Excerpt: Riddle of Fate by Tania Johansson

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By: Tania Johansson
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: May 29, 2014
Genre: Paranormal YA

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Khaya’s life, a life the Order say was never meant to be, is thrown into turmoil when she discovers she has a second ability. The Company who employs people like her – with rare and special abilities – insists that having more than one inevitably leads down a dark spiral into madness. So they are watching and waiting, ready to terminate her at the first sign of trouble.

Now, on the run from the Company’s agents while trying to prove her sanity, Khaya realises they are not the only ones she should fear. Angels are working towards her demise as well.

The question that haunts her is this: What did she do that was terrible enough to elicit the wrath of angels? And can she trust the mysterious Derrin, or is he the cause of all her tribulations?




The bed was pushed up against the walls in the corner of the room. A double bed. She glanced over at Derrin. He’d best not be getting any ideas about sharing the bed. He didn’t seem to take any notice of her glare. He was standing by the window, peering out. “What are you looking for?” she asked.

“Nothing in particular,” he said. “And anything at all.”

She snorted. If he was trying to sound mysterious, he was failing. Badly. She looked at the basin under the rickety wash stand. There were two dead flies in it and a brown smear. She didn’t even want to think about what that might be.

A wash would have been nice, but she thought that would probably be counterproductive in this place.

He glanced at her over his shoulder. “Go ahead and get into bed. I will be staying up a while longer. Just to make sure you weren’t followed here.”

And what made him so sure he wasn’t followed, she thought irritably. She swallowed the question and pulled the blankets off the bed. She sniffed at them and grabbed the lamp, holding it low above the bed to inspect the sheets.

Derrin chuckled. “Will you put that thing down before you set the bed alight?”

“Hmph,” she said. “Burning down might not be the worst that could happen to this dump.”

Satisfied that the bed at least looked decent enough to sleep on, she left the blankets off and curled up on it.

“Aren’t you going to be cold?”

“You can use them,” she said. “I’d rather be cold than sleep under those musty things.”

She furtively glanced at the stranger several times before she finally fell asleep. He hadn’t moved from his post by the window.





I grew up in a small town called Ficksburg in South Africa and moved with my family to England aged fifteen.

I then completed my schooling through a correspondence course from South Africa. This challenging time taught me a lot of self-discipline and determination. Qualities that have been invaluable while writing my first novel.

In 2004 I started studying optometry at Aston University in Birmingham, UK and currently I live and work as an optician in Kent.

In 2008, I married my wonderful husband, Tor. He has been such an amazing support and wealth of internet wizardry from when I started writing through to designing a cover for Book of Remembrance, to publishing my book on amazon as well as setting up this website. I cannot thank him enough.

Reading has always been one of my passions. I have fond memories of trawling through the library aged five (yes I was a geek from a young age!). More recently, I found myself wondering about the process writers must go through to complete a novel. I started thinking about how they would go about planning out a story and keeping track of all the various aspects of it. Finally, I decided to try my theories out. I have not looked back since!

I started writing Book of Remembrance end of May 2011 and finished it in December 2011. Since then, I have self-published it as an e-book on amazon. I have also started writing the follow up novel, which is untitled at the moment.

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Review: Nobody’s Hero by Kallypso Masters

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(Rescue Me Saga, #2)
By: Kallypso Masters
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: Sept. 29, 2011
Genre: Erotica

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Retired Marine Master Sergeant Adam Montague has battled through four combat zones, but now finds himself retreating from Karla Paxton, who has declared war on his heart. With a significant age difference, he feels he should be her guardian and protector, not her lover. But Karla’s knack for turning up in his bed at inopportune times is killing his resolve to do the right thing. Karla isn’t the young girl he rescued nine years earlier—something his body reminds him of every chance it gets.

Their age difference is only part of the problem. Fifty-year-old Adam has been a collector of lost and vulnerable souls most of his life, but a secret he has run from for more than three decades has kept him emotionally unable to admit love for anyone. Will Karla be able to break through the defenses around his heart and help him put the ghosts from his past to rest? In her all-out war to get Adam to surrender his heart, will the strong-willed Goth singer offer herself as his submissive and, if so, at what cost to herself?


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Blogging Advice I Live By



Yesterday started the Bloggiesta event. Today we are asked to talk about the best blogging advice we’ve received. Although I haven’t actively sought advice before, believe it or not I’m a really shy and quiet person when it comes to talking to people I don’t know, I have come across other bloggers giving out advice to fellow bloggers.

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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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(Throne of Glass, #1)
By: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: Aug. 2, 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy

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In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?


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Spring Cleaning


It’s time to give away the old to make room for the new!


As I was unpacking the boxes upon boxes of books when we moved last summer I realized something, I have way too many books. I kid you not, the room was filled with boxes and they were all books. I didn’t think I had that many books but I guess I did. So I vowed then and there that I would slow down on the review books and start focusing on my neglected books. I’ve been able to get through quite a bit of my books and I know have a pile going for giveaways. Since I don’t plan on rereading them I figure I should re-home some of them so someone else can show them some love. I’ve also added an extra giveaway for any foodies out there. These are some awesome cookbooks that I’ve had for some years now.

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My first Bloggiesta


I’m trying something new… I’m taking part in this year’s Bloggiesta. Which I suppose is what the whole event it about; getting out of your blogging norm and accomplishing your goals. I’ve seen the twitter chats going on and always wondered what it was. I randomly stumbled on a participating blog yesterday and finally figured out what this event is. Apparently, for those who are like me and don’t know what it is, Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon where we all get together and help each other out. There will be mini challenges throughout the event that will help push you to get your blog where you want it. We will set personal blogging tasks for ourselves, but it’s also a great way to try new things with the help of other bloggers. Ever wondered how that blog does that cool blockquote thing or how they get those related posts at the bottom of each post? Well, Bloggiesta is the time to ask around and get the help you need to get the look you want, as well as being a great way to meet and chat with other bloggers. I for one am really excited to take part in this event. Sure, I comment on blogs and may chat here and there on twitter, but I’m kind of a shy person. So, taking part in something this big will be a great way for me to get out of my comfort-zone of solitude and push me to be more outgoing in the blogging community.


My goals for Bloggiesta:

  • Clean up broken links from the blogger->wp switch… from 2 years ago
  • Update all the links on Pinterest from the blogger->wp switch
  • Clean out Bloglovin feed of inactive blogs
  • Check out past mini-challenges
  • Participate in at least 2 mini challenges during Bloggiesta
  • Participate in all #Bloggiesta Twitter chats
  • Comment on all Bloggeiesta participating blogs
  • Organize Goodreads TBR list
  • Delete/Archive ebooks from my devices that I’ve already read or no longer plan to read


Review: Love Unrehearsed by Tina Reber

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(Love, #2)
By: Tina Reber
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: Sept. 14, 2012
Genre: Romance

There is no rehearsal for true love.When A-list film actor Ryan Christensen ducked into her pub to escape his screaming fans, never in a million years did Taryn Mitchell think her life was about to change forever. But now, eight months later, after a whirlwind romance, Taryn wakes up in Ryan’s Hollywood hotel room to find a diamond to die for on her left ring finger—and her face splashed across the cover of every gossip magazine.

Ryan’s very public proposal is catnip to the tabloids, his management team is worried, and Taryn must figure out how a small town girl like her fits into his glittering world. What does it take to make a relationship work amidst telephoto lenses, daily on-set temptations, and jealous fans who will stop at nothing to keep you from walking down the aisle with the man of your dreams?

With no script to follow and no chance for a dress rehearsal, Taryn and Ryan will be forced to take the plunge and risk everything to make their love last.

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Review: Little Peach by Peggy Kern

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By: Peggy Kern
Publisher: Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins
Published: March 10, 2015
Genre: Contemporary

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What do you do if you’re in trouble?

When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options.

Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels.

But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition.

This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive.


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Excerpt: Love Strung by Jamie W. Matlock

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(The Love Series, #2)
By: Jamie W. Matlock
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: Jan. 21, 2015
Genre: New Adult Romance

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Country music hopeful, Kennedy Masters is a leap-before-you-look type of woman. Live in the moment, the here and now. That’s her policy – anything other than that is boring, and she’s never been particularly interested in boring. So, when she makes the irratic decision to join country music’s reigning star, Mick Callahan, on his tour bus after a show, she’s just living right up to her life’s motto.

The only problem? Her snap decision making lands her on the front page news and it’s for less than desireable reasons. Even worse is the fact that Mick decides she’s his next conquest, irratically announcing to the public that they’re engaged.

Her only option? Hiding out at the Callahan Ranch until the storm blows over – a decision that she’s not altogether pleased with, but one that she must follow considering the circumstances. When unexpected sparks fly upon meeting Mick’s mysterious older brother, Griff Callahan, Kennedy’s left sorting through matters of the heart – something that’s not exactly her forte.

And her career? Well, it’s been labeled TBD.

Kennedy must figure out a way to deal with her heart and her career, all while fighting her own feelings and fending off someone else’s.

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Lucky Shamrock Giveaway Hop 2015

I’m excited to be hosting the Lucky Shamrock Giveaway Hop. Not only because I love St. Patrick’s Day and everything shamrock related (I am Irish after all), but because it’s a fun way to have a giveaway as well. I don’t know about you guys but I get tired of jumping through hoops to enter a giveaway that’s part of a hop. So I decided to start my own hop where all you need is a little luck on your side to win. ;)

There are a lot of interesting sounding books out there that either take place in Ireland, have Irish characters, are written by Irish authors, or simply have a beautiful green cover. So, I’ve decided I’m going to give the winner their choice from the books listed below.
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