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Book Mail!

I always love getting books in the post! Today Penguin have
sent me “A New Darkness” and “The Dark Army” by Joseph Delaney and also “The Creeping Shadow” by Jonathan Stroud. Have any of you read the Spooks or Lockwood & Co series? I’m so excited to read these! I shall be saving them for Halloween season!

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My Proofreading Door Is Open!

Well, folks, it’s that time again where my proofreading door is open to you guys. Especially now that I have a little one and have a bit more free time on my hands (when she’s lets me, of course 😝). So, if you need a second pair of eyes to go over your work, feel free to contact me. I’d be happy to help in any way I can! You can email me at: secretlivesoffictionlovers@gmail.com.

I look forward to hearing from you. 😊

Happy Friday everyone!

Take care,

Dayna.

My Christmas Geek Box is here!

Yay my geek box arrived. This month I got:
•Jack Skellington día de muertos Sugar Skull tee
•Santa Darth Vader Plush Toy
•Death star juggling balls
•Stormtrooper bauble (with a cookie inside!)
•Optimus Prime Transformers stress ball (this will come in handy at work!)
•Pac-Man bottle opener
•Mini selection box (yummy!)

The box is so awesome this month and the Santa Darth Vader is just adorable! Plus woohoo a selection box! Christmas isn’t christmas without one of those! Haha my boyfriend has already told me he wants the Star Wars stuff! Cheeky bugger!

I hope everybody has a lovely Christmas and that all your wishes come true. I hope you’ve all been good for Santa!

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Pop on over to My Geek Box to discover them for yourself!

The Morganville Series is coming to life!

Omg when I found out that they were doing an online series for Morganville I got so excited! It’s one of my favourite book series so I can’t wait to see it come to life on the 27th!

Here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it already:

My Weekly Kindle Ebook Picks. #1

Ok, so I’ve decided to do a new feature where once a week I’ll pick 10 Ebooks to showcase that are all under a £1. Sound good?

Here be this week’s installment:

1. Airel: The Awakening (The Airel Saga Book One) – Aaron Patterson & Chris White £0.00

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B004Y72XFA/ref=mp_s_a_1_38?qid=1407856724&sr=1-38&pi=AC_SX110_SY165

“All Airel ever wanted was to be normal, to disappear into the crowd. But bloodlines can produce surprises, like an incredible ability to heal. Then there’s Michael Alexander, the new guy in school, who is impossibly gorgeous…and captivated by her. Somewhere in the back of her mind, she can hear the sound of pages turning, and another, older story being written. It is the story of an ancient family, of great warriors, of the Sword of Light, and the struggle against an evil so terrible, so far-reaching, that it threatens everything. Airel knew change would be an inevitable part of life. But can she hold on when murder and darkness begin to close in and take away everything she loves? Will she have what it takes when the truth is finally revealed?”

2. Shadow of Time – Book One – Jen Minkman £0.00

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“All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship.

But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?

Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.”

3. Sabriel (The Old Kingdom) – Garth Nix £0.99

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“Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him. She soon finds companions in Mogget, a cat whose aloof manner barely conceals its malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage long imprisoned by magic, now free in body but still trapped by painful memories. As the three travel deep into the Old Kingdom, threats mount on all sides. And every step brings them closer to a battle that will pit them against the true forces of life and death—and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own destiny.

With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen trilogy, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn’t always clear—and sometimes disappears altogether.”

4. Dark Aemelia – Sally O’Reilly £0.99

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“In the boldest imagining of the era since Shakespeare in Love and Elizabeth, this spellbinding novel of witchcraft, poetry and passion, brings to life Aemilia Lanyer, the ‘Dark Lady’ of Shakespeare’s Sonnets – the playwright’s muse and his one true love.
The daughter of a Venetian musician but orphaned as a young girl, Aemilia Bassano grows up in the court of Elizabeth I, becoming the Queen’s favourite. She absorbs a love of poetry and learning, maturing into a striking young woman with a sharp mind and a quick tongue. Now brilliant, beautiful and highly educated, she becomes mistress of Lord Hunsdon, the Lord Chamberlain and Queen’s cousin. But her position is precarious; when she falls in love with court playwright William Shakespeare, her fortunes change irrevocably.
A must-read for fans of Tracy Chevalier (Girl With a Pearl Earring) and Sarah Dunant (The Birth of Venus), Sally O’Reilly’s richly atmospheric novel compellingly re-imagines the struggles for power, recognition and survival in the brutal world of Elizabethan London. She conjures the art of England’s first professional female poet, giving us a character for the ages – a woman who is ambitious and intelligent, true to herself and true to her heart.”

5. Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater £0.99

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“Grace is fascinated by the wolves in the woods behind her house; one yellow-eyed wolf in particular. Every winter, she watches him, but every summer, he disappears. Sam leads two lives. In winter, he stays in the frozen woods, with the protection of the pack. In summer, he has a few precious months to be human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. When Grace and Sam finally meet, they realize they can’t bear to be apart. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human – or risk losing himself, and Grace, for ever.”

6. Stilts (Tessa Dark Trilogy) Book One – Tim O’Rourke £0.99

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“From Tim O’Rourke, the # 1 bestselling author of the Kiera Hudson series, comes ‘Stilts’, the first book in a new dystopian trilogy.

While eighteen-year-old, Tessa Dark was serving her prison sentence for murder, the world beyond her cell walls changed forever. The thunder came and destroyed the world she had once known. Trapped inside the prison and faced with no future, Tessa’s only glimmer of hope is her friendship with fellow inmate Joe McBride.

Despite Tessa’s fears, Joe decides to go beyond the prison walls to seek help. But when he fails to return, Tessa is determined to go and search for him. To gain her freedom, Tessa must first learn to walk, run, and fight on stilts if she is to survive the new and terrifying world on the other side of the prison walls.”

7. The Girl With Glass feet – Ali Shaw £0.99

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“A mysterious metamorphosis has taken hold of Ida MacLaird – she is slowly turning into glass. Fragile and determined to find a cure, she returns to the strange, enchanted island where she believes the transformation began, in search of reclusive Henry Fuwa, the one man who might just be able to help…

Instead she meets Midas Crook, and another transformation begins: as Midas helps Ida come to terms with her condition, they fall in love. What they need most is time – and time is slipping away fast.”

8. Ash – James Herbert £0.99

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“David Ash – detective of the paranormal – is sent to the mysterious Comraich Castle, secluded deep in the Scottish countryside, to investigate a strange, high-profile case: a man has been found crucified – in a room that was locked. The reports suggest that the cliff-top castle is being haunted . . .

Who – or what – is the reclusive hooded figure that Ash has seen from the window walking across the courtyard in the dead of night?
What are the strange, animal-like sounds that come from the surrounding woods?
And why are the castle’s inhabitants so reluctant to talk about what they have seen?

. . . what Ash eventually discovers is truly shocking.”

9. We Were Liars – E Lockhart £0.99

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“We are the Liars.

We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.

We are cracked and broken.

A story of love and romance.

A tale of tragedy.

Which are lies?

Which is truth?”

10. The Best Thing I Never Had – Erin Lawless £0.99

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“ ‘So much more than a love story, more of a life story.’

Five years ago at university they had been seven friends that laughed hard and loved harder.

Nicky and Miles were the couple that were always meant to be… Leigha and Adam, not so much…

So when Adam and Harriet grew close during endless days in the library, they did the one thing that changed everything – they kept a secret. And when it came out, it all fell apart.

When the day comes for bridesmaids to be chosen and best men to fulfil drunken promises, Nicky and Miles’ wedding isn’t just a wedding, it’s a reunion – loaded with past hurts, past regrets, past loves…

The Best Thing I Never Had is in turns funny and sad, but always honest, about friendship in all its forms and the practicality of second chances.

If you fell in love with Mhairi McFarlane’s You Had Me at Hello and David Nicholls’ One Day, then this stunning debut book is for you.”

What do you think? Have you read any of these? I have We Were Liars on my kindle but have yet to read it. I’ve read Shiver and I loved it as well as the rest of the series, though I’ve yet to read the spin off “Sinner”. I haven’t read any of the other books on this list but I think they all sound interesting.

Review: Wolf Slayer: The Order of the Wolf, Book 2.

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Title: Wolf Slayer: The Order of the Wolf, Book 2.
Author: Angela Addams
Published: 14th October 2014
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Format: Ebook

Synopsis:

She would have made his next breath his last, if he hadn’t stolen hers.

Order of the Wolf, Book 2

Aubrey Devlin thought she had a destiny—to become a Huntress, be mated to a Hunter, and spend her life in everlasting, werewolf ass-kicking bliss. But after years of honing her wolf-slaying skills, it’s her twin sister who’s chosen for the coveted honor.

Swallowing her disappointment, she takes a job as head of security for the band Riot. Staying professional is tough when it comes to the band’s sex-god bassist, an alpha bad-boy to the extreme. She will keep her mind on her work—as soon as she figures out how to stop drooling over the man.

Jaylon isn’t good with women—especially those with the ability to kill him—yet he knows without a doubt Aubrey is his mate. Now if only he can get the stubborn woman to fall for him.

One argument too many, and instead of clawing each other’s eyes out, they wind up clawing each other’s clothes off. It’s then that Jaylon realizes the truth: Aubrey is a true Huntress. He’d better find a way to claim his mate before a Hunter claims her first…

Warning: Sexually explicit (like ripping-clothes-off, sex-in-public-places explicit) language. Rock-star bad-ass with long hair and a wicked bite. A take-no-crap huntress who bites back. You are encouraged to lick, suck, and devour your way through this tasty treat in one sitting—just be aware you might be hungry for more.

Mmm a sexy paranormal romance with a female huntress protagonist, werewolves and an awesome band? Oh hell yeah it’s my kinda book! I devoured it in no time. I’m a sucker for the hunter/werewolf (in this case) supposed forbidden love stories. It was so exciting! I found myself frustrated that as far as Aubrey was aware, her destiny is to kill the werewolves and she has no idea that there is this whole other side to her destiny that she hasn’t been told about. I was itching for her to find out the truth.

The chemistry between Aubrey and Jaylon was hot. The sex scenes were pretty racy and detailed but not on every other page which I was thankful for as I prefer a decent plot with a few sex scenes over something that is basically porn. I was gutted when the story suddenly ended a little unexpectedly. I felt there was a lot more still to be told and I ached to read the next in the series where I hope Aubrey and Jaylon’s story will continue and that Aubrey learns more about her heritage. Plus, I want to know more about the rest of the pack. Especially Dyami.

Review: Dark Child (Covens Rising): Episode 1

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Title: Dark Child (Covens Rising): Episode 1
Author: Adina West
Published: 3rd July 2014
Publisher: Momentum
Format: Ebook

Synopsis:

Kat Chanter isn’t your ordinary girl. And she isn’t your ordinary vampire, either. The ruthless Directorate would go to any lengths to have her power – including murder. And when that leads to a war between races, Kat’s fate becomes the ultimate prize …

Kat is done with being on the run, or so she hopes. A new pathology job in Paris is her big chance to start afresh, far from the Tabérin Directorate who want her dead. Sure, adjusting to life as a half-vampire, half-human hybrid in transition poses its own challenges, but it’s nothing Kat can’t handle … until the past starts to catch up with her.

When she’s approached by one Tabérin male from her past, she can explain it away. But add in another territorial Tabérin with a newfound conscience and it’s starting to get crowded on Kat’s Montmartre window ledge. Past experience tells Kat to be cautious, especially in her vulnerable state. But how can she tell friend from foe?

I have really mixed feelings about this book and in the beginning I had a few problems with it; I found it hard to connect with a couple of the characters and it lacked detail in a general sense and also when describing the main characters. It was all just very….vague. For quite a way into the story I had no idea what the main character, Kat, was or what she was transitioning into, and only by the blurb did I know that she was half vampire, half human hybrid. This was not explained in detail in the story. A few times I found myself feeling a little clueless about what was going on. I wanted to know more of the backstory, something that explained what the characters were part of, why Kat was running away from some kind of group called the Tabérin Directorate (again, this was explained in the blurb but not in detail in the book), and what had happened to Kat for it to be described as “….her life went to hell in a hand basket a couple of weeks ago”? I really would have liked that to have been elaborated on. Instead, it was just a brief recalling.

This is actually a sequel to the series “Dark child: Awakening” so if you haven’t read that then I definitely don’t recommend reading this first.

I really liked that it was written from four characters PoVs: Kat, Ben, Dominic and Imara’s and I wondered if their paths would cross. Paranormal is my favourite sub-genre so I love that vampires, shifters and witches were in it. There was an air of intrigue and mystery about the story that had you wanting to know more. Although I initially thought the story was lacking in detail and was quite vague, as the story goes on, it does unravel some more and you’re told more about what happened in the past and a little more about the characters. I found that I was drawn more to Ben and Imara’s story than Kat and Dominic’s. Although Dominic and Kat did begin to grow on me. Despite my negative feelings, by the time I’d got to the end of the book, I’d found that I had enjoyed it and really wanted to find out what happened next. Especially with Yara who was Ben’s love interest. Why was she drinking the blood? Was she born that way or made? And what was she exactly? A witch, vampire, or shifter? Why was she being held captive in her own home? I was also interested to know where Falcon goes off to as he seems really secretive. I’m hoping there’ll be answers in the next episode of the Covens Rising series.

The Pack By Jason Starr – Review By Dayna

“Let the hunt begin . . .

When Simon Burns is fired from his job without warning, he takes on the role of stay-at-home dad for his three-year-old son. But his reluctance pushes his already strained marriage to the limit. In the nestled playgrounds of the Upper West Side, Simon harbors a simmering rage at his boss’s betrayal.

Things take a turn when he meets a tight-knit trio of dads at the playground. They are different from other men Simon has met, stronger and more confident, more at ease with the darker side of life- and soon Simon is lured into their mix. But after a guys’ night out gets frighteningly out of hand, Simon feels himself sliding into a new nightmarish reality.

As he experiences disturbing changes in his body and his perceptions, he starts to suspect that when the guys welcomed him to their “pack”, they were talking about much more than male bonding . . .”

What struck me about this novel is that although it’s an urban fantasy about werewolves, it doesn’t read like one for the most part. More like a psychological thriller. For those wanting to ease their way into the urban fantasy/paranormal world, this would be a great introduction. I love how Simon’s character develops throughout the book. How he copes with losing his job, becoming a stay-at-home-dad, trying to work through marital problems and then on top of all that, meets Michael and the gang and goes through some other major changes.

I like how the story was written from multiple points of view and how well eat character’s personality was written too. I’m always a bit iffy about reading a male author’s take on women but was quite impressed by Starr’s portrayal of Olivia and Alison.

I have to admit, I have a soft spot for Ramon with his smooth and charming ways but can’t say I warmed to Michael at all though the reader wasn’t really supposed to. He was on a power trip. I found him intimidating, brash, cold and incredibly forward. From a female’s point of view, I can’t really see why Olivia was so attracted to him. Then again Olivia did turn out to have a crazy side and I also found her needy and desperate.

It was a great read though a little slow paced to begin with. The morning after the big show down on the roof of the brewery, I was really hoping for more of an explanation as to what happened in the aftermath but maybe we’ll find out more in the sequel, The Craving. I would like to have had more emphasis on the paranormal but that’s down to pure preference on my part. I’m hoping that in book 2 we’ll get even more background on the werewolves. Can’t wait to find out what happens next!

I rate this book 4/5 stars!

Shift Review By Dayna.

Shift – M.R. Merrick.

“Devastated by the loss of his mother, Chase is trying to balance the life he’s been left with, a family he’s still getting to know, and power he never thought he’d have. He doesn’t understand why the Goddess has named him the Protector and granted him two gifts: the Mark, a tattoo that now covers his back, and the ring. But between getting interrogated by the Circle and psychic attacks from Riley, the Mark is the least of his concern. There’s a demon inside Rayna that’s fighting to be released, and it’s not her inner witch. It’s something else—a monster threatening to tear her apart.
As Chase struggles to control his magic, his enemies are closing in. Everyone has staked a claim on his ring, and destroying it may be his only chance to stop Riley. But Chase must decide if stopping him is worth risking the lives of everyone he cares about, or if protecting the ring will be enough to save his world.”

As was the case with Merrick’s debut Exiled, the sequel, Shift is just as darkly exciting and magical with just a drop of romance (which *cough* I’m hoping for more of in book 3 by the way Matthew *cough*. Yes, yes I like me a side of romance with my paranormal). Unlike with a few other books that I’ve read, this certainly wasn’t snail paced. There’s a lot going on to constantly keep your eyes glued and your attention permanently focused on the story. As you turn the first page you’re thrown right in to the middle of a scene ****spoiler alert**** where Rayna is trying to fight against turning in to a werecat so from that moment on you’re immediately gripped, sucked in to the story, not wanting to stop reading until you’ve gotten to the very end (which, if you’re a human, becomes tricky when you have to stop to eat, pee and sleep. Damn not being a modern day sparkly vampire! :p ).

Merrick’s writing just gets better and better and even more un-put-downable as the story unfolds and we learn more and more about each character. I love books that have witty and sarcastic retorts and Shift has plenty of that, of which I think mostly take place between Chase and Rayna or Chase and Vincent 😀 and I have to admit, a couple of times, I kinda found myself wanting to bash Chase and Vincent’s heads together ha ha ha. Chase, Rayna and Willy’s characters progress even more in Shift as does Chase and Rayna’s relationship. Chase is battling with his new found powers, Rayna’s battling with her shifter self and poor old Willy…well let’s just say he goes through some major changes too which totally had me in shock and had my jaw dropping about 3 feet to the floor which brings me back around full circle to say there’s a lot of surprises in store for you when you read Shift, trust me. It’s demon-hunters, shapeshifters, witches, vamps and fairytales all covered in awesome sauce and wrapped in a little red bow. This is a series that all lovers of the paranormal genre should definitely have on their bookshelves/ e-readers.

I rate this book 5/5!

SHIFT BLOG TOUR!

 MR Merrick

It is day 7 on the Shift blog tour and your next stop is here! Welcome! Fellow fans of the Protector series, I’m sure you guys were just as excited as we were when 1st Feb finally came around and that lovely, talented Mr. Merrick finally released the second instalment of the series, Shift. If you haven’t got around to buying it yet then let’s tempt you with a teaser…

My eyes tore open to the sound of screaming. The drywall rattled and Rayna’s voice raged through the wall. My pulse jumped as panic set in and I leapt from my bed moving straight for the door.

I ran through the archway, pants tangling on my legs as I tried to pull them up. Marcus, Willy, and Tiki were halfway down the hall, their faces owned by fear.

Marcus reached the door before me, turned the silver handle, and pushed through. The door creaked and the smell of blood, sweat, and something else seeped from the darkness. Marcus flicked on the light and I saw what I already feared.

Dun, dun, dun! Desperate to find out what happens next? Well, what are you waiting for? Below are the links to both Exiled (Book 1 in the Protector series) and Shift:

Exiled US – http://www.amazon.com/Exiled-The-Protector-ebook/dp/B0058OMWYU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1319664291&sr=8-2
Exiled UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Exiled-The-Protector-ebook/dp/B0058OMWYU

Shift – US http://www.amazon.com/Shift-The-Protector-ebook/dp/B0073APDSO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1327938703&sr=1-1
Shift – UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shift-Protector-Book-2-ebook/dp/B0073APDSO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1328194471&sr=1-1

We are also hosting a giveaway. We have 1 ebook copy of Shift to giveaway. All you have to do to enter is either leave a comment below this post (along with your email address so we have a way to contact you if you win) or tweet us @SLFictionLovers simply saying you’d like to win a copy of Shift (a witty reason why is optional :p ). The closing date will be 19th Feb and we will pick the winner at random.

Good luck!

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