Tuesday, March 21, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: PASSION AWAKENED

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**ARC, (Advanced Readers Copy) provided by the author for an honest review**




Rated it






AVAILABLE ON MARCH 27, 2017

 CURSED
With his clan trapped and starving, vampire Andrei Vladimir will stop at nothing to save them. But an ancient curse compels him to waste precious time hunting the vile creatures he creates every time he feeds. With the clock ticking, he weaves a trap to lure the fated female who can save them all.



 
Sonia Covaci has been experiencing erotic dreams with her mystery dream lover for quite some time, who her old world gypsy grandmother Adela has been telling her is her destined soul mate. When Sonia meets Korinna the shop owner of Bedazzled Jewels, she is quickly swept up in a fantasy world beyond her wildest dreams. Will Sonia ever see the truth in the stories betold her before it's too late for her soul mate?

This story is told through the point of view of three very different people, but which fate ingeniously brought together for the most heart stopping romance today. The story begins with Korinna, a beautiful witch with an evil step-mother, (can totally relate) that places a curse upon her out of jealousy as well as a dash of spite. This is the backdrop of the story for Andrei Vladimir and the horrible fate he is facing. So the story goes that for Andrei's people, (vampires) they dream of their fated mates, and the closer their mate is to them, the clearer the dream of them is and that is when they go out to sweep her off her feet, but when Andrei falls prey to a manipulating witch he is cursed for forsaking the witch, and never allowed to return to his own realm with his people. Here is where Sonia comes in, a gypsy, and her family is from Romania which is where Andrei lives. She has been having some really steamy dreams of a man she has never met before. She's reluctant to believe the stories her grandmother has been telling her about since she was a child. Can something that sounds like a Disney flick be true? The story is just that, very Disney like quality to the fairytale of two fated lovers. The mystery behind the magic is alluring, and what pulls you into their lives. Although we don't have much time to go into detail with this novella, it is the way the story is told that holds you in place.

The characters of the story were easily empathized with by the personal connection I felt to both Sonia and her best friend Emma. Andrei stole my heart with his fierce compassion for human life, and especially the wrongful treatment of women. He is a man of stature, who has morals, love, and sympathy for all, and never once wanted for himself, but only wanted the best for his people. Who ever thought that a cursed witch, a cursed vampire, and a love sick gypsy would be so loyally devoted to one another only after a short period of time, but it worked. The story was believable, the characters were genuine. If I ever marry a billionaire, or uncover a family secret revealing I am a gypsy, I will not hesitate for one second that I am destined for a happily ever after... You rock Valerie Twombly!













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Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

RELEASE BLAST: SWEET AS SUGAR

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SWEET AS SUGAR
The Celebration Township, book 5
by Stacy Eaton

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: BURNED

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Audiobook Review On Burned, (Fever #7)





Rated it









Another shockingly suspenseful installment in #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Karen Marie Moning's Fever series.

"Burned" picks up right where the surprising conclusion of "Iced" left off, and will feature beloved characters Mac and Dani O'Malley as they embark on another high-octane adventure in the Fever world.





MacKayla and Barrons are back, and in for the adventure of a lifetime...again! Iced left us in the street where Mac finally caught up with Dani, ready to confront her about her sisters death. In the heat of the moment, and Dani thinking Mac is wanting to kill her, she runs right where she remembers the exact location she could enter the fae world. With Barrons and Mac hot on her heels, Dani charges forward deeper into the unknown, and royally screwing herself in the process. Will Dani find her way out, or be stuck forever?

Burned is one of those books that has you saying wtf a lot! While Mac is beside herself about Dani, Barrons continues on with business as usual. He reassures Mac several times in regards to Dani, and how they would only get just as lost as her if they tried to continue to chase after her. While Barrons is discussing business with the Seelie and Unseelie, a new threat comes into town...doubly so. In her attempt to keep a tight lid on “the book” Mac is turned invisible, and the real fun begins. I would have to say that Mac being invisible and the snooping she takes advantage of is the best part of the story, however Jada, (new threat #1) is very close behind in second. And our favorite Celtar Christian is not forgotten, and a plan formulates to rescue him from the Crimson Hag.

Looking back on the story after a weeks time, I don't find any part of the story I didn't like or enjoy. But it is rather difficult to relay what I thought and felt about the story without giving away spoilers. During Iced and now Burned I've learned more intimate details about the main characters, which puts me in a more emotionally attached position with them. The two characters I loved to hate in Iced, (Ryodan and Christian) have redeemed themselves somewhat in Burned and my perspective of them is totally different than before as their true intentions are revealed! And for Gods sake, Barrons shows vulnerability with Mac, and I just melted. Yup, Barrons, Ryodan, and Lore got under my skin in all the right ways, and I am definitely coming back for more.

Narrator Review


Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross continue another great performance! I'm not sure if it's just that I can so imagine them as the characters or cause I'm that much in love with their voices. Either way, I love them both for the way they rock this story!












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Monday, March 6, 2017

SPOTLIGHT: REMNANTS

Patrol Log:  6603062017





Book Title: REMNANTS
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Series: Brandon Fisher FBI series, Book 6

Published by: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-988353-49-4
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-988353-50-0
ISBN (hardcover): 978-1-988353-51-7

ASIN: B01MUAA8JL

260 pages


BLURB

All that remains are whispers of the past…

When multiple body parts are recovered from the Little Ogeechee River in Savannah, Georgia, local law enforcement calls in FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team to investigate. But with the remains pointing to three separate victims, this isn’t proving to be an open-and-shut case.

With no quick means of identifying the victims, building a profile of this serial killer is proving more challenging than usual. How is the killer picking these victims? Why are their limbs being severed and bodies mutilated? And what is it about them that is triggering this killer to murder?

The questions compound as the body count continues to rise, and when a torso painted blue and missing its heart is found, the case takes an even darker turn. But this is only the beginning, and these new leads draw the FBI into a creepy psychological nightmare. One thing is clear, though: the killing isn’t going to stop until they figure it all out. And they are running out of time…




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ABOUT THE SERIES

What to expect from the Brandon Fisher FBI Series:

Profilers.  Serial killers.  The hunt is on.  Do serial killers and the FBI fascinate you?  Do you like getting inside the minds of killers, love being creeped out, sleeping with your eyes open, and feel like you're involved in murder investigations?  Then join FBI Agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team with the Behavioral Analysis Unit in their hunt for serial killers.

This is the perfect series for fans of Criminal Minds, NCIS, Silence of the Lambs, Seven, Dexter, Luther, and True Crime.  
  
Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning.






EXCERPT 



Excerpt from Chapter 12 of Remnants (Brandon Fisher FBI series):

KILLING WAS THE BEST SEDATIVE. Just knowing that the time was coming had allowed him to fall asleep the second his head had hit the pillow last night, and now the clock on his nightstand told him it was almost noon.

He got out of bed and opened the curtains, letting the sun spill in and blanket him in its warm glow. Closing his eyes, he bathed in its splendor. His breath was calm and deep as he got down onto his knees and spread his arms heavenward, giving thanks for not just another day but for the blessing of life. Not his, but what would be the beginning of another offering.

He remained there in a meditative state, letting his consciousness drift to the other realm, a place far too few visited or were even aware of. But it was in this stillness that he found his true self, his identity, and his purpose, where he became centered and focused on the seriousness of his mission.

He wrapped himself in a black robe and shuffled downstairs and out the back door. He stood on the patio facing the riverbank with his eyes closed.

As the sun warmed his eyelids, he imagined himself being carried up toward the sky, merging with the flames, the source of life, and shedding his human form. He knew that he belonged somewhere else—a different plane of existence—but the physical required roots. So for now, he was grounded.

He remained standing there until the sun ducked behind a cloud, the shadows casting over him. He opened his eyes and knew. It was time.

His stride was full of purpose as he returned inside to where he kept the man in a dimly lit room. He closed the door behind him and headed for the preparation room.

The man was standing, restrained at the wrists and ankles, and held up by a clasp around his neck. His arms and legs were stretched out like rays of sunshine. The offering was free to talk, but his spirit had become broken with the passage of time and he rarely whispered a word.





Five Steps to Profiling a Serial Killer
BY CAROLYN ARNOLD

He’s five seven, in his thirties, walks with a limp, works in temporary placements, and is single. He targets women because he was abused by his single mother, who slept around with men while he was growing up.
If you’re a fan of serial-killer fiction, whether it be on TV or in books, you are probably left shaking your head sometimes when the FBI sees some crime scene photos and immediately has a profile of the killer. What are they, psychic?
As it turns out, profiling is actually a science, though not an exact one. In fact, many profiles prove to have been wrong once the unsub is caught. So why bother profiling at all? Well, even if some facts are off, profiling establishes a foundation from which investigators can begin their search for—and hopefully catch!—the killer.
So what do investigators consider when building a profile?
  1. Investigators focus on the crime itself. What do the crime scene photos show? What are the autopsy findings? Are there any witnesses, and if so, what are they saying? What have police officers noted in their reports?
  1. Investigators visit the crime scene. They use their six senses—sight, sound, taste, smell, touch, and intuition—and make a record of their reactions. They analyze where the body was found, whether the murder was committed in the same location that the body was found or the body was dumped. They question any and all aspects of the location and what it might tell them about the killer and/or the killer’s victim selection, aka victimology.
  1. Investigators look for a signature or method of operation (MO). Don’t confuse these two terms, though, as they are not the same thing. Every crime has a MO, which is how the murder was carried out, but a signature is not present in all cases. A signature only exists when a killer chooses to leave behind a personal mark.
  1. Investigators consider what kind of unsub might commit the crime at hand. For example, are they organized or disorganized? Are they a hunter or a sexual sadist? Is gender, age, or religion relevant? Is there is a geographical element to the crimes?
  1. Investigators take a closer look at the victims. They factor in similarities and determine whether the victims are low-, medium-, or high-risk people. Can any of the victims be connected to one or more person or place? How were the victims approached? Is there evidence of resistance, or is it possible the victims knew their killer?
Sometimes the answers to all these questions can be harder to piece together than others. In my most recent novel, Remnants, Brandon Fisher and his FBI team struggle to build a profile on the killer they’re hunting, as the identities of the victims are unknown and aspects of the MO vary among the murders. But when a torso painted blue and missing its heart is found—something they haven’t seen in any of the previous deaths—the case takes a dark turn that begins to provide them with some new leads. As the story unfolds, the FBI is drawn deeper and deeper into a creepy psychological nightmare. One thing is clear, though, even if they don’t have all the facts yet: The killing isn’t going to stop until they figure it all out. And they are running out of time…
I invite you to read Remnants and profile alongside the FBI to stop a serial killer in Savannah, Georgia.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carolyn Arnold is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series and has written nearly thirty books. Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark, POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

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