Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hero of My Heart #BlogHop!

The HERO OF MY HEART hop begins March 31 and lasts until April 10! Make sure you visit all the sites to increase your chances of winning one of the cool prizes below:

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    Saturday, March 30, 2013

    Tour: Interview with Anna Carey, author of Rise

    Thank you for visiting my stop on the Rise blog tour, hosted by the lovely! Enjoy my interview with the author of The Eve Trilogy, Anna Carey, as she talks about her writing style and why she writes for young adults!

    What were your favorite moments while writing the Eve Trilogy?
    There’s no moment like the one when you truly discover the voice of a book. Everything feels like it has (finally!) clicked. It was over three years now that I wrote the first few chapters of the series, and I still remember sitting in the library, writing the scene where Eve and Caleb meet for the first time. It was as if I’d always had the story inside me. It had just been waiting to come out.
    Why did you decide to write for young adults?
    I’ve always wanted to write commercial fiction for women, and I’m now in a place where a thirteen year old or a forty year old woman could enjoy my books. I’m writing for the girl who hasn’t had her first kiss and the woman who’s going through a divorce. The audience is so incredibly broad, and that’s exciting to me. I love reaching so many people.
    How would you describe your writing style?
    Pacey, pacey, pacey. I love to keep the pages flipping, and oftentimes have to force myself to slow down.
    What’s next for you after Rise’s April release?
    I’m working on a new series called Blackbird, though I can’t say much about it just yet. More details soon…
    What would you like to say to readers who have followed the series from the beginning?
    Rise is dedicated to fans of the series, and I truly meant that. Being an author requires long stretches of time alone, sitting in front of a computer, lost in another world. I’m not immune to moments of doubt. Having an inbox full of emails from readers, telling me what they liked, telling me how excited they are for the next book—that kept me going in more challenging times, when the writing didn’t come as easily, or I was wrestling with plot.

    Anna Carey is the author of THE EVE TRILOGY. The first two titles (EVE, ONCE) are now available wherever books are sold, and the series finale, RISE, hits shelves April 2, 2013. She likes miniatures, bacon, subway generated wind, flea markets, chalkboard silhouettes, dance-offs, arnold palmers, bacon, Chinese finger traps, top-of-your-lungs car singing, and bacon. She dislikes pennies, aromatherapy, paper receipts, commercials, and tunafish. For slightly delayed response times, please contact her through this site. For instant gratification, please find her on twitter. @AnnaCareyBooks
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    Friday, March 29, 2013

    Review: The Magpie Bridge by J.A. Huss

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    Raubtier Aves, 039-1, AKA: Tier
    Son of Lucan
    Ranking Officer of the Avian military
    And devoted to Junco, no matter what

    Tier was left with one specific order and he’s not about to screw it up. He might lose all his allies, his brothers, his shot at defeating the High Order, and his own Eternal Salvation - but he’s willing to risk it all to keep one small girl alive.

    Tier reveals his part in the epic tale of The Seven Siblings, spilling secrets and motivations that will leave you breathless and wanting more.
    Destruction, clones, action, prophecy and science-fiction...the I Am Just Junco series has those elements and plenty more. With this novella written in the point of view of serious and commanding Tier, J.A. Huss reminds us that romance is an element of the I Am Just Junco series not to be sidelined.

    The Magpie Bridge is perfect after the uncertain conclusion of Range. The future of the world, Junco's life and everyone surrounding her is just up in the air. This novella opens readers to Tier's thoughts. He provides insight into what's happening and he also gives us what was missing from Range: certain hope, clearer answers and better understanding of Junco's motivations.

    I'm really glad for this novella because it makes it easier to focus on the romantic aspect that has been tagging along in the plot. It's been there, but something about taking a break from the immediate action and life-threatening decisions makes it easier to savor. Tier has such a soft and poetic side that we don't get to see without being filtered from Junco's point of view. He is powerful and fierce but his care for Junco and what she believes in makes him a heartthrob.

    What Tier reveals in The Magpie Bridge will make you rethink this series as a whole. His words will hopefully prepare you for whatever comes next, but they'll definitely move you to think differently about him and the story's progress. Huss hasn't let us down in the entertainment and satisfaction departments and she isn't starting now! I wouldn't skip this quick novella. Not only will it open your eyes to a new side of the story, but it will also tide you over till the next Junco adventure!
    *eARC provided via author in exchange for an honest review*

    I Am Just Junco #4.5
    April 1, 2013, Science Future Press, 80pp, Ebook

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    Thursday, March 28, 2013

    Review: Range by J.A. Huss

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    Two years have passed since Inanna stole Junco away from Lucan. Two years of unimaginable pain. Two years of isolation, mutilation and torture. Two years of fear and loneliness in a morph tank. And that’s not something you just get over, even if you are psycho-assassin, Junco Coot.

    Now Junco has to learn to live with the consequences. Her Siblings are suspicious and angry, half her team is dead, Tier is wreaking death and destruction, Lucan is holding his secrets close, and she is spiraling out of control.

    There is only one partnership that matters anymore – only one person she will trust and take direction from – and only one way out of the Hell she’s been sentenced to.

    Junco is tired of fighting and death. She’s had enough and this time she means to end it – once and for all.
    Once more Junco has woken to find that she is changed. She has been forcefully leveled up to Archer status by the hateful, evil, and apparently real goddess Inanna. Range begins two years from where J.A. Huss left us clutching Flight to our hearts.

    Despite the dangerous missions and life-threatening decisions, the I Am Just Junco series has seemed like smooth sailing. All up until Range, that is. Junco is starting to seriously question her past, present and future. Now that she’s lost so much hope along with loved ones she’s beginning to question who she truly is. The only answers she receives, though, lead her to believe that she’s been betrayed. Within the lies and half-truths readers, like Junco, will question what’s really true and what’s not.

    Junco really lets loose, reckless and kind of scary! Believing that she’s insane causes her to rebel against Lucan and Tier’s orders. I never stopped to wonder at how heavily this series is influenced by military themes until Junco stops leading or following and starts aimlessly wandering around. With no clear answers about anything going on around Junco, it’s hard to even figure out what’s going on in Junco’s head. The fate of the world is in her and the other six siblings’ hands, but it’s so hard to trust that Junco won’t flip out and ruin everything. Somehow, through all the mistrust and unclear paths this story takes, I loved its unpredictability. It wasn’t straight forward, but Huss kept the plot orderly and as logical as possible for our understanding and enjoyment.

    Four novels in and I cannot get enough of Junco! Each novel adds a defining piece of the bigger picture and further dazzle us. Huss is amazing at world-building and I’m amazed at how interesting the I Am Just Junco series continues to become no matter how complex or out of this world it gets!
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    I Am Just Junco #4
    April 1, 2013, Science Future Press, 400pp

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    Review: Flight by J.A. Huss

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    You don’t want to owe that Luck bastard anything. It always asks for something in return.

    There’s a new twist on an old prophecy and this one brings the End of Days. Junco must make a choice – human or avian? Only one race can survive.

    Lucan has secrets and the lies are flowing like a mountain river during spring thaw. But he needs Junco to cooperate just a little bit longer or it all falls apart.

    The Siblings on Earth are waiting for the Seventh to return and pull their clutch together. But Earth has secrets too – secrets that change everything.

    Junco has survived against impossible odds, but the cost of survival is higher than she ever imagined. Luck is about to catch up with Junco Coot and her debt must be paid.

    CONTENT WARNING - You know the drill...this is Junco we're talking about, right? Bad language, no qualms about killing.
    Junco exploded onto the scene in Clutch and she hasn't stopped yet! J.A. Huss brings back her wild, foul-mouthed heroine with another fierce installment in the I Am Just Junco series: Flight. Junco survived the fledge with a devastating victory and found a most shocking way to save her beloved Tier.

    What's interesting about Flight is how much further and deeper we're privy to Junco's childhood. All the stories up to this point have shown us bits and pieces of what led Junco to this point in time, but this time Huss took it a step further. Not only do we see who was involved in her childhood, but we see how the prophecy of the Seven Siblings tied in with how she was raised to be a killer.

    The first novel of the series basically outlined the Seven Siblings prophecy, but honestly I couldn't quite picture what the future of the series held. Huss does and excellent job of clearing up any confusion by adding details and finally moving forward in it's fulfillment. The 039, the team of Avian warriors including Junco and Tier, are leading a mission with rebels on Earth to rescue the other four siblings still in captivity. The discoveries of Flight are shocking, a little creepy, but so perfect for this novel filled to the brim with elements of science-fiction.

    Even with this important mission, that could change the world with its success or failure, Huss manages to combine action and strategy while leaving room for drama and heartbreak. Junco's friendships deepen and separate while new bonds are formed. The end of the novel is probably my favorite part, actually. Not because I was happy the story finally ended, but because it ended with a shocking twist involving Lucan. This mysterious character who stays on the sidelines until very prominent moments, Lucan shows himself as a vital part of readers and Junco finally understanding the prophecy.
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    I Am Just Junco #3
    October 2012, Science Future Press, 370pp, Paperback, ebook

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    Review: Fledge by J.A. Huss

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    Well-trained soldier or genetically engineered monster?

    Junco Coot can’t even remember her trip off Earth; she was too busy being morphed into her new avian body. But reality hits her hard when she wakes up to find her new life is not what she expected. Not even close.

    Tier is on trial for treason, the avian president wants her dead, her new military team is hostile, her body is being taken over by an illicit AI, and her only friend is a ten-year old throwaway boy.

    In most places the avian Fledge ritual would be nothing more than mass murder, but here in the capital city of Amelia, it’s called growing up. Junco has two choices: fight to the death to prove her worth, or get sent back to Earth in the hands of her enemies.

    In a foreign culture and surrounded by people she can’t trust or count on, Junco must find a way to save herself and Tier without losing her immortal soul in the process.

    CONTENT WARNING - Just like CLUTCH, Book Two has lots of bad language and extreme violence. You've been warned. This series is NOT YOUNG ADULT.
    J.A. Huss's I Am Just Junco series continues in a pounding sequel. The storyline is cleaner and it's easier to envision this futuristic world Junco was born into. Fledge expands Junco's character and her world, and the story's plot digs itself deeper into readers' minds.
    Junco is now on the Avian planet Amelia and she is now an Avian herself. While Tier is on trial for treason, she struggles to find a place in her new life. She becomes acquainted with friends of Tier's. Her easy camaraderie with Ashur, Braun, Isten, Arel, Mish, Ryse, Rikan and eventually Lucan the Commander, is refreshing. I love to see this many characters extend such a strong bond with the main character, especially one in need of support like Junco. It's also a plus that Huss was able to make their relationships come about and progress naturally: bonding time, fights, making up...her touch was indeed realistic!

    Fascinating characterization aside, Huss deepens the the whole of the plot. While Fledge seems to take our minds off of the mess Junco and Tier left of Earth, we see that Avian life comes with it's fierce challenges as well. Junco learns she must fight to the death to keep her life and her spot as the '9th' on Tier's team, the 039. She takes the chance, forming bonds with few of the other contenders while balancing new discoveries about Earth's status and Tier's fate. I have to admit that this ordeal showed more layers of Junco, even more than what had been glimpsed in Clutch! I had an easier time of feeling her devastation about the past and present woes, so much easier that I even bawled my eyes out.

    Fortunately, Huss strikes a perfect balance. Whether you laugh, cry or submerse yourself further in Junco's story, you will be unable to tear yourself away from it. Even if the violence makes you wince a little, you will not want it to end because it's so alive with action, emotion and purpose.
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    I Am Just Junco #2
    October 2012, Science Future Press, 388pp, Paperback, ebook

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    Monday, March 25, 2013

    Review: The Sixth Station by Linda Stasi

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    Some say Demiel ben Yusef is the world’s most dangerous terrorist, personally responsible for bombings and riots that have claimed the lives of thousands. Others insist he is a man of peace, a miracle worker, and possibly even the Son of God. His trial in New York City for crimes against humanity attracts scores of protestors, as well as media and religious leaders from around the world.

    Cynical reporter Alessandra Russo heads to the UN hoping for a piece of the action, but soon becomes entangled in controversy and suspicion when ben Yusef singles her out for attention among all other reporters. As Alessandra begins digging into ben Yusef’s past, she is already in more danger than she knows—and when she is falsely accused of murder during her investigation, she is forced to flee New York.

    On the run from unknown enemies, Alessandra finds herself on the trail of a global conspiracy and a story that could shake the world to its foundations. Is Demiel ben Yusef the Second Coming or the Antichrist? The truth may lie in the secret history of the Holy Family, a group of Templars who defied the church, and a mysterious relic stained with the sacred blood of Christ Himself.
    Linda Stasi gives readers food for thought in her chilling mystery. The Sixth Station follows intrepid reporter, Alessandra Russo, as she traverses the world looking for proof that might not exist. Proof that alleged terrorist Demiel ben Yusef is the 'Son of the Son'.

    ben Yusef's many followers believe that he is a second Jesus. When Russo is singled out by him on the opening day of his United Nations Tribunal, she becomes a part of his story. She must find proof that he truly is the man of peace he claims to be. The central idea that Jesus was cloned is pretty out there, and still quite unbelievable by the end of the story. But, Stasi's writing style is impressive and engaging. She doesn't cross the line between embellishing a 'what if' situation and pushing on readers that Jesus could ever be cloned.

    I really loved that The Sixth Station put me right back in European History! The religious conflicts, like between the Templars, Cathars, and the church, that Stasi ties into the story are extremely interesting. Alessandra, with a skeptical nature that forced her to deny every piece of information handed to her, traveled through Turkey, France, and Italy to find the little pieces of the big picture. Each stop brought more insight to readers and Alessandra alike and made getting to the end a lot easier.

    While the story isn't riddled with shocking twists and turns, I found that certain scenes threw chills down my spine. The thrill of the mystery will suck readers in despite the unusual topic. The Sixth Station undeniably shows Statsi's ability to completely captivate her readers!
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    Pub Date: January 2013
    Publisher: Forge Books
    Pages/Format: 368; Hardcover, ebook
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    Friday, March 22, 2013

    Review: A Gathering of Wings by Kate Klimo

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    In A Gathering of Wings, Malora leaves the safety of Mount Kheiron for the bush and the bustling city of the Ka in search of Sky, the stallion who used to lead Malora's herd of horses. Accompanied by her closest friends, Malora is faced with making decisions about her future in new ways.
    Kate Klimo doubles the action and adventure in the sequel to Daughter of the Centaurs! Malora Ironbound, now known as Malora Victorious, has settled into life on Mount Kheiron. The Apex allowed her to choose her hand as a blacksmith and has even given her a permanent residence. A Gathering of Wings sees Malora leaving her new home to hunt the 'Nightmare Demon' that shows her lead horse, Sky, in danger.

    Within a series, the best feature possible is when the author kicks it up a notch with each installment. Klimo does so and more! A Gathering of Wings expands Malora's world as she leaves mount Kheiron for the marketplace in Kahiro. While there she and her centaur friends come across a variety of different hibes along with a lead on Sky's whereabouts. Even strands of mythology are highlighted in the fantasy aspects of the story now that readers are introduced to more intriguing creatures.

    For me, the biggest drawing point for A Gathering of Wings is the burgeoning romance between Malora and the man of her dreams: Lume, the Wonder. It's subtle but Klimo's writing style, which is very expressive, makes it stand out against the fast-paced flow of the story. Lume is one of the few new characters presented, but definitely my favorite next to Malora. He proves himself to be a fierce warrior, angry and with a dry sense of humor. I could fill a page of descriptions for him, but Lume's smooth and protective nature is the most admirable.

    Don't miss the next stage in Malora's journey. A Gathering of Wings is an exciting addition to the Centauriad series and Klimo has truly outdone herself!
    *Review based on ARC*

    Publication Date: May 28, 2013
    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
    Pages/Format: 384; Hardcover, ebook

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    Thursday, March 21, 2013

    Review: Lord of Secrets by Alyssa Everett

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    Lord of Secrets is the story of a young woman, Rosalie Whitwell, who’s spent most of her life sailing the globe with her father. When he suffers a fatal heart attack in the middle of the North Atlantic, she turns in her panic to a fellow passenger–the moody, mysterious Lord Deal.

    Having witnessed his father’s suicide years before, David Linney, Marquess of Deal, has withdrawn from society, living the life of a recluse. Even so, he’s drawn to his pretty shipmate, like him the victim of family tragedy.

    The end of the voyage spurs David to propose. But on their wedding night, Rosalie meets with an unwelcome surprise: her handsome husband is strangely unwilling to consummate the marriage. Is her own lack of allure to blame, or is there some other reason for David’s reluctance? To find the answer, Rosalie must unlock the secret of David’s past.
    Alyssa Everett's Lord of Secrets is a dashing historical romance that surrounds readers with the complex lives of two strong characters. David Linney, Marquess of Deal, stands apart from society. He believes that his neighbors and friends shamed him because of his father's suicide. It's also the secrets he keeps that keep him fearful of letting anyone come too close. Rosalie Whitwell is young, optimistic, and struck with the need to help others. She's a lovely character that pushes so much hope into the lines of the story.

    Rosalie loses her father coming back from their latest travels. Amid the tragedy Rosalie forms a fragile connection to David, the hero who stepped in when Rosalie was shocked by the death of her father and left with few options. Surprisingly, he proposes marriage out of concern for Rosalie's welfare, hoping to remain aloof and in tight reign of his secrets.

    Everett's idea of romance is spectacular. Though the conflicts in Rosalie and David's relationship were internal, the fight for a happily ever after was passionate. I loved that Rosalie never tried to change David, but just tried to do everything she could to make their marriage work. She struggled to be her caring self and fit into David's world, never imagining that she would indeed have such a grand affect on him.

    Lord of Secrets is not completely lovey-dovey, but features very shocking twists that spell ruin for Rosalie and David. The suspense of discovering David's dark secrets make the romance that much sweeter, because through all the drama and emotional distress, readers will come to understand and truly care for these characters. Everett's latest read will hold your heart captive and consume your thoughts!
    *eGalley provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

    Pub Date: March 25, 2013
    Publisher: Carina Press
    Format: ebook
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    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Review: Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston

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    Ever since Mabby died while picking beans in their garden -- with the pock-a-pock of a helicopter overhead -- four-year-old Valley knows what her job is: hide in the underground den with her brother, Bo, while Da is working, because Those People will kill them like coyotes. But now, with Da unexpectedly gone and no home to return to, a teenage Valley (now Valkyrie) and her big brother must bring their message to the outside world -- a not-so-smart place where little boys wear their names on their backpacks and young men don’t pat down strangers before offering a lift. Blythe Woolston infuses her white-knuckle narrative, set in a day-after-tomorrow Montana, with a dark, trenchant humor and a keen psychological eye. Alternating past-present vignettes in prose as tightly wound as the springs of a clock and as masterfully plotted as a game of chess, she ratchets up the pacing right to the final, explosive end.

    A teenage girl. A survivalist childhood. And now a bomb strapped to her chest. See the world through her eyes in this harrowing and deeply affecting literary thriller.
    How often do we want to admit that our heroes or heroines are the bad guys? It's always been a struggle for me to view the main character as the one in the wrong or the one with any faults at all. Blythe Woolston really increases that struggle as she tells Valkyrie White's thrilling story. Black Helicopters chronicles what brings Valley to this present day with revenge on the forefront of her mind and a bomb strapped to her chest.

    Black Helicopters is considered a literary thriller, mostly because it makes you think about Valley's upbringing and why she makes some of the choices she makes. Her father trained her and her brother, Bo, the ways of life through chess and he taught them how to survive. It's easy to see that their father wasn't a man living an honest life because of all the secrecy and paranoia. Their hiding from the black helicopters actually seemed a very small part of the novel, but it set the foundation for the story's tone: dark and devastating.

    One thing that I wish this story had was more depth into supporting characters. There weren't many scenes about Valley's brother Bo or Mabby. Sometimes it feels like the story is missing some filling, that information that could provide answers to those many unanswered questions  readers will likely have by the end of the book. However, final thoughts about Valkyrie and what happens to her can be inferred from Woolston's writing, which is moving and dramatic.

    Woolston keeps you on your toes in Black Helicopters. You never know what you'll find out about Valley's life or what might happen next in her story. It's a novel definitely worth reading and afterwards you'll want to explore some of Woolston's other works!
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    Publication Date: March 26, 2013
    Publisher: Candlewick Press
    Pages/Format: 176; Hardcover, ebook, audio
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    Monday, March 18, 2013

    Cover Reveal: Eye of the Soul by Terri Rochenski

    Eye of the Soul

    Pool of Souls #1
    by Terri Rochenski
    Release Date: October 7, 2013
    Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing 

    That should be Hyla’s first thought as her people are chained and imprisoned for no imaginable reason.

    Instead, Hyla finds herself traveling through a land void of Natives, with human soldiers pillaging in desperate pursuit of her, and in search of the mystical Pool of Souls—home to the one man who can save her people.

    Or so she believes.

    Led by her faith in the deity Fadir, Hyla is met along her journey by Jadon—a human male and fierce King’s warrior, and his childhood best friend Conlin—one of the few Natives aware of his Fadir-given Talents.

    Protected by Jadon, guided by Conlin, and with an unfailing belief in the purpose of her pilgrimage, Hyla carries on.

    Like her, though, another searches for the Pool, and should he gain access first, everyone she loves, and everything she knows, could be lost.

    Make sure you add this baby on GOODREADS!!

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    The Night Creatures Cover Reveal w/ Jarek Kubicki

    Marianne de Pierres is having another cover reveal for her Night Creatures series!

    Marianne is working with artist Jarek Kubicki (check him out here: to bring international readers covers similar to the original Australian covers, but with a few differences in the titles and quotes!

    And finally, here are the new international covers:

    Enticing? Add them to Goodreads and look out for more info on the official release on Amazon!

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    Sunday, March 17, 2013

    Review: Tactical Strike by Kaylea Cross

    Gunship pilot Captain Candace Bradford has worked long and hard to earn her rank and position within the male-dominated world of Air Force Special Operations. She's not about to let anything or anyone jeopardize that, let alone one sinfully tempting man who seems determined to cause her nothing but trouble. Even if she's starting to fall for him.

    As an elite Combat Controller, Staff Sergeant Ryan Wentworth is used to overcoming adversity in order to complete a mission. Breaking through Candace's prickly exterior and into her heart is a challenge he can't let go. But just when he's begun to gain her trust, they're thrown together in the field facing an overwhelming enemy force.

    Candace and Ryan find themselves on the run, searching the skies for an emergency extraction. But one dangerous enemy has an agenda in mind and he'll use whatever means necessary to achieve it, including using American forces to do his dirty work...
    Kaylea Cross's Tactical Strike is a suspenseful romance that puts readers in the thick of military warfare. The second novel of the Bagram Special Ops series can probably be read without reading it's prequel, Deadly Descent. Tactical Strike focuses on Captain Candace "Ace" Bradford and Sergeant Ryan Wenworth.

    Cross is an excellent writer. Her attention to detail and the ability to make you feel like you're climbing a mountain during a blizzard, in the middle of battle, is done precisely so. The romance seems to fall behind the action, which isn't necessarily a negative element, but if you're not really fascinated by the war experience it'll make the story drag a little.

    The characters like Candace and Ryan are the kind you'd want to have your back when you're in a tight spot, loyal and dependable. At times Cross alludes to both characters having some kind of history in their lives that shaped their present attitudes, but I don't recall them ever explicitly talking about their pasts. Sure there were some statements that explained why Candace held herself apart from Ryan and why she was such a stickler for the rules, but I still felt like the story missed some pertinent personal information.

    Tactical Strike is a great novel to start with if you've never read military romance. The romance may not be extraordinarily different from what any romance reader is used to, but the military aspects that Cross uses to build the plot will open up the possibility of a new favorite genre.
    *eGalley provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

    Pub Date: March 11, 2013
    Publisher: Carina Press
    Pages/Format: 214, ebook, audio

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    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    The Night Creatures Series + Yunyu, Her Royal Madness

    Yunyu is an Australian morbid pop musician who's written a song just for Marianne de Pierres' Night Creatures Series! I've posted a special message below from her royal madness, herself. Check it out and see how you can get a free MP3!

    Dear Baby Bats,

    Hi, I am Yunyu. Like you, I've enjoyed traversing the dark landscapes of Marianne's world of Night Creatures and Angel Arias was written as a Siren call for the world of Ixion (In our world you may call it a tourist ad J )

    The best bit about creating the song Angel Arias was the amount of creative freedom that was allowed (Marianne is very cool like that!). So I made a tune that was sort of Middle Eastern meets Euro Rave (Grave sounded like that sort of place in my head!) Here’s a sneak peek

    So there it be!

    I've also created an ongoing series of songs made of twisted fairy tales called TWISTED TALES. The songs can be heard here:

    Feel free to subscribe to the mailing list for future updates as well. Signups include a FREE MP3 as well.

    Enjoy! Till we meet again Baby Bats!

    Your Royal Madness


    Watch the video for Angel Arias by Yunyu!

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    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    Review: Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

    Pretty girl
    13 when she
    went missing

    to her family
    to her friends
    to the world

    but still missing
    her self

    In Liz Coley's alarming and fascinating psychological mystery, sixteen-year-old Angie Chapman must piece together the story of her kidnapping and abuse. Pretty Girl-13 is a disturbing—and ultimately empowering—page-turner about accepting our whole selves, and the healing power of courage, hope, and love.
    Liz Coley explores a dark and fascinating aspect of the mind in Pretty Girl-13. Angie Chapman, taken from camp at 13 years old, returns home without memory of the three years she was gone. It's more than amnesia created from trauma that causes her to not remember a single thing about her kidnapping and captor, or what she had been forced to endure. Angie's mind holds multiple personalities that throw themselves in Angie's life when it gets too hard for her to handle on her own.

    Pretty Girl-13 brought to mind Ellen Hopkins' dramatic verse novel, Identical, and April Henry's suspenseful thriller, Girl, Stolen. The psychological elements and tragic tales are complex and intriguing enough to keep readers glued to the pages! Angie herself wasn't such a spectacular character, but her story is worth the read. Having traumatic memories locked away in a mind and not able to access them is such a mind-blowing ability that Coley writes about with natural aplomb.

    Suspense not only lies with revealing the truth of Angie's experience, but what will happen when the truth is finally out. The portrayal of Angie dealing with her experience wasn't an emotionally wringing experience for readers, but it will unquestionably capture the attention of empathetic souls. The mystery and haunting air of Pretty Girl-13 is too hard to ignore and Liz Coley is an exceptional writer!
    *ARC provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review*

    Pub Date: March 19, 2013
    Pages/Format: 352; Hardcover, ebook, audio

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