Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Debra Dunbar

After majoring in English with a concentration in Medieval Literature and Folklore studies, Debra promptly sold out to the corporate world, occasionally writing marketing copy and op/ed articles for a local city paper. By day, she designs compensation programs, after dark she stuffs her nose into obscure mythology, and feverishly writes her novels. A DEMON BOUND is her debut novel.

Debra lives on a farm in Maryland with Sweetie, three sons, and a Noah's ark of four legged family members. She drives an old PT Cruiser, couldn't carry a tune if you duct taped it to her back, and enjoys an occasional cosmopolitan (heavy on the vodka). On a good day, she jogs and horseback rides, hopefully managing to keep the horse between herself and the ground. Her only known super power is 'Identify Roadkill'.

Blurb:Samantha Martin is an imp. She throws her gum on the floor of five star restaurants, bounces inflatable holiday decorations down the highway at rush hour, and clips jaywalking pedestrians with her car. Sam also likes to kill people and keep their souls inside her for all eternity, but acting on that particular urge will get her killed by the angels, who are determined to rid the world of her kind.

Sam works hard to keep her human identity realistic: she owns slum rental properties, and she is trying to get her hot neighbor into the sack. When she kills a werewolf in an act of self-defense, his pack leaders blackmail her into helping track and kill a rouge angel. The very actions she must take to appease the werewolves put her at risk of being discovered and killed by the angels.

Because angels show demons no mercy.

My Review:

I wasn't sure what to expect with A Demon Bound, and so I began with hesitation. That hesitation did not last long. I instantly fell in love with the main character. She's a kick ass, take no shit, doesn't give a &*$% about anything or anyone. And yet, for being a demon, she has this aire about her that makes you realize, she's not what you'd expect of a demon character. She interacts with humans, employs their friendship to a fault, and is capable of loving, more than any demon should. Though she never uses the word LOVE, she shows in her personality this display of compassion that suprises you. The author really pulls you in with Sam's character. It's refreshing to see a character say and do what most of think on a daily basis and she does this in a witty and many times hilarious fashion. In the end, I really did enjoy this book and give it a 4 out of 5.

Blurb: Samantha Martin is an imp, bound by an angel who allows her to live among the humans . . . as long as she follows his rules. It’s never easy for an imp to follow the rules, especially now that Sam’s brother, Dar, has found himself in hot water. He needs her help to retrieve an artifact from the vampires, or the powerful demon he owes a favor to will enslave and torture him for centuries. It should be a simple courier job, but with demons nothing is simple. Sam reluctantly attempts to help her brother, trying not antagonize the vampires or the demon gunning for him, all while chafing to comply with the restrictions her angel has placed on her as a bound demon.

My Review:

Sam is back with her antics and she's kicked it up a notch now that she knows she can. She pushes her limit to see how far she can go to annoy the hell out of the Angel that has bound her to him. Some of the things she gets away with are just downright hysterical. Not something you expect from a demon character. After reading, A Demon Bound, I immediately began this book because I couldn't wait to see what happened between Sam and Gregory. There's more action in Satan's Sword that the first book, but what lacks in Book 1, Dunbar makes up for in Book 2. Neither of these are books you want to pass up. I give this a hefty 4 out of 5.
Also part of the Imp Series

Blurb: Demon young are cruel, especially to little imps like Az. No matter where she hides, even deep in the swamplands, her siblings eventually find her and hurt her, ripping off her scales and slicing her wings. Many demons don’t live to adulthood. Only the strong survive. And the clever.
Survival isn’t looking probable for Az, with eldest brother, Paquit, determined to rip her to shreds at every opportunity. When her other brother, Dar, proposes a trip through the angelic gates into the land of the humans, she jumps at the chance. Finally, a fun adventure safe from Paquit’s cruelty and attacks. Or maybe not.
Imp is a prequel novella to the Imp Series. It features the demon Samantha Martin as a juvenile, before she became Sam – a kind of young adult story for demons. The first book in the series, A Demon Bound, and the second, Satan’s Sword, are available in both paperback and a variety of e-formats.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

After the Dreams by Caroline Jane Wetherby

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was given this book (#1 of a 4 book series) in exchange for an honest review, so here goes: The content in this story was well written. The concept is interesting and not something I would expect from Erotica. The main characters are very intriguing and I didn't feel overwhelmed by all the characters' back stories right at the beginning of the book. I like when an author brings each person's history in as it becomes relevent to the main character. That being said, I didn't really get ANY back story on the main character other than something tragic happened. It also felt like there were scenes missing from the story. In some parts, a secondary character walks out of the room and what happens in that other room is referred to at a later point, but the reader is never actually a part what happened. In the few other Erotica novels I have read, the reader is almost sitting in the room watching what is happening. I felt like I was being excluded from certain parts that may have been pertinent to the rest of the storyline. The last chapter leaves off like the end of any other chapter without really finishing the main body of this book. Also, I don't know if it was just the digital copy I recieved, but I found many sentences that were missing a word here and there. It isn't all that uncommon to find a few missed words in any story but this was enough to be a little distracting. All of these things can be fixed with a little more proof-reading or editing. If these issues are addressed, this could easily be one on my Best Read shelf. Like I said at the beginning, what IS in the story is very well done. Over all this could be a very good book and I would like to know what happens in the remaining books in the series. I have book 2 and I will be starting it soon!

~Reviewed by Kerry Erickson for Ravenz Reviews~

Friday, February 15, 2013

Hell's Gift Release by K. S. Haigwood

About the Author:
Kristie Haigwood (a.k.a. K.S. Haigwood) is currently writing her 8th novel. She lives in Arkansas, US. She is the mother of 2 awesome kids and 2 great dogs. She is happily married to her soulmate who thinks reading is a solid waste of time. Opposites attract. Kristie’s works include 'Save My Soul', 'Forbidden Touch', 'Eternal Island' and 'Hell's Gift' (available on Amazon in ebook and print). 'Eternal Immortality', 'Eternal Inception', 'The Last Assignment' and 'Good Side of Sin' are all releasing soon.

About the book!
'Hell's Gift' is Book 2 in the 'Save My Soul' series. IT CAN BE READ AS A STAND-ALONE.
Depression consumes the guardian angel, Rhyan, after his human charge chooses her soulmate over him. Filled with anger and despair, he lashes out. And when his hate-filled words land him neck-deep in Hell, he realizes he's gone too far. He expects trouble, but not to discover his own soulmate in the fiery depths. Abigail is there with good reason, but she's done her time, and in order to save them both, Rhyan must strike a deal with the Devil. The stakes are higher than ever before, with his soul, his friends and even the fate of Heaven and Earth in jeopardy. If he fails, Rhyan stands to lose more than he ever feared. Will true love be denied? It will take everything he's got to break down the traps Lucifer puts in his way. New lines are drawn and old scores are settled, and Rhyan is in for the fight of his life. With Abigail as the prize, and humanity in the balance, he will stop at nothing to claim...Hell's Gift.
Hell's Gift US:http://www.amazon.com/Hells-Gift-Save-novel-ebook/dp/B00BF0VBKM Hell's Gift UK:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hells-Gift-Save-novel-ebook/dp/B00BF0VBKM
Find the Author:
FACEBOOK AUTHOR PAGE:http://www.facebook.com/kshaigwoo
BLOG:http://kshaigwood.blogspot.com Hell's Gift US:http://www.amazon.com/Hells-Gift-Save-novel-ebook/dp/B00BF0VBKM Hell's Gift UK:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hells-Gift-Save-novel-ebook/dp/B00BF0VBKM

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

So, I've been pretty quiet over here for the last few day, except for the misc pic here and there over on my fb page. Just goin thru some personal stuff, but all is well. Things are gonna start pickin up though, so listen up peeps!

Starting this Sunday, Feb ...10th, I'll be starting up the author spotlights again. For those of you that joined me over here from Belladonna's Book Corner, you're familiar with what an author spotlight is. For those that don't know, an author spotlight is, each week, from Sunday-Saturday, I will profile 1 indie author over here on my blog as well as here on the fb page. A spotlight consists of an author bio, so you can really get to know these awesome writers, a complete list of their published works, with blurbs, and links to purchase, any works in progress and approx date of release. An author interview, and links to how you can connect with each author (fb, twitter, blog, goodreads, etc).

Throughout the week, there will be giveaways, freebie, or little games on the fb page, so if you haven't already done so, go over and like Ravenz Reviews on fb. I'm hoping that the authors in the spotlight will also join us and interact with you all as well.

Our first author to be in the spotlight beginning Feb10th-16th will be Susan Griscom. I hope you'll join me in welcoming her and participate in the spotlight. Be sure to head over to Ravenz Reviews on fb and follow the blog here so you know when the spotlights go live!

If you are an author that would like to be in the Spotlight, shoot me an email at ravenzpayne@yahoo.com for more info.