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  • Vampire Dreams Revamped (A Sons of Navarus Prequel) on Aug. 26, 2012

    VAMPIRE DREAMS-Revamped (Sons of Navarus prequel) by Gabrielle Bisset NOTE: Series contains mature adult content VAMPIRE DREAMS is the prequel novella to Gabrielle Bissett’s Sons of Navarus series. Brandon Riley was a 200 year old vampire who had yet to sire another. Lonely in a world full of vampires and humans, Brandon thought he finally found the one he could make his own. Brandon wanted to find love. Arden Stephens was homeless. Following the death of her father, she was left penniless with no experience or hope. Trying to make a life on the streets was next to impossible, yet when a complete stranger saved her from a stalker, Arden couldn’t refuse his offer of a job. But something about her new employer was different. And every night her dreams were becoming increasingly sexual and Brandon figured prominently in every one. Night after night Brandon would make nocturnal visits to Arden’s bedroom. Using his powers to bespell, Brandon would make love to Arden knowing she would never remember by morning. But Brandon was still lonely, and making Arden his own, was what Brandon wanted to do. Feeding from Arden each evening was making her weak and tired, but without his sire’s permission, Brandon would never be able to call her his own. He was falling in love Vasilije is Brandon’s sire. For over 200 years, Brandon was Vasilije’s favorite. Cruel and sadistic, Vasilije needed his connection to Brandon, yet he refused to allow Brandon to sire one of his own. Night after night Vasilije held parties and orgies hoping to lure Brandon into the lifestyle demanded by most vampires. Even Delilah, another of Vasilije’s favorites despised Brandon-jealousy among vampires was lethal. But introducing Arden to Vasilije may have been a mistake when the ancient vampire demanded Arden for himself. VAMPIRE DREAMS-REVAMPED is a short story that introduces Vasilije, an ancient vampire who has sired many children over the years. The Sons of Navarus series will focus on Vasilije and the vampires he has sired. The storylines are both sensual and erotic, with a little gothic horror to keep the vampire genre alive. see all of my reviews at: thereadingcafe.com
  • Destiny's Shift on Jan. 10, 2013
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    DESTINY’S SHIFT (Six Saviors #4) by Carly Fall ABOUT THE BOOK: One hundred and fifty years ago, Warrior Jovan of the Six Saviors realized he had a gift: the ability to feel emotions through touch. Over the years, the gift has intensified allowing him to hear others thoughts, and this uncontrolled skill has forced him to keep his distance from both humans and those of his race. He fears the impact on his sanity if he doesn’t. Liberty, an SR44 female has come to Earth by a set of circumstances beyond her control. Born into a life of servitude on SR44, she is alone, afraid, and stumbling her way through learning the customs and language of her new home on Earth. When Jovan meets Liberty, it becomes clear that they are of the same species, and Jovan takes Liberty under his wing, despite his commitment to himself to limit interaction with others. As Liberty reveals the reasons for her coming to Earth, it becomes apparent that the Six Saviors are in danger, not only from the FBI, but also from those who have journeyed to Earth with Liberty, and they are seeking revenge. Jovan must quickly learn to control his gift, and Liberty is the only one who can help him. As they deal with danger from all sides, Jovan and Liberty must find a way to compromise on the lives they desire, or they will be forced to go their separate ways. REVIEW: Background: 6 saviors warriors from planet SR44: Rayner, Hudson, Noah, Cohen, Jovan & Talin. The warriors were sent to earth 212 years ago to stop and eradicate the 12 murderers who escaped from one of the moon colonies of planet SR44. The Colonists, as they were soon called, made their way to Earth, took the human body form, mated with the females and populated the earth with Colonist DNA. The savior warriors are part of the elite military from planet SR44, commissioned to remove the Colonists from Earth. The beings on planet SR44 are incorporeal bodies of mist and smoke, each bearing a different color, but in their corporeal bodies on Earth, their eyes will glow their familiar- planet SR44 color each evening. This is Jovan’s story and his eyes are emerald green. I love the Six Savior series by Carly Fall. Early last year I won a copy of Carly’s second storyline in her Six Savior series-Finding My Faith-and I have been a big fan ever since. Destiny’s Shift introduces several more beings from planet SR44 and one in particular will bring about a change in Jovan that he never thought possible. Carly has brought together more of the inhabitants from planet SR44 and not everyone is happy under the circumstances. With their introduction into the stories, Carly opens up a much larger field of potential storylines and relationship scenarios. Jovan and Liberty’s relationship follows the usual romance storyline premise. Jovan was a reluctant SR44 male who wanted nothing to do with looking after a mate, especially one that came with baggage in the form of an over-protective big brother, but Jovan’s attraction to Liberty could not be denied. Even many of the other members of the communal household saw the attraction between the couple before anyone involved was willing to admit there was something between the pair. And Liberty as naïve and innocent as she was, soon learned what it was she wanted and she wanted Jovan. And apparently Liberty has a thing for leather. Carly adds another familiar face to the storyline-an overzealous FBI agent who knows more about the Warriors than anyone thought. When he reveals the information about the missing SR44 beings, the Warriors are forced to bring this stranger into their fold, and in doing so another potential storyline for one of the beings from planet SR44. The Six Savior series and Destiny’s Shift by Carly Fall is a well-written and fascinating storyline and, one that brings a tear or two to my eyes every time-and Destiny’s Shift is no exception. My heart broke for a couple of the Saviors when they ‘lose their everything’ and you can almost feel the anguish of Jovan’s gift whenever he is in proximity of those suffering and in pain. Carly has written an amazing series of characters with whom I have fallen in love and I know you will too Copy supplied by the author.
  • Beverly's Rebirth on Feb. 20, 2013

    BEVERLY’S REBIRTH (Six Saviors Novella) by Carly Fall ABOUT THE BOOK: Released January 2013 This is the book that was never supposed to be written. It was inspired by fans of the Six Saviors Series who wanted a little more of Beverly and Hudson from REBORN. If you haven't read REBORN, this book is not for you. There’s no doubt that Beverly has had her share of ups and downs. When we last left her in REBORN, she had told Hudson that she was pregnant with his child, he was happy about it, and they were about to be mated. In Destiny’s Shift, we see Beverly and Hudson happy with their baby, but what happened in between those two books? A lot. This is Beverly’s journey into motherhood. And it’s not an easy ride. This book also answers the question that many readers emailed me about: What are they going to do with Beverly being fully human? ** REVIEW: Beverly’s Rebirth follows Beverly and Hudson as they traverse the minefield known as pregnancy and birth. But unlike most humans, Beverly is about to give birth to a child that is half human/half SR44-in other words-a different species. Without any prior knowledge, Beverly and Hudson, along with Cohen must endeavor to deliver a baby into the world-only everything does not go according to plan. Part of the storyline takes Beverly on a journey of faith and one that is personal as well as otherworldly. While Beverly tries to understand and convince the higher powers where it is she wants to be, Hudson must remain behind and convince himself that all is not lost-which isn’t easy when his entire life comes crashing down around him. There are some moments that will be familiar to every woman who has ever given birth-the need to strangle one’s mate comes to mind. And there are moments of heartbreak and sorrow when a man thinks he has lost –his everything. Beverly’s Rebirth is a well-written, short story that fills in the missing information between Reborn and Destiny’s Shift. And like Carly pointed out, you must read the series to understand the storyline and premise. Without the background information and previous personal history, this novella will be lost to anyone who has not had the opportunity to read the series. Carly’s Six Savior series is a must read for fans of the paranormal with a slight-very slight-science fiction premise (if only because our amazing heroes are from another planet). I want my own SR44ian Reading Order 1. The Light Within Me 2. Finding My Faith 3. Reborn 4. Beverly’s Rebirth 5. Destiny’s Shift Copy supplied by the author.
  • Destiny's Shift on Feb. 20, 2013

    DESTINY’S SHIFT (Six Saviors #4) by Carly Fall ABOUT THE BOOK: One hundred and fifty years ago, Warrior Jovan of the Six Saviors realized he had a gift: the ability to feel emotions through touch. Over the years, the gift has intensified allowing him to hear others thoughts, and this uncontrolled skill has forced him to keep his distance from both humans and those of his race. He fears the impact on his sanity if he doesn’t. Liberty, an SR44 female has come to Earth by a set of circumstances beyond her control. Born into a life of servitude on SR44, she is alone, afraid, and stumbling her way through learning the customs and language of her new home on Earth. When Jovan meets Liberty, it becomes clear that they are of the same species, and Jovan takes Liberty under his wing, despite his commitment to himself to limit interaction with others. As Liberty reveals the reasons for her coming to Earth, it becomes apparent that the Six Saviors are in danger, not only from the FBI, but also from those who have journeyed to Earth with Liberty, and they are seeking revenge. Jovan must quickly learn to control his gift, and Liberty is the only one who can help him. As they deal with danger from all sides, Jovan and Liberty must find a way to compromise on the lives they desire, or they will be forced to go their separate ways. REVIEW: Background: 6 saviors warriors from planet SR44: Rayner, Hudson, Noah, Cohen, Jovan & Talin. The warriors were sent to earth 212 years ago to stop and eradicate the 12 murderers who escaped from one of the moon colonies of planet SR44. The Colonists, as they were soon called, made their way to Earth, took the human body form, mated with the females and populated the earth with Colonist DNA. The savior warriors are part of the elite military from planet SR44, commissioned to remove the Colonists from Earth. The beings on planet SR44 are incorporeal bodies of mist and smoke, each bearing a different color, but in their corporeal bodies on Earth, their eyes will glow their familiar- planet SR44 color each evening. This is Jovan’s story and his eyes are emerald green. I love the Six Savior series by Carly Fall. Early last year I won a copy of Carly’s second storyline in her Six Savior series-Finding My Faith-and I have been a big fan ever since. Destiny’s Shift introduces several more beings from planet SR44 and one in particular will bring about a change in Jovan that he never thought possible. Carly has brought together more of the inhabitants from planet SR44 and not everyone is happy under the circumstances. With their introduction into the stories, Carly opens up a much larger field of potential storylines and relationship scenarios. Jovan and Liberty’s relationship follows the usual romance storyline premise. Jovan was a reluctant SR44 male who wanted nothing to do with looking after a mate, especially one that came with baggage in the form of an over-protective big brother, but Jovan’s attraction to Liberty could not be denied. Even many of the other members of the communal household saw the attraction between the couple before anyone involved was willing to admit there was something between the pair. And Liberty as naïve and innocent as she was, soon learned what it was she wanted and she wanted Jovan. And apparently Liberty has a thing for leather. Carly adds another familiar face to the storyline-an overzealous FBI agent who knows more about the Warriors than anyone thought. When he reveals the information about the missing SR44 beings, the Warriors are forced to bring this stranger into their fold, and in doing so another potential storyline for one of the beings from planet SR44. The Six Savior series and Destiny’s Shift by Carly Fall is a well-written and fascinating storyline and, one that brings a tear or two to my eyes every time-and Destiny’s Shift is no exception. My heart broke for a couple of the Saviors when they ‘lose their everything’ and you can almost feel the anguish of Jovan’s gift whenever he is in proximity of those suffering and in pain. Carly has written an amazing series of characters with whom I have fallen in love and I know you will too
  • A Bit of Bite on March 15, 2013

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Re-release: A killer is stalking the streets of Crossroads, Mississippi, and it’s up to Sheriff Ava Dushaine to stop him. But when suspicion falls on werewolf alpha Julian Kasey—Ava’s ex-lover and the man who still haunts her dreams—Ava knows that she’ll either have to prove his innocence…or watch the whole town go up in flames. Originally part of an Entangled anthology. REVIEW: This particular storyline is approximately 50 pages in length and is a day in the life of Sheriff Ava Dushaine and Werewolf Alpha Julia Kasey. As Ava begins to investigate several murders that resemble werewolf killings, she will step into a minefield of betrayal and discrimination. Thinking her one time lover and pack Alpha Julian knows more about the killings then he is willing to admit, Ava attempts to bring the shifter in for questioning but the pair do not get far when Ava is attacked and left for dead. When a second attempt on her life reveals the truth behind the killings, Ava and Julian must make a decision that will affect the rest of their lives. Cynthia Eden loves to write about the werewolves and pack alphas, and A Bit of Bite is no exception. If you have a few minutes, A Bit of Bite is a quick read and FREE at most ebook retailers.
  • A Moment on June 02, 2013

    3.5 stars (problems with editing and grammar) REVIEW: A MOMENT is the first storyline in Marie Hall’s new adult, contemporary romance, Moments series. The first installment focuses on Ryan Cosgroves-a twenty five year old MMA fighter with demons buried so deep, the pain and suffering in the ring are the only thing keeping the memories at bay; and Liliana Delgado-a twenty one year old, single mother of a seven year old autistic child who works nights to keep food on the table and attends college to ensure her son has a future. A Moment is a storyline filled with characters that have suffered and loss at the hands of someone they trusted. It is a study in poor family dynamics where the children are made to suffer for the sins of the parents. But the children are now adults themselves, and the demons from their past surface time and again. What the reader is faced with are several moments in the life of two people who want to be loved and to love. From their first non-moment seeing each other seven years earlier to the last moment in the book, Marie Hall takes the reader on an emotional journey of heartbreak and sorrow, betrayal and pain, and finally acceptance by the one person you care most about in the world. Liliana is a strong and independent female character but at the end of the day she is like everyone else-she wants to be needed as more than a mother and a daughter. Ryan is a man bordering on the edge of sell-destruction. Fear of losing the woman that he loves, he begins to push Lili away without explanation. It is only when he finally reveals the truth to the nightmares and pain, will Ryan begin the long journey towards healing and self-acceptance. The storyline reads like a psychiatric nightmare-sexual abuse, teen pregnancy, autistic children, dying parents, betrayal and aggression. The expression ‘home is where the heart lies’ is true when Ryan’s heart lies with Liliana Delgado. There is no looking back-only forward, and A Moment will end with one couple looking towards a future where the demons can finally be buried-once and for all. I had a few issues with this particular storyline or perhaps it was the writing. There were some problems with grammar and spelling, as well as character switch-a-roo. Many times the names would be reversed; characters would be talking to and about themselves; but a good editor would catch all these problems. If a reader can locate that many problems, a proof-reader and editor should be able to correct the issues before publication. A MOMENT is an interesting storyline about two people who crossed paths-one moment in time- and their lives would be forever connected the moment they meet again seven years later.