Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Review: "Give Me Hope" by Zoey Derrick


***This is BOOK 2 in The Reason Series and is the Follow-up to Amazon Angels & Devils and Demons BestSeller Give Me Reason. This is a Novella and it is Highly Recommended that you read Give Me Reason before starting Give Me Hope***


An Angel is he...

From the first moment he saw her, MIKAH BLAKE was seized by an inexplicable need to protect Vivienne Callahan, a fragile but fiery young woman who’s awakened a slumbering power within him. With his encouragement, Vivienne has begun to turn her life around, and things seem to be heading in the direction of a slow but certain happily-ever-after. But that happy ending is side tracked by a rising evil that is determined to destroy her.

When her dark past comes back to claim her, Mikah is caught in a whirlwind of events that lead him down a path he was born into but never understood. Until now.

Can Mikah save Vivienne? Will his love be enough? Will he be able to control his angelic powers and use them to protect his newfound love?

***Content Warning***
While this book does not have physical sexual acts involved, it does however have implied sexual acts, impending sexual acts, and serious discussion regarding past trauma to a PTSD Survivor.

My Review: 4/5 stars!

*I was given an ARC of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

I really enjoyed this book. It was nice to have this book from Mikah's POV. I wasn't too sure about him in the first book...I didn't really connect with him, but this book has me rooting for him! I'm really enjoying the fact that it's not "insta-love" for these two. I like the build-up between them. I'm curious to find out more about the plot twist with Vivienne...I didn't see that coming and I also am wondering about this Detective Stevens. I can NOT wait to read "Give Me Desire!"


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Review (by Sami & Stephenee): "Love Renewed" by C.S. Janey



Returning to her hometown after fleeing ten years ago, the last person Charlotte Reylin wants to spend time with is the man who had broken her heart and her trust, yet Trevin Green seems determined to show her that their love never died.

Though she'd sworn to never live in Oakford again, Charlotte Reylin is back after the death of her husband, living with her mother and her autistic five year old son. She never imagined she'd run into the man who had broken her heart, or the maelstrom of emotions seeing him anew would induce...

Trevin Green has loved Charlotte for as long as he can remember. After discovering that she has returned to their hometown, he resolves to let nothing get in the way of renewing their love - including Shelby, the woman who screwed things up the first time and seems to want to do so again...

Is it possible for Trevin to convince Charlotte to let go of the past and give love a second chance, or will she turn her back on it - and him - for good?

Review (by Sami):

I was given Loved Renewed for an honest review.

Loved Renewed was a great book that kept you saying what will happen next? Let me just say in all relationships you should never run away without getting closure. With that being said, the story starts off with Charlotte's heart broken into a billion pieces by her one true love Trevin Green and so she runs away with her best friend Jack. Charlotte hopes to move on and never see Trevin again. That was her plan until Charlotte finds herself back in her small home town 10 years later and runs into Trevin. What will Charlotte do? You will have to read Loved Renewed to find out!

Loved Renewed is a wonderful book with passion, love, heartbreak, forgiving and learning how to trust again.

Review (by Stephenee):

This was one of the most endearing love stories I have read in a long time. The fact that two people are so in love and are able to withstand a 10 year "break" and still remember the littlest things that they used to know and love is the ultimate fairy tale romance for most women in the world today. This book was so well written and so realistic that I could picture this happening to friends or even myself. The characters are so likable and believable and the plot had some twists that you would never see coming, especially when they are unfolding. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to read a good love story with a bit of mystery and suspense (just a bit). Enjoy this book and the others that C.S. Janey has written as I know that I will!!


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Review: "Vampire Cop" by Sheri Kurtz (reviewed by Amanda)


Shawn Anderson is the Chief Deputy Sheriff for the county he was born and raised in. With his father as the Sheriff and his brother a Sargent, the Anderson reputation is well known. The one thing no one knows about Shawn is that he is a vampire. Until he becomes the target of a frame job. Now with the help of his fellow law enforcement officers, it's a race against time to find the murderer and clear his name.

Review (by Amanda): 3/5 stars

*I was given a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Vampire Cop is about a cop who gets turned into a vampire while left for dead. He's stuck in a life with only two people, his best friends, knowing what he is. Soon, there's nothing he can do but let his secret out and hope his family will still love him. The plot was very well thought out and I enjoyed it a lot. There is murder, kidnapping, romance and a ton of friendship involved in this story.

The beginning starts off very descriptive and almost to the point it was too much for my taste. Then the story line picked up and the descriptions weren't as noticeable as I continued to read.


You can find Sheri on Facebook: Sheri's Facebook Page

Monday, November 18, 2013

Review: "Joseph Fallen" By M.S. Willis



Content Warning: This book contains graphic sexual situations, mature language and explicit description of physical and sexual violence.

There is a fine line between genius and madness…
Between love and hate,
Between right and wrong.

Joseph had created The Estate for her…
His wife,
The woman he chose to bear his child.
She was beauty unsurpassed;
And her song was unlike anything he’d ever known.

However, their love was a story that would not find a happy ending.

In this prequel novella to the Estate series, follow Joseph Carmichael as he creates a world unlike any other. Because, in order to comprehend The Estate, you must understand Joseph; but, in order to understand Joseph, you must discover how a man falls from light into the pitch black depths of ultimate darkness.

Joseph Fallen is the prequel novel to Madeleine Abducted - Book One of The Estate Series. Each book in the series is a stand alone novel with no cliffhangers.
My Review 5/5 stars
*I was given an ARC of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Getting a glimpse into pure evil is never easy, I knew what I was getting myself into before reading, but I don't think I was fully prepared for it. Arianna broke my heart. I literally was brought to tears several times at what she endured. Even through everything, the abuse, neglect, torture and watching her husband's decent into madness...she remained hopeful that one day she would get out. I hated Joseph in "Madeleine, Abducted" but after reading this...I truly have no words. It's scary to think that true evil like this can and probably does exist in this world. MS Willis is a masterful story teller and she wove an even darker story than I imagined. A must read for those who like dark "romance."
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Review: Carnal Knowledge by Crystal Blue (this book is intended for readers 18+)


A college campus, a co-ed who may be a nymphomaniac...what could happen? Just about anything...

The year is 1966. Carol is an extra-young college freshman, away from home and the scrutiny of her parents for the first time. Determined to explore her sexual identity she dates older men, but is forced to wait for her eighteenth birthday to lose her virginity. But, when she reaches that landmark, all bets are off and she is at last free to satisfy her urges. Throughout her college years, Carol finds herself in ever more precarious sexual escapades, until finally, she must be rescued by her roommate and a man she has come to know as a friend. After her devastating experience in a frat house, can she return to a life of uncomplicated sex? Will one man be able to satisfy her after she has known forbidden pleasure with many? Must she be deprived of the one thing that is necessary for her greatest release? And, after all she experiences, will she be able to find her own happily-ever-after? This is not your typical HEA romance!

WARNING: This book contains sexually explicit situations and language. It is intended for mature readers, 18+, only.

My Review: 3/5 stars

*I was given a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

I'm not really sure how I feel about the Carol, the main character. It was so much her sexual exploits that bothered me (though agreeing not once but TWICE to the events that happened at the frat house shocked and appalled me) but her nonchalance about them. Not once did I read mention of her using protection (except with Dan). I KNOW it's fiction, but it still bothered me. I felt like she should have seemed some type of therapy. As far as Dan goes, that man must be a saint because there is no way a normal guy would be okay with doing what he did for Carol. The sex scenes were plenty steamy and it was a fast paced read.

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Review: "Writer's Block Trilogy: The Possession" by A.K. Kuykendall


Since his youth, Gregory Stillingsworth has known his destiny: to become a great writer. Indeed, now a wildly successful author, he has penned seventy-three novels, all of them best-sellers. Obsessive and possessive, he writes the old-fashioned way – on a typewriter. His instrument, beaten and tattered even when his parents gave it to him for his fourteenth birthday, has earned a name over the years – Buford. It has also earned a voice. Early on, it spoke to him, repeating a simple mantra: “You and I, forever. You and I, together.”

Gregory Stillingsworth, a world-renowned horror writer, an author who has already surpassed the great ones like Koontz and King, was destined to reach the top. Or was he? Was he destined, instead, to live the life carved for him by his cursed forebears? Instinctively, it has always been Gregory’s custom to write his books one after another. His wife, Jamie, who serves as his lawyer, critic, and business partner, gave up convincing him to slow down so as to focus on starting a family. Gregory is relentless in nourishing his career; that is, until for the first time, he runs out of words, sending him into an uncontrollable rage that even his wife cannot comprehend. Is this unexpected rage an extreme reaction to the stresses of writer’s block? Or is it the unveiling of his true role among us, a scribe born into this world only to write of the coming Armageddon?

Writer’s Block: The Possession is a dark, horror story, a psychological thriller, and a labyrinthine cryptogram that the reader must unravel one scene at a time. With no way to tell what is truth and what is fiction from Gregory’s perspective, the reader is led to wonder how much of this novel is autobiographical information from the real author’s perspective, taking the horror factor from the realm of fiction into the realm of possibility. As part one of the Writer’s Block Trilogy, The Possession leaves the reader on the edge of his seat, chewing his nails, anxiously waiting for a resolution.

My Review: 4/5 stars

* I was given a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

The beginning of the book was slow for me....i found it to be a little wordy for my tastes. The back and forth switch form time and place kind of threw me for a loop a few times and I had to go back a few pages and re-read to remember where in time I was. Overall, the book was chilling and distrurbing. Gregory (the main character) drew me in almost immediately and did NOT let go until the very end. There were times that I had to walk away from the book, because the sheer madness of it, was quite disturbing. I found there to be a lot of religious references and being a non-religious person, I sometimes felt a little lost. Not because the writing was unclear, just my understanding of that subject is limited. A.K. Kuykendall can definitely hold his own with some of my favortie horror/thriller writers (Dean Koontz & Stephen King). I also liked the touch with the made the story that much more eerie . I would definitely recommend this book to those looking for something along the lines of what Koontz and King write.

If you're looking for a book that will stay with you for awhile after you have finished reading it...this will do it!

You can follow the author on FB here: A.K. Kuykendall's FaceBook Page

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Interview w/Victoria Kinnaird. Author of "The Red Sun Rises"

So my lovely Amongsters....Author Victoria Kinnaird is being featured on my facebook page for this entire week! She and I had an interview/discussion about "The Red Sun Rises" (her DEBUT novel) and she also gave "A Girl Amongst Books" an EXCLUSIVE peek into the future of the Trilogy. I reviewed the book for Nerd Girl and was amazed at her descriptive writing. She has a way with words and the story drew me in with her first sentence...anyway I could go on and on about this book...without further gushing about how awesome Victoria's the discussion (interview sounds too we had about TRSR:

*Note-for those who haven't read the book...there may be a few little spoilers but nothing too major. Proceed at your own

A Girl Amongst Books:  I personally loved Eren & Lilith. But Eren was my absolute favorite character in the book. Do you have a favorite character or maybe even a least favorite?

Victoria Kinnaird:  I don't really have a single favourite, I love all my characters in their own way but of course my trio - Eren, Corbijn and Andy - hold a special place in my heart! I don't have a least favourite either, but Corbijn is definitely the hardest to write. He can be quite cold, as a character, but Eren loves him so it's important that the readers love him as well! I would like to think that people see what Eren sees, despite Corbijn's reservations!

A Girl Amongst Books:
I definitely can see where Corbijin could be difficult. His whole "I'm not your boyfriend" comments really makes me want to smack him!

 I've heard you say that you struggled w/TRSR while writing it (at least when you first started). Was it writer's block? Insecurities? Or just stubborn characters?

Victoria Kinnaird:  I did struggle with it, I was writing it on and off for five years! It was nothing to do with the characters, I've always had a really good connection with my characters, it was a combination of insecurity and real life getting in the way. I was forever starting it, getting a couple of chapters in, deciding it was rubbish and scrapping it, only to come back to it a few months later because my characters - Eren in particular - just would not leave me alone. It went on like that for years. Eventually, I worked up the courage to show what I was writing to my friends, and their support really spurned me on to finally finish it!

A Girl Amongst Books: I'm glad that your friends were supportive! This story needed to be written! I think sometimes in YA its either ALL or nothing and you showed how "it" (meaning sex, relationships, etc) can be written without being OVERLY descriptive. I'm a mom , to a 7 yr old & 3 yr old and even though they aren't ready for these types of books, yet...when the time comes for them to read "older" themed books, i'll "screen" them before i allow them to read. Sometimes YA seems to cross over an "invisible" line into "grown-up" territory. If you know what I
Victoria Kinnaird:
and this is the thing, although I knew that this book would not shy away from sex - Eren and Corbijn have had sex by the end of the book and I'm pretty sure everyone knows it - they don't talk about it, it's very much left at the bedroom door
by Book 2, they're a bit older and a bit more comfortable and they joke about it, a bit, but even then it's never explicit.

A Girl Amongst Books:  So, the story takes place in All the town based off of any local areas where you live?

Victoria Kinnaird: All Hallows is not based on anywhere in particular, it's very much my vision of a small, American town! I live in Glasgow, Scotland, so All Hallows is very different!

A Girl Amongst Books: Now, let's talk a little about the "villian" in your book.
Lord Gaunt is "the bad guy".... He's obsessed with Corbijin and I personally feel the reason is because he wants to right a wrong. We get a little information about what happened in TRSR. Will it tie into the next 2 books in the trilogy?

Victoria Kinnaird: Gaunt is an interesting character because it would be so easy to simply paint him as a villain - and lots of people, including Gaunt, do that. They don't want to see that there may be depth there because Gaunt's back story is kind of tragic. He killed the man he loved - the only man he loved - in a fit of rage, and he has spent hundreds of years tracking the reincarnated soul of that man down in the hope that he could have a second chance. To me, there is something kind of romantic about that. Of course, what Gaunt does not realise, is that Corbijn is not that man - although Gaunt never gives up hope. He knows, deep down, that his love is lost forever but he's determined to keep trying! Gaunt does pop up in Book 2 and there is a scene with him that gives a real insight into his character.

A Girl Amongst Books: I think that this is an amazing book with believeable characters (even though they are fictitious characters). The emotions that they feel are almost palpable. While I was reading the book I personally felt like I knew the characters, like I could relate to some of their issues. This book isn't your typical YA vampire novel. It's so much more than that and I am glad I read it.

That being said, Is there anything you'd like to say to anyone who's read or is considering reading your book?
Victoria Kinnaird: Something I'd like to say to people who have read the book, I guess I would just say that I really do appreciate everyone who has taken the time and spent money on my book, it means the world to me! For people who are thinking of buying the book, I would just say that I tried my best to make it as entertaining and as fun as possible! The book has a lot of heart but hopefully a lot of laughs as well.
If you'd like to read "The Red Sun Rises" here is the link to Amazon: TRSR
Victoria's Amazon Author Page: Victoria Kinnaird
Victoria's FB page: FB Page

        Friday, November 1, 2013

        Character Interview: Alexander Burnham from "A Beautiful Mess" by T.K. Leigh

        Good Morning, Amongsters! I've got some exciting news! The lovely and witty T.K. Leigh graciously allowed me to interview the oh so handsome and somewhat intimidating (I mean he IS drop dead gorgeous) Alexander Burnham a few weekends ago. He is a busy man so the interview wasn't as long as I was hoping it would be, but he was kind enough to answer my questions and quite a good sport about it. Mr. Burnham is quite the busy man and it was hard to find time to meet up with him, but I found time and drove to Boston, specifically for this interview. (I mean come on...YOU would too!) We met at a little coffee shop not to far away from his office, "Burnham & Associates."

        So without further is the interview!

        I'm sitting at a little table in the coffee shop, people watching when a man, a VERY good-looking man walks into the coffee shop, in a crisp 3 piece suit. ALL eyes are on him as he casually walks over to the table and gives me a warm smile. MAN...that smile is enough to make me completely lose my train of thought.) He sits down and quick introductions are made. I can't help but let my hand linger a little when we shake hands. I'm fidgeting in my chair....he's ordering a coffee when I decide it's time to start the interview before I throw myself across the table at him (I remind myself that I am a MARRIED woman and it would be quite unprofessional to throw myself at a man i'm interviewing, not to mention this man is a complete stranger. I have no doubts that he hasn't had tons of women throwing themselves at him.)

        A Girl Amongst Books:
        (I'm smiling like a 10 year old girl at a Justin Beiber concert.)
        Hi, Mr. Burnham, thanks for agreeing to this interview. I'm sure my readers would love to learn a little more about you.

        I've been hearing lots of talk about your business....Burnham & Associates. Could you tell my readers a little about what you do? What made you want to pursue this type of career?

        Alexander Burnham:

        Well, Burnham & Associates was a company my father started around the same time I was born. He had worked special-ops in the C.I.A., and was never really around that much, which infuriated my mother. So he ended up retiring and taking his C.I.A. training to start his own private security company. Over the years he built it up into one of the most prestigious firms in the world. We do quite a bit, from training people to go overseas and assist various countries with whatever they need, protecting natural resources, air support and escorts, and some other classified operations that I’m not at liberty to discuss. It wasn’t anything I ever saw myself doing, but after my father died unexpectedly about five years ago, I obtained an honorable discharge from the Navy and came home to run the company.

        A Girl Amongst Books:

        I'm sorry for your loss. I can't imagine losing a parent, especially unexpectedly.

        While we are on the topic of family, Do you spend a lot of time with your family in your spare time?

        Alexander Burnham:
        A bit. Mom does a bit of traveling so she’s not around a whole lot. My older sister, Carol, is a detective with Boston P.D. And my little brother, Tyler, goes to Boston University. So we’re all in town and try to get together as much as possible. Work and school get in the way a bit, but I can always find time to go grab a drink with either one of them, especially now that Tyler is able to drink legally.

        A Girl Amongst Books:

        Being the busy man that you are...what do you do for fun? or to relax?

        Alexander Burnham:

        I have varied tastes. I love living in Boston and being able to head out of my penthouse to go for a run around this city. Running the Charles River or through Boston Common is one of my favorite Sunday morning activities, particularly since I adopted this dog who has more energy than I signed on for. I’m a big fan of baseball. I never really got into football or any other sport like a lot of guys do. I’m a sucker for a ball park and a hot dog. And of course, growing up in New England, I’m a die hard Red Sox fan. Born and raised. I was a fan before we won the series in 2004. It was a tragic and lonely existence. I’m just glad my Dad was still alive to see them finally win the World Series after 86 years.

        A Girl Amongst Books:

        (Now that I'm getting a little more comfortable, i'm getting ready to ask a few, personal questions and I start to fidget...i hope he's not noticing.)

        Being the very successful (and may I say), very good-looking man that you you find the time to date? I mean running a private security firm isn't your typical 9-5 job.
        Is their a someone special??

        Alexander Burnham:

        (He gives me a devilish grin)

         Why, thank you. Um, I'm not one to really talk about my personal life all that much. What I will say is that there's always been a special someone in my life. Since as far back as I can remember, there's been only one girl that I couldn't get out of my mind. I'm sure you've heard all about my reputation among women, just like the rest of the country has. I do have the reputation to be a bit of a "player" I guess. But I've just been waiting to find that girl that stole my heart years ago, I guess.

        A Girl Amongst Books:

        (okay that last answer really made me melt....I need to change topics for a few minutes to collect myself.)

        Tracy mentioned you enjoy music...what types do you like to listen too?

        Alexander Burnham:

        A little bit of everything really. Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Damien Rice, to name just a few. What a lot of people don’t know about me is that I’ve been playing guitar and piano for as long as I can remember. A family friend taught me how to play when I was a little boy and I never really stopped. So I tend to gravitate toward music that I can see myself playing. I love music and love discovering new bands that not a lot of people know about yet.

        A Girl Amongst Books:

        I'm sure Tracy mentioned to you that I run a book blog, so my next question should come as no surpise. Do you like to read? If so, what's the last thing you read?

        Alexander Burnham:

        I do like to read, but unfortunately my job demands a great deal of my time. So I'm usually too busy to read for pleasure. The last thing I read was a report about one of my overseas security operations. Not the thrilling stuff I'm sure you're looking for.

        A Girl Amongst Books:


        No, definitely not. But if you ever find the time to read, I'm sure I could recommend a few books you may enjoy.

        (It's getting to be late afternoon and I don't want to keep him much longer, plus i need to make the trip back to Jersey before my husband thinks i ran away with Mr. Burnham. So i start to gather my things as we are talking about things that i might enjoy seeing in Boston. I thank him for his time and as when I reach my car...i remember there was ONE question that I didn't ask...and I REALLY need the answer to, so i take a deep breath and call out to him as he is walking down the road to his office.)

        A Girl Amongst Books:

        Oh, Mr. Burnham....I have one more question...I hope you won't mind too much.

        Boxers or Briefs??

        Alexander Burnham:

        Boxer Briefs, actually. (He gives me that devilish grin again and turns and walks off.)


        I hope you all enjoyed the interview and maybe learned something new about the oh so sexy Mr. Alexander Burnham. I need to make sure to thank T.K. Leigh for setting up the interview.

        If you haven't read " A Beautiful Mess" by T.K.'s ON SALE for 99 CENTS...for a limited time!

        Here's the link:
        A Beautiful Mess

        Review: "Taking Chances" by Ann Omasta


        Our strong, female heroine in this passionate journey is Abigail Brown, a 28-year-old divorcee who has never had an orgasm, much to her chagrin. Despite being self-conscious about what she considers to be her body's 'failings', she has built a terrific life for herself in the quaint, lakeside town of Harbor Shores, Michigan.

        She thinks that she has discovered her 'happily ever after' ending when she stumbles upon the perfect man, who shows her the intense sensual bliss that her body is capable of enjoying. It is smooth sailing for Abby, until a second Mr. Perfect comes along and rocks her world!

        "Taking Chances" is a fun, contemporary romance novel that follows Abby's story through the complications of being entangled in a sensual love-triangle. She discovers and begins to embrace her sexuality along the way and decides that she'll grab at the chance to experience true love.

        My Review:


        I was totally prepared for this to be the "typical" romance-y, chick-lit read. You know the kind i'm talking about...the main character is your average, everyday girl next door and on a spur of the moment incident, she finds her knight
        in shining armor. From then on the story is pretty predictable. Well, this book didn't really fit into that scenario, well maybe in the beginning but it definitely has a few twists and turns that came unexpectedly.

        The beginning of the book was pretty even paced, maybe even a little predictable, but the banter between Abby and Courtney kept me reading. Once Abby meets Seth (or Sumptuous Seth as she
        fondly refers to him) it REALLY picks up. Something is awakened inside of Abby (in MORE ways than one) and she comes into her own.
        There is a part in the book where Seth asks her to a benefit and the book takes an interesting turn. I don't want to elaborate too much for fear of ruining it for those who haven't read it.
        But I was NOT expecting it! From this point the book gets even juicier and i didn't realize how fast I was turning the pages until I got to the end and realized it was a CLIFFHANGER!
        I immediately went to see if the next book is out (which by the way it is NOT but will be entitled "Making Choices).

        This was a fun, easy read with some steamy scenes and funny banter. I can't wait to read "Making Choices," because I KNOW what choice I want Abby to make!

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        Amazon Purchase Link: Taking Chances by Ann Omasta