Barking Madness by Ryan Hill

Barking Madness

Rosetta has nightmares. Vivid nightmares. We open with her in a nightmare. Walking down a path in the forest surrounded by peaceful noises and a bright luminescent moon. Then things take a turn for the worse. A black figure is stalking her. When she is talking to the black figure, a wolf steps onto the path. She takes a step back as it steps towards her. This sets the wolf in motion and she turns and runs. Knowing she won’t outrun it, she throws herself to the ground. She wakes up when the dark figure bites into her neck, sucking her blood and killing her.

Rosetta, her mother, father and sister are moving because of a new job offer her father received. They are moving to a town called Ashwood. When she says something about it being dark her father tells her that the elementary school burned down years ago and a few kids died so they renamed everything, including the town.

They finally make it to their house and Rosetta is impressed. As is her sister, Emily. This new house is WAY bigger than the previous house in Florida. The layout is unique and each of them run up and down the stairs several times before choosing rooms because their previous house had no stairs in it. They were excited for a change.

Things get bad for Rosetta and her classmates quickly.

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I liked this story. Rosetta could pass as anyone out in the world today. I am definitely liking the authors writing style and the characters and world building that’s done in this story. The story is set at a steady pace so it doesn’t feel like it’s taking forever to get to the action and the good parts. A great story from beginning to end.

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644 pages

$3.99 on Kindle

(I received this book in pdf format free in exchange for an honest opinion.)

***Cover Reveal*** Blackbird Anthology by Dahlia Donovan

The Blackbird Anthology is the complete Blackbird series story containing: Ivy, Natasha, Masquerade, Twelve Days and Under Fire.  It also contains the Lorcan which will also be available as a free read for subscribers to Dahlia’s newsletter.

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Synopsis
When a group of lonely shifters came together during their service with the Royal marines, they never imagined the strong pack that would develop between them.  Channeling their special operative training, they built a security firm with two alpha wolves at the head of a motley crew of shifters not known for playing well-together.
They’ve lived their lives as outcasts from their own individual species of shifters choosing to form a family with each other instead.  Until Now.  Follow the Blackbird pack as they fall victim to love one by one.
Can they guard their own hearts?

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Excerpt
‘No!’
Shooting off the bed with a shuddering gasp, Ronan ran a shaking hand across his sweaty brow.  He glanced to his left to find Lorcan still soundly sleeping—thankfully. Ruddy nightmares. After all these years, it seemed the horrors of the last incident in Afghanistan might never completely fade away.
He reached down to rub the scarred tissue at the end of what remained of his leg.  Lorcan grumbled incoherently at the jostling and rolled over on his side.  The hare shifter would be angry in the morning if he discovered his mate had suffered in the night without waking him.
Too bleeding bad.
Nothing angered Ronan more than being treated like he was broken.  The damn blast had done nothing more than temporarily steal his ability to function.  With his state-of-the-art prosthetic, he’d believed himself to be as close to what he’d been in the past as ever.
Everyone else in his life didn’t seem as convinced, Lorcan being the rare exception.
“Leg bothering you?” Lorcan leaned up on his elbow with a mixture of weariness and concern mingling in his eyes. “Another nightmare?”
They both suffered them after the living hell Afghanistan had been.  The dreams had lessened over the years. Ronan wondered if they’d ever completely rid themselves of the lingering memories.
Lorcan’s warm hand moved over to cover Ronan’s.  Twisting around on the bed, Ronan leaned over his shifter until their lips met.  He’d always found his mate’s lips to be remarkably full and soft, given nothing else about the man could even be considered soft.
Lorcan traced Ronan’s bottom lip with his tongue and reached up to catch him by the back of the neck to hold him close. “I’m on top this time.”
“No, you’re not.” Ronan’s brogue tended to deepen and roll seductively when he was half-asleep and in the mood. He blocked Lorcan’s attempt to roll them over and caught the shifter’s arms in strong, calloused hands. “Easy there, fuzzy britches, you’re not going anywhere, got that straight?”

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Author Bio
Dahlia Donovan started out working in the insurance world. After ten years, she morphed her love of investigating accidents and studying people into writing about them. She’s a bit of a hermit and despises being in front of a camera. Her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.

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Excellence by Raj Davis

Excellence

Todd, Ebony and Lee are all teenagers or pre-teen. Their mother died two years before, forcing their father back into their lives. They deal with abuse each and every day not only from school mates but from their father as well. The other kids pick on them all the time. One kid starts a rumor that Todd is doing his sisters. Their father makes them take baths when he gets home and then they are naked the rest of the night.

Todd finally has enough of this and he snaps. He wails on the kid that had started the rumor while Ebony and Lee take on the female bully and her friend. This earns them respect and kids leave them alone from that point on. When their father is called to the school since the fights happened there, they learn of Ebony being a genius.

Flash forward into the future. Todd is working for a drug dealer. The previous week, a rival gang had shot Teflon (the leaders son). Teflon makes it Todds job to find Scorpion and kill him. Teflon learns where Scorpion is and passes the information on Todd. Todd takes a chunk of his money and gives to Lee to pay the bills that their father was ignoring. He then visits Ebony for a while before embarking on his mission.

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This book can hit home on so many levels with so many people. Children losing their parents, bullying, being abused, drug deals, fighting. Each of these elements can be present in each and every one of our lives at some point and time. I liked reading this book because it’s real on different levels. The characters could be everyday people like you and I. The world the author creates could pass for any normal town/city with a ghetto. Definitely an eye opener while reading this book.

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139 pages

Free on Kindle

**I received this book free in exchange for an honest review**

Fire in a Haystack (Legal Thriller #1) by Erez Aharoni

Fire in a Haystack

I received this book at a discount in exchange for an honest review.

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Ofer Angel tends to be a trouble maker at school. Just the day before, his father was in the vice-principal’s office because he decided to moon some other students. His father didn’t yell at him or belittle him. Instead, they went out for pizza and had a nice day. Then before they separated ways his father slaps him across the face and tells him he needs to man up and quit acting like a child.

The next day, during a commotion in class dealing with a mouse, the vice-principal enters the room and requests for Ofer. He follows her and then she tells him that he needs to return home because there is something wrong with his father. He is escorted home and when he gets there, the apartment is packed. He learns of his father’s death. He overhears a few men talking and learns of his father doing some shady stuff. It was the shame of the shady dealings that led him to kill himself.

Fast forward ten years to the future. Ofer is now in his mid-twenties. He went to law school and is now an intern at a prestigious law firm. He is supposed to stay with a witness to a trail. The witness dismisses him and seeing no problem with leaving him alone, Ofer leaves. He waits in the hotel lobby for the witness, who happens to be one of the men he overheard talking about his father on the same day he perished.

Ofer gets a maid to open the room to the witnesses suite after bribing her with money and stating he’ll loose his job if he doesn’t get him there immediately. He stumbles around, not having a card to turn the light on. He turns over the witnesses suitcase and contents spill everywhere. The maid turns the lights on and they see the horror strung out before them. The man is in bed, naked with a female. Only problem is, the man is dead.

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I loved reading this book. I’m a fan of thrillers but if you make it a legal thriller, it’s much better. I like how the author spun this story. And especially to bring a disease into it that hasn’t been around in a long time. The characters, mainly Ofer, are easy to relate to and to understand. The world that is created through this book is amazing and you can actually picture the events happening and seeing them in your minds eye while reading. A great story and one that will be staying in my collection for the foreseeable future!

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375 pages

$3.99 on Kindle

Vanishing Twin (Untapped #1) by Tanja Kobasic

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Vanishing Twin

Vanishing Twin is the first book in the Untapped series by Author Tanja Kobasic.

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Scarlett and Jade are conjoined twins born to a thirteen year old mother who life to huff paint. They were found in horrible conditions and weren’t expected to live. Scarlett is the beautiful one. She has mahogany colored eyes that sometimes look scarlett. Jade’s eyes are a shade of green that resembles her name. Scarlett has both of her arms and generous breasts. Jade only has one arm as her second one was growing in the wrong spot and had to be removed and she has almost non-existant breasts. (This may not seem like something you would want to know but it plays into the story.) They connect at the pelvis and share the legs, bowels and lower regions.

Jade always gets what she wants. She’s the most fragile out of the two and knows that she was the underdeveloped twin. If she doesn’t get her way, she tends to throw a fit. She has dragged Scarlett through many things that she didn’t want to do. Scarlett really didn’t want to be attached to her sister. She envisions a life without being attached to her and having her own life, career and family. Unfortunately, with Jade attached to her, it will never happen.

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I love this book. I really do. Jade, Scarlett and Sebastian are all people that you can relate too. Each of them have their own past and their own insecurities. Their pasts and insecurities are things that could pass as yours and mine. This book will not only present a great read but it will have you digging deeper inside yourself and looking at the real you. The one that is hidden and rarely is shown.

Tanja Kobasic is a new to me author. I like her writing style, her characters and world building. She takes her time and you can feel the world building around you while you are reading the story. It pulls you in and keeps you sucked in until the story is finished. Definitely an author I will be keeping my eye on! I now need to get the second book in the series!

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***Please note I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion***

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464 pages

$6.99 on Kindle

Zombie King (Shifter Squad #2) by J.C. Diem

Zombie King

This is the second book in the Shifter Squad series by J.C. Diem. The first book is Seven Psychics.

Lexi Levine is eighteen years old. She was bitten by a dog when she was a baby and then she was bitten by Agent Reese Garrett who is a werewolf. This infects her with the werewolf virus and she’s already turned once. Her father knows of the news and isn’t happy that her boss, Mark, let her get “injured” while on the job and when he was supposed to be protecting her.

Her father left the mission he was on and was going to her. She went by herself to pick him up from the airport in Denver and takes him back to their compound in the mountains. Things are tense. She doesn’t scan her hand until her father promises not to kill anyone. He begrudgingly agrees with a nonexistent but known “yet” at the end of his promise. He goes inside and punches Mark which sends all of them into motion. The other three agents: Reece, Kala and Flynn all wanting her father’s head and her pulling her gun and pointing it directly at Reece’s face since he was closest. Mark calls them off and they all back down.

Flynn and Kala are dismissed and the other four talk. Reece states he can rectify the situation by marrying Lexi. This sets Lexi off and she takes off to the outdoor gun range where she sits in turmoil and despair. Her father offers to kill Reece but she states that if she wanted him dead that she’d kill him herself. She takes her father back to the airport a few days later and then it’s off to New Orleans to kill the Zombie King.

There’s a man running around New Orleans raising corpses from the dead. The team received a call from a voodoo priestess who knew about the PSI. She only talks to Lexi when they go to her shop. The Zombie King gets more desperate as time goes on. Is the team able to contain him? Can they contain all the corpses he’s raised and stop a massive takeover of New Orleans? Or will they fail?

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I’m loving author J.C. Diem. I love the writing style, the characters, the world this book is set in. I love that the characters are normal people who have a “condition” but they’re all a family. The first book was a great read and this book was as well. Definitely worth the $3.99 paid for it! Now to get the third book in the series!!

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304 pages

$3.99 on Kindle

The Magical Zoo #1 by Dan Jackson

The Magical Zoo

This book is so cute. I came across it and thought my daughter would love it. I read through it first because even though it’s a children’s book, you can never be too careful.

The pictures are done very well. The writing is easy to where children can understand and read on their own. I was reading this book to my daughter. I’m not sure if she had more fun with me reading to her or looking at the pictures and pointing things out.

There are different animals represented in the book. I can’t wait to see how each animal plays into the story and what is taught about each animal and how they get them back to the Magical Zoo.

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This is a cute book. Lots of colors in the pictures. Easy words for children to read. When it says “endless imagination” it truly means endless imagination. My daughter was coming up with a ton of different scenarios as to what each of the animals could be doing or where they would go. She was also coming up with outlandish things that each animal would wear and eat to hide itself so it didn’t have to go back. She’s 5 and very smart. She said that since they left the book then they didn’t want to be there anymore so they would hide themselves to keep from going back. A very cute and thought provoking book for children.

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Free on Kindle

24 pages

***Sale Alert*** Tag by Shari J Ryan

 

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Author: Shari J. Ryan
264 Pages
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published by Booktrope Editions
Published: November 7, 2014
  
Blurb:
What if your family had a big secret . . . a life changing secret. My dad, the bigwig CIA agent, was always on the run, whether he was being chased or doing the chasing. I missed him. Then my mom passed away, and my sister was murdered. I turned my solitude to strength because the alternative was too bleak.
But my luck seemed to turn: I met Tango. And while I want him more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my twenty-two years, danger lurks around every corner and I simply can’t take the chance of it finding me. But his tattoos, his smell, his darkness, and his body— that marine has taken over my every thought. But, what if he too isn’t what I think? A ticking time bomb isn’t going to leave me much time to waver. Even the bravest person can be in need of a miracle.
Before she was gone, my mom warned me to know everyone and trust no one. But what was I supposed to do when I found out I am the one not to be trusted? Turns out, I was always the bait in this conspiracy.
In author Shari J. Ryan’s New Adult novel, TAG, the canyons hold secrets, the waterfalls provide safety, and romance has a pesky way of showing up when you are sweaty and dirty and least expect it.
 
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I’ve been seated among the dozens of other passengers for the past two hours, watching the gate times change a number of times before I see the plane actually arrive. Just as I’m powering my phone down, preparing to board, an awful stench burns my nose from a few inches away. A middle-aged man with greasy black hair and a thick lip-covering mustache who smells exactly like the inside of a port-a-potty has found a reason to sit directly beside me in a row of empty seats. When my eyes unfortunately meet his, he takes the opportunity to speak to me. “Heading to Boston?” he asks. I raise my eyebrows and force a tightlipped smile. I simply follow that with a nod and give him a no shit look. “I heard winter’s coming early this year,” he continues.
“Cool,” I mumble with a sigh. I pull a magazine out of my bag and open it in front of my face, hoping to block my vision of the man’s blackened-stained grin. But it’s only seconds before I’m taken back when his finger sweeps down the bare skin of my collarbone.
“What does that mean?” he asks, pointing to my tattoo.
With a smooth motion, I lay my magazine down onto my lap and place my hand over his, giving him the false notion that I’m a gentle person. I take the opportunity to offer him a slight smile before I twist his forefinger backwards as far as it will go before the expectant snap. “I’m sorry,” I say sweetly. “Did I tell you it was okay to touch me?” I pull down a little harder, and he smiles in response to the pain. But as I hold my hand there, I see the smile begin to fade.
“It’s a free country, chicky,” he sputters as his tongue knocks around between his bare gums.
“Why would you think it’s okay to touch me?” I ask again, keeping my voice calm, yet stern. He licks his lips and looks me up and down, responding with only a look. “Do you go around touching girls half your age because you feel it’s okay?”
He clears his throat and looks around to see who’s watching or listening, but I don’t move my eyes from his. “Why not?” he says, shrugging his bony shoulders. “Besides, you’re definitely asking for it.”
He thinks I’m asking for it? I’m wearing a fucking scoop neck, black long sleeve shirt, jeans, and combat boots. “The only reason it’s okay, is because no one has ever probably told you no. But it occurs to me that after I snap your finger off your hand, you won’t be able to touch people inappropriately anymore, will you?”
He hoots with laughter, dragging in attention he probably shouldn’t want. “You think you could break my finger, little chicklette?”
I pull his finger a little further, and his smile grows. “Ow, stop. You’re hurting me,” he puckers his lips and winks at me.
“Oh, look, it’s your right hand. You a righty?” I turn his hand over and see deep callouses bubbling on his palm. “Yes, you are. So, if I rip this thing off, you wouldn’t miss it, right?” I turn his hand back over and glare into his beady eyes. He’s questioning my words. He’s unsure of my capabilities. And that’s fine. “Sound okay to you? Or are you going to leave and stop touching people?” His smile fades and his eyes widen. I release his hand and offer him a smart-ass smile. “Oh, and the tattoo means death. It’s a Maori Warrior symbol. They used to eat their enemies once they slaughtered them. Cool, huh?”
I see his Adam’s apple struggle to move. He lifts his bag from the ground and nearly trips over his own feet, darting away.
I reopen my magazine to the page I was reading and refocus my attention on an article as I hear a soft chuckle coming from the other side of me. I turn to see who was enjoying the free entertainment and I’m faced with a man who looks to be either a wrestler or in the military–black shaven hair, stiff jaw and bulging muscles on every inch of his arms. His eyes are currently focused on a book, and I suppose he could have been laughing at that, rather than me. But as I question it, his large shamrock green eyes lift and look right at me. A slight grin tugs on the corner of his lips, and he winks so quickly I’m questioning whether it was me who might have blinked. Before I can react, he stands up and walks away.
I swallow hard and refocus my attention on the magazine once more. Stupid attractive man causing a moment of feebleness. I didn’t react, though. He winked at me. I think. And I didn’t make a snide comment or scowl. Weakness.
I let out a few short breaths, regaining my composure. He’s gone. It’s fine.
If you’ve already read TAG, make sure you check out You’re It!
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Shari J. Ryan is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author, a Barnes & Noble Top 10 Bestselling author, and an iBookstore #1 Bestselling author. She hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and two lively little boys. Shari has always had an active imagination and enjoys losing herself in the fictional worlds she creates.
When Shari isn’t writing, she can usually be found cleaning toys up off the floor.
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Dangerous Secrets (Callaghan Brothers #1) by Abbie Zanders

Dangerous Secrets

The story opens with Kiara Fitzpatrick cuffed to a bed. She is burning up with fever and infection. The man she’s been kidnapped with visits her often. He is quick to anger so she doesn’t talk, only making small moans and shifting slightly. This night he comes in and realizes that she’s sick and wishes she would have told him so he could have gotten her some help. The man does care about her but after her trying to run away several times, he turns to cuffing her to the bed to keep her from running. He leaves to go get her antibiotics and she estimates she has about an hour before he returns. She manages to escape the cuffs after a while and dislocating her hand but she manages it.

Fastforward ten years into the future.  Kiara is dead and Taryn is now alive. Kiara went into hiding and doesn’t stay in one place too long before moving on. Except when it came to Charlie. He found her that night and took her to his pub and brought her back to health. They took care of each other until he passed away a year before. She worked in his pub after she turned eighteen and enjoyed the work. With Charlie dead she decides to move on.

Her car breaks down and she’s stuck in a small town. She asks Charlie for a sign as she’s walking around. She comes upon a pub and feels a tingle and she knows it’s Charlie telling her that’s where she needs to be. She goes in and has an instant connection with Jake and Ian, the two men behind the bar. It’s unusually crowded but she learns it’s Homecoming weekend and will be packed the next couple nights. They’re short a bartender and she ends up making a deal with Jake: she bartends in exchange for a room.

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I loved this book. I didn’t realize that Kiara/Taryn were the same person until part way through the book and then all the quirks she has all made sense. There is so much going on in this book. When I found out who the man was that killed her family and kidnapped her, I couldn’t believe it. I also couldn’t believe that some of the boys from Jake’s bar knew her from a long time ago but couldn’t place her. These boys in this series are awesome and I wish they were real. 🙂

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356 pages

$2.99 on Kindle

$11.99 Paperback

(I got this book free on promo in 2014)

The Right Wrong Thing by Ellen Kirschman

Right Wrong Thing

I received this book in hardcover edition in exchange for an honest review.

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This book is a great read. I received it in the mail yesterday and haven’t been able to put it down in my spare time.

Randy Spelling is female. She wants to be a police officer. It’s pretty much the only thing she’s wanted her entire life. Most of her family has been officers. Her father and brothers are in law enforcement as well. Her husband is a deputy in the sheriff’s office. So law enforcement is nothing new to her.

We open the book learning about Randy and her psych eval to become an officer of the Kenilworth PD. She passes all her tests with flying colors and nails the psych eval as well. She starts training and becomes a full fledged officer. In the meantime, elections for a new chief of police are underway. There are two candidates: one male (the one that has the backing of the police commission) and a female (who has the backing of the county board). The female candidate wins and starts her tenure in October.

Randy has been a officer now and is on nightshift, where all rookies start. Things go seriously wrong on this shift. Tom Rutgers, her partner, goes down to check out a man that’s laying face down. The man pops up, with a sword mind you, and starts slashing. This man and other homeless men try and get to Tom’s gun. Randy calls for help and then gets in the melee. There’s body parts everywhere and she’s pulled off the pile of people and someone tries to get her gun. She ends up running away.

No one wants to work with her now. They all think she froze up after calling for help. Tom admits she got into the melee but when she was pulled off, he didn’t see her again. So he knows she ran away. No one trusts her to not freeze and do her job or to be able to handle herself now.

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This book is awesome. It’s great to read a law enforcement based book that focuses on female officers. Most of the time, it’s a male officer. This one is packed with different characters, both of the male and female genders. There’s different events that happen in the book. Some you can see coming and a couple sneak up on you and slam you in the face. A great book to read with a strong female lead.

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