Saturday, June 10, 2017

Saturday Review - Fire Sentinel by Erin Maxwell

Fire Sentinel (A Sacred Journey Short Story Book 2)Title: Fire Sentinel
Author: Erin Maxwell
 A Sacred Journey A Short Story Book 2
Release Date:
 May 26th 2017
Genre: Fantasy
 Erin Maxwell
Buy it: Smashwords
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: Journeying to the hot, volcanic plains of Qarkuma, Amaya seeks answers from her last journey, on the Ice Queen and the sword. With Cian by her side, she knows she's protected from the dangers within the fire, but it's not Amaya who needs to be protected. Someone else is watching and waiting for the right moment to attack.

My Review: In this second installment of the Sacred Journey Short Story series: Fire Sentinel, Amaya is on her way to Qarkuma with her guardian Cian, they are going to meet with Munzureo. Munzureo is the demon of Fire with knowledge of the sword lost deep in the plains of Palacous, and the Ice Queen herself.

What Munzureo doesn’t know is that Amaya has seen the Ice Queen and her sword and she fears for the swords safety. The only way the evil Nuare is after Munzureo and he pick just the right moment to attack her.

I am really enjoying these Sacred Journey Shorts and I cannot wait for Sacred Journey to finally be released.

Erin has an excellent way of using description to show what is happening, I enjoyed it but I really wished it could have been longer just like the last one.

Currently Reading: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Read In 2017: 12/30

Release Blitz: Cover Reveal - Conflicted by Alice La Roux & M.S. L.R.

Title: Conflicted
Author: Alice La Roux and M. S. L. R.
Release Date: 24th June
Cover Designer: Emma Louise
Add to your Goodreads: Conflicted

Kaleb loves Serena. Serena loves Kaleb.
But what about Sean and Jen?
Three years ago Kaleb and Serena ended their affair, trying to make everyone else happy.
Now Kaleb is back in town and this time he's determined to stay. He knows what he wants and he isn’t backing down, even if it means playing dirty. Can this couple move past the secrets and lies to find their second chance?
However, they aren't the only ones hiding something. In this sexy workplace romance, nothing is ever just black and white. It’s messy, complicated… conflicted.

About the Authors:
Alice La Roux
Alice La Roux is a dirty minded, mouthy Welsh author with an English literature degree who is still trying to find her genre while dabbling in erotica, fantasy and horror. She’s a bookworm who reads anything and everything and is addicted to social media. Find her on Twitter  or see random pictures of her dog and wine over on Instagram @AliceLaRoux. Feel free to add her on Facebook, she doesn’t bite…much.

M.S. L.R., lived in Los Angeles, California for eight years, then moved to Arkansas and has been living there ever since.  She graduated Springdale High School in 2007. Currently, she has a full time office job and has two boys that keep her busy when she’s not at work or writing romance stories.
She loves to read, write, read and write!
Author M.S. L.R. has also published under Stefany Rattles.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Review - Jessica by Laura DeLuca

JessicaTitle: Jessica
Author: Laura DeLuca
Release Date:
 October 15th 2012
Genre: Horror
 Pagan Writers Press 
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: Wilbur was used to going to his college formals alone. He thought the Halloween Ball would be no different. He’s amazed when a beautiful girl in a Victorian costume displays an interest in him and even more amazed to find himself alone with her on one of the campus nature trails.

What Wilbur doesn’t realize is that another woman has her eye on him too. The White Lady returns every Halloween to take revenge on the men of the campus for her brutal murder. She has chosen Wilbur as her next victim.

My Review: Jessica is about a young guy named Wilbur who has gone to all of his college dances alone, but that all changes when he attends his college’s Halloween dance.

When he gets to the dance he meets a lovely young girl named Jessica who is dressed in Victorian clothing.

Jessica and Wilbur leave the party and go for a walk on the college grounds, Wilbur thinks he is going to get lucky but Jessica just wants to talk to Wilbur about the schools legend of The White Lady.

Jessica tells Wilbur about how a young girl was at a college dance where a group of boys attacked The White Lady and killed her and legend has it that The White Lady killed each one of the boys who attacked her.

Wilbur thinks he is going to get lucky, but he ends up falling pry to The White Lady as her newest victim.

The story is only a few pages long but I really wish it was a full length novel as I would like to read more as I feel sorry for The White Lady and would like to read more about her and we don’t get to see if she finally finds peace.

This is a great short read if you are looking for something quick to read.

Currently Reading: Check Mate by Ken Fry
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Review - Goodnight Sam by Inger Iversen

Goodnight Sam (Running in the Dark, #0.5)Title: Goodnight Sam
Author: Inger Iversen 
 Running in the Dark
Release Date:
 November 18th 2011
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
 Inger Iversen Books, LLC
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: An intimate narrative of the exchange between Samuel and Hope, told from Hope's perspective, this short story prequel to the Running in the Dark series sheds light on a frightening event witnessed by Beth, who later narrates book one of the series.
Goodnight Sam reveals the tragic history of Sam and Hope, who have existed as vampires since the eighteenth century. Sam has grown weary of the new world along with the escalating conflicts of his kind and wishes to attain peace in what is known as 'the true death', while Hope desperately desires to pursue a more fulfilling life together. The repercussions of the shocking mutual decision they make, and Beth's role as a witness to it, become the catalyst for the dangers facing Beth in the Running in the Dark Series

My Review: Goodnight Sam is a very short story about two vampires Sam and Hope told from Hope’s PoV.

Sam and Hope have been vampires since the 18th century and Sam wants to die because he has spent more than three centuries on earth, slightly longer than Hope who doesn’t want him to go because she loves him and doesn’t believe she can go on without him.

The story is a prequel to the Running in the Dark series so it is only a short scene which is full of emotion.

The ending was pretty sad and I probably would have cried if it was a full length novel and I got the chance to connect with the characters a lot more.

This is a great short read for any vampire lovers out there.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review - Skin Deep: Zeke by Alice La Roux

Skin Deep: ZekeTitle: Skin Deep: Zeke
Author: Alice La Roux
Release Date:
 February 24th 2017
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: Lust. Desire. Pain.
I trade in these things and get paid handsomely for it.
A tattooist.
An artist.
A Dom.
I own you, and I won't let you forget it.

This is a delicious short story about a need that only someone who understands your hunger can satiate. Meet Zeke and his glamourous but guarded client Avalon. The connection they have goes beyond the money she pays him and the proclivities they share, but will she give him a shot outside the studio?

"A tale of tantalizing Eroticism that left me dying to read more. The author combined sensuality with alluring storytelling skills which are sure to leave you yearning" - Sai Marie, author of Simply Scarlet.

Warning: This short story contains adult content and is only suitable for readers 18+

My Review: This isn’t the type of story I would normally read but I read it after receiving it from the author after promoting the book on the blog.

Because this is such a short story this review will be short as I don’t want to spoil it.

The story is about two characters Zeke and Avalon and told from Zeke’s PoV.

Zeke is a tattoo artist and Avalon is one of his customers who will only let Zeke tattoo her.

Zeke and Avalon share a secret, Avalon loves pain and Zeke like to deal it to her.

The story is written fantastically especially for a debut story and I cant wait to read the next one.

Currently Reading: Check Mate by Ken Fry
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Review - Echo of Fear by Tara Meyers

Echo of Fear (The Chris Echo Files Book 1)Title: Echo of Fear
Author: Tara Meyers
 The Chris Echo Files
Release Date:
 February 27th 2017
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: Chris Echo, a CSI profiler, is forced to go on vacation after struggling to rebound from an officer-involved shooting. Playing vacationer isn’t her thing but the small, private island in the south pacific might be just what she needs.

Kyle Stone has been undercover for too long. With his goal in sight, he’s caught in a storm during his final mission and washed ashore the remote island. When the unsuspecting guests are taken hostage, he can either break cover to save them, or rely on his emotionless state to see him through.

Each of the visitors to the island arrives harboring their own, private fears. Fear of trusting, of letting go, of needing, and of love. They’re about to confront the ultimate fear of all, a struggle for life and death. But in the midst of the turmoil, Chris comes to realize that perhaps death isn’t her greatest challenge … it’s allowing herself to live

My Review: This is the first book in the Chris Echo Files series and it’s a none stop action packed mystery that kept me hooked from the start even with the two different PoV’s.

Chris Echo is on a forced break from being a profiler for the CSI after having to shoot a murderer what broke into her home after she had been hunting him for a while.

After getting to the island where there’s no WIFI or phone reception, Chris goes on a hike on one of the islands trails with one of the resort employees. The trail reminds her of the trail near her home that she runs on.

At lunch all the resort guests learn that the beautiful island is about to be hit by a hurricane so the resort owners suggest that everyone stay’s in the main house instead of their cabin which is a good suggestion when the hurricane gets upgraded to a catagory 2 and hits the island.

While the guests are taking shelter in the main house Kyle an undercover agent tried to get the guerrillas to call off their smuggling deal because of the storm but the leader doesn’t want to listen to Kyle. Kyle and the guerrillas get stranded on the boat which ends up getting capsized and they wash up on the resort beach.

The leader takes the guests hostage in the main house where Chris and Kyle who don’t know each other’s real jobs try to keep everyone safe and alive after the mob leader shoots one of the guest.

After Kyle is made to help another mob member search the guest cabins Kyle finds out who Chris really is and he keeps it secret and manages to get Chris to help him keep everyone safe and take down the guerrillas.

Echo of Fear is great and I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review - Kiss & Blog by Alyson Noel

Kiss & BlogTitle: Kiss and Blog
Author: Alyson Noel
Series: N/A
Pages: 240
Release Date: May 15th 2007
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: Amazon
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: What's the best revenge when your best friend ditches you for the popular crowd? Alyson Noël reveals all in her hot new young adult novel, Kiss & Blog.

As freshmen at Ocean High last year, Winter and her best friend Sloane thought they could ditch their nerdy past, launching from invisible to cool. But after another miserable year of standing on the sidelines they make a pact to do whatever it takes not to go unnoticed in their sophomore year, promising each other that whoever makes it into the cool group first will bring the other along.

One Sloane gets a taste of life on the A-list, she slams that door in Winter's face. Suddenly cast out of her former best friend's life, Winter takes revenge the modern way: by announcing all of Sloane's dirty little secrets on an anonymous blog. Then the blog becomes more popular than she ever dreamed and Winter must decide if her retaliation is really worth the consequences—and if the price for popularity is one she's willing to pay. Once again, Alyson Noël navigates the tricky waters of the high school social scene with the heart and humor her readers have come to love.

My Review: Winter and Sloane are best friends and have been forever, they have spent the whole summer planning their first day of Sophomore year. They planned their outfits, make up, made up a new cheer and routine to go with it and made a promise to each other that if one made it to the top of the popular food chain they would take the other one with them.

Unfortunately for Winter this doesn’t happen and she is left behind like yesterday’s rubbish. Winter realises that the popular girls are fakes and two-faced but Sloane doesn’t seem to realise this and she manages to make it to the top.

I couldn’t put this book down, Alyson made the characters come to life. It reminds me of when I was at High School, two-faced friends who only want to know you when they want something from you.

Winter’s dad is famous kind of, and he is divorced from Winter’s mum, he lives a plane journey away, so when things go really wrong at school with Sloane, Winter skips school and hops on a plane to get away, using the plane ticket that her dad has sent her.

While Winter is at her dads she meets a boy and they hang out and she really starts to come out of her shell.

Winter gets an idea from her new friends to start a blog and she decides to use it to take out all her frustration with Sloane, she makes up a code name for everyone She goes by ‘Eleanor Rigby’, Sloane is named ‘Princess Pink’ and the popular crowd are called the ‘Pastel Posse’. Winter uses the blog to tell everyone all of Sloane’s secrets from her kissing her own cousin twice that’s right not once but twice, to sending her junior high principal an inappropriate  valentine’s day present.

Winter falls in love with a boy her mum hires to cover Winters shifts in her mums shop, they have a few ups and down but which couple don’t.

Winter’s dad tells Winter that he has been asked to do a reality show that he wants her and her sister to be a part of, when Sloane finds out about this she starts being nice to Winter until one day when Winter is hiding out in the back of her mums shop she overhears Sloane talking with the ‘Pastel Posse’ about how she is using Winter to get on her dads show.

Sloane ends up getting dumped by the popular crowd and is on the bottom of the schools social food chain while Winter has new friends and a nice boyfriend.

I really wish Winter would have stood up to Sloane and told her she knew she was a fake and wanted nothing to do with her.

This book is a definite read especially if you’re a huge YA fan and Alyson Noel fan.

Currently Reading: Check Mate by Ken Fry
Read In 2017: 10/30

Review - Spy Society by Robin Benway

Spy SocietyTitle: Spy Society
Author: Robin Benway
 Also Known As
Release Date:
 June 18th 2013
Genre: Young Adult
 Simon and Schuster
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations.

Then Maggie and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, and all of that changes. She'll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school's security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the essential information she needs to crack the case . . . all while trying not to blow her cover.

My Review: Maggie is a 16 year old safe cracker, her parent’s work for a group called ‘The Collective’, the group give out assignments and try to stop the outside world finding out about them.

Maggie is good at her job, the only downside is they are always moving, she doesn’t attend school and she has no friends, her life is boring.

Spy Society had me laughing a lot, Maggie is great, witty and a super safe cracker.

Maggie is home schooled as she travels the world while her parents complete assignments. Maggie is bored because it is the summer holidays and she is stuck at home while her parents are working a case in Iceland, she wants a case of her own.

When Maggie finally gets a case of her own, she to attend high school and get close to a real boy not one she day dreams about.

Her mission is simple, get close to Jessie Oliver and retrieve a file that his dad has that will expose ‘The Collective’.

Maggie has no experience of being and acting like a normal teenager so she makes errors plus high school is terrifying, her parents are in for a massive shock when their baby girl starts high school.

Maggie becomes friends with an awesome girl named Roux. Roux likes to get drunk because her parents are never home they never know she’s always drunk, Roux also loves to have fun, the only problem is everyone at school hates her.

One of the best things about the story is that Maggie doesn’t fall instantly in love with Jessie Oliver.

While at a Halloween party at Jessie’s house Maggie manages to lift the file but she later finds out that there is a double agent in ‘The Collective’ and she enlists help from Jessie and Roux to expose them.

If you love spy stories then Spy Society is a good quick, fun read.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

Andy Peloquin The Last Bucelarii: Gateway to the Past

Tagline/Elevator Pitch:

A faceless, nameless assassin. A forgotten past.  The Hunter of Voramis--a killer devoid of morals, or something else altogether? (The Last Bucelarii--dark fantasy with a look at the underside of human nature)

Book Blurb:

The Last Bucelarii (Book 3): Gateway to the Past
The Hunter, legendary assassin of Voramis, has a purpose: protect Hailen, the boy he rescued from a demon in Malandria.
He joins a caravan in the hope of safe passage across the Advanat Desert. Yet he cannot outrun his enemies: the Illusionist Cleric on a holy mission to capture him, the bloodthirsty raiders out for blood and gold, and the Abiarazi, demons who masquerade as humans.
Every step north reveals who he was before becoming the Hunter, unlocking the truth about the woman who haunts his memories.
Fans of Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, and Brent Weeks will love the Hunter…

Book Info:

Title: The Last Bucelarii (Book 3): Gateway to the Past
Author: Andy Peloquin
Publication Date: March 31st, 2017
Paperback Price: 15.99
Digital Price: 3.99
Pages: 400

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"Creative, gritty, and beautifully dark...fantasy addicts will love it!" -- Peter Story, author of Things Grak Hates --
"The fantasy world has a compelling new antihero…the Hunter will terrify and captivate you." - Eve A Floriste, author of Fresh Cut
"From the first words on the page this fantasy holds the reader spellbound even after the book is finished…his character is very well-defined even if his past is a mystery. Root for an assassin? Oh, yes, one must!" -- Carol Conley, for InDTale Magazine
"Oh the carnage! Fantastic bloodthirsty carnage! The fight scenes in this book were fast-paced, detailed and thrilling. I love a good sword fight and there is plenty of that here." -- Ami L. Hart

"One could get lost in this novel for its twisting plots, seemingly endless imagination, dark yet irresistible characters, or the mind-numbing paradox of its simultaneously dark and romantic world. One could follow the long and winding road of the dusky, fierce protagonist and fight tooth and nail not to sympathize with him. One could dance in the dizzying, intricate circles of Peloquin's neo-mythology, or even basque in the black sunlight of a well-crafted gothic novel that both entertains and enlightens." -- Jesse G. Christiansen

Andy Peloquin

Andy Peloquin: Lover of All Things Dark and Mysterious

Andy Peloquin

I am, first and foremost, a storyteller and an artist--words are my palette. Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I love to explore the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between. I'm also a freelance writer, a book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people and spend hours talking about my fascination for the worlds I encounter in the pages of fantasy novels.

Fantasy provides us with an escape, a way to forget about our mundane problems and step into worlds where anything is possible. It transcends age, gender, religion, race, or lifestyle--it is our way of believing what cannot be, delving into the unknowable, and discovering hidden truths about ourselves and our world in a brand new way. Fiction at its very best!


10 Things You Need to Know About Me:

  1. Hot wings, ALWAYS!
  2. I never forget a face, but rarely remember a name.
  3. I'm a head taller than the average person (I'm 6' 6")
  4. Marvel > DC
  5. I was born in Japan, and lived there until the age of 14.
  6. Selena Gomez, Skrillex, Simon & Garfunkel, Celine Dion, and Five Finger Death Punch are all in my writing playlist.
  7. Aliens are real, but it's self-centered of us to believe that they would come to visit Earth.
  8. Watching sports: suck. Playing sports: EPIC!
  9. I earned a purple belt in Karate/Hapkido/Taekwondo.
  10. I dislike most Christmas music, aside from Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

A Few of My Favorite Things

Favorite Books: The Gentlemen Bastards by Scott Lynch, The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson, Sherlock Holmes by A.C. Doyle, Warlord of Mars by E.R. Burroughs
Favorite Songs: Wrong Side of Heaven by Five Finger Death Punch, Prayer by Disturbed, I'm an Albatraoz by AronChupa, Look Down from Les Miserables, Shatter Me by Lindsay Sterling and Lizzi Hale
Favorite Movies: 300, Red Cliff, Shoot Em Up, Love Actually, Princess Bride
Favorite Comics: Anything with Deadpool, Wolverine or Doop in it
Favorite Foods: Hot Wings, Meat-Lover's Salad, A good sandwich (made by me), Yaki Soba, Sushi

Favorite TV Shows: The Flash, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawaii Five-0, Brooklyn 99, Firefly (too soon!), The Last Ship, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Last Bucelarii Book 3 Excerpt 2

A sound reached his ears: the low growl of a beast of prey. It came from somewhere off to his right, behind a small stand of rocks a few dozen paces back from the camp. He sniffed the air and immediately his senses were on full alert. The scent of predator met his nostrils: raw meat, blood, and the pungent odor the beast used to mark its territory. It mixed with another aroma, one he recognized. Scorched hair. Red-hot metal. Sweat-stained leather.


The Hunter reached for his sword and cursed to find it missing. He'd left belt and blade hanging over the horn of his saddle. Only Soulhunger remained, the blade strapped in its sheath at the small of his back.
It will have to do.

He hobbled toward the outcropping of rocks as quickly as his injured knee allowed. The growling grew in intensity, accompanied a moment later by a loud, unmistakable grunt.

A new scent entered the melange, similar to the first, but distinct in its pungent odor.

Damn it! Two of whatever the accursed things are.

Ignoring the ache in his leg, he lurched forward into a run. Soulhunger slipped from its sheath with a ring of steel on leather. The dagger whispered in his mind, eager to feed. Man or beast, the blade didn't care; it craved blood, regardless of its provenance.

The Hunter raced around the pile of rocks, Soulhunger held at the ready. Graden lay on the ground, struggling with a massive shape so black it seemed a void in the evening gloom. Eyes of a horrible yellow burned above long fangs that shone in the darkness, and the creature's lithe muscles rippled beneath midnight feline fur. Graden's massive arms bulged as he struggled to keep the beast's raking claws away from his face. The battle was not going well.

To make things worse, another pair of amber eyes burned in the darkness beyond. The form moved like lightning, slipping through the night with all the stealth of a shadow. The burning orbs latched onto the Hunter and, for one heart-wrenching moment, stopped him in his tracks. Snarling, the beast crouched and leapt.

The Hunter had only a moment to raise Soulhunger before an immense weight slammed into him, knocking him to the ground. Its warm, fetid breath reeked of blood and rotting meat. Drool dripped from the massive cat's jaws and soaked his face. He grunted as the beast's claws carved deep furrows across his chest, shoulders, and face. Blinded by his own blood, he struck out with Soulhunger and sliced through fur and flesh.

The beast howled and swiped at the Hunter with an enormous paw, laying open the arm he threw up to stop the claws from tearing out his eyes. Acting on instinct, he thrust Soulhunger upward. Hot blood gushed over his arm as Soulhunger's razor edge drove through flesh, bone, and cartilage inside the massive creature's gaping jaws.

The beast swiped at him, but the attacks grew weak. The Hunter, staring into the burning yellow eyes, saw primal fear fill its gaze. He forced the blade further, seeking the soft mass of the beast's brain.

The greatcat lashed out weakly with its massive paw, almost as if by reflex. With one final shudder, it slumped atop him and lay still, its immense bulk pinning him to the ground. Gore soaked through his clothing, assailing his nostrils with the scent of fresh blood. His face, chest, and arm throbbed where the raking claws had laid open flesh.

A stifled grunt of pain met his ears. Graden still wrestled the other beast, and the raking claws and long, razor-sharp fangs drew closer to ripping out the big man's throat with every heartbeat.

He can't survive much longer.

The creature had to weigh nearly as much as a horse, and every muscle in the Hunter's body strained as he heaved. Slowly, the enormous bulk shifted, lifted, and fell aside. Ignoring the burning slash marks on his upper body and face, he rolled to his feet and lurched toward Graden. He raised Soulhunger, its grip slick with dark blood, and slammed it into the creature's head.

The midnight cat barked in pain, but the blade's keen edge cut off its cries. The beast slumped, lifeless, and the Hunter shoved its bulk to the side. The effort sapped his last reserves of strength. He fell to his knees, panting, gasping for breath. Graden lay before him, clearly too exhausted to move.

'Kill him,' purred the voice in his head. 'Take his life force and let it fuel you. You're far away from camp. Everyone will think it was the beasts. Just like Udell.'

Soulhunger pulsed in his hands, lusted for blood.

Haven't you taken enough lives today? These two creatures died…

'Beasts! Insensate animals! We demand the blood of humans!' The demon's snarls set his head pounding with such ferocity that he nearly cried out.

No. The Hunter clenched his jaw and squeezed his eyes shut. Not this man.

'Why not? What is he…'

Because I say so. He fought to push the voices back. You will have your prey, soon enough. But not him.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Last Bucelarii Book 3 Excerpt 1

The Hunter peered out from behind the silent wagon. Good. No sign of Kellen or Graden. He'd have to keep an ear out for the caravan guards, but he should have plenty of time. The patrol had a lot of ground to cover.

Grunting, he shifted the heavy load on his shoulder and darted out from the row of shelters, hurrying toward the outcropping of boulders he'd chosen specifically for his task. He ducked behind the boulders and hurled his burden to the ground. A grunt and muffled cry came from the bundle, and something squirmed within.

He's coming to. Good timing.

The Hunter pulled back the canvas, and moonlight shone on Rill's pale, sweat-soaked face and wide eyes. Blood oozed from a wound on the bald man's temple. The Hunter hadn't bothered to be gentle.

"W-What?" Rill's eyes darted around, and his gaze fell on the Hunter. "What is this?"

The Hunter struck the man hard. "Justice."

Rill made to cry out, but the Hunter stuffed canvas into his mouth. "Ironic, isn't it?" His fingers twitched a corner of the thick cloth. "You spend every waking hour stitching up canvas. Fitting that it will serve as your funeral shroud. There was more than enough of it around your area to wrap you up."

The bald man's eyes widened, and he mumbled something through the mouthful of fabric.

The Hunter shook his head. "Better you don't speak. Nothing you say can change what's coming. Best you die with a bit of dignity. Watcher knows you had little enough while you lived."

Soulhunger, sensing blood, pounded louder in his mind, and the demon added its eager demands.

"I never understood men like you, knocking around your women." He squatted on his haunches. "Just doesn't make sense."

Rill tried in vain to shout through his gag.

The Hunter narrowed his eyes. "Did you know there is a special hell reserved for your kind? Those who take advantage of the helpless."

He slipped Soulhunger from its sheath, and held the glinting blade before Rill's eyes. "You may tell yourself she belongs to you, you can do whatever you want." He leaned forward, and his voice dropped to a low growl. "Just because you can, that doesn't mean you should."

Rill's eyebrows shot up, and his expression turned pleading.

The Hunter shook his head. "Save your excuses for the Long Keeper. You'll be with him soon enough."

With a vicious smile, he drove Soulhunger through the canvas and into the man's chest. The gag muffled Rill's scream, but the dagger's shriek echoed in his head with mind-numbing force. Soulhunger's gem flared, red light bright in the darkness. The Hunter grunted as a finger of fire etched a line in his chest. 

Power coursed through him, setting his muscles twitching, flooding him with life, and pushing back the voices in his mind.

Slowly, the brilliance leaking from the gemstone faded to nothing, and Rill's screams of agony and terror fell silent. The Hunter basked in the stillness of the night. A soothing breeze washed over him, the chill soothing the burning of his new scar. Glorious silence echoed in his head. The voices had been sated. He had peace, for a time.

He straightened and stared down at the bundled corpse. Perhaps the Long Keeper will have mercy on you.

An image flashed through his mind: a pitiful figure huddled at the entrance to Rill's tent, covered in filthy rags and reeking of blood and coitus. Rill's desire to punish Gwen had made it easier for the Hunter to slip in, knock the fat bastard out, wrap him in his own canvas, and slip out unnoticed. The man's absence wouldn't be discovered until morning. Few would care.

He took a deep breath, relishing the cool scents of the desert at night. He would wait a few minutes until he was certain Graden and Kellen had passed, then he would dispose of the body, bury the canvas, and slip back into camp. Without the voices shrieking and pleading in his mind, he might even be able to catch a few hours of undisturbed sleep before the morning breakfast bell.

Tonight would be a good night. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Alice La Roux - Skin Deep;Zeke Cover Reveal

About the author:
Alice La Roux is a dirty minded, mouthy Welsh author who is still trying to find her genre while dabbling in erotica, fantasy and horror. She’s a bookworm who reads anything and everything and is addicted to social media. She’s happily married to her wonderful husband and loves her lazy little dog. She’s always written but never considered being a writer until she realised she couldn’t live without a pen in her hand.

Stalk her:


Book Blurb:
Lust. Desire. Pain.
I trade in these things and get paid handsomely for it.A tattooist. An artist.A Dom. I own you, and I won't let you forget it. Ever.

This is a delicious short story about a need that only someone who understands your hunger can satiate. Meet Zeke and his glamourous but guarded client Avalon. The connection they have goes beyond the money she pays him and the proclivities they share, but will she give him a shot outside the studio? 
"A tale of tantalizing Eroticism that left me dying to read more. The author combined sensuality with alluring storytelling skills which are sure to leave you yearning" - Sai Marie, author of Simply Scarlet.

Warning: This short story contains adult content and is only suitable for readers 18+

Monday, January 23, 2017

Review - Ice Guardian by Erin Maxwell

Ice Guardian (A Sacred Journey Short Story)Title: Ice Guardian
Author: Erin Maxwell
Series: A Sacred Journey Short Story
Pages: 17
Release Date: November 27th 2016
Genre: SciFi
Source: Amazon
Format: eBook
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: Amaya is a Syhien like no other—the only warrior among her guardian protected kind. With a love for weapons and a good fight to keep her strong, the snowy plains of Palacous provides the fight she needs to prove she doesn’t need her guardian to protect her. But, she encounters more than she bargained for and soon learns there’s more to her journey when she unearths secrets lost beneath the ice. 

Authors Note: Hey everyone! Just a quick note to let you all know that Ice Guardian, Book One in the Sacred Journey Short Story Series, is a very short read. Only 4000 words long! I know that is an incredibly short read, but I'm writing these books as an introduction to the main novel, Sacred Journey. It serves to introduce some of the side characters in the novel, giving you a deeper look into Planet Khrellia and its inhabitants!

This book starts the countdown. Once the countdown ends, Amaya's story will begin!

My Review: This short story is the first of 4 about Amaya. Amaya was brought up in Palacous by an Ice Guardian after the death of her parents, while she is there on her first part of the journey she fights the giant that brought her up along with a few other creatures and along the way she stumbles upon the Ice Queen and her sword.

This book is just to introduce you to the main characters, I enjoyed it but I really wished it could have been longer there is more that we could learn about Amaya but I guess we will learn more in the next three books.

Currently Reading: Kiss and Blog by Alyson Noel
Read In 2017: 5/30
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