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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Finish line

#FinishLine
Cambria Hebert
(GearShark #5)
Publication date: February 27th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Every race has a finish line.
Where you go after you cross it is what matters most.
And sometimes, that’s the most intriguing.
Here at GearShark, we’ve featured lots of drivers.
All of them are well acquainted with the finish line.
And as race fans, we’re well acquainted with cheering as they cross it.
What we aren’t privy to is riding shotgun, seeing where they drive once the race is over.
Our interviews barely scratch the surface,
offering just a glimpse of the men and women behind the wheel.
The discovery of vanished Motocross sensation Jayson Hamilton,
who has been right under our noses for years, proves secrets abound.
It’s time to dig deep. Look beyond the racetrack at the drivers who continue to pique our interest. In addition to scoring an exclusive, all-access interview with the elusive Jayson Hamilton (his first and only since the death of his fellow racer and partner Matt Lewis),
we’ve caught up with some of our most popular featured men and women in the racing world.
Where are they now?
Who are they now?
What do these hot commodities do when they escape the spotlight?
Rumors of weddings, babies, and new tattoos swirl through the media on a weekly basis.
And though we’re headlining the hashtag #Finishline, we’re far from finished.
In fact, we’re just getting started.
This newest issue of GearShark is jam packed with everything you’ve been dying to know…
and it just might be our biggest page-turner yet.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Sprinkled with love by Suzanne faye

What does one do with a matchmaking cat named Romeo?

Spirited and beautiful, Jillian Parker is one of Marietta’s newest business owners. Still, her mother worries about Jillian’s bare ring finger. So in order to give her mother something else to fuss over, Jillian adopts a cat named Romeo. He turns out to be anything but a docile lap cat.

One snowy night, Romeo makes a break for it. With Jillian right on his heels, they have a near miss with a passing pickup driven by Avery Wainwright, one of Jillian’s closest friends. A rodeo accident has the sexy cowboy returning home to recuperate, and he’s not happy about it.

So when Avery finds himself lassoed into the Bachelor Bake-Off, he turns to the one person who has always helped him out—Jillian. But will teaching him to take chances outside of the show ring have them both discovering that their feelings for each other run much deeper than they ever imagined?
Excrept
Spotting Suzanna, her business partner and best friend, already inside, Jillian grabbed the brass door handle and opened the door to Tangled Charms. “That man can be so frustrating.”

Suzanna glanced up from where she was arranging baked goods and fresh brewed coffee on a small table with a white tablecloth. “Good morning to you too. I’m guessing you didn’t have such a good weekend.”

“My weekend was fine until I ran into him.”

Suzanna tucked a lock of her short dark hair behind her ear. “I take it Glenn was in town again.”

“Glenn? Why would you think that?”

Suzanna’s eyes widened. “I just thought…well, you were going on and…never mind. Who are you talking about?”

“Avery.”
“Oh.” Suzanna’s pink glossy lips stayed in that ‘O’ shape as though she were surprised by this news. She held out her hand for Jillian’s container of muffins.

Jillian relinquished the baked goods. “You mean you didn’t hear that he arrived home last night? I didn’t think anything happened around this town without everyone knowing.”

“Yeah, I heard, but I didn’t know you two had run into each other.” Suzanna placed the muffin container off to the side of the table.

“We ran into each other all right. He practically ran me over.”

Suzanna’s brows rose. “Really? I can’t wait to hear this.”

“Hear what?”

Suzanna frowned at her. “You know, whatever he’s done now to get you all fired up.”

“He didn’t do anything.”Suddenly she regretted bringing up the subject. She’d promised herself that she wouldn’t let him get under her skin. “It’s nothing.”

“It sure sounded like something.” Suzanna stared at her as though trying to read her mind. “Come on. Spill. It’s me. We’ve told each other everything since we were kids.”

Sunday, 26 February 2017

State of Allegiance

State of Allegiance 
Interview with Author Summer Lane 

How does it feel to publish the 9th installment of the Collapse Series – and your 16th overall? 
It feels unreal! When I was a kid, I always pictured myself as an author, sharing my stories with readers, but I admit I didn’t really think that would materialize until I was much older than I am right now. I’ve been really blessed – and I’ve worked really hard! 
What’s a typical day in your life like? 
I do manage a business, so while I do a lot more than simply write manuscripts, writing certainly is the base of everything that I engage in. I just got a German Shepherd puppy named Kona, and she gets me up early in the morning (earlier than usual, haha!), and I’ll start work then. If I have a good day, I’ll be done with work around 2:30 or 3. If it’s a long day, I’ll be working until 6. 
What is State of Hope going to be like – and is it the last book in the series? 
State of Hope is going to be long, intense and flushed with adrenaline. There are so many secrets to be revealed, so many character plots to be tied up neatly, and most importantly: Cassidy’s conclusion in this apocalyptic war. While Hope is indeed the final installment in the Collapse Series, it is not the last book in the Collapse universe. I certainly do have some plans for Cassidy in the future – they may not be as huge as Collapse, but trust me: I have plans. 
How do you stay motivated and healthy in your career as a writer?
I stay motivated by keeping my eye on the prize: I remove negativity from my life, because nobody needs that. I try to surround myself with people who really care about me and support what I do. Staying healthy, for me, at least, is actually really difficult. My profession requires a lot of sitting, so I have to make an extra effort to get up, walk and move. It’s also tempting to snack on junk food working in an office (am I right?). I try hard to indulge only with healthy snacks: I have celery sticks and apples in the fridge, I like cheese, and any gluten-free cracker in combination. I also just discovered baked parmesan crisps. Oh, my heart! 
Advice to aspiring authors? 
Don’t let anybody bring you down. Never take no as a final answer. Work hard, and it will pay off, one way or another.


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<b><i><u><span style="font-size: large;">The Magician’s Workshop, Volume One</span></u></i></b><br />
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<b>Authors:</b> Christopher Hansen, J.R. Fehr<br />
<b>Published by:</b> Wondertale, California<br />
<b>Publication Date:</b> November 8, 2016<br />
<b>ISBN:</b> 1-945353-11-2<br />
<b>ASIN: </b>B01MQGHGBH<br />
<b>Genre:</b> Coming of Age, Fantasy, Magic<br />
<b>Ages:</b> 12 and up.<br />
<b>Length:</b> 85,000 words / 290 pages<br />
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Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence. Whoever becomes a master over these powers is granted the title of magician and is given fame, power, riches, and glory. This volume of books follows the journey of a group of kids as they strive to rise to the top and become members of the Magician’s Workshop.<br />
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Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. For years she has tried to hide her creations, but when her power is at last discovered by a great magician, she realizes that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.<br />
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Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. When one of the creatures they create gets out of control and starts flinging fireballs at their town, Kai is tempted to believe that he is as nefarious as people say. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.<br />
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Follow the adventures of Kai, Layauna, and a boatload of other characters as they struggle to grow up well in this fantastical world.<br />
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<span style="font-size: large;"><b><i><u>The Magician’s Workshop, Volume Two</u></i></b></span><br />
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<b>Authors:</b> Christopher Hansen, J.R. Fehr<br />
<b>Print Length: </b>273 pages<br />
<b>Publisher:</b> Wondertale<br />
<b>Publication Date:</b> November 22, 2016<br />
<b>ASIN: </b>B01N988TW7<br />
<b>Genre:</b> Coming of Age, Fantasy, Magic<br />
<b>Ages:</b> 12 and up.<br />
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<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N988TW7/" target="_blank">Amazon</a> * <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33128294-the-magician-s-workshop-volume-two" target="_blank">Goodreads</a><br />
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Return to the world of The Magician’s Workshop: Where Dreams Become Reality.<br />
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In Volume Two, the Festival of Stars has finally arrived, and the Color Ceremony is about to commence. As children from all over the islands gather to stand before a puller, one question remains: who will have a Color, and who will be found void?<br />
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Rejoin your favorite characters as they step forward and receive a label that will have the power to dramatically alter the course of their lives forever.<br />
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<span style="font-size: large;"><b>Christopher Hansen</b></span><br />
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The first glimmering Chris Hansen had that there was far more to reality than he had ever imagined occurred six days after his ninth birthday. “Christopher!” cried a wise, old sage. “Life is full of deep magic. Miraculous things happen all the time and all around us, if you know where to look for them.” Full of expectation and childlike optimism, Chris began searching for this magic, prepared to be surprised and amazed by it. And he was: he found Wonder! Now he’s chosen to write stories about it.<br />
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When J.R. Fehr popped out of the womb, he knew there was more to the world than the four boring hospital walls that he was seeing. “Zango!” his newborn mind exclaimed as he saw people appear and disappear through a mysterious portal in the wall. As a child he found life wowtazzling, but as he grew older the cold water of reality hit him, and the magic he once knew vanished. After spending some wet and shivering years lost in a joyless wasteland, he once again began to see magic in the world. He writes because the Wonder of true life is far grander than anything he ever thought possible.</div>
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Saturday, 25 February 2017

My review of the stereotypical freaks by howard shapiro

Four disparate high school seniors come together to compete in their school's battle of the bands. Sharing a love for playing rock and roll, the members name the band "The Stereotypical Freaks" because they feel stereotyped by their classmates - smart kid, geek, star athlete and quiet weirdo… when in fact they know they are much more than those labels that have been placed on them.

When one member reveals life altering news, winning the competition takes on more of a meaning to each member. Scared and angry, upset and yet still with a lot of resolve they set out to win one for the good guys… will they?
 

My review :-
I loved it.  The story was beautifully presented and the plot unique for a graphic novel. I would recommend it to everyone. The book was a bit short but you emerge better for reading it. I would give it 4 stars.

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Friday, 24 February 2017

International giveaway

During the blitz, readers will find out about the authors, their books and their amazing international giveaway. Four winners will receive a selection of best selling paperbacks, hard cover editions and the all new Amazon Echo Dot!
International giveaway is open to US, Canada, The United Kingdom and Australia

Link to Giveaway: http://bit.ly/2jPpOhK

Presented by: Melissa A. Craven, Michelle Madow, Kristin D Van Risseghem, Kelly St Clare, Norma Hinkens, J.A. Culican, Raye Wagner, Siobhan Davis, Anna Santos, Sarah K. Wilson, Michelle Bryan, Erin Hayes, Kelly Carrero, Karen Tomlinson and Heather Hamilton Senter. 


Melissa A. Craven
Emerge: The Awakening
Allie has always believed life is simple.
You’re born. You live. You die. 
But she's about to learn those rules don't apply to her. For years, she has suffered as those around her avoid her at all costs, too intimidated to get to know her. It's left Allie feeling like an outcast for fifteen years. 
When an unexpected move brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, he doesn’t shrink from her touch. With Aidan, she will discover what true equality means and she'll finally have a friendship unlike any she's ever known. Karen Tomlinson: 
A Bond of Venom and Magic
Magic awakens. Darkness stirs. The Wraith Lord is hunting.
For Diamond Gillon the war raging in the South seems a remote danger, until her home is brutally attacked.
Catapulted into a terrifying new world in which legendary beasts arise, magic is condemned and half-blood fae have no rights, Diamond is drawn ever closer to her saviour, Commander Hugo Casimir. But Hugo is a heartless killer, owned by the cruel immortal fae queen; a queen who will murder her own people for magic...



Sarah K. Wilson: 
The Ex-Pacifist
Vera and her bodyguard, Roman, are connected by the computers in their heads and can silently coordinate. The downside? They’re on an impossible mission set by a vengeful emperor who would prefer to see them both dead. Not many sixteen-year-olds have to fight an entire empire for survival – and not many would be so good at it.






Norma Hinkens
Girl of Fire
A smoking hot new science fiction tale of dark dealings and treachery in space. In a high-stakes story of shocking secrets, a gutsy heroine with grit and personality takes on the seedy Galactic underworld of cutthroat body poachers and double-crossing space pirates!








Kelly St. Clare
Fantasy of Frost
The veil I've worn from birth carries with it a terrible loneliness; a suppression I cannot imagine ever being free of.

Sometimes it takes the world bringing you to your knees to find that spark you thought forever lost.

Sometimes it takes death to show you how to live.







Heather Hamilton-Senter
To Make a Witch
Being the good girl doesn’t always pay off.
Lacey McInnis is hoping to make a fresh start in New Orleans—she’s also hoping to forget she almost became a powerful witch, and that she almost sold her soul to do it. But when the tomb of the Voodoo queen Marie Laveau is desecrated, and then a gruesome murder is committed in the very heart of Westover Academy, Lacey will need to decide if she's ready to become the witch she was always meant to be.




Anna Santos
Save Me
Jacob is a gargoyle with a curse, waiting for decades for his soul-mate. When he saves a beautiful werewolf girl from near death, he finds the one he’s been looking for. But true love comes with a price and, in Jacob’s case, it can cost him his very own existence.








Erin Hayes 
How to be a Mermaid
All Tara ever wanted was to be a mermaid. So she takes a year off between high school and college to don a fake tail and tour aquariums across the country in a professional mermaid troupe. Everything's great until she meets a gorgeous real-life merman named Finn. Suddenly, what she thought was a dream turns out to be a nightmare -- she's turning into a real mermaid herself.











Michelle Madow 
Elementals
MAGICAL. ROMANTIC. ADDICTING.

Nicole Cassidy is a witch descended from the Greek gods... but she doesn't know it until she moves to a new town and discovers a dangerous world of magic and monsters that she never knew existed.

"Harry Potter meets Percy Jackson with an added twist of teenage angst, hormones, and uncertainty... I am officially HOOKED!"




Siobhan Davis: 
Saven Deception 
In a futuristic undersea city, Sadie falls hard for captivating Logan — only to discover that he comes from another world! Action, romance and intrigue combine in this addictive page-turner. "The X-Files meets Twilight and blows them both away!"










Siobhan Davis: 
True Calling: 
For Ariana Skyee, Planet Novo was everything it promised to be until the authorities introduced "The Calling" as their response to repopulation. Now, all seventeen-year-olds are to participate in this Bachelor-style pageant to find their perfect match, marry, and have children. "Fans of Matched and The Selection will really love this book ... it's amazing!"







Kristin D. Van Risseghem: 
Swords & Stilettos 
17-year old Zoe needs to devise a kick-ass plan to save the world ASAP. Otherwise, Armageddon starts the day she turns eighteen—and if that happens, everything is going to hell. Literally.

"Swords & Stilettos; an absolute winner. Could not put it down!"









Michelle Bryan: 
Strain of Resistance 
Bixby and her crew of survivors lost everything on the day the world was invaded by the alien predators. Their homes. Their families. Everything they held dear. No more. This is the story of their resistance.












Kelly Carrero:
Severed Wings
Luciana dreams of being normal. In reality what she is, is far from normal. But feeling other people’s pains does that to a girl. That is until she meets the one man that makes it all go away. Now, Luciana must decide if she should trust her feelings and believe in the man from her dreams who says he’s a Soul Collector and she was the girl he refused to collect.


Saturday, 18 February 2017

The hockey saint by howard shapiro

Official synopsis :-
The highly anticipated sequel to "The Stereoypical Freaks" and the 2nd book in the "Forever Friends" Trilogy, this is "The Hockey Saint"

Twenty-one year old Jeremiah Jacobson is the world's best hockey player, but he wasn't prepared for the frenzy and scrutiny that came with that title. Tom Leonard is an average college sophomore... just a guy trying to find his place in the world as he sorts through issues that are both very real and seemingly insurmountable.

Through a chance meeting, these two strike up an unlikely friendship. Their bond is tested when Tom discovers that his idol isn't as perfect up close as he seems from afar. With Jeremiah living a little too much in the moment and with his past catching up to him, will Tom be able to help him before it's too late?
 


My review:-

A graphic novel that I really enjoyed once I started reading it. I loved the plot, the amazing story and the emphasis put on friendship. The narrative was beautifully written and the story enlightened the reader about the price of fame. A one sit read for me
 
   The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Official synopsis :-
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.
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In a world where the dystopian market is saturated, this book was a fresh breath. The way mare borrow progresses through all the challenges and the ongoing hidden romance between Cal and Mare was just what every YA fan needs.and the eventual betrayal by maven when Mard needed him the most is just the heartbreak every one fears. The psychology of Maven and the explanation behind his actions made me vote for Team Maven though. This book is going to be one of the classics.I would recommend it to everyone who strives to read a goodbook.
A thousand salt kisses later by josie demuth

Seventeen-year-old Crystal White is the new girl on Starfish Island. Dragged to the remote community by her environmental activist father, she is eager to find fun that doesn’t involve touching fish guts or listening to local folklore.

During a midnight swim with some new friends, Crystal is pulled out to sea by the waves. Convinced she’s going to drown, Crystal is rescued by Llyr, a handsome stranger. As she searches for him in the following weeks, she finds there may be more truth to the Starfish legends than she thought.

Over a sizzling roller-coaster summer, Llyr introduces Crystal to magic she’d only ever dreamed of. But as Crystal comes to love Starfish Island, it begins to drive her family apart. A nearby power plant is devastating local marine life, and her parents are stuck in the middle. As the magic and mundane parts of Crystal’s life converge, she finds herself risking everything to save Llyr, her family, and herself.
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My review:-
I loved this.the writer had worked on the plot holes in the previous book and this was a really beautiful book.the description was so vivid and entertaining that the reader feels immersed in the story. The story plot was so good and the build up to the climax was the best. The tension between Crystal and Spirit going on through out the book and the eventual fall out made the book a one -sit read for me. I am waiting hard for thesequel. Good work.desmuth.

 . This book kept me on my toes from start to finish. I enjoyed Crystal and Llyr and their love story. The creative twists that incorporated first love, mermaids and mermen, troubled parent relationships, and a teenager in a new town kept me entertained the entire book. I enjoyed the levity of the writing and never got bored by this story. The way Josie Demuth incorporated fantasy and coming of age was brilliant! -another reviewer. 

Friday, 17 February 2017

The blazing star by imani josey

Sixteen-year-old Portia White is used to being overlooked—after all, her twin sister Alex is a literal genius.

But when Portia holds an Egyptian scarab beetle during history class, she takes center stage in a way she never expected: she faints. Upon waking, she is stronger, faster, and braver than before. And when she accidentally touches the scarab again?

She wakes up in ancient Egypt—her sister and an unwitting freshman in tow.

Great.

Mysterious and beautiful, Egypt is more than they could have ever imagined from their days in the classroom. History comes alive as the three teens realize that getting back to the present will be the most difficult thing they’ve ever done. Stalked by vicious monsters called Scorpions, every step in the right direction means a step closer to danger.

As Portia and the girls discover that they’re linked to the past by more than just chance, they have to decide what it truly means to be yourself, to love your sister, and to find your way home.




My review:-
The plot hooked me from the beginning. The book is a must read for every ya fan.although there were 2 plot holesi.e the same language and the missing yearning for going home,the rest was engaging, interesting and funny.it had all the elements of a good book . A one sit read