The Mageborn Chronicles #1: Sorcerous Rivalry Review

Sorcerous Rivalry (The Mage-Born Chronicles)

Rishi’s mother was the mistress of the King, and she was also a secret sorceress. Now, the King’s guard and mage hunters are hunting for all 7 of her children. They are all older than the actual crown prince from the King’s wife, and the King wants to make sure than his legitimate heir takes the throne. Rishi has managed to lay low for years, but now a mage hunter named Kestral has found him. When Kestral discovers Rishi’s magic, Rishi has to find his siblings to ask for help. But, nothing can ever go perfectly, and Reshi soon finds himself caught between a dangerous family and a dangerously alluring mage hunter.

I read this entire book in one day and immediately started the second book as soon as I received it! I absolutely loved Reshi the more I read this novel. He had an interesting and unique backstory, but this is hidden for the majority of the novel, so I won’t tell it here. I also was intrigued once he met his siblings. They didn’t grow up together, but they all have one thing in common. They are all so stubborn! It was bittersweet to see how alike they were, yet the years of separation made it so that they didn’t completely trust one another.

This was one of the most in-depth fantasy worlds that I have read in a long time. There were magical creatures of all sorts, power-ranked mages, royalty, history of the land, military of the kingdom, and commoners with their own individual stories. Within these categories there are many detailed story portions. For example, the mages are all different based on when they were born. The secondborn would have more powers than the fourthborn. This entire system is a nice touch that I haven’t seen in a while in fantasy literature!

Reshi and Kestral lie don’t fit into any one particular group, but they travel so much that they interact with all the different groups and learn the secrets of each. I loved all the characters that they met along their journey.

I don’t think that there was a single thing that I disliked about this book! The pacing was perfect and I was on the edge of my seat throughout the whole reading. The setting draws you in and won’t let you go. There were no grammar or formatting errors that drew me out of reading the story. And the action scenes are intense! You are definitely in for a treat when you start this book.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new fantasy series with a fantastic setting, excellent pacing, and LGBT+ characters.


I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 books.

Comeback: A K-Pop Novel Review

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Comeback: A K-pop Novel is a book by Lyn and Rachel about a K-pop star and a stranger he met one night. Emery is a star, but his family never approved of his career. He almost quit his group NEON in their early days because of their first album’s failure, but he met a stranger one night whose love for music convinced him to not quit NEON. They felt an instant connection, and now he is a member of one of the most successful K-pop groups in the industry. When the girl shows up again as a staff person at one of his music shows, he knows that he has to speak to her and thank her. A scandal would ruin NEON as a whole, but Emery just can’t help but get to know her. On the other side, Alana used to love music. Then, her brother Alex died, and music reminded her of him. Then, she runs into M, the member she met that night. He seems to show up everywhere she is, but she can’t let herself get close to him.

I am a huge fan of many different K-pop groups, and my phone is full of bookmarked fanfiction about those groups. When I heard that this book about a fictional K-pop group was coming out, I knew I had to read it. Lyn and Rachel have managed to write an accurate portrayal of K-pop culture.  They show how hardworking K-pop groups and their staff are, the stigma against Korean music artists, and the fan culture. I could understand every part of this book and relate it to something that happened to one of my favorite groups in real life. It’s not all pretty, but it does show why some groups have such a strong connection with their fans and vice versa. It was also awesome to see how the members of NEON interacted with each other, I started feeling as if they were a real group rather than being fictional, the characters just jumped off the page.

This book discusses serious issues, like how having unsupportive parents can affect someone’s mental health. Emery didn’t have supportive parents and the only thing that kept him from a miserable life was Alana and her love for music. Her brother loved music, and then he was gone, and she was forcing herself to be miserable to have a “real” job as a makeup artist. Emery and Alana could help each other by just being there for one another. No one was there for them the way they needed, so they were there for each other. It was really a sweet friendship/romance, and I definitely would love a sequel with these characters!

This book flows smoothly from chapter to chapter. Even though there are POV switches, I could always tell who was talking. There were no giant time-skips that made me confused, even though the book does take place over the course of several months. Also, there were no grammar errors that I noticed in this ARC, which is impressive!

I loved this book, and I can’t wait to read more by these authors. I would recommend this novel to any YA contemporary romance fan or any K-pop fan who wants to read a novel about the secrets of a fictional group!

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 books

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Don’t Say Goodnight Review (Say Anything #1)

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Don’t Say Goodnight is the start of a short story series. Gabriel and Alicia Moore are struggling in their marriage, but only Alicia seems to be making an effort to fix things. She is going to marriage counseling meetings alone while Gabe stays out late at night. When she meets a new man that actually pays attention to her, she almost forgets to feel guilty for spending time with him. Little does she know; Gabriel is doing the same thing with a different woman across town at a bar.

Alicia and Gabriel seem to be very toxic for each other. One of them is willing to give up everything for a chance to save their marriage. The other is not even willing to do the bare minimum to keep the marriage together. I’m not sure if this incident where they both cheat on each other emotionally will make or break the marriage. It definitely didn’t help their situation.

This story was only around 60 pages long, and I don’t believe that I truly got attached to either character. I didn’t feel emotionally invested in them at all. When things started to get hectic, I wasn’t even worried about them. I think that if I had gotten the chance to know each character outside of fighting for their relationship, I would have gotten to like them as people first, and then moved to being invested in them individually. Since this is a novella series, maybe there could have been a novella before this explaining the characters a bit more. This would have been perfect!

Overall, I wouldn’t completely recommend this book, but I would suggest that if you are interested in this type of troubled romance novel that you should read it! It is very short, if you are looking for a quick afternoon read, this might do the trick.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognapper Blog Tour Plus Review

Title: KAZU JONES AND THE DENVER DOGNAPPERS

Author: Shauna Holyoak

Pub. Date: April 23, 2019

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 320

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Packed with high stakes mystery and tons of heart, this first installment in a new series introduces Kazu Jones-a spunky, scrappy detective who’s this generation’s Harriet the Spy.

When a string of dognappings grips her Denver neighborhood, Kazu Jones vows to track down the culprits. She can’t stand to see more dogs go missing-especially once her neighbors’ beloved pet is taken because of her gigantic mistake.

With the help of her gang-including her best friend and expert hacker, March; and her ginormous, socially anxious pup, Genki-Kazu uncovers evidence that suggests the dognapping ring is bigger than she ever imagined. But the more she digs, the more dangerous her investigation becomes. The dognappers are getting bolder, and Genki could be next.


PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: “In this spirited debut, Holyoak introduces an indefatigable heroine whose distinct voice and loyal canine companion contribute to her considerable appeal. The diverse allies, plot twists, and delightful dogs make this a memorable beginning for Kazu and her friends.”

KIRKUS: Holyoak creates a well-paced mystery with approachable characters and issues. The dognapping case and the go-get-’em attitude of Kazu provide just enough suspense and action without being too scary. Holyoak sprinkles in topics of growing up, including friendship, relationships with parents, mean people, and telling the truth.  A not-too-scary, diverse mystery for those who love action, dogs, and spunky heroines.”


When I was a young girl, I loved the Cam Jansen and Jigsaw Jones series. I always wanted to solve my own mysteries, just like these two characters. Now, I am in college, and my mystery-solving days are over for the most part. This book took me back to the days of sitting in my dad’s giant recliner chair with a pile of chapter books next to me, dreaming of being able to run around town and solve mysteries with my friends. Kazu was such an amazing character, she almost leapt off the page!

Kazu was determined to figure out who was kidnapping dogs from her neighborhood. She has a dog of her own, and one of her classmates dogs was taken, so she knows that she has to act quickly. The only problem is that the police, her parents, and even her friends aren’t really taking her seriously. She has overexaggerated previously about solving a case, and she calls the police on a false alarm at the start of the book, so no one is going to think she is telling the truth once the evidence starts to build up. Soon her parents find out that she is up to her mystery solving shenanigans again, and they try to do everything to stop her. Kazu doesn’t want to make her family sadder, but she knows that the police aren’t taking the dognapping seriously.

My favorite part about this story was seeing how Kazu’s relationship with her mother changed. Kazu and her mother are going through a strange stage where Kazu’s mother still thinks of Kazu as her little girl but Kazu is determined to break out of that shell. They argue a lot in this book, but they love each other in the end. Kazu’s mother has to realize that her daughter is growing into a young woman with her own feelings, and Kazu has to realize that she can’t do everything by herself yet.

My least favorite part about this story was seeing Kazu repeatedly putting herself in danger. Even though I would have loved reading this at 11, even probably cheering Kazu on, I can’t COMPLETELY support this at almost 19. She could have really gotten hurt! As long as your kid knows the difference between real life and fiction, they probably wouldn’t try to copy Kazu. And she does learn her lesson by the end of the story. But if you are worried about your kid trying to sneak around solving mysteries, then maybeeee just have a little convo with them before they read this book. Kazu is an amazingly independent girl, but some scenes I was honestly really scared for her. The suspense was intense!

Overall, this was a very sweet middle grade fiction-mystery novel, and I would recommend it to any middle grade or lower YA reader looking for a fun book about family, friendship, and mystery solving.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

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About Shauna:

Shauna has been telling stories long before she could ride a bike, and some of them are even true! She writes for kids and teens and thinks it’s kinda the best job ever. Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers is her debut novel, and it will be released on April 23, 2019! She lives in Idaho Falls, ID with her husband, six of their seven children, and two naughty dogs.

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Week One

4/15/2019- Lifestyle Of Me– Review

4/16/2019- Lone Tree Reviews– Review

4/17/2019- Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers– Review

4/18/2019- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

4/19/2019- Bri’s Book Nook– Review

Week Two

4/22/2019- BookHounds YA– Interview

4/23/2019- Eli to the nth– Review

4/24/2019- two points of interest– Interview

4/25/2019- The Caffeinated Reader– Review

4/26/2019- That Bookish Princess– Review

The Masks of Under Blog Tour


THE MASKS OF UNDER Series Digital Assets

About the Books:

Title: KING OF FLAMES

Author: Kathryn Ann Kingsley

Pub. Date: March 5, 2019

Publisher: Limitless Publishing, LLC

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 193

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Everything about my life has been pretty normal working as a forensic autopsy technician. Until the day I woke up with a mysterious symbol tattooed on my arm.

Suddenly normal no longer existed. The barrier between Earth and a world called Under, dissolved…

Now I’m trapped with dozens of other people. Held prisoner by the creators of myths and legends, where the realm is ruled by two masked kings who want to turn us into creatures like them.

But even though I didn’t choose to be here, this new world manages to pull me deeper, affecting me differently than other humans. Unfortunately King Edu, also known as the King of Flames, notices this and I’m now considered a threat.

If I want to survive King Edu and the dangers of Under, I need to escape. The only problem is, there’s another masked king who seems to have an interest in me. Aon, the King of Shadows, wants me here in this world, and he wants me alive.

I just need to figure out why. 


Title: KING OF SHADOWS (The Masks of Under #2)

Author: Kathryn Ann Kingsley

Pub. Date: March 26, 2019

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 225

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Some call him a madman. Others call him a warlock. Both are true.

But if it wasn’t for Aon, I’d be dead. I was mere seconds away from dying by Edu’s hands when the King of Shadows appeared in a flash of lightning, saving me from Edu’s murderous plans.

Now I’m under his protection, living in his home. The more time I’m forced to spend with him, the more I start to piece together the puzzle of why Aon and Edu are at war.

Despite how everyone else seems to hate Aon, there’s something that pulls me towards him—like gravity, refusing to let go. My heart is telling me to believe what he says is true, yet there’s this prickle of warning in the back of my skull cautioning me against falling for the King of Shadows.

In the world of Under trusting the wrong person can get you killed. Only the strong survive out here, and that’s what I intend to do.

Survive.


About Kathryn:

Kat has always been a storyteller.

With ten years in script-writing for performances on both the stage and for tourism, she has always been writing in one form or another. When she isn’t penning down fiction, she works as Creative Director for a company that designs and builds large-scale interactive adventure games. There, she is the lead concept designer, handling everything from game and set design, to audio and lighting, to illustration and script writing. Also on her list of skills are artistic direction, scenic painting and props, special effects, and electronics. A graduate of Boston University with a BFA in Theatre Design, she has a passion for unique, creative, and unconventional experiences. In her spare time, she builds animatronics and takes trapeze classes.

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3 winners will receive ebooks of KING OF FLAMES & KING OF SHADOWS, International.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

4/15/2019- BookHoundsExcerpt

4/15/2019- Dorky Girl and SkeletorSpotlight

4/16/2019- Lone Tree ReviewsExcerpt

4/16/2019- Jaime’s WorldExcerpt

4/17/2019- Bri’s Book NookReview

4/17/2019- ❧Defining Ways❧Excerpt

4/18/2019- Down the rabbit holeReview

4/18/2019- Writing on the Sunny Side of the StreetExcerpt

4/19/2019- Lisa Loves LiteratureSpotlight

4/19/2019- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt

Week Two:

4/22/2019- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

4/22/2019- ParajunkeeExcerpt

4/23/2019- Books a Plenty Book ReviewsReview

4/23/2019- Owl Always Be ReadingExcerpt

4/24/2019- Smada’s Book SmackReview

4/24/2019- Reese’s ReviewsReview

4/25/2019- A Gingerly ReviewReview

4/25/2019- Taking It One Book at a timeReview

4/26/2019- TheSecret ReaderReview

4/26/2019- Book BriefsReview 

Stardew Valley Review

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When I first played Stardew Valley back in the Summer of 2016, I didn’t know what to expect. I had tried and failed to play a few Harvest Moon games previously, but I just never got into the genre. I loved Animal Crossing though, so when I heard that Stardew Valley was like Animal Crossing, I didn’t have a problem shelling out 15 bucks to give it a try. Boy am I glad that I did.

Stardew Valley is a farming simulation game. You are placed on your grandfather’s old run-down farm in the middle of an old run-down town, and your job is to try to build up the farm so that money from your crops can build up the town. You are also trying to run the JojaMart out of town so that the local general store can start making money again.

When I started this game, I had no idea what to do. Quick tip, Use the Wikis! Don’t feel worried about spoiling the game for yourself, you make things better for yourself if you at least know what gifts the characters like and what to plant in which seasons. I was just planting a few random things here and there, wondering why the villagers decidedly hated me, and wondering why I wasn’t making any money. This confusion maybe lasted an hour or so, or until I hit the first event. This was when I truly started seeing the beauty in Stardew Valley.

The villagers in Stardew Valley almost seem real. You won’t have any time where you are left thinking “they already said that to me today” or “gosh this villager is so boring.” Each of them have an individual story, and the more hearts you get with that villager, the more of that villagers story is revealed to you. This is no E10+ Animal Crossing game. There’s a villager with PTSD, a villager who is an alcoholic, a villager who has an alcoholic mother, a villager who is a son in a blended family who feels unloved. Then there are the happier villagers, the villagers who runs the town general store, the villager who loves ranching and sells you animals, the town poet who lives by the beach, the man who lives alone on the beach and has a passion for fishing. I spent hours upon hours gathering materials to give villagers the perfect gift to unlock the next part of their story, and I am still not finished seeing all the individual villager stories although I am 80 hours into the game.

There are so many fun ways to play this game. You could play the game on a monster farm where you focus on fighting all the mobs in the game both in the caves and at your home. You could focus on farming, cooking, making jelly, making wine, aka going full artisan goods. You could go full ranch where you focus on selling products from the animals on your farm. You could go full fisherperson and only fish until you catch every fish in the game and make money that way. You could go full miner and only make money from selling gems and ores from the mine. Or you could do a mix of them all and explore the game from top to bottom. There are endless activities for you to do. This game doesn’t dictate you to do anything, you could even go evil and side with JojaMart. The choices are all yours.

I promise you, you will get addicted to this game. Things have gotten better for me, but I played the game for 16 hours in 3-4 days during summer of 2016. I remember that week fondly. I would wake up, go downstairs, cook breakfast, and start playing. I would skip lunch and keep playing. Then, I would eat dinner, and play until I fell asleep. By the time the day was over, the grid for the planting and harvesting of food on the farm was almost glowing in front of my eyes. But I was having so much fun, I couldn’t stop! Then, I slowed down a bit and got the other 65 hours in a much less frantic fashion, but that first few days were amazing. I rarely get that addicted to anything!

When I played this game, it was only on PC. It was a perfect PC game, and it would play on just about any system because it didn’t take a lot of power to run the game. Nevertheless, now it has been ported to just about every single sytem imaginable, including mobile! All the links are at the bottom of the post, so check them out and try the game for yourself!

I would recommend this game to anyone looking for any sort of fun game to play. It doesn’t matter if you are usually into RPGs, or visual novels, or farming games, or even puzzle solving games, this game has something for literally everyone. It also has multiplayer, so if you want to play with me, give me your Steam Name or Nintendo Switch Friend Code in the comments, and I will add you when I get the chance. q

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Justice Gone Book Blitz

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By N. Lombardi Jr

Genre: Legal Thriller

Justice Gone, a mystery/legal thriller which publishes February 22, 2019, touches upon many topical, controversial issues in today’s society as well as being a thrilling and engaging read. The story encapsulates current social issues: police brutality, homelessness, the plight of returning war veterans, the frenzy of the press, and the mechanics of the US judicial system.

“When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, stormy protests ensue, engulfing a small New Jersey town. Soon after, three cops are gunned down.

A multi-state manhunt is underway for a cop killer on the loose. And Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran’s counselor, is caught up in the chase.

Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war vet, war-time buddy of the beaten man, and one of Tessa’s patients, is holed up in a mountain cabin. Tessa, acting on instinct, sets off to find him, but the swarm of law enforcement officers gets there first, leading to Darfield’s dramatic capture.

Now, the only people separating him from the lethal needle of state justice are Tessa and ageing blind lawyer, Nathaniel Bodine. Can they untangle the web tightening around Darfield in time, when the press and the justice system are baying for revenge?”

Justice Gone is the first in a series of psychological thrillers involving Dr. Tessa Thorpe.

 

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Lombardi Jr, the N for Nicholas, has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, working as a groundwater geologist. Nick can speak five languages: Swahili, Thai, Lao, Chinese, and Khmer (Cambodian).

In 1997, while visiting Lao People’s Democratic Republic, he witnessed the remnants of a secret war that had been waged for nine years, among which were children wounded from leftover cluster bombs. Driven by what he saw, he worked on The Plain of Jars for the next eight years.

Nick maintains a website with content that spans most aspects of the novel: The Secret War, Laotian culture, Buddhism etc. http://plainofjars.net

His second novel, Journey Towards a Falling Sun, is set in the wild frontier of northern Kenya.

His latest novel, Justice Gone was inspired by the fatal beating of a homeless man by police.

Nick now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Chapter 1

Bruntfield, New Jersey, just another banal town in a part of the country that nobody thinks about, was about to become famous; or rather, more aptly put, infamous. People sauntered past lackluster shops unaware that in a few days, the lackadaisical streets would bear the rabid frustrations that divided the nation; a pus-like bitterness that was held in check by the demands of everyday survival and the distractions offered by obsessive consumerism and brazen media.

Some would inevitably blame the cascade of events on the weather, since the origins could be found on a hot summer day in 2006. Sure, just about all summer days are hot, but this one was close to the record, and humid to boot. By the end of July, the Northeast coast was suffering under a sweltering heat wave. Despite the humidity, no one could remember the last time it had rained. A hundred-year drought was predicted, they’d said.

Bruntfield, among the many places under this curse, had its water supply so severely depressed that the city authorities were forced to impose water rationing. As if that wasn’t enough, the excessive load on air conditioners led to incessant brownouts. With the weather nothing less than insufferable, suffocating, oppressive, even provoking, tempers flared along with the temperature. But the local situation, as bad as it was, was about to get worse.

In the heart of this small town, just a block up from the bus depot, sat Sliders, a rather successful drinking establishment catering to young adults, and noted for its ecstasy-fueled rave parties. At four in the afternoon, the owner, Joe Poppet, a burly man with a thick red beard and a well-developed beer belly, was staring out the large glass facade of his bar.

“Screw this heat, man.”

Joe was sweating because he didn’t want to turn on the air-conditioning; as a rule, he didn’t put it on until a half hour before opening. He possessed a rather cynical personality, considering himself continually persecuted by life’s little aggravations. Now it was the heat ramping up his electricity bill; soon it would be the freezing temperatures inflating his heating bill…always something. His worries constantly exceeded his hopes. He was sort of a “glass-half-empty” man.

Rudy Glum, the shaven-headed bartender, was an easygoing optimist, a “glass-half-full” kind of guy. He was whistling as he washed the glasses in the sink behind the bar. “Tell me about it,” he chuckled. “I hear ya, buddy.”

But Rudy’s sanguinity did not rub off on Joe. “There’s that guy again.”

“What guy?”

“That fucking guy we saw yesterday.”

“Oh, yeah, he’s probably from the bus depot. Lotta homeless hang out there.”

Joe continued to stare out the glass facade, feeling helpless. “For Chrissakes, why can’t the city do something and get rid of those bastards. They’re a fucking eyesore…it’s bad for business. Probably got diseases too.”

Rudy finished drying the glass in his hand and hung it up on the beer mug rack. “Yeah, it’s a goddamn shame,” he said noncommittally, trying to get these glasses done before the evening crowd surged in.

“He doesn’t have a shirt on.”

“Yeah, well it’s hot, ain’t it? Wish I could take mine off.”

“And we’re opening in an hour. Ladies Night tonight.”

Rudy said nothing while reaching for another glass from the sink behind the bar.

“Call the cops.”

The bartender froze with the glass still in his hand. “And tell them what?”

“I don’t know, tell ‘em there’s someone suspicious hangin out on the corner…trying to break into cars or something. That way they’ll come fast.”

Reluctantly, Rudy put down his dishrag, picked up the phone, and dialed 911, not feeling good about it at all.

Game Night Release Blitz (Adult Romance)

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Release Date: February 14, 2019

Genre: F/F

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All bets are off . . .

Alyssa has crushed on her client, Mia, for months. So, when Mia invites Alyssa over for an all-girls’ “game night,” she’s all-in. But Alyssa quickly finds the stakes are much higher than she anticipated when she learns the name of the game is poker — strip poker.

Alyssa must up her ante when she realizes she faces stiff competition — and that there’s much more to lose than clothing…

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“Holy tease Batman!!! Lol. I have read some hot stuff but this author can write some hot as CRAP stuff!! I mean I was so uncomfortable most of this book incredibly turned on. I am in love with her writing style so much that at any chance to read from her for my honest review I jump! I love how this book started off all shy and you weren’t sure of how things would progress and boy did I NOT see all that happening. I haven’t played poker before and I don’t even know how but even with my lack of knowledge I still could follow all the enticing things that played out. Alyssa made me fantasize with her and couldn’t help getting lost in thoughts with her. I had some moments when I got super upset with Casey but that was expected. I actually got upset with Mia also because I felt she was using Alyssa and I was having bad thoughts about how the whole thing could play out. Oh what a tease that ending was but hot dang did I enjoy every moment of it!!!! Her writing gets better and better with each book she releases and this an amazing growth each time!! I’m excited to always wait patiently to see what this intoxicating author could have for us next!!! Thank you for this ride!!!!

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So far, I was doing very well, having won several hands. My opponents took a few as well, with the exception of Willow who hadn’t mustered a single win. Her pile of chips quickly dwindled and disappeared. When it came time to ante, everyone looked at her.

“I… ran out,” she explained quietly.

Dallas spoke up, retrieving the box of unused poker chips. “Looks like you’ll need to buy some more. What are you offering?”

Willow bit her lip nervously. “Um… my… my sweater, I guess.”

“Fifty dollars?” Dallas counted out five stacks of the cute pink chips. I laughed at what was being suggested — until the mousy young woman actually began pulling the cashmere sweater over her head.

“What’s she doing?” I asked Dallas.

“Well, it is strip poker.”

I was dumbfounded. “Strip poker?”

“Yeah. You didn’t know?”

By now, Willow’s top was off, leaving her in a pink bra. Surprisingly, she’d been hiding a rather nice “pair” of her own beneath the preppy sweater. Although she certainly didn’t compare to Mia, Willow was definitely well-proportioned.

But I barely found myself able to ogle — I was still trying to wrap my brain around the sudden twist the game had taken.

“Your game night is strip poker?” Now I was asking Mia.

“Yeah. Did I forget to mention that earlier?” My crush had a wry little grin. “Is that a problem?”

♦ Meet the Author

Cassidy Storm

A longtime reader of romance, erotica, sci-fi and horror, Cassidy Storm’s aspiration was to become an author herself. After working toward this goal for a few years, she made it official by releasing Girl Talk on Valentines Day 2018. She followed up with a lesbian BDSM erotic novella, Awakening. Her third book, Game Night, encompasses themes found in the first two books, including romance, #lesfic, BDSM and a generally fun, frisky adventure for the reader.

 

When she’s not writing, Cassidy roots for her favorite teams: the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Marlins. She also enjoys playing board and card games–the real, physical ones. She also likes to cook, often prompted by seeing something delicious posted on social media. She’s deathly afraid of heights and won’t go near the railing at the mall, but has actually jumped out of a perfectly good airplane. So go figure.

As always, Cassidy Storm looks forward to taking her readers on a journey!

♠ Social Media Links:

Official Website http://www.cassidystorm.com

Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cassidystorm/

Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorcassidystorm/

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/di4bSb

Amazon: http://amazon.com/author/cassidystorm

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17654525.Cassidy_Storm

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cassidystorm

 

 

Vincent Van Gogh Book Blitz

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Vincent Van Gogh – The Ambiguity of Insanity

By Giuseppe Cafiero

Genre: Meta Literature       

Format: Audiobook

 

My main interest in the life of Vincent Van Gogh is in his humanity. In attempting to understand the man and his art, I have focused on the women and the places which played an essential part in his development. In my opinion, no previous biography has concentrated so specifically on these two factors, which I have used to provide the framework for my account.  

The women are presented as women of flesh and blood, certainly, but also in the roles of spiritual guides (Mrs Jones), mother figures (Kee Voss, Sien Hornik, Margot Begemann), or subjects for portraits (Mme Roulin and Mme Ginoux). Places, too, played a decisive part in the development of his character and art. Isleworth, Amsterdam, the Borinange, Arles, St. Remy, Auvers-sur-Oise witnessed and influenced Vincent’s attempts to capture colours, atmosphere and the effects of light.

Anyone interested in the tormented life of this extraordinary man is therefore bound to be fascinated by this account, which also draws out a further vital factor: Vincent’s obsessive determination to become a painter. It is impossible to understand the man without investigating the nature of his obessions.

Obsession was the subtle, tragic malady which slowly but inexorably consumed the man: the obsessive determination to express himself in colour and symbol; an obsession with redemption (seen in his mission to the Belgian miners of the Borinage and his relationship with Sien), an obsession with friendship (the failure of his relationship with Gauguin), his obsession with a self-tormenting spirituality (the relationship with his pastor father), with brotherly love (his relationship with Theo, which touches on the morbid), with the sun of the southern France (Arles and Auvers), and with death itself.

Powerless to intervene, we witness the long and painful progress towards his final suicide, heralded by the longing for extinction once madness (undoubtedly desired and loved as a means to silence his anguish) had proved a grievous companion and certainly not the source of hoped-for peace.

The work consists of ten chapters, each featuring a place and a woman who played an important part in Vincent’s life.

 

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About the Author

Giuseppe Cafiero lives in the Tuscan countryside, in Lucignano, in the province of Arezzo, Italy.

Born in Naples, he spent his childhood in several Italian cities. In Bologna he began to attend intellectual circles at Roberto Roversi ‘s renowned bookstore, “Palma Verde”.

It was in one of the magazines published by this cultural center, that the first part of “James Joyce – Rome and other stories” was first published.

He later worked for various radio producers, especially Radio Capodistria and the Italian Swiss Radio so he moved to Tuscany. Finally he was able to devote himself to reading and to pursue his literary work.

His main literary influence was Calvin, author of extraordinary literary intellectual subtlety and intelligence. Giuseppe Cafiero continuously reads Borges, another great sublime, inimitable author who also worshiped Joyce.

Giuseppe Cafiero has written renditions, free adaptations, reductions for the radio, translations from French. The spectrum of names is extensive, from Shakespeare to O’Neill, from Raspe to Daudet, from Toller to Brecht. He has written for thaetre and radio, collaborating also with the RAI, Radio Sveringes and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

But his strongest point is the “bio-fiction” as his book about Joyce in Rome, another published in 2008 about Vincent van Gogh, and one about Monsieur Gustave Flaubert in 2010. The three characters were revolutionary in their own field. Van Gogh, with his extraordinarily beautiful explosion of colors. Joyce, who broke with the literary realism of the 1800′s.

Due to his experience writing for radio, his books have a great handling of the language of his characters. This is the case of the program Giuseppe Cafiero wrote called ‘James Joyce in una notte in Valpurga’, in 1990, after which he ended the narrative fiction of Joyce’s stay in Rome in 1906 and 1907.

Visit www.giuseppecafiero.com

 

Amazon.com – https://www.amazon.com/Vincent-Van-Gogh-Ambiguity-Insanity/dp/B07M65GX3V

Audible.com – https://www.audible.com/pd/Vincent-Van-Gogh-The-Ambiguity-of-Insanity-Audiobook/B07MDHN94P

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/audiobook/vincent-van-gogh-the-ambiguity-of-insanity-unabridged/id1448055688

Bookshelf Tour!

I have never seen shelves this neat before…I literally have two rows on each shelf of my shelf and then books stacked on top of THOSE books. Then I have two boxes filled with books, and books in boxes in my attic…I have a bit of a problem. I aspire to be this neat someday!

Hannah's Bookshelf ☁️

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I love my bookshelves – they were the first piece of furniture that we bought for my room when I moved in at age 15. Floor to ceiling bookshelves were a must as my parents were finally fed up with my book collection taking over the whole house! As well as housing my huge collection of books, these bookshelves are a place for me to keep some special ornaments and even a few records. Plus, I’m such a fan of room/house tours that I thought I’d do one of my own that you guys might enjoy!

You can see an overview in the picture above (which was pretty hard to take, by the way, lots of fit into one picture!) and will probably notice that a large majority of my books have black covers – I was a huge paranormal romance fan thanks to the release of the Twilight

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