Friday, May 31, 2013

The Life and Death of Lily Drake by T. Michelle Nelson Review


For Lily Drake, slaying vampires is easy...Dating them is the hard part.

Lily Drake is your everyday hard-working single mom…until a gorgeous vampire shows up on her front door who she mistakenly assumes is her blind date for the evening. As one crazy scenario after another unfolds, Lily finds herself falling in love with two vampires, slaying the evil ones, and being prophesied as the savior of the entire undead race.
Deciding between pizza and Chinese take-out will no longer be one of the hard decisions facing Lily Drake once she is emerged into vampire society. Humanity or immortality? That doesn't hold a candle against this question - which of the two handsome vampire cousins?

The Life and Death of Lily Drake is not your typical vampire love story. It’s a tale about the humorous mistakes a woman makes simply trying to survive not only life, but the dating scene. How will Lily manage working full-time, taking care of her young son and fighting the undead at every turn?
Lily will have to figure it out, but who better to save the world than a mom?


WOW, just WOW!  This book blew me away.  I loved it.  This author has just moved up my list of favorites. 
The book started out with a punch and then lulled a little through the second third of the book, but quickly got back on track.  The writing was flawless.
This series reminds me very much of popular urban fantasy series like Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill, Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong and even The Hollows by Kim Harrison.
Nelson is really onto something with this book.  It has all the good stuff in it, like vampires, love triangles and a strong heroine.  The guys were sexy, there were a few steamy scenes and a lot of ass kicking.
The storyline was intriguing and boy, the end was great!  I was so stoked to read book two!!  I highly recommend this adult paranormal romance series!  It gets an awesome five glittery stars!

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'Til Death Do Us Part by T. Michelle Nelson Review


With a doting husband and a new job training a vampire military, Lily Drake was living up to the prophecies of being the best. Her life was seemingly perfect, until tragedy strikes bringing her a loss she's not sure she can endure.

The hard-working super mom / vampire slayer, Lily Drake, has just learned problems still exist even after you become immortal.

As everyone knows, even if you find your soul mate, you don't always get a happily-ever-after. Lily may have found temporary happiness being a newlywed, but the honeymoon is over. When she finds her husband going out for late night bites with another woman, Lily has to fight to try and regain what she wants most, love and a happy family.

If Lily thought being a single mom was hard, she’ll find being married can be a bloody mess.


I LOVED book one of this series.  I devoured both books in a matter of two days.  I loved the way book one ended and book two began.
I will admit, I was a little pissed off at Nelson about a third of the way into the book, but she really twisted the plot into an interesting direction that I wasn't expecting.  I read this book a week ago and I still can't form into words the awesomeness that is the Lily Drake series.
There was so much imagination used in this book.  The creativity made for a gripping read.  Nelson pushes all the boundaries in this series and I'm honored to have read this book early.  The only problem with that, is now I have to wait longer for book three!
Boy, this second book left off with one hell of a cliffhanger.  I am going to be at the edge of my seat until Nelson can pen more.  I HAVE to know what is going to happen next.  
If you love vampires, action and romance, then you MUST pick up this series.  It deserves more than the five glittery stars I have to give!

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Dissolve is out now!!!

GREAT news everyone!  Dissolve has been revamped and professionally edited!  Even better? It's for sale now.  The sequel, Detour will be out in the fall :)


Cora is thrilled to leave high school behind and kick start her summer with her boyfriend and best friend, Nessa. In an unexpected turn of events, tragedy strikes and Cora turns to Nessa for help.
Cora and Nessa discover they are not alone and become entangled in things much bigger than they expect. As the two of them meet new allies, it’s obvious that clearing Cora’s name and going home seem like the least of their worries. The further they travel; the more complicated their lives become. Someone is after them and they are just getting started.  


Other books out now:

Book of the Week #2

My pick of the week:

This book was sad, as all Molly McAdams books are.  It was soooo good though.  Definitely in the must read new adult category!!

Book: From Ashes

Author: Molly McAdams



When Cassidy Jameson's best friend Tyler took her to Texas with him when he left for college, she was expecting his cousin, their new roommate, to be a Stetson-wearing cowboy since his family owned a ranch; not this incredibly gorgeous guy with a husky Southern drawl that seemed to make the world stop whenever she looked at him. Because of her past, she's only ever trusted two men in her life, Tyler and her dad whom passed away when she was six. But there's something about Gage that draws her to him in a way she can't explain, only problem? He's always telling Tyler that he doesn't want Cassidy living there and sees her as nothing more than his little sister.

Gage Carson was excited his cousin Tyler was coming to live with, and go to college with him. When he'd called to ask if he could bring his friend Cassi with him, Gage didn't care. Gage had heard about this mysterious friend since they were kids and felt like he already knew her. Nothing would prepare him for watching her jump out of Ty's Jeep though. Not only was Cassi the most beautiful girl he'd ever seen, but there was something about her that within seconds of meeting her, made Gage want to protect her, and make her his. Too bad Tyler made it a point to remind Gage on a daily basis that he was dating her and she was completely off limits.

For a year and a half, Gage and Cassidy dance around their feelings for each other as Tyler continues to keep them apart; until one day Tyler unknowingly pushes her right into Gage's arms. With Tyler unable to keep lying to them, they finally start a relationship both have been craving since their first meeting. But when an accident and disaster sends her back to Tyler and California, will Cassidy be able to come face to face with the demons from her past to live a life she and Gage deserve; or will the fact that she once again ran to Tyler be the final push that ends Cassidy and Gage for good?

Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review of The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy


This isn't a deep book about first loves or self-discovery. If you want a book like that, I'd be happy to recommend one, but I don't have that kind of story to tell. Instead my story is about rash decisions and finding out that your dream guy is bad in bed. It's the story of when I finally went skinny dipping, and how my life was never the same again. Oh, and it's also the story of my freshman year of college and realizing Mr. Right might have been there all along.

Okay, I love reading Alyssa Rose Ivy's books.  What I didn't expect, was to stay up all night reading this one.  I couldn't put this book down.  I think aside from her Crescent Chronicles series, this is my favorite. 
I really enjoyed the story behind it.  It was creative and interesting.  I wanted to reach out and strangle Juliet a few times, but she figured things out on her own.  I also loved the relationship between her and her cousin Amy.  Even long distance, they kept in touch with each other.
As with all of Alyssa's books, this one had hot guys in it too.  There was Dylan, Kyle and Reed.  You will have to read the book to decide who you are rooting for, but they are all yummy.  I couldn't wait to find out who she chose at the end of the book.
I love the whole new adult genre and this was most definitely a must read!!  This story has earned five glittery stars for being one of my favorite reads of 2013!!  If you haven't read any of Alyssa's books, run out and grab a few.  They are all worth your time :)

Other books by Alyssa Rose Ivy:

Wishlist Wednesday #41

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.  This meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

Book: Smash Into You

Author: Shelly Crane

Release Date:  2013


Jude has spent the whole twenty one years of his life running. From what, he wasn't quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week's pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being.

Never stop running…

Now he's semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It's been three months since he had to move because 'Biloxi', as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more.

Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they're after them both.


Umm...shh yeah!!!  Who doesn't love Shelly Crane???  I'm intrigued.  This book is told from Jude's POV.  I can't wait to see what she has written.  This is one release you should be sure not to miss!!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cover reveal for Cry Me A River by Devyn Dawson

Cover Reveal
Cry Me A River
by Devyn Dawson

Caide Palmer, Emerald Isle's resident chef and grieving father.  Everything in his life is turned upside down when his ex-girlfriend Heather dies from an accidental overdose.  She left behind their eighteen month old daughter.  Heather's parents filed for emergency custody of baby Lucy.  Now Caide is in the fight of his life to raise his daughter to the best of his ability.  The courts order Caide to attend parenting classes and Al Anon meetings.  It is there that he meets twenty-two year old River.  She is drawn in by his story, and she wants to mend his grieving heart.  Will Caide allow River in to his world, or will he find his role as single father is to be faced alone?  There's something about her that he wants to save.  Can they really save each other?  

Cry Me A River is a New Adult book with sexual situations and explicit language.  If you've ever mourned the loss of someone you loved, Cry Me A River will show you that love can conquer when you meet the right person.   

Available July 2, 2013.

Add to your TBR list Cry Me a River

The author Devyn Dawson is from Oklahoma, but she kicks up her boots in New Bern, NC.  She spends her days writing about the characters who live in her head.  Devyn has been intrigued by the young adult world and is now branching out to new adult.  This is her first non-paranormal book.  Although the characters are fictional, grief of losing someone you love is drawn from her own experiences of death and loss.

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Devyn's Blog - tons of giveaways!


Young Adult Books by Devyn

The Legacy of Kilkenny - book one
The Seduction - book 1.5
Malevolence - book two

The Light Tamer
Light Bound - Summer 2013

The Wisdom Series
Trust - book one  Winter 2013

New Adult Books

Sapphire, A Werewolf Love Story

A day in the life of Tawdra Kandle

Books by Tawdra:

About Tawdra
After years of concentrating on non-fiction, mostly parenting and homeschool related articles, I realized a dream and finished my first full-length novel in 2008.FEARLESS is the first in a series of four young adult urban fiction books.  It will be available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble in December, 2011.In my non-writing hours, I am a mother of five (four biological, one in-law) and a wife of one. I homeschool the two youngest children.Writing, reading and traveling are my passions.  I love and will devour anything by Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, Nora Roberts, Janet Evanovitch, Stephen King, Anne Perry, Julia Spencer-Fleming. . .there are too many books and not enough time!

This series looks awesome and Tawdra is really chill!  It was fun hanging out with her.  Go ahead, pick up her books today!

Top Ten Tuesdays #22

Top Ten Tuesdays where I share with you some of my favorite books with a different theme each week!

This weeks theme: Covers for my books coming out in 2013/2014

1. Devour-2013
2. Distance-2014
3. Dissolve-2013
4. Detour-2013
5. Dancing with Deception-2013
6. Dancing with Death-2013
7. Dancing with Demons-2013
8. Dancing with Disaster-2014
9. Dancing with Destiny-2014
10. Dreamwalker (A Persephone's League of Immortals Book 1)-2013
11. Divinity (A Persephone's League of Immortals Book 2)-2014
12. Divided (A Persephone's League of Immortals Book 3)-2014

So what do you think?  I used some amazing cover artists!!!  I can't wait to publish them all :)  Check out my blog for upcoming releases and also browse some of these awesome cover artists!

Andrea Heltsley blog 

Cover Artists:

Phatpuppy Art 

Eden Crane Design 

Once Upon a Time Covers 

Mae I Design 

You can purchase Devour, Dancing with Deception and Dancing with Death on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Itunes!