Guest Post, Giveaway and Review: Piper’s Fury

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    • Pub. Date: March 2011
    • Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
    • Format: Paperback , 288pp


It’s an empath thing…

Using your “powers” to help the Dark Hills Police Department hunt down serial killers doesn’t leave much time for dating. Not that Piper Anast is complaining. The last thing she needs is some guy brushing up against her and pumping his pornographic thoughts into her head.
When she meets Bennett Slade, a sexy, tormented vampire, Piper stumbles headlong into a telepathic connection with his missing daughter. She can’t leave the kid to the evil surrounding her unwanted visions, nor can she resist her draw to Slade. He’s the first guy she’s been able to touch vision-free in, well, forever.
As she and Slade close in on the evil creature holding his daughter, Piper’s powers morph into a deadly fury. To save Slade’s daughter-and herself-Piper must face down demons she never knew she had and trust the one thing she keeps from everyone.

Her heart.

My Thoughts

I didn’t know what to expect going into this book.  I purposely did not read the blurb before I read the book, I wanted to go into it fresh and really just enjoy the story.  I was pleasantly surprised with the story line and characters.  Let’s get into the story a bit
So vampire stories are every where these days so in some ways that means that the stories are all starting to sound a little bit the same.  I am happy to say that Piper’s Fury brings some new ideas to the table and that makes it very interesting for me.  I think one of my favorite things about this book is that Piper is aware in the beginning of this story that vampires, or Strigoii Vii, as they are called in this book.  It makes it a very different story in comparison to a lot of stories out there.  I think that whole premise of the Strigoii Vii is a bit different as well too.  They are actually humans who have a gene mutation and need to have blood to regenerate their blood and that they can eat human food and still need both.  This is very different for me.  I like the story line that Piper is approached by  Slade to research his daughter’s disappearance, five year prior.  Piper immediately refused as too much time has passed but then she has a crazy dream of Slade’s daughter begging for her help.   The story takes crazy twists and turns from here everything from the love story between Slade and Piper to demons and betrayal of Slade’s people .  I enjoyed the love scenes are pretty hot and steamy which I really enjoyed in the story.  While the are very steamy it was just what I was looking for out of this book!  Maybe not at first but once I got to know Piper and her anger issues and lack of personal awareness I really wanted for Slade to win her over and have them get involved.  The story was left in a place where I cannot wait for the next book to come out so I can find out what is going to happen.  I think that my favorite part of the book was there was always some twist that was coming up so I could not pin down the story until it was over.  the one thing that I did get a little frustrated the fact that Piper was not aware of the power that she had and I really never understood why anger gave her the power.  The book started pretty slow but it did pick up quickly.  All in all I really enjoyed this book and recommend it!

My Rating

4.5 of 5 stars.  I really enjoyed this story and can’t wait for book #2.

I am very excited to introduce the author of Piper’s Fury Rachel Firasek.  Thank you Rachel for taking time out of your busy schedule – I know that I appreciate it and my readers as well.

Romance Trading Cards

The big hype right now around the conference and internet network is the newest creation in promo. Romance Trading Cards. Similar, to the baseball cards our brothers had when we were younger—and some still do—they are designed for readers of romance. I happen to think they are great! It’s a fun way to keep your characters alive even after the book has ended.
Now, do I think that women will sit around their tea parties and actually trade these cards. No. But, I do think that when we’re sitting around wondering which book we’d like to re-read, it would be nice to sift through our cards to decide which fantasy we’d like to relive. LOL!
I’ve tried my hand at it, and please keep in mind I’m completely technology challenged. So, my graphics are bit hazy, but you get the jist. I’m traveling the circuit this week with several of my Crescent Moon Press sista’s and we’ve decided to offer up a fabulous prize!
slade trading card

Leave a comment below and tell me what you think of the newest run in trading cards and you’ll be entered into a chance for 4 ebooks-including mine, Piper’s Fury. If you’d like another chance to win, head on over to Christine Ashworth’s for another chance to play:

I’ll have to get back with Lisa, but winners will be announced on Wednesday! Woo-Hoo! Good luck!!!

You heard Rachel leave a comment – be sure to to answer her questions and leave an email address in case you are the winner –  Good Luck!

*Thank you to the author for providing me with an ebook copy of this book for review.  My review of this book is my honest opinion and I was provided no additional compensation for the review.

ARC Review: The Goddess Test

The Goddess Test (Harlequin Teen)

  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Format: Paperback , 304pp
  • Sales Rank: 164,367
  • Age Range: Young Adult

It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride, and a goddess.

My thoughts:

I have always had an interest in Greek Mythology especially since my 5th grade advance reading class focused the entire year on the study of Greek Mythology.  In part, I think this drew me to this title.  What interesting things could an author do to use my favorite mythology in a fiction book.  I quickly learned a lot could be done!

This debut YA book for Amiee Carter is an unique story of a seemingly normal New York girl who is forced to leave NYC on her eighteenth birthday to move back to her mother’s home town of Eden, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, for her mother to die in peace.  Kate is unhappy with this move but knows it is what her mother wants so she goes along with it.  Kate meets James, an odd boy at school, Dylan, the hot football player, and his jealous girlfriend, Ava.  Kate doesn’t realize the lengths that Kate will go to in order to keep Dylan with her.  Using a party as a cover story, Ava lures Kate on to the creepy property of Eden Manor and then plans to leave her lost in the woods only when she dives into the river to return back home, after learning that Kate is deathly afraid of water, she cracks her head on a rock.  Kate is forced to jump in to try and save the girl.  This is when she meet..s Henry.  He makes her an offer she just has to take – he will save Ava if Kate agrees to spend 6 months of each year with him at Eden Manor and she has just two weeks to decided.  Kate agrees in part and Ava is healed in front of her eye.  Kate returns home to the stress of her dying month and this decision heavy on her mind.  What has she gotten herself into and what will happen from here.

This is a wonderfully creative story that puts a whole new spin of Greek Mythology.  The writing is strong and story is moved along at a good pace.  This part is a bit of a spoiler (so if you haven’t read the book yet skipping the rest of this paragraph)  – I really wish that when the God and Goddess are exposed that each of them would be introduced by their proper name as well.  I can figure some of them out but not all.  Just makes it a bit frustrating but maybe it is coming in a future book!  Speaking of I can hardly wait to see what happens when Kate returns to Eden Manor after being away for six months!

My rating for this story is 4.5 of 5 – Very Well Done as an entry book into the YA genre.  I love to see a fellow Michigander doing well out there!!!
*  This E-galley was provided by NetGalley.  All opinions are my own and no compensation was received for this honest review.

ARC Review: Shine


Product Details

  • Pub. Date: May 2011
  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • Format: Hardcover , 376pp
  • Sales Rank: 196,308
  • Age Range: Young Adult


When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice. 
Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and intolerance, Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale couched in a deeply intelligent mystery. Smart, fearless, and compassionate, this is an unforgettable work from a beloved author.

My Thoughts

This book took on a very tough topic and did it extremely well.  It was written with compassion for all of the tough topics it include hate crimes, poverty, drugs, and gay individuals in society.  That is a lot of topics to be put into one but it was done so well and it is unforgettable.  This book will last with me for a long time.  This is the first book I have read by this author and I know that I need to check out more because this one was well put together. There was a bit of time where the story slow and I could not figure why it slowed down but it picked back up and I could not put the book down.  While this book deals with many tough topics and they are sometimes really difficult to read I highly recommend this book.

My Thoughts

My rating is 4.5 of 5 stars