Thursday, August 29, 2013

TRAVIS (Buffalo Rocker) by N Kuhn

TRAVIS (Buffalo Rocker Series)By N. KuhnPublished by Nevermore Press

Nicole has done it again! This wonderful and prolific writer had another larger-than-life, but secretly flawed character.

Lots of people want to be Rock Stars, but the question is, can they handle it? Travis Dane has never wanted anything more than to be a Rock Star. He dreamed of being just like his father, Marcus. What the idol in his life never told him, is that the road to fame is paved with self destruction. Music, drugs, drinking, fighting and crazy stalkers all battle for his attention. Throw in an uncaring mother and Paparazzi following his every step is disaster waiting to happen.
Brittany Landers has never loved anyone like she did Trav. But his temper and drug use drove her into the arms of another man. Finally getting her life on track, striving for her law degree, can Aiden Bland take her mind off of Travis and what he’s going through? Or is he just Mr Wrong Right Now? The emotional roller-coaster of fame is never a Happily Ever After.

Meet the author N Kuhn
N Kuhn was raised in a small town, in the middle of nowhere. Small town life is something she cherishes. Having spent her afternoons outside or with a book, she grew up with a love of reading and writing. Her mother and grandmother fully encouraged this in her. Many years later, after a husband and children, she made a promise to her dying grandmother to fulfill her dream of being an author. Her grandmother lived to see Nicole's name in print. This was a turning moment for her. Driven by ambition and a promise made, she has since published her first trilogy (The Mohawk Series). N Kuhn has also signed on with WheelMan Press for Tucked In (The Hollywood Files) series as well as Nevermore Press for the much anticipated Buffalo Rocker Series, and ParlorTricks

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Kelly's Review of Travis:
 Travis: Buffalo Rocker is a gritty no-holds-barred look at the young rising star Travis as he spirals out of control, the typical “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll”. But there is nothing typical about this book. Travis is haunted by his love for the straight-laced, law student. And she is haunted by the idea of a wild life. I found myself yelling at the characters, “No! Don’t do that!” and hoping they would be able to find a happy medium together. Throw in psychological abuse, blackmail, and an aging rock star and this novel is filled with anticipation and suspense. The writing is wonderfully descriptive, the characters easy to love and the story is engrossing enough that I only reluctantly put it down when real life forced me to.
Be forewarned, the sex scenes are very graphic, and the drug use is pervasive. I would not recommend this book for anyone under the age of 18. I DO recommend it to anyone who wants a peek at the rock star life in a wonderfully exciting whirlwind story. There are a few misspelled words and grammatical errors that can disrupt the flow as you're reading, but this book is worth it.

I give this 4 out of five stars.  
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Walking Weird by Gori Suture

Synthesis, The Design of Moirai only glimpsed in the previous Smut Sagas is laid bare in Walking Weird, and this skein is a sticky one, ensnaring all of your favorite characters in Hecate’s web. After years of imprisonment, Astothan’s chance for escape finally comes.  His cherished beloved from Geist Kinder is all he can think about, but time may not yield even for gods, and his struggle with forgiveness and love anew has only begun.  Poor Jasper’s troubles were only just beginning in The Witch of Hainted Holler, and now he must pick up the pieces of that fateful day and carry the weight of the world on his scrawny shoulders, with the Grim Reaper his only friend.  In Shatter Kinder, being a father was Phoenix's fondest wish; yet paternity of monsters is fraught with danger and omens. Eldridge and the rest of Omega begin to master the powers revealed to them in Asphyxia, yet old enemies hatch fresh schemes.  The mad adamantine shuttle flies and as the weave grows ever taught, the sole path navigable is Walking Weird!

The confluence of Gori’s first four books is a torrid one, and the reader is sure to get wet, so kick back and enjoy, while you still can …

The Author:
Hailing from the outskirts of Mayberry, North Carolina, Gori Suture has been writing fiction since she could hold a crayon.  Her work is often allegorical, chronicling man’s pursuit of understanding God and the God within.  Simultaneously debase and philosophical, she juxtaposes eroticism and horror with metaphysical introspection.  She is currently working on the last of the Smut Sagas, the Sorrow and Rue Eroto-Obscurities, and a comic book series is also in the works.

Review of Inevitable

Angela Graham

I liked the basic story line of Inevitable, but I felt like the story was just drug out too much. She wants him. He wants her. So they play hard to get relentlessly for months on end and just when both are ready to profess their true feelings for each other, something happens that prevents them from being together and the story ends. The entire book is a cat and mouse game and it drags out for the the duration. Just when the book begins to get interesting, the story is it over. I would imagine that there is going to be a sequel, otherwise it would make for a very poor story. It's not that I disliked the story. In fact, I enjoyed the story very much. I just feel that it wasn't as well-written as it could have been. Instead of ending the book the way it did, the author could have included what I imagine will be the sequel and instead of dragging out the inevitable, it could have been set at a pace that would have produced a very good book. I give this 3 stars.

Review of Resisting Fate

Review of Resisting Fate
Heather Van Fleet

Resisting Fate was a great little paranormal romance that any age group, I think, would enjoy. It has a great story line with likable characters. It is a classic teenage love story with a paranormal spin. Emmy is a 17 year old girl who is trying to deal with her boyfriend who up and leaves town without a word, an abusive step father, and a mother who doesn't care. She's got a best friend who she discovers has been lying to her for years, and her boyfriend's cousin who brings out the best and worst of her. My only problem with the book was how it ended. You can tell there will be a sequel, but the ending literally just stops. It definitely left me wanting more.

Review of Snow Bound (More than Magic)

Snow Bound
(More than Magic)
Elizabeth Kirke

Snow Bound, part 2 in the More than Magic series is just as awesome as the first book, Semester Aboard. All the likable characters are back and this time, they all go on a ski trip. As with book 1, Snow Bound is filled with lots of action, surprising, mouth dropping events, and new romance. By the end of the book, you'll be asking yourself "Did that really just happen?".The characters we fell in love with in Semester Aboard are also met with a few new characters we love to hate and someone who literally got on my nerves because she refused to listen to anyone, instead acting like a whining toddler. But despite my dislike of said character, she does play a pivotal role in the story. So, I'll forgive her this one time. I do hope Kirke continues this series because I just love these characters.

Review of Semester Aboard (More than Magic)

Semester Aboard
(More than Magic series)
Elizabeth Kirke

Semester Aboard was great. From the very first page, I was hooked. Jen is just an ordinary 20 something year old  spending a semester of college aboard a ship traveling around South America. Little does she know that the walk she takes around the ship one late night would chance her life forever. During her late night walk, Jen witnesses something she knows is impossible. Enter Dani, Charlie, Mariana, TS, and Thomas, five people who all hold very unique secrets. Since Jen has seen something that she shouldn't, the five strangers take turns following Jen around to make sure she doesn't tell anyone what she has seen, until they get word from Jon on what to do. Jen is taken to meet Jon and during the meeting, a surprising discovery is made, and the group, instead of following her around, take Jen under their wings. Each of the characters in this book are so likable and unique. Their characteristics are unbelievably detailed. You won't be able to help yourself from falling in love with these characters. Semester Aboard is clearly well-thought out and a great beginning of an awesome series.

Review of How (Not) to Kiss a Prince

How (Not) to Kiss a Prince
Cindy Eller #2
Elizabeth A. Reeves

How (Not) to Kiss a Prince is Book 2 in the Cindy Eller series and like book 1 in this series, this one does not disappoint.  Cindy and her roommates are back with more antics and magic gone awry. Then add to the mix a mother who promised her first born to be married and stubborn Cindy who refuses to be forced to marry a man she doesn't love. Now that Cindy has her own bakery, she's got 2 weddings (not her own) to prepare for and things begin to get crazy in the kitchen. Dozens of different kinds of cookies and pastries need to be made along with 2 lavish wedding cakes. Cindy doesn't have a choice but to hire another pastry chef to help out and before long, Sue appears, ready to dive in. Sue isn't all that meets the eye and has a few secrets of her own.

How (Not) to Kiss a Prince is non-stop funny with lots of secrets revealed. Cindy learns more about herself, including why her magic is so wonky. I just love this series and when I was done, I wanted more. this is such a likable series that you won't want to put it down.

Review of How (Not) to Kiss a Toad

How (Not) to Kiss a Toad -Cindy Eller #1
Elizabeth A. Reeves

How (not) to kiss a toad is the first book in the new Cindy Eller series by Elizabeth Reeves. This is such a fun and likeable series. Cindy Eller is a witch with powers that often go awry, except when she is in the bakery creating the most delectable treats, then her magic is perfect. Every time Cindy goes on a date and she kisses the man she is with goodnight, he turns into a toad because he's not Mr. Right. This time though, her toad doesn't turn back like all the others do. She seeks the help of her step-father in getting the toad to turn back and even he, who is a powerful wizard, can't figure out what went wrong. In the meantime, the bakery where Cindy is the pastry chef is about to be transferred to a new owner and Cindy and her roommates who also work at the bakery are about to be out of their jobs if they can't come up with a down payment to buy the bakery themselves. Cindy's creations in the bakery are nothing short of magical. In fact, the only time Cindy's powers don't go awry is when she's in the bakery creating the most amazing pastries.

The characters in this book are so loveable and many parts of this story are laugh out loud hysterical.the story is well written and once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down. This is a must read for anyone who loves checklist with a dash of magic.

Friday, August 16, 2013

A Review of THE WIZARD OF OZ: A Steampunk Adventure

The Wizard of Oz: A Steampunk Adventure, by S. D. Stuart and Steve DeWinter, is a wonderful interpretation of the classic story. As Dorothy traveled, I kept waiting for the next classic reference. Scarecrow and Woodsman, the “cowardly” lion and other forbidden or outlawed characters living in the Outcast Zone, aka OZ, don’t seem to care that it is supposed to be a penal colony. So many steampunk stories get caught up in the machines at the expense of characters and plot. I did not find this at all with this book. It was very well written, with the loveable characters leading a tale that is full of the twists and turns of a great adventure story.
I think anyone who is a fan of The Wizard of Oz will like the twist in this book as long as they realize it is not a retelling, it is a whole new story. Steampunk fans will love this. And if you don’t know what steampunk is, this is the best example I have ever read.
I rate this book 5 stars *****
This review is by Kelly and is not necessarily the opinion of Ravenz Reviews. I received a copy in the hope that I would write a review and this in no way affected my rating.

Book Description
Publication Date: January 5, 2013
There is no yellow brick road here. No emerald city. No lollipop guild. This is the Australis Penal Colony, a continent sized prison referred to the world over as the Outcast Zone. Built to contain the world's most dangerous criminals, OZ ended up the dumping ground for everything polite society deemed undesirable.

From inside this place a garbled message proves Dorothy's father is still alive, trapped in a prison with only one way in and no way out. Into this place 17-year-old Dorothy must go if she wants to find her father and keep the promise she made to her dying mother.

She thought she had spent the past seven years preparing to overcome anything that got in the way of fulfilling her promise, but the situation she finds herself is harder and more intense than anything she has experienced before as she drops right into the middle of a power struggle for control over all of OZ. If she has any hope of surviving long enough to find her father, she will need her mother's guts, her father's brains and the unexpected help from those discarded and forgotten.

Everyone she meets tells her the same thing. The only person who can help her is the one prisoner who deserves to be in a place like this and refers to himself by the name, Wizard.

The Wizard always asks for something in exchange for his help. Can Dorothy afford the terrible price he will demand?
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Introducing COVERT CRAVING by Jennifer James

She just stripped in front of an NYPD detective...
The glow-in-the-dark water at Camp Sunny Woods left Chloe Saunders with the ability to disappear from sight.
Thirteen years later, she uses her “gift” to take out criminals when she can. If she’s got to be part of a freak show, she’s going to do some good while in the buff.
And he’s enjoying studying every luscious curve…
Color blind detective Jacob Greiff smokes to weaken the overwhelming messages his nose sends him. One summer camp trip was enough for him. His priority right now is busting the vigilante leaving burglars tied up with panty hose and women’s scarves.
He thinks he’s hallucinating when he sees a petite, bare foot brunette in an enormous trench coat at his crime scenes because for the first time in years, he’s seeing someone in full color.
He’s not sure he’s buying it, but Chloe sure looks great when she’s “invisible.”
Despite his own supernatural abilities and the raging lust between them, Greiff wonders if Chloe isn’t some kind of nut who gets off on public nudity. She insists she can disappear from view when naked, that he’s the only one who can see her when she’s in the buff.
Their shared past comes to a treacherous intersection when a man shows up at Chloe’s apartment and informs them at gun point it’s time to report for duty—or else.

     Chloe looked the detective over and rolled her eyes. She paused at her apartment long enough to chuck her purse inside. He followed her back to the elevator and she wished she’d put on a different outfit. One with underwear and a bra. The man was so hot most of her thoughts were consumed with taking clothes off, not keeping them on. And he kept looking down her top at her boobs. Part of her, the perverse part, wanted to yank up the tank top and flash him to see his reaction. She’d been naked loads of times in front of people, but they didn’t know she was there. It made the whole nudity thing seem mundane.Except for where he was concerned. Every time she felt his gaze moving over her butt or breasts, hell, even the back of her neck, arousal curled in her belly and set goose bumps marching over her skin.“So, what else do you have to get for your neighbor?”
     “A pigeon and a cheesecake.” She glanced at him from beneath her eyelashes and caught him staring. He chuckled and shrugged. “You can buy the cheesecake as well, since I’m providing you with a peep show.”
     “Can’t help myself.”
     “Right. Look, if you keep doing that I’m going to have to insist on tit for tat.” They continued down the hallway, he with both hands shoved in his pockets, Chloe with her arms swinging freely.
     “And what would that imply?” His voice dropped an octave, bringing the damned goose bumps out in force.
     “Simple. I show you mine, you show me yours. Although, you’re in the red right now, since the subway incident.” The words thrilled her. She’d never had the opportunity to engage in this kind of banter. She should be on the road and headed for a new town and existence. Instead she was here, defying protocol, flirting with a hot-ass cop, and outright challenging him to a sex game.
     “I disagree. If I accept your challenge, it starts now. We’d have to start over again, so technically I haven’t seen any naked body parts.” He pressed the button on the wall to call the elevator.
     She glared down her nose at him and crossed her arms over her breasts. The effect didn’t work too well, since he was much taller, but she gave it her best impervious-haughty-queen bee try. His lips twitched and he stepped closer. She narrowed her eyes, fighting the jumble of excitement and nerves in her belly before taking a step of her own forward. The front of her flip flops bumped into his dress shoes.
     “I think you’re trying to work the system here.” The heat of his body and the tingle of sexual arousal had brought her closer than she realized, and their chests collided.
     “Maybe. I’m attracted to you.” He put his left hand on the wall next to her head. “I want to kiss you.”
     “Yeah?” She ran one finger down his tie, tracing the pattern. The elevator bell chimed and the door slid open. A few steps to the right and she could be inside. The intensity in his eyes held her still.
     “Yeah.” He brought his right hand out as well and stroked the exposed skin at her waist between tank top and pants with his thumb. “May I?”


Jennifer James hates to talk about herself in the third person and has now started so many series books she’s wondering if she has a mental illness. A traditionally published author who recently dipped her toes into the oceans of Indie land; she’s finding the water quite nice and plans on sticking around. She loves Dirty Palmers in the summer, Spiked Cocoas in the winter, and Jack and Honey with Pepsi any time at all. Recent college grad, wife, mother, cat wrangler, and dog belly scratcher, Jenn spends a lot of time at her computer, frowning at the shenanigans of people. 


Friday, August 9, 2013

PATRICK O'SCHEEN an Exclusive Interview

I got a chance to interview Patrick O’Scheen and his roomate Charles The Cat. Patrick is the author of the awesome and inspiring book Magic and the soon to be released Seer, the first two books in the Chronicles of Marithe.

Q - When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Patrick - Writing was not something that I planned. I have always had an active busy life. One day, in the middle catching my breath, things suddenly changed. I found myself unable to keep up. Writing suited my insanity. When you get knocked down…not much else to do but get up again, and change direction. I have always loved storytelling and I simply expanded that into a written form. I eat, sleep and dream stories.
Q - Charles, did you know he was a writer when you adopted him? How does it feel to be a writer's assistant
? Charles - The human? He’s a writer? I always wondered what he was doing on that computer…I didn’t understand when he wasn’t sitting on it. I don’t assist…I create…and sleep on the keyboard.
Q - What’s the hardest thing about being a writer? Did you ever feel like giving up? What kept you going?
Patrick - I think when family and friends look at you like you have gone totally insane, you are finally a writer. Don’t expect support from the people closest to you…they will interrupt at the moment you think of the best line, be incapable of understanding why you have spent hours alone at your desk doing research, or simply be angry with you for being different.
For me, giving up is not an option. Maybe I’m stubborn that way. Writing is a part of who I am, and I couldn’t quit if I tried.  
Q - Charles, I know you hack Patrick’s Facebook page on occasion. Did you ever consider writing your own book?
Charles - I don’t read or write in human well…I have written a number of manuscripts in cat, however. Perhaps you have read a few? If not I can arrange to leave one for you… in your kitchen, or perhaps your favorite shoe?
Q - I love the juxtaposition of the contemporary story with the fantasy world. It’s a very original approach. Had you planned it like that from the onset? Did you ever consider writing it as simply a fantasy book or simply a contemporary book?
Patrick -The story of Magic always took place in two worlds. I was asked to write it simply as a fantasy, but that was not how I envisioned it, not how the story was meant to be told. Being true to an inner guide is a rule for me. I listen to my muse, and follow the passion.
Q - Seer, the second book in the Marithe series will be our very soon. Do you have a third in the works? Or is that top secret?
Patrick - A book can truly be a very personal window into a writer’s soul. There’s no secret that the third and fourth book are already written. It’s a matter of preparation, editing and patience on my part for the remaining titles… It took me five years to decide to share Dreamer with the world. The dam is broken. Let the books spill out!
Charles, is there anything else you would like to add?
Have you noticed how cute I am?

Yes. Charles is absolutely the cutest cat. Go check him out on Patrick's facebook page. Thank you Charles The Cat. I just have Three Final Questions for Patrick:
Q - What was your favorite book when you were a young child? Do you think it influenced what you like to read and write today?
Patrick - I had two favorites. Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights and The Wolves of Willoughby Chase! Now, I like to read just about anything available. I think I have always loved storytelling. There is no doubt that Scheherazade influenced my ideas about the power of a good tale. Stories touch lives.
Q - Dreamer has two, parallel stories going on about men from different worlds staying best friends no matter what. How important is having a friend like that?
Patrick - Loving unconditionally is perhaps the most amazing thing one can imagine. To give and share in such a relationship is life changing.
Q - If you could have lunch with any author, who would you choose, and why?
Patrick - Lunch? Do I get to ask questions? Are hugs involved? Can I bring Charles? What’s on the menu?
I usually eat lunch alone. I think I’d eat with someone who cared enough about me to make time for lunch. I wouldn’t ask to resurrect Shakespeare, or impose on an author who might find me less than interesting. Rather I’d enjoy lunch with anyone who had the same love of storytelling that lives in my own heart.

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Kelly's review of Dreamer: 
Dreamer is an amazing story of love and friendship that transcends worlds. I wasn’t sure at first when and where the story takes place but it was quickly evident that two stories were happening. One is a contemporary story of the love that two very different friends share through thick and thin. The other is an amazing tale of adventure and throughout it all themes of love and friendship so deep that they call themselves family. This is a fascinating book that will enchant younger readers who will identify with the fantasy tale and to older readers looking for a story with deeper themes. I highly recommend this book for all ages 11 and up. The violence in the story is lightly treated with the characters expressing regret and remorse, something not usually found in fantasy adventure stories. If I could, I would love to rate this book six stars. I love that this is a stand alone book, no cliffhanger ending. Still, I eagerly away the release of the next book in the series by this wonderful new author.

And watch for the second book in the series, to be released very soon.