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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

REVIEW TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Deadly Delusions (Dr. Annabel Tilson #2) by Barbara Ebel

GENRE

Suspense/thriller

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Under the auspices of a stellar attending doctor, medical student Annabel Tilson flourishes on her psychiatry rotation where Victor Blake is the first patient safely ensconced in her care. While other complex and unexpected patients come under the psychiatry team's care and Annabel dabbles in her own risky behavior, Victor is ready for discharge and is sent home. In the coming week after her star patient is given his freedom, however, Annabel and her mentor have no idea about the harrowing cascade of events taking place.

Readers beware: this chilling psychiatric patient will impact them all.

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Please enjoy DEADLY DELUSIONS which is Book Two in the medical and personal adventures of medical student Annabel Tilson. Book One is DEAD STILL. Each book is also a standalone novel.

Annabel's novels are a spinoff from her father's series, The Dr. Danny Tilson Novels, especially Book Four - Secondary Impact. Those books are:

Book One: Operation Neurosurgeon
Book Two: Silent Fear: a Medical Mystery (also an audiobook)
Book Three: Collateral Circulation: a Medical Mystery (also an audiobook)


Book Four: Secondary Impact suspense/thriller

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Annabel smiled. “Correct,” Selina said and leaned forward. “Now, tell us more about your background. Can you remember being involved with team sports or having many friends five or ten years ago?”

Victor raised his eyebrows in surprise. “I had a skateboard when I was little but stopped riding it. Later, I watched other kids play basketball. At first I wanted to shoot baskets like them but then I was unmotivated and they pretended I wasn’t on the spectator’s bench.”

“What about friends outside of basketball?”

Victor twitched one shoulder. “Nah. Over time, I was different from everybody at school. It was easier to go home where my mother let me buy turtles at first. Afterwards, I had two gerbils. Of course, I switched later to other things.”

Annabel made another key point for her ongoing paper project. ‘Progressive social isolation.’

“Having pets taught you to care for other living things,” Selina said, “so I’m glad you mother allowed you to keep them. Perhaps through the group therapy sessions, you can talk more at ease with patients like yourself. It’s a start … to be less withdrawn. Engaging in some activities with family or friends is productive and keeps patients like you centered in the real world.”

“Okay, doc.” He stood up. “I want to come back on Wednesday for that. Can I go now?”

“Yes, Victor, you may take off. Keep up the good work.”

“Good bye,” Annabel said. “Thanks for helping me with my education.”

Victor smiled. “As long as you don’t make fun of me,” he said.

“Never,” Annabel replied.

“You can write the update,” Dr. Keeton said when Victor left, “and I’ll sign the progress note if it meets with my approval. Our star paranoid schizophrenic is managing his illness.”

Annabel felt confident her note would be worthy of Selina’s signature.

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3 out of 5 (good)


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This was a weird one. I enjoyed reading it, for the most part. As I sit here, typing my review and reflecting back on the story, I’m having a hard time deciding how to critique the story based upon my rating, so bear with me here.
The first chunk of the story was full of medical jargon. There are names and descriptions, page after page. I understand it was to try to explain the disorders that the characters were dealing with, as a person outside of the medical field, it was a little too much.  There were so many different things put out there I couldn’t tell you for sure what they were and the details about them. I think this fact made it feel like the story was a very slow start.

The story line really started to get better about 2/3rd of the way through.  There weren’t so many disorders being described in such detail it made them hard to understand.  You got a better idea of the disorder based on the patients.  During this time you learned more about the characters and the true part of the story they played. This section of the story is the reason I kept reading, I was invested, to say the least.

The last 1/3rd of the book really gets interesting. I don’t want to ruin the story for you so I won’t go into detail, but you’ll really want to read to the end of the book. The suspense part of the story happens here and the author did a good job building up the suspense during this section. It really kept me reading and had my mind going several different directions.

Overall, it was a good read. It was a slow start but a strong finish I feel. If you enjoy medical books with the medical jargon being used then you’ll really enjoy this story and the way that the author writes. One thing I feel that might be important is that while this book is book 2 in this series and is meant to be read as a standalone, I think you might benefit from reading book one first.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *


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Barbara Ebel, M.D. will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Barbara's Ebel's writing draws heavily from her experience as an anesthesiologist. As a physician, speaker, and former chemist, she sprinkles credible medicine into the background of her fiction where plots and vivid characters take center stage and her O.R. scenes shine.

She penned the Dr. Danny Tilson novels before the Annabel Tilson novels DEAD STILL and DEADLY DELUSIONS. Her Dr. Danny Tilson novels have received a multitude of accolades including but not limited to: Collateral Circulation was the National Indie Excellence Award 2015 Finalist for medical thrillers and Operation Neurosurgeon was the top finalist for best-selling medical mystery books in 2012. (Best Selling Books' blog announced on PR Buzz Press Release Wire, Chicago, IL).



You may find more information about her and her books at: 
Her twitter handle is:  @barbaraebel

In addition to her adult writing, she has illustrated and penned a children's book series called Chester the Chesapeake. The books developed during her philanthropic visits with her therapy dog, Chester. The dog books continue to inspire adults and children alike. Along with her husband and four pets, 'Doctor Barbara' lives in a wildlife corridor in middle Tennessee.
You may find Chester at:   http://dogbooksforchildren.weebly.com

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

VBT, EXCERPT, GUEST POST, REVIEW, & #GIVEAWAY - Glimmer by Rayna Noire

GENRE:  

Historical Fantasy

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For seventeen years, the convent walls kept Meara Cleary from the secret of her own parentage. A bearded stranger claims she’s his niece and promises to take her home. Before he can, a cataclysmic event thrusts her into a war-torn world. 

Meara vows to journey to Ireland to find her uncle, unaware of how perilous a journey it will be. Her Druidic father guides her through dreams, explaining her magical heritage. Her dead parent can’t help her with the intricacies of village life, especially when she catches the eye of the very engaged Braeden. 

A whirlwind composed of equal parts menace, romance, and revelation sweep Meara across the continent while gathering allies and enemies with equal speed. Her intent to return to her family turns into a fight to survive her own destiny. 

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Meara glanced back the way she had come realizing nothing looked familiar. How far had she’d wandered from the path. The rustle of movement and the snapping of nearby sticks sped up her heartbeat. A week ago, she’d panicked, sure, someone had followed her only to have a deer wander into the clearing, but this time two large shadows grew out of a nearby underbrush. People. She hadn’t expected this. Could they see her? One gestured in her direction and said something in a guttural language she couldn’t comprehend. The other answered in the same tongue. By the time, it took her to realize the men were after her, one had slipped behind her and grabbed her arm, pinning it painfully behind her back.

He spoke, as his companion reached out for her hair. "Kriegsbeute“

Meara twisted, knowing at an instinctual level she needed to get away from these strangers. The man holding her captive laughed, then muttered something before releasing her arm. She stumbled away recognizing an opportunity. A quick glance back showed the two of them being attacked by the bobbing lights. An occasional yelp assured her the attack was painful. They must be some type of glowing bees.

One hovered in front of her. Follow me. The musical voice sounded in her head. Besides the strangers behind her, there was no one else here. Certainly, no one with a voice as clear and bell-like that it reminded her of a raindrop or dew glistening on a flower. Somehow, this bobbing light placed the voice inside her own head. Her impulsive foray into the woods had landed her into a situation she didn‘t know how to handle. The shimmering light blinked, indicating a need to hurry.

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3 out of 5 (good)


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The blurb for this story promised a great read.  It promised to be interesting, keep you intrigued, and make you want to continue reading.  It met all those things but barely. The storyline was a good story line and it provided an interesting read.

The details and descriptions were a little too much. While I appreciate great details and descriptions to make it easy to picture what’s going on, there is a point of too much detail. Sadly, I feel this book falls into this category. There is a point of losing me with so much detail and making me second guess what I am reading. When I would start really getting immersed into the story, there would be something that would be over analyzed or over detailed and I would have to pause and figure out what exactly was going on and what was the main point, not just the supporting points.

These details also led to the book being a slow read. It didn’t seem to pass quickly as I read and I felt like time was just dragging.

These two major setbacks aside, I really enjoyed the book and the story. I think the idea behind the story line was brilliant but it could just use a little more finesse. I think the author has the ability to write absolutely stunning books in the future, so long as she limits some detail and descriptions.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *


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Why an English Village for a Setting?


At a recent local book signing, people kept asking me if the books were set in Indiana. They weren’t, but it did put the thought in my head. Next year, I will have a start of a series set in Indiana.  Most of my settings take place in cities I have lived or visited several times.
I spent most of my summers in North Carolina and know the coast well. It’s not too surprising that I put one series there. Sometimes, a series or story can’t be in a well-known city. The reason behind this is too many people can find fault with the details. Readers are too concerned about streets not running in the right direction or the mention of a restaurant that doesn’t exist. Obsessing on these small details distract the reader from the plot line.
Even when I’ve lived somewhere, I try to stay with things that do not change such as a river or mountains. A mention of a popular movie theatre could be a bump in the road when it has changed hands and transformed into a flea market. Often mentioning a real-life place can sometimes be an endorsement. I might describe an actual park, but not call it by name.
Research is a must, especially for Glimmer, which is set in 1915.  The climate, plants, and even the wildlife has changed in England since that time. United States would have been easier, but I needed Meara to be intimately involved with the War, which would be hard to do from the States.
The next book in the Faerie Lights series takes place in Ireland, even though I’ve been to present day Ireland, more research is needed to be accurate about the time.
My editor informed me just because something has been invented doesn’t mean the general population would have it. That’s why the town in Glimmer has neither electricity or gas lights. Setting plays a big part in the story. Consider where you live and your previous vacations. Each place had something that made it unique.
On a recent vacation to the islands, we constantly lost electricity especially when storms hit. This is very common in island locales and would be a nice touch for a murder mystery. The setting can add tension romantic or otherwise.

I’d like to think I pick the setting, but sometimes the setting picks me. What’s your favorite setting and why?

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Rayna Noire is an author and a historian. The desire to uncover the truth behind the original fear of witches led her to the surprising discovery that people believed in magick in some form up to 150 years ago. A world that believed the impossible could happen and often did must have been amazing. With this in mind, Ms. Noire taps into this dimension, shapes it into stories about Pagan families who really aren’t that different from most people. They do go on the occasional adventures and magick happens.


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Monday, 20 February 2017

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - As You Lay Sleeping by Katlyn Duncan

Book details:

As You Lay Sleeping 
by Katlyn Duncan
Published by: HQ Digital
Publication date: February 20th 2017
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

Synopsis:

I did it all for you…

Cara’s boyfriend is dead.

When fingers start pointing at her, she knows she’s in more trouble than she originally thought. Because Cara can see that something isn’t right.

As her carefully constructed life begins to crumble, Cara isn’t sure who she is anymore.

But maybe that’s exactly what someone wants her to think…

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3 out of 5 (good)


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I liked the way the book was written for the most part. It was clever, pacy and twisted around and it was not at all obvious as to who the mysterious other person was or what their motives were. 

The thing that stopped the flow, but just a bit was the other persons voice. This is confusing if the book is written in first person throughout. 

That said Cara was a fairly typical teen girl and her portrayal was very good and honest of how girls do act. I kind of liked her and her gutsy , sometimes sensitive and others not so, character. 

Overall, a very good read and it's well worth your time if you enjoy coming of age and mystery stories.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

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  • 1st prize: $25 Barnes & Noble egift card
  • 2nd prize: ecopy of Soul Taken, This Summer, or Darkest Dawn
  • 3rd prize: ecopy of Elixir Bound by Katie Carroll
  • 4th prize: ecopy of Cruel Summer by K.R. Conway
  • PLUS:
    • 1000 entries will unlock: paperback copy of That Moment When: An Anthology of Young Adult Fiction (Katlyn's short story 'Reflection' is included among 40 other stories from YA authors in all different genres)
    • 2000 entries will unlock: signed paperback copy of Undertow by K.R. Conway
    • 3000 entries will unlock: paperback copy of Tell Me No Lies by Lisa Hall
    • 4000 entries will unlock: paperback copy of Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog
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Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her ever since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them. 

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.

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BLOG TOUR, REVIEW, & #GIVEAWAY - Jared's Family by VS Morgan


Title: Jared’s Family
Series: Sequel to The Gift and Sam’s Temptation (can be read as a standalone)
Author: V.S. Morgan 
Genre: m/m, Interracial, Contemporary, Western 
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Cover Designer: Tibbs Design
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“I would definitely read more from this author and recommend it to anyone who likes M/M with kids. Super sweet, lovable D will win your heart as much as the lead men will.” - HappilyEverChapter


“Jared's Family is a really cute sweet book. I loved the characters, even the supporting characters brought light to the book.” - Goodreads Review


“I liked this book, like really liked it. It is a sweet sweet m/m romance novel with a wonderful HEA.
Thank you V.S. Morgan!! 5 Stars because: " Love conquers all.” - Goodreads Review







After witnessing his mother’s death, a once outgoing preschooler is now a quiet shadow of himself. The little boy suffers nightmares and rarely speaks, choosing to use the basic sign language he learned in daycare. Desperate to help his little nephew, Virge Stevens takes a leave of absence from the LAPD to bring Donovan, known as D to Montana for the therapy he needs.

A chance meeting at the library changes Virge and his nephew’s lives forever.

Jared Malone is one of five brothers, right smack damn in the middle. He is the peacemaker and the one who gets shit done. When his younger brother gets sick, Jared fills in reading to small children at the library. There he encounters a tall, dark, and handsome stranger and his cute little boy. Jared is immediately drawn to Virge but is still dealing with the betrayal of an abusive ex.

As the Malone family welcomes them to the ranch and into their lives, Virge’s instant attraction for Jared grows, but the cowboy is fifteen years younger than him. Will he be rejected?

Both men have secrets. Secrets that could destroy the connection between them. Can they overcome the odds and find happiness together?


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4 out of 5 (very good)


Jared's Family is a sweet M/M romance, set in Montana. Virge goes there to try and help his nephew, and gets more than he bargains for when he sees Jared filling in for his brother as the Reading Wrangler. The attraction is instantaneous for both of them, although they both have baggage from the past, so neither act on it immediately.

This is a well-paced and smooth story, that will keep you turning the pages as D wins over more than a little piece of your heart. Of course, it helps that Jared and Virge are steamin' hot too! Well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, this is a wonderful book, and I would love to read more about the Malone family. Definitely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
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Another blond cowboy stood in the middle, working with a horse. He had a long rope around its neck, guiding it around the ring at a quick clip. The shirtless cowboy spoke in a firm yet quiet tone. Virge nearly choked on his tongue, eyeing the golden skin and muscles on display. This was their cowboy.

The man whistled, and the horse stopped. He rubbed its shoulder, his back to them, as they reached the ring’s split-rail fence.


“Daddy!” D shrieked, and the horse whinnied and shied, bumping into the man as it swung around.


“Whoa, easy, Spike,” the cowboy soothed.


Virge struggled to prevent his nephew from launching out of his arms while the cowboy calmed the large, skittish animal. He’d never been near a horse and was struck by its size and power, which the other man skillfully controlled. As the cowboy turned, Virge saw a tattoo on his chest. A redwing blackbird with a rainbow-hued ribbon dangling from its beak. His heart beat a little faster seeing the colorful ink. Could he be gay? The cowboy handed the rope to a dark-haired man before pulling on a T-shirt that stretched tight over those muscles. He suppressed a disappointed sigh.


Nate chuckled. “You’ve got some explaining to do, bro.”


“Hi, I’m Jared. I remember you from the library.” He approached with a rolling gait Virge found extremely sexy and offered his hand after wiping it against his denim-clad thigh. Damn, he was built all over and tall, just an inch or two shorter than his own height.


Virge shook his hand, hyperaware of the firm grasp of warm, work-hardened skin. “I’m Virge, and this is Donovan. He goes by D.”

“Glad you could make it out—”


“Why did he call Jared daddy?” Nate interrupted.


“He calls all men daddy and women mommy. If he especially likes someone, he adds their first names. D doesn’t talk much, so he must like Jared.” What about this cowboy had inspired his nephew to talk?




V.S. Morgan has lived all over the US but calls Minnesota her home now. Her family includes her hubby, teen son, and a menagerie of pets.

She's been writing stories since she could hold a pencil and dreams of happily-ever-afters - even for two hot men - because love knows no boundaries. V.S. writes IRMC contemporary, paranormal, and suspense m/m and m/f with heart. 

V.S. is a GLBT ally and a lifetime contributor of The Trevor Project.






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