Friday, January 29, 2016


Eyes Like Lighthouses is Dane Cobain’s first book of poetry, distilled from the sweat of a thousand memorised performances in this reality and others. It’s not for the faint-hearted. 

“I’ve never seen anyone do a stream of consciousness piece as talented as that. Very impressed.” – Mark Allard-Will, author of Saskatch-A-Man and co-founder of Cuckoo’s Nest Press 

“Dane’s poetry is a multi-layered spiral of the macabre, quirky humour and disjointed imagery. Not only does he make you think, he captures the small forgotten moments of everyday life.” – Nikki Dudley, co-editor of Streetcake Magazine 

“…[Dane] combines concrete detail with socioeconomic concerns.” – Lorna Wood, associate editor of Gemini Magazine

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Release Blitz: WOLF'S TEMPTATION by Ambrielle Kirk & Amber Ella Monroe

Paranormal Romance
Date Published: January 23, 2016

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In Wolf’s Temptation, Dawson Caedmon gets more than he bargains for when he agrees to help Alessia—a witch in peril—uncover a mystery surrounding her heritage. Their findings reek of danger, but Dawson will do anything in his power to keep Alessia from harm. His temptation may cost him his life. But is she or isn’t she truly his mate? Courting a witch and a perceived enemy could threaten the peace within the Pack. Is learning the truth worth the risks?

About the Author

National Bestselling author Ambrielle Kirk writes multicultural erotic romance. Her alter ego, Amber Ella Monroe, writes paranormal and fantasy stories with romantic elements. As a bestselling author in several sub-genres, she's 2012 Swirl Award winner and 2014 Romance of Novel Excellence (RONE) Award nominee in the paranormal categories. She's a PAN member of RWA, FF&P RWA, and co-founder and treasurer of CIM RWA.

She loves weaving tales where undying love is the main element. When she's not writing, she's plotting. When she's not writing or plotting, she's reading. Her reading and writing tastes varies between anything from alpha bad boys and billionaires to vampires and shifters. She's a thirty-something year old wife, mother, book hoarder, 90s music fan, earl grey tea drinker, dark roast coffee fiend, platform and stiletto shoe collector, Keurig lover, and martial arts/action movie fanatic.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Book Review: MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

MILA 2.0

Title: Mila 2.0
Author: Debra Driza
Category/Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi
My Star Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Blurb:

 Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity-style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.

My Review:

Thanks to Debra Driza, I learned something about myself I would've never suspected: Turns out, I LOVE androids!  Okay, maybe I'm not a hardcore sci-fi robots and mayhem fanatic, but when the android is a 16 year old girl who thinks she's human...count me in! 

I found this book in, of all places, the dollar tree.  That gorgeous cover snagged me, and before I knew it, Mila 2.0 bypassed my entire to-be-read pile.  That's a big pile, guys. 

Mila started her connection with me on page one, and it was all over from there.  Her character was deep and incredibly well developed, as were her relationships with those around her (well, except with Hunter, but I'll get into that later).  Her emotions, her perceptions...I felt them all like they were my own.  I mean, think about this:  Debra brought an android to life better than so many authors manage to do for a HUMAN character.  Talent, folks.  The action was incredible (holy fight scenes!).  I even had to stop reading at some parts just to let me adrenaline catch up.  I think the ending spot for this particular book was justified; yes, CLIFFHANGER alert!  But!  The spot marks the end to that part of Mila's life.  Everything else is a new story (which, I might add, has already been ordered from Amazon).

Now, about Hunter.  I don't buy into instant love in books, and that's exactly what this was.  She shares one date with the guy and suddenly she's willing to jeopardize her life AND her mothers to sneak a call to him?  Nahh.  Yeah, she's a teenager, but that doesn't make her stupid.  Also, I kind of felt like the book could've been about 100 pages shorter.  There was a lot of repetition, a lot of saying the same thing a dozen different ways. 

Still, I'm telling you, BUY THIS BOOK.    

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Release Day Blitz: AMERICAN LAW by Camille Taylor

AMERICAN LAW by Camille Taylor
Series: Law Series Book #2
An enemy of the state, Dmitry Ivanov has nowhere to turn…

A gifted hacker no online firewall can keep out, Dmitry has an affinity for anything with a computer chip. On a business trip to the U.S. he unwittingly becomes entangled in a conspiracy that puts both America and himself in grave danger. Now being hunted by the U.S. Government, Dmitry turns to the one man he can trust—CIA Agent Lucas Gates.

Elena Ivanova puts family before love…

Terrified for her brother Dmitry, Elena takes the first flight out of Moscow to the U.S., unsure of what she’ll find. For the past eighteen months she’s struggled to come to terms with Lucas suddenly distancing himself—especially after falling for him during their ‘Russian Incident.’ But after her husband’s death, was investing her heart in another man really the best move to begin with? Men hardly kept promises. It was anyone’s guess if Lucas would be different.

There’s always an exception to the rule…

Lucas can’t turn down Dmitry’s plea for help. Already caught up in Dmitry’s predicament, there’s also the fact he’s Elena’s brother, and Lucas will do anything for her—even if that means putting his career on the line. But when they come face to face, the connection is deeper than ever, and with danger at every turn, the stakes are that much higher.

The race against time is on to discover who is behind the plot to frame Elena’s brother, and why—before Dmitry is arrested and charged with treason.

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Camille Taylor is an Australian author who resides in the Nation’s Capital with her small dog. She was the typical 90’s kid and was raised on Goosebumps, Roald Dahl and Paul Jennings. In her teens she began reading the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie and in later years found Christine Feehan, Janet Evanovich and Julie Garwood.

She started writing at sixteen and enjoys spending time with her family, doting on her nieces and nephews, writing the many stories floating about her head and working on her genealogy where she can trace her heritage to England, Scotland, Ireland and Russia.

Her other interests include, anything creative – such as scrapbooking and drawing and has travelled across Western Europe, New Zealand and the UAE, after spending a year living in London. She’s also dabbled in tae kwon do.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Book Review: ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW by Jordan Elizabeth

Escape from Witchwood Hollow

Title: Escape From Witchwood Hollow
Author: Jordan Elizabeth
Category/Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
 My Star Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads Blurb:
Everyone in Arnn - a small farming town with more legends than residents - knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.

After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.

Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.

To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.

How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?


My Review:

*I received a complimentary copy of this story in exchange for a honest review*
It took me longer than I thought it would to write this review because I really had to absorb this story after the shocking ending.  It would be unfair, though, to judge the whole book based on the last few pages alone, so here we go:

This was such an interesting story!  I loved how the same basic legend was told from the perspective of three different women from three different time periods.  At first, this was very confusing to me and I often lost track of which character's story was being told when.  This kept me from really enjoying the story since I kept having to pull out and think to myself, "Wait, which one is she again?"  But, I quickly got used to the 'time-hopping' and once I got to know the characters it flowed nicely.  Very well written, and characterization was on point.  But...Jordan...That ending, though?! Why would you do that to me??

Friday, January 1, 2016

My Writing Goals For 2016

So, confession:  2015 was not a great year for me in the writing world. I edited and published Prisoner Of Posiedon, but I only actually wrote one book.  That's way slower than my usual rate of knocking them out, and there were many, many reasons behind it.  Truthfully, I didn't have the energy or the desire to write much of anything because of some personal issues I've been going through...but that's where BEASTLY came in.  The one book I did write was more of a therapy for me.  I'm disappointed I didn't accomplish more, but I forgive myself because I know first hand what I was going through and frankly, getting out of bed and going to work everyday was asking too much considering how I was feeling.

At any rate! 2016 is a new year, and I insist on making this one more productive than the last.  I've made a list of goals for this year:

1. Publish BEASTLY - Two of my very favorite and preferred publishers have expressed interest..yay!  Fingers crossed this happens sooner rather than later.

2. Write HEAT IN HADES - The third and final book in the Villain's Love Series.

3. Write BEASTLY: AWAKENING - the second book in the BEASTLY series.

4. At least begin planning BEASTLY: REVOLUTION - the third and final book in the 
BEASTLY series.

This is what I would like to have done at the bare minimum for the year. 
Do you have any writing goals for the year?  Or maybe some reading goals?  Tell me about them!