Review //\\ No Love Lost by Lexi Blake

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When Ezra Fain joined the ranks of the CIA, the last thing on his mind was romance. After meeting Kim Soloman, it was difficult to think of anything else. A tragic mistake drove them apart, leaving him shattered and unable to forgive the woman he loved. But when his greatest enemy threatens her life, Ezra leaps into action, prepared to do anything to try to save her.

Solo accepted long ago that she won’t get over Ezra. She’s worked for years to get back into his life, looking for any way to reignite the love they once shared. Unfortunately, nothing seems to penetrate the wall he has built between them. When she’s arrested for a crime she didn’t commit, she believes she’s on her own.

Racing across the globe, Ezra and Solo find themselves together again, caught in the crosshairs of the agency they sacrificed so much to serve. Days on the run soon turn to steamy nights, but Levi Green isn’t about to let them find their happily ever after. And when the smoke clears, the men and women of McKay-Taggart will never be the same again.

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Excerpt: 
“Kim, stop.” Beck sighed, an exhausted sound. “Please.”
It was the please that did it. He was so rarely polite to her. She took a deep breath and turned to him. They needed to ratchet down the emotion. It was what always tripped them up. “I don’t think we can work together.”
“We certainly can’t if I continue to be a massive asshole.” He moved toward her, putting his hands on her shoulders. “I’m sorry. You’re still a touchy subject for me.”
She nodded, unable to say a word for fear of unleashing a tidal wave. Not seconds before she’d told herself to tamp down the emotion, but here it was, threatening to overwhelm her and all he’d had to do was touch her.
“How about we agree that Levi Green is a problem for both of us and we work together to solve it,” he offered. “Kim, we’ve been going in circles for years. Maybe it’s time we find a way to move on. I know I’m tired of hating you.”
She stepped back. She couldn’t have his hands on her when he used that word. It was wrong when all she’d ever done was love him. “Ariel pointed out that it would be easier on both of us if I stopped showing up in your life.”
His gaze softened. “Would it? I didn’t see you for a couple of years and it didn’t feel any easier.”
She let a moment pass. How was it she felt even more vulnerable than she had when she was with Levi? “I know. I’ve tried to move on. I don’t seem to be able to.”
His hands moved as if he wanted to touch her, but he seemed to rethink the idea. “So maybe we should go about this another way. Maybe we should take this time and do what we didn’t do before. Talk. Try to find a way to get through this. I’m sorry I said what I did about you and Levi. It still hurts and I’m lashing out. All I know is when I thought you were in danger, I knew I couldn’t sit on my hands and let it happen. I can’t do it now either. Let me come with you. Let me help fix this.”
No. It was the only word she should say to him, and then she should turn and walk out and never look back. If she let him in, he would hurt her no matter how good his intentions were. Beck had always had a well of rage inside him that he wouldn’t deal with, wouldn’t acknowledge even existed. He hadn’t changed.
“Okay.” She hadn’t changed either. She was still helpless when it came to this man. She was still in love with him and likely always would be.
He let go of a heavy breath. “Good.” He was silent for a moment, looking her over. “Did he hurt you? Are your wrists okay?”
She’d managed to get what was left of the zip ties off in the car. She had some red marks on her wrists. “They’re sore, but all right. He didn’t slap me around this time.”
She watched as Beck’s hands formed fists and wished she hadn’t said that. His rage was always simmering under the surface when she was around.
He seemed to let it go. “All right. We should get on the road. Can you grab some water and protein bars? I don’t know what we’ll find when we get to Paris.”
She kind of thought she did know. She’d done a lot of homework on Big Tag, and if Rene was who she thought he was, then Beck would feel right at home.
Still, she grabbed the water bottles and bars and stuffed them in the duffel Steph had provided for her. There were a couple of T-shirts and a pair of sweatpants that would likely be too short, but beggars couldn’t be choosers.
This was all she had in the world. It was odd. She would have said possessions were meaningless, but now that she had no access to any of the things that brought her comfort, she missed them with all her heart.
She had one thing. She reached up and found some peace knowing her ring was still there. All these years and she still had her wedding ring. It hung low around her neck, and she always hid it under her shirt when Beck was around.
It was all she had left of her marriage.
“You ready?” Beck fitted a cap to his head and passed her another. “You might want to put your hair up. I know if I was looking for you, all that hair would be the first thing to catch my eye.”
How many nights had he tangled his fingers in her hair and gently tugged, had he told her how beautiful it was and that he never wanted her to cut it? “Yeah. I’m ready.”
He stepped in front of her and placed the cap on her head, his gorgeous eyes staring down at her. “I really am sorry I said what I did. Can you forgive me?”
Her whole soul threatened to melt. She nodded.
“Can I hug you? I want to. I want to reassure myself that you’re really okay.”
She nodded again and then she was in his arms for the first time in years.
“Promise me he didn’t get a chance to hurt you,” Beck whispered.
He sounded like he actually cared. His arms around her made her feel safer than she had in forever. “He threatened me with a bunch of stuff, but I don’t want to talk about it. I will, but not now.”
“Okay.”
They stood there for the longest time, the sound of his heartbeat the only thing she could hear.

I did enjoy this, but I just can’t say I loved it. I adored the first 4 or 5 books in the original Masters and Mercenaries series, they had kink, passion, a story that didn’t drag and a fresh feel. Whilst I’m sure Lexi Blake fans will love No Love Lost, for me it didn’t bring anything new to the table.


It had great characters and plot twists galore, but those twists seemed to come out of nowhere. With a plot twist, I like to know there were clues and hints to it scatted throughout the story. This felt more like new facts or information was introduced to move the plot on, rather than revealed secrets where hindsight allows us to see the foreshadowing.


Pros
1 – It’s a second chance romance, which I’m a total sucker for.
2 – The story is well written, the characters had depth and were believable. Most of all was how convincing the emotions of the main protagonists were. Despite the con mentioned below, I could feel their emotions, they definitely felt authentic.
3 – Beck recognising his mistakes in the past, seeking help to change, and genuinely attoning for them.


Cons
1 – The huge amount of time this couple spent apart (view spoiler) whilst supposedly being so madly in love and such utter soul mates they barely/didn’t have any other relationships in the meantime. They were together as a couple for about two years in their early/mid-20’s and I’m meant to believe that all those many, many years later they are STILL in love with one another. Too much, sorry.
2 – The pace was too slow. There is a LOT of intrigue and plenty of twists but I felt like the actual relationship was going nowhere for far too long. At 75% we’d had a bit of spanking and a few, very basic sex scenes.


It’s really difficult for me to rate this because it is a good read but, for me, it’s also a fairly forgettable one. That’s partly due to the large number of books I read every week, many of them are forgotten, but it just didn’t have that edge to it that I needed. It’s still a good romantic suspense, but for a series that mentions BDSM clubs so much, there has been a noted absence of any significant kinky action in it.

About Lexi Blake

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

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Website: http://www.lexiblake.net/

Release // No Love Lost by Lexi Blake

No Love Lost
(Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten #5)
by Lexi Blake

“Lexi Blake has set up shop on the intersection of suspenseful and sexy, and I never want to leave.”

“Laurelin Paige, New York Times bestselling author

No Love Lost, an all-new, sizzling and action packed standalone romance in the Master and Mercenaries: The Forgotten series by New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake is available now! 


When Ezra Fain joined the ranks of the CIA, the last thing on his mind was romance. After meeting Kim Soloman, it was difficult to think of anything else. A tragic mistake drove them apart, leaving him shattered and unable to forgive the woman he loved. But when his greatest enemy threatens her life, Ezra leaps into action, prepared to do anything to try to save her.


Solo accepted long ago that she won’t get over Ezra. She’s worked for years to get back into his life, looking for any way to reignite the love they once shared. Unfortunately, nothing seems to penetrate the wall he has built between them. When she’s arrested for a crime she didn’t commit, she believes she’s on her own.


Racing across the globe, Ezra and Solo find themselves together again, caught in the crosshairs of the agency they sacrificed so much to serve. Days on the run soon turn to steamy nights, but Levi Green isn’t about to let them find their happily ever after. And when the smoke clears, the men and women of McKay-Taggart will never be the same again.

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About Lexi Blake
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.


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When Wishes Bleed Sales Blitz with Casey L Bond

Title: When Wishes Bleed

Author: Casey L. Bond

Genre: YA Fantasy
Editor: Stacy Sanford/ The Girl with the Red Pen
Cover Designer: Melissa Stevens/ The Illustrated Author Design Services
Publication Date: November 1st, 2019
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

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Blurb:
One Prince. One Witch. One Fate. 

The upheaval in my life began the moment a prince stumbled into my house and asked me to read his fortune. Any other night, I might have made an excuse to get him to leave, but this was no normal visit. My fingers prickled to touch him. So, I granted his request by handing him a single wishbone. When he snapped it, the wish … bled. 

Hearing me suck in a shocked breath, he asked what it meant. Such an ominous omen could only mean one thing: his death was imminent. Fate revealed that he wouldn’t die of natural causes. Someone wanted him dead. Stunned by the revelation, the man I now knew as Prince Tauren disappeared into a night I feared he wouldn’t survive. The following day, I received an invitation to the castle. While it seemed the prince believed I could intervene and uncover who was plotting his death, his motives didn’t stop there. I was being summoned to join twelve other women in vying for the opportunity to be his wife and future queen. 

Going could mean jeopardizing my plans to reclaim my heritage and resurrect the House of Fate. But staying would guarantee Tauren’s death, and the blood of his wish would be on my hands.

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Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/8B66TDG8ZlI

Author Bio:
Casey Bond lives in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. She likes goats and yoga, but hasn’t tried goat yoga because the family goat is so big he might break her back. Seriously, he’s the size of a pony. Her favorite books are the ones that contain magical worlds and flawed characters she would want to hang out with. Most days of the week, she writes young adult fantasy books, letting her imaginary friends spill onto the blank page. 
Casey is the award-winning author of When Wishes Bleed, the Frenzy series, and fairy tale retellings such as Riches to Rags, Savage Beauty, Unlocked and Brutal Curse. Learn more about her work at http://www.authorcaseybond.com.


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR

I can’t really take credit for the photo or the flowers – my daughter took the picture and my Mum grew the flowers from seed, although I did plant them in my garden a few months ago, so I’ve had some hand in growing them.


Well unbelievably it’s Monday again, and whilst the weather here in the East Midlands is much more autumnal in regards to temperature, we have had a couple of lovely days in regards to blue skies and dry weather. Yesterday we took a walk around the local countryside. We are incredibly lucky to be within walking or very short driving distance of a lot of beautiful places and footpaths.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a wonderful place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be, reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! Everyone is welcome. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn over at The Book Date.

Last Week’s Reads

There were a couple of other books that I started reading that just weren’t clicking with me. I’m going to give both of them another shot next month. Ray and Five Stars were both great reads, No Love Lost was OK but a little slow and the story just didn’t offer anything I haven’t read countless times before.

Currently Reading

The author very kindly sent me a copy of this, and I LOVE Adrien, James and Lois. I’m a very happy bunny indeed!

Upcoming Reads

After a total break down in reading mojo, I’m finding it helps not to place too much expectation on myself in terms of what books I need/want to read over a week. I’m hoping that I will at least have started my re-read of Beautiful Tears by this time next week, but I’m not going to beat myself up about it if I haven’t. Reading is meant to be about enjoyment, afterall.

I’ve not decided whether to do a monthly round up on the 1st, or whether to do that next Monday. It all depends on time and motivation. So that’s all from me – happy reading!

Review //\\ Henry by Raisa Greywood

Henry (Dad Bod Doms #2)

by Raisa Greywood




Wow, I’ve not read a Raisa Greywood book before but she is very definitely on my radar now!


The Dad Bod Doms series had really caught my eye – as an more mature reader it was great to see a set of books dealing with the impact of growing older, having kids and trying to balance everything. I decided to buy all the books, and I’m so glad I did. Henry is such a wonderful story, full of emotion, full of the truth of growing older in ANY type of sexual relationship, not just a kink one.


I have to say that at first I felt the title character was getting off lightly, that Natalie forgave his stupid action, or reaction, following her debut art show. I think I personally would have been angry for longer. However as the story progressed he acknowledge repeatedly that he had behaved stupidly and he realised how lucky he was at how forgiving Natalie was. Harry wasn’t afraid to recognise, accept and learn from his mistakes, and I loved how his sole focus was in making Natalie happy.


This was a “can’t put it down” read for me. I fell into it’s pages and lived the story. It was at times emotionally intense, ranging from lust, to anger, to sadness, to longing and everywhere in between. I wish I could unread this books, just so I could enjoy discovering its delights all over again for the first time. The mix of scorching hot sex scenes, tender moments of reconnection and a wonderful couple rebuilding their trust and relationship was perfect. I hugely recommend this to those who don’t mind power exchanges in a story and want a well written love story.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Genre – Erotic Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54844519-henry

Four men… One challenge. The Dad Bod Doms are ready to put the spark back in their relationships and prove their mettle.
Nearly two decades ago, Henry was at the top of his game. He had a rewarding job, a beautiful bride, and the respect due to him as a skilled dominant.
But with his career over and his marriage in shambles, his life seems as empty as his basement playroom. His wife might think they’re done, but he’s not about to let her go without a fight.
He’s determined to get her back — even if he has to break the law to do it.

Review //\\ Make Me Yours Evermore

Make Me Yours Evermore
by Cari Silverwood

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Oh my lord I believe I may have fallen down a dark, dark rabbit hole straight into a very depraved Wonderland.


I enjoyed Take Me Break Me and Bind and Keep Me, in which both Kat and Chris have fairly minor roles. Book 2 in particular had some darker aspects, though the situation in that book happened more by accident than design. However Make Me Yours Evermore totally bypasses ANY sense of morality and dives straight in at the dark end. On a side note this book can be read stand alone.


I’m pleased I took a break between reading books 2 and 3, because my love for Klaus and Jodie might have altered my perception of this one. I might not have disapproved of Chris quite so much and found as much empathy for Kat. Chris uses the flimsiest of excuses, or at least fairly convenient circumstances, to take do something very, very bad. Only you know what they say about the best laid plans…


There might be those who find Kat too much, maybe too bitchy and belligerent (I’m always surprised by that – as though an alpha male is so wonderful a woman should be perfect at all times around him). I really, really liked her. To me her actions were those of a strong woman, determined to not be broken by the situation she finds herself in. I loved how she, along with Andreas, had more effect on Chris than he did on her.


I’ve felt recently like I’m suffering from dark-lag, no longer seeing the depravity and horror that others did. Well hot diggity dang, in this one I felt every single moment of the corrupt degeneracy of morals and the total lack of compassion or humanity demonstrated by Chris. I was shocked by the immoral and debauched desires that he not only gave free rein to, but considered his by right. I cheered every single time Kat fought back, supported every rebellion, commiserated when her libido ruled her mind. Especially since her feisty attitude led to ever more inventive punishments and humiliations. Never was a book more NSFW than this one!


Added in to all the hot kink and general steamy smexiness was an intriguing plot and some very unexpected twists. I loved every word, page and paragraph of the book, it dragged me out of a reading slump, fizzing my brain and enervating my reading mojo. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre – Dark BDSM Menage Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18518593-make-me-yours-evermore

This book is part of a dark kinky fiction series and may disturb some readers.
Taking what you want may come at a terrifying price.
Chris calls his darkest, nastiest fantasy into the light of day when he has to kidnap Kat to save a friend. For years, he’s wanted to bring her to her knees.
But claiming her draws attention. Andreas wants to save Kat, until he sees her response to raw male dominance. More dangerous are the human traffickers, who regard the acquisition and selling of women as a very high stakes business. And they’re watching. Everything.
Death. The perversion of love. The loss of freedom. Sometimes there is no choice.
Also contains one Dom gone bad who believes obsession means never having to say you’re sorry.

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Possessed by Passion Pre-Order Blitz

Title: Possessed by Passion

Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance

Publication Date: March 16th, 2021
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

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Blurb: 
Passions pulsate.
Destinies collide.
Humans, angels, and demons alike are possessed with a common bind—desire.
Experience exquisite and sultry seraphs, demonic witches, a hellfire phoenix, a vengeful gargoyle, ordinary humans with dark sides, vampires, werewolves, ghostly spirits, and other creatures of the night, who will whet your desire for romance and seduction. Travel with them into their worlds as they lust for love, romance, and pleasure.
Will they find what they are searching for? Will you?

Find out in this twenty-plus, limited time paranormal and dark romance collection by USA Today, international bestselling, and award-winning authors.

Experience the passion.

Book Links: 
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48705735-possessed-by-passion

Participating Authors: 
Bella Emy – USA Today Bestseller
Alyssa Drake – USA Today Bestseller
Erin Lee – USA Today Bestseller
Lorah Jaiyn – USA Today Bestseller
Cora Kenborn – USA Today Bestseller
Diana Register – International Bestseller
Rena Marin – International Bestseller
John Watson – International Bestseller
Rita Delude – International Bestseller
Stephanie Ayers – International Bestseller
Yolanda Allard – International Bestseller
Sian B. Claven – International Bestseller
Olivia Marie – International Bestseller
M W Brown – International Bestseller
LJC Fynn – International Bestseller
Tiffany Carby – International Bestseller
Michelle Edwards – International Bestseller
Tracy A. Ball – International Bestseller
Eve Corso
Marie Ahls
Rheanon Nicole
Cloud S Riser
Catherine Wiltcher
Lexi Swann

Lock Re-Release with Kimberly Knight

Title: Lock

Author: Kimberly Knight

Genre: Romantic Suspense/Fairytale

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

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Blurb: 

Before Zell was born, her fate was sealed.

Held captive in a high-rise overlooking New York City since the age of twelve, she had no friends her own age, no life outside of the penthouse, and absolutely no choices of her own. But what she didn’t realize was the tower where she lost her freedom would one day become her salvation. Her prince would arrive, they would fall in love, and they would come up with a plan for her to escape so they could live happily ever after.

If only it were that easy.

Every girl dreams of her life becoming a fairy tale, even Zell, who’s knowledge of romance was simply from the books she stole from other girls at the brothel.

In a world where sex, drugs, and manipulation is solely the life she knows, the only fairy tale poor Zell would endure would be a sinister one …

Because freedom always comes at a price.

Universal Buy Link: https://books2read.com/u/4N9QjY

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46259752-lock

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Author Bio:
Kimberly Knight is a USA Today Bestselling author who lives in the mountains near a lake in California with her loving husband, who is a great research assistant. Kimberly writes in a variety of genres including romantic suspense, contemporary romance, erotic romance, and paranormal romance. Her books will make you laugh, cry, swoon, and fall in love before she throws you curve balls you never see coming.

When Kimberly isn’t writing, you can find her watching her favorite reality TV shows, binge-watching true crime documentaries, and going to San Francisco Giants games. She’s also a two-time desmoid tumor/cancer fighter, which has made her stronger and an inspiration to her fans.

Author Links: 
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Friday Book Blogger Hop

 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 

Today’s question is
“Do you have a pet peeve about books?” (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

This week seems like quite an open ended and open to interpretation question, so it’s going to be interesting comparing what I thought and answered to everyone else’s answers!

I have plenty of peeves, lol. In terms of writing style, I cannot enjoy a story where I am told things instead of being shown them through thoughts, words, actions and emotions. I’m a very character driven reader, I need to feel their emotions and “hear” their reasoning. I don’t want to read that “She was happy”, I want to experience it, I want to know how that happiness felt, how it affected her mentally, physically and emotionally.

So peeve #1 is Telling not Showing.

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I’m a huge fan of dark erotica/ dark romance. First of all I have an issue with “dark” being used, or rather mis-used, as a description when really the book isn’t dark at all. The male lead being in an MC, or a bit of a bad boy, or just very alpha does NOT make a book dark. Kidnapping the heroine but then treating her with kid gloves, as though she were a delicate princess, is NOT dark. At the very least a dark book should contain dubious or non-consensual sexual situations. If those situations do not impact emotionally or psychologically on the heroine then I’m unlikely to find the story to be dark either, though at least I accept the labelling.

What peeves the heck out of me is when the antihero forces the heroine into dub-con or non-con situations but no acknowledgement is made of his behaviour being wrong. I’ve read many books where the heroine is given Hobson’s choice over being stripped bare, forced into a sub/slave type role and punished for not following rules she either didn’t know about or never agreed too. I’ve enjoyed the ones where the antihero acknowledges that his actions are wrong and that he is a bad man, even if he doesn’t care. However if the author tries to make out that because the antihero told her not to try and escape her enforced captivity, somehow the punishment she receives for doing that is totally her own fault. No normal person would NOT make an escape attempt in those circumstances, should an opportunity arise.

Peeve #2 – Acknowledge when something isn’t consensual.

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The final one is more to do with books that don’t exist. I acknowledge that having bought a book in a series, it doesn’t entitle me to future books from that series. I paid for the book I’ve read and (hopefully) enjoyed and that’s the transaction complete. I don’t even mind the series not ever being finished – life happens, books don’t sell, there are lots of possible reasons . What I do mind is when the author releases lots of other books and never explains why that hanging series is incomplete. Even worse is when they then go on to leave another series unfinished.

Peeve #3 – Not finishing what you started

Another peeve I have also involves duets/series and it is when there was enough story for 1 book but the author stuffed in loads of fluff and filler so that they could release it as a duet or trilogy. Or when a story is released as a series of 3 or 4 books, but when you add up the page count it was just one longer book AND would have worked as one book. I’m happy to pay £5 or £6 for a decent length ebook, authors can’t live on fresh air alone. However I don’t like paying £3 each for parts of a novel.

Peeve #4 – Sell me a whole book

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My final book peeve are the inconsiderate, selfish, stealing, lying, cheating scumbags who pirate books and upload them to pirate sites, or who download pirated books to read. I expect to be paid for the work I do, why would I expect an author to accept any less than I would? You wouldn’t walk into a bookstore and walk out without paying for a book, so why would any decent person not pay for an ebook?

Peeve #5 – Book pirating.

Snow Queen Release Blitz with Mary Ting

Title: Snow Queen

Author: Mary Ting

Genre: YA Fantasy
Photographer: Regina Wamba 
Illustrated by James Vallesteros
Publication Date: September 24th, 2020
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

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Blurb: 

A curse turned her heart to ice, but only true love can melt it.

Cyrus, the possessor demon lord is dead, but his final battle left Hawaii in turmoil. Hundreds of people are wounded, and the aftermath of a volcanic eruption has kept the survivors busy with cleanup. Schools are closed and stores are being rebuilt. Life is almost back to normal, except for Ikelia, Eli’s mother.

Eligor, Eli’s father, is still trapped inside the Keeper crystal. Ikelia is unable to free him, so she asks Davin, the head of the Chosen Knights, to travel to her past. He takes her to the moment she first became the Snow Queen in search of the clue she needs. They learn they must go to Kaneana Cave, home to a legend about a Shark Man who lures human through a smaller opening in the cave and eats them. So Davin rounds up the team. But what they find there might mean the end for Ikelia and the Chosen Knights.

Book Links: 
The Angel Knights: https://amzn.to/2ZZr748
The Chosen Knights: https://amzn.to/3iWZaRO
The Blessed Knights: https://amzn.to/2ZYQxio
The Sacred Knights: https://amzn.to/3kFyvtc
Snow Queen: https://amzn.to/31rEg7c

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55129278-snow-queen

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Author Bio:
Mary is an international bestselling, award-winning author. She writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers around the world. Her books span a wide range of genres, and her storytelling talents have earned a devoted legion of fans, as well as garnered critical praise.
Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.
Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Being a huge Twilight fan, Mary was inspired to make book-themed jewelry and occasionally gives it away as prizes to her fans.

Author Links: 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryTing
Website: https://www.tangledtalesofting.com/
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/mary-ting
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryTing
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authormaryting/
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Xj5LMN
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4388953.Mary_Ting
Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1387164074921005/