Friday, November 29, 2013

Book Review - The Bones of Others, by Vickie McKeehan




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Author: Vickie McKeehan
Published Date: January 8, 2013
Publisher: Beachdevils Press
 
Source: Giveaway Win

Some monsters live in your head. Not this one.

Brutalized as a young girl by a vile sexual predator, Skye Cree is a survivor. Guided by the visions of her mystical spirit guide to the whereabouts of abducted girls, she uses her unique abilities to turn her horrifying past into a positive force for justice. Fighting the demons that have haunted her for years, she trusts only in herself—until she falls hard for a man for the first time in her life. Now, discovering her abductor is back with a vengeance, she becomes locked in a deadly race against time to stop the horrors of an evil human-trafficking ring that threatens to tear her world, and her newfound love apart.
Purchase @ Amazon

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Giveaway Winner! - Murmur of the Lonely Brook


One of my favorite things, besides being able to give away a book to a lucky reader, is to announce the lucky winner(s)!!


Congratulations to 

Nicole H.!

You won a paperback copy of Murmur of the Lonely Brook. Hope you enjoy this novel.

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Thank you to all who entered, and keep checking back for more opportunities to win more goodies.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thriller Book Review - The Romanov Cross, by Robert Masello




Title: The Romanov Cross
Author: Robert Masello
Published Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Bantam
Source: Netgalley

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Nearly one hundred years ago, a desperate young woman crawled ashore on a desolate arctic island, carrying a terrible secret and a mysterious, emerald-encrusted cross. A century later, acts of man, nature, and history converge on that same forbidding shore with a power sufficient to shatter civilization as we know it.

Army epidemiologist Frank Slater is facing a court-martial, but after his punishment is mysteriously lifted, Slater is offered a job no one else wants—to travel to a small island off the coast of Alaska and investigate a potentially lethal phenomenon: The permafrost has begun to melt, exposing bodies from a colony that was wiped out by the dreaded Spanish flu of 1918. Frank must determine if the thawed remains still carry the deadly virus in their frozen flesh and, if so, ensure that it doesn’t come back to life.

Frank and his handpicked team arrive by helicopter, loaded down with high-tech tools, prepared to exhume history. The colony, it transpires, was once settled by a sect devoted to the mad Russian monk Rasputin, but there is even more hiding in the past than Frank’s team is aware of. Any hope of success hinges on their willingness to accept the fact that even their cutting-edge science has its limits—and that the ancient wisdom of the Inuit people who once inhabited this eerie land is as essential as any serum. By the time Frank discovers that his mission has been compromised—crashed by a gang of reckless treasure hunters—he will be in a brutal race against time. With a young, strong-willed Inuit woman by his side, Frank must put a deadly genie back in the bottle before all of humanity pays the price.

The Romanov Cross is at once an alternate take on one of history’s most profound mysteries, a love story as unlikely as it is inevitable, and a thriller of heart-stopping, supernatural suspense. With his signature blend of fascinating history and fantastic imagination, critically acclaimed author Robert Masello has once again crafted a terrifying story of past events coming back to haunt the present day . . . and of dark deeds aching to be unearthed.
Purchase Links: Amazon / The Book Depository

Friday, November 22, 2013

Cover Reveal - Pretty When She Dies, by Rhiannon Frater


Pretty When She Dies, by Rhiannon Frater, has a new cover designed by Phatpuppy Art, which I am happy to reveal care of Xpresso Book Tours
Check out the book info below check out the new and improved cover!

Book & Author Info:

Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater
(Pretty When She Dies #1)
Published by: Permuted Press
Publication date: Late November, 2013 (reissue)
Genres: Adult, Horror, 
Paranormal

Synopsis:
Amaliya wakes under the forest floor, disoriented, famished and confused. She digs out of the shallow grave and realizes she is hungry…

… in a new, horrific, unimaginable way…

Sating her great hunger, she discovers that she is now a vampire, the bloodthirsty creature of legend. She has no choice but to flee from her old life and travels across Texas. Her new hunger spurs her to leave a wake of death and blood behind her as she struggles with her new nature.

All the while, her creator is watching. He is ancient, he is powerful, and what’s worse is that he’s a necromancer. He has the power to force the dead to do his bidding. Amaliya realizes she is but a pawn in a twisted game, and her only hope for survival is to seek out one of her own kind.
But if Amaliya finds another vampire, will it mean her salvation… or her death?
 Sounds creepy!
 

Cover:

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Simple, and bloody.  And I love the intensity in her eyes.


Displaying Rhiannon.jpgAUTHOR BIO
Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege,) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called ‘one of the best zombie books of the decade.’ Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency. You may contact her by sending an email to rhiannonfrater@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Belated Thriller Book Review - Birdman, by Mo Hayder


Well, the move is done, and my Internet connection is up and running. So Monday's post comes a day late, but I finally got it up.  And it couldn't have been on a better book. This novel was EXCELLENT!


Title: Birdman 
Author: Mo Hayder
Published Date: October 10, 2000

Publisher: Dell
Source: Friend Lend 


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Greenwich, south-east London. The Met's crack murder squad, AMIP, is called out by nervous CID detectives to a grim discovery. Five bodies, all young women, all ritualistically murdered and dumped on wasteland near the Dome. As each post-mortem reveals a singular, horrific signature linking the victims, officers realize that they are on the trail of that most dangerous offender: a sexual serial killer.

Detective Inspector Jack Caffery - young, driven, unshockable - finds himself facing both hostility within the force and echoes of his past in this, his first case with AMIP. Haunted by the memory of a death long ago, he employs every weapon forensic science can offer for he knows it is only a matter of time before this chaotic, sadistic killer strikes again.
Purchase Links: Amazon / The Book Depository

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Book Review - Empath, by Becca J. Campbell


Title: Empath
Series: The Flawed Series Book #1
Author: Becca J. Campbell
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Publisher:  Surreal Media Studios 


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Supernatural empathy isn’t a gift, it’s a curse. Anywhere she goes, Jade’s emotions are replaced by those of the people around her.
Jade grew up in a suburb of Colorado Springs, protected from other people by her parents. Now she faces college—and the world—with nothing to shield her from unwanted feelings.
When Cam, a classmate with a major crush on her, unintentionally hijacks her emotions, Jade struggles to keep from being carried away in feelings of attraction. When Ethan, a psychopath with a thirst for fear, fixates on her, the emotional impact could be lethal.
Caught in a deadly trap, Jade must untangle the emotions and find a way to use her empathic curse to overcome this killer or be overcome by him.

Purchase: Amazon US | Amazon UK  | Amazon CA  | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thriller Monday Book Review - Dangerous Girls, by Abigail Haas



Title: Dangerous Girls
Author: Abigail Haas
Release Date: July 16, 2013

Publisher: Simon Pulse 
Source: Publisher
Paradise quickly gets gruesome in this thrilling page-turner with a plot that’s ripped from the headlines and a twist that defies the imagination.

It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.

But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer, she discovers harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

Awaiting the judge’s decree, it becomes clear to Anna that everyone around her thinks she is not only guilty, but also dangerous. And when the whole story comes out, reality is more shocking than anyone ever imagined...
Purchase Links: Amazon / The Book Depository


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Book Review - Inferno, by Dan Brown




Title: Inferno
Series: Robert Langdon #4
Author: Dan Brown
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Source: Friend Lend
In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.
Purchase Links: Amazon / The Book Depository

Friday, November 8, 2013

Moving Day & a Giveaway!


Hi everyone! 

Lily here. :)

So there have been some exciting personal changes going on in my life. I recently purchased my first home, and will be moving soon.

Things have been very exciting, but slightly chaotic. 

Because of that, November may be a slower month, especially during the next couple of weeks when I am in transition of moving. There will be Internet access interruption, packing, moving, unpacking, etc.... 

My reading pace has not slowed much, but my writing pace has. I will try to set up a few posts ahead of time to keep the review momentum going. I am reading some very exciting and gritty Thrillers that I want to share with you guys. So I will do my best!

One less thing that I am packing is the book pictured below. I will be giving away my copy of 'Murmur of the Lonely Brook', by Debashis Dey, which I reviewed earlier HERE.  It was a very relaxing and intriguing escape, and I am sure one of you would love to curl up with this one on a cold night. So check out the book blurb and enter the rafflecopter below. I will announce a lucky winner on November 25th!

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Thriller Monday Book Review - The Last Clinic, by Gary Gusick



Title: The Last Clinic
Author: Gary Gusick
Release Date: November 18, 2013

Source: Netgalley

In a fast-paced, suspenseful debut novel for fans of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner, detective Darla Cavannah goes Deep South in pursuit of a merciless killer.

Outside the local women’s health clinic, the Reverend Jimmy Aldridge waving his protest sign is a familiar sight. But that changes early one morning when someone shoots the beloved Reverend Jimmy dead. Sheriff Shelby Mitchell knows the preacher’s murder will shock the good people of Jackson—and the pressure to find the killer is immediate and intense, which is why Shelby calls in detective Darla Cavannah.

When police detective Darla moved from Philadelphia to Jackson with her husband—hometown football hero Hugh “the Glue” Cavannah—she never imagined the culture shock that awaited. Then after Hugh dies in a car crash, Darla enters a self-imposed exile in her Mississippi home, taking a leave of absence from the sheriff’s department. Now she’s called back to duty—or coerced, more like it, with Shelby slathering on his good-ole-boy charm nice and thick, like on a helping of barbecue.

Reluctantly partnered with a mulish Elvis impersonator, Darla keeps a cool head even as the community demands an arrest. The court of public opinion has already convicted the clinic’s doctor, Stephen Nicoletti, but Darla is just as sure he’s not guilty—even as she fights her growing attraction to him. From the genteel suburbs to a raunchy strip club, Darla follows a trail of dirty money and nasty secrets—until the day of judgment comes, and she faces down an ungodly assassin.

Purchase Links: Amazon 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Xpresso Book Tour Review - Darkness Watching, by Emma L. Adams


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Yipppeeee! I have been pretty excited about reading this one. Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for allowing me to take part in the review tour. There is an awesome tour wide giveaway and you can enter at the end of the post.  There are also awesome bloggers taking part, and you can follow the tour by clicking HERE


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Title: Darkness Watching
Series: Darkworld #1
Author: Emma L. Adams
Release Date: September 30
, 2013 
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.

Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.

All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life – but demons still stalk Ash, and their interest in her has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The demons want something from her,  and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is.


In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be..

Purchase Links: Amazon US / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble / Kobo


Friday, November 1, 2013

Random Reads - November Pick!





Random Reads is hosted by I'm Loving Books, and for a reader that has a list that is way too long, this meme is perfect. It helps me to pick out a novel in the list that may be sitting there forgotten for a long while.

This meme is pretty simple. The idea is to pick one random book (or more if you are ambitious) out of your Goodreads To-Read list (using Random.org) to read within the month.

I took a break in October since it was pretty jam packed with creepy novels chosen from my crazy long list of books to read. And I did miss this meme, so I am pretty excited to get back on the bandwagon again.

Here is my random pick for November.


Book Blurb:
After her parents’ brutal murder, Nic Wright shut herself off from the world, barricading her heart against everyone but her brother, Drew. So when he goes missing, dragged into Hell by soul-thirsty demons, Nic doesn’t think twice about going in after him. Because Drew may be a junkie, but he’s all she’s got. And she’ll be damned if she’s letting him go without a fight.

Which is exactly what Arden of the Asmodai, sexy, arrogant prince of the Nine Hells, and Nic’s guide, is counting on. Half mortal, Arden’s only shot at becoming a full demon is to deliver a willing human to the Fourth Level of Hell. And Nic, desperate to find her brother, will do nicely. But Arden didn’t count on Nic’s powerful will...or the ferocity of his desire for her. Now, as they descend into a Hell beyond Nic’s wildest dreams—and her worst nightmares—Arden will take any risk and tell any lie necessary to keep her safe. To possess her. Forever...
This novel hit my radar on Goodreads.com. It was part of a giveaway, and I was one of the lucky folks that won a copy. Sounds like there is going to be one kick-ass heroine, which I love to read about. And maybe a little romance blossoming while kicking some demon butt. 

Hope it's a good one!

If you are participating in the meme, definitely leave your link and November Pick in the comments.

Happy reading everyone!



 
 

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