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Title: Mercy

Author: Debra Anastasia

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: August 21, 2017

 

 

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He taught me to kill. Murder is in my blood now. It runs through my veins and though I hide the monster I see in the mirror with ink, it doesn’t keep him from coming out.

My street name is Mercy, but I never show any. Except for her. I watch Becca, though she doesn’t know. She saved me a long time ago; the day my father killed my mother. Her bravery turned her into a target.

My father holds a grudge and knife with the same proficiency, and Becca is the focus of his hatred. And I’m the only monster who can save her.

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BOOK TRAILER

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Klaire Sutherland on behalf of KFF

This is my kind of book. Mercy by Debra Anastasia ticked all the right boxes for me with this story. It’s difficult not to take a second glance at this book in the first place, what with the easy on the eye cover. It’s simple, but it invites a potential reader to browse the blurb. Job done in that respect.

“My heart felt like a hot air balloon.”

I haven’t read all that much of this author’s work – Poughkeepsie and Fire Down Below being the only ones. Both very different, both unique in style that readers have come to recognise from Debra. Mercy lays on the serious side, more like the tone of Poughkeepsie but with an interjection of humour which is in no way out of place. The funny little anecdotes and comments enhances the readers enjoyment. Mercy is heavy in places, so the humour is welcome. I must also mention how quotable this book is. There are reams and reams of sentences and dialogue that one will simply swoon at, or wish to remember, or write down to look back on another day. I certainly highlighted many throughout my ebook and this is a rarity for me. A simple sentence often had a profound affect while I was reading, so much so I would sit back and puff out a little contented sigh. I wanted more.

“I felt my heart taking off its armor.”

Characters were extremely well written and I found myself enamoured with both Fenix and Becca. Neither had the easiest of lives, in particular Nix. I loved the dedication he had towards Becca, even when she didn’t realise it. The man loved her and loved her, then loved her some more. His vulnerabilities bounced to the forefront whenever Becca is on the scene, I loved seeing that side to him. Underneath his armour is the soft shell that seemingly only Becca (and Animal) were privileged to encounter. I must make mention of the ‘bromance.’ Strip this story down and you are left with fundamentally strong relationships that make the core of this book – and the most beautiful one for me was the friendship between Animal and Mercy (Nix). I think it is the best I’ve ever read, as a reader you can feel their connection soul deep which is a very difficult thing to get right. Debra Anastasia knocked it out the park. Most of her relationships are very well thought out and leave an impact for sure.

“You’re my heart, and this is the first time I’ve ever thought it was worthy of a beat.”

Becca is extremely likeable and again a character that was well developed and quite joyful to read. She had a way about her that you simply couldn’t not like. Much of the quirky humour stems from her and her antics. Her family dynamics were a little skewed and the relationship she has with her Mother is testing for the most part. I wasn’t a fan of her but in the end, it is what it is and Becca finally stands up. Her compassion towards Nix shines from the very first meeting, there’s lust initially and they get to know one another. Secrets unravel yet still she faces her adversaries and stands up to be counted.

“The moon is your crown. You’re my skeleton princess.”

The other relationship worthy of a mention is that of Nix and the young girl – Christina. A child can see beyond the sum of someone’s appearance and little Christina served to make that purpose a reality. It added another dimension to Nix and his personality. Beautiful.

“His voice was the soundtrack to sin.”

Mercy is a little bit of a slow burn, in terms of the two main characters connecting. There are action points at pivotal moments which keeps the story rolling along, preventing it from stagnating. Some gruesome parts abound, and Mercy has a definite gritty undertone – not enough to spoil your dinner – yet it’s there all the same, the story errs on the dark side at times. Debra gives the reader a little bit of everything, hence why it’s my kind of book. I’d highly recommend this, Mercy hits my coveted ‘favourite books’ list of this year. One for the paperback shelf for sure. Not one to miss. Enjoy!

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AUTHOR BIO

Debra Anastasia likes to write from her heart, her soul or her butt. The genres she dabbles in are examples of that. There are two paranormal romances in the Seraphim Series and now four contemporary romances in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series and a stand alone in the same genre, Mercy. Fire Down Below and Fire in the Hole, Booty Camp Dating Service and Beast complete her comedy repertoire. The Revenger, a dark paranormal romance, is finally in the light, and the last, a novella called Late Night with Andres, is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research.

Debra lives in Maryland with her two kids, husband of twenty years and two dogs. The king of the house is clearly the tuxedo cat that is the size of a small donkey. Find about her latest adventures on DebraAnastasia.com

Love to hug! Stalk Debra and you might just be in for a surprise and get one!

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                                  RELEASE BLITZ                                           DRUNK DIAL by PENELOPE WARD

 

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From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Look up Landon Roderick, that boy from childhood whom I’d never been able to forget—even though he so easily forgot about me—and call him.

Then again, anything sounds like a good idea when you’ve had a little too much wine before bed, right? It was supposed to be just a quick, meaningless, prank call. Instead, I went off on him—unloading thirteen years of pent-up emotions.

I didn’t think he’d call me back.

I certainly could never have anticipated the weeks of sexually tense phone conversations that followed as I got to know the man he’d become.

Turned out, Landon had never really forgotten me, either. That special connection we had was still there. I opened up to him, but there were also things about me he didn’t know. And he had his own secrets.

Over the countless hours we talked on the phone, I wondered what would happen if we actually saw each other. One night, I did something impulsive again. Only this time, I went to the airport and booked a ticket to California. We were about to find out if one phone call could bring two lost souls together or if my drunk dial really was all just a big mistake.

A complete STANDALONE.

★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

Ms Ward’s new release couldn’t have landed on my Kindle at a better time. Firstly, I’d just finished an ugly cry read and was in bad need of a pick-me-up. And I can’t argue that Drunk Dial did the trick. Secondly, this standalone contemporary romance with a good dose of humour, characters who are really likable and the right amount of angst to get you flipping pages, is the perfect summer holiday book. I loved the way the author’s cleverly wove the story around Rana and Landon’s pasts and the originality of it is superb. Saying that, as the story unravels, there are a few scenes which had me sniffling.  

Only Ms Ward could come up with such a laugh-out-loud nickname for her female protagonist. Rana Banana intrigued me! In fact, not only did I spend a good part of the book trying to discover her roots, but I also wondered why this exotic young woman whose job is just as entertaining as is her persona, was such a solitary person. Regardless, Rana’s not lacking in wit or imagination and constantly laughs at herself. Her craziness is wrapped up in much more than taking things light-heartedly though. She’s good-natured, keeps herself to herself which a found a tad bizarre seeing she works where she does, but she’d definitely be my go-to-person. So why the title? Well, liquid courage certainly helped Rana lose her inhibitions!

The author’s cannily construed a tale going back to Rana Saloomi and Landon Roderick’s past neighbourly relationship, guiding the reader to what I’d thought, was perfectly imperfect! How it should be when we are young…when we have doubts, insecurities and inexperience. A hitch or three in between and I still couldn’t suss out why Rana was so hung up. But there’s much more to her story than I could have imagined. My assumptions were proven to be paradoxical, so don’t be fooled folks, the beauty of this story is it keeps you guessing throughout.

Rana…the Spanish translation is cringeworthy, yet it is what it is… She’d never forgotten Landon. Time goes by, circumstances determine who they become and how they live their lives. Landon’s a really nice guy and quite forthcoming with his past which I liked a lot! And get this, his sense of humour is on par with Rana’s! Consequently, the telephone conversations they have are absolutely hilarious, until of course, a change in their relationship flowers. Landon’s a very easy-going chap. Easy to talk to; after Rana gives him an earful, he takes it all with a pinch of salt and then the party begins!

Rana and Landon’s stories are sensitively narrated, heartbreaking, and as you will discover for yourselves, not a bed of roses. However, if there is one thing that drew me into their lives with such an ease was how they coped with the hurdles life thrown at them. The parallel ease of optimism they showed for the future, their acceptance of said setbacks good or bad, looking for solutions and being on par with each other is what Ms Ward drove home to the reader. She has also outdone herself with the character development, too. A third young character older than her years literally had me rooting for a happy ending which to my mind of thinking, is what she, Rana and Landon deserved. Argh–not everything is what it seems! The author will pull you through a string of twisted knots and unexpected turns making you wish you could read faster than fast!

My only tinsy-winsy complaint which shouldn’t influence you in one-clicking in the least, were a few details I couldn’t possibly mention as they would be a spoiler and a half! That being said, these two horrendously adorable guys merit a one-click. Should I mention the steaminess in this read is off the charts, or the banter is is incredibly realistic? Yes; Rana and Landon’s story has unique depth where successes and failures are stripped bare of any pretentiousness. I’d really like you to find out for yourselves ‘cause quite honestly, what Ms Ward has written, is blinkin’ marvellous! Bravo!!!     

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list sixteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.

 

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Title: Bait

Author: Jade West 

Genre: Romance, Suspense 

Photographer: Wander Aguiar

Model: Jonny James

Cover Designer: RBA Designs 

 
 
 
 
 
  

A stranger online. Dark hair and even darker eyes that knew my dirty desires before I did.A fantasy that should never be spoken. But he pulled the confession from me. Rough. Dirty. Dangerous.It’s supposed to be one night to get me off and make me forget. He’ll make me his and I’ll pretend I don’t want him to.I’ll run and he’ll chase. I begged him for this. Tonight, in the darkness, he’s the hunter.And I’m the bait.

 
 

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5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF 

Bait a dark romance like no other that I have had the privilege of reading. Abigail and Leo are two very different people who following a series of questionable decisions, meet and begin a crazy kind of relationship. Both are broken in truly tragic ways. Both have felt loss of the worst kind. And, both are just surviving through the motions of everyday life, that is, until a chance encounter brings them together and helps to begin the process of healing. Importantly, I will state here that the way Abigail and Leo meet is very unorthodox.

If that were to happen in real life it would almost certainly end up with a restraining order or someone dead. Thank goodness books don’t always mirror real life. In this kind of scenario, real life would have sucked and I’m so glad this book went the way it did. Abigail is a woman who just wants to feel, I don’t even think by that point she cares what she feels, so long as it is something other than what she has been putting herself through. She sees herself as undeserving and just wanted to vanish from the world.

“Maybe a little darkness will turn us both back toward the light.”

Jade West goes where many authors fear to tread.  She never at any point in Bait pulled her punches or softened what was going on between Abigail and Leo. It was raw, it was hard, it was pain, and it was misery. There are so many parts of this book I am dying to share, but to do that would be to ruin what is a truly phenomenal read. Bait is a book of sublime. It’s harsh, it’s raw and it’s destructive. But more importantly it is truly beautiful.

The question early on in Bait that I kept on asking myself was whether or not these two were meant to be each other’s redemption? Are they meant to help fix the broken of one another? Bait doesn’t use sex and love as a means to putting the broken pieces back in place, oh no. Bait uses these tools as a way to show that not only can you find what you are looking for, but over time and with effort the broken pieces can be removed and what is left can be sanded down and made smooth, not quite as shiny and new as the original design but nevertheless still as good, or even better than you were before.

“My monster is magnificent, hot as hell and as vicious as he’s ever been.”

‘His voice is liquid satin, dripping with nightmares and virgin tears.’

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jade has increasingly less to say about herself as time goes on, other than the fact she is an author, but she’s happy with this fact. 

Living in imaginary realities and having a legitimate excuse for it is really all she’s ever wanted. 

Jade is as dirty as you’d expect from her novels, and talking smut makes her smile. 

She lives in the Herefordshire countryside with a couple of hounds and a guy who’s able to cope with her inherent weirdness. 

She has a red living room, decorated with far more zebra print than most people could bear and fights a constant battle with her addiction to Coca-Cola.

 

 
 

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                                  RELEASE BLITZ                                       THE CURSE by MARGARET McHEYZER

 

Author: Margaret McHeyzer

Title: The Curse

Series: The Butterfly Effect Series #2

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Release Date: 20th August, 2017

 

 

 

Synopsis:

It’s been the butterfly effect.
I changed the course of my life because I warned a man.
I thought what I had was a gift, but it’s quickly turning into my curse.
Now I realize I’m much more than a girl with an ability.
Because now… I’m becoming a weapon.

 

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Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF

I don’t even know where to start when it comes to writing this review.  I’m in complete shock and awe about how Lexi’s story concluded. I’ve come to the conclusion that the author is a masochist, the amount of pain and anguish she puts Lexi through is staggering. Lexi’s abilities are still being abused in this book, especially after discovering that they are growing; only the man using her this time isn’t quite as nice as Jude is.

One of the points I admire about Margaret McHeyzer is her ability to make a lifelike villain.  Enzo commits unspeakable atrocities in his efforts to break Lexi, and yet Lexi finds her inner strength and keeps on fighting even whilst bloody and beaten. Jude is still a very big part of the story that is The Butterfly Effect.  He continues to straddle the fence between black and white.  Only in The Curse he dances more in the shades of grey.  He’ll do anything to keep Lexi safe.  Say anything to help her believe in herself and her abilities.

“You have something no one else on this planet has and your power all lies with you. You’ve been thrust into a corrupt world, and you’re learning how to live within it without compromising who you are, and without it consuming you. So, to answer you, yes you may cry, you may even crumble, but you’ll never let it define the person you truly are.”

“But he doesn’t sound convinced. He has so much confidence in me. Pity, I don’t”

Through most of this book, except when you’re reminded, it’s easy to forget that Lexi is just 17 years old.  She makes so many adult decisions, never forgetting the big picture, keeping her family safe.

“Probably the most powerful person you’ll ever meet. I’m the queen, the kind, the rook and the bishop all rolled into one.  No one stands a chance against me.”

Lexi grows as a person and becomes someone that she can be proud of.  Someone who is willing to fight for what is right even when that means taking the road least travelled. The ending to The Curse was one I never saw coming and I have to say I completely agreed with how the author took this book. Even if I believe she could have prevented throwing the kitchen sink at poor Lexi.

 

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Author’s Bio

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER OF UGLY AND MISTRUST

**Write something worth reading**I’m Margaret and I’m a self-published author.

Recently I was fortunate in obtaining New York Times best selling status on my YA/NA book – Ugly, and my YA book – Mistrust.My last three books have been YA and I’m completely in love with the genre. I love being able to communicate with people through my words and stories.

My writing genres all differ, but the one thing I keep consistent is my heroines. All my female lead characters are strong, gutsy and not the ‘perfect’ woman. While my books all have romantic elements in them, they aren’t just about the romance. They’re about finding strength, acceptance and making life long connections.

I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I have while writing them.

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