Monday, January 27, 2014

Review ARV-3 By Cameo Renae

Welcome to Cameo Renae's ARV-3 and a Review by Rachel Harper
The beginning of the end. The Apocalypse.
A nuclear fallout wiped out every living thing on the planet, except for a few thousand of us who took shelter in underground bunkers across the globe. Now, after thirteen long years, we were finally able to return to the topside to begin to rebuild.
We thought we were alone. We were never more wrong.
Before the fallout, scientists had worked on creating an anti-radiation vaccine (ARV). The first two attempts failed, but despite the incomplete tests and results, the government approved and distributed the third serum to the masses in an effort to aid those who had no shelter.
It worked, keeping those who remained on the topside alive, but it also altered and mutated them. This new and infectious threat had completely outnumbered us. Now, we not only had to rebuild our planet. We would have to fight for it.
My name is Abigail Park. I'm seventeen, and this is my story.
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What an interesting read!  I'm not one to usually read a dystopian but quickly became entranced with this one.
We start by following Abi a 17yr old who for the last 13years has lived underground due to the apocalypse. Finn also grew up in the bunker with Abi and is her best friend.
they leave there hive to travel across the country to find more survivors. On there journey Abi and Finn find that their friendship is growing into love. 
As a "family" they must overcome many trials before making it to "The White Room". (Safety)
Once there things aren't what they seem.
A new must read! Can't wait for the continuation.
by: Rachel Harper

Cameo Renae was born in San Francisco, CA, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved with her husband and children to Alaska.
She loved reading from as long as she can remember, and it was C.S. Lewis' - Chronicles of Narnia - which sparked a fire in her soul and made her want to create her own wondrous, magical worlds and awesome characters to go on adventures with.
In My Dreams & Hidden Wings were both recently published through Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing earlier this year. Descent (A Hidden Wings novella) was released May 15, 2013, and Broken Wings (Book 2 in the Hidden Wings Series) was released June 1, 2013.
Her most recent release is ARV-3. A YA Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian novel with a new twist on zombies.
She is currently working on the next Hidden Wings Series book titled: Tethered Wings. No release date yet. :)
One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe, and ride away on her magical unicorn... Until then... she'll keep writing!
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Give Me Desire Review

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VIVIENNE CALLAHAN, discharged from the hospital after surviving a near-fatal attack from Riley, her abusive ex-boyfriend, has come to the safety of Mikah’s protection. As she continues to heal physically and mentally from her ordeal, she begins to have strange dreams...dreams that follow her into waking life and hint at a fate she never could’ve foreseen and dangers far greater than Riley.
Meanwhile, MIKAH BLAKE has some ideas about her future, too, and the more she considers his proposals, the weaker her resistance to him becomes. His recent actions have taught her to respect and trust him, but soon her feelings for him threaten to deepen into something more, something she may not be ready for.
In the third book of the Reason series, Vivienne will discover who and what she and the people around her really are.
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My Review:
This series just keeps getting better and better. I’m sitting here biting my nails for book 4!
(Give me Reason book 1 and Give me Hope book 2)

I can’t believe how far Vivienne and Mikah have come!  The trust she is giving Mikah is nothing short of a miracle! Now Vivienne has to face her fears of leaning on another person when she is released from the hospital into Mikah’s care.  What she doesn’t expect is how amazing Mikah is with all the love and support he is giving her! She has no reason not to fall more in love with him.
With all the mental and physical abuse she has suffered in the past she is blown away at what direction her life is taking.  Now she just has to figure out the dreams she is having…or is it just her having them?

I highly recommend this series to everyone!  Zoey Derrick is an amazing author who keeps hitting the nail right on the head!  Bravo Zoey Bravo!!!

Review by Rachel Harper

Amazon Best Selling Angels, Demons & Devils and Paranormal Author of Give Me Reason - The Reason Series Book One comes from Glendale, Arizona. Zoey, was a mortgage underwriter by day and is now a paranormal, romance and erotica novelist full-time. She writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.

Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true.
 Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it. 

The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Kim Cano "On the Inside" review

When Kristen is sentenced to seventeen years for committing a white collar crime, she’s forced to leave her husband and two sons behind.
Life in prison is a shock. She discovers that people aren’t always what they seem, love wears many faces, and friendship can make life worth living.

But as she struggles to survive on the inside, Kristen must face something even more frightening than her fellow inmates. . . herself.

5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful story of love, hardship, devotion, sorrow, and forgiveness
By Clare Chu
Kristen is the main character. She's in jail for bilking her employer out of a huge sum of money. In the process, she lost the trust of her husband and children and virtually bankrupted them. They are bitter and wary of her, but she continues to send letters to her husband telling him how sorry she is. The only family member to write back is her sister-in-law, Olivia, who extends a lifeline to her with family pictures and events.
We also meet an array of colorful characters from the flashy inmate, Lupe, to the prison psychiatrist, Megan, the warden, Laura, Kristen's antagonist, Jess, and many others. Each person has their story, their trials, and triumphs, and you'll find yourself rooting for all of them.
Ms. Cano expertly weaves in multiple points of view to make you understand and empathize with all of these people. Each has his or her own pain and sorrow as well as aspirations for a better future. Necessarily, some of the stories end tragically whereas others move on as best they can. But Kristen and the others learn to take happiness in small places and to accept what can't be changed.
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Have you ever wondered what being in prison is really like? I mean how bad is it? Do the television programs you watch depict it truthfully? 
This is a really life based story, there is some extra elements added to round it out but between the covers of this book is the closest you are going to get to living in a women’s prison without a personal invitation from a judge and jury.
I strongly suggest you give a read to this is a powerful tale.
Reviewed by Rachel

Kim Cano is the author of For Animal Lovers, a short story collection for kids ages 9 to 12. It also appeals to adult readers who are young at heart. 10% of the sale price is donated to the ASPCA® to help homeless pets.
A Widow Redefined is Kim's debut women’s fiction novel. It's a story of a young woman's journey through grief and the transformational power of friendship.
Kim has also written Dogschwitz. A novella about Rory, the dog that cheated death. It’s been described as “a little book with a huge impact.”
Kim is an animal activist and lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and cat.
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Charred Heart by Lizzy Ford

A modern day retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”
***Recommended for ages 18+ due to multiple, creative, detailed, steamy, sexy-time adult situations.***
For a thousand years, Chace has searched for a way to break the curse placed on him by a jilted lover. He’s a dragon shifter, one who can’t control when the magic will force him into a different form. He’s already lost everyone he ever cared about a few times over and doesn’t know how much longer he’s meant to suffer.
At his wit’s end, he makes a deal with a mysterious figure that offers him what he wants most – an end to his misery – in exchange for everything that’s his: His life, his power. His heart.
The next day, he meets Skylar, a modern day dragon slayer whose mission is to cage him – or kill him. Sexy, witty and brave, she is the yin to his yang, the woman destined to break the curse, balance his magic and make his broken heart whole.
Except it’s too late. Not only has he sealed his fate, but an innocent one-night-stand with Skylar has dragged her into the middle of a deal with the devil, one she won’t escape, if he can’t convince her that dragon shifters aren’t her enemies.

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Chace a 1000 year old Dragon Shifter was "cursed" by a jilted lover and doesn't know when things will end.  He is getting tired of his life that doesn't really have meaning anymore.  When in walks a beautiful young women who proceeds to turn his world upside down.  His heart starts to beat and he is so confused on what to do since he finally made the deal to give it all up and become human again.

Skylar the beautiful young  women who turns Chace's world upside down is also a Dragon slayer....or is she.  Her family died when she was very young then was taken in by a man who trained her to track and capture shifters.  When she is tracking HER Dragon she starts getting strange visions or memories.  She doesn't know but they are getting more real by the day.

After Chace and Skylar meet and have a mind blowing night together they can't seem to stay away from each other.  But now that Chace is becoming "human" again can he keep Skylar?  or will he lose the other half of his soul...?
If book 2 is anything like the first we are in for an amazing ride.

Rachel Harper

Lizzy Ford is the author of over twenty books written for young adult and adult paranormal romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series” and the “War of Gods” series. Considered a freak of nature by her peers for the ability to write and release a commercial quality novel in under a month, Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring.
Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat.

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Seasons in the Sun by Kristen Strassel

Summer has finally arrived, along with a boy who will forever change the life of fourteen-year-old Callie. After growing up hearing stories about Tristan Trevosier and his famous family, Callie finally meets him when he spends the summer on Martha's Vineyard. Seventeen-year-old Tristan is a hurricane of destruction and rebellion, and he quickly blows a hole right into Callie's sheltered life. Callie sees a side of Tristan that he doesn't show anyone else. She's determined to make everyone see what she sees in him.
Callie defies her parents by leaving the island with Tristan. But when his ugly habits rear their head, Callie realizes maybe she's the one who's wrong about him. He's beyond her help. But it's too late for her to walk away. This summer, she learns that love can be stronger than reason.
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I love when a writer goes back to a book and gives insight to their lives and how they originally meet.  Callie and Triston meet at Martha's Vineyard when they were very young.

Callie is working at her mothers restaurant and is a very sheltered child.

Triston is the son of a movie star and pretty much gets whatever he wants. He is out of control so his parents ship him off to his aunts house to try and settle him down.

When Triston meets Callie he is taken with the young lady and can't seem to get enough of her. Her mother doesn't want her seeing him since she thinks he's a bad influence.  So what does any young girl do? She does it anyway.

So when Triston up and leaves town she is heart broken. Especially since she thought she was helping him turn his life around.

This is a pre-qual to Because the Night and you can read them in either order.


Rachel Harper
Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She's worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world's worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author. Kristen is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.

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Because the Night by Kristen Strassel

Immortal Dilemma is the hottest band in the Las Vegas vampire rock scene. They draw insatiable fans from around the globe, thanks to a supernatural attraction called Bloodlust. Tristan craved such an opportunity to fill his empty mortal life, and now he has eternity to earn his place along the legends of rock n roll debauchery.

Callie always feared that Tristan’s excesses would get him into trouble, but she never thought they’d lead him to immortality. To reconnect with him, she must weave her way through a world not only she had no idea existed, but does not welcome her.

Blade turned down a spot in Immortal Dilemma after learning what he must sacrifice for that lifestyle. He finds Callie a refreshing change from the girls in the vampire rock scene. When Callie drags Blade back into the world of Immortal Dilemma, his resistance drives her into the waiting arms of Tristan, who shows her the true meaning of Bloodlust.

But the very things that Callie fights so hard to save are the very things that fight to destroy her.

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My Review:
When Callie goes off to Sin City with her older cousin to find her long lost "love" she never expects to find what she did.  When they get there she is determined to find Triston and help him through whatever trouble he's gotten himself into this time.  Only she soon finds out she can't help him out of this one because no one can come back from the dead...

Callie meets another when she is there and starts to fall in love only to have him torn from her because of her "bloodlust" for Triston. When she tries to make things right with Blade he disappears on her.  Come to find out he was taken in order to punish her for not listening to Triston's "maker" about staying away from him.

Triston is a bad boy vampire to the core. I loved him from the start and just couldn't help my self for falling even more.  He "loves" Callie in his own bad boy way.  She makes him feel REAL.  More REAL then hes ever felt in his...well life. He can't stay away from her and he doesn't want to.  So he goes after her with everything he has....because in a way she's his.

The ending completely through me for a loop....can you say CLIFF HANGER! Can't wait to find out the next step in this journey!

 Rachel Harper
Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She's worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world's worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author. Kristen is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Out from under by Selene Chardou

"I have always been strong, independent and wanted a life that belonged to me. It's the very reason why I chose to attend Stanford because it is away from the small-town life that seems more Twin Peaks than charming. Secrets are a dangerous commodity and Pine Bluff has them in spades. So do my parents, and the dirtiest secret of all is my brother, Trey. Sergeant at Arms for the Demon's Bastards, a criminal, a felon, and perhaps the catalyst for the tragedy that destroyed my life just days before I was supposed to leave for college.
"Now I am on the run because my life is in danger and I could be next. I don't want to live my whole life looking over my shoulder and I don't want to live my life shrouded in despair. Anxiety has me in a death grip, unable to let go. I pop Xanax to get through the day and were it not for my famous cousin, I would probably be dead already.
"My name is Trista Lennon, and I am tired of being afraid."
Linx Carter never thought he could help anyone when he could barely help himself. He is hanging on by a thread after a tough, six-month Gods of Rock Tour with his band, Winter's Regret, and Scarlet Fever. He has a greedy ex-wife, two sons and all he wants is to put the pieces of his life back together.
Linx knows there is something special about Trista from the moment they meet. She's wounded, in desperate need of a friend yet feminine, feisty and no one's charity case. She is the strongest woman he has ever known.
Through their friendship, they will find the strength to heal themselves and love one another but a feud between two gangs is brewing. Trista is caught in the crossfire, and by proxy, so is Linx. What they discover might not only cost them the love they have for one another but their lives too.
Due to mature subject matter, explicit language and adult situations, this novel is recommended for those over the age of 17.
My Review:
This is the first book in the Lovers Duet series and what a way to start it out.

This story is about bikers, MC clubs, family, and so much more.  I have never read a book about a biker gang before so this was all pretty new to me.  Selene does a wonderful job of diving right into this world.
Trista and her family are involved deeply in the MC world.  When a tragic accident sends Trista's whole world into a tumble.
Linx is a rock star who doesn't believe in love or happily ever after since his first marriage ended so bad.
 After he gets home from his latest tour and meets the lead singers younger cousin he decides to give love another shot.
I don't want to give to much away, but the hits just keep on coming.  Once you think you have it all figured out she takes it in a completely different direction.  I loved this book and can't wait for book 2.
Rachel Harper
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Selene Chardou is a world traveler and the alter-ego of Elle Chardou.
Ms. Chardou's writing is all about hot romance and exciting times with the wild, damaged, out of control and/or rich and famous set in the New Adult realm.
She is currently working on Rock My Heart, the first novel in the Scarlet Fever Series, which concludes the story of Kasper "Kaz" Gillian and Sydney Lundvik; she is also working on In Too Deep, the conclusion to The Lovers Duet. She also has a pop stars series planned and an MC series planned that chronicles the issues between Lucifer's Saints and Demon's Bastards motorcycle clubs.
Ms. Chardou has lived abroad in Stockholm (Sweden), Manchester (England), Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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