Promotional & Giveaway: Dylan (Bad Boys After Dark, #2) by Melissa Foster

Image result for dylan bad boys after darkTitle: Dylan (Bad Boys After Dark, #2) 
Release Date: 21st December 2016
Pages: 300
Genre: Erotic Fiction

The Bad Billionaires After Dark are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.

Indulge your inner vixen with these sexy billionaires!
Meet the Bad Boys… Four fiercely loyal, sinfully sexy, uber alpha brothers, about to fall head over heels for their leading ladies.

Everything’s naughtier after dark…


BAD BOYS AFTER DARK, #2: DYLAN

Everything’s naughtier after dark…

Sinfully sexy bar owner Dylan Bad has a thing for needy women. He’s a savior, a knight in shining armor, and his mighty talented sword has no trouble bringing damsels in distress to their knees. Enter Tiffany Winters, a gorgeous cutthroat sports agent who looks like sex on legs, f**ks like she’s passion personified, and wouldn’t let a man help her if she were dangling from a ledge and he was her only hope. One night and too much tequila might change their lives forever. The question is, will either one survive?

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MY REVIEW

Bad Boys After Dark: Dylan by Melissa Foster

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Melissa Foster via Beck Valley Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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‘Dylan’ is the second novella instalment in the ‘Bad Boys After Dark’ series. It was hot, sexy and completely head-over-heals romantic! I love that this novella series can be read as a standalone. Mainly, due to the fact that it has been ages since it have read the first instalment in the series. It also allows for a great, quick winter/summer read when you are in need of something to pick you up after a dry spell.
I loved the romance and happily-ever-after that infused every single aspect of this novella. It was bright and cherry most of the time: something to make an avid reader’s soul sing. Yet, it also managed to encapsulate realistic problems that often arise in relationships, making it vastly authentic and wholly tangible.
Both Dylan and Tiffany had problems which they had to overcome. For them it was very interpersonal. Dylan had trouble with overcoming his need to always be the knight in shining armour; Tiffany harboured past relationship trauma which greatly impacted her ability to place trust in others. The two seemed well matched and I loved their quirky and witty conversations with each other. They were real people with real personalities.
Lots of background was placed behind each of the main characters. Tiffany and Dylan both had big families which were created with meaning and depth. I love this about Melissa Foster’s storytelling! Family and love is the central theme and it never tires in my eyes.
Unfortunately, I would sometimes lose interest in the story and plot. I wished that there was faster pace and sometimes the events seemed to drag on. I also found it hard to connect with this couple at a depth that would have me on the edge of my seat and my heart in tatters like with previous couples in the series.
The writing flowed well and there weren’t any typos that I couldn’t spot. Easy to read language written in a highly experienced and professional prose.
If you pick up this novel, be prepared to read some SERIOUS sexy times. 😛
Congratulations to Melissa Foster on publishing the second, loveable series in the ‘Bad Boys After Dark’ series! I’m extremely eager to meet Carson!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that it’s 5 STAR!


ABOUT MELISSA FOSTER

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Promotional & Giveaway: Mick (Bad Boys After Dark, #1) by Melissa Foster

Title: Mick (Bad Boys After Dark, #1) 
Release Date: 22nd June 2016
Pages: 300
Genre: Erotic Fiction

Indulge your inner vixen…

You asked for naughtier lovers, with the same fierce loyalty as The Bradens – Meet the Bad Boys… Four sinfully sexy, uber alpha brothers, about to fall head over heels for their leading ladies.


BAD BOYS AFTER DARK, #1: MICK

Everything’s naughtier after dark…

Amanda Jenner is done being a boring-man magnet and has finally taken control of her love life. As any smart paralegal would, she’s researched the hell out of how to seduce a man. She’s waxed, primped, and ready to put her newfound skills into action—and a masquerade bar crawl is the perfect venue for her solo coming-out party.

Entertainment attorney Mick Bad lives by two hard and fast rules. He never mixes business with pleasure, and he doesn’t do relationships, which makes the anonymity of a masquerade bar crawl the perfect place for a onetime hookup.

Amanda thinks she’s hit the jackpot when she bags a tall, dark, and sinfully delicious masked man—until she discovers the man she’s made out with is her off-limits boss. Mick’s already crossed a line he can never uncross, and one taste of sweet and sexy Amanda has only whet his appetite. When Mick offers to give Amanda a lesson in seduction—no strings, no regrets, and for goodness’ sake, come Monday, no quitting—the tables turn, and Mick’s totally unprepared for the lessons this sweet temptress provides.

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Mick by Melissa Foster

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Melissa Foster via Beck Valley Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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This is not my first read by the wonderful Melissa Foster, so I knew what to expect before I even opened ‘Mick’. Here is what I knew: 1. It was going to be passionate, sexy and hot, hot, hot; 2. It was going to be a FIVE star; 3. My heart strings would not only be pulled; they would be shredded; 4. I was going to fall in love with Mick Bad. And surprise, surprise! ‘Mick’ did just that!
This novella is the first in the ‘Bad Boys After Dark’ and the fifth in the ‘After Dark’. The ‘After Dark’ series is a sort of large, overarching banner series to ‘Wild Boys After Dark’, ‘Bad Boys After Dark’ and ‘Good Girls After Dark’. If you haven’t checked out ‘Wild Boys After Dark’, BE SURE TO!
I loved how relatable the characters were! It was as if they were personally designed to appeal to me! The connections I forged with them allowed for me to experience their world on a very high level! I couldn’t have asked for better characters!
I loved how the novella didn’t just contain the passionate scenes but it focused on a real story. One that sounded and felt real with a depth of emotion and design. These characters felt like real people because of the history that each was given. I was completely enchanted!
Amanda Jenner was a great female lead! I felt like she perfectly captured the shy and insecure parts of every women. Those determines to escape their shells and become somebody more confident and sexy.
Mick Bad has topped my favourite male lead in this series! I feel like with every consecutive new novella, each male lead has risen above the previous. He was mighty sexy and I admired the thought and background that the author put behind him!
The writing style was great! It conveyed a lot with the simplest of words and this really showed itself. I really admire this about Melissa Foster!
Despite the short length of the novella, I found it highly entertaining! I as a reader I thought that the short length would draw away from the power and emotion that usually make these types of romance novels…but once again I was mistaken. I wouldn’t doubt picking these novellas up despite their short length. They’re well worth it!
Congratulations to Melissa Foster on publishing the first instalment in the ‘Bad Boys After Dark’ series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that it’s 5 STAR!


ABOUT MELISSA FOSTER

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Promotional & Giveaway: One Starry Night (Once Upon a Winter, #4) by Tilly Tennant

cover82557-mediumTitle: Ways to Say Goodbye (Once Upon  a Winter, #3)
Release Date: 31st March 2016
Pages: 72
Genre: Chick Lit

One Starry Night is the fourth and final part of the Once Upon a Winter series:

From the author of the much-loved, best-selling Mishaps in Millrise, a brand new four-novella-part series, Once Upon a Winter – come and fall in love!


ONCE UPON A WINTER, #4: ONE STARRY NIGHT

They say the darkest hour is just before dawn, and for the first time Hannah is starting to truly understand what that means. With Gina’s husband misbehaving, Ross under attack, and bad news for Mitchell that only Hannah can tell him, things seem to be falling apart around her. How will she be the rock that everyone needs when she can’t control any part of her own life? It’s going to take a special kind of courage to see this dawn break, but when it does the future might just be the brighter for it. The problem is that Hannah’s not sure she can be that strong…

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REVIEW

One Starry Night by Tilly Tennant

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Tilly Tennant via Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review.

Review

After reading the first two novellas in this series and being utterly enchanted, the third novella had begun to lose its lustre and charm for me. I had high hopes for this novella as I really hoped it would regain my interest and really deliver.
Hannah’s problems with Mitchell have just settled down when all of a sudden she and Gina had to deal with Ross’s beating and the unjust and desperate actions of Howard, Gina’s cheating ex-husband. Then comes Graham, Mitchell’s long-time business partner and maybe the man Martine had been having an affair with. But his devious plans did not stop at that. No. Hannah suspected that he was using Mitchell’s hard earned money to out-buy houses from competitors. And Mitchell didn’t suspect a thing. With all this drama going on, Hannah still had to battle for her love with Mitchell. And hopefully find her happily ever after…
I really admired Tilly Tennant’s writing style. It was simple yet touching and soulful. And when combined with a quiet and gentle atmosphere, it really did make a beautiful post-Christmas short story. The prose was lovely and the author really made you feel like you were in England with her use of colloquial English, which really amused me at times!
Unfortunately, the story had started to lose its zest and intrigue for me. There were times when the story lulled in progression and I would wonder what the point of it was. I still enjoyed some key scenes but probably not as much as I ought to have if there was slightly more drama to the story.
The ending kind of upset me with its vague ending. It didn’t really wrap things up for me and I wasn’t satisfied with it as a reader. Most importantly it didn’t give me enough closure from the story as some events were left unfinished and like I said, it was all TOO vague for my liking.
Congratulations to Tilly Tennant on publishing the final novella in her ‘Once Upon a Winter’ series.
Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!


 ABOUT TILLY TENNANT

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Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. It was followed by Mishaps and Mistletoe and The Man Who Can’t Be Moved. Find out more about Tilly and how to join her mailing list for news and exclusives at www.tillytennant.com.

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Promotional & Giveaway: Ways to Say Goodbye (Once Upon a Winter, #3) by Tilly Tennant

ways to say goodbye3Title: Ways to Say Goodbye (Once Upon  a Winter, #3)
Release Date: 18th February 2016
Pages: 84
Genre: Chick Lit

From the author of the much-loved, best-selling Mishaps in Millrise, a brand new four-novella-part series, Once Upon a Winter – come and fall in love this winter!


ONCE UPON A WINTER, #3: WAYS TO SAY GOODBYE

When Mitchell shocked Hannah with his decision, it seemed that happiness might be just around the corner; but, as usual, fate steps in to snatch it from under Hannah’s nose. Instead of the bliss she was promised, problems are now flying at her so fast it’s hard to know what to deal with first. There’s the appearance of a mystery car that seems to be stalking her every move. Then there’s sister, Gina, torn between hunky young farmer, Ross, and giving her cheating husband a second chance to save their family. Most worrying of all, Mitchell’s memory is finally back but if Hannah had thought this would be a good thing, she soon discovers nothing could be further than the truth.

What will this all mean for Hannah? She deserves a happy ending, but right now it seems horribly far away…

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Ways to Say Goodbye by Tilly Tennant

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Tilly Tennant via Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review.

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AAAAAAAARGH! This is LITERALLY how excited I was about reviewing and best of all, READING, this short yet perfectly enchanting novella. After the BIG, MASSIVE, HUMONGOUS cliff-hanger at the end of the previous novella ‘I’m Not in Love’, I was off the edge of my seat and rolling on the floor throwing a MASSIVE tantrum to get my greedy bookworm hands on this little priceless thing! And the blurb didn’t seem to make it any better! It only heightened the suspense and made me completely DEVOUR this thing for breakfast!
In the beginning Hannah tries to fight everything between her and Mitchel and makes an attempt to move on by going on a blind date – at least until Mitchell’s memory returns and he realises that breaking his marriage with Martine was a bad thing or he finalises his divorce with her. She still holds fast but is more hesitant to but up such a strong front and more lenient to anything that could happen between Mitchell and her. But then Mitchell remembers everything in one spontaneous and disastrous moment that changes everything for Hannah…
I loved the increase of emotional drama and tension in this novella. It seemed to highlight the strongest of the story’s features. The writing style was beautiful and elegant. I really enjoyed the simplistic yet lovely storytelling that captivated me from book one. It is written in third person past tense which I highly enjoyed.
Sometimes it felt as if there was a lull in the storytelling and I was growing uncharmed by some of the characters. I started to dislike some of them and had trouble understanding their motives sometimes. Take Gina, Hannah’s older sister, for example. She was nearing her fifties and she was hooking up with a guy in his thirties, Ross. I started to experience a shock settling in. I also had started to understand why her relationship with Ross may be considered taboo. Small dislikes had started to creep in, but overall this was still a TOTALLY satisfying book in the end.
Congratulations to Tilly Tennant on publishing the THIRD novella in her charming series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!


ABOUT TILLY TENNANT

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Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. It was followed by Mishaps and Mistletoe and The Man Who Can’t Be Moved. Find out more about Tilly and how to join her mailing list for news and exclusives at www.tillytennant.com.

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Promotional: Fifty Percent Vampire by D. K. Janotta

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Release Date: 5th September 2015

Pages: 281
Genre: Young Adult


FIFTY PERCENT VAMPIRE

TEENAGE GIRL FLEES THE UNDEAD !!!

Living at home is driving seventeen-year-old Astrid Sonnschein nuts. She’s desperate to leave her parents behind, and why not, with stepfather George a foul-tempered old vampire, and Mom – well, the less we say about Mom the better.

And our heroine has another compelling reason for getting out of Dodge. If she stays home much longer she’s in grave danger of being transformed forever, and the last thing she wants is to become the newest Nosferatu.

So it’s off to Rosenberg High and relative safety. Except it’s far from safe when her relatives are holier than holy Aunt Jean, beer-swilling couch potato Uncle James and devious, cat-loving cousin Emma. And that’s just evenings and weekends. Astrid Sonnschein’s schooldays teem with teeth-sinkable challenges, the man of her dreams refuses to play by the rules, and the plethora of pitchfork-bearing peasants are beginning to mutter.

Peasants-schmeasants! It’s when the full moon rises that Astrid’s real troubles begin …


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ABOUT D. K. JANOTTA

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D. K. Janotta lives up the mountain from Lake Geneva in Switzerland with his uncannily beautiful Romanian wife and two white mice both of whom have extraordinarily long teeth. On sunny days he runs wild over hills alive with the sound of yodelling. On rainy days he stays home and builds monsters.

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Promotional & Giveaway: The Awakening (Emerge, #1) by Melissa A. Craven

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Release Date: 1st April 2015

Pages: 424
Genre: YA Fantasy

2015 Dante Rossetti Awards Finalist
2015 International Book Awards Finalist
2015 USA Best Book Award Finalist


EMERGE, #1: The AWAKENING

Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.
You’re born.
You live.
You die.
She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah.
When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t.
Finally, Allie has a real shot at normal and rides that high right up to her sixteenth birthday when she wakes in agony—an experience Aidan insists they have all faced. She struggles in ignorance, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, Allie is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.
As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.
…only Allie hates to fight.


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Melissa A. Craven via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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First thing that I noticed was the very attractive and crisp formatting of the novel. A lovely family tree line was established on the first few pages in the novel. There was really nothing special about the beginning and it seemed slightly too average for my liking. There was no bang or anything that really intrigued or made me feel like this book was something. It was also very typical in the sense that the girl is a high schooler who had dated a guy and then left him. Then a SECOND guy and then ANOTHER came into the picture and it’s officially a love triangle. Call me overwhelmed and totally guy bamboozled! There were too many guys!!! I didn’t like either of Allie’s new love interests and they both seemed like genuine guy body-parts – too selfish and arrogant.
I really disliked Allie in the beginning of the novel. She seemed like the sort of girl who could be a real, downright female dog when she wanted to be and didn’t really care for anybody else but herself. She could also REALLY trample an innocent person if she wished to. Allie was also overly sarcastic and bitter for me. I really didn’t understand what her problem was. The way she talked to and about people wasn’t something I favoured and she seemed to put herself on a pedestal above other characters.
There was simply too much going on in the beginning of the novel. Leaving people behind; attraction to two separate guys; a bonfire gone wrong leaving a girl severely burnt… It was all just a bit too much for me to process in a very small amount of time. The author seemed to want to make drama and tension to make the novel interesting but it felt like too much was squished together and it was all overdone. This was really unappealing to me.
After the first quarter, everything started to reveal itself and gradually calm down enough for me to make sense of everything. It was an interesting idea that the author introduced and I enjoyed that it was original yet unique and special. The “powers” these characters have are different from the stereotypical elemental ones or the overused magical ones. These are far more complex than that and have a system to them. It was a nice change from the vampire or fae fantasy creatures that usually fill this genre. I started to enjoy reading about Allie more but I still couldn’t entirely connect to her on a basic and emotional level. It really left me put of the loop for most of the story and I sorely regret that.
Allie grew on me as time passed. She seemed to evolve into this completely different character the longer I read about her. She would grow smarter, more capable and mature. She was still sarcastic and humorous but it was now something I didn’t find completely irritable.
Character development was done quite well. I really enjoyed the vibrancy and variety of characters which filled the novel. Each was unique and with a history, full of personality and character. I could grow attached to those I loved and seriously detest those that I didn’t.
World building done by the author was something I also enjoyed quite well. The author created a realistic world that merged with made up history of the Immortals. The immortal world then was well connected to co-exist alongside the human/mortal world in a wonderful blend of the two. I loved all the history which the author made up to create a sense of authenticity. My only regret was that it wasn’t explored as deeply as I would have liked.
The end wrapped up well and overall, I really enjoyed this first novel. I felt as if most of my questions were answered but that it left others unanswered which would lead to a GREAT sequel! There wasn’t much in the way of an epic cliff-hanger but there was a great revelation that I will enjoy exploring in the later novels. I can’t wait to see what will happen later!
There were a few typos but no spelling mistakes. Grammar was excellent and the authors writing style was unique and fun.
Congratulations to Melissa A. Craven on publishing a great start to a new series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!


ABOUT MELISSA A. CRAVEN

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Melissa A. Craven (the “A” stands for Ann—in case you were wondering) was born near Atlanta, Georgia, but moved to Cleveland, Ohio at the age of seventeen. She still thinks of Cleveland as home, so it was only natural for Emerge to take place there.
Today, she is back in Atlanta—for some reason she can’t seem to stay away from the ungodly heat that makes her long for things like “lake effect snow” and wind that will knock you flat.

Melissa decided a long time ago that the “life checklist” everyone else was clutching so tightly in their fists, just wasn’t for her. She does everything backwards because she is weird like that, but then, she is an artist and artists are notoriously “unique” and “quirky.”

She is an avid student of art and design, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of West Georgia in 2009. She worked as an interior designer for several years, but she’s always thought she might like to be a writer when she grows up.
In her spare time, if she has any, she enjoys shopping for derelict furniture she refinishes to exercise the interior design part of her brain.

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Promotional & Giveaway: I’m Not in Love (Once Upon a Winter, #2) by Tilly Tennant

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Release Date: 7th January 2016

Pages: 83
Genre: Chick Lit

From the author of the much-loved, best-selling Mishaps in Millrise, a brand new four-novella-part series, Once Upon a Winter– come and fall in love this Christmas!

‘…a wonderful read with a bubbly, unique and fresh style of writing’ – Sky’s Book Corner.
‘Tilly makes her characters so relatable that you can’t help but fall in love with them’ – Starcrossed Reviews.


ONCE UPON A WINTER, #2: I’M NOT IN LOVE

The tinsel and baubles are packed away, and the festivities are over for another year, but Hannah can’t forget the mysterious stranger who fell into her world on Christmas Day. She flings herself back into normal life in a bid to get him out of her head, which means dating other men and having fun with her sister, Gina. But just as she’s getting back on track, fate throws him into her path once more. And this time it results in far more complications than a burnt turkey.

Meanwhile, Gina, is creating problems of her own. As if a messy divorce isn’t enough, she grows closer to Ross, the local farmer’s son. Hannah knows her sister is not going to be popular when the relationship becomes public, especially with Ross’s doting parents or, indeed, Jess, Gina’s teenage daughter, who is far closer in age to Ross than Gina is herself.

Things are about to get very, very messy in Hannah’s neat little world…

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I’m Not in Love by Tilly Tennant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Tilly Tennant via Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review.

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Eeeeeek! I was very excited about ‘I’m Not in Love’!!! After having read ‘The Accidental Guest’ I couldn’t wait to see more of Hannah and her mysterious love interest! I ship them both SO hard that having the chance to review this novel was SO exciting. I couldn’t wait to delve deeper in Hannah small little world and see what becomes of attraction to the “mysterious stranger”.
There was a lovely writing style coming on the behalf of the author and I greatly enjoyed the simple yet beautiful prose. I liked how the author was able to convey such a great story in such a small amount of pages. Not to mention the thoughts and feelings of her characters, too! I really admired how I was able to connect with Hannah straight away, once again, despite the fact that the previous novella, ‘The Accidental Guest’, was quite short, too, and didn’t give us a lot of time to get to know her really deeply, even though I understood who she was as a person quite quickly.
In this novella, Hannah is trying to forget about Tom – aka the mysterious stranger/accidental guest. Ever since her discovery that Tom has a woman in his life who may just be his wife, Hannah has been trying to avoid her memories of the sparks that flew between them. But fate keeps throwing Tom – his real name still unknown – in her way. Both are struggling to keep their attraction at bay and it doesn’t help that Tom’s wife Martine seems to be an ice queen who Tom doesn’t want to be with but does not mention leaving.
I spotted no spelling or typing mistakes in this little advanced reading copy and so greatly enjoyed that. Grammar was superb as always! It’s written in third person past tense so the novella had lots of room for the opinions of different characters and allowed for a romantic sub-plot featuring Ross, a young neighbour, and Gina, Hannah’s older sister.
It was a great story to read. Full of drama and conflict; mistakes and mishaps; laughter and humour. Really on giant ball of lovely goodness. A great story to read after Christmas and New Years as it really brought out the humour of hangovers and over-eating.
There was the BIGGEST CLIFFHANGER IN THE BOOK WORLD AS WE KNOW IT! Whyyyyyyyy???!!!! Tilly Tennant always seems to do this to me/her readers! It was such a great story and then as soon as things finally start to become exciting for our couple the author cuts it off in one sentence! Argh! I have to commend the author on her talent though. If there is anybody better at cliffhangers, then it’s her.
Congratulations to Tilly Tennant on yet another lovely novella published! Can’t wait to read the next one!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!


ABOUT TILLY TENNANT

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Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. It was followed by Mishaps and Mistletoe and The Man Who Can’t Be Moved. Find out more about Tilly and how to join her mailing list for news and exclusives at www.tillytennant.com.

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Promotional: A Raven’s Touch by Linda Bloodworth

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Release Date: 28th December 2015

Pages: 337
Genre: Young Adult

Today I am happy to tell you all about an exciting new YA Paranormal Fantasy novel, A Raven’s Touch by Linda Bloodworth. So, without further ado read on below for more info on the book, see a totally awesome trailer and more!


A RAVEN’S TOUCH

Bullied through high school, seventeen-year-old Justice St. Michaels is grateful for the help of her best friend Moira O’Fhey. Their only wish is to graduate high school, leave the sleepy town of Fallingbrook and all that happened behind them. The Heavens have other plans. Between growths on her back and being involved in explosive school fights, nothing seems to make sense. When an unexpected encounter with Darien Raventhorn causes worlds to collide it exposes the truth about Justice’s real identity.

To avenge a family death, Justice must embrace her birthright, and slay a demon before all Hell breaks loose. 

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Linda Bloodworth loves chips, like really, ketchup to be exact. Ketchup chips are only found in Canada. Lucky for Linda she lives in Toronto with her husband and three fur babies. In between writing, debating for hours about the Oxford comma, and the misunderstood semi colon; Linda enjoys camping and getting away from the city on day trips.

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Promotional: Faith and Moonlight (Echoes of the Ascended, #4) by Mark Gelineau and Joe King

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Release Date: 15th December 2015

Pages: 104
Genre: Fantasy

“Faith and Moonlight is a story full of fantasy, magic and coming of age lessons.” – Betty, Goodreads.

“While dealing with some fairly heavy subjects, “Faith and Moonlight” is reminiscent of Terry Pratchett in that laced through the heavy atmosphere; array of emotion and implausible magic is hope. That spirit of what might be lightens the feel considerable making for a delightful story.” – Rabid Readers Reviews.

“This little nugget brings to mind classical fantasy with a new voice that readers will find fresh and inviting. My only regret in reading this book is that it was over way too soon!” – Rochelle, Cover2Cover.


ECHOES OF THE ASCENDED, #4: FAITH AND MOONLIGHT

Roan and Kay are orphans.

A fire destroys their old life, but they have one chance to enter the School of Faith.

They are given one month to pass the entry trials, but as Roan excels and Kay fails, their devotion to each other is put to the test.

They swore they would face everything together, but when the stakes are losing the life they’ve always dreamed of, what will they do to stay together?

What won’t they do?

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Faith and Moonlight by Mark Gelineau and Joe King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Gelineau and King via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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‘Faith and Moonlight’ is the FOURTH novella in the ‘An Echo of the Ascended’ series and the FIRST in the ‘Roan and Kay’ series. I would strongly suggest reading all previous novellas in the ‘An Echo of the Ascended’ series before this one as they interweave with each other in the fantastical world of Aedaron. Each novella has a different style/genre to it that make them all unique and STANDALONES but the firsts in their respective main character’s series. If you’re getting confused, then just check out Mark Gelineau’s and Joe King’s author pages and then their series.
I have to say I was looking forward to this novella as it seemed to incorporate many of my favourite styles and genres. In addition, the cover is probably Gelineau’s and King’s BEST so far and it is absolutely GORGEOUS! I also felt a strange kinship and deep bond to the main characters, Roan and Kay, BEFORE even picking up the novel because of their strong relationship.
This novella also takes around five years PRIOR to the first three novellas in the ‘An Echo of the Ascended’ series were the first three all happened in a close timeline to each other.
I got quite the surprise when I opened the novel: KAY IS A GIRL! Before, I assumed that both characters were twin boys, but now the girl on the cover makes sense! And then I realised that Kay and Roan weren’t TWINS AT ALL! They were just close friends! I could already sense a romantic relationship happening in the future! There prospect of two childhood friends finding love has always appealed to me; it seems that the authors have gripped me in their imaginary claws once again!
Even though this novella is written by two authors, I felt no sense of dual authorship that sometimes makes itself known in writing and would distract the reader and thus irritate them. I was once again quite impressed at the quality of Gelineau’s and King’s storytelling!
The novella was written in third person and had dual perspectives: Roan’s and Kay’s. There were no grammatical errors or spelling and typing mistakes that I’ve found which was AWESOME!
Once again Gelineau and King wow with their beautiful storytelling, prose and writing! I am IN LOVE with their series! Congratulations to Mark Gelineau and Joe King! I can’t wait for more of your writing!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!


ABOUT MARK GELINEAU AND JOE KINGMark Gelineau

The defining moments in Mark Gelineau’s early life really trace back to two events. One was the discovery of an old cardboard box that had belonged to his grandfather. Inside that box was a collection of comic books, resplendent in their four color glory. Even though he had never met his grandfather, finding that box passed on a love of thrilling stories and daring adventure from one generation to another.

The second event was when his mother took him a to showing of Star Wars. For the entire duration of the movie, Mark sat with his mouth open and his small hands gripping the armrests. The better to pretend to fly the spaceships you see.

Since those early days, Mark has loved the stories of the imagination, the stories that transport a person from the world they know into new realities, distant domains, and realms of wonder. Even more than the stories themselves though, Mark discovered the sheer joy of sharing those stories. Taking them out of the cardboard box and into the hands of friends and family. This drove Mark first to education, where he could talk about the amazing stories out there in the world, and then eventually to writing, where he could try and write some of those stories for himself.

Gelineau and King is the extension of that joy. A place where Mark and his partner, Joe King, can take the stories they create out of the box and put them out there in the world.

Joe King

Joe King spent most of his childhood doing what he loved most – building things with his friends. He built friendships, stories, worlds, games, imagination, and everything in between.

After a brief career in software, for a while, he pretty much gave up on the idea of building anything. Five years later, the woman who would become his wife, rode in on a white horse and changed his life forever. Another five years, and two beautiful daughters later, Joe is building new unimaginable things.

Joe believes in the power of stories, dreams, family, friendship, and getting your ass kicked every once in a while.

More than anything, he wants to tell a good story, and, for him, Gelineau & King is the constant reminder that it’s never too late to start building the things you love.

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Promotional: Best Left in the Shadows (Echoes of the Ascended, #3) by Mark Gelineau and Joe King

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Release Date: 15th November 2015

Pages: 80
Genre: Fantasy

“I can’t help it! I’m addicted!” – Rachel, Paein and Ms4Tune.

“Why you should read it: One of the most engaging and well written fantasy novellas I’ve ever read!” – Kira’s NetGalley Book Blog.

Swashbuckling mystery! Nope, there are no pirates in this book, but the word “swashbuckling” came to mind while I was reading it. Must be because the story has scenes in docks, canals, dark alleys, and brothels. Plus there are battles involving swords, knives and a big ass scythe being handled by a kickass heroine.” – Leah, White Sky Project.


ECHOES OF THE ASCENDED, #3: BEST LEFT IN THE SHADOWS

A Highside girl. Beaten. Murdered. Her body found on a Lowside dock. A magistrate comes looking for answers. For justice.

Alys trades and sells secrets among the gangs and factions of Lowside. She is a daughter of the underworld. Bold. Cunning. Free. When an old lover asks for help, she agrees. For a price.

Together, they travel into the dark heart of the underworld in search of a killer.

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Best Left in the Shadows by Mark Gelineau and Joe King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Gelineau and King via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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‘Best Left in the Shadows’ is the third novella in the ‘An Echo of the Ascended’ series and the first in the ‘Alys’ series. Under the ‘An Echo of the Ascended’ series are four DISTINCT series, they are: ‘Elinor’, ‘Ferran’, ‘Alys’ and ‘Roan and Kay’. It takes place in the mythical and fantastical world of Aedaron. The novella follows Alys’s story and is as captivating, enthralling and enchanting as the blurb sounds.
Best Left in the Shadows is a fantasy crime noir story that explores the dark underworld of Resa, the capital city. Imagine a cross between Frank Miller’s Sin City and Game of Throne’s King Landing, but with a bit more fun and banter between our characters. Alys, an orphan, was adopted by the gangs that run Lowside. Smart and fearless, Alys trades secrets among the factions of the underworld. Daxton Ellis is a nobleman and magistrate inspector in Highside. A murder of a noble girl brings him back to Lowside. Back to the one person he swore he would never see again. (hint, it’s Alys!) Together, the two of them go in search of a killer.
Daxton Ellis is the male lead; Alys is the female lead. Together these two had great chemistry and individuality were no pushovers to each other’s strong personalities and dynamics. They were complex, resilient and absolutely loveable. The palpable tension between Alys and Dax made it interesting to read about the two.
One of my regrets when reading was the short length of the novella: it left me completely satisfied and enticed but deeply craving for more. Like all its predecessors, I wished it to be longer. The upside was that the novellas provided room for expansion on the world of Aedaron and allowed for these novellas to be knitted together to create an interesting patchwork of an image: one I am entirely too eager to see.
Since this is the third novella I have read which has been written by Mark Gelineau and Joe King, I am familiar with their style. What I really admire about their novellas is how they are able to launch into the story straight away and often start with a BANG! Somehow, their jumping straight into the story doesn’t not ruin it at all by confusion me or making me question stuff; instead, it brings an sense and atmosphere of history and establishment, of thorough development of characters AND plot.
Great detail and AMAZING world-building. Characters are complicated and unique. Compelling and rich. Strong imagery language that forced me to be PRESENT in the story; it twisted and weaved and spinned. I absolutely LOVED it! Everything was very vivid and for that I applaud the authors, Mark and Joe.
Congratulations to Mark Gelineau and Joe King on publishing a 5 STAR novella!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!


ABOUT MARK GELINEAU AND JOE KINGMark Gelineau

The defining moments in Mark Gelineau’s early life really trace back to two events. One was the discovery of an old cardboard box that had belonged to his grandfather. Inside that box was a collection of comic books, resplendent in their four color glory. Even though he had never met his grandfather, finding that box passed on a love of thrilling stories and daring adventure from one generation to another.

The second event was when his mother took him a to showing of Star Wars. For the entire duration of the movie, Mark sat with his mouth open and his small hands gripping the armrests. The better to pretend to fly the spaceships you see.

Since those early days, Mark has loved the stories of the imagination, the stories that transport a person from the world they know into new realities, distant domains, and realms of wonder. Even more than the stories themselves though, Mark discovered the sheer joy of sharing those stories. Taking them out of the cardboard box and into the hands of friends and family. This drove Mark first to education, where he could talk about the amazing stories out there in the world, and then eventually to writing, where he could try and write some of those stories for himself.

Gelineau and King is the extension of that joy. A place where Mark and his partner, Joe King, can take the stories they create out of the box and put them out there in the world.

Joe King

Joe King spent most of his childhood doing what he loved most – building things with his friends. He built friendships, stories, worlds, games, imagination, and everything in between.

After a brief career in software, for a while, he pretty much gave up on the idea of building anything. Five years later, the woman who would become his wife, rode in on a white horse and changed his life forever. Another five years, and two beautiful daughters later, Joe is building new unimaginable things.

Joe believes in the power of stories, dreams, family, friendship, and getting your ass kicked every once in a while.

More than anything, he wants to tell a good story, and, for him, Gelineau & King is the constant reminder that it’s never too late to start building the things you love.

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