Weekly Wrap Up: April 7th through April 13th 2019

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Clicking on the link under Books I’ve ReadNetGalley Haul,and Email Haul will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the link under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

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Books I’ve Read

The Perfect Wife

Because You’re Mine

The Third Eye

Bloodline Destinies

The Prince of Persuasion

Bloodline Origins

Books with pending reviews:

Because You’re Mine—review coming August 6th, 2019

Ignite—review coming April 30th, 2019

Books with published reviews:

The Third Eye—review here

Bloodline Destinies—review here

The Ash Family—review here

Bloodline Origins—review here

Love, Again—review here

Prince of Persuasion—review here

NetGalley Haul:

Email Haul:

The Shadowverse: A YA Sci-Fi Superhero Thriller

Freebies I Scored (Free at the time of posting. Please check the price before purchase!!):

Giveaways/Contests I entered:

Blog Tours

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

Bloodlines Origins by Iuliana Foos

Bloodline Origins by [Foos, Iuliana]

4 Stars

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Date of publication: April 11th, 2018

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Where you can find Bloodline Origins: Barnes and Noble | Amazon| BookBub

Book synopsis:

Determined to turn her fantasy into reality, Ana starts her journey to become a vampire. Along the way, she learns the truth about their secret society, discovers her prestigious bloodline, and falls in love. 

Not all vampires are accepting of humans and war looms in the shadows. An ancient tome reveals the vampires’ alien descent and sparks war. 

An army bent on eradicating her coven’s existence threatens her new world. Survival or annihilation will be in Ana’s hands. 

My review:

I have been reading a lot of paranormal romances lately. Before reading Bloodline Origins, I was getting burnt out on them. So, when I had the opportunity to read/review this book, I already had an opinion formed about it. Then I read the book and was surprised. The author took a typical vampire romance and added her flair to it. I loved it!!

The plot of Bloodline Origins was interesting. Ana was attacked by Ivan and his friend on her way home from the beach. During that attack, Ana learns that vampires are real. So, she asks to join them. Ana finds acceptance and the courage to overcome past hurts. She falls in love. But, there are sinister forces at work. A vampire with an agenda is plotting to eradicate Ana’s new family. Can Ana save her family? Or will she watch them be annihilated before her very eyes?

I connected with Ana. She was a well-written character who had to overcome her past to morph into the woman that she became in the book. Ana wasn’t perfect. She was a normal human woman. I did like that nothing seemed to faze her, well outward. Everything was kept internal.

I liked her reactions when she realized what she got herself into. They went from fear to doubt to acceptance. I loved that she had an opportunity to back out at any time. The scene where she carved her initials on Andree’s hand was the turning point for her. The author created enough doubt for me to wonder if she’d go through with it.

I loved Andree. He was a little bit intimidating when he was introduced in the book. But that went away after a few of his interactions with Ana. As much as I loved hem, I did think that he took some liberties with Ana. Like reading her mind while she was sleeping. And then having David scan her while she was asleep. I got a little peeved with that. That was the only time I got annoyed with him. Every other time in the book, he was perfect. He was patient and so in love with her that I got jealous!!!

Ivan was a creep. I didn’t understand his obsession with wiping out Emilia’s coven. I did feel bad for him, kind of, when Collin was killed. But it fueled his desire to end them even more.

Bloodline Origins fit with the paranormal genre. I was interested in the plotline about the aliens and how vampires came to be. It was an original and different retelling. I am interested in seeing where the author goes with that.

I also liked the different take that the author took on vampires. For one, if a woman was pregnant when turned, she could give birth to a vampire hybrid. But, it was only between certain weeks in the pregnancy. I also liked that the full blood vampires could go out in the sun, but they had to drink a serum. But, the hybrids could go out in the sun, and they didn’t rely on blood to survive.

The book also fits with the romance genre. The love that Andree and Ana had for each other was terrific. Even though it was Instalove, they were bonded within a few days. As for the sex scenes, which are essential in a romance novel, they weren’t graphic. The author spent no time on them at all. It took me a few chapters, after the wedding, to realize that they had sex.

The end of Bloodline Origins was interesting. I am curious to see if what was said will come true. I am also eager to read the next book!!

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

I would reread Bloodlines Origins. I would also recommend to family and friends.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read and review Bloodline Origins.

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

WWW Wednesday: April 3rd, 2019


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?


Miss R: She’s alright except for her allergies. We are in the middle of what internet meme’s call The Pollinating and the poor kid is miserable. Despite that, she is enjoying t-ball and playing outside.

Miss B: She has been more enjoyable to be around. Which is nice. She is even doing her chores (which is cleaning the litter box 2xs a day and loading/unloading the dishwasher) without complaining. Schoolwise, we are still fighting with her to turn stuff in. I will be glad when this school year is over.

Mr. Z: I think sex ed scarred him…lol. He was telling us everything that was going to happen to him and said “I’m not letting it happen.” Well, yeah, its going to happen anyway, bud. Sorry about that. He is ripping through the Artemis Fowl series. I think he’s on book 3 or 4. BK mentioned that we’re going to have to get him more. BTW, we buy used off of Amazon. With the exception of one book, they were all in excellent condition. And super cheap.

Me: I have blisters. Why? Because BK bought my brand new Chucks (my first pair in years!!) and I am breaking them in. Oh the pain. Even with bandaids on. But I will get over it. I hope.

We tilled the garden last weekend and threw fertilizer over it. I am hoping to buy a couple bags of manure and till those under next weekend, weather permitting. We should be able to plant after April 15th. Barring any freakish weather (like Tuesday, when it snowed in Charlotte), we will be planting our potatoes and any seedlings in the pots. We are also going to deep clean under our deck. Old toys, broken toys, toys that aren’t being used….going to the curb. Same goes for chairs and other stuff (like the umbrella BK kept saying he would fix after a storm turned it inside out).


Reading: Well, I am over my slump. I have read more books this week than I have read in the last couple of weeks. Since I have been reading more, it means that I have been writing more blog posts. Which is a good thing.

Reviews: Like I said above, I have been writing more blog posts. I am liking this whole laid back approach to writing reviews. I am not stressed and I feel that I am putting out better reviews.

Blog: I finally have settled on a theme/fonts that I liked for the blog. I forgot that since I upgraded to premium, I get unlimited themes. And I found the perfect one. So, no more changes.

I want to mention something weird that I noticed last night. I have all of you guys posts sent straight to my email. Last night, I noticed when I went into a post, it was saying that I wasn’t following that person. I spent 2 hours last night going through my followers. That started a chain reaction. I started removing people who’s links weren’t working/blogs were deleted. I ended up removing over 60 people. This morning, I was doing the same thing and noticed that the same thing was happening. I decided to look into it further. I discovered that if I hit the home button on the blog, it would show that I followed that person. But the post didn’t. Which is weird and I am going to be keeping an eye on it.

The other weird thing that I noticed was actually a few weeks in the making. I noticed that I was getting lesser and lesser emails from the people I follow. While I was mucking around in my followers, I noticed I could control what I got. That led me to going through each and every person I followed. I found that there were about 15 blogs that I wasn’t getting emails for. The weird thing….I had been getting emails from some of them until a couple of weeks ago. I changed the settings for them. The only thing I think could have happened is when I changed my theme, it put a bunch of people on what WordPress considers mute??

What I am currently reading:

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Erin Kelly, the masterful author of He Said/She Said, delivers another irresistible, unputdownable novel of psychological suspense. 

You can’t keep the secret.
You can’t tell the truth.
You can’t escape the past

Marianne was seventeen when she fled her home in Nusstead – leaving behind her family, her boyfriend, Jesse, and the body they buried. Now, thirty years later, forced to return to in order to help care for her sick mother, she can feel the past closing around her. And Jesse, who never forgave her for leaving in the first place, is finally threatening to expose the truth.

Marianne will do anything to protect the life she’s built, the husband and daughter who must never know what happened all those years ago. Even if it means turning to her worst enemy for help… But Marianne may not know the whole story – and she isn’t the only one with secrets they’d kill to keep.

I am not liking Stone Mothers. I am finding it hard to connect to the characters and the plot is slow. But, I have ended up liking books that have had rough starts. Stone Mothers is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is April 23rd, 2019.

I recently finished reading:

The Promise by [Driscoll, Teresa]

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The chilling new psychological thriller from the #1 bestselling author of I Am Watching You.

It was their darkest secret. Three schoolgirls made a promise – to take the horrible truth of what they did to the grave.

Thirty years later, Beth and Sally have tried to put the trauma behind them. Though Carol has distanced herself from her former friends, the three are adamant that the truth must never come to light, even if the memory still haunts them.

But when some shocking news threatens to unearth their dark secret, Beth enlists the help of private investigator Matthew Hill to help her and Sally reconnect with estranged Carol ­– before the terrible act they committed as teenagers is revealed.

Beth wishes she could take back the vow they made.

But somebody is watching and will stop at nothing to ensure the secret stays buried. Now, with her beloved family in peril, can Beth still keep the promise?

This is an example of a book that got off to a rough start that I ended up loving. I couldn’t put it down and I was in tears by the end of the book. The Promise is currently available for purchase.

What books I think I’ll read next? (click on the pictures for Amazon links)

Ignite: A Dark Kings Novel by [Grant, Donna]

Every inch of him was molded as if from granite…and her blood ran like fire… 

For centuries, V has waited to awaken from his doomed sleep and reclaim his destiny. But this Dragon King–one among a legion of legendary warriors sworn to protect the human race from darkness–must first find a way to win back his sword. Wield its power. And try not to fall prey to his own illicit desires.

Claire may possess the beauty and soul of a goddess but V knows better than to mess with a mere mortal. Still, he instinctively knows that Claire is The One who can help him regain the use of his sword and restore his place at Dreagan. But if she learns the truth about who–and what–he really is, her memories of him would be erased forever. How can V love Claire truly, madly, deeply…and protect her from the forces of fire and darkness that could destroy them both?

Prince of Persuasion (The Novi Navarro Chronicles Book 1) by [Cannaday, Emigh]

A dying king…
A dynasty in danger…
A prince with one duty: secure the succession!

Created when they intermingled with demons, the dark elves of Sinaryos have come to rely on humans to keep their race alive. The royal family is no exception, with a king on the verge of death, a court riddled with spies, and a broken line of succession. Despite everything working against him, Prince Fallon Blackwood has met all the demands of the crown for nearly a hundred years… except for one!

After avoiding this obligation for too long, the time has come for him to take a harem and prove that he’s capable of continuing his family’s bloodline and ensuring their control of the throneBut underneath his cool and calm exterior, Fallon secretly yearns for a much different life than the one he was born into…

Novi Navarro is a working-class barmaid who’s used to running her tavern and running her mouth. When she gets assigned to Prince Fallon’s harem by mistake, she thinks it’s a complete joke. She makes a deal with Fallon for them to both get what they want from this administrative oversight. But when members of the Blackwood Court discover her true identity, she quickly learns that she must beat them at their game… or die…

Because You're Mine: A Novel by [Frey, Rea]

But it’s the lies that keep you safe. 

Single mother Lee has the daily routine down to a science: shower in six minutes. Cut food into perfect squares. Never leave her on-the-spectrum son Mason in someone else’s care. She’ll do anything—anything—to keep his carefully constructed world from falling apart. Do anything to keep him safe.

But when her best friend Grace convinces her she needs a small break from motherhood to recharge her batteries, Lee gives in to a weekend trip. Surely a long weekend away from home won’t hurt?
Noah, Mason’s handsome, bright, charismatic tutor—the first man in ages Lee’s even noticed—is more than happy to stay with him.

Forty-eight hours later, someone is dead.

But not all is as it seems. Noah may be more than who he claims to be. Grace has a secret—one that will destroy Lee. Lee has secrets of her own that she will do anything to keep hidden.
As the dominoes begin to fall and the past comes to light, perhaps it’s no mystery someone is gone after all…

Because You’re Mine is a breathtaking novel of domestic drama and suspense. 

Prepare to stay up all night.

Bloodline Origins by [Foos, Iuliana]

Determined to turn her fantasy into reality, Ana starts her journey to become a vampire. Along the way, she learns the truth about their secret society, discovers her prestigious bloodline, and falls in love. 

Not all vampires are accepting of humans and war looms in the shadows. An ancient tome reveals the vampires’ alien descent and sparks war. 

An army bent on eradicating her coven’s existence threatens her new world. Survival or annihilation will be in Ana’s hands. 

Bloodline Destinies by [Foos, Iuliana]

In the year 2516 humans share Earth with elusive vampires and GeMs—a new species of blood-drinkers who appeared after the Flood. 

Months before his five-hundredth birthday, Theodor De Croix, Prince of The Old Coven, crosses paths with Vivienne. Torn between proving himself worthy of his bloodline and centuries-old beliefs about true love, he saves her life but rejects the idea that she might be sent to him by fate itself. 

Vivienne is a human scientist turned GeM in an accident. Body and mind forever altered, she struggles every day to adapt to her new life. Attracted to the man who saved her, but fearing his kind, she finds herself in more danger than ever. 

Caught up in a whirlwind of dreams and evil plots, both must confront their own demons in order to save each other, testing the powers of fate and love. 

The Perfect Wife: A Novel by [Delaney, JP]

A missing woman receives a second chance at life, thanks to her billionaire husband–but the consequences are deadly in this gripping psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before.

Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He’s an icon of the tech world, the founder of a lucrative robotics company. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. He says she had a terrible accident five years ago, and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss. She is a miracle of science. 

But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband’s motives–and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what reallyhappened to Abbie half a decade ago? 

Extinction Of All Children (Book 1) by [Epps, L.J.]

A young adult, fantasy novel about a teenager who is the last eighteen-year-old in her territory. There will never be another child; every baby born after her has been taken away. Everyone wonders why she survived.

Emma Whisperer was born in 2080, in the small futuristic world of Craigluy. President Esther, in charge for the last twenty-two years, has divided their world into three territories, separated by classes—the rich, the working class, and the poor—because she believes the poor should not mingle with the others. And, the poor are no longer allowed to have children, since they do not have the means to take care of them.

Any babies born, accidentally or willfully, are killed. Emma is the last eighteen-year-old in her territory; every baby born after her has died. Somehow, she survived this fate.

During the president’s Monday night speech, she announces a party will be held to honor the last child in the territory, Emma Whisperer. Emma must read a speech, expressing how happy she is to be the last eighteen-year-old.

Emma doesn’t like the rules; she doesn’t believe in them. So, she feels she must rebel against them. Her family doesn’t agree with her rebellion, since they are hiding a big secret. If this secret gets out, it will be disastrous, and deadly, for her family.

During Emma’s journey, she meets—and becomes friends with—Eric. He is one of the guards for the president. She also befriends Samuel, another guard for the president, who is summoned to watch over her. As Emma meets new people, she doesn’t know who she can trust. Yet, she finds herself falling for a guy, something which has never happened before.

After doing what she feels is right, Emma finds herself in imminent danger. In the end, she must make one gut-wrenching decision, a decision that may be disastrous for them all.

So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.


Weekly Wrap Up: March 10th through March 16th, 2019

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Clicking on the pictures under Books I’ve Read, NetGalley Haul,and Email Haul will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the pictures under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on the pictures under Freebies I Scored (which were free at the time I got them.) will take you to Amazon, BookFunnel, or Prolific Works (I will say which one under the picture).

Also, all links are Amazon Affiliate links. I get a small commission out of every purchase you make. I would love it if you clicked my link when buying!!

Books I’ve Read

Smitten by the Brit (Sometimes in Love Book 2) by [Johnson, Melonie]
Breaking His Rules by [Mann, Aliza]
Bethlehem: A Novel by [Kelly, Karen]

The Secret of Scroton Hall by Kate Carteret

The Betrayer (Crossing Realms Series Book 3) by [Neely, Rebecca E.]

Books with pending reviews

Breaking His Rules by [Mann, Aliza]
Bethlehem: A Novel by [Kelly, Karen]

Books with published reviews:

The Lich's Heart (The Windhaven Chronicles) by [Davis, Watson]
The Betrayer (Crossing Realms Series Book 3) by [Neely, Rebecca E.]
The Liar's Child: A Novel by [Buckley, Carla]
Moonlight & Whiskey by [Lynne, Tricia]
If, Then: A Novel by [Day, Kate Hope]

NetGalley Haul:

An Unorthodox Match by [Ragen, Naomi]
The Earl Next Door (First Comes Love Book 1) by [Grey, Amelia]

Email Haul

Bloodline Destinies by [Foos, Iuliana]
Bloodline Origins by [Foos, Iuliana]

Freebies I Scored (Free at the time of posting. Please check the price before purchase!!) 

Silk and Shadows (The Silk Trilogy Book 1) by [Putney, Mary Jo]
Sharp Practice: Bourbonland Book 1 by [Bramseth, Jennifer]
From Amazon
Knocked Up by the Single Dad: A Secret Baby Office Romance (Knocked Up Series Book 2) by [Monroe, Lilian]
From Amazon
Voyeur by [Cole, Fiona]
From BookFunnel

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From BookFunnel
Sparrow by [Shen, L.J.]
From Prolific Works
Intense: A Dark Billionaire Romance by [Hamel, B. B.]
From Amazon

Giveaways/Contests I entered:

Force of Nature Cover Reveal Giveaway

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap-Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top-Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday