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

Queen of Tomorrow

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

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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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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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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

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

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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A little home improvement can go a
long way…
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.
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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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


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 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.”

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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


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.

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Lie Down with Dogs (Black Dog Book 3) by Hailey Edwards

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Lie Down with Dogs (Black Dog Book 3) by Hailey Edwards

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5 stars!

Princess Thierry Thackeray of the House Unseelie…unwanted title number one; wife to Rook, son of the Morrigan, who is Unseelie royalty…unwanted title number two.  When Thierry was allowed one year worth of leave before taking up her role as Queen of Faerie, she intended to live life to its fullest – enjoying her job, time with her best-friend Mai, and mending things with her mother…and then there’s Shaw, her incubus ex-boyfriend who is also a marshal.  When Thierry gets suspended from her job for two weeks due to “unnecessarily endangering herself” as the Unseelie princess – one of the conditions she agreed to when returning to her job was that she’d run all of her field work through the magistrates before accepting them – she and Mai decide to get away for some girls time in Daytona Beach.  The only problem is that since Shaw can only “feed” from Thierry, she can’t leave him alone for long.  So Shaw decides to look into his sister in-law’s cold case – she disappeared one day ten years ago and until recently, no one has heard from her since.  But there has been a lead that Shaw has wanted to follow up on – a sighting – that of course puts him in Florida also.

Excited about her adventure with Mai, the girls sets off toward some beach time – but not without Diode, the giant cat that helped her survive in Faerie, and her two Unseelie guards that she un-fondly nicknames Righty and Lefty as she can’t keep their names straight.  Shaw takes up his place an hour away in Orlando, looking into the lead on his sister in-law, but is keeping tabs on her too.  But when their vacations takes a turn for the weird (par for the course for poor Thierry) and she senses an Ancient – an extremely old Faerie with very strong magic – at the hotel they are staying at.  So when Mai is drugged, Thierry is fearful for her friend and insists they move from Daytona to Orlando – where Shaw is staying – for all of their safety.  But Mai’s father insists she leaves to rest and recuperate, it leaves Thierry and Shaw (along with the ever-faithful guards and big cat Diode) to go back to Daytona to continue investigating the Ancient.  Upon their investigation, Thierry uncovers a greater evil that any of them could even imagine and evil so great, that it could mean the end of Thierry for good this time.  Can she bide her time and survive this great evil, or will she give in to a mastermind fae capable of so much malevolence, even she can’t beat it alone.

WOW – this was the best book yet in the series!  I was so intrigued by the ever-changing relationship between Shaw and Thierry.  There were so many twist and turns between them, and the way a simple uncertainty can become a gaping hole that rips and tears at something as beautiful as a love between two people – no matter their differences or doubts about themselves.  Thierry didn’t show as much strength in this book as the others, but Shaw made up for it in his hidden devotion and feelings for her.  I wanted to know more and see more of the relationship development – but was left craving more until the very last page with more uncertainty hiding behind the unwritten pages of the next book.  I am so excited about this series and can hardly wait to sink my “claws” into it!

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


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Unforgiven (The Soulkeepers Book # 3) By: Lori Adams



Otherworldly desire and paranormal action reach new heights in the final installment of The Soulkeepers. As Sophia St. James moves Heaven and Hell to claim her destiny, questions are answered, secrets are revealed—and immortal love is tested.

After finally becoming a powerful Spirit Walker, Sophia St. James is shocked to discover that her conjured identical twin, Ka—along with her soul—have been dragged down to Hell by the relentless Demon Knight Dante. Sophia tries to hide the crisis, but there is little hope of keeping any secrets from her red-hot Guardian Angel. Growing suspicious, Michael has been making plans of his own that will bind him and Sophia together forever.

But Sophia is plagued with evil visions through Ka’s experiences in Hell. She is terrified that Dante will discover he has taken the wrong Sophia. Desperate to return to her original state before she withers away and dies, she risks everything to go where Michael can’t follow. To bring back Ka and save her own soul, Sophia must now enter the gates of Hell. 

Praise for The Soulkeepers Series:

“In a clash between heaven and hell, no one raises the heat like Spirit Walker Sophia and her Guardian Angel, Michael.”Cecy Robson, award-winning author of the Weird Girls series

“As romantic as it is addictive, with witty writing, an action-packed plot, and a face-fanning romance all in one, The Soulkeepers is quickly becoming one of my favorite paranormal series.”Cassie Mae, author of The Real Thing

“If you are looking for an amazing and unique paranormal romance that never has a dull moment, has an intense love triangle, fabulous characters, and a captivating, action-filled plot, then look no further than this highly addictive series.”The Avid Book Collector

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Lori Adams

Lori Adams is the author of the Soulkeepers series: Forbidden, Awaken, and Unforgiven. She wrote her first book—about scary sharks—at the age of eight. Now she writes New Adult, young adult, and middle-grade fiction. Originally from Oklahoma, Adams lives in Southern California with her husband and two daughters.

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Interview with Lori Adams

1.) What made you want to become a writer?

I had a very active imagination as a child so I guess it began there. I loved to read! I was the kid with the flashlight under the covers, reading until I fell asleep because I had to know if things ended the way I thought they should. With the help of National Geographic Magazines and a pair of scissors, I ‘put together’ my first book when I was eight-years-old. It was about sharks, something I was fearfully obsessed with at the time.
In my early twenties I began writing down stories for fun, and continued off and on as I moved around (a lot) and went to college. I was a stay-at-home mom (feeling restless and a little bored) when I woke up one night with a startling voice in my head. “You’re supposed to be writing” it said. I sat straight up in bed, my heart hammering. Somehow, I had forgotten. After that, everything made sense. The library became my second home and I taught myself how to write.

2.) Have you based any characters off real people?

I have not based any one character off a real person, but I know there are bits and pieces of people (real or fictional) in my characters. In my teens, I was adventurous like Sophia—loved to explore, and determined to understand things, etc. Looking back, I realize that I subconsciously put a lot of my husband in Michael: his strength and protectiveness. His pride in my success. Not to mention that my husband was very tan with white-blonde hair when we first met—a child of summer.
As for Dante, our tortured Italian lover, I can honestly say I don’t know anyone so devastated by love as he is. It makes my heart ache just thinking about him.

3.) How do you come up with the character’s names?

I have always loved the name, Sophia. It is soft but strong and it was my first and only choice for her. Michael was named after the Archangel so that was a no-brainer. Dante, I chose for two reasons. I’ve always liked the name and knew I’d use it one day. Also, I liked the idea of my main demon knight sharing the name of Italy’s il somma poeta, supreme poet, Dante Alighieri. Demon Knight Dante’s last name (Dannoso) I selected for its’ meaning: evil and mischievous, among other things.

4.) What book made the strongest impression on you as a child?

Gosh, there were so many . . . how to choose? I was a tomboy who loved animal stories like “Black Beauty”, “The Black Stallion”, and “Call of the Wild”. Later,I was obsessed with the “Hardy Boys” and “Nancy Drew”, which sparked my love for mysteries. But I guess the book that made the strongest impression was “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret” by the amazing Judy Bloom. It was the first book that was about a ‘real life’ character that I identified with. It was strangely wonderful to read about someone just like me. Especially at that age. Margaret and her life seemed so real, so different than other characters I’d experienced in books. It is still a favorite of mine, which is a great testament to the power of Ms. Bloom’s storytelling.

5.) What is one thing about you that would surprise your readers?

Oddly enough, I can’t snack on anything crunchy when I’m writing. The loud noise is so distracting! Thank God chocolate is soft :)

6.) What was your favorite genre to read as a teenager?

I actually started reading romance novels very early as a teen, thanks to my mom. She is a voracious reader and reads faster than anyone I know! We always had stacks of books around the house, and I had my choice. It was like living in a library. *sighs dreamily* My first love was the historicals, which bloomed into my passion for history.

7.) What’s your favorite snack food when you’re writing?

I love tea and toast!

8.) Do you have a favorite place to write?

I love to write in my office/bedroom. It’s plenty big and holds the writing desk that I designed and my husband made. I have a lovely view of the backyard and can hear water trickling in the pond.

9.) Do you have favorite music to listen to when you write?

Music is really important to me as a writer. For background music, I listen to Zen or New Age. When I’m in a zone, I don’t hear it anymore. For inspiration, I have a playlist of songs that coincides with the book or scene I’m working on. When I need a break, I’ll take a walk and listen to the playlist and get my juices going again.

10.) What is one piece of advice you would like to give aspiring authors?

If you don’t take your writing seriously, no one else will either. Write like it’s a career, not a hobby.

Don’t forget to check back in tomorrow for my review of Unforgiven!

Heir of the Dog (A Black Dog Book # 2) by Hailey Edwards

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Heir of the Dog (A Black Dog Book # 2) by Hailey Edwards

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

5 stars!

Perfect job…CHECK!  Perfect man…well, that one has fallen a little flat for Marshal Thierry Thackeray.  Being the Black Dog’s daughter, as well as half human, it’s left her is a strange place in the relationship department – no one wants their soul sucked out with a simple hand hold after all.  Since Thierry’s perfect man was also her partner, Shaw – her teacher turned partner – she’s been on her own for the past year.  But of course the past can never stay in the past, at least not when you’re in the business of hunting down fae and when Shaw comes back into town, Thierry can feel the heat still burning under the surface for Shaw.  She figures that she can stay professional and act like an adult, and since Shaw seniority within the agency, they are stuck together when a strange case rears its ugly head…or more specifically its big black feathers.  Somehow, a fae from the Faerie has crossed the border between their world and the human world…and not just anyone, but the son of the Morrigan, the Faerie prince of the Unseelie court.

Once again, Thierry’s world is turned on its axis once again – with news that her father has gone missing from Faerie and that the current king has met his end.  And with the Morrigan’s son whom Thierry un-fondly begins calling him “Raven” due to his uncanny connection with the birds showing up again – this time in Thierry’s apartment building as her new upstairs neighbor, Thierry starts feeling like things are going to change…again.  As time is running out now that the King of Faerie is dead and Thierry’s father missing, Faerie is falling apart – and it’s not just a problem for the Faerie world, it could spill over into the human world if a solution is not found.  And when Thierry’s mother is kidnapped, she’ ready to have someone’s head…but before she can act, Raven compels her and takes her into Faerie.  When Thierry arrives in Faerie and learns that only her family line – their blood – can bind the new King of Faerie.  And the simple fact that Thierry is half mortal – so no unending lives for her – causes her to go on an adventure, alongside Raven, to find her father and leave Faerie behind forever.  But what she’s in for might just change her life more than she realizes.

Once again, Thierry is smart, strong, and has so much perseverance.  She is bound and determined to live as normal a life as possible – if you call being a “monster hunter” and being able to take someone’s soul with a simple touch normal…and despite never meeting her father, you can feel the heartache that she feels over growing up with just her mother.  She also feels a lot of guilt and doesn’t want to be a burden to her mother.  Her relationship with Raven (who is later to be discovered to be named Rook) is complicated to say the least.  She doesn’t trust him, but being in a place like Faerie, he’s the only one she feels like she can rely on.  With all the twists and turns, the things that Thierry thinks are her biggest down falls, may just end up being the things that can save her life.

The Decaying Empire (The Vanishing Girl Series Book 2) by Laura Thalassa

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The Decaying Empire (The Vanishing Girl Series Book 2) by Laura Thalassa

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

4 stars!

For 18 year old Ember Pierce, coming back from the dead is not all it’s cracked up to be…while she’s happy to still be alive, her life is still not her own – a slave to the very people who tried to orchestrate her death in her last mission where she was set up.  For her partner Caden Hawthorne, he’s spent the last 10 months grieving what he thought was Ember’s death – and  bordering on reckless behavior since then.  But when she transports to him one day, his hope in being with her is renewed with a passion.  Being reunited, they realize that their original plan of escaping is their only chance to be together and rid of The Project once and for all.  With betrayal by a team member on their last mission still ever-present in Ember’s mind and Dane Richards still threatening their every move, Caden and Ember make a promise to each other to stay in it for the long haul – to never forget that they are never in it alone.

Reunited once again at the facility, Dane senses Ember’s unease with being back, and instead of placing her and Caden back into the field, they send them to the Montana facility – aka the breeding facility where they send the ex-teleporters with their pairs to create all sorts of new teleporter babies.  But Ember and Caden won’t accept that fate – they want to start a family on their own terms…after they have lived a few years and gotten used to each other first.  They refuse to do it under The Project’s ever watchful eye.  But as usual, Dane Richards and The Project are one step ahead of them…they think if they can get the Pair acclimated quickly to the Montana facility, they will fall into step and follow their “mission”.  Seeing as Ember is still randomly teleporting, even during the day, not just once during her sleep cycle – she’s in constant danger and would endanger Caden if they were to run.  With her still teleporting to Adrian Sumner, the son of the creator of the Project and its technology, she reaches out to him for help.  He reluctantly agrees, but when time runs out and the pair is moved to the Montana baby-facility, Ember is forced to really rely on Adrian – even when Caden expresses his fears that Adrian isn’t a good guy.  But considering the options, Adrian is the better of the two evils Ember and Caden are faced with.  When they finally get the chance to run, they make a resolve to stay by each other’s sides, no matter what – but with the obstacles still popping up at every turn, can they truly trust anyone accept each other?  Will they get the freedom they so adamantly crave worth all the risks – even each other?

I am still amazed at the strength and intelligence that Ember exhibits!  She stays true to herself, and eventually Caden – even when she tries to part ways with him for his own safety.  Her reasons are selfless and right.  While this story had quite a bit more “running” and teleporting, the first book gained a half a star more from me only because I really enjoyed seeing Ember and Caden’s relationship coming together, the slow burn they had for each other.  While it’s still there – without a doubt – they didn’t get much of a chance to really grow as a couple, partly because of Caden thinking Ember is dead and partly due to all the running from the Project.  I still LOVED the story – and cannot wait to see what happens next…serious cliffhanger ending!  Naughty, naughty Ms. Thalassa!