Paranormal, Reviews

Review of Real Vampires Have Curves by Gerry Bartlett

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Gloriana St Clair, #1

Pages: 330

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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What – did you think all vamps were pale, thin and brooding? Don’t I wish.

Gloriana St. Clair is an eternally “full-figured” vampire-she just happened to be bloating when a sexy Scotsman sank his teeth into her. She and said Scot- Angus Jeremiah Campbell III, aka Jeremy Blade-have been on and off again for centuries, currently off. A couple hundred years has taught them how to press each other’s buttons-in good ways and bad.

Glory’s headed for Austin and a new business venture: Vintage Vamp’s Emporium. After all, she loves clothes, and she is an antique. Only problem is, there’s a billionaire techno-freak vampire hunter on the loose. Blade’s in total he- vampire mode, and wants Glory to move in with him so he can “protect” her. But it’s time for this vamp to explore her own powers.

Whilst there are a lot of plus size heroines in novels now, back when this was published in 2007 this was rare. REALLY rare.

Additional to that Glory is a really flawed Heroine. She has a gambling problem, a shopping problem, and men problem (s).

I loved this about her. I am a plus sized girl (and proud!) And it was so refreshing to read about a Vampire whose a big girl.

“Vampires are everywhere. Lose all-vampires-are-rich-and-powerful stereotypes. Think Mike the night Clerk at the mini-mart. Brittany, the barmaid who brings you Appletini at last call”

Like the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries there’s a new blood substitute, and whilst the vampires won’t be coming out of the coffin, most vampires in this series drink it.

Even still a Hunter is after them, and he likes to play with technology and create new things to detect them, which was refreshing.

This series is far more light-hearted than some vampire novels, and I could relate to Glory more than most paranormal heroines.

Glory is put down by many of cast, but she has a heart of gold, and i adored her relationship with her talking dog.. if only my dog talked.

She was constantly trying to change and reinvent herself, and get the feeling that Glory will have such a journey of self within these novels and I cant wait to continue on her path.

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Paranormal, Reviews

Review of How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

Life was good, even with the undead

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Love at Stake, #1

Pages: 371

Genre: paranormal romance

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Nobody said love was perfect…

Roman Draganesti is charming, handsome, rich…he’s also a vampire. But this vampire just lost one of his fangs sinking his teeth into something he shouldn’t have. Now he has one night to find a dentist before his natural healing abilities close the wound, leaving him a lop-sided eater for all eternity.

Things aren’t going well for Shanna Whelan, either. After witnessing a gruesome murder, she’s next on the mob’s hit list. And her career as a dentist appears to be on a downward spiral, because she’s afraid of blood. When Roman rescues her from an assassination attempt, she wonders if she’s found the one man who can keep her alive. Though the attraction between them is immediate and hot, can Shanna conquer her fear of blood to fix Roman’s fang? And if she does, what will prevent Roman from using his fangs on her?

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With a tagline like ‘It’s just as easy to fall in love with the undead’, I was super excited to start this novel. The title suggests an almost manual-like story, but alas. It does not tell me how to marry a Millionaire Vampire.

I’ve read a lot of vampire novels, in fact, I breathe them, so this is a great addition to my vast collection.

I love the cover, the wedding dress, with the door open, looking outward to a very blood red sky with a bat flying away is very cool to me. If only there was a desktop wallpaper…mmm. let’s settle for a picture of Eric from True Blood then…

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The back cover states ‘ leaving him a lop-sided eater for all eternity’ this made me chuckle. Many authors have managed to create humorous vampire novels, like Mary Janice Davidson and Gerry Bartlett, so I was looking forward to this!!

“Roman might have survived the Great Vampire War of 1710, but he was about to face an even worse terror.
A mortal female in full rage.”

 

 

The Hero

Roman Draganesti (great name) is a tortured hero. Believing he is going straight to hell because he is an abomination. He is a part of some very forward thinking Vampires, who have helped create a robot that Vampires can drink from. However, upon trying said robot, he chips a tooth. He has an immediate attraction to Shanna, and although he’s reserved at first (see above abomination) he acts on his lust.

The Heroine

Shanna is quite a strong character, even in the face of the unknown, she doesn’t buckle. She doesn’t demand to be a Vampire, and she is very self-aware. Despite being kidnapped by a creature she did not know exist, she didn’t fall to pieces. She was not a damsel in distress, no matter however it seems she is portrayed by both the cover and he blurb. She did, however, have a fear of Blood, which was kind of ironic.

The Myth

In HTMAMV – Vampires are like corpses when it’s daylight. However, during the night they have a heartbeat.   There is also Vamp TV network, and once again, blood substitute.

“Gregori strutted toward the door. “I’m too sexy for my cape, too sexy for my fangs. Too sexy.” He whirled in a circle, then struck a disco pose with a hand pointing at the ceiling. “Too sexy!” He left with a flourish of his cape.”

I loved this first start to a new series, it was humorous and sexy, and a great premise for the rest of the series.

Here’s another Eric for us all:

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New Post

Grave Clean up

These are my grandparents. I never met them, they died many years before I was born.

But I was saddened to see their grave so unkempt.

My Dad whose parents these are, is getting too old to care for the site, and his siblings moved away. I thought I would try and clean it.

My father had this grave cleaned professionally about about 5 years ago. At a cost of about £700. The grave however is in permanent shade, due to a row of very large conifer trees.

So as usual I consultedthe internet and found a product called, Headstone cleaning spray by HG. It cost £7.99.

Whilst I didn’t take a better scrubbing brush, the difference is incredible.i didn’t even realize it was WHITE marble.

I don’t usually do product reviews unless it’s literary related, but I was so blown away by the difference I had to post about it.

It’s not finished. I have some plants to get, digging to do, but so far I am pleased with the results.

You can purchase the cleaning spray from Amazon –> Link 

Cover Reveal, Paranormal

Cover Reveal: Guild Hunter

Revealed: The next in the series of Guild Hunter by Nalini Singh.

Release Date is: 30 October 2018, and this is Book 11..

Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly passionate Guild Hunter world, where human-turned-angel Elena Deveraux, consort to Archangel Raphael, is thrust center stage into an eons-old prophecy….
Midnight and dawn, Elena’s wings are unique among angelkind…and now they’re failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she’s regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.
Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before it’s too late and Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena’s very survival, violent forces are gathering in New York and across the world.
In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And in Elena’s mind whispers a haunting voice that isn’t her own.
This time, survival may not be possible…not even for the consort of an archangel.

 

 

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I have already reviewed the first Four Books in the series..  Links –>

Angel’s Blood, Book 1

Archangel’s Kiss, Book 2

Archangel’s Consort, Book 3

Archangel’s Blade, Book 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paranormal, Reviews

Review of Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Women of the Otherworld, #1

Pages: 436

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Elena Michael’s is the only female werewolf in the world. Her past has been filled with anger and violence, and for once Elena just wants to be human again.

After moving away from her pack, Elena is forced back to help hunt and kill rogue Werewolves who are challenging pack authority.

“Are you the welcoming committee? Or has Jeremy finally chained you up to the front gate where you belong?”
“I missed you too.”

This book was recommended to me by a friend some years ago, and it is Dreadfully good!! Elena is such a complex character. On the one hand, she is the mate of Clay, and she is desperately still in love with him, but he betrayed her by turning her into a werewolf. Her wolf once around her pack feels at home, but her human side is better away from the pack. She is capable of incredible anger but hates that about herself. She also Hates Clay about that too.

She is the strongest Tracker of her kind, and also the only female, a myth amongst her kind. She tracks rogue werewolves, and then mostly kills them. or warns them. Pack law is harsh.

“The truth is, if a werewolf behaved like this psychopath it wouldn’t be because he was part animal, but because he was still too human. Only humans kill for sport.”

Now Clay. oooo yummy. He’s pure crazy, killer, but he has a huge love for Elena. He’s much different from other Hero/Alpha male types that you see in Most Paranormal Romances. He’s a Killer, and he’s okay with that. He does what his pack leader/adopted father needs, whatever it takes.

“You forget, darling.
am the local psychopath.”

Armstrong packs a powerful first book punch. Her story world is filled with loss, anger, death, blood, love, and family.

It’s also less mystical than the rest. It’s gritty enough that it’s not that unbelievable. The way she describes the transformation from humans to wolf is descriptive and ugly, not at all the sexy that you get used to in most Paranormal Romances.

Recommended to —> 

If you like to read Crime novels, I recommend this to you 100% because, other than the odd change, it has all the mystery, violence and suspense of a good Crime novel.

“Spend too much time around these guys and you become a little too nonchalent about blood-soaked clothes and bodies in the trunk”

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Paranormal, Reviews

Review of Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Midnight Breed #1

Pages: 402

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell’s deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night—or this man—is what it seems.

For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed—a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.
Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind—and the unwitting humans existing alongside them—from the mounting threat of the Rogues.

Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands.
Here, in the arms of the Breed’s formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all. . .

Review

You just promised me eternity, you know. I can make you live to regret it.

If you follow my reviews you’ll know I LOVE Vampire Novels. Midnight Breed is like Black Dagger Brotherhood series in that they are a band of vampires hunting bad guys. They are slightly tortured brooding hero’s.

The Heroine

Gabrielle is unlike most heroines. She’s shy, but she’s not a push over. She prefers her own company, and is quite introverted.

I love it when I can relate to the heroines in the stories.

The Hero

Lucan is like all leaders. He’s tough and sacrificing, and very warrior like.

There was definitely insta-lust between them, but it slowly built up to a real connection.

I felt the ‘Breedmate’ solution was really great. The idea of the birthmark and hidden talents to assist the warriors was super clever, and unlike what I’ve read in other Paranormal Romance.

Maybe she should cut the guy a little slack, […] Maybe Thorne had been a no-show because something bad happened to him on the job.

What if he’d been injured in the line of duty and didn’t come by as promised because he was incapacitated in some way? Maybe he hadn’t called to apologize or to explain his absence because he physically couldn’t.
Right. And maybe she had checked her brain into her panties from the second she first laid eyes on the man.

Lifestyle

Audiobooks: KOBO vs Audible

It’s a showdown, people!!!

I love audiobooks. last thing before bed for about 20 minutes I love to pop on some fairy lights, have a hot drink, lie back in bed, and be carried off to another world.

I always feel so relaxed and refreshed when I wake.

That being said, audiobooks, individually purchased are really EXPENSIVE. you are talking at least £10-£25 for each book. Not purse friendly.

BUT Audiobook subscriptions make it possible for me. There are two contenders for these Audible- an Amazon based company and KOBO – a Ratuken company.

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How do they work?

You buy a credit each month which can be exchanged for 1 audiobook, no matter the price individually. you can then play these via the app on all smartphones, laptop, and computers.

Subscription Price

Audible: £7.99, per month for 1 credits. £14.99 for 2 credits

Kobo: £6.99, per month for 1 title

Availability of titles

Honestly, it’s about the same. I search for titles that appear on Audible and Kobo and they were identical.

App

Kobo

The Kobo app contains eBooks & Audiobooks. The home page I felt was a little underwhelming, BUT the reading activity page made me a happy little reader. I love reading about stats, especially my own. With stats like ‘hours per book’ and ‘pages turned’ I was a happy little book bat.

There are also rewards like the social butterfly, witching hour (wow) and Deep thinker to be won. I do love challenges.

Overall ★★★★

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Audible

When you open the audible app it takes you straight to where you left the app the last time you were there. In my instance, the Library. I like that for two reasons, 1) no-one is trying to sell you more books. 2) the bottom of it has the last played book player, so you can just continue where you left off.

There is also a stats page with reward badges which were quite similar to KOBO, it does give you a ranking depending on how long you listen to them.

Overall ★★★★★

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Other Services

Audible:

  • Although the Audible app does not have the ebooks in the app, you can switch between the eBook and Audiobook, if you have purchased both. If you already own a Kindle book, chances are you will get an offer price on the Audiobook at a really reduced price. you can then switch between the apps, and continue on the eBook, or the audiobook when needed. it will keep your place.
  • Audible has a free service called ‘Shows’ which are like podcasts but by authors and famous people. (Stephen Fry’s one is very good. )
  • Finally, if you are a Harry Potter fan, you can only get the series on audible. although it links to JK Rowlings own Pottermore Website.

 

Verdict

You need to way up how serious you are about audiobooks. If you are starting out I would recommend KOBO, if you are not sure how much time you would have for it. It’s cheaper and easy to use.

If you think you want more credits at a better value for money, the hands down you’ll want Audible. Three extra credits can be purchased for £17.99 So if you feel you need the rest of a series you started listening to you can.

Audiobooks can be addicting. I have 457 Audible titles. (I’ve been with Audile for about 8 years)

KOBO website ♡ Audible Website

 

 

Paranormal, Reviews

Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeanine Frost

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Night Huntress #1

Pages: 358

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father – the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs.

She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner – are there actually good vampires?

Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat

Review

Every now and there a book comes along to solidify my love of Paranormal Romance.

This is it. And it’s just the beginning of a marvelous series of books.

Whenever I re-read HTTG, I have a huge killer watt smile on my face.

The dialogue between Cat and the cast of characters is funny and clever and never boring.

Lucifer’s bouncing balls, Kitten, not again!

Cat and Bones interaction is stunning. Cat is incredibly stubbon huntress and kills any vampire that she finds. Spurned on by a horrendous mother her ignorence about Vampires is slowly changing, influenced by Bones.

Bones basically fills the gap that Spike from Buffy had. Bleach blonde hair, British and very naughty. Plus he’s a vampire.

Cat was promised by Bones to find her Vampire father, if she helps him hunt the worst Vampires.

There is only one way to fight, and that’s dirty. Clean gentlemanly fighting will get you nowhere but dead, and fast. Take every cheap shot, every low blow, absolutely kick people when they’re down, and maybe you’ll be the one who walks away.

Overall, I love this series and I am re-reading the books and will be posting review in the next few weeks..

PS these books are the reasons I write and blog.

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Writing

#Cockygate

My opinion of #CockyGate, and why it should scare budding authors… 

It’s currently trending on Twitter and it has the literary world in a spin.

Faleena Hopkins has copyrighted the word ‘Cocky’ for romance fiction.

Hopkins has stated  “applied for the trademark to protect the future of my series because it helps people. It’s filled with love, hope, and respect to all human beings.” Apparently, readers were purchasing other romance books, thinking they were hers.

Some independent (indie) authors have received cease and desist letters, requesting they change the title of their novels. This has forced the authors to change the name of their novels because they do not have the financial means to pursue.

Isn’t she perfectly well within her rights? 

 

Unfortunately. Yes.

But seriously.

These authors are trying to make their bread and butter. They see very little of the money that is made, and they have been advised by AMAZON & AUDIBLE to pull their books from their sites, costing these authors, time and sales.

The Romance writing community is incredible. Romance readers and their writers get a lot of stick from the world. People have dubbed it ‘not real writing’.

Even my national writing magazine call them ‘mommy porn’

BUT when there is a problem, they rally behind.

39 authors have written an anthology, with 100 % of the funds, going to both the authors that it has harmed and to RWA (Romance Writers of America)

RWA is taking up legal action against Hopkins. Their hope is to squash this cocky author before it gets out of hand.51uahqfpyol

This post isn’t about bullying the author. I wanted to put out there the facts. I want to be an author one day, and I may decide to take the Indie route. There are some amazing authors out there who have made lifelong friends, and I want that. To be part of a great community. BUT this scares me.

What’s next? 

Will someone trademark another entire word? Will the word ‘series’ been trademarked, so no one can name there book as part of a series…

It’s overwhelming enough of a dream to write… legal crap. not so glamorous.

At the moment, I am watching this story eyes peeled for updates. I will post regular updates when they appear because it is important for ALL authors, not just the Romance world.

BTW  – Cock Tales is available until the 26 August.

Literary Witchery, Tarot, Tarot for Writers

#LitWitchJune & Updates…

I do love Sunday afternoon..

Mostly, its the time I get to cook dinner, bath then read till I’m too tired. Today is no exception, but before I do I would like to send out a few updates about what I am up to with Literary Witchery.

Bookstagram: 

I solidifying my Purple, Black and White Brand with the purchase of new artificial flowers. img_20180602_123555_897

and if you didn’t notice, everything I bought is purple…

My Spooky theme for June is up, and here is my Challenge for June:

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Writing:

I recently discovered a podcast and website called The Worried Writer. Author Sarah Painter helps people to smash through blocks, and cope with self-doubt, two things I struggle with.

http://www.worriedwriter.com

I’ve also created business cards. I haven’t got a business, per se but I’ve been to enough writing/literary festivals to know I always feel inadequate without them. They should be delivered soon, and I am super excited.

On the actual writing front, I have been in a huge slump. Once I feel like I am beginning to crawl out from. I so now realize that that other stresses such as workplace troubles, cause me to ‘block’ I need to be able to look past this and I am working on it.

Tarot: 

I’ve been working on creating some spreads for Character building for Tarot. once I’ve sorted these I will be creating the initial journey from Fool to World. Plus, I’ll be looking at creating some worksheets.

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Reading: 

I almost forgot. I am currently reading Blood Rose by Danielle Rose. Its a gorgeous YA trilogy about Vampires and Witches. It’s Intense, but a great read.

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