Chasing the DAUGHTER OF ISIS–Review and Giveaway

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Hi there, and welcome to my stop on the DAUGHTER OF ISIS blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. For other stops on the tour, click here. Today’s Halloween SPOOKTACULAR feature is an UPPER YA Paranormal from debut author, Kelsey Ketch.

Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis, #1)

by Kelsey Ketch

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eee75-daughterisis_cvr_lrgSummary from Goodreads:
“Her mouth parted slightly, waiting for Seth to breathe life into her own body, just like in the story. She wanted him to awaken her senses.”

Their worlds collide in California’s high desert.

The last thing Natara “Natti” Stone wants to do is to start anew at Setemple High School. She wished she had never left London. Yet the brutal murder of her maternal grandmother has made her life very complicated. The only clue related to her murder is an ancient, encrypted necklace Natti discovered after her grandmother’s death. And if trying to adjust to American life is not enough, Natti is being stalked by a mysterious, charming high school senior, Seth O’Keefe, who is annoyingly persistent in his attempts at seduction.

Seth O’Keefe is secretly a member of the Sons of Set, an order that worships the Egyptian god of chaos. Seth’s blessing from Set, his “charm,” never failed, except with one person: Natti Stone. Her ability to elude him infatuates and infuriates him, and he becomes obsessed with the chase. But the closer he gets to her, the more his emotions take a dangerous turn, and he risks breaking one of the most valued covenants of his order. The punishment for which is a fate worse than death.

The adventure this unlikely couple becomes engulfed in could cost them their lives and their souls.

*Note: Content for Upper YA*<<<Reviewer note: This disclaimer is not to be taken lightly

My review:
See that disclaimer? Read it. Remember it. This book, for YA, contains content that raised my eyebrows. I am no prude. Yes, sex happens. Kids take drugs. Etc. etc.

The difference between those events and the fiction herein, is this: the male characters use drugging and mind control to avail themselves of any and every female they desire wherever and whenever they desire them. And they see no problem taking whatever they desire.


Seth and his buddies and their fathers are members, and priests, of a cult to Set, the Egyptian god of Disorder. Their belief that they should destroy what is good and pure in order to obtain riches for themselves is dangerous to everyone within their influence.

Natti arrives in their world when her father moves them to Setemple, a small California town, after Natti’s grandmother is murdered. Oh, and her mother had been murdered 12 years before. (Both women had their hearts torn out.) Natti’s half-Egyptian, and is only now learning her heritage in tribute to her mother and grandmother–unknown to her father whose heart still grieves.

In Setemple High, Seth meets Natti and is intrigued to find one female who isn’t susceptible to his, er, considerable charms. (Translation: Dude get’s more play than a little league field in June. Even in school.) Seth’s buddies can’t figure out why he can’t hit it and quit it, but Natti’s truth-sensing power resists Seth’s mystical compulsion again and again.

Though Seth ascends to being a Son of Set, he begins to recognize the compulsion he wields is not as satisfying after meeting Natti. He experiences his mother’s long battle with sadness and confusion as a vacuous vessel for Set, created and used by his high-priest father, and knows this isn’t what he really desires. In fact, he’s rather tired of his dad controlling his every step. And, when Seth’s father meets Natti, he decides he wants her for a concubine further enraging Seth. (Yes, there are concubines in the book. Disclaimer, remember?)

As Seth develops a deeper connection with Natti, he learns she isn’t just an ordinary girl–she descends from a long line of priestesses to Isis and is a mortal enemy to Set’s worshipers. In fact, her mother and grandmother were murdered by Set Disciples for this very reason. Now that the Set worshipers have found Natti, her fate is sealed. Except Seth is still pining for her, and he may just be willing to defy everything he has been raised to believe in order to save his enemy, and his love.

As far as the story–it was super interesting. Had to fire up the Google-ometer and figure out the Egyptian pantheon for my own good so I could get ahead of the narrative. It also has a metric ton of Holy-God-I-Freaking-Hope-Ain’t-Nobody-Like-These-Set-Dudes-In-The-World, because they are some nasty, nasty, freaky, callous gents, let me tell y’all.

Remember that line from Spider-man? That one about great power and, IDK, responsibility? Yeah. These guys have ULTIMATE power and NOOOOO responsibility. So….as a gal, I was a bit creeped out by Seth and his Set pals, at least initially. Watching Seth’s mind change in the face of all his fantastic power is a remarkable experience, and gives the story it’s heart.

Interested? You can find DAUGHTER OF ISIS at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

About the Author
d4281-kelseyketchDuring her high school years, Kelsey Ketch could always be found tucked away in a little corner of the hall or classroom, writing her fantasy worlds and creating illustrations and maps. Today is no different, except now she’s writing in the break room at her office building or at the tables of the Barnes and Noble Café in Cary, North Carolina. She is also an avid reader, a part-time book blogger at Ketch’s Book Nook, and lives with her two orange tabbies and awesome and humorous flat-mate. Daughter of Isis is her debut novel.

Want to know more? Find Kelsey on Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook.

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Hi there! Got another YA paranormal to share in my pre-Halloween SPOOKTACULAR, this one a contemporary re-imagining of Greek mythology: MY EX FROM HELL by Tellulah Darling.

My Ex From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy, #1)Sixteen year old Sophie Bloom is an ordinary girl. She has two BFF’s, Hannah and Theo, and a bully—yoga-goddess-Bethany, and a mother who mostly can’t be bothered, which is why she lives at her Vancouver boarding school.

On Halloween Sophie pulls a laxative prank on the vile Bethany, then sneaks out to ruin Bethany’s rendezvous with a mysterious boy, Kai. If only high school hijinks were so simple. Sophie does meet Kai, but instead of humiliating Bethany, the kiss Sophie receives triggers an onslaught of memories from her prior life—as Persephone, goddess of Spring and Fertility. Turns out Kai is really Kyrillos, son of Hades, and Persephone’s jilted ex.

Kai’s about to reclaim his long-lost love when Theo—who is really Prometheus in disguise—intercedes, dragging Sophie back to the school grounds.

Kai enrolls himself in the school–that’s the only way he can get near Sophie/Persephone thanks to Theo’s magical wards—but Sophie’s not really that keen on him. I mean, he’s gorgeous but Sophie’s concerned that Kai only wants her for Persephone—and she can’t even remember that life. Of course, Bethany’s on a mission to win Kai for herself, and the spite is quintessential Mean Girl.

Yeah, and you thought your high school romances were complicated!

Classmate Cassie spouts earth-shattering prophesy only Persephone can avert—by hooking up with Kai—cementing the weird-factor. Oh, and Sophie develops defensive magic of her own, which is great now that Hades and Zeus have sent their lightning and fireball wielding minions to destroy her.

Desperate to reclaim her inner Persephone, Theo takes Sophie to the Underworld to find her magical sapphire—a gift from Persephone’s mother, Demeter. While there they are framed for poisoning Hades and barely escape. And, upon their return, they learn that Cassie and Bethany have gone missing—vanished by the new guidance counselor.

Sophie, Kai, Theo and Hannah brave the labyrinth to rescue Cassie from her dragon captor (oh, and Bethany, too, if it works out, you know) forcing previous foes to become allies. It’s a dangerous mission, and may be the end of all things humanity if they fail.

Homerun, Tellulah Darling!

This YA paranormal romance is a total hoot. The voice: teen-angst-plus-Greek-god-ennui makes for an acidic, deadpan wit that rides roughshod over all those weepy-weepy-poor-me coming-of-age tales. From the first I was struck with laughter. I was totally endeared to Sophie—all she wants is to be loved for her self without, you know, looking like she wants to be loved at all. Because, for a lot of teens, trying to be anything is trying too hard, and hence, so not cool. The puns are merciless—EX FROM HELL?—take it literally.

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If you have the chance to pick this one up, let me know what you think of it in the comments.

And, as always, keep reading my friends!

OutCAST? Perhaps…. ENTER THE NIGHT Review and Giveaway!!


Hi there! Welcome to my stop on the ENTER THE NIGHT blog tour sponsored by AToMR tours! You can find the rest of the tours tops here. This new YA paranormal is out now and a seriously spooky contemporary romance. Perfect for my pre-Halloween SPOOKTACULAR! Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!!

Casters2 - Enter the NightEnter the Night Book Description:

In Comes the Night, Alex Robbins, Brooke Saunders and Maryanne Hemlock, three troubled seniors at Streep Academy, learned to escape their pain — escape their very bodies — by casting a dark piece of themselves out through the stained glass window high in the attic of their dorm, Harvell House.

Casting has been the salvation of each of the girls, but particularly for Maryanne. The wholesome good girl of the trio, Maryanne nevertheless harbors a secret — and a darkness — unrivaled by tattooed scenester Alex or beautiful badass Brooke. Casting provides Maryanne a desperately needed reprieve from her guilt and pain, but it’s become like a drug. And as with any drug, it only masks the real problems … and brings dangers of its own.

When Maryanne starts dating Bryce Walker, son of the notorious “Heller” hunter Ira Walker, is it first love, or is there a darker, more self-destructive impulse at play? As the superstitious citizens of Mansbridge begin to mutter and scan the night skies for Hellers, can the hunted lie down with the hunter and emerge unscathed?

My Review:

Both of the Casters stories is a psychological chiller. The girls, Alex, Brooke and Maryanne, have each terrible, personal secrets. Secrets they still won’t share with each other. ENTER THE NIGHT is Maryanne’s story–a story of grief and guilt that nearly kills her.


Maryanne feels personally responsible for her baby brother Jason’s death. She was babysitting him when he died and crucifies herself mentally for not checking on him just one last time. As a mother, I know this scenario would haunt me to my dying day–and that’s exactly how Marryanne feels. Except when she’s casting–separating from her body in a mystical trance. Her casted self–along with Brooke’s and Alex’s–feels a tenth of the guilt and suffering Maryanne experiences every waking hour.

But the townsfolk of Mansbridge scour the skies in fear of the shadowy casts they call Hellers, thinking them soul-stealing demons–this limits the girls casting activity. Even Bryce, the delish hunk of hockey godness who is smitten with Maryanne is a Heller hunter. THE Heller if it comes down to it. And, unfortunately, Maryanne is smitten with Bryce as well.

Plus, being with him helps to keep her guilt over Jason away.

Now she’s on half-alert to learn how Bryce will try to catch the Hellers, while keeping herself sane in the face of her grief. Alex and Brooke are by her side–most of the time. Maryanne specifically seems to put herself in danger–in order to punish herself for not caring for Jason when she should have. It’s a mind/heart wrencher, in truth. Though the danger ramps consistently the story feels organic, not melodramatic.

Like the first book, COMES THE NIGHT, there are valuable lessons on friendship and forgiveness–hard Comes the Nightlearned for these cast-away girls. Neither book has ended in a cliffhanger, but I’d still recommend reading COMES THE NIGHT first. (Disclaimer, first book deals with rape quite openly). Both are good reads and recommended for upper teens due to ‘normal’ teen illicit activity and rape.

Interested?  You can find ENTER THE NIGHT here:    AMAZON   Barnes & Noble

COMES THE NIGHT is also out. You can find it here:  GOODREADS    AMAZON   Barnes & Noble

About the Authors:

NORAH WILSON is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic suspense and paranormal romance. She lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, with her husband, two adult children, dog Chloe, and kitty Ruckus. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.

HEATHER DOHERTY fell in love with writing while taking creative writing courses with Athabasca University. Motivated by her university success, and a life-long dream of becoming a novelist, she later enrolled in the Humber School for Writers under the mentorship of David Adams Richards. Her first literary novel was published in 2006. While still writing dark literary (as well as not-so-dark children’s lit), she is beyond thrilled to be writing paranormal/horror with Norah. Heather lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick with her family. (No pets, but I swear Norah’s dog, Chloe, calls me Aunt Heather).

Together, Heather and Norah write dark, edgy, frightening young adult paranormal/horror.


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Sporty Romance Double Feature? Game On!

Since opening my blog I’ve had the best time interacting with authors and other bloggers and publishing folks or many stripes. For an aspiring author it’s been such a kick to learn all the stuff that happens AFTER you finish a book. Building these connections is a wondrous benefit to doing something I love–reading.

In this way, I feel blessed to find authors who reach out and embrace bloggers and what we do/how we support and nurture their work in a very real sense. Karen Erickson aka Miss Monica Murphy is one such author–and when she was offering up her newest release for review? I was all:

GAME FOR TROUBLE is the second in her Game For It series–and I seriously loved it. It drops TODAY–so here’s a sneak peek!

But, before I chat about it, perhaps we should set the scene with GAME FOR MARRIAGE–the one that started it all…

Game for Marriage (Game for It, #1)Jared Quinn is a Super Bowl winning quarterback and a rake. Yeah, he’s not just been around the block, he freaking owns the block, and could have limos drive him and his gals around and around. His team’s new owner isn’t happy with his bad boy image. Too much negative publicity and a nagging injury are threatening his contract. The PR department has a brilliant plan: get Jared married–toot-sweet…

Sheridan Harper is an artist with a funding problem. Though she has a beautiful studio, she can barely pay the expenses. It’s make-it-or-break-it-time and she’s not sure she has what it takes to make it. She meets Jared at a local festival and his admiration for her paintings lulls her into a drink, and another, and a wild night of well…hot monkey love.

Little could she have predicted Jared appearing at her studio the next morning with an (in)decent proposal.

One year of marriage + Non-disclosure = Money and publicity for her studio.

All she has to say is:  I do…

Well, she does. Before you all start yelling “Sell out!” and burning your PRETTY WOMAN VHS’s in protest, Sheridan negotiates a No Sex clause in the contract thinking this will protect her from actually becoming attached to Jared. See, she’s smitten. Jared’s a bona fide studmuffinsexgodextraordinaire, and Sheridan’s horrified that she’ll fall totally heart over heels only to have Jared walk away after 365 days of fake wedded bliss.

Only, she has no idea he’s smitten too.

Oh! It’s a fun, fun, FUN read. The usual complications ensue with a push-pull of sexual tension and eventual crash-and-burn. But yeah, it’s handled well and the HEA is de-lish.

Interested? Pick it up here:  GOODREADS  AMAZON  Barnes & Noble

For part deux, GAME FOR TROUBLE, Jared’s teammate and BFF Nick Hamilton has it bad for Willow Game for Trouble (Game for It, #2)Cavanaugh–the BFF of Sheridan Quinn.

Willow’s the stereotypical poor little rich girl. Her daddy’s a powerful entertainment lawyer and her mommy’s long gone to Europe. Willow’s desperate to make it on her own–and is finally finding success as a specialty caterer. All she needs is a great property to kick her business plans into fast-forward. Right now, it’s all about her career, and not at all about her love life, which pretty much sucks since she was royally dissed by Nick Hamilton six years ago.

Reunited by their mutual friends, Nick Hamilton is finally in finally in position to reclaim the girl he let go–at her father’s strong request [read:  blackmail]. He may have moved on in body, but never in spirit and Fate seems to have aligned their stars. He owns the VERY property Willow wants to lease. And he’s willing to rent it at a discount, if she’ll agree to 10 dates–with him.

The negotiations are fierce, and in the end they settle on 8 dates, but the die is cast. These two are gas and blowtorch. When they aren’t fighting, they’re naked. Okay, slight exaggeration. But seriously, there’s plenty of naked times…

Still, Willow can’t fully trust Nick, he’s surely going to abandon her–again–just like everybody else has. As steadfast as Nick tries to be, he’s put-off by her constant reticence. The break-up-to-make-up isn’t long and the HEA is as believable as any other.

Interested? This book comes out TODAY–Pick it up here:  GOODREADS  AMAZON  Barnes & Noble

As these two stories follow the love-lives of two football players, it’s clear that our next Game For It novel will feature another teammate. What do I say to that?


So, if you read either of these books remember to let me know what you thought of them in the comments.

And, as always, keep reading, my friends! 🙂

Giveaway Roundup #3 and Follow V’s Reads on Facebook

Hi all!

Thanks so much for joining me on my book blogging adventure. I’ve had such a great time sharing my love of books with any, and every, person who is willing to listen–or read–my thoughts.

In truth, I read a lot more than I blog–and I’d love to share more, but can’t full-out-blog everything. If you’d like to catch mini-reviews, and freebies, or other general reading/writing quick posts…follow V’s Reads on Facebook!

There are a few giveaways still open. Hit the links and let fate decide…

OFF CHANCE by Sawyer Bennett–$50 Amazon card and 5 Swag Packs

WITHOUT YOU by Brooklyn Skye–$50 gift card to Amazon/B&N and signed book

HEARTBREAK RANCH by Anastasia Ryan–e-books and a $10 iTunes card

NOW AND THEN by Brenda Rothert–E-books

AND! If you comment on the NINETY EIGHT release (today) post you may just win a shiny e-book.


Cephalopod Coffeehouse October 2013–UNBREAKABLE by Kami Garcia

Hi there!  I’m back with another pre-Halloween SPOOKTACULAR read–this time, sharing a fave from the month with the Armchair Squid and a gang of book bloggers. This month I’ve read probably twenty-five books…some I liked, others, meh…

This month’s feature is a new release. I got the ARC at the ALA 2013 annual meeting, and it’s been on the store shelves for a few weeks. It’s a perfect October read. Why?

GHOSTS. Oh, and demons.

Oh! And murder most fowl! Er, I meant murder most foul. Ahem. Blasted homophones.

Unbreakable (The Legion, #1)UNBREAKABLE is the first book in The Legion series by Kami Garcia–best-selling co-author of Beautiful Creatures.

Here’s what happens:

Kennedy Waters is 16, an artist with eidetic memory and a perfect GPA, and destined for fabulous things. She and her mom share a lovely home in the Georgetown area of DC. Her dad left years ago, but Kennedy’s survived that sorrow. Until her mom ends up dead.

Heart failure? In a healthy 30-something, non-smoking woman?

Hey, doc. Cracker Jack called. They want your diploma back. *V throws hands in the air and walks off*

Well, as you may imagine, I didn’t buy the whole ‘heart failure’ diagnosis. And neither did Lukas and Jared Lockhart. Good thing, because that life-sucking ghost that did Mrs. Waters what for? It came back to finish the job on Kennedy.  This time they were there to save her.

See, the Lockhart twins are part of a secret society, The Legion, who are heaven-bent to rid the world of Andras, a demon unleashed by their ancestors right about the time the ink dried on the Declaration of Independence. Along with Priest–a 15 y/o weapons whiz and Alara a 17 y/o voodoo priestess, these teens make up a modern-day Ghostbusters-cum-Exorcist crew. And Kennedy is their missing piece.

Except, she has no idea what she’s doing. The others had been trained for Andras-hunting since before they could ride bikes, but Kennedy’s mom didn’t want her mixed up in this supernatural quest. Before she knows it, Kennedy’s bungling calls Andras to their Batcave and they have to flee the weapons and medicinals in a tire-burning escape. And don’t even get me started on her mishap at the mansion!

See, Andras controls ghosts. He can’t take his own form until he’s regained enough power–and he gets that power from evil deeds done on his behalf. So he’s got ghosts practically killing Kennedy and the Legion–all to protect the one weapon that might destroy him–the Opthalmic Shift.

In the meantime of hunting all the pieces to this ocular deathpiece, Kennedy wants desperately to belong to something–anything–as rootless as she is in the world. It doesn’t hurt that broody Jared Lockhart is delicious and unattainable. Well, sort of unattainable. He’s in deep like for Kennedy, but he’s got a Big Secret that only Kennedy doesn’t know…and it’s a doozy.

Still, the Legion toils onward, putting bad ghosts down and releasing beneficent spirits to their eternal peace. It’s a thrill ride that ends in a prison with a posse of murderous ghosts on their tail. At the last Kennedy is FINALLY a heroine–assembling the Shift just in time for the cliffhanger ending and a catastrophic miscalculation on the Legion’s part. Because the Shift isn’t a weapon after all.

And the whole goddamned world is screwed.

Bring on Book 2!

Hope you enjoyed this look at a great new paranormal YA adventure, quasi-romance. It was a fun read and is cool for upper-middle grade readers and onward.

Feel free to check out the rest of the Coffeehouse readers on their literary journeys by clicking the linky-links below: (fingers crossed that this works…)

Let me know if you check out UNBREAKABLE and what you think of it.

And, as always:  keep reading, my friends.

OFF CHANCE–Out Now! Excerpt and Giveaway…

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He is seeking absolution.

Flynn Caldwell has a hero complex and it’s one of the reasons he joined the New York City Fire Department. He has spent his entire professional career trying to atone for that one person he failed to save. Because, if he can do that, then perhaps he can be worthy of love again.š

She is seeking escape.

Rowan Page’s life is nothing short of a disaster. Always immersed in trouble, she has only herself to depend on. She’s determined to pull herself out of this mess and make something of her life, despite the hard years she has lived on the streets of New York.

Together, they have the chance to become complete.

Flynn and Rowan’s worlds exist miles apart, but when a chance meeting brings them together, neither of them can deny the instant pull that connects them to each other. What starts as a tiny spark eventually flares into a fire so hot, it refuses to be extinguished.

Both are willing to jump feet first into the flames to see where it takes them, despite the risk of being burned.


I can only imagine what Thanksgiving would be like with the Caldwells. There will be plenty of good food, lots of laughter, and probably some naps when it’s all said and done.

“And Capone can come, too,” Flynn throws in to entice me further, but I’d already decided to accept.

“Okay. We’re in. Can you ask your mom what I can bring?”

“I’ll ask but I know she’ll say ‘don’t bring a thing but yourself’.”

I laugh over Flynn’s impersonation of his mom’s Irish accent. “In that case, don’t bother asking and I’ll just bring something. Maybe a pie.”

“You can cook?” Flynn asks with astonishment.

“Of course I can cook,” I tell him with indignation.

“Then how come all we ever have is pizza or bologna sandwiches when it’s your turn to cook?”

“Just because I can cook, doesn’t mean I want to. This is the twenty-first century pal… get with the times. Women have shed the chains of slavery and we no longer serve you menfolk.”

Flynn throws his head back and starts howling with laughter, then he pitches forward, holding the hand with Capone’s leash to his stomach while he laughs, with the other holding onto his hot cocoa. It’s infectious and I start laughing along with him.

He looks at me and our eyes meet.

Then it happens… there is almost a crackle in the air, like electricity is flowing between us. Flynn’s laughter immediately dies away and the smile slides from my face. The same happens to me and nothing is left in our expressions except a focused intensity on each other. It’s almost as if I can feel heat swirling all around us, and the backdrop of the world fades to black.

Until nothing is left but just Flynn and me.

I call it “The Happening” and it represents those few times when the resolve to just be friends seems to melt away into oblivion. It occurs at the weirdest of times and I have no control over it. When I’m in that moment with Flynn, I want nothing more than for him to grab me and kiss me like I was the oxygen his lungs crave. I want to strip him bare and use just my fingertips to trace every inch of skin on his body. I want to get lost… deeply lost, in Flynn.

“The Happening” hits Flynn just as hard as it hits me. I see the desire light him up from within. I feel the sexual tension pouring off him with visceral awareness, and I swear I can feel his heart moaning for me.

When “The Happening” occurs, I am powerless to fight it. In fact, if Flynn ever made a move to touch me during the event, I would completely submit to him body and soul. But thankfully, Flynn is a stronger person than I am, and he is clearly the more responsible of the two of us. He’ll usually snap out of it first, and bring me crashing back to reality.

Like he does right at this moment.


Off-Series-Banner Each book in the Off Series can be read as a standalone.

About the Author
4bebe-sawyerbennettUSA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

Catch up with her at Facebook or on Twitter.

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without you banner copyWelcome to my stop on the Without You blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

by Brooklyn Skye
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Summary from Goodreads:
limitededitionnook1400x2200*A novella to the best-selling New Adult novel STRIPPED*

I’m the knight on the white horse in her eyes, the one who broke down her defenses after her sister’s death until she realized she was capable of love. To her—aside from my name, Torrin Kingsley—I’m perfect.

But there’s a sliver of my past I’ve never shared with her. One that is now haunting me with every breath I take. One she is starting to raise her brow to.

I’m not certain how much longer I can keep it from her. To be honest, I don’t know that it would make a difference anyway, because it seems no matter which path I choose, they all lead to the same end point. A place without Quinn.

My demons run bone deep. I guess burying them forever wasn’t possible.

My Review:
This novella was interesting. Torrin is a world-class crew man. He’s a great photographer, and a thoroughly in love with Quinn, the daughter of the crew coach who was fired when he jumped ship to his new school.

He’s torn between staying with the girl who holds his heart and the year-long photography internship that could define his career. And, he’s rather possessive of this Quinn. Now that her dad’s out of work, she needs cash for school. Torrin’s father has pledged to pay her expenses, but Quinn is proud–she wants to make her own way.

As a nude model…for the art department.

Knowing that he’s only got weeks left before leaving on the internship, Torrin tries to convince himself he can survive without Quinn–at least until Quinn decides for him.

It’s an interesting story. I liked the male POV, thought I felt it was a little Spartan in terms of content.

A Limited Edition of WITHOUT YOU is available for release week only which includes a bonus interview between Torrin and the author!

You want to check it out for yourself?  GOODREADS   AMAZON  Barnes & Noble  KOBO

strippedcover3_5x8 (1)Book One–STRIPPED–is also available on SALE this week ($.99) in case you wanted to stock up…

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If you purchase both and forward the receipt to the author at, she will send you a handwritten letter!   (O_O)

About the Author

meBrooklyn Skye grew up in a small town where she quickly realized writing was an escape from small town life. Really, she’s just your average awkward girl who’s obsessed with words. You can follow her on Twitter on Goodreads or visit her web site for updates, teasers, giveaways, and more.


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Visit HEARTBREAK RANCH And Win–Review and Giveaway

Heartbreak Ranch blog tour banner copyWelcome to my stop on the Heartbreak Ranch blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

Heartbreak Ranch by
Anastasia Ryan
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heartbreak ranchSummary from Goodreads:
Recent college graduate, Graysen Beaufort, resigns herself to two weeks of boredom at a dude ranch honoring her parents’ wishes for one last family vacation.

She doesn’t plan on meeting Colt McCord, an irresistible cowboy who threatens to bring disorder to Graysen’s ordinarily ordered life.

Dodging an overprotective family, an unwelcome suitor, and certain heartbreak, Graysen struggles to break free of her limitations and submit her heart to Colt’s love. But learning to let go isn’t easy, even with a man like Colt.

Colt McCord, White Pine Ranch’s head horse trainer, loves the busy, back-breaking work of a cattle ranch.

But when he meets a beautiful and spirited woman from Iowa, she makes him forget everything he’d known before, and he risks everything to be with her.

Colt is accustomed to breaking horses, but can he tame Graysen’s wild heart before it is too late?

 My review:

This novella follows the spicy romance that flares between a rancher and a tourist during a two week vacation. Graysen is a sheltered youngish woman–20 y/o–whose family takes a trip to White Pine Ranch. It’s clear the Beaufort’s are a loving family, but Graysen feels more than smothered by the constant togetherness.

Still, finding a delicious hunk of man is hardly something to cry over–so she doesn’t. At. All.

Colt finds Graysen to be the perfect picture of a modern gal and he’s overcome with more than simple lust. He sees the writing on the wall–no woman like Graysen would ever stick around a Wyoming cattle ranch for long–but frankly, he doesn’t care. He’s got to have her anyway he can.

And boy howdy–does he.

This one is a steamer.

As Colt and Graysen become more and more connected, her family tries harder and harder to step between them. In the end, it seems HEARTBREAK RANCH is aptly named, but it seems there is an HEA after all…

HEARTBREAK RANCH will appeal to readers who enjoy horseback romances, hot cowboys and blushing virgins who can’t wait to be ridden long and hard. It’s got a whole lotta smexy, so, um, enjoy?

Here’s where to find this saucy tale: Amazon  Barnes & Noble

About the Author
c79db-anastasiaryanAnastasia Ryan is a native New Yorker, but lives in Iowa with her family. She loves the beautiful chaos of raising six children. She is her husband’s girlfriend, but is also quite smitten with the written word. As the daughter of teachers, she has had a love of both great literature and writing in her blood since she was a baby. At a very early age, you would have found her perched on her father’s lap as he typed out his Master’s thesis for English. She is addicted to great books she can get lost in, finds cooking relaxing, is a sometimes web geek, and loves spending time with family and friends. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Creative Writing.
HEARTBREAK RANCH is Anastasia Ryan’s debut new adult novel  and is currently available  from Swoon Romance. Catch up with Anastasia on her blog, at Goodreads, twitter, or Facebook


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Crawl Between the Sheets with NINETY EIGHT–Book Blitz and Uber-Giveaway!!


Celebrating the release of her newest contemporary romance, Ninety Eight, Shannon Mayer is hosting a fun week long event, ‘Crawl Between the Sheets’! But first, check out Ninety Eight and don’t forget to enter our blog giveaway to win your own copy!


Release: October 17, 2013

Publisher: HiJinks Ink Publishing Ltd.

New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance

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For a limited time, Ninety Eight will be priced at JUST $0.99!

Shannon’s other contemporary romance, High Risk Love, has also been reduced to $0.99 during the release event for Ninety Eight!

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Speed Limits
Lottery Tickets
Elevator Buttons
Numbers are everywhere—they play such a vital role in our everyday lives. But what would happen if we measured love with equations just as we do our morning cup of coffee? My nana had many recipes in her cupboards, but it was her calculations for love that she insisted I live my life by; and I’ve followed her rules all these years.

One Animal
One Moment
One Critical Impact
That’s all it took for the numbers to start flying in a jumbled mess through my brain as I stared into the violet eyes that would forever make me question my choices. In a split second, the possibilities and reality of true love are revealed and I’m questioning all I’ve ever known.

A Tree
White Fences
Stolen Moments
I can’t ignore the storm brewing around—and within—me. Everything I am is confronted by these new numbers, and all they represent. My past, present and future will all be determined by the gambles I make right here, right now. Again, it’s all about the numbers.
And what I’m learning is, one plus one doesn’t always equal two and sometimes three times isn’t always the charm.

Crawl Between the Sheets

Welcome to “Crawl Between the Sheets 2013”!

This event is a web crawl scavenger hunt and you are ALL invited! Each day, different blogs will have different events for you to crawl around the web and enter the hunt.

      • GRAND PRIZE: IPAD MINI or $350 Amazon Gift Card (all Amazon territories included) winners choice.
      • RUNNER-UP PRIZE: $150 Amazon Gift Card (all Amazon territories included)

Today’s Web Crawl Events

To participate in today’s web crawl events, follow the directions below to receive your daily points. Once you have completed one of the 2-3 daily events, please return to Shannon’s website at and enter your submissions in the Rafflecopter found there!

3pts. Go to Kelley Armstrong’s website at:

  • Find out what nationality is she?

Submit your answer as your entry at .

5pts. TWEET THIS: @KelleyArmstrong Thanks for inspiring authors like @TheShannonMayer to write kick ass urban fantasy series like the Rylee Adamson Novels! (You MUST tag both Kelley Armstrong and Shannon Mayer)

Submit the link to your tweet as your entry at .


ON FACEBOOK:  Go to Kelley Armstrong’s Facebook page at

  • LIKE her page AND
  • Enter this as a comment @Kelley Armstrong Thanks for inspiring authors like @Author Shannon Mayer to write kick ass urban fantasy series like the Rylee Adamson Novels! (You MUST tag both Kelley Armstrong and Shannon Mayer)

Submit the link to your post as your entry at .

10 pts.  Go to Kelley Armstrong’s website at:

  • Sign up for her newsletter

Submit the email address you signed up with as your entry at .
ALSO, every day during this event you may do the following to earn EXTRA points:

If you share this link: on Facebook or Twitter, you can enter the URL link to your post/tweet to gain an extra point for the day. Even if you complete the other tasks for the day, you can STILL do this as well up to once a day! 🙂

To see other blogs and the rest of the week’s events, visit Shannon’s site and check out her News Blog!


About the Author

ShannonMayer (2)Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats) and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her.

She is the author of the The Rylee Adamson Novels, The Nevermore Trilogy, A Celtic Legacy series and several contemporary romances. Please visit her website at for more information on her novels.

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We are giving away (1) eBook copy of Ninety Eight courtesy of Shannon Mayer! Books will be gifted from only.

Leave me a Comment telling me how numbers have changed your life. Best response (as deemed by my 11 y/o son) will get a shiny new ebook. (Contest ends Oct 27th–one entry per email address!)

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