31 December 2019

{Review} Snowball by Gregory Bastianelli



Hardcover, 288 pages
January 16th, 2020 by Flame Tree Press
A group of motorists become stranded on a lonely stretch of highway during a Christmas Eve blizzard and fight for survival against an unnatural force in the storm. The gathered survivors realize a tenuous connection among them means it may not be a coincidence that they all ended up on this highway. An attempt to seek help leads a few of the travelers to a house in the woods where a twisted toymaker with a mystical snow globe is hell-bent on playing deadly games with a group of people just trying to get home for the holidays.


27 December 2019

Best Reads of 2019



I love looking back at the past year's reads. 

It's interesting to see what I rated them then and if that rating has changed in my mind now that the book has marinated in this brain of mine.  These aren't necessarily books that I rated 5 paws up, but books that I hated to finish or would definitely pick up again for a reread.

Here are the ten that made the cut:


26 December 2019

{Review} Blood & Ash (The Jezebel Files #1) by Deborah Wilde


Kindle Edition316 pages
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Te Da Media

Cold-blooded kidnappers. Long-lost magic. When things get serious, she goes full Sherlock.


Ashira Cohen takes pride in being the only female private investigator in Vancouver. With her skills, her missing persons case should be a piece of cake.

She wasn’t counting on getting bashed in the skull, revealing a hidden tattoo and supernatural powers she shouldn’t possess.

Or the bitter icing on top: a spree of abductions and terrifying ghostly creatures on a deadly bender.

And don’t even get her started on the golems.

Reluctantly partnered with her long-time nemesis Levi, the infuriating leader of the magic community, Ash resolves to keep her focus on the clue trail and off their sexual tension because WTF is up with that?

But with a mastermind organization pulling strings from the shadows and Levi’s arrogance driving her to pick out his body bag, can Ash rescue the captives and uncover the truth or will the next blood spilled be her own?






20 December 2019

{Bookish Blog Hop: Winter Hop} Favorite Book Read This Year

I'm excited to be sharing yet another stop on the Bookish Blog Hop!

Each day, bloggers answer questions about themselves and the books they are reading.


Today's question is a tough one: 

What was your favorite book read this year?


17 December 2019

{Review} Beasts of Babylon by E.A. Copen

Kindle Edition
Published August 1st 2017

Gunslinger Anastasia Thorne won’t stay dead.

Ten years ago, monsters murdered Anastasia and her children. Now, she’s back to hunt down the creatures responsible. She knows their names, their faces, and even where they’re hiding.

There’s just one problem. No one in town believes her.

After a botched bank robbery, Anastasia finds herself on the wrong side of the law, riding into the mountains in search of vengeance, notorious outlaw, Jesse Gallagher, at her side.

With the sheriff of Babylon hot on their trail, ghouls on their heels, and werewolves and skin stealing monsters in the mountains, Jesse and Anastasia quickly find out they’re outgunned and in for a long night.

It’s going to take more than silver bullets to put these monsters down.


{Bookish Blog Hop: Winter Hop} Do you keep your TBR stack on a separate shelf from your already read books or are they mixed?

I'm excited to be sharing another stop on the Bookish Blog Hop!

Each day, bloggers answer questions about themselves and the books they are reading.

Today's question is: 

Do you keep your TBR stack on a separate shelf from your already read books or are they mixed?

16 December 2019

{Cover Reveal} Alpha Erased by Aileen Erin

Published by:
 Ink Monster LLC

Publication date:
May 12th 2020


Tessa—part witch, part werewolf, raised human and now the unofficial leader of a newly minted supernatural alliance—thinks nothing of her brother, Axel, texting her and Dastien to meet up. The location pin is in a weird spot, but maybe he found a magical anomaly? But when Tessa steps into the darkened warehouse, she doesn’t expect to see her brother laying in a pool of his own blood, smell the sulfuric scent of black magic, or feel the pain of her mate being shot full of silver.

Tessa has seconds to make a choice, but there’s only one thing she can do to save the two most important men in her life—sacrifice herself.

The last thing Dastien hears from Tessa is her plea—help Axel. Then their bond goes silent. He can’t hear her. He can’t feel her. And there’s no sign of the attackers who took her.

Dastien does everything he can to save Axel before calling his friends in a panic. It takes all of them to find Tessa, but when Dastien’s finally reunited with her, there’s no sign of recognition in her eyes.

No magic in her touch.

No wolf beneath the surface.

Everything that made Tessa who she was…has been erased.

14 December 2019

{Bookish Blog Hop: Winter Hop} Do you take part in reading challenges?



I'm excited to be joining in on the Bookish Blog Hop! 

Each day, bloggers answer questions about themselves and the books they are reading. 


Today's question is: Do you take part in reading challenges?

10 December 2019

{Review} A Midnight Clear


  • Publication date: November 5, 2019
  • Publisher: Black Spot Books

    Six stories of not-so-merry Yuletide whimsy from the authors of Black Spot Books. A woman so cold she hardens to ice on a winter's eve. Risen from his grave before his time, a winter god alters the balance between seasons. A wolf's holiday season is interrupted by a strange curse. From a murder at the Stanley Hotel to demons of Christmas past, present, and future, and a mad elf and Santa's Candy Court, the authors of Black Spot Books share their love for winter holidays in this collection of dark winter tales, destined to chill your bones and warm your heart for the Yuletide season.

    09 December 2019

    {Book Blitz } Blood And Blade by Laura Dane


    Steamy romance, a bad-ass female protagonist, and vampires! What more can you ask for? Fans of the Goddess with a Blade series, wait no more! Blood and Blade is almost here, and if you're getting really antsy, you can get a sneak peek right here!

    There's also a chance to win a print copy below!

    {Review} Things She's Seen by Pat Esden

    ebook304 pages
    Published October 22nd 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corp.

    The coven’s under investigation. Its future is in peril. And for one troubled young psychic, the coming battle will threaten her newfound freedom—and brings back a dangerous desire . . .


    Exploited as a child medium, Emily Adams escaped to grow up on the streets—and hit rock-bottom. She took shelter with the prestigious Northern Circle, intent on staying only long enough to get back on her feet. But the Circle is still reeling from a devastating supernatural attack and betrayal. And vengeful High Council of Witches investigator Gar Remillard is determined to make Em surrender the truth—and disband the Circle forever.

    When Em’s psychic ability allows her to see Gar is haunted by a formidable ghost, her attempts to free him challenge Gar’s rugged French Canadian heart and rancorous loup-garou instincts. But even as their new alliance and past connection kindles into raging desire, a malevolent 
    force rises up to destroy them—the Circle and even the High Council.

    With all she’s grown to love on the line, Em must draw on her darkest nightmares and alliances with the dead to outwit and out magic a force who can imprison souls with a flick of the fingers and command legions of wraiths with one word. . . 

    08 December 2019

    {Guest Post} The Write Reads Tour: The Devil's Apprentice by Kenneth B. Anderson



    Philip is a good boy, a really good boy, who accidentally gets sent to Hell to become the Devil’s heir. The Devil, Lucifer, is dying and desperately in need of a successor, but there’s been a mistake and Philip is the wrong boy. Philip is terrible at being bad, but Lucifer has no other choice than to begin the difficult task of training him in the ways of evil. Philip gets both friends and enemies in this odd, gloomy underworld—but who can he trust, when he discovers an evil-minded plot against the dark throne?


    Even though the story (mostly) takes place in Hell and deals with themes like evil, death and free will, it is also a humoristic tale about good and evil seen from a different perspective. A tale that hopefully will make the reader – young or old, boy or girl – laugh and think. – Kenneth B. Andersen

    05 December 2019

    {Book Blitz} Till Human Voices Wake Us by C.S. Johnson


    Publication Date: July 31, 2019
    Genre: Science Fantasy/ Mermaids

    Sometimes the difference between reality and insanity is only a matter of absurdity.

    There is nothing Milo Bishop fears more than the thought that he is going insane.

    Having grown up hearing his Uncle Jay’s stories about the strange mermaids Milo never had a reason to believe they were actually true. But when a near-death experience gives Milo a vision of a mermaid calling to him for help, Milo is forced to test his uncle’s claims. And when he winds up in Rasulka, the mermaid community tucked away, deep under the southern California seas, the question of his uncle’s sanity is the least of his concerns.

    For in the heart of Rasulka, a growing whirlpool in the ocean-sky and the terrarium’s changing climate — along with a discarded prophecy that says their end will come when humans appear — all suggest that the end is near. Along with his uncle and best friend, Moss, and Eluia, a young mermaid who grew up hearing myths about humans, Milo has only hours to sort through his doubts and insecurities and face down unimaginable terrors if he is going to find his way home — before Rasulka, and everyone in it, is lost forever.

    01 December 2019

    {Review } Inheritance by Gail Z. Martin (Deadly Curiosities #4)


    Publisher: SOL Publishing
    Date of Publication: October 23, 2019
    Cover Artist: Lou Harper
    Can Cassidy and her friends find the demon box, stop the killer ghosts, and break the Pendlewood curse before Beckford’s murderous cousins and the vengeful demon destroy them all?
    Book four in the Deadly Curiosities series. Cassidy Kincaide runs Trifles & Folly in modern-day Charleston, an antiques and curio shop with a dangerous secret. Cassidy can read the history of objects by touching them, and she teams up with friends and allies who use magic and paranormal abilities to get rid of cursed objects and keep Charleston and the world safe from supernatural threats.
    Caribbean ghosts terrorize Charleston and start racking up a body count. Then Beckford Pendlewood, the heir to a powerful family of dark warlocks, shows up raving about a bound demon locked in a lost box and begs sanctuary. Can Cassidy and her friends find the demon box, stop the killer ghosts, and break the Pendlewood curse before Beckford’s murderous cousins and the vengeful demon destroy them all?


    30 November 2019

    {Cover Reveal} Trickster by Christina Bauer (Angelbound Lincoln, #3)


    Published by: Monster House Books
    Publication date: February 25th 2020
    Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
    ***A hilarious adventure after the events of Angelbound SCALA … and it’s all from Prince Lincoln’s point of view!!!***
    With the drama of the Ghost Towers and Lucifer’s Orb behind them, Lincoln looks forward to sharing some quality time with Myla. Maybe they’ll even do a ‘regular couple thing’ like a dinner date. Or they could kill more demons together. Lincoln isn’t picky.
    Then a trickster gets loose inside Antrum. And by trickster, we’re talking a giant orange monkey with magical powers and a love of causing drama with uptight thrax.
    Looks like date night is on hold.

    27 November 2019

    {Review} Hood Academy by Shelley Wilson


    Kindle Edition443 pages
    Published October 10th 2019 by BHC Press
    Will she follow the pack…or destroy them?

    A dead mother. A violent father. A missing brother.

    When Mia’s father is murdered, it’s her estranged uncle that comes to the rescue, but what he offers her in return for his help could be worse than the life she is leaving behind.

    Taken to Hood Academy, a unique school deep in the forest, she discovers friendships, love, and the courage to stand on her own.

    Mia takes the oath that seals her future as a werewolf hunter, but not everyone wants Mia to succeed.

    Screams in the night. Secret rooms. Hidden letters. Mia becomes an important piece in a game she doesn’t want to play.

    Loyalty, friendships, and family bonds are tested as Mia discovers her true identity, but will the truth set her free, or will it destroy her?

    25 November 2019

    {Review} Nightmare City by P.S. Newman


    Kindle Edition359 pages
    Published: November 26th 2019 Self-published
    In post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, dreams come true. So do nightmares.

    Ever since a shift in reality twenty years ago, peoples' dreams and nightmares come alive, spreading chaos and destruction. Monsters ravage cities, bottomless chasms split roads, and gold rains from the sky - the possibilities are limitless, unpredictable and often deadly.

    Eden Maybrey is a hunter of these "shades". When a friend tasks her with tracking down and eliminating an evil shade, the hunt threatens to expose Eden's deepest, darkest secret. To find her prey, she is forced to team up with Vaughn Taylor, a hunter who hates shades with a passion - and who won't hesitate to put a bullet in Eden's head should he figure out the truth.


    Book 1 in a new urban fantasy series with a twist: no vamps or weres - instead, dreams and nightmares coming alive.


    Would you really want your dreams to come true?

    23 November 2019

    {Book Blitz} Blood Rose by Rachael Vaughn


    Publication date: November 22nd 2019
    Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
    Fleeing her past and a dark tragedy that haunts her every waking moment, Rose settles for a crummy retail job in a crummy town in the middle of Indiana. Her one solace – the sprawling forest behind her apartment complex – leads her down a dizzying path into a topsy-turvy world where Rose escapes her painful memories…but finds herself at the center of a dangerous plot.
    A mysterious (and frequently unconscious) stranger, a technicolor landscape, and a sinister but charismatic leader pull Rose deeper into an unexpected adventure…where nothing is as it seems.
    Follow Rose on her journey through this perilous but beautiful land, as she wonders if she can save it…or herself.

    22 November 2019

    {Book Blitz} Give up the Ghost by Debbie Cassidy




    Give up the Ghost 
    Debbie Cassidy
    (The Nightwatch #2)
    Publication date: November 19th 2019
    Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

    They say not to judge a book by its cover. It’s what’s on the inside that counts. But what if what’s on the inside could get you killed?

    My secret is out and there’s nowhere to run. The council have my Gramps. But there’s hope, a lifeline that’s related to my heritage. The council want an ancient magical text stolen by Demonica, and they need me to get it back.

    I guess they just don’t want to get their hands dirty killing me themselves.

    Welcome to the spot between a rock and a hard place.


    A kick ass Urban Fantasy Adventure filled with fey, demons, vampires, gargoyles and golems.

    19 November 2019

    {Book Blitz } Daughter of Rage and Beauty Berserker Academy Book 1 by Amy Pennza



    Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance 
    Print Length: 290 pages
    Publisher: Scribble Pretty Books
    Publication Date: November 4, 2019
    The sagas claim you can’t fight fate. I’m determined to prove them wrong.

    They say your twenties are supposed to be the best years of your life.

    Clearly, they don’t know what they’re talking about.

    Because right now, my life is in shambles. As the daughter of one of the most powerful berserkers in the world, I should be taking my place among the noble guild of berserker assassins. By now, I should have mastered my emotions and conquered my rage—all the better to use it as a weapon when called upon to kill.

    But I’m not just Harald Berregaard’s daughter. My mother was a nymph, which makes me a magical mutt. When I was born, my father thought I might possess the best traits from both races.

    He was wrong.

    Now he’s shipping me off to the Berserker Academy, where the unofficial motto is “graduate or die.”

    Nice, huh?


    With the stakes this high, I can’t afford to get distracted. Too bad the academy’s headmaster keeps showing up at the most inconvenient moments, reminding me how much I suck at magic. And fighting. And basic conversation.

    It doesn’t matter that he does it with a smile. Or that his eyes fire silver when he’s amused . . . or aroused. Hauk Sigridsson has his own problems. He’s not going to be one of mine.

    On the other hand, he’s offered me a way to accelerate my studies and make it out of the academy alive. I just have to help him steal a priceless rock and defeat one of the most powerful immortals to have ever lived.

    No big deal.

    I’m in way over my head, but I’m determined to survive. They say you can’t fight fate. I’m going to show fate exactly what I’m made of.

    11 November 2019

    {Book Blitz] Beneath London's Fog by Iona Caldwell


    Beneath London’s Fog
    Iona Caldwell
    Published by: FyreSyde Publishing
    Publication date: October 30th 2019
    Genres: Occult Fiction, Ghost Story, British Literature

    Jonathan is the immortal master of Raven Hollow Manor – a decrepit mansion riddled with superstition, murder and restless ghosts. Beneath it lies a restless malice.
    Its previous owner driven mad, violently kills his guests with a rusted ax, creating the perfect venue for Jonathan to seclude himself in a prison of his own device.
    When the streets of London begin to run red with blood; the bodies exhibiting disturbing signs and baffling wounds, the identity of the killer remains elusive to police.
    The bodies are just the beginning of Jonathan’s troubles. A mysterious letter accusing Jonathan of committing the murders appear, raising suspicion in the police. Hidden beneath the mangled bodies, Jonathan soon realizes he is being forced to face demons he thought died in a forlorn past he attempted to escape.
    One thing Jonathan knows for certain: He must deal with the demons of his past if he is to survive his future. Not only him but those he has come to love as well.
    For fans of Jim Butcher, Stephen King, Darcy Coates and Nick Cutter.

    09 November 2019

    {Review} Something In The Water by Eddie Generous

    Kindle Edition240 pages
    Published May 21st 2019 by Unnerving

    From the brutal past in WHITE GHOST FUR, to the painful and troubling present in PROPER FARMER, to the terrifying days that lie ahead in UNEARTHLY SYMPHONY Eddie Generous, author of the monstrous adventure stories Radio Run and Great Big Teeth, and the haunted hotel novel Camp Summit, offers up twisted takes on classic creatures, a demon hiding in a modern subdivision, human monsters destroying the sacred notion of home, a farmhouse with much more awaiting new owners than some dust and cobwebs, and all the terrifying possibilities in between.


    Something in the Water is a collection of 13 violent and disturbing tales with its sights set on manufacturing sleepless nights and paranoid days. Binge read all 13 stories...if you dare.

    02 November 2019

    {Review} Slash by Hunter Shea

    Kindle Edition288 pages
    Published October 24th 2019 by Flame Tree Press



    Five years after Ashley King survived the infamous Resort Massacre, she’s found hanging in her basement by her fiancé, Todd Matthews. She left behind clues as to what really happened that night, clues that may reveal the identity of the killer the press has called The Wraith. 



    With the help of his friends, Todd goes back to the crumbling Hayden Resort, a death-tinged ruin in the Catskills Mountains. What they find is a haunted history that’s been lying in wait for a fresh set of victims. The Wraith is back, and he’s nothing what they expected.






    {Book Blitz} Angel Blue: Season One by Jennifer Silverwood

    (Seven Deadly Sins, #1)
    Publication date: August 14th 2019
    Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy



    All Eanna wants is to forget the night she lost everything, but fate has other plans. A lifetime ago, the cursed burned her home and everyone she loved. Now she’s haunted by a dangerous legacy.

    Her guardian, Etlu is determined to make Eanna into a queen, even if it means sacrificing his happiness. Surrounded by enemies, Eanna and Etlu have no choice but to give in to destiny.

    Wil and his sister Isabol are searching for the chosen princess, but Wil finds more than he bargained for in Eanna. He doesn’t plan on falling in love with her. A love like theirs can only end in tragedy and death.

    There can only be one outcome when chosen and cursed collide: a world bathed in fire and blood.

    24 October 2019

    {Book Blitz}Things She's Seen by Pat Esden



    Things She’s Seen
    Pat Esden
    (Northern Circle Coven #2)
    Published by: Lyrical Press
    Publication date: October 22nd 2019
    Genres: Adult, Paranormal
    The coven’s under investigation. Its future is in peril. And for one troubled young psychic, the coming battle will threaten her newfound freedom—and brings back a dangerous desire . . .

    Exploited as a child medium, Emily Adams escaped to grow up on the streets—and hit rock-bottom. She took shelter with the prestigious Northern Circle, intent on staying only long enough to get back on her feet. But the Circle is still reeling from a devastating supernatural attack and betrayal. And vengeful High Council of Witches investigator Gar Remillard is determined to make Em surrender the truth—and disband the Circle forever.

    When Em’s psychic ability allows her to see Gar is haunted by a formidable ghost, her attempts to free him challenge Gar’s rugged French Canadian heart and rancorous loup-garou instincts. But even as their new alliance and past connection kindles into raging desire, a malevolent force rises up to destroy them—the Circle and even the High Council.

    With all she’s grown to love on the line, Em must draw on her darkest nightmares and alliances with the dead to outwit and out magic a force who can imprison souls with a flick of the fingers and command legions of wraiths with one word. . .


    23 October 2019

    {Book Blitz} Gypsy Kisses and Voodoo Wishes by Denise N Tapscott


    Gypsy Kisses and Voodoo Wishes
    by Denise N Tapscott
    Genre: Southern Gothic Horror, Paranormal Romance

    Can any good transpire when Romani magic collides with Voodoo Magic? 

     For Grandmother Zenobia, the answer is unclear.

    The year is 1890 in Carrefour Parish, Louisiana. A Voodoo high priestess with a mysterious past, Grandmother Zenobia conceals her magical powers from her grandson Will. She wants him to have a "normal" family life, including savory Southern dinners and festive church gatherings. When Will reveals that he's in love with a girl named Syeira, Grandmother is overjoyed.

    In her excitement over a future wedding, Grandmother fails to find out a crucial piece information. Syeira is not a New Orleans local, she's from the Camlo family.

    On the other side of the bayou, Queen Patia Camlo, is furious when her daughter reveals her relationship with Will, who is not Romani. To the Camlo tribe, The Traveler way is the only way. Desperate to put an end to their romance, Patia casts a spell so effective that even the great Grandmother Zenobia can't fix the damage it creates.

    Grandmother Zenobia must decide how much she's willing to sacrifice to retaliate against Patia, as well avenge her family, without losing her soul

    22 October 2019

    {Book Blitz} Ghost of a Chance by Debbie Cassidy



    A Ghost of a Chance
    Debbie Cassidy
    (The Nightwatch #1)
    Publication date: October 22nd 2019
    Genres: Urban Fantasy
    They say the dead don’t speak. That’s a lie. They speak to Kat Justice, but most of the time, she chooses not to hear them. 
    I’m a Nightwatch agent, a nightblood charged with enforcing the supernatural laws. Humans can’t know the shit that goes bump in the night is real. It’s sweaty, tough work, with crappy pay, but I love it. 
    Things would be perfect if not for my secret.
    Pureblood Nightbloods can’t see or hear the dead. The fact that I can exposes my mixed breeding. I’m not meant to exist, and if the council find out about my secret it’s the executioners block for me. 
    Keeping a lid on my ghost whisperer ability is a must. 
    So, when my gramps orders me to head to the arse end of nowhere, a nowhere that just happens to be the most haunted place on the bloody map, I’m a little confused.
    This transfer doesn’t jive with trying to keep the ghost chat to a minimum.
    But with my golem partner and gargoyle companion in tow, I’m sure I can figure out why I’ve been sent to this weird coastal town. I mean, they even have a ghost bar. 
    You’d think the local souls would be eager to chew my ear off, right? Wrong.
    For the first time in forever, the dead aren’t talking.
    Now I need to know why… 
    A kick ass Urban Fantasy Adventure filled with fey, demons, vampires, gargoyles and golems.

    21 October 2019

    {Book Blitz} Pirate’s Curse by Leigh Anderson & Rebecca Hamilton




    Pirate’s Curse: Division 1
    Leigh Anderson & Rebecca Hamilton
    (The Berkano Vampire Collection)
    Publication date: October 22nd 2017
    Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
    Once upon a time, a vampire and a witch fell in love, and that love fractured the world. Now divided into sixteen isolated Divisions, the world is an unstable and dangerous place.

    In the Division of NOLA, Catheryn Beauregard fears her burgeoning magical powers. Hiding as just another slave in the home of the Hoodoo Queen, Catheryn hopes her simplistic powers will simply go unnoticed. And her plan seems to be working…until the Hoodoo House is attacked by a ruthless band of vampire pirates.

    Captain Rainier Dulocke and his crew need humans to feed on. In an act of desperation, they beset the Hoodoo House and take ten slaves to sustain them. Rainier takes a girl named Catheryn for himself, but her blood is giving him terrible side effects. Still, he refuses to give her up. Even when the Hoodoo Queen demands her return.

    The NOLA Division is in danger. The waters are rising. Food is running out. And the Hoodoo Queen is about to destroy everything that’s left if the pirates don’t meet her request. Now Catheryn must choose who will die: the humans who sold her, the witches who bought her, or the vampires who stole her. If she fails to decide, everyone could die.

    PIRATE’S CURSE is a standalone contribution to The Berkano Vampire collection. Stories can be read in any order. To learn more, visit FallenSorcery.com