Friday, July 3, 2015

The Red Harlequin by Roberto Ricci

I discovered this gem of a book through one of my paperwhite ads. The cover caught my eye, and the book description hooked me enough to download and start reading.

The world opens intriguingly. Everyone is identified by their Chrome or the color of their essence. 14yr old Asheva is of the Black Chrome clan. We join Asheva as his father takes him to an execution, and the pace doesn't slow down. A war is declared, family and friends die, and within the space of a few chapters, Asheva commits a crime and becomes a fugitive.

The world-building was superb, the suspense built deliciously, and at the risk of giving away more spoilers, I'll just say my only disappointment was that it ended too soon. 4 out of 5 stars.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Authors Pull-Out on Amazon KU! #ReleaseTheRate

Well, it looks like Amazon has finally shown their true face. I always knew it was a matter of time, but the lack of disclosure and information regarding who is reading our work, I feel, is ridiculous. Selena Kitt says it best in her blogpost below:

From author Selena Kitt:

Erotica authors were impatiently waiting for July 1, for a look at the new dashboard and the opportunity for a glimpse into the Bezos crystal ball at what they might be paid for the month of July, when the Kindle Unlimited changes took place.
Looks like the numbers are (kind of) in… and the outlook is rather dismal. Erotica shorts authors knew it was going to be bad. I just don’t think most of them thought it was going to be quite *this* bad. Because it looks as if authors will be making about $0.0057 per page. That’s slightly less than half a penny a page, folks.

...We are the most versatile, adaptive and scrappy bunch of people I have ever known. And if Amazon thought we were going to take this lying down?
Bwahahahahahahahahahaha. Then they don’t know us very well!

Introducing the #releasetherate campaign

The objective is twofold:
1. Get Amazon to tell us how many people are borrowing our books, without which our page counts are utterly useless
2. Get Amazon to tell us how much they mean to pay us – NOW. IN ADVANCE. No more of this, “Enroll your books, choose to go exclusively with Amazon, and we’ll tell you later how much you’ll make” crap!

See the rest of the article HERE

ARC - A Slight Case of Death by Robert Lee Beers

A Slight Case of Death: 4 out of 5 stars

Being a hard-nosed bulldog when it comes to solving cases is never easy on Tony Mandolin. It starts to get harder when the daughter of a rich tycoon asks him to find her twin sister. The chase is on as bodies begin appearing one after another- all victims of drug overdoses…or are they?

A Slight Case of Death by Robert Lee Beers, takes off with twist after twist, leading to places the reader never expected to go.

This ARC was given to me as a free gift, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this tale to the end! I got hooked by the twists in the plot that went through run-ins with crazy, flaming drag-queens, size-changing alcoholic pixies, and off-color vampires. I have to say that my favorite character was Frankie: the cross-dressing, flaming drag-queen who often tried to steal the show!

I'm sure that more excitement and drama waits in the next installment of this series!

For more information on when this exciting novel is coming out, head to:

Cornerstone by Misty Provencher

Cornerstone: 4 out of 5 stars:

Misty Provencher has outdone herself with "Cornerstone", the tale of Nalena Maxwell. Nalena and her mother, Evangeline, live a life separated from others. Evangeline's obsession with writing stories- and never finishing them- causes an ever-growing pile of papers to overflow their house. Nalena grows more and more isolated from her peers until she meets Garrett.

He reaches out to her, befriending her and saving her life when she is attacked and nearly killed. From that point on everything in her life starts to change as she develops abilities that she doesn't understand and has no idea how to control. Everything culminates with the need for Nalena to choose her path: to make the choice whether she will live the Simple Life- or take the path that leads to inevitable danger.

I highly recommend this book.  It was given freely as a gift on Misty Provencher's blog to all of her dedicated readers.  Her book Cornerstone was an excellent read and she is now one of my new favorite authors.  Cornerstone made me laugh and cry and I'm definetly looking forward to the next book in the series.

Run, run, run away by C.R. Cummings

Run, run, run away: 3 out of 5 stars:

Ivy doesn’t understand why her mother hates her.  All she can do is try to minimize the effects of it on her life.  When her Grand-dad and Mar maw disappear, she’s left all alone with a trust fund that her mom forces her to hand over to pay for her addiction.  Ivy finally decides that she’s had enough and runs away to her Grand-dad’s secret cabin.  There she discovers that nothing was ever as it seemed, that there’s a whole world of fey that really does exist, and that she’s not who she thought she was. 

Run, run, run away was given to me as a free gift and is a compelling fantasy told by C. R. Cummings about the travels of a young girl, abused by her mother, who blossoms into who she really is.  The story started off a little slow, but ramped up to an exciting finish and I’m sure the next in the series will have exciting themes as well.