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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #184




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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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For Review:

End Game (Bellevue Bullies #4) by Toni Aleo 
Burning Bright (Going Down in Flames #5) by Chris Cannon
Dirty Player (Back to You #2) by Mira Lyn Kelly

Mother's Day Gifts:
Born of Darkness (Hunter Legacy #1) by Lara Adrian
25: Angels and Assists (Enforcers of San Diego #3) by Mignon Mykel



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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Illuminous by Yolanda Allard: Giveaway


Illuminous
by Yolanda Allard
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy

Seventeen-year-old Allie O’Hare’s dreams involve graduating High School, backpacking around Europe with her best friend Aimee, and getting her crush to see her as more than a friend; they did not include getting turned into a werewolf. A werewolf with shining silver eyes who will never see the age of 18. 


Allie learns her Irish temper is no longer her least attractive quality now that she randomly sprouts fangs and a tail. 

Unsure of what to do with herself, Allie wants to learn all she can about her new life sentence. But the more she learns the more everyone, including new werewolf friends, start looking to her to for leadership. Facing a stalker and a possible pack war, Allie must find a way to save those she loves from becoming collateral damage. 

Can she hold on to her past and put those she loves in danger or will she stand up, shine from within and accept her path as one very powerful Were? 

No matter what she chooses, each choice has a price, and for Allie, either choice will be paid in death.







Raised by two sailors who traveled across the U.S., Yolanda Allard is a Mermaid who seeks out adventure wherever she goes. You can usually find her kicking butt on some of the most beautiful hikes the Pacific Northwest has to offer and might even catch a glimpse of her tail when she takes to the numerous waterfalls she finds along the way. She likes to drag her devoted husband and flock of four children on her adventures, hunting wisps, ghosts and all the magic the world has to offer. Her obsessions include, writing, reading, weightlifting, hiking and adventuring.





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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Death Doesn't Bargain (Deadman's Cross #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon: Giveaway

Death Doesn’t Bargain is the second historical fantasy title in New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Deadman’s Cross series. Where Deadmen tell their tales, and every soul is damned or redeemed by the final choices they make.

The Deadmen are back...

But so are the demons who have broken free of their eternal prison and are bent on mankind's destruction. The worst of the lot is Vine, determined to claim their lives for taking hers. She will see the world burn...and has the perfect lure to destroy them all. One of their own.

Kalder Dupree has never known a day of mercy. Born to the cruelest of mer-races, he sacrificed himself for his crew and is in Vine's hands. He expects no mercy or rescue.

Yet Cameron Jack is determined to set Kalder free. As a Hellchaser, it's her calling, and she cannot allow even a not-so-innocent to be tortured for an act of kindness that spared her damnation.

To defeat evil, it sometimes takes an even worse evil, and Cameron is willing to do whatever she must to make this right. If Vine thought she had her hands full before, she hasn't seen anything nearly as powerful as Cameron's resolve.




Praise for DEATH DOESN'T BARGAIN

"Kenyon (Born of Legend) puts the lie to the old adage “Dead men tell no tales” in the jam-packed, appealing first book of her Deadman’s Cross historical fantasy series." ―Publishers Weekly on Deadmen Walking

Author Bio

New York Times and international bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, is a regular at the #1 spot. With legions of fans known as Menyons (thousands of whom proudly sport tattoos from her series and who travel from all over the world to attend her appearances), her books are always snatched up as soon as they appear on store shelves. 

Since 2003, she had placed more than 80 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels. Current series are: Dark-Hunter®, Chronicles of Nick®, Deadman’s Cross™, Nevermore™, Silent Swans™, Lords of Avalon® and The League®. Her books are available in over 100 countries where eager fans impatiently wait for the next release. The Chronicles of Nick® and Dark-Hunter® series are soon to be major motion pictures while Dark-Hunter®, Lords of Avalon® and The League® are being developed for television. Join her and her Menyons online at SherrilynKenyon.com and www.facebook.com/AuthorSherrilynKenyon

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Death Doesn't Bargain (Deadman's Cross, #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon Review

Death Doesn't Bargain (Deadman's Cross, #2)Death Doesn't Bargain by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yo Ho Ho, Sherrilyn Kenyon takes no prisoners with DEATH DOESN’T BARGAIN, the second book in the Deadman’s Cross series. The Deadman were given a chance to redeem their soles by being part of Thorn’s Hellchaser army. They are tasked with killing the demons who escaped their prison and threaten mankind. This Historic Fantasy takes place in 1717. It is mermaid, Kalder Dupree’s and Sephirii, Cameron Jack’s story.

I made the mistake of reading DEATH DOESN’T BARGAIN without reading book one, DEADMAN WALKING. It took a few chapters for me to get all the characters straight and figure out what was going on. After I did, I loved this story. I want to go back and read book one to find out what I missed.

I really enjoyed Kalder’s character. We discover a lot of interesting things about his past and his lineage. He is not all that he appears. He is a good (mer)man, despite his cruel upbringing. He carries a lot of guilt, some of it unwarranted. He is selfless, always putting others before himself. Cameron is an interesting compliment to Kalder. She is sweet, caring, curious, and honest. They have a yin-yang relationship.

The Deadman have many interesting adversaries. It keeps the plot exciting. I love that DEATH DOESN’T BARGAIN takes place in the Dark-Hunter Universe, and that characters like Acheron make an appearance in the novel. The story frequently reminded me of a more serious Pirates of the Caribbean. However, it does have its funny moments.

As always, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s writing style is exemplary. You feel like you are in the proper time-period. I really liked the epilogue. I am highly anticipating the release of book three, AT DEATH’S DOOR. Followers of Kenyon’s Hunter Legends Series should enjoy this book. Furthermore, people that like pirate fantasies with a paranormal twist. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

ebook, 384 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Tor Books
Original TitleDeath Doesn't Bargain
ISBN 0765385724 (ISBN13: 9780765385727)
Edition Language: English
URL: http://www.sherrilynkenyon.com/book/death-doesnt-bargain/
Series: Deadman's Cross #2

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Moon Dance by Desiree King




Moon Dance
by Desiree King
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Life can be difficult for normal people, it can be hell for the supernatural and no one knows that better than Alex Summerland.



She`s beautiful, rich, and famous. What more could any teenage girl want? 

But all is not as it seems and delving into her past is like unlocking a Pandora’s box of living nightmares. 

Victor is the opposite of everything she`s ever known. 

He`s America`s bad boy and Alex is going on a wild ride across the country with the world`s loudest rock band. 

Will she get a second chance at a happy ending or will she crash and burn?

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Excerpt



I’m running in a dark forest.
The loamy earth feels soft under my bare feet and my breath is coming as fast pants. The trees are like lifeless sentinels all around me watching my witless terror as I race for the lights I glimpse between the trunks. ‘If I could just reach the light I would be safe,’ I thought to myself. My heart sank as I heard him behind me, chasing me. I knew that if he were to catch me I would be trapped and he might take my soul along with my blood. I put everything I could into my sprint and faster, feeling the twigs and small branches whip my bare skin, slicing deep, and feel the warmth slide down as blood wells up and drops to the thirsty earth. This eerie wood seemed to be never ending and the wind was cold, blowing into my face. My blood frozen in my veins, I would never escape him. I was almost there when I blinked and found myself transported to a crowded bar. I was sandwiched in the crush of people. The air was hot and smelled of smoke and sweat and I could barely hear myself think over the din of the people and the hard-pulsing rock song coming from the stage. My heart still raced but now I could feel it and enjoy it as the terror turned to the rush of the crowd and I joined their twisting, writhing dance, hypnotized by the beat and lost in the melody. The band would play forever and I would die here in this ecstasy, and happily.
The crowd seemed to get tighter. I was surrounded. The air was getting tighter by the second and there was an explosion, maybe a flash pot on the stage or maybe a grenade but I felt my feet leave the ground as the brightness ate away my sight. “Alex…” I heard my name being whispered into my ear in a deep voice, an unfamiliar voice. I was in the dark again but instead of the forest I was standing in a strange bedroom. I looked down at myself to see hands on my hips, smearing what looked to be blood and ink on my skin, almost glittering in the moon light. His hands were strong and covered in tattoos and I watched them carefully as the red and black sank into my skin, leaving only a black tattoo of a wolf`s paw print on my hip. The room was silent but for our breathing and I was just getting used to the silence when I heard a deep growl behind me and more importantly, felt it rumble thru his chest where it was pressed to my back.

Suddenly I was awake sitting up in my bed in my hotel suite. I was gasping for breath and covered in sweat. Today was my last day here in LA and I knew just how I wanted to spend it.



Author Bio



I'm a author from Phoenix Arizona. I've been writing most of my life but only in the last few years have I had the guts to put my work out there for others to read. Books are my passion as well as my two loves my husband and son. I believe in supporting local art whether it is a band an artist or author go out and experience the art of the world in all its forms.



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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Unbreakable Bond by Jess Bryant: Interview & Giveaway





Unbreakable Bond
Fated Mates Duet, BookOne
Jess Bryant
Genre: PNR - Shifter Romance

Date of Publication: 5/15/2018

Number of pages: 258

Word Count: 68,000
Cover Artist: K Creative Designs

Tagline: Fate has a plan all her own.

Book Description:

Sometimes fate gets it all wrong.

Zoey Kent has lived with that fact ever since she turned eighteen and learned that the man she loved could never be hers. He’s a born shifter, a wolf, and she’s a mere human. Fate doesn’t care if on paper they’re a perfect pair. She isn’t his fated mate and she’s resigned herself to the knowledge that someday, she’ll have to watch Michael mate with another. It’s never crossed her mind that there might be someone else out there for her, that she would be the one to mate another, to choose another over everything she’s ever known or wanted.

Sometimes fate gets it all right.

Rafe Hudson left his pack behind years ago. Physically and mentally scarred from an attack that left his parents and twin dead, he walked away from his responsibilities as Alpha. He never intended to return but lone wolf or not, he can’t leave Michael open to an attack he’s learned is coming for his only brother. What he didn’t know was that going home would mean scenting his mate, the one person in the world that could make him whole again, that could give him everything he thought he’d lost. His pack, his home and his family.

But fate always has a plan.

There’s no way Michael’s brother is her future, is there? Just like there’s no way that the girl his brother has loved since they were kids, was always meant to be his, right?

Only fate knows why they were brought together but there is one thing for sure, the sparks between Zoey and Rafe are undeniable. The bond between them is unbreakable. And together… they’ll change the face of the pack forever.



Excerpt 3



Ignoring the bite of pain, he reached through the bars and wound a hand in her hair. He tilted her face up and pressed his lips to hers. The silver burned his cheek where he couldn’t avoid the bars of his cell but it didn’t matter. Nothing did. Not when he finally, finally had the taste of his mate on his lips.
Sweet, so sweet. Her taste seeped inside of him and started a riot in his bloodstream. Her lips were soft and sweet and when they met his, it felt like a piece of the puzzle he’d always been missing slid into place.

How had he lived without this? All this time? All these years? And his mate had been right here, waiting for him. 



About the Author:

Jess Bryant is an avid indoorswoman. A city girl trapped in a country girl's life, her heart resides in Dallas but her soul and roots are in small town Oklahoma. She enjoys manicures, the color pink, and her completely impractical for country life stilettos. She believes that hair color is a legitimate form of therapy, as is reading and writing romance. She started writing as a little girl but her life changed forever when she stole a book from her aunt's Harlequin collection and she's been creating love stories with happily ever afters ever since.

Jess holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma and is a lifetime supporter of her school and athletic teams. And why not? They have a ton of National Championships! She may be a girlie girl but she knows her sports stats and isn't afraid to tell you that your school isn't as cool as hers... or that your sports romance got it all wrong.

For more information on Jess and upcoming releases follow her on her many social media accounts for news and shenanigans.






Interview 

Please welcome Unbreakable Bond author Jess Bryant to Diane’s Book Blog. 

What is your favorite part of the story, Unbreakable Bond? 

My favorite scene in Unbreakable Bond is the fight between Michael and Rafe, or rather in the moments immediately following it. The reader has likely figured out what they’re fighting about, even though Zoey hasn’t, and when she asks what's going on Michael’s blunt answer sets up everything else to come in the book.


If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?

I’d like to be best friends with Skylar from No Apologies, book 2 in my Bomar Boys series. She is one seriously fierce female. She’s loyal to her friends. It's one of her best qualities. She’ll fight for you and if you’re being stupid, she’ll also smack you upside the head and tell you to get your shit together. She knows who she is and is confident in her skin. She’s the kind of friend I think every woman should have.


What is your favorite book that you wrote?

I try not to play favorites with my books or my characters. They’re like my babies and parents aren’t supposed to have favorites right? But if I’m being completely honest, Crazy Little Thing Called Love will always have a special place in my heart because it was the first book I released. Bluebell has so many parts of her that are me. Fate is the kind of town I grew up in. There’s just a lot of “home” in that book for me and I’m still amazed when anyone else reads it and relates to it.


What is your typical day like?        

My typical day is… long. I don’t write full-time. I have to squeeze it in when and where I can. I spend my day at my job, crunching numbers, and then I get to come home to what I really love, words. Some days I’m so exhausted I collapse to the couch with my dog and cat and just stare at my laptop screen. Other days I contemplate calling in sick to work to hammer out the scenes that won’t stop playing in my head. I would guess my day is a lot like every other indie author, busy and chaotic but so so worth it once we see our words on the page.       


Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you, from the deepest parts of my heart, thank you. Your support and words of encouragement keep me doing this thing that I love.Thanks for hanging with me as I leap into different genres and being brave enough to leap with me. You will never know how much you mean to me.

Scoring the Quarterback by S. M. Soto: Giveaway



Title: Scoring the Quarterback
Series: San Diegan Series #2
Author: S.M. Soto
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 15, 2018

Blurb

An epic Frenemies to lovers romance.

Luke Caldwell has three abhorrent qualities to him:
1) He’s a pig-headed jock.
2) He’s a grade A asshole with the biggest, overbearing ego.
3) He’s a manwhore.

These three qualities alone should’ve had me running for the hills. I tried to steer clear of him, I really did, but it was an impossible feat. Luke Caldwell was nothing if not persistent and the way he bulldozed through my life, not taking no for an answer is proof of it.

I tried to stay away from him.

I wanted to hate him. But I couldn’t.

Luke was nothing like the idiot jock I pegged him out to be. He became a friend, a confidant, and after one unforgettable night, he became so much more.

Whatever this is between us, it’s impossible to ignore. I just hope when all is said and done, I won’t be burned by the college bad boy. 





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Author Bio



S.M. Soto was born and raised in Northern California where she currently resides with her son. Her love for reading began when she was a young girl, and has only continued to grow into adulthood. S.M. lives for reading books in the romance genre and writing novels with relatable characters. She refers to herself as a bit of a romance junkie. S.M. loves to connect with readers and eat copious of donuts that will surely lead to her demise (carbs are life). 


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