Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Tour Stop + Giveaway: Fangs and Fists 3: Victor by Kate Hill

Fangs and Fists 3: Victor
By Kate Hill
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About Fangs and Fists 3: Victor:

Werewolf gladiator Victor vows to escape captivity by demons or die trying--which nearly happens when his latest opponent takes him by surprise. Jolanda is a member of a secret pack of wolf witches who want to free their kin from the dreaded demon tower. Strengthened by the power of her pack, she defeats Victor in the arena and demands that he be given to her as a mate. Alone, they surrender to their overwhelming lust for each other, but Jolanda needs him for more than sex. She's been sent to rescue the captive wolves and Victor is the Alpha she needs to help her. Together he and Jolanda plan a mass escape from the tower, hoping to strike a blow the demon masters will never forget.
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Futuristic, Paranormal, Romance Buy Links: 
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Excerpt:


Two demon guards clad in black body armor entered the barracks. Their red eyes glowed behind dark face shields.
They approached Victor and one guard said, “Get up and come with us.”
All the guards sounded and looked alike. They were even the same height and body structure. Victor knew better than to refuse. There would be no point in fighting, even if he was so inclined. He guessed he would be going to one of two possible places. It would either be the punishment chamber because he’d killed Slate too quickly or -- and this was more likely -- to the demon masters who had bargained with him to kill for their entertainment. The guards brought Victor out of the barracks and down a steel corridor to an elevator at the end. They boarded it. Except for the soft whir of the elevator descending, there was silence. It stopped with an almost imperceptible lurch. The door opened and Victor, accompanied by the guards, stepped into a spacious room with an enormous glass ball in the center of it. Several couches surrounded it. While the upholstery resembled leather, Victor’s sense of smell told him the couches were covered with material that hadn’t come from any four-legged animal. He’d been in this room before. Here, the demons had bargained with him for the lives of his fellow gladiators, their mates, and their cubs. Here, he’d traded his integrity and his soul for their lives. The guards disappeared into dark corners of the room. Since he had no intention of sitting on the foul furniture, Victor stood near the glass ball and waited. The ball glowed faintly at first. Then it brightened. From within, two demon masters -- one male and one female -- stared at him. He knew they weren’t actually there. The ball was similar to television. He could see and hear them, but they were far away. The male had ink-black, elbow-length hair. Tall and slim, he was dressed from head to foot in red. The female had short white hair. Her skin was nearly as pale as her form-fitting white dress. Both demons stared at him with black eyes.
“Your game has improved, Victor,” said the male, “but I’m afraid you still haven’t mastered the art of performing. Your kills aren’t entertaining enough, but for now that’s beside the point. We haven’t called you here to critique your style, but for another reason.”
“We have something special planned for you,” the female continued. “There’s a new contender in the tower -- one who has seen you fight and wishes to face you in the arena.”

Other Books in the Series:

Fangs and Fists 1: Bolt Buy Links:
Fangs and Fists 2: Grit Buy Links:

About the Author:

The child of a painter and a psychic dreamer, Kate Hill feels spirituality and storytelling go hand-in-hand. She loves the scent of gardenia, the sound of wind chimes and the taste of honey. By listening to what isn’t said, she creates works based on unspoken desires. Kate prefers blurred gender lines and many varieties of romance. In a world where passion must at times be restrained, she believes erotica is a pleasure to be shared. With her stories she would like to make her fantasies yours and hopes you enjoy the ride. She also writes under the name Saloni Quinby. Please visit her online at:
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Review + Author Interview: Beguiling The Baron by Elizabeth Keysian

Beguiling the Baron

Synopsis

Beware reclusive barons. They are more hot-blooded than you’d expect . . .

A man who lurks day and night in an eerie tower must have something to hide. So thinks Galatea Wyndham, governess to Lord Ansford’s love-starved young daughter. Galatea’s new employer is objectionable, stubborn, great-hearted, handsome and, curse it, well worth saving from himself.

He proves her right with some shocking physical encounters, adding tinder to the blaze of her growing love for him. But just as the barriers between them are crumbling away, the tower crashes down.

With Lord Ansford inside it.

Review


This is a riveting tale of a beauty falling in love with the beast. I quite enjoyed reading it and loved both Tia and Hal. They are two amazing characters who are just perfect for each other. They test each other's patience, they make each other angry, but at the end of the day, they also love one another unconditionally and with their whole hearts. I find it endearing.

Galatea, or Tia as her friends call her, has lost so much. After her father died their entire lives were changed and now some distant relative has agreed to help her and her mother. Both women are very much in debt of Lord Ansford's generosity. Tia is supposed to teach his daughter proper manners so that she can attend a school for girls. But when Tia meets the little girl, she realizes that what the child is her father more than anything else in the world. She decides to educate the Baron instead and let him no the errors of his ways.

It has been three years since his wife's death but Hal is still punishing himself. He blames himself for the death of his beloved and spends his days and nights seeking redemption. He thinks that what he is doing is the right thing and ignoring his only daughter doesn't seem to be wrong to him at all. This will teach her to be tough. He wants to make sure that his daughter never loves someone enough to stop living after losing them. He is making her stronger or so he keeps telling himself. That is until Tia arrives and turns his entire world upside down. He is feeling things he has no right to feel and he is beginning to see reason in her logic. Maybe there is still hope for him and his daughter after all. Maybe it is actually possible for them to be a happy family once again. Or maybe he is hoping too much... Only time will tell.

I think it is a very well-written story. I would definitely recommend it to all fiction fans, especially if you enjoy historical romance you will love this one. The chemistry between Tia and Hal is too good and I think it is one hot, swoon-worthy romantic tale, which is equal parts tragic and lovable.

P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book for which I'd like to thank the author from the bottom of my heart.

Interview With the Author

1. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
As far as I can recall, I was eight when I wrote my first full-length book. At school we were encouraged to write what were known as “long stories“. We drew margins down each side of the page and decorated them and added in our own illustrations. We made our own bookcovers too. I absolutely adored writing these books, and would work on them obsessively during the school summer holidays, for which my headteacher father was exceedingly glad because it kept me quiet for hours.

2. How long does it take you to write a book?
I have been known to write a book in a month, when doing the NaNoWriMo challenge. However, one only has a very rough draft at that stage and there is a good deal of editing, beta reading and proofreading to be done. Not to mention the research and planning I always do before undertaking NaNoWriMo. So from the beginning to the end of the process, very roughly I would say it takes around nine months to produce a polished, finished product which a publisher would consider worthy of publication.

3. What is your work schedule when you're writing? 
Very variable, because I suffer from chronic migraine. This means I have a headache a great deal of the time which seriously affects my productivity, as well as my personal life. So even though I do attempt to create schedules, more often than not I am unable to stick to them, which results in frustration. I am trying to be more gentle on myself, which is why I am thinking about going into self publishing from now on.

4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’m not sure I have any interesting writing quirks, but if pressed, I might say I aim to put humour into my work, and be totally authentic on the finer historical details.

5. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
If I gave you the full answer to that, you would be here forever! While lying sleepless one night, I tried to count up the number of different hobbies I have either had, or started to have, over the years, and made it well over thirty. The list began with collecting rocks and fossils when I was about six years old. It continues on into the present with a new obsession – that of collecting and customising Blythe dolls. I also really enjoy working with textiles, and I absolutely love nature and birdwatching, though I don’t get enough time to do much of the latter.

6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
One of the most surprising things I learned was that my grammar and punctuation were nowhere near as good as I thought they were! I had no idea the English language was so different in America compared to the United Kingdom.

7. Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?
I have quite a few reader friends on Facebook, of whom I am very fond- their support is invaluable to me. I’ve published several books on Wattpad over the last few years and have had a huge amount of feedback from readers there- some good, some bad, and some just a little bit crazy LOL.

8. What do you think makes a good story and how important are the characters to you?
A good story is one where you really care about the characters and what happens to them. The reader needs to be able to empathise with both the hero and heroine, breathe the same air, feel the same gut-wrenching feelings, and even experience the same lusts. So I like the characters and their situation to be realistic as possible.

9. I have read your book Beguiling the Baron. Let me just say this first, it is truly an amazing story and I especially loved your characters. I am curious, what inspired you to write a character like Lord Ansford?
That is such a hard question to answer! I suppose I liked the idea of a hero utterly beaten down by circumstances, and without hope, who is then rescued by a fearless young woman. I enjoyed making Ansford resistant to Galatea’s attempts to reform him, but I also enjoyed the challenge of keeping his character sympathetic, even in his darkest, most intransigent moments.

10. I have read some of your books. I noticed that they are all historical fiction. Is the only genre you write in? If not then what else do you write?
History is everything to me, and I find it hard to imagine writing in any other genre. I have, however, written several children’s stories as part of various museum projects. I was a voracious reader as a child, and have a large collection of children’s books which I still read when I don’t feel up to dealing with adult stuff. But I am probably so out of touch with the modern day child there is absolutely no point in me trying to write any more stories for them!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Review: Castle of Blue Stones by Jordan Elizabeth

Castle of Blue Stones

Synopsis

Volcanic ash has ruined the world and only remote outposts remain. At the castle in the mountains, covered by snow, everyone only sees shades of blue.

Except for Jaisy.

By day she explores farther down the mountain. By night, she’s plagued with dreams of a panther and ghosts calling her name.

When Jaisy’s job sends her into the dungeon, she discovers a hidden room filled with dangerous information. There are secrets within the damp, stone walls that those in control don’t want anyone to know.

The leaders will kill to protect those secrets – even executing one of their own.

Jaisy will not go quietly into the blue night, no matter how hard the leaders attempt to silence her.

Review


This is such an amazing read, but then, nothing unexpected there. I have come to expect out-of-the-world and mind-blowing kind of stories from Jordan Elizabeth and she has yet to disappoint me. So, as usual, this is another one of her awesome works. It's a very interesting, gripping, and entertaining story. It flows beautifully and there isn't a single boring moment in the whole book. For me, it was a quick read which is an added bonus because I love it when I can finish a story in one sitting. It's a thrilling, exciting, and mysterious story that has many twists and turns. It will keep you on your toes, at the edge of your seat while you try to make sense of the mystery unraveling right in front of you. It is a very well-written book and once again the author has crafted a world so beyond the realm of our imagination that it is totally worth reading about.

Jaisy is living in a world where volcanic ash and the shades of blue is all anyone is supposed to see. They are lead to believe that leaving this place means death. But Jaisy is restless, she sees something more and fears that they might not know the whole truth. She plans to uncover the mysteries of this place and finally be free of the shackles she feels around herself. However, what the truth entails is anyone's guess. Is it even worth looking for and is better for her to accept her peaceful existence in this world and keep on going as she always has?

Jaisy is about to find out how deceptive her world is and how much past can haunt you. I think this book is riveting. Jaisy's story of self-discovery had me intrigued right from the beginning and I enjoyed reading every single minute of it. This book is perfection and I recommend it to all my fellow readers. Pick it up, you won't regret it. In my opinion, it is a must read.

P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Monday, April 08, 2019

Review: His Rebellious Lass by Callie Hutton

His Rebellious Lass (Scottish Hearts, #1)

Synopsis

He wants to marry her off quickly. She says absolutely not. 
When the Marquess of Campbell inherits a fiery, red-headed Scottish beauty as his ward, it’s his job to marry her off. No problem. She comes with a fortune. Lady Bridget MacDuff will have suitors falling all over themselves to wed her.
Not so fast. Lady Bridget has plans for that fortune and they involve helping unfortunate women. And she has no intention of helping her devastatingly handsome guardian in his quest to get her off his hands. He doesn’t plan to marry, either. Why should she?
Bridget and Cam are now on opposite sides of a war that neither one plans to lose. Even if Cam’s rakish presence throws Bridget’s heart into turmoil and the marquess can’t deny that his ward sets his heart afire. And then Cam makes a bold proposal...

Review

This is a great read. If you enjoy historical romance then you must read it. I loved every second of this story. Both main characters are well-written and amazing. It is well-paced and ends well too. So, all in all, a very entertaining book.
Cam does not want any responsibility of an unwanted ward but he is stuck with Lady Bridget. The best thing he can think of to do is to marry her off as soon as possible. After all how hard could it be? He had married off both of his sisters so this won't be any different. The only trouble is, where his sisters wanted to get married, Lady Bridget does not. She hated the very idea of it and told him clearly that she would not marry anyone. All she wants is to get her inheritance and help women who are suffering at the hands of men. Soon, Cam will realize that saying no to her is not as easy as he thought. He is oddly drawn to his unwanted ward and can't seem to think straight where she is concerned.
Lady Bridget wanted an independent life. Her inheritance is substantial but her father had messed up everything by leaving an unexpected will. Now, she must wait until she is three and twenty to inherit or else she must get married. But if she married than her husband will control everything and she would become dependent on him. She can't wait either, especially because Lord Campbell does not seem to respect her wishes of staying single. In the end, the choice might be taken from her altogether.
Two people who think they don't want marriage, both are stubborn and determined and have kind souls, in other words, a match made in heavens. I thoroughly enjoyed Cam and Bridget's story. It is quite a gripping tale of how misguided intentions can lead to happy endings.
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.