Friday, January 31, 2014

INTRODUCING A Pirate Princess

A Pirate Princess 
by Brittany Jo James

The only thing a pirate desires more than his ship is his treasure and the crew of The Beloved Loss holds the most valuable jewel on the sea… their pirate princess.

Enchanting and spirited Corisanda St. Aubin has been a prisoner aboard The Beloved Loss since she was born. Cori’s dream of escape has been crushed countless times by her father, the he
artless Captain Marin St. Aubin. She’s accustomed to her father’s hatred but nothing can prepare Cori for the malicious quartermaster, Falco de Vries, who schemes to marry her.

The Count of Calais and sea trader, Burke Belcourt, has been trapped by a malevolent woman’s demand for marriage. In an attempt to prolong his wedding, Burke agrees to bring the pirate captain of The Beloved Loss to justice for the King of France. He soon discovers that Marin is no easy target… but not until he finds himself locked aboard with the beautiful pirate princess.

Cori and Burke are prepared to defeat all their enemies together in order to escape but the only thing they cannot seem to overcome is their unwanted yet undeniable feelings for each other.

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Brittany Jo James was born and raised in the small town of Idabel, Oklahoma. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Conlee, who is now a soldier in the United States Air Force. They share two rowdy sons, Jagger and Jett. Her life revolves around living for God, caring for her family and writing, writing, writing. The James family is currently residing near Anchorage, Alaska until the USAF decides otherwise.
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A short horror story by Paul Levas
Approx. 11 pages
Published by Wolf Paw Publications

Kyle's life has been hell for years. He still wets his bed, wets himself just walking along the road, and everyone just laughs at him about it. When his mother takes him and brother Randy to the carnival, he hopes that nature won't call to him there... but it does. And when Randy rushes him over to the Porta Potty, there's something inside which does more than just scare the piss out of him.

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Paul Levas was born and grew up in Antioch, IL, but has lived in Phoenix, AZ, for the past twenty years. He is a writer specializing in the horror genre, and cites Stephen King as his major influences. He has six short stories published: The Shed, The Hungry Woods, The Blog of Kevin Hickey, Tracy's Day Out (Novelette), Sweet Temptation, and Shadows. He is also included in the anthology titled Grave Robbers, and Pavor Nocturnus Magazine | Horror Quarterly, which is publishing Shadows in their vol 2 Magazine out January 2014. He is currently at work on a novel and A few short stories.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

REVIEW: Backward Compatible

Kelly's Review of Backward Compatible
By Sarah Daltry and Pete Clark

HILARIOUS!!!  As a self-proclaimed Geek, I was laughing throughout the book at the very accurate portrayal of the Gamer Geek world. Even if you have no idea what a MMORPG IS or what the title means, you will adore the attempts of the socially inept geeks as they try to have a relationship while they race to beat the secret Big Boss in a new video game. Their friends and co-gamers interrupt any attempts to be alone, and the game takes up every waking moment. Which is a lot as they sleep only in quick naps, surviving on Red Bull, Cheet-Os and Snickers with the occasional sandwich. Any Gamer will attest that those are the four basic food groups.

Backward Compatible perfectly melds the banter and social cluelessness found in The Big Bang Theory with the witty one-liners and tough-girl-in-a-boys’-world that Joss Whedon is famous for.

This is a clean, fun book suitable for geeks of all ages; I even read some to my mother and my daughter. Those who know me, know I very rarely give a book 5 stars. A great book rates four and only the most exceptional will receive 5 stars from me. This is one of those rare instances.
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WARNING: There is no sex in this book. Your Kindle or other device will remain at a pleasant room temperature. At no point will your panties drop. Your significant other will be allowed to snore in peace as you read.

Not too long ago, in a town that, depending on your current location, is either not super far or actually quite close...

It is a time of chaotic hormones.

Two nerdy gents home for winter break have discovered a female gamer at a midnight release.

During the break, the gamer trio manages to reveal the game's secret boss, a hidden enemy with enough power to destroy anything in its path.

Pursued by other gamers who want to be the first to beat this boss, George and Katie race to level up, and, in so doing, restore decency and sexual activity to their personal galaxy...
This review is the opinion of Kelly and may not necessarily represent the views of Ravenz Reviews.

NEW COVER: Allusive Aftershock

Announcing the new cover for Allusive Aftershock by Susan Griscom
Allusive Aftershock is the thrilling adventure story of three teens trying to survive after a series of massive earthquakes destroys much of the infrastructure of California. As they try to search for survivors, feelings and relationships are challenged. This is a sweet and exciting but clean book for teens to YA, although as an adult, I loved it, too. ~~ Kelly

What happens when a major earthquake changes life as you know it and the boy you thought you hated ends up saving you? Three times!

Courtland Reese is the guy everyone hates and makes fun of because … well, he is weird. He communicates with animals. Strange or interesting, seventeen-year-old Adela Castielle can’t quite figure out, but when he saves her from being trampled by her own horse, she begins to understand him a little better and wants to learn more about him.

But, Max--her best friend/dream guy/someday-to-be-her-husband-only-he-doesn’t-know-it-yet--hates Courtland with a passion. Adela wants to know why, except neither boy is iealking.

When Max leaves her stranded in his parents' wine cave with his worst enemy, Courtland, after what the experts are calling a “megathrust” earthquake, Adela starts to question her loyalty to Max as steamy kisses in a dark damp cellar only fuel her emotions with more conflict.

But does she really have time to worry about that when fire, destruction, and mayhem surround her?

Are you ready for the new cover?

Available on Kindle, Nook and Paperback.
Amazon USA, UK, and Canada
Also available as an Audiobook from,, and iTunes.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

REVIEW: A New Life: Life of Recovery

Kelly's Review of A New Life: Life of Recovery By Samantha Jacoby

This is a coarse, gritty look at the making of a serial killer. The young girl, she doesn’t even know her age, tells her story in flashbacks and testimony. This is definitely NOT a romance book, as some have suggested. There is absolutely noting romantic about the physical, sexual and psychological abuse that was systematically used to train her to be the ultimate cold-blooded killer. No spoilers, that is revealed very early in the book. Be forewarned, this book may not be suitable for someone who has endured traumatic abuse.
This is more of a background piece than a novel. The flashbacks take place over a period of at least ten years while the current events takes just a few days and are not really resolved. The main character, Tori, doesn’t seem to even try to overcome her conditioning. Although the horrific abuse she suffered is simply stated mater-of-factually, I quickly realized that emotionally cutting herself off completely was her coping mechanism. I would like to see how she deals with it and if she realizes that the (Nope! No spoilers!) in the next book: Life of Doubt.
I was torn between giving this book 3 or 4 stars simply because it is only a background piece. However, the writing is very well done and the characters were compelling. So considering that it is an introduction to a series, I give this book 4 stars.

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The Dragons, a ruthless gang, raised her to be strong. They taught her how to kill. They got more than they bargained for... Now she is free, or so she thinks, but can she truly escape her brutal past, finding true love amidst the sex and intrigue? Tori Farrell is on a mission to find her true identity, to break the ties to a dark underworld for good, and to save the people she cares about most - the family she has never known. She wants a new life, but first she must lay to rest the demons of her past.

This is the first in a series that chronicles the life of a young woman who is raised by a group of men who work as freelance mercenaries in the dark world of drug trafficking and murder for hire. They acquired the young woman at a very young age, as she has no memory of life before them. The book opens as she has broken free and moves through a series of current events and flashbacks that explain the beginning of her story. It is very dark with an unfinished feel, because in the end, the past is not the real story - the real story is what happens from here.

Quietly, he explained to her that he was going to arrange for another group to kill the Dragons and send her to live with someone who would take care of her. Not understanding, she asked why she would have to go with someone else. If the Dragons were dead, why couldn't she just go with him? He refused to explain, and simply said, "You are going to have a different life, baby girl. A life I cannot give you. You must be strong and willing to do whatever it takes to make this happen. Promise me you will do this...."

The Author Says:
"This is the first book in the series, A New Life, and lays out all of the background. Book 2 - Life of Doubt continues Tori's story as she begins to learn about what living a normal life means. It is also full of intrigue, sex, love and romance you will not want to miss - coming in December 2013.

"I thoroughly enjoyed writing these books, as they are full of hot sex, crazy love, and passionate romance as well as action and suspense. They are not a contemporary romance, as there is a great deal of mystery and excitement involved with Tori's new life rebuilt from the ashes of her past, and working her way through her stages of recovery are vital to the story. Life of Recovery is not a self-help book, nor is it any type of Christian romance or fiction - far from it.

"I love adventure and reading about strong women who are capable of taking care of themselves and those around them, and although the book opens when the chips are down, Tori is fast to get back on her feet and show her inner strength and ability to grow, learn and move forward. Her search for inner truth and love are inspirational and I hope that you will enjoy reading about her as much as I enjoyed creating her."

This review was written by Kelly. It is her own opinion and does not necessarily reflect the views of others at Ravenz Reviews.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Introducing ALIVE by Megan D. Martin

Title: Alive
Author: Megan D. Martin
Genre: New Adult Post-Apocalyptic Interracial Romance
Publication Date: November 15, 2013

Flesh-eating zombies, dirty sex, and a shattered past…

What’s more dangerous—the man who broke her heart or those trying to eat it?

Fighting to survive, Eve finds herself alone in the world after the Crave—the only parallel of her former life. On the hunt for her sister, she runs into Gage—the first and only boy to have her heart and break it. It’s been four years and he isn’t a boy anymore, nor is he the same person he used to be. Against her better judgment, Eve agrees to stay with him when he divulges information on a safe haven near the small town they grew up in—but that doesn’t mean she has to like it…

Returning home elicits a myriad of emotions that both Eve and Gage thought they had buried. The past and present collide and they are forced to the face bitter deceits that ruined them in the before and threaten to destroy them now…

Megan D. Martin is a multi-published author, mother, student and editor. In her spare time she enjoys decorating her house with strange things that do not match, playing her old school Nintendo Entertainment System, and buying fish for her many fish tanks.

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