Weekly Wrap Up: August 18th through August 24th 2019

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Books I’ve Read:

Small Spaces

Look For Me Under the Rainbow

The Jumbie God’s Revenge

Eye of the Storm

Twisted Betrayal


Books with pending reviews:

The Jumbie God’s Revenge—review coming August 24th


Books with published reviews:

Look for Me Under the Rainbow—review here

Eye of the Storm—review here

Twisted Betrayal—review here

The Year I Left—review here

The Warehouse—review here

I Wanna Sext You Up—review here

Song for a Lost Kingdom (book 2)—review here

Song for a Lost Kingdom(book 1)—review here


NetGalley Requests:

Thin Ice

The Silvered Serpents


Author/Publisher Requests:

Snowfall on Cedar Trail—Publisher Request

Stolen Bloodlines—Author Request


Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

All This Could Be Yours—Book Blitz

Sealer’s Game—Cover Reveal

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days—Excerpt

Prison Princess—Book Blitz

Shock Me—Cover Reveal

Twisted Betrayal—Blog Tour

Tides of Time—Book Blitz

A Road More Traveled—Book Blitz and Excerpt

Twisted Betrayal—Release Blitz

Song for a Lost Kingdom (book 2)—Blog Tour

Haunted House Ghost—Cover Reveal

Need—Book Blitz


Giveaways I’ve Entered:


Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Catch Up Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Theme Thursday

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Blog Tour: Eye of the Storm (Gray Ghost: Book 2) by Amy McKinley

4 Stars

Publisher: Arrowscope Press

Date of publication: March 6th, 2018

Genre: Romance, Suspense

Series: Gray Ghost

Moments That Define Us—Book 0.5

Broken Circle—Book 1

Eye of the Storm—Book 2

Beneath the Surface—Book 3

Vantage Point—Book 4

Where you can find Eye of the Storm: Barnes and Noble | Amazon | BookBub | iBooks | Kobo

Book Synopsis:

Deep in the untamed wilderness of the notorious Darien Gap, a soldier wakes. Injured, he has no memory of who he is or why he is there until a beautiful woman tells him his name. But can he trust her?

When Mari Dias stumbles upon Chris Shaw in the jungle—a place many risk but few survive—she enlists his help to escape a country ruled by the very family who hunts her.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Amy McKinley is the romantic suspense thriller author of the Gray Ghost Novels, the Five Fates paranormal romance series, and several standalone books. Her edge of your seat books are filled with surprising twists and just the right amount of heat and danger. She lives in Illinois with her husband, two daughters, two sons, and three mischievous cats. You can find her at www.AmyMcKinley.com

Author Links:

Author Website

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Giveaway

Giveaway ends August 29th. Grand Prize is a $25 Amazon gift card.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251233213/


Tour Schedule:

August 19th
Turning Pages
Kathy’s Book Reviews
Ginger Mom and Company

August 20th
A Naughty Book Love Affair 
Crazykalm

August 21st
I Smell Sheep
The Book Junkie Reads . . .

August 22nd
Reviews by Jaye
From The Journal Of A Reader

August 23rd
From the TBR Pile
Radioactive Book Reviews
Read with Me

August 24th
Ga Books LoverX
Stephanie’s Life of Determination
ginreads


First Line

Tilting his head back, against gravity, proved too taxing

Eye of the Storm (Gray Ghost: Book 2) by Amy McKinley

My Review:

Mari is on the run from the head of a drug cartel. Wanting to cross the border, she heads to the jungle to make her escape. But, the jungle holds dangers, both human and animal. Mari is being chased through the jungle by guerillas and the cartel when a strange woman saves her. But there is a price. Mari needs to find, rescue, and then nurse back to health a man who can help her escape Columbia. What Mari doesn’t count on is this man to be attractive and have amnesia. Who is this man? Why did that woman want him rescued? Can he lead her through the jungle?


When I read the blurb for Eye of the Storm, I knew that I wanted to read it. It had all the earmarks of a book that I would enjoy — romance, mystery, intrigue, and action. And I did enjoy it. My only complaint about the book is that I did need the first book to understand the cartel plotline. Other than that, it was a great read.

Mari was one of the stronger female main characters that I have read in awhile. I loved that she went toe to toe with Hannah. It showed that she wasn’t a person to take crap from anyone. I also liked seeing a softer side of her. She let her guard down with Chris proved he could be trusted. The one thing I didn’t like was that the author took forever in getting her whole backstory out. Once explained, everything made sense.

I liked Chris, but I wish his backstory came sooner. I knew that he was at least some sort of special forces. I got that by the dog tags that Mari took off him that he was special forces. But it took until almost the end of the book to reveal what type of special forces he was. I did like his knowledge of the jungle. He was able to keep the cartel and the guerillas off their trail for several days.

The sexual tension that was between Chris and Mari was intense. Which I didn’t expect because they were trekking through a jungle with people after them. The author was able to build that tension up convincingly. When they did have sex, it was explosive. It was so hot that I thought my Kindle would explode.

I was confused when Mari told Chris that they were married. I had to reread her scenes with Hannah to make sure that they had never met. I didn’t mind doing that, but I did wish that there were at least some foreshadowing. Having it dumped on me like that played with my mind.

I did find the storyline with the cartel interesting. I do wish that the reason why they were after Mari earlier in the book. I did like what happened to the cartel during the book. Talk about giving it to them!!

There is a lot of violence in Eye of the Storm. I didn’t mind it and expected it. But it can get graphic in some parts of the book.

The end of Eye of the Storm was your typical romance HEA. There were references to previous characters and storylines from book one that threw me off. Other than that, it was good.


I would give Eye of the Storm an Adult rating. There is sex. There is language. There is violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread Eye of the Storm. I would recommend it to family and friends.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

WWW Wednesday: August 14th, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What I am currently reading:

Song for a Lost Kingdom (Song for a Lost Kingdom: Book 1) by Steve Moretti

It would take two women separated by time to complete music with the power to change history. But will it be enough to save the man they care about most? 

Adeena Stuart and Katharine Carnegie were born nearly three centuries apart. Yet their music and an ancient cello connect them to each other and to a man doomed by the Battle of Culloden. 

In Book I of the Song for A Lost Kingdom series, Adeena receives an untitled musical score from her dying grandmother in Scotland. The music was hidden away for over two hundred and seventy years, as part of a violent family battle between siblings on different sides of the Jacobite rising of 1745. 

When the score is played on the oldest surviving cello ever made in the UK, the music connects Adeena directly to the past as Katharine, struggling to find words to complete her symphonic tour-de-force in the midst of 18th Century political rebellion that is threatening to tear apart Scotland and England. 

But Adeena is not a scientist or historian. What she wants more than anything is to compose music and to join the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Just as she is about to realize her wish, she’s lifted away, out of her control, and immersed in her ancient family history. As she is buffeted back and forth between the worlds, she grows to want more of the past, even though the promise of her most yearned-for musician dreams is coming true. 

Not even her passionate boyfriend can keep her rooted in the present, especially when another man from the past falls for her and her music. Although unsure whether her time travel is a hallucination, she’s willing to steal a five million dollar cello to get back to the 1700’s. 

With a clear voice that sets us in modern day Ottawa and old world Scotland, Song for a Lost Kingdom, Book I, begins a journey of discovery between two women who share the same musical soul and love for the same doomed man.

I am about halfway through Song for a Lost Kingdom. I like it. I want to love it but can’t stand Adeena.

Song for a Lost Kingdom is currently available for purchase. Be on the lookout for my review at some point in the next week.


I recently finished reading:

The Last Hope (The Raging Ones: Book 2) by Becca and Krista Ritchie

A stunning conclusion to the sci-fi romance duology by writing duo Krista & Becca Ritchie, The Last Hope is filled with twists and turns you’ll never see coming.

Sacrifice all you have to survive.

Imprisoned for weeks on an enemy starcraft, Franny, Court, and Mykal have sat with an unfathomable revelation. But as they fight to stay alive, escaping prison means trusting a young mysterious stranger. He knows everything about their lost histories, and when answers aren’t given freely, the bonded trio are forced to join a mission. One that will determine the fate of humanity. 

Legend says, a baby—the first of her species—has the power to cloak and teleport planets. Tasked with retrieving the infant, Court fears the baby is just a myth, and if they fail, they’ll never find the truth about their origins. 

As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new. Vulnerable and with no choice, the hunt for the baby sends the trio on a dangerous path to Saltare-1: a water world where their enemies can’t die and survival comes at a high cost.

So, I published my review for The Last Hope today and I won’t bore you all with how I felt about it. Click here for the review.

The Last Hope is currently available for purchase. Click above for my review.


What books I think I’ll read next?

Song for a Lost Kingdom (Song for a Lost Kingdom: Book 2) by Steve Moretti

Music is not bound by time.

And Adeena Stuart is not bound by anything that will stop her from saving the man she’s fallen in love with, even though he’s been dead for almost three hundred years.

In Book II of the Song for a Lost Kingdom trilogy, her music provides the portal to to James Drummond who is fighting along side Prince Charles Edward Stuart in the 1746 Jacobite uprising. Though their cause is doomed, and James is destined to die shortly after the Battle of Culloden, Adeena’s determination never wavers.

Left behind in the present, Adeena’s friends and families are equally determined to return her to 2019.

Throughout it all, the music sweeps across those in both the past and present in this novel of history, fantasy, romance and science fiction.

Love never surrenders.

Twisted Betrayal (Rydeville High: Book 2) by Siobhan Davis

He thinks he’s broken me. That I’m finally under his complete control. But I’m biding my time, gathering intel, making plans, and waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. So, when an unexpected savior appears—offering me a way out—I grasp it with both hands. 

But the man I love refuses to let me go, and he’s hell-bent on protecting me at all costs.

Except he’s far too late.

Kaiden’s betrayal fuels the anger flowing through my veins, and now our roles are reversed—I’m the hunter, and he’s my prey. I enjoy torturing him, lying to him, and letting him believe in false truths that were never our reality.

Until the stakes are raised, and I’m forced into playing their game again. Only this time, it’s not just my life hanging in the balance.

I thought he’d done his worst. That he didn’t have the power to hurt me anymore.

But I was wrong.

His depravity knows no bounds, and now, he’s taken everything from me.

This time, it means war, and I’m taking no prisoners.

Eye of the Storm (Gray Ghost: Book 2) by Amy McKinley

He wakes tangled amidst branches and parachute lines. Injured and upside down in a tree. With no memory of who he is or why he is there. If that weren’t bad enough, he finds himself in the most dangerous place in the Western Hemisphere. 

But that was the first time… 

This time when he wakes, it’s the same scenario—with a new twist, a beautiful and exotic woman tells him his name. Can he trust her? 

After all, Chris Shaw can’t remember anything. And the mysterious Mari Dias may be his only weapon against the dangerous drug lords who will stop at nothing to destroy him. But Mari has secrets of her own… 

As Chris and Mari search for sanctuary out of the jungle, filters of his past return in slow increments. Suddenly, Chris’ enemies are closer than he ever realized. Can he battle the storm that threatens them all?

Look for Me Under the Rainbow by Bernard Jan

Sometimes all you need is a big heart and burning desire.

Danny, a curious harp seal pup, has soft white fur and black innocent eyes. Helen is an environmentalist and member of a young activist crew of the Rainbow Warriors. Their mission is to save animals.

As winter turns into spring, a new generation of seal pups comes to life. A few weeks later, the killing begins. Against a spectacular backdrop of ice and snow, Helen prepares to look horrific human cruelty in the face.

I do not doubt I have a big heart and burning desire, but is that enough for a person to become a Rainbow Warrior, or is there something better? Something only some of us manage to turn into what we have long missed—humanity.

In the race against time and clubs, will Helen save Danny before the hunt begins and the ice turns red?

Though written for younger readers, Look for Me Under the Rainbow will appeal to anyone who cherishes our beautiful planet and wishes to protect its treasures.

Buy this book by Bernard Jan, the author of A World Without Color, and experience another emotional journey.

Small Spaces (Small Spaces: Book 1) by Katherine Arden

Bestselling adult author of The Bear and the Nightingale makes her middle grade debut with a creepy, spellbinding ghost story destined to become a classic

After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn’t think–she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with “the smiling man,” a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price. 

Ollie is captivated by the tale until her school trip the next day to Smoke Hollow, a local farm with a haunting history all its own. There she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she’s been reading about. Could it be the story about the smiling man is true? Ollie doesn’t have too long to think about the answer to that. On the way home, the school bus breaks down, sending their teacher back to the farm for help. But the strange bus driver has some advice for the kids left behind in his care: “Best get moving. At nightfall they’ll come for the rest of you.” Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie’s previously broken digital wristwatch, a keepsake reminder of better times, begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN. 

Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed the bus driver’s warning. As the trio head out into the woods–bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them–the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: “Avoid large places. Keep to small.” 

And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins. 



Weekly Wrap Up: July 14th through July 20th, 2019

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Books I’ve Read:

Campusland

The Warehouse

In It to Win It

I’ll Never Tell (review on Goodreads only)

Southern Sass and Killer Cravings (review on Goodreads only)

All Boy


Books with pending reviews:

All Boy—review coming 7-20-10


Books with published reviews:

The Other Brother—Review here

Home Field Advantage—Review Here

Bending the Rules—Review Here

The Woman He Knows—Review here

Red Dawn Rising—review here


NetGalley Haul:

Lethal Nights

The Widow of Rose House

Foul is Fair

The Truth About Cowboys

Small Spaces


Email Haul:

Clockwork Image

The Mercutio Problem

Merlin’s Shakespeare

Song for a Lost Kingdom: Book 2

Song for a Lost Kingdom: Book 1

Death Among Us

Eye of the Storm


Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

To Kill a Fae—Cover Reveal

Sweet Retribution—Cover Reveal

Crave to Conquer—Freebie Alert

Midnight’s End—Excerpt

#RIP John—Book Blitz


Giveaways I’ve Entered:

Duchess Reads—Kensington Publishing Corporation

Strands of Truth—Goodreads

King’s Shadow—Goodreads


Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Theme Thursday