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The Dragon Legacy Blog Tour

The Dragon Legacy  Blog  Tour BannerThank you to my blogging friends who are supporting the release of my debut The Dragon Legacy  and my forthcoming blog tour:

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Tracey Rogers – Romancing The Page
Shehanne Moore
Susan Taylor
 Incy Black – Blog: Into The Black
Aimee Duffy
Beloved Eleanor
Mac Rome
Paul Cude
Noelle Clarke
Samantha Darling
Anastasia Ryan

If I’ve missed anyone who signed up or you would like to take part please let me know via the comments box below or  email me at jolliffe2819@gmail.com

 
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3* Review: Eve’s Thieves Mac Rome

Eve’s Thieves is the debut novel from Mac Rome released by Midnight Frost Books  the new imprint from Crimson Frost Books. Here’s my review:

If you are a lover of dark, comic book heroes and villains then Eve’s Thieves should appeal.

All the main characters are female both protagonist and antagonist and the main romance is between two women Lilka and Wynda.

The concept of the story is clever. Someone or something evil is stealing parts of women’s bodies leaving them an empty shell. Peri a PI receives a tip-off that she isn’t the only victim of these supernatural thieves. She bands the other women together. Each chapter is devoted to tracking down the individual evil thieves and reclamation of their lost body parts.

Eve Thieves’ characters are larger than life and the supernatural horror they face encroaches on the human world.

Definitely for adults Eve’s Thieves is an unusual read.

If you enjoy erotic female/female romance and fantasy horror this may be for you.

I received a copy of the e-book from the author in return for an honest review.

Buy Links:

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Check out Mac’s other book from Crimson Frost Books 11 Month Inn which I reviewed on Friday here.

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4* Review 11Month Inn Mac Rome

11 Month Inn11 Month Inn is a fatalistic fantasy tale. Carl is lost in the wilderness.His life path is also unclear. He is exhausted from hiking on the Appalachian Trail. These factors make him susceptible to the Inn’s occupants.

Rue and her sisters are unusual but sexy seen through Carl’s eyes. The love scene lacked romance and sensuality which disappointed because inside Carl is a romantic.

The plot is interesting and so strange it is almost believable. I loved the reference to ‘Hotel California’ as this is what I thought of when I saw the title and read the blurb.

Unusual coffee break read.

11 Month Inn by Mac Rome

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


11 Month Inn

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Look out for my review of Mac’s first novel Eve’s Thieves here at the weekend. 🙂

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Cover Reveal: Without Doubt CJ Azevedo

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Today I am happy to take part in the cover reveal  for

Without Doubt the new book from C J Azevedo.

To celebrate the cover reveal.  There’s a giveaway don’t forget to click on the Rafflecopter link below.

Here a little more about Without Doubt

Synopsis:
‘Ava Sterling is tough and the most straight-laced girl you will ever meet. Her family and her past have managed to alter her future permanently and she has no desire to allow anyone else into her life or her heart for fear of rejection or further altering. Ava is alone in the world with the exception of the grandest responsibility she did not create on her own but on her own she will carry for the rest of her life.

Declan James is a MMA fighter, party all night kind of guy. Responsibility is nowhere to be found in his life or so he allows everyone around him to believe. Coming from wealth and a carefree lifestyle, Declan gets what he wants, always. And what he wants is Ava. In his pursuit of getting what he wants, Ava in his bed, his plan changes quickly without his consent. Against his plans of being the next hot bachelor to cross the tabloids as he makes his way to being the Ultimate Light Heavyweight Champion, Declan falls in love. He falls in love without hesitation and without doubt.

Neither Declan nor Ava are aware that fate has inconveniently intertwined their lives forever. Will they be able to survive the aftermath of the truth?’

I will be reviewing Without a Doubt which is due for release on 3 January 2014  and taking part in the blog tour which runs from 6-10 January 2014.

Meet the author CJ Azevedo:

CJ has lived all over the state of California, Central, South, North and finally landing back somewhere in the middle. She married the boy she fell for when she was only eleven years old and together they have two beautiful heathens. CJ obviously loves to read and write. She can watch the Giant’s play baseball but hates football. She bakes when she’s sad, runs when she’s mad and dances when she’s happy (even if she can’t find a rhythm to save her life) If you’re looking for her and can’t seem to find her, look on the staircase, it’s her favorite spot to read.

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Writing Journey – The Dragon Legacy is Almost Here…

Last week I was busy with line edits and the galley for The Dragon Legacy. I am happy to report that both are completed and I should have the Advanced Reader Copies (ARC) by the end of this month.The Dragon Legacy cover

The response to my upcoming blog tour (12 December 2013 – 10 January 2014) has been great.

I still need bloggers for January. 🙂

If you’re interested please sign up on the link The Dragon Legacy  Blog Tour or contact me here or on Twitter Facebook or Google+

I am excited and apprehensive as I share The Dragon Legacy with you all. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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4*Review: The Last Kiss Brigid Coady – Contemporary Short Story for the Mobile and Tablet

The Last Kiss (The Kiss Collection, #1)The Last Kiss is the contemporary equivalent of a short story in a woman’s magazine so prevalent in the ’70s.

The story’s ambience is a little like ‘Brief Encounter’ you’re not hopeful for a happy ever after. The concept is modern and something most can relate to. I loved the thread of hope which ran through the story and the twist at the end.
The characters are realistic and despite the brevity you empathise with them.

I read this is in less than ten minutes so it is ideal for a coffee break read.

I received an ARC from Harper Collins UK HarperImpulse  via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

The Last Kiss by Brigid Coady

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Last Kiss (The Kiss Collection, #1)

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3* Review: The Last Clinic Gary Gusick

The Last Clinic: A Darla Cavannah MysteryThis story didn’t pull me in straightaway but I persevered and enjoyed it when I familiarized myself with the characters. The plot is political and covers the sensitive issue of abortion. There were no surprises everyone reacted as I expected.

Darla Cavannah is an interesting female detective with a tragic past. She moved to Jackson with her husband a pro-footballer forced to retire through injury. When he dies she stays even though much of the area’s culture and population are alien to her.

The cast of support characters are well-developed and often irritating but memorable. I felt some of the minor characters came across as stereotypical. As I am unfamiliar with this part of the U.S.A. I’m not sure if the characterizations and prejudices portrayed are realistic.

The romance between Stephen the gynaecologist at the centre of the anti-abortionists hate campaign and Darla is sweet with a happy ever after. As this is the first book in the series I think the romance reached its happy ever after too soon, I wonder where it will go in the next book.

There was a predictability about the plot and twists which may have been intentional I felt like I was reading an episode of ‘Murder She Wrote’ or ‘Castle’. They were no real surprises but a reassuring familiarity.

That said it was an easy quick read and I would read another to see how Darla develops as a character.

I received an ARC from Random House Publishing Group – Alibi via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

The Last Clinic: A Darla Cavannah Mystery by Gary Gusick

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Last Clinic  A Darla Cavannah Mystery

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5* Review: The Illicit Love of a Courtesan Jane Lark

The Illicit Love of a Courtesan (Marlow Intrigues, #1)‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’ is Ellen’s poignant battle to overcome the abuse she suffered after husband’s death at Waterloo. Her emotional rebirth necessitates self-forgiveness and trust of others before she accepts the love which will restore her humanity and self-worth. Numerous obstacles plague her life in the form of cruel men and society’s unforgiving strictures. To find her happy ever after she must harness her fears and conquer these.

Edward a second son has lost his life motivation after the return of his elder brother to reclaim his legacy which has prospered under Edward’s stewardship. Wiling his time away in a notorious gaming hell he notices and ultimately has an intimate liaison with Ellen a courtesan who he wins for a couple of hours when he calls her protector Gainsborough out for cheating.

The passion ignites between them and even though she belongs to another Edward cannot forget her. He seeks her out and they enjoy and illicit week of passion whilst her protector is away. On Gainsborough’s return he threatens Ellen with her worst nightmare and she runs to Edward the only one who can save her.

Full of angst this story draws you in as soon as the gravity of Ellen’s situation is evident. Edward is a true hero willing to protect his lady against all evils and able to forgive her even when she lies.

The supporting cast of characters are interesting and I look forward to the next in the series. ‘The Passionate Love of a Rake’

‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’ is an emotional romantic story which gives an excellent insight into the vulnerability of young women in Regency society.

The Illicit Love of a Courtesan by Jane Lark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Illicit Love of a Courtesan (Marlow Intrigues, #1)

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5* Review Did Someone Order Room Service? Charlotte Phillips

Did Someone Order Room Service? (Do Not Disturb, #2)This contemporary,fast-paced romantic novella set in a chic boutique hotel is a lovely escapist read if you have a spare couple of hours. The second in the ‘Do Not Disturb series’ it has plausible characters that experience their worst nightmares and best dreams within the microcosm of hotel life.

Layla a diligent guest services person becomes the very personal assistant to Matt a celebrity pro-tennis star who appears to court the paparazzi but is he really as shallow as he seems? Layla craves ‘normal’ family life after a less than conventional upbringing. Smarting from her mother’s latest betrayal she meets Matt who epitomizes all she despises. Sparks fly from their first encounter and lead to some steamy love scenes.

I liked Layla because she knows what she should do but follows her instincts rather than commonsense. She risks everything for love and deserves to have a happy ending. Matt is likeable too although his finer feelings do get buried beneath his arrogance and self -preservation periodically.

This is an enjoyable read full of witty conversation and genuine emotion.

Did Someone Order Room Service? by Charlotte Phillips

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Did Someone Order Room Service? (Do Not Disturb, #2)

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