Attention Authors or anyone wanting a review: I am currently NOT taking on any more reviews at this time. Sorry for the inconvenience, but I'm overwhelmed at the moment.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Conceiving Evil by Jenna Fox

Conceiving Evil
Jenna Fox
Genre: Dark erotica/horror/suspense
contains a light BDSM theme
Publisher: Dark Hollows Press
Date of Publication: Release date October 16, 2014
Word Count: 10,577
Cover Artist: Eden Connors

Book Description:

Like everyone else after the economic crash, Abby Torrance was struggling financially. But then Dorian Lincoln, a political and business icon, sweeps her off her feet and into a life of promise. He’s a man who has enough power to change the world for the better, a man who can give hope to the masses, a man who can give Abby a baby.

But the road to Hell is paved with good intentions and Abby is having strange dreams that seem both a warning and a prophecy.

How can she give the evil undertones of her dreams any notice when she’s busy focusing on conceiving?

Dammit to hell. I can’t even enjoy a movie.
The nighttime air bit at my skin as thoughts of him chomped at my brain. He’d polluted me like a poison that spread throughout my mind and body, seizing every thought, leaving no rest. I loved horror movies and yet I couldn’t recall a single scene. Jimmie kept glancing at me, concern etching his face all the way through the ninety-minute show.
Soon Jimmie and I walked out of the theater, my hand resting in the crook of his elbow. Bitterness raged inside, heating my face against the breeze when I saw the limo roll toward us. He found me like he always said he would, but three fucking hours late.
I knew I wasn’t Dorian’s top priority, and I’d made some progress at keeping my jealousy under control, but no woman wanted to be shoved to the side every time it was convenient for a man. I tightened my grip on Jimmie’s sleeve and pulled him along just as the driver stepped into our path. I gave the chauffeur a shotgun-glare as he motioned me to the car. “Miss Torrance, Mr. Lincoln is waiting.”
My heart skipped ten beats, I couldn’t tear my eyes away when the dark window lowered and Dorian tousled his ebony hair with his fingers. He wasn’t in his usual attire, a business suit. Tonight he presented himself in casual wear. His sharp, handsome features were expressionless.
I closed my eyes, digging deep for the strength to tell him to get lost for standing me up, but I knew the words would never make it past my lips. I was a fool to entertain the thought. One look from those black eyes sifted me like wheat. Dorian practically owned me. That man was my tempter and my savior wrapped into one.
I met him at the lowest point of my life, after my mother died of cancer. The three jobs I was working to keep my head above water and pay off her medical bills were about to do me in physically. While I was waiting tables at the country club, Dorian swooped in from out of nowhere and rescued me like an injured bird. His amazing sixth sense alerted him that life was too much for me, and he offered me a strong shoulder to cry on. The floodgates opened and I unloaded my personal problems. Dorian Lincoln promised those problems would disappear with a simple acceptance of his proposition: give him power over my body, something Bianca wouldn’t allow.
Lifting my palm to Jimmie’s cheek, I smiled. “Thanks for the movie. I’ll call you next week.”
“He’s a prick. You deserve better, Abby!” Jimmie yelled, as I eased myself inside the limo.
Dorian opened a small refrigerator under the seat, his hands cupping the base of a champagne glass. “You’ve wasted no time finding another way of entertaining yourself this evening.”
“You wasted no time in standing me up,” I scoffed.
When I left his office that afternoon, Dorian said he wanted me for some ‘quality time.’ Eight-thirty rolled around before I realized he was a no-show. The food got cold and eventually the long stemmed candles I lit for dinner burned out, along with my patience.
“Meetings...clients,” he said.
Top secret meetings and clients were always the excuse. The coldness in his voice was a sword to my heart, a reminder of my temporary ranking in his life. I held on tight to his promise of our relationship becoming more when the time was right.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

{Book Review} My Paranormal Journal: Volume Three by R. Moses

My Paranormal Journal: Volume Three
by R. Moses
Publisher: Self
Released: September 20th 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Paranormal
How I got it:Was gifted a copy by the author upon request

My Paranormal Journal: Volume Three is the conclusion of our journal writer’s tales. As she tries to destroy her ties with the house on the hill and the dark entity lurking within, she also finds herself desperately in love with the one she believes to be her life partner, her soulmate, if you will. But as the shadows in her life lengthen and darkness approaches, she wonders if the beacon of new love will chase the shadows away. And if the darkness does leave, how long before it tries to come back into her life?

My Paranormal Journal: Volume Three is the final installment in a three part journal. This installment also contains a short guide to the journal writer’s favorite North Carolina haunted attractions, including Latta Plantation in Huntersville NC and Fort Fisher in Kure Beach NC. This installment is roughly 15,000 words which is the length of a long short story/novelette.

Review:  All righty this is the final installment of the My Paranormal Journal series, it says so in the blurb. If you haven't read the first two I highly recommend doing so before trying to read this book. These are not stand alones, they are three parts of the same journal.
Volume three is broken down best in my opinion as part 1 and part 2. Part 1 is basically the finalization of our narrators journey with "the house on the hill". She's relating the closing of this chapter in her life and explaining how shes opening a new one with "the love of her life". Part 2 takes place several years later she is married, has a little girl and thought she had put all this paranormal stuff behind her. Little does she realize that they have moved into a haunted house.
I really liked how Ms Moses closed the story of "the house on the hill" yet didn't leave the reader hanging. She actually gave us closure, at least as much as she could. I also liked how she updated her own experiences and kept with the format of the books, giving us a entry then a little research tidbit. Unlike some ghost stories that just say 'we ran away and never went back, the end' Ms Moses touched base with what happened with her friends and the house as well as herself given us a sense of closure. I appreciated that a lot. Over all I really enjoyed reading this series and was a little sad to see it end.

Monday, October 20, 2014

{Book Review} My Paranormal Journal: Volume Two by R. Moses

My Paranormal Journal: Volume Two
by R. Moses
Publisher: Self
Released: September 11th 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Paranormal
How I got it:Was gifted a copy by the author upon request

My Paranormal Journal: Volume Two continues the quest for answers to the unknown, mostly centered around the demon infested house on the hill. As our journal writer slogs through life trying to convince herself that the paranormal events she has recently witnessed have benign explanations that have nothing to do with the undead or unexplained, she becomes less and less of a skeptic. She speaks with close friends and co-workers, all who have a bizarre story of the paranormal to share. She writes the stories down in her notebook, one weird eyewitness account at a time, hoping that the collection of odd tales will help her form an idea of the world, seen and unseen, that we live in today.

My Paranormal Journal: Volume Two is the second part in a three part serialized journal. This second installment is roughly 15,000 words which is the length of a long short story/novelette.

Review: Ok so this series is one journal broken into three parts, you really need to read Volume 1 to get the full story. Again this segment is written the same as the first, of course. We find our narrator digging herself deeper and deeper into the paranormal. She has become obsessed with "the house on the hill". Her interest in the paranormal has grown and bled into her everyday things. Things start to become hairy at work as her co-workers start monkeying around with a spirit board.
Again I found myself pulled into this strange tale of supernatural goings on. Ms Moses is a wonderful story teller and writer. I was sucked into her story, and found myself on the edge of my chair more than once wondering what was going to happen on a ghost hunt into this possibly demonic house. A very spine tingling tale and I can't wait to see how it ends.


Friday, October 17, 2014

{Book Review} My Paranormal Journal: Volume One by R. Moses

My Paranormal Journal: Volume One
 by R. Moses
Released: September 1st 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Paranormal
How I got it: Free download on Amazon

My Paranormal Journal: Volume One is a woman’s unique experiences with the weird and unexplained over the course of her life. For over twenty years she has experienced the bizarre and searches for answers at every turn. Travel with her as she becomes obsessed with a house that her friends claim is haunted by a demon, lurking in the shadows and feeding off the terror of all those who dare to cross into its domain.
From the nightly visitors to unseen touches and feelings of an unspeakable evil, our journal writer sinks further into trying to peer beyond the veil that separates our world and the unseen one as she is consumed by the house on the hill. Her research into the unexplained and ghost hunting start to take over her already busy life as she searches for answers in the metro Charlotte, North Carolina area.
So join her in her constant pursuit of the truth…if you dare.

My Paranormal Journal: Volume One is the first in a three part serialized journal. This first installment is roughly 15,000 words and is the length of a long short story/novelette.

Review: This is a rather interesting take on writing a book period. It's written just like a journal, possibly even is the authors actual journal for all I know. The narrator is a bit quirky and a little all over the place at first, but then starts to focus more and more on the paranormal.  The journal chronicles a women's life as she struggles to balance college, work and her ever growing fascination for the paranormal. I like how it is told in a way that introduces the paranormal slowly. The narrator has experiences and tries to figure out what they are and if possible how to debunk them while offering the reader tidbits of her research.

I was a little bummed at the cliff hanger ending of the book, yet I'm sure it picks back up in Volume 2. Over all a well written, fun account of one woman's struggle with the paranormal.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop: October 15th- 31st

 Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
October 15th- 31st

My Prizes are...

A hard cover copy of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
Also your choice of a tote bag and piece of jewelry from Mabel & Nanny's Designs samples below...

Please note you only have to do one of the following to be entered.


Monday, October 13, 2014

{Book Review} Tomes of Terror: Haunted Bookstores and Libraries by Mark Leslie

Tomes of Terror: Haunted Bookstores and Libraries
by Mark Leslie
Publisher: Dundurn Group
Released: September 27th 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Paranormal
How I got it: NetGalley

Throughout history, books have inspired, informed, entertained, and enriched us. They have also kept us up through the night, thrilled us, and lured into their endless depths. Tomes of Terror is a celebration and an eerie look at the siren call of literature and the unexplained and fascinating stories associated with bookish locations around the world.

Mark Leslie's latest paranormal page-turner is a compendium of true stories of the supernatural in literary locales, complete with hair-raising first-person accounts. You may even recognize a spectre of your local library lurking in these true stories and photographs. If you have ever felt an indescribable presence hanging about a quiet bookshop, then you’ll enjoy these fascinating and haunting tales.

Review: I found this book interesting, since should I become a ghost I think haunting a library would be my MO. Reading the history of the locations, and why the ghost maybe still lurking around was fascinating. While not all that scary or spine tingling, seriously how scary is a ghost that re-shelves books, I still enjoyed the stories and little notes from the author. The book is filled with stories that are short and right to the point, making for a quick read. I felt the book was well written and researched. I would have liked more pictures, but the ones included were nice. If you are interested in literature and haunted places this is a book to check out.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

{Book Review} Tortured Souls (The Orion Circle #1) by Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Tortured Souls (The Orion Circle #1)
by Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Publisher: Sea Dragon Press
Released: July 28th 2014
Genre: Fiction- YA: Paranormal romance
How I got it: Received a copy from author via YA Bound Book Tours

Sometimes Rest in Peace isn't an option...

Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it's ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.

When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie's longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.

But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he's never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.

Kacie can't ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.

Review: Kacie can see ghosts, to her this power is nothing but trouble. It's cause her mother to abandon her and sever ties. She has to hide it from her friend of be labeled a freak, basically she wants nothing to do with it. So whats a girl to do when her crush, can also see ghosts? Logan knows what Kacie is going through and is willing to help, bring her into his world.
I really liked the idea of the Orion Circle, a group of teens and adults studying the paranormal and helping those with powers like Kacie. As Kacie embraces her gifts, she starts having dreams of kids who have been murdered.  Which leads them to Foxblood manor, and the terrors it holds.
I liked Kacie, while reluctant she takes to her powers well, once she realizes she not as strange as she thinks. I also liked Logan, how he was protective of  Kacie and willing to help her even though she was a bit standoffish at first. I enjoyed the chemistry between Kacie and Logan, as well as how their relationship budded. I liked the supernatural aspects of the book, and was swept up in the plot.
There were a few things in the book that made me go um, not cool. Like the cowboy spirit that was in Kacie's house, before she had it blessed. The plot was fast paced and interesting. I enjoyed the clues and how everything came together. Over all a fun and enjoyable read.