Dream Casters: Light by Adrienne Woods **Release Day Blitz**

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Adrienne Woods was born and raised in South Africa, where she still lives

with her husband and two beautiful little girls. She always knew she was going

to be a writer, but it only started to really happen about four years ago. In

her free time―if she gets any because moms don’t really have free time―she

loves to spend it with friends, whether it’s a girls night out, or just watching

a movie. She’s a very chilled person. Her writing career started with Firebolt,

book one in the Dragonian series. There will be four books in total, including

a further two to three books, which will be stories that take place within the

Dragonian series. Her other series, Dream Casters, will be released mid 2015. She

also writes in different genres, and her woman’s fiction, The Pregnancy

Diaries, will be published under a pseudonym. And then, she has a paranormal

series by the name of the Aswang series, which will consist of about ten

novels. And if that wasn’t enough, there is another series, Guardians of

Monsters, which will be released in 2016.

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Title: Dream Casters: Light

Author: Adrienne Woods

Series: The Dream Caster Series

Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing

Release Date: May 2015

ISBN: 978-0-9946641-2-9

 

 

Synopsis

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Mr.

Sandman, send me a dream, ta da da da…..Seventeen year old Chasity Blake

knows the Sandman is just a silly children’s story parents tell their children

to get them to sleep. At least she thought it was, until the day a mysterious,

light golden sand appeared in her hands during a high school prank that went

horribly wrong. A sand that has the power to send anyone it touches into a

deep, sound sleep.

Fearing she

had lost her mind, Chasity soon discovers the shocking truth of her heritage-

she is a Dream Caster. Chasity was never supposed to be raised on the Domain,

or what humans call Earth and she is forced to return to her true birth place,

Revera – the world of Dreams.

However, in

Revera there is no balance between good, the Light Casters, and darkness, the

Shadow Casters, and Chasity is caught square in the middle. She soon learns

that there is no place for anyone containing both the light and the darkness

within them, and the shocking truth that if anyone in Revera ever discovered

her shadow self, Chasity would be thrown into the Oblivion – the world of

Nightmares.

Dreams are

always more than they seem, and this time Chasity is going to discover just how

different they can be.

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WO SETS OF FOOTSTEPS made barely a sound on the rough and weathered wood

as they walked across the bridge that led from Main Pacific to the Glands. The

streetlights were dimmed  as dusk began

to settle and last vestiges of light from the setting sun were fading to night.

The lumbering clouds were moving in, blocking out any light from the two moons

that shone overhead, even the stars seemed less bright dotted across their

velvet backdrop. With his golden dust Graig Chen could conjure and wield

anything by simply believing in its reality. If he wanted it to be real, it

would be.

The Reverse was the most painful thing either of them had ever

experienced, but Liam, a healer and Graig’s only confidant, had promised him

that they would be able to live in the Domain like normal Nomads, humans.

Graig and his pregnant fiancé, were fleeing from

their home world in secret, having no other choice if they desired a normal

life for their unborn child.

They knew neither of their families would ever

understand, even though it had been his grandmother who had always said, the heart wants, what the heart wants.

How could he have known that his heart would want a Shadow Caster, and not just

any ordinary Shadow Caster. She was special, or at least her family was. She

was expected to uphold the family line with her offspring,  Graig knew that did not include carrying the

child of a Light Caster.

The two lovers could never live in peace, not since

the balance between good and evil inside Revera was thrown into upheaval. There

were only two choices for casters like them, either light or dark. The balance

could not accommodate a person containing both, so for his child’s sake they

had no choice but to leave Revera. Live like normal humans in the Domain, or

what humans would call reality. He’d found a perfect place, one he’d made sure

no one would ever find, not even his two best friends.

They knew about the relationship, they’d been there

when he’d first laid eyes on her, tried to talk him out of it, to forget the

blonde bombshell that would only cause him darkness and misery, but without her

his life would be spent in darkness and misery.

Her silver blonde hair and bright blue eyes had

done him in, if only he’d seen the bow that she’d aimed straight at his heart.

If it hadn’t been for his love when arrow hit, and for Liam, a healer, he

wouldn’t be in his currant predicament; trying to get him and her off this

dimential world that most people would call make-believe, but Revera was far

from that. It was the world of dreams, and Graig was a Level Four Caster whose

mission was to seek out Selene, their only live Somnium. It was on one of these

very missions that he had met the love of his live, the one woman he couldn’t

live without, and he didn’t care if she had black dust, he didn’t care that she

was a Shadow Caster, or what some would call a nightmare wielder. Yes, those

horrible dreams that leave you paralyzed with fear are actually wielded by

Caster’s, not some grave impression of ones subconscious. They are responsible

for doubts and forgotten dreams. She was his nightmare, and a nightmare he was

prepared to die for.

He knew deep down that she would would never

survive living in Revera and he was unable to cope with the Oblivion, wherever

it was. Oblivion was the realm of the Shadow Casters, created when Selene

casted out Magdelena, one of the first Shadow Casters, who was the third

Somnium, as a consequence for the death of her brother, Darius, the second

Somnium. Magdelena had no realm to call her own, so she created Oblivion by

focusing her hatred toward Selene, a world that could exist inside Revera, far

from Selene’s sight. For years, Selene tried to find it, but as long as the

Sodivic bloodline flowed through Shadow Caster’s vanes, Oblivion would never be

found by a Light Caster.

Sodivic blood was the key to Oblivion’s secrecy,

and Magdalena’s family line. There were many Sodivic’s since the dawning of

Oblivion but Magdelena reigned over them all. Graig had met many Sodivic’s on

his quests, each meeting always ended up in a bloody mess, and in all the years

he had encountered them, not one had ever

shown any kind of mercy or remorse. They were sadistic and couldn’t be

reasoned with. He had been taught from a young age, if you see a Sodivic, you

kill it. That was the number one rule taught to the Level One Dream Casters.

His fiancé was the only one that proved his theory

wrong. Over the past century, their bloodline had been busy dying out, leaving

her one of the few powerful Shadow Casters left.

Graig would pay dearly for loving her if her father

ever found them, and he couldn’t even think about what would happen to the

unborn child she carried.

Craig squeezed the hand that was resting tightly

inside his own grip as they neared the end of the bridge.

“Were almost there, my love. Not much longer.”

“You’re sure nobody followed us?” Her eyes were

wild, searching everywhere in the darkness.

“I’m sure. Besides, they won’t be able to see us,

remember.” He opened his hand, just to make sure she hadn’t forgotten what he

was, and threw more golden sand into the air, shielding them from anything that

tried to followed them.

Then he heard it, a crunch. He stopped abruptly and

she slammed into him. One second of doubt was all it took to break the spell,

and before he could realized that doubt, they were surrounded by Nimgolians,

the biggest and wicket shadow hounds ever imagined. They were veil, and

reminded him of a Rottweiler that had chased him ones in the Domain.

 

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The Newest Hatchling is here!! Poison: A Dragonian Series novelette by Adrienne Woods **Release Blitz**

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Title: Poison: A Dragonian Series Novella
Author: Adrienne Woods
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Release date: 21st May 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9946536-6-6
Back blurb:
Everyone dreams of being a princess, well everyone except eighteen-year-old Elena Watkins.
After learning about her lost heritage, Elena is forced to choose between learning to be the perfect ruler for Paegeia and her old life.



Not to mention that pesky dragon of hers who always seems to appear and disappear at just the right time. With her friends beside her, Elena must discover her own future as Paegeian royalty.

Who said being a princess was easy?



About the Author: Adrienne Woods

Adrienne Woods was born and raised in South Africa,
where she still resides on the East side of Johannesburg with her husband and
two little girls. She’s been writing for the past four years and in her free
time she likes to review books of new and upcoming authors.
 
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Evanescent by Carlyle Labuschange **Release Day Blitz**

 
Author Bio
  Carlyle is an South African award winning
author, with a flair for mixing genres and adding loads of drama to every story
she creates. For now she is happy to take over the world and convert non Sci-fi
believers.
Her goal
as an author is to touch people’s lives, and help others love their differences
and one another by delivering strong messages of faith, love and hope within
every outrageous world she writes about.
“I
love to swim, fight for the trees, and am a food lover who is driven by my
passion for life. I dream that one day my stories will change the lives of
countless teenagers and have them obsess over the world literacy can offer them
instead of worrying about fitting in. Never sacrifice who you are, it’s in the
dark times that the light comes to life.”
Carlyle
used writing as a healing tool and that is why she started her very own writers
support event – SAIR bookfestival.
 “To
be a helping hand for those who strive to become full times writers, editors,
bloggers, readers and cover artists – it’s a crazy world out there you don’t
have to go it alone!

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Title: Evanescent

Author: Carlyle Labuschagne

Series: A Broken Novel

Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing

Release Date: 19th May 2015

ISBN: 9780992244637

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Her
fall has just begun. 
Only his touch can save her from the shift that could
destroy it all. Within my blood runs a thing our kind calls the Shadowing
Disease. It shadows over, and bends everything to its will.
When the first
blood- shift came, it tore through flesh and blood, threatening to bend me,
break bone, shatter my mind and entrap my heart with its honeyed, seductive
poison. It came with vicious intent, moving my thoughts and altering me
forever. The shift has caused a rift within me. No one was safe when it
entrapped me in its claws of foul lust.
But I have the only antidote against
the evil that becomes me – his touch alone has the power to release the spurs
of sweet darkness that clung on for dear life. I knew what I had to do; the
desperation pulled my mind with the deep determination of a hungry predator. By
the time the revelation raised me from the dark dungeon of my bounds – it might
have been too late.

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My makers would say
I was created for revenge. I say, I was born to prove them wrong. I defied the
Council and its Keepers.  Fought back
against the dark magic of our enemies, but I am afraid it had come at a cost.            Inflicted with the dark disease, I
was lost in every possible way; and they were wrong – death does not bring you
your true purpose. After death, I am more misplaced than ever, but only because
I am immune to guidance. I relive my darkest moments over and over again, just
to remind myself of who I am.
I am the destined one. The haltered. For me, there is no love and
no release, only destruction; but I am on a path to be free of its burden. I do love and I will have it, absorb it
and never, ever, let all its enchanting affections go. In order to be with
love, there is only one path to lead me there; through this war. But nothing
and no one knows what awaits on the other side, or what lies have been
afflicted upon us about the after. Remorse is an infection I no longer want. I
had made apocalyptic mistakes, and will probably keep on faltering forward. It
has become my only direction in a reality where there is none. To him, there is
no him, if there is no me. He is bound to me, and I hated it more than I will
ever confess. His cross to bear is me, and to be that – to be this – is a curse I must fight.
When the first true
blood-shift came, it tore through flesh and parted blood, threatening to bend
me, break bone, shatter my mind and entrap my heart to become its will. It
comes with
vicious intent, moving my thoughts and touching me with a cutting effect from
the inside. It has many ways of
bleeding out, and when it releases, there is nothing I can do to stop it. No
one is safe when it entraps me in its claws of foul lust.
Corrupt,
damnable, depraved, destructive, hideous, demonic; your kind would call it many
things. I have a weapon against the profane that becomes me – his touch alone
has the power to release the talons of a sweet darkness that clings on for dear
life. It has one trigger – my guilt. I can change it if only I can take the
leap, surrender myself utterly. I am ready with all of me, for all of him.
I know what I have
to do, the desperation of it pulls my mind with the unfathomable determination
of a ravenous predator. I let it sink in hard and true. I feel the swell of the
fight fill me with a bitter sweetness, and with a glorious soothing pain that
tears my mind from the disease which transforms me. My loss has become my fight
as I watch it all wither away. But, I will never stop fighting. I am my own
destiny; my destiny is to be with him. And the Truth-seekers of this prophecy
will not take it lightly.
Everything else
becomes Evanescent.
~ Ava.

Getting Lucky Number Seven by Cindi Madsen **Review**

Synopsis

What’s your lucky number?

Lyla Wilder is done being the shy, chemistry nerd extraordinaire. While every other college student is out having fun, Lyla is studying. With her cat. Well, she’s played it “safe” quite enough, thank you. So she creates a “College Bucket List”―with item #7 being a night of uninhibited, mind-blowing sex…

But she needs some help from her man-whore best friend.

Hockey player Beck Davenport thought Lyla’s transformation would be subtle. Man, was he wrong. With every item she ticks off, Beck finds himself growing seriously hot for his sweet, brainiac best friend. And if he’s not careful, he’ll end up risking their friendship in order to convince Lyla that he might just be her lucky #7…

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Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

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Rating: 5 very full glasses of wine

Cindi Madsen has done it again. What, you might wonder, has she done again? She completely blew me away!

Getting Lucky Number Seven is the best book I’ve read this year. Sorry to everyone out there who’ve been hoping that I might say that of their books, but this one just made me have all the happy warm feels in the world.

I loved the whole friends to lovers storyline, because really, isn’t that how most relationships start off in reality? I also loved that we got to see the hero and heroine being friends first for a big part of the book before they made the literal jump into bed. I also loved that they managed to stay friends while having a lot of hot sex.

Lyla is definitely my kind of heroine. She’s nerdy and quirky and insecure about her body. She’s the perfect description of most girls out here in the real world. She studies hard and makes lists of nearly everything. Of course when it comes to her bucket list, there’s no slacking off in the list department. She puts her mind to something and she goes out and does it in spades. I loved her from the start and when she made her transformation from covered-up to showing what she’s been hiding under all that, I loved her even more, because she still stayed the same quirky, nerdy girl that we get to know and love in the beginning of the book.

The hero, Beck, well he’s just amazing… Ice hockey isn’t much of a sport here in South-Africa, but man, Beck just makes me wanna watch ice hockey forever. He’s supposed to be a player, but in fact he’s just the sweetest guy in the world. He’s kind and caring, he totally looks out for his sister and he really sincerely cares about Lyla way before she starts her transformation. Any girl would kill to have Beck as a best friend. The only thing that irked me a bit about him was that his attraction towards Lyla only kicked in once she showed off her body. Other than that, he takes complete care of her during her foray into the party life.

I loved every second of reading this book and it felt like it only took me seconds to read it. Cindi Madsen’s never disappoints me and I urge all of you to go out and buy this book right now. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll have lots of happy “aww” moments and you’ll be bouncing on your seat in anticipation.

The Boss and Her Billionaire by Michele De Winton **Review**

Synopsis

Cruise director Michaela Western has everything she wants–everything except a sex life. But there are no secrets on cruise ships. She risked her job once for a dalliance with the Captain, and won’t do it again for a few minutes of toe-curling pleasure. Until a devilishly handsome new staffer with a body made for sin tempts her to walk on the wild side…

Investment billionaire Dylan Johns always gets what he wants. He is used to giving orders–not taking them–until he’s forced to go on hiatus from his investment company. To bide his time and carry out an old dream, he takes a job on a cruise ship–and ends up taking orders from his gorgeous, but uptight, new boss. He is determined to loosen her up with a fun onboard romance, but their no-strings fling turns serious and Dylan is forced to confess his lies.

When the affair threatens to shatter Michaela’s own career dreams, she finds herself caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.

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Being a writer was not what Michele was supposed to be when she ‘grew up’. But then neither was being a dancer! It’s no wonder a little sparkle of the stage is often in her work. Creating new worlds for her characters is a now highlight of her daily life. Living in in New Zealand with her husband and two small boys after traveling a plenty, Michele writes from an office where the sound of the tapping keyboard is only rivaled by the whisper of wind in the trees.

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Rating: 4 wine glasses

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Michele De Winton managed to transport my mind right into this novel. It took me a while to form my emotional ties with these characters, and while I think they are well-written and perfectly rounded, the oomph I usually get from the characters in the beginning of a story did seem to be lacking.

I was especially pleased with the heroine in this story. She was independent yet flawed and it made me happy reading a story where the heroine has a strong personality. The relationship communication between the two characters was a high-point for me, even though misunderstanding carries the story.

I loved that the story headed down the normal road of predictable, and seeing Michaela and Dylan work through everything and getting their HEA had me full of smiles.

Michele De Winton absolutely knows how to write fun and sexy romances with gorgeous hero’s and fantastic heroine’s, this book is definitely worth the read.

Accidentally Still Married by Carmen Falcone **Review**

Accidentally Still Married
by Carmen Falcone
Series: Naked Truth, #2

Cover Designer: Sweet & Spicy Designs

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 13, 2015

Grace King needs to save her catering business by all means necessary. Even if it means striking a deal with the hot estranged husband she walked out on, but can’t forget despite her best efforts.

Sebastian Zwane is baffled to discover he’s still legally bound to the woman who broke his heart. With a booming career and new offices to open, the last thing he needs is a scandal and for her to demand half of the empire he built after their separation.

The bargain that will get them both what they want is put to the test by their sizzling attraction—stronger than ever, in spite of their rocky past. When the deal is over, will they be able to walk away from each other?

Carmen Falcone learned at an early age that fantasizing about fictional characters beats doing math homework any day. Brazilian by birth and traveler by nature, she moved to Central Texas after college and met her broody Swiss husband—living proof that opposites attract. She found in writing her passion and the best excuse to avoid the healthy lifestyle everyone keeps bragging about. When she’s not lost in the word of romance, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, being walked by her three crazy pugs, reading, catching up with friends, and chatting with random people in the checkout line.

She loves to procrastinate, so please indulge her and drop her a line @ carmenauthor@yahoo.com. For more info, visit her website: www.carmenfalcone.com

My Review

Rating: 4.5 glasses of wine

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you Carmen Falcone for making the hero in this book South-African! There’s something to be said about South-African and the hero in this book perfectly portrays the South-African gentleman. Of course, I never thought Miss Falcone would pull it off, what with her not being South-African and all, but man, she nailed it.

I love that Miss Falcone can build layers of intrigue and suspense in a short read like this. Not only is the story fantastic, but this book is sizzling hot. In fact, I do not recommend reading it when you are alone at home. Really, make sure your husband/boyfriend/significant other/life partner is easily accessible, because believe me, you’ll be wanting to jump their bones four pages into this book.

But that’s not all this book is about. It’s about rekindling a relationship both partners thought had gone to hell, it’s about revealing pasts and secrets, about communicating in a relationship. The only problem I had with it was that it was just way too short.

Safe and Sound by T.S Krupa **Review**

Synopsis

When Jill met Jay Greenfield she knew she had found her forever love. She was a kindergarten teacher, he was a high-powered attorney and their lives were perfect. But when a tragic accident takes Jay’s life, this young bride is left to pick up the pieces.

Jill finds herself a young widow facing multiple decisions she thought she had a lifetime to decide. With support from her childhood best friends, Lanie and Stella, Jill attempts to piece her life back together. With nightmares plaguing her dreams and the struggles of constant grief over Jay’s passing, Stella and Lanie keep near constant vigilance over her.

In the process of settling the estate, Jill learns that her husband was not quite the man she thought he was. She finds herself transported to the small beach town of Oak Island, North Carolina. But the fairy tale ending she envisioned no longer exists. She must face the reality that Jay is gone as she finds herself having a chance at love one more time.

Safe and Sound follows a yearlong journey of love, loss, friendship, and conquering the unexpected.

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T.S. Krupa was born in New Haven, CT. She was raised in a blended Polish-American household. She has one younger sister who currently lives abroad with her husband and daughter. T.S. Krupa earned her Bachelor’s degree at Franklin Pierce University, Master’s at Texas Tech University and will earn her Doctorate of Education from North Carolina State University in 2014. She played field hockey at Franklin Pierce University for four years and is in her sixth year of coaching a local club team. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and dog.

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Rating: 3.5 wine glasses

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If you’ve ever experienced profound loss of a loved one, do not read this book, because you will be transported straight back in time and experience the grief and pain all over again. In Safe and Sound, we see a young woman who loses her husband in a tragic accident and in a blink of an eye, her whole life changed. It’s a terrible thing, losing someone you love when you least expect it, and I really think that T.S Krupa really captured the emotional roller coaster a person goes through.

I did have a few issues with some of the characters, mainly the main character’s friend, because they were always hovering and nearly never giving their friend some tough love, which personally, I think she needed after a while. Other than that I only had two other issues with this book, the first being the fact that the main character and her deceased loved one’s relationship was touted as being this amazing and fantastic relationship, but the husband had been keeping this huge secret from her, which, well hell, I’d be pretty pissed off over if i was the main character. The other issue was that the author made the husband’s best friend into the most vile character ever, and that change had come over him in a matter of sentences.

This book was beautifully written and other than the above-mentioned issues, it pulled at my heart strings and nearly ripped me in two. The heroine’s grief resonates from page to page and I struggled to keep tears from falling from my eyes at times. T.S Krupa manages to make something sad and horrible into something beautiful and heart-wrenching.