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Friday, April 18, 2014

OPPOSITES:




OPPOSITES:
In the year 2081 our planet survived global warming of an apocalyptic scale. When the dust settled and the water receded Dr. Anthony Smith, one of only a few hundred survivors of GWI, started society anew. Having come to the conclusion that injudicious breeding played a huge role in the destruction of Earth as we knew it in the twenty first century, he worked closely with other survivors to isolate the Dionysus gene. This gene has the ability to manipulate human DNA to ensure that all male children be born gay, and all female children be born lesbians. A new society is born.

In the year 2300 Dr. Smith’s descendants are ushering in the twenty fourth century having maintained control of the government that still rules society. Twins Aiya and Aiyan are preparing to meet their matches and take control of House Gaeland, the current ruling House. But not everything is as it seems.

Love is Love.. it knows no gender and doesn’t conform to restrictions and boundaries. Aiyan has found his soul mate in Kaden, the prince of House Devi that he is matched with and eventually marries. But when the person Aiya falls in love with tests the boundaries put in place after GWI, all hell breaks loose. And in the midst of one secret unraveling, another will emerge. There is a growing anomaly that threatens to destroy over two hundred years of progression. This anomaly is known as Opposites.

*WARNING* Opposites is a majorly M/M New Adult novel that contains explicit sexual content and relationships between gay, lesbian and straight couples.


THE LIBRARY (An Opposites Novella)
The Library, an Opposites Novella, by TM Smith
Three gay couples run amuck in this short story where clothing, beds, even four walls are all optional!

Want to know what happened that night in the library?
Cirian and Rian had a fight in the library and Rian ends up naked on the desk, on his back, at Cirian's mercy.

Want to know how far things went with ice cream?
A romantic evening by the fire feeding his husband ice cream leads to a lot more than heavy petting for Aiyan and Kaden.

Want to know what was going on when those birds fled?
Travelling hundreds of miles, battling the rebels and then travelling back to House Gaeland will take it out of you. But when Tanis wants something, he takes it. Raven is about to be bent over a tree!

A Note from the Author: I've taken three scenes from Opposites that were cut short and elaborated on the shenanigans that ensued. I also focused more in the beginning on the relationship between Cirian and Rian, to give readers a chance to know them and their inner workings better.

**Warning, The Library is a novella set in the same world as Opposites. It's an adult dystopian M/M novella that includes consenting and explicit sexual relationships between gay couples**



Author bio:
A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. She now calls Texas home from her small town on the outskirts of the DFW Metroplex. Most days you can find her curled up with her kindle and a good book alongside a glass of something aged and red or a steaming cup of coffee!

At 42 years young, she's decided to enter the next phase of her life by adding the title of "author" to her list of accomplishments that includes single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Smith is and outspoken advocate for Autism and equal rights for the LGBTQ community.

Her Opposites series is based outside the normal parameters of social acceptability, examining a 'what if'... What If to be gay or lesbian were the norm? What if to be straight labeled you as an Opposite and made YOU the Outkast?

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Opposites

Opposites
by T.M. Smith

In the year 2081 our planet survived global warming of an apocalyptic scale. When the dust settled and the water receded Dr. Anthony Smith, one of only a few hundred survivors of GWI, started society anew. Having come to the conclusion that injudicious breeding played a huge role in the destruction of Earth as we knew it in the twenty first century, he worked closely with other survivors to isolate the Dionysus gene. This gene has the ability to manipulate human DNA to ensure that all male children be born gay, and all female children be born lesbians. A new society is born. 

In the year 2300 Dr. Smith’s descendants are ushering in the twenty fourth century having maintained control of the government that still rules society. Twins Aiya and Aiyan are preparing to meet their matches and take control of House Gaeland, the current ruling House. But not everything is as it seems. 

Love is Love.. it knows no gender and doesn’t conform to restrictions and boundaries. Aiyan has found his soul mate in Kaden, the prince of House Devi that he is matched with and eventually marries. But when the person Aiya falls in love with tests the boundaries put in place after GWI, all hell breaks loose. And in the midst of one secret unraveling, another will emerge. There is a growing anomaly that threatens to destroy over two hundred years of progression. This anomaly is known as Opposites.

*WARNING* Opposites is a majorly M/M New Adult novel that contains explicit sexual content and relationships between gay, lesbian and straight couples.



My Review: So when I first saw this book I  was very surprised. It had a world full of lesbians and gays. Something I haven't read before, so I thought this would be something really good or something not so good.  Now this book has some relations, I'm comfortable with reading this stuff, so make sure you are comfortable with these ideas before you read the book.

So I loved this book., it was a first book about gays and lesbians and T.M. Smith did a great job writing this book. I got moments in the book where I was just excited to keep on going and hoping for more great moments to pop up and they did! Did I mention some of those moments are HOT? Yup, these characters are pretty damn good. 

So let me get to the characters....Aiya and Aiyan are set to be married. Aiyan to marry Kaden and Aiya to marry Maeve. Now who knows how each couple will hit it off. Aiyan I guess is lucky, because Aiyan and Kaden are doing well and liked each other pretty quickly. As for Aiya and Maeve......well the attraction did not pop up. Aiya likes Sawyer. Then you got Maeve's brother who falls for Raven. So pretty much many people are picking other people, but its not so bad, there are other couples who are match made in heaven. 

You think the book is goo so far? Well there are some more complicated parts. Mainly how the world works. You have families, ruling different places, the nature of the world fighting to just be nature, being matched up to someone who you have to marry, the unknown, love, and everything else you can think of.

It may seem like a lot is going on, and there is, it just happens to work out. Everything finds a way to flow perfectly so you can read into a new world and just enjoy it. I liked the book, I just had some quirks with it. 

I would have like to book to grab me sooner than it did, and for it to not have ended the way it did. It should have kept going a bit longer, or ended sooner and made into another book. However I still give this book 4 stars.

The Library

The Library
by T.M.  Smith

The Library, an Opposites Novella, by TM Smith
Three gay couples run amuck in this short story where clothing, beds, even four walls are all optional! 

Want to know what happened that night in the library?
Cirian and Rian had a fight in the library and Rian ends up naked on the desk, on his back, at Cirian's mercy. 

Want to know how far things went with ice cream?
A romantic evening by the fire feeding his husband ice cream leads to a lot more than heavy petting for Aiyan and Kaden.

Want to know what was going on when those birds fled?
Travelling hundreds of miles, battling the rebels and then travelling back to House Gaeland will take it out of you. But when Tanis wants something, he takes it. Raven is about to be bent over a tree!

A Note from the Author: I've taken three scenes from Opposites that were cut short and elaborated on the shenanigans that ensued. I also focused more in the beginning on the relationship between Cirian and Rian, to give readers a chance to know them and their inner workings better. 

**Warning, The Library is a novella set in the same world as Opposites. It's an adult dystopian M/M novella that includes consenting and explicit sexual relationships between gay couples**




My Review: So here is a little short read for you all! I loved it and the Opposites book. T.M. is really great at writing these books!

Rian and Cirian  are together and I loved learning about how they got to be together.  Cirian is a very nice and caring guy with a funny side. It was nice getting to know about him. I mean he is in Opposites, but you don't get enough insight to really grasp who he is. But I really loved that I got to know him, his character was nice in Opposites, I just needed this extra push to decided if he was going to be likable or not, which he happens to be very likable. 

I loved the scenes with these guys, they are hot and are amazing together. I mean just read what this story is about! Library and Icecream!  I loved this and really hope T.M. continues to write more stories for me to gobble up. 

Falling by Design



Title: Falling by Design

Author: Valia Lind

Genre: YA contemporary

Published: March 12, 2014



Brooklynn Summers has a plan for her life: graduate from high school, get into a top fashion school, prove to her family that she’s not a failure. She wishes someone in her life understood her need to create because her parents sure don’t support her dreams, her sister hates her, and the deadlines are soon approaching.



Enter Grayson Banks.



There are a few things in life Brooklynn can’t stand: mismatched patterns, cheap polyester, and Grayson. No boy has ever publicly humiliated Brooklynn like Grayson has. When he suddenly moved away in eighth grade, Brooklynn happily wished him good riddance. But on the first day of senior year, Grayson comes back, with his piercing blue eyes and a smile that melts icebergs, he is not exactly the boy Brooklynn remembers. She quickly realizes that Grayson’s intentions have completely shifted, but she’s not sure if she can put their past behind her.



Grayson understands Brooklynn’s creative ambitions and he devises a plan to showcase her work to the world. When the two agree to work together, suddenly, there is more than just fabric paint that’s having a chemical reaction to its environment. Brooklynn cannot help but feel pulled into Grayson’s arms, but memories and misunderstandings surface, putting in danger whatever small comradeship these two childhood enemies have constructed.



Can Brooklynn overcome her own insecurities, finally making her dreams come true? Even a dream she didn’t know she had.



This is a story about a girl with big dreams and a boy who helps her achieve them.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

When Lightning Strikes

When Lightning Strikes
Sedona Venez

Release Date: April 15, 2014


Series: Credence Curse Series


Genre: Paranormal Romance - due to graphic language and sexual content this book is recommended for readers 18+.


The steamy sequel to BREAKING THE STORM by Sedona Venez.


He’s flawed like a MF, but I want him.


Ryker Alfero

Wolf-Shifter. Tattooed. Dangerous. Off-limits. Everything I crave — and everything I shouldn’t want.

“I would love to see what else your dirty little mouth can do.” With those little words, my body shivered as a surge of energy zipped into my body, unlocking something I didn’t understand. My brain started functioning with a clarity I hadn’t experienced in years. No warring emotions, just calmness.


This shouldn’t be happening, especially not with him. God. This was going to be a rough damn ride.


“I’ll do my best to break you in slowly, submissive,” he hissed, his voice dripping with raw sex.


Is total submission inevitable?


“When I get you under me, it’s going to be slow, hard, and memorable.” ~ Ryker



I have other plans.


“Go find yourself a woman stupid enough to settle for less than you're willing to give. Whose heart you can break without giving a sh*t. This woman is off limits.” ~ Lightning


***WARNING: When Lightning Strikes is an Paranormal Romance intended for mature audiences. Recommended Reading Age 18+***



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Sedona Venez is the author of the New Adult Credence Curse series, and the New Adult Valkyries: Soaring Raven series. She is a NYC girl (go Brooklyn!) with a slight obsession with her iPad, Pinterest, and television shows Pawn Stars and Face Off. Her love of music, tattoos, rockers, alpha men and wolf-shifters inspires her edgy paranormal romance novels. She also writes Middle Grade/Young Adult under her real name, T.L. Clarke. You can find out more about Sedona and her novels by visiting http://www.sedonavenez.com



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WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES - PLAYLIST
I love listening to music while writing. It helps me set the mood and tone for each scene. The songs listed below are my top ten tracks that I played on a constant loop while writing When Lightning Strikes. Follow Sedona Venez on Spotify.com to find the full When Lightning Strikes playlist.

Animals – Martin Garrix
Burn – Ellie Goulding
Dark Horse – Katy Perry
Neon Lights – Demi Lovato
Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys
The Worst – Jhene Aiko
Adore You – Miley Cyrus
Unconditionally – Katy Perry
Survival – Eminem
Not a Bad Thing – Justin Timberlake


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Synchrony


Release Date: 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

When her parents discover she’s been sneaking out with Isaac Robinson the forbidden Baptist boy, Mormon girl Destiny Clark decides it’s time to keep their relationship quiet. As their relationship moves to shakier ground, Destiny discovers that Isaac has a terrible secret, and she is left completely shattered.


The moment Destiny feels all hope is lost, Preston Nelson, her longtime church friend and Isaac's bitter rival, arrives like a beacon of light. It isn't long before two separate disasters strike for Preston and Destiny's best friend, Hannah. As Destiny helps them through their issues, she discovers that sometimes the best way to forget about your own problems is to help a friend in need.


Just as her heart begins to mend and her friendship with Preston begins to heat up, Isaac walks back into her life, threatening to rekindle the feelings she’d hoped to bury forever. Will Destiny and Preston find the synchrony they so desperately need, or will she find a way to forgive Isaac and return to his outstretched arms?


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About the Author


Cindy Ray Hale lives in a little
slice of wooded heaven near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and children. She
spends way too much time following up-and-coming musicians on YouTube and
dreams of joining their ranks one day. She’s a bit of a health food nut and
can’t live without her daily green smoothies. She tries to stay sane as she
juggles writing with four kids, staying active on social media, and keeping up
her book blog at http://cinnamoncindy.blogspot.com/. In addition to writing
and self-publishing two Young Adult Contemporary novels, she has also written
articles for "New Era" magazine and The American Preppers Network.



For more information on The Destiny Trilogy and Cindy’s upcoming books visit http://destinybycindyhale.blogspot.com/ or
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My scattered emotions continuously wove themselves around each other chaotically, growing from a few errant threads of thought into a tangled mess, snagging tighter and tighter until I was ready to explode.
I began wailing, and Preston grabbed me by the shoulders, pulled me back, and said, “Destiny, stop.” But I couldn’t. The tears kept coming. Living without Isaac was like being held underwater and being told to breathe. I would take water into my lungs, and it would burn. And eventually, everything would grow dimmer until it became black.
Preston shook my shoulders, jarring me from my despair. “Look at me, Destiny.” I cracked open my eyes and peered into his trustworthy green ones. They were so full of concern. “He’s not worth your tears. Do you hear me?”
I stared back at him. Not worth my tears? Did he have any clue what Isaac really meant to me?
“Don’t let him hurt you worse than he already has. It’s going to be hard for a long time, but you’re going to survive this.”
“How can you possibly know that?” What did he know about getting his heart ripped out? He’d never even had a girlfriend.
A corner of Preston’s mouth quirked up. “Because the Destiny Clark I know is a fighter.”


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Timestorm

Timestorm
by Julie Cross

The battle between the Tempest division and Eyewall comes to a shocking conclusion in this final installment of the Tempest trilogy, where the need for survival stretches the boundaries of history, both past and future, and the world Jackson once knew is a place forever marked by the detrimental effects of time travel.

As Jackson recovers from his brush with death, he’s surrounded not only by the people he loves most—his dad, Courtney, and Holly—he’s also amongst a few of the original time travelers. As he learns more about their life and how this world began, it becomes apparent that they need to put a stop to Thomas and Doctor Ludwig’s experimenting at Eyewall Headquarters. What starts out as an escape plan becomes a war between time and humanity, between freewill and peace. It’s the battle Jackson was born to fight and he’s not about to back down. Not for anything. Not for anyone.





My Review: The final book in the series ): I'm sad to see this one end, but I know Julie is coming out with another book, so at least I can look forward to that. 


So we start off with Jackson going back and forth in time. He got hurt and had a massive injury to his brain, so it lead him to travel to time and then waking up quickly in the present then jumps back into another time. After a bit he sleeps and wakes up to find out where he is and just how bad he go hurt and that he will have to things slow for a while. 

So what happens is that Holly has now joined eyewall. Holly and Jackson are enimies, which is even worse at the fact that she doesn't have any memories of him. Holly has no idea that they were ever together and happy. Which wasn't fun for me, I so wanted them to be together, but after everything was done, I could see why Julie did that.

Now the ending of the book was bittersweet for me. The ending was okay, all lose ends were tied up and all, but it didn't give me any shock factor like the past two books did. Once the book was done, I just put it on my shelf, I wasn't really shocked enough to sit there and thing about what just happened. That was my only real issue with the book, otherwise it was still a great book and love the entire series!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Impaler Legacy

The Impaler Legacy Omnibus 
by Ioana Visan


In a world crawling with vampires, Romania is the safest place left on earth. Thanks to the Little Council, there hasn't been a vampire on Romanian ground in over five centuries, until one day when Liana Cantacuzino is ordered to bring one in, covertly.

Enter Maximilien Hess, a thousand-year-old vampire determined to ruin the existing order of things. When all is revealed, Hess's secret changes everything, and a reluctant alliance is formed because the alternative is much worse.


The Impaler Legacy Omnibus, a vampire saga like no other, includes:

The Impaler’s Revenge (novella)

Sweet Surrender (short story)

A Victory that Counts (novella)

Casualties of War (short story)

Order Restored (novella)

The Third Wheel (short story)



About the Author

Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can't, she writes about it.

After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in "Human Instincts", she played with shapeshifters in “Blue Moon CafĂ© Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks”, and then she dealt with vampires in “The Impaler Legacy” series, before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series.

Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a short story collection "Efectul de nautil" and the Romanian edition of "Human Instincts".

She was awarded the Encouragement Award by The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.


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Impaler Legacy Author Interview

When did you realize that you wanted to become a writer?
I think I’ve always known I would become a writer eventually. It’s when I turned 28 that I gave myself a deadline and decided I’d better start publishing by the time I became 30 or else. As a result, my first short story was published on my 30th birthday anniversary.


Is being an Author all you dreamed of, or did it just happen? The best and worst thing about it?
When I started to work towards achieving this goal, I didn’t have a clear idea of what an author really was supposed to do other than the actual writing. And then it sort of happened, people recognized my name, knew my stories, while I still didn’t feel like a writer as I was only in the beginning of this journey. The best part is when I get positive feedback on my stories. The worst is the waiting because when I finish the final draft of a story, I want to give it to my readers right away and that, of course, isn’t possible.


What was the very first thing you ever wrote?
I think it happened the same summer over twenty years ago, so I’m not sure which came first, but I co-wrote a sci fi novella with my cousin and rewrote the ending of a five book YA series.


What made you create The Impaler Legacy?  How did it come to you?
There was this whole vampire trend on the book market, and having spent my childhood in Transylvania, it bothered me to have them constantly associated with Vlad The Impaler. So I wrote a story that wasn’t YA, wasn’t erotica, and in which the Romanians weren’t the bad guys.


Who is your literary hero?
Is it bad of me to say I don’t have one? The thing is I find interesting characters in every book I read, so my preference changes over time.


How much of your characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?
I don’t base my characters on people I know. Sure, they tend to have some of my traits because it’s easier to relate to them this way, but I usually give them traits that I admire in people in general and not in someone in particular.


Describe your main character in six words.
Dedicated, loyal, smart, strong, determined, conflicted.


Describe the world you’ve created in six words.
Modern, realistic, dangerous, exotic, corrupted, vampire-free


What scene was your favorite to write?
Any of the emotionally charged scenes, I just love writing those.


What scene was the hardest for you to write?
Oddly enough, it’s never the ending but the scenes coming right before that.


What are you working on now?
I’m close to finishing a novel in my upcoming Broken People series. It deals with a heist and an unusual crew of circus people.


Goals? Accomplishments? Improvements?
Releasing the Broken People series and finishing a fantasy trilogy is the next goal on the list. The Impaler Legacy is out so I guess that goes as an accomplishment along with being awarded the Encouragement Award by the European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013. And I’m constantly working on improving my craft, so there’s that too.


Are there any authors or books you recommend?
I’m quite taken with Brandon Sanderson’s works at the moment. I also enjoyed James S. A. Corey’s The Expanse series, and Andy Weir’s The Martian. As for something special, I recommend The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.


What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?
I love to explore foreign cities. When that’s not possible, a book will do.


Friday, April 11, 2014

The Book of Ivy

The Book of Ivy
Release Date: 11/04/14

Entangled Teen

Summary coming soon!



About the Author
 Amy Engel was born
in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan)
and states (Kansas; California; Missouri; Washington, D.C.), she settled in
Kansas City, Missouri, where she lives with her husband and two kids.
 Before devoting herself full-time to motherhood and writing, she was a
criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on TV.
 When she has a free moment, she can usually be found reading, running, or
shoe shopping. 
The Book of Ivy is her debut YA novel. Find her
online at 
http://amyengel.net/ or
@aengelwrites.

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