Notice:


As of June 9, 2012 I will no longer be accepting e-books for review. This is due to the overwhelming
demand of reviews, work and night classes taking up a lot of my spare time. It
is taking me several months to read and post reviews therefore until “my to be
reviewed list” is smaller I will no longer accept any more e-books for review.
I am extremely sorry.


September 29, 2011

S&S and Silence

Can you believe that it is the 2nd last day of September??? I can’t! I can’t believe that I head out to Vancouver in 8 hours!!! Must go to bed early!!

Anyways I wanted to tell you about some things S&S has for the release of Silence.

Here's an awesome contest for 1 lucky GTA resident and 1 lucky Canadian who doesn’t live in the GTA.  Click the link below to enter!

http://www.simonandschuster.ca/sweepstakes/silence-sweepstakes

There is also a Patch & You Facebook app……I had no idea you can find it HERE.

HAPPY END OF SEPTEMBER!!!!

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September 24, 2011

Ardeur Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt, Guest Post & Giveaway!

Today I am proud to be part of the Ardeur Blog Tour! In this post you will fine my review of Ardeur and Danielle’s guest post. The post directly below this one has an excerpt from the novel as well as more information on Danielle. I hope you all enjoy! Also there may be a giveaway at the end Smile

 

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Born a necromancer…

Sold by parents who wanted a normal child, Ardeur Lisle now hosts a demon and was trained to be a killer for hire. As an adult possessed, dreaming of escape and of a kind face from her childhood helps keep her sane.

If she breaks free from her captors, what will this new world full of paranormal beings hold for her? Ridding herself of her demon parasite will be her first priority.

A promise kept...

Brody Callaghan never forgot the angelic blonde from his childhood. After years of military service, he swears to track down the face still haunting him from his youth.

But Brody has a furry secret of his own; one unveiled with each full moon. Will the two hold onto love with danger, deception, and an obsessed angel driving them apart?

 

I was surprised to find that I really liked Ardeur. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with it but it reminded me of the Supernatural episodes containing the demons. I liked Ardeur’s character even though she was put through hell she still came out strong. I liked that it was a supernatural buffet of different creatures and wasn’t just about the angels. I love Brody and Ardeur together they are so cute and I just loved every scene that had them. I liked the different angels and how they were all different from each other I found it gave more to the story. I wasn’t able to foresee where the story was going which I really enjoyed because when something new came up it was always a shocker.

There is a lot of sex in the last half of the book so it isn’t suitable for younger readers.

The Rating:

4 out of 5



Hey everyone! Thanks for having me on the blog today. For a change of pace, I thought I’d talk about my favorite paranormal character. His name is Kalen and, unless you followed the Everything Erotic blog at the beginning, not many of you will know him.

Kalen is the Prince of Fae, a character created by my friend, and fellow author – Heather Hughes. He’s got attitude for miles and an ego just as big. I love him. *grin*

At six feet, four inches tall with light brown hair and silver blue eyes, Kal is always dashing in his favorite designer suits. If the boy isn’t in sharply creased dress pants and a silk vest, he’s naked and wearing nothing but a smile. Either way, he’s totally sexy and he knows it.

I was first introduced to Kalen on a role playing board Heather and I were members of. Cocky, arrogant and self-absorbed, Kal was a jerk of royal proportions back then. Imagine our surprise when the womanizing Fae fell for the sweet, innocent Angel I threw his way. Poor boy never saw it coming.

Kalen’s mellowed a bit over time. He’s still a big, badass Fae but the suits are occasionally replaced by sweats or jeans and he’s no longer a self-absorbed ass. Thank the gods. The sarcastic, witty sense of humour has not faded a smidge over time and that is what’s endeared him to me the most. Need a snappy comeback? Kal’s your man for that, hands down.

For me, Kalen is what I would want in an Alpha male. He’ll fight to the death for what he believes in, protect those he cares for and he loves fiercely.

Who’s your favorite paranormal character? Leave a comment and tell us why.


Giveaway Time!

Danielle has been kind enough to giveaway a ebook copy of one of her novels. Winner’s choice between Ardeur, Cursed, Tarnished Tiaras or UnWrapped.

How to enter?

Leave a comment with your answer to Danielle’s question.

Leave your name and email address

Ends October 2 at midnight MST Winner will be chosen by random.org on Oct 3.

Good Luck!

Special Thanks you Roxanne at Bewitching Book Tours for hosting the tour and to Danielle so taking the time to stop by the blog and for donating a ebook to my wonderful followers.Smile

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Ardeur Excerpt!

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By Danielle Gavan

Book 1 Abbey of Angels

Born a necromancer…

Sold by parents who wanted a normal child, Ardeur Lisle now hosts a demon and was trained to be a killer for hire. As an adult possessed, dreaming of escape and of a kind face from her childhood helps keep her sane.

If she breaks free from her captors, what will this new world full of paranormal beings hold for her? Ridding herself of her demon parasite will be her first priority.

A promise kept...

Brody Callaghan never forgot the angelic blonde from his childhood. After years of military service, he swears to track down the face still haunting him from his youth.

But Brody has a furry secret of his own; one unveiled with each full moon. Will the two hold onto love with danger, deception, and an obsessed angel driving them apart?

Get it at Smashwords and Amazon

 


Chapter Twelve

Excerpt

I woke up to the sound of birds chirping on my windowsill and moved to slide out of bed to shut the window. The sharp pain in my temple and the thick feeling of my tongue when I pried it from the roof of my mouth were the first indications that something had gone down while I was sleeping. You got out again, didn't you? How are you doing this?

Shadekar's snide laugh slid like oil through my head and made me wince. “Nice jammies you've got there, Sister Mary Floozy Pants.

“Jammies? What?” My eyes turned to look downward, and I jumped at the sight of the yards and yards of pristine white cotton that covered me from the buttoned collar at my throat to the frilly trim that dangled over my toes. “How in the hell did I get into this? I know you sure as hell didn't put me in it.” I fisted my hands in the soft fabric and looked around for clues as I pulled the nightgown off and threw it in the garbage bin. “What the hell?”

My bottom was covered in the most modest pair of underpants I had ever seen. They covered me from the top of my thighs to above the dip of my belly button with even more of the virginal white cotton. The crowning insult of the entire outfit was the matronly brassiere that had my chest in a strangle hold, the likes of which none of the bras I'd ever been forced to wear could compare with.

Ooh, baby. Now that is some sexy shit there, Blondie.

Shade, shut up. This is your fault. Who the hell did this to me?

A pair of dark blue eyes under a fringe of unruly black hair played behind my eyes and I groaned. Shade let me see Azrael carrying my sleeping form back to my room, wave his hand over me to change the outfit I'd had on to the one I'd woken up in before he put me in bed and left quietly.

“Damn it.”

It took me all of five minutes to get dressed, brush my teeth and run down the hall. I knew that Rae would be in his office by now. I threw the solid oak door open without knocking in my hurry to find out just what he'd seen while Shade had been in control. “Rae, what the hell hap…?”

My sentence stopped abruptly as I skidded to a halt behind a tall man with cropped brown hair and the widest shoulders I'd ever seen. “Oh, sorry. You have company - I'll come back later.”

Rae leaned over to peer around his guest and smiled when he saw me. “Afternoon Ardy, nice to see you're wearing more than what I last saw you in.” He waved at one of the chairs in front of his desk. “You might want to stick around. I think you know my guest - Brody?”

The big guy turned and I looked up into a pair of eyes I'd thought never to see again. There they were, the eyes I'd seen in my dreams every night and the dimples - oh, God. He still had the dimples and the roguish smile that had charmed me even at the tender age of six.

My right hand trembled and it rose to dart out and touch the solid chest that was level with my face. “Oh, shit. You're real.”

Brody's laugh at my comment was rich, husky and warm like the whisky that I had the night before. His own hand, so much bigger and more tanned than my own pale one, came up and caught mine before I could snatch it back. “I'm real and damn happy to have finally found you, again.”

“Again, what?” I looked up at him, confusion clouding the blue of my eyes. “You found me before?”

Azrael rose from his chair and rounded the hand carved oak desk. “I'll leave you two to catch up. There are a few things I need to, um, yeah. I'm just going to go.”

If either of us heard Rae leave, we showed no sign of it. We stared at each other, mesmerized by the fact that we were finally together again.

“I brought your bag.” Brody held up the tattered and patched up satchel that had carried everything I owned for the last seven years.

It took a moment of confused blinking before I realized what he was talking about and was able to form a coherent thought. “I, um. How did you get it?”

He deposited the bag on the chair next to me and then reached to take my other hand inside of his large one. I couldn't help but look down at our hands and notice the differences between us, the obvious ones and the not so obvious, before I pulled my hands free and stepped back out of touching range. It wasn't because I didn't want him touching me; I just never allowed anyone to touch me, ever.

Brody was dark where I was light, callused where I was soft, and relaxed when I was freaked out despite being thrilled to see him. I opened myself up a bit to taste his energy and what I found had me stumbling back to look up at him, eyes gone wide with wonder. Whatever he was hiding behind the broad shouldered all-American boy looks had eyes that glowed gold when it had looked back at me.

“What are you?”

His eyes flashed gold at my question and then I knew. I felt warm fur brush across my skin and the scents of the forest blew over my senses. “Werewolf?”

“Yep. Just like the rest of my family.” He sat down in the empty chair and smiled up at me before reaching out to take my left hand in his. “Sit with me, please? I'll explain what I meant about finding you again.”

My denim-covered ass parked itself in the chair my bag was in and I pulled my hand from his. I reached back to jockey the bag around so I'd have more room to keep my trembling hands out of Brody's. I took advantage of the distraction to settle my emotions and smooth my frayed nerves before turning around to face him once more. “Okay, explain.”

He leaned forward, elbows on knees and let his hands hang loosely between us. I knew he was giving me the option to take them or not and he was going to be disappointed because I wouldn't, couldn't touch him back. I wanted to, so much, but the fear of rejection ran deep. Shade had been successful in that endeavor. I would never be comfortable with anyone touching me.

“Do you recall much about what happened just before your accident? Maybe someone was calling out for you to stop?”

I nodded, the events before the BMW slammed into me replayed in my mind.

“That was me. The voice that tried to stop you from running out in front of that car was mine. I'm the one who called the ambulance and took care of you before it arrived. I stood outside the hospital every damned day while you were there, praying to a God that I don't believe in that you'd be okay.” He turned his face up toward mine and caught my eyes with his own golden ones. “If I hadn't had that bag of yours, I'd have never known to go see Dr. Martals or how to find you after you disappeared from the hospital.”

The mention of my doctor's name snapped my attention into focus. I pulled my bag around to my lap and ripped it open in search of the notebook that held the details of my life. It was the only place he could have found information about Celine and - oh, shit. “How much of this did you read?”

He at least had the decency to blush before responding that he'd read most of it and had seen that I'd remembered him throughout the years. “Even my birthdays. Why?”

“You were the only person who was ever nice to me; the only person in twenty five years to show me something other than contempt, disgust or fear.” Brody reached out to take my hand in his and I scooted back in my chair, the wooden legs scraping against the hardwood floor. I stood and hedged toward the door. “I'm sorry, Brody. I've been looking forward to seeing you again since that last time in school but, I can't. I'm too afraid that you'll reject me too once you know what I am.”

The doorknob was in my hand before I knew it and I was out the door, running down the hall without hearing the words that he spoke next.

“I know what you are and I'm okay with it.”


September 21, 2011

Mini Review: The Emerald Talisman and The Sapphire Talisman by Brenda Pandos

 

clip_image002To be normal, sixteen year old Julia Parker would shed her empathic gift in a second. Life has been difficult since her mother’s mysterious disappearance ten years earlier—an event she witnessed, but can’t remember. Julia’s situation becomes more complicated after a near death experience from a blood thirsty stalker. As high school students go missing it is clear there is a connection to her own experience—past and present. Someone has to stop the madness and a chance encounter with a creepy psychic foretells that only Julia is the key to stopping the madness, but it may require the life of the one she loves.

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With the local vampire coven decimated, Julia and Nicholas try to begin a somewhat normal life together. Bound by secrecy from a shape shifter determined to see Julia’s world-saving prediction come to fruition, Julia isn’t allowed to tell Nicholas the leader survived, ransacking her happiness with guilt. When Alora returns, bent on revenge, the reunion forces Nicholas and Julia to choose what they are willing to live and die for.

I love the Talisman series. Brenda brings a fresh new look to vampire mythology. I liked how Julia was relatable. I think everyone could find something inside themselves that they would also find in Julia. The suspense during the novels just kept me wanting to read and it almost hurt to put the books down. I like Nicholas character he was sweet and protective, something that I like in guy characters.

The action is both novels were awesome! The fights scenes were easy to visualize and I found myself yelling NO or HECK YES! Throughout the book (yes my family thinks I am a bit crazy). I was so glad that I after I finished The Emerald Talisman that I was able to pick up The Sapphire Talisman right away, I think it may have killed me to wait for The Onyx Talisman.

I loved the twists in The Sapphire Talisman. There were several chapters that I was like well I didn’t see that coming or WTF???. It was great and amazing I love twists that aren’t expected. The way Brenda ended The Sapphire Talisman is killing me and I can’t wait to read The Onyx Talisman….November can’t come soon enough.

The Rating:

5 out of 5

The Details:

The Emerald Talisman
Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 288 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.6 in
Published: August 1, 2010
Publisher: Obsidian Mountain Publishing
ISBN - 10: 0982903308
ISBN - 13: 978-0982903308

The Sapphire Talisman
Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 318 pages, 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 in
Published: December 15, 2010
Publisher: Obsidian Mountain Publishing
ISBN10: 0982903332
ISBN13: 978-0982903339

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September 19, 2011

Review: Possession by Elana Johnson

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Vi knows the Rule: Girls don't walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn...and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi's future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they're set on convincing Vi to become one of them...starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can't leave Zenn in the Thinkers' hands, but she's wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous--everything Zenn's not. Vi can't quite trust Jag and can't quite resist him, but she also can't give up on Zenn.

This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

Possession has become one of my favorite reads. It’s full of action, conspiracy and complicated romantic relationship. I like how this dystopian had more scientific basis than some of the other dystopian novels I have read. Elana’s writing kept me wanting more. I ended up stay way past my bedtime trying to finish the novel. I liked the characters, the villains and the twists. Oh the killer twists. I like that Vi is a rule breaker and is doing what is best for her. Vi is complex and I really enjoyed her. I also like Jag he is one cool dude. I like how those from the Badlands are like everyday people; I think that it was neat that those that weren’t influenced by technology were “normal”. Possession is one of my favorite dystopian and if you are a fan of them then you must pick up your copy.

The Rating:

5 out of 5

The Details:

Format: Hardcover
Dimensions: 416 Pages, 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.98 in
Published: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
ISBN - 10:1442421258
ISBN - 13:9781442421257

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September 16, 2011

Smart Chicks Kick It Tour!

So I’m super excited for something….can you guess what it is??

The Smart Chicks Kick It Tour is coming to Vancouver!!! (Yes – I am not in Vancouver I am one province over BUT I am making the exception and driving the 12-13hrs to go)

And I think I should be an awesome friend to you all and bring you back a signed book! What do you all think?

BUT I am having troubles picking a book to giveaway. So I have decided to let you all vote on which book you like signed to be given away. The book with the most votes will win and I will give it away in October for Halloween. So here are your choices:

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

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Graveminder by Melissa Marr

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Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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Across the Universe by Beth Revis

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Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Margaret will be at the signing)
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Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr

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You have 6 books to pick from and I know it won’t be an easy choice! I’m dragging making my sister come with to hold my books lol.

Please leave a comment with you vote Smile Voting ends September 28.

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September 13, 2011

Review: Ember by Carol Oates - Blog Tour + Giveaway

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When Candra Ember wakes up in hospital after a dangerous encounter with a red-haired woman, she is shocked to discover that seeing a winged boy wasn’t her imagination. Candra is exposed to a world of rivalry and sacrifice she never knew existed, and the aftermath of a war to save humanity thousands of years ago. Soon she finds herself relentlessly stalked by Sebastian, a beautiful and arrogant Watcher Angel and romantically pursued by his darkly seductive rival, Draven. Ultimately, dubious about her own goodness, Candra’s very existence compromises a tentative peace in the city of Acheron.

Ember was another Angel/Fallen Angel novel that I enjoyed. I like how the angels were part of different groups and each wanted something different from Candra. I also liked that you didn’t really know which group had the motives that were for the greater good I think Carol wrote both groups wonderfully that it kept me guessing who was bad/good and where the story was going to lead. I liked Candra’s and Sebastian’s relationship. It was one of those relationships where you could see where it was heading before the characters did and you just wanted to give them each a nudge in the right direction. I liked how Candra’s character was complex and she was constantly running into road blocks that would either push her toward one group of angels and make sure completely want to ignore them. I felt Candra’s pain when she had to deal with something that broke her down completely (I’m not going to give what exactly that is - it will ruin it for you and I can’t do that).The story was well written that I didn’t get bored and wanted more to read. I can’t wait to see where the story is going to go.

The Rating:

4 out of 5

The Details:

Format: EPUB
Published: July 19, 2011
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-936305-84-1

I would like to thank Carol, Omnific and YA Bound for hosting the blog tour and providing an ecopy to be reviewed.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Six random blogs on the tour will be giving away an ebook copy of EMBER. Make sure you comment with your email to be entered into the giveaway.

To enter into the GRAND PRIZE and RUNNER UP PRIZE giveaways, you must comment on ALL blog posts with your email during the tour

RUNNER UP PRIZE: An EMBER canvas tote and print copy of EMBER.

GRAND PRIZE: A silver butterfly necklace, an EMBER canvas tote, and an ebook of EMBER.

Make sure you get your comments in before 5 PM EDT on September 21st, as the contests will be closed

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I just love that necklace and the tote bag!!! Make sure you all go enter and keep an eye out on which blogs are randomly giving away a ebook! You can find the blog schedule HERE.

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September 1, 2011

Aug RAK Wrap Up / Sept RAK!

I can’t believe summer is over!!! Sad smile How sad. Good news I’m on vacation next week yay! We are going to a dinosaur museum and a picnic.

Here's the rules again:

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• Sign up each month you'd like to participate in.
• Show off your participation! Grab one of the buttons available :)

• Create a wish list and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month.
{Post on your blog, Amazon, where ever as long as there's a link to it.}
• If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, check out their wish list and contact that blogger for their address.

• At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K!

{Make a post saying 'Thank You' to whoever granted one of your wishes :)
OPEN TO EVERYONE!
Let's keep our International bloggers in mind and in our hearts.
Remember, there's always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!
Thank you Uniflame for pointing that out!! :P
FYI: One RAK will be chosen and showcased! Yayyy!

That's it!

Easy peasy huh??

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Vanessa at

Twerd413 [at] gmail DOT com

This month I gave Touch of Frost to Shannon

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I pre-order Lola and the Boy Next Door for Maricar

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and Maricar sent me 5 eBooks!!! she sent me the following:

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Thank you sooo much Maricar!!!!!

I have put in brackets my preference on eBooks or paper copy.

 

****There new rules on ebooks – make sure to read Book Soulmates post. I have a Kobo so you can gift me ebooks for Kobo’s website Smile ****

 

September’s Wish list:

The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: Throne Of Fire by Rick Riordan  (doesn’t matter)

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves (doesn’t matter)

Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves (doesn’t matter)

Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy) by Lauren DeStefano (doesn’t matter)

Season of Eden by Jennifer Laurens (doesn’t matter)

Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens (doesn’t matter)

Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers (paperback to match my other)

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (eBook)

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan (doesn’t matter)

A Game Of Thrones / A Clash Of Kings / A Storm Of Swords / A Feast Frow Crows / A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (doesn’t matter)

Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delany (doesn’t matter)

Vanish by Sophie Jordan (hardcover to match the 1st one)

If I Die by Rachel Vincent (paperback to match my others)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (doesn’t matter)

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (hardcover to match the 1st one)

Sweet Venom by Tara Lynn Childs (doesn’t matter)

 

WHY OH WHY Are there sooooo many good September releases?!?!?!?!?!?

Hope you join in on the RAK!

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***Edit: Sept 3/11 – mentioned new rules about ebook gifting.