Tuesday, July 18, 2017

BBReview: "The Alder tales 3: Hale and Gemini" by R.S. McCoy

Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal/Romance/Re-Telling
Publisher: Self Published
Publishing Date: July 18th, 2017
Page Count: 388
Source: Sent for review
Format: Paperback

Description from
*A Paranormal Romance reimagining of Hansel and Gretel*

The third son of the Bear Clan, Hale thought he had his life figured out. He had a stunning bride, his iron faith in the Mother, and has spent the last five years training to be the future clan leader. But when his life comes crashing down around him, Hale knows he can’t stay home.

Leaving behind everyone he’s ever known, Hale is alone with his thoughts as he crosses the Alderwood in search of his sister. Then Gemini—the clan flirt and known gossip—follows him, demanding his protection. She’s just as determined to leave her life behind. Hale doesn’t know what made her leave her sisters or suitor, but he has no choice but to continue with a helpless girl at his side. Neither ever expected just how dangerous the Alderwood could be.

Oblivious of Hale’s departure, Parson and Raene travel to Terrana to ask political favors in exchange for their clan leader’s freedom, but lingering injuries threaten their arrival—and their lives. They’ll need the help of an unlikely ally if they hope to succeed.

A new paranormal romance from RS McCoy, author of The Sparks Saga, The Luminary Chronicles, and The Extraction Files series.

Book Three of The Alder Tales.

Tell Me Something Tuesday: Under Pressure

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. She will discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments of her original post (which you can find a link to below), or comment on my post. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog!

This Weeks Topic:
Do you find it is easier to read and review books that you have picked up on your own?

I have found that reading and reviewing books that I have personally gone out and picked up on my own is SOO much easier. There is so much less pressure and stress. There aren't any deadlines, no one clicking refresh on my blog one thousand times waiting for me to post my opinion, and no guilt if I end up not liking the book. I also don't feel like my opinion could be swayed. Let me clarify that my reviews on books I have accepted for review have been 100% honest. I will never up the star rating just because you sent me a book for free! BUT there is that pressure, or rather guilt, when you end up not liking a book someone sent you. For me, I keep pushing myself to get through to the end no matter how bad it is and I end up arguing in my head about how many stars I should give and is my review too brutally honest? Should I make the review more constructive? When I review a book I have personally bought or borrowed, all of those pressures are gone. I don't even have to review the book.

When I first started my blog I was obviously only reviewing books I personally bought for myself. Every book bloggers dream is to get to a point where authors and publishers want to send you their books for free to review. The problem with that is in the beginning, you get greedy. At least I did. I was accepting almost everything that came my way and it turns out I didn't like the majority of them. Now, I make sure to read a pleasure book (a book I have gotten for myself) in between each book I read for review. This helps fight off reading slumps, dramatically! I am also a lot more picky about what I choose to accept for review and I try not to take on more than 3 in one month. I have also gotten a LOT better about setting a book down if I am just not getting into rather than forcing myself to read it and contacting authors and tour hosts when I end up hating it or not finishing it to cancel my blog stop.

The blog has become a lot less stressful. It has only taken like 5 years to finally realize the changes I needed to make :D

So what do you think? Are personal picks better than ones you receive for review?

Next Weeks Topic:
When you first started blogging were you hesitant to give out a low rating? Has that changed?

Saturday, July 15, 2017

{Release Day Party} "Tales from Harborsmouth" by E.J. Stevens

Happy book birthday, Tales from Harborsmouth! We're celebrating the new Ivy Granger Psychic Detective book release with a party and a giveaway. Keep reading for a chance to win an Ivy Granger Prize Pack, including a flashlight keychain, button, glow-in-the-dark fangs, and a collectible Passport to Ivy Granger booklet signed by the author.

Let's party!

Tales from Harborsmouth Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective Urban Fantasy Collection
Genre: Paranormal Mystery, Supernatural Suspense, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: July 11, 2017

Tales from Harborsmouth (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective #0.5, #1.5, #2.5, #5.5) by E.J. Stevens:
In Tales from Harborsmouth, readers get to delve deeper into the award-winning world of Ivy Granger.
Ivy Granger is a psychic detective with ties to Harborsmouth's paranormal underworld. Too bad those ties tend to ensnare Ivy and her friend Jinx in the Machiavellian schemes of the city's teeming population of bloodsucking vampires and psychotic faeries.
Tales from Harborsmouth is the first time the Ivy Granger novellas are together in one collection and features two exclusive short stories the series prequel Frostbite and the newest Ivy Granger tale Thrill on Joysen Hill.

Featured in this collection:
     • FROSTBITE (Ivy Granger #0.5)
     • BLOOD AND MISTLETOE (Ivy Granger #1.5)
     • CLUB NEXUS (Ivy Granger #2.5)
     • THRILL ON JOYSEN HILL (Ivy Granger #5.5)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

{Excerpt} "Survival Instinct" by Janie Crouch

Today we have the blog tour stop for Survival Instinct by Janie Crouch. For the first week, all proceeds will be donated to cystic fibrosis research in honor of Tia Troopers. Check it out and grab your copy today!
About Survival Instinct:
The voices in her head have decided to kill her.   Most people joke about hearing voices in their heads. For Chloe Jeffries, they’re real. And as the creative force behind one of the most popular shows on television, she has used the constant flood of voices in her mind to her advantage: fuel for entertainment.   But now one of the voices has decided it wants Chloe all for itself.   Ex-Special Forces soldier Shane Westman just wants to make it back to Wyoming to begin to heal from the horrors of war. The last thing he needs, even as a favor for a good friend, is to take on bodyguard duty of a flighty television writer. But once he does, he realizes there are threats at play he doesn’t understand. And the woman who has somehow begun to thaw his frozen heart is in desperate danger from a menace they can’t see, but is always close.   The voice that will never allow Chloe to escape alive.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

{New Release} "Tales From Harborsmouth" by E.J. Stevens

Tales From Harborsmouth
by E.J. Stevens

Ivy Granger ##0.5, #1.5, #2.5, and #5.5
Urban Fantasy
Sacred Oaks Press
Publication Date
July 11, 2017

In Tales from Harborsmouth, readers get to delve deeper into the award-winning world of Ivy Granger with two novellas and two exclusive short stories.
Ivy Granger is a psychic detective with ties to Harborsmouth's paranormal underworld. Too bad those ties tend to ensnare Ivy and her friend Jinx in the Machiavellian schemes of the city's teeming population of bloodsucking vampires and psychotic faeries.

FROSTBITE (Ivy Granger #0.5)
In this Ivy Granger prequel, join Ivy and Jinx on a disturbing case that leads down a dead end alley to a house ravaged by time and circumstance.
Everyone knows that there's no such thing as ghosts, but when a client claims that her house is being haunted, Ivy tries to keep her mind open and her weapons handy. If her psychic gifts and recent cases have taught her anything, it's that you're better off arming yourself for the unexpected. Anything is possible in Harborsmouth.

BLOOD AND MISTLETOE (Ivy Granger #1.5)
Holidays are worse than a full moon for making people crazy. In Harborsmouth, where many of the residents are undead vampires or monstrous fae, the combination may prove deadly.
Holidays are Hell, a point driven home when a certain demon attorney returns with information regarding a series of bloody murders. Five Harborsmouth residents have been killed and every victim has one thing in common--they are fae. Whoever is killing faeries must be stopped, but they only leave one clue behind--a piece of mistletoe floating in a pool of the victim's blood. The holidays just got interesting.

CLUB NEXUS (Ivy Granger #2.5)
A demon, a human, an Unseelie faerie, and a vampire walk into a bar...
These four intertwining short stories are set in Club Nexus, the hidden haunt of Harborsmouth's paranormal underworld.
Iced: A bargain gone wrong leads a highborn Unseelie faerie to life as an enslaved bartender with a taste for revenge.
Dusted: Being a highly skilled predator doesn't necessarily put you at the top of the food chain at Club Nexus. A southern vampire with a hankering for blood and wanton violence may have bit off more than he can chew.
Demonized: The demon attorney we love to hate has his eye on a certain rockabilly human. Too bad she's brought a crossbow loaded with holy water dipped bolts for this night on the town.
Jinxed: Just when Jinx needs a carefree girl's night out with Ivy, a smoking hot demon tries to buy her a drink. She really is the unluckiest human on the planet.

THRILL ON JOYSEN HILL (Ivy Granger #5.5)
Few places are as rife with opportunity or as fraught with danger as Harborsmouth's notorious Joysen Hill. Vampires own the real estate, and even the most ruthless human thugs won't venture there after dark, but when Torn gets stuck babysitting, he can only think of one place in Harborsmouth interesting enough to take a demon toddler, a teenage bridge troll, and a grouchy hearth brownie. What happens next substantiates the city's advertising slogan. No matter who or what you are, no matter how young or old, you can find your thrill on Joysen Hill.

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