Thanks for stopping by today on my tour stop for KILL CODE by Luna Kayne for Rock Star Book Tours. I am so very excited to be a part of this tour and I hope that once you read an excerpt that you would be excited too.
HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO PROTECT THE ONES YOU LOVE?
Ten years ago, a covert government operation gone wrong separated Jack from Jessa, the girl he promised he would never leave.
Jack's special forces team receives a tip, leading them to a remote farmhouse in search of a group of hackers led by the elusive Zane who work for the same person he holds responsible for Jessa’s death, ten years earlier.
Past and present collide as what was once lost is now standing in front of him and appears to be working for the very evil he is trying to end.
But is everything as it seems as secrets begin to unravel and pieces are put back in their proper places?
And will the last missing piece, the answer to all of their problems, be found in time?
*** Due to some dark and explicit themes in this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only. ***
* Kill Code is the first book in a trilogy.
My skin instantly prickles at the sound of my property alarm going off on my phone. Someone is within our perimeter.
How did they find us so quickly?
This was supposed to be our vacation. I worked for months to set up a solid trail that would lead anyone trying to find us far away from here on a wild goose chase so we could have a few weeks of down time. Not the two days we’re at now.
Judging by the distance of the dust kicking up from the road, I’d say we only have a couple of minutes to get out of here and Dana is upstairs. Too far away for me to yell for her without being heard.
Looking out the window, I see movement out front, just past our cars. If it was remotely possible to make it to them, our backup supplies would hold us over for a few days while we disappear again.
That’s been our life for as long as I can remember. Jumping around, covering our tracks, and working under everyone’s radar.
I just wanted to give Dana a break. Time to hang out away from our work with Zane. A chance to watch movies and eat all the junk food I stocked the place with.
I even bought us a little boat to take out on the lake behind the property.
The boat. That’s it.
Maybe we can make it to the boat. It’s through the trees out back. Maybe they aren’t aware of it.
“What’s going on?” Dana’s voice snaps me out of planning our escape as she appears from upstairs.
“Ssshh,” I hush and she instantly freezes. “No time to explain. Perimeter is breached. We only have minutes before they’re here. I’ve alerted Zane.” I move to the side window and count three men crossing the field toward the back and sides of the house. “Dammit. I’m going to try to take one out. That might open up an escape.”
“Who are they?” Dana asks as she moves away from the windows, panic appearing to set in.
“Don’t know. But there’s no reason for anyone to be here. So it’s not good. Just see what they want. Maybe it’s local law enforcement, then you can ask them to leave the property. If it isn’t, you’ll need to get out of here. If you can get away, head straight out back and run through the trees. I have a boat on the lake. It was going to be a surprise. Just get in and go. Keys are in a holder beside the wheel.” I grab a metal statue of an elephant and weigh it in my hands. This’ll do.
“But what about you?” Her eyes are wide now. She’s never come this close to being captured before and I know she’s worried.
“You know if I can make it, I’ll be there before you. If I’m not, just go. You know what to do when you get in cell range.” She nods at my words and I turn to jog across the living room towards the steps. “Just stay cool. Buy some time. I’ll be right back.”
Luna Kayne is a multi-published author in the romance and erotica genres. Her creative works include novels, novelettes and a book of poetry and prose.
Within the romance genre, her books and short stories are also listed under suspense, paranormal, BDSM and contemporary.
The woman behind Luna Kayne’s pen name has been writing for online publications since 2005. She writes from her home on an acreage near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
I am so excited that STOLEN by Marlena Frank is available now and that I get to share the news!
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Title: STOLEN (Stolen #1)
Author: Marlena Frank Pub. Date: January 22, 2019 Publisher: The Parliament House Formats: Paperback, eBook Pages: 342 Find it:Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo
It’s difficult taking care of a delusional father by yourself. Sixteen-year-old Shaleigh Mallet would rather explore and photograph dilapidated buildings than cater to her father’s dark episodes. But when she’s kidnapped by a creature who carries her atop a flying bicycle into another world, she realizes this wasn’t the escape she wanted.
In a kingdom known as the Garden, where minotaurs pull carriages and parties are held in hot air balloons, Madam Cloom and her faerie servant, Teagan, rule over the land with incredible but terrifying magic. Shaleigh must prove that she is the reincarnation of a long-dead ruler, not because she believes it, but because it’s her only chance to survive. With the help of a trespassing faerie, a stoatling, and a living statue, Shaleigh hopes to outwit everyone. She aims to break the bonds of servitude and finally make her way home. What she doesn’t realize, however, is that she’s playing right into the hands of a far worse enemy...
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Shaleigh didn’t think about how much concrete and steel stood over her head as she stepped carefully down the decaying hallway of Ferris Factory. The building had been abandoned for so long that the mildew and fungus ran rampant from the moisture that crept down the crumbling walls, so a respirator was a requirement. Ferris Factory was only two stories tall from the outside, but the floors underground felt endless. The elevator shaft only went down three floors when it had been operational; the rest of the floors could only be reached with the stairs. She doubted any of it had been inspected by the fire marshal.
Her best friend, Kaeja, walked so close behind that she could feel her warm breath on the back of her neck. The only sound that echoed up and down the hallway, besides their footsteps, was the snap of Shaleigh’s camera. The photos were why they risked their lives to explore dangerous places: to document the decrepit. It was thrilling to explore a place that nobody else would see. Eventually all the walls would fall, and Ferris Factory would decay into memory. Shaleigh and Kaeja would have the only remaining proof it even existed, especially since it was clear that nobody was supposed to know about this section of the factory.
A rat skittered out of a heap of moldy paperwork and Kaeja took a deep breath until it passed. “This is the worst one yet. By far.” Shaleigh grinned, though her respirator concealed it. “Come on, we had to come back and take the stairs down. We couldn’t just end it at the base of the elevator.”
“Do you see that?” She swung the flashlight to the side. “I couldn’t even hang a picture on that wall. Four floors down was enough, five floors is just begging to get hurt.”
Kaeja was right, the walls of the hallway curved inward like a bow string. Shaleigh hadn’t noticed how bad it was until she mentioned it. “We’ll be quick.”
She snapped as many photos as she could while Kaeja held the flashlight. It illuminated a good portion of the hall, but the beam had little effect against the thick, sick air. The light ought to have made the place more inviting, but it only made the shadows darker. It was hard for Shaleigh to keep her hands steady for the photos; fear and exhilaration kept combating within her. Sure, this place was terrifying and could collapse at any moment, but the thought of capturing a world that would never been seen again, of documenting the forgotten before it disappeared, made her tap the shutter button of her camera faster. "I wish we had more time. I'd love to look inside some of these rooms."
"Not me," Kaeja said, her eyes shadowed by the reflections of the flashlight on her mask. "These halls are creepy enough, thanks." The light flashed across some metal scraps against the bowed wooden wall. It was hard to tell if it had been left behind by the workers, or if it had fallen from the ceiling. "Didn't they used to make cars here?"
"Sure, that's it." Shaleigh snorted as she tapped on a dirt-encrusted sign that warned visitors that the hallway was a high security corridor. "Whatever helps you sleep at night."
"It's an old building, but that doesn't mean they were hiding anything down here."
"Then what's with the high security? They had to be doing something illegal down here. The maps we found don't even show these floors. I heard it used to be a hospital,”
Shaleigh glanced back to her with a smile. “Dad heard it from a colleague at work. They used to keep dangerous people here.” Kaeja stared at her, the beam from the flashlight in her hands trembling.
A high-pitched squeal of metal echoed down through the insides of the building, as though the entire structure was shifting under its own weight. The squeal turned into a groan that shook the very floor beneath their feet. Both teens froze, barely daring to breathe as debris fell from the ceiling. Seven levels of exhausted steel, wood, and plaster shifted over their heads. They stood in silence waiting for the walls to give way, waiting to be buried beneath the rusty metal beams, discolored linoleum floors, and rat-infested insulation; but the building remained steady.
The noise stopped. Particles drifted in the air.
"It doesn't sound very good, does it?" Shaleigh whispered.
"I don't like it. I don't care what you say, this is the lowest I'm going. Five levels below ground is far enough."
Shaleigh stifled a laugh, "That's what you said when we found the stairs."
A high-pitched noise erupted down the hall causing both teens to jump. It didn't sound metallic...it didn't sound like the building at all.
Kaeja stared down the hallway with wide eyes. The noise broke into a whimper, and then there was silence. It only lasted maybe a few seconds, but they both knew what they had heard. Someone was down there with them.
Shaleigh turned to look behind them, but without the flashlight beam it was too dark to see anything. "Was that—was that behind us?”
Kaeja spun around, temporarily blinding Shaleigh in the process. "I don't know. I thought it came from in front of us."
The darkness felt like a cage all around them. The beam of the flashlight, darting forwards and backwards down the hall, seemed so small and insignificant now. Someone was in the darkness. Someone was watching them. Shaleigh stepped around Kaeja and started back toward the stairwell. "We should go."
Kaeja grabbed her arm and Shaleigh could feel her clammy fingers through the sleeve of her jacket. "Are you crazy? You said that's where it came from."
"How else are we going to get out of here?"
Kaeja could give no argument and shook her head. "Shaleigh..." she whimpered.
"It's okay, we'll do it together." She put her camera around her neck and took Kaeja's hand. They walked slowly towards the door of the stairwell, side by side, fingers clasped in a death grip.
For a moment, Shaleigh thought she saw movement ahead of them and stopped. Kaeja must have seen it too because she swept her flashlight left and right, searching for whatever it was. Just before the beam of light reached one of the doors, Shaleigh was certain she spotted a shadow move into one of the rooms.
"Ow..." Kaeja whispered giving their joined hands a tug. Shaleigh realized she had been gripping too hard and loosened her hold but didn't say a word. Her eyes were fixed on where the shadow had been. As they drew closer, an arm stretched out, hairy with long, black fingernails, and pulled the door closed. There was a splash as though something heavy had fallen into a pool of water from behind the door.
Kaeja screamed. A bolt of adrenaline hit Shaleigh and she grabbed Kaeja's arm. Together they ran. As they passed the door, the knob began to turn with a creak. She wasn't sure if Kaeja had seen it or not. "Keep going!" she yelled, all pretense of caution forgotten.
Once the stairwell came into view, they sped up. Shaleigh slipped on a wet spot and her foot skidded. She would have sprained her ankle if she hadn’t grabbed for the wall. What a stupid way to die, she thought as she regained her footing. She had to keep her head straight, because panicking in an old, decrepit building was a sure way to get hurt or killed by whatever was after them. She forced them to slow down to climb over a pile of broken boards and nails. Shaleigh had thought it odd to have it so close to the stairwell when they’d first come down, but now she saw it as a marker, a warning perhaps, to keep trespassers out. As she helped Kaeja down the opposite side of the rubble, she heard limping footsteps approaching them.
"It's coming!" Shaleigh cried and together they sprinted for the stairwell. The flashlight bounced beams off the walls.
They hit the metal door like a battering ram, shoving it into the rusted railings of the stairs, causing it to reverberate like a gong up and down the concrete shaft. Shaleigh gripped the metal rail, feeling the flecks of paint come off on her hands, and the raw rust beneath. She exchanged a glance with Kaeja, both trying to catch their breath. The respirator was humid with her breathing and she couldn’t wait to rip it off when they got outside. She looked up the dark stairwell above them and grimaced. There were too many floors between them and safety.
Kaeja gasped and reached out to grab Shaleigh’s arm. Shaleigh stared at her. She thought she could make out footsteps from the hall they just left, but it was so faint it was hard to make out. It could have just been the sounds of the building, but she didn’t want to take any chances. Taking a deep breath, Shaleigh led the way as they started up the stairs.
One floor, two floors, three floors.
Was that the sound of the doorknob beneath them being turned? Kaeja hurried to her side as they continued to climb. Both were audibly gasping now. It wouldn’t take much for their pursuer to know where they went. Shaleigh’s thighs were burning. She could sprint up a flight or two of stairs, but this was tough. It didn’t help that she was already out of breath before they even started climbing.
"What if it's locked us in?" Kaeja asked between sucking in gulps of air.
Shaleigh didn't respond. She didn't want to even consider that option.
They climbed two more flights of stairs. Kaeja reached the door first. They both let out a sigh of relief when the door opened. Panting, they jogged to the main exit, a pair of massive iron doors that looked like they belonged in a mausoleum. Neither of them said a word as they descended the short flight of broken steps to the grass. Shaleigh ripped off her respirator, Kaeja did the same, and they both exchanged grins as they crossed the grass-pocked concrete walkway. It felt good to feel the heat of the day on her skin too. The sun was sinking in the west, but the air was sweet with wild honeysuckle and a light breeze rustled the old oaks. Shaleigh relaxed a bit but could tell by Kaeja's expression that she wouldn’t be able to relax until they had left the property completely.
The concrete walkway fell away to tall grass that came up to their hips, as they sidestepped small pine trees that were beginning to take over the lot and moved further away from the building. The chain link fence that surrounded the property sported multiple warning signs for trespassers, though they were faded from exposure. Kaeja pulled back the corner of fencing they had used to get in, and they both climbed through without saying a word. Kaeja paused, took a deep breath, and relaxed her shoulders.
"I know you'll hate to hear this, Kaeja," Shaleigh started. "But I think I'm done with Ferris Factory for a while."
Kaeja laughed. "No complaints here. I’m going to add that we never go underground again either. I am not running up that many stairs again, no matter how great you say the pictures will be." Shaleigh couldn’t help but laugh. The downtrodden path through the woods made it a short walk to reach the bus stop. Shaleigh unwrapped the scarf from around her head and shook out her twists. The breeze felt wonderful on her scalp. They dropped everything into Shaleigh's backpack as they walked. The main road was surprisingly empty for a Sunday afternoon. After exploring inside of decomposing buildings for a while, she had new respect for even the simplest things. The bench for the bus stop, covered in graffiti and bearing a single broken board, looked like a luxury.
Kaeja sprawled across the broken wooden bench and covered her eyes with her arms.
"Wow, what a rush!"
"I know!" Despite her smile, Shaleigh still glanced over her shoulder, as though expecting the person from the building to be slinking toward them through the woods.
"What do you think it was?"
Kaeja stared up into the sky. "Someone crazy, I'm sure. It's a good thing they made some noise. I don't like the thought of them sneaking up on us like that." She sat up and patted the bench beside her.
Shaleigh obliged, her legs were still shaky. "Did you see that hand?"
Kaeja shuddered, "Looked like he hadn't seen the light of day in forever." She stretched her arms over the back of the bench. "This is exactly why I don't like the big ones. There are too many hiding places."
"The small ones aren't much better," Shaleigh added. "Sometimes it feels like a shot right out of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, you know?"
Kaeja nodded and the two grew silent from their own nerves. Kaeja’s leg jumped up and down, as though at any moment she would jump up into a sprint. Shaleigh kept resisting the urge to look over her shoulder once more. The bus couldn't come fast enough.
"Ugh, I need to think about something else." Kaeja said with a tense smile. "You've got a party coming up tonight, don't you? You get to get all dolled up. I know you don't like the people much, but I do envy you getting to go."
Shaleigh sighed. "I had almost forgotten about it.” She checked her watch. It was a good thing they had left when they did because she still needed to get home and clean up. “If you like it so much, you can totally go for me."
"Your dad would never let me. He needs you there."
Kaeja scooted closer and put an arm around her shoulders. "I'm sorry. I guess that is pretty hard on you. Do they ask you a lot of questions about him?”
Shaleigh nodded. She hated the tight feeling she got in her chest whenever she thought of those stupid parties. She hated the fact that she had to go. Why in the world did Roseworth College have so many of them anyway? It was like they wanted to torture her.
Deciding to change the subject, she picked up her camera from around her neck. After checking to make sure nothing had been damaged in their mad dash, she asked, "Want to see the pictures?"
Kaeja nodded but looked concerned. Shaleigh ignored it.
The brilliant light of the flash somehow made the dark halls of Ferris Factory less frightening, less dangerous. If only people were so easy to strip of fear.
I write about strange creatures. Typically they shouldn’t exist, or they have bled through from a different reality, or they’re pretending to be a crying baby in a crib. Sometimes that lands my stories in horror and other times in fantasy, but there’s always an air of strangeness to my tales. If you want to get a better feel for what I’m talking about, check out a few clips or read a few drabbles.
Oh kilt me! FIGHT OR FLIGHT by Samantha Young is the deliciously sexy rom-com that I have been waiting for. I've always enjoy the enemy to lovers trope and this one starts of with a bang. It is funny and hot and you know that there is deeper story underneath it all that keeps you white knuckling those headphones as your can't wait for what comes up next.
Can you imagine having the worst experience of your life and then trying to flee it only to experience getting thwarted by some obnoxiously gorgeous man that seems to make it his mission in life to piss you off? Well this is exactly what Ava experiences in FoF. From her first encounter with hotty Scotty Caleb, sparks immediately flew with anger but after a bit of time together those sparks turned into something else that neither one of them expected.
I have to admit I was laughing my ass off while I was listening to this audiobook. I had not expected to enjoy it as much as I did but I loved hearing what these two characters where doing to each other, from the laughter to the moans of pleasure and all the heartbreaking confessions in-between this book had me. I liked these characters and their inevitable attraction to one another and how despite the fact that they acted to be indifferent to one another they were anything but.
If you are a fan of rom-coms this audiobook is perfect for you and OMG! can all books have a Scottish accent included in them? Because this was music to my ears.
Narration: I adore any audiobook that has a foreign accent involved in it and this one is just so steamy because of how well Caleb is portrayed. I think narrator Angelica Lee did a fantastic job of bringing this book to life in audiobook form and I will keep my eyes open for more novels with her involved in it.
A series of chance encounters leads to a sizzling new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series.
The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn't hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava's ever had. And that's all it was--until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.
When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb's orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he's stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart's in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she's made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn't quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her....
Today on Tales of the Ravenous Reader I have the pleasure of interviewing local author Lily Anderson. I can't believe that I have been reading her books for years and that she is probably one of the authors that lives closest to me and yet I have never interviewed her. I think she is wicked cool and she just wrote a book you might have heard of, UNDEAD GIRL GANG and it features a Latina Wiccan and some undead ladies that will leave you howling with laughter and cheering them on with it's strong theme of female empowerment. Have you read it yet? Or even listened to it? If not then you really need to because you will not be disappointed.
I had the pleasure of reading UNDEAD GIRL GANG earlier this year but when the opportunity came to listen to it. I could not resist and I am so glad that I did for it was like experiencing a whole new book and I enjoyed it so much more.
My love for all things Wiccan and Feminism increased by the power of three with this novel. The storyline was relatable, the dialogue witty and sharp and the relationships between all the characters provided the right amount of "life" to keep me engaged. I especially enjoyed Mila's inner monologue that would leave me in tears from laughter and I enjoyed how she was portrayed as a tough girl with a gooey center. She had heart and she cared about her best friend, enough to bring her back from the dead to find out what happened to her because she could not fathom her BFF taking her own life. Yet, with all things magical there can be a bit of problem and what story would we have without some issues? This is where the story gets quite interesting because not only does Mila bring back her friend but she also brings back to enemies and if you think this story isn't twisted enough. You ain't seen nothing yet.
It is through this temporary arrangement that these ladies from an unusual bond and that they are able to reach an understanding in sisterhood that you cannot help but admire. I found myself rooting more Mila and my Latina pride swelled up as she took charge and was able to exceed her expectations and become more than she ever thought she could be.
I recommend listening to the audio that is so fantastically narrated by Rebecca Solar. She brings a fresh sound to this story and makes you feel what these characters are going though so well. If you have the chance I say take it and listen to it.
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson, read by Rebecca Soler - SoundCloud (244 secs long, 67 plays)Play in SoundCloud
Cover designed by Corina Lupp and photographed by Michael Frost
Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There's not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley's favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.
So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone's explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.
Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer...before the killer strikes again.
INTERVIEW with Lily Anderson at Tales of the Ravenous Reader
By the power of three. What 3 things do you want readers to know about Undead Girl Gang?
1. It's a comedy where sad things happen.
2. There are a lot of hidden and not-so-hidden references to famous witches.
3. It's my personal favorite of the three published books I have out so far!
Nothing is stronger than sisterhood! I just saw the new Charmed series trailer and all I can think about is the Undead Girl Gang and it’s message of female empowerment interweaved with a Latina vibe. Why is it so important to have diverse reads, especially those that embrace Latin culture.
Well, first off all, we need diverse reads because we've waited long enough for them! Latinx readers deserve to see themselves in all media. Art is how we process the world. How are we supposed to do that if we aren't included?
But I also think it's so important to showcase how culturally different people are. There's this bizarre misapprehension that I come up against repeatedly as a woman of color where white people think that because there's is the dominant culture, it's the only culture. Or that the only way to appreciate a culture is by appropriating it. I think the more we showcase the different ways we move about in the same spaces, the more we can build a culture of inclusion and celebration.
If your girl gang could harness their powers to cast any spell to empower women what would it be and why?
Oh, the girls would fight endlessly about this! June would want to empower all women to be leaders (like her). Riley would want to empower all women to be fearless. Dayton would want all women to be happy. Mila would want all women to feel secure in themselves. So, to give everyone a little bit of what they want, the spell would end up being empowering all women to speak up. Say no when you mean no. Say "that hurt my feelings." Say "when you do that, it makes me feel bad." Too often, women feel the need to be passive or biddable. To be nice instead of heard.
Communicating clearly and empathetically, especially with other women, is what empowers my girl gang (both in fiction and in my real life friendships!) and I would wish that for absolutely all women.
What made writing Undead Girl Gang different than your previous novels?
Because my first two books were retellings, it was a little easier to outline them around their preexisting story structure. With Undead Girl Gang, there was more freedom, which meant way more opportunities to veer way off the plot! I had to be extra careful about sticking to my outline. Also this is the first book I've ever written that included magic! I had to keep a separate document of just all of the magical rules to make sure that I didn't have the undead girls or the spells acting contrary to the rest of the book.
What are you working on now and what can you tell me about it?
Right now, I'm finishing up a draft of my first dramatic novel--a love story with no jokes and a lot of politics. I'm also outlining another comedic magical story so that I'll have something fun to work on after all this seriousness.
What diverse reads do you wish everyone had on their book shelves?
I wish everyone had all of the books written by Anna-Marie McLemore, Laura Esquivel, Octavia Butler, Brit Bennett, and the poems of Nikki Giovanni. For romance readers, everyone should be reading Alyssa Cole, Beverly Jenkins, Jeannie Lin, and Zoraida Cordova/Zoey Castile.
Thank you Lily
I'm Lily, an Afrolatina from the Bay Area (sort of) with RBF and a weird obsession with Kevin Costner movies. I love lipstick (especially Colourpop) and popcorn and all things Deadpool. My hair color changes a lot. Some of my friends call me Lillers. Some of my friends call me Ms. Anderson. If I had my druthers, the only thing I would ever drink would be Evian.
Yes, I would give up coffee AND beer for a free lifetime supply of Evian.
Trixie Watson has two very important goals for senior year: to finally save enough to buy the set of Doctor Who figurines at the local comic books store, and to place third in her class and knock Ben West--and his horrendous new mustache that he spent all summer growing--down to number four. Trixie will do anything to get her name ranked over Ben's, including give up sleep and comic books--well, maybe not comic books--but definitely sleep. After all, the war of Watson v. West is as vicious as the Doctor v. Daleks and Browncoats v. Alliance combined, and it goes all the way back to the infamous monkey bars incident in the first grade. Over a decade later, it's time to declare a champion once and for all. The war is Trixie's for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben's best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice. Finding common ground is odious and tooth-pullingly-painful, but Trixie and Ben's cautious truce slowly transforms into a fandom-based tentative friendship. When Trixie's best friend gets expelled for cheating and Trixie cries foul play, however, they have to choose who to believe and which side they're on--and they might not pick the same side.
Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn't going to do this summer.
1. She isn't going to stay home in Sacramento, where she'd have to sit through her stepmother's sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest. 2. She isn't going to mock trial camp at UCLA. 3. And she certainly isn't going to the Air Force summer program on her mother's base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender's Game, Ellie's seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it's much less Luke/Yoda/"feel the force," and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn't appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she'd be able to defeat afterwards.
What she is going to do is pack up her attitude, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and go to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College, the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program. And she's going to start over as Ever Lawrence, on her own terms, without the shadow of all her family’s expectations. Because why do what’s expected of you when you can fight other genius nerds to the death for a shot at the dream you’re sure your family will consider a complete waste of time?
I just finished listening to VENGEFUL by V.E. Schwab and I am stunned by it's absolute savage tribute to power and women. Five years in the making and OMG! I can't believe it is over.
Upon returning to this world where E.O.'s reign and the search for ultimate power matters most it is refreshing to return with new players that change the game as we know it. Yes, Victor and Eli are back and while their stories will leave you in breathless anticipation, it is Marcella, June and Sydney's stories that will bring you to your knees.
Marcella Riggins, is a new player in this story and I must say became an instant favorite. What more can I say about this character except that she was mesmerizing to witness: Cunning and ruthless, with a way of scaring the crap out of you while leaving you in rapt admiration at the same time. I admired her lack of fear and how she wanted to be seen and not ignored simply by being a woman. Her collaboration with other new characters created a tour de force that could rule the world or burn it down to the ground. And things were going to change especially when you add Victor and Eli to the toxic mix. It is only a matter of time and when the inevitable clash comes you will be left stunned. You have been warned.
As I began listening to this story I was reminded on why I liked V.E. Schwab's writing so much. It's best described as being with an old friend that puts you on edge, the one that dares you to go beyond your comfort zones and although it feels uncomfortable at first you are thankful for the experience. She has a way of writing these villainous characters that one cannot help but empathize with and cheer on. Fans of this series will be pleasantly surprised by the turn of events in this book and will only crave for more like I did.
Narration: Jeremy Arthur did a fantastic job with Vengeful. Every emotion and nuance of this story was captured in the perfect cadence of his voice. I am a fan of his previous works and was pleased that he came in to work on this novel. I am so thankful that I got to listen to this book because it is one of my favorite for this year.
A super-powered collision of extraordinary minds and vengeful intentions—#1 New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab returns with the thrilling follow-up to Vicious.
Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor. Victor Vale and Eli Ever. Sydney and Serena Clarke. Great partnerships, now soured on the vine.
But Marcella Riggins needs no one. Flush from her brush with death, she’s finally gained the control she’s always sought—and will use her new-found power to bring the city of Merit to its knees. She’ll do whatever it takes, collecting her own sidekicks, and leveraging the two most infamous EOs, Victor Vale and Eli Ever, against each other once more.
With Marcella's rise, new enmities create opportunity--and the stage of Merit City will once again be set for a final, terrible reckoning.
Listen to an excerpt of V. E. Schwab's VENGEFUL audiobook, read by Jeremy Arthur.
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Oh beautiful darkness!! I have not enjoyed an audiobook as much as this one in a long while. THE DARK DESCENT OF ELIZABETH FRANKENSTEIN is so beautifully executed and I long for more adventures in this genre.
Kiersten White has done a fantastic job of creating an atmosphere that is tangibly creepy as Elizabeth Lavenza recalls her life and all that she was willing to do to stay within the good graces of the Frankenstein family. Her price at keeping her station were high, keeping Victor Frankenstein in check because he did not function well in normal society, yet she never faltered on her mission, even when another came to join their small group.
The story deftly goes from the past to present as Elizabeth travels to find Victor and bring him home after a long stay away, but she may have bitten off more than she can chew as she begins to discover that Victor's absence means something more sinister that she can possible imagine.
When ensues is the stuff that gothic nightmares are made of: secrets, lies, dead bodies all set against a backdrop of darkness disguised as beauty. This story is wicked in it's concept and it will keep you glue to your headphones until the very end.
THE DARK DESCENT OF ELIZABETH FRANKENSTEIN is mesmerizing and I will be the first to admit that I squee'd in delight when I discovered that this book was being written but it is nothing compared to listening to it on audio.
Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.
Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.
But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.
I have been a long time fan of Deborah Harkness and her All Souls Trilogy and when I learned that she was delving back into this world of Vampire, Witches and Demons, I could not wait. So, you could imagine my joy at being able to listen to this amazing novel and experiencing these world with these mesmerizing characters once again.
As I return to the world I am treated to three POV's: Diana, Marcus and Phoebe, which I will point out that the narrator has excellently executed with amazing talent. During each POV I was treated to the current status of the de Clermont family through Diana, the transition of being made into a vampire and what the first few months means are like with Pheobe's and lastly Marcus' memories of when he was human and his early years of being a vampire. All stories entwining to further showcase that being a paranormal being is never as easy as it seems.
I loved returning to the de Clermont family and seeing how the twins were faring. I was curious to witness their development and I was not disappointed. I cannot wait to see how this part of the story will eventually develop. I also loved listening to Pheobe's challenges at becoming a vampire and how even at this modern age the transition was not as smooth as one would believe. Marcus' story was intriguing but at times I felt it was a big long winded and would find myself drifting despite enjoyed how well the narrator could deftly switch between characters.
I enjoyed this story more than I expected maybe because I truly had no idea what this audiobook was going to be about. I went in "blind" so to say and was pleasantly surprised. I believe fans of The All Should Trilogy will eat this story up with a spoon and greedily consume it words with pleasant satisfaction.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, a novel about what it takes to become a vampire.
On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus's deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.
Fast-forward to contemporary Paris, where Phoebe Taylor--the young employee at Sotheby's whom Marcus has fallen for--is about to embark on her own journey to immortality. Though the modernized version of the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable than they were in the eighteenth century. The shadows that Marcus believed he'd escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both--forever.
A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities not just for change but for revolution, Time's Convert channels the supernatural world-building and slow-burning romance that made the All Souls Trilogy instant bestsellers to illuminate a new and vital moment in history, and a love affair that will bridge centuries.
Years ago I was introduced to author Kylie Scott with her DIVE BAR series and I was instantly addicted to her stories. She had a way with wicked boys and plucky gals and I knew I would always want more. So, when I had the opportunity to listen to IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME, I could not say resist and I was not disappointed.
IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME on audiobook is an entertaining listen, a bit angsty, a bit forbidden and hella hot!
What I enjoyed most about this audiobook was the way in which Adele carried herself, she was forthright and honest. She wasn't afraid to express herself and let her feelings be known, which I found refreshing especially along side Peter who seemed a bit emotionally stunted. Yet, together they worked. Many may not find the age gap attractive but it was one of the things I enjoyed about this story and although it might not be something most may not enjoy, it worked for me.
For fans of Kylie it may not rank up there as a top favorite but it will keep you engaged and rooting for Adele who seemed to capture and hold my attention.
Narration: What else can be said about And Arndt but that she is THE best at narrating these romance novels. She has the perfect timing and inflection and it is always comforting to hear her voice.
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, from bestselling author Kylie Scott, is a brand new audiobook that will have listeners hooked.
Returning home for her father’s wedding was never going to be easy for Adele. If being sent away at eighteen hadn’t been bad enough, the mess she left behind when she made a pass at her dad’s business partner sure was.
Fifteen years older than her, Pete had been her crush for as long as she could remember. But she’d misread the situation—confusing friendliness for undying love. Awkward. Add her father to the misunderstanding, and Pete had been left with a broken nose and a business on the edge of ruin. The man had to be just as glad as everyone else when she left town.
Seven years on, things are different. Adele is no longer a kid, but a fully grown adult more than capable of getting through the wedding and being polite. But all it takes is seeing him again to bring back all those old feelings.
Sometimes first loves are the truest.
Listen to an excerpt of Kylie Scott's IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME audiobook, read by Andi Arndt.
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I have been wanting to listen to THE RAGING ONES by Krista & Becca Ritchie since I learned about this novel. I have been a fan of their NA romances and when they announced this novel I was intrigued and not disappointed.
THE RAGING ONES has a unique premise that begins with a somewhat confusing introduction but soon develops into a story that I could not stop reading. The more I read and grasped what was happening the more I became invested in the story and I loved every single moment.
The world building is fascinating and it is complimented by a riveting cast of characters that had I could not stop thinking about and now I need the next installment in this series, THE LAST HOPE. Is there any way I can have this, like now?
THE RAGING ONES has a lot to offer in audiobook form and I think it is a great listen that you have to stick with and the patience will pay out handsomely.
Narration: I always enjoy having more narrators than one when it comes to any audiobook and this trio kept me engaged and their timing was spot on. I hope they return for the next novel.
The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie is an edge of your seat sci-fi romance audiobook with twists and turns that listeners will never see coming!
In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.
Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.
Until the day she does.
Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.
Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.
With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.
Listen to an excerpt of Krista & Becca Ritchie's THE RAGING ONES audiobook, read by Graham Halstead, Emily Lawrence, and Tristan Morris.
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A Nordic King by Karina HallePublication Date: September 21, 2018Genre: Contemporary Romance
When I first applied for the job I thought it would be like all the others: working as a nanny for an aristocratic family.
Then I got the job and found out how wrong I was.
Now I’m the new nanny for two adorable little girls who happen to be princesses.
Their father is the widowed King of Denmark.
And my new home? The royal palace in Copenhagen.
Adjusting to my new life isn't easy but the hardest part hasn’t been the girls who still grieve over the loss of their mother.
It’s their father.
Cold, mysterious and moody, with an icy stare that seems to penetrate your soul, King Aksel may have hired me to take care of his daughters but he wants as little to do with me as possible.
Yet the longer I share these palace walls with this man, the more that I’m drawn to him. His chiseled face and sexual swagger are only part of the package. It’s in the long, intense glances at the dinner table, the way we’ll brush up against each other in the halls, the rare glimpses of the man deep inside, like the sun passing through clouds.
But no matter how I feel about him, we can never be together.
You think it's bad enough being in love with your boss?
Meet Karina: Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.