Old Dog, New Tricks (Black Dog Book 4) by Hailey Edwards

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 Old Dog, New Tricks (Black Dog Book 4) by Hailey Edwards by Hailey Edwards

**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

5 stars!

Now that Marshal Thierry Thackeray and daddy dearest Macsen, aka The Black Dog, have been reunited, Thierry’s life consists of practicing fighting and having her dad bunk on her couch.  That doesn’t leave much time for her and her hot incubus boyfriend Marshal Jackson “Shaw” to spend some quality time together.  Add all of that together with the fact that Thierry just found out that her mom and Mac are “back together”, she is feeling mighty frustrated with life right now.  So when Shaw goes missing, Thierry knows exactly where to look and who to ask – her “husband” Rook, the Unseelie Prince who tricked her into a marriage so he could take over the throne once she when back to the human realm.  But when Thierry and Mac travel back to Faerie, Rook and Shaw are nowhere to be seen.  In fact, word around is that Rook disappeared when the Morrigan overtook the throne from his temporary ruling.

Figuring that the only way to truly help Faerie is to destroy the six tethers allowing the Faerie inhabitants to travel between the two worlds – as well as the Morrigan to escape into the human world and have an endless human buffet at her fingertips.  But it is not an easy feat – Thierry and Mac will have many obstacles, as the tethers are all over Faerie in the different seasons.  They know that Morrigan will not let the tethers go without a fight.  As they go about the difficult task of destroying the remaining bridges back to the human realm and trying to save Shaw, Thierry begins to wonder if happily ever after is even a possibility for her.

I must say that I really enjoyed watching Thierry through her journey over the last four books – with exception of the first book, I really loved seeing how her life fell into place – good or bad (no spoilers here!).  She was in a strange place being a unique being – half human, half faerie, but she really was able to find her place in the world.  From Mac, to her mom, Shaw to Rook – Thierry had a lot on her plate and Ms. Edwards was really able to convey a very real young lady with real problems and real feelings.  This book was a terrific ending to a great series, even if I am sad to see Thierry go!

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Synopsis
He thought he left the battlefield
behind.
Logan Stone should be happy. More than
happy, in fact. He’s Sutton Capital’s newest executive, working side-by-side
with Samantha Page, the sexy, brilliant woman of his dreams. He’s no longer
overseas in the line of fire, fighting alongside his brothers-in-arms as a Navy
SEAL, but Logan is fighting a different kind of battle. One no one realizes
he’s in. While he was focused on managing his PTSD, something much more
sinister enters his world and he must battle to save Samantha’s life and their
growing love.
With all the heart stopping action and
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Excerpt:

“You know I like you, right?” Okaaaaay.  Not exactly what Logan expected to hear from Chad Thompson, head of Sutton Capital Security and Jack’s best friend and cousin.  Logan glanced over at the big man standing next to him and frowned. They’d gotten to know each other over the past few months, since Chad and Zach were friends, but he had no interest in talking about Chad’s feelings. And, Chad hadn’t really struck him as the touchy feely type.  The man had been an Army Ranger and he was built like a tank. He didn’t scream big giant teddy-bear.  “Uh, sure.”  Logan took a step to the side, inching away from Chad. There was an odd glint to the man’s eyes.  “I’m just saying, I like you,” Chad said and then let his gaze move to where Logan’s had been moments before. Across the room, Sam stood talking to some of the other women who worked at Sutton. “But, it needs to be said, if you mess with Sam, I won’t hesitate to implement a few of the more interesting techniques for dismembering bodies I’ve got tucked away.”  Andrew Weston, Sutton Capital’s Chief Financial Officer, and the third in the trio of best friends who ran Sutton and owned the majority of its shares, sidled up on the other side of Logan. He sipped what looked to be whiskey or bourbon of some kind from a glass.  “Here, here,” he said quietly, raising his glass in a toast.  Logan rolled his eyes.  “It’s not that I don’t appreciate the sentiment, gentlemen, and let me assure you, I have no intention of messing with her, but please. Don’t delude yourselves into thinking you can take me. Need I remind you of the fact that you’ve been out of the action for, what, ten years Chad?”  Logan had to admit, the conversation might have turned a tad juvenile after that, with he and Chad throwing insults at one another under their breath. Andrew cheered one side or the other on as the mood seemed to strike him. It didn’t have to be said that Logan had heard the warning and respected it. They loved Sam like a kid sister. Logan might be unreasonably attracted to her, but he was very well aware that his head was in the wrong damn place to be starting anything with a woman. Especially a woman like Sam. One who mattered. Given the fact that he wasn’t even sure he should be walking around civilized people instead of locked up in a hospital somewhere talking about his feelings, he wasn’t relationship material.  Jack joined the men where they stood still debating the training and prowess of the SEALs teams versus that of the Army Rangers. All three men laughed when Jack opened with: “So, Logan, you know I like you right?” as his eyes cut across the room to Sam.

Logan shook his head. “Yeah, yeah. I got it. You’ll kill me in new and interesting ways. We’ve covered it. Chad’s most recent plan includes filleting me from head to toe and Andrew has promised to bring salt to the party.”  “Hey, I said salt and margaritas,” Andrew said with a grin.  Jack laughed. “I thought we’d take you out on the boat, chum the waters, and see if a SEAL could swim faster than a shark.”  Logan had to grin at the creativity of the men who stood laughing around him. He saw Sam glance toward their group and his smile stilled. What the hell. He might as well be honest with these guys and let them know they had nothing to worry about.  “Listen, Samantha Page may very well be one of the sexiest creatures to walk the earth, but I’m not planning on dating her. You guys don’t have to—”  And, that’s where he broke off, because he’d just watched Sam’s eyes go wide and round with surprise, as though she’d understood every word he’d said. Every damn word.  “Jack. Would Samantha by any chance happen to read lips?” Logan didn’t take his eyes off Sam as he asked the question, and she seemed to choke on her drink as he asked the question.  Jack could hardly speak and Andrew and Chad seemed to be completely useless as they laughed at his blunder.  “Sure does,” Jack finally said as Logan continued to stare at a now red Sam across the room.  “Why do you think she sits in on every negotiation I go to? Real handy trick.”  Of course it is.

About the Author
Lori Ryan is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who
writes contemporary romance with a twist of suspense. Her books range
from sweetheart to steamy in heat level. Lori published her first novel
in April of 2013 and has fallen in love with writing. She is the
author of the Sutton Capital Series; the Evers, Texas Series; and the
Triple Play Curse Novellas, a set of novellas with sexy baseball players
at their core as part of Bella Andre’s Game For Love Kindle World.She
lives with an extremely understanding husband, two wonderful children
(with another on the way!), two mostly well-behaved dogs, and a lone
little cat in Austin, Texas. It’s a bit of a zoo, but she wouldn’t
change a thing. She loves to connect with her readers. Follow her on
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Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon

Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon

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**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

5 stars

How far would you go to preserve your reputation…?  Faced with a difficult predicament of being “un-dateable” due to her overprotective older brothers, high school junior Haley Patterson is in a complicated position.  Her twin brothers that are seniors at her school, and they look after her like a hawk – which means no boy will get within 10 feet of her as they are all too scared of her brothers.  But when an opportunity presents itself with the very popular and gorgeous bad-boy Bryce Colton, being a smart girl, Haley jumps at the chance to show her brothers that they’ve met their match and show other guys that she is completely dateable, despite her overbearing brothers.  So she blackmails Bryce into being her “boyfriend” for a period of three weeks.

At first, neither can stand the other and their acting skills are put to the test, but as they spend more time together they start to learn things about each other.  But as Bryce’s hoity-toity family is not great at showing emotions, he doesn’t know the first thing about acting like her really cares for Haley – like he’s in a real and meaningful relationship.  Seeing Haley interact with her family breaks down some of Bryce’s barriers, but when more poop hits the proverbial fan within his family, he starts pulling away and reverting back to his post-blackmail boyfriend ways…but is it a defense mechanism that he’s learned to put up when things get difficult, or is he really starting to feel things for Haley and it’s scary the heck out of him?   The real question is will either of them come away unscathed, or will they find a way to become something worth holding onto?

First of all, I’d like to say I can’t get enough of Ms. Cannon’s great writing!  She finds her way into your heart with her writing and leaves you with characters that you’d love to meet and befriend in real life.  Her characters seem to jump off the page and make you feel like you are a part of their world.  Haley, Bryce, and their friends are no exception – their ups and downs leapt into your hearts and brought a smile to your face.  This was yet another refreshing and clean story that is great for teens and adults alike!

Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire Book 2) by Sherry D. Ficklin

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Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire Book 2) by Sherry D. Ficklin

**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

4 stars!

With power and societal position, comes heartache and pain. No one knows that better than Sophie, or as she is now known, Catherine The Great. When she became The Grand Duchess of Russia, she never imagined how much she could change in the short time since she married the Empress of Russia’s nephew Peter. Her every move is controlled and contained – not allowed to dress or eat without the assistance of her maids, but she’s also under the thumb of the powerful and oppressive Empress of Russia – who’s heart has become hardened to love and feeling. Catherine’s goal now is to bear a child who is to be the heir to the throne – but seeing as Peter has not so much as touched her since their nuptials; it’s making it difficult for Catherine to proceed with her intended purpose. Especially has Peter is more inclined to spend his time with his mistress Elizzavetta. But Catherine has a secret weapon in her pocket, in the form of her beloved Sergi. As Catherine slips deeper and deeper into the monarchy and comes to see what being a royal is all about, the only thing that keeps her feet rooted in the palace is the knowledge that by doing so, she has the ability to make some real changes – but with family such as Catherine’s, who needs enemies?

I LOVE how Ms. Ficklin is able to so seamlessly mesh the true history of Catherine The Great, but still add in saucy details that feel so real, even if they are from Ms. Ficklin’s imagination. The strength that Catherine exhibits should be mirrored by young girls today – even though she had no one, she had everyone right where she wanted them; poised to strike when the opportunity arose. A terrific combination of brains and beauty, Catherine’s story has surely never been told with such creativity and power has it does through Ms. Ficklin’s words. I am looking forward to September to see how Catherine brings the Russian Empire to its knees!

Katie McGarry’s NOWHERE BUT HERE – Release Week Blitz

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Katie McGarry’s NOWHERE BUT HERE! NOWHERE BUT HERE is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance and is a part of Katie McGarry’sThunder Road Series, published by Harlequin Teen. Grab your copy today!!

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About NOWHERE BUT HERE:

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

 

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Katie McGarry Author PhotoAbout Katie McGarry:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

 

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NOWHERE BUT HERE Excerpt:

From Oz’s Point of View. Set up: Emily has been separated from her parents and after a long night of worrying, her emotions and exhaustion catch up to her and it causes Oz to have his first fluttering of emotion for Emily. 

WIND BLOWS IN FROM THE NORTH AND A FEW pieces of Emily’s dark hair sweep across her face. One min­ute Emily’s a bright flame, then a gust snuffs out her light. Her body sways like a top at the tail end of a spin and I lunge forward.

Emily’s knees give out and her eyes roll back into her head. I catch her inches before she crashes onto the porch. She’s light as I swing her into my arms and her head circles onto my shoulder, reminding me of one of those rag dolls Violet used to play with when we were kids.

“Emily!” Eli’s on top of me, attempting to yank her out of my arms. “Open your eyes.”

Her eyelids flutter, but remain closed as her hand limply clutches my shirt. Eli rams his arms underneath mine and he makes Emily a rope in a tug-of-war. I should let her go. I should want to let her go, but then Emily goes and screws it up for me. “Oz.”

It was a damn whisper, but I heard my name on her lips and so did Eli. His eyes flash to mine and Cyrus’s words repeat in my mind. That girl trusts you. And screw us both for that.

“She’s exhausted,” I say. “Hasn’t slept at all tonight.”

Eli’s expression hardens as he glares at me. I’ve seen Eli throw a coma-inducing punch for less defiance and I readjust the sleeping girl in my arms. A reminder if he decks me now, he’ll be putting his daughter at risk.

Temporarily surrendering, Eli cups Emily’s face in his hands and angles her toward him. “Emily, please open your eyes.”

She does. It’s barely a crack and they’re completely glazed.

“Everything’s going to be okay,” Eli affirms.

“I want my mom and dad,” she mumbles.

“You’ll see them tomorrow.” Eli pushes a strand of hair from her cheek. “You’re safe here. I promise.”

She rejects Eli by curling into me. Her head fits perfectly in the crook of my neck and I loathe the wave of protective­ness that rumbles through my body. Emily’s fingers tighten their grip near my shoulders and the impulse is to shield her from the guys gawking at this intimate scene. Yeah, this is club business, but Emily never asked for any of this.

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Reckless by Kimberly Kincaid Cover Reveal

Tasty Book Tours is THRILLED to Reveal the cover for Book One in the upcoming Rescue Squad Series by Kimberly Kincaid…..RECKLESS

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Rescue Squad #1
Kimberly Kincaid
Releasing Jan 26th, 2016
Zebra, Kensington Books

SOMEONE’S BOUND TO GET
BURNED…
Zoe Westin may be a fire
captain’s daughter, but feeding the people in her hometown of Fairview is her
number one priority. Running a soup kitchen is also the perfect way to prove to
her dad that helping people doesn’t always mean risking life and limb. But when
she’s saddled with a gorgeous firefighter doing community service after yet
another daredevil stunt, the kitchen has never been so hot.
Alex Donovan thrives on
adrenaline, and stirring a pot of soup doesn’t exactly qualify. He’s not an
expert at following the rules either, not even when they come from the
stubborn, sexy daughter of the man who’s not only his boss, but his mentor.
Determined to show Zoe that not every risk ends in catastrophe, Alex challenges
her both in the kitchen and out. One reckless step leads to another, but will
falling for each other be a risk worth taking, or will it just get them burned?
 
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TASTE
, A Pine Mountain Novella on May 26th, 2015. Kensington Books
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A little home improvement can go a
long way…
 
Jesse
Oliver was a medic in Afghanistan, but back home in Pine Mountain he’s happy to
switch gears as the Double Shot bar’s new sous chef. When his apartment floods
and his old Army buddy offers the family’s dilapidated lake house as temporary
quarters, Jesse thinks a little remodeling on the creaky duplex sounds like a
fair return favor. That’s before he sets eyes on the gorgeous woman moving into
the other side of the cabin—and discovers she’s his buddy’s kid sister, a.k.a
totally off limits.
 
Kat
McMarrin has fought hard for her space, and she’s not too interested in sharing
it. Of course, her job as a physical therapist means she won’t see much of
Jesse, even if he’s a few thin floorboards away—unless she seeks him out. And
with his sculpted body and slow-burn gaze, she might be tempted. Maybe the
fixer-upper projects she has planned for the cabin will keep her mind off him.
Or maybe her instincts to strip the place down will get out of hand…
 
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she’s not sitting crosslegged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather
Bomber,” she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up
anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose
in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and
writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She resides in northern Virginia with
her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.
 
 
 

The Ruins by TH Hernandez cover reveal

The Ruins by TH Hernandez cover reveal

We’re having a cover reveal for TH Hernandez’s The Ruins! We are so excited about this new dystopian YA from TH, and today, in addition to the cover, TH is sharing an exclusive excerpt with us!! Check it all out!! :)

The Ruins (The Union Series _2) by T.H. Hernandez

Title: The Ruins

Author: T.H. Hernandez

Release Day: June 16, 2015

Synopsis

Heartbroken, grief-stricken, and wracked with guilt, seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor returned to the Union, leaving behind the boy she loved.

Now, she and her friends must find a way to do the impossible – warn the citizens of the Union about an impending rebel attack without alerting the government and risking retaliation against her friends in the Ruins.

When every move Evan makes is thwarted, it soon becomes clear she’s being watched. Faced with a daily fight to stay one step ahead of her pursuers, she returns to the Ruins. But life in the Ruins has its own dangers, and soon she’s fighting a different battle – to stay alive long enough to discover the truth.

THE RUINS is the second book in THE UNION series, a young adult romantic adventure set in the near future.

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Author Bio:

Author T.H. HernandezWhen not visiting the imaginary worlds inside my head, I live in San Diego, California, with one husband, three children, two cats, and one dog. In addition to my day job as a technical writer and editor, I write young adult fiction. I love the intensity of teen emotions and the way they’re still figuring out life. When I’m not writing, you can find me with my nose in a book, hanging out with family and friends, hiking, or knitting. I’m obsessed with Facebook, young adult novels, bad lip reading videos, pumpkin spice lattes, microbrewed beers, and the San Diego Chargers.

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Exclusive Excerpt:

Lisa opens the door still in her pajama pants and a tank top. Jack’s behind her in nothing but a pair of sweatpants. I raise an eyebrow in silent judgment. How could she have Jack spend the night with Colin here?

“Where’s Colin?” she asks, looking past me.

“What do you mean, where’s Colin? Isn’t he here?”

“No. He never came home last night. I thought he was with you.”

“You were with me.”

“No, I mean after we separated. I figured he showed up at your place.” Her cheeks turn bright red.

“You’ve got to be kidding me.” My hands ball into fists of anger at my sides. “You can’t really be that…” I bite off the words. It’s not my place to share how Colin feels about her.

“He probably left with one of those girls we saw him with,” she says.

I push into her apartment and find Colin’s duffel bag on the floor where it’s been since he began camping out on her couch last week. “So, he just blew off his train?”

“Maybe,” she shrugs.

“Not likely,” I say, stalking back outside, unease gnawing through my stomach. If all this other shit wasn’t going on, I could chalk it up to Colin getting laid, but I can’t shake the feeling something isn’t right. I’m halfway to Bryce’s before I realize that’s where I’m headed. Hopefully he takes me seriously.

My fast walk turns into a jog as I cover the remaining three blocks and two flights of stairs down to the apartment he shares with Jack. I’ve only been here once before, but I think I remember which one it is. I lift my hand and knock on the pale blue door then pace the small empty concrete porch. Thirty seconds pass before I knock again, louder and longer this time. Still no answer. I’m beginning to think he’s not here when the lock clicks and the door cracks open.

Bryce swings the door wider, and my eyes zero in on a bare chest. My gaze drifts from his firm abs and pecs up to meet a pair of gray eyes, squinted against the morning light. Confusion fills his features as he stares at me.

“Colin didn’t come home last night,” I blurt out, my voice breaking.

His gaze rests on my face for a moment before circling the room, reminding me we’re being monitored. “I’m sure he’s fine, but let me get dressed, and we’ll look for him.”

Stepping inside, I close the door and bounce on the balls of my feet while I wait for him. The place is decorated in neo-classic guy. A fireplace and hearth runs the length of the front of the apartment, and opposite that is a solid glass wall overlooking a weedy, overgrown garden. The limited furniture is a jumble of chairs, a couch, and a couple of mismatched tables littered with empty beer bottles.

Bryce dresses in record time and takes my hand, pulling me outside. He leads the way to the depot to catch a train back to the nightclub. “I want to retrace his steps after we left,” he says. “He might’ve just found some company for the evening.”

“That’s what Lisa said, but I think there’s more to it.”

“It’s no secret how he feels about Lisa. He might’ve just wanted to get away for the night.”

“But his bag is still at her place. He would’ve had to come get it before catching his train.”

The nightclub is deserted with the exception of a handful of staff still cleaning up. Bryce walks up to a lanky guy pushing a broom. “Can I talk to the manager?”

A woman in her mid-thirties approaches us a few minutes later, wiping her hands on an apron. She sweeps a chunk of blond hair out of her face with the back of her wrist. “Can I help you?”

“Yeah, I’m Detective Cooper,” Bryce says, flashing his credentials. “We’re looking for a friend. He was here with us last night, but we’re not sure what happened to him.”

She glances between me and Bryce. “Did something happen to him?”

“That’s what we’re trying to find out. Can we take a look at the security feed from last night?”

“Sure,” she says, inclining her head. “Come on back.”

We follow her past the bar and into a small office beyond the kitchen. “Here,” she says, indicating a chair in front of a display screen.

Bryce sits and she shows him how to move through the video files. Bryce locates the one time-stamped from when we were here and forwards through frame-by-frame. I see us leaving for the night and Colin dancing with the girls, getting another drink, dancing some more, then about an hour later, Colin walks toward the exit alone. A guy in a sweatshirt, hood pulled up, hands shoved into his jeans pockets, approaches Colin. They appear to exchange words. Colin nods before following the guy out the front door.

“What the hell?” I ask. “Who was that guy?” Terror sweeps through me, turning my blood to ice. “And where the hell is Colin?”

“I don’t know,” Bryce says, reaching over to squeeze my hand. “But we’ll find him, I promise.”

About the Cover Designer:

Illustrator Mark SgarbossaMark Sgarbossa is an award-winning artist from San Diego, California. A partial list of his clients include Jason Mraz, Target Stores, Tony Hawk, Franz Ferdinand, Major League Baseball, San Diego State University, Snowboarder Magazine, 3 Doors Down, and AC/DC.

In addition to art, Mark is a talented musician. He played rhythm guitar and sang vocals in the indie band The Shirlies as well as playing synth and singing in the live electro duo ROTATOR.

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Into the Dark #2: The Eternity Key by Bree Despain

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Into the Dark #2: The Eternity Key by Bree Despain

**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**

4 solid stars!

 When Haden Lord chose love and honor over duty – he chose to spare the life of Daphne Raines, who is unlike and Boon, or prize the Champion of the Underworld, has every attempted to claim until now.  She is the Cypher – the only person that can find and retrieve the Key of Hades.  It is supposed to be used by the Underworld to create a literal Hell on earth, allowing the soul sucking Keres behind to terrorize everyone.

So along with his ½ brother Garrick, his best friend Dax, as well as Daphne, her estranged father Joe, her best friend Tobin, and her enemy turned friend Lexie, they will embark on a mission to lock the gates of the Underworld for good.  But what will be the cost…Daphne’s literal heart and soul, Haden’s love for Daphne, or something worse…?  Together, they will attempt the impossible or fail and succumb to the plans of the Underworld and Haden’s father?

 Let me start by saying I was SO excited to see this book available as an ARC – I loved the first book, and was not (too) disappointed with this next chapter in Daphne and Haden’s lives.  I thought the twist at the end was just wicked and wonderful, but somewhere in the middle I have to admit I got a little tripped up and confused in some of the middle parts with the explanation of Persephone and Orpheus and their story – I loved getting the history, but some parts were harder to understand than others.  I thought that the drawn out sparks between Daphne and Haden were great…they’d be just on the brink, and be pulled back – over and over again!  There were so many twists and turns just within the last few chapters and the cliffhanger…you’ll want to get through the Underworld yourself, just to get some answers!  Loving it – can’t wait to see what happens next!

Unforgiven: A Soulkeepers Novel (The Soulkeepers Book 3) by Lori Adams

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Unforgiven: A Soulkeepers Novel (The Soulkeepers Book 3) by Lori Adams

**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

5+ stars!

 When Sophia St. James drove into the town of Haven Hurst, Connecticut for the first time, she knows that she is meant for something bigger.  Of course, seeing an otherwise invisible Michael Patronus and his family tending to people on a spiritual level that have been involved in a car crash, that helped push her over the precipice of believing in the unbelievable.   Now, she is a Spirit Walker, in a secret love with Michael – who is a Guardian turned Halo warrior, and she’s also in a whole heap of trouble.  To concentrate on her Spirit Walker training, Sophia found an ancient spell that could split herself in two, or create a twin of sorts, whom she refers to as Ka.  The only problem is that the Demon Knight Dante Dannoso has managed to convince Ka, who he thinks in the real Sophia, to descend into Hell with him – which he revels in bringing what he believes is an unawakened Spirit Walker to Hell where they can use her powerful Chelsea Light for evil instead of good.  In the meantime, the real Sophia feels the moment when her other half descends…her soul Taken to the depths of Hell.  In a moment, Sophia feels everything she’s worked for breaking apart – she is forced to lie to Michael and his family, her Ascended Master Rama, and her father.  Seeing as Rama was a part of her soul splitting trick, he guesses at what has happened, but she is still left in a seemingly impossible situation – needing to go into Hell to collect Ka and her soul, but having no way to do it without facing certain death.  When the truth is a life or death decision, and people you thought you could trust turn out to be someone else all together – will love be enough to put Sophia back together?

I am in true awe of Ms. Adams and The Soulkeepers book series.  Some may think it just another “angels and demons” story, but it so much more!  It’s about loving and trusting, living and being content…most of all, it’s about the power of true love what can be accomplished is only you believe in it.  Seeing all the rise and falls between every single relationship in the story was amazing and complex – they change so often, sometimes I had to stop in admiration of how Ms. Adams was able to direct so many emotions in so many directions in so few pages.  Her talent for writing about the true meaning of love – willing to risk your own life to save those you love – really shows true and hits the mark.  This was an amazing end to an amazing series – I’m sad to see the end, but so pleased to have gotten to be on this awesome roller coaster of a series.

Don’t forget to check out the Blog Tour post from yesterday HERE!  There’s a Rafflecopter giveaway and interview with Ms. Adams.