Monday, February 19, 2018

~ REVIEW TOUR ~ Deadline ~ by Jennifer Blackstream




"The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend."



Deadline
(Blood Trails Series, Bk 1)By Jennifer Blackstream

Blurb: 
As a witch with a dark past, Shade Renard knows the Otherworld isn’t always successful at policing itself. Humans don’t believe in magic anymore, and their ignorance renders them easy prey. So when an FBI contact hires her to consult on a possible haunting in a missing persons case, Shade seizes the opportunity to see justice done.

Her case takes an unexpected turn when an undead crime lord shows up on her doorstep. A bold thief stole the vampire’s little black book of secrets—and he’ll pay a lot more than an FBI consulting fee to get it back. To collect, Shade will have to confront a rogue sorceress, a vengeful wizard, and a lethally seductive fey, with only her wits, her growing magic, and a sarcastic pixie familiar.

Success means bringing a killer to justice and taking the first step to redemption. Failure means a war between humans and the Otherworld.

No pressure.

My Review:
5 out of 5 Stars
This was my first experience reading a book from this author, and now I’m very happy that I was introduced to her writing.  It was an exciting mix of paranormal and mystery.  Shade wasn’t happy with just being a witch, and decided to use her abilities in becoming a private investigator.  In making that decision, she took us on quite a rollercoaster ride of a first case.

Not only did this story have great twists and turns, but it was beyond who could have done it.  There was also the potential for multiple crimes related to each other, and the suspects seemed to have the potential to have worked alone, or together, and several different people could have potentially worked together.  The further into the story we got, the more confusing – in a good way – it was, and every time I thought I knew who the guilty party was, I was immediately sure I was wrong too.  I loved not knowing, and figuring things out along the way with Shade.

Especially because we are dealing with the paranormal world, each character is incredibly unique, with wide ranging personalities and ways that they choose to live their lives and make choices for their futures – from politics to everyday life.  I loved how much each character varied and made the story that much more interesting getting to know everyone.

Of course, we can’t forget that Shade would not have been able to get as far as she did without her spunky pixie familiar.  She may be small, but she saved Shade’s life more than once, and made an excellent spy!  I would definitely say she was one of my favorite characters.  She added a little bit of everything to the story – especially laughter.

I truly enjoyed this story, and several times had a very hard time putting it down.  It went by faster than I would have liked, and even though the mystery of ‘who done it’ is wrapped up, I feel like we’re just getting started.  I definitely look forward to the next book and finding out what Shade has in store for her next.





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Excerpt



“Did you disconnect the automatic light?”

Peasblossom curled against my neck, her wet dress adding to a sudden chill in the air inside the car. “No.”

Unease rolled down my spine. I murmured a spell, drawing a few circles in the air. “Lumen.” Three glowing balls of reddish light bloomed to life and hovered before me. I kept one over my head and sent the other two forward, illuminating my path to the front door. I didn’t open the garage door and pull in, but got out while I was still in the driveway, already preparing another spell as I climbed out of the driver’s seat.

“Revelare.” My power flowed in a wash of silver toward the house, probing for any foreign magic.
Nothing.

“Stay here,” I told Peasblossom. “If I don’t call for you, go to Mother Hazel and tell her everything that happened today.”

“But I won’t have anything to tell her unless I stay to see what happens,” Peasblossom hissed. “I’m not leaving you.”

“This might be nothing.” I kept my voice as low as possible. “The bulb may have burned out. Don’t be silly.”

“I’m not silly and I’m not stupid. You think there’s something bad inside. And a witch never ignores her gut.”

A lump rose in my throat, and I fought to swallow around it. “Please stay out here. I can’t bear the idea of anything happening to you.”

Peasblossom gave my ear a ferocious hug. “I’ll stay out here, but only as backup. I will never leave you.”

I waited for her to fly up and off my shoulder before straightening my spine. This was my house. My village. Whatever was here, whatever had violated my home, would be sorry. Power rose in my throat, feeding the spell I’d readied.

“Shade, look out!”

I whirled around and spat behind me. The spell hurtled through the air, and I had a split second to see a dark figure separate itself from the maple tree beside my driveway. The spell landed in the grass, the viscous blue fluid of the entanglement spell pooling in the tree’s shadow.

“Such attacks will not be necessary.”

A man spoke from beside me, smooth and masculine, voice heavy with an accent I hadn’t heard in a long time.

A very, very long time.

I turned, knowing I’d never call up another spell fast enough. I raised my hand anyway, needing to try, to go down fighting. A hand closed around my wrist, tight enough that I swore I heard my bones creak. I gritted my teeth and stared into the face of my visitor.

He was dressed in a suit that probably cost more than my car. Long white-blond hair brushed his shoulders and framed a pale face with sharp, graceful features. I couldn’t see what color his eyes were in this light, but it didn’t matter. I remembered his face.

He went by the name Anton Winters, majority shareholder of the Winters Group, a company that made the Forbes 500 list look like a gathering of struggling start-ups. There were whispers he had criminal connections, that he was former KGB. I knew the truth. And it was scarier.

Anton Winters had once been known by a different name.

Prince Kirill of Dacia.

A vampire.>



About The Author

USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Blackstream is…odd. Putting aside the fact that she writes her own author bio in third person, she also sleeps with a stuffed My Little Pony that her grandmother bought her as a joke for her 23rd birthday, and she enjoys listening to Fraggle Rock soundtracks whether or not her children are in the car.

Jennifer doesn’t have spare time, but she makes it a point to spend at least one night a week with her sibling binge-watching whatever show they’re currently plowing through (currently Numbers on Netflix), and she ferociously guards quality time with her son and daughter. She cooks when she has the sanity for it—adding garlic to the recipe whether it calls for it or not—and tries very hard not to let her arachnophobia keep her out of her basement on laundry day.

Jennifer’s influences include Terry Pratchett (for wit), Laurell K. Hamilton (for sexual tension), Jim Butcher (for roguish flair), and Kim Harrison (for mythos). She is currently writing the series of her heart and her dreams, the series that has been percolating in her brain for the last decade…Blood Trails. An Urban Fantasy Mystery series that will combine the classic whodunit spirit with a contemporary fantasy setting. Expect mystery, magic, and mayhem, with characters that will make you laugh, cry, and probably stare at the screen with your jaw hanging down to the floor. Well, that’s how they affect Jennifer anyway…


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Thursday, February 15, 2018

~ COVER REVEAL ~ Angel of Song ~ by L.L. Hunter



Title: Angel of Song (Angels of London: Book 2)
Author: L.L. Hunter 
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: KILA designs
Publication Date: Mar. 31st, 2018
        
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR

Blurb:
After failing to stop Samson and his demon army from taking over the world, Gabe, Melody and their friends know they have another battle on their hands.
Trying to hold back the wave of demon souls has taken its toll on Gabe.
While being forced to rest and recover, he and Melody grow closer.
During an intimate training session at a safe haven, Gabe and Melody cross paths with someone from Gabe’s past.
But, when the meeting goes horribly wrong, and Gabe is kidnapped, Melody begins to doubt her abilities as a guardian angel.
She must learn to forgive herself if she is to save Gabe.

In the second instalment of the Angels of London series, Melody needs to find herself before she can find Gabe.
After all, she never expected to fall for her assignment.
Will loving him mean she’ll have to sacrifice everything?

                      

L.L. Hunter is the author of over 20 published works, including The Legend of the Archangel Series and The Garden of Eden. She has studied everything from veterinary nursing, forensic science, and dramatic arts, but has always known her true calling was to be an author. 

She has been writing since her teens - everything from fan fiction, to song lyrics, to plays and musicals. When not working on her next paranormal romance, she can be found at home in Australia, reading somewhere comfortable with one or both of her “fur babies.” Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @llhunterbooks, and her blog - http://llhunter.blogspot.com.au.

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