Monday, 30 April 2018
Today, I'm taking part in a blog tour/blitz for a gothic paranormal romance from Leigh Anderson!
Gothic romance used to be a love of mine but it's been a long time since I've read anything that fits the bill, that's why I was so excited when I came across this one!
I haven't read it yet, so don't know what it's like, but the blurb appeals and the cover is gorgeous!
Read on for more info, an excerpt, and a giveaway, courtesy of the author!
She's inexplicably, inexorably drawn to him, until he's more real to her than her own fiancé.
When she calls off her engagement, her enraged father sends her to live with her ninety-year-old grand-aunt, the Dowager Countess Bellamira Granville. If she won't do her duty at home, he reasons, perhaps she can at least convince Lady Granville to leave her fortune to Isoline.
But life at Thornrush Manor is not what Isoline expected. Her aunt is as spry and elegant as a woman half her age. Her nearest neighbor, a distant cousin, begins courting her. And a dark and handsome artist proves a pleasant companion.
All the while, her dreams grow more intense. More urgent. More passionate.
In order to save everyone at Thornbrush Manor, Isoline will have to confront the darkest parts of herself-and discover the secret of the man who hides in her dreams.
Fans of Daphne Du Mauier, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Eve Silver are sure to love this Gothic romance from Leigh Anderson.
Isoline gasped as she opened her eyes. He was here…again…always…
She climbed out of bed, her hands gripping her satin robe as she stood, but when she looked back, the bed was gone, as were the walls of her room. She wrapped the robe around herself as the fog crept in around her ankles. She was somewhere outside. She could feel the grass under her feet and the dampness in the air, yet she was not cold. The strange sensations told her that none of this was real…yet she knew it was.
“Isoline…” he called to her again.
“I’m here,” she replied softly. “Show yourself.” She knew he would not, but still she tried to convince him to reveal his face. In the five years he had been coming to her in her dreams, she had not seen who he was, but she could feel he had gotten closer to her.
She took a step forward. Just because she was alone in a dream with a strange man did not mean she could not enjoy a short walk. She had been coming here for so long, this place no longer terrified her.
It was a large open glade, with grass up to her knees, surrounded by forest. She had tried many times to reach the edge of the glade, but she had never made it that far. A pale blue moon lighted her way. She clutched tightly to the robe at her chest and ran the tips of her fingers along the edges of the grass as she walked. She shivered, not from cold, but from the way the grass tickled her bare calves as she walked.
She heard footsteps behind her. She slowly turned her head, but there was no one there, as usual. She continued her walk, and she heard the footsteps again, closer this time.
“I want to see you,” she said. “It is time, don’t you think?”
He did not respond, but she felt the wind lightly touch the ends of her long dark hair. No…it wasn’t the wind. It was him. She knew it was. She shivered again.
“If you cannot reveal yourself to me you need to stop bringing me here,” she said. “I…” She had delayed in telling him the truth. This man in her dreams. She shook her head, disappointed with herself. What was she afraid of? Offending a figment of her imagination?
But what she knew to be true and what she knew to be reasonable and logical warred in her mind. She knew she was dreaming. But she also knew this was much more than a dream. But if it was more than a dream, what was it? It was the unknown that scared her more than the dream itself. She no longer feared the dream as she once did. She actually longed for it. She did not know what caused the dreams to happen. There seemed to be no logical order to when they happened. One night, two nights, three nights could pass before she would find herself here. When too many nights passed that she was not awakened by him calling her name, she would miss him. Miss this place.
And yet, as a dream, she could not let it stop her from living.
But she did. She had for too long. She had to put an end to it. It was time to focus on the world of the waking.
“I am getting married,” she finally said in one quick breath.
The world stilled. For the first time in a dream, she felt cold. She pulled her robe more tightly around her and could see the crystals of her own breath before her.
“Do not be angry,” she said. “You know we cannot continue like this.”
We. As if she had a choice in being here. She could not will the dreams to come to her. She had tried. She could not change the content of the dreams. She had tried that as well. And yet…she wanted to be here. She wanted to see this man who had called to her all these years. She wanted to know him. To touch him. To see him. But if he could not give her that, she could not keep coming here.
“It is dishonorable to my future husband,” she said. “I cannot keep coming to you from my marriage bed. It is disloyal.”
From over her shoulder, she could see him breathing. He was right behind her. Her own breath stilled. They were so close. If only she could touch him.
“Just show me your face,” she panted, “and I will end the engagement.”
The hairs on her arms prickled. He was right there, so close. Almost touching her but not quite. She had to look. She turned to face him.
And he was gone.
She stood alone in the field.
“Who are you?” she yelled.
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LEIGH ANDERSON loves all things Gothic and paranormal. Her master’s thesis was on vampire imagery in Gothic novels and she met her husband while assuming the role of a vampire online. She currently teaches writing at several universities and has a rather impressive collection of tiny hats. She lives in a small town in the mountains with her husband, human child, and two fur-children. She is currently working on too many writing projects, and yet not enough.
Sunday, 29 April 2018
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.
Now that's explained, it's on to my weekly recap!
I got my car back on Monday - after £366 of repairs! - and all seemed fine up until Thursday when it broke down again! Turns out the repair part was faulty so the garage is replacing it and gave me a courtesy car while they work. It's a bit annoying but at least I don't have anything more to pay!
This week was also parents evening and it was difficult as usual... My little dude is brilliant. He is way ahead of the curve with his learning - it's something that's been remarked on since nursery school when he was barely two years old - and therefore parents evening is a source of pride for my child... But while his academics may be effortlessly advanced, he struggles with the social aspects, with understanding people and emotions and it causes problems which break my heart.
I think the school would LOVE to be able to put him into a box - an ADHD or somewhere on the spectrum box - so that they'd be able to reconcile all his quirks with a tidy little label but he eludes classification and all I can hope for is that as he grows older he is better able to adapt.
Oh, the joys of being a parent!
Beyond that, nothing much of note happened this week.
Blood Type by K.A. Linde
OMG! The ending of this book almost killed me but it was so good...
Rome by Joanna Wylde
I love the Reapers MC and this was an enjoyable installment but won't be a favourite.
I'll be reviewing Rome on the blog tour this week.
Mute by ML Nystrom
This was an enjoyable read.
It was a lot tamer and more cuddly than most MC novels and I enjoyed the lighter side of the MC universe.
This week... This week I added two KU books to the reading pile, one 99p sale, one freebie, and one splurge.
I'm hunting for a new UF fix and this one - where the lead character is a werewolf - sounds pretty good! Fingers crossed I've found a new series to sink into!
All are available on Kindle Unlimited so if it's good, I'm binge reading!
Another KU selection! I was quite excited about reading it until I saw something disturbing about it on another blog and now I'm hesitant as to whether to read it.
This beauty was only 99p!
I love Ginger Scott's books but I haven't read this duo yet. Picking up part one on sale was too much to pass up.
This was a freebie!
I love this cover. It calls to me. It made me buy the book.
I was helpless to resist...
The blurb sounds awesome too.
Yet to begin.
Well, we cheated and went to see Infinity War before finishing the re-watch and I can't talk about Infinity War because spoilers and because I'm emotionally compromised and don't know when I'll recover. Possibly not until I get to watch part two next year...
However! We decided that despite having watched Infinity War, we're going to finish the re-watch anyways - and possibly go to see Infinity War again - so next up is Antman!
MCU aside, we've been watching A Series of Unfortunate Events season two and really enjoyed it. Especially the professor and the little dude... They thought it was all kinds of awesome.
Blog Tour & Review: A Prom to Remember by Sandy Hall
Blitz: Rome by Joanna Wylde
Blog Tour & Review: Blood Type by K.A. Linde
Book Blogger Hop: Have you ever thought about writing an angry letter to...
Coming up this week I have a blitz, a blog tour, some weekly meme participation and some reviews!
A new giveaway also kicks off on Tuesday so be sure to stop by and check it out.
Have a great week all!
Friday, 27 April 2018
Have you ever thought of writing a respectful, but angry letter to an author to ask them WHY they killed off one of your favorite characters in a novel?
Erm, no. I can't say that I have.
I can honestly say that I haven't even thought about doing it either.
In fact, as I write this, I'm struggling to recall a character whose death sent me into a flying rage which is the state I'd get ranty -respectful or otherwise - and I can't think of one.
I've been saddened by the death of many a favourite character before, a little angry sure, but never enraged.
I think you'd have to be truly incensed to send a howler to an author over what they chose to do with a character of their own creation.
My propensity for getting emotionally involved with fictional characters is a running joke amongst my family and friends but I obviously just don't care enough about their deaths.
However, you switch this around and make it about romantic interests doing shitty things or bad things happening to my favourite couples and I'd be tempted, lol.
That's one of the reasons I read romance... You're almost certainly guaranteed a happy ever after!
To view the linky list of this weeks Hop participants, please visit The Coffee Addicted Writer.
Thursday, 26 April 2018
Hello and welcome to the blog tour of BLOOD TYPE by K.A. Linde!
I have my thoughts on the book to share as well as book details, links, teasers, and an excerpt.
P.S - I freakin' loved this book.
I have my thoughts on the book to share as well as book details, links, teasers, and an excerpt.
P.S - I freakin' loved this book.
For Reyna Carpenter, giving up her body isn’t a choice. It’s survival.
In a civilization laid waste by poverty and desperation, Reyna accepts a high-paying position with the wealthy and hungry vampire elite. Her new job is as the live-in blood escort for the intimidating, demanding, and devilishly handsome Beckham Anderson. He’s everything she expected from a vampire, except for one thing—he won’t feed off her.
Reyna soon discovers that behind Beckham’s brooding, wicked façade lies a unique and complex man. And that, in a dark and divided world, she is more valuable than she ever would have believed.
For with each passing night, Reyna can’t shake the sensation that it’s Beckham who’s afraid of her.
Note: Reyna and Beckham’s story continues in Blood Match.
Is it a spoiler to not answer?
Let's just say yes. No. Maybe. Kind of. No.
Oh, there are so many things I could say about this book.
So many things!
But I honestly don't know what to say.
I'm just... Shocked. And have a book hangover.
A serious book hangover...
Ok, here goes!
I loved it.
I loved the concept, I loved the writing style (it was my first KA Linde) and I liked the characters.
The chemistry between Reyna and Beckham was smoking hot.
The pace of the story was just right.
The information teases and setups were gripping. Throughout the book, I had so many suspicions and theories... And I was right on a couple of things! However, there is so much more to come and I cannot wait!
The book was unputdownable and I swear to god I was in a near perpetual state of anxiety throughout the entire thing waiting for something bad to happen, for the other shoe to drop, and for it to all go wrong... And it did!
OMG the ending!!
Why did it have to end like that?!
I hate cliffhangers and this was just too much!
I can't take it! I may actually die and I can't die because I need to know what happens!
I think paranormal romance lovers who like their PNR with an edge - this edge being a pseudo-dystopian setting - should definitely read this and fear not on the cliffie! For book two is out soon.
That was the moment Beckham appeared in the doorway like a storm cloud.
Reyna straightened in her seat at the expression on his face. He walked across the room like a tightly coiled spring ready to explode.
“Ah Beckham, there you are,” Harrington said.
“Excuse me, William. I need to speak with Reyna. Alone.”
She hastened out of her seat and followed him around the corner. He tugged her straight through the kitchens, out the back door, down a corridor, and into a dead end. Then her back was slammed against the brick wall. His fist connected with the wall behind her, and she felt the wall shudder. Debris floated onto her shoulders.
“You left,” he growled.
“I . . .”
“No.” He pressed his finger to her lips roughly. She stopped breathing and just stared up into his eyes as dark as night. Her body trembled under the feral stare. “You left without me.”
The silence was weighted. All she could do was sit with their bodies nearly touching. His finger on her mouth. Her mind wandering to hellacious places.
“You are my subject. Can you imagine what it was like when I found you missing? When you turned up with three of my kind?” She shook her head minutely. He bared his teeth to her, and she shrank back. “These are meant to drink your blood. To drink you dry until there is nothing left of your body but a dry corpse. We are killers. We don’t hesitate. Just because we’re wearing suits and seem more like you . . . does not mean we are like you. We are not like you. They especially are not like you. The only way you get to the top of Visage is to be fucking ruthless, Reyna. Do you understand?”
“You’re . . . scaring me,” she whispered.
K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.
She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.