Aqua by M.A. George Blog Tour!

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Title: Aqua
Author: M.A. George
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication Date: April 16, 2014

About the Author

M.A. George

M.A. George is part proud mother of two adorable children, part super top secret agent…Oops, probably just lost that job.

Writing is what keeps her up into the wee hours of the night.  Fortunately, she has a lot of energy (Read: caffeine is her friend).  She has a bit of an obsession with music (It does a fantastic job of tuning out rambunctious children while she attempts to focus).

She sincerely hopes people out there enjoy reading her work as much as she enjoys writing it.  And if anyone hears of work for a super top secret agent, she’s now available (Discretion guaranteed…).

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Meet Layla McKelland:

Novelist (unpublished, but cut her some slack…seventeen is a bit early to despair),

Slightly neurotic introvert (Alright, let’s be honest…there’s no “slightly” about it),

International Woman of Mystery, and…

Okay, just scratch the bio.

The only real “mystery” in Layla’s life is why her father has never been on the scene.  Or why her mother drags Layla to a new coastal home every year.

Nothing about the latest hometown seems too newsworthy…until a routine day at the beach leaves Layla questioning whether she’s read one too many paranormal fantasy novels.  The plot thickens when a random guy claims to know things about her father—a bizarre claim he backs up with an equally impossible stunt.  And Layla soon finds herself on the wrong side of a mysterious attempted drowning…on her own kitchen floor.

When all is done, Layla will attest that fact is far stranger than fiction.  And nothing in real life is ever as transparent as it seems…Not even water.

Especially not water.

Emilie's Evaluation

Aqua is the story of seventeen-year-old Layla McKelland and how her semi-ordinary life becomes extraordinary when she meets Tristan and Pyke, two rowdy individuals that are anything but normal. When someone or something attempts to drown her in the murky ocean depths, Layla learns that her new acquaintances know a lot more about who she is than she does, including who her father is. What she isn’t is a normal seventeen-year-old girl who moves every year on her birthday. In fact, she’s not even human. On top of all of that, she must deal with new feelings brought on by her newfound friend, Tristan, as well as a war in which she was never aware she played a part. Layla must learn the ways of her kind quickly or she risks losing it all.

There were a few grammar errors scattered throughout the chapters, but they did not hinder the reading experience or fluid progression of the story.

I would recommend Aqua to anyone who loves fantasy or paranormal fiction, especially those who enjoy a full-length young adult novel. Aside from the occasional foul language, Aqua is suitable for most teens.

Overall, I was extremely pleased with the story. I found the characters especially charming. I’m now a total fangirl for the young love shared between Layla and Tristan. Layla was incredibly down-to-earth and it’s hard to believe she is merely a character in this amazing story. Her wisecracks and emotions are on par for her age and sometimes it’s easy to lose yourself in her dialogue. For the first time in a while, I was able to see the story and all the beautiful details of the world within as I read along. From the beginning to the very end, it felt like I was a character living and breathing the ocean air (and water) right alongside the hilariously unique cast. Before I signed up for this tour, I had never heard of M.A. George, but now I know who she is and I’m kind of sad that I haven’t been losing myself in her splendid worlds much sooner. I’ll never make that mistake again! She uses such vivid details to describe her characters and her worlds that it’s hard not to see and even hear them. She has a gift and wields words as a tool so well that I was left in awe as I read. I truly can’t wait to pick up another work of hers in the future.

I give Aqua 5 out of 5 pandas!

Emilie

Fractured Dream by K.M. Randall Blog Tour!

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Title: Fractured Dream
Series: The Dreamer Saga, Book #1
Author: K.M. Randall
Genre: Fantasy, Fairytale
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing

About the Author

KM Randall

As a girl, K.M. always wished she’d suddenly come into magical powers or cross over into a Faerie circle. Although that has yet to happen, she instead lives vicariously through the characters she creates in writing fantasy and delving into the paranormal. When K.M. is not busy writing her next novel, she is the editor-in-chief of a blog covering the media industry, as well as an editor with Booktrope Publishing. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in English-Lit from Nazareth College of Rochester. K.M. lives in Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region with her husband and her extremely energetic little boy. Fractured Dream is her first novel.

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Have you ever wondered where fairytales go once they’re created?

It’s been eight years since Story Sparks last had a dream. Now they’re back, tormenting her as nightmares she can’t remember upon waking. The black waters of Lake Sandeen, where her Uncle Peter disappeared decades before, may hold the secret to Story’s hidden memories, or a truth she’d rather not know. On a bright summer afternoon, Story and her two best friends, Elliott and Adam, take a hike to the lake, where they dive into the cool water and never reemerge. What they find is beyond anything they’ve ever imagined could be possible, a world where dangers lurk in the form of Big Bad Wolves, living Nightmares and meddlesome witches and gods.

Now Story must remember who she really is and somehow stop two worlds from ultimate annihilation, all while trying not to be too distracted by the inexplicable pull she feels toward a certain dark-eyed traveler who seems to have secrets of his own. The fates of the worlds are counting on her.

Emilie's Evaluation

Fractured Dream begins with Story Sparks, a young woman with holes in her memories and the best two friends anyone could ever ask for. When a hiking trip with Adam and Elliott leads her to Sandeen Lake, her life gets turned upside down and she must remember who she is. Along the way, she will make new friends as well as friends we all remember in order to win a war of her own creation and save Tressla and the entire world as she knows it.

There were very little, if any spelling and grammar errors. The plot unraveled fluidly, making this an easy read through and through.

I would recommend this story to fans of young adult fantasy and paranormal novels and fairytales. There are some adult situations, but I found that this read is suitable for older or more mature teens as well as adults.

Overall, I fell in love with Fractured Dream. From beginning to end I was lost in a fairytale of epic proportions and the only thing I hated was finishing the book and saying goodbye to the characters (for now). I adored the characters and the beautiful imagery each new chapter brought, as well as the quirky humor and throwbacks to the fairytales my mother told me when I was a little girl. With each new piece of the story, I felt like a little kid again, staying up all night to read what happens next. This gem is bound to draw its readers in and leave them hooked from start to finish on a literary roller coaster they will want to read again and again and again. Mrs. Randall is exceptionally talented and her imagination is absolutely delightful. She has earned herself two thumbs up from me along with a permanent place on my bookshelf. I can’t wait until book two is released so I can read more about the characters and the world I have come to love.

I give Fractured Dream 5 out of 5 pandas!

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Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver Review Tour!

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Title: Dead Girl Walking
Series: Royal Reaper Book #1
Author: Ruth Silver
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Royalty
Publisher: Patchwork Press

About the Author

Ruth Silver

Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of ABERRANT, a young adult dystopian adventure series published by Patchwork Press and Lazy Day Publishing, in 2013. Author, YA Blogger, and Book Manager with Booktrope Publishing, Ruth keeps busy with writing, updating her book blogs Write Away Bliss and YA Book Deals, and promoting authors.

With a passion for reading, photography, and traveling Ruth has plenty of stories and experiences to share. She loves dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy young adult novels most of all. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.

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Forget everything you know about grim reapers.

Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered.

Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death.

Emilie's Evaluation

Dead Girl Walking is the story of Opelia Dacre, a young princess in line for the thrown. She is is in love with a peasant and spends her nights by his side as Leila. She is killed, miraculously, on one such night and whisked away to the Asylum where she will meet her fellow reapers and learn the ropes. She is now Leila Bele, a new grim reaper out on an adventure, but her adventure requires her to let go of her past and embrace her future.

The plot flowed beautifully from beginning to end with few grammar and spelling mistakes.

I would recommend this story to young adults and adults alike who enjoy a fun and adventurous paranormal fantasy.

Overall, I adored this read. It was fun, spunky, and sweet. The characters were charming, the imagery was lovely, and the overall feel of the read was enjoyable. I wished the story would go on and on and a little sad to see it end, but I can’t wait for the sequel. Ruth Silver has earned herself a place on my bookshelf with Dead Girl Walking and I am thrilled to be reading another of her works very soon.

I give Dead Girl Walking 4 out of 5 pandas!

Emilie

Blind Faith by T. Hammond Release Blast

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Book Title: Blind Faith (Team Red, Book 3)
Author: T. Hammond
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: December 12, 2013

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T. Hammond

T. Hammond lives in Deer Park, WA with her goofy, neurotic, long-coat German shepherd, Dexter; he’s noble and brave, until someone turns on the microwave, then she has 100lbs of quivering dog trying to hide behind her chair or bury his head under a pillow (Little known fact: a 100lb German Shepherd CAN fit under a coffee table).

T. writes two concurrent versions of the Team Red series for both the Adult and New Adult audiences. Blind Seduction, Color Blind, and Blind Faith (release Dec 2013) are part of the Blind series – featuring adult-themed erotic romance combined with a humorous paranormal storyline. The Red series featuring Red Rover, Red Zone, and Seeing Red (Release Dec 2013) is a funny paranormal romance series with a lighter PG/New Adult type storyline. While both series contain the same character names and a lot of shared dialogue, the Red series is stripped of sexual content and language.

T feels that writing is not a calling so much as it is a compulsion. No one is more surprised than she is when characters take over the plot and dialog, and (re)direct stories in directions she had not (consciously) intended. She is fully convinced that the writer is the tool a story uses to tell its tale.

T. has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Whitworth University, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and before becoming a writer she was a bookkeeper, technical/manual writer, Call Center Manager and the owner of a freshwater aquarium store, Guppy Tales.

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What do you do when your greatest truth is proven a lie?

Picking up where Color Blind (book two) left off, Teresa is reeling as her life comes crashing down around her. Betrayal of the worst kind has left her struggling to put on a brave front, setting aside shocked confusion, for the sake of those she cares about. Her telepathic sight dog, Red, and Bastian, help to anchor her against turbulent emotions.

Teresa’s colorful and varied friends arrive to celebrate Christmas as the “family” they have become. Some know her heart is broken, while others are oblivious to its tattered state. Thoughtful gifts are in abundance, including several wonderful surprises. Even Red gets into the festivities with surprising insight (and a bit of doggy logic).

Bastian has remained steadfast in his love and loyalty to Teresa, even when she chose David over him. But David has been living a lie, throwing all Teresa thought she knew into question. Can Bas prove to Teresa that he is worthy?

This version of the Team Red series is INTENDED FOR MATURE ADULTS OVER 18. Contains graphic sexual content, and swearing, which is unfortunate as the dog repeats everything.

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A Strong Woman
An accident leaves Teresa March scarred and completely blind. Encouraged by the warm support of great friends, Teresa determinedly sets about adapting to life in the dark, reclaiming her independence.

Two Men on a Siege
Best friends make the toughest adversaries. Sebastian Declan and David Preston retire after twenty years of service to their country. Teresa’s scars discourage neither man in their newest mission: winning her heart. Bastian’s battle is uphill, overcoming Teresa’s negative teenage impression. David is a virtual stranger who fell in love with Teresa through Bas’ pictures and childhood stories. Competent and unwavering, these sexy sailors will stop at nothing, including deploying military tactics, to secure Teresa for themselves.

And a Dog with Attitude
Smart, opinionated, and handsome commonly describe German Shepherds. Teresa’s service dog, Red, is all this, and then some. Red and Teresa are surprised to discover they share a bond which allows Red to speak into Teresa’s mind. Red’s adept tracking skills, and ability to deduce information, open new opportunities for the pair. More importantly, his quirky humor brightens Teresa’s dark world.

Welcome to Team Red!
You will laugh out loud (the author apologizes in advance for the strange looks you will get when you start to giggle uncontrollably), in this Humorous, Spicy, Paranormal Romance.

WARNING: This book is INTENDED FOR MATURE ADULTS OVER 18. Contains swearing, which is unfortunate, as the dog repeats everything. When you have two hot, single-minded, sailors pursuing the same woman, graphic language and sexual situations are inevitable.

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Blinded and scarred in an accident a year ago, Teresa has finally found love, and a new career with the help of her companion dog, Red. Red appears to be a typical German shepherd, but he shares a mental communication link with his owner that is anything but ordinary. He’s articulate, sassy and opinionated – he’s also scary-smart, and has a talent for tracking.

Teresa and Red, have partnered with David, and Bastian, to form Team Red. This unique Team helps the local police department sift through evidence to find forensic clues that only Red’s sensitive nose, and Teresa’s ability to ask the right questions can uncover. A twist of fate brings Team Red to the attention of the Military, and the Team gets ready for their first undercover mission (we can only divulge at this point that Red looks adorable in his tux).

WARNING: This book is a Laugh-Out-Loud paranormal extra spicy romance (Yes, I’ve boldly meshed humor and sex *gasp!*). This Team Red book contains a feisty blind woman with a sassy attitude; a snarky German shepherd who stalks low flying objects (and the occasional cat); two sexy retired Navy men with a talent for tactical planning; a man-cave with secret tunnels and classified military toys; a formal invitation to a black and white ball; Marilyn Monroe; and a herd of Mustangs (okay, maybe ‘herd’ is a slight exaggeration). This book is INTENDED FOR MATURE ADULTS OVER 18. Sexual situations and adult language were used (and abused) in the making of this novel.

Emilie's Evaluation

Blind Seduction is the story of Theresa March, a 30-year-old woman who loses her eyesight during a freak accident on Halloween. Eight months later, she has learned to cope with the loss of her vision and is given the german shepherd she named that fateful Halloween from her best friend Janey. Within minutes of receiving Red, she finds he can speak to her in her mind. A few days later, she finds out Janey’s brother, Bastian, has retired from the Navy and has come back home. This brings back the horrible memories and feelings she has harbored for years, but what she doesn’t expect is to become friends with Bastian or find love in the arms of his friend David.

There were few grammar and spelling errors and the story flowed well from beginning to end.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a healthy romance with paranormal undertones and light-hearted humor.

Overall, this was a nice read. I enjoyed the character of Red as well as Janey and Ken, the once gay assistant to Theresa. Theresa and David weren’t my favorite characters, but they grew on me the more I read. The story itself was entertaining and the relationship between Red and Theresa was sweet and often hysterical. This is my first read from Mrs. Hammond’s works and I do look forward to reading more from her. Her ability to draw the reader into the story is amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed that about Blind Seduction.

I give Blind Seduction 4 out of 5 pandas!

Emilie

Emilie’s Review of Grip of Mortality by C.L. Foster

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Grip of Mortality is the first in a series about the Cortez sisters, a family of wereleopards fighting for their lives against their own father. The first book tells the story of Rozar, the sister with the ability to see the truth about an area or a person just by touch. When she meets Shade, one of her father’s lackies, her whole world turns upside down. With Moreno hot on the borders of their land, Rozar must choose whether she will fight with her family or take a break to follow her heart.

If there were any problems with spelling or grammar, I didn’t notice them. The story flowed beautifully from beginning to end and the characters were very well-developed.

I would recommend Grip of Mortality to anyone who enjoys a light-hearted paranormal romance. While the story is definitely meant for adult readers, I feel older teens could read it as well.

Overall, this book was amazing and the characters were so easy to relate to. I didn’t want to put it down once I picked it up because the story was just captivating. C.L. Foster has grown so much as an author and this is her best piece of work so far. She has the ability to tell a tale so mesmerizing it will leave you craving more and I can’t wait until she releases her next title.

I give Grip of Mortality 5 out of 5 pandas!

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Emilie’s Review of Forever Fae by L.P. Dover

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Forever Fae tells the story of Calista, the 21-year-old fae princess of the Summer Court. The Prophecy tells of ‘The Four’ who will save the fae world from the evil of the Dark Sorcerer and as fate would have it, Calista is one of ‘The Four’. When she meets Ryder, the prince of the Winter Court at her Guardian ceremony, her life is turned upside down. The very next day, she is kidnapped by the Dark Sorcerer Alasdair’s minions and Ryder and Calista’s gaurdian Merrick must save her before Alisdair can take her power and prevent the Prophecy from taking place.

There are a few issues with the timeline that I had as well as the awkward sex at the end of the story, but the story still unfolded flawlessly.

I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys the paranormal/fantasy genres and to anyone who would enjoy a fast-paced romance story.

Overall, the story was amazing. I found myself mesmerized by the characters and the beautiful world Mrs. Dover created. I didn’t want to put the book down and I never wanted it to end. I enjoyed reading it immensely! I can’t wait to start reading Betrayals of Spring! Mrs. Dover’s gift with storytelling is promising and I can see myself getting lost in the pages of her tales for many years to come.

I give Forever Fae 4 out of 5 pandas!

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