book review, New Book

Discounted and Free Scary Reads

I absolutely love Halloween but I feel like I get a Halloween hangover. I’m never ready for it to be over. So, for those people who still want a little chill in their lives, we have some discounted and free Halloween reads.

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Omen Operation– An outbreak book staring Brooklyn, a high school girl being trained to fight the infected. She and her cabinmate Dawson soon find out that there is more to the world than just their training center. So they have to fight for love, freedom, and most importantly… their own lives. It is book one in The Isolation Series by Taylor Barton.

Have You Seen This Girl– Wendi was kidnapped and drugged until she finally broke free. However, now she is addicted to the very drugs she was once force fed. Too proud to go home and too scared to go back, she hops a bus hoping to leave the memories behind. But eight years later, she’s back and determined to find the source of her nightmares. It is book 1 in the Flocksdale Files Book Series by Carissa Lynch.

Cheerleading Can Be Murder– Everyone always thinks that the cheerleaders have it so easy. But what happens when making the squad is actually a matter of life and death? Dakota tries to ignore the harassment and threats that follow as the coveted few spots of the squad are slowly taken. But will her effort be enough or will someone ensure she never cheers again? It is book one in the Horror High Book Series. We reviewed this in case you want to read the review. Just a hint, Kelsey loved it! Click here to see the review. It is also by Carissa Lynch.

Seer– This is book 3 in the series, but book 1, Seeker, is only .99 cents so its worth the series. In it, a girl Ally has visions and she may hold the key to an ancient mystery. Jack enters her life, a troubled kid just trying to graduate and move on, is desperately trying to avoid the feisty redhead and her visions. But she keeps pulling him back in. It isn’t long before someone’s life is at risk. Will they be able to work together to protect the innocent, or will their battle of wills cost someone their future? This book is by Amy Reece.

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My Soul to Keep– We did not review this book because it is about a 13 year old, but I know the author and she is amazing. We’ve all heard the prayer/nursery rhyme “Now I lay me down to sleep” but what happens when your soul may actually be taken? Skye has always felt a connection with the dead and soon finds that there is a group at her boarding school filled with people just like her. However, the spirits they are connecting with, aren’t always nice. What lie beyond life…death! This is by Jackie Sonnenberg.

Sacrificed– My girl Nykki Mills is having a sale and you have to check out her books. Sacrificed is about the popular girl realized that everything she thought she knew is about to change. 16 year old Kass is now seeing the ghost of a small child and weird things begin to happen. With the help of the cute but mysterious boy next door named Ian, Kass must find out about her past to try and protect her future. But what happens when her past, is exactly what’s coming back to haunt her? Click here for the review.

Cursed– Cursed by Nykki Mills is a spin off of the book Sacrificed. It stars, Gina, Ian’s cousin. She can see and talk to ghosts. Frankly, she finds it annoying most of the time. That is until someone is dead and Gina is being blamed. Will the ghosts help her find the real killer or will they force her to take the blame? There are not one, but two, sexy boys in this book. Click here for the review. We also “interviewed” Gina. Click here to learn more about her.

Into the Fire– Cara is a descendant from the Phoenix bird and will have to die on her 17th birthday. But don’t worry! She will rise again from the ashes unable to remember anything from her past life. There is just one problem with this plan…she is in love with Logan and desperately doesn’t want to forget him. However, he is bringing out her Phoenix qualities. The very qualities that will draw the Phoenix hunter straight to her. She will die without him but she just may die with him too. This is by Kelly Hashway and is book 1 in the Into the Fire Trilogy.

Nurse Blood– We also reviewed this book a while back. Sonya searches the bar scene for the perfect man. Her intentions aren’t honorable but they certainly differ from all the other’s in the bar. She lures the man to a hotel room and knocks him out. Why? Because she is part of a team that harvest organs for a profit. But when a big score comes up, will the team fall apart or rise to the occasion.This is by Rebecca Besser. Click here for the review.

Dark Legends Box Set– This is the deal of the post! This box set has twenty full length urban fantasy and paranormal romances. It should keep you company until you’re in the mood for a Christmas box set. It contains books by New York Times, USA Today, and International bestsellers. I’m sure you’ll find something, or several things, to fill your Halloween fix.

13: An Anthology of Horror and Dark Fiction– We have another box set as a great deal for you all. There are 13 dark tales to leave you up at night. Into magical creatures, thrillers, mermaids, magic, and other stories that teeter on the dark side, then this set is perfect for you. 13 is historically an unlucky number but this set may just make your day.

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What is your favorite book to read around Halloween?

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An Outlandish Home

So you’ve got your Claire outfits on, you’re all jeweled out, and you’ve gone shopping for some historical romances and books. But what about your poor, neglected home with it’s modern appliances and lack of hot men in kilts? I’m here today with a little list of tasteful home goods that will add a splash of bonny Fraser Scotland into any home.

Teensy Standing Stones

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Okay, I may have just bought eight of these little beauties. Every globe has a miniature Craigh Na Dun inside that will bring a bit of magical cheer to your Christmas tree this holiday season. At $7.50 each, they’re wonderfully priced and a great stocking stuffer that you can get here. Or, you can get it without the ribbon as a lovely tabletop piece that’s a great conversation starter about your favorite book series without having to pull out your life size Sam Heughan cardboard cutout…unless that’s your thing.

Elegant Wall Decals

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“Then let amorous kisses dwell/On our lips, begin to tell/a thousand and a hundred score/a hundred and a thousand more”, a classical poem Jamie recites to Claire, would look lovely over your bed as a musical way to tie in the series. This particular Etsy shop also makes decals with such wonderful phrases as “There’s two of us now” and “To bed? Or to Sleep?”, making is a lovely gift for the newly wedded Sassenach in your life.

The Laird Smells Like…Lemons?

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Here’s some fancy soap that has hints of tobacco, Italian Bergamont, amber, Sicilian lemon, and a splash of musk. It’s supposed to smell just like our favorite Fraser and might be just the gift to give to your own modern man. All the fun of smelling like Jamie with the added bonus of daily showers. Bliss.

More Musk?

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Still not totally sure what “musk” smells like, but if that’s what Jamie reeks of, I’ll take a candle for myself! At about the same price as a Yankee Candle, this JAMMF one is quite the item. Imagine lighting this little beauty and switching on Outlander when season three comes? Throw in some whiskey and you’re set to go. Speaking of whiskey…

A Wee Dram

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The glass on the right is perfect for a bit of the hard stuff after a hard day outsmarting Red Coats. But if coffee is your thing, that traveler’s mug knows what you need and how hot you like it. Grab some glasses of your own here. You deserve it, Lady Broch Tuarach.

A Drink Accessory

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And when your guests come for a pint, you can keep your tabletops clear with lovely coasters that are just a little nod to your obsession. Since they’re elegant and streamlined, lacking a shirtless Scot, they’re perfectly acceptable in any situation.

Something Scottish for Your Walls

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For another subtle touch, maybe this wall art is more your style. Handmade, it says “We are bound, you and I, and nothing on this earth shall part me from you”, a lovely little quip from Dragonfly in Amber. It’s simple enough to fit in any home.

Rest Your Head in Lollybroch

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At first glance, this pillowpillow is nothing more than an innocent map of Scotland. But as your guests compliment you on your worldly decor, you’ll know it’s really just a road map of all the places you’ll visit when you hop back in time.

A Cozy Place for Books

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What about your Outlander book series? Don’t fret, readers, because this shop makes bookends fit for all of Diana Gabaldon’s works. One reads “Je Suis Prest” with a thistle and the other says “Dinna Fash, Sassenach” with a dragonfly.

Don’t Forget Your Car

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Want to spice up your vehicle with something other than the “Sassenach” decal? Get this one instead! Featuring the stag and motto of the Fraser clan, it’s a different way to show you pride while on the go.

Wee Frasers

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You can get your own living, thriving piece of Outlander with this terrarium, which features a mini Jamie and Claire. It’s the prefect substitution for your office fern or that boring little basil plane you bought at the grocery store that always seems to be all wilty. You’ll be sure to care for this little plot to give Jamie and Claire a happy home.

 

We hope you found a bit of Fraser Flare for your own home. Do you already own any Outlander themed household items? Let us know! And be sure to check in every weekend for all new Outlander Saturday posts.

PS. If you own a small shop or business and would like to be featured, please let us know on our Contact page. We’d love to share your product with our 10,000 weekly views!

Sarah and I both have books out now, so if you like our posts, you’ll probably love our books! First Semester is a thrilling college romance that you can get HERE. Queen of Emeralds is a historic romance set in the highlands that you can get HERE.

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book review

Amber Alert

Today I have something darker for you, something a little scarier than before. The reason it’s so frightening? Because it can happen to any of us. So, I introduce to you Amber Alert by Sara Schoen the first book in the Amber Alert Series. Another short note before I begin; this book deals with graphic sexual abuse and will not be included in our regular “Heat Level” scale, as the scale is only intended for consensual parties, not forceful situations.

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Overall Rating: 3/6 Glass Slippers

Genre: Thriller and Suspense

Anna is just another teenager living an average American life. That is until she is kidnapped in broad daylight by a madman named Steve, who kills Anna’s boyfriend in the process. She’s made a prisoner in a boarded up home where another captive also resides, Steve’s son Garrett, who hasn’t left the house in years and fears his father’s abuse. Anna wants nothing more than to escape and evade the fate that befell a dozen girls before her, but Steve has other plans for her, plans that make her wish she were dead. Will Anna follow the “Good Housewife Rules” and escape or will she find herself just another name on Steve’s growing body count?

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This book will make your skin crawl with the realism of some of the situations Anna find herself forced into. I struggle to call it a “good” book, only because it’s strange to praise some of the situations in the novel. But, that’s just what it is; a pretty good book. The creepy vibes that come off the page are meant to make you uncomfortable, sad, distressed, hopeful…the ability to put those feelings into words is just a testament to Schoen’s work.

What I didn’t like were the numerous punctuation mistakes in this piece. Maybe it’s just because I’ve been editing a fair amount lately for other authors and am now conditioned to see them, but the missing commas were definitely annoying to me, but might not be to others. The overall voice of the book was also very young. I actually found myself confused at how old Anna was Supposed to be. There were also just too many crazily unbelievable twists and turns! Every time you thought it was over, something else completely outlandish happened. By the 5th twist, I was rolling my eyes. Overall, I enjoyed the beginning of the book and the feeling of dread it filled me with. If you like Lifetime movies, then Amber Alert is for you.

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Interview With Quiana Golde

Quiana Golde, a new author, reached out to us about hosting a little interview so she can introduce her urban romance novels to the world. She currently has No Choice and Soul Attraction available now on Amazon.

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Tell us a little about what you write; what are your books generally about? Romance, revenge, true life, etc.?

Romance, some level of violence, action.

Will you branch out into more genres?

Yes I want to. Science fiction or mystery.

When did you first start writing?

I first started writing at age 14.

Are there any authors you look up to, or inspire you?

Nora Roberts. Her writing is very passionate and you can feel whatever she’s writing. Its beautiful.

What are your favorite books?

No Disrespect by Sister Souljah, Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan, and Island Rapture by Cassie Edwards.

It says on Amazon that you currently have two novellas available. Are you working on any new projects?  

Yes I am. I am working on part two and three of No Choice and I also have another series in mind.

Do you make your own cover art?

No, I do not. Maybe in the future I will.

What does a typical day of writing look like for you?

Cooped up in my room, laptop on my lap, headphones over my ear and my book of jottings open and ready for plotting.

What’s your favorite line, or couple of lines, that you’ve ever written?

“If you growl, I’ll bark.”

Are any of your characters based off real people?

Yes. To create their personality I use the personalities of my friends. But not the actions.

Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

My Shower. I come up with all my plots when surrounded by water.

What do you think is the hardest part of writing?

Sitting down for hours and just typing away. Its tiring and a burden on the eyes.

What’s your favorite part of writing?

Losing myself in the plot line. My favorite part is becoming the main character and submerging myself into the plot.

When I write, I drink a ton of coffee. Do you have any writing vices?

Listening to music. I can’t write without my headphones.

What are your hobbies and favorite things to do when you’re not writing?

Dancing, eating, sleeping, singing, designing, switching between social media, did I mention eating?

Is there anything else you’d like us to add, or anything you’d like potential readers to know?

You can find me on Twitter. You can talk to me anytime, I will be there. If you’re a reader of mine that means you support me and I appreciate and love everyone who supports me in even the simplest of ways. I’m also on Facebook. I look forward to meeting you all.

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book review

Conquests

I have a fun little treat for you, today! Emily Murdoch, a historical romance author, was kind enough to give me a slot on the book tour for her medieval romance, Conquests. As an educated historian, I was tickled pink when I saw that Murdoch has a specialty in medieval history, and a rather impressive resume. Needless to say, I went into this book with the highest of expectations.

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Heat Level:♥♥

Overall Rating: 5/6 Glass Slippers

Genre: Historical Romance

The book begins in the year 1069 and focuses on the young Avis, a young Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who lives in the home she once knew, that has been taken over by Norman invaders. She tries to keep hold of her history and culture, but is being pressured into marrying the Normal Lord Richard, as King William had decreed that the Anglo-Saxons must be bred out. But Avis could never love Richard; he’s old, disgusting, perverted, and had a heavy hand in the destruction of her entire family. She makes no secret of her hatred for her captor, and King William sees it as well. So the king gives her a choice; marry old Richard, or a young man named Melville, whom she has never met.

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Luckily, Melville isn’t terrible to look at. Avis may have even thought him handsome, had he not been born a treacherous Norman. He also is just as displeased with the order to marry, one thing that Avis admires, although she can hardly admit it even to herself. But a marriage must be made, no matter what, and she agrees to take Melville to husband. While she, legally, becomes a Norman, Avis finds herself tied to a man and a future she never wanted. Is she doomed to a life of cold disinterest from Melville? Will she lose her Saxon heritage? Or will she, one day, find peace?

Historically, I couldn’t find any flaws in the delicate touches of accuracy that Murdoch put in her work. It wasn’t overly factual, in the way some historical fiction can be, but had just enough to make it clear what time they were in. My only qualm was that Avis wasn’t terribly likable for the first few chapters of the book. Her blind hatred of everyone made her seem more pouty than relatable and she didn’t really seem to get much of a personality until Melville came into her life. But, I’ve never been taken captive by Norman soldiers before, so what do I know? Overall, I found it an enjoyable read that’s suitable for expert history lovers and the novice dabblers in Medieval alike.

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book review

Once Upon a Scandal

In my opinion, there is nothing better than finding a good book and losing yourself in a new world. Once Upon a Scandal by Julia LeMense contains a world that I plan to revisit time and time again.

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Heat: ♥♥♥

Genre: Historical Romance

Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Jane had it all. She walked among the high society of London with high values and perfect manners. But her world was changed with one scandal. Now her father is dead and because of the scandal, she has nothing. Her cousin will be taking over her house and his daughter intends to move into Jane’s room. As they always say, desperate times call for desperate measures.

To the public eye, Benjamin is the perfect rake. His cravet is always perfect, his pants are always pressed, and his jacket is the latest fashion. You are considered funny if you make him laugh, beautiful if you turn his head, and interesting if he seeks you out for a conversation. But he holds a secret that could help England in their war efforts against France. Well, it could help if the beautiful Jane doesn’t distract him too much.

This is an amazing spy romance. I loved the premise, the plot, the characters, the scenery…I loved everything about this book. I was completely entranced from page one and have already recommended it to many of my friends. I’m going to add this book to one of my favorites and I’m going to read LeMense’s other book, Once Upon a Wager, this book should probably be read first for your eager readers out there. When I’m done with that, I’m going to stalk LeMense and read the next book she puts out as soon as it comes.

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LeMense created an amazing twist in this book. Just when you thought you knew who was a traitor, or who was involved, or who was the good guy, everything changed. The pacing was flawless, maybe a little fast for some people but I liked it, and I was left wanting more. The character development was also thrilling. There was so much of it and the majority of it came by surprise. There were no boring or typical characters in this book. Everyone had a secret and LeMense brilliantly reveals them all in perfect, jaw dropping moments.

I don’t want to get too detailed about the sex scenes because I’d prefer you discover those on your own but they were classic regency and never crossed a line into erotica. If you read regency, then they’ll be perfectly in place with what you like. If you don’t read regency, then you’ll still like them because LeMense is a great writer.

In other words, do not pass go, do not collect $200, go straight to Amazon and one click this baby.

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