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Jul 29, 2014

Rain by Amanda Sun

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Title: Rain
Author: Amanda Sun

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis:



When she first moved to Japan, American Katie Green had no idea she would get caught in a battle between the Japanese mafia and the supernatural forces that have governed Japan for most of its history. Despite the danger, Katie is determined to stay put. She's started to build a life in the city of Shizuoka, and she can't imagine leaving behind her friends, her aunt and especially Tomohiro, the guy she's fallen in love with. 

But the decision to stay is not as simple as she thought. She's flunking out of Japanese school and committing cultural faux pas wherever she goes. Tomohiro is also struggling—as a Kami, his connection to the ancient gods of Japan and his power to bring drawings to life have begun to spiral out of control. 

When Tomo decides to stop drawing, the ink finds other ways to seep into his life—blackouts, threatening messages and the appearance of unexplained sketches. Unsure how to help Tomo, Katie turns to an unexpected source for help—Jun, her former friend and a Kami with an agenda of his own. But is Jun really the ally he claims to be? In order to save themselves, Katie and Tomohiro must unravel the truth about Tomo's dark ancestry, as well as Katie's, and confront one of the darkest gods in Japanese legend.


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My Thoughts

Danger and romance combine to make a thrilling sequel. 

Just like the first book we are given a lot of detail about modern Japan, which is one of my favorite parts of this series. We really get a good look at the different cultures and how Katie learns to interact with her surroundings. In this one we get to see a festival and even my favorite activity catching fish! I like how this author can add all of this detail in without making the pacing to slow or seeming forced. In fact this book starts out with a bit of a bang. 

Katie was doing great in the first book learning how to better fit in, however with new threats and rivals its becoming a lot harder. In this book we get to see a bit more of a vulnerable side to Katie as she makes mistake after mistake. It was understandable though considering everything on her plate. It also made the differences between her and Tomo really come to light.

 Aside from the threats against them their relationship is still heating up. There are definitely some differences in dating with an American girl and Japanese boy. The author brings some of these issues up in a way that not only helps to move their relationship along, but add to the overall story line. 

Tomo is doing his best to combat the Ink's power, but it seems like the harder he tries to resist, the worse it gets. He really is a great hero with a lot of heart, but also a lot of issues. I liked getting to see more of his background in this book and why he is the way he is. 

This book is action packed and as the danger escalates its hard to tell just who is friend and foe. 

I highly recommend this amazing sequel to the Ink series. If you are a fan of paranormal romance and/or Japanese culture this is one story you won't want to miss!



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Jul 22, 2014

Her Bear Protector (BBW Shifter Romance) by Bonnie Burrows

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Her Bear Protector (BBW Shifter Romance)Title: Her Bear Protector
Author: Bonnie Burrows
Source: Bought
Rated: 4 Stars




Curvy Kyla takes herself out to her cabin in order to focus on her artwork and have some all important “me-time”. Little does she know, there is huge danger in the deep woods that surround her cabin and an unarmed female such as Kyla is fair game for the criminals and wild beasts that lie within the territory. 

Enter the mysterious and incredibly attractive Aaron. A huge musclebound man with the ability to transform into an even bigger dark bear. He tells her the only way she will survive out here is if he can take care of her and protect her. 

That is, to take care of her in more ways then just one... 

Disclaimer: Contains scenes of a sexual nature, 18+ 

Note: This BBW Paranormal romance features a plus-size theme and so only read this if you enjoy these themes.

My Thoughts


Short and sweet beginnings


This was a quick and romantic read that I couldn't put down. I also really liked the new twist on how the Werebears were created. It was definitely a unique new beginning compared to other shifter stories.

The romance which was the biggest and best part of the story was so sweet I adored the little banter they had going on. You could really see the chemistry between these two. It was also really nice to see that it wasn't insta love (insta lust maybe). They really took the time to get to know one another and the rest of the family.

Kyla was a warm hearted artist who was just seeking some peace and quiet. I thought she was a really sweet character and the perfect match for Aaron. She knew how to handle herself in a fight and wasn't afraid to stand up for or to her bear shifter.

Aaron was a sweetie that could easily melt anyone's heart. He had a playful nature about him and love to make his girl smile. He was however all alpha and as such loved to play rough.

This is a must read for any shifter fans out there! I cannot wait to finish this trilogy.

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Jul 14, 2014

Neverland by Anna Katmore

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Neverland (Adventures in Neverland #1)Title: Neverland
Author: Anna Katmore
Publisher:
Source: Bought
Rating: 5 Stars


Synopsis:

Why is there a boy who doesn’t want to grow up?
How can an apple start the sweetest romance in fairytale history?
And what does a ruthless pirate have to do with it all?


Angelina McFarland loves reading fairytales. But she never dreamed of falling right into one herself. That’s exactly what happens when she slips on her balcony and a flying Peter Pan catches her mid-fall.

Ending up in Neverland where no one seems to age and laws of nature are out of control, Angel has no idea how to get home. Worse, the ruthless Captain Hook captures her and keeps her trapped on his ship, the Jolly Roger, where she gets caught between the lines of a timeless battle. But the more time Angel spends with the captain, the more she sees beneath his ruthless façade.

As Angel desperately tries to find a way to return to her real life, she discovers a train ticket to London in her pocket. It won’t be any help in getting off the island, but as her memory fades away the longer she stays, this is all she has left to remind her of her former life and why she can’t give up trying.

Or is staying in Neverland forever the better choice after all?


Grab a happy thought and follow Angel on an adventure that will keep you breathless and smiling long after you read the last page…


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My Thoughts

How to fall in love with Captain Hook, read Neverland!

Anna Katmore spins a fantastic new tale from an old favorite Neverland! While much of the setting was familiar the author was able to explore it in much more depth and really brought the characters to life. I was also really happy that there was a lot more going on than just the romance as well. There are some interesting things going on in this Neverland that really explain a lot, especially about Peter and Hook. I definitely will never look at these two the same way again. 

As secondary characters go my absolute favorite was Tameka who is the pixie who hangs out with Peter. She is so sweet and endearing, but also pretty strong when she needed to be. I hope to see her again in the sequel.

Now my favorite character was definitely Hook (Jamie). He was ruthless and everything a Pirate should be to better put it in his own words:

"And the ugliest, meanest and scariest of them, I was told."

Well scratch the ugly part for sure! However, looks are decieving in this book and when it came to Angel he could be one of the sweetest men out there. Don't let that fool you he is still a pirate and well they love to steal, especially hearts.

The romance was well paced and a bit rocky at first. Even when they were steaming mad at each other you could still see the love brewing. With the help of a couple of lovely and colorful fairies they might have a chance at love, but will Angel still choose to leave forever?

Angelina or Angel for short is one spunky and spirited young girl. Definitely a match for the notorious Captain Hook, but she still was in for the fight of her life. She was caring and loyal even when things were bleak, which I loved about her. I also loved her interactions with Hook. There was never a dull moment between these two and I could not get enough of them! 

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever wanted to run away to Neverland and maybe a little romance!




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Jun 26, 2014

Lost in Starlight by Sherry Soule

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Title: Lost in Starlight
Author: Sherry Soule
Rating: 5 Stars

Genre: Upper YA / Paranormal Romance with Sci-Fi concept
Release date: June 26, 2014
Author Official Blog: http://sherrysoule.blogspot.com
Thanks so much! Hope you are having a wonderful day and reading a great book. ;-D
P.S. The next book, TRACING THE STARS (volume 2) will be out within 6 to 7 months. Would you like me to contact you when the eARCs are ready?
P.S.S. I realize that we all have different tastes in literature. Use the “100-page rule,” which simply means, if you’re not enjoying the book by page 100 then just quit reading it. So if you decide not to review the book at all, that’s fine with me.

Synopsis:

High school is tough. Romance with a sexy alien--even tougher.

Star reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.

Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he's an alien hybrid.

They're as different as night and day--she's a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he's a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac--yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden's insistence that dating each other is "off limits" and dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova

Now Sloane's dealing with creepy government agents, über snobby extraterrestrials, and a psycho alien ex-girlfriend out for revenge. After a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating, Sloane must decide if their star-crossed romance is worth risking her own life....

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My Thoughts
Out of this world romance!

The author really knows how to keep up the tension and suspense with this action packed romance. I loved the bit of sleuthing and slow build up of the mystery. There is a lot to learn about these characters and we are given just enough to wet our appetite without giving away too much all at once.

Sloane is now one of my favorite heroines. She his spunky, smart, and can take a hit and give it back twofold. I love tough heroines and she had the brains and beauty to go along with it. I also liked that she didn't take anything for granted and really dug into the mystery that was unfolding before her. She also didn't let anybody push her around nobody.

Hayden was a total hunk and even more he was a brainiac. Two of the best combinations smart and hot. He could be bit moody, but considering his situation it was understandable. I liked that he tried to do what was right even if it didn't always turn out exactly right. 

The Romance was nicely paced and I always did like the enemies to lovers thing. These two definitely got on each others nerves, but the spark was also there.

So if you are looking for a tough heroine and a well done alien romance check out "Lost in Starlight". I highly recommend this action packed adventure!

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Jun 14, 2014

Could author be the next Stephen King

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Could author be the next Stephen King?

 Port St. Lucie writer Keith Rommel’s horror novel is being made into a motion picture! 
BY AMY WOODS
Special to Florida Weekly


The next Stephen King could surface in sunny South Florida.

With troubling titles such as “The Lurking Man,” “The Sinful Man” and “The Cursed Man” now in production as a motion-picture thriller author Keith Rommel has taken on the tendencies of horror’s highness.

Wrote a reviewer at United Kingdom based BookLore of “The Cursed Man”: “This is a very well-written book, with a little bit of Stephen Kinglike horror. It will keep the reader interested, and it is a gem of a story.”

“I’m a fan of Stephen King, and to even be compared to somebody like that is very humbling,” Mr. Rommel said. “You’re your own worst critic, so I don’t necessarily agree with it, but I’ll take the compliment.”

While the 43-year-old Port St. Lucie resident has read a lot of King’s bestsellers, other authors have influenced the writing style of the hobbyist-turned hopeful.

ROMMEL “Iris Johansen, she’s a good writer,” Mr. Rommel said. “I really liked ‘The Search.’”

He also admits the “Left Behind” apocalyptic-fiction series has made as much of an impression on him as his collection of comic books.
 
“I am a comic book nerd nerd, nerd, nerd, through and through,” Mr. Rommel said.

He started buying comic books in elementary school after a teacher told him he had a reading-comprehension problem and prescribed “pictures with words.”

“I couldn’t put the pieces together when you asked me what happened in the story, and my teacher said to start reading books that had pictures in them,” Mr. Rommel said. “And here I am at the age of 43, and I still buy comic books, much to my wife’s dismay.”



By day, the father of two works at Rocky’s Ace Hardware in Tequesta. By night, he pens passages filled with crime, suspense and psychological fiction.

“I grew up working in retail and started to write as a hobby,” Mr. Rommel said. “It has been a fine balance being able to maintain the demands of running a store, raising a family and writing. The majority of my writing is done at night when the house goes quiet.

Q: Can you describe “The Cursed Man”?

A: “The Cursed Man” is based off of a family friend’s young-adult life. His mother is living inside his head, and he’s just trying to escape her. The whole book, you’re trying to figure out whether this guy is nuts or not. It’s about abuse.

Maritza Brikisak plays Death in “The Cursed Man.” COURTESY PHOTOS

Q: How did you land a motion-picture deal?

A: I realized I had no PR, so I looked for reviewers to review the book. I mailed out 15 books and got nine reviews one who compared my writing to Stephen King. Who knew when I licked that stamp and put it on the envelope and sent it to the United Kingdom that this would ever get the attention of a producer?

Q: When is the movie coming out?

A: Production started in February, and it’s supposed to wrap at the end of September. Intergalaxy Entertainment and James Perry are producing the movie in Pasadena, Calif.
 Q: You say your movie has something in common with Star Wars. What is it? Jim Tavaré as Terry in
“The Cursed Man.”




A: The moco [motion-control] crane that was used to film the Death Star!
 
Q: How did your father serve as an inspiration for your work?

A: My father was a big advocate of my writing and often encouraged me to try and get published. When he passed away from cancer, I was compelled to pursue publication and found a home for “The Cursed Man” at Sunbury Press. The first thing you see slapped in your face is my dedication to my father.

Q: Where can readers buy your novels?

A: They can be purchased through any major bookseller, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Q: What is your goal as a writer?


A: My ultimate goal is to share my work with people in hopes of removing them out of their everyday stress and immerse them into a world of intrigue. If I was able to do my hobby as a living, I would love to be able to write books full-time.

Q: Are you going to be rich and famous someday?


A: I can tell you right now if “The Cursed Man” is successful, “The Lurking Man” is going to be a movie. They have the book already. 
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