Wednesday, November 30, 2011

BLOG TOUR : Unnatural Law (Darwin's Children book 2) by Natasha Larry

SUMMARY: Seventeen-year-old Jaycie Lerner’s psychokinetic power surge is over, and her astounding powers are under control for the time being – sort of. As she struggles to maintain her humanity in the face of the awesome terror and responsibility of her abilities, she also yearns for the chance at a normal life – and a relationship with Matt Carter, the best friend she had to leave behind. But Matt’s got a few tricks up his sleeve, and he’s not about to give up on his feelings for Jaycie.

As Jaycie and her family grapple with the day-to-day routine of trying to keep their world together, Jaycie’s mother figure, Allison Young, endures a personal crisis of her own. The superhuman blonde possesses the physical equivalent of Jaycie’s awesome psychic power. So evolved, at ninety-two she still looks twenty. But what good is extended life when everyone else around her is so fragile? With no one to share her unusual life, she’s a uniquely lonely woman yearning for the romantic love she sees all around her. But in a dream she gets her wish – and it quickly turns to a nightmare for everyone else in her life. The memory of a rose is all she can hold onto in the storm of obsession that nearly sweeps her away.

Things quickly turn deadly for the vampires, but the Dey-Vah Guard fairies refuse to acknowledge there’s an imbalance in the nature they protect. As the danger gets ever closer to Jaycie and her family, the race is on to find answers before a secret plot can destroy them all.

REVIEW: So impressed after reading this book! I have to say book 2 in the Darwin's Children series was great. I cannot imagine how hard it was writing these books. There is so much detail and things happening, yet you can easily follow it. Super impressed! This book was so exciting all the way through. The characters were still amazing, and I loved that Matt was brought into the story more. I really liked how there were several things going on at once that all tied into each other. Jaycie is trying to keep her powers in line after her surge, Haylee is learning about her ability, Allison is trying to figure out what is going on with herself lately, and Matt is the key to everyone's problems. There is also a few new characters in the story as well. Alonzo, a medium, was one that I really enjoyed. I can't say much more without spoiling. I read this book it two days. I seriously couldn't put it down. I loved this world that was created and its such a great, exciting, adventurous story!!! I was left begging for more! Natasha Larry, please tell me there will be more! Pretty please!!!!

♥ Shelby

Monday, November 28, 2011

BLOG TOUR FOR: KISS ME CRAZY BY EDNAH WALTERS!!!!!! Giveaway & Review!!! Come check it out!!

Summary: She's used to putting everyone first—her sister, her friends, her boss. It’s now her turn...

Art conservator, Kara Michaels has decided it’s time to chase her dream—start her own business restoring and framing works of art. She has the skills, the nose for business, and the pent-up frustration from being invisible to the man she wants but can’t have—her boss.

He’s a meticulous planner whose rule book is about to be tossed out the window...

Baron Fitzgerald, a successful art dealer and Kara’s boss, believes in having a strategy and following it without deviation. So when Kara tenders her resignation, he sets out to convince her to stay.Baron soon realizes that falling in love cannot be planned, but the insight comes a little too late for him and Kara.

Review:  Another wonderful book by Ednah!!! I am a huge supporter of this woman and her writing. She once again made me fall in love with another book! Kiss Me Crazy is book three in the Fitzgerald Series. ALL of these books are amazing, and you don't have to have read the first book to enjoy this one. Although I HIGHLY recommend reading them ALL! This book is Barons turn to find love. He and employee Kara have liked each other for years, yet had only shared one kiss. He finds that he spent to much time on work, and not enough time wooing Kara. She just turned in her resignation and now Baron must try to convince her how he feels. Although he didn't know just how he felt, he sure didn't want her out of his life. Kara is a tough independent woman who is trying to make something of herself on her own. Does she fall for Baron attempts to persuade her otherwise??? I would love to spoil it and tell you how it ends but I wont do that. However, I will tell you that this book is filled with romance, passion, and excitement. Like I said before, Ednah has yet to disappoint! I am soooo looking forward to book four!!!!!!

♥ Shelby


Ednah has kindly offered an E-copy of Mine Until Dawn (book 2) or Kiss Me Crazy to the winner. How do you enter?

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That's it folks! Winners will be announced on Friday, Dec 2nd!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Review: Supernova by Crystal Ward

Summary: Everyone is born for a purpose, and for Evania Laylen, that vocation is about to make itself known.

Guilt ridden after the death of her parents, Evania sinks into a deep depression. Living only for the addiction, and the man who saved her, she gives up on life. That is until the enigmatic Desmond Kane enters and shows her the life she was born to live. Thrust into a secret, action-packed world of good versus evil, Evania must rid her life of the addictive temptation, prepare her body for battle, and learn to embrace the possible in a world of impossible.

Review: MUST.HAVE.MORE!!!!  Just finished reading Supernova, and WOW was this an awesome read!!!! I thought this was excellent writing and I could picture everything I was reading. Jamaica, Vermont sounds like a great place to visit!  Loved, Loved the characters!!! Evania is such a great character because she is easy to relate to. After the death of her parents she goes through a lot. She has a drug addiction and is severely depressed. It was easy to emotionally connect with her pain. Desmond, *blushes* is so amazing. He was understanding (SEXY), caring (SEXY), and very patient (SEXY) when it came to helping Evania learn about her abilities. The bond between the two of them was beautiful. This book had me smiling the whole way through, and it is full of what I like to call "the little things". The things that make your heart melt...brushing fingers down a cheek, or making eye contact from across the room. These "little things", for me, made this book even more impressive. So  I could go on and on ....and on about this book, but you wont truly understand how great it is until you read it. Can't wait for book two, Tsunami!!!!

♥ Shelby

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Review: Invisible by Jeanne Bannon

Summary: Lola’s not pretty. Lola’s not popular. Lola wishes she could disappear … and then one day she does just that... For seventeen-year-old Lola Savullo, life is a struggle. Born to funky parents who are more in than she could ever be, Lola’s dream of becoming a writer makes her an outsider even in her own home. Bullied and despised, Lola still has the support of her best pal Charlie and Grandma Rose. Not only is she freakishly tall, Lola’s a big girl and when forced to wear a bathing suit at her summer job as a camp counselor, Lola’s only escape from deep embarrassment seems to be to literally vanish. Soon after, she discovers the roots of her new “ability”. Slowly, with Charlie’s help, Lola learns to control the new super power. The possibilities are endless. Yet power can be abused, too… Then, when tragedy strikes, Lola must summon her inner strength, both at home and at school. She has to stand up for herself, despite the temptations and possibilities of her newfound super power. A coming-of-age story that will warm the heart.

Solstice Publishing

Review:   Oh my goodness...I just read this book in one afternoon!!!! I seriously couldn't put it down. Who hasn't wanted to disappear at one point in there life? This was an incredible story of finding peace with who you are..inside and out. I loved Lola because she was such a real character, not like most books you read where the women seem to be gorgeous all the time. Lola is an average girl with self esteem issues. In this story she learns that her new ability makes her special. With the help of her grandma Rose, her best friend Charlie, and her boyfriend Jon, Lola begins to love herself. She also learns to let her family into her life as well. This book was such a amazing story with a great lesson, and I think many people of any age can relate to it. I seriously, seriously hope everyone reads this book!!!!! And because I loved it so much I'm giving it 5 stars ( I don't usually rate my books) but I'm starting as of now! 

♥ Shelby

Monday, November 14, 2011

Review: The Key by Felicia Rogers

Summary: A teenage girl suffering from a family tragedy, Maddie Clevenger is oblivious to the ancient mystery surrounding her. She’s young and incredibly unlucky, in life and in love. She should be enjoying her senior year of high school, but instead she is tormented by a reoccurring nightmare and a very real stalker. But all that changes when Chase Donovan, an Air Force brat with a protective streak, shows up at school. Will Chase be the key to helping her solve her stalker problem? Will he be the key to solving the mystery surrounding her family’s past?

Solstice Publishing
YA, Paranormal

Review: The Key was such a cool story to read! A modern fairy tale full of adventure. And of course there is a great love triangle. Maddie and Chase are both new in school and instantly drawn to one another. With the presence of Maddie's stalker around, Chase feels the need to protect her. Little did he know, this need to protect Maddie was stemmed from a war long before his time. Maddie soon learns more details about her parents death, and that she is in the middle of a paranormal war. Her and Chase struggle to find the answers to their ancestors history, and realize they may be the answer to the end of this war. This story also has another paranormal twist...I wont spoil it for you, but it doesn't contain the usual vampire, werewolf paranormal elements. This book really surprised me...I was expecting the norm and was totally wrong. Wonderful, out of the box thinking on this one. I think paranormal readers of all ages will really enjoy this book.

♥ Shelby

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Review: The Perfect Rose by Felicia Rogers


Abandoned by his wife and left to raise a child alone, Caleb Reed falls short of the ideal work-from-home dad. He needs a woman to help him, in every sense of the word. At the suggestion of a friend, Caleb agrees to hire Ariel Lauren on a trial basis.

As an orphan, Ariel has more issues than just how to make it on her on. Yes, she needs the money that Caleb offers her, but more than anything she finds she desires his love. One calamity after another befalls her and jeopardizes her new job and her chance at having a family. But through it all, Caleb is by her side, his gruff exterior threatening to melt in the face of their shared attraction. Will they decide to continue life alone or will the magic of Valentine's Day bring them together?

Adult Romance, Drama
Published By Astraea Press

Review: I think I picked the perfect time of the year to start reading this book. Its cold outside and the holidays are just around the corner. Why does that have anything to do with this review? Well, this time of year I like to curl up with BIG blankets on my couch and watch the wonderful Christmas movies on tv. It's so warm and comfortable...which is how I would describe this story. The Perfect Rose filled my heart with warmth and happiness. Reading it, I felt like I was cuddled up even though I was sitting at my computer desk. This is a short story, but packed with everything. It always amazes me when authors can pour everything into a smaller book, and have it still be full of meaning. The main characters were wonderful, broken people looking for that missing piece in their lives. I loved being able to connect with the characters and feel their struggles along the way. I am so glad to have read such a heartfelt story, and I will definitely be putting this book on my best loved romance shelf.

♥ Shelby

Monday, November 7, 2011

AUTHOR INTERVIEW & REVIEW: Small as a Mustard Seed by Shelli Johnson

I would like to thank Shelli for her time, and such a great interview! Thanks Shelli!!

Would you tell us a little about yourself?
Well, my name's Shelli Johnson. I used to be journalist and an editor (well, still am free-lance), but what I mainly write now is novels. I'm married, have two boys under the age of 11, and I just moved to South Carolina. I love cooking in my crock-pot (recipes up on my blog).  I also like running, which I’ve been told repeatedly is an oxymoron ~ lol.

What inspired you to write this book?
I was writing about the main characters ~ sisters ~ for about 4 months, both of them as adult women. The story wasn’t really going anywhere, and then one morning (about 2 a.m.) one of them showed up as a 10-year-old in a barn, scared out of her mind, her father with a gun to his head & threatening to pull the trigger. That scene ended up being the first chapter of the book. Once I got that idea, the rest of the story just came along with it.

Which character was the hardest to write for? Favorite character?

The father was the hardest to write: for being a man, a Korean war veteran, and finally for having schizophrenia ~ all things I have no personal experience in at all. 
My favorite character is Jolene. She’s headstrong & stubborn but loyal to her sister to a fault.

Did you have to do any research for this story?

Yes, a lot of research. I knew nothing about schizophrenia or Korea or being a veteran. I didn’t know what it was like physically or mentally to be in any kind of battle at all. So I read a lot of personal stories & interviewed veterans. The story takes place in the 1960's. I wasn’t even born in the 60′s so I had to interview people who were around back then. I’ve never had a sister so I had to talk to people about that. When I first started, I didn’t have any kids, so I had to talk to moms about parenting & about being overwhelmed. 
Let me tell you a cool thing, though, & why I believe the universe is a friendly place. I’d jot notes in my journal like, I need someone who knows about schizophrenia, and a week or so later, I got introduced to a woman who had lived with an adult schizophrenic & who graciously answered all my questions about how it was to be with him when he was off his medications. Later, I jotted, I need help with the medications, and shortly afterward I met a man who’d been a pharmacist in the 1960’s & who knew all about what drugs were used to treat schizophrenia back then and how severe the side-effects were. That kind of thing happened over and over again while I was writing that book. It made me trust & believe that I'd always get what I need.

Can you tell us what book you are working on/ recently finished now?
The book I recently finished will be coming out in 2012. It’s still untitled as of yet. Here’s a synopsis: When Rose Harlen struts into PJ’s Tavern in the scorching heat of an Illinois summer looking to cool herself off, she ends up discovering Danny, a charismatic man who alters the trajectory of her life forever. Instead of following her dream of acting on stage, Rose chooses the stability and comfort of marriage. But Danny has a life-changing secret. While Rose’s world careens toward catastrophe, Helena Basinski’s life in Poland radically changes when her husband’s activities in the Resistance trigger their family’s deportation by the Nazis to Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Helena is selected to serve in the camp’s brothel where one of the guards falls obsessively and dangerously in love with her. She survives the war but with memories that are bone deep and forever. Years later, after Rose’s world has been splintered and Helena’s shattered, the two women quietly but forcefully collide. You can read an excerpt here:
Currently, I’m writing my third novel. It’s about World War II from the point of view of a German soldier. I hope to have it out by 2014.

What advice do you have for inspiring authors?
  • Don’t write for somebody else, write for yourself.
  • Don’t pick a topic you’re not passionate about.
  • Don’t force traits on your characters. Let them be who they are.
  • Don’t try to force the story along because you’re in a hurry & need to get done.
  • Don’t try to make someone else happy at the expense of yourself.
  • Don’t ignore your gut.
  • Don’t give up. Really, that’s the easiest thing to do when the years go by & the rejections pile up & you’re not where you want to be. 
  • Don’t listen to everyone else’s rules. Find what works best for you & do that.
  • And the biggest one (so it bears repeating): Don’t give up.
  • Finally, my blog’s about following your dream. Many people have found something to spur them on there:



Review: I didn't read the summary before I started this book, so I wasn't sure what I was getting into. This book turned out to be incredible. Its not something that I wouldn't usually read, but from the minute I started I just couldn't put it down. The first chapter just captured me completely.  It is emotionally gripping with characters so real. Ann Marie was the character I connected with most. Always holding emotions inside. She had to carry so much grief, and eventually had to learn to let it go. Go find a nice comfy spot before you start this book, because you will not want to put it down until its finished.  A story full of struggle, heartache, faith and forgiveness. Small as a Mustard Seed was such a powerful novel, one that I'm so glad to have read.

♥ Shelby

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Review: His Leading Lady by Paula Martin


Jess Harper’s predictable life is turned upside down when she discovers that Lora, her twin sister, has disappeared. It’s just a week before rehearsals are due to start for a new West End musical in which Lora has the lead role. Jess decides to pose as her sister in order to save Lora's career. This brings her into close contact with arrogant theatre director Kyle Drummond. Attraction sparks between them but there’s also evidence that he had been dating Lora. So is Jess simply a substitute – in real life as well as in the show? And what will happen when Lora eventually returns?


His Leading Lady is such a wonderful romance. This story is creatively written with amazing characters. I enjoyed the musical life (which I knew nothing about) and the story of Kate. From the beginning, I was entertained and that excitement continued throughout the rest of the book. You never knew what was going to happen next. I loved never knowing when Lora was going to reappear, and how Jess knew how to step into her sisters shoes. Jess is by far my favorite character...strong willed, smart, and most of all REAL! You can really connect to her character. And OH MY do I wish Kyle Drummond were real!!! His character was so incredibly perfect and smoldering. Maybe in my next life *sigh* Makes me want to go to Scotland even more.  I enjoyed stepping into this story and being taken to a whole new world. I'm sure you will too!

♥ Shelby