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Release Day: Totally Starcross’d – a Shakespeare retelling novella by S.D. Wasley

Happy Release Day SD Wasley!

I haven’t read Totally Starcross’d yet but I’m looking forward to reading it very soon.

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Totally Starcross’d

A Novella by S.D. Wasley

Release Date: February 11, 2016

Summary:

From Amazon bestselling author S.D. Wasley comes a retelling of the timeless tale of Romeo & Juliet.

Blurb

“Why does she have to be Romilly Montague? Any other name on the planet. She’d be just as pretty and cute and clever—just as perfect—but she wouldn’t be Romilly Montague. Then I’d have a chance with her.”

Romilly longs for the freedom to live her own life … but her dad is Alan Montague, hot contender for the job of Governor. And the bigger he gets, the more protective of Romilly her parents become.

Could Julian Capulet’s luck be worse? As if being born into the most conservative family in Verona wasn’t bad enough, the girl of his dreams is the daughter of his father’s biggest adversary in the upcoming election. His embarrassing family—especially his troublemaking younger brother—seem set to totally ruin his chances with Romilly.

For Romilly and Julian it’s never been truer that you can choose your friends but not your family. Will this story end in woe—or can there be a happily ever after for this modern-day Juliet and Romeo?

A modern day retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Buy links

99c on Amazon or free read on Kindle Unlimited.

Amazon US and worldwide: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BM44LAC

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01BM44LAC

Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B01BM44LAC

Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01BM44LAC

Excerpt:

I hovered before the Picasso. It wasn’t one of his famous cubist works. It was quite a sad painting of a woman with a child.

“I wonder what made him start experimenting like he did,” came a voice beside me.

“Not sure,” I said, glancing around. A young man was standing a short distance away, gazing at the painting. I made a brief assessment: neat clothes—jeans but dressed up with a jacket. Top knot in his golden-brown hair. I dropped my gaze. Uh, flip-flops? Hmmm, hipster styling, knew about Picasso. Montague supporter for sure.

“You’re missing the debate,” I said.

He gave me a quick smile. “Am I? That’s a shame.”

I laughed. “Dragged here by your parents as well?”

He nodded, losing interest in the Picasso and coming closer. “I was only ever in it for the caviar-topped blinis.” He said this with just the right amount of irony so I knew he meant it but he was also laughing at himself. Cute and smart.

“They certainly know how to cater these political things, huh?”

“Conservatives always cater well. Making a good impression is of prime importance. Campaigning 101.”

I cocked my head. “And the other guy?”

“The other guy should know that the caviar isn’t dolphin safe and the wait staff are underpaid.”

I burst out laughing this time. “I hope you’re joking. I don’t want to be eating something that hurts dolphins, or accepting service from exploited workers.”

He shrugged. “I may have made up the dolphin thing. But you should probably tip the waiter generously.”

I appraised him again. This guy was intriguing. He couldn’t have been much older than my sixteen years but he conversed like a much older man. And now he was closer I saw how cute he was. Dark blue eyes, tanned skin and gorgeous angular cheeks. He investigated my face with similar interest.

“What’s your name?” he asked me unexpectedly.

I didn’t particularly want him to know I was Alan Montague’s daughter after his snappy political commentary of a few moments before. I snatched at the first thing that came into my head. “I am the girl who wanders galleries at night.”

He cracked up laughing this time. “Mysterious, indeed.” He stuck out a hand for me to shake. “Hello, Girl Who Wanders Galleries at Night.”

“Girl Who, to my friends,” I said. “Nice to meet you, Guy Who Came for the Caviar Blinis.”

“Guy Who,” he said, nodding gravely. Then we shared a grin.

Through the glass foyer walls I saw a sight that made me roll my eyes. A leggy blonde was climbing out of a sleek car in front of the gallery. “Oh, god. It’s her.”

He followed my gaze. “Her?”

“Paris Addison. In the Capulet camp,” I explained. “Her dad owns half the coal mines in the state and when she’s not tweeting about her dog or Instagramming her nail art, she’s schmoozing with the conservatives on her father’s behalf. Her dad’s trying to get a major new mine through environmental planning so the Addisons are being pretty friendly with the party most likely to help them out.” I made a face.

I’d meant it as a joke but his face fell slightly. Perhaps he was more serious about politics than I’d realized.

“Hopefully Capulet keeps his ethics in check long enough to get through the election,” he said.

I gave him a dubious glance. “Uh-huh. Let’s  see how that works out.”

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

Desire (Montana Dreams Book 3) by Cait Jarrod

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Desire is the 3rd and final book in Cait Jarrod’s Montana Dreams series.  This is a New Adult novel and recommended for ages 17+.  Each book can be read as a standalone novel but I would recommend reading them in order.  You get more out of each one if you do.

My Five Star Review:

Desire was the last book in the Montana Dreams series and it ended up being my favorite.  I absolutely loved the first book Divine, Matt and Trina’s story, but something about the way Bradley dealt with Cadence in Desire really drew me in.

To me this book had everything:  it had two siblings, a brother and sister, who would move the earth to help each other, it had a main character (Bradley) who decided he was done being pushed away without any answers, and it had a woman (Cadence) dealing with a tragedy that just about broke my heart.  It had self destruction but in the end it had healing as well.

I think the writing in Desire was the best I’ve read by Cait and the ending was absolutely amazing.  It pulled the entire series together, including all the characters, up on Apple’s Peak in the mountains of Montana.  I look forward to reading more by Cait.

 

About the Book:

“Cadence Duvall has a heartbreaking secret. Rather than risk rejection, she pushes away the man who taught her the true meaning of desire. Two years later, her heart still hurts and the guilt remains. She heads to Bluebird Valley, Montana, and her best friend, to bury the memories of a tragedy caused by her careless actions.
After Cadence breaks his heart, Bradley Lovett severs ties with his overbearing parents and takes a position in Florida as a horse trainer at a thoroughbred stable. An urgent phone call from his sister, begging him to help the woman he only wants to forget, sends him to Montana. When Bradley tries to help Cadence face her secrets, he finds forgiveness may be the key to their happiness.”

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The Montana Dreams Series Reading Order:

Divine, #1: November 23, 2015
Destiny, #2: December 14, 2015
Desire, #3: January 18, 2016

To read more from Cait, visit her Website or find her on Facebook.

To read my review of Divine, Montana Dreams Book 1, click Here

To read my review of Destiny, Montana Dreams Book 2, click Here

As Always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

 

The Ninth Hunter by Anna Hub

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The Ninth Hunter by Anna Hub release date January 12, 2016.

About The Ninth Hunter:

“These weren’t ghosts of the dead with unfinished business. They were something far more sinister.
Daniel Barrow is a ghost hunter bound to a life of misery; protecting the world from ghosts by killing their human hosts. He knows the rules: mark the targets, plot the crime scenes, and then murder those beyond saving. Daniel’s safe in his rituals—until he meets Faye Michaels.
Faye isn’t his average target and her ghosts threaten to destroy everything he has worked for. When his ritual goes wrong, Daniel must create an uneasy alliance with the woman he intended to kill. But the deeper they dig, the closer they get to a dangerous secret that will change their lives forever.
Daniel must make a choice: fulfil his duty, or turn his back on those he has come to trust. Can the truth lead him to salvation?”

 

My Five Star Review:

The Ninth Hunter is not your typical Ghost story but so much more.   I wasn’t sure what to expect when I won a free copy of this book.  It’s a completely different concept about ghosts, how they interact with humans, and the hunters who track the ghosts.  (To me this is a Supernatural/Paranormal/Horror New Adult story for readers 16+)

Twenty-three year old Daniel Barrow, who has been hunting ghosts for the past 6 years, is about to commit murder, again.  His target is twenty-three year old Faye Michaels who is being haunted by ghosts.  Things don’t go exactly as planned when Daniel finally gets face to face with Faye.  This story is action packed from the very beginning and took me on a ride I didn’t want to get off of.  There are twists and turns along the way, secrets and information that turns the course of events, and an ending I thought would truly never happen.   Anna Hub created very intense characters and likable at the same time.  It was enjoyable to watch Daniel and Faye’s characters evolve and change as the story progressed.

The Ninth Hunter is extremely well written and kept me engaged the entire way through.  I look forward to reading more of Anna’s books.

Grab your copy of The Ninth Hunter today at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon AU for just 99c or Kindle Unlimited for free. (limited time offer.)

Find Anna Hub here:  FacebookWebsiteTwitter

Check out Anna’s blog for some great question and answers: Anna’s Blog Q&A

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

Happy Book Release SD Wasley

Downfall by SD Wasley is here!

I absolutely loved this first book In SD’s Incorruptible Series. You can find my review  here: janisf – review

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Excerpt:

At Gaunt House ruins, the night started much the same as usual: some quiet chit-chat, a game of Monopoly, a beer and some snacks. But then it happened again. Not long after I arrived, Cain had a private consultation with Liz. They disappeared into the cooler room while I was moving my little dog around the game board. When they reappeared Cain said he was going out for pizza and more beer. I mustered my courage and asked to tag along but he said he’d be quick and I should stay in the game. He was gone for forty minutes … an hour … an hour and twenty … an hour and forty… Over and over I asked the other three where he could be but they just shrugged, elaborately nonchalant.

“Could he have got in an accident?” I asked.

“He’s fine, Frankie,” Jude assured me.

“It doesn’t take two hours to get pizza!”

“He’ll be back,” Owen said. “I’ll have Trafalgar Square, Liz.”

I doubted myself. They were all so casual. Maybe there really was no secret. The Monopoly game was long finished when Cain finally returned around eleven … with no pizza or drinks. He feigned forgetfulness when I demanded to know why, and I thought I saw the others hiding their smiles. What the heck? Was this some kind of initiation? Cain headed for the cooler room so I pursued. He fished in the cooler and cracked open a sugary drink, slamming it down in what must have been record time.

“Where did you go?” I asked.

He reached for a second soda. “Nowhere.”

“Tell me.”

He took a big gulp from the new can and went for the plastic crate where spare packets of chips and snacks were kept. There was just one small bag of nuts left, which he tore into and finished in one go. I stared. Cain made as if to head back to the main chamber.

“Hey,” I snapped.

Cain stopped and looked at me, a strange darkness coming into his eyes.

“Where …?”

I didn’t finish because at that moment he stepped in close to me, just inches away, looking intently down into my face. My first instinct was to back away but I fought it and held my ground, knees beginning to shake.

“Francesca,” he said in a voice so soft I didn’t know whether it was tender or menacing. “Stop asking questions.”

Then he was gone. I let out a breath and was obliged to spend a couple of minutes regaining my presence of mind before I went back out to join the group.

About Downfall:

“Frankie’s cousin wants her to do three things this year:
1. Lose her inhibitions
2. Do something spectacularly stupid
3. Fall madly in love
Travelling was Frankie’s life. As the daughter of a big-name evangelist, she’s been able to feed her hunger for new sights throughout most of her teenage years. Then a hushed-up scandal gets her thrown off the tour circuit and stuck at her uncle’s house in the town of Augur’s Well.
Forced to repeat her failed senior year, it looks like a dismal existence for Frankie—until she’s invited to the bizarre meeting place of four mismatched people … and falls hard for the fascinating, secretive Cain Aleister.
Furtive meetings in an underground chamber … Latin words carved into a stone wall … intense desire … and a secret so elusive she’ll do almost anything to bust it open. Until now, Frankie never believed in grand passions—but that’s not the only one of her beliefs about to implode right before her eyes.
Looks like Frankie’s going to score three for three.”

Get your copy today. Buy Links:  99c release special!

Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B01A6H4M50

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A6H4M50

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01A6H4M50

Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01A6H4M50

Paperback coming very soon.

Find Artwork Artist Trevor O’Sullivan here: Facebook,  Twitter

Find SD Wasley Here:  FacebookInternet Website

Check out my review of SD Wasley’s Young Adult series, The Seventh: here

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

Downfall (The Incorruptibles Book 1) by SD Wasley

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Downfall is an amazing first book in SD Wasley’s New Adult Paranormal Romance Series, The Incorruptibles.  (Recommended for readers 16+.)

Downfall releases January 7, 2016.

About Downfall:

“Frankie’s cousin wants her to do three things this year:
1. Lose her inhibitions
2. Do something spectacularly stupid
3. Fall madly in love
Travelling was Frankie’s life. As the daughter of a big-name evangelist, she’s been able to feed her hunger for new sights throughout most of her teenage years. Then a hushed-up scandal gets her thrown off the tour circuit and stuck at her uncle’s house in the town of Augur’s Well.
Forced to repeat her failed senior year, it looks like a dismal existence for Frankie—until she’s invited to the bizarre meeting place of four mismatched people … and falls hard for the fascinating, secretive Cain Aleister.
Furtive meetings in an underground chamber … Latin words carved into a stone wall … intense desire … and a secret so elusive she’ll do almost anything to bust it open. Until now, Frankie never believed in grand passions—but that’s not the only one of her beliefs about to implode right before her eyes.
Looks like Frankie’s going to score three for three.”

 

My Five Star Review:

Six words, “Hey Frankie, come for a ride?” That was all it took in the very first chapter, Omen, to get me completely and totally hooked on this book.  Those six words started my sleepless night and I ended up with the biggest book hangover.  Yes, it was that intriguing.  From the very beginning SD had me wondering what the heck was going on.  I tried desperately to figure it out but every time I thought I had it, SD threw me a curve ball.  Her characters are well developed, her descriptions are so detailed you can actually see each scene unfold in your mind and when secrets are finally revealed it’s an “oh wow” moment.

There are several pieces of art work in the book  by Trevor O’Sullivan that are truly stunning.

By the time I reached the last chapter, Amen, I was totally addicted to this series and was very grateful the next installment would be out in March 2016.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Downfall, clink here to reach SD’s website.

Add Downfall on Goodreads.

Buy it from Amazon: Downfall.

The Incorruptibles Reading Order:

  1. Downfall – Book 1 – http://amzn.com/B01A6H4M50
  2. Fallout – Book 2 – http://amzn.com/B01A73CCFU
  3. Unforgivable – Book 3 – Releases June 16, 2016 – http://amzn.com/B01DAIPQGQ
  4. Monster – Book 4 – Coming 2016

 

Find Artwork Artist Trevor O’Sullivan here: Facebook,  Twitter

Check out my review of SD Wasley’s Young Adult series, The Seventh: here

Find SD Wasley Here:  FacebookInternet Website

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

Destiny (Montana Dreams Series Book 2) by Cait Jarrod

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I had the privilege of receiving an advanced reader copy of Destiny from Cait Jarrod.  It’s her second New Adult book in the Montana Dreams Series and can be read as a standalone but Divine was so good, you should read that as well. (recommended 17+) Destiny releases December 14, 2015

About the Book:

“With the exception of one dear friend who treats her like a daughter, Autumn Wilcox keeps her heart closed off to others. Now this friend struggles with her last breaths and makes a request—for Autumn to find the elusive rainbow that will reveal her destiny. She doesn’t have faith in such tales, but for her friend, she agrees and seeks a pilot to take her to Bluebird Valley, Montana.
After the death of his parents and his brother’s war injury, Travis Carson withdraws and his heart goes numb. He dives into work until his brother settles in Montana because of Travis’ insistence to carry out their parents’ dream of living in the mountains. He quits his search and rescue job to purse his vision of opening a scenic tour business in Montana. So, when friends ask him on his last day of the job to give a woman a ride to the Big Sky Country state, he agrees. Simple, easily done, but the swirl of energy radiating off her has him agreeing and doing things out of his norm. He can no longer push away his feelings to protect his heart. He wants more.”

My Five Star Review:

Travis has been taking care of Matt and saving people all his life especially in his search and rescue job but now it’s time for him to step back and think about himself for a change.  So what’s he going to do? Travis heads to Montana to start a new life right next to his brother, Matt and his new wife, Trina.  But before he reaches his plane to fly out, in walks free spirted Autumn who instantly turns his world upside down.  Autumn’s dear friend gave her a quest, go to Montana, climb a mountain and find the rainbow.  So … Autumn will do whatever it takes to get onto Travis’s plane and to Montana.

The chemistry between Travis and Autumn is so instant, you literally feel it in every word Cait writes.  It’s not what the characters actually say to each other but their feelings and descriptions on their faces that make you believe it.  Their story will make you laugh out loud one minute and want to give out hugs the next.  Travis and Autumn have been through so much in their lives that you can’t help but cheer them on.   There is one particular bedroom scene with Travis, Autumn’s pet, and Autumn that literally had me in tears.  I’m talking tears of laughter.

This book is a feel good New Adult romance with of course a very happily ever after.  I highly recommend this book.

The Montana Dreams Series:

Divine, #1: November 23, 2015
Destiny, #2: December 14, 2015
Desire, #3: January 18, 2016

To read more from Cait, visit her Website or find her on Facebook.

To read my review of Divine, Montana Dreams Book 1, click Here

As Always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

*****Cover reveal***** Downfall (The Incorruptibles 1) by S.D. Wasley

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Downfall (The Incorruptibles 1)

by S.D. Wasley

Release Date: January 7, 2016

Summary:

From Amazon bestselling author S.D. Wasley comes her first work of (new) adult paranormal romance perfect for lovers of Lauren Kate’s Fallen and the Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series.

Frankie’s cousin wants her to do three things this year:

1. Lose her inhibitions
2. Do something spectacularly stupid
3. Fall madly in love

Travelling was Frankie’s life. As the daughter of a big-name evangelist, she’s been able to feed her hunger for new sights throughout most of her teenage years. Then a hushed-up scandal gets her thrown off the tour circuit and stuck at her uncle’s house in the town of Augur’s Well.

Forced to repeat her failed senior year, it looks like a dismal existence for Frankie—until she’s invited to the bizarre meeting place of four mismatched people … and falls hard for the fascinating, secretive Cain Aleister.

Furtive meetings in an underground chamber … Latin words carved into a stone wall … intense desire … and a secret so elusive she’ll do almost anything to bust it open. Until now, Frankie never believed in grand passions—but that’s not the only one of her beliefs about to implode right before her eyes.

Looks like Frankie’s going to score three for three. 

Visit S.D. Wasley.

Add Downfall on Goodreads.

For other stories by SD Wasley, check out my reviews at the links below: 

Summer Crush – A Young Adult Anthology

The Seventh

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf