Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pure Death by Liah Penn Spotlight


A murdered society debutante, her body sprinkled
with 89 Costa Rican butterflies. A headless, gutted corpse washed up on shore

with a beautiful, dead teenager. The case is anything but straightforward, and
in an uncertain future, where resources are limited and the genetically
defective are banished to a ghetto territory for Impures, Chief Detective Ina
Stone and her partner, rookie detective Sam Fujimoto, must cross into Pure
Territory to find a killer. An Impure herself, Ina must overcome her defect.
And when her life is threatened, she must learn to rely on Sam, whose interest
in her seems more than just professional.

Yet the Pures may have created a world in which even they don’t want to live
anymore. Resources have become too scarce to hide, and a black market for
medicine comes to light. When a third murder is discovered, Ina and Sam know
there’s a connection. With too many suspects and not enough time, they must
find that connection before the killer strikes again.

I had been born Pure, just after the War, a perfect baby, with blonde hair, blue
eyes, and parents who tested in the top one percent of the intelligence
quotient. But I wasn’t perfect. When I was pulled from my mother’s womb my left
hand was withered, damaged, and bent. Now, as I walked home, I pulled the
defective hand out of my pocket and left it out. Just in case. IP Territory was
a dangerous place to live.

The rain had stopped by the time I left the bar, so as I navigated the oily
streets, my ears were alert for signs of trouble. It was nearly two o’clock in
the morning. The mist hung in sheets and my hair was beaded with pearls of
moisture like spider’s eggs on a black widow’s web. I could feel the damp and
cold seeping into my bones. I recalled the glistening of body fluids under the
decomposed body, oozing from the flesh as it fell like parchment from the
sinewy muscle and bones.

I stopped in my tracks and thought. Was the ground under the body dry? No, it was
wet. But not just from the body fluids. No blood. We saw that. But the dirt,
not dry. Moist. Black, silty Mississippi river mud. Had the body been placed
after it had started raining? Or had it washed up on shore? Was that what
Melker meant when he said the person hadn’t died there? I felt the evidence bag
in my pocket. I’d have to log it in on Monday.

I walked on, the street lamps casting an amber hue, burnishing the decaying
buildings with its light. Oil on the streets weeped into puddles creating
rainbows in the grime. The shiny pen-like object on the chain. Why wasn’t it
dirty and oily? Or had it been washed clean by the rain before the body had
been placed at the dump site? Was it even related?


Liah Penn is an author and attorney who resides
outside of New Orleans, Louisiana with her husband and two sons.  A former prosecutor, she has worked on an
Indian reservation, on the Mexican border and as a small town lawyer.  She is hard at work on the second book in the
Ina Stone and Sam Fujimoto mystery, “Pure Justice”.
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Tour- THE OUTERLANDS by Jared R. Lopatin

We all loved Alice in Wonderland.

In THE OUTERLANDS, a YA novel by Jared R. Lopatin, Wonderland gets a twist.

It's intense and utterly whimsical!

Release Date: March 31, 2015

Alex didn’t want to die, but he just couldn’t take it anymore. Dwight’s pills seemed to promise escape… and escape is exactly what he gets. He ends up in a world reminiscent of his childhood Wonderland, but nothing is as it was in Alice’s day. The Outerlands are a twisted version of his favorite story, with strange characters and unnatural dangers. Before he can get used to his new home, it’s threatened by an outside force. Will Alex ever find a place where he feels safe?

Get the book on Amazon and don’t forget to add the book to your TBR pile on Goodreads!

About Jared R. Lopatin:
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jared fell in love with stories at a very young age. This love led him to major in English and Theatre, a decision that brought him many adventures, such as performing in Footloose, Cats, and West Side Story.

His first full novel, Rising Sign, was started backstage during a production of South Pacific in Indiana. Five years later, his debut novel was complete and he headed back to school for his Masters in Special Education. By the time he graduated, he had written the following two books in the trilogy, Ruling House and Returning Planet. He used his school experiences as a base for his standalone novel, Let's Play It By Ear. His newest novels, The Outerlands and The Good Witch are slated for release in 2015.

Jared currently lives in New York City with his cats, Benedick and Beatrice. He works during the day as a high school English teacher and theatre director at a Deaf school.

Connect with Jared on his Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

THE OUTERLANDS by Jared R. Lopatin

Excerpt #4

Alex was fifteen, bookish, and slight of build. He stood on the shorter side of boys his own age, yet he carried himself as though he were much taller. He had a small group of friends at school with whom he shared many classes. Yet, the one class where he felt deserted was Physical Education. For some unknown reason, the Powers That Be that made Alex’s schedule placed him in Physical Education during a time that conflicted with that of his friends. Instead, he was forced to participate in any number of sports with Jay and his league of troublesome companions. (None of these bear mentioning by name; they all form from one stock type. In fact, it has been suggested that cloning was involved.)
For years, Jay and his friends had made Alex’s life as miserable as they could. They tripped him whenever possible. They stole his possessions; on rare occasion, they returned them, completely destroyed. They never referred to him by name, choosing instead derogatory terms or using his middle name. Alex had tried to tell the authorities, but even on those scarce instances where punishment was issued, Alex was blamed as well and after the first few times, he gave up. He kept everything inside where no one knew he was hurting.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Alchemist by Arianna Archer Spotlight

Name of Book: The Alchemist
Author: Arianna Archer
Genre: Romance--Paranormal, Time Travel, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Etopia Press

Is it alchemy that transforms fear into love?
Italy, 1565—Niccolo is a philosopher, a nobleman, and an honorable man. He’s also an alchemist—considered a heretic and an enemy of the church. When his beloved fiancée dies of a mysterious ailment on the eve of their wedding day, Niccolo loses all direction. Maddened by grief, he attempts a desperate, unthinkable act, one from which there is no turning back: transformation of the dead into the living…
Italy, 2015—While excavating a Renaissance-era burial site, Julia discovers a beautiful but mysterious carving. Wreathed in classic period symbols—a cross, a family crest, an open book—the piece contains another symbol she can’t quite place—an alembic—a type of distillation apparatus used in alchemy. Then she finds something else—a burial plaque commemorating the deaths of two people, a man and a woman. Curious, Julia continues to excavate the site, but before she can complete her work, something gives way beneath her and she falls…or is pulled…through the darkness and emptiness of time…
But when Julia turns up in the body of Niccolo’s fiancée, confusion battles with danger. Inextricably drawn to one another, Julia and Niccolo find solace in each other’s arms. But to love again, they’ll have to defy the deadly prejudice of others and the terrifying power of the Spanish Inquisition. Between love, loss, and murderous betrayal, can the alchemy of love create enough magic to save them?


Niccolo’s heart raced, pounding the walls of his chest. He willed it to calm. He needed to clear the raging blood from his head so he could think. In a soft leather pouch hanging from a thong around his neck and buried beneath his cloth, a small sapphire vial was concealed. Niccolo withdrew it now, never taking his eyes from his lover’s face.
Her perfect cheekbones, the nobility of her nose, and the fine twin arches of her brows combined with the chilly pallor of her skin and stillness of form to suggest she was not a creature of flesh, deserted by spirit, but a goddess sculpted in marble, serene in her eternal sleep.
His fingers trembled as he unstopped the bottle. He parted her lips and held the jewel to her mouth.
“God forgive me,” he whispered and tilted the bottle. The elixir had the color and luster of liquid gold with the capricious consistency of quicksilver. It ran out over her tongue and disappeared into her throat, leaving no trace except for one fine golden bead clinging like a gilded dewdrop to her lower lip. The vial was empty, the hollow sapphire glittered in the candlelight. Niccolo scrutinized the delicate fringe of Carolina’s sable lashes against her pale cheeks. He was close enough to feel her breath, had she any.
“Come back to me, my angel,” he murmured and placed his lips upon hers.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Demon's Vengeance by Jocelynn Drake

Title: Demon’s Vengeance: The Complete Final Asylum Tales
Author: Jocelynn Drake
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Format: Kindle
The complete novel that comprises Demon’s FuryDemon’s Vow and Inner Demon.
Powerful warlock and tattoo artist Gage has managed to escape the magical Ivory Towers who terrorize the rest of humans and monsters—but at a price. Now he must join forces with his nemesis, Gideon, to stop an entity that is using forbidden Death Magic to commit gruesome murders across the nation. And if that’s not keeping him busy enough, an investigator recruits Gage to help her track a killer … who might be targeting tattoo artists.
When Gage discovers a demon locked away, it offers him access to dark magic in exchange for its freedom—a dangerous opportunity, but one that could save his loved ones. Gage must choose between what is right and what is easy.

Jump back into the whirl wind life of our favorite tragically flawed character Gage. In the combined edition of the last three books of the Asylum Tales. Gage goes on an investigation to find a murderer, travels back to the Ivory Towers than having to make the biggest decision of his life. 
This urban fantasy series is full of interesting characters and plot twists. Serah peeked my interest the most as she surprised me a little.  If your looking for a series that combines more than one supernatural creature and their dealings with each other read this series.
The book is a fast read, all three stories are very fast paced and bring in new elements in each.  A great installment to the series, brings in more possible story lines  for the characters and great world building.

**I received this book for free from Harper Voyager Impulse via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!**

  • Demon’s Vengeance is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Love comes in many varied forms. There is the love of family, love of country, and love of chocolate. But for Jocelynn Drake, one truly treasured love is the love of a good story. This Midwestern native spends the majority of her time lost in the strong embrace of a good book. When she’s not hammering away at her keyboard, frowning at her monitor, or curled up with a book, she can usually be found cuddling with her cat Demona, walking her dog Max, or flinging curses at the TV while playing a video game. Outside of books, cats, and video games, she is completely enamored of Bruce Wayne, Ezio Auditore, travel, tattoos, explosions, fast cars, and Anthony Bourdain (but only when he’s feeling really cranky).
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April 14
Book reviewed at Sara’s Organized Chaos
April 15
Book reviewed at Cubicle Blindness
April 16
Book reviewed at I Smell Sheep
Guest blogging at Urban Fantasy Investigations
April 17
Book reviewed at Romance for Every World
April 20
Book reviewed at Reader Girls
April 21
Author interviewed at Guest blogging at Theresa M. Cole
April 22
Book reviewed and Guest blogging at Urban Girl Readers
April 23
Book featured at Booklover Sue
April 24
Book featured at Chosen By You Book Club
April 27
Book reviewed at Cheryl’s Book Nook
April 28
Book featured at Saphyria’s Book Reviews
April 29
Book reviewed at Escape by Fiction
April 30
Book reviewed at Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
May 1
Book reviewed at Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm
May 4
Guest blogging at Romancing the Darkside
May 5
Book reviewed at Booked on a Feeling
May 6
Interviewed at Toot’s Book Reviews
May 7
Book featured at Girls with Books
May 8
May 11
Book reviewed at WTF Are You Reading?
May 12
Book reviewed at Words I Write Crazy
May 14
Book review and Author interviewed at A Little Bit of R N R

Friday, April 3, 2015

Nuclear Road Trip: Onward to Destruction by Barbara Billig, Michelle McKeeth

One of the oldest nuclear power plants in the US has a major radiation leak. The power plant company does not want to reveal the severity of the accident. A cover-up is devised which shuts the plant down, but the inspectors, headed by John Rockford, are not to arrive for two weeks. The news has been reporting that nothing major has happened. 
The aged Morristown Nuclear Power Plant is the same type of plant as the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan; it, too, had a boiling water reactor. While they tour the plant, they discover the plant is fraught with malfunctions and gross deterioration from an utter lack of proper maintenance.
Theirs is a saga of cover-ups, intrigue, espionage, sabotage and terrorism; theirs is the future of what will happen should terrorists attack a Nuclear Reactor Power Plant, and how individuals are torn asunder and pulled back together.  

 The book starts out on a road trip as John and Aadhil are slowly making their way to the nuclear power plant and exploring sites and discovering food along route 66 among others. Along their way they begin meeting up with others who are also on their way to the plant to begin their work on investigating the plants malfunctions. 

There are a handful of characters in this story. Four of the inspectors arrive together at the end of their road trip. Aadhil has a companion in his  dog Bear- Lee-a-Dog which never leaves his side and also trained to help with the plants inspections. In a way Bear is a character of his own and plays his own role in the story just as much as the other characters. Once they read the plant there are more characters that come into play and more as the story continues. 

You can tell that there was a lot of research that went into this story and parallels between the recent Fukushima disaster and what they are seeing at the Morristown plant. The majority of the story is told through dialogue between the characters. Each character is distinct and fully developed in their roles in this story line. 

4 stars

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Quantum Deception #booktour
What starts out as a calm night in Salt Lake City turns into chaos when a passenger plane crashes into the mountains. When reformed cyber hacker Tanner Stone links the accident to an ingenious Chinese computer virus, it’s up to him to prevent it from destroying the financial data of everyone in America! Thrilling, explosive, and packed with twists, this book changes everything you know about Internet security.
"Tanner Zane is a Mormon with a secret criminal past. Nobody suspects that, before his religious conversion, Tanner hacked into thousands of computer networks across the globe. He accumulated millions of dollars from his illegal activities until a sudden, life-changing event caused him to abandon hacking and give his fortune to charity."-From Summary on The Quantum Breach

The second book in the Tanner Zane series (does not have to be read in order)  begins with a terrorist action of an airplane being shot down at the Salt Lake City airport. Reina is on a mission and shooting down the airplane was just one of the things on her list to do. 
Tanner is happily married and expecting his first child. When is life is put in danger and several events begin to take place he barely survives the attempts to take his life. As his wife spends time in a local hospital under a coma, Tanner is put right in the middle of a hacking attempt on Government and civilian computers across the United States. 
The story is very fast paced, told from different perspectives and told mostly through dialogue.  The setting is all taking place in the Salt Lake County area and gives the reader some details about the area and the agencies needed to help stop the virus. 
Tanner is also a Mormon and the beliefs come out sporadically throughout the story as events begin to take place. Especially in times when Tanner fears for his and his families lives. 
The books are entertaining and full of information and aspects of the computer hackers world. I found the main idea of how the virus was to spread very intuitive and creative.

About The Author:
A Few people understand the terrifying, yet realistic threat of computer hacking like Denver Acey. Denver has spent his entire professional career in the information technology industry where he has witnessed and even thwarted actual cyber-crime. From his top-secret job working for the US government to securing computer networks at Fortune 500 companies, Denver is personally familiar with hackers and their unscrupulous activities.

Because of his unique background, Denver decided to pen a book to dispel hacking myths while highlighting the tenacity of cyber-criminals. Utilizing actual hacking concepts and scenarios he experienced firsthand, Denver illustrates -- in a simple way for even the non-techie to understand -- how vulnerable we all are to cyber-crime