Spotlight on The Marian (The Marian #1) by Taylor Hohulin

Hello everyone! I wanted to take a moment and spotlight an exciting new release. The Marian (The Marian #1) which is written by Taylor Hohulin is releasing on September 19, 2014.

The author recently revealed the fantastic cover which you can see below for your viewing pleasure!

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I have the honor of participating in the blog tour for The Marian! Be looking forward to a guest post from the author as well as a review from yours truly on September 17th. Get excited!

Below I have included a few very important links that you will want to check out in anticipation of the release! If you haven’t had a chance yet to read the synopsis, check it out and add it to your TBR list!

As always, Happy reading everyone!!

Book Review: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

QueenTitle: The Queen of the Tearling written by Erika Johansen
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Collins
Page count: 434
Format: Hardcover
Rating – 5/5!

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive.

The Queen of the Tearling introduces readers to a world as fully imagined and terrifying as that of The Hunger Games, with characters as vivid and intriguing as those of The Game of Thrones, and a wholly original heroine. Combining thrilling action and twisting plot turns, it is a magnificent debut from the talented Erika Johansen. (Goodreads)

It’s been months since I first heard about The Queen of the Tearling, and over those few months I had succeeded in hyping this book up for myself. When it was finally published early last month I sent my husband to the bookstore and got my hands on a copy. It took me a few days to prepare myself to read it because I just knew it was going to be epic…and it was.

The Queen of the Tearling is 437 pages of a wonderfully written, beautifully detailed fantasy novel. It’s a dark fantasy set in a dystopic world that seems to take place centuries after our time. The best thing about this book is it’s strong heroine, Kelsea, whom is unlike any other heroine that I have read of so far. She’s not your typical beautiful heroine that everyone falls all over themselves over. She is plain, not very feminine or graceful but is strong, courageous and intelligent unlike her mother, the queen before her that was vain and petty. Kelsea is without a doubt a badass.

I don’t know if it was my built up anticipation to read this book but I fell in love with it instantly. The vast universe that Johansen has woven for us  is so interesting and literally delicious to absorb. Once I began reading it, I couldn’t bear to be away from it for more than a few seconds at a time. It is so absorbing, sweeping and so detailed in scope.

When I first saw how big the novel was I thought that maybe it was a standalone but having finished this book, I know for certain that this is the first book in what is going to be a KILLER series. From what I understand this is also going to be a movie which I am super excited about because there are these epic, amazing moments in the book that just HAVE to be translated to the big screen, they just have to be. I’m expecting amazing things from this author, since her debut was so earth shattering for me. I cannot wait for the next one.

If you haven’t heard of this book or are contemplating reading it, do it!!! You will not be disappointed!

Happy reading everyone!

P.S. What a beautiful cover right? There is also another version that I thought was really cool (see below). Which do you like more?

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Lost Catacomb by Shifra Hochberg

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Title: The Lost Catacomb written by Shifra Hochberg
Genre: Historical Mystery
Publisher: Enigma Press (an imprint of GMTA Publishing)
Page count: 257
Format: Ebook (read on Nook App for Microsoft Surface)
Rating – 5/5!!

An intoxicating blend of Vatican thriller and heart-rending love story, THE LOST CATACOMB is a stunning debut novel set against the backdrop of the Holocaust in Italy. At its heart is Nicola Page, a beautiful young art historian who flies to Rome to assess a newly discovered catacomb of enigmatic provenance. Its magnificent frescoes hold the clues to a centuries-old murder and the existence of a fabled treasure from the ancient Temple in Jerusalem.

Assisted by a handsome Italian archaeologist, Nicola is quickly drawn into a tangled web of intrigue and peril, masterminded by a powerful priest who is determined to destroy those who would reveal the dark secrets of the past. And as Nicola uncovers layer after layer of this deadly past, she is brought face to face with shocking facts about her own family history—facts that will forever change the course of her life.

Happy Thursday and thanks for stopping by my stop on the Blog Tour for The Lost Catacomb! Special thanks to GMTA Publishing and Shifra Hochberg for allowing me to participate!

The Lost Catacomb was an absolute blast to read. It is a thrilling mystery whose narrative cycles between the present and the period of the Holocaust. The narrative is fascinating, action packed and gut wrenching. My goodness, this was a great book. It’s one of those books that’s just like candy and you just can’t get enough of it. From the get go this book had me so engrossed in it’s pages that I literally did not put it down. My whole day off of work was devoted to staying under the covers and reading this book, it was just THAT good.

There were a lot of things that I loved about this book including the historical fiction part of it. I’m always fascinated with a good historical fiction plot and I think that the World War II period is my most favorite period to read about. It just always reminds me of the dark side of human history but also reminds me of hope and compassion and the fact that we must never allow anything like that to ever happen again. This book was no different in that respect. I don’t want to give too much away about the actual plot and the plot twists but there are really amazing plot twists that concern our main character Nicola that just had me spinning. Well, the whole story had me spinning actually…and biting my nails!

Another thing that I just loved about this book was the main character herself. From the start I got the sense that she was a strong female character but she still had this sort of “lost” quality to her like although she is so successful in her career and academic accomplishments, her personal life is just…there. I LOVED seeing her “find” her identity, that was so satisfying for me. The ending was spectacular in that it was so chilling and makes you think. There is resolution…sort of and it was just the perfect way to end the book. I wish there was going to be another one but maybe there is! Great writing style, wonderfully built characters, just enough amount of romance (which wasn’t a lot but it was a good amount for this story), just the right amount of action and suspense. A superb read! I can’t tell you enough how much I really enjoyed this story and I would definitely be up for rereading it in the near future. I am expecting to read some awesome stories from this author in the future.

I would recommend this book to any historical mystery fans, especially readers that love Dan Brown books. In my opinion this book is definitely on that level! I would LOVE to see this as a movie! I think it would be both thrilling and beautiful at the same time.
If you are interested in reading this book, I have up to 20 free copies of the ebook to give away. Please let me know in the comments if you are interested!

 

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Shifra Hochberg has a Ph.D. in English literature from New York University and teaches at Ariel University in Israel. She has published over 20 academic essays and is currently writing another novel

 

 

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Book Review: The Space Between by Kristie Cook

17552467Title: The Space Between (The Book of Phoenix #1) written by Kristie Cook
Genre: New Adult – Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Ang’dora Productions, LLC
Page count: 408
Format: Ebook (read on Kindle app for Microsoft Surface)
Rating – 5/5

When Life Falls to Pieces, Answers Lie in the Space Between

Leni Drago can’t make a smart decision on her own, according to her mother anyway–the few times she’s tried resulted in disaster. When her uncle sends her on a dance tour in Italy to find her real self, she returns to an empty home and any evidence of his existence wiped out. Then things get even stranger, like the mysterious appearances of Jeric Winters–inked, pierced and a hit-‘em-and-quit-‘em type. He’s one decision that should be easy for Leni. Or is he?

Jeric doesn’t do girlfriends. Unless they’re someone else’s. He left the fighting cage and modeling for a reason, and girls who want more than a night of fun are distractions he doesn’t need. Especially when they come with as much baggage as Leni carries. But he can’t shake the gut feeling that he needs to know her. All of her.

To discover the truth behind their connection and their ties to a journal from 1989, they must face painful secrets from their pasts. And they must do so quickly because their own existences are falling to pieces.

Two love stories, one mystery and a paranormal twist that readers call “mind blowing.” This first part of The Book of Phoenix takes you on a heart-wrenching ride as you discover the answers that lie in The Space Between.

I decided to download and read The Space Between on a whim while I was browsing through the free ebooks in the romance section of the Amazon Kindle app. I don’t typically browse these that often but I absolutely fell in love with the cover of this book and was immediately drawn in by the synopsis. This is quite literally the first free ebook I’ve ever gotten off of Amazon (it’s also free on B&N Nook) so  I wasn’t too sure what to expect and I admit at not having high expectations but I am so happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised by what I found within the pages of this book.

The Space Between is a wonderfully unique and beautiful story. It is also wildly romantic, sexy, tragic and suspenseful. I am so impressed by it. For some reason I thought this would be a typical romance book but even though it did have a few romance cliché’s and cheesy one liners, these were very few and far between. I enjoyed these characters and this story so much. It was nearly impossible for me to guess where the plot was going the whole time I read it. The “story within a story” narrative was confusing for me at first but if you stick it out and pay attention that gets cleared up in no time and is something I ended up enjoying. When I first started reading this book I forgot that it was a paranormal romance and the plot twist literally knocked me off of my feet, it’s breathtaking!

If you’re a paranormal romance or fantasy romance fan, you won’t want to miss this book and remember it’s free right now on Amazon and B&N. It is the first book in a series (yes!) and the second book has been released. I can say without a doubt that I will be reading the second book very, very soon because I want more of this romance and I want to know more about these twin flames and what their mission is going to be, what they mean for the world, etc. AHHH, great book!!

 

 

 

Blog Tour Book Review & Giveaway: Smorgasbord by Jagjiwan Sohal

Smorgasbord PicTitle: Smorgasbord written by Jagjiwan Sohal
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Comedy Horror
Publisher: Mythos Press (Imprint of GMTA Publishing)
Page count: 179
Format: Ebook (read on Kindle app for Microsoft Surface)
Released: March 2014
Rating – 5/5

When Anna Lopez’s zombie attack video goes viral, no one could believe that the high school cheerleader had taken a bite out of the undead monster – and liked it! Now nothing will ever be the same for supernatural beings…because humans have discovered they taste freakin’ DELICIOUS!

 

And when a zombie boy gets in the crosshairs of a gang of hungry-human hunters, Julie, a young vampire loner, jumps in for the rescue. But now Julie’s got more than she bargained because taking care of a rambunctious undead creature who only knows one word (“brains”) is NOT easy. And when Julie and her zombie pal stumble upon on a crazed soccer mom, they find themselves on the run from a trigger-happy family who want nothing more than to grill them up for a neighborhood barbecue bash!

I knew I had to read this book when I caught a glimpse of the cover. It just looks like it would be a fun book to read (who doesn’t love a good zombie story?) and I’ve been trying to hunt down books that my ten year old niece may enjoy as well.

Smorgasbord is a totally unique spin on what could happen if the Zombie Apocalypse were to occur that features a zombie apocalypse gone wrong. Instead of the traditional uber scary, uber panic driven zombie attack on mankind, this story presents us with a zombie apocalypse in which, through an accidental bite, humans discover that zombies (along with other paranormal creatures) are fingerlickin’ good. It is the zombie apocalypse gone awry where humans are now doing the hunting while zombies and other paranormal creatures are doing the running.

The story is original and fresh in a market that seems at times a bit oversaturated with zombie novels, but Smorgasbord is not your “run of the mill” zombie story, it is a fresh of breath air. I couldn’t put this book down it was so fun to read. Lately I’ve been reading some pretty serious books so it was great to take a break from that and just go on a fun ride that suprisingly had me rooting for the paranormal creatures instead of the humans.

It had sort of a Shaun of the Dead type of humor vibe for me, except our protagonists are from the other team, which was great and it’s a story that is suitable for older kids and teens as well. I enjoyed it as an adult and it actually made me seriously think about how mankind might react to zombies and paranormal creatures if we somehow gained the upper hand…would we find a way to exploit them?

I hope to read more from this author in the future as I really enjoyed his style of writing, the dialogue he created, and the characters he created.

If you like zombie themed books or are looking for a  light, fun read where you might find yourself siding with the zombies and not the humans…Smorgasbord may be just the book for you! I have twenty copies to give away for free so leave a comment and let me know you are interested!

I’d like to thank GMTA Publishing and the author for allowing me to read and review this book!!

Also check out this rad playlist for the book! I love it!

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Born and raised near Toronto, Canada, Jagjiwan Sohal works in the Canadian film and TV industry as an up-and-coming screenwriter and producer. His short stories have been published by The Horror Zine, Scribal Tales and Hello Horror. Smorgasbord is his first novel.

 

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Blog Tour Book Review & Giveaway – Six Million Accusers: Catching Adolf Eichmann by D. Lawrence-Young

Six Million AccusersTitle: Six Million Accusers: Catching Adolf Eichmann written by D. Lawrence-Young
Genre: Historical Fiction/World War II
Publisher: Enigma Press (Imprint of GMTA Publishing)
Page count: 245
Format: Ebook (read on Kindle app for Microsoft Surface)
Released: May 2014
Rating – 5/5

Six Million Accusers” is a historical novel reliving the hunt for, and capture of one of history’s most evil criminals – a leading Nazi named Adolf Eichmann.

 

Having disappeared after WWII, members of an Israeli organization search the world for Eichmann, hoping to one day capture one of the men responsible for brutally massacring millions of Jews, and others. Following any tip possible, eventually they discover a Jewish father and daughter who swear Eichmann quietly lives in their community, under a new name. The search for Eichmann ramps up, and the agents begin to fervently believe they have found their man.

 

As they get closer and closer, a plan must also be created to capture Eichmann, and secretly transport the villain back to Israel. Is it really Eichmann? And if so, what complications may arise that might destroy their plans to have this notorious Nazi held responsible for his crimes?

 

“Six Million Accusers” is based on historic detail, and David Lawrence- Young does an excellent job reliving the hunt for, and capture of Adolf Eichmann. Well written and easy to read, “Six Million Accusers” should be a staple of the educational discussion of WWII and the aftermath.

 

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Six Million Accusers: Catching Adolf Eichmann. I’d like to say thank you to both D. Lawrence-Young and GMTA Publishing for giving me the honor of reading and reviewing this awesome book!

Six Million Accusers is a historical fiction novel based on the historical facts surrounding the mission to capture Adolf Eichmann, a high ranking Nazi responsible for the death of six million innocent Jews during World War II. It is the story of bringing him to justice after years of his evading it. Although the narrative is fiction, it reads like a first hand account of the activities leading to and after the capture of Eichmann.

This was an emotional read for me, as is pretty much every book I’ve read so far that has dealt with the subject of the Holocaust. I found myself in tears multiple times throughout my reading of this book. This is the first book I have read from D. Lawrence Young and I will be reading more…he has written this story so beautifully that I felt like I was actually there witnessing these events and looking into the eyes of one of history’s most terrible men.

I definitely learned a lot from reading this book. Although I had read about Adolf Eichmann before and knew a little bit about his relationship to Hitler and the Holocaust, prior to reading this book I hadn’t really known any specific details or the breadth of his involvement.

I am so glad that I was able to read this book and have the opportunity to share it with you today, I think that anyone can enjoy this book and be touched by it. It reminded me of the many failures and successes of our human history, the fragile nature of all of our lives and the fact that even if it takes awhile, good always conquers evil. Six Million Accusers is an interesting, powerful, fast paced, and beautifully written book that you will not want to put down. Read this book! I have 20 ebook copies of this book to give away, please leave a comment to get your copy, come back and share your thoughts with me!

Happy Reading everyone!

 

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D. Lawrence-Young takes the often pompous and frequently silly “Shakespeare Authorship Controversy” and turns it into a fast-paced page-turning detective story. All the nooks and crannies of rival candidates and claims are traversed in interesting locations and often funny encounters. The SAC has got under the Shakespeare-loving and teaching David Young’s skin and he has turned this irritant into a pleasure to read and from which there is much to learn.

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Spotlight on: Keith Rommel’s “Thanatology series”

three-book-graphicHello!! I wanted to take the time between reviews to do a spotlight on Keith Rommel’s “Thanatology series” which is, as you can see, becoming a motion picture! Exciting stuff! I haven’t read the books myself but this series is definitely on my TBR list for reading in what is remaining of this year. Has anyone read it yet? It sounds intriguing and dark…definitely interesting!

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.  Sunbury Press has released Keith Rommel’s 3rd installment of the Thanatology series  The Sinful Man

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Headaches. Hunger. Pain.

Leo needs something . . . his stomach growls, but it can wait. That’s not hunger he must feed. He has to get to his next high, but without money he knows he can’t buy what he needs to sate the voice inside telling him to get more, get more.

Voices. Visions. Addiction.

No luck asking his father. His mother is in no position to help. After failing to steal the money he desperately needs, Leo must appeal to his dealer, the dangerous and infamous Saint Nick—despite the inevitable beating he’ll take for showing up empty-handed. Still, anything to keep the voices and flashbacks at bay . . .

Demons. Addiction. Death.

Leo soon learns that everything has a price—not just money for drugs, but that every choice he makes has a repercussion. Suddenly caught between a world where he can see the sins of his past and a new consciousness that he doesn’t fully understand, Leo finds himself not only chasing the dragon, but being chased by demons of a whole different kind. He must learn the finality of being past hope—all while reliving his missed opportunities for second chances—and truly come to understand that he is responsible for his own undoing before he runs out of time. After a lifetime of bad choices, this Sinful Man discovers the consequences to his actions and the mortal responsibility of exercising free will.

What others are saying:

“Downright chilling. Rommel has woven another nightmare that will haunt your days and nights!” — Hunter Shea, author of The Montauk Monster and The Waiting
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“Reading late into the night, this had me wanting more… and dreading it.” — Catherine Jordan, author of 
Seeking Samiel
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From the very beginning of 
The Sinful Man, Keith Rommel grabs the reader by the throat and catapults him into a world where the reader’s own pounding heart screams that nowhere is safe. –Thomas M. Malafarina, author of Dead Kill – Book 1 – The Ridge of Death

The Sinful Man

Authored by Keith Rommel

List Price: $14.95
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
176 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062654
ISBN-10: 1620062658
BISAC: Fiction / Psychological

Also available on Kindle & Nook

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Sinful-Man-978162006…

The rest of the Thanatology Series:

Book 1 - The Cursed Man – soon to be a major motion picture:

Cursed Man pubThe Cursed Man, by Keith Rommel, tells the story of Alister Kunkle, a patient at Sunnyside Capable Care Mental Institution. Alister has been in seclusion for the last 25 years, having no contact with the staff or the outside world. The reason for this is that anyone who communicates with Alister dies within the day, for he is the Cursed Man and Death takes a professional interest in those unlucky enough to cross his path.

Believing him simply deranged, Dr Anna Lee, an up-and-coming young psychiatrist, has come to cure Alister. She is warned about Alister’s past and is shown evidence of previous encounters made by the skeptical or unbelieving, all of whom died, sometimes horribly. Regardless of the stories, Anna will not be dissuaded and is reluctantly allowed access to Alister. All assume her fate is sealed, but when she returns unharmed the next day, we also start to wonder about the stories.

So begins an enthralling narrative told in the past and the present as Anna attempts to learn why Alister believes he is cursed, while at the same time trying to convince him the events were not real and that in fact he is merely ill and so can be cured. Is Alister truly followed by death or is he simply mentally ill? The Cursed Man is an extremely well-written suspense horror story… I enjoyed it immensely; right up until the very end I was never sure of the outcome… Great story-telling in the tradition of Stephen King… — Booklore

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Cursed-Man-PAPERBACK-9781620063682.htm

Book 2 - The Lurking Man – a Sunbury Press bestseller:

LM_pubWhat happens after we die? Are we given choices based on how we lived our lives? It’s an age-old question pondered by just about everyone.

Author Keith Rommel dared to explore the answer by creating his newest novel The Lurking Man, a story of dark suspense that unmercifully reveals the life of a self-deluded, neglectful mother who caused irreparable damage to her family and ultimately struggles with death as much as life. It’s the second novel in his suspenseful and thrilling Thanatology series that began with the eerie, spine-tingling The Cursed Man.

Imagine Death knowing your deepest, darkest secrets and all of your private pain,” said Rommel about The The Lurking Man. “Now imagine it wants to use what it knows against you so that you bend to its will.”

In the Lurking Man, main character Cailean stands beneath a spotlight in a blinding snowstorm. She has no idea where she is or how she got there, but she senses something moving around her in the darkness outside the light.

When the ominous presence calling himself Sariel makes himself known, he declares that he is Death Incarnate and that Cailean has died. He has taken her to the Aperture, a place between the living and the dead, where he will force her to face the sins of her past in exchange for twenty-four hours of life to try and right her wrongs. But what she must do in return for this precious time is unthinkable.

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Lurking-Man-9781620063699.htm

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