Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat

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Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

Page 12
“All small towns are alike in one way; they keep their unhappiness locked away from prying eyes of outsiders. It is possible for any stranger to visit a tourist spot or a resort and enjoy the sunshine and ice cream, but scratch just beneath the surface and the darker things crawl and multiply.”


It’s 1998 and James Bridge has returned to his hometown twenty years after the apparent murder and disappearance of his childhood friend. However, Bridge soon finds himself an outsider in a community he once regarded as his own, forced to confront his past and that of his former friends as the killings begin again.

50 Books in a Year · Sunday Short and Sweet Review

Story of Lucius Cane by Vanya Ferreira

Short and Sweet

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Genre: 
Fantasy, Mystery, Horror, Short Story
Publisher: Self-Published
Date of Release: February 9, 2016
Pages: 43
Format: Mobi
Links: Good ReadsTwitterAmazon Author Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Rating:

3.75 Stars
3-stars

Summary:

“London, 1794. Lucius Cane, a peculiar sort of vampire, comes upon an opponent the likes of which he has never seen before – a brute with remarkable abilities. But not all is as it seems as their encounter unfolds in a manner that neither of them expected.”

I received this short story from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was a good starting tale. I would, almost, liken this to a modern Penny Dreadful (where we got Sweeney Todd from originally).

In this story, we meet Lucius Cane who was born a vampire. He stalks his prey Anne Hathborne as she walks home unescorted from a ball. Then we meet Jack, who, on a fateful night, met and survived a Lycanthrope attack. With his father’s death, and his new found half Lycan powers, Jack sets off to become a pirate and earns himself the nickname The Hound. His skill set is what gets him hired on to kill Lucius.

The only issues that I really had with this was that Jack spoke, perhaps, a little too well? He would have lacked basic education at that time, plus having been surrounded with rough sorts.
Also the hunt for Lucius was severely anti-climatic on his point. Like… why wait around for your death? Boring. Make it tough for your pursuer.

Either way, it was still a good starting story.

Where to Buy:

Amazon CAN | Amazon US

About the Author:


Vanya Ferreira was born in South Africa and spent 5 years of his life in Australia. He has been reading since he can remember and has a passion for writing; he simply finds the syntactical nature of language to be a beautiful and mesmerizing creature. Apart from his short story collection, Vanya is also currently working on a full length psychological crime thriller that should be released before the end of the year.

You can find Vanya on Facebook here: Vanya Ferreira

And on twitter here: @AuthorVanyaF

50 Books in a Year · Book in exchange for honest review · Book Reviews

Cargo by Jen Castleberry

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Genre: 
Dystopia, Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: N/A
Date of Release: January 7, 2016
Pages: 144 pages
Format: PDF
Links: Good ReadsAmazon Author PageTwitter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Rating:

5-stars

Summary:
“The Earth has been reduced to a singular continent, governed by extra-terrestrials, collapsed by nuclear weapons residue and wracked with radiation sickness. Only one viable territory remains, and access there is restricted by a mysterious selection process. Everyone hopes to be chosen for transport. Everyone but Cass.

Seventeen year old Cassidy Hartinger has spent the past eleven years living in a government-maintained bunker. She should be thrilled when a handsome transporter arrives to take her to the Reservation. So why does she feel like he’s dragging her, kicking and screaming, straight into the anti-paradise?

Faced with gun-wielding survivalists and elemental catastrophes, will Cass make it more than two steps out of the bunker? Will her journey to peace and safety in the Reservation turn out to be the most perilous thing she’s encountered so far?”

I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Wow!
I was so sad when this story ended. It was such a great start.

For me, this had some undertones of Stephen King’s “The Mist” and War of the Worlds, which made me love this novel even more. Although we’re never actually introduced to the aliens. I do applaud the author for her awesome world building and character building.

Oh my gosh! The imagery! This world is bleak compared to our world now. It’s been ravaged by bombs and bleached by the relentless sun. You feel like you are there, walking with Cass and Nathan.

I keep a stiff upper lip as we move through the hallway. Nostalgia douses my bones. It makes my feet heavy. It makes the air around my ankles dense.” 

One thing that always worries me about short novels is whether the characters will be developed enough and whether there would be enough time for their interactions with each other. This was not an issue in the novel at all.

First you see Cassidy’s interaction with her bunk-mate Adrienne. It’s such a heartwarming sisterhood. It doesn’t have any of that awkwardness loaded with sexual connotations. It was two girls who had no one but themselves.

The interaction with Nathan seemed like it might start out with him being a gigantic ass, but he eventually warmed up. Cassidy even blossomed under his conversation. She seemed so demure and shy in the bunker but outside of it she didn’t let Nathan walk all over her.

The only one I didn’t feel for was Nars. He just kind of seemed there and the interaction between him, Cassidy and Adrienne was lacking, to say the least. He became more like a background character.

I do have some questions like where are the aliens? What interaction do they have with Earth? What was their purpose? Hopefully some questions do get answered in the next books.

Even still, this was a great story. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good Dystopian novel.

Where to Buy:

Amazon CAN | Amazon US | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indie Bound

About the Author:


Jen Castleberry is a North Carolina native currently based in Virginia Beach, VA. She is a Communications graduate and proud ECU alum.

When she’s not writing, Castleberry works full-time as a Veterinary Assistant at a local animal shelter.

Her affection for all critters, large and small, comes home with her at the end of each day. She frequently lends her house and heart to homeless animals in need of foster.

Her own clan of silly creatures include an Akita, a Basset Hound, a Maine Coon, and of course, her active-duty husband.

At twenty-seven, Castleberry hopes to soon realize a life-long dream of writing professionally.

The first installment of her YA debut series premiered in January of 2016

Book Blitz

Release Day Blitz: My Lord Ghost by Meredith Bond

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Series: The Grace Sisters Trilogy, Book 2

Author: Meredith Bond

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance

Publisher: Anessa Books

Publication Date: September 20, 2016

 

 

 

 

Summary: 

She only wanted to save his soul. He needed to save her life.

Laia Grace wasn’t raised in society and besides, meeting men was so much fun! But when the naive Regency miss introduces herself to the wrong person, her father decides that it’s time she grew up. If only he knew that the house he was sending her to had a ghost in residence.

Marcus is haunting his own home, living in the secret passages and priest holes while he tries to deal with the horrific events that led to his brother’s death. But when an angel shows up and coaxes him into telling her his story, he discovers a reason to live.

Will he be willing to risk both his own life and his heart to save her?”

Where to Buy:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Smashwords

Giveaway:

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– One winner
– An ebook of A Dandy in Disguise by Meredith Bond (first book in the series) and a $25 Amazon Gift Card
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About the Author:

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Meredith Bond’s books straddle that beautiful line between historical romance and fantasy. An award-winning author, she writes fun traditional Regency romances, medieval Arthurian romances, and Regency romances with a touch of magic. Known for her characters “who slip readily into one’s heart”, Meredith’s paranormal romances include her Storm series set in during the English Regency, her post-Arthurian fantasy series, The Children of Avalon, and a series of traditional Regencies—without magic—called The Merry Men Quartet. Her newest series, The Grace Sisters, is a spin-off from The Merry Men Quartet. She has also written two non-fiction books: Chapter One: A Fast, Fun Way to Write Fiction and Self-Publishing: Easy as ABC.

Want to know more? Come visit Meredith at her website or chat with her on Facebook or Twitter: @merrybond If you’d like to be one of the first to know of Meredith’s new releases and get a free short story every month, join her email list here.

Links:

Author Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Pinterest | LinkedIn | Good Reads | Tumblr

Others:

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A Dandy in Disguise
Series: The Grace Sisters Trilogy, Book 1

Summary: If you gamble with your future, you’re bound to lose. Rose doesn’t realize this when she puts her money down. She’s new to society, and mistakenly thinks everyone is who they claim.

Fungy doesn’t know who he is anymore, but Rose makes him want to be the best he can be. But is he the best man for her? A turn of the cards might have the answer.

 

 

 

Where to Buy:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | iTunes | Kobo | Google Play | All Romance Books

50 Books in a Year · Book in exchange for honest review · Book Reviews

One Little Wish by Gina LaManna

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Genre: 
Romance, Suspense
Publisher: LaManna Books
Date of Release: January 28, 2016
Pages: 225 pages
Format: ePub
Links: Author WebsiteAmazon Author PageFacebookGoodReads

 

 

 

 

My Rating:
3.50 Stars
3-stars

Summary: 
“Dear Diary,
I know three things:

1. I didn’t kill anyone.
2. Mack Montgomery is a troublemaker.
3. I am running out of time.

You’ve got to believe me, Diary. I didn’t have anything to do with those murders, I promise you. For crying out loud, I’m the only person in this tiny Texas town who doesn’t own a gun! But I can’t help feeling like someone is out to get me. The only question is who…and why.

While we’re at it, let’s get one other thing straight. None of this would have happened if it weren’t for the shadow called Mack Montgomery. That man may be hot-as-sin and the talk of the high school reunion, but let me tell you one thing. He is up to something, Diary. He is so full of questions, yet somehow, I can’t seem to find one single answer. One second he’s breaking into my house and accusing me of murder, and the next, he’s turned those soft baby blues on me, making my stomach do all sorts of somersaults.

I’m running low on time, Diary. If I can’t find the murderer, and if Mack Montgomery doesn’t go back to where he belongs… I’m afraid that my one little wish may never come true.

Xoxo,
Scarlett”

I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

I am new to Gina LaManna books but overall, this was a good book. I wouldn’t say this is so much a romance as it was a mystery/suspense novel with bits of romance in it. A little more would have been nice, personally.

I did find I had some issues with the book though. For me, the biggest issue was the “Dear Diary” moments. I felt they were unnecessary and broke the flow of the book. It made it choppy for me. I was already hearing Scarlett’s side of the story, but throwing that in was a bit much.

I also had some questions that were left unanswered. Like, what was this huge grey cloud that hung over Scarlett’s head that made everyone in Luck hate her? Aside from the obvious rumor mill, what did Scarlett or her family do to garner the disdain of an entire town?

Scarlett had a lot of potential to be a strong character but when I think of strength, Noelle jumps out at me more. Scarlett was cowed by the rumor’s and instead of rising above them, she just struggled constantly. Sometimes Scarlett was strong though.
I enjoyed her relationship with Gray though. She was a good nanny, I’ll give her that. But Gray’s mother was seriously inside out and backwards. How does the rumor’s of the town affect how Scarlett cares for your child? Like really?!
Mack was awesome at being elusive and avoiding any questions pertaining to his past and present.

Either way, this book had great potential.
It was the end, however, that got me. Hot damn! I need friends like that! Haha.

I just hope that next book, Scarlett’s wish comes true.

Where to Buy:
Amazon CAN | Amazon US

About the Author: 


Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Gina LaManna has also called Italy and Los Angeles home. At the moment she lives nine blocks from the beach and sometimes runs marathons. After studying numbers and equations in college, she realized multiple choice tests were “just not for her” and began writing books instead. She loves cappuccino foam and whipped cream and would subsist solely on sprinkles if possible. She has one imaginary dog.

Gina also writes the Mini Pie the Spy! books, under pen name, Libby LaManna, a children’s series featuring an over-enthusiastic little detective, similar in style to Junie B. Jones.

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