Friday, September 20, 2013

Book Review: Sometimes in Dreams by G.L. Helm

Sometimes in Dreams is a beautifully, smartly written story of a man torn between two loves. Daniel, still married, still loves his wife, despite falling for a much younger, Kit. The novel takes the reader on a leisurely, sensual journey of love at first site versus moral obligation. The struggle is set mostly in Italy, against a backdrop of disrupted military service life.

It read almost like a Greek tragedy, only better. It kept my interest and had much to offer, a delight to read. G.L. Helm painted a clear picture of the human condition and pegged the irony of a man getting caught up in a no-win situation.

Helm did a superb job of setting the scene and evoking the feeling of the moment:

"Rain was running from the umbrella like a waterfall. It echoed in the narrow street with a pounding loneliness that caught at Daniel's throat."


That passage alone gave me the chills. I could hear the pounding rain and feel a sense of foreboding as if I was experiencing it too. There's more where that came from.

This is a short read, just 174 pages, but I suggest you take your time and savor. I highly recommend, especially for those who love tragic love stories or stories of military life abroad.

Five Stars.

In full disclosure, I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. While the story is wonderful, the editing needs some TLC, mostly dealing with punctuation.


 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Spotlight: Night Aberrations by JD Nelson

Night Aberrations
Book One of the Night Aberrations Series
Mature 18+ for explicit adult situations.

Emelie is betrothed to marry a king.
Any ordinary woman would consider it a faerytale come true.
For Emelie, this is a nightmare made manifest.

When Emelie Andersdotter learns the outcome of a decades-long war hinges on her arranged marriage to an infamous royal known for his dark reputation, she sees no choice but to accept her fate. Resigned to her unavoidable destiny, she travels to her parents’ ancestral home under the protection of a trusted family friend, where she prepares to navigate a world ruled by dark magic, mystery, and intrigue.
Nothing can prepare her, however, for the surprising affection she feels for the man she has always thought of as her uncle, Soren Vidar - or for the alluring reality of her intended mate, Kristian Vasen. Powerful and darkly handsome, her betrothed is far from the nightmare she envisioned, and Emelie finds herself torn between the intense pull she feels for her fated mate, and her heart’s desire for Soren.

Night Aberrations is a romantic tale, set in a complex world, populated with interesting and entertaining characters sure to leave you cheering for the heroes while casting reproachful glares at the villains.


Buy links:

Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/Night-Aberrations-ebook/dp/B009IB8LX0/ref=la_B009IMWYCS_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1357593435&sr=1-2

B&N - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/night-aberrations-jd-nelson/1113106453?ean=2940015539202

Excerpt:


We went inside after the fire started to die down and challenged Nils and Cedric to a game of billiards, boys against girls.I thought that this would be a good way to keep Nils at bay, but in typical Nils fashion he tried to show me the correct position for every shot I took by standing behind me and positioning my hands.
Katrine, amused by this, eventually asked if he was planning to hump me right on the table.
I blushed at her comment, but almost melted into the floor when he answered her, “If Emelie was game, I would do anything and everything to her on this table, under the table, against the table...”

I scooted out from under him and sat next to Katrine. “Okay, okay, that’s enough of that.”
Nils barked out a laugh and racked up the balls for the next game.
Katrine nudged me and whispered in my ear. “He is very beautiful, is he not?”
“Who? Cedric?” “Although he is scrumptious, I meant Nils.” She said with a growl in her voice.
“Yes, he is. They all are, really; Viggo and Jakob in their tall, dark, and delicious way, Nils in his rugged Viking warrior way, and Soren in his…” I trailed off thinking how to best describe Soren’s
beauty. “Being with Soren is like being immersed in the winter’s night.”
“That’s a very poetic description, Emelie; some might say romantic.” She arched her brow.

“I know what I’m here to do, Katrine. I just wish the circumstances were different. I really like Soren and I’d like to experience love just once before becoming my people’s Savior.”


About the author:


JD Nelson works in the entertainment industry, and is the author of the Night Aberrations Series and the Wicked Ways Series.
When she's not spending time with her husband, you can find her writing, reading, or on her commute to work.

 

 

 

 

 






Author Links:

JD Nelson's Goodreads Page -
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JD Nelson's Facebook Page - www.Facebook.com/NightAberrations
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JD Nelson's Super Secret Fan Club -
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JD Nelson's Google + - https://plus.google.com/u/0/115772111161122207827/posts
JD Nelson's Twitter - https://twitter.com/NightAberration
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Book Review: A Swedenborg Sampler by Emanuel Swedenborg

Before I get into the book review, you may be asking, who is Swedenborg? I'd never heard of him until about three years ago. Here's his bio off the Amazon website:

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a Swedish scientist, inventor, and theologian who made significant discoveries in many of the natural sciences, including astronomy, anatomy, geology, and mineralogy. At age fifty-five, his intensive search for answers to ultimate questions culminated in an awakening that gave him a unique insight into the workings of the spiritual world. He spent the remainder of his life writing about his experiences and how human beings can come to a deeper awareness of the divine.

Swedenborg's ideas have influenced people as diverse as Helen Keller, Johnny Appleseed, William Blake, Henry James, Ralph Waldo Emerson, D.T. Suzuki, Jorge Luis Borges, and Dr. Mehmet Oz. The continuing appeal of his thought undoubtedly lies in his insights into the afterlife, concepts of divine love, and focus on personal and social development.

Wikipedia has more on Swedenborg here.


Review:

I bought A Swedenborg Sampler about two years or so ago and it has been sitting on my shelf, waiting. After reading the book, I see now that I wasn't ready for the book when I bought it and got more out of it having waited.

That said, I thought the book was quite fascinating. This is just a small sample of Swedenborg's work and I fully intend to read more. I've never been a fan of blind faith and I understand Swedenborg wasn't either. I always wanted to know why things were as they were and have the Bible explained in terms that made sense to me. Swedenborg presents his theological insights in a way that I found to make sense. I'll touch on a few.

Swedenborg asserts that the Old Testament, especially the first books, are not meant to be read literally, but that nearly every word has a metaphorical meaning. He says the story of creation is not the literal creation of the world and universe, but is instead essentially the process of development of the inner human spirit over time (sorry Swedenborgian's if I don't have the fine details exact, but this is the gist). The first six days of creation are not literal days, but time periods of a person's development from being born into selfish ignorance to being considerate of others to ultimately living a life of faith and love. He goes into great detail of the explanation of each of the six "days" or stages of "regeneration."

Without getting too lengthy, Swedenborg equates key words in the Old Testament like heavens, day, light, earth, darkness, night, water, fruit, plants, trees, birds, fish, and animals, etc. to concepts such as truth, goodness, faith and love, knowledge, ignorance, and other aspects of development with the goal in life of becoming more like God (not necessarily in that corresponding order).

This is just a small glimpse into Swedenborg's insights. Also discussed in the book are what happens to your spirit after your body dies, what it means to be human, how goodwill should be dispensed, what is heaven and what is hell, angels, spirits, the purpose of evil and so much more. There was so much packed into this book of deep thought that I can't even remember it all, but I do want to know more. I'm surprised that Swedenborg's writings are not more widespread.

Five Stars.

And guess what. The Kindle version of this book is only 99 cents! And many of his other works are FREE on Kindle.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Search - Book Release Blog Tour



Book Synopsis:


The Search (Book 2 in The Descendant Vampire Series)

Allison Carmichael is thirsty for blood and hungry for answers.

Lured away from her illicit extracurricular activities by news about her kidnapped husband, Allison rejoins her adopted family that’s promised to help her find him. Allison's search is detoured, however, by sinister vampire politics, the seeming good will of her fanged family, and the return of her nemesis. Circumstances unfold that shatter the foundation of her world.

In order to successfully play the game she has been thrust into, Allison must battle loss and betrayal and accept unexpected love.

THE SEARCH is on for answers, but when answers are found, will they be what Allison was looking for?

Excerpt:


Chapter 14: The Battle

  “Dear God,” I whispered. “This can’t be happening.”

  There was a burst of white on the horizon that advanced toward the island with tremendous speed. It grew in size the closer it got, overtaking the pitch-black sky and then enveloping the summit. The cloud momentarily lingered overhead, several sets of wings thrashing in the air. The shape of a man emerged from the haze, wings attached to his back.

  “What in the hell is this?” I said.

  The winged man descended and hovered above the action, the wind not affecting his ability to fly. His wings were at least four times his size and flapped holding him in place. The cloud lifted and revealed twenty more winged humans.

  “Angels,” I said, which attracted the attention of the bearded elder. He looked at me and gave me a partial smile. “But angels aren’t real.” And then I caught what I had just said. These were the same creatures that had appeared two nights ago when the Drakes and I attempted to protect the Lane family.

   Jal looked up; his eyes narrowed to slits and his lip quivered. The three elders smiled and nodded at the army of angels. The angels swooped toward the ground and landed in the middle of the circle, their wings disappearing as soon as their feet hit the snow. They all reached over their shoulder, unsheathed a sword, and spread out over the battlefield.

Meet Kelley Grealis:


What do most people do when they go through a midlife crisis – buy a sports car or get a makeover? Not Kelley Grealis. Her career midlife crisis reignited her passion for creative writing.

A worker-bee by day, writer by night, Kelley is the author of The Descendant Vampire Series. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two cats, riding her Harley, enjoying what few days of sunshine there are in Cleveland, and dreaming up the next story she wants to tell. Kelley is a graduate of both Baldwin Wallace College and Cleveland State University. Connect with her at http://www.KelleyGrealis.com




 

Author links:


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/KelleyGrealis?fref=ts

Website - http://www.kelleygrealis.com

Twitter - https://twitter.com/KelleyGrealis

Amazon author page - http://www.amazon.com/Kelley-Grealis/e/B008I3D9OA/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1378226529&sr=1-2-ent


Purchase links for The Descendant (book 1):


Amazon US - http://www.amazon.com/The-Descendant-Vampire-Series-ebook/dp/B008GET9KE/ref=pd_sim_b_1

Amazon UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Descendant-Vampire-Series-ebook/dp/B008GET9KE/ref=pd_sim_b_1


Purchase links for The Search:


Amazon US - http://www.amazon.com/Search-Descendant-Vampire-ebook/dp/B00EP4F8FE/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1378226535&sr=1-1

Amazon UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Search-Descendant-Vampire-ebook/dp/B00EP4F8FE/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1378226535&sr=1-1

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Many Lives of Samuel Beauchamp (a demon’s story) by Michael Siemsen

Look for this one in November followed by an in-store book tour early next year!


Samuel Beauchamp has been dead for twenty-seven years, but that hasn't stopped him from living... For reasons unbeknownst to him, Samuel's essence remained after his body was killed, and he discovers that the living emit an irresistible force, drawing him inside where he has the power to take over.

After surviving the great depression in the body of a young hobo, Samuel spends years studying the history of his condition, moving from body to body when necessary, and finally settling in New York City in the late 1950's. A few years later, his beautiful and brash girlfriend disappears, and his search for her uncovers answers to questions he never asked.

I hear this is a darker, more suspenseful story than A Warm Place to Call Home, and I daresay, grittier too. Hmm, now I'm even more curious!

You can read A Warm Place to Call Home right now. Here's the cover and links below.



Frederick is a demon. Born in Maryland in the early 1980's, he hasn't a clue where he came from or why, but feels an irresistible desire to occupy a human body. Once inside, he finds the previous occupants' consciousness and memories forever erased, an inevitable side effect that gives Frederick pause when switching bodies, but not so much as to truly halt his ongoing enjoyment of human lives. In various bodies, he travels the world for decades--aimless--sampling cultures and experiencing life from the points of view of males, females, young, old, rich, poor.

Now, Frederick has an urge to return to his roots in America, explore the mystery of his origin, find someone to love, and settle down for a while. In his hometown, his mission bears fruit much faster than he expected, as person after person presents themselves, and following his impulses, he is lead directly to love, tragedy, answers, and the humanity he never knew he wanted.

*18+ Adult Content*

Contact Michael Siemsen:

mail@michaelsiemsen.com
www.michaelsiemsen.com
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Book Feature: The Billionaire's Obsession by J.S. Scott


Product Details 

About The Books

*****A NY TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER*****
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GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Once a serial trilogy, The Billionaire's Obsession is now complete with a bonus story in this complete collection about Simon and Kara.

This complete collection of The Billionaire's Obsession includes:
Mine For Tonight
Mine For Now
Mine Forever
Mine Completely

Heart Of The Billionaire ~ Sam and Maddie's story is now available on Amazon.

Down on her luck, nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely and overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she's never met. Will the handsome, alpha billionaire really be a solution to her problems, or will he end up being a major complication and a danger to her emotional sanity?

Reclusive billionaire Simon Hudson would rather be behind a computer creating computer games than rubbing elbows with the elite and he knows exactly what he wants...until he meets Kara Foster. Something about Kara touches Simon in ways he's never experienced and definitely doesn't like. For over a year, Simon watches over Kara, but stubbornly refuses to admit his desire to possess her, not even to himself. But when she ends up in a situation that could very well be her destruction, Simon steps up to help her, not realizing that in saving Kara, he might very well be salvaging his own soul.

(This is a erotic romance. It contains graphic language, very steamy love scenes and lots of emotion.)

Purchase Links 



Also due to be released on 8th September is her new book Billionaires-Salvation 

The Billionaire’s Salvation (The Billionaire’s Obsession ⁓ Max) 

 

Description
     

Billionaire Max Hamilton thought he was finally starting to find contentment, more than two years after losing his wife Mia in a tragic drowning accident.
He'd been reunited with a sister he hadn’t realized existed. Finally he had family again, a reprieve from the pain and loneliness that had haunted him since his devastating loss. Yeah…he was as happy as a man could be, considering he had lost the other half of his soul and most of his heart when fate had torn his wife away from him.
Or so he believed…until the day he rescued a mysterious woman in the park, a female who somehow had managed to reignite a part of him that he thought was long dead...
Suddenly, Max's protective, dominant, possessive male instincts flare to life, leaving him at a loss as to how lightning could possibly strike twice in one lifetime. Is he truly being given another chance at real happiness, or would it be dangled in front of him, only to be taken away once again?
Find out by reading The Billionaire’s Salvation, Book 3 in The New York Times Bestselling series, The Billionaire’s Obsession. This is a complete contemporary erotic romance novel with no cliffhangers!

You can Pre - Order it now on iTunes here is the link 


Author Bio 


J.S. Scott is a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of erotic romance. She's an avid reader of all types of books and literature. Writing what she loves to read, J.S. Scott writes both contemporary erotic romance stories and paranormal romance erotics. They almost always feature an Alpha Male and have a happily ever after because she just can't seem to write them any other way! She lives with her husband in the picturesque Colorado Rockies.

Contact J.S Scott On Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/authorjsscott
Twitter - @AuthorJSScott


 


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