Friday, August 1, 2014

Review - The Jewel by: Amy Ewing




The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.


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Wow, is the first word that comes to my mind. I am blown away by Amy Ewig's presentation of such a cruel and dangerous world and yet you cannot help but be entrapped in its pages. I just adored everything that is The Jewel.

"It seems like for every time the Jewel makes me angry or uneasy or sad, I discover something beautiful in it."

Violet Lasting, not just her first name but her last name as well is very fitting. After being taken away from her home, put through tests, and then thrown into such a cruel world, Violet has more strength than most. She makes no illusions about a glamorous world, but also is not stupid about how she acts either. I love how she preservers, how she insists on people still knowing she's a human too, not just a purchase to play around with. Although, I don't envy her. I'm not sure I could be put through such horrible things and treated like a slave just carry someone else's baby. I have high hopes for Violet in the future and I cannot see what she can do next.

So let's talk boys. I'll start with Lucian who in so many ways reminds me of Cinna from The Hunger Games. He's one of those instantly love, almost hero-like characters that you look forward to seeing. Then there's Garnet, who first, has the most amazing name ever! On top of that, he's blonde, tall, built, and I absolutely love his carefree personality. See, with Garnet regardless of being part of The Jewel, you can tell he wants no part of it and he won't conform to ways everyone expects of him. We don't see too much of Garnet in this book, but I sure hope to see much more in the future. Then lastly that leaves Ash Lockwood. Oh Ash and your perfect gray-green eyes and the way you treat Violet as if she is actually human. I just adored Ash and everything about him, and at the same time felt so bad for the situation he has been forced into. He's another one that I can only hope we'll see more of.

When I say I hope to see more of the boys, it is because this story and this world is not focused on males or romance. The Jewel is a much darker and sinister story, not in the way of horror but in the horrible situations that humans are forced to endure. See, the woman basically rule the Jewel and regardless of the money, and glamour, and frivolous items...it is not such a beautiful place to live.

Overall, I absolutely adored this book. The Jewel is definitely worth a buy and I cannot wait (will be begging) for the next book!

- 5 out of 5 Splatters -

Book Highlight + Giveaway - Game Changer


Title: Game Changer
Author: Collette West
Genre: Adult contemporary romance

Young, rich, and unaware of how seriously hot he is, Brooks Davison is tearing it up as the latest shortstop for the New York Kings, despite his tendency to blush whenever girls scream his name.

When a health scare forces his best friend, Kyle Roberts, off the team, no one can stomach the thought of replacing him, especially so close to the playoffs.

Until Kyle's sister, Sasha, steps in, convincing management to let her take his place. The idea of signing the first female player in Major League history proves too tempting for the Kings to resist.

Nevertheless, Brooks doesn't want any part of it. Sasha is Kyle's little sister, not some sideshow.

Yet when Kyle takes a turn for the worse, Brooks promises to do everything in his power to help Sasha win a championship for him. Because there's no way he's letting either of them down. Not now, not ever.


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I reach out and rub Sasha’s back, letting my fingers stray to the area behind her neck. It's been such an emotional twenty-four hours for her. The ups and downs have been pretty intense. I want nothing more than for her to relax. Let her know that, even though I don't agree with her decision to do this, I'll always be on her side.

She shivers when I play with a loose tendril of hair at the nape of her neck. "Maybe you should go," she says, briefly shutting her eyes as I withdraw my hand. "I think I can take it from here."

I stepped over the boundary I promised Kyle I wouldn’t cross. She's only abiding by my wishes. It's my fault that I can't stop touching her. It's too hard being alone with her, having her right beside me. She's resisting because she thinks that's what I want her to do. I get to my feet, upset with myself.

Things are so screwed up right now. We should be enjoying each other's company after so many months apart, not pushing each other away. She wants it. I want it. But Kyle's the one calling the shots, and now even the Kings are getting involved.

Last night, after we spoke on the phone, I thought that this was it. Finally, I was going to get my chance to make things right with her. But Kyle's holding firm, and the Kings don't want a scandal. If Sasha and I get caught in a compromising position, the press is going to label her the team slut. I can't have that happen. I respect her too much to jeopardize her reputation. I have to be there in the background building her up, not front and center tearing her down. Maybe we'll get our chance at the end of the season, but for now, it's for the best if we just remain friends.

Sasha follows me to the door. I pause with my hand on the knob. "If you need anything—"

"I know... You're right next door," she finishes, an intense fire blazing in her eyes
as she stares up at me.

"Be ready by six." I'm all business, fighting every instinct in my body not to turn
around and ignite the passion that's smoldering in her gaze. "Goodnight, Sasha," I grunt, stepping into the hallway without looking back.

"’Night, Brooks," I hear her say before closing the door and twisting the lock.

Yeah, I may be locked out of her bedroom for now, but I hope I still hold the key to her heart.



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Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.

Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at collette_west@yahoo.com.

She is the author of NIGHT GAMES and GAME CHANGER.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tour Highlight + Giveaway - Echoes of Memories



Title: Echoes of Memories
Author: Samantha LaFantasie
Series: Nepherium Series #2
Genre: Adult, Fantasy

Traitor. Liar. That’s what they call me. No one believes me. Not even my team. I know it’s up to me to get the answers. To stop the corruption and unlock my memories. I’ll do anything to get them back. Even if my hands will be covered in blood.

Elsa's every move is scrutinized. She’s labeled a traitor by those she sought for protection, and kept from her family and team. Regaining memories has been a slow process. Too slow for the Council's liking, taking matters into their own hands.

The new captain has history with Elsa and operates with a hidden agenda. Even Elsa’s team reacts differently toward her. If only she could unlock her memories. Everything is playing right into Alexander's hand, even amassing an army with unconventional methods, designed to annihilate the Nepherium—starting with Noah. Elsa will do anything to stop Alexander ... even kill.



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About Samantha

A Kansas native, Samantha LaFantasie spends her free time with her husband and three kids. Writing has always been a passion of hers, forgoing all other desires to devote to this one obsession, even though she often finds herself arguing with her characters through much of the process. She’s primarily a fantasy writer but often feels pulled to genres such as sci-fi, romance, and others.
Among her writing credentials, a member of the Kansas Writer’s Association and has authored works such as Heart Song (her debut novel) and Made to Forget.
Samantha loves to take time to enjoy other activities such as photography and playing her favorite game of all time, Guild Wars 2.

Want more from Samantha? Keep up with her at any of her digital hangouts.


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August 1st
A Little Slice of Romance 

August 4th
Nocturnal Predators Reviews 

August 5th
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August 6th
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August 8th
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August 11th
The Wonderings of One Person 

August 12th
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August 13th
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August 14th
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August 15th
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Release Blitz + Giveaway - OCEANBORN

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HAPPY RELEASE DAY OCEANBORN!

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ABOUT THE BOOK



The coronation is over.

But the battle has just begun.

Nerissa Marin has won her crown. But can she keep it? Already, her ties to the human realm are driving a wedge between Nerissa and her people. When word arrives that her part-human prince consort, Lo, has been poisoned, she makes the difficult choice to leave Waterfell and return landside. As the royal courts debate her decision, even more disturbing rumors surface: a plot is rising against her, led by someone she least expects.

On land, Nerissa learns another shocking truth: Lo does not remember who she is. As her choice to try to save him threatens her hold on her crown, changing loyalties and uncertainty test her courage in ways she could never have imagined. Nerissa will have one last chance to prove herself as a queen …and save the undersea kingdom she loves.










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SEAMONSTER by Amalie Howard (Aquarathi #1.5)
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AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

She is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, PW, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was an Amazon bestseller and a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in New York with her husband and three children. Visit her at www.amaliehoward.com.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Blog Tour + Giveaway - OCEANBORN

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Video from Amalie!

You know, leave it to me to make things super awkward for her... sorry Amalie, couldn't help myself! ;)





The coronation is over.

But the battle has just begun.

Nerissa Marin has won her crown. But can she keep it? Already, her ties to the human realm are driving a wedge between Nerissa and her people. When word arrives that her part-human prince consort, Lo, has been poisoned, she makes the difficult choice to leave Waterfell and return landside. As the royal courts debate her decision, even more disturbing rumors surface: a plot is rising against her, led by someone she least expects.

On land, Nerissa learns another shocking truth: Lo does not remember who she is. As her choice to try to save him threatens her hold on her crown, changing loyalties and uncertainty test her courage in ways she could never have imagined. Nerissa will have one last chance to prove herself as a queen …and save the undersea kingdom she loves.




Add to GoodReads




Order your copy of book one, WATERFELL
AmazonB&NiBooksKobo


Get your copy of OCEANBORN TODAY!
AmazonB&NiBooksKobo



SEAMONSTER by Amalie Howard (Aquarathi #1.5)
Available on AMAZON for only $.99












AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

She is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, PW, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was an Amazon bestseller and a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in New York with her husband and three children. Visit her at www.amaliehoward.com.

Website † Twitter † Facebook † GoodReads