Friday, 20 April 2018

Book Review: Deadly Secrets by Robert Bryndza


About the Book


To commit the perfect murder, you need the perfect cover.

On a cold icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a horrific killing on the victim’s doorstep?

Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim – they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.

Erika is on the hunt for a killer with a terrifying calling card. The case gets more complicated when she uncovers a tangled web of secrets surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman.

Yet just as Erika begins to piece the clues together, she is forced to confront painful memories of her past. Erika must dig deep, stay focused and find the killer. Only this time, one of her own is in terrible danger… 


My Thoughts

I have been hearing many positive things about Robert Bryndza so I was keen to read his books. I was not disappointed with Deadly Secrets.

The story kept me entertained until the end. Marissa Lewis has been murdered, and as the police dig deeper we discover there are many sides to her life with plenty of potential suspects for her murder.

I felt the story was well-plotted and I never felt lost as new characters appeared on the scene. There was sufficient information about ongoing characters (Erika’s colleagues, her father in law) to understand the relationships without getting bogged down in the past.  Locations and atmosphere are well described and the pacing always left me anticipating what was going to happen next.

This is the first Detective Erika Foster book I have read, but it’s the 6th in the series. My one disappointment is that there are significant spoilers for book 5 in Deadly Secrets. If you do plan on reading this series I would highly recommend you start with book 1. That’s what I plan to do.


About the Author

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series. It has sold over one million copies.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath and Cold Blood are the second, third, fourth and fifth books in the series. The sixth book, Deadly Secrets has just been published.
Robert’s books have sold over 2.5 million copies and have been translated into 27 languages.
In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

                                            http://www.robertbryndza.com/

Cover & Excerpt Reveal (+ author giveaway): The Savage Wild by Roxie Noir


Release Date: May 16, 2018
Cover Designer: Coverlũv
Cover Model: Stuart Reardon
Cover Photo by: Fran Yanez
 

Synopsis

Wilder Flint was the worst mistake of my life.

I should have known better than to fall for his cruel charms and cut-glass eyes, but I was good at calculus and bad at understanding people. 

He shredded my heart to pieces. I spent ten years forgetting Wilder Flint, and it took every minute. 

Of course he shows up again. He’s got the same blue eyes, the same cocky grin, and a brand-new swagger that makes me weak in the knees. 

I’ve got a summer research project in the Arctic and three canceled flights. Wilder’s got a plane. 

But when we crash deep in the middle of nowhere, all we’ve got is each other. 

I hate Wilder. I hate him in the depths of my soul, with a fire and fury I’ve never felt about anything else. 

But that doesn’t mean I can resist him. 

After all, love and hate aren’t so different.  

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Excerpt

 
“Wilder!” Amy calls.

Shit. I was hoping she hadn’t seen me, even though I knew she probably did. If I’d known she was gonna be at that desk I’d have gone into the airport through another door so I could avoid her.

The whole point of hooking up with a flight attendant is that they’re hot and never in town. I could have sworn that she told me she was gonna be in Vancouver or something this week, so I thought I was safe.

Guess I should have listened better. Or at all.

I turn, and I’m greeted by four over-white smiles, every flight attendant currently behind the WestJet desk staring at me. Amy waves, looking like a little kid.

“C’mere!” she calls.

I don’t really want to, but I head over. I’ve got shit to do, flight logs to turn in, maintenance to oversee, not to mention I’m supposed to be scouting a location for another hotel with my dad this afternoon, and if I’m not prepared for that I won’t hear the end of it.

I wave back, and she laughs, a bubbly laugh that’s perfectly suited to her.

“The flight to Vancouver got canceled and I’m trying to find this poor thing a way to get to Yellowknife as soon as I can,” she says. “I’ve never even heard of Yellowknife before, but it’s way up there!”

She gestures at the poor thing across the desk from her, and I give the girl a half-second glance. Brown hair up in a messy bun, boots, leggings, ten layers of giant coats and sweaters and a whole mess of luggage next to her.

But just as I look away, she moves, and it catches my eye. Shoves her glasses up with one finger, held perfectly straight as she touches the thick black frame and not the lenses.

“Yellowknife, huh,” I say, walking closer to Amy but not letting my eyes leave the girl in front of the desk.

You know how sometimes you see something, or you hear something and for exactly one second it’s like you’re back somewhere else, in the past, and you don’t even know how or why but there you are?

Amy says something but I’m not next to her. I’m not at the airport any more.

I’m at Solaris High School, watching a girl in a long skirt and combat boots sprint as fast as she can away from me, for the woods.

“There are really no flights to this place,” Amy’s saying. “You sure it’s real, hon?”

Finally, the poor thing in front of the desk looks up, and she’s exactly who I didn’t want her to be.
 

Giveaway

One of Five ARC's for The Savage Wild
 
 
 

About the Author

I love writing sexy, alpha men and the headstrong women they fall for.

My weaknesses include: beards, whiskey, nice abs with treasure trails, sarcasm, cats, prowess in the kitchen, prowess in the bedroom, forearm tattoos, and gummi bears. I live in California with my very own sexy, bearded, whiskey-loving husband and two hell-raising cats.  

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

New Release Book Review: Let Me Be Your Truth by Lynsey M. Stewart


About the Book


From the outside, Kate Roper has life all figured out—a career as a social worker, friends who love her, and a perfectly sensible relationship with a loyal but boring man. She has her life sorted neatly into boxes…until she meets Danny, a tortured artist with a troubled past. They say opposites attract, and Danny’s sexual confidence intrigues Kate. His tattoos enthrall her. He is everything she doesn’t think she needs, yet she craves what he has to offer.

Art therapy sessions at a local therapy centre have saved Danny from his tormented past. But when Kate shows up with her positivity, paint brushes and flirty skirts, Danny can’t seem to escape the grim reminders she triggers of when he needed help the most and was left to bury the past under his addictions. 

Danny doesn’t do romance. He does sex. Amazing sex. He can teach Kate the art of orgasms so that his Miss Goody Two Shoes learns the difference between monotonous and mind-blowing…

As their relationship intensifies, their pasts collide. They soon find that they have more in common than they ever would have thought, but can Kate and Danny find their truths in the unlikeliest of relationships?

This novel contains strong language and graphic descriptions of sex; therefore this novel is only suitable for 18+

This is the third book in the Music and Letters series but can be read as a standalone.



My Thoughts

I could feel his influence in everything I did...I couldn’t seem to get enough

What a white-knuckle read this turned out to be!

Danny Benedichi and Kate Roper are such different people, both in terms of upbringing, the way they conduct themselves and where life has taken them to date. Danny is chasing the high of sex while people-pleaser Kate finds herself in stuck in a rut.

These two have the ability to build each other up to great heights and also the weapons to tear each other apart. It’s a fine line they’re treading and I found it part of the thrill to be on their tumultuous journey.

When Danny and Kate get together, they are explosive. Danny takes Kate on a sensual, carnal journey as together they explore and push their boundaries.

The story is quite intense but the humour and support offered by her friends Abi, Elle and Gem – who all appear in previous books – provides a needed outlet.

I have enjoyed all the books in the Music & Letters series, and I am looking forward to the next one.







About the Author



Lynsey M. Stewart is a UK based writer. She lives with her husband, also known as her soulmate and muse, along with their gorgeous, precious, ridiculously independent baby girl. Lynsey began writing after being inspired by great books, amazing writers and wonderful stories that left their fingerprints on her heart.

Lynsey's background revolves around helping, advocating and supporting children, young people, and their families. Her Monday morning mantra is: ‘If no one likes my books, I can always continue with the day job…’


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

New Release Excerpt: Chaser by Kylie Scott

 

About the Book


Given his well-earned bad boy reputation, Eric is having a tough time scoring.. When single Jean moves to town, she seems heaven sent by the sex gods. Only problem is, she not only wants nothing to do with him, but it turns out that she’s pregnant. 

Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she’d had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric Collins, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. 

When she goes into labour during a snow storm and her car slides on some ice, it’s Eric who comes to the rescue. There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs?    

AMAZON | AMAZON CA | AMAZON UK | iBooks | Books A Million | Indiebound



               


Excerpt


I’d been tricked. Betrayed.

After Andre and Jean ate their lunch, we headed outside to deal with her stuff. The cold wind suited my mood to perfection.

Talk about disappointed.

“Don’t lift that, it looks heavy,” I snapped.

Jean blinked. “It’s a pillow.”

“The world’s largest pillow ever. You can’t be too careful.” My gaze roamed over her swollen middle. “You’re . . .”

“Pregnant?” she asked with a voice dripping poison and sugar.

“Are you having trouble with the concept?”

“Absolutely not. I was just going to say huge, that’s all.”

She blew out an exasperated breath. “Thanks, Eric. That makes me feel so much better.”
“I just . . .”

“Don’t bother.” The woman turned back to her sensible, medium-sized SUV and got busy riffling through the contents. I was surprised she’d been able to squeeze into the driver’s seat.

Boxes and stuff took up almost every inch inside the vehicle. Each and every box seemed to have been neatly labeled with the contents.

The woman took her organization seriously. She looked over her shoulder. “You know, I can’t help noticing that Eric-the-smooth-moving-flirt has been suddenly replaced by Eric-the-awkward-jerk.”

“Well, you said you were single.” I folded my arms defensively across my chest.
“I am.”

And then there was an awkward silence.

“Yeah, but . . . I mean, in your condition . . .” I fumbled to a halt.

She turned, face all scrunched up. Like I was the one with the problem.

“Just hop out of the way so I can grab some boxes,” I said, voice gruff.

Still nothing from her. “It’s a second-story walk-up and you have a lot of stuff to get up there. You should be taking it easy.” Hands on hips, I tapped my black leather boot against the sidewalk, waiting her out. “Jean, I’m not trying to insult you. It’s the truth.”
She swore quietly, going back to fussing with the contents in the vehicle. I don’t think any woman has ever given me the silent treatment quite this quickly. Usually I’m good for at least a couple of hours after seeing them naked.

Man, I still couldn’t believe this was happening. God hated me or something. Pregnant women and me were enema. Anathema. Whatever. Now that I’d seen her out in the autumn light, however, she looked younger than I’d first guessed. Despite her tired eyes, her skin was smooth, soft looking. She was likely closer to her early twenties than mid.

“How old are you?” I asked.

“Why do you care?”

I shrugged one shoulder. “Just curious.”

“How old are you?”

“Nearly thirty.”

She sniffed. “I’m twenty-two.”

Young, like I’d thought. She was probably too immature for me, anyway.

 “Come on, Jean. Let me get some of the boxes.”

Boyd ambled out of the Dive Bar, turning his head this way and that, looking up and down the street. I raised my hand and he started over in our direction. The big cook would make short work out of moving all this stuff. Behind us, Andre and Nell came out of the tenants’ entrance to the Bird Building. The place was a big brick building about a hundred years old. Just past the door was an entryway with stairs leading up to the second floor, followed by two empty shops, their windows covered in flyers about local events. 

Concerts and parades and shit. They’d been vacant for a while, unfortunately. Andre’s Guitar Den came next, then Pat’s tattoo parlor Inkaho, and the Dive Bar on the corner.
“Everything’s good to go. Alex and I gave it a cleaning last week just to be sure,” said Nell, smacking a kiss on Jean’s cheek.

“You’ll meet Alex later. She’s probably busy working or something now. She’s sort of a shut-in.”

“You two didn’t have to do that,” said Jean. “Thank you.”

“Anytime.”

Andre leaned against the SUV. “Your furniture got delivered yesterday too, so it’s all good to go.”

“Excellent,” said Jean. “I can’t wait to sleep in a decent bed again. Road trips when you’re seven months’ pregnant kind of suck.”

“I bet.”

“Who’s minding the kitchen?” I asked.

“Lydia will text Boyd if they need something,” said Nell.

“We’re only going to be a few feet away from the place.”

I frowned.

“I own the kitchen, Eric. Not you,” she said. “You’re in charge of the bar, that’s all.”
One of Jean’s eyebrows inched up slightly. So I might have implied that I was the sole owner. Shit happened.

I crossed my arms. “Fine. No need to bite my head off.”

“My best online friend just moved to town. We’ve been texting and skyping for months. She’s been an absolute rock for me through all the nerves of being pregnant again,” said Nell. “Stop messing with my happy.”


And then there was an awkward silence. Great. If only there was some way to get out of helping without looking like a raging asshole. The possibility of anything happening between me and Jean had been buried six feet deep, never to be spoken of again.


     


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Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. 

She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. 

You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/   FACEBOOK | TWITTER | FACEBOOK FAN GROUP | INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS        


 

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Audiobook Review: Evanthia's Gift by Effie Kammenou


About the Book



In the year 1956, Anastacia Fotopoulos finds herself pregnant and betrayed, fleeing from a bad marriage. With the love and support of her dear friends Stavros and Soula Papadakis, Ana is able to face the challenges of single motherhood. Left with emotional wounds, she resists her growing affection for Alexandros Giannakos, an old acquaintance. But his persistence and unconditional love for Ana and her child is eventually rewarded and his love is returned. In a misguided, but well-intentioned effort to protect the ones they love, both Ana and Alex keep secrets - ones that could threaten the delicate balance of their family.

The story continues in the 1970’s as Dean and Demi Papadakis, and Sophia Giannakos attempt to negotiate between two cultures. Now Greek-American teenagers, Sophia and Dean, who have shared a special connection since childhood, become lovers. Sophia is shattered when Dean rebels against the pressure his father places on him to uphold his Greek heritage and hides his feelings for her. When he pulls away from his family, culture and ultimately his love for her, Sophia is left with no choice but to find a life different from the one she’d hoped for.

EVANTHIA’S GIFT is a multigenerational love story spanning fifty years and crossing two continents, chronicling the lives that unify two families. 

My Thoughts


I really enjoyed listening to Evanthia’s Gift. Emily Lawrence does an excellent job narrating this story and I felt she brought extra depth and emotion to an already engaging story.

The story captured my attention on so many levels; it’s an absorbing family saga with great insight into traditions and the role tradition plays in decision making. I learned about some historical events that I was not previously aware of. And it was a trip down memory lane recalling the fashions and music of the 70s.

Some chapter ends feature Greek recipes. This was an unexpected treat but they’re somewhat superfluous to an audio book as the times I listen to audio books, I am not in a position to transcribe the recipes to paper.

Effie Kammenou’s writing is tight and the story is well plotted. I look forward to listening to more of her stories.

About the Author


Effie Kammenou is a believer that it is never too late to chase your dreams, follow your heart or change your career. She is proof of that. At one time, long ago, she'd thought that, by her age, she would have had an Oscar in her hand after a successful career as an actor. Instead, she worked in the optical field for 40 years and is the proud mother of two accomplished young women.

Her debut novel, Evanthia’s Gift, is a women’s fiction multigenerational love story and family saga, influenced by her Greek heritage, and the many real life accounts that have been passed down. She continues to pick her father’s brain for stories of his family’s life in Lesvos, Greece, and their journey to America. Her interview with him was published in a nationally circulated magazine.

Evanthia’s Gift: Book One in The Gift Saga was a 2016 award finalist in the Readers Favorite Awards in the Women’s Fiction category. Waiting for Aegina: Book Two in The Gift Saga is Kammenou’s latest release.

Effie Kammenou is a first generation Greek-American who lives on Long Island with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, or posting recipes on her food blog, cheffieskitchen.wordpress.com, you can find her cooking for her family and friends.

As an avid cook and baker, a skill she learned from watching her Athenian mother, she incorporated traditional Greek family recipes throughout the books.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from Hofstra University. She is a member of Women's Fiction Writer's Association & Romance Writers of America

https://www.facebook.com/EffieKammenou/

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Book Review: To Buy A Vow by Chencia C Higgins


About the Book



For Nedra Phillips, the strain of portraying a strong Black woman to outsiders is finally taking its toll on her. Her marriage to her college sweetheart has begun to fizzle out, with conversations dwindling down to nothing and intimacy becoming sporadic at best. Unwilling to endure the stigma of being a 30-something divorcee, she does everything in her power to hold onto her marriage, but Chris isn’t just on a different page, he’s in a whole other book entirely. Despite their disconnect, her vows meant something to her and marriage is supposed to be forever. When all seems lost, she makes a last-ditch effort in hopes of generating results, but what exactly does a Hail Mary look like between friends and lovers? 

Jermaine Hawkins is nearing the end of a prominent career playing professional basketball and is ready to put his retirement plan into action. That plan includes many things but most important on the list is putting an end to his status as a hermit and starting a family. A chance encounter with a firecracker of a woman makes him think he’s found his capital F. But whether that F is for “future” or “frustrating” is to be determined. Can Jermaine convince Nedra that everything happens for a reason while also getting her to give him a chance at something real?


My Thoughts


Chencia C Higgins in a new-to-me author. The story of a woman whose marriage is in crisis appealed to me and I like discovering how characters choose to act at times like this.

Nedra’s strength of character is perfect in this story as she works through the challenges of a failing marriage and her introduction to Jermaine. Her anger and confusion is palpable. As she works towards acceptance of the circumstances in her life, I liked her resolve. It’s easy to play the blame game but the situation forces Nedra to take a closer look at not only her marriage but her own behaviour.

The book is written with dual points of view (Nedra’s and Jermaine’s) which works well as both characters are at a cross roads in their lives. While I enjoyed meeting Jermaine, for me, this book was more about Nedra’s journey.

There’s a great cast of supporting and secondary characters. I love the relationship Nedra has with her BFFS and Jermaine’s family show us a picture of a close family. The banter between all the characters is fun to read.

Overall the writing is tight yet upbeat, making To Buy A Vow an easily absorbed book.  And now to wait for book 2 in Nedra and Jermaine’s story.

About the Author



I'm Chencia. I hail from the Houston metro area where I spend my day job coddling college students.

I have been writing for as long as I can remember and although I have published and performed poetry, it wasn't until May 2016 when I held my breath and pubbed my first book. Have you heard of it? A little novella called No Strings Allowed.

I write books that I want to read and my tastes are varied. Although I'm enjoying this love affair with romance too much to call it quits, I might switch up the sub-genre every now and again. Right now, I'm on a contemporary romance kick because I love seeing modern people finding their #BlackLove.

When I'm not writing you can find me reading (of course), saving recipes on Pinterest, and traveling as much as possible with my family.

http://www.therealchencia.com/

Friday, 13 April 2018

New Release Book Review: The Real by Kate Stewart


THE REAL 
by Kate Stewart


Contemporary Romance
Stand Alone

About the Book

They say it happens when you least expect it.

It did for me.

It started the moment I saw the simple message pop up on my computer screen:

Cameron’s Mac: Hi.

And when I met the eyes of the gorgeous man messaging me from across the coffee shop, I never thought my reply would lead to the most intense, sexual, and passionate relationship of my life.

We both agreed to check our bags at the door and put our future hopes and aspirations on the table.

It worked.

I fell in love with his no holds barred attitude, sexy smirk, and undeniably good heart . . . and for a while we forgot about our baggage. We happily tripped over it to get to the other, neither of us willing to show the contents of our pasts in the off chance it could ruin us.

We built our love on a foundation of gray.

It was life in black and white that threatened to tear us apart.



My Thoughts


This book is about so many things; love, trust, passion, fear, happiness, escapism, fun, acceptance, paranoia, maltreatment, addiction, neglect, anger, strength, support, humour, possessiveness, attraction, intimacy and I’ll add love again, because there is plenty of that. And it all blends into a remarkable book that I could not put down.

Cameron King and Abbie Gorman are instantly attracted to each other but Abbie’s wariness leads them into one of the most charming courtships I have read.

Their journey, however, is not straightforward; there are emotional walls to be breached and secrets to be exposed. There were some definite “I did not see that coming” moments for me that held me enthralled. Ever better, the fallout is written sympathetically and with heart. I never felt like playing the blame game with these characters. I wanted to help them with their struggles and help Cameron and Abbie find their way to each other.

Finally, I have to mention Abbie’s best friend, Bree. She was such a fun character. Her madcap ways and her views on life – which she is prone to announce loudly and often in public – are priceless. My wish is for everyone to have a Bree in their life.





About the Author


Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader. 

A lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.

Contact Kate- Email-authorkatestewart@gmail.com

Book Review: Deadly Secrets by Robert Bryndza

About the Book To commit the perfect murder, you need the perfect cover. On a cold icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daught...