and I thought I would start with that series, since I mainly read Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy, but then I won a copy of the first book for the Haven Brotherhood series. I’m glad I picked up this book.

 

Let me introduce you to The Haven Brotherhood. Five men, who all have checkered pasts, joined together to make a family and become brothers, not by blood, but by loyalty and obligation. Each brother has a hidden depth to them and add in the rough and tumble biker, well you will fall in love with each one.

 

Jace Kennedy, what a man. He’s an intelligent businessman, co-founder of the Haven Brotherhood, is charitable and active in the community. But for all that he has a vulnerable side that gets drawn out as you read. I really savored Jace. He’s such a great and well developed character to fall in love with. The man is a bad-boy with a heart of gold.

 

Vivienne Moore, a straight-laced buttoned-up event planner or so she portrays to the world, but deep inside she has hidden away her true-self and thinks that by suppressing her nature, she will be safe. But in doing this she is stifling herself, not living up to her true potential and freedom. Let’s just say Viv needed someone to mess up her perfect boring life. I wasn’t totally on board with Viv, but by the end she turned out ok.

 

As for the story their is a little side mystery/danger that Jace and his brothers have to deal with, but the main focus is on the relationship. Jace knows what he wants, but he also respected Viv and reined in his nature for her, so he wouldn’t scare her away. The sexual tension between them was explosive, off the chats, and once they hit the sheets, WOW.

 

I LOVE the men who formed the Haven Brotherhood and can’t wait to read their stories. Each brother comes with a different background and has brought something different to the family. It’s an entertaining concept.

 

Rough & Tumble was a satisfying and delightful read in the Haven Brotherhood series.

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Pride of a Viking (The MacLomain Series: Viking Ancestors’ Kin #5) by Sky Purington ~ Giveaway/Excerpt

 

Pride of a Viking
 

The MacLomain Series 

 

Viking Ancestors’ Kin 

 

Book Five

 

Sky Purington

 

 

Genre: Time-Travel Fantasy/Shifter Romance

 

Date of Publication:  July 9, 2017

 

ASIN: B06Y5QQF6P

 

Number of pages: 260 pages

 

Word Count:  82,000

 

Cover Artist:  Tara West

 

Book Description:

 

Two men tore Erica’s world apart in another life. One was the man she loved and the other the enemy. Now both are back, and it’s up to her to make sure an ancient blood feud doesn’t destroy everyone she cares about. That means steering clear of her dragon mate. But sometimes memories are too strong and the past too powerful. Or so it seems when she slips back in time and ends up on an unexpected journey with a man she was determined to forget.

 

Having confronted who he once was and what he did in a previous life, Kodran Sigdir sets out to seek answers. He needs to better understand his part in an age old war and to keep his distance from Erica. They should remain apart. Yet destiny seems to be drawing him back to her. How he once felt. All he gave up. Could things go differently this time? Or will the risk to their people be too great? Find out as Erica, Kodran and their kin go up against the enemy one last time in Pride of a Viking, the epic conclusion of Viking Ancestors’ Kin.

 

 

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“Are you sure Hallstein was your mate in another life?” His eyes held hers as he spun her so that they were facing each other. “Do you have memories of your time with him?” He shook his head, spoke through clenched teeth and worked hard to keep rage from taking over as he caught glimpses of what she had endured. “He did things to you, Erica. Terrible things. Things that make no sense given you were Maeva…his mate.”

 

She leaned back, clenched her jaw and averted her eyes. “Yes, he was my mate. I’m sure of it.”

 

“Then why can’t you look at me when you say that?” He tilted her chin until she had no choice but to meet his eyes. “What aren’t you telling me? What’s the missing piece?” He frowned. “Because something’s not adding up.”

 

“It doesn’t…you just…” She frowned as well. “You need to let this go. You need to let me go. It’s the only way this is going to work. It’s the only hope we have.”

 

“And where am I supposed to let you go to?” He glanced around to remind her where they were before his eyes returned to hers. “Because it’s out of my control, yes?”

 

“You know what I mean.”

 

“Do I?” He stepped a bit closer and never removed his fingers from her chin. “Because as far as I can tell you want me to believe you desire Hallstein when that’s the furthest thing from the truth. I think you’re trying to push me away so that you can somehow save everyone all on your own.”

 

Because he was remembering his last life, he remembered what Maeva had looked like. While they shared the same tall, lithe build with curves in all the right places, he found Erica more stunning in this life. Her eyes were varying shades of striking green that seemed to shift with her mood, and her warm skin tone was luminous. He wanted to feel her soft skin against him. Touch every last inch of her.

 

She went very still as their eyes held. Or so one would think if they couldn’t detect the slight tremor that went through her. Shivers that only translated to another dragon. He also noticed that she had gone from momentarily vulnerable to completely closed off despite her physical reaction.

 

“You’re good at that,” he murmured, shifting even closer to see if he could bring out that tremor even more. “Trying to be strong for everyone else all the time. How long have you played that part?” While he should have remained compassionate and thankful, his inner dragon was flaring. The jealousy that reared whenever he thought about her in the enemy’s arms. “How long have you been playing the part of a woman trying to convince Hallstein that you’re his? How long have you been—”

 

“No,” she cut him off, yanked her chin away and narrowed her eyes. “What I’ve done to help our people is not because—”

 

“Because you’re meant to be together?” he cut her off just as readily, as he turned things around on her. “Because you’re not, are you?” He shook his head and narrowed his eyes as well. “You’re not supposed to be with him.” His voice dropped to a whisper as the truth hovered just out of reach. Like a memory he was right on the verge of remembering. “You never were, but something happened…”

 

Something he needed to understand, so he thought fast. If one thing had been proven true with his kin and their mates it was that intimacy seemed to speed up their mental connections. So why not get things moving in that direction?

 

It seemed Erica followed his line of thought because a moment later she started to move away but he caught her. With an arm around her lower back, he yanked her against him, cupped the back of her neck and kissed her.

 

The moment he did, everything changed.

 

Sky Purington is the bestselling author of over thirty novels and several novellas. A New Englander born and bred who recently moved to Virginia, Sky was raised hearing stories of folklore, myth and legend. When combined with a love for nature, romance and time-travel, elements from the stories of her youth found release in her books.

 

Purington loves to hear from readers and can be contacted at Sky@SkyPurington.com.

 

Interested in keeping up with Sky’s latest news and releases? Visit Sky’s website, http://www.skypurington.com to download her free App on iTunes and Android or sign up for her quarterly newsletter. Love social networking? Find Sky on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Goodreads Reading Challenge
Goodreads Reading Challenge

 

I met my goal of reading 100 books for the Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge! https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/7036070

 

Now it's time to see how many over I can go. 

Angel’s Weekly: Buy The Books ~ 7/10 – 7/14

 

July 9th, 2017

 

 

Pride of a Viking (The MacLomain Series: Viking Ancestors’ Kin #5) by Sky Purington – (Time Travel/Romance)

 

 

July 10th, 2017

 

 

To Seduce a Lady’s Heart (Landon Sisters #3) by Ingrid Hahn – (HR)

 

 

July 11th, 2017

 

 

Unraveling (Unblemished #2) by Sara Ella – (YA/Christian Fiction/Fantasy Romance)
Ash and Quill (The Great Library #3) by Rachel Caine – (YA/Historical Fantasy)
The Savage Dawn (The Girl at Midnight #3) by Melissa Grey – (YA/UF)
Loved (House of Night Other World #1) by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – (YA/Paranormal)
The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga #2) by Elise Kova – (Fantasy/Magic)
Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood (Monstress (Collected Editions) #2) by Marjorie M. Liu – (Graphic Novel)
Illumination (Penton Legacy #5) by Susannah Sandlin – (PNR)
Storm Wolf (Arctic Brotherhood, #3) by Jane Godman – (PNR)
Wolf Slayer (Arctic Brotherhood, #4) by Jane Godman – (PNR)
Fury of Surrender (Dragonfury #6) by Coreene Callahan – (PNR)
Reckoning (Valentine Shepherd #3) by Shana Figueroa – (UF)
Loving Them (Wings of Artemis #5) by Rebecca Royce – (Erotic Sci-Fi)
The Red by Tiffany Reisz – (Erotic/BDSM/PNR/CR)
Hard to Handle (Caine Cousins #2) by Nicole Edwards – (Erotic/cR)
Wicked Grind (Stark World #1) by J. Kenner – (Erotic/CR)
Survival Instinct (Instinct #3) by Janie Crouch – (RS)
Some Kind of Hero (Troubleshooters #17) by Suzanne Brockmann – (CR/RS/Military)
Resurrection (Redemption Harbor #1) by Katie Reus – (RS)
Burning to Ride (Raising Hellfire MC #1) by Michele de Winton – (CR)
A SEAL’s Courage (Military Match #1) by J.M. Stewart – (CR)
Wicked Intentions (Wicked Games #3) by J.T. Geissinger – (CR)
Last Breath (Good Daughter 0.5) by Karin Slaughter – (Mystery Thriller)
Bring Her Home by David Bell – (Mystery Thriller)

 

 

July 12th, 2017

 

 

Diving into Trouble by Shona Husk – (CR/Military)
Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You (Summer Lake #2) by Bella Andre – (CR)

 

 

July 13th, 2017

 

 

Shag Lake by Susan McEachern – (Sic-Fi)
The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise #1) by Aly Martinez – (CR)
Cocky Client (Steamy Coffee Collection #3) by Whitney G. – (CR)

 

 

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Announcing the 2017 Discussion Challenge #LetsDiscuss2017

 

The 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!

 

I ran across this challenge and decided to share as well as participate. I’ve been trying to post more discussion posts on the blog i.e. Book Tags, Topics, and get more personal. It’s a great way to encourage book bloggers to not only read more (since there are already lots of challenges for that), but talk more too! This challenge also has a great motivation with the hosts offering up a giveaway each month to those that link in their posts. I love a good motivation incentive! ^_^

 

My level will be 1-10 – Discussion Dabbler, since I’m joining this mid-year!

 

You can see my progress HERE

 

 

For more information, sign-up, and monthly email reminder: Click Here

 

Here’s All You Have to Do:

 

  • The 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge runs from January 1st until December 31st, 2017.
  • Sign-ups will remain open until December 31st, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Central. (So, you can sign up all year long! Come join us!)
  • Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up below. There is no need to say what your discussion posts will be about – just tell us that you’re joining and let us know what your goal is. (Please note, you may do this in an update post, or a post of other challenges—you’re not required to make a completely separate post—but you can if you’d like!)
  • Please link back to both challenge hosts and include the challenge button in your sign-up posts.
  • There will be a kick-off post on January 1, 2017 on both Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight where you’ll be able to leave your links for any January discussions. At the beginning of every month, a new post will go up on both blogs for that month’s links. Every month, we’ll update this 2017 Book Blog Challenge Page with the links to that month’s Challenge linky—so you’ll always know where to find the latest link-up!
  • Share it! The more people we get to participate in this, the more awesome discussions we can all be a part of and the more fun it will be! So, invite your friends to join us!
  • This challenge is to help get us discussing books and book blogging, so talk about whatever you want as long as it’s relevant to book blogging. Discussions can be book related or book blogging related (or generally blogging related—no discussions about things that are completely off-topic like travel or fashion, etc). Discussions can also be about you personally if it’s a get-to-know-you type post.
  • If you forgot to leave your discussion link in the challenge month in which you posted the discussion or the linky list closed before you had a chance to leave it, you can leave it in a future month. (No duplicates, though.)
  • There will also be monthly giveaways, so make sure you check in each month!
  • Use the hashtag #LetsDiscuss2017 to share your progress and connect with other participants on Twitter.
  • NEW THIS YEAR – Every month, we’ll feature our favorite posts from one randomly chosen participant.

 

Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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ARC Review: Wolf at the Door (Lorimar Pack #2)(Gemini #5) by Hailey Edwards

Wolf at the Door (Gemini Book 5) - Hailey Edwards

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Wolf at the Door

Lorimar Pack #2, Gemini #5
Hailey Edwards
Urban Fantasy
January 25th 2017
eBook
257
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Lorimar Pack, Book 2

 

Prison is no one's idea of a good time, and it's even worse for Dell. Confinement has her inner wolf snarling as she paces their cell, and there's no end in sight. Just as she reaches her breaking point, the pack liaison shows up with an offer she can’t refuse. Dell’s freedom in exchange for going to Faerie and recapturing the fae prince responsible for her current digs.

 

But this fool's errand won't be a solo mission. Isaac Cahill has lost Dell twice, and he’ll be damned if she slips through his fingers again. This time, he’s not letting her out of his sight. Even if it means earning more than a few love bites from his pissed off she-wolf.

What they discover on their perilous quest is that war is closer than anyone imagined. As trusted allies fall and dangerous new threats emerge, Dell discovers one defining truth. Isaac is hers, and she'll fight to the death for him. And, at the rate this war is coming, she might not have long to wait.

 

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Wolf at the Door was the continuation of Dell’s story from Promise the Moon. It’s a suspenseful and fast-paced urban fantasy adventure.

 

The Lorimar Pack is a spin-off from the Black Dog series and a continuation from the Gemini series. I would recommend reading the Gemini series, before picking up the Lorimar Packor even better starting from the begging with the Black Dog.

 

Dell is in a little bit of a pickle. She did a no no and now she’s in jail. Thierry pops up and offers deal a chance to get out and fix the situation. The only way to do that is to take a trip to Faerie where hazards luck at every corner.

 

Faerie was full of adventure, twisted politics, powerful fan, and side games. Theirs danger around every corner and things are looking turbulent. The Faerie world is intense and we learn that war is not far off and might be closer then everyone expected.

 

The romance between Isaac and Dell is changing. I understand Dell’s heartache, but we finally learn the reason as to why Issac left in the first place and it made sense. They both needed to grow and now they are at a point where a relationship can start to bloom.

 

Wolf at the Door was another terrific addition. If you like Urban Fantasy I highly recommend picking up the Black Dog, Gemini, and Lorimar Pack series.

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Hailey Edwards with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

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Review: Vipers Run (Skulls Creek #1) by Stephanie Tyler (DNF)

Vipers Run - Stephanie Tyler
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Vipers Run

Skulls Creek #1
Stephanie Tyler
Contemporary Romance - Romantic Suspense - Erotica
Signet
July 1st 201
Paperback
357
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The Vipers Motorcycle Club has strict rules for their brotherhood and the women who enter it. Now one Viper is about to find out how much trouble one woman can be……
 
Former Army Ranger Christian Cage Owens joined the Vipers Motorcycle Club for its sense of brotherhood. In return, he pledged to live outside the law, protecting club members and their families, as well as keeping other MCs out of Skulls Creek. But when Cage discovers that a rival MC—one Cage has an all too familiar past with—plans to push meth into his town, he calls an old Army buddy turned private investigator who’s helped the Vipers in the past. By doing so, Cage endangers both his friend and Calla, a woman who works in the PI’s office. Now he’s made it his mission to track Calla down and do whatever it takes to protect her.
 
Thanks to the phone call with Cage, Calla knows she’s formed a deep connection to a dangerous man.  She quickly discovers that although he may live by a different set of rules, Cage is an honorable man who wants to be more than her protector—if only she can accept his dangerous lifestyle.  But Calla comes to Skulls Creek with her own set of secrets…secrets that threaten to tear her and Cage—and the Vipers MC—apart.  As they put their newfound love to the ultimate test, Cage will risk everything he cares about to save her……

 

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I got pulled in by the cover and blurb, but unfortunately this novel didn’t work for me and I DNF’d it.

 

I don’t mind reading insta-love/lust, but this one was over the top. How can anyone fall in love over a 10 min phone call, sight unseen? Then add in the two months of her mourning this guy she never meets and think’s is dead? A lot didn’t make sense.

 

Up to this point Cage and Calla haven’t talked, shared, or gotten to know each other. All they have is this attraction, sex, and trying to avoid the past. I can’t understand how Calla can feel, at this point, even at the begging, the way she does about Cage. She feels a deeper bond, something profound, but I just don’t see it. She also feels that the sex is more then sex. As for the sex… They don’t use condom’s (not once), Cage has a pierced cock, but it doesn’t come up during the sex scenes, and the sex scenes are bland and glossed over.

 

Next not much is talked or introduced on the other guys in Cage’s MC. The only thing I learned is that they are the good MC, not the bad kind.

 

Then their is the writing. The chapters are divided up into POV’s. One chapter we have Calla and then the next is Cage. For some reason the writing felt disjointed, broken, and off. Maybe the off is; because I didn’t care for the story or the characters. Who knows?

 

Vipers Run was not the book for me. It had several things that didn’t work and make sense to me, so I just couldn’t read any longer. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you.

 

DNF at 41% at pg. 148.

 

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Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Cover Reveal: Deathtrap (Crossbreed #3) by Dannika Dark

 

Deathtrap

(Crossbreed #3)
by Dannika Dark
Release Date: September 5, 2017

 

 

You might be done with the past, but the past isn’t done with you.

 

For Raven Black, hunting criminals is second nature. So is denial. It’s not easy moving forward with one foot stuck in the past. But a new case offers her a much-needed distraction when Keystone accepts their toughest assignment yet—to track down an elusive criminal who’s selling children on the black market.

 

Their investigation leads them deep into the underbelly of the Breed world, a place both treacherous and enticing. With no room for mistakes, Raven makes a tough decision to lock the door to her past before it interferes with her job. The only trouble? Christian holds the key.

 

The stakes are high, and a shocking twist turns everything on its head. Will they catch this criminal before more lives are lost? Find out in the latest edge-of-your-seat installment of the Crossbreed series.

 

 

Tantor

 

Deathtrap will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, and Audible on the release date.

 

 

 

 

Goodreads Series

 

Keystone

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Ravenheart

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Dannika Dark is the USA Today Bestselling Author of Urban Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance. Her books have sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, and she is a 2016 Audie Awards finalist.

 

Dannika was born on a military base in the U.S. and spent her youth traveling abroad. She developed an interest writing poetry and song lyrics early on, eventually gravitating toward a job that involved writing procedural training documentation. In her spare time, she wrote novels before she decided to pursue a career in publishing.

 

In addition to writing about supernatural worlds, Dannika is passionate about graphic design and creates all her own covers and series art. When not writing, she enjoys indie music, movies, reading, Tex-Mex, strawberry daiquiris, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side.

 

All of her published books to date are written in the same universe and contain material suitable for adults only.

 

“For me, writing is all about blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability, but it’s what I love to do.” ~ Danni

 
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Interview: Katherine McIntyre (Waking for Winter)

 

Hello and Welcome All!

 

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Katherine McIntyre author of Waking for Winter. Hi Katherine, thank you for agreeing to this interview. 

 

For those readers not familiar with you, would you please tell us a bit about yourself?

 

Hey all! I’m a feisty Irish chick who writes strong words and strong women. I’m also easily baited with cats and sugar. I’m a bit zodiac obsessed, so I can tell you the sign of most of the characters I write, and I read almost as much as I write. I’ve been devouring books from a young age. 

 

How did you choose the genre you write in?

 

I actually genre hop, but my predominant ones are YA fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. The common thread between all of them is fantasy and magic, combined with a very individual-focused perspective—how the protagonist explores the world around them compared to more political and plot-driven genres. It fits my style of writing the best. 

 

What have you written?

 

My first book published was An Airship Named Desire, a steampunk action adventure that I decided to turn into a series. Book two came out last year, and book three is in the works. I also had a YA post-apocalyptic story, Snatched come out in the novel department. As for novellas, I have two paranormal romance ones out as well as a YA contemporary romance, and a steampunk romance. My most recent project has been the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles, a steamy paranormal romance series set in my hometown. Books one through three are out (Hunting for Spring, Scrying for Summer, and Rising for Autumn), and Waking for Winter, the fourth and final book just released!

 

Where do you get your ideas?

 

Inspiration can strike at a moment’s notice. I’ll get ideas while chatting with friends, when someone tells me a story of their own, or when I watch a show, or read a book that really stays with me. Oftentimes, I’m most inspired by other art, whether it’s books, shows, or music—if I connect deeply with the message or tale, I’ll usually come up with a concept of my own quickly, or it’ll be the lit match to ignite some of my other base ideas into my next project. I keep a list of story ideas so long I’ll probably never finish them, so I’ve got an endless reservoir to tap into. 

 

What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?

 

Two actually—both are passionate. I adore, adore, adore the culmination of a romance. All the sensual tension building up until that first kiss or first night together is one of my favorite moments to write. The other one I absolutely adore is the rallying cry before a massive battle, where the leader inspires the troops to fight. I’m such a sucker for passionate speeches, and they tend to work their way into my urban fantasy novels.

 

What are some books you have enjoyed recently?

 

I tend to genre hop between my favorite genres. Last year I raced through the Black Dagger Brotherhood as well as the Psy-Changeling series while this year I’ve been in a YA mood. So I recently finished A Court of Thorns and Roses series and I wasn’t ready to leave Sarah J Maas’s writing yet so I’m four books into the Throne of Glass series. 

 

What’s the first romance you ever read?

 

I honestly don’t remember. Romance wasn’t a genre that I grew up reading, more one I adopted when I realized there was more out there than the growling alpha male and the waifish, helpless female. I can say, I read all of the fantasy novels when I was younger, and I’d breeze through some of the political chapters in desperate hope to get to the next romantic scene between the characters. I’ve always loved romance within a story. 

 

What is your favorite quote?

 

I’d have to go with the quote from A Court of Mist and Fury I got tattooed on my back.

 

➜ “To the stars who listen and the dreams that are answered.”

 

 

Would you tell us a little about the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles series?

 

This series is near and dear to me. Each one ended up being an avenue to explore different issues amidst a city threatened by the Order of the Serpent, a group of Unseelie determined to bring Philadelphia into chaos. Hunting for Spring explores a toxic family dynamic and the complications of having a parent with different views from you. Scrying for Summer is about redemption and breaking the cycle of self-blame and loathing. Rising for Autumn deals with loneliness and those who are left behind when someone commits suicide. And Waking for Winter tackles the struggles of PTSD after someone’s been through torture at the hands of their enemies and how it can tangle your mind. The relationships the characters form through this series are all about the healing effects of love, how individuals can challenge us or support us to overcome our own difficulties. 

 

Would you share a few reasons on why a reader should try the Philadelphia Coven Chronicles series? 

 

If you’re an avid romance reader who’s looking for something different from the traditional dynamic, who wants a little variety in their romance, these books are for you. I’ve got a diverse cast, women who are just as strong as the men, and snark for days. I take my mantra of “strong women, strong words” very seriously.

 

Would you tell us about the main characters in Waking for Winter. Who are they? What makes them tick?

 

Cami Akiyama is a half-banshee with a fierce love for reading, a sweet tooth she can’t quit, and a tea addiction. She’s seen some rough stuff through her life and lost her mom as a teenager, but she still clings to hope for a better future, chooses to see the positive in other people even when they might not see it in themselves.

 

Dante Martinez is a flirty necromancer turned mercenary, at least until he fell in line with the Philadelphia Coven. He’s got little loyalty to his broken family but a past in the rough parts of the city that he can’t erase. He’s a bit of a neat freak, crackshot with his pistol, and relentless when he sets his mind on something. 

 

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write in Waking for Winter and why?

 

Probably one of the most insane ideas I had. So, the Caoranach, big bad of the series, begins skinriding folks throughout the city, dominating their minds as she controls their bodies. And in the big mid-point of the book, she takes over the entirety of Philly’s ice hockey team, the Flyers, and Cami and crew have to try and stop them on the ice while mass panic is breaking out. 

 

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

 

Hiding from your feelings and past only end up wasting time. Cami’s got a lot of damage and reasons for why she vanished in the night on Dante on their first go at a relationship years earlier, but they could’ve had so much more time together if she’d just been willing to communicate with him rather than bear the burden herself. 

 

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

 

A modern day Renaissance-woman, Katherine McIntyre has learned soapmaking, beer brewing, tea blending, and most recently roasting coffee. Most of which make sure she’s hydrated and bathed while she spends the rest of her time writing. With a desire to travel and more imagination than she knows what to do with, all the stories jumping around in her head led to the logical route of jotting them down on paper. She writes novels with snarky women, ragtag crews, and guys with bad attitudes. High chances for a passionate speech thrown into the mix.

 

 

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Waking for Winter

 

Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #4

 

Katherine McIntyre

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

 

Publisher: Loose Id

 

Date of Publication: July 4th, 2017 

 

ISBN: 978-1-68252-372-8

 

Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs

 

Book Description:

 

The Philadelphia Coven has thwarted the Order of the Serpent’s every attempt to destroy their city only to draw out the scariest nightmare from the Otherworld, the Caoranach. One of the Coven’s own, Cami Akiyama, has already met this creature—the very monster who tortured her, branding her with a mark. Given Cami’s history with the big bad, the Coven leader assigns her a bodyguard, none other than the gorgeous and lethal necromancer, Dante Martinez, the ex-boyfriend she disappeared on years ago. One conversation confirms the spark between them never died, and based on the way Dante flirts, he won’t allow that flame to extinguish out without a fight.

 

No one has ever compared to Dante and the incendiary passion he inspired in her, but the Caoranach broke her—Cami’s too damaged for any sort of relationship. Not like that stops him. If anything, he fights harder for the memories of a love that kept her sane on the bleakest nights. And despite every effort to distance, she finds herself falling for him all over again. Except the Caoranach isn’t finished with her—the branded mark holds the secret to the city’s destruction or salvation, and Cami stands in the center of the storm.

 

 

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Win It Wednesday: Kissed by a Dark Prince by Felicity Heaton

 

The original creator of Win It Wednesday is Vampire Book Club.

 

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Olivia thinks it’s her lucky night when a dangerously handsome unconscious fae ends up on her inspection table. He’s her chance to redeem herself with her employer, the demon-hunting organisation, Archangel. But when the tall, dark and deadly immortal warrior awakes, she gets much more than she bargained for…

 

Attacked by his enemy in the elf kingdom, the last thing Prince Loren expects when he comes around is a beautiful angel watching over him and medical technology of the mortal realm. Hazy from his injuries, all he can focus on is the pulse ticking in her throat and the sweet allure of her blood.

 

One single bite reveals she is his eternal mate, triggering a bond between them that will leave him weakened until it is complete… or broken, and pulling Olivia into the crossfire of his ancient feud.

 

To protect his people and his mate from the machinations of a madman, Loren must risk everything by working with Olivia at Archangel to find a way to break the bond blossoming between them.

 

But will Loren be strong enough to place duty before desire and give up the one thing he has waited millennia for and craves above all others—his eternal mate? And will Olivia be able to resist the incredible heat that burns between them and the temptation of her dark prince’s kiss?

 

See my review for Kissed by a Dark Prince

 

Other books in the Eternal Mates series:

 

  • Kissed by a Dark Prince
  • Claimed by a Demon King
  • Tempted by a Rogue Prince
  • Hunted by a Jaguar 
  • Craved by an Alpha 
  • Bitten by a Hellcat 
  • Taken by a Dragon
  • Marked by an Assassin
  • Possessed by a Dark Warrior
  • Awakened by a Demoness
  • Haunted by the King of Death

 

 

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Book Tag ~ Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2017)

 

I found this tag on Under The Covers Book Bog 

 

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2017)

 

Best book you’ve read in 2017?

 

I can’t just pick one, so I’m going with three reads that have been outstanding: The Red Lily by Juliette Cross, Silver Silence by Nalini Singh, & White Hot by Ilona Andrews. I love each of these authors. They are on my must read authors list.

 

The Red Lily – I’ve fallen in love with the unique writing and how the author has built the stories around old fairytale classics, but don’t let the fairytale classic fool you into thinking you will know how things end. I’ve fallen for the world and characters already introduced to us.

 

Silver Silence – I have no words except for Remarkable. Unforgettable. Emotional. 

White Hot – Really I can’t get enough of the Andrews writing team. The characters, world, and in-depth attention to everything makes the books Outstanding and ones you can’t forget.

 

  

 

 

Best sequel you’ve read in 2017 (It’s the second book in a series)?

 

My pick is Ride Rough by Laura Kaye.

 

Why I pick this one is; because I gravitate towards PNR and UF reads, but this Contemporary Romance series has captured me. The author did a wonderful job portraying the hard facts about abuse both mental and physical that many men and women go through. I connected to the characters and felt and saw both sides. Ride Rough has so much tenderness, passion, and warmth. The more I dive into the Rave Riders series the more I fall in love with the world, the club, and their ladies.

 

 

New Release you haven’t read yet, but you want to? (Release that are out)

 

Well I’ve got a few on my list that are out, but I haven’t gotten to them and want to: Wild & Sweet (Haven Brotherhood #2) by Rhenna Morgan, Claim & Protect (Haven Brotherhood #3) by Rhenna Morgan, Red Wolf(Shifters Unbound #10) by Jennifer Ashley, Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10) by Patricia Briggs, & Keystone (Crossbreed #1) by Dannika Dark.

 

Wild & Sweet / Claim & Protect – I had the pleasure of reading Rough & Tumble Book 1 in the Haven Brotherhood series and I was shocked with how much I feel for the Haven Brothers and what was happening in their world. Not many Contemporary Romances win me over and make me want to come back for more.

 

Red Wolf – I really enjoy the Shifters Unbound series. We get such a verity of shifters and conflicts. Each book is different and gives us a new couple to fall in love with. It’s one of my favorite series to keep coming back too and I love rereading several of the books and novellas.

 

Silence Fallen – Mercy and Adam rock! I just love this series and can’t get enough. I own the entire series in ebook and yes, I have this one, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.

 

Keystone – I’ve heard such great things about this book. I’ve had Ms. Dark on my reading radar for a while, but have not had the chance to read her. I did actually picked up Keystone when it was on sale and now I just need to read it.

 

    

 

 

Most anticipate release for the second half of the year? (Not out yet?)

 

Their really isn’t much this year that I’ve had my eye on, but their are two coming out in the second half of the year that I’m anticipating: Bring the Heat by G.A. Aiken & Ride Wild by Laura Kaye.

 

  

 

 

Biggest disappointment of the year?

 

I’d go with the third book in the Blood Ravagers series, Blood Vowed by Traci Douglass. After reading book two, Blood Freed, I was hoping for more of the same; especially with all the trouble I had with book one, Blood Bound, which made me think I wasn’t going to continue the series, but I did. Book two won me over, but then three was just so so.

 

 

Most surprising book of this year?

 

How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

 

I’ve read and own most of the Love at Stake series books by Ms. Sparks, so I’ve enjoyed her writing before.

 

Why, I picked this one is because it surprised me. I wasn’t expecting what I got. I didn’t realize it was set in a Historical Fantasy setting, so when I started I wasn’t sure if I was going to like, but the more I read, the more I enjoyed and now I’m looking forward to the next installment.

 

 

Favorite new author? 

 

I’d have to say Rhenna Morgan. I’ve had her on my radar since I noticed her Paranormal Romance Eden series and I’ve wanted to try her out, so when received a copy of Rough & Tumble for her new contemporary romance series, I thought ok lets do this. Now I’m hook on the Haven Brotherhood series and can’t wait to read on. All I can say is that not many Contemporary Romance get on my reading list and not many stay, but Rhenna Morgan has hooked me.

 

Newest fictional crush?

 

The bears in Silver Silence. I really LOVE bear shifters. It was wonderful to hop over seas and enter into a new clan. They where adorable and lovable.

 

Newest favorite character?

 

I really enjoyed Talon and Sherry. Both where great. 

 

 

A book that made you cry?

 

I have two: Silver Silence Ride Rough

 

For Silver Silence I mention in my review to have a box of tissues with you because you will be moved for several heartbreak and heartwarming moments. 

 

For Ride Rough it’s the vivid aspect of abuse as well as the couple that gets to have a second chance at love plus the fun moments this couple have that reminded me of events in my life.

 

 

 

 

A book that made you happy?

 

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews 

 

I can always count on the Andrews team to send me on a magical adventure full of action, mind-blowing moments, and characters that will make me feel all kinds of emotions and when I’m done, I’m Ecstatic. 

 

 

 

Favorite book to movie adaptation?

 

Don’t have one.

 

Favorite book review you’ve posted this year?

 

Don’t have one. 

 

Most beautiful book you have bought this year?

 

I use my library regularly for my book love, so for paperbacks/hardcovers well I haven’t bought any 2017 releases in that formate yet. As for eBook it would be Silence Fallen by Patrica Briggs.

 

 

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

 

Well I have a few review books & two blogger shame titles I need to read.

 

I need to read before they come out: Spellbinder by Thea Harrison, Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh, & Drakon’s Plunder by N.J. Walters. I’m sure I’ll have more.

 

I also have two on my blogger shame that I need to get too before the end of the year: Dark Divine & Divine Awakening both by Lia Davis.

 

     

 

 

 

Did any of your favorite make my list?
I’d love to see all your answers to the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag questions. 

 

 

 

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Movie Review: Despicable Me 3 (2017)

 

 

Despicable Me 3 was cute, funny, and hilarious at times. 

 

The Minions don’t dominate the film, but add laughs when they show up. The girls are adorable and we get to see Gru and Lucy’s relationship plus the added bones of a long lost twin brother popping up to tempt Gru back into the life of Villains.  

 

I took my 5-year-old son on opening day to see this movie. He wasn’t as glued to the screen like he was with Cars 3. He said and I quote “It was Awesome, but Scary”. To many scenes he felt where to scary, though I didn’t see any of them being scary. I did feel that some of the scenes aren’t appropriate for the kiddy audience and the younger kids won’t get or understand some of the scenes. 

 

Despicable Me 3 is adorable and fun! I had a delightful time and liked the movie. but unfortunately my son didn’t, but he’s only 5, so when he’s older I’m sure he’ll like the Despicable Me movies more. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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