Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Giveaway: Win a signed copy of "Half Life"

Need more of the Helheim pack? Enter to win a personalized and signed copy of "Half Life"

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Book Review: "It’s Not Over" by A.L. Zaun

“If I let go, will you catch me?”

He had wanted her to help him win his ex-girlfriend back. She had wanted to teach him a few lessons on how to treat a woman. Neither one had planned for the unexpected.

I couldn't stand by and watch. It hit too close to home. I had to run fast and far to get away and forget him. He weaseled his way into my life, making me question rules I lived by and turned my orderly life upside down. I'm falling apart and coming undone. I don't do that. I'm Madison Stuart. I live life by my rules. I won't be derailed by a man. I won't...I can't.

She's gone. I'm desperate and going insane. I'll do whatever it takes to find her. I don't know when it happened, but I won't let her go, not like this. What has she done to me? I'm Rick Marin for crying out loud. I don't chase women, but she's not just a woman. She's Maddy--
my Maddy--and I need her.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

It’s Not Over is my first introduction to the author A.L.Zaun, and I have to say that I’m impressed with Zaun’s writing style and story-telling abilities. It’s Not Over is the second book in “The Do Over” series and follows the stories of Madison Stuart and Rick Marin. It’s about their developing relationship and about Maddy learning to let go and trust someone for once in her life. 

This is very much a character-driven book with the plot taking a backseat to the dramas and events that Maddy and Rick go through. Maddy is running away from her life – and in particular Rick Marin – by escaping to New York. A self-proclaimed control addict, Maddy can’t stand that her carefully compartmentalized and controlled life has been thrown out or control by a man of all things.

This desire to control every single facet of her life stems from something that had happened to her when she was seventeen, and the only way that she can ‘heal’ herself is by bouncing from one meaningless sexual relationship to another. Another way she copes is by focusing on achieving the career goals she’s had for nine years. Maddy is emotionally stunted. It’s clearly a sad existence for her, but she doesn’t realize this until she meets and gets to know Rick.

Rick Marin is a highly successful businessman, and this success gives him an inflated ego especially when it comes to women. Despite having three very strong female role models in his life, he’s a womanizer and treats them as if they’re a commodity. With a strong personality to match Maddy’s, there’s a guarantee that there’ll be sparks when these two come to blows. But it’s her no-nonsense attitude that finally breaks through his machismo.

In the end though, they’re both afraid to let someone into their lives and give them the power to tear them down – Maddy plays the ice-princess and Rick pretends that he simply doesn’t care about what he does and says to the women who gravitate in and out of his life.

I was drawn into the story quite quickly after I recovered from the shock of all the swearing. Now, don’t get me wrong. I  love a bit of swearing in books – hell, I encourage it – and if you've ever read any of my books you'll know that I'm not afraid of swearing, but the amount of f-bombs dropped in It’s Not Over was a little bit more that I could handle...and that's saying a lot. 

I felt like both Maddy and Rick needed to have a swear jar tied around their necks the entire time. Once I got into the groove of the story though, I seemed to forget about the cursing although for some people they might find this off-putting.

There are some things from the previous book mentioned in It’s Not Over. It’s a little difficult playing catch up on the back story so I think that if you haven't read The Do Over first, read it, then read It's Not Over. It will make all of Maddy’s quirks and motivations a whole lot clearer.

All in all, the changes in Maddy and Rick’s relationship developed well and at a good pace. I didn’t feel as if anything was overly rushed. The supporting characters were great – each of them adding to the overall story and making Maddy just that little bit more ‘human’ to me. I might just have to read The Do Over now to complete my A.L. Zaun education before the third book is released.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Author Spotlight and Giveaway: Kat Flannery

Kat Flannery's love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. When not researching for her next book, Kat can be found running her three sons to hockey and lacrosse. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing. A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. She's been published in numerous periodicals. Her debut novel CHASING CLOVERS has been on Amazon's Bestsellers list many times. LAKOTA HONOR is Kat's second book and she is hard at work on her next.

Where to find Kat...

Website | Facebook | Twitter

Some fun facts about Kat...

 1. I love to sing...but sadly I cannot carry a tune.

2. I have 12 tattoos that I can hide if I need to. 

3. I have three teenage boys who I adore. 

4. I love to exercise, but every time I do I injure myself. 


Fate has brought them together, but will a promise tear them apart?

In the small town of Willow Creek, Colorado, Nora Rushton spends most of her days locked up in her home with a father who resents her and fighting off unwanted marriage proposals from the wealthy Elwood Calhoun. Marked as a witch, Nora must hide her healing powers from those who wish to destroy all the witkowin--crazy women. What she doesn't know is that a bounty hunter is hot on her trail.

Lakota native Otakatay has an obligation to fulfill. He has been hired to kill the witkowin. In a time when race and difference are a threat and innocence holds no ground, courage, love and honor will bring Nora and Otakatay together as they fight for their freedom. Will the desire to fulfill his promise drive Otakatay to kill Nora? Or will the kindness he sees in her blue eyes push him to be the man he once was? 
  • #1 Best Seller in Historical and Western romance.
  •  Top 100 Best Seller in Historical, Western, Paranormal romance.

Where to find "Lakota Honor"

(Open internationally)

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Giveaway: A signed copy of Half Truths (book #2)

Read "Half Blood" and loved it? Need more of the pack? Enter to win a SIGNED copy of Half Truths, book two in the Half Blood series.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

#AustralianAuthorMonth wrap up

I can’t believe Australian Author Month is over! What an amazing month featuring some great Aussie authors. I’ve had a great time spotlighting every single one of them. Here are some of the stats I’ve collected along the way…

31 authors discovered

31 separate giveaways, both national and international

Over 300 tweets

Over 70 retweets

5897 page views on my blog; 642 the highest for one author

It’s been fun. 
Let’s do it again next year.