Monday, December 17, 2012


Contemporary New Adult
Title: The Burning of Isobel Key
Author - Jen McConnel
Date to be Published: October 1, 2012



When Lou travels to Scotland, she’s a mess.  She’s twenty-six, unemployed, and unsure of herself.  It doesn’t help that she’s traveling with Tammy, her best friend, who is everything Lou is not.
At first, the trip pushes Lou towards the brink of depression, but then she meets Brian, a handsome local tour guide.  When Brian tells the tourists about the countless witches burned in Scotland, Lou starts to listen.  And when she discovers information about Isobel Key, one of the victims of the seventeenth century, Lou finds renewed purpose.
Lou has begun exploring the Neo Pagan faith, a dramatic shift from her wealthy Catholic upbringing.  Despite her fears of being too “hocus pocusy”, Lou turns to her new faith as she struggles to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of Isobel Key.  But faith or not, Lou must face her demons if she has any hope of righting the wrongs of the past.

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As the flames rose, Isobel stopped cursing and instead started to make a shrill, screaming whine, much like the sound of the sap boiling in the logs at her feet.  It was so eerie, so utterly un-human that even the executioner, a man long seasoned to the sounds of death, wanted to cover his ears and sob into the skirt of the nearest woman. 
     The sound carried from the village green, through the streets and wynds, penetrating the windows and doors shut tight against the execution.  It was as if not attending could erase the sin of allowing it to happen in the first place.  No one who heard that sound could reconcile it with the once melodious voice of the burning woman.  The evil thing at the stake was not a woman they remembered or recognized.
     Their memories were as short as the day, from the morning after her terrible deeds were revealed and the witch was brought into town bound in the back of a pony cart.  It was suddenly as if none of the villagers knew the poor creature at all.  None could recall seeking her help, and none would avow that she had always been kind and ready to bake breads for town feasts or to watch the little ones play while their parents danced together.  Kindness lingers less than murder, for it was obvious to all that the woman had murdered at least three souls, if not countless others.  Justice was being served, and her blood would not stain the god fearing hands in St. Andrews.  She was not their responsibility, and they wanted to take no claim for her evil.


 Jen McConnel

Author Bio:
Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”).

She is also an active reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and proud member of SCBWI, NCWN, and SCWW.

A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches writing composition at a community college. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

Friday, December 14, 2012

FADED TOUR - Excerpt

Title: Faded
Author: Chloe Miles
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 380

"Savannah wanted to kiss him, but she had never even kissed a human guy before, let alone a ghost. How was she supposed to kiss him if he wasn't really there?"

Savannah has never been in love before, but she's in love with Hunter Emmerton. He's cute, funny, charming...and a ghost. How can you date someone if nobody else can see them?

After seventeen-year-old Savannah Fraser and her three friends are killed in a car accident, they are given a second chance at life by a group of hundred-year-old teenage earthbound spirits who need their help. 

Savannah and her friends learn that they are The Chosen Ones, which means they can switch between human and spirit form, heal people and control the weather. And they are also now invincible. 

The Chosen Ones are the only ones who can defeat The Forces - a group of evil spirits who are slowly destroying the perfect little town of Fort Everwick with violent storms and not-so-natural disasters - and stop them from harming everyone they care about. 

The Forces are set on destroying everything Savannah knows and loves, but they also have another plan - they want a new member to join them. They aren't willing to give up until they get the one they want...and they have Savannah firmly in their sights. 

Savannah had never been confident in herself before, but with her new-found powers, she discovers just how strong herself and her friends really are. But what Savannah didn't count on was falling in love with Hunter. She's never loved anyone the way she loves Hunter and she knows he loves her too. But how can they be together forever if he no longer exists and she's the only one who can see him? 

Will Savannah have enough belief in herself to defeat The Forces, or will they be able to lure her to the dark side and turn her against her loved ones...and tear her and Hunter apart?

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"Chloe Miles is the author of FADED, the first book in THE FADED TRILOGY. The second book in the series, SEE NO EVIL, is due to be released soon."


Savannah made her way across the dark hallway to her own room to get her flashlight out of her drawer. As she felt her way to the drawer, she heard a rattling noise coming from the other side of her room. She looked across the dark room, trying to see where the noise was coming from. Her bedroom window suddenly flung open, sending a gust of wind through the room and scattering Savannah’s homework papers all across the floor.
“Great,” Savannah mumbled as she closed the window and picked the papers back up and put them on her bed. She went back over to her drawer to grab her flashlight and then headed downstairs to the kitchen.
As she got to the end of the stairs, Savannah could hear the front door banging open and shut and the kitchen window rattling. Savannah knew she had locked the door after her parents had left. She ran over to the door to shut it, but it swung shut and locked itself before she got there. Savannah could feel her heart beating fast as she looked over at the kitchen window to see it slide shut and lock itself as well. She shone her flashlight around the room. There was no one there. A sense of fear came over her as she realized who was causing it. The woman at the lake had seen her with Hunter. The Forces knew who she was.
Savannah ran over to the kitchen window to see if she could open it. It was stuck. All she could think about was how to get herself and Annabelle out of there before anything happened to them.
The lights came back on and started flickering on and off around the house. Savannah placed her flashlight on the bench and closed her eyes, bracing herself for whatever was about to happen. She could feel a presence and hear a high pitched squealing around her. Suddenly, it stopped.
Savannah opened her eyes. The lights had stopped flickering and the power was back on. She looked around the room. Everything was still and quiet. Too quiet, she thought. As Savannah reached out her hand to get her flashlight, the kitchen window flew open again, sending another gust of wind through the house.
Hunter appeared beside her and knocked her out of the way just as the light above Savannah’s head exploded and smashed onto the floor, sending glass scattering where Savannah had just been standing. The two of them landed on the floor with Hunter shielding Savannah from the glass.
“Savannah, what happened?” Annabelle yelled from upstairs after she heard the glass smash.
“Nothing, Annabelle. Everything’s OK!” Savannah yelled back. She lifted her head off the floor and tried to steady her breath as she looked up at Hunter. “You saved my life again.”
“I seem to be making a habit of doing that, don’t I?” Hunter smiled. He stood up and helped Savannah to her feet. “They know who you are now, Savannah.”
“I know,” said Savannah. “What did they want with me?” She looked around the room. “Where are they now?”
“They’ve gone,” Hunter explained. “They got what they wanted. They knew I wouldn’t let anything happen to you. This was just a test to see if I would show up and I did. I just confirmed to them what they suspected, Savannah – that you’re a Chosen One.”
“They know where I live, Hunter. My whole family is in danger, aren’t they?” Savannah asked him.
“Everybody around you will be a target, and it won’t be long before they figure out who the other Chosen Ones are either.” Hunter touched Savannah’s hand. “But I promise I won’t let anything happen to you, Savannah.”
“I have to see if Annabelle’s alright,” said Savannah. Hunter followed her upstairs to Annabelle’s room. When they got there, Annabelle was nowhere to be seen.

Savannah could feel a sense of fear coming back. “Annabelle?” she yelled out as her eyes searched Annabelle’s room.
Annabelle crawled out from under her bed. “It was dark and I was scared,” said Annabelle. “And I heard a noise.”
Savannah grabbed Annabelle and held her in a tight hug. “I thought you had…”
“You thought I had what?” asked Annabelle.
“Nothing,” said Savannah, hugging her tighter. “It’s OK now.”
“Savannah?” Annabelle looked up at her. “Where’s my water?”
“Um, it’s…” Savannah looked at Hunter. Hunter grinned and disappeared. He reappeared with a glass of water in his hand and placed it on the bedside table behind Annabelle.
Savannah reached over and grabbed the glass. “It’s here, Annabelle.” She looked over at Hunter again. “Thank you,” she whispered.
Hunter winked at her and disappeared. Savannah smiled to herself. Their lives had come so close to being in danger that night, so why did she feel so happy? She looked down at Annabelle and stroked her hair. There was no way she was ever going to let anything happen to Annabelle. She cared about Annabelle more than anything.
Savannah thought about what Hunter had said. He won’t let anything happen to her. There were four Chosen Ones to protect, so why was he always there for Savannah more than the others? Savannah smiled to herself again. Hunter was probably just doing his job by protecting her, but maybe he cared about her too.

Monday, December 10, 2012


Book Title: Embrace


Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve.

Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.

Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own.

Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.

About the author:

Cherie's imagination extends far beyond her Illinois roots through her love of books and reading. The discipline of her career as a Network Technician provides an opposing mindset for her fictional stories. Cherie combines her fascination of all things mythical with her passion for writing to weave together middle grade and young adult stories.

She enjoys spending time with family and friends, meeting new people, writing, reading, and loves a challenge. While she has had many great experiences, her most satisfying experience is seeing her children and stories grow into their own exciting and distinct entities. 


I enjoyed reading this book, it was easy to read and I liked the electricity between some of the main characters. I really like paranormal plots, but in this one I liked the other stuff especially.  I think I would really like another book that would concentrate more on Madison´s and Isaac´s relationship after this story. I gave the book 3,5 stars. Maybe I would´ve needed an explanation for the paranormal happenings or something for it to be 4 stars. But I´m not sure what was missing from it for me. Anyway it was an easy and enjoyable read with  no annoying characters!

Friday, December 7, 2012


Author Karal J. Nellenbach has stopped by with a teaser from her book Always and Forever.

“What are you guys talking about?” I asked, breaking up their laugh riot. “What happens at 12:23?” Another glance at my watch.


Brad snorted. “Goober here,” he nodded toward Adam. “Says the train comes through every night at that time. Dave and I’ve been out here plenty, and we’ve never seen it.”

Adam glared at Brad. “Just changed the schedule. I’m telling you. It’ll be here any minute.” He turned to me with an exasperated sigh. “These guys are just too scared to play chicken with me.”

“It’s stupid,” Dave cut in. “People don’t do that shit anymore.”

“Because you’re scared,” Adam griped.

“Doesn’t matter anyway,” Kal said, tapping his watch. “Don’t think your train’s coming tonight, Adam.”

We all looked down at our wrists. 12:23

“Well, shit,” Adam muttered under his breath. “I could’ve sworn— ” His head jerked up, his eyes round as saucers as a shrill whistle plowed through the night.

The train was coming.

“Who’s with me?” he asked excitedly. His eyes shimmered with anticipation of cheating death. “Kal? Brad?” All the guys shook their heads and scoffed about how this was so last decade, and why would anyone want to do something that stupid?

The whistle blew louder, still way into the distance, but not so far off now. “I’ll do it,” I blurted out.

Title: Always and Forever

Author: Karla J. Nellenbach

Publisher: Booktrope Editions


Mia's first reaction is outright disbelief. Obviously, a mistake has been made. Sixteen-year-old girls don't die. But, when the diagnosis is confirmed, she dives headlong into anger. If she has to die, why should it be of cancer? In fact, anything would be preferable to cancer. Better for her to say when, where, and especially how. Determined to meet death on her own terms, Mia devises scheme after scheme to get the job done. A “fall” down the basement stairs, driving her car off a bridge, and even a dance with a train all end in her survival. And through it all, Mia keeps her family and friends at arms' length with her destructive and hurtful behavior. With each failed suicide attempt and burned relationship, she slowly realizes that it’s not the dying that she’s afraid of, but the life she’ll be leaving behind. Now, that life is in a shambles. As time begins to slip through her fingers and death is upon her, Mia fights to rebuild the bridges she has destroyed, but can she do it before the clock runs out?

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About Karla J. Nellenbach

Karla J. Nellenbach divides her time between dayjobbing, writing, and indulging in her Winchester obsession. The rest of her day is spent playing butler to a cranky old man masquerading as a housecat and two rambunctious puppies that closely resemble small horses.

Born and raised in the wilds of Michigan, she knows two immutable facts: (1) it is entirely possible to live in a thumb, and (2) you definitely can go home just might not survive the winter. Having resided in the sunscape of Florida for the last decade, she's still on a quest to see a real live alligator outside of the "petting" zoo.

Karla J. Nellenbach divides her time between dayjobbing, writing, and indulging in her Winchester obsession. The rest of her day is spent playing butler to a cranky old man masquerading as a housecat and two rambunctious puppies that closely resemble small horses.

Born and raised in the wilds of Michigan, she knows two immutable facts: (1) it is entirely possible to live in a thumb, and (2) you definitely can go home just might not survive the winter. Having resided in the sunscape of Florida for the last decade, she's still on a quest to see a real live alligator outside of the "petting" zoo.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

End of the Year Wrap-Up - Review Books

As the year is closing to an end it´s time to have a look at all that  has been going on. I started this blog only this year and have been blogging since the end of April, though actively only since June. At first I just wanted to try what it takes to have a blog and if I could do it. Then I somehow got excited about the idea of having a  blog about books and started trying different things and looking up other blogs to see what else was out there. And there were loads of them! I got very excited about all those giveaways and wanted to have some myself. Also I ran into all these virtual book tours on those other blogs and got interested and found out more. Then I tried out several different book tour arranging blogs during this about six months. That resulted in me having too much to do with all of the tours and suddenly lost all the time to read other books. Now I have 4 tours left this year, only one of them with a book to review. After that I´m going to take it a little easier on the review books, at least try :)

But having done a lot of reading of books received for reviewing, I have also found such gems amongst them! A lot of good books but also amazing ones! Here are my favourite books of the year from the reviewed-books-pile, just the best of the ones I gave 5 stars or more:

Books from virtual book tours:
Forsaken (Daughters of the Sea, #1)Awaken (Daughters of the Sea, #2)Chasing Fate

Books from Netgalley:
Slammed (Slammed, #1)The Hallowed Ones


Since I became so greedy I have a lot of book I have promised to read and review but haven´t had the time yet. These books are thanks to individual authors, Making Connections group in Goodreads, one Goodreads first reads giveaway win and Netgalley. Thank you all and don´t worry I have not forgotten your books! Right now I have not gotten any new books, even those amazon freebies, for a while. So my tbr list is growing shorter (for once!). But anyway, I just wanted to show off your books since I haven´t been able to show a review on my blog yet.

Below the pictures are the Goodreads´ links to the books.

Prophecies Awakening (Legends of Marithia, #1)Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)GRUM!Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles, #1)The Exceptions

Prophecies Awakening (#1 Legends of Marithia)
Beautiful Disaster
The Exceptions

StarkissedThe Revenge of Praying Mantis (Hattori Hachi, #1)Blind SpotEver (Ever, #1)

The Revenge of Praying Mantis
Blind Spot

Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2)Saving JuneOne Breath AwayPushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)Dark Of The Moon

Point of Retreat
Saving June
One Breath Away
Pushing the Limits
Dark of the Moon

If I Were You (Inside Out Trilogy, #1)The Inadvertent ThiefUnder the Desert MoonLove Unscripted (Love, #1)

If I Were You
The Inadvertent Thief
Under the Desert Moon
Love Unscripted

The Fourth FogUndeadly (The Reaper Diaries, #1)Thoughtless (Thoughtless, #1)Hysteria

The Fourth Fog