Saturday, March 31, 2012


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Friday, March 30, 2012

Perilous Light Release Day Party and Giveaway!!

Book Title: Perilous Light
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy 
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Publication Date: March 30th 2012

Would you sacrifice everything for a world you barely knew?

It has been over a year since Charlotte and Kevin first stepped through the gate into Energo, and neither has been able to settle back into a normal life.

Even though she tries to deny it, Charlotte is in love with Calvin and can’t push him from her mind. She distracts herself with the antics of James and her growing friendship with Liam—the one person who seems to understand her.

Kevin is starting to adjust to his new identity as a college student and basketball player, but he can’t seem to shake his feelings for Samantha, his fear for Charlotte’s safety or the sensation that basketball is no longer enough.

When they unexpectedly return to Energo, both Charlotte and Kevin must face their fears and step up to become the leaders they were always meant to be.

Author Bio
Alyssa Rose Ivy lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. 


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Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel

The Lola Quartet
Quoted from GoodReads:
Gavin Sasaki is a promising young journalist in New York City, until he's fired in disgrace following a series of unforgivable lapses in his work. It's early 2009, and the world has gone dark very quickly; the economic collapse has turned an era that magazine headlines once heralded as the second gilded age into something that more closely resembles the Great Depression. The last thing Gavin wants is to return to his hometown of Sebastian, Florida, but he's drifting toward bankruptcy and is in no position to refuse when he's offered a job by his sister, Eilo, a real estate broker who deals in foreclosed homes. 

Eilo recently paid a visit to a home that had a ten-year-old child in it, a girl who bears a strong resemblence to Gavin and who has the same last name as Gavin's high school girlfriend Anna, whom Gavin last saw a decade ago. Gavin -- a former jazz musician, a reluctant broker of foreclosed homes, obsessed with film noir and private detectives -- begins his own private investigation in an effort to track down Anna and their apparent daughter. The Lola Quartet, a work of literary noir, is concerned with jazz, Django Reinhardt, economic collapse, friendship and love, Florida's exotic wildlife problem, fedoras, and the unreliability of memory.

The title and the book cover art of The Lola Quartet give very little indication of the books' contents. Instead of causing me to bypass this book, both the cover and the title intrigued me.  I am not sure what I was expecting, but the story within was a pleasant surprise.

I am not sure that this novella fits into any one genre.  It is a little bit of a mystery, a bit noir and a bit of a commentary on the mistakes we make during our youth and the ability for these choices to follow us into adulthood.

All of the characters are flawed in some way.  Many of the decisions that they make seem to be random choices and not very well thought out.  Quite typical of the way most adolescents approach life changing choices.  The main character of Gavin is  sympathetic, although he seems to live in a reality of his own creation.  He develops and grows over the course of the book and by the end appears to be attempting to make some well though out mature decision.

The story weaves back and forth between the present the the past, gradually unveiling an interesting plot.  The writing is flawless and flows effortlessly from beginning to end. At some points during the first half, it did seem to drag just a bit, however this is a minor concern. What I really enjoyed about this book was how different it was from anything else I have read recently.  St. John Mandle is an author to watch!

Special thanks to Netgallery for the complementary copy of the Lola Quartet, allowing me to read and offer an unbiased review.

Friday, March 9, 2012

An Interview with KH LeMoyne, author of Betrayal's Shadow

  1. What do you do when you are not writing?
I read, though that’s a luxury. I used to read as often as I could. Then I decided to write full-time. Writing and the business of writing tend to take more hours than I have in day. I do make time everyday for my family and when the weather gets nice, the dog practically pulls me away from the keyboard. Probably a good thing.
  1. Do you have a day job as well?
I had a career in information technology and web application development. When the opportunity presented itself, in the form of downsizing, I reconsidered my options and looked at what I wanted to do for my next career. My enjoyment of writing made that an easy choice. I’ve been writing full-time for the last several years.
  1. Where do you get your ideas?
From everywhere and I don’t intend that as a glib answer. The Guardian series was intended to address the question of whether the human race was alone in its creation. They are a supernatural race originating in the same Eden as Adam and Eve, but with the legacy of guiding mankind toward its ultimate destiny. Their history and true origin are woven through each story with the final answers presented in the last book of the series.

Betrayal’s Shadows introduces the Guardians after a plague has killed most of the adult Guardians on earth. The children under the age of maturity were sent to the Sanctum in Eden for their protection. It was children raising children. Not only has much of their history been lost, but now as adults they are unable to find mates within their race, and the curse of the plague still hovers over them. This series weaves bits of actual history, myth, and deviations of both. That is a consistent approach I use in all of the series I write.
  1. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
My first published book was Return of the Legacy, the first in a fantasy romance series. That was my first experience with interacting with editors and a publisher and feeling my way through the publishing process and all of the peripheral work. I worked with an incredibly talented cover designer for the book, Robin Ludwig who also designs the Guardian books. And I learned some of the nuances of publicizing, which was completely new. I’ve been very lucky to work with wonderful people.
  1. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Honestly, my journey was probably the best for me because by the time I was publishing, I was very prepared to make writing my career. But if I knew then what I know now, I would have been less hesitant earlier, started with gusto much sooner, and developed a tougher skin.
  1. Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
These days there are a number of small and medium press publishers who are wonderful to work. The industry has many options. Indie publishing is prevalent as well with a huge number of freelance editors, proofreaders, cover artists, and publicist to support those efforts. If a book is clean and well written with an interesting storyline, it is likely to find a market somewhere. Though I’ll admit that if one’s heart is set on a large New York publisher (with the numbers of those decreasing these days), the wait could be much longer.

For me, the book I love, the book of my heart, tends to be whichever book I’m working on currently. If I don’t really like the characters and want make them interesting and worthy of success, then the story flounders so I have to be totally invested in the story. But I do have a few stories that I started on maybe twenty years ago that should never see the light of day! Truly, I was in love with historical romances at that time, and still like them. I had a story set in Spain around the inquisition. It had little going for it other than I liked the setting because I’d lived in Spain.
  1. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
I wish. Honestly, no. I have no magical abilities or wild adventures from my past to save the world. I do write about characters who embrace the qualities that I respect and admire. So maybe that’s the small part of me in there.
  1. What project are you working on now?
I am currently working on Destiny’s Mark, the third book in the Guardian of Eden series. This is Tsu’s book, the Guardian defense master, and the story of his mate and the unique complications she introduces to the Guardian race. Destiny’s Mark is targeted for late summer release.
  1. Will you have a new book coming out soon?
Dragon Rider’s Gift: A Portal of Destiny Tale, is being released in April. This is a fantasy romance and a spin-off of my Portal’s of Destiny series. I became enamored of the dragon riders and they needed their own story for their battle against the evil mage of Brennagmore.
  1. Anything else that you want to add or discuss...
I would just like to thank you very much for hosting me. If anyone has any comments or questions they can always drop me a line at my website: or my blog:

KH LeMoyne
Betrayal's Shadow (The Guardians of Eden, #1)


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Betrayal's Shadow, The Guardians of Eden Book I by KH LeMoyne

Betrayal's Shadow (The Guardians of Eden, #1)

Quoted from GoodReads:

What would you do to save your people from extinction? 
What if your race held the key to mankind’s future? 
One Guardian will risk hell to change the future. 

Descended from the race of Guardians, Turen’s people have survived the last two hundred years, quarantined and isolated. Living in secrecy with no mates and no offspring, they fail to deliver on their ability to replenish and heal human souls through the birth of their Guardian children. Risking his life, Turen chooses capture at the hands of a comrade-turned-enemy to seek answers to change the future. 

Mia Bowman has no knowledge of the secret Guardian race. Yet, her uncontrollable, nocturnal summons to Turen’s prison cell and her strong sense of justice leave her with little choice but to help him. She can heed his warning and stay clear of his people’s problems or she can ferret out the lies and unravel an ancient tale of murder and deceit. It will take an ultimate sacrifice to stop the unexpected evil and reverse a fatal ending to the Guardian line. 

A race of beings created in a Sanctum at the far edge of Eden. Co-existing with mankind, they safeguarded human souls and the promise of eternity—until a virus killed all over the age of eighteen. The surviving children fled to the Sanctum for protection, children raising children without the full legacy of their history and knowledge. Two hundred years of solitude have produced a race of semi-immortals fortified with powers and intellect but lacking the mates who will make them whole and allow them to fulfill their covenant with mankind.

My Rating Scores:
Cover Art Rating: *****       5 out of 5 stars
Overall Content: ****1/2      4.5 out of 5 stars

A race of human-like beings known as Guardians,  each with a unique super power. They coexist along side of  humans, created by God and charged with guiding humans from "perils if their own making".

The book begins with some strange events that happen to the main character, Mia. I liked Mia. She is scarred by the betrayal of her dead husband, but attempting to move on with her life. She is persistent in her pursuit of knowledge and new skills, especially related to the new happenings in her life and she really does grow as a person throughout the book.

Of course, there is a male involved in this.  He is Turen. In his first scene, he is  barely clothed and restrained in a cell.  Even dirty and tied up, he is HOT! He's also smart and sensitive.  He's handy around the house and can create useful items out of junk.  What more could you want in a man?  How about some super powers and a very sexy tattoo?

The first sex scene is steaming! You knew there would be sex.  It is inevitable!  The scene is well written with just enough naughty bits thrown in.  Yummmm.

There actually is a plot in this book.  The author takes advantage of her newly created race and uses them to develop a pretty interesting story line.  I really liked that their "super powers" weren't just the usual ones we have seen before.  This is the first book in a series.  I am anticipating seeing  Mia and Turen in the next book, but I also want to see what happens with the secondary characters in the next book.  They appear to have great potential for more fun plot lines.

I Loved the cover art.  It just added fuel to my imagination as to what Turen looked like.  I also liked that I couldn't see his face.  It left more room for my imagination to create Turen as I wanted him to be.

Things I found confusing.... The monster's created by Xavier.  They just didn't seem to mesh with the rest of the setting and plot line.  I found them to be somewhat distracting and more than a little freaky.  I think they could have been edited out of the book.

The other thing that was never really resolved to my liking was the actual goal of the Guardians. What are they really supposed to be doing to save the humans?  It seemed like they were busy with the plague and other issues within their race, BUT....what were they supposed to be doing?  It is really never explained.  I guess that I need to read the rest of the books in the series to find out!  Now,  I love instant gratification and do not like to wait, so I gave the book 4.5 stars, instead of 5. (Actually, the monsters mentioned above was the real reason.)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Take a peek at "The Carny" coming on July 7th, 2012!

Two people from opposite worlds, one unforgettable kiss. You can't judge a carny by its cover.

The Carny by Brooke Moss
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 7th, 2012
Format: eBook and Paperback
ISBN: Print: 978-0-9851483-1-7
            Ebook: 978-0-9851483-2-4

At a town fair on the coast of Oregon, handsome Native American carny, Vincent Youngblood, bestows an unforgettable kiss on shy, awkward teenager, Charlotte Davenport. Then disappears without another word, leaving her baffled and enamored.
Ten years later, Charlotte is still living in the small fishing town of Astoria, while being trained to--reluctantly--take over for her philandering hotelier father when he retires. After all, who else will do it? Her two perfect sisters are busy being married to their flawless husbands and having cookie cutter children, while Charlotte remains single, childless, and every bit as mousy as she was a decade ago.
As Charlotte struggles to climb out from underneath her judgmental parents thumb, the carnival rolls back into town, and Charlotte finds herself face to face with Vin again. He's back to run his father's carnival, walking away from a promising career in medicine he started in Chicago. Will her biased and judgmental family accept her relationship with a man who is not only a Native American, but works as a carny for a living? And what unsavory secrets bind the well-educated and seemingly superlative Vin to that ramshackle carnival? After all, you can’t judge a carny by its cover.