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Batty Book Review: FOREVERMORE by Kristen Callihan

Published July 21, 2016 by The Author

Disclaimer: A review copy was provided by Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review. No other remuneration was received.

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Book Title
: FOREVERMORE
Author: Kristen Callihan
ISBN: 9781455581702
Series: Darkest London #7
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Category: Historical Paranormal Romance
Author’s Websitehttp://www.kristencallihan.com/
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Main Characters: Layla/Sin
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Source: ARC provided by NetGalley, ebook format

Rating:

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PUBLISHER’S DESCRIPTION:

Isolated and alone, Sin Evernight is one of the most powerful supernatural creatures in heaven and on earth. As an angel of vengeance, he hunts down the darkest evil, but when his long-lost friend, Layla Starling, needs him, he vows to become her protector. Even though she will be horrified by the man he has become.

Now a famous singer and the toast of London, Layla believes that Sin is only here to guard her from rabid fans and ardent suitors. However, the truth is far more sinister. Desperate to avoid losing Layla a second time, Sin will face a test of all his powers to defeat an unstoppable foe – and win an eternity with the woman he loves.

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Batty Book Review: BOUNDARY BORN by Melissa F. Olson

Published July 5, 2016 by The Author

Disclaimer: A review copy was provided by Netgalley and the author for an honest review. No other remuneration was received.

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Book Title
: BOUNDARY BORN
Author: Melissa F. Olson
ISBN: 9781503936164
Series: Boundary Magic, Book 3
Publisher: 47North
Category: General Fiction (Adult), Sci Fi & Fantasy
Author’s Websitehttp://melissafolson.com/
Release Date: June 21, 2016
Main Characters: Lex/Quinn
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Rating:

4.5-full-moons 4.5 Batty Moons!

PUBLISHER’S DESCRIPTION:

Something wicked is at work in Colorado’s supernatural community. Vampires are being paralyzed or killed with poison…a weapon favored by witches. This offense threatens to break apart the already-fractured alliance between witches and the undead.

The state’s cardinal vampire, Maven, summons boundary witch Allison “Lex” Luther to stop the killing before it ignites a war. Lex has barely started investigating when she gets another surprise: the biological father she’s never met arrives on her doorstep. He has answers to all of Lex’s questions about her bloodline, but getting those answers could mean betraying the life she’s already built.

Then the next vampire is poisoned—and this time it’s Maven herself. The new evil that hunts Lex is powerful and ruthless enough to stop the strongest supernatural creature in the state. In order to find such a killer, Lex will have to face down her own birthright and call on every ally—both living and dead.

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Heather’s Review:

I’ve gotten wary over the summer about jumping in to stories after #2. Sometimes I can pick things up from information a good writer manages to weave into the sequels. Sometimes I feel completely lost–which I can’t ding the author for, it’s my own fault I didn’t read the others first, or accepted a review assignment of a book not the first in the series.

I pretty much begged the author to let me review this book, and she was kind enough to give me a copy through Netgalley to review. I just couldn’t resist the premise. I love witchy stories–especially when they involve vampires–and there just aren’t enough good ones anymore. Actually, there weren’t all that many good ones to begin with. I love my paranormal species mash-ups.

Ultimately, though, I was right about needing to read the other books in this series first. The story was so good, I felt kind of guilty when I kept getting lost. I mean, I kept track of the main characters pretty well, and the premise was more than clear, but I found myself going, “Huh? Wait… who is that? When did that happen? Why are they…?” Things I was missing because I didn’t have back story. But as a tale in itself, it was well-written and really engaging. The supernatural politics were right up my alley, though again, I bet I would like them more if I had been here since the beginning, getting to know these characters and their powers as they did. There is also a meta-arc going on here that is difficult to pick up the details of without the other books (or so I suspect).

The only character I didn’t care much for (you might want to sit down for this) was Quinn. I know, I know, the vampire is almost always my favorite. In this story, however, he just didn’t seem terribly 3-dimensional. He was just kind of there, vampire-like, loyal and sexy. He drove and jumped in to help save the day, and spilled a little bit of his own back story–which should have been more heart-breaking than it was, but it was more we knew him through Lex’s thoughts than saw what he was like. His characterization struck me as thin. AGAIN, it might not be the case as much if I had known him for longer.

I loved the ghost stuff, though. The interactions between Lex and a particular spirit (who I’m not sure I should name in case it’s a spoiler) actually were heart-breaking. The witches were especially cool. I’ve always loved stories where there are different kinds of witches, because it just makes sense… to me, anyway. The Big Bad in this book was truly chilling, and the action absolutely spine-tingling, chew-your-fingernails, OMG fast and scary!

The story was slow to build, but (I don’t know how many times I’m going to keep saying this) it felt like it was downtime from the climax of the last book, so it wasn’t necessarily a weakness in the storytelling, just a structural thing. But almost exactly mid-way through, the plot reached the apex, and BLAM, it was rocketing downhill for the rest of the story. Awesome. I ended up really loving Lex. Of course, as usual, my favorite characters were The Herd (Lex’s menagerie of rescue animals). I really need to add animal friends in my stories.

I was going to give BOUNDARY BORN 4 batty moons based on the way I ended up feeling about it, but I have to give it an extra half, because I’m fairly certain that most of the things that felt like flaws to me are actually because I didn’t read book 1: BOUNDARY CROSSED and book 2: BOUNDARY LINES, first. If I ever dig my way out from under some of this TBR that haunts me, I’m going to have to check them out! So I give BOUNDARY BORN:

4.5-full-moons  4.5 EXTRA BATTY MOONS!

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#hcbs Guest Post & Review: AWAKENED BY THE WOLF by Kristal Hollis!

Published May 26, 2016 by The Author

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Hi everybody! Please give a big, squishy warm welcome to Kristal Hollis, the terrific author of AWAKENED BY THE WOLF! Don’t forget to comment below to enter her giveaway drawing — the winner will win a copy of the book!

I was wondering why Kristal loved shifters so much, and she shared her thoughts!

Top Five Reasons to Love Shifters

Whether they be wolves, bears or dragons, shifters have always been my favorite paranormal beings.  They often experience a full range of human emotions that brings them into conflict with their animal instincts.

In writing my wolf shifter series, I uncovered intrinsic elements that I believe are universal most, if not all shifter species.

  1. Shifters are sexy. Hot-bloodied and primal, they can rev your heart and heat you up with a simple look or growl.
  1. Fiercely protective, shifters will fight to the death and beyond to safeguard their mates. And it isn’t simply their mates’ lives they stand watch over, they champion their mates hopes and dreams, pushing them to never give up or give in.
  1. Shifters are loyal, almost to a fault. Once you have their heart, they will move heaven and earth and likely a little of bit of hell to give you everything you need.
  1. Shifters like to play, but not emotional games. They’re too straight forward for that sort of manipulation. They want to have fun and enjoy life to its fullest.
  1. Shifters crave family, or pack connections. Although there may be some exceptions, in general, community is very important in a shifter’s life and they’ll do whatever it takes help their mates adapt and thrive within the collective.

So there you have it. My top five reasons to love shifters.

The hero in my debut release, AWAKENED BY THE WOLF, embodies them all.  Here’s a snippet of when he’s beginning to realize he’s met his true mate.

“You think I’m glorious?” Brice unfastened her silver hair clip. Red ringlets splashed over his hands and slid through his fingers. He held fast to one curl and stroked the luxurious strands across his cheek. A thrill zipped straight down to his groin.

“That’s not what I meant.” A slight tremble parted her lips.

Brice ached for a kiss and so much more. Her taste on his tongue, her scent on his skin, her luscious legs wrapped around his hips. A deluge of erotic dreams had eroded his resolution to keep things platonic.

Cassie’s scent wove a spell of need and want that smothered reason. Helpless to resist, he slipped his arm around her waist and lowered his face to hers. She squinted and puckered her mouth, but not to receive his lips.

The unexpected rejection jolted Brice. “What’s wrong?”

“I don’t want this.” She gestured a between-you-and-me hand signal. “I have plans for the future and you’re not in them.”

Damn. That stung.

“You need ground rules.” Cassie wormed out of his hold and faced him with a straight back, squared shoulders, and both hands on her hips.

Her eyes slanted with censure. She pointed her jaw and scrunched her mouth like his fourth grade teacher when he’d neglected to do his homework three days in a row. As a wolfling, the no-nonsense, better get your shit together look had mortified him into compliance.  As an adult male in his prime, that look on a feisty, petite human female did something entirely different.

“I don’t like rules.” He smiled.

So now you know my top reasons to love shifters. Help me expand the list. Tell me what you love about shifters and why. A randomly chosen commenter will receive a copy of AWAKENED BY THE WOLF.

Happy tales!

~Kristal
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Book Title: AWAKENED BY THE WOLF

ISBN: 9781488004674

Author:Kristal Hollis

Series: N/A

Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne

Category: Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters

Main Characters: Brice/Cassie

Author’s Website:www.kristalhollis.com

Find It: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Goodreads

Release Date: June 1, 2016

Source: Review copy provided by the author for an honest review

Rating:4.5-full-moons A giddy 4.5 Batty Moons!

PUBLISHER’S DESCRIPTION:

Who’s been sleeping in the Alpha’s bed?

Exiled from his pack by his father, Brice Walker has secretly come home to visit his ailing grandmother only to discover a human and very desirable female sleeping in his bed. Their attraction is instant. But his new bed buddy seems determined to resist his Southern charm and Alpha allure. 

For Brice, fiercely independent Cassie not only represents a chance to build a new life in Walker’s Run but is also his one true mate. Cassie’s reluctance dissolves when a rogue shifter kidnaps her, and now she and Brice must work together to save his pack. But once she witnesses the savagery of wolfan justice, can Cassie accept Brice as man, beast and her true love?

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Southern born and bred, Kristal Hollis grew up amid cane fields and orange groves. Books fed her imagination, providing adventurous portals to ancient civilizations, medieval fiefdoms, alternate realities and futuristic worlds. Then, a friend gave her Johanna Lindsey’s FIRES OF WINTER, a historical romance which ignited a life-long love affair with romantic fiction.

After earning a degree in psychology, Kristal has enjoyed career and volunteer endeavors that have included sales, banking, social services, and animal rescue. When a family medical situation required her to take a work sabbatical, she began penning deliciously dark paranormal romances as an escape from the real-life drama. Even though the crisis passed, her passion for writing continues.

Currently, Kristal lives with her husband and two rescued dogs at the edge of the enchanted forest that inspires her stories.

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Guest Blog: Neil Rochford, Author of THE BLUE RIDGE PROJECT

Published May 12, 2016 by The Author

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The Blue Ridge Project
The Project
Book One
Neil Rochford

Genre: Dark Suspense/Paranormal
Date of Publication: May 6 2016
Number of pages: 260
Word Count: 65,500

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Book Description:

Conspiracy. Murder. Secret experiments. Mind control. A detective, a journalist and a rich deviant struggle with their pasts as their actions set them on a collision course with each other and The Project.

Detective Andrea Nox has been asked to quietly investigate a bizarre and violent murder-suicide that could have consequences for Beacon City and the people in charge. Dead ends and odd clues are hindering her efforts, and when another similar murder occurs, she has to juggle the investigation and her own troubled past with the Beacon City Police Department.

Journalist Robert Duncan is visiting home after a personal crisis when the unthinkable happens, and secrets are unearthed about his family and his place in it. His involvement in a dangerous and far-reaching conspiracy grows as he uncovers information that implicates powerful people in horrible crimes.

Frank Mortimer, disturbed son of a wealthy and influential family, is taking part in an experimental program that has promised to make him better. However, with the shadowy and powerful group known only as The Project behind the program, what he is getting better at could prove disastrous for everyone else, as a dangerous power is unlocked inside him…

Their paths will converge in a shocking story of murder, conspiracy and clandestine experiments taking place that could change the world.

About the Author:

Neil Rochford is a freelance writer who loves fiction where bad things happen. After more than five years traveling from continent to continent and a few short stories, he finally got to work on his first book, and hopes to continue writing as many as he can. Originally from Ireland, he speaks three languages and has lived in Estonia, Brazil, France and Spain. He is a staff writer for the popular Irish podcast and website Those Conspiracy Guys.

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