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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

{Book Review} DYING FOR HER by Kory M Shrum

I apologize for just doing the copy/paste method from Goodreads, but with all my medical issues, etc., I'd prefer to just share as quickly as possible! Thankfully, Goodreads provides me a way to do it! :)

Dying for HerDying for Her by Kory M. Shrum

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Disclaimer: I received an early copy of this book to read and review honestly. No other compensation was offered nor accepted.

The Cabin Goddess introduced me to Kory M Shrum's DYING FOR A LIVING when the author was offering Read to Review copies. And, being the lover of Urban Fantasy that I am, I snapped it up. IT SO DID NOT DISAPPOINT. It was a five star read for me (and dudes...it's currently free to read over at amazon: http://amzn.to/1amuAwY) and so was the second book, DYING BY THE HOUR.

It's not often that an author can keep the momentum going. But Kory M Shrum absolutely did with this third installment. This takes place along the same timeline as DYING BY THE HOUR, but told from Brinkley's point of view and with flashbacks that give you more to the story. It is seamless between flashbacks and the current timeline.

What I loved about this book, as with the others in the series, is how the author brings her characters to life with emotion. Heart-wrenching, eviscerating emotion. From sympathizing with Brinkley to aching for his heartache, to all the feels for Jackson, Shrum takes you on another ride from the very first page to the very last.

I will absolutely read on in this series. I cannot wait for the next installment!



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Monday, April 6, 2015

{COVER REVEAL} Day and Knight by Dirk Greyson



Title: Day and Knight
Author: Dirk Greyson
Series: Day and Knight (Book 1)
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Adventure
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 4 2015
Edition/Formats: eBook & Print
Blurb/Synopsis:
As former NSA, Dayton (Day) Ingram has national security
chops and now works as a technical analyst for Scorpion. He longs for field
work, and scuttling an attack gives his chance. He’s smart, multilingual, and a
technological wizard. But his opportunity comes with a hitch—a partner,
Knighton (Knight), who is a real mystery. Despite countless hours of research,
Day can find nothing on the agent, including his first name!
Former Marine Knight crawled into a bottle after losing his
family. After drying out, he’s offered one last chance: along with Day, stop a
terrorist threat from the Yucatan. To get there without drawing suspicion, Day
and Knight board a gay cruise, where the deeply closeted Day and equally
closeted Knight must pose as a couple. Tensions run high as Knight communicates
very little and Day bristles at Knight’s heavy-handed need for control.
But after drinking too much, Day and Knight wake up in bed.
Together. As they near their destination, they must learn to trust and rely on
each other to infiltrate the terrorist camp and neutralize the plot aimed at
the US’s technological infrastructure, if they hope to have a life after the
mission.  One that might include each
other.


Dirk is very much an outside kind of man.  He loves travel and seeing new things.  Dirk worked in corporate America for way too long and now spends his days writing, gardening, and taking care of the home he shares with his partner of more than two decades.  He has a Master’s Degree and all the other accessories that go with a corporate job.  But he is most proud of the stories he tells and the life he's built.  Dirk lives in Pennsylvania in a century old home and is blessed with an amazing circle of friends.  
Places to contact Dirk 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

{Tour}Sue Duff's MASKS & MIRRORS



Synopsis:
Ian Black’s commitment to safeguarding Earth has come at a price. His career as an illusionist is at a standstill and attending to the planet’s needs has distanced him from his best friend, his guardians, and the woman he loves. When presented with an opportunity to perform, Ian seizes the chance. But moments before he takes the stage, Ian encounters the mysterious Jaered and a rebel force fighting to protect Earth alongside the Weir.

Jaered is determined to stop a malevolent Weir from releasing a drug capable of wiping out the last vestiges of their race and plunging Earth into self-destruction. But when Jaered is willing to sacrifice an innocent child to obtain the drug for himself, Ian risks everything to uncover the secrets of the rebel forces and their true intentions for Earth’s survival.


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 Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was offered nor would it have been accepted. 

This is my review of FADE TO BLACK, book one in The Weir Chronicles.

Magic? Check. Urban fantasy? Check. Characters that intrigue you? Check. Sue Duff's FADE TO BLACK was one of those books whose premise hooked me in, combined with an interesting cover that hints of things to come, I knew I had to read this book. I was not disappointed! 

The book starts off with a bang and drops you in the middle of some action, however I found it a bit confusing at first and not sure what was going on. Duff does a wonderful job of revealing the story as it unfolds and giving you a dose of background without making it a telling or a lecture. 

Once you reach midpoint in this novel, you have a fair estimation of what's at stake, who is at play, and eager to read the rest of the story. I'm definitely looking forward to continuing reading The Weir Chronicles and have added it to my TBR!

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Author Bio:
Sue has been writing since high school but never became serious about it until a skiing accident laid her up for an entire summer and she turned on the word processor to combat the boredom. A couple years later, her first urban fantasy novel, Fade to Black, was a finalist in the RMFW Colorado Gold Writing Contest. By day, she’s a dedicated speech-language therapist in an inner city school district to pay the bills but her life as a writer is her true passion and the creative outlet keeps her sane.

Sue is a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and The Pikes Peak Writers. Her creativity extends into her garden and the culinary arts. She is the second oldest of six girls with an avid reader mom and her dad, the family’s single drop of testosterone in a sea of estrogen. Fate thought it hilarious to give her a son but maternal instincts swing both ways and she didn’t break the little bugger. She lives in Colorado with her miniature dachshund, Snickers and hears from her son, Jonathan whenever he needs something.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

{Book Review} Possess by Sarah Dalton

Possess (Mary Hades #2)Possess by Sarah Dalton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was a fantastic sequel to book one, Mary Hades. It picks up right after the events of the last book, but rather than continue the story line directly, we are moving forward and focusing on the next step in Mary's life, one that she had no choice about.

Moving.

Her parents have decided to house swap (permanently) with a little old lady who owns a rather large estate called Ravenwood. Both drawn to and kind of repelled by the house, Mary and her mother quickly become obsessed. With strange little things, an odd neighbor, and her BFF Lacey by her side, Mary is quickly pulled into the history of the house by way of a journal.

Lots of great tension and anxiety and a revelation about Mary's mom, this was a fab sequel to Mary Hades and I cannot wait to read the next installment!



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Sunday, March 1, 2015

{COYER #2015HW) Reading Assignment Update and some personal notes

Hello all! Do you remember me going crazy for the newest YEAR LONG COYER? (Click here!) Well it's well under way already, but you can still join!

I am late with my update post as my computer fizzed out and my work has a lock down on all things social media! I just recently got a new computer and am catching up with some blog posts.

For January, my reading list included:


  1. Devil's Metal by Karina Halle
  2. Emilie & the Hollow World by Martha Wells
  3. Emilie & the Sky World by Martha Wells
  4. Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson
I will come back to link all reviews to Goodreads, etc. Some are still in scribble form in my notebook! Annnnnnnd then I have to share to Netgalley, too. Man, not enough hours in the day or brain cells left in my brain! 


I'm having a grand time with COYER, even if I've been lacking on reviewing properly here on the blog. I just finished my last Feb Assignment Read and am ready to charge into March's reads.

February's Reading List included (no links to reviews yet because of other things going on):

  1. Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson
  2. Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson
  3. Red Blooded by Amanda Carlson
  4. Heart of Iron by Bec McMasters


I'm sure you saw my blog post on my health. I have to catch up with reviews on most of the above books (my notebook is a hot mess of scribbles. I'll try to crank out a paragraph at least for each book before entering the hospital).  Surgery is this week and my friends have supplied me with some books to read as well as some physical ARCs I was happy to be granted!

March's Reading List is continuing in the steampunk fashion:

  1. Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross
  2. Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross
  3. Miss Education of Dr Exeter by Jillian Stone
  4. Outcast by Adrienne Kess
I'm excited and happy to be having these as "assigned reading" because I really do need to knock out my Netgalley list and these are all such awesome reads. Seriously. I requested them so I should like them, and so far so good! 


ON HIATUS


Hi Everyone! 

I know things have been quieter here lately and for that I apologize. I've had some life changes, including a new job, that has definitely changed my ability to read and blog. And I'm sorry to say that it will become even quieter here.

My blog is going on a short hiatus starting now and, unfortunately, even if I've signed up to do a spotlight or a review, it will be on the back burner. I'm pretty sure I've let all my blog coordinators know, but my mind is a bit preoccupied so I'm not sure. My apologies if this is your notice. 

I've been diagnosed with colon cancer and am having surgery this week to remove a chunk of my colon. With any luck, that will be the end of it and after my hospital stay (4-6 days) and recovery period (4-6 weeks), I'll be back to work and able to pick up blogging etc., again. If the outcome is different than I hope, I'll cross that bridge when I get to it! 

Of course, I'm a reader and will be reading throughout my recovery. But I'm sure it will just be review notes scribbled in a book until I find time to upload them later! Or perhaps no reviews at all and just reading for pleasure!

In the meantime, I wish you all happy readings and happy blogging! 

See you on the flipside! 


Tiffany
A_TiffyFit's Reading Corner