The In-Betweener (Between Life and Death Book 1) by Ann Christy




Description

Two years ago a new medical nanite advance divided humanity into three types: humans, deaders and the frightening in-betweeners who crave human flesh. Emily's world has grown quiet and ordered, her day bounded by mornings killing deaders at her fence and nights alone in a warehouse office. She's begun to believe life will always be this way, days alone with the dead or fighting in-betweeners for her life. But even that life is better than the alternative.

Everything changes when one of the deaders at the gate isn't a deader at all. He’s an in-betweener different from any Emily has seen before...and he has a message.

The In-Betweener is book one of the Between Lives series. Book two, Forever Between, will release in March 2015. Book three, Between Life and Death, is scheduled for release in May 2015. 

The Between Life and Death series is suitable for ages 16 and up, with occasional violence and mild language.


Review

The In-Betweener is an intriguing tale. A good writer has the ability to bring us into a story and experience the emotions right along with their characters. Ann Christy succeeded. I found myself drawn in and feeling the dread and loss right along with them, some crying might have been involved. When I finished I found myself lying awake wondering what is going to happen next. I have all kinds of theories now. As any good zombie story, The In-Betweener is a dark tale with much loss. I found it to be a realistic scenario and could see this playing out is the real world.  

If you love a good zombie story then this book is for you.
~Candy



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Hook: The Untold Stories of Neverland Blog Tour! Review at the end by Christin

Title: Hook
Author: K.R. Thompson
Genre: Fantasy/Fairytale/Adventure
Hosted By: DRC Promotions


Synopsis

Archie Jameson sat in the dark corners of the print shop, dreaming of adventure. 

Today, it found him.

Caught in a chilly October storm, he ducked into a tavern, hoping to escape the rain. What he found, was a room teeming with pirates. Shanghaied by the most elderly of the lot, Archie found himself serving on a ship captained by the fiercest pirate ever to sail the seven seas--the man known as Blackbeard.

Through a series of thrilling twists, Archie finds himself captain of another of Blackbeard's ships, the Jolig Roger. In an attempt to flee danger, his ship becomes lost under stars never before seen.

Determined to save both his crew and the woman he loves, Archie will make decisions that will forever seal his fate.

Discover the untold story of the man who became Captain Hook.


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About The Author

K.R. Thompson was raised in the Appalachian Mountains. She resides in Bland County with her husband, son, three cats, and an undeterminable amount of chickens.

An avid reader and firm believer in magic, she spends her nights either reading an adventure or writing one.

She still watches for evidence of Bigfoot in the mud of Wolf Creek.


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My Review!!

Wow! This book is a much different take on a classic tale. I enjoyed reading every minute of it and learning how Captain Hook came to be. Hook is full of adventure and lovable characters that were familiar and some that were new. I found myself rooting for Hook and seeing the world of Neverland in a new light. K.R. Thompson has a terrific writing style that makes you feel like you are a part of book and feeling every emotion of the characters. Each character is written distinctively and I found that I didn't get confused about who was who even though there were several characters in the book. Anyone who has ever heard of the old Peter Pan stories should definitely read this! You won't be able to put it down and will be itching for the next one because I know I sure am!
Christin

New Release Torn (The Collide Trilogy Book 2) by Ashley Stambaugh

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Torn (The Collide Trilogy Book 2) by Ashley Stambaugh





Genre

urban fantasy, new adult/adult

Back cover blurb

Three months have passed and Melina thought she was safe. Safe from the effects of the angel powers and safe from the Noxin demons. But she thought too soon.

Just as she’s starting to enjoy her new powers and her new relationship with Lee, the slight pain she still experiences after using the powers starts to grow worse. As the pain becomes more and more unbearable, she finds herself lashing out at innocent people with unexplained anger and hatred. Then to make matters worse, she sees a Noxin demon again.

No one, not even the elders, seems to know what’s happening to Melina, or how a Noxin demon found her. And when she’s introduced to Dean, another unique human like herself, she learns that his pain is completely gone, which only makes her situation even more confusing.

Grasping for any type of answer, Melina throws out one possible explanation after another. But as her angry feelings intensify, and her angel powers grow weaker, she begins to think there might be something malevolent inside her that’s trying to take over. It’s not long before her internal struggle spirals out of control, and her body is turned into a battlefield that’s torn between good and evil.

Melina fears that if no solution is found, then she might lose all the people she loves, especially Lee. But what scares her even more is that she might lose herself to evil.

Tag line

Choosing between good and evil isn’t always that easy.




About the author

Ashley Stambaugh grew up in a small town in Illinois where she and her two siblings created some of the best memories playing on their family’s farm. She stayed in the southern region of the state to attend college where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and also met her husband.

Now, she and her husband live in central Illinois and spend their time creating new memories with their two rambunctious boys and their comical black Pug. She also enjoys reading, taking long walks, and finding great bargains. When her sons are a little bit older, she has a great desire to travel with her family. Oh, and she also has a slight obsession with chocolate.

When she’s not busy chasing after her two young children or losing herself in a good book, you can find her curled up on her couch with her laptop, writing.


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New Release, Phantom 2.0 by Leah D.W. Interview, Teaser, and Reviews



Summery

“I am a phantom. Barely human with the duty to get rid of the possessed. That is why beings like me were created, why we were bred.” 

In a dying city filled with a deadly plague and even deadlier creatures, Déjà hides from a past drenched in blood and the only family she has ever known. She hates what she is and her cravings to spill fresh blood drives her away from anyone that gets too close. Living out her life wearing lace corsets and working in an underground nightclub keeps her secret from hurting others, until a bounty is placed on her head by a mystery benefactor. 
Now she is stalked by an assassin that threatens to steal her heart and discovering a family of powerful beings that hold the key to her past, Déjà has no choice but to embrace what she truly is in order to battle the secrets that the city holds within its shadows. 



Teaser

“Déjà,” she takes small steps towards me. “Is this why you didn’t come back to work? Who attacked you?”
“I’m fine Jenna,” I tell her, stripping off my jacket. “I fell.”
“You fell!” she grabs the jacket and holds it up for me to see. “This doesn’t look like you fell, this looks like you were mauled by a bear!”
“But I wasn’t,” I grab the jacket back, tossing it onto the couch against the wall. 
“Do you really expect me to believe that?” she places her hands onto her hips. “Why won’t you tell me if you were mauled by a bear?”
“Jenna, there aren’t any bears in the city!” I throw my hands up.
The young girl pouts her smudged lips and then her eyes widen. With a gasp, she grabs my arm and plops me down onto the couch roughly. She then runs into the bedroom to bring back a small vial filled with a black liquid.
“Here, drink this,” she practically shoves the glass vial into my mouth.
“Jenna!” I grab it and step aside. “What the hell?”
“You are infected!” she jumps up, holding my hands tightly. “You are covered in blood!”
I look down at the red on my corset and sigh heavily. “I’m not sick Jen. It is my blood, not anybody else’s.”
The young girl then proceeds to walk around me, her small hands checking my pulse in my throat and brushing my hair aside that is dripping in filth. She then unzips my dress and I grab at the corset as she tries to pull it off.
“OK, now you are going too far,” I tell her, gently pushing her away from me. 
“How can you have so much blood on you without a scratch?” she frowns. “What really happened?”
The look in her eyes is so full of worry I almost tell her the truth. But I can’t and never will. “I took a walk down to the river and fell…into it.”
Jenna blinks twice. “You walked all the way to the river and fell into it.”
“Yes,” I smile innocently.
“The river that is empty,” she narrows her eyes.
I zip my dress up. “I sliced my knee open and used my dress to stop the bleeding.”
Jenna crosses her arms, eyes still narrowed. “So you refuse to be seen naked by me ever, yet you undressed in public to mop up your knee?”
“Exactly!” I turn around and head into the bedroom. “I couldn’t just bleed all over the place. That is just gross.”


Reviews




5 out of 5 stars

Let me just say that I LOVED Phantom 2.0! I was intrigued from the very beginning. I wanted to know more about Deja and her past and the mysterious Kyra. The storyline is full of interesting characters and keeps you turning the pages. Deja's best friend Jenna is a huge contrast to Deja and I found myself wishing I could be both of their friends. Leah D.W. does a great job at writing a story that I couldn't get enough of. She keeps you guessing about who's friend and who's foe. I could never guess what was going to happen next. When I was done with the book I wanted to immediately ask when the next book will be out so I can read more of Deja's amazing journey.
~Christin



5 out of 5 stars

Wow! This story is amazing. I was drawn right in from the beginning and didn’t want to put it down. It is a breath of fresh air to read something different, not what everyone else is writing about. Phantom 2.0 is a story unlike any other.  I love the strong characters and all their dynamics. Every time I would think I had it all figured out I was thrown for a loop. I love the fact that it is not predictable and keeps you guessing all the way to the end. Leah’s writing style and storyline was excellent. I felt like I was there with the characters and could visualize each scene with ease.  At the end I was left wondering who in Deja’s life is bad, who is good and maybe there are ones who are both. I find I have a love/hate relationship with some of the characters.  Author Leah D.W. leaves us on such a cliffhanger that it makes us want to beg her for more, and hurry. :-)
~Candy




Interview Author Leah D.W.

We were able to get an interview with Author Leah D.W. just for you. Excellent job Christin and Leah!

Christin:  What was your inspiration for Phantom 2.0?
Leah:  I’ve always wanted to write a story set in a completely different world and Victorian London is my favourite time and place, so I thought of using it as the inspiration for the world in my novel. Once that was set the other pieces of the puzzle just naturally fit. So it was mostly old age London that inspired the story and then when I ‘met’ the characters they inspired the rest of the storyline.

Christin:  I know you also edit books as well. Does it take you longer to write a book because of that or do you just write and edit later?
Leah:  I prefer to write and then edit. Sometimes I would edit a story chapter by chapter so that it wouldn’t be so much work at the end of the day.

Christin:  Are any of your characters based off of anyone you know? If so who?
Leah:  Yes actually. The three main women in the story are the extreme personalities of my best friends. Deja was originally inspired by my friend Guils, who also helped me to plot out most of the story, and her best friend Jenna is my goofy bubbly side. My best friend and almost like a sister to me inspired the character of Odette. Janke, who I dedicated this book to, gave life to this character and added an extra element to the entire story. Lucky for me Janke isn’t as dark as Odette in real life haha.

Christin:  What was the most difficult part about writing Phantom 2.0?
Leah:  I always struggle trying to convey emotion in my novel’s and for Phantom 2.0 it was hard for me to show how vulnerable and alone Deja truly is. She has one scene in the novel where she opens up to the reader and shows how broken she truly is and I only hope I portrayed that correctly.

Christin:  What was the best part about writing the book?
Leah:  I loved adding the extra scenes that are in the points of view of the other characters. Originally the entire novel was just based on the main character’s point of view, but by adding in what two other character’s were thinking and feeling really made the story complete. It was great to explore the thoughts of those characters and it gave the novel a special kind of writing style.

Christin:  What's your favorite genre of books to read?
Leah:  It will always be paranormal romance. I am obsessed with the paranormal so that is the kind of book I would look at first when picking out something to read. I also love to write it.

Christin:  What is your absolute favorite book of all time?
Leah:  Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I absolutely loved that book and have re-read it so many times. I can’t get enough of it! Knowing how much I love that book gives me the motivation to reach that level of writing and have readers love my tales as well and just as much.

Christin:  Do you have a muse?
Leah:  My friend Guils acted as my muse for the three years we took classes together as well as Janke and my family, but my ultimate muse is the voice in my head that loves to throw ideas at me. I know it sounds weird to have a voice in my head (I am not crazy…I think) but I’m sure other authors out there can claim the same. It is just that part of us that never sleeps and is always scheming about new adventures and creatures. That light bulb in our minds that would flash or flicker, causing our fingers to type like crazy. I would suddenly gasp in public or mumble to myself when ideas just hit me and that gets me a lot of weird stares, especially from my family, but I love it!

Christin:  What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Leah:  I know this is a cliché but never give up. Even if you are writing your very first novel or number one hundred. Don’t give up on your characters. I almost did two years ago when my laptop was stolen the night I had just finished writing Phantom for the first time (That’s why it is now titled Phantom 2.0). I was so depressed about it that I actually wanted to leave the story behind. I only had a few notes of my thoughts and a blank screen in front of me. But just push through! If I had given up then Phantom 2.0 wouldn’t be here right now and it is better than ever! Believe in your characters and that world you created and give them the chance to show readers and writers alike what you are truly made of.
P.S. make sure to have lots of coffee on hand haha


Christin:  Without giving any spoilers I have to ask. Why did you do that to me?!?!?! I'm not trying to be impatient but are you working on the next book? :)
Leah:  haha I know! I felt the exact same way when I finished writing book 1. Yes, in fact I am already halfway done with book 2, which might or might not be out later this year (shhhhh) I had to know what happens next so I got my coffee ready and wrote like a crazy woman. Trust me there is a lot more to come and what lies in store even shocks me!


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Review for Dark Seas Series by Debbie Herbert

Make sure you read both reviews (Book 1 and Book 2)



Siren's Secret (Dark Seas Book 1)
***Book Contains Mature Content***




3 out of 5 stars
In the beginning I found Siren’s Secret a bit hard to get into. Some scene just seemed to drag on. However as the book went on it became more interesting. I ended up enjoying the overall book. Debbie even had me feeling sorry for the bad guy. All that he went through that brought him to that point in his life was horrendous.

In Siren’s Secret we follow Shelly, who is a half mermaid and is shunned by most other mermaids. Shelly has a huge heart and loves to help others. She loves her swims until she witnesses something she shouldn’t have. Then the horror begins. Will the torment never end?

During all of the horror she grows closer to one young man, but is he the one for her? Can she ever reveal herself to him? If she does then what will he do?

To find out what happens, check out Debbie Herbert’s Book Siren’s Secret. Links below.



Siren's Treasure (Dark Seas Book 2)
***Book Contains Mature Content***





3 ½ out of 5 stars
Siren’s Treasure is an improvement over Siren’s Secret. I found the characters more believable and the story line much more enjoyable. We follow Shelly’s cousin Jet who feels like there is nowhere she belongs, is the black sheep, has an ex-boyfriend/partner who done her wrong, and is afraid to open up to anyone. How many of us can relate to her? I say many of us can.

This Mermaid tale is great and full of excitement, sorrow, and unexpected twist. It does have a few lagging parts, but it really doesn't take away from the story. Debbie Herbert really brought this story to life for me. Well done.

We get to join Jet at the Poseidon Games. She runs into problems and is confronted with things she doesn't want to consider. All she knows is she needs to win. She has plans. She needs answers.

Back on land Perry the ex is back and wanting to go back to the way things was, but worse he has something up his sleeve.

To top it all off the IRS man is asking too many question of Jet and she fears what could have put the focus on her.

Is the focus really on her or is this man who he says he is? Will Perry get his way? Will Jet finally get the answers she has hoped for, for so long?

To find out what happens, check out Debbie Herbert’s book Siren’s Treasure.


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Review for Mr. Grimm: The Twin Cities Series by Drew Avera Audiobook narrated by Al Kessel


         
Reviewed by Candy



3 ½ out of 5 stars

Let me start off by saying that Al Kessel done a tremendous job with his narration of Mr. Grimm. He really brought this story to life for me. I was quite content to just lay back and listen to his narration of this tale. The length of this book makes it easy to finish in one sitting.

I would have giving Mr. Grimm 5 stars if it had been more in depth. I felt like it was just getting into the story good when it stopped. I would love for Drew Avera to elaborate more and make it into a full length book. Other than that, this is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. Mr. Grimm has a great story line and characters that is easy to relate too.

Mr. Grimm is an older man who is full of regret, but would do anything to save the one he loves. Even deal with creatures from another Realm and serving the one that he hates the most.
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Unleashed Poems by Jennifer Raygoza


Review by Author Leah D.W.

~ I received a free copy of this book for an honest review ~

This collection of heart-tearing, eye blinking poems was amazing to read. The raw emotion splashed across those pages was truly felt and many reminded me of experiences throughout my life where I felt the same. Many teenagers go through hard times and these poems are their voices, a way for readers to see that being young isn't just about having fun and laughing. There are also dark days that they keep hidden and I'm sure many will be able to relate to these tales.
The author used beautiful imagery and metaphors that delivered her messages effortlessly and shows how talented she is.
My favourite poems were Scars and Don't Hurt Me. Those poems will always stay with me and are definitely a must-read.

Amazon book link:
http://www.amazon.com/Unleashed-Poems-Jennifer-Raygoza-ebook/dp/B00PIVTK1G/ref=pd_rhf_cr_p_img_1

If you loved these poems then make sure to read The Guardians series also available on Amazon and to find her on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/jenniferraygoza12