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Review: My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

My Life as a White Trash Zombie
(White Trash Zombie #1)
by Diana Rowland
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: July 15, 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating:

Angel Crawford is a loser.

Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she’s a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who’s been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.

That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in a horrible car crash, but she doesn’t have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there’s a job waiting for her at the parish morgue—and that it’s an offer she doesn’t dare refuse.

Before she knows it she’s dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey—just when she’s hungriest!

Angel’s going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn’t, she’s dead meat.

Literally.

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Birth by Donna Russo Morin (Giveaway)

BIRTH
(Once, Upon a New Time, 1)
by Donna Russo Morin
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Feb. 15, 2019
Genre: Fantasy Romance

New worlds don’t appear. They are born from the labor of those who envision them.

Count Witon has grown weary of the constant war between the races. Together with his wife Belamay, and Persky – first of a rare Human / Elf breed – Witon plans to create a new society: a utopia for anyone who longs for peaceful coexistence.

They recruit pilgrims from every city and species; most to success, some to failure. Together, they set off to a small, yet promising island, found by chance in the middle of the churning ocean.

But the journey there is fraught with challenges, and none of them is as dire as the one they face once they reach their destination. Will they have the strength and determination to give Birth to this New Time?

Once, Upon A New Time is a medieval fantasy with a double-edged sword: one of blood, the other of lust.

 

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Review: The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden
(The Coincidence #1)
by Jessica Sorensen
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Dec. 13, 2012
Genre: New Adult Romance
Rating:

For Kayden, suffering in silence was the only way to survive. If he was lucky, he could keep his head down, do as he was told, and make it through the day. But one night it seemed like his luck — and his life — might finally end… until an angel named Callie appeared just in time to rescue him.

Callie has never believed in luck. Not since her twelfth birthday when everything was taken from her. After the worst was over, she locked up her feelings and vowed never to tell anyone what happened. Now, six years later, she continues to struggle with the painful secret that threatens to consume her.

When fate lands Kayden and Callie at the same college, Kayden is determined to get to know the beautiful girl who changed his destiny. Quiet and reserved, Callie still fears letting anyone else into her world. But Kayden is certain that Callie has come back into his life for a reason. And the more he tries to be a part of her life, the more he realizes that, this time, it’s Callie who needs to be saved…

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Car Crash by T. Gephart

Car Crash
(Collision #2)
by T. Gephart
Publisher: Self-published
Published: Feb 7, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Humor

Kitty was not only beautiful but also incredibly intelligent—except when it came to relationships. It seemed if a guy was a loser, corrupt, deadbeat or unavailable, she was completely and utterly attracted to him. She definitely had a “type,” and all of them had been one bad decision after another.

Dallas had trouble of his own. Finding women wasn’t a problem—he could charm the pants off almost anyone—but most of those “pantless” women ended up being a few bananas short of a fruit basket. Not always the best candidates for his sex-without-strings philosophy. He was one date away from ending up a 60 Minutes special.

While both of them were at the top of their game professionally—she a high-powered executive assistant, and he one of the best tattooists in the city—their personal lives had become a dumpster fire.

No one in their right mind would have suggested they join forces to help each other wade through the crazy. Surely that was a recipe for disaster? But without reason, logic or even sanity on their side, they decided to do it anyway.

It was a hot mess primed for a head-on collision.

 

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Review: Heart of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Heart on Fire
(Kingmaker Chronicles #3)
by Amanda Bouchet
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication date: Jan. 2, 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Rating:

Who is Catalia Fisa?
With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin’s role in shaping her destiny.

Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step–reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria.

What doesn’t kill her will only make her stronger…we hope.

 

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Review: The Good Ones by Jenn McKinlay

The Good Ones
(Happily Ever After #1)
by Jenn McKinlay
Publisher: Berkley
Publication date: Feb. 5, 2019
Genre: Romance
Rating:

Ryder Copeland is an accomplished architect and one heck of a father…not to mention tall and sexy. He’s everything a hero should be, and Lord knows, Maisy Kelly has read enough of her great-aunt Eloise’s romance novels to recognize one when she sees one. But like all fairy tales, Maisy can’t help but wonder if this Prince Charming is too good to be true…

Ryder is drawn to the shy, curly haired professor who hires him to convert the Victorian house she’s inherited from her aunt into a romance bookstore. Attracted to a woman for the first time since his divorce, Ryder finds himself wishing for a future with Maisy that he knows is impossible. Ryder has never wavered from his plan to leave the small town of Fairdale, North Carolina, so he can give his daughter the life she deserves. But suddenly he’s not so sure. And the closer he gets to Maisy, the harder it’s going to be to walk away…

 

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A Rough Start to the New Year

I’m linking this post to Sunday Post, Stacking the Shelves, and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

Thank goodness January is over! I was starting to worry that the government wasn’t ever going to open back up. I don’t think people realized just how many lives were impacted by the shutdown. It wasn’t just your typical government jobs in D.C. (which seemed to be what most people thought of when they thought of a government shutdown), but people all over the world were affected by it. Not only that, but some of the visitors that came to our national park did not treat it with any respect. It was absolute chaos up there and given the shutdown, I, and my fellow coworkers, were unable to do anything but sit at home and stew over everything happening to our beloved park. It was a rough month for sure. I’m just glad to finally be back at work. I don’t even want to think about what might happen in a couple of weeks.

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Review: The Knight by Skye Warren

The Knight
(Endgame #2)
by Skye Warren
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Jan. 31, 2017
Genre: Dark Romance
Rating:

The power of pleasure…

Gabriel Miller took everything from me. My family. My innocence. My home. The only thing I have left is the determination to get back what’s mine.

He thinks he’s beaten me. He thinks he’s won. What he doesn’t realize is that every pawn has the chance to become a queen.

And the game has only just begun.

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Dream Keeper by Amber R. Duell (Giveaway)

Dream Keeper
(The Dark Dreamer Trilogy #1)
by Amber R. Duell
Publisher: The Parliament House
Publication date: Jan. 29, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

The Sandman is seventeen-year-old Nora’s closest friend and best-kept secret. He has to be, if she doesn’t want a one-way ticket back to the psychiatrist. It took her too long to learn not to mention the hooded figure in her dreams to her mother, who still watches Nora as if she’ll crack. So when Nora’s friends start mysteriously dying gruesome deaths in their sleep, she isn’t altogether surprised when the police direct their suspicion at her. The Sandman is the only one she can turn to for answers. But the truth might be more than she bargained for…

For the last five years, the Sandman has spent every night protecting Nora. When he hid the secret to the Nightmare Lord’s escape inside her dreams, he never expected to fall in love with her. Neither did he think his nemesis would find her so quickly, but there’s no mistaking his cruel handiwork. The Nightmare Lord is tired of playing by the rules and will do anything to release his deadly nightmares into the world, even if that means tormenting Nora until she breaks.

When the Nightmare Lord kidnaps Nora’s sister, Nora must enter enemy territory to save her. The Sandman is determined to help, but if Nora isn’t careful, she could lose even more than her family to the darkness.

 

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Review: Promised by Olivia Arran

Promised
(True Mates #1)
by Olivia Arran
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Sept. 7, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating:

She’s fighting for her freedom…she never counted on finding her true mate

Wolf Shifter Kara Smith is on the run from her old pack. Her only goal – to escape the man she has been promised to and live on her own terms. The problem is that her chosen protector – the Alpha of the Colstone Wolf Pack – is sexy as hell, making her wolf sit up and pant, begging for a taste. Definitely not part of her plan.

Alpha James Colstone has given up any hope of finding his true mate, the other half of his soul…until sassy Kara walks through his door. Desperate to claim her, to touch and possess her gorgeous curves, he has to convince her he’s not only good for protection duty…that he can give her so much more. But Kara doesn’t trust easily anymore. What’s more, her intended is hunting her – and he’ll do anything to get her back.
Will James’ dominance scare Kara away…or will she learn that with the right man, true freedom lies in surrender?

 

 

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