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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blog Tour: Persefonee - Episode 1.2 by Rhys Christopher Ethan

Blood & Roses Episode 2 Cover aBook Title: Persefonee, Episode 1.2

Book Series: Blood & Roses: A Sci-Fi Adventure  

Author: Rhys Christopher Ethan

Yv has escaped the deadly planet she was held at, but not without her scars. Zïn and Temia introduce her to a world of rebellion and a brand new version of her personal history she knew nothing of.
When Yv continues to count her losses, innocence turns to maturity and weakness into strength. Yv takes life-changing decisions, but will they turn her life better or make it even worse?

The second installment in this adventure serial by Rhys Ethan is here and promises to take you on an action-packed journey through the psyche of a simple girl looking for home.

+17 contains adult language, graphic violence and sexual content

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About the Author

Rhys Christopher Ethan is by no means a scientist, but he is an architect of his own fantasy worlds; an illustrator of emotional and multi-dimensional characters; a doctor of creativity and inspiration and a chemist of genres; mixing two or more, to find the perfect fit for his creations. He lives in a small, dusty lab he calls Home in London and works hard to bring his experiments out into the world. His companions (for now) are his pet-Laptop and his coffee-Booster and a bunch of notes, digitized and paper-wise.  


Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Princess Of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

1866 Arizona, Confederate officer John Carter, Gentleman of Virginia, forever aged 30, wakes naked on Mars. Low gravity increases his speed and strength exponentially, so he impresses green alien Thark captors with fighting, wins high rank. He frees Dejah Thoris, Princess of red men in Helium, only to lose her to the Prince of opposing red Zodanga.


Normally I wouldn't have picked such an old tale to review but curiosity had taken the better of me when it came to this review. The book was released 97 years ago but it is an amazing tale. I became aware of it about five years ago when a Friend of mine mentioned a movie being released based off of the book. The movie is called John Carter of Mars. Now usually when it is a book to movie I read the book first of course, then watch as they brutally murder the literature on screen in movie form. This time was different because I had watched the movie first and LOVED it. So I had decided to take a chance with the book. Now that I have read it, I realize the movie itself is TRASH compared to the book. I knew that was going to happen. I can see how the movie was not rewarded a sequel. It wouldn't have done the tale justice. For those who have not read the book or heard of the tale of John Carter or A Princess of Mars, it is a story of a man who finds himself suspended in limbo near his body in what we as people can only closely compare to having an out of body experience; while a copy of himself, or his soul, or his being, gets slingshot onto Mars. He finds himself there for a course of ten years where he fights numerous battles with green men, Tars Tarkas, and wins the heart of a very beautiful red princess, Dejah Thoris.

What is cool about his experience on Mars is that he discovers he possesses almost a superhuman ability to jump impossible distances and has the brute force of a freight train. Its all due to the difference in gravity between Mars and Earth. Because of it, his muscles give him an unmatched advantage on mars.

I had so much fun reading this and experiencing John Carter learn the customs of a world that would only seem strange to us and thinking to myself, "Dude, he's only human." and then laughing at the irony of that statement. I would deem the book as an adventure piece. Not a lot of romance, nor murder or suspense, but TONS of action. When you find yourself immersed in the story, you get the feeling that you are right next to John Carter as all of these things are happening to him, and you feel sometimes as though you are goading him to do well. Overall the book was very entertaining. It reminds me of something that would have been read to little boys before bed. I can see this book on a shelf next to Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Treasure Island and Gulliver's Travels easily. No wonder it's a classic. As a geek, it's a must read if you haven't already.

I give it 4 Stars. I would have given it 5 but as a new age literature reader, there were certain figures of speech that I didn't quite understand and certain contexts that were used that are not practiced in today's writing that slowed me down a little in the reading process.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Game For Love: The Beautiful Game: Seal's Goal by Sharon Hamilton

 Professional Goalkeeper Patrick Harrington comes home to the U.S. from England to attend the funeral of his best friend, Navy SEAL Ryan Rosen. Ryan's fiancee is the girl who got away, the one he's been in love with ever since he set eyes on her in first grade.

Stephanie Carter's world turns on it's axis when Ryan is removed from her life, but not from her heart. Ryan's best friend, Patrick, becomes her path to healing the Trident-shaped hole left behind.

Compassion leads to passion as they find the possibility of a life together neither one planned, or ever dreamed could exist. Will Patrick's decision to join the Teams destroy their love and will her heart be able to handle a second loss? 


I had a few issues with this book. For starters, I know this book is supposed to be an accompaniment for Bella Andre's Game For Love series. I haven't read that series, but I was under the impression that they were about American football players. This book is about a football/soccer player, so that threw me off a bit.

I also had a hard time with the progression of the story. Patrick's best friend Ryan dies, and he goes to his funeral. There, he encounters Ryan's fiance, Stephanie. Now, Stephanie, Ryan, and Patrick all grew up together and were best friends. Both guys always pined after Stephanie, but once Patrick found out that Ryan wanted to pursue her, he backed off. Ok...now that Ryan is dead, Patrick decides it's time to make his move. He hadn't seen Stephanie in I think two years or something like that and seeing her again brings back all of these memories and feelings he had been repressing. I get that, and I'm on board to a certain point. If this is the same guy that stepped aside to let his best friend get the girl, wouldn't he wait at least a couple of months after burying the guy to go after her? Instead, he's kissing her the night before the actual burial.

And then there's Stephanie; who we find out has always loved both men, and even wanted to marry both of them when she was younger - but always loved Patrick just a little bit more. She never knew, or hoped that Patrick felt the same for her. Now Patrick is making his move, and it's an unexpected but also pleasant surprise. Stephanie is still devastated about Ryan - as she should be, seeing as he JUST died, but is still progressing her relationship with Patrick.

I'm all for the love of  your life vs soulmate debate, but I can't get behind the idea that these two characters are such good people when they're moving on, and planning a future together, just days after burying their best friend/fiance. There were a few instances where the subject of guilt came into play, but it was quickly glossed over. I think this story would have been a lot better (at least for me) if this was a bigger obstacle between Patrick and Stephanie; them wanting to be together, but being disgusted with themselves for even having these feelings so early on - it would drive them apart until they could come to terms with it. Because of this reason, I really couldn't enjoy the process of the two of them getting together. It seems that Ryan was a bigger, more glaring presence for me, the reader, than the actual characters. It took away the magic of falling in love.

Uncensored comments straight out of Kindle:
  • "If I’m not down at breakfast , get an extra key and come untie me. Room 10214." - LMAO
  • The author glossed over some of the beginning, I would have liked more detailed scenes of Patrick in his soccer element and with the different women he was with.
  • The scene changes abruptly. Would like an indication to let me know it's changing (***)
  •  ...he might pee and fart at the same time. - This book takes an unexpected turn to hilarity! Laughing so hard!
  • The way the author kept going on about Ryan and the Seals and the special missions, and putting them over everything else, I kinda started thinking that maybe Ryan wasn't dead and had faked his death for some kind of undercover mission.
  • They're trying to recruit you, dude.
  • One has to wonder what would have happened between Stephanie and Patrick if Ryan hadn't died. Patrick was going to be at the wedding; would he have been able to keep his feeling for Stephanie in check? Would they have ended up hooking up in a broom closet shortly after Stephanie said her vows? This is what happens when you rush these two characters together - I start to question their loyalties and commitments.
  • Already said this in the initial review, but it was a comment I left so here it is again: I'm not sure how I feel about this. Your best friend/fiance who you've both known since you were kids just died - and you're both exploring your feelings for one another??? It doesn't sit well with me. Even if they were meant to be together...they should have waited or at least treaded lightly.
  • You really wanna talk about Ryan now, Patrick?
  • Both of these characters are messed up - they shouldn't get together just yet. They need to figure their shit out, and let Ryan's memory not be so present.
  • There's a bit of head hopping; completely takes me out of the story as I have to go back and figure out when it stopped being Patrick's thoughts, and when it started being Stephanie's.
  • More head hopping with no warning.

I think this story might have been rushed when writing it. It has such great potential, but too many things just got in the way for me to truly enjoy it. Even so, I would love to read what happens with Patrick and Stephanie - does he make it onto the Seals? Is his brand new relationship with Stephanie able to handle it? Does Stephanie actually just up and move? What do her friends and family members think of this?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cover Reveal - Black Lies by Alessandra Torre

Title: Black Lies
Author: Alessandra Torre
Genre: Erotic Romance
Releasing: August 25th
Cover Photo: Lauren Watson-Perry, Perrywinkle Photography
This Book is a STAND ALONE
((( Books will Release at $2.99 for the first week, then price will increase to $3.99 )))
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Brant: Became a tech billionaire by his twentieth birthday. Has been in a relationship with me for 3 years. Has proposed 4 times. Been rejected 4 times.

Lee: Cuts grass when he’s not banging housewives. Good with his hands, his mouth, and his cock. Has been pursued relentlessly by me for almost 2 years, whether he knows it or not. I love 2 men. I want 2 men. If you think you’ve heard this story before, trust me – you haven’t





About The Author:

Alessandra Torre is a USA Today Bestselling author who focuses on contemporary erotica. Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, was published in July 2012, and was an Erotica #1 Bestseller for two weeks.

Alessandra lives in the gulf coast of Florida and is married, with one young child. She enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and playing with her dogs. Her favorite authors include Lisa Gardner, Gillian Flynn, and Jennifer Crusie.

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