I’ve been playing catch up on reviews this week after my blogiversary celebrations last week. A whole week with no reviews left me really backlogged!
My Facebook Group is slowly growing. If you are one of my readers who loves romance please come and join us!
Thanks to everyone who entered my Blogiversary Giveaway. Congratulations to the three winners:
Anne Danielle Lindsay
This month’s TBR Topple results are in and with a massive 64% of the vote the winner is Magesign by Alan Baxter, I’m super excited about this one, I really enjoyed the first book in this series when I read it many many moons ago and I’ve been caught up with other books and haven’t kept up with this series as I should have. I’ve popped Magesign onto my reading list, it’s a bit choc-full at the moment but I should get to it in the next few weeks so look out for a review early next month.
Fun fact for you Alan and I used to write for an online metal magazine along with Steffanie Holmes whose book I have reviewed this week (see reviews below)…it’s a small world eh?!
The poll will be back on May 1st with new books for you to choose from.
That’s the number of people I know that are worth dying for.
The total number of women I’ve ever loved.
The number of weeks I have left to save her.
ALL FOR 1 (aka ALL FOR ONE) is a romantic suspense story. This book includes cursing, graphic sex scenes, and tough subjects.
There are few authors who would be brave enough to centre a romance around the brutal world of sex trafficking but C.M. Stunich is nothing if not brave, her brutal publishing schedule proves that if nothing else.
1 is a puppet. Trained since he was a boy to execute the will of his masters, men in government who are fighting the men in powerful positions in the sex trafficking game. He is ruthless, strong, and dedicated to his position. He has no name because he doesn’t exist. Except to her, the girl he saved all those years ago. She sees him, the man beneath the number.
Cyrah was being sold into the sex game and 1 saved her, their connection was immediate, scorching, and over in an instant. He walked away back to his life as a puppet. She walked away and started a new life as a warrior, a campaigner. The only person that women who had been sold as sex slaves could look up to. She fought for them, she was the person their families went to when they were taken and she didn’t rest until she had answers, even if they were of the devastating kind.
When Cyrah and 1 cross paths again the results are unexpected, beautiful, devastating. Can Cyrah be the one to make him feel human, like a man? Will he go against all of his training for this beautiful woman?
And will C.M. Stunich end this novella on the cliffhanger to beat all cliffhangers … that one is a yes. Aargh!
Book & Buy Links
Title: All For 1 Series: N/A Author:C.M. Stunich Genre: Romance | Dark Romance | Romantic Suspense Publisher: N/A Publication Date: 19 February 2018 Review Format: eBook Other Formats: N/A Pages: TBA Buy:Books2Read (Universal Link)
First I want to send a huge thanks to the five bloggers who have taken part in my blogiversary celebrations this week. I am super grateful for all the time you put into your posts. Thank you so very much each of you.
As a result of those posts this week in review is slightly different as there are no reviews and I want to ensure these guest posts are seen by everyone.
I also launched a Facebook Group this week as part of my celebrations. It’s called BLB’s Love Shack and it’s to particularly celebrate the romance side of the blog. Please do come over and join for lots of chat and fun…authors if you are interested in doing a takeover in the group be sure to let me know!
Finally today is your last chance to enter my blogiversary giveaway to win one of THREE $10/£10 Amazon Gift Cards so don’t miss out! Head to Rafflecopter to enter.
What I’ve Read
Bought / Freebies
On Monday I was joined by Danielle from Books, Vertigo and Tea who did a Tea and Genre Pairing post which I highly recommend! I love tea and am often found drowning myself in tea while I’m reading!
On Tuesday I was joined by Drew from The Tattoeed Book Geek who gave me a thorough roasting like only Drew can with his Brizzle Guest Pizzle!
One Wednesday I was joined by Kaisha from The Writing Garnet who talked passionately about bullying, a topic we all know I’ve had a good rant about recently as well.
On Thursday I was joined by my very good friend Jay from This Is My Truth Now who wrote one of the kindest posts I’ve ever seen, it really did move me deeply. Jay’s second book has just been released, he’s a wonderful writer so I advise you to head over to the post and check out not only what he wrote but the links to his books as well!
I’ve been struggling with the increase to my Lithium dosage, the side effects are treating me badly, but I am battling through and doing the best I can.
I finished the amendments to version four of book one. These were based on feedback I received from a publisher after I had submitted it, so I am hoping once it’s through editing I will resubmit. If it is rejected again I will go ahead and self-publish. I’ve just started the first round of edits on book two after getting all my beta feedback in which is invaluable, thank you to all the betas who helped me with this. If there are others out there who are writing and would like some moral support I’ve started a facebook group for this purpose so come and join us.
Finally, next week will be a bit different around here. It’s my third anniversary as a book blogger so instead of book reviews and the normal order of service I have invited five of my fellow bloggers to write guest posts and join me for the week to celebrate. I will also be giving away three £10/$10 Amazon Gift Vouchers in a Rafflecopter Giveaway to say thank you to you all for supporting me for the past three years. This isn’t the biggest or best book blog out there but those of you who support me are amazing and loyal and I count you all as friends.
It’s April which means a new set of books to consider for my TBR Topple read. This year each book I offer qualifies for my Mount TBR challenge. So far this year I am failing miserably at this challenge so hopefully, I will do a little better at getting a few more books read from the pile moving forward! As always the poll is at the end of the post for you to cast your vote.
Waiting for Prince Harry by Aven Ellis [Romance] Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house when she meets her future husband when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer. Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and fears not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer.
The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry. But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option.
Or does it?
Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger guy—yes, even more, gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this encounter. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to live in the present?
Losing Me Finding You by C.M. Stunich [Romance] Twenty-one year old Amy Cross’s idea of a hot Saturday night is curling up with her favorite book boyfriend and secretly sneaking a bottle of her mother’s wine. That is, until she meets Austin Sparks, the biker boy with a past that burns like fire and a gaze she can’t look away from. Without knowing what she’s doing or why she’s doing it, Amy ends up on the road with Austin traveling from one city to another while learning things she’s only ever read about in romance novels.
At first it seems like Austin is Amy’s fantasy come true, but as their journey progresses, she starts to sense that Austin is running away from something. Amy knows that she’ll do whatever it takes to help him find himself. What she doesn’t expect is that she’ll lose herself in the process and how good it will feel to be free.
A Stroke of Midnight by Laurell K Hamilton [Paranormal Romance/Reverse Harem] I am Meredith Gentry, P.I., solving cases in Los Angeles, far from the peril and deception of my real home–because I am also Princess Meredith, heir to the darkest throne faerie has to offer. The Unseelie Court infuses me with its power. But at what price does such magic come? How much of my human side will I have to give up, and how much of the sinister side of faerie will I have to embrace? To sit on a throne that has ruled through bloodshed and violence for centuries, I might have to become that which I dread the most.
Enemies watch my every move. My cousin Cel strives to have me killed even now from his prison cell. But not all the assassination attempts are his. Some Unseelie nobles have waited centuries for my aunt Andais, Queen of Air and Darkness, to become weak enough that she might be toppled from her throne. Enemies unforeseen move against us–enemies who would murder the least among us.
The threat will drive us to allow human police into faerie for the first time in our history. I need my allies now more than ever, especially since fate will lead me into the arm of Mistral, Master of Storms, the queen’s new captain of her guard. Our passion will reawaken powers long forgotten among the warriors of the sidhe. Pain and pleasure await me–and danger, as well, for some at that court seek only death.
I will find new joys with the butterfly-winged demi-fey. My guards and I will show all of faerie that violence and sex are as popular among the sidhe as they are among the lesser fey of our court. The Darkness will weep, and Frost will comfort him. The gentlest of my guards will find new strength and break my heart. Passions undreamed of await us–and my enemies gather, for the future of both courts of faerie begins to unravel.
Embrace the Night by Karen Chance [Paranormal Romance] Recently named the world’s chief clairvoyant, Cassandra Palmer still has a thorn in her side. As long as Cassie and a certain master vampire – the sizzling-hot Mircea – are magically bound to each other, her life will never be her own …
The spell that binds them can only be broken with an incantation found in the Codex Merlini, an ancient grimoire. The Codex’s location has been lost in the present day, so Cassie will have to seek it out in the only place it can still be found – the past.
But Cassie soon realizes the Codex has been lost for a reason. The book is rumored to contain dangerous spells, and retrieving it may help Cassie to deal with Mircea, but it could also endanger the world…
Magesign by Alan Baxter [Fantasy] Three years have passed since Isiah’s run-in with Samuel Harrigan and the Devil. He has some time on his hands- a perfect opportunity to track down the Sorcerer, Harrigan’s mentor. It should have been a simple enough task, but the Sorcerer has more followers than Isiah ever imagined, and a plan bigger than anyone could have dreamed. With the help of some powerful new friends, Isiah must track down the Sorcerer and his cult of blood before they change the world forever. In this long-awaited sequel to the highly acclaimed RealmShift, Baxter once again maintains a breathless pace and blistering intensity, with gods, demons, and humans in the grip of magical conflict. This is dark urban fantasy at its best.
I don’t have words for this week. It has been bad on so many levels. But I am continuing to keep pushing through.
I’ve set up a new feature and will be starting it in April. I’m trying to add more interesting content to the blog and take the pressure off of my reading as well. It will be called Unsung Heroes and will focus on people who work in the more background roles in the publishing world. I have a page set up which explains a bit more and has a sign up form for anybody who is interested.