Entrepreneur Tobi Tobias is ecstatic when a potential new client walks in the front door of her ad agency. With bills piling up and the threat of evicEntrepreneur Tobi Tobias is ecstatic when a potential new client walks in the front door of her ad agency. With bills piling up and the threat of eviction looming, she's desperate. When Zander Closet Company requests a slogan, brochures, and other advertising materials, Tobi knows this could mean big things for her and the agency. She's especially thrilled to learn that the Zander brothers have recently fired the prominent ad agency that she used to work for. All that excitement fades when the promotion for Zander Closet Company, with the use of the slogan Tobi developed, leads to the discovery of a dead body in the closet being showcased. Now, instead of her name being spread like wildfire due to success, she's dealing with the stigma that her slogan was a premonition....and the new clients she's since gained have now withdrawn and canceled their appointments. Her one big break may actually break her agency for good.
Unless she figures out who killed the man in the closet.
The character and world building done in Death in Advertising was done well and is appropriate for the novel - not overboard or skimpy. Tobi Tobias is a witty and humorous character. She's totally awkward but her character is likable. It's easy to relate to Tobi in many ways and she has a wonderful personality. The supporting characters are also likable and just as witty as Tobi. Their antics are humorous and add so much to Death in Advertising - not that it needed it because the book is fantastic.
The story is fast paced with surprises around every corner. I was engaged from the first chapter and enjoyed following Tobi and her friends as they worked to solve the murder that was dragging her name in the mud. The dialogue between the characters was natural and believable - nothing over the top or uncomfortable. The mystery was kept closely under wraps and the reveal was shocking and caught me by surprise.
I can't wait to see what Laura Bradford has in store for Tobi in Book 2!...more
Sgt. Vincent Brandt and his Black Ops team are in Mexico to rescue captured CIA operatives, a foreign operative, and a CIA asset whose cover3.5 Stars
Sgt. Vincent Brandt and his Black Ops team are in Mexico to rescue captured CIA operatives, a foreign operative, and a CIA asset whose cover was blown. His team consists of himself, Svengurd, the point man, and Cpl. Lopez, the vehicle procurement officer. The three of them find out rather quickly that getting to the cartel's hideout was easy - Escaping will be a whole different ballgame.
Having not read any of the rest of the books in Carolyn McCray's Betrayed series, I found Ambush to be a pretty premise. The dialogue was smooth and conversational and the characters were likable. I loved Cpl. Lopez and his first choice of transportation. I found the small interjections of humor that break up the serious overtones to be a great addition to the book.
The non-stop action, the back-up plans for the back-up plans, and the wordless communication within the Black Ops trio definitely piqued my interest in reading the series....more
E.J. Stevens has put together a wonderful guide for authors to use when deciding on how, where, and when to market your book. Whether you just publishE.J. Stevens has put together a wonderful guide for authors to use when deciding on how, where, and when to market your book. Whether you just published your book or it's been a while, grab this marketing guide to get your book into the right places. Learn how to build your platform, what social media to use, and how to set up your own book tours. The guide is arranged strategically and well organized.
Not only is the Super Simple Quick Start Guide to Book Marketing beneficial for authors, it's a wonderful tool for bloggers and for book tour companies. As a blogger, this guide provides tips I can use to put together better looking posts when supporting authors, books, and publishing companies. As an owner of a book promotion company, this guide helps me put together the best marketing tours possible for my authors and publishing companies.
I highly recommend this Quick Start Guide for authors, bloggers, and promotions companies.
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If You Like Metallica…is packed with influential band information; early rockers that influenced Metallica and rockers that have been influenced by MeIf You Like Metallica…is packed with influential band information; early rockers that influenced Metallica and rockers that have been influenced by Metallica. I’m a fan of Metallica and found the various bands referenced in the book enjoyable. There are pop culture references, obscure tidbids, and all around great information kept me entertained as I learned more about Metallica and other rock artists that I’ve been a fan of for years. Additionally, the book was written in a conversational tone with some humor. This made the book fun to read.
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Vista Beach is in the middle of a serious heat wave. The lack of cool air is taking its toll on anyone who doesn't have central air, including the homVista Beach is in the middle of a serious heat wave. The lack of cool air is taking its toll on anyone who doesn't have central air, including the homeless community. When Rory and Liz go to check on a homeless resident that Rory has taken a shine to, they find Kit semi-unconscious under a pier with a nasty head wound. Uttering the words "Zoe" before passing out had Rory in sleuth mode. Who is Zoe and who attacked Kit?
The heat wave also has burglars taking advantage of the situation. Residents are leaving their windows open in hopes of catching a faint breeze, making B&E much easier. And that's what looks like happened at the home of her neighbor, Willow. Except Rory doesn't expect to find Willow on the floor of her kitchen in a pool of blood. In addition to finding Kit's attacker, Rory is determined to figure out who killed Willow - much to the dismay of Detective Martin Green.
There are several storylines in A Palette for Murder that are seemingly distinct but the author takes each thread and magically weaves them all together. A Palette for Murder is quire engaging, flows well, and keeps the reader on their toes. The red herrings tossed in will keep the reader guessing what exactly is going on and then near the end everything seamlessly falls into place.
Rory is a great character and doesn't act the fool so much in Book 3 as I felt she did in the previous two books as my reviews for them indicate. Detective Green received a little more page time in A Palette for Murder, and I'm grateful for that - he's my favorite character. He's capable and competent, and has a definite interest in Rory. I enjoyed seeing the concern that he had for Rory even though there is a potential love interest for Rory. I loved Liz, Rory's friend, and Arika, Rory's mother. They were unique and added to the story.
The story was a quick and easy read. There wasn't anything confusing or hard to understand. The dialogue between all of the characters was fluid and comfortable. The author does a great job creating a world that grabs the reader and pulls them in, keeping them engaged from start to finish. The characters are vibrant and exciting for the most part. I really enjoyed A Palette for Murder.
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Liliana (Lily) Hart comes from a line of butlers of the rich and famous, and she is no exception. In an effort to finance a trip to Europe, Lily takesLiliana (Lily) Hart comes from a line of butlers of the rich and famous, and she is no exception. In an effort to finance a trip to Europe, Lily takes on a two-month assignment as the live-in butler for two very rich composers. Armed with the very strict rules of the house, Lily begins her quest to financial security, unknowing that the two men she now works for are not just rich and talented - they are hot, built, and likable. The music that emanates from their instruments brings Lily to her knees - sorrowful, powerful, and filled with emotion that is palpable.
Jackson (Jax) Sterling and Lexington (Lex) Alexander are both internationally acclaimed classical musicians. They have come back together after a 7-year hiatus to compose what has become the most anticipated classical music compilation CD of the time. The musical compositions are stunted and inspiration to continue is becoming fewer and farther between - until their beautiful, female butler becomes their muse and turns things around - in both the music room and their shared beds.
Seduction is a finely crafted M/F/M menage and is only for those 18+ that enjoy this type of story. Filled with emotional layers, Calista Fox's characters peel them back slowly at first and then with a scorching urgency. The chemistry between Lily, Jax, and Lex is undeniable. The interactions between the trio were written realistically and with believability. The novella is fast and evenly paced, engaging, and just all around a great read.
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Levi is a shifter who spends the first few pages entering, stealing, and attempting to flee a vampire's nest with a very important object. An object tLevi is a shifter who spends the first few pages entering, stealing, and attempting to flee a vampire's nest with a very important object. An object that might just get Levi killed. In his efforts to flee without being tracked he carjacks a beautiful woman, who ends up being just as impetuous as he is.
Harper cannot believe the god who just drove up on his motorcycle as she's fixing her broken down car. Hot and mysterious, Harper believes his intentions are good - until the only thing she sees are the taillights of her car getting smaller the further it gets away. Hopping on the mystery man's bike to catch up, she's ill-prepared for the road she just signed up to travel down.
Taken is the first part of a multi-part serial. Due to the overall short length of the story, there really isn't a chance to decide whether or not the characters are likable. Sure they both banter back and forth in a playful manner, but there's more to personality and likability than that. Some of the story details are inconsistent, too. At one point, Harper makes it a point to say that she lives alone in Baltimore, then turns around a short time later and sends a text to her housemate? Plus, Right at a pinnacle, the author ends the story.
I was intrigued by the story and think that the story could develop into something nice. I'm sure it does in the next parts of the serial but serials like this aren't for me. I don't mind longer books with cliffhangers but a short book just annoys me. There wasn't really enough time in the first part to get to the point of desperately needing the next book - even with the cliffhanger. ...more
Kaylan, Geth, Sierra, and Elijah are members of the Amaranthine, an underground group trying to keep the Order in check. When tragedy strikes, KaylanKaylan, Geth, Sierra, and Elijah are members of the Amaranthine, an underground group trying to keep the Order in check. When tragedy strikes, Kaylan walks away from everyone and everything. One year later, Sierra requests that Kaylan return home, only, when Kaylan arrives she learns that someone she thought was dead is very much alive and that the disappearance of her sister is much more treacherous than she could ever imagine.
Betrayed by Blood is engaging from the start. Full of action and mystery, the reader will become fully immersed in the world created by Tiffany Shand. The author does a fantastic job weaving the books full of twists and turns. I enjoyed the characters and world building that takes place throughout the novella. The character interactions are realistic. The magical abilities that each of the friends possess are unique and explained well. The author did a remarkable job writing a story filled with action, adventure, romance, suspense, treachery, and more.
This book ends on a cliffhanger so make sure you have book 2 handy.
I voluntarily reviewed an uncorrected ARC of The Amaranthine Chronicles....more
Dark Revenge begins right on the heels of where Betrayed by Blood, Book 1, ended. The chaos has increased tenfold, the sting of Freya's betrayal engulDark Revenge begins right on the heels of where Betrayed by Blood, Book 1, ended. The chaos has increased tenfold, the sting of Freya's betrayal engulfs Kaylan, and the Amaranthine has been almost complete destroyed. Those left are hiding in fear of Ena and her plans for the city. Things are ramping up as the search for "The Book" continues. Kaylan wants to protect it, Ena wants to use for less than admirable purposes, and Freya, unbeknownst to anyone, has her own agenda.
Dark Revenge, just like Betrayed by Blood, is engaging from the start. Full of action and mystery, the reader will become fully immersed in the world created by Tiffany Shand. The author does a fantastic job weaving the books full of twists and turns. I enjoyed the characters and world building that takes place throughout the novella. The character interactions are realistic. The magical abilities that each of the friends possess are unique and explained well. The author did a remarkable job writing a story filled with action, adventure, romance, suspense, treachery, and more.
This book ends on a cliffhanger so make sure you have book 3 handy.
I voluntarily reviewed Dark Revenge in the box set of The Amaranthine Chronicles....more
Kaylan, Geth, Sierra, and Elijah are members of the Amaranthine, an underground group of people that try to keep the Order in check. When tragedy striKaylan, Geth, Sierra, and Elijah are members of the Amaranthine, an underground group of people that try to keep the Order in check. When tragedy strikes, Kaylan walks away from everyone and everything. When Kaylan's assistance is requested by Sierra one year later, she returns home to chaos and a nefarious plot that comes complete with the sting of betrayal. As Kaylan and her friends attempt to unravel the plot to take over Ormere, Kaylan discovers things that change her entire life.
The Amaranthine Chronicles is a 3-part urban fantasy trilogy compiled into a complete box set. Books one and two end with cliffhangers so it was nice to have the whole series at my fingertips. The series is engaging from the start. Full of action and mystery, the reader will become fully immersed in the world created by Tiffany Shand. The author does a fantastic job weaving the books full of twists and turns.
I enjoyed the characters and world building that takes place over the span of the three books. The interactions between Kaylan and Elijah are realistic as both friends, partners, and lovers. The magical abilities that each of the friends possess are unique and explained well. The author did a remarkable job writing a story filled with action, adventure, romance, suspense, treachery, and more.
I voluntarily reviewed an uncorrected ARC of The Amaranthine Chronicles....more
The Killing Game is the first book in The Killing Game series by The Black Rose.
Allina Kovar's life is about to change, and possibly not in the fashiThe Killing Game is the first book in The Killing Game series by The Black Rose.
Allina Kovar's life is about to change, and possibly not in the fashion that she is expecting. Her new novel about organized crime has raised some brows, insinuating that she may be in the middle of the mafia. The FBI has been keeping tabs on her, only she doesn't know it - yet.
In order to meet Allina, FBI Special Agent in Charge Ives Andrich, takes on the role of a publisher to publish her extremely accurate novel about organized crime, The Blood Negotiators. Upon assessment of Allina, Ives knows that she doesn't know anything about mafia don, Vincent Luca. The FBI, however, feels differently and Ives' back is up against a wall. Dragging an innocent woman into the middle of a dangerous situation isn't how the plan was supposed to go, but unfortunately Allina lands right in the lap of Luca, the most wanted criminal in the U.S.
The Killing Game is a well developed and compelling novel that transcends the world of the FBI and the mob. The setting for the book is New York and the author aptly describes the scenes. This allows the reader to fully visualize everything that goes on in the book, from the first scene in the limo all the way until the last scene that ends book one. The characters are complex and the reader will be able to emotionally connect with some, if not all, of them at various points within the novel. The author was able to write the book with true emotion that the reader will experience. There is a scene near the end concerning pets that, while fitting for that point in the book, broke my heart. The writing was done so well that The Killing Game will engage the reader from the very beginning. Plus, the sheer number of twists and turns throughout the novel will have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation.
Allina turns out to be quite a strong woman. Her character simply began as a romance author attempting to step outside the box and write a mystery/intrigue novel about the Mafia and gambling. Instead, she becomes embroiled in the real life goings-on of an FBI investigation into the life of nefarious mobster, Vincent Luca. Luca, who is crazy by the way, plays his part as dangerous mafia don quite well. I was totally convinced in his bad-guy persona from the very first meeting. Ives Andrich tries to play hardball in The Killing Game but when it comes right down to it, he was putty in Allina hands. Now that she's involved in FBI/Mafia battle, Ives will do anything to keep her safe, and hopes that it will be enough. Special Agent Alan Walzinski, Assistant Director of the New York Division of the FBI is a great character. I enjoyed the banter between him and Ives.
Get ready for a realistic look in to the life of the FBI and organized crime. The book is long so be prepared to hunker down and get comfortable. When you read the last word, you'll be glad you took the time to read The Killing Game.
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I've recently branched out into the world of comic books / graphic novels. As a lover of all things The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow on the CI've recently branched out into the world of comic books / graphic novels. As a lover of all things The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow on the CW, I found by requesting The Flash: Lightning Strikes Twice from NetGalley that I enjoy a good comic/graphic novel.
The Flash Vol. 1 finds Central City overrun by untrained speedsters after the city is hit by a speedforce storm. These new speedsters, who've been hit by speedforce infused lightning, are a mix of those who want the speed to use for good, those who want it for evil purposes, and those who don't want the speed at all. Barry then decides to start a training program for all of the new speedsters. As the new speedsters are learning how to use and control what they've been given, a villain by the name of Godspeed enters the fray. Now, the new speedsters are disappearing and Barry must figure out why while also figuring out a way to stop Godspeed.
Just a note: I'm not a seasoned comic book / graphic novel aficionado, therefore, my review may seem simplistic and and not at all in-depth. Sorry (not sorry). I chose this graphic novel to request to review from NetGalley because I'm a new fan of The Flash and Arrow on CW and I'm glad I did and was approved. I really enjoyed the comic. The art was eye-catching and remarkable for my untrained eye. The story unfolded in a way that thoroughly engaged me from the start. I have no complaints other than the predictability of the villain. I liked this Barry (not at much as Grant Gustin's "Barry") and found the dialogue of all characters to flow well. Collectively, they all told a great story.
Would I read another comic / graphic novel by Joshua Williamson? Definitely.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this graphic novel provided to my through NetGalley....more
Summer Smith is a wolf who became unknowingly involved with a band of rogue shifters, called the Blue Bloods, that committed unspeakable acts. She hasSummer Smith is a wolf who became unknowingly involved with a band of rogue shifters, called the Blue Bloods, that committed unspeakable acts. She has been offered shelter by Soren, pack leader of a mixed clan of bears and wolves. To help preserve the lives of shifters in her area, Summer has to do the unthinkable and infiltrate the Blue Bloods and find out what they have planned. A huge complication arises when Summer feels the mate pull with a pack bear.
Drew Kovacs traveled to the Southwest pack to assist pack leaders, who are also his cousins, with the Blue Bloods. Even though the Blue Bloods have lost some top leadership, Soren and his pack stay on high alert. The pack must figure out if the rogues are going to continue with their line of thinking and methodology or if their ways will die out with the leaders. Drew wasn't planning on his bear finding its mate. He's less than thrilled when she volunteers to put her life on the line to position herself within the Blue Bloods again in an effort to figure out their plans.
Book 5 is a standalone novel in the Blue Moon Saloon series by Anna Lowe. This is the first book I've read by this author and it was fantastic. The descriptions were vivid and I felt like I was there in the Southwest. The dialogue between the characters was smooth and conversational. There are parts of the story that tug at the heartstrings and fill the reader with tension. The action scenes are well written, exciting, and engaging. I will definitely read the previous books in this series. Just a note: I don't feel like I was missing anything or out of the loop on anything in the story. This is a great shifter romance and I enjoyed it very much.
This book for those 18 + older only.
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Can a billionaire playboy and a homeless woman have a happily ever after?
I wasn't really sure about this book at first. Take a smart ass, playboy billCan a billionaire playboy and a homeless woman have a happily ever after?
I wasn't really sure about this book at first. Take a smart ass, playboy billionaire and force him to work in a soup kitchen/homeless shelter as penance for attacking a paparazzo. While wearing top of the line garments, Xavier feeds the destitute while muttering disrespectful trash. I absolutely disliked his treatment of some of those in need. When a dark haired beauty shows up in front of him for some food his tune completely changes. Instead of dreading the time spent in the shelter, Xavier looks forward to being there and seeing her.
Mia left home at a young age to escape abuse. Living on the street is all she's known for many years. Despite that, she has goals and doesn't want to be homeless forever. When the cocky rich guy from the shelter offers her warmth, food, and clothing when the shelter closes, she makes the shaky decision to take him up on it.
The story began to grow on me when the random acts of tenderness by Xavier toward Mia began. His simple gestures were uncharacteristic and made me melt. The interactions between the pair were not rich man vs. poor woman, they were equal. Sure he could provide her with whatever she wanted and she couldn't reciprocate but love isn't about who has more money.
The author created a story that is engaging. The Billionaire's Virgin ia about a hero and heroine with childhood scars that dictate a lot about how they are as adults. We are products of our environment and, unfortunately for Mia and Xavier, their environments messed them up, plain and simple. The author managed to pull tears from my eyes with very dramatic scenes with just Mia and with Mia and Xavier.
Even though Xavier didn't impress me at the beginning, the story intrigued me and I'm glad I continued to read the book completely.
This book is for 18+ only as it contains adult scenes.
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Stan left the corporate world and moved to the small town of Frog Ledge, Connecticut and never looked back. In a previous book, Stan's snooty mother,Stan left the corporate world and moved to the small town of Frog Ledge, Connecticut and never looked back. In a previous book, Stan's snooty mother, Patricia made her way to Frog Ledge and never left. In fact, she's getting ready to marry Tony Falco, the mayor of Frog Ledge. When Stan and Jake arrive at the engagement party being held for her mom and Tony, it's like she never left her old life. Stan comes face-to-face with former colleagues that include Eleanor, the mayor's new executive coach, Richard, Stan's ex, and Michelle who is now dating Richard.
When Eleanor is found dead at the engagement party, Stan discovers that the list is long of those who had motive. It also appears that that mayor's office and the Major Crimes division are trying to cover up what happened. Stan realizes she must figure out who the murderer is when the cops arrest, charge, and arraign someone that she is 100% positive didn't commit the crime.
Previously, Jake and his dog, Duncan, moved into Stan's home she shares with several rescue cats and dogs. Stan runs the organic pet treat/food business out of her kitchen, so at any given time there's also Brenna, her assistant (and Jake's sister) baking. Stan, Jake, Brenna, and Patrica spend some time finalizing more of the plans for Stan's pet patisserie and café. Early in the novel, Stan's sister, Caitlyn, also shows up at her door with her daughter Eva in tow, rounding out the chaos nicely.
The twists and turns in Custom Baked Murder will definitely keep the reader guessing. There are several people that Stan is forced to be around that fit the bill of murder suspect. Every time someone is suspected, the author has written the case so well that you can't help but believe you've figured out who was behind the murder. The perfect murder mystery, whether it's a cozy novel or not, is the author's ability to not give away any clues to the actual person involved. I find that Liz Mugavero does just that in all of the books in this series.
Book 5 is a wonderful addition to the Pawitively Organic Mystery series. Custom Baked Murder is fast paced and totally engages the reader. The plot is pretty solid and very unique. I love the organic pet food angle and the animal rescue plugs, giving this series a nice change of pace. I'm a huge fan of cozy mysteries, especially if there are animals involved in some positive way. The Pawsitively Organic Mysteries by Liz Mugavero are wonderful and definitely a favorite of mine.
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