Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Cover Reveal - House of Falling Embers, by Krystal Jane Ruin



House of Falling Embers
Krystal Jane Ruin
Publication date: October 1st 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Retelling

Once upon a time there was a witch. She was a kind witch, but that didn’t matter. The people were afraid, and fear often turns to hatred.
When Artemis was thirteen, her best friend Aris was swallowed by the crumbling house they found in the woods. Like a coward, she abandoned him to the horror within.
She moved away. She tried to forget. But when she finds herself back in her old neighborhood after college, the ghosts—and her guilt—are waiting. A charred figure stalks her dreams, and someone, or something, haunts her from the trees.
Going back into the woods might be the only way to save her sanity.
Because nine years later, the house is still there. Still waiting. Still restless.

Author Bio:
Krystal is the author of supernatural and paranormal fiction, living in the Tennessee Valley with a collection of swords and daggers. When she's not hoarding stuffed pandas, hourglasses, and Hello Kitty replicas, she can be found in a YouTube hole or blogging about books, writing, and random things at KrystalSquared.net.


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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Book Blitz - Jaclyn and the Beanstalk, by Mary Ting



Jaclyn and the Beanstalk
Mary Ting
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: September 4th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

What fate awaits a girl who hears monsters at night…
Sixteen-year-old Jaclyn looks up to her father. An honest man who once fought for the king, he now teaches Jaclyn how to use her wits—and her sword.
But he has a secret. And his secret may have a connection to the one thing Jaclyn is hiding from him.
Upon hearing “monsters” are terrorizing the small villages around Black Mountain, Jaclyn’s father and his friends head out to hunt them … but they don’t return.
Armed only with her sword and three magic beans—a gift from a mysterious old woman—Jaclyn sets out for Black Mountain to save her father.
On her climb, one bean drops and grows into a beanstalk, catching her when she falls.
She isn’t the only one that takes the ride. Jack, her childhood friend and secret crush, is following her.
Together, Jaclyn and Jack must battle to save not only their fathers, but the townspeople the beasts plan to lay waste to before it’s too late.
Only $1.99 for a limited time!
EXCERPT:

Mother crinkled her nose. “Don’t fret. You’re of marriageable age now. We must think of finding you a husband or your time will pass. I’m only thinking of your future, Jaclyn. I want to see you settled soon. Your father and I are not getting younger.”
“Getting married and bearing children is not for me. There’s much work to be done.”
I slipped my arms around her waist and pressed my head to her back. I inhaled deeply as warmth enveloped me and her love replaced the fright from my nightmares.
Safe. I am safe. No monsters.
“Our life is good here. Why would I want to fix what is not broken?”
“’Tis what we do. People will talk.”
“Let them.”
I scowled, anger boiling through my veins. I tended to not raise my voice, so I softened my tone out of respect.
“I will not be handed to a suitor I do not love.”
Mother patted my arm. “My child, you have much to learn. Love comes later. I did not love your father at first.”
“I will not follow other people’s ways.” Pouting, I shuffled my feet on the dirt.
She released a deep sigh. “Oh, Jaclyn. Your time will come. Everyone has a destiny. Everyone has a story to tell. Some more than others. We shall see what lies ahead for you. Fate will lead you to the path you are meant to take.”
I wished I had eyes for the future. I wanted to know a demon would not seize my soul, and I wanted to see a path without the nighttime cries. They must be monsters. I’d never heard a human throat make such tortured sounds.
What fate awaits a girl who hears monsters at night?
Illness swept through my stomach. A shudder racked me, beginning in my gut, forewarning me.




Author Bio:
International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.


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Monday, August 20, 2018

Cover Reveal - The Forgotten Child, by Melissa Erin Jackson


Good morning all! Today I am hosting a cover reveal for The Forgotten Child. This cover is so dark and intriguing. Very creepy and promising of a great thriller with a paranormal twist. I will be sure to add this to my  to read pile. 

The Forgotten Child
Melissa Erin Jackson
Publication date: October 10th 2018
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Paranormal

Ever since Riley Thomas, reluctant medium extraordinaire, accidentally released a malevolent spirit from a Ouija board when she was thirteen, she’s taken a hard pass on scary movies, haunted houses, and cemeteries. So when her best friend pressures her into spending a paranormal investigation weekend at the infamous Jordanville Ranch—former home of deceased serial killer Orin Jacobs—Riley is one-hundred-percent not ready.
Shortly after their arrival at the ranch, the spirit of a little boy contacts Riley; a child who went missing—and was never found—in 1973.
In order to put the young boy’s spirit to rest, she has to come to grips with her ability. But how can she solve a mystery that happened a decade before she was born? Especially when someone who knows Orin’s secrets wants to keep the truth buried—no matter the cost.

Author Bio:
Melissa has had a love of stories for as long as she can remember, but only started penning her own during her freshman year of college. She majored in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at UCDavis. Yet, while she was neck-deep in organic chemistry and physics, she kept finding herself writing stories in the back of the classroom about fairies and trolls and magic. She finished her degree, but it never captured her heart the way writing did.
Now she owns her own dog walking business (that’s sort of wildlife related, right?) by day…and afternoon and night…and writes whenever she gets a spare moment. The Microsoft Word app is a gift from the gods!
She alternates mostly between fantasy and mystery (often with a paranormal twist). All her books have some element of “other” to them…witches, ghosts, UFOs. There’s no better way to escape the real world than getting lost in a fictional one.
She lives in Northern California with her very patient boyfriend and way too many pets.
The Forgotten Child is her debut, the first in a paranormal mystery series.


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Monday, August 13, 2018

What's new at Bookluvrs


Hi guys!

So great to be able to sit down this morning to write this post. It has been awhile. 

Lots of changes at Bookluvrs Haven this year. It has been pretty silent on here for various reasons. Mainly, Erin and Samantha are no longer contributing to the blog, simply because of life. It gets busy for all of us, and it has been challenging for them to find time to write. Blogging is a LOT OF WORK!

So it's just me again, but I am looking forward to posting reviews that have been pending for quite some time, and getting back in the groove.

My silence since April has simply been due to another super amazing life event!



I had a little baby girl in May, and life has been awesome and super busy. She is just about to turn 3 months, and my little man is 19 months old, so you can imagine how crazy it must have been. Reading has become an activity that I try to find time for at all times of the day or night - it is not unusual that I am catching up with my current book at 3 am while feeding her. Such is mom life. It is important to find that time for yourself where you can get it.

Blogging however has been at the bottom of the priority list  these days, but I really miss it. So I am hoping to get back into it soon. I have some Netgalley reviews to catch up on and post, so those will come soon, and have to take a look at my challenges for this year and see if I can salvage those goals. If not... oh well, there is always next year! 

Hope you all have been enjoying your summer, and reading some really good books. Don't hesitate to send over some recommendations in the comments if you have any! I am always looking for my next favorite read. 

Happy Reading!


Friday, April 13, 2018

Book Review - Pooka in My Pantry (Monster Haven #2) by R.L. Naquin

Zoey Donovan—empath, wedding planner, go-to girl for monsters with personal problems—has been marked twice for pickup by Death. On both occasions, Riley the smoking-hot reaper has refused to follow through. For his breach of protocol, Riley is now on probation. For her refusal to die on schedule, Zoey's right to live is challenged. She will have to undergo a life-or-death trial, but she won't know when or where it will happen…

Staying alive might not be so difficult if the Leprechaun Mafia hadn't strolled into town. Now every business owner with the slightest connection to the supernatural community is being threatened with the most appalling bad luck if they don't pay up. Mirrors are smashed, bodies are dropping, and Zoey's still got clients waiting for fabric samples.

With a little luck, she might be able to save everyone and still have time for a second attempt at a decent first date with her favorite reaper.




Purchase links: Amazon/Kobo



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21807998-dragon-s-lair?from_search=true


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Book Cover of the Month - April






It's been a busy year for me since returning back to work from Maternity Leave. Not a lot of time left for blogging, but found myself some time early on a Saturday morning, when everyone is asleep, to sit down and do some writing.

But first, I want to wish all of you that celebrate a very happy Easter Holiday.





Ok, let's get down to some book cover business. I always get pretty excited about browsing new book covers. Not that my TBR list needs it, but part of this excitement is discovering some new books.



For April, I guess I must be getting very picky, because I only chose two covers for the month that grabbed my attention.


I love both covers for the same reason - the colors are awesome and eye grabbing. They are also very simple. 

But Ash Princess wins hands down, because I just love the imagery on the cover. The ashy crown, with red tones that remind me of blood make this so intriguing, and even the gold font makes this book so attractive.  

So what do YOU think? Have you come across other covers for April that grab your eye? Or do you agree with my chose for April and think Ash Princess rocks! Feel free to let me know in the comments!


Happy Reading!



Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Sin with Me, by JA Huss & Johnathan McClain



Sin With Me
JA Huss & Johnathan McClain
(Original Sin Series, #1)
Publication date: March 6th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Sin with Me is the first book in a four-book contemporary romance series by New York Times bestselling author, JA Huss, and veteran actor and writer, Johnathan McClain. Each full-length novel will release three weeks apart starting on March 6, 2018.

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Two broken people in a city fueled by sin.

Maddie Clayton isn’t looking to be saved. She knows the only person you can count on is yourself. Her moral compass might not point true North these days—but at least she’s still standing.

The Military taught Tyler Bell about loyalty. Being there for your brothers is the only thing that matters—but when it mattered most, he wasn’t.

She’s got a ticket straight to Hell. He’s already been there and back.

She needs to win. He just needs to stop fighting.
Some sins scar your soul so deeply, you’ll never be the same.

But this Devil in disguise might just be the angel he needs to forgive himself.

Book Trailer:




Author Bio:
Two accomplished writers come together to create unforgettable sexy romance. JA Huss is the New York Times bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today bestsellers list eighteen times. Johnathan McClain is a veteran actor and writer whose work, either performed or written, is probably airing on at least one of the channels on your television right now. You can contact them on their website www.hussmcclain.com or find them at their social links below.

STALK JULIE
FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM
STALK JOHNATHAN
FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Curiouser and Curiouser, by Melanie Karsak



Curiouser and Curiouser: Steampunk Alice in Wonderland
Melanie Karsak
(Steampunk Fairy Tales)
Publication date: July 17th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Retelling, Steampunk

To save the Hatter, Alice must work with the one man she despises so much that she might still love him.
Alice thought she’d turned over a new leaf. No more working for Jabberwocky. No more making deals with the ruthless Queen of Hearts. No more hanging around The Mushroom with tinkers, tarts, scoundrels, and thieves in London’s criminal underbelly. But she’d been bonkers to dream.
Hatter’s reckless behavior leads Alice back to the one person she never wanted to see again, Caterpillar. Pulled into Caterpillar’s mad schemes, Alice must steal a very big diamond from a very royal lady. The heist is no problem for this Bandersnatch. But protecting her heart from the man she once loved? Impossible.
Sometimes love is mad.
 
EXCERPT:

“If you say it again, I’ll stab you,” I said as I struggled to adjust the formal gown. The bulging bustle of fabric on my backside made my lower back itch, and my corset was too tight. A proper lady’s gown indeed, but I wondered how anyone who dressed in proper fashion got anything done. I touched the brim of my tiny top hat. It, along with my parasol, were the only pieces of the outfit I actually liked. Of course, the parasol had a feature that allowed me to slip the White Queen into the shaft to serve as a handle. Leave it to the Countess to think of that.
“All I said was that you look lovely. I hardly think that’s a stabbing offense.”
“Shows what you know,” I replied as I eyed him sidelong. He had changed into a fine suit and wore a black top hat. I both hated and loved being there with him. My conflicting emotions made me cranky.
“Tickets,” said a man standing just outside the door of the Crystal Palace.
“Good morning,” William said politely and handed the man our tickets.
The man stamped the date on the tickets then handed them back. Nodding, he motioned for us to enter.
Taking me gently by the arm, as a gentleman ought to do, William escorted me inside.
While the Crystal Palace’s ornate structure, made of glass and iron, towering several stories high was a sight to behold from the outside, nothing quite prepared me for the marvels inside.
As we entered, a cacophony of sounds reached our ears. The sweet melodies coming from a stand of self-playing harps, the screech of monkeys, the hum of machines, and the sounds of hundreds of voices rolled to our ears all at once.
The structure had been built around the tall ash trees that had stood in the park. They still stood standing tall in the middle of the structure. Fountains lined the center promenade. The crowd gasped and stepped back as a group from Africa passed on their way toward their display, lions on leashes walking in front of them. Not far behind them, a man wearing a straw hat jogged past pulling a rickshaw, two laughing—and elegantly dressed—ladies inside.
I gasped as a man flew overhead on wings made of lightweight material. To my great surprise, he flapped his wings, the metal of the clockwork bones and joints revealed when the sun overhead struck him just right.
William chuckled. “Shall we take it all in?”
Barely able to breathe, I nodded.
“Now, there is my Alice,” he said softly. “Her curious eyes open wide.”
I smiled. “It’s a wonderland.”


Author Bio:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, The Burnt Earth Series, The Celtic Blood Series and Steampunk Fairy Tales. A steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.
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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Book Review - Some Quiet Place, by Kelsey Sutton

I can’t feel sadness, anger, or fear. I can’t feel anything. I've grown talented at pretending.

Elizabeth Caldwell doesn't feel emotions... she sees them in human form. Longing hovers around the shy, adoring boy at school. Courage materializes beside her dying friend. Fury and Resentment visit her abusive home. They've all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn't succumb to their touch. All, that is, except beautiful Fear, who sometimes torments her and other times plays her compassionate savior. He’s obsessed with finding the answer to one question: What happened to Elizabeth to make her this way?

They both sense that the key to Elizabeth’s condition is somehow connected to the paintings of her dreams, which show visions of death and grief that raise more questions than answers. But as a shadowy menace begins to stalk her, Elizabeth’s very survival depends on discovering the truth about herself. When it matters most, she may not be able to rely on Fear to save her.



Purchase links: Amazon/Book Depository/Kobo



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21807998-dragon-s-lair?from_search=true

 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - Longest Books on TBR still Unread!



 
Good morning and welcome to my Top Ten Tuesday post, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. 

This week's topic is about the longest books on your To Be Read list. Oh boy, what a loaded topic for this blogger/reader. 

First of all, I had to find a challenge this year around this issue. When I calculated how many years I would need to finish my current list without any other books being added... well... let's just say, I was quite stunned. And I have to be frank with myself... I have a little toddler, and new babe to come soon, and I need to be realistic... I will NOT be reading at my previous pace, back a lifetime ago, when there were no kiddies needing my attention.

So... I have done a little bit of clean up of the TBR list already and my Top Ten longest books on my TBR are truly ten that I want to read! All of the below titles have one thing in common. They were all added in January 2012 on the same day, when I first signed up to Goodreads, and went NUTS with the recommendations.
 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Book Review - The Liar's Gospel, by Naomi Alderman


An award-winning writer re-imagines the life of Jesus, from the points of view of four people closest to him before his death.
 
This is the story of Yehoshuah, who wandered Roman-occupied Judea giving sermons and healing the sick. Now, a year after his death, four people tell their stories. His mother grieves, his friend Iehuda loses his faith, the High Priest of the Temple tries to keep the peace, and a rebel named Bar-Avo strives to bring that peace tumbling down.

It was a time of political power-play and brutal tyranny. Men and women took to the streets to protest. Dictators put them down with iron force. In the midst of it all, one inconsequential preacher died. And either something miraculous happened, or someone lied.

Viscerally powerful in its depictions of the period - massacres and riots, animal sacrifice and human betrayal - The Liars' Gospel makes the oldest story entirely new.



Purchase links: Amazon/Book Depository/Kobo



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21807998-dragon-s-lair?from_search=true

 

The Liar’s Gospel was an interesting novel. It was written from different characters’ POV about Jesus, and the current Roman rule in Jerusalem and surrounding areas after his cruxifiction. From his mother’s eyes, to a High Priest, Judas and a few others, you really get a different picture of Jesus himself, and the conflict of those times.

Again, though this is not my intention, as with previous novels of this era and about Jesus that I have read recently, Jesus is depicted as a madman. Incredibly compassionate and sensitive, he was also described as very eccentric and prone to fits of anger, and it is a wonder how he captivated so many people and gathered such a following. But considering the turbulent times, people were really looking for someone to voice their rebellious thoughts and express their chaotic feelings.

As much as this book was about Jesus, it was also not. There was a lot of focus on the rebellion of the people against Rome and its forced Rule. Even though Rome was a tyrant in trying to cower the people, at the expense of so many lives, the people always seemed to rise up to rebel against it, no matter the cost. It was truly humbling and formidable to read about the strength of their faith in their fight for freedom.

It was an enjoyable read in that it kept me captivated, for it was a brutal, bloody story. There are not a lot of happy, fussy feelings in these pages, but it was incredibly interesting.
 
 
Happy Reading!
 
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Many thanks to Netgalley, Authors and Publishers for making copies available for review. No compensation was accepted and my opinions are 100% my own.



 
Author Bio:

Naomi Alderman (born 1974 in London) is a British author and novelist.

Alderman was educated at South Hampstead High School and Lincoln College, Oxford where she read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. She then went on to study creative writing at the University of East Anglia before becoming a novelist.

She was the lead writer for Perplex City, an Alternate reality game, at Mind Candy from 2004 through June, 2007.[1]
Her literary debut came in 2006 with Disobedience, a well-received (if controversial) novel about a rabbi's daughter from North London who becomes a lesbian, which won her the 2006 Orange Award for New Writers.

Since its publication in the United Kingdom, it has been issued in the USA, Germany, Israel, Holland, Poland and France and is due to be published in Italy, Hungary and Croatia.

Author Links: Goodreads
 

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